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 – 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 QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62283695 QUOTE: “Every athlete hears two competing voices. One is a negative critic, and the other is a positive coach. Which voice we listen to is a matter of choice.” ~ Gary Mack,Mind Gym <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you snack on plain/salted nuts? <BR> <BR> I try to buy plain, but oftentimes if I am buying it for DH, they are salted. <BR> <BR> After my visit to the grocery store, I think I have everything I need to finish out the meal plan for the week. The Quinoa Enchilada Bake has been put in t... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:41:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62275512 QUOTE: “Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain.” ~ Henry Ford <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What type of water do you drink? Bottled, filtered, well, tap, etc? <BR> <BR> Mine is Filtered. Although at work, if I don’t bring enough, it’s bottled. <BR> <BR> So I am a little frustrated today. I had a new crockpot recipe for us to try today and I couldn’t find the can opener. We just have a hand opener but it was nowhere to be found. So I don’t know what I am doing for dinner tonig... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:50:52 EST Back to Basics Challenge - Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=594x34x62254272 This week focus on getting 2 dairy servings and 2 tsp of healthy oils and continue with weeks 1 and 2. Serving are 1 cup of milk or yogurt or 1.5 oz of most cheeses. Also continue with week 2’s focus on 1 to 2 servings of lean protein and continue with week 1’s focus of water and vitamin/mineral supplement. <BR> <BR> Posting this in advance because tomorrow will be crazy! Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:32:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62253940 QUOTE: “Today, keep working hard and don’t get discouraged. Know you are going in the right direction…Stay focused on your dreams…and never (ever) give up.” - Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What was the best thing that happened to you this past week? <BR> I managed to meal plan and meal prep and felt good about what I was doing. <BR> <BR> I gained what I lost last week. While I can tell you that I am disappointed, I know I am doing what I need to do to ultimately get me to my goal. As dif... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:38:58 EST QUOTE: “Once you replace negative thoughts with p http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62245699 QUOTE: “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” ~ Willie Nelson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What time did you go to bed last night? <BR> <BR> It was close to 10:30 before I turned out the light. <BR> <BR> This morning has not gone well, but I’m trying to change my attitude about it. Mom needs a med refill, but the savings card that we got for it seems to have gone missing…so if I can’t get another one, it will cost around $250.00. I’m going ... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:51:24 EST Hi there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62244998 I discovered the SparkGuy exercise videos about a year ago when I was recuperating from a broken ankle. Just loaded the app, and am now trying to learn how to track my foods&#128522; Thu, 13 Aug 2015 09:38:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62237970 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: If you could sit on a bench in a beautiful woods, who would you like sitting next to you on the bench and why? <BR> <BR> I think it would have to be my husband. He and I both enjoy just sitting and enjoying the view. <BR> <BR> Last night I finally added some strength training back to my routine and I am feeling it this morn... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:26:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62229204 QUOTE: “Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are the master of your attitude. Choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Share one important thing that you hope to accomplish before the end of the year. <BR> <BR> I hope to make exercise a habit again. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a little scary. Jarrod, my oldest son, fell in the shower and banged himself up pretty good. He was experiencing dizziness and such so I... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:05:55 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62221616 QUOTE: “I am not interested in the past. I am interested in the future, for that is where I expect to spend the rest of my life.” ~ Charles F Kettering <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have a plan for lunch? If yes, what is it? <BR> <BR> Yes, while I really try to take Sunday as a rest day I took a little time yesterday evening and browned some ground buffalo with taco seasoning so I could put together a salad. I have salad for lunch and had a smoothie for breakfast. <BR> <BR> Besides the tac... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:46:36 EST New here in ALVIN, TX http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62218079 HI everyone. My name is Julia I am 35. I have 3 beautiful girls and a loving husband. I work at a Gelato store, and I love cooking and baking. I need to loose 50 pounds. This is a battle I have been fighting for years, but I am determined to do it this time and be able to one day look back and say I DID IT!!!! Is there anyone near me that might want to get together and workout? I have only lived here for a little more than a year and have yet to make friends. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:53:32 EST Back to Basics Challenge - Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=594x34x62204682 This week focus on 1 to 2 servings of lean protein and continue with week 1’s focus of water and vitamin/mineral supplement. Sat, 8 Aug 2015 09:56:30 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 08/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62204629 QUOTE: “Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> I am seriously pondering going to my leader's Sunday meeting to get a positive start to the week. So, today is my anniversary. Chris and I have been married for 6 years today. We are going to a steak/smoke house tonight, which I always enjoy. So much to do today...I hope I can find time to hit the rec center. I better get moving! Happy Saturday! <BR> Sat, 8 Aug 2015 09:48:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/07 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62197930 QUOTE: “Light tomorrow with today.” ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What are your plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> It's Tax Free weekend so we are trying to avoid the stores…well, perhaps not the grocery stores. I need to get meals planned and hopefully some stuff prepped this week. <BR> <BR> So I think I mentioned that I was excited about seeing what the scale says last night…I am down 1.2. I was excited to see the scale move a direction other than up. I feel like I... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 10:39:56 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 08/06 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62188831 QUOTE: “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” ~ Henry Ford <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Does the time you start your day vary depending on what day it is or whether it’s a weekend or weekday? <BR> <BR> Yes. This morning it started earlier than normal, but we typically get up between 5:30 and 6 a.m. on the weekdays. Weekends, we try to sleep until 7 or 7:30. It doesn’t always work, but we try. <BR> <BR> I’m already tired and I’ve not even been to wor... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 08:22:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/05 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62182376 QUOTE: “In life, never spend more than 10 percent of your time on the problem, and spend at least 90 percent of your time on the solution. Most important, don’t sweat the small stuff… and remember, it’s all small stuff!” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name a favorite hobby from your past. <BR> <BR> Dancing. I used to love to go dancing. My sweet hubby is not much for dancing, but I simply don’t have anyone to go with around here so I don’t go. <BR> <BR> I ... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 11:04:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/04 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62174349 QUOTE: “Having a mental snapshot of where you are, where you are going, and what you are moving toward is incredibly powerful.” ~ Sara Blakely <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite sport to watch either on TV or in person? <BR> <BR> I always loved watching hockey. Truthfully, I can watch any sport, but I may not understand them all. Hockey on tv is much easier to keep up with the puck than in person, or it is for me. <BR> <BR> Overall, yesterday was good, I got over my amount in wate... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:54:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/03 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62164679 QUOTE: “‘Why me?’ rarely produces a positive result, while ‘How can I use this?’ usually leads us in the direction of turning our difficulties into a driving force to make ourselves and the world better.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Is it harder for you to stay OP and get your water and such in on the weekends? <BR> <BR> YES! I really have to think about it and focus on planning ahead. <BR> <BR> Saturday was a lot of fun. My cousin and I went shopping. ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:46:20 EST One of Us Has Cancer-She Needs Our Love and Hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62158347 Texas-size prayers for and blessings on CopiousJoy! Sun, 2 Aug 2015 15:45:33 EST QUOTE AND WEEKEND UPDATE - 08/01-08/02 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62148441 QUOTE: “Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> I am excited about this challenge, but honestly as I am going to be out and about today, I know it will be hard to get in water so I’m taking a bottle with. It is going to be tough, but I am a woman determined! I am pondering taking my Brita water bottle so that I don’t have to worry a... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 10:38:00 EST Back to Basics Challenge - Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=594x34x62140907 This week focus on Water and vitamin/mineral supplement. For me, I am aiming for 8-8 oz. cups of water. I hear different perspectives on it like drink half your body weight, etc., but I know if I am for 8, I should be good and if my body wants more, then I can drink more. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:14:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62140865 QUOTE: “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” – Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What are your goals for August? <BR> <BR> I want to master the basics. I feel like if I can do that, I will truly be moving forward. <BR> <BR> I will post a challenge in the "Challenge" Section for the Back to Basics, if you want to join m... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:11:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62133447 “Every positive change in your life begins with a clear, unequivocal decision that you are going to either do something or stop doing something.” – Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you bring your own shampoo and conditioner when you travel, or do you use what the hotel provides? <BR> <BR> I always bring my own. My hair is picky. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I listened to Joyce Meyer’s book Look Great Feel Great and found it informative. I’m hoping that I can incorporate some of the mantras, etc. ... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:36:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62124849 QUOTE: “Worry pretends to be necessary, but serves no useful purpose.” – Eckhart Tolle <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Is there a fruit that you really really don’t like? <BR> <BR> Canteloupe. My mother loves it, but I can't stand it. I buy it and cut it up for her, but I can't eat it. <BR> <BR> I am feeling a little better today, but yesterday I decided to focus on meal planning videos. I found one girl that interested me. She doesn't meal prep/plan the way most people I have seen videos for. H... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:21:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62116861 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: How do you get out of the negative headspace when it happens? <BR> <BR> I am having difficulty with this of late and need to hear how others handle it. <BR> <BR> I don't know what has put me in this negative head space, but I need to pull m... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:26:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62109622 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: Name one of your favorite ways to relax during the summer. <BR> <BR> Hanging out at the lake or by the pool with my family. <BR> <BR> I was pretty proud of myself on Saturday. The restaurant that we stopped at had a buffet, we all opted not to get the... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:17:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62086754 QUOTE: “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” ~ Anna Quindlen <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What did you have for breakfast this morning? <BR> <BR> Smoothie with milk, spinach, baby carrots, banana, strawberries, flaxseed, chia seeds, chocolate peanut butter. Yum! <BR> <BR> Chicken got cooked and eggs got cooked. My mother appreciated the eggs because she had them for breakfast. I fixed her a “breakfast sandw... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:53:29 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 07/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62077059 QUOTE: “The greatest of all miracles is that we need not be tomorrow what we are today. The greatest of all insights is that we cannot be tomorrow what we do not do today. That is why today matters.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Today Matters <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have a "signature dish" that you do for guests or that you enjoy cooking and eating? <BR> <BR> Not really. I was really trying to be creative for awhile. I need to get back to my meal planning. <BR> <BR> You are probably wondering ... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:15:32 EST granny is still going http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62076724 As a previously employed full-time nurse,I was always taking care of everyone but me. <BR> Then at 58 I had Triple Bypass, no sooner was I back to work,tan bam...I lost my mother in January and then had a stroke in may. Now I am on disability and learning to live a new normal. I decided to start taking better care of me. I havelost 60 lbs to date and have 20 more to go. Exercise is the hardest for me, but I find a reason everyday to do something. If anyone has ideas for home exercises would l... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 05:56:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62070849 QUOTE: “Fairness is an illusion. Fairness never existed and never will. No one in life gets less or more than anyone else. We just get different stuff. That’s right. No one is dealt a bad or a good hand in life; we’re just dealt cards. It’s up to us to stay in the game and play. Sure, some cards look “better,” but they’re really not. If you look closely, you’ll see that anything you feel has been taken from you – or never given to you at all – was replaced with other amazing opportunities and... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:33:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62062555 QUOTE: “Practice this. Every action you take today, no matter how little … give it weight. Put some space around it. Start it intentionally, with the intention to be mindful, to inhabit that action fully, to notice with all your senses the entire moment. When the action is done, don’t just rush to the next one, but take half a second to appreciate what you just experienced. Then move to the next with equal weight and space. If you don’t start treating this next action like it’s just as import... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:45:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62054483 QUOTE: “Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes; work never begun.” ~ Christina Rossetti <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When did you first travel on a plane? Where did you go? <BR> <BR> Home. I was in Florida for travel and tourism school. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is well. The event at the Frontiers of Flight was fun and then Chris and I snuck off after church and had lunch just us. It was actually kind of nice. I'm going to try to plan the rest of the menu for the week. Tonight, howe... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:55:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62031249 QUOTE: “The extent to which you learn more about the world increases the depth of your experience. To live smarter means to live fuller. It also means to be aware of how much you can never know. To understand the limits of your knowledge is a wonderful thing. It is our responsibility as human beings to deliberately take advantage of the fact that we are living at a time when valuable information is more accessible than ever before.” ~ Unknown, The Daily Zen <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Would you rat... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:30:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62023791 QUOTE: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Would you rather eat broccoli or carrots? <BR> <BR> I guess that would depend on my mood because I like both. <BR> <BR> I am still struggling with my workouts and getting 10,000 steps, but I'm trying to fight it. I am determined to get back OP today after a not so great day yesterday. I had my smoothie for breakfast, I have Ski... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:42:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62016144 QUOTE: “Having a mental snapshot of where you are, where you are going, and what you are moving toward is incredibly powerful.” ~ Sara Blakely <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name one of your favorite things about summer. <BR> <BR> I love having access to more things at the Farmer's Market. As winter closes in and the Farmer's Markets close down, I miss the fresh produce that I can get from them. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is well. Yesterday was a bad day for me step wise, I'm not sure I managed to ... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:16:19 EST Howdy from central Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62011837 Hi y'all <BR> <BR> I just joined this site yesterday (moved from Lose It!) <BR> <BR> I'm 56, mom and grandma, music lover, line dancer, recently (October) moved (escaped!) from Colorado. <BR> <BR> In 2006 I lost 76 pounds, but have let a few too many come back for a visit!!! Working on getting rid of them for good. <BR> I swim 2-3 times a week, bicycle and jog/run, as well yoga, and dancing. <BR> <BR> Hope to get to know y'all. <em>213</em> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 21:59:15 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62010140 Hi, <BR> I am looking forward to sharing this experience with you. A little about me. I just turned 55 this month. I have an awesome husband and 2 spoiled little dogs. We live in Burnet, TX. I am looking to drop about 25 pounds. Have done Weightwatchers before and was successful. But over the years the weight has crept back when I wasn't looking. :) Anyway I hope we can all encourage each other when we want to have those naughty days of pounding cookies. <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 17:41:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x62007803 QUOTE: “Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: If you had to choose between running or riding a bike, which one would you choose? <BR> <BR> I think it would be riding a bike. I enjoy that more than running right now. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:28:16 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x62001106 Just moved in to Texas - very happy to be here! Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:07:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61998903 QUOTE: “Success is not arriving at the summit of a mountain as a final destination. It is a continuing upward spiral of progress. It is perpetual growth.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Did you attend elementary school, junior high and high school in the same town? <BR> <BR> Yes, I did. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well. It was a busy weekend for us. Unfortunately, the kids didn't get a chance to swim because we had a late lunch and then had to leave to me... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:08:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61975472 QUOTE: “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have anything planned for the weekend? <BR> <BR> It will be another busy one for me. We are supposed to go to my Aunt's again to have some family time and enjoy her pool. So glad that she doesn't mind that we use it. Then we have to take the kids 3.5 hours away to their summer camp. I know they will have fun. <BR> <BR> My light sensit... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 10:48:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61967192 QUOTE: “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” ~ Henry Ford <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name one goal you would like to accomplish by the end of the summer. <BR> <BR> I want to be back to getting 10,000 steps per day and making time for myself. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get up and walk in place, at least, to help myself get back into the habit. I realized something yesterday that I don't think I'd paid attention to before...I am not drinking nearly as much water. I brought... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 10:22:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61958090 QUOTE: “Good people are good because they have come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success.” ~ William Saroyan <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What's your preference? Sugar, Cane Sugar/organic sugars, Stevia, Splenda, Aspartame, or other artificial sweetener or natural sweetener? <BR> <BR> I prefer sugar/raw sugar or organic sugar. I like Stevia in some things, but sometimes the aftertaste is a bit much. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a nice but busy day. I had to stop at the gr... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 09:48:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/07 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61949758 QUOTE: There are 7 days in a week and someday isn’t one of them. - Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you deal with sore muscles after a workout? <BR> <BR> I have been using Deep Blue Rub, which is an essential oil rub by DoTerra along with some stretching and such. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well. I realized earlier that I am feeling out of sorts and it may well be because I haven't been to a meeting in a bit. I plan on remedying that this week provided things are not crazy at wo... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 10:50:28 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61942384 HI, just wanted to introduce myself, My name is Ben, I've struggled with my weight for about the last 10 yrs. I want to lose 100 lbs over the next 18 months, just recently had back surgery so this will be a challenge, but I'm confident with some support from my family & spark people friends, I will meet my goals. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:39:31 EST Cedar Park, TX July 5th 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61933479 Hi I'm Megan. I just posted a reply to an year old post for Cedar Park. The thread looks like it might be dead. :( <BR> <BR> Anyways... I need friends and motivation. I don't want to pay out money for gyms or anything else health related that just going to go to waste. I've done a lot of that. <BR> <BR> I like to walk, swim, hike, camp, take care of animals and people. Surely I can lose weight with these things. <BR> <BR> I was told before that weight lose is won in the kitchen. So I ha... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 15:42:45 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 07/03 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61917063 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: Did you or do you celebrate Independence Day? If so, what did you do or what do you have planned? <BR> <BR> We are hoping to go hang out at the airport tonight and enjoy the fireworks. Tomorrow we are supposed to go to my Aunt's and enjoy the swimming pool and possibly leftover wedding cake. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:53:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/01 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61898736 QUOTE: “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> QUESTION: July Goals? <BR> <BR> I am trying to hit 10,000 steps each day this month. I have done it before and it makes me feel better when I do. <BR> <BR> Last night was a bit frustrating; I had to go to the store and DH wound up working really late. At least I successfully managed to find some shoes that work for Mom without... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:40:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61889851 QUOTE: “Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are the master of your attitude. Choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you handle a change to your routine? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I wish I handled it better. It seems to throw me off and I feel like I spend too much time trying to regroup. <BR> <BR> It seemed to take forever with the doctor's appointment for my mom yesterday. Her appointment was at 2:45 a... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:22:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61880718 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: With July fast approaching, have you hit your goals for June? <BR> <BR> With the move and everything, no, I have not. I am shooting for July to be better though! :-) <BR> <BR> I am out this afternoon so that I can get my Mom to the doctor. ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:03:33 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61855554 QUOTE: “There’s an importance of keeping an open mind. The brain is programmed to protect us, and that can mean imposing limits on what it thinks we can or should do. Constantly push at those limits, because the brain can be way too cautious.” ~ Chrissie Wellington <BR> <BR> QUESTION: If you drink sodas, how many do you drink in a week? Are they diet or regular? <BR> <BR> I try to limit it to 3 or less per week. <BR> <BR> Sorry I wasn't able to post yesterday, but we were so busy once t... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:40:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61840395 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: List a few common items that can always be found in your fridge <BR> Eggs, cheese, milk. <BR> My Fitbit came in sooner than expected. I am so excited to have something again. This one is a little different but I think it will be a quick adjustmen... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:15:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61830849 QUOTE: “One of the best things you can do to improve the world is to improve yourself.” ~ Jen Sincero, You Are a Bad@$$ <BR> <BR> QUOTE: Do you prefer fresh, frozen or canned vegetables? <BR> <BR> We usually use canned or fresh. I don't buy a lot of frozen veggies. <BR> <BR> My weekend was nice. Since we had no children this past weekend or this week, we just hung out and enjoyed spending time together. We took in a movie after church on Sunday. This week, so far, we have spent a lot of ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:45:37 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61820999 Good Morning Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to SparkPeople, I actually joined last week but only discovered this message today. <BR> <BR> My name is Cindy and I am from South Texas. I am looking to lost 50 lbs, 25 of which I gained with my last pregnancy. I want to lose this weight by the time we start trying for baby #2 so hopefully that gives me a little over a year. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:20:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61798372 QUOTE: “A near win shifts our view of the landscape. It can turn future goals, which we tend to envision at a distance, into more proximate events. We consider temporal distance as we do spatial distance. (Visualize a great day tomorrow and we see it with granular, practical clarity. But picture what a great day in the future might be like, not tomorrow but fifty years from now, and the image will be hazier.)” ~ Sarah Lewis, The Rise <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Any plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:27:33 EST I'm BAAAACK http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61794702 Howdy, y'all!! I'm back! It's been a crazy 3 years since I was a co-leader here, and in all the craziness, I have gained back a BUNCH of weight, and was hospitalized with congestive heart failure less than a year ago.. <BR> so, it really is life or death that I get to Sparkin'! <BR> Happy to be here!! Thu, 18 Jun 2015 21:31:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61791242 QUOTE: “You have the power to heal yourself, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds. Claim and consciously use your power.” – Louise Hay <BR> <BR> QUESTION: As a child, did you prefer to play inside or outside? <BR> <BR> Mostly outside, but as I got into those teen years, etc., it seemed to be more indoors. <BR> <BR> Calling the doctor today since this still hasn't passed. She said 5 to 7 days and it has be... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:23:17 EST new to the team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61786924 Hello! <BR> <BR> I moved to Texas last July from Maine! Love it here, recently bought a house. I'm a night shift nurse and need to get back on track and lose weight. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 50lbs by January. I plan on exercising, not eating fast food and drinking more water. Easier said then done but I am determined! <BR> <BR> Thank you all and I would love to make new friends to keep me accountable :) Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:52:25 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61782427 QUOTE “We don’t have to feel negative about weeds. They’re a part of life. We need to see them, acknowledge them, focus on the solution, and immediately do whatever it takes to eliminate their influence from our lives.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite retail store? <BR> <BR> I have to say Target. I do enjoy Belk and Macy's, but our go-to store for most stuff is Target. <BR> <BR> Still not feeling well. I have a feeling I'll be calling... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:26:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61773148 QUOTE: “You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you change things up when you are in a food rut? <BR> <BR> I am getting in a food rut so I would like to hear how others handle it. <BR> <BR> Sorry for not starting things yesterday, but I was in the bed for two days not feeling well. Still not feeling well this morning, but the doctor said it was viral so no meds. If it hasn't ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:32:16 EST help--line b/w awkward & sexual harassment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61749314 my best friend's not reachable at the moment (on vacation with family after her surgery--good for them, they need it), and I'd ask her. I talked to some of my friends last night, but I'm still bereft of good advice (and a female perspective). <BR> <BR> Part of my issue the past week with work and my "blowing things out of proportion" post reared its head on Thursday and Friday morning when I realized that some boundaries b/w me and a co-worker were getting crossed. he expressed a liking for... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 12:04:14 EST Howdy from Amarillo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61748069 I just wanted to say hi! I'm 33 and from Amarillo! I have done lose it ! for a while, but this site seemed like it would give me a lot more support! Thanks for letting me join the Texas Team! Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:23:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61742666 QUOTE: “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite seasoning? <BR> <BR> I have to say if I have to choose just one, it would have to be garlic. I put it on everything. <BR> <BR> I went home yesterday not feeling well and pretty much just went to bed. I wound up putting ear plugs in because DH was watching a movie that was way too loud, took some meds and went to sleep for the night. Sadly, that left... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:12:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61734205 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: Calories aside, what is your favorite breakfast? <BR> <BR> Eggs, bacon, hasbrowns, gravy, biscuits...yep, totally unhealthy but it... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:00:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61724371 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: Where do you get inspiration for your meals? <BR> <BR> Honestly, from Pinterest and from things I remember my mom cooking. <BR> <BR> The doctor's office called this morning and they are seeing her this afternoon. I am just hoping we can get this knocked out. I did about 15 minutes on my bike yesterday...not much perhaps but it's somet... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:59:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61715594 QUOTE: “The professional does not wait for inspiration; he acts in anticipation of it.” ~ Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you tried a new recipe lately or are you planning to? <BR> <BR> Not recently, but yes, I am going to a new crockpot salisbury steak recipe. My mom said that's what she wanted so I found a crockpot recipe. I just hope it works well and my family likes it because I think there may be leftovers. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is well! Mom is doing a l... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 11:19:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61705944 QUOTE: “When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.” ~ John Wooden <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What fruits do you have on hand right now? <BR> <BR> Cherries, grapes, mangoes, apples, bananas, blueberries, and strawberries. I had blackberries, but I used them to make a cobbler yesterday for DH. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a good weekend. I did not get to take a walk around the neighborhood the way I wanted to, but it was a busy weekend. My mom is not feeling well and is sounding a little... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 10:50:53 EST just beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61697457 I am 67 and ready to do something. This appealed to me as I need encouragement and accountability. Weight watchers always worked but could not get to meeting anymore. So I have bloomed up to 190 and stretching out of my up size 14. I have ordered the book and already did one of those exercise video this am.so I'm so glad you're here. <em>249</em> Sun, 7 Jun 2015 11:45:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/05 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61681370 QUOTE: “What got us to where we are today is not going to get us to where we need to go tomorrow.” ~ Blake Mycoskie <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have summer vacation plans? If so, where are you going? <BR> <BR> No, we don't. I hope to at least take a weekend trip, but I'm not sure we can unless I can find someone to stay with my mom. She's still not getting around like she needs to. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed some quiet time for myself yesterday when everyone was gone for lunch, I took a 15 minu... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 10:39:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/04 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61672573 QUOTE: “Grit is not just simple elbow-grease term for rugged persistence. It is an often invisible display of endurance that lets you stay in an uncomfortable place, work hard to improve upon a given interest, and do it again and again.” ~ Sarah Lewis, The Rise <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you prefer sun or snow or rain? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I think I prefer the sun. <BR> <BR> I ate too many PointsPlus yesterday, but today is a new day and my Weekly PointsPlus restart today. I made sure I pack... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 11:09:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/03 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61662942 QUOTE: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you use cable, DSL or something else? <BR> <BR> We have AT&T U-Verse and seem to like it pretty well. <BR> <BR> The allergy meds seem to be working their way in Daisy's system so that's a positive. I left the house this morning and realized my FitBit was still on the charger. I'm a little frustrated with myself, but what can... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 10:14:34 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/02 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61655402 QUOTE: “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” ~ Anna Quindlen <BR> <BR> QUESTION: PC or Mac? <BR> <BR> I've heard good things about Mac, but we're PC all the way. <BR> <BR> It was a late start to the workday because my poor baby dog (she is around 17 or 18) had some serious hotspots and had ripped out most of her hair off her tail and was making herself bleed. I was concerned that her allergies had ... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 13:02:18 EST Greetings from the soggy Texas Hill Country! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61647981 It says I joined in 2010, but I'm actually joining NOW. <BR> <BR> Have to have my knees replaced and have to get about 80 pound off as fast and as safely as possible. So excited to see a Texas team! I'm originally from Tomball and now living in the Kerrville area. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 19:25:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/01 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61643638 QUOTE: “Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” - unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have any hobbies that you used to do that you are wanting to do again? <BR> <BR> Cross-stitch and embroidering. I used to enjoy doing it, but I just quit and I haven't picked it back up yet. <BR> <BR> Weekend was restful. We had to get up and head to Denison yesterday as my cousin's youngest was getting married. It was a beautiful ceremony. I better get busy. Happy Monday! Mon, 1 Jun 2015 10:47:03 EST Kayla's weight loss story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61640130 the journey continues even though I have previously lost 60 pounds since about April 2015. I began my weight loss journey January 2014 and I have had success with weight watchers. I got SICK of those meals!! I LOVE food so I don't understand how I could get sick of them!! I'm doing the Healthy Choice meals, slim fast shake and atkins replacement meals. I thought the atkins meals were snacks but I didn't read it carefully before I bought it. I have since April have gained a few pounds but some... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 01:55:52 EST Howdy from Houston, TX http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x34x61637532 Greetings, <BR> <BR> A pleasure to meet you all! I'm Irene, a Southern California transplant in Houston. I found my way to SparkPeople from Jessica Smith's 5 Mile Challenge (http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?<BR>post=kick_off_summer_with_a_fun_fitnes<BR>s_challenge). After moving to Houston 7 years ago, I've gained > 20 lbs. It took me about 2 years with inconsistent exercise and motivation to lose about 10 lbs. I'm hoping to lose another 10 lbs. with greater gusto this time around. <... Sun, 31 May 2015 19:45:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61617239 QUOTE: “The obstacle is the path. Face the problem, and in doing so, become more aware. See what is really happening with you. Learn about yourself. This is a valuable education.” ~ Leo Babauta, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I feel...tired after a trip to the E.R. <BR> <BR> So I was experiencing a headache (since I started taking the meds) and when I called the doctor's office, I was told that it doesn't cause headaches. I had already checked the drug's website and it causes headaches in... Fri, 29 May 2015 10:58:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61609763 QUOTE: “We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.” – Max DePree <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have a favorite dish that you loved as a kid and still love as an adult? <BR> <BR> Macaroni and cheese. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that this new med is not what is causing my headache, but I'm afraid it is. I didn't get much done last night that I needed to, but I did get some rest. I better get back to it. Happy Friday eve! Thu, 28 May 2015 13:15:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61600638 QUOTE: “True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems,but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.” ~ Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I saw...a woman that reminded me of a friend of mine that I recently found out has been diagnosed with lung cancer, stage 4. <BR> <BR> Yesterday seem to be so hectic. I had the doctor's appointment th... Wed, 27 May 2015 12:53:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61590451 QUOTE: “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” ~ Anna Quindlen <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What did you do this weekend? <BR> <BR> We got lots of rain and did some shopping and I wound up saving over $100 at Target and we got stocked up on some things. <BR> Tue, 26 May 2015 10:48:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61558836 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: When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought? <BR> <BR> Is it sad that I honestly can't r... Fri, 22 May 2015 13:49:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61550369 QUOTE: “It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling that no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now.” – Hugh Laurie <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you noticed that your trigger foods have changed during this journey? <BR> <BR> Yes, they definitely have. Things that were serious triggers when I first started this journey, are not triggers now. <BR> <BR> I was able to get my car to Discount Tire yest... Thu, 21 May 2015 13:21:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61541247 QUOTE: “Your life is a result of the choices you make…If you don’t like your life it is time to start making better choices.” - Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name the unhealthiest thing in your fridge. <BR> <BR> I am not sure which would be more unhealthy, butter or soda. I have been trying to clear out the processed foods, but we seem to not be able to get rid of the soda. I generally only drink one occasionally these days. <BR> <BR> Busy morning already and it's looking like it's going ... Wed, 20 May 2015 13:17:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61531660 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 eat more fresh produce, frozen or canned produce? <BR> <BR> I try to eat more fresh, but I do eat frozen fruit (usually with my smoothies) and canned occasionally. <BR> <BR> DH and I went walking Saturday and Sunday evenings, but we weren't ... Tue, 19 May 2015 12:47:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x34x61496690 QUOTE: “A near win shifts our view of the landscape. It can turn future goals, which we tend to envision at a distance, into more proximate events. We consider temporal distance as we do spatial distance. (Visualize a great day tomorrow and we see it with granular, practical clarity. But picture what a great day in the future might be like, not tomorrow but fifty years from now, and the image will be hazier.)” ~ Sarah Lewis, The Rise <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you know how to swim? <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 15 May 2015 13:01:45 EST