SUNNY332's SparkPeople Blog SUNNY332's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community How long will it take to burn off those Halloween Fun Treats? I received this from Pop Sugar this morning and just wanted to share it with you all. <BR> <BR> Just because those Halloween Fun Treats are small doesn't mean they don't pack a big punch. I am sitting here looking at a bowl of miniature Reese's myself so I needed to read this. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To Burn Off . . . <BR> <BR> You Need to Do . . . <BR> <BR> Charleston Chew (30 calories) 10 minutes of leisurely walking (2.... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 08:07:51 EST A Pictoral Blog to Celebrate Macki's Life This week, we lost our Macki Girl and while no words could express how we feel, I thought this collection of photos might just do that. We will miss her but so grateful and so thankful that we had her with us 14 years. RIP, Miss Macki... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img ... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:21:30 EST My Healthy Staples Grocery List <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Stapes Grocery List <BR> <BR> Bananas <BR> Apples or as season permits, berries.... <BR> Seasonal Fruit as available <BR> Carrots <BR> Lettuce <BR> Tomatoes <BR> Cucumbers <BR> Kale <BR> Spinach <BR> Zucchini <BR> Onions <BR> Celery <BR> Sweet Potatoes <BR> Quinoa <BR> Peanut Butter <BR> Almond Milk <BR> Lite Yogurt <BR> Lite Sour Cream <BR> Unsalted Butter <BR> Chicken Breasts <BR> Tilapia <BR> Salmon <BR> ... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:05:43 EST Working off unwanted calories.... I subscribe to a daily blog titled Pray Fit Daily. The Link to this website is at the bottom of this blog if you are interested. <BR> <BR> I received the following blog entry today and wanted to share it with you all. <BR> <BR> Counting The Calories <BR> <BR> Pray Fit contributing dietitian and advisor to the Food Network shares some ways that are proven to help burn off unwanted/extra calories. <BR> <BR> “Calories in and calories out — the calories you eat from food are expended with ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:36:32 EST the direction of my GOALS (dreams with deadlines) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just wanted to post a blog/update. BLC22 started last week and I already have learned so much about myself. <BR> <BR> #1.) I can do more than I think I can... <em>211</em> I limit myself so many times and as a result, I fall short of my goals. This challenge, no matter what it is, I will not set any limits. I will do my best! <BR> <BR> #2.) I love the nutrition tracker and like running the reports at... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:10:43 EST Biggest Looser Challenge22 here I come.... <img src=""> <BR> Go Ivory Falcons <BR> <BR> I am so happy to be a Falcon again for Challenge22 and am going to be giving this challenge my very best. <BR> <BR> I have an injury to my left knee so cardio will be limited while it heals. It is strange as I don't have any problems with cardio - love to bike, walk on the treadmill, do a little dancing or work on the elliptical. My long standing exercise nemesis is strength training but t... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 09:30:31 EST GO SHOCKERS!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our Shockers will pay their Final 4 game tonight! DH and I will be cheering on The Shockers from Wichita State University. We lived in Wichita almost 30 years and two of our sons attended Wichita State as well as DH. Our middle son received his undergraduate degree from WSU and our youngest son got his associates degree there. <BR> <BR> We are playing Louisville which is going to be a tough challenge. My he... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 11:28:33 EST Our Visit to take care of the Grandkids... We are taking care of the grandkids while our Son/DIL are in LA at a conference. Our granddaughter, Alex and I went shopping yesterday to get her a dress for the Winter Carnival Dance which is coming up the first weekend in March. Just wanted to share some photos with you all. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Alex in her new dress, shoes, and jacket. She will look so pretty at the Winter Carnival. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 16:35:50 EST Happy New Year One Word "getting to know you" game. I haven't done it in a while & it is fun plus a great way to get to know each other. Thanks Barb (OneKid'sMom) for a great idea. <BR> Where is your cell phone? Charger <BR> Spouse? Rich <BR> Your hair? Short <BR> Your mother? Clara <BR> Your father? Easter <BR> Your favourite thing? Bike <BR> Your dream last night? Funny <BR> Favorite drink? Water <BR> What room are you in? Sunroon <BR> Your hobby? Sparkpeople <BR> Your fear? Spiders <BR> Where do you ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 17:37:46 EST Christmas is in the air.... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Our Lovely Tree <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> A photo of our Soldier who will not be with us this year. We will <BR> miss you Joshua. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> A Photo of our beloved Macki. We are so grateful that she is doing well <BR> right now. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 24 Dec 2012 08:55:57 EST A New Day - A New Goal I had previously set my goal to 160 #'s but after close evaluation, I have decided to set a new goal and work towards 150. <BR> <BR> I went to <link> </link> and put in my current weight 172 and my new goal weight of 150 so here are my models. Go to models Hope you go and get your own. What motivation! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Before <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 30 Nov 2012 10:32:53 EST Staying on Track though the Holidays <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I will keep Walking... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I will keep Biking... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I will continue strength training... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I will continue drinking my water. <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 16:57:44 EST Photos of DH and I Our Church is doing a pictorial directory so dh and I had our photos taken. We got them back this week so wanted to share them with you. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the one we decided on for the Church Pictorial Directory <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the one we had made for the boys for Christmas. <BR> <BR> All in all, I think they turned out fairly w... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:16:41 EST BLC20 - Famous Quotes from the Movies I love the movies and we all can relate to one great movie quote or another. Here are just a few of my favorites. As I was looking on line for the quotes, I was amazed at just how many can be applied to our Spark Journeys. As you read the quotes, see if you don't agree. <BR> <BR> Do, or do not. There is no "try". <BR> Yoda from The Empire Strikes Back <BR> <BR> "Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it." <BR> Rafiki from The Lion King <BR> <BR> Why ... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 10:25:46 EST BLC20 - Weekend Challenge - Off to see "The Wizard"! We are going to Oz this weekend (Kansas not Australia) & I changed my page to reflect my love of the Kansas State Flower, The Sunflower. <BR> <BR> While we are busy playing the Wizard of Oz Jeopardy, we are still very much skipping down the yellow brick road to health and wellness. <BR> <BR> One part of the challenge is to Post a GOYBAD (Get off your butt and dance). I have been wondering what song to post for this and it came to me. I saw Wicked on Broadway a few years back and there i... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 16:47:24 EST RE-EVALUATION OF BLC 20 GOALS - HALFWAY MARK Before I get started, I want to thank everyone for the support you have given to me on my BLC20 Blogs. I so appreciate your visits and your words of encouragement and support. Spark friends are truly the best! <BR> <BR> We are half way through and time for re-evaluation of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of BLC20. I have had some success (I am down to 175 from 179) so that is a good thing. I am doing cardio daily. I love to bike and walk but still need to become friends wi... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 17:57:44 EST Weekend Challenge - Day 3 What I Love about me.... <BR> <BR> 1.) I am a Christian and proud of it. I love Jesus and am not ashamed of the Gospel. He died for me and gave me the wonderful life I have now. As the song goes, I once was lost but now am found. His grace is sufficient for me! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Photo courtesy of Google Photos <BR> <BR> 2.) I am a good Gardner. Springtime and getting my hands dirty just go together. We plant a vegg... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 20:34:21 EST Weekend Challenge Blog Three things I like about myself. <BR> <BR> l.) I am Patriotic to the point that I almost aways cry at our National Anthem. I love flying the flag and love attending events to welcome our soldiers home from war. I am proud of my Father's service, my Husband's service and our Son's service. To me - they are our real American Heros. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (Photo found on Pinterest) <BR> <BR> <BR> 2.) I love to Dance and love th... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 16:48:46 EST BLC20 - Menus <img src=""> <BR> <BR> BLC20 - My 5 Plan Ahead Menus for Lunches and Dinners this week. I ask DH for his input (since he would be eating too) and it was a lot of fun working on the menus together. It is something we will do again - adding new recipes and trying new things. I am posting these together since we often eat "dinner left overs" the next day for lunch. We had 3 Sons and I still sometimes cook like they were still home. <B... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 09:36:09 EST BLC20 Weekend Challenge - Healthy Breakfast Menus <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 1.) Oatmeal with apples, walnuts and maple cinnamon sprinkles <BR> 1/2 Banana <BR> Whole Wheat Toast <BR> <BR> Day 2.) Turkey sausage pattie with egg & low fat cheddar cheese on a Whole <BR> Wheat English Muffin <BR> Apple Slices <BR> <BR> Day 3.) Turkey Sausage/Scrambled Egg Whites on a Whole Wheat Tortilla <BR> Mixed Fruit Salsa <BR> Co... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 18:08:37 EST BLC20 Has Started Biggest Looser Challange has started and so far, so good. I know, I know, it's only Day 2. Part of the weekend challenge calls for a before photo and even though I had taken a couple, DH took another one of me today on the treadmill so here it is.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Also, the weekend challenge called for a "plan of action" so here is my plan. <BR> <BR> 1.) I am planning on exercising daily, at least 60 minutes cardio... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 17:38:09 EST BLC20 Challenge, Before Photos and Goals... Biggest Looser Challenge 20 starts soon and today, I am posting my before photos, my measurements and my Goals for this Challenge. I am looking forward to the challenge and reaching the goals I am setting for myself. <BR> <BR> My Before photos taken today... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Weight as of this Morning: 180 <BR> <BR> Measurements: <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 14:51:03 EST Thank you my Spark Friends! The last Month has just flown. It has been almost a month since I lost my Father. Seems like there was so much to do and being away from home almost a week sidetracked me from my Spark "program". The longer I put off the exercise, the worst I felt and the worst I felt, the worst my eating became. I reached out to my Spark Friends stating I really needed some MOTIVATION and as usual, you all came through with flying colors(you always do). When I went to bed last night, I told DH that today... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 17:18:57 EST Springtime in Missouri DH and I went for a long hike around the property this morning so took along the camera so I could share our Springtime with you. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We first walked out the back field and this is a photo of the field as we were walking back towards the house/lake. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Miss Macki waiting for us to catch up with her. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Sat, 31 Mar 2012 14:21:26 EST Life and the Decoah Eagles <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a photo of Dad and I taken Thanksgiving. Bless his heart. He is now in Hospice and our lives have been turned upside down. Most days, he sleeps around the clock which Hospice says is pretty normal. We have had some good days here lately and we hold on to each one of them. Last week, two sons of his ArmyBuddy/best friend came to see Dad. The one Son was from Austin, Texas and the other from Spri... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:46:15 EST Day 4 - The Queen of Procrastination <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh yes, I am the Queen of Procrastination. It has long been a problem of mine. What I have been thinking about today is whether or not I procrastinate or just over commit myself. Probably a little of both. I need to look at both of these but today, it is procrastination. Tomorrow (there is always tomorrow) I will address over commitment. <BR> <BR> I used to be a great list maker when I worked. Time was preci... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:22:41 EST Day 3 - Turning Impossibilities into Possibilities... Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who visited my Blog yesterday. The pep talks are just what I needed. I did a lot of thinking about that post today and really think that that is one habit I definitely need to change. I want to start talking better to myself, be my own cheerleader, and give myself a break like I do every one else. I am going to turn IMPOSSIBILITIES INTO POSSIBILITIES. I am going to quit focusing on what everyone else is able to do and do what I can do. I ... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 18:32:24 EST Conquering Self Doubt and Discouragement Blogging about stumbling blocks to my goals seems to be my stumbling block today. I have been dealing with self doubt and discouragement for some time but I just act as if they are not weighing me down like the extra pounds that I need to work off and just move forward. I think we all feel this way at times. We see other making progress while we are still loosing that 1 or 2 pounds for the umteenth time. It can be discouraging. <BR> <BR> We are our own worst enemies at times. No one cou... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 17:52:05 EST Destination - Greatness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Welcome to Flight #2012. <BR> <BR> We are prepared to take off into the New Year. <BR> Please make sure your Attitude and Blessings are secured and locked in.... <BR> in the upright position. <BR> All self-destructive devices should be turned off at this time. <BR> All negativity, hurt, and discouragement should be put away. <BR> Should we lose altitude under pressure, during the flight, reach up and pull dow... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 19:32:20 EST Born to Die So That You Might Live! Merry Christmas to Everyone! <BR> <BR> I received this devotional today from Daily Inspirations and wanted to share it with you all. <BR> <BR> <BR> Born To Die So That You Might Live <BR> Luke 2:12 <BR> 12And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” <BR> <BR> You are probably familiar with the story of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. The Bible says that when the time had come, Mary “brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in s... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 10:22:59 EST 45 Years Together.... Saturday was our 45th Anniversary and our Sons and DIL's hosted an open house at our Church. Even though it rained all day, we had a good turn out and enjoyed everyone stopping by. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Rich and I standing in front of the canvas print of our wedding photo - a gift from our kids. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Waiting for the party to begin. <BR> <BR> <img sr... Mon, 28 Nov 2011 09:49:50 EST Think Stationary Biking is Boring - I don't think so.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A friend of mine is always commenting about my biking. She says she thinks riding a stationary bike is boring. I think not! The video is less than 2 minutes and worth the time. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> To each his own. Have a good day - I am off to the bike. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 17 Nov 2011 07:51:46 EST Veterans Day - A Day of Thanks and Appreciation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What can I do today to show my thanks and appreciation? <BR> I can.... <BR> Attend a parade, visit a National Cemetery, fly the Flag, or say thanks someone you know who has served our country. <BR> <BR> This nation will remain the land of the free <BR> only so long as it is the home of the brave. <BR> ~Elmer Davis <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In war... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 08:22:38 EST Trip to Hawaii We just got back from our 45th Anniversary Trip to Hawaii. It was a wonderful trip and I wanted to share some photos with you all. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> A view from our hotel balcony overlooking the hotel gardens and the beach. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> DH and I out for a walk on Waikiki Beach <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <B... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 16:14:30 EST Save the Ta-Tas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so I challenge you go PINK for the month, spread the word about the importance of monthly self exams and yearly mammograms. We all wear PINK so show it off this month on your Spark Page. Encourage others throughout the month. Call you Mother, call your Daughter, call your Best Friend and above all make an appointment for your yearly exam. Mine is scheduled (has been for ... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 21:29:30 EST Goals.... Today, I walked 2 miles, right on schedule per my C25K Walking Program. I have not walked a 5K for several years so am excited about the Virtual Halloween 5K Challenge on one of my teams. It along with the Fall 5% are challenging me which is a good thing. I do better when I am involved in a challenge. It helps me to work a little harder and do a little more. I have set goals in the past and not met those goals. The missing ingredient for me was the challenges. Once I started the challe... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 14:15:22 EST Accountibility Blog....Monday I am not used to blogging every day but am doing it for a challenge. It is a beautiful day here in Northeast Missouri. I got up early, biked 9.1 miles and walked 2 miles including walking down to the lake. I took my camera so here are some photos from this morning's walk. Thanks for walking with me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 13:13:34 EST Becoming.... "What you get by reaching your <BR> destination is not nearly as <BR> important as what you will become <BR> by reaching your destination." <BR> - Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am BECOMING.... <BR> <BR> 1.) Someone who loves to exercise. I no longer focus on what I can not do but focus on what I can do and as a result, I keeping adding exercises that I used to say I "couldn't" do. The only thing that stopped me i... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 18:29:14 EST 5% Challenge - Summer Challenge is almost over, Fall Challenge is on the way! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did not meet my goal of loosing 5% but I gave it a good try and feel good about my efforts. As a result, I am down to 173 from 177.4 so I am going in the right direction. Almost 5#'s gone is good and this time, my biggest success was I kept the scale going in the right direction. For once, I didn't quit and give up because I was embarrassed that I didn't make the 5%. I have lost and gained the same #'s many ... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 15:57:08 EST Our Vegetable Garden... Seems like everything we planted in our garden is coming ready at the same time. I am sure glad DH and I are feeling better as it has been a very busy day in the garden for us. Also, DIL and I canned some tomatoes. Here are a few photos from the garden today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Grapes are ready to make jelly. We will pick tomorrow after church. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <B... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 17:42:12 EST Let's all Sparkle.... I am in love with a jewery designer by the name of Lisa Leonards. My DH got me the family tree necklace for Mother's Day a couple of years ago and I wear it all the time. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning, I got an e-mail from Lisa announcing the Fall Preview. While looking at the new line, I found the best necklace for all of us Sparkers and knew I wanted to share it with you all. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 11:18:36 EST Why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Our Soldier boy took his first jump yesterday. He called on Friday to let me know he was going to jump. I told him that there were some things Mom is better off not knowing. He did call us when he arrived safely on the ground. Today, he post some photos for us to see and I wanted to share them with you all. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> A photo from inside of the plane. Most of the people here were first timers - the others were their... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 13:57:25 EST ..and American Cries! <img src=""> <BR> Photo of the Fallen arriving at Dover Air Base <BR> <BR> Today, the United States mourns the deaths of the American troops who gave their lives on August 6 in a helicopter crash in the Wardack province in Afghanistan, as well as many others who have also given the ultimate sacrifice. <BR> <BR> This tragedy reminds us that all U.S. troops serving overseas do so at great risk and when they fall on the field of battle, th... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 17:14:59 EST Gardening is not easy but the results are worth it... It seemed like we would never get the garden planted this spring due to all of the rain but we finally got it in the ground mid June and it is doing great. I took some photos to share with you all. Gardening is not easy but the results are definitely worth the efforts. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Blackberries anyone? We have had enough for several nice snacks and a couple of cobblers. This morning, noticed more blooms so they are not... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 17:03:37 EST Life is not always fair but God is good & lets not forget that... When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek” (Psalm 27:8) Living out what I believe is a daily challenge. Christians all over the world struggle with trials and temptations. As we share what Jesus Christ is doing in our lives, we help one another become more like Him. <BR> <BR> We all know and have had some experiences with Life not being fair & this week, I had mine with the loss of our sweet Olivia Grace. I wanted to thank you all for your kind word... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 20:01:33 EST Sometimes, LIFE is not FAIR.... Yesterday, tragedy struck our family. Our DIL's Brother and his wife lost their 4 month old daughter to a congential heart problem they were not aware of until yesterday. She was a precious, sweet baby and so wanted yet.....the unthinkable happened. <BR> <BR> Life on Life's Terms is a bummer sometimes and this is one of those times. It is so hard to wrap my thoughts around all this. I would think above all else that loosing a child would be the absolute worst pain ever. <BR> <BR> Pleas... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 19:25:06 EST Memorial Day <img src=""> <BR> Photo from Google Photos <BR> <BR> As we prepare to observe Memorial Day this weekend remembering those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom, we call attention to the new “Purple Heart with Ribbon Forever Stamp” which honors the sacrifices of the men and women who serve in the U.S. military. In 2009, Senator Jim Webb introduced the bipartisan “Perpetual Purple Heart Stamp Act,” and he has personally urged the Po... Sat, 28 May 2011 09:47:34 EST 35,000 Fitness Minutes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A little over 24 hours ago, I received notice from Spark People that I had officially accumulated 35,000 Fitness Minutes. Amazing as it may seem, you must know that it has taken me 5 years to accumlate the minutes. DH and I did the math and it adds up to a surprising average of 20 minutes a day. Now, I don't know about you, but that's not the greatest average I have seen. All in all, my efforts could have been ... Sun, 15 May 2011 15:54:30 EST 50 Questions 50 Questions (Everything you either did or did not want to know about Sunny332) and I hope, for my sake, many of you repeat this blog so I can get to know you better. <BR> <BR> Tuesday, April 19, 2011 <BR> Barb, this is all because of you but I am like you in that I love to read other peoples answers. It is a great way to get to know our Spark Friends better. <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> The Nurse that delivered me. <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> S... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 15:36:45 EST Great River Honor Flight Today! I went to Hannibal yesterday to be with my Dad and get him ready to go on the Honor Flight to DC. They left Hannibal on a bus at a very early 2:30 am to St. Louis where they caught a flight at 7am to DC. Here is a link to a video taken this morning before they left. He is the one in the Red, White and Blue Hat. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pplayer.asp?ClipID1=5746367&h1=Honor%2<BR>0flight%20takes%20off&vt1=v&at1=undefi<BR>ned&d1=40434&LaunchPageAdTag=News&un... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 15:38:16 EST