_MOBII_'s SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%5FMOBII%5F _MOBII_'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 great nephew, oh, and the rest of the family! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676542 On Saturday my cave-beau and I went out to my older sister's house for a get together with part of the family. She lives in the middle of nowhere, Wisconsin. For some reason the GPS took us through the 'scenic' part of Harvard, Illinois, stupid TomTom must have been imbibing for the holiday weekend! What usually takes us an hour drive took us about an hour and a half! Argh! <BR> <BR> I was planning on getting there early and helping my sister with anything that needed doing and also to sp... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:13:55 EST For the first time in years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675998 I put on an actual pair of jeans! One size smaller and NOT stretchy fabric! Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:38:21 EST He pulled through! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673885 I thought that Bazill, my basil plant was a goner. (Bazill is his name lol!) <BR> While dealing with getting my feet under me after the diabetes diagnosis, I noticed my poor baby in to windowsill, forgotten. I watered him and left him alone for a few days and when I decided that it was hopeless and was going to empty his pot, I noticed a speck of green towards the bottom. <BR> <BR> I cut him all back and waited a few more days to see what would happen.... <BR> <BR> Here he is! All sprouti... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:33:44 EST My first sugar 'low' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672815 I put low in quotes because it wasn't like a trip to the ER or anything. I had a rough day at work yesterday, lots of unexpected walking, lifting, and moving. <BR> I wasn't really prepared for it. <BR> <BR> I had a 1.5 mile walk to the bus in the morning, not too bad, I ate breakfast and when I got to the bus stop, I ducked into the gas station and got a Muscle Milk....its like a flavored protein shake. 200-ish calories and around 10 carbs. I had a half hour on the bus and then a half ... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:32:56 EST Doctor visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670096 I went to the doctor today for a checkup and to have a couple of minor things checked on. <BR> I told her all the changes I am making to my diet and exercise to keep the diabetes in check. I told her that I am terrified of the complications and the thought of having to go on insulin...ever! <BR> She congratulated me on my weight loss last month (17 pounds) and said that I CAN have the white stuff, but have to watch the portions, but it is fine if I go without it, just keep a check on my ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:44:21 EST Just tired. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662961 I am tired today, not so much sleepy-tired, but worn out. <BR> I have been worrying and working every minute of every day for the last month. I am getting tired of diabetes being the first thought on my mind when I wake up and the last before I go to sleep. <BR> <BR> For the last month, I have had no sugar, white bread, white rice, simple carbs, pasta, chocolate, fast food, junk food, chips, soda, popcorn, etc... (Actually, except for today, I had some honey in my tea because my throat is i... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 21:05:57 EST In like a lion, out like a lamb. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659668 Well, March certainly lived up to its little idiom that I learned in grade school. <BR> <BR> I started the month off with the news that I am pre-diabetic and have been working to get educated further about it. <BR> Way back in the dark ages when I first started working, I worked as a CNA in a nursing home...so I know the complications that diabetes can cause. My dad also had it, but was not diagnosed until after I was grown and moved away on my own so I did not have much info on the diet ... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:30:38 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653634 Lost 13 pounds so far this month :/ <BR> 3 of that was in the last 2 days. <BR> I have been trying harder to get more calories in each day, I have been up to right around 1600 so I hope that the losing tapers off or slows down a little bit soon. <BR> I am feeling ok, not weak or anything, so maybe it is due to keeping up with my walking and cutting out all the junky carbs, I dunno. <BR> What I DO know is that chocolate cake in the breakroom was awfully tempting a couple days ago (I had... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 00:53:16 EST Game on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648692 I am here and I am doing alright. <BR> I am still complaining regularly about things that I 'cannot eat'...using quotes here because while I am sure that I CAN eat them...I feel like I shouldn't because I lack self control about certain items. For me and my mindset right now....it is easier to not have these things at all, instead of having a tiny bit of them and then taking it away. THAT is what makes me feel like I am depriving myself. I am just trying to keep my thoughts away from my ... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 21:17:09 EST Chaos Inside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643979 **Warning...this is NOT a unicorn and rainbow blog** <BR> <BR> That is how I am feeling. <BR> I thought that I was doing ok with the news of pre-diabetes....then it hit me last night. I was trying to look up nutrition information and it was late and I was tired and already took my meds for the night and everything I was finding seemed so contradictory and I suddenly found myself very overwhelmed and confused. <BR> <BR> Today I am feeling a bit better. I found that I was able to get some... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 22:12:22 EST Hydration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641686 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l442045903.