NORTHWOODSMOM8's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NORTHWOODSMOM8 NORTHWOODSMOM8'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/ WOW--it's been a long while! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559182 Hello to all my dearest SparkFriends! I'm SO sorry I've been MIA for these last 4 months! I can't believe it's been FOUR months since I blogged! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> First off, my dear husband started a new job on September 23 after 10 months of unemployment which was the FIRST time in our marriage without a job. He is working as a Sales manager for a GREAT COMPANY! God was so, so faithful to meet our every need during the time off, and we give Him thanks for His abundant lovingkind... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 15:19:24 EST Update--8/28/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469205 Hi to all my dearest Spark friends! I haven't fallen off the face of the earth, but sometimes it feels like I'm close! <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Let's see--since I last updated a lot has happened. <BR> <BR> Today is day 123 of no refined sugar, pasta and rice, and I believe almost 2 months since any refined flour, but that could be off a little--it's been at least 6 weeks. You would think I'd dropped a LOT of weight! But no--this postmenopausal, insulin resist... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 19:15:03 EST 90 day streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435705 I'm THRILLED beyond words that today marks 90 full days of no refined sugar, pasta or rice, and very little white flour [been trying the last month not to eat any]. Rejoicing in God's grace that has empowered me with desire to change. And SO grateful that He rescued me from the vicious cycle of carb cravings!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1792452624.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thanks for letting me share with my wonderful Sparkies!!!! <em>334</em> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 22:37:43 EST WONDERFUL two weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429644 Hi everyone! Well, the last two weeks have been a whirlwind, but OH so wonderful! <BR> <BR> But first things first, today is day 86 for no refined sugar, rice and pasta, and VERY little white flour. This is the LONGEST I've ever gone--period--WITHOUT feeling deprived and having a 'woe is me' attitude! I honestly don't crave it ONE bit which is itself a MIRACLE! ha! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> My sister arrived July 7th with her three kids, my WONDERFUL nephews, Porter and Harrison, and ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:19:46 EST Funny Update :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409050 Hi everyone, this will be quick but I just HAD to share this funny story! <BR> <BR> Today, Mary came in and announced, "Mom, Emma is making a nest." WHAT! Her babies aren't even a month old! Next Mary runs in the house excitedly announcing, "Mom, Emma is HAVING babies." Come to find out a rabbit can be pregnant with MULTIPLE litters. She delivered 3 1/2 weeks ago, and now is delivering again! She was pregnant when she conceived AGAIN! Now we have 9 baby bunnies! But the FUNNY part is her co... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 22:11:37 EST Update for all my BEAUTIFUL friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386263 Hi everyone. I posted the other day that it had been 40+ days since eating refined sugar, pasta and rice, and VERY little white flour, and NOTHING changing on the scale. Today is day 45! Wooohooo! This is the longest I believe I've ever gone without that feeling of MISERY and DEPRIVATION! ha! Tomorrow will be a record for me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1186932780.jpg"> <BR> This is what I have to KEEP REMEMBERING! <BR> <BR> Well, the good news is I'm ... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:02:38 EST Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367406 Well, I was actually SHOCKED that the scale was friendly today! <em>334</em> I lost 2#'s and I'll TAKE it! Thank you, Jesus! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1278060584.jpg"> <BR> <BR> However, the victory I was going to tell you about had nothing to do with the scale. Thursday I traveled with a friend to pick up our bulk order at a Mennonite store. Afterwards we were going to have lunch at a Mexican restaurant but we were ten minutes early--they opened a... Sat, 25 May 2013 09:19:44 EST Update on Health Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357847 Here is a link to some of my health goals: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336694 </link> <BR> <BR> In addition to the coconut oil and the raw honey and real salt, I also had started oil pulling while in KC. <BR> <BR> <link>www.coconutresearchcenter.org/articl<BR>e%20oil%20pulling.htm </link> <BR> <BR> And after much research decided that I'm probably vitamin A & D deficient so I started a very good quality cod liver oil this ... Wed, 15 May 2013 20:31:14 EST Jonathan's Graduation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336712 Hi everyone! Finally able to post the slideshow that I did for Jonathan's graduation! It was a VERY special time! Fri, 26 Apr 2013 19:43:47 EST Mmmm--real food is SO good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336694 Hi everyone! Finally, we're back from our trip for Jonathan's graduation. We had THE best time with my family! 