VEHAMILTON1's SparkPeople Blog VEHAMILTON1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Get Focused! <em>215</em> <em>382</em> <em>214</em> <em>382</em> <em>214</em> <em>215</em> <em>382</em> <em>214</em> <em>382</em> <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> Hi Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> I must admit my healthy life style goals are once again on the back burner being consumed by a lot of changes in my life. <BR> <BR> My time with Spark has taught me that there is No Excuse that is acceptable for me to live an unhealthy life! <BR> <BR> Pray for me as I recommit myself to my healthy ... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 12:20:45 EST Prayer for the Hurricane Sandy Survivors <em>459</em> <em>437</em> <em>282</em> <em>257</em> <em>67</em> <em>459</em> <em>437</em> <em>282</em> <em>257</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Dear God, <BR> <BR> You are Jehovah Jira, the God who provides all things. Please keep all the people on the coast safe through the night. <BR> <BR> Please help the President and the FEMA team lead, help the Fi... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 01:19:14 EST Greasy French Fries vs. Baked Sweet Potato Fries? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi! <BR> Just a shout out to let you know that I am still with you! <BR> <BR> I am going on 4 months since I stopped eating Fast Food. <BR> <BR> The addiction is gone but the temptation to over eat is the battle ground now. <BR> <BR> I am finding that if I deny myself something that I am craving, like french fries, I tend to eat anything and everything to satisfy my craving until I give in and eat it a... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:14:20 EST Fast Food Addiction Update # 2 <em>18</em> + <em>489</em> <em>486</em> <em>76</em> <em>222</em> = <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> I am now positive that I will win my battle with fast food. <BR> <BR> It has been over 4 months since I stopped using fast food on a daily basis! <BR> <BR> Once I realized the amount of processed and fatty foods I was consuming, I started cooking my own food again using some of the tasty and healthier, fresh or frozen vegetables, leaner meats, low fat dairy and fresh frui... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:39:45 EST Pajama Drawer Adventure!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>272</em> <em>272</em> <em>272</em> <em>272</em> <em>272</em> <em>272</em> <em>272</em> <em>272</em> <em>272</em> <em>272</em> <BR> <BR> When I moved from Illinois to South Carolina, I was not aware that I was entering a world of Prehistoric Insects until I found one in my pajama drawer! <BR> <BR> Because of the warm southern climate here, an outdoor insect like the "Palmetto Bug" a giant flyin... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 08:25:14 EST Update: My Fast Food Battle <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> + <em>489</em> <em>486</em> <em>76</em> <em>222</em> = <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> The good news is that i am finally winning in my weight loss battle with fast food. <BR> <BR> It has been over 2 months since I've gone through a drive through to get breakfast or lunch! <BR> <BR> While "doing fast food", I really did not realize how abusive I was being to my body. My only thoughts were for co... Wed, 30 May 2012 12:08:10 EST Happy Mother's Day!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>8</em> <em>214</em> <em>8</em> <em>285</em> <em>8</em> <em>214</em> <em>8</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Hello Moms! <BR> <BR> As Mother's Day approaches, I want to extend my warm appreciation for all Moms. <BR> <BR> I have no children due to a medical condition in my early twenties. And even without kids, life in this century is a challenge. <BR> <BR> Your contribution to raising kid... Thu, 10 May 2012 08:45:59 EST Easter Story Cookies <em>434</em> <em>126</em> <em>434</em> <em>67</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>126</em> <em>288</em> <em>126</em> <em>434</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a wonderful recipe to make with your kids for Easter. You can find more Kid's recipes in my "Kids at Heart", my Sparkpeople cookbook at: <BR> <BR><BR>.asp?cookbook=469031 <BR> <BR> <BR> Easter Story Cookies <BR> Submitted by: BEARLEE4. <BR> <BR> 1c. whole pecans <BR> 1 tsp.... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 07:48:48 EST Beauty <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Rest in the Lord and enjoy the beauty of knowing that Jesus died for us to live in Heaven with Him and our Lord God Jehovah through eternity! <BR> <BR> Jesus is love! <BR> Happy Resurrection Sunday! <BR> Love, <BR> Vera <BR> <em>220</em> Sat, 7 Apr 2012 07:05:31 EST Footprints in the Sand <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He died for us!! <BR> <BR> <BR> I love the poem "Footprints In The Sand". <BR> <BR> This painting is a masterful description of it. <BR> <BR> The poem begins with a person turning around and noticing that there are two pairs of tracks left in the sand on a beach that they have walked down side by side with Jesus. <BR> <BR> The author uses this image of footprints left on a beach to portray the path of a Spir... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 07:40:46 EST Round 2 ~ The War Against Gluttony <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>126</em> <em>137</em> <em>126</em> <em>440</em> <em>126</em> <em>137</em> <em>126</em> <em>137</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy St. Patrick's Day!! <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> Just a shout out to ask a question, " Are you a hammer or a nail?" ... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 14:21:39 EST I Pronounce War Against Gluttony!! <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My slogan for this year is: <BR> <BR> "We Will Improve Ourselves in 2012!!" <BR> <BR> And I can hardly believe that we are going into the month of March already. <BR> <BR> Focus on our goals girls! <BR> We are almost a third into this year. We need to get busy! <BR> <BR> Tip: Prayer <BR> <BR> 1. Pray and visualize a flat belly. <B... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 18:47:23 EST Happy President's Day!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are heading out of Mardi Gras Season! And this is a great picture of our President Obama enjoying some Fried Frog Legs, a famous Creole delicacy in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana! <BR> <BR> QUESTION: "Do frog legs taste like chicken?" <BR> <BR> No. Cooked right, they have a naturally tangy flavor, smokey, tender, juicy and delicious! <BR> <BR> Frog legs are an exotic Cajun delicacy from South ... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 14:32:01 EST Miss You! It's been a while since I last blogged. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> This is the light version of the tea fit for a Royal Princess's Bridal Shower! <BR> <BR> Found in my Cookbook names: High Tea- 70 Great Brunch & Afternoon Tea Ideas! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>p?cookbook=398856 </link> <BR> <BR> Chocolate Mint Tea <BR> <... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 08:12:41 EST Feel the Rewards of Being Kinder To Each Other! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> Vera <BR> <em>220</em> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 07:29:49 EST DoItNow!! <em>306</em> <img src=""> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> My sister Pat and I have completed 4 weeks of exercising ever day at 6am. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>324</em> <img src=""> <em>231</em> <BR> <BR> We are so excited! And happy to report that we are meeting our goals each week and we are climbing to the next goal each day! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <img src="http://p... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 09:05:03 EST What did you do on July 4th? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> How was your 4th of July this year? <BR> <BR> <BR> To me, it felt like the 4th of Julys that I remember as a child. It was the most joyous celebration the country has had since 911. The Police even reported that crime was down yesterday! <BR> <BR> Could it be that folks are celebrating because they can see the end of the tunnel with plans for getting out of the war in Afghanistan or could it be fo... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 16:24:55 EST Did you have a great 4th of July! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Could you feel the celebration in the air yesterday?! <BR> <BR> <BR> There was so much cheer in the country yesterday, it felt like the 4th of July that I remember as a child. <BR> <BR> It seems to me that this was the most joyous celebration the country has had since 911. The Police even reported that crime was down yesterday! <BR> <BR> Could it be that folks are celebrating because they can ... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 18:55:57 EST Take The First Step! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been hoping and praying for a "Buddy" to work out with for a long time. And out of the blue, last Thursday, my sister Pat and I partnered up and committed to walk on our treadmills and/or "Spin" on our stationery bikes together everyday. <BR> <BR> Pat lives in Illinois and I live in South Carolina. We call each other at 7:00 am and we talk and we exercise at the same time. <BR> <BR> We successf... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 18:09:08 EST Laziness- No More Excuses! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wake Up Call!! <BR> <BR> This is the best description of my "I am tired" excuse than there ever was! <BR> <BR> "Work is making me tired", is my sorry excuse to allow myself to neglect exercising. I sit at a desk from 2:00pm to 11:00pm for 5 days a week. When I get off, I walk out to my car, drive home, cook dinner and lounge on the sofa until it is time to go to bed. Then fall asleep around 3am, awake l... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 18:25:53 EST Yeast Free Diet and Fruit <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Gradually, I am eating more fruits and vegetables as I journey towards a healthy lifestyle. Earlier today, I found this tip from "JUSTAPINCH" 6/17/2011 in Weight Loss Tips on a Yeast Free Diet and I wonder if I anyone else has heard of this and are having any success? <BR> <BR> The diet requires the elimination of all types of sugar, including fruits and processed carbohydrates from the diet. Sounds hard to st... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 18:24:50 EST "Cub Diet" <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>300</em> <em>60</em> <em>300</em> <em>60</em> <em>300</em> <em>60</em> <em>300</em> <em>60</em> <em>300</em> <em>60</em> <BR> <BR> <B... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 17:58:27 EST Chewing Gum Experiment <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My experiment to find out if chewing gum could help curb my emotional eating is working. <BR> <BR> I keep a pack of sugarless gum in my purse and I start chewing whenever I am stressed or feeling bored. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The results so far: My constant chewing has helped my facial features more than my waist. <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> Vera <BR> Thu, 2 Jun 2011 21:58:52 EST Oprah's Last Show <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have always been a big fan of the Oprah Show. <BR> <BR> She has helped so many people learn HOW to talk about AND break through difficult issues and hard times in their lives. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> Vera <BR> <em>220</em> Thu, 26 May 2011 23:07:10 EST Do Happy Meals Contribute to Childhood Obesity?! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>486</em> <em>489</em> <em>486</em> <em>222</em> <em>489</em> <em>486</em> <em>222</em> <em>486</em> <em>489</em> <em>486</em> <BR> <BR... Thu, 19 May 2011 16:47:37 EST Can Chewing Gum Help Manage Emotional Eating?! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <em>486</em> <em>489</em> <em>486</em> <em>222</em> <em>489</em> <em>486</em> <em>222</em> <em>486</em> <em>489</em> <em>486</em> <BR> <BR> <BR... Wed, 11 May 2011 15:59:08 EST Happy Mother's Day!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just a quick note to wish you all a blessed Mother's Day! <BR> Love, Vera <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Sun, 8 May 2011 14:56:19 EST Still talking about the Royal Wedding? The Royal Wedding of Prince William to <BR> Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ceremony performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Sun, 1 May 2011 03:04:22 EST Did you watch the Royal Wedding? Congratulations to the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge!! <BR> <BR> I celebrate life, so it is no surprise that I stayed up all night to watch the entire wedding. It was absolutely beautiful!! If you missed it, take a look at this video! <BR> <link><BR>-and-kate-marry/2i03np4m </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <B... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 20:19:45 EST Did you watch the Royal Wedding? Congratulations to the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge!! <BR> <BR> I celebrate life, so it is no surprise that I stayed up all night to watch the entire wedding. It was absolutely beautiful!! If you missed it, take a look at this video! <BR> <link><BR>-and-kate-marry/2i03np4m </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <B... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 12:32:57 EST Focus on the Positive <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In my quest to stay on target and be positive while loosing my weight, I have found some great advice from some of our Spark friends that is helping me along my journey to a healthy lifestyle journey. <BR> <BR> SMILE! Smile and laugh as often as you can every day! <BR> <BR> BE HAPPY IN EVERYTHING YOU DO! Look for the good in things in life and do not allow yourself to fester on the negatives. <BR> <BR> KEEP A... Sun, 10 Apr 2011 15:10:27 EST Most Exceptional Day!!! I ate <em>4</em> <em>487</em> <em>490</em> <em>472</em> <em>484</em> <em>478</em> <em>469</em> for breakfast. <BR> <BR> I ate <em>4</em> <em>489</em> <em>486</em> <em>480</em> <em>475</em> <em>468</em> <em>222</em> for lunch. <BR> <BR> I ate <em>4</em> <em>140</em> <em>261</em> <em>496</em> <em>468</em> <em>289</em> <em>181</em> for dinner. <BR> <BR> I ate <em>4</em> <em>477</em> <em>222</em> <em>495</em> <em>76</em> <em>493</em> for a snack. <BR> <BR> I ran ... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 16:29:35 EST Just Do It!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today, I pledge to always strive to do the best that I can at any given task including my journey to a healthy lifestyle and encourage others to also strive for their best. <BR> <BR> As long as I am doing the best that I can, I will consider my efforts a success! <BR> <BR> <BR> Our Beautiful OCTOBER2842 has a great success quote too! <BR> <BR> "Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day ... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 12:17:51 EST Royal Wedding Cake Announced!! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With the rest of the news being so stressful, a fun high note for the day is that Prince William and his bride Kate have chosen their wedding cake. <BR>... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 10:23:06 EST Dame Elizabeth Taylor <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Stop by NYYCHICA's blog, she shared this beautiful picture and others as a tribute to Liz. <BR> <BR> Big fan! <BR> I loved her too! <BR> Best, <BR> Vera <BR> <em>220</em> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 12:04:04 EST It has been over 2 weeks ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It has been over two weeks since I last had a chance to blog. My family and I have been attending to my younger brother Bernie who was admitted to the Palmetto Health Heart Hospital for internal bleeding. <BR> <BR> Bernie was being treated for a blood clot in his leg with a prescription blood thinner called "Cumodin". The medicine had thinned his blood to a dangerous level and he developed three very large blo... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 13:52:44 EST I'm having a serious craving for a Banana Split!