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 Happy Memorial Day “ Don't put off till tomorrow what can be enjoyed today. ” <BR> <BR> What can we enjoy today, besides, a cookout, a dip in the pool, a big icy cold glass of whatever? We can enjoy staying on plan, on track, and in control. <BR> <BR> Yes, its Memorial Day, the official kick off to Summer time, but in reality its a day for us to stay focused and on track. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Mon, 30 May 2016 04:47:31 EST How we handle this weekend is up to us. I know, I know. It's a long holiday weekend, but even the holiday weekend still count in this journey. <BR> <BR> Every day counts in this journey. <BR> <BR> We can't be 'on' some days and 'off' for others. That's not the way it works for any other addiction, and the same thing goes for us. <BR> <BR> Commit to making today count toward reaching our goal of having a healthy relationship with food. Because it's going to count as a step backwards or a step forwards. <BR> <BR> This weekend ev... Sun, 29 May 2016 05:46:55 EST Its not always about being THE BEST. “ Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is. ” <BR> <BR> I have no clue what it is, but there is this one woman in our TOPS group that just does not like me. I have thought back to the first time I met her, I introduced myself, I speak to her every time I see her, but for some reason this woman wants to cut me down ever chance she gets. <BR> <BR> Now if I had or have done something to her, that would be different, but yesterday, when I weighed in and the secretary took the roll cal... Sat, 28 May 2016 05:32:13 EST Moving forward. Everything went fine yesterday, with the exception of the doctor being an hour late. Do you know how hard it is, to be patient when your starving, your heard feels as if there is a drummer beating away. Anyway, its over and done with for another year. My colon was crystal clear. <BR> <BR> I have my TOPS meeting today, and my first thought this morning after I go on the scale was, ''think I'll not go." I have a substantial gain this week, and part of it is fluid, but a big part of it is... Fri, 27 May 2016 04:49:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 26th QUOTE: “A healthy outside starts from the inside.” ~ Robert Urich <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...laughed so much you cried? <BR> <BR> Yes, I definitely have. <BR> <BR> I am sorry I did not post yesterday but I did not even get out of the bed other than to go to the bathroom. My boss suggested I go home on Tuesday afternoon so I called the doctor and was able to get in that afternoon. Upper respiratory infection. I started on antibiotics on Tuesday evening and then started running... Thu, 26 May 2016 08:43:44 EST Clean Colon Didn't sleep much at all last night because the stuff I had to mix and drink about an hour after I got it down, I began with dry heaves that lasted until around 9:30 last night. Don't have a lot of add this morning. Just looking forward to this being over an done with. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Thu, 26 May 2016 05:11:35 EST Prep Day Tomorrow I have my Colonscope done. Nothing wrong with me, that I'm aware of, but its just one of those pesky little preventive things we need to have done. Its been 12 years since my first one, so now its time. <BR> <BR> Today is nothing but clear liquids, but since I get up so early the nurse told me I could have my coffer anyway I wanted it, including the cashew milk. So at 2:30 this morning I was enjoying that last cup of coffee until sometime Thursday. <BR> <BR> Read an article yest... Wed, 25 May 2016 04:46:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 24th QUOTE: “You will fail at some point in your life. Accept it. You will lose. You will embarrass yourself. You will stink at something. There is no doubt about it. … Never be discouraged. Never hold back. Give everything you’ve got. And when you fall throughout life — and maybe even tonight after a few too many glasses of champagne — fall forward.” ~ Denzel Washington (modified this a little to make it board appropriate) <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...made prank phone calls? <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 24 May 2016 08:23:53 EST I'm not a jumper. It's not who jumps the highest -- it's who wants it the most ” <BR> <BR> I'm not real sure I'll buy into today's quote. I don't think its as much as someone wants to be at goal more than I do, I think for me, I have a very short attention span. This eating healthy, exercising and all that goes alone with it, takes time and patience. We all know we're not going to get to goal by tomorrow, that is unless your a half pound away, but even at that, there are no guarantees. <BR> <BR> I ask mys... Tue, 24 May 2016 05:10:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 23rd QUOTE: “As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking.” ~ James Allen, As a Man Thinketh <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...gone to a drive-in movie? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. There is one that is far enough away that it would be fun to go to, but not so close that we would not have to plan for it. <BR> <BR> I am feeling like it was a productive day, although I re... Mon, 23 May 2016 08:09:35 EST Clear Out the Junk Food!!!! It doesn't matter how much good stuff you have in your house -- freshly prepared vegetables and hummus, seasonal fruits bursting out of the fridge, or roasted garlic and broccoli piled to the ceiling. <BR> <BR> If you have chips and cookies too, ain't nobody eatin' no healthy snacks. <BR> <BR> The majority of us... like/love junk food. PERIOD! <BR> <BR> Yes, we've gotta have healthy snacks on hand, but they won't do us any good if we're constantly reaching for unhealthy ones instead. <BR> ... Mon, 23 May 2016 04:26:05 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 22nd QUOTE: “John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach, says you aren’t a failure until you start to blame. What he means is that you can still be in the process of learning from your mistakes until you deny them.” ~ Carol Dweck, Mindset <BR> <BR> So much to do but I started feeling bad yesterday so I listened to my body and laid down for awhile. Sore throat, coughing, headache, and general yuckiness. Most people in my house had it already and then my co-worker coughing and sucking on cough ... Sun, 22 May 2016 09:41:23 EST Be persistent today! I know its the weekend, a time we think that its okay to ''let loose," but our work sure ain't over. <BR> <BR> Stick to it today. <BR> <BR> When the thoughts of going off-program start to creep in, remind yourself that those thoughts are the beginning of a very slippery slope. <BR> <BR> Being 'off' one weekend can lead to starting from scratch on January 1st. <BR> <BR> "The river doesn't cut through rock with power. The river cuts through rock with persistence." <BR> <BR> So not just th... Sun, 22 May 2016 04:52:51 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 21st QUOTE: “A free man is free to acknowledge his fears, without hiding them, or hiding from them. Live with your lips pressed against your fears, kissing your fears, neither pulling back nor aggressively violating them.” ~ David Deida, The Way of the Superior Man <BR> <BR> So, I’m not going to lie...I think my DD14 did an amazing job. She was complaining last night that she messed up, but no one noticed really. There were girls in front of us commenting on everyone’s performances, but DD’s w... Sat, 21 May 2016 11:11:11 EST There is always another chance to succeed. If you have made mistakes there is always another chance for you. <BR> You may have a fresh start at any moment. You do not have to wait until the next day, or even until Monday. <BR> This thing we call ''failure'' is not the falling down, but the staying down. So get up, and get moving and get back on track. <BR> If your struggling, remember, ''you are the only one that can stop the struggle." When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for as long as you have. Today, this ve... Sat, 21 May 2016 04:35:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day –May 20th QUOTE: ““Your journey to a healthier weight is not a journey that you start and then give up. It is a journey that you are living every day for the rest of your life.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...sung karaoke?? <BR> <BR> I don’t think I have. I should some day, I sing constantly, but have not. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a bit of a crazy day! I did go to weigh in last night for the first time in awhile. I gained 2 pounds, which to be honest, I needed to se... Fri, 20 May 2016 08:28:35 EST Goals. We're gonna take a step closer to our goal. We're going to do that today, tomorrow, and the next day, and then we are going to repeat the process all over again. <BR> <BR> The other day I was thinking about ''how do those that have been at goal weight ''FOREVER'', how do they do it? I mean, they've met their goal, so now what??? <BR> <BR> Well the answer is quite easy. They have a goal each and every single day, and that is to stay at their goal weight. That is exactly how they have ... Fri, 20 May 2016 04:51:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/19 QUOTE: “Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.” ~ Aldous Huxley <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever… donated blood? <BR> <BR> Yes, I used to do it every 8 weeks. <BR> Thu, 19 May 2016 10:41:52 EST True Grit “ With true grit you persist until you catch a glimpse of your potential. That is when passion is born. ” <BR> <BR> In a way we are all a bit like John Wayne he was always fighting the bad guys, and when it looked as if he was a goner he'd get that glimpse of ''we can beat this." <BR> <BR> Well, that is how I view our journey. At time, and we've all been there more times than we care to remember, where we just want to throw in the towel and walk away. Then either we hear something, see s... Thu, 19 May 2016 04:48:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 18th QUOTE: “Nothing makes me feel better – calmer, clearer and happier – than being in one place, absorbed in a book, a conversation, a piece of music. It’s actually something deeper than mere happiness: it’s joy, which the monk David Steindl-Rast describes as ‘that kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.'” ~ Pico Iyer <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...been camping in a tent? <BR> <BR> Yep, most of my childhood. <BR> <BR> I thought I was going to need to reschedule my weigh... Wed, 18 May 2016 08:37:17 EST We are in control. We can't do anything about the weather. We can't do anything about that nosy neighbor we might have. We can't even do anything about those family member that we had rather other's did not know we were related to. BUT....we do have control over what we put in our bodies. We have control over if we track, we have control over if we weigh and measure. <BR> <BR> There may well be lots of things we do not have control over, but we do have control over how we feed our bodies. <BR> <BR> Today ... Wed, 18 May 2016 04:55:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 17th QUOTE: “Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...repelled down a building/tower? <BR> <BR> No and can’t say I really want to. <BR> <BR> So I got a call from the rehab facility about my mom, she has not wanted to actively participate in therapy apparently. I had talked to her about it earlier last week and she seemed to... Tue, 17 May 2016 08:19:42 EST Encourage one another. “ Words of encouragement fan the spark of genius into the flame of achievement. ” <BR> <BR> Love today's quote because I see the encouragement here each and everyday. What one or two of us are going through or feeling, you can bet ''your not alone'' at some point some of us have felt/dealt with the same or similar thing. In other words we understand, and that is encouraging to know ''we are not alone'' on this journey. <BR> <BR> Today encourage someone, you never know one day you may well... Tue, 17 May 2016 05:04:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 16th QUOTE: “When you are tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you.” ~ Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...been on a cruise? <BR> <BR> No, but I’ve heard good things. <BR> <BR> Yes, it was another busy day in the Walton house yesterday. There still seems like so much to do, but I feel like we are making a little progress. DH got the yard treated and all the dog bedding got washed and we purchased new for 3 of the dogs. We have not had this problem before, ... Mon, 16 May 2016 08:38:05 EST Good news/Bad News This was sent to me yesterday afternoon by one of my TOPS club members. I felt it was worth sharing with all of you today. <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>**************************** <BR> <BR> <BR> Ok. I have good news and bad news. <BR> <BR> The bad news: nobody is perfect. No one is going to have a 100% mistake-free day for the rest of their lives. No one is never going to say, "I should... Mon, 16 May 2016 04:59:27 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 15 QUOTE: “All worthwhile journeys have big obstacles. It’s the way of the world. The rewards go to those who can push through those trying moments and still manage to keep a smile on their face.” ~ Bear Grylls <BR> <BR> So apparently there was a miscommunication with the rehab and Mom will not be released today. I’m not sure who put it on her board, but I confirmed with the front desk that she is not scheduled for check-out today or on Monday. She’s asked the social worker to contact me to f... Sun, 15 May 2016 10:14:33 EST Distract yourself The more things you have to distract yourself, the easier it will be to stay OP ( On Point/On Plan). <BR> <BR> The distract yourself does not always work for me, and I can admit that. I have sat in meeting after meeting and listened to how when someone was having a craving for whatever, they could go take a walk, go work in the yard, so many things they could do and the craving/feeling would go away. <BR> <BR> Well, let me go on record here and say, ''that does not work for me." No matter... Sun, 15 May 2016 05:17:01 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 14TH QUOTE: “Noticing the problem does not change the problem. While of course, awareness is a critical first step, action is the absolute necessary step.” ~ Sevan Apollo Poetry, Good Men Project <BR> <BR> Today there is going to be so much going on that I hope I can get everything done. They have apparently decided to release my mom, but no one even bothered to call me or anything else, which is a little frustrating. The house is full but we will figure out how to make it work. Sadly, though,... Sat, 14 May 2016 09:48:38 EST When we do the work....... The work pays off. <BR> <BR> Happy to say I lost a half pound this week. For a nano second I thought, ''WHAT???" But then I remembered I had a big loss last week, and a half pound lost is better than a half pound gain any old day. <BR> <BR> Today is making out my weeks plan, and my grocery list for shopping. Today is a planned day, just like yesterday was. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Sat, 14 May 2016 05:02:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 13th QUOTE: “The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand, add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably, thought and act.” ~ Orison Swett Marden <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...played in a band? <BR> <BR> No, not really anything I ever wanted to do. <BR> <BR> Generally speaking I drink quite a bit of water, but I’ve been trying to amp it up with this infection. Although I was thinkin... Fri, 13 May 2016 08:26:59 EST One day at a time. “ Yesterday is a memory; tomorrow is an imagination; today is eternity. Cut out two days of your life, yesterday with its mistakes, tomorrow with its fears, and live only today. ” <BR> <BR> I reached my goal for yesterday, I was on plan, I tracked, I got in my activity. Yesterday has been taken care of and now today is the one day I will make sure I stay on top of. <BR> <BR> TOPS meeting today, and I feel good with my week. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Fri, 13 May 2016 05:01:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/12 QUOTE: “Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly; devils fall because of their gravity.” ~ G. K. Chesterton <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever…been on tv? <BR> <BR> I don’t think so. I know my DH has. <BR> <BR> Apparently my body was not happy with my water consumption during the morning yesterday and decided I needed to pay attention by making me feel like I was being stabbed with an ice pick. I am definitely trying to pick up the water consumption so that I don’t have that ... Thu, 12 May 2016 10:21:39 EST Keep trying. “ You are never a loser until you quit trying. ” <BR> <BR> I know how easy it would be or at least we think it would be easy, to just throw in the towel. I was watching ''My 600 lb. Life" last night, and I'm always amazed at some of the people that are just not willing to give up on themselves. I also wonder, ''how on earth did they allow themselves to get in such a condition?" But, then reality sets in and I know I could very easily be, just one bite, one binge from being one of those pe... Thu, 12 May 2016 04:48:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/11 QUOTE: “Right now you are one choice away from a new beginning – one that leads you toward becoming the fullest human being you can be.” ~ Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...Been in a newspaper? <BR> <BR> Yes, when I was younger. I was walking in the Relay for Life, which for our area was quite small. <BR> <BR> I was relieved to find out that I did not have kidney stones. Apparently this is a severe kidney infection because I have never experienced anything like this. I... Wed, 11 May 2016 09:32:18 EST Hump Day. Here it is Wednesday already. For all of you that have been dodging the storms, hope you are safe. Wild evening here last night. Tornado warning's all evening long, odd thing was here were I live we didn't even get rain. Today is suppose to be another wild weather day, so everyone stay safe. <BR> <BR> It is the middle of the week. So do you need to look back and see how things are going? Have you stumbled and need to get focused again? If so let today be the day you do that, DO NOT al... Wed, 11 May 2016 04:51:33 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 10th QUOTE: “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours, it is an amazing journey, and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” ~ Bob Moawad <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...Paid for a meal with coins only? <BR> <BR> Yes, when I was younger. <BR> <BR> So the CT took much longer than anticipated, but it was done. CareNow d... Tue, 10 May 2016 07:52:05 EST Worry....Does it do any good??? “ You can't change the past, and you can't predict the future, but you can ruin the present by worrying about both. ” <BR> <BR> I could preach a whole sermon on today's quote, but I will spare all of you. <em>246</em> I have often wondered why we think worrying and fretting about things help. All it really does is make us that more anxious, and as a rule push us right to the kitchen in search of food, we really don't want or need. <BR> <BR> Its very easy to say, ''I'm not going to worr... Tue, 10 May 2016 05:08:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/09 QUOTE: “The harder you fall, the higher you bounce.” ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...eaten just cookies, cake or ice cream for dinner? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. In fact, just a few weeks ago. <BR> <BR> Sorry I was MIA yesterday. I do hope that everyone had a great Mother’s Day. I was in bed praying that this pain would ease. I pretty much spent the entire weekend on pain meds (and antibiotics) hoping that this would ease and hopefully be gone by today. I hate this becau... Mon, 9 May 2016 09:27:16 EST Monday is here!!!! I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day yesterday. As any other Sunday I was at Ruthann's for the Sunday dinner, and also Coty's birthday dinner. I told Ruthann, ''its a shame you have to cook your Mother's Day dinner, but Leigh Ann nor I know how to fry chicken." <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I also hope you took a little time to get this weeks plan down on paper, because without a plan of attack we are like fish out of water. <BR> <BR> Its a new week, its a new day, lets get it started of... Mon, 9 May 2016 05:13:19 EST Happy Mother's Day Happy Mother's Day to all. Hope you all have a wonderful, blessed day. If you don't get to see your kids, maybe you'll get a phone call. But just remember this.... <BR> <BR> If we have time to watch TV, chat on Facebook, text your buddies, and play games on our phone, then we have the time to prep some meals for the week. <BR> <BR> So today you can celebrate your day, but just make sure to put sometime in for getting prepared for the upcoming week. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR... Sun, 8 May 2016 04:45:31 EST QUOTE of the Day - May 7th QUOTE: “The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no man has ever been before.” ~ Francis Phillip Wernig <BR> <BR> So I had finally had all I could take of the pain yesterday and went to CareNow last evening. Two hours later, x-rays and blood work, I got a shot in my hip and referred over for a CT. The doctor thinks I have kidney stones. I have never experienced them and hope that I never have this... Sat, 7 May 2016 10:17:25 EST Great Day. I had plans of stopping by yesterday on the other thread to share my weigh in with all of you, but the day got away from me. I left my house at 8:15 yesterday morning and did not walk back in until 2:15 yesterday afternoon, and then Ruthann and I put out 4 bags of mulch. So I am just now getting back online, and I had a GREAT loss this week. I lost 3 3/4 pounds. I was thrilled to say the least, and I knew I had earned that loss. <BR> <BR> Last week, I planned, I tracked, I got in my act... Sat, 7 May 2016 04:52:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 6th QUOTE: “Don’t waste time calculating your chances of success and failure. Just fix your aim and begin.” ~ Guan Yin Tzu, Chinese Master <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...visited Washington? <BR> <BR> I have not been to Washington State or Washington D.C., but D.C. is definitely on my list of places to go. <BR> <BR> All of the end of the school year banquets are upon us. Last night was DS16 (gosh it’s weird to type that) for tennis. His best friend David, who is a senior this year, ... Fri, 6 May 2016 08:35:55 EST Today's Musing All of you that read my daily musing's know today is my TOPS meeting and weigh in day, and I have to say, ''I'm looking forward to the weigh in." That's what happens to me when I know I've had a good, well planned week of both food and exercise. Also I fully believe speaking up and having the fifth Friday feast was a plus as well. I was able to stay on plan. <BR> <BR> Trust me I know I will have set backs, that's just part of life. But, I'm learning more and more how to let it just be a... Fri, 6 May 2016 05:19:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 5 QUOTE: The most pernicious aspect of procrastination is that it can become a habit. We don’t just put off our lives today; we put them off till our deathbed. Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny.” ~ Steven Pressfield, The War of Art <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...visited Las Vegas?? <BR> <BR> No, I haven’t, but I would like to. <BR> <BR> I came straight home yesterda... Thu, 5 May 2016 10:12:22 EST Sometimes we just need a minute..... to ourselves. <BR> <BR> I believe this so much, that we do need just a little time each and everyday for just us. Time where we can have our own thoughts, and feel our own feelings. Totally and without interruptions . I also know just how hard that can be if you have a spouse around, all the time, or if your working. But, it is very important to MAKE that time. <BR> <BR> For me I got into the habit of getting up really early, way before Mr. Bob was to get up, just to have some time fo... Thu, 5 May 2016 04:59:25 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 4th QUOTE: “All goal setting must be immediately followed by both the development of a plan, and massive and consistent action toward its fulfillment.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...visited Hawaii?? <BR> <BR> No, I haven’t, but I would like to. <BR> <BR> I was concerned about my pain level at the end of the day, especially after sitting and having dinner. I was in debate about whether to go see mom or wait until after dinner, but since I wa... Wed, 4 May 2016 08:14:04 EST I did my homework. Yesterday Ruthann and I were going to Owensboro, and every time I drive downtown, I immediately think, ''this used to be so big." In reality its the same size its always been, its busy traffic wise just like its always been. The difference is, ''I've grown up, and I have lived in way bigger places." But, it still comes to my mind when I drive downtown Owensboro. <BR> <BR> Ruthann and I were also eating lunch out yesterday, and another thing came to my mind. As a rule caution would hav... Wed, 4 May 2016 04:58:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 3rd QUOTE: “You will fail at some point in your life. Accept it. You will lose. You will embarrass yourself. You will suck at something. There is no doubt about it. … Never be discouraged. Never hold back. Give everything you’ve got. And when you fall throughout life — and maybe even tonight after a few too many glasses of champagne — fall forward.” ~ Denzel Washington <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...gone on a blind date? <BR> <BR> I am trying to remember, but I don’t think I have. <BR>... Tue, 3 May 2016 08:34:24 EST Looking for the Stars. When it gets dark enough you can see the stars. ” <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> We have all been in that ''dark" place at some point, otherwise we would not be working so hard to make changes. Some of us that place was so dark that there has been great success, for some of us, the place was dark, but then it got a little lighter and we lost sight of why we began in the first place. <BR> <BR> I'm not saying that we need to return to the darkness, but maybe just re-evaluate our jour... Tue, 3 May 2016 05:07:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – May 2nd QUOTE: “However bright or dim we are, we will still make mistakes. If I kept a diary of all the bad decisions I have made in my life, it would be too thick to carry. But as in most things, it may take a bundle of mistakes to arrive at something sublime, just as it takes thousands of flowers to produce a few drops of perfume.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...fired a gun? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. <BR> <BR> I have to say that if this is a dislocated rib o... Mon, 2 May 2016 08:25:59 EST Are you as ready as you can be for the work week? The weekend is over with and you know even though I don't have a ''real'' job anymore, I find that I have a much better week is on Saturday and/or Sunday I get myself prepared for the upcoming week. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I boiled some eggs, cleaned and separated cauliflower florets, I baked some chicken and even grilled some Laura Lean burgers. So I'm ready, bring the new week on. <BR> <BR> When the craziness of life/ work/school week begins, you'll be glad you did. <BR> <BR> <em>247</e... Mon, 2 May 2016 05:05:38 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY- May 1st QUOTE: “What’s tough is to go out and work hard on the things that you don’t do very well.” ~ Pete Rose <BR> <BR> I took some time yesterday to get some food prepped. Pulled pork (with barbecue sauce), the fryer chicken got cooked and I put the chicken breasts in a bag with some water and pesto to marinate overnight. I’ll cook them today with a little mozzarella and tomato slices on top. I found several other recipes on Pinterest yesterday that look like they would also be good options. ... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:10:48 EST A mile is a Mile Whether it's a 4 minute mile, or a 40 minute mile . . . <BR> <BR> it's still a mile. <BR> <BR> Take exercise at your own pace. You might not know what your pace is yet.You might have to experiment a little. <BR> <BR> Here's how: <BR> <BR> Don't start fast. Start slow. If that speed is too easy for you, increase your pace a little. <BR> If it's still too slow, increase a little more. <BR> Once you're breaking a light sweat, you've likely hit a nice starting pace. <BR> <BR> If you ke... Sun, 1 May 2016 05:13:30 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 30th QUOTE: “Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.” ~ Aldous Huxley <BR> <BR> QUESTION: According to Facebook, it’s National Hairstyle Appreciation day. What’s your hairstyle for the day? <BR> <BR> I think mine is going to be down is hair washing day and it will need to dry and that seems to take forever. <BR> <BR> So, I felt guilty doing it, but I took some time last night and went to our church dedication that has been on the boo... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 10:36:28 EST This and That. Here we are ending yet another month. Last day of April, can you believe it?? As I sit here typing I wonder ''what will May bring?" Then I snap right back to, ''I just have to think about today." <BR> <BR> Yesterday's meeting was great and I do not think anyone missed not having food on the fifth Friday. My weigh in was a bit disappointing, but I really shouldn't say that, I didn't gain, but I stayed the same, and when I look at the whole picture I know my body is just adjusting, so I ha... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:59:45 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 29th QUOTE: “Sure I am that this day we are masters of our fate, that the task which has been set before us is not above our strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond my endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us.” ~ Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever...skipped school? <BR> <BR> Never without my mom’s permission. She allowed me to stay home after an Alabama concert. <BR> <BR> I was still dea... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:24:40 EST Make it work for you. Any diet or eating plan will work for us, but we have to also make the program work for us. All these plans out there are just a road map — a guide to a healthier life. <BR> <BR> Don't expect it to work. Unless you are willing to make it work for you. <BR> <BR> Today is my TOPS meeting and weigh in day, and its also the fifth Friday of the month, which meant we would normally have food instead of a real meeting. So last week I approached the group with, ''isn't there something else we c... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:17:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 28th QUOTE: “It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.” ~ Paulo Coelho <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Share an odd fact about your childhood. <BR> <BR> I was so very small (not just height but weight as well) as a young child that I started kindergarten wearing toddler size clothes and most of the other kids were afraid... Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:16:49 EST It's Today!!! Today is so much more than just a stop on the way to tomorrow. The past claims more than its fair share of attention, and the future definitely demands our focus. But what about TODAY?? <BR> <BR> Today is filled with potential. Today is precious, we will never get today back again. Today is right here, right now. <BR> <BR> Lets just take care and focus on today, its already here. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Thu, 28 Apr 2016 05:08:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 27 QUOTE: “Right now you are one choice away from a new beginning – one that leads you toward becoming the fullest human being you can be.” ~ Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How close do you live to your nearest relative? <BR> <BR> Well, older son is staying with us until he can save up to get a place of his own and Mom will be going back to rehab, but will be coming back here afterwards. Aside from that I have Aunts and Cousins about an hour away. <BR> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:06:17 EST We're getting better at somethings. There is so much WE CAN do something about. Like what?? You may ask. <BR> <BR> For starters, how about all that complaining we tend to do and its normally about things, other people, that we cannot do one thing about. <BR> <BR> There is no reason we can't make a plan to follow each day. There is not reason we can't track each day. There is no reason we can't get in some sort of activity each day. There is no reason we can't fake a smile each day. Remember the old saying ''Fake it till... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 04:46:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 26th QUOTE: “Positive self-direction is the action plan that all winners in life use to turn imagination into reality, fantasy into fact, and dreams into actual goals.” ~ Denis Waitley <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Does your family have any particular traditions that you’d hate to miss? If so, what are they? <BR> <BR> We always get together and have our traditional dressing at Christmas and Thanksgiving (although we are talking about giving up Thanksgiving because it’s tiring having it so close together... Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:23:34 EST Support. “ You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins. ” <BR> ~Jim Stovall <BR> <BR> Love this quote, and I do think we support each other on this thread, and that's why this thread keeps plugging alone. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Tue, 26 Apr 2016 04:46:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 25th QUOTE: “Positive self-direction is the action plan that all winners in life use to turn imagination into reality, fantasy into fact, and dreams into actual goals.” ~ Denis Waitley <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have kids? If so, how many? <BR> <BR> I have a total of 3. 2 boys and a girl. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was such a busy day, but it was a nice day. The only thing I would have changed was that we would have attempted a bike ride, but I think we’re going to have to wait a little bit for th... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:59:49 EST GO. DO!!! Every day we stay OP (on point, on plan), we will become a better version of ourselves. . <BR> <BR> All the will-power put into planning and preparing is going to stick with us even after we've hit our goal. Well, that is how its suppose to work. I tend to still fall into that trap of, ''when I get to this number, I"m going to eat ____________________," and that would be okay if I could do it in moderation and with some control, but I know that would never happen. <BR> <BR> But, even kn... Mon, 25 Apr 2016 05:28:54 EST Keep Fighting. “ You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. ” <BR> ~Margaret Thatcher <BR> <BR> I can so identify with today's quote. I have fought this weigh battle my ENTIRE life, and I keep fighting it. It seems my body and food can never be at peace. But, I keep going, and maybe, just maybe one day it will all become second nature to me. <BR> <BR> Today its Sunday, so what better time to prepare for the upcoming week. Get those veggies washed and cleaned, make a meal plan. We know w... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 05:11:50 EST We are stronger than we give ourselves credit for. “ You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ” <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my TOPS meeting and all that window cleaning and curtain hanging and dusting and mopping paid off, oh and most importantly eating and staying on plan, because I was down 1.50 pounds. <em>104</em> Color me happy. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I know so many of us have faced that demon of being DISCOURAGED, and if we live long enough we will face it many more times. But when we feel the most like just throwing up our ... Sat, 23 Apr 2016 04:27:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 22nd QUOTE: “Fight one more round. When your arms are so tired that you can hardly lift your hands to come on guard, fight one more round. When your nose is bleeding and your eyes are black and you are so tired that you wish your opponent would crack you one on the jaw and put you to sleep, fight one more round – remembering that the man who always fights one more round is never whipped.” ~ James Corbett <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Share one of the greatest moments of Spring from your childhood. <BR> ... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:35:27 EST If your discouraged It doesn't matter how you've failed, or think you have failed. In fact I hate that word ''fail." To me when we use that word or phrase, it seems to appear on our foreheads for all the world to see. But you know what...It doesn't matter that we've tried before. <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter if we fell down yesterday. Only this matters:what are we gonna do next? <BR> <BR> The only way we'll never reach our goal is if we stop fighting for it. <BR> <BR> If we continue to commit to the bes... Fri, 22 Apr 2016 05:05:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 21st QUOTE: “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.” ~ Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you look forward to about Summer? <BR> <BR> Swimming. I always loved to swim and going to the lake. <BR> <BR> My boss decided he wasn’t risking me not eating again yesterday so he bought me lunch. I don’t think I made a bad choice with the Skinny Hammie (no mayo) with lettuce, tomato and pickles. Insomnia has been ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:11:46 EST It's Thursday Michelle, Blanche has a great idea, ''try the Simply Filling" plan. You only have to count certain things on there, like if you have dessert, and there are some breads you'd have to count. My understanding is you get your weekly bonus points and that is what you use as your points for the foods you do have to count. Just a thought, but it may well be of some help, again you will have to watch your portions. <BR> <BR> Got all my windows cleaned yesterday, and didn't have to have any help ... Thu, 21 Apr 2016 05:09:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 20th QUOTE: “It is going to be tough if you look for the easy way out because very rarely is there an easy way out. There is nothing that replaces hard work.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you miss about Winter? <BR> <BR> While it would be nice to have snow occasionally, if we have it in my area of Texas, it seems to turn into black ice and that I don’t like at all. <BR> <BR> Yesterday Mom was moved to rehab! <BR> <BR> Not a bad day yesterday...aside from my eating. ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:17:09 EST How much work we willing to do? What do we want to get out of this journey? Lose the weight, be able to bend over and tie our shoes, a event coming up. Some of us will have the same goal, and some of us our goals are very different, But whatever the reason maybe, we have to ask ourselves, ''How much work am I willing to do to get where I want to be?" <BR> <BR> There will be times (possibly even today) that you'll feel like giving up. It will all seem like too much to handle -- you will feel overwhelmed! This is why smal... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 04:29:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 19th QUOTE: “The price of greatness is responsibility over each of your thoughts.” ~ Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you prefer to wear shorts, capris or dresses at this time of year? <BR> <BR> I wear dresses or skirts all year long, so the time of year doesn’t matter. However, I do have to be more consistent about wearing bike shorts underneath with the wind. <BR> <BR> I am holding out hope that Mom is going to be able to move to a rehab facility this week. She seems to be making ... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 07:56:19 EST We Got This!!! "Wake up with DETERMINATION, and go to be with SATISFACTION!!!" <BR> <BR> I was so thrilled to read all the positive things from yesterday's thread. See it wasn't all that hard to come up with things to be positive about. <BR> <BR> Today's quote is yet another way to make thing more positive in our lives. I hope today each of you have the determination you need to not only get through the day, but to go to bed tonight with that smile of satisfaction. <BR> <BR> Keep moving toward your go... Tue, 19 Apr 2016 04:30:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 18th QUOTE: “Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you like most about Spring? <BR> <BR> I like the weather change. It isn’t too hot or too cold. <BR> <BR> Mom is making progress. This is a positive. We greatly appreciate the continued thoughts and prayers are appreciated. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 07:56:55 EST Monday Feel Good!!! I think its time we feel good about ourselves. We can roll out our short coming without even thinking, but when it comes to something that is positive about ourselves, we struggle with coming up with things. Now that's just crazy. <BR> <BR> We are not alone in this, in fact most times when we do hear someone speaking of themselves in the positive way, we tend to think, ''what a bragger'' that person is. But, you know its okay that we think and share the positive side of ourselves. That ... Mon, 18 Apr 2016 05:10:22 EST Sunday's Musing. “ You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead. ” <BR> <BR> I noticed yesterday several were talking about how they used to go off plan after weigh in. I was also a member of that club as well, but I found out by doing this I was not helping myself. Why??? Because when it comes to food, and overeating, I have an addiction. I cannot even begin to count the times I've eaten something that didn't even taste that good just becaus... Sun, 17 Apr 2016 05:00:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – April 16th QUOTE: “Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you, never excuse yourself.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When you go on vacation do you prefer the beach or the mountains? <BR> <BR> I like both, so I guess it depends on my mood at the time or what we have planned. We have planned vacations based on museums or things we wanted to see, not necessarily beach or mountains. <BR> <BR> We had a slight scare with my mom last night. Continued tho... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 11:01:00 EST It's the weekend!!! I can't help it, but I still get as excited over having weekends as I did when I was in the work force. I think its because I know I'm beginning a brand new week, a time two get together at Ruthann's, and also Saturday's are the day I make my weekly meal plan. <BR> <BR> My weigh in yesterday, like Jane I stayed the same. I have to admit for a nano second I was a bit miffed, since I had upped my activity, and I followed my plan to the ''T", but I also rejoiced that it was not a gain. I kn... Sat, 16 Apr 2016 05:35:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 4/15 QUOTE: “So much of our lives takes place in our heads – in memory or imagination, in speculation or interpretation – that sometimes I feel that I can best change my life by changing the way I look at it. As America’s wises psychologist, William James, reminded us, ‘The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.’ It’s the perspective we choose – not the places we visit – that ultimately tells us where we stand. Every time I take a trip, the experience ... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:26:14 EST It's a 24 hour day for each of us. I don't have time" is the adult version of ''THE DOG ATE MY HOMEWORK!!" <BR> <BR> How many of us have said that very thing, ''I don't have time to_________." Each of us can fill in the blank with something we don't have time for. But as we all know each of us get the same 24 hours a day, some will use those minutes and hours wisely and some will choose to just sit and complain about ''why I don't have time." <BR> <BR> I'll be the first to admit I fall into that category from time to tim... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 04:55:25 EST THANK YOU Good morning all (or afternoon if that's when you get online). I am sorry that I disappeared. To be honest, with everything going on with Mom, I sort of detached from most everything. I was updating so many people via Facebook and text and phone calls that I was a bit overwhelmed. A big thank you to everyone for your thoughts and prayers. My eating has been seriously out of whack, but I'm hoping to get things back to a little more normal soon. Mom's still in the hospital, but told me to go ho... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:23:06 EST It all adds up. Yesterday Jane had posted that she had gotten away from weighing and measuring this week, so that got me to thinking....WEIGH AND MEASURE.Those little BLT's (bites, licks, and tastes) can really add up quick! <BR> <BR> And honestly, weighing is a much more accurate method of portioning out your food. It may seem foreign now, but if you keep your digital scale out and ready to use, you'll find it's even more convenient than using measuring cups. With the scale, there's no extra dishes to clea... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:59:48 EST Evaluation It's always good to evaluate how your program is working for you, or rather, how you can better make your program work for you. I remember Nell posting one time how she has had to make changes due to her age, and guess what, I am having to do the same thing. Another reason I had to make changes is due to my activity level. Not as brisk as it was just a few years ago. <BR> <BR> We begin by thinking about where you struggled. And remember everybody's struggles will be different. Did yo... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 05:15:17 EST Do you Believe in yourself?? “ Your success depends mainly upon what you think of yourself and whether you believe in yourself. You can succeed if nobody else believes it; but you will never succeed if you don't believe in yourself. ” <BR> <BR> I realized after I posted the above quote, there is just not anything I can add to it, but it does give us something to think about. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Tue, 12 Apr 2016 04:44:56 EST There is just no question on who is in control. “ Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you. ” <BR> <BR> Today's quote pretty much sums it up on if we are going to be successful or if we are going to continue flopping like a fish out of water. Sure things will get in our way, but again, we have the power to either just deal with the situations, or throw our hands up in despair. <BR> <BR> Its a new week so lets make sure we put forth the effort to have a successful week, and it doesn't have to be a number on the scale, even t... Mon, 11 Apr 2016 04:47:54 EST Attitude counts “ Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. " <BR> <BR> I have always been a big believer in my attitude has such a big measure of how I handle things. Same deal with my weight loss journey. I know if my attitude becomes, ''throwing caution to the wind," then my weight loss is going to suffer. <BR> <BR> If we tell ourselves, ''I don't have time to... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 04:54:03 EST We can do this. <em>104</em> <em>242</em> to both IceCub and Jane for weight losses this week, and I get to add my name to the mix as well. <BR> <BR> I lost 2.75 (2 3/4) pounds this week, making my new total of 30 pounds gone since December 28th, when I joined the new Smart Points online. Saying I'm thrilled is putting it mildly. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> It's the weekend, so what better time to make out your meal plan for the week, get that grocery shopping done, and get those fruits and veggies ... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 05:38:02 EST Weight loss is not an 'all or nothing' endeavor. We've been programmed with this "I'm either actively dieting, or not caring at all about what I eat" mentality. <BR> <BR> This is bad! Bad, bad, BAD! This line of thinking results in that one little cookie that you shouldn't have eaten turning into an entire box. We all know how it goes, " I shouldn't have eaten that. Guess I'm 'off!' What else is there to eat?..." Sound familiar? And, if we're truthful with ourselves, most of us have been right there. <BR> <BR> A leader or my friend ... Fri, 8 Apr 2016 05:02:31 EST So what if we're labeled a little crazy!!! “ If you want to win anything -- a race, your self, your life -- you have to go a little berserk. ” <BR> <BR> When I saw the above quote I thought of my friend Dana. She's been at her goal for many, many years, but she will be the first one to tell you, ''I had to try several times." The reason the quote made me think of her, was she told me how her husband hated it when they would go eat out and Dana would ask for certain things to be done to her food, or left off her food. Her husband a... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 05:35:22 EST Think like a Winner Don't you think its time we let POSITIVE thoughts take over. We never have to look far to find the negativity in just everyday life, and its about time we stopped it from taking center stage. Guess what?? We don't have to give the negativity top spot in our lives. <BR> <BR> Its amazing what can happen when we let "I CAN" be the boss of us instead of ''I CAN'T", and when we give ''I WILL" a promotion instead of ''I WON'T." Simplest example that comes to mine, is our Michelle and her trac... Wed, 6 Apr 2016 05:10:20 EST Will you fail or will you FLY??? Most of us know that we set the tone for our day just about as soon as we open our eyes. Yesterday I was not feeling well at all, and my first thoughts were, ''not going to ride my bike," "not going to clean the house as I had planned," "Not going to go out and pick up the limbs that feel from my trees." <BR> <BR> Notice all those ''Not Going To Do" things. But, I did ride my bike, didn't feel like it, but I did, got in over 20 miles yesterday, I did get out there and pick up those tree ... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 05:05:04 EST Monday's Musing “ He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity ” <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm having some adversity this morning. I woke up not feeling well at all, so wanted to just stop in and tell everyone to hang in there, and make this week work for you. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Mon, 4 Apr 2016 05:25:05 EST We continue anyway. "Those who succeed are the ones who look in the mirror and see no change, but continue anyway, knowing they will get there in time." <BR> <BR> This is why I can't look at the ''BIG'' picture, meaning all the weight I need to lose, because if I did, I'd get so overwhelmed, that I'm sure I'd go out and stop at every fast food place we have in Beaver Dam. <BR> <BR> But, I do look in the mirror, and I can see my face is not as big as it was, by stomach is not as big as it was, and best of all, ... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 04:57:22 EST Saturday Morning To begin with I want to congratulate Jane for losing weight the three months she was away from her home. Jane I think that is just <em>345</em> . You had a loss, it could so very easily have gone the other way, so be very proud of yourself, I know I'm proud of you. <BR> <BR> Now about yesterday's weigh in. Never made it back online yesterday, and I was up 1 pounds. I was almost sure I would have a loss, but the scale said, ''no." However, I did have a huge loss the week before 5 pound... Sat, 2 Apr 2016 05:40:07 EST Sometimes, I get scared by the control food seems Do any of you ever feel this way? I'll find my thoughts constantly drifting into the kitchen (or into the bakery, when I go shopping , or into the drive thru when I am out and about.) I don't do this purposely, or at least I don't think I do. They seem to just pop in out of nowhere! <BR> <BR> And I think, "Oh man, how am I ever gonna beat this thing? Look at all the bad choices just waiting to be made..." <BR> <BR> I start thinking I'm a failure for having such thoughts, and I'll beat m... Fri, 1 Apr 2016 05:25:36 EST No Question or Quote today My mom had to be rushed to the ER yesterday and is having a procedure this morning. Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:39:34 EST The choice to lose weight is in your hands. "The ultimate decision is yours, and yours alone to make." <BR> <BR> We all know that or those people that are naturally slim. Those that seem they can eat anything and everything without gaining an ounce. But, have you ever noticed what those people are eating, or at least the ones I know. They're not chomping down on pizza, or big bacon burgers. No instead of having French fries, they are having fruit, instead of vegging out in front of the TV at night, they're going out for a walk aro... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 05:07:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 30th QUOTE: “Life is created on a daily basis by the choices you make or don’t make.” ~ Bronnie Ware, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When I was a kid, I was an only child. <BR> <BR> It was a good night...while my food was probably not entirely on plan. I’m starting the morning with a green smoothie and I have a salad at work. Planning on breakfast for dinner tonight so I’ll plan for a high point dinner. I am thinking of doing Coaching for a bit and see if that helps me. I feel like I need the ex... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:38:22 EST Divide and conquer “ Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it. ” <BR> <BR> Cable is giving me problems yet again this morning. So thought I'd better get on here with my musing while I still have the connection. <BR> <BR> Today's quote is for all of us who become overwhelmed at times. For me this new Smart Points has been the easiest of all the programs, that Weight Watchers has offered. I think its due to it just makes sense. I can so remember when the Points Pl... Wed, 30 Mar 2016 04:49:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 29th QUOTE: “However bright or dim we are, we will still make mistakes. If I kept a diary of all the bad decisions I have made in my life, it would be too thick to carry. But as in most things, it may take a bundle of mistakes to arrive at something sublime, just as it takes thousands of flowers to produce a few drops of perfume.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When I was a kid, I refused to eat any boxed macaroni and cheese other than Kraft. I could take one bite and knew... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 08:25:58 EST Repeat after me..... I can be 100% today. <BR> <BR> As humans, it's really easy to get overwhelmed by the big picture. <BR> <BR> So every morning,we need to tell ourselves "I can handle today, 100%. Just today. I can do that." <BR> <BR> Because we can. Anyone can do anything for one day, so we can definitely stay OP for one day. <BR> <BR> Repeat after me.....I CAN BE 100% TODAY!!!! Because TODAY is the day that counts. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan&amp;#8203; Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:03:32 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 28th QUOTE: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” ~ Helen Keller <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When I was a kid, I reunions. My dad was one of 9 and my mom one of 4, so every year we were visiting extended family. It seems since my grandmothers have passed that we seem to do less and less of that. <BR> <BR> I had a lazy day yesterday as my meat was still not thawed. DH bought a couple of other things that I needed so I am ... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 08:03:40 EST A new day If you were not as prepared or ''good'' as you had hoped to me over the weekend, never fear, today is a brand new day. Just remember all that half priced Easter candy will put on WHOLE pounds. So let someone else purchase that stuff, we don't need it anyway. <BR> <BR> Myself, I had a great time this weekend, but have to admit, I was glad for it to come to an end yesterday, and I wasn't even the one with the house guest. It was good visiting with our sister and her husband, and I have pic... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 04:50:53 EST Happy Easter Wishing everyone a wonderful day today. If you have a plan stay the course, if you don't then right now sit and make out a plan for today, it could very easily be the one day that sets the course of your entire week. <BR> <BR> Michelle, good luck on today's weigh in, and your so right its wonderful when we give into just working on ourselves. <BR> <BR> Icecub, congrats being in onderland, 199 is ONDERLAND in my opinion. Great job. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Sun, 27 Mar 2016 04:46:19 EST It works if you work it. My weigh in was so good, that I had to get on the scale three times just to make sure it was not a fluke. I not only lost the 4 pounds I gained while away in Louisville, but I added another pound to the mix, making it a total of 5 pounds gone this week. <BR> <BR> I have to admit there were days I felt as if I wasn't doing so well, but I had my plan, it was written out, and my food was there, so I didn't stray from that, and I rode that bicycle, rode it 20 miles everyday and never left my ... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 05:36:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 25th QUOTE:“The real and most dangerous opponents we face are fear, anger, confusion, doubt, and despair. If we overcome those enemies that attack us from within, we can attain a true victory over any attack from without.” ~ Morihei Ueshiba, Budo Secrets <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When I was a kid, I liked to wear…pretty dresses. <BR> <BR> I think the change is helping. At least the order that I am eating it in anyway. I lost 0.8 this week. I had told my friend Amy that I thought I would lose a... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:53:07 EST It's not only FRIDAY.... .......but its........ GOOD FRIDAY, and our BLANCHE'S BIRTHDAY. Happy birthday Blanche, and hope you have a wonderful day/weekend. <em>179</em> <BR> <BR> Today is also my TOPS meeting, and if you recall, because I sure recall, last weeks weigh in I had a 4 pound gain. I so did not like that, but I've been home in my own surroundings, and Queen of my own food this week, and I feel like I have done pretty darn good. Of course I'll find out later this morning, but I just know that every single night I laid down... Fri, 25 Mar 2016 05:18:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 24th QUOTE: “You only lose what you cling to.” ~ Buddha <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When I was a kid, my favorite thing to do outside was...ride my bike. <BR> <BR> Breakfast for dinner will have to happen another night. I am proud to say my “mom” mind kicked in and I decided to use the chicken breasts I had earmarked for DH to grill for me to make salsa chicken and we made brown rice. It wasn’t too fancy, but it was ready soon after we got home. I need to put out more chicken/chicken breasts so tha... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:17:55 EST Keep Fighting for YOURSELF!!! It doesn't matter how you've failed. It doesn't matter that you've tried before. It doesn't matter if you fell down yesterday. <BR> <BR> Only this matters: <BR> what are you gonna do next? <BR> <BR> The only way you'll never reach your goal is if you stop fighting for it. <BR> <BR> So keep fighting! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Thu, 24 Mar 2016 04:56:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 23rd QUOTE: “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices.” ~ Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you read at the gym? <BR> <BR> Nope. I can’t figure out how to do it! I think I still bounce around too much at this point to bother with it. <BR> <BR> I tell you the more I read in Gorge, the more I want to just do nothing but read. I tried to switch things up a little bit by having my typical morning snack for breakfast instead of my sm... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:11:18 EST Choices. “ There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. ” <BR> <BR> Everyday we not only have to make choices for ourselves, but at times for others, especially if you have become a caregiver. We can only hope that the choices we have to make for others are the right ones, and that the choices we make for ourselves are truly what we desire. <BR> <BR> If your not happy where you are right now with your journey, you have tw... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 04:51:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 22nd QUOTE: “Persistence isn’t using the same tactics over and over. That’s just annoying. Persistence is having the same goal over and over.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck? <BR> <BR> QUESTION: As we decided (actually I decided) we were going meatless last night, do you participate in Meatless Monday? <BR> <BR> We used to do it often, but now it seems to be only on occasion now. <BR> <BR> I got myself all caught up on my Star stickers and figured out that I need to put m... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 08:19:50 EST Why wait??? "Don't wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect." <BR> <BR> I love today's quote and it was given to me by Sweet Rosie. It rings true, that at anytime during the day we can make that day a perfect day for ourselves. It doesn't even have to be anything big. <BR> <BR> For me yesterday my perfect day was realizing I was walking all over Owensboro shopping with Ruthann (my Sister) and realized, ''I'm not in pain." Of course, last night my lower back was arguing with... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 05:12:45 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 21st QUOTE: “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” ~ C.S. Lewis <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How have you prepared yourself for success this week? <BR> <BR> I have prepared boiled eggs, momlets, and baked eggs. I have lima beans cooking in the crockpot so we can do meatless tonight with some homemade cornbread. <BR> <BR> I realized earlier I have been slacking on my “star” stickers on my calendar. I don’t ... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:22:41 EST No Expiration Date. If you have a dream, give it a chance to happen. ” <BR> <BR> How many of us have went to bed at night and whispered the prayer, ''Lord, let me be thin when I wake up." Cannot tell you how many times in my life I have uttered that prayer. I know sad, but its true, and I can admit to it. <BR> <BR> As we know this journey never ends, sure we can get to out goal weight, but then the real work begins...Maintenance. Maintenance is so much harder than the process of getting there, and I know th... Mon, 21 Mar 2016 04:59:48 EST Spring..... FINALLY!!!! <em>87</em> <em>375</em> Happy Spring Everyone <em>376</em> <em>451</em> <BR> <BR> It's time to let Spring into your heart. Has your drive dipped and your dreams have seemed to fallen asleep? Well, its Spring, the very first day of Spring. So what better time than to renew. Isn't that what Spring is all about, new growth, new plans. Our world is going to explode in lovely Spring colors, lets face it they are already there in the department stores. The birds are singing, the da... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 05:30:43 EST Fall down..... GET RIGHT BACK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> As I feared the scale was not kind, but it could have been a lot worse. I was up 4 pounds and I don't have to scratch my head and wonder, ''how did that happen??" I know how it happened, the day after my last weigh in before leaving for Louisville, I took that as, ''my vacation begins now," attitude. I didn't track, hey I was leaving in two days, and I was not going to have my computer with me so why bother. This is the kind of thinking that get ... Sat, 19 Mar 2016 05:12:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 18th QUOTE: “Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you have when you need something sweet? <BR> <BR> The other day I had a craving for something sweet after my salad. I wound up peeling my orange and eating that instead of something artificial. I did buy myself some Gobstoppers the other day, but I only have 1 at a time. At an ... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:01:23 EST Today's Truth. It's Friday, so that means my TOPS meeting and weigh in day, and I will be the first to admit that I will have a gain this week. I don't do well when I'm away from home, and maybe that is an excuse, but it is hard when your not in control of your own menu. So here is a reminder: the only thing that has any say about what goes in my mouth is me. <BR> <BR> It's not the stressful day at work. It's not the surprise birthday party. It's not the invitation to go out for dinner. It's not the cha... Fri, 18 Mar 2016 05:08:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 17th QUOTE: “I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered into this world into defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny. I will persist until I succeed.” ~ Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever been a member of a book club? <BR> <BR> I have never been part of a book r... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 08:06:32 EST You're right on track Whether you're just starting out....again....or beginning the next leg of your journey or even if your struggling a bit. Your right where your suppose to be. <BR> <BR> I know that statement may sound strange, but think about it. For whatever reason where your at now is where you need to be. Yesterday someone actually explained this to me, because I was complaining about what a great time I had while I was away, BUT what a hard time I'm having getting back in the groove. I'm back on track... Thu, 17 Mar 2016 05:09:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 16th QUOTE: “Every time you make a choice, you are turning the central part of you – the part that chooses – into something a little different than what it was before. Taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature.” ~ C. S. Lewis <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have traditional magazine subscriptions or do you subscribe on your ereader? <BR> <BR> I have traditional magazine subscrip... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 08:05:20 EST Embrace your new lifestyle. None of us are the same. Not all of us are big vegetable lovers, not all of us are big seafood lovers, not all of us are big on exercising. BUT, that does not mean we cannot have a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> We can live without all the processed foods out there, we can live without all the high sugar foods out there. We make substitutes. If I could eat potatoes everyday I'd be a happy camper, baked, fried, mashed, you name it give me a good white potato and I'm a happy girl. Guess wha... Wed, 16 Mar 2016 05:05:25 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 15 QUOTE: “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” ~ Mark Twain <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How often do you read for pleasure? <BR> <BR> I try to read a little bit each day. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a rough day. My fruit/veggie consumption was quite low compared to a normal day and I seemed to have a headache most of the day. I enjoyed some time with my husband though. I am so glad to have him home! Definitely have to work to get those steps in today! Planning on ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 08:11:15 EST Doing our best. “ Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best. ” <BR> <BR> I was so happy last night as I turned off the light for bedtime, my last thought was, ''I did it!!! I had a on track, on plan day, and rode that bike almost 20 miles yesterday." Now that was a good day. It felt so great to have gotten myself back in the game, and I didn't have to have anyone else's approval, I was approving myself. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> As I have mentioned before being away from ... Tue, 15 Mar 2016 05:31:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 14 QUOTE: “The only real security in life lies in relishing life’s insecurity.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How are you planning for success this week? <BR> <BR> I’ve still got to go to the store again, but I will be making some eggs, and I bought salad stuff, etc. I am going to try to make more salads this week even to go with dinner. I think it will help. <BR> <BR> It was a busy but fun weekend. I enjoyed some time with my best friend since I was about 8. ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:15:49 EST HELLO my name is Joan...... And I"m not PERFECT!!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was reading an article about how so many times when we are on a lifestyle changing journey we try to be perfect, and lets face it, perfection is a myth. Or at least I think its a myth. <BR> <BR> As I mentioned yesterday while I was gone for a week I was not perfect, but I was better than I had been on other trips. Yesterday I thought I would be right back in the swing of things, but that didn't happened either. HOWEVER, today is a new day, ... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 06:00:02 EST Great to be home. Hi Everyone, <BR> I am back home now, got here yesterday. I had such a wonderful time, getting together with friends, and lots of laughs as well. BUT, it is so GREAT to be back home in my own surroundings, and being able to prepare my own meals and being back into my own routine. Going to have to work hard this week since I weigh in on Friday, and I know I ate somethings I wouldn't normally eat if I were home, and I didn't get in as much exercise either, but that is called life and from ... Sun, 13 Mar 2016 06:35:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 11 QUOTE: “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” ~ Muhammad Ali <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Today I will...take care of me. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great day! It is going to be a super busy weekend. I am excited about it, but woke up with my allergies going crazy. I have a plan in place for lunch, but not sure about tonight. I will just have to take things one thing at a time today to get through the day. I had a 3.4 lb gain, but drinking DP to stay awake and with the food binges,... Fri, 11 Mar 2016 08:38:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 10th QUOTE: “The only real security in life lies in relishing life’s insecurity.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is the weather where you are and how does it affect your workout plans for today? <BR> <BR> It’s rainy again in our neck of the woods in North Dallas. It doesn’t really affect my workout plans as I normally try to bike while I am at work or walk and the hallway outside the back door to my office is a great place to do that. :-) <BR> <BR> So, I am tru... Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:01:06 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 9th QUOTE: “The days you are most uncomfortable are the days you learn the most about yourself.” - Mary L. Bean <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What’s the most obnoxious word/phrase you use on a regular basis? <BR> <BR> I’m not sure I really say anything on a regular basis...other than calling everyone a banana and I guess that can get annoying. <BR> <BR> We actually tried something new last night with Beaux...his crate was moved into DS15’s room and he slept all night. I think he just needs to be clos... Wed, 9 Mar 2016 08:48:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – March 8th QUOTE: “All worthwhile journeys have big obstacles. It’s the way of the world. The rewards go to those who can push through those trying moments and still manage to keep a smile on their face.” ~ Bear Grylls <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you keep yourself from binging when you didn’t get enough sleep? <BR> <BR> I have really been struggling with this and trying not to eat my emotions. I am feeling very unprepared and like I am spiraling. <BR> <BR> Well, Chris made it safely to the ME. I p... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 08:37:33 EST My bags are packed.... The one thing I want all of you to remember while I am away is this.....we are so worth the extra meal planning, the standing in the stores reading labels and calculating the points. So what if it takes us a bit longer to do the weekly shopping. We are so worth the prep work that may well be the one thing that gets us from that late afternoon slump just before dinner is ready. <BR> <BR> I won't have my computer with me, BUT, I'm taking a notebook with me, I'll write down EVERYTHING that ... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 05:20:40 EST what do you think of the new ww points plan? I just started a 3 month ww online. how do others like the new points plan Sun, 6 Mar 2016 06:25:10 EST We can't out run what we eat. I received an email from a friend yesterday and it made me sit and think. Especially when she said....."We can't outrun what we eat." <BR> <BR> If you've ever had a fitness trainer that is the statement they should have given you from the get go. I can honestly say I've never been one to over compensate when it comes to exercising, so when I've over indulged and that can even happen on healthy foods, I just ended up paying the piper. <BR> <BR> There may have been a time or two that I w... Sun, 6 Mar 2016 05:07:15 EST Going Away.. Good Saturday morning Everyone. I wanted to make sure I shared with all of you that I'm leaving Monday for Louisvlle. Have not been to Louisville since last October when I took my sister for here Oncologist appointment. This trip is my FUN trip. So I'll post early Monday morning, and I won't be back on here until I return home. Which since I have no one to take care of or be responsible for except myself, and by the way, that can be a full time job. <em>334</em> my return is being pl... Sat, 5 Mar 2016 04:41:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 3/4 QUOTE: “Embrace the suck. Doing something hard sucks. It’s not easy, and often you’re confused about how to do it because you haven’t done it much before. So what? Hard things suck, but life isn’t always peaches with roses on top (and a sprinkle of cinnamon). It sucks sometimes, and that’s perfectly fine. Embrace all of life, thorns and pits and all. Life would be boring without the suck. So smile, embrace the suck, and get moving.” ~ Leo Babauta, Zen Habits <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you g... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 10:00:01 EST Because you can. And you will. Let's set a little goal together, just for today. <BR> <BR> Today, we're not gonna say "I can't." We're not even gonna think it. <BR> <BR> I know, we can't always control what we think, but when "I can't" creeps into our thoughts, fight back by saying "I can." <BR> <BR> Better yet, let's say "I will." <BR> <BR> Today is my TOPS meeting, and I didn't eat any soup or broth yesterday, drank plenty of water, tracked and planned all week, and got in my activity. Did I tell you all that I'm u... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 04:52:33 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 3/3 QUOTE: “To surpass the deeds of others is unimportant; to surpass my own deeds is all.” ~ Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you handle your eating when you are nauseous? <BR> <BR> Suffering with this the last few days. I am focusing on smoothies today so I can get in some fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> I am sorry for not posting the last couple of days, but I was in bed with a migraine for the last two days. Feeling better now, but I better finish... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 09:51:29 EST Same Three Choices. Today, we have the same three options to choose from that we always have. <BR> <BR> We can take a step back, stand pat, or take a step forward. <BR> <BR> We've all chosen each one of these options before. We've had those days where we nailed it — where we did what we had to do and felt a sense of pride when falling into bed. We've had those days where we fell in the middle — where we didn't do what we shouldn't do, but didn't do what we should either. And we've certainly all had those days... Thu, 3 Mar 2016 04:47:47 EST Smart Points Daily Allowance Hi Everyone!!! <BR> <BR> I have been a team member for a while now, but I have just decided to make the commitment to get healthy &amp; lose weight!!! <BR> I am not working right now, so I am unable to go to the meetings for now. I received the introductory materials and I would like to start the smart points on my own. Does anyone know the formula for figuring out how many smart points we receive each day??? <BR> All advice is appreciated!!! <BR> Thank you!!! <BR> Trish Wed, 2 Mar 2016 11:49:27 EST In like a lion, and out like a lamb. March,It comes in ferociously, and then settles down like a newborn sheep. So yesterday on the first day of March, we had thunderstorms, and lots of wind. Yep, the Lion arrived. <BR> <BR> But, doesn't that sound like us and weight loss ? I know I can identify with it. <BR> <BR> I often enter into a health journey like a lion. I'll clear out the pantry and cupboards of all the things that fuel my bad habits. I will carefully count points, weigh and measure. I'll give it my all , and... Wed, 2 Mar 2016 04:48:05 EST No Limits... Today is like every other day we have, and that is ''THERE IS NO LIMITS," to what we can do, if we are willing to give it our all. I noticed in yesterday's post so many of you when you do eat out, your bringing half your meal home with you, and that is awesome. <BR> <BR> If we want it bad enough we can and will find ways to make it happen. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Tue, 1 Mar 2016 04:39:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 29th QUOTE: “When I say I lack the time to exercise, is this really true given that I have time to watch television? Perhaps it is just difficult for me to admit that I may be lazy.” ~ Keshavan Nair, A Higher Standard of Leadership <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How are you set up for success this week? <BR> <BR> Feeling positive about making the decision to do some meal prep this weekend and following through with it. I have meatloaf prepped to go in the crockpot, potato/cauliflower mash to go with prep... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:32:36 EST Pack that lunch today. If you don't pack a lunch, what are your options? <BR> <BR> You could grab a processed, preservative ridden meal from the freezer on your way out the door. You could head out for a bite where you'll spend $10 for 1000+ calories. You could skip lunch all together (a bad, bad thing to do). Or you could steal some of your coworkers' food from the office fridge. Don't think that one would work out very well either. <BR> <BR> &amp;#8203;But maybe....just maybe, you took a few minutes yesterday ... Mon, 29 Feb 2016 04:19:04 EST Step Up. " It is not enough to stare up the steps-we must step up the stairs. ” <BR> <BR> For such a long time I just kept kicking around ''what should I do, what should I do?" Where the new Smart Points program was concerned, and after I got started with it, then I wondered, ''why did it take me so long to just take that step up." <BR> <BR> Well, whatever the reason may or may not have been all I can say is I'm so glad I took that step. When I think about it just about everything in my life th... Sun, 28 Feb 2016 04:50:44 EST Reap what we sow. "Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. . . " - Og Mandino <BR> <BR> What are you going to plant today? <BR> <BR> The same old behaviors? The old "well, it's the weekend" mentality? So I"ll eat the entire weekend, not track, no plans, throw caution to the wind. Not a good idea as most of us know. <BR> <BR> Or new, healthier ones? A fresh "every bite counts" mentality? This one is for me. <BR> <BR> Whichever way we choose to go, we will reap what we so... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 05:31:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 26th QUOTE: “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” ~ Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name one thing that you must have when you are working out. <BR> <BR> My Fitbit. I recently found an app called RunKeeper that has a variety of music set to a specific RPM, which seemed to help keep me moving while I was on the Arc Trainer. <BR> <BR> I lost the 0.4 I gained last week. Honestly, I think I had a hard time earlier in the week when Chris confirmed that he was going to Jordan. I ... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 08:17:47 EST Complaining does not work. “ If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain. ” <BR> <BR> Today's quote is perfect for me today. Today is my TOPS meeting and I feel pretty sure I'm going to have a gain this week. Oh sure, I know why, and there is no reason to make excuses or even complain about it. Why?? Its called Life. I upped my activity this week, so in my mind I always get this idea of, ''oh I've worked out more that means I can eat more." Well, maybe some ... Fri, 26 Feb 2016 05:08:18 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 25 QUOTE: “Living closer to nature helps simplify because nature itself, though complex, keeps us in tune with basic rhythms and pleasures that never change and that provide grounding. When our family moved next to a farm, we found simplicity in the food we ate and in new sources for our entertainment and pleasure. Learning how to ride a horse is a complicated process, but riding is a simple pleasure that offers lasting satisfaction.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 08:28:03 EST Celebrate the big and small. So many times we get so busy that we forget to celebrate that we are just we. We may feel as if we're not making a difference to anyone, even ourselves, but we are. <BR> <BR> Its a lot easier to think on what we're not enough of or too much of, and to focus on what we haven't got or what we'r just plain not. But so what if we're not perfect? No one is!!!! <BR> <BR> Trying to be perfect never works and its so exhausting. So today lets just celebrate just being alive. Let's celebrate s... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 04:52:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 24th QUOTE: “Success usually comes down to choosing the pain of discipline over the ease of distraction.” ~ James Clear, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I am love to....try new recipe and learn new crafts. <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a little rough for me and my eating was not spot on, but I honestly think that Beaux getting up around 4:30 or before is making me tired. I’ve been trying to get up at 5:15 anyway, but that extra 45 minutes awake makes me super tired, apparently. I am definitely tryin... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:13:13 EST Just keep swimming. "We never drift toward our goals. We will only drift away from them." <BR> <BR> When we're on a weight loss journey, we're swimming against the cultural current. <BR> <BR> Fast food, super-size, junk everywhere, endless pasta bowls, unlimited appetizers, 4th meal, 24 hr drive thru, love others with food, coco-covered EVERYTHING, add a brownie for only 99¢, treat yourself treat yourself treat yourself. Oh and lets not forget the healthy all you can eat salad, that comes alone with those won... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 04:43:34 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 23rd QUOTE: “I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered into this world into defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny. I will persist until I succeed.” ~ Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World <BR> <BR> QUESTION: As we are closing in on the end of February, how are you doing with your monthly goals? <... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 08:09:28 EST Sometimes we just need to knuckle down. Ever have one of those times of complete and utter lack of motivation? Most of us have experienced that once or twice. <BR> <BR> Those times where even thinking about weight loss makes your knees go weak and your head start spinning? Most of us have had that to happen as well. <BR> <BR> One of those times where it all seems completely overwhelming? Yep, been there done that and have the t-shirt to prove it. <BR> <BR> Don't worry, we've all been there. <BR> <BR> Thousands of people ha... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 04:53:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 22nd QUOTE: “A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.” ~ Albert Szent-Gyorgyi <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you planning your vacation yet? If so, where are you going? <BR> <BR> We are going to OshKosh for the big air show in July. Chris has wanted to go since before we got married so we’re trying to make it happen this year. <BR> <BR> I have not been feeling 100%, I really think it’s allergies, but it’s been going on for awhile. I decided yesterday after church to just ta... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 08:07:32 EST No limits. "Today know that there is no limit to what you can do, if you give it your all." <BR> <BR> No matter how many wrong turns we make, in the very next move we can make a right turn and get right back on track. Here' s hoping everyone had a great weekend and is now prepared for the week ahead. <BR> <BR> There are no limits to what we can do for ourselves. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Mon, 22 Feb 2016 04:42:47 EST Who are we really cheating? 'Cheat days' only result in our cheating ourselves." <BR> <BR> We are trying to create a new world for ourselves — a world of freedom from food. And we know that losing weight and keeping it off requires a change in lifestyle. <BR> <BR> The idea of a 'cheat day' comes from that diet mentality we had in the old world. <BR> <BR> A 'cheat day' can quickly devolve into a return to our old ways. <BR> <BR> So when we find ourselves thinking, "Perhaps I'll cheat a little today," remember... Sun, 21 Feb 2016 05:04:18 EST QUOTE of the Day - February 20th QUOTE: “Living closer to nature helps simplify because nature itself, though complex, keeps us in tune with basic rhythms and pleasures that never change and that provide grounding. When our family moved next to a farm, we found simplicity in the food we ate and in new sources for our entertainment and pleasure. Learning how to ride a horse is a complicated process, but riding is a simple pleasure that offers lasting satisfaction.” ~ Thomas Moore, Original Self <BR> <BR> No specific plans... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 11:20:26 EST Seven (7) days of Inspiration. Before I begin today, for those that may have missed my post from yesterday after my TOPS meeting. I want to report that I was down another 1.25 pounds for this week. That makes a total of 28 pounds since I rejoined Weight Watchers on the 28th of December, 2015. Color me all kinds of happy. Now on to some words to INSPIRE. <BR> <BR> Day 1. <BR> Happy is a choice. MAKE IT!!! <BR> <BR> Day 2. <BR> You earn respect just by being yourself. <BR> <BR> Day 3 <BR> Great things happen when we ... Sat, 20 Feb 2016 04:48:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 19th QUOTE: “Life doesn’t reward the naturally clever or strong but those who can learn to fight and work hard and never quit. ~ Bear Grylls <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name one thing that makes you successful on your weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> For me, I know that tracking is key. I may not always want to do it, but I know it is necessary for me to keep track of what I’m eating. <BR> <BR> So, honestly, with my lack of tracking for a few days while I had the long weekend, I expected I would have ... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 07:53:56 EST A Taste of SPRING!!! Only 31 days to go before the first day of Spring, which is also Palm Sunday this year. Don't know about the rest of you, but I am so READY. Yesterday we got a taste of Spring, and we actually had <em>67</em> sunshine. I don't care what anyone says sunshine just makes a person feel better. Now if my yard would just dry up so I could get all the limbs that have fallen out of the trees picked up. Those are extra activity points laying out there just waiting for me. <BR> <BR> Let Spring... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 05:08:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 18th QUOTE: “If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and adore.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: My WW leader mentioned the other day that this is about the time that people fall off the resolution wagon. How are you doing on your journey? <BR> <BR> I did not make resolutions this year, I set goals. However, much like anything else, I have good days and bad days, but I am still trying to move forward. <BR> <BR> I was a little concerned I... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 08:18:04 EST Change will come only..... ....when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change." <BR> <BR> At some point in time we all reach that very place, when we are just sick and tired of being sick and tired. It last for awhile, then we get comfortable and wherever we are at that time becomes the ''New Norm" for us. But if we stay in that place too long, then the pain can and usually will move right alone with us. <BR> <BR> We cleaned out our cupboards at the first of the year getting rid of all that ''... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 05:22:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 17th QUOTE: “The way to learn to do things is to do things. The way to learn a trade is to work at it. Success teaches how to succeed. Begin with the determination to succeed, and the work is half done already.” ~ Henry Ford <BR> <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Recently, I have seen more before and after pictures. Did you or are you making a conscious effort to measure your journey in photos or in another way? <BR> <BR> I am pondering starting the photo each month to see how my body changes. I think it... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:16:17 EST Hump Day. Here we are the middle of the week already. Even though the weather has been lousy and I've stayed inside since Saturday, the week has go by so far pretty fast. I have kept myself busy and have not had to rely on bad food choices to entertain myself. How did I do this?? <BR> <BR> 1. I had a list of calls I needed to make, insurance company, doctor offices, etc. I have had this list for several months, but kept thinking. This will keep. I got it done yesterday. <BR> <BR> 2. Storage. ... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 04:55:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 16th QUOTE: We make a difference to other people when we give gifts to them, when we bring emotional labor to the table and do work that matters. It’s hard for me to imagine that this way of living and working is available to only a few. Yes, the cards are unfairly stacked against too many people. Yes, there are too many barriers and not enough support. But no, your ability to create and contribute isn’t determined at birth. It’s a choice.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck? <BR>... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 08:26:20 EST Perfect Time??? If we wait for the moment where everything, absolutely EVERYTHING, is ready. We WILL NEVER BEGIN." <BR> <BR> So many times I go back to this very quote, telling myself, ''I'll do this or that, when the time is right." REALLY??? We know there is never a right time, a perfect time, we are always going to have something in our way that we feel to be more important that ourselves. <BR> <BR> There will always be some sort of holiday that we or other people feel we have to celebrate with foo... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 05:13:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 15th QUOTE: “For me the joy of athletics has never resided in winning. I derive just as much happiness from the process as from the results. I don’t mind losing as long as I see improvement or I feel I’ve done as well as I possibly could. If I lose, I just go back to the track and work some more.” ~ Jackie Joyner-Kersee <BR> <BR> <BR> QUESTION: When you have an unusual day off during the week, do you stick with your usual routine or do something special? <BR> <BR> <BR> It depends. I try ... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 10:59:01 EST Snow...... .Again!!!! Needless to say I did not go to Ruthann's yesterday for Sunday dinner. Coty did call and told me, ''I'll come and get you or I'll bring you a plate of food." I thought that was really sweet of him, but as I told him, ''I've got my food planned for today, and to be honest I just don't want to get out in this mess." We have ended up with around 6 inches of snow, but its suppose to begin to warm up today and the rest of the week and by Friday, we should hit 60 degrees. <em>250</em> <BR> <... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 05:17:22 EST Valentines Day Happy Valentines Day Everyone. <BR> <BR> Are you planning on going out to dinner tonight? Do your homework first. For me, I've planned my Valentines Day lunch/dinner and it all is counting on the weather. If it doesn't start snowing, I'll go to Ruthann's for Sunday dinner, but if it does and I don't go, well I have planned for myself this menu. <BR> <BR> 4 oz. 4% fat ground beef pattie grilled.... 4 Smart Points <BR> roasted potatoes............................. 3 Smart Points <BR> 1 we... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 05:47:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 13th QUOTE: “Learn from the past. Prepare for the future. Perform in the present.” ~ Gary Mack, Mind Gym <BR> <BR> Already been to Costco today, so that’s a positive. I need to get busy with my meal prep. I want to find a recipe for chicken taquitos. I think that will be a great use of what is left of the chicken that we have. I definitely want to get some meal prep/planning done this week and get veggies cut up. Want a plan in place to make this a good week! I have some bell peppers, ca... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:39:13 EST Everyday looking to win. Don't know if any of you get the Weight Watchers magazine, but this months as it was last month and no doubt even months down the road, Oprah was featured in it. The magazine was asking her questions and one thing she said, really made me do some thinking. Here is the quote that I really liked. <BR> <BR> "I'm looking at this journey as the greatest game of my life, and every day wanting to win." <BR> <BR> When I read, and re-read this all I could think was, ''this is how each of us should... Sat, 13 Feb 2016 04:56:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 12th QUOTE: “The thing always happens that you believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” ~ Frank Lloyd Wright <BR> <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I enjoy…cooking for my family. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am feeling better about the fact that I am tracking and enjoyed seeing the loss last night. I lost 0.8 last night. Especially since I went over my SmartPoints a couple of times over the weekend and given the fact that I did not workout like I did last week. I am struggling with getting my mind in... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:06:46 EST It's Friday...and that means..... weigh in and meeting day at my TOPS group. HOWEVER, there may well be a fly in that ointment due to the Ground Hog lied and instead of Spring getting closer the weather man says we could have snow coming in around 4 this morning. Well, its 4:01 a.m. and I haven't seen any snow. But if it does begin to snow before I leave here at 8:15 I won't go, due to the 28 mile trip one way too many icy roads between here and there. <BR> <BR> I'll wait and see what happens, worse case I'll just have ... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 05:04:59 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY: Feb. 10th QUOTE:“Envision, create, and believe in your own universe, and the universe will form around you.” ~ Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name a few things you always keep in your pantry or refrigerator/freezer. <BR> <BR> Bananas, spinach, almond milk, coconut milk, frozen fruit, chicken, lean ground beef or bison. <BR> <BR> It was a crazy day yesterday. I won't even lie. DS15 was in an accident bike vs. Car. I could have been so much worse and I am thankful that it was ... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:25:44 EST Time to grow-up "The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take TOTAL RESPONSIBILITY for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up." John Maxwell <BR> <BR> This is something I've struggled with for years, what I like to call, ''growing up." I think not having the responsibility of rearing children had been part of the reason I feel I've not grow up. <BR> <BR> Now don't get me wrong, I'm a very responsible person, but there have been times when I've wanted a certain type of food, that I'm ... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 05:16:31 EST Look forward, not backwards. "Our eyes are placed in front, because its more important to look ahead than it is to look back." <BR> <BR> There are times I do think we need to look back a bit, maybe not too far back, but how about just looking back to how well or not so good you did yesterday with your plan. If you feel you may have overeaten yesterday, then looking back to what may have caused that to happen is a good idea. But, looking back too far to where you just threw in the towel and continued on with the poor c... Wed, 10 Feb 2016 04:51:03 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY: Feb. 9th QUOTE:“With strength and determination you can do anything you want in life, as long as you believe in yourself, because if you don’t, no one else will.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What did you have for breakfast? <BR> <BR> I had a smoothie (spinach, banana, chia, flaxseed, almond milk and coconut milk and an antioxidant blend I bought at Costco), coffee and coconut milk creamer. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am feeling good about my choices yesterday. Honestly, I felt like I was sta... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:19:27 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY: Feb. 9th QUOTE:“With strength and determination you can do anything you want in life, as long as you believe in yourself, because if you don’t, no one else will.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What did you have for breakfast? <BR> <BR> I had a smoothie (spinach, banana, chia, flaxseed, almond milk and coconut milk and an antioxidant blend I bought at Costco), coffee and coconut milk creamer. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am feeling good about my choices yesterday. Honestly, I felt like I was sta... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:18:36 EST Letting Go. ''The key to change let go of fear." <BR> <BR> I know one of the hardest challenges I have is letting go of stuff and thing. But I have found when I do let go of both stuff and things, that I do feel lighter. Sound strange?? Well its not, all those hurt feelings, all those they should of done this or that, all those digging my heals in and not giving an inch because none of this is my fault. Lets face it, ''IT JUST WEIGHS US DOWN!!!" <BR> <BR> I also find when I decide to cl... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 05:03:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Feb. 8th QUOTE: “You can only be you when you do your best. When you don’t do your best you are denying yourself the right to be you. That’s a seed that you should really nurture in your mind. You don’t need knowledge or great philosophical concepts. You don’t need the acceptance of others. You express your own divinity by being alive and by loving yourself and others.” ~ Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you follow a strict workout routine, or do you change it up regularly... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:13:33 EST Did You Win??? Strange question I'm sure, but did you win? Did you win against temptation, did you win by going to bed knowing that you had prepared for the day and you came out on top with your food choices due to any Super Bowl party. <BR> <BR> Well if you didn't fare as well as you hoped for, take heart today is a brand new day. Another chance to get it right. Next thing that's coming up is Ash Wednesday and then on Sunday Valentines Day, which the Ash Wednesday I will observe, but Valentines Day, we... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 04:53:10 EST Free Falling. “ The harder you fall, the higher you bounce. ” <BR> <BR> I think we all were at rock bottom when we finally decided to do something about our poor health and our poor food choices. But, that is not saying we won't fall again, but hopefully we will bounce right back up and get our footing, and begin to move forward. As we all know life is full of challenges and facing those challenges make us stronger. <BR> <BR> I faced my challenge yesterday, by seeing my sister that I had not seen in 13... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 05:10:09 EST Continued from yesterday's post. Just in case some of you did not read my post after my weigh in yesterday, I lost another 1.25 pounds for the week, got three awards, 1. Biggest loser for the month of January. 2. My 10 pound charm that Ms. Jean kept forgetting to give me, and I've already got a few pounds heading in for my next 10 pound award. 3. Another charm but I'm not real clear on what that one is for. So onto reviewing some of yesterday's post. <BR> <BR> Beth (Knuckles) what I'm about to say you already know, but so... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 05:55:29 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY: Feb. 5th QUOTE: "You cannot grow unless you are willing to change. You will never improve yourself if you cling to what used to be." - Leon Brown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have any weekend plans? <BR> <BR> DH and I are going to be childless tonight so we're planning a date tonight. <BR> <BR> So I know I said I would take whatever the scale said but I admit that I was a little shocked...I maintained. I am still at 199. Yesterday was definitely a busy afternoon. We had to take Mom to the cardi... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:36:34 EST Something fun today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I want to share with all of you a picture of my car. Its not new, but if you looked it over you'd never know it wasn't right off the show room. Ruthann and Terry were ready to trade in their Toyota Scion, so I asked brother-in-law Terry, ''how about you guys take my van use it as trade in, and let me have Ruthann's Scion." Terry was a bit , ''I don't know," and it was all because m... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 05:22:01 EST When does weekly points allowance reduce? Just joined the new ww plan and I would love to know at what point the weekly points allowance reduces. The website is useless. Does anybody here know? I'm currently on 42 weekly points and someone said it goes down 7 points at a time but how often does it do that? <BR> Thank you :-) Thu, 4 Feb 2016 17:55:01 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY: Feb. 4th QUOTE: In life, you have 3 choices Give Up, Give In or Give It Your All! - Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you deal with your need for the "crunch" factor? <BR> <BR> I have really been trying to stick with veggies (carrots or celery), but when I feel like I really need a chip, I use the Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Chips, only portioning out a serving size because otherwise, I will go way overboard. <BR> <BR> Woke up this morning quite congested with a headache. And admittedly, i... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 11:19:58 EST There's more to it than just setting a goal. Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan. ” <BR> <BR> We all have set goals for ourselves and sometimes we actually meet those goal, but then there are other times that we set a goal and then don't know where to go from there. This is why having a plan works for me. As I've mentioned before my TOPS group does not follow a "Plan" or not one that everyone else follows, and I know that is exactly why it took me so long ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 04:37:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/03 QUOTE: “Our choices are what define us.” - Jen Widerstrom on Biggest Loser <BR> <BR> QUESTION: So it’s mid-week/Day 3 of the month, how are you doing with your goals so far? <BR> <BR> So far, I’m doing okay. Today will be my 2nd time this week to add some resistance training. I have hit my step goal every day since Sunday. <BR> <BR> I felt pretty good about last night, I washed and cut up my celery so that they would be ready to slip into a smaller bag for today’s lunch. I took the ... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 10:56:08 EST Consistency. Seek it out! Weight loss? That's a matter of calories. <BR> <BR> But lifestyle change? That's a matter of consistency. <BR> <BR> What good is losing 10, 20, or 50 or even 156 pounds if we're just gonna find it again? Trust me I've been asking myself that very question for some years now. Sad news is unless we change our lifestyle, we will find it again, or those pounds will find us. <BR> <BR> Permanent weight loss is all about consistent living. It's not about cutting food groups. It's not about s... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 05:08:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/02 QUOTE: “Sometimes in life you don’t know how trapped you are until you try to break free, that’s when you learn what it’s going to take to change.” - Olivia, My 600 Lb. Life. <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What’s in your lunchbox/what are you having for lunch? <BR> <BR> I have 3 slices of Hormel Naturals Turkey on a Flax Rollup with a side of baby carrots/celery and hummus. I have 2 Halos, 1 boiled egg, 1 Golden Delicious Apple, 1 organic string cheese for snack. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a good da... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:03:59 EST Don't lose your Enthusiasm. Success Consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." <BR> Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> We're going to lose our enthusiasm that is a given. Its a fact of nature, and as a rule we can stay on this weight loss high for just about a month. Why a month?? Because come the third week we begin to get lazy, to eyeball instead of actually measuring stuff. We graze without counting... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 05:02:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/01 QUOTE: “The healing of the spirit has not been completed until openness to challenge becomes a way of life.” ~ Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you continuing with your goals from January? Or are you adjusting them and adding some new goals? <BR> <BR> I’m adjusting and adding some new goals. <BR> <BR> Saturday was a little crazy since we woke up later than we should have to get ready to go. If you are on my FB page, you probably so my little Valentine heart ... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 11:19:56 EST Don't settle. “ The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for. ” <BR> <BR> Love today's quote, and it is so true. We don't have to settle for the way things are right now, whether in our personal lives or on this journey to better health. Sometimes letting go of the old stuff is the hardest thing to do, because we have been told over and over, ''this is as good as its going to be." Not true. Sure life is going to happen, but we have the power to say what we wa... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 05:45:17 EST The Journey Never Ends.. If you started fresh at the beginning of January, then you're 1 month in. <BR> <BR> How's it going so far? Maybe now would be a good time to look back and see if you need to do some tweaking. Asking yourself, ''am I being active?" Now remember you do not have to start out being active by running or walking a 5K on the first day. Are you staying hydrated? In cold weather I find drinking water one of the hardest things, so I'm truly glad Weight Watchers count coffee and tea as part of ou... Sun, 31 Jan 2016 04:56:37 EST Dream Big. “ If your dream is a big dream, and if you want your life to work on the high level that you say you do, there's no way around doing the work it takes to get you there. ” <BR> <BR> I think its normal to have dreams, both big and small one. I'm dreaming of when I can fit into those clothes that have been stuck in the back of my closet for the past 18 months, and I'm on the right track. This week's weigh in at TOPS netted me a loss of 4 pounds, which I am only counting a 3 pound loss this we... Sat, 30 Jan 2016 05:35:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/29 QUOTE: “Remarkable visions and genuine insight are always met with resistance. And when you start to make progress, your efforts are met with even more resistance. Products, services, career paths… whatever it is, the forces for mediocrity will align to stop you, forgiving no errors and never backing down until it’s over. If it were any other way, it would be easy. And if it were any other way, everyone would do it and your work would ultimately be devalued. The yin and yang are clear: ... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:46:50 EST You've Gotta get Cookin' Anybody out there want to lose weight permanently? I am imagining all of you are raising your hands. When I read an article yesterday about permanent weight loss, the thing that kept coming out in this article was, ''Less eating out," and ''Becoming acquainted with your kitchen." <BR> <BR> As I read alone Nell came to mind. I've head tell so many times talk about planning her meals and cooking them at home. Trying new recipes. Then my next thought was, ''guess that's how Nell has kept ... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 05:13:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/28 QUOTE: “Don’t waste time calculating your chances of success and failure. Just fix your aim and begin.” ~ Guan Yin Tzu, Chinese Master <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is the last thing that made you smile? <BR> <BR> My husband being silly this morning was the last thing that made me smile. <BR> <BR> For those that are interested, I believe this is what I bought: <link><BR>flax-all-natural-roll-up/ </link> <BR> <BR> While I have been feeling a little... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:01:41 EST The Power is Ours. There are so few things we have absolute control over. Now don't get me wrong, I've heard and used every excuse imaginable to get myself off the wagon, again I had that same power. <BR> <BR> I'm pretty sure there is not a day that goes by that the majority of us have something to deal with, each thing will be different, but guess what....WE ALL HAVE THE POWER OVER WHAT WE RUN TOO..... <BR> <BR> No amount of chips, candy, alcohol, ice cream, or whatever your ''run too' thing is, will make... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 04:59:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/27 QUOTE: “Your body keeps an accurate journal regardless of what you write down. - Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you ever eat in secret because you don’t want anyone to see what you consume? <BR> <BR> I have in the past, but strive not to “closet eat” and I am thankful that I don’t have people in my life that food shame me. <BR> <BR> As my hamburger meat was not thawed when I got home and I needed to figure out what to have for dinner, I decided it was going to be a breakfast for dinner k... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:42:26 EST It's Time It's time to put the past in the past and look ahead. It's time to see the new hopes that arise. It's time to embrace new challenges that crop up and it's time to be inspired by your victories. <BR> <BR> As time goes by, we need to carry what's good from the past, and each of us can find something good from our past, and add new gains as they come. It's an ongoing process just like managing our weight. It's all about opening new doors and discovering all that we are, and all that we can ... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 04:59:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/26 QUOTE: “You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.” - Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you wear makeup everyday? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I wore make-up. Maybe my wedding day? I never wore much anyway, but I don’t wear it these days. <BR> <BR> Headed to the chiropractor and while it helped, it didn’t seem to help as much as it normally does. I still have a headache. It does make me wonder if this sinus/allergy/cold stuff that I’ve been fi... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 09:36:28 EST Is your journey a Priority? In order to figure out what our day to day priorities are, we need to take a step back. <BR> <BR> What are our priorities in the big picture? <BR> <BR> Is family a priority? Friends? Living an active lifestyle? Reaching a certain age? Being able to do all the things you love for a long time? Feeling comfortable in your own skin? <BR> <BR> If you said yes to any of the above, then guess what? Weight loss (and more importantly, a change in lifestyle) should be a daily priority for you. I al... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:18:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/25 QUOTE: “The real and most dangerous opponents we face are fear, anger, confusion, doubt, and despair. If we overcome those enemies that attack us from within, we can attain a true victory over any attack from without.” ~ Morihei Ueshiba, Budo Secrets <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is in your lunch box? <BR> <BR> I have a new (or at least new to me) flax roll-up (it's a flat bread), 1/2 cup of rice, 1 cup of multi-colored bell pepper, tomatoes and lettuce and I'm going to use 1/2 of my 2 T. pac... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:03:02 EST There are still some nice people out there. On Saturday evening I heard a commotion that I couldn't figure out, so went to my living room to look out just in time to see a tractor with a blade on it leaving my driveway. However, my driveway was still snow covered. On closer observation I saw where the Good Samaritan had began to clean my driveway, and before he made his first scrape he soon found out ''My driveway is gravel." I was glad he realized this before taking a big scrape of it, which if he had of it would not have been tha... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 05:25:21 EST Interesting Program... One thing about being snowed in, is I was right....nothing on the TV to watch....BUT, I did find a program yesterday called FIT to FAT to FIT. What it was about was this trainer, who had been healthy, eating and exercising his entire life, gained 60 pounds so he would know what his client was going through. As this trainer ate all the stuff that he had never eaten before, he made the statement, ''I sure hope I don't get hooked on this stuff, it does taste good." The trainer's wife complain... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 05:33:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Jan. 23rd QUOTE: Is it worth it? The question is, are YOU worth it? ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: On your last trip of any distance, did you fly or drive? <BR> <BR> We drove. I think the last time I was on a plane was before DH and I got married. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone else is staying warm and safe! <BR> <BR> Plans for today? I'm going to get some food prepped. I am planning on roasting some veggies and I am going to try to whip up some fried rice loaded with veggies. I thought that would be a... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 11:50:52 EST The way we think. "Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities." <BR> <BR> I think too many times we throw in the towel when we see that first gain on the scale. I can so remember my first gain when I joined Weight Watchers back in 2005, I also remember what I felt was the cause of that gain. This was my first gain since I had joined, I had gone six months and never had a gain, but that week Mr. Bob took a fall in the shower. Talk about nerve racking, not only for Mr.... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 05:14:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/22 QUOTE: “Success is processional. It’s the result of a series of small disciplines that lead us into habitual patterns of success that no longer require consistent will or effort.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you prefer to workout at home or at the gym? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I like both. They both have benefits. I like not having to worry about maintaining the machines, etc. and the variety, but I enjoy the flexibility of not having to worry about w... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:19:26 EST Snow Day "The first step toward getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are." <BR> <BR> Snow day for my TOPS meeting this morning. As of right now here in Beaver Dam, its snowing and the wind is blowing. I don't think we got the freezing rain that was predicted last night, so very thankful for that, but we are to get 6-10 inches of snow, and I'm not complaining because I don't have to go anywhere, and there are other states that are getting hit a lot harder than litt... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 05:26:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/21 QUOTE: “When things get tough or uncomfortable, we tell ourselves: it’s OK to quit, it doesn’t matter, we’ll do it next time, we’re not disciplined enough, we suck at this, we can’t do it, it’s too hard, it would be nice to take a break, life is too short to struggle, we deserve a reward, just this once won’t matter, we’re going to fail, it’s better to fail quietly, we just don’t feel like it right now, let’s not think about this, hey a squirrel! So what can we do if our story is working ag... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:11:15 EST Its our journey Our journey is a learning process. The longer we hang in there the more we learn." <BR> <BR> I think today's quote is so very true. Especially for me and some of the rest of you out there. I've think I have been trying to get it right, meaning lose this weight for the past 50 plus years. I think the first diet I was ever on, I was about 9 years old. Yes, I was fat, I mean lets face it the pictures don't lie. <BR> <BR> But, I did for the very first time in my entire life reach a weigh l... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 05:22:32 EST Technical Difficul ties.... By now I'm sure all of you have figured out, my internet was down yet again. My phone service and internet both went out yesterday around 11 a.m. and I call Time Warner and they sent someone out today. This time the technician put in a new modem, so let's see how long that will work in my favor. <BR> <BR> Got up to about 4 inches of snow, so I did not venture out for PT, but did do 30 minutes on my bike here at home today. Something I had not been able to do before beginning the PT sessi... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:35:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/20 QUOTE: “Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” ~ Marianne Williamson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you get a yearly flu shot? <BR> <BR> Nope…not a fan of flu shots. <BR> <BR> Still not feeling 100%, but I made sure I moved yesterday. I actually got over 6,000 steps in yesterday. After leaving and running by the store to get whole wheat tortillas and more eggs, my ankle was hurting so my sweet husband made dinner. I’ve not done too bad conc... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:25:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/19 QUOTE: “Light tomorrow with today.” ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Would you rather spend an evening at a theater or at a club? <BR> <BR> Theater for sure. <BR> <BR> Sorry I didn’t post over the weekend/Monday. I was not feeling 100% yesterday, which was not how I wanted to spend my day off. However, I am almost finished watching my Rizzoli and Isles DVDs that I got for Christmas. I am feeling prepared a little more prepared today so I am happy about that. I am da... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:25:03 EST Tiptoe if you have to. "Sometimes, the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take that first step." <BR> <BR> Its so hard for those of us that have tried and not succeed so very often to just think, ''well, here I go again." But, as I have said many times about the new Smart Points plan, ''there is just something different about it." <BR> <BR> Maybe I understand it more. Maybe with the past several years of struggling, that I've learned eno... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 04:55:14 EST Just look at today... "It's when we look miles ahead and wonder, ''how are we going so far?" that we fail to move forward at all." <BR> <BR> So many times we tend to look back at past experiences, when in reality we should just be looking at today, and only today. If we get through today and all that will jump up at us, then we will be more prepared for tomorrow and its adventures. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Mon, 18 Jan 2016 04:58:30 EST Decide. Succeed! Take a second to make the decision with me. <BR> <BR> We're gonna do it today. No excuses. <BR> <BR> We're not gonna hope. We're not gonna wish. We're not gonna try. We're not gonna cross our fingers. We're not leaving our success up to fate. <BR> <BR> We're just gonna do it. <BR> <BR> And you know what? Even if it's difficult in the moment, we're gonna feel so great at the end of the day knowing we did all that we could and stayed committed to our health. <BR> **************************... Sun, 17 Jan 2016 05:20:36 EST CHARGE!!!! !!!!!!!!!! To begin with today Nell if you see this hoping all went well with your surgery, thinking of you. <BR> <BR> "Life takes on a different meaning when you become motivated, set goals and CHARGE after them in an UNSTOPPABLE manner." Les Brown <BR> <BR> That is exactly how I am feeling at the moment....UNSTOPPABLE....I had my weigh in and meeting yesterday and so very pleased to share that I lost yet another pound, that is a total of 9 pounds since I began the new Smart Points plan on December ... Sat, 16 Jan 2016 04:59:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/15 QUOTE: “When you’re trying to motivate yourself, appreciate the fact that you’re even thinking about making a change. And as you move forward, allow yourself to be good enough.” ~ Alice Domar <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you enjoy cooking? <BR> <BR> I do enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. <BR> <BR> Okay, I’m excited to say that I lost 3.8 lbs this week. I am not sure I can repeat this large of a loss again, but am excited about it for sure. This makes me back out of the 200’s! It’s time ... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:06:43 EST Looking for the key... "Life is like a tin of sardines-we're all looking for the key." Alan Benett <BR> <BR> What a great quote today, and it is so very true. Don't know if any of you caught the ''My 600 pound life" show last night, but my heart just went out to the woman named Nikki. All I could think of, ''if not for the grace of God, that would be me." <BR> <BR> They showed her stopping at a donut place getting chocolate milk and donuts before getting to work, her eating them and drinking the milk and th... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 05:47:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/14 QUOTE: “Waiting for inspiration is another way of saying that you’re stalling. You don’t wait for inspiration; you command it to appear.” ~ Seth Godin, Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck? <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What are you currently reading? Is there a book that you are looking forward to reading? <BR> <BR> Currently reading Freezer I’ll Shoot (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 3) by Victoria Hamilton and looking forward to reading Gorge by Kara Richardson Whitely. I found it yesterday for $1... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:23:43 EST It's a state of mind.. "Success is a state of mind. If you want to succeed start thinking of yourself as a success." <BR> <BR> I know for some of us, that is hard to do, think of ourselves as a success. But why is that? I think its because we have kicked ourselves around so much we get the feeling we don't deserve it. WAIT A MINUTE!!!! WE DO DESERVE TO BE SUCCESSFUL!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Even when we are trying to talk ourselves out of that feeling. I'm not sure what is different this time around for me, but lik... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 05:14:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/13 QUOTE: “Most of us think we don’t have enough time to exercise. What a distorted paradigm! We don’t have time not to. We’re talking about three to six hours a week – or a minimum of thirty minutes a day, every other day. That hardly seems an inordinate amout of time considering the tremendous benefits in terms of the impact on the other 162 – 165 hours of the week.” ~ Stephen Covey <BR> <BR> QUESTION: List a few of your favorite snacks. <BR> <BR> Apples/string cheese/halos/carrots and ... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:13:52 EST We have to keep trying.. "Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th." <BR> <BR> Story time. I've never been a treadmill person, I"m an elliptical person. Give me an elliptical and I can do that, but there is something about a treadmill where my head and feet do not communicate with each other. So last week when the PT person Justin said, ''today we're going to try you on the treadmill." I could feel the panic growing in me, I could just see myself flying off the back end of that thing. So I imme... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 05:45:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/12 QUOTE: “Sometimes we all need to be reminded the best parts of life wouldn’t be as sweet without intermittent struggle. The key to survival is learning to laugh at the universe’s inherent chaos.” ~ John Haltiwanger, Elite Daily <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have a reality show/guilty pleasure show that you watch? <BR> <BR> I started watching The Biggest Loser and My Diet is Better than Yours last week. <BR> <BR> We did not make it back to the Rec Center last night. Honestly, we were all ... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:36:04 EST Don't wait... "Don't start living tomorrow, tomorrow never arrives. Start working on your dreams and ambitions TODAY!!" <BR> <BR> I want to say how thrilled I am that those of us that have started the new W.W. plan are doing so well. I find it not only to be the easiest to follow, but also the easiest to understand. I am truly AMAZED!!!! At the way I am feeling. Will it work for everyone?? I think it will if your willing to change. Yep, there it is...CHANGE!!! Some of us dislike that word almost a... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:09:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/11 QUOTE: “My temptation is emotional, and resisting will further my needed weight loss and strengthen my character. Furthermore, nothing tastes as good as thin feels.” ~ Stephen Covey <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is the last movie you saw in a theater? <BR> <BR> Star Wars in 3D. <BR> <BR> We got up this morning to head to the rec center for a morning workout…there wasn’t a machine to be had. Not even a treadmill, which I don’t use because it bothers my knee. We’re going to try to go back t... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 10:46:33 EST DETERMINA TION..... give you the resolve to keep going in spite of the road blocks that lay before you." <BR> <BR> We are all going to have things that try to get in our way when we are trying to eat healthy. It reminded, me of something Coty shared with me the other day. Remember Coty is doing Nutri System, and the first week, it seems its more water and vegetables than anything else, but bless his soul, he's doing it, and this is a youngman who loves to eat and eat all the wrong stuff. But he shared with me... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 05:38:38 EST Today I feel STRONG. "Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell." <BR> <BR> We all know temptations are out there each and everyday, and we just have to be strong and focused on what we really want. Today I feel <em>104</em> and I know I will resist the fresh apple cake my sister has made for Sunday dessert. Most times when she has mentioned a dessert that she's making its all I can think of until I get some of it, BUT, not this time. I'm on a mission. A mission to better healt... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 05:04:11 EST Any plan will work...... BUT, only if we are willing to do the work. <BR> <BR> Good morning all, <BR> I almost couldn't wait until this morning to share my weigh in news. I lost 4 more pounds this past week. That is a total of 8 pounds since I began the Smart Points plan on December 28th. Telling you to ''color me happy," in not even close to how I felt yesterday when Pat the weigh in person gave me the news. I was also given my bracelet to add my charms to, and since I already had two charms, I took it out to... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 05:09:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/8 QUOTE: “You cannot compare your journey with another or you will always see fault in yourself.” – Shay Sorrells/Biggest Loser <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Would you rather be in pictures or take them? <BR> <BR> I would rather take them, but I know when I get to a better weight, I will want to be in them again. <BR> <BR> So I sort of expected it after my episode with the chips on Wednesday night, I had my first gain since starting Smart Points. I gained 1.8 lbs. I am trying not to focus so much o... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 10:26:19 EST TOPS meeting today and I'm excited. I know how often do we say, ''I'm excited about a weigh in." Well I'm EXCITED!!! I cannot wait to see how I've done this week, because my clothes are actually fitting better. Of course I will report the outcome tomorrow morning, so everyone will have a chance to see, ''did she or didn't she." But even if the scale is not my friend today, I know I've done EVERYTHING by the book, I've planned, I've tracked, I've stayed within my Smart Points range and actually used a few of the extra points... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 05:34:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/7 QUOTE: “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!” &amp;#8213; Jillian Michaels <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is one of your favorite ways to spend a Saturday? <BR> <BR> I have been trying to take Saturdays for meal prep so I can take Sundays as a rest day. I feel good about taking the time out to do that because it means we have more time during the week. <BR> <BR> Not really feeling 100%, it started out as a cold and then moved down into my chest. I don’t necessarily feel bad, but now t... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 10:23:38 EST It's Possible " Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting." <BR> <BR> Love today's quotes, and I think it very true. Sure we are going to get frustrated, and at times discouraged, but as long as we greet each new day for just what it is.....A BRAND NEW DAY!!!! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I will go to my TOPS meeting, its been two weeks since we've met, and I am so looking forward to being with the other, and even with Geneva if she's there. Not long ago I would have given thought to... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 05:11:03 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/6 QUOTE: “You cannot exercise much power without gratitude because it is gratitude that keeps you connected with power. The creative power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best, therefore it will receive the best.” ~ Wallace Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich <BR> <BR> QOTD: Anything happen yesterday that made you feel joyful? <BR> <BR> I made it to Costco and have an idea of what to do for dinner’s nex... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 10:42:28 EST Today, I'm really late.... Never fear, I'm here, just here in what seem like the middle of the day for me. Got up this morning with the same problems with internet and phone as I had yesterday morning, only thing was this morning no matter how many time I unplugged, unscrewed everything....nothing was working. So called TWC, and I have a technician coming out......believe it or not.....this afternoon. So hopefully tomorrow morning I'll be back on at my regular time. <BR> <BR> Still loving the new WW plan, and feel ... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 10:15:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/05/2016 QUOTE: “The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” ~ Anthony Robbins <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What made you decide to live where you currently live? <BR> <BR> I got married and I was already working down here. <BR> <BR> Back to the ortho this morning to follow-up, it went pretty well. He told me to focus more on low impact options (biking, walking, ell... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 11:33:24 EST Running late today.... Computer and phone both were out this morning, not sure if Time Warner Cable (TWC) was working on it or not, but I did all those things that your told to do when you call in, and it took two tries, but finally I'm up and running again. Now onto today's musing's. <BR> <BR> <BR> The starting point to all achievements is desire. Keep this constantly in mine. <BR> <BR> I know not only in my heart, but just the way I feel that I have done the right thing by joining the online Weight Watchers.... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 05:57:06 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/04/2016 QUOTE: “Don’t show up late. Don’t try to slide out early. Don’t cheat your rep counts. And definitely, don’t hold back. Leave it all in the gym!” – Gunnar Peterson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Share the last compliment you received. <BR> <BR> My Pastor’s wife and dear friend told me yesterday that I motivated her to get back on plan. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was busy and we had an unexpected trip to Sherman last night. DS25 had a blow out and needed to borrow my car. I planned on getting prepar... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 10:57:36 EST My life.... tomorrow will be the result of my attitude and choices I make today. <BR> <BR> I feel as if I won a great battle yesterday. It was Sunday so dinner at Ruthann and Terry's as usual. Funny thing was, she had two different desserts, one she had made and part of one that Terry's mom had sent out.....I WAS NOT EVEN TEMPTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I felt so powerful, but yet so humble knowing that the week, today being a week since I joined Weight Watchers online, that watching what I eat, countin... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 05:36:09 EST Taking Responsibility When you take responsibility for your actions you give yourself immeasurable power." <BR> <BR> I think many of us have done just that, ''we have taken responsibility" of what we put in our bodies. Tomorrow will be one full week since I joined the new Weight Watchers Smart Points plan, and I have to say I have not felt this good in quite sometime. However, I also know how quickly that feeling can change, but I find myself looking at labels again, something I had not done in such a long tim... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 05:32:43 EST Be Stronger than your strongest excuse. We all have a list of excuses we use from time to time, and its those excuses that have gotten us to the size and shape we are in. So its the new year, and its time to kick those excuses to the curb. <BR> <BR> I've read several post that people are thinking of joining WW again, because the plan is new and I think fresh. To me its some of the best changes W.W.'s has made in a very long time. But, that is just me. For me it was making sure the cost of the plan would fit my budget, and d... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 05:41:06 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – Jan. 1st QUOTE: “Pain is not a punishment. And pleasure is not a reward. You could argue that failure is not punishment and… Success is not reward. They’re just failure and success. You can choose how you respond.” ~ Sarah Lewis, The Rise <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How did you spend your New Year’s Eve? Share one tradition you continue on New Year’s Day. <BR> <BR> I rung in 2016 in bed. I struggled with insomnia the night before so I was tired. We will be having our traditional black eyed peas for goo... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 12:49:55 EST HELLO 2016 First thing I want to mention is I had my first weigh in after starting the new Smart Points plan on Monday. My weigh in day is on Friday's, due to that is when I will weigh in at TOPS. But we have no meeting today, but I still weighed in and am pleased to announce, that from Monday until I weighed in this morning, I have lost 4 pounds. <em>104</em> Sure I know its fluid, its always fluid that first week out, but I'm good with that as well. <BR> <BR> I don't make resolutions, have neve... Fri, 1 Jan 2016 05:43:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/31 QUOTE: “What I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while.” ~ Gretchen Rubin <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Share a good habit that you will continue doing into the new year. <BR> <BR> Tracking! I have realized just how important it is for me to track and so I intend to continue it through the new year. <BR> <BR> You could have knocked me down with a feather when I weighed in last night after physical therapy! I told my leader (who apparently acts as receptionist at that location o... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:20:31 EST New Years Eve...almost 2016 First off had so much fun opening and exploring the new starter kit from Weight Watchers. I love the new tracker, its so sleek, its not just a spiral notebook type thing, or just a paper booklet. Now don't get me wrong there is nothing at all with the spiral notebook, I've used one of those for years, but this new one, I think if your a person who has never or have not been doing W.W.'s in a very long time, I think it makes you feel more inclined to write in that new book. That's just me. ... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 05:31:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/30 QUOTE: “The thoughts you think will irradiate you as though you are a transparent vase.” ~ Maurice Maeterlinck <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Share one thing that you plan to do for yourself in 2016. <BR> <BR> I plan to take care of me in 2016. <BR> <BR> I have been listening to an audiobook called Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin. It’s really interesting how she talks about how to determine what tendencies you have and how to change habits. I am hoping to delve a little more into it to hel... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 11:16:11 EST Its like Christmas all over again..... Now why on earth would I make a comment like that?? Well, because my new Weight Watchers starter kit showed up last night, but it was around 8 p.m. and I knew better than to tear into it, so this morning with the anticipation of getting to open up that mystery box, I feel like I did when I was a kid at Christmas. Cannot believe how quickly it got here, I only ordered it on Monday, and I did not pay for overnight shipping. I was expecting to have to wait at least a week for it to show up, b... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 05:40:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/29 QUOTE: “When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no ‘I’ll start tomorrow.’ Tomorrow is disease.” ~ V.L. Allinear <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you making resolutions for 2016? Or are you simply setting goals rather than making resolutions? <BR> <BR> I am setting goals vs. making resolutions. I re-started with WW’s new program while still healing so I truly feel like a newbie. <BR> <BR> My sweet hubby drove last night for the family night so I could pay my respects. I was sad ... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:37:02 EST I've done it.... After reading Michelle's post yesterday I went online and also joined the online W.W.'s group. Had no problem logging in or anything yesterday, but this morning when I tired to login it wouldn't let me, the message is something about ''difficulties." Going to wait for a bit and try again, if its still not working I"ll have to call when they come in. <BR> <BR> Will Oprah lose the weight and keep it off? Well like Oprah, I've lost and regained so many times I've lost count. But it goes to ... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 05:01:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/28 QUOTE: “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” ~ Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Did you enjoy your holiday? <BR> <BR> Yes, I did. Jarrod (DS25) got to spend the entire weekend with us, which is rare. <BR> <BR> I felt so out of touch last week since I was not able to post/chat the way I normally do. I hope everyone had a good week. I think I went a little off the rails over the Christmas break. I do so much better with structure and our weeke... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 11:22:50 EST 5 Word Diet Plan – and the only one that works: Eat Less and Move More! <BR> <BR> Yes, its really is that simple, but yet its the hardest thing some of us will ever undertake. <BR> <BR> It's true any eating plan will work, and trust me I have tried every single one, and have lost weight on every single one of them, but never have been able to keep the weight off. WHY??? Because with this Addict mind of my I tell myself, ''oh I can have this just once, it won't be a problem." Funny how I can make myself believe this each and every t... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 05:21:09 EST Come Join Me. That was what Oprah said in her video that I saw on F.B., and in my Weight Watchers magazine that I received the other day, and just yesterday had a chance to look at it she wrote the following. <BR> <BR> Why I joined Weight Watchers <BR> <BR> Inside every overweight woman is the woman she knows she can be. You look in the mirror and sometimes don't recognize yourself,because you've gotten lost, buried in the weight. <BR> <BR> But, nothing you have been through is ever wasted. So every ... Sun, 27 Dec 2015 05:27:54 EST Some pictures of my Christmas. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is Terry and Ruthann's only child Leigh Ann. As you will see in the pictures she is the owner of the Wiener dogs. Axl is at her feet. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is Leigh Ann's husband Todd. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 05:24:17 EST Christmas Day 2015 <em>446</em> Merry Christmas Everyone <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> Today I'm not going to write about what we should and should not do today, I'm not even going to suggest you count anything, or you write anything down. That as always is a choice we each have to make on our own. What I will tell you is this.......... <BR> <BR> Enjoy the day, enjoy the people you are with you never know who will not be at that table next year. I had that to face yesterday. Ruthann and I had to make a stop... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 05:48:41 EST Christmas Eve It's here!!! CHRISTMAS EVE!!! <em>446</em> All that shopping, which I did the biggest part of mine online. This year I even wrapped the gifts, oh the little dog gifts....yes I'm one of those Aunts to 3 Wiener dogs, and a Rat Terrier, their gifts are in the gift bags. All my gifts have been delivered out to Ruthann's, with the exception of the doggie gifts, cannot trust those pooches not to snoop. <em>41</em> . <BR> <BR> My wish for each and everyone of you, that you will be surround... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:55:02 EST Holiday Survival I don't know about the rest of you, but there are times the holidays bring out the worst in people, and I know all too well how that can mess up our plans on staying healthy. I say this, but have to add, "I will never understand why I think eating a five pound block of fudge would make someone that is going to be a butt head year round change for Christmas." No, I have not eaten that first piece of fudge, but I know this holiday can bring out the worst in some people, and I am preparing m... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:38:37 EST Oprah Last night I saw on the TV that today Weight Watchers is going to unveil Oprah's first Weight Watchers commercial. As I listened to a sound bite, it occurred to me, ''Oprah and I are just alike." Not financially, or even skin color, and not to mention how much money Oprah is going to make from promoting Weight Watchers.....BUT, what she and I do have in common is....we both have an unhealthy weight problem.... <BR> <BR> As I thought about this last night, I remember reading online when O... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 05:43:13 EST Everything in moderati n....... Now that sounds easy enough doesn't it?? But, here is the thing, if I could have done MODERATION or SENSIBLY, then I would not need Weight Watchers, TOPS, O.A., or any of the other support groups I have been part of off and on for my ENTIRE LIFE. <BR> <BR> Each day I tell myself as well as those of you that stop by, ''we can do this, we are so worth the effort." But, truth be told, everyday I'm hanging on by a thread. No big confession going on here, I've stayed On Points and On Plan for ... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 05:39:14 EST Today is the most important day of the week. This day is the day that will most determine whether or not we will be successful this Christmas. <BR> <BR> Today is a day we can use to prepare for the chaotic (and of course, festive) week ahead! <BR> <BR> Make the time today. Let's take time to put some good structure in place that will help us keep our goals achievable this holiday. <BR> <BR> Make that veggie platter. I've made a big bowl of mixed green salad to take to my sister's for Sunday dinner. You could even make a fruit sa... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 06:12:55 EST Hear us ROAR!!!!! “ Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount. ” <BR> <BR> Now you may wonder, ''what has courage got to do with a weight loss journey?" The answer...EVERYTHING!!! Some of us have started and stopped so many times its as if we have a traffic light attached to us. We tell others of our plans to lose weight and become more healthy and they don't have to say anything, but we know they are thinking, ''yeah, you've said that before." Doesn't matter if other's believe us or not... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 05:41:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/18 QUOTE: “You cannot exercise much power without gratitude because it is gratitude that keeps you connected with power. The creative power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best, therefore it will receive the best.” ~ Wallace Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have anything special going on this weekend? <BR> <BR> For us, we have a family Christmas brunch on Sunday. Lots of ... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 11:01:27 EST Musing today. One week from today is Christmas day. I'm sorry I still get so excited even though I'm far from being a kid anymore. I love Christmas, for me it has to be yep, ''The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!!" I could hear Andy Williams singing as I wrote that song title. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> However, alone with all this anticipations comes family stuff as well. This one not talking to that one, a bit of friction going around. Most families have this in some shape form or fashion. But you ... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 06:07:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/17 QUOTE: “You have the power to heal yourself, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we are not. We always have the power of our minds. Claim and consciously use your power.” – Louise Hay <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Is your weather doing crazy things like our weather in D/FW? <BR> <BR> We have been only having lows in the 40’s/50’s and highs in the high 50’s/low to mid-60’s. Although today we were in the 30’s with a high in the low 50's. <BR> <BR> I have a coup... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:42:24 EST Keep getting up!!!!! "He who gets up one more time than he falls, makes it through... " <BR> <BR> Love this quote today, because it is so true. Some of us have fallen down so many times while on this journey that we have skinned placed, bruises and even some wagon tracks on our bodies. But....we keep getting up and giving it another try. We are not perfect, we are never going to be perfect. OH once in a while we might have a day that everything just fell into place, and what we wrote down was exactly what ... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 05:44:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/16 QUOTE: “Remember, if you even need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm.” – Audrey Hepburn <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you handle staying OP around the holidays? <BR> <BR> In years past, I have always allowed myself some of whatever I want, but I limit how much I have. I will definitely need to think about that for this Christmas and the upcoming holidays since the new plan has changed the value of what I typically eat. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I started drinking lemon in my water again.... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:41:04 EST Brother update.. Thanks everyone for all the thoughts and prayers for my brother yesterday. The surgery took two and a half hours, and as the surgeon told us, ''if your brother was a normal person, we could have been done in 45 minutes." According to the surgeon everything went very well, the incision is less than an inch long and he (the surgeon) went through the groan much like if he was doing a heart cath. The surgeon told us that he was still concerned about brother's heart due to the veins he worked... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 05:45:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/15 QUOTE: “Noticing the problem does not change the problem. While of course, awareness is a critical first step, action is the absolute necessary step.” ~ Sevan Apollo Poetry, Good Men Project <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite food to eat over the holidays? <BR> <BR> We make a dessert which has different names depending on who you ask which is made from Eagle Brand Milk, Cool Whip, pineapple, cherry pie filling and pecans. We generally only make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:55:03 EST All together now...... PREPARATION!!!!! <BR> <BR> Preparation will save us when we feel like we just can't do it. Preparation will hold us up when we feel like we can't stand on our own. Preparation will turn a bad day into a successful one. <BR> <BR> And all preparation requires is a little of our time and energy today. Today, I my brother is having surgery, for most people this surgery would be no big deal, in fact it would be out patient. However, this brother is a very bad diabetic, he has heart trouble, o... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 05:59:18 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/14 QUOTE: “When you rise in the morning, greet the day with vigor. During the day, refrain from thinking or saying, ‘I’m confused,’ ‘I’m weak,’ ‘I’m sad,’ ‘I need help.’ At night before you sleep, release all thoughts of sadness, anger, or irritation. Think of pleasant things.” ~ Tempu Nakamura, Budo Secrets <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Please share one event that happened over the weekend. <BR> <BR> We had our Christmas banquet with our church yesterday. It was lots of fun. <BR> <BR> Thank yo... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:34:57 EST Keep trying... You have failed only when you quit trying. Until then, you're still in the act of progression. So, never quit trying and you'll never be a failure. <BR> ~ Tommy Kelley ~ <BR> <BR> My Sweet friend Cathy left me this quote on my Spark Page this morning and it made me think about all of us. As I mentioned yesterday having the thread to go to each day just to jot down, ''OP Yesterday," it has given me accountability, something at times I have to have more than at other times. I also like ... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 05:19:36 EST Only good things through this new doors. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning Everyone, <BR> I wanted to share a picture of the new French doors that were put in yesterday. There will have to be some painting done on the trim and such, but that is no big deal. Not only are these door air tight, but they make the den look so much larger, and so much more brighter. The blinds are in between the door glasses, which is so cool. And yesterday when I shar... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 05:45:28 EST You have not missed you chance... You haven't missed your change. In the lull between opportunities, it's easy to think we will never get another chance. But each day is a brand new day to get it right. <BR> When things don't work out, it's easy to worry that they never will. As we have said before, ''there is never a perfect time." There is always a way to get things started. There are many roads that can lead us to success, and alone those road are just as many detours. When you reach a detour, just try a new road. ... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 05:01:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/11 QUOTE: “You open doors when you open books… doors that swing wide to unlimited horizons of knowledge, wisdom, and inspiration that will enlarge the dimensions of your life.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Please share one memory from your holidays past. <BR> <BR> One that seems to be on the top of my head recently is making Christmas ornaments with my Mom and singing Christmas carols. Those were some of the best times. <BR> <BR> Okay, so here’s the info I got... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:09:24 EST HAPPY. BEAUTIFUL. CONFIDENT. That is the real us. But, if your not feeling it, seeing it or believing it, there is an easy fix. What is it? You might ask. Ready? Here it is....Counting your blessings, counting your great qualities, counting your accomplishments, and always remember....Life is AWESOME, and so are WE. <BR> <BR> Believe in yourself. Take time for yourself. Be kind to yourself. Why?? BECAUSE WE ARE SO WORTH THE EFFORT!!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Fri, 11 Dec 2015 06:22:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/10 QUOTE: “Don’t waste time calculating your chances of success and failure. Just fix your aim and begin.” ~ Guan Yin Tzu, Chinese Master <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite Christmas movie? <BR> <BR> I think if I have to pick just one…no, I can’t do it. It is between It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street (the Natalie Wood version). <BR> <BR> The best laid plans...Chris was running late yesterday so I had to reschedule PT. I managed to find a meeting location where I,... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:50:13 EST I thought this was so cute...... and so very true. A friend sent me this poem and I thought I would share it, mainly because as you read the poem, I bet all of us can find a piece of ourselves in there. The other important things is this, ''if your not struggling, then reach out to others that might be." <BR> <BR> Twas The Month . <BR> Before Christmas <BR> <BR> <BR> Twas the month before Christmas <BR> and what lies ahead? <BR> three weeks of parties, <BR> the baking I dread <BR> <BR> The cookies. The shortbread. <... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:55:06 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/09 QUOTE: “It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices.” ~ Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How will you celebrate the holidays this year? <BR> <BR> We’re going to have a busy Christmas Day much like Thanksgiving Day. I suspect we’re going to my in-laws and to my Aunt’s house. I am not sure how we will handle celebrating with Jarrod since he only has Christmas day off, but I suspect we’ll figure it out. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was truly... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 11:30:12 EST From Hungry Girl I get the daily Hungry Girl email, and today it was about the new W.W.'s plan. So I decided to copy and past it here for all to see. Now since on her email it says, ''email to a friend," I'm hoping I have not broken any law/rules/ anything to get me in trouble. I hate trouble. And as I always say, ''take what you need and just leave the rest." <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan <BR> <BR> I have heard all about the new SmartPoints™ system! I think it'll really help people mak... Wed, 9 Dec 2015 05:22:19 EST Then and now -Late WW Founder Jean Nidetch and... Then and now - Late WW Founder Jean Nidetch and 2016 new program <BR> <BR> Enjoy reading <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> <BR> <link><BR>/29/weight-watchers-founder-jean-nidet<BR>ch-dies-at-age-91/26595677/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> <BR> <link><BR>ogram-changes-the-biggest-in-50-years/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> <BR> <link><BR>s-oprah-winfrey-launch-scale... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 20:52:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/08 QUOTE: “You cannot exercise much power without gratitude because it is gratitude that keeps you connected with power. The creative power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best, therefore it will receive the best.” ~ Wallace Wattles, The Science of Getting Rich <BR> <BR> QUESTION: I read a blog indicating changes were coming for Biggest Loser next month. Will you watch? <BR> <BR> Despite the bad hype t... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 10:17:18 EST Change is okay... When one approach is not working to reach the desired goal, that's not a reason to abandon the goal. Instead, it is time to devise another approach. <BR> <BR> I love today's quote it was on my Spark's page and I thought ''today this will work." There is this buzz about what Weight Watchers is going to do new, and that means having to purchase new tools for the program, changing your way of calculating, and probably some other things.....BUT....the bottom line is this. We do not have to b... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 05:39:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/07 QUOTE: “You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.” – Eckhart Tolle <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Would you rather spend your holiday season on the beach or in the snow? <BR> <BR> If I didn’t have to go out, probably the snow. :-) I have always loved how it looks and even playing in it a bit, but we don’t ever just get snow. <BR> <BR> I was hoping that I could head to McKinney and weigh in yesterday, but that didn’t happen.... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 11:01:48 EST This and That. It's Monday so I'm doing a ''THIS AND THAT'' musing today. To being with Happy Hanukkah to all that celebrate, many blessing wished for you during this time and always. <BR> <BR> Yesterday would have been our Mom's 93rd, birthday if she was still alive, but even though she's been gone 11 years it would have still been her birthday. I have to admit, I did not remember, Ruthann mentioned it to me. I don't think that makes me a bad daughter. <BR> <BR> Also yesterday after Sunday dinner, Rut... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 06:21:15 EST Our Attitude counts for so much. Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. ” <BR> ~Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> My morning begins like this each and every day, I never stray from my routine, and yesterday morning was no exception. BUT, I should have known, after I put water in my percolator , then went and brushed my teeth, then took my meds for the day, then went to the kitchen to pour myself that cup of coffee to enjoy while I mused with all of you...... Sun, 6 Dec 2015 05:49:48 EST Taking a break! Good morning everyone! <BR> I have decided to take a break from SP... <BR> With trying to focus on weight watchers, I'm finding I need to do's like I have my hands in to too many things....SP, Myfitnesspal &amp; weight watchers....something has got to give... <BR> I guess I'm saying I need to stay focus on weight watchers &amp; give it 100%. It's not easy, but maybe it will be easier for me to handle &amp; not be so overwhelmed. <BR> It has been wonderful having support from you a... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 10:30:04 EST Internet problems. Sorry that I could not ''muse'' this morning, but having internet and phone problems, no connection. I call Time Warner and did everything that guy said, however nothing worked, so a technician is coming out Tuesday afternoon. I do have a connection right now, and phone service but it could go at anytime. <BR> <BR> If I'm not around for the next few days, know that I"m fine, just fighting the Gremlins that are attacking my technology. :) <BR> <BR> Stay Strong Everyone. <BR> Love, <BR> Jo... Sat, 5 Dec 2015 09:02:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/04 QUOTE: “Don’t be ashamed to need help. Like a soldier storming a wall, you have a mission to accomplish. And if you’ve been wounded and you need a comrade to pull you up? So what?” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you have allergies that prevent you from eating traditional holiday meals? <BR> <BR> No allergies that I am aware of, none in my family that I am aware of for the things we traditionally fix. <BR> <BR> Things were still busy yesterday and this morning has ... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 12:40:42 EST Mindset Matters Here it is Friday already. This week, for me, has flown by, and here we are at the weekend already. <BR> <BR> It's Christmas time, parties, not only at maybe our homes, but other people's homes, or at the work place. Its out there and we have to be in the right frame of mind to get through these next few weeks, three weeks from today to be precise. Oh and lets not forget the birthday, births, weddings, anniversary's all those thing that also come alone this time of year. There's a b'da... Fri, 4 Dec 2015 05:39:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/03 QUOTE: “Whenever you leave behind failure that means you’re doing better. If you think everything you’ve done has been great, you’re probably dumb.” ~ Louis CK <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you decorate inside/outside of your home for the holidays? <BR> <BR> We don’t go overboard, but we do decorate. <BR> <BR> I have docs waiting to draft so I better get busy. Hope everyone is doing well! Happy Friday eve! <BR> Thu, 3 Dec 2015 11:30:51 EST Thank Goodness For YOU!!! Have you ever had the feeling that, ''I mean nothing to these people." Whomever ''these people" might be. But the truth of the matter is, YOU MEAN SO MUCH TO SO MANY!!!! <BR> <BR> You're a problem solver and a peacemaker, director and a do-er. Someone's hero and someone's angel; someone's inspiration, champion, comfort and their rock. <BR> <BR> Your someone who makes things better by just being there. Thank Goodness for YOU.!! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Thu, 3 Dec 2015 05:09:38 EST