TOMWAMP's SparkPeople Blog TOMWAMP's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community We all Stumble <img src=""> <BR> Isn't that why we like Spark People. We can come here and our fellow Sparkpeople wil give us encouragement and support. We can all walk this journey hand in hand. We can tell how we feel, our triumphs, failures, achievements and our random thoughts. <em>252</em> Fri, 24 May 2013 13:17:43 EST Listen when your soul speaks <img src=""> <BR> This just a little reminder to us all. We all come from different backgrounds, different parts of the country and world. But we all have one thing in common. We sometimes have trouble believing in ourselves. As you read these words I hope they helped or inspired you today. Fri, 17 May 2013 13:13:51 EST You are strong. <img src=""> <BR> Yes you are strong. You have made the choice to take control of your life. You have chosen to lose weight, to exercise daily to eat better and to lead a healthy lifestyle. You can and will succeed. You have it in you because you are strong. <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>381</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>380</em> <em>250</em> Sun, 5 May 2013 15:10:27 EST Someday Isle <img src=""> <BR> "Someday Isle" We have all been there. We have said someday I will start losing weight,someday I will start exercising, someday I will start eating healthier. We were stuck on "Someday Isle" But we were able to get off "Someday Isle" We took control of our lives and escaped from all those somedays that were keeping us from the things we wanted in life. Congratulations to all of you out there that have escaped from "Somed... Wed, 1 May 2013 11:30:48 EST Life is....... <img src=""> <BR> Life is...... We are always trying to move and mold our life in the direction that we want it to go. Some days it moves forward and other times it moves backward. But there is a lot of times where it just seems to "meander along" It is in those times that we get to sit and reflect on the things in our life. Don't be in to much of a hurry to stop meandering. Enjoy the moments of rest. Put your mind at ease and contemplat... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:44:37 EST What Can Happen Today? <img src=""> <BR> Nothing cannot happen. What does happen , of our choosing, is up to us. We can make the right decisions or not. We can choose to be happy or not. We can decide we are going to make the best of our situation and overcome the obstacles in our way. Positive attitude is the best way to achieve our hopes, dreams and goals. yes we will have days along the way when we have setbacks but we just refocus and choose to get right ... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:52:27 EST Dream <img src=""> <BR> So is your dream of losing weight , being more fit, living a healthier lifestyle going as planned or have their been road blocks and detours along the way? If you are like most people there have been setbacks. Just remember you can achieve the things you want in life. So don't give up. Stop, take a deep breath, and try again. Dreams do not have an expiration date. <em>386</em> <em>306</em> <em>243</em> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 09:50:41 EST Where art thou o spring Tis spring in the northland <BR> <img src=""> <BR> couldn't prove it by looking out my back door this morning <BR> This is what it should look like <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Oh well it will come eventually. <BR> Have a beautiful spring day fellow Sparkpeople and may the sun shine where you are and create warmth. Fri, 19 Apr 2013 09:23:36 EST Hope <img src=""> <BR> Hope. What is it? The dictionary defines it as the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best or Hope is the state which promotes the belief in a good outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. Hope is what drives us. It is knowing that something that you strive for or want to achieve will happen. Hope in some cases is what keeps us living. Without hope there is desp... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:30:24 EST Just Breathe <img src=""> <BR> Feeling tense, feeling defeated, feeling like you just can't do it. Take a second and "JUST BREATHE" Ok, is your head a little clearer? No take another second and "JUST BREATHE". How bout now? Sometimes we just have to stop and take a breathe to clear our heads. Then we can move on with purpose and a new spirit to reach whatever it is we are trying achieve. Sun, 7 Apr 2013 00:20:21 EST Life <img src=""> <BR> Life can be hard. We face so many challenges in life. Some challenges are easy to overcome and some are hard to overcome. What ever challenge it is we have a couple different ways we can choose to go. We can let the challenge stop us from doing the things we most want to do and achieve or we can look that challenge in the face and move forward and overcome that challenge and achieve our victory. So here it is "Life is ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 10:52:29 EST Life is like the ocean tide <img src=""> <BR> Day to day life is always changing, ever evolving. It has Its high moments and its Low moments. We have times of great achievement and time of great failure. Joy and sadness. Well I think you get the point. The question is how do you react to the low tide times in your life. Do you let them defeat you or do you fight back and strive for the hide tide moments. On your journey to a healthier lifestyle things will happen th... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:22:15 EST Learn How to Balance <img src=""> <BR> Here on Sparkpeople We all have different goals in mind. For some it is losing weight, others getting fit, and others looking to eat healthy. through it all we perform a balancing act. We can focus so much on our failures on our journey that we will give up or we load up with so much to do that we get weary of holding up under the load. We need to find that learn how to balance everything. We3 will all make mistakes alo... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 09:04:34 EST Clouds and Mountains <img src=""> <BR> We face many obstacles in life. So what is your response. When faced with a challenge do you let the obstacles in your way stop you or do you push through and go through them so you can see what is on the other side. Take the time to enjoy your journey. Have fun along the way. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:33:09 EST Its the small things <img src=""> <BR> Today with the hectic pace of life we miss things. We tend to focus on the big things happening in our lives. But we need to step back more and look around us and see the small things we are missing. Those things that bring a smile to our faces,a moment of joy in our hearts and a sense of peace that brings into perspective all the big things going on around us. Sat, 16 Mar 2013 20:34:03 EST Thought for the day 3/15/13 <img src=""> <BR> We have all been there. We have all made the choice to start anew on our lives. We have made the choice to give up our old lifestyle so that we can begin anew to lose weight, exercise regularly and lead a healthy lifestyle. We have all closed the door to the past and are opening the door to the future with it's endless possibilities. What I suggest is that every once in a while we unlock that door to the past and peek i... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 08:26:34 EST Thought for the day 3/10/13 <img src=""> <BR> This is the key to anything you do. On your journey to weight loss, physical fitness and a healthier lifestyle you will experience many times when you want to give up. Things don't progress as fast as you want, you have a bad day with eating, you cant find time to do your regular exercise routine. Have patience and get back on track the following day or as soon as you can. Just don't loose heart and "Never, never never,... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 10:57:59 EST Thought for the day 3/8/13 <img src=""> <BR> Change is not always easy. We can either embrace it or reject it, just give up. But if we reject the change we will miss out on all the things this change will bring us. For those of us here on Sparkpeople rejecting that change means not losing weight, not eating healthier and not becoming physically fit. I my self will embrace the change. I will go forward. I might get frustrated,sad and tired along the way at times bu... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 10:04:02 EST Thought for the day 3/7/13 <img src=""> <BR> Here on SP we can all speak our mind,tell our story, write about our bad days and good days, let it all hangout, and know we are not being judged by anyone. we know that here we can receive and give support and encouragement. We are among friends that have similar stories as ours and we bond with each other. That's why <em>252</em> Thu, 7 Mar 2013 08:54:28 EST Thought for the day 3/6/13 <img src=""> <BR> Now this quote says it all. We all get down at times along our journey when things just don't go right. The weight isn't coming off like we want it to, We have a bad day where we stray off plan and eat a little more than we should or we don't have the energy or time to do our daily exercise. <BR> Sometimes we get to the point where we want to give up, but don't. "Believe in yourself" and "fight for yourself" in the end... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 08:15:42 EST Thought for Today 3/5/13 <img src=""> <BR> So which do you hear. Is it the voice of fear telling you that you can't do this,fear telling you that you will never succeed, you will fail like you did before. Or do you hear the voice of confidence telling you to go for it, telling you that you will succeed and that you can do anything you put your mind to do. <BR> Don't let the voice of fear rule you. You have the confidence to achieve great things. Just let that voi... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 08:48:24 EST Thought for Today 3/4/13 <img src=""> <BR> Sometimes you have to shake things up. You have to have the courage to do what is right for you and do it because you are worth it. Claim the prize for yourself and don't let yourself or anybody to get in your way. Like the quote says "Because I want it and I deserve it. I will make it happen." Mon, 4 Mar 2013 12:34:00 EST Today <img src=""> <BR> Wishing all of my fellow Sparkpeople a wonderful day filled with warmth and joy. <BR> <em>345</em> <em>386</em> <em>306</em> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 07:22:38 EST Thought for the day 2/28/13 <img src=""> <BR> When you look in the mirror who do you see. Most of us would say we see a person that has many physical flaws. My nose is to big , ears stick out from head at weird angle, I am way overweight and need to lose weight. So we do not see the ideal person staring back at us. But there are those in our lives that look past those imperfections and see us as being beautiful. They see our inner beauty. The part that makes us wh... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:02:24 EST Thought for the Day 2/27/13 <img src=""> <BR> So you know your destination. You want to weigh this much, you want to be healthy, you want to be fit. It can be a long journey getting to that destination and we can become discouraged or even give up. You can do it. You have the strength and the willpower to do it. Don't look for the easy route to get there. Those routes may be easy but they don't always have lasting results. This is a journey that is life changing and... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:16:53 EST Thought for the day 2/26/13 <img src=""> <BR> As part of life we have "storms" in our lives. A lot of us face weight issues or other concerns in our lives that have brought us to Sparkpeople. Together we weather the storms together. We offer comfort, support encouragement and prayers. When these storms come in our lives we know that they will pass as all storms do, but we still dread the damage that they can leave. As the quote says <BR> "Storms come and go… <BR> ... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 08:30:30 EST Thought for Today 2/25/13 <img src=""> <BR> I like this quote. Sometimes we get so focused on one thing that we forget to live life. Whatever it may be we need to take a step back and look around us and see what is going on around us. We need to take every opportunity to have fun,be crazy or weird. We don't always need to be perfect we just need to be ourselves, who we are and not what somebody else wants us to be. We can make mistakes,but we can also can learn fro... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 08:40:53 EST Thought for Today 2/22/13 <img src=""> <BR> How many times do we have people around us that seem to only have negative things to say. they are always complaining about things and never seem happy. We see all this pointless drama going on around us and it brings our mood down. So we need to make a point to be around happy people. Those that laugh a lot, don't let things stress them out and have a positive outlook on life. As the saying goes "Laughter is the best ... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:21:14 EST Thought for Today 2/21/13 <img src=""> <BR> This is not something that is always easy for me to do. However If I do what the quote says the possibilities for me are boundless. I think here at Sparkpeople this is what we are doing. We are all doing things that before we thought were impossible for us to do. We have changed our way of thinking and our way of looking at the world. So hat's off to my fellow Sparkpeople for your success in achieving and striving for a... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 08:34:41 EST Thought for Today 2/20/13 <img src=""> <BR> Life isn't always easy. We have days when it seems like nothing we do is right. everything we touch falls apart. We have these hard days and wonder " Why me Lord" Well sometimes these adversity's help us to grow stronger when we face trials in the future. They help us not fall apart when we face them again. They help give us wisdom, courage. They can lead to new acquaintances and new friends. They open up new opportuniti... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 08:57:17 EST Thought for today 2/19/13 <img src=""> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 10:09:55 EST Thought for Today 2/18/13 <img src=""> <BR> It's true if you start your day out with a smile or a good thought it will make your day better. <BR> So as "The most interesting man in the world" would say "Stay positive my friends" Mon, 18 Feb 2013 08:06:49 EST Thought for Today 2/15/13 <img src=""> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 09:31:39 EST Thought for today 2/14/13 <img src=""> <BR> A Happy Valentines Day to all My fellow Spark People. Hope its full of fun. <BR> God's Blessings <BR> Tom Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:41:59 EST Thought for Today 2/13/13 <img src=""> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 07:50:15 EST Thought for Today 2/12/13 <img src=""> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 07:37:08 EST Todays thought <img src=""> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 20:46:57 EST Thought for Today 2/9/13 <img src=""> Sat, 9 Feb 2013 17:30:04 EST Thought for the day 2/8/13 <img src=""> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 09:16:59 EST Thought for today 2/6/13 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 6 Feb 2013 10:07:42 EST Thought for the day <img src=""> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 09:59:45 EST Thought for the day <img src=""> Mon, 4 Feb 2013 09:57:35 EST Thought For Today (2/1/13) <img src=""> <BR> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 09:32:16 EST Thought for today <img src=""> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:43:48 EST 6th month of my new life. Sunday marks the 6th month since my new life began. 6 months ago I had open heart surgery to replace my aortic valve and the aortic root. Seems like so long ago. So what have I accomplished since the surgery. <BR> 1. I have lost over 50 Lbs(15 since I started tracking on SP) <BR> 2. My blood pressure is now controlled and at a good level.( with the help of meds) <BR> 3. My physical activity has increased and I try to get walking or cardio exercise in at least once a day. <BR> 4. I am eating ... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 12:15:58 EST Friday!!!!!! Well Friday finally got here. One more night of work and then the weekend. Worked hard this week. At the end of work tonight I will have over 45 hrs in. Blessed to have work to do. This is usually the slow time of year for the dept. I work in, and is staying true. I am lucky to have another dept. to work in when its slow. So was the case last night and tonight. So my week was good. Stayed on plan and have about 4lbs to go to reach my pre-holiday weight of 238 Lbs. With the physical activity a... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:55:48 EST Blessing But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord. <BR> whose confidence is in him. <BR> They will be like a tree planted by the water <BR> that sends out its roots by the stream. <BR> It does not fear when heat comes; <BR> its leaves are always green. <BR> It has no worries in a year of drought <BR> and never fails to bear fruit.” <BR> Jer. 17 7-8 <BR> <BR> These words in Jeremiah Have always comforted me. They bring me a blessing from our Father. As I trust in Him, He will always be ther... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 18:07:06 EST New Year, same goal So made it through Holidays and did put on a little weight, ( ya Santa had to many cookies and milk) But I am resolved to take that off and reach my goal weight of 200 Lbs by end of July. I have resolved to get back on my program for a slimmer and healthier me. started this week by resuming my daily walks(gave the reindeer a break from hauling me around) and have my 2 walking buddies(Bernie and Kallie to go with me <img src=""> Still stru... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 13:24:15 EST Holiday season so far. (Part 2) Well Christmas is now past. My wife, Debbie, and I enjoyed the time with our 3 boys and spending time with family. So I think I did ok, I did indulge a little to much with the chocolate treats around the house, but I didn't go overboard whole hog. Will have a few lbs to retake to get back on track, but started on that today with a walk with my new walking buddy Bernie <img src="">So Its back to my regular daily routine and back to realizing... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 10:24:39 EST A Blessed Christmas I wish all you Spark People a very Blessed Christmas. hope you are all able to enjoy time with family and family. Thank you all for the encouragement that you have given me over the past months as I have begun my journey on the road to better health and weight loss. It is great to have a place to go to receive and give encouragement. It is an inspiration to read your wonderful stories about your Journey, to share your Joy and triumph as you reach your goals, as well as to offer well wishes an... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 10:19:45 EST