MOMWANTSNOWAIST's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MOMWANTSNOWAIST MOMWANTSNOWAIST's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ How I Keep LOSING WEIGHT on the 5% Challenges~Winter.Spring,Summer,Fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313576 I...LOST a POUND today and ...LOST a # LAST WK. and...LOST 2.4 lbs. the WEEK BEFORE! ~ I hope everyone who is doing the 5% Winter Challenge is doing how they hoped they would ~with the scale going <BR> D <BR> O <BR> W <BR> N... <BR> But~just in case that isn't happening, here is probably an already known factor I use for losing weight ~CHANGE IT UP! Spring and Summer are EASY for me to workout in the garden and BURN those calories! Even in Fall with walking the property for at least a m... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 17:39:26 EST A GOLD STAR NSV ~~~ GOOD FOOD CHOICES DAY~OK ~NOT THE last ENTRY~BUT.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310481 Sometimes, in life we are CHALLENGED by the day. .And you MEET THE CHALLENGES HEAD ON and Sometimes you~ WIN~! Today was my day {though it did not seem to START out that way!}. <BR> I had gone to bed the night before@ 2:30 am,just finishing putting together my DS's 36 Valentine Card~ with treats~ a cookie and a usable cute The Secret Life of Pets pencil {Ok~ Those of you who know me and read my blogs ~KNOW COOKIES are my downfall. And I guess ,here~ I am a food pusher~ <em>2</em> }. <BR>... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 01:05:19 EST Facing up to my Emotional Eating~And How to Detox? Help!~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307073 DISAPPOINTMENT. It started yesterday. I was excited that I was going to get to learn about {AND GET TO DO} pruning blueberries in my garden club. But all we did was the learning bit {2 HOURS IN THE COLD!!} and there was no EXERCISE!!!! So, as I had to stop by CVS to get some photos processed before going home{ it is a LONG way to town and back!} , I grabbed some ROLOS for a cookie recipe I had long wanted to make~since November!!! On the way home, it is between 11:30am -12pm and thoug... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 06:49:20 EST A Special Poem to Start Your Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304882 May you have a day of joy and love <BR> For it is given to you from our Lord above <BR> May you unwrap it and it be revealed <BR> That you used it to God's Glory and zeal! <BR> That is a birthday poem I just wrote for GARDENERGALANN on my 5% Winter Challenge Team ~ The Champions in the Kitchen~who is celebrating her birthday this month! But since the Lord inspired me to write it just now, I wanted to share it with all my friends to start their day! <BR> Have a GREAT DAY ,everyone , for it ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 07:53:40 EST Do Something For YOU Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304778 I felt so WONDERFUL today I just wanted to share my day with you ~ <BR> Today was such a GREAT DAY as I took the TIME to do something for ME ,something I love~a new Garden Club I just joined last October! We got together ,chatted about our gardens,heard the speaker speak about herbs, had delicious, hot homemade soups ,breads and cake and tea , then shared other plants to take home to our gardens { I got a Confederate Rose~though I am warned it is invasive and BIG ,so it will get a special ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:49:43 EST ~Jan. 21,2017~My 7th Sparkversary~ 8 Lessons Learned! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302305 Hi Everyone! <BR> Short background synopsis~Found SP through a friend in my MOMS Club when my child was 2 and our club was sponsoring a Biggest Loser Challenge; I came in 3rd!. I lost the 20 lbs.in 4 and 1/2 mos. ,maintained for 8 mos. Started Homeschooling my child and couldn't do both SP and Homeschooling, and started petering out by 2013 and by 2014,stopped. Around Dec.2015 got back on SP during Christmas vacation and have been on SP ever since. I have lost 15 lbs. and kept it OFF for a... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:32:06 EST A Positive Message One- Liner from MOM WANTS NO WAIST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297745 Quick ~Think of FIVE things you are positively HAPPY about right now!And after reading what you wrote ,it will lift your spirits and brighten your day! Try it ! <BR> 1.My good health <BR> 2. My 15 lbs. wt.loss because I SAID NO to the church donuts all last year EVERY WEEK! <BR> 3.Kept off those 15 all last year! <BR> 4. Can SEE it in my Christmas photos and past Challenge and blog photos! <BR> 5.My brain is BELIEVING FINALLY YOU CAN SCULPT that AREA ~my trouble spot !!! <BR> <em>9</em> ... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 02:28:10 EST How My Dog is Keeping Me Healthy Through Exercise in the Winter!{WIth Photos!} http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290949 It's COLD! <em>576</em> And though I LOVE to be OUTSIDE in the other three seasons, unless we have SNOW and I can PLAY in it all day ~skiing,snowball fights ,and snowman building, I have to be really bundled up to go outside! Where I live , we get ONE SNOW day a year ,so, NO SCHOOL { I Homeschool !} for that day ~ we PLAY!!! So, how do I get in exercise outside on a regular basis? Our dog! <em>338</em> Besides walking with him on our property in the morning daily <em>313</em> , I ... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 07:13:18 EST If ____ is happening,I must be doing SOMETHING RIGHT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283156 I realized today that I may not reach my goal weight of 177 by 12/31/16 like I thought I would. It is only 9.6 lbs. away at this time . But instead of getting depressed, I looked at the glass half full. HEY, I lost 15 pounds in 5 months AND I HAVE KEPT IT OFF FOR A YEAR! <em>590</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>521</em> <em>243</em> <em>595</em> <em>345</em> <em>224</em> <em>9</em> So, I MUST be doing something RIGH... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:50:30 EST Trimming the Christmas Tree and Getting into the Christmas Spirit !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280388 Who says you can't burn calories trimming the tree? Well, I believe you can! When it is TWO trees and one is upstairs and one is downstairs! One is artificial and has lights built in and one is REAL and is done the old fashioned way!The REAL one is mostly of snowflakes and snowmen.The artificial one has bird ornaments to celebrate our love and study of birds in Homeschooling. {We did not buy a tree last year ;just put up a slim tree decorated by my sister years ago!} So couldn't decide on a R... Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:52:29 EST Wasn't Going to Blog today,but BEING QUOTED TWICE in a TOP STORY???! Had to! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277244 WOO HOO !!! <BR> DOUBLE WOOHOO!!! <BR> Some days are just like that and THIS ONE TODAY is one for me , so, I just had to share! <BR> My first WOO HOO started today at the food choices <em>258</em> <em>551</em> <em>53</em> <em>194</em> I made during lunch @ our annual Christmas Craft Fair for our Homeschoolers.It is always buffet and last year I indulged my sweet tooth,but with the weight LOSS of 16 lbs .GONE SINCE THEN, I DID NOT INDULGE this year {I had a bite of a choc. chip ... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 16:27:30 EST 16 LB.WT. LOSS FOR THIS YEAR~ What I have Learned and I'm Still Not Finished! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276161 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05b4e5f1-d206-4a12-8315-0d69cd569e89.jpg"> <BR> Merry Christmas,Everyone! Here I am at 203 in the summer of 2015 and then , down to 186.8 {at the start of the 5% Fall Challenge} in 2016 . <BR> Last year ,at this time, on this day ,one year ago, I got back on SP after a 6 yr.hiatus. In short, I lost the weight in 4 and 1/2 mos. on SP in 2010 .kept it off for 8 mos., and then when I started Homeschooling in 2011, I could not keep up with bo... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 11:48:11 EST Food Tracking MAKES A DIFFERENCE! 331 DAYS = 2.4 pounds AWAY from a Normal BMI!