SparkPeople W8Watchers Friends Team Messageboard Attention Weight Watchers members! Following the new PointsPlus program or one of the older programs? Doing it on your own or attending meetings? Join us ... let's do it together! SparkPeople W8Watchers Friends Team Messageboard Waiting is a fact of life. Patience is not the ability to wait. Waiting is a fact of life. Patience is the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting." - Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> Love today's quote, and it is so very true.Wow. <BR> <BR> Time is a necessary ingredient to weight loss and lifestyle change. It just won't happen overnight. But oh how I wish it would. No matter if we work on our plan or fall off the wagon time is going to pass either way, and we have to wait either way. <BR> <BR> Why not make the best ... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 06:12:07 EST You want to go out tonight? You want to enjoy some times around the table with friends and family? <BR> <BR> You can absolutely do that! You can wholly enjoy yourself this evening. <BR> <BR> But you've got to do your homework before going out. Homework?? <BR> <BR> Ask yourself this: where are you going, and what will you have? Its so much easier now days to find our dining out places on the internet. So don't go out unless you KNOW where your going. Personally, I don't eat out that often, in fact I don't even... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:17:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/27 QUOTE: “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” ~ Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What way do you enhance the flavor of your foods? <BR> <BR> 1. Adding ingredients like herbs, spices, soy sauce or salt. <BR> <BR> 2. Buying high-quality ingredients to being with (fresh, local, organic, etc.). <BR> <BR> 3.Using the best cooking method to lock flavor in the food (broiling, grilling, etc.). <BR> <BR> 4. Including some healthy fat to help carry the flavor. <BR> <BR> 5. O... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:08:02 EST We determine the results You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result." - Gandhi <BR> <BR> I don't know about the rest of you, but each morning when I wake up I lay there for a moment wondering, ''what will today bring?" I have my plans. Plan for my food and my plan for the day, but sometimes things will get in the way of what I may or may not have planned for the day. <BR> <BR> For instance. On Monday afternoon I had no plans at all, that afternoon I wa... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:15:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/26 QUOTE: “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” ~ Anne Lamott <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you "know now" that you wish you "knew then"? <BR> <BR> I wish I knew that I needed to eat and watch my portions vs. starving myself and only eating once a day when I was in HS. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was not my best food day, but today is a new day. I took the time this mo... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:24:47 EST Life... Its what we make it. <BR> <BR> Every minute of every day we are the ones that set the tone for what goes into our mouths. I've heard of no one that has been tied to a chair and force fed éclair's. Last week we realized that ''NO!!" is a complete sentence, and it does not have to be said in a unkindly way. <BR> <BR> Life happens each and everyday, some days we roll alone with no big interruptions at all, but then there are those days where we get a call that can and will mess with our ow... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 06:26:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/25 Quote: “Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit; and the choice is yours.” ~ Tom Hopkins <BR> <BR> Question: If you were given the weekend to spend any way you wanted (all expenses paid)....what would you do or how would you spend it? <BR> <BR> I think I would like to go back to Hot Springs...with a better plan in place. When DH and I celebrated our honeymooniversary there a few years ago, we enjoyed a massage and a hot bath. It was a nice escape, but we were able to get some wal... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:12:31 EST Grateful Let's take a second to think about what we're grateful for on this beautiful day. <BR> <BR> Our heart is beating. Our lungs are exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide. We have arms that allow us to hug our loved ones. We have a roof over our heads. We have enough food to sustain us. We have clothes on our backs. <BR> <BR> We're alive, and I think sometimes we tend to forget that. We allow too many negative people or the negativity we tend to feed off of to set the tone for our day. <BR> <B... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:10:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/24 QUOTE: “The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no man has ever been before.” ~ Francis Phillip Wernig <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When you are cooking/baking, is there a particular brand of flour that you use or do you use whatever is on sale? <BR> <BR> I grew up using Gold Medal flour, but I have pretty much switched over to the King Arthur Flour. <BR> <BR> Feeling accomplished last night although I di... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:40:55 EST Carpe diem! Today is all ours. <BR> <BR> Today is an opportunity -- a once in a lifetime opportunity -- to take a step toward becoming a happier, healthier us. <BR> <BR> Today will never be here again. Sure, tomorrow will come, but once today is gone, it's gone for good. <BR> <BR> &#8203;So seize it! Make it yours! Make it personal. Use it to your advantage! Take a step forward! <BR> <BR> Don't let it slip away. Yes, tomorrow will be here, but today....well its already today, so get busy toward b... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 06:18:09 EST Right between the eyes. "Action expresses our priorities." -Gandhi <BR> <BR> Talk about a rude awakening, today's quote, and its sad, but its also the truth! Where we choose to spend our time says a lot about what's important to us. <BR> <BR> How important is your journey -- your health -- to you? <BR> <BR> Is it important enough to make some time to run to the grocery store or farmer's market to grab some produce and chop it up to make things easier throughout the work week? Is it important enough to do some co... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 06:18:31 EST Back to Basics Challenge - Week 4 Back to Basics Challenge - Week 4: This week focus on 5 servings of fruits and veggies and whole grains. Servings are 1 cup for leafy greens and ½ cup for all other veggies and fruits. Also continue with weeks 1, 2 and 3 challenges. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:02:05 EST QUOTE & ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - Weekend Edition QUOTE: “The reality is that everybody makes mistakes. The issue isn’t whether you will make them, it’s what you will do about them. It’s whether you will choose the path of humility and courage or the path of ego and pride.” ~ Stephen M. R. Covey, The Speed of Trust <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you think about office workouts? <BR> <BR> Not very feasible at my workplace, I need more practical options, It works for me! Or I've tried it, but I wasn't convinced. <BR> <BR> For me, I have bee... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 11:39:27 EST Road maps, and detours. It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.” <BR> <BR> Our journey is like taking a really long trip, one that never ends. Our road map has to be our daily planning and just like traveling, if we go down the wrong road, we do not go back home and forget about our destination. That is called a DETOUR, and detours come in all forms, celebrations, grief, happiness, and ourselves getting in our own way. <BR> <BR> So today as you travel your journey...... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 06:13:54 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 08/21 QUOTE: “Success is processional. It’s the result of a series of small disciplines that lead us into habitual patterns of success that no longer require consistent will or effort.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Which is your frozen dessert of choice? <BR> <BR> <BR> Frozen yogurt, Gelato, Ice cream, Sherbet or sorbet, Non-dairy frozen dessert or I don't eat any of these. <BR> <BR> For me, I enjoy each from time to time. Gelato is always enjoyable to share... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 08:40:31 EST Friday..... ALREADY???? Good morning Everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure why but the days fly by here in poduck, Beaver Dam, and its not because I'm super busy, but I just fine more adventures to get into. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Today is the beginning of the weekend. The thing that has some of us scared to death each and every week. Some will be going out to eat, some will have cookouts to attend, and we could keep naming events and they all will no doubt involve FOOD!!! <BR> <BR> But, if we have a plan. If ... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 06:26:04 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 08/20 QUOTE: “A healthy outside starts from the inside.” - Robert Urich <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite music, the music that gets you moving? <BR> <BR> I am a child of the 80’s…so 80’s music generally gets me moving whether it’s a walk or the arc trainer, etc. <BR> <BR> I have been having a pain in my heel. I asked for some opinions on FB in a group I’m in and they think that it is Plantar Faciatis and I’m trying to take care of it until it feels better. Although everyday this wee... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:44:48 EST Tramp the last mile. "All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one... characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers.” <BR> <BR> We want to be finishers, even if we are not trying as hard as someone else. We still want to finish what we start. Some days its a fight every single second of the day to stay away from those things that can get us in trouble. <BR> <BR> I shared this ... Thu, 20 Aug 2015 06:47:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/19 QUOTE: “Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite food to grill? <BR> <BR> Chicken or steak or burgers. Hmmm…I guess that isn’t really narrowing it down, is it? <BR> <BR> So apparently I was supposed to drain and rinse the beans in the Quinoa Enchilada Bake…it made a lot and turned out good. I’m having it for lunch... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:30:30 EST I knew you were smart. If we want to see results on the scale each week, what's the bottom line? <BR> <BR> We all know the answer to this question. That's right! CALORIES. We have to burn more calories than we are taking in if we want a guarantee that we've lost fat over the course of a week, then we need to be aware of how many calories pr points or food exchanges we're consuming. <BR> <BR> And how can we be sure how many calories we're consuming if we're not weighing and measuring our portions? <BR> <BR> You... Wed, 19 Aug 2015 06:13:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/18 QUOTE: “Every athlete hears two competing voices. One is a negative critic, and the other is a positive coach. Which voice we listen to is a matter of choice.” ~ Gary Mack,Mind Gym <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you snack on plain/salted nuts? <BR> <BR> I try to buy plain, but oftentimes if I am buying it for DH, they are salted. <BR> <BR> After my visit to the grocery store, I think I have everything I need to finish out the meal plan for the week. The Quinoa Enchilada Bake has been put in t... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 10:41:10 EST Note to self...... I am allowed to cry. <BR> <BR> I am allowed to scream. <BR> <BR> BUT, I am NOT allowed to give up. <BR> <BR> It will all get done somehow. Just BREATHE. <BR> <BR> Remember: We cannot change yesterday, but we can change today. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Tue, 18 Aug 2015 06:16:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/17 QUOTE: “Don’t find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain.” ~ Henry Ford <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What type of water do you drink? Bottled, filtered, well, tap, etc? <BR> <BR> Mine is Filtered. Although at work, if I don’t bring enough, it’s bottled. <BR> <BR> So I am a little frustrated today. I had a new crockpot recipe for us to try today and I couldn’t find the can opener. We just have a hand opener but it was nowhere to be found. So I don’t know what I am doing for dinner tonig... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:51:49 EST Bricks “Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.” <BR> <BR> I have known this for such a long time, but it seems I pay more attention to it now than I used to, and I'm always amazed when people do not have a support system. This is why, for me, the WW meetings were so very important. I still miss them, but until W.W.'s stop closing down the meetings what is one to do? Sure there is the online, but you know that just does not do a thing for me. I... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 06:08:10 EST Like it or not its a 24 hour day. Today is gonna fly by. Whether we like it or not, 24 hours is gonna be out the window pretty soon. We can't stop time, but we can use it to our advantage. Today we could shop and prepare for the week. Today we could set our plan on paper. <BR> <BR> We can be committed to our health and our ultimate goal of living a happier, healthier life -- or we can stay stagnant today. We can remain stuck in our ways, and make no progress toward our goal. Like it or not today is gonna happen either way... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 06:20:02 EST Where are you going?? It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.” <BR> <BR> I like today's quote, because it gives us hope. So many times I'm reading about people who have lost 100's of pounds, and guess what.....they did it one pound at a time, one day at a time, one moment at a time......they never went to sleep one night and woke up 100 pounds lighter. <BR> <BR> We are a society of, ''I WANT IT NOW!!!!" So hence there is where we get into trouble. Most of us can ... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 06:15:18 EST Back to Basics Challenge - Week 3 This week focus on getting 2 dairy servings and 2 tsp of healthy oils and continue with weeks 1 and 2. Serving are 1 cup of milk or yogurt or 1.5 oz of most cheeses. Also continue with week 2’s focus on 1 to 2 servings of lean protein and continue with week 1’s focus of water and vitamin/mineral supplement. <BR> <BR> Posting this in advance because tomorrow will be crazy! Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:32:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/14 QUOTE: “Today, keep working hard and don’t get discouraged. Know you are going in the right direction…Stay focused on your dreams…and never (ever) give up.” - Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What was the best thing that happened to you this past week? <BR> I managed to meal plan and meal prep and felt good about what I was doing. <BR> <BR> I gained what I lost last week. While I can tell you that I am disappointed, I know I am doing what I need to do to ultimately get me to my goal. As dif... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:39:25 EST If you bite it, write it! The other day I received an email from a friend that like me struggles daily with food, and she had had company for a couple of week, and she's just about a month ago rejoined W.W.'s. Now the first three weeks, like most of us, she wrote and tracked EVERYTHING on paper. Then with company being around, as she told me, ''I tracked in my mind." I wanted to scream....YOU DID WHAT????? <BR> <BR> None of us or at least I don't have a good enough memory to keep accurate track of my food consu... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 06:22:18 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/13 QUOTE: “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” ~ Willie Nelson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What time did you go to bed last night? <BR> <BR> It was close to 10:30 before I turned out the light. <BR> <BR> This morning has not gone well, but I’m trying to change my attitude about it. Mom needs a med refill, but the savings card that we got for it seems to have gone missing…so if I can’t get another one, it will cost around $250.00. I’m going ... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 10:51:10 EST Make it a GOOD day We can turn any day into a good day." <BR> <BR> Yes its that simple, ''WE CAN TURN ANY DAY INTO A GOOD DAY." When you think about it no matter what happens to us, sometimes just getting up in the morning things can turn sour real quick. It could stem from bad news, to the coffee pot not working. This is why I always have a back up coffee maker. <em>334</em> <em>106</em> And we all know that eating off plan does nothing for us except makes us feel bad about ourselves, makes us r... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 06:13:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/12 QUOTE: “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” ~ Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> QUESTION: If you could sit on a bench in a beautiful woods, who would you like sitting next to you on the bench and why? <BR> <BR> I think it would have to be my husband. He and I both enjoy just sitting and enjoying the view. <BR> <BR> Last night I finally added some strength training back to my routine and I am feeling it this morn... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:26:02 EST You've just got to start taking action. Be Stronger than your Strongest Excuse. <BR> <BR> Motivation may not be there right now, but it will come if you start getting to work! I promise you that. Our motivation comes and goes. It'll be there one day, and gone the next. Heck, it'll be there one second and gone the next. <BR> <BR> We need to work on doing what we need to do whether we feel like it or not. I do think sometimes we tend to over think things. Our plans should be simple, certain amount of daily points or calories wha... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 06:21:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/11 QUOTE: “Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are the master of your attitude. Choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Share one important thing that you hope to accomplish before the end of the year. <BR> <BR> I hope to make exercise a habit again. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a little scary. Jarrod, my oldest son, fell in the shower and banged himself up pretty good. He was experiencing dizziness and such so I... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:06:12 EST Tuesday's Musing. Each morning I come to my computer with my cup of coffee <em>106</em> to share my musing with all of you. One thing everyone should know and I've tried very hard to make this known.....I AM SO NOT PERFECT!!!! But I am PERSISTENT !!!! I fall down so often sometimes days in a row, and when I say fall down it doesn't mean I've been off plan, but that I have allowed other things to invade my space. <BR> <BR> So what is this daily musing for. It's meant to remind us that in order to reac... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 06:16:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/10 QUOTE: “I am not interested in the past. I am interested in the future, for that is where I expect to spend the rest of my life.” ~ Charles F Kettering <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have a plan for lunch? If yes, what is it? <BR> <BR> Yes, while I really try to take Sunday as a rest day I took a little time yesterday evening and browned some ground buffalo with taco seasoning so I could put together a salad. I have salad for lunch and had a smoothie for breakfast. <BR> <BR> Besides the tac... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:46:17 EST Be Proud Don't wait to reach your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of yourself every step of the way." <BR> <BR> So many times and I was guilty of this myself, we get on the scale and have a loss of maybe .2 and we say, ''well I only lost .2." I say celebrate that .2 loss or any loss, and if its not a loss then celebrate that you followed your plan for the day. There will be plenty of time for us to be proud when we get o goal, but we need to be proud right now. This journey is hard, its a... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 06:15:59 EST Finding your footing. When babies learn to walk, they stand up they wobble, they fall, they take a few steps, then they fall down again, but nothing deters them! <BR> <BR> Isn't this just like our weight loss journey that we are traveling. We get started the first three weeks we may do great, then we began to wobble a bit and we may even fall, BUT, we HAVE to get back up so we can get to where we want to be. <BR> <BR> We are so far from being perfect, and falling down does not have to be the end of everything... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 06:24:45 EST Back to Basics Challenge - Week 2 This week focus on 1 to 2 servings of lean protein and continue with week 1’s focus of water and vitamin/mineral supplement. Sat, 8 Aug 2015 09:55:02 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 08/08 QUOTE: “Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> I am seriously pondering going to my leader's Sunday meeting to get a positive start to the week. So, today is my anniversary. Chris and I have been married for 6 years today. We are going to a steak/smoke house tonight, which I always enjoy. So much to do today...I hope I can find time to hit the rec center. I better get moving! Happy Saturday! <BR> Sat, 8 Aug 2015 09:47:56 EST Take a second to think ahead a little with me. What's going on tonight? Anything social? Dinner out with friends? Maybe a cookout this weekend, or maybe even a movie, now there is that buttered popcorn. <BR> <BR> These things are totally manageable. We can enjoy a night out and still lose weight. <BR> <BR> But you probably won't have as much fun if you spend too many calories on breakfast and lunch. <BR> <BR> That's why we need to think ahead! Make a plan. If you know you're going out tonight, be sure to keep breakfast and lunch on t... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 05:36:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/07 QUOTE: “Light tomorrow with today.” ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What are your plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> This weekend is Tax Free weekend in Texas so we are trying to avoid the stores…well, perhaps not the grocery stores. I need to get meals planned and hopefully some stuff prepped this week. <BR> <BR> So I think I mentioned that I was excited about seeing what the scale says last night…I am down 1.2. I was excited to see the scale move a direction other tha... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 10:40:13 EST What's the alternative? Staying on-program can get tough at times. Building a new lifestyle is hard! We're working on changing our relationship with food -- on <BR> changing our daily routines -- on changing our habits -- this is no small task! <BR> <BR> And sometimes, we just feel like giving up. But the next time the temptation to call it quits sneaks in, ask yourself this...what's the alternative? <BR> <BR> I mean, we can either put our heads down and do what we need to do whether we want to or not, or we can t... Fri, 7 Aug 2015 06:12:45 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 08/06 QUOTE: “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” ~ Henry Ford <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Does the time you start your day vary depending on what day it is or whether it’s a weekend or weekday? <BR> <BR> Yes. This morning it started earlier than normal, but we typically get up between 5:30 and 6 a.m. on the weekdays. Weekends, we try to sleep until 7 or 7:30. It doesn’t always work, but we try. <BR> <BR> I’m already tired and I’ve not even been to wor... Thu, 6 Aug 2015 08:23:10 EST So sorry Good morning all, <BR> well my computer was acting up this morning and this is why most of you that have come to see what the musing is about did not find one. I did email Blanche to let her know I was alright, and you might ask, ''how did you do that?" Well my Kindle could do the emailing but I could not access any Spark threads. So tomorrow Lord willing and my computer works I'll be back into the swing of things. <BR> <BR> Stay Strong Everyone, <BR> Hugs, <BR> Joan Thu, 6 Aug 2015 07:57:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/05 QUOTE: “In life, never spend more than 10 percent of your time on the problem, and spend at least 90 percent of your time on the solution. Most important, don’t sweat the small stuff… and remember, it’s all small stuff!” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name a favorite hobby from your past. <BR> <BR> Dancing. I used to love to go dancing. My sweet hubby is not much for dancing, but I simply don’t have anyone to go with around here so I don’t go. <BR> <BR> I ... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 11:02:18 EST Take it one day at a time, friends. I'm far from perfect. In fact, sometimes, I feel kind of like a phony when writing these musings. I make mistakes. Not just with my food, but even with the daily things in life that I encounter. <BR> <BR> &#8203;And sometimes I start to get down on myself. I start to tell myself I'm no good. I start to doubt who I am and what I'm capable of. I start overthinking my actions and my identity. <BR> <BR> And then I realize, I'm definitely not alone. And neither are you. This is one of many re... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 06:15:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/04 QUOTE: “Having a mental snapshot of where you are, where you are going, and what you are moving toward is incredibly powerful.” ~ Sara Blakely <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite sport to watch either on TV or in person? <BR> <BR> I always loved watching hockey. Truthfully, I can watch any sport, but I may not understand them all. Hockey on tv is much easier to keep up with the puck than in person, or it is for me. <BR> <BR> Overall, yesterday was good, I got over my amount in wate... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:54:22 EST Patience, dear friends. Patience! "Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams <BR> <BR> When we're practicing patience -- when we're in no hurry -- when we accept that we didn't put the weight on overnight, so it won't come off that way either -- when we understand that this is a process, not a quick fix -- difficulties and obstacles cease to become excuses. <BR> <BR> They become footnotes. <BR> <BR> We stop saying, "I can't, because______... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 06:23:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/03 QUOTE: “‘Why me?’ rarely produces a positive result, while ‘How can I use this?’ usually leads us in the direction of turning our difficulties into a driving force to make ourselves and the world better.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Is it harder for you to stay OP and get your water and such in on the weekends? <BR> <BR> YES! I really have to think about it and focus on planning ahead. <BR> <BR> Saturday was a lot of fun. My cousin and I went shopping. ... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 10:42:43 EST Liking what you get. "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get." <BR> <BR> Thanks again everyone for the birthday wishes, and I can say again I had a wonderful birthday weekend that did not involve overeating, eating cake and ice cream and no drama....the no drama is probably the biggest thing. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I chose today's quote because I happen to see someone I knew from years past, and was so shocked since I had only seen her shortly after moving back here last Fall. W... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 06:17:37 EST Sound like a broken record...but its important. First off thanks everyone for the birthday wishes yesterday. I did have a wonderful day, and for the first time in my life it was just MY day. I didn't have to share it with anyone if I didn't want to, I could do whatever I wanted to, and I stayed on plan. How?? You might ask. But most of you already know the answer. I was prepared in advance. I knew a year ago I'd have a birthday on August 1st, been happening that way for now 63 years, but this year was different. I had no cake, I ha... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 06:48:12 EST QUOTE AND WEEKEND UPDATE - 08/01-08/02 QUOTE: “Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> I am excited about this challenge, but honestly as I am going to be out and about today, I know it will be hard to get in water so I’m taking a bottle with. It is going to be tough, but I am a woman determined! I am pondering taking my Brita water bottle so that I don’t have to worry a... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 10:38:15 EST Tomorrow, Tomorrow.....NO TODAY!!! Most folks struggling with addiction will always find an excuse to start recovery later. Most of us are guilty of this one. I'll start on Monday, because after all it is my birthday and it is the weekend. <BR> <BR> Now is never the right time in our addicted minds. We'd much rather put off recovery until tomorrow. <BR> <BR> And then tomorrow comes... <BR> <BR> Tomorrow... <BR> <BR> Tomorrow... <BR> <BR> Tomorrow... <BR> <BR> And all of a sudden, a year has gone by. Ladies, we are al... Sat, 1 Aug 2015 06:25:13 EST Back to Basics Challenge - Week 1 This week focus on Water and vitamin/mineral supplement. For me, I am aiming for 8-8 oz. cups of water. I hear different perspectives on it like drink half your body weight, etc., but I know if I am for 8, I should be good and if my body wants more, then I can drink more. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:14:34 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/31 QUOTE: “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” – Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What are your goals for August? <BR> <BR> I want to master the basics. I feel like if I can do that, I will truly be moving forward. <BR> <BR> I will post a challenge in the "Challenge" Section for the Back to Basics, if you want to join me.... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:11:47 EST Is it I CAN'T or I WON'T!!!! Love what Nell wrote yesterday about not being able to un-eat something. Then I got to thinking about how at times we say ''I can't do so and so," but is it really I CAN'T or is it more of I WON'T??? I ask this because when we do have that Big Mac and Fries, and that is something that does not appeal to me at all, but when we do cave in its not as if someone is holding a gun at hour heads, or they are telling us, ''if you don't eat this junk, then I'm going to take your first born." Its ... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:25:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/30 “Every positive change in your life begins with a clear, unequivocal decision that you are going to either do something or stop doing something.” – Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you bring your own shampoo and conditioner when you travel, or do you use what the hotel provides? <BR> <BR> I always bring my own. My hair is picky. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I listened to Joyce Meyer’s book Look Great Feel Great and found it informative. I’m hoping that I can incorporate some of the mantras, etc. ... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:37:09 EST I can't change the direction of the wind. I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." - Jimmy Dean <BR> <BR> Life's winds are gonna blow today. Work may get stressful. The kiddos may drive you nuts. Unfortunate health issues may rear their ugly heads. Like this morning. I just finished up 30 minutes on the bike, and my left knee that has been rearing its ugly head, decided at about 15 minutes into the exercise, ''I don't like this." Yesterday I took a rest day due to the k... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:20:08 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/29 QUOTE: “Worry pretends to be necessary, but serves no useful purpose.” – Eckhart Tolle <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Is there a fruit that you really really don’t like? <BR> <BR> Canteloupe. My mother loves it, but I can't stand it. I buy it and cut it up for her, but I can't eat it. <BR> <BR> I am feeling a little better today, but yesterday I decided to focus on meal planning videos. I found one girl that interested me. She doesn't meal prep/plan the way most people I have seen videos for. H... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:21:34 EST Coaching We could all use a little coaching. When you're playing the game, it's hard to think of everything." <BR> -- Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone for your understanding that I had no wise words for yesterday. Nothing was wrong, I was not down in the dumps or anything, my eating is on track, I'm getting in my exercise, but for whatever reason I had nothing to offer yesterday. This is why we need each other and the meetings some of us can attend. I have been looking for an Over Eaters ... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 05:57:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/28 QUOTE: “It’s no coincidence that good words make us feel good and that hurtful or angry words make us feel bad. There is a 100 percent correlation between the words we choose and how we feel.” ~ Sean Stephenson, Get Off Your “But” <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you get out of the negative headspace when it happens? <BR> <BR> I am having difficulty with this of late and need to hear how others handle it. <BR> <BR> I don't know what has put me in this negative head space, but I need to pull m... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:26:51 EST Trouble waters No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm" <BR> <BR> Every morning when I wake up my first thought is ''gotta go pee." My second thought is, 'what am I going to muse about today?" For whatever reason my brain did not come up with anything this morning. Everything I thought about I then reminded myself, ''you've said that. You are beginning to sound like a broken record." So today and I know we have spoken of our turmoil's before, but I got no... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:25:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/27 QUOTE: “Binge on life. Purge negativity. Starve guilty feelings. Restrict unhappy thoughts. Count blessings, not calories. The only weight you ever need to lose is the weight of the world on your shoulders.” ~ Anonymous <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name one of your favorite ways to relax during the summer. <BR> <BR> Hanging out at the lake or by the pool with my family. <BR> <BR> I was pretty proud of myself on Saturday. The restaurant that we stopped at had a buffet, we all opted not to get the... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:14:36 EST Its not a ''little'' thing. Let's just focus on one (not-so) little thing today. Today, we're going to be sure we <BR> weigh and measure out our food. Today, we're going to learn a little bit about <BR> how calorie dense the foods we eat are. <BR> <BR> &#8203;If you only get a little bit of food for quite a few calories, that food is calorie dense. It's not something we should use to fill up and feel satisfied. If you get a lot of food for only a few calories, then that food is one to reach for frequently! You can p... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:13:07 EST Its just Summer Time But it'll pay off for every summer and every other day for the rest of our lives." <BR> <BR> I've been reminded lately how tough summer can be in this journey. But think about this, as soon as Summer is over and done with then its going to be HOLIDAY time. Funny how that happens. <BR> <BR> In Summer we have longer days, there are weekend BBQ's, picnics, vacations, out of town guest. Pretty much the same thing as the holiday time. Only difference is the temperatures and being able to... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 05:18:14 EST That &%$## Scale Let’s face it, the scale has more power over our emotional well-being than it has a right to. But everywhere we go, the numbers on the scale stare us in the face. We fill out an insurance form and have to check off a weight range. We go for a doctor’s visit and the first thing we do is to step on the scale. <BR> <BR> The scale is the most accepted measurement of our “diet progress” and yet the scale can’t measure our behavior or determination, two things which are much more important to weig... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 06:09:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/24 QUOTE: “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” ~ Anna Quindlen <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What did you have for breakfast this morning? <BR> <BR> Smoothie with milk, spinach, baby carrots, banana, strawberries, flaxseed, chia seeds, chocolate peanut butter. Yum! <BR> <BR> Chicken got cooked and eggs got cooked. My mother appreciated the eggs because she had them for breakfast. I fixed her a “breakfast sandw... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:54:47 EST What do you want to get out of this journey? There will be times (possibly even today) that you'll feel like giving up. It will all seem like too much to handle -- you will feel overwhelmed! <BR> <BR> &#8203;And in those moments, remembering what we're doing this for can help us push through. <BR> <BR> Are we doing this simply for a slimmer figure? <BR> Are we doing this for the sake of our health? <BR> Are we doing this for our kids or grandkids? <BR> Are we doing this to finally regain control? <BR> <BR> Each of us will have a diff... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 06:05:47 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 07/23 QUOTE: “The greatest of all miracles is that we need not be tomorrow what we are today. The greatest of all insights is that we cannot be tomorrow what we do not do today. That is why today matters.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Today Matters <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have a "signature dish" that you do for guests or that you enjoy cooking and eating? <BR> <BR> Not really. I was really trying to be creative for awhile. I need to get back to my meal planning. <BR> <BR> You are probably wondering ... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:15:06 EST Here's to Good Health Do what you need to do today. Not for your self-esteem. Not for your figure. <BR> <BR> For your health. <BR> <BR> Because what do we have without health? Not the life we want to be living, that's for sure. <BR> <BR> Whether you want to or not, do it today! Here's to GOOD HEALTH!!! <BR> <BR> We are so WORTH the hard work. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>247</em> , <BR> Joan <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 06:05:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/22 QUOTE: “Fairness is an illusion. Fairness never existed and never will. No one in life gets less or more than anyone else. We just get different stuff. That’s right. No one is dealt a bad or a good hand in life; we’re just dealt cards. It’s up to us to stay in the game and play. Sure, some cards look “better,” but they’re really not. If you look closely, you’ll see that anything you feel has been taken from you – or never given to you at all – was replaced with other amazing opportunities and... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:33:33 EST Are U a Debbie Downer??? &#8203;“Patience is not the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” <BR> - Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> Don't that just say it all. <BR> <BR> I'm mean really, we could get to our goal weight and be Debbie-downers all the way. <BR> <BR> We could mumble and moan about how difficult the journey can be (and it surely can be difficult). We could focus on all the negative aspects of the road we are on. <BR> <BR> But what fun is that? None at all, I say! <BR> <BR> We n... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 06:16:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/21 QUOTE: “Practice this. Every action you take today, no matter how little … give it weight. Put some space around it. Start it intentionally, with the intention to be mindful, to inhabit that action fully, to notice with all your senses the entire moment. When the action is done, don’t just rush to the next one, but take half a second to appreciate what you just experienced. Then move to the next with equal weight and space. If you don’t start treating this next action like it’s just as import... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:45:49 EST We are Investors. We talked yesterday about how much time this journey requires and how difficult it can be. Today, I want you to realize that it gets easier and easier! I may get some argument here. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Changing our entire food-world takes a significant investment of time up front. And learning to cook more and say 'no' is difficult. I bet I get no arguments on that one. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> But after we've built our new food-world, we just need to maintain it! And that takes a... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 06:18:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/20 QUOTE: “Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes; work never begun.” ~ Christina Rossetti <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When did you first travel on a plane? Where did you go? <BR> <BR> Home. I was in Florida for travel and tourism school. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is well. The event at the Frontiers of Flight was fun and then Chris and I snuck off after church and had lunch just us. It was actually kind of nice. I'm going to try to plan the rest of the menu for the week. Tonight, howe... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:55:05 EST All it will cost us is Time and Thought. This journey isn't fast, easy, or thoughtless. I know I did not tell anyone anything they did not already know. Sure, we'd like it to be. We'd love to take a pill, or get hypnotized, or cut out a food group, or just drink shakes, or just stop eating all together...but I'm telling you, there is only one way to lose weight permanently. What I'm about to say is nothing new, but there are times we need to re-hear somethings. <BR> <BR> This journey requires time, thought, and effort. It requir... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 06:15:50 EST Focus on change. The Results will come. <BR> "If you focus on the results, you'll never change. If you focus on the change, you'll get results." <BR> <BR> Today's quote sounds simple enough, but I believe, speaking for myself, that most of us do spend too much time on focusing on what will be at the end. Not that this journey ever ends, and we know this because so many of us are still YO YO dieters. Our weight and our days on plan are as if we are on a see saw going up and down. Today lets focus on what we can change to get th... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 06:09:19 EST It still counts... Saturdays, and Sundays still count in this journey. Every day counts in this journey. <BR> <BR> We can't be 'on' some days and 'off' for others. That's not the way it works for any other addiction, and the same thing goes for us. I was one of those trying to get to goal and would weigh in on Saturday morning and from the time my feet hit the floor on Saturday morning I was thinking, ''as soon as I get off that scale, I can do ______________ fill in the blank." It was always something abou... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 06:35:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/17 QUOTE: “The extent to which you learn more about the world increases the depth of your experience. To live smarter means to live fuller. It also means to be aware of how much you can never know. To understand the limits of your knowledge is a wonderful thing. It is our responsibility as human beings to deliberately take advantage of the fact that we are living at a time when valuable information is more accessible than ever before.” ~ Unknown, The Daily Zen <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Would you rat... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 10:30:32 EST When you feel defeated “The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” <BR> <BR> At some point in each of our lives, there is not much doubt that we have felt the pain of being or at least feeling as if we're defeated. I know I have visited that place many time in my life. But, no matter how hard things may have gotten, or how defeated I thought I was, I never just sat down, threw my hands in the air and cried out, ''woes with me." No matter what, I would and still do get right b... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 06:14:13 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/16 QUOTE: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Would you rather eat broccoli or carrots? <BR> <BR> I guess that would depend on my mood because I like both. <BR> <BR> I am still struggling with my workouts and getting 10,000 steps, but I'm trying to fight it. I am determined to get back OP today after a not so great day yesterday. I had my smoothie for breakfast, I have Ski... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 10:43:08 EST When food is your weakness. It would be so much easier if we could just quit food all together.. If we could, the solution to our problem would be easy (just don't eat). But we all know that is not an option, but we do have other options. We can find low calorie/low point filling foods. Put that crock pot to some good use. <BR> Instead of complaining and beating ourselves up over a bad choice, we need to invest time into finding new recipes -- into getting into the kitchen more -- into expanding our palette. The ... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 06:01:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/15 QUOTE: “Having a mental snapshot of where you are, where you are going, and what you are moving toward is incredibly powerful.” ~ Sara Blakely <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name one of your favorite things about summer. <BR> <BR> I love having access to more things at the Farmer's Market. As winter closes in and the Farmer's Markets close down, I miss the fresh produce that I can get from them. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is well. Yesterday was a bad day for me step wise, I'm not sure I managed to ... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:16:50 EST Reaction I can’t control what life throws at me, but I can control how I react. Therein lies the difference.” <BR> <BR> Today's quote is so very true and I thought about this as I watched houses being washed away in Eastern, Kentucky. All I could think was, ''no amount of Twinkies is going to make that feel better," and I do not say this trying to be funny. But don't most of us deal with the things life throws at us, such as the weather by stuffing our faces. Most times this is a thing we learned... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 06:04:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/14 QUOTE: “Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: If you had to choose between running or riding a bike, which one would you choose? <BR> <BR> I think it would be riding a bike. I enjoy that more than running right now. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:28:02 EST Stumbling is okay at times. “Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something perhaps when you are least expecting it.” <BR> <BR> Stumbling, or <em>189</em> that light bulb moment. Whatever you might like to call it, there are those times when things just seem to fall into our laps. Sometimes we pay attention, other times it passes right by us. <BR> <BR> Yesterday as I read the replies to my musing, I saw a lot of positive remarks. I especially liked what Michelle had to share about her and her ... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 06:22:18 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/13 QUOTE: “Success is not arriving at the summit of a mountain as a final destination. It is a continuing upward spiral of progress. It is perpetual growth.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Did you attend elementary school, junior high and high school in the same town? <BR> <BR> Yes, I did. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well. It was a busy weekend for us. Unfortunately, the kids didn't get a chance to swim because we had a late lunch and then had to leave to me... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:07:55 EST Time will pass either way. Whether or not we're committed to our health, time is going to pass. <BR> <BR> The sun will rise and set. All things around the world will continue to progress into the future. The rain will still fall, the politicians will still try to convince us ''I'M THE ONE!!!" <BR> <BR> One thing is for sure.....wee can't stop time. There's no denying that. <BR> <BR> But we can use it to our advantage. If time is going to pass no matter what, why not use each day to improve upon ourselves? To imp... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 06:13:54 EST Living your dreams. “Live your dreams by making deliberate choices, not just responding to whatever life throws your way.” <BR> <BR> Here it is Sunday already, and as I sit here thinking of what to muse about, I kept coming back to my dreams. Like many of you, my dream is to get back to goal, and I'm working on that as I write. I've equipped myself with my food plan for today, I have plans of getting on the elliptical this morning before Mass, I have plans of saying no to those food items and situations that ... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 06:10:08 EST Seven Cardinal Rules For Life. 1. Make Peace with your past, so it won't disturb your Present. <BR> <BR> 2. What other people think of you is none of your business. <BR> <BR> 3. Time heals ALMOST everything. Give it time. <BR> <BR> 4. No one is in charge of your happiness. EXCEPT YOU!! <BR> <BR> 5. Don't compare your life to others and don't judge them, you have no idea what their journey is all about. <BR> <BR> 6. Stop thinking too much. Its alright not to know the answers. They will come to you when you lea... Sat, 11 Jul 2015 06:01:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/10 QUOTE: “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have anything planned for the weekend? <BR> <BR> It will be another busy one for me. We are supposed to go to my Aunt's again to have some family time and enjoy her pool. So glad that she doesn't mind that we use it. Then we have to take the kids 3.5 hours away to their summer camp. I know they will have fun. <BR> <BR> My light sensit... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 10:49:04 EST The choice is completely in our hands. Today can only go two ways. <BR> <BR> Either we're successful, or were not. <BR> <BR> It all comes down to our mindset. Are we gonna search for solutions to the problems life throws our way (which will be there nearly each and every day), or will we use those problems as excuses to fail? Now really....would any of us do that???...... <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> Make today count for you. DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE, OR ANYTHING to take your joy. <BR> If you don't have a written food plan today, the... Fri, 10 Jul 2015 06:09:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/09 QUOTE: “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” ~ Henry Ford <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name one goal you would like to accomplish by the end of the summer. <BR> <BR> I want to be back to getting 10,000 steps per day and making time for myself. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get up and walk in place, at least, to help myself get back into the habit. I realized something yesterday that I don't think I'd paid attention to before...I am not drinking nearly as much water. I brought... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 10:22:29 EST A little vigilance. Sometimes we have the hard part down, the planning the being prepared. Or at least its hard for some of us, but then there comes that time of day when all the best planning and being prepared falls by the wayside. I don't work away from home, but I'm just like everyone else, I have those certain times of day that I feel the need to eat something, whether I'm hungry or not. Lets say late night. Lets say when I get too tired. Lets say when I just need a drink of water. <BR> <BR> No matte... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 06:15:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/08 QUOTE: “Good people are good because they have come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success.” ~ William Saroyan <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What's your preference? Sugar, Cane Sugar/organic sugars, Stevia, Splenda, Aspartame, or other artificial sweetener or natural sweetener? <BR> <BR> I prefer sugar/raw sugar or organic sugar. I like Stevia in some things, but sometimes the aftertaste is a bit much. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a nice but busy day. I had to stop at the gr... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 09:48:44 EST Tom & Anne Ebendorf Think your too old to get healthy? Well so did Tom & Anne. Who are Tom & Anne Ebendorf?? They were going to Milestone wellness center way back when I joined, that being when I lived in Louisville. I remember the first time I met this couple, Anne was not only on oxygen, but came through the doors with a walker. Both she and Tom were diabetics, had been morbidly obese FOREVER, and here was the kicker.....they were both 72 years old. <BR> <BR> I got an email from the wellness center, act... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 06:10:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/07 QUOTE: There are 7 days in a week and someday isn’t one of them. - Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you deal with sore muscles after a workout? <BR> <BR> I have been using Deep Blue Rub, which is an essential oil rub by DoTerra along with some stretching and such. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well. I realized earlier that I am feeling out of sorts and it may well be because I haven't been to a meeting in a bit. I plan on remedying that this week provided things are not crazy at wo... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 10:50:35 EST The person we become. How did it work for those of you that took my suggestion and wrote at the top of your food journal, food log, or just that piece of paper, how did it work seeing those words.....I AM IN CONTROL OF MY FOOD TODAY!!!!! I'm hoping it did make you more aware of what we put in our mouths, and why we are doing it. <BR> <BR> The purpose of setting goals is not just if we get to our goal. The purpose is the things we learn from this process, and the hard work we put into it. We learn about ourse... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 05:54:27 EST Commit Maybe you were not as OP (On Point/On Plan) over the weekend has you might have hopped, but guess what, today is the 6th of July, and its Monday, so grab that pen and paper and write this at the top of the sheet........ <BR> <BR> I AM IN CONTROL OF WHAT I EAT TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Now put this tablet, notebook, whatever your might choose to use, by your bedside, and upon awakening, first thing you do is write.....I AM IN CONTROL OF WHAT I EAT TODAY!!!!!..... <BR> Now if y... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:19:17 EST The Path Less taken. If you do what you've always done, you're gonna get what you've always gotten." -Tony Robbins <BR> <BR> <BR> Okay so maybe yesterday was a disaster. Maybe you devoured everything in sight. <BR> Maybe you put on 10 pounds. Maybe you hate everything about yourself right now. <BR> <BR> Well, as always, you have two choices: are you gonna take a step forward, or take a step back? <BR> <BR> You can do things differently this time around by accepting your mistake and moving forward -- by not ... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 06:16:09 EST Happy 4th of July Today is the day so many of us will be celebrating, food, drink, family, friends. It will all be there. <BR> <BR> Woohoo! Paaaaarrrtyyyy! <BR> <BR> I'm just gonna be 'off' today. I'm gonna go nuts. I deserve it! I've done so well over the past few months. One out of control day won't kill me. <BR> <BR> WRONG. <BR> <BR> I'm a food addict. One day out of control leads to weeks of struggling to get back 'on.' One day out of control could be the beginning of a very slippery slope back to w... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 05:41:56 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 07/03 QUOTE: “Every living cell in your body is made from the food you eat. If you consistently eat junk food then you’ll have a junk body.” ~ Jeanette Jenkins <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Did you or do you celebrate Independence Day? If so, what did you do or what do you have planned? <BR> <BR> We are hoping to go hang out at the airport tonight and enjoy the fireworks. Tomorrow we are supposed to go to my Aunt's and enjoy the swimming pool and possibly leftover wedding cake. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 10:54:19 EST It's July already! JULY! Summer is really here now. Remember January 1st? Remember starting anew? <BR> <BR> If you've continued to consistently make your health a priority since then, then you should be down between 40-50 pounds. Forty to 50 pounds.....that sound AWESOME!!! <BR> <BR> In terms of slimming down, that's between 160-200 sticks of butter off of your body! Woo, that's a lot of butter. <BR> <BR> Now, I realize many of us out there will be discouraged to hear this since many of us didn't quite do what... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 06:07:25 EST Its not for nothing. We can get so overwhelmed by the work we're doing that we forget that it's not for nothing. <BR> <BR> We get so wrapped up in the frustrations and difficulties and learning-curves and sacrifices. We focus on what we're giving up, and sometimes, it feels like we're getting nothing in return. WE have all been there. <BR> <BR> But in those moments of overwhelming frustration, in those moments when you just don't wanna do it anymore, remember what this is all about. <BR> <BR> We are freein... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 06:08:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/01 QUOTE: “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> QUESTION: July Goals? <BR> <BR> I am trying to hit 10,000 steps each day this month. I have done it before and it makes me feel better when I do. <BR> <BR> Last night was a bit frustrating; I had to go to the store and DH wound up working really late. At least I successfully managed to find some shoes that work for Mom witho... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:40:21 EST How's today gonna go? You can know right now. If you're just hoping, wishing, trying to make it into bed On Points/On Plan don't get your hopes up. <BR> <BR> Odds are, today will throw a curve ball your way. And if you haven't made the commitment and a plan to make today a success, you'll probably end up using that curve ball as an excuse. I could have very easily did that yesterday, but instead, and no I'm not perfect, but I do know myself all too well. So I packed my snacks, I had my water, and by the time... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 06:09:06 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/30 QUOTE: “Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are the master of your attitude. Choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you handle a change to your routine? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I wish I handled it better. It seems to throw me off and I feel like I spend too much time trying to regroup. <BR> <BR> It seemed to take forever with the doctor's appointment for my mom yesterday. Her appointment was at 2:45 a... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:21:43 EST I'm just sick Something told me yesterday, ''go check your emails." So I did and was shocked to find a ''Security Alert" from my bank for some suspicious action. So I go into my online account, and ever since online banking has come about I've paid my bills online and such, with no problem whatsoever....until yesterday.....I use a debit card, don't have a credit card, never seen a reason to have one, and with my being a compulsive person, never trusted myself to have one. My debit card some how got hac... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:09:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/29 QUOTE: “It’s no coincidence that good words make us feel good and that hurtful or angry words make us feel bad. There is a 100 percent correlation between the words we choose and how we feel.” ~ Sean Stephenson, Get Off Your “But” <BR> <BR> QUESTION: With July fast approaching, have you hit your goals for June? <BR> <BR> With the move and everything, no, I have not. I am shooting for July to be better though! :-) <BR> <BR> I am out this afternoon so that I can get my Mom to the doctor. ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:04:26 EST Six months of 2015 almost gone. The 4th of July is closer than you think. Can you believe half of 2015 is over? Here I thought when we had 22 inches of snow on the ground that Summer would ever get here, and now we are closing in on the 4th of July, and we all know there will be celebrations and food. <BR> <BR> Even if you don't think you'll have plans,odds are someone you know will shoot you an invite to some type of get-together. <BR> <BR> Just be ready to bring something on plan and low points and low calorie to mu... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 06:06:31 EST Sunday, Sunday. Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! <BR> <BR> A day of rest. A day of relaxation. And for us, a day of preparation! <BR> <BR> Today, we prep because we want to set ourselves up for success throughout the week. We want to be sure that we'll have OP (On Point/On Plan) lunches ready to take to work and OP (On Point/On Plan) dinners ready for us after those long, stressful work days. <BR> <BR> Will it take some time? Sure. A little extra work? You better believe it. <BR> <BR> Worth it? Without a doubt... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 06:16:37 EST Want or Need Its the weekend again. Seems it comes around every week doesn't it. I know I'm just like most of you. I don't always feel like staying OP. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, I'm ready to just head out for dinner and inhale the free chips and rolls and biscuits., especially those biscuits they serve at Red Lobster. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, I don't want to write down everything I'm eating. <BR> <BR> Sometimes, I just want to munch mindlessly in front of the TV. Oh wait, I did this for years, and that i... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 06:14:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/26 QUOTE: “There’s an importance of keeping an open mind. The brain is programmed to protect us, and that can mean imposing limits on what it thinks we can or should do. Constantly push at those limits, because the brain can be way too cautious.” ~ Chrissie Wellington <BR> <BR> QUESTION: If you drink sodas, how many do you drink in a week? Are they diet or regular? <BR> <BR> I try to limit it to 3 or less per week. <BR> <BR> Sorry I wasn't able to post yesterday, but we were so busy once t... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:40:31 EST Move out of your Comfort Zone. I was so guilty of this one for such a long time. Got to a certain place during my weight loss, just two to three pounds from my first goal. Most of us set small goals on our journey, but for whatever reason that certain number on the scale, I just couldn't seem to get past it. I think I spent another year doing this. This is how it happened for me. <BR> <BR> It was the Winter storm of 2009. We lost power, and I had to get out the coleman stove set it up on the patio. I would be out ... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 06:10:43 EST P.B.S. Public Broadcasting I have to admit I love watching P.B.S. , no commercials, and at times, just like the other evening, I'll get one of those <em>189</em> light bulb moments. I am not stupid, but there are times that the melon between my shoulders has to be thumped a little harder. So what am I talking about? The other night there was a special on about Franklin Roosevelt and the entire Roosevelt family. I've always found History to be interesting and I love Biography pieces. The part that turned the lig... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 06:13:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/24 QUOTE: “When I say I lack the time to exercise, is this really true given that I have time to watch television? Perhaps it is just difficult for me to admit that I may be lazy.” ~ Keshavan Nair, A Higher Standard of Leadership <BR> <BR> QUESTION: List a few common items that can always be found in your fridge <BR> Eggs, cheese, milk. <BR> My Fitbit came in sooner than expected. I am so excited to have something again. This one is a little different but I think it will be a quick adjustmen... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:15:51 EST Keep your head up and commit to success! Yesterday I was at my local Wal-Mart and happened to run into an acquaintance not someone I know all that well, but someone I see from time to time. I asked her how she and her family were doing, small talk things. Then she was telling me about the church homecoming they had over the weekend, and all the food and SWEETS, then she said, ''you know I've still not been able to get back on track with trying to eat better since I ate so much over the weekend." I stood there, thinking, ''Lady, y... Wed, 24 Jun 2015 05:22:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/23 QUOTE: “One of the best things you can do to improve the world is to improve yourself.” ~ Jen Sincero, You Are a Bad@$$ <BR> <BR> QUOTE: Do you prefer fresh, frozen or canned vegetables? <BR> <BR> We usually use canned or fresh. I don't buy a lot of frozen veggies. <BR> <BR> My weekend was nice. Since we had no children this past weekend or this week, we just hung out and enjoyed spending time together. We took in a movie after church on Sunday. This week, so far, we have spent a lot of ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:45:21 EST Keeping our eyes on the prize. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal." - Henry Ford <BR> <BR> Honestly (and unfortunately), there are many obstacles standing between where we are and where we'd like to be. Sometime the biggest obstacle is ourselves. <BR> <BR> First, we need to let go of our old behaviors, trust me I know that is not easy. Let alone the logistics of cooking more, finding new recipes, getting into our support meetings, getting more active, measuring out our por... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 05:51:11 EST Lip Service. We've dreamed about reaching our goals -- about being successful -- about gaining control. But, I have been known to just give ''LIP SERVICE." Plenty of talk but no action. <BR> <BR> Over the years right here on this thread we've talked about being successful, gaining control over the food demons in our lives. But, here again, many times its been nothing but Lip Service. <BR> <BR> I think now it's time to make it happen. Do we realize that 2015 is already half over and done with. I... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 05:28:44 EST We got this Don't even think for a second that we can't handle today. Its like any other day, one filled with three meals, and a snack or two for those that do snacks. <BR> <BR> We can be successful today because......Positivity breeds positivity. That momentum we're looking for? That motivation? It begins with our outlook. <BR> <BR> Today not only will my brother-in-law get to celebrate Father's Day, but he also gets to celebrate his birthday, meaning birthday cake and ice cream. I already know I w... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 05:40:42 EST Do what you've got to do Tomorrow's Father's Day, so of course there will be eating out, cooking out, sure to be some cake laying around. This is what happens at my sister's house for tomorrow, not only will we celebrate Father's Day for my brother-in-law, but his birthday as well. Funny how that happens ever once in a while. But I can handle this and so can you. <BR> <BR> When the desire to go off our program comes , remember this: <BR> <BR> It's just food. Wait a minute, I don't even know if I can truthfully... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 05:57:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/19 QUOTE: “A near win shifts our view of the landscape. It can turn future goals, which we tend to envision at a distance, into more proximate events. We consider temporal distance as we do spatial distance. (Visualize a great day tomorrow and we see it with granular, practical clarity. But picture what a great day in the future might be like, not tomorrow but fifty years from now, and the image will be hazier.)” ~ Sarah Lewis, The Rise <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Any plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:27:38 EST I'll start TOMORROW!! I know we could start tomorrow, but tomorrow we will realize that the weekend is here and decide to start on Monday. There is no doubt a birthday, anniversary, something going on. <BR> <BR> Then Monday will arrive and we will do alright through breakfast and lunch and get home after a long day's work and decide to go out to eat because we just don't have the energy to throw dinner together. We will really start on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> But Tuesday is when the book club meets and Mary ... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 05:33:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/18 QUOTE: “You have the power to heal yourself, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds. Claim and consciously use your power.” – Louise Hay <BR> <BR> QUESTION: As a child, did you prefer to play inside or outside? <BR> <BR> Mostly outside, but as I got into those teen years, etc., it seemed to be more indoors. <BR> <BR> Calling the doctor today since this still hasn't passed. She said 5 to 7 days and it has be... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:23:23 EST Fear If I was a betting woman I'd bet , this isn't your first time trying to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I think my first attempt at dieting was when I was about 10 years old. I signed up for Weight Watchers® for the first time when I was around 25 years old. And I signed up three or four times after that, plus a handful of other attempts with other programs (and of course, just trying to eat 'healthy' a billion times). <BR> <BR> So if we've tried many times, we've also failed many times. I'll a... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 05:38:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/17 QUOTE “We don’t have to feel negative about weeds. They’re a part of life. We need to see them, acknowledge them, focus on the solution, and immediately do whatever it takes to eliminate their influence from our lives.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite retail store? <BR> <BR> I have to say Target. I do enjoy Belk and Macy's, but our go-to store for most stuff is Target. <BR> <BR> Still not feeling well. I have a feeling I'll be calling... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:26:20 EST This Journey.... It takes a lot of hard work. <BR> <BR> Planning ahead? Prepping? Cooking? Finding new recipes? Dining out less? Saying 'no'? Getting to our support meetings? Changing our eating habits? Getting more active? <BR> <BR> Yup. We've got to do all of those things, and no matter what anyone says IT'S WORK! Hard work. <BR> <BR> But don't forget that hard work yields results. All this hard work? Its not for nothing! <BR> <BR> If you're losing weight easily, you'll find it again even more easily.... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 05:41:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/16 QUOTE: “You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you change things up when you are in a food rut? <BR> <BR> I am getting in a food rut so I would like to hear how others handle it. <BR> <BR> Sorry for not starting things yesterday, but I was in the bed for two days not feeling well. Still not feeling well this morning, but the doctor said it was viral so no meds. If it hasn't ... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:32:13 EST I have returned. Good morning Everyone, <BR> I made it back yesterday afternoon. Had a great time, it was wonderful to catch up with some people, and especially to see Ms. Roselee and Mr. Benny. I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised at how good Ms. Roselee looks. Also met Ms Roselee's sister and brother-in-law from California, and those two kept me in stitches the whole time, and by Sunday afternoon all I could think of was how all this was wearing on Mr. Benny. Lynette and her husband Stan are sta... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 06:03:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/12 QUOTE: “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite seasoning? <BR> <BR> I have to say if I have to choose just one, it would have to be garlic. I put it on everything. <BR> <BR> I went home yesterday not feeling well and pretty much just went to bed. I wound up putting ear plugs in because DH was watching a movie that was way too loud, took some meds and went to sleep for the night. Sadly, that left... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:12:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/11 QUOTE: “The storms will come and the winds will rise and the gusts will threaten to pull you from your roots. Let the winds come. Let them rage and know that you will not break in the breeze, you will bend. Bend. Always bend because you are made of more strength than you know, because you are better than the breaking.” ~ Tyler Knott Gregson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Calories aside, what is your favorite breakfast? <BR> <BR> Eggs, bacon, hasbrowns, gravy, biscuits...yep, totally unhealthy but it... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:01:00 EST Somethings I cannot control, then there is my food I won't have control over the traffic on my trip to Louisville. I won't have control over the food that will be offered to me, or how many times my friends want to take me out to eat, and so far the count now is up to 4 times. . I won't have control over how stressful it going to be to see Ms. Roselee in the nursing home, but one thing I do know is she's getting excellent care, because I could and would recommend the Nazareth Home to any and all. <BR> <BR> But I can always be in control ... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 05:08:06 EST Vegan or Vegetarian WW? Hi, all. <BR> <BR> I've been away from Spark and WW for quite some time and am looking to start up again. <BR> <BR> This time, though, I'd like to try to eat more "raw" food and eliminate meat and most dairy. <BR> <BR> Are any of you following this type of lifestyle? How would I count the points if I will be ramping up my fruit intake substantially? <BR> <BR> If this has already discussed, would you please give me a link? <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 20:10:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/10 QUOTE: “Don’t waste time calculating your chances of success and failure. Just fix your aim and begin.” ~ Guan Yin Tzu, Chinese Master <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Where do you get inspiration for your meals? <BR> <BR> Honestly, from Pinterest and from things I remember my mom cooking. <BR> <BR> The doctor's office called this morning and they are seeing her this afternoon. I am just hoping we can get this knocked out. I did about 15 minutes on my bike yesterday...not much perhaps but it's somet... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:59:34 EST Going away. Good morning everyone, <BR> I wanted to let all of you know that I'll make my normal daily musing tomorrow morning, but that will be the last one for a few days. I'm leaving tomorrow for several days in Louisville. Ms. Roselee is still in the nursing home, and her sister and brother-in-law are flying in from California and Mr. Benny asked me to come and meet Roselee's sister and brother-in-law, I had been planning on going to Louisville for sometime but wanted to make sure Ms. Roselee wa... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 05:26:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/09 QUOTE: “The professional does not wait for inspiration; he acts in anticipation of it.” ~ Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you tried a new recipe lately or are you planning to? <BR> <BR> Not recently, but yes, I am going to a new crockpot salisbury steak recipe. My mom said that's what she wanted so I found a crockpot recipe. I just hope it works well and my family likes it because I think there may be leftovers. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is well! Mom is doing a l... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 11:19:35 EST Life can be full of obstacles. Sure, life can be full of obstacles. But from reading all the Non Scale Victories, (N.S.V.'S) that were posted yesterday I can see we are working toward success and some are maintaining their success. <BR> <BR> Michelle, the Zebra cakes, I have found that stuff like that gave me terrible heartburn each and every time I ate it, and like you when I have that feeling of wanting something like that I remember how bad I'm going to feel after I'm done. <BR> <BR> Jane, great job getting in th... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 05:36:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/08 QUOTE: “When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.” ~ John Wooden <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What fruits do you have on hand right now? <BR> <BR> Cherries, grapes, mangoes, apples, bananas, blueberries, and strawberries. I had blackberries, but I used them to make a cobbler yesterday for DH. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a good weekend. I did not get to take a walk around the neighborhood the way I wanted to, but it was a busy weekend. My mom is not feeling well and is sounding a little... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 10:51:09 EST Non Scale Victories or N.S.V.'s I thought today we would do something a little different. Today lets share our N.S.V's with each other. A Non Scale Victory can be anything. Maybe your was you drank your water yesterday. Maybe you passed up the extra helping of whatever. Non Scale Victories/ N.S.V.'S. Are whatever it is that keeps you on track. So today lets share, here's mine. <BR> <BR> Here in Beaver Dam yesterday we had our first real taste of Summer, you know the hot, sticky humid weather. Well that around here ... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 05:32:27 EST Be persistent today! I know its the weekend, the time to unwind, let our hair down so to speak. It's Sunday a time to just be, but our work sure isn't over. <BR> <BR> Stick to it today. When the thoughts of going off-program start to creep in, remind yourself that those thoughts are the beginning of a very slippery slope. I know we are right in the middle of graduation parties, weddings, birthday's, vacations. But there is going to ALWAYS be something to celebrate, and yes, there is going to be food involved... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 05:30:22 EST I'm not a nutritionist, but I do have a thought. Eating for weight loss and eating healthy are not exactly the same thing, and since I read so many post yesterday with some of you having tons of stuff going on, grad parties, getting together with family which Liz I know that visit is going to be very emotional, being out of town Jane, away from your own environment, and then there is all the church ladies and all that food to have to deal with. So can you still lose weight with all that gong on? Lets think about it. <BR> <BR> If you wan... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 05:44:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/05 QUOTE: “What got us to where we are today is not going to get us to where we need to go tomorrow.” ~ Blake Mycoskie <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have summer vacation plans? If so, where are you going? <BR> <BR> No, we don't. I hope to at least take a weekend trip, but I'm not sure we can unless I can find someone to stay with my mom. She's still not getting around like she needs to. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed some quiet time for myself yesterday when everyone was gone for lunch, I took a 15 minu... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 10:39:30 EST Plan. Prepare. Succeed. Here it is again the weekend is upon us. Maybe you have weekend plans. <BR> <BR> Maybe family is coming to town and you're all going to go out to eat. Or maybe you'll be attending a backyard BBQ. <BR> <BR> No matter what tricky weight loss scenario we may encounter, don't just leave your program up to fate in the hope that ''everything will be alright." <BR> <BR> &#8203;Don't just head to the restaurant without any sort of plan and having already eaten most of your day's calories/points.... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 05:10:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/04 QUOTE: “Grit is not just simple elbow-grease term for rugged persistence. It is an often invisible display of endurance that lets you stay in an uncomfortable place, work hard to improve upon a given interest, and do it again and again.” ~ Sarah Lewis, The Rise <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you prefer sun or snow or rain? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I think I prefer the sun. <BR> <BR> I ate too many PointsPlus yesterday, but today is a new day and my Weekly PointsPlus restart today. I made sure I pack... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 11:09:07 EST I will always have a problem with food. That desire to overeat? That love, not of food, but of the act of eating itself? I read an article just the other day that stated, ''you are born with a sweet tooth." I knew it!!! I knew it!!! According to this article, ''the eating of sweets works as serotonin in our brains," it relaxes those of us that have a sugar problem. I know this to be so very true. However, when I am off sugar for long periods of time, and then I get sugar it has the opposite effect on me, then I am wired. Fast... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 05:17:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/03 QUOTE: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you use cable, DSL or something else? <BR> <BR> We have AT&T U-Verse and seem to like it pretty well. <BR> <BR> The allergy meds seem to be working their way in Daisy's system so that's a positive. I left the house this morning and realized my FitBit was still on the charger. I'm a little frustrated with myself, but what can... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 10:14:46 EST Dieting? That's the easy part. <BR> We've all lost countless pounds. We're weight loss pros! When we're motivated and focused, we can shed fat with the best of 'em. <BR> <BR> Changing our lifestyles -- changing our habits -- that's the real tricky part. I had heard from so many lifetime members when I first joined W.W.'s about how hard maintenance was. I sat there and thought to myself, ''that cannot be true." But since I was at goal once upon a time, I'm here to say losing the weight was the easy part, keeping it off... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 05:29:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/02 QUOTE: “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” ~ Anna Quindlen <BR> <BR> QUESTION: PC or Mac? <BR> <BR> I've heard good things about Mac, but we're PC all the way. <BR> <BR> It was a late start to the workday because my poor baby dog (she is around 17 or 18) had some serious hotspots and had ripped out most of her hair off her tail and was making herself bleed. I was concerned that her allergies had ... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 13:02:27 EST 100% just for today. How did it go yesterday? Did you meet the goals you had set for yourself? If not don't despair its Tuesday, and a brand new day, so right here, in this moment, make the decision with me: <BR> <BR> "I'm gonna do it today. 24 hours. 100%. Nothing and no one will get in my way. Not friends, not family, not coworkers, not appointments, not laziness, not parties, not birthdays. Nothing. No excuses. " We only have to worry about TODAY!! <BR> <BR> Today. 100%. WE'VE GOT THIS. <BR> <BR> <em>... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 05:39:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/01 QUOTE: “Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” - unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have any hobbies that you used to do that you are wanting to do again? <BR> <BR> Cross-stitch and embroidering. I used to enjoy doing it, but I just quit and I haven't picked it back up yet. <BR> <BR> Weekend was restful. We had to get up and head to Denison yesterday as my cousin's youngest was getting married. It was a beautiful ceremony. I better get busy. Happy Monday! Mon, 1 Jun 2015 10:46:47 EST Chop and Drop Sunday, relaxation, and recuperation all go hand in hand (in hand). I really want to know who the person was that began that story. <BR> Ruthann and I were both mad at ourselves this past week due to we made out our menus but failed to do a lot of prep work that we should have done. So after Mass for me on Sunday, where I went to the early one. I took this weeks meal plan with me to the grocery, and got EVERYTHING I needed came home and began my prep work before heading out to Ruthann's ... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 06:09:36 EST We can have anything we want. We can eat anything you want on any given day. <BR> <BR> Want that something that's been on your mind? Something that has been calling your name. <BR> <BR> Well, I'm happy to tell you that we can have those things. <BR> As long as you make sure we fall within our points plus plan for that day. <BR> <BR> And the only way to do that is to plan ahead! <BR> <BR> Yup, same old story. Only pre-planning will allow you to have whatever you'd like and give you a good chance to stay in control. ... Sun, 31 May 2015 06:01:59 EST Stay on plan this weekend and be at goal by Monday If I told you that if we had a 100% completely OP (on point/on plan) weekend, you would be at goal Monday morning, would we do anything differently? <BR> <BR> Would we make some meal plans? Would we prep some food ahead? Would we pick what we're gonna have at the restaurant ahead of time, or perhaps even decline the invitation all together? <BR> <BR> Would we do anything differently to ensure our success? <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I can't promise to those of us still working toward our goa... Sat, 30 May 2015 05:31:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/29 QUOTE: “The obstacle is the path. Face the problem, and in doing so, become more aware. See what is really happening with you. Learn about yourself. This is a valuable education.” ~ Leo Babauta, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I feel...tired after a trip to the E.R. <BR> <BR> So I was experiencing a headache (since I started taking the meds) and when I called the doctor's office, I was told that it doesn't cause headaches. I had already checked the drug's website and it causes headaches in... Fri, 29 May 2015 10:58:29 EST The scale we should obsess over. The kitchen scale is your best friend. When I first began WW's, I thought having to weigh and measure everything would be the death of me. But it hasn't been. <BR> <BR> Weight loss results require precision, and there's no more precise method of measurement than by weight. <BR> <BR> I made a commitment to myself to keeping my scale right out on the counter. I also find myself using the scale more often than pulling out a measuring cup. But, I still use my measuring cups as well, an... Fri, 29 May 2015 05:43:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/28 QUOTE: “We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.” – Max DePree <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have a favorite dish that you loved as a kid and still love as an adult? <BR> <BR> Macaroni and cheese. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that this new med is not what is causing my headache, but I'm afraid it is. I didn't get much done last night that I needed to, but I did get some rest. I better get back to it. Happy Friday eve! Thu, 28 May 2015 13:15:29 EST How's your thinking? Change your thoughts and you change your world.” <BR> <BR> ~ Normal Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> I love this quote and as all of you know that are regulars, I've used it before, and today it seems appropriate to use again, especially after reading the post from yesterday's thread. I think the biggest change I see in someone's thinking has to be in Michelle. <em>243</em> Michelle. Each time as of late when I read Michelle's post I have to smile to myself, because as she will tell you hersel... Thu, 28 May 2015 05:34:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/27 QUOTE: “True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems,but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.” ~ Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I saw...a woman that reminded me of a friend of mine that I recently found out has been diagnosed with lung cancer, stage 4. <BR> <BR> Yesterday seem to be so hectic. I had the doctor's appointment th... Wed, 27 May 2015 12:53:25 EST The most important brick. “Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.” <BR> <BR> Believing we can do something is half the battle. If I had not believed that I could make a life changing move back to my hometown I could and would have never packed that first plate. Its funny how that never crossed my mind, just like when Mr. Bob was leaving us, it never occurred to me that I might not be able to make it on my own. When Mr. Bob's sons wanted to show their ugly side and... Wed, 27 May 2015 05:49:06 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/26 QUOTE: “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” ~ Anna Quindlen <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What did you do this weekend? <BR> <BR> We got lots of rain and did some shopping and I wound up saving over $100 at Target and we got stocked up on some things. <BR> Tue, 26 May 2015 10:49:24 EST Don't be discouraged.... “Don't be discouraged by failure. Failure, in a sense, is the highway to success because every discovery of what is false leads us to seek what is true. And every fresh experience <BR> points out an error which we shall, afterwards, carefully avoid.” <BR> <BR> ~ John Keats <BR> <BR> I'll bet Keats had no clue that his quote would someday be used in a ''weight loss musing." <em>41</em> But if you read the quote carefully, it does make sense. When we have fallen and can't seem to get b... Tue, 26 May 2015 05:51:07 EST WW weight tracker Has anyone else had problems accessing the weight tracker on etools? I contacted customer and service and they told me to clear cookies and cache which I did and still no luck. Then they told me to try chrome or firefox which I did and still no luck. I even tried the chat feature on etools and they were no help either. I really don't know what else to try. Everytime I click on track weight it takes me to the food tracker and the only tabs there are for the food tracker and the activity tr... Mon, 25 May 2015 14:21:27 EST Let's talk about poopy diapers. <BR> When new parents bring home their little bundle of joy from the hospital, the first few times they get up at 3am to change a poopy diaper are probably a bit of a thrill. <BR> <BR> I mean, how could it not be! The awe-inspiring wonder of having brought a new life into the world brings a euphoric state along with it. Being a new parent, responsible for an adorable, brand new human being must give an incredible natural high. <BR> <BR> What I'm saying is, brand new parents are motivated t... Mon, 25 May 2015 05:49:26 EST Choosing. “Choosing to lead your life and not just accepting it is critical to owning your dream.” <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had 4 friends that came down from Louisville for the day, it was so great seeing them. We did go eat out, and I made good choices which always makes me feel good, and when it came to ''do you want a ice cream cone," I said no, but it was a truthful no thanks, because I really didn't want it. This is a huge milestone for me, since being out with others that throw caution to the w... Sun, 24 May 2015 06:03:21 EST Weekends included. Friday became freedom from the work week grind. No more deadlines, no more boss. Just relaxing over the weekend! <BR> <BR> But there is no day (weekends included) in which we are free from our responsibility to ourselves. <BR> <BR> Some of us l pre plan on the weekend. Some of us weigh and measure our portions. and we still get support when we need it (which is especially on the weekends)! <BR> <BR> I know for myself about six months before I got to goal, I finally figured it out, I had... Sat, 23 May 2015 05:57:32 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/22 QUOTE: “The storms will come and the winds will rise and the gusts will threaten to pull you from your roots. Let the winds come. Let them rage and know that you will not break in the breeze, you will bend. Bend. Always bend because you are made of more strength than you know, because you are better than the breaking.” ~ Tyler Knott Gregson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought? <BR> <BR> Is it sad that I honestly can't r... Fri, 22 May 2015 13:49:24 EST Start Banking If you have plans for Memorial Day, then you should probably start banking calories or activity points today. Now we know we can't not use any of our daily points and roll them over for the next day, BUT we do have those 49 what I like to call bonus points, and then we can get in some extra activity points. Also remember to eat a lighter meal before going to said picnic but be sure you don't go starved to death. <BR> <BR> Let's just say you need to stay within 1,100 calories each day in o... Fri, 22 May 2015 05:29:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/21 QUOTE: “It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling that no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now.” – Hugh Laurie <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you noticed that your trigger foods have changed during this journey? <BR> <BR> Yes, they definitely have. Things that were serious triggers when I first started this journey, are not triggers now. <BR> <BR> I was able to get my car to Discount Tire yest... Thu, 21 May 2015 13:21:05 EST Healing begins with talking. <BR> If you're comfortable (or even a little uncomfortable), share your struggle with someone today. I think we do this each day here on this thread. I know I've had to many times over. Also I find keeping a journal is just as good, but you know its hard to beat that being able to just open up! I'm not talking about opening the teary floodgates or anything like that. I'm just talking about making a connection -- about sharing who you are with someone and where you are on your journey. <B... Thu, 21 May 2015 05:34:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/20 QUOTE: “Your life is a result of the choices you make…If you don’t like your life it is time to start making better choices.” - Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name the unhealthiest thing in your fridge. <BR> <BR> I am not sure which would be more unhealthy, butter or soda. I have been trying to clear out the processed foods, but we seem to not be able to get rid of the soda. I generally only drink one occasionally these days. <BR> <BR> Busy morning already and it's looking like it's going ... Wed, 20 May 2015 13:17:17 EST If you don't believe it, then take my word for it: We can do this. . I feel as if I'm a weight loss professional! Why?? Because it seems like I've been doing this forever, so I wouldn't steer you wrong by telling you I think we can do this if I didn't believe it myself. <BR> <BR> We have every ounce of ability to take control. <BR> <BR> Will it take time? Yes. Will it take effort? You better believe it will. Will it be difficult at times? That answer is.... You better believe it will be difficult at times. <BR> <BR> But can we do th... Wed, 20 May 2015 05:27:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/19 QUOTE: “Success is processional. It’s the result of a series of small disciplines that lead us into habitual patterns of success that no longer require consistent will or effort.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you eat more fresh produce, frozen or canned produce? <BR> <BR> I try to eat more fresh, but I do eat frozen fruit (usually with my smoothies) and canned occasionally. <BR> <BR> DH and I went walking Saturday and Sunday evenings, but we weren't ... Tue, 19 May 2015 12:48:04 EST Keep in mind today what we could gain as we lose! The journey gets a heck of a lot easier when we remember what it's all about. <BR> <BR> We are all wanting to see that number on the scale go down some each week, but this journey is so much more that a couple of digits on the scale. This is about taking back our lives. This is about regaining control of our will. This is about making the best of life! <BR> <BR> Donuts at the office -- free samples at the grocery store -- junk food brought home by the family -- all of this pales in compari... Tue, 19 May 2015 05:30:26 EST Get Ready, the new week is already here. Are you as ready as you can be for the work week? <BR> <BR> We can save ourselves a lot of frustration (and potential failure) throughout the week simply by taking an hour or so to prepare. <BR> <BR> Chop some veggies, make some chicken cutlets, grab what you need from the grocery store, portion out some snacks... you know the drill! <BR> <BR> When the craziness of the work/school week begins, we will be glad we did this. Having our food ready to go, and I read in yesterday's thread so... Mon, 18 May 2015 05:27:31 EST Decide to Succeed. Lets have a No excuses today kind of day. Here we are into graduation season, weddings, and of course someone is always having a birthday or a milestone anniversary, then we have Memorial weekend coming up. Lets face it, there is always something. So we need to make some decisions, and some plans. <BR> <BR> Lets make the decision right not that come hell or high water -- surprise parties or dinner out -- we are going to get into bed with a smile on our face and ounces off of your frame. <... Sun, 17 May 2015 05:24:46 EST Showing yourself some LOVE!! Yesterday while on FB one of my friends here on W8W's and Friends posted a picture of herself with new highlights in her hair. In her message she had written, ''I'm trying to do something just for me." I loved that and there was a picture and I have to say the highlights looked wonderful as well as the haircut, but it was the idea that this person was doing something just for themselves. As women we find it hard or next to impossible to do something just for ourselves. <BR> <BR> I th... Sat, 16 May 2015 05:46:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/15 QUOTE: “A near win shifts our view of the landscape. It can turn future goals, which we tend to envision at a distance, into more proximate events. We consider temporal distance as we do spatial distance. (Visualize a great day tomorrow and we see it with granular, practical clarity. But picture what a great day in the future might be like, not tomorrow but fifty years from now, and the image will be hazier.)” ~ Sarah Lewis, The Rise <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you know how to swim? <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 15 May 2015 13:02:00 EST Responsibility is Empowering. Some of us have been on this journey for sometime now. Its true its the ''Never Ending Journey." We know the day we let our guard down will be the day we hit the skids and hit hard for most of us. We do have what I like to call ''Food Freedoms," meaning, we can pick and chose what we want to eat, we just have to remember to count the points, count the calories or do whatever it is we do to keep us within our food boundaries. <BR> <BR> This is where having a plan comes in so handy. If we... Fri, 15 May 2015 05:43:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/14 QUOTE: “The art of thinking is the greatest art of all, for ‘as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.’ The thinker knows he is today where his thoughts have taken him and that he is building his future by the quality of the thoughts he thinks.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Describe your life as it was in high school. Are you the same person? Have you changed? <BR> <BR> High school was so long ago. I was so insecure, had no idea how to respect myself, cared ab... Thu, 14 May 2015 11:39:21 EST Small things count too. “Even the smallest victory is never to be taken for granted. Each victory must be applauded...” <BR> <BR> I've been guilty of this and I know some of you have as well. What is the this? Not counting our small victories. We all know how we shrug at losing .2 pounds, or maybe we just walked around the block instead of doing a 5-K. Maybe we stopped at 3 cookies instead of eating the entire bag. All these things I have mentioned are small victories but they can add up to become bigger on... Thu, 14 May 2015 05:24:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/13 QUOTE: The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do. – unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite summer fruit? <BR> <BR> Watermelon. Although, I do also love berries. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is well. It is starting out a most frustrating morning, but I'm going to just try to be thankful that I woke up this morning. I went to go get the lipid panel done this morning and while waiting for them to open, I started checking my email. I realized that I ha... Wed, 13 May 2015 11:01:25 EST If your having a rough morning..... Place your hand over your heart. Feet that? Its called purpose. You are here for a reason. Don't Give Up!!" <BR> <BR> Good morning All, <BR> I know there are some morning I flip on this computer and wonder and at time will even say out loud to no one, ''what do I write today?" There are days that I don't feel I have anything to offer. Have any of you ever felt that way? <BR> <BR> But, its not true. We all have something to offer and we may never know what that other person might ... Wed, 13 May 2015 05:37:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/12 QUOTE: “Be determined to be positive. Understand that the greater part of your misery or unhappiness is determined not by your circumstances, but by your attitude. So smile at those who often try to begrudge or hurt you, show them what’s missing in their life and what they can’t take away from you.” ~ Marc Chernoff, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you tidy or messy? <BR> <BR> Both to some extent. There is usually a method to my madness, but someone who doesn't know would say it was a mess. ... Tue, 12 May 2015 12:00:19 EST Numbers. Yesterday I had to go in for my six months check. Back at the end of March maybe first of April I had blood work done again for cholesterol never heard anything from the doctor so figured, ''no news is good news." Well, I was right. Last November when I first met Dr. Mills had my blood work done my cholesterol numbers were not good at all, total cholesterol was 350, bad cholesterol was 235 and the good was 115. I was given a prescription for medication and took only about a weeks worth ... Tue, 12 May 2015 05:47:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/11 QUOTE: “Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit; and the choice is yours.” ~ Tom Hopkins <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Were you taught to be a member of the “Clean Plate Club?” Did it have affect your eating habits as an adult? <BR> <BR> Yes, and yes, it does affect my eating habits. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and were able to enjoy their families. We had lunch with my mother in law and spent some time with my mom. My DS24 came up to spend time with us. DS15 got ... Mon, 11 May 2015 11:29:48 EST I AM in control You all know about Ms. Roselee and Mr. Benny. Ms. Roselee is in the hospital and has been there since Friday evening. I knew all last week when I would call every evening around 5 p.m the thing I've been doing since before I left Louisville, they depend upon that phone call, and if they don't hear from me by 5:15 Louisville time, then I'm getting a call from Benny, ''is everything alright?" I think Ms. Roselee is ready to leave us, I'm wrestling with going to say goodbye, I think/know I sh... Mon, 11 May 2015 05:43:22 EST Happy Mother's Day “The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for.” <BR> <BR> For all you Mom's out there I think today's quote is just for you. The something to do was rearing all us ratty headed kids, and you loved us with all your hearts, and the hope you gave us. For that if we don't thank you we should. So today I want to take this opportunity as someone whose Mother was actually buried 11 years ago on Mother's day to wish all the wonderf... Sun, 10 May 2015 05:22:52 EST Each morning we're given two paths to take: <BR> The one we've been down before (the easy road), or we can continue to forge a new path -- one that's overgrown with obstacles and thorns -- one that requires time effort to plow through. I like to call that the ''learning path." <BR> <BR> We all know where the easy road ends. It ends with us starting over again. It ends with us constantly worrying about our weight in the back of our minds. It ends with us feeling out of control. It ends in misery and frustration, hating ourselves, not... Sat, 9 May 2015 05:33:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/08 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: What plans do you have for your weekend? <BR> <BR> I know we have an appointment or two, but I am hoping to get to the Farmer's Market. I also want to meal plan this weekend. <BR> <BR> I had a 1 pound gain last night. I am really not all that surprised with all the... Fri, 8 May 2015 12:04:14 EST Here's a thought We all know if we were heading out on a trip and went down the wrong street, we wouldn't turn around go back inside, unpack and stay home. <BR> <BR> If we dropped one egg from the carton we wouldn't thrown the other 11 away either. So, and I am as guilty as anyone on this, why oh why do we mess up with one bite or one meal and feel the need to throw in the towel for the rest of the day, two days, a week or even the next month? <BR> <BR> So here is the thought. Turn around get on the right ... Fri, 8 May 2015 05:40:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/07 QUOTE: “If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.” – Nora Roberts <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What was your favorite subject in school? <BR> <BR> I think if it was the basics, it was English. If you are talking about extra curricular, it was Colorguard. I twirled a flag and it was one of my favorite things. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what to expect tonight. My eating has definitel... Thu, 7 May 2015 13:07:30 EST The same size and shape. “Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.” <BR> <BR> Today's quote I like it, but the one word that was throwing me was, ''congruent" so I goggled it and its more of a math phrase I found out meaning , ''the same size and shape" have no idea where I have put my Webster. But today's quote is still a good one and when you think about it this journey is all about ''size and shapes." For instance, the size of cup when we are eye balling it, more times tha... Thu, 7 May 2015 05:40:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/06 QUOTE: “You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.” ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Tell us about your favorite spot in your city. <BR> <BR> I think my favorite spot is my backyard. It just makes me feel good to go sit outside and be thankful for where my life has taken me. <BR> <BR> I am really trying to be better about tracking this week. Little changes definitely help. I've put myself back in my wrist brace for the moment. I did something stupid and it was hur... Wed, 6 May 2015 11:46:51 EST Eight Months and counting This does and doesn't have anything to do with weight loss, but it does have to do with life. I realized after I did the thread on Monday that Monday marked my 8th month anniversary of being back in Beaver Dam. Yep, eight months, and it got me to thinking of the things I have had to face some I have overcame, some I face every single day (food) and if I'm not vigilant those three meals can become a battle ground. But, I have grown. I know you would think a woman heading into her 63rd year... Wed, 6 May 2015 05:33:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/05 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: What do you see right now? <BR> <BR> My computer screen and the hotel out my window. <BR> <BR> I had quite the headache yesterday and am thankful that it finally eased and I didn't wake up with it this morning. Although I must admit that I am a little frustrated because my first edition Kindle Fire has decided to not ch... Tue, 5 May 2015 10:53:19 EST When you don't WANNA... When you don't wanna whip up a light breakfast, just do it. <BR> <BR> &#8203;When you don't wanna eat what you packed for lunch, just eat it. <BR> <BR> When you don't wanna say 'no' to that junk at the office, just say it. <BR> <BR> When you don't wanna grill up that chicken for dinner, just grill it. <BR> <BR> When you don't think you're strong enough to make it through your plan just believe that you can. <BR> <BR> And when you're done reading my musing my hope is if you've been strugg... Tue, 5 May 2015 05:27:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/04/2015 QUOTE: “Life is an ever-flowing process and somewhere on the path some unpleasant things will pop up – it might leave a scar, but then life is flowing, and like running water, when it stops it grows stale. Go bravely on, my friend, because each experience teaches us a lesson. Keep blasting because life is such that sometimes it is nice and sometimes it is not.” ~ Bruce Lee, Striking Thoughts <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How was your weekend? <BR> <BR> Saturday, we got up and ran to the vet and the... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:18:02 EST Today is what matters. “It doesn't matter where you've been, it only matters where you are going.” <BR> <BR> As I read over the replies from yesterday's musing, there was some, ''why am I eating this today?" Or, "I was at goal for a minute," that one I could identify with. So today's quote seem to fit, ''It doesn't matter where we've been, it only matter where we plan on going from here on out." So put down those chips or whatever it was that you might have had your hands in yesterday, and know that if you wer... Mon, 4 May 2015 05:31:57 EST "I don't get less. I just want more." Maybe one in 5,000 people can essentially eat whatever they want and not gain weight. These are folks who's metabolism is so tightly wound, they can burn 1,000 calories by breakfast without breaking a sweat. Obviously, none of us are lucky to be one of those people. And you know what? Neither are most of our thin friends. <BR> <BR> We just assume that our thin friends have the same tendencies to overeat the way we do. We think that they're all the rare type of person that can burn 7,000 ca... Sun, 3 May 2015 05:46:24 EST We like junk food. PERIOD! The line can form behind me. It doesn't matter how much good stuff I have in my house -- freshly prepared vegetables and hummus, seasonal fruits bursting out of the fridge, bowls of those little grape tomatoes piled to the ceiling -- if I have chips and cookies too, I ain't eatin' no healthy snacks. There its out there. I still like JUNK FOOD!! <BR> <BR> Yes, we've gotta have healthy snacks on hand, but they won't do us any good if we're constantly reaching for unhealthy ones instead. ... Sat, 2 May 2015 05:30:29 EST introducing myself hi. i'm chris. i've been an on & off member for quite a while.i just rejoined WW on tues. i went to a meeting,but found out i had only paid for online this site will be my meeting. i need somewhere or someone i have to be accountable to. anyways,i have 7 children,4 of my own & 3 step children youngest son will graduate hs in june. he is autistic but he's done great! my hubby & i are very proud of him.we're trying to get ready to put our house up for sale,so we have a lot goi... Fri, 1 May 2015 17:55:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/01 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: Is there a particular sport that you enjoy watching? <BR> <BR> I used to love to watch hockey, but haven't watched in several years. I enjoy watching baseball (in person) and soccer was fun as well (in person). <BR> <BR> I did not go to weigh in last night because our family went to the premier of The Avengers. We met at 5:45 at Jersey Mike's to eat and t... Fri, 1 May 2015 09:53:57 EST Pre-planning is the answer. Yesterday morning I had to stop in at my new lawyers office to sign my new last will and testament, new medical directive, new general p.o.a. and upon doing all this as I was readying myself to leave this lawyer said, ''glad everyone is not as up on things as you are, if they were, I'd be out of a job...real soon." As I walked out to my van which was parked...are you front of the bakery that only bakes cupcakes. I thought to myself, " we all plan for the big things in our lives,... Fri, 1 May 2015 05:44:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/30 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: With May fast approaching, have you thought about your goals for next month? <BR> <BR> I haven’t really had much time to do that. <B... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:49:26 EST We may not feel like we can do this. <BR> <BR> But I know we can. As a matter of fact, I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that we can reach our goals.I would bet everything I own that anyone reading this has the ability to overcome anything. Now grant you I do not have a lot of stuff. <em>334</em> , but I still will bet it all. <BR> <BR> But ability doesn't have much to do with success in this journey. Belief is really what counts most. Remember we talked about this just the other day, getting our heads in the right p... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 05:37:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/29 Quote: “We don’t have to feel negative about weeds. They’re a part of life. We need to see them, acknowledge them, focus on the solution, and immediately do whatever it takes to eliminate their influence from our lives.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> Question: Do you look for the “organic” label when you shop? <BR> I do, especially for things that are on the “dirty dozen” list. <BR> <BR> The doctor’s office had called back yesterday and said everything was fine with m... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:33:57 EST One and the Same. Yesterday Jane brought up an interesting thought when she mentioned two of her lifetime friends that struggle each day to maintain their goal weigh. Then yesterday afternoon while talking with my niece she asked me, ''how much weight have you lost?" I looked at her strangely because I have not gotten on the scale lately, but when I look in the mirror I still see that 327 pound person of many years ago looking back at me, and that is how I came up with today's musing. <BR> <BR> We often thi... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 05:27:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/28 QUOTE: “The same boiling water that softens potatoes hardens eggs. Its all about what you are made of not your circumstances.” <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever participated in a CSA? <BR> <BR> Not technically, but I did get Greenling for some time. Now, we are just going to the farmer’s markets or I buy from Sprouts or Natural Grocers. <BR> <BR> After a super busy weekend, I woke up yesterday with a migraine, which was not the way to start my Monday. I wound up calling in and not waki... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:59:06 EST What can I gain? Bet today's topic was a bit of a shocker when you read it. What can I gain? This isn't just about weight loss sure, shedding fat is one of our biggest priorities in this journey. For the sake of our health, we've got to lose weight. <BR> <BR> But we could simply diet the pounds away. We don't necessarily have to make any life changes in order to lose weight. <BR> <BR> But if we're in this for the long haul -- if we want to get to a healthy weight and stay there, then we also need to trea... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:38:01 EST It all comes down to a choice: "Will I, or won't I Don't try. Don't wish. Don't hope. <BR> DO. KNOW. SUCCEED. <BR> <BR> Choose right here, right now, that nothing is going to stop you from getting into bed OP(On Point/On Plan) tonight. Because if you make that choice, nothing really can. <BR> <BR> Its Monday so let be on notice many things will surly get in our way today...ITS MONDAY!!! I'm meeting Ruthann over at Coty's other house, she is painting the kitchen ceiling, I'm holding the ladder. Later I have some business to tend to. S... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:55:18 EST Who do I want to be? “You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.” <BR> <BR> I want to be that person that has been able to hold out to paint five rooms with my sister. Check I did that. I want to be that person that can bend over, tie her shoes without feeling as if she's going to pass out. Check I can do that too. I want to be that person that can look at her food log and see all the boxes checked off before going to bed at night. Check, I've been doing that as well. <BR> <B... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:30:56 EST Success, next exit As I've read the post from the thread each evening after a hard day of painting, and cleaning I can see that many of us have that fire lit again and we are finally committed to a healthier lifestyle once and for all. If your reading this and thinking ''YES!!" But in the back of your mind you're hearing a familiar vice raising doubt and fear...just know...You're not alone. <BR> <BR> At one time we were all new at this. We all shared that same high hope and dream as well as fear of the futu... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 05:51:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/24 QUOTE: “In the end, we need two things to lead a balanced life – a sense of the world and a sense of ourselves; it’s like breathing in and breathing out. And if you can only get to know the world by stepping out, and losing yourself in experience, you can only get to know the self by stepping back, and finding yourself in contemplation. One without the other leads to a kind of madness.” ~ Pico Lyer <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite snack? <BR> <BR> I think I really need to work on... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:32:42 EST Choose your hard." Lifestyle change is hard.Being overweight is hard. The difference between the types of difficulty between these two 'hards' struck me this week as I've been going up and down that two step ladder, and bending up and down doing things at Coty's house. BTW....there is light at the end of that tunnel. <BR> <BR> Being overweight is hard not just physically (you know, health issues, the logistics of fitting in seats or between tables or in our clothes, etc), but it's also seriously emotionally d... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:27:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/23 QUOTE: “The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.” ~ Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite type of food? (Italian/Mexican/etc.) <BR> <BR> I guess I would have to say my favorite is Indian. It is not something we have often and I have to order it without cilantro because it triggers migr... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:04:38 EST The REAL problem. This weight issue we're dealing with?It's not a physical problem. It's mental. It's emotional. It's psychological.Heck, it could be spiritual! But really, it's anything but physical. <BR> It just manifests itself physically. I just bet I have not uncovered anything any of you did not know before you turned on your computer or whatever device you use. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> When we overeat -- when we make poor food choices -- when we say "I'm hungry" 30 minutes after a meal -- we are re... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:10:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/22 QUOTE: “Dealing with our overweight – or with any of our life’s difficulties, for that matter – is not a battle to be fought. Instead, we must learn how to make friends with our hardships and challenges. They are there to help us; they are natural opportunities for deeper understanding and transformation, brining us more joy and peace as we learn to work with them.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you vegetarian or vegan or flexiterian? If not, have you ever considered or t... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:42:35 EST I guess I should not have been shocked. Even with the painting going full force at Coty's I was going to take enough time our of my morning to drive to Ownesboro just to weigh in. Remember, I didn't go last week because on Monday Ruthann and I had just gotten back from our trip to Louisville and on Tuesday morning it was raining cats and dogs and I was just not up to the drive. But, didn't matter how tired I was, I was going yesterday. So I made the 30 minute drive over, went in walked the mall, with legs and lower back asking t... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 06:03:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/21 QUOTE: “You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” ~ Dale Carnegie <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you a "cook in advance" person or a "last minute" cook? <BR> <BR> I tend to be a last minute cook, but I'm trying to change into a cook in advance person. <BR> <BR> Since it was asked...this batch of "momlets" were browned half pound of sausage 10 eggs and a little bit of cheese. It is a variation of a... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:37:23 EST Yes we can I did not get home until late last evening. My great nephew may well be the death of both his Nanny and I. We are painting his house he wants to move into this Saturday. Each morning since Sunday morning when I was up getting ready for early Mass I kept asking God, ''please give me enough strength to finish this project." So far each morning this has been my prayer. Last night before I turned off my computer I read the post you all made to yesterday's thread, and when I read Beth's, that... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:34:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/20 QUOTE “The obstacle is the path. Face the problem, and in doing so, become more aware. See what is really happening with you. Learn about yourself. This is a valuable education.” ~ Leo Babauta, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you more a "convenience" cook or "cook from scratch" cook? <BR> <BR> I definitely used to be a "convenience" cook, but have turned into a "cook from scratch" cook. <BR> <BR> It was a busy day yesterday. 