VISUALLYRICS's SparkPeople Blog VISUALLYRICS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Making My List & Checking it Twice <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> At first I was prepping to write about 2016 and "looking forward". Then I looked back and knew that the past year has been amazing and deserves a BIG <em>304</em> <BR> I am So thankful for how my God has blessed me, my family and friends this many answers to prayer. Some of the answers were like fireworks...instantaneous and amazing! But most of the time, He simp... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 21:37:15 EST Making Progress during the Holidays <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I passed so many signs like the one above yesterday as I drove my father to the airport. You have to understand that the weather was not favorable - the north wind blew at 25 mph, temps had dropped to 40 and the windshield felt like 30.....and did I mention that it rained the entire time?...:::to add to this - the traffic was ridiculous..Lol! <BR> So, I had the thought - I think I might "... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 10:19:42 EST Health Update Re: My Foot <em>213</em> Hi Friends, <BR> <BR> .....:::Lol! I am here at our local library ....writing my health update in a blog...feels funny not being at home writing it. However, our PC is being cleaned and polished. <em>334</em> I am grateful to have access to a library. <BR> <BR> My podiatrist had wrapped my foot in a compression bandage last week. I wore it 7 days, and at the end of those days we ruled out edema as a cause of "WHY" my transverse arch on my left foot was cramping.....m... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 18:39:17 EST Disheartened But Not Defeated <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Good health is such a gift! My prayer is to do all I can to be healthy....and I know it is truly the daily consistent healthy habits that pay off in the long run. Honestly, I have been a bit disheartened about my fluctuating health with "stuck scales", foot issues & our ever changing family schedule that doesn't seem to allow me to stick with a steady gym routine. ....hint... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 22:47:47 EST Chess: The Healthy Lifestyle Game <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I just found this gem of an idea recently. Since, I cannot attribute it's originality to will remain anonymous for now. <BR> The game of chess consists of 16 different pieces: 1 king, 1 queen, 2 rooks, 2 bishops, 2 knights & 8 pawns. And in the clever "healthy lifestyle" chess game, the players are motivated through the symbolism of each player as follows: <BR> <BR> <BR> <i... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 21:18:28 EST Soaring With My Cello <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I played my cello for our 4 church services....:::first time a cellist has been a part of our live corporate contemporary worship service. Within 5 minutes, I knew that this is what I was created for.....::::I had such a blast! To worship the Lord with my instrument in such a unique way was amazing! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 11 Oct 2015 15:06:15 EST Choosing JOY! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My podiatrist increased the arch height in my sport orthotic yesterday at my appt....:::I hope this helps. It is challenging to find ways to work out when my foot is not 100%. LOL! ....kinda funny that my heels feel great...but something is tweaked in the middle of one foot. <em>40</em> BUT I'm looking to Jesus though...the Author and Finisher of my Faith. He reigns! <BR> <BR> <BR> <im... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 11:45:17 EST Choosing to ride a positive wave... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi all! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I just updated my numbers, and have what appears to be a short distance to get back to my goal weight....:::but I KNOW how hard/long it can take to lose those last few pesky pounds. So here I go, anyhow:::....time to brush myself off, celebrate my post-injury status and take wise small steps forward! <BR> A wise friend recently told me that, "Maint... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 18:13:09 EST Believing I CAN is the first step... <BR> <BR> What a splendid 1st week of school it has been. The children have had fantastic attitudes, eager to learn, and willing to be challenged again & again. We have ended either on time or a bit early each day. I feel as if I have been given an award simply due to their good spirits and our progress! <em>150</em> <em>244</em> <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My cello studio has r... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:58:25 EST A Salute To Friendships <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thanks to SP friend (PRESBESS), I am inspired to maintain thru her own faithful example. I also recently jump started my journey with her through a "no sugar challenge"...:::it was just what I needed. It seems sugar has been in abundance everywhere I turn this summer....and I needed to make a clean break with it. I in fact do feel stronger! <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 22:32:28 EST Laughter is the best medicine. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring my mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens my burdens, inspires hope, connects me to others, and keeps me grounded, focused, and alert. So bring on the laughter...I sure could use some. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:11:03 EST Remember When? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you remember back in the 'old days'....when being "active" was just about everyone's lifestyle? I find it refreshing to look back & learn from the past. How healthy those days were! ....::and she's even wearing a dress! <em>36</em> People chose walking and cycling over driving. <BR> Whether then or now, making my lifestyle an active one is my goal. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Sun, 31 May 2015 23:23:40 EST PROGRESS!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have seen so much Progress in my journey since I got back on track mid-March. <em>356</em> I am so excited to announce that I have lost 7 pounds <em>535</em> already!! <em>104</em> I began my new journey when I received my orthotics inserts from my podiatrist. <em>312</em> <BR> Being able to run jump started my desire to embrace my beloved healthy lifestyle once again, and get SERIOUS... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 08:55:40 EST Spring 5% Challenge Exercise/Nutrition Commitment <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spring 5% Challenge Exercise/Nutrition Commitment <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> <em>324</em> Circuit train at my gym for an hour 2 days/week <BR> <BR> <em>318</em> <em>312</em> 30 minutes of cardio daily <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> "Out of sight/Out of mind" Keep only healthy foods handy. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> 70% daily consumption of Freggies <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> 10 glasses of water daily... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 22:22:45 EST Good news regarding my foot! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> You may remember that just about a year ago, I felt like I had injured my foot. <BR> My update has been long in coming, but I am so glad to report that my foot is recovering. I did everything I knew possible to help care for that foot, but finally I was able to afford to go to my podiatrist...thankfully!! <em>20</em> <BR> If you need a refresher, here is my blog a year ago... <BR> <BR> <link>www.spark... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:50:32 EST Maintaining an Attitude of Wholeness Here I am settling down to write my usual monthly blog. . .and I thought I was busy last year. LOL! ...I really was, but must have shifted to a faster gear this year. <BR> So, veteran moms/dads, you travel thru the junior high and high school years, do you travel at light speed? <em>3</em> <em>334</em> I am guessing the answer is YES. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope Lucy is right because I am one... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:33:10 EST Our Mystery: SOLVED! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ....:::Our tale of mystery:::... finally SOLVED! <BR> <BR> We had been smelling an odor not unlike that of a dead animal for months. How frustrating our search became as we cleaned every inch of our house searching for the culprit. <em>20</em> <em>40</em> From unearthing furniture, to moving the fridge, cleaning under the water heater deck and heating/cooling unit's deck, searching the attic, ... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 21:21:12 EST So Much To Be Thankful For! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am so so Blessed....just needed to pause and express my gratitude! <BR> <BR> The Bible says, “In everything give thanks for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. (1 Thessalonians 5:18) <BR> <BR> How effective it IS to Live this verse out daily. My life has been enriched through speaking words of gratitude. This exercise has changed me. <BR> Our family played a thankful game yesterday where... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:21:41 EST ...:::Progress! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Look how time flies::::.....almost a month ago, I blogged. I used to blog weekly. <BR> Well, I suppose I'm a monthly blogger now - what a schedule we have with children now in junior high & enjoying Youth Group events! Praise God for ALL He provides in our lives - Blessings abound everywhere. <em>144</em> And I love this time of year - Autumn has always been my Favorite season. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img s... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:54:16 EST I need a "Self-Pep Talk" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>3</em> With my foot injury, and waiting for a doc to diagnose my foot, (I am on a LONG list of patients waiting to see a podiatrist), I confess that I have held a pity party a few times( party guests of course), and I have given into eating emotionally occasionally. . .and as of last week, I faced myself and admitted that this 'occasional' bad habit has become just that - a bad 'frequent' h... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:59:10 EST Home Decor Ideas/Finds/Bargains (Wow...I don't seem to have time to blog anymore....looks like it's been more than a month since I last blogged.) <BR> I have been busy with bits of this & that at home.....:::finally putting a few finishing touches in our house. And with school beginning full swing now, there's just no way. <em>40</em> <em>20</em> <BR> A friend asked if I would share my home ideas...:::so here are my latest ones. <BR> <BR> <BR> I saw this "scarf"...fell in love with the colors, and used it a... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 17:02:38 EST Laura's update: Lovin' my new GYM! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's been almost a month since I joined my new gym - Planet Fitness!! <BR> ...:::and I am feeling Ggrreat! Can I just give a holler for Fitness? Do you know how I spell f.i.t.n.e.s.s.? - health!! Oh Yeah! <BR> <em>215</em> <em>104</em> <em>215</em> <em>104</em> <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:35:46 EST Home Renovations (before & after pics) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>128</em> It's high time I posted a blog about our new home ...:::if I wait til I am satisfied, it might take til Christmas...Lol! <em>100</em> Once you get going, the work is never finished, or so I am discovering... <BR> <BR> If-truth-be-told, we are finished for the most least the house is functional, construction workers are gone, and I am content to wait to gradually do this-and-that.... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:02:36 EST . . .I need a shoulder ,and a virtual hug or two. <BR> <BR> It's my foot again. Yep. I actually cried today - and I am not a person given to tears. I just want this foot to heal. (guess I need more patience) <BR> It is beginning to hurt a bit...on a pain scale of 1-10, it's just a 3 or 4. Still, I wish my foot were better. I LONG so much (I cannot begin to express) for a run. .. or a jog. This break from any pounding on my feet is painful emotionally. <BR> I just needed to write this blog....always feels bette... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:14:23 EST Oh! The Things You Can Think If Only You'll Try! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We are so GLAD <em>41</em> to own our home at last! I have never had my very own home to do just what I wanted to....Wow! I feel like someone handed me a gift! <BR> <BR> As a family of 6, we rolled up our sleeves, dug in and WORKED!! <BR> Today, I trimmed 6 beautiful crepe myrtle trees....that looked "transformed" afterwards...Yay! Such beauty deserves to be maintained. I trimmed the hedges in front wit... Mon, 19 May 2014 20:28:09 EST We are now "OFFICIALLY" home owners! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> TGIF!! ...and what a Friday it has been! We closed on our home today at noon - <em>356</em> <em>353</em> ....:::Happy! Everything progressed smoothly, and at the end of the day, we were cut a check. <em>334</em> I joked with my DH that we were <em>528</em> PAID to move! <BR> <BR> But isn't it Amazing how God works everything out! We have an interest rate of 3.75%....totally mind... Fri, 16 May 2014 17:53:55 EST Unfortunate News <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My News: After my recent Zumba class, my heel began to hurt a bit. <BR> This concerned me as my foot has been doing quite well ever since I was fitted with great running shoes a few months ago. . .I also have 2 other pairs with great arch support. <BR> <BR> Then after yesterday's high impact aerobics with my children, my foot began to feel very sensitive again... <em>40</em> My heart began to si... Thu, 8 May 2014 15:11:48 EST Wake up Call & Taking Action <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have allowed this "4 month moving process" to lend me an excuse to eat less mindfully, exercise less, and slink back into a few poor habits. . .I admit it. <BR> It confuses me how in the past 2 years ...there have been other stresses common in life, and I didn't balk....I wonder why now? But that is not what is most important. What is vital is that I AM awake and headed in the right direction. <BR> ... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 13:19:06 EST Healthy Italian Cuisine. . .at last! I love the rich Italian flavors in many of our favorite dishes, but too often, the popular pasta in just about every dish makes me feel heavy and lessens my energy level. <BR> Recently, I have found that substituting vegetables to these Italian favorites fills me up faster, and provide all of the fiber, minerals and essential nutrients that I need! I walk away from the table feeling full & LIGHT! <BR> <BR> For example, tonight, I made an easy Italian red sauce using fresh basil, garlic and ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:45:57 EST Finally . . .Our New Home! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Lord has been my Counselor throughout this search for a house for some time now - as you know. I give Him ALL the praise! And I so appreciate YOUR prayers! I have relied on prayer for strength and peace. <BR> I am happy to say I have both! <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> I couldn’t have sailed through these past 4 months without Him. How blessed we are to have found a house. . .