SONGBIRDPAULA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SONGBIRDPAULA SONGBIRDPAULA'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/ "What's the name of YOUR bank?" (©) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691209 <em>198</em> Money, money, money… That seems to be a big and important topic especially in these days and times! I've been thinking, analyzing, counting, figuring and re-figuring on my family's finances and have just realized, I need to be doing the same in my personal journey to the new me. <BR> <BR> Everyone is wanting and needing to save money for just the "basics of life" plus everything else that comes our way... So I've decided I'm going to start "saving" my "pounds lost", in order t... Fri, 9 May 2014 10:26:00 EST "The New Me Through My Mini-blinds"© http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685649 <em>524</em> <em>225</em> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> As of March 2014, I have been on the journey to the new me for 5 years.It's been long and it's been hard, but, I started out weighing 380# and have steadily moved through to where I am today.Although I gained 42# back last fall when my doctors put me on a new medication, I have begun my "re-journey" to get back to where I was, plus endeavor to get to where the doctors want me to weigh.I have quite a ways to go now again, but I am not go... Fri, 2 May 2014 10:20:45 EST "Bone VS Bone"© http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678444 This morning, as I do every morning, I am thinking about different ways to set myself up for another successful day.Sometimes my unsuccessful days outnumber the successful days, but, I never stop thinking, plotting, and attempting to do my best to have a great day in my journey.Sometimes if I feel wishy-washy on any particular day, I think about strength and how far I have come and how much further I need to go and it all adds up for me to this: <BR> <BR> "To have success in your journey… Us... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:32:06 EST "Hold On!"© http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672695 <em>9</em> <em>210</em> <em>449</em> <em>172</em> <BR> <BR> This morning I have been thinking about "new things", "new people", "new Spark People members" I guess really, "all things new!" Another Spring has sprung and new things are happening.Amongst all the new, there still remains things that we need to do and remember… give encouragement, give uplift, give praise, offer ideas, share plans and suggestions, listen, think of someone who may need help and assistance and then act ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:06:53 EST "The Picnic Basket"© http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651319 <em>213</em> <em>191</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> I don't know about you, but at my house here in Texas, spring is beginning to show just a little bit.My grandfather's rosebush that he had planted many years ago is now showing bright green leaves once again after a cold winter.Birds are singing even before the sun rises and I can hear them outside my office window early every morning.I love to go on picnics, especially in the spring, when everything is out and fresh and beautiful.I c... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 07:24:09 EST "Success… Rabbit VS Sparker"© http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632219 <em>9</em> Good morning fellow Sparker's! <BR> <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about my five year journey that I have traveled to get to where I am today.I have put in a lot of work and thought and sweat into planning my journey and how I would approach my new lifestyle and health.Sometimes I would come up empty-handed of a plan, a dull mindset, no inspiration to keep going, especially in those "staying the same" times, disappointment in not being able to exercise but only a minimal am... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 07:19:56 EST "A Valentine's Day Survival Tip"© http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620067 Happy Valentine's Day week… <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>290</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Here are 5 words that are very short, but long on importance.I'm going to adopt them for this week as we progress to Valentine's Day on Friday.I have used these words very often during my journey of almost 5 years and they are easy to stay in my mind.The thought is this: <BR> <BR> "Eat lite to be lite!" <BR> (© Paula's Thoughts) <BR> <BR> I know that we can all make it <em>104</em> through ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 07:06:14 EST "Encouragement"© http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610204 <em>244</em> <em>211</em> <em>306</em> <em>192</em> <em>7</em> <BR> <BR> I've been thinking a lot about encouragement.There are not enough words to say about all of the encouragement and uplifting thoughts that have been sent my way since I began my journey on Spark People in December 2011.Although my original journey to a healthier me began in March 2009 and weighing 380#, I could not have continued on my journey to where I am now, if it had not been for all of you. <BR> <BR... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:18:14 EST "Wave" report.. Final tally© http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610070 <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>380</em> <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is our statistics and the final tally of our "Wave": <BR> <BR> Including myself, there were 29 wavers, and when each of us waved to the North, South, East, and West… Altogether there were 116 total waves! <BR> <BR> I knew we could do it and I don't know about you, but I felt an extra breeze fly over my head! With 116 total waves, I'm sure we burned some extra calories somewhere along the way! <BR> <BR> Th... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:15:02 EST "Let's All Wave at the Same Time" activity© http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608865 <em>252</em> Good morning <em>189</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is an idea for all of us on the Spark to do… <BR> <BR> Everyone, at 12 o'clock noon,CST, stand in your living room and start waving to each other! Raise your arm or both arms and just wave and wave to each other towards the north, south, east, and west! We can burn a few extra calories plus feel like we are acknowledging each other and giving encouragement to our fellow Sparker's.I have done this one other time and it came acr... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 06:53:07 EST "What We Need to Succeed!"© http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600879 This morning I have been thinking about what we need in regards to keeping up the journey, keeping up the fight, keeping faithful to our goals and ourselves, being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, etc.… <BR> <BR> Here is my thought: <BR> <BR> "Here is one word that tells us what we need to succeed… <BR> STICKTO-ATIVENESS not GIVEUP-ATIVENESS!" <BR> (© Paula's Thoughts) <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> Paula <em>335</em... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 06:32:37 EST A "Spark People's Friendship"© http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596935 I would like to say a BIG thank you to the following people: <BR> <BR> Encouragers <BR> Uplifters <BR> Prayers <BR> Shoulder lenders <BR> Listeners <BR> Always on your siders <BR> Never finding falters <BR> Understanders <BR> Sharers <BR> Close frienders <BR> Fellow journeyers <BR> etc., etc. <BR> <BR> Here is a thought about what it means to me: <BR> <BR> A "Spark People's Friendship" <BR> <BR> "A Spark People's friendship is like having a tossed salad… No matter how you mix it… it alway... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:41:47 EST "I'm Still Successful"©… a thought that I need http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594345 I've been thinking about my four year journey to the "new me" and especially about this year, January 1st and of how all of my resolutions and plans are going.It seems like I can already get doubtful and think I'm not getting too far and the feeling of "wonderment" hits me on and off during the days here lately."Am I a success?, Will I succeed?, Have I set myself up for failure?, Can I complete what I've started?, Have I made the right decisions for me and what I need to do?" Etc., etc. <BR> ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 06:38:32 EST My "Tablespoon Method" and salt? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553969 <em>252</em> <em>213</em> <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone! <BR> <BR> I just wanted to stop by and share with you about my Thanksgiving Day plan of using my faithful "Tablespoon Method" and portion control. I succeeded with the helpings of the dishes by this method, but, the salt was lurking in all of the remaining dishes that were added, except mine, and it was very risky eating. My left ankle, yesterday, was still a little puffy like it was on Thursday evening. I lea... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 08:42:33 EST "Walking the Table" routine© http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543434 <em>252</em> <em>213</em> <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I know this may sound silly <em>40</em> or weird <em>29</em> , but I have done this many times in my 4 year journey, at a starting weight of 380 pounds. I found it to be useful for emotional eating and thinking that I could just "over eat this one time, on this one food" binge thought and desire. I call it "Walking the Table". <BR> <BR> When I get nervous, upset, crying or feel that "forever craving" of just anything that I espe... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:01:23 EST Thinking back 4 years ago & the "previous" me.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531881 Howdy! from the DFW area of Texas! <BR> <BR> This morning I went for my walk down the street a little ways and I had time to "review" my "previous" self and lifestyle...... <BR> <BR> It came to me while walking behind my walker and holding on to the leash of our little dog walking beside me......... <BR> <BR> It's been 4 years and in my journey to the new me, I've graduated from <em>533</em> to <em>360</em> and I'm still on my journey every day. <BR> <BR> I've learned new eating ha... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 11:54:58 EST Paula's Wall of Nevers"©…5th floor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526195 <em>252</em> <em>213</em> Howdy! from the DFW area of Texas! <BR> <BR> It has surely been a while since I've added a floor to my "Paula's Wall of Nevers". I've been working as hard as possible on the first 4 floors, but it is now time to begin on my 5th floor. I'm not sure if this is the last floor for me, because, as I've found out this summer.....life can take a sharp turn and keep turning out of control. On my Spark Page I wrote about having to "reconstruct" my journey to the new me ... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 06:47:23 EST Reconstructing my "journey to the new me"… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459604 <em>252</em> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning and Howdy! From the DFW area of Texas! <BR> <BR> Many things have happened to me this summer with many turns having to be made around different corners of my life.I'm having to readjust some things in my journey to my goal, but as I say to myself, "I will get there no matter how long it takes!" <BR> <BR> I want to encourage and uplift all of you that "You will get there no matter how long it takes!" We can do it! You can do it! I can d... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 08:29:36 EST New picture added… taken May 18th, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365314 Here is a picture that LaShonda (PENNYSAVER 2) sent to me that she took of us at my first presentation of "My Journey… How I Lost Over 200# by God's Reshaping".I was so, so excited when she came and supported me and we got to meet each other and have a good chat.Her husband and my husband also had a good talk.It means the world when you have support behind you in all of your endeavors in order to improve yourself. <BR> <BR> I am so thankful for all of the friends that I have found on Spark P... Thu, 23 May 2013 07:00:40 EST My 1st "My Journey" presentation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361878 Well, it came and now it has gone.This past Saturday, May 18th, I was asked to share my journey of weight loss with a church women's ministry group.I had worked hard and long on just the right words, just the right way, handouts, etc., in order to do the best job that I could.This is my very first "speaking" that I've ever done in front of a group of people.Seems as though I have always sang in front of people since I was a vocal performance music major in college, but I have never given any ... Mon, 20 May 2013 07:06:27 EST "Don't let the knockdowns keep you down!"© http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295880 I've recently been having medical-surgical consultations about having some plastic surgery to remove excess abdominal tissue. My "apron" is very large and pendulous since losing my 200+ lbs and 123 in.+ in my journey to the new me. Well, the final word is that "We won't touch you for this type of major surgery". I am no longer in the "morbidly obese" arena and that no longer is the issue. It is that I have too many major medical issues that put me at risk. My brain surgeon tells me to save an... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 07:51:52 EST "The Power of the Tongue" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283666 As I have been thinking about "just the right words to say" at "just the right times" to those people I deal with on a daily basis, family, friends....anyone, I have come to a conclusion. I read this small quotation from an "author unknown" in an inspirational book and thought that I might share it with you..... <BR> <BR> Simply put; <BR> <BR> "The tongue has no bones, but can still break a heart!" <BR> <BR> This is so true. I think that we all need to try and be sure that we bridle our to... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 09:34:22 EST "Wave a big HOWDY to each other today at 10:00am CST" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276967 Let's do it and see how many people we can get. I just thought of this...... <BR> <BR> For all those of us who can, let's step out on our front porch or stay indoors if you need too is okay, and let's wave a big "HOWDY" in the air to all of us. Wherever you are, at work or at play, let's just see how many can wave. I feel as though I can almost see ya' right now. <BR> Post back on the blog if you waved! Let's see how it goes! <BR> <BR> "Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new yo... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 06:51:45 EST "A gentle reminder… Twine is mine!" © http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273931 Well, here I go again....seems like I am constantly thinking and trying new things to keep the journey fresh and fun in order to ensure my successes along the way to the ultimate goal for my new lifestyle. Here is what I am doing now..... <BR> <BR> I have, for a long time now, been putting little reminders around the house, ex: icebox doors, mirrors, doors around the house, the kitchen table, scotch taping them to my clothes, safety pinning them to my clothes, etc., but I feel that this one... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 08:33:41 EST "I guess the calculator is true.....shock & awe of my journey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272225 Good morning everyone! <BR> <BR> I've had an eye-opener this morning at 5:55 am. <BR> <BR> I've never used a calculator to figure percentages, or total body weight loss, or anything like that. I have just been going along, day by day, week by week, month by month in my figuring. I finally decided to figure my all-over total.....my eyes almost popped out.....it was a good thing that I was sitting down..... <BR> <BR> I have lost 1/2 my body weight plus 35 lbs more...