SPARKLINGME176's SparkPeople Blog SPARKLINGME176's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Down .5 today. Close to being BACK to goal, REALLY focused! I am SO close to being BACK to goal, I am trying for 1/2# a week, now! Trying NOT to be too extreme. Lot's of water <em>91</em> <em>91</em> , fresh veggies <em>550</em> & delicious summer fruits <em>45</em> , yogurt & keeping me 'real'. My personality REALLY likes to go beyond what can be good for me! <em>24</em> I wanted to be back to goal for my B' Day 7-6, <em>407</em> but with 5 #'s to goal, that would be unhealthy. At least I'm down from May 1, (the highest I have been in... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:13:52 EST Photos from trip, DH Birthday & I am down 1/2 pound!!!!! I had a GREAT trip! Hiked ALLOT, kept to my eating program 80% of the time! Feeling fabulous & healthy! Lot's going on at home & work, so I'm flying, here are some photos! <BR> <BR> For me to keep my motivation going I have to see life as a game! SP is a great way to play the game of health by the 'rules'. I am ALWAYS 1 for learning the rules, just so I can figure out HOW to break them, successfully. I'm doing REALLY great 80% of the time & that makes me happy & healthy!!!! Instead of seein... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:27:55 EST Photos from last Flash Mob! FUN!!!!!!!!! is lot's of housework <em>542</em> before we go to DH mom's & watch the horse race! Could be history! Be safe & fun & I will too!!!! <em>109</em> <BR> <BR> 6-15-15 is going home today :-) , DH b'day tomorrow! Hike first, 5 hour drive, need to exercise. GREAT, Fun, trip! <BR> <BR> <BR> 6-14-15 Off to Huntington Library! <BR> 6-10-15 Yes :-) safely 'here on trip! <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> 6-12-15 Today is another great vacation day! Hiking, pilates, dinner in China town, tomorrow is ... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 14:17:57 EST I wore my new SP hat to the wetlands, today! Check out photos from hike! If you are interested in check it out! SO beautiful! Hard to know it is here, in this desert! It is reclaimed from a trash dump, back to it's original wild lands. It has regular concrete paths ( made from the old casinos that were demolished, there is a map of which casino is apart of what path) for wheel chairs, etc. Also paths they have let go back to nature. I love it there & try to hike at least 2 times a month! Birds; <em>145</em> road runners; bun... Sat, 30 May 2015 15:27:24 EST I'm Down 3#'s since going to dietition for DH, Chris Downie is RIGHT! Page 141 of THE SPARK <em>305</em> "There has been much debate about the concept of weight loss "plateau." Most experts now believe that plateaus are USUALLY caused by straying from the details of your program & only sometimes caused by metabolic changes." <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> This is TRUE for me. Not everyone I am sure, but for me, YES!! I stopped adding in the licks & tastes &&&&. (Still keeping up eating energizing foods 80% of the time & exercising at least 120 minutes a day- It'... Fri, 22 May 2015 11:55:22 EST We have heard from 2 VA doctors that exercise only helps a body maintain! So I have heard 2 of DH doctors say exercise just helps a body maintain <em>40</em> . Tell me it isn't so! It's good I LOVE to exercise <em>355</em> , now, I was a couch TVer before SP!!!! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Even with ALL I do for exercise, average 2 miles a day..... just to warm my body up & LUCY gets her walks, Zumba 2 or 3 times a week, Flash Mob rehearsals, almost daily; Sheppard Pilates DVD 2 times a week; weight lifting the 5 # dumbells & soon, VERY soon, swimming, shopping... Thu, 14 May 2015 21:25:31 EST DH (& I) went to a VA dietitian yesterday: New info for the over weight: & photos of my Mom After yesterdays meeting I feel like I am on track! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday DH had an appointment with a VA dietitian, I tagged along. Almost EVERYTHING she said was what I have been doing since starting Spark People! The only difference is she was talking about the new way that they are teaching the vet's how to release weight. It's not by tracking, because most people will NOT do it. So she showed us plate sizes, cups sizes & cubes of sugar on the foods & drinks! She asked him... Sat, 9 May 2015 16:16:54 EST LMONDRICK: We have been on this Spark people journey, together, right? Many have 'left the building LMONDRICK: We have been on this Spark people journey, together, right? Many have 'left the building', but we both KNOW this process works! It shows in our photos, BUT mostly in our attitude! This is a life style change! I am STILL here, because of my commitment to my health, AND because of my Spark Friends! YOU add SO MUCH support in this adventure, & I am blessed because of you! Thank YOU! <BR> This is the message for the day, for me!!!!! <BR> <BR> Also, the flower oil I tried to make, didn... Fri, 8 May 2015 10:52:21 EST Lovely spring days, enjoying being outside for longer walks, etc. Photos too! Happy, let's celebrate health & Mexico day! Let's 'keep it real' OK? <BR> <BR> I've been doing many more outside activities, as I am sure you all are! <em>434</em> <em>435</em> <BR> <BR> Playing <em>185</em> & being happy with my life! <em>90</em> <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> *~LIGHT <BR> <BR> <BR> 5-6-15 Tidings of the day! Happy Hump day, Kitties! Lot's of playing & working, today! How RU? <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> 5-7-15 PS: these photos were taken through out my recent past 10 y... Tue, 5 May 2015 14:57:45 EST Today's activities, Aroma therepy, etc. Flower photos: <em>529</em> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> I have just started to learn how to make my own essence oil! We have TONS of Star Jasmine in the yard. I picked the petals just after they dried from dew on them & put into a glass jar, filling the jar up. Today I will add the VERY light Olive oil( UPDATE, I used Grapeseed oil, instead, I was told it is lighter in sent) & let set for 3 days & strain in cheese cloth. This is for OUTSIDE my body. A new experiment for me. I paid $15.00 for an OZ of jasmin... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:57:44 EST My 3rd try Flash Mob Earth day 4-25-15<BR>I& <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm in the VERY back row, near stage! It was suppose to RAIN, so dressed for it! <BR> <BR> 4-28-15 Tidings of the day: Hi! <em>524</em> To my new Spark friends! <em>305</em> We can do this! Hi! to my longtime Sparkies, thx <em>304</em> for helping me reach for the stars <em>31</em> AND my goals <em>209</em> , couldn't do it without YOU! <em>252</em> Happy Tuesday, delivering our jobs <em... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:01:30 EST Life is going GREAT! I'm REIGNITED!New/old goals=April'sThemeREFOCUS! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> I'm feeling pretty good about my new "re-start" with updated goals <em>104</em> . I've printed them on the prettiest fairy paper I have. I have hung up the pretty skirt that I want to fit into, by a wedding for my Fairy God Daughter, Aug. 9 & just reignited myself. I work better for reaching a goal, than just trying to get there. I will create new goals for every month, kind of like a theme for the month. I know my SP friend AJ has a month of theme photos for her ... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:25:45 EST Yesterday was HARD, emotionally for both of us. Better today! Happiness runs in a circular motion <em>532</em> , right? Yesterday was HARD emotionally around here, but I didn't go to McD as I was tempted, made healthy TACO salad! YEAH for me! <em>104</em> NOT eating their fries are my BIGGEST Spark Streak! Not 1 since March 16, 2012. I just can't, because they tempt me into wanting them ALL the time. Even with a SMALL order. I KNOW not to start. I don't eat there anymore, unless we are traveling, I'll have a salad & maybe a small cone. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:44:48 EST April 8, 2015 I was honored as Motivator of the day, WOW! Motivator of the day, 4-8-15! I just found out yesterday as I was packing to come home <em>433</em> with LUCKY <em>145</em> ! Thanks you <em>304</em> for all of your support & comments <em>244</em> ! This is a HUGE honor! The funny thing is, because I am over goal weight, it feels odd to honored in this way. BUT it also motivated me be a better Sparker! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> My trip was FABULOUS! I went to my dentist & it was GREAT news all the way around! I was SO happy! East... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:10:22 EST This weeks blog page, updated when I can: Traveling!Flash mob link, too! 3-30-15 So my trip starts tomorrow! My tablet will only let me update a few lines a day, so this is for today! Be healthy my spark friends! I love you all VERY much! <em>252</em> <BR> 4-1-15 Happy April fools day! :-) ) May you spread joy for all to feel today & I will too! Trip going VERY fun, off for a hike!! <BR> 4-2-15 Yesterdays joke about changing t!he weight from 1# to it =1.1 # really got me! April fooled! I didn't believe it! Thank goodness I make my own choises! ! <BR> !!!:-) <... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:47:12 EST I am getting ready to travel, first time since last October, DH ok! What the dew is to the flower, gentle words are to the soul. Father Andrew- Happy weekend everyone! Spread your kind words & I will too!:-) <BR> <BR> Yes! I am gathering the marionettes, LUCKY <em>145</em> & packing for my trip to Hollywood. I'll be there for Easter. I haven't traveled for sometime, as DH was not able to care for himself, very well. He is getting SO much better, I feel it is 'safe' for me to go. I have no scheduled performances, but am taking 2 of my favorites, 'just in ... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:10:50 EST My friend has passed over, I just found out this morning. Sending love <em>247</em> to my close friend, her husband <em>337</em> passed over. They are VERY close. It reminds me, how precious EVERY <em>214</em> moment is! <BR> <BR> REALLY Live & LOVE, that's the best we can do! <em>90</em> <BR> <BR> 3-27-15 WHENEVR I THINK OF YOU I SMILE INSIDE & out! LV U Sparkies! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I took this photo many years ago, it reminds me of them. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:27:28 EST TINAJANE76 wrote a featured blog, Feb. 16, 2015 I feel the same way! TINAJANE76 wrote a featured blog, "WHY I AM STILL HERE" Check it out, if you haven't, yet, it is AMAZING as to why SO many of us are here! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> I love this space, too! & she says it SO wonderfully!!!!!!! <BR> *~L <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> 3-21-15 Tidings of the day! Today is catching up <em>542</em> with our loving home <em>288</em> , taking LUCY <em>338</em> out for a wonderful, beautiful spring <em>126</em> wa... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:07:30 EST Today is my 3 years SparkaVersary! What I have figured out, lifestyle changes! 3 years, <em>505</em> with Spark People, today! Wow! Happy Sparkavarsary <em>252</em> to me! <em>90</em> (& my team mates for this week!) <BR> <BR> It has been an adventure! AND even though I am 7# above my goal, I have released & maintained 44# & kept it off! I keep fluxing with about 8# over, I wish I didn't! Every time I try eliminate 'something' from my diet, (this month was sodium), my body gets out of whack! I KEEP having to relearn that I need to do what my life style chang... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:21:32 EST Again I have learned MODERATION in EVERYTHING!!!! Fabulous Friday! After eliminating salt for a week, my body went haywire! <em>198</em> I'm back to my personal reality! Down 2.8 #'s <em>244</em> this week as I get back to what I know is good for me! YES!!!! What I learned is MODERATION in EVERYTHING!!!! <BR> <BR> Flash mob rehearsal last night was a BLAST! <em>351</em> 3 hours of jumping & dancing! The performance is tonight & Sunday night. DH <em>337</em> date lunch today with his Mom for her 91 B'Day <em>144</em> celebrati... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:21:32 EST A STELLAR week of activities! Fun & frollicking all week long! THX to SP I have the energy! This week is STELLAR as far as activities, go! 3 B' Day <em>410</em> parties celebrating 5 people; 2 Flash Mobs <em>351</em> , 1 Friday & 1 Sunday, with tons of rehearsals at home, then actual formal rehearsal on Thursday; Zumba LIVE <em>355</em> 2 times this week, Sheppard Pilates <em>402</em> DVD 2 times this week; walking LUCY <em>338</em> everyday; St. Patty's <em>137</em> parade Saturday, walking 1 of my marionettes <em>103</em> (about 2 miles); a business <em>440</... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 15:27:32 EST About my stopping my low sodium streak! First of all, I started the streak, because I was putting on weight. No Doctor or anyone said I should do it. I lasted <em>8</em> 12 days, because I didn't eat out. I had TOTAL control of my intake. Then A dear friend came to town. We went to dinner at a VERY special & expensive restaurant. (The entire dinner is my food budget for 2 weeks!) I ordered SO precisely. Asking for no salt or at least low salt, no extra fats, non dairy etc. When we received our dinner, 'someone' put special sea s... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:55:43 EST Yesterday stared a new streak, HEART stickers, getting back to my goal! After breaking my 12 day STAR streak <em>40</em> , see last blog, I decided I needed to start again <em>244</em> ! I KNOW myself well enough to think I can just do EVERYTHING with out accountability. I wish I could, but I celebrate by eating <em>236</em> <em>550</em> ! I can justify celebrating the sun <em>67</em> coming up! I'm not kidding! So this new streak is with hearts! <em>26</em> It is the same goal; tracking every lick <em>20</em> & keeping sodium under 2,000. <B... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:58:09 EST I made it 12 days on my little STAR streak! What I have learned! We all have the choice to do the best we can, right? My choice would have been to NEVER yoyo. But that is not the case. So I am doing the best I can <em>104</em> , everyday with what is going on in my body & spirit! <em>90</em> I have to change things up on a weekly basis. <BR> <BR> My long time girlfriend came to town. We went to a new restaurant GIADA's I have wanted to go since she opened. My streak was to keep below 2,000 mils of sodium & 1800 cal. a day. I 'saved' the salt for thi... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:37:41 EST Day #11 of my little Star sticker streak!!!! It IS working for me! YES!!! Yesterday was my 11 star streak! <em>8</em> It WAS a little ify with sodium, we went to Panda. I choose veggies, steamed brown rice, teriyaki chicken without much sauce, etc. I thought I did GREAT, but when I woke up this morning, I was REALLY thirsty, <em>91</em> more than usual. So that's why, ify! We had a fire in the fire place, wood <em>104</em> smells SO great! & the Oscars, too! I wore a pretty outfit <em>336</em> , I love the drama of it all! <em>103</em> <BR> <BR> I ... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:56:00 EST A daily little STAR helps to keep me healthy & STRONG!(Santa Run photos) A few weeks ago, I got on the scale & was 10# over my HIGH goal, #13 over my 'real' goal. So I got REAL, too! Tracking EVERY lick, bite, etc. & for me only 2,000 mil of sodium! That streak started 2-12-15. I am down 3#'s! I had stressed my back so couldn't exercise, no Zumba, 3 hour walks, etc. Now I'm feeling great! Back to it AND keeping track of EVERY lick! (thanks FLSUN for this idea!) I ALWAYS track my foods, since starting SP 3-16-12, but I was getting lazy in EVERY lick! NO MORE! I AL... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:17:07 EST SP says EVERY bite makes a difference, I wish they were wrong! LOL! Continued from yesterdays blog: <BR> <BR> Yesterday, because of my blog, I have re-committed <em>104</em> myself to eat within my goals, everyday. When I do, I get a gold Star! <em>8</em> SP says the main reason we gain back weight is because we eat little bites here & there, not tracking, that add up. I got a gold Star for yesterday, day #1 of my goal streak. I want to release this 9# by March 27. 11 days after my SP anniversary. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> For me, right now, it is ... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 14:23:51 EST A week of not much exercise, due to lower back strain. A time to re-look at my goals! It is REALLY hard on me, not being able to exercise, as I usually do. I miss it. But rest is what is required or using what energy I have to work, instead of playing. My fitness streaks are going to be WAY off this week, ;~( <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> My back is WAY better, <em>211</em> so I know I'll be up & going, soon <em>355</em> . But in the mean time I am eating ALLOT less, as my weight creeps up <em>521</em> . I had gotten to the point I didn't need to measure EVERY bite, but lo... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:47:30 EST Flash Mob rehearsal was a BLAST, last night! Today is the actual dance! As I have said before, I love to workout to the point of sweating! <em>198</em> ! Last nights rehearsal was so much fun! I loved it! I forgot how much fun I have with this group. Since I have been doing ZUMBA, usually during live Flash Mob rehearsals, timing, I've not been doing them. <BR> <BR> Some people do not know how Flash Mobs work. Some groups just receive a web link, (check out YOUR City on line, Flash Mobs, Flash Dance etc. & sign up). Then you rehearse at home & show up at the ... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 13:20:34 EST I am not making excuses, I just am understanding WHY my weight is up! I had visions in my dreams! Last night I was Zumba-ing & swimming. This dream showed me, my true desires! <BR> <BR> The past 2 weeks my Zumba teacher has been re-arranging her life. So we haven't doing Zumba, except 1 time a week. I have been making up the 2, 1 hour sessions by walking more, Sheppard Pilates, Nichole's videos, etc. But my body REQUIRES the intense sweating <em>198</em> that those workouts give me. I burn between 600-1,000 calories a dance. So although my minutes are up, ... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:05:47 EST My weight keeps hovering around 7 pounds above goal. My body seems happy here.... but: I really like myself a little lighter <em>3</em> . Just can't seem to get below unless I eat less than 1,000 cals a day. I won't do that to myself.... So I guess I will just keep trying to get back to goal & be happy with my health! <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> ps... 1-28-15 Today is a fun, busy 1! Business meets; Lucy walk & my FAV ZUMBA!!! Happy hump day! Be safe! <BR> <BR> ppss... 1-29-15 Lot's of working today! Feels great to get our little business on track, after DH 9 month healing pro... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:49:21 EST I live to play! That's the secret to my success! I have stopped dieting & exercising! <em>4</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> My New years resolution is Get healthier than last year.... that's it! <BR> <BR> I eat a VERY healthy diet for my body AND I PLAY allot! Walking, hiking, Zumba, Sheppard Pilates, Flash Mob, etc. When I think I am exercising.... I stop! I am like an Otter <em>219</em> (beaver will due), the ONLY reason they live is to play <em>185</em> ! I have fallen in love with me, that is the biggest change. I am SO worth th... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:57:43 EST Today is my 34th month Sparkaversary with Spark People! What I am/have learned! What I am/ have learned: <BR> <BR> No amount of exercise will fix a bad diet! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> When stress comes to me, whether it is VERY extreme or just a little hick up, I still choose every reaction, every bite, every exercise. All choices of how I respond, are mine, alone! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I have learned that even though I am 7 pounds above my goal weight, I am still ALWAYS reaching for the moon, even if I fall I'll land among the stars! No scale, no pair of jeans, no... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:04:17 EST I am amazed at how I will do ANYTHING to be able to move! I strained a neck muscle, Friday. I needed to rest it, or it would get ALLOT worse, so I took Saturday & Sunday 'off' from my usual routines. I KNOW how I did it, but I also just started the January Jump Start challenge. I am doing a video everyday, besides my usual 1 or 2 miles walking Lucy, Zumba 3 times a week, Sheppard Pilates DVD 2 times a week. My body NEEDS to move. This little set back kept me resting until my body ached to move! Walking was ok, but not having LUCY pup pull on me, sh... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:40:28 EST Letting go of past, old unhelpful thoughts & moving into my new life! I've released 2 pounds since Christmas! 7 more to get back to my high goal. Not too bad! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Today is getting our home, back in order! I bet MANY of us are doing that! Laundry, house cleaning, about 3 hours or more of spark fitness points today! Plus LUCY walk, now that the temps are going up a little. I woke up to 24 degrees! This is VERY strange for us, here in the SWest!! <BR> <BR> 1-11-15 <BR> Photos from New Years is resting, still, rain, electricity ify, good da... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 12:05:48 EST I am learning to let go of the past & live, really live in the NOW. Any ideas, how to do this? I'm 'working' on letting go of the past & living in THIS moment. Not easy for me, any ideas?? <BR> Tomorrow is DH 1 year anniversary into the hospital for 5 months. It's hard for me to NOT revisit all the trauma & drama we went through. So I am asking all of SPARK LAND for help! I want to live, really live, today. NOT be bogged down by the past, either a year ago or 30 years ago. I'm SURE someone in this AMAZING site can help me with this situation. <BR> <BR> How do I just, "LET IT GO" as t... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 11:59:26 EST This Christmas will go down in my personal history as 1 of my favorites! I've been alive for many years. I can remember most of every Christmas <em>446</em> , especially when I was 3 & 4 & 5 & 6. <BR> <BR> My Mom <em>251</em> made sure we had a wonderful time, even though we were very poor. She made the decorations out of popcorn strings, etc. She created the "Norman Rockwell" vision for us, & actually still does! The present she sent & gave me this year, was SO perfect for me, I cried <em>46</em> when I opened it. She paid for it over several months, on... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:42:41 EST A note to Spark People, Joy & health to you, all! "THERE ONCE WAS A CHIOR OF ANGELS THAT SANG ABOUT A WORLD FULL OF JOY. PERHAPS WE'D HEAR THEM EVEN NOW IF WE WERE AS STILL AS SHEPHERDS" From my daily Angel by your side, calendar <em>90</em> <BR> <BR> I understand MANY of you do not believe in Angels, but I feel their presence all the time! You do not have to believe the same way I do, I just enjoy sharing what I 'hear & see' from them, with you. SP means the world to me, YOUR participation lightens my load. For that, I am VERY grateful... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:24:40 EST Quote from my Angel daily calendar! Photos from this & that: "In the lights & glimmer of modern Christmas decorations we see a tiny speck of the brilliance that is the reality angels see, share, & return to when their task on earth is complete. It's brilliance we can one day see for ourselves when our task is done well". <BR> <BR> I LOVE twinkle lights! I have them up all year & add as they need changing. I know some people think it is tacky, but all I see is what it must look like INSIDE of a rainbow! <em>437</em> <BR> <BR> I've been involved in ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:27:42 EST A quote that came to me today. It is perfect for so many! "Today may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us." <BR> <B... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:49:47 EST I am promoting Spark People, tomorrow for the LV Santa 5K walk/run, FUN!!!! Check out my teams!!! I am promoting Spark People <em>252</em> , tomorrow for the LV Santa 5k <em>364</em> . (My 4th year, the race's 10th, Ginnis World records <em>205</em> will be counting us! We have won several years in a row for the world record of most Santa's <em>444</em> walking, together at 1 time. Last year we beat out London AND Japan! With 10,000 Santas!) It is a fund raiser for Opportunity Village, a group of wonderful people, needing a little help <em>224</em> ! I have my head dress & bi... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:57:09 EST It's been a THANKFUL week, but truly a thankful life! I found this on my team SPARK PEOPLE'S LARGEST WEIGHT IN <BR> <BR> Thanks to STORMIE62 "As for the things that we do enjoy, the pleasures and pastimes that recharged our souls, may they remain forever on a “to-do” list." <BR> <BR> Isn't this sweet? I always have a big to do list. I'm happy for it, actually, as it means I am ALIVE & being creative! Right now I am training for next weekends spark people team LAS VEGAS SANTA 5K WALK/RUN <em>364</em> . <BR> <BR> I Also decided to start... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 15:06:30 EST I KNOW there will be allot of eating, for the USA Sparkers, celebration! Yogi Tea says, "Where there is love, there is no question". PLEASE remember to love yourself, even MORE this week, rather than eat your way to 12#'s heavier for this holiday season! & I will do the same! We are in this together, RIGHT? <em>220</em> <em>252</em> <em>244</em> <em>90</em> <em>104</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> YES! It is not about the food, but, rather the JOY we share with each other! Happy, healthy, celebrations to the world! <em>432</em> <BR> <BR> It's a wonde... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:59:05 EST I am SO thankful to Spark People & my spiritual beliefs, for this amazing journey! I am SO blessed to be alive <em>355</em> & living in a world with my Spiritual support <em>536</em> <em>296</em> , DH <em>337</em> , my family <em>251</em> & friends <em>338</em> & my Sparling friends <em>223</em> ! I am still Sparking to help support other "Sparkers"! I have found my healing answers here <em>252</em> & want to share it with you, if I can! <em>90</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:30:39 EST This message is from our team, INDY.... by Beth Donovan... perfect! <em>244</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I want a Cookie- Bargaining- Holidays <em>445</em> and the Food Demon by Beth Donovan <BR> <BR> The Holidays have foods galore sparking around like ornaments on trees glowing to get our attention. What's worse is these are EMOTIONAL FOODS! They bring back memories of childhood or better times, nostalgia. <BR> <BR> So we see, we want. Ask yourself a few questions about EMOTIONAL FOODS: <BR> <BR> 1) Ask yourself WHAT you are wanting to... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:29:15 EST Update on 11-12-14 Do the Spark streaks & Challenges help me? WHERE ARE ALL THE SPARKERS? DO THE CHALLENGES & SPARK STREAKS HELP ME? (Little Black Dress <em>346</em> , team, daily question) <BR> <BR> The hard thing for me <em>198</em> , I am finding, is when I break a streak or challenge, for what ever reason, I want to give up on all of them! The first one didn't happen till my computer quit & I lost my sparking points check in daily, streak, around day 600 or so. I KNEW I did it, but the trackers do not show it. (my smart phone didn't register the log in) I've been streak... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:21:17 EST Another fabulous reward to me, my health because of SPARK PEOPLE! I get ANOTHER gold <em>141</em> !Down 1.8# since Oct 24 It was scary to get up above almost 9# above my new high goal weight! Too much & more than my 3# limit above goal. I am trying to figure out when I became 'unconscious' to eating VERY well, again. (I find that when I break a streak, I just give up on so many levels) I am living a life style & do NOT want to be a yoyo dieter.... I want to be in the 11% of people who release weight & maintain, as Chris Downing talks about. My clothes we... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 11:01:46 EST Yesterday was a day of getting businees done! YES! We did So many wonderful things for our business yesterday & finally went to dinner for our Anniversary <em>337</em> ...I over ate, <em>29</em> but back on track today <em>104</em> ! Feel FAB! <em>20</em> How RU? <em>220</em> <em>147</em> <BR> <BR> PS.... 11-6-14 I am feeling SO much better about my choice! 2 days of clean eating & feeling GREAT! I always get plenty of exercise, it is the food choices that get me. I am eating focused, right now & it feels SO much better! <em>5... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 11:27:31 EST November 1, is our wedding anniversary! All Saints Day DH was in the hospital for 4 months & 1 month of rehab! & 4 months of healing at home! My world changed SO much because of this! I learned I am VERY strong & looked the tiger in the face & just did it! I ALSO learned the main point, is that we love each other more than ever! We are living for the moment & loving each other, better than ever! We are childhood sweethearts & married as young adults. Yes, we have had our ups & downs, but I realize NOW is the best part! He has a clean bill of hea... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:39:07 EST Photos added 10-25: Please read to walk for the 12-06-2014 Las Vegas Santa 5 K run/walk From our team: LAS VEGAS SANTA 5K WALK/RUN <BR> <BR> (sign up) <BR> <BR> The Las Vegas Great Santa Run, the 10th time! <BR> Freemont Experience, downtown <BR> Dec. 6, 2014 8am: pre-race party & pre-register <BR> 10 am: 5k run/walk <BR> <BR> We have won the Ginnus (sp) world record for the last 4 years! Let's do it again, for this FABULOUS community- charitable event! VERY fun! I promise! Please go to my Spark Page SPARKLINGME176 & let me know if you are com... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:57:46 EST