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265851 Food tracking is always been a strength for me! Whether 331 DAYS on SParkpeople {my record combined with 32 days on the Flat Belly Diet {there is a place in the book to record your food intake and journaling }, it shows me MY NUTRITION ~and what I am doing in each category ~whether too many sweets or too much or too little fiber,salt,water,etc. <BR> I wish I had this tool YEARS ago ,but am HAPPY to have it now and I am SO HAPPY to report 2.4 POUNDS AWAY from a normal BMI~Body Mass Index!!!... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 20:10:38 EST The Flat Belly Diet ~Measurements Before and After~ One Month~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264147 Well, I am down 4.6 lbs. in one month which is way LESS than the people featured in the book~but the average was 8 lbs. loss and the FOCUS ,I felt of the book ,was really THE INCHES LOST. <BR> ~OCT. 13,2016~MEASUREMENT BEFORE AFTER~NOV 7,2016~ <BR> WEIGHT 190.4 185.8 <BR> BELLY 44,5" 43" <BR> WAIST 39" ... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 02:23:16 EST Wk.5~FALL CHALLENGE~LOST 5.8 lbs. since on FLAT BELLY DIET~Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258940 Hi SP Friends and members and those just interested~ <BR> I am on my 20 th day of the 32 day ~Flat Belly Diet and recording all my foods in the book itself;that is why you see no TRACKING on my Nutrition tracker at present. I try to put a note on each day on SP since I share both my Nutrition and Fitness trackers. <BR> Let me update you on my progress {and sometimes,lack ,there of ,in my mind!}. <BR> First of all, YOU DO LOSE WEIGHT the FIRST four days on this diet. I lost 4.4 lbs. <BR> = 1.... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 16:56:06 EST A Slimmer ME and where did my belly go ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253624 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e94a652-3060-4d19-bbd4-9e7d5810125e.jpg"> <BR> Happy Autumn, everyone! Homeschooling today was a field trip for us and other Homeschooling families as we went to a dairy farm. I had my DS take a photo of me . I was HAPPY to see my PROBLEM AREA LOOKS SLIMMER!!!! I have lost the weight before on SP and am on the Flat Belly Diet for the month while on the FALL 5% CHALLENGE. I have only done BEFORE measurements and will do AFTER measurements whe... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:24:54 EST ~A Life is Gone,but Remembered~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249243 My mother in law passed away yesterday. She was 83 and I think, by all accounts , she had a hard life. She grew up in the Depression and did not have much. Like most folks,she was poor. <BR> I met her when I met my husband in the 1990s. She was fiesty and full of life and boy, when she had something to say,she was full of spirit and passion about whatever the topic was. <BR> She knew Jesus Christ as her Saviour, had met Him early in her young life at 11, just like my husband at age 12, and m... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:21:06 EST WK.2 FALL Challenge~2.6 lbs.LOST in 2days??? What IS this ??Sugar Detox/Clean Eats! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248220 Well, it was a Friends of The Library book Sale that brought me to buy a book from Prevention magazine editors called Flat Belly Diet. I thought ,well, I'll READ it,but I do not know if it is for me. <BR> To start with you start CLEAN EATING for 4 days called the Four Day Anti Bloat Diet. <BR> Foods include:skim milk {lactose free}, frozen blueberries or strawberries or peaches,green beans, red potatoes, carrots, brown rice,etc. <BR> Now ,I am NOT FOR DIETS nor DIETING! But I was intrigued ... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 09:20:04 EST WK.1 ~FALL CHALLENGE~PUTTING ME LAST and Trying to Learn to STOP THAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244940 Well, this has been an up and down week~UP with the AWARDS from the local state fair~ <BR> 2 FIRST Place ~ <BR> 1 for my white impatiens that I landscaped my front yard with in the summer {photos in my gallery!}. <BR> 1 for my watermelon {smallest in show!