SparkPeople W8Watchers Friends Team Messageboard Attention Weight Watchers members! Following the new PointsPlus program or one of the older programs? Doing it on your own or attending meetings? Join us ... let's do it together! SparkPeople W8Watchers Friends Team Messageboard Not perfect, but better. I had plans of being perfect yesterday, and somethings I did were good things. I got up went to the gym did my hour of cardio, then off to work about 90 minutes later. Benny and Ms. Roselee were thrilled to see be back, and it was good to be back, and to have been missed. After work I had an errand to run and after that was going to take in a WW meeting. I did take in the WW meeting and met up with the married couple that I had coffee with the week before, so we did the same stopped in at... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:10:59 EST Dinner Today is a beautiful day. We had a snow storm Easter weekend. <BR> I'm making spinach lasagne for supper tonight... <BR> What are you making? Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:48:08 EST Don't wait On the news last night, there was this newswoman that interviewed the twin brother's that were running in last years Boston Marathon and they lost their legs. I think they both lost both their legs, but the one thing that made me pay attention was what one of the twins had to say, and that was, ''don't wait until something tragic happens to begin living and changing your life." When I heard this my first thought was, ''I don't need to get a diagnosis of cancer, heart disease, diabetes or an... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 03:31:18 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/21 Daily Quote: “You're never ready for what you have to do. You just do it. That makes you ready.” &#8213; Flora Rheta Schreiber, Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you eat breakfast each day? If so what? <BR> <BR> Of late, it has been regular Cheerios and another type of Cheerios (multi-grain, Peanut Butter Multi-Grain or the Dark Chocolate Multi-Grain) with fat free organic milk and coffee with coconut milk creamer (somet... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:13:27 EST Vacation is just about over. Today I head back to Louisville, and I have to say I have had the most wonderful mini vacation. Even the birthday party with those wild children, that was fun. I have never been with that many little kids at one time, my praise for all school teachers and Mothers, you guys have a heart of gold, and the patience of Job. <BR> <BR> After our dinner yesterday Ruthann and I did a lot of front porch sitting. Every vehicle , bike, motorcycle, even people walking EVERYONE would wave. Its true mo... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:49:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/20 Daily Quote: “It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It's what we do consistently.” &#8213; Anthony Robbins <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What do you keep in the trunk of your car? If you don't have a car, what do you always carry with you? <BR> <BR> Reusable grocery bags, a mini air pump that plugs into the outlet...and the table that came standard in my CRV. There used to be 2 chairs that we kept back there, but I think we may have put them in the other car for a bit. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:13:04 EST Easter Sunday What a great mini vacation I have had. The weather has been just the best. Ruthann and I had a birthday party to attend. It was for one of our six year old Great Nephews, it was held outside, which was nice but so many kids, and were they ever loud. <em>41</em> But they were having a good time. By the time we left Ruthann and I both had headaches, I never knew kids could be so loud. lol lol. <BR> <BR> Saw my youngest brother who has been very heavy all his life, but he has lost about... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:11:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/19 Daily Quote: “The price tag you put on yourself decides your worth. Underestimating yourself will cost you dearly.” &#8213; Apoorve Dubey <BR> <BR> Daily Question: How often do you try new recipes? <BR> <BR> Not nearly often enough. Since finding a new person on YouTube...okay, a couple of new people, I am itching to try some of the recipes that I saw on their channels/blogs. Some of them, I just hadn't really thought about, but they are great ideas and I am looking forward to it. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:56:02 EST Easter Eve I knew I needed a break from Louisville, from the Winter weather, and from my day to day in Louisville, but I just did not know how badly I needed this break. I have had just the best time, and Ruthann and I have laughed so much that last night we were asking one another, 'does your side hurt?" We have shopped, I treated Terry and Ruthann out to lunch yesterday, that way Ruthann did not have to cook, which for someone that cooks everyday is a treat in itself. Then from Owensboro where we ... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:03:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - April 18th Daily Quote: “Never say anything about yourself you don't want to come true” &#8213; Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> Truer words... <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Are you off or working this Good Friday? Do you have any big plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> I am off today. If big plans include a physical, then I'm on it. Otherwise, we'll head north to see family, etc. on Sunday. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:06:41 EST Connected in Beaver Dam. I thought the time would never pass that I could begin my mini vacation. Not a doubt in my mind that Ms. Roselee and Mr. Benny are really going to miss me, and I will miss them as well, but I needed a break. The Winter has been a long one, as all of us know, and lets face it life just gets in the way of having fun. The drive down was uneventful which was a blessing. Even Interstate 65 was not a problem and normally its a mess, so I must have left at just the right time. I had packed my ... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:52:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/17 Daily Quote: “Make the most of the best and the least of the worst.” &#8213; Robert Louis Stevenson <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you have a green thumb? <BR> <BR> I used to think absolutely NO, but I think I am learning. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:33:03 EST Sometime away Today normally I would be going to my Thursday WW meeting, but not this morning. One of my neighbor's needs a ride to the airport so she asked and I told her I would take her. So if Dana goes today she will have to take herself. I did email the group and wish them a happy Easter and told them I would miss them all this week. My WW meeting is at 7:30 and that is when I need to get my neighbor to the airport. Then off to Ms. Roselee and Mr. Benny's, where I will work my shift today and aft... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:36:33 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/16 Daily Quote: “Everything is hard before it is easy” &#8213; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Can you play an instrument? If so, what do you play? <BR> <BR> I used to play piano, but haven't in years. I think I would have to review reading music in order to really play again. <BR> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:23:04 EST Things I have heard. As many of you know I have been taking in a WW meeting everyday since last Thursday. I am hearing and learning so much from these other people. I listen to their struggles and thing, ''been there," I listen to their successes and I remember, ''I've been there as well." We are all human, and we seem to all do the same thing, mess up then beat ourselves up. However, I met a lady and her husband yesterday and they were not the norm. They were my age, which by the way is not old. <em>41</e... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:06:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - April 15th Daily Quote: “It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It's what we do consistently.” &#8213; Anthony Robbins <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Have you ever met a celebrity or public figure that you really admire? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. <BR> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:43:23 EST Thoughts for today. Beth aka Knuckles wrote this yesterday. <BR> <BR> Joan maybe you need to treat yourself like one of your clients. if Ms Rosalee was taking on too much and letting other run her life you would be one of the first people to step in and put a stop to it. and you wouldn't care if the people liked you or not. You would do what is best for your "patient". <BR> <BR> What an eye opener. After reading this I had to give it some thought. Anyone I care for gets excellent care and they never want for... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:12:03 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/14 Daily Quote: “Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” &#8213; Marilyn Vos Savant <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What book are you currently reading? <BR> <BR> I am currently reading: Handbags and Homicide by Dorothy Howell. It's a quick read and I do enjoy a mystery. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:10:10 EST No..... that should be such an easy work to say, but for some reason it is not. Saying no to people seems to be the hardest thing I have ever done, and I am so not good at it, because I do not want to risk someone not liking me or taking the chance of it upsetting them. But...I am finding out that I am going to have to say no. I think I shared with you all that I have now picked up working Saturday's for Ms. Roselee. This happened about three weeks ago. One Sunday afternoon I got a call from the... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:02:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/13 Daily Quote: “Faith moves mountains, love transforms hearts.” &#8213; John Paul Warren <BR> <BR> Daily Question: I wish… <BR> <BR> I could make the neighbor kids across the alley be quiet because I have a migraine. Otherwise, I wish the grocery shopping would do itself. <BR> <BR> mo, I struggled myself with finding a meeting that I liked and a leader that I connected with. I finally found one because I was having difficulty trying to do it only online. The meetings do make a difference for... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:52:34 EST You get more if you give more. Giving a little more that expected is a good way to get back a lot more than you had expected.” <BR> <BR> Have you ever done something a little extra for someone and walked away with that kinda warm glow inside yourself because you have made life or something just a little better for that person? Have you ever thought about doing that for yourself. I know who is this woman that can preach but fails to listen to what she is preaching. I am at fault here, but when I saw the quote I thoug... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 04:18:44 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 13 - 19 ) 1)You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there. <BR> <BR> 2)It’s better to know and be disappointed than to never know and always wonder. <BR> <BR> 3)There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go <BR> <BR> 4)Happiness is not determined by what’s happening around you, but rather what’s happening inside you. Most people depend on others to gain happin... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:07:11 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 6 -12 ) 1)Anyone can come into your life and say how much they love you. It takes someone really special to stay in your life and show how much they love you. <BR> <BR> 2)Love and appreciate your parents. We are often so busy growing up, we forget they are also growing old. <BR> <BR> 3)When someone tells you, “You’ve changed,” it might simply be because you’ve stopped living your life their way. <BR> <BR> 4)When you’re up, your friends know who you are. When you’re down, you know who your friends ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:01:29 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 30 - April 5 ) 1)You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them. <BR> <BR> 2)In life, if you don’t risk anything, you risk everything <BR> <BR> 3)There isn’t anything noble about being superior to another person. True nobility is in being superior to the person you once were. <BR> <BR> 4)Trying to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. <BR> <BR> 5)You will never become who you want to be if you keep blaming everyone else for who you are now. <BR> <BR> 6)Peopl... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:48:54 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 23 -29 ) 1)You cannot change what you refuse to confront <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2).Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are spe... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:42:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/12 Daily Quote: “Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.” &#8213; Nelson Mandela <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Fill in the blank again: <BR> <BR> I will… <BR> <BR> have my meal plan made for this week. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:17:51 EST What made you get started??? The most difficult job is the one that you never get started on.” <BR> <BR> —Henry Ford <BR> <BR> I would like to know when the light bulb <em>3</em> moment happened for you. Was it a special event that was coming up, was it something the doctor told you, that scared you into this journey? I know we all have different reason's but I think the best one I have heard so far was the one I heard yesterday when someone was sharing at the WW meeting I went to. Loved this meeting it was off t... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:38:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/11 Daily Quote: “Life keeps throwing me lemons because I make the best lemonade...” &#8213; King James Gadsden <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Are you a good pool player? <BR> <BR> I won't say good, necessarily (and especially not now), but I used to play all the time when I was younger. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:26:53 EST Are You Still Here?? I went to my WW meeting yesterday, I got on the scale and I owned what the read out was. I was up yet another .8 pounds. Not the end of the world, but also not what I wanted to hear either, but if I don't do the work I cannot expect anything to change. <BR> <BR> Yesterday a lady who has been gone from our meeting for sometime came back and when she saw me she said, ''Your still here?" I said yep!!! Still here. This woman had lost 105 pounds, and she did what a lot of people do when th... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:06:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/10 Daily Quote: “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” &#8213; Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Fill in the blank again: I love… <BR> <BR> walking in the country or a wooded area and enjoying the wonders that are around me. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:52:43 EST It's Thursday, must be weigh in day. I just wanted to say thanks to all of you for your post yesterday. As you might have been able to see I was not in a good place. Three things really struck home with me and those things came from Nell, Liz & Donna. Donna hit the nail right on the head, ''I am at the moment a boat without a rudder." Liz was right when she asked if I my job has become another ''Bob job". I know that i snot exactly how Liz said it, but Mom Liz, I did listen. Never thought about it like that, but I do tend t... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 04:14:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/09 Daily Quote: “One must always be prepared for riotous and endless waves of transformation.” <BR> &#8213; Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love <BR> <BR> Daily Question: I like…the smell of rain and listening to the rain (not storms, mind you). Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:14:33 EST Any Old Road will do. “If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.” <BR> <BR> —Lewis Carroll <BR> <BR> Maybe its the changing of the seasons. Maybe I'm just fickle. Maybe I'm just lazy. Maybe, Maybe. I have to admit at this very moment I DON'T know where I'm going on my journey. Donna told me to ask myself, ''am I doing better now than I was before I stopped the sugar?" Honestly......the sugar is the only thing that is really gone. I seem out of control with my food intake, oh I a... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 03:06:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/08 Daily Quote: “You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.” <BR> &#8213; Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What is the last thing you ate? <BR> <BR> Technically I am about halfway finished but it is the last thing I ate today is a mix of half Multi-grain Cheerios and half regular Cheerios and a cup of fat free milk. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 07:49:40 EST Doing our best. Always do your best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self judgement, self abuse and regret." <BR> <BR> I have had to ask myself this question many times in the past few weeks. Oh I'm off the sugar, but I realized that I'm really not as serious about this as I was when I begin to get off the stuff last July. The first thing on my mind when I get ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 03:10:06 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/07 Daily Quote: “Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience <BR> <BR> Daily Question: List one thing that disgusts you that probably wouldn’t bother someone else. <BR> <BR> Cottage cheese. I should probably try it, but I just can't bring myself to yet. I am just getting used to Greek Yogurt. <BR> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 07:57:50 EST A new toy Today's story is about a new purchase I have made. I purchased one of those Magic Bullets. It pulverizes fruits and veggies into a drinkable event. I'm sure most of you know I am not a vegetable eater. I hear people tell me all the time, ''I love vegetables," and that is great, but when I was growing up I was made to eat my veggies. Now don't get me wrong I do like mashed potatoes, heck I like potatoes just about anyway you make them, I will and can eat green beans, but when people talk ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 03:02:49 EST Thyroid, WW, and maintenance I am happily reconnecting with SparkPeople, and glad to have found a WW team!! <BR> <BR> I just started WW maintenance to see if I can reset my body's thyroid metabolism, hopefully after a time of eating more (and not gaining!!!) I will be able to start loosing again. I love the plan WW has now, its so very live-able. I was surprised to loose 14 lbs before I hit the plateau from hell. The only thing left to do is maintain for awhile and then try again. <BR> <BR> I will weigh in with th... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 17:00:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/06 Daily Quote: “People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours. When you change for the better, the people around you will be inspired to change also....but only after doing their best to make you stop. Live your truth and don't EVER stop.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you currently have a crush on someone? If so, share a few of the reasons why. <BR> <BR> Yes, my... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:53:25 EST Things will get better. “There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow.” <BR> <BR> —Orison Swett Marden <BR> <BR> Yesterday I wrote about doors being opened to a new day. Chelle wrote something that really opened my eyes this morning and that was, ''sometimes there is just a crack in that door." I know I have not quoted it just as she had written it, but its true, sometimes we have to look long and hard for that new opening. Each nigh... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 04:58:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the day - 04/05 Daily Quote: “Don't fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” &#8213; Bruce Lee, Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you generally sleep later on the weekends than you do through the week? <BR> <BR> Often yes, even if it is just a little bit. Since getting the new dog, however, he doesn't like to let us sleep too late. <BR> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 09:52:44 EST The doors. “The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” <BR> <BR> —Flora Whittemore <BR> <BR> Yesterday when I did my morning post I was so bummed, and all day on Thursday I had that nagging voice of doubt in my head, ''maybe I'll never get back to goal. Maybe I am just kidding myself when I think I can actually do this again. Why should I be punished for trying to do the right things. I should just give up and move on." Yep, that old self doubt was running wild, and don' be m... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 04:42:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/04 Daily Quote: “One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: ‘To rise above little things’.” - John Burroughs <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Name one thing that you are looking forward to this weekend. <BR> <BR> We normally go to an event called Cars and Coffee where a lot of folks bring their antiques or cars they are proud of out. It is always so fun because you never know what will be there. It happens the first weekend of the month. And we are going to the library this weekend ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 08:22:13 EST It sure was not pretty. “It doesn’t matter where you’ve been, it only matters where you are going.” <BR> <BR> —Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> Yesterday's weight in was not pleasant, nor was it pretty, and I know with what I am about to say I have heard before and even wondered when I was hearing this, ''just how honest are you being?" But, I don't know how this happened, I was up 4.4 pounds this week. I almost fainted when Jean told me this. Even Jean (our leader) could not believe this, so I weighed on the other scale... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 04:29:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/03 Daily Quote: “Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” &#8213; Eleanor Roosevelt, The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you wear a watch? <BR> <BR> I used to, but my watch is in desperate need of a new battery so I haven't worn it in forever. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 07:53:28 EST We all need some quite time. “The best thinking is done in solitude. The worst has been in turmoil.” <BR> <BR> —Thomas Edison <BR> <BR> I realized after reading today's quote, ''Thomas was more right than he realized." I don't know about the rest of you, but my food choices and my negative thinking is worse when my life is going in a hundred different directions. I was a wife, and caregiver for many years, and there were times that could become turmoil, but my hat goes off to all you ladies that had or have children ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 04:51:24 EST 7 Day Cruise....used Simply Filling? and counted points for extras and ENJOYED myself AND EXERCISED( 4+ miles on jogging deck) plus a 5K on the private island.... <BR> <BR> MAINTAINED...didn't gain a pound WOOOOOOHOOO! <BR> <BR> Cathimommy Wed, 2 Apr 2014 14:53:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/02 Daily Quote: “It doesn't matter what you did or where you matters where you are and what you're doing. Get out there! Sing the song in your heart and NEVER let anyone shut you up!!” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you enjoy doing puzzles? <BR> <BR> I used to. I don't really take the time to do them anymore. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 07:57:12 EST Its all Nell & Michelle's fault. :) Bet the topic caught you attention. Let me explain. For a long time I have read when Michelle and her husband would get the motorcycle out for a ride, then on Nell's blog page, there it was a picture of two people on motorcycles. One day Nell mentioned in one thread, ''Joan, you should check with your community and see if they have lessons for motorcycles." I know I don't have it exactly how Nell said it, but yesterday oh my did I ever step out of my comfort zone, BUT what fun. Ms. Rosel... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 03:07:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/01 Daily Quote: “Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge & harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul. Get even with people...but not those who have hurt us, forget them, instead get even with those who have helped us.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Have you ever, or do you still, do pranks on April Fool's Day? <BR> <BR> I probably did in grade school, but not now. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:11:48 EST Balance We come into this world head first and go out feet first; in between it is all a matter of balance.” <BR> <BR> —Paul Boese <BR> <BR> When I decided to use today's quote it was because I was trying to balance myself yesterday on one of those soft half things. I have no idea what the name of this thing is, but I can tell you my arms were flailing like I was trying to swim without water. I can only think I looked quite funny. Then this little lady in her mid 80's got on this thing and show... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 02:58:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 03/31 Daily Quote: “Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. ” &#8213; William James <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Have you ever been on a motorcycle? <BR> <BR> Yes, but never solo. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:09:16 EST Three Simple Rules Of Life. Good morning all. I found these three simple rules of life, and they got me to thinking. Not only will it work for life, but these rules also apply for our journey to better health. Oh way, that is life as well. <em>198</em> So here goes. <BR> <BR> 1. If you do not GO after what you want. You'll never have it. <BR> <BR> Makes perfect sense to me, especially with my journey. There is a number out there I want to see on that little metal box I get on each Thursday, but unless I G... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 02:57:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the day - 03/30 Daily Quote: “It doesn't matter what you did or where you matters where you are and what you're doing. Get out there! Sing the song in your heart and NEVER let anyone shut you up!!” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Are you a glass half full or a glass half empty kind of person? <BR> <BR> Definitely glass half full. <BR> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:32:06 EST Don't dwell on your missteps. If we magnified our success as much as we magnify our disappointments, we'd all be much happier." <BR> Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> I thought about the above quote yesterday while with Ms. Roselee. Each day the poor lady is in pain and she lets you know about it, and I do feel badly for her, and I am the first to admit I don't know how someone else's body is feeling. So I listen, then for whatever reason yesterday when she began her list of ''things that hurt, things that don't work." I got ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 04:57:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the day - 03/29 Daily Quote: “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” <BR> &#8213; Wayne W. Dyer <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Are you a morning person or a night owl? <BR> <BR> Definitely a morning person. <BR> <BR> Sorry I am starting everything late. It's my birthday and we took longer than expected this morning. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:22:43 EST Some laughs today. I am unprepared this morning due to there was this ball game last night. The Sweet 16 college thing, well both Kentucky teams were going against one another. University of Louisville which are known as the Cardinals (Cards) and the Kentucky WIldcats (Cats) which by the way is the team I root for. I never actually thought my Cats would pull it off, but they did, so now we will be going to the big dance as it is called. Now since I ma unprepared this morning, I have found a really cute ''wh... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 04:45:55 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - March 27 Daily Quote: “Forget yesterday - it has already forgotten you. Don't sweat tomorrow - you haven't even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift - today.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you ever wish on stars? <BR> <BR> Yes. I used to do it more often than I do now. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:35:49 EST Perseverance “In the confrontation between the river and the rock. The river always wins. Not through strength but by perseverance.” <BR> <BR> —Unknown <BR> <BR> Down a pound for the week. Color me happy. Love today's quote and as I've said before it does not matter how slow we lose the weight, the important thing is that we stick with it. We are still having our monthly pool at our WW meeting, and yesterday was the time to start new again, it had gotten down to just 3 of us, myself, Kathleen, and Ro... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 03:24:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - March 27 Daily Quote: “How would your life be different if…You walked away from gossip and verbal defamation? Let today be the day…You speak only the good you know of other people and encourage others to do the same.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> This quote reminded me of something that was said to me several years ago about not saying it to yourself it you wouldn't say it to a friend. <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What do you plan to eat next? <BR> <BR> A protein s... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:01:31 EST Live your dream as if your already there. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. <BR> - Les Brown <BR> <BR> Today is weigh in day, keeping fingers crossed. I've had a good week, both food and activity wise, but I do not fear the scale, its just a way to gain information. It does not tell me anymore than that, the number is a number, nothing more. You have to admit, that paragraph does sound really good. <em>334</em> But its true, sometimes we forget to live out dream due to we are so fo... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 03:48:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 03/26 Daily Quote: “Don't confuse poor decision-making with destiny. Own your mistakes. It’s ok; we all make them. Learn from them so they can empower you!” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: If you could spend the night with a celebrity tonight, who would it be? <BR> <BR> I think I'll stick with my husband because he is pretty awesome. <BR> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:16:07 EST Continuous Renewal. “The will to win… the will to achieve…goes dry and arid without continuous renewal.” <BR> <BR> —Vince Lombardi <BR> <BR> Just heard this on the really early morning news. In New York for $4.25 each there is a Cupcake ATM. Now that is just what the world needs. Drives me crazy, sweets everywhere!!!! <BR> <BR> Back to regular programming. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Today's quote really hit me this morning, it was as if the light bulb over my head came on. Our journey is like our Summer... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 03:04:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 03/25 Daily Quote: “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli <BR> <BR> I think I may have used this one before, but it struck me this morning that when we find something that doesn't work or isn't a good fit for us, then we need to move on and not focus on what didn't work, but what did because that is how we will hit our goals. <BR> <BR> Daily Question: If you could buy a new car tomorrow (and money was no object) what would y... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:20:29 EST Have your vision, but then return to reality. “The balanced man is he whose thoughts soar on the wings of vision — but whose feet remain on the rocks of reality.” <BR> <BR> —J. A. Rosenkranz <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if I am balanced or not, but I do from time to time allow my mind to soar with ''when I get back to goal." Or, ''all those clothes in my closet that I've not been able to wear, I can wear them again." Then the reality sets in of, ''lots of work has to be done before I can get back to goal or before I can fit into those clo... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 03:12:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 03/24 Daily Quote: “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” &#8213; Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice <BR> <BR> Daily Question: When did you first travel on a plane? Where did you go? <BR> <BR> I believe it was from Florida back to Texas when I was in travel and tourism school. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:25:58 EST Its not if...its when. "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." <BR> -Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> Ms. Roselee's daughter has this saying for her dad Mr. Benny, ''its not if Mom falls it when Mom falls." No point in kidding myself, I know at sometime if I'm with Ms. Roselee long enough she will fall on my watch, just hope its not today. Actually that is what I say as a prayer each day I am with Ms. Roselee,''Lord, please don't let her fall today." This is pretty much how I made it to day #7 y... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 02:54:44 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 03/23 Daily Quote: “Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn't what you get for it, but what you become for it. Shake things up today! Be You...Be Free...Share.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Share something that you enjoy doing when you’re alone. <BR> <BR> I enjoy reading. I enjoy the quiet. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 09:06:33 EST Day #6 “One today is worth two tomorrows.” <BR> <BR> —Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> This being Ms. Roselee's birthday week, actually yesterday was her birthday 86 years old as of yesterday. Since its her birthday week her home has been over flowing with sweets. Their son and his wife made a short stop over on Wednesday afternoon on their way to Hilton Head, with them they brought a big pecan pie from this famous bakery or at least its famous to the Jewish people, and he brought Benny another type ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 05:14:08 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 03/22 Daily Quote: “At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Share at least one accomplishment that people wouldn’t expect you to be proud of. <BR> <BR> That until I was an adult, I'd never had a broken bone. <BR> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:01:51 EST Good people. Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better be alone than in bad company.” <BR> <BR> —Booker T. Washington <BR> <BR> Nell, just wanted you to know it is so much nicer to close my eyes and know I have done everything that will make me a more healthier person. <BR> <BR> What a day yesterday was, but I have surrounded myself with people that are in my corner and it all worked out. The room repairs, are going great, but there always seems to have a bump in the road. Not... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 05:25:15 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 03/21/2014 Daily Quote: “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” <BR> &#8213; Confucius, Confucius: The Analects <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Name one song that makes you want to dance every time you hear it. <BR> <BR> I didn’t think about this really until this evening, but every time I hear Bette Midler’s rendition of Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, I can’t help but move. :-) <BR> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:02:58 EST Michelle was right..... Yesterday was a GREAT day. Not only can I celebrate being sugar free for 4 days now, BUT, I actually lost 1.2 pounds. <em>244</em> <em>244</em> . Ms. Roselee's party was wonderful, I only got to stay for about 30 minutes because I had to get home for the worker coming and that went well also. However, when the young man walked in and saw the damage, I could tell by the look on his face he was not given the entire story, and my suspicions were correct because he said to me, ''this is ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 05:10:42 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 03/20 Daily Quote: “Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Describe one delicious thing that you’ve eaten lately. <BR> <BR> Although it was not entirely PointsPlus friendly, I had a chocolate chip bread pudding for my early birthday dinner/my friends' last meal in Dallas. At least I didn't eat all of it! <... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:04:08 EST Happy Spring. ''We hold hands as we travel." This quote was in Donnaeda's post yesterday and I could actually visualize all of us holding hands via cyber space, but still we are holding one another's hands. I'm running a bit late this morning, I was so exhausted last night, that I just could not get awake at 3 am like normal. I know that is not normal, but it is for me. My sister got a thumbs up on the NO CANCER!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I had been holding my breath for the past three weeks just waiting lik... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 05:37:01 EST QUOTE and ?? QUESTION?? of the Day - 03/18 Daily Quote: “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” &#8213; Arthur C. Clarke <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Are you more conservative in your actions or more rebellious? <BR> <BR> Probably more conservative. It is the way I have always been. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:16:29 EST Not traveling alone. No road is long with good company.” <BR> <BR> —Turkish Proverb <BR> <BR> I love today's quote, and if I had wanted to go negative I would have use, ''misery loves company." But I'm not looking at this journey as misery. Oh sure I have been miserable for a week or so after my sugar incident, but like most things it has to be put behind me so I can move forward. And, that is why I can tell you today that I now have 2 days of sugar free <em>249</em> + <em>249</em> . <BR> <BR> Hav... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 04:20:55 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/18 Daily Quote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” &#8213; Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Had technology enhanced your life, or has it over complicated your life? <BR> <BR> Overall, I would say it has enhanced. There are certain times that I feel it has complicated things because with cell phones, etc., people can find you anywhere...even in the middle of a movie. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 07:34:43 EST 55 Things the Scale does not tell us. This was in my in box this morning and after reading it my first thought was, ''WOW!!! This is so true." We talk about not allowing that scale have control over us, and I remember Nell saying something about ''gravity'' and low and behold Spark's mentions ''gravity' here as well. So I decided to copy these 55 things the scale does not tell us. I think all of you will not only be amazed, but like me maybe you'll think ''this is pretty darn good." Also just wanted to say, I got my <em>2... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 02:59:06 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/17 Daily Quote: “The only way to support a revolution is to make your own.” &#8213; Abbie Hoffman <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Would you go to Mars even if it meant you could never return to Earth? <BR> <BR> No, I don't think I would unless I could take my whole family with me. :-) <BR> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:20:05 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day. “Choice not chance, determines how I achieve my goals." <BR> <BR> As all of you know I had to restart my sugar free count again yesterday. It seems I am battling two demons in me at the moment. The one being the sugar, and the other one being the voice in my head that keeps saying, ''whats the big deal so its sugar." Well it is a big deal. Since my sugar episode I have not slept well, I have brain fog, and all I can think about are all those things with sugar in them. I read an article ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 03:09:41 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 16 -22 ) 1)No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee's frothy goodness. <BR> Sheik Abd-al-Kadir <BR> <BR> 2)Conscience keeps more people awake than coffee. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork. <BR> English Proverb <BR> <BR> 4)Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter which fork you use. <BR> Emi... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:54:06 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 9 - 15 ) 1)Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. <BR> M. Kathleen Casey <BR> <BR> 2)I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. <BR> Jewish Proverb <BR> <BR> 3)Turn your wounds into wisdom. <BR> Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 4)We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. <BR> Kenji Miyazawa <BR> <BR> 5)Bad is never good until worse happens. <BR> Danish Proverb <BR> <BR> 6) It just wouldn't be a picnic without the ants. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 7)You may not realize it ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:36:42 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/16 Daily Quote: “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” &#8213; Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Describe the kind of home you would live in if money were no object. <BR> <BR> I guess I don't have a specific image of the house, other than a decent front porch where I could sit outside and some acreage where I could walk around. DH's parents had a property like that when we first started dating/got married, but they sold it because of lack o... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 08:24:21 EST New days/New Weeks "Giving up on your goal because of one setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got one flat." <BR> <BR> We cannot give up. Do we know what I lives would be like if we just decided for whatever reason we decided, ''I messed up so I"m not good enough to continue." Not that I'm giving up, but I do know all too well what would happen to me. I'd gain back every single pound that I have ever lost and those would no doubt bring friends alone as well. Thing is I am getting ol... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 04:48:57 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/15 Daily Quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” &#8213; Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Name little things that you do to help yourself become more active. <BR> <BR> I have walked 5 minutes for every hour or pulled out my little upper/lower body cycle at work to get some motion on. It seems to help break up my day. I also park further away in the mornings when I get to work. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 10:54:01 EST I can forgive, but no way will I forget. Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.” <BR> <BR> —George Adams <BR> <BR> Yesterday Chelle and Donna both suggested that I forgive this woman and move on. I can say I forgave her for what she did soon after what she did, however, the forgetting will never, ever happen. I am not a trusting person by nature and this woman was not a person I considered a ''close friend." Not like my friend Sally from Wisconsin or my friend Elizabeth that lives in Chicago and who I have know since 1984. I can... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 04:30:59 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/14 Daily Quote: “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” &#8213; Robert Frost <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What’s one thing that you really want to do that you’ve never done? <BR> <BR> I would like to go on a cruise. My husband's cousin is an assistant cruise director and I think it would be fun. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:55:53 EST Some Nerve. Yesterday's weigh in was not pretty, and I have to admit I was expecting a gain, but I sure was bummed out when I saw just how much it was. I do know some of it is fluid as Blanche had said the other day, but a lot of it is nothing more than what the sugar does to me and how much damage I can do after my dinner out. I was up 3.2 pounds, that is a really big gain for me, and I am sad, but I will move on, and yesterday was my day #3 without sugar. I have noticed ever since the sugar incident... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 03:14:08 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the day - 03/13 Daily Quote: Do what you can with what you have where you are. - Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> Daily Question: How old would you feel if you didn’t know how old you are? <BR> <BR> This one is tough for me to answer. Some days I feel older and other days I feel younger. Most days I feel younger than my age. <BR> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:11:13 EST Day #2...and its weigh in day. “One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.” <BR> —John Burroughs <BR> <BR> <BR> I already know I'm up for the week, and I also know why. I thought before my dinner incident that I was actually working at a loss for this week, but it is amazing when I'm given sugar that I totally lose my mind. I had another sugar free day yesterday, and had a nagging headache all day as well, but this too shall pass. <BR> For awhile I felt like I had fail... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 04:30:30 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/12 First off, let me start by apologizing for not starting the thread. I have literally been in bed since Sunday. I woke up Monday morning and felt like I'd been run over by a Mac Truck and he'd back up a few times to try to make sure the job was done. One of my friends posted that hers is allergies gone wild...which may be the situation in my case too. They seem to be worse for me at certain times of the year and I get a sinus infection, etc. Just when you think you can play down the allergy me... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:30:22 EST Day 1 "When everything feels like an uphill struggle; Just think of the view from the top." <BR> <BR> Yesterday I shared my story of going out to someone's home for dinner. I would not call this person a ''friend," or not in the sense I think of friendship. She and her husband knew Bob better than they knew me, Bob mentored her husband back in the day. If not for Mr. Bob her husband would not be where he is today. I never ever felt like this woman liked me, and I was fine with that, but I gues... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 03:16:17 EST You know have been at WW a long time ... ... when you are sitting in church and the reading if about John the Baptist in the desert. He is eating nothing but wild honey and locust. And you think: <BR> <BR> I know how many Points Plus Values are in Honey. But how would I count Locust. They're like a big bug, like shrimp. So I would count them as shrimp. But John was an observant Jew and shrimp aren't kosher so if they're like shrimp John wouldn't have them so they must be like something else ... <BR> <BR> and you totally missed th... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:36:57 EST Starting over I have many emotions I'm dealing with at the moment, but the ones on top are anger and hurt. Let me just say this, ''sometime people who say they are your friends really are not." Last night was the first time I've been to anyone's house for dinner since Bob's passing. A person that I had considered a friend, but found out last night that she is just a mean person. Well she and her husband invited me over with some other people that I really didn't know. I have to admit I'm never comfort... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 03:09:26 EST Look for the beauty. “Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful. Welcome it in every face, in every sky, in every flower.” <BR> <BR> —Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning I went to the gym and as I stated in yesterday's post, ''I felt lighter," and it had nothing to do with my pounds. I was doing my strength workout, which Chelsea, my trainer, has me now doing these squats, and as a rule I would hate these with a passion....but, with these I am holding onto some straps of some s... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 03:08:53 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/09 Daily Quote: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily Question: If you won 100 million dollars Monday, would you continue doing whatever you usually do on Tuesdays? <BR> <BR> I believe that I would. I enjoy what I do and the people I work with. <BR> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 09:30:26 EST Continued from yesterday. I have to admit I was not sure what response I would get from my experience that I shared, but all of you have confirmed what I was believing, and that was, ''I was given a gift/visit from God." For the first time since Bob's passing yesterday I felt as if ''its okay to spend a little longer at the gym, or its okay to stay wherever I might be a little longer." I even went and talked with Fr. Steve about my experience and then he shared something of his own life after his parents passed. Fr... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 05:27:56 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/08 Daily Quote: Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. - Confucius <BR> <BR> Daily Question: If you had to move out of state right now, where would you move? <BR> <BR> I'm not sure. Colorado maybe? I've never really thought about living anywhere other than Texas in years. Sat, 8 Mar 2014 10:15:36 EST New doors. When one door of happiness closes, another one opens; BUT too often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us." Helen Keller <BR> <BR> Yesterday as I wrote my post, I was so bummed out. I was so ready to just say "to heck with this," but instead I got up I went to the gym I struggled to get through my workout only because I was not feeling it. Then it happened, it seem whenever I am ready to give up, throw in the towel, or just say ''the ... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 05:42:17 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/07 Daily Quote: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Have you ever been with someone and not spoken a word, only to walk away thinking that was the best conversation ever? <BR> <BR> Not recently, but yes! <BR> Fri, 7 Mar 2014 07:59:18 EST Wrong Direction. "You don't have to be perfect. You just have to have some faith and give it what you've got from where you are." <BR> <BR> My topic today is ''Joan going in the wrong direction." I am quite confused about all of this. Yesterday was my weigh in/meeting day, I just knew that scale was going to go down this week....BUT....that was not the case. I was up 1.4 pounds for the week. This is driving me crazy, I am tracking, I am staying within my points, I'm exercising, I'm getting plenty of slee... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 03:02:03 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/06 Daily Quote: You have to have a darkness...for the dawn to come. - Harrison Ford <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Share something that you enjoy doing when you’re alone. <BR> <BR> Reading. Usually surrounded by dogs. <BR> <BR> BTW, I have seen several people post about problems with their FitBit Force. I posted a Public Service Announcement yesterday about it. FitBit has recalled the Force because of the skin irritation. If you know anyone that has one, please let them know. Thu, 6 Mar 2014 07:50:22 EST Measuring our success For most of us the beginning of our weight lost journey can be exciting and encouraging because we usually start off with a bang, and lose quite a bit of weight in the first few weeks. Then it happens, things change and our bodies seem to want to hang onto those pounds just a little bit longer, and our weight loss slows. <BR> <BR> All too often we become obsessed (and who hasn't) with those digits on the scale, relying on a number to determine our success. But if you really think about that... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 04:00:58 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/05 Daily Quote: Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. - Cicero <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Are you the kind of friend you’d want to have as a friend? <BR> <BR> I really try to be. I may not always succeed, but I do try. <BR> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 08:02:26 EST Breaking old habits, and making new ones. “Habit is overcome by habit.” <BR> <BR> —Thomas A. Kempis <BR> <BR> I think most of us are creature of habit, I know I sure am. I do the same things at the same time each and everyday. I really do not stray from my routine all that much. I do think that is why the weekends can be a challenge for me. First the gym does not open as early, but I still get up at the same time...yep, even on the weekends. On Saturday I'm waiting for the gym to open at 7 am, and on Sunday at 8 am, yet I'm st... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 03:06:43 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/04 Daily Quote: Never be afraid to try, remember... <BR> Amateurs built the ark. <BR> Professionals built the Titanic. <BR> Author Unknown <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily Question: If you are going to reward yourself for sticking with something, normally how long do you expect yourself to stick with it? <BR> <BR> I think a lot of it depends on the reward. If it is something smaller, an inexpensive DVD or something like that, then perhaps a week, maybe 2 depending on the price of the dvd. If it is someth... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 07:50:21 EST Dreams to call your own. “May you always find new roads to travel; new horizons to explore; new dreams to call your own.” <BR> <BR> —Unknown <BR> <BR> This morning I read the post made by our Sister/Friend Angelbeliever aka Elayne. She wrote that she had gained weight, she knows the reason why and posted those reasons as well. All I could think about was what Nell has told us so many times, ''today is a brand new day." Each day we get a do over, sometimes we can actually accomplish what we set out to do, other ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 03:05:42 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/03 Daily Quote: Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still. - Chinese Proverb <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What was the last movie you saw at the cinema? <BR> <BR> I think it was Mandela. DH and I don't get to the movies often. <BR> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 08:59:44 EST Moving forward or backwards??? If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it's moving you away from your goals.” <BR> <BR> —Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> I had this experience yesterday as I was leaving the gym. I decided I would go to the gym on Sunday morning because just as I had expected, this morning the roads are just too bad for me to get out and about, so will do my WALK AWAY THE POUNDS instead. Back to the gym story. As I was going out of the gym these two woman probably about my age, maybe a li... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 04:35:33 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/02 Daily Quote: I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. - Thomas Alva Edison <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Tell me a little about yourself in 10 words or less. <BR> <BR> Texan, mom of 3, paralegal, couponer/bargain shopper Sun, 2 Mar 2014 09:51:45 EST Taking that first step. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” <BR> —Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> To begin with as I read yesterday's post from everyone, and thank all of you that take the time to stop and read and post something and thanks to those that stop and read and don't post anything. I appreciate all of you more than you'll ever know. This morning I want to ask each of us to think out Susan who will be taking her Clinical on the weekend of March 28th, she needs our thoughts and prayers, cause... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 04:37:07 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 2 - 8 ) <BR> 1)Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art. <BR> Ansel Adams <BR> <BR> 2)It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently. <BR> Warren Buffett <BR> <BR> 3)The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , t... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 19:26:29 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/01/2014 Daily Quote: If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change. - Author Unknown <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What did you have for lunch yesterday? <BR> <BR> I had the Simple Start Tuna Salad on a multi-grain Sandwich Thin and a cup of steamed green beans. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 09:32:18 EST One day at a time One sure way to make losing weight more difficult is to look too far into the future and worry whether you will EVER reach our goals. I know its human nature to look ahead, but back in the day 2005 when I first joined WW's, I decided I was not going to look at the BIG picture. I took my journey 10 pounds at a time, so what if it took me 4 or 5 years go get to goal...I GOT THERE!!!! No matter how much weight we have to lose, no matter how long it takes, its a ''ONE DAY AT A TIME" thing. N... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 04:42:06 EST Quote and ??Question of the Day?? 02/28/2014 Daily Quote: I shall pass through this life but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness I can show, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it. For I shall never pass this way again. - Etienne de Grellet <BR> <BR> Daily Question: How many states have you visited? <BR> <BR> I won’t really include the ones from when I was little bitty because I honestly can’t remember the trips, just being told about them. I have been to Florida, New Mexico, Colorado, Massachusetts, Loui... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:04:47 EST Yesterday's weigh-in and other things. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed with my weigh in yesterday. I was expecting a loss, my clothes are getting bigger, but instead I stayed the same and even told my leader (Jean) that I had been working really hard, and I have the very sore muscles to prove it, and then I went on and told her, ''and I've been taking Motrin for the pain." Jean replied, ''that is your answer Joan, Motrin will make you retain fluid." Well, I did feel a little better about that, BUT....I was still disapp... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 03:05:09 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/27/2014 Daily Quote: Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. - Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you prefer to pay for things with cash or plastic? <BR> <BR> I normally pay for things with my debit card because I rarely carry cash. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 07:55:09 EST Thursday's thought. "I may not be who I ought to be, I know I'm not all that I want to be, but I've come a long way from who I used to be, and I won't give up on becoming what I know I can be." <BR> <BR> I love this quote, and I think it fits most of us whether we are just at the beginning, or the middle of your journey to better health. Notice I did not say ''end." There is no end to this journey, there will always be work to do. We sometimes go alone and we can get into a rut, good news is there are things... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 03:48:24 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/25/2014 Daily Quote: You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. - Christopher Columbus <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you tell the truth about your age? <BR> <BR> Yes. I wish I were in better shape, but I do tell the truth about it. I'm 42, will be 43 in March. <BR> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 08:09:03 EST Sister Update To begin with just wanted to let everyone know that my sister (Ruthann) did fine with the surgery. It honestly took longer to get her ready and get her awake than the actual surgery took. The Oncologist came out and talked with us, and said he was not expecting any surprises and was very pleased that there was no surprises. Of course Ruthann wanted to know...when can I actually leave Louisville???? The doctor said, ''you can't drive today, but I see you have another driver for your trip ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 03:08:53 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/25/2014 Daily Quote: First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst. - Dale Carnegie <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you wear glasses and/or contacts? <BR> <BR> Yes. I am pretty blind without my glasses or contacts. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 07:56:26 EST How will you respond? HOW YOU RESPOND TO A SITUATION is what makes you the stronger person. <BR> <BR> I had a great workout with my trainer yesterday. Yes, she kicked my butt, and she also told me, ''Joan, you will be sore later today, drink lots of water," she did not lie. Even this morning I am feeling those brand new muscles in my butt and thighs. Its an ouch, but a good ouch. <em>334</em> Chelsea and I also talked a lot, as I have mentioned I have not had the mojo these past few weeks that I should ha... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 03:13:35 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/24/2014 Daily Quote: “Hold fast to dreams, <BR> For if dreams die <BR> Life is a broken-winged bird, <BR> That cannot fly.” &#8213; Langston Hughes <BR> <BR> Daily Question: If you could make a wish to change one part of yourself immediately, what would it be? <BR> <BR> I'm not sure I would want to change anything immediately if my old habits are still in place. If I could change my habits, I think it would be to make healthier choices. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:11:24 EST Monday has arrived Today I meet with my trainer, its been almost six weeks since we last met, and she changed my routine. I have to admit I have not worked the routine like I had in previous times. I have lots of reasons for this and some are actually legit. but most of my reason's...when I am totally and completely honest with myself is.....I was just lazy. I know who would have thought that?? This morning as I wrote, I will be meeting with Chelsea getting a new workout, and Chelsea may not show her disapp... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 03:12:55 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/23/2014 Daily Quote: “Your life is your spiritual path. <BR> <BR> It's what's right in front of you. You can't live anyone else's life. The task is to live yours and stop trying to copy one you think looks better.” &#8213; Sandy Nathan, Stepping Off the Edge: Learning & Living Spiritual Practice <BR> <BR> I thought this was interesting. We all have things that work for us on our journeys and this seems to be a good reminder that just because something worked for one person, doesn't mean it will wor... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 09:33:21 EST Just have some fun. I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.” <BR> <BR> —Katharine Hepburn <BR> <BR> As most of the country we here in Kentucky have had a very harsh Winter, not only the snow, but that word ''Polar Vortex" that our weather people seem to just love to use. Well, Friday and yesterday both were extremely beautiful days. On Friday it was a bit windy, but the sun was shining, yesterday, Saturday, not only was the sun shining but we warmed to 62 degrees. People were out....Lord, we... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 04:08:47 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/22/2014 Daily Quote: “Instead of focusing on how much you can accomplish, focus on how much you can absolutely love what you’re doing.” &#8213; Leo Babauta <BR> <BR> Daily Question: If you have a playlist, where do you get your music ideas from? Do you create your own? Do you listen to music while you workout? <BR> <BR> I have a whole bunch of songs that I have put in my "workout" playlist. I am thinking that I need to really put together some cooldown/warmup and then workout songs together. I know... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 07:42:21 EST We all need encouragement. “Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit: we cannot flower and grow without it.” <BR> <BR> —Jess Lair <BR> <BR> First off, thanks everyone for your support yesterday. Its things like that which drive me crazy about myself. I got some really good suggestions and will be giving them a try and some thought. I did have a great day yesterday, exercise, food, and even socializing. The Katz family love me....I don't understand....but they do. <em>211</em> On Wednesday their daughter (... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 03:54:19 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 23 - March 1 ) THE WISDOM OF THE GREEKS II <BR> ============================== <BR> 1)An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 2)I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 3)Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them. <BR> Diogenes of Sinope <BR> <BR> 4)One may define flattery as a bas... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:33:06 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 16 - 22 ) THE WISDOM OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS <BR> ===================================== <BR> <BR> 1)It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all. <BR> Democritus <BR> <BR> 2)There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 3)Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 4)Anybody can become angry - that ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:15:04 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/21/2014 Daily Quote: “Inspiration is always a surprising visitor.” &#8213; John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom <BR> <BR> Daily Question: How often do you make your bed? <BR> <BR> We try to do it everyday, but it doesn't always get done. I guess perhaps 4 out of 7 days. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:04:39 EST If Only. "If only losing weight was as easy as losing my cell phone, my keys, my temper, or even my mind.....I'd be soooo skinny." <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my weight in day, and I was up again. I was up a pound this week. I know why, I don't have to wonder. I've not been as diligent as I was a few weeks ago about my eating or my gym time. Does this make me a bad person? Only in my own mind. I know I can do better, and I even tell myself I WILL do better. But again just like when I got to goal t... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 02:58:01 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/20/2014 Daily Quote: “Failure is an event, never a person.” &#8213; William D. Brown <BR> <BR> Daily Question: List one thing that you will do for yourself today. <BR> <BR> I will go to my meeting and I have a trip to Michael's planned afterwards. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:10:03 EST WW Weight in today. I found some quotes that have been supplied by a couple of our members, and then one from another group. So today I am sharing those with all of you. All the quotes really hit home for me, and I want to thank Nell and Wendy for posting them yesterday. Also, Nell congrats on that new granddaughter. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Quit now and keep quitting. <BR> If you are still wondering whether to quit, know that if you quit today, you will quit <BR> tomorrow. <BR> Vince Lombardi said, once ... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 04:12:11 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/19/2014 Daily Quote: “You'll never reach perfection because there's always room for improvement. Yet get along the way to perfection, you'll learn to get better.” &#8213; Hlovate, Versus <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Share the details of one project that you’re currently working on. <BR> <BR> Learning to crochet. I did make a crochet flower on Sunday, but I couldn't finish it off because I didn't have a darning needle. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 08:10:06 EST The sea is not always calm Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” <BR> <BR> —Publilius Syrus <BR> <BR> I liked today's quote, and for me it goes alone with my weight loss journey. It very easy to stay on plan when I have planned, when I am focused and when life is moving alone without any ruts in the road. There have been many times I could have walked away from my mission of staying off sugar, but I have found its been during these times that I feel just a bit stronger. When I was over doing the sugar,... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:15:02 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/18/2014 Daily Quote: “Be fearless. Have the courage to take risks. Go where there are no guarantees. Get out of your comfort zone even if it means being uncomfortable. The road less traveled is sometimes fraught with barricades bumps and uncharted terrain. But it is on that road where your character is truly tested And have the courage to accept that you’re not perfect nothing is and no one is — and that’s OK.” &#8213; Katie Couric <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Fill in the blank: My favorite exercise i... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:08:39 EST Rocks and Stones. “The rock that is an obstacle in the path of one person becomes a stepping stone in the path of another.” <BR> <BR> —Unknown <BR> <BR> Most of us each day will face some sort of obstacle that will try its best to detour us from what we are wanting to achieve. Since this has been one of the coldest and snow'ist Winters we had in sometime my getting to the gym could have suffer. But, I never let that happen. I looked back and while Ms. Roselee was in the nursing home, I missed 3 days at t... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 03:07:10 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/17/2014 Daily Quote: “Our biggest regrets are not for the things we have done but for the things we haven't done” &#8213; Chad Michael Murray <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Finish this sentence: When I’m in the kitchen I...enjoy baking. <BR> <BR> I forgot how much I enjoy it until I had to bake the other night for the bake sale. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:52:53 EST Let us plant a garden of Motivation. I think I have posted this before, and yesterday I found it again, and thought, ''its worth posting again." May our garden's flourish as we grow on this journey to better health. <BR> <BR> Hugs to all, <BR> Joan <BR> <BR> Plant a Garden of Success <BR> <BR> Plant 5 rows of peas: <BR> Patience <BR> Perseverance <BR> Preparation <BR> Planning <BR> Positiveness <BR> <BR> Include 3 rows of squash: <BR> Squash negativity <BR> Squash dieting <BR> Squash deprivation <BR> <BR> Add 5 rows of let... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 02:58:49 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/16/2014 Daily Quote: “My life isn’t theories and formulae. It’s part instinct, part common sense. Logic is as good a word as any, and I’ve absorbed what logic I have from everything and everyone… from my mother, from training as a ballet dancer, from Vogue magazine, from the laws of life and health and nature.” &#8213; Audrey Hepburn <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Finish this sentence: Yesterday I drank...too much soda. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 10:22:15 EST Dr. Seuss is right. “You have brains in your head, and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” <BR> <BR> —Dr. Seuss <BR> <BR> Lets face it the doctor knows what he is talking about. I went back and re-read every post from yesterday, and I have to say, ''I loved them." I love reading the excitement in Michelle's voice that she has found a new outlet, and Blanche, <em>243</em> to go with the Fitbit. We need to challenge ourselves add a few more steps or reps, <em>381</em... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 04:39:52 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/15/2014 Daily Quote: “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” &#8213; Christopher Reeve <BR> <BR> I have great respect for this man that played Superman. <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What’s the most unhealthy thing in your fridge right now? <BR> <BR> We try not too keep too much in the way of high calorie foods in the house, but I think definitely the Green Onion Dip isn't the best thing. I do eat it, ... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 08:21:08 EST Accepting Challenges I am accepting challenges and overcoming them with ease." <BR> <BR> Each one of us is a work in progress. When we truly commit ourselves to losing weight we can't help but to feel better. For example, I can hear the excitement in the post that Michelle made yesterday about joining the "Y" and getting in her first workout there. She has every right to get excited because she is on a new journey, yes its still about weight loss, but she is trying something different, or I should say adding... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 04:16:18 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/14/2014 Daily Quote: “Our biggest regrets are not for the things we have done but for the things we haven't done” &#8213; Chad Michael Murray <BR> <BR> Daily Question: How do you celebrate Valentine's Day? <BR> <BR> Whether you are single or have someone special, I think you should do something special for yourself today. My husband and I don't often go out on Valentine's Day simply because I feel like we celebrate our love everyday. But when I was single, I would try to take a long bath or somethi... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 08:11:49 EST Happy Valentines Day If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love. <BR> <BR> Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> Happy Valentines Day everyone. I hope all of you have a wonderful Valentines Day. <BR> <BR> The scale was not my friend yesterday, but I'm okay with that, I know I just need to work harder because I am the first to admit I have been very lax in doing the things I know I should be doing. I was up 1 pound and it had been two weeks since my last weigh in. Yes, I had a gain, but I suited up ... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 02:55:46 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/13/2014 Daily Quote: “I've pursued dreams and achieved them, but I don't think anybody should think their life is incomplete if they don't follow some dream. Happiness doesn't come from achievements, or money, or any sort of treasure. Happiness is a frame of mind, not a destination. It's appreciating what you've got and building relationships with those around you.” &#8213; Janette Rallison <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What helps you to stay motivated? <BR> <BR> I know that this journey to my healthi... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:09:48 EST Weigh in day "Trrrrryyyyyyy.....Just a little bit harder." <BR> From a Janis Joplin song. <BR> <BR> Nell, hope you still have power. Everyone being hit by this storm, please be safe. Blanche, you stay safe as well. Michelle, don't know when your heading back to SC, but be safe when you do. <BR> <BR> Losing inches, the number on the scale is whatever it will be. I do know this about myself, the past few weeks I have NOT worked as hard as I could have. Well shoot, its been cold. Now if it were July ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 04:18:20 EST walking video by Leslie Sansone Hi! I can't remember who mentioned the walking exercise video by Leslie Sansone but I just want to say that I found it on youtube and it is just fantastic ! <BR> She has the one, two, three, four and five mile walking videos !! <BR> I've given myself one week of following the one mile and then will start the 2 mile video. <BR> I want to see how long it will take me to make it to the 5 mile video !!! <BR> Gotta do something during these cold, snowy winter days. <BR> <em>311</em> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:43:08 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/12/2014 Daily Quote: “But the past cannot be changed, and we carry our choices with us, forward, into the unknown. We can only move on.” &#8213; Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What time did you go to bed last night? <BR> <BR> About 9:30 p.m. <BR> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 10:18:42 EST Conditions and Responsibility. There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. <BR> - Denis Waitley <BR> <BR> First off, everyone that is going to get hit with the snow storm, please be safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We can always go alone accepting things as they are, our gaining each time we step on that scale, our not liking ourselves so much, we can blame the WW group we are with for not being supportive,... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 03:08:28 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/11/2014 Daily Quote: “You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate. If you want to control things in your life so bad, work on the mind. That's the only thing you should be trying to control.” &#8213; Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you prefer walking inside (on a treadmill, with a dvd, etc.) or walking outside? <BR> <BR> They almost feel like they are two different walks complete... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:00:39 EST Its a journey NOT a destination "It's really hard to beat the person that NEVER gives up." <BR> <BR> My trainer sent me today's quote, because I had missed 8 days in a row at the gym. Last time I missed that many days was when Bob passed away. I think a lot has to do with the weather, I know everyone has something to blame it on, but for Kentucky this has been such a cold snowy Winter, something we are just not used to. Several emails back and forth with my trainer, I went back to the gym last Thursday only because our ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 03:08:31 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/10/2014 Daily Quote:“Don't belittle yourself. Be BIG yourself.” &#8213; Corita Kent <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you prefer sparkling water or flat water? Flavored water? <BR> <BR> I generally prefer flat water. On a special occasion, I will add flavor to it or drink sparkling water. <BR> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 07:51:20 EST Learning “Knowledge is like climbing a mountain. The higher you reach the more you can see and appreciate.” <BR> <BR> —Unknown <BR> <BR> Today's quote made me sit back and think for a bit. Just how can I work this into my daily thread? Then it came to me. When we work the plan to get ourselves to goal, we learn a lot. With each and every pound we lose or even gain we learn something. Sometimes we have to go back and look at our old trackers to see, ''what was it I did when I was losing so well... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 03:08:36 EST Quotes of the Week ( FEB 9 - 15 ) 1)A lie told often enough becomes the truth. <BR> Vladimir Lenin <BR> <BR> 2)There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel. <BR> Vladimir Lenin <BR> <BR> 3)The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied. <BR> Lucretius <BR> <BR> 4)No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own fam... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:02:06 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/09/2014 Daily Quote: “If you want to be proud of yourself, then do things in which you can take pride” &#8213; Karen Horney, Neurosis and Human Growth: The Struggle Towards Self-Realization <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you make a meal plan for the week? <BR> <BR> Yes. We generally just do dinner as a family. And I plan my lunch and normally have the same thing for breakfast, but I am thinking that I may try something different for the next week or so. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 11:36:22 EST We do get do-overs. 'I will try again tomorrow.” <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was struggling with, ''do I really want to go to the gym." On Saturday my gym does not open until 7 am, and I think the reason I like the 5:30 time so much through the week is my brain is not fully awake and it does not realize just what is going on. <em>334</em> But, since I get up early...even on the weekends,.....I have time to ponder other things, and that was what was going on pondering. Good news is I went to the g... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 04:33:10 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/08/2014 Daily Quote: “You must not ever stop being whimsical. And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.” &#8213; Mary Oliver, Wild Geese <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Did you watch the Olympics Opening Ceremonies last night? <BR> <BR> We did. We enjoyed some family time with my MIL and made an evening of it. Sat, 8 Feb 2014 10:38:35 EST Live today with GUSTO!!!! Today is life - the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto. <BR> - Dale Carnegie <BR> <BR> I have no doubt whatsoever that those of you that have been in the cold, snowy Winter are just as tired of it as I am, but I am grateful, 1. my water pipes have not frozen nor burst. 2. even with all the ice on the trees, which by the way when the ... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 04:06:51 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 2 - 8 ) QUOTES BY THEODOR WIESENGRUND ADORNO <BR> ========================================<BR>====== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality. <BR> <BR> 2) There are no more ideologies in the authentic sense of false consciousness, only advertisements for the world through its duplication and the provocative lie which does not seek belief but commands silence. <BR> <BR> 3)Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated, nothing remains of thought bu... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 20:08:09 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 26 - Feb 1 ) 1)Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of wa <BR> Thucydides <BR> <BR> 2) Mens indignation, it seems, is more excited by legal wrong than by violent wrong; the first looks like being cheated by an equal, the second like being compelled by a superior. <BR> Thucydides <BR> <BR> 3) The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:41:53 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 19 -25) 1) Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 2)You never really know a man until you have divorced him. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 3)I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 4)Engrave this Quote Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. <BR> Bill Gates <BR> <BR> 5)Often you have to rely on intuition. <BR> Bi... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:10:24 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 12 - 18) 1)Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again. <BR> Rosa Parks <BR> <BR> 2)I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue. <BR> Xenocrates <BR> <BR> 3)No human being will ever know the Truth, for even if they happen to say it by chance, they would not even known they had done so. <BR> Xenophanes <BR> <BR> 4)Men create the gods in their own image. <BR> Xenophanes <BR> <BR> 5)The sweetest of all sounds i... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 13:33:19 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 5- 11) 1)If you can dream it, you can do it. <BR> Walt Disney <BR> <BR> 2)Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. <BR> William Blake <BR> <BR> 3)Know or listen to those who know. <BR> Baltasar Gracian <BR> <BR> 4)True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing. <BR> Baltasar Gr... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 13:19:58 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/07/2014 Daily Quote: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” &#8213; Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> Daily Question: How do you get to sleep at night? Is it a struggle? <BR> <BR> Usually it is not a struggle for me to get to sleep, however, if I wake up during the night, I find it is a struggle to get back to sleep. Most times in order to shut my brain down, I watch/listen to Murder She Wrote (or Matlock when I can find it) on my ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 08:07:29 EST Putting shape to your destiny. It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped. <BR> -- Tony Robbins. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning I wrote that our WW meeting had been cancelled yet again. So I went to the gym, had not been in 8 days, and I can say I felt every move I made, but really felt proud of myself that I pushed myself out that door yesterday morning. Then after work I had my hair appointment. I love getting my hair done. Cut, colored the works, that is the treat I give to myself. I was out by 4... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 03:12:04 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/06/2014 Daily Quote: “Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.” &#8213; Rumi <BR> <BR> Wow. Sometimes you read a quote and it just speaks to you. <BR> <BR> Daily Question: I know The Biggest Loser has been controversial in years past, but Season 15 seems to be extraordinarily so with Rachel being so much lower than her "healthy weight range". What are your thoughts? <BR> <BR> If you watched this season, I think it was obvious (and even out of Rac... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 07:55:03 EST Time the pull 'em up. Our WW meeting has been cancelled again today. This weather is really playing havoc on our lives here. I know most of you that live up North would find it very odd that a city/state has to almost shut down when we get snow and ice, but alas that is just how it is here in Kentucky. It seem the parking lot where our meeting is located is very icy, and I find it really odd that its not cleared due to in the same shopping center is a big Target store. This weather needs to come to an end, bu... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 03:28:03 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/05/2014 Daily Quote: “There are two things we should always be 1. raw and 2. ready. When you are raw, you are always ready and when you are ready you usually realize that you are raw. Waiting for perfection is not an answer, one cannot say "I will be ready when I am perfect" because then you will never be ready, rather one must say "I am raw and I am ready just like this right now, how and who I am.” &#8213; C. JoyBell C. <BR> <BR> Daily Question: How often do you eat red meat? <BR> <BR> Probably m... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 07:53:55 EST Opportunities. I think that we have opportunities all around us - sometimes we just don't recognize them. <BR> - Lou Holtz <BR> <BR> Its true there are opportunities all around us. Problem is most of us 1. don't recognize them or 2. we recognize them, but don't want to act upon them. The gym for me is not the only place I can and could work out, I have the Walk Away The Pounds DVD's, and anyone that has done those know you can get an amazing workout with those. I also have other exercise DVD's, but ... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 04:09:08 EST Point Value Question How many points are earned for shoveling snow for 1/2 hr? <BR> Will it be cardiovascular and or weight lifting? <em>548</em> Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:30:47 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the day - 02/04/2012 Daily Quote: “Success is a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired. You quit when the gorilla is tired.” &#8213; Robert Strauss <BR> <BR> Daily Question: If you had to choose between riding a bike or swimming, which would you choose? <BR> <BR> I think it would depend on the day. I enjoy my bike, but I think swimming is a particular favorite. <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Feb 2014 09:45:37 EST RUN!!! "Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or gazelle - when the sun comes up, YOU MUST RUN." <BR> <BR> I have to admit I am really slacking on the ''getting up and running" part. Last Wednesday morning it was so cold I just could not make myself go out. Did not matter th... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 03:36:04 EST Anyone here from the UK? Just wondering what your favourite recipes/meals are? Mon, 3 Feb 2014 16:11:29 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/03/2014 Daily Quote: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” <BR> &#8213; Edward Everett Hale <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What time did you wake up this morning? <BR> <BR> Which time? The first time it was at 3:47 or so because I had to go to the bathroom and then I couldn't go back to sleep for the longest then when I finally did, I got up about 5:45. Mon, 3 Feb 2014 07:59:56 EST There is no END. End is not the end, in fact E.N.D. is ''EFFORT NEVER DIES," and if you get NO in an answer, then remember NO is ''NEXT OPPORTUNITY." <BR> <BR> I actually found this quote on face book. I though it was great and decided it should be shared. If we are working toward a goal, any goal, weight loss, getting sober, getting off sugar, whatever that goal maybe it never ends. As I've said many time we will always have pot holes and detours to deal with, but those are just interruptions, our effort... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 04:42:37 EST Which is your favorite WW cookbook? I'm not a paid member of the official WW site but I have been looking at WW cookbooks on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble and would like to buy one... or two <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Do you have a favorite WW cookbook that you can recommend? Why do you like it? <BR> <BR> I appreciate the help! Sun, 2 Feb 2014 17:46:51 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/02/2014 Daily Quote: “All great achievements require time.” &#8213; Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you have healthy snacks planned for today? What about the rest of the week? <BR> <BR> Yes. We purchased some applesauce, apples, and I have fruit cups in 100% juice that i drain off. Plus WW cheese sticks, etc. Sun, 2 Feb 2014 13:16:16 EST I have no excuse At the first of every month I get a newsletter from the Wellness Center that I attend. They seem to always have something going on there, and I have to admit I do love the place and all the people so far have been just great. But what surprised me was one of the articles I read, it was about this elderly man that comes to the gym everyday, he does resistance workouts, he does a spinning class, he swims, you name it Mr. Ridge does it. Mr. Ridge and I have chatted on occasion he is funny an... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 04:04:23 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 02/01/2014 Daily Quote: “Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.” &#8213; Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Another fill in the blank: My mind often wonders… <BR> <BR> if I will manage to get all these craft ideas I have off the ground. <BR> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:26:33 EST We will have trials. "The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials." <BR> <BR> I think if I had traveled this weight loss journey without any ''trial's" or ''detours" I would never have learned anything, I would not have learned anything about myself that is for sure. I keep polishing myself not to be perfect, but to keep learning. Just as I had to go back and look at those old trackers of mine to see what I had done differently. Not long ago I would not have even bothered. T... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 04:42:26 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/31/2014 Daily Quote: “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” &#8213; Karen Lamb <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Fill in the blank: I have never _________. <BR> <BR> I have never jumped out of a plane. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:05:03 EST Yesterday's results. Sometimes in the winds of change we find our true direction.” <BR> <BR> —Unknown <BR> <BR> I told myself whatever the scale shows I'll be okay with it. Well I LIED!!!! According to the scale I was up 2 pounds, and all I could say was WHAT????? So last night I went back and looked at my old trackers, starting way back from last July when I began my ''getting off sugar'' journey. One thing I'm not eating enough, and that just sounds so lame, but looking back I've not been eating enough ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 04:31:42 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/30/2014 Daily Quote: “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” &#8213; Winston Churchill, Never Give In! The Best of Winston Churchill's Speeches <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Other than the scale, how do you determine your success on your weight loss journey? <BR> <BR> By the way my clothes feel, ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 07:48:16 EST Meeting and Weigh in day "Today is a new day, you'll get out of it what you put into it." <BR> <BR> Its so darn cold everywhere, but today we are suppose to actually get out into the 30's today, I'm sure there will be a push to have the pool open. <em>246</em> During this cold weather I have still been getting up and hitting the gym by 5:30 am, its one of the ways I start my day. This morning since I have WW's I won't go to the gym, its my day off. So we shall see if the scale and I will get alone this week or... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 04:01:49 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/29/2014 Daily Quote: “If you try anything, if you try to lose weight, or to improve yourself, or to love, or to make the world a better place, you have already achieved something wonderful, before you even begin. Forget failure. If things don't work out the way you want, hold your head up high and be proud. And try again. And again. And again!” <BR> &#8213; Sarah Dessen, Keeping the Moon <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Name one meal that you enjoy cooking at home. <BR> <BR> Mostly anything I can do in my... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 07:58:00 EST Where are you going? Knowing where you’re going is the first step to getting there.” <BR> <BR> —Ken Blanchard <BR> <BR> I know when I joined WW's back in 2005, I had no intentions of it working, nor did I have any thought that I would make it work either. I went to WW's just to get my friend at that time to just shut up. She was attending this Saturday morning meeting and she would not let up on me, ''she wanted me to join as well." I just figured it was more like, ''misery loves company." But that first w... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 03:01:08 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/28/2014 Daily Quote: “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” &#8213; Woody Allen <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Name one thing that you hope to be able to do when you reach your goal. <BR> <BR> Walk the stairs without being winded. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 08:05:33 EST It's mostly mental. Success is ninety-nine per cent mental attitude. It calls for love, joy, optimism, confidence, serenity, poise, faith, courage, cheerfulness, imagination, initiative, tolerance, honesty, humility, patience and enthusiasm.” <BR> <BR> —Wilferd A. Peterson <BR> <BR> Love today's quote. Ninety-nine per cent mental attitude, we have to love ourselves otherwise this journey is really going to be hard to deal with. We need to have Joy each day, not the mind set of, ''well I can't have this or th... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 03:27:48 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/27/2014 Daily Quote: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” &#8213; Confucius <BR> <BR> Daily Question: I saw a blog the other day that was basically an ode to Richard Simmons. If there was one or two people in the fitness industry that you could have your choice to meet, who would it be? <BR> <BR> I think, like the blog that I read, it would have to be Richard Simmons or Leslie Sansone. They have to be two of the most positive people in the fitness indust... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 07:56:41 EST A New Attitude. The sun was out yesterday and it even warmed to 53 degrees. Those of you that have been dealing with this cold Winter season know exactly what I mean when I say, ''warmer temps and sunshine just make you feel better." Yesterday I went to the gym, it opens at 8 on Sunday mornings, before I went to the gym I made Ms Roselee and Mr. Benny a chicken pot pie. Through the week Ms Roselee gets meals on wheels and its a big enough portion that Mr. Benny can actually share it with her. On the week... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 03:20:10 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/26/2014 Daily Quote: “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” &#8213; Coco Chanel <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What is the last thing that you did that made you laugh out loud? <BR> <BR> I meant to send a text to my husband and I sent it to the Girl Scout leader standing next to me. :-/ We both laughed so hard about that. <BR> <BR> First off, let me apologize for not starting the thread yesterday. I had a rare moment of sleeping too late. I woke up earlier and was awake for a ... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 10:33:07 EST 200 days. If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad. <BR> - Denis Waitley <BR> <BR> I have as of last night been sugar free for 200 days. Many of those days were my not evening having fruit. Last Summer was the first time I can remember of never having watermelon or cantaloupe...why?? The natural sugar would have set me off just like a package of cookies or a carton of ice cream.... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 03:36:32 EST turnaround app? Hi everyone, I am new to sparkpeople (joined a long time ago, but just starting to use it) has anyone found a good points calculator / app for on the go calculating points for weight watchers turnaround? <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 19:09:08 EST Are you engaged??? “If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full speed ahead without stopping <BR> for water, you lose momentum to finish the race.” <BR> <BR> —Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> I know strange topic this morning. But I was actually asked this by a stranger yesterday as I stood in line at the bank. My bank, bless their hearts, for some reason on Friday's has only one teller, and I'm normally there by 1 pm and the poor teller is trying to do for everyone. So yesterday the teller... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 04:15:42 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/24/2014 Daily Quote: “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” &#8213; Herman Melville <BR> <BR> Daily Question: How often do you shop for groceries? <BR> <BR> At least once a week, but sometimes more. We try to put together a meal plan at least once per week and then shop for the items we need for it. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 07:57:58 EST Failure is just a stepping stone. Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success. <BR> - Dale Carnegie <BR> <BR> This cold weather is even messing with my internet. It took me three tries to get my internet service this morning, plugging and unplugging to get all the little things to talk to one another. <BR> <BR> As I mentioned yesterday our meeting was cancelled, but with all the snow and cold I knew I had to find a meeting, and that was just what I did. ... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 03:33:26 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/23/2014 Daily Quote: “Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. ” &#8213; Coco Chanel <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What did you have for breakfast today? <BR> <BR> I had a vanilla protein smoothie with strawberries and banana, made with almond coconut milk and flaxseed, as well. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 07:51:17 EST No meeting this morning Today is Thursday and all of you know today is my WW meeting day. I received an email last night from our leader that the weather is going to be so bitterly cold and she had been over to the meeting place and the parking lot even though it had been cleared was still ice covered. I actually think she made the right decision, I am not sure if I would have even ventured out this morning since it would have still been dark and I do have a bit of a drive to get there, and Dana had already told me... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 03:35:01 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/22/2014 Daily Quote: “The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.” &#8213; Bette Midler <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What is the last thing that you watched on television (Netflix/Amazon, etc. are included)? <BR> <BR> We watched an old episode of Mission Impossible as a family. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 07:33:53 EST Life Interrupted. The major problem of life is learning how to handle the interruptions." <BR> <BR> We all have them, ''things that interrupt our life." Our regular schedule, yesterday for me it was the weather and then a phone call from Ruthann asking me if I could take her to the Oncologist that is located downtown. Of course I told her I could, even though I hate driving downtown, and even though this means trying to find the building and parking garage all before Feb. 3 rd. The weather was such yesterd... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 04:28:39 EST calculator question I just re-joined this morning and went to use my calculator at lunch and it is not working. Do I need a new one or can I simply change the battery? I never had this happen. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:37:53 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/21/2014 Daily Quote: “So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you'll move mountains.” &#8213; Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go! <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Will you watch the Superbowl? <BR> <BR> No. We don't have cable and, to be honest, I am just not that interested. I have moments where I really enjoy watching it, but not recently. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:14:26 EST We have all had them.....Those dark days. If it were not for the dark days, we would not know what it is to walk in the light.” <BR> <BR> —Earl Campbell <BR> <BR> It seems to me the month of January is extremely long. I had no problem staying away from the sweet stuff, the stuff that gets me in trouble. I know all too well eating too much of a comfort food, no matter how comforted we feel is not good for anyone weight problem or not. But, today when I saw the quote I wanted to use, I began to think, ''if everything was easy, t... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 02:57:36 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/20/2014 Daily Quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” &#8213; Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Would you rather mop all of your floors or do laundry? <BR> <BR> Honestly, probably the mopping, at least I can burn calories doing it. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 08:47:52 EST The right stuff “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” <BR> <BR> —Oliver Wendell Holmes <BR> <BR> Yesterday I wrote about changes we need/have to make while we are on our weight loss journey. Our sister/friend Michelle wrote that she was not sure what to do, go on or give up. I just want to ask this question, a question I have had to ask myself many times....where would you be if you were at least not trying?....Its frustrating, its lonely at time... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 03:06:43 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/19/2014 Daily Quote: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” &#8213; Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Have you ever participated in a "DietBet" type challenge where you put money in the pot and if you hit your goal, you get a portion of the pot? <BR> <BR> I have not, but am seriously thinking about it. I think it may be the kick I need to get me moving. <BR> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 10:23:55 EST Changes "Change the way you think. Change your life." <BR> <BR> For most of us this is not our first Rodeo on the weight loss circuit. But, that is okay as well, sometimes it just takes some of us a little longer to get it right than it does others. Maybe when the low carb craze was going on that didn't work out so well for you. For me low carb, or the core plan as WW referred to it at one time, then it was called Simply Filling Foods, and now its Simple Start. It all boils down to getting rid ... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 04:13:43 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/18/2014 Daily Quote: “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” &#8213; Alan Wilson Watts <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Looking back on your week, how do you feel like you did? <BR> <BR> Not great in the last couple of days, but I am getting better. Have to get things planned for the coming week. It should be interesting. <BR> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 07:43:41 EST Thank Goodness its the WEEKEND!!! "I love the challenge of starting at zero every day and seeing how much I can accomplish." ~~Martha Stewart <BR> <BR> I had honestly forgotten how hard it is to have a job outside the home, even yesterday I was thinking, ''Thank you Lord its Friday." <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Worked out with my trainer yesterday, I meet up with her every four to five weeks, and she changes up my strength training. I have to admit I am amazed at just how much stronger I am getting. In fact underneath all t... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 03:31:40 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/17/2014 Daily Quote: “There will be a few times in your life when all your instincts will tell you to do something, something that defies logic, upsets your plans, and may seem crazy to others. When that happens, you do it. Listen to your instincts and ignore everything else. Ignore logic, ignore the odds, ignore the complications, and just go for it.” &#8213; Judith McNaught, Remember When <BR> <BR> Daily Quote: Do you have big plans on the weekend? <BR> <BR> We've got a competition with DS13 and ... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 07:45:32 EST No Onederland here. There is just something about that number ''1'' in front of my weight, that I tend to have a lot of trouble actually getting to. I stayed the same this week, which I can celebrate since I did not weigh in last week, and last week I was completely out of my element by staying at the nursing home. I have to admit I was bummed for a little while, but I also know ''Onederland" is there, and I will get there, but not this week. <BR> <BR> Nell asked about if we had any people from the Sunday mee... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 02:52:47 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/16/2014 Daily Quote: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” &#8213; Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you live close enough to your family to see them often? If no, do you wish that you could live closer? <BR> <BR> My family is about an hour away. I have a few members in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex, but I don't get to see them nearly often enough. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 07:35:52 EST I did not want to get up this morning. Today is my WW meeting and I have been able to get to the gym on my regular schedule so wondering what the number will be this week. Of course the number will be what it is, but I so want to be out of the 200's, but I also know I must remain patient, and remember to breath. It is what it is. My trainer last month was concerned that I was not eating enough, I do have this problem with eating snacks, when I do sometimes those snacks can turn into full fledged meals, so snacks have always bee... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 04:30:48 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/15/2014 Daily Quote: “I've never considered the possibility of defeat. I've never planned for it. That's the job for those people who plan for such things. My job is to only plan for success...victory; it has my complete focus.” &#8213; Spuds Crawford <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What favorite quotes, mantras and messages do you look at to help you stay motivated? Share away.... <BR> <BR> My favorite quote has still got to be: <BR> “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!” &#8213; ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:04:38 EST Let's Live. “If we don’t change we don’t grow. If we don’t grow we are not really living.” <BR> <BR> — Gail Sheehy <BR> <BR> If I have learned one thing in my 61 years of being on this earth its I want to live life. I saw my grandmother on my Mom's side take to her chair and never get up again. I saw my Dad who had black lung and congestive heart failure still try to plant his garden and mow his yard. I saw my own Mom crawl into bottle's of prescription drugs to ease whatever pain she might be in, ... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 02:59:12 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/14/2014 Daily Quote: “It's hard to stay committed when our heart isn't in it.” &#8213; Deborah Day, BE HAPPY NOW! <BR> <BR> Sometimes you have to fake it til you feel it! <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Are you a registered voter? <BR> <BR> Absolutely. <BR> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 07:51:24 EST We all get the same 24 hours. “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” <BR> <BR> —Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> I found out last week while staying nights at the nursing home, that if you don't have a plan and a directions EVERYTHING will become a mess. As was most of the country just a week ago it was so blasted cold here in Kentucky, that I know even if I had not been staying with Ms. Roselee I would not have ventured out to the gym at 5:30 am or 5:30 pm. However, by Thursda... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 03:11:20 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/13/2014 Daily Quote: “Action is traction.” &#8213; Rob Liano <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you ever eat in secret because you don’t want anyone to see what you consume? <BR> <BR> I have in the past. Now, I am really trying to be more open about what I eat because I know it helps me. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 07:37:25 EST Stay Strong during the Storms. "No one would have crossed the ocean if he could have gotten off the ship in the storm" <BR> <BR> - Paul Boese <BR> <BR> When I decided to use the above quote for today's post, I read it over many time and thought, ''how can I made that work?" Didn't take me long to figure it out especially after I read a post someone else had made about gaining their weight back and the words that caught my eyes were, ''and life happened." Life happens everyday, I know, I have blamed my fallen prey to ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 03:01:42 EST Determined Newbie Hello all! I have been on Spark for a little over 4 years. I lost a nice amount of weight in the beginning and then life happened. I have struggled since and regained all the weight plus more. I joined WW online a week ago. I know this is the next step that I need to take to get me back to where I want to be. Looking forward to the sharing and support in this group! Sun, 12 Jan 2014 18:06:55 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/12/2014 Daily Quote: “Have a GOAL to keep the following 5-‘H’ OUT of your life <BR> H – Harass <BR> H – Hamper <BR> H – Hurt <BR> H – Harm <BR> H – Hinder <BR> To Ensure <BR> H=Happiness Prevails forever!” <BR> &#8213; Sujit Lalwani, Life Simplified! <BR> <BR> Daily Question: How far in advance do you plan your snacks? I realize you have to purchase them from the store, but do you give yourself several options and then pick one that sounds good? Or do you only buy what you know you will eat? <BR> <... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 10:21:20 EST Home Sweet Home It was so great to come back to my home yesterday and NOT have to leave again. I got laundry done, I got my house cleaned up, I got my desk all uncluttered, which had been driving me crazy. This morning I am having MY OWN coffee, in my own home, and am not having to sit in the dark due to Miss Roselee still being asleep. Ahhh, my happy little home. <BR> <BR> This afternoon my friend Dana and I are going to the funeral home our WW friend Mary lost her sister last week, and the visitation i... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 04:42:27 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/11/2014 Daily Quote: “Rather than the strength it takes to not lose, it's the strength to stand back up after a loss that is sometimes more valuable.” &#8213; Kyo Shirodaira, Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning, Vol. 04 <BR> <BR> Daily Question: How do you plan your snacks? <BR> <BR> When I was going to the nutritionist, she suggested I stack a protein with a fruit or veggie. I have strayed from that now and I am feeling the effects of it. I am definitely getting back to it next week. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 07:00:54 EST Hoping I can stay at my home tonight. The head of PT and one of the RN's came in yesterday for the meeting, they gave their thoughts on Roselee going home, but also offered to call the home health group the family chose so they would know they will have a new client. <BR> Last night Miss Roselee had a bowel accident in bed, and of course that upset her, and it being 1 in the morning, all I could think about is ''Benny won't be happy if this begins again after she gets home." <BR> I do think I'm going to have to set some rules ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 06:04:28 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/10/2014 Daily Quote: “If you truly feel that self esteem and motivation have to happen first before you can make changes in your life then we’ll probably be sharing walkers at a retirement home as we talk over what might have been.” &#8213; Shannon L. Alder <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Name one thing you are thankful for today. <BR> <BR> My family's support. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:13:43 EST Just at Peace with things. Peace comes not by establishing a calm outward setting so much as by inwardly surrendering to whatever the setting.” <BR> <BR> —Hubert van Zeller <BR> <BR> I think I have gotten to that point in my life finally where I am just letting go and surrendering to things. Especially those things I have no control over. I have no control over Miss Roselee's husband admitting that he is selfish and is planning on this afternoon removing Roselee from the nursing home. Their daughter (Bobbi) who i... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 05:34:17 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/09/2014 Daily Quote: “If you don't have a goal, you will score zero even if you run with the fastest speed.” &#8213; Israelmore Ayivor <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What made you decide to live where you currently live? <BR> <BR> I currently reside in Richardson Texas, which is a suburb of Dallas. I moved into the house with my husband. I like it because it is closer to the positions that I have held in the past and it isn't that far from my family. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 07:43:44 EST Thursday morning Here it is Thursday morning, normally I'd be getting myself and stuff ready for my WW meeting, but not today. I am sure going to miss not being there. If Miss Roselee is still here next week I may have to make some different arrangements because I need my meetings. <BR> <BR> Miss Roselee is doing well with her OT and PT, and last night she was really tired, how tired was she??? She fell asleep while eating her supper, bless her soul. I have been sleeping like the dead here and I can't f... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 05:16:25 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/08/2014 Daily Quote: “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” &#8213; Dr. Seuss <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What temperature do you prefer your water? <BR> <BR> With the colder weather, I prefer it room temperature (or warm to be honest). In the warmer weather, I like it cold. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 08:01:26 EST Just checking in, and updates Hi All, <BR> I have been lost not posting each day, so yesterday evening I found out I could connect my laptop here, so here I am this morning. <BR> <BR> Miss Roselee is out of the hospital, and in a nursing home that is just 2 miles at most from my house, and I've been spending the nights with her and staying during the day until Benny shows up. Poor Benny is a basket case and I've had to tell him a dozen times he needs to just chill. The facility began PT and OT with Miss Rose yesterday... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 05:45:45 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/07/2014 Daily Quote: “ Inevitably, if we are to grow and change as adults, we must gradually learn to confront the challenges, paradoxes, problems and painful reality of an insecure world.” &#8213; James P. Krehbiel, Stepping Out of the Bubble: Reflections on the Pilgrimage of Counseling Therapy <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Would you share one thing that helped you on your journey yesterday? <BR> <BR> I walked several times during the day yesterday to help me keep moving. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 07:58:31 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/06/2014 Daily Quote: “Needs cause motivation. Deep-rooted desires for esteem, affection, belonging, achievement, self-actualization, power, and control motivate us to push for what we want and need in our lives.” &#8213; Lorii Myers, Make It Happen, A Healthy, Competitive Approach to Achieving Personal Success <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What is one thing that you plan to accomplish in the next week? <BR> <BR> Setting the alarm to get up earlier so that I can start going to the gym next week. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 07:40:35 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/05/2014 Daily Quote: “It's one thing to have a goal, but it's quite another thing to actually accept the challenge, develop a strategy to press for the goal, make the sacrifices, pay the price to move forward, and blessing of blessing, to realize some part of it.” &#8213; Elizabeth George, A Woman After God's Own Heart® <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What is your weather like? <BR> <BR> We have gotten a cold front and it is supposed to be below 20 degrees for the next couple of nights. :-( Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:59:42 EST Staying Strong in tough times. Yesterday (Saturday) began just fine. I got up, made coffee came on here had coffee and left a post for all my friends that stop by. I went to the grocery early cause Kentucky might get a heavy frost and we want to make sure we have plenty of food. <em>198</em> Actually they are predicting about 4 inches of snow, and then brutal cold, trust me we here in Kentucky have trouble with a heavy frost. So I went to the gym, did my 30 minute cardio, then did my resistance workout, got to the c... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 03:42:43 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/04/2014 Daily Quote: “Keep moving. Have a goal, One day you will arrive at a place that is better than the place where you were, even if it is only in your head.” &#8213; Linda Bloodworth Thomason, Liberating Paris <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Did you get any new fitness equipment or gadgets over the holidays? <BR> <BR> I finally ordered The Spark Tracker and it came yesterday. I got it set up this morning so we'll see how it goes. It says it is better on your shoes, but I've always preferred my FitBi... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 09:32:05 EST Walking through the rooms of my life. Maybe this year we ought to walk through the rooms of our live not looking for flaws, but looking for potential." Ellen Goodman <BR> <BR> The beginning of 2013 was not a good beginning, it wasn't until July of last year that I finally got my head out of my rear and got it back in the game. Oh I could blame it on a lot of things and a lot of those things would be honest blame. Bottom line the biggest obstacle I had was myself and my wanting to do nothing and wanting to do it my way. You k... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 03:40:19 EST New to WW do they have a low carb program ? I do best on low carb program.. would the simply filling be the option for me to select or is there another option ????? <BR> <BR> Thx Fri, 3 Jan 2014 11:25:07 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/03/2014 Daily Quote: “Through sheer volume of passing days you will travel a great distance in your lifetime. Imagine where you might stand if your footsteps steered toward a single goal.” &#8213; Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway <BR> <BR> Daily Question: How do you handle your workouts? Do you set an appointment for yourself or do you just get it in whenever you can fit it in? Are you changing that in the new year? <BR> <BR> I have getting it in whenever I can, but I am hoping in the next couple... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 08:15:58 EST New to this group Hi, I am a Spark Page veteran, but new to this page. I have been losing on my own since last July, but need to change things up. Has anyone tried the new WW "Simple Start" program? I had been doing low carb with success, but fell off the wagon over the holidays. I am finding it hard to get going again. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 06:45:13 EST Yesterday's weight in and meeting. First off I got 2014 off on a good foot. I was down 1.4 pounds for the week, and getting ever so close to ''onederland." Also want to welcome our Blanche back. Blanche, I have loved keeping up with you via FB while you were in AZ. but I'm happy to know you have made it back home before the flight cancellations in Chicago. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's meeting was as I was told, ''will go down in the books." Most of you read about my adventures on Sunday when I felt the need to go to a WW meetin... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 03:15:22 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/02/2014 Daily Quote: “You have to let go of who you were to allow yourself to become who you are.” &#8213; Stacy London <BR> <BR> Daily Question: It is a new year, what do you hope to accomplish this year? <BR> <BR> Become a more healthy version of me. I know this takes work, but I think I am up for the task. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 07:30:06 EST First weigh in of the New Year. Today is Thursday so that means its my WW meeting and weigh in day, and its the first one for me of the New Year. I'm also wondering if there are going to be some new faces at our morning meeting, and I"m also wondering if the leader of Sunday's meeting will show up today. I just realized, ''I'm doing a lot of wondering here so early in the morning." <em>41</em> <BR> I never really got off track during the holidays, I did have a ''Cutie" little orange/tangerine type fruit, love those th... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 03:15:24 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 29- Jan 4 ) NEW YEAR QUOTES <BR> =================== <BR> <BR> 1)The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months! <BR> ~Edward Payson Powell <BR> <BR> 2)Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. <BR> ~Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 3)People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:54:03 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 01/01/2014 Daily Quote: “Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.” &#8213; David Lloyd George <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you have any specific plans for today? New Year's Day traditions? <BR> <BR> I am hoping to drag DH to a yoga class. We will be having black eyed peas, cabbage and ribs today. We may go to the movie, but who knows. Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:05:55 EST 365 Blank pages. Beginning at midnight last night we now have 365 brand new, blank pages to begin filling. We can write out story beginning today for this coming year anyway we want to. We can wake up and the only thing we may choose to do is continue with the same bad habits that we have had over the previous year. OR, we can begin an adventure, one that will slowly, but surely get us to our goals. Begin writing your story today, I'm sure like most of our stories it will be filled with some drama, some l... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 03:40:09 EST Weekly Mtg Topic: Hold Steady WW leader Victor has had to learn the strategies that work best for him when celebrating the holidays. One of the strategies that he uses is to always track in order to hold himself accountable. If he has an indulgence, he will try to fit in an extra walk. He is also selective about what he chooses to indulge in. Using these strategies, he has managed to stay at his goal weight for eight holiday seasons without depriving himself. <BR> <BR> Sticking With It: Plan ahead when determining t... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:03:09 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/31/2013 Daily Quote: “Who says you cannot hold the moon in your hand? <BR> <BR> Tonight when the stars come out and the moon rises in the velvet sky, look outside your window, then raise your hand and position your fingers around the disk of light. <BR> <BR> There you go . . . That was easy!” &#8213; Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you go out or stay in on New Year's Eve? <BR> <BR> We generally stay in. We are going to my MIL's tonight, but doubt ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 07:58:18 EST update on yesterday's thread. Last night I got a call from my WW leader. It seems that the leader that I took the meeting over had called my leader after she figured out who I was. My leader asked me,''what happened Joan," so I told her, and I also told her, ''maybe I should of kept my mouth shut, but it was just more than I could keep quite about. All that negativity." My leader then told me that ''you must of been meant to be there, due to this particular leader had lost the ump that she once had." My leader went ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 03:20:31 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/30/2013 Daily Quote: “When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.” &#8213; Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich: The Landmark Bestseller--Now Revised and Updated for the 21st Century <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you have any New Year's traditions? <BR> <BR> Yes. Every New Year's Day, I fix black eyed peas and cabbage...what goes with it may change from year to year, but those two things always happen. ... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 07:45:56 EST Just shut your mouth. “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” <BR> <BR> — Edith Wharton <BR> <BR> After I got off work yesterday...I know that still sounds so strange. After I got off work, I decided, ''I'm going to take in the Sunday WW meeting." I've been to this meeting before and told myself the last time I was there, ''never will I go to that meeting again." However, I wanted to go not so much as to find out about the new simple start coming out, I'll fin... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 03:36:21 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/29/2013 Daily Quote: “You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” &#8213; Rabindranath Tagore <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Aside from church, Sunday is the perfect day for _________. <BR> <BR> Grocery shopping. We generally try to get our shopping done so we are prepared for our meal plan for the week. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 10:12:23 EST Why? Have you asked yourself the question, ''why do I want to lose weight?" I'm sure most of us have asked ourselves that question at some point, and especially we ask that question when we have over indulged during the holidays and hate the idea of getting on the scale. As all of you know this is the last Sunday of 2013, we will have a New Year coming up real soon. The gyms will be filled with new people, the WW meetings will be a buzz for a few weeks, then by February things will get back to ... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 03:44:42 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/28/2013 Daily Quote: If you have a goal, write it down. If you do not write it down, you do not have a goal - you have a wish.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Are you making resolutions and setting goals for the new year? <BR> <BR> I am but I am determined not to wait until January 1st to start working on them. Sat, 28 Dec 2013 10:18:15 EST Eight things to think about. I don't make New Year Resolutions. In years past it would have been lose weight. I think in the 61 years I've been on this earth that has no doubt been my resolution for at least 50 of my years. But no more. I plan on just continuing on with what I've been doing since July of this year, weighing and measuring my food, tracking what I'm eating, exercising at least 3 times a week, most times 5 times a week, getting in my resistance exercise as well, going to meetings each week. Yesterday a... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 03:29:14 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/27/2013 Daily Quote: “Needs cause motivation. Deep-rooted desires for esteem, affection, belonging, achievement, self-actualization, power, and control motivate us to push for what we want and need in our lives.” &#8213; Lorii Myers, Make It Happen, A Healthy, Competitive Approach to Achieving Personal Success <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Name one thing you can do today to better your health. <BR> <BR> Walk 5 minutes each hour. I was doing well before the holidays and then not having a set schedule an... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 07:46:14 EST Our WW meeting yesterday Yesterday (Thursday) was our WW meeting. I was pleasantly surprised with how many actually showed up even though most of us did not weigh in. We had our free weigh pass, so why not use it on the day after I've eaten red beans and rice with sausage. But we did have a couple of women to weigh in and I have to say I really admired them for doing that. Both had gains, but as one said, ''I had gained in December, then lost what I had gained, and I had a gain this week, but some how it all came... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 03:29:44 EST "QUICK START" I've been seeing commercials about a - think it's call - Quick Start or Jump Start for W/W - anyone know anything about i t??? <BR> <BR> Thanks - Happy Holidays <BR> <BR> Irene Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:44:45 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/26/2013 Daily Quote: “It's hard to stay committed when our heart isn't in it.” &#8213; Deborah Day, BE HAPPY NOW! <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Did you get what you asked for this holiday season? <BR> <BR> I have been asking for Ball Jars (the kind you use for canning) for the longest and DH got me some for Christmas. I also got some new sewing stuff...a rotating cutter, sewing cutting board, ruler and a pattern so I can make pajama pants for the family. I am excited about taking on some new sewing pro... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 08:15:17 EST The Day After. First off I want to congratulate Nell on as of yesterday being at goal and below goal for the past 43 years. Just goes to show us it can be done, but we have to work hard at it. Great job Nell. <BR> <BR> I do hope everyone had a wonderful day yesterday. The first thing I've done for 14 Christmas's past was go in at 5 in the morning and tell Bob.....''It's CHRISTMAS!!!!!"......I have always loved Christmas and am always sad to see it come to an end. So yesterday morning at 4:30 I got dres... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 03:21:12 EST simple start What is the new simple start program? Wed, 25 Dec 2013 11:52:50 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/25/2013 Daily Quote: “Forget perfect on the first try. In the face of frustration, your best tool is a few deep breaths, and remembering that you can do anything once you've practiced two hundred times.” &#8213; Miriam Peskowitz, The Daring Book for Girls <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you plan on partaking in any goodies today or are you picking and choosing where to spend your PointsPlus/Calories? <BR> <BR> I am going to partake in some goodies, but not overdo it. <BR> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 10:53:43 EST Merry Christmas to All. My wish for all my sparks friends as this year is coming to an end. Its a quote by Norman Vincent Peale. Merry Christmas my dear friends. <BR> <BR> “If we continually practice filling our minds with thoughts of <BR> faith, hope and gratitude, it will eventually crowd out our fears.” <BR> <BR> — Dr. Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> Christmas hugs to all, <BR> Joan Wed, 25 Dec 2013 03:59:41 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 22 - 28 ) 1)He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. <BR> Thomas Carlyle <BR> <BR> 2)The sweetest of all sounds is praise. <BR> Xenophon <BR> <BR> 3)Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. <BR> Voltaire <BR> <BR> 4)Let your mind alone, and see what happens. <BR> Virgil Thomson <BR> <BR> 5)In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls. <BR> Lenny Bruce <BR> <BR> 6)A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gab... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 20:13:49 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/24/2013 Daily Quote: “If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito!” &#8213; Wolfgang Reiber <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you have an "Elf on the Shelf"? <BR> <BR> No, we do not and I don't intend to get one. <BR> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 08:40:08 EST Blessings Yesterday it seemed that no matter which way I turned something good was going to happen. Even at the gym. I have to admit I was a bit down yesterday after Bob's internment on Sunday, but I vowed I was not going to allow that to be how my day went. I had to get myself in the right mindset so I began my day as always with a cup of coffee and a chat with my coffee friends here. My first blessing was being allowed to just say how I am feeling on this thread, thank you all so much for that. ... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 03:20:16 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/23/2013 Daily Quote: “If you truly feel that self esteem and motivation have to happen first before you can make changes in your life then we’ll probably be sharing walkers at a retirement home as we talk over what might have been.” &#8213; Shannon L. Alder <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Are you finished with your shopping? <BR> <BR> Um...mostly. I got the wrong milk for the fudge and need to pick up a few things to go with a "bigger" gift for family members. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 08:17:01 EST All is well I want to begin with thanking all of you, I could feel your thoughts and prayers for me yesterday as I stood holding Bob's urn, waiting for the finality that would follow. The rain stopped earlier Sunday morning, it was windy but not cold, it was muddy, and for me putting the urn in its little box for Bob's final rest, at that point I knew ''this has really happened." That statement may sound strange, but as long as Bob's urn with his ashes sat on the table in the living room Bob in my min... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 03:06:20 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 15 - 21 ) QUOTES BY CONFUCIUS <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> 1)Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. <BR> <BR> 2)When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. <BR> <BR> 3)I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. <BR> <BR> 4)A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. <BR> <BR> 5)Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage. <BR> <BR> 6... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 20:53:43 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/22/2013 Daily Quote: “Rather than the strength it takes to not lose, it's the strength to stand back up after a loss that is sometimes more valuable.” &#8213; Kyo Shirodaira, Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning, Vol. 04 <BR> <BR> Daily Question: How many days per week do you workout? <BR> <BR> Not nearly as much as I should. My goal at the moment is 15 minutes 5 days per week. I figure it is a start. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 11:40:47 EST Today's the day....... We do Bob's internment. It needs to be done, it should have already been done, and today is the day Bob's ashes are finally put in a final resting place. It's a two fold thing for me, this is not only helping with some more closure, but for me its even more real. I am sure that sound very odd to read, ''this seems very real," but it is. As some newbie that come by might not know Bob passed away this past October 7th, we had his funeral mass and he was cremated and then brought home where ... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 02:41:48 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/21/2013 Daily Quote: “MANAGE YOUR MOOD: Name 1 thing that surprised you today...Name 1 thing that moved you...Name 1 thing that inspired you...” <BR> &#8213; Gino Norris <BR> <BR> Not sure why I picked this quote other than the fact that it seem to make you think about how you can change your perspective, which is a big thing. <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Please answer this honestly. Do you generally forgo your other meals to enjoy the holiday meal? <BR> <BR> I have for the better part of my life bec... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 09:22:49 EST Just Believe "When you look in the mirror and see no change and still keep faith, knowing that in time you will get there if you stay focused, and on track...THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THOSE WHO SUCCEED AND THOSE WHO FAIL." <BR> <BR> When I saw this quote this morning I knew it was time for it. I never realized all those months that I kept going off plan and when I looked in the mirror really all I was seeing was ugly, there must of been some deep seeded hope there, other wise I would have broken the... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 03:10:56 EST Weekly Mtg Topic: Fend Off Food Pushers WW Leader Bree makes use of some of tools, including mentally rehearse and having an anchor. This will help you be better prepared for what may come. <BR> <BR> Sticking With It: Feast Wise <BR> We know that this time of year brings gatherings with friends, family and co-workers. There are bound to be some trials and tribulations along the way with all the food and treats on hand. Things to think about: <BR> 1. Don’t hang out by the buffet table or the hors d’oeuvres. This can lead to ov... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:07:32 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/20/2013 Daily Quote: “It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly.” &#8213; Isaac Asimov <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you have the standard holiday food (turkey, etc.) for Christmas or do you have something else? <BR> <BR> We have the usual holiday food. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 08:21:22 EST Yesterday's weigh in I stayed the same. There is something about that being so close to ''onederland'' that I tend to dig my heels in and just can't seem to allow myself to cross over to that magic Kingdom. I added two extra days of cardio to my routine last week, and I know when we change things up we can hang on to fluid. I know I ate well, but now that I look back I have to ask myself, ''did I eat enough??" This is just the strangest thing to say and that is, ''since I'm working I come home get distracted ... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 03:10:21 EST Help This is the first time since starting the WW program 18 months ago that I have gone "off program" for so many days in a row - too much holiday food in front of me this year, mostly at work, my house is a safe space - today is creating abject fear for me, I already know that there is a pre-planned "all-day treat table" at work (not just candy, I mean all kinds of food), and the occasion is to say farewell to an employee of mine that I am 100% happy to see go - I think I want to throw up, but I... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 09:15:38 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/19/2013 Daily Quote: “Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” &#8213; Lou Holtz <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What is in your mug today? <BR> <BR> It will be coffee with some coconut milk creamer (French Vanilla). There was a time when it would be a little coffee with all my cream and sugar. I am thankful that I am not that same person these days. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 07:42:37 EST Thursday morning What would life be if you had no courage to try anything? <BR> <BR> Yesterday Ms Roselee had a doctors appointment and even though I have watched her take those steps from her house to get in the car, it is still a very scary thing. So yesterday I told Roselee, ''your the most courageous person I have met today. She loved that and looked at Benny her husband and Bobbi their daughter and said, ''SEE, someone else knows how scary those steps are." I had to laugh cause that is the most spunk... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 03:37:32 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/18/2013 Daily Quote: “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” &#8213; Dr. Seuss <BR> <BR> Daily Question: How do you spend your holiday? <BR> <BR> We are celebrating with my in-laws on Christmas night and then with my extended family on Christmas day. I think instead of us going to my Mom's, she is going to come here and celebrate at both places with us. :-) Wed, 18 Dec 2013 07:47:10 EST It's just a smile “A smile of encouragement at the right moment may act like sunlight on a closed up flower.” <BR> <BR> — Pam Carpenter <BR> <BR> There are so many time that a ''smile'' is all that is needed. For instance, on some mornings when I get to the gym I might not be feeling the urge to really workout. As a rule when I'm having one of those morning, one of the older guy that I know will walk by give me a wink and a smile and sometimes he might say something other times just the wink and smile. T... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 03:21:04 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/17/2013 Daily Quote: “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” &#8213; Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What is your weather like today? <BR> <BR> It is currently 41 and we have a high of 67. Hard to believe just a week or so ago we were struggling with ice on the ground. <BR> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 07:56:31 EST Be a Rebel. I hold it that a little Rebellion now and then is a good thing." <BR> Thomas Jefferson <BR> <BR> Sometimes being a Rebel is a good thing. But one thing I am not going to be a Rebel about is my weight loss journey. I think for me to be a Rebel with my journey that would mean (to me) I'd be dipping into all those treats and goodies that are out there, and again I am confused about the words ''treats and goodies." These so called ''treats and goodies'' when I eat them do not treat me, and th... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 03:13:42 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/16/2013 Daily Quote: “Your life is a reflection of your thoughts. Think well.” &#8213; Danielle Pierre <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you travel over the holidays? <BR> <BR> We generally just gather at family's house which is about an hour away from home. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 08:10:17 EST Steer in the right direction. “If you fail to pilot your own ship, don’t be surprised at what inappropriate port you find yourself docked.” <BR> — Tom Robbins <BR> <BR> Yesterday I wrote about my water leak and I have to say ''Tupperware" my heart went out to you, because I had actually thought about going down to my sister's on Friday evening. I think if I had walked in on this water mess on Sunday afternoon, I would still be camped out at the Dairy Queen. This is why I like today's quote so much, we are the Captain'... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 03:05:50 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/15/2013 Daily Quote: “we tend to steer our lives in the direction of the lessons we need to learn” <BR> &#8213; Don Campbell <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Are you creative at Christmas time? (i.e. making wreaths, etc.) <BR> <BR> I try to be, but am not always. I think next year will be different because my sewing machine will be set up and I can be a little more crafty. I have, in years past, made loafs of bread to give to people as presents. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 10:58:07 EST I just want to scream!! You would think that with all the water leaks we had back in the Summer and it took so long to get those taken care of, then get our ceiling would think that's enough. Not true. Yesterday morning I went to the gym was there for an hour, after that I ran two errands, and that took another hour, so I was gone from home a total of 2 hours. It was raining, the snow on our roof was melting, and I had not been home more than 10 minutes when I heard what sounded like water running in ... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 03:59:19 EST New to Weight Watchers Hi, I've been doing WW and going to the meetings, but struggling at times. I've been tracking points on the WW site, but decided to try Sparkpeople for support. I usually don't have a lot to say, but it's nice to hang out with the community. I'm 60 years old and my husband and I have 2 grown daughters, a dog and 2 cats. I also work 2-4 days per week. I'm trying to fit in an exercise class, but it's been a little hit-and-miss with work and the holidays. <BR> Thanks for being there, <BR> Kincah Sat, 14 Dec 2013 11:59:58 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/14/2013 Daily Quote: “Rejection is a challenge.” &#8213; Veronica Purcell <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Share the details of the best date that you’ve been on in the last several years. <BR> <BR> My DH took me to a small theater called "Pocket Sandwich". It is tons of fun to experience theater in a small venue like that. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 10:06:04 EST Love this quote No matter how many times I bread down there is always a little piece of me that says NO, you're not done yet. GET BUSY!!!!!!!!!!!" <BR> <BR> When I found today's quote I was reminded how many times I had thrown my hands up to Heaven deciding, ''I'm quitting!!" Vowing to live on ice cream, cookies, candies, blah, blah. But somewhere alone the way there was this little voice that would tell me, ''you're not ready to throw in the towel." As of today I have been sugar free for 159 days, and ... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 03:18:47 EST Weekly Mtg Topic: Managing Holiday Temptations WW Leader Dorothy has 3 ways that she controls her sweet tooth during the holidays. <BR> 1. She keeps her hunger in check by eating meals with Power Foods and that incorporate protein so she stays satisfied. <BR> 2. She balances out her indulgences by amping up her activity so she can enjoy her favorite treats. <BR> 3. She enjoys her treats in moderation because we know the first bite always tastes the best (well usually) and will take the equivalent of 1 bite each of the desserts on a buffet... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:19:10 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/12/2013 Daily Quote: “Be brave and be patient. Have faith in yourself; trust in the significance of your life and the purpose of your passion. You are strong enough to sit in the space between spaces and allow divine inspiration to shed some light. When you put positive energy and productive effort into the world it will come back to you. Occasionally in ways you might not immediately understand and on a time frame you didn’t expect. Look. Listen. Learn. Stay open. Your destiny is awaiting you.” <BR>... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 07:37:02 EST I want to inspire I want to inspire people! I want someone to say to me, "BECAUSE YOU SUCCEEDED AND DIDN'T GIVE UP NEITHER DID I." <BR> <BR> Good morning All, <BR> weight in yesterday went well. I lost 1.2 pounds, and since I had a gain the week before I wish it had of been more, but I still lost, and am up ready for the gym this morning, which I think for the past 3 weeks I had not been going on Friday's. This is what happens as I mentioned the other day when I have company, I feel as if I am cheating my c... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 03:27:17 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/12/2013 Daily Quote: “Don't let your dreams rust! Listen to your youthful bells ringing loud inside of you.” &#8213; Bernard Kelvin Clive <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you use a day planner/calendar to keep track of things or just a electronic one? <BR> <BR> I do both actually. It is easier for me to write things down and then transfer it to my electronic calendar. It may seem like double work, but it seems to work for me. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 07:49:57 EST I will do whatever it takes. Are we really willing to do "whatever it takes" to lose the weight? We all know the greatest plan on the planet will not work if we are not really focused and committed to losing weight. <BR> <BR> So if when we get started we are already planning ''free days'' weeks in advance, skipping meals or sneaking food, you might want to ask yourself ''Just how serious am I about this whole weight loss thing?" If losing weight and getting healthy is important to you, then make the commitment and sti... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 03:39:52 EST SFT Recipes? Does anyone have some good recipes using the SFT? I just don't seem to be able to find any on the website and the "new" Simple Start is really SF and they have so few recipes with it. I just dropped my eTools and monthly pass because when we travel back here to Tucson for the winter they jacked the price for my monthly pass over $12.00...I'm not paying it. So, I'll be losing my online tools here in 2 days. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:00:38 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 12/11/2013 Daily Quote: “Erase self-doubt by working to build your strengths instead of focusing on your weaknesses.” &#8213; Rodolfo Costa, Advice My Parents Gave Me: and Other Lessons I Learned from My Mistakes <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie? If so, which one is it? <BR> <BR> I LOVE It's a Wonderful Life, but I also love Miracle on 34th Street (with Natalie Wood). I have a hard time choosing one favorite. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:02:38 EST