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  • day 315

    9/28/2016 4:14:33 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Rain today which isn't bad because it is a nice and gentle rain. Nose starting to get a little stuffy and sneezy and I think I might be getting a cold. Long day today, time to recharge with a cup of hot tea.... Read more

  • Feeling Yucky

    9/28/2016 8:53:13 AM, by FOCUSONME57

    Short post today, woke up with the beginnings of a Fall cold. I will pamper myself a bit today. Sipping blueberry tea and staying bundled up. There was a cough drop next to my plate at breakfast. Someone is looking out for me :) Almost done with the book I was reading. Car is still at deal... Read more

  • day 314

    9/27/2016 3:54:38 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Today is a day for missing my Mom. It would have been her birthday, so while I miss her daily, I miss her more than ever! Time today for quiet thoughts and memories.... Read more

  • day 313

    9/26/2016 2:35:35 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Off to the start of a busy week. Laundry done. Plans made for my meals for the rest of the week. Feel like I have accomplished nothing today because the garden needs me out there! Hope everyone is having a great start to the week!... Read more

  • Eye Opening/ a moment of reality

    9/26/2016 11:37:13 AM, by FOCUSONME57

    My sister joined Weight Watchers right after Memorial Day. She has lost close to 70 pounds. Friday she gifted me with a large bag of clothes that are now too big for her. Thankfully at least half the bag is too big for me and will be donated to charity. Sadly, there were several items th... Read more

  • 312

    9/25/2016 4:53:58 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Another day more gardening... maybe time to blog tomorrow ... Read more

  • Sunday Hello

    9/25/2016 4:25:33 PM, by FOCUSONME57

    Awake just before 6 AM I decided to stir up a batch of bread dough. I am still perfecting my Farmhouse White recipe which is a blend of 3 different recipes I found online. Today's baking adventure was a success and produced a lovely loaf and 6 clover leaf rolls. Tom just had a grilled cheese sand... Read more

  • Learn to say NO and take care of YOU

    9/24/2016 3:00:37 PM, by NANA-JEAN

    Psychologically speaking it is healthy to know your limitations and to set boundaries for others, and it is OK to take care of YOU by saying NO. This was a hard lesson for me to learn and it took many years, hurts, and much therapy. Sparkpeople encourages over-all well-being - so sometimes th... Read more

  • day 311

    9/24/2016 1:52:33 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Made and canned tomato juice, makes the house smell so good. Smart plats by the Spartans? Not so much. They better start playin better! Sunshine outlasting the clouds whooooo hooooooo!... Read more

  • Saturday

    9/24/2016 6:44:46 AM, by FOCUSONME57

    Day 1 is in the books. I had planned my dinner before I ate breakfast and knew what I had let to "spend" on lunch. We went to Firehouse Subs as we were picking up lunch for someone else and I know how high those subs run in calories, so opted for a Hook and Ladder salad and ate half. It was delic... Read more

  • day 310

    9/23/2016 12:47:11 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Cloudy day, not currently raining, but looks like it might any time. Relaxing, working out, getting in the garden, catching up with friends.... all the makings of a great day! Hope everyone has a great weekend! ... Read more

  • Dont Give up

    9/23/2016 12:42:26 PM, by NANA-JEAN

    I need this today I have to keep going! I am not feeling 100% but I can ride my stationary bike and not overdo! Keep on keeping on! Jean... Read more

  • A couple non weight loss goals to track

    9/23/2016 8:49:09 AM, by FOCUSONME57

    My assignment for this week is to track two things that are not food or exercise. I have chosen to keep track of at least 15 minutes per day of clearing up clutter/cleaning out closets (and yes that is also activity). The other thing I will keep track of this week besides food and exercise... Read more

  • day 309

    9/22/2016 3:25:57 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    More tomatoes picard yesterday, planning on getting them canned tomorrow. Hair cut today, whoooo hoooo it was needed. Caught up with my Dad and Sister yesterday, what a great day! Started Christmas shopping a little more, now that is progress, and less stress in the months ahead. Have a great da... Read more

  • Back to weekly meetings

    9/22/2016 10:57:38 AM, by FOCUSONME57

    This was me in April 2005, the day I reached Lifetime membership with Weight Watchers. A lot of painful emotional eating and attempts to lose later, I have decided that I need to get back to the weekly meetings of WW to help me achieve my goal weight. My first meeting is tonight and my... Read more

  • Embrace being uncomfortable

    9/21/2016 12:03:06 PM, by NANA-JEAN

    I need to learn to embrace being uncomfortable, as it is when change will happen. To grow we need to stretch our self out of our comfort zone... this is a work in process for me. There was a time in my life when I would just go with the flow, as I am aging I find myself being in congruent with bei... Read more

