SparkPeople Spark Texas The Official Team Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=34 If you are Texas born, got here as soon as you could,or just WISH you where here; WELCOME to a family of friends! So, wherever you hang your hat, join in the fun and lets reach our goals together! SparkPeople Spark Texas The Official Team Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=34 QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x65028203 QUOTE: “Vision without execution is delusion.” ~ Thomas Edison <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What stresses you out? <BR> <BR> This whole situation with my mom. Having too much on the schedule and feeling like there is not enough time to get it done. <BR> <BR> Work hasn’t been super busy, but it comes in fits and starts. I am not complaining, but I do prefer to stay busy. There are still so many things to do this week, but I feel much better knowing that I have a meal plan. Mom’s pain seems to b... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:31:13 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x65021047 QUOTE: “Be a fountain, not a drain.” ~ Rex Hudler <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When do the students in your area start back to school? <BR> <BR> School starts back today for my younger kids. I now have 2 children in high school. Where does the time go?. <BR> <BR> What a crazy weekend! We seemed to be busy all weekend long! Saturday between talking to the staff at the wound care hospital where my mom is, going to the grocery store and Costco, Saturday disappeared quickly. Weigh in was surprisi... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:10:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x65001528 QUOTE: “You have to be brave with your life so that others can be brave with theirs.” ~ Katherine Center, The Gifts of Imperfection <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite smell? <BR> <BR> I think it is definitely bread. Which almost seems funny to me because I don’t really eat a lot of it anymore. <BR> <BR> Well, things don’t not go quite as well as planned. Although, to be honest, after 2 more calls/messages, I finally found out why the case management supervisor didn’t return my cal... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:26:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64994691 QUOTE:“Your life is what your thoughts make it.” ~ Marcus Aurelius <BR> <BR> QUESTION: If time/schedule was not an issue, name one thing you would like to do. <BR> <BR> Read, I would like to sit down, not worry about the time and just read. <BR> <BR> So Mom calls yesterday and tells me she’s going to the hospital today for a procedure and when I call, no one can give me information. They said I need to talk to the case manager. I left a message for the supervisor early afternoon and HAVE... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:12:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64987936 QUOTE:“For me the joy of athletics has never resided in winning. I derive just as much happiness from the process as from the results. I don’t mind losing as long as I see improvement or I feel I’ve done as well as I possibly could. If I lose, I just go back to the track and work some more.” ~ Jackie Joyner-Kersee <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is something that you prefer to make from scratch even though it is readily available for purchase? <BR> <BR> Bread. I prefer to make it rather than b... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:24:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64980936 QUOTE:“One must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind him to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle – and a mystery.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What has made you smile today? <BR> <BR> While it may not seem like a big deal, I smiled today when I realized that my body is adjusting to me getting up earlier again. I went to sleep last night without my FitBit Surge, which has a “silent” alarm that wakes me up at 5:15 a.m. In what I th... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:21:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64973914 QUOTE:“I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.” ~ Charlotte Bronte <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Did you accomplish everything that you set out to this weekend? <BR> <BR> No, I did not, but I am happy with what I did accomplish and I got to enjoy some much needed time with family. <BR> <BR> It was such a busy day yesterday, but it was so much fun. Not something we do every day. The younger two kids start two-a-days this week for tennis...and neither of them want... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 08:26:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64962519 QUOTE:“Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued. It must ensue. And it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself.” ~ Victor Frankl <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you use “mini” goals to help you get to your ultimate goal? <BR> <BR> Yes, I do. Sometimes I get overwhelmed looking at the big picture and I need to focus on smaller goals at a time. <BR> <BR> The weather and my head do not go well together. The white light made an appea... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 11:29:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64954603 QUOTE:“For unless one is able to live fully in the present, the future is a hoax. There is no point whatever in making plans for a future which you will never be able to enjoy. When your plans mature, you will still be living for some other future beyond.” ~ Alan Watts, The Book <BR> <BR> QUESTION: For better or worse, what has changed for you in the last 12 months? <BR> <BR> I have found that when I am overwhelmed with things going on with my Mom, my family, etc. that I tend to put my hea... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:07:32 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64947848 QUOTE:“One must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind him to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle – and a mystery.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari <BR> <BR> QUESTION: In the haste of your daily life, what are you not seeing? <BR> <BR> I am sure there are so many things. I was reminded yesterday when I was listening to The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes that you have to make time for those things that are important. <BR> <BR> Apparently, I have started a b... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:04:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64941349 QUOTE:“It’s not bragging if you can back it up.” ~ Muhammad Ali <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I know I have gone through a number of changes while on this journey. What is one big change from when you first started? <BR> <BR> I have learned that moderation is key. I don’t have to eliminate one food or group of foods, I can have it, I just have to plan for it. <BR> <BR> Mom is not so happy, they have decreased her pain medication. I told her I thought it was to make sure she wasn’t being over medi... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 08:28:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64934522 QUOTE:“The only real security in life lies in relishing life’s insecurity.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Which activities make you lose track of time? <BR> <BR> Walking and not having a particular schedule. <BR> <BR> I got the call yesterday from my mom that they went ahead and moved her to a wound care facility. Since her knee and heel don’t seem to be healing, they are having to do something more to make sure she doesn’t get an infection and can heal. I saw ... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 08:25:13 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64927371 QUOTE:“Life moves forward. The old leaves wither, die and fall away, and the new growth extends forward into the light.” ~ Bryant McGill <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Did you watch the Olympics over the weekend? <BR> <BR> Yes, we did. Not all weekend, but we watched some on Saturday and some on Sunday. <BR> <BR> I feel like I have been on the go most of the weekend. Between the concert on Friday night, DS25’s accident on Saturday and then going with him to get checked out on Sunday, it was a busy ... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 08:12:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64917029 QUOTE:“There are no mistakes in life, only lessons. There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self-mastery. From struggle comes strength. Even pain can be a wonderful teacher.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Did you watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympics? <BR> <BR> I did not. DH was sending me pics of the tv though. <BR> <BR> The concert was a lot of fun. I saw women and ... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 14:56:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64908532 QUOTE:“Breathe in the future, breathe out the past. No matter where you are or what you’re going through, always believe that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Never expect, assume, or demand. Just do your best, control the elements you can control, and then let it be. Because once you have done what you can, if it is meant to be, it will happen, or it will show you the next step that needs to be taken.” ~ Marc Chernoff, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How often do you incorporate strength... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 08:32:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64901665 QUOTE:“Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to used during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course? Each of us has such a bank, its name is time. Every morning, it credits you 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off at a lost, whatever of this you failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. I... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 08:18:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64894633 QUOTE:“Most men make the error of thinking that one day it will be done. They think, ‘If I can work enough, then one day I could rest.’ Or, ‘One day my woman will understand something and then she will stop complaining.’ Or, ‘I’m only doing this now so that one day I can do what I really want with my life.’ The masculine error is to think that eventually things will be different in some fundamental way. They won’t. It never ends. As long as life continues, the creative challenge is to tu... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 08:41:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64888122 QUOTE:“You learn so much from taking chances, whether they work out or not. Either way, you can grow from the experience and become stronger and smarter.” ~ John Legend <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What can you do today that you were not capable of 5 years ago? <BR> <BR> Hmm, I could not do so many things 5 years ago because I was suffering with migraines so bad that I would be in bed for days. This last week was a reminder of that. <BR> <BR> I had a little too much time on my hands yesterday, but... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 08:49:38 EST Hola Texas Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x64883675 My name is Norma and I am new to the team just joined over the weekend. I want to learn about counting macros I have been working on losing weight since January and have lost 27 pounds since. It has been very hard but the doctor gave me that little push I needed to give me the strength I need to lose the rest. She told me I was borderline diabetic and I am not a happy camper with that news. I want to be able to live a long and happy life with my husband and be able to play with my grandchildr... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 16:37:25 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64881125 QUOTE:“When you rise in the morning, greet the day with vigor. During the day, refrain from thinking or saying, ‘I’m confused,’ ‘I’m weak,’ ‘I’m sad,’ ‘I need help.’ At night before you sleep, release all thoughts of sadness, anger, or irritation. Think of pleasant things.” ~ Tempu Nakamura, Budo Secrets <BR> <BR> QUESTION: First day of August, are you excited about what this month can hold for you? <BR> <BR> I can honestly say that I am. I have been trying to focus on being a better me... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 10:10:25 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 31st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64873885 QUOTE:“Most of my successes in life have come from learning how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.” ~ Jesse Itzler, Living With A SEAL <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are your goals changing for August? <BR> <BR> I am focusing on smaller goals right now...so for this coming week, I want to make sure I have a game plan for each meal/snack. <BR> <BR> It was a busy day and then the headache hit. ARGH! So there is still much to do today, but I will push through and get it done! Thankfully, my... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:48:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64869027 QUOTE:“In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating that going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still. You can go on vacation to Hawaii or New Orleans three months from now, and you’ll have a tremendous time, I’m sure. But if you want to come back feeling new – alive and full of fresh hope and in love with the world – I think the place to vi... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:03:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64860786 QUOTE:“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” ~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you ever notice that you are doing things without even thinking about it? <BR> <BR> I have before. Honestly, the making of the list, I think, will happen over the weekend so that I can try to start that next week. I know there are many things I do without thinking about it and I would like my mornings to run smoother. <BR> <BR> Spent most o... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:20:30 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64854265 QUOTE:“Trust yourself. Create the kind of life you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into the flames of achievement.” ~ Foster C. McClellan <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you start your habits? <BR> <BR> I was listening to an audiobook (shocking right?) and I heard something that I don’t think I have heard before. She said that she made herself a list of everything that she needed to do to get ready in the m... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:52:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64847430 QUOTE: “It is going to be tough if you look for the easy way out because very rarely is there an easy way out. There is nothing that replaces hard work.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is one thing that happened yesterday and made you proud? <BR> <BR> My daughter is going to youth camp with the church next week. This child not so long ago was scared to get in front of people and perform. She is so excited because she found out that there is a talent show and she wants ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:27:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64840957 QUOTE: “The professional does not wait for inspiration; he acts in anticipation of it.” ~ Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is one thing you are thankful for on this journey? <BR> <BR> Supportive friends. <BR> <BR> Well, the dreaded migraine reared it’s ugly head last night. Thankfully, I don’t get them as bad as I was several years ago, but it was bad. I did not hit my step goal yesterday. Between jarring my ankle on Sunday morning and the migraine, I wasn’t fe... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:26:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64833810 QUOTE: “It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.” ~ Paulo Coelho <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Has it gotten easier for you to focus on the positives as the journey continues? <BR> <BR> Definitely! I am more forgiving of myself now than I was at the beginning of the journey. <BR> <BR> While I missed checking in... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:16:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64815656 QUOTE: “In our culture, we grow up thinking that failure is a terrible thing, that it’s a setback, or worse, the end. Often it turns out to be the beginning of something better.” ~ Katherine Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How many hours a week do you spend online? <BR> <BR> I am not certain, but there for awhile I was feeling like it was more than I should. Given that, I try hard to not get online in the evenings except for maybe short periods of time on my Kindle or phone. <BR> <BR... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:26:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64809193 QUOTE: “When you’re trying to motivate yourself, appreciate the fact that you’re even thinking about making a change. And as you move forward, allow yourself to be good enough.” ~ Alice Domar <BR> <BR> QUESTION: If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice at the beginning of your weight loss journey/journey to being healthier, what would it be? <BR> <BR> Don’t quit! <BR> <BR> Not quite sure what was up with me, but I’m struggling the last few days. Yesterday I was so tir... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:33:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64802568 QUOTE: “Training for strength and flexibility is a must. You must use it to support your techniques. Techniques alone are no good if you don’t support them with strength and flexibility.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When you can’t take a vacation but need to get away, how do you handle it? <BR> <BR> Sometimes it’s a staycation, other times it’s taking a weekend trip (like this weekend) or sometimes an overnight trip. <BR> <BR> It was such a super busy day yesterday. My co-worker h... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:49:57 EST Hey Yall http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x64798191 Hi! My name is Amy, and I am new to this team. I live in a small town in Texas. I hope to lose weight and make new friends. I hope everyone has a great day! Keep cool, it is hot outside. Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:44:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64795734 QUOTE: “Half the costs of illness are wasted on conditions that could be prevented.” ~ Dr. Joseph Pizzorno <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When is the last time that you have had a physical? <BR> <BR> It’s been a couple of years. Honestly, I need to set up an appointment for myself. <BR> <BR> I was feeling pretty tired yesterday, but I thought it was just the weekend tired catching up with me since I really didn’t sleep late or go to bed early at any point over the weekend. My sweet husband fixed ... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:42:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64788665 QUOTE: “A strong body cannot exist without a strong mind. A flexible body cannot exist without a flexible mind. A relaxed body cannot exist without a relaxed mind.” ~ Jesse Enkamp, Karate by Jesse <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you own your things or do your things own you? <BR> <BR> I have been thinking for some time that I need to get rid of some things and then I get so emotional about some things...so while I would like to say I own my things, I think that for some of the things, the reverse... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:40:05 EST QUOTE of the Day – July 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64782787 QUOTE: “When you’re trying to motivate yourself, appreciate the fact that you’re even thinking about making a change. And as you move forward, allow yourself to be good enough.” ~ Alice Domar <BR> <BR> Such a busy, busy day yesterday with so much going on. I am thankful for the day though and feel like I accomplished a few things anyway. I think I mentioned that I was reading Darlene Faye Schacht's The Good Wife's Guide: Embracing Your Role as a Help Meet, but I am realizing more and more... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:30:22 EST New to the Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x64779639 Hi all! I'm not from Texas originally but have been here several years and have dug in. I do go back home to Georgia and Alabama several times a year, but I'm here to stay. I'm looking forward to what SparkPeople and Spark Texas have in store for me. <em>43</em> Sat, 16 Jul 2016 19:29:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64778786 QUOTE: “When you rise in the morning, greet the day with vigor. During the day, refrain from thinking or saying, ‘I’m confused,’ ‘I’m weak,’ ‘I’m sad,’ ‘I need help.’ At night before you sleep, release all thoughts of sadness, anger, or irritation. Think of pleasant things.” ~ Tempu Nakamura, Budo Secrets <BR> <BR> This week has been up and down. So much going on. We did get to the drive in last night despite the storms that came through earlier in the day. I ate WAY more than I should... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 15:49:28 EST Hi... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x64772246 My name is Jennifer. I'm a stay at home mom and I live in Houston. I started Spark People a little over a month ago to try and find motivation to get active again and to lose weight. I can't believe how much it has helped. I can't tell you how much I've lost since I didn't weigh myself. I can tell you I have gone down 2 sizes. My confidence is back up and I'm active again. I still have a ways to go to reach my goal but I know I'll make it. <BR> <BR> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:56:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64771555 QUOTE: “To become a champion, fight one more round.” ~ James Corbitt <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Did you pause to celebrate the last time you accomplished a goal, big or small? <BR> <BR> I don't think I did. I need to pay closer attention to those things for myself. <BR> <BR> I apologize for the late start, but I decided to take some time and just enjoy coffee with my husband. We are attempting to go to the drive-in yet again. I do hope that the weather does not thwart us again. We have so man... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:35:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64763346 QUOTE: This one is short and simple because it struck me. Mood: You decide :(: <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you think about when you lie awake in bed? <BR> <BR> Usually I think about whatever it is that is causing me to be anxious. <BR> <BR> My quest for 25,000 steps continues. I thought I might hit it yesterday, but I think I need to back off a little today. My ankle (the one I had surgery on) is really tender right now. Even my strap barely touching it yesterday was causing me pa... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:34:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64756545 QUOTE: “If you can see yourself doing something, you can do it. If you can’t see yourself doing something, usually you can’t achieve it.” ~ SEAL, Living With A SEAL <BR> <BR> QUESTION: There is so much about this journey that is mental. How do you keep your subconscious from sabotaging you? <BR> <BR> Someone suggested the other day that it helped to focus on other goals and getting healthy was a side effect of getting to the other goals. So I decided to start focus on other things...bein... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:31:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64749302 QUOTE: “Trust yourself. Create the kind of life you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into the flames of achievement.” ~ Foster C. McClellan <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I’m learning more and more that this journey to a healthier me includes learning things about myself. Are there things that you couldn’t have in your pantry or refrigerator in the beginning that you can now? <BR> <BR> Honestly, there are so many th... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:47:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64741564 QUOTE: “When you suffer, you can look deeply at your situation and find the many blessings that are already surrounding you. It is wonderful to sit with a pen and paper and write down all the conditions for happiness that are already there, already available to you right in this moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever kept a gratitude journal? <BR> <BR> I have talked about it and written things down while journalling, but I have not kept a journal solely for that purpos... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:28:03 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64729198 QUOTE: “Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When was the last time you tried something new? <BR> <BR> Exercise equipment wise, Thursday but more of the same yesterday. I mentioned my sweet husband bought and put together an under-desk elliptical for me. I used it for about an hour and a half yesterday. I broke a sweat and definitely had to turn some fans on to get some air going because it was hot. Food-wise, Tuesday. ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 10:50:17 EST Howdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x64721860 Good morning, everyone. I'm Father Richard, a Catholic priest in the southern part of the state. I joined SP about three years ago, slacked off immediately, and now I've decided to get serious. I'm learning more about the site and finding many helpful features. <BR> <BR> Those of you in the Dallas area: please be assured of my prayers today. Fri, 8 Jul 2016 09:13:29 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY - July 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64721356 QUOTE: “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> I am sorry, but my mind is reeling as I’m watching the news and I can’t seem to find a question this morning. This shooting in downtown Dallas was a little too close to home. It makes my heart hurt that hate has become so commonplace and that people move towards revenge. M... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 08:19:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64714261 QUOTE: “Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you break through the “mental” roadblock that seems to pop up during weight loss journeys? <BR> <BR> I struggle with this, to be honest. I seem to be taking various bits of books I have read/heard (listening to audiobooks) and trying to use that to help me move forward. I feel like I’ve been in a cycle where I can’t seem to ge... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 08:27:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64706719 QUOTE:“Move on. It’s just a chapter in the past. But don’t close the book, just turn the page.” ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: If you had to live a week without internet, what will you do to keep yourself busy? <BR> <BR> While I think initially, I would go a little crazy, I think that I would do the things I did when I was younger, read, cross stitch, sew or other little projects. I am finding that there are many things that I did when I was younger that I am enjoying again. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 08:28:25 EST Introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x64701166 I hope I'm adding this intro correctly. I just started my health goals in the last week. I want to lose 20 pounds, but more importantly, tone and develop healthy eating and lifestyle routines. <BR> <BR> When I was in my teens, I was 5'9" and 93 pounds - horribly underweight but, I ate all the time. In my 20's, a "still-too-thin" weight was easy to do so I NEVER bothered with eating healthy. My 30's were a little harder and as a I approached 40 a couple of years ago, it all sank in that ... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 12:05:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64699331 QUOTE:“Getting started is a form of active inspiration that naturally produces momentum. You have probably experienced this phenomenon before. For example, going for a run may seem overwhelming or exhausting just to think about before you begin, but if you can muster up the energy to start jogging, you’ll often find that you become more motivated to finish as you go. In other words, it’s easier to finish the run than it was to start it in the first place.” ~ James Clear, Blog <BR> <BR> QUEST... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 08:13:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64671686 QUOTE:“When you’re trying to motivate yourself, appreciate the fact that you’re even thinking about making a change. And as you move forward, allow yourself to be good enough.” ~ Alice Domar <BR> <BR> QUESTION: It’s the first of July, have you adjusted your goals or do they remain about the same? <BR> <BR> I am trying to focus on smaller goals. Preparing my lunch and snacks that way I’m less likely to run down to the deli along with trying to hit my step goal. <BR> <BR> It was not as lon... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 08:14:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64664511 QUOTE:“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” ~ Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What did your life teach you yesterday? <BR> <BR> That I need to take better care of me and to stop putting everyone else’s needs before my own. <BR> <BR> Last night seemed like a super long day at the office. I really have to start getting up and stepping down the hall or something for lunch. I know we have a kitchen in our... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:22:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64657164 QUOTE:“People give up so fast because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have gotten.” ~ Unknown <BR> ^^I have been trying focus on looking at what I have accomplished.. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever regretted something you did not say or do? <BR> <BR> Yes. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was busy at the office and then we went bike shopping. DD14 has outgrown the bike she has and DS25 didn’t have one at all and DS16, DD14 and DS25 all had to get helmets... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:36:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64649569 QUOTE:“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford <BR> ^^I was reminded of this quote while listening to Candace Cameron Bure’s book and thought it was a good one to share again. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What music do you listen to to lift your spirits when you’re feeling down? <BR> <BR> I have to say it depends, but definitely upbeat. There are times when it would be music from the 70’s or 80’s or even the 60’s. A lot of 70’s music reminds me of my childh... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:28:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64642254 QUOTE:“Don’t waste time calculating your chances of success and failure. Just fix your aim and begin.” ~ Guan Yin Tzu, Chinese Master <BR> <BR> QUESTION: If you had a friend that you spoke to the same way you speak to yourself, how long do you think that person would allow you to be your friend? <BR> <BR> When the negative self talk starts, she wouldn’t be my friend very long. I do try not to talk down about myself, but sometimes old habits take hold. <BR> <BR> It was another busy day y... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:23:48 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY JUNE 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64635306 QUOTE:“Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.” ~ Joseph Pilates <BR> <BR> We had a busy morning yesterday. I headed to weigh in then stopped at a local hispanic grocery store for avocados, mangos (two kinds), oranges, bottled water, tortillas and some drinkable yogurts for the kids. Came home, unloaded and headed to Costco for more stuff. I didn’t get to go to the farmer’s market so I’m hoping to go today. Along with another trip to the grocer... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:32:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64621407 QUOTE: “It’s no coincidence that good words make us feel good and that hurtful or angry words make us feel bad. There is a 100 percent correlation between the words we choose and how we feel.” ~ Sean Stephenson, Get Off Your “But” <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Is stealing to feed a starving child wrong? <BR> <BR> While I understand the reasoning behind it, I do still believe that it is wrong. <BR> <BR> We had a most frustrating situation yesterday. Teenagers trying to be independent and handle th... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:35:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64614438 QUOTE: “Only he who has the courage to write the word ‘end’ can find the strength to write the word ‘beginning.'” ~ Zen Proverb <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Which activities make you lose track of time? <BR> <BR> Walking at the beach or in a wooded area or even on trails with beautiful scenery makes me lose track of time. <BR> <BR> Another late night last night, but on a positive note, I spent about 2 hours grocery shopping. I feel positive that I was able to get it done. Also, I am excited that... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:02:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64607544 QUOTE: “You cannot exercise much power without gratitude because it is gratitude that keeps you connected with power. The creative power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best, therefore it will receive the best.” ~ Wallace Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you celebrate the things you do have? <BR> <BR> I don’t celebrate what I have nearly as often as I should. Definitely some... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:37:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64600450 QUOTE: “An hour of basketball feels like 15 minutes. An hour on a treadmill feels like a weekend in traffic school.” ~ David Walters <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you find fitness that fits you? <BR> <BR> I have tried various things and, for me, Zumba is always a good choice even if I have to modify or any sort of dance, really. I always enjoyed dancing so it feels like it flies by for me. <BR> <BR> My mom’s roommate is being very sweet to my mom. She’s given up her tv remote for the tim... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:25:06 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64594463 QUOTE: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you holding on to any past mistakes? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I have tried to let go of past mistakes. If there are any remaining, I will do my best to deal with them and move forward. <BR> <BR> Mom finally got moved into her new room on Saturday morning. She seems to be getting along well so far with her new roommate. I hope that continues. She seems to be a bit of... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:37:34 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY - JUNE 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64580911 QUOTE: “You cannot exercise much power without gratitude because it is gratitude that keeps you connected with power. The creative power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best, therefore it will receive the best.” ~ Wallace Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich <BR> <BR> I got positive news last night, but not quite sure how they are going to make it happen, but Mom is moving into a new room. We met her ne... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 10:08:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64573937 QUOTE: “When you suffer, you can look deeply at your situation and find the many blessings that are already surrounding you. It is wonderful to sit with a pen and paper and write down all the conditions for happiness that are already there, already available to you right in this moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your most valuable skill? <BR> <BR> Well, I guess that depends on the context and who you ask, but I think my DH would say that one of my most valuable skills ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 08:39:32 EST New from San Antonio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x64573497 Hi - my name is Karen (KD) and I live in San Antonio. Married (28 years next Friday), two boys, both getting married soon. <BR> <BR> I'm fairly healthy, but still a good 30 pounds overweight. Seriously trying to get that off before the weddings (November and next March). <BR> <BR> Just joined the Planet Fitness on Huebner and am getting a little more organized with my exercise. <BR> <BR> Right now I'm eating in an Intermittent Fasting way. No food until 12 pm, then stop eating at 8 pm.... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 07:32:08 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64567302 QUOTE: “We will never create anything more powerful or significant than our lives..” ~ Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago? <BR> <BR> While it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, I wish I’d spent more time dancing and enjoying Nia. <BR> <BR> The hospital released my mother yesterday to the long term care facility. DH went and picked up her stuff from rehab. I must say it annoys me that every time she h... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:30:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64561320 QUOTE: “Truly enlightened people never seek to be like others. Rather, they seek to be superior to their former selves. Don’t race against others. Race against yourself.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What did you dream about last night? <BR> <BR> I’m not sure I had a dream last night. <BR> <BR> They have determined that my mom is anemic so they kept her another night so that they could give her another unit of blood. It is stressful dealing wit... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:26:54 EST Bobby Grow http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x64557480 Hi I'm new to sparks people and learning my way around. I have a Face Book account in my name. Be free to check it out. I also use my Photoshop on my face book. All my friends can't wait to see what photo's I post next. I put some pictures on my sparks people home page as well. I speak with my photos. I added some comments to how I feel to some of the photo's. I've' been hiding behind my photo's for some years now. With photo shop I can take my body size down to 200lbs. Then a few months back... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 21:02:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64553319 QUOTE: “Its not how hard you hit, but how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” ~ Rocky Balboa <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Where do you go and what do you do to wind down/relax? <BR> <BR> I have had several options in the past, but most recently it seems to be going for a pedi or taking a bubble bath. <BR> <BR> Mom’s surgery went well but they wanted to watch her overnight. It made for a late night at the hospital. There was a misunderstanding with the rehab and I have a feeling we’ll... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:14:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64546343 QUOTE: “To surpass the deeds of others is unimportant; to surpass my own deeds is all.” ~ Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World <BR> <BR> QUESTION: “Would you rather die peacefully among friends at age 50, or painfully and alone at age 80?” <BR> <BR> I think it would be peacefully among friends/family. <BR> <BR> The weekend was not overly busy and we honestly didn’t do too much other than the Farmer’s Market and taking DS25’s dog to the vet. At the Farmer’s Market, we picked up... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:24:33 EST newbie/oldie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x64530698 <em>213</em> I am a transplant from Louisiana. My mother went to her mother in LA. and had me, then came back to Texas. So I have been here ever since. Texas is home! I live outside San Antonio, in Schertz, TX. <BR> <BR> I am a newbie here because I am starting over. I am an oldie because I was a member back in 2010 and struggling to lose weight and finally gave up. Though I never really gave up SP. I got emails regularly so I never forgot. <BR> <BR> I had a gastric bypass that was a nec... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 19:14:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64527082 QUOTE: “The hardest thing about exercise is to start doing it. Once you are doing exercise regularly, the hardest thing is to stop it.” ~ Erin Gray <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I have found for myself that the quote above is definitely true, but once you start down that slippery slope of making excuses that it is tough to get started again. How do you keep from sliding down that slippery slope? <BR> <BR> My step goal is definitely helping me. I haven’t bumped it to 10,000 yet and know I need to... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:18:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64520260 QUOTE: “The best way to change long-term behavior is with short-term feedback.” ~ Seth Godin <BR> <BR> ^^I think this is why I have been trying to focus more on mini-goals. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I read one of Chris Powell’s books a while back and something that I read resonated with me. He said that the reason that you need to start out with smaller goals that you know that you can attain is because we have lied to ourselves for so long, we have to rebuild trust with ourselves. What small ... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 08:25:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64513257 QUOTE: “Binge on life. Purge negativity. Starve guilty feelings. Restrict unhappy thoughts. Count blessings, not calories. The only weight you ever need to lose is the weight of the world on your shoulders.” ~ Anonymous <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Please share one blessing with us or change an unhappy thought into a more positive one. <BR> <BR> I am blessed with an amazing family. I am focusing on small changes knowing that my body will change. <BR> <BR> Did not make it to the chiropractor yeste... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 08:30:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64506507 QUOTE: “When I say I lack the time to exercise, is this really true given that I have time to watch television? Perhaps it is just difficult for me to admit that I may be lazy.” ~ Keshavan Nair, A Higher Standard of Leadership <BR> <BR> ^^I know I have been guilty of that one. Trying to do better about it myself. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Now that the Farmer’s Markets are in full swing around here, what’s last new fruit/veggie that you have tried? <BR> <BR> I think the last new veggie was din... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 08:26:30 EST Hello from far east Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x64502510 Years ago I was on this site, but am just returning. Over the last few years I have lost weight, but it is trying to creep back on. I lost it once and I don't want to find it again. After logging what I have eaten today it is no wonder I am slowly gaining again. I am also wanting to make exercise a part of my daily activity. If it keeps raining I will be able to take up water aerobics. :) Mon, 6 Jun 2016 17:03:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64498859 QUOTE: “Success is processional. It’s the result of a series of small disciplines that lead us into habitual patterns of success that no longer require consistent will or effort.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...gotten a tattoo? <BR> <BR> No and it’s not something I ever see myself doing, but I have multiple family members that have them. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a good day overall. Got up and headed to church and then to see my Mom. Did s... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 08:26:13 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64492487 QUOTE: “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” ~ Muhammad Ali <BR> <BR> Apparently the powers that be are working against us for the drive-in, but we had a nice evening anyway. We had Italian food and then went to get gelato and to Barnes and Noble. I must admit that I was very tempted by the Nook. They are not badly priced. One of my friends at church (Linda it’s Daphryne that does the challenges with us) suggested I get it so we could share books. Her brother and mother share b... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 09:40:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64478575 QUOTE: “Only he who has the courage to write the word ‘end’ can find the strength to write the word ‘beginning.'” ~ Zen Proverb <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...seen the Grand Canyon in person? <BR> <BR> No, but it is on my to do list! <BR> <BR> It was such a yucky day weather wise. We have been under flash flooding advisory/warning all week. We were planning on going to the drive in tonight since we got washed out last time. I hope that we can still make it. I have so many thin... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 08:18:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64471402 QUOTE: “Persistence isn’t using the same tactics over and over. That’s just annoying. Persistence is having the same goal over and over.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck? <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...worked in a pub? <BR> <BR> No. <BR> <BR> It was another busy day at the office. My other co-worker should be working from home today so hopefully I can make some calls today about long term care for Mom and trying to get some answers from rehab. My DD was shocked t... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 08:37:40 EST Joining the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x64464149 Morning team. I'm San Juana Guzman from Laredo TX. It's my first time joining a team. I have been working at TAMIU for 10 years now. Born and raise here in Laredo. I am married and have 3 lovely ladies, 2 grandsons and a beautiful granddaughter (going on 11 months on the 7th). I want to lose this extra pounds to get the strength I need to spend with my grandkids and family. <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:24:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64463009 QUOTE: “Success usually comes down to choosing the pain of discipline over the ease of distraction.” ~ James Clear, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...cried yourself to sleep? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was such a busy day at the office. There was much to do and one co-worker was out and the new girl was there, which helps, but as she’s still adjusting to our systems, it isn’t quite the same. I suspect today will also be busy again. I desperately need to go to ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 08:22:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 31st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64455410 QUOTE: “Every living cell in your body is made from the food you eat. If you consistently eat junk food then you’ll have a junk body.” ~ Jeanette Jenkins <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...ever owned your dream car? <BR> <BR> I can’t say it’s much of a dream car, but I had always wanted a CRV and then finally got one when my Buick laid down years ago. <BR> <BR> I decided to take a break from most internet this weekend. I just felt like I needed to take some time. I did get some good ... Tue, 31 May 2016 08:21:37 EST Returning SP member. Hello, all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x64439758 I am Meg, 54 and living in Keller area since 2001. Wasn't born in Texas, but have lived here on and off since 1971. Grew up in an Air Force family and lived all over the US and a few places overseas. Also moved alot in adulthood due to (former) spouse's job in flight test, so we were back and forth between North Texas and Edwards AFB area a few times. I have four kids who are grown (three of them are still in college) and I have two little grandbabies who live out of state with their mom ... Sat, 28 May 2016 20:08:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64430160 QUOTE: “A healthy outside starts from the inside.” ~ Robert Urich <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...driven over 100mph? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. In 2005 when my mom was having chest pains and I was working an hour away and she wouldn’t go to the hospital until I got home. Thankfully I got to her safe and she was ultimately okay. <BR> <BR> This rain is certainly not helping me get better, but I am certain that the garden and the tomatoes need the water. I don’t think I have mentioned i... Fri, 27 May 2016 08:17:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64423363 QUOTE: “A healthy outside starts from the inside.” ~ Robert Urich <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...laughed so much you cried? <BR> <BR> Yes, I definitely have. <BR> <BR> I am sorry I did not post yesterday but I did not even get out of the bed other than to go to the bathroom. My boss suggested I go home on Tuesday afternoon so I called the doctor and was able to get in that afternoon. Upper respiratory infection. I started on antibiotics on Tuesday evening and then started running... Thu, 26 May 2016 08:44:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64409495 QUOTE: “You will fail at some point in your life. Accept it. You will lose. You will embarrass yourself. You will stink at something. There is no doubt about it. … Never be discouraged. Never hold back. Give everything you’ve got. And when you fall throughout life — and maybe even tonight after a few too many glasses of champagne — fall forward.” ~ Denzel Washington (modified this a little to make it board appropriate) <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...made prank phone calls? <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 24 May 2016 08:22:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64402203 QUOTE: “As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking.” ~ James Allen, As a Man Thinketh <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...gone to a drive-in movie? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. There is one that is far enough away that it would be fun to go to, but not so close that we would not have to plan for it. <BR> <BR> I am feeling like it was a productive day, although I re... Mon, 23 May 2016 08:09:19 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64396037 QUOTE: “John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach, says you aren’t a failure until you start to blame. What he means is that you can still be in the process of learning from your mistakes until you deny them.” ~ Carol Dweck, Mindset <BR> <BR> So much to do but I started feeling bad yesterday so I listened to my body and laid down for awhile. Sore throat, coughing, headache, and general yuckiness. Most people in my house had it already and then my co-worker coughing and sucking on cough ... Sun, 22 May 2016 09:40:54 EST Hi, I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x64391255 Hi....I was a member of SparkPeople before and joined again today because I did well with it before. I am new to the SparkTexas team though. We live in the Plano area. Relocated here from Atlanta last fall. (as I kid I lived in Lubbock at one point) <BR> <BR> I want to lose about 30 lbs. I need to find a way to get creative with exercise since i'm on crutches. Maybe as it moves in to summer here, I can sweat it off just by being outside. :-) Sat, 21 May 2016 14:49:53 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64390088 QUOTE: “A free man is free to acknowledge his fears, without hiding them, or hiding from them. Live with your lips pressed against your fears, kissing your fears, neither pulling back nor aggressively violating them.” ~ David Deida, The Way of the Superior Man <BR> <BR> So, I’m not going to lie...I think my DD14 did an amazing job. She was complaining last night that she messed up, but no one noticed really. There were girls in front of us commenting on everyone’s performances, but DD’s w... Sat, 21 May 2016 11:10:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day –May 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64382513 QUOTE: ““Your journey to a healthier weight is not a journey that you start and then give up. It is a journey that you are living every day for the rest of your life.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...sung karaoke?? <BR> <BR> I don’t think I have. I should some day, I sing constantly, but have not. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a bit of a crazy day! I did go to weigh in last night for the first time in awhile. I gained 2 pounds, which to be honest, I needed to se... Fri, 20 May 2016 08:28:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64376802 QUOTE: “Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.” ~ Aldous Huxley <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever… donated blood? <BR> <BR> Yes, I used to do it every 8 weeks. <BR> Thu, 19 May 2016 10:42:03 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64368556 QUOTE: “Nothing makes me feel better – calmer, clearer and happier – than being in one place, absorbed in a book, a conversation, a piece of music. It’s actually something deeper than mere happiness: it’s joy, which the monk David Steindl-Rast describes as ‘that kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.'” ~ Pico Iyer <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...been camping in a tent? <BR> <BR> Yep, most of my childhood. <BR> <BR> I thought I was going to need to reschedule my weigh... Wed, 18 May 2016 08:37:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64361326 QUOTE: “Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...repelled down a building/tower? <BR> <BR> No and can’t say I really want to. <BR> <BR> So I got a call from the rehab facility about my mom, she has not wanted to actively participate in therapy apparently. I had talked to her about it earlier last week and she seemed to... Tue, 17 May 2016 08:20:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64353972 QUOTE: “When you are tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you.” ~ Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...been on a cruise? <BR> <BR> No, but I’ve heard good things. <BR> <BR> Yes, it was another busy day in the Walton house yesterday. There still seems like so much to do, but I feel like we are making a little progress. DH got the yard treated and all the dog bedding got washed and we purchased new for 3 of the dogs. We have not had this problem before, ... Mon, 16 May 2016 08:37:45 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64347586 QUOTE: “All worthwhile journeys have big obstacles. It’s the way of the world. The rewards go to those who can push through those trying moments and still manage to keep a smile on their face.” ~ Bear Grylls <BR> <BR> So apparently there was a miscommunication with the rehab and Mom will not be released today. I’m not sure who put it on her board, but I confirmed with the front desk that she is not scheduled for check-out today or on Monday. She’s asked the social worker to contact me to f... Sun, 15 May 2016 10:14:09 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 14TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64340658 QUOTE: “Noticing the problem does not change the problem. While of course, awareness is a critical first step, action is the absolute necessary step.” ~ Sevan Apollo Poetry, Good Men Project <BR> <BR> Today there is going to be so much going on that I hope I can get everything done. They have apparently decided to release my mom, but no one even bothered to call me or anything else, which is a little frustrating. The house is full but we will figure out how to make it work. Sadly, though,... Sat, 14 May 2016 09:48:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64333274 QUOTE: “The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably, thought and act.” ~ Orison Swett Marden <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...played in a band? <BR> <BR> No, not really anything I ever wanted to do. <BR> <BR> Generally speaking I drink quite a bit of water, but I’ve been trying to amp it up with this infection. Although I was thinkin... Fri, 13 May 2016 08:26:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64327209 QUOTE: “Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly; devils fall because of their gravity.” ~ G. K. Chesterton <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever…been on tv? <BR> <BR> I don’t think so. I know my DH has. <BR> <BR> Apparently my body was not happy with my water consumption during the morning yesterday and decided I needed to pay attention by making me feel like I was being stabbed with an ice pick. I am definitely trying to pick up the water consumption so that I don’t have that ... Thu, 12 May 2016 10:21:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64319841 QUOTE: “Right now you are one choice away from a new beginning – one that leads you toward becoming the fullest human being you can be.” ~ Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...Been in a newspaper? <BR> <BR> Yes, when I was younger. I was walking in the Relay for Life, which for our area was quite small. <BR> <BR> I was relieved to find out that I did not have kidney stones. Apparently this is a severe kidney infection because I have never experienced anything like this. I... Wed, 11 May 2016 09:32:30 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64312317 QUOTE: “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours, it is an amazing journey, and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” ~ Bob Moawad <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...Paid for a meal with coins only? <BR> <BR> Yes, when I was younger. <BR> <BR> So the CT took much longer than anticipated, but it was done. CareNow d... Tue, 10 May 2016 07:51:51 EST Texas Born and Raised http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x64307393 First off let me say how much I love Texas. Greatest state in the union! I am excited to be a part of this team. I have been on this journey for a long time with off and on behavior, but this time something has changed and I am making it stick! I started at 248 pounds and have managed to get down to a wonderful 195. My goal isn't really a number but more of a feeling. The thing I am looking forward to the most is buying clothes that are cute and actually fit!! I enjoy cardio and I have recent... Mon, 9 May 2016 14:06:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64305494 QUOTE: “The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.” ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...eaten just cookies, cake or ice cream for dinner? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. In fact, just a few weeks ago. <BR> <BR> Sorry I was MIA yesterday. I do hope that everyone had a great Mother’s Day. I was in bed praying that this pain would ease. I pretty much spent the entire weekend on pain meds (and antibiotics) hoping that this would ease and hopefully be gone by today. I hate this becau... Mon, 9 May 2016 09:28:06 EST QUOTE of the Day - May 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64293147 QUOTE: “The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no man has ever been before.” ~ Francis Phillip Wernig <BR> <BR> So I had finally had all I could take of the pain yesterday and went to CareNow last evening. Two hours later, x-rays and blood work, I got a shot in my hip and referred over for a CT. The doctor thinks I have kidney stones. I have never experienced them and hope that I never have this... Sat, 7 May 2016 10:16:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64285306 QUOTE: “Don’t waste time calculating your chances of success and failure. Just fix your aim and begin.” ~ Guan Yin Tzu, Chinese Master <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...visited Washington? <BR> <BR> I have not been to Washington State or Washington D.C., but D.C. is definitely on my list of places to go. <BR> <BR> All of the end of the school year banquets are upon us. Last night was DS16 (gosh it’s weird to type that) for tennis. His best friend David, who is a senior this year, ... Fri, 6 May 2016 08:35:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64278806 QUOTE: The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit. We don’t just put off our lives today; we put them off till our deathbed. Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny.” ~ Steven Pressfield, The War of Art <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...visited Las Vegas?? <BR> <BR> No, I haven’t, but I would like to. <BR> <BR> I came straight home yesterda... Thu, 5 May 2016 10:11:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64270176 QUOTE: “All goal setting must be immediately followed by both the development of a plan, and massive and consistent action toward its fulfillment.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...visited Hawaii?? <BR> <BR> No, I haven’t, but I would like to. <BR> <BR> I was concerned about my pain level at the end of the day, especially after sitting and having dinner. I was in debate about whether to go see mom or wait until after dinner, but since I wa... Wed, 4 May 2016 08:13:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64262868 QUOTE: “You will fail at some point in your life. Accept it. You will lose. You will embarrass yourself. You will suck at something. There is no doubt about it. … Never be discouraged. Never hold back. Give everything you’ve got. And when you fall throughout life — and maybe even tonight after a few too many glasses of champagne — fall forward.” ~ Denzel Washington <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...gone on a blind date? <BR> <BR> I am trying to remember, but I don’t think I have. <BR>... Tue, 3 May 2016 08:34:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64254900 QUOTE: “However bright or dim we are, we will still make mistakes. If I kept a diary of all the bad decisions I have made in my life, it would be too thick to carry. But as in most things, it may take a bundle of mistakes to arrive at something sublime, just as it takes thousands of flowers to produce a few drops of perfume.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...fired a gun? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. <BR> <BR> I have to say that if this is a dislocated rib o... Mon, 2 May 2016 08:25:34 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64247319 QUOTE: “What’s tough is to go out and work hard on the things that you don’t do very well.” ~ Pete Rose <BR> <BR> I took some time yesterday to get some food prepped. Pulled pork (with barbecue sauce), the fryer chicken got cooked and I put the chicken breasts in a bag with some water and pesto to marinate overnight. I’ll cook them today with a little mozzarella and tomato slices on top. I found several other recipes on Pinterest yesterday that look like they would also be good options. ... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:10:32 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64240682 QUOTE: “Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.” ~ Aldous Huxley <BR> <BR> QUESTION: According to Facebook, it’s National Hairstyle Appreciation day. What’s your hairstyle for the day? <BR> <BR> I think mine is going to be down today...it is hair washing day and it will need to dry and that seems to take forever. <BR> <BR> So, I felt guilty doing it, but I took some time last night and went to our church dedication that has been on the boo... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:36:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64232922 QUOTE: “Sure I am that this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond my endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.” ~ Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...skipped school? <BR> <BR> Never without my mom’s permission. She allowed me to stay home after an Alabama concert. <BR> <BR> I was still dea... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:24:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64225815 QUOTE: “It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.” ~ Paulo Coelho <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Share an odd fact about your childhood. <BR> <BR> I was so very small (not just height but weight as well) as a young child that I started kindergarten wearing toddler size clothes and most of the other kids were afraid... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:16:30 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64218514 QUOTE: “Right now you are one choice away from a new beginning – one that leads you toward becoming the fullest human being you can be.” ~ Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How close do you live to your nearest relative? <BR> <BR> Well, older son is staying with us until he can save up to get a place of his own and Mom will be going back to rehab, but will be coming back here afterwards. Aside from that I have Aunts and Cousins about an hour away. <BR> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:06:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64211419 QUOTE: “Positive self-direction is the action plan that all winners in life use to turn imagination into reality, fantasy into fact, and dreams into actual goals.” ~ Denis Waitley <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Does your family have any particular traditions that you’d hate to miss? If so, what are they? <BR> <BR> We always get together and have our traditional dressing at Christmas and Thanksgiving (although we are talking about giving up Thanksgiving because it’s tiring having it so close together... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:23:24 EST Hello all. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x64206350 New member from San Antonio. Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:57:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64204209 QUOTE: “Positive self-direction is the action plan that all winners in life use to turn imagination into reality, fantasy into fact, and dreams into actual goals.” ~ Denis Waitley <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have kids? If so, how many? <BR> <BR> I have a total of 3. 2 boys and a girl. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was such a busy day, but it was a nice day. The only thing I would have changed was that we would have attempted a bike ride, but I think we’re going to have to wait a little bit for th... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:00:25 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64183649 QUOTE: “Fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round – remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped.” ~ James Corbett <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Share one of the greatest moments of Spring from your childhood. <BR> ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:35:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64176511 QUOTE: “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” ~ Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you look forward to about Summer? <BR> <BR> Swimming. I always loved to swim and going to the lake. <BR> <BR> My boss decided he wasn’t risking me not eating again yesterday so he bought me lunch. I don’t think I made a bad choice with the Skinny Hammie (no mayo) with lettuce, tomato and pickles. Insomnia has been ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:11:36 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64169286 QUOTE: “It is going to be tough if you look for the easy way out because very rarely is there an easy way out. There is nothing that replaces hard work.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you miss about Winter? <BR> <BR> While it would be nice to have snow occasionally, if we have it in my area of Texas, it seems to turn into black ice and that I don’t like at all. <BR> <BR> Yesterday Mom was moved to rehab! <BR> <BR> Not a bad day yesterday...aside from my eating. ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:17:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64161130 QUOTE: “The price of greatness is responsibility over each of your thoughts.” ~ Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you prefer to wear shorts, capris or dresses at this time of year? <BR> <BR> I wear dresses or skirts all year long, so the time of year doesn’t matter. However, I do have to be more consistent about wearing bike shorts underneath with the wind. <BR> <BR> I am holding out hope that Mom is going to be able to move to a rehab facility this week. She seems to be making ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:55:42 EST returning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x64156092 I used sparkpeople years ago and lost a few pounds and gained it back. A year and half ago my doctor told me I need to do something about my weight and suggested weight watchers, I did loose 35 pounds on that program and since they changed everything, well I won't say who took over, I have gained back 12 pounds. I thought I would give sparkpeople a try again. Maybe with motivation and support I can loose the 12 pounds I have gained. I think keeping track of calories and fats will be a bet... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:00:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64153355 QUOTE: “Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you like most about Spring? <BR> <BR> I like the weather change. It isn’t too hot or too cold. <BR> <BR> Mom is making progress. This is a positive. We greatly appreciate the continued thoughts and prayers are appreciated. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:56:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64139977 QUOTE: “Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you, never excuse yourself.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When you go on vacation do you prefer the beach or the mountains? <BR> <BR> I like both, so I guess it depends on my mood at the time or what we have planned. We have planned vacations based on museums or things we wanted to see, not necessarily beach or mountains. <BR> <BR> We had a slight scare with my mom last night. Continued tho... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 10:55:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 4/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64132745 QUOTE: “So much of our lives takes place in our heads – in memory or imagination, in speculation or interpretation – that sometimes I feel that I can best change my life by changing the way I look at it. As America’s wises psychologist, William James, reminded us, ‘The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.’ It’s the perspective we choose – not the places we visit – that ultimately tells us where we stand. Every time I take a trip, the experience ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:25:27 EST THANK YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64125864 Good morning all (or afternoon if that's when you get online). I am sorry that I disappeared. To be honest, with everything going on with Mom, I sort of detached from most everything. I was updating so many people via Facebook and text and phone calls that I was a bit overwhelmed. A big thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. My eating has been seriously out of whack, but I'm hoping to get things back to a little more normal soon. Mom's still in the hospital, but told me to go ho... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:23:16 EST Spark Texas Newbie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x64060852 Hi everyone! I'm excited to join this team! I finally see the finish line to a long weight loss journey done naturally. I have 43 more pounds to go, then my maintenance journey begins. I wish all of you much success! Lets shed some pounds together! Tue, 5 Apr 2016 19:37:11 EST No Question or Quote today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64015503 My mom had to be rushed to the ER yesterday and is having a procedure this morning. Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:39:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64008350 QUOTE: “Life is created on a daily basis by the choices you make or don’t make.” ~ Bronnie Ware, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When I was a kid, I was an only child. <BR> <BR> It was a good night...while my food was probably not entirely on plan. I’m starting the morning with a green smoothie and I have a salad at work. Planning on breakfast for dinner tonight so I’ll plan for a high point dinner. I am thinking of doing Coaching for a bit and see if that helps me. I feel like I need the ex... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:38:36 EST New here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x64002495 Good morning everyone. I'm here to give support and get support in my weight loss journey. I look forward to participating in your journeys too. Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:51:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x64000200 QUOTE: “However bright or dim we are, we will still make mistakes. If I kept a diary of all the bad decisions I have made in my life, it would be too thick to carry. But as in most things, it may take a bundle of mistakes to arrive at something sublime, just as it takes thousands of flowers to produce a few drops of perfume.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When I was a kid, I refused to eat any boxed macaroni and cheese other than Kraft. I could take one bite and knew... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 08:25:33 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63992049 QUOTE: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” ~ Helen Keller <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When I was a kid, I enjoyed...family reunions. My dad was one of 9 and my mom one of 4, so every year we were visiting extended family. It seems since my grandmothers have passed that we seem to do less and less of that. <BR> <BR> I had a lazy day yesterday as my meat was still not thawed. DH bought a couple of other things that I needed so I am ... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 08:04:32 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63973205 QUOTE:“The real and most dangerous opponents we face are fear, anger, confusion, doubt, and despair. If we overcome those enemies that attack us from within, we can attain a true victory over any attack from without.” ~ Morihei Ueshiba, Budo Secrets <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When I was a kid, I liked to wear…pretty dresses. <BR> <BR> I think the change is helping. At least the order that I am eating it in anyway. I lost 0.8 this week. I had told my friend Amy that I thought I would lose a... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:53:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63963684 QUOTE: “You only lose what you cling to.” ~ Buddha <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When I was a kid, my favorite thing to do outside was...ride my bike. <BR> <BR> Breakfast for dinner will have to happen another night. I am proud to say my “mom” mind kicked in and I decided to use the chicken breasts I had earmarked for DH to grill for me to make salsa chicken and we made brown rice. It wasn’t too fancy, but it was ready soon after we got home. I need to put out more chicken/chicken breasts so tha... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:18:06 EST Retread. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x63960123 <em>252</em> <em>524</em> <BR> Hello, this is my 3rd X to use SP. Each time I had positive reaction &amp; each time has been on different types of technology. Desktop Microsoft, iPad &amp; now on my HTC Smartphone app. Each time has been uniquely different, so I am checking out all I can to get the most out of this application. I am 55. In May. That's right. We're coming up on the eating season. Easter, Anniversary, my Birthday, Mother's Day, Joe's &amp; Mom's birthday. Plus, San Anton... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 18:41:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63955866 QUOTE: “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices.” ~ Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you read at the gym? <BR> <BR> Nope. I can’t figure out how to do it! I think I still bounce around too much at this point to bother with it. <BR> <BR> I tell you the more I read in Gorge, the more I want to just do nothing but read. I tried to switch things up a little bit by having my typical morning snack for breakfast instead of my sm... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:11:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63948284 QUOTE: “Persistence isn’t using the same tactics over and over. That’s just annoying. Persistence is having the same goal over and over.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck? <BR> <BR> QUESTION: As we decided (actually I decided) we were going meatless last night, do you participate in Meatless Monday? <BR> <BR> We used to do it often, but now it seems to be only on occasion now. <BR> <BR> I got myself all caught up on my Star stickers and figured out that I need to put m... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:19:34 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63940397 QUOTE: “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” ~ C.S. Lewis <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How have you prepared yourself for success this week? <BR> <BR> I have prepared boiled eggs, momlets, and baked eggs. I have lima beans cooking in the crockpot so we can do meatless tonight with some homemade cornbread. <BR> <BR> I realized earlier I have been slacking on my “star” stickers on my calendar. I don’t ... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:23:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63919502 QUOTE: “Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you have when you need something sweet? <BR> <BR> The other day I had a craving for something sweet after my salad. I wound up peeling my orange and eating that instead of something artificial. I did buy myself some Gobstoppers the other day, but I only have 1 at a time. At an ... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:01:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63912150 QUOTE: “I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered into this world into defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny. I will persist until I succeed.” ~ Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever been a member of a book club? <BR> <BR> I have never been part of a book r... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 08:06:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63905115 QUOTE: “Every time you make a choice, you are turning the central part of you – the part that chooses – into something a little different than what it was before. Taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature.” ~ C. S. Lewis <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have traditional magazine subscriptions or do you subscribe on your ereader? <BR> <BR> I have traditional magazine subscrip... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 08:06:03 EST New Sparky http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x63898838 My name is Clayton and this is my second day on Spark. I was a member of Spark a few years back, but this is a fresh start. Tue, 15 Mar 2016 10:52:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63897634 QUOTE: “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ~ Mark Twain <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How often do you read for pleasure? <BR> <BR> I try to read a little bit each day. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a rough day. My fruit/veggie consumption was quite low compared to a normal day and I seemed to have a headache most of the day. I enjoyed some time with my husband though. I am so glad to have him home! Definitely have to work to get those steps in today! Planning on ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 08:10:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63892371 QUOTE: “The only real security in life lies in relishing life’s insecurity.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How are you planning for success this week? <BR> <BR> I’ve still got to go to the store again, but I will be making some eggs, and I bought salad stuff, etc. I am going to try to make more salads this week even to go with dinner. I think it will help. <BR> <BR> It was a busy but fun weekend. I enjoyed some time with my best friend since I was about 8. ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:15:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63869590 QUOTE: “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” ~ Muhammad Ali <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I will...take care of me. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great day! It is going to be a super busy weekend. I am excited about it, but woke up with my allergies going crazy. I have a plan in place for lunch, but not sure about tonight. I will just have to take things one thing at a time today to get through the day. I had a 3.4 lb gain, but drinking DP to stay awake and with the food binges,... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 08:37:54 EST new to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x63863896 Hi! My name is Amanda and I'm on day 2 today of my journey to get healthy. I was on spark a long time ago and went on my own path with losing weight. I had a hard time then committing to logging my foods and working out which didn't allow myself to #1 be accountable and #2 see any major success. This time I've gotten off to a pretty decent start I've been making it a habit to log everything and to walk a little everyday. its been raining here so i have walked around my house a million times l... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:45:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63862435 QUOTE: “The only real security in life lies in relishing life’s insecurity.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is the weather where you are and how does it affect your workout plans for today? <BR> <BR> It’s rainy again in our neck of the woods in North Dallas. It doesn’t really affect my workout plans as I normally try to bike while I am at work or walk and the hallway outside the back door to my office is a great place to do that. :-) <BR> <BR> So, I am tru... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:00:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63854546 QUOTE: “The days you are most uncomfortable are the days you learn the most about yourself.” - Mary L. Bean <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What’s the most obnoxious word/phrase you use on a regular basis? <BR> <BR> I’m not sure I really say anything on a regular basis...other than calling everyone a banana and I guess that can get annoying. <BR> <BR> We actually tried something new last night with Beaux...his crate was moved into DS15’s room and he slept all night. I think he just needs to be clos... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 08:49:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63846689 QUOTE: “All worthwhile journeys have big obstacles. It’s the way of the world. The rewards go to those who can push through those trying moments and still manage to keep a smile on their face.” ~ Bear Grylls <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you keep yourself from binging when you didn’t get enough sleep? <BR> <BR> I have really been struggling with this and trying not to eat my emotions. I am feeling very unprepared and like I am spiraling. <BR> <BR> Well, Chris made it safely to the ME. I p... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 08:37:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63838725 QUOTE: “Our work can be motivated by obligation, by hunger for the external rewards of accomplishment, or by strongly reinforced ideas about who we should be in this lifetime. But none of these motivations has the authentic energy required for mastery of a profession.” ~ Stephen Cope, The Great Work of Your Life <BR> <BR> QUESTION: As it’s only 10 days away, do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in any way? <BR> <BR> Not really. I try to make sure I have on something green so my kids don’t... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 08:49:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 3/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63817212 QUOTE: “Embrace the suck. Doing something hard sucks. It’s not easy, and often you’re confused about how to do it because you haven’t done it much before. So what? Hard things suck, but life isn’t always peaches with roses on top (and a sprinkle of cinnamon). It sucks sometimes, and that’s perfectly fine. Embrace all of life, thorns and pits and all. Life would be boring without the suck. So smile, embrace the suck, and get moving.” ~ Leo Babauta, Zen Habits <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you g... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 10:00:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 3/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63809461 QUOTE: “To surpass the deeds of others is unimportant; to surpass my own deeds is all.” ~ Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you handle your eating when you are nauseous? <BR> <BR> Suffering with this the last few days. I am focusing on smoothies today so I can get in some fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> I am sorry for not posting the last couple of days, but I was in bed with a migraine for the last two days. Feeling better now, but I better finish... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 09:51:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63783584 QUOTE: “When I say I lack the time to exercise, is this really true given that I have time to watch television? Perhaps it is just difficult for me to admit that I may be lazy.” ~ Keshavan Nair, A Higher Standard of Leadership <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How are you set up for success this week? <BR> <BR> Feeling positive about making the decision to do some meal prep this weekend and following through with it. I have meatloaf prepped to go in the crockpot, potato/cauliflower mash to go with prep... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:33:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63761354 QUOTE: “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” ~ Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name one thing that you must have when you are working out. <BR> <BR> My Fitbit. I recently found an app called RunKeeper that has a variety of music set to a specific RPM, which seemed to help keep me moving while I was on the Arc Trainer. <BR> <BR> I lost the 0.4 I gained last week. Honestly, I think I had a hard time earlier in the week when Chris confirmed that he was going to Jordan. I ... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 08:18:09 EST Lisa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x63758283 Hi, new to the program and just getting started. Heard about you today from a friend. I am a big dog lover. Anxious to get started. <BR> Thu, 25 Feb 2016 20:39:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63753560 QUOTE: “Living closer to nature helps simplify because nature itself, though complex, keeps us in tune with basic rhythms and pleasures that never change and that provide grounding. When our family moved next to a farm, we found simplicity in the food we ate and in new sources for our entertainment and pleasure. Learning how to ride a horse is a complicated process, but riding is a simple pleasure that offers lasting satisfaction.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 08:28:26 EST East Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x63746795 Hello, my name is Charlotte. I have been on SparkPeople before. But today I am starting with a fresh start. <em>524</em> Wed, 24 Feb 2016 10:20:45 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63745700 QUOTE: “Success usually comes down to choosing the pain of discipline over the ease of distraction.” ~ James Clear, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I am love to....try new recipe and learn new crafts. <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a little rough for me and my eating was not spot on, but I honestly think that Beaux getting up around 4:30 or before is making me tired. I’ve been trying to get up at 5:15 anyway, but that extra 45 minutes awake makes me super tired, apparently. I am definitely tryin... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:12:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63737767 QUOTE: “I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered into this world into defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny. I will persist until I succeed.” ~ Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World <BR> <BR> QUESTION: As we are closing in on the end of February, how are you doing with your monthly goals? <... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 08:09:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63729732 QUOTE: “A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.” ~ Albert Szent-Gyorgyi <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you planning your vacation yet? If so, where are you going? <BR> <BR> We are going to OshKosh for the big air show in July. Chris has wanted to go since before we got married so we’re trying to make it happen this year. <BR> <BR> I have not been feeling 100%, I really think it’s allergies, but it’s been going on for awhile. I decided yesterday after church to just ta... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 08:07:17 EST QUOTE of the Day - February 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63716684 QUOTE: “Living closer to nature helps simplify because nature itself, though complex, keeps us in tune with basic rhythms and pleasures that never change and that provide grounding. When our family moved next to a farm, we found simplicity in the food we ate and in new sources for our entertainment and pleasure. Learning how to ride a horse is a complicated process, but riding is a simple pleasure that offers lasting satisfaction.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self <BR> <BR> No specific plans... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 11:20:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63708104 QUOTE: “Life doesn’t reward the naturally clever or strong but those who can learn to fight and work hard and never quit. ~ Bear Grylls <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name one thing that makes you successful on your weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> For me, I know that tracking is key. I may not always want to do it, but I know it is necessary for me to keep track of what I’m eating. <BR> <BR> So, honestly, with my lack of tracking for a few days while I had the long weekend, I expected I would have ... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 07:54:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63701186 QUOTE: “If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and adore.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: My WW leader mentioned the other day that this is about the time that people fall off the resolution wagon. How are you doing on your journey? <BR> <BR> I did not make resolutions this year, I set goals. However, much like anything else, I have good days and bad days, but I am still trying to move forward. <BR> <BR> I was a little concerned I... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 08:17:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63693624 QUOTE: “The way to learn to do things is to do things. The way to learn a trade is to work at it. Success teaches how to succeed. Begin with the determination to succeed, and the work is half done already.” ~ Henry Ford <BR> <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Recently, I have seen more before and after pictures. Did you or are you making a conscious effort to measure your journey in photos or in another way? <BR> <BR> I am pondering starting the photo each month to see how my body changes. I think it... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:15:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63685780 QUOTE: We make a difference to other people when we give gifts to them, when we bring emotional labor to the table and do work that matters. It’s hard for me to imagine that this way of living and working is available to only a few. Yes, the cards are unfairly stacked against too many people. Yes, there are too many barriers and not enough support. But no, your ability to create and contribute isn’t determined at birth. It’s a choice.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck? <BR>... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 08:26:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63678945 QUOTE: “For me the joy of athletics has never resided in winning. I derive just as much happiness from the process as from the results. I don’t mind losing as long as I see improvement or I feel I’ve done as well as I possibly could. If I lose, I just go back to the track and work some more.” ~ Jackie Joyner-Kersee <BR> <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When you have an unusual day off during the week, do you stick with your usual routine or do something special? <BR> <BR> <BR> It depends. I try ... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:58:42 EST Introducing myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x63668383 Don't know if this is the correct way to do this but here it goes. in 2009 I weighted 585lbs and had a gastric bypass that brought my weight down to 425lbs. After an injury recently my weight went back to 470lbs. I've dug out all my old post-op diet info and working to get back on track. Can't get to the support group meetings anymore so I hope this helps. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 22:23:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63665749 QUOTE: “Learn from the past. Prepare for the future. Perform in the present.” ~ Gary Mack, Mind Gym <BR> <BR> Already been to Costco today, so that’s a positive. I need to get busy with my meal prep. I want to find a recipe for chicken taquitos. I think that will be a great use of what is left of the chicken that we have. I definitely want to get some meal prep/planning done this week and get veggies cut up. Want a plan in place to make this a good week! I have some bell peppers, ca... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:39:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63656122 QUOTE: “The thing always happens that you believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright <BR> <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I enjoy…cooking for my family. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am feeling better about the fact that I am tracking and enjoyed seeing the loss last night. I lost 0.8 last night. Especially since I went over my SmartPoints a couple of times over the weekend and given the fact that I did not workout like I did last week. I am struggling with getting my mind in... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:05:55 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY: Feb. 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63650381 QUOTE:“Envision, create, and believe in your own universe, and the universe will form around you.” ~ Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name a few things you always keep in your pantry or refrigerator/freezer. <BR> <BR> Bananas, spinach, almond milk, coconut milk, frozen fruit, chicken, lean ground beef or bison. <BR> <BR> It was a crazy day yesterday. I won't even lie. DS15 was in an accident bike vs. Car. I could have been so much worse and I am thankful that it was ... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:25:30 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY: Feb. 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63634579 QUOTE:“With strength and determination you can do anything you want in life, as long as you believe in yourself, because if you don’t, no one else will.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What did you have for breakfast? <BR> <BR> I had a smoothie (spinach, banana, chia, flaxseed, almond milk and coconut milk and an antioxidant blend I bought at Costco), coffee and coconut milk creamer. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am feeling good about my choices yesterday. Honestly, I felt like I was sta... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:19:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63625244 QUOTE: “You can only be you when you do your best. When you don’t do your best you are denying yourself the right to be you. That’s a seed that you should really nurture in your mind. You don’t need knowledge or great philosophical concepts. You don’t need the acceptance of others. You express your own divinity by being alive and by loving yourself and others.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you follow a strict workout routine, or do you change it up regularly... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:13:27 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY: Feb. 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63603738 QUOTE: "You cannot grow unless you are willing to change. You will never improve yourself if you cling to what used to be." - Leon Brown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have any weekend plans? <BR> <BR> DH and I are going to be childless tonight so we're planning a date tonight. <BR> <BR> So I know I said I would take whatever the scale said but I admit that I was a little shocked...I maintained. I am still at 199. Yesterday was definitely a busy afternoon. We had to take Mom to the cardi... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:36:48 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY: Feb. 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63596288 QUOTE: In life, you have 3 choices Give Up, Give In or Give It Your All! - Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you deal with your need for the "crunch" factor? <BR> <BR> I have really been trying to stick with veggies (carrots or celery), but when I feel like I really need a chip, I use the Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Chips, only portioning out a serving size because otherwise, I will go way overboard. <BR> <BR> Woke up this morning quite congested with a headache. And admittedly, i... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 11:20:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/03 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63587379 QUOTE: “Our choices are what define us.” - Jen Widerstrom on Biggest Loser <BR> <BR> QUESTION: So it’s mid-week/Day 3 of the month, how are you doing with your goals so far? <BR> <BR> So far, I’m doing okay. Today will be my 2nd time this week to add some resistance training. I have hit my step goal every day since Sunday. <BR> <BR> I felt pretty good about last night, I washed and cut up my celery so that they would be ready to slip into a smaller bag for today’s lunch. I took the ... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:49:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/02 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63578662 QUOTE: “Sometimes in life you don’t know how trapped you are until you try to break free, that’s when you learn what it’s going to take to change.” - Olivia, My 600 Lb. Life. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What’s in your lunchbox/what are you having for lunch? <BR> <BR> I have 3 slices of Hormel Naturals Turkey on a Flax Rollup with a side of baby carrots/celery and hummus. I have 2 Halos, 1 boiled egg, 1 Golden Delicious Apple, 1 organic string cheese for snack. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a good da... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:04:18 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/01 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63570340 QUOTE: “The healing of the spirit has not been completed until openness to challenge becomes a way of life.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you continuing with your goals from January? Or are you adjusting them and adding some new goals? <BR> <BR> I’m adjusting and adding some new goals. <BR> <BR> Saturday was a little crazy since we woke up later than we should have to get ready to go. If you are on my FB page, you probably so my little Valentine heart ... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 11:19:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63545868 QUOTE: “Remarkable visions and genuine insight are always met with resistance. And when you start to make progress, your efforts are met with even more resistance. Products, services, career paths… whatever it is, the forces for mediocrity will align to stop you, forgiving no errors and never backing down until it’s over. If it were any other way, it would be easy. And if it were any other way, everyone would do it and your work would ultimately be devalued. The yin and yang are clear: ... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:43:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63537815 QUOTE: “Don’t waste time calculating your chances of success and failure. Just fix your aim and begin.” ~ Guan Yin Tzu, Chinese Master <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is the last thing that made you smile? <BR> <BR> My husband being silly this morning was the last thing that made me smile. <BR> <BR> For those that are interested, I believe this is what I bought: <link>www.damascusbakery.com/our-products/<BR>flax-all-natural-roll-up/ </link> <BR> <BR> While I have been feeling a little... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:01:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63530080 QUOTE: “Your body keeps an accurate journal regardless of what you write down. - Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you ever eat in secret because you don’t want anyone to see what you consume? <BR> <BR> I have in the past, but strive not to “closet eat” and I am thankful that I don’t have people in my life that food shame me. <BR> <BR> As my hamburger meat was not thawed when I got home and I needed to figure out what to have for dinner, I decided it was going to be a breakfast for dinner k... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:42:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63521526 QUOTE: “You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.” - Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you wear makeup everyday? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I wore make-up. Maybe my wedding day? I never wore much anyway, but I don’t wear it these days. <BR> <BR> Headed to the chiropractor and while it helped, it didn’t seem to help as much as it normally does. I still have a headache. It does make me wonder if this sinus/allergy/cold stuff that I’ve been fi... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:36:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63512988 QUOTE: “The real and most dangerous opponents we face are fear, anger, confusion, doubt, and despair. If we overcome those enemies that attack us from within, we can attain a true victory over any attack from without.” ~ Morihei Ueshiba, Budo Secrets <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is in your lunch box? <BR> <BR> I have a new (or at least new to me) flax roll-up (it's a flat bread), 1/2 cup of rice, 1 cup of multi-colored bell pepper, tomatoes and lettuce and I'm going to use 1/2 of my 2 T. pac... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:02:53 EST Leaving team and Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63500478 I haven't been a member very long but have been on Sparkpeople a few years. Unfortunately, due to lack of internet access, I have made the decision to close my account. Thanks to those who have welcomed and/or helped me while on the team. Please don't reply to this topic. I will not see it. <BR> <BR> Carole Merle Sat, 23 Jan 2016 17:47:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Jan. 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63498081 QUOTE: Is it worth it? The question is, are YOU worth it? ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: On your last trip of any distance, did you fly or drive? <BR> <BR> We drove. I think the last time I was on a plane was before DH and I got married. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone else is staying warm and safe! <BR> <BR> Plans for today? I'm going to get some food prepped. I am planning on roasting some veggies and I am going to try to whip up some fried rice loaded with veggies. I thought that would be a... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:51:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63490180 QUOTE: “Success is processional. It’s the result of a series of small disciplines that lead us into habitual patterns of success that no longer require consistent will or effort.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you prefer to workout at home or at the gym? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I like both. They both have benefits. I like not having to worry about maintaining the machines, etc. and the variety, but I enjoy the flexibility of not having to worry about w... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:19:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63481789 QUOTE: “When things get tough or uncomfortable, we tell ourselves: it’s OK to quit, it doesn’t matter, we’ll do it next time, we’re not disciplined enough, we suck at this, we can’t do it, it’s too hard, it would be nice to take a break, life is too short to struggle, we deserve a reward, just this once won’t matter, we’re going to fail, it’s better to fail quietly, we just don’t feel like it right now, let’s not think about this, hey a squirrel! So what can we do if our story is working ag... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:10:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63473632 QUOTE: “Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” ~ Marianne Williamson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you get a yearly flu shot? <BR> <BR> Nope…not a fan of flu shots. <BR> <BR> Still not feeling 100%, but I made sure I moved yesterday. I actually got over 6,000 steps in yesterday. After leaving and running by the store to get whole wheat tortillas and more eggs, my ankle was hurting so my sweet husband made dinner. I’ve not done too bad conc... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:25:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63465000 QUOTE: “Light tomorrow with today.” ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Would you rather spend an evening at a theater or at a club? <BR> <BR> Theater for sure. <BR> <BR> Sorry I didn’t post over the weekend/Monday. I was not feeling 100% yesterday, which was not how I wanted to spend my day off. However, I am almost finished watching my Rizzoli and Isles DVDs that I got for Christmas. I am feeling prepared a little more prepared today so I am happy about that. I am da... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:25:36 EST Got fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x63460642 Let's get it together! Okay y'all from Dfw/Tx. Mon, 18 Jan 2016 20:20:13 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63431436 QUOTE: “When you’re trying to motivate yourself, appreciate the fact that you’re even thinking about making a change. And as you move forward, allow yourself to be good enough.” ~ Alice Domar <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you enjoy cooking? <BR> <BR> I do enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. <BR> <BR> Okay, I’m excited to say that I lost 3.8 lbs this week. I am not sure I can repeat this large of a loss again, but am excited about it for sure. This makes me back out of the 200’s! It’s time ... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:06:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63423796 QUOTE: “Waiting for inspiration is another way of saying that you’re stalling. You don’t wait for inspiration; you command it to appear.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck? <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What are you currently reading? Is there a book that you are looking forward to reading? <BR> <BR> Currently reading Freezer I’ll Shoot (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 3) by Victoria Hamilton and looking forward to reading Gorge by Kara Richardson Whitely. I found it yesterday for $1... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:23:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63415488 QUOTE: “Most of us think we don’t have enough time to exercise. What a distorted paradigm! We don’t have time not to. We’re talking about three to six hours a week – or a minimum of thirty minutes a day, every other day. That hardly seems an inordinate amout of time considering the tremendous benefits in terms of the impact on the other 162 – 165 hours of the week.” ~ Stephen Covey <BR> <BR> QUESTION: List a few of your favorite snacks. <BR> <BR> Apples/string cheese/halos/carrots and ... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:14:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63407440 QUOTE: “Sometimes we all need to be reminded the best parts of life wouldn’t be as sweet without intermittent struggle. The key to survival is learning to laugh at the universe’s inherent chaos.” ~ John Haltiwanger, Elite Daily <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have a reality show/guilty pleasure show that you watch? <BR> <BR> I started watching The Biggest Loser and My Diet is Better than Yours last week. <BR> <BR> We did not make it back to the Rec Center last night. Honestly, we were all ... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:35:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63398453 QUOTE: “My temptation is emotional, and resisting will further my needed weight loss and strengthen my character. Furthermore, nothing tastes as good as thin feels.” ~ Stephen Covey <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is the last movie you saw in a theater? <BR> <BR> Star Wars in 3D. <BR> <BR> We got up this morning to head to the rec center for a morning workout…there wasn’t a machine to be had. Not even a treadmill, which I don’t use because it bothers my knee. We’re going to try to go back t... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:48:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63373656 QUOTE: “You cannot compare your journey with another or you will always see fault in yourself.” – Shay Sorrells/Biggest Loser <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Would you rather be in pictures or take them? <BR> <BR> I would rather take them, but I know when I get to a better weight, I will want to be in them again. <BR> <BR> So I sort of expected it after my episode with the chips on Wednesday night, I had my first gain since starting Smart Points. I gained 1.8 lbs. I am trying not to focus so much o... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 10:26:45 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63364918 QUOTE: “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!” &amp;#8213; Jillian Michaels <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is one of your favorite ways to spend a Saturday? <BR> <BR> I have been trying to take Saturdays for meal prep so I can take Sundays as a rest day. I feel good about taking the time out to do that because it means we have more time during the week. <BR> <BR> Not really feeling 100%, it started out as a cold and then moved down into my chest. I don’t necessarily feel bad, but now t... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 10:24:11 EST Austinites??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x63358660 Any Austin (and surrounding areas) folks out there? Let's say hello to each other! Good luck everyone. Wed, 6 Jan 2016 15:19:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63356519 QUOTE: “You cannot exercise much power without gratitude because it is gratitude that keeps you connected with power. The creative power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best, therefore it will receive the best.” ~ Wallace Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich <BR> <BR> QOTD: Anything happen yesterday that made you feel joyful? <BR> <BR> I made it to Costco and have an idea of what to do for dinner’s nex... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 10:42:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/05/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63347607 QUOTE: “The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” ~ Anthony Robbins <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What made you decide to live where you currently live? <BR> <BR> I got married and I was already working down here. <BR> <BR> Back to the ortho this morning to follow-up, it went pretty well. He told me to focus more on low impact options (biking, walking, ell... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 11:33:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/04/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63337543 QUOTE: “Don’t show up late. Don’t try to slide out early. Don’t cheat your rep counts. And definitely, don’t hold back. Leave it all in the gym!” – Gunnar Peterson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Share the last compliment you received. <BR> <BR> My Pastor’s wife and dear friend told me yesterday that I motivated her to get back on plan. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was busy and we had an unexpected trip to Sherman last night. DS25 had a blow out and needed to borrow my car. I planned on getting prepar... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 10:58:03 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Jan. 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63310770 QUOTE: “Pain is not a punishment. And pleasure is not a reward. You could argue that failure is not punishment and… Success is not reward. They’re just failure and success. You can choose how you respond.” ~ Sarah Lewis, The Rise <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How did you spend your New Year’s Eve? Share one tradition you continue on New Year’s Day. <BR> <BR> I rung in 2016 in bed. I struggled with insomnia the night before so I was tired. We will be having our traditional black eyed peas for goo... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 12:50:06 EST Hello friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x63309597 Good morning. This is my introduction to the team. I am returning after sometime. I believe in the process. In 2008 I lost 25 lbs, but felt I could wing it from there. My job is a desk job so I get very little activity at work, but I think I can change that. <BR> <BR> My goal is to reconnect with my healthy self, lose 45 lbs by November 2016, and increase my activity through exercise. I am 62 years old, out of shape, so I will begin exercising with some care. <BR> <BR> My passion is underst... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 10:35:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63302034 QUOTE: “What I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while.” ~ Gretchen Rubin <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Share a good habit that you will continue doing into the new year. <BR> <BR> Tracking! I have realized just how important it is for me to track and so I intend to continue it through the new year. <BR> <BR> You could have knocked me down with a feather when I weighed in last night after physical therapy! I told my leader (who apparently acts as receptionist at that location o... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:20:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63295102 QUOTE: “The thoughts you think will irradiate you as though you are a transparent vase.” ~ Maurice Maeterlinck <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Share one thing that you plan to do for yourself in 2016. <BR> <BR> I plan to take care of me in 2016. <BR> <BR> I have been listening to an audiobook called Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin. It’s really interesting how she talks about how to determine what tendencies you have and how to change habits. I am hoping to delve a little more into it to hel... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 11:15:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63288031 QUOTE: “When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no ‘I’ll start tomorrow.’ Tomorrow is disease.” ~ V.L. Allinear <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you making resolutions for 2016? Or are you simply setting goals rather than making resolutions? <BR> <BR> I am setting goals vs. making resolutions. I re-started with WW’s new program while still healing so I truly feel like a newbie. <BR> <BR> My sweet hubby drove last night for the family night so I could pay my respects. I was sad ... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:36:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63280122 QUOTE: “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” ~ Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Did you enjoy your holiday? <BR> <BR> Yes, I did. Jarrod (DS25) got to spend the entire weekend with us, which is rare. <BR> <BR> I felt so out of touch last week since I was not able to post/chat the way I normally do. I hope everyone had a good week. I think I went a little off the rails over the Christmas break. I do so much better with structure and our weeke... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:23:37 EST Back for more http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x63224211 I have not been on spark for over a year. I had lost some weight and was doing good on eating. Of course life got in the way. Not an using it as a reason to have gained the weight back but I have to get it back off and more. Hoping to find the right motivation and group to help. I am glad to be back and ready to shed the weight!!! Sat, 19 Dec 2015 13:50:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63217005 QUOTE: “You cannot exercise much power without gratitude because it is gratitude that keeps you connected with power. The creative power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best, therefore it will receive the best.” ~ Wallace Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have anything special going on this weekend? <BR> <BR> For us, we have a family Christmas brunch on Sunday. Lots of ... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 11:02:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63210763 QUOTE: “You have the power to heal yourself, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we are not. We always have the power of our minds. Claim and consciously use your power.” – Louise Hay <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Is your weather doing crazy things like our weather in D/FW? <BR> <BR> We have been only having lows in the 40’s/50’s and highs in the high 50’s/low to mid-60’s. Although today we were in the 30’s with a high in the low 50's. <BR> <BR> I have a coup... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:42:13 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63204077 QUOTE: “Remember, if you even need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm.” – Audrey Hepburn <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you handle staying OP around the holidays? <BR> <BR> In years past, I have always allowed myself some of whatever I want, but I limit how much I have. I will definitely need to think about that for this Christmas and the upcoming holidays since the new plan has changed the value of what I typically eat. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I started drinking lemon in my water again.... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:41:33 EST New and looking for a goal buddy in Cedar Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x63201770 Hi everyone, I'm Lauren :) <BR> <BR> I moved to Texas about a year and a half ago. I moved in with my best friend from high school, but I really don't know ANYBODY else and I desperately need an accountability partner, hopefully a local one so we can actually work out together sometimes. <BR> <BR> I have a pretty significant amount of weight to lose, so if you're already one of those hip, sexy Austinites that I totally want to be someday, that's cool with me, but know that I might slow you ... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 06:26:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63197162 QUOTE: “Noticing the problem does not change the problem. While of course, awareness is a critical first step, action is the absolute necessary step.” ~ Sevan Apollo Poetry, Good Men Project <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite food to eat over the holidays? <BR> <BR> We make a dessert which has different names depending on who you ask which is made from Eagle Brand Milk, Cool Whip, pineapple, cherry pie filling and pecans. We generally only make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:54:45 EST Restarting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x63190891 Been a part of SP for a long time - not been active in several years but nothing else is working so I figured it's about time to get back to what does work. And try to do it better this time. <BR> <BR> I'm from East Texas pretty much smack between Dallas and Shreveport. I have 3 kids 18-11, 2 dogs, and 1 husband. I've recently (in the past year) gone back to work after being a stay-at-home-homeschooling-mom for 4 years. Mon, 14 Dec 2015 14:37:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63189364 QUOTE: “When you rise in the morning, greet the day with vigor. During the day, refrain from thinking or saying, ‘I’m confused,’ ‘I’m weak,’ ‘I’m sad,’ ‘I need help.’ At night before you sleep, release all thoughts of sadness, anger, or irritation. Think of pleasant things.” ~ Tempu Nakamura, Budo Secrets <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Please share one event that happened over the weekend. <BR> <BR> We had our Christmas banquet with our church yesterday. It was lots of fun. <BR> <BR> Thank yo... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:34:32 EST Forgive Because God Forgave You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63181765 Forgive Because God Forgave You <BR> BY RICK WARREN — DECEMBER 8, 2015 <BR> <BR> “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32 NIV) <BR> <BR> We will all be hurt in this life. Many times we’ll be hurt intentionally by what people say about us or what people do to us. In fact, any time we read the word “forgiveness” we instantly call to mind certain heartaches, hurts, and problems from our past. The memories are still fre... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 09:51:19 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x63172141 Hi everyone. My name is Carole and I live in San Antonio, TX. I've lived here for over 10 years and make it a point to walk every day, both short and long distances. Hopefully I'll find someone who shares my interests. But for now, howdy !! Fri, 11 Dec 2015 19:11:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63169777 QUOTE: “You open doors when you open books… doors that swing wide to unlimited horizons of knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration that will enlarge the dimensions of your life.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Please share one memory from your holidays past. <BR> <BR> One that seems to be on the top of my head recently is making Christmas ornaments with my Mom and singing Christmas carols. Those were some of the best times. <BR> <BR> Okay, so here’s the info I got... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:09:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63162604 QUOTE: “Don’t waste time calculating your chances of success and failure. Just fix your aim and begin.” ~ Guan Yin Tzu, Chinese Master <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite Christmas movie? <BR> <BR> I think if I have to pick just one…no, I can’t do it. It is between It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street (the Natalie Wood version). <BR> <BR> The best laid plans...Chris was running late yesterday so I had to reschedule PT. I managed to find a meeting location where I,... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:49:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63156261 QUOTE: “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices.” ~ Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How will you celebrate the holidays this year? <BR> <BR> We’re going to have a busy Christmas Day much like Thanksgiving Day. I suspect we’re going to my in-laws and to my Aunt’s house. I am not sure how we will handle celebrating with Jarrod since he only has Christmas day off, but I suspect we’ll figure it out. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was truly... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 11:29:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63148416 QUOTE: “You cannot exercise much power without gratitude because it is gratitude that keeps you connected with power. The creative power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best, therefore it will receive the best.” ~ Wallace Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I read a blog indicating changes were coming for Biggest Loser next month. Will you watch? <BR> <BR> Despite the bad hype t... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 10:17:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/07 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63141390 QUOTE: “You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.” – Eckhart Tolle <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Would you rather spend your holiday season on the beach or in the snow? <BR> <BR> If I didn’t have to go out, probably the snow. :-) I have always loved how it looks and even playing in it a bit, but we don’t ever just get snow. <BR> <BR> I was hoping that I could head to McKinney and weigh in yesterday, but that didn’t happen.... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 11:02:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/04 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63121355 QUOTE: “Don’t be ashamed to need help. Like a soldier storming a wall, you have a mission to accomplish. And if you’ve been wounded and you need a comrade to pull you up? So what?” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have allergies that prevent you from eating traditional holiday meals? <BR> <BR> No allergies that I am aware of, none in my family that I am aware of for the things we traditionally fix. <BR> <BR> Things were still busy yesterday and this morning has ... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 12:41:34 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/03 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63113985 QUOTE: “Whenever you leave behind failure that means you’re doing better. If you think everything you’ve done has been great, you’re probably dumb.” ~ Louis CK <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you decorate inside/outside of your home for the holidays? <BR> <BR> We don’t go overboard, but we do decorate. <BR> <BR> I have docs waiting to draft so I better get busy. Hope everyone is doing well! Happy Friday eve! <BR> Thu, 3 Dec 2015 11:31:03 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/02 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63106920 QUOTE: “Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.” - unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What seasonings do you use often? <BR> <BR> Our standard seems to be salt, pepper, garlic. <BR> <BR> I love my job, but sometimes I get so frustrated with it. There has been so much to do with my co-worker out this week. I drafted so many documents that I couldn’t feel my fingers. I’m certain it’s time for an adjustment, but there... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 12:27:32 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/01 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63098662 QUOTE: “The grass is always greener where you water it.” ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your weather *really* like right now? <BR> According to the National Weather Service, it is 45 degrees and cloudy. High today of 56, which is warmer than it has been of late. <BR> <BR> Things are super busy right now. We have a co-worker on vacation. Hopefully I can get back to post more soon. <BR> Tue, 1 Dec 2015 12:24:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63089995 QUOTE: “One of the strange laws of the contemplative life is that in it you do not sit down and solve problems: you bear with them until they somehow solve themselves. Or until life solves them for you.” ~ Thomas Merton <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I am thankful for...the opportunity to celebrate with family and old friends. <BR> <BR> Thursday and Friday were pretty hectic for us. We headed to my in-laws and then to my Aunt’s house on Thursday so it was late for us getting home. We saw a c... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:37:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63058582 QUOTE: “Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” ~ Marianne Williamson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I am thankful for…starting over. I weighed in today for the first time since before the accident at the end of August. I am now at my highest weight. I have to get control. <BR> <BR> Well, after weighing myself this morning, I’m a little upset. I knew that I needed to get back on program, but I didn’t realize it had gotten that bad. I am hoping... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:21:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63051285 QUOTE: “You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” – Robin Williams <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I am thankful for…improvement. While my healing process may be going slower than I would like, the PA reminded me this morning that I have been dealing with this longer than most so it will take me a little bit to get back to moving like I was before. <BR> <BR> So more news on the healing front! I walked yesterday unassisted at the... Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:59:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63043888 QUOTE: “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” &amp;#8232;~ John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I am thankful for…my love of reading. Our internet went down on Saturday while I was in the middle of watching a show on Hulu. It was frustrating and once I actually took a minute, I realized that I needed to appreciate what I have and not be so envious of what I don’t currently have. <BR> <BR> For the... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:12:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63022989 QUOTE: “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today, I am thankful for…the roof over my head. Some days I feel like I forget to be thankful for the basics of life and I do appreciate that I have somewhere to lay my head that is safe. <BR> <BR> Guess what happened at PT yesterday?? Guess who put some weight on her ankle with no crutches, etc.? Yep, this girl! It hurt, I won’t deny it, but I definitely feel ... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:01:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63016017 QUOTE: “One of the strange laws of the contemplative life is that in it you do not sit down and solve problems: you bear with them until they somehow solve themselves. Or until life solves them for you.” ~ Thomas Merton <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I am thankful for…a fresh start. Some days just seem to be so frustrating and nothing seems to go right, so I’m thankful that I can wake up in the morning and start anew. <BR> <BR> It’s been a rough week for us because there is so much going on w... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:18:15 EST Hey ya'll http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x63009164 My name is Corliss Goodrum, I was born and raised in Texas. I can honestly say that I have never been out of the state. Well except i have vague memories of maybe going to Oklahoma as a young child to visit my uncle. I was born in Killeen, Texas but currently residing in La Marque, Texas. I am the mother of 11 children. and grandmother to 5 with two more on the way. All of my children are mine from my previous marriage of 16 years. I am now divorced and in a committed relationship with a won... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:23:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63008575 QUOTE: “If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our LIVES” – Lemony Snicket <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I am thankful for friends, both old and new. It is such a blessing to be able to start the threads and get to know a little about everyone and their stories. <BR> <BR> It has not been overly busy at work so I’ve been trying to read and do some other things that I can do and still do the work when it comes in. Things seem to be busy elsewhere, but we’re managing to ... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:53:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x63000976 QUOTE: “It’s no coincidence that good words make us feel good and that hurtful or angry words make us feel bad. There is a 100 percent correlation between the words we choose and how we feel.” ~ Sean Stephenson, Get Off Your “But” <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today, I am thankful for prayer. While we may not all agree in our religious beliefs/background, prayer seems to be universal no matter what your beliefs. <BR> <BR> Since Person of Interest has finally been included on Netflix, I have been ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:40:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62993614 QUOTE: Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible”! – Audrey Hepburn <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I am thankful for IT. My work computer went down on Friday and they finally got a new one for me on late afternoon Friday. That’s why I didn’t post anything. <BR> <BR> With Friday’s events, it was just crazy. Ironically enough, I figured out that it was about a year ago that it happened to me…a power glitch and then I lost my computer. I spent a little time watching Netflix on... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:28:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62963319 QUOTE: “No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” ~ Helen Keller <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I am thankful for…my husband taking care of me. Since my surgery, he has driven me around, handled meals, etc. I know it hasn’t been easy, but I appreciate him more than words can express. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to get back to meetings soon. By the time that we get home, especially lately with errands and th... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:16:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62955906 QUOTE: “Someday’ is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you.” ~ Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I am thankful for…our veterans. Thank you to all who have served, as well as their families. <BR> <BR> Therapy was a little more in depth yesterday evening, but it was good to get my foot/ankle moving again. I know it is going to help me get walking again. I am looking forward to tomorrow to see if I can improve on what I did yesterday. Not ... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 10:16:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62948911 QUOTE: “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I am thankful for…adopted family/good friends. I can’t imagine where I would be without them. <BR> <BR> I a... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:58:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62940781 QUOTE: “A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs.” ~ Joan Welsh <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I am thankful for…my time with my Mom. Her health has not been good with the compression fractures, strokes, etc. <BR> <BR> The weekend was pretty busy for us. Friday, my DS15 was sick and DD13 went to a church event, which didn’t get her home until after midnight. Saturday, we took Mom to get her hair cut and her eyebrows threaded and attempted to get her t... Mon, 9 Nov 2015 10:36:55 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/06 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62918181 QUOTE: “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” ~ Willie Nelson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today, I am thankful…for continued healing. I know it’s a work in progress, but I am thankful that ultimately, I will be able to be mobile again. <BR> <BR> I made it through therapy last night. We’re starting easy, but I definitely can feel it today. I have exercises to do before my appointment on Tuesday. We’re going to try to rent a car for tomorro... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 10:34:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/05 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62910354 QUOTE: “Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top up’s.” ~ Peter Davies <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I am thankful for…my workplace. With everything that has gone on the last couple of years, I know I am blessed to be here. <BR> <BR> Therapy starts tonight, which may not be the best timing since it’s supposed to rain all day…I know we need it so I am not complaining but it makes it difficult to move when my crutches slide... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 10:05:13 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/04 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62902520 QUOTE: “When you’re trying to motivate yourself, appreciate the fact that you’re even thinking about making a change. And as you move forward, allow yourself to be good enough.” ~ Alice Domar <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I am thankful…for my husband, mother and children. Despite the frustration from time to time, I honestly can’t imagine my life without them. <BR> <BR> So I tried a little more often yesterday to stand putting weight on my foot. I was hurting pretty badly by the time I got ... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 10:24:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/03 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62894831 QUOTE: “If you don’t do what’s best for your body, you’re the one who comes up on the short end.” ~ Julius Erving <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I am thankful…for having my stitches removed. <BR> <BR> Stitches came out this morning. My ankle is tender, but they said it was healing well. Dr. Desai also said that I can put weight on it as I can tolerate it and he wants me to try to move to a brace rather than the walking boot, but said I can stick with the walking boot for a little longer if ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 11:33:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/02 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62885741 QUOTE: “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~ Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I am thankful for waking up and being relatively healthy. <BR> <BR> We had some trick or treaters. Our own children tried to go out, but DS15’s friends didn’t want to go. DD13 was kind enough to share candy with him. Although she seems to be munching on it CONSTANTLY, so I asked DH to put it up. Hoping I can have some input this week with dinners, etc. We’ll see how I hold up. ... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 10:33:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62862241 QUOTE: “So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.” ~ A.J.Materi <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I…had frosted mini wheats and 1 piece of toast for breakfast. What was your breakfast? <BR> <BR> I wound up having to take a pain pill last night because I was hurting. I am pretty excited for next week since I finally get my stitches out. DH suggested we go to a crafts event this weekend, but if it’s pretty packed, I’m not sure... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 10:10:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62855070 QUOTE: “An hour of basketball feels like 15 minutes. An hour on a treadmill feels like a weekend in traffic school.” ~ David Walters <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I heard… fire engines, ambulances before 8 a.m. We determined that they were right down our street, but we aren’t sure what happened. <BR> <BR> My scooter came in yesterday. Yay! DH picked up the rental and then brought me the new one when he picked me up. I managed to get through last night with no pain pill, but I did sleep ... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:05:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62847470 QUOTE: “Don’t show up late. Don’t try to slide out early. Don’t cheat your rep counts. And definitely, don’t hold back. Leave it all in the gym!” – Gunnar Peterson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How often do you clean out your closets? <BR> <BR> Not nearly often enough. I definitely am past due right now. Hopefully DH will help me this weekend and I can get some of my stuff gone through. <BR> <BR> Not much going on these days…working and sleeping A LOT. There’s just so much more I want to do,... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:20:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62839752 QUOTE: “You’ve got to be in top physical condition. Fatigue makes cowards of us all.” ~ Vince Lombardi <BR> <BR> QUESTION: As we are soon heading into November, would anyone be interested in focusing on gratitude? <BR> <BR> For me, I may do this even if no one else is interested simply because with me being temporarily disabled, I need to take the time to focus on the positives and what I can do vs. what I can’t. <BR> <BR> I will be very honest, I am ready for these stitches to come out. ... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 10:14:16 EST How’s Your Spiritual Appetite? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62834661 How’s Your Spiritual Appetite? <BR> By Rick Warren — Oct 26, 2015 <BR> <BR> “You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment.” (1 Peter 2:2 NLT, second edition) <BR> Are you hungry for God? <BR> It is possible to maintain a spiritual hunger for God for the rest of your life. Here are five ways to keep a spiritual appetite. <BR> Remind yourself how much God loves you. The more you understand how much God loves you, ... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 18:23:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62831515 QUOTE: “When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no ‘I’ll start tomorrow.’ Tomorrow is disease.” ~ V.L. Allinear <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you plan your meals? I’ve heard it said that you should eat heavier in the morning. <BR> <BR> I keep thinking that I will try that, but have not yet. I am hoping that I can be a little more mobile very soon. <BR> <BR> I did not do too much over the weekend, but I did get some reading done and caught up on the shows that I enjoy on ... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 10:28:28 EST God Loves You This Much http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62823414 God Loves You This Much <BR> BY RICK WARREN <BR> <BR> “God is love.” (1 John 4:8b NIV) <BR> <BR> The Bible says God is love. It doesn’t say God has love; it says God is love. Love is his nature. God is love. <BR> <BR> God created the entire universe. He created this planet; he created the human race; then, he created you because he loves you. <BR> <BR> God created you as an object of his love. He made you so he could love you and so you could love him. God’s love for you is the reason... Sun, 25 Oct 2015 10:13:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62809106 QUOTE: “It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first.” ~ Miyamoto Musashi <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever served on a jury? <BR> <BR> No, I normally get to Voir Dire and then get dismissed. <BR> <BR> No big plans this weekend. Funny thing happened last night though, after DH and I got home and dinner was prepared, the lights started flickering. It was raining pretty hard, but it was pretty bad timing since the kids needed to shower and my younger son was tryin... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 10:18:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62801540 QUOTE: “The storms will come and the winds will rise and the gusts will threaten to pull you from your roots. Let the winds come. Let them rage and know that you will not break in the breeze, you will bend. Bend. Always bend because you are made of more strength than you know, because you are better than the breaking.” ~ Tyler Knott Gregson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What time did you go to bed last night? <BR> <BR> The first time I went to sleep, I have no idea…the second time, it was about 11.... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 10:21:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62793675 QUOTE: “You’ll never leave where you are until you decide where you’d rather be.” - unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How often do you change your shampoo/conditioner? <BR> <BR> Being a creature of habit, I tend to not change too much when I find something that works. Since I’ve gone sulfate free, my hair is not so dry. I am trying to find a new shampoo and conditioner for a change because it seems my hair has adjusted to the other shampoo and conditioner I was using and the ones I have picked... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 10:23:15 EST Hello to all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62790695 Hello from East Fort Worth. I am starting a new phase in my life. Healthy, happy new me. I am a single mother of 2 girls, looking to get back in shape and be healthy. Looking forward to learning and getting to know everyone. Tue, 20 Oct 2015 23:51:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62786018 QUOTE: “Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you eat leftovers? <BR> <BR> Indeed we do. Oftentimes more than we would like. <BR> <BR> The pain was a bit overwhelming. I haven't had any surgery in some time so I forgot how bad the pain can get. And the nausea seems to hit too...and I get shaky. Not fun. I went back to work yesterday, but I was itchy. I think I may be having... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 11:28:28 EST New, from Pearland (Houston) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62723885 Hi! I have 2 kids, a great husband, and more than 60 lbs to lose! I'm currently trying to clean up my eating, and get some auto-immune issues under control. I have been following something that's pretty close to Paleo, and I've lose about 13 lbs in 6 weeks or so! It's awesome! I'm hoping SparkPeople will help keep me accountable and keep me tracking the way I should, so I don't lose my momentum. :-) Mon, 12 Oct 2015 12:12:55 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62700849 QUOTE: “Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.” ~ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What plans do you have for the weekend? <BR> <BR> Our DD13 has try-outs for regional orchestra. She’s pretty excited about it. Aside from that, I’m hoping that we can get some stuff accomplished before Monday. <BR> <BR> Today is the pre-op appointment for my ankle surgery on Monday. I will find out the specifics for time, etc. We did get more news about m... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 10:57:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62693675 QUOTE: “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices.” ~ Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is the last thing that you ate? <BR> <BR> Organic Animal Crackers. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is well. I got word that my childhood friend that was in the motorcycle accident is breathing on his own, but is still not awake yet. I will say, honestly, I am anxious about Monday. I am ready to be on the mend. I better get busy. It’s already bee... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:25:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/07 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62684646 QUOTE: “When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot become manifest, strength cannot be exerted, wealth is useless, and reason is powerless.” ~ Herophiles <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite form of exercise and why? <BR> <BR> I enjoy walking and biking…which unfortunately I can’t do right now. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the well wishes about my surgery. I’m trying to get some things done before I go for surgery. We were planning on going to the State Fair of Texas ... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 11:25:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/06 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62676703 QUOTE: “The healing of the spirit has not been completed until openness to challenge becomes a way of life.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you know how to drive a stick shift? <BR> <BR> When I am not injured, I can, but it’s not my favorite thing to do. <BR> <BR> Ortho said that the MRI was also a bit inconclusive. He said that they did see tears on the peroneal tendons, but they cannot tell if they are new or older. There is also scar tissue and they cou... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 12:57:31 EST new member intro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62672667 Moved to TX 2010 after my husband passed to be close to my family. I want to lose 60+ lbs. Changing my eating habits to include, less carbs, more fruits and veggies. At least 20 min exercise 3 xweek. Will up date my info as soon as I can. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:57:34 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/05 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62667088 QUOTE: “Challenges make life interesting, however, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” ~ Mark Twain <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is the last new thing you tried? <BR> <BR> I tried a new shampoo and conditioner yesterday. It’s sulfate free and I am never sure how that’s going to make my hair feel. <BR> <BR> I won’t lie, Friday night was rough. I simply did not sleep well. So I was exhausted on Saturday. We did what was necessary on Saturday and then I laid down and napped fo... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 11:03:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/02 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62643885 QUOTE: Just for fun! While you are getting dressed this morning, don’t forget to put your positive pants on! <BR> <BR> QUESTION: As the cooler weather approaches, how does that change what goes in your grocery cart? <BR> <BR> For us, we try to buy what is in season (fruit and veggie wise), this year I am going to try to pick up more frozen veggies for soups. Those are easy for me to bring to work…and most freeze well, I think. <BR> <BR> Donna, Sounds like you are a woman with a plan! <B... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 11:15:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/01 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62634620 QUOTE: “Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How are you doing with your goals? Do you have goals for October? <BR> <BR> My goals have been sort of put by the wayside since we have had so much going on and I can’t cook on crutches. I am hoping to find out what’s going on tomorrow and figure out how to meal plan for others to help me get back to healthier meals. <BR> <BR> DH... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 10:53:46 EST Inconsistent efforts from Spring (Houston) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62633009 Hello, <BR> <BR> I've been working on SP for many years, mainly for recipes. Recently decided to expand that effort. Traveling consultant... <BR> <BR> Kevin B. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 08:05:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62626098 QUOTE: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” ~ Will Rogers <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Tell us about your favorite local restaurant. <BR> <BR> I have to admit one of my favorite restaurants is a local one. It’s home cooking and everything I’ve had there has been tasty. It’s called The String Bean. <BR> <BR> Priscilla, that’s great news! I wish I had a membership to Costco, but I can’t seem to talk DH into it. <BR> <BR> Thank you everyone for the ... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:44:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62617458 QUOTE: “Challenges make life interesting, however, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” ~ Mark Twain <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite “convenience” food? <BR> <BR> We’re looking for suggestions because with me being unable to cook and DH being down with his back, we are relying on our children. They don’t have a large cooking repertoire and I don’t want to have chili dogs every night for dinner. <BR> <BR> Priscilla, the hits just keep coming, don’t they? I hope y... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:20:56 EST From Missouri to Corpus Christi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62616029 I just recently moved here (1 month ago) with my boyfriend and two kids, to Corpus Christi, and I used to live in Missouri. I have no family here, just his, so it's kind of hard emotionally. I do try to keep in touch with mine though, through Facebook and video chat/calling... I weigh very close to 200 lbs, and I'm 24 years old. When I was in high school I weighed about 155lbs, and I remember I was still unhappy about the way I looked.. But now after becoming a mommy (I have a 2 1/2 year old ... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 08:42:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62608682 QUOTE: “You will have bad times, but they will always wake you up to the stuff you weren’t paying attention to.” – Robin Williams <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Did you watch the eclipse last night? <BR> <BR> We did not. Our younger two went outside to peek at it, but DH and I were down for the count this weekend. <BR> <BR> Kristy, so sorry for your loss. It is tough to lose someone whether old or young, but it seems even tougher to lose a young one. <BR> <BR> Priscilla, did your granddaughter m... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:22:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62585497 QUOTE: “When I say I lack the time to exercise, is this really true given that I have time to watch television? Perhaps it is just difficult for me to admit that I may be lazy.” ~ Keshavan Nair, A Higher Standard of Leadership <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What plans do you have for the weekend? <BR> <BR> We are going to pick out a mum for my son’s homecoming date and spending time with my cousin. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to get things planned better for the coming week so that I can get back to my... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 10:49:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62577722 QUOTE: “To reach an audacious goal, we sometimes benefit from having it lie just beyond our grasp.” ~ Sarah Lewis, The Rise <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Share at least one unique thing about your neighborhood. <BR> <BR> I love that our neighborhood still does “get togethers” and we participate in the National Night Out. <BR> <BR> Food has definitely not been “on” the last couple of days, but I’m really trying to get control. I am experiencing some pain in my ankle but I have been trying not to t... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 11:01:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62568555 QUOTE: “The storms will come and the winds will rise and the gusts will threaten to pull you from your roots. Let the winds come. Let them rage and know that you will not break in the breeze, you will bend. Bend. Always bend because you are made of more strength than you know, because you are better than the breaking.” ~ Tyler Knott Gregson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is a typical weekday like for you? <BR> <BR> Alarm goes off at 5:45, but we don’t always crawl out of bed until closer to 6. ... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 09:59:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62560498 QUOTE: “Sometimes we all need to be reminded the best parts of life wouldn’t be as sweet without intermittent struggle. The key to survival is learning to laugh at the universe’s inherent chaos.” ~ John Haltiwanger, Elite Daily <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Would you rather be three inches taller or three inches shorter? <BR> <BR> If I could wish it so, I think I’d be 3 inches taller…at only 4’10”, it won’t help much, but every little bit helps. <BR> <BR> I’m really trying to make progress with th... Tue, 22 Sep 2015 10:27:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62552341 QUOTE: “Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How was your weekend? Any big plans? <BR> <BR> The weekend for us was super busy with the Conquer Chiari Walk Across America. The walk was Saturday, but we had prep on Friday and then unloading yesterday. <BR> <BR> Ortho put me in a walking boot for 2 weeks. He said if I was still in pain in 2 weeks, we would do an MRI. He said ... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 11:13:32 EST Back in the Saddle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62540132 Hello! I've been MIA for over a year and I'm ready to get rid of all these extra lbs. Last year I was so proud of myself, I was losing weight and was able to jog 4 miles a day. Then without any notice I was hospitalized with diverticulitus. I have tried to maintain a high fiber diet, but over the course of the year I've gained 20 lbs. Ugh!!! I've not been exercising and have no energy. I'm tired of feeling bad and looking like I'm pregnant. (Pregnant women look great, just not cute when you a... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 21:05:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62521967 QUOTE: “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” ~ Ella Jane Fitzgerald <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you listen to/watch while you are working out, if anything? <BR> <BR> I have been listening to audiobooks, but when I was going to the gym before my last accident, I was listening to a cardio station on Amazon Prime to keep me motivated to move. <BR> <BR> Donna, thank you for the reminder. DH went to ... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 10:53:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62513203 QUOTE: “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.” ~ Nelson Mandela <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Would you rather listen to music or watch TV? <BR> <BR> Depends on what’s going on…here lately, I’ve been doing a lot of reading. <BR> <BR> Thank y’all for the kind words about my Daisy. This is never easy, but I know she’s running like she did when she was a p... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:17:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62505309 QUOTE: “People give up so fast because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have gotten.” ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Would you rather own a lizard or a snake? <BR> <BR> I doubt either would make it in our house, but I think if I had to choose, it would be a lizard. <BR> <BR> Went this morning to get more x-rays on my ankle and foot. Being on crutches is definitely getting old, but I’m still holding on. My sweet baby dog, Daisy, who was 17/18 y... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:03:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62497499 QUOTE: “Life is an ever-flowing process and somewhere on the path some unpleasant things will pop up – it might leave a scar, but then life is flowing, and like running water, when it stops it grows stale. Go bravely on, my friend, because each experience teaches us a lesson. Keep blasting because life is such that sometimes it is nice and sometimes it is not.” ~ Bruce Lee, Striking Thoughts <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Would you rather eat broccoli or carrots? <BR> <BR> Carrots raw, but I prefer... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:12:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62474572 QUOTE: “The storms will come and the winds will rise and the gusts will threaten to pull you from your roots. Let the winds come. Let them rage and know that you will not break in the breeze, you will bend. Bend. Always bend because you are made of more strength than you know, because you are better than the breaking.” ~ Tyler Knott Gregson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have any plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> None. We have no plans. I’m hoping we can get to my office so I can decorate a l... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 11:17:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62466572 QUOTE: “To reach an audacious goal, we sometimes benefit from having it lie just beyond our grasp.” ~ Sarah Lewis, The Rise <BR> <BR> QUESTION: We’re 10 days in, how are you coming on your September goals? <BR> <BR> Me, not so well, but I’m still hanging in there. <BR> <BR> I’ve been listening to a lot of audiobooks lately. It makes my day go by faster and helps me hear something besides my boss typing. We have finally moved into our new office. I haven’t really had a chance to deco... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 10:27:36 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62458297 QUOTE: “Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you a procrastinator? What do you put off or have put off doing? <BR> <BR> I try not to procrastinate, but I admit that there are things I do procrastinate things that I’d prefer not to do. <BR> <BR> Paula, I am also allergic to penicillin, but not sure what kind of reaction I have to it. We found out I was allergic when I was a... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 11:18:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62451358 QUOTE: “All worthwhile journeys have big obstacles. It’s the way of the world. The rewards go to those who can push through those trying moments and still manage to keep a smile on their face.” ~ Bear Grylls <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever had a reaction to a medicine? <BR> <BR> That what happened to me since Wednesday. I was running a temp and then I broke out with a rash and have been trying not to scratch my top layer of skin off. Before this, I have not had an issue. <BR> <BR> As ... Tue, 8 Sep 2015 14:20:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/01 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62393894 QUOTE: “Replace the word “problem” with the word “opportunity” in all your thoughts.” ~ Matthew Keith Groves <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What are your goals for September? <BR> <BR> I think I really need to focus on eating since I really can’t walk, etc. right now. <BR> <BR> Mary Alice, thank you for reminding me! I completely forgot about it! <BR> <BR> It’s a smidge frustrating because I can’t really get something for myself unless I can manage to carry it with the crutches. I am extremely re... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:25:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62384452 QUOTE: “Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.” ~ Rene Descartes <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do use a Scale or Tape Measure? <BR> <BR> Scale <BR> Tape measure <BR> Other <BR> <BR> Primarily I have been using the scale but I need to have DH help me get my measurements. <BR> <BR> So, I won’t be walking for a little bit. We took the dogs to the vet on Saturday to get their meds and get their toenails clipped. Daisy (my 17/18 year old) got sick whe... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:30:26 EST Hi from Dallas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62379407 Hello! I have been on Sparkpeople for a week and have lost 4 pounds so I am really excited. I need some Spark Friends, however. I am 53 and need to lose about 53 pounds. I don't feel as overweight as I am . . . but the camera does not lie. I am motivated to have a good second week. Cheers! Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:23:55 EST New and motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62370606 I am excited to get my whole family eating healthier as well as my husband and I losing weight. We can do this! Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:13:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62362284 QUOTE: “Every day matters. The awareness of our mortality can help us pursue a goal. We all have a limited amount of time on earth. Those who live in active awareness of this reality are more likely to identify goals and make progress toward them. Or to put it another way: Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.” ~ Chris Guillebeau, The Happiness of Pursuit <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Is running part of your fitness routine? <BR> <BR> Yes, it's my go-to exercise <BR> Yes, but only occa... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:31:39 EST CompletionMel May Well Complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62356415 CompletionMel is a former physical education teacher turn cubicle jockey. The addition of two pregnancies (growing my family to four children), death of a parent, loss of a job and bouts of depression led me to a very fluffy "me". I want to change. I know all the right things to do and have I a lot of guilt for not doing them. Shedding the guilt, moving forward to find me. My two youngest have never seen me at a healthy weight (except through pictures).So far, I'm managing to log my nu... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:48:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62354410 QUOTE: “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” ~ Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What way do you enhance the flavor of your foods? <BR> <BR> 1. Adding ingredients like herbs, spices, soy sauce or salt. <BR> <BR> 2. Buying high-quality ingredients to being with (fresh, local, organic, etc.). <BR> <BR> 3.Using the best cooking method to lock flavor in the food (broiling, grilling, etc.). <BR> <BR> 4. Including some healthy fat to help carry the flavor. <BR> <BR> 5. O... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:08:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62346436 QUOTE: “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” ~ Anne Lamott <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you "know now" that you wish you "knew then"? <BR> <BR> I wish I knew that I needed to eat and watch my portions vs. starving myself and only eating once a day when I was in HS. <BR> <BR> Priscilla, she prefers Pepsi and I try to make sure she has lunch prepared and snack... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:24:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62338249 Quote: “Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit; and the choice is yours.” ~ Tom Hopkins <BR> <BR> Question: If you were given the weekend to spend any way you wanted (all expenses paid)....what would you do or how would you spend it? <BR> <BR> I think I would like to go back to Hot Springs...with a better plan in place. When DH and I celebrated our honeymooniversary there a few years ago, we enjoyed a massage and a hot bath. It was a nice escape, but we were able to get some wal... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:12:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62329595 QUOTE: “The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no man has ever been before.” ~ Francis Phillip Wernig <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When you are cooking/baking, is there a particular brand of flour that you use or do you use whatever is on sale? <BR> <BR> I grew up using Gold Medal flour, but I have pretty much switched over to the King Arthur Flour. <BR> <BR> Feeling accomplished last night although I di... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:41:32 EST QUOTE & ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - Weekend Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62315131 QUOTE: “The reality is that everybody makes mistakes. The issue isn’t whether you will make them, it’s what you will do about them. It’s whether you will choose the path of humility and courage or the path of ego and pride.” ~ Stephen M. R. Covey, The Speed of Trust <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you think about office workouts? <BR> <BR> Not very feasible at my workplace, I need more practical options, It works for me! Or I've tried it, but I wasn't convinced. <BR> <BR> For me, I have bee... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 11:39:29 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 08/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62306333 QUOTE: “Success is processional. It’s the result of a series of small disciplines that lead us into habitual patterns of success that no longer require consistent will or effort.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Which is your frozen dessert of choice? <BR> <BR> <BR> Frozen yogurt, Gelato, Ice cream, Sherbet or sorbet, Non-dairy frozen dessert or I don't eat any of these. <BR> <BR> For me, I enjoy each from time to time. Gelato is always enjoyable to share... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 08:40:55 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 08/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62298146 QUOTE: “A healthy outside starts from the inside.” - Robert Urich <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite music, the music that gets you moving? <BR> <BR> I am a child of the 80’s…so 80’s music generally gets me moving whether it’s a walk or the arc trainer, etc. <BR> <BR> I have been having a pain in my heel. I asked for some opinions on FB in a group I’m in and they think that it is Plantar Faciatis and I’m trying to take care of it until it feels better. Although everyday this wee... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:45:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62291287 QUOTE: “Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite food to grill? <BR> <BR> Chicken or steak or burgers. Hmmm…I guess that isn’t really narrowing it down, is it? <BR> <BR> So apparently I was supposed to drain and rinse the beans in the Quinoa Enchilada Bake…it made a lot and turned out good. I’m having it for lunch... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:30:59 EST