NILLAPEPSI's SparkPeople Blog NILLAPEPSI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community You have a purpose. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Don't ever forget that! <BR> <BR> I just want to take the opportunity to thank you all for reading my blogs. I always hope that I help someone else as I'm helping myself along this journey. I read every comment & appreciate your support so much. Rock on, y'all! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:03:04 EST Haha! Nice try! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Keep pushing! We can do this!! <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:19:04 EST Halloween Group Therapy. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Haha! <BR> <BR> Make today count!!!! <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:04:11 EST Hubcap art exhibit. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hubby & I went to the mountains of Virginia for a couple of days over the weekend (today is his birthday) & we saw the coolest exhibit at a museum. People were tasked with make art out of old hubcaps. What a cool idea!! <BR> <BR> Here are some of my faves: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:24:43 EST Exercise routine. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hahahahahaha! Too funny!! <BR> <BR> But don't let this be you! I can't let it be me! I have a plan! Let's do this!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> No blog until Monday. Going road trippin' with my sweet hubby for a couple of days. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:30:51 EST Why we should never give up. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wow! That is just amazing!! <BR> <BR> Every healthy choice that we make & every fitness minute that we accomplish is changing us for the better. Just keep moving forward, little by little, step by step. We'll get there!! <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:07:10 EST Choose to have a great attitude. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The choice is yours -- great attitude . . . stinky attitude. Life is sooooo much better with a great attitude. <BR> <BR> Keep smiling, y'all!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>390</em> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 04:11:41 EST Look for something positive. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I do this first thing in the morning, my day goes better. Give it a try!! <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:15:20 EST You know how much I like spiders . . . . . . NOT!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Yep, sounds just like me!! <BR> <BR> Get moving today!! <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:54:56 EST Hah! Too funny!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Make it a great day!! <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 08:19:35 EST Please do not try this at home (or anywhere). <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 07:32:03 EST 100% track record . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Keep that in mind today & every day. We really CAN do this!! <BR> <BR> I haven't posted any pics of my niece Saige, lately. She'll be 2 on November 29. If you have been following my blogs for a long time, you may remember that she was born 6 weeks early, the day after my brother had MAJOR neck surgery, so my brother & his wife were in the hospital at the same time. They were quite the "talk of the town" & rece... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 04:20:01 EST The Walking Curvy Girl T-Shirts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am soooo excited! My Buddy Jen, who kinda heads up The Walking Curvy Girls had t-shirts made for us. Aren't they adorable? I can't wait to wear mine!! <BR> <BR> I hope you all are well. Please say a little prayer for my hubby. He's been so sick with a terrible cold. My heart just breaks for him. He is so precious to me & I don't like for him to be sick. Thanks so much!!! <BR> <BR> Make today count!! <... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 04:09:59 EST Bah ha ha ha ha! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh my goodness! This totally cracks me up. I kind of wish it was true sometimes. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 8 Oct 2014 04:22:45 EST Pink it up!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Every October I get up on my little soapbox & remind you ladies to go get the girls checked. I'm still here because of a routine mammogram that caught breast cancer in the very early stages. I was so fortunate that I did not have to have chemo because it was caught so early. <BR> <BR> I am the 3rd generation of some type of cancer in my family (breast cancer - paternal grandmother & myself; uterine cancer - my ... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 04:31:49 EST How I lost weight while on vacation. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I lost 1 pound while I was on vacation last week. It took some effort on my part, but here's what I did & it was worth it!! <BR> <BR> We had lots of activities planned. I didn't actually go to the gym, but we did lots & lots & lots of walking & sight-seeing. <BR> <BR> I had 12000+ steps each day except for 2 days. Those 2 days, I did a lot extra: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 6 Oct 2014 04:35:24 EST Squeaky rubber pork chop diet. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yuck! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Hello, SparkFriends! <em>334</em> My vacation starts as soon as I get home from work this evening. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I'll be checking in for my 5% challenge while I am away & I am taking my scale with me so I can still weigh in. <BR> <BR> I have lots of activity planned. I want to see if I can actually lose weight while on vacation. I know it's possible, I just h... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 04:12:55 EST Plan vs. reality. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Haha! That bottom one totally looks like my journey. But that's ok. I'll still make it. <BR> <BR> Let's do this! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 04:20:45 EST Make it worth telling!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We've got this! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 04:17:57 EST Are you prepared to succeed? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Something to ponder today. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 04:16:24 EST It's a process . . . change takes time. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Don't give up if you don't see results after just a few weeks. There are things going on inside that you can't see. <BR> <BR> Just keep moving, keep making those healthy choices, keep exercising. <BR> <BR> It's a process & change takes time. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 04:22:55 EST Those Crazy Walking Curvy Girls! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm the one in the tie-dyed t-shirt. Love my tie-dye. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I've been walking with The Walking Curvy Girls (my walking club) this weekend. They are a fun bunch! It's never the same group twice because people walk as their schedule allows. <BR> <BR> I was off from work on Friday & we walked for 75 minutes. I had 14503 steps on Friday. Yesterday, I went to the gym & did mostly ST & a we... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:45:08 EST 5% Challenge before photos. Gooooooo Spirited Underdogs!!! <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is the start of the 5% challenge & I'm so excited. It gives me a little incentive to push myself a bit. I tend to be competitive so that helps. I will also be on vacation for part of the challenge & that's a good incentive for me not to eat a bunch of junk.... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:19:52 EST Never too late . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>353</em> <em>354</em> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:28:26 EST New karate instructor. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh my goodness! This is so true! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Ugh! Spiders are so creepy looking!!! Eeeeek!! <BR> <BR> Hey, at least if you get a web in your face, you got in a bit of cardio, right? <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:15:41 EST No passion in playing small. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What great things can we do today? What can we do to get us closer to our goals? <BR> <BR> Points to ponder. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:29:24 EST Attitude & altitude. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Every day, we go through the day "sportin' a 'tude." Make sure you're sportin' the right one. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Let's fly!! <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:05:11 EST If only . . . LOL! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Have a Spark-tacular day!! <BR> <BR> Blessings to you! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:11:43 EST Until you learn it well . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Modified Crow Push-ups. So hard for me even to do the modified version. I don't have very good upper body strength, so even modified (doing the move on your knees rather than on your toes) has been a challenge. <BR> <BR> This is a regular crow push-up: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As you lower your body, you bring your knee to your elbow. I have done ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:20:45 EST Don't sit on a cactus. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh my gosh! I love this!! I have so many negative people around me sometimes, but I don't have to take what they're dishing out. If you have people in your life like that, you don't have to take it either. <BR> <BR> Let's not sit on a cactus today . . . or any day. <BR> <BR> Keep smiling, y'all!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:48:35 EST 2014 Fall 5% Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Soooo, I'm doing the Fall 5% Challenge. Never done one before, so I'm pretty excited. I need a little kick in the rear. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Diet: I don't really do a "diet" because I have a hard time with those. You all know my schedule is wacko & my hubby cooks healthy dinners for me, so what works for me is I know what I am supposed to eat & I just log it all into the SparkPeople Food Tracker & stay... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:22:46 EST Be optimistic. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Don't leave home without your optimism today. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:06:53 EST Your day will come. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wishing you an awesomely wonderful day, SparkFriends!! <BR> <BR> Keep on keeping on! We'll get there. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 04:16:04 EST Go together. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think this is what SparkPeople is all about, don't you? <BR> <BR> Update on my Aunt Doris: She is doing fantastic. She sat up for a long while yesterday. Her cheeks are nice & pink once again. We look forward to having a family reunion in October & Aunt Doris should be nearly as good as new by then. Thanks so much for your prayers, SparkFriends. I appreciate each & every one of you. <BR> <BR> Let's "go... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 04:11:34 EST Count your blessings. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How many blessings can you count today? <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 04:10:56 EST Hope and faith. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a "fantabulous" day, my SparkFriends! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for your prayers for my Aunt. She has indicated that she is in no pain. Wow! That is a miracle indeed. Please keep those prayers coming! <BR> <BR> No blog until Monday. Hubby & I have a super crazy busy weekend taking care of some stuff for my mom-in-law (who is doing well, by the way). For those who haven't been foll... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 07:16:58 EST Everything is a miracle! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I see miracles all around me every day. Right now, I hear the crickets & the frogs singing -- a miracle. The sun will come up in a couple of hours -- another miracle. They are everywhere, if you choose to see them. <BR> <BR> Look for your miracles today. <BR> <BR> We had quite a surprise yesterday & I was soooooo busy at work that I couldn't update you, but my Aunt had the surgery yesterday. She did very,... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 04:12:55 EST How far have you gotten? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have to remind myself of this over & over. <BR> <BR> How far have you gotten? Keep going! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My Aunt's open heart surgery to implant the LVAD device is on Thursday. I would so appreciate your prayers, my SparkFriends!! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 04:04:06 EST Set a goal ... dream a dream. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Tue, 2 Sep 2014 04:14:14 EST Learn the lesson . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is soooooo true!! Just when I think I've learned a lesson, I get another test & realize I didn't learn much at all. We talked about this at church yesterday. <BR> <BR> Pay attention to those lessons in life today. Let's learn what we need from them & move on. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 07:45:09 EST That is sooooo punny!! :-) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday's walk with The Walking Curvy Girls was awesome. Eleven ladies showed up. I had 10000 steps by the time we finished & 75 minutes (9600) of aerobic steps. Not too shabby. We walk again on Monday morning (I'm excited to be off from work so I can join them). <BR> <BR> Don't forget to work on your dreams today. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:08:40 EST The Walking Curvy Girls . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So yesterday I had my first walk with The Walking Curvy Girls (we all go to Curves). <em>211</em> Only 3 of us could make it yesterday but we had such a great time that we're doing it again this morning. I think 7 are to be there today, including the owner of my gym. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I didn't get to walk much outside of the scheduled walk because I had an eye doctor's appointment (I need glasses - boohoo... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:39:44 EST Don't talk yourself out of it . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some of the ladies at my gym have started a walking club. I go on my first walk with them today & I'm so excited!! <BR> <BR> Thanks so much for your prayers for my Aunt Doris. They determined she was not yet strong enough to have the LVAD implanted, so they put in a balloon pump instead. She has been on blood thinners since the heart attack last year, so we were concerned about blood loss during the surgery... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:11:03 EST Say what?!? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> We got a new 2nd line supervisor on Monday. I've heard horror stories from people who have worked for her in the past. I'm so glad that my 1st line supervisor is a buffer in between. The new horrors for our team have started already. ::sigh:: I'm going to lay low, do my job, keep my nose clean, stay out of her way & try that new stress relief. <em>211</em> <em>246</em> <BR>... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:11:22 EST The choice . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Please pray for my Aunt Doris. She had a heart attack a year ago & she's been declining since then. She's in the hospital with 10% heart function & failing kidneys. They are hoping to reverse the kidney issues & get her stable enough to implant an LVAD. Down the road, she may have transplant surgery. Thanks for your prayers, SparkFriends. <BR> <BR> Today, I still choose happiness in the midst of the storms... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:11:58 EST You have to do the walking. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of the hardest things about any journey is the length of time it takes to get to our destination. Just like being a kid in the backseat of the car, we keep asking, "Are we there yet?" We want to get there as fast as we can. <BR> <BR> I always thought I wanted that, too, but on THIS journey, I'm glad I'm taking it slow. I learn so much about myself along the way -- about what I can & "think" I can't do. <BR>... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:12:00 EST What are you believing? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Something to think about today. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 04:18:34 EST After the storms of life. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have found this to be so true in my life. If you're never tested, you won't have a chance to grow & become stronger. Always carry with you the lessons you have learned. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 08:33:49 EST Difficult roads & beautiful destinations. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Don't know about y'all, but that road looks about like my weight loss journey. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Never give up just because the road is difficult. If it was an easy road, we'd all be fit & trim by now. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hang in there! The destination i... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:30:43 EST Happy Friday Dance!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Make it a great day!!! Who's dancing with me? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:54:47 EST