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/ 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 A little PEEK into ~MY FIRST WEEK in the 5% Spring Challenge~2016~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6131395 THURSDAY,MARCH 31,2016~12:16 AM ,CST~ <BR> I am participating for the FIRST time EVER on the 5% Spring Challenge ~2016! It is VERY FUN as you get to see exciting places around the world. <em>534</em> <em>535</em> <em>536</em> Our first stop was in Taipei ,Taiwan. <em>666</em> They had hippo sculptures at the Taipei Zoo! <BR> It has not been as hard as I thought it would be to put in my Fitness and Living The Good Life Habit ~ WATER ~GET YOUR 8 ! ~this week! <em>194</em> <em>19... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 01:16:09 EST GOD is GOOD ALL THE TIME; ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6128362 "Why do they call it Good Friday,Mommy?" my young son asked. <BR> I replied,"Good Friday has to do with Jesus dying on the cross for My sins and Your sins. The reason they call it "good" is because it represents the GOOD NEWS~that those WHO ACCEPT the Saviour's GIFT of Salvation that He FREELY GAVE for us ~will one day be in Heaven WITH HIM because of WHAT HE DID. So ,it is GOOD NEWS to us Born ~again Christians and Born ~again Jews.If He had NOT paid the price of the cross by BEARING OUR ... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 23:58:55 EST Being on a 5% Spring Challenge ~Thoughts Captured BEFORE the Challenge~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124850 WOW! I am ON a CHALLENGE! After being invited and having to REALLY THINK IT THROUGH~ I thought it would be FUN AND INTERESTING to "read my thoughts" BEFORE THE CHALLENGE STARTS and see what I have on my mind~ <BR> 1.CAN I HANDLE THIS? <BR> 2.CAN I DO THIS? <BR> 3.WHAT LTGL{Living The Good Life} CHALLENGES will AWAIT ME? <BR> 4. Will I be ABLE to KEEP UP the 2 hours a day exercise regimen I have set up for myself? <BR> {2 HOURS is the MAXIMUM AMOUNT ALLOWED }.I KNOW THE ANSWER is YES~if it ... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 01:41:53 EST Short BLOG ~What SUGAR CHOICE do YOU SAY NO to?~ICON it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6119548 I was INSPIRED by my leader SINGINGLADY47TN on the Lowering Salt Intake Team one night as she emoticoned her day as "I WILL SAY NO TO:" and then she had a list of sugary items. I LIKED the IDEA! So ,I joined her. Now ,as I am on the THIRD WEEK ~OF~~ <BR> THE OFFICIAL TAMING YOUR SWEET TOOTH CHALLENGE, I AM HAPPY to find myself SWAPPING SWEET TREATS FOR GOOD FOOD CHOICES and saying NO TO THOSE SWEET TREATS! <BR> TODAY, I SAID NO TO <em>495</em> {THE CHOC.CHIP CHUNK COOKIE @ CHICK-FIL-A} ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 03:08:41 EST MY MOMENT OF TRUTH~WANTING WT.LOSS MORE than what is offered...!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118320 <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>230</em> <em>230</em> DESCRIPTIVE FOOD BLOG ~NOT TO READ IF YOU ARE <em>4</em> AT THE MOMENT FOR <em>255</em> <em>255</em> <em>255</em> <em>494</em> <em>494</em> <BR> I stared at what was INSIDE the bag that was offered to me. It wasn't Valentine's Day,but there they were~FERRARO ROCHE~HAZELNUT CHOCOLATES~in a bag ,looking delectable in all their gorgeous GOLD WRAPPINGS. C A N D Y ~and one of my FAVORITES!!! <BR> I... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 17:33:01 EST Reminding myself that 1 BAD DAY AT THE FOOD TRACKER does NOT mean ALL THE LOST WT.REAPPEARS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6116515 Well, yesterday was NOT the best in terms of calories~I was about roughly about 325 calories OVER my Caloric Range. But I was doing SO WELL for the PAST 3 DAYS hitting THE RANGE on those 3 CONSECUTIVE DAYS ,which for ME = upcoming WEIGHT LOSS. <BR> Oh well! I have to REMIND MYSELF ~THOSE POUNDS ARE GONE ~GONE~ GONE!!!! <BR> They are NOT LURKING AROUND THE CORNER, ready to POUNCE UPON YOUR BODY AGAIN! <BR> I HAVE DONE THIS ~LOST THE WHOLE AMT. OF WEIGHT IN 2010~AND I AM DOING IT ~ <BR> 11 POU... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 02:33:41 EST Why They will NEVER UNDERSTAND ...my NEED TO BE ON SP!