SUSIEWHITE1109's SparkPeople Blog SUSIEWHITE1109's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Lab Results are IN! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "I don't always look forward to getting my lab results back, but when I do, I feel like the most interesting girl in the world!" <BR> <BR> I am doing a happy dance today, so please bear with me!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I just finished my 21-day Ultimate Reset, a gentle cleanse program that is designed to help your body get rid of harmful toxins, give yo... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:59:58 EST From Fear to Triumph! <img src=""> <BR> Here's my Disclaimer: I am a sucker for kid things....super slides, slip 'n slides, swingsets, kickballs, and primary colors! <BR> <BR> So...when my niece and BFF MichCleary asked me to do the Foam Fest 5K and I saw pictures of slides and soap suds, and big colored bouncy balls hanging down, how could I say no? <BR> <BR> I have to say, I think this may be the most fun, and the most rewarding event I've done so far on ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 23:16:57 EST Susie's 21-day Cleanse Adventure! <em>194</em> I started a 21-day cleanse program on April 1, and I've made it through 11 days. I have NEVER attempted anything like this in my life, so it really has been quite an adventure. <BR> <BR> <em>473</em> As a confessed food addict and compulsive overeater, the idea of giving up sugar, table salt, white flour, dairy, caffeine,all processed foods and all animal proteins at the same time was slightly overwhelming! Still, I really wanted to do this - for the health benefits, fo... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 01:06:14 EST My 21-cleanse, report from day 4 <em>249</em> I started a 21-day cleanse program on April 1st. <BR> <BR> Last year in August, a long time friend did this program, and she posted video blogs about her experience. I was really intrigued by the idea, but was intimidated by the idea. I had never done anything like this, and was worried that the supplements would taste awful, I would be hungry all the time, etc...etc.... I'm not the most adventurous person in the world. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I guess it tells you someth... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 18:02:43 EST Crushing Grief <img src=""> <BR> I noticed a friend posted this morning on Facebook that today is the greatest "pause" in the story of Easter. It is true, I think, because we acknowledge today that Jesus has died. He is in the tomb, anointed with burial oils and wrapped in linen cloths. <BR> <BR> And so we wait. In many Christian churches, this time between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is marked by the observance of an 'Easter Vigil.' It seems to me... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 14:15:17 EST Are you kiddin' me?? Hey gang! I admit, I haven't blogged in a very long time...but then tonight I saw that I lacked just 4 Spark points to hit 23,000 Spark Points, and I say, "Hey, are you kiddin' me?? I've got to take a few minutes to write a blog and get a few points!" <BR> <BR> Seriously though, I feel like I've been so blessed in the last 7 weeks, it's high time I stopped to write a quick note of universal thanks. I got off track with my Sparking and with my eating and fitness plan in the fall, and as I we... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:07:02 EST Headed to 4th Anniversary of LapBand Surgery! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've posted this picture before, but it never gets old as a reminder of the journey. Many of you know my BFF MichCleary from SparkPeople. This picture was taken of us in Cancun, Mexico, and for me, I'm certain it's a good representation of where I was when the scale went north of 300. <BR> <BR> In 2009 I elected to have LapBand surgery...not too long after that, Michelene embarked on her own journey toward heal... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:09:45 EST It's my 2nd Sparkversary! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wow -- I've been sort of 'offline' where Spark is concerned, for the past 4-5 months...I had this impulse to write a blog, and realized that this past week was my 2nd year Sparkversary! <em>384</em> <em>408</em> Cheers! <BR> <BR> So much has happened in the past 2 seems like several lifetimes have rolled by! Much has been good -- wonderful, fun, exciting -- and much has been challenging, but it's my... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 00:44:40 EST Lent #14: Unexpected Changes <img src=""> <BR> This charming little munchkin is my great niece. Her name is Lexi Grace. Lexi was born on July 29, 2009, at just 25 weeks gestation, weighing 1 lb and 5 ounces. She has several health challenges...some of which are related to her being a micro-preemie, and some of which are related to her having Dandy-Walker Syndrome. I'm writing about Lexi today, because I heard something in this week's sermon that made me think of her... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 13:20:41 EST Lent #13: Bad Memories? <img src=""> <BR> I saw a story on 60 Minutes last night, about a woman who has such an incredible memory, she literally cannot forget a face. For most of us, such a detailed memory is hard to imagine...for some of us, it's not uncommon to walk from one room in the house to another, and forget why we came... <BR> <BR> It's certainly true for me - my memory isn't what it used to be! <BR> <BR> As I read today's Gospel, I kept thinking abo... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:20:06 EST Lent #12: What about those dirty dishes?? <img src=""> <BR> Some of us concern ourselves more with external appearances than others...I say this as a statement of fact, not judgment. I grew up in a home that was always clean and of my mother's legacies to me. Dirty dishes sitting on the counter?? An anathema to her...and now, to me. I hate dirty dishes, particularly those that are stacked on the counter or in the sink...yuck! <BR> <BR> What about you? Does "neatness c... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 10:31:09 EST Dash Down Greenville 5K - Pics '0 the Green I had a great opportunity to do a 5K in a "whole new way" today...walking! I discovered about 2 weeks ago that I have a stress fracture in the bones on top of my left foot, so no running for 4 more weeks! <BR> <BR> Thankfully, there were more than 8,000 people at the race today, <img src=""> <BR> so no one even noticed me walking! <em>334</em> The main thing is ALWAYS to let this be a lesson to ya my friends...walkin... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 22:30:30 EST Lent #11: Beauty as a signpost on the spiritual journey <img src=""> <BR> Today's picture is of a sunset over the North Pole. Breathtaking, isn't it? It illustrates well, I think, the idea that the beauty of the earth is sometimes as illusive as it is breathtaking. We take pictures in order to capture the moment, the feeling, the experience of beauty...and yet ultimately, we cannot contain beauty. <BR> <BR> In his book Simply Christian, N.T. Wright speaks of beauty as a signpost that points u... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 08:19:50 EST Lent #10: What Limits God? <img src=""> <BR> There is an interesting story in the 6th chapter of Mark. Jesus has returned to his hometown for a this time in his ministry, he has already healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out demons, and calmed the wind and would think he'd come home to a reception fit for conquering heroes, wouldn't you? But that isn't the way things went. <BR> <BR> In the gospel account, Jesus has gone to the local synag... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:21:00 EST Stress Fractures and the Parable of the Sower <img src=""> <BR> I didn't really intend to take a break between Sunday and today, but I find sometimes that writing on a daily basis is a challenging discipline...and sometimes the task is made harder by the fact that I have so many things I'd like to write about, I can't seem to choose a topic. <BR> <BR> Circumstances collided this week to create such a challenge, and frankly, I'm in a very cranky mood today. I found out last night tha... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 18:54:41 EST Lent #8: Seabiscuit and Spirituality <img src=""> <BR> Have you seen the movie Seabiscuit? It's the story of an undersized, damaged racehorse...trained by a 'washed up' trainer and ridden by a young man who had been abandoned by his parents as a young boy during the Depression. I happened to stumble upon it last night on TV, and was reminded of a quote that I think is the most powerful of the entire move: <BR> <BR> "You don't throw a whole life away just it's banged up a li... Sun, 4 Mar 2012 11:30:27 EST March Madness Begins! Trinity River Levee 5K (w/pics!) Today's run was a special event -- celebrating the opening of the Margaret Hunt Trinity River Bridge in Dallas. Today will be the only time that people are allowed to walk/run over the bridge...after today it will be CARS only. <BR> <BR> In honor of the occassion, most of my blog will be was another beautiful morning in Dallas, a little cool, but not at all cold...perfect for a 5K. <em>334</em> First step is to get out of bed at 6am on Saturday morning and put on my brightes... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 18:32:33 EST Lent #7: Does reading the Bible hinder your spiritual growth?? <img src=""> <BR> As usual, today's scripture readings from the Daily Readings were terrific. The Psalms, the Old Testament reading, the New Testment reading, and the Gospel...all of them...were excellent. <BR> <BR> So, why am I asking a crazy question about whether the Bible hinders our spiritual growth? Am I being facetious? Trying to start an argument? Offend? <BR> <BR> No to all of those. What I am trying to do is create questions ... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 18:22:20 EST A Story About Bullying...with a happy ending! <img src=""> <BR> Today is a spectacularly beautiful day in Dallas...the temperature is perfect, and the sky is clear blue. When I began reading today's Psalms, I was excited because Psalm 19 speaks of how the creation declares the glory of God...and it does! <BR> <BR> When I came to the Old Testament reading from Genesis, I was overwhelmed once again, with the amazing story of Joseph. What an incredible person he was...this teenager who... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 13:38:27 EST Lent #5: Seize the Leap Day! Happy Leap Day! It's the time that comes along only once every 4 extra day on the calendar. For all of us who are perpetually running behind, this extra day will surely come in handy! <BR> <BR> Except for this reminder: <BR> <BR> "Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. " -Charles Richards <BR> <BR> I couldn't quite decide which of today's scripture readings would fit the occasion of Leap Day, but I think perhaps Psalm 49 and ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:04:32 EST Lent #4: How a dreamer can end up in the pits... <img src=""> <BR> Once upon a time, there was a teenager named Joseph. Joseph had lots of brothers, and as it turned out, the father loved Joseph best. This happens in families...a parent has a favorite child, and the siblings always know. <BR> <BR> In the story of Joseph, as told in the biblical book of Genesis, we also find out that Joseph had a pretty good idea that Dad loved him best. He was a very confident young man. A dreamer...m... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 13:41:56 EST Lent #3: If God Loves Me So Much, What am I doing here?? <img src=""> <BR> Imagine for a moment, that you are in this photo...without benefit of a car, or a cell granola bars and bottled water. Just you. And the vast expanse of dry wilderness. <BR> <BR> It would be terrifying, at least for me. I often joke that my idea of camping is a Holiday Inn. My preference for lodging runs along the lines of Marriott and Hilton. <BR> <BR> I picked up a book this week that was writte... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:08:01 EST Lent Blog #2: Treasure in the Attic <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have you ever thought of your Bible as an attic? I hadn't either, until today. I heard a sermon this morning, and a phrase stuck out for me..."What do you know?" And I started thinking about that question...what do I really know? I mean, what am I certain of? If you strip everything away, and leave only what you are sure is true, what is left? <BR> <BR> In today's scripture readings for the Daily Office (taken fro... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 11:26:14 EST Lent Blog #1: Mountains and Valleys <img src=""> <BR> Have you ever had a mountain top experience? Most of us have, in one way or another. Mountain top experiences can be of the spiritual camp springs to mind... Or, falling in love...getting a fantastic job...winning a sports championship...finishing a 5K, 10K, 1/2 or Marathon...all would qualify, I think. <BR> <BR> Lent began this week. If you are not familiar with Lent, it's a 40-day period of reflection th... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 12:45:48 EST Hot Chocolate 5K Report (w pics!) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Woot woot!! Race #2 of the 2012 season! So grateful to my BFF MichCleary and her daughter Rachael for continuing to help me get my booty out of bed and out to the race courses...on this February day in Dallas, we had our coldest temps of the 2011-2012 winter season. 30 degrees at start time, with a windchill making it feel like 19 degrees! Brrrrrrr! <BR> <BR> I included the race map, at the beloved State Fair Pa... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 21:52:52 EST The Transformative Power of Gratitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I saw a quote today that was so powerful, I felt compelled to blog about it! <BR> <BR> "Gratitude turns whatever we have into enough." <BR> <BR> I'm reminded of stories told of people in third world countries...people who sometimes live in shacks, or worse...have no plumbing or running water, scarce amounts of food, and only the clothes on their back to wear... <BR> <BR> And yet...and YET...these folks are repe... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 13:30:09 EST Pray for Lexi! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hey Spark friends, <BR> I've been needing to blog this week, and tonight I'm dedicating my blog to Lexi...she is my great niece, daughter of my niece Erica. <BR> <BR> Lexi is in the hospital tonight...she has the flu, and because she was born a micro-preemie in 2009, she is still very tiny and susceptible to respiratory distress. <BR> <BR> Lexi is a charmer...a example to our family of just how SPEC... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 21:40:49 EST Turkey, Beets and Green Beans! <em>428</em> Lunch today. <BR> <BR> What a weird title for a blog, huh? To be truthful, I was feeling the need to blog, and didn't have any catchy ideas for a title. I looked at my lunch plate...turkey, beets and green beans...and it seemed to have a literary flair! <BR> <BR> Here's the fun thing...I went to my "Project Inspiration" jar, filled with daily inspirational quotes and given to me by BFF MichCleary...I pulled out a slip of paper, and here's the word for today: <BR> <BR> NUR... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 12:37:42 EST Share du Jour - Accountability Partners? Share du Jour for Monday, January 30, 2012! <BR> <BR> Topic for sharing/discussion: <BR> <BR> Do you have a person, or maybe multiple people, that you can be completely honest with, when it comes to your journey with weight loss and exercise? If so, share an experience or idea with us about how you encourage each other, and hold each other accountable. <BR> <BR> If you don't have anyone that you're completely honest with, even on your worst days, share with us about what holds you back fro... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 11:46:21 EST Inspiration of the day! <link><BR>ernestine-shepherd-25498999 </link> <BR> <BR> The story of Ernestine Shepherd was tremendously inspirational to me this week! I've never added a link to my Spark Blog, so if the link above doesn't work, be sure to Google Ernestine Shepherd to find her story! <BR> <BR> Now 74 years old, Ernestine is the oldest female body builder (presumably in the U.S., but I'm not sure about those details). Her current age is pretty amazing, but what reall... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 15:13:58 EST The rest of the weight-loss story means changing my Spark Ticker... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been sort of amazed by the feedback I've received from my last blog..."I used to be...I am...I will be." <BR> <BR> I'd like to thank my friends from the LapBand Rulers Team for spurring me to write this. I must admit, I have a terribly hard time with this sort of "before and after" blog, because I spend so much time in my head, talking myself into thinking I haven't really accomplished much in my weight los... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 14:27:19 EST I used to be...I am...I will be (with photos) I used to be over 300 lbs...I don't know the exact number really, because I used to be afraid to step on the scales... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I used to be the best friend that found reasons to encourage really bad eating habits, because misery loves company. <BR> <BR> I used to be withdrawn, depressed, a total couch potato. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am 85 lbs lighter now, thanks to lap band surgery, Spark People, and lots of encouragement... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 09:40:39 EST Don't Quit! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of my Christmas gifts from my BFF (MichCleary on SparkPeople) was a jar filled with daily inspirational quotes. While doing my nightly chores, getting ready for bed, I decided to read the quote for tomorrow morning...never too early to get a start on your day! <BR> <BR> Here it is: <BR> "Success is achieved and maintained by those who try and keep trying." -W Clement Stone <BR> <BR> And then Michelene added t... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 22:11:37 EST I have to say "No," so that I can say..."Yes!" <em>411</em> <em>412</em> <em>408</em> Happy New Year! Hoping that as you read this, you're enjoying a peaceful beginning to 2012...the annual "start with a fresh slate" day that we celebrate across the country and around the world! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Yes, it's true that e-v-e-r-y day can be our DAY 1, and you don't need a national holiday to start fresh...still...there is something about the ritual of the holiday, coming on the heels of hustling and bustling through the Christm... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 15:28:11 EST Starbucks and me... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm trying to remember the very first time I visited a Starbucks...what started as a rare, seemingly outrageous indulgence ($4 coffee???) has become woven into my life...don't get me wrong...I still think the price of the coffee is pretty indulgent, but it isn't really the coffee that I love most. It's the sense of community. <BR> <BR> Am I naive and romantic about my coffee shop experience? Yes, guilty as charge... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 14:16:23 EST 88 Keys to Happiness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh...THOSE 88 keys!! <BR> <BR> Years ago, when I was just a pup of 15, my piano teacher introduced me to Brahms. Lots of notes...lots of beautiful, and sometimes STRANGE chords...Brahms is very challenging material to play (for me anyway!) Fast forward 36 years to this week, and you'll find me plucking away at Brahms again. To my amazement, I can still remember the music I first struggled with at 15. But this t... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 18:30:57 EST The View from Here... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ah...beautiful winter day in Dallas...61 degrees and bright sunshine at 330 in the afternoon, so I took the opportunity to build a fire in my chimenea and sit outside on the deck with my dog Amy. <BR> <BR> I've been making that needed transition from pre-holiday to holiday, to POST-holiday mindset, when it comes to food. I'm also trying to take some time to reflect on where I am, and where I'd like to go in the n... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 20:47:59 EST Rolling right into Christmas Tomorrow is December 21st!! It seems hard to imagine that Christmas is just hours away...where does the time go?? <BR> <BR> I'm ready for the least in terms of gifts purchased and decorations hung by my chimney with care...but in a way, I don't feel "ready" in my heart. <BR> <BR> I've been invited to join a new team on's a small team of other folks who have had lap-band surgery and are a tight-knit support group. This is such a blessing, and so needed for me at... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 21:34:49 EST Cleaning the 'frig and start fresh...BEFORE Christmas <img src=""> <BR>'s been a downhill slide for me this past 2 months...since I found out my 'job' was being eliminated in September and embarked on this journey to transition to self-employment, I have not worked out consistently, and have eaten poorly. VERY poorly. <BR> <BR> My BFF MichCleary, I think...has watched this backsliding Sparker with some dismay and concern, but as we all know so well, we can't do the journey for any... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 15:36:27 EST "It's just paint!" and other life lessons from SipnDoodle I had an amazing experience last night. I went to a little painting class with a good friend that I haven't seen in several months... <BR> <BR> The perfect way to "catch up" on lots of life happenings, Nobie and I stopped on the way to class and picked up some dinner from Panera, then went to a little workshop behind a small wine store...where for $35 we got 2 and a half hours of painting instruction, lots of good music, fun and uplifting interaction from the other class members, and a big d... Sat, 12 Nov 2011 13:08:02 EST Softball...the gift that keeps on giving! Hi Spark Friends! <BR> I have really been the absent blogger of late, and I really can't explain what that's all about...I did want to write at least a short blog today, because our "Indy" softball team played another double-header last night...fantastic time! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my birthday, and as I think I've shared before, I lap the ages of my teammates by an average of 20-25 years!!! <em>40</em> A friend asked me on Saturday, "Why don't you just tell them you can't play because i... Thu, 10 Nov 2011 16:40:52 EST Where's Susie? <em>40</em> I'm no Waldo, but I think it's fair to say that I've disappeared into the weeds, as far as my posting on Spark is concerned! <BR> <BR> There have been several folks that have sent notes and goodies, and I really thank you for the encouragement! <BR> <BR> Since I found out in September that my full-time job was being eliminated, it has been a wild (and mostly exciting) scramble to see what I could do in terms of creating a consulting firm...what started as an idea to make enou... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 10:10:07 EST Rangers play Detroit in the ALCS - GO RANGERS!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's all I wanted to say -- just gearing up for the next round of the Playoffs! Rooting for the Rangers to get back to the World Series! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 6 Oct 2011 23:56:45 EST Hey - I'm here! Sorry for the long silence! SOFTBALL Update!! Hey there -- thanks for the notes and goodies y'all! I'm sorry I've gone underground this past couple of weeks. It's been a little bit crazy, what with the job change, some new activities at church, volunteering for most of last weekend at a conference...etc...etc...etc. I got way, way behind on Spark, except that I've been logging in and spinning that wheel!! <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> I have struggled with pretty bad eating lately, not great fitness minutes (except for softball!), and obvi... Thu, 6 Oct 2011 00:17:28 EST Just 1 Pound!!! I've been hanging on this past week...found out my job is being "eliminated," or "reduced to a part-time role"...something that isn't yet totally clear... <BR> <BR> Sat around for the better part of the week because of a twisted knee...then had some yukky side-effects from my annual flu shot... <BR> <BR> Bottom sparking has been sporadic, my fitness minutes much lower than normal...and my food has been...well, not great. <BR> <BR> BUT! Somehow, I lost 2 lbs this last week...WOOT!... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 23:13:47 EST We WON the Softball League Championship!!! What a crazy, wild, dramatic, EPIC night last night turned out to be! <BR> <BR> Just 7 weeks ago, I showed up to play softball with a group of people I had never met in my life. None of us knew each other. Our team name? The "INDY" team, which is the league's way of saying that we were a bunch of people who didn't belong to any team! Ha! <BR> <BR> I remember the first game we played together...we won, which surprised me...but what I remembered was how much fun we had together! Everyone was ... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 19:44:09 EST Extreme Closet Makeover!! (before and after pics) About 2 years ago I moved from the 'burbs into house is a 1954 ranch...a cute little house with a great backyard and beautiful trees. <BR> <BR> The bad news? Apparently people in the 1950's didn't believe in closets! All 3 bedrooms are about the same size (I guess they didn't really have "master bedrooms" either...), so I picked the room with an adjacent bathroom as my "master." <BR> <BR> The closet?? Pretty big, but totally unaccessible! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 19:08:35 EST Day 7 in the Cougar Den: Running behind schedule!! Hey there -- for anyone who is still up and reading blogs, my theme for Day 7 is 'running behind!' It was a busy day. <BR> <BR> The most exciting item of the day was the installation of a new closet system that transformed a fairly large but NOT 'walk-in' closet...painful waste of space...into an awesome walk-in closet with maximized space for hanging clothes and storing shoes, etc. I'm too wiped out to upload and post the before/after pictures, but I'll do it in the morning for sure!! <BR>... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 00:28:40 EST Day 6 in the Cougar Den...uh...yeah...I lost my job... Well...I skipped over Day 5...and ready for a fresh slate on Monday morning...found out that my company is doing a reduction in force (the infamous "RIF")...and I'm on the RIF list. <BR> <BR> Let's start with the good news: <BR> 1. It wasn't effective today, even though I was told today. Time to absorb the news...this is a good thing. <BR> 2. They want to propose a part-time contract position, because the work needs to be done, but just doesn't support a full-time position (I know this to ... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 15:25:51 EST Day 4 in the Cougar Den...crying cougar tears I am very bummed out this morning. I don't usually blog when I'm feeling this way, but I thought it might be good for me. <BR> <BR> I had a conversation with a friend that was very's silly really...the topic surrounds the fact that we usually get our dogs groomed together (we use a mobile home grooming service, and it's been kind of a 'community event' to get them groomed together). For the the 3rd time out of 4, they "forgot" to call me when they scheduled the groomer to... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 12:38:19 EST