SOPHINEZ's SparkPeople Blog SOPHINEZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fall Colors!! <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Walks just got even more beautiful!!! Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:08:22 EST Fall Festival Fun <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is still nice to know little towns and small parish communities still hold a Fall Festival and people of all ages come out and have some fun. <BR> <BR> Also, it is good to know I can have fun and not have to have fried cheese curds, ice cream or other foods that I don't really need now. A nice local apple and some grilled chicken and farm fresh tomatoes and carrots did the trick! Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:27:13 EST Fall Allergies Have Me in a Fog <img src=""> <BR> It is back to school and the beautiful colors are starting to show up! <BR> <BR> However the fall allergy season has me still walking, but with a box of tissues! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 06:57:48 EST Where did the time go? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There truly is no other time than now. Do it now, make a difference now and love your life and whatever size body you have now! <BR> <BR> These two angels are now 19 & 21, My husband and I loved them in the "now" and will keep doing that, but I sure miss them! Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:40:38 EST Blessings <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The simple beauty of a cat, a flower and the window. <BR> <BR> Life can be simply beautiful in the stillness. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:42:21 EST Empty Nest and Fitness Coach-My Hubby! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Life has been different, a little sad, wonderful, crazy and always a gift these past two weeks. New experiences, like your first son, who is amazing, moving away is tough on mom; however, my amazing husband and daughter have reminded me everyday, how lucky I am. <BR> <BR> This grateful moment goes to my hubby for helping me focus on health, wellness and fitness and not on missing our son. <BR> <BR> Also, I mana... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:35:52 EST Simple singular moments <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While my coffee buddy is having coffee in his own kitchen today, i took all of the great advice so many of you offered and celebrated this cup of coffee and made the time to treat myself to a special bagel. <BR> <BR> While my hubby doesn't drink coffee, he came out to where our son and i used to sit and have our "coffee talk" and started a new Saturday morning tradition. <BR> <BR> It's probably harder to thin ... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 11:17:12 EST His First Dance in 2010 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yeah, empty nest moment doesn't help. <BR> <BR> I am not good at this. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 15:16:32 EST Beginnings & Endings <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One birdie now in his own nest, last family meal together until we bring him Thanksgiving. <BR> Mama bird has one left in the nest now. <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 15:52:53 EST Oscar Takes the Win! <img src=""> <BR> For no reason I could credibly defend, I was a grouch this past weekend. Ever been there? Tue, 5 Aug 2014 07:57:07 EST Simple Things & Mindful Living <img src=""> <BR> Sewing on a button, slowed me down and gave me a moment to realize how simple we can make our complicated lives. One thing at a time. One more fitness minute, one more healthier choice. One more reason to be thankful. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 00:09:37 EST More Fitness less Appetite! <img src=""> <BR> My son made this great post/5K dinner the other night. I noticed how much more satisfying food is and that I tend to feel fuller and fuller sooner! <BR> <em>364</em> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:49:58 EST Birthday 5 K done, now we dine! <img src=""> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:46:12 EST It takes a Village...Kids need help and so do "Big Kids" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a promotion for educators, my husband was included in this campaign; this made me think how sometimes we do things quietly alone and sometimes we do need a little help from a lot of people. <BR> <BR> Like SparkPeople! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:22:59 EST Get Outside and Try Something New! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My husband and kids surprised me with this white water rafting adventure on my 49th birthday! It was scary and it was thrilling! <BR> <BR> Now I look forward to all kinds of new outdoors fun with them each year! <BR> <BR> This year I turn 54! <BR> <BR> Happiest year so far!!!! Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:28:32 EST Go to the Light! It will "lighten" you up!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We find "light" in our lives. <BR> <BR> Our faith, our family, the beauty in nature and of course "lightening up with an attitude of ...yes, I can"!! <BR> <BR> Thank you SparkPeople and Spark Friends for helping me "lighten up"!! <BR> <BR> <em>459</em> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:19:20 EST SparkPeople Recipe for "Biscuits & Gravy I Can Eat" was a hit! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Maddy and I made healthy biscuits & gravy from scratch for our family retreat breakfast!! <BR> I love the Spark Recipe app!! Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:04:24 EST Campfires, mosquitoes and smores <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My best weight loss week was on my family retreat in the woods away from it all and just playing outdoors with my three most favorites people on earth! Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:56:16 EST Holy Family Church in Woodruff, Wisconsin a nice place to visit! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There is a peaceful wooded walking prayer trail with ten stations discussing the life and mission of Saint Francis. <BR> <BR> Our whole family walked the trail and celebrated this wonderful path the Holy Family Church community created. <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:46:25 EST Hard working fitness feet get some barefoot time! <img src=""> <BR> Today the family retreat is just all about hanging out at the lake! Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:40:25 EST Quiet Family Moments Restore The Soul <img src=""> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:09:52 EST Family Sushi Night! <img src=""> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:57:31 EST Walking Buddies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happiness is having walking buddies help you get your daily fitness in even when its hot, humid and mosquito-infested weather! Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:01:17 EST Olaf & I Love Summer! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am loving my summer!!! <BR> <BR> Flowers, Farmer's Market and Playing outside like a kid again!!!! <BR> <BR> Gardening with mosquitoes getting a little on my nerves, but I shall press on! <BR> <BR> <em>376</em> <BR> <em>444</em> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:31:38 EST Picnic Dinner on paper plates! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We were all pooped out, but still had a healthy dinner! Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:08:39 EST Breakfast with The Family...The Bestfast! <img src=""> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 07:25:16 EST Smile! <img src=""> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:44:14 EST Peaceful place to think & pray <img src=""> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 11:47:11 EST Independence Day Post 5K Pizza!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Maddy made this race day pizza from scratch (fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, spinach & basil)!! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day!!! <BR> <BR> <em>483</em> <em>364</em> <em>652</em> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 17:25:35 EST Happy Fourth of July Eve! <img src="">&#127482;&#127480;&#127482;&#127480;&#127482;&#127480;&#127482;&#127480; <BR> <BR> We have so much to be thankful for!!! <BR> <BR> &#127482;&#127480; <BR> <BR> PS-Sorry my photo is still snoozing! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:45:01 EST Maddy's Veggie Burger Rocked The Chow Wagon! <img src=""> <BR> Our family eats a good number of meatless meals and still enjoys a tasty BBQ pork chop or ribeye. However, our daughter is vegetarian and she makes the yummiest things for the family! <BR> <BR> Here is Maddy's "Chicago Burger"-featuring her favorite store bought veggie burger by Morningstar-the griller. <BR> <BR> This was heavenly! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 08:02:50 EST LinkedIn Post on 10 Things <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 11. Be Thankful & Grateful. <BR> 12. Being good to yourself. <BR> 13. Accepting truth from a loved one, so you can grow. <BR> 14. Celebrating the little things. <BR> 15. Sparking your way to a vibrant life! Tue, 1 Jul 2014 08:02:37 EST First time I was low on calories going into dinner!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I actually had to eat 6 oz of protein! <BR> <BR> So busy biking, walking, jogging, running, cleaning...our whole family was in need of chow!!! <BR> <BR> It is good to be hungry for the right reasons! <BR> <BR> <em>492</em> <em>267</em> <em>291</em> <em>466</em> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:20:53 EST Thankful & Grateful <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a peaceful and joyful Sunday, we all have so much to be thankful for and someone we can also lighten a burden for... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:30:38 EST Run Forest Run!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That was me last night running home in the rain! Ok, maybe I don't look like Forest Gump, but I sure as heck had "Madge-jeek Lay-Gigs"!!!! <BR> <BR> 27 straight days of sticking to my walk/run program; and doing most of it to "git home"!!! <BR> <BR> Thank you all for the inspiration and especially to Lieutenant Dan (my husband) and my kids "donkey" carries my work stuff home and "diggy" brings me cool water and ... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 10:35:28 EST Airport Yummies with my Daughter-Warning Not Low Sodium!!! <img src=""> <BR> <em>535</em> <BR> <em>261</em> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:01:27 EST Happy Childhood Memories <img src=""> <BR> While none of us had a perfect childhood, i can tell you that i am thankful for how hard my parents worked to give me every good thing to know and do to the best of their ability. When i see this particular Renoir painting i fondly remember my mother and father taking me to the St Louis Art museum and Missouri Botanical gardens ( Shaw's Park) many, many Saturdays and Sundays. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:55:44 EST Grateful Journal- Meals by Hubby! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thank you Lord for a husband that made this healthy, tasty, colorful and portion controlled dinner for his hungry and tired wife! <BR> <BR> <em>364</em> <BR> <BR> After running the near equivalent of a 5K last night after work, I was beat, but happy! Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:39:48 EST Grateful for each moment <img src=""> <BR> Watching my son mow the lawn Sunday was such a joy. Remembering the first mower he pushed blew bubbles! Tue, 24 Jun 2014 06:19:08 EST Day #1 Shooting Stars 5% Summer Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ready to go!!! <BR> <BR> Goodbye 12 pounds!! <BR> <em>192</em> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:14:45 EST Flag Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I realize I am a little late on sharing Flag Day Thoughts, but just like weight loss and fitness changes and mindful is never too late. <BR> <BR> I walk to work nearly everyday now and most days home, too! Why didn't I think of this 40 pounds ago? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I walk past a large grave yard filled with Veteran's tombstones. <BR> <BR> While I still do not completely understand why we cannot set... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 14:06:46 EST Les Fleurs! <img src=""> <BR> From garage to garden today...these Peones are so beautiful! I told my daughter the white ones look like the children of whipped cream and fluffy silk ruffles! She gave me a strange look, that happens a lot after i speak! <BR> <em>459</em> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:38:10 EST Baby Steps to Healthy Eating: Soup! <img src=""> <BR> Here is a fresh cup of puréed sweet pea soup with fresh mint. You have to stop at The Kitchen Table in Marshfield, Wisconsin! <BR> <BR> Baby Steps Plan for small happy changes to better eating and portion control includes a cup of soup to start that satisfied feeling ! <em>373</em> <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:12:55 EST Family float trip <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was our last float trip, I hope to have even more fun this summer with 15-25 pounds less to carry around! Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:21:55 EST A Family Walk Among Impressionists <img src=""> <BR> My daughter was so excited to see Degas' Dancer. Renoir and Cassat in background. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Restored Rembrandt filled us with awe. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:16:25 EST Rough Road Trip! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Folks in Nebraska had a rough night, we just missed it! Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:26:54 EST Carter's Custom Running Tattoo <img src=""> <BR> My son gave me a "Ballpoint Tattoo" to encourage me in my running goals. It worked ! I had my best time , intensity and recovery ever !! Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:26:21 EST Miracle doing better-Thank you for your prayers <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thank you for your good thoughts and hopeful prayers, my friend's little pony is now 25 pounds and standing on her own two feet! <BR> <BR> Doesn't need a bottle anymore like she did here ... <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 06:58:49 EST Sara's Sunset <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A dear friend got a new job better for her and her family, this is the sunset she captured on her way home from her going away party. <BR> <BR> We do not intend on losing her as our friend, so this sunset is on my desktop at work reminding me to make time to stay close to her and the blessings she radiates! Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:57:47 EST Grandpa & Grandsweety-Gratefulness! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am so grateful that my daughter has an 85 year old grandfather! I did not get to enjoy the grandparent experience growing up. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:50:13 EST