PENNEYV's SparkPeople Blog PENNEYV's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Onward again! Had blog all done and tried to submit, but having Internet trouble. Just another thing today. <BR> I can do the second 1/2 of the 60 day summer challenge, because I have completed the first 1/2 by tracking nutrition and exercise most days. Most days I have come out with a negative differential ( thanks Donna for sharing this). That has encouraged the days that the calorie count was over the recommended levels. <BR> <BR> I also appreciate a time that I cam be on the same page, spiritually & p... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 23:11:12 EST I can do this! <img src=""> <BR> This spring I was priveledged to visit the Brice canyon area of Utah. <BR> One on the areas that I really wanted to see was the petrified forest. <BR> The brochure said it was an easy 1 mile hike. No problem. I can do that even In the condition my knee was in. The problem came when that trail head, undetermined in length was longer than the trail itself. Not only that, but it was at a significant incline, not quite ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:22:58 EST Chair exercises Due to the intense pain I have when do regular exercise, I have decided to try the "chair exercises" figuring something was better than nothing. <em>198</em> I was surprised by the level in intensity and am sure that different muscles in my legs will know it, but hopefully the hip will be ok. <em>20</em> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 19:58:59 EST Keeping myself accountable. Working on 25 ways to get back on track today article <BR> <BR> 11/26-#'s. 2,3,4,8 &21. It's a start! <BR> <BR> 11/27 - #'s 2,3, 6,11,17,22,25 <BR> <BR> 11/28 -#'s Tue, 27 Nov 2012 08:30:09 EST Finding new ground I have been so off track that I am basically out of it. Am going to use this article to see if I can get it back again. <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=1062 </link> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 08:52:06 EST August Blessings! August was such a special time. 2 of my grandsons visited for 3 week and I am blessed to have the 3rd several days each week. <BR> <BR> Lessons that I am reminded of were <BR> <BR> Boys don't care how much the floor needs swept. They just enjoy playing with the animals. <BR> <BR> Boys don't care how much the laundry needs done. They just are excited to get to be outside. <BR> <BR> Boys don't care how dirty the bathroom gets. They just need plenty of toilet paper and bubbles. <BR> <BR> B... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 21:44:48 EST 50 things 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> The song "Pennies from Heaven" and an aunt <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> last week <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> It's okay. It is getting worse. <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? <BR> turkey breast <BR> <BR> 5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? <BR> 4 boys and 1 daughter <BR> 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter <BR> <BR> 6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? <BR> I like to think I would <BR> <B... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 07:21:52 EST "I will not quit" copied & pasted from SHAWFAN's Blog: <BR> <BR> "I Will NOT Quit" Pledge <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 30, 2012 <BR> <BR> Share and spread the Spark! <BR> <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 myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, a... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 22:10:32 EST 20 reasons to loose those 20 lbs 20 reasons to loose those 20 lbs I gained last year. <BR> <BR> 1. Body will feel better <BR> 2. Will be more energetic <BR> 3. Can walk farther on bad knee <BR> 4. More desire to walk the dogs (hopefully) <BR> 5. Clothes will fit better <BR> 6. Wont have to buy new clothes <BR> 7. Will be more energetic <BR> 8. Stamina will be better <BR> 9. Will be able to play with babies longer <BR> 10. Long trips won't be as difficult <BR> 11. Will be able to bless home better <BR> 12. Will be able to e... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 21:12:54 EST Anticipation <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <BR> I am going for motivation here. <BR> The past year has been very difficult. I went from loosing, although very slowly, to gaining. <BR> After 2 medication changes in June of 2011 the pounds just kept coming, no matter what. <BR> 1 year and 20 lbs later, as well as a good deal of physical pain, they changed the meds again. <BR> With all that work to do over again, I can get it turned around. <BR> I am anticipating the 60 day summer challenge a... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 16:54:54 EST Lift my body wieght for strength? :) One of the challenges on the Wildflowerr team was to use your body weight for strength exercise. <em>250</em> But what was I going to do. <BR> I started with a couple of planks, then <em>320</em> <BR> Side plank on each side. <BR> Squats (that's really a weight lifting exercise for me) <BR> Bicycle crunchs <em>402</em> <BR> One hand row <BR> Chair Leg lifts <BR> Tricept Dips while I am there. <BR> Calf raises and <BR> Wall push ups to finish a 15 minute circuit routine. <BR> Will see h... Wed, 9 May 2012 22:10:33 EST Non traditional exercise. Took the opportunity for a lovely little hike out behind the horse barn just to see what was blooming <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Freckles and Anna lead the way. They are much more familiar with the terrain <BR> . <img src=""> Bluets <BR> <img src=""> Conifolds <BR> <img src=""> ... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 07:21:55 EST New Delights Since Christmas I have had 2 new delights. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> First Granddaughter. She is a doll, but lives 10 hours drive away. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 3rd grandson. Lives only as few blocks away. <BR> Too bad that I can't get all my grandchildren to live closer. <BR> Those trips to visit are sure hard on the Spark lifestyle. Fri, 20 Apr 2012 08:21:40 EST Walk- Fly- Run God can do the most AMAZING things, <BR> At the most UNEXPECTED times, <BR> Through the most UNLIKELY sources, <BR> By the most UNUSUAL means, <BR> To bless us in the most DELIGHTFUL ways. <BR> by Roy Lessin <BR> <BR> Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven above or on earth below like You... I Kings 8:23 <BR> <BR> WALK - RUN - FLY <BR> <BR> When you WALK the Lord with guide you. <BR> When you RUN He will sustain you. <BR> And when you FLY,... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 14:38:27 EST Spring in trying for a sneak attack Since the first of March, spring can't seem to overcome winter. One day it is balmy and the birds are singing. The next couple of days it is snowy and cold. Then spring rains, then who knows what in next. <BR> <BR> It is a time to take advantage of all the outdoor time that we can get after being indoors for most of the winter. <BR> <BR> This March I am anticipating the arrival of a new grandson, so I am trying to get lots of spring cleaning done in order to have plenty of baby time. T... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 21:53:06 EST motivational collage Though I have been working on spark people for many months now, I have never taken the time to do a collage. Maybe it was just that now I needed the motivation more than ever to continue in a lifestyle that leads to good health. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Even though it is in reverse, the collage reflects goals that I have of being able to physically do the things that I enjoy for many more years. I am refusing to give in to disease or disa... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 21:36:59 EST Suggestions needed for the heart box <em>311</em> <em>129</em> <em>290</em> <em>26</em> <em>255</em> <em>247</em> <em>129</em> <em>290</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <em>255</em> <BR> I really like the emoticon that is a heart shaped box. I am looking for suggestions to put in small heart shaped box that are Spark Friendly. Surely there are lots out there, but I can't seem to think of them. <em>220</em> don't show up too well in the boxes. <em>255</em> <BR> Clarifying - I have some small heart shap... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 21:14:36 EST Rewards "That was great! Here's a cookie!" <BR> "Thanks for helping watch your brothers. Take this koolaid and cookies out and enjoy them." <BR> "We are so proud of the job you have done. Let's go for strawberry pie" <BR> <BR> And so it goes. From early days many of us are rewarded with food. The more you succeed the more treats you get. <BR> <em>495</em> <em>494</em> <em>468</em> <em>489</em> <BR> It was and still is difficult teaching myself to make those treats non-edible. <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 22:03:30 EST Capable This year I really want to be capable. <BR> As I listen to other spark people wanting to invigorate, be determined, persevere, and to enjoy, I had to ask myself what I really wanted from this year of my life. <BR> <BR> As I was limping around the kitchen I realized that what I want most is to be capable. Why, you ask, would I want so little of myself? <BR> I have come to realize that in the changing demographics of my physical capabilities, I want to have the strength and ability to carry o... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 10:16:10 EST I can't fly yet. Shine the sink, wipe the counters, wipe the cabinets, mop the floor, move to the next room. I am not young and have raised 5 children with all that chaos buttttttt..... <BR> <BR> The Wildflowerr LIVE~IT team has issues a "Flylady" challenge. I feel that this challenge has made a real difference in the orderliness of my home . It started in November when I took the "shine the sink" challenge. I cleaned out under the sink for a dishpan and truly scrubbed the sink for the first time in sev... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 16:00:00 EST Beauty? Who can define it? I find it so hard to believe that almost a month has past since the last blog. What a topsy turvy month it has been, starting with the first of November trip to Midwest. Then again that in a whole blog in itself, or 2 or 3. I am hoping that I will be settled down and get around to those. <BR> <BR> "What is beauty to you, and how do you fit into that definition?" was a question posed. In pondering the answer to that question I also read a devotion that said "It was My pleasure to take ... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 16:13:56 EST Trash We made trash today. Well, we made trash yesterday, too, but only the dogs thought that was worth ingesting. <em>200</em> <em>200</em> <BR> <BR> Back in October DH had sampled this trash and was interested enough to inquire about the "recipe". Only today did I get around to making it. It is wonderful and well worth the effort to gather all the stuff. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Start with a trash bag. If they are thin, put two ... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 13:06:21 EST Determination, Motivation = Wildflowerrs! So many computer problems lately that I have considered just chucking it all in, but I really do miss my Spark Friends. <em>220</em> ( If this gets posted it will be almost a miracle) <BR> <BR> I get discouraged exercising and tracking <em>39</em> and yet not seeing the scales move, <em>225</em> yet I know that if I don't continually work at it the weight goes up. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Wildflowerr's LIVE~IT team for the motivation to keep on working on a healthy life style <em>220... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 08:37:26 EST Gratitude, the heart of the attitude. When I am in the midst of things going wrong, I then recall that in everything I have so much to be thankful for. Ungratefulness, lack of expressing my gratitude, injures others in their generosity and myself by my unawareness. <BR> <BR> This year I am particularly grateful for my family and all the efforts that they made during the month of November. My Father celebrated his 8oth birthday and to commemorate such, all of his biological children and grandchildren were there as well as all ... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 07:53:31 EST Benefits of using the tracker <em>30</em> <BR> Got home from the grocery store and was hungry so I started to grab a poptart. Now these are really purchased for DS who needs the calories. <BR> 1 brown sugar poptart 200 Caloires <BR> 5 Fat <BR> 190 Sodium <BR> 17 Sugar <BR> 1 Fiber <... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 14:22:05 EST Fall Festival OK, Fall is officially here, has been for a while and by the feel of the chill in the air may be on its way out! I always look forward to fall as it signals the end of the hectic "away from home" days of summer. I also look forward to the transition into a more regular schedule that school brings. <em>207</em> <BR> <BR> This year it has been different. DH decided that he could save a lot of money by replacing the roof on our house. Today we returned the scaffolding that has been rente... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 17:54:38 EST Stretching Lately I have been experiencing a lot of pain, worse when I exercise. To help reduce the pain I am working on a stretching routine. <BR> This will be an on going blog as I try different stretches . <BR> <em>417</em> any input that you can share is welcome. <BR> <link><BR>htool-basic-stretches </link> <BR> Now off to stretch as I pick up all those miscellaneous items that clutter the floor. Fri, 14 Oct 2011 10:42:27 EST October 10/ Day 82 : ( "I'm too slow" I had signed up to do a virtual 5k that was suppose to be the last week of September. Knee was giving me fits from pushing it and I ended up that week only able to walk a few blocks. No problem, I will have until the end of the week. By weeks end it was worse and not better. <BR> <BR> Long story short I was finally able to do the virtual 5K 2 weeks late. I had a goal of doing it in 60 minutes, which if definitely not fast but a pace that I hoped I could maintain. To do it faster, a bi... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 13:38:29 EST October 3rd day 89 I haven't been 100 percent successful at tracking the last few days or at getting my walking in. <em>311</em> It has rained for what seemed like days and I helped DH some with the roof one day. Except for the craving for CHOCOLATE <em>493</em> over the weekend I have been doing pretty well over all. I buy dark chocolate bars that are divided into 12 sections. Many times I can eat just a row (3 sections) and that will satisfy the craving. Just have to remind myself of this before I eat... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 10:17:19 EST 99 day pictures added 99 days until the new year. <BR> <BR> Today I did a challenge to declutter by rearranging my kitchen food cabinets, getting rid of those items that we won't eat, etc. <BR> We also went to a Marble Festival where we spent several minutes walking through there. As this is a strength training day I also worked some with the dumbells. <em>33</em> I started the day loading sawdust into bags for winter storage. <BR> I am tracking the food, but may not make it in range. Nevertheless I am be... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 18:16:58 EST 100 days to end the year. I am challenging myself to track and exercise. <BR> I will endeavor to be faithful to the food tracker and stay with in the limits. <em>341</em> <BR> At least 6 days a week I will do some physical activity, including 3 days of walking more than 2 miles. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Taffin2000 is also on the leg of the lifetime journey Fri, 23 Sep 2011 11:27:29 EST Virtual races For something to keep my focus I signed up for the Trick or Treat Virtual 5K walking race. <em>431</em> <em>311</em> <BR> Because that one was still a ways away and I wanted more motivation now I also signed up for one the end of Sept/beginning of Oct. <em>465</em> <em>311</em> <link><BR>race-home.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Posted the link so that it is easier to get back to the races and see what is going on. <BR> <BR> Join me! A great way to chall... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 09:19:25 EST Wildflower or weed? A weed is a wildflower blooming where it was not planted. Thriving without constant care. There to be a blessing to those that will witness it's beauty or just there to be. <BR> <BR> Help me, Lord to be a wildflower and not a weed. <em>87</em> Sat, 3 Sep 2011 21:24:38 EST floral ahhh moments Sometimes Ahhh comes just from taking a moment to enjoy the beauty of the flowers and reflect on their fleetingness. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> gladiolian bulbs from a friend <BR> <img src=""> <BR> porch arrangement <BR> <img src=""> <BR> spider orchid <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Zinni... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:08:18 EST AHHHH moments <img src=""> <BR> Ahhh moments have abounded the last few weeks as I get to grab a few hugs from my beautiful, bounciful 4 year old grandson! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> They also are those moments that bring back the memories of another generation of children that proudly brought me creations from the box of Legos. <BR> <img src=""> <... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 12:51:32 EST Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness “Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness” is from a favorite Psalm. <BR> <BR> I had to seriously consider what areas I have cultivated fully. <em>184</em> <em>87</em> I am then reminded of my garden and the many weeds that are growing in it right now. It is cultivated and produces good fruit, but constant visiting of that garden is required for it to maintain it's productivity. <em>267</em> <em>258</em> <em>291</em> <BR> <BR> Since starting SP I have learned to <BR> 1. Drink... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 10:37:43 EST Idea I need to incorporate I found this info in another article I read on the web. It is a principle I want to use. When there is less turmoil I will work on it. <BR> <BR> 2. Take a time out. Every 8 to 12 weeks, take 7 days completely off from dieting. “Don't consciously try to stuff your face, but don't rigidly restrict yourself either,” says Aragon. “This is a good mental and physical break from dieting that allows people to sustain their diets for longer periods.” <BR> <BR> <link> Sat, 20 Aug 2011 15:41:13 EST 1 month to go! In one month I will have been officially with SP for 3 years. Sometimes working it very well and other avoiding the issues. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I had really wanted to reach a certain goal by then, but with July the pounds have gone up instead of down. <em>2</em> <BR> Because of several life issues & the heat, I have not been exercising as I needed. I have been eating out too often, and even though I have tried to keep it reasonable, evidently it didn't work. <em>39</em> <BR> <B... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 09:27:36 EST Do you do cleaning? Please share! Fortuntely for us Spark People includes a variety of activities to count as our cardio each day. <em>237</em> <em>108</em> <em>260</em> <em>294</em> <em>311</em> <em>57</em> <BR> They even include some of those activities that we have to do to keep our homes healthy and well maintained, such as gardening <em>214</em> and general farm work that I use when it falls my lot to care for the horses. Lawn mowing is one that my DH has down well and can really rack up the fitness minutes, espec... Tue, 19 Jul 2011 13:46:34 EST Week 1 of 60 day challenge stuffed crust pizza 380 calories 16 g fat if you can eat just 1 slice for a meal <BR> Macaroni & cheese 320 calories 15 g fat per 1 cup <BR> sausage gravy & biscuits 437 calories 30 g fat for 1 biscuit & gravy <BR> bagel & cream cheese 300 calories 7 g fat <BR> fried chicken strips 200 c 10 g fat <BR> hotdogs with sauce 420 c 17g fat + If you know homemade meat sauce <BR> french fries 100 c 4 g fat per 10 fries <BR> fresh baked cookies 130 c & 7 g fat wonderful on hungry belly <BR> I qui... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 21:08:46 EST Camp 2011 On an impulse I volunteered to work in a middle school age camp as a cook when my daughter could not. This camp is located in beautiful Fayette County, a few miles from the New River Gorge Bridge. That said, it is extremely remote. <BR> <BR> Mistaken idea #1 <em>40</em> <BR> They do have some internet at the Ranch and I had mistakenly believed that I could get on line. (Too many relay modems and I could not get strong enough signal to access Spark People. Could only send text from cer... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 20:55:46 EST 60 day chalenge <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <BR> A new team I joined is a 60 day challenge. Just what I needed to get through the summer. <BR> This is a neat team because you have the opportunity to design the challenge to your needs. The challenge officially starts July 5. Check it out <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=51784 </link> <BR> <BR> I usually have no problem with tracking o... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 08:28:44 EST Jubilant~ Definition of Jubilant: showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing. <BR> <em>104</em> For June I have several things to be jubilant about! <em>213</em> It has been a month of lots of soul searching and prayer, for which I am grateful. <em>250</em> God often brings things so we will be assured of His direction or to redirect. He gives triumph! <em>244</em> In June the rain abated a bit and I have been able to get plenty of outdoor activity. <em>243</em> I felt real satis... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 23:48:00 EST The looser, me, is the winner. Me "Do I feel a raindrop?" <em>245</em> <BR> <BR> DH "Raindrop? what's that?" <BR> <BR> Me "I do. Think we should turn around and head home?" <BR> <BR> No answer. Then the bolt of lightening <em>54</em> <BR> <BR> DH "Take a left at the next corner." <BR> <BR> The race was on . We were only 1 mile away from home, but the storm threatened to carry lots of rain. <em>27</em> Racing home was physically exhillariting. <em>104</em> Lots more motivation to really ride hard when ther... Thu, 23 Jun 2011 20:10:16 EST Try it, you may like it! 22) Post one healthy food you thought you’d never try, but now have! <BR> <BR> Before SP I thought that I had a fairly healthy diet. <em>334</em> <BR> Unfortunately as I began to track I found that I was not as healthy as I thought. <em>39</em> <BR> I had developed a liver disorder and was told that I was not taking it serious enough. Then she proceeded to tell me how to take it serious. <BR> Eat as close to 0 fat as possible. WHAT!! I can't do that. <em>40</em> <BR> Seems that I can... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 07:33:52 EST McDonald triumph This evening DS brought these Fries into the room and they smelled really delicious. <em>486</em> <BR> Fortunately he said after he offered me some, they are not at all good. They are old! <BR> I won. I had said no before he told me they were old. <em>104</em> <BR> Tomorrow is 1/2 way through the month and no McDonald's even though we had a 3 hour trip today! <em>486</em> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 22:52:26 EST Supersize Me-Not One of my stated goals was to not eat at McDonalds for the entire month of June. Too often when we were on the road, MickyD's was the restaurant of choice because it is a place the DH can eat low sodium and I can eat a kids meal and get by on my numbers. I had seen an article that the fast food actually digest more slowly that regularly prepared food so I thought that I would try this to see it the occasional McD was really effecting my system. <em>486</em> <em>489</em> Will give results ... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 12:28:58 EST New milestone Because my weight has changed so slowly, I have looked for other changes to give me encouragement. Changes like more mobility, less pain, etc. Just today I noticed a new change or an old mark gone. I have had a major stretch mark for about 20 years. Sometimes it was more major than others, but always there and always pretty gross looking. Today I noticed that it is not only no longer red, but I had to "look" for it. I had thought that it would be a part of my body forever. It is still... Sat, 11 Jun 2011 12:06:22 EST when things go wrong When things go wrong don't go with them. <BR> <BR> - Elvis Presley, rock idol <BR> <BR> This was my inspirational quote for the day, and boy did I need it today. So many things are falling apart that I was ready to move, literally. I needed this simple encouragement to remind me that moving doesn't fix the problem, only God can. He has a plan in the working, only I can't see it yet. Tue, 7 Jun 2011 21:10:08 EST Let God! This gentleman says so well the way my heart longs for this week to go! <BR> <BR> Let God Choose <BR> <BR> As for God, His way is perfect! Psalm 18:30 <BR> <BR> Let God choose for you, it will be the right decision. <BR> Let God guide you, it will be the right direction. <BR> Let God plan for you, it will be in the right timing. <BR> Let God measure for you, it will be the right portion. <BR> Let God help you, it will be the right care. <BR> Let God instruct you, it will be the right teach... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 10:07:20 EST