VISUALLYRICS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VISUALLYRICS VISUALLYRICS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Addicted To Vacation & Better For It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233542 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/02ae36be-3b58-4b12-990d-23db554a7f6f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Having not been on a "solo" vacation since 1999, <em>40</em> I quite honestly forgot I even needed one until a friend suggested I take one. <em>334</em> And even then, I put the whole notion off as other important priorities stared back at me... <BR> You see, I used to travel all the time....loved it, and forgot just how much I missed it...:::being completely wrapped up in mothe... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 18:59:46 EST Moving right along - making progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224558 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a1ef01a7-a625-406a-b0f0-d0a58416654a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am making Progress, but not obvious weight loss progress as pictured above.....the pic should read: "month1 ...month 2....month 3". But progress IS "progress"....and I am celebrating each small victory. <em>353</em> I have faith in my pace....I even see hope in every stumble....probably because I never stay down. <em>358</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:03:39 EST Honest With Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213909 ....last time I blogged, I was awaiting my lab reports - and ALL were fantastic, I am pleased to say! According to my blood count, there is no anemia, blood sugars are normal, sodium, potassium & triglyceride levels are healthy. My liver, kidneys and thyroid are functioning well, and my cholesterol levels are excellent. My doc added a personal note with the lab report....she said, " You're a trooper, Laura, ....you have done well in the past in controlling your weight and maintaining.....I... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 19:52:51 EST Women's Wellness Report! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204993 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4dc3797d-bde8-46a6-8a0d-9f6e77288a87.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well....I did have my women's wellness FULL checkup today, and :::::::.... <em>104</em> I received a <em>250</em> report! ((Thank YOU for your prayers!)) <BR> It feels good ...a relief really....that I am in good health....:::now to wait on my lab reports. <BR> <BR> One con is that my usual blood pressure that has "forever" been great was 96/50 today.....a bit low....:::bu... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:28:12 EST Taking My Health Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196154 After my initial inflammation scare in late June, the winds of research swept me away where I made a series of choices to be healthier. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a948c44b-7989-4e54-ae9e-005237210513.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> After I decided to cut out all sweets for 30 days, I felt the overall inflammation leave! <BR> I dropped 3# <em>192</em> ....and my fatigue slowly left as well. I am currently on Day 12 of no sweets...:::best choice ever! I ... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 22:50:52 EST Dealing with inflammation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6189855 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/36c6db3b-df02-4af0-9ad2-5b5d7a7a2881.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Good morning friends, <BR> <BR> My energy levels are their usual high, my body from a physical standpoint grows stronger due to my daily 30 minutes of circuit training, and I eat a well balanced diet. My outlook is positive...:::mentally, I look for the good and find it in others, in circumstances and in myself. Life is good! My hope is strong, and it needs to be just... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 10:01:57 EST Spinning vs. Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171119 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c13eceba-7d40-4534-b6d2-4feb68c3933b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am in the market for a reliable piece of gym equipment that will: <BR> <BR> 1.) enable me to get off of this scale plateau <em>334</em> <BR> 2.) be a safe way to exercise daily with little impact to my feet <BR> 3.) be the fitness choice that I could become addicted to <BR> 4.) be the choice that enables me to build lean muscles, burn fat and develop a toned body <BR> 5.) aid ... Fri, 27 May 2016 01:05:56 EST Getting Stronger & Staying Balanced http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162776 <em>213</em> Hi Friends! <BR> <BR> Here I am on Day 28 of Spark People's 30 Day Jumpstart Your Workout Challenge, and I feel GREAT! I Love how simple, yet effective each day IS! ...and very little time spent on my PC <em>387</em> which is vital to a healthy lifestyle too! Lol! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dc018f6f-643f-4b92-bc03-842d81be6674.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> With 4 children going, Going....GOING, I stay mighty busy....::::happily engaged in family ... Sat, 14 May 2016 11:57:14 EST LOVING The 30-Day Jumpstart Your Workout Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6147989 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43c956fb-35a5-4e08-872a-7679f59f6481.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is Day 5 for me......and already I feel and see results which also means, "I am SO sore!" LOL! <em>40</em> <em>334</em> But....I totally embrace the soreness as it reminds me of some of the <em>285</em> moments of my life....."gym time"....& hours spent running and weightlifting. <BR> <BR> I LOVE those days, and it's time for a comeback! <BR> For a month now, I... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:56:49 EST We have a CrAZy squirrel.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6125865 .....in our neighborhood...:::he loves our residence in particular. Lol! <em>40</em> ...little scamp! I just caught him on camera this morning.....he KNEW I was there the whole time....and didn't care. <em>20</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So here is ....climbing...up our house! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/630c9f0d-dead-48d9-aaf4-866086b310e1.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> climbing into one of our bird feeders! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 11:34:07 EST Happy Palm Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6123539 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ad8a608-e3df-45b8-ade4-a7cc6dae69da.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I love Easter week...::the highlight of the year for us! A time to focus on Christ and worship Him extravagantly! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> The past month (since I last blogged) I have remained consistent with my goals: <BR> <BR> 1.) no evening snacking ....broke that habit!! <em>244</em> <BR> 2.) stayed in my calorie range <BR> 3.) consume 60% - 70% freggies/day <BR> 4.) getting ... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 11:37:48 EST Progress in My Daily Living.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6107086 .....::::and SO much to be thankful for! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82c0734a-df3b-49a8-98ae-f05d1258243a.gif"> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is an update of sorts (since my last blog in December....hee-hee) <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>334</em> - - - <BR> <BR> FAMILY UPDATE - My daughter, Fairlight, celebrated her 13th, and my "mother's" heart soared as she was blessed thru the fellowship of so many sweet friends. I can remember what a gem ONE true frien... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 21:16:59 EST Making My List & Checking it Twice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053647 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0f1aa798-fa86-48da-866e-ef886a304c6f.jpg"> <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 year...so 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038968 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3401dc21-97c1-411e-a9db-b6bf88e1f342.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034371 <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> ....so 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031234 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/019e06fd-b13a-41c1-badb-51d1ad98161b.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028406 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0447ff63-c047-4101-8710-e4e776a72e07.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just found this gem of an idea recently. Since, I cannot attribute it's originality to anyone::...it 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013224 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cfd7eb1f-a36a-443f-922f-24e3f32d0026.jpg"> <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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e831eb8d-0895... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 15:06:15 EST Choosing JOY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008004 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b563f848-4405-41cd-9c44-0319074c4218.jpg"> <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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996169 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/06dc5864-932c-413d-8968-e3ec3216940f.jpg"> <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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985916 <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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/822b7dd0-6a5e-4a35-b286-80c37f98a211.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> My cello studio has r... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:58:25 EST A Salute To Friendships http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978096 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e514a99-d171-44dc-bd00-573e9cf1fcad.jpg"> <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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951288 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2a2e8a13-bbb9-4e7a-b63c-4d68b7954cc8.png"> <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="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9124... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:11:03 EST Remember When? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937550 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50d3ae16-0c59-45d6-99f2-257c1dfe41c0.jpg"> <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!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920118 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1129867695.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896718 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1931680905.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887784 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l774149952.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866291 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,......as 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1141148206.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I hope Lucy is right because I am one... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:33:10 EST Our Mystery: SOLVED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844254 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1509136157.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823361 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1997053062.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804239 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l792763583.jpg"> <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" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788562 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1132825135.jpg"> <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(...no 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775289 (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 ....in 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749879 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1498147230.jpg"> <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 ....laughter.....balance.....energy!! Oh Yeah! <BR> <em>215</em> <em>104</em> <em>215</em> <em>104</em> <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l265110488.jpg">... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:35:46 EST Home Renovations (before & after pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726611 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1737001490.jpg"> <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 part...at 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720161 ,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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698712 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2005699078.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696574 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l603613640.jpg"> <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 Dance....here! 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690652 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1958670984.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681626 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1539107228.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677310 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664583 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l876016315.jpg"> <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642470 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l735439297.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641726 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1431753505.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 22:50:10 EST An Education in Running Shoes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631087 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l803841342.jpg"> <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 shoe...one 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>www.saucony.com/store/SiteController<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630245 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l833481149.jpg"> <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! )) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623285 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l481121101.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l54817505.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612093 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l47510242.jpg"> <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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l736973633.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588382 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l210471514.jpg"> <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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572316 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1687823637.jpg"> <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