WIZKEY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WIZKEY WIZKEY'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/ Green, Eggs and Spam Quinoa Muffins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084007 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/908fd8b4-dbf5-4f72-93dd-0f1907e2d4e6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's no secret that my new favorite grain is quinoa (see my recipe for Cranberry Quinoa Muffins <link>teressamorris.com/2015/11/12/cranber<BR>ry-quinoa-muffins/ </link> ). It's high in protein, fiber AND iron. Plus, it's gluten free. What's not to love? I'm always on the lookout for new quinoa ideas, since we mostly eat it steamed, like rice. <BR> <BR> Recently I bought a big bag of ka... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 15:04:47 EST Things I'm Doing Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057383 Taking all my meds when I'm supposed to. <BR> Spoke up for myself at work. <BR> Came up with an incentive system for nutrition and fitness tracking. <BR> <BR> <BR> I will try to post a list of things I'm doing right every time I write a blog post this year. Fri, 1 Jan 2016 20:54:20 EST My Motivation For Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049870 The Winter 5% Challenge is starting soon. Before every challenge we are asked to list our top 10 reasons for wanting to lose weight. Since I have been stable but stuck at the same weight for a couple of years now, I thought it would be a good idea to remind myself of why I started on this journey to begin with. <BR> <BR> 1. Reduce blood pressure medication <BR> 2. Get more stamina <BR> 3. Not be tired all the time <BR> 4. Learn to be a more mindful eater. <BR> 5 Gain more upper body strength... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 16:30:23 EST Cranberry Quinoa Muffins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032070 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/faf879bd-fe93-4b47-854a-9752e721b244.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Quinoa is my new favorite grain!! A 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa contains 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 10% your daily requirement of iron. Plus it's yummy!! <BR> <BR> Now that I can get a pound of quinoa for only $4.99 at Trader Joe's, I finally have the opportunity to look for recipes incorporating this delicious superfood. When I found a recipe for cranberry quinoa muffins, I k... Sat, 14 Nov 2015 14:20:04 EST A Halloween Pic and a Request http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023992 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/15969744-3301-45ee-a6a1-7e6ddd2c38b7.jpg"> <BR> This is from our office Halloween party. I am on the far left. <BR> <BR> Still recovering from another nasty sinus infection. I got in a walk with hubby yesterday. Did my fastest time in awhile - a 17 minute mile. Not great, but I'll take it. <BR> <BR> I have a small request. I am updating my professional blog and I would love your advice. If you could click through to the survey and let m... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 01:23:28 EST Cranberry Chia Oatmeal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6013240 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f416e491-5ac2-4c38-a67a-47e9f02eef41.jpg"> <BR> I am not a big fan of oatmeal. I have always found it fairly bland. One time, at a restaurant, I wasn't feeling good so I ordered oatmeal. They brought me the creamiest, tastiest oatmeal I had ever had. Turns out, it was cooked in milk - what a big difference!! <BR> <BR> Recently I added oatmeal back into my morning routine. I only have it about once a week, on the weekends, but at least it's a... Sun, 11 Oct 2015 15:46:49 EST Spite Eating- Is that a thing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6011339 So today I had something strange happen, at least for me. At lunch time I went in the break room at work to heat up my food. I almost always take my lunch away from work. <BR> <BR> While I was waiting for the microwave, one of my co-workers asked me to taste this green drink that he and his wife make. He poured a little bit into a Dixie cup and asked me to taste it. It wasn't bad He has been trying to convince me that if I drink this stuff every day it will cure my asthma because when hi... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 00:22:00 EST Making a Vision Board http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972897 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cdbb7d95-595f-4d9a-a55c-5305165279f5.jpg"> <BR> The other day, while hanging out on Sparkpeople, I read a comment from my friend Laura(FITFORMYKIDS). She had "found" some pounds which were previously lost and was looking for a way to keep her motivation going. She mentioned making a vision board. <BR> <BR> Laura's comment really "sparked" something in me (pardon the pun). It has been more than 3 1/2 years since I made my last vision board. ... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 00:19:37 EST Lots of Changes =Good Stress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959139 Spent the last week on a very relaxing vacation at my in-laws house in Oregon. They were very understanding of the emotional upheaval we have been through over the past month and a half. It took me 3 days to feel like a normal person again. <BR> <BR> Anyway, while we were there I got an email from Washington County. They liked my resume' and want me to take a skills test a week from Monday. So we are back home for a week, then back to Oregon for a couple of days. Two days after we get ba... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 15:02:14 EST Releasing Emotions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939140 As I mentioned in my previous blog, I did not raise my voice, or even cry, when the incident with my son's girlfriend occurred. Since then I have also had to deal with my son being verbally abusive. Again, I did not raise my voice and cried very little after he left - just little bits on and off. I always feel guilty for crying in front of others. <BR> Today I think I am suffering the effects of not dealing with my grief and the emotional trauma I have been dealing with for a long time. <BR>... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 15:49:09 EST Family Drama - Again :-( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934005 I had a bad feeling for a couple of days. My son and his girlfriend (who both live with us) were on edge and high energy (not a good combination). They started deep cleaning the house and rearranging all our stuff. We were nice about it, but they were angry that we weren't "grateful." <BR> I had a one-on-one talk with my son on Friday and I thought we had reached some resolution. We strongly disagree with each other, but at least we were talking and listening. Also I thought they would r... Mon, 25 May 2015 13:49:51 EST Don't Laugh, Please!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925366 My video review of PKB - the Portable Kettlebell - I think I look pretty goofy, but it was a good experience. Sat, 9 May 2015 14:50:38 EST PKB - the Portable Kettlebell Review (sponsored) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925364 As part of my journey to a healthier me, I like trying different types of exercise. I always enjoy working out with my hand weights and exercise bands, but I wanted to try something new. <BR> <BR> I was thrilled when the people at Advantage asked me to review their PKB – the Portable Kettlebell. <BR> <link>teressamorris.com/2015/05/pkb-the-po<BR>rtable-kettlebell-review-pkb/ </link> Sat, 9 May 2015 14:45:54 EST Photos from Our Vacation - Drought Related http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905422 I'm sure many of you have heard about the drought we are having here on the West Coast, but unless you live here, it might be hard to visualize. Hubby and I went to South Lake Tahoe this last week for vacation. We took some pictures to show how bad the drought is: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l387464658.jpg"> <BR> The left picture is the lake last May. The right picture is a few days ago. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l541035595.jpg"> <B... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 16:13:12 EST My Weight Loss Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901726 As part of the Spring 5% Challenge, I have been asked to list my 10 motivations for losing weight. Honestly, I've been struggling with motivation for quite some time. I have been very motivated to maintain, but not so motivated to lose. <BR> Recently, I started making some small changes to my diet which are helping me head in the right direction. <BR> Here are my 10 motivations for losing weight and getting fit: <BR> 10. Less weight means less strain on my lungs, which will hopefully help m... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:59:14 EST It's My Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892593 Or it was, on Monday. But I was feeling alone, with all my family away. My son was accepted into the California Conservation Corps and he had to go away for training the day before my birthday. Hubby didn't get back from helping out his parents until Tuesday. So I decided to go by my mom's philosophy, which is "It's your birthday all month!!" <BR> Anyway, I am officially 40 hm hm hm years old and I feel healthier (mostly) than I ever have before. One of the biggest reasons for that is al... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 01:05:21 EST Prayer Request Update #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882130 Mother-in-law had her surgery this morning. She did really well. She is in ICU for a few days, then 5 days in regular hospital, then home. Hoping she will stop smoking and drinking after this. Hubby is staying with them for another week and a half to make sure everything is okay. <BR> Thank you everyone so much for your prayers and support!! Today was the worst because I was so worried, but I feel like a giant weight is lifted now. <em>198</em> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:31:32 EST Prayer Request Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879663 Thank you for all those who reached out through your prayers and support after my prayer request blog. Here's an update: <BR> <BR> MIL's open heart surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, February 24. Prayers are still appreciated. <BR> <BR> Hubby's MRI was good. He has no tear in his muscle. I put him on the train last night for his parent's house. He will stay with them for two weeks to help out during his mom's recovery. <BR> <BR> My boss approved my request to go full-time sooner than e... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 23:32:15 EST Level Life Low Carb Snacks Review (sponsored) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871369 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1467270175.jpg"> <BR> A part of my journey to a healthier me, I have been tracking my food. Not just for calories and fat, but also to make sure I get enough protein and fiber in a day. <BR> <BR> Did you know you should be consuming between 10%-35% of your daily calories in protein? That means a person like me, who eats around 1500 calories a day, should be consuming a minimum of 38 protein grams a day. In addition, a female under the ag... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 17:27:34 EST Prayers Needed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870419 Okay, my friends. I am putting it all in God's hands, but my family could definitely use your prayers. <BR> <BR> First, my mother-in-law is having a heart bypass and valve replacement in a few weeks. The surgery will be in Portland, OR which is three hours away from her home and 12 hours away from ours. Father-in-law is going with her, but he hates big cities. Hubby really wants to go up and help them for a week or two. <BR> <BR> Second, hubby is having an MRI next week of his shoulder.... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 00:51:55 EST Eating Healthy Made Easier With Gorton's (sponsored) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857596 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l148452.jpg"> <BR> As many of you may know, a few years ago I lost over 30 pounds, thanks in large part to Sparkpeople.com and the friends I met there. And while I still haven't met my goal weight, I have kept a stable weight for the past two and a half years. <BR> <BR> Heading into the new year, I decided not to make resolutions as I have in the past. Instead, I decided to commit to one small change. For me, that change is having 5 small... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 02:12:23 EST The Progress I've Made and Plans for the New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843940 So yet again I basically maintained, even though I intended to lose weight. Still no gain for another year is a definite plus. <BR> <BR> The biggest area I made progress on in 2014 was self-care. I learned that I need to keep my salt intake low or I will blow up like a balloon. I learned to eat two crackers before I take my morning meds so I don't have heartburn all day. I learned I need to try to get at least a little bit of exercise every day for my emotional well-being as well as m... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 13:46:51 EST Another Emotional Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819592 I realize that I mostly blog about my emotions and family relationships. The reason is that I've finally figure out I need to process my emotions instead of stuffing them down with food. I hope you understand. <BR> <BR> Anyway, things have been going pretty well. Son is doing chores, his girlfriend got a part-time job. Son is probably going to need sinus surgery (we find out Friday) so we are holding off on pushing the job situation with him for the moment). <BR> <BR> This week has been... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:42:40 EST They're Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798802 Last night DS came over, profusely apologized and begged for his room back. It was an adult discussion and we were very proud of him. His girlfriend, is a different story. She "refused" to apologize, then when she realized she would be alone AND homeless if she didn't, texted an apology. I'm not impressed, but I am willing to make the concession for my son. We gave them a list of "demands" which they have agreed to and they know this is their last chance. So we'll see... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:40:32 EST Taking Care of Myself/Tough Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793520 Last night we had to call the police and have my DS, 19 and his girlfriend, 18 removed from our house. We are all okay and I am mostly relieved. It has been a long time coming. Finally, last night, while I was being called many ugly names a lightbulb turned on in my brain and I realized if I continued to accept this behavior from them then I was disrespecting myself. And how would I be able to demand respect from them if I wasn't respecting myself. So they are gone. <BR> I am taking a we... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 16:18:15 EST You're Too Young For Cataracts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785169 I have worn glasses since I was about 7 years old. And they've always been pretty thick and absolutely necessary. For awhile, in high school, and then on and off throughout my adult years, I wore contacts, but with all my sinus problems my eyes dried out so quickly that glasses were usually a more comfortable option. A few years ago presbyopia kicked in and I found that I could look over the top of my glasses to read a menu, the computer screen, etc., but if I wore contacts I needed readin... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:00:01 EST Rough Night but Proud of Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775258 Last night DH and I went to a game party at a friend's house. It was my first time "out" with my new eyes. You wouldn't believe the trauma I went through in my head because I am 1 1/2 weeks away from being able to wear eye makeup!! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, got to the party and due to my insecurities, had two drinks instead of the one I had planned and then did not keep track of my food. After the party was emotionally uncomfortable, so stuffed my feelings at Jack in the Box. <BR... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 15:56:05 EST Why I Still Want to Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772257 I have been stuck in a rut for a couple of years now. Bouncing back and forth over the same 5 pounds. I know that a lot of it is due to my myriad illnesses and a lot of it is due to my work schedule. I do feel good at this weight, but would still like to lose some more. <BR> Mainly I would like to firm up my upper arms and my abs. I would like to gain some strength and stamina. I would like to look younger than I am (within reason, LOL). I would like to be relaxed, healthy and happy. <B... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 23:02:47 EST Napa Earthquake 2014 - We Survived!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767077 It's amazing how much exercise you get cleaning up after an earthquake!! We're all okay - no serious damage (lost a TV and lots of glassware). If you'd like the gory details, you can read them here: <BR> <link>teressamorris.com/2014/08/napa-earth<BR>quake-2014-survived/ </link> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:15:08 EST Do You Know Your Bra Size? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747586 Wednesday was hubby's birthday. For his present, he decided to take me to Victoria's Secret to buy a new bra <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Once we got there, I tried on a bra in the size I THOUGHT I wore (the size on the tag of the bra I was currently wearing). It didn't fit right and I started getting very frustrated. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Hubby reminded me that VS does free bra fittings. So I asked, and even though it was a little embarrasing, the salesgirl was very sweet and after ... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:52:33 EST "Have You Lost Weight?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733126 We are visiting the in-laws in Oregon this week. Last night my mother-in-law asked "Have you lost weight? Because your booty looks smaller than it did the last time you <BR> were here." Thanks - I think. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Then last night, on Facebook, one of my "friends" saw a recent photo of me and asked, "Have you lost weight? You look good?" Seriously - what did I look like before? <BR> <BR> The truth is I've only lost a couple of pounds since January. I really think the l... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 13:41:47 EST The DASH Diet Health Plan Book Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719525 As you may know, I was recently diagnosed with venous insufficiency and put on a low-sodium diet. For some reason, at my doctor’s visit I wasn’t offered any resources and I didn’t think to ask for them. When I got home I was a little lost on how to implement low sodium or what it even meant, so I did an internet search. <BR> <BR> I found out that low-sodium refers to a daily diet of less than 1500 milligrams of sodium per day. I also discovered that the National Institutes of Health help... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:22:30 EST Finishing the Spring 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707211 So I won't have my final weigh in until tomorrow, but it looks like i will be finishing the Spring 5% Challenge 2 1/2% down. Mostly I am happy that the low sodium diet is working. Sat, 31 May 2014 01:49:01 EST Eating Out on a Low Sodium Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706458 I am not super low sodium. My doctor just wants me to stay under the 1500 mg maximum per day set by the American Heart Association. So I can have a little salt. But I am finding there are very few ready made things that I can eat. <BR> <BR> Of course, I've only been doing this a little over a week, so I'm still learning. Tonight, hubby wanted Chinese. I knew his favorite take out didn't have anything I could eat, so I made steamed brown rice with scallops and sauteed mushrooms and spina... Fri, 30 May 2014 00:41:17 EST Figuring Out Pain Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705608 I have had a really rough time sleeping the past couple nights, partially due to breathing problems and partially due to pain issues. <BR> <BR> The breathing issues are dependent on a lot of factors - today is much better!! But, I think I have figured out part of the pain issues. <BR> <BR> First, my hip has been hurting me. I figured out then when I prop my feet up at night (to relieve fluid build up in my ankles and feet), I have not been supporting my knees, which is in turn putting a l... Wed, 28 May 2014 23:03:52 EST Loving the 5% Challenge and My Casual Travellers!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704603 I am a huge fan of the 5% Challenge. We are wrapping up the spring challenge and sign ups have begun for the summer challenge. If you would like to sign up, you can go here <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=63123 </link> <BR> <BR> I started the challenges 4 or 5 years ago. I spent a couple of seasons with the Teddy Bears (still good Sparkfriends). Then I heard a new team was starting and volunteered to help out any way I could. Imagine my surprise whe... Tue, 27 May 2014 19:05:38 EST Hubby in Denial http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703584 Today I am a little frustrated with my hubby. Some history - both hubby and my mom are diet sabotagers. They encourage my healthy lifestyle as long as it doesn't interfere with what they want to do. But if we're out at the mall - we NEED to buy an ice cream. And if hubby wants a "cheat" night - he is mad if I don't want to do it with him. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I thought we were past that as he has been very encouraging with my exercise and took me to get compression stockings immediately aft... Mon, 26 May 2014 13:50:43 EST Low Sodium Diet at a Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702882 Last night hubby and I went to our monthly wine party. The food choices are never good. Usually I end up eating nothing and then hubby stops at Jack in the Box on the way home. I always stay in my calorie limits, but not really a healthy choice either. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I anticipated the same problem, especially since I am now low sodium. I scoped out the fast food menus in advance. Found out Wendy's had a few "not bad" choices. There were lots of fresh fruits and veggies at the part... Sun, 25 May 2014 15:23:22 EST Changing My Salt Intake Broke My Plateau!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702210 For the past 4 or 5 years I have had problems with swelling in my hands and feet - especially on hot days. Going back on my blood pressure meds last year brought the problem back under control - for awhile. <BR> <BR> Then, two weeks ago we had some unseasonably hot weather. My feet swelled so badly at work that I had to take off my shoes, then couldn't get them back on. Oops!! <BR> <BR> Went to see the doctor and she said I have venous insufficiency with peripheral edema. This means th... Sat, 24 May 2014 14:25:41 EST Some Cuteness for a Wednesday Afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684148 I know some of my Sparkfriends have been feeling stressed or down lately. Hoping these photos of our new grandbunny will cheer you up: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l402001745.jpg"> <BR> Willow and bunny (no name yet) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l305008470.jpg"> <BR> Kiff and bunny - can't tell if he's being loving or just hungry <em>211</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l866520891.jpg"> <BR> Bunny sleeping ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:13:32 EST Our Mini Vacay - Some Gorgeous Views http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677518 Hubby and I just got back from an awesome and relaxing mini vacay at Lake Tahoe. While we were there we got in a lot of walking and stair climbing. I thought I would share some pictures of our gorgeous views!