WHISKERS17013's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WHISKERS17013 WHISKERS17013'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/ My new car!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476390 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l208693466.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Been looking for a car for a while... Wanted something practical, but also wanted something fun. Fun won! I'm telling myself, this was my treat to myself for 50 pounds lost. <BR> <BR> It is a 1999 Mustang convertible. My first Mustang, my first convertible... <BR> <BR> Now to lose the NEXT 50!!! Thu, 5 Sep 2013 05:27:28 EST Losses... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401455 Today, my heart is heavy. I belong to wonderful organizations whose members are as close as family to me. Their joy is my joy, their sorrow is my sorrow... <BR> <BR> Today, a close friend has lost their mother-in-law. Another close friend passed away this morning, after a fall two days ago. Two deaths in a matter of hours. I can't stop but fear the dropping of the third shoe, as these things always seem to come in threes. <BR> <BR> Trying to focus on what I need to do, as we also are having... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:16:07 EST The wheels on the bike... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386058 Go round and round!!! <BR> <BR> Seriously, the last time I was on a bike was easily 20-25 years ago. Even though I bought my bike 4-5 years ago (because the price was too good to pass up), I never rode. When I was a kid, my parents limited bicycling to the driveway for safety's sake. Now that I live in an urban area, riding in traffic adds a whole layer of fear on top of fear. <BR> <BR> But, over the last three days, I've done a bit of riding. And I'm LIKING it! Still nervous when the traff... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:45:19 EST A new thought... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5344577 Diet continues to go well, but my frustration with my job situation is only getting worse. Today, my husband and I are discussing creating our own business. Something that we can start part-time, until we get it going, and then can eventually go full-time with. <BR> <BR> We are looking at designing a line of notecards, using primarily battlefields and historical subjects. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l921266361.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is one photo that I've t... Fri, 3 May 2013 16:03:19 EST Sleep patterns... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340111 The one thing I really dislike about my job... Okay, ONE of the things I really dislike about my job (LOL!) is the fact that it disrupts my sleep patterns. Typically, I am working third shifts, which can be anywhere from 9pm-6am to 12 midnight-9 am. Trying to sleep when I get off work, when it is daylight and the sun is shining, is difficult. Then, toss in a day (night?) off... I'll get off work that morning, but try to stay up in the morning, to enjoy the daylight hours of my "day off." That... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:46:21 EST New mp3 player... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331541 Yesterday, I went and got an inexpensive mp3 player from Staples. It is an Eclipse 4MB player, and it resembles the tiny Apple one that clips on. <BR> <BR> Today, I'm trying to figure out what to put on it. I have $22.00 remaining on an itunes gift card, just have to make decisions. Started to choose a couple of songs, then realized I had them in CD format already, and just need to convert them. ARGHHHHHH!!!! <BR> <BR> As my husband can tell you, I rarely make decisions easily or quickly. ... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 10:07:35 EST Week One... THREE pounds down!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5292807 This week marks the first official weigh-in of the Sparkpeople Biggest Loser's Spring challenge, and I weighed in a day early, with a surprising three pound loss. Huzzah! <BR> <BR> We have been having internet challenges here as of late, and so I don't count on always being able to get the internet to work, especially when I need it to. That's why I took the early weighin today, rather than waiting until tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Good luck to all the contestants as they face the scale tomorrow! G... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:36:54 EST Biggest Loser Spring Challenge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261935 I can admit it, I am a highly competitive person. I like challenges, be it playing Angry Birds or walking long distances... On one of my previous times on Sparkpeople, I enjoyed the Biggest Loser challenge, so when I saw they were signing up for the 2013 Spring Challenge, I decided to go for it. <BR> <BR> Just found out I have been assigned to the White Tigers! Can you hear me ROAR??? The spring challenge starts in just a couple of weeks, so I'm really looking forward to sharpening my claws ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 10:00:22 EST Wisdom found... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250884 I'm reading this novel about a young girl who wants to be a kung fu master, but the Shaolin monks who raised her since birth won't train her, because she is a girl. Eventually, she finds a home with someone who agrees to train her, but many lessons are learned along the way... <BR> <BR> One that really resonated with me today was "The body will do what you will of it." Training, conditioning, perserverence, all are important... but without the will, NOTHING will happen. At the same time, if ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 21:47:15 EST Gina from the Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247023 Well, I was watching The Biggest Loser tonight, and was really touched by Gina's time with her husband. Specifically, the fact that he brought her wedding rings to her, and that she could wear them after two years. <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago, I realized that my ring was really, REALLY tight. I came this close to taking my ring off, but started drinking a ton of water over the next few days, and was able to keep the ring on. I just didn't want to take it off, and it meant enough that I ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:53:08 EST The Life Trade... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231663 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l125986398.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Came across this , and knew I HAD to share it here. These trades aren't easy to make, because we cling to our fears and regrets harder than Linus' blanket. But, if we make the effort, the long term results will be worth it. <BR> <BR> We all know someone who wraps themselves in the drama of the miserable. Seems like nothing good ever happens to them, right? If all we look for is misery, how long before the people ... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:06:11 EST Third shift... ugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225845 Even after working third shift for over two years, I can honestly say I hate it. Sleeping at night is difficult enough, but trying to do it during the day is just about impossible. <BR> <BR> But, I like paying my bills... and so, I keep showing up for work... Trying to figure a way out, but so far, in this economy, chances are rather limited. <BR> <BR> Just havin one of those "feelin' like Eeyore" kind of days, I guess... <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:25:48 EST Strange cravings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221281 I figured after working all night that I better get something to eat before going off to wait at the auto shop to get my car fixed... so I started going through the cupboards... I'm lucky, because most of the time, I'll be the only one eating my creation/concoction, so I'm free to take more risks flavor-wise. <BR> <BR> Today, I'm combining can of Habenero Chili with Beans, approx. 1.5 cups cooked elbows, and a can of crushed pineapple. Sweet meets spicy... sounds interesting, at least to me!... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 08:54:00 EST Job Search... Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205153 After over two years at my job, I'm fed up and tired of the lies. Because I understand that the bills MUST be paid, I'm not at liberty to tell my boss exactly what he can do with this job. So, I'm polishing my resume, and beginning the search once more. <BR> <BR> Most of my recent experience has been in retail, including management, but I'm looking for a 40 hour, Monday through Friday type job. Something that, at the end of the day, I can go home and leave the job there. Not having to worry ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:38:09 EST Packing up Christmas... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196965 Have been stalling for a few days on taking down the Christmas tree, and all the decorations... Even now, I'm writing this blog rather than taking the ornaments off the tree. <BR> <BR> This holiday season never really felt like it was supposed to. Between my sister's heart attack right before Thanksgiving, to a friend's stroke right before Christmas... add in a ton of car trouble, illnesses left and right, and now a funeral to attend tomorrow, and I just could never pull off "festive." <BR... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 12:49:30 EST 31 questions to get to know me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191607 Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you <BR> and help your SparkFriends get to know you. I am borrowing from DEBSZI today! <BR> <BR> Where is my cell phone? <BR> Sitting on the table next to me, actually under my water bottle... ~grins~ <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Yes, and he's my best friend, partner, and soul mate!!! Love him to pieces!!! <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> Born blonde, been everything from black to blonde... currently a redhead ~wink~ <BR> <BR> Your mo... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 13:10:13 EST Starting over... again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177593 I'm not new to Sparkpeople, just haven't been active in a couple of years. When I first came here, I weighed 260 pounds. Through this community, I was able to lose 80 pounds and get a lot more active. Was close to signing up to run a 5k, even. <BR> <BR> And then, my husband blew out his knee, trying to compete with me. I felt so guilty, I made up my mind that I was going to take care of him... His surgery led to multiple cases of bronchitis, for which the doctor put him on inhalers. Both of... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 10:55:18 EST Stress, Stress, STRESS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4849856 Okay, I know I haven't been on track here on Sparkpeople, or in my eating, or in my exercise... The stress in my daily life is bogging me down, not to a crawl, but it feels like I'm in reverse... <BR> <BR> The job, the bills, the projects at home, the car that needs work, to say nothing of my health... Trying to decide whether or not to go for a promotion, but hating the stress I'm already under... The microwave oven that just died... Add to it the responsibilities of being a State president... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 12:34:38 EST