700 miles sure are a LONG way away--and it seems further, the older I get! One FUN thing is that my mom and I both qualified for a phone upgrade [I'm on my parent's plan, and my husband had always had company cell phones, but now we have to share until he finds another job], and I now am the proud owner of a iphone 4 for $.99--OH YEAH! <em>334</em> It's SO fun texting my mom... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 19:18:34 EST 100 Days of Real Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5326540 This is my 3rd week of changing my focus from losing weight to embracing a healthier lifestyle. I've cut refined sugar, flour, rice and pasta from my diet; however, I've still eaten corn tortilla chips, and I had some french fries yesterday at Jack Stack BBQ. Remember, I'm taking baby steps towards better health! <em>30</em> And, I'm pretty sure I'll never earn the title of 'perfect health nut'. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Nevertheless, today I was inspired by a 100 Day Challenge that I'... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:59:18 EST Week 3 & Spark Streaks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322528 Starting Week 3 of no refined sugar, flour, pasta and rice. <BR> <BR> Last night I did have a sweet tooth so I made some homemade Hot Fudge LaraBars: dates, pecans, cocoa and vanilla in the food processor until it forms a ball. I took about 1 TBS of LaraBar and about 1/3 cup of fresh strawberries in a ramekin and enjoyed EVERY bite! DELICIOUS! I've heard that dates are high glycemic, but I'm thinking with the balance of the nuts and strawberries that the 'sugars' went into my blood stre... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 08:12:57 EST Coaching Session http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318401 I'm SURE enjoying the coaching, and want to publicly thank my good friend, Dottee, for sharing the GREAT deal of 3 free months with a pre-order of the new book. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Today during my coaching session, I was encouraged to imagine being perfectly content with every aspect of life, and think about what that would look like. I liked this, and wanted to take this time to blog my response. As I thought of it, and my different roles in life, I came to the conclusion that I w... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:35:46 EST 8-Week Plan--baby steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315154 I'm VERY excited at the thought of taking baby steps towards better health! And what's amazing is I WANT to do it! TOTALLY God's grace! <BR> <BR> Before I share my plan, I wanted to tell you about our day. We went to our former church in KC and got to see our pastor! WHAT a blessing! Then we went to the KC symphony--WONDERFUL! Then Mom and Dad treated us to a stupendous Mexican food restaurant in downtown KC. Then we all went over to my brother's house and he sang three songs for me ... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 22:12:38 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5313944 Hi everyone. I've tried and tried to upload the video I made of Jonathan's graduation from Basic to no avail. My parent's internet is EXTREMELY slow! I will upload it when we return home. <BR> <BR> I was SO THRILLED to weigh today and see that I had gone down 4#'s! SO, SO thankful, and I honestly feel awesome! I had a luscious fruit salad w/plain greek yogurt sweetened w/banana, strawberry and stevia w/oats and pecans. WONDERFUL! I made 100% whole wheat buns for lunch and made them "T... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 20:01:17 EST Family Day w/Jonathan at Fort Leonard Wood, MO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310730 Well, have you ever spent LOTS of time writing a blog only to delete the ENTIRE thing! UGH!!! Well, I'll try again for as long as I can.. <BR> <BR> My two soldier boys! # 2 & # 4 sons <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l539338827.jpg"> <BR> Nate [in uniform] graduated in September from Basic, and now Jonathan graduates tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Mary [only daughter] was SO excited to see her brother! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1782458384.jpg">... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 22:05:33 EST SP Coaching…more news http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296194 Well, a complete week of 'coaching' under my belt, and I LOVE it! Has helped me SO, SO much! Some things that I've been pondering as I go through these coaching sessions: <BR> <BR> The "tipping point" theory from "The Spark". GREAT concept! Keep doing the good things and eventually your body will change. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1371678755.jpg"> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3943133 </link> <BR> <BR> "But learning... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:03:19 EST Warning: VERY Christian Based blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290718 The LORD showed me something the other day, and even though I've been a Christian for almost 34 years, I was awakened and enlightened. He showed me that having unforgiveness and unconfessed sin in my life gives satan legal ground to attack me. This was amazingly liberating! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2097391617.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The week before starting to Spark again, I was INCREDIBLY attacked by the enemy of our souls, and was extremely discouraged & def... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 08:06:50 EST YUMMY Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288791 Spinach <BR> Romaine lettuce <BR> .5 oz. raisins <BR> .1 oz of pecans <BR> .7 oz of Cabot 50% reduced fat cheddar <BR> 36 grams of avocado <BR> 2 small tomatoes <BR> 1 mushroom <BR> carrots strips <BR> hard boiled egg <BR> 4 TBS of my homemade ranch dressing: plain chobani greek yogurt, milk and powdered ranch dressing powder [33 calories, 2 carbs, 4 grams of protein and NO fat!] <BR> <BR> All for the GRAND total of 326 calories, 28 carbs, 17 grams of fat and 22 grams of protein! YUMMY, YUM... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 13:07:08 EST THANK YOU with tears! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287788 I have rec'd SO many nice notes and 'welcome backs' from my DEAREST Spark Friends that it truly brings me to tears! Thank you so much for the outpouring of LOVE and support this last week! I'm THRILLED to say that God is meeting me, and I can't thank you all enough for being part of this process! I'm probably down 3#'s, and my clothes are ALREADY feeling better! And even though I've only gotten in one walk this week [yesterday my girlfriend & I walked four miles], my food tracking has bee... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 13:36:56 EST Dear Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280010 Well, Today I pre-ordered the new book [THANK YOU, Dottee] and got 3 months of coaching for free! And I REALLY need it! I've gained 20#'s since hitting my goal weight in April 2011. Yes, it's discouraging! But somehow getting this free membership today is giving me HOPE! The first thing I read was to treat yourself the way you would treat others. I would NEVER tell a good friend, or one of my children, that they were a fat pig, and there was NO HOPE! Yet, I told myself that everyday this week... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 11:07:45 EST REPEAT BLOG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250612 I JUST found this and it encouraged me SO much: <BR> <BR> Monday, October 11, 2010 <BR> <BR> I can't even begin to put into words what it felt like to step on the scale after one month of doing things right and finding that I had lost 7 pounds!!!!! I danced all the way to the computer! In fact, I'm STUNNED that in 3 months I've lost 20#'s with SP! The scales didn't budge for weeks and that was somewhat discouraging so I decided to only weigh once a month--WOW! I thought MAYBE 2#'s, althou... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:08:25 EST PERSPECTIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224860 The relationship of aspects of a subject to each other and to a whole--I NEED perspective! <BR> <BR> I don't know where exactly I'm going with this, but I'm feeling so, so bad about myself with 20#'s to lose, and absolutely no inclination for embracing healthier eating & exercise. <BR> <BR> On this date I was ECSTATIC to be the weight I am right now! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3837453 </link> <BR> <BR> I felt good about mysel... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:10:12 EST PERSPECTIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224621 The relationship of aspects of a subject to each other and to a whole--I NEED perspective! <BR> <BR> I don't know where exactly I'm going with this, but I'm feeling so, so bad about myself with 20#'s to lose, and absolutely no inclination for embracing healthier eating & exercise. <BR> <BR> On this date I was ECSTATIC to be the weight I am right now! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3837453 </link> <BR> <BR> I felt good about mysel... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 16:47:54 EST This and That--1-18-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213523 Hi everyone, Was down most of the day, except for taking care of sick ones: taking temps, making tea, pushing tonics, heating corn bags, etc. Good thing I had so much cooking done this week 'cuz they've been eating leftovers for 2 days. I want SO badly to build our immune systems and be HEALTHY for more than two weeks!!!! <BR> <BR> Sipped 2 cups of Rosemary tea [steeped whole rosemary leaves] today and read that there are MANY health benefits as follows: <BR> <BR> Today rosemary tea is reco... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:34:09 EST This and That--1-15-13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208820 First let me preface, this is a lot of repeat to my SMHH team! <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> We had Andrew's birthday party Sunday night. Homemade chicken strips and French bread, homegrown frozen corn from my MIL, potatoes and onions, and German Chocolate cake and ice cream for dessert. AND I could NOT resist the cake! Believe me--I TRIED. One of the highlights was going around the supper table as each person expounded on the things they loved and appreciated about Andrew. TENDER moment and ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 18:14:31 EST Happy New Year 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190613 Hi everyone--boy do I MISS my SparkFriends and SparkPeople! One of my goals is to be MUCH more involved with the community in 2013--2 1/2 years have passed since joining and I was so much more involved in the beginning of my journey, but BOY can I tell a difference in my life [and body! <em>46</em> ] without the continuing involvement! <BR> <BR> First off, CONFESSION time--I've gained 16#'s from my 'weight maintenance' number, but 20#'s from my lowest weight on SparkPeople. NOT a happy ... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 20:35:14 EST CHRISTmas Letter 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161311 Bless us Lord, this Christmas, with quietness of mind; Teach us to be patient and always to be kind. - Helen Steiner Rice <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l774530624.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Treasured family and friends, I contemplated *not* even sending a letter this year. I wondered if people were weary of my letters every year, and then I realized that it’s important to connect at least once a year with those that are so important to us. I hope that I’ll be brief a... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 17:58:18 EST The MOST wonderful time of the year… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158612 Nana--the most BEAUTIFUL name in the world! MY Nana was the MOST special person in my life! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1033777075.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Isn't she BEAUTIFUL!!!! This is probably what she looked like in 1961 when I was born. <BR> <BR> When my mother was 23, she got pregnant with me, and 2 months later her father died of a massive heart attack. My grandmother was only 52, her husband was HER world, and she grieved much for his loss! Naturally, ... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 21:06:45 EST Rejoicing in the LITTLE things that are really the BIG things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157428 As many of you know, my husband lost his job over 3 weeks ago, and I've felt bad that I wouldn't be buying my kiddos gifts this year. We decided at Thanksgiving that we would exchange names and that would be our gift to each other [although LOTS of them are deciding to get everyone a gift--SO sweet!] <BR> <BR> Well, GOD is SO good and WONDERFULLY faithful to give us the desires of our heart--the ability to give each of our children a gift! We use our Cabela's credit card through the year ... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 19:10:24 EST Answered prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148435 As many of you know, my husband lost his job two weeks ago yesterday [time flies!]. We've certainly been in a state of upheaval and have had some turbulent moments, but God is miraculously giving us the grace to rest in Him, knowing that if He holds the world together in His hands, He can certainly hold our family together! Well, we decorated the house the other day for Christmas and Mary was quite disappointed that we weren't going to get a tree. I said, "Honey, we need to watch every penny ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 13:29:31 EST Thanksgiving Blessings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144083 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l722841538.jpg"> <BR> <BR> SO, SO grateful for our Heavenly Father's GOOD GIFTS to us--ALL our family around our Thanksgiving table, and food provisions fit for a KING! <em>30</em> God is GOOD!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l213364698.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1691955092.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1483157406.jpg"> <BR> <img src="... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 09:35:35 EST NEEDING my SparkFriends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140621 Oh, WHERE do I start! <BR> <BR> Today was NOT a good day! One week ago today we got the distressing news that my husband lost his job. I can't stop crying! I SO need to know the LORD delights in me and I know my SparkFriends will pray for me to that end! <BR> <BR> I'm not being steadfast in faith and I would SO APPRECIATE that you would pray that I would HOLD ON to the confidence He promises steadfast until the END! Every step is an effort! I feel a constant barrage of attacks from the ... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 16:33:56 EST Hard times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133132 I NEED your prayers--my husband's position was terminated today. Simply a financial decision on their part, but still incredibly difficult. Lost our health insurance effective TODAY! Lost the company vehicle, phone, computer, etc. Lost all our benefits! Lost our INCOME! PRETTY stressful! <BR> <BR> Thank you, thank you, thank you for your faithful prayers for our family! I heard a quote years ago that said, 'if God gives the mouths…He'll always provide the food.' <BR> <BR> BLESSINGS and muc... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:58:34 EST TEACH 'em young! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124942 You know how I adore my little baby boy, Sammy [NOT so little anymore--1st grade and excelling in reading and math and is a COMPLETE joy to homeschool!] <BR> <BR> As many of you know, we've ground our wheat and made our own bread for over 22 years--all of our 8 children have grown up eating this bread. Well, my Sammy is getting ready to go on an overnight with one of my dearest friends [like an aunt to him] and the following conversation transpired. We were sitting at the counter eating lu... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 13:37:10 EST Met B and Lab results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5112301 Elated, excited, exuberant are a few adjectives to describe my mother after receiving her lab results yesterday! She told the nurse that she wasn't taking metformin [I think I have that right, the diabetes medicine] but the nurse failed the tell the doctor. Her A1C had improved in the 8 weeks since starting our Met B diet [I think it went from 6.9 to 6.1] and her blood sugars were in the normal range. At the end of the letter he said he was very pleased, and to continue the metformin. At ... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 10:30:01 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086893 We are in week 7 of the MetB diet--technically you're not supposed to weigh for 8 weeks, but I've been naughty and weighed twice! <em>40</em> I've lost 8#'s so far, and I'm tickled pink with how my clothes are fitting, and how my stomach 'muffin top' is disappearing! And for my mother! WOW!!!! She has lost 12+#'s, off her diabetes meds and blood pressure meds. She is thinking that they'll cut her cholesterol meds, AND the most exciting part, she has MORE energy than she has had in YEA... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 17:36:26 EST Graduation pictures/updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070504 We are traveling back from my son, Nate's, graduation from Army bootcamp. We were in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri and it was such a beautiful time! My husband dropped me and 3 of the kids at my parents [KC] on Saturday and then he traveled south, continued working, and finally met up with Nate on Wednesday morning. VERY emotionally charged reunion! They both burst into tears!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l15170732.jpg"> Nate and my husband <BR> <BR> We ar... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 15:03:47 EST Good bye Kiwi http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040567 It's with a VERY heavy heart that I have to share that my son Jonathan's MOST loved bird, Kiwi, died today. And the tragedy of it all is that Jonathan was 'snuggling' with him while he was reading a book, fell asleep, rolled on Kiwi and he suffocated. Jonathan is a MESS with grief! And Mary is SO sad! Jonathan had told Mary [because she loved Kiwi probably as much as he did] that when he left for school that Kiwi would be her sole responsibility. She is in the tub soaking after a LONG cr... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 22:15:00 EST Update--This and That http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038963 WOW, what a MARVELOUS time I had in Brookings, South Dakota! My best friend, Terri, is the BEST hostess ever! I was greeted with hugs and kisses, brought to my beautifully decorated private room and found wrapped chocolates sprinkled on the bed with a beautiful plaque and a pound of gourmet coffee awaiting my enjoyment! NOW that was just the WELCOME! Every day, after my time in the bathroom, I was greeted with GIFTS on my bed--a purse holder, a beautiful infuser set, necklace and earrings, a... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 14:48:03 EST Phone Call Blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028283 Today, I got the MOST wonderful phone call, but before telling you about that, I wanted to give you a brief update on our [my mom and me] metabolism miracle diet. This is day 4, and to be honest, I DON'T think I could have handled my dear mother leaving if I hadn't gotten some of the carbs out of my diet. Unfortunately, they don't like me much! ha! <em>24</em> But after almost 4 full days of limiting our carbs, I feel pretty good, and so does my mom. I'll keep you updated as we progress ... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 18:15:44 EST Metabolism B http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022092 Well, I did it! I stepped on the scale today, even though I KNEW it would not be a 'friendly' outcome! I've gained 20#'s since last summer at my dad's 80th birthday party. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l893220436.jpg"> [This is my little brother and me at Dad's party] <BR> <BR> So July 3rd of last year I weighed 124#'s and today I weighed 144#'s! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l979372862.jpg"> [mom took this one of me the othe... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 17:17:36 EST Inner Chaperone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012357 I'm reading a book right now that is helping me perceive life's blessings and I've discovered that it's easy to be blinded by the emotional upheavals of menopause! <em>40</em> If only I had eyes to see, I'd lay hold of the serendipitous moments of life and embrace them as surprisingly wonderful instead of gloomily passing my days in despair and feeling sorry for myself in the process!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l957692271.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So, I'm PRAY... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 17:11:59 EST Pickle Jar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009347 This is SO worth 3 minutes!!!! <BR> <BR> <link>play.simpletruths.com/movie/the-empt<BR>y-pickle-jar/?cm_mmc=CheetahMail-_FR-_<BR>-08.10.12-_-PickleJarMovie&utm_source=<BR>CheetahMail&utm_campaign=PickleJarMovie </link> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 08:31:20 EST Sparking our marriages…Christian-based http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001176 Boy, there are some NICE perks to my husband traveling so much! We just left Duluth, MN where we stayed the night at the Radisson and were upgraded to the 3-room Presidential suite! WOW! We were on the 15th floor with a view of Lake Superior that was ABSOLUTELY awesome! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l401370645.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Next we went to the famous Duluth Grill. I've lived in the Northwoods for over 22 years and we've never eaten at this diner featured o... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 20:37:06 EST Blood Sugars and Cinnamon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994503 I started a regimen of **real** cinnamon to my diet today! [There is a difference in cinnamon types.] THANK YOU to a dear friend for her timely advice about blood sugars, menopause, and weight loss! WOW!! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I ordered real cinnamon from <link>www.indusorganics.com/camparison.htm<BR>l </link> <BR> <BR> and grind it in my cusinart grinder. I had a cup of cinnamon tea last night which I won't do again--gave me more energy than a cup of coffee! ha! I also read that adding 1/2... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 10:17:24 EST S.O.S.--HELP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4984900 S.O.S.-- <BR> <BR> An international code signal of extreme distress, used esp. by ships at sea. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l838746326.jpg"> <BR> <BR> An urgent appeal for help. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l253253594.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Boy, oh, boy--I sound like a BROKEN record! If you all want to jump ship in regards to me, I would certainly understand! I just don't know WHAT TO DO!!!!! I feel so many emotions right now: ... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 13:24:08 EST 2 Year Sparkversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4966766 Well, 2 years ago today, after doing a random search, I found SPARKPEOPLE.COM and signed up for their amazing tools, and as a HUGE bonus have made some of the most wonderful friends on the earth!!!! <BR> <BR> This second year has been all maintenance, and I've had many struggles. In fact, I'm actually on a losing mission again, but that's okay. One--I've never lost this much weight in my life! Two--I've NEVER stuck with a plan for this long! Three--I've never, ever maintained the weigh... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 08:31:14 EST This and That--July Happenings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4962254 My son, Nate, heads out Wednesday for 4 months of bootcamp in South Carolina. I've already cried many times thinking about it. We are having a big 'sending off' party for him Tuesday night with his FAVORITE marinated grilled venison steak [with tons of sides] and his FAVORITE cake--3 layer German Chocolate! Last night we took him out to supper and had SUCH a fun time! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l994845928.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My sons Nate and Jonathan ju... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 13:09:18 EST Streaking to Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950759 I joined this team awhile back, but I haven't been involved with any of my teams for awhile. I'm noticing a difference in NOT being connected and my success [or lack thereof], so I've decided to start being more involved. <BR> <BR> Well, I joined this team's challege of a streak where you stay within your calorie range, do some cardio every day, drink your water, and eat at least 5 fruits/veggies. <BR> <BR> I'm on day 4 and have stayed within range, walked 3 miles daily, drank my water, ... 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