WISHICOULDFLY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WISHICOULDFLY WISHICOULDFLY'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/ For Joanne and Her Cat "Get Down Smoky" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833215 I had to chuckle at my <em>223</em> Joanne's blog last night <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832919 </link> Enjoy! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l498559437.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l870648891.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1428621857.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1848904205.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1375683491.... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 06:36:18 EST TaDa! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833072 My first batch of Homemade Creamy Limoncello is done! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l813112510.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I also made 2 batches of Old Bay Chex Mix. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1199639084.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was my way of replacing baking this year. I simply cannot have cookies in the house. This worked out well for me because now I have some nice homemade gifts. I don't mean to brag...well OK, I DO... <em>246</em> but I ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 21:51:23 EST Back Spasm Leads to Reward Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832290 <BR> Yesterday morning at work, I was cleaning out the office supply closet to make room and packing up used toner cartridges to ship out to be recycled. The boxes were not heavy, but they were large and it was a little awkward to carry them with my bum knee. I think I must have twisted something because later in the afternoon, I reached below my desk for a ream of paper and I felt my upper back spasm up. It took my breath away. I reached around with my knuckles and tried to press it out but... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:37:31 EST Sunset Near the Bay Bridge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831573 I never really took to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, but I have to hand it to them. They DO have amazing sunsets. My work (which is the last exit on the Eastern Shore before the Bay Bridge) is in the same office park as my physical therapy office. I was at physical therapy tonight for my shoulder (rotator cuff - the knee is being addressed next Monday and Thursday…) when I heard everyone ooohing and aahing about the sunset. After they took the heat off my shoulder, I jumped up to take a look... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:33:06 EST Winter Freeze Off Begins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830658 <em>524</em> Today marks the official beginning of the Biggest Loser 10 week Winter Challenge. Go Purple Passion! <BR> <BR> My starting weight is 249.8. <em>39</em> Thankfully I stayed in the 240s, but I need to move on to the 230s post haste. This is up 6.8 pounds from my lowest point in the Fall Frenzy Challenge but still lower than when I started. I had lost some when I got back from Aruba, but kinda fell apart after that….up, then down, then up...I struggled. Time for me to look ... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 06:15:50 EST Knee Troubles and Weekend TO DO List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828486 I went to the doctor last week to get my knee checked out. There is no swelling and the pain gets worse, then better, then worse, better... but never completely goes away. She thinks it is probably arthritis and gave me a referral for physical therapy to strengthen the leg muscles to offer more support. We will see how the PT goes and if there is no significant improvement, we will further investigate with x-rays or MRIs. Even though I am going to PT every week for my rotator cuff, they can't... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 07:33:15 EST Knee Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825993 Just when I thought I was on the home stretch with my physical therapy for my left rotator cuff (already did the right one 2 years ago), my right knee has been acting up. It started on July 4th when I stepped into a boat. I guess I twisted it or something. I was very careful and wore a brace and it got better. Or so I thought. It sort of gave me trouble off and on. I was often very stiff when I got out of the car after making the one hour commute to and from work, so I figured maybe it was ar... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 19:33:24 EST Vacation Mini Blog with Pix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819961 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l887491642.jpg"> <BR> Long story short, we had a wonderful time in Aruba. My son got engaged and he and his fiancée had the time of their lives. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l47257442.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He is the happiest I have ever seen him! <BR> <BR> Leave it to me to always spill something on my shirt. <em>246</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1457392159.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:28:50 EST Bun Quarters CLEANED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800442 <BR> UGH. I have been putting off this task for quite a while and could wait no longer. Since we are leaving for Aruba EARLY Friday morning, I wanted everything spic and span for the bunsitter. For those of you that are not acquainted with pet rabbits, those of us that have them often call them "Buns" short for bunnies <em>172</em> , ergo the person that takes care of my buns while we are away is the "bunsitter". In fact, My license plate proudly proclaims: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:01:57 EST Ordered New Work Slacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799072 No turning back now. I just ordered 3 pair of slacks for work in Java, Gray and Camel. I have been wearing skirts and capris all summer and now that we have had a couple cooler days I took out my winter/fall stuff and my pants are all <em>9</em> LOOSE! I can still wear them, but I am committing myself by buying 3 pair in a ...DRUM ROLL PLEASE… size 18! <em>224</em> Part of me says, "Oh, <em>24</em> you're gonna jinx yourself " and the other part says "You want to move forward. Don't ... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:22:04 EST Edit & Update!!! My Thoughts During Walk at Lunch Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790538 I saw this and it made me smile. <em>29</em> Something for the haters that treat overweight people with such disdain to think about... <BR> <BR> EDIT: I just figured out that this picture was not so nice to overweight people (like ME)! I thought it had something to do with someone in fire/rescue/medical might be overweight and would be helping the two people in the silohette. I did not "see" that the one closest to the bear was "fat" - he looked "normal" to me. Yeah. Sometimes I am not ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 15:54:21 EST To Fitbit or Not to Fitbit… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790167 THAT is the question. <BR> <BR> I keep going back and forth trying to decide whether or not I should bring my Fitbit when I go to <em>47</em> Aruba. I really love seeing where I am with my steps and miles and I certainly expect to do a LOT of walking while on vacation. My problem is that I will also be in the water a LOT and I am concerned that I will lose it by constantly taking it on and off or I will just forget and wear it in the water and ruin it. <em>24</em> Should I just stop ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:28:28 EST My New Office http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787447 I am getting pretty excited <em>334</em> about moving into my new office this fall. They still have a lot more HVAC and electrical to do before the flooring and paint will be done, but as of right now, it looks like we will be moving in mid-November. This will make it a little less sad coming back from vacation because I will have this to look forward to. <BR> <BR> I will be on the second floor so this will be an opportunity to get more stairs in. There is a hiking trail adjoining our pa... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:14:32 EST Happy Hump Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781393 My first week of the Fall Frenzy and I lost 2.8 pounds. Not too shabby. <BR> <BR> This has nothing to do with it, but I just LOVE this pic. I SO wish I could have cats, but the hubby is severely allergic. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l738063041.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy Hump Day Everyone! <em>212</em> Connie Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:25:01 EST What was I Thinking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776312 Oh right. I wasn't thinking. THAT'S the problem. I had bought some chocolate chips to make dark chocolate muffins to send to my son. I had an extra bag that I did not use. I should have gotten rid of them immediately but I did not. In fact, I actually FORGOT about it. When I found them on Sunday, I measured out some and put them back. I had walked SEVEN MILES that morning so I rationalized that I certainly could have some. Last night I got into them and finished them off. It is no different t... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 06:30:24 EST 25 Years is TOO LONG to Reach Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770904 After some backsliding over the summer, I had gone from my lowest weight here on Spark of 246.8 in March to 256.8. I was disappointed with myself, but determined NOT to go back into the 260s. Ever. I resolved to get with it and get back into the 240s (which I had not seen in 11 years) and take it from there a "decade at a time". <BR> <BR> For the month of August I went from 256.8 to 251.4 for a total loss of 5.4 pounds. Not bad, but it certainly would have been better if I had been binge fre... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 06:31:35 EST Dinner in 15 Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768265 Stir Fry Tofu with Veggies and Brown Basmati Rice <BR> <BR> 674 calories <BR> 27 g. fat <BR> 27 g. protein <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1315834406.jpg"> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:03:03 EST Dinner in 10 minutes - 443 Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766890 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l922207161.jpg"> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:43:23 EST Working Food Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766019 I edited my nutrition tracker by adding the "meal" "Working Food Group". This serves several purposes for me. It allows me to be creative and use up whatever I have on hand and adjust ingredients as I go along. It is much faster than typing in a recipe and I can adjust the servings any way I want. I tend to use this a lot for soups that I "divvy up" EVENLY between canning jars (I have the kind that you can freeze, SO I keep some in the fridge for the next day or two and also freeze some). <... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:23:16 EST I'm Gonna Take Liz Taylor's Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764046 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l885557818.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I need to get out of my slump. I will pour myself SEVERAL drinks today <em>274</em> put on some lipstick <em>212</em> and pull myself together. Who is with me? Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:45:45 EST It's Friday...Let's Have a Chuckle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760307 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1423569569.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l559326538.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l946891191.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1347921189.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1751073682.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1860609292.jpg"> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:09:57 EST (from the Chive)This is actually disgusting. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759061 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1563396634.jpg"> <BR> Forcing a child who doesn't know any better to do something just because you believe in it. No child should be made to wear Crocs in public. Please stop this. <BR> <BR> HAhhahahahah! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:55:19 EST These Crack Me Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758273 I found this yesterday after my boss told me that the "Word of the Day" is "asshat". <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l661395269.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This one captures a certain cat's attitude perfectly: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l427369808.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And last, but not least, this one is going on my MOTIVATION BOARD of my Start Page: <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l369148883.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:49:09 EST A Different Kind of Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756787 I do not want to go into details at this time for fear that I will "jinx" myself, BUT I can tell you that I am on a "No Binge Streak". I am aiming for 21 days. I am on day 8 and feeling great! I have come to understand and accept that the main deterrent to my success has been my binging. I am not saying that I will never binge again; I am saying that for now I am focusing on staying strong and caring enough for MYSELF that I will protect myself from myself. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 09:20:48 EST Bunny Count: NINE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753169 Getting back into the groove of taking the time FOR ME and walking at night. I just have to remember that even though I am tried, by consistently getting in activity, I WILL have more energy. Eventually. <BR> <BR> There are so many rabbits out in the evening that I have started a count. Tonight was a bunny count of NINE! <BR> <em>172</em> <em>172</em> <em>172</em> <em>172</em> <em>172</em> <em>172</em> <em>172</em> <em>172</em> <em>172</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 Aug 2014 20:46:15 EST Moving on...July WILL be GREAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729856 June was pretty much a disaster for me for a LOT of reasons, BUT I am following the example of another SparkFriend and using it as a “Teaching Moment”. <BR> <BR> I have gained 8.2 POUNDS <em>39</em> since my low weight of 248.6 on March 16th. What have I learned? <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> I MUST weigh in DAILY. If I don’t, I “put off” eating as well as I should and exercising because I think I can catch up if I am really good the next day (which obviously did not happen). I fall right ba... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 12:51:56 EST It's time for another get to know your Spark friends.  http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728586 Your go to chewing gum flavour… Pretty much avoid gum. TMJ problems AND I am avoiding artificial sweeteners! <BR> <BR> Best time of the year… When you KNOW the depressing winter is OVER <BR> <BR> If you were a toe nail polish what colour would you be…. Revlon's Chilliest Rose (circa 1973) <BR> <BR> Favourite pie.. Coconut Cream <BR> <BR> First record you ever bought… The Beatles: Hello Goodbye ("'I Am the Walrus" was the B side <BR> <BR> • Current perfume you use...None...BUT would use ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 20:41:20 EST Handling Disappointment: One of my Greatest Weaknesses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718425 <BR> <em>227</em> Disclaimer: Do not read this if you are not in the mood for "Pity Party". <BR> <BR> I have been trying to work on this, but I do NOT handle disappointment well. At all. ESPECIALLY when it involves something that I have been anticipating for a very long time. My brain is wired to visualize future events and it does. Frequently. In fact, I can have almost as much fun anticipating a vacation as the vacation. I am not kidding. It is like a little movie in my head. For year... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:09:08 EST Special Dinner Tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686290 Tonight we are getting together with my daughter and going out to dinner at a fabulous restaurant at a the beach. This will be an advance, joint celebration to include her 29th birthday, my 57th and Mothers Day. My best friend (and also a surrogate grandma to both of my kids, so she is really family) is coming along and my daughter's girlfriend will be there too. I am going to eat well today with lots of veggies and water. We plan on getting there early and doing a lot of walking, so that is ... Sat, 3 May 2014 08:27:15 EST Plan for May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684590 <BR> My plan for May is to: <BR> <BR> 1. Weigh in every day (that I am home). <BR> <BR> As my sister would say "This keeps me honest." <BR> <BR> 2. Knock off the binging and get a Binge Free streak going. <BR> <BR> I have had some rough patches in my life and crumbled, but I have to get a grip. Binging only makes my stress WORSE. <BR> <BR> 3. Give the lemon and cayenne beverage a try in the morning. <BR> <BR> I tried this for the first time this morning. AWFUL. Maybe I... Thu, 1 May 2014 06:29:17 EST My Niece Loves Horses... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682899 ...and this was on her FB page this morning. This even LOOKS like her as a little girl! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1693722644.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a blessed Tuesday! <em>41</em> <BR> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 06:32:01 EST The Bra Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667679 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1652303894.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1255122217.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l296592726.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Disclaimer: This blog may contain TMI. If you cannot handle a frank discussion about breasts and bras, leave now. If you decide to read on, you will at least know that you are not alone. If you are male and do not wear a bra, at least this will give you one more thing to... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 20:28:41 EST April is off to a good start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665530 Although I am not "delighted" with last week, I AM pleased. I am back on track with my eating, not perfect but definitely an improvement. I hit my minimum <em>550</em> 5 servings of fruits/veggies, <em>194</em> 8 cups of water and I did not binge <em>224</em> . I feel like I have a realistic plan and my start in April gives me the boost to do even better this week. <BR> <BR> I struggle with overcoming my "all or nothing" way of thinking and I have devised a simple spreadsheet to ass... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 08:56:02 EST One Day at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659979 The last 2 months have been a nightmare. I won't go into details for A.) legal reasons, B.) I do not want to relive it. Suffice it to say I have been stress eating. It had been YEARS since I had been in the 240s and I was so excited about really making it to my goal "this time" and now I have crept back up to 251.4 as of today. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am so sick of spinning my wheels and getting nowhere. I need to figure out how to motivate myself to be consistently committed, regardless of outs... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:23:41 EST Truth Be Told... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648989 Truth be told, "Fabulous February" turned out to be not so Fabulous. <em>39</em> Sigh. As much as I tried and fought my way, I'll admit that I did succumb to my usual winter depression. I neglected my Spark Friends because I did not want to bring anyone else down and I did not feel I could be positive enough to help anyone. I felt guilty about it but I could not help myself, let alone anyone else and I did not want to "infect" anyone with any negativity and failure. So I backed off from in... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 09:42:05 EST Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629388 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l992061493.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Little darling <em>335</em> <BR> It seems like years since it's been clear <em>335</em> <BR> Here comes the sun <em>335</em> <BR> Here comes the sun, and I say <em>335</em> <BR> It's all right <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> I went for a walk a lunch time today and listened to Abbey Road. I am so glad to see the snow melt, even it is IS only a brief respite. There is more snow on tap for early n... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:53:34 EST Steppin' Back to 1973 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613432 Anyone remember the Marshall Tucker Band? I just got back from my walk and listened to the entire album. I had forgotten how friggin' awesome they are. Great Blues! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3neDglqhEI </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1484056990.jpg"> <BR> I had another great day today food-wise and exercise. I am all set for tomorrow and have pre-tracked my meals and am all packed up for the morning. I feel really good about having a... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 21:45:08 EST Moving DD this Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604046 We are moving our daughter to her year round rental tomorrow. She took a position at the beach back in September and there were no rentals available except for a furnished vacation rental which she was renting month to month and had to move out no later that April 30th. This will be the FOURTH move for her in less than a year. Hopefully she will stay at this place until she can save up enough to buy a home. <BR> <BR> She has had a crazy year. Her first move was from a studio apartment to mo... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 06:18:48 EST Monday - Fast Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599209 This is what I will have on my fast day tomorrow for 500 calories and 66 grams of protein: <BR> <BR> 6 oz. Fage PLAIN yogurt <BR> <BR> SOUP <BR> 1 C. chopped bell peppers <BR> .5 C. chopped onion <BR> 1 C. chopped celery <BR> 1 C. Bob's Red Mill Organic TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) <BR> 1 T. Better Than Boullion Vegetarian Chicken Base <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1432760225.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I will make the my "fast soup" tonight . I thought this would be awf... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:37:10 EST Trying Something New (and tortuous!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596319 I finally decided to give "The Fast Diet" a whirl. <BR> If you are not familiar, "The Fast Diet" AKA the 5:2 Diet is basically this: <BR> <BR> Two days a week you keep your calories to a 500 per day (for women, men get 600) and the rest of the week eat normally. I have been stuck at 252 for a while so I am going to see if I can do this. My SparkFriend FIFIFRIZZLE has had great success with this method. I'll let you know if this breaks my plateau. I think I will try to do my "fast days" on Mo... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:24:44 EST Dreary Day for a Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583214 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1550823323.jpg"> <BR> ...but I got myself out there anyway. That's something. I am really, really, really trying to keep from falling into my usual January depression by getting out for some fresh air and sunshine a few days a week. It was so bleak and miserable out. I was starting to think that maybe I should have stayed inside on the treadmill. Then I saw THIS: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l774744128.jpg"> ... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 16:36:41 EST One Guinea Pig at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579991 My <em>223</em> _KATHY_ reposted the hilarious, "thought-provoking" blog: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579416 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I know I can reach my goal, one Guinea Pig at a time. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> What is YOUR goal? Thu, 2 Jan 2014 20:55:42 EST Planning + Prep + Follow Through = Results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577983 <BR> <BR> One of the things I have been making recently and thoroughly enjoying is homemade vegetable soup. It tastes so much better than the canned soups and is SO EASY (and cheap) to make. Not to mention , it is packed with nutrients, fiber and I can control the sodium. I can zap it in the microwave for a warm snack or add it to my lunch at work. <BR> <BR> The only problem I was having was that I was storing it in ziploc containers and it kept getting jostled and would leak in my lunch ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:48:00 EST Taking a POLL: Should I Join Biggest Loser Competition at Work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576425 Disclaimer: This is a LONG, rambling blog intended to organize my thoughts. If you are here to help me make a decision and want to skip the preamble, go straight to paragraph 4. <BR> <BR> 1. First off, let me say that I work for an AWESOME small company. Since I started 3 years ago we have grown from 21 employees to 27 and are slated to hire 2 more in the coming months. We have outgrown our space and will be moving to a brand new facility in 2014. Business has been phenomenal and shows no ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 09:02:36 EST Emerald City Cue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573028 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l208873562.jpg"> <BR> I went to get a BADLY needed pedicure yesterday. I used to do it myself (and not nearly as nicely!) when we had kids at home and then in college. Finances eased up a bit a few years ago and I started treating myself to a pedicure every 3 weeks when I started my current job. One of the things I enjoy is that I am permitted to wear open toed shoes or sandals in the workplace. I feel that if you show your toes at work... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 12:12:45 EST Decorations- #16 - - SPARKTHESEASON Photo Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565361 Decorations- #16 <BR> <BR> I am a little sad about the light situation. I wanted a LOT outside and only got them on the front door. My fave is lots of blue lights. When we are retired I WILL have excessive lights! <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Front door. Boring. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1321789862.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l973760950.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:05:15 EST Relaxation - #14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564187 Relaxation - #14 - - SPARKTHESEASON Photo Challenge <BR> <BR> I got to sleep in today, <em>106</em> drink coffee, read and relax. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I will be going to do some shopping today and we were going to go out for breakfast, but he wanted to go to Bob Evans. I knew that by the time we showered and got there it would be LATE and I would be STARVING and probably would make bad choices...SO….I decided to treat myself and make something I do not have time to do during the work wee... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 12:03:11 EST Someone I Love - #11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563337 Someone I Love - #11 - - SPARKTHESEASON Photo Challenge <BR> <BR> <BR> Of course I love my human family, but I also dearly love my <em>172</em> rabbits. This is Gerard and Violet decked out in their holiday garb at the vet's office last week. <em>460</em> HOPPY HOLIDAYS! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l583935305.jpg"> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 06:03:15 EST Breakfast - #11 - - SPARKTHESEASON Photo Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562658 Breakfast Salad! Not for me - for my rabbits, Gerard and Violet: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l843245756.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sandwich thin with Yves Veggie Bologna: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1342231333.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Grapefruit juice (soon to be blended) with frozen Strawberries: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l948055991.jpg"> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 06:45:04 EST Look What I Found! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561845 I was reading an article on my Start Page about feature that SparkPeople has that we might not be aware of and I discover the Spark Summary. I think this will be a HUGE help to me in staying within my calories ranges. <BR> <BR> I think this is the link to get there <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/stay-on-<BR>track-calendar.asp </link> <BR> <BR> If that does not work, go to: <BR> <BR> -My Reports <BR> -Spark Summary <BR> <BR> I see now why I am not losing i... 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