  • day 308

    9/21/2016 8:51:35 AM, by SPARTANJAI

    Beautiful sunrise this morning, glad I took the time to enjoy it. Got my walk in and going to get my vacuuming done later. Gardening to get to later as well, yum! Might just for that in before dinner so I can enjoy it for dinner. Taking time to fit in some stretching today too. What A Great Day!... Read more

  • day 307

    9/20/2016 5:40:00 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Busy day today but I got a lot done. Enjoy some time now for relaxing!... Read more

  • I want to know how it feels to continue to lose weight

    9/20/2016 3:15:38 PM, by NANA-JEAN

    I am one of those statistics of a person who will lose 30+ pounds only to gain it all back.... I am struggling to maintain the 34 pounds I lost this year. I like to do mini goals - it makes me more successful in my weight loss journey... the problem in the past is once I reach my weight loss ... Read more

  • day 306

    9/19/2016 5:39:28 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    What a beautiful day - it is like Summer is back! Enjoy today! ... Read more

  • Last Monday of Summer

    9/19/2016 8:56:28 AM, by FOCUSONME57

    After enjoying the sunflowers inside for a week, we decided to stretch the beauty by making an innovative bird feeder with them. The goldfinch love them. ... Read more

  • day 305

    9/18/2016 1:47:14 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Rain passed through finally with no damage. Got salsa and chill sauce canned yesterday. Picked two cabbage about 13 pounds each and started sauerkraut. Yum. Michigan State won, which was good, but I wish they would stop letting up on teams. Fall is in the air.... hope the garden hangs in there a l... Read more

  • day 304

    9/17/2016 7:50:17 AM, by SPARTANJAI

    Rain today. Although we need it, it was a bit stong and I hope it didn't damage anything. Lighter rain now which is perfect. finishing up the canning today, and the laundry. Need to get some grocery shopping done but I will wait until the rain let's up for that. enjoy your weekend!... Read more

  • day 303

    9/16/2016 8:49:53 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Canned beans and salsa today... whew ... Read more

  • My thought today: be grateful

    9/16/2016 8:10:52 PM, by NANA-JEAN

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  • Keep Striving - Do Not Give Up... YOU Can Do IT!!

    9/15/2016 4:25:23 PM, by NANA-JEAN

    I DID IT! I have been released from the care of my nephrologist (Kidney doctor) because I have consistently maintained my kidney function for four years!!! And so I WILL continue to do so,,, 244 244 244 244 There were times when I struggled to stick to my lifestyle changes (henc... Read more

  • day 302

    9/15/2016 3:48:16 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Rested up from the travel day whew! Time to get in the garden again and catch up on my picking! Enjoying the sunshine today - what a nice day!... Read more

  • Hello New Me

    9/15/2016 7:40:06 AM, by FOCUSONME57

    November 2011 September 2016 Today's Spark Coach assignment was to write an encouraging letter or blog to myself. Hello New Me, 204 You've come a long way on this journey and you are doing great! OK the weight loss has slowed down but looking back through the W... Read more

  • day 301

    9/14/2016 8:05:19 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Travel day but love the whitefish that I can get when I am in the UP. Good weather for traveling. Now time to unpack!... Read more

  • day 300

    9/13/2016 7:39:19 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Long day but a good one! Hope everyone had a good day!... Read more

  • A nice nature walk

    9/13/2016 3:38:03 PM, by FOCUSONME57

    Today we celebrated the one year anniversary of the day we met, by going to a local cider mill and then on for a 2 mile hike/walk through North Bay Park which sits at the North end of Ford Lake in Ypsilanti. The pictures taken along the boardwalk and along the two islands connected by bridges were ... Read more

  • day 299

    9/12/2016 8:49:24 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    So yesterday was the anniversary of not only those that lost their lives in the collapse of buildings during September 11th, but the loss of the 343 rescue workers that lost their lives trying to save others. Nice day today, nice weather, nice conversation. Yesterday was a good day spent with family... Read more

  • A lovely Fall Day

    9/12/2016 6:02:32 PM, by FOCUSONME57

    Our day started out with fresh baked honey biscuits. With raspberry jam for me and a sausage patty for Tom. Then we went for a walk around Coan Lake at Heritage Park. This was followed by a stop at a local Farm market where we picked up a few fresh veggies, a very interesting ... Read more

  • day 298

    9/11/2016 8:51:24 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Never forget the 343... Read more

  • day 297

    9/10/2016 8:12:30 AM, by SPARTANJAI

    Ready for the weekend, so much to get done! Enjoy the day everyone!... Read more

  • day 296

    9/9/2016 5:28:05 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Hip aches today, trying to stretch it out and walk it out. Bowling tonight, that should be rough as I am not ready to bowl. Picked tomatoes and gave some to the neighbor. Got grocery shopping done and other errands. Thankful it is the weekend! Enjoy everyone! ... Read more