} <BR> 2 SECOND PLACE~ <BR> 1 for my Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies <BR> 1 for my Pole Beans <BR> 1 THIRD PLACE~ <BR> for my Christmas Ornament~ I made an ornament out of a REAL EGG. {A photo of a past egg ornament is on my page}. <BR> Al... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 00:33:02 EST The Older I get, The MORE God Wants me to Forgive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237643 Well, on Thursday, I went to a meeting where I ran into one of the people who was supposed to come to my DS's birthday party {you remember ,from last month, and heard her excuse} and told her how no one came to the party. <BR> I was still hurt ,but saw how my DS enjoyed playing with her kids {as right now those are the only ones he knows from one of our Homeschool groups} and though we never see them and they live down the street {maybe 10 minutes away} ,he said ,in effect ,"Beggars can'... Sat, 17 Sep 2016 23:41:36 EST Anyone want to LOSE WEIGHT and HAVE FUN at the same time?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232026 Well, it is that time again! I am talking about the 5% FALL Challenge! <em>465</em> There is STILL TIME <em>412</em> to sign up for the challenge as there are about 463 people signed up for different teams and there is still ROOM available for about 550-600 people { I am HOPING I got my numbers right!}. ~The start date of the Fall Challenge is September 24th. <em>52</em> <BR> If you want to join me on my team ~it is the Tiger Monarchs ~although be advised I have not been on to ch... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 23:55:08 EST When you are THANKFUL for your LIFE,Thank the LORD Your GOD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228106 The Moms Night Out had just finished and I had many good ideas and felt refreshed to just hear other moms get to vent their feelings about their children , Homeschooling, and how their school days {teaching @ home } were going. <BR> It was late and when I got into the car, I already KNEW it would be difficult to get home due to the EXTREMELY DARK NIGHT ~here in the country,there are no regular intervals of city lights to guide you on the backroads home ! I was three counties away from home... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 01:16:39 EST When You Are HAPPY , SAY IT OUT LOUD!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224638 When You're HAPPY and you know it ,SAY IT OUT LOUD~~" I AM HAPPY!!! " <BR> Welcome back to our SParkfriend,HOMEBODY4EVER!!! We missed you!!!! <em>384</em> to her and her hubby of 49 years of marriage!!!!! Another <em>384</em> to Angela and her hubby on their wedding anniversary,too! Both are leaders on our FLYbabies Team! <em>242</em> <em>242</em> <em>242</em> <em>242</em> <em>242</em> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>247</em> <em>211</em> <em... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 01:35:47 EST Spoken from the HEART : Eating My Way Through RAW EMOTIONAL PAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220923 This is my last week In the Summer Challenge and I had been doing WELL, LOSING WEIGHT THROUGHOUT the Challenge on a consistent basis.Then ,the bottom fell out this last week. <BR> To update those reading who did not get to read my last blog~ <BR> I hosted a birthday party @ home for my young child and NO ONE CAME. <BR> My child,my DH and I were DEVASTATED. Though we salvaged the day by going to the movies and my DS and DH seemed to bounce back fine {kids truly are resilient~and to the SP me... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:27:00 EST What's Wrong with America~that a PRACTICE is More IMPORTANT than a CHILD'S FEELINGS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218134 Note: This BLOG hit a nerve so <em>230</em> warning ~ <em>28</em> <em>28</em> <em>28</em> <em>234</em> <BR> I hosted a birthday party for my young child @ our home yesterday. I sent out invitations 3 weeks to 1 month ahead of time that listed the RSVP ~Respond ,please~ it had BOTH my phone number AND my computer address. <BR> There were 7 invitations for a total of 12 children,including my child. 2 people responded saying they could not come .~Understandable. However,one said... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 02:47:18 EST PART 1 : MY UNUSUAL and WEIRD~~[my family thinks so!] ~~SECRETS to CONTINUOUS WEIGHT LOSS~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216774 Hi Everyone! ~Warning this has ALOT OF INFO that is HELPFUL but IT IS A HUGE BLOG!~ <BR> I am writing a TWO PART Blog due to time constraints {hosting a birthday party @ my house TOMORROW} .Why am I even WRITING a Blog when I should be cleaning and baking the cake? I LIKE HELPING and I write a weekly blog when participating in the Challenges and do not want to disappoint my readers! <em>43</em> <BR> I participated in two SEASONAL 5% Challenges so far~Spring 2016 and Summer 2016~. <BR> LO... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:21:53 EST "You've LOST ALOT of WEIGHT!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213777 At church today,in my Sunday School class ,as I greeted my friend Debbie, she remarked ,"You 've lost ALOT of WEIGHT!" I smiled and told her about my losing the weight {19 lbs. } through the SPARKPEOPLE website! ~Doesn't that just MAKE your day??? <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>252</em> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>224</em> <em>243</em> <em>9</em> <em>380<... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 13:57:39 EST TRACKING 254 STRAIGHT DAYS= 19 # GONE AND WK.6~ I'm STILL STANDING !!!~I CAN do this!~ THIS SUMMER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213299 I really have to give myself credit! I really need to BELIEVE I CAN DO this! I AM DOING IT! <BR> I AM STILL STANDING! Just like the song,but more relating to our MINI CHALLENGE within a challenge~I DID NOT think I could STAY STANDING THIS FAR! <BR> Let me explain...The mini challenge is to KEEP LOSING WEIGHT TO STAY in the mini challenge {you are allowed ONE time to maintain} and if you GAIN ,you're out. I AM STILL STANDING AFTER 6 WEEKS! <BR> STARTING WT.186.8 WOO HOO <em>380</em> NOTE: W... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 14:19:40 EST A Pep Talk to Self: NOT to Compare Myself to Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208021 WK.5~ I am starting early on my weekly blog for the Summer Challenge~2016~as I felt a need to express myself early this week than wait til Saturday and I am UP TOO EARLY in the morning , for me ,anyway {retired now~no alarm clock,but hot flashes get in the way of sleep!}. <BR> ~I am starting to notice that when I am on the challenges~Spring ,Summer {and for me, I WILL be doing Fall and Winter to get to my GOAL weight!~at least that is what I say now in the SUMMER }, that I like to see how e... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:38:28 EST WOO HOO ~A Wolf Whistle @ ME! ~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205972 After church today,we went to the grocery store as DH said he would cook dinner tonight ~his specialty ~Mac & Cheese you make from scratch~ {he's a chef~well, to me ,anyway!}. So, as we were putting away the groceries in the car , and I walked with the cart out to put it away, a wolf whistle in my direction was heard as a truck went by us. My DH and I chuckled at each other and exchanged knowing glances. He said," I have been telling you THAT since we were married almost 20 + years ago!" ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:50:06 EST SHORTEST BLOG ON RECORD FOR ME~ WK 4 Summer Challenge: 1.4 POUNDS LOST ~I HIT THE 185'S!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205409 Wk.4: Summer Challenge ~2016~On the 4th of July ,I weighed 185.0 ~what a bang <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>530</em> !Then the 186s came back and I have been losing steadily . <em>224</em> After 90 min. <em>237</em> , 30 min. <em>344</em> <em>328</em> <em>362</em> and moving boxes and organizing a room for 45 min., I LOST a 1.4 pound to get in the 185s! ~185.4! {This WHAT I do when I can't go outside to landscape or work in my veggie or flower gardens due to the 100 degre... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 14:30:03 EST Something FUN and Unexpected happened on my WEIGHT LOSS Journey today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203460 My regular shorts are TOO LOOSE! <em>9</em> <BR> I had to go get a belt to hold them up and I could do TWO NOTCHES on the belt instead of just one! <em>224</em> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>198</em> ~All the sweat AND HARD WORK is WORTH IT ! <em>224</em> Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:44:32 EST WK.3~Taking it One Day at a Time~Fiber is EASY ,Exercise is Easy, but Sleep and Caloric Range are N http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202118 Well, it is Week 3 and I have been on the downward path in my Weight Loss journey ~which is good~losing steadily as my turtle icon takes one step and then another toward my goal. He does take backward steps as I gain ~a little~ and then lose it again! Start~186.8~186.4~186.2~186.0!!! <BR> I am MUCH HAPPIER doing this ~SUMMER Challenge as I have the FREE time {no Homeschooling ~out for SUMMER VACATION!} to get in WHATEVER exercise I want to do ~that is so FREEING !!!! <BR> So I am DOING WHA... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 17:38:15 EST What a Wacky Day and my Husband is a Hero! Wk.2 ~Summer Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198184 First~ Weight Loss is going fine and I am HAPPY with Progress~186.8 to start; ~WK. 1 =186.4 then for a day ~185.0! and back to WK.2= 186.2.{Note:Part 2~ Landscaping blog ~Next Week!} <BR> Well, this blog covers the last two days ~not counting today~Friday we had a HUGE <BR> THUNDERSTORM!!! And as it was late @ night I went to turn the light off and got a mild SHOCK across the body ~but it was enough to scare me and cause a huge scream! <BR> But that was Friday night! <BR> Saturday seemed un... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 16:28:25 EST IT'S THE 4TH OF JULY~Gaining my Independence from the Yoke of Being Overweight~ 2 More Lbs. To Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194943 <em>530</em> <em>530</em> <em>530</em> <em>530</em> <em>530</em> <em>530</em> Wow! I did not expect to get on the scale this morning as I had been working {cooking }through the night and early am~2am~ to get food ready for my neighbor's get together! { I am trying to BREAK the habit of being a night owl ,but when it comes down to deadlines~I go back to staying UP all night~}. So I ate after 12am as I was hungry and knew my blood sugar was low. So when I got up at 12 noon thi... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 00:39:22 EST Come SEE My Landscaping {and Weight} Accomplishment For Exercise on Week 1~SUMMER CHALLENGE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192739 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9c6a7f7-cb95-4a29-933b-b572a7ba5301.JPG"> <BR> 6.30.2016~Here I am @ 186.8 lbs. [at 6 ft. tall] when I took this selfie for our BEFORE PHOTO when beginning our weight loss journey and I will be posting one @ the end of this 5% SUMMER CHALLENGE! ~Our leader told us it is so we can see WHAT a 5 % weight loss LOOKS like!{ I am hoping to meet and BEAT my 4.4. wt.loss I achieved in the 5% Spring Challenge and reach my GOAL WEIGHT of 177!!!} Since ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 00:51:01 EST TIME to CHANGE GEARS ~MY 12 STEP PROGRAM~ that has helped with the 16 lb. WT .LOSS!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182524 Well, it's that time again in my weight LOSS journey to CHANGE gears ~just like in riding a bike when you are going UPHILL~ <em>332</em> ,YOU CHANGE GEARS AND <em>386</em> !!!! <BR> STEP 1 ~YOU SAY TO YOURSELF ~ <em>521</em> !!!!! <BR> STEP 2 ~I enjoyed the "free DOWNHILL ride" of the FIRST TEN POUND LOSS <em>9</em> with relative ease b/c going from NO EXERCISE to walking around the yard{NOTE: MY "yard" takes me a HALF HOUR to walk it ~ it is pretty extensive !} ~EXERCISING REG... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 06:51:15 EST What is FUN?! ~about Weight Loss? ~Let me say... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172894 Happiness can come in many different packages and I realized the other night when I was RUNNING AROUND ~LITERALLY ~with my 8 year old~playing HIDE N' SEEK~my FAVORITE game from my childhood and NOT getting winded NOR tired,I realized that I AM REALLY having FUN!{ I KNOW my DS WAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!