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 We are Brave “Tell a person they are brave, and you help them become so.” <BR> <BR> Yesterday while Ruthann and Terry were at the hospital I got a call from Ruthann, that in itself was not odd, due to I had told Ruthann, ''call me with an update and also let me know when Aunt Gig goes for surgery." Aunt Gig had to have some units of blood due to being anemic but the reason Ruthann called was Terry's Aunt Gig wanted to talk to me. I found this very odd, as did everyone else, but hey you cater to the old... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 05:58:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/24 DAILY QUOTE: “Don’t learn to do, but learn in doing.” ~ Samuel Butler <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Does your significant other shop with you? Do they love it/hate it? <BR> <BR> Depends on if I'm doing the speedy man shopping (only what's on the list) or if I'm lazily checking out extra racks, etc. <BR> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:16:51 EST Your Story At any given moment you have the power to say: ''This is NOT how my story is going to end." <BR> <BR> I thought about this yesterday as I helped Ruthann with my brother-in-law 87 year old Aunt yesterday. Aunt Gig had gotten up at 2:30 a.m. to go to the bathroom no one knows how but she fell in the floor and yes she has a medical alarm thing she is suppose to wear at night but she's so afraid she'll set it off by rolling over on it by accident that she won't pen it onto her nightgown so Aunt... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:16:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/23 DAILY QUOTE: “Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.” ~ Aldous Huxley <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: List a few of your favorite stores. <BR> <BR> Target, Macy's, Belk, Kohl's, Joann's and Hobby Lobby. Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:29:56 EST Strangest thing happened yesterday Yesterday Ruthann and I were at an open house and the place was filled to the rim with cookies, candies, baked goods, you name it. Ruthann and I went in for the decoration ideas and because we knew the people hosting the event and Ruthann had promised we would make an appearance. Here was the strange part, I was physically sick from all the food that was in there, it didn't even smell good to me, I actually thought maybe I was coming down with something. As a rule something like this would... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:14:36 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/22 DAILY QUOTE: “If you’re feeling really sad, there is only one reason: it’s because you’re deleting all the reasons you could be feeling good. And if you’re feeling good, it’s because you’re deleting all the bad things you could be focusing on.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you prefer to shop in-store or online? <BR> <BR> Depends on what I am shopping for. If it is for something I know will fit or I don't have to try on, then I will buy online. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:07:51 EST A different Thanksgiving this year. As a rule Thanksgiving at Ruthann's house is 5 different homemade pies, at least 2 kinds of homemade cakes, and then you have the turkey, dressing, the sweet potatoes, the mashed potatoes, the corn the green beans, the list just goes on and on. So the other day Ruthann and I were talking about Thanksgiving dinner, and as I've mentioned before our brother Ledford has lost well over 200 pounds and Ruthann has to watch herself due to she a diabetic, Leigh Ann is Gluten intolerant , I am always ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:45:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/21 DAILY QUOTE: “By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own.” ~ Mark Victor Hansen <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you started shopping for Christmas gifts yet? <BR> <BR> Not really. I just recently got a list from 2 out of the 3 kids and I am still trying to extract a list from DH. <BR> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:45:54 EST I have to be honest. I hate like the dickens to have to write this thread this morning,but as all of you know I'm all about being honest. So here goes. Since my move to BD, which by by the way has been the right move for me, and I do love living here, but in one area it has caused a problem, and that has been with my weight watchers meetings, the meeting I have been going to is nearly a 60 mile round trip each week, then my monthly fee is another $40, and yes I know if I'd get with it and get back to goal I wou... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:55:34 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/20 DAILY QUOTE: “To achieve goals you’ve never achieved before, you need to start doing things you’ve never done before.” ~ Stephen Covey, The 8th Habit <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you shop on Black Friday? <BR> <BR> I have once or twice, but I just don't get into the craziness these days. There is too much that I can get online, etc. to bother with it. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:57:57 EST Just be happy "Happiness is when you feel good about yourself without feeling the need for anyone else's approval." <BR> <BR> I have to admit I don't think I've ever had that feeling until just recently, and I also have to admit it is an amazing feeling to know that I do not have to live up to anyone else's standard's. Here again, I don't think I had to live up to anyone else's standard's I think that was something I put upon myself, I tend to do those things. Things have fallen into place, sure there h... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:13:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/19 DAILY QUOTE: “Failures are life’s way of nudging you and letting you know you are off course. Trying new things and not being afraid to fail along the way are more important than what you learn in school.” ~ Sara Blakely <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Is there one dish that you look forward to having on the holidays? <BR> <BR> I greatly enjoy our cornbread dressing and Cherries Delight. I still indulge, but I have found that I don't have to eat half of the container to be satisfied. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:37:46 EST A recipe for today One of the substitute leaders sent me this recipe last night. I thought with all the upcoming parties and times we might just want to have something to make ourselves feel more in control that I would share this with everyone. Now remember the Pumpkin Fluff itself is 2 points and the recipe serves 4, and that is a pretty big serving after you read the ingredients, Lorie the leader suggested graham crackers, I think apple slices would be nice for dipping, any other suggestions? It super sim... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:05:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/18 DAILY QUOTE: “Doing your best is taking the action because you love it, not because you’re expecting a reward. Most people do the exact opposite: They only take action when they expect a reward, and they don’t enjoy the action. And that’s the reason why they don’t do their best.” ~ don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you make seasonal goodies for Thanksgiving/Christmas? If so, has it changed since you started your weight loss journey? <BR> <BR> I try to, it doe... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:06:10 EST Its not the situation... but whether we react negative or respond positive to the situation that is important." <BR> <BR> I have to laugh when I think about all the chatter right now in the weight watcher meetings about the upcoming holidays, and I am sitting here shaking my own head at myself that I am even writing about something that has come around at the same time for years before me, and people still get their panties in a bind. People its just another day. Some of us will celebrate it with eating so much we... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 06:13:40 EST QUOTE AND QUESTION OF THE DAY - Nov. 17 DAILY QUOTE: “Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and all achievement.” ~ Claude M. Bristol <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What are your "go to" shoes when the cooler weather hits? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I tend to wear boots for most of the winter. However, this year I seem to be sticking with tights and my Vionic flats. We'll see how things continue. <BR> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:49:31 EST Plan ahead or plan to fail Yesterday was a perfect example of planning ahead. As I had mentioned I was having Ruthann and her family over for Sunday dinner a rare treat for her not to have to cook, and a fun thing for me since it would be my first dinner in my home here in BD. Also the weather people were predicting some snow, and BD is just like Louisville, going to have a snow flake you best go get your milk and bread or whatever you might need. I admit I drink bottled water just cannot cut the tap stuff say what ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:03:32 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/16 DAILY QUOTE: “The straight line cannot proceed through the torturous twists of life.” ~ Giambattista Vico <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Finish this statement: Today I decided...that I am going to head to the Farmer's Market and pick up some produce. I am also going to make some chicken and dumplings because it is yummy comfort food. Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:33:39 EST Being a Victim Sometimes people really are the victim, but then there are other times we make ourselves the victim. For instance, if I head into a bakery that is hosting their Christmas open house knowing full well they will be having their famous whatever as samples wanting people to order some for their own parties they might be hosting, then if I am sampling those then I have made myself the victim, how? I put myself in that situation. A person killed or injured in a drunk driving accident or a drive ... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 05:49:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/15 DAILY QUOTE: “There’s always a way – if you’re committed.” ~ Anthony Robbins <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Finish this sentence: Today I am buying...(hopefully) my daughter a dress for the Christmas party at the Country Club that her bio mom's family has every year. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 13:11:43 EST No WW meeting for me today I'm going to have to forgo my WW meeting today. Brad showed up at 10 a.m. yesterday morning after calling me at 8 a.m. telling me he was on his way. Brad lives 4 blocks from me. I have no clue what this mans problem is, but he has many. He did not leave until 8:30 last night, the bathroom sink is in, but the baseboards are not down the painting still has to be done, but the sink is in, it looks great and it can be used and I'm completely exhausted and this morning I woke with a smashing h... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 05:27:45 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/14 DAILY QUOTE: “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ~ Alan Watts <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How often do you read? <BR> <BR> Not nearly as often as I would like. I love to have hours that I can just snuggle under a blanket and sit and read. It's one of my favorite things to do. I just need to carve out more time to do it. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:13:32 EST updates The other day I saw my new doctor here in BD, he seems very knowlegable , I had to go back the next day very early for blood work cholesterol , sugar that mainly cause diabetes runs in the family. I was pretty sure I would make a clean sweep of everything, however too my surprise when I got the call from Beth the nurse yesterday that was not the case. My sugar was fine, my thyroid was fine, another thing that is a problem in the West family, however my cholesterol had zoomed to 300 in the p... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:22:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/13 DAILY QUOTE: “Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are the master of your attitude. Choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What makes you awesome? List at least five qualities/hobbies/habits make you cool and unique? <BR> <BR> Although my parents came from families with multiple children, I am an only child. I did not learn to bowl until I was in college and then I bowled leagues with my cousin for a ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:58:25 EST I can still smile "Despite all the bad days and the mean people I still believe in good days and kind people." <BR> <BR> Since I have moved to BD I have not really ran into anyone mean that I can admit, irritating yes, mean no. But something I did realize yesterday while sorting through this Brad fiasco, and that is I'm living in the same town where if it get too much I can drive to my sisters to just get away. Living in Louisville I couldn't do that, it would have been a two our trip one way. The bathroom... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:47:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/12 DAILY QUOTE: “Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and all achievement.” ~ Claude M. Bristol <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you generally get your hair done/cut/colored by the same person? <BR> <BR> Now I just do it myself. Before, aside from my Mom, I can count on one hand the number of people that have cut/permed my hair. <BR> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:08:19 EST It didn't work The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” <BR> <BR> ~ Mark Twain <BR> <BR> Sorry Mr. Twain it didn't work that way for me. A story for today. For a week now Brad the guy that works for my landlord Mr. King has been going to come out everyday to do my bathroom, everyday there is a new reason he can't show up. Last Monday when I called him, he was going to be working for a friend of his from church and that was an actual paying job so I could not fault him wit... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 05:46:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/11 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.” ~ Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: I am really trying to steer clear of my "favorite" winter drink, which is hot chocolate because it is loaded with sugar. I do allow myself to have it but not drink it all day. What is your "go to" drink in the winter time? <BR> <BR> I am trying to switch to tea. I have found several that I li... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:11:30 EST We each have a role. Thanks to anyone who has someone in the military or has been the military themselves. If not for all of them we would not enjoy the freedoms we tend to complain about. Thanks to all of them for all they do. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of miss that drop." Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> When I first woke this morning my first thought was, ''I have nothing to share, to uplift the group today." So... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 05:20:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/10 DAILY QUOTE: “I’ve learned that there is absolutely no value in pessimism.” ~ Franklin Leonard <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How often do you change up what you eat? <BR> <BR> Probably not nearly as often as I should. I seemed to be in smoothie mode for breakfast and it works for me. I do try to change up what I put in it occasionally. I've started added spinach, which my daughter thinks is just gross, but I like it. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:33:39 EST And so it goes. "I have a dream. I chase it. I fall. I learn. I get better. I keep marching on." <BR> <BR> I read Jane's reply from yesterday about, ''some days are just harder than others." I have to agree for me its the same way. I've been having Sunday dinners with Ruthann and her family since I've lived here in Beaver Dam, and oh my Ruthann is such a good cook, and then there is the constant chatter around the table each Sunday. Coty is normally telling something funny that one of the guys did a... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 05:22:18 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/9 DAILY QUOTE: “If you’re feeling really sad, there is only one reason: it’s because you’re deleting all the reasons you could be feeling good. And if you’re feeling good, it’s because you’re deleting all the bad things you could be focusing on.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What was the best thing that happened to you this past week? <BR> <BR> I'm certain that there are multiple things, but what comes to my mind is celebrating my Mom's birthday and g... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 12:39:17 EST Building a fire from within. “Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.” <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did make it to my weekly WW meeting, I have to admit I was nervous all the way over and all the way back. Its the 30 miles each way and down here its very flat land so those deer can move quite quickly. Good news is I made it there and back without any deer problems. <BR> <BR> I was up a pound this week and can only contribute that to eating chili on Friday evening with Ruthann and Terry. I knew bett... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 05:44:49 EST Give Thanks Give thanks for your struggles. They are simply opportunities worth fighting for." <BR> <BR> If we don't have some struggles in life then how will we ever know when we have something to celebrate? Each of us have our struggles to deal with mine seem very small compared to what others have to deal with. For me what I think of as a struggle is really no more than just a hiccup. I don't have to deal with a sick child or even a sick spouse anymore, my life to most would be pretty mundane, bu... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 05:23:08 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/07 DAILY QUOTE: “When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you ever decided to go vegetarian? Do you do "meatless Mondays"? <BR> <BR> I generally try to prepare meals that are meatless once a week or so, but it's not something that always happens on a Monday. There are times that I will put a small amount of meat in, but bulk it up with lots of veggies and beans. Fri, 7 Nov 2014 11:09:24 EST Take care “Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.” <BR> <BR> Another ''take care of ourselves" post today. I went back and read Donnaeda's post on why and when she began the diabetic protocol. Donnaeda is a perfect example of ''taking care of oneself." Jane wrote yesterday, ''its not always easy to take care of ourselves when we are under the stress of caring for others." I, being one of those that was a full time caregiver, has to agr... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 05:37:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/06 DAILY QUOTE: “Life is meant to be enjoyed. Sure, I agree with this statement (as many of us would) but the problem is this is used to justify all kinds of cr@ppy behavior. Might as well scarf down those Doritos and Twinkies, because hey, life is meant to be enjoyed, right? No. You can do without junk food and still enjoy life. You can exercise and enjoy it. You can give up pretty much anything and still enjoy life, if you learn to see almost any activity as enjoyable.” ~ Leo Babauta, Blog <B... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 10:39:43 EST Adversity Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful." <BR> <BR> Or another way to put this is, ''you have to hit rock bottom." Many times we don't even think about getting healthier until the doctor is just about ready to put that last nail in the coffin. I know sounds a bit drastic, but we all know its true. Just yesterday someone made mention that they had lost 30 pounds for a wedding, gained it back, then lost 40 pounds a spouse had become ill so back came on the... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 05:31:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/05 DAILY QUOTE: “Don’t find yourself, create yourself. We have the ability to become whoever we want to become, and to materialize the kind of lives we want to live. That’s a power that we can cultivate. The person you think you are, the kind of life you have right now, isn’t all that there is. You won’t always be this person, you can change, you can be better. You are meant to do great things, create yourself to become that person.” ~ Satori, <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Were ... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 10:44:40 EST Grab the Glory. “All glory comes from daring to begin.” <BR> <BR> To have glory or success in anything there always has to be a beginning. So this morning if you've been sitting on the side of the bed, or siting at your computer asking yourself, ''what do I do?" The answer is simple, YOU BEGIN!!! Does not matter if your thinking of healthy issues or something else in your life. To make things better we have to begin at the beginning. Maybe you need to seek some counseling, maybe you just need to go sit... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 05:06:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/04 DAILY QUOTE: “Man creates what he is, man creates himself. The meaning has to be created. You have to sing your meaning, you have to dance your meaning, you have to paint your meaning, you have to live it. Through living, it will arise; through dancing, it will start penetrating your being. Through singing, it will come to you. It is not like a rock just lying there to be found, it has to bloom in your being.” ~ Osho, The Book of Understanding <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you (or someone in... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 10:22:49 EST Leaves, they never stop No apologies for being later this morning, poor old body of mine is screaming due to a total of 4 hours of leaf removal. Today the city comes by with their truck vacuum so yesterday around 11:15 I began with rake in hand, front yard is the worst due to that is where my three trees are. I worked like a wild woman for an hour and did not seem to be getting anywhere, so decided, ''Ruthann is coming with her leaf blower, I'll just wait." However it ate at me and I have an electric leaf blower,... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 06:16:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/03 DAILY QUOTE: “Sometimes our grandiose plans to do great things at some later time interfere with our chances to do little things right now.” ~ Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? <BR> <BR> I am not sure anything I've eaten I would classify as weird. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:21:13 EST Let's get MOTIVATED!!! Ten ways to find that Motivation we need. I have to admit this was in my in box and I loved it and there was lots more written for each one, but due to time and space I made it short. Now if you got this make sure you read it all due to its got some great ideas. <BR> <BR> 1. Set SMART goals. Losing 15 pounds in one month is not a smart goal. Just sayin'. <BR> <BR> 2. Use SMALLER goals to help you reach larger ones. <BR> <BR> 3. Keep your MOTIVATION in mind. Know why you want to re... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 05:53:00 EST Sometimes it can make us stronger. “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places.” <BR> <BR> As all of you know yesterday was my WW meeting and weigh in. I am happy to report I stayed the same this week, no gain, no loss just the same, which I will be happy with. We had a very low count for our meeting yesterday, but one lady that was there confessed that she had been in the Halloween candy since it came out the end of August and for whatever reason she just kept coming back each week watch... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 05:55:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/01 DAILY QUOTE: “If you can find happiness inside you, then no matter what’s happening externally, you can access this source of happiness. You might lose your job, get sick, lose a loved one, have to go through a difficult medical procedure, go through a divorce … and you can still find this happiness. It’s there if you choose to use it. The external circumstances of your life matter, but they don’t take away your true source of happiness.” ~ Leo Babauta, Zen Habits <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: ... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 14:04:32 EST One down...... And two to go....Thanksgiving and Christmas. <BR> <BR> I did fine with Halloween, was not even tempted by all that candy which I know when I get on the scale at WW this morning I will be extremely glad I did not give in to that stuff. I am going to post in my blog a picture of two of my great nephews that came by Coty's house last night asking for treats. Ruthann always makes a big deal out of this for them so she had purchased the big candy bars for those two kids and make them up special... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 05:53:55 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/31 DAILY QUOTE: “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is, we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:05:54 EST Happy Halloween It's that time of year. Yep, comes around every year at this time and its the beginning of what I like to refer to as ''THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE" time for all of us Weight Watchers. I know there are a few of you that have learned how to handle these three holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, but then there is the rest of us who each and every year even though we know its coming we still freak out. I have to admit when I realized I'd have Trick or Treat people I did freak out a bit.... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:01:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/30 Daily Quote: “Problems are just mile markers. Each one we pass means we’ve gotten better.” ~ Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness <BR> <BR> Daily Question: How do you handle outings, etc. that may get you off plan? <BR> <BR> I try to deal with them as they come. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:28:04 EST Here we are and its Thursday I'm so glad you all enjoyed yesterday's laughs. When I read them I was rolling and thought, ''hey maybe someone else needs a giggle or two," just hoping it lightened some of your load. <BR> <BR> I have decided when I am working helping Ruthann clear out an clean up her basement, or if I"m out raking those leaves, which by the way seem to have to be done on a daily basis, it does not feel like exercise, and I think it is just the reason Nell said the other day, ''I can see a finished product... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:03:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/29 DAILY QUOTE: “You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” ~ Dale Carnegie <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have a plan for Halloween? Do you partake in any of the Halloween candy? <BR> <BR> I generally will allow myself to have a piece or 2 of candy, but I limit myself to 1 or 2 pieces. We have not bought candy for the last couple of years...we give away Takis instead. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:19:46 EST WFD What's for dinner everyone? I had a good breakfast, lunch & snacks planned, but nothing planned for dinner! I need some healthy ideas. What's everyone eating/making? Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:55:16 EST Today we LAUGH!! <BR> I received this in my email box when I booted up this morning. Now before someone comes on here ranting that ''this has nothing to do with weight loss," your so wrong. Laughing helps us burn calories, so laugh on. <BR> <BR> Hugs to all, <BR> Joan <BR> <BR> p.s. my favorite one has to be the Wal-Mart one. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I very quietly confided to my best friend that I was having an affair. <BR> She turned to me and asked, 'Are you having it catered'? <BR> And that, my fri... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:41:51 EST Trying To Do Better Hello my name is "Bobbi_59" and I have been missing off this team for awhile, <BR> and now I am back for more support. <BR> <BR> I am 59yrs old as of today 10-28 and I am 5'3 tall lol, <BR> and I am married to the love of my life Ronnie, and I have many health issues and, <BR> is very hard for me to lose my weight because of many factors I have to, <BR> deal with weight is ugh...SW: 395 lbs. and I wanna get under my, <BR> 300 lbs. before the new year of 2015 lol...and all I ca... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:05:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/28 DAILY QUOTE: “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” ~ Alphonse Karr <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you read a book or seen a movie recently that you would recommend? <BR> <BR> I am reading Gone Girl, but haven't had much time since Mom has moved in and honestly I can't remember the last movie we saw. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:14:28 EST Go around it. Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” <BR> <BR> When I read this quote this morning I thought about Donnada's post from yesterday, she is doing the diabetic protocol and yet she found things to eat and enjoy at the Chinese restaurant. For our friend Rosie, who has been off sugar for a really, really long time, her sweet tooth is satisfied with fresh dates. Point being, we can a... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:48:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/27 10/27/2014 10:31:34 AM report this post | ground rules <BR> DAILY QUOTE: “Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.” ~ English Proverb <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Name one staple that you keep in your refrigerator year round. <BR> <BR> Apples. We try to keep tomatoes in there too, but when they start getting too expensive or don't look good, we go without. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:35:09 EST I'm back again...Simple Start this time! Hi everyone! <em>213</em> I'm Ali. I love in New England, have been married 7 years and have an adorable 3 year old daughter. I work full time in HR. <BR> <BR> I joined WW online in August 2012, lost 50 pounds in 7 months. I gained back a few and maintained until this summer. I enjoy working out and do it at least 3 times a week (more if there's time!) but my nutrition was out of control! I canceled my WW subscription about a year ago but continued to track my meals on Spark. But ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:30:33 EST Start each day fresh "Don't start each day with the broken pieces of yesterday. Each day is a new beginning. Every morning we wake up is the FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF OUR LIFE!" <BR> <BR> I was invited to a homecoming at one of the Baptist churches here and since I did not have anything better to do I told the person that invited me, ''I'll come later, after the meal, but before the music starts." I came home ate my lunch after Mass at my church, then took off to the Baptist church for some more Sunday fellows... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:13:08 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/26 DAILY QUOTE: “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How do you get your water in everyday? Do you mix things in? Drink Infused water? <BR> <BR> I just drink water. My body craves it. Every now and again if I want something different, I will drink unsweet tea. Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:59:59 EST Yesterday's weigh in Pleased to say I was down .6 yesterday. Its a loss and I'll gladly claim it. The meeting was AWESOME. I love the way everyone shares and the leader is just great. One lady who has lost a lot of weight, but still has more to go made a statement yesterday when speaking and I thought to myself, ''I have heard that many times but for some reason today it connected with me." What she said was this, ''I've stopped whining about how much more weight I have to lose, instead I am thinking, look ... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 05:49:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/25 DAILY QUOTE: “When you walk with purpose, you collide with destiny.” ~ Bertice Berry <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your first morning beverage? <BR> <BR> I normally have my morning coffee before I have my water. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:59:42 EST Weight Watchers meeting today It's Saturday so today I'll go to my WW meeting. Looking forward to being there and I hope to see a loss on the scale. All in all I've had a good week. Had a little bout with a stomach bug on Thursday and Friday, today I seem to be all better, grateful for that. <BR> I'll let all of you know my outcome tomorrow. Have a great weekend. <BR> Hugs to all, <BR> Joan Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:53:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/24 DAILY QUOTE: "Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” ~ Willie Nelson <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have a favorite day of the week? <BR> <BR> I think it would have to be Thursday to be honest. My PointsPlus start over and I have the weekend to look forward to. <BR> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:44:13 EST Life is an Echo, What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What yo see in others, exists in you. <BR> <BR> As I was reading the replies from yesterday's post, I realized, ''I'm not alone." Like most of you I cannot be trusted to eat until I am satisfied, I have no clue what that feeling is all about. But Liz mentioned not trusting herself that she needs to count the points. The few times I have done the Simply Filling Foods, I still counted the points, for me not se... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:52:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/23 DAILY QUOTE: “You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite ice cream? <BR> <BR> Mine is actually not an ice cream. My favorite thing is Lime Sherbet. <BR> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:10:46 EST Remember ........ ''Fat lasts longer than flavor, and so does guilt." <BR> <BR> When we over indulge what happens? Most times we face the scale and it will be up, then there is that feeling of, ''I can't believe I did that," then we beat ourselves up, and the list just keeps going on and on. I've had WW leaders that have always told us ''ask yourself do I really want ____________, or am I tired, bored, happy, glad, you name it and you fill in the blank. For me all those emotions can hit me and I"ll run di... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:01:35 EST Setbacks and Failures "A setback is when you slip up, get busy or become distracted from your goals. A failure is when you decided your health isn't worth the effort." <BR> <BR> <BR> As you can see from today's quote there is a big difference in a setback and a failure. All of us at some point in our lives are going to have times we slip up, it could even be the plan we had for dinner tonight had to be changed due to unexpected guest showing up and what we were going to prepare is just not going to fill the bi... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:58:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/21 DAILY QUOTE: “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” ~ Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Is there a form of exercise that you have never tried that you really want to? What and Why? <BR> <BR> Hot Hula. A girlfriend of mine started taking it several years ago and is now teaching it. It looks like so much fun. <BR> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:58:38 EST Fake it until you make it. "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't — you're right," Henry Ford once said. Believing in ourselves can make a big difference in how well we stick to the the Plan. Along with what we do physically, in terms of small accomplishments, we can also bolster our self-confidence with a few mental tweaks: <BR> <BR> Change our self-talk. Thoughts like "I'll never lose weight," or "I'm so fat," leaves us defeated. If your boss or a friend spoke to you that way, would you be inspired to do... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:04:18 EST Activity I got in my activity yesterday. After Sunday dinner Ruthann decided she would come up and mow my yard. I think I have mentioned I have a good size yard, good news is its mainly all flat. However, I also have three big trees in my front yard loaded with leaves, that keep falling. So Ruthann is armed with the lawnmower, and I with my rake and off we go. I also discovered I have a permission (not sure if spelled it correctly, but its a tree with little fruits on them and if the fruit is rip... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:09:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/19 DAILY QUOTE: “Life doesn’t reward the naturally clever or strong but those who can learn to fight and work hard and never quit. ~ Bear Grylls <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you plan vacations around exercise? <BR> <BR> We have. A couple of years ago for our honeymooniversary, we went to Hot Springs so we could use their Y facilities there. :-) Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:02:09 EST Saturday's meeting I am not going to apologize anymore for being late with my post, know why??? Well, I lost FIVE (5) POUNDS this week <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> . Only thing I have done differently has been the more sleeping. We had a really good meeting yesterday, and I really like my leader. After the meeting began first thing she did was have us turn to our neighbor and ask them what they did this week they could brag about. My neighbor announced she had walked 3 miles per day each... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 06:04:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/18 DAILY QUOTE: “Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are the master of your attitude. Choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite thing about your favorite exercise? <BR> <BR> Even though it is walking, I can change it up. I can pick a different DVD, I can walk outside or on the treadmill. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:02:33 EST Mistakes = Stepping Stones "Don't carry your mistakes with you. Instead place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones." <BR> <BR> I love searching for new quotes to use and share and I love it even more when they seem to jump right off the pages for me. Today's quote should become our mantra. All that extra baggage of just never letting go of our mistakes all that does is keep us weighed down emotionally and if your like me and am an emotional eater then you know what the next step would be. So I like... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 06:08:47 EST Late again I know, I know...I'm turning into a real person. <em>198</em> Never have I slept as well as I do in this house. I think I did not realize just how much stress I was under and now my body is telling me, ''lets rest and repair." Now in my own defense, it was 10 pm before I got to go to bed last night. My hot water heater went out yesterday and I am so glad I found this out before I tried to take a shower this morning. So I called Mr. King and he had someone over here within 30 minutes ... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:30:03 EST No limits to what we can do. Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You <BR> can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” <BR> <BR> It rained here in Beaver Dam the entire day yesterday, but I really did not mind that it gave me some much needed down time. Even got to try out the furnace to make sure it works and it does. I was thumbing through a book and today's quote popped out and I put the book down leaned back in my chair, yes, the... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:04:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/15 DAILY QUOTE: “The only thing we can control is what we do in the present. The more we replay yesterday, the further we get from today’s opportunities. And the further away we move from opportunities, the tougher the road is to get back. Opportunities never look as good coming as they do going, and they wait for no one. We need to be highly attentive to spot them. And we must be focused on our present capabilities, not past regrets.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTIO... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:00:30 EST Blog This morning instead of writing a post, I decided I'd post the picture of what we have gotten done so far on my house. I hope you enjoy them, and I mentioned in the blog there are no pictures of the guest bedroom or the front living room, those rooms are not ready yet so stay tuned. <BR> Hugs to all, <BR> Joan Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:12:43 EST Halloween Candy At Saturday's WW's meeting the leader made a statement and I almost gasp, and immediately thought to myself, ''how did she know I have done that before?" Her statement was, ''if your buying Halloween candy now, lets face it, its not for the Trick or Treater's." I cannot believe just how many times I have done that very thing, but it gets even better, for the 15 years I was married to Bob we never even had Trick or Treaters, but I'd still come carrying in those bags of little candy bars as i... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:46:54 EST Scale Question Good Morning All, <BR> I joined my WW at Work group last Tuesdays (10/7) which was my first weight in. Before that I had actually started my diet (eating cleaner) 5 weeks before (9/8). I weighed myself every Monday, every morning at the same time and posted to Sparkpeople. When I started WW I had lost a total of 4 lbs. I even weighed myself the Monday before I joined the group and I was still down 4 lbs from my starting weight. However, when I did my first weigh-at work, the scale showed that... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:47:52 EST A mile is a mile is a mile. Whether its a 15 minute mile or a 7 minute mile, its still a mile." <BR> <BR> When I ran across this quote I loved it. I'm a very slow walker compared to others, lets face it I've even had the old man with the walker pass me up on the track. I have Arthritis in my feet, therefore constant pain, I have poor circulation as well so lots of numbness from time to time. Even going to Wal-Mart with Coty he's alreday where we need to be 10 minutes before I can get across the parking lot. But, yo... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 05:46:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/12 DAILY QUOTE: “The grass is always greener where you water it.” ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Does your name have a special meaning or were you named after someone special? <BR> <BR> My first name does not, but my middle name is a family name. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:51:35 EST Yesterday's meeting I have to say the meeting yesterday was as different as night and day. People talked to me, and I met a lady named Fran that even walked out with me. I'm so glad I decided to go back, and the leader even introduced me to the group and then other's introduced themselves to me. I was surprised to find about 4 or 5 men at this meeting, there may have been more due to people were coming in weighing in and then leaving. It was a nice sized group as well. The meeting was about ''Our environmen... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 06:47:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/11 DAILY QUOTE: “You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Are you making progress with your October goals? <BR> <BR> Yes. I am excited about how I am doing and to keep moving forward. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 10:41:57 EST So sorry Look at the time, well for me its going on 6 a.m. This place and all the hard work is agreeing with my sleep for sure. I'm even sleeping through the entire night, and it rained all night so of course that just lulled me to sleep. <BR> <BR> I was given a rug for my bedroom yesterday, now I don't have to buy one and I wasn't right now but I knew I would have to due to hardwood floors are cold. In fact I had forgotten how cold they can be. Terry's cousin Sharon had new carpet put down in he... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 06:45:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/10 DAILY QUOTE: “You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” ~ Dale Carnegie <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What’s your favorite cartoon character and why? <BR> <BR> I love the classics (Roadrunner & Coyote, Tom & Jerry), but I think that Scooby will always be my favorite. I watched him, my DS23 watched him with me too. <BR> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:42:59 EST Yesterday's adventure As I wrote yesterday in the thread, I was going to the WW meeting that was 17 miles away. Which in reality turned out to be 25 miles away. When I went in yesterday morning I was welcomed with open arms, it felt like being back at my old Thursday morning meeting, but then I was told by the leader, Sheryl ''this is the last morning meeting we will be having here, due to there being so few paying members they are closing us down, but we will have a Thursday evening meeting weigh-in begins at 6... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 05:55:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/09 DAILY QUOTE: “Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. Soak it then in such trains of thoughts as, for example: Where life is possible at all, a right life is possible.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have seasonal allergies? How do you battle them? <BR> <BR> I do have them and I take Zyrtec everyday and when they are really bad, I add at least a 1000 mg of Vitamin C with Rose Hips. It seems to... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:01:54 EST First night All I can say is me and this house much really agree with one another. I went to bed around 9 last night, have been doing that since I had been staying with Ruthann and Terry, normally I would wake at 4 a.m. central time, well it was after 5 central standard time this morning before I woke up. The cable is hooked up but no phone lines which Coty told me what needed to be done and he can do that, I do have a really cheap $9 phone I got from Wal-Mart I was going to use that as a land line, bu... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 06:30:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/08 DAILY QUOTE: “Never accept or be too comfortable with the status quo, because the companies that get into trouble are historically the ones that aren’t able to adapt to change and respond quickly enough.” ~ Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Is there any skill that you used to know and would like to re-learn (or wish you still knew) or a new skill that you would like to know? <BR> <BR> Yes, I wish I could still sign fluently like I could when I was younger. It is o... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:49:44 EST Making progress Each day gets a little closer to my actually spending a night in my new home. Yesterday was busy and I was grateful for that, make it through the day with ease, or as much ease as one can have when unpacking. Ruthann and I as we unpacked makes piles, 1. What Ruthann wanted <em>334</em> 2. What St. Vincent DePaul would pick up, and 3. What stays with me. Plastic containers galore sitting in my carport. This afternoon when Ruthann comes up we are going to explore the attic. Our unders... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 05:36:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/07 DAILY QUOTE: “The straight line cannot proceed through the torturous twists of life.” ~ Giambattista Vico <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you had one day to live over again, what day would that be? <BR> <BR> I think it would be my wedding day. I feel like I didn't get to spend time with everyone because I was so torn by all the things that we needed to do. <BR> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:22:16 EST There are reasons. “Everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right and sometimes good things fall apart <BR> so better things can fall together.” <BR> <BR> A year ago today, can you believe it, a whole year has gone since Bob's passing. Everything happens for a reason. Mr. Bob was tired, he'd had a long journey on those crutches of his so it was his time. People change, who knows why, but at some point they beg... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 05:17:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/06 DAILY QUOTE: “You cannot buy or win happiness. You must choose it.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Today Matters <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you had to be allergic to something, what would it be? <BR> <BR> I would prefer not to be allergic to anything, but if I had to be allergic to something, I think I'd prefer for it to be something I don't like. Cantaloupe or something like that. <BR> <BR> Sorry for not starting a thread yesterday, we had a fur baby hurt himself and we had to find a vet. Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:15:21 EST I am so tired EVERYTHING is out of Ruthann's basement and in my little house. Of course about all you can see is plastic tubs, and cardboard boxes, but its all in one place. If I had the curtains up I could have stayed there last night, but brother-in-law Terry will hang the curtain rods so that is on the back burner for now, but that's okay too. The kitchen cabinets are filled with dishes, and bathroom is ready to be used, Leigh Ann did a great job putting up the shower curtain and getting all the shel... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 05:04:33 EST Weight Watchers meeting and....... I have the keys to the Broad St. house. settling in has begun, but first the WW meeting. I did drive the 30 miles to the meeting yesterday, it was a good sized group with a mix of lifetimers, repeaters and some just beginning this journey. Here is the strange thing, the leader which was just okay in my book, but she did not introduce me or even tell the group I was new, no one in the group bothered to introduce themselves to me. This so would not happen at either of my meeting places, but t... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 05:30:30 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/04 DAILY QUOTE: “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ~ Alan Watts <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If I gave you $10,000 what would you spend it on? <BR> <BR> As boring as it is, I think I would pay off some debt, and save some for future use! Sat, 4 Oct 2014 10:06:37 EST Present, Past, Future "Your rear view mirror is so small and your wind shield is so large because what lies in your future is much more important than anything that may have happened in your past" <BR> <BR> <BR> We all have something in our past or even in our present that tends to wake us in the middle of the night. I know I have had those things, but I have come to some agreement with myself that no matter what things have happened in the past, I can live in the present and look forward to the future. There ... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 05:34:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/03 DAILY QUOTE: “A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.” ~ James Allen, As a Man Thinketh <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you set new goals for the month of October or are you continuing with the goals for September? <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:33:24 EST Never Give Up!! "Many of life's failure are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." <BR> <BR> Most of us have had that point in our lives that we just wanted to lay down, throw in the towel and give up and never move any further than what we have. But, this group is so not like that, oh sure we might kick ourselves around a bit, we might end up on a dead end street and we might even hit the construction zone and hang out there for a few days, weeks, months or even ye... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 05:20:00 EST Favourite Foods I hope I explain myself here, but I am wanting to remove some foods that I have stored into the Favourites...I no longer eat some of them and like to remove them...also I am finding that I didn't record some with all the nutrition, and I am needing to add vitamin D as it seems that I am low on that.... <BR> Thank you in advance for your help... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:52:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/02 DAILY QUOTE: “Happiness, it turns out, is a skill—one that you can train, just like you train your body in the gym. This is the next big public health revolution. Get on board.” ~ Dan Harris, The Minimalists <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you could watch your favorite TV show right now, what would it be? <BR> <BR> I think it would have to be my latest addiction on Netflix, Call the Midwife. I am re-watching the first 2 seasons. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 10:13:56 EST The search is over "If your searching for that one person that will change your life, take a look in the mirror." <BR> <BR> Can it really be that simple, to find that person who can change your life and make it what you want it to be? Sure can be. For me when I was much, much younger I kept thinking ''if so and so does not believe in me, then I can't do whatever," throughout the years I have found that to be a untruth. Fact is I can do anything I set my mind to. I was thinking about this yesterday when I w... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 05:44:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/01 DAILY QUOTE: “A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” ~ Roald Dahl <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you could wish one thing to come true this year, what would it be? <BR> <BR> Snow on Christmas would be amazing, but having my mom out of rehab and for her not to have anymore accidents wou... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:58:08 EST Middle of the week To being with I was so sorry to read about our Michelle being sick. <em>39</em> Michelle I hope today you are feeling better. <BR> <BR> To answer Jane's question of how long has it been since I have lived in Beaver Dam, its been over 20 years, and even thought lots of the town has stayed the same, I have had some fun exploring a bit. Even parked my van at the old post office and took a walk about down the street checking out the stores. Now in downtown Beaver Dam, not a lot couple ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:14:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/30 DAILY QUOTE: “All worthwhile journeys have big obstacles. It’s the way of the world. The rewards go to those who can push through those trying moments and still manage to keep a smile on their face.” ~ Bear Grylls <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you could talk to anyone in the world (alive or dead), who would it be? <BR> <BR> I think, honestly, it would be my Nanny. I miss her even now and sometimes I just want to hear her voice and listen to her. <BR> <BR> My apologies again for being awa... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:56:54 EST Patience Waiting for my Broad St. house is much like getting to back to my weight loss goal, its not happening overnight!!" Ruthann and I did stop in yesterday morning after going to the grocery store, we went around back and peered in the sliding glass door, they had put on the first coat of paint for the den floor. It is a concrete floor and the son said he was going to paint it tape it off and then add some sort of design to it. My concern has been ''will it scratch and peel when walked upon or ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:50:34 EST Change in many ways. I have to say yesterday was truly a day of rest for us around here. We all were so tired from the move on Saturday that we did the most simplest of things. I did go to Mass yesterday morning it was a nice service, I met a few people none that had known me from years ago which was fine. I did not stay for the coffee after Mass, I was just so tired and I wanted to get back to Ruthann's and help her with dinner, and that was a simple, yet healthy meal. Today my brother-in-law will drive the ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:12:45 EST It's Done!!! <em>244</em> The move was a success, but as any move there are stories and this one is no different. But first I want to say just how proud of my brother I am, the man is a diabetic, he had a heart attack about 3 years ago, and at that time was 4 pounds of weighing in at 500 pounds, as of yesterday he has lost 273 pounds. Some that know him and saw him yesterday asked ''what made you finally lose the weight?" His answer was very simple, ''didn't want to die." I just had to mention his ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 05:41:11 EST Saturday's thoughts on Friday <em>436</em> Tomorrow is the big day, and since I won't be turning on the computer thought I should write something this afternoon, so it will be available for tomorrow. Hope everyone is all packed for our move, I spoke with Mr. King the landlord today, he told me, ''its going to be a few more days," which I had pretty much figured out already, but they are working. We will unload what we can in the utility room what's left will end up in Ruthann and Terry's basement. Tomorrow will be a ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:51:16 EST Mistakes ....I've had my share. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” <BR> <BR> Anyone out there that never made a mistake, please raise your hand....thought so. We've all made mistakes and if we live long enough we will all make some new ones. However, I find as I get older maybe I am becoming a bit wiser or maybe its because when I made major mistakes I learned from those, and never made them again. My parents always told us, ''its one thing to make a mistake or a bad choice, but if you do this ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:04:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/25 DAILY QUOTE: “The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy… It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.” ~ Jacqueline Gareau, 1980 Boston Marathon Champ <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Brag about some of your daily, healthy habits. <BR> <BR> I drink a lot of water and tend to reach for that or unsweet tea to drink. <BR> <BR> All, the craziness conti... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:41:25 EST I NEED Coffee To begin with thanks everyone for the good thoughts and prayers, not only did we make it to Louisville safely, but we made it back to Beaver Dam without a hitch. Ruthann got a really good report from the Oncologist we both exhaled loudly when the doc said, ''everything looks good, and you look really good, so keep doing what your doing, but I want to see you in six months again." He is sending Ruthann's doctor in Ownesboro a letter with the update. The girls that made our appointment for n... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 06:22:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/23 DAILY QUOTE: “Understand the value of time. Life ends up being really short, no matter how long you live. You can recover money, you can rebuild houses, you can re-buy glassware&#8202;—&#8202;but you can’t get back time.” ~ Nick Crocker, Medium <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite indulgence? <BR> <BR> Dessert...I have learned to not overdo it so much with dessert so I can have a small amount and move on. <BR> <BR> I am sorry that I wasn't able to start the thread on Sunday a... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:09:20 EST Tuesday from Beaver Dam. “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” <BR> <BR> The weather here has sure had that Fall nip in the air. All I need now is someone to organize a hay ride. <em>334</em> Got in some porch sitting yesterday afternoon with Ruthann, that was nice. Today, sometime this afternoon Ruthann and I will head back to Louisville so she can see her Oncologist early tomorrow morning. We will just stay overnight in Louisville and then come early Sa... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:25:42 EST Leading the horse to water..... and then he won't drink?" <BR> <BR> Every time I drive by the farm down here I have that message in my head, ''you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink." I am associating this with our walk to a healthier lifestyle and my youngest brother whom I saw yesterday afternoon while attending one of his grandkids birthday parties. My brother has lost over 200 pounds, he has heart problems, high blood pressure and a diabetic all which are under control at the moment, but the on... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:27:54 EST There are no stupid questions. “A curious person who asks questions may be a fool for five minutes; he who never asks questions remains a fool forever.” <BR> <BR> Once upon a time I was one of those people that felt if I ask a stupid question then people will think I'm stupid. Found out real quick those unasked question's can get you in a world of trouble. So anymore does not matter if everyone else knows the answer I still ask the question. <BR> <BR> I cannot tell you over the years how many times I have sat in a WW ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:09:48 EST Coming live from.... Ruthann's dining room table. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I can already tell by just the way I am feeling that I've lost some weight just since Thursday of my weigh in. I got back on track which I never felt I was off track, but I'm with Nell I just cannot eat out, especially 3 days in a row and have 4 meals and have a good weigh in. But what's a good weigh in? Sure is the scale is showing a lesser number, but I also think a good weigh in is when you've had the guts to show up and actually... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:20:33 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/19 DAILY QUOTE: “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” ~ Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Are you sunrise, daylight, twilight, or night? Please share why you picked your time of day? <BR> <BR> I think sunrise or twilight. It's just such a beautiful sight to watch. Although there are beautiful things about daylight (you can see the flowers in bloom, etc.) and night time (when you can see all the stars shining). T... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:13:08 EST UGH!!! As I said in yesterday's thread, ''I will face the scale" and I did just that. Eating out is not a good thing for me, does not matter that I tracked and made good choices, no butter, no dessert, no bread with the shiny crust due to butter, now don't get me wrong a little butter is not bad for you, and even a shiny crust of bread is not bad for you once in awhile, but when they bring the WHOLE basket for a table of two......come on!!!! Well I had one bread the 4 times I ate out this week, it... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:14:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/18 DAILY QUOTE: “You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Oatmeal – hot or cold? <BR> <BR> Hot. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:05:21 EST Oh My!!! Cannot believe that yesterday was my last working day for the Katz. They took me out to lunch, and I could tell Benny was tearing up, Roselee was doing quite well. I will stay in Louisville today and not head for Beaver Dam until tomorrow, things I need to put to rest here. I have to admit NOT looking forward to the scale today, due to I have eaten out 4 times in the past 3 days, yeah, 4 times in 3 days. My meals were all healthy choices but I never ever eat out that much and two of those... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:21:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/17 DAILY QUOTE: “Look at what you’ve got and make the best of it. It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.” ~ Proverb <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you could meet one actor/actress to learn about them, dead or alive, who would it be? <BR> <BR> I go back and forth on this one. I think it would either have to be Shirley Temple Black or Audrey Hepburn. <BR> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:38:26 EST Mirror's Look in the mirror...that's your competition." <BR> <BR> I would have to change that quote a bit from, ''that's your competition" to ''that is your demon." I can be my own worst enemy like most of us, there are just somethings that will push me over the edge. The Halloween candy has been out for about two weeks around here, and every darn time I go into my Kroger store, there is that dang candy corn. Let's face it, ''its not even that good." It gives me terrible heart burn from all the ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:07:17 EST What do you want? "If you want something you never had,you have to do something you've never done." <BR> <BR> I have asked myself this question several time in the last few months, and that question is not always about weight loss, but more of ''what do I want out of life?" I had to take that first step and step out of my comfort zone when I decided to move from Louisville to Beaver Dam. Moving is not something I've never done, but just never thought about doing it at this age. I never ever thought I'd ask... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:26:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/15 DAILY QUOTE:“Beginners are many; finishers are few.” ~ Stephen M. R. Covey, The Speed of Trust <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you could sit on a bench in a beautiful woods, who would you like sitting next to you on the bench and why? <BR> <BR> My husband, of course. I love just sitting and looking at the beautiful stuff with him. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:05:49 EST Persistence "In the confrontation between the stream and the rock. The stream always wins...Not through strength, but through PERSISTENCE." <BR> <BR> We keep plugging alone just like that stream and the rocks, we may fall, we may even get run over a few times, we may even get in the ditch and feel we're never, ever going to get up. There are times we will even utter those words, ''what's the use?" But, we still never give up, we keep getting up each morning with the thought ''Today WILL be a better d... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:45:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/14 DAILY QUOTE: “All worthwhile journeys have big obstacles. It’s the way of the world. The rewards go to those who can push through those trying moments and still manage to keep a smile on their face.” ~ Bear Grylls <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Are you allergic to any fruits? <BR> <BR> Not that I am aware of. There are still so many I have not tried. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:21:34 EST It does not matter..... how slowly you go as long as you don't stop!" <BR> <BR> I've said it once I've said it a dozen times, ''Weight Watchers does not have an expiration date." It took me 4 years to lose my 156 pounds the first time, it may take me 8 years to take off the 60 pounds I put back on, but I keep working at it. I have fallen by the wayside, and yes, I have put weight back on, BUT, I never stopped going to my meetings. After on of the many meetings I might take in, I felt renewed ready to face the w... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 04:57:28 EST Hi Again Hello fellow sparkers. I am sorry I have been AWOL for a while but there's a lot going on in my life and I have not been able to post as often as I would like to. We are downsizing and have put our house up for sale. I have been busy packing, cleaning up, looking for a new house and all the "good stuff" associated with moving. We are staying in the same area but we want a house of half the size of the one we had. <BR> <BR> I will do my best to post more often. I hope y'all had a great summe... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:52:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/13 DAILY QUOTE: “Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are the master of your attitude. Choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Would you rather be three inches taller or three inches shorter? <BR> <BR> Taller, definitely taller. Not that it would make me tall by any definition, but at least then I might break 5'. LOL Sat, 13 Sep 2014 09:57:58 EST If.... You have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed." <BR> <BR> Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. We all have heard, or even used the phrase, ''its just not the right time," the other day we wrote that ''Today" is the right time. I think its right when this journey becomes second nature to us. At one time I was there, it was second nature, but what happened? Was it the last hip re-replacement? No, I think it began with the one before that. Was it Bob havin... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:21:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/12 DAILY QUOTE: “To achieve goals you’ve never achieved before, you need to start doing things you’ve never done before.” ~ Stephen Covey, The 8th Habit <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Are you allergic to any vegetables? <BR> <BR> If cilantro considered a vegetable, then yes, I am allergic. I am not allergic to any others that I am aware of. <BR> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:51:24 EST This and That Yesterday was my meeting and weight in day, lost .8, I'll take it. A loss is a loss in my book. One of the ladies that I attend this meeting with thought yesterday was going to be my last day with them so she brought me two of the cutest candles, they are coffee cups with saucers very small, but so very cute, when I find my camera I must of left it on the table in the condo this time since I have looked in on my bags and can't seem to locate it, anyway, they are very cute and that was very ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:24:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/11 DAILY QUOTE: “If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not 20 years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.” ~ Debbie Millman <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: When you drink your water do you like it plain or with a slice of fruit? <BR> <BR> I drink it plain at home, but it is nice to have it with a slice of fruit or ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:12:43 EST Habits "Habits are strong; We are STRONGER." <BR> <BR> I bet we all have a list of things we do that we know we shouldn't, I say ''we'' because I know I sure do. It may not be a list I physically carry with me but in my mind its there. As I go through my day I make sure my bad habits is not going to mess up what progress I have made, sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't. One of the ladies that I attend WW meeting with every Thursday said for her it was night time eating, so what did s... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:22:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/10 DAILY QUOTE:“You cannot buy or win happiness. You must choose it.