OHANAMAMA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OHANAMAMA OHANAMAMA'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/ Imagine it's a game.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422118 You know those board games... like Chutes and Ladders or Candyland, where you're trying to reach the finish line, and you pull cards to propel you forward, but sometimes you pull a card that sets you back a few spaces, or all the way back to start. You can't choose which card you get, so it's the luck of the draw... <BR> <BR> Well, I'm thinking of my weight loss journey as something similar... while it's much more serious than a simple game, as it involves my health and self-esteem and quali... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:30:12 EST ~Got my team!~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415369 I am a SHOOTING STAR! <BR> <BR> I had been a Casual Traveler for years, but decided to change things up a bit. I signed up in the Determined Daisies fully aware that I might not get on that team since during the Summer Challenge I was unable to continually post and when you do that, you lose team choice, but I'm ok with that. <BR> <BR> I have been having health issues since early July and was just mentally unable to keep up with much of anything so I did withdraw from SP (and other things)... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 17:39:21 EST 14 - For Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415309 "What will you do to succeed in the Fall Challenge?" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac36485d-edb6-4a28-bff9-d055536c8b9a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I will walk on my treadmill, dance, do workout videos, or strength train + cardio for at least 30 minutes every day for 5 days of each week. <BR> <BR> I will eat a healthy low carb diet of veggies, meats & chicken, cheeses, nuts, fruits, and will cook with coconut oil, avocado oil, and lots of spices. I will not eat sugar other... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:45:03 EST 13 - Before Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414895 "Take a before picture this week and if you like you post it on your page. At the end of the challenge take another picture so you can see the difference 5% makes. Thinking of that future picture can help you visualize your success." <BR> <BR> Start day is October 7th. I will take my before photo then, as well as update my numbers if necessary. Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:47:58 EST 12 - Know Your Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414893 First day of the Fall 5% Challenge: Saturday, Oct. 7th weigh in <BR> Last weigh in for the 5% Challenge: Saturday, Dec. 2nd <BR> <BR> How many pounds will you lose to achieve your 5% weight loss? <BR> <BR> I will need to lose approximately 11 lbs to reach a 5% loss... <BR> <BR> By When: Dec. 2, 2017 <BR> <BR> Current Weight: 215.5 pounds (as of this morning) <BR> Target Weight: 204.5 <BR> By When: Dec. 2nd <BR> <BR> I will update calories burned according the workout plan I have ch... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:44:55 EST 11 - Tracking Your Progress With Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414876 "Body measurements can be a useful way to track your progress. Many times you'll see a loss of inches even if the scale isn't moving. These are important Non-Scale Victories (NSV). To ensure accuracy, measure in exactly the same place and under the same conditions each time. Here are some instructions and tips to help you." <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1281 </link> <BR> <BR> BMI <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calcula<BR>tor_bm... Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:04:17 EST 10 - Are You Prepared to Reach Your Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6414865 Anyone can set a goal, but it takes preparation, planning and motivation to see it through to the end. Are you on the path to success? Try this quiz. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/<BR>assessment_questions.asp?quizid=52 </link> <BR> <BR> According to the quiz, I'm Prepared for Success! Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:48:16 EST 9 - FYI What Spark Defines as Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413927 Does your exercise plan include 'intentional exercise'? 'Intentional exercise' - that which we do above and beyond our normal activities. <BR> It does. I plan on walking on my treadmill, doing exercise videos, and dancing along with my normal daily activities. <BR> <BR> What is exercise (according to spark?) "It might surprise you to know that playing Wii, playing an instrument, painting, heavy cleaning, playing with the kids, darts, acting, officiating at a sporting event are included! Look... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:21:03 EST 8 - Strategize http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413925 "List your 3 reasons/excuses on why your lifestyle (diets and exercise) plans have not been well executed in the past. Write a strategy for each one to keep yourself on track for 8 weeks. Let's learn from our past behaviors and make this our best Challenge ever!" <BR> <BR> All or nothing mentality. If I didn't do "perfect" the whole day, anytime I messed up, I'd throw in the towel for that day and eat anything and everything telling myself I'll start over "tomorrow" and do better. Often "tom... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:16:30 EST 7 - Triggers & Red Light Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413923 "For the purpose of this activity, a Trigger Food is defined as the one that gets you off course; you are not truly hungry yet you are eating and eating! A Trigger Situation is where you are, who you are with and what you are doing when this happens. Example – you are home alone, watching TV and you eat a cookie, then another and soon you are looting the kitchen for anything that looks good. Or you had good intentions about going out for a calorie appropriate dinner with a friend, but a high ... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:08:23 EST 6 – Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6413914 <BR> <BR> "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." - Jim Ryun <BR> <BR> "Today's assignment is to list 10 reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change! <BR> <BR> Please put this in a blog, on your Spark Page or record it here. The most important thing is to have... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:20:11 EST 5 - Win Tomorrow Check List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412461 "Plan for success - do your homework today so you succeed tomorrow. Take a few minutes today to make your lunch for tomorrow, update your schedule and do a few things so you have time to take care of yourself and don't feel rushed. If you do not already have a list/routine please use this one or make up your own. <BR> <BR> Prepare you own WIN tomorrow checklist to help you plan for success the next day." <BR> <BR> Water bottles ready? <BR> Meals planned? <BR> Exercise planned? <BR> Bedtime... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:08:00 EST 4 - Win Today Check List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412457 "Are you random on how you get things done? Does time get away from you and workouts are missed and meals are sketchy? Today is the day to start on your path to fitness and weight loss. It helps to the set goals YOU NEED to accomplish for a successful day." <BR> <link>go.success.com/digital-downloads/Win<BR>_Today_Check_List_PDF_Version-1-15-12.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> Check List <BR> <BR> Do you already have a daily routine that includes your healthy meals, fitness and your well being? I... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:01:05 EST 3 – Update Your Page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412453 "When's the last time you updated your information? Please look at your Spark Page, especially if you've been around Spark People for awhile. Time has a way of slipping by and goals, progress and even programs change. Will new teammates and team leaders get an accurate picture of who you are and where you're at? Feeling stuck in a rut or in need of a fresh approach or look? Maybe change the background, colors, ticker, or even your Profile Picture to reflect your mood, the season, or your goal... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:55:00 EST 2 - Healthy Eating & Nutrition Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412451 "Know what you will commit to for 8 weeks of the challenge and have your fridge and pantry ready with what you need. Find the measuring cups and food scale and have them handy. Declutter your counter, clean the fridge and be ready to make nutritious meals. Go through the kitchen and if there is food you should not eat make a donation to the food bank, and throw out the junk food. If it’s not in the house you won’t eat it." <BR> <BR> Check list <BR> <BR> Do you know what diet you will foll... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:50:54 EST 5% Challenge Countdown #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412434 If you are interested in joining the 5% Challenge visit here and read the top post "READ THIS FIRST." and the top post on the Team Wall. Teams are filling up, join now! <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/g<BR>roups_individual.asp?gid=68844 </link> <BR> <BR> 1. On your Spark Page write up your 2017 Fall 5% Exercise Commitment. What type of exercise will you do? How many minutes and how often will you exercise? <BR> <BR> Check List <BR> <BR> Have you got your gym clothes, runn... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:15:21 EST Wreck --with Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260300 On the morning of October 21st, my youngest son, age 20, was in a very bad car wreck. The car was upside down in a ditch. The driver's side was basically shoved to the passenger side. He was wearing his seat belt, as he always does, and the airbag deployed as it should have. Between those safety devices and the grace of God, he survived the wreck, but not without great injury. <BR> <BR> He wears glasses, so when the airbag deployed it slammed his face hard, he had cuts and lots of bruising ... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 11:29:04 EST BLUE HAIR PIC :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205471 Ok, this is a daughter approved pic showing her gorgeous blue hair I told y'all we were going to have done! We did it! I don't think the pic does it justice. There are also shades of purple and a hint of greens in it as well as the couple shades of blue. I'm glad I let her go through with it, she loves it, too. I did buy her some shampoo and conditioner for colored hair, and also they told her to use cold water. I hope it lasts quite a while!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 17:27:46 EST heatwave, blue hair, stuff like that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204273 Baby, it's HOT outside! <BR> <BR> Here's what we are facing today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ffdb2da9-cfb2-4b79-9aae-ccd380987102.png"> <BR> <BR> I'm down south. Ugh. Tomorrow I'm planning on traveling to Little Rock, and I'm doubting it's going to be any cooler. I wish another storm would come through, not a damaging storm, but one that would cool things off. <BR> <BR> So, yeah, I'm off work tomorrow because I'm taking my 15 year old to Little Rock to ge... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:34:20 EST daydreams, sailing, stuff like that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203297 I spend a lot of time daydreaming... I dream about sailing, I dream about downsizing our home, building a small cabin in the woods, perhaps on a mountain. I dream about taking daily walks in the woods, or at the beach, painting, reading, and lots of other fun stuff... on a sailboat, or on my cabin front porch. The ocean is just so beautiful, and when I think about being out on it... traveling place to place, and the peacefulness of the woods... places I really need to be. <BR> <BR> This is p... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:38:48 EST blog responses, books, stuff like that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201893 Thank you all for posting your comments on my last blog! Y'all have such good ideas!! <BR> <BR> I keep all my smaller clothes because I think about how much money I spent! How cute I once-upon-a-time looked in them :) and that I will wear them again.... probably... hopefully... someday! <BR> <BR> I'm wanting to downsize so bad. I draw little house plans all the time trying to come up with the perfect floor plan. I even dream of those little tiny houses. They're so hot right now. LOL! <BR> ... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:20:30 EST Rain, coffee, stuff like that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6201416 So, woke early this morning to an overcast sky. By the time my coffee was ready, it was raining... gently this time. :) I sat in my living room by the window in the quiet and just enjoyed the warm coffee, cool room and falling rain. <BR> <BR> Now I'm trying to decide what I want to tackle today... my closet, perhaps? That will be a huge undertaking and it's overwhelming every time I go in there to begin. My closet is basically a 12x12 divided room and it's packed. What will be most difficult... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 10:48:00 EST Storms, quick trips, stuff like that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200979 So yesterday I got my storm, and I mean ... did I ever!! Trees blown over, downpours, debris everywhere this morning. Strangely enough, though, While driving we remained just behind it. We had to travel a distance to pick up my daughter who was off camping with her friend, and ready to come home... it was quite a drive, left at 2:30, got back with her at 8. All the while this storm raged on, but luckily, we never were in the thick of it. <BR> <BR> When we got home, a tree was blown over in... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:21:37 EST feeling better, hoping for rain, stuff like that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6200359 Yesterday I was sick. Left work early to just go to bed, be really still, and not throw up. It worked. Don't know what brought that on though... and it lasted nearly all day. But, today I am better. <BR> <BR> I'm even in a decent mood. Not all blue and pouty like the other day. <BR> <BR> I am at work, getting stuff done, listening to rainymood.com and hoping for some real rain from our overcast sky today. <BR> <BR> ... time for more coffee. :) Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:52:19 EST Monday blues. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198622 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/46358fe3-af4d-4a14-a9bd-abbb8471775f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday we had an awesome thunderstorm and a nice down pour of rain to go with it that lasted full-on for over an hour. I was alone at home, it was quiet other than the rain and thunder... I felt so relaxed, so at peace with myself. <BR> <BR> Today the sun is shining, and it was even cool-ish this morning when I left for work, yet I'm feeling so blue and down in the dumps. <BR> <BR> I ... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:14:51 EST The New Sparkpage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167707 UPDATE 5/29/16 I see that you can now click preview and remove all the editing links from our own page. That is a plus. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/31702df4-39cf-4c42-bacd-0a7bf0281f3f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's been 3 days or so since the change and yeah, I still hate it. <BR> <BR> Things are in better perspective for me... My first posts were reactions to the invasion of my personal space, but now I'm more reasonable. It is just a webpage, not really my personal... Sat, 21 May 2016 18:26:50 EST It's one of those days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6154825 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1f0d09fc-f2de-455c-bec8-db58904e3cfd.jpg"> Mon, 2 May 2016 13:24:00 EST St. Pat's Day in my Planner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6118773 This is my cover for March: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73005490-18a8-479e-8af0-e647dafd458e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and this is this week's spread before the pen: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4bfea7b7-da6c-4a56-96a0-3b95f50e5ecd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Does anyone else keep a planner? Mon, 14 Mar 2016 07:30:20 EST Just a big Thank You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117990 To those who have commented on my last 3 blogs. It's great to know that I'm not alone, and I sensed no judgment whatsoever from anyone, just understanding and suggestions that may help and acceptance. Thank you all. <BR> <BR> Came across this quote by John Green and it's so true. I don't really have any "fleshy" friends that I am open with. I've tried, and every time I just feel judged, belittled, or just completely unaccepted. Thank you for just letting me be me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 09:06:04 EST Today's plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117390 I got up this morning feeling like I need to delete my stupid blog I posted last night. Then I got on here and read it again and the responses it has already (wow, didn't expect that!.) One person mentions menopause... yep, that could definitely be it or at least part of it. Average age is 51... did I mention I just turned 51? <BR> <BR> Others mentioned that this sounds normal, we all go through days like this. I'm sure that is true, and thank God I'm not the only one. But it has me frustrat... Sat, 12 Mar 2016 10:41:16 EST So what's my deal today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6117070 Ok, so yesterday I turned 51. I own it. <em>218</em> <BR> My daughter said, "so you're 39?" I said no way! I'm fifty-onederful! <BR> She fell out loving that! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> So my deal today is... do I have some sort of bi-polar disorder? I've been reading about bipolar 2. Hmmm... sounds a lot like me. I hadn't even heard of bipolar 2 before, until today, googling some of my issues. <BR> <BR> Oh... let me say this up front... I'm not on meds right now. <em>... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 21:09:26 EST I Am Random and Erratic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6115344 So, I'm depressed. Out front and in the open I said it. But I'm also paranoid to a small extent, which goes hand in hand with my anxiety. I mean, yesterday I posted a blog, then deleted it not too long after because I thought, "no one wants to read your boohoo crap." in spite of a few responses already (thank you) but still, I kept thinking it looked like I was fishing for sympathy, and I'm not. I was having a really really really super sh!tty day, and it didn't get any better. Today might be... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 17:11:12 EST Dare to Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058245 Dare to Be <BR> <BR> When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully. <BR> <BR> When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light. <BR> <BR> When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it. <BR> <BR> When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway. <BR> <BR> When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back. <BR> <BR> When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some. <BR> <BR> When you're feeling tired, dare to keep going. <BR> <BR> When times are toug... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 18:40:16 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056801 I reblogged this from CERIUSLY who copied this from JAZZEJR's blog from today. She re-blogged it from June 30 2012, when she got it from BBONET who got it from Musolf6, who got it from...... <BR> <BR> <BR> Never Quit Pledge <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of mysel... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 10:56:29 EST Cardinals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783896 These are the cardinals I watched build a nest outside my window at work earlier this summer. It appears there was only one chick hatched. I don't know how many eggs she laid... perhaps it was just the one... anyhow, this is a video I took of the parents feeding it. I apologize for the shakiness of it... I had it zoomed in quite close. They have since left the nest and now it's empty... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:39:30 EST Aquarium http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776732 This is our 125 gallon freshwater aquarium my hubby has been working on. It's not 100% finished, but it's looking quite pretty already. Also I included a quick look at my classic horror movie posters hanging above the aquarium. The lighting is bad, so forgive me for that. Perhaps I'll show them again another time. Hubby redid the base in a mahogany stain, which is dark, and doesn't show up on here, but it really looks great. And yes, that's my cat, Juju you hear voicing her opinion about not ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 18:08:16 EST Sacrificial September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771098 Sacrificial September Challenge... what am I going to sacrifice on a daily basis in September???? SUGAR! I have been overindulging on the sugar lately in SPITE of all the negative stuff I know about it... just google why sugar is bad for you... and you will see. Scary stuff. So September is my month to get back OFF sugar... cold turkey. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1407748642.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Does this mean no sweets at all forever? No way! That's no way to ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:35:02 EST My Wine Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770367 Yes, I enjoy a glass of wine now and then... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l668005061.jpg"> <BR> <BR> but, then again.... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l694389315.jpg"> <BR> <BR> all offices should install one of these, right next to the coffee pot. :) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l250364888.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love this one.... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l873427643.jpg"> <BR> <... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:40:29 EST In a terrible funk, stuck in reverse. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769394 August started out on one of my biggest highs of the year. It was fabulous. My family and I traveled to Texas, all because I bought tickets for my daughters and I to see Fall Out Boy (and to meet them again) that long weekend was awesome. I blogged about it below, but to summarize... I went to Texas for the first time ever, stayed in a really nice hotel, met my favorite band again, was up front in the pit to watch them, drove out of our way to see the ocean ... it had been about 17 years sinc... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:37:00 EST It was an awesome weekend!! (several pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757806 My long weekend... August 1 - 4 <BR> <BR> August 1 we left for a long drive to Austin, TX <BR> <BR> So, back in January I bought tickets to see, meet & greet Fall Out Boy in Austin, Texas... the whole family said they wanted to go, too... even tho they would not be going to the concert, just a trip to Texas would be fun, so off we went! We stayed in a really nice hotel at Round Rock. It was called the Homewood Suites... if you're ever there, I recommend it. :) We were pooped, so we just ord... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:29:29 EST June 2014 review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729235 June has been a big disappointment for me diet and weight wise... It was a month of a good day offset by many bad days and so on. It was also so full of stress as it came to a close, that I nearly just let myself fall into all my old habits. Luckily, that is already all better. <BR> <BR> While my weight has not changed much this month, my fitness has. I started walking a mile per day on June 10th because a friend kind-of challenged me to, very simply, and I rose to meet it. (thank you, sweet... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:12:32 EST Exercising, Consistency, Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716501 Aloha Sparklers! :) <BR> <BR> This little blog is to share with y'all something I'm kinda proud of... I hope I'm not jinxing myself by sharing this, and I hope this makes me, all the more, to get with it on a daily basis... <BR> <BR> For anyone who knows me, even a little bit, you KNOW what a helluva time I have with exercising. I admit, I have a lazy streak. I wear my fitbit almost always (I do forget sometimes) and it enters my daily fitness minutes... and I do try to walk a little more, ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:39:31 EST Always wear your invisible crown. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709382 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1170240173.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l276571479.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and hold your head up princess, if not the crown might fall.... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 23:51:14 EST May 2014 Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708516 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l733341890.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made some progress again during the month of May... although during the first couple of weeks I had a slight setback. Gained a few pounds due to water retention that was stubborn. Extremely stubborn. I had such good success with the Fast Metabolism Diet the first round... however, the second round I just barely held my ground. I don't think it was the diet... I think it was hormonal issues accompanied by extreme ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 00:19:34 EST All Gave Some, Some Gave All.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703750 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1225910698.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydWhRObVxrM&<BR>feature=kp </link> <BR> <BR> Please take a moment click the link and listen to this song. Yep, it's Billy Ray Cyrus, don't let that deter you, if you're not a fan... He wrote and sang this and it is very good and touching and perfect for today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l799345214.jpg"> Mon, 26 May 2014 18:48:20 EST 7 Gerard Way Quotes I Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703182 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1730578963.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1832651278.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l117074142.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l812777150.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l364183251.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l7369444.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Mon, 26 May 2014 00:25:49 EST Saturday's Reflections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702128 I got a card in the mail yesterday from my dear friend, Jan. <BR> <em>218</em> It has a beautiful Hawaiian woman on the front with flowers in her hair and holding a huge basket of delightful tropical fruits and flowers. <em>184</em> There is a verse at the bottom: <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> Today a new sun rises for me. <BR> everything lives, everything is animated, <BR> everything speaks to me of my passion, <BR> everything invites me to cherish it. <BR> ~Anne De Lenclos <BR> <em>18... Sat, 24 May 2014 12:13:09 EST Apr 2014 Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684923 April has been a good month. My oldest son turned 23, my youngest daughter got her hearing aids for the first time... she is completely deaf on one side and hears perfectly on the other, her hearing aid is a cross-over, allowing her to hear sounds on the deaf side in her hearing ear. The look on her face was precious the first time her daddy whispered in her deaf ear and she heard him. <BR> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> April was a month of dieting success and gaining strength. I began this mo... Thu, 1 May 2014 12:34:39 EST How to lose weight and gain health. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678714 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l475375694.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1. Want it. You have to want it more than anything... more than cheesecake, more than pizza, more than coffee or chocolate, more than any food or obstacle. Staying committed, dedicated, focused. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1397244834.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l246424920.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2. Believe in yourself. You must believe that you can achie... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:13:57 EST Fast Metabolism Diet 1st 28 days complete... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672038 Yesterday was my last day of my first cycle on the Fast Metabolism Diet. <BR> <BR> Over the past few weeks I have stuck to this diet, doing my best to follow it as written. I did make mistakes here and there... eating foods that weren't on that particular phase's food list, and not exercising... not hardly at all... but I did make sure to follow it as best as I could, and I drank all the water... 10 to 12 cups per day. <BR> <BR> The results are: <BR> March 17 - started at 223 <BR> March 24 ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:02:10 EST