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114895 OOHHHHHH, am I EXCITED!!!! I was invited to participate in the 5% Spring Challenge!!!! It is my FIRST EVER~~5% Challenge!!! I have not been told which team I will be on and I think it would not be fair to say in this blog which team I chose as I may get chosen for that team or not. <BR> BUT~~ THAT is NOT the reason for this blog ~although my EXCITEMENT is at an ALL-TIME HIGH just like when I FIRST JOINED SPARKPEOPLE in 2010! Most of you know when I have something to say about healthy... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 06:40:59 EST My 100th Day of Tracking FOOD and /or Water~11 lbs. LOST~Come JOIN the Celebration!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6112336 <em>244</em> WOW! Has it been 100 days ALREADY ?~since 12.4.15 that I first got on SP {for my second go-round} thinking HOW could I FIT SP in with Homeschooling my child as it was too much for me to do the FIRST go-round 6 yrs.ago when I LOST the wt. and reached my GOAL {which is why I left SP the first time ~I couldn't get IN all of everything I had eaten in my day and was OVERWHELMED }. <BR> I learned to BE FLEXIBLE! I can GET UP EARLIER or learn that I CAN do little BITS of TRACKIN... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 03:16:47 EST SURVEY ~ WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MY NEW SNACK?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6110149 I REALLY have TROUBLE with my SWEET TOOTH! I like the <em>44</em> <em>35</em> <em>475</em> <em>471</em> <em>473</em> <em>468</em> <em>76</em> <em>293</em> <em>493</em> BUT ESPECIALLY THE <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> !!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> I tried the Taming Your Sweet Tooth Challenge and it DID start me on the JOURNALING MODE about WHEN I was craving the sweets or sugar at any time~ AND WHAT I DID about it. <BR> I ... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 09:12:32 EST FEELING STRONGER ...EVERY DAY !!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6108190 WOW! What a JOY to be working in the garden again! <em>376</em> We are starting a fruit orchard [so far ~ 3 apple trees and a peach tree] in our meadow ~yes , a meadow.~ We had moved out of CA and bought ACREAGE~and I get to recreate my FRONT yard garden [ I had in CA] of flowers and especially ROSES! <em>214</em> <em>146</em> <em>214</em> <BR> What is SO FUN ~ is that I was SO HAPPY to be out in the sunshine and" working" 'out' ~so to speak ~that the time FLEW BY !! I LOVE tha... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 04:06:32 EST How many apple varieties can YOU name?~~What is YOUR favorite apple and apple product? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6106586 Quick ~ can you name at least 10 different kinds of varieties of APPLES ?~~~~ <em>180</em> <em>434</em> <em>434</em> <em>434</em> <em>376</em> <BR> Now that we have retired and moved , we have lots more land to plant on ! So, in honor of Arbor Day {our state celebrates it on March 4~different states celebrate it on different days or weeks}, we planted three apple trees on our property yesterday!It burned 428 calories for 1 and 1/2 hours {I used the gardening application as th... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 08:15:12 EST Healthy Nutrition Tips ~~~ FOLATE /FIBER /POTASSIUM FOUND IN ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105584 <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <em>491</em> <BR> I LOVE reading and do so for information many times. Since I am on SP and having to track my nutrition and REALLY LOOK at WHAT I am eating, I thought it would be fun {YES~FUN ! Remember : Knowledge is POWER and it can EMPOWER you to make BETTER FOOD CHOICES that= A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE~after all, isn't that what we are striving... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 18:35:47 EST Lift Weights and LOSE the Weight~Pretty Simple or WHAT is that Girl Eating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6103608 Hi Everyone! I KNEW when I would <em>386</em> to exercise with the weights that I would LOSE the weight and my scale said YES ,1 MORE pound GONE! { First NOTE ~I have been walking a lot FIRST in the first 3 months and now I have added ST again to my workout routine.