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Before completely ruining my diet success today by going to the "Creamy Delight", I will be heading to the grocery store after work to get something to satisfy my craving for a banana split <BR> <BR> Spark Recipes has some great ideas for low calorie ice cream deserts which has sparked me to make my own version of a low cal Banana Split and it will be called: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 3 Mar 2011 16:58:09 EST Reward Yourself With Beauty!! <img src=""> <BR> Focus on things that are pure and beautiful... <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> Just a shout out to thank our Beautiful Sparkgirl CHRYS13 for the "Huggie Bear" goodie!! <BR> <BR> You encouraged me today with the above picture on your beautiful "Peonies" covered Sparkpage, your life affirming suggestion to create a "yes" list and for sharing the quote on making "conscious contact with the beauty of my inner garden". Tha... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 15:19:54 EST Build Strong Self-Esteem <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The New Me: Part 3- Rebuild Strong Self-Esteem <BR> <BR> My passion for a full life and my quest with is to achieve the very best tha... Thu, 24 Feb 2011 13:58:26 EST Happy President's Day <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> In 1776, our forefather's original concept of the "American Dream", written in the Constitution of the United States by George Washington and the members of the Continental Congress is that, "All men are created equal and are free to pursue their God given rights to life,... Sun, 20 Feb 2011 15:42:43 EST Food Has No Power!! <em>43</em> + <em>274</em> <em>53</em> <em>69</em> <em>485</em> <em>4</em> <em>140</em> <em>45</em> + <em>315</em> = <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>215</em> Just a shout out to thank the Beautiful WILDFIREKRISTIN for a great tip in "Secrets of Success" that has really encouraged me today!! <BR> <BR> <BR> CONTROL IS IN REACH <BR> <BR> For years I let food control me. Now I have gone from 485 to 459 with a change of my thinking. I decided not to let food have the advanta... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 11:25:38 EST Lightning! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Soft and kind words will melt the hardest hearts. <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> Vera <BR> <em>220</em> Sun, 13 Feb 2011 17:47:32 EST The Time Has Come To Get Serious!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Which one is telling the truth here? <BR> <BR> Is it the scale or is it the lady, like me, living in a state of "I can't possibly weigh this much" denial? <BR> <BR> The reality is that my scale is not moving either. <BR> <BR> From day one, my primary goal has been to reach deep inside of myself to find the causes of my emotional eating. Finally, I am starting to feel that I am coming out of the darkness of o... Sat, 12 Feb 2011 17:49:14 EST Relax <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My quest for a consistent hair care routine and proper sleep has blossomed into a revival! <BR> <BR> I feel great! <BR> Love, <BR> Vera <BR> <e... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:16:41 EST Resetting My Circadian (Sleep) Clock <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (Quick Summary of my previous blog: Health & Beauty Sleep) <BR> Research shows a connection between poor sleep habits to obesity, diabetes and hyperte... Sat, 5 Feb 2011 18:07:39 EST The New Me: Part 2- Health & Beauty Sleep <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> According to Spark HealthNews and the SparkPeople's Insomnia Health Condition Center, there is a connection between poor sleep habits to: <BR> ... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 18:04:05 EST We Can Be Anyting That We Want!! <BR> I found this Spark Quote and Interpretation this morning and I want to share it with you! <BR> <BR> "Portray yourself to the world however you like. But it should be consistent with your own values and beliefs. What is truly important to you? What do you really want to get out of your life? The way you live your life should be reflective of that. We all hold high ideal for ourselves, which is a good thing. Are you working to fill these standards, or do you let good opportunities to pro... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 11:36:57 EST Think Highly of Yourself! We Can Do It!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>214</em> <em>26</em> <em>214</em> <em>26</em> <em>214</em> <em>26</em> <em>214</em> <em>26</em> <em>214</em> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Make it your goal to say something positive about yourself everyday. <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> Vera <BR> <em>220</em> Sun, 23 Jan 2011 16:15:08 EST The New Me: Part 1- My Hair!!! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>204</em> Yard sign for a hair salon: <BR> "If your hair is not becoming to you, you will be coming to us." <BR> <BR> <BR> Primary Belief: Hai... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 14:06:04 EST Get Your Measuring Tapes Girls!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Break out the measuring tape!! <BR> <BR> Look for 2 great articles"Waist-to-Hip Ratio Estimates Health Risk" by Fitness Jen Mueller and Nicole Nichols in Spark's Fitness Articles. and "Gallstones linked to "Gut" Circumference" by Dietitian Becky Hand in Spark's Nutrition News Flash! <BR> <BR> According to the articles, where your body stores fat is a good indicator of your overall health. The size of your wa... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 17:03:44 EST