SparkPeople Walk Away The Pounds Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=6442 This is an AMAZING team of men and women. We are like a fruit basket with many differences and likes. Come join us! SparkPeople Walk Away The Pounds Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=6442 QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Sept. 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65288801 QUOTE: “Thoughts disentangle themselves when they pass through the lips and fingertips.” ~ Dawson Trotman <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...been pulled over? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. Mostly when I was younger. <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 3 brought on more fever. Mom’s surgery went well. We were told that they were keeping her overnight at the hospital to make sure that things continued well. I was awake about 1:30 this morning and it took awhile for me to go back to sleep. Then we wound u... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:38:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – September 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65280138 QUOTE: “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” ~ Vince Lombardi <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...opened Christmas presents early? <BR> <BR> Maybe once or twice, but normally no. It’s either Christmas eve or Christmas day. <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 2 brought a fever. This is going to be a fun 2 weeks. I have a low grade fever this morning. Good thing that I can just hang out in my office and don’t really have to deal with the clients too much. I am in debate about whethe... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:18:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Sept. 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65272824 QUOTE: “It’s choice – not chance – that determines your destiny.” ~ Jean Nidetch <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...slept till noon? <BR> <BR> It’s been years, I think that I have slept straight through until noon, but I have. <BR> <BR> <BR> Yeah, so in the spirit of honesty, the gym did not happen. Day 1 of no allergy meds hit me like a lead balloon. As the day progressed, the yucky feelings started hitting. I had to repeatedly blow my nose, etc. My appetite is decreasing, which... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:24:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – September 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65265404 QUOTE: “Be a fountain, not a drain.” ~ Rex Hudler <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...screamed during a scary movie? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry I didn’t post over the weekend. It was a fun, but busy weekend. The women’s conference was truly a blessing. I bought a couple of new dresses and a new shirt. I am loving this shirt and I have a feeling it’s going to be one of my favorites! It’s a blue, turquoise and white large plaid print. I am going to try to go throu... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:40:55 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – September 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65244125 QUOTE: “And that’s the trick. Somehow in looking back, almost any situation seems to have been ok. The challenge is to live that acceptance in the present, not just in memory.” ~ Robert Kull, Solitude <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...eaten a Krispy Kreme donut? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. <BR> <BR> <BR> Fairly busy day yesterday, but I managed to hit my 10,000. I came home and napped for about an hour or so because I had a headache, then went to see Mom. She’s not nearly so shaky. ... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:26:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Sept. 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65236944 QUOTE: “Thoughts disentangle themselves when they pass through the lips and fingertips.” ~ Dawson Trotman <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...built something out of wood? <BR> <BR> No, I have not. <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, I finally made an appointment for the allergy doctor. Beginning next Monday, I can no longer take my allergy meds until after my appointment. It’s going to be tough and I hope I don’t get a upper respiratory infection or sinus infection. Hopefully, I will find out what i... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:55:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – September 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65229367 QUOTE: “I like my feet to be the first footprints in the sand.” ~ Kevin Garnett <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...had your footprints be the first at the beach? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. I was much smaller then and it was when we were camping a lot. <BR> <BR> <BR> I think I am having a week of Mondays. Jarrod got all the way to the hospital and stepped back to let them know he was there and to find out if she was there already, he was told that she was still at the wound care hospital.... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:15:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Sept. 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65222168 QUOTE:“The price of greatness is responsibility over each of your thoughts.” ~ Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...fallen down in public? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have...on multiple occasions. The first one that pops in my head is when we were heading into the country club for a function and I was wearing my really nice Vera Wang big girl heels...yep, you guessed it, down I went. Ripped my pantyhose, my knee was bleeding. I am not sure if anyone saw me, but it was certainly em... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:08:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – September 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65214889 QUOTE:“You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.” ~ Oliver Goldsmith <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...baked a cake from scratch? <BR> <BR> Yes and I love doing it! And by baking it from scratch, I know what’s in it! <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry all, I really thought I would get here this weekend, but it was just crazy busy or we were absolutely exhausted. We managed to get most everything unpacked from the U-Haul that had to be removed and put in the storage buildi... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:21:56 EST Returning to Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6442x65208407 I have been away for a few years but follow Leslie Sansone on Facebook. The group is so positive. Since I left, I have gained a massive amount of weight and have learned that I have a painful, rare fat disorder called Lipedema. However all of that said, I am trusting God for a miracle. I believe He will give me the strength to meet my physical goals. I look forward to the challenges and getting to know some of you - Sparked friends. Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:59:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – September 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65194826 QUOTE: “It is better to make many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” ~ Proverb <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...been to Disney World? <BR> <BR> Yes, my mom, Jarrod (DS25) and I went years ago when he was small. <BR> <BR> <BR> It was hit and miss busy yesterday. I did, however, get my 10,000 steps in a little earlier than usual. So I took the opportunity to slip my shoe off and use the tennis ball to help massage my left fo... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:41:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – September 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65187538 QUOTE: “The key is to trust in your preparation. You have done all you can, so focus on that fact. You will remain the same person before, during and after the race, so the result, however important, will not define you. The journey is what matters.” ~ Chrissie Wellington, A Life Without Limits <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...been to a professional sporting event? <BR> <BR> Yes, my dad took me to wrestling and I’ve been to several Texas Rangers games. <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday felt li... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 08:49:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – September 14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65180193 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: Have you ever...broken a bone? <BR> <BR> Yes, I broke my hand...as an adult when I fell on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> <BR> Honestly, I got up at 5:15 and started on it. That’s when I’ve been normally getting up, but not what I normally do when I get up. My co-worker appreciated me making her a... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:34:32 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – September 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65172773 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...worn braces? <BR> <BR> No, I have not. They were preparing my mouth for braces, but my dad said no. <BR> <BR> <BR> One of these days I’m going to get everything down on my calendar and then something’s going to change. I came home and headed to the grocery store. Came home, put everything up and coo... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:24:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – September 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65166068 QUOTE: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” ~ Will Rogers <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...made clothing yourself? <BR> <BR> I never made clothing specifically, but I do remember making a bag in Home Economics. Do they even still teach Home Economics in schools? <BR> <BR> <BR> It was such a busy day yesterday. I wound up only making it to Costco, but thinking I have enough fruits and veggies that I can manage to get through today and then I... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:33:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – September 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65159862 QUOTE: “Don’t learn to do, but learn in doing.” ~ Samuel Butler <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Where were you when you got the news about the twin towers? <BR> <BR> I had just gotten to work and we were all crowding into a partner’s office at the law firm that I worked out watching his travel tv as everything unfolded. I will say that it makes me grateful for the firefighters, police officers and volunteers who were able to assist that day and for so many days to follow. <BR> <BR> Sorry I didn’t ge... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:27:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Sept. 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65146181 QUOTE: “When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When you find what works for you, how often do you have to change things up? <BR> <BR> I know food-wise, I need to change that every week or so for my lunches, etc. or I get so bored that I can’t see straight. Workout-wise, I know things need to change because I’m getting steps and continuing to move at work, but outside of that... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 08:35:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Sept. 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65139165 QUOTE: “You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” ~ Rosalynn Carter <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever sat on the board of a non-profit or worked closely with a non-profit? <BR> <BR> A friend had requested that I sit on the board of a new society that she wanted to get started to assist those with endometriosis. Having suffered with it myself, I know how important support is. I also work with Conquer Chiari to assist with the walks, etc. eac... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 08:16:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Sept. 