} Second NOTE: To clarify~ I do ST ~Strength Training 3x a week~ with a day's REST in between so my workout schedule is T/TH/SAT. It is NECESSARY to REST the MUSCLES. On other days ,{that would be Monday /Wednesday /Friday}~ ... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 09:26:37 EST It's ENCOURAGING to Hear Comments Like "You Lost Weight !You LOOK GREAT !"From... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6100938 Well, I am HAPPY to lose the 10 pounds and say "BYE~BYE 10 pounds ~Don't want to SEE YOU ROUND HERE no more !"" <BR> I am HAPPY to hear people say , "Wow! You look Great! " or "You LOST TEN pounds with Sparkpeople? What's THAT?" And I start telling them about THE BEST WEBSITE that is a COMMUNITY of FRIENDS that HELP EACH OTHER with ENCOURAGING WORDS,GOODIES ,COMMENTS and the like. <BR> I was SURPRISED to hear my HUSBAND comment how he did WITH ENCOURAGING WORDS ~Don't get me wrong ~he IS ENC... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 00:28:46 EST THANKFUL BLESSINGS~Saying KIND Words~Beginning An UPLIFTING FAMILY TRADITION!~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097934 How are you? How is your day going? How are you feeling right now? <BR> All kind questions that MAKE US THINK about OURSELVES and reflect inward. <BR> But I would like to share with you a tradition my DH came up with after a particularly HARD DAY of RAISING OUR DS! <BR> He said ~"After dinner, I would like to try something new. I call it ,"THANKFUL BLESSINGS". I want each of you to THINK OF ONE WAY to SAY A KIND COMMENT about EACH PERSON IN THE ROOM." We each took some time to reflect on th... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 07:36:11 EST LOST 10!~DID IT AGAIN ~ROUND 2 ~DING !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097155 Well, I did it AGAIN!! I lost that TENTH POUND! It is SO REWARDING to KNOW that you have a WEIGHT LOSS TOOL that WORKS ! AND.. it KEEPS WORKING !! <BR> Backtrack ~a moment ~6 years ago~I was introduced to Sparkpeople and was enchanted ! Here was a WEIGHT LOSS TOOL that I could USE ,that was FREE and that WORKS~ THE HEALTHY WAY! It is ALL UP to ME! MY FOOD CHOICES, MY EXERCISE CHOICES ~WHAT FREEDOM! <BR> I like numbers ,calculations and INFORMATION ! SPARKPEOPLE has ALL of those! <BR> 6 years ... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 09:01:56 EST My VISION Blog~Setting Up GOALS for my PRESENT with a LOOK towards the Future! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094135 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f32b2411-df17-40e9-bb20-365aa2460b2a.jpg">This little boy of mine~I am going to let YOU SHINE! I couldn't sleep....so I am WIDE-AWAKE on SP at 5:26AM in the morning and I am NOT a morning person! Those of you who see my friend feed or observe when I am writing comments KNOW I am a night o w l ! Right now~ I am hurting ~ you see, I fell down using my Soloflex ~the strap slid and down I went on the HARD STEEL post so I have a bad bruise on my l... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 07:49:37 EST WOO HOO ~Looking GOOD and FEELING IT,TOO!~{Photo included!!!} http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091581 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2cb316f8-5993-407b-9ef2-18317df7d7c6.JPG"> <em>244</em> I was looking in the mirror while choosing an outfit to wear for one of our Valentine's Day parties and <em>244</em> I was HAPPY to see I LOOK GOOD! So I took this selfie to record this for my blog! I hadn't lost any more weight since January 22nd, 2016~ {I happened to see one of my old blogs} and I haven't put my FULLEST CONCENTRATION yet on my PROBLEM AREA ~snacking ,BUT I DO SEE t... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 07:40:27 EST How to Make Those CALORIES WORK FOR YOU! ~A Few Tips~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089278 Being on SP quite a while has its perks~for one, learning to put all the food tracked INTO my cupboard and USE it! Some of the foods that have helped me in which I get NUTRITION IN and LESS CALORIES OUT is..... <BR> <BR> LIQUIDS~WATER ~Drink MORE TEA ~0 calories <BR> ~Unsweetened ALMOND MILK {SILK SOY brand} ~1/2 cup = 15 calories * <BR> *This HELPS ME get in my dairy and protein at the same time! I USE IT instead of milk in my cereal. <BR> ~Soup~my DH made a 61 CALORIE VEGETABLE & WILD RICE... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:03:33 EST