WAYSOFGRACE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WAYSOFGRACE WAYSOFGRACE'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/ Making adjustments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902792 My body is making adjustments to the new medications. Actually, I should be clear that it's one new medication for my HDL and back on an old medication for my blood sugar. After a month long stand still I am losing weight again, which is happy making for me. <BR> <BR> Sugar wise I've been adjusting to the lower blood sugars, though I am now home with a sick stomach that is not the medicine. There's been a virus going through the office that's been giving everyone bronchitis that I have be... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:22:11 EST Weekend update - Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893807 Health isn't just about our bodies, it's also about our mental and financial well being. I'll be the first to admit it. When I'm stressing out over money or the state of my home, I make bad choices for my body. I know it, and that's half the battle. I took the other half of the battle by the horns, so to speak, this weekend. <BR> <BR> Plex and I finally spent a weekend at home. We are travelling so much with our "jobby" (a hobby that turns into a part time job) that we hardly ever get m... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:55:17 EST Ups and Downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892701 It's been a difficult week. My daughter had a lot of emotional ups and downs, but thankfully it ended on an up. Her car has been repaired after a month of being "worked on", and even has 4 new hubcaps on it. When she got it back on Thursday, she cleaned it out and I helped her vacuum it. It's looking like her car again now. Monday she will go to the doctor and see if she can't get some help for the emotional stuff. She needs help, and this is something I can't fix. I'm proud that she r... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 09:24:02 EST And the results are in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889718 I called this morning to get the results of my blood tests from last week's physical. I'm not surprised by some of it, shocked at some of it, and disappointed in the rest of it. <BR> <BR> Cholesterol has never been a problem for me. I have always been told my good cholesterol was borderline low, and the my bad cholesterol was fine. Not this time. My overall cholesterol is good, but my HDL is too high, as is my LDL. So I get to take medication for the next 4-6 weeks and switch to a low f... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 09:10:24 EST Sometimes it takes a village http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887393 Yesterday I was talking about my diabetes with a dear coworker. She asked me when the last time I tested was, and I admit it was way too long. So I broke out the meter and took it. It was two hours after breakfast, and I was at 156. Not bad. She took hers 3 hours after she had eaten breakfast. She was at 245. She knew it was high, but hadn't realized just how how it really was. <BR> <BR> So we have begun to encourage each other to healthier choices. Today she is drinking her water he... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:16:09 EST Things that make me go UGH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887357 I've been naughty the last two weeks. I haven't gone to the gym. For one thing, I was travelling and staying at a friend's house. Not an excuse. The second thing is that when I wasn't travelling, it was snowing and the gym closed early. Can't get in if it's closed. Still not an excuse. Then my neck started acting up. Nope, not an excuse. All this is reality. <BR> <BR> But I really started slamming myself hard for not going when I saw a video of myself. One of my coworkers has to ma... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 08:07:15 EST Learning all the benefits of exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868456 Of course exercise is good for us. When your journey to healthier living includes weight loss, exercise is a good part of that. It helps us burn calories we've taken in during the day. It helps us take off the inches as well as the pounds. But what else does it do for us? <BR> <BR> Well, it's great for our skin. When we are sweating, it's getting all the pores to open up and...well...sweat. When we're sweating, we are actually helping our skin to get all the dirt and junk out of our po... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 08:15:32 EST Things that make you go OW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867158 I slept in a terrible position last night apparently, because this morning my neck and shoulder don't like me very much. It's not going to stop me though. It's just going to slow me down a little is all. <BR> <BR> So very pleased with the 4 pound loss last week. Pretty soon I will no longer be in the 300's, and will be back in the 200's where I was 6 months ago. This whole exercise plan has me completely jazzed up! I am super excited about it every day. <BR> <BR> My daughter, Boo, as... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:08:21 EST First Zumba Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865531 The first class was 45 minutes long. At 30 minutes in I was beginning to wonder if this was such a good idea. At 45 minutes, I was glad I went. <BR> <BR> I don't know all steps, because, hey, it was my first time! The instructor was super nice. I did the best I could concentrating on my footwork like she said to. I am way more out of shape than I thought I was, and I'm not even going to joke about round being a shape. <BR> <BR> I'm going to be going back next week. I've decided that I... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:05:29 EST Setting the schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865327 Plex and I decided that workout days will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. We do travel a bit on weekends, so those days are always iffy at best. That being said, we left Wednesday open as an optional day in case we start travelling on a Friday, then we can move to Wednesday night, and we have the option of just walking on Wednesday in addition. <BR> <BR> Yesterday being Wednesday, we didn't work out, but we did walk at the mall. The ring he had given me for Christmas came in from... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:16:16 EST Know what helps a stressful day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864329 EXERCISE!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was stressful at home due to issues I won't get into, but after my workout last night I felt in better control both physically and emotionally. What a wonderful feeling! <BR> <BR> Today started out high on the stress level, and while the thing stressing me is resolved the residual feelings are still there, so tonight I plan on hitting the Y again for a walk. That is once I head over to the jeweler and pick up the ring that was being sized. <em>30</em> ... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:56:43 EST First night back at the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863261 I decided that I would wait until Thursday to begin the Zumba class. Thursday night classes are 45 minutes, and Monday nights is an hour. I wanted to go in and do something else instead, so tonight we walked. <BR> <BR> We explored a little bit, finding where things are, and then managed to get to the indoor track. The track is elevated, so we get a flight of stairs in as a warm up before hitting the path! <BR> <BR> We had decided on a 30 minute walk, or one mile. Well, we did the mile i... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:21:44 EST New adventures are exciting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862866 I can't begin to tell you how excited I am about having joined the Y. I am really and truly excited! So much so, in fact, that I told Plex I want to go tonight to walk the track, even if it's just for 30 minutes. He's on board, and this to me is awesome! I just feel like everything is FINALLY clicking into place. <BR> <BR> On another front, I saw a FB post yesterday from an acquaintance of mine back North. She had joined Weight Watchers in 2011. She wanted to lose weight, and she wante... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:28:40 EST Welp, I did it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862440 Two blogs in a single day! Holy moly! <BR> <BR> I did what I said I was going to do. I went to the local Y and checked it out today with Plex. We are now officially members! Go us! <BR> <BR> Not only that, but we have a scheduled appointment Tuesday night for our orientation with a personal trainer who will show us the equipment and how to use it properly. I'm excited! <BR> <BR> It seemed like a really good fit. The people were super nice, and not once did a single person walking in... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:37:56 EST Week 2 complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862084 Week 2 of the 5% Winter Challenge has come to and end. How'd I do? <BR> <BR> I lost .8 pounds. I'll take that thank you very much. So far that is 3.2 pounds gone. I'm a little behind schedule but not by much. I expect that to be picking up again soon. <BR> <BR> It's been a week. I had, and still have, a slight medical issue that is leaving me uncomfortable, but not bed ridden so it's a start. I've also been on the go for the last weekends in a row at a convention and then a game da... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:27:55 EST Am I ready for this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860852 So yesterday I did some research into area gyms. Let me amend that. I did some research into a specific type of exercise class available in my area. Zumba. It's always intrigued me since I first heard of it, and I have a friend who has done it and loved it. I found out that the YMCA in town offers 2 classes a week. The times are times I could make, and the days would not interfere with other things going on. So why am I hesitant? <BR> <BR> I am not comfortable in my own skin when it c... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:07:09 EST Week 1 complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858516 Sorry I am late getting this posted, but I was travelling this past weekend and didn't have my laptop with me. <BR> <BR> Week one of the 5% challenge saw a 2.4 pound reduction in my weight. Yay!!! Weight going downwards is the goal after all. I did not make it to 120 fitness minutes a single time during the week. Boo!!! Body said no, and I listen to the body. <BR> <BR> This week I am tracking not only water, but all meals. As you know, I struggle with this BIG TIME! So I am doing my ... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:19:30 EST Today it begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850888 I am beginning the 5% Winter Challenge today. My team is the Champions in the Kitchen, which I have been with for the last 2 challenges. I have yet to actually meet the 5% goal in any of them, but I am not giving up. No siree. I WILL do this! <BR> <BR> So, my goal is to lose 15.39 pounds over the course of this challenge. How am I going to do this? Let me list the ways! <BR> <BR> 1) No soda! It's part of the Living The Good Life portion of the challenge. This one is not going to be... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 08:55:59 EST Hello 2015! What will I bring to you this year? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847408 So far the year has started out with a surprise for me! I ended up losing about 8 pounds over the holiday season, which believe me I am not going to be looking for anytime soon. Sorry, but there will be no missing weight reports filed for those guys! <BR> <BR> I'm working on my measuring and tracking again. Dinner is really my downfall. I eat well, but I forget to log it! Doh! I'm a work in progress, what can I say? <BR> <BR> One thing I have noticed is that I am terribly hungry in th... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 08:19:32 EST There's an app for that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834298 When I get back to basics, I start out with lots of energy and enthusiasm, which usually drops off after the first month. I'm full of good intentions, strong starts, but not so good on the follow through. This is changing. <BR> <BR> You see, when I started this journey on Sparkpeople, I fell into the same routine I had with every other diet. I started strong, then slacked off, then stopped coming altogether. When I was diagnosed with diabetes I came back. I've been back ever since. <BR>... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:14:49 EST Ooops I did it again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830704 Falling off the wagon is such a strange phrase, or at least I think so. Needless to say, I was a stress eater last night, and I know it. The worst part is that I made the conscious decision to do it. <BR> <BR> Long story short, my bank account appears to have been hacked. It's never happy making to have this happen, but it seems even worse at this time of year. I reported it immediately and they opened the investigation. I have a new debit card coming in the mail. I've done everything ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 08:05:43 EST Are you worth fighting for? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827389 It's a simple question, but the answer is quite elusive to so many of us. I'm a mom, and there isn't anything I wouldn't do to protect my kids. So why don't I feel the same way about myself? <BR> <BR> "Mom's are supposed to sacrifice for their kids." To a certain extent, I can agree with that statement. There have been more times than I can count that I decided to patch up that pair of jeans just one more time so that the kids could go to the amusement park with their friends. There hav... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 08:04:06 EST Head up, shoulders down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819951 Posture says a lot about a person, or so my mother used to tell me. A person who stands straight and tall is a person who is confident in themselves is what she would tell me. Remember trying to walk with a book balanced on your head? I couldn't do it, no matter how hard I tried. I was that kid who slouched in the back of the pictures, trying not to be seen. Did I lack confidence in myself? Heck no...I was horrendously shy! Years of slouching have left me with back pain. That doesn't ... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:01:07 EST Life goes on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819361 There was a time when a stressful situation would have me diving for the food cupboard and eating everything in sight. After the events of yesterday, it would have been one of those times. Only it kind of wasn't. <BR> <BR> Did I eat yesterday from stress? Yes. I ate Wheat Thins, and probably more than I should have. What I didn't reach for was the Raspberry Danish in my fridge. Or the chips in the pantry. Not perfect, but better. <BR> <BR> I have made good changes in my life. I made... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:14:15 EST In total shock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818769 I woke this morning to a text from my sister-in-law that my step-brother's ex wife had died. She wasn't very old, and she certainly wasn't in bad health that I was aware of. No one expected this, and we still don't know why. <BR> <BR> I was not especially close to her. I have a love-hate relationship with my step siblings. I love them all...they seem to hate me. It doesn't bother me, really. I have a huge network of nieces and nephews that I adore. And this is why I am in total shock.... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:00:52 EST Breaking down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818378 Yesterday I couldn't stand my sciatic anymore, so I took a muscle relaxer. I hate taking them, but sometimes you need to just suck it up and deal, which is what I did. The downside to having done that is that I felt so much better I did things I probably shouldn't have done. I am becoming the definition of insanity, I swear. <BR> <BR> All that aside, Plex and I made great progress in the house over the weekend. It's amazing what you can do when you are actually home. It was nice to sit ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:08:20 EST This is starting to get on my nerve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816011 Or more accurately, it's already on my sciatic nerve. I've been fighting with sciatic nerve pain on my right side for 3 weeks now. It comes and goes, and lately it's mostly coming to stay. It gets so bad I can barely walk sometimes. <BR> <BR> I'd go to the chiropractor, except I don't have any insurance and can't afford it. So I am dealing on my own. The biggest problem is, well to be honest, ME. <BR> <BR> I start feeling well, and I go out and jump right back into my routine. Except ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:12:23 EST Water Water everywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814180 Now all I have to do is drink it! <BR> <BR> This is a constant struggle for me. It's not like I am not willing to give up drinks like soda, cause honestly I already have. I don't reach for a soda nearly as much as I used to. In fact, unless I am out to eat I don't even look for it. So what am I drinking then? <BR> <BR> NOTHING. How bad is that??? I have a cup of coffee in the morning before work (hey, I'm not human without a cup every day, trust me) and a glass of Orange Juice if it's... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:13:07 EST The luckiest person I know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805250 So I am sitting here nursing an aggravated sciatic nerve (too many squats yesterday), and I commented to my husband that I am still completely amazed by all the encouraging comments from my blog the other day. He was typing something on his laptop and just said "Now you know why I believe I am the luckiest person in the world". I gave him an odd look, not sure where he was going. So he looked at me with this "are you seriously not getting this?" and said, "I'm the luckiest person I know be... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:56:28 EST Completely blown away! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803843 I wasn't having a great morning until I opened my email. I made 2 cups of coffee instead of 1 (I was supposed to be putting by sugar substitute in my already existing coffee, not starting another cup in the Keurig), I was trying figure out why it was 75 degrees in my house at 2am, and 67 degrees at 6:30am, and I was making my lunch and not happy that someone drank my water bottles that I have for work (I can't stand room temperature water). Then I opened my email. <BR> <BR> You can imagine... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:02:43 EST Inspiration in all the right places http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803239 So no kidding, there I was reading a blog written by a Sparker, when I was reminded of a song my father used to sing when I was a kid. That's when I was hit with inspiration. I'm not saying that the blog I was reading wasn't inspiring, because believe me it was, it just was the first trigger in this line of triggers. Let me explain. <BR> <BR> So the Sparker had written that she eats when she is hungry, not because the clock tells her she has to. I started thinking on that statement. My ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 08:44:52 EST Strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793873 Thank you for the anniversary goodies and wishes! It was a good night last night with my hubby, and a very amusing one. People think that we should have gone out and done something special, or had a private night at home. Well, we are both a bit more practical than most people. We went out last night and picked up the lawn mower that was given to us, stopped by to say hello to my MIL and Nana, came home, ordered Chinese delivery, ate a piece of wedding cake, packed the suitcase for the re... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:31:26 EST The big move http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788253 Know what's great about moving your home? You get to move your body! Downside to moving (aside from unpacking and trying to find everything)? You moved muscles you haven't moved in a while. Sore does not begin to describe how I feel right now. <BR> <BR> We unloaded the storage unit completely yesterday. In two trips. With 2 mini vans, a small pickup truck, a full sized pick up truck with a trailer, an SUV and a small car. I am talking about a 10 x 20 space that was stuffed to the ce... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 07:40:20 EST Sign of a good amount of exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787747 How do I know I got some good exercise in yesterday? I slept like the dead. I mean, I hit the pillow, slept 9 hours, and woke up in the same position I was in when I fell asleep. THAT is some good sleep! My body shut down, recovered what it needed to, and I get to do it all again today! <BR> <BR> We ran into some snafu's yesterday with the internet hookup (they didn't show up), but it will all be sorted out on Sunday, and I got a free month out of the deal! I'm not complaining! <BR> <B... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 07:13:01 EST Just Do It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787183 I was reading a Sparkmail from Maryannquest this morning, and those three words struck me to the core. <BR> <BR> JUST DO IT <BR> <BR> I thought about this, and realized just how many times I tell myself this phrase. I will tell myself this every morning when I have to get up for work. I tell myself this when I have a task that I would rather put off, like vacuuming my car. All those times I'd rather put off doing something until tomorrow, I tell myself JUST DO IT and get it over with. ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:10:41 EST Coming soon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784560 This is the week of our move. We get the keys to the rental unit on Friday, and there is so much to do! <BR> <BR> The new washer and dryer are being delivered on Friday, and the internet connection is also going to be installed that day. Plex and I have discovered that we will need to take the day off from work to move bins out of the storage unit in order for the furniture to be moved on Saturday morning. We have a small window in which to get this done, as his brother is the one helping... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:48:21 EST I can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780790 "When you catch yourself saying "I can't" what you believe will manifest, but fortunately the opposite is also true, when you believe in yourself and are determined positive goals will manifest for you as well. Take your energy and consciously direct it towards positive thoughts and actions at this time and you will get a lot accomplished! " - Christin <BR> <BR> I wholeheartedly believe in this. This journey with Sparkpeople that has me at a 70 pound loss right now has been amazing, and whe... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:25:49 EST Words of Wisdom - Temperance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777064 To me, temperance is finding balance, moderation, being on "an even keel" emotionally so that I learn to act and not merely react to my circumstances/emotions. Right now I need to find balance in my life. I don't want to do anything hasty at this time, or I may end up regretting it. Do I need to step back for a bit before taking action? Moderation, harmony, and balance are the keys to success. Why do I need this right now? <BR> <BR> The answer to that question is many layered. First off,... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 07:38:16 EST Celebrating the little things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774777 I discovered an NSV today. I can put my jeans on without unbuttoning them and without unzipping them. I need a belt to hold them up! I am LOVING this feeling. I love it almost as much as realizing that I have lost 70 pounds. I am below 250 pounds, which I didn't think I would get to for quite some time. I did this. I made positive changes, and I made it work for me! <BR> <BR> It's been decades since I was this small, and I am on my way to being smaller, and healthier! If I can do thi... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 20:50:23 EST Top signs I should have stayed home today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773149 After a restless night full of extremely bizarre dreams, I got up this morning feeling blah. Of course the only time I actually entertain the idea of staying home from work is when I am EXTREMELY ill, so the thought didn't enter my mind. <BR> <BR> While getting ready for work, I was pulling clothes out of the closet and placing it on the bed. Now Plex is still sleeping, so I try to do this as quietly as possible. He proceeded to kick my clothes off the bed and on to the floor. Thanks Ple... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 07:57:58 EST Words of Wisdom - Mind over Matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771680 "The sun represents the ultimate power in its purest form. It is the sun's energy that gives life to all creation. You are also an energy source. The mind is a powerful creative force. Do you like what you've been creating? Never underestimate the power of your mind to shape your experiences - for better or worse. What you believe will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you believe you are "unlucky" or destined to fail or be hurt etc. that is the reality you will help to manifest. I... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:00:44 EST September is a Challenge Month for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771129 I'm doing not one, but THREE challenges this month! <BR> <BR> I've joined the 5% Fall Challenge, as I enjoyed the summer challenge very much and it was definitely a motivator for me to not want to let my team down! I've also gotten back to using my Wii Fit Plus, so I have joined the September Challenge there. I'm also doing the water thing, so why not? <BR> <BR> I have renewed vigor, energy, whatever you want to call it. I also realized that the scale at the urgent care was WAY off! Whe... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:57:49 EST Words of Wisdom - Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769801 "Do your current goals truly serve your highest good? Are you pursuing paths in life that challenge you to grow and reach your potential? Have you been procrastinating or not pushing yourself hard enough? If so take some time to set some clear, concise (but reachable) positive goals for yourself and work on developing them as new habits. Remember the fine line between self-discipline and punishment. Discipline is positive and motivating, it inspires you to grow and reach further. Punishment i... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:34:10 EST Words of Wisdom - Positivity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769197 "When you catch yourself saying "I can't" what you believe will manifest, but fortunately the opposite is also true, when you believe in yourself and are determined positive goals will manifest for you as well. Take your energy and consciously direct it towards positive thoughts and actions at this time and you will get a lot accomplished!" Christin <BR> <BR> Oh yes...I completely believe this! I went from being a positive teenager, to a negative young adult, and now to a positive middle a... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:31:48 EST Words of Wisdom - Transformations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767879 "Rather than doom and gloom, think endings and transformation. Open yourself up to new opportunities for growth in new directions that could not have happened otherwise. When a caterpillar "dies" it transforms into a butterfly. This process involves some struggle - but it's struggle with a purpose. Without this "fight" to break free from the confines of the cocoon, the newly formed butterfly can't strengthen its wings. Now is a time to look at ways you may need so that you can find new purpos... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:44:45 EST Words of Wisdom - Discipline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767154 "We need to be responsible for our actions and to use discipline and positive reinforcement to reach our higher goals. You should put yourself on notice to be more pro-active. Do your current goals truly serve your highest good? Are you pursuing paths in life that challenge you to grow and reach your potential? Have you been procrastinating or not pushing yourself hard enough? If so take some time to set some clear, concise (but reachable) positive goals for yourself and work on developing th... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:32:28 EST Words of Wisdom - Justice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765392 "This is a reminder of fairness, objectivity, weighing all sides of a story before taking action or jumping to conclusions. It's balance and compromise. We need to take action in positive ways that benefit all involved - not just yourself. <BR> <BR> Justice also means learning to be disciplined (positive and uplifting) as opposed to punishing yourself (demoralizing and demeaning). Many do not recognize when they cross this fine line. If you are disciplined you will feel inspired and mot... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 09:21:13 EST Words of Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764802 Remember your personal power. We can't always control external circumstances - but we are always in control of the thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors we choose to engage in. We have the choice to remain calm in the face of uncertainty. When we worry or stress, trying to force solutions or control others/circumstances etc., it only serves to heighten anxiety and frustration. It can be easy when circumstances are challenging to throw in the towel or use them as an excuse, but that ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:24:11 EST It may seem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764752 I have a ton of luck...most of it not the kind people want, and that's ok. If' I'm getting it, then people I love and care about aren't, right? :-) <BR> <BR> The medication is working. HUZZAH!! <em>244</em> <em>236</em> I will weigh tomorrow and find out just how much of this fluid is already gone! Last night I only had to get up once, which is a good thing! <BR> <BR> Plex's van that he uses for his work broke down last night, so Boo and I went to rescue him. Timing belt or tr... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:03:36 EST Didn't see THAT coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764072 Monday was the day from heck. First we find out we didn't get the house we applied for. Heartbreaking, but the least of my worries. Next, Plex got a flat tire on the highway. Luckily we had road hazard warranties on it, so it didn't cost much. Then my daughter gets sideswiped when coming home from her friend's house. It's only a scratch on the side of her car, but it made her nervous. Then someone stole 2 hubcaps off her car. I'm telling you, I can't make this stuff up. Then it was ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:50:36 EST