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 You have to change Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." <BR> <BR> Burrrr....56 degrees on July 29 in that is one for the records. But the weather is not what today's thread is about. I have a story, now you all know you love my stories <em>211</em> <em>334</em> . I came home from work and was a bit antsy so I went on line and found where there was a meeting. I went and I think, no I know its exactly what I needed. The... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:50:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/28 DAILY QUOTE: “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.” &#8213; Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Are you motivated to cook at home even when you’re eating alone? <BR> <BR> In all honesty, I find it easier cooking for my entire family than even for just me and DH. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:11:42 EST Fear Says....... No you can't. Determination says.....YES you can. RESULTS say....I TOLD YOU SO!!!" <BR> <BR> I have been off the sugar demon for an entire week now, and my thinking is much clearer again, and after I read Nell's post about stopping at McDonald's I realized this morning, ''I woke with no regrets." Yesterday would have been the perfect day to sit and eat bags of junk, but I had a plan, I had my plastic containers and I began to empty out my walk in many clothes, pretty clothes... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:43:33 EST Does anyone use the Weight Watcher's Etools Blog? Anyone? <BR> <BR> I wonder because I thought I would go post a blog over there and while I found the editor fairly straight forward and even a bit more versatile than SparkPeople's, (things like links attached to text), I also found it quite limited. You can't post more than one picture. No video posting. If you click on a link it opens the new link in the same tab - which means that your current page goes away in place of the link. <BR> <BR> And for us Mac OS X users, Java is not supporte... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:04:15 EST So you stumbled. "Never let a stumble be the end of the journey." <BR> <BR> How many times have some of us stumbled and that was all it took to end our journey to better health? How many times have we joined a gym or exercise group and someone may have looked at us cross eyed and that was all we needed for us to stop that. I have done both of these things many times over, but as I get older they have become lesser times. Now don't get me wrong, I'm still stumbling from time to time, but I get right back u... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 04:37:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/26 DAILY QUOTE: “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.” &#8213; Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How often do you try new recipes? <BR> <BR> Not nearly often enough! I am trying to implement a new one more often though. <BR> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:28:12 EST Dwell on this. "You may have fallen. But dwell on the FACT that you got back up again." <BR> <BR> I hear this so often at our weekly WW's meeting, ''welllll, I'm back again." Celebrate that you came back. Celebrate that each morning you wake up you have than chance to try one more time, that is if you have been down that slippery slope. There is no shame in having to begin again, if there is shame it would be giving up on ourselves. If we can't cheer ourselves on, then how can we expect others to chee... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 04:26:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/25 DAILY QUOTE: Believe you can and you're halfway there. - Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Is there anything that you are looking forward to this weekend? <BR> <BR> Heading out to the Farmer’s Market. :-) <BR> <BR> Sorry for the late start. Technical difficulties again. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:50:03 EST Thinking about you. If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.” <BR> <BR> ~ Claudia Ghandi <BR> <BR> I love today's quote cause yesterday when I got on the scale, my first thought was, ''I cannot wait to share my news with my Spark's W8Watchers friend. On Sunday I decided, time to rid my body of the poison I had been filling it with, and since Sunday I have had no sugar stuff at all, no cookies, candy, cakes any of that stuff and I have limited myself to one ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:41:18 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/24 DAILY QUOTE: “Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” &#8213; Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Name one thing you did yesterday evening. <BR> <BR> I trimmed and hemmed my skirt. DH bought me a new foot for my sewing machine that helps more with jersey materials. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:03:00 EST They had to climb. “The person on top of the mountain did not fall there.” <BR> <BR> The person who has made it to their weight loss goal did not just wake up one morning there. Many times this journey is just like a mountain climb, but as were mentioned yesterday there are many things we can and should be doing to make sure we get to the top. Not eating in the car like Nell does, not eating unless the food is on a pretty plate and your sitting at the table, and I loved Liz's confession of trying to straight... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:27:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/23 Sorry for the late start, I was having technical difficulties this morning. <BR> <BR> DAILY QUOTE: Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. - Kevyn Aucoin <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite meal to prepare at home? <BR> Salads…Caesar, taco, Greek. So tasty! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:14:50 EST STRENGTH! ''Anyone can workout for an hour, but to control what goes on your plate the other 23 hours now that's hard work." <BR> <BR> I could change the above quote from, ''on your plate" to ''in my mouth," because a lot of times what I'm putting in my mouth there is no plate in sight. The last few days I have been very aware of what goes in my mouth. I've been taking my lunch to work with me, this way I have lunch with Ms. Roselee and neither one of us is having to eat by ourselves. Working out i... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:22:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/22 DAILY QUOTE: “If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.” &#8213; Nora Roberts <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Three things that you always have in your bag or in a pocket. <BR> <BR> -Cell phone <BR> -lip balm <BR> -keys Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:12:41 EST Everything happens for a reason. "Sometimes, the bad things that happen to us will lead us down the road to some of the best things we could have ever dreamed of. Never lose hope because miracles happen everyday." <BR> <BR> I have thought about the above statements many times since I made the decision to just move on. For me the first miracle was the load lifted from my shoulders, and the many blessings that have come my way since then. When Bob passed I thought wondered, ''what will I do?" For 15 years every minute of ... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:46:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/21 DAILY QUOTE: <BR> “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - <BR> I took the one less traveled by, <BR> And that has made all the difference.” &#8213; Robert Frost <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Three things that you enjoyed this weekend: <BR> - visiting my husband's alma mater <BR> - picking up DS14 and having him home again <BR> - seeing my mom and getting the lift chair her neighbor got for her set up. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:09:10 EST Laughter is the best medication “Laughter is an instant vacation.” <BR> <BR> ~ Milton Berle <BR> <BR> So many times I have thought, ''I just need to have a good cry." The problem is I am not a crier, there are times I wish I was think that might make things a bit easier. But, I do love a good belly laugh. That is also something I try to get Ms. Roselee to do each day is ''laugh a little." Believe it or not, it will make your load feel just a little bit lighter. I bet Blanche with her little girls gets lots of laughs ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:41:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/20 DAILY QUOTE: “It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” &#8213; Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Three of your favorite things to drink: <BR> <BR> Water, iced tea, Dr Pepper <BR> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:30:15 EST Ten Weeks and counting. Beginning today, it is exactly ten weeks before I will leave and move to Beaver Dam, still no place has been found for me there, but as Ruthann says, ''not to worry, you won't be out on the streets." So I keep praying knowing in God's time not Joan's time something will appear. <BR> <BR> I know I don't have to fix anything in the condo, but for me it would make me feel better, I guess I am one of those that don't want people coming in and looking at things and making nasty remarks even th... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 04:58:25 EST The voices inside our heads Don't listen to the lies that say,''you'll never lose that weight, break that addiction or own your own home." Those struggles didn't come to stay, they came to PASS." <BR> <BR> I found this quote on FB the other day and jotted it down, I thought it was great. I know I listen too often to the negative things in my head, and when I read this I remembered my Godmother telling me one time, ''when those negative thoughts start coming in, begin to say CANCEL, CANCEL, then get a new positive tho... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 04:56:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/18 DAILY QUOTE: “If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.” &#8213; Nora Roberts <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Name one thing about your home town (assuming you go back or still live there) that you do when you visit. <BR> <BR> I don't always have time for it, but I love walking the trails at Waterloo Lake. It just brings me a peace unlike any place else I have found. <BR> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:18:44 EST Happy Firday "Being defeated is often temporary. Giving up makes it permanent. You can always start over." <BR> <BR> At our meeting yesterday we were talking about how our numbers have dwindled, but a lot of it could be nothing more than people being on vacation. Some is that people have given up for a while. I say for awhile due to those that are missing right now will be back again. I have been going to this meeting for about 3 years now, and I have seen these same people start and stop many times... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:46:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/17 DAILY QUOTE: “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.” &#8213; Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: One or the other: Sunshine or Thunderstorms? <BR> <BR> I'll take sunshine...or rain. I don't like it when it storms. <BR> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:36:23 EST We are all winners "Winners are not those who never fail, but those who never give up." <BR> <BR> For myself I don't always feel like a winner, but one thing for sure I am not giving up on myself, as the saying goes, ''I suit up and show up." I tend to wonder about those that had been posting then all of a sudden they are not there, have they given up on themselves? Some may have, but then there are those that still come by to read the thread but do not respond, which is fine, but I always wonder about those... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 04:48:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/16 DAILY QUOTE: “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” &#8213; Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: One or the other: Planes or Trains? <BR> <BR> I guess I would have to say planes since I have never really been on a train. Most times, DH and I drive. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:14:18 EST Waiting for the best things "Sometime the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us." <BR> <BR> We all have different ''bad'' things that happen to us. For me the things I have been dealing with where the stepson's are concerned, are more just aggravations than anything else. I look at bad things more of being a death of a loved one, a sickness and that ugly woman and the dessert I look back on that and I tell myself, ''I could have done better." P... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:51:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/15 DAILY QUOTE: “I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” &#8213; Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: One or the Other: Manicure or Facial? I think I'd have to say manicure, but I have never had a facial. <BR> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:57:02 EST Are you stuck? "Growth is painful. Change is painful. but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong." <BR> <BR> This quote seems to define me as of late. Two things I know for sure the first is change is painful, the change is finding out people are not always what they seem to be. The second thing is its very painful waiting for Sept.26th to get here. There is a third thing, and that is the one thing I do have control over, however as of late it has been controlling me, and tha... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:53:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/14 DAILY QUOTE: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” &#8213; Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go! <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: One or the other: Movies in a theater or at home? <BR> <BR> Both. I enjoy seeing some stuff on the big screen but sometimes it is just nice to hit pause and not miss anything at home. <BR> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:20:15 EST Our minds "Get your mind going in the right direction and your life will go in the right direction." <BR> <BR> Ever heard the saying, ''its just all in your head." I believe this, especially when all those old tapes begin to play back in my head. We all have the old tapes, hurtful things people have said to us, or about us, and I find it really strange that I will always remember the bad hurtful things that have been said about me, but I seem to not pay much attention when someone actually gives me ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 04:56:36 EST Hi new to the team but WW member since 2003 Hi my name is Patti, I'm new to this team but a forever WW member. On again off again, this time on all the way. I follow the Points Plus, count points, it worked before it will work again. <BR> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:54:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/13 DAILY QUOTE: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” &#8213; Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: one or the other: Beach or Mountains? <BR> <BR> I think that would be a hard choice. I think there is so much beauty in both! Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:12:55 EST We are not the Savior. ''You are not the savior of the world. You're not suppose to keep everyone happy, every one fixed. If you take on that job, the one person who won't be happy is you." <BR> <BR> So guess this means we are not Super Hero's. Now that pretty much burst my bubble. No just kidding, I've always know I could not fix everything and everybody, but I have to admit I have really tired to make everyone happy, then I realized a few weeks ago, ....1. That is not my job. And 2. I cannot make anyone ha... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 04:53:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/12 DAILY QUOTE: “Hope Smiles from the threshold of the year to come, Whispering 'it will be happier'...” &#8213; Alfred Tennyson <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: One or the other: Chocolate or Vanilla? <BR> <BR> Most often, it is chocolate...always chocolate. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:21:50 EST Don't just set there. “Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.” <BR> <BR> —Will Rogers <BR> <BR> How many times have we heard, ''you have to move to lose." I know for myself when I first began going to the gym or as my place is called ''The Wellness Center," it was a struggle, but for awhile I was a ''gym rat,'' I was there every morning with the rest of the gym bums as soon as that front door was unlocked. Did not matter how badly my body was hurting, it was the moving t... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 04:27:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/11 DAILY QUOTE: “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” &#8213; Marilyn Monroe <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: One or the other? Book or e-reader? <BR> <BR> I like both actually. My Kindle is amazing because it takes up less space and is more compact, but sometimes I just need the feel of a book in my hands. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:59:23 EST Your in good company “If at first you don’t succeed…welcome to the club.” <BR> <BR> —Israel Harold Asper <BR> <BR> Many of us never get it right on the first try. Oh I know a bunch of people who have taken to the WW plan even way back when it was you had to eat fish so many times per week and you HAD to eat liver at least once per week. They made it to goal and have been there ever since. I am more one of those that I got to goal, which I had tired many, many times not every time with WW's, but I did get the... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 04:56:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/10 DAILY QUOTE: “Your opinion is not my reality.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: One or the other: Country Music or Rap? <BR> <BR> Both are on my ipod. I grew up on Country music and listened to some top 40 as I got into high school, etc. My musical tastes vary. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:12:14 EST Do our best If a man does his best, what else is there?” <BR> <BR> —George S. Patton <BR> <BR> All we can do is our best....but really what is your best? I think I am doing really well and then when I look back if I am truly honest, no way this is my best. I spoke with a friend yesterday that has lost 100 pounds since October of last year, how? By giving up sugar and diet soda, and eating whole foods. When people say whole foods...what does that really mean? Oh I know it means no lunch meat, no ch... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 04:25:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/09 DAILY QUOTE: “Once you figure out what you want in life—expect nothing less.” &#8213; Lorii Myers, Make It Happen, A Healthy, Competitive Approach to Achieving Personal Success <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: One or the Other: Shower or Bubble Bath? <BR> <BR> Bubble bath if I have time to relax, but most of the time I take a shower. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 07:57:21 EST Bad storm Hey everyone, <BR> On Monday night Louisville, got hit with some major storms, straight line winds, and lots of power was knocked out, mine was not, but my internet service was, and just about ten minutes ago I got it back so I hurried over to let everyone know I'm fine, and I'll be back to my old schedule of posting again tomorrow. <BR> Hugs to all, <BR> Joan Wed, 9 Jul 2014 07:10:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/08 DAILY QUOTE: “Don't use yesterday's state of mind, to make today's decision.” &#8213; C. Nzingha Smith, Lust Have Recipes, Aphrodisiac Cookbook <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How do you stay on track when you’re on the go? <BR> <BR> I try to plan ahead. It doesn't always work, but I do try. <BR> <BR> Sorry for not posting yesterday, but I was hit with a migraine that kept me in bed. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 07:55:57 EST Back to reality This is my last morning here in Beaver Dam writing my morning thread from Ruthann's dining room table. Oh how I have enjoyed my time away from my job, and from Louisville. I am just amazed at how well I have been sleeping since I have been down here. The last four days have passed so quickly, and just yesterday evening I actually went and looked at a house that is at the moment being renovated. The gentleman that owns the house told Ruthann and I before we ever walked in, ''I don't like t... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 06:09:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/06 DAILY QUOTE: “You can only work on yourself. Start there.” &#8213; Alice O. Howell <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What snacks do you keep on hand when you are on the run so you aren't starving? <BR> <BR> Oftentimes, I try to keep the 100 calorie almond packs, but I am really enjoying the fruits this season. When we headed to the Old Fashioned Fourth, we took cucumbers, grapes, tomatoes, lettuce, peaches, and refillable water bottles. <BR> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 10:29:28 EST Dreams of a better future. “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” <BR> <BR> Yesterday was yet another busy day, and with all the work that Ruthann and I have done for Coty he was taking all of us out to lunch yesterday. The weather was so beautiful that we were able to eat outside after we had ordered our food. Coty's Mom and Dad (Leigh Ann & Todd) were with us as well. As I sat there I looked around we were all talking and laughing about different things, telling stories yet again, ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 05:34:08 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/05 DAILY QUOTE: “No matter how plain a woman may be, if truth and honesty are written across her face, she will be beautiful.” &#8213; Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite in-season veggie? <BR> <BR> Definitely tomatoes! I LOVE tomatoes! When I was about 5, I rode across the street on my tricycle and stole tomatoes out of the man's garden across the street. I can eat them like apples. <BR> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 10:06:12 EST Being back home Whom ever said, ''you can never go home" should have rephrased that can never go home until you are truly ready to return." I arrived in Beaver Dam at around 6:15 am my time, 5:15 Beaver Dam time. Of course Ruthann is not up yet, but her daughter Leigh Ann is, and since her house is just across a large yard from Ruthann and Terry's when Leigh Ann saw me she came out and called, ''Joan, I've got coffee made." <em>106</em> Leigh Ann is like me, she goes to bed early and she gets... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 06:06:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/04 DAILY QUOTE: “Freedom lies in being bold.” — Robert Frost <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you stick to your plan today or just have a free for all? <BR> <BR> I try to stick to the plan, but will allow myself something I wouldn't ordinarily have, but in a smaller portion than I would have years ago. <BR> Fri, 4 Jul 2014 10:22:39 EST Happy 4th of July I am actually writing this on 4th of July eve. I'm taking the computer with me and wanted to get it all packed up so thought I'd leave my message to wish everyone a Happy, and safe 4th of July. Lets all remember our freedom is not free. <BR> <BR> I love what Nell had to say about getting two stars for having one good day, so I decided to make sure I just repeated Wednesday so that is how I now have two days of being on plan. <BR> <BR> Our meeting on Thursday was about when you slip, n... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 18:02:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/03 DAILY QUOTE: “Prepare yourself for success. You have to see it coming to get there.” &#8213; Destiny Booze <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Brag about some of your daily, healthy habits. <BR> <BR> I drink a ton of water. <BR> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:04:12 EST An N.S.V. Today I want to share with all of you my Non Scale Victory (N.S.V.) it may not seem like much to most but when I went to bed last night I felt as if I had just climbed Mt. Hood or done some other amazing thing. No I did not walk a mile, nor did I float in the pool....but, what I did do yesterday for me was just as amazing.....I stayed on track, I added a sticker to my book, I stayed focused, I cleaned out the pantry and the 'fridge and took all the unopened stuff to the food pantry in our ch... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 03:16:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/02 DAILY QUOTE: “Write this down: My life is full of unlimited possibilities.” &#8213; Pablo <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon? <BR> <BR> Reading a good book and relaxing. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 07:43:48 EST No shortcuts “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” <BR> <BR> —Beverly Sills <BR> <BR> No matter how hard we might try, if its something worth while, there is no shortcuts to it. Think about this, if there is a special meal you want to make, then there maybe some shortcuts you can take, but more times than not, those shortcuts will alter the taste of the finished product. This is why you cannot rush brisket. I have been trying for sometime to take short cuts on my journey, and I don't ha... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 04:01:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/01 DAILY QUOTE: “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.” &#8213; Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What are you doing differently that years past to celebrate a holiday? <BR> <BR> Honestly, since DH and I married, we don't so much do the grilling hot dogs. We do grill the occasional burger out, which I love...especially with some fresh tomatoes and lettuce and onion. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 08:01:06 EST You gotta do the work "I just wanted to stay in bed, eat girl scout cookies and still lose weight. Is that too much to ask?" <BR> <BR> I saw today's quote posted on a friend of mines FB page, and I thought, ''Lord, that is just so me at the moment." I'm sure I'm not alone in this kind of ''Stinkin' Thinkin'" and its also very negative, but from time to time it sneaks in. I think I've done better since I've been doing the pool exercises due to when I was doing the elliptical's there was a calorie counter on th... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 04:19:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/30 DAILY QUOTE: “Often, it’s not about becoming a new person, but becoming the person you were meant to be, and already are, but don’t know how to be.” &#8213; Heath L. Buckmaster, Box of Hair: A Fairy Tale <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Are you good at math? <BR> <BR> I am okay with the basics, but the more advanced stuff seems to have been lost since I don't use it. <BR> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:54:22 EST What better time than today. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” <BR> Walt Disney <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone for the input on yesterday's thread. Michelle I could have written your post, and Jane whenever a leader whether its mine or one I am visiting and they ask us to write down a number, I never do since I know I would be sitting myself up for failure. One day or one hour at a time seems to be the best answer. I know when I got off sugar for so long, I just woke up one morning and began, I ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 02:40:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/29 DAILY QUOTE: “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” &#8213; Frank Herbert, Dune <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How often do you get to the Farmer's Market rather than the grocery store? Do you use a service like Greenling or Urban ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 10:16:07 EST Do you have a goal? The most important thing about goals is...having one.” <BR> <BR> —Geoffrey Abert <BR> <BR> Maybe I am different, but I have found if I set a specific time for a certain amount of weight, or if I get up and say "today I do everything by the book," then is when I fall flat on my face. I'm not sure if its due to I have put some sort of dead line on there or what the deal is. Now don't get me wrong, I think having a goal is very important, but I also think for me, its just way too much press... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 02:51:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 06/28 DAILY QUOTE: “And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.” &#8213; Libba Bray, The Sweet Far Thing <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you prefer supermarket produce or farmer's market/homegrown produce? <BR> <BR> Definitely farmer's market/homegrown produce. Although there are times when I buy the supermarket produce because I can't get to the Farmer's Market. <BR> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:58:49 EST Meeting yesterday Since we had no electricity at our meeting on Thursday I decided to go to a meeting not far from my place yesterday after I got off work. I also weighed in, and with it being 2 pm, and I had already had my pre workout meal, my breakfast and also my lunch, I can tell you the scale was up. I've decided not to change my tracker due to I am a morning weigh in person, which if I go to the meeting in Hartford, the small town right next to Beaver Dam, that meeting will be at 5:30 in the evening, I... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 03:23:32 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/27 DAILY QUOTE: “The best way out is always through.” &#8213; Robert Frost <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How often do you change up your workout playlists or your workouts? <BR> <BR> Not nearly often enough. I do try to throw something new in the mix, but sometimes it's difficult to do. <BR> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 09:03:37 EST Best meeting ever. Yesterday was my WW meeting and weigh in. A very strange thing happened but I have to say it was one of the very best meetings we've ever had. What happened?? The power was off so we could not weigh in, but EVERYONE still stayed and we had the best meeting. I think it was all due to the pressure being off of facing that scale. Even our leader seemed to be more relaxed. Sure for those of us that don't weigh in until we show up for the meeting, we can either go to another meeting or look ... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 02:41:59 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 06/26 DAILY QUOTE: “Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door. ” &#8213; Coco Chanel <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How do you plan on celebrating your 4th of July? <BR> <BR> We got tickets to a park in Dallas that does a historical type 4th. I am so excited to go. They do the time period between 1840 and 1910. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 08:07:31 EST Going through the boxes. Nell was so right, when you start packing up stuff you find these boxes in top of the closet and wonder, ''why on earth did I keep that?" With that being said, I have gotten some smiles and some tears our of going through these boxes. Can't remember if I have told you all , but Bob and I were friends for about 15 years before anyone ever told me there would be more to this friendship. I had always been a big letter writer, card sender, and it didn't matter if anyone replied back to me. Wr... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 03:50:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the day - 06/25 DAILY QUOTE: “stand often in the company of dreamers: they tickle your common sense & believe you can achieve things which are impossible.” &#8213; Mary Anne Radmacher <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: With June almost over, have you started thinking about goals for July? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. I think I definitely need to focus on tracking and writing down my feelings and emotions. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:01:19 EST Seeing the positive side of things. <BR> <BR> You're going to go through tough times - that's life. But I say, 'Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.' See the positive in negative events. <BR> <BR> Joel Osteen <BR> <BR> When I saw this quote I began to think about the past 8 months, and as you know there have been lots of negative to look at. But now I am beginning to see that it was all the ground work for my next adventure. I have a hometown to go back to, I have family, I have the church I attended, there's a WW'... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 02:47:57 EST Vitamins Hi, I'm just wondering if there is a spot to record the vitamins that I take. Other than vitamins in the food that we eat? Hope this makes sense. <BR> I'm told that I am low in Vitamin D, eating food with Vitamin D. But I also take a Vitamin would be nice to add that Vitamin D. <BR> Thanks in advance for your reply... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:48:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 06/24 DAILY QUOTE: “Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.” &#8213; Anne Frank <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Think of one fun thing that you could do this week without spending any money to do it. <BR> <BR> Taking a long walk with my husband. We don't do that nearly often enough. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:11:15 EST Instead of thinking "This stinks, I can't believe this happened." Have the attitude, "Its just more fertilizer. God's getting me prepared for something greater." <BR> <BR> I have to admit for a bit I was thinking, ''why is this happening to me." However at this moment as I look back I realize God has been getting me ready for this move since Bob passed away. God supplied me with a job and with people that I enjoy being around, and also to help the financial situation a little easier. Wrestling with the con... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 02:42:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY-06/23 DAILY QUOTE: “You couldn't erase the past. You couldn't even change it. But sometimes life offered you the opportunity to put it right.” &#8213; Ann Brashares, Girls In Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite in-season fruit right now? <BR> <BR> Grapes or cherries. DH got me cherries which I rarely get because they are so expensive, but they are a seasonal favorite! Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:27:42 EST Stop putting things off. “You can’t escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” <BR> <BR> Never put off today what needs to be done tomorrow. I think that is how the quote goes. Or how about no better time to get things done than today. Whatever the quotes maybe we know if we are not responsible with our eating on the weekend, then come Monday morning we end up hating ourselves for our choices. I just feel so much better when I treat each day as if it was the day before weight in day. Now don't g... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 03:08:18 EST QUOTE and ??qUeStIoN?? of the day - 06/22 DAILY QUOTE: “It wasn’t that everything was going my way, but I began to believe that the way it was going was perfect. I accepted that where I was in life, was exactly where I was supposed to be.” &#8213; The Hippie, Snowflake Obsidian: Memoir of a Cutter <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite food you associate with sporting events? <BR> <BR> I'm really not sure. I think for the most part, unless I'm just starving, I try to make the best decision I can with what is available and ... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 10:30:46 EST You just never know. " We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But, the ocean would be less because of missing that drop." Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> To begin with thanks everyone so much for your response to yesterday's thread, and Nell your dead on. Its been 25 years since I lived in Beaver Dam, so when I mention baggage I guess what I am thinking of is maybe some unresolved things that will crop up, such as running into people who have not seen me in those 25 years, but then agai... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 04:30:17 EST QUOTE and ??QuEsTiOn?? of the Day - 06/21 DAILY QUOTE: “I figured something out. The future is unpredictable.” &#8213; John Green, An Abundance of Katherines <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have a favorite stadium/sports venue you have been to? <BR> <BR> Reunion Arena was awesome. I saw the Barnum and Bailey Circus there for years when I was younger and with Jarrod and then saw the Dallas Stars play there. It has been torn down now and that area sits pretty much empty. DH happened to be passing by when they were demolishing it and... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 08:28:00 EST Closed doors first. "Every setback means you're one step closer to seeing the dream come to pass. You have to come to your closed doors before you'll ever get to your open doors. Get your fire back." <BR> <BR> I had to read, and re-read this quote several times before I finally got it. I had that ''Oh Yeah" moment. Sometimes we tend to keep things behind closed doors not wanting to deal with them, and once in a while, for me anyway, when I open that closed door just a tiny bit way too much emotional stuff w... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 04:04:47 EST QUOTE and ??QuEsTiOn?? of the Day - 06/20 DAILY QUOTE: “You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” &#8213; Jack London <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you ever traveled a long distance to see your team play? <BR> <BR> I did drive to Dallas to watch them play several times when I still lived in about an hour and a half or so depending on traffic. I have not traveled to another state or anything like that to watch them play. <BR> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:55:25 EST Friday's Thoughts Dead last is greater than, did not finish, which trumps...Did not start." <BR> <BR> We cannot finish something we did not start. Some of us struggle every single day, I know some of my days are three weeks long, then there are other days that I seem to just sail on through everything. This journey is a lifetime thing, there is really not a finish line. Oh sure you can get to goal, but ask anyone that has gotten there and I am sure they will tell you, ''this is when the real work begins," ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:52:41 EST QUOTE and ??QuEsTiOn?? of the day - 06/19 DAILY QUOTE: “Your life is an occasion. Rise to it.” &#8213; Suzanne Weyn, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite sport to play? <BR> <BR> I have never been real into sports, but I did, at one time, enjoy playing baseball with the boys when I was little. <BR> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:49:36 EST Beginning to live again. The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.” <BR> <BR> —Elbert Hubbard <BR> <BR> For the past several months since Bob's passing, I have felt as if I've just been going through the motions, and Blanche, I bet you know exactly what I speak of. But now that I have made the decision to move back to my hometown, I feel life again inside me. Beaver Dam has only one Catholic Church there, so deciding which church to attend will pretty much be a ''no brainier." <em>43</em> I did ... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 03:46:24 EST QUOTE and ??qUeStIoN?? of the Day - 06/18 DAILY QUOTE: “If you're reading this... <BR> Congratulations, you're alive. <BR> If that's not something to smile about, <BR> then I don't know what is.” &#8213; Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Which local team (regardless of sport) do you support? <BR> <BR> Dallas Stars. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:18:05 EST Sail, not drift. To reach a port, we must sail – sail, not tie at anchor – sail, not drift.” <BR> <BR> —Franklin Roosevelt <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone for the wonderful positive out put here with my decision. I am so excited, and yesterday I invited my friend Dana, that goes to our Thursday WW meeting over for coffee in the afternoon, and told her of my decision, and her reaction was, ''Joan, this is an answer to my prayer." I still have not told Benny and Roselee I have plenty of time to do that, and I am ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:52:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 06/17 DAILY QUOTE: “The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.” &#8213; Walt Disney Company, Mulan <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite sport to watch either on TV or in person? <BR> <BR> I enjoy watching hockey in person, but it is easier to find the puck on tv. <BR> <BR> Sorry, all, I was having technical difficulties this morning. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:52:28 EST I will always hope 'cause I believe. God answers prayers in three way," <BR> 1. Yes <BR> 2. Not Yet <BR> 3. I have a better idea. <BR> <BR> Bear with me today folks cause I have a story. As those of you that read the daily thread know I share everything with all of you, the good, the not so good and the goodness, how did that happen type stuff. Today I share again with you another episode in the ''Life of Joan." <BR> <BR> As you know I have been in turmoil with this condo thing with Bob's son Marc, and with his other two son... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 02:52:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 06/16 DAILY QUOTE: “So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you'll move mountains.” &#8213; Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go! <BR> <BR> I felt like a little Dr. Seuss today. :-) <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Are you following the World Cup? If so which team are cheering on? <BR> <BR> I caught a little bit of it yesterday at the T-Mobile Store, but I have... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:05:28 EST Gotta have a bridge. “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” <BR> <BR> —Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> Even has grown ups we still have that inner child in us that from time to time feels the need to throw that little temper tantrum. When most of us were growing up we got disciplined the real way, a butt whacking. I tell everyone, ''even though I felt that was cruel punishment when I was growing up, and I can admit my parents never whacked me that it was not well deserved. Also, there were times tha... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 03:20:03 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of Day - 06/15 DAILY QUOTE: “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” &#8213; John Lennon <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you had one day to live over again, what day would it be? <BR> <BR> I am not certain what day I would choose. I have several awesome days that I have very fo... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 11:13:21 EST A sign of Success. :) You can tell when you are on the road to success. It's uphill all the way.” <BR> <BR> —Paul Harvey <BR> <BR> This was the first time I have ever seen this quote, and my thought was, ''from God's mouth to my ears." Sometimes it does seem as if when we are working toward something its an uphill battle all the way. As all of you know that stop by to read my daily post, I have struggles, and its not been with just food. But, we all have some sort of struggle, and I as the song says, ''what d... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 03:41:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the day - 06/14 DAILY QUOTE: “I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” &#8213; Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite quote? <BR> <BR> There are a lot of inspirational quotes out there, but this is still my favorite. <BR> <BR> “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!” &#8213; Audrey Hepburn Sat, 14 Jun 2014 09:19:54 EST Getting there. I may not be there yet, BUT, I'm closer than I was yesterday." <BR> <BR> Now this is a good thought to have each day, especially if we have done all we can to succeed the day before. I am closer to my goal today than I was yesterday, because had a good food and activity day. I worked out with my trainer yesterday, I had emailed Chelsea and told her of my hip giving me fits, so she compiled a new strength workout that I can do that won't put stress on that joint. Chelsea also mentioned, '... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 05:10:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 06/13 DAILY QUOTE: “Why didn't I learn to treat everything like it was the last time. My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.” &#8213; Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What TV game show would you like to go on? <BR> <BR> I think it would be something like Family Feud or something like that where I am not standing up there by myself. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:52:25 EST Face to the Sun. Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” <BR> <BR> —Maori Proverb <BR> <BR> I never really gave much thought to this ''face the sun and the shadows fall behind you," much thought if any. But, the more I read this quote the more I thought about my journey. When I was a kid I can remember my siblings and cousins playing in the sun and looking at our shadows when they would be much taller than we were, and much thinner. Kinda like looking in one of those carnival mirrors.... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 03:11:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - June 12th DAILY QUOTE: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” &#8213; Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why? <BR> <BR> I would love to be a kid, as life is a lot simpler, less to worry about and no bills to pay. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:44:04 EST Why do we wait? Why wait? Life is not a dress rehearsal. Quit practicing what you are going to do, and just do it.” <BR> <BR> —Marilyn Grey <BR> <BR> This Friday I have to go to the funeral home for a visitation. The last one of the ''Old McAdams" has left this earth. We all used to laugh that Bob and his sister-in-law Kathleen were waiting to see which one had to be last. Kathleen wanted to be last more than Bob did, and Kathleen passed yesterday around noon. Its both sad and a celebration because now ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 04:40:02 EST Just started simply filling Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am trying the simply filling technique for WW instead of points+ . I know that there is a list on the WW site, but I was wondering if anyone had any other foods that are power foods that you eat. I noticed that the chobani simply 100 comes up with the green power foods triangle. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:42:37 EST Calories My question is: <BR> Can you tell me if you burn off over 200 calories a day, do you eat back those calories? <BR> I'm having a hard time with that question. Some say yes, some say no... <BR> I have a friend that doesn't exercise other than her daily duties and she has lost 15 lbs in just over two months... <BR> I think exercise is good to help keep your bones strong... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:02:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of Day - 06/11 DAILY QUOTE: “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” &#8213; Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite way to waste time at work without getting caught? <BR> <BR> Making my shopping lists and getting the ecoupons and coupons together. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:19:36 EST Be Positive When you have a positive mindset you can't be defeated." <BR> <BR> For the past several weeks its been really hard for me to stay positive, but I just refuse to be kicked down and stay down. I may get the breath knocked out of me for a minute, I may even have to step back and survey the situation....BUT....I keep telling myself, ''Its all going to work out, maybe not exactly how I want it to, but it will work itself out." For the past few years its been the same thing with my quest to get... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 03:53:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 06/10 DAILY QUOTE: “Pride is a funny thing; it can make what is truly worthless appear to be a treasure.” &#8213; Alice Hoffman, Practical Magic <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: When you were at school, what did you want to be when you grew up? <BR> <BR> I wanted to be a teacher. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:02:11 EST Expectations There’s no straighter road to success than exceeding expectations one day at a time.” <BR> <BR> —Robin Crow <BR> <BR> I have two thoughts on today's quote. My first one is yes we should ''better'' ourselves each day, you know set the bar just a bit higher. Now my second thought on this is....but if we don't or can't do better each day, if we can't do better today than we did yesterday, does that mean we are not succeeding? I don't think it does. Some of us have health limitations, some ... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 03:00:34 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the day - 06/09 DAILY QUOTE: Your health account is like your bank account: The more you put in, the more you can take out. - Jack LaLanne <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you prefer the pool or the ocean? <BR> <BR> I can't really say I've been to the ocean. I do enjoy the pool and I've always enjoyed the lake. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 08:08:28 EST What the scale does not tell us. Yesterday I took in a WW meeting, and someone had this little thing they read and gave copies to anyone that wanted one. For me I don't get on the scale during the week, I wait for the shock on weigh in day, but I have to wonder if maybe for awhile getting off the scale all together might be a good idea for some. I also have to wonder if for a bit maybe I should go back to weighing in each day. So many things to think about, and I did like the little story about what the scale does not sho... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 03:16:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - June 8th DAILY QUOTE: “Tomorrow will be better.” <BR> “But what if it’s not?” I asked. <BR> “Then you say it again tomorrow. Because it might be. You never know, right? At some point, tomorrow will be better.” <BR> &#8213; Morgan Matson, Amy and Roger's Epic Detour <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What are you currently reading? <BR> <BR> I just finished reading "Where Do I Go?" by Neta Jackson and I am in debate about which book to start next. Her books seem to be interconnected with her other series and ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 09:06:12 EST Yard Saleing I read this book once entitled ''Yard Sale." The book was a romance novel and it began this woman telling how as a small girl each time her Mother broke up a relationship she'd have a yard sale and then they would move away. This woman writing the story swore she would never, ever in a million years be like her Mother, and as most of you will guess those were the footsteps she walked in as well. What brought this book to mind??? Yesterday's yard sale, since I did not participate in last y... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 05:10:06 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 06/07 DAILY QUOTE: “Risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.” &#8213; Leo Buscaglia <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is the next movie you want to see? <BR> <BR> I am a little out of the loop on movies. I know there were several that I wanted to see, but I simply cannot remember which ones they were. <BR> Sat, 7 Jun 2014 08:58:49 EST What does success look like?? I was on FB just for a minute, and there was a Spark's post with a picture of what success looks like. The <em>189</em> came on over my head. There were two sides to the so called success picture. One side had a very straight arrow and it was shooting right to the word SUCCESS. On the other side, was this other arrow, not so straight, in fact it is my life at the moment, squiggly, tied up in a million knots, in fact resembled a big glob of spaghetti. I have come to think success never... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 04:08:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 06/06 DAILY QUOTE: “I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” &#8213; Vincent van Gogh <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Did you have a favorite place you used to go on vacation to as a child? <BR> <BR> We spent a lot of time at the lake. It was awesome. Although after a certain period of time, Mom would have to remind me to stay out of the sun because I was getting burned. I just LOVED it. Maybe I will see if DH and I can do that a little more often this summer. <BR> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 08:07:25 EST Ahhhh Friday Tomorrow (Saturday) is our community yard sale. I have had to leave my van out of the garage for three weeks due to my garage is full of yard sale stuff. I have priced my items to sell, since now way I want to pack them up again and put them away. So this afternoon, I"ll go to the bank and get some money for the yard sale. Wish me luck. <BR> <BR> My accountant finally came back from vacation. It seems that the IRS did not credit my ''earned income'' deduction that my accountant said I w... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 03:31:36 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - June 5th DAILY QUOTE: “Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.” <BR> "Be patient and tough; one day this pain will be useful to you.” &#8213; Ovid, Metamorphoses <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTIONS: What color is your car/bike/main mode of transport? <BR> <BR> My car is white and my bike is purple. <BR> Thu, 5 Jun 2014 07:42:51 EST We CHOOSE to make a difference. “To make a difference is not a matter of accident…People CHOOSE to make a difference.” <BR> <BR> —Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> I want to begin with <em>242</em> to Jane (Gabrellia) for being on track for the past few days. Its amazing what we can achieve when we put our minds to it. <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Donnaeda, you are so right at my age no way I'm ever going to have a six pack unless its caffeine free coke zero <em>334</em> But, I can keep these joints moving and therefore I w... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 04:50:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 06/04 DAILY QUOTE: “Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.” &#8213; Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is the next book you want to read? <BR> <BR> I want to read the next book in this series I found at Half Price by Neta Jackson. It is called the House of Hope series. She also wrote the Yada Yada Prayer Group series, but I haven't read those. <BR> Wed, 4 Jun 2014 07:48:50 EST Work "Nothing will work unless you do." <BR> Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> This quote was on the board in one of the rooms at the gym yesterday. Every time I had to get to another resistance things, I had to pass that board and I read that quote. I had my tunes playing in my ears, when my buddy Bill comes walking toward me and says, ''Joan, from this view you are looking great." That view was my side profile, now if I could just walk through life and people only see m... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 03:20:36 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 1 - 7 ) <BR> QUOTES BY RENE DESCARTES <BR> ============================== <BR> <BR> 1It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. <BR> <BR> 2)Whenever anyone has offended me, I try to raise my soul so high that the offense cannot reach it. <BR> <BR> 3)The first precept was never to accept a thing as true until I knew it as such without a single doubt. <BR> <BR> 4)Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 15:54:34 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the day - 06/03 DAILY QUOTE: “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” &#8213; Frank Herbert, Dune <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is the next hobby you want to try? <BR> <BR> I can't exactly say I want to try it, but I want to get better at it. I... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 07:57:51 EST Learning from the past. Anyone that knows me, knows I go to bed way before the chickens even think about it, but there are times that does not stop people from calling. So around 7:30 last night I got a call from Roselee and Benny's daughter. Asking me how I thought Roselee was mentally yesterday. Honestly, Roselee was on top of everything yesterday, but that's to be expected when the woman is 86 years old. The other reason Roselee is more alert when I'm around is I keep her interested in what's going on. Sure ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 04:16:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 06/02 DAILY QUOTE: “What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.” &#8213; Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have a routine when shopping in your favorite grocery store? <BR> <BR> Yes, I generally go to the produce section to start and then work my way through the store. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 07:51:36 EST Somethings we have no control over. You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> We can't control the weather. We can't control what others say about us. We can't control that stop light that tends to turn red, when I'm running just a minute late. So many things in this world we can't control, but what we can control is what we know about ourselves. For me, I know each day can be a better choice day. I know I was a good wife and very good ca... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 03:18:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 06/01 DAILY QUOTE: “Changes are inevitable and not always controllable. What can be controlled is how you manage, react to and work through the change process.” &#8213; Kelly A. Morgan <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you figured out your June goals yet? <BR> <BR> I am still working on the specific goals for the month. I have been taking mine a week at a time. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 11:39:38 EST I have often wondered...... Why people feel the need to kick you when your already down. I know what a way to begin a post, but its true, and I have seen this happen several times, and now its happening, as to not go into a lot of details, you that come by a lot know the problems I've been dealing with where the condo is concerned. I will be the first to admit I have been thinking more about my problems than I have anyone else's. I don't know maybe its because I don't think I would fare as well as a street lady as... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 05:29:00 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 05/31 DAILY QUOTE: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” &#8213; Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What do you think about zoos? <BR> <BR> I enjoy the opportunity to see wild animals. Sat, 31 May 2014 14:43:43 EST Its Fate. “Fate is a future you didn't try hard enough to change.” <BR> <BR> —Joe Konrath <BR> <BR> Today's quote I have mixed feeling about. Yes if we don't plan for the future then the future will be the present and we will be thinking, '"I thought I had more time." Now with that being said, there are times that even though we have tried hard enough other things can get in our way. Say you stocked money away in some stock that someone told you it was a great investment, then low and behold it tu... Sat, 31 May 2014 04:53:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 05/30 DAILY QUOTE: “&#8206;Today is a new day. It's a day you have never seen before and will never see again. Stop telling yourself the 'same cr@p, different day' lie! How many days has that lie stolen from you? Seize the wonder and uniqueness of today! Recognize that throughout this beautiful day, you have an incredible amount of opportunities to move your life into the direction you want it to go.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience <BR> <... Fri, 30 May 2014 07:57:59 EST Friday's updates Yesterday had my WW meeting and weigh in, and I was up 1.8 pounds, not surprised, but I can say for the past three days I have been on track and feeling much better about things. Did not get up until much later this morning. I got a call last night around 7 just as I was getting myself ready to kick back and call it a day. But the call was from Bob's niece, her mother has Alzheimer and she's probably 90 plus years old. It's coming to an end for her mother, Kathleen, and Martha called me a... Fri, 30 May 2014 05:17:15 EST New to sparkpeople but not to WW I'm new to this team and have been exploring this site for about 2 weeks. Rejoined weight watchers for the LAST time this morning!!! Really enjoyed the meeting and the leader. Seems like a good fit. I have a long way to go but am taking it one step at a time. "The longest journey begins with the first step!" Any and all advice is appreciated especially staying motivated for the long haul and how to recognize and stop self sabotage. Thanks <BR> Thu, 29 May 2014 23:07:08 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 05/29 DAILY QUOTE: “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest accomplishment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” &#8213; Leo Buscaglia <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you had to choose would you rather give up french fries or chocolate? <BR> <BR> French fries for me definitely. I don't have chocolate that often, but when I do, I try to choose the dark chocolate. Thu, 29 May 2014 08:13:12 EST Weight Watchers meeting. Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.” <BR> <BR> —David Bly <BR> <BR> There have been many times that I have told myself, ''I'm doing everything the right way, how come I'm not seeing any results??" Now don't get me wrong, I do know people hit plateaus and some of those plateaus are really happening, but for me, I am pretty sure I have never, ever hit a plateau. When I am not losing its because I am doing something I shouldn't but to ... Thu, 29 May 2014 04:38:12 EST Finally starting! I have been a member here for a little while but didn't start a WW plan until today. I have my Points Plus calculator which I just entered my data into and my breakfast (Yoplait light yogurt) and will enter my lunch in just a little bit. I'm allowed 26 points/day. Can anyone give me an idea how hard it is to stay with 26 pts./day? <BR> <BR> I also bought the WW pocket guide and am a new subscriber to the WW magazine (2nd issue came yesterday). I have WW frozen treats in my freezer for th... Wed, 28 May 2014 15:27:06 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 05/28 DAILY QUOTE: “The difference between being mediocre and achieving excellence is you.” &#8213; Stephen Richards, Think Your way to Success: Let Your Dreams Run Free <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: When you go to the store, are you a list person or memory person? <BR> <BR> I am a list person, but sometimes I forget to put stuff on my list that I remember when I am in the store. <BR> Wed, 28 May 2014 08:05:51 EST Sometimes I get in my own way. “The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.” <BR> <BR> —Tom Bradley <BR> <BR> Who knows why any of us do the things we do. But, I realized yesterday that every time I hit that rocky road, its because I'm listening to those voices in my head again. We all have those voices from the past, some of those words come from ourselves, and at times they come from those people who should have been way more supportive. Yesterday I listened to the voice that was telling me... Wed, 28 May 2014 05:01:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the day - 05/27 DAILY QUOTE: “Do the things you used to talk about doing but never did. Know when to let go and when to hold on tight. Stop rushing. Don't be intimidated to say it like it is. Stop apologizing all the time. Learn to say no, so your yes has some oomph. Spend time with the friends who lift you up, and cut loose the ones who bring you down. Stop giving your power away. Be more concerned with being interested than being interesting. Be old enough to appreciate your freedom, and young enough to en... Tue, 27 May 2014 08:01:59 EST Just remember to BREATH!! I have to admit I just do not know how much more I can take. Here is the the IRS is wanting more money. I received a letter from the IRS on Saturday telling me that I did not pay my 2013 taxes.....BUT I DID........I have the cancelled check, that proves this. Now it was the holiday weekend, so could not get hold of the accountant, but I did send him a email telling him of my plight, so hoping he will get in touch with me today, if not I will be swinging by his office this aft... Tue, 27 May 2014 05:17:06 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 05/26 DAILY QUOTE: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” &#8213; Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you make grocery lists? <BR> <BR> Yes. I may not always stick to them if I see a good deal, but I have been trying to make sure that I put what I need for my meal plan on my list. <BR> Mon, 26 May 2014 11:02:34 EST Be part of the solution. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” <BR> <BR> —Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> Nell really hit home with me when she said, ''wanting the weight to be off without doing the work." I have to admit I have and am there more times that I care to be. But, like weight loss the pool won't be open for the first time in 28 years on Memorial weekend. I find it very interesting that its against the law that they were paying a owner to take c... Mon, 26 May 2014 04:02:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 05/25 DAILY QUOTE: “You can only work on yourself. Start there.” &#8213; Alice O. Howell <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How many keys are on your key ring? <BR> <BR> Depends on which one...but on either there are no less than 5, I think. Sun, 25 May 2014 10:04:55 EST What no Swimming pool!!!!!! Yesterday I told all of you about our neighbor Bob Smith passing away. Bob may not have been the most friendliest person in the world, but he was still a person. I was so ashamed of the owners here that the only concern they seem to have was, ''what do you mean the pool might not open?" Bob Smith took it upon himself to be the pool checker, that means cleaning the pool, checking all the chemicals and just making sure everything runs smoothly. Bob volunteered for this some years ago, then ... Sun, 25 May 2014 04:13:33 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 05/24 DAILY QUOTE: “It's not what you've got, it's what you use that makes a difference.” &#8213; Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have plans for Memorial day? <BR> <BR> Not really. I am hoping to get some meals prepared in advance. Sat, 24 May 2014 11:05:02 EST Sadness at Spindlewick Yesterday morning I was out in my garage mainly standing in the middle of the garage looking at all the stuff surrounding me, that has to be gone through for the upcoming yard sale, when one of my neighbors from my building stopped in and asked me, ''did you hear about Bob Smith?" I told her No. Little background on Bob Smith, he was our board president for just about all the years I have lived here, Why?? No one else wanted the job. Bob was not the easiest person to like he was not cordi... Sat, 24 May 2014 04:22:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the day - 05/23 DAILY QUOTE: “You have a unique gift to offer this world. Be true to yourself, be kind to yourself, read and learn about everything that interests you and keep away from people who bring you down. When you treat yourself kindly and respect the uniqueness of those around you, you will be giving this world an amazing gift... YOU!” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you had to choose between running or riding a... Fri, 23 May 2014 07:47:21 EST Do it Today "Your future is created by what you do TODAY. Not Tomorrow." <BR> <BR> This is a great quote today, and we have talked about this very same thing many times, about doing just TODAY. There is something to that thinking. <BR> <BR> I went to WW's yesterday, and have to admit I was pleased that I just stayed the same, there are times when just staying the same is a good thing, and this was one of those times. <BR> <BR> I'm going to go to the gym this morning and do some upper body workouts... Fri, 23 May 2014 03:18:03 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the day - 05/22 DAILY QUOTE: “We need to send our words out in the direction we want them to go. In other words, we need to start talking victory when we’re staring at defeat. We need to start talking healing when we’re feeling sick. We need to start blessing and prosperity when we don’t have anything. We need to speak about marching when we feel like quitting.” &#8213; Jentezen Franklin, Believe That You Can: Moving with Faith and Tenacity to the Dream God Has Given You <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you col... Thu, 22 May 2014 07:39:41 EST It's Thursday Donnaeda wrote yesterday that she had higher points stuff from Thursday until about Tuesday, now for me that wouldn't work cause just like the sugar, if I have higher points stuff a few days then I want it every single days. But again we all are different and what works for one person may not work for another. <BR> <BR> Like Jane, and Liz, I am the worlds worst when I plan and something comes up, maybe I should do crockpot stuff. Something to think about. Maybe we should have a day of cro... Thu, 22 May 2014 04:27:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 05/21 DAILY QUOTE: “Perseverance is the act of true role models and heroes.” &#8213; Liza M. Wiemer <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What's for dinner? <BR> <BR> We are having a Caesar Salad with that Opa Greek Style dressing. I have been looking forward to it. :-) Wed, 21 May 2014 08:00:04 EST Twenty-four hours per day. “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” <BR> <BR> —Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> I always have loved today's quote and most of the quotes Zig Ziglar has, seem to hit home. For me there are times on this journey that I have been like a fish out of water, more often than I even care to think about. But as a rule my biggest problems arise when I fail to plan out my week. We each get the same 24 hours per day. Sure each of us will use those 24 hours ... Wed, 21 May 2014 03:40:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 05/20 DAILY QUOTE: “The power behind taking responsibility for your actions lies in putting an end to negative thought patterns. You no longer dwell on what went wrong or focus on whom you are going to blame. You don't waste time building roadblocks to your success. Instead, you are set free and can now focus on succeeding.” &#8213; Lorii Myers <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What's for breakfast? <BR> <BR> I had a "mug" egg which consisted of Eggbeaters (1/2 cup), 1 slice of Canadian Bacon cut up and ... Tue, 20 May 2014 07:57:51 EST It just takes time “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” <BR> <BR> —Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> I love today's quote and I really loved reading everyone's response to yesterday's thread. We are in way too big of a hurry, we want to be at our goal weight yesterday, not several months maybe even a year down the road....WE WANT IT NOW!!!!! We all know that's not going to happen, just like with nature, it takes time. We had such a harsh Winter just like most of you did so when things began to bloom a... Tue, 20 May 2014 03:15:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 05/19 DAILY QUOTE: “Your circumstances do NOT define you. Expect a GRAND finale.” &#8213; John Paul Warren <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What's for lunch? <BR> <BR> Today lunch is a mixed green salad (it is the spring mix, I think, with some romaine mixed in) and tomatoes with a little chicken. I am sure I will use a tiny bit of dressing, but I never use much. <BR> Mon, 19 May 2014 08:26:59 EST Accumulate. Weight is the same thing. It tends accumulate before we know it. Letting go of it is not always easy but is something we really need to do to give us a more fulfilling life." <BR> <BR> This is one of the sentences that Jane left in her post yesterday, it really hit me between the eyes. I never thought about 'the accumulation of excess weight over the years." It's a same I can't put a price tag on that weight and sell it at the yard sale. Jane's sentence gave me something to think about. ... Mon, 19 May 2014 03:10:30 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 05/18 DAILY QUOTE: “You would not be here TODAY if YESTERDAY was your defining moment. LIVE THIS DAY and move towards your dreams.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone and mailed it? <BR> <BR> I think it must have been last year or the year before maybe? A childhood friend went to prison for a DWI and I wrote him while he was there. <BR> Sun, 18 May 2014 09:03:23 EST Removing one thing at a time. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” <BR> &#8213; Confucius, Confucius: The Analects <BR> <BR> Our complex is having a community yard sale coming up on June 7th. They had the first one last year, I did not join in due to could not watch what needed to be watched and care for Bob all at the same time. But, this years is different. Great way for me to get rid of stuff, such as all that Christmas stuff I have that I know I will not be climbing on the ladders ... Sun, 18 May 2014 04:23:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day-05/17 DAILY QUOTE: “You can only work on yourself. Start there.” &#8213; Alice O. Howell <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: When you have a gain, how do you handle it? <BR> <BR> I try to focus on what I was lacking on (this last week it was meal planning) and focus on those things. <BR> Sat, 17 May 2014 12:32:15 EST Greatest Accomplishment “The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising after you fall.” <BR> <BR> —Vince Lombardi <BR> <BR> I love quote from Vince Lombardi, the seem to speak to me each time I find one. Today is not different. As I mentioned yesterday I was meeting with my trainer. Chelsea is such a sweet person, and she is training for next years Boston Marathon and that is pretty darn cool. But, when she is with one of her clients its all about that client, as it was yesterday. I now ... Sat, 17 May 2014 04:39:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 05/16 DAILY QUOTE: “There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.” &#8213; Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.” &#8213; Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What are you looking forward to most in the coming week? <BR> <BR> A second chance to make this week's weight gain/lack of meal planning, etc. go away. Fri, 16 May 2014 07:44:32 EST Continued from Thursday. Yesterday morning I shared with all of you about my friend Mary. So I took a card with me, had the envelope all addressed and a stamp upon it. When I mentioned to Jean our leader that I brought a card for everyone to sign, Jean told me that she had emailed Mary and asked Mary, 'If I can get this worked out where you pay what you were before will you come back?" Mary's answer to Jean was yes. So Jean told Mary that she needs to bring her the card that has our barcode on it, but Mary never ... Fri, 16 May 2014 03:15:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/15 DAILY QUOTE: “You make mistakes, mistakes don't make you” &#8213; Maxwell Maltz <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you tell the truth about your age? <BR> <BR> When asked, yes. I sometimes have to think about it because I tend to make myself older than I am between my Mom and oldest son's birthday and my own. We are all approximately 20 years apart. <BR> Thu, 15 May 2014 09:55:28 EST Fall down. Get right back up. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. <BR> <BR> Samuel Beckett <BR> <BR> Today is my weight in and meeting day at WW's, but the other day I received an email from one of the ladies that has been coming to our meeting forever. I love Mary, I even call her ''Mother Mary," due to she and I had adopted one another. The email was to let me know that there had been a mix up with her monthly WW due and when she called customer service they told her she would hav... Thu, 15 May 2014 04:05:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 05/14 DAILY QUOTE: “Every challenge you encounter in life is a fork in the road. You have the choice to choose which way to go - backward, forward, breakdown or breakthrough.” &#8213; Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha, Overcoming the Challenges of Life <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you prefer to live in the city or the suburbs? <BR> <BR> I think technically this is a suburb, but I don't think they could pay me to live in Dallas proper...unless it was in one of the older neighborhoods where I could walk to most... Wed, 14 May 2014 07:49:57 EST The birds still sing. “I don't ask for the meaning of the song of a bird or the rising of the sun on a misty morning. <BR> There they are, and they are beautiful.” <BR> <BR> —Pete Hamill <BR> <BR> As all of you know that stop by each day, the past few weeks have just been about more than I have been able to handle, but I keep telling myself, ''things could be worse." And things could be worse. One thing,( and I noticed this yesterday morning) that does not change is, the birds still sing every morning. Every... Wed, 14 May 2014 03:04:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 05/13 Daily Quote: “Your limits are somewhere up there, waiting for you to reach beyond infinity.” &#8213; Arnold Henry <BR> <BR> Daily Question: If you have a choice between going to an Arboretum (or something like it) or going to a Home and Garden show, which would you choose? <BR> <BR> I think, depending on the weather, that I would choose the Arboretum. I've been there once and I really enjoyed it. Tue, 13 May 2014 08:07:39 EST To be successful...WE HAVE TO CHANGE. If you’re not riding the wave of change. You’ll find yourself beneath it. ” <BR> <BR> —Unknown <BR> <BR> Yesterday as I was leaving the gym, one of the trainers asked me, ''Joan, are you still going to WW's?" I sorta hung my head and said, ''yes, I'm going, and WW's is a great program, but the thing is for it to work you have to actually work the program." The trainer looked at me and said, ''then you know what you have to do." As our conservation went on, I said to her, ''I'm just like ... Tue, 13 May 2014 03:12:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 05/12 DAILY QUOTE: “The power behind taking responsibility for your actions lies in putting an end to negative thought patterns. You no longer dwell on what went wrong or focus on whom you are going to blame. You don't waste time building roadblocks to your success. Instead, you are set free and can now focus on succeeding.” &#8213; Lorii Myers <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Who is the last person outside of your family who said “I love you” to you? <BR> <BR> Actually saying it, I think that would be ... Mon, 12 May 2014 08:05:20 EST It's Monday I do hope all the Mother's had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday. For me I went to the gym at 8 am, but not before I went over to feed Sam the cat. Its owner is out of town until Wednesday, so I'm on Sam duty. Before I went to the gym I stopped in at my Kroger store and picked up some flowers to take to the cemetery later. I wanted to make sure the boy's Mom had some flowers today, which the 15 years I was married to Bob I would take flowers on Mother's Day and lay them on her grave. Fr... Mon, 12 May 2014 03:12:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of Day - Sunday, 05/11 DAILY QUOTE: “I am, for the most part, who I am because my good mother was who she was.” <BR> &#8213; Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have a way that you traditionally celebrate Mother's Day? <BR> <BR> We normally have lunch or dinner with my Mom and my MIL (not often at the same time) and do gifts. It is always such a blessing. Sun, 11 May 2014 09:20:14 EST Happy Mother's Day Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful Mom's out there. I have to tell all of you, even though I am not a ''real" Mother, yesterday I got treated like one. Bobbi, (Roselee's and Benny's daughter) has two adopted sons, Derick and Michael. Derick, I have met many times and I just love that young man he is just too sweet for words. So on Friday afternoon Bobbi had called me and wanted to tell me that Derick and Michael were making brunch for her and Roselee and for Mother's day and Derick a... Sun, 11 May 2014 04:36:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 05/10 Daily Quote: “Life’s a marathon, not a sprint.” &#8213; Phillip C. McGraw <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you bring your own shampoo and conditioner when you travel, or do you use what the hotel provides? <BR> <BR> I bring my own, but I usually bring the little bottles home with me. Don’t ask me why. <BR> Sat, 10 May 2014 08:58:09 EST My Daily Tally At this Thursday's WW meeting in the inside of our weekly thing was this worksheet. The directions on it were....Print out this worksheet, then spend 5 minutes to take stock of your day, and set your course for tomorrow. I never really thought that much about it when I read this, but the more I looked at it the better I liked it. So today I am sharing my ''yesterday'' with you. <BR> <BR> Hugs to all, <BR> Joan <BR> <BR> Name one thing (even something small) you did today that you're prou... Sat, 10 May 2014 04:12:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - May 9th Daily Quote: “Manifesting is a lot like making a cake. The things needed are supplied by you, the mixing is done by your mind and the baking is done in the oven of the universe.” &#8213; Stephen Richards, Think Your way to Success: Let Your Dreams Run Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you prefer to pay for things with cash or plastic? <BR> <BR> Generally, I have to pay with plastic because I rarely carry cash. If I have cash on me, I usually will pay with that. <BR> Fri, 9 May 2014 08:09:42 EST Life and storms Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” <BR> <BR> —Unknown <BR> <BR> If you've been following my post for awhile then you know yesterday was weigh in day, and even though my week was not good food wise, I faced the scale all the same. I mess up I own it. There has been one of our regulars that had not been at our meeting since sometime in March. We all knew she was going to Florida for a few weeks, but we also knew she had been back... Fri, 9 May 2014 04:33:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 05/08 Daily Quote: “Your limits are somewhere up there, waiting for you to reach beyond infinity.” &#8213; Arnold Henry <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you enjoy window shopping? <BR> <BR> I enjoy window shopping. I can plan for what I am going to buy. I will not deny that I enjoy shopping from time to time, but Mom and I used to go to the store when we couldn't afford to pay attention and window shop so it brings back fond memories for me. Thu, 8 May 2014 08:12:32 EST Its the little things. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” <BR> <BR> —Robert Brault <BR> <BR> I love today's quote. So many times we forget to enjoy those little things ,and then somewhere down the road we think about that day something happened and we realize that was a great moment. I've been trying to get Mr. Benny to realize this. When I tell him, ''Ms. Roselee, did 3 trips around the kitchen and dining room," he will say ''maybe tomorrow she will ... Thu, 8 May 2014 04:18:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 05/07 Daily Quote:“If you've got nothing to dance about, find a reason to sing.” &#8213; Melody Carstairs <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What is your favorite brand of detergent? <BR> <BR> I think my favorite is Era, but we have been stocking up on different brands that we can get a good deal on. Couponing definitely helps there. Wed, 7 May 2014 07:47:44 EST What will you reap. Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” <BR> <BR> —Robert Louis Stevenson <BR> <BR> What did you plant yesterday? Is it something you will enjoy reaping today? There are some days I feel good about what I did the day before and then again there are those days that I say, ''Lord please don't allow me to have a repeat." There have been times I go to bed knowing I've done everything the right way, then there are times I go to bed and say, ''well, at... Wed, 7 May 2014 04:50:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 05/06 Daily Quote: “Don't use yesterday's state of mind, to make today's decision.” &#8213; C. Nzingha Smith, Lust Have Recipes, Aphrodisiac Cookbook <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Would you rather...drink a diet soda or regular soda or water? <BR> <BR> Personally, water. Tue, 6 May 2014 08:10:14 EST I really am grateful. “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” <BR> <BR> —Henry Ward Beecher <BR> <BR> Yesterday as I read Nell's post, there was one line in there that really touched me, and that was, ''My planner is my North Star." If you did not have a chance please go back and read her post. This is why I am so grateful for this group. I come in early with my coffee and tell all of you the things that are on my mind. As most of you know I share EVERYTHING, lol lol. I am so gratef... Tue, 6 May 2014 03:17:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - April 5th Daily Quote: “Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” &#8213; William Faulkner <BR> <BR> Daily Question: If you had to choose between only your cell phone or only your laptop all week which would you choose? <BR> <BR> Cell phone definitely. I think I could stay off the computer, but I'd go a little crazy without my cell phone. Mon, 5 May 2014 08:02:54 EST Passion or Honeymoon stage “Passion is born the moment you catch a glimpse of your potential.” <BR> <BR> —Fred Smith <BR> <BR> I remember one of my WW leader's referring to the beginning or our weight loss journey as ''The Honeymoon Stage." I have wondered how on earth do you keep the passion or honeymoon stage. Its like being married it would be wonderful to be able to keep that honeymoon feeling, you know the one where we waited for our spouse to come home so we could share our day with them. Then as the weeks, ... Mon, 5 May 2014 03:09:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 05/04 Daily Quote: “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” &#8213; Henry Ford <BR> <BR> Daily Question: How often do you weigh yourself? <BR> <BR> Normally only once per week, but I have started weighing myself in the mornings on Thursday before I go to my meeting. Sun, 4 May 2014 09:02:51 EST Sharing dreams. “It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.” <BR> <BR> —Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> Do you share your dreams and goals? Somethings I will share, but for most part I don't mainly because one, what if I don't live up to what I have said I am going to do. Then there is the number 2 things, of, ''what if someone tells me you'll never do that!!" Sharing our hopes and dreams should be a good thing but yesterday I decided since my friend was not going to be home, she left going b... Sun, 4 May 2014 05:21:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 05/03 Daily Quote: “You don't have to be a hero to accomplish great things---to compete. You can just be an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.” &#8213; Edmund Hillary, High Adventure <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Would you rather breathe like Darth Vader or talk like Yoda? <BR> <BR> I think I would rather talk like Yoda. <BR> <BR> I thought we needed a fun question today. :-) Sat, 3 May 2014 09:19:39 EST Derby Day in Kentucky I have to admit I do love this time of year, The entire city buzzes just for the fastest 2 minutes around 6:30 this evening. Yesterday was The Oats at Churchill Downs, where the Run for the Fillies took place, and I still think my horse is still trying to get to the finish line. Ms. Roselee and I watched some of the festivities on TV yesterday and the hats, the ladies adorn themselves in, some you have to ask yourself, ''but how will they even be able to hold their head up that hat is so ... Sat, 3 May 2014 04:19:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 05/02 Daily Quote: “Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” &#8213; Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Would you rather change something in your past or see what your future holds? <BR> <BR> Despite having some unpleasant things to me when I was younger, I think I'd rather see what the future holds. Fri, 2 May 2014 07:38:22 EST Yesterday's weigh in Last week I ate when I was hungry, I drank when I was thirsty and I rested/slept when I was tired, and I exercised as well. I got on the scale yesterday morning and was down 3.8 pounds. Now that made me happy so I've decided to just continue what I did last week. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was yet another trying day with the real estate being on the line. I spoke with the lawyer, Robin had gotten in touch with her and the lawyer told Robin to get everything in order he might need to come in an... Fri, 2 May 2014 03:05:13 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - May 1st Daily Quote: “Write this down: My life is full of unlimited possibilities.” &#8213; Pablo <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Would you rather have $100,000 in cash or $1,000,000 in Amazon Gift Cards? <BR> <BR> I think the Amazon Gift Cards. We order so much from Amazon I think it'd be worth it. Thu, 1 May 2014 07:57:28 EST Sharing today. Hi everyone, Kevin felt I should answer Marc's last email the one where he is filing bankruptcy and not paying the mortgage. For me this was extremely hard, and I have to admit the words that came to my mind could not really be shared, but I did sit down and give it a whirl. I guess I wondered, ''why should I do this?" Marc gets drunk begins feeling sorry for himself and then comes the crazy emails. Then there is this battle between Marc and his two older brothers. The older brothers wan... Thu, 1 May 2014 04:16:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/30 Daily Quote: “You are where you are and what you are because of yourself, nothing else. Nature is neutral. Nature doesn't care. If you do what other successful people do, you will enjoy the same results and rewards that they do. And if you don't, you won't.” &#8213; Brian Tracy, Focal Point: A Proven System to Simplify Your Life, Double Your Productivity, and Achieve All Your Goals <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Would you rather... <BR> ...have everlasting fame and fortune and nothing else or hav... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 07:59:16 EST Middle of the week “Your past cannot be changed, but you can change your tomorrow by your actions today.” <BR> <BR> —David McNally <BR> <BR> I did go see my doctor yesterday she and I talked about the statin's and she agreed statins do not work for everyone. She liked the idea that I was asking questions. Maybe this is why doctors are so quick to just write out a prescription, no one ask questions anymore. She was pleased that I am still going to the gym, and low and behold I was even down 2 pounds from my... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 03:09:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/29/2014 Daily Quote: “It's not what you've got, it's what you use that makes a difference.” &#8213; Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Would you rather... <BR> <BR> have free Starbucks for a year or free Itunes forever? <BR> <BR> The Itunes. I enjoy Starbucks, but I don't have it too much and getting it free would just prompt me to want to get it more often. <BR> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 07:55:13 EST Waiting for the Easy part. All things are difficult before they are easy.” <BR> <BR> —John Norley <BR> <BR> When I read this morning's quote all I could think was...REALLY?? But, I know things could and can get much worse. Right now according to the lawyer I'm doing all that can be done and to allow her to work for me. However, she can't take the worry of the unknown from me. <BR> <BR> Its raining out there again, will have to pay very close to the weather today due to it could get very nasty today, and I have to... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 03:23:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/28 Daily Quote: “Have you had a failure or rejection? You could get bitter. That's one way to deal with it. could just get BETTER. What do you think?” &#8213; Destiny Booze <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Would you rather? <BR> <BR> famous or be the friend of someone famous? <BR> <BR> I think I'd rather be the friend of someone famous. <BR> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 07:43:19 EST Mind over Body "Once you control your mind, you can conquer your body." <BR> <BR> My trainer has me this time around doing a circuit for my strength training. One of the things she has me doing is getting on the Arc trainer and going at it as fast and hard as I can until I burn 50 calories. That does not sound like much does it. Trust me, when I am going as hard as I can, its as if those number will never click over to the next number. So far my best has been 4 minutes and 18 seconds, and I can hardly ... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 03:20:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the day - 04/27 Daily Quote: “When you concentrate your energy purposely on the future possibility that you aspire to realize, your energy is passed on to it and makes it attracted to you with a force stronger than the one you directed towards it.” &#8213; Stephen Richards, Think Your way to Success: Let Your Dreams Run Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Would you rather... <BR> <BR> go back in time (pre-1800's) and meet your ancestors or go into the future and meet your great grandchildren (post 2200)? <BR> ... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 09:18:46 EST Continued from Saturday Thanks everyone for the input, and a Lawyer was the first thing I thought of. So that is the route we took. Kevin's wife is a lawyer, but she is an environmental lawyer, and she is family so I thought it best to go outside the family. So that was what I did, and met this this woman yesterday after I got off work. Marc has lied not only to us as his family including his own Dad, but he also lied to the mortgage people which is Republic Bank. To get less percentage on his mortgage, he told... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 04:07:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/26 Daily Quote: “I’ve learned that no matter how inspired, fired up and motivated you might be, the dark clouds will always set in” - Bernard Kelvin Clive, Your Dreams Will Not Die <BR> <BR> As we like to say so often, life happens. it doesn't mean that we need to give up, but maybe change the game plan temporarily. <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What time do you normally finish work/get home? <BR> <BR> I get off work at 5 and generally head straight home. Depending on traffic, I am home between 5... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 10:32:46 EST And the hits just keep on coming. Today's post is not about my trying to get off sugar, or how much exercise I have done, or even how I have not learned to love myself. My blog today is about an email that was in my in box this morning. It was from Bob's youngest son Marc. A little background here. Back in 2008 Bob had this bright idea of asking Marc (Marc is the one still not married) to take over our mortgage payments. I've never been sure of the real reason behind this and the longer I ponder this the more I do not un... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 04:35:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/25 Daily Quote: “Interrupt your thoughts of "I should", with your action of doing.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you tend to plan your evening meals in advance or do you grab something on your way home? <BR> <BR> I really try to plan them and have a back up plan, but sometimes I still just throw my hands up and say let's order in. <BR> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 07:41:57 EST Simple advice Eat when your hungry, real hunger not emotional. Drink when your thirsty. Sleep/rest when your tired. How simple is that? However the bottom line comes from Jenny Craig and when I read this yesterday I thought, so simple yet so hard to do. Jenny Craig's quote. <BR> <BR> "Self-love is the only weight-loss aid that really works in the long run." <BR> <BR> I can only speak for myself, but I do know I fall short in the ''Self-Love" category. Learning to love ourselves are harder than our ... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 03:15:41 EST Points Plus? I am not an official WW member on line nor do I go to the meetings but I'm interested in how the Points Plus program works. <BR> <BR> Can anyone explain how the points work in this new program? Does it depend on how tall I am and how much I weigh? Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:59:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/24 Daily Quote: “You're never ready for what you have to do. You just do it. That makes you ready.” &#8213; Flora Rheta Schreiber, Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What do you typically do in the evening to relax? <BR> <BR> I typically try to sit down for a little bit and just try to clear my mind from the day's events. Sometimes that includes reading or mindless tv. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:58:56 EST Today's stories. Hey Joan,you're doing great...But dare I tell you to start playing Candy Crush??? LOL <BR> I do & believe me it is so addicting & frustrating, but it keeps me out of the kitchen at night and my hands busy....haha <BR> <BR> The above was written by Liz yesterday, and I did have to laugh due to I thought when I was playing this down at Ruthann's , "I'm trying to get off sugar and here I am playing candy crush", but like Liz said it keeps your hands busy. <BR> <BR> I've done two things to tr... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:57:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of Day - 04/23 Daily Quote: “As with all other aspects of the narrative art, you will improve with practice, but practice will never make you perfect. Why should it? What fun would that be?” &#8213; Stephen King <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you take lunch to works/school from home? <BR> <BR> I think the answer to this can be considered yes because I tend to take things in bulk. I take a package of sandwich thins and some lunch meat and keep it in the fridge at work. I also have frozen veggies in the freez... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:21:28 EST Not perfect, but better. I had plans of being perfect yesterday, and somethings I did were good things. I got up went to the gym did my hour of cardio, then off to work about 90 minutes later. Benny and Ms. Roselee were thrilled to see be back, and it was good to be back, and to have been missed. After work I had an errand to run and after that was going to take in a WW meeting. I did take in the WW meeting and met up with the married couple that I had coffee with the week before, so we did the same stopped in at... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:10:59 EST Dinner Today is a beautiful day. We had a snow storm Easter weekend. <BR> I'm making spinach lasagne for supper tonight... <BR> What are you making? Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:48:08 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/22 Daily Quote:“If you can’t believe in miracles, then believe in yourself. When you want something bad enough, let that drive push you to make it happen. Sometimes you’ll run into brick walls that are put there to test you. Find a way around them and stay focused on your dream. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” &#8213; Isabel Lopez, Isabel's Hand-Me-Down Dreams <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What is the first website you go to each day? <BR> <BR> As much as I hate to admit it, it is usually Fa... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:10:54 EST Don't wait On the news last night, there was this newswoman that interviewed the twin brother's that were running in last years Boston Marathon and they lost their legs. I think they both lost both their legs, but the one thing that made me pay attention was what one of the twins had to say, and that was, ''don't wait until something tragic happens to begin living and changing your life." When I heard this my first thought was, ''I don't need to get a diagnosis of cancer, heart disease, diabetes or an... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 03:31:18 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/21 Daily Quote: “You're never ready for what you have to do. You just do it. That makes you ready.” &#8213; Flora Rheta Schreiber, Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you eat breakfast each day? If so what? <BR> <BR> Of late, it has been regular Cheerios and another type of Cheerios (multi-grain, Peanut Butter Multi-Grain or the Dark Chocolate Multi-Grain) with fat free organic milk and coffee with coconut milk creamer (somet... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:13:27 EST Vacation is just about over. Today I head back to Louisville, and I have to say I have had the most wonderful mini vacation. Even the birthday party with those wild children, that was fun. I have never been with that many little kids at one time, my praise for all school teachers and Mothers, you guys have a heart of gold, and the patience of Job. <BR> <BR> After our dinner yesterday Ruthann and I did a lot of front porch sitting. Every vehicle , bike, motorcycle, even people walking EVERYONE would wave. Its true mo... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:49:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/20 Daily Quote: “It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It's what we do consistently.” &#8213; Anthony Robbins <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What do you keep in the trunk of your car? If you don't have a car, what do you always carry with you? <BR> <BR> Reusable grocery bags, a mini air pump that plugs into the outlet...and the table that came standard in my CRV. There used to be 2 chairs that we kept back there, but I think we may have put them in the other car for a bit. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:13:04 EST Easter Sunday What a great mini vacation I have had. The weather has been just the best. Ruthann and I had a birthday party to attend. It was for one of our six year old Great Nephews, it was held outside, which was nice but so many kids, and were they ever loud. <em>41</em> But they were having a good time. By the time we left Ruthann and I both had headaches, I never knew kids could be so loud. lol lol. <BR> <BR> Saw my youngest brother who has been very heavy all his life, but he has lost about... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:11:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/19 Daily Quote: “The price tag you put on yourself decides your worth. Underestimating yourself will cost you dearly.” &#8213; Apoorve Dubey <BR> <BR> Daily Question: How often do you try new recipes? <BR> <BR> Not nearly often enough. Since finding a new person on YouTube...okay, a couple of new people, I am itching to try some of the recipes that I saw on their channels/blogs. Some of them, I just hadn't really thought about, but they are great ideas and I am looking forward to it. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:56:02 EST Easter Eve I knew I needed a break from Louisville, from the Winter weather, and from my day to day in Louisville, but I just did not know how badly I needed this break. I have had just the best time, and Ruthann and I have laughed so much that last night we were asking one another, 'does your side hurt?" We have shopped, I treated Terry and Ruthann out to lunch yesterday, that way Ruthann did not have to cook, which for someone that cooks everyday is a treat in itself. Then from Owensboro where we ... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:03:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - April 18th Daily Quote: “Never say anything about yourself you don't want to come true” &#8213; Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> Truer words... <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Are you off or working this Good Friday? Do you have any big plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> I am off today. If big plans include a physical, then I'm on it. Otherwise, we'll head north to see family, etc. on Sunday. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:06:41 EST Connected in Beaver Dam. I thought the time would never pass that I could begin my mini vacation. Not a doubt in my mind that Ms. Roselee and Mr. Benny are really going to miss me, and I will miss them as well, but I needed a break. The Winter has been a long one, as all of us know, and lets face it life just gets in the way of having fun. The drive down was uneventful which was a blessing. Even Interstate 65 was not a problem and normally its a mess, so I must have left at just the right time. I had packed my ... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:52:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/17 Daily Quote: “Make the most of the best and the least of the worst.” &#8213; Robert Louis Stevenson <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you have a green thumb? <BR> <BR> I used to think absolutely NO, but I think I am learning. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:33:03 EST Sometime away Today normally I would be going to my Thursday WW meeting, but not this morning. One of my neighbor's needs a ride to the airport so she asked and I told her I would take her. So if Dana goes today she will have to take herself. I did email the group and wish them a happy Easter and told them I would miss them all this week. My WW meeting is at 7:30 and that is when I need to get my neighbor to the airport. Then off to Ms. Roselee and Mr. Benny's, where I will work my shift today and aft... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:36:33 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/16 Daily Quote: “Everything is hard before it is easy” &#8213; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Can you play an instrument? If so, what do you play? <BR> <BR> I used to play piano, but haven't in years. I think I would have to review reading music in order to really play again. <BR> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:23:04 EST Things I have heard. As many of you know I have been taking in a WW meeting everyday since last Thursday. I am hearing and learning so much from these other people. I listen to their struggles and thing, ''been there," I listen to their successes and I remember, ''I've been there as well." We are all human, and we seem to all do the same thing, mess up then beat ourselves up. However, I met a lady and her husband yesterday and they were not the norm. They were my age, which by the way is not old. <em>41</e... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:06:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - April 15th Daily Quote: “It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It's what we do consistently.” &#8213; Anthony Robbins <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Have you ever met a celebrity or public figure that you really admire? <BR> <BR> Yes, I have. <BR> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:43:23 EST Thoughts for today. Beth aka Knuckles wrote this yesterday. <BR> <BR> Joan maybe you need to treat yourself like one of your clients. if Ms Rosalee was taking on too much and letting other run her life you would be one of the first people to step in and put a stop to it. and you wouldn't care if the people liked you or not. You would do what is best for your "patient". <BR> <BR> What an eye opener. After reading this I had to give it some thought. Anyone I care for gets excellent care and they never want for... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:12:03 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/14 Daily Quote: “Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” &#8213; Marilyn Vos Savant <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What book are you currently reading? <BR> <BR> I am currently reading: Handbags and Homicide by Dorothy Howell. It's a quick read and I do enjoy a mystery. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:10:10 EST No..... that should be such an easy work to say, but for some reason it is not. Saying no to people seems to be the hardest thing I have ever done, and I am so not good at it, because I do not want to risk someone not liking me or taking the chance of it upsetting them. But...I am finding out that I am going to have to say no. I think I shared with you all that I have now picked up working Saturday's for Ms. Roselee. This happened about three weeks ago. One Sunday afternoon I got a call from the... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:02:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/13 Daily Quote: “Faith moves mountains, love transforms hearts.” &#8213; John Paul Warren <BR> <BR> Daily Question: I wish… <BR> <BR> I could make the neighbor kids across the alley be quiet because I have a migraine. Otherwise, I wish the grocery shopping would do itself. <BR> <BR> mo, I struggled myself with finding a meeting that I liked and a leader that I connected with. I finally found one because I was having difficulty trying to do it only online. The meetings do make a difference for... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 10:52:34 EST You get more if you give more. Giving a little more that expected is a good way to get back a lot more than you had expected.” <BR> <BR> Have you ever done something a little extra for someone and walked away with that kinda warm glow inside yourself because you have made life or something just a little better for that person? Have you ever thought about doing that for yourself. I know who is this woman that can preach but fails to listen to what she is preaching. I am at fault here, but when I saw the quote I thoug... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 04:18:44 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 13 - 19 ) 1)You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there. <BR> <BR> 2)It’s better to know and be disappointed than to never know and always wonder. <BR> <BR> 3)There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go <BR> <BR> 4)Happiness is not determined by what’s happening around you, but rather what’s happening inside you. Most people depend on others to gain happin... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:07:11 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 6 -12 ) 1)Anyone can come into your life and say how much they love you. It takes someone really special to stay in your life and show how much they love you. <BR> <BR> 2)Love and appreciate your parents. We are often so busy growing up, we forget they are also growing old. <BR> <BR> 3)When someone tells you, “You’ve changed,” it might simply be because you’ve stopped living your life their way. <BR> <BR> 4)When you’re up, your friends know who you are. When you’re down, you know who your friends ... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 20:01:29 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 30 - April 5 ) 1)You can learn great things from your mistakes when you aren’t busy denying them. <BR> <BR> 2)In life, if you don’t risk anything, you risk everything <BR> <BR> 3)There isn’t anything noble about being superior to another person. True nobility is in being superior to the person you once were. <BR> <BR> 4)Trying to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. <BR> <BR> 5)You will never become who you want to be if you keep blaming everyone else for who you are now. <BR> <BR> 6)Peopl... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:48:54 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 23 -29 ) 1)You cannot change what you refuse to confront <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2).Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)If a person wants to be a part of your life, they will make an obvious effort to do so. Think twice before reserving a space in your heart for people who do not make an effort to stay. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are spe... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 19:42:59 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/12 Daily Quote: “Live life as though nobody is watching, and express yourself as though everyone is listening.” &#8213; Nelson Mandela <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Fill in the blank again: <BR> <BR> I will… <BR> <BR> have my meal plan made for this week. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 10:17:51 EST What made you get started??? The most difficult job is the one that you never get started on.” <BR> <BR> —Henry Ford <BR> <BR> I would like to know when the light bulb <em>3</em> moment happened for you. Was it a special event that was coming up, was it something the doctor told you, that scared you into this journey? I know we all have different reason's but I think the best one I have heard so far was the one I heard yesterday when someone was sharing at the WW meeting I went to. Loved this meeting it was off t... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:38:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/11 Daily Quote: “Life keeps throwing me lemons because I make the best lemonade...” &#8213; King James Gadsden <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Are you a good pool player? <BR> <BR> I won't say good, necessarily (and especially not now), but I used to play all the time when I was younger. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:26:53 EST Are You Still Here?? I went to my WW meeting yesterday, I got on the scale and I owned what the read out was. I was up yet another .8 pounds. Not the end of the world, but also not what I wanted to hear either, but if I don't do the work I cannot expect anything to change. <BR> <BR> Yesterday a lady who has been gone from our meeting for sometime came back and when she saw me she said, ''Your still here?" I said yep!!! Still here. This woman had lost 105 pounds, and she did what a lot of people do when th... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:06:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/10 Daily Quote: “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” &#8213; Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Fill in the blank again: I love… <BR> <BR> walking in the country or a wooded area and enjoying the wonders that are around me. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 07:52:43 EST It's Thursday, must be weigh in day. I just wanted to say thanks to all of you for your post yesterday. As you might have been able to see I was not in a good place. Three things really struck home with me and those things came from Nell, Liz & Donna. Donna hit the nail right on the head, ''I am at the moment a boat without a rudder." Liz was right when she asked if I my job has become another ''Bob job". I know that i snot exactly how Liz said it, but Mom Liz, I did listen. Never thought about it like that, but I do tend t... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 04:14:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/09 Daily Quote: “One must always be prepared for riotous and endless waves of transformation.” <BR> &#8213; Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love <BR> <BR> Daily Question: I like…the smell of rain and listening to the rain (not storms, mind you). Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:14:33 EST Any Old Road will do. “If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.” <BR> <BR> —Lewis Carroll <BR> <BR> Maybe its the changing of the seasons. Maybe I'm just fickle. Maybe I'm just lazy. Maybe, Maybe. I have to admit at this very moment I DON'T know where I'm going on my journey. Donna told me to ask myself, ''am I doing better now than I was before I stopped the sugar?" Honestly......the sugar is the only thing that is really gone. I seem out of control with my food intake, oh I a... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 03:06:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/08 Daily Quote: “You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.” <BR> &#8213; Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What is the last thing you ate? <BR> <BR> Technically I am about halfway finished but it is the last thing I ate today is a mix of half Multi-grain Cheerios and half regular Cheerios and a cup of fat free milk. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 07:49:40 EST Doing our best. Always do your best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self judgement, self abuse and regret." <BR> <BR> I have had to ask myself this question many times in the past few weeks. Oh I'm off the sugar, but I realized that I'm really not as serious about this as I was when I begin to get off the stuff last July. The first thing on my mind when I get ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 03:10:06 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/07 Daily Quote: “Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience <BR> <BR> Daily Question: List one thing that disgusts you that probably wouldn’t bother someone else. <BR> <BR> Cottage cheese. I should probably try it, but I just can't bring myself to yet. I am just getting used to Greek Yogurt. <BR> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 07:57:50 EST A new toy Today's story is about a new purchase I have made. I purchased one of those Magic Bullets. It pulverizes fruits and veggies into a drinkable event. I'm sure most of you know I am not a vegetable eater. I hear people tell me all the time, ''I love vegetables," and that is great, but when I was growing up I was made to eat my veggies. Now don't get me wrong I do like mashed potatoes, heck I like potatoes just about anyway you make them, I will and can eat green beans, but when people talk ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 03:02:49 EST Thyroid, WW, and maintenance I am happily reconnecting with SparkPeople, and glad to have found a WW team!! <BR> <BR> I just started WW maintenance to see if I can reset my body's thyroid metabolism, hopefully after a time of eating more (and not gaining!!!) I will be able to start loosing again. I love the plan WW has now, its so very live-able. I was surprised to loose 14 lbs before I hit the plateau from hell. The only thing left to do is maintain for awhile and then try again. <BR> <BR> I will weigh in with th... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 17:00:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/06 Daily Quote: “People who lack the clarity, courage, or determination to follow their own dreams will often find ways to discourage yours. When you change for the better, the people around you will be inspired to change also....but only after doing their best to make you stop. Live your truth and don't EVER stop.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you currently have a crush on someone? If so, share a few of the reasons why. <BR> <BR> Yes, my... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:53:25 EST Things will get better. “There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow.” <BR> <BR> —Orison Swett Marden <BR> <BR> Yesterday I wrote about doors being opened to a new day. Chelle wrote something that really opened my eyes this morning and that was, ''sometimes there is just a crack in that door." I know I have not quoted it just as she had written it, but its true, sometimes we have to look long and hard for that new opening. Each nigh... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 04:58:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the day - 04/05 Daily Quote: “Don't fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” &#8213; Bruce Lee, Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you generally sleep later on the weekends than you do through the week? <BR> <BR> Often yes, even if it is just a little bit. Since getting the new dog, however, he doesn't like to let us sleep too late. <BR> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 09:52:44 EST The doors. “The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” <BR> <BR> —Flora Whittemore <BR> <BR> Yesterday when I did my morning post I was so bummed, and all day on Thursday I had that nagging voice of doubt in my head, ''maybe I'll never get back to goal. Maybe I am just kidding myself when I think I can actually do this again. Why should I be punished for trying to do the right things. I should just give up and move on." Yep, that old self doubt was running wild, and don' be m... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 04:42:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/04 Daily Quote: “One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: ‘To rise above little things’.” - John Burroughs <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Name one thing that you are looking forward to this weekend. <BR> <BR> We normally go to an event called Cars and Coffee where a lot of folks bring their antiques or cars they are proud of out. It is always so fun because you never know what will be there. It happens the first weekend of the month. And we are going to the library this weekend ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 08:22:13 EST It sure was not pretty. “It doesn’t matter where you’ve been, it only matters where you are going.” <BR> <BR> —Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> Yesterday's weight in was not pleasant, nor was it pretty, and I know with what I am about to say I have heard before and even wondered when I was hearing this, ''just how honest are you being?" But, I don't know how this happened, I was up 4.4 pounds this week. I almost fainted when Jean told me this. Even Jean (our leader) could not believe this, so I weighed on the other scale... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 04:29:12 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/03 Daily Quote: “Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.” &#8213; Eleanor Roosevelt, The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you wear a watch? <BR> <BR> I used to, but my watch is in desperate need of a new battery so I haven't worn it in forever. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 07:53:28 EST We all need some quite time. “The best thinking is done in solitude. The worst has been in turmoil.” <BR> <BR> —Thomas Edison <BR> <BR> I realized after reading today's quote, ''Thomas was more right than he realized." I don't know about the rest of you, but my food choices and my negative thinking is worse when my life is going in a hundred different directions. I was a wife, and caregiver for many years, and there were times that could become turmoil, but my hat goes off to all you ladies that had or have children ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 04:51:24 EST 7 Day Cruise....used Simply Filling? and counted points for extras and ENJOYED myself AND EXERCISED( 4+ miles on jogging deck) plus a 5K on the private island.... <BR> <BR> MAINTAINED...didn't gain a pound WOOOOOOHOOO! <BR> <BR> Cathimommy Wed, 2 Apr 2014 14:53:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/02 Daily Quote: “It doesn't matter what you did or where you matters where you are and what you're doing. Get out there! Sing the song in your heart and NEVER let anyone shut you up!!” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you enjoy doing puzzles? <BR> <BR> I used to. I don't really take the time to do them anymore. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 07:57:12 EST Its all Nell & Michelle's fault. :) Bet the topic caught you attention. Let me explain. For a long time I have read when Michelle and her husband would get the motorcycle out for a ride, then on Nell's blog page, there it was a picture of two people on motorcycles. One day Nell mentioned in one thread, ''Joan, you should check with your community and see if they have lessons for motorcycles." I know I don't have it exactly how Nell said it, but yesterday oh my did I ever step out of my comfort zone, BUT what fun. Ms. Rosel... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 03:07:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 04/01 Daily Quote: “Let today be the day you stop being haunted by the ghost of yesterday. Holding a grudge & harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul. Get even with people...but not those who have hurt us, forget them, instead get even with those who have helped us.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Have you ever, or do you still, do pranks on April Fool's Day? <BR> <BR> I probably did in grade school, but not now. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:11:48 EST Balance We come into this world head first and go out feet first; in between it is all a matter of balance.” <BR> <BR> —Paul Boese <BR> <BR> When I decided to use today's quote it was because I was trying to balance myself yesterday on one of those soft half things. I have no idea what the name of this thing is, but I can tell you my arms were flailing like I was trying to swim without water. I can only think I looked quite funny. Then this little lady in her mid 80's got on this thing and show... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 02:58:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 03/31 Daily Quote: “Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. ” &#8213; William James <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Have you ever been on a motorcycle? <BR> <BR> Yes, but never solo. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:09:16 EST Three Simple Rules Of Life. Good morning all. I found these three simple rules of life, and they got me to thinking. Not only will it work for life, but these rules also apply for our journey to better health. Oh way, that is life as well. <em>198</em> So here goes. <BR> <BR> 1. If you do not GO after what you want. You'll never have it. <BR> <BR> Makes perfect sense to me, especially with my journey. There is a number out there I want to see on that little metal box I get on each Thursday, but unless I G... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 02:57:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the day - 03/30 Daily Quote: “It doesn't matter what you did or where you matters where you are and what you're doing. Get out there! Sing the song in your heart and NEVER let anyone shut you up!!” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Are you a glass half full or a glass half empty kind of person? <BR> <BR> Definitely glass half full. <BR> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:32:06 EST Don't dwell on your missteps. If we magnified our success as much as we magnify our disappointments, we'd all be much happier." <BR> Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> I thought about the above quote yesterday while with Ms. Roselee. Each day the poor lady is in pain and she lets you know about it, and I do feel badly for her, and I am the first to admit I don't know how someone else's body is feeling. So I listen, then for whatever reason yesterday when she began her list of ''things that hurt, things that don't work." I got ... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 04:57:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the day - 03/29 Daily Quote: “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” <BR> &#8213; Wayne W. Dyer <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Are you a morning person or a night owl? <BR> <BR> Definitely a morning person. <BR> <BR> Sorry I am starting everything late. It's my birthday and we took longer than expected this morning. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:22:43 EST Some laughs today. I am unprepared this morning due to there was this ball game last night. The Sweet 16 college thing, well both Kentucky teams were going against one another. University of Louisville which are known as the Cardinals (Cards) and the Kentucky WIldcats (Cats) which by the way is the team I root for. I never actually thought my Cats would pull it off, but they did, so now we will be going to the big dance as it is called. Now since I ma unprepared this morning, I have found a really cute ''wh... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 04:45:55 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - March 27 Daily Quote: “Forget yesterday - it has already forgotten you. Don't sweat tomorrow - you haven't even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift - today.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Do you ever wish on stars? <BR> <BR> Yes. I used to do it more often than I do now. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:35:49 EST Perseverance “In the confrontation between the river and the rock. The river always wins. Not through strength but by perseverance.” <BR> <BR> —Unknown <BR> <BR> Down a pound for the week. Color me happy. Love today's quote and as I've said before it does not matter how slow we lose the weight, the important thing is that we stick with it. We are still having our monthly pool at our WW meeting, and yesterday was the time to start new again, it had gotten down to just 3 of us, myself, Kathleen, and Ro... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 03:24:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - March 27 Daily Quote: “How would your life be different if…You walked away from gossip and verbal defamation? Let today be the day…You speak only the good you know of other people and encourage others to do the same.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> This quote reminded me of something that was said to me several years ago about not saying it to yourself it you wouldn't say it to a friend. <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What do you plan to eat next? <BR> <BR> A protein s... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:01:31 EST Live your dream as if your already there. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. <BR> - Les Brown <BR> <BR> Today is weigh in day, keeping fingers crossed. I've had a good week, both food and activity wise, but I do not fear the scale, its just a way to gain information. It does not tell me anymore than that, the number is a number, nothing more. You have to admit, that paragraph does sound really good. <em>334</em> But its true, sometimes we forget to live out dream due to we are so fo... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 03:48:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 03/26 Daily Quote: “Don't confuse poor decision-making with destiny. Own your mistakes. It’s ok; we all make them. Learn from them so they can empower you!” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: If you could spend the night with a celebrity tonight, who would it be? <BR> <BR> I think I'll stick with my husband because he is pretty awesome. <BR> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:16:07 EST Continuous Renewal. “The will to win… the will to achieve…goes dry and arid without continuous renewal.” <BR> <BR> —Vince Lombardi <BR> <BR> Just heard this on the really early morning news. In New York for $4.25 each there is a Cupcake ATM. Now that is just what the world needs. Drives me crazy, sweets everywhere!!!! <BR> <BR> Back to regular programming. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Today's quote really hit me this morning, it was as if the light bulb over my head came on. Our journey is like our Summer... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 03:04:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 03/25 Daily Quote: “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli <BR> <BR> I think I may have used this one before, but it struck me this morning that when we find something that doesn't work or isn't a good fit for us, then we need to move on and not focus on what didn't work, but what did because that is how we will hit our goals. <BR> <BR> Daily Question: If you could buy a new car tomorrow (and money was no object) what would y... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:20:29 EST Have your vision, but then return to reality. “The balanced man is he whose thoughts soar on the wings of vision — but whose feet remain on the rocks of reality.” <BR> <BR> —J. A. Rosenkranz <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if I am balanced or not, but I do from time to time allow my mind to soar with ''when I get back to goal." Or, ''all those clothes in my closet that I've not been able to wear, I can wear them again." Then the reality sets in of, ''lots of work has to be done before I can get back to goal or before I can fit into those clo... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 03:12:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 03/24 Daily Quote: “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” &#8213; Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice <BR> <BR> Daily Question: When did you first travel on a plane? Where did you go? <BR> <BR> I believe it was from Florida back to Texas when I was in travel and tourism school. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:25:58 EST Its not if...its when. "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." <BR> -Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> Ms. Roselee's daughter has this saying for her dad Mr. Benny, ''its not if Mom falls it when Mom falls." No point in kidding myself, I know at sometime if I'm with Ms. Roselee long enough she will fall on my watch, just hope its not today. Actually that is what I say as a prayer each day I am with Ms. Roselee,''Lord, please don't let her fall today." This is pretty much how I made it to day #7 y... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 02:54:44 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 03/23 Daily Quote: “Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn't what you get for it, but what you become for it. Shake things up today! Be You...Be Free...Share.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Share something that you enjoy doing when you’re alone. <BR> <BR> I enjoy reading. I enjoy the quiet. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 09:06:33 EST Day #6 “One today is worth two tomorrows.” <BR> <BR> —Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> This being Ms. Roselee's birthday week, actually yesterday was her birthday 86 years old as of yesterday. Since its her birthday week her home has been over flowing with sweets. Their son and his wife made a short stop over on Wednesday afternoon on their way to Hilton Head, with them they brought a big pecan pie from this famous bakery or at least its famous to the Jewish people, and he brought Benny another type ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 05:14:08 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 03/22 Daily Quote: “At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Share at least one accomplishment that people wouldn’t expect you to be proud of. <BR> <BR> That until I was an adult, I'd never had a broken bone. <BR> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:01:51 EST Good people. Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better be alone than in bad company.” <BR> <BR> —Booker T. Washington <BR> <BR> Nell, just wanted you to know it is so much nicer to close my eyes and know I have done everything that will make me a more healthier person. <BR> <BR> What a day yesterday was, but I have surrounded myself with people that are in my corner and it all worked out. The room repairs, are going great, but there always seems to have a bump in the road. Not... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 05:25:15 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 03/21/2014 Daily Quote: “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” <BR> &#8213; Confucius, Confucius: The Analects <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Name one song that makes you want to dance every time you hear it. <BR> <BR> I didn’t think about this really until this evening, but every time I hear Bette Midler’s rendition of Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, I can’t help but move. :-) <BR> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:02:58 EST Michelle was right..... Yesterday was a GREAT day. Not only can I celebrate being sugar free for 4 days now, BUT, I actually lost 1.2 pounds. <em>244</em> <em>244</em> . Ms. Roselee's party was wonderful, I only got to stay for about 30 minutes because I had to get home for the worker coming and that went well also. However, when the young man walked in and saw the damage, I could tell by the look on his face he was not given the entire story, and my suspicions were correct because he said to me, ''this is ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 05:10:42 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 03/20 Daily Quote: “Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't.” &#8213; Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Describe one delicious thing that you’ve eaten lately. <BR> <BR> Although it was not entirely PointsPlus friendly, I had a chocolate chip bread pudding for my early birthday dinner/my friends' last meal in Dallas. At least I didn't eat all of it! <... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:04:08 EST Happy Spring. ''We hold hands as we travel." This quote was in Donnaeda's post yesterday and I could actually visualize all of us holding hands via cyber space, but still we are holding one another's hands. I'm running a bit late this morning, I was so exhausted last night, that I just could not get awake at 3 am like normal. I know that is not normal, but it is for me. My sister got a thumbs up on the NO CANCER!!!!!!!!!!!! I think I had been holding my breath for the past three weeks just waiting lik... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 05:37:01 EST QUOTE and ?? QUESTION?? of the Day - 03/18 Daily Quote: “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” &#8213; Arthur C. Clarke <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Are you more conservative in your actions or more rebellious? <BR> <BR> Probably more conservative. It is the way I have always been. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:16:29 EST Not traveling alone. No road is long with good company.” <BR> <BR> —Turkish Proverb <BR> <BR> I love today's quote, and if I had wanted to go negative I would have use, ''misery loves company." But I'm not looking at this journey as misery. Oh sure I have been miserable for a week or so after my sugar incident, but like most things it has to be put behind me so I can move forward. And, that is why I can tell you today that I now have 2 days of sugar free <em>249</em> + <em>249</em> . <BR> <BR> Hav... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 04:20:55 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/18 Daily Quote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” &#8213; Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Had technology enhanced your life, or has it over complicated your life? <BR> <BR> Overall, I would say it has enhanced. There are certain times that I feel it has complicated things because with cell phones, etc., people can find you anywhere...even in the middle of a movie. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 07:34:43 EST 55 Things the Scale does not tell us. This was in my in box this morning and after reading it my first thought was, ''WOW!!! This is so true." We talk about not allowing that scale have control over us, and I remember Nell saying something about ''gravity'' and low and behold Spark's mentions ''gravity' here as well. So I decided to copy these 55 things the scale does not tell us. I think all of you will not only be amazed, but like me maybe you'll think ''this is pretty darn good." Also just wanted to say, I got my <em>2... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 02:59:06 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/17 Daily Quote: “The only way to support a revolution is to make your own.” &#8213; Abbie Hoffman <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Would you go to Mars even if it meant you could never return to Earth? <BR> <BR> No, I don't think I would unless I could take my whole family with me. :-) <BR> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 08:20:05 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day. “Choice not chance, determines how I achieve my goals." <BR> <BR> As all of you know I had to restart my sugar free count again yesterday. It seems I am battling two demons in me at the moment. The one being the sugar, and the other one being the voice in my head that keeps saying, ''whats the big deal so its sugar." Well it is a big deal. Since my sugar episode I have not slept well, I have brain fog, and all I can think about are all those things with sugar in them. I read an article ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 03:09:41 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 16 -22 ) 1)No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee's frothy goodness. <BR> Sheik Abd-al-Kadir <BR> <BR> 2)Conscience keeps more people awake than coffee. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork. <BR> English Proverb <BR> <BR> 4)Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter which fork you use. <BR> Emi... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:54:06 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 9 - 15 ) 1)Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. <BR> M. Kathleen Casey <BR> <BR> 2)I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders. <BR> Jewish Proverb <BR> <BR> 3)Turn your wounds into wisdom. <BR> Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 4)We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. <BR> Kenji Miyazawa <BR> <BR> 5)Bad is never good until worse happens. <BR> Danish Proverb <BR> <BR> 6) It just wouldn't be a picnic without the ants. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 7)You may not realize it ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:36:42 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/16 Daily Quote: “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” &#8213; Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Describe the kind of home you would live in if money were no object. <BR> <BR> I guess I don't have a specific image of the house, other than a decent front porch where I could sit outside and some acreage where I could walk around. DH's parents had a property like that when we first started dating/got married, but they sold it because of lack o... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 08:24:21 EST New days/New Weeks "Giving up on your goal because of one setback is like slashing your other three tires because you got one flat." <BR> <BR> We cannot give up. Do we know what I lives would be like if we just decided for whatever reason we decided, ''I messed up so I"m not good enough to continue." Not that I'm giving up, but I do know all too well what would happen to me. I'd gain back every single pound that I have ever lost and those would no doubt bring friends alone as well. Thing is I am getting ol... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 04:48:57 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/15 Daily Quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” &#8213; Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> Daily Question: Name little things that you do to help yourself become more active. <BR> <BR> I have walked 5 minutes for every hour or pulled out my little upper/lower body cycle at work to get some motion on. It seems to help break up my day. I also park further away in the mornings when I get to work. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 10:54:01 EST I can forgive, but no way will I forget. Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.” <BR> <BR> —George Adams <BR> <BR> Yesterday Chelle and Donna both suggested that I forgive this woman and move on. I can say I forgave her for what she did soon after what she did, however, the forgetting will never, ever happen. I am not a trusting person by nature and this woman was not a person I considered a ''close friend." Not like my friend Sally from Wisconsin or my friend Elizabeth that lives in Chicago and who I have know since 1984. I can... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 04:30:59 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/14 Daily Quote: “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” &#8213; Robert Frost <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What’s one thing that you really want to do that you’ve never done? <BR> <BR> I would like to go on a cruise. My husband's cousin is an assistant cruise director and I think it would be fun. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 10:55:53 EST Some Nerve. Yesterday's weigh in was not pretty, and I have to admit I was expecting a gain, but I sure was bummed out when I saw just how much it was. I do know some of it is fluid as Blanche had said the other day, but a lot of it is nothing more than what the sugar does to me and how much damage I can do after my dinner out. I was up 3.2 pounds, that is a really big gain for me, and I am sad, but I will move on, and yesterday was my day #3 without sugar. I have noticed ever since the sugar incident... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 03:14:08 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the day - 03/13 Daily Quote: Do what you can with what you have where you are. - Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> Daily Question: How old would you feel if you didn’t know how old you are? <BR> <BR> This one is tough for me to answer. Some days I feel older and other days I feel younger. Most days I feel younger than my age. <BR> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:11:13 EST Day #2...and its weigh in day. “One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things.” <BR> —John Burroughs <BR> <BR> <BR> I already know I'm up for the week, and I also know why. I thought before my dinner incident that I was actually working at a loss for this week, but it is amazing when I'm given sugar that I totally lose my mind. I had another sugar free day yesterday, and had a nagging headache all day as well, but this too shall pass. <BR> For awhile I felt like I had fail... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 04:30:30 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/12 First off, let me start by apologizing for not starting the thread. I have literally been in bed since Sunday. I woke up Monday morning and felt like I'd been run over by a Mac Truck and he'd back up a few times to try to make sure the job was done. One of my friends posted that hers is allergies gone wild...which may be the situation in my case too. They seem to be worse for me at certain times of the year and I get a sinus infection, etc. Just when you think you can play down the allergy me... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:30:22 EST Day 1 "When everything feels like an uphill struggle; Just think of the view from the top." <BR> <BR> Yesterday I shared my story of going out to someone's home for dinner. I would not call this person a ''friend," or not in the sense I think of friendship. She and her husband knew Bob better than they knew me, Bob mentored her husband back in the day. If not for Mr. Bob her husband would not be where he is today. I never ever felt like this woman liked me, and I was fine with that, but I gues... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 03:16:17 EST You know have been at WW a long time ... ... when you are sitting in church and the reading if about John the Baptist in the desert. He is eating nothing but wild honey and locust. And you think: <BR> <BR> I know how many Points Plus Values are in Honey. But how would I count Locust. They're like a big bug, like shrimp. So I would count them as shrimp. But John was an observant Jew and shrimp aren't kosher so if they're like shrimp John wouldn't have them so they must be like something else ... <BR> <BR> and you totally missed th... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:36:57 EST Starting over I have many emotions I'm dealing with at the moment, but the ones on top are anger and hurt. Let me just say this, ''sometime people who say they are your friends really are not." Last night was the first time I've been to anyone's house for dinner since Bob's passing. A person that I had considered a friend, but found out last night that she is just a mean person. Well she and her husband invited me over with some other people that I really didn't know. I have to admit I'm never comfort... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 03:09:26 EST Look for the beauty. “Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful. Welcome it in every face, in every sky, in every flower.” <BR> <BR> —Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning I went to the gym and as I stated in yesterday's post, ''I felt lighter," and it had nothing to do with my pounds. I was doing my strength workout, which Chelsea, my trainer, has me now doing these squats, and as a rule I would hate these with a passion....but, with these I am holding onto some straps of some s... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 03:08:53 EST Quote and ??Question?? of the Day - 03/09 Daily Quote: A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily Question: If you won 100 million dollars Monday, would you continue doing whatever you usually do on Tuesdays? <BR> <BR> I believe that I would. I enjoy what I do and the people I work with. <BR> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 09:30:26 EST Continued from yesterday. I have to admit I was not sure what response I would get from my experience that I shared, but all of you have confirmed what I was believing, and that was, ''I was given a gift/visit from God." For the first time since Bob's passing yesterday I felt as if ''its okay to spend a little longer at the gym, or its okay to stay wherever I might be a little longer." I even went and talked with Fr. Steve about my experience and then he shared something of his own life after his parents passed. Fr... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 05:27:56 EST