WISLNDR's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WISLNDR WISLNDR'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 "Never Quit" Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056765 I copied this from CERIUSLY; take the pledge and spread the word! I am excited about beginning my 5th 5% Challenge; wow, 5 already? Time flies when you're having fun! I am ready and I am focused! <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>-------------------------------- <BR> <BR> I copied this from JAZZEJR's blog from today. She re-blogged it from June 30 2012, when she got it from BBONET who got it from Musolf6, who got it from... <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 30, 2012 <BR> Taken fr... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 10:31:24 EST Another 5% Challenge is beginning soon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987514 The next 5% Challenge is beginning soon! <BR> <BR> Does this sound like something you might be interested in? I'm including a link to a great blog that spells it all out. This will be my fourth 5% Challenge; during the last three Challenges, I have lost 30 pounds. When I first joined in January, I was looking for something to keep me focused and this was definitely the right step to take. Even during the Summer Challenge when my overwhelmingly busy schedule slowed me down a bit, I kep... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:21:38 EST Stars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963069 Last night, I fell asleep before it was dark and when I awoke for my 2:30 bathroom call, I discovered that I had not closed my bedroom curtains. I was going to do that but I saw that there were so many stars in the sky! I left the curtains open and went outside instead to marvel at the beauty of God's creation; I was reminded of something I had shared with a friend whose father recently passed away. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f80d55b-a1cb-4300-9fd1-12383fcaa075.... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 06:27:00 EST Small Changes and 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889091 I finished the Winter 5% Challenge; the past 8 weeks flew by and so did I! I got my 5%; 11 pounds lost and 2 inches each off my waist and hips. I really wanted to start wearing some different clothes that are in my closet waiting for me and I have started doing just that. I will have to rethink my yearly exercise minutes as I am already 67% to goal. <BR> <BR> I reestablished some good habits that I used to do and realized yet again that even the smallest effort produces results. I pla... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 08:46:47 EST March On! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884961 February certainly flew by! <BR> <BR> I'm heading into the last week of the 5% Winter Challenge. I've really enjoyed participating and expect to continue the new routines I've established. Accountability to my team was important and I am a tad concerned that I will slide back into some old habits so while I wait for the next Challenge, I'll be doing the Small Changes Challenge this month. I've learned firsthand how the little things add up. 2000 exercise minutes during the short mon... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:01:49 EST ONLY?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866948 I had a conversation with a coworker recently who's been on a hospital-sponsored weight reduction program complete with special foods. She's staying focused to her regimen and the other day I stopped to talk to her and see how she's doing. <BR> <BR> "You're losing weight, aren't you?" <BR> "Yes, I am." <BR> "I can tell. How much have you lost?" <BR> She responds with a dismissive face. "Oh, ONLY 15 pounds." <BR> "What's this ONLY 15 pounds?? That's awesome!! Go to the store and put 3 5... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 07:22:50 EST Tracking and Measuring, Pt. 2 (or Today's NSV) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862023 My grocery list doesn't change much from week to week. I keep a running tally throughout the week on a dry erase board that's on my refrigerator and then on Saturday or Sunday, I stock up for the upcoming week. I've noticed something over the last two weeks: even by the end of the week, the list has been pretty short. What's changed? <BR> <BR> Apparently, measuring all my food is paying off in more than one way! This shouldn't come as any surprise to me since I've certainly seen this ti... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 08:07:35 EST Cleaning out the Inbox - The Most Important Tip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861420 Week 2 of the Winter 5% Challenge is completed; another 2 pounds lost and I'm really getting the exercise minutes in!! I've lost 5 pounds since I started and spent a little time yesterday walking around with a 5 pound dumbbell to reinforce in my mind what 5 pounds gone really feels like. On to Week 3!! <BR> <BR> I try to keep my email inbox manageable on a daily basis but it's starting to bulge again. There are things there that I need to revisit and spend more time on and as a result, th... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:57:12 EST Track, Measure and Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856209 Even though I haven't written a blog in over a year, a lot of you know that I've been around SP doing other activities. It's good for me to change up my routine from time to time and I've been spending a lot of my time on a couple of teams which was taking up the time that I used to spend writing blogs. <BR> <BR> In a Spark of a moment, I signed up for the 2015 Winter 5% Challenge and joined the Walkers, Runners, Joggers & Gadgeters team. Talk about changing up my routine! Agreeing to ... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 06:20:40 EST Time Well Spent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570915 Yesterday was a mentally tiring day for me spent moving important files from my elderly, not quite working laptop onto my new borrowed laptop. (See my previous blog, "A Friend in Need" for all the details.) I was able to get about half of my list accomplished and now that I have a better feel for what I have to do, I'll spend a little bit more time on it today but I intend on spending my time today doing things that decrease my stress, not add to it!! <BR> <BR> I had been looking forward t... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 07:30:43 EST A Friend in Need http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569690 "NO, NOT AGAIN!" <BR> <BR> That was my response on Friday morning when I went to shut down my computer before I left for work. Diagonal lines of diamonds all across the screen, a repeat of something that happened last December. I had this laptop repaired last year but I have the feeling it might be time for a new one. There's no money right now and it's going to take some creativity on my part to figure this one out. So many thoughts running through my brain in the 5 minutes I had befo... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 07:37:00 EST Taking Action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564694 I didn't write a blog last week; I didn't have anything to say. Even now, I still don't feel like I have anything particularly noteworthy to share but I wanted to write something today to keep the habit active. Putting off the writing for just a little while longer this morning, I logged into FaceBook and this was waiting for me: <BR> <BR> Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. <BR> Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> OK, thanks Ben!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a DRY da... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 08:09:00 EST Fix What's Broken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553923 I read a lot of online articles on a variety of topics; I keep what's useful and delete what's not. (Pinterest has been extremely helpful in keeping me organized and my inbox manageable!) One article in particular that caught my attention a while back was "6 Easy Feng Shui Tips That Work For Everyone." Now I don't know a lot about Feng Shui or even if it's something I'm interested in learning more about but I liked the ideas and felt that it was "pin-worthy." (The link is at the end of th... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 07:32:52 EST Small Goals, Big Accomplishments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549649 I don't like to set long-term goals for myself. I don't plan on losing 10 more pounds by the end of the year or doing a Half Marathon on New Year's Day. My goal for tomorrow is always to be happier than I am today (and sometimes I just don't know how that's possible; it's a good life today!) My goal for 6 months from now looks pretty much like my goal for tomorrow; each day better than the last. <BR> <BR> I do set small, achievable goals for myself, things that I know I'm capable of ac... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 06:49:55 EST ALL is definitely well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543215 How is it that Thanksgiving is only 10 days away? It's true what older people have always told me: the older you get, the faster time passes. (And now I'm one of those "Older People" teaching younger people this same lesson!) <BR> <BR> The week started with such unpleasant weather, windy and cold. (Cold is definitely a relative term and 21 degrees is going to feel warm in January but since this is still November, I reserve the right to complain!!) I was watching the geese overhead, envi... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 07:04:13 EST A Challenging Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537081 As I wrote last week, I am participating in a monthlong challenge on the Positive Bloggers Team. (Details at the end of the blog.) I also decided to participate in a monthlong challenge on Low Carb - 50's+ Females team; there I chose to make sure I got in at least 10 minutes of exercise EVERY DAY (I'm a bit of Marathon Exerciser so some days see no exercise at all.) Someone else decided to track their food all month and I thought that sounded like a good challenge also so now I'm also track... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 07:15:00 EST Falling Back into Comfortable Places http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530674 Get ready for a ramble; I haven't posted a blog in at least three weeks and I wanted to get back in the swing of a Sunday blog. <BR> ----------------------------- <BR> <BR> I've been on an inward spiral lately now that I'm done chasing those last nice weather days. (This inward spiral is actually good news for me, a returning to myself.) The first half of October was a beautiful time, sunny and 70's every day. What an extra blessing! Now most days are cold, gloomy and rainy and I find mys... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 07:29:14 EST Feeling lost? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511354 I shall be telling this with a sigh <BR> Somewhere ages and ages hence: <BR> Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— <BR> I took the one less traveled by, <BR> And that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost <BR> <BR> Over the years, I've frequently gotten comments from my friends that I always seem to know the back roads, the "scenic routes." A few days ago, I was out gallivanting with an similarly adventurous friend and since I was expecting to get lost as we explored some new routes, ... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 08:29:28 EST Who's with you on The Path? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499511 (When I got out of bed this morning, I had decided not to write this blog because I wasn't sure where it was going to go and while I think it's an awesome story, I couldn't find any relevance to our journeys here. When I went to the computer, I discovered that my internet connection wasn't working and since my morning ritual was now disrupted I might as well start writing! It's taken all day to get back on line; it's been a busy day!) <BR> <BR> I've been researching my family tree a lot l... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 18:25:45 EST So what's so great about Fall? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492481 Happy First Day of Autumn, I know that for a lot of you, this is the best time of the year! <BR> <BR> I've missed posting the weekly blog; I really didn't intend on taking 4 months away. I was really only planning on taking a blog-break during the month of June, Then it was July and quickly it was August and now here we are! Summer just got busier and busier and eventually the busy-ness took too much time away from my writing. It's my experience that the more time I have to write, the ... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 06:16:17 EST Update from my niece http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363081 Here's an out-of-the-ordinary Tuesday blog from me. Actually, it's from my niece (posted yesterday) but I had to share here. (See the end of my blog from Sunday for more details.) Blessings abound in my family today!! <BR> <BR> ------------------- <BR> <BR> I have wonderful news to share! Our wonderful, merciful, healing Lord has helped me reach two terrific accomplishments! <BR> <BR> 1) I ran a half marathon yesterday! <BR> <BR> 2)Today I had an MRI and the results couldn't have been... Tue, 21 May 2013 06:53:41 EST Right Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360825 Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> One morning during the past week I was reading a blog on another website and discovered a new way of finding gratitude in my day. Before I ever get out of bed each morning, I already spend a few minutes thinking of all the things I have to be grateful for in my life but this question gave my daily question a new way of looking at all my blessings. <BR> <BR> "What's good about your life right now?" <BR> <BR> RIGHT NOW. As I'm writing this, I'm admiring all the d... Sun, 19 May 2013 07:54:02 EST Mother's Day Daffodils http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352815 Happy Mother's Day! <BR> <BR> I'm posting a day early because tomorrow will be a busy day and I'm trying to get a lot of my Sunday activities accomplished today. I'm actually reposting a favorite blog of mine that I think of around this time every year when the daffodils appear in my yard. They're a bit late this year but they are finally making their reappearance just in time for Mother's Day. <BR> <BR> Saturday, April 17, 2010 <BR> I am still thinking about the horoscope that appeared... Sat, 11 May 2013 07:25:41 EST It's Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345990 I think it's over for a while. Winter, that is. (I whisper it quietly, I don't want to tempt the Fates!) <BR> <BR> There's beauty in every season but for me, there's such a special sweetness to Spring. Discoveries waiting around every corner and old friends who have returned. There's a moment every Spring when I'm sitting in the afternoon sun and I feel victorious; I made it through the Winter!! This year it took a little while longer to get to that point but it's here now, the real... Sun, 5 May 2013 08:25:47 EST Forced out of my routine, kicking and screaming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337957 I live a life of predictability and routine. I try to go to bed and wake up at the same times each day. I tend to eat many of the same things every day (it's just easier for me, no decisions.) When the time comes that I'm missing a particular ingredient for my already planned meal, I make a change and frequently I discover that it worked out just as well and I didn't really need that missing ingredient after all. <BR> <BR> My predictable home life helps me deal with the unpredictability ... