SUNFLOWERGAL40's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SUNFLOWERGAL40 SUNFLOWERGAL40'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/ back to school's biggest loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970976 I go back to school tomorrow. When I left May 29 I had joined a teacher summer biggest loser challenge. Everyone who wanted to participate put $20 in the pot. The person who weighs in this week with the biggest percentage lost gets that pot of money! <em>244</em> It won't be me! <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> But as I have been thinking about going back to school I stopped to think about what I have lost. <BR> <BR> This summer in just nine short weeks I have lost: <BR> ---the 10 pounds that ... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 19:05:48 EST Life happens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969417 I started the summer with a goal of losing 10 pounds. As of Monday I had met that goal. And then Tuesday happened. <BR> <BR> Tuesday--I had a mid-morning appointment with the kids at church. It just made sense to pick up Chick-fil-A for lunch on the way home. Having that appointment in the middle of the day threw off the schedule I have been on for the past couple of weeks for walking. So while I did walk the dog a couple of times, I did not get in my 10,000 steps. Not a major problem I dec... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 21:32:10 EST 5 years on SparkPeople...lessons learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961720 Yesterday was my <em>507</em> and I found myself thinking about what I have learned during those 5 years. So I offer the following lessons this Sunflowergal has learned: <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Never ever ever give up! <BR> <em>46</em> There will be hard days. <BR> <em>39</em> There will be slow progress times. <BR> <em>380</em> Each day I make a healthy choice is a step in the right direction. <BR> <em>134</em> Slow and steady wins the race! I am going for progress, not per... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:59:39 EST Fight or flight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959582 My story begins yesterday. I was actually looking forward to getting on the scale for my weekly weigh in. I know, amazing, right? I thought about how much I had worked the day before painting my daughter's room, walking over 11,000 steps, and even swimming in the pool. I anticipated at least a 2-3 pound loss. Woohoo, right? WRONG-O! The scale had gone down a measly 1/2 pound. I was right back where I started 2 weeks ago with the 5% challenge. <em>39</em> Dang it! To say I was disappointed ... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 13:38:48 EST Week 1 of 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955410 Ok so my first response as I think about week 1 of my 5% challenge is <em>39</em> as the <em>192</em> was not my friend. It showed a gain of about 1/2 pound. <em>46</em> Definitely not the direction I want it to go in. <BR> <BR> The old tapes that try to play in my head would say...you failed, you are hopeless, you should just give up now! <BR> <BR> The new tapes help me realize those are all lies and straight from the <em>18</em> ! <BR> <BR> I did NOT fail! I started every d... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 13:15:28 EST Day 4 of my 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953518 Does the <em>18</em> just intentionally try to sabotage anything good we do to make us healthier and happier? <BR> <BR> I don't want to sound like a whiner, but I am tired of hurting this week. I finally am getting some relief from my earache only to wake up with my shoulder hurting. Dang it! I am too young to be having this many aches and pains! <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> So today was not my best day, but not a total failure either. I tackled a lot of stuff on my to do list and was able... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:01:43 EST Day 3 of my 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953014 I woke up this morning with a killer sinus headache as well as the earache. I decided enough was enough and went to the local quick care to get antibiotic drops. I spent a good bit of the day dealing with this and the pain. I was afraid this would be another day written off as not so successful. But, thank God, after the medicine kicked in I was able to get some things done. <BR> <BR> I made a yummy dinner for my family, took the dog for her second walk around the block, and then got on the ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:15:13 EST Day 2 of my 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952377 I don't feel as successful today as I did yesterday. Why? Because I did not get in all the mini walks that led to 10,000 steps yesterday. Plus my ear is still hurting so I sat down to put some heat on it and fell asleep. I don't like taking naps because they drain me of energy the rest of the day. BUT...I am definitely a BUT girl... <em>334</em> BUT I am not beating myself up about it for several reasons. <BR> <BR> A. It is Sunday and I have set Sunday as a true day of rest for myself. I... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:25:41 EST Day 1 of my 5% challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951933 The temptation to blow off today started before I even got out of bed. I woke up with an earache. Immediately the old tapes started telling me...it would be a good day to take pain medicine and be a bum as well as the lie that I wouldn't feel like walking because of the pain. Well, I kicked that ol' liar <em>18</em> out of my head and got out of bed! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> A lot of my goals for the next 56 days involve my morning routine. I have found that if I get out of bed and do ... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 20:13:30 EST Day 13 Over 10,000 steps! Woohoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943137 I am learning that if I go ahead and get up when my husband leaves for work I feel so much better than drifting back to sleep and sleeping in. I've never been a "morning person" especially now that I am taking a break from coffee. But I really do feel better when I get up earlier and stay busy throughout the day without any opportunity to nap. <BR> <BR> Today was a fun and busy day! My kids and I went shopping as my oldest goes to college in a couple of weeks. We ate lunch and took care of ... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:37:55 EST Days 11 & 12 not the best, not the worst http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942547 I didn't write last night because I was struggling. Struggling with how my day went. Struggling with my old depression feelings of being a failure. Struggling with my old habit of hiding and quitting when the going gets tough. <BR> <BR> So...here it is...Yesterday started off pretty well with oatmeal. I played in the pool with the kids and even swam a few laps. It felt great! Lunch wasn't too bad as I ate some leftover spaghetti. And then I fell off the wagon. <em>39</em> My son made a ... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 20:32:03 EST Day 10 A day of R&R http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941360 So I have decided to treat Sunday as my rest day. I won't revert to old habits of being a total bum. But I will enjoy the day with my family without worrying about steps/minutes. Today was nice because the whole family took some time to hang out by/in the pool. It was relaxing and fun! I also spent some time reading a "just for fun" book. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: made a recipe for oatmeal from the Hungry Girl collection, blueberries <BR> Lunch: a wrap with the blackbean hummus I made yesterday,... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 20:06:17 EST Day 9 Feeling good... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940868 Another good night's sleep! <em>102</em> <em>244</em> Filled with strange dreams that included my parents who have been gone 7 years and orange shag carpet <em>246</em> but still restful sleep and wake up to no pain! I am amazed at how much better I feel now that I have given up caffeine, cut back on sugar, and cut back on the medicine that I think was making me worse instead of better! <em>334</em> I feel good! (Cue the James Brown song!) <BR> <BR> So my husband and I made out... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 19:39:51 EST Day 8 Woohoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940352 The scale was my friend this morning! <em>192</em> Those healthy habits I blogged about yesterday paid off to the tune of 2.6 pounds gone! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> So as I begin week 2 I want to take the habits from last week and build on them. Instead of just walking the dog around the block in the evenings I am adding a morning walk too. Could I still do more? Yes. But I want this to be healthy habits I can live with long term. Plus in previous "diet" seasons I would go all out in th... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 18:09:01 EST Day 7 almost pain free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939831 It is amazing what a good night's sleep will do for you! I finally had a good night's sleep last night for the first time in a week! I woke up rested and without pain! <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is weigh in day as I began this biggest loser challenge at work last Friday. I'm not sure what to expect. I know there have been days when I've eaten too little and days when I've eaten too much. I do know that I have made the following healthy habits consistently for the past 7 days! <BR> ... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 20:30:44 EST Day 6 hmmmm... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939277 Well, the good...I finally got a break from the headaches about 4 this afternoon. I took care of a lot of errands and stayed fairly busy...no naps <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> There have been a couple of days that I think I may have cut my food back a lot and that could have been part of the headaches too. I haven't had caffeine in 4 days plus I've cut back greatly on sugars. Today I'm worried that I ate too much. But I feel better physically tonight. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Breakfast: made... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 21:07:48 EST Day 5 in pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938649 In pain is the best way to describe today. I woke up with a headache and a pain in my right shoulder area. I'm not sure if the shoulder is from sleeping funny or what. I've had a lot of headaches the last couple of days. I'm not sure if it is... <BR> a. not sleeping well <BR> b. coming off caffeine and so much sugar <BR> c. my anxiety medicine <BR> d. allergy/sinus <BR> e. all of the above! <BR> <BR> I saw my psychiatrist today and shared how this medicine... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 19:21:49 EST Day 4 better...I think http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938035 So today I was determined to meet the day head on with a positive get things done attitude. My son and I worked on a menu and grocery list to include healthier choices. We took care of several errands. I walked on the treadmill! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Breakfast: special K cereal, milk (2nd day of no coffee!) <BR> Lunch: Some kind of Cantina(?) salad on the not so bad for you menu at Taco Bell. <BR> Since we were out running errands we needed something quick and easy before going to the ... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 18:27:54 EST Day 3 not the best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937389 <em>39</em> Today was one big emotional battle in my head. Whispering to me that I can't do this. That I am doomed to always be fat. That I should just give up now and enjoy myself. <BR> <BR> Really???? After just 2 days??? <BR> <BR> Yes, 2 days of very limited sugar and caffeine. My body is actually craving the crap! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: special k cereal, milk <BR> Lunch: greek yogurt with blueberries <BR> Dinner: chicken with brown rice and spinach <BR> <BR> I really didn't want to ... Sun, 31 May 2015 17:38:53 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936924 I am doing a daily blog on this challenge to keep myself accountable. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: special K cereal, milk, coffee <BR> <BR> Walked the dog around the block <BR> <BR> Lunch: wrap with turkey, spinach, cheese, ranch <BR> yogurt with blueberries and a little granola <BR> <BR> Dinner: Family ordered pizza and wings. I tried to show self control and not eat pizza like I normally would've. I didn't over eat. <BR> <BR> So today is my second day of only 1 cup of coffee (1 sugar, 1 cream... Sat, 30 May 2015 19:25:53 EST Day 1 Part 1,000,001 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936457 Well, here I am again. I haven't been around in a very long time. I would log in every day to keep my spark streak going, but that was about it. I've been really struggling with anxiety, depression, and stress from a tough school year. <BR> <BR> Today was my final day before summer. I joined a biggest loser challenge for summer with some of the other teachers. We all weighed in today. The person who has lost the most percentage in 10 weeks wins the money. I'd love to win, but I really just w... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:43:48 EST Motivation Assignment from 5% Challenge Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577956 Questions from 5% Challenge: What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change! <BR> <BR> I think the biggest thing I want to change is how I feel. I have gradually slowed down in my moving over the last year and it greatly impacts my whole life. When I first found Sparkpeople and was more active, I felt so much better. I had a lo... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:30:27 EST Just being honest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576007 Can I be honest? I haven't been honest with myself for a while so I think it's time to get honest. I think of the ostrich with its head stuck in the sand when I start to think about how I've been lately. <BR> <BR> I have to go way back to figure this out. 44 years ago... <em>246</em> just kidding! Not quite that far back! Though I was an 11 pound baby which has always seemed to me the place to start looking at my journey. <BR> <BR> Instead I want to look back to 2010. I was 40 and had a ... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:43:27 EST To quit or not to quit...that is the question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484941 Definitely need a warning <em>230</em> at the beginning like a disclaimer...I haven't blogged since July and I have been composing this blog in my head for days...so <em>227</em> now if you don't want to read a long one! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I am a mess! Literally a HOT <em>198</em> mess as I sit here having a hot flash while I type! But I am also a mess on my healthy journey. I am not just off track. I am down in the ditch, rolling around in the mud, and feeling pretty nast... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:40:11 EST July 12 Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419317 Today is one of those grumpy, grouchy, frumpy days that I really don't want to blog about. But for that reason I probably need to. <BR> <BR> Woke up kind of grumpy as I didn't sleep well last night and hubby was kind of short with me. My emotions definitely had an impact on my choices today. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: Frosted Cinnamon Toast Crunch with milk <BR> Lunch: Banana with a spoon of Nutella <BR> Dinner: Gobbled down 2 burritos because I was angry (washer broke in the middle of a load AND... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:28:46 EST July 10 & July 11...Days 10 & 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418397 It is amazing how easy it is to slip up when you are in the baby step stage of making new habits to replace the old. Yesterday was a busy day and I didn't blog. I thought no problem I could catch up today. Earlier tonight I got on SP to put my exercise minutes in and didn't feel like I had time to blog and caught myself thinking oh I'll do it tomorrow. So now it is almost tomorrow (11:37 pm) <em>246</em> and I am back to blog. I really feel like this daily blog is a new habit that is good ... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 23:46:00 EST July 9 Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415950 Yay! I am on a streak for sure! I have moved 9 days in a row now! I logged on to SP earlier today and realized if I got 68 fitness minutes in I would get my 250 minutes award. So I thought that was just the challenge I needed to get moving. I did get on the treadmill earlier with the intent of doing about 20 minutes on there (usual) and then do some Wii Fit and later my walk with hubby to get in the 68 minutes. Well, I got to walking on that treadmill and reading a new book and the next thing... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 20:47:45 EST July 8 Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414859 Breakfast: Special K cereal with milk <BR> Lunch: Whole wheat tortilla with burrito stuffer <BR> Dinner: Salad, red beans and rice <BR> Dessert: Ready for this???? Greek yogurt with nuts and flaxseed!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Walk with hubby after dinner <BR> <BR> Self reflection and accountability: While I realize I can't be perfect (Go away <em>18</em> ) I am excited to find myself thinking more about my choices. For example, I did not put croutons on my salad. I am going to try to... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 21:50:11 EST July 7 Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413698 Breakfast: grits, banana, Orange juice, coffee <BR> Lunch: big ol salad with lots of veggies <BR> Snack: Greek yogurt with walnuts and flaxseed <BR> Dinner: 1 piece of last night's pizza, banana <BR> <BR> Walk with hubby <BR> <BR> Self reflection and accountability: Yay! I finally got enough freggies! <em>334</em> I have moved 7 days in a row! <em>334</em> I was very conscious of all my choices today and tried to make smart ones. So today's blog is short...but I am going for consiste... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 22:20:59 EST July 6 day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412730 My family took off today for a little adventure! We just got in the car and headed north looking at stuff along the way. It felt so good to do something unplanned! We stopped at several places that we had not been to in years so we got to tell stories that our kids didn't remember. I always love those! We even drove a few miles out of the way to go to a diner that has fabulous coconut pie because my youngest loves coconut and had never been there. He also saw a creek that shares his name and ... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 21:47:50 EST July 4 & July 5...Days 4 & 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411948 Between heavy rain and fireworks I didn't get to spend a lot of time sparking yesterday. So I need to go back and summarize the 4th. <BR> <BR> July 4 <BR> Breakfast: special K cereal with milk <BR> Lunch: went to movies with family...shared popcorn and candy with family, coke <BR> Dinner: hamburger, hotdog, baked fries, baked beans <BR> <BR> Did another mile on the treadmill <BR> <BR> OK...so today is July 5...day 5 of being accountable... <BR> It does make a difference because during the ... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 23:16:39 EST July 3 day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410133 Well I didn't get up and take off walking. I woke up with a headache, heavy rain again, and a daughter needing to go to the doctor. DH apologized for yesterday and volunteered to go out in the rain to take care of doctor, bank, pharmacy, and karate! <em>334</em> So I had the day at home with my son. I wasn't very productive. I read a book and was a bum. I think part of my lack of motivation has been the constant rain we have had this summer. I struggle with the winter time blues so it mak... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 23:27:22 EST Day 2 This is what i've become... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409160 Ok so today started off pretty well. DD slept through the night so I got to also. I got up a lot earlier than yesterday but didn't do my yoga right away. I made breakfast for the kiddos. I did read my Bible. I tackled some of my cleaning in my bedroom and the box of school books. I swam in the pool with one son and took the other to karate. Not too bad until I got upset with DH this evening. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Breakfast: scrambled eggs, a biscuit, oj, milk <BR> Lunch: whole wheat wrap... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 00:03:28 EST July 1, 2013 Day 1...AGAIN!!! :-) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407982 Thank the good Lord above for do overs! I feel like I have been on a never-ending cycle of do overs for a long time!!! I think...no I know I have gained and lost the same few pounds a million times over the past year. <em>39</em> I am ready to move ahead and break the cycle! <BR> <BR> I have been in a very different place for a while. I have done a lot of thinking and talking about it but today I admit I don't understand why or where I really am on this journey. BUT I am done questioning,... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 22:52:57 EST For those who have been wondering where I've been... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310650 ...I've been away from Spark People more than I've been on because of computer issues. <BR> ...I've been "off" my healthy lifestyle a lot more than I've been "on". <em>39</em> <BR> ...I've yo-yoed on the scale a couple of pounds up and then down repeatedly for months. <em>24</em> <BR> ...I've been in the Word daily but not in church. <em>39</em> <BR> ...I've been in a pit bound by anxiety and depression. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks to all who have prayed, checked on me, and... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:04:04 EST How am I doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274900 <em>39</em> enough said, right? <BR> <BR> Well, maybe not. Maybe I need to confess, unload, vent, etc. The habit I wanted to focus on starting this week was morning exercise. Well, every day and night something has happened to keep me from exercise. Which is exactly why I wanted to make morning exercise a habit so that the day wouldn't get away from me and then I would be tired, grumpy, stressed, etc after work and not want to do it. <BR> <BR> I could make my list of excuses really long.... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 20:37:48 EST New habit...how? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271090 Ok...so as I blogged yesterday I want my new habit to be exercising in the morning. Today my assignment is to talk about how I am going to make my new habit a habit! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Starting tomorrow I am going to set my alarm clock for 30 minutes earlier. I have already learned to put my alarm clock away from my bed from another spark friend so I have to actually get out of bed to turn it on. I will have my workout clothes ready when I go to bed tonight. I will use that 30 minute... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 12:39:26 EST 5% Challenge...new habit I want to develop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270297 I want to make morning exercise a habit. <em>135</em> I've tried it both morning and afternoon and I feel so much better when I do it in the morning. <em>319</em> If I don't do it in the morning my day gets busy, stressful, hectic and by the afternoon or evening I am exhausted and/or out of time. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> So...I'm going to make exercise in the morning a new habit for me! <em>414</em> Sat, 2 Mar 2013 21:06:49 EST 5% Challenge Assignment #3...Why I want to lose... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251904 I want to lose weight... <BR> -to be fit and healthy <em>362</em> as I want to avoid diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes that claimed my parents' lives! <BR> -to get to Onederland <em>334</em> as I haven't been there in decades! <BR> -to get out of the obese range <em>9</em> as I would really like to stop buying clothes with Xs on the tags! <BR> -to be able to run <em>363</em> as I want to be able to run, play, and keep up with my husband and kids! <BR> -to ... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:15:53 EST Unwrapping a new month... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996662 August...hot...busy...stressful...crazy! Those are the first 4 words that come to mind when I think of August. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> I am making a choice today to look at the month of August as a present and unwrap it to see what it has in store. <BR> <BR> Hot? Well, it has been historically a pretty hot month here in the south! I think of those hot days out on the playground with the new class. But...I'm choosing today to think about how blessed I am to have that job with those sweet ch... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 15:46:56 EST Forget the wagon...I've thrown myself under a truck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4986963 A great big dump truck! <em>343</em> And it backs up and rolls over me again and again and again. I am totally squashed in the bottom of a deep pit. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Part of me is screaming not to type this blog for several reasons. 1. I don't usually reach out for help/support when I am this far sunk. I hide. I hide from the "real" people in my day to day life. I can even hide from my online friends by not being online too much or being too honest when I am. Usually at this point I... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 21:24:37 EST Taking control of the chaos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969971 A little recap for those of you who don't know me and my summer story. I teach and therefore, LOVE summertime! <em>334</em> It is a fabulous time to recharge my battery, relax, read, enjoy my children, and just have a break between years in the classroom. This summer I wanted to focus on me. Self-centered? Yes! But I wanted to get back down to the close to Onederland range that I was in last fall. I wanted to have the time to really push push push myself and get closer to my first big goal ... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 12:10:18 EST How wallpaper is a lot like fat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935577 If you have ever seen the old Tom Hanks and Shelley Long movie called The Money Pit, you will have an idea kind of what my house is like. Thank the Good Lord above it isn't nearly that bad! But when we bought it 5 years ago we called it "charming and full of character" <em>246</em> Over the 5 years we have slowly worked to fix things, remodel things, and make it our own. Every time we get one thing done at least one more project shows up. The current project is a complete bathroom remodel. ... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 00:18:13 EST Summer 5% Challenge Assignment # 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923964 All the reasons I want to lose weight... <BR> ...I want to be healthy! <BR> ...I want to feel good! <BR> ...I want to have energy! <BR> ...I want to be in Onederland for the first time in over 23 years! <BR> ...I want to keep up with my children and students! <BR> ...I want to keep up with my husband! <BR> ...I want to be able to walk into any store and find clothes that fit without compromising just because of the size. <BR> ...I want to quit feeling like everyone is looking at me because of... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:59:12 EST I have a confession to make! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4889696 I need to share some stuff mainly to help myself get it all out and in written form. Not sure if that makes sense but it helps me to write things down. My first thought this morning was to buy yet another journal and start writing. But part of me realized I have a million and one journals in my house and to write there today would help me get it out but then it would be too easy for it to get misplaced in the million others in my house. So I decided to do a blog. Now that makes me a little un... Sun, 20 May 2012 12:11:00 EST Day 1 of new 100 day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4869496 Ok...so here I go again. Operation "Do over" has officially started! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Going back to my original theme of "Pray, Eat, Move" because I know it works for me! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Here we go... <BR> <BR> 1. Pray...I have been thankful today for so many things and have praised God for them. Tomorrow morning I will go back to getting up earlier in order to get back on track with my reading the Bible in a year plan. <BR> <BR> 2. Eat...I started the day with coffee and... Sun, 6 May 2012 21:38:31 EST Never quit pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853882 Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and <BR> downs I pass through, <BR> I will continue on my journey. <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, <BR> and forgive myself for my past, <BR> and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, <BR> To Stop making excuses, <BR> And stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best <BR> Friend, <BR> Because that is who I am. <BR> I pledge to... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 20:15:49 EST 100 day challenge...DONE...reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4822383 So my 100 day challenge ended on Tuesday. I looked back to my original blog to see what I said. I picked three basics to focus on..."Pray, Eat, and Move". My idea was to focus on just those 3 things for 100 days and see what happened. I figured that if I focused on 3 healthy habits for 100 days they would HAVE to become part of my healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Well, I ended up being consistent with only the prayer part of my challenge. I took an idea from spark friend KIM--POSSIBLE and move... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 20:04:24 EST Hidden Treasure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4817567 Ok so today was the first workday off because of spring break. My DH always has a list of things for me to do on school breaks. Today's job was to clean out the poolhouse. Can I just say "UGH!"? We are blessed to have a wonderful building behind our house that holds exercise equipment and other things pertaining to the pool. It's great for when we have company as it has a shower, fridge, etc. But over the winter months it gets pretty messy as it tends to be dumping ground until spring. <BR> ... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 21:35:55 EST a lesson about Dairy Queen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4770586 My family likes to go to the local Race Trac and get something to drink after church. My kids were surprised today when my husband and I said no to the usual question immediately after church. They knew we had something fun planned later in the day. My daughter and older son were ok with this as they remembered the surprise for later. My younger son had a harder time because he didn't know what the surprise was going to be. He started asking to go to Dairy Queen as we were driving by there. W... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 19:44:28 EST