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1830807950.jpg"> <BR> This was the view from our balcony!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2031076356.jpg"> <BR> View of the lake <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l133252190.jpg"> ... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:28:58 EST My Motivation for Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659389 Spring 5% Challenge is just around the corner. I did NOT do well in the Winter Challenge. To be honest, I probably gained at least 3 pounds during the challenge. I have learned that Utz Pub Mix is not my friend. I have also learned that standing with just my tiptoes on the edge of the scale is just lying to myself. <BR> <BR> My motivation for the Spring 5% Challenge is: <BR> <BR> I want to be healthier - need to keep my weight down because of health problems <BR> I want to look good in ... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:58:23 EST It's my Birthday and I'll Cry if I Want To http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643700 Warning: Pity party blog post ahead - read at your own risk!! <BR> <BR> So today's my birthday. My mom and dad remembered, bless their hearts. My mother-in-law remembered and of course, my friends on Facebook remembered. One friend even texted me and we chatted for awhile. All in all, you'd think I'd be in a good mood. <BR> But, hubby is sick and whiny and doesn't want to go anywhere or do anything (to be fair, he didn't want to make plans BEFORE he got sick). My son is away today, but... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 15:29:23 EST Analyzing Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628468 This week is Happiness Week in the 5% Challenge. We have been tasked with doing something (anything) that makes us happy - for 10 minutes per day. <BR> <BR> I know that some have struggled with finding their "happiness". A few have even told me they have nothing to be happy about. <BR> <BR> In a quick poll of those who know me in real life, it was determined that I am a very happy person. This is not to say I don't have my moments of fear, sadness, even the occasional sleepless night, b... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:28:20 EST My One Word for 2014: Self-Confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590447 Last year my one word was "courage". I feel like I've come a long way in not being so fearful of everything. My word for this year is self-confidence because I need to learn to trust and respect myself more. <BR> Today I feel like I made a huge step. Over a year ago, a dear friend said something incredibly rude to me. I didn't know how to respond so basically just stopped talking to her all this time. Last week she reached out to me and we met today for coffee. I was confident enough in... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 16:41:23 EST Thankful for My Sparkfriends!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552268 I posted this the last three years on Facebook and it resonated so well then I thought I would share it this year with my Sparkfriends as well!! - if you share, please give credit - Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone! <BR> "We are all broken. None of us get through this life without some damage. But when we come together, we broken pieces make a beautiful mosaic. I thank God for you - my friends and family - for being part of my mosaic. Without you, I would not be whole." -Teressa Morris, Nov... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 13:41:04 EST She Don't Know She's Beautiful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544492 This blog post is dedicated to all my Sparkfriends who put too much focus on their physical imperfections. <BR> <BR> I posted a photo of myself on Sparkpeople the other day. <BR> <BR> And I got this comment: <BR> <BR> "You are a very pretty lady." <BR> <BR> Who? Me? Seriously? Maybe the photo was too small and she was looking at it without her glasses. Me pretty? <BR> <BR> Then I stopped myself. I am horrible about accepting compliments, especially in regards to my looks. I know I'... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 16:13:26 EST Tasty Kale Chips Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540178 I've been fooling around with making kale more appetizing and came up with this easy recipe: <BR> <link>teressamorris.com/2013/11/tasty-kale<BR>-chips-recipe/ </link> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:34:12 EST ANew Job Brings New Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516299 Yesterday I found out that I am getting the salary I requested for the job I have been negotiating for. I have worked for this company for 4 + years as an independent contractor and the manager has finally figured out a way to hire me as accounting manager (30 hours a week with benefits). <BR> I love this company and this is a great job, so I am very happy. Also glad that I stood up for myself for the higher pay and it paid off. <BR> The problem is that the new job is 30 hours a week and I ... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:53:12 EST Why My Weight Loss Stalls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510043 Stuffing my Feelings- Especially when I have a bad day I just really want some comfort food and to veg out on the couch. <BR> - Solution: Don't keep comfort food in the house and take a walk before I let myself sit down and relax. <BR> Eating Too Much Salty Food: Not only is this bad for my blood pressure, but it also causes swelling and water retention. I don't add salt, but I do go for the pre-salted food, LOL <BR> - Solution: Don't keep salty food in the house (i.e. tortilla chips) a... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:12:53 EST