MOSTMOM1's SparkPeople Blog MOSTMOM1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community BIG Numbers! Celebrating some mighty BIG numbers today!!! 50-18-25-2171 <BR> <BR> 50-That's how old I am today and I'm so excited about it. If I had a badge, I'd wear it. <BR> <BR> 18- Audrey just turned 18. <BR> <BR> 25-Randy and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary last July. Half my life with this amazing guy. <BR> <BR> 2171--Are you ready?? I'm not making this up. That's my current exercise streak. NO LIE!!!! <BR> <BR> Those are some numbers worth celebrating, so of course I had to chat abou... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:04:03 EST Tiny Bit of Hoop Flow I'm dragging you along through my hoop flow class, which means I'm going to share my progress along the way. So, here's the next tiny bit I learned last week. I'm going to try to string it all together, if I can remember everything. We shall see. So much fun. <BR> <BR> And yes, I'm still in my pjs. It's my day off. <BR> <BR> Also, Spark shared a blog I wrote about body acceptance. Y'all know how important I think that is. I'm so glad they asked me to share, but I'm cracking up at the pic th... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:54:23 EST More Adventures in Eating Y'all know anytime I try something new, I'm compelled to share it with you. Well, the Mostellers are trying some new stuff in the kitchen. Remember a while back when I told you that I convinced Randy to let me try one of those home meal delivery plans? You know, the ones where you get a box of food, recipes and detailed instructions delivered to your door? We've been using that service ever since, usually for 2-3 meals a week. Last week, I put our account on hold. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wron... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 09:23:26 EST Hoop Flow: Starting Over I started my online hoop flow class all over because I couldn't keep up with it the first time. Thankfully, it's online and you can do the lessons anytime you want. The whole class is supposed to take 21 Days. HA! It takes me one week to learn one day's lesson. LOL Did I mention that I enjoy working at my own pace? <BR> <BR> At any rate, I started over and re-learned the first three sessions. This stuff is so much fun and it helps stretch out my neck and shoulders. Plus, it's good to make m... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 20:31:34 EST A Blog About Nothing In Particular I've been telling myself I need to get back to weekly blogging, but I kept waiting to have something halfway interesting to say. Nothing came to mind, so I've decided to just go ahead and write a blog about nothing in particular. I'm still Sparking along. I've cut down on sweets and the scale is slowly thinking about moving downward. I'm hoping to break into the 180's during this current 5% challenge, or at least come mighty close to it. 189, I'm coming for you! <BR> <BR> Anyhow... I realize... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:24:40 EST Happy National Kazoo Day 2017! Happy National Kazoo Day!!! How are you celebrating this important holiday? Sadly, I lost my voice this week, along with the ability to kazoo. Fortunately, I had a bunch of pristine, never-before-used kazoos on-hand. So, some of my friends from my Creative Arts Team helped me mark this auspicious occasion. Please enjoy our rendition of "You Are My Sunshine" in a variety of keys. What we lack in musicality, we make up for with enthusiasm. <BR> <img src=" Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:03:00 EST Catching Up! Long time no blog! I've had every intention of blogging or vlogging for the last two months, but every time I sat down to do it, my brain said, "nope." See, I had to take a creative respite. You creative-types know what I'm talking about. (Actually, I think everyone is a creative-type, so...) At any rate, by the time 2016 came to a close, I had used up the bulk of my creative juice and am just now slowly kicking it back into gear. In case you're interested, I'll try to sum up the last couple ... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:12:05 EST GuiltyPleasureSingalong Love Will Keep Us Together I hadn't planned on posting two Guilty Pleasures Singalongs in a row, but after the crazy week we've had in the States, I thought it was a good idea. So let's all tap our toes, break out the bell-bottoms and SING ALONG! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Check it out, I got new glasses! Blue and nerdy - woohoo! <BR> <BR> I'm swamped with Christmas production stuff right now, but I really want to try to shoot a hoop vlo... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 18:45:42 EST Chasing 195 and Guilty Pleasures Sing-Along I promised I wouldn't flood you with my Creative Sprint entries and I don't think I have. This is the last week! I hadn't planned on sharing this here, but then I thought, "Shoot, it's Monday. A lot of people have to go back to work today and that can be a little rough. Maybe a guilty pleasures sing-along is exactly what they need." The prompt was to interpret your favorite song lyrics. This was the first thing that popped into my head. Take "Build Me Up, Buttercup" with you wherever you go t... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:50:57 EST GREEN!! Wow! I hadn't realized it's been so long since I blogged... Thought I'd dash over here and drop a super short, creative sprint video because it includes a dash of exercise, so it bleeds over into SparkWorld. Today was the most gorgeous day; it practically begged for hooping. Audrey had the day off and spent the whole morning riding her bike all over town. I'm taking Bubba out for a long walk now. I LOVE FALL!!!! Thank goodness it's finally here. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to let you know that I ... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:40:45 EST Creative Sprint Warmup (no running involved) Thought I'd post one quick little reminder here, just in case anyone wants to join us in playing the global art game, Creative Sprint for the month of October. No actual running, but it's exercise for your brain! We explain it a little more in the video but if you wanna play, go here to sign up: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It's free and it's just for fun. You don't have to be a fancy pants artist or anything. I'm a firm believer in the value of play and creativity for o... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:07:53 EST Shoulder Hooping Recital Okay, you've heard me talk about this shoulder hooping class all month. We finished on the 21st. I'm happy to say that I made it to class every day. (The fact that it was an online class I took in my home office might have helped...) Here's my sticker calendar for the class. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Like a ninja! <BR> <BR> At any rate, I felt like it deserved some sort of recital, so here we go. And of course,... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:43:27 EST One Step Away From A Christmas Miracle Popping in here to tell you some exciting news, like this is one step away from a Christmas Miracle, I kid you not. Here it is: <BR> <BR> I can look over my shoulder. <BR> <BR> I'm sorry if you were expecting something more dramatic, but I assure you, this is dramatic to me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Okay, it's not this dramatic. <BR> <BR> You know me with my wonky neck, right? I'm so careful not to upset it... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:08:41 EST Let Yourself Be Terrible So glad today is my day off and Audrey doesn't have school! I hadn't planned on posting a vlog today, but I was out walking with Bubba and wanted to pass along a few words of encouragement. <BR> <BR> First, me and shoulder hooping... I want to say I like it because I think I do, but I'm too stiff and sore right now to say it aloud. I can't tell how much of that is from the hooping class and how much is from work yesterday. We struck the drive-in movie set after church yesterday and it was a... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 13:37:07 EST Judgment-Free Fundapop in the Morning Y'all know how important I think play is. Not only can it be a good way to stay active, I think it keeps your mind sharp and jumpstarts creativity. So when my BFF (Shelley with an ey) and I had a breakfast meeting and found a park right across from the restaurant, well... Thought I would share our little video with you because it was just two middle-aged moms having fun in the park. I ended up playing Fundapop again with a co-worker/buddy in the church lobby. So much fun. We ran all over the ... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 14:02:48 EST The Swishy Hoop Wrap Thing! I finally learned a new hoop move!!!! It took me all week, but I learned a new thing and it's so much fun. Of course, now that I watch it, it looks ridiculously simple and I can't believe it took me all week. I assure you, it did. <BR> <BR> But of course you have to sit through a story first; you knew you would, right? I can't help it; it's what I do. And I know I've shared this story in the past but it went along with how I was feeling with this hoop challenge. For the Awkward Girls!!!! <BR... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:27:12 EST The Video That Wouldn't Load Well, let's try this again shall we? This is the vlog that goes with the blog below. Doesn't that sound a little Seussian? Look up, look down, look all around. <BR> <BR> Anyway, hopefully this will work. Otherwise, I'm guessing SP is having issues with their video hosting folks. Things happen. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, enjoy this picture of a happy sloth: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 09:32:41 EST Hoop Reboot Wk 3: And the Thumb Piano... Okay, this video decided not to load. Ever. So I reloaded it in a separate blog, right above this one. All this fuss over a video about absolutely nothing important. LOL <BR> <BR> Week 3 of 4 on the hoop reboot adventure. I had hoped to share some amazing new move or something. Nope. Not this week. But hey, I hooped every day and there's this thumb piano thing... <BR> <BR> I seriously did want to edit the wrong notes out of this lil video, but I couldn't. This morning, I got to teach/preach... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:44:49 EST Hoop Reboot Week 2: Try all the new things Hey Sparkers! Posting a late blog today. I hurried and shot a quick vlog during my lunch break, but I'm just now getting a chance to post here. This has been a big week. Audrey started her Junior year at her new school. So far, so good. We've all been adjusting to our new, regular schedule. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I wanted to check in and give you an update on my Hoop Reboot: Week 2. I've walked and ho... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 21:16:28 EST Hoop Reboot: Week 1 And lo, I have survived Week 1 of the Hoop Reboot project. I mentioned that my SparkBuddy, Jodi talked me into doing this online hoop reboot an instructor was offering for the month of August. Jodi's either being a really good friend and trying to hoop me back into shape, or she's taking a roundabout way of killing me. I'm still trying to decide. Let's give her the benefit of the doubt. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 21:11:13 EST Mall Parking Lot Harmonica Concert About halfway through my staycation and tempted to wish it were longer. :) Really enjoying my downtime. This morning, I had breakfast with my bestie, Shelley. (Yes, two Shellieys. We call ourselves ShellSquared.) Anyway, you remember one of my staycation goals was to start playing through my harmonica lessons? Well, I made it through one song, kinda, sorta--it's a start. So of course I had to share it with you--why wouldn't I? It can only get better from here. <BR> <BR> Other monumental thin... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 14:10:52 EST Walking at Work Hello SparkBuddies! Thought I'd post a quick vlog I shot at work. If I look slightly tired and disheveled, it's because I am. (lol) Randy and I have had an intense couple of weeks, dealing with crises, putting out fires, etc. Plus, I'm taking the entire week off next week, so I needed to cram two weeks of work into this week, so I can waltz off guilt-free. You know how it is. But here it is Friday and we've survived! Huzzah!! <BR> <BR> At any rate, this is how I beat the heat and cold someti... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:56:07 EST Teeny Tiny Ukulele Concert You know sometimes I just have to share fun little things with y'all, right? So when two of my friends gave me a tiny ukulele from their trip to Hawaii, I couldn't keep that to myself. That would be wrong. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> How cute is that? <BR> <BR> And since it came from Hawaii, you know I had to play THE song, right? You know the one... <BR> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218</em> <em>218<... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 18:57:26 EST What We Saw On Our Morning Walk Yay! Technical glitches are fixed and I can finally post this little video I wanted to show you yesterday. I was so excited to come across this in our neighborhood, I couldn't wait to share it with you. <BR> <BR> In case you're on your mobile device and can't watch the video--spoiler alert, I found a Little Free Library. I had heard of these and had seen a few online, but had never spotted one out in the wild before. I love the idea of a neighborhood book exchange; this is such a clever way... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 13:58:47 EST Human Seesaw Hello SparkWorld! <BR> <BR> Bubba says, "Hello." <BR> <img src=""> <BR> A dog and his Tuggo, what could be better? <BR> <BR> So, how are you? I watch what folks are doing through my newsfeed and stuff, but it's a blur sometimes. I thought when the Holiday Trifecta was over, I might be able to get back to semi-regular blogging. Alas, I didn't anticipate the Wonderful World of Summer School. It's like this--Audrey... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 08:49:52 EST Catching Up Hey there! Long time no blog! I'm still here. I log in every day, spin the wheel, enter my numbers for my 5% challenge, but that's about it. One more big holiday to go and then I can catch a breath. But I had to sneak away from my desk and a mountain of housework to share a woohoo moment and something that's working for me right now. To have one toe in Onederland and a temporary help with meals during this busy season--that's stuff I have to share. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Fri, 13 May 2016 15:37:55 EST 1794: Sort of Historical It was a beautiful day, I was waiting for stuff to upload on my computer, so Bubba and I snuck out for a walk and took you with us. Haven't had much time for blogging or vlogging lately. Audrey's birthday was yesterday. She turned 17 and we made it a day. Also, I'm in the middle of what I call the Holiday Trifecta at work: Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day. It's a great season but it keeps me hopping. Still Sparking, though! My exercise streak is intact (that's what this vlog is about), I... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 18:06:37 EST Week of Happy: Day 7 Well, this is the last day of the Week of Happy. Of course, finding the joy in the ordinary is something I try to do every day, but this is the last day of blogging about it daily. Whew, daily blogging is a commitment! But I've enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> I must admit, the last couple of days turned out differently than I expected. I wasn't expecting to catch a cold. I had planned on spending some of my happy time working on the new harmonica a buddy gave me, but that's not something you do with ... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:21:15 EST Week of Happy: Day 6 Today's happy is a wee bit tricky. There are a ton of germs flying around town right now, and one of them finally caught me. Nothing big, just the coughing, run-down, blah thing. Not a lot of happy there. <BR> <BR> BUT... <BR> <BR> I had slated today for a writing day anyway. I planned on working from home and writing all day. I have a lot of content to create over the next couple of weeks. Happily, I was able to write and stay in bed and rest at the same time. Happy. I used my iPad and my ... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 22:40:18 EST Week of Happy: Day 5 Buzzing in here, to leave my Big Happy for the day. I have work night with my crew and I know it will be a late one. So here's my happy for the day-- <BR> <BR> Do any of you remember an older vlog I did, way back in August, where I talked about walking through life with my eyes wide open? Here's a link, if you want to check it out: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988072 </link> <BR> <BR> I still try to do that every day, keep my eyes wide... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:43:29 EST Week of Happy: Day 4 Right off the bat, my day started with Happy. I got a phone call at 5am, telling me that school was cancelled. I semi-woke Audrey up and told her, so she wouldn't get up half an hour later. She croaked, "Thank you, God," and went promptly back to sleep. I seriously considered going ahead and getting up at my regular 5:30 time, to work on stuff. I considered that for approximately the amount of time it took for me to let Bubba out to do his business, and then climb back upstairs into bed. Went... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 21:31:08 EST Week of Happy: Day 3 Yes, Monday is allowed to participate in the Week of Happy. (lol) Actually, I'm a big fan of Monday because it's my day off. It's the one day I'm usually guaranteed of finding more than ten minutes of "intentional happiness." So here's the rundown of today, so far: <BR> <BR> Work. Okay, I'm not supposed to be working on my day off, but technically, this doesn't count. I spent the morning, working on a personal project. It used a bit more of my brain power than I intended, but I enjoyed worki... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 14:01:57 EST Week of Happy: Day 2 The Week of Happy continues! Let me first begin by showing you the socks I wore today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Business Ninja <BR> <BR> Yes, I know they look like Air Traffic Controllers, but I assure you, they are ninjas. I enjoyed knowing these little guys were defending my toes all day. Okay, on to more happy-- <BR> <BR> Some of you know that my husband and I are pastors. He's the Executive Pastor and I'm... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 20:58:08 EST Week of Happy, Day 1 I participate in a 5% Challenge on one of my SparkTeams. Every week, we work on a different goal, in addition to nutrition and fitness. This week, we're supposed to take at least ten minutes a day and do something that makes us happy. This is my favorite mini-challenge, because this is something I try to do in my every-day, walking around kind of life. I absolutely love to find or make happy wherever I can. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:29:17 EST Happy National Kazoo Day! Yes, it's National Kazoo Day! Oddly enough, I didn't get the day off from work, but I managed to celebrate during my lunch break. Since it was such a special day, I bought myself a new, metal, trombone kazoo. I will now share my noisy, ruckus of a celebration with you. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Classy <BR> <BR> Speaking of classy, check out my new water bottle. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:37:45 EST Secret Ninja Mission I was going to post this earlier, but I got busy with work and forgot. This is simply a silly little, for fun, vlog. I just wanted to take you on a secret, ninja mission that Bubba and I took in our neighborhood. <BR> <BR> Just because. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It's fun being a ninja. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Bubba and his drea... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 15:31:41 EST Nothing Earth-Shattering, Just a Tiny Update Happy New Year to you!!! I just came off of an incredibly relaxing, much-needed couple of days of rest. The week after Christmas is just about my favorite week of the year. I get to stop, take a breath, and give my brain a rest. Fun thing is, that always leads to incredible, creative surges afterwards. It’s cool how that works out. Gotta give that brain a rest every now and then! Speaking of creative surges, this happened this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 4 Jan 2016 13:49:01 EST One-Woman Band, Jingle Bells Ever since I saw Dick Van Dyke as Bert in Mary Poppins, I've wanted to be a one-woman band. I keep adding quirky instruments to my repertoire. Some of them can be played simultaneously, but not all. Until now. Modern technology has made it possible for me to achieve that childhood dream. It's not as good as Bert, and I still have a lot to learn, but oh boy, is it fun. So, of course, I thought I would share the results with y'all. Enjoy one minute of ridiculous silliness. It's a good way to st... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:06:46 EST Full Disclosure From Any Angle Apparently, I've decided to stop blogging altogether. I just realized my last blog was at the end of September. Oops. For some reason, I've stopped receiving all notifications from Spark, so I feel like I've been flying blind. Hopefully, I can find out what's up with that. But everything's fine. I'm still Sparking, still logging in, still keeping the exercise streak going, still participating in challenges. The scale has even started its slow and steady descent to Onederland. I've just been c... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:44:36 EST Trekking Back to Onederland with BFHGs I started a new, 5% challenge over the weekend. This is my umpteenth one. I love this challenge and my team. It’s part of what made SparkWorld come alive to me, years ago. However, I’ve pretty much phoned it in, during the last couple of challenges. I still exercised every day (my streak is still alive) and completed most of the mini challenges, but I wasn’t trying super hard. It’s the truth. But I feel different this time. I kind of have some of that old “zing” back. I think part of it is be... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 12:40:19 EST Partners Again! Question for my longtime, SparkBuddies: do you remember when Audrey (my daughter) and I sparked everything together? We hula hooped, planned meals, cooked, blogged and vlogged, etc. And then, she became a full-fledged teenager, needed her space and we all missed her, but we were cool about it? Good news. We are partial partners again. She's 16, in high school, still needs her space and I'm still cool about that. She still doesn't want to hoop and vlog and that's okay too. But, she and I are ... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 09:53:53 EST And to Think That I Saw It On My Morning Walk This is longer than my usual vlogs, but it’s been a while since we went on a Bubba walk and I thought these were some fun thoughts for a Monday. If you skip the video, just know that your homework is to go read, “And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street,” by Dr. Seuss. Then, “see what you can see today,” in your ordinary, walking-around, going to work kind of life. Try walking through the day with your eyes wide-open and see what happens. It’s bound to make things interesting. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:03:13 EST Where Are Your Feet? I’ve telepathically blogged several times in the last couple of weeks, but have yet to get that system to come full-circle. So I’m finally sitting down, to write a few words. We’ve been the good kind of busy around here. Audrey came home from her summer trip with the grandparents and we’ve been soaking up all of our last days of freedom from the school schedule. Nothing big, just relaxing, hanging out with friends, mild shopping trips for school stuff; you know the drill. Our son celebrates h... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:41:02 EST Good Things Take Practice, Even Opus 6 Have you been waiting for an update, regarding my ukulele, fingerpicking class? I’m sure you have. I’m sure it was right on top of your priority list. Right? Okay, I’ve spared you most of it. You’re welcome. My Facebook friends have been subjected to updates, along with the Lava Song (from Pixar’s “Inside Out”). But I spared you most of that, until now, because I’ve learned something SparkWorthy from this latest endeavor. <BR> <BR> Good things take practice. My parents taught me when I was a... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:36:28 EST I Sorried Myself!!! First, a HUGE thank you to my SparkBuddies for all the advice and encouragement lately! I read every single message, comment and goodie note and they’re incredibly helpful. I really appreciate it. You’ve given me all kinds of amazing suggestions, books to read and wise words, as I sort out this “back to square one” thing. Sometimes, I have to really think things through; it has to click in my mind, before it clicks in my body. I don’t feel like my introspection has been a waste of time. I’m g... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:30:41 EST Streak Update and Car Concert: With Bubba I thought it was time for a Streak Update. Believe it or not, in spite of weight gain, injuries and other nonsense, my exercise streak is still intact. Today is Day 1,546. That's One Thousand, Five Hundred and Forty-Six days of moderate exercise, at least 15 minutes, usually more. You don't have to be perfect, to celebrate some woohoo moments! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My SparkBuddy DALMOM2007 told me about this... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:15:23 EST The Motivation Switch It’s funny what motivates us sometimes, isn’t it? I just started another 5% challenge. Actually, I usually try to underachieve and lose approximately 1.5%, which is more realistic for me. They’re understanding and let me set my own goals. That’s a good thing. Anyway, I was taking stock of things and owning up to the fact that I’m only 8 pounds away from where I started on SparkPeople a few years ago. Not quite all the way back to the beginning, but pretty darn close. <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:47:15 EST Rest+Play+Friends=Staycation Did you see the clouds part over Ohio and hear an angelic chorus on Sunday? I did, because, lo—the Holiday Trifecta is complete. Good Friday/Easter, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day—have been thoroughly celebrated, appreciated, learned from, and packed away for another year. I made sure to schedule this week off, so I could work on recharging my battery. STAYCATION!! WOOOHOOOO!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Time off ... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:23:46 EST Floccinaucinihilipilification and Mental Marathons Yes, I realize this is a ridiculous video, but I thought I’d share, just for fun. Yesterday, I posted this pic on Facebook: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> “This, my friends, is the word of the day and if you hear it pronounced, you will want to turn it into a song and drop it into the score of Mary Poppins or the like.” <BR> <BR> One of my friends immediately challenged me to write a song, with my ukulele, post a vi... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 12:27:33 EST Crazy Hoop I’ve been waiting for a chance to share this crazy hoop with y’all! Have you ever seen anything like it? As I said in the vlog, if you have a hoop like this and love it, that’s great. Whatever floats your boat. I’m gonna save mine for special occasions… <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It looks like it has google eyes! Why is SP posting my pics upside-down? <BR> <BR> But I love having friends who think of me when they... Mon, 18 May 2015 12:19:36 EST