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have decided that I need more hydration, and by "I", I mean, my doctor and my blood tests say that I am dehydrated (among other things). <BR> <BR> I had been doing really well with my hydration for a long time, then when I started with drinking coffee first thing in the morning, I struggled a bit. When I started my job in January, one of the 'policies' is that we drink out of a company branded sport while at wo... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 21:39:12 EST By Doze Is Still Tuffy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640901 OMG! I am still sick and I sound like ^ that when I talk now! I have been sick for...ten (?) days now? I don't know. However many days it is is that many days too long! <BR> Sorry if my blog zigzags from subject to subject, but I have a lot of cold medicine running through my system right now, lol! <BR> <em>527</em> <BR> <BR> My 10 hour shift last Saturday actually went ok and I would have kicked some serious booty if I had not been sick. <BR> I was a bit perturbed because they kept ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 23:15:08 EST This Week. Dinosaurs and Diabetes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636327 I have tried a few times to start this blog because I am still sorting through my emotions. What I want to do is throw myself on the floor and kick my feet and have a tantrum for 30 seconds until I start berating myself. <BR> I think I will just start at the beginning and sort through the emotional stuff later. <BR> <BR> Sunday was date day for my beau and I. We got up early, had a light breakfast, drove to the train station and headed downtown. We decided that our first day out would be ... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:38:17 EST Doctor's visit, and other assorted gobbledegook. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630446 I just had a huge blog typed out and my computer ate it! <BR> <em>28</em> <em>234</em> <em>28</em> <BR> Now I am irked and don't know about typing it all out again....so, in the infamous words of Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1937715081.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The good news is that I found a doctor who seems as if she will be a good fit for us. She did a very thorough history, put me back on antidepressants like I requested (... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:41:06 EST Falling down and other news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627545 Not the metaphorical falling...the physical falling. <BR> I fell again this morning. My brother in law dropped me off at the store where I catch the bus to go to work. I got there before the store opened and was walking down to the far door (they only have one door open until like 8am) and slid on the ice. We got another 6 inches of snow yesterday but the temps are on the rise this week....I think it got to 40 today. <BR> Anyways, with the temps up a little bit, everything is starting to ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:58:58 EST Learning, Knowing, and Doing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622394 Back in the caveman days of UggaBugga and his lovely cave-wife Mobii, they had to come by knowledge the hard way... <BR> Is this berry safe to eat? It didn't kill me, cause a rash, or make me hallucinate, it must be food. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1694111124.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> How do I move that big rock? Oh, this long stick can be used as a lever....or used to boink UggaBugga over the head until he submits and moves it for me. <BR> <img src="http://photo... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:25:24 EST No wonder I am hungry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614810 I wore my activity tracker to work yesterday....ended the day with 161 minutes of actual walking time, burned over a thousand cals, 5.6 miles walked, a grand total of 13,868 steps taken. <BR> The only variance from a regular work day was a mile walk home from the bus stop...my sister had been picking me up either from work or the bus, but I misunderstood what time she had to work until. <BR> Exhausted this morning but off to work shortly! <BR> <BR> I posted on my facebook this morning and... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 09:40:37 EST Thank you to my Spark Friend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613307 My Sparkfriend Karen sent me a Spark activity tracker. <BR> Thank You Thank You Thank You!!!!! <BR> It arrived yesterday just before I had a night shift at work. I was so stoked to try it out! <BR> I worked for 4 hours last night doing inventory, so not a whole lot of walking. It was, however, a whole lot of getting up and down from the floor and also a step ladder. <BR> I did get more walking in than I thought I would though....I ended up with 2,558 steps in about 40 minutes of tracked t... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 18:44:06 EST 4 week weigh in and calorie confusion! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605667 So, I was at a point of berating myself about my lack of weight loss. Maybe not so much berating myself, but I still don't have my medical insurance card so I haven't been to a doc about getting help with my anxiety/depression. <BR> My last weigh is was January 3 and it has been 4 weeks. When I weighed myself this morning I showed a 2 pound loss. <BR> I will take it...it doesn't matter how slow I am going, as long as I keep heading in the right direction (down!) <BR> <BR> Work has been g... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 21:37:09 EST What a difference! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600618 I am still in training at work so I only worked 16 hours last week and I am scheduled for 18 hours this week. <BR> I worked last week's hours 4 days in a row. I was off for 5 days after that, but looking back to when I was working in a sales position at the candle store earlier this year and it makes a HUGE difference when the company you are working for gives a damn about their employees. <BR> <BR> I realize that the Legoland center is not ONLY retail, it is also a small indoor amuseme... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:14:14 EST Thoughts on my food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594155 I enjoy food. It makes me happy to eat something yummy. I love cooking as much as I love eating. But I had a weird thought feeling a couple days ago about eating. I know WHERE the thought came from, but not why I thought it.... <BR> In one of my favorite book series the main character states 'Eating food is something you do so you don't die.' <BR> <BR> I was walking from the bus to work and thinking how tired I was and that my feet wouldn't hurt as much as they were hurting if I wasn't... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 22:56:58 EST My first day at work. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590673 My new Legoland Discovery Center job! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> It was a good day, I am scheduled for 4 days in photo training from 9am til 1 pm, and then I will get 4 days on the retail part of the job. <BR> I got there about a half hour early today, which is about normal for me, it makes me nuts to be late getting anywhere (especially work), so I am a perpetual early person. <BR> The retail manager got there about ten minutes after me and let me in, commenting that I was early and that sh... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 21:27:37 EST The inner me, the outer me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585100 It took me a year and a half to take off 36 pounds. Most of my loss was in the second half of 2012 and I maintained my weight for quite a bit of 2013. The second half of 2013 was a doozy though. <BR> We had a LOT to deal with and I put on a few pounds in September and October...and then in November, I put on ELEVEN pounds. Eleven pounds in a month. <BR> After a LOT of getting into my own head and getting out of my own way, I think I have managed to pull myself part of the way onto the t... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 00:10:33 EST I am supposed to say "I'm Gonna" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576491 Starting tomorrow, I'm gonna.... <BR> Wait. <BR> I am not going to start changing tomorrow. What's wrong with today, or with a few days ago which is actually when I started making the changes that I want to carry over into the new year. <BR> <BR> EVERYONE in my family made ham for holiday dinner, we had ham on Christmas Eve here at home, on Christmas day my aunt made ham and (oddly enough) fried catfish...not sure when she started that tradition, lol! We also went to my older sister's on ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:04:49 EST On a high note http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572642 Right now, I am on a high note and it is a little worrisome. <BR> Ok, that doesn't make sense unless you are familiar with the ins, outs, ups, and downs of depression. <BR> <BR> Basically, its like this, my life feels FANTASTIC right now and I am trying to enjoy it...I AM enjoying it, but I know that until I get to a doctor, there is also a flip side of my bright and shiny coin. <BR> <BR> Anyways...all that aside. <BR> I have been having a great time, our Christmas was really nice. You ... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 23:20:37 EST Today's Project...sugar cookies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570044 I made a few dozen sugar cookies last night and we decorated them all today. (And I only ate one!) The cookie dough was from a mix, but I made the icing home made with confectioners sugar. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l638740934.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The one with the EXTRA icing are my nephew's lol! Poor kid was so hopped up on sugar it was kinda scary, lol, at one point he was just licking icing right off the spoon and then saying that he STILL didn't have enough... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 19:49:08 EST Food=Love=Food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568957 There was a commercial I saw on t.v. a couple of months ago, and it bugged the heck out of me every time it was on and every time I think about it...it was Nestle Tollhouse. <BR> The commercial opens with a teenage girl mooning over a picture of a boy and asks 'Can you heal a broken heart with a bundt cake? Of course you can!' As it shows the loving mother bringing in a slice of cake topped with chocolate chips. <BR> <BR> Please don't misunderstand me, I know they are just advertising thei... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:03:28 EST Weigh-ins and What-nots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567606 I did some thinking before I stepped on the scale yesterday morning, I have had a lot of overcoming to do over the past year, it was a quite unpleasant and anxiety-filled year for my beau and I. <BR> I had my mind made up before I stepped on the scale that I can work with whatever the number is. I did it before, I can do it again. <BR> I got on the scale and while it was not really good...it also was not as bad as I feared it was going to be. (The thought of my original starting weight of ... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:53:30 EST Talk the talk, walk the walk. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566090 I fell off the wagon awhile back and have been pretty much on a plateau since. My plateau was located in the gutter looking at the underside of the wagon. <BR> Over the last few months, I feel like I slipped down the drain hole and am looking up at the underside of the gutter. <BR> <BR> I was reading blogs and someone was talking about having a rough time getting back on the wagon. I commented that I was able to understand and that I wished that I had something profound to say, but I don... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:56:40 EST Surprises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564477 So, I have had a few surprises over the last couple of days.... <BR> <BR> One thing is that something in me has relaxed a bit over the last few weeks. I have spent a long time floundering in my faith since my dad passed away in 2006. I have felt so lost and angry, but something in me seems to be healing and I have been feeling markedly better in that area. <BR> <BR> My weight loss is still stalled, but I am making those beginner changes to my diet again and as soon as I start working, I... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 20:26:16 EST New job! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562964 It is part time for now, but I got the job at the Lego Discovery Center! Thu, 12 Dec 2013 14:21:36 EST Job interview, updates, etc... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561477 My interview this morning was with Legoland Discovery Center. <BR> The bus was only running about 4 minutes late, but waiting in the wind and snow in below 0 temp for 10 minutes was pretty miserable, but it gave me a pause to think about those who might not have shelter or warm clothes. (More on this later) <BR> <BR> I think the job interview went very well, but then again, I always think that so we will wait and see. He said he would give all my interview info to HR and they would let me kn... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:07:55 EST Just for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554527 Just for today, I did better. <BR> <BR> I reset my weight goal timeline and came up with a calorie range of 1390-1740. <BR> I ate at the absolute top end of my calories, but I tracked everything. <BR> There is quite a lot of junk food on my tracker, but I am still coming in at about a thousand calories less than what I have been at for the last month or so. <BR> <BR> I am just going to try and focus myself on making it until January, one day at a time, so... <BR> <BR> Today, I am ok. Sun, 1 Dec 2013 20:47:42 EST 31 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553754 Before I really get into my blog here....I want to say thank you to everyone who has messaged me, sent goodies, and left comments on my page. I have been reading everyone's blogs and trying to comment when I can. Even if I don't say much or comment much, please know that I am still here and keeping up with you. <BR> <BR> 3 months ago, I weighed in at 272, my lowest weight so far. <BR> <BR> I can't really pinpoint any one thing that triggered my reaction over the last few weeks. I have n... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 22:16:47 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539241 So, no car. <BR> The first place will not finance me without a co-signer, and the second place had higher down-payments than they advertise online. To make up the difference in down-payment would have doubled the amount of the weekly payment and is out of my range. <BR> Oh well. <BR> <BR> Still no job either. My unemployment runs out at the end of the year, but I think I can file an extension. In the meantime, I am going to try and advertise for childcare. My sister said it would be ok... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:09:41 EST My Magic Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532889 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l579973065.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So. I have used my considerable mental powers to figure out a few things this morning.... <BR> <BR> 280+ This is the number that my asthma starts kicking up a WHOLE lot worse. <BR> <BR> 277-ish This is the number at which my tummy doesn't feel as bloated and swollen <BR> <BR> 272 The number at which I can FEEL that I am making progress, also the lowest that I have been so far. <BR> <BR> 199 My current long ... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 11:44:08 EST Depression and trigger foods don't mix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528798 Well, they mixed and that gives you a picture of what yesterday and today have been for me. <BR> I have been trying to fight my current emotional down-slide for awhile now, I have been trying to focus (and blog about) all the good things, kind of a fake it til you make it approach. But yesterday...I just gave in to it. I literally sat and watched tv ALL day. Other than restroom trips and making breakfast and lunch, I did not get out of my chair. <BR> <BR> Breakfast wasn't too bad, neither w... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 23:57:42 EST Pumpkin carving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526940 My nephew started off like this when we tried to get him to stick his hand in the pumpkin to pull out the 'guts' <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1789826448.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then he decided that he liked it and we suckered him into cleaning out three pumpkins, lol! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1663538582.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It has been a long time since I carved a pumpkin...I stopped getting them when I was living down south because they ... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 23:08:27 EST My very important berry picking mission! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526050 Ok, so I didn't actually pick any berries....this is my new euphemism for going on my outings from the house. <BR> The thought crossed my mind last night while watching The Walking Dead (after my medication kicked in!), lol, if there are any TWD fans reading this, you will understand....they had to leave the safety of the prison to go pick berries on last nights episode. <BR> At first I could not figure out why they were out picking berries and I told my beau, "That's one important berry pi... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 23:13:20 EST The Chuck E. Cheese experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524237 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1743036690.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today was my nephew's birthday party...he will be 5 tomorrow. He has decided that Chuck E. Cheese is the bestest place on the planet and that he NEEDED his birthday party to be there and he will never ask for anything again! (My sister hates Chuck E. Cheese) Lol! <BR> <BR> I've never been there before...my beau walked me into one once and I walked in and turned right around and walked out, haha! We were by ours... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 22:28:28 EST Reorganizing, inside and out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521864 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l690956356.