2 dozen muffins made, 10 "momlets" and two "boiled" eggs. I made ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:03:49 EST Believing in ourselves. There are some days its just easier to believe in ourselves that it is other days. There are days I wake up with a stronger attitude, this morning I have awaken not only to rain but to lots of sore muscles and hurting joints. We have spoken of this before "Attitude" it has so much to do with how our journey goes. I have a friend, in fact she was my trainer at the gym I went to in Louisville, she is going to be running in the Boston Marathon today, and I think about all the training she ha... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 05:32:30 EST Weekends .another reason to stay On Plan. This weekend will be like all the other ones. You're going to want to cheat. You're going to tell yourself you've earned it. You're going to say that one little bite won't hurt. And that's where the slippery slope really begins. We get caught up in stuff. Its Springtime, and here in Kentucky or at least B.D. it was a beautiful day, and let me tell ya, EVERYONE was out yesterday. <BR> Look, we've got a problem with food. We turn to it out of stress, out of anxiety, out of depression, out of... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 05:35:24 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 04/18 QUOTE: “In the end, we need two things to lead a balanced life – a sense of the world and a sense of ourselves; it’s like breathing in and breathing out. And if you can only get to know the world by stepping out, and losing yourself in experience, you can only get to know the self by stepping back, and finding yourself in contemplation. One without the other leads to a kind of madness.” ~ Pico Lyer <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you tried a new food lately? Did you like it? How did you prepare it... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:18:45 EST Joan's big day. This one is of Bob the store manager and me as I got to Casey's. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This picture left to right, the store manager Bob, myself, and the radio announcer Jerry Wright, who happens to be the Father to one of my nephews by marriage. Remember, small town. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bob the store manager, myself and two of the city counsel memb... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:20:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/17 QUOTE: “The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.” ~ Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever tried essential oils? <BR> <BR> Yes. I remember a friend giving me some years ago to try and I have dabbled in them here and there, lavender to help me relax and sleep better, etc. Today, I am trying Wint... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:33:02 EST And the Winner is.... ME!!! Yep, the day is finally here. I called to confirm that today I actually get my free gas card, I didn't leave the house yesterday due to did not want to risk not having enough gas to get me to Casey's this morning at 9:45. <em>334</em> I know Ruthann is going with me, not sure if my brother is going to show up or not never heard from him last night. Anyway, we're going to make a day or at least part of a day out of it, after the presentation we are going out to lunch together, a... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:37:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/16 QUOTE: In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. - Lee Iacocca <BR> <BR> QUESTION: As our tax deadline just past, do you file at the last minute? File early? File an extension? <BR> <BR> We try to file early, but sometimes it doesn't always work that way. I think we have only filed an extension one time. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a busy day, but not so bad. I think that food wise, it wasn't great. Sinc... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:23:18 EST It's okay to say YES. When we began our journey for better health for me all I could focus on for the longest time was what I couldn't have. I wish I could tell you this only last a few weeks/months, but that would not be true, it has lasted....forever, and still at times creeps into my world. <BR> Saying 'no' to some foods is a necessary part of a weight loss journey (and maintenance)! <BR> If we're gonna stay within our calories for the day (and therefore lose or maintain our weight), we simply can't eat every... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:43:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/15 QUOTE: “There is power in the tongue to give life or tear down.” – Adam Houge, If You Change Your Words It will Transform Your Life <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How old would you feel if you didn’t know how old you are? <BR> <BR> That depends on when you ask me. Some days I feel like I am older than dirt and other times, I feel like I'm a spring chicken. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a little better. I managed to get some veggies cut and crockpot "roasted" for both Mom and me today. I gave her sweet p... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:38:41 EST Using our failure and defeats in our favor. “You must think of failure and defeat as the springboards to new achievements or to the <BR> next level of accomplishment.” <BR> Les Brown <BR> <BR> Good morning all, first off thanks so much for all the <em>242</em> on my sister's health report, and for missing me. That was much appreciated. I also didn't make it to my meeting yesterday morning, the rain would just not let up, and I just could not MAKE myself drive that 30 miles in a driving rain. So I stayed home. I'm okay with n... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:49:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/14 QUOTE: “He who hopes to avoid all failure and misfortune is trying to live in a fairyland; the wise man realistically accepts failures as a part of life and builds a philosophy to meet them and make the most of them. He lives on the principle of ‘nothing attempted, nothing gained’ and is resolved that if he fails he is going to fail while trying to succeed.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you handle your stress? Do you eat? Do you forget to eat? <BR> <BR>... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:35:36 EST Happy Marks Nell had mentioned she wanted to see explanation marks upon my return. So that is why they are in the top box. <em>334</em> Ruthann did get a good report, but for a while it was a bit scary. Upon her being examined the Oncologist found a suspicious spot he didn't like so right then and there he did a biopsy, and sent it to the lab while we were there, we waited, and I have to admit I don't think I exhaled until an hour later. Good news it was negative, but he does want to see her in ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:49:08 EST Patience. Patience. Patience. Without it, you won't reach your goal. Period. I would venture to say there is not a week that goes by at one of my WW meetings that I hear someone say either to the leader, or to someone that has lost a good amount of weight, ''how long did it take you?" Though this journey if I have learned nothing else I have learned takes as long as it takes.... <BR> Time is a necessary part of a weight loss journey. There is no magic pill we can take to reach goal overnight. Weight loss sur... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 05:46:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/10 QUOTE: An arrow can only be shot by pulling backwards. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, just imagine it’s going to launch you into something great. – unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you participate in SparkPeople Challenges? <BR> <BR> I have in the past, but am putting those on the back burner for the time being to focus on what I need to do to take care of myself. <BR> <BR> Things were so swamped yesterday I didn't have time to look at anything other than work. By the ti... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:57:05 EST Serious Business I think most of us would say that health/weight loss falls into the top 3 most important things in our lives, yes? <BR> I mean, we know it's something we have to take care of. We know it's something that we have to get to. We know that we need to make some changes. We know we need to be more active. <BR> But is it urgent? Is it pressing? Is it an emergency? Not usually. And that's the problem. Usually it takes a major health problem to get us in gear to better our health, heart attack, diabe... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:34:49 EST This has nothing to do with weight loss. Before anyone comes by and reads today's post and then want to jump up and down that, ''this is nothing about losing weight." Well that is why I put that in the topic line. Today I have some fun and exciting news to share with you all today. So here goes. <BR> <BR> When I moved back to BD now 7 months ago. Can you all believe I've been in my home 7 months <em>250</em> . When I was making my move there was a new Convenience type store going in called Casey's General Store. I think it ... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 05:51:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/08 QUOTE: “You’ve gotten to where you are right now by doing whatever it is you’re doing, so if you’re less than impressed with your current situation, you clearly need to change things up.” ~ Jen Sincero <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What are you doing to make today a good on plan day? <BR> <BR> I took time, even though things were super hectic this morning to prepare my salad ingredients and a back up plan. I finally stopped about an hour ago to eat lunch and decided to go for the broccoli (steamed ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 16:21:44 EST When things seem impossible. “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my meeting and weigh in day, and I lost another pound, which I am very happy about. But, had horrid rain to have to drive through to get to Owensboro, and that was scary, good news I made it. Our numbers were down yet again, this time I am guessing its due to Spring break. <BR> <BR> What few were at the meeting yesterday shared their stories of either ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 05:43:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/07 QUOTE: “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” ~ Eleanore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you deal with feeling like you need to eat all the time? I seem to be dealing with this more when I'm at work than at home. <BR> <BR> I have been eating lots of air-popped popcorn. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 10:41:46 EST Get Rid Of IT ALL!!! Jelly beans. Chocolate eggs. Pastel M&Ms. Pie. Cheesy potatoes. Marshmallow Peeps. <BR> <BR> GET 'EM OUTTA THERE. <BR> <BR> Easter has come and gone, and the junk needs to go with it. If we leave that stuff in our homes, we're pretty much begging to struggle. <BR> It's gonna keep tempting us, and at some point, we're gonna cave. <BR> <BR> I can't set myself up for failure like that if I really want to stick to my program. Yesterday while at my local Walmart I had that moment of, ''well I ... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 05:46:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/06 QUOTE: “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” ~ Nelson Mandela <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How did you spend your weekend? <BR> <BR> We had company and I fixed a big meal for dinner. Since it rained, we had to do a makeshift egg hunt in the house. It was busy but fun. <BR> Mon, 6 Apr 2015 11:14:50 EST Use your gift wisely Every day is what you make of it. Even Mondays. <BR> <BR> I used to hate Mondays, especially when I was in the working force, but now its just another day, and focusing on the negative isn't doing any of us any good. (especially if you're an emotional eater like me, am I right?) <BR> <BR> Look at the bright side: we are still breathing, we survived Easter, Spring is here, and yes its Monday, but that means we are one day closer to the weekend. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> You've been give... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 05:33:11 EST Happy Easter Everyone “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now <BR> have was once among the things you only hoped for.” <BR> ~ Epicurus <BR> <BR> As I sit here this morning I am thinking of the things I have and not of the things I don't have. I am thinking of how blessed I really am. I made it through, what I felt like was a brutal Winter, and now Spring is coming alive, and soon it will be time for flower planting. Today I will get to have Easter dinner wit... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 05:42:47 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 04/04 QUOTE: “Most answers reveal themselves through doing, not thinking.” ~ Jen Sincero, You are a Bad@$$ <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite walk? DVD, walking outside? <BR> <BR> I enjoy trying to change things up occasionally. I enjoy Leslie's walks (including the old ones) and have tried the Prevention Walk dvd, Jessica Smith, etc. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 15:09:05 EST Food Pushers...Do you know any?? Is there anything more frustrating (or infuriating) than a food pusher? <BR> <BR> You know who I'm talking about. Those people in our lives that want nothing to do with the change we're trying to make. Those people who want us to stick with the same bad eating habits that are keeping us overweight. <BR> They're the people who tease us about trying to get healthy. They're the people who tell us we're no fun anymore (to which I say, "Really? Is food the only thing you find fun?") They're the ... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 05:50:23 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 04/03 QUOTE: “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. ” ~ William B. Sprague <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you do anything special to celebrate Easter? <BR> <BR> We normally try to go to church and have lunch as a family. This year, I am cooking dinner. Fri, 3 Apr 2015 11:02:31 EST There will be times when all seems lost. At one time or another it's likely one or all of us will feel that our weight loss has hit a brick wall. I think I was reading that very thing in many of yesterday's post. There are going to be times we feel there is nothing we can do and things will never change for the better. You may be at that point right now. <BR> <BR> It during these times we have to look back and remember what got us on this journey to begin with and what past obstacles got in our way that we just rolled right over... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 05:47:17 EST My apologies I am sorry that I abruptly disappeared. I was going through some things and just sort of went off the grid. It was not planned, it just sort of happened. However, it gave me some time to reflect on what was important to me. I need to remember to take care of myself and not put everyone else before my health. I hope everyone will forgive me for disappearing and allow me to continue with what I was doing previously. Thu, 2 Apr 2015 11:24:35 EST How's your story going? Remember back on New Years Day we were going to begin a new story in our lives, we had all new fresh pages ready to be filled out. So how's that going? Here we are April 2nd. and I was actually thinking about where I was with my journey last night, and no I'm not back to goal, but I am eating better, not carrying junk into my home. Now don't get me wrong, not saying that I will never carry it in again, but for today its not coming in, and today is all I can take care of. My two friends ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 05:40:23 EST Another day On Plan I am the worst at counting how many days I do something. Then it was brought to my attention that counting my days of being on plan was not really silly, but what I should be doing is focusing on BEING ON PLAN EACH DAY. So that is my new thing working at just today. <BR> Because our focus shouldn't be on how long we've stuck with our program. Our focus should be on sticking with our program today. <BR> Because today is the only thing that's within our control. And it can take every ounce o... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 05:35:18 EST We get to choose. “Each of us has the freedom to choose how we will respond to the circumstances in which we find ourselves.” <BR> <BR> We each will find ourselves in different circumstances, but in some ways they will be the same. They will be the same in the sense in how we choose to handle what we put in our mouths. We are too use food as fuel not as comfort, and I will be the first to admit I have used food more times than I can count on everyone's fingers and toes as a comfort. Strange thing was it ne... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:45:55 EST Running later this morning I've been to the ER this morning but before there is too excitement let me say I'm fine. I found out I needed some routine blood work done, and I hated the thought of having to fast and throwing my whole routine off for the day....then yesterday I found out, ''I could go to the ER early this morning." AS EARLY as I wanted to. So I was there before 5 a.m. and was back to my house by 5:45 a.m. labs will be sent to my doctor who is right across the street. Its a win, win. I'm home, I'm hav... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:02:43 EST What if you did nothing? In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” <BR> <BR> Today's Spark's challenge was all about more activity. Spark's people have supplies a whole list of things we can do from running to house cleaning to get more movement in, and this got me to thinking as I read over the list. Most of us are not going to be running in a marathon, or I know I'm not going to be, but I can still c... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 05:40:10 EST Today's Spark's Challenge Finding where the Sneaky Sugar is hidden in our foods. I have to admit I did not get started on this challenge until around day six, but I have really enjoyed reading all the ideas the Sparks folks have had to offer up, and today's came as no surprise as to where to find those hidden sugars....cole slaw. Yep, but I knew about this one even before I ever read about it. My own mother was guilty of adding a teaspoon or so of sugar to her homemade cole slaw and I never understood that, and for... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:39:45 EST Day 27 of Spark's Challenge is...... Make a complain free zone. When I read today's challenge I had to smile to myself because I immediately thought of our Michele and her working at Walmart. No complainers at Walmart...right!!!! <em>198</em> If you have time go by and read today's article it is very interesting, but I fount it to be a bit unrealistic in today's world because most people do not have patience and when you don't have patience what do you do??? You complain and blame someone else. Here in this small town t... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:43:24 EST Be a Multi-Tasking Master I cannot believe how close we are getting to the end of March, time is going by fast. Today's Sparks challenge is to become a Multi-tasker, which in my opinion most of us already are. I think if you've ever raised a family, ever worked inside or outside of the home you have had to be a multi-taskier. I always so admired women I worked with that could jungle work, taking kids to after school events and still was able to run the home as well, now let's face it this is a person that should we... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:34:06 EST Foods to fill you up. Today's Spark's challenge is to choose foods that have that staying and filling power. Foods that have fiber, but remember when you eater fiber rich foods to drink plenty of liquid to keep things on the move. I have copied and will paste a small list that Spark's has provided, and I was surprised to find that pinto beans have more fiber than black beans, I'm a fan of both these beans but was under the assumption that the black beans had more fiber than the pinto beans, learned something new... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:32:59 EST Its about the Butt today Today's suggestion on the Sparks calendar is to ''work on our glut's." On the list there are several suggestions as exercises that stem from lunges, which make sure you are careful when doing those that you do not over extend at the knee, to kick boxing, squats are also mentioned. When I was having rehab on my hips we were always doing what they called ''up/downs" those being where you sat down in a chair and got back up without using the arms of the chair to push yourself up. Sounds easy ... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:44:39 EST Day 23 of Small changes Today's small change on the Spark's calendar is to avoid late night snacking. For me with the days getting longer that is one thing that gets easier to avoid since I can spend more time outside and less time in front of the TV. The Spark's team supplied ten ideas to help with ways to avoid the excess snacking so run by the calendar and check it out, do it daily and the reward is not only extra knowledge but you get a total of 10 reward points, 5 for the calendar and 5 for reading the link, ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 05:44:45 EST Instant Motivation Today's Sparks challenge is choosing songs that you can play while working out that will instantly motivate you to move more. On the Sparks' site they have listed 100 such songs, some I actually have heard before, some just make me realize how old I am getting. <em>334</em> <BR> Speaking of getting old, today is Ms. Roselee's 87th birthday and this morning I am driving to Louisville to celebrate her day with her. I have not been to visit since December, but I still call and chat with Ros... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 05:23:24 EST Declutter your life Today's challenge is about de-cluttering and getting your life organized. This week I have been suffering with a pinched nerve in my hip and my sister stopped by and as we visited she said to me, ''do you think we can plan another weeks worth of menu's for the upcoming week?" I told her sure. After she left, I sat there and thought, ''I have two sister's and they both had kids of their own, and one sister is more disorganized than the other, and I am the one that has always been organized.... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 05:39:28 EST Happy Spring <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Spring will be officially arriving later today, but I wanted to share my Easter flowers that have not bloomed just yet. These are under my picture window. They don't get enough sunshine, but they do have the little light colored heads, so I know there are little yellow flower that one day will appear. So HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!!! <BR> <BR> Today's Sparks challenge is to work in more exercise whenever possible, ... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:30:53 EST Challenge for today... How to keep your plan on track. PLAN AHEAD!!!! Yes, it is that simple. I have to plan as most of you do otherwise I'm running willy nilly grabbing whatever I can get my hands on to eat. My sister Ruthann is a diabetic and she also has high blood pressure, but she's not as heavy as I am, however she is under way more stress than I am. So this past weekend we decided we would sit down with our notebooks and plan out a whole weeks worth of meals, breakfast, snacks, lunches and dinners, its ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 05:35:09 EST Reclaim your lunch break. Today's challenge on the Sparks calendar is to take ourselves away from distractions at lunchtime. For me this is not a problem since I do live alone, and I don't have to have the TV on, I don't have to deal with anyone except myself, but for those of you that work this can pose a problem. If you eat in a break room its almost impossible to have lunch by yourself without someone else wanting to be in there chatting it up. Now that the weather is getting nicer, maybe your place at work has ... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 05:34:56 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day <em>137</em> Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone <em>441</em> Today's Sparks challenges is to be grateful. On the Sparks calendar it suggest that we find three things to be grateful for. Surely to goodness we all can find at least three things to be grateful for, for me right off the top of my head this morning I am thinking about what I read about being grateful and that is ''looking for something positive even in negative situations." A few weeks ago when I was snowed in, at that tim... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 05:44:28 EST Take a minute Today's challenge on the Sparks challenge is to do some one minute things. If you go to the calendar that Sparks has supplied they have offered up 20 suggestions from having a drink of water, smiling, doing jumping jacks, a whole list of things to do that only take 60 seconds, and will help to shake the cobwebs out. <BR> <BR> Today we are inching so close to 80 degrees, we are to hit 76 degrees today. Yesterday was oh so nice, I'm so wanting to begin digging in the dirt, but alas the dirt ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 05:25:11 EST Take a time out today Today's number 15 Spark's challenge is to take a timeout today to actively manage stress when you feel anxiety coming on. All of us are going to have some sort of stress in our lives, its a given. I have to say since I have left Louisville my stress has lessened by leaps and bounds. The stress I have no I actually bring it on myself, its not brought on by other people. The article is quite interesting and six pages long if you'd like to read it, and it gives tips on have to de-stress ours... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 05:24:59 EST Eat More Of This.... Today's challenge is to eat more fruits and vegetables. Five or more fruits and veggies is what the USDA recommends, and alone with that recommendation comes filling our plates half with all fruits and veggies. If we are having a salad that is easy, cause salad does take up a lot of space, but lets make that salad stand out, lets add some bright red and yellow peppers, they have more vitamins than just the green peppers, some lovely red or yellow cherry tomatoes, and those cherry tomatoes a... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 05:38:20 EST Mindful eating. Today's task. Eating without any distractions. This can be a hard one due to we are hard wired to eat in a hurry and with distractions. As we grew up going to school, and I think its probably even worse now, lunch for me during the Summer months was outside. Yes, living in the country we took out lunch to school so our lunchtime was outside so that was also playtime. However now out schools are so full that maybe 20 minutes is the standard time for a child to eat, that may work for a jun... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 05:24:28 EST Find Strength in numbers. Today's suggestion on the Sparks calendar was to get an exercise buddy, and if for whatever reason that didn't workout, then you'd have one more person to know what your goal is. This has been my experience with exercise buddies, ''they could find more excuses NOT to exercise, and more ways to talk me out of NOT exercising." For me, my exercise time is just that MY TIME. Now if my sister wants to come go for a walk with me that is one thing, its sorta like with Michelle and her daughter go... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 05:25:31 EST Drink up On the calendar that Sparks provided me with via email, each day of March is a suggestion of what to accomplish, today is to ''DRINK UP." Today's challenge is to drink 1 cup of water per hour for 8 hours, lets face it that is doable, and drinking water in cold weather is a harder task for me, but today I am taking on this challenge. <BR> <BR> About yesterday's meeting and weigh in. I had listened to the radio nothing was said about water over the road, so I thought I was safe, but I got to... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 05:30:22 EST Meeting and Weigh-in day "The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your arm." <BR> <BR> Our helping hand may be at the end of our arm, but it can also be one of most frustrating hands as well. <em>198</em> Its the hand that won't stay out of the chip bag, or the one that keeps opening the door to the 'fridge, that hand for some reason does not listen to our brain telling it to STOP THAT!!!!! Today is my meeting and my weigh in day, and again I have been stuck inside, again I kept my home junk fre... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 05:28:20 EST I can feel it!!!! <em>126</em> Spring is so close <em>87</em> <em>375</em> <BR> <BR> Even this morning the <em>259</em> has a reading of 45 degrees at 4:30 in the morning, now that is a Spring time reading for sure. Another sign of Spring, the bikes are back out of the garage. Yep Leigh Ann and Todd had their bikes out checking them over in hopes that the humps of snow would be gone from the sides of the road this week so they can get back on their bikes. Oh and now that we have had the time ch... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 05:40:45 EST Dance to your own tune. “To succeed means that you may have to step out of line and march to the sound of your own drummer.” <BR> <BR> Oh it so felt like Spring here in Beaver Dam yesterday. <em>87</em> We had bright sunshine, that snow was was melting, and Joan got out. What a great day it was, but on with today's message. <BR> <BR> I love today quote I found, I think it fits our group so well because we are all on a journey and each of our journey's are different. Blanche has her little girls to keep her y... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 05:43:40 EST Earn it!!! Whether you feel motivated or not, you know what you need to do today. <BR> <BR> And like a lot of other things we have to do (take a shower, change a diaper, go to work, shovel the driveway), we are not always going to want to do it. But you're gonna do it anyway. Many times we look to others to motivate us, but motivation is earned, not given. We need to learn to be the ones that motivate ourselves instead of waiting upon others to do that for us. So today, get out there and find ways t... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 05:25:27 EST Follow me on this. Alright, walk through this with me for a second. <BR> <BR> The bottom line for weight loss comes down to consuming fewer calories than our body needs to stay the same, right? <BR> <BR> Right. <BR> <BR> So it's important to know exactly how many calories we're consuming each day, right? <BR> <BR> Right. <BR> <BR> You can't know how many calories you're consuming if you're not weighing & measuring ... <BR> <BR> right? <BR> <BR> Yeah. Right. <BR> <BR> No eyeballing. No guesstimating. <... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:23:18 EST Never Give Up. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” <BR> ~ Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> If only I had stuck it our just one more minute. Have you ever thought that? I know there have been times I have felt that way, ''if only." We never know what is around that next bend in the road it could be something wonderful or it could very well be something dreadful, but if we don't go around the bend we will never know. Life is full of c... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 05:21:53 EST Yesterday's Meeting and Weigh in results. Patience, persistence and perseverance , a little more each day, a little better each day." <BR> <BR> I have to admit it was so good to get back to my WW group and meeting yesterday, I still don't know any of the ladies names that are in the group, I do talk with some of them, but we don't wear name tags, and we don't seem to introduce ourselves, also there are no men in our group, but its a good group. I was ready to get on the little square metal box yesterday, it didn't matter to me what... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 05:28:35 EST Non Scale Victory and Coupons Today I can get out of my driveway, so I will be going to my Weight Watcher meeting and weigh in. I'll take whatever the scale has to give, I've not gone crazy, but I've not been perfect either. Yesterday I was out and about and stopped at the "Fred's" we have and if I made a donation to the children's hospital then my reward was a coupon for a dollar off 2 bags of Easter candy. I never thought about this until I was half way home, but I told the clerk, ''I'll make the donation, but you ca... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 05:35:54 EST It's Monday "If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner." Henry S. Leigh <BR> <BR> Eat Breakfast as if you were a King, lunch as if you were a Prince, and dinner as if you were a Pauper. It makes sense, as the day goes on we don't need as much food, but in the evening that is when I find I WANT to do my eating. I've always been this way and I think its due to all the years I worked, the eating on the run, grabbing what we could and then when it was time to go home, I was tired, so comfort food... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 05:40:33 EST 20 Days until SPRING!!!! "Discontent is the first necessity of progress." <BR> <BR> Its true ''we have to hit rock bottom before we are ready to change," and I thought last Winter was bad, and it was for Kentucky, but maybe it was because I was working for Benny and Roselee and going out everyday, but this seems to be the Winter that just won't let up, but today is the first day of March, and next Saturday we spring forward, by setting our clocks ahead one hour, the first day of Spring is March 20th, only three week... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 05:46:52 EST Push Button "Everyone has a success mechanism and a failure mechanism. The failure mechanism goes off by itself. The success mechanism only goes off with a goal. Every time we write down and talk about a goal we push the button to start the success mechanism." Charles Jones <BR> <BR> When I first started Weight Watchers back in 2005 the beginning of my third week I began carrying a notebook with me, I think I mentioned this before, and I would actually take notes, I would search for motivational quo... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:39:50 EST They will move "Mountains will move.....One stone at a time." <BR> <BR> Sometimes the frustration on our weight loss journey can get way too much for us and we want to just walk away and never look back, and that is when we have to remind ourselves of these things. <BR> <BR> 1. Rome was not built in a day. <BR> <BR> 2. Anything worth having takes hard work. <BR> <BR> 3. We are worth the hard work. <BR> <BR> 4. Each time we say NO to something makes us stronger. <BR> <BR> 5. Spring will be here so... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:29:25 EST Encourage Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. ENCOURAGE me, and I will NEVER forget you." <BR> <BR> One thing I can say about the Sparks forums and that is ''there have been very few times I have ran across anyone being snarky or just plain rude with someone." On the Weight Watcher community site, I just can't go there anymore, some of those people are so rude and hurtful to others that I have to wonder, ''what kind of ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:49:20 EST Find the time "You will never find time for anything. You must make it." <BR> <BR> With work schedules, those of you that have children or grandchildren that are involved in after school activities, you all know sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day. This is where we have to actually write our own names on ''the list of things that need to be taken care of." When Mr. Bob was alive, this was why I got up at dark 30 in the morning and went to the gym it was the only time I knew I would act... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:28:45 EST Can't believe this... I did this whole big post and hit ''post message" and it was gone. Long story short, won't be going to my meeting today got out yesterday and had to call my brother-in-law to come and get my van back in the carport. So best I not try it again. Stay safe everyone. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:46:44 EST Look Around. See how far you've come. Be proud of yourself. If nothing else, one day, you can look someone straight in the eye and say, I lived through it and it made me who I am today." <BR> <BR> We all have so many more successes in our lives than we actually give ourselves credit for. A story here, my friend Rhonda when she and Dana were here for a day visit I had made a comment about something I had done or somewhere I had lived years ago, a few days after that Rhonda emailed me and said, ''Joan e... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:43:21 EST Destiny...We have to go for it. "Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is not a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." <BR> <BR> Its my Destiny to be overweight for the rest of my life. True or False? FALSE! But, I come from a long line of overweight people, both my Grandmother's were overweight, my own mom was overweight at one point. <BR> <BR> The things we tell ourselves and anyone else that is willing to listen is not surprising at all. When the truth of the matter ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 05:33:18 EST Press on "Defeat is simply a signal to press onward." <BR> <BR> As I mentioned yesterday being stuck inside and having a chance to go through boxes that I had put off going through, and now that is done, I've had time to browse around the sparks site, and I've been amazed at the cries of defeat I am reading. Some are ready to do something about it, some have been trying but not seeing results, so therefore nothing is going to work the belief is they will be ''fat forever'' it is their destiny. I ca... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:34:00 EST Its not all about the view. "It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top." <BR> <BR> Just about anywhere right now going downhill is a pun intended....due to the ice on the hills, but today we are discussing our weight loss journey. Yesterday I was reading here on Sparks of people struggling, they said they were doing everything right, exercising, no sweets all those things we know we are suppose to do but still the weight is not coming off. The few people I posted to I immediatel... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:36:42 EST Only by the grace of God, its not me. <BR> Last night I was so bored, I had finished up yet another murder mystery, so now I have more ideas if I ever want to go that route, so decided to do some channel surfing, and landed upon The Learning Channel, where this program I'd never seen before ''My 600 pound life" was on. From what I was gathering this doctor that does stomach bypass on these patient is in Houston Texas, and like everything else there are some people who truly want help and there are some that want ''the quick fix... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:34:31 EST Walk On "We learn to walk by stumbling." <BR> <BR> Most of you have watched your children, grandchildren, and even great grandchildren take those first wobbly steps. When we think about it wasn't it pretty much the same for us when we first walked into our first Weight Watchers meeting. All that information coming at us all at once, and if you were like me you wanted to absorb it all at one time. I remember Toni the leader I had from the time I joined in 2005 until Weight Watchers replaced her in... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:39:34 EST Simply Filling I wanted to start a thread here about Simply Filling on WW. Anyone else doing it (either totally or on random days)? <BR> <BR> I've been on WW since October. Not drastic results, but down 15 lbs so far (32 to go!). That's literally 1/3 of my way to goal. So maybe not as fast as I'd like- but sure better than nothing (which is where I was for years it feels like). <BR> <BR> I digress, went over to Simply Filling last week. After a few weeks of struggling with points, I found this to be a nic... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:39:04 EST Not going to happen today. Today is weight in and meeting day, but won't be happening for me due to the state of Kentucky has been declared a State of Emergency. I have over a foot of snow at my house, I know Blanche seems funny for me to even say that with all the snow you all have been getting, but here in the South we are just not equipped for such weather. Ruthann and Terry daughter, Coty's Mom made it to work yesterday morning but was not able to make it back home last night so she had to spend the night at the ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:58:38 EST It Process "Its a slow process, but quitting won't speed it up." <BR> <BR> Way back when I joined Weight Watchers in 2005 each week I was like the note taker, I had my notebook and anything the leader said during the meeting I jotted it down, anything a member that had done something that had worked for them down it went in my book. Well yesterday I found my box of book, you would not believe how many notebooks I had filled throughout the years of my going to Weight watcher meetings, so I sat yesterda... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 06:02:49 EST