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 WW weight tracker Has anyone else had problems accessing the weight tracker on etools? I contacted customer and service and they told me to clear cookies and cache which I did and still no luck. Then they told me to try chrome or firefox which I did and still no luck. I even tried the chat feature on etools and they were no help either. I really don't know what else to try. Everytime I click on track weight it takes me to the food tracker and the only tabs there are for the food tracker and the activity tr... Mon, 25 May 2015 14:21:27 EST Let's talk about poopy diapers. <BR> When new parents bring home their little bundle of joy from the hospital, the first few times they get up at 3am to change a poopy diaper are probably a bit of a thrill. <BR> <BR> I mean, how could it not be! The awe-inspiring wonder of having brought a new life into the world brings a euphoric state along with it. Being a new parent, responsible for an adorable, brand new human being must give an incredible natural high. <BR> <BR> What I'm saying is, brand new parents are motivated t... Mon, 25 May 2015 05:49:26 EST Choosing. “Choosing to lead your life and not just accepting it is critical to owning your dream.” <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had 4 friends that came down from Louisville for the day, it was so great seeing them. We did go eat out, and I made good choices which always makes me feel good, and when it came to ''do you want a ice cream cone," I said no, but it was a truthful no thanks, because I really didn't want it. This is a huge milestone for me, since being out with others that throw caution to the w... Sun, 24 May 2015 06:03:21 EST Weekends included. Friday became freedom from the work week grind. No more deadlines, no more boss. Just relaxing over the weekend! <BR> <BR> But there is no day (weekends included) in which we are free from our responsibility to ourselves. <BR> <BR> Some of us l pre plan on the weekend. Some of us weigh and measure our portions. and we still get support when we need it (which is especially on the weekends)! <BR> <BR> I know for myself about six months before I got to goal, I finally figured it out, I had... Sat, 23 May 2015 05:57:32 EST Start Banking If you have plans for Memorial Day, then you should probably start banking calories or activity points today. Now we know we can't not use any of our daily points and roll them over for the next day, BUT we do have those 49 what I like to call bonus points, and then we can get in some extra activity points. Also remember to eat a lighter meal before going to said picnic but be sure you don't go starved to death. <BR> <BR> Let's just say you need to stay within 1,100 calories each day in o... Fri, 22 May 2015 05:29:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/21 QUOTE: “It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling that no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now.” – Hugh Laurie <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you noticed that your trigger foods have changed during this journey? <BR> <BR> Yes, they definitely have. Things that were serious triggers when I first started this journey, are not triggers now. <BR> <BR> I was able to get my car to Discount Tire yest... Thu, 21 May 2015 13:21:05 EST Healing begins with talking. <BR> If you're comfortable (or even a little uncomfortable), share your struggle with someone today. I think we do this each day here on this thread. I know I've had to many times over. Also I find keeping a journal is just as good, but you know its hard to beat that being able to just open up! I'm not talking about opening the teary floodgates or anything like that. I'm just talking about making a connection -- about sharing who you are with someone and where you are on your journey. <B... Thu, 21 May 2015 05:34:38 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/20 QUOTE: “Your life is a result of the choices you make…If you don’t like your life it is time to start making better choices.” - Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Name the unhealthiest thing in your fridge. <BR> <BR> I am not sure which would be more unhealthy, butter or soda. I have been trying to clear out the processed foods, but we seem to not be able to get rid of the soda. I generally only drink one occasionally these days. <BR> <BR> Busy morning already and it's looking like it's going ... Wed, 20 May 2015 13:17:17 EST If you don't believe it, then take my word for it: We can do this. . I feel as if I'm a weight loss professional! Why?? Because it seems like I've been doing this forever, so I wouldn't steer you wrong by telling you I think we can do this if I didn't believe it myself. <BR> <BR> We have every ounce of ability to take control. <BR> <BR> Will it take time? Yes. Will it take effort? You better believe it will. Will it be difficult at times? That answer is.... You better believe it will be difficult at times. <BR> <BR> But can we do th... Wed, 20 May 2015 05:27:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/19 QUOTE: “Success is processional. It’s the result of a series of small disciplines that lead us into habitual patterns of success that no longer require consistent will or effort.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you eat more fresh produce, frozen or canned produce? <BR> <BR> I try to eat more fresh, but I do eat frozen fruit (usually with my smoothies) and canned occasionally. <BR> <BR> DH and I went walking Saturday and Sunday evenings, but we weren't ... Tue, 19 May 2015 12:48:04 EST Keep in mind today what we could gain as we lose! The journey gets a heck of a lot easier when we remember what it's all about. <BR> <BR> We are all wanting to see that number on the scale go down some each week, but this journey is so much more that a couple of digits on the scale. This is about taking back our lives. This is about regaining control of our will. This is about making the best of life! <BR> <BR> Donuts at the office -- free samples at the grocery store -- junk food brought home by the family -- all of this pales in compari... Tue, 19 May 2015 05:30:26 EST Get Ready, the new week is already here. Are you as ready as you can be for the work week? <BR> <BR> We can save ourselves a lot of frustration (and potential failure) throughout the week simply by taking an hour or so to prepare. <BR> <BR> Chop some veggies, make some chicken cutlets, grab what you need from the grocery store, portion out some snacks... you know the drill! <BR> <BR> When the craziness of the work/school week begins, we will be glad we did this. Having our food ready to go, and I read in yesterday's thread so... Mon, 18 May 2015 05:27:31 EST Decide to Succeed. Lets have a No excuses today kind of day. Here we are into graduation season, weddings, and of course someone is always having a birthday or a milestone anniversary, then we have Memorial weekend coming up. Lets face it, there is always something. So we need to make some decisions, and some plans. <BR> <BR> Lets make the decision right not that come hell or high water -- surprise parties or dinner out -- we are going to get into bed with a smile on our face and ounces off of your frame. <... Sun, 17 May 2015 05:24:46 EST Showing yourself some LOVE!! Yesterday while on FB one of my friends here on W8W's and Friends posted a picture of herself with new highlights in her hair. In her message she had written, ''I'm trying to do something just for me." I loved that and there was a picture and I have to say the highlights looked wonderful as well as the haircut, but it was the idea that this person was doing something just for themselves. As women we find it hard or next to impossible to do something just for ourselves. <BR> <BR> I th... Sat, 16 May 2015 05:46:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/15 QUOTE: “A near win shifts our view of the landscape. It can turn future goals, which we tend to envision at a distance, into more proximate events. We consider temporal distance as we do spatial distance. (Visualize a great day tomorrow and we see it with granular, practical clarity. But picture what a great day in the future might be like, not tomorrow but fifty years from now, and the image will be hazier.)” ~ Sarah Lewis, The Rise <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you know how to swim? <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 15 May 2015 13:02:00 EST Responsibility is Empowering. Some of us have been on this journey for sometime now. Its true its the ''Never Ending Journey." We know the day we let our guard down will be the day we hit the skids and hit hard for most of us. We do have what I like to call ''Food Freedoms," meaning, we can pick and chose what we want to eat, we just have to remember to count the points, count the calories or do whatever it is we do to keep us within our food boundaries. <BR> <BR> This is where having a plan comes in so handy. If we... Fri, 15 May 2015 05:43:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/14 QUOTE: “The art of thinking is the greatest art of all, for ‘as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.’ The thinker knows he is today where his thoughts have taken him and that he is building his future by the quality of the thoughts he thinks.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Describe your life as it was in high school. Are you the same person? Have you changed? <BR> <BR> High school was so long ago. I was so insecure, had no idea how to respect myself, cared ab... Thu, 14 May 2015 11:39:21 EST Small things count too. “Even the smallest victory is never to be taken for granted. Each victory must be applauded...” <BR> <BR> I've been guilty of this and I know some of you have as well. What is the this? Not counting our small victories. We all know how we shrug at losing .2 pounds, or maybe we just walked around the block instead of doing a 5-K. Maybe we stopped at 3 cookies instead of eating the entire bag. All these things I have mentioned are small victories but they can add up to become bigger on... Thu, 14 May 2015 05:24:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/13 QUOTE: The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do. – unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite summer fruit? <BR> <BR> Watermelon. Although, I do also love berries. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is well. It is starting out a most frustrating morning, but I'm going to just try to be thankful that I woke up this morning. I went to go get the lipid panel done this morning and while waiting for them to open, I started checking my email. I realized that I ha... Wed, 13 May 2015 11:01:25 EST If your having a rough morning..... Place your hand over your heart. Feet that? Its called purpose. You are here for a reason. Don't Give Up!!" <BR> <BR> Good morning All, <BR> I know there are some morning I flip on this computer and wonder and at time will even say out loud to no one, ''what do I write today?" There are days that I don't feel I have anything to offer. Have any of you ever felt that way? <BR> <BR> But, its not true. We all have something to offer and we may never know what that other person might ... Wed, 13 May 2015 05:37:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/12 QUOTE: “Be determined to be positive. Understand that the greater part of your misery or unhappiness is determined not by your circumstances, but by your attitude. So smile at those who often try to begrudge or hurt you, show them what’s missing in their life and what they can’t take away from you.” ~ Marc Chernoff, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you tidy or messy? <BR> <BR> Both to some extent. There is usually a method to my madness, but someone who doesn't know would say it was a mess. ... Tue, 12 May 2015 12:00:19 EST Numbers. Yesterday I had to go in for my six months check. Back at the end of March maybe first of April I had blood work done again for cholesterol never heard anything from the doctor so figured, ''no news is good news." Well, I was right. Last November when I first met Dr. Mills had my blood work done my cholesterol numbers were not good at all, total cholesterol was 350, bad cholesterol was 235 and the good was 115. I was given a prescription for medication and took only about a weeks worth ... Tue, 12 May 2015 05:47:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/11 QUOTE: “Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit; and the choice is yours.” ~ Tom Hopkins <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Were you taught to be a member of the “Clean Plate Club?” Did it have affect your eating habits as an adult? <BR> <BR> Yes, and yes, it does affect my eating habits. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and were able to enjoy their families. We had lunch with my mother in law and spent some time with my mom. My DS24 came up to spend time with us. DS15 got ... Mon, 11 May 2015 11:29:48 EST I AM in control You all know about Ms. Roselee and Mr. Benny. Ms. Roselee is in the hospital and has been there since Friday evening. I knew all last week when I would call every evening around 5 p.m the thing I've been doing since before I left Louisville, they depend upon that phone call, and if they don't hear from me by 5:15 Louisville time, then I'm getting a call from Benny, ''is everything alright?" I think Ms. Roselee is ready to leave us, I'm wrestling with going to say goodbye, I think/know I sh... Mon, 11 May 2015 05:43:22 EST Happy Mother's Day “The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for.” <BR> <BR> For all you Mom's out there I think today's quote is just for you. The something to do was rearing all us ratty headed kids, and you loved us with all your hearts, and the hope you gave us. For that if we don't thank you we should. So today I want to take this opportunity as someone whose Mother was actually buried 11 years ago on Mother's day to wish all the wonderf... Sun, 10 May 2015 05:22:52 EST Each morning we're given two paths to take: <BR> The one we've been down before (the easy road), or we can continue to forge a new path -- one that's overgrown with obstacles and thorns -- one that requires time effort to plow through. I like to call that the ''learning path." <BR> <BR> We all know where the easy road ends. It ends with us starting over again. It ends with us constantly worrying about our weight in the back of our minds. It ends with us feeling out of control. It ends in misery and frustration, hating ourselves, not... Sat, 9 May 2015 05:33:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/08 QUOTE: “In our culture, we grow up thinking that failure is a terrible thing, that it’s a setback, or worse, the end. Often it turns out to be the beginning of something better.” ~ Katherine Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What plans do you have for your weekend? <BR> <BR> I know we have an appointment or two, but I am hoping to get to the Farmer's Market. I also want to meal plan this weekend. <BR> <BR> I had a 1 pound gain last night. I am really not all that surprised with all the... Fri, 8 May 2015 12:04:14 EST Here's a thought We all know if we were heading out on a trip and went down the wrong street, we wouldn't turn around go back inside, unpack and stay home. <BR> <BR> If we dropped one egg from the carton we wouldn't thrown the other 11 away either. So, and I am as guilty as anyone on this, why oh why do we mess up with one bite or one meal and feel the need to throw in the towel for the rest of the day, two days, a week or even the next month? <BR> <BR> So here is the thought. Turn around get on the right ... Fri, 8 May 2015 05:40:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/07 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.” – Nora Roberts <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What was your favorite subject in school? <BR> <BR> I think if it was the basics, it was English. If you are talking about extra curricular, it was Colorguard. I twirled a flag and it was one of my favorite things. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what to expect tonight. My eating has definitel... Thu, 7 May 2015 13:07:30 EST The same size and shape. “Your life changes the moment you make a new, congruent, and committed decision.” <BR> <BR> Today's quote I like it, but the one word that was throwing me was, ''congruent" so I goggled it and its more of a math phrase I found out meaning , ''the same size and shape" have no idea where I have put my Webster. But today's quote is still a good one and when you think about it this journey is all about ''size and shapes." For instance, the size of cup when we are eye balling it, more times tha... Thu, 7 May 2015 05:40:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/06 QUOTE: “You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.” ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Tell us about your favorite spot in your city. <BR> <BR> I think my favorite spot is my backyard. It just makes me feel good to go sit outside and be thankful for where my life has taken me. <BR> <BR> I am really trying to be better about tracking this week. Little changes definitely help. I've put myself back in my wrist brace for the moment. I did something stupid and it was hur... Wed, 6 May 2015 11:46:51 EST Eight Months and counting This does and doesn't have anything to do with weight loss, but it does have to do with life. I realized after I did the thread on Monday that Monday marked my 8th month anniversary of being back in Beaver Dam. Yep, eight months, and it got me to thinking of the things I have had to face some I have overcame, some I face every single day (food) and if I'm not vigilant those three meals can become a battle ground. But, I have grown. I know you would think a woman heading into her 63rd year... Wed, 6 May 2015 05:33:46 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/05 QUOTE: “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” – C.S. Lewis <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What do you see right now? <BR> <BR> My computer screen and the hotel out my window. <BR> <BR> I had quite the headache yesterday and am thankful that it finally eased and I didn't wake up with it this morning. Although I must admit that I am a little frustrated because my first edition Kindle Fire has decided to not ch... Tue, 5 May 2015 10:53:19 EST When you don't WANNA... When you don't wanna whip up a light breakfast, just do it. <BR> <BR> &#8203;When you don't wanna eat what you packed for lunch, just eat it. <BR> <BR> When you don't wanna say 'no' to that junk at the office, just say it. <BR> <BR> When you don't wanna grill up that chicken for dinner, just grill it. <BR> <BR> When you don't think you're strong enough to make it through your plan just believe that you can. <BR> <BR> And when you're done reading my musing my hope is if you've been strugg... Tue, 5 May 2015 05:27:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/04/2015 QUOTE: “Life is an ever-flowing process and somewhere on the path some unpleasant things will pop up – it might leave a scar, but then life is flowing, and like running water, when it stops it grows stale. Go bravely on, my friend, because each experience teaches us a lesson. Keep blasting because life is such that sometimes it is nice and sometimes it is not.” ~ Bruce Lee, Striking Thoughts <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How was your weekend? <BR> <BR> Saturday, we got up and ran to the vet and the... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:18:02 EST Today is what matters. “It doesn't matter where you've been, it only matters where you are going.” <BR> <BR> As I read over the replies from yesterday's musing, there was some, ''why am I eating this today?" Or, "I was at goal for a minute," that one I could identify with. So today's quote seem to fit, ''It doesn't matter where we've been, it only matter where we plan on going from here on out." So put down those chips or whatever it was that you might have had your hands in yesterday, and know that if you wer... Mon, 4 May 2015 05:31:57 EST "I don't get less. I just want more." Maybe one in 5,000 people can essentially eat whatever they want and not gain weight. These are folks who's metabolism is so tightly wound, they can burn 1,000 calories by breakfast without breaking a sweat. Obviously, none of us are lucky to be one of those people. And you know what? Neither are most of our thin friends. <BR> <BR> We just assume that our thin friends have the same tendencies to overeat the way we do. We think that they're all the rare type of person that can burn 7,000 ca... Sun, 3 May 2015 05:46:24 EST We like junk food. PERIOD! The line can form behind me. It doesn't matter how much good stuff I have in my house -- freshly prepared vegetables and hummus, seasonal fruits bursting out of the fridge, bowls of those little grape tomatoes piled to the ceiling -- if I have chips and cookies too, I ain't eatin' no healthy snacks. There its out there. I still like JUNK FOOD!! <BR> <BR> Yes, we've gotta have healthy snacks on hand, but they won't do us any good if we're constantly reaching for unhealthy ones instead. ... Sat, 2 May 2015 05:30:29 EST introducing myself hi. i'm chris. i've been an on & off member for quite a while.i just rejoined WW on tues. i went to a meeting,but found out i had only paid for online this site will be my meeting. i need somewhere or someone i have to be accountable to. anyways,i have 7 children,4 of my own & 3 step children youngest son will graduate hs in june. he is autistic but he's done great! my hubby & i are very proud of him.we're trying to get ready to put our house up for sale,so we have a lot goi... Fri, 1 May 2015 17:55:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 05/01 QUOTE: “Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.” ~ Aldous Huxley <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Is there a particular sport that you enjoy watching? <BR> <BR> I used to love to watch hockey, but haven't watched in several years. I enjoy watching baseball (in person) and soccer was fun as well (in person). <BR> <BR> I did not go to weigh in last night because our family went to the premier of The Avengers. We met at 5:45 at Jersey Mike's to eat and t... Fri, 1 May 2015 09:53:57 EST Pre-planning is the answer. Yesterday morning I had to stop in at my new lawyers office to sign my new last will and testament, new medical directive, new general p.o.a. and upon doing all this as I was readying myself to leave this lawyer said, ''glad everyone is not as up on things as you are, if they were, I'd be out of a job...real soon." As I walked out to my van which was parked...are you front of the bakery that only bakes cupcakes. I thought to myself, " we all plan for the big things in our lives,... Fri, 1 May 2015 05:44:29 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/30 QUOTE: “The storms will come and the winds will rise and the gusts will threaten to pull you from your roots. Let the winds come. Let them rage and know that you will not break in the breeze, you will bend. Bend. Always bend because you are made of more strength than you know, because you are better than the breaking.” ~ Tyler Knott Gregson <BR> <BR> QUESTION: With May fast approaching, have you thought about your goals for next month? <BR> <BR> I haven’t really had much time to do that. <B... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:49:26 EST We may not feel like we can do this. <BR> <BR> But I know we can. As a matter of fact, I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that we can reach our goals.I would bet everything I own that anyone reading this has the ability to overcome anything. Now grant you I do not have a lot of stuff. <em>334</em> , but I still will bet it all. <BR> <BR> But ability doesn't have much to do with success in this journey. Belief is really what counts most. Remember we talked about this just the other day, getting our heads in the right p... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 05:37:24 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/29 Quote: “We don’t have to feel negative about weeds. They’re a part of life. We need to see them, acknowledge them, focus on the solution, and immediately do whatever it takes to eliminate their influence from our lives.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> Question: Do you look for the “organic” label when you shop? <BR> I do, especially for things that are on the “dirty dozen” list. <BR> <BR> The doctor’s office had called back yesterday and said everything was fine with m... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:33:57 EST One and the Same. Yesterday Jane brought up an interesting thought when she mentioned two of her lifetime friends that struggle each day to maintain their goal weigh. Then yesterday afternoon while talking with my niece she asked me, ''how much weight have you lost?" I looked at her strangely because I have not gotten on the scale lately, but when I look in the mirror I still see that 327 pound person of many years ago looking back at me, and that is how I came up with today's musing. <BR> <BR> We often thi... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 05:27:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/28 QUOTE: “The same boiling water that softens potatoes hardens eggs. Its all about what you are made of not your circumstances.” <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever participated in a CSA? <BR> <BR> Not technically, but I did get Greenling for some time. Now, we are just going to the farmer’s markets or I buy from Sprouts or Natural Grocers. <BR> <BR> After a super busy weekend, I woke up yesterday with a migraine, which was not the way to start my Monday. I wound up calling in and not waki... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 12:59:06 EST What can I gain? Bet today's topic was a bit of a shocker when you read it. What can I gain? This isn't just about weight loss sure, shedding fat is one of our biggest priorities in this journey. For the sake of our health, we've got to lose weight. <BR> <BR> But we could simply diet the pounds away. We don't necessarily have to make any life changes in order to lose weight. <BR> <BR> But if we're in this for the long haul -- if we want to get to a healthy weight and stay there, then we also need to trea... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 05:38:01 EST It all comes down to a choice: "Will I, or won't I Don't try. Don't wish. Don't hope. <BR> DO. KNOW. SUCCEED. <BR> <BR> Choose right here, right now, that nothing is going to stop you from getting into bed OP(On Point/On Plan) tonight. Because if you make that choice, nothing really can. <BR> <BR> Its Monday so let be on notice many things will surly get in our way today...ITS MONDAY!!! I'm meeting Ruthann over at Coty's other house, she is painting the kitchen ceiling, I'm holding the ladder. Later I have some business to tend to. S... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:55:18 EST Who do I want to be? “You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.” <BR> <BR> I want to be that person that has been able to hold out to paint five rooms with my sister. Check I did that. I want to be that person that can bend over, tie her shoes without feeling as if she's going to pass out. Check I can do that too. I want to be that person that can look at her food log and see all the boxes checked off before going to bed at night. Check, I've been doing that as well. <BR> <B... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:30:56 EST Success, next exit As I've read the post from the thread each evening after a hard day of painting, and cleaning I can see that many of us have that fire lit again and we are finally committed to a healthier lifestyle once and for all. If your reading this and thinking ''YES!!" But in the back of your mind you're hearing a familiar vice raising doubt and fear...just know...You're not alone. <BR> <BR> At one time we were all new at this. We all shared that same high hope and dream as well as fear of the futu... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 05:51:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/24 QUOTE: “In the end, we need two things to lead a balanced life – a sense of the world and a sense of ourselves; it’s like breathing in and breathing out. And if you can only get to know the world by stepping out, and losing yourself in experience, you can only get to know the self by stepping back, and finding yourself in contemplation. One without the other leads to a kind of madness.” ~ Pico Lyer <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite snack? <BR> <BR> I think I really need to work on... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:32:42 EST Choose your hard." Lifestyle change is hard.Being overweight is hard. The difference between the types of difficulty between these two 'hards' struck me this week as I've been going up and down that two step ladder, and bending up and down doing things at Coty's house. BTW....there is light at the end of that tunnel. <BR> <BR> Being overweight is hard not just physically (you know, health issues, the logistics of fitting in seats or between tables or in our clothes, etc), but it's also seriously emotionally d... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:27:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/23 QUOTE: “The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.” ~ Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite type of food? (Italian/Mexican/etc.) <BR> <BR> I guess I would have to say my favorite is Indian. It is not something we have often and I have to order it without cilantro because it triggers migr... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:04:38 EST The REAL problem. This weight issue we're dealing with?It's not a physical problem. It's mental. It's emotional. It's psychological.Heck, it could be spiritual! But really, it's anything but physical. <BR> It just manifests itself physically. I just bet I have not uncovered anything any of you did not know before you turned on your computer or whatever device you use. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> When we overeat -- when we make poor food choices -- when we say "I'm hungry" 30 minutes after a meal -- we are re... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:10:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/22 QUOTE: “Dealing with our overweight – or with any of our life’s difficulties, for that matter – is not a battle to be fought. Instead, we must learn how to make friends with our hardships and challenges. They are there to help us; they are natural opportunities for deeper understanding and transformation, brining us more joy and peace as we learn to work with them.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you vegetarian or vegan or flexiterian? If not, have you ever considered or t... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:42:35 EST I guess I should not have been shocked. Even with the painting going full force at Coty's I was going to take enough time our of my morning to drive to Ownesboro just to weigh in. Remember, I didn't go last week because on Monday Ruthann and I had just gotten back from our trip to Louisville and on Tuesday morning it was raining cats and dogs and I was just not up to the drive. But, didn't matter how tired I was, I was going yesterday. So I made the 30 minute drive over, went in walked the mall, with legs and lower back asking t... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 06:03:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/21 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> QUESTION: Are you a "cook in advance" person or a "last minute" cook? <BR> <BR> I tend to be a last minute cook, but I'm trying to change into a cook in advance person. <BR> <BR> Since it was asked...this batch of "momlets" were browned half pound of sausage 10 eggs and a little bit of cheese. It is a variation of a... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:37:23 EST Yes we can I did not get home until late last evening. My great nephew may well be the death of both his Nanny and I. We are painting his house he wants to move into this Saturday. Each morning since Sunday morning when I was up getting ready for early Mass I kept asking God, ''please give me enough strength to finish this project." So far each morning this has been my prayer. Last night before I turned off my computer I read the post you all made to yesterday's thread, and when I read Beth's, that... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:34:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/20 QUOTE “The obstacle is the path. Face the problem, and in doing so, become more aware. See what is really happening with you. Learn about yourself. This is a valuable education.” ~ Leo Babauta, Blog <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you more a "convenience" cook or "cook from scratch" cook? <BR> <BR> I definitely used to be a "convenience" cook, but have turned into a "cook from scratch" cook. <BR> <BR> It was a busy day yesterday. 