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This week has been a pretty good one in Mobii-land. No major panic attacks and I have been doing pretty good blogging and getting the stuff out of my head. I find that when I don't blog or discuss things with anyone, it all tends to build up in my mind and I get confused easier and have more panic attacks. <BR> That and I have been having fun finding pictures to put in my blogs! <BR> <BR> I got some pretty good ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 00:22:28 EST First project .... Completed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520453 A little back story... when my ex husband moved from Mississippi to Arkansas, he was pulling his car behind the moving truck. We still aren't completely sure what happened, but his car started on fire. The car and everything in it were a total loss, including all of our 7 year old daughter's bedding. She was so upset when we talked about it. She has other bedding of course, but was still upset over the loss. <BR> My project for her was to make her a new blanket. It has been a LONG time s... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:24:51 EST Where I come from http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519963 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1510925853.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After my dad passed away, I got into tracking my family tree via the ancestry.com website. I got pretty far and completely enjoyed seeing all the little hints pop up and looking through the little articles and seeing all the handwritten census' from so long ago and wondering how life was for my ancestors. I have found a couple of old pictures and my grandmother's brother' draft card. It's all so interesting to ... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 02:22:20 EST Can't we all just get along? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517392 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1952552328.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The answer is not really, lol! <BR> <BR> I saw a question posed earlier about finding THE correct 'diet', about getting mixed answers from different places like your doctor, your weight loss program, your dietitian, etc... <BR> I think the reason that none of these people can agree on an answer is a simple one. <BR> <BR> There are approximately 7 billion people in the world, that's billion, with a 'B' <BR>... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:02:43 EST Off day .... (51 days in the 5% challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515695 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l670242244.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I do good for several days in a row, I keep myself psyched up, I eat well, and I am up and moving around and/or out exercising. I have also been working on eating cleaner and enjoying my little victory in each 'clean' meal that I manage. And then comes a day like today. <BR> <BR> Nothing really bad happened, I sat and filled out job applications, and then the anxiety hit. All I could think was 'What am I gonna d... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 01:21:12 EST A shoutout to my Fall Casual Travelers team mates! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514380 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1338681381.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thank you guys SO MUCH for spotlighting me today!!! <BR> <BR> Whoop Whoop! Let's make it EPIC! <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 15:07:00 EST Are you a catalyst? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514351 cat·a·lyst noun \&#712;ka-t&#601;-l&#601;st <BR> 1: a substance that causes a chemical reaction to happen more quickly <BR> 2: a person or event that quickly causes change or action <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1988728198.jpg"> <BR> <BR> By sharing your story, you never know when something you say might resonate with someone else, they might try every single thing you say with no results...but then again, you might say one little thing in passing that will c... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:25:33 EST Its getting cold out there! (53) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513759 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l595144648.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ever cooked out in the winter? (Ok, ok, its not *quite* winter yet, but its getting here!) <BR> While grilled food IS better for you than the heavier fare that we usually indulge in during the cold months, that isn't really why I suggest it. <BR> <BR> It's awesome, lol! Not so much the standing out in the cold part, but the shock to your senses part! You would be surprised how much you might associate gril... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 23:37:06 EST Ohana....(54 days left) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512725 One of my favorite scenes in Lilo & Stitch. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l223253977.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I moved away from all of my family in 2001, for reasons too long to go into here. The last time I came home to visit was 2006. That was the year that both my dad and my grandma died. I finally moved back in February of this year....and I am so glad I did. I missed my family and it was time to come home. <BR> I still don't get to see them as often as I would lik... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 22:54:03 EST Who is saving you?...(55 days left to lose 5%) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511907 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1964840328.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For years, I waited to be saved. I just knew that someone would come along to make everything alright, someday I would find THE answer, the missing piece of the puzzle that would make my life all unicorns and rainbows. <BR> Things in my life DID change. Unpleasant situations WERE remedied. My life gradually improved, but my health stayed on a slow but steady decline. I hadn't realized it when the improvements ... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 22:35:16 EST