SHRINK71's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SHRINK71 SHRINK71'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/ Daily Victory - 7/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440241 I went out for dinner this evening with a very good friend. <BR> We planned this dinner in June and I have really been looking forward to it. <BR> We went to one of my favorite restaurants. <BR> I planned in advance and ate exactly what I wanted... and made very healthy choices even so: <BR> Appetizer: Roasted Beet salad <BR> Main: Prime filet. Substituted the potatoes for mushrooms and onions. Side of haricots verts. <BR> Dessert: Warm apple crisp. <BR> Total calories: 790 (according... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:48:16 EST Daily Victory - 7/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439514 I am all alone in the house this week... <BR> Instead of staying home last night and just chilling I decided to go to a second Zumba class! 2 classes in one day! <BR> It was awesome!!! <BR> <em>104</em> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:19:02 EST Daily Victory 7/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437231 I was determined and got in over 12,000 steps by 11:00am!!! <BR> Now I can go off to work knowing I got my burn! <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:03:52 EST Daily Victory 7/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437229 I was determined and got in over 12,000 steps by 11:00am!!! <BR> Now I can go off to work knowing I got my burn! <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:03:25 EST Daily Victory - 7/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436613 I just finished freezing all the cake and pastries I had leftover from my family weekend... as in 23 people for lunch Saturday and 12 sleeping over for the weekend... <BR> <BR> Usually I would just let it sit around until I got too tempted and ate it and then threw the rest away. <BR> Now I have cake and pastry frozen for the next time I have company! <BR> <BR> Victory!!!! <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 20:41:22 EST The last few weeks.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423930 Hi all! <BR> First I want to thank you all for your supportive comments over the couple of weeks I have been MIA. I went to that place in my head again where i just got a huge case of the "F#@%its" <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> Not a great place for me. <BR> After switching my diet to one higher in sodium, my weight crept up a bit. Them I injured my shoulder... Pinched nerve... and was told NO EXERCISE!!! Nada. None. <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> With any kind of nerve issue, it's not just about... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:57:39 EST My new high sodium diet... I KNOW!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409924 So... as per Dr's orders... I am now on a higher sodium diet. <BR> My low blood pressure... while a very good thing... has predisposed me to fainting throughout my entire life. I have been able to manage it without fainting for a very long time, and while managing my asthma have been relatively OK. <BR> But this summer the weather has got me. When I worked out this week, for example, I had to leave the cardio floor twice to lie down and put my legs up... <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> NOT good!!... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 18:59:15 EST It's been a long time!!! Interim update.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402116 Hi everyone! <BR> Yes... I have been majorly MIA for the past two weeks. Between my DDs graduation from middle school, all the kids home and needing to get ready for camp (yes... they are all going away for the summer to various sleep-over camps - I will have no children at home for 6 weeks and then they begin to return...), championship sports games (WE WON!!!!! My older son's basketball team), and the like... not to mention work and laundry and all those things..... I have had NO time to ... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 08:02:31 EST Losing inches!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379399 OK... So on May 5 I decided to take my measurements for the first time. I was always anti the whole measurement thing... It just seemed like such a hassle. <BR> I also always felt there was so much room for human error! I mean, if you move the measuring tape the smallest bit you get a different measurement! <BR> But I did it anyway. <BR> I said I would measure every month on the 5th. <BR> Today is the 5th. I measured... <BR> <em>7</em> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I am down a total of 3.5... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 17:31:57 EST Keeping the momentum going... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376684 OK. <BR> I am officially in the zone. <BR> I am motivated. <BR> I am determined. <BR> I am positive. <BR> ... I am a little scared. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I have been in the zone before. It is great and I always feel like I could just do this forever! It almost gets "easy." Then somehow it stops. Usually right after I get just below 170. <BR> I am really fearful that I will just let that happen again. <BR> SO: <BR> What am I doing differently this time? <BR> 1) My calorie ranges are M... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 11:36:27 EST I did it!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373318 <em>244</em> <em>104</em> <BR> I am out of the 180s!!!!! <BR> I was nervous for my weigh in this morning. I know my numbers have been good all week. I have been getting in all my scheduled exercise, and have been within my calorie ranges... but I was nervous. <BR> With the heat & humidity since yesterday, I woke up a little sweaty... and even though I have been getting in all my water, and keeping within my ranges for sodium, I still felt a little bloated. <BR> Feeling bloated on the ... Fri, 31 May 2013 07:30:54 EST Staying Positive... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372223 OK. I know I have been doing what I need to do. <BR> I am consistently in range with calories (and most nutrients... sometimes low on magnesium, but that's OK) <BR> I have been doing great with exercise and have added Zumba-toning to my workout regimen for some more strength training. Not the Zumba I love, but it is what my body needs. <BR> I see the changes in my body - my abs are really beginning to look great and my 6-pack is starting to show - I carry most of my weight in my hips and th... Thu, 30 May 2013 07:19:18 EST Still loving my fitbit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369756 So, even with having to sit for 6 hours at work, and painting all morning, I knew I would be upset if I disappointed my fitbit again today... So I got those steps in! <BR> Wearing the fitbit is an automatic reminder of the following: <BR> 1) Get up and move! <BR> 2) Don't be lazy! <BR> 3) Every step counts! Yes - my fitbit knows when I park farther from the supermarket entrance... and awards me those fitness points! <BR> 4) The more you move the more you can eat! It adds calories as it ... Mon, 27 May 2013 21:48:17 EST So far the weekend is a success!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368598 OK - When I weigh in Sunday morning already less than I weighed in on Friday - I am SO happy!!! Shabbat did not present a challenge I could not handle - nor did I feel deprived! <BR> I have been having one (full sized) piece of my homemade Challah every week, and I have been serving fresh fruit as dessert for the whole family. No one is complaining. No one is even asking for cake or cookies! <BR> Success! <BR> Today has been hectic. Older DS Baskeball game this morning, younger DS Basebal... Sun, 26 May 2013 17:38:54 EST Another day on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366167 OK... Thursday is over and I have, once again, met all my fitbit goals. <BR> Yes!!! <BR> I am feeling it. <BR> This is when I start to get nervous. I am starting to feel slimmer (hope the scale agrees with me.) <BR> <BR> When I feel this way it has often, in the past, sent me into anxious-self sabotage mode... It's like my body says,"Who do you think you are getting all slim and fit? Go eat something!" <BR> <BR> I will beat it this time around. <BR> No excuses. <BR> Just get it done. Thu, 23 May 2013 22:46:36 EST Busy Wednesday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364838 OK... I am officially out of laundry purgatory. <BR> Given the holiday last week, I was a week behind on laundry. A family of 5 with a dog and a lot of physical activities (basketball, baseball, dance - multiple times in a week) creates a LOT of laundry!!!! <BR> So today my goal was to finish! <BR> I am almost done and see the light at the end of the tunnel! WooHoo!!! In doing so I climbed 20 flights of stairs (added bonus!) and managed to curb my snacking in between loads through sheer w... Wed, 22 May 2013 17:05:21 EST Today's Victory! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363724 OK... Since on Tuesdays I go to Zumba early in the morning... and I don't work on Tuesdays... I have a long day to get a lot done! Usually I do laundry, get the house in order, and do my Costco shopping. That's the Tuesday plan. <BR> BUT: Frankly, it doesn't take that long... and usually by 3:00 I am not only done with my errands, but I am really hungry! (That Tuesday morning Zumba is KILLER!) <BR> So, as you may have deduced by now, Tuesday afternoons can often be my undoing. <BR> NOT TO... Tue, 21 May 2013 17:17:08 EST Yes!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362225 I am leaving to work in a minute... I leave at noon and don't get home until after 10... and I managed to get in all my exercise AND 3 loads of laundry! <BR> I am completely focused and feeling on track! <BR> <BR> What are your victories today ladies? Tell me so I can cheer you on!!!!! <BR> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> <em>244</em> Mon, 20 May 2013 11:57:43 EST Just a quick one... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361257 Just wanted to keep up my blogging streak - but I don't have much time. Sitting down for a quick snack (whole wheat toast with hummus and mango salsa) in between loads of laundry and stints on the treadmill before getting ready for this dinner I have to go to later. not worried about it. It will be a nice time, and then home again. Don't plan on really eating dinner at the dinner - not interested in what they will serve. Even if it looks healthy, the sodium content is going to be crazy! ... Sun, 19 May 2013 15:51:22 EST So far, so .... GREAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360561 OK... This weekend has been one of my best in a long time food-wise. <BR> Coming off the two day holiday featuring cheesecake and other delicacies, I think I was even more motivated to make this Shabbat an extra healthy one. So.... <BR> Last night after dinner (which was very healthy!) I took a half hour walk with my DH & dog. Then had a cup of hot tea and went to sleep. <BR> Today my only non-healthy snack was some kettle-corn that I had with some pineapple... I am still way under for cal... Sat, 18 May 2013 21:40:25 EST OK... Not too much damage done. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358986 OK... Two day holiday is over. I have a policy that during holidays I have to not go overboard, but I also cannot deprive myself. If I do I will feel resentful and it sends me into a really bad space. <BR> So - the theme of this holiday (food-wise) is "DAIRY!" <BR> Yes... lots of dairy food. Cheesy quiches and pastas, creamed corn chowder, ... and let's not forget the most important "must-have" on this holiday - Cheesecake. Yes, plain, cherry, chocolate, tiramisu... All of the above. <BR>... Fri, 17 May 2013 08:27:33 EST OK... Here it comes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355949 So, the next two days are going to be a real challenge for me. <BR> Beginning tonight and ending Thursday night is the holiday of Shavuot. <BR> A two day holiday with 4 festive meals and a lot of family time. <BR> During that time I will also be offline (no use of electronic equipment of any kind) , so I won't be able to access Spark to log my food or get support from all of you. <BR> (... no, I can't write down my food either - part of the concept of "Days of rest" which includes the Sabbath... Tue, 14 May 2013 07:19:01 EST My plan for the day... Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355178 Exercise: <em>248</em> <BR> Get in 10,000 steps: 9,327 down!!! I'll consider it <em>248</em> <BR> Track all my food: So far so good! <em>190</em> <BR> Stay within all calorie goals: Yes - that's the plan & I'm sticking to it!!! <em>334</em> <BR> Drink my water: <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> Ok ladies! How do YOU plan to succeed in reaching your goals today??? Mon, 13 May 2013 12:53:41 EST Exhausted!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354401 What a day!!! Started with a long walk with my dog... Then drove out to visit my parents with the family. So nice! <BR> Came home, went to Youngest son's Baseball game, which he lost - :-( Then went to Zumba - LOVE! Then went to oldest son's Basketball game, which he won! :-) <BR> Now I am exhausted!!! <BR> Heading to shower and bed. <BR> Hope everyone enjoyed their day as well! Sun, 12 May 2013 21:12:20 EST Saturday... My Challenge Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353557 I always think it's ironic that the 5% challenge starts on s Saturday - traditionally a very tough day for me. <BR> As an Orthodox Jewish woman, we celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday. Actually, it begins sundown Friday and ends at sunset Saturday. The Sabbath is a day of rest and we take that pretty literally... so: <BR> - No electronic devices (includes phone, computer, TV... we even set our house-lights on a timer to go on and off when we need them) <BR> - No exercising... I can take a lei... Sat, 11 May 2013 23:17:33 EST Losing weight before the challenge starts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5351750 OK.. So sometimes my mind does crazy things... <BR> I am kind of feeling a little "bummed" that I lost weight this week because it is before the start of the Spring into Summer 5% Challenge. My team will get no credit for my loss. Who knows if I'll lose weight next week because of the holiday coming up next week on Wednesday & Thursday - & of course my weigh-in day is Friday! <BR> I am still happy with a loss though... What I did was reset my ticker where my starting weight was my last week... Fri, 10 May 2013 07:33:19 EST Happy Thursday all!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350934 Today is a challenge for exercise and I probably wont get much (if any). Driving to work at noon for my for client at 1:00. Then sitting in my chair at work until 10:00 tonight. <BR> This morning I had acupuncture which is GREAT... but also about 90 minutes of just lying on the table... So lovely and relaxing, but there went my morning. Came home, did a load of laundry, got dressed for work, and no I'm out the door! <BR> Better keep my calorie intake on track today!!!! Thu, 9 May 2013 11:55:50 EST In a great place now.... happy to be a Cloverleaf! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350192 I am feeling really revved up for the 5% challenge. <BR> This time I was assigned to the Cloverleafs. I was a Daisy for over a year and then missed a season and got switched to the Butterflies. Now randomly I became a Clover (even after requesting to be a Daisy again...) <BR> I am loving the Clover style!!! People have been so welcoming and friendly! I have added a few new SparkFriends and am feeling really positive about this group. <BR> I am very hopeful and determined to do this!!!! <B... Wed, 8 May 2013 19:14:19 EST Fitbit calorie recommendations vs. Spark calorie recommendations... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349009 I love my fitbit. I start the day with my setting at "sedentary" so before getting out of bed it tells me I can eat about 1200 calories that day. <BR> As I move... walk up and down stairs, exercise, go about my daily activities... it gives me more calories based on what I have burned! awesome, right? <BR> Spark is a calorie range that is set in stone. They almost never sync up. <BR> So which one is more accurate? What do I do when I have met my calorie goal for Spark (at the low end) but ... Tue, 7 May 2013 19:48:15 EST Focus.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347029 OK. <BR> So I have cleaned up my SparkPage and I am ready to start the Spring into Summer 5% Challenge as a Cloverleaf. <BR> If I want to succeed I have to have a lot of focus. These are my personal challenges and how I plan to address them: <BR> 1) Afternoon and late evening snacking... This is a biggie. If I stick to fruit and cheese I am OK. It is only when I start thinking that I can have one serving of those "whatevers" that are in the pantry that I get OOC! No more! <BR> 2) Be a ... Mon, 6 May 2013 07:15:41 EST Not interested in Sparkpeople functioning as Facebook... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346274 No. <BR> I am not. <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> What's that about you say? <BR> I'll tell you. <BR> I have been doing a lot of thinking about how I can finally succeed in meeting my goal of getting rid of these last 20-30 pounds. I have been reading my old blogs and my activity feed. I have been looking over my food and exercise logs. I have redone my Sparkpage in preparation for my next challenge. <BR> Something occurred to me that has always been there in the back of my mind. It is even ... Sun, 5 May 2013 13:18:30 EST Salt, Sugar, Fat ... a highly recommended read! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322985 Over the past 4 years I have really made an effort to try and educate myself on proper nutrition. <BR> What does my body really NEED? <BR> Good fats? <BR> Good proteins? <BR> Good carbs? <BR> Organic or not? <BR> It is VERY confusing out there.... For example... If I were to eat EVERY item that Dr. Oz recommends we eat on a weekly basis - I would be so over my calorie limit it would be CRAZY!!! <BR> (No offense meant to Dr. Oz... He is fantastic!) <BR> <BR> So when I read this book by inves... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 16:36:25 EST Wow............ Reset is definitely in order..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312277 OK... So before Passover I was not really taking such great care of myself because of all the preparations for the holiday. My weight had crept up to about 178ish... <BR> I logged in this morning at 181. <BR> Yup. <BR> Not good. <BR> Not good at all. <BR> BUT I knew this would be the case. Passover is the holiday that always does me in. 9 days with none of my "go-to" foods is killer. NO: <BR> oatmeal <BR> rice <BR> whole wheat (or wheat of any kind... and yes I buy whole wheat matzah, but... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 07:49:02 EST Joke of the day... and exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287087 Joke first... <BR> <BR> A couple of hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. <BR> He doesn't seem to be breathing; his eyes are rolled back in his head. <BR> The other guy whips out his cell phone and calls the emergency services. <BR> He gasps to the operator, "My friend is dead! What can I do?" <BR> The operator, in a calm soothing voice says, "Just take it easy. I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead." <BR> There is a silence, then a shot is heard. The... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:39:44 EST Joke of the day... and my new favorite dinner! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285734 Joke first! <BR> <BR> At Saint Mary's Catholic Church they have a weekly husband's marriage seminar. At the session last week, the Priest asked Giuseppe, who was approaching his 50th wedding anniversary, to take a few minutes and share some insight into how he had managed to stay married to the same woman all these years. <BR> Giuseppe replied to the assembled husbands, ' Well, I ' ve tried to treat her nice, spend money on her, but best of all is , I took her to Italy for the 25th annivers... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:41:14 EST Joke of the day... and other thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284361 Joke first!!! <BR> <BR> Two friends are hiking in the woods when one is bitten on his "genital region" (ahum) by a rattlesnake. "I’ll go into town for a doctor!" his friend says. <BR> He runs five miles to a small town and finds the town’s only doctor, who is in the middle of performing emergency surgery. <BR> "I can’t leave," the doctor says, "but here’s what to do. Take a knife, cut a little X where the bite is, suck out the poison and spit it on the ground." <BR> The guy ruins back t... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 19:58:31 EST Joke of the day... and daily blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283118 Joke first!!! <BR> <BR> Barbara Walters of Television's 20/20 did a story on gender roles in Kabul, Afghanistan several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands. <BR> She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind their husbands. From Miss Walters' vantage point, despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem to walk even further back behind their husbands, and are happy ... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 21:48:55 EST Joke of the day.... and Sundays... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281375 Joke first!!!!! <BR> <BR> An 85-year-old couple had been married for 60 years. Though they were far from rich, they managed to get by because they watched their pennies. <BR> Though not young, they were both in very good health, largely due to the wife's insistence on healthy foods and exercise for the last decade. <BR> One day their good health didn't help when they went on a rare vacation and their plane crashed, sending them off to Heaven. <BR> They reached the Pearly Gates and Saint... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 16:14:26 EST Joke of the day... and cheers for success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280477 Joke first! <BR> <BR> A guy is sitting at home when he hears a knock at the door. He opens the door and sees a snail on the porch. He picks up the snail and throws it as far as he can. Three years later, there’s a knock on the door. He opens it and sees the same snail. The snail says "What the heck was that all about?" <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> So my 2 pound loss really motivated me to have a great weekend... I am really proud of my accomplishments so far! <BR> Logged all my food (after Sha... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 20:04:07 EST Joke of the day - and my 2 pound loss!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278868 Joke first!!! <BR> <BR> Two snowmen are standing in a meadow. <BR> One snowman says to the other snowman, "Do you smell carrots?" <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So I am down 2 pounds!!! WooHoo!!! <BR> I woke up this morning without even the suggestion of a headache. <BR> I have not had candy in 6 days. I am thinking I'm onto something with my candy/migraine connection... <BR> Planning a no-candy weekend! Fri, 8 Mar 2013 12:30:14 EST Joke of the day... BAKER1009 - this jokes especially for you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277063 Joke first... Dedicated to all die-hard hockey fans... <BR> <BR> It's Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, and a man makes his way to his seat right at center ice. He sits down, noticing that the seat next to him is empty. He leans over and asks his neighbor if someone will be sitting there. "No" says the neighbor. "The seat is empty." "This is incredible," said the man. "Who in their right mind would have a seat like this for the Stanley Cup and not use it?" The neighbor says, "Well, actually, ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 08:29:26 EST Joke of the day... and my 6th day of blogging... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276025 Joke first!!! <BR> <BR> Mark, a loving husband, was in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary and his wife was really ticked off at him. <BR> She told him, "Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the driveway that goes from 0 to 160 in under 6 seconds, AND IT BETTER BE THERE." <BR> The next morning, Mark got up really early before work. <BR> When his wife woke up a couple of hours later, she looked out the window, and sure enough, there was a small gift-wrapped box sitting in the m... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 14:00:36 EST Joke of the day... and things that make me happy.