SPEEDY143's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SPEEDY143 SPEEDY143'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/ SCALE VS NSV… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729206 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l549715658.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What have I learned? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1723344147.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Gotta love, love LOVE it when the scale moves in the right direction... going down??? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l4491876.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Gotta think twice about who’s within ear shot when it goes up @#!&*%$(*@#!$%!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:23:03 EST Honoring the Fallen... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703659 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l537586123.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> Soldiers never die until they are forgotten <em>459</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYX4XfujZvk </link> Mon, 26 May 2014 16:03:58 EST Let it go, let it go, let it go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577339 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l718988866.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2013 has been filled with challenges, some more difficult than others, with a few milestones that made us proud. Two painful losses and a few that filled our hearts to overflowing… As A. A. Milne so poignantly wrote “Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2140072063.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Over all it was a wonderful ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 01:24:43 EST Thanksgiving, PastPresentFuture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553009 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l889185850.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Autumn is my favorite season, Thanksgiving my favorite holiday. Reflecting on yesterday I’ve concluded that every year just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter. Our family continues to grow… this was our youngest grandson’s 1st Thanksgiving and at 10 months he participated to the fullest while his mommy & daddy savored the poignant reality that babies do indeed grow up to quickly. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 20:32:45 EST WooHoo it's Walktober.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502989 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1590173977.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The 10th Annual National Walking Month Campaign has begun. <BR> <BR> On Monday I purchased the new Spark Activity Tracker and look forward to getting it set up and starting my own personal walking program. After all it is Walktober and if you haven't seen it, here it is.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l426352976.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know, you don’t really need a sign to Walk… <BR> ... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 22:46:35 EST Saying goodbye…. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500442 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l166520412.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now you can say goodbye to annoying automated robocalls: <BR> <BR> <link>www.today.com/money/you-can-say-good<BR>bye-annoying-automated-robocalls-8C112<BR>79205 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope this works, we can’t use it but some of you may be able to and if it works, pass it on please. <em>248</em> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:33:08 EST I'm offically old!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470984 And that’s OK because I’ve never had a problem with my age… it’s the side effects of aging that are beginning to take a toll on this old barefooted hippie chick. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l823308221.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got “Officially” old the day I told my DH that I didn’t want any more gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas etc. It was as if I was hearing my grandparents telling me the same thing many, many years ago when I would ask them what they ... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:14:54 EST Knock Knock… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425778 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1435456288.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "WHO'S THERE???" <BR> <BR> We got our first CSA box of all farm fresh produce & fruits using organic farming methods from our local Tanaka Farm delivered right to our front door Monday morning at 4am by our milkman. It was HEAVY and soooooo much fun to go through. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1591005977.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It had a huge bunch of carrots, a bouquet of curly purple k... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:24:30 EST It is what it is!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402629 But is it enough? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1937303945.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “Change is possible, of course, and we want others as well as ourselves to stretch and to grow (compound cliché), at work and at life. But it is what it is, at least until it is not.” ~ Christopher Peterson, Ph.D. in The Good Life <BR> <BR> My life often feels like one of those giant slide puzzles we played with in our childhood. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:03:42 EST Sex, Drugs & Rock N’ Roll… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284207 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l839876284.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you are an emotional eater and who among us are not? Then, like me, you’ve gone to the pantry, refrigerator and store shelves in search of something, anything, to fill that empty, self deprecating hole that yearns to be satisfied. You’ve searched for something sweet to take the bitter taste of life out of your mouth, gorged on empty calories as if it were going to save your life… AS IF!!!! Popped a pill or dran... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:08:08 EST Happy Valentine's Day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249194 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l186917211.jpg"> <BR> <BR> From our one month old grandson.... you can tell his mommy just can't keep her lips off of him <em>212</em> He's reason #6 for me to keep Sparking!!! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <em>255</em> He's all the sweets I'll ever need!!!! <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1749726354.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> Have a lovely life SparkFriends <em>290</em> <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:11:25 EST Bon Appetit.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229060 Did you know that Julia Child <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l493569101.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Freshness is essential, ditch the fast food and processed meals. Make whole foods your way of life. Remember... You are what you eat, so eat the best!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l364528723.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In my best Julia Child impersonation.... <BR> <em>335</em> "I like to smell something cooking... it makes me feel at home. Cook and co... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:39:46 EST My New Year starts TODAY…. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179289 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1401177122.