SparkPeople W8Watchers Friends Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=865 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=865 updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64853402 I have to say my visit with Kevin was like old times. We had the best visit, and talked about many things, even the things that happened after Mr. Bob's passing, and Kevin even apologized for his part. <BR> <BR> We had a rain storm that produced 3.5 inches of rain in less than an hour here, and I even called Kevin knowing he was on his way down, telling him he might want to rethink this trip due to my street was flooded but he was willing to trudge on, but at least I warned him. <BR> <BR... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 05:00:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64847456 QUOTE: “It is going to be tough if you look for the easy way out because very rarely is there an easy way out. There is nothing that replaces hard work.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is one thing that happened yesterday and made you proud? <BR> <BR> My daughter is going to youth camp with the church next week. This child not so long ago was scared to get in front of people and perform. She is so excited because she found out that there is a talent show and she wants ... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:30:11 EST Voices http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64846571 "The same voice that says, "GIVE UP" can also be trained to say "KEEP GOING!" <BR> <BR> Of all the voices I have in my head, the one I like the best is the one that tells me, ''your good enough, your worth the hard work, no sweet treat or binge is going to improve a bad situation." <BR> <BR> This is why even though I've had many ups and downs I keep listening to that one voice that tells me, ''KEEP GOING, ONE DAY YOU'LL GET THERE." <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Wed, 27 Jul 2016 05:02:30 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64840965 QUOTE: “The professional does not wait for inspiration; he acts in anticipation of it.” ~ Steven Pressfield, Turning Pro <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is one thing you are thankful for on this journey? <BR> <BR> Supportive friends. <BR> <BR> Well, the dreaded migraine reared it’s ugly head last night. Thankfully, I don’t get them as bad as I was several years ago, but it was bad. I did not hit my step goal yesterday. Between jarring my ankle on Sunday morning and the migraine, I wasn’t fe... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:26:44 EST Outnumbered http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64840214 "The possibilities always outnumber problems." <BR> <BR> Another great thought this morning, but I have to also admit I've never looked at it quite like there are more possibilities to our problems than we realize. For example, our Blanche has been gone, not home in her own surroundings and came home and not only did she not gain, but she actually showed a loss. <BR> <BR> It could have had a much different outcome, Blanche could have ate the entire time from one destination to the next. B... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:49:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64833778 QUOTE: “It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.” ~ Paulo Coelho <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Has it gotten easier for you to focus on the positives as the journey continues? <BR> <BR> Definitely! I am more forgiving of myself now than I was at the beginning of the journey. <BR> <BR> While I missed checking in... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 08:11:19 EST Just go around it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64833087 "There's a way around whatever's standing in your path!" <BR> <BR> Yesterday Ruthann made a desert for Sunday dinner called a Ho Ho cake. Lots of chocolate, and this wonderful cream filing, let me tell you it was so calling my name. I struggled, I fought my inner sugar demon, and as always Ruthann asked, ''do you want dessert?" As a rule, I've said no maybe later, for many, many months now. But yesterday there was something that just wouldn't let me say no. So I said to her, cut me a sl... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 05:19:13 EST Its all hard. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64827207 Losing weigh is hard. <BR> <BR> Maintaining weight is hard. <BR> <BR> Staying overweight is hard. <BR> <BR> Choose your hard. <BR> <BR> Lets face it, for some of us, all the above are true. For me when I got to goal the first time, maintaining my weight loss was so very hard. I remember having one of those moments when I said to myself, ''and I thought this was suppose to get easier." <BR> <BR> I've come to believe that this journey is like any other journey, for instance marriage, di... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 04:57:23 EST No TOPS yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64821253 Just think one week from today and my sister's and I and one brother-in-law will be heading for Gulf Shores and I so can't wait, but its a week away and this week has been wild enough. <BR> <BR> We had no TOPS meeting yesterday, I got the call on Wednesday evening that the our weigh in lady couldn't be there due to some family health problems, and she is the daughter of Ms. Jean's, so she brings Ms. Jean who is the sub for everything. So I offered to come pick Ms. Jean up, and Pat said ''we... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 05:10:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64815640 QUOTE: “In our culture, we grow up thinking that failure is a terrible thing, that it’s a setback, or worse, the end. Often it turns out to be the beginning of something better.” ~ Katherine Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How many hours a week do you spend online? <BR> <BR> I am not certain, but there for awhile I was feeling like it was more than I should. Given that, I try hard to not get online in the evenings except for maybe short periods of time on my Kindle or phone. <BR> <BR... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:24:11 EST Is it worth it?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64814853 Have you ever asked yourself that question? I sure have, sometimes at least once a week. <em>198</em> <BR> Lets face it if we're doing this right we spend time planning meals, some of us might have to readjust our schedules to get in activity, or get to a meeting. But, I also have to ask the question, ''am I worth it?" <BR> <BR> Here's the truth if we don't believe its worth all the hard work, all the planning all the scheduling arrangements, then we don't believe we are worth any o... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 05:08:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64809218 QUOTE: “When you’re trying to motivate yourself, appreciate the fact that you’re even thinking about making a change. And as you move forward, allow yourself to be good enough.” ~ Alice Domar <BR> <BR> QUESTION: If you could go back and give yourself one piece of advice at the beginning of your weight loss journey/journey to being healthier, what would it be? <BR> <BR> Don’t quit! <BR> <BR> Not quite sure what was up with me, but I’m struggling the last few days. Yesterday I was so tir... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:36:40 EST Thursday's musing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64808388 So how did it go yesterday? Were you able to end the day on a note of ''I'm proud of me?" We never know from the time our feet hit the floor in the morning, what the day will bring. That is probably a good thing due to if we knew, we might not even get out of bed. For me, I was happy with myself. I ate on plan, I ate only what I had on my plan. I got in my activity, and got another square done on my cross stitch work. <BR> <BR> However, if things didn't go as well for you as you ha... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 04:48:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64802561 QUOTE: “Training for strength and flexibility is a must. You must use it to support your techniques. Techniques alone are no good if you don’t support them with strength and flexibility.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When you can’t take a vacation but need to get away, how do you handle it? <BR> <BR> Sometimes it’s a staycation, other times it’s taking a weekend trip (like this weekend) or sometimes an overnight trip. <BR> <BR> It was such a super busy day yesterday. My co-worker h... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:49:29 EST One thing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64801568 "Do one thing today to make you proud." <BR> <BR> What can I do today that when I lay down tonight I can say to myself, ''I am proud of myself." <BR> <BR> I'm staying on plan today. I'm eating only what I have planned, and it will be tracked. Well, maybe that's two things. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Wed, 20 Jul 2016 04:51:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64795703 QUOTE: “Half the costs of illness are wasted on conditions that could be prevented.” ~ Dr. Joseph Pizzorno <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When is the last time that you have had a physical? <BR> <BR> It’s been a couple of years. Honestly, I need to set up an appointment for myself. <BR> <BR> I was feeling pretty tired yesterday, but I thought it was just the weekend tired catching up with me since I really didn’t sleep late or go to bed early at any point over the weekend. My sweet husband fixed ... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 08:38:56 EST Words. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64794707 “ A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success. ” <BR> <BR> I have to admit when I have had a gain and my group tells me, ''we care'' there have been times I wish they would have just said, ''well, your just worthless." <BR> <BR> Now that may sound strange, and no it would not be nice nor allowed, but isn't that what we do to ourselves. I know many times I have sat in either a Weight Watchers meeting or my TOPS meeting, and if its been a wee... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 04:53:45 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64788654 QUOTE: “A strong body cannot exist without a strong mind. A flexible body cannot exist without a flexible mind. A relaxed body cannot exist without a relaxed mind.” ~ Jesse Enkamp, Karate by Jesse <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you own your things or do your things own you? <BR> <BR> I have been thinking for some time that I need to get rid of some things and then I get so emotional about some things...so while I would like to say I own my things, I think that for some of the things, the reverse... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:38:51 EST For the health of it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64787784 Yesterday at Sunday dinner while the guys had fried chicken, we ladies, Ruthann, Leigh Ann and myself had grilled chicken. As we sat there eating dinner and all of us catching with each other's past week, it dawned on me, that we three ladies, have gotten into a habit of eating quite differently than the guys do. <BR> <BR> Not too many years ago my reason's for losing weight was all about ''how much better I'll look." Nothing was ever thought about ''how much better I'm going to feel." As... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 04:51:22 EST QUOTE of the Day – July 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64782776 QUOTE: “When you’re trying to motivate yourself, appreciate the fact that you’re even thinking about making a change. And as you move forward, allow yourself to be good enough.” ~ Alice Domar <BR> <BR> Such a busy, busy day yesterday with so much going on. I am thankful for the day though and feel like I accomplished a few things anyway. I think I mentioned that I was reading Darlene Faye Schacht's The Good Wife's Guide: Embracing Your Role as a Help Meet, but I am realizing more and more... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:29:24 EST What's Perfect?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64781611 If you wait for the perfect conditions, you'll never get anywhere." <BR> <BR> Nothing we ever attempt to do or do will it be ''the perfect'' time. There is going to always be some sort of something to try and get in our way. <BR> <BR> If your waiting for that perfect time, when all the ducks are in a row, when all the planets are in alignment , when ALL the family are speaking to one another, when there is no threat of bad weather, when all the Politicians are off the TV. Then guess wh... Sun, 17 Jul 2016 05:05:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64778788 QUOTE: “When you rise in the morning, greet the day with vigor. During the day, refrain from thinking or saying, ‘I’m confused,’ ‘I’m weak,’ ‘I’m sad,’ ‘I need help.’ At night before you sleep, release all thoughts of sadness, anger, or irritation. Think of pleasant things.” ~ Tempu Nakamura, Budo Secrets <BR> <BR> This week has been up and down. So much going on. We did get to the drive in last night despite the storms that came through earlier in the day. I ate WAY more than I should... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 15:49:55 EST How far we have come. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64775535 "You shouldn't compare where you have been, it better to look at how far you have come." <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my TOPS meeting, and it was really good to get together with the group. I stayed the same, and I was happy about that due to I felt as if I struggled this week. I need to take some measurements due to my clothes are fitting much looser. <BR> <BR> Today's quote Miss Jean gave it to us yesterday, mainly because some of us were complaining, ''I'll never get to goal." Miss Jean... Sat, 16 Jul 2016 04:55:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64771550 QUOTE: “To become a champion, fight one more round.” ~ James Corbitt <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Did you pause to celebrate the last time you accomplished a goal, big or small? <BR> <BR> I don't think I did. I need to pay closer attention to those things for myself. <BR> <BR> I apologize for the late start, but I decided to take some time and just enjoy coffee with my husband. We are attempting to go to the drive-in yet again. I do hope that the weather does not thwart us again. We have so man... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 11:35:12 EST Just take today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64769154 <BR> We have no control over yesterday. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow? No control over that either. <BR> <BR> Today. <BR> <BR> This hour. This minute. This meal. <BR> <BR> That's within our control. <BR> <BR> 24 hour focus. 100% effort. <BR> <BR> That's what'll get us to goal. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>521</em> . <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan <BR> Fri, 15 Jul 2016 04:41:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64763319 QUOTE: This one is short and simple because it struck me. Mood: You decide :(: <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you think about when you lie awake in bed? <BR> <BR> Usually I think about whatever it is that is causing me to be anxious. <BR> <BR> My quest for 25,000 steps continues. I thought I might hit it yesterday, but I think I need to back off a little today. My ankle (the one I had surgery on) is really tender right now. Even my strap barely touching it yesterday was causing me pa... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:31:09 EST Dry Well this morning.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64762563 For the past hour I have been sitting here at my computer trying to muster up something that I've not already posted before. Not sure if I just have a mental block this morning or if its I really don't have anything else to write about. <BR> <BR> For many years now I've been coming here each morning not only trying to inspire myself, but maybe just to let other's know ''you are not alone'' on this journey. Through the past several months I've noticed as I'm sure many of you have, that ve... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 05:29:13 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64756460 QUOTE: “If you can see yourself doing something, you can do it. If you can’t see yourself doing something, usually you can’t achieve it.” ~ SEAL, Living With A SEAL <BR> <BR> QUESTION: There is so much about this journey that is mental. How do you keep your subconscious from sabotaging you? <BR> <BR> Someone suggested the other day that it helped to focus on other goals and getting healthy was a side effect of getting to the other goals. So I decided to start focus on other things...bein... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:20:53 EST Believing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64755573 "90% of succeeding is Believing." <BR> <BR> Guess that means the other 10% is doing the work. Funny how that works out. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Stay Strong today. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Wed, 13 Jul 2016 04:52:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64749295 QUOTE: “Trust yourself. Create the kind of life you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into the flames of achievement.” ~ Foster C. McClellan <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I’m learning more and more that this journey to a healthier me includes learning things about myself. Are there things that you couldn’t have in your pantry or refrigerator in the beginning that you can now? <BR> <BR> Honestly, there are so many th... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:46:38 EST Its your path. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64748311 There are as many paths to success as there are people. I think this is so true, just like what plans works for one of us, will not work for all of us. <BR> <BR> Some of you can have sweets and deal with it, I can't. Some of you have the portion control down and its second nature. Not me!! Some of you might not think about food all the time. well, I think about food all the time. Its called an addiction. <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter if your on the flex plan, the smart points plan, th... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 05:01:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64741578 QUOTE: “When you suffer, you can look deeply at your situation and find the many blessings that are already surrounding you. It is wonderful to sit with a pen and paper and write down all the conditions for happiness that are already there, already available to you right in this moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever kept a gratitude journal? <BR> <BR> I have talked about it and written things down while journalling, but I have not kept a journal solely for that purpos... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:29:10 EST Keep showing up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64740767 I received a phone call from our TOPS club president, Bob yesterday. Poor man was apologizing all over himself for not being able to get in touch with me on Friday when the meeting was called off. <BR> <BR> It was no ones fault that they couldn't get in touch with me, my home phone was out due to the storm the night before, and it was my fault that no one had my cell number. But, then the conservation went on and Bob told me, like he had told the whole group sometime back that he has ju... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 05:26:16 EST A great day to....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64733822 Prep for the week. <BR> <BR> Get those recipes out, make out that grocery list, hit the grocery, come home grab the knife and cutting board, get some pots and pans out start that cooking for the week. Having our food ready to go is no doubt one of the biggest and best things we can do for ourselves while we continue on this journey. <BR> <BR> Being prepared, hopefully will keep us from dialing the pizza delivery guy, or running out to one of the many fast food places around. I am so glad ... Sun, 10 Jul 2016 04:45:34 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64729179 QUOTE: “Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When was the last time you tried something new? <BR> <BR> Exercise equipment wise, Thursday but more of the same yesterday. I mentioned my sweet husband bought and put together an under-desk elliptical for me. I used it for about an hour and a half yesterday. I broke a sweat and definitely had to turn some fans on to get some air going because it was hot. Food-wise, Tuesday. ... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 10:49:13 EST Storm still continued... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64727271 I do have power now, and very pleased about that. The linemen had to run new lines, had to cut the tree limb off the line, my back yard is a mess and the tree limbs do not belong to me, but to the neighbor lady but I fear I may be the one paying my lawn guy to clear up the mess. We shall see. <BR> <BR> I was on my way to my TOPS meeting, when at the ten mile marker to Owensboro, my car was shaking and I was having a really hard time holding it on the road, all I could think of was, ''no, n... Sat, 9 Jul 2016 05:02:04 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY - July 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64721361 QUOTE: “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> I am sorry, but my mind is reeling as I’m watching the news and I can’t seem to find a question this morning. This shooting in downtown Dallas was a little too close to home. It makes my heart hurt that hate has become so commonplace and that people move towards revenge. M... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 08:20:17 EST Big Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64720626 Hey all, I have no power and very little battery left on my phone, but my day does not get going right unless I can make a post.