SparkPeople DAILY THREAD Team Messageboard Men and women striving to GROW SPIRITUALLY in our Christian Walk as we "shrink" physically and learn to live a more healthy lifestyle. SparkPeople DAILY THREAD Team Messageboard DECEMBER Voice of God 2017 As we enter the Christmas holiday season remember to take time to read the Word of God. <BR> The Word I heard today over and over again was Emanuel -- God is with us. <BR> He came to the world to save us and this is His promise. In Him we are free. <BR> <BR> Come oh Come Emanuel .....set us free, open our hearts Fri, 1 Dec 2017 22:37:43 EST December Decisions 2017 Happy December everyone. Today I had a great dr visit. My Bp is back in order and he gave me the ok to travel again. That is a blessing. He said he thinks I have wisdom in that area. So we are making plans to go to Ukraine and Hungary in March for a month. I look forward to seeing all our ministry partners again but more so I am excited about seeing my grandboys in Ukraine and of course their mom and dad. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow my grandgirls are coming over to decorate the house. Then in the ev... Fri, 1 Dec 2017 22:30:57 EST November Voice of the Lord This is a new thread we thought we would try this month. Here you can list a scripture or thought from the Lord. We can share what God is saying to us and encourage each other in the Word. <BR> Losing weight is a lifestyle change. It is about more than eating it is our whole being. When we build a strong foundation on His word all other areas will come into much better alignment. <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 21:16:29 EST Ignore this post Posted this in wrong place so ignore this post. Mon, 30 Oct 2017 21:00:22 EST November's New Start 17 Hello everyone. Wow it is hard to believe Oct is gone. With the group beginning anew I picked this title. Jump in and share your thoughts here. This is the place to chat. <BR> <BR> I am so looking forward to this fresh start of this group. I for one have missed you all. And welcome the new people that have decided to join us. The holidays are coming and we need to support each other to get ready. <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Oct 2017 20:51:22 EST Goals for October <em>465</em> <em>574</em> <em>465</em> <em>574</em> <em>465</em> <em>574</em> <em>465</em> <em>574</em> <em>465</em> <em>574</em> <em>465</em> <em>574</em> <BR> <BR> 1. Spend more time prayer and journaling and actually attend my Bible study on Thursday nights. <BR> <BR> 2. Drink more water and less of other beverages. <BR> <BR> 3. Choose healthy foods and no junk! <BR> <BR> 4.Get in more activity, pending my stress test. <BR> <BR> 5. Stretching and fl... Sun, 1 Oct 2017 07:59:36 EST Welcome to Fall <em>465</em> <em>67</em> <em>465</em> <em>67</em> <em>465</em> <em>67</em> <em>465</em> <em>67</em> <em>465</em> <em>67</em> <em>465</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Just in case anyone is still around, I am starting a new thread and going to make an effort to post and work on some goals. <BR> <BR> Things have been crazy busy and stressful at school, not sure how long it will be before I retire. It depends on how long I can take being physically sick from the s... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:56:25 EST Jumping into June <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <BR> <BR> I can't believe we are nearing the end of June! Just got done with school last week and hoping to catch my breath and catch up with all of you. <BR> <BR> Life just isn't slowing down a bit, always just one thing after another. I guess I would rather be busy than bored but there must be a happy med... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:31:21 EST May Day.... May Day Hello all. <BR> May Day May Day is a call for help. I cannot do this alone I need some support. <BR> <BR> What have you been up to? <BR> How is life treating you. <BR> <BR> Elaine how is work going? And how are the girls? <BR> <BR> Jo how are you healing? Are you back to walking and biking? And are you going to NY for the summer? <BR> <BR> Mary School should be out soon. When is your last day? What are your summer plans? <BR> <BR> I went for a long walk today. Tonight my knee is ... Thu, 11 May 2017 22:30:28 EST April Showers bring....... ............ May Flower <em>257</em> <em>448</em> <em>257</em> <em>448</em> <em>257</em> <em>448</em> <em>257</em> <em>448</em> <em>257</em> <em>448</em> <em>257</em> <em>448</em> <BR> <BR> Hello ladies, so sorry to be missing for so long. I just got my computer back, it had a virus. I also need a new ipad, no more updates for my old one and my phone will be updated on May 1st, ugh on technology. <BR> <BR> I had spring break this week and Dave had off, too, we opted not to go anywher... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 18:11:10 EST Marvelous March 2017 <em>524</em> Ok this is the first time I have started the thread. It seems like everyone is busy. <BR> <BR> I think it is time for us all to have a marvelous month of March. We need to set goals and look forward to what is in store. <BR> <BR> We will be on vacation but I am still setting some goals. We will be where there is sunshine and warmth. I plan to start walking at least 5 days weekly. <BR> I did not end February as well as I could have. I allowed life to sidetrack me from trac... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 20:53:57 EST February Focus All: I took the liberty to start a new thread...I hope you don't mind. <BR> <BR> I said hello to Salina tonight and she didn't even look at me when I went to pick up Destini from daycare. I just got done listening to a mom tell me how her daughter had a heart attack at 24 (who has a congenital heart defect). Then, she came home to get some things and didn't say a thing except to ask me if she had any mail. It is so hard. I love my daughter and she is so bitter. I am having a rough ni... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 19:42:05 EST Joyfully January Hi everyone!!! I was bold and wanted to create this month! It is the month I step into having benefits for the first time in 10 years. I am walking away from financial abuse and into financial blessing. God is so wonderful. <BR> <BR> I am also asking the Lord to help me find myself a social life. I am going to do something each week to strengthen myself socially as I was so isolated for so long. So my prayer to Him is to bring me situations. For example, this coming Saturday, there is... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 14:51:41 EST Determined in December <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning, ladies, it is hard to believe it is December. I am trying to put the fall stuff away and put out the Christmas stuff. It usually takes me a week. Continue to be extremely busy, I do not spend much time on the computer these days but think of you all and keep you in my prayers. We had ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 08:17:47 EST NAVIGABLE NOVEMBER The reason I chose this title is because holidays are often so difficult for us in terms of being healthy. I believe that with a little bit of planning we can navigate our way through the holidays beginning with the big one in November: Thanksgiving. Let's do our best to plan ahead so that at the very least, we can not gain weight and at the best, we might even lose a little bit. <BR> <BR> I know there are many things on our minds right now that are probably a higher priority than losing ... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 08:27:57 EST Opportunities in October <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Good morning, everyone, and welcome to October! <BR> <BR> I did not fall off the face of the earth but it has certainly felt like it. I had a fall off of a ladder at the beginning of school and took some time off and had to play catch up, still getting physical therapy. <BR> <BR> I think I mentioned that I have a n... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 07:59:41 EST SOARING INTO SEPTEMBER <em>427</em> <em>465</em> <em>427</em> <em>465</em> <em>427</em> <em>465</em> <em>427</em> <em>465</em> <em>427</em> <em>465</em> <em>427</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> HI ALL: HERE WE GO! Another month already. Doesn't it seem like we just began 2016 and now we are 3/4 through it! Pretty soon we will be planning Halloween costumes and turkey dinners! Good grief! <BR> <BR> I chose the title b/c I am DETERMINED to keep moving forward, even though my movement i... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 19:55:25 EST ANSWERS IN AUGUST HI There ALL: I chose the name b/c we are all looking for "answers", for one thing or another. I know that deep down, we all realize that all of the answers are really found in God's Word. Why don't we do a better job of looking there? <BR> <BR> I really feel like we all have helped each other improve in that area, but I'd like each of us to make a commitment to do better this month; to really think about and search out answer to what each of us is facing...from Scripture. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 17:18:48 EST Jumping into July <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to July, ladies, can't believe it is going so fast. We had a great time in ND and Minnesota, it went by so quickly. <BR> <BR> Dave will be home through next weekend, so I will be very busy. <BR> <BR> Hope you all had a great Fourth! Thu, 7 Jul 2016 16:44:51 EST Joyful June <em>67</em> <em>41</em> <em>67</em> <em>41</em> <em>67</em> <em>41</em> <em>67</em> <em>41</em> <em>67</em> <em>41</em> <em>67</em> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning, ladies, and welcome to a new month! I think we could all use more joy! <BR> <BR> I feel mentally and physically exhausted. The last day of school with the students is next Wednesday and for us it is Thursday. I think I shared that our program will be moving to another building next year due to ... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 10:29:12 EST MAKING THE MOST OF MAY <BR> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <BR> <BR> Here we are again....a new month and how much do we have to show for it? I have not accomplished much and it is beginning to take a toll on me. Hope you all have a better report. So I am hoping to "make the most" of my time at the gym in It will be harder for me to work out once I'm in NY. Jo Mon, 2 May 2016 22:57:24 EST ADAPTING IN APRIL <em>257</em> <em>375</em> <em>257</em> <em>375</em> <em>257</em> <em>375</em> <em>257</em> <em>375</em> <em>257</em> <em>375</em> <em>257</em> <em>375</em> <BR> <BR> Can you believe it is APRIL already? (You know...."April showers bring May flowers"?) Only 2 more months till SUMMERtime and BATHING SUITS....ugh! While I know that we not our primary concern here...we all do still care, right? So lets really get going...literally....... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 08:21:47 EST Moving More in March Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to a new month! <BR> <BR> Seems like everyone wants to get moving more, so this the month to do it, before we start wearing those summer clothes! <BR> <BR> Elaine, I, too, have been have been experimenting with different types of physical activity. Sometimes the soreness is a good hurt, sometimes, not. I found some things I like to do and some things I shouldn't, like the spin class, seems to bother my lower back. I have definitely been moving more and ... Tue, 1 Mar 2016 12:42:01 EST Fit and Fabulous February <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <em>26</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning, ladies and welcome to a new month. I want to work hard on my food and exercise plan this month. I know that God needs me to be fit and fabulous and I will need him for this endeavor and thankful to have you all, to share the journey! <BR> <BR> Dave is off to NY for two weeks. It is a c... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 10:45:48 EST NEW YEAR--NEW DETERMINATION <em>381</em> <em>425</em> <em>381</em> <em>425</em> <em>381</em> <em>425</em> <em>381</em> <em>425</em> <em>381</em> <em>425</em> <em>381</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> HAPPY NEW YEAR!! <BR> <BR> YUP....can you believe it? It is already 2016!! ugh. The years are just FLYING past me these days! <BR> <BR> And here we are again....ready for new resolutions and new commitment to a healthier way of life. Are we really DETERMINED to do it well this year? I think I a... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 12:01:29 EST Delightful December <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to December, ladies, let it be delightful! <BR> <BR> Thankfully, things have settled down at school and are less stressful. The weather has been DELIGHTFUL. I am so thankful since the horses are home this winter. I have been saving most of my paychecks and hope to pay cash for the barn next summer. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 09:47:34 EST NURTURAL NOVEMBER Hey! Sorry I'm a few days late getting our November thread up and running. Thanks for posting anyway. <BR> <BR> I chose this name b/c each of us has areas in our lives where we need to be nurtured. As wives, mothers, daughters, sisters...we each have have learned to nurture others but are not always very good about doing that for ourselves....we need others in our lives to pour into us. <BR> <BR> That is how I see this group. I know I have benefitted much from your prayers and counsel... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 06:15:50 EST ONCE AGAIN OCTOBER HEY FRIENDS! Can you believe it is October already? YIKES! <BR> <BR> I don't have much to post except that I survived the trip home well....EXCEPT that b/c of all the lifting I had to do the last few days, my back is really, REALLY painful! I called the spinal specialist and begged for an earlier appt. and got in on a cancellation on Monday! Then I called my current ortho doc and begged for my records...can pick them up on Monday morning! YAY! This actually might happen! <BR> <BR> Pl... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 13:54:45 EST Shaking Things Up in September I am thrilled to report that there was an error in the reporting of Christina's CT scan. The growth was recorded as increasing in size to 1.5 cm when it had actually shrunk to 1.5 mm. Can you believe it? Did not find out until it was forwarded to the specialist. What a nightmare but what a relief. The hope continues to be, that since it is shrinking and at minimal size, that it is an infection. One more round of steroids and one more CT next month, so still praying that this is the case, very... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 18:24:28 EST ASTOUNDING AUGUST I lost my whole post...will have to repost later. ugh. Sun, 2 Aug 2015 08:48:33 EST MULY's SURPRISES ALL: yesterday my son, his best friend and their kids arrived. The cabin is jumping, as you can imagine. This morning we are going out to breakfast for Emma's 11th Birthday and Daniel's 12th Birthday (his is tomorrow). Later there will be cake and presents and somewhere along the way....tubing and skiing :-). Oh yes....and the washing machine repair guy.... <BR> <BR> I cannot believe my lack of energy and pray that I can now begin some regular exercise since I don't have to be responsib... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 04:49:09 EST JAZZY JUNE is kind of a silly name...but I'm running out of J words. We will each have to figure out some way to use JUNE to make our lives a little more JAZZY <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Time for a new month of encouraging each other and holding each other accountable. Jo <BR> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 11:44:43 EST Moving Along in May <em>375</em> <em>376</em> <em>375</em> <em>376</em> <em>375</em> <em>376</em> <em>375</em> <em>376</em> <em>375</em> <em>376</em> <em>375</em> <em>376</em> <BR> <BR> Looks like Maynis moving right along. I have always remembered it as one of the busiest months and this year it is no exception. I had a difficult time putting Sunny down last weekend and just had a difficult week not feeling good mentally or physically. Could not really take any time off bein... Fri, 8 May 2015 21:09:37 EST APRIL AWARENESS Too often we are moving through life on auto-pilot. I think one of the most common areas of this automated living is in regard to eating. We put things in our mouths without even thinking about whether or not we are hungry; how MUCH we are eating or whether or not it is a healthy choice. <BR> <BR> Let's make it a goal of this month to REALLY measure what we are doing: measuring not only the amount of food, the calories we eat, but also the COST of not being mindful of what we are doing. ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 08:19:19 EST MOTIVATED MARCH I don't know about you all, but I have been lacking motivation lately. i NEED more motivation to really COMMIT to eating healthily and doing ALL of my exercises and stretching. It all seems to take so much time and energy! But I am praying for the discipline that is needed to do all of it. I believe it will please God much more for me to rely on HIM for my comfort rather than the instant gratification of "comfort food" or "treats" and I believe it will honor Him more for me to be in bette... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 21:13:09 EST FRUITFUL FEBRUARY Hi all: JANS...thanks for the name. Since I"m up at 12:15 and it is now FEB., I decided to go ahead and start the new thread. MARY--I hope you don't mind. <BR> <BR> JANS: I think it is awesome that you set that goal and completed it. I think I will set that goal for myself this month (it is a short month so maybe it will be a little easier to accomplish it! <BR> <BR> ALL: I did go to the doctor today. He is sending me for an ultrasound Monday or Tues. Please pray that it is something... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:17:34 EST More Jesus in January Good morning, ladies, and welcome to a new year. It has not started out the way I would have hoped. Christina was in another car accident. She was hit by a man who was texting. It is a good thing she was in her big truck but it had to be towed from the scene. She has been having difficulty with her leg and her back and is looking at two more surguries this coming year. I will be seeing a neurosurgeon with her on the 15th. Despite all of this, she left for Tennessee, on the 30th to attend a re... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 09:41:36 EST Joyous January <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> All: I hope you don't mind, I thought I'd start my first thread. I believe the focus "the joy of the Lord is our strength" is a great way to be successful with our goals. To know with joy that we are improving our lives...we can press on. We have this beautiful 95 year old woman. Her relative asked her how she is so beautiful and she said simply "it is the joy of the Lord". I believe we all can shi... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 09:09:42 EST Dedicated and Determined in December <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> <BR> <BR> I am determined to be dedicated to the changes I have made for better health. <BR> <BR> How about you? Tue, 2 Dec 2014 12:49:21 EST New Plan November Good evening, ladies, just had a quick scan through the threads and due to Jan's post, I thought an appropriate title for the month would be New Plan November. <BR> <BR> I would like to continue to eliminate and reduce processed foods, especially sugar and I know that it will be a challenge with the holidays. Honestly, I do not have the cravings when I am avoiding sugar, it is the temptations that are difficult. Seems like there are candy and sweets everywhere. <BR> <BR> Jan, I was wonderi... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 19:49:56 EST introducing myself celebrated my birthday this weekend with a renewed committment to becoming healthy. with that perspective the weight will come off as a result. looking forward to motivation of this team! <BR> cathy Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:13:57 EST Optimistic in October Good morning, ladies, and welcome to a new month. I want to take some time to set some goals for myself. I like doing that at the beginning of the month. The holidays are approaching and I want to stay on track with my eating and get in a good exercise and stretching routine. <BR> <BR> It was Dave's birthday yesterday and we have had the hunters here. I have been getting up at 4:30 to have coffee with them and last night we had a big game feed and of course blueberry cheese cake. We had a gr... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 07:03:27 EST Shaping up in September <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning, ladies, can you believe it is September already. I want to set some new goals for myself this month. <BR> <BR> I would like to get under 200 pounds. <BR> <BR> I would like to give up diet soda and drink tea and water. <BR> <BR> I would like to continue with the dietary changes... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:51:57 EST Awesome August What a way to start the month, I got the job! Details to be worked out on Tuesday and contract signed but I am excited! Fri, 1 Aug 2014 18:24:28 EST Joy In July??? Good afternoon, everyone, I am sitting outside at an Internet cafe in Grrn Bay, using their Internet. I brought down another bike for Tim, he had an accident on his, got banged up and broke his glasses. I am trying to find some joy in something, been feeling very depressed. <BR> <BR> Elaine, sorry you are struggling with Salina, I can so relate as I have been having issues with Christina, I don't want to be at home with her and Dave, I feel ganged up on. I have also lost my temper with both ... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 15:03:02 EST Journey into June <em>375</em> <em>376</em> <em>448</em> <em>375</em> <em>376</em> <em>448</em> <em>375</em> <em>376</em> <em>448</em> <em>375</em> <em>376</em> <em>448</em> <em>375</em> <em>376</em> <BR> <BR> I can't believe it is June already, things have been so crazy busy and life just seems to be passing me by. Almost done with school, bombarded with apartment work, but hiring some out. I could really use a break but I think June will continue to be very busy. ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 23:48:11 EST Mindful in May Good evening, ladies, tomorrow will be May 1st. I don't know where in the world April went but sure hope the April showers will bring those May flowers. <BR> <BR> I have been so busy this past month with things unforeseen. I believe it will continue this month but really need to be more mindful of what is truly important. I know that God understands my busyness right now but I want to be more aware of how I can be a light to others no matter what I am doing. I know that life has seasons and ... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:32:27 EST Affirmations in April <em>27</em> <em>126</em> <em>27</em> <em>126</em> <em>27</em> <em>126</em> <em>27</em> <em>126</em> <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> Dore, I named this thread for something I read in one of your posts about being positive instead of negative. I have been stuck in a rut and have been looking at things very negatively and really need to change my attitude. I hope you get some answers from the doctor. I hope that we can all focus on the positive and encourage one another. <BR>... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 14:07:02 EST Managing in March Good morning, ladies, we are well on our way into a new month, each of us facing our own struggles, yet sharing them with each other and with God, to make the load more manageable. God never promised us that this life would be easy, in fact, he said, "Pick up your cross and follow me." I am thankful for all of you to share the journey as we learn to trust him more and more. <BR> <BR> Jo, you have been on my mind so much. I pray that God surrounds you and Dan with loving friends and family to... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 08:48:53 EST Moving Forward in February Good morning, ladies, welcome to a new month and one day closer to spring. Seems like life just keeps getting busier. We have had lots of issues with our rentals this week due to the cold and some not yet solved. We have had Dave's co-worker with us all week. He will be leaving today, he has been good company for us this week. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to make some headway this month with weight loss and an exercise routine. <BR> <BR> Elaine, I continue to pray for you, I am thinking you need... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:16:59 EST Journey into January Good morning, everyone, and welcome to a new year. We are having some challenges with this cold. We usually get snow and not the bitter cold. My horse, Sunny, is having a difficult time. He is not eating or drinking as he should. I pray he makes it through this winter. I would love to find him a home further south. He would be a perfect horse for children. He has a winter blanket that buckles under his belly and around his neck and they do have a run-in shelter which is usually more than suff... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 08:39:33 EST Dedicated in December Good morning, ladies, welcome to a new month, can you believe that Christmas is 3 weeks away and a new year right behind it, where did the time go? <BR> <BR> I am up way too early this morning, I took a Midol for TTOM, which was a huge mistake as it brought on the ulcer pain with a vengeance. I feel better when I am not laying down. I am heading to Green Bay today to do some shopping with Tim and register for some classes with him on Monday. He still likes my help with some things and I thin... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 04:30:13 EST Naming November Welcome to a new month, everyone, anyone have any ideas for a name for the monthly thread? Please feel free to start one. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 00:38:41 EST Optomistic in October <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning, ladies, and welcome to the first day of October. There is always something about a new month that makes me think of a fresh start. <BR> <BR> Today is Dave's birthday and the first day of bow season. He packed up his gear and hobbled off to the cabin. I hope that he is able to enjoy this week in the woods with some of his budd... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 11:23:05 EST Stunning September we go! Another month already!! YIKES! But soon the leaves of the trees will be stunning in golds and reds and oranges....all pointing to God's creativity and glory! Let's try to do ALL that we can to do the same; with our minds, our hearts and yes...even with our bodies!! <BR> <BR> Jo <BR> Wed, 4 Sep 2013 08:30:43 EST ALREADY AUGUST's August....already! How are we doing on improving our day to day eating and our day to day exercise? Well, I for one, haven't gotten very far. But I feel as if I have turned a corner in my mental state at least, and that is a big deal. <BR> <BR> Heading out to breakfast with the crew this morning, determined to have poached eggs and one slice of wheat toast dry. In the face of my FAVORITE fried potatoes and pancakes...that is a victory! And I may even begin a walking program ... Fri, 2 Aug 2013 07:50:35 EST Just Joined Again Hi. <BR> <BR> Just re-activated (so to speak) my SparkPeople account and am going to give this a try again. (First tried October 2012). <BR> <BR> One thing I didn't do before is get involved in an accountability or support community on SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> This one sounded good to me. <BR> <BR> How many of the 21 listed are actually active here? Is one of you a leader of this group? Do those that are active get on 3-4 times per week at least? <BR> <BR> If that is the case with 5+ pe... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:12:02 EST Jumping into July <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <BR> <BR> Can you believe it will be the Fourth of July this week? I can't believe that June has already come and gone. I am home from Green Bay but heading back again tomorrow with a friend and coming home on Wednesday night. <BR> <BR> Dore, sometimes it is hard to go back through the threads to try and catch up. Sometimes we just need to pop in an... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 23:08:44 EST Journey Through June Good morning, ladies, I have been struggling in every way and finding it difficult to post. I have been working at school each day and we have had company for over a week. I feel like I need to be on my best behavior, but what I really want to do is to spend some time alone and have a good cry. I don't even know what I have shared but both Tim and Christina are living in Green Bay - a huge change for all of us and overwhelming for me. I have had heartburn and pain in my stomach each day. I ha... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 07:35:51 EST April Showers Bring MAY FLOWERS! <em>67</em> <em>376</em> <em>126</em> <em>67</em> <em>376</em> <em>126</em> <em>67</em> <em>376</em> <em>126</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to May, everyone, made it back from Texas, had an awesome time! Even rode a long horned cow! We went to the Fort Worth Stockyards - like an old town Texas. We even went on a vintage train tour. <BR> <BR> Jo, I was thinking of you as my flights were very turbulent, due to the wind. I thought, had we been sitting together, we would have... Wed, 1 May 2013 17:44:46 EST ALIVE in APRIL Well, yes, of course, we ARE alive! But how much MORE we feel alive when we get control of our eating and are focused on things that please God. We all have issues in this area and are learning from each other about the challenges and thankfully, some helps for those challenges. <BR> <BR> I'd like to personally challenge each of us to share spiritual insights as related to our eating. Not to the exclusion of other things we share and help each other with, but I think if we can get to the... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 08:22:02 EST Motivation in March <em>67</em> <em>376</em> <em>375</em> <em>378</em> <em>67</em> <em>376</em> <em>375</em> <em>378</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning, ladies, I am back from out of town and have some things to share and also need to catch up with all of you and will try to do that later as I have a busy day today. <BR> <BR> I always have high hopes with a new month and this month, I would like to work on: <BR> <BR> Tracking my food and making healthy choices <BR> <BR> Becomin... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 09:31:58 EST Faithful in February <em>219</em> <em>219</em> <em>219</em> <em>219</em> <em>219</em> <em>219</em> <em>219</em> <em>219</em> <em>219</em> <BR> <BR> Can you tell I am excited for spring? I wonder if the ground hog will see his shadow. If he does, tradition has it, that there will be 6 more weeks of winter. Honestly, I will be happy if we only have 6 more weeks of winter. Regardless, I have faith that we will see spring within the next few months. <BR> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 05:28:02 EST Journey into January 2013 <em>445</em> <em>447</em> <em>445</em> <em>447</em> <em>445</em> <em>447</em> <em>445</em> <em>447</em> <em>445</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to a new year! <BR> <BR> This year, I would like to try and live by the Serenity Prayer: <BR> <BR> God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference, and to pray more for those who I have a difficult time with. <BR> <BR> Continue with Weight ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 00:53:57 EST Determined in December <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning, ladies, and welcome to a new month with only 25 days until Christmas and counting. I am determined that I will not let this holiday be about the food. I have been striving to eat better since I had the gall bladder attack at my sister's and have been doing quite well and feeling better because of it. I will have my first chal... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 09:35:04 EST New Outlook in November Welcome to a new day and a new month! <BR> <BR> Dore, all this election hype has definitely had an effect on me. There certainly is a clear division in our country and I think what is happening to America is sad indeed. Thank you for reminding me that God is in control and only He knows what it will take for people to get down on their knees. <BR> <BR> I need to take a good look at my life in general right now. My focus has been on my house and while that is understandable with us just mov... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 23:07:01 EST Opportunities in October Good morning, ladies, it is a new month with new opportunities. I can't wait to move into our new home. I am going to try and take it easy with things and enjoy what we have been waiting for. Looking forward to being connected with all of you again. <BR> <BR> Dore, I had to laugh when I read your post. It is the things like the pump not working that make things memorable. I remember going home to visit and there was no electricity for two days. We were snowed in and played cards, heated food... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 07:43:59 EST Spectacular September <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> I was toying with the idea of "Structure in September", but that certainly is not going to be the case for me with getting ready to move. I am excited to start a new month, bringing me closer to moving into our new home. <BR> <BR> Today, Dave and I will be plotting out the new horse fence and not planning much for the rest of the weekend. I am sure we will... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 09:40:10 EST Getting to know you My name is Kathie. I'll try to figure out how to get a picture here, but you're welcome to see further info on my SparkPage. I'm married to a farmer (38 years); we have 4 married children and 11 grandchildren. I am a singer, mostly church, often funerals, and I lead a small community choir. The support from SparkPeople is wonderful, and the community contact is vital to me. I look forward to sharing with you and hope to give some help back. I'll be praying for you all! Thu, 23 Aug 2012 11:56:20 EST Almost Autumn August <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Good afternoon, ladies, and welcome to a new month. I am checking my email at my MIL's and Dave will be coming home tomorrow and I will have the internet until Sunday. I really miss it and all of you and can't wait until October 1st when we move into our new home. <BR> <BR> I am going to have a very busy time ahead as Christina's graduation party is Sunday... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 12:12:22 EST Jumping into July! <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <em>232</em> <em>195</em> <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning, everyone, and welcome to a new month! I was going to post rockets for the Fourth of July but after reading Jo's post, I felt it more appropriate to post the Declaration of Independence and our country's flag. I really don't think most people realize what is happening in this country with the attacks on our freedom and it is sad. It makes you w... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 08:53:08 EST JUNE IS BUSTIN' OUT ALL OVER! OK...So I didn't come up with an alliteration like Mary.....oh well. I saw the topic "Joyful June" and thought she had set one up but after I stopped the other thread, I realized that Joyful June was from last year! Ha! <BR> <BR> Well, folks, here is the new thread. So post away. <BR> <BR> I gotta go meet my family for breakfast at Cracker Barrel. I had gotten sick on Thurs. night (the nasty kind of getting sick) but did pretty well yesterday. We had a great party Friday night and cele... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 08:17:36 EST May - a new month a new beginning Good morning, everyone, there's just something about a new month, that brings about a fresh start and I could use one! <BR> <BR> I am tracking my food today, taking my vitamins, drinking my water and contemplating what I would like to do to get back on track with my exercise. I have been thinking about joining the YMCA. I am going to pray about this. I know that the first thing I need to do is once again become more consistent with my prayer life. <BR> <BR> Jo, Dave and I are thinking of s... Tue, 1 May 2012 12:07:43 EST ACTIVE APRIL ALL: I know that Mary usually begins the threads, but she is preoccupied at the moment; moving from her home of 22 years. <BR> <BR> MARY: We are thinking about you and praying that you are pacing yourself and taking care of YOU while supervising the moving!! <BR> <BR> JANS: Your stories of faith and God's faithfulness are both an encouragement and a challenge to me. I feel as if I have so much to learn here, even after God has been so faithful to us these last few years (well, He has... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 09:30:39 EST Miraculous March <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> Good evening, ladies, <BR> <BR> We have had two days of the schools closed after getting 15 inches of snow. We are expecting another big storm on Friday night and Saturday. I hope that Dave will be here to remove the snow. <BR> <BR> Kathy, I am so sorry that you are feeling so down. It is so easy to tell others that things will work out as I have done so... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 21:18:54 EST Faithful in February Good morning, ladies, and welcome to a new month! It is hard to believe that January has passed by, for us, it is one of the more difficult months of winter. We are on our way towards spring! I want to work on being faithful this month. Faithful in following my food and exercise plans and faithful in trusting in God and his plan for my life. I have been too focused on selling the house and basing my behaviors on how things are going and that has to stop. I need to be faithful in taking care o... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 06:35:35 EST Journey into January <em>425</em> <em>411</em> <em>425</em> <em>411</em> <em>425</em> <em>411</em> <em>425</em> <em>411</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to a new year, ladies! I was reading on Spark about new year's resolutions and making sure you have a plan in place on how you are going to achieve those goals you set. <BR> <BR> New Year's Resolutions: <BR> <BR> Achieving a healthy weight, which includes: eating a well-balanced diet, tracking my food, exercising, attending WW and of course posti... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 14:02:18 EST Determined in December <em>444</em> <em>460</em> <em>444</em> <em>460</em> <em>444</em> <em>460</em> <em>444</em> <em>460</em> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning, ladies, welcome to a new day and a new month! <BR> <BR> I am determined to stay on track through the holidays and into the new year. <BR> <BR> I would like to become more consistent with exercise and continue to track my food and make healthier choices. <BR> <BR> I want to work on achieving balance in all areas of my life and focusing on ... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 07:05:26 EST New Outlook November <em>465</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>465</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Good evening, everyone, made it home just in time to welcome a new month. My life is changing so much and I can't say I am enjoying it, but I think it will all depend on my outlook on things. <BR> <BR> What will your outlook be for this new month? <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>465</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> ... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 23:07:34 EST Opportunities in October Good morning, ladies, welcome to a new month! <BR> <BR> I am hoping to take advantage of some new opportunities awaiting me. First of all, my nutrisystem food is set for arrival tomorrow and my begin date will be on Tuesday. I am hoping that following this program will help me with my portions and that I will be able to turn to healthier choices when dealing with stress. One thing I can do is go to the YMCA and exercise. I also bought some yarn and knitting needles and a pattern to make cott... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 10:24:40 EST Structure in Septemeber I don't know about all of you, but I am so looking forward to some structure this month. It has been tiring to be on the go and I am ready to settle in at home and focus on things here. We are still not sure whether or not Dave's new job will require us to move or not but we are still going to focus on trying to sell this house and downsize. It is amazing how God works. I was so worried about not selling this house and God knew all the time we may not have to move. <BR> <BR> I am starting s... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 12:49:44 EST Awesome August! Can you believe that it is August, already? Where does the time go. I don't know about you, but I am hoping for some positive changes. <BR> <BR> We have so much going on this month, starting with leaving for a family reunion via motor home, beginning on Thursday and then coming back to having company and a huge party. School does not start here until September so I will have a bit of time to adjust to that. I want to start this month out right and really try to stay on my food plan despite a... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 08:21:10 EST Jumping into July! <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <em>283</em> <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to a new month and a holiday weekend! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I went to Green Bay to pick up Dave. A friend went with me and we shopped in Appleton and it was 99 degrees while it was a cool 74 back home. I am not used to that heat! It is supposed to be 82 here today. I am hoping to have somewhat of a relaxing weekend. I think I am going to actually re... Sat, 2 Jul 2011 11:45:38 EST Joyful June! Good morning, everyone, and welcome to a new month! <BR> <BR> I really need to find some joy. I have been putting my life on hold, waiting for this house to sell. The truth is, I don't know when that might happen and I feel discouraged. I need to balance my focus, yes, I need to keep my house and yard up but I should also be doing some of the things I enjoy, like riding my bike, horse back riding and maybe even going out of town with my husband. <BR> <BR> What about you? Wed, 1 Jun 2011 07:49:13 EST Miraculous May Good afternoon, everyone, I almost forgot that it was a new month. It is hard to believe it is May already. I am waiting for the miraculous creations of God to appear. The awakening of the earth turning from brown, black and gray, to green, to see the flowers popping out of the ground and showing their colorful blooms and to hear the birds singing once again. <BR> <BR> I am also hoping to get motivated this month and work harder on eating healthier and getting that exercise in. I have my bi... Sun, 1 May 2011 16:12:21 EST need prayer . . . down with cold I have asthma and a common cold knocks me out. Been off exercising since the weekend. Trying to still watch what I eat, but I am just exhausted and plain sick. <BR> <em>39</em> Thu, 14 Apr 2011 17:23:25 EST Awakening April <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>184</em> <em>126</em> <em>184</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning, ladies, and welcome to a new thread and a new month! <BR> <BR> I am hoping for an awakening. I have been feeling so overwhelmed with all the stress of trying to sell the house and trying to keep it up, along with the yard and all the stress with the kids and Dave out of town. I always used to enjoy it when he spent time out of town and now I ... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 08:41:17 EST Have a blessed day! I started back to SP this week. Really need the support of my fellow Christians. Just got back from some volunteer work at our Local Pregnancy Center. Now I need to pack for going to visit our son's family -- 3 grandchildren included tomorrow and to go to a scrapbooking night at church that starts at 5pm. Fri, 4 Mar 2011 15:00:50 EST Motivation in March! Good morning, ladies, <BR> <BR> Welcome to a new day and a new month! I don't know about you, but I need to be motivated and take the steps necessary to become a thinner and healthier person. What better time of the year than now. We have 3 months until Memorial Day and if we get serious now, that can mean some very positive changes for those summer months! <BR> <BR> Here's to a Motivated March ! <em>274</em> Tue, 1 Mar 2011 05:49:25 EST Fruitful February Good morning, everyone, and welcome to a new month! Hoping that it will be fruitful for all! <BR> <BR> I would like to start off with a prayer request for my sister. She is leaking CFS fluid from her spine, post surgery and is in serious in the hospital. They believe they have stopped the leak. Thankfully, my mother is staying with the boys. Please keep them in your prayers. <BR> <BR> Dore, I know how hard it can be to get rid of the kid's things but necessary. I had stuff from our oldest d... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 12:38:33 EST January - New Beginnings Good morning, ladies, and welcome to a new year! <BR> <BR> I have reviewed the past year in my mind, focusing on things I have done right and things I would like to improve upon. <BR> <BR> DH and I have been working out at the YMCA on a regular basis and I would like to continue with that. We have also been praying together, more than you can ever imagine, and that needs to continue as well. <BR> <BR> I have been taking my supplements and drinking my water, so I did do some things right in... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 09:13:07 EST Dedicated December <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>460</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning dear ladies, I am so sorry I have not had time to catch up with all of you but my life has been just crazy and I am off to teach 4th grade! <BR> <BR> I will be back later to catch up and post my goals for December. <BR> <BR> Jo, I would love it if you would copy and paste the scripture quotes that you just posted on the last thread. <BR> <BR... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 07:43:59 EST New Outlook November <em>465</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>430</em> <em>427</em> <em>428</em> <em>465</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> Good morning, ladies and welcome to a new day, a new week and a new month! I don't know about you, but I need to stay on track over the holidays. Last year I got off track and still haven't really recovered. What is my plan? I just joined the YMCA and got a great deal because my son is a student on the campus. It will cost me about $150 for our whole family... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 08:21:09 EST Opportunities in October <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to October, ladies! <BR> <BR> What kind of opportunities will be facing you this month? Would you like to set any goals? <BR> <BR> I will be starting a new long-term teaching position that will take me up until Christmas. This may help me to determine whether or not I want to finish my teaching degree and do this full time or just stick with what ... Sat, 2 Oct 2010 11:23:21 EST Scripture Sparking September Welcome to a new month and a new day! <BR> <BR> I would like to share with all of you, Wisdom 9:13-18: <BR> <BR> "Who can know God's counsel, or who can conceive what the Lord intends? For the deliberations of mortals are timid, and unsure are our plans. <BR> <BR> For the corruptible body burdens the soul and the earthen shelter weights down the mind that has many concerns. <BR> <BR> And scarce do we guess the things on earth, and what is within our grasp we find with difficulty; but whe... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 08:28:43 EST Auditing August <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to a new day, a new week and a new month, everyone! Doesn't it seem like August is the transitional time of year, when we say goodbye to summer and look towards settling in for the winter. I tend to be an Autumn loving person - I just wish it would last until Christmas. <BR> <BR> I will be doing a personal audit to determine what it is exactly, tha... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 10:32:33 EST Journey Through July Can you believe it? Another month is upon us? What will our journey through July, bring us, what are you hoping that it brings to you? <BR> <BR> I am hoping to establish a consistent walking/exercise routine and hope to follow a healthy food plan and quit making exceptions for special occasions. <BR> <BR> I will have an immediate challenge as, tonight we have an anniversary dinner for friends at our favorite restaurant, our company starts arriving tomorrow, Saturday, class reunion, Sunday, ... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 09:11:41 EST What are you thankful for today? I would like to start focusing on the positive and thought we could start a daily gratitude thread. What are you thankful for today? <BR> <BR> Tue, 22 Jun 2010 23:07:20 EST Jubilant June! I almost forgot that it was a new month today! <BR> <BR> A new month always gives me hope of a new beginning. <BR> <BR> One thing I would like to work on this month is getting in an exercise routine and staying consistent with it. <BR> <BR> Michelle, it must be quite amazing traveling to different countries. I am one who has stayed close to home most of my life. I hope you have a great time in Finland. <BR> <BR> Dore, I know how much you love to visit your children and grandchildren. I h... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 10:25:57 EST Hello everyone! Hi there! I'm Michelle from Scotland and I'm looking for motivation to lose some weight, as is everyone. I'm mainly wanting to stay healthy. I've noticed that as the years pass by, the weight doesn't automatically shift and I want to make sure I treat this temple of the Lord with care, so I may continue the works that he has started in me. Wed, 5 May 2010 18:57:17 EST Motivated May Can you believe it is May already??? <BR> <BR> Sorry to have been missing in action, it is just that we have been so busy, as I am sure has been the same for all of you. <BR> <BR> DH and I purchased a piece of property today that adjoins the property we would like to build on. We will no longer need an easement with the purchase of this piece. There is a trailer house on the property and we will continue to keep it rented out for the time being. <BR> <BR> It will be a busy month with the h... Sun, 2 May 2010 19:40:39 EST Awakening April <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to a new day and a new month everyone! <BR> <BR> Everything seems to be awakening in April, everything is new and fresh and green and things that have been dead, come to life. What would you like to bring to life within yourself this month? Thu, 1 Apr 2010 08:52:01 EST Motivational March It is a new day, a new week and a new month. How can we motivate ourselves so that we are in a better place when April rolls around? What would you like to accomplish this month and what are the steps you are going to take to get there? Mon, 1 Mar 2010 09:24:09 EST Sharing God's Word Here is the place to share those amazing things that God is sharing with you through His Word. <BR> <BR> Dore Fri, 5 Feb 2010 21:32:45 EST Fundamental February I chose the name Fundamental February for this thread because I thought it would be a good idea for all of us to review the basics of what makes our weight loss and journey to better health, a successful one. <BR> <BR> I talked with a friend over the weekend about how I felt so disconnected and off track. My friend told me to ask God what he wanted me to work on. How simple is that? <BR> <BR> Things that have made me successful: <BR> <BR> Prayer time - I may not have as much time for pra... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 07:30:35 EST Hitting Goals Hey everyone how you doing on your goals? Let's report in. <BR> <BR> Dori has posted a daily goal of 10 min fitness time. Have you signed up yet to participate? Join us and help the team look good in more ways then one. <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I met the team goal plus.....30 minutes at Curves. <BR> Also had some Me and Jesus time including some journaling. Water goal is nearly met for the day. <BR> I also met the goal to read something helpful about weight loss. The Bible Cure for Weight... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 13:57:19 EST January Goals What goals would you like to work on this month? <BR> <BR> 1. I would like to get into a good exercise routine and try to get some activity in at least 5 times each week. <BR> <BR> 2. I would like to drink my water. <BR> <BR> 3. I would like to record my food intake. <BR> <BR> How about you? Fri, 1 Jan 2010 11:15:55 EST Joyous January! Happy New Year everyone! <BR> <BR> I hope this will be a joyous month for everyone! <BR> <BR> How about a thread for monthly goals? I think a monthly goal makes more sense than a new year's resolution. <BR> <BR> My hope is to have a pajama day today and just rest and relax. It's just that my plans don't always happen. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Mary Fri, 1 Jan 2010 11:14:19 EST Dedicated December Good morning everyone and welcome to a new month!!! Did you know that the average American gains 7 to 10 pounds over the holidays? That is one category I do not wish to be a part of! On another thread, we are using "emoticons" <em>446</em> to keep track of each good day we have this month. So, if it is December 3rd and you have had 3 good days, you would have 3 emoticons at the bottom of your thread. What do you think? What constitutes a good day, well that is up to you. If I can track my f... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 07:28:09 EST Nutritious November What a great idea, Jan, to name this thread Nutritious November! We all need to eat nutritiously and this will be a reminder! <em>291</em> <em>267</em> <em>265</em> <em>474</em> Sun, 1 Nov 2009 19:50:52 EST Obedient October I was debating on naming this thread Obedient October or Optimum October. I guess if we were obedient, it would make things optimum! <BR> <BR> I have been sick since Monday, aches, pains, sore throat, etc. Dave and Tim have also been sick. Today I am feeling slightly better, at least I am up and around. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to be obedient this month, in being more consistent with the changes I am trying to make towards optimum health. <BR> <BR> I would like to be more consistent with exer... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 15:42:29 EST Sunsational September Can you believe it is the first day of September? The weather here is gorgeous and I have read that it is supposed to stay that way throughout the month. That would be great! <BR> <BR> I like to try and set new goals for myself at the beginning of each month. First, I am going to go back and read what I wrote the beginning of August and let you know how I did. <BR> <BR> Lindsay arrives tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> Mary Tue, 1 Sep 2009 14:01:28 EST Sunsational September Oops! Posted twice and can't delete! Please use other thread! Tue, 1 Sep 2009 14:00:42 EST Audacious August Welcome to the first day of August ladies! Do you know that audacious means bold or daring? What will you do this month that is bold or daring? What kind of goals would you like to set for yourself? <BR> <BR> I am going to have to put some thought into this! Sat, 1 Aug 2009 06:45:47 EST FREEDOM IN JULY! ALL: ELAINE..thanks for reminding me to start a new thread. MARY usually does this but she has been busy traveling. I'll do my post later but just wanted to get this up and running. Jo Mon, 6 Jul 2009 10:23:48 EST Jazzy July! Good evening everyone and happy July! <BR> <BR> I was very depressed when we returned from Minnesota. We will need to go back for a gait lab for Christina to find out if they need to make any corrections with surgery or therapy. I guess I was depressed just knowing that Christina is in for a lifetime of therapy and surgery. Funny how my oldest daughter (who is away from church) reminded me that things could be so much worse. <BR> <BR> Then we come home to relatives that were here throughout... Sun, 5 Jul 2009 22:54:16 EST Joyous June I can't believe it is June! What will you do to make this a Joyous one? <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Jun 2009 13:16:04 EST april showers bring MAY FLOWERS! Good morning beautiful women, <BR> <BR> It is a brand new month and a brand new day for celebration. <BR> <BR> Jo, I am so proud of you and your desire to commit to walking. I started just a few weeks ago and I have been blessed with feeling better physically and I am going to keep it up. Despite the fact that I had an 8 ounce gain this week, my clothes are looking much better on me. I think I shared with you how I have been using the tracker on this site, which I love, once you get accust... Fri, 1 May 2009 09:02:18 EST Awesome April! Dear ladies, <BR> <BR> I want you to know how much I value our Christian friendship and the love and support that we are able to share with each other on this journey. <BR> <BR> I have been having a wonderful time on this vacation with my husband. It has been filled with its blessings and also its trials but it has been a very good thing. I am thankful for your prayers that have helped to make it a success. I have much to share with all of you. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, or should I say, today, ... Mon, 6 Apr 2009 03:40:35 EST Hello! Hi everyone. I'm Shari and live in central Indiana. I am looking for Christian motivation. I have lost and gained, lost and gained, and now I am seeking to honor God by losing the excess weight once and for all. I am looking forward to being part of this group. Sat, 14 Mar 2009 09:49:52 EST Magnificent March! Good morning everyone and what a good morning it is. The sun is shining and it is a new day and a new month and I hope that it is magnificent for all of us! <BR> <BR> Candy, I am so with you on the new beginning! I am on day 5 of my candida program, which is eliminating processed sugars, carbohydrates and more. I truly believe that what we put in our bodies greatly contributes to our health conditions. I woke up this morning feeling better than I have in some time. It is hard to stay away fr... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 08:18:21 EST Farewell to Fat February! How about that for a title? Wouldn't it be great to shed our winter clothes and find that we have also shed some of that extra weight? I have so many beautiful clothes in smaller sizes and it is completely doable that I can into them by spring if I put in the effort. <BR> <BR> There are 17 weeks until June first. I am setting a goal for myself to lose 30 pounds in that time. I feel it is a reasonable goal. I would just need to really stay motivated. How about you girls? Are you ready to set ... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 08:42:21 EST Welcome to 2009!! It is a new year so we need a new subject!! <BR> <BR> OK..I think I may have finally hit rock bottom. With all the sitting/laying around this last week and a half, I have eaten and eaten and feel AWFUL! Clearly, I cannot just sit around or I will turn into a barn! <BR> <BR> So last night at 8:30, I got up, put my gym shoes on and went down into the basement and walked for 30 min. on the treadmill. It is it the first exercise of 2009 and I am determined to keep it up. Also, today I'm beg... Sun, 4 Jan 2009 08:37:56 EST A New Year, a New Month and a New Day! Happy New Year to all of my dear friends! <BR> <BR> Do you know the difference between a New Year's wish and a New Year's resolution? <BR> <BR> A wish is something that you would like to change and a resolution is the plan you use to carry out that wish. <BR> <BR> Knowing that, has caused me to think about, not only what I would like to change, but what I am going to do to make that change happen. <BR> <BR> I want to make changes that will actually happen, therefore, I need to think abou... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 10:30:34 EST Delightful December Good morning to you all on this first day of December! <BR> <BR> I pray for little Jesus to be born into your hearts. May He, who is peace, give peace to others through you. Mon, 1 Dec 2008 10:33:19 EST Nurturing November Good morning ladies, <BR> <BR> I was thinking of all sorts of names for a November thread. Today, my pick would have probably been "nervous" November, with the election and all. I think of the changes that our country could be facing and I don't want to think about it. This, like other situations, I must leave in the hands of our Lord and put my trust in him. I also think about Dan and Jodee and what they are facing and how they must also put their trust in the Lord. Trust can be very diffi... Tue, 4 Nov 2008 08:20:11 EST Opportunities in October Can you believe that it is October already????? <BR> <BR> I like to think of each new month as a fresh start. What will you do different this month? What would you like to change? <BR> <BR> I will have to think on this a while! <BR> <BR> Mary Wed, 1 Oct 2008 09:05:01 EST Scenic September I love September! I love the warm days, the cool evenings and the colorful trees! <BR> <BR> September also has a way of bringing structure. Ready or not, we jumped right into our school day today. God has already shown me that I am going to need to draw close to him with the challenges of this new year. <BR> <BR> Jo, I am elated about the update on Dan! You can count on me to pray for a continuation of good reports! <BR> <BR> Elaine, I have trouble with back pain around ovulation time, in ... Tue, 2 Sep 2008 14:42:20 EST Natural Cures I thought it would be neat to start a thread for those who are interested in natural cures. This one is on epsom salts and worth the read! <BR> <BR> According to the National Academy of Sciences, most Americans are magnesium deficient, which the academy says helps to account for high rates of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain, digestive maladies, stress-related illnesses, chronic fatigue and a number of other ailments. <BR> <BR> Americans' magnesium levels have d... Tue, 5 Aug 2008 07:27:37 EST Awesome August! Can you really believe that it is August already? <BR> <BR> I know that soon the routine will set in and my posting will become more regular. <BR> <BR> Elaine, I can't believe your baby is a year old already! It just doesn't seem possible. I would love to check out your site. I must have missed the information. Would you mind posting it again? <BR> <BR> Jo, I have been praying for God to hold you and Dan close and it sounds like that is just what he is doing. I am so happy to hear that you... Sat, 2 Aug 2008 13:52:42 EST Joyful July!!!!! Good morning everyone, <BR> <BR> I thought we could use a new thread, with a new month and I think we could all use some joy!!!!! <BR> <BR> Jo, I hope that you and Dan will be able to get away to a special place and enjoy some quiet time amidst everything you are going through. What you are experiencing is a reminder to me to count my blessings. <BR> <BR> Jan and Elaine, I think it would be awesome if the two of you could meet. Elaine, did you know that Jan and her husband stopped by my h... Thu, 3 Jul 2008 11:35:25 EST JUNE BRINGS SUMMER!! I decided to start a new thread. I know MARY is very busy right now. I hope she won't mind. <BR> <BR> ELAINE: I know it is hard to find just the right balance with measuring ourselves by weighing and or measuring ourselves. I think we need to set a time and just stick to it whether it is every morning or once a week at the same time of day on a specific day. When we start manipulating when we weigh or measure ourselves, we begin to deceive ourselves. I have been avoiding it altogether ... Sun, 1 Jun 2008 17:52:04 EST What Will May Flowers Bring??????? It is my hope, that May flowers will bring me closer to making peace with food and an increased motivation for exercise. <BR> <BR> I have really been struggling, ladies, and this time I am not talking about food. We have been having lots of problems with our youngest daughter, who is almost 15. Christina has a mild case of cerebral palsy and she is also overweight. She does not have many friends and that just breaks my heart. I can tell she is very unhappy with herself and I am blame myself ... Sat, 3 May 2008 09:28:01 EST Challenge Yourself with a Pedometer I am starting this thread to motivate myself but it would be awesome if anyone would like to join me. This is an easy way of challenging yourself. Remember everyone will vary in the number of steps they set for themselves. Do what is right for you! <BR> <BR> I read that most people who are overweight get less than 4,000 steps in each day. If you would increase that number by 2,000 steps each day (a 15-minute walk), you would lose weight. I must be one of the exceptions to the rule because my... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 08:48:18 EST April Showers Bring May Flowers Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I have been so busy, it has been hard for me to find time to sit down and post. Being too busy is not always a good thing, as I have also been too busy to exercise and too busy to plan healthy meals. <BR> <BR> My son and his friends are making a youth encounter this weekend so I drove them to the retreat center last night. I am praying for a wonderful experience for all. <BR> <BR> Last night, DH and I were invited out to a party with some friend we hung out with 20 y... Sat, 5 Apr 2008 09:34:23 EST March-Looking-Fo orward-to-Spring Thread I know I am not the only one looking forward to Spring. As it is getting closer, I am forced to examine my weight loss goals and I am not doing very well. I am hoping that as the temperatures increase, so will my motivation. <BR> <BR> My husband and youngest daughter are going to Kentucky for a week and they are leaving Sunday. I am so excited as I could use the break. DH has been sitting around here for weeks eating and watching CNN. He normally weighs around 170 pounds and usually gains 10... Tue, 4 Mar 2008 13:27:15 EST February Thread Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am really getting tired of all the snow we are getting. It will snow a foot, then it rains and melts the snow and then it starts all over again. DH is traveling again and that is so hard because then everything is up to me. I take care of the wood stove, shovel, etc. <BR> <BR> Please pray for my son, Tim. His back and shoulder have been bothering him. He has a rod in his back from scoliosis. I just pray this is not going to be a lifelong ordeal for him. <BR> <B... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 17:57:07 EST Happy New Year! Happy New Year everyone! <BR> <BR> I am very thankful for a quiet day at home before the hustle and bustle of life begins again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I haven't thought too much about resolutions for the new year. I guess I would like to focus on living in the moment, cherishing time with family and friends and working on achieving optimum health and weight. I just want to feel good about myself. I want to put my trust in God as I step out into this new year, not knowing what is ahead but know... Tue, 1 Jan 2008 17:13:50 EST Christmas is coming.... .......... Are you preparing your heart? It has been very hard for me to have that Christmas spirit this year and the energy I need for shopping, baking, decorating and sending out cards. There seems to be so much pain and suffering all around and so much stress and that is just not what Christmas is all about. When I get to this point, I usually realize that I need to prepare my heart and not my home, or should I say, prepare my heart and then my home. <BR> <BR> My sister called crying in the middle o... Tue, 11 Dec 2007 23:05:08 EST Surviving the Holidays..... ............. Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> Thought we could use a new thread and thought this was appropriate. Can you believe it is Thanksgiving next week? and soon Christmas and a new year. <BR> <BR> I have been so busy with all of the hunters up at our camp. I have been running errands for all the guys but still finding time for myself. Today I had a massage and got my haircut and visited a sick friend. Tonight I have to pick my son up from work and head to the cabin with some things the guys need. <BR> <... Thu, 15 Nov 2007 19:49:17 EST WEEK 42 I thought I'd try starting a new week, hoping that anyone glancing at the team would SEE there has been new activity. Hope you all will RE-JOIN and get down to the real business of changing our lives...or rather letting God change us. Jo Wed, 24 Oct 2007 10:27:41 EST Week #43 Can you believe we are in week number 43 already? Before you know it, we will be starting a whole new year. I think back to what my New Year's resolutions were and wonder if I have made any progress towards them. <BR> <BR> I know that I was trying to incorporate healthy habits and work towards a healthy body. I did join the YMCA and worked out for the first time yesterday. I really need to keep it up. I am going to commit to going 3 times each week. I am doing fairly well with my weight los... Sun, 21 Oct 2007 20:29:08 EST Please Pray Everyone...... I would like to as you all to pray for my sister and her family My sister Rachel, who had the gastric bypass. Her husband passed away unexpectedly this evening at the age of 40! They do not know what he died from. They have two boys ages 10 and 12 and they could use your prayers. <BR> <BR> We will be heading to North Dakota for the funeral. <BR> <BR> Merry Thu, 11 Oct 2007 23:28:32 EST Week #41 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am back from Minnesota! and oh, so glad to be home! God was truly watching over us as we witnessed three pretty serious accidents and just missed each one, literally! One gal was driving so fast that she lost control of her car and came into our lane just as we passed her. One car flipped over after passing me in the rain and the other accident we missed was a five car pile up on the interstate. Whew! <BR> <BR> The kids appointments or checkups went really well. ... Tue, 9 Oct 2007 16:06:15 EST Week #41 Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I am back from Minnesota! and oh, so glad to be home! God was truly watching over us as we witnessed three pretty serious accidents and just missed each one, literally! One gal was driving so fast that she lost control of her car and came into our lane just as we passed her. One car flipped over after passing me in the rain and the other accident we missed was a five car pile up on the interstate. Whew! <BR> <BR> The kids appointments or checkups went really well. ... Tue, 9 Oct 2007 16:06:01 EST WEEK 36 Hi ALL: Well, I have been MIA for a few days and you all have talked up a storm! I decided to start a new thread even though we are already a couple days into this week. <BR> <BR> Too much has gone on for me to address each person but I thought I'd try to comment on a few of the themes: <BR> <BR> APPROVAL: We ALL want/need approval but often we don't get it, especially from those most important to us. Sometimes it is b/c the person just doesn't notice or WON'T give approval. Sometimes ... Wed, 5 Sep 2007 10:51:09 EST Week # 34 Once again, my crazy life has kept me from posting. I must say my prayers have probably never been better but it does not seem to be helping much, or maybe it's just that my prayers are not all being answered just the way I would like them to be. <BR> <BR> I have been so stressed out that I am just physically sick and that is why I am up so late this evening. I really do not enjoy posting when things are going badly but maybe that is exactly what I need to do right now. <BR> <BR> I just fee... Tue, 21 Aug 2007 02:23:19 EST Week ?????????????????? ?????????????????? Okay ladies, thought we could use a new post! <BR> <BR> I am back and ready to roll! <BR> <BR> My computer crashed about 3 weeks ago and I just got it back last night. The hard drive had to be wiped out and stuff reinstalled. I did not think I spent much time on the computer but obviously I was wrong, as I got so much done without it here. <BR> <BR> I had also gone on a retreat with 1900 youth in Minneapolis. We had such an awesome time and it gave me the boost that I needed! <BR> <BR> We... Wed, 8 Aug 2007 08:24:22 EST WEEK 28 - 29 Hi ALL: JANS was right. We are a week behind. I thought I'd combine the rest of this week with next week since we are beginning so late. <BR> <BR> Today is really busy for this morning, baking cookies for VBS right after camp and then heading for Johnstown which is about an hour away. I have some errands to run at WalMart and have to pick up trophies for our BIG week of company next week. Then I will be teaching at the Juvenille detention center and having dinner with the ot... Thu, 12 Jul 2007 07:17:02 EST Week # 28 I should have called this thread MONSOON MONDAY! You would not believe what happened here yesterday. I took the girls horse back riding and when we were done the temp had soared to 101 degrees! Unheard of! We had to give the horses a bath - that was the fun part. Then the sky got black and the warnings for flooding in our city came on the radio. We have never had flooding!!! The rain came down in buckets! The streets were so flooded in town that people were SWIMMING across and the police had ... Mon, 9 Jul 2007 09:19:17 EST Week # 27 Good morning ladies! <BR> <BR> As I just posted, my daughter has arrived and my parents will arrive today. Which means my mad cleaning spree has just about come to an end and I can enjoy my company! <BR> <BR> Elaine, I will be posting here, mainly, and we can invite others to join us. I will be checking in with ediets until my membership expires but I will not be renewing with them. <BR> <BR> Candy, I wish we could have gotten together when you were in Escanaba. How did your husband thin... Sun, 1 Jul 2007 08:11:49 EST Week #26 I thought I would start a new week. I know most of us are posting on the ediets thread but thought we could keep this one going as well. <BR> <BR> Elaine, I feel like you, trying to get things done. Only, I am getting them done for company and not a new baby. There is just something about having everything ready and then being able to relax. Can't wait till that happens. <BR> <BR> I best get working on my list. I really am getting lots done that needs to be done. It's just that instead of ... Tue, 26 Jun 2007 08:13:59 EST Week #24 Good morning everyone, <BR> <BR> Thought I would start a new thread, since it is a new week and I cannot sleep. <BR> <BR> I have not been doing well in any way, shape or form. I have been so stressed since this ER episode happened. I have all these symptoms and I do not know if they are real or in my head. I have been having chest pain, numbness and this fluttery feeling in my chest and I have not been sleeping. I have my stress test today but I won't find out the results until July 2nd!!!!... Mon, 18 Jun 2007 05:11:26 EST Week 23 HI ALL: OK...I went and started a thread for us based on our thread at eDiets! I will be sending the info to each of you and look forward to your being here. Those who wish to stay on eDiets as well, we can still meet at Daily Thread or you can join my other thread on Christians Praying Thin. Here we go!! Jo Thu, 7 Jun 2007 12:37:42 EST