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 06:52:07 EST Here's That Rainy Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322512 "Boy, I'll really be able to get my fitness back on track once the weather gets warmer!" <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> The weather has been so crummy every day this week, snow, sleet, rain, ice, wind, cooler temps (notice I didn't write cold - the January cold is gone) and these days, all I want to do is go out and walk in the sunshine or ride my bike. <BR> <BR> I know I'm not alone here; there's a lot of us who are seeing winter scenes from our windows! Once in a while, I look out and sim... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 07:47:29 EST Wow, only 4 Rules? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314345 I subscribe to several blogs and newsletters; I don't always have time to read them when they first come in but I try to scan through them right away and many of them get saved to read later. This week, the inbox was particularly overwhelming and I had to be a little less judicious in what I chose to save for later. A lot of interesting things got deleted; there will be more interesting things coming!! <BR> <BR> Enter Wayne Dyer. Somehow he always shows up when I'm not looking for him. (... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 07:45:38 EST "STEP AWAY FROM THE CAKE" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309699 Yesterday, I wrote of my concerns on going to work after the Easter weekend and all the food that would be waiting, the leftovers from family gatherings and all the candy. <BR> <BR> All in all, yesterday went pretty well. I am glad that I went in to work armed with a plan because as soon as I walked in the door at 7:45 a.m. the first things I saw were a bag of barbecue potato chips and a bag of jelly beans. <BR> <BR> By 8: 20, the jalapeno sausage and crackers and more jelly beans showe... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 05:22:53 EST Warning! Danger Ahead!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308420 Our local newspaper has a daily online poll; sometimes I participate, sometimes not. Today's question is: <BR> <BR> What's your favorite leftover Easter candy? <BR> - jelly beans <BR> - peeps <BR> - cadbury eggs <BR> <BR> (jelly beans are just a bit ahead of cadbury eggs and peeps are waaaay behind.) <BR> <BR> My vote goes for NOTHING!! Reading this poll reminds me that my coworkers will be bringing in leftover goodies when I return to work today and I need to keep reminding myself that ... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 06:26:47 EST What works today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307008 WHAT WORKS TODAY <BR> <BR> . . . . might not be what worked yesterday <BR> <BR> Back in December my laptop died. I live pretty close to the edge financially and I wasn't sure what I was going to do but a cherished friend of mine immediately stepped in and said that he had a laptop he wasn't using and I could take it for as long as I needed it. <BR> <BR> I took my laptop to the local Apple-approved repair shop; they wanted almost $1100 to fix it. Another friend of mine suggested a differ... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 05:25:26 EST This 'n' That http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297989 This is one of those weeks where I have a blog halfway done and don't feel like finishing it yet. I just feel chatty this morning so I'll save the other blog for next week. <BR> <BR> I slept in this morning, what a treat! I think I finally have the time-change under control. <BR> <BR> Spring is coming, slow though it may be. I saw some robins on Tuesday, the worst day of the week; snow and bitter winds yet there they were in the tree. I checked to see if they were wearing long-underwe... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 08:23:41 EST The Joy in Existing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291470 My Sunday blog on Monday! <BR> <BR> I've spent my Monday getting caught up from the weekend.  I had a last-minute guest arrive on Saturday which required a flurry of cleaning (cleaning sure is great exercise!) followed by lots of going out and doing things; shopping, church, a concert, meals, and simply enjoying one another's company.   <BR> <BR> I resisted the suggestions to eat out.   I knew I could create better food at home, healthier choices and less expensive!  It was fun to share my ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:14:40 EST Gratitude and Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280879 Gratitude: <BR> <BR> This has been a financially challenging week for me. I know that things always work out but earlier this morning, I found that I just was not able to get unfocused from money. I really didn't want to waste my precious Sunday worrying about things I can't solve today but I just couldn't get disconnected. <BR> <BR> I started catching up on emails and came across an article about values. If you do a search for "Values", there's all kinds of lists to peruse and consider ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 08:16:37 EST Tracking into Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272937 I joined the Positive Bloggers team last week and then didn't post all week!! Last Sunday, my brother gave me a box from his basement filled with an absolute gold-mine of family history and I have been sifting and sorting all week. What fun! (A side-note: always write who's in the picture on the back of your photos. It really helps the family historians!!) <BR> <BR> But now, back to business. <BR> <BR> Last August, I blew a 20 month exercise streak and at that point, I just didn't care... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 15:16:06 EST There's no time like NOW http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261796 What a gorgeous morning! I went outside briefly while it was still dark to admire the clear night sky, the full moon shining in the west and the fresh snow from yesterday glittering in the moonlight. It was so beautiful and I was filled with awe and gratitude at what I was seeing. I came inside to write down my feelings before they became diluted with the tasks of the day and when I went back outside to continue admiring the view, the picture had changed; the moon had continued its path be... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 07:44:11 EST Icy Journeys http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254548 (A Monday bonus blog, Sunday is usually my day to post.) <BR> <BR> <BR> Winter has finally settled in for the short time it has left. (I am determined that Spring will come soon!) It's been so icy here in Northeast Wisconsin over the last week or so and some days are better than others. Most of the time, I don't feel comfortable walking while my head is in the clouds; instead, it has become a very cautious journey. I miss the warmer days when I can just enjoy being alive as I walk fro... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:00:43 EST The Voice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253307 As we approached Valentine's Day, my inbox saw many postings about love. Most interesting to me were the ones about loving ourselves. I have been working on this for some time now and try daily to remind myself of all the things that are good and lovable about me. <BR> <BR> I made an interesting discovery recently. I have this tiny inner voice that talks down to me; it's so deep-rooted that I didn't recognize its presence. It tells me that my dreams are not realistic or attainable. It's... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 07:22:22 EST Change your tune http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235352 "YOU'D BETTER CHANGE YOUR TUNE!" <BR> <BR> Did anyone ever tell you this? (My mother told me this a lot; "If you think that (fill in the blank), you'd better change your tune!") <BR> <BR> I don't share a lot about my professional life (other than the fact that we eat A LOT at my office) but I started my adult life as a professional musician. It was a hard life financially and when a more secure job came up in the Public Sector, I took it on and put my music career on the back burner, onl... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 07:55:34 EST 4 Little Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5226860 4 Little Goals <BR> <BR> I'm waiting for the snowplow to come and clear my driveway so I can get out and run some errands. I don't have anywhere I need to be today so this is kind of fun, a mini-snow day! <BR> <BR> I was thinking about my 4 little goals this morning; 4 things I promised myself I would do every day: <BR> - enough Spark points for a bonus spin <BR> - 1 core exercise <BR> - 20 minute walk <BR> - eat one meal without outside distractions, i.e., TV, computer etc. <BR> <BR> The... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 10:07:47 EST "Share what you know." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225222 "Who broke into my spiritual house? What did they take? What did they leave?" <BR> -------------------------------- <BR> <BR> I have to admit a fair amount of surprise at the response to my blog last week. I suspected something was up as I started getting responses from people I had never heard from before and when I saw that it had been featured on the Best of Spark People Daily, all the pieces fell into place. It was an powerful affirmation for me, a response to something that happene... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 07:12:34 EST Tools in the Tool Box http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215232 I started out this morning as I do every morning. Before I ever get out of bed, I'm thinking about all the things in my life that I'm grateful for. My first "official" thought can be the most enlightening one of the day for me; it comes from deep within at a time when there are no outside distractions. (And if I don't write it down immediately it is gone, not to return. It's like my dreams; forgotten in an instant!) <BR> <BR> I woke up at 4:00 a.m. not terribly interested in actually get... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 08:22:21 EST There are no coincidences in this life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206118 Things are moving right along, back on track. December was an unsettled month for me and January is now providing the balance I've looking for. <BR> <BR> Aside from a residual cough, my cold is gone and, since illness is still in my midst (my office is quite empty due to sick-leave absences) I will be much more vigilant so I don't repeat this experience. <BR> <BR> The holidays are done and while there are leftover treats still making their appearance, the volume of snacks is definitely dec... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 06:26:01 EST Time for enjoyment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192694 No deep thoughts today. I can't think of any great discovery I care to write about. (When that happens I get a picture in my mind of me pushing at a door that's meant to be pulled. Time to step back and look again.) <BR> <BR> I've been doing battle with a cold for the last 10 days (I'm winning - each day is a little better) and it makes me appreciate my good health all the more. I don't get sick very often and now I understand why: I DON'T HAVE THE TIME. <BR> <BR> Being sick took all of... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:17:40 EST BONUS BLOG: 13 Positive Quotes for 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183302 Two blogs today! <BR> <BR> I received this in an email this morning and definitely wanted to share. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> 13 Positive Quotes for 2013 <BR> <BR> We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden. Johann Wolfgan <BR> <BR> If all you can do is crawl, start crawling. Rumi <BR> <BR> Everyman should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Henry Ward Beecher <BR> <BR> You will never win if you never begin. Helen Rowland <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 08:21:37 EST Thank you, 2012; Welcome, 2013! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183199 Thank you, 2012. I had hoped for a year of creativity, to create the best life I could. I certainly did that; I'm living this awesome life that works for me. It's no one else's life but mine. I didn't find it in a book or on a website; I simply gave everything a try until I found each tiny piece of the puzzle. I'm still looking for more pieces; I'm definitely a work in progress! <BR> <BR> -I learned that 5 minutes of daily meditation leads to an entire day of peace. <BR> -I learned th... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 06:28:48 EST Plan BE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167857 It has been a week for backup plans. <BR> <BR> Last week, I wrote of my broken computer. A very dear friend of mine who loves me in good times and bad has lent me a laptop for the duration that's better than the one I have now. But it's not MY computer. All those great shortcuts we program in to save time are gone and I have to search for everything. Because my morning time is limited, I've had to reduce my computer usage to only what's most important and eliminate those mindless things ... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 07:17:51 EST Matters of Convenience and Surprises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160967 This week, I've been thinking about a lot of things but my focus has been on matters of convenience, those choices we make because they're just easier than looking for other options. I tend to shop at a grocery store that's on my way home even though it's more expensive; it's convenient! Routines become habits as do the excuses for current choices: "that's the way I've ALWAYS done it, it's just easier." Making the same choices over and over (especially when they're not good ones) that are ... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 10:43:47 EST OK, I lied http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153249 I have been writing over the past few months that I put the scale away. It's still on its shelf but I did pull it out and check on November 1. Before I checked, I made sure that I said out loud, "Whatever this says is not going to determine how my day goes." I checked again a couple of days ago; before I looked, I reminded myself that the number on the scale was not going to determine how my day was going to go. I already knew by how my clothes were fitting and how I felt at the end of t... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 06:42:54 EST Holiday Decorating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144851 I'm not much of a Christmas decorator. It's so much fun to put everything up and such an object of procrastination when it's time to put it all away! My brother and sister-in-law go all out at Christmas time and the entire house is transformed in the process. Furniture disappears and memories of the many Christmases past appear, of 40 years of marriage (wow, 40 years!) of children, of joy and happiness and this year, of serious illness and miraculous healing. <BR> <BR> About a month ago, ... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 08:05:38 EST Check Engine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139004 I do love my car. I bought it 3 years ago after 6 months of searching and researching. I knew in my heart what I really wanted but since everyone in my world had an opinion as to what I SHOULD buy, I put my choice aside and kept looking. I found that I didn't like what I could afford and what I did like, I couldn't justify the cost. At some point on that particular journey, I decided that today was the day I would make a decision and that was when I discovered that the car I had wanted a... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 06:18:36 EST