2 dozen muffins made, 10 "momlets" and two "boiled" eggs. I made ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:03:49 EST Believing in ourselves. There are some days its just easier to believe in ourselves that it is other days. There are days I wake up with a stronger attitude, this morning I have awaken not only to rain but to lots of sore muscles and hurting joints. We have spoken of this before "Attitude" it has so much to do with how our journey goes. I have a friend, in fact she was my trainer at the gym I went to in Louisville, she is going to be running in the Boston Marathon today, and I think about all the training she ha... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 05:32:30 EST Weekends .another reason to stay On Plan. This weekend will be like all the other ones. You're going to want to cheat. You're going to tell yourself you've earned it. You're going to say that one little bite won't hurt. And that's where the slippery slope really begins. We get caught up in stuff. Its Springtime, and here in Kentucky or at least B.D. it was a beautiful day, and let me tell ya, EVERYONE was out yesterday. <BR> Look, we've got a problem with food. We turn to it out of stress, out of anxiety, out of depression, out of... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 05:35:24 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 04/18 QUOTE: “In the end, we need two things to lead a balanced life – a sense of the world and a sense of ourselves; it’s like breathing in and breathing out. And if you can only get to know the world by stepping out, and losing yourself in experience, you can only get to know the self by stepping back, and finding yourself in contemplation. One without the other leads to a kind of madness.” ~ Pico Lyer <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you tried a new food lately? Did you like it? How did you prepare it... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:18:45 EST Joan's big day. This one is of Bob the store manager and me as I got to Casey's. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This picture left to right, the store manager Bob, myself, and the radio announcer Jerry Wright, who happens to be the Father to one of my nephews by marriage. Remember, small town. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bob the store manager, myself and two of the city counsel memb... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 05:20:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/17 QUOTE: “The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway.” ~ Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Have you ever tried essential oils? <BR> <BR> Yes. I remember a friend giving me some years ago to try and I have dabbled in them here and there, lavender to help me relax and sleep better, etc. Today, I am trying Wint... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:33:02 EST And the Winner is.... ME!!! Yep, the day is finally here. I called to confirm that today I actually get my free gas card, I didn't leave the house yesterday due to did not want to risk not having enough gas to get me to Casey's this morning at 9:45. <em>334</em> I know Ruthann is going with me, not sure if my brother is going to show up or not never heard from him last night. Anyway, we're going to make a day or at least part of a day out of it, after the presentation we are going out to lunch together, a... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:37:51 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/16 QUOTE: In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. - Lee Iacocca <BR> <BR> QUESTION: As our tax deadline just past, do you file at the last minute? File early? File an extension? <BR> <BR> We try to file early, but sometimes it doesn't always work that way. I think we have only filed an extension one time. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a busy day, but not so bad. I think that food wise, it wasn't great. Sinc... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:23:18 EST It's okay to say YES. When we began our journey for better health for me all I could focus on for the longest time was what I couldn't have. I wish I could tell you this only last a few weeks/months, but that would not be true, it has lasted....forever, and still at times creeps into my world. <BR> Saying 'no' to some foods is a necessary part of a weight loss journey (and maintenance)! <BR> If we're gonna stay within our calories for the day (and therefore lose or maintain our weight), we simply can't eat every... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 05:43:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/15 QUOTE: “There is power in the tongue to give life or tear down.” – Adam Houge, If You Change Your Words It will Transform Your Life <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How old would you feel if you didn’t know how old you are? <BR> <BR> That depends on when you ask me. Some days I feel like I am older than dirt and other times, I feel like I'm a spring chicken. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a little better. I managed to get some veggies cut and crockpot "roasted" for both Mom and me today. I gave her sweet p... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:38:41 EST Using our failure and defeats in our favor. “You must think of failure and defeat as the springboards to new achievements or to the <BR> next level of accomplishment.” <BR> Les Brown <BR> <BR> Good morning all, first off thanks so much for all the <em>242</em> on my sister's health report, and for missing me. That was much appreciated. I also didn't make it to my meeting yesterday morning, the rain would just not let up, and I just could not MAKE myself drive that 30 miles in a driving rain. So I stayed home. I'm okay with n... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 05:49:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/14 QUOTE: “He who hopes to avoid all failure and misfortune is trying to live in a fairyland; the wise man realistically accepts failures as a part of life and builds a philosophy to meet them and make the most of them. He lives on the principle of ‘nothing attempted, nothing gained’ and is resolved that if he fails he is going to fail while trying to succeed.” ~ Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you handle your stress? Do you eat? Do you forget to eat? <BR> <BR>... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:35:36 EST Happy Marks Nell had mentioned she wanted to see explanation marks upon my return. So that is why they are in the top box. <em>334</em> Ruthann did get a good report, but for a while it was a bit scary. Upon her being examined the Oncologist found a suspicious spot he didn't like so right then and there he did a biopsy, and sent it to the lab while we were there, we waited, and I have to admit I don't think I exhaled until an hour later. Good news it was negative, but he does want to see her in ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 05:49:08 EST Patience. Patience. Patience. Without it, you won't reach your goal. Period. I would venture to say there is not a week that goes by at one of my WW meetings that I hear someone say either to the leader, or to someone that has lost a good amount of weight, ''how long did it take you?" Though this journey if I have learned nothing else I have learned takes as long as it takes.... <BR> Time is a necessary part of a weight loss journey. There is no magic pill we can take to reach goal overnight. Weight loss sur... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 05:46:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/10 QUOTE: An arrow can only be shot by pulling backwards. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, just imagine it’s going to launch you into something great. – unknown <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you participate in SparkPeople Challenges? <BR> <BR> I have in the past, but am putting those on the back burner for the time being to focus on what I need to do to take care of myself. <BR> <BR> Things were so swamped yesterday I didn't have time to look at anything other than work. By the ti... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:57:05 EST Serious Business I think most of us would say that health/weight loss falls into the top 3 most important things in our lives, yes? <BR> I mean, we know it's something we have to take care of. We know it's something that we have to get to. We know that we need to make some changes. We know we need to be more active. <BR> But is it urgent? Is it pressing? Is it an emergency? Not usually. And that's the problem. Usually it takes a major health problem to get us in gear to better our health, heart attack, diabe... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 05:34:49 EST This has nothing to do with weight loss. Before anyone comes by and reads today's post and then want to jump up and down that, ''this is nothing about losing weight." Well that is why I put that in the topic line. Today I have some fun and exciting news to share with you all today. So here goes. <BR> <BR> When I moved back to BD now 7 months ago. Can you all believe I've been in my home 7 months <em>250</em> . When I was making my move there was a new Convenience type store going in called Casey's General Store. I think it ... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 05:51:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/08 QUOTE: “You’ve gotten to where you are right now by doing whatever it is you’re doing, so if you’re less than impressed with your current situation, you clearly need to change things up.” ~ Jen Sincero <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What are you doing to make today a good on plan day? <BR> <BR> I took time, even though things were super hectic this morning to prepare my salad ingredients and a back up plan. I finally stopped about an hour ago to eat lunch and decided to go for the broccoli (steamed ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 16:21:44 EST When things seem impossible. “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my meeting and weigh in day, and I lost another pound, which I am very happy about. But, had horrid rain to have to drive through to get to Owensboro, and that was scary, good news I made it. Our numbers were down yet again, this time I am guessing its due to Spring break. <BR> <BR> What few were at the meeting yesterday shared their stories of either ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 05:43:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/07 QUOTE: “In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” ~ Eleanore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How do you deal with feeling like you need to eat all the time? I seem to be dealing with this more when I'm at work than at home. <BR> <BR> I have been eating lots of air-popped popcorn. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 10:41:46 EST Get Rid Of IT ALL!!! Jelly beans. Chocolate eggs. Pastel M&Ms. Pie. Cheesy potatoes. Marshmallow Peeps. <BR> <BR> GET 'EM OUTTA THERE. <BR> <BR> Easter has come and gone, and the junk needs to go with it. If we leave that stuff in our homes, we're pretty much begging to struggle. <BR> It's gonna keep tempting us, and at some point, we're gonna cave. <BR> <BR> I can't set myself up for failure like that if I really want to stick to my program. Yesterday while at my local Walmart I had that moment of, ''well I ... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 05:46:14 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 04/06 QUOTE: “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” ~ Nelson Mandela <BR> <BR> QUESTION: How did you spend your weekend? <BR> <BR> We had company and I fixed a big meal for dinner. Since it rained, we had to do a makeshift egg hunt in the house. It was busy but fun. <BR> Mon, 6 Apr 2015 11:14:50 EST Use your gift wisely Every day is what you make of it. Even Mondays. <BR> <BR> I used to hate Mondays, especially when I was in the working force, but now its just another day, and focusing on the negative isn't doing any of us any good. (especially if you're an emotional eater like me, am I right?) <BR> <BR> Look at the bright side: we are still breathing, we survived Easter, Spring is here, and yes its Monday, but that means we are one day closer to the weekend. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> You've been give... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 05:33:11 EST Happy Easter Everyone “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now <BR> have was once among the things you only hoped for.” <BR> ~ Epicurus <BR> <BR> As I sit here this morning I am thinking of the things I have and not of the things I don't have. I am thinking of how blessed I really am. I made it through, what I felt like was a brutal Winter, and now Spring is coming alive, and soon it will be time for flower planting. Today I will get to have Easter dinner wit... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 05:42:47 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 04/04 QUOTE: “Most answers reveal themselves through doing, not thinking.” ~ Jen Sincero, You are a Bad@$$ <BR> <BR> QUESTION: What is your favorite walk? DVD, walking outside? <BR> <BR> I enjoy trying to change things up occasionally. I enjoy Leslie's walks (including the old ones) and have tried the Prevention Walk dvd, Jessica Smith, etc. Sat, 4 Apr 2015 15:09:05 EST Food Pushers...Do you know any?? Is there anything more frustrating (or infuriating) than a food pusher? <BR> <BR> You know who I'm talking about. Those people in our lives that want nothing to do with the change we're trying to make. Those people who want us to stick with the same bad eating habits that are keeping us overweight. <BR> They're the people who tease us about trying to get healthy. They're the people who tell us we're no fun anymore (to which I say, "Really? Is food the only thing you find fun?") They're the ... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 05:50:23 EST QUOTE AND ??QUESTION?? OF THE DAY - 04/03 QUOTE: “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. ” ~ William B. Sprague <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Do you do anything special to celebrate Easter? <BR> <BR> We normally try to go to church and have lunch as a family. This year, I am cooking dinner. Fri, 3 Apr 2015 11:02:31 EST There will be times when all seems lost. At one time or another it's likely one or all of us will feel that our weight loss has hit a brick wall. I think I was reading that very thing in many of yesterday's post. There are going to be times we feel there is nothing we can do and things will never change for the better. You may be at that point right now. <BR> <BR> It during these times we have to look back and remember what got us on this journey to begin with and what past obstacles got in our way that we just rolled right over... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 05:47:17 EST My apologies I am sorry that I abruptly disappeared. I was going through some things and just sort of went off the grid. It was not planned, it just sort of happened. However, it gave me some time to reflect on what was important to me. I need to remember to take care of myself and not put everyone else before my health. I hope everyone will forgive me for disappearing and allow me to continue with what I was doing previously. Thu, 2 Apr 2015 11:24:35 EST How's your story going? Remember back on New Years Day we were going to begin a new story in our lives, we had all new fresh pages ready to be filled out. So how's that going? Here we are April 2nd. and I was actually thinking about where I was with my journey last night, and no I'm not back to goal, but I am eating better, not carrying junk into my home. Now don't get me wrong, not saying that I will never carry it in again, but for today its not coming in, and today is all I can take care of. My two friends ... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 05:40:23 EST Another day On Plan I am the worst at counting how many days I do something. Then it was brought to my attention that counting my days of being on plan was not really silly, but what I should be doing is focusing on BEING ON PLAN EACH DAY. So that is my new thing working at just today. <BR> Because our focus shouldn't be on how long we've stuck with our program. Our focus should be on sticking with our program today. <BR> Because today is the only thing that's within our control. And it can take every ounce o... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 05:35:18 EST We get to choose. “Each of us has the freedom to choose how we will respond to the circumstances in which we find ourselves.” <BR> <BR> We each will find ourselves in different circumstances, but in some ways they will be the same. They will be the same in the sense in how we choose to handle what we put in our mouths. We are too use food as fuel not as comfort, and I will be the first to admit I have used food more times than I can count on everyone's fingers and toes as a comfort. Strange thing was it ne... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:45:55 EST Running later this morning I've been to the ER this morning but before there is too excitement let me say I'm fine. I found out I needed some routine blood work done, and I hated the thought of having to fast and throwing my whole routine off for the day....then yesterday I found out, ''I could go to the ER early this morning." AS EARLY as I wanted to. So I was there before 5 a.m. and was back to my house by 5:45 a.m. labs will be sent to my doctor who is right across the street. Its a win, win. I'm home, I'm hav... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:02:43 EST What if you did nothing? In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” <BR> <BR> Today's Spark's challenge was all about more activity. Spark's people have supplies a whole list of things we can do from running to house cleaning to get more movement in, and this got me to thinking as I read over the list. Most of us are not going to be running in a marathon, or I know I'm not going to be, but I can still c... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 05:40:10 EST Today's Spark's Challenge Finding where the Sneaky Sugar is hidden in our foods. I have to admit I did not get started on this challenge until around day six, but I have really enjoyed reading all the ideas the Sparks folks have had to offer up, and today's came as no surprise as to where to find those hidden sugars....cole slaw. Yep, but I knew about this one even before I ever read about it. My own mother was guilty of adding a teaspoon or so of sugar to her homemade cole slaw and I never understood that, and for... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:39:45 EST Day 27 of Spark's Challenge is...... Make a complain free zone. When I read today's challenge I had to smile to myself because I immediately thought of our Michele and her working at Walmart. No complainers at Walmart...right!!!! <em>198</em> If you have time go by and read today's article it is very interesting, but I fount it to be a bit unrealistic in today's world because most people do not have patience and when you don't have patience what do you do??? You complain and blame someone else. Here in this small town t... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:43:24 EST Be a Multi-Tasking Master I cannot believe how close we are getting to the end of March, time is going by fast. Today's Sparks challenge is to become a Multi-tasker, which in my opinion most of us already are. I think if you've ever raised a family, ever worked inside or outside of the home you have had to be a multi-taskier. I always so admired women I worked with that could jungle work, taking kids to after school events and still was able to run the home as well, now let's face it this is a person that should we... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:34:06 EST Foods to fill you up. Today's Spark's challenge is to choose foods that have that staying and filling power. Foods that have fiber, but remember when you eater fiber rich foods to drink plenty of liquid to keep things on the move. I have copied and will paste a small list that Spark's has provided, and I was surprised to find that pinto beans have more fiber than black beans, I'm a fan of both these beans but was under the assumption that the black beans had more fiber than the pinto beans, learned something new... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:32:59 EST Its about the Butt today Today's suggestion on the Sparks calendar is to ''work on our glut's." On the list there are several suggestions as exercises that stem from lunges, which make sure you are careful when doing those that you do not over extend at the knee, to kick boxing, squats are also mentioned. When I was having rehab on my hips we were always doing what they called ''up/downs" those being where you sat down in a chair and got back up without using the arms of the chair to push yourself up. Sounds easy ... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:44:39 EST Day 23 of Small changes Today's small change on the Spark's calendar is to avoid late night snacking. For me with the days getting longer that is one thing that gets easier to avoid since I can spend more time outside and less time in front of the TV. The Spark's team supplied ten ideas to help with ways to avoid the excess snacking so run by the calendar and check it out, do it daily and the reward is not only extra knowledge but you get a total of 10 reward points, 5 for the calendar and 5 for reading the link, ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 05:44:45 EST Instant Motivation Today's Sparks challenge is choosing songs that you can play while working out that will instantly motivate you to move more. On the Sparks' site they have listed 100 such songs, some I actually have heard before, some just make me realize how old I am getting. <em>334</em> <BR> Speaking of getting old, today is Ms. Roselee's 87th birthday and this morning I am driving to Louisville to celebrate her day with her. I have not been to visit since December, but I still call and chat with Ros... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 05:23:24 EST Declutter your life Today's challenge is about de-cluttering and getting your life organized. This week I have been suffering with a pinched nerve in my hip and my sister stopped by and as we visited she said to me, ''do you think we can plan another weeks worth of menu's for the upcoming week?" I told her sure. After she left, I sat there and thought, ''I have two sister's and they both had kids of their own, and one sister is more disorganized than the other, and I am the one that has always been organized.... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 05:39:28 EST Happy Spring <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Spring will be officially arriving later today, but I wanted to share my Easter flowers that have not bloomed just yet. These are under my picture window. They don't get enough sunshine, but they do have the little light colored heads, so I know there are little yellow flower that one day will appear. So HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!!! <BR> <BR> Today's Sparks challenge is to work in more exercise whenever possible, ... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 05:30:53 EST Challenge for today... How to keep your plan on track. PLAN AHEAD!!!! Yes, it is that simple. I have to plan as most of you do otherwise I'm running willy nilly grabbing whatever I can get my hands on to eat. My sister Ruthann is a diabetic and she also has high blood pressure, but she's not as heavy as I am, however she is under way more stress than I am. So this past weekend we decided we would sit down with our notebooks and plan out a whole weeks worth of meals, breakfast, snacks, lunches and dinners, its ... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 05:35:09 EST Reclaim your lunch break. Today's challenge on the Sparks calendar is to take ourselves away from distractions at lunchtime. For me this is not a problem since I do live alone, and I don't have to have the TV on, I don't have to deal with anyone except myself, but for those of you that work this can pose a problem. If you eat in a break room its almost impossible to have lunch by yourself without someone else wanting to be in there chatting it up. Now that the weather is getting nicer, maybe your place at work has ... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 05:34:56 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day <em>137</em> Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone <em>441</em> Today's Sparks challenges is to be grateful. On the Sparks calendar it suggest that we find three things to be grateful for. Surely to goodness we all can find at least three things to be grateful for, for me right off the top of my head this morning I am thinking about what I read about being grateful and that is ''looking for something positive even in negative situations." A few weeks ago when I was snowed in, at that tim... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 05:44:28 EST Take a minute Today's challenge on the Sparks challenge is to do some one minute things. If you go to the calendar that Sparks has supplied they have offered up 20 suggestions from having a drink of water, smiling, doing jumping jacks, a whole list of things to do that only take 60 seconds, and will help to shake the cobwebs out. <BR> <BR> Today we are inching so close to 80 degrees, we are to hit 76 degrees today. Yesterday was oh so nice, I'm so wanting to begin digging in the dirt, but alas the dirt ... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 05:25:11 EST Take a time out today Today's number 15 Spark's challenge is to take a timeout today to actively manage stress when you feel anxiety coming on. All of us are going to have some sort of stress in our lives, its a given. I have to say since I have left Louisville my stress has lessened by leaps and bounds. The stress I have no I actually bring it on myself, its not brought on by other people. The article is quite interesting and six pages long if you'd like to read it, and it gives tips on have to de-stress ours... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 05:24:59 EST Eat More Of This.... Today's challenge is to eat more fruits and vegetables. Five or more fruits and veggies is what the USDA recommends, and alone with that recommendation comes filling our plates half with all fruits and veggies. If we are having a salad that is easy, cause salad does take up a lot of space, but lets make that salad stand out, lets add some bright red and yellow peppers, they have more vitamins than just the green peppers, some lovely red or yellow cherry tomatoes, and those cherry tomatoes a... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 05:38:20 EST Mindful eating. Today's task. Eating without any distractions. This can be a hard one due to we are hard wired to eat in a hurry and with distractions. As we grew up going to school, and I think its probably even worse now, lunch for me during the Summer months was outside. Yes, living in the country we took out lunch to school so our lunchtime was outside so that was also playtime. However now out schools are so full that maybe 20 minutes is the standard time for a child to eat, that may work for a jun... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 05:24:28 EST Find Strength in numbers. Today's suggestion on the Sparks calendar was to get an exercise buddy, and if for whatever reason that didn't workout, then you'd have one more person to know what your goal is. This has been my experience with exercise buddies, ''they could find more excuses NOT to exercise, and more ways to talk me out of NOT exercising." For me, my exercise time is just that MY TIME. Now if my sister wants to come go for a walk with me that is one thing, its sorta like with Michelle and her daughter go... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 05:25:31 EST Drink up On the calendar that Sparks provided me with via email, each day of March is a suggestion of what to accomplish, today is to ''DRINK UP." Today's challenge is to drink 1 cup of water per hour for 8 hours, lets face it that is doable, and drinking water in cold weather is a harder task for me, but today I am taking on this challenge. <BR> <BR> About yesterday's meeting and weigh in. I had listened to the radio nothing was said about water over the road, so I thought I was safe, but I got to... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 05:30:22 EST Meeting and Weigh-in day "The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your arm." <BR> <BR> Our helping hand may be at the end of our arm, but it can also be one of most frustrating hands as well. <em>198</em> Its the hand that won't stay out of the chip bag, or the one that keeps opening the door to the 'fridge, that hand for some reason does not listen to our brain telling it to STOP THAT!!!!! Today is my meeting and my weigh in day, and again I have been stuck inside, again I kept my home junk fre... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 05:28:20 EST I can feel it!!!! <em>126</em> Spring is so close <em>87</em> <em>375</em> <BR> <BR> Even this morning the <em>259</em> has a reading of 45 degrees at 4:30 in the morning, now that is a Spring time reading for sure. Another sign of Spring, the bikes are back out of the garage. Yep Leigh Ann and Todd had their bikes out checking them over in hopes that the humps of snow would be gone from the sides of the road this week so they can get back on their bikes. Oh and now that we have had the time ch... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 05:40:45 EST Dance to your own tune. “To succeed means that you may have to step out of line and march to the sound of your own drummer.” <BR> <BR> Oh it so felt like Spring here in Beaver Dam yesterday. <em>87</em> We had bright sunshine, that snow was was melting, and Joan got out. What a great day it was, but on with today's message. <BR> <BR> I love today quote I found, I think it fits our group so well because we are all on a journey and each of our journey's are different. Blanche has her little girls to keep her y... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 05:43:40 EST Earn it!!! Whether you feel motivated or not, you know what you need to do today. <BR> <BR> And like a lot of other things we have to do (take a shower, change a diaper, go to work, shovel the driveway), we are not always going to want to do it. But you're gonna do it anyway. Many times we look to others to motivate us, but motivation is earned, not given. We need to learn to be the ones that motivate ourselves instead of waiting upon others to do that for us. So today, get out there and find ways t... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 05:25:27 EST Follow me on this. Alright, walk through this with me for a second. <BR> <BR> The bottom line for weight loss comes down to consuming fewer calories than our body needs to stay the same, right? <BR> <BR> Right. <BR> <BR> So it's important to know exactly how many calories we're consuming each day, right? <BR> <BR> Right. <BR> <BR> You can't know how many calories you're consuming if you're not weighing & measuring ... <BR> <BR> right? <BR> <BR> Yeah. Right. <BR> <BR> No eyeballing. No guesstimating. <... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:23:18 EST Never Give Up. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” <BR> ~ Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> If only I had stuck it our just one more minute. Have you ever thought that? I know there have been times I have felt that way, ''if only." We never know what is around that next bend in the road it could be something wonderful or it could very well be something dreadful, but if we don't go around the bend we will never know. Life is full of c... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 05:21:53 EST Yesterday's Meeting and Weigh in results. Patience, persistence and perseverance , a little more each day, a little better each day." <BR> <BR> I have to admit it was so good to get back to my WW group and meeting yesterday, I still don't know any of the ladies names that are in the group, I do talk with some of them, but we don't wear name tags, and we don't seem to introduce ourselves, also there are no men in our group, but its a good group. I was ready to get on the little square metal box yesterday, it didn't matter to me what... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 05:28:35 EST Non Scale Victory and Coupons Today I can get out of my driveway, so I will be going to my Weight Watcher meeting and weigh in. I'll take whatever the scale has to give, I've not gone crazy, but I've not been perfect either. Yesterday I was out and about and stopped at the "Fred's" we have and if I made a donation to the children's hospital then my reward was a coupon for a dollar off 2 bags of Easter candy. I never thought about this until I was half way home, but I told the clerk, ''I'll make the donation, but you ca... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 05:35:54 EST It's Monday "If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner." Henry S. Leigh <BR> <BR> Eat Breakfast as if you were a King, lunch as if you were a Prince, and dinner as if you were a Pauper. It makes sense, as the day goes on we don't need as much food, but in the evening that