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Why wait??? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l990844341.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow never comes, procrastination is a killer and every day I wait to begin exercising again is a lost day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1335837733.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Why today??? Because today is our 32nd wedding anniversary and what better present could I possibly give us bot... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:49:40 EST Light a Candle for Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166589 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l303023190.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'll light a candle for YOU <em>290</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K2ocj4BvUQ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1644250135.jpg"> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 15:11:16 EST “NO”vember… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152136 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1314374694.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In keeping with my status for November…” SPEEDY143 welcomed NOvember with No excuses, No regrets… a new month, new chapter, new page, new wishes, new ME!!!!” <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2133410816.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been half way to goal for almost a year now, blew my mind when I went back and looked at my weight chart. In the interim I've gained and lost the same 5-6 pounds... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 23:21:34 EST TRICK~OR~TREAT… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119319 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l185910363.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Treat please… the "TRICK" will be keeping it to one portion. Tonight is one of the big reasons why I joined Sparkpeople. This is actually my third Halloween as a Spark member and I’m not the same person I was two and a half years ago and I thank God for that!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1113769008.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In the past I would have bought one of those HUGE Costco size bag... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:15:13 EST There comes a time when autumn asks, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080985 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l963994150.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “What have you been doing all summer?" Good question… <BR> <BR> Ahhhh, my 3rd summer with Sparkpeople. What a blessing as I learned more and more about me. And what could be more beneficial to a healthy lifestyle than figuring out what/who pushes my buttons and floats my boat. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l26890971.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I like who I’m becoming. I feel better all the tim... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 18:56:40 EST She doesn't look a day over 115.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035043 <em>236</em> Worlds oldest woman celebrates her Sweet 116th birthday. <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Georgia woman Besse Cooper celebrated her 116th birthday on Sunday to become only the eighth person in the world and the fourth American to ever have been verified by Guinness World Records as having reached that age. <BR> <BR> Bless her heart <em>129</em> Here's Besse celebrating her 116th birthday in Monroe, Ga., on Aug. 26, 2012. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 18:09:22 EST Grilled cheese in your toaster… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028379 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l835995513.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got a Sparkmail from my friend NEWCAZ who directed me to a sparkblog she thought I’d enjoy. As usual she finds the best of the best so of course I clicked right over and sure enough it was filled with all kinds of really cool info to make my life way better in every way. I loved the fact (yes I looked it up first and found out it’s really true) that you can send any thing through the mail that weighs less than 13... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 19:56:11 EST Are We There Yet??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995620 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l480690472.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Are we there yet? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l988404753.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Are we there yet?? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l455512757.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ARE WE THERE YET??????? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l268512382.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So many detours in life… but if we are blessed to live long and prosper. <BR> <BR> <i... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 00:09:19 EST It's that time of year again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4926753 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l576102955.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This never gets old...... <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9t3o5q_SHg&<BR>feature=player_detailpage </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l735123900.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 18:58:53 EST May “Take Your Own Advice” month…. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4891955 I’m officially declaring May 2012 “TAKE YOUR OWN ADVICE MONTH” <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l22697248.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When someone huddles and asks for support do you ask them what kind of support they need. Or are you full of advice? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l603376727.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “We give advice by the bucket, but take it by the grain.”~ W. R. Alger <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1436... Mon, 21 May 2012 20:35:40 EST Dear Future Me… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4836403 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l860736444.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l351397460.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For waking up every morning and being mindful that each and every day is a gift to be appreciated and enjoyed. Even if I needed to remind myself over and over some days. <BR> <BR> For never forgetting that I am worthy and deserve all the blessings in my life. Yes, it’s okay to be happy and rejoice it in. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 18:12:35 EST MARCHing on…… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4784118 There are more than 10 million registered Sparkpeople world wide. 11,739 registered the same week I did which makes me part of the team “SP Class of June 20-26, 2010.” There’s only a hand full of us from that week that are still blogging regularly and just a couple of us that huddle every day. There’s no telling how many others are still Sparking or who have restarted or how many times they have. I do know that in two days, on March 14, 2012, there will be 100 days until my 2nd SparkVersary, ... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 16:53:57 EST It’s February so "You gotta have heart" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4743625 An ode to getting older <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> Remember the saying….. "When I am old I will wear purple." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l550768778.jpg"> <BR> Disclaimer <em>270</em> Oh, what the heck an occasional cigar won't kill ya <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> On the other hand how about…. "When I am old I will eat purple." <BR> <BR> From the Archives of Toxicology & www.disabled-world.com... The Power of Purple <BR> <BR> Diseases such as Alzheimer's, Multip... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 15:09:00 EST Getting back to my ticker weight… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4705625 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l103229195.jpg"> <BR> New Year, same goals... healthy living and a happy heart. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l599867206.jpg"> <BR> BRING IT.... 2012 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l411744415.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l199821970.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Clichés for sure but those are my mantras for a successful 2012… oh, those and getting back to... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:07:51 EST Rest In Peace 2011… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4646770 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l15455642.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Bidding 2011 a fond farewell for it was an awesome year of growth for me personally. Yes, the year was far from perfect. The world is in turmoil, as it has always been. The media makes sure we hear about it even if the facts are skewed… hey, they have to pay for those $500.00 suits they wear on air and give those bonuses to the 1% who really do need another vacation home as millions struggle to put food on their tab... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 15:20:42 EST Happy Birthday Jesus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4638063 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l122662811.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWq60oyrHVQ </link> Sun, 25 Dec 2011 19:12:47 EST *D*E*C*E*M*B*E*RRRRRRRRRRRRR* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4634287 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l702317507.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l21100202.jpg"> <BR> <BR> …the brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr part sure has been true this year. We are freezing <em>425</em> Well maybe not FREEZING but it’s been darn cold, wet, & windy along the sunny Southern California coastline. Lows in the high 30’s at night is COLD for us and since we don’t have any drapery up at the windows (I love the views) Old Man Winter <em>444</em> has been ... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 17:02:54 EST ~OMG~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4594026 My gift to all of you this holiday season <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxbOjp0qSjs </link> <BR> <BR> Blessings this Thanksgiving and every day <em>465</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>428</em> <em>492</em> <em>497</em> <em>147</em> <em>471</em> <em>427</em> <em>426</em> <em>458</em> <em>220</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 13:45:32 EST The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4587339 Half a month ago I was half way to goal. Since then I’ve re-gained half of what I lost in the month of October. I’m not half way surprised because I’ve been half-assed about the whole eating and exercising thingy for the first half of November. I’m not completely disappointed in myself.. yep, you guessed it… I’m only half disappointed. Because I’ve also learned to be gently and forgiving. I am only human and I’ve been pretty much on point for almost 17 months now and have made incredible pro... Wed, 16 Nov 2011 15:45:27 EST Half way to goal… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4560143 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l258171394.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I put a sticky note on my Spark calendar to write a blog when I reached 254.5 pounds. That’s my half way mark to goal and I figured a good time to Spark. But I’m not really half way because I have no idea when I’ll reach my goal and I’ll tell you why. <BR> <BR> When I joined Sparkpeople the guide lines for setting up nutrition goals and a tracker required a starting weight and a goal weight. The starting weight wa... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 17:15:58 EST SparkPeople theme song..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4552912 Need support? Always remember you can "Lean on me" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l612354914.jpg"> <BR> Speedy143 <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2eUYog5CVk </link> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 16:50:19 EST The view from my window… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4546700 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l864978268.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is what I see while sitting in my favorite chair. Our Jacaranda is as close as we get to the seasons changing here in our Southern California yard and it is a lovely sight. Our flags change with the seasons as well. Today a scarecrow gently flaps in the autumn breeze as our tree still holds tightly to her summer canopy. The Santa Ana winds will start around Halloween and strip her bare for the winter. Come spr... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 15:02:45 EST Will You Dance With Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4493507 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l961309378.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was sent to me by a friend... I hope you enjoy it <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine. <BR> <BR> I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an ef... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 19:10:51 EST My Sunflower Summer…. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4469906 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l517186214.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In early May we expanded our urban garden in anticipation of summer by planting corn, for my hubby and sunflowers for me. Every morning we’d sit side by side and drink our coffee as we counted the days to harvest. We enjoyed every stage of their growth through out the season. From the damp dirt that rose in clumps just before a hint of green popped into view to the late afternoon rustlings of the spent corn stalks... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 17:00:51 EST I’ve only got 100 years to live!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4440897 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l276967121.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fourteen months ago today, when I joined Sparkpeople, there was no way I wanted to live to be 100. That was another 37 years and I was not feelin’ good about myself or healthy in any way. My dear husband was not only dropping me off and picking me up right in front of everywhere we went but I couldn’t drive myself and park and walk and then shop. I couldn’t go any where without my cane. I was ordering my groceries ... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 23:47:03 EST YOOVIE asked… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4425222 “How are you celebrating the DIY Challenge Finale?” <BR> <BR> With pride and a pat on the back! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l68048928.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yay, I’m a finisher… I learned long ago that saying “yes” to every thing is the road to failure for me. So I don’t join in unless I’m committed to following through. It’s okay to say no. If you bite off more than you can chew you just may choke so I’m learning that moderation leads to balance which in turn ca... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 21:31:42 EST Loving myself more than food… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4375385 And boy has it been a lovely romance!!!! <BR> <BR> “Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.” <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l743268218.jpg"> <BR> <BR> How sweet is that!!?? Never in a million years did I expect to fall in love with ME this year. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l777432644.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My weight loss journey has introduced me to someone worth loving. Someone my fami... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 17:37:20 EST DIY Challenge Assignment 3, 7/9-7/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4353367 1. How many fitness minutes did you rack up in Assignment 2? <BR> <BR> Tuesday... 60, Wednesday...60, Thursday... rest day 0, Friday, 30… total <em>34</em> <em>317</em> <em>237</em> <em>331</em> <em>311</em> = 150 minutes <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> 2. If you picked a day to add up how many calories you drank... what was the total? If you didn't count, do it on one day this weekend. Just the calories you drink. <BR> <BR> I generally only drink water but occasionally I have a glass of win... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 15:59:35 EST MY Declaration of Independence…. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4336012 We’ve all heard it and probably even have said it from time to time… <BR> <BR> I am my own worst enemy. Well I WAS!!!! For a long time. Lot’s of self deprecation going on inside my head that would often slip out verbally and take even me by surprise. I really wasn’t very nice to myself in a lot of ways. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l620579400.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A year ago I decided to become my number 1 priority and I started taking the time to concentrate on... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 20:00:12 EST A Perfect Circle… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4312337 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l680875036.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I celebrate my One Year SparkVersary…. tomorrow my 64th trip around the sun!!!! The past 365 days completes the “Perfect Circle” on my quest to a healthy lifestyle. A journey I started at my highest weight, broken, in pain and yearning for a life worth living. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l986485484.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Me at my 63rd birthday party weighing 326 pounds… yes, I was... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 05:17:23 EST My Dad.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4308628 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l223523397.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> William Mortimer West <BR> January 15, 1927 ~ December 24, 2007 <BR> <BR> This collection of memories about my dad, Bill West, has been loving put together as a keepsake for my mother…. his bride of 61 years. <BR> <BR> Through My Fathers’ Eyes…. <BR> <BR> As you read these tear stained pages, soon to be wedded with your own, our hope is that you know, Mother, how very much daddy, grandpa, Pop-Pop & Uncle B... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 15:15:58 EST 0-60 in 12 months!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4288275 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l452397402.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sparks is all about goal setting… originally my end goal was to lose 143 pounds. But I’ve realized that I don’t really have a weight goal in mind any more. Yes, I put one on my tracker but there is no finish line for me here at Sparkpeople. My journey will end when I die…. not when I reach 183 pounds, master 10,000 steps a day or when I fit into a size 14 again. My “Journey” (another fancy name for that four letter... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 16:27:14 EST Less IS More... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4270364 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l895822894.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What a simple concept… we’ve all heard it and understand it but do we live by it? Can we embrace the idea and make it part of our every day? I’m going to make it my June mantra and at the end of 30 days I expect it will have impacted both my physical and emotional world in many positive ways. <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l201306483.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Start with small s... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 15:15:10 EST “HONK” if you love Sparkpeople… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4252386 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l534625518.jpg"> <BR> Tooting my own horn today as I recover from some very sore knees after participating in the Cancer Society's “Relay for Life” fund raiser this past weekend in Southern California. In a word it was <em>345</em> I’m looking forward to next year and found that the experience has given me the spring board I needed to know that I can do more than I thought I could… given the opportunity to rest between laps and take it at m... Tue, 24 May 2011 03:14:30 EST Why I Relay......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4241907 I could not have participated in last years "Relay For Life" if my life had depended on it... this year, thanks to Sparkpeople <em>252</em> I can and look forward to honoring all those who have given freely of their time and energy in preparation of this life affirming event. <BR> <BR> One day. One night. One community. One Fight. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_LygIqNU5k&<BR>feature=player_embedded </link> <BR> <BR> <em>342</em> Our family will be honoring th... Wed, 18 May 2011 20:11:18 EST My mom….. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4218728 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l755386199.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, but there’s only one mother in the whole world."~ Kate Wiggins <BR> <BR> There truly are so many beautiful, and awe inspiring things in this big wonderful world. I have been so very blessed to be gifted with the one mother I have. She h... Sun, 8 May 2011 19:00:36 EST Victory Garden… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4194744 I hadn’t quite decided what I was going to reward myself with once I reached my fifty pound loss since joining Sparkpeople. I had a couple things in mind and hit my goal in FEBRUARY??? Well it’s April now and I was still waffling (mmmmm waffles) between the wii Fit, which I decided to borrow from my daughter to make sure I could use, and either a Bonsai tree or miniature fairy garden because they just make my heart sing. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l88903459.... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 17:30:47 EST A feast for the eyes… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4175197 Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.~Martin Luther <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l144518640.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l485763423.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Around 1945, when he was just a young boy, Volker Kraft saw his very first Easter Tree, in German, and decided he would have one of his very own, when he grew up. Time passed and young Volker became a marri... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 20:03:24 EST