} <BR> This WEIGHT LOSS of 16 lbs. has REALLY put my ENERGY and FOCUS on where I want it~on the blessings of GOD ~ <BR> ~my HEALTH <BR> ~my FAMILY <BR> ~my ATTITUDE <BR> Now I KNOW the TRAC... Mon, 30 May 2016 08:08:33 EST Week 8 : Culmination of the 5% Spring Challenge and I am 4.4 lbs. LIGHTER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169603 Well~ it is FINALLY over and it was HARD to NOT GIVE UP the last couple of weeks! <BR> Spring is SO BUSY~ with culminating ACTIVITIES~ <BR> ~Homeschooling itself <em>149</em> <em>150</em> <em>203</em> <em>207</em> <em>280</em> ~last day of May~and we will have a special promotion ceremony <em>58</em> @ home for our DS since the Homeschool group does not have one except for the 12th graders.{We are ACCUSTOMED TO having a Promotion Ceremony as we had done where we used to l... Tue, 24 May 2016 16:39:08 EST WEEK 7 : SCALE VICTORY!!! ~4 POUNDS GONE!~only 9.6 lbs. to GOAL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163092 When you are constantly on SP and doing the HARD WORK of using the NUTRITION TRACKER ,FITNESS TRACKER ,and trying to ALSO~monitor your <BR> ~FIBER <BR> ~FOLATE <BR> ~PROTEIN {I seem to have a harder time with protein!} <BR> ~LOWERING SALT INTAKE, <BR> it takes ALOT OUT OF YOU and not to MENTION ~TIME! <BR> BUT~ when I SEE my DH or DS 's eye LIGHT UP at my PROGRESS , or catch A GLIMPSE of MYSELF in the mirror and KNOW I am RE-SCULPTING my Body ~one POUND LESS ~at ~a ~time, then I KNOW my TI... Sat, 14 May 2016 22:59:12 EST JESUS,BE PRAISED! ~"Even a child is KNOWN by HIS DOINGS..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161130 WOW! Sometimes, as a parent ,you get TO BE TOTALLY UNPREPARED for the AMAZING THINGS YOUR CHILD WILL DO! <em>43</em> <BR> Tonight @ A.W.AN.A. Club,{for those unfamiliar with A.W.A.N.A., it is an ACRONYM standing for~Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed~~"Study to show thyself approved unto God, A Workman that Needeth Not to be Ashamed,rightly dividing the Word of Truth. {my caps} {2 Timothy 2 :15 in the Bible} and teaching the Gospel of Christ to children and training them to serve Him.},... Wed, 11 May 2016 22:20:24 EST WEEK 6:THE STRESS WALL ~and FREEING MYSELF from IT!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158267 What a week! <BR> Everything is due!{We Homeschool and are coming to the end of our 180 day school yr.} <BR> ~Report cards,display boards, potluck HOMEMADE dishes to be made, gifts to be wrapped, cards to be made,signed,and/ or bought! <BR> ~Mother's Day cards to be sent! <BR> ~Gifts for AWANA teachers since it is ending soon! <BR> ~More Little League games {and uniforms to wash} ~2x a week! <BR> <BR> I was starting to get into OLD HABITS OF A NECESSITY~ <BR> TWO nights of staying up til 4... Sat, 7 May 2016 14:00:05 EST Got my 3rd ICON TODAY ~LOST 15 Pounds ~And some ideas that HELPED ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153625 When I did my first blog today {this is my 2nd and I usually only blog ONCE a day or a week}, it was 12AM . I was pretty downcast as I had STRUGGLED ALL THROUGH THE CHALLENGE to lose weight ~ down a pound ,up a pound and THIS IS EXACTLY how it went the LAST TIME 6 YEARS AGO~when I LOST the 15!!!~EVEN THE SAME MONTHS ! <BR> I had written the blog, went to bed,got up the next day and as Saturday is weigh-in Day for the 5% Spring Challenge, weighed myself and VOILA` ~~THERE IT SAID ~ 188.4= 1... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:43:27 EST Weight LOSS~It's a PERSONAL THING!!!!~CELEBRATE HOW you want! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6153202 This week I am taking a break from writing about the 5% Spring Challenge and instead tackling something that is MORE PERSONAL to me: my OWN weight LOSS or ANYONE'S WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY for that matter. <BR> Weight loss. It is a personal thing. We each live in OUR OWN HOUSE~. Each person lives in his or her own body. MY HOUSE is MY BODY. Period. And it is HOWEVER you CHOOSE to take CARE of or NOT. It is no one's BUSINESS ,but yours. Each one of us has to 'DO THE HOUSECLEANING or HOUSEKEEPING '... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 02:23:27 EST Week 4 :OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE and my BODY is reaping the BENEFITS in the 5% Spring Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6148613 Well, what a DIFFERENCE a week makes or even , a day , for that matter! <BR> LOST =0.6 of a pound~BACK IN the 180s!!!!YAY!!!~ {even after having my DH's HOMEMADE QUICHE LORRAINE yesterday ~posted on SP~144 cals for filling /55cals for the crust.}~Look on my Nutrition Tracker for recipe ~NO SALT!!! <BR> I am getting BACK INTO MY OLD FITTED SHORTS and JEANS!!!!! <BR> THIS PART of the Weight Loss journey is REALLY FUN!!! I won't GET any NEW clothes til I am down to my goal weight of 177. Peo... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 11:55:49 EST Week 3 on the 5% Spring Challenge~Or WHY I am GAINING the Weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6143990 S~T~R~E~S~S!!!! I feel like I am pushing all my weight UPHILL! <em>386</em> <BR> We just found out that our fridge ~which is BRAND NEW {3 mos.} that BROKE~leakage of the Freeon ~will not be FIXED til MAY 2ND ! We were told it would be serviced April 18th,but b/c of the TECHNICIAN who neglected to log OUT, we were just INFORMED by SEARS that we will not be able to have the fridge SEEN TIL MAY 2ND! It has already BEEN A MONTH ~of GOING UP AND DOWN THE STAIRS to get the stuff from the RENTA... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 05:19:37 EST The ~CAN ~YOU ~ENVISION ~YOURSELF ~IN ~THAT~DRESS?~A "VISIONARY" ~FUN WITH FASHION ~BLOG~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141821 I have been having FUN lately! <BR> While on SP, the FASHIONMIA dresses would show up and I would start LOOKING! ~AND LOOKING ~AND LOOKING! <BR> IT IS fun to IMAGINE MYSELF IN those dresses! I always have LIKED PRETTY CLOTHES! My mother ,though obese,would ALWAYS DRESS WELL! I think I got her "sense of fashion" ,though since I had put on the weight, I didn't seem to care these past years,but as I have been back on SP for 5 mos. and have lost some weight,{12-13 pounds depending on which day... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:33:36 EST Life and STRESS get in the WAY and the WEIGH~T goes ON UP!~Week 2 of the 5% Spring Challenge~2016~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6138253 <em>230</em> <em>230</em> <em>230</em> WHINY, LONG~~ BLOG ! <em>228</em> TO THE PITY PARTY!~Tried NOT to HAVE ONE ,BUT..... <BR> I am bummed! <BR> I let myself down and in a weigh~way, my Dawgies Team down on the 5% Spring Challenge! <BR> I was RUNNING HIGH ~189.8~! I have NOT SEEN that "weigh down" on the scale since 2010!!! <BR> I am beginning a pity party ~NO, <em>227</em> IT,BETSY!! YOU are SUPPOSED TO BE UPLIFTING! YOU are SUPPOSED TO BE UPBEAT! So, WHY did you BEAT your... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 03:06:37 EST A Notch in the BELT~OR should I BELT out my Good Tidings? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6136776 To those of you whom I addressed in my last blog ~April 3,2016~ {my birthday ! <em>30</em> }where I said 'HANG IN THERE ,YOU CAN DO IT ! " and NOT TO BE UPSET BY THE NUMBERS YOU WERE SEEING as one day ,maybe not today or tomorrow,but ONE DAY, you WILL see the WEIGHT COME OFF? Well, HERE is ANOTHER WAY to MEASURE your success and it does NOT HAVE to be a NUMBER {well, you COULD MEASURE with NUMBERS ,but IT'S THE PRINCIPLE OF THE THING!}. <BR> I have not put on a belt in ~ I -don't-know-when... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 00:49:43 EST Reflections of LIFESTYLE CHANGES on my 56th Birthday!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6134186 This is a bittersweet birthday ! <BR> My father passed away a few days after his 56th birthday. <BR> My mother lived only 9 years after my father and passed away a few months after her 58th birthday. <BR> GOD WILLING, I plan to live to MY 60S, 70S AND BEYOND ~MAYBE 100 ,if the Lord allows! <BR> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <em>383</em> <BR> I am MAKING A CHANGE in my FAMILY'S HISTORY! <BR> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> <em>224</em> ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 19:05:37 EST