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274161 Joke first!!! It's a long one... and really just a funny email I received... but it always makes me laugh. I've put an asterisk next to my favorites in each category <BR> <BR> WHY GOD MADE MOMS <BR> Answers given by 2nd grade school children... <BR> <BR> Why did God make Mothers? <BR> 1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is. ** <BR> 2. Mostly to clean the house. <BR> 3. To help us out of there when we were getting born. <BR> <BR> How did God make mothers?... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 10:49:58 EST Joke of the day ... And daily blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273008 Joke first! <BR> <BR> I never make mistakes. I thought I did once... But I was wrong. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> So day 4 of blogging... Things have been going much better. Getting a handle on my migraines. Drinking lots more water. All good! <BR> My goal for today is: <BR> Get in my 10,000 steps. <BR> Emotional house-cleaning is soooooo much better than emotional eating! <BR> Keep drinking water/tea. <BR> Stay positive!!! <BR> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 16:12:41 EST Joke of the day... and getting rid of my migraines.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270766 Joke first! <BR> <BR> A man came to my door asking for a small donation towards the local swimming pool... I gave him a glass of water. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> So... Doing well so far with candy/sugar elimination. I have to begin forming a serious brain connection between candy and migraines. When I look at candy I just think - MIGRAINE! That oughtta do it, right? <BR> I have also done some "google research" and found that there is a link between reduced migraine symptoms and magnesium... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 08:22:24 EST Joke of the day... And my random thoughts... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270237 Ok, joke first.... <BR> <BR> A woman went to her doctor and said, "Dr. My husband thinks he's a chicken." The doctor replied, "Maybe you should take him for some therapy." The woman said, "I would... But we really need the eggs." <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> So... I need to get going on forming some new habits. This week my focus is on sugar. <BR> I do not believe sugar is inherently bad, but I have confirmed my correlation between eating to much sugar and my migraines. <BR> Lots of can... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 20:10:10 EST Joke of the day... because laughter is everything!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5268120 I spent one morning this week just looking at funny things and telling jokes with my family... Laughter really is the best medicine!!!!!! I spent so much time laughing and it really lifted me out of my state of "zombiedom" and got me in gear!!!!! <BR> <BR> So from now on my blogs will begin with a joke and then I will focus on whatever it is I need to blog about. Some days it may just be words of encouragement to myself. Others it may be more "chatty." <BR> <BR> BUT - I realized I need t... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 07:29:17 EST Butterflies - I apologize in advance..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266873 OK. <BR> This week has been a tough one. <BR> Yes - I got my exercise in. <BR> Yes - I have been getting my water in. <BR> BUT... <BR> I am bloated. <BR> I am expecting TOM any moment now. <BR> I am still battling my jetlag - although this morning I actually woke up at a normal hour for the first time, so hopefully that is over. <BR> There were a couple of days this week where I made some pretty questionable food choices. <BR> I am absolutely positive I will register a gain for tomorrow's ch... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:31:47 EST Finding a balance... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258313 Hi All! <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> I am back. I had a wonderful time. I am exhausted and jetlagged... but it was great. I did a lot of thinking while I was there and realized a few things. <BR> <BR> 1) Yes I would like to lose some more weight. Probably around 20 pounds. BUT - being healthy is more important that a number on the scale. <BR> 2) I work hard at it. I log my food. I get in my exercise. I am determined. <BR> 3) A vacation should be enjoyable... Especially when you are ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 05:50:20 EST Catching up... Been a little crazy around here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247609 So... It's been a while... Here are the basics: <BR> 1) Went to Disney with the family. It was awesome! Did great exercise and food-wise. <BR> 2) Had to have 2 minor surgeries on my feet 1.5 weeks ago. That set me back in terms of exercise.... <BR> 3) I totally forgot to weigh myself this morning. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> What!?!?! <BR> Yup. I forgot. Maybe I just didn't want to know. Maybe I'm just not so obsessed any more. I feel great. I'm doing what I can. I am logging my f... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:37:47 EST