@ Looooong:::.... Last! Lol! H... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 20:28:21 EST House Hunting . . .once again <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Oh my goodness. It makes me sad to even write this blog - just about breaks my heart. . . <em>26</em> <BR> I thought that once you signed on the dotted line that it was FINAL. <BR> Apparently, I was sadly mistaken. There were issues regarding the huge in ground pool. So much so that we had to walk away from this house. . . <em>39</em> I am beginning to learn that house hunting/finding can be trick... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 21:28:47 EST We are the OWNERS of a new home! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> At nine o'clock tonight, I received (( THE )) call from my agent telling me that there were TWO other offers on "our" house. My heart was in my throat, but we trusted the Lord with this, and He answered! <BR> The owners chose OUR offer! I am so ECSTATIC! Yipee! <BR> <em>353</em> <em>356</em> <em>353</em> <em>356</em> <em>353</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 6 Mar 2014 22:50:10 EST An Education in Running Shoes! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Okay...I'm back from a nice afternoon shopping/being fitted for running shoes. What a great experience that was! <BR> All of this time ( 2.5 years) I have worn an 8.5 running size TOO small! I had no idea how cramped my foot was. . . <BR> No wonder my feet are inflamed. <em>40</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/saucony/womensomni12/4-113510/directU<BR>RL... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 19:20:05 EST I think I injured my foot. . .need your support, please <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I could really use some sage advice from my SP Friends right now - especially those that run. . . <em>186</em> <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Which is it - Stone Bruise, Plantar Fasciitis, or none of the above? <BR> <BR> ...::::I think that the tissue on the bottom of my left foot may be inflamed. The point of inflammation is on the bottom of my heel ( just a small portion of the heel ) and a small porti... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:43:47 EST (( Approved for a Home Loan! )) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> . . . : : :We are so excited to have our OFFICIAL loan approval! <em>244</em> <em>528</em> and SO Fast:::......too! <em>226</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I just have to share our Praise Report with you.... <BR> <BR> From the beginning of the house process til now, it took JUST 8 days for the loan officer to review, process, an... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:36:13 EST ZUMBA! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've caught the fever....the ZuMbA fever! <BR> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> On Friday, my children's PE instructor, Susan, invited me to join her HUGE Zumba class....there were at least 50 people in the gym! Susan totally MAKES this class - her glowing smil... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:32:52 EST We are moving! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Our landlady called today...out-of-the-blue-I-might-add.. . and told us that she had made the BIG decision to sell all of her rental property. <em>40</em> <em>433</em> So, we now have a month to find a new home, ((ONE month!)), and humanly speaking - We are NOT ready. Which reminds me that I am NOT alone in this new circumstance. God is ever present and in control. PTL! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 17:54:27 EST Addicted to Fitness, that's ME! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I don't quite know where to start::....I am so far behind in blogging (having maintained a once a week blog for years), but I see that is no longer possible. <BR> <BR> I have entered a season where my family needs me in new & different ways. <BR> This has changed my online time - Big Time! I completely accept that fact, and embrace the life God has given me....:::I love being Mom to my growing children, lo... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:35:59 EST While Our Kids Sleep. . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> . . .we are planning our family prank - good for unstoppable laughter <em>100</em> Check out this link if you enjoy a bit of fun! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> In the age of multi-technology, it is quite convenient to set our children up with electronic babysitters. . .too often. <BR... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:32:27 EST Thinking Back . . .and Looking Forward <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When I started losing weight, I had a HUGE goal to shoot for. I got on board and in 15 months, lost 65#. I couldn't ((WAIT!)) to get "there". <em>105</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Now, here I am a year later after arriving at "there" & I have to say, I feel awesome! <em>244</em> esp maintaining for a year. <BR> I knew it would take a lifestyle change to maintain my loss. For awhile the results in my weight... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 19:54:49 EST Celebrating 1 Year of Maintenance! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wow! Has it already been a year? Time flew by fast! <em>186</em> Last November, I reached my weight loss goal, and I've maintained my goal range for a year! Feels like I'm riding the crest of a wave. . .living in the NOW! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I looked up the definition of maintenance out of interest. . . <BR> <BR... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 19:02:57 EST I survived the Zombie 5K tonight! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> As most of you know, I didn't feel ready & pumped for this race... ( read my last blog ) But, I arrived as ready as I could be, early tonight at the starting line...This race began at the witching hour of 5:30. . . .and there were many actors all costumed up ...looked like a scene from a horror flick. <em>333</em> <BR> <BR> With all of my family members cheering me on. . . .I got excited! <em>356</em> ... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 22:17:40 EST Family comes first <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My crazy update - It's a funny thing I confess, but every evening this week...instead of heading to the gym to train, and keep within my fitness plan, I was needed by a family member. At first, I admit that I balked at the change in my plans....and when the 3rd consecutive day arrived where I missed "fitness", I sat back and did a self-inventory look at "life". <em>40</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:28:36 EST "help wanted" . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It has been a week since I had oral surgery, and the effects from the sedation have not worn off yet ( I am told that it CAN take up to a month to completely work it's way out of my body ) Sheesh! I had no idea ...I am so bummed. . . as it slows me down all day long. I am nauseated about 3-4 times/ day, and my mouth is still sore. I almost backed out of the upcoming 5K race....but just decided to do it anyhow... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 22:36:20 EST who will run with me? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Warning: I don't vent very often, but I really needed to blog about this today....just sayin'. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I wish I had a friend who would run this upcoming 5K race with me. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I cannot tell you how disappointed I am to be alone. Actually, I am quite surprised at the # of "No's" I received fr... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:27:54 EST Training 4 the Zombie 5K Run! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I saw a recently posted <em>364</em> race coming up in mid-October benefiting Fuzzy Friends Rescue. I am now registered! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> In fact there's a 1K dog walk too...Lol! <em>338</em> <BR> All contestants are asked to dress up in costumes including the dogs.....the race is called the <em>423</em> "Zombie Run" <em>423</em> . <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 14:59:46 EST Life is Sweet! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just had to share a few memorable pics with ya'll as we say goodbye to summer <em>67</em> & hello to FALL <em>465</em> : : : . . .my FAV season for sure! <BR> I am delighted...rather I should say "we are ALL delighted" to be back in school. How motivating a disciplined schedule truly IS! Everyone is in agreement that we thrive when "we're in the saddle" to speak... once again. <em>211</em> ... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 19:27:34 EST Adapting is not always easy. . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Most of you know that I home school my children ( 3 grades. . . 1st, 4th & 6th ) . . .not to mention the other sports/music activities we are involved in as a family. . . <em>198</em> <em>334</em> I LOVE my multi-hat job to pieces, BUT I have come to the conclusion that I must Spark less if I am to make ANY Progress. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:23:14 EST My Summer Maintenance Ideas & <img src=""> <BR> <BR> . . . oh my goodness! Has it been 3 weeks since I last blogged <em>38</em> <BR> Well, they say that time flies when you're having FUN!: : . . . <em>356</em> I cannot remember a busier summer than 2013...& I mean ever. Our new pool somehow alone attracts children/families like bees to honey. <em>211</em> <BR> But we have had the time of our lives....:::slumber parties too - so they could swim 1st thing in th... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 22:36:03 EST Consistency yields Resilience <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This summer has been another of those seasons of change. My running schedule was exchanged for swimming and mowing and gardening as well as prep for our school year and VBS - LOTS of painting/building/muscle work. Lol. <BR> <BR> I'm just glad I had the energy to make it to the gym for short 2-3 mile runs, and ST routines:::...the consistency in the month of July is what really counts. <BR> Even during the busi... 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