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65123693 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: How did you enjoy your weekend? <BR> <BR> Overall, we enjoyed it. We got to have some family time. The not so pleasant time was taking Jarr... Tue, 6 Sep 2016 08:19:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – September 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65103736 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: I was thinking the last couple of days about my childhood. We used to have a family reunion every year, which seems to have gone by the wayside since our older generation passed. Does anyone still do that anymor... Sat, 3 Sep 2016 08:20:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – September 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65096974 QUOTE: “And that’s the trick. Somehow in looking back, almost any situation seems to have been ok. The challenge is to live that acceptance in the present, not just in memory.” ~ Robert Kull, Solitude <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Not focusing on the negative that may have happened in August, but on the positives, what positive thing happened in August? <BR> <BR> I started focusing on getting those 10,000 steps per day again and on eating better. And I realized some of the foods I would splurge o... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 08:20:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/01 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65090636 QUOTE: “No one can see their reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.” ~ Zen Proverb <BR> <BR> QUESTION: It’s a new month (where does the time go?), are you ready? Do you have your goals established for the month? <BR> <BR> I’ve been thinking about my goals for the new month this week. While I don’t have everything written down yet, I have an idea of where I want to go/what I want to accomplish this month. I want to be at least 5 pounds lighter by October 1... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:09:11 EST September 7 Day - Develop or Get Rid of a Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5879x6442x65087879 Pick a 7 day habit that you would like to work on. You can do a different one for each week in the month of June. You might have a habit you would like to get under control or one that you would like to add that will improve your lifestyle habit. If you have something you would like to add to this list feel free to do so. Picking one is a great start. YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> No soda <BR> No bread <BR> No alcohol <BR> No pasta <BR> No sweets <BR> <BR> 6 or more bottles of water <BR> ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 00:32:15 EST September Steps, Miles or Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x65087845 You choose your goal for how many steps, miles or minutes you think you can walk for September and then lace up those shoes and let's get walking. Every participant will get a goodie. <BR> <BR> September Steps, Miles or Minutes <BR> <BR> Goal: <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> Week 1 total: <BR> <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> Week 2 Total: <BR> <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> ... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 00:23:52 EST September Walk Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x65087830 Continue walking this month!! If you're new, get your walk on!! Set a personal goal and go for it! <em>244</em> <BR> Choose your activity and rack up the points. <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a template to copy and paste and you can edit your same post over and over instead of reposting every time. Choose your option(s) from below &amp; let's get started!! <BR> <BR> Option A: For the videos,1 pt per mile, 5 pts entire video (only one bonus per day), 10 pts six days out of seven. <... Thu, 1 Sep 2016 00:21:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 31st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65082145 QUOTE: “For me, winning isn’t something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream.” ~ Emmitt Smith <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you a fan of DIY? <BR> <BR> Some of it. Honestly, I think that I would not do a good job on some things, but I do enjoy trying some other things. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was not a great day as I was fighting a headache all ... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:31:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65075584 QUOTE: “Success doesn’t depend on your past or current circumstances. Success depends on your willingness to do what’s required to become successful, and the day you act on that willingness is your first step toward success.” ~ Joachim de Posada, Don’t Eat the Marshmallow… Yet! <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you a morning news person or a evening news person or do you get your news from the internet? <BR> <BR> Honestly, since we really don’t turn our tvs on and I think we could almost get rid of t... Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:38:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65068311 QUOTE: “Children are born awesome. Our job as the adults in their lives is to make sure they know this and to minimize the effect of anyone who might influence them to feel otherwise. When children feel stupid, slow, naughty, troublesome, untrustworthy, incapable or silenced in response to the comments of any adult in their lives, it’s time for us to be their voice.” ~ Hey Sigmund, Good Men Project <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is for breakfast? <BR> <BR> This morning I had what was left of the ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:17:38 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY - August 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65056547 QUOTE: “Children are born awesome. Our job as the adults in their lives is to make sure they know this and to minimize the effect of anyone who might influence them to feel otherwise. When children feel stupid, slow, naughty, troublesome, untrustworthy, incapable or silenced in response to the comments of any adult in their lives, it’s time for us to be their voice.” ~ Hey Sigmund, Good Men Project <BR> <BR> So, I was sort of expecting this so it wasn't really a surprise. I am up 2 pounds. ... Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:28:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65041748 QUOTE: “Thoughts disentangle themselves when they pass through the lips and fingertips.” ~ Dawson Trotman <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What’s for dinner tonight? <BR> <BR> Tonight is probably breakfast for dinner. Last night I fixed a Chili Bubble Up Casserole with chili, hot dogs, cheese and biscuits. It was quite tasty but a little heavy. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was just a stressful day. Between getting up later than normal and running out the door late and then getting a call about my mother with... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:28:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65035064 QUOTE: “One must make the warrior walk his everyday walk.” ~ Miyamoto Musashi <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What one thing would you be interested in learning more about? <BR> <BR> I would like to learn more about canning and preserving foods. <BR> <BR> I seriously felt like pulling my hair out yesterday morning. One of my co-workers had medical tests yesterday morning and the other was out yesterday morning sick. I was all by myself. Answering phones, drafting documents, etc. It made for a str... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:43:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65028178 QUOTE: “Vision without execution is delusion.” ~ Thomas Edison <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What stresses you out? <BR> <BR> This whole situation with my mom. Having too much on the schedule and feeling like there is not enough time to get it done. <BR> <BR> Work hasn’t been super busy, but it comes in fits and starts. I am not complaining, but I do prefer to stay busy. There are still so many things to do this week, but I feel much better knowing that I have a meal plan. Mom’s pain seems to b... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:26:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65021043 QUOTE: “Be a fountain, not a drain.” ~ Rex Hudler <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When do the students in your area start back to school? <BR> <BR> School starts back today for my younger kids. I now have 2 children in high school. Where does the time go?. <BR> <BR> What a crazy weekend! We seemed to be busy all weekend long! Saturday between talking to the staff at the wound care hospital where my mom is, going to the grocery store and Costco, Saturday disappeared quickly. Weigh in was surprisi... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:10:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x65001533 QUOTE: “You have to be brave with your life so that others can be brave with theirs.” ~ Katherine Center, The Gifts of Imperfection <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite smell? <BR> <BR> I think it is definitely bread. Which almost seems funny to me because I don’t really eat a lot of it anymore. <BR> <BR> Well, things don’t not go quite as well as planned. Although, to be honest, after 2 more calls/messages, I finally found out why the case management supervisor didn’t return my cal... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 08:27:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64994715 QUOTE:“Your life is what your thoughts make it.” ~ Marcus Aurelius <BR> <BR> QUESTION: If time/schedule was not an issue, name one thing you would like to do. <BR> <BR> Read, I would like to sit down, not worry about the time and just read. <BR> <BR> So Mom calls yesterday and tells me she’s going to the hospital today for a procedure and when I call, no one can give me information. They said I need to talk to the case manager. I left a message for the supervisor early afternoon and HAVE... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:14:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64987921 QUOTE:“For me the joy of athletics has never resided in winning. I derive just as much happiness from the process as from the results. I don’t mind losing as long as I see improvement or I feel I’ve done as well as I possibly could. If I lose, I just go back to the track and work some more.” ~ Jackie Joyner-Kersee <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is something that you prefer to make from scratch even though it is readily available for purchase? <BR> <BR> Bread. I prefer to make it rather than b... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:20:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64980918 QUOTE:“One must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind him to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle – and a mystery.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What has made you smile today? <BR> <BR> While it may not seem like a big deal, I smiled today when I realized that my body is adjusting to me getting up earlier again. I went to sleep last night without my FitBit Surge, which has a “silent” alarm that wakes me up at 5:15 a.m. In what I th... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 08:16:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64973904 QUOTE:“I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.” ~ Charlotte Bronte <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Did you accomplish everything that you set out to this weekend? <BR> <BR> No, I did not, but I am happy with what I did accomplish and I got to enjoy some much needed time with family. <BR> <BR> It was such a busy day yesterday, but it was so much fun. Not something we do every day. The younger two kids start two-a-days this week for tennis...and neither of them want... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 08:26:06 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64962507 QUOTE:“Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued. It must ensue. And it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself.” ~ Victor Frankl <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you use “mini” goals to help you get to your ultimate goal? <BR> <BR> Yes, I do. Sometimes I get overwhelmed looking at the big picture and I need to focus on smaller goals at a time. <BR> <BR> The weather and my head do not go well together. The white light made an appea... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 11:26:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64954614 QUOTE:“For unless one is able to live fully in the present, the future is a hoax. There is no point whatever in making plans for a future which you will never be able to enjoy. When your plans mature, you will still be living for some other future beyond.” ~ Alan Watts, The Book <BR> <BR> QUESTION: For better or worse, what has changed for you in the last 12 months? <BR> <BR> I have found that when I am overwhelmed with things going on with my Mom, my family, etc. that I tend to put my hea... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 08:08:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64947846 QUOTE:“One must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind him to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle – and a mystery.