SUMMERSMILES1's SparkPeople Blog SUMMERSMILES1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community DIY project to help me face fears? Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with several issues, it seems forever (a few years actually), and I realize fear is the underlying factor with several of these issues. <BR> <BR> Today, I was actually feeling good, even after running two errands; so I decide to start a DIY project - metal 3-tiered cart. After an hour slowly stripping the rust and enjoying the outdoors with my dog, I came to the realization that the slow and steady process I was/am making with the cart, I can us... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 15:27:24 EST BLC 18 "DREAM" challenge weekend (Fri to Mon) I decide to blog about the BLC 18 "DREAM" Challenge (Friday, Jan 13th thru Monday, Jan 16th) <BR> <BR> D = DO! ~~ my DO plan for this weekend was to write 3 gratitudes and 3 accomplishments each day... (I plan to continue this for all of January.) <BR> <BR> On Friday ~~ I am grateful for my parents, my dad helped me fix an area for my puppy. ~ I am grateful for my puppy, she gives me a reason to get moving in the morning and I enjoy watching her antics. ~ I am grateful that today was the ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 19:47:24 EST One step forward, 3 steps back (?) Today I took one step forward... walked by the donuts, cookies, and candy in the store without buying any. Then, this afternoon, two steps back with 2 cups of whoopie pie ice cream, and tonight at my sister's birthday dinner I took another step back with a medium slice of cake and half-a-cup of chocolate ice cream. OOPS! <BR> <BR> Tonight in sweats I weighed myself and found I gained a few pounds. I definitely need to get back to walking, simple ST exercises (under doctor supervision), and e... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 20:27:51 EST Need to get serious again! <em>313</em> <em>319</em> <em>295</em> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>140</em> <em>265</em> <BR> <em>274</em> <em>470</em> <em>488</em> <BR> <BR> I need to get serious again!!! Time to get moving, strength training, and eating healthy!!! I have slid awhile and can see it in how my clothes fit, how I feel, and in my weight. <BR> <BR> It is extremely hot outside but I can work out inside. <BR> <BR> Just thought I would write this in my blog to help keep me accountable. <BR> <BR> Tha... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 14:47:07 EST Chocolate - I want Chocolate! Ok so you know I am craving chocolate. I am sick and chocolate is a comfort food for me. Of course, I don't have chocolate in the house. <BR> <BR> I have a bad head and chest cold. It is going around my siblings, niece, nephews, and parents. I have been drinking orange juice (yes, I know the sugar and calories), hot water, hot tea, and chicken noodle soup. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I walked my puppy 1.16 miles for 35 minutes. In the beginning I felt good, toward the end, my chest was hurting an... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 23:57:05 EST Saturday, March 12, 2011 - reflection Celtic Thunder is on PBS - I like listening to them. <BR> <BR> Today I played with my niece and nephews outside and inside, had a great time! We walked around the woods and around the house. Later, I walked with my puppy in my back field. <BR> <BR> Slightly cold, but sunny; a nice day to be outside, also lifted my spirits. <BR> <BR> I ate too many cookies with my niece and youngest nephew (a toddler). The box sat right there - too tempting! <BR> <BR> I need to get up, moving, and exercisi... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 21:35:57 EST Clutter - Simplicity <em>67</em> "Out of clutter find simplicity; from discord find harmony; in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." - Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> Clutter = chaos and discord <BR> <BR> Which comes first: chaos out of which comes discord or discord which creates chaos? <BR> <BR> My house is cluttered; it wasn't this way the first several years I lived hear. It seems as I gained weight these last several (4-5 yrs) my house became more cluttered and messy. I strongly dislike both - the clu... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 22:48:56 EST Good Day - Walked, Happy, Sunny Outside It is sunny and cold outside, not too cold. I took a walk with my puppy today, was out about 30 minutes. Then helped my dad fix fence around his horse fields. I had a good walk and workout. <BR> <BR> I am trying to catch up on all my projects: <BR> <BR> 1. Certification (goal date: Fall 2011) <BR> 2. Bible Study book (ongoing, no end date) <BR> 3. SparkPeople - exercise & weight loss (ongoing, weight loss goal June 2011) <BR> <BR> 4. Bedroom clothes closet <BR> 5. Kitchen - sort, toss, org... Tue, 1 Mar 2011 17:38:31 EST Sunshine, fresh air, and children's outlook... <em>67</em> Today, I woke with a weird headache and was just out-of-sorts for most of the morning and afternoon. (I didn't get out of bed till 10:30 am, wasn't called in for work.) And didn't get moving till about 1 pm. Started on the computer then - still out-of-sorts. <BR> <BR> Around 4:30 pm I saw my two older nephews outside, so I grabbed my coat and shoes and went out. Said hi to both, chatted briefly with my sister-in-law, then played outside with the two younger children. What a tr... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 18:07:28 EST Still have connection problems... hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm at the library today. I still have Internet connection problems at home, I need to get that fixed. I don't have time to study (online classes), SP, and personal email at the library. I haven't been able to keep up with studying or entering SP. I track food and everything in my datebook, that is helping me. <BR> <BR> It was warmer yesterday, about 40 degrees. Today back down to 30 degrees (USA). I am tired of the COLD! <BR> <BR> Have a Happy (belated) Valentine's ... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 13:17:24 EST Happiness... "The greatest essentials of happiness are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for." - author unknown <BR> <BR> Something to do - teach children <BR> <BR> Something to love - family, friends, and pets <BR> <BR> Something to hope for - full-time teaching position and new home <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <em>88</em> <em>437</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> What are your somethings? Thu, 10 Feb 2011 13:11:44 EST Psalm 118:24 "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24 <BR> <em>425</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I am starting to feel better, not so tired all the time. My depression is getting under control, THANK YOU GOD! I'm serious, I can feel the prayers and God giving me the strength and encouragement to keep going - with SP and with everything. I praise my Heavenly Father. <BR> <BR> The sun is out! Yea! It is snowing lightly off and on. It was in the 40's yester... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 13:35:31 EST One step back, one step forward... Starting again... today is a new day. The sun is out (it is still cold) and I got out of the house. I'm at a public library working on my certification and I'm able to input a little into SP. yea! <BR> <em>67</em> <em>437</em> Thu, 3 Feb 2011 14:03:56 EST Grandma She was my best friend. I just started to get back to exercising and I've hit another emotional stop. I know she is at peace and in Heaven (first time I could write that). I miss her. Friday, January 28 - she's with my Grandpa, Jesus, God, and other family members. <BR> <BR> I want to sleep, this isn't physical exhaustion. I want to sleep so I don't have to think or feel or deal with it. <BR> <BR> January has been rough for our family, please continue to keep me in your prayers. I can feel ... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 12:15:03 EST Hellen Keller quote "We can do anything we want if we stick to it long enough." Hellen Keller <BR> <BR> I am trying to remember this... having another bad day, ready to give up on everything. I know I can't though. OVERWHELMED!!! <BR> <BR> Internet has been iffy. Today first in awhile where I am actually staying connected to the Internet, I am at a public library and can't get everything done that I want to (on the Internet) - just not enough time. <BR> <BR> I pray that everyone else is having a better day an... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 11:32:08 EST So tired - Jan 18 Tuesday I have been so tired lately. I wake up in the am and stay awake for only a few hours and then I am so tired that I go back to sleep for 4-5+ hours. By the time I wake up again, it is usually night. Then the cycle begins again. <BR> <BR> I had been doing so well until I came down with the head/chest cold. I'm over that now but still can't stay awake the whole day. <BR> <BR> Sunday, I went to church, had lunch with parents and sister, then visited my cousin for 3 hrs. (Her brother had a sudde... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 10:08:45 EST Sunday January 16 Yesterday late morning I went back to sleep and slept till 6 pm. I was so tired, body and mind. <BR> <BR> I didn't have lunch but was still able to get 8 glasses of water and 5 fruits/veggies in. <BR> <BR> I decided to try LS WATP 3 mile walk video (yep, a video not dvd - I bought it 2002 (I think) and had never opened it). I use several other dvds of hers. <BR> <BR> I DID IT! I wasn't sure if I would make it; I also did all the arm movements just without weights. By the 2 1/2 mile mark my... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 00:48:24 EST Balancing my life How do I balance, keep up with everything? I don't, my blog the other day said as much. In my Bible study "Living a Life with Balance" it mentions what Jesus said about worrying - Luke 12:22, 23. <BR> <BR> "Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes." <BR> <BR> And in Luke 12:31 Jesus tells us "Seek HIS kingdom, and these things will ... Wed, 5 Jan 2011 22:29:39 EST January 4 Tuesday Tired now. Walked my puppy and older dog awhile today. For lunch & supper I ate healthy. It is my brother's birthday, so I ate 2 servings of cookies&cream ice cream pie. <BR> <BR> I am overwhelmed; have been for some time. Just trying to get by one day at a time. I can't seem to breakthough my exercise and weight loss stagnation. I also seem to be always "organizing"/putting away items in my house. I have a small house; kitchen, family/living room, bedroom, hallway/laundry/doorway, bathroom... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 20:30:31 EST Success Quote "Success is not to be measured by the position someone has reached in life, but the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed." Booker T. Washington <BR> <BR> This I need to remember. Sat, 1 Jan 2011 23:45:32 EST Philippians 3:12-14 " toward the goal... Jesus Christ" My devotion for today continues to remind me to reach for my goal and that "all things are possible with God." (I just open my devotional to whatever page and always God provides me with a verse or verses that are meaningful for that day!) <BR> <BR> "Not that I have already attained, or am already perfect; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those thing... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 12:11:36 EST Success "Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm." Sir Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> I'm glad Sir Churchill said this; sometimes it seems that is what I am doing going from failure (2+ steps backwards) to failure. I am determined to keep going though. I can do this - weight loss, better health, earn my state teaching certificate, organize/clean house! Ok, several goals - but I am on my way and with every failure I learn something and with every Success I am motivated to r... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 13:32:38 EST 1 Corinthians 15:57 "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory though our Lord Jesus Christ." <BR> <BR> My verse for yesterday. I will have victory over my weight with God as my strength. Thank you Father! <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 21:52:23 EST motivation What is/are your motivation(s)? Why do we do the things we do? Everything we say and do are our choices. Where do those choices led us? How often do we actively think about what we say and do (beforehand)? What does this say about us? Do we live our lives for ourselves, others, God,...? What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? <BR> <BR> I want to leave a positive and affirming legacy for my nieces and nephews. And I want to be remembered as a good, God-fearing (positive), faithful, c... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 13:22:08 EST Dream quote = motivation + inspiration Hi, First thanks to those of you who read my blogs. It is nice to know someone is reading and liking what I write. <BR> <BR> I read a wonderful quote last week (not sure who said it) "Dreams become reality one choice at a time." I found it on a bracelet, that I now where almost everywhere. This remindes me to take one step toward my healthy weight dream/goal with each choice I make. Each choice either brings me one step closer to my healthy weight or one step farther away. I can make my dr... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 17:53:41 EST special visit from aunt Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> An aunt I haven't seen in over 15 yrs visited this weekend. It was great! We all had fun. Of course, I didn't have time to get on SP. I also had a family ladies Christmas luncheon on Saturday; very fun! Unfortunately, I ate too much Friday night, Sat. night, and today at lunch. I was good at the luncheon, large salad and fruit. Ended up gaining back weight instead of losing any. I am looking at it as I unique weekend and that I can exercise extra and watch more careful... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 20:45:42 EST Monday, Nov. 29 Hello. This weekend reminded me of all I have - not material possessions or money - but what truly matters; family and friends. Also, even though I have health problems, I am still able (most days) to get up and move around. I have children who reminds me how to play and have fun. I have pets that remind me of unconditional love; parents and siblings that remind me I am not alone in this world and friends who reminds me, we can make our own families. Thank the good Lord for the beautiful day ... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 12:32:02 EST Happiness Just read this from Powerlines for Women: <BR> <BR> "The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way." Unknown <BR> <BR> It is not what we have or can do that should make us happy, it is what is within us that allows us to be happy. I battle a form of depression every day and yet my happiness is within me (just hidden sometimes by my disease.) <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>67</em> <link>www.powerlines... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 14:04:45 EST Thank you, Heavenly Father I reached my first weight lose goal. I am also enjoying the kickboxing dvd, Leslie Sansone Walk and Kick. My 6-yr old niece wants to join in. I love seeing a definite waist and just starting to show definition in my side abs. Yea. I pray that God continues to give my the strength and will to keep going. I would like to lose 10 lbs by Christmas. <BR> <BR> I am starting to take an interest in things outside of my niece and nephews. This is good for me, I have battled depression for many years ... Sat, 13 Nov 2010 10:50:46 EST Fell back several steps I haven't been walking or any other form of exercising and it is showing and I'm feeling it. I was busy with new classes and just didn't manage my time well. This has not help my stress level or sense of accomplishment. I have also been eating too many cookies! <BR> <BR> I need to find my motivation again. <em>39</em> <em>495</em> <em>313</em> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 11:25:01 EST Mon. Sept. 27, 2010 yea! I just made my first goal and I walked a fast 1 mile today. I feel great. My clothes are loose. <em>244</em> Mon, 27 Sep 2010 19:49:46 EST Tuesday Sept 21 Good day, had a healthy lunch. I've been walking my dog and enjoying the walk. Tue, 21 Sep 2010 17:46:17 EST Having trouble staying committed... Hi, I'm having trouble staying committed to eating healthy and exercising. The motivation is there, children and health, but the "will" is not. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have the same problem? Any ideas to get over this huddle? <BR> <BR> Thanks. Tue, 14 Sep 2010 09:29:15 EST