(shock & awe!) <BR> <B... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 07:46:46 EST "A peaceful journey" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266863 After all is said and done, this might just be the foundation of it all: <BR> <BR> "Have more peace, NOT pieces!" <BR> <BR> ("Paula's Thoughts") <BR> "(C)" 2013, Paula Boyd-Friend, all rights reserved <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you! <BR> <BR> Paula Thu, 28 Feb 2013 07:21:59 EST "Sharing your Journey… Your story of a lifetime"© http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264855 Have you ever thought about sharing your lifestyle journey with others? Have you felt like you would have words of encouragement for anyone? Have you had a dream of "telling the world" about the successes you have had and to tell them that "they can too"? Do you feel blessed and just can't wait to tell someone? <BR> <BR> Writing your "story of a lifetime" could be just the ticket. It was for me. Here's why: <BR> <BR> 1. I feel like my journey will be more complete once I have it all down... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:44:12 EST "My dream becoming real...I'm headed towards the end." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264388 Good morning everyone, from a cold Texas! Brrrrrrr... <BR> <BR> Some of my long-term dreams are finally coming to light. I have dreamed about giving an inspirational sharing (talk/presentation) about my life as a nurse with 14 years of working in an acute psychiatric unit. Believe it or not, there are a lot of nurses out there who have done the same thing. We can never mention names, only situations. Well, that has never came around, but, since I have been on my journey to the new me, 4 yea... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 08:27:45 EST I'm finally facing the truth about me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255802 Well, it is always said that a picture is like a thousand words and so is my spark page and personal pictures. Recently I changed some of my photos around to refresh my page and couldn't really be honest about myself in my "before" picture. I have faced it today and have corrected the caption under it. This picture is of me actually weighing in at 380 lbs. I've always accepted the 365+ lbs because the scales would go no further. I've been unable, even up until today, to accept the fact that I... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 07:13:36 EST My Valentine's "love list"....what's your's? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248757 I have been thinking a lot about the things in life that I love. What better time of the year to share them than Valentine's. <BR> <BR> Here's a partial list: <BR> <BR> God <BR> my BFF husband <BR> daughter <BR> grandsons <BR> family <BR> friends <BR> Spark People <BR> Spark friends and family I have found on this website <BR> myself <BR> life <BR> pounds I've lost <BR> inches I've lost <BR> smaller clothes and shoes <BR> less food <BR> better lab test results <BR> home <BR> cars <BR> vege... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 08:38:51 EST "Paula's Wall of Nevers"©… 4th floor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5239816 Good morning everyone, from the DFW area of Texas! <BR> <BR> I'm starting on constructing my 4th floor of my wall today. It is time. This floor will prove to be the hardest yet and will probably take longer and more intense to complete. I feel comfortable with all of my previous floors, but it is time for this floor now. <BR> <BR> 4TH FLOOR "NEVER".....To the best of my ability, and with the support of family and friends: <BR> <BR> 1. keep my eyes on the prize that can be won, if I contin... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 07:57:52 EST "Paula's Wall of Nevers"©…3rd floor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218096 <BR> Good morning everyone! I feel confident now that my 2nd floor is complete and I'm starting in a big way to begin my 3rd floor this morning. Even though there is a little "crispy of chill" in the air here in the DFW area of Texas, this will not hold me back from beginning the process until completion. <BR> <BR> 3RD FLOOR "NEVER"....To the best of my ability, and with the support of family and friends, will I ever allow myself to think or feel that I'm not "special" again. As an old sayi... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 06:56:33 EST "Paula's Wall of Nevers"©…2nd floor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206185 Good morning to everyone from the DFW area of Texas! <BR> <BR> Wow! That 1st floor construction really gave me fits, but I finally completed my mission. I am now more comfortable with it and can move on to this 2nd floor, which for me, will be a more intense floor to build. I'm going to have to do a lot more hammering at this one. Each separate floor has it's own intensity for me. <BR> <BR> 2ND FLOOR "NEVER": <BR> <BR> I will, to the best of my ability, decision making, and choices I make,... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 07:34:51 EST Medication update....2 weeks later of being off the "new" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204739 <em>252</em> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> It's been two weeks tomorrow that I have been off of the "bad new" medicine and put back on the "old but works" medicine for my leg tremors. <BR> <BR> Let me tell you..... <em>244</em> <em>198</em> <BR> It's been a long two weeks and a up-climb for me and I have finally arrived back to my old self and my old tremors. I never thought that I would be grateful for leg tremors, but I am. I have my mind and emotions back plus I still have "special ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 09:38:23 EST "Paula's Wall of Nevers"©…1st floor and counting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201632 <BR> Good morning everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm already getting tired, but I'm not giving up on building my "Paula's Wall of Never's". I'm working very hard on the 1st floor now and will begin on the 2nd floor as soon as I feel confident that I've succeeded on the 1st. <BR> <BR> I'm taking a new approach for me on my 2013 goals and plans for my "journey to the new me!" March 2009, I will have my 4 year anniversary of being on the journey of a lifetime (weight loss 200+ lbs and inches 119+) and... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 06:41:02 EST PANIC or In-Charge......better to feel hungry!? What!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198275 Good morning from the DFW area of Texas! <BR> <BR> "It is better to feel hungry, than it is to overeat!" <BR> ("Paula's Thoughts") <BR> <BR> How can someone say this? Who wants to hear "stomach growls" anyway? <BR> <BR> This is how it is with me. How about you? <BR> <BR> I discovered later on in my journey that one of my big issues of being overweight and then struggling during my early times in the "journey to the new me", I wasn't going to allow myself to "suffer" in my journey. I was ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 07:55:46 EST What a difference 1 week makes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194320 <em>252</em> <em>213</em> Howdy! from the DFW area of Texas! <BR> <BR> Well, here I am, sitting at my computer this morning, just typing away and trying to express my feelings to share with you. I will always be grateful and thankful for all of the encouragement, uplift, and prayers that all of you sent my way during my "down & out" time this past week. <BR> <BR> It was a gradual effect that started coming over me since Oct. 2012 when my doctors started me a "new" medicine for my ever-... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 06:26:50 EST A new (lite) for 2013! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192715 Good morning from the Lone Star State! <BR> <BR> I know that I'm running late, but as they say....."better late than never"! <BR> <BR> Here is a new thought that I want to share with you. It seems to boil it all down to the base of what I (we) need to think and do to accomplish my (our) journey to the new me (us). It is so short, simple and basic that it almost scared me when it came to me. <BR> <BR> Let us have a continuous mindset of this, especially at meal plannings, and meal eating... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:44:59 EST The update to my "Life's Journey" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185755 Well, I'm back on for a little bit and wanted to post an update of my journey of mind and weight. The doctor took me off of the new leg tremor medicine and put me back on my original one that I have done so well on as far as my mental and weight status. My dear husband was "not leaving until" he spoke his mind and feelings about me and my present issues. I am so thankful for a supporting husband and family. By the time we arrived at the doctor's office, he had to just do my talking for me. Wh... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 10:01:22 EST I'm confessing, I'm sinking, please pray! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181927 I'm coming clean......I'm confessing to all of you my dear friends and family that I have found on Spark People. <BR> <BR> As most of you know, my doctor's started me on a new leg tremor medicines, back in October, for one of my disabilities. The main bad side effect is weight gain....but the other is depression. Back in April 2006 I had a nervous breakdown due to many private issues, but I came away with a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder with Psychotic Features, also PTSD, with a f... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:52:26 EST How my holiday "Plan of Attack" worked out: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176600 Howdy! from the Lone Star State! <BR> <BR> Well, I have to say that I had success again, just like I did on Halloween. I have to admit that I added just one more "extra security measure", and that was that I asked my DH to serve my plate with the portions. He actually did and did a great job at it. I had something of everything, even cake and ice cream. I am so thankful for a supportive husband and family. Of my overall success on my journey so far, I can not make it without them. I guess ... Wed, 26 Dec 2012 11:34:16 EST My holiday season "Plan of Attack"! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172042 Good December morning! <BR> <BR> I've thought long and hard about these upcoming days. Christmas all the way through New Years. Here is what I've come up with: <BR> <BR> 1. wear my bluejeans.....to remind me I can fit into them now after all of these years. <BR> <BR> 2. use the "tablespoon method".....all food will be up for grabs, but only one tablespoon of each. <BR> <BR> 3. to remember to keep Christ in Christmas....bless the Holy Child. <BR> <BR> 4.to be sure to wish ALL of Spark P... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 12:35:10 EST "How far I've come in my almost 4 year journey" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168198 <BR> Here's a big Christmas Howdy and a wave from me to you for December! <BR> <BR> It is almost the end of another year and I've sat myself down this year and decided to come up with a list of "how far have I really come from when I started out" things. All items listed below have occurred since March 2009 at weighing 380 lbs. until where I am today, at my first goal weight. <BR> <BR> Here I go: <BR> <BR> 1. I have lost 200+ lbs and lost 119+ inches. <BR> 2. graduated from my wheelcha... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 15:06:05 EST The "Posture" we need to carry during our journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152631 Hey! everyone! <BR> <BR> My husband got me out today to do some Christmas shopping for our Angel Tree child. We didn't go far and wide on our trip, but my walker took me definitely to a new place that I hadn't really paid any attention to before. The glass windows of the stores showed my reflection in them as I was so excitedly walking along. I have to say that I think the three of us, my DH, myself and my walker looked like we were intent on doing some serious shopping! <BR> <BR> Then... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 13:27:59 EST The "Tablespoon Method" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145706 Howdy from the DFW area of Texas! <BR> <BR> Well, another Thanksgiving has come and gone. The year 2012 festivities for this special holiday was not what I really expected, but came to know as a "eating success" for me. I decided that if I "denied" myself any of the foods being served, I would just have eaten them later, probably while doing the dishes, or "serving myself from the trash" (yes, the old me before I started my journey, even as a child), and then would have gotten a good case of... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 08:07:41 EST "Paula's Personal Declarations" changing name http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144196 Good morning on the "Day After"! <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about all of my declarations and personal thoughts that I've been coming up with since my "journey to the new me" started up in March, 2009. As I spoke about in one of my earlier blogs, that I wanted to share some of these with you, I had come up with a name of "Paula's Personal Declarations", but the more I think about the word "declaration", it seems a little loud or somewhat harsh to me. These thoughts that I have came up with ... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 11:47:56 EST A "We can do it" holidays "Paula's Personal Declarations" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140046 Howdy! everyone! <BR> <BR> Let's size up the holidays and all of their glory of food and foody festivities in this one simple sentence that is so true, for really, all year long! <BR> <BR> "Always leave the last bite!" <BR> <BR> (original by me "Paula's Personal Declarations") <BR> <BR> Have a blessed holiday season and continuing wonderful journey to the new you! <BR> <BR> Paula <BR> "(C)", 2012, Paula Boyd-Friend, all rights reserved Mon, 19 Nov 2012 06:54:58 EST "I didn't know tennis shoes still existed!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139063 Well, of all the things! <BR> <BR> I didn't know that tennis shoes existed anymore! Not really. I knew they were still around, but just not for me. I've worn flip-flops for so many years that my feet were starting to look exactly like them! <BR> <BR> Well, another non-scale victory was discovered yesterday by my husband, just for me.... <BR> <BR> He said that we were going tennis shoes shopping for me and wasn't going to quit until we found a pair for me to use when I went for my wa... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 08:05:32 EST "Corners in our journey"...what's around there?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5131292 Howdy Doody! from the DFW area of Texas! <BR> <BR> In all of our "journeys to the new us" we have arrived at many corners! The decisions we make either keep us going, or we give in to the "fear" of what's next or what is waiting for us around there. I've been battling this for about a month now. My own "corner" is my new medicine for leg tremors. I absolutely do not want to be in it's statistics of an average weight gain for 1 year of 45-80 lbs weight gain side effect. I came up with anoth... Sun, 11 Nov 2012 08:49:53 EST "Discouraged? Set-backs?...Listen up! It's for me too!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126912 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I had a thought that came to me the other day, and it is sticking in my mind. I want to share it with you. No matter where you are in your journey to the new you, no matter how far you've gone forward or gone backwards, keep this in your mind! <BR> <BR> "You can never go too far from your goal, that you can't return and lose it" <BR> <BR> (original by me "Paula's Personal Declarations" AKA "Paula's Thoughts") <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to th... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 07:06:19 EST