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari <BR> <BR> QUESTION: In the haste of your daily life, what are you not seeing? <BR> <BR> I am sure there are so many things. I was reminded yesterday when I was listening to The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes that you have to make time for those things that are important. <BR> <BR> Apparently, I have started a b... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:04:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64941329 QUOTE:“It’s not bragging if you can back it up.” ~ Muhammad Ali <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I know I have gone through a number of changes while on this journey. What is one big change from when you first started? <BR> <BR> I have learned that moderation is key. I don’t have to eliminate one food or group of foods, I can have it, I just have to plan for it. <BR> <BR> Mom is not so happy, they have decreased her pain medication. I told her I thought it was to make sure she wasn’t being over medi... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 08:25:03 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64934527 QUOTE:“The only real security in life lies in relishing life’s insecurity.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Which activities make you lose track of time? <BR> <BR> Walking and not having a particular schedule. <BR> <BR> I got the call yesterday from my mom that they went ahead and moved her to a wound care facility. Since her knee and heel don’t seem to be healing, they are having to do something more to make sure she doesn’t get an infection and can heal. I saw ... Tue, 9 Aug 2016 08:25:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64927367 QUOTE:“Life moves forward. The old leaves wither, die and fall away, and the new growth extends forward into the light.” ~ Bryant McGill <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Did you watch the Olympics over the weekend? <BR> <BR> Yes, we did. Not all weekend, but we watched some on Saturday and some on Sunday. <BR> <BR> I feel like I have been on the go most of the weekend. Between the concert on Friday night, DS25’s accident on Saturday and then going with him to get checked out on Sunday, it was a busy ... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 08:11:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64917008 QUOTE:“There are no mistakes in life, only lessons. There is no such thing as a negative experience, only opportunities to grow, learn and advance along the road of self-mastery. From struggle comes strength. Even pain can be a wonderful teacher.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Did you watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympics? <BR> <BR> I did not. DH was sending me pics of the tv though. <BR> <BR> The concert was a lot of fun. I saw women and ... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 14:52:35 EST Walk Away the Pounds Fat Burning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64911210 Four complete workouts are on one DVD. I purchased this product almost a year ago, but never did the Walk &amp; Kick. Well this morning I did. I was pleasantly surprised. Boxing moves and kicking and a little bit of everything are included. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed the change of pace. Never did the boxing exercise before! This is a one mile exercise I think. <BR> <BR> The entire DVD runs for 110 minutes, and I did two portions including Power Mile which is challenging! <BR> <BR> I hav... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 14:59:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64908500 QUOTE:“Breathe in the future, breathe out the past. No matter where you are or what you’re going through, always believe that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Never expect, assume, or demand. Just do your best, control the elements you can control, and then let it be. Because once you have done what you can, if it is meant to be, it will happen, or it will show you the next step that needs to be taken.” ~ Marc Chernoff, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How often do you incorporate strength... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 08:28:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64901656 QUOTE:“Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to used during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course? Each of us has such a bank, its name is time. Every morning, it credits you 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off at a lost, whatever of this you failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. I... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 08:18:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64894611 QUOTE:“Most men make the error of thinking that one day it will be done. They think, ‘If I can work enough, then one day I could rest.’ Or, ‘One day my woman will understand something and then she will stop complaining.’ Or, ‘I’m only doing this now so that one day I can do what I really want with my life.’ The masculine error is to think that eventually things will be different in some fundamental way. They won’t. It never ends. As long as life continues, the creative challenge is to tu... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 08:38:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64888115 QUOTE:“You learn so much from taking chances, whether they work out or not. Either way, you can grow from the experience and become stronger and smarter.” ~ John Legend <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What can you do today that you were not capable of 5 years ago? <BR> <BR> Hmm, I could not do so many things 5 years ago because I was suffering with migraines so bad that I would be in bed for days. This last week was a reminder of that. <BR> <BR> I had a little too much time on my hands yesterday, but... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 08:49:08 EST August... 7 day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5879x6442x64884252 Pick a 7 day habit that you would like to work on. You can do a different one for each week in the month of June. You might have a habit you would like to get under control or one that you would like to add that will improve your lifestyle habit. If you have something you would like to add to this list feel free to do so. Picking one is a great start. YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> No soda <BR> No bread <BR> No alcohol <BR> No pasta <BR> No sweets <BR> <BR> 6 or more bottles of water <BR> ... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 18:32:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – August 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64881122 QUOTE:“When you rise in the morning, greet the day with vigor. During the day, refrain from thinking or saying, ‘I’m confused,’ ‘I’m weak,’ ‘I’m sad,’ ‘I need help.’ At night before you sleep, release all thoughts of sadness, anger, or irritation. Think of pleasant things.” ~ Tempu Nakamura, Budo Secrets <BR> <BR> QUESTION: First day of August, are you excited about what this month can hold for you? <BR> <BR> I can honestly say that I am. I have been trying to focus on being a better me... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 10:10:03 EST August Steps, Miles or Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x64878247 You choose your goal for how many steps, miles or minutes you think you can walk for July and then lace up those shoes and let's get walking. Every participant will get a goodie. <BR> <BR> August Steps, Miles or Minutes <BR> <BR> Goal: <BR> Actual: <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> Week 1 total: <BR> <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> Week 2 Total: <BR> <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> ... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 23:21:13 EST August Walk Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x64878234 Continue walking this month!! If you're new, get your walk on!! Set a personal goal and go for it! emoticon emoticon <BR> Choose your activity and rack up the points. emoticon <BR> <BR> Here's a template to copy and paste and you can edit your same post over and over instead of reposting every time. emoticon Choose your option(s) from below &amp; let's get started!! <BR> <BR> Option A: For the videos,1 pt per mile, 5 pts entire video (only one bonus per day), 10 pts six days out of seven... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 23:19:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 31st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64873894 QUOTE:“Most of my successes in life have come from learning how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.” ~ Jesse Itzler, Living With A SEAL <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are your goals changing for August? <BR> <BR> I am focusing on smaller goals right now...so for this coming week, I want to make sure I have a game plan for each meal/snack. <BR> <BR> It was a busy day and then the headache hit. ARGH! So there is still much to do today, but I will push through and get it done! Thankfully, my... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:49:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64869035 QUOTE:“In an age of speed, I began to think, nothing could be more invigorating that going slow. In an age of distraction, nothing can feel more luxurious than paying attention. And in an age of constant movement, nothing is more urgent than sitting still. You can go on vacation to Hawaii or New Orleans three months from now, and you’ll have a tremendous time, I’m sure. But if you want to come back feeling new – alive and full of fresh hope and in love with the world – I think the place to vi... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 13:04:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64860785 QUOTE:“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” ~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you ever notice that you are doing things without even thinking about it? <BR> <BR> I have before. Honestly, the making of the list, I think, will happen over the weekend so that I can try to start that next week. I know there are many things I do without thinking about it and I would like my mornings to run smoother. <BR> <BR> Spent most o... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 08:20:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64854257 QUOTE:“Trust yourself. Create the kind of life you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into the flames of achievement.” ~ Foster C. McClellan <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you start your habits? <BR> <BR> I was listening to an audiobook (shocking right?) and I heard something that I don’t think I have heard before. She said that she made herself a list of everything that she needed to do to get ready in the m... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:50:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64847424 QUOTE: “It is going to be tough if you look for the easy way out because very rarely is there an easy way out. There is nothing that replaces hard work.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is one thing that happened yesterday and made you proud? <BR> <BR> My daughter is going to youth camp with the church next week. This child not so long ago was scared to get in front of people and perform. She is so excited because she found out that there is a talent show and she wants ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:26:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64840952 QUOTE: “The professional does not wait for inspiration; he acts in anticipation of it.” ~ Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is one thing you are thankful for on this journey? <BR> <BR> Supportive friends. <BR> <BR> Well, the dreaded migraine reared it’s ugly head last night. Thankfully, I don’t get them as bad as I was several years ago, but it was bad. I did not hit my step goal yesterday. Between jarring my ankle on Sunday morning and the migraine, I wasn’t fe... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:25:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64833828 QUOTE: “It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.” ~ Paulo Coelho <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Has it gotten easier for you to focus on the positives as the journey continues? <BR> <BR> Definitely! I am more forgiving of myself now than I was at the beginning of the journey. <BR> <BR> While I missed checking in... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:18:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64815646 QUOTE: “In our culture, we grow up thinking that failure is a terrible thing, that it’s a setback, or worse, the end. Often it turns out to be the beginning of something better.” ~ Katherine Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How many hours a week do you spend online? <BR> <BR> I am not certain, but there for awhile I was feeling like it was more than I should. Given that, I try hard to not get online in the evenings except for maybe short periods of time on my Kindle or phone. <BR> <BR... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:25:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64809179 QUOTE: “When you’re trying to motivate yourself, appreciate the fact that you’re even thinking about making a change. And as you move forward, allow yourself to be good enough.” ~ Alice Domar <BR> <BR> QUESTION: If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice at the beginning of your weight loss journey/journey to being healthier, what would it be? <BR> <BR> Don’t quit! <BR> <BR> Not quite sure what was up with me, but I’m struggling the last few days. Yesterday I was so tir... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:31:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64802597 QUOTE: “Training for strength and flexibility is a must. You must use it to support your techniques. Techniques alone are no good if you don’t support them with strength and flexibility.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When you can’t take a vacation but need to get away, how do you handle it? <BR> <BR> Sometimes it’s a staycation, other times it’s taking a weekend trip (like this weekend) or sometimes an overnight trip. <BR> <BR> It was such a super busy day yesterday. My co-worker h... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:53:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64795731 QUOTE: “Half the costs of illness are wasted on conditions that could be prevented.” ~ Dr. Joseph Pizzorno <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When is the last time that you have had a physical? <BR> <BR> It’s been a couple of years. Honestly, I need to set up an appointment for myself. <BR> <BR> I was feeling pretty tired yesterday, but I thought it was just the weekend tired catching up with me since I really didn’t sleep late or go to bed early at any point over the weekend. My sweet husband fixed ... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:42:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64788627 QUOTE: “A strong body cannot exist without a strong mind. A flexible body cannot exist without a flexible mind. A relaxed body cannot exist without a relaxed mind.” ~ Jesse Enkamp, Karate by Jesse <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you own your things or do your things own you? <BR> <BR> I have been thinking for some time that I need to get rid of some things and then I get so emotional about some things...so while I would like to say I own my things, I think that for some of the things, the reverse... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:36:08 EST QUOTE of the Day – July 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64782797 QUOTE: “When you’re trying to motivate yourself, appreciate the fact that you’re even thinking about making a change. And as you move forward, allow yourself to be good enough.” ~ Alice Domar <BR> <BR> Such a busy, busy day yesterday with so much going on. I am thankful for the day though and feel like I accomplished a few things anyway. I think I mentioned that I was reading Darlene Faye Schacht's The Good Wife's Guide: Embracing Your Role as a Help Meet, but I am realizing more and more... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:31:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64778783 QUOTE: “When you rise in the morning, greet the day with vigor. During the day, refrain from thinking or saying, ‘I’m confused,’ ‘I’m weak,’ ‘I’m sad,’ ‘I need help.’ At night before you sleep, release all thoughts of sadness, anger, or irritation. Think of pleasant things.” ~ Tempu Nakamura, Budo Secrets <BR> <BR> This week has been up and down. So much going on. We did get to the drive in last night despite the storms that came through earlier in the day. I ate WAY more than I should... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 15:49:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64771583 QUOTE: “To become a champion, fight one more round.” ~ James Corbitt <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Did you pause to celebrate the last time you accomplished a goal, big or small? <BR> <BR> I don't think I did. I need to pay closer attention to those things for myself. <BR> <BR> I apologize for the late start, but I decided to take some time and just enjoy coffee with my husband. We are attempting to go to the drive-in yet again. I do hope that the weather does not thwart us again. We have so man... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:38:30 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64763354 QUOTE: This one is short and simple because it struck me. Mood: You decide :(: <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you think about when you lie awake in bed? <BR> <BR> Usually I think about whatever it is that is causing me to be anxious. <BR> <BR> My quest for 25,000 steps continues. I thought I might hit it yesterday, but I think I need to back off a little today. My ankle (the one I had surgery on) is really tender right now. Even my strap barely touching it yesterday was causing me pa... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:36:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64756550 QUOTE: “If you can see yourself doing something, you can do it. If you can’t see yourself doing something, usually you can’t achieve it.” ~ SEAL, Living With A SEAL <BR> <BR> QUESTION: There is so much about this journey that is mental. How do you keep your subconscious from sabotaging you? <BR> <BR> Someone suggested the other day that it helped to focus on other goals and getting healthy was a side effect of getting to the other goals. So I decided to start focus on other things...bein... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:32:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64749328 QUOTE: “Trust yourself. Create the kind of life you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into the flames of achievement.” ~ Foster C. McClellan <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I’m learning more and more that this journey to a healthier me includes learning things about myself. Are there things that you couldn’t have in your pantry or refrigerator in the beginning that you can now? <BR> <BR> Honestly, there are so many th... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:49:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64741556 QUOTE: “When you suffer, you can look deeply at your situation and find the many blessings that are already surrounding you. It is wonderful to sit with a pen and paper and write down all the conditions for happiness that are already there, already available to you right in this moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever kept a gratitude journal? <BR> <BR> I have talked about it and written things down while journalling, but I have not kept a journal solely for that purpos... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:26:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64729189 QUOTE: “Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When was the last time you tried something new? <BR> <BR> Exercise equipment wise, Thursday but more of the same yesterday. I mentioned my sweet husband bought and put together an under-desk elliptical for me. I used it for about an hour and a half yesterday. I broke a sweat and definitely had to turn some fans on to get some air going because it was hot. Food-wise, Tuesday. ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 10:49:36 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY - July 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64721349 QUOTE: “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> I am sorry, but my mind is reeling as I’m watching the news and I can’t seem to find a question this morning. This shooting in downtown Dallas was a little too close to home. It makes my heart hurt that hate has become so commonplace and that people move towards revenge. M... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 08:18:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64714251 QUOTE: “Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you break through the “mental” roadblock that seems to pop up during weight loss journeys? <BR> <BR> I struggle with this, to be honest. I seem to be taking various bits of books I have read/heard (listening to audiobooks) and trying to use that to help me move forward. I feel like I’ve been in a cycle where I can’t seem to ge... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 08:26:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64706707 QUOTE:“Move on. It’s just a chapter in the past. But don’t close the book, just turn the page.” ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: If you had to live a week without internet, what will you do to keep yourself busy? <BR> <BR> While I think initially, I would go a little crazy, I think that I would do the things I did when I was younger, read, cross stitch, sew or other little projects. I am finding that there are many things that I did when I was younger that I am enjoying again. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 08:27:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64699328 QUOTE:“Getting started is a form of active inspiration that naturally produces momentum. You have probably experienced this phenomenon before. For example, going for a run may seem overwhelming or exhausting just to think about before you begin, but if you can muster up the energy to start jogging, you’ll often find that you become more motivated to finish as you go. In other words, it’s easier to finish the run than it was to start it in the first place.” ~ James Clear, Blog <BR> <BR> QUEST... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 08:13:32 EST July Walk Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x64676385 Continue walking this month!! If you're new, get your walk on!! Set a personal goal and go for it! emoticon emoticon <BR> Choose your activity and rack up the points. emoticon <BR> <BR> Here's a template to copy and paste and you can edit your same post over and over instead of reposting every time. emoticon Choose your option(s) from below &amp; let's get started!! <BR> <BR> Option A: For the videos,1 pt per mile, 5 pts entire video (only one bonus per day), 10 pts six days out of sev... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 20:51:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64671675 QUOTE:“When you’re trying to motivate yourself, appreciate the fact that you’re even thinking about making a change. And as you move forward, allow yourself to be good enough.” ~ Alice Domar <BR> <BR> QUESTION: It’s the first of July, have you adjusted your goals or do they remain about the same? <BR> <BR> I am trying to focus on smaller goals. Preparing my lunch and snacks that way I’m less likely to run down to the deli along with trying to hit my step goal. <BR> <BR> It was not as lon... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 08:13:29 EST July... 7 day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5879x6442x64670492 Pick a 7 day habit that you would like to work on. You can do a different one for each week in the month of June. You might have a habit you would like to get under control or one that you would like to add that will improve your lifestyle habit. If you have something you would like to add to this list feel free to do so. Picking one is a great start. YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> No soda <BR> No bread <BR> No alcohol <BR> No pasta <BR> No sweets <BR> <BR> 6 or more bottles of water <BR> ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 02:46:19 EST July http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5879x6442x64670487 Pick a 7 day habit that you would like to work on. You can do a different one for each week in the month of June. You might have a habit you would like to get under control or one that you would like to add that will improve your lifestyle habit. If you have something you would like to add to this list feel free to do so. Picking one is a great start. YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> No soda <BR> No bread <BR> No alcohol <BR> No pasta <BR> No sweets <BR> <BR> 6 or more bottles of water <BR> ... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 02:42:38 EST July Steps, Miles or Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x64670474 You choose your goal for how many steps, miles or minutes you think you can walk for July and then lace up those shoes and let's get walking. Every participant will get a goodie. <BR> <BR> July Steps, Miles or Minutes <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> Week 1 total: <BR> <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> Week 2 Total: <BR> <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> Week 3 Total... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 02:28:23 EST How Much Weight or Inches Can you Lose Before 9/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64668580 Simple rules.. <BR> <BR> 1. get your starting weight/measurements by 7/8 <BR> <BR> 2. weigh on the same day each week, measure at beginning and end <BR> <BR> Thanks for joining..... <BR> Martha <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: <BR> July <BR> <BR> 8 <BR> 15 <BR> 22 <BR> 29 <BR> <BR> August <BR> <BR> 5 <BR> 12 <BR> 19 <BR> 26 <BR> <BR> September <BR> 2 Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19:18:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64664524 QUOTE:“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” ~ Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What did your life teach you yesterday? <BR> <BR> That I need to take better care of me and to stop putting everyone else’s needs before my own. <BR> <BR> Last night seemed like a super long day at the office. I really have to start getting up and stepping down the hall or something for lunch. I know we have a kitchen in our... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:24:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64657159 QUOTE:“People give up so fast because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have gotten.” ~ Unknown <BR> ^^I have been trying focus on looking at what I have accomplished.. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever regretted something you did not say or do? <BR> <BR> Yes. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was busy at the office and then we went bike shopping. DD14 has outgrown the bike she has and DS25 didn’t have one at all and DS16, DD14 and DS25 all had to get helmets... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:36:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64649573 QUOTE:“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford <BR> ^^I was reminded of this quote while listening to Candace Cameron Bure’s book and thought it was a good one to share again. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What music do you listen to to lift your spirits when you’re feeling down? <BR> <BR> I have to say it depends, but definitely upbeat. There are times when it would be music from the 70’s or 80’s or even the 60’s. A lot of 70’s music reminds me of my childh... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:29:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64642257 QUOTE:“Don’t waste time calculating your chances of success and failure. Just fix your aim and begin.” ~ Guan Yin Tzu, Chinese Master <BR> <BR> QUESTION: If you had a friend that you spoke to the same way you speak to yourself, how long do you think that person would allow you to be your friend? <BR> <BR> When the negative self talk starts, she wouldn’t be my friend very long. I do try not to talk down about myself, but sometimes old habits take hold. <BR> <BR> It was another busy day y... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:24:17 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY JUNE 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64635310 QUOTE:“Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.” ~ Joseph Pilates <BR> <BR> We had a busy morning yesterday. I headed to weigh in then stopped at a local hispanic grocery store for avocados, mangos (two kinds), oranges, bottled water, tortillas and some drinkable yogurts for the kids. Came home, unloaded and headed to Costco for more stuff. I didn’t get to go to the farmer’s market so I’m hoping to go today. Along with another trip to the grocer... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:32:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64621398 QUOTE: “It’s no coincidence that good words make us feel good and that hurtful or angry words make us feel bad. There is a 100 percent correlation between the words we choose and how we feel.” ~ Sean Stephenson, Get Off Your “But” <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Is stealing to feed a starving child wrong? <BR> <BR> While I understand the reasoning behind it, I do still believe that it is wrong. <BR> <BR> We had a most frustrating situation yesterday. Teenagers trying to be independent and handle th... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:35:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64614437 QUOTE: “Only he who has the courage to write the word ‘end’ can find the strength to write the word ‘beginning.'” ~ Zen Proverb <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Which activities make you lose track of time? <BR> <BR> Walking at the beach or in a wooded area or even on trails with beautiful scenery makes me lose track of time. <BR> <BR> Another late night last night, but on a positive note, I spent about 2 hours grocery shopping. I feel positive that I was able to get it done. Also, I am excited that... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:02:30 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64607531 QUOTE: “You cannot exercise much power without gratitude because it is gratitude that keeps you connected with power. The creative power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best, therefore it will receive the best.” ~ Wallace Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you celebrate the things you do have? <BR> <BR> I don’t celebrate what I have nearly as often as I should. Definitely some... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:36:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64600452 QUOTE: “An hour of basketball feels like 15 minutes. An hour on a treadmill feels like a weekend in traffic school.” ~ David Walters <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you find fitness that fits you? <BR> <BR> I have tried various things and, for me, Zumba is always a good choice even if I have to modify or any sort of dance, really. I always enjoyed dancing so it feels like it flies by for me. <BR> <BR> My mom’s roommate is being very sweet to my mom. She’s given up her tv remote for the tim... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:25:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64594472 QUOTE: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you holding on to any past mistakes? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I have tried to let go of past mistakes. If there are any remaining, I will do my best to deal with them and move forward. <BR> <BR> Mom finally got moved into her new room on Saturday morning. She seems to be getting along well so far with her new roommate. I hope that continues. She seems to be a bit of... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:38:02 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY - JUNE 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64580913 QUOTE: “You cannot exercise much power without gratitude because it is gratitude that keeps you connected with power. The creative power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best, therefore it will receive the best.” ~ Wallace Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich <BR> <BR> I got positive news last night, but not quite sure how they are going to make it happen, but Mom is moving into a new room. We met her ne... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 10:08:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64573943 QUOTE: “When you suffer, you can look deeply at your situation and find the many blessings that are already surrounding you. It is wonderful to sit with a pen and paper and write down all the conditions for happiness that are already there, already available to you right in this moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your most valuable skill? <BR> <BR> Well, I guess that depends on the context and who you ask, but I think my DH would say that one of my most valuable skills ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 08:39:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64567306 QUOTE: “We will never create anything more powerful or significant than our lives..” ~ Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago? <BR> <BR> While it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, I wish I’d spent more time dancing and enjoying Nia. <BR> <BR> The hospital released my mother yesterday to the long term care facility. DH went and picked up her stuff from rehab. I must say it annoys me that every time she h... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:31:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64561325 QUOTE: “Truly enlightened people never seek to be like others. Rather, they seek to be superior to their former selves. Don’t race against others. Race against yourself.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What did you dream about last night? <BR> <BR> I’m not sure I had a dream last night. <BR> <BR> They have determined that my mom is anemic so they kept her another night so that they could give her another unit of blood. It is stressful dealing wit... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:27:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64553316 QUOTE: “Its not how hard you hit, but how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” ~ Rocky Balboa <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Where do you go and what do you do to wind down/relax? <BR> <BR> I have had several options in the past, but most recently it seems to be going for a pedi or taking a bubble bath. <BR> <BR> Mom’s surgery went well but they wanted to watch her overnight. It made for a late night at the hospital. There was a misunderstanding with the rehab and I have a feeling we’ll... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:14:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64546341 QUOTE: “To surpass the deeds of others is unimportant; to surpass my own deeds is all.” ~ Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World <BR> <BR> QUESTION: “Would you rather die peacefully among friends at age 50, or painfully and alone at age 80?” <BR> <BR> I think it would be peacefully among friends/family. <BR> <BR> The weekend was not overly busy and we honestly didn’t do too much other than the Farmer’s Market and taking DS25’s dog to the vet. At the Farmer’s Market, we picked up... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:24:18 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64527077 QUOTE: “The hardest thing about exercise is to start doing it. Once you are doing exercise regularly, the hardest thing is to stop it.” ~ Erin Gray <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I have found for myself that the quote above is definitely true, but once you start down that slippery slope of making excuses that it is tough to get started again. How do you keep from sliding down that slippery slope? <BR> <BR> My step goal is definitely helping me. I haven’t bumped it to 10,000 yet and know I need to... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:17:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64520264 QUOTE: “The best way to change long-term behavior is with short-term feedback.” ~ Seth Godin <BR> <BR> ^^I think this is why I have been trying to focus more on mini-goals. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I read one of Chris Powell’s books a while back and something that I read resonated with me. He said that the reason that you need to start out with smaller goals that you know that you can attain is because we have lied to ourselves for so long, we have to rebuild trust with ourselves. What small ... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 08:25:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64513261 QUOTE: “Binge on life. Purge negativity. Starve guilty feelings. Restrict unhappy thoughts. Count blessings, not calories. The only weight you ever need to lose is the weight of the world on your shoulders.” ~ Anonymous <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Please share one blessing with us or change an unhappy thought into a more positive one. <BR> <BR> I am blessed with an amazing family. I am focusing on small changes knowing that my body will change. <BR> <BR> Did not make it to the chiropractor yeste... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 08:30:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64506503 QUOTE: “When I say I lack the time to exercise, is this really true given that I have time to watch television? Perhaps it is just difficult for me to admit that I may be lazy.” ~ Keshavan Nair, A Higher Standard of Leadership <BR> <BR> ^^I know I have been guilty of that one. Trying to do better about it myself. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Now that the Farmer’s Markets are in full swing around here, what’s last new fruit/veggie that you have tried? <BR> <BR> I think the last new veggie was din... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 08:25:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64498856 QUOTE: “Success is processional. It’s the result of a series of small disciplines that lead us into habitual patterns of success that no longer require consistent will or effort.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...gotten a tattoo? <BR> <BR> No and it’s not something I ever see myself doing, but I have multiple family members that have them. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a good day overall. Got up and headed to church and then to see my Mom. Did s... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 08:25:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64492491 QUOTE: “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” ~ Muhammad Ali <BR> <BR> Apparently the powers that be are working against us for the drive-in, but we had a nice evening anyway. We had Italian food and then went to get gelato and to Barnes and Noble. I must admit that I was very tempted by the Nook. They are not badly priced. One of my friends at church (Linda it’s Daphryne that does the challenges with us) suggested I get it so we could share books. Her brother and mother share b... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 09:41:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64478576 QUOTE: “Only he who has the courage to write the word ‘end’ can find the strength to write the word ‘beginning.'” ~ Zen Proverb <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...seen the Grand Canyon in person? <BR> <BR> No, but it is on my to do list! <BR> <BR> It was such a yucky day weather wise. We have been under flash flooding advisory/warning all week. We were planning on going to the drive in tonight since we got washed out last time. I hope that we can still make it. I have so many thin... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 08:18:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64471397 QUOTE: “Persistence isn’t using the same tactics over and over. That’s just annoying. Persistence is having the same goal over and over.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck? <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...worked in a pub? <BR> <BR> No. <BR> <BR> It was another busy day at the office. My other co-worker should be working from home today so hopefully I can make some calls today about long term care for Mom and trying to get some answers from rehab. My DD was shocked t... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 08:37:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64463016 QUOTE: “Success usually comes down to choosing the pain of discipline over the ease of distraction.” ~ James Clear, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...cried yourself to sleep? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was such a busy day at the office. There was much to do and one co-worker was out and the new girl was there, which helps, but as she’s still adjusting to our systems, it isn’t quite the same. I suspect today will also be busy again. I desperately need to go to ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 08:22:31 EST June Steps, Miles or Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x64461187 You choose your goal for how many steps, miles or minutes you think you can walk for May and then lace up those shoes and let's get walking. Every participant will get a goodie. <BR> <BR> June Steps, Miles or Minutes emoticon <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> Week 1 total: <BR> <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> Week 2 Total: <BR> <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <B... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 00:07:59 EST June Walk Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x64461174 Continue walking this month!! If you're new, get your walk on!! Set a personal goal and go for it! <em>311</em> <em>57</em> <BR> Choose your activity and rack up the points. emoticon <BR> <BR> Here's a template to copy and paste and you can edit your same post over and over instead of reposting every time. emoticon Choose your option(s) from below &amp; let's get started!! <BR> <BR> Option A: For the videos,1 pt per mile, 5 pts entire video (only one bonus per day), 10 pts six d... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 00:05:42 EST June... 7 day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5879x6442x64457321 Pick a 7 day habit that you would like to work on. You can do a different one for each week in the month of June. You might have a habit you would like to get under control or one that you would like to add that will improve your lifestyle habit. If you have something you would like to add to this list feel free to do so. Picking one is a great start. YOU CAN DO IT! <BR> <BR> No soda <BR> No bread <BR> No alcohol <BR> No pasta <BR> No sweets <BR> <BR> 6 or more bottles of water <BR> ... Tue, 31 May 2016 12:37:32 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 31st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64455407 QUOTE: “Every living cell in your body is made from the food you eat. If you consistently eat junk food then you’ll have a junk body.” ~ Jeanette Jenkins <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...ever owned your dream car? <BR> <BR> I can’t say it’s much of a dream car, but I had always wanted a CRV and then finally got one when my Buick laid down years ago. <BR> <BR> I decided to take a break from most internet this weekend. I just felt like I needed to take some time. I did get some good ... Tue, 31 May 2016 08:21:20 EST Exercise for the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64438819 I walked for 30 minutes <BR> Yoga video for 20 minutes <BR> Bike for 30 minutes <BR> <BR> Still trying to increase exercise time since I hurt my back. Sat, 28 May 2016 16:12:13 EST How Much Weight or Inches Can you Lose Before 7/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64431693 Simple rules.. <BR> <BR> 1. get your starting weight/measurements during the week of 5/27-31 <BR> <BR> 2. weigh on the same day each week, measure at beginning and end <BR> <BR> Thanks for joining..... <BR> Martha <BR> <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: <BR> June <BR> <BR> 1 <BR> 8 <BR> 15 <BR> 22 <BR> 29 <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 May 2016 12:14:03 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64430164 QUOTE: “A healthy outside starts from the inside.” ~ Robert Urich <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...driven over 100mph? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. In 2005 when my mom was having chest pains and I was working an hour away and she wouldn’t go to the hospital until I got home. Thankfully I got to her safe and she was ultimately okay. <BR> <BR> This rain is certainly not helping me get better, but I am certain that the garden and the tomatoes need the water. I don’t think I have mentioned i... Fri, 27 May 2016 08:17:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64423368 QUOTE: “A healthy outside starts from the inside.” ~ Robert Urich <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...laughed so much you cried? <BR> <BR> Yes, I definitely have. <BR> <BR> I am sorry I did not post yesterday but I did not even get out of the bed other than to go to the bathroom. My boss suggested I go home on Tuesday afternoon so I called the doctor and was able to get in that afternoon. Upper respiratory infection. I started on antibiotics on Tuesday evening and then started running... Thu, 26 May 2016 08:44:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64409487 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 08:21:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64402201 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 08:08:57 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64396033 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 09:40:36 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64390086 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 11:10:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day –May 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64382514 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 08:29:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64376816 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 10:43:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64368551 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 08:36:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64361320 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 08:19:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64353970 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 08:37:34 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64347584 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 10:13:57 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 14TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64340663 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 09:49:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64333273 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 08:26:32 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64327208 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 10:21:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64319844 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 09:32:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64312313 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 07:51:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64305490 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 09:27:48 EST QUOTE of the Day - May 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64293140 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 10:15:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64285303 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 08:35:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64278804 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 10:11:32 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64270174 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 08:13:36 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64262871 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 08:34:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64254896 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 08:25:08 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64247315 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 10:10:06 EST May Steps, Miles or Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x64243041 You choose your goal for how many steps, miles or minutes you think you can walk for May and then lace up those shoes and let's get walking. Every participant will get a goodie. <BR> <BR> May Steps, Miles or Minutes <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> Week 1 total: <BR> <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> Week 2 Total: <BR> <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:32:09 EST May Walk Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x64243026 Continue walking this month!! If you're new, get your walk on!! Set a personal goal and go for it! <em>311</em> <em>313</em> <BR> Choose your activity and rack up the points. <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a template to copy and paste and you can edit your same post over and over instead of reposting every time. emoticon Choose your option(s) from below &amp; let's get started!! <BR> <BR> Option A: For the videos,1 pt per mile, 5 pts entire video (only one bonus per day), 10 pts ... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:29:25 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64240685 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 10:37:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64232920 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 08:23:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64225813 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 08:16:06 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64218512 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 08:05:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64211418 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 08:23:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64204215 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 08:01:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64183648 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 08:35:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64176509 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 08:11:25 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64169287 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 08:17:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64161126 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 07:55:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64153351 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 07:56:08 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64139975 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 10:55:45 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 4/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64132742 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 10:25:12 EST THANK YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64125859 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 11:22:51 EST April Walk Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x64026478 Continue walking this month!! If you're new, get your walk on!! Set a personal goal and go for it! emoticon emoticon <BR> Choose your activity and rack up the points. emoticon <BR> <BR> Here's a template to copy and paste and you can edit your same post over and over instead of reposting every time. emoticon Choose your option(s) from below &amp; let's get started!! <BR> <BR> Option A: For the videos,1 pt per mile, 5 pts entire video (only one bonus per day), 10 pts six days out of s... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 13:23:46 EST No Question or Quote today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64015509 My mom had to be rushed to the ER yesterday and is having a procedure this morning. Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:40:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64008354 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 08:38:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x64000198 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 08:25:19 EST Take the Dare http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63995466 Take the Dare 3/28-4/3, First 20 to read the article "How to Overcome Any Excuse Not to Exercise " and list 3 things that you learned or that were reinforced in the Take the Dare Forum will get a special goodie. Keep sparking!! Take the Dare will move from the Challenge Forum to the General Team Discussion Forum. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1757 </link> Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:38:10 EST April Steps, Miles, or Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x63995267 You choose your goal for how many steps, miles or minutes you think you can walk for April and then lace up those shoes and let's get walking. Every participant will get a goodie. <BR> <BR> April Steps, Miles or Minutes <BR> <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> Week 1 total: <BR> <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12. <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> Week 2 Total: <BR> <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> Week 3 Total: <BR> <BR> 22. <BR> 2... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 15:01:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63992041 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 08:04:08 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63973208 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 12:53:36 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63963687 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 08:18:30 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63955867 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 08:11:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63948275 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 08:19:09 EST Your favorite Leslie Sansone DVD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63944487 I have a few but as of today it's 5 boosted miles. Mon, 21 Mar 2016 18:00:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63940402 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 08:23:28 EST Back again.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6442x63936560 Hi Sparkies.. :) <BR> <BR> My name is Kim. <BR> <BR> I was here in 2010. Lost weight. Gained most of it back. Looking to lose it again this time and for good. Looking to make some friends along the way - so we can cheer each other on. You know... if you ever need someone who might understand... or just to be there to keep you and your mind off of food. :) I am trying to lose weight for my upcoming wedding anniversary in May. :) <BR> <BR> I am a Canadian. Born & Raised in Toro... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 17:20:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63919499 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 08:00:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63912147 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 08:05:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63905112 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 08:05:45 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63897631 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 08:10:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63892343 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 13:11:33 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63869586 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 08:37:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63862431 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 09:00:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63854541 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 08:49:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63846685 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 08:36:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63838722 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 08:49:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 3/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63817216 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 10:00:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 3/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63809465 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 09:51:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63783587 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 08:33:38 EST March Walk Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x63777723 Continue walking this month!! If you're new, get your walk on!! Set a personal goal and go for it! <em>311</em> <em>313</em> <BR> Choose your activity and rack up the points. <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a template to copy and paste and you can edit your same post over and over instead of reposting every time. <em>321</em> Choose your option(s) from below &amp; let's get started!! <BR> <BR> Option A: For the videos,1 pt per mile, 5 pts entire video (only one bonus per da... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 13:01:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63761357 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 08:18:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63753564 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 08:28:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63745691 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 08:11:30 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63737759 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 08:09:08 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63729722 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 08:06:39 EST QUOTE of the Day - February 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63716688 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 11:20:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63708113 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 07:54:36 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63701181 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 08:17:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63693620 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 08:15:30 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63685782 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 08:26:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63678941 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 10:58:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63665746 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 13:38:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63656117 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 08:05:05 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY: Feb. 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63650378 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 11:25:09 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY: Feb. 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63634589 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 10:20:36 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63625243 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 08:13:19 EST Take the Dare http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x63605064 Take the Dare 2/5-2/9- First 20 to read the article "8 Ways to Put Yourself on Your Priority List" and list 3 things you learned or that were reinforced in the Take the Dare Forum will get a special goodie. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=1657 </link> Fri, 5 Feb 2016 13:40:23 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY: Feb. 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63603739 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 10:37:01 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY: Feb. 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63596292 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 11:20:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/03 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63587358 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 10:47:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/02 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63578667 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 10:04:40 EST February Walk Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x63570933 Continue walking this month!! If you're new, get your walk on!! Set a personal goal and go for it! <em>311</em> <em>57</em> <BR> Choose your activity and rack up the points. <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> Here's a template to copy and paste and you can edit your same post over and over instead of reposting every time. <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> Option A: For the videos,1 pt per mile, 5 pts entire video (only one bonus per day), 10 pts six days out of seven. <BR> Option B: For walkers... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 12:31:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/01 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63570338 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 11:19:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63545867 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 10:43:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63537810 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: <BR> <link>www.damascusbakery.com/our-products/<BR>flax-all-natural-roll-up/ </link> <BR> <BR> While I have been feeling a ... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:01:13 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63530082 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 10:43:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63521523 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 09:36:08 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63512986 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 10:02:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Jan. 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63498084 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 11:51:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63490179 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 11:18:56 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6442x63484501 Hi all just started walking with Leslie so feel free to give me as much tips as possible Thu, 21 Jan 2016 17:25:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63481785 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 10:10:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63473629 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 10:25:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63464998 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 10:25:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63431434 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 10:05:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63423799 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 10:24:08 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63415490 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 10:14:08 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63407434 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 10:35:36 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63398456 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 10:49:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63373658 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 10:27:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63364915 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 10:23:55 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63356516 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 10:41:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/05/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63347603 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 11:32:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/04/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63337557 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 10:58:32 EST New to this group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x63332774 Hi ladies, getting a late start but look forward to this challenge. My name is Tracy and will be doing the WATP dvd's plus a few miles outside weather permitting. I am 36 and me and my family live in rural ND. I was MIA last year and have committed to put myself back on the list. I have about 120 pounds to lose so slow and steady wins the race is my motto. Looking forward to celebrating our success and supporting our trying days. <BR> <BR> Tracy Sun, 3 Jan 2016 21:06:30 EST walk challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x63311372  ReplyCreate New Topic <BR> <BR> Option A: For the videos,1 pt per mile, 5 pts entire video (only one bonus per day), 10 pts six days out of seven.  <BR> <BR> Option C: For walkers, 1 pt per mile walked, 3 miles add 5 pts, 6 days out of seven 10 pts.  <BR> <BR> Jan 1:  <BR> Jan 2:  <BR> Jan 3:  <BR> Jan 4:  <BR> Jan 5:  <BR> Jan 6:  <BR> Jan 7:  <BR> Week 1 total:  <BR> <BR> Jan 8:  <BR> Jan 9:  <BR> Jan10:  <BR> Jan 11:  <BR> Jan 12:  <BR> Jan 13:  <BR> Jan 14:  <BR> We... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 14:12:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Jan. 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63310775 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 12:50:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63302029 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 10:20:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63295096 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 11:14:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63288030 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 11:36:28 EST January Walk Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x63283445 Start the New Year off right! Set a personal goal and go for it! <BR> Choose your activity and rack up the points. <em>311</em> <em>313</em> <em>315</em> <em>104</em> <em>411</em> <BR> Here's a template to copy and paste and you can edit your same post over and over instead of reposting every time. <BR> <BR> Option A: For the videos,1 pt per mile, 5 pts entire video (only one bonus per day), 10 pts six days out of seven. <BR> Option B: For walkers, 1 pt per 1,000 steps, 10... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 19:54:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63280115 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 11:23:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63217007 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 11:02:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63210753 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> <BR> I have ... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:41:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63204083 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 11:41:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63197185 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 12:00:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63189360 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 10:33:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63169780 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 11:09:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63162602 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 10:49:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63156260 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 11:29:32 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63148421 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 10:17:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/07 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63141394 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 11:02:25 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/04 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63121351 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 12:41:03 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/03 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63113988 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 11:31:33 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/02 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63106918 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 12:27:18 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/01 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63098657 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 12:23:35 EST December Walk Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x63093509 We walked our way through Thanksgiving! Here comes Christmas. Let's use this to keep our activity up during this busy season and be mindful of our eating too. For the month of December only, if you track EVERYTHING you eat and stay in your calorie range for the day, give yourself a 5 point bonus to add to whatever your fitness total is. This is a bonus you can get once a day, up to 31 days for a potential of 155 extra points. Merry Christmas everyone! <BR> <BR> Here's a template to copy and... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:20:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63089997 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 10:38:03 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63058575 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 11:20:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63051284 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 10:59:32 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63043881 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 11:12:00 EST Where do i begin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x6442x63025528 Hello everyone! I love taking walks with friends but dont have any where i live now but still want to start exercising to lose 60 lbs im not sure how to start a walking program or what makes it effective so if you have any tips id appreciate that Fri, 20 Nov 2015 19:39:08 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63022993 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 11:01:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63015836 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 10:54:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63008574 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 10:53:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x63000979 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 10:40:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62993613 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 11:27:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62963322 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 10:16:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62955905 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 10:16:25 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62948909 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 10:58:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62940776 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 10:36:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/06 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62918184 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 10:35:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/05 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62910352 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 10:04:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/04 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62902517 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 10:24:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/03 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62894830 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 11:33:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/02 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62885744 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 10:34:10 EST November Walk Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x62878960 Option A: For the videos,1 pt per mile, 5 pts entire video (only one bonus per day), 10 pts six days out of seven. <BR> Option B: For walkers, 1 pt per 1,000 steps, 10 pt bonus for reaching 10,000 in a day <BR> Option C: For walkers, 1 pt per mile walked, 3 miles add 5 pts, 6 days out of seven 10 pts. <BR> <BR> Nov 1: <BR> Nov 2: <BR> Nov 3: <BR> Nov 4: <BR> Nov 5: <BR> Nov 6: <BR> Nov 7: <BR> Week 1 Total: <BR> <BR> Nov 8: <BR> Nov 9: <BR> Nov 10: <BR> Nov 11: <BR> Nov 12: ... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 15:58:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62862239 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 10:10:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62855068 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 10:05:32 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62847462 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 10:19:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62839747 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 10:13:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62831522 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 10:28:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62809105 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 10:18:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62801542 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 10:21:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62793668 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 10:22:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62786021 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 11:28:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62700842 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 my... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 10:56:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/08 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62693673 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 12:25:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/07 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62684649 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 11:25:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/06 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62676706 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 12:57:44 EST Daily Chit Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62670395 I am finally back after four years of non-stop stress and on again off again on sparkpeople. I have 25 lbs to lose and I started out today with doing both the HIIT training dvd's.! Strength training tomorrow. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:35:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/05 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62667028 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 10:58:51 EST October Walk Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=5878x6442x62651616 Option A: For the videos,1 pt per mile, 5 pts entire video (only one bonus per day), 10 pts six days out of seven. <BR> Option B: For walkers, 1 pt per 1,000 steps, 10 pt bonus for reaching 10,000 in a day <BR> Option C: For walkers, 1 pt per mile walked, 3 miles add 5 pts, 6 days out of seven 10 pts. <BR> <BR> Oct 1: <BR> Oct 2: <BR> Oct 3: <BR> Oct 4: <BR> Oct 5: <BR> Oct 6: <BR> Oct 7: <BR> Week 1 Total: <BR> <BR> Oct 8: <BR> Oct 9: <BR> Oct 10: <BR> Oct 11: <BR> Oct 12: <BR> Oct 13: ... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 11:45:34 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/02 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62643853 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> Pat, I am certain that I have gained since having ... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 11:09:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/01 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62634625 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 10:54:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62626139 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> Sandi, Thank you for the thoughts and prayers. Yes, we do seem to be having more than our share…wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t seem to hit ... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:47:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62617483 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> Sandi, thank you for your prayers. My friend is still in a... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:24:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62608692 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> Well, my cousin didn’t get to come in. Her youngest daughter had to go to the ER on Saturday again and she had to work longer on Saturday than she originally planned. DS15 d... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:23:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62585486 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 10:49:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x6442x62577718 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 11:01:14 EST