SOPHINEZ's SparkPeople Blog SOPHINEZ's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Roses among Roses <img src=""> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:47:08 EST Peace Be With You & Go In His Spirit! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am feeling so peaceful in my wellness search both spiritually and physically. <BR> Thank you all for being my sisters and brothers in this journey. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:32:12 EST Sweet G Doing Better <img src=""> <BR> Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers. My friend and her little four month old are both doing better! Tue, 10 Jun 2014 07:14:47 EST Portion Controlled Dinner <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tried something different, was delicious! Mon, 9 Jun 2014 14:22:53 EST Best Principal Ever...My Teacher, too! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My husband is a principal of an elementary school, here he shows his kids how to do the "robot" for an early morning "energizer". The kids also love his wacky ties, today he has his Einstein Tie on. <BR> <BR> The Scooby-Doo Tie is their favorite so far! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Sunday everyone! <BR> Sun, 8 Jun 2014 13:28:59 EST Hubby Hikes are the best! <img src=""> <BR> My husband took me to Camp Forest Springs last month as he led his 6th graders through this marsh, a bog and a canoe trip. We also went on two night hikes to listen for owls and track a virtual wolf. No worries, we brought all 6th graders back home in one piece! Using my Spark GPS app-we averaged 7 miles a day walking/hiking and burned over 1200 calories in activities! Sat, 7 Jun 2014 05:52:56 EST Stay Calm! <img src=""> <BR> National Donut Day Alert!!! <BR> Code Red! Fri, 6 Jun 2014 13:15:31 EST Great Teachers get the summer off now! <img src=""> <BR> Here is a super teacher and my son at a school ice cream social where the kids built at that time the longest sundae on record <img src=""> is good! <img src=""> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 12:52:32 EST Thank you JC Penney!!! <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> That Amazing Gift from Heaven Above, aka my daughter, Maddy, just accepted a position with JCP as a Visual Specialist. This supports her fashion photography freelance business (curious folks can follow her on most social media sites-Copper Cup Photos). <BR> <BR> Warning: if you do look her up on Tumblr, Twitter, Polyvore, LinkedIn...she loves Beauty i... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 06:40:24 EST Princess the Lucky Deer has come to our work window 3 days in a row! <em>137</em> <img src=""> <BR> In the very near future another building will replace this view; for now we have "Princess" Inspiring us to look up from our computers! Wed, 4 Jun 2014 07:34:06 EST Yo! Maddy & I love Mango Fro Yo! <img src=""> <em>470</em> After our special mother daughter shop, walk, talk & sushi day- we had a healthy Fro Yo at Sweet Frog in Plover, WI!!! Tue, 3 Jun 2014 19:41:16 EST Waiting round the drinking fountain <img src=""> Only one way to get that cool drink in a hot and sunny park! Mon, 2 Jun 2014 21:50:05 EST I just wanna play! <img src=""> <BR> Remembering the days when we just wanted to go out and play ! <em>318</em> Sun, 1 Jun 2014 15:58:46 EST Our Sushi Boat Sailed In! <img src=""> they say some day your ship will come in...ours did today!!! <em>244</em> Sat, 31 May 2014 18:35:49 EST My daughter is so fun... <img src=""> <BR> She can making shopping for motor oil hilarious! <em>129</em> Sat, 31 May 2014 16:59:28 EST Pony Prayers <img src=""> <BR> Thank you all for sending your thoughts and prayers last week for my friend and her sweet baby. If you have any left, here is "Miracle" on her first day of life. My friend, Ash, is a new pony "Mom" and she is having some real mother worries about her little pony. <em>171</em> <BR> Miracle has to be bottle fed for now. Sat, 31 May 2014 08:36:10 EST Bike Picnic and Field Day at My Hubby's School <img src=""> <BR> Had so much fun in the sun and playing with all of these cool kids! Fri, 30 May 2014 20:07:06 EST Good Times help fill in The Stressed Times <img src=""> <BR> Remembering the healthiest dinner out in years at Graze in Madison, WI with my daughter and dear friend. Good Times! Thu, 29 May 2014 20:18:21 EST Baby Doing Better! <img src=""> <BR> Thank you for your prayers, my friend's little 4 month old bundle of joy is doing better and so is mom ! Wed, 28 May 2014 22:27:54 EST My Son's Wings <img src=""> <BR> This is an unaltered photo I took on February 28th this year of my son before his college interview at Creighton University. Do you see his "Angel Wings"? Tue, 27 May 2014 11:18:36 EST A Good Place to Think <img src="">Serenity can be found truly anywhere. Here, alone, one day I felt such peace in a quiet prayer for my son. Mon, 26 May 2014 11:30:09 EST My Hubby's Kids Built an Ark! <img src=""> <BR> My number one Coach and Best Friend, my hubby, is also a principal of the most precious school on earth ( that I've seen so far). <BR> <BR> Here is the ark they built from their own hands complete with Noah & his wife, dove and rainbow! <BR> <BR> I just love kid art! <BR> <em>288</em> Sun, 25 May 2014 05:00:13 EST Feeling so sad and powerless when a friend suffers <em>251</em> <BR> My friend is so strong and such a great person and to see her suffer hurts so much. I know prayers will be heard for her, and I know that her sweet little baby girl will be ok; there are so many people that love her and her mother is there and is also a nurse. As I pray for her, I have the faith that she will get through this. Thank you all for your prayers. 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