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Today Matters <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Would you rather be deaf or blind? <BR> <BR> If I had to choose one or the other, I think it would have to be deaf. I have been around deaf people and used to know sign language and think that it would be easier for that to come back to me or re-learn than to try to learn something completely new. <BR> <BR> My sincerest apologies for not starting the thread yeste... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:16:41 EST Hello! I'm new...again Hi!! I'm Shelly and I just rejoined Spark! I had an account a long time ago but didn't utilize it like I should've! I'm an 8th grade teacher and have about 30 pounds to lose. I'm trying not to focus on the scale too much... I just want to feel good and healthy!! I tend to do well for awhile and then once I have a hiccup it goes downhill from there..I love how Spark is community based and I look forward to interacting with all of you, keeping each other on track, and exchanging advice :) Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:37:55 EST Happy Birthday Michelle. <em>236</em> <em>410</em> Happy Birthday Michelle, you share Bob's birthday, today Bob would have been 95 years old, I know he's having a much better birthday party in Heaven than I could have given him down here on earth. I wish for your day one filled with Love, Peace & Joy. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Don't wait. The time will never be just right.” <BR> <BR> Is there ever the perfect time to get healthy? We;ve talked about this before, there will always be celebrations, births, deaths, ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 03:48:59 EST Getting on with living. “The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.” <BR> <BR> I really do feel for the first time is such a long time that I am REALLY beginning to live my life. By that I mean, I am doing things that are best for me. Not things that are going to be best for someone else. I did not ask anyone, ''my moving away, how is that going to mess with your life." Even though I have not asked that question, poor Mr. Benny lets me know on a daily basis how its going to screw with his life. I ne... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 04:26:06 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/08 DAILY QUOTE: “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” ~ Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Would you rather be hairy all over or completely bald? <BR> <BR> I think I'd rather be hairy all least there is waxing and/or laser hair removal. Mon, 8 Sep 2014 08:11:11 EST Difficulty verses Opportunity A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” <BR> <BR> Yesterday afternoon I went to the Sunday WW meeting, had not been to that one for sometime, its the one where the leader let the members set the tone of the meeting. Several of those ladies have now joined the Thursday morning group that I go to. Even though the meeting was more positive than it was the first time I went the members could still use some work on themselves. This o... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 04:19:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/07 DAILY QUOTE: “The only thing you really control in life is your preparation. You may be up against more devious, more intelligent, or more excitable people, but you can’t control their conduct, steal their skills, or tranquilize their emotions. You can’t control external events. But if you prepare yourself and your team fully, you know that you will have done all you can do to achieve an optimal result.” ~ Ronald Shapiro, Dare to Prepare <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Would you rather be invisib... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 10:59:24 EST Sunday Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” <BR> <BR> It seems as if I'm doing anything but sitting in one place, and I have to admit it, I love it. Heading back to Louisville this morning. It's only 4 a.m. here in Beaver Dam, the coffee pot is making its last gurgling noise then the coffee will be ready, and as all morning's I begin it with all of you. <BR> <BR> Mass was very nice last night, cannot tell you the Priest's name due to I have not yet learn... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 05:20:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/06 DAILY QUOTE: “There is a hidden blessing in the most traumatic things we go through in our lives. My brain always goes to, ‘Where is the hidden blessing? What is my gift?'” ~ Sara Blakely <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Would you rather have a beach holiday or a mountain holiday? <BR> <BR> I like both. <BR> Sat, 6 Sep 2014 12:18:31 EST Creating happiness We have all heard, ''you have to make yourself happy." Its true no matter how hard we try to make other's happy, until they are ready to actually be happy themselves, then its pretty much a lost cause. Yesterday as I walked through my ''little house'' looking around thinking ''oh this will look good here, and that will look good there," I realized at that moment, ''you are creating your own happiness." I have never been one to expect other's to make me happy, and as most of us know that i... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 05:46:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/05 DAILY QUOTE: “When you make a small change, your ‘normal’ adjusts. Imagine that you’re used to a whole set of conditions — if you deviate from those conditions very much, you will be uncomfortable. Going to live in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language, don’t know anyone, aren’t used to the food, don’t understand the customs, don’t have the same kind of home you’re used to … this can be very difficult. But if you make one tiny change, it’s not very uncomfortable. And after a mo... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:04:03 EST I made the paper. To begin with my weigh in was good yesterday, down another pounds, color me happy. Our leader was absent yesterday but her sub is wonderful. Yesterday's on our weekly's were attached a post-it note, on that piece of paper we were to write one thing we were going to do this week to make us more successful on our journey. Of course I wrote ''No Sugar!!!" As we were leaving our sub held the trash basket and said, ''now if your truly willing to give what you wrote down all you've got this we... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 05:14:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/04 DAILY QUOTE: “We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.” – Max DePree <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Would you rather listen to music or watch TV? <BR> <BR> That's difficult for me. I may have the tv on, but it doesn't mean I'm always watching it. Oftentimes I do it for the noise. When I'm working out, it is definitely music. <BR> <BR> Sorry for the late start. Technical difficulties. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 10:59:17 EST Interesting I found this article on the internet and lets face it ''if its on the internet, it has to be true." <em>198</em> You know how when we over do it on sweets or just a binge how quickly our weight shoots up, well according to this article and I quote. <BR> <BR> For EVERY gram of carbs you eat over the weekend (or any other time) your body hold nearly 3 grams of water. So if you had a few slices of pizza, some bread and a bowl of ice cream we're talking an extra 700-1000 grams of water sitt... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 04:06:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/03 DAILY QUOTE: So, what if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow. - unknown <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Would you rather eat broccoli or carrots? <BR> <BR> Depends on my mood. I like broccoli a lot, cooked is my preference. With carrots, I don't like them cooked with the brown sugar, etc. I like them raw or cooked into something. Wed, 3 Sep 2014 10:19:07 EST Pain "There are two types of pain in this world: Pain that hurts you and pain that changes you." <BR> <BR> Pain that can hurt comes in many different ways, there is the pain from sore muscles when we exercise, or have changed up our exercise using muscles we've not used in forever, and that pain can make us stronger as well. Then there is the pain we feel in our hearts from time to time, when we lose a loved one, or when people we thought were our friends let us down. Its these times that have... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 04:19:34 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/02 DAILY QUOTE: “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Would you rather visit the doctor or the dentist? <BR> <BR> Probably the doctor, I usually know what's coming. After my last visits to the ... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:02:48 EST Happiness Happiness isn't about getting what you want all the time. It's about loving what you have and being grateful." <BR> <BR> I have never been a person that has been jealous of what other people have, I've never seen the point. I have always just wanted to have enough to pay my bills, have a roof over my head, and some food for my belly. Life is short and I just don't have the time or energy to deal with jealousy, to me its a wasted emotions. Now on the flip side of that statement, I have to... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 04:16:21 EST When in doubt. "Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will." <BR> <BR> One of the weight watcher leaders I had used to say all the time, ''when in doubt do without." Meaning if your not sure about the points on something at times its best just to walk away from it. Do we do that very often? At one time in my life I would have, way back in the day when I was still on the honeymoon stage. Now I am more lazy about things and when we get lazy we know what ends up happening, we tell ourselves ''oh this ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 04:07:12 EST I'm just me To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” <BR> <BR> I've seen today's quotes many times in the past, never gave a lot of thought about it until yesterday when I happen to run into someone I actually graduated high school with. I have to admit I did not recognize him, but Ruthann and I were in the local Wal-Mart here in Beaver Dam, I have decided this is the local meeting place, lol lol. This man kept looking over our wa... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 05:31:16 EST Not letting the world pass me by. If we wait for the perfect answer, the world will pass us by.” <BR> <BR> Arrived in Beaver Dam safe and sound, however what normally is a 40 minute drive from Louisville to Elizabethtown yesterday turned into and hour and 30 minutes drive. Once I finally got on South 65, I thought, great wide open, did not matter that the sign was flashing...''expect delays".....surly that sign was not someone else...NOT!!!!!!!!! Road construction, but I never saw anyone working, like I said long trip but ... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 05:48:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/29 DAILY QUOTE: “While positive thinking doesn’t always work, negative thinking, unfortunately, almost always does.” ~ Gary Mack, Mind Gym <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you were given $10,000 and told you could donate it to a single charity of your choosing, what charity would you choose? <BR> <BR> I think if I could only donate to one, it would probably be the one that I work with each year preparing for the charity walk. I think I would prefer to split it out to help multiple charities. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:46:34 EST I am someone's hero. <BR> Yesterday was my meeting and weigh in day, and I'm pleased to say I had a loss, it was not as much as I had hoped for, but it was a loss .2, I'll take it. Yesterday one of the things we did at our meeting was ''be a friend" so our leader handed out small sheets of paper and we each wrote a word, a phrase something on those sheets of paper we then put them all in a hat our leader stirred them up and each of us got to draw out a sheet of paper. Our notes were not signed, so that made ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:00:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/28 DAILY QUOTE: “One of the most common mistakes and one of the costliest, is thinking that success is due to some genius, some magic something or other which we do not possess. Success is generally due to holding on and failure to let go. You decide to learn a language, study music, take a course in reading, train yourself physically. Will it be a success or failure? It depends upon how much pluck and perseverance that word ‘decide’ contains. The decision that nothing will overrule, the grip th... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:10:02 EST Do things you can't do. “I am always doing things I can’t do, that’s how I get to do them.” <BR> <BR> Not long ago I was pretty sure I was not going to be able to get off the sugar again, but I've been off sugar for about five weeks maybe a bit longer. I have to be honest I have not kept count of the days like I did last time. I also have to admit when I first thought about moving back home to Beaver Dam my first thought was, ''I can't do that, its just way too much work and I'm not sure I'm up for it." Well, gu... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:19:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/27 DAILY QUOTE: “Thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplished anything, and never can. They always lead to failure. Purpose, energy, power to do, and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear creep in.” ~ James Allen, As a Man Thinketh <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you prefer cow’s milk or a different kind of milk? <BR> <BR> To drink, which is still sort of difficult for me unless I am in the mood, cow's milk. I was drinking almond or coconut for awhile. <BR> <BR> Sorry for the late po... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:40:26 EST 30 days from today Exactly 30 days now until my final move. Don't know if you all can tell or not, but I am excited. Excited to begin a new chapter in my life. excited to meet new people and make new connections, and I'm even excited about joining a new WW's group. Maybe that is just what I need a lot of change to get things rockin' and rollin' again. I'm excited about making the rental my home, putting my own stamp on it and not having to deal with other people's problems. I can't wait for my new home to ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 04:09:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 08/26 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.” ~ Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Are you left handed, right handed or ambidextrous? <BR> <BR> Right handed. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:05:28 EST Hit what we aim for. An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it's going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming." <BR> <BR> Are you hitting for what your aiming for? Example, getting away from so much sugar and additives in our foods, aiming for more ways to get in activity. Whatever it maybe we have to aim and focus as I mentioned a few days ago, to get where we want to be. We all know its not going to ha... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 04:25:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 08/25 DAILY QUOTE: “Our mind is the foundation of all our actions, whether they are actions of body, speech, or mind, i.e., thinking. Whatever we think, say, or do arises from our mind. What our consciousness consumes becomes the substance of our life, so we have to be very careful which nutriments we ingest.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you ever needed a passport to travel? <BR> <BR> I can honestly say yes, but the kids and I wound up not going because we couldn't aff... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:13:12 EST Focus on the things I do well. There are very few of us who come to the end of the day without making some sort of mistake. And, That's okay, we learn from mistakes. What's not okay, is we often spend way too much time fixating on all that ways we fall short, ways we let ourselves down or someone else, things we failed to do or didn't do right. <BR> <BR> This kind of thinking has a strange way of leading us right to the refrigerator or closest drive thru. So instead of focusing on the negative, let's take a look at all ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 04:35:20 EST Are you just talking? “What you want to do, you do. The rest is just talk.” <BR> <BR> I really thought today's quote was an eye opener. We all know the person that talks a good talk but never seems to get anywhere. Its not just on the journey to better health but in other aspects of their lives. Example....I have a neighbor that he and his wife will have been married a year come this October, if he has asked me once he has asked me 30 times in the last month, ''where is it you go to your Weight Watcher meeting... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 05:27:53 EST Saturday I made it to Beaver Dam safe and sound. Weather is very unsettled here, we had major thunder and lightening last night, Ruthann's dog Pety does not like that at all. I did speak with the landlord when I arrived in town yesterday and the woman in the house is suppose to be gone by next Wednesday, which will work out since I plan on coming back down next Friday after I get off work so that will be the time when we will get to go back inside and decide what all needs to be done. Nell you ask... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 05:22:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/22 DAILY QUOTE: We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are. - Max DePree <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have one method that you use to split out your PointsPlus or your Calories each day? Do you only allot a specific number for each meal or snack? <BR> <BR> No, I know I should do that, but I generally don't. I try to focus on getting in my Good Health Guidelines. <BR> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:42:21 EST Going home today I have some mixed emotions today. Today would have been mine and Bob's 16th wedding anniversary. Another first thing for me without Bob. Life moves forward and I am moving right alone with it. Today after I get off work I'm heading for Beaver Dam, with my van loaded down with more boxes, I'm working toward only having furniture to move on the 27th of September. I will have my computer with me so never fear you all will get updates from me. <em>334</em> I have not heard from the Beaver... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:25:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/21 DAILY QUOTE: “As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking.” ~ James Allen, As a Man Thinketh <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Name one thing that you don't leave the house without. <BR> <BR> My cell phone. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:30:12 EST Keep pursuing your dreams. “It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams." <BR> <BR> Have you stopped pursuing your dreams of being more healthy? Do we have to be given some life threatening health diagnosis before we decided, ''hum, I better make some better choices." <BR> Ms. Roselee told me yesterday while we were exercising, ''I see no reason for doing this because its not going to make any difference." So as I explained to Ms. Roselee... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:34:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/20 DAILY QUOTE: “What got us to where we are today is not going to get us to where we need to go tomorrow.” ~ Blake Mycoskie <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: I know we seem to be losing so many great actors this year. One of them appearing most notably in my FB feed is Robin Williams. Do you have a favorite movie that he was in? <BR> <BR> I have so many. Mrs. Doubtfire, Popeye, The World According to Garp. I think if I had to go with one, it would be a hard choice. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:02:46 EST We are in this together. Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, What! You too? I thought I was the only one!” <BR> <BR> ~ C. S. Lewis <BR> <BR> This is how I view this group...we are all in the same boat. I know we all have different things to handle, each of us have that one thing that can set us off into a binge, but at the end of the day we all seem to struggle with the same I can eat no matter what, happy, sad, glad, sick you name it, I can eat. Portion control I th... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 04:21:25 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/19 DAILY QUOTE: “Doing your best is taking the action because you love it, not because you’re expecting a reward. Most people do the exact opposite: They only take action when they expect a reward, and they don’t enjoy the action. And that’s the reason why they don’t do their best.” ~ don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite season and why? <BR> <BR> I love spring when everything starts blooming and the grass and trees turn green again. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:12:47 EST When your ready “If you don't think you can do it, who will? You control the most important tool in success, your mind.” <BR> <BR> I can't count the times I have seen a person come maybe that first or second time to a WW meeting, and then we never see them again. Not sure if life gets in their way or if they are just not ready to make that lifestyle change. I get on the fence with that one and really wish I wasn't that way, but at times I am. Another thing I have to mention is when someone says, ''so and... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 04:53:25 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/18 DAILY QUOTE: “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” &#8213; Confucius <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How do you handle getting your calories/PointsPlus in when you aren't feeling well? <BR> <BR> I generally don't worry about it. I focus on trying to feel better. <BR> <BR> <BR> SORRY FOR NOT POSTING WAS IN BED WITH A MIGRAINE AND NAUSEA SINCE LATE SATURDAY EVENING. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:13:13 EST Sincere words/kind words “You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.” <BR> <BR> ~ Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> There are times that all of us just need to hear one kind work. There are times we all feel as if we are taken for granted, whether we are or not. But then there are those times when just one thing can be said to us and that is when we know our efforts are worth it. Since I got home on Tuesday I've worked everyday for Ms. Roselee. I call each afternoon just to check on t... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 04:19:41 EST Condo showing I'm not allowing the real estate people to show the condo until I'm gone completely. Stress I do not need and after the way the left my home after taking the pictures, no way they are allowed in until I'm gone. But, there is a woman that lives in our complex that has a friend that is interested in my condo. So I told Cheryl the lady that lives in our complex that it would be fine if she wanted to bring her friend over. So they came over after I got off work yesterday and Cheryl's friend l... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 04:47:05 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? of the Day - 08/16 DAILY QUOTE: “In our culture, we grow up thinking that failure is a terrible thing, that it’s a setback, or worse, the end. Often it turns out to be the beginning of something better.” ~ Katherine Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: List three adjectives that describe you. <BR> <BR> Friendly, silly and loves to laugh. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 10:38:25 EST Last Saturday's luncheon I forgot to fill you all in on the luncheon Dana made happen. I did post the pictures in my blog, they each gave me a card and each of them had written me a note in their cards, those I read later and I have to say they were so sweet. You just never know the impact you might be having on someone else's life. They also gave me a gift, a cash gift, the amount of $300.00 which was way too generous, but I told them I was glad they did it. <em>334</em> So I put that money toward a new sofa f... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 04:40:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/15 DAILY QUOTE: “Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. Soak it then in such trains of thoughts as, for example: Where life is possible at all, a right life is possible.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Today I...[finish this statement]. Today I feel positive about the coming week. I am going shopping and getting some meal prepping done at least for lunch! Fri, 15 Aug 2014 07:53:27 EST It costs too much to eat healthy I know all of you have heard that one before. Its like our mantra when we don't want to eat healthy. “Eating healthy costs more.” <BR> “Well yeah,” I'd think to myself, “of course it does. I can get a whole bag of cheeseburgers for a nickle, but it'll cost me $8 for a bunch of grapes? I'll stick with the burgers, thanks. I'm not made of money. . .” Years ago you could get a bag of White Castles for a very small amount of money. <BR> The idea has stuck around. But is it really true? Like mos... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 04:34:36 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/14 DAILY QUOTE: “You learn so much from taking chances, whether they work out or not. Either way, you can grow from the experience and become stronger and smarter.” ~ John Legend <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What’s the last thing that made you laugh? <BR> <BR> Hmm, I have to admit that my DD and I have difficulty from time to time when we are talking. She was trying to say something and it came out funny. Perhaps not quite as funny as when I told DH that the fread was brozen, but it was funny. ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:07:03 EST Lead by example “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” <BR> <BR> ~ Albert Schweitzer <BR> <BR> Today is Thursday so today is weigh in and meeting day. However, I took in a different meeting yesterday afternoon, again I had not been to this one before, but I really enjoyed the meeting. The leader was very good, very good she knew her stuff, and as I looked around the room, I could see, ''these people are following by her example." Yesterday's leader was like my Thur... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 04:25:03 EST New To Team Back using PP again. Made goal, quit smoking, gained it all back and then some. <em>24</em> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:12:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/13 DAILY QUOTE: “Our mind is the foundation of all our actions, whether they are actions of body, speech, or mind, i.e., thinking. Whatever we think, say, or do arises from our mind. What our consciousness consumes becomes the substance of our life, so we have to be very careful which nutriments we ingest.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you make grocery lists? <BR> <BR> I definitely try to. There are some things that we just know we need that may not have gotten on th... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:03:07 EST I don't deserve this. Last night I was channel surfing, cause I just could not get settled down with the book I had started, so I thought ''I'll turn on the tv and watch something I don't have to think about." The show I came upon I had never watched before, ''Extreme Weight Loss." Low and behold the lady they had on there last night was from Owensboro, Kentucky, just North of Beaver Dam. This woman was only 4 foot and some inches tall and weighed in at 243 pounds (I think), anyway even when she was chosen all ... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:30:55 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/12 DAILY QUOTE: "The trouble is, you think you have time." - Buddha <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you eat more fresh produce, frozen or canned produce? <BR> <BR> In the summer, it tends to be more fresh. In the fall and winter, it is often frozen or canned. I am hoping to learn to can soon so I can enjoy some of the great fruits and veggies all year long! <BR> <BR> Sorry for starting things so late. I got word this morning that a friend's mother passed and time just slipped away this morni... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:59:38 EST Back the the headaches of Louisville. After I found out yesterday afternoon that Benny would have to take a day off from the gym to stay with Ms. Roselee, I decided to come back to Louisville. I can't call it home anymore due to when the people came by to take pictures they treated my things as if they were trash, and to be quite honest I do not appreciate that one bit. I knew they were going to have to move some furniture around, but I was told by both Robin and both the real estate agent and his wife that EVERYTHING would be ... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 04:38:36 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/11 DAILY QUOTE: “Success doesn’t depend on your past or current circumstances. Success depends on your willingness to do what’s required to become successful, and the day you act on that willingness is your first step toward success.” ~ Joachim de Posada, Don’t Eat the Marshmallow… Yet! <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Whether male or female, do you wear your nails short or longer? <BR> <BR> Mine grow so quickly that I generally wear them long and have since I was young (like later years in element... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 08:13:24 EST A Beaver Dam adventure already?????? I had planned on returning to Louisville today, and going to work tomorrow (Tuesday), but those plans have had to change. Ruthann and I were out and about yesterday in my van when all of a sudden there was this odd screeching sound coming from the rear of the van. First we thought it was just the tires on the road, Ruthann was driving so she applied the brakes and the sound stopped, so we kept driving all of a sudden screeching started again and louder this time...not good, we got ourselves... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 05:36:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/10 DAILY QUOTE: "Do something today that your future self will thank you for." - Unknown <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you take a multi-vitamin. If yes, when do you take it? <BR> <BR> Yes, right after breakfast. <BR> <BR> Sorry I didn't post yesterday. I was having internet issues to the point that I finally just gave up. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:05:22 EST The house First off let me say this....If I ever was moving and left a house in this shape I'd hope my parents would reach up from the grave and give me a good whack. Now with that being said, and yes I have rented before, yes when I was much younger, and no I did not have kid or pets, but when I left someone else could have moved right in my place was so clean. Here is where I have a problem and that is looking beyond the mess. The woman is packing and moving out, but it was not the piles of clothe... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 05:30:56 EST That burning desire. “Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly?” <BR> <BR> ~ Stephen R. Covey <BR> <BR> When I read today's quote I had to sit and ponder a bit before I began to write. I know for myself that motivation does have to come from within, for example my health insurance will pay my membership at certain gyms. But for whatever reason it seems if I'm not paying the membership then I don't feel as compelled to go each d... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 04:26:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/08 DAILY QUOTE: "It's easier to go down a hill than up it, but the view is much better at the top." - Henry Ward Beecher <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you pack lightly, or do you over pack? <BR> <BR> I try not to overpack, but being a mom, I have a tendency to do it anyway. Fri, 8 Aug 2014 10:17:12 EST It comes from within “Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, <BR> chances are it will burn very briefly?” <BR> <BR> ~ Stephen R. Covey <BR> <BR> We can build that fire of motivation in someone else if we can't built it in ourselves first. Yesterday as I watched ''The Doctor's" with Ms. Roselee there was this secret under their box that was the ''secret to weight loss." Of course if life was that easy, and what was under that box may seem very easy to some of you... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 04:28:36 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/07 DAILY QUOTE: “Do yourself a favor, and realize that there’s no technique in the world that will save you. There are no pills, no secrets, no passwords on the path to greatness. You’ve got to embrace the pain, push the threshold, and feel the suck, and then you’ve got to muster the courage to go back six times a week.” ~ Jon Gilson <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Where do you prefer to get your activity in (i.e. gym, home, outside)? <BR> <BR> There is room for all of them, I think. I get a lot o... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 08:23:27 EST Plateau gone! Finally I broke through the plateau, down 1.8 woohoo. <em>224</em> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 08:13:07 EST I was lazy All this packing that has been going on for some weeks, and moving things around and working at Ms. Roselee's as well has begun to take its toil on me. So yesterday afternoon when I came home, I pulled out the heating pad and sat. Yep, I just sat. I have a bad back, have had one of those for years, but I cannot think of anytime during the day that I'm not bending that poor back of mine. I'm not a squatter so bending is what I have to do. My back is happier this morning as well. But for ... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 04:14:52 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/06 DAILY QUOTE: "Breathe in the future, breathe out the past. No matter where you are or what you’re going through, always believe that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Never expect, assume, or demand. Just do your best, control the elements you can control, and then let it be. Because once you have done what you can, if it is meant to be, it will happen, or it will show you the next step that needs to be taken.” ~ Marc Chernoff, Blog <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Name one tool you use t... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 10:14:26 EST Attitude, Attitude. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” <BR> <BR> ~ Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> Attitude enter all aspects of our lives not just for weight loss. This was proven yesterday when the real estate man and his wife came an hour earlier than they were scheduled. I had just gotten home from work got my things sat down when the door bell was ringing, and it was the real estate man announcing himself and his wife. The schedule appointment was for 2:30 and they showed up at 1:30,... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 04:35:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/05 DAILY QUOTE: “Everything that happens helps you grow, even if it’s hard to see right now. Circumstances will direct you, correct you, and perfect you over time. So whatever you do, hold on to hope. The tiniest thread will twist into an unbreakable cord. Let hope anchor you in the possibility that this is not the end of your story – that the change in the tides will eventually bring you to peaceful shores.” ~ Marc Chernoff, Blog <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you were forced to give up chocola... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 09:53:42 EST I'm standing again. "At some point the winds will stop blowing, the storms will pass, and just like the palm tree, the bounce that you have is going to cause you to stand right back up." <BR> <BR> I have to say a few months ago I never thought I'd be back standing tall again. It was not only the sugar issue, but just dealing with Bob's sons, has been at times more than I could handle. But at some point, and I"m not sure just when it happened, but I began to realize ''I don't have to have all the answers, I d... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 03:38:06 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/04 Daily Quote: “Binge on life. Purge negativity. Starve guilty feelings. Restrict unhappy thoughts. Count blessings, not calories. The only weight you ever need to lose is the weight of the world on your shoulders.” ~ Anonymous <BR> <BR> Daily Question: What is the last meal that you prepared for yourself? <BR> <BR> I fixed a Cheeseburger & Tot casserole with green beans and we had tomatoes as the side. Filling and tasty! :-) Mon, 4 Aug 2014 08:03:49 EST Burning Calories "Making excuses burns ZERO calories." <BR> <BR> I can honestly say with my upcoming move, I have been getting a lot of calorie burn going on. But, I have also had lunch out twice last week, and breakfast out yesterday, but I felt good about my choices. Yesterday I was taken out to Cracker Barrel for breakfast, as a rule that would have been gravy, biscuit, sausage, bacon or both might have a couple of eggs in there, but not yesterday I opted for oatmeal, steel cut oats at that and they wer... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 03:49:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/03 DAILY QUOTE: “Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.” &#8213; Anaïs Nin <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What color are your nails now? <BR> <BR> They are natural. I rarely paint my nails. <BR> Sun, 3 Aug 2014 09:16:57 EST Two weeks of no sugar. As of this morning I actually have two weeks without sugar. I am thinking more clearly, I seem to have less joint pain, and I've lost some weight, all very good things. I just have to remember how hard it is to get off that stuff once its back in my system. Two weeks, here's to staying one more day off the stuff. <BR> <BR> Found out yesterday that I can go down this coming weekend to check out the inside of the Beaver Dam house. Color me excited. <em>334</em> I won't be able to leave... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 04:00:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/02 DAILY QUOTE: “If you want to be happy, be.” &#8213; Leo Tolstoy <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Is your hair colored, or is it natural? <BR> <BR> I used to color it, but it is all natural now. Gray hair and all! :-) <BR> Sat, 2 Aug 2014 10:01:43 EST Your going to love this.... First off I had a wonderful day yesterday, did not indulge in any sweets at all, so that was my gift to myself. Also late yesterday afternoon took in the meeting again that I had gone to where I had the encounter with the lady I told you all about. Low and behold she was there. Same place, different leader and different group of people. This is a quite large group so when I came in I sat quietly in the back, when all of a sudden I spotted this woman, my first thought was to go and sit wit... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 03:40:30 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 08/01 DAILY QUOTE: “You'll never find a rainbow if you're looking down” &#8213; Charles Chaplin <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How much water (in oz.) do you drink on an average day? <BR> <BR> I drink, on average, 80 oz. or more. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 08:09:41 EST Exciting news!!! Good morning all, today is my birthday. <em>410</em> Roselee, Benny and Bobbi took me to lunch yesterday it was great, I did not overeat and Bobbi even had the server make me a birthday dessert which I held and had my picture taken with it, but then I handed it over to Bobbi, Benny and Roselee to eat. I've not almost two weeks off the sugar and am feeling so much better. But it being my birthday is NOT the EXCITING NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A house in Beaver Dam is coming available, Coty took p... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 04:15:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/31 DAILY QUOTE: With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. - Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have your goals written down for August? <BR> <BR> Not yet, plan on writing them down today. <BR> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:05:40 EST Update I got a phone call last night from the lady I had mentioned meeting at that other meeting. I had asked her if she would like to meet me over at my early Thursday morning meeting, she said she would think about it and let me know. I had heard nothing else from her after offering my help. I'm not a pushy person where other people are concerned, and when it comes to weight loss I feel its best to allow people a little room so to let them reach out. As I said I got a call from her last night ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:51:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/30 DAILY QUOTE: “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” &#8213; Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you like to experiment in the kitchen, or do you prefer to stick to the basics? <BR> <BR> I like to experiment. You never know what you may find that you may like. <BR> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:15:05 EST I must be rich. "Your not rich until you have something money can't buy" <BR> <BR> I must be rich, nope didn't win the lottery, can't remember to purchase a ticket, did not get an inheritance don't know anyone that has anything to leave me. <em>41</em> But I have peace of mind, and that is something money cannot buy. Last night Kevin called over and over I have told them myself, ''I don't care about if I receive anything when the condo sells." Even my lawyer has told them this, and she finally said t... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:43:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/29 DAILY QUOTE: “All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts. If a man speak or act with an evil thought, suffering follows him as the wheel follows the hoof of the beast that draws the wagon.... If a man speak or act with a good thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.” &#8213; Gautama Buddha <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have any tricks to share that help you reach your fruits and veggies goal ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:00:17 EST 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 QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 07/27 DAILY QUOTE: “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” &#8213; Confucius <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How often do you watch cooking shows on TV? <BR> <BR> I don't really watch them often. My mother enjoys them and I will sometimes get caught up in them with her. <BR> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:05:28 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