😜😜. Electric co. we're out around 9 last night left without doing anything other than accessing the situation. My neighbor big tree limb is hanging on the wire and I'm hoping it will get fixed today. Have a great day. Fri, 8 Jul 2016 06:09:51 EST Not sure what to do http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64717074 About 2-3 months ago I rejoined W W after a break of about 10 years, last time I did so well and got to goal(28lb loss) and kept it off until I had an hysterectomy several years later. I put on about 45-50 lbs and over the last 3-4 years I have managed to lose about 40lbs and this is when I rejoined. <BR> I am on antidepressants, sleeping tablets and something to stop itching, I have halved what I am taking as I believe they are not helping(I was told that I should do this but not to soon s... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 15:20:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64714265 QUOTE: “Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you break through the “mental” roadblock that seems to pop up during weight loss journeys? <BR> <BR> I struggle with this, to be honest. I seem to be taking various bits of books I have read/heard (listening to audiobooks) and trying to use that to help me move forward. I feel like I’ve been in a cycle where I can’t seem to ge... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 08:28:16 EST Yesterday's visit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64713317 Everything is simpler than you think and yet more complex than you imagine. ” <BR> <BR> I can report that yesterday's visit went so much better than I ever expected. We had a really good visit. I took them around and showed them my hometown. Our last stop was stopping at Ruthann's and Terry's. <BR> <BR> Here is the funny thing, I think both Lynda and Robin were expecting me to be living in a hovel, and their mouths were actually hanging open when they saw the inside of my house. Trust... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 04:55:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64706700 QUOTE:“Move on. It’s just a chapter in the past. But don’t close the book, just turn the page.” ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: If you had to live a week without internet, what will you do to keep yourself busy? <BR> <BR> While I think initially, I would go a little crazy, I think that I would do the things I did when I was younger, read, cross stitch, sew or other little projects. I am finding that there are many things that I did when I was younger that I am enjoying again. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 08:27:01 EST Sure thing??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64705846 “ Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The "sure thing" boat never gets far from shore. ” <BR> <BR> The part that got me on today's quote got me to thinking due to some junk mail I received yesterday. Have no clue why or how I get on all this junk mail list, but in yesterday's mail was a ''sure fire'' way for me to lost 50-100 pounds more in less over night. Now we all know there is no way anyone can do such ... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 05:14:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64699314 QUOTE:“Getting started is a form of active inspiration that naturally produces momentum. You have probably experienced this phenomenon before. For example, going for a run may seem overwhelming or exhausting just to think about before you begin, but if you can muster up the energy to start jogging, you’ll often find that you become more motivated to finish as you go. In other words, it’s easier to finish the run than it was to start it in the first place.” ~ James Clear, Blog <BR> <BR> QUEST... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 08:13:00 EST The 4th is over. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64698615 I hope everyone had a nice day yesterday, and that if you did over do it, then this morning I hope you wake up with the resolve to make today your day getting back on track. <BR> <BR> Nell, I hope you got some rest at some point yesterday. Having been a care giver for many years, I know all too well how hard it is to function on just a few hours of sleep, but at some point in our lives we all have to do that. <BR> <BR> We had a great time at Ruthann's yesterday, and it rained the entire ti... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 04:56:29 EST Happy 4th of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64691741 Today we should thank all those men and women still with us and those that have gone on, for the freedoms we have today. <BR> <BR> Sure today is going to be a lot about fireworks, food, get together's. But, just for a moment, maybe even right now, thank of someone that fought for our Freedom, and send up a prayer for them today. Living or dead it doesn't matter. <BR> <BR> Freedom has a price and so many have paid that price and some are out there now continuing to fight for us to keep... Mon, 4 Jul 2016 04:54:44 EST Stepping Forward. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64685011 "Every day we have a chance to either take a step forward or to take a step backward." <BR> <BR> Its true everyday we have a chance to step forward or take steps backwards. Well, this morning before I had time to talk myself out of it I got on that bike again. I got in 6.75 miles and 30 minutes of constant peddling. <BR> <BR> I've started my day out right, and have my plan all ready for today. Feels really good to be stepping forward. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <em>247</em> to... Sun, 3 Jul 2016 04:46:31 EST Yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64678171 “ It's not the situation. It's your reaction to the situation. ” <BR> <BR> I had my TOPS meeting yesterday and I can only say I was not happy about it. I was up 2.5 pounds. I was so frustrated with myself. It wasn't that I over ate, but for the past two weeks I've not been riding my bike due to some hip issues, and my Chiropractor suggested I take some time off. <BR> <BR> To go from 120 minutes per day on that bike to zero minutes, well it was bound to happen and it did, I had a weight g... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 04:23:34 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – July 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64671690 QUOTE:“When you’re trying to motivate yourself, appreciate the fact that you’re even thinking about making a change. And as you move forward, allow yourself to be good enough.” ~ Alice Domar <BR> <BR> QUESTION: It’s the first of July, have you adjusted your goals or do they remain about the same? <BR> <BR> I am trying to focus on smaller goals. Preparing my lunch and snacks that way I’m less likely to run down to the deli along with trying to hit my step goal. <BR> <BR> It was not as lon... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 08:15:01 EST Happy July http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64670706 " You don't drown from falling in the water. You drown if you stay there." <BR> <BR> Same goes for this journey we are on. We don't fail unless we just lay down and never try again. <BR> <BR> There are so many times, and I just bet I'm not alone on this one, that we either asked ourselves or have asked ourselves, ''Does this make a difference today?" Well, yes it does make a difference, the difference will be going to bed tonight feeling good about our day, or heading to bed tonight over... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 04:24:13 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64664507 QUOTE:“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” ~ Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What did your life teach you yesterday? <BR> <BR> That I need to take better care of me and to stop putting everyone else’s needs before my own. <BR> <BR> Last night seemed like a super long day at the office. I really have to start getting up and stepping down the hall or something for lunch. I know we have a kitchen in our... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 08:21:50 EST Three words that won't get it done. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64663454 “ Shouda, coulda, and woulda won't get it done. ” Pat Riley on Losers and Losing <BR> <BR> Just in case anyone was not paying attention....well, we have a holiday coming up this weekend. So I'm giving everyone fair warning that its coming up, so there is plenty of time to plan ahead. <BR> <BR> For me I don't think this weekend will be much different than any of my other weekends. I'll see the same people, I'll pretty much do the same thing that I do every weekend. I don't even expect th... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 04:22:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64657167 QUOTE:“People give up so fast because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have gotten.” ~ Unknown <BR> ^^I have been trying focus on looking at what I have accomplished.. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever regretted something you did not say or do? <BR> <BR> Yes. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was busy at the office and then we went bike shopping. DD14 has outgrown the bike she has and DS25 didn’t have one at all and DS16, DD14 and DS25 all had to get helmets... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:37:25 EST Weight Watchers Magazine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64655902 A few weeks ago I got the latest edition of the Weight Watchers magazine. However, I only got a change to look it over last night. There are times, that I just should never open up a magazine, whether its Weight Watchers or some other magazine that may have food in them. <BR> <BR> In this particular issues they were doing a ''Best Bet" on a chocolate and vanilla ice cream bar/sandwich. It does not matter if these things were only 1 Smart Point, I could not and would not ever stop at one. ... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 04:26:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64649564 QUOTE:“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford <BR> ^^I was reminded of this quote while listening to Candace Cameron Bure’s book and thought it was a good one to share again. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What music do you listen to to lift your spirits when you’re feeling down? <BR> <BR> I have to say it depends, but definitely upbeat. There are times when it would be music from the 70’s or 80’s or even the 60’s. A lot of 70’s music reminds me of my childh... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 08:27:47 EST Investment verses Expense http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64648643 So many times we hear, ''its so expensive to eat healthy." I've been doing some research in this when I go to the grocery store. A six pack of Hershey's chocolate bars, are over $4 at my Walmart. Then there is the cookie isle, another $3.50 or even higher, depending on which kind you get. Chip/cracker isle, again no bargains to be found there either. <BR> <BR> So I took that same $7.50 that I was not going to spend in the candy/chip/cracker isle, and went on to the dairy case. I could h... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 04:25:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64642238 QUOTE:“Don’t waste time calculating your chances of success and failure. Just fix your aim and begin.” ~ Guan Yin Tzu, Chinese Master <BR> <BR> QUESTION: If you had a friend that you spoke to the same way you speak to yourself, how long do you think that person would allow you to be your friend? <BR> <BR> When the negative self talk starts, she wouldn’t be my friend very long. I do try not to talk down about myself, but sometimes old habits take hold. <BR> <BR> It was another busy day y... Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:22:23 EST Planting good habits. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64641130 “ Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. ” <BR> <BR> If we reap what we sew, then we need to plant good habits and dig up those bad ones that tend to come back around ever so often. What we do today can set the tone not only for the rest of the week, but for many weeks to come. <BR> <BR> Always do your best, and for each of us our best will be different. Start planting the good stuff. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Mon, 27 Jun 2016 04:14:30 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY JUNE 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64635299 QUOTE:“Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.” ~ Joseph Pilates <BR> <BR> We had a busy morning yesterday. I headed to weigh in then stopped at a local hispanic grocery store for avocados, mangos (two kinds), oranges, bottled water, tortillas and some drinkable yogurts for the kids. Came home, unloaded and headed to Costco for more stuff. I didn’t get to go to the farmer’s market so I’m hoping to go today. Along with another trip to the grocer... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:31:30 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64633957 “ There's a way to do better... find it. ” <BR> <BR> We can always find a way to fine tune our approach to our journey. Maybe you have not been putting a plan down on paper, maybe you have not been bringing the grocery list with you when you go shopping, and worst of all maybe you go shopping when your tired and hungry.. Really a bad time to shop when we are tired and hungry. <BR> <BR> If your journey is not going exactly the way you would like, then find a better way. Its out there and ... Sun, 26 Jun 2016 04:33:57 EST Follow through. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64627189 "If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can't accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability to follow through." <BR> <BR> First off Beth I am so glad your Dad is doing better. Its really hard to be that far away from family especially when sickness is going on. I will keep all of you in my prayers. <BR> <BR> I stayed the same this week which I'm okay with. This seems to be a trend for me, lose one week stay the same the next. I can handle the staying the same... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:06:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64621420 QUOTE: “It’s no coincidence that good words make us feel good and that hurtful or angry words make us feel bad. There is a 100 percent correlation between the words we choose and how we feel.” ~ Sean Stephenson, Get Off Your “But” <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Is stealing to feed a starving child wrong? <BR> <BR> While I understand the reasoning behind it, I do still believe that it is wrong. <BR> <BR> We had a most frustrating situation yesterday. Teenagers trying to be independent and handle th... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 08:37:40 EST Friday is here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64620364 Good morning my name is Joan and I'm a ''Professional Dieter." <BR> <BR> Professional Dieter, now isn't that some sort of name, but I think its true, I have not embraced the ''changing my lifestyle'' thing. Now don't get me wrong there are days that I seem to get it, but then there are those days, that if some of you followed me around you'd have to question what my eating habits are. Some days not all that good. <BR> <BR> So until I embrace this concept of ''changing my lifestyle," I ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 04:31:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64614456 QUOTE: “Only he who has the courage to write the word ‘end’ can find the strength to write the word ‘beginning.'” ~ Zen Proverb <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Which activities make you lose track of time? <BR> <BR> Walking at the beach or in a wooded area or even on trails with beautiful scenery makes me lose track of time. <BR> <BR> Another late night last night, but on a positive note, I spent about 2 hours grocery shopping. I feel positive that I was able to get it done. Also, I am excited that... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:06:25 EST Green Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64613571 Yesterday my sister Ruthann and I worked up three bushels of green beans. Breaking, and canning them. I did most of the breaking of the beans because I know not one thing about the canning process. When Mom was alive and I was still around home during canning time, my job was jar washing, not canning. So I left the cannier up to Ruthann's know how. <BR> <BR> Had no problem staying on track yesterday for sure. <em>41</em> This morning my lower back is screaming due to all that sittin... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 04:43:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64607534 QUOTE: “You cannot exercise much power without gratitude because it is gratitude that keeps you connected with power. The creative power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best, therefore it will receive the best.” ~ Wallace Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you celebrate the things you do have? <BR> <BR> I don’t celebrate what I have nearly as often as I should. Definitely some... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:36:44 EST It could be so much worse. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64606413 “ When I hear somebody say that Life is hard, I am always tempted to ask, Compared to what? ” <BR> <BR> Through out my life I have tried to look at things, when they were not going so well, as ''it could be so much worse," or ''there's someone out there having a worse day than I am." <BR> <BR> Many times I thought about the latter statement the last year Mr. Bob was alive. I would get so tired, so overwhelmed with things, but I would always come back to, ''at least Mr. Bob knows who I am, ... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:06:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64600449 QUOTE: “An hour of basketball feels like 15 minutes. An hour on a treadmill feels like a weekend in traffic school.” ~ David Walters <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you find fitness that fits you? <BR> <BR> I have tried various things and, for me, Zumba is always a good choice even if I have to modify or any sort of dance, really. I always enjoyed dancing so it feels like it flies by for me. <BR> <BR> My mom’s roommate is being very sweet to my mom. She’s given up her tv remote for the tim... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 08:24:47 EST To Track or Not to Track...that is the question. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64599325 Last week a friend of mine that I had met when I first joined Weight Watchers way back in 2005, called me. I had not heard from her in sometime, but did know many of the things she spoke of due to Facebook. <BR> <BR> The death of one of her brother, the birth of a grandchild, and the arrival of yet another grandchild this August. My friend spoke of all these events, with both joy and sorrow. This is a woman who will do what I call a man sized work out challenge at a drop of a hat, she'... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:27:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64594458 QUOTE: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you holding on to any past mistakes? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I have tried to let go of past mistakes. If there are any remaining, I will do my best to deal with them and move forward. <BR> <BR> Mom finally got moved into her new room on Saturday morning. She seems to be getting along well so far with her new roommate. I hope that continues. She seems to be a bit of... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:37:21 EST Six months of 2016 almost gone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64592077 Where on earth is the time going, and its going so darn fast. Here we are month number six of 2016. Also first day of Summer, however you could have fooled me since we've had several 90 degree days, but I'm not complaining because I can take the warm much better than the cold. <BR> <BR> But, six months is just about gone. How is your year shaping up? I can say this, for me much better than I would have imagined. I joined TOPS last September,never got serious about it, then two days afte... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 04:21:20 EST Ten times more http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64585655 “ When I was young, I observed that nine out of every ten things I did were failures. So I did ten times more work. ” <BR> <BR> Happy Father's day to all those Dad's out there, and those that are no longer with us. <BR> <BR> <BR> We talk about failure not being an option and its not, but there are those times that we need to look deep inside and ask that hard question, ''am I doing all I could do to be successful?" I'm sure some of us are, but then there are some of us that just kid our... Sun, 19 Jun 2016 04:18:59 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY - JUNE 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64580909 QUOTE: “You cannot exercise much power without gratitude because it is gratitude that keeps you connected with power. The creative power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best, therefore it will receive the best.” ~ Wallace Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich <BR> <BR> I got positive news last night, but not quite sure how they are going to make it happen, but Mom is moving into a new room. We met her ne... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 10:07:45 EST One day at a time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64579571 To begin with, I had a good week and the scale showed my hard work. I lost 1.75 pounds this week. Color me happy. Now onto this week. <BR> <BR> Today's message/musing is coming from Kim Benson, she lost over 200 pounds on the Weight Watchers plan some years ago, and I loved this email she sent out about our DNA not changing. Guess I had never looked at it that way. <BR> Have a great weekend everyone. <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan <BR> ****************************************<BR>... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 06:14:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64573931 QUOTE: “When you suffer, you can look deeply at your situation and find the many blessings that are already surrounding you. It is wonderful to sit with a pen and paper and write down all the conditions for happiness that are already there, already available to you right in this moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your most valuable skill? <BR> <BR> Well, I guess that depends on the context and who you ask, but I think my DH would say that one of my most valuable skills ... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 08:38:57 EST Yes or NO. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64572732 The key secret to success. With this key, you will unlock your unlimited potential to do this thing right. <BR> You'll be able to resist all temptation, bypass all slip-ups, and go to bed with a smile. <BR> <BR> Are you ready for it? Are you sure? Alright, here it is: <BR> <BR> Yes, or no. <BR> <BR> That's it. Yes, or no! <BR> <BR> Right now, in this moment, we need to choose. <BR> <BR> Yes, or no? <BR> <BR> Are you committed to doing whatever it takes to make it through today OP (O... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 04:50:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64567292 QUOTE: “We will never create anything more powerful or significant than our lives..” ~ Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago? <BR> <BR> While it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, I wish I’d spent more time dancing and enjoying Nia. <BR> <BR> The hospital released my mother yesterday to the long term care facility. DH went and picked up her stuff from rehab. I must say it annoys me that every time she h... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 08:28:52 EST Doors http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64566147 “ When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. ” <BR> <BR> I just bet I am not the only one that a door has closed and I sat there pondering on all the ''whys, what ifs, the should of, would of" things. While all alone it was not going to change that closed door. <BR> <BR> Again, its just part of life and living. There will be doors closed on us, and if we look we will find anot... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 04:40:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64561316 QUOTE: “Truly enlightened people never seek to be like others. Rather, they seek to be superior to their former selves. Don’t race against others. Race against yourself.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What did you dream about last night? <BR> <BR> I’m not sure I had a dream last night. <BR> <BR> They have determined that my mom is anemic so they kept her another night so that they could give her another unit of blood. It is stressful dealing wit... Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:26:36 EST Snails pace http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64559074 "By perseverance the snail reached the Arc." <BR> <BR> See there is hope for all of us, if that little snail was able to get on the Arc before the floods floated it away. Then there is hope for all of us. <BR> <BR> As I've mentioned many times the only limitations we have are those to put upon ourselves. So what if we're not losing as fast as the next person, at least we are still chugging alone. <BR> <BR> Slow and steady she goes. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Wed, 15 Jun 2016 04:40:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 14th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64553325 QUOTE: “Its not how hard you hit, but how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” ~ Rocky Balboa <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Where do you go and what do you do to wind down/relax? <BR> <BR> I have had several options in the past, but most recently it seems to be going for a pedi or taking a bubble bath. <BR> <BR> Mom’s surgery went well but they wanted to watch her overnight. It made for a late night at the hospital. There was a misunderstanding with the rehab and I have a feeling we’ll... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 08:14:47 EST Sometime s....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64552170 We just have to ''FAKE IT 'TIL WE MAKE IT." <BR> <BR> <BR> We're trying to change our lifestyle, right? We're here to create a new way of living that does away with yo-yo dieting forever, right? <BR> <BR> Well, the only way to do that is to fake it 'til you make it. <BR> <BR> It's about practice. Practice, practice, practice. Practice makes perfect...Right? <BR> <BR> If we don't commit to doing the seemingly inconvenient things we need to do (like pre-planning, cooking, weighing and mea... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 04:17:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64546346 QUOTE: “To surpass the deeds of others is unimportant; to surpass my own deeds is all.” ~ Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World <BR> <BR> QUESTION: “Would you rather die peacefully among friends at age 50, or painfully and alone at age 80?” <BR> <BR> I think it would be peacefully among friends/family. <BR> <BR> The weekend was not overly busy and we honestly didn’t do too much other than the Farmer’s Market and taking DS25’s dog to the vet. At the Farmer’s Market, we picked up... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:24:44 EST Lift someone up today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64545197 "A word of encouragement during failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success." <BR> <BR> I so agree with today's quote. There have been times when I have fallen into that pot hole of life and just couldn't seem to get myself out, but I've always been fortunate enough to have good people in my life that were/are willing to give me those words of encouragement when things are not going so well on this journey. <BR> <BR> The first person I thought about this morning when I found... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 04:38:50 EST Forge a new path today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64538855 You do realize that we have the opportunity to completely change our life today, right? <BR> <BR> We probably won't make any drastic changes overnight, but Rome wasn't built in a day! <BR> <BR> Each morning we're given two paths to take: 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. <BR> <BR> We all know where the easy road ends. It ends with us star... Sun, 12 Jun 2016 04:51:35 EST If you bite it, write it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64532808 I stayed the same at my weigh in yesterday, and at first I was a bit down, but then I remembered, last week I lost 5 pounds. So staying the same is a good thing. <BR> <BR> Yesterday our TOPS president/leader Bob confessed (his words not mine) that he does so much better when he writes down his food/meals everyday. Of course my first thought was, ''well man why don't you write it down??" Then I hit reality and realized, I am so guilty of the very same thing. <BR> <BR> If we're not writin... Sat, 11 Jun 2016 04:21:32 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64527078 QUOTE: “The hardest thing about exercise is to start doing it. Once you are doing exercise regularly, the hardest thing is to stop it.” ~ Erin Gray <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I have found for myself that the quote above is definitely true, but once you start down that slippery slope of making excuses that it is tough to get started again. How do you keep from sliding down that slippery slope? <BR> <BR> My step goal is definitely helping me. I haven’t bumped it to 10,000 yet and know I need to... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:17:59 EST If your at the end of your rope..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64525986 “ When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ” <BR> <BR> So many times when I see this particular quote, I think about how many times in my life I've had to tie a knot in my rope and hang on for dear life. <BR> <BR> We all get there from time to time, where insecurities set in, where doubt sets in, where just plain old frustration because this journey is not moving fast enough for us sets in. But, your, mine, our journey is traveling at the right pace. <BR> <BR> When w... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 04:43:30 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64520259 QUOTE: “The best way to change long-term behavior is with short-term feedback.” ~ Seth Godin <BR> <BR> ^^I think this is why I have been trying to focus more on mini-goals. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I read one of Chris Powell’s books a while back and something that I read resonated with me. He said that the reason that you need to start out with smaller goals that you know that you can attain is because we have lied to ourselves for so long, we have to rebuild trust with ourselves. What small ... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 08:24:51 EST The what ifs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64519086 This was sent to me in my email from TOPS. I thought it was really good and decided that I would share it with all of you. Hope you enjoy it. <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>**************************** <BR> <BR> <BR> Stop and think about the word “if” for a second. What may seem like two harmless little letters can lead to infinite possibility...or endless self-doubt. As we navigate our weig... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 03:45:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64513254 QUOTE: “Binge on life. Purge negativity. Starve guilty feelings. Restrict unhappy thoughts. Count blessings, not calories. The only weight you ever need to lose is the weight of the world on your shoulders.” ~ Anonymous <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Please share one blessing with us or change an unhappy thought into a more positive one. <BR> <BR> I am blessed with an amazing family. I am focusing on small changes knowing that my body will change. <BR> <BR> Did not make it to the chiropractor yeste... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 08:29:58 EST It's Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64512127 It's Wednesday, and for those of you that have to work this means the work week is half over. <BR> <BR> You actually made it to Wednesday, even though you might have began the week with the Monday Blues. <BR> <BR> Even the "Monday Blues" is no excuse to go off-program. Lets face it, if we are alive, we're going to face a lot of Monday's. <BR> <BR> If your not feeling this whole 'OP (On Point/On Plan)' thing, TOUGH. If we want to reach our goal, we will suck it up and do it anyway. <... Wed, 8 Jun 2016 04:55:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64506504 QUOTE: “When I say I lack the time to exercise, is this really true given that I have time to watch television? Perhaps it is just difficult for me to admit that I may be lazy.” ~ Keshavan Nair, A Higher Standard of Leadership <BR> <BR> ^^I know I have been guilty of that one. Trying to do better about it myself. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Now that the Farmer’s Markets are in full swing around here, what’s last new fruit/veggie that you have tried? <BR> <BR> I think the last new veggie was din... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 08:26:13 EST Forgive ourselves. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64505203 “ When you forgive, you in no way change the past-but you sure do change the future. ” <BR> <BR> When we think of forgiveness we normally think of forgiving someone else. But, how about we forgive ourselves for all the mistakes, start over, binges, anger, bad things we've said to ourselves, while on this journey. <BR> <BR> True, it won't change what has already happen or taken place, BUT it can go a long way on how the future of our journey goes. <BR> <BR> Yep, its good to forgive others,... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 03:53:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64498853 QUOTE: “Success is processional. It’s the result of a series of small disciplines that lead us into habitual patterns of success that no longer require consistent will or effort.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...gotten a tattoo? <BR> <BR> No and it’s not something I ever see myself doing, but I have multiple family members that have them. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a good day overall. Got up and headed to church and then to see my Mom. Did s... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 08:25:37 EST The dreaded MONDAY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64497762 When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice. ” <BR> <BR> Love the quote I found in my inbox this morning. Its simple, but packs a wallop. I know there have been times when I did not make a choice and thought ''okay I'm good," but in reality when I don't choose for myself, well, that is a choice as well. Today choose well. It doesn't always have to be about what we're eating, but in everyday things, what we spend money on, do we really need one more mindle... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 03:55:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64492467 QUOTE: “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” ~ Muhammad Ali <BR> <BR> Apparently the powers that be are working against us for the drive-in, but we had a nice evening anyway. We had Italian food and then went to get gelato and to Barnes and Noble. I must admit that I was very tempted by the Nook. They are not badly priced. One of my friends at church (Linda it’s Daphryne that does the challenges with us) suggested I get it so we could share books. Her brother and mother share b... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 09:37:29 EST Since your down there anyway.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64491114 “ Whenever you fall, pick something up. ” <BR> <BR> Today's quote makes a lot of sense. Sure we're going to stumble, and even fall from time to time, but no reason that we should get right back up and continue with the same old bad habits we've gotten into. <BR> <BR> Here's one that I've learned, ''no matter how bad things get, it can always be worse." That can even apply to my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> So today is Sunday and its a great day to get prepared for the upcoming week. <... Sun, 5 Jun 2016 04:12:22 EST Lead by example... .Continued http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64484385 Here is a story about ''leading by example." Ms. Jean who is the person that got the TOPS meeting that I go to started. Ms. Jean was even named Queen at one of the TOPS conventions. But, that is not the story, the story is what Ms. Jean shared yesterday and it was how long it took her to get to goal. <BR> <BR> Ms. Jean went to her first TOPS meeting in 1975, she saw it as a sign when she was so frustrated with being overweight that, that particular morning when we looked at the newspaper, ... Sat, 4 Jun 2016 04:19:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64478570 QUOTE: “Only he who has the courage to write the word ‘end’ can find the strength to write the word ‘beginning.'” ~ Zen Proverb <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...seen the Grand Canyon in person? <BR> <BR> No, but it is on my to do list! <BR> <BR> It was such a yucky day weather wise. We have been under flash flooding advisory/warning all week. We were planning on going to the drive in tonight since we got washed out last time. I hope that we can still make it. I have so many thin... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 08:18:01 EST Lead by example http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64477419 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> <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'r... Fri, 3 Jun 2016 05:10:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64471401 QUOTE: “Persistence isn’t using the same tactics over and over. That’s just annoying. Persistence is having the same goal over and over.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck? <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...worked in a pub? <BR> <BR> No. <BR> <BR> It was another busy day at the office. My other co-worker should be working from home today so hopefully I can make some calls today about long term care for Mom and trying to get some answers from rehab. My DD was shocked t... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 08:37:20 EST The power of Positive Thinking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64470276 Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right. ” <BR> <BR> Henry Ford's quote is right on the money today. I had a 4 pound gain last week and I'm contributing that to having a colonscope done the day before. My belly was bloated for two days after that. So I could have see the 4 pound gain and said, ''oh woe with me," and I have to admit for a minute I did, but after I shook myself a bit and talked with others that had experienced the same thing at some point in their lives... Thu, 2 Jun 2016 04:58:06 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – June 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64463006 QUOTE: “Success usually comes down to choosing the pain of discipline over the ease of distraction.” ~ James Clear, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...cried yourself to sleep? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was such a busy day at the office. There was much to do and one co-worker was out and the new girl was there, which helps, but as she’s still adjusting to our systems, it isn’t quite the same. I suspect today will also be busy again. I desperately need to go to ... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 08:21:40 EST Pass Failure and go on to Success. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64461789 You always pass failure on the way to success. ” <BR> <BR> Not sure if I really like the message I'm getting from today's quote. I had rather look at it as, ''hitting a few potholes in the road," instead of calling it failure. My definition of failure is when we completely give up, and never, ever try again. So far we have not done any of that. We hit a rough patch, we moan and groan we tell ourselves, ''oh shoot, what's the use," but then something will shows us/tells us, ''one more tim... Wed, 1 Jun 2016 05:02:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 31st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64455413 QUOTE: “Every living cell in your body is made from the food you eat. If you consistently eat junk food then you’ll have a junk body.” ~ Jeanette Jenkins <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...ever owned your dream car? <BR> <BR> I can’t say it’s much of a dream car, but I had always wanted a CRV and then finally got one when my Buick laid down years ago. <BR> <BR> I decided to take a break from most internet this weekend. I just felt like I needed to take some time. I did get some good ... Tue, 31 May 2016 08:21:54 EST A little news to share. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64454425 First off, hope everyone had a safe and happy Memorial Day. As usual I was with Ruthann and her family and Terry's Mom came out for the cookout, and Ruthann went and picked up Aunt Gig from the nursing home. So we had two old ladies there and even though both of them have hearing devices, they could not hear each other. <em>246</em> <em>246</em> After dinner we got Aunt Gig who is 89 years old into Terry's mule, and Terry's mom was in there as well, and Terry took them all over the ... Tue, 31 May 2016 05:06:12 EST Happy Memorial Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64447656 “ Don't put off till tomorrow what can be enjoyed today. ” <BR> <BR> What can we enjoy today, besides, a cookout, a dip in the pool, a big icy cold glass of whatever? We can enjoy staying on plan, on track, and in control. <BR> <BR> Yes, its Memorial Day, the official kick off to Summer time, but in reality its a day for us to stay focused and on track. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Mon, 30 May 2016 04:47:31 EST How we handle this weekend is up to us. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64441447 I know, I know. It's a long holiday weekend, but even the holiday weekend still count in this journey. <BR> <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> Commit to making today count toward reaching our goal of having a healthy relationship with food. Because it's going to count as a step backwards or a step forwards. <BR> <BR> This weekend ev... Sun, 29 May 2016 05:46:55 EST Its not always about being THE BEST. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64435369 “ Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is. ” <BR> <BR> I have no clue what it is, but there is this one woman in our TOPS group that just does not like me. I have thought back to the first time I met her, I introduced myself, I speak to her every time I see her, but for some reason this woman wants to cut me down ever chance she gets. <BR> <BR> Now if I had or have done something to her, that would be different, but yesterday, when I weighed in and the secretary took the roll cal... Sat, 28 May 2016 05:32:13 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64430159 QUOTE: “A healthy outside starts from the inside.” ~ Robert Urich <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...driven over 100mph? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. In 2005 when my mom was having chest pains and I was working an hour away and she wouldn’t go to the hospital until I got home. Thankfully I got to her safe and she was ultimately okay. <BR> <BR> This rain is certainly not helping me get better, but I am certain that the garden and the tomatoes need the water. I don’t think I have mentioned i... Fri, 27 May 2016 08:17:03 EST Moving forward. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64429244 Everything went fine yesterday, with the exception of the doctor being an hour late. Do you know how hard it is, to be patient when your starving, your heard feels as if there is a drummer beating away. Anyway, its over and done with for another year. My colon was crystal clear. <BR> <BR> I have my TOPS meeting today, and my first thought this morning after I go on the scale was, ''think I'll not go." I have a substantial gain this week, and part of it is fluid, but a big part of it is... Fri, 27 May 2016 04:49:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64423362 QUOTE: “A healthy outside starts from the inside.” ~ Robert Urich <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...laughed so much you cried? <BR> <BR> Yes, I definitely have. <BR> <BR> I am sorry I did not post yesterday but I did not even get out of the bed other than to go to the bathroom. My boss suggested I go home on Tuesday afternoon so I called the doctor and was able to get in that afternoon. Upper respiratory infection. I started on antibiotics on Tuesday evening and then started running... Thu, 26 May 2016 08:43:44 EST Clean Colon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64422269 Didn't sleep much at all last night because the stuff I had to mix and drink about an hour after I got it down, I began with dry heaves that lasted until around 9:30 last night. Don't have a lot of add this morning. Just looking forward to this being over an done with. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Thu, 26 May 2016 05:11:35 EST Prep Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64415641 Tomorrow I have my Colonscope done. Nothing wrong with me, that I'm aware of, but its just one of those pesky little preventive things we need to have done. Its been 12 years since my first one, so now its time. <BR> <BR> Today is nothing but clear liquids, but since I get up so early the nurse told me I could have my coffer anyway I wanted it, including the cashew milk. So at 2:30 this morning I was enjoying that last cup of coffee until sometime Thursday. <BR> <BR> Read an article yest... Wed, 25 May 2016 04:46:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64409507 QUOTE: “You will fail at some point in your life. Accept it. You will lose. You will embarrass yourself. You will stink at something. There is no doubt about it. … Never be discouraged. Never hold back. Give everything you’ve got. And when you fall throughout life — and maybe even tonight after a few too many glasses of champagne — fall forward.” ~ Denzel Washington (modified this a little to make it board appropriate) <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...made prank phone calls? <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 24 May 2016 08:23:53 EST I'm not a jumper. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64408411 It's not who jumps the highest -- it's who wants it the most ” <BR> <BR> I'm not real sure I'll buy into today's quote. I don't think its as much as someone wants to be at goal more than I do, I think for me, I have a very short attention span. This eating healthy, exercising and all that goes alone with it, takes time and patience. We all know we're not going to get to goal by tomorrow, that is unless your a half pound away, but even at that, there are no guarantees. <BR> <BR> I ask mys... Tue, 24 May 2016 05:10:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64402205 QUOTE: “As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking.” ~ James Allen, As a Man Thinketh <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...gone to a drive-in movie? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. There is one that is far enough away that it would be fun to go to, but not so close that we would not have to plan for it. <BR> <BR> I am feeling like it was a productive day, although I re... Mon, 23 May 2016 08:09:35 EST Clear Out the Junk Food!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64401363 It doesn't matter how much good stuff you have in your house -- freshly prepared vegetables and hummus, seasonal fruits bursting out of the fridge, or roasted garlic and broccoli piled to the ceiling. <BR> <BR> If you have chips and cookies too, ain't nobody eatin' no healthy snacks. <BR> <BR> The majority of us... like/love junk food. PERIOD! <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. <BR> ... Mon, 23 May 2016 04:26:05 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64396039 QUOTE: “John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach, says you aren’t a failure until you start to blame. What he means is that you can still be in the process of learning from your mistakes until you deny them.” ~ Carol Dweck, Mindset <BR> <BR> So much to do but I started feeling bad yesterday so I listened to my body and laid down for awhile. Sore throat, coughing, headache, and general yuckiness. Most people in my house had it already and then my co-worker coughing and sucking on cough ... Sun, 22 May 2016 09:41:23 EST Be persistent today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64394548 I know its the weekend, a time we think that its okay to ''let loose," but our work sure ain't over. <BR> <BR> Stick to it today. <BR> <BR> When the thoughts of going off-program start to creep in, remind yourself that those thoughts are the beginning of a very slippery slope. <BR> <BR> Being 'off' one weekend can lead to starting from scratch on January 1st. <BR> <BR> "The river doesn't cut through rock with power. The river cuts through rock with persistence." <BR> <BR> So not just th... Sun, 22 May 2016 04:52:51 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64390091 QUOTE: “A free man is free to acknowledge his fears, without hiding them, or hiding from them. Live with your lips pressed against your fears, kissing your fears, neither pulling back nor aggressively violating them.” ~ David Deida, The Way of the Superior Man <BR> <BR> So, I’m not going to lie...I think my DD14 did an amazing job. She was complaining last night that she messed up, but no one noticed really. There were girls in front of us commenting on everyone’s performances, but DD’s w... Sat, 21 May 2016 11:11:11 EST There is always another chance to succeed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64388243 If you have made mistakes there is always another chance for you. <BR> You may have a fresh start at any moment. You do not have to wait until the next day, or even until Monday. <BR> This thing we call ''failure'' is not the falling down, but the staying down. So get up, and get moving and get back on track. <BR> If your struggling, remember, ''you are the only one that can stop the struggle." When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for as long as you have. Today, this ve... Sat, 21 May 2016 04:35:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day –May 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64382511 QUOTE: ““Your journey to a healthier weight is not a journey that you start and then give up. It is a journey that you are living every day for the rest of your life.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...sung karaoke?? <BR> <BR> I don’t think I have. I should some day, I sing constantly, but have not. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a bit of a crazy day! I did go to weigh in last night for the first time in awhile. I gained 2 pounds, which to be honest, I needed to se... Fri, 20 May 2016 08:28:35 EST Goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64381520 We're gonna take a step closer to our goal. We're going to do that today, tomorrow, and the next day, and then we are going to repeat the process all over again. <BR> <BR> The other day I was thinking about ''how do those that have been at goal weight ''FOREVER'', how do they do it? I mean, they've met their goal, so now what??? <BR> <BR> Well the answer is quite easy. They have a goal each and every single day, and that is to stay at their goal weight. That is exactly how they have ... Fri, 20 May 2016 04:51:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64376799 QUOTE: “Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.” ~ Aldous Huxley <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever… donated blood? <BR> <BR> Yes, I used to do it every 8 weeks. <BR> Thu, 19 May 2016 10:41:52 EST True Grit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64374652 “ With true grit you persist until you catch a glimpse of your potential. That is when passion is born. ” <BR> <BR> In a way we are all a bit like John Wayne he was always fighting the bad guys, and when it looked as if he was a goner he'd get that glimpse of ''we can beat this." <BR> <BR> Well, that is how I view our journey. At time, and we've all been there more times than we care to remember, where we just want to throw in the towel and walk away. Then either we hear something, see s... Thu, 19 May 2016 04:48:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64368558 QUOTE: “Nothing makes me feel better – calmer, clearer and happier – than being in one place, absorbed in a book, a conversation, a piece of music. It’s actually something deeper than mere happiness: it’s joy, which the monk David Steindl-Rast describes as ‘that kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.'” ~ Pico Iyer <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...been camping in a tent? <BR> <BR> Yep, most of my childhood. <BR> <BR> I thought I was going to need to reschedule my weigh... Wed, 18 May 2016 08:37:17 EST We are in control. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64367534 We can't do anything about the weather. We can't do anything about that nosy neighbor we might have. We can't even do anything about those family member that we had rather other's did not know we were related to. BUT....we do have control over what we put in our bodies. We have control over if we track, we have control over if we weigh and measure. <BR> <BR> There may well be lots of things we do not have control over, but we do have control over how we feed our bodies. <BR> <BR> Today ... Wed, 18 May 2016 04:55:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64361323 QUOTE: “Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...repelled down a building/tower? <BR> <BR> No and can’t say I really want to. <BR> <BR> So I got a call from the rehab facility about my mom, she has not wanted to actively participate in therapy apparently. I had talked to her about it earlier last week and she seemed to... Tue, 17 May 2016 08:19:42 EST Encourage one another. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64360174 “ Words of encouragement fan the spark of genius into the flame of achievement. ” <BR> <BR> Love today's quote because I see the encouragement here each and everyday. What one or two of us are going through or feeling, you can bet ''your not alone'' at some point some of us have felt/dealt with the same or similar thing. In other words we understand, and that is encouraging to know ''we are not alone'' on this journey. <BR> <BR> Today encourage someone, you never know one day you may well... Tue, 17 May 2016 05:04:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64353975 QUOTE: “When you are tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you.” ~ Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...been on a cruise? <BR> <BR> No, but I’ve heard good things. <BR> <BR> Yes, it was another busy day in the Walton house yesterday. There still seems like so much to do, but I feel like we are making a little progress. DH got the yard treated and all the dog bedding got washed and we purchased new for 3 of the dogs. We have not had this problem before, ... Mon, 16 May 2016 08:38:05 EST Good news/Bad News http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64352881 This was sent to me yesterday afternoon by one of my TOPS club members. I felt it was worth sharing with all of you today. <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>**************************** <BR> <BR> <BR> Ok. I have good news and bad news. <BR> <BR> The bad news: nobody is perfect. No one is going to have a 100% mistake-free day for the rest of their lives. No one is never going to say, "I should... Mon, 16 May 2016 04:59:27 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64347589 QUOTE: “All worthwhile journeys have big obstacles. It’s the way of the world. The rewards go to those who can push through those trying moments and still manage to keep a smile on their face.” ~ Bear Grylls <BR> <BR> So apparently there was a miscommunication with the rehab and Mom will not be released today. I’m not sure who put it on her board, but I confirmed with the front desk that she is not scheduled for check-out today or on Monday. She’s asked the social worker to contact me to f... Sun, 15 May 2016 10:14:33 EST Distract yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64345815 The more things you have to distract yourself, the easier it will be to stay OP ( On Point/On Plan). <BR> <BR> The distract yourself does not always work for me, and I can admit that. I have sat in meeting after meeting and listened to how when someone was having a craving for whatever, they could go take a walk, go work in the yard, so many things they could do and the craving/feeling would go away. <BR> <BR> Well, let me go on record here and say, ''that does not work for me." No matter... Sun, 15 May 2016 05:17:01 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 14TH http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64340657 QUOTE: “Noticing the problem does not change the problem. While of course, awareness is a critical first step, action is the absolute necessary step.” ~ Sevan Apollo Poetry, Good Men Project <BR> <BR> Today there is going to be so much going on that I hope I can get everything done. They have apparently decided to release my mom, but no one even bothered to call me or anything else, which is a little frustrating. The house is full but we will figure out how to make it work. Sadly, though,... Sat, 14 May 2016 09:48:38 EST When we do the work....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64339217 The work pays off. <BR> <BR> Happy to say I lost a half pound this week. For a nano second I thought, ''WHAT???" But then I remembered I had a big loss last week, and a half pound lost is better than a half pound gain any old day. <BR> <BR> Today is making out my weeks plan, and my grocery list for shopping. Today is a planned day, just like yesterday was. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Sat, 14 May 2016 05:02:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64333276 QUOTE: “The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably, thought and act.” ~ Orison Swett Marden <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...played in a band? <BR> <BR> No, not really anything I ever wanted to do. <BR> <BR> Generally speaking I drink quite a bit of water, but I’ve been trying to amp it up with this infection. Although I was thinkin... Fri, 13 May 2016 08:26:59 EST One day at a time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64332370 “ Yesterday is a memory; tomorrow is an imagination; today is eternity. Cut out two days of your life, yesterday with its mistakes, tomorrow with its fears, and live only today. ” <BR> <BR> I reached my goal for yesterday, I was on plan, I tracked, I got in my activity. Yesterday has been taken care of and now today is the one day I will make sure I stay on top of. <BR> <BR> TOPS meeting today, and I feel good with my week. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Fri, 13 May 2016 05:01:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64327212 QUOTE: “Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly; devils fall because of their gravity.” ~ G. K. Chesterton <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever…been on tv? <BR> <BR> I don’t think so. I know my DH has. <BR> <BR> Apparently my body was not happy with my water consumption during the morning yesterday and decided I needed to pay attention by making me feel like I was being stabbed with an ice pick. I am definitely trying to pick up the water consumption so that I don’t have that ... Thu, 12 May 2016 10:21:39 EST Keep trying. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64325353 “ You are never a loser until you quit trying. ” <BR> <BR> I know how easy it would be or at least we think it would be easy, to just throw in the towel. I was watching ''My 600 lb. Life" last night, and I'm always amazed at some of the people that are just not willing to give up on themselves. I also wonder, ''how on earth did they allow themselves to get in such a condition?" But, then reality sets in and I know I could very easily be, just one bite, one binge from being one of those pe... Thu, 12 May 2016 04:48:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64319839 QUOTE: “Right now you are one choice away from a new beginning – one that leads you toward becoming the fullest human being you can be.” ~ Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...Been in a newspaper? <BR> <BR> Yes, when I was younger. I was walking in the Relay for Life, which for our area was quite small. <BR> <BR> I was relieved to find out that I did not have kidney stones. Apparently this is a severe kidney infection because I have never experienced anything like this. I... Wed, 11 May 2016 09:32:18 EST Hump Day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64318319 Here it is Wednesday already. For all of you that have been dodging the storms, hope you are safe. Wild evening here last night. Tornado warning's all evening long, odd thing was here were I live we didn't even get rain. Today is suppose to be another wild weather day, so everyone stay safe. <BR> <BR> It is the middle of the week. So do you need to look back and see how things are going? Have you stumbled and need to get focused again? If so let today be the day you do that, DO NOT al... Wed, 11 May 2016 04:51:33 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64312320 QUOTE: “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours, it is an amazing journey, and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” ~ Bob Moawad <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...Paid for a meal with coins only? <BR> <BR> Yes, when I was younger. <BR> <BR> So the CT took much longer than anticipated, but it was done. CareNow d... Tue, 10 May 2016 07:52:05 EST Worry....Does it do any good??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64311381 “ You can't change the past, and you can't predict the future, but you can ruin the present by worrying about both. ” <BR> <BR> I could preach a whole sermon on today's quote, but I will spare all of you. <em>246</em> I have often wondered why we think worrying and fretting about things help. All it really does is make us that more anxious, and as a rule push us right to the kitchen in search of food, we really don't want or need. <BR> <BR> Its very easy to say, ''I'm not going to worr... Tue, 10 May 2016 05:08:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/09 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64305488 QUOTE: “The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.” ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...eaten just cookies, cake or ice cream for dinner? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. In fact, just a few weeks ago. <BR> <BR> Sorry I was MIA yesterday. I do hope that everyone had a great Mother’s Day. I was in bed praying that this pain would ease. I pretty much spent the entire weekend on pain meds (and antibiotics) hoping that this would ease and hopefully be gone by today. I hate this becau... Mon, 9 May 2016 09:27:16 EST Monday is here!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64304106 I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day yesterday. As any other Sunday I was at Ruthann's for the Sunday dinner, and also Coty's birthday dinner. I told Ruthann, ''its a shame you have to cook your Mother's Day dinner, but Leigh Ann nor I know how to fry chicken." <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I also hope you took a little time to get this weeks plan down on paper, because without a plan of attack we are like fish out of water. <BR> <BR> Its a new week, its a new day, lets get it started of... Mon, 9 May 2016 05:13:19 EST Happy Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64297716 Happy Mother's Day to all. Hope you all have a wonderful, blessed day. If you don't get to see your kids, maybe you'll get a phone call. But just remember this.... <BR> <BR> If we have time to watch TV, chat on Facebook, text your buddies, and play games on our phone, then we have the time to prep some meals for the week. <BR> <BR> So today you can celebrate your day, but just make sure to put sometime in for getting prepared for the upcoming week. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR... Sun, 8 May 2016 04:45:31 EST QUOTE of the Day - May 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64293155 QUOTE: “The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no man has ever been before.” ~ Francis Phillip Wernig <BR> <BR> So I had finally had all I could take of the pain yesterday and went to CareNow last evening. Two hours later, x-rays and blood work, I got a shot in my hip and referred over for a CT. The doctor thinks I have kidney stones. I have never experienced them and hope that I never have this... Sat, 7 May 2016 10:17:25 EST Great Day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64291315 I had plans of stopping by yesterday on the other thread to share my weigh in with all of you, but the day got away from me. I left my house at 8:15 yesterday morning and did not walk back in until 2:15 yesterday afternoon, and then Ruthann and I put out 4 bags of mulch. So I am just now getting back online, and I had a GREAT loss this week. I lost 3 3/4 pounds. I was thrilled to say the least, and I knew I had earned that loss. <BR> <BR> Last week, I planned, I tracked, I got in my act... Sat, 7 May 2016 04:52:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64285314 QUOTE: “Don’t waste time calculating your chances of success and failure. Just fix your aim and begin.” ~ Guan Yin Tzu, Chinese Master <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...visited Washington? <BR> <BR> I have not been to Washington State or Washington D.C., but D.C. is definitely on my list of places to go. <BR> <BR> All of the end of the school year banquets are upon us. Last night was DS16 (gosh it’s weird to type that) for tennis. His best friend David, who is a senior this year, ... Fri, 6 May 2016 08:35:55 EST Today's Musing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64284074 All of you that read my daily musing's know today is my TOPS meeting and weigh in day, and I have to say, ''I'm looking forward to the weigh in." That's what happens to me when I know I've had a good, well planned week of both food and exercise. Also I fully believe speaking up and having the fifth Friday feast was a plus as well. I was able to stay on plan. <BR> <BR> Trust me I know I will have set backs, that's just part of life. But, I'm learning more and more how to let it just be a... Fri, 6 May 2016 05:19:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64278809 QUOTE: The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit. We don’t just put off our lives today; we put them off till our deathbed. Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny.” ~ Steven Pressfield, The War of Art <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...visited Las Vegas?? <BR> <BR> No, I haven’t, but I would like to. <BR> <BR> I came straight home yesterda... Thu, 5 May 2016 10:12:22 EST Sometimes we just need a minute..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64276775 to ourselves. <BR> <BR> I believe this so much, that we do need just a little time each and everyday for just us. Time where we can have our own thoughts, and feel our own feelings. Totally and without interruptions . I also know just how hard that can be if you have a spouse around, all the time, or if your working. But, it is very important to MAKE that time. <BR> <BR> For me I got into the habit of getting up really early, way before Mr. Bob was to get up, just to have some time fo... Thu, 5 May 2016 04:59:25 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64270180 QUOTE: “All goal setting must be immediately followed by both the development of a plan, and massive and consistent action toward its fulfillment.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...visited Hawaii?? <BR> <BR> No, I haven’t, but I would like to. <BR> <BR> I was concerned about my pain level at the end of the day, especially after sitting and having dinner. I was in debate about whether to go see mom or wait until after dinner, but since I wa... Wed, 4 May 2016 08:14:04 EST I did my homework. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64268994 Yesterday Ruthann and I were going to Owensboro, and every time I drive downtown, I immediately think, ''this used to be so big." In reality its the same size its always been, its busy traffic wise just like its always been. The difference is, ''I've grown up, and I have lived in way bigger places." But, it still comes to my mind when I drive downtown Owensboro. <BR> <BR> Ruthann and I were also eating lunch out yesterday, and another thing came to my mind. As a rule caution would hav... Wed, 4 May 2016 04:58:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 3rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64262867 QUOTE: “You will fail at some point in your life. Accept it. You will lose. You will embarrass yourself. You will suck at something. There is no doubt about it. … Never be discouraged. Never hold back. Give everything you’ve got. And when you fall throughout life — and maybe even tonight after a few too many glasses of champagne — fall forward.” ~ Denzel Washington <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...gone on a blind date? <BR> <BR> I am trying to remember, but I don’t think I have. <BR>... Tue, 3 May 2016 08:34:24 EST Looking for the Stars. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64261677 When it gets dark enough you can see the stars. ” <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> We have all been in that ''dark" place at some point, otherwise we would not be working so hard to make changes. Some of us that place was so dark that there has been great success, for some of us, the place was dark, but then it got a little lighter and we lost sight of why we began in the first place. <BR> <BR> I'm not saying that we need to return to the darkness, but maybe just re-evaluate our jour... Tue, 3 May 2016 05:07:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 2nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64254903 QUOTE: “However bright or dim we are, we will still make mistakes. If I kept a diary of all the bad decisions I have made in my life, it would be too thick to carry. But as in most things, it may take a bundle of mistakes to arrive at something sublime, just as it takes thousands of flowers to produce a few drops of perfume.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...fired a gun? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. <BR> <BR> I have to say that if this is a dislocated rib o... Mon, 2 May 2016 08:25:59 EST Are you as ready as you can be for the work week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64253740 The weekend is over with and you know even though I don't have a ''real'' job anymore, I find that I have a much better week is on Saturday and/or Sunday I get myself prepared for the upcoming week. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I boiled some eggs, cleaned and separated cauliflower florets, I baked some chicken and even grilled some Laura Lean burgers. So I'm ready, bring the new week on. <BR> <BR> When the craziness of life/ work/school week begins, you'll be glad you did. <BR> <BR> <em>247</e... Mon, 2 May 2016 05:05:38 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 1st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64247322 QUOTE: “What’s tough is to go out and work hard on the things that you don’t do very well.” ~ Pete Rose <BR> <BR> I took some time yesterday to get some food prepped. Pulled pork (with barbecue sauce), the fryer chicken got cooked and I put the chicken breasts in a bag with some water and pesto to marinate overnight. I’ll cook them today with a little mozzarella and tomato slices on top. I found several other recipes on Pinterest yesterday that look like they would also be good options. ... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:10:48 EST A mile is a Mile http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64245566 Whether it's a 4 minute mile, or a 40 minute mile . . . <BR> <BR> it's still a mile. <BR> <BR> Take exercise at your own pace. You might not know what your pace is yet.You might have to experiment a little. <BR> <BR> Here's how: <BR> <BR> Don't start fast. Start slow. If that speed is too easy for you, increase your pace a little. <BR> If it's still too slow, increase a little more. <BR> Once you're breaking a light sweat, you've likely hit a nice starting pace. <BR> <BR> If you ke... Sun, 1 May 2016 05:13:30 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64240681 QUOTE: “Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.” ~ Aldous Huxley <BR> <BR> QUESTION: According to Facebook, it’s National Hairstyle Appreciation day. What’s your hairstyle for the day? <BR> <BR> I think mine is going to be down today...it is hair washing day and it will need to dry and that seems to take forever. <BR> <BR> So, I felt guilty doing it, but I took some time last night and went to our church dedication that has been on the boo... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:36:28 EST This and That. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64238807 Here we are ending yet another month. Last day of April, can you believe it?? As I sit here typing I wonder ''what will May bring?" Then I snap right back to, ''I just have to think about today." <BR> <BR> Yesterday's meeting was great and I do not think anyone missed not having food on the fifth Friday. My weigh in was a bit disappointing, but I really shouldn't say that, I didn't gain, but I stayed the same, and when I look at the whole picture I know my body is just adjusting, so I ha... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:59:45 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64232927 QUOTE: “Sure I am that this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond my endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.” ~ Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...skipped school? <BR> <BR> Never without my mom’s permission. She allowed me to stay home after an Alabama concert. <BR> <BR> I was still dea... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:24:40 EST Make it work for you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64231911 Any diet or eating plan will work for us, but we have to also make the program work for us. All these plans out there are just a road map — a guide to a healthier life. <BR> <BR> Don't expect it to work. Unless you are willing to make it work for you. <BR> <BR> Today is my TOPS meeting and weigh in day, and its also the fifth Friday of the month, which meant we would normally have food instead of a real meeting. So last week I approached the group with, ''isn't there something else we c... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:17:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64225819 QUOTE: “It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.” ~ Paulo Coelho <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Share an odd fact about your childhood. <BR> <BR> I was so very small (not just height but weight as well) as a young child that I started kindergarten wearing toddler size clothes and most of the other kids were afraid... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:16:49 EST It's Today!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64224927 Today is so much more than just a stop on the way to tomorrow. The past claims more than its fair share of attention, and the future definitely demands our focus. But what about TODAY?? <BR> <BR> Today is filled with potential. Today is precious, we will never get today back again. Today is right here, right now. <BR> <BR> Lets just take care and focus on today, its already here. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:08:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64218515 QUOTE: “Right now you are one choice away from a new beginning – one that leads you toward becoming the fullest human being you can be.” ~ Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How close do you live to your nearest relative? <BR> <BR> Well, older son is staying with us until he can save up to get a place of his own and Mom will be going back to rehab, but will be coming back here afterwards. Aside from that I have Aunts and Cousins about an hour away. <BR> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:06:17 EST We're getting better at somethings. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64217667 There is so much WE CAN do something about. Like what?? You may ask. <BR> <BR> For starters, how about all that complaining we tend to do and its normally about things, other people, that we cannot do one thing about. <BR> <BR> There is no reason we can't make a plan to follow each day. There is not reason we can't track each day. There is no reason we can't get in some sort of activity each day. There is no reason we can't fake a smile each day. Remember the old saying ''Fake it till... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 04:46:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64211422 QUOTE: “Positive self-direction is the action plan that all winners in life use to turn imagination into reality, fantasy into fact, and dreams into actual goals.” ~ Denis Waitley <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Does your family have any particular traditions that you’d hate to miss? If so, what are they? <BR> <BR> We always get together and have our traditional dressing at Christmas and Thanksgiving (although we are talking about giving up Thanksgiving because it’s tiring having it so close together... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:23:34 EST Support. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64210507 “ You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins. ” <BR> ~Jim Stovall <BR> <BR> Love this quote, and I do think we support each other on this thread, and that's why this thread keeps plugging alone. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Tue, 26 Apr 2016 04:46:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64204203 QUOTE: “Positive self-direction is the action plan that all winners in life use to turn imagination into reality, fantasy into fact, and dreams into actual goals.” ~ Denis Waitley <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have kids? If so, how many? <BR> <BR> I have a total of 3. 2 boys and a girl. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was such a busy day, but it was a nice day. The only thing I would have changed was that we would have attempted a bike ride, but I think we’re going to have to wait a little bit for th... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:59:49 EST GO. DO!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64203451 Every day we stay OP (on point, on plan), we will become a better version of ourselves. . <BR> <BR> All the will-power put into planning and preparing is going to stick with us even after we've hit our goal. Well, that is how its suppose to work. I tend to still fall into that trap of, ''when I get to this number, I"m going to eat ____________________," and that would be okay if I could do it in moderation and with some control, but I know that would never happen. <BR> <BR> But, even kn... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 05:28:54 EST Keep Fighting. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64196413 “ You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. ” <BR> ~Margaret Thatcher <BR> <BR> I can so identify with today's quote. I have fought this weigh battle my ENTIRE life, and I keep fighting it. It seems my body and food can never be at peace. But, I keep going, and maybe, just maybe one day it will all become second nature to me. <BR> <BR> Today its Sunday, so what better time to prepare for the upcoming week. Get those veggies washed and cleaned, make a meal plan. We know w... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 05:11:50 EST We are stronger than we give ourselves credit for. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64189904 “ You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ” <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my TOPS meeting and all that window cleaning and curtain hanging and dusting and mopping paid off, oh and most importantly eating and staying on plan, because I was down 1.50 pounds. <em>104</em> Color me happy. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I know so many of us have faced that demon of being DISCOURAGED, and if we live long enough we will face it many more times. But when we feel the most like just throwing up our ... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 04:27:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64183651 QUOTE: “Fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round – remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped.” ~ James Corbett <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Share one of the greatest moments of Spring from your childhood. <BR> ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:35:27 EST If your discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64182652 It doesn't matter how you've failed, or think you have failed. In fact I hate that word ''fail." To me when we use that word or phrase, it seems to appear on our foreheads for all the world to see. But you know what...It doesn't matter that we've tried before. <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter if we fell down yesterday. Only this matters:what are we gonna do next? <BR> <BR> The only way we'll never reach our goal is if we stop fighting for it. <BR> <BR> If we continue to commit to the bes... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 05:05:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64176512 QUOTE: “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” ~ Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you look forward to about Summer? <BR> <BR> Swimming. I always loved to swim and going to the lake. <BR> <BR> My boss decided he wasn’t risking me not eating again yesterday so he bought me lunch. I don’t think I made a bad choice with the Skinny Hammie (no mayo) with lettuce, tomato and pickles. Insomnia has been ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:11:46 EST It's Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64175643 Michelle, Blanche has a great idea, ''try the Simply Filling" plan. You only have to count certain things on there, like if you have dessert, and there are some breads you'd have to count. My understanding is you get your weekly bonus points and that is what you use as your points for the foods you do have to count. Just a thought, but it may well be of some help, again you will have to watch your portions. <BR> <BR> Got all my windows cleaned yesterday, and didn't have to have any help ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 05:09:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64169284 QUOTE: “It is going to be tough if you look for the easy way out because very rarely is there an easy way out. There is nothing that replaces hard work.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you miss about Winter? <BR> <BR> While it would be nice to have snow occasionally, if we have it in my area of Texas, it seems to turn into black ice and that I don’t like at all. <BR> <BR> Yesterday Mom was moved to rehab! <BR> <BR> Not a bad day yesterday...aside from my eating. ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:17:09 EST How much work we willing to do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64168182 What do we want to get out of this journey? Lose the weight, be able to bend over and tie our shoes, a event coming up. Some of us will have the same goal, and some of us our goals are very different, But whatever the reason maybe, we have to ask ourselves, ''How much work am I willing to do to get where I want to be?" <BR> <BR> 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! This is why smal... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 04:29:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64161139 QUOTE: “The price of greatness is responsibility over each of your thoughts.” ~ Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you prefer to wear shorts, capris or dresses at this time of year? <BR> <BR> I wear dresses or skirts all year long, so the time of year doesn’t matter. However, I do have to be more consistent about wearing bike shorts underneath with the wind. <BR> <BR> I am holding out hope that Mom is going to be able to move to a rehab facility this week. She seems to be making ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:56:19 EST We Got This!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64160369 "Wake up with DETERMINATION, and go to be with SATISFACTION!!!" <BR> <BR> I was so thrilled to read all the positive things from yesterday's thread. See it wasn't all that hard to come up with things to be positive about. <BR> <BR> Today's quote is yet another way to make thing more positive in our lives. I hope today each of you have the determination you need to not only get through the day, but to go to bed tonight with that smile of satisfaction. <BR> <BR> Keep moving toward your go... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 04:30:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64153357 QUOTE: “Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you like most about Spring? <BR> <BR> I like the weather change. It isn’t too hot or too cold. <BR> <BR> Mom is making progress. This is a positive. We greatly appreciate the continued thoughts and prayers are appreciated. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:56:55 EST Monday Feel Good!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64152626 I think its time we feel good about ourselves. We can roll out our short coming without even thinking, but when it comes to something that is positive about ourselves, we struggle with coming up with things. Now that's just crazy. <BR> <BR> We are not alone in this, in fact most times when we do hear someone speaking of themselves in the positive way, we tend to think, ''what a bragger'' that person is. But, you know its okay that we think and share the positive side of ourselves. That ... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 05:10:22 EST Sunday's Musing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64144821 “ You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead. ” <BR> <BR> I noticed yesterday several were talking about how they used to go off plan after weigh in. I was also a member of that club as well, but I found out by doing this I was not helping myself. Why??? Because when it comes to food, and overeating, I have an addiction. I cannot even begin to count the times I've eaten something that didn't even taste that good just becaus... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 05:00:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64140018 QUOTE: “Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you, never excuse yourself.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When you go on vacation do you prefer the beach or the mountains? <BR> <BR> I like both, so I guess it depends on my mood at the time or what we have planned. We have planned vacations based on museums or things we wanted to see, not necessarily beach or mountains. <BR> <BR> We had a slight scare with my mom last night. Continued tho... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 11:01:00 EST It's the weekend!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64137954 I can't help it, but I still get as excited over having weekends as I did when I was in the work force. I think its because I know I'm beginning a brand new week, a time two get together at Ruthann's, and also Saturday's are the day I make my weekly meal plan. <BR> <BR> My weigh in yesterday, like Jane I stayed the same. I have to admit for a nano second I was a bit miffed, since I had upped my activity, and I followed my plan to the ''T", but I also rejoiced that it was not a gain. I kn... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 05:35:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 4/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64132751 QUOTE: “So much of our lives takes place in our heads – in memory or imagination, in speculation or interpretation – that sometimes I feel that I can best change my life by changing the way I look at it. As America’s wises psychologist, William James, reminded us, ‘The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.’ It’s the perspective we choose – not the places we visit – that ultimately tells us where we stand. Every time I take a trip, the experience ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:26:14 EST It's a 24 hour day for each of us. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64130894 I don't have time" is the adult version of ''THE DOG ATE MY HOMEWORK!!" <BR> <BR> How many of us have said that very thing, ''I don't have time to_________." Each of us can fill in the blank with something we don't have time for. But as we all know each of us get the same 24 hours a day, some will use those minutes and hours wisely and some will choose to just sit and complain about ''why I don't have time." <BR> <BR> I'll be the first to admit I fall into that category from time to tim... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 04:55:25 EST THANK YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64125862 Good morning all (or afternoon if that's when you get online). I am sorry that I disappeared. To be honest, with everything going on with Mom, I sort of detached from most everything. I was updating so many people via Facebook and text and phone calls that I was a bit overwhelmed. A big thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. My eating has been seriously out of whack, but I'm hoping to get things back to a little more normal soon. Mom's still in the hospital, but told me to go ho... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:23:06 EST It all adds up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64123342 Yesterday Jane had posted that she had gotten away from weighing and measuring this week, so that got me to thinking....WEIGH AND MEASURE.Those little BLT's (bites, licks, and tastes) can really add up quick! <BR> <BR> And honestly, weighing is a much more accurate method of portioning out your food. It may seem foreign now, but if you keep your digital scale out and ready to use, you'll find it's even more convenient than using measuring cups. With the scale, there's no extra dishes to clea... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:59:48 EST Evaluation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64115791 It's always good to evaluate how your program is working for you, or rather, how you can better make your program work for you. I remember Nell posting one time how she has had to make changes due to her age, and guess what, I am having to do the same thing. Another reason I had to make changes is due to my activity level. Not as brisk as it was just a few years ago. <BR> <BR> We begin by thinking about where you struggled. And remember everybody's struggles will be different. Did yo... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 05:15:17 EST Do you Believe in yourself?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64108129 “ Your success depends mainly upon what you think of yourself and whether you believe in yourself. You can succeed if nobody else believes it; but you will never succeed if you don't believe in yourself. ” <BR> <BR> I realized after I posted the above quote, there is just not anything I can add to it, but it does give us something to think about. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Tue, 12 Apr 2016 04:44:56 EST There is just no question on who is in control. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64100374 “ Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you. ” <BR> <BR> Today's quote pretty much sums it up on if we are going to be successful or if we are going to continue flopping like a fish out of water. Sure things will get in our way, but again, we have the power to either just deal with the situations, or throw our hands up in despair. <BR> <BR> Its a new week so lets make sure we put forth the effort to have a successful week, and it doesn't have to be a number on the scale, even t... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 04:47:54 EST Attitude counts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64092853 “ Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. " <BR> <BR> I have always been a big believer in my attitude has such a big measure of how I handle things. Same deal with my weight loss journey. I know if my attitude becomes, ''throwing caution to the wind," then my weight loss is going to suffer. <BR> <BR> If we tell ourselves, ''I don't have time to... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 04:54:03 EST We can do this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64085847 <em>104</em> <em>242</em> to both IceCub and Jane for weight losses this week, and I get to add my name to the mix as well. <BR> <BR> I lost 2.75 (2 3/4) pounds this week, making my new total of 30 pounds gone since December 28th, when I joined the new Smart Points online. Saying I'm thrilled is putting it mildly. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It's the weekend, so what better time to make out your meal plan for the week, get that grocery shopping done, and get those fruits and veggies ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 05:38:02 EST Weight loss is not an 'all or nothing' endeavor. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64078743 We've been programmed with this "I'm either actively dieting, or not caring at all about what I eat" mentality. <BR> <BR> This is bad! Bad, bad, BAD! This line of thinking results in that one little cookie that you shouldn't have eaten turning into an entire box. We all know how it goes, " I shouldn't have eaten that. Guess I'm 'off!' What else is there to eat?..." Sound familiar? And, if we're truthful with ourselves, most of us have been right there. <BR> <BR> A leader or my friend ... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 05:02:31 EST So what if we're labeled a little crazy!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64071202 “ If you want to win anything -- a race, your self, your life -- you have to go a little berserk. ” <BR> <BR> When I saw the above quote I thought of my friend Dana. She's been at her goal for many, many years, but she will be the first one to tell you, ''I had to try several times." The reason the quote made me think of her, was she told me how her husband hated it when they would go eat out and Dana would ask for certain things to be done to her food, or left off her food. Her husband a... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 05:35:22 EST Think like a Winner http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64063180 Don't you think its time we let POSITIVE thoughts take over. We never have to look far to find the negativity in just everyday life, and its about time we stopped it from taking center stage. Guess what?? We don't have to give the negativity top spot in our lives. <BR> <BR> Its amazing what can happen when we let "I CAN" be the boss of us instead of ''I CAN'T", and when we give ''I WILL" a promotion instead of ''I WON'T." Simplest example that comes to mine, is our Michelle and her trac... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 05:10:20 EST Will you fail or will you FLY??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64055252 Most of us know that we set the tone for our day just about as soon as we open our eyes. Yesterday I was not feeling well at all, and my first thoughts were, ''not going to ride my bike," "not going to clean the house as I had planned," "Not going to go out and pick up the limbs that feel from my trees." <BR> <BR> Notice all those ''Not Going To Do" things. But, I did ride my bike, didn't feel like it, but I did, got in over 20 miles yesterday, I did get out there and pick up those tree ... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 05:05:04 EST Monday's Musing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64046907 “ He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity ” <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm having some adversity this morning. I woke up not feeling well at all, so wanted to just stop in and tell everyone to hang in there, and make this week work for you. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Mon, 4 Apr 2016 05:25:05 EST We continue anyway. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64038878 "Those who succeed are the ones who look in the mirror and see no change, but continue anyway, knowing they will get there in time." <BR> <BR> This is why I can't look at the ''BIG'' picture, meaning all the weight I need to lose, because if I did, I'd get so overwhelmed, that I'm sure I'd go out and stop at every fast food place we have in Beaver Dam. <BR> <BR> But, I do look in the mirror, and I can see my face is not as big as it was, by stomach is not as big as it was, and best of all, ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 04:57:22 EST Saturday Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64031362 To begin with I want to congratulate Jane for losing weight the three months she was away from her home. Jane I think that is just <em>345</em> . You had a loss, it could so very easily have gone the other way, so be very proud of yourself, I know I'm proud of you. <BR> <BR> Now about yesterday's weigh in. Never made it back online yesterday, and I was up 1 pounds. I was almost sure I would have a loss, but the scale said, ''no." However, I did have a huge loss the week before 5 pound... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 05:40:07 EST Sometimes, I get scared by the control food seems http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64022810 Do any of you ever feel this way? I'll find my thoughts constantly drifting into the kitchen (or into the bakery, when I go shopping , or into the drive thru when I am out and about.) I don't do this purposely, or at least I don't think I do. They seem to just pop in out of nowhere! <BR> <BR> And I think, "Oh man, how am I ever gonna beat this thing? Look at all the bad choices just waiting to be made..." <BR> <BR> I start thinking I'm a failure for having such thoughts, and I'll beat m... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 05:25:36 EST No Question or Quote today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64015501 My mom had to be rushed to the ER yesterday and is having a procedure this morning. Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:39:34 EST The choice to lose weight is in your hands. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64014904 "The ultimate decision is yours, and yours alone to make." <BR> <BR> We all know that or those people that are naturally slim. Those that seem they can eat anything and everything without gaining an ounce. But, have you ever noticed what those people are eating, or at least the ones I know. They're not chomping down on pizza, or big bacon burgers. No instead of having French fries, they are having fruit, instead of vegging out in front of the TV at night, they're going out for a walk aro... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:07:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64008346 QUOTE: “Life is created on a daily basis by the choices you make or don’t make.” ~ Bronnie Ware, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When I was a kid, I was an only child. <BR> <BR> It was a good night...while my food was probably not entirely on plan. I’m starting the morning with a green smoothie and I have a salad at work. Planning on breakfast for dinner tonight so I’ll plan for a high point dinner. I am thinking of doing Coaching for a bit and see if that helps me. I feel like I need the ex... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:38:22 EST Divide and conquer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64007338 “ Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it. ” <BR> <BR> Cable is giving me problems yet again this morning. So thought I'd better get on here with my musing while I still have the connection. <BR> <BR> Today's quote is for all of us who become overwhelmed at times. For me this new Smart Points has been the easiest of all the programs, that Weight Watchers has offered. I think its due to it just makes sense. I can so remember when the Points Pl... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 04:49:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x64000203 QUOTE: “However bright or dim we are, we will still make mistakes. If I kept a diary of all the bad decisions I have made in my life, it would be too thick to carry. But as in most things, it may take a bundle of mistakes to arrive at something sublime, just as it takes thousands of flowers to produce a few drops of perfume.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When I was a kid, I refused to eat any boxed macaroni and cheese other than Kraft. I could take one bite and knew... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 08:25:58 EST Repeat after me..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63999194 I can be 100% today. <BR> <BR> As humans, it's really easy to get overwhelmed by the big picture. <BR> <BR> So every morning,we need to tell ourselves "I can handle today, 100%. Just today. I can do that." <BR> <BR> Because we can. Anyone can do anything for one day, so we can definitely stay OP for one day. <BR> <BR> Repeat after me.....I CAN BE 100% TODAY!!!! Because TODAY is the day that counts. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan&amp;#8203; Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:03:32 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63992040 QUOTE: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” ~ Helen Keller <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When I was a kid, I enjoyed...family reunions. My dad was one of 9 and my mom one of 4, so every year we were visiting extended family. It seems since my grandmothers have passed that we seem to do less and less of that. <BR> <BR> I had a lazy day yesterday as my meat was still not thawed. DH bought a couple of other things that I needed so I am ... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 08:03:40 EST A new day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63991089 If you were not as prepared or ''good'' as you had hoped to me over the weekend, never fear, today is a brand new day. Just remember all that half priced Easter candy will put on WHOLE pounds. So let someone else purchase that stuff, we don't need it anyway. <BR> <BR> Myself, I had a great time this weekend, but have to admit, I was glad for it to come to an end yesterday, and I wasn't even the one with the house guest. It was good visiting with our sister and her husband, and I have pic... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 04:50:53 EST Happy Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63984664 Wishing everyone a wonderful day today. If you have a plan stay the course, if you don't then right now sit and make out a plan for today, it could very easily be the one day that sets the course of your entire week. <BR> <BR> Michelle, good luck on today's weigh in, and your so right its wonderful when we give into just working on ourselves. <BR> <BR> Icecub, congrats being in onderland, 199 is ONDERLAND in my opinion. Great job. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Sun, 27 Mar 2016 04:46:19 EST It works if you work it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63977586 My weigh in was so good, that I had to get on the scale three times just to make sure it was not a fluke. I not only lost the 4 pounds I gained while away in Louisville, but I added another pound to the mix, making it a total of 5 pounds gone this week. <BR> <BR> I have to admit there were days I felt as if I wasn't doing so well, but I had my plan, it was written out, and my food was there, so I didn't stray from that, and I rode that bicycle, rode it 20 miles everyday and never left my ... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 05:36:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 25th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63973204 QUOTE:“The real and most dangerous opponents we face are fear, anger, confusion, doubt, and despair. If we overcome those enemies that attack us from within, we can attain a true victory over any attack from without.” ~ Morihei Ueshiba, Budo Secrets <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When I was a kid, I liked to wear…pretty dresses. <BR> <BR> I think the change is helping. At least the order that I am eating it in anyway. I lost 0.8 this week. I had told my friend Amy that I thought I would lose a... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:53:07 EST It's not only FRIDAY.... .......but its........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63970462 GOOD FRIDAY, and our BLANCHE'S BIRTHDAY. Happy birthday Blanche, and hope you have a wonderful day/weekend. <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> Today is also my TOPS meeting, and if you recall, because I sure recall, last weeks weigh in I had a 4 pound gain. I so did not like that, but I've been home in my own surroundings, and Queen of my own food this week, and I feel like I have done pretty darn good. Of course I'll find out later this morning, but I just know that every single night I laid down... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 05:18:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63963682 QUOTE: “You only lose what you cling to.” ~ Buddha <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When I was a kid, my favorite thing to do outside was...ride my bike. <BR> <BR> Breakfast for dinner will have to happen another night. I am proud to say my “mom” mind kicked in and I decided to use the chicken breasts I had earmarked for DH to grill for me to make salsa chicken and we made brown rice. It wasn’t too fancy, but it was ready soon after we got home. I need to put out more chicken/chicken breasts so tha... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:17:55 EST Keep Fighting for YOURSELF!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63962664 It doesn't matter how you've failed. It doesn't matter that you've tried before. It doesn't matter if you fell down yesterday. <BR> <BR> Only this matters: <BR> what are you gonna do next? <BR> <BR> The only way you'll never reach your goal is if you stop fighting for it. <BR> <BR> So keep fighting! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Thu, 24 Mar 2016 04:56:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63955862 QUOTE: “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices.” ~ Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you read at the gym? <BR> <BR> Nope. I can’t figure out how to do it! I think I still bounce around too much at this point to bother with it. <BR> <BR> I tell you the more I read in Gorge, the more I want to just do nothing but read. I tried to switch things up a little bit by having my typical morning snack for breakfast instead of my sm... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:11:18 EST Choices. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63955030 “ There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. ” <BR> <BR> Everyday we not only have to make choices for ourselves, but at times for others, especially if you have become a caregiver. We can only hope that the choices we have to make for others are the right ones, and that the choices we make for ourselves are truly what we desire. <BR> <BR> If your not happy where you are right now with your journey, you have tw... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 04:51:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63948285 QUOTE: “Persistence isn’t using the same tactics over and over. That’s just annoying. Persistence is having the same goal over and over.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck? <BR> <BR> QUESTION: As we decided (actually I decided) we were going meatless last night, do you participate in Meatless Monday? <BR> <BR> We used to do it often, but now it seems to be only on occasion now. <BR> <BR> I got myself all caught up on my Star stickers and figured out that I need to put m... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:19:50 EST Why wait??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63947322 "Don't wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect." <BR> <BR> I love today's quote and it was given to me by Sweet Rosie. It rings true, that at anytime during the day we can make that day a perfect day for ourselves. It doesn't even have to be anything big. <BR> <BR> For me yesterday my perfect day was realizing I was walking all over Owensboro shopping with Ruthann (my Sister) and realized, ''I'm not in pain." Of course, last night my lower back was arguing with... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 05:12:45 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 21st http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63940393 QUOTE: “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” ~ C.S. Lewis <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How have you prepared yourself for success this week? <BR> <BR> I have prepared boiled eggs, momlets, and baked eggs. I have lima beans cooking in the crockpot so we can do meatless tonight with some homemade cornbread. <BR> <BR> I realized earlier I have been slacking on my “star” stickers on my calendar. I don’t ... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:22:41 EST No Expiration Date. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63939318 If you have a dream, give it a chance to happen. ” <BR> <BR> How many of us have went to bed at night and whispered the prayer, ''Lord, let me be thin when I wake up." Cannot tell you how many times in my life I have uttered that prayer. I know sad, but its true, and I can admit to it. <BR> <BR> As we know this journey never ends, sure we can get to out goal weight, but then the real work begins...Maintenance. Maintenance is so much harder than the process of getting there, and I know th... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 04:59:48 EST Spring..... FINALLY!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63932364 <em>87</em> <em>375</em> Happy Spring Everyone <em>376</em> <em>451</em> <BR> <BR> It's time to let Spring into your heart. Has your drive dipped and your dreams have seemed to fallen asleep? Well, its Spring, the very first day of Spring. So what better time than to renew. Isn't that what Spring is all about, new growth, new plans. Our world is going to explode in lovely Spring colors, lets face it they are already there in the department stores. The birds are singing, the da... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 05:30:43 EST Fall down..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63925851 GET RIGHT BACK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> As I feared the scale was not kind, but it could have been a lot worse. I was up 4 pounds and I don't have to scratch my head and wonder, ''how did that happen??" I know how it happened, the day after my last weigh in before leaving for Louisville, I took that as, ''my vacation begins now," attitude. I didn't track, hey I was leaving in two days, and I was not going to have my computer with me so why bother. This is the kind of thinking that get ... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 05:12:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63919505 QUOTE: “Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you have when you need something sweet? <BR> <BR> The other day I had a craving for something sweet after my salad. I wound up peeling my orange and eating that instead of something artificial. I did buy myself some Gobstoppers the other day, but I only have 1 at a time. At an ... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:01:23 EST Today's Truth. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63918758 It's Friday, so that means my TOPS meeting and weigh in day, and I will be the first to admit that I will have a gain this week. I don't do well when I'm away from home, and maybe that is an excuse, but it is hard when your not in control of your own menu. So here is a reminder: the only thing that has any say about what goes in my mouth is me. <BR> <BR> It's not the stressful day at work. It's not the surprise birthday party. It's not the invitation to go out for dinner. It's not the cha... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 05:08:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63912152 QUOTE: “I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered into this world into defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny. I will persist until I succeed.” ~ Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever been a member of a book club? <BR> <BR> I have never been part of a book r... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 08:06:32 EST You're right on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63911477 Whether you're just starting out....again....or beginning the next leg of your journey or even if your struggling a bit. Your right where your suppose to be. <BR> <BR> I know that statement may sound strange, but think about it. For whatever reason where your at now is where you need to be. Yesterday someone actually explained this to me, because I was complaining about what a great time I had while I was away, BUT what a hard time I'm having getting back in the groove. I'm back on track... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 05:09:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63905109 QUOTE: “Every time you make a choice, you are turning the central part of you – the part that chooses – into something a little different than what it was before. Taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature.” ~ C. S. Lewis <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have traditional magazine subscriptions or do you subscribe on your ereader? <BR> <BR> I have traditional magazine subscrip... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 08:05:20 EST Embrace your new lifestyle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63904319 None of us are the same. Not all of us are big vegetable lovers, not all of us are big seafood lovers, not all of us are big on exercising. BUT, that does not mean we cannot have a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> We can live without all the processed foods out there, we can live without all the high sugar foods out there. We make substitutes. If I could eat potatoes everyday I'd be a happy camper, baked, fried, mashed, you name it give me a good white potato and I'm a happy girl. Guess wha... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 05:05:25 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63897638 QUOTE: “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ~ Mark Twain <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How often do you read for pleasure? <BR> <BR> I try to read a little bit each day. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a rough day. My fruit/veggie consumption was quite low compared to a normal day and I seemed to have a headache most of the day. I enjoyed some time with my husband though. I am so glad to have him home! Definitely have to work to get those steps in today! Planning on ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 08:11:15 EST Doing our best. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63896666 “ Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best. ” <BR> <BR> I was so happy last night as I turned off the light for bedtime, my last thought was, ''I did it!!! I had a on track, on plan day, and rode that bike almost 20 miles yesterday." Now that was a good day. It felt so great to have gotten myself back in the game, and I didn't have to have anyone else's approval, I was approving myself. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> As I have mentioned before being away from ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 05:31:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63892377 QUOTE: “The only real security in life lies in relishing life’s insecurity.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How are you planning for success this week? <BR> <BR> I’ve still got to go to the store again, but I will be making some eggs, and I bought salad stuff, etc. I am going to try to make more salads this week even to go with dinner. I think it will help. <BR> <BR> It was a busy but fun weekend. I enjoyed some time with my best friend since I was about 8. ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:15:49 EST HELLO my name is Joan...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63889468 And I"m not PERFECT!!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was reading an article about how so many times when we are on a lifestyle changing journey we try to be perfect, and lets face it, perfection is a myth. Or at least I think its a myth. <BR> <BR> As I mentioned yesterday while I was gone for a week I was not perfect, but I was better than I had been on other trips. Yesterday I thought I would be right back in the swing of things, but that didn't happened either. HOWEVER, today is a new day, ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 06:00:02 EST Great to be home. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63882060 Hi Everyone, <BR> I am back home now, got here yesterday. I had such a wonderful time, getting together with friends, and lots of laughs as well. BUT, it is so GREAT to be back home in my own surroundings, and being able to prepare my own meals and being back into my own routine. Going to have to work hard this week since I weigh in on Friday, and I know I ate somethings I wouldn't normally eat if I were home, and I didn't get in as much exercise either, but that is called life and from ... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 06:35:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63869595 QUOTE: “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” ~ Muhammad Ali <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I will...take care of me. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great day! It is going to be a super busy weekend. I am excited about it, but woke up with my allergies going crazy. I have a plan in place for lunch, but not sure about tonight. I will just have to take things one thing at a time today to get through the day. I had a 3.4 lb gain, but drinking DP to stay awake and with the food binges,... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 08:38:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63862437 QUOTE: “The only real security in life lies in relishing life’s insecurity.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is the weather where you are and how does it affect your workout plans for today? <BR> <BR> It’s rainy again in our neck of the woods in North Dallas. It doesn’t really affect my workout plans as I normally try to bike while I am at work or walk and the hallway outside the back door to my office is a great place to do that. :-) <BR> <BR> So, I am tru... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:01:06 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63854537 QUOTE: “The days you are most uncomfortable are the days you learn the most about yourself.” - Mary L. Bean <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What’s the most obnoxious word/phrase you use on a regular basis? <BR> <BR> I’m not sure I really say anything on a regular basis...other than calling everyone a banana and I guess that can get annoying. <BR> <BR> We actually tried something new last night with Beaux...his crate was moved into DS15’s room and he slept all night. I think he just needs to be clos... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 08:48:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63846696 QUOTE: “All worthwhile journeys have big obstacles. It’s the way of the world. The rewards go to those who can push through those trying moments and still manage to keep a smile on their face.” ~ Bear Grylls <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you keep yourself from binging when you didn’t get enough sleep? <BR> <BR> I have really been struggling with this and trying not to eat my emotions. I am feeling very unprepared and like I am spiraling. <BR> <BR> Well, Chris made it safely to the ME. I p... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 08:37:33 EST My bags are packed.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63837267 The one thing I want all of you to remember while I am away is this.....we are so worth the extra meal planning, the standing in the stores reading labels and calculating the points. So what if it takes us a bit longer to do the weekly shopping. We are so worth the prep work that may well be the one thing that gets us from that late afternoon slump just before dinner is ready. <BR> <BR> I won't have my computer with me, BUT, I'm taking a notebook with me, I'll write down EVERYTHING that ... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 05:20:40 EST what do you think of the new ww points plan? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63829952 I just started a 3 month ww online. how do others like the new points plan Sun, 6 Mar 2016 06:25:10 EST We can't out run what we eat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63829820 I received an email from a friend yesterday and it made me sit and think. Especially when she said....."We can't outrun what we eat." <BR> <BR> If you've ever had a fitness trainer that is the statement they should have given you from the get go. I can honestly say I've never been one to over compensate when it comes to exercising, so when I've over indulged and that can even happen on healthy foods, I just ended up paying the piper. <BR> <BR> There may have been a time or two that I w... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 05:07:15 EST Going Away.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63822751 Good Saturday morning Everyone. I wanted to make sure I shared with all of you that I'm leaving Monday for Louisvlle. Have not been to Louisville since last October when I took my sister for here Oncologist appointment. This trip is my FUN trip. So I'll post early Monday morning, and I won't be back on here until I return home. Which since I have no one to take care of or be responsible for except myself, and by the way, that can be a full time job. <em>334</em> my return is being pl... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 04:41:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 3/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63817206 QUOTE: “Embrace the suck. Doing something hard sucks. It’s not easy, and often you’re confused about how to do it because you haven’t done it much before. So what? Hard things suck, but life isn’t always peaches with roses on top (and a sprinkle of cinnamon). It sucks sometimes, and that’s perfectly fine. Embrace all of life, thorns and pits and all. Life would be boring without the suck. So smile, embrace the suck, and get moving.” ~ Leo Babauta, Zen Habits <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you g... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 10:00:01 EST Because you can. And you will. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63815248 Let's set a little goal together, just for today. <BR> <BR> Today, we're not gonna say "I can't." We're not even gonna think it. <BR> <BR> I know, we can't always control what we think, but when "I can't" creeps into our thoughts, fight back by saying "I can." <BR> <BR> Better yet, let's say "I will." <BR> <BR> Today is my TOPS meeting, and I didn't eat any soup or broth yesterday, drank plenty of water, tracked and planned all week, and got in my activity. Did I tell you all that I'm u... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 04:52:33 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 3/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63809460 QUOTE: “To surpass the deeds of others is unimportant; to surpass my own deeds is all.” ~ Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you handle your eating when you are nauseous? <BR> <BR> Suffering with this the last few days. I am focusing on smoothies today so I can get in some fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> I am sorry for not posting the last couple of days, but I was in bed with a migraine for the last two days. Feeling better now, but I better finish... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 09:51:29 EST Same Three Choices. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63807579 Today, we have the same three options to choose from that we always have. <BR> <BR> We can take a step back, stand pat, or take a step forward. <BR> <BR> We've all chosen each one of these options before. We've had those days where we nailed it — where we did what we had to do and felt a sense of pride when falling into bed. We've had those days where we fell in the middle — where we didn't do what we shouldn't do, but didn't do what we should either. And we've certainly all had those days... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 04:47:47 EST Smart Points Daily Allowance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x865x63802454 Hi Everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I have been a team member for a while now, but I have just decided to make the commitment to get healthy &amp; lose weight!!! <BR> I am not working right now, so I am unable to go to the meetings for now. I received the introductory materials and I would like to start the smart points on my own. Does anyone know the formula for figuring out how many smart points we receive each day??? <BR> All advice is appreciated!!! <BR> Thank you!!! <BR> Trish Wed, 2 Mar 2016 11:49:27 EST In like a lion, and out like a lamb. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63799389 March,It comes in ferociously, and then settles down like a newborn sheep. So yesterday on the first day of March, we had thunderstorms, and lots of wind. Yep, the Lion arrived. <BR> <BR> But, doesn't that sound like us and weight loss ? I know I can identify with it. <BR> <BR> I often enter into a health journey like a lion. I'll clear out the pantry and cupboards of all the things that fuel my bad habits. I will carefully count points, weigh and measure. I'll give it my all , and... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 04:48:05 EST No Limits... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63791060 Today is like every other day we have, and that is ''THERE IS NO LIMITS," to what we can do, if we are willing to give it our all. I noticed in yesterday's post so many of you when you do eat out, your bringing half your meal home with you, and that is awesome. <BR> <BR> If we want it bad enough we can and will find ways to make it happen. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Tue, 1 Mar 2016 04:39:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 29th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63783579 QUOTE: “When I say I lack the time to exercise, is this really true given that I have time to watch television? Perhaps it is just difficult for me to admit that I may be lazy.” ~ Keshavan Nair, A Higher Standard of Leadership <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How are you set up for success this week? <BR> <BR> Feeling positive about making the decision to do some meal prep this weekend and following through with it. I have meatloaf prepped to go in the crockpot, potato/cauliflower mash to go with prep... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:32:36 EST Pack that lunch today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63782400 If you don't pack a lunch, what are your options? <BR> <BR> You could grab a processed, preservative ridden meal from the freezer on your way out the door. You could head out for a bite where you'll spend $10 for 1000+ calories. You could skip lunch all together (a bad, bad thing to do). Or you could steal some of your coworkers' food from the office fridge. Don't think that one would work out very well either. <BR> <BR> &amp;#8203;But maybe....just maybe, you took a few minutes yesterday ... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 04:19:04 EST Step Up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63774704 " It is not enough to stare up the steps-we must step up the stairs. ” <BR> <BR> For such a long time I just kept kicking around ''what should I do, what should I do?" Where the new Smart Points program was concerned, and after I got started with it, then I wondered, ''why did it take me so long to just take that step up." <BR> <BR> Well, whatever the reason may or may not have been all I can say is I'm so glad I took that step. When I think about it just about everything in my life th... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 04:50:44 EST Reap what we sow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63767847 "Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. . . " - Og Mandino <BR> <BR> What are you going to plant today? <BR> <BR> The same old behaviors? The old "well, it's the weekend" mentality? So I"ll eat the entire weekend, not track, no plans, throw caution to the wind. Not a good idea as most of us know. <BR> <BR> Or new, healthier ones? A fresh "every bite counts" mentality? This one is for me. <BR> <BR> Whichever way we choose to go, we will reap what we so... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 05:31:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 26th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63761350 QUOTE: “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” ~ Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name one thing that you must have when you are working out. <BR> <BR> My Fitbit. I recently found an app called RunKeeper that has a variety of music set to a specific RPM, which seemed to help keep me moving while I was on the Arc Trainer. <BR> <BR> I lost the 0.4 I gained last week. Honestly, I think I had a hard time earlier in the week when Chris confirmed that he was going to Jordan. I ... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 08:17:47 EST Complaining does not work. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63760270 “ If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain. ” <BR> <BR> Today's quote is perfect for me today. Today is my TOPS meeting and I feel pretty sure I'm going to have a gain this week. Oh sure, I know why, and there is no reason to make excuses or even complain about it. Why?? Its called Life. I upped my activity this week, so in my mind I always get this idea of, ''oh I've worked out more that means I can eat more." Well, maybe some ... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 05:08:18 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63753555 QUOTE: “Living closer to nature helps simplify because nature itself, though complex, keeps us in tune with basic rhythms and pleasures that never change and that provide grounding. When our family moved next to a farm, we found simplicity in the food we ate and in new sources for our entertainment and pleasure. Learning how to ride a horse is a complicated process, but riding is a simple pleasure that offers lasting satisfaction.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 08:28:03 EST Celebrate the big and small. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63752571 So many times we get so busy that we forget to celebrate that we are just we. We may feel as if we're not making a difference to anyone, even ourselves, but we are. <BR> <BR> Its a lot easier to think on what we're not enough of or too much of, and to focus on what we haven't got or what we'r just plain not. But so what if we're not perfect? No one is!!!! <BR> <BR> Trying to be perfect never works and its so exhausting. So today lets just celebrate just being alive. Let's celebrate s... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 04:52:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 24th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63745707 QUOTE: “Success usually comes down to choosing the pain of discipline over the ease of distraction.” ~ James Clear, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I am love to....try new recipe and learn new crafts. <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a little rough for me and my eating was not spot on, but I honestly think that Beaux getting up around 4:30 or before is making me tired. I’ve been trying to get up at 5:15 anyway, but that extra 45 minutes awake makes me super tired, apparently. I am definitely tryin... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:13:13 EST Just keep swimming. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63744771 "We never drift toward our goals. We will only drift away from them." <BR> <BR> When we're on a weight loss journey, we're swimming against the cultural current. <BR> <BR> Fast food, super-size, junk everywhere, endless pasta bowls, unlimited appetizers, 4th meal, 24 hr drive thru, love others with food, coco-covered EVERYTHING, add a brownie for only 99¢, treat yourself treat yourself treat yourself. Oh and lets not forget the healthy all you can eat salad, that comes alone with those won... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 04:43:34 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 23rd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63737765 QUOTE: “I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered into this world into defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny. I will persist until I succeed.” ~ Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World <BR> <BR> QUESTION: As we are closing in on the end of February, how are you doing with your monthly goals? <... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 08:09:28 EST Sometimes we just need to knuckle down. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63736858 Ever have one of those times of complete and utter lack of motivation? Most of us have experienced that once or twice. <BR> <BR> Those times where even thinking about weight loss makes your knees go weak and your head start spinning? Most of us have had that to happen as well. <BR> <BR> One of those times where it all seems completely overwhelming? Yep, been there done that and have the t-shirt to prove it. <BR> <BR> Don't worry, we've all been there. <BR> <BR> Thousands of people ha... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 04:53:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 22nd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63729739 QUOTE: “A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.” ~ Albert Szent-Gyorgyi <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you planning your vacation yet? If so, where are you going? <BR> <BR> We are going to OshKosh for the big air show in July. Chris has wanted to go since before we got married so we’re trying to make it happen this year. <BR> <BR> I have not been feeling 100%, I really think it’s allergies, but it’s been going on for awhile. I decided yesterday after church to just ta... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 08:07:32 EST No limits. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63728752 "Today know that there is no limit to what you can do, if you give it your all." <BR> <BR> No matter how many wrong turns we make, in the very next move we can make a right turn and get right back on track. Here' s hoping everyone had a great weekend and is now prepared for the week ahead. <BR> <BR> There are no limits to what we can do for ourselves. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Mon, 22 Feb 2016 04:42:47 EST Who are we really cheating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63721566 'Cheat days' only result in our cheating ourselves." <BR> <BR> We are trying to create a new world for ourselves — a world of freedom from food. And we know that losing weight and keeping it off requires a change in lifestyle. <BR> <BR> The idea of a 'cheat day' comes from that diet mentality we had in the old world. <BR> <BR> A 'cheat day' can quickly devolve into a return to our old ways. <BR> <BR> So when we find ourselves thinking, "Perhaps I'll cheat a little today," remember... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 05:04:18 EST QUOTE of the Day - February 20th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63716680 QUOTE: “Living closer to nature helps simplify because nature itself, though complex, keeps us in tune with basic rhythms and pleasures that never change and that provide grounding. When our family moved next to a farm, we found simplicity in the food we ate and in new sources for our entertainment and pleasure. Learning how to ride a horse is a complicated process, but riding is a simple pleasure that offers lasting satisfaction.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self <BR> <BR> No specific plans... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 11:20:26 EST Seven (7) days of Inspiration. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63714716 Before I begin today, for those that may have missed my post from yesterday after my TOPS meeting. I want to report that I was down another 1.25 pounds for this week. That makes a total of 28 pounds since I rejoined Weight Watchers on the 28th of December, 2015. Color me all kinds of happy. Now on to some words to INSPIRE. <BR> <BR> Day 1. <BR> Happy is a choice. MAKE IT!!! <BR> <BR> Day 2. <BR> You earn respect just by being yourself. <BR> <BR> Day 3 <BR> Great things happen when we ... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 04:48:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 19th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63708099 QUOTE: “Life doesn’t reward the naturally clever or strong but those who can learn to fight and work hard and never quit. ~ Bear Grylls <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name one thing that makes you successful on your weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> For me, I know that tracking is key. I may not always want to do it, but I know it is necessary for me to keep track of what I’m eating. <BR> <BR> So, honestly, with my lack of tracking for a few days while I had the long weekend, I expected I would have ... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 07:53:56 EST A Taste of SPRING!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63707320 Only 31 days to go before the first day of Spring, which is also Palm Sunday this year. Don't know about the rest of you, but I am so READY. Yesterday we got a taste of Spring, and we actually had <em>67</em> sunshine. I don't care what anyone says sunshine just makes a person feel better. Now if my yard would just dry up so I could get all the limbs that have fallen out of the trees picked up. Those are extra activity points laying out there just waiting for me. <BR> <BR> Let Spring... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 05:08:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 18th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63701188 QUOTE: “If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and adore.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: My WW leader mentioned the other day that this is about the time that people fall off the resolution wagon. How are you doing on your journey? <BR> <BR> I did not make resolutions this year, I set goals. However, much like anything else, I have good days and bad days, but I am still trying to move forward. <BR> <BR> I was a little concerned I... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 08:18:04 EST Change will come only..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63700366 ....when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change." <BR> <BR> At some point in time we all reach that very place, when we are just sick and tired of being sick and tired. It last for awhile, then we get comfortable and wherever we are at that time becomes the ''New Norm" for us. But if we stay in that place too long, then the pain can and usually will move right alone with us. <BR> <BR> We cleaned out our cupboards at the first of the year getting rid of all that ''... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 05:22:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 17th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63693629 QUOTE: “The way to learn to do things is to do things. The way to learn a trade is to work at it. Success teaches how to succeed. Begin with the determination to succeed, and the work is half done already.” ~ Henry Ford <BR> <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Recently, I have seen more before and after pictures. Did you or are you making a conscious effort to measure your journey in photos or in another way? <BR> <BR> I am pondering starting the photo each month to see how my body changes. I think it... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:16:17 EST Hump Day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63692692 Here we are the middle of the week already. Even though the weather has been lousy and I've stayed inside since Saturday, the week has go by so far pretty fast. I have kept myself busy and have not had to rely on bad food choices to entertain myself. How did I do this?? <BR> <BR> 1. I had a list of calls I needed to make, insurance company, doctor offices, etc. I have had this list for several months, but kept thinking. This will keep. I got it done yesterday. <BR> <BR> 2. Storage. ... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 04:55:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63685777 QUOTE: We make a difference to other people when we give gifts to them, when we bring emotional labor to the table and do work that matters. It’s hard for me to imagine that this way of living and working is available to only a few. Yes, the cards are unfairly stacked against too many people. Yes, there are too many barriers and not enough support. But no, your ability to create and contribute isn’t determined at birth. It’s a choice.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck? <BR>... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 08:26:20 EST Perfect Time??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63684926 If we wait for the moment where everything, absolutely EVERYTHING, is ready. We WILL NEVER BEGIN." <BR> <BR> So many times I go back to this very quote, telling myself, ''I'll do this or that, when the time is right." REALLY??? We know there is never a right time, a perfect time, we are always going to have something in our way that we feel to be more important that ourselves. <BR> <BR> There will always be some sort of holiday that we or other people feel we have to celebrate with foo... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 05:13:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63678953 QUOTE: “For me the joy of athletics has never resided in winning. I derive just as much happiness from the process as from the results. I don’t mind losing as long as I see improvement or I feel I’ve done as well as I possibly could. If I lose, I just go back to the track and work some more.” ~ Jackie Joyner-Kersee <BR> <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When you have an unusual day off during the week, do you stick with your usual routine or do something special? <BR> <BR> <BR> It depends. I try ... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:59:01 EST Snow...... .Again!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63676793 Needless to say I did not go to Ruthann's yesterday for Sunday dinner. Coty did call and told me, ''I'll come and get you or I'll bring you a plate of food." I thought that was really sweet of him, but as I told him, ''I've got my food planned for today, and to be honest I just don't want to get out in this mess." We have ended up with around 6 inches of snow, but its suppose to begin to warm up today and the rest of the week and by Friday, we should hit 60 degrees. <em>250</em> <BR> <... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 05:17:22 EST Valentines Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63669455 Happy Valentines Day Everyone. <BR> <BR> Are you planning on going out to dinner tonight? Do your homework first. For me, I've planned my Valentines Day lunch/dinner and it all is counting on the weather. If it doesn't start snowing, I'll go to Ruthann's for Sunday dinner, but if it does and I don't go, well I have planned for myself this menu. <BR> <BR> 4 oz. 4% fat ground beef pattie grilled.... 4 Smart Points <BR> roasted potatoes............................. 3 Smart Points <BR> 1 we... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 05:47:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 13th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63665751 QUOTE: “Learn from the past. Prepare for the future. Perform in the present.” ~ Gary Mack, Mind Gym <BR> <BR> Already been to Costco today, so that’s a positive. I need to get busy with my meal prep. I want to find a recipe for chicken taquitos. I think that will be a great use of what is left of the chicken that we have. I definitely want to get some meal prep/planning done this week and get veggies cut up. Want a plan in place to make this a good week! I have some bell peppers, ca... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:39:13 EST Everyday looking to win. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63662731 Don't know if any of you get the Weight Watchers magazine, but this months as it was last month and no doubt even months down the road, Oprah was featured in it. The magazine was asking her questions and one thing she said, really made me do some thinking. Here is the quote that I really liked. <BR> <BR> "I'm looking at this journey as the greatest game of my life, and every day wanting to win." <BR> <BR> When I read, and re-read this all I could think was, ''this is how each of us should... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 04:56:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 12th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63656127 QUOTE: “The thing always happens that you believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright <BR> <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I enjoy…cooking for my family. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am feeling better about the fact that I am tracking and enjoyed seeing the loss last night. I lost 0.8 last night. Especially since I went over my SmartPoints a couple of times over the weekend and given the fact that I did not workout like I did last week. I am struggling with getting my mind in... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:06:46 EST It's Friday...and that means..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63655458 weigh in and meeting day at my TOPS group. HOWEVER, there may well be a fly in that ointment due to the Ground Hog lied and instead of Spring getting closer the weather man says we could have snow coming in around 4 this morning. Well, its 4:01 a.m. and I haven't seen any snow. But if it does begin to snow before I leave here at 8:15 I won't go, due to the 28 mile trip one way too many icy roads between here and there. <BR> <BR> I'll wait and see what happens, worse case I'll just have ... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:04:59 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY: Feb. 10th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63650383 QUOTE:“Envision, create, and believe in your own universe, and the universe will form around you.” ~ Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name a few things you always keep in your pantry or refrigerator/freezer. <BR> <BR> Bananas, spinach, almond milk, coconut milk, frozen fruit, chicken, lean ground beef or bison. <BR> <BR> It was a crazy day yesterday. I won't even lie. DS15 was in an accident bike vs. Car. I could have been so much worse and I am thankful that it was ... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:25:44 EST Time to grow-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63648109 "The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take TOTAL RESPONSIBILITY for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up." John Maxwell <BR> <BR> This is something I've struggled with for years, what I like to call, ''growing up." I think not having the responsibility of rearing children had been part of the reason I feel I've not grow up. <BR> <BR> Now don't get me wrong, I'm a very responsible person, but there have been times when I've wanted a certain type of food, that I'm ... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 05:16:31 EST Look forward, not backwards. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63640157 "Our eyes are placed in front, because its more important to look ahead than it is to look back." <BR> <BR> There are times I do think we need to look back a bit, maybe not too far back, but how about just looking back to how well or not so good you did yesterday with your plan. If you feel you may have overeaten yesterday, then looking back to what may have caused that to happen is a good idea. But, looking back too far to where you just threw in the towel and continued on with the poor c... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 04:51:03 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY: Feb. 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63634575 QUOTE:“With strength and determination you can do anything you want in life, as long as you believe in yourself, because if you don’t, no one else will.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What did you have for breakfast? <BR> <BR> I had a smoothie (spinach, banana, chia, flaxseed, almond milk and coconut milk and an antioxidant blend I bought at Costco), coffee and coconut milk creamer. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am feeling good about my choices yesterday. Honestly, I felt like I was sta... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:19:27 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY: Feb. 9th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63634563 QUOTE:“With strength and determination you can do anything you want in life, as long as you believe in yourself, because if you don’t, no one else will.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What did you have for breakfast? <BR> <BR> I had a smoothie (spinach, banana, chia, flaxseed, almond milk and coconut milk and an antioxidant blend I bought at Costco), coffee and coconut milk creamer. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am feeling good about my choices yesterday. Honestly, I felt like I was sta... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:18:36 EST Letting Go. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63632676 ''The key to change is....to let go of fear." <BR> <BR> I know one of the hardest challenges I have is letting go of stuff and thing. But I have found when I do let go of both stuff and things, that I do feel lighter. Sound strange?? Well its not, all those hurt feelings, all those they should of done this or that, all those digging my heals in and not giving an inch because none of this is my fault. Lets face it, ''IT JUST WEIGHS US DOWN!!!" <BR> <BR> I also find when I decide to cl... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 05:03:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63625247 QUOTE: “You can only be you when you do your best. When you don’t do your best you are denying yourself the right to be you. That’s a seed that you should really nurture in your mind. You don’t need knowledge or great philosophical concepts. You don’t need the acceptance of others. You express your own divinity by being alive and by loving yourself and others.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you follow a strict workout routine, or do you change it up regularly... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:13:33 EST Did You Win??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63624226 Strange question I'm sure, but did you win? Did you win against temptation, did you win by going to bed knowing that you had prepared for the day and you came out on top with your food choices due to any Super Bowl party. <BR> <BR> Well if you didn't fare as well as you hoped for, take heart today is a brand new day. Another chance to get it right. Next thing that's coming up is Ash Wednesday and then on Sunday Valentines Day, which the Ash Wednesday I will observe, but Valentines Day, we... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 04:53:10 EST Free Falling. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63616666 “ The harder you fall, the higher you bounce. ” <BR> <BR> I think we all were at rock bottom when we finally decided to do something about our poor health and our poor food choices. But, that is not saying we won't fall again, but hopefully we will bounce right back up and get our footing, and begin to move forward. As we all know life is full of challenges and facing those challenges make us stronger. <BR> <BR> I faced my challenge yesterday, by seeing my sister that I had not seen in 13... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 05:10:09 EST Continued from yesterday's post. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63609637 Just in case some of you did not read my post after my weigh in yesterday, I lost another 1.25 pounds for the week, got three awards, 1. Biggest loser for the month of January. 2. My 10 pound charm that Ms. Jean kept forgetting to give me, and I've already got a few pounds heading in for my next 10 pound award. 3. Another charm but I'm not real clear on what that one is for. So onto reviewing some of yesterday's post. <BR> <BR> Beth (Knuckles) what I'm about to say you already know, but so... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 05:55:29 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY: Feb. 5th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63603737 QUOTE: "You cannot grow unless you are willing to change. You will never improve yourself if you cling to what used to be." - Leon Brown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have any weekend plans? <BR> <BR> DH and I are going to be childless tonight so we're planning a date tonight. <BR> <BR> So I know I said I would take whatever the scale said but I admit that I was a little shocked...I maintained. I am still at 199. Yesterday was definitely a busy afternoon. We had to take Mom to the cardi... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:36:34 EST Something fun today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x865x63601622 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b6d80748-629f-465b-85c1-e002014d7da9.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Today I want to share with all of you a picture of my car. Its not new, but if you looked it over you'd never know it wasn't right off the show room. Ruthann and Terry were ready to trade in their Toyota Scion, so I asked brother-in-law Terry, ''how about you guys take my van use it as trade in, and let me have Ruthann's Scion." Terry was a bit , ''I don't know," and it was all because m... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 05:22:01 EST