  • Another reason I love Spark Premium

    9/9/2016 7:31:04 AM, by FOCUSONME57

    252 Spark gives us so many valuable tools that are useful for our weight loss/ healthy life journey together. The blog on my Spark page is a great place to record thoughts, share ideas, give and receive support from friends. But SOMETIMES I need a place to record a few private thoughts and ... Read more

  • day 295

    9/8/2016 9:41:26 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Had a 5k today, went really well! Garden still producing. Work going well. Busy weekend but that means calories burnt so that is ok. Tired and hitting the sheets. Have a great night all!... Read more

  • Achieving overall well-being with 3 chronic illnesses, a disability, and other health issues

    9/7/2016 9:08:28 PM, by NANA-JEAN

    If you are struggling to achieve overall well-being with chronic illnesses and other health issues - take heart - it can be achieved by persevering through the rough days and being active on your good days. Find something you love and do it everyday!!! Seek your place in God and He will give you Hi... Read more

  • day 294

    9/7/2016 7:01:27 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Long and busy day today, but I got a lot accomplished so that is a good thing! Can't wait to see how tomorrow goes... will keep you updated. Have a great day and evening!... Read more

  • Striving for Overall Well-Being

    9/6/2016 8:22:33 PM, by NANA-JEAN

    Striving for overall well-being 334 Working through stress with Faith 458 Consistent exercise 237 to 319 34 324 Drinking water is my life 91 194 274 469 Healthy eating of fruits and veggies 491 368 367 210 284 267 373 I will continue to strive for a healthy life b... Read more

  • day 293

    9/6/2016 7:43:16 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Long day today but got a ton accomplished! Time for stretching and relaxing!... Read more

  • Let the Baking Begin!

    9/6/2016 12:41:55 PM, by FOCUSONME57

    The Hoosier transformation is now complete. All of the baking supplies, pans, measuring cups and spoons, cookie cutters, pastry blender and cookbooks all reside in one spot. The copper clad aluminum canister set was found at a local Antique store this past weekend and I painted t... Read more

  • day 292

    9/5/2016 8:41:39 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Long day but I got a lot accomplished. ... Read more

  • day 291

    9/4/2016 7:48:37 AM, by SPARTANJAI

    Yeah a Michigan State win. So glad my nephew got to see his Husker win too. High class of them to do the missing man formation for their punter that died this summer. What a touching tribute! Great job by the Big Ten teams! Beautiful morning today, so peaceful and nice to enjoy. My flowers th... Read more

  • day 290

    9/3/2016 7:08:14 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Veggies picked and canned. Laundry done. It was a good day! Talked to my Dad and texted other family members. How nice to connect! ... Read more

  • Hoosier progress photo

    9/3/2016 10:48:50 AM, by FOCUSONME57

    Almost done! I have some touching up to do on the red portion, and need to paint the new side brackets that allow the top surface to slide out. Tom is attaching the newly restored hardware now. Original look at antique store: Today: The flour bin now has a working sif... Read more

  • day 289

    9/2/2016 6:47:44 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Got my run in and I am ready for the weekend and ready to recharge! Hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend!... Read more

  • day 288

    9/1/2016 8:16:02 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Got my run in last night and my walk today. Dinner included lots of garden veggies, yum! Light rain off and on today, but we need it and it wasn't too heavy, so that is good. Someone lost their job, and while I empathize with their family, they were really rude and condescending to others... so I gu... Read more

  • day 287

    8/31/2016 6:47:39 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Tired, but up for a run later!... Read more

  • It's hard to disturb a snoring kitty, or two

    8/31/2016 5:27:02 PM, by FOCUSONME57

    Something to bring a smile to your day :) Hoosier progress: Tom was able to retrofit a metal strainer along with the sifter spinner and handle we found from an antique restoration hardware company and now my flour sifter in the Hoosier works perfectly! I am so proud and thankful for him... Read more

  • day 286

    8/30/2016 6:42:09 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    Long day but a good one! Enjoy your day!... Read more

  • Cabinet renovations in progress

    8/29/2016 6:23:19 PM, by FOCUSONME57

    The cabinet has been completely sanded, some wood filler used to fix a couple of cracks and about half done with painting inside and out. There was some water spot damage in a few places. We are in the process of cleaning the hardware to restore to it's original condition. I have ordered th... Read more

  • day 285

    8/29/2016 5:19:19 PM, by SPARTANJAI

    The fitbit officially is dead. Now to decide, do I buy another one or not? I see new ones came out today, whar a coincidence eh? lol Finished laundry. Spent time with my Dad. Headed out for my run later. Did my walk. Worked in my Dad's garden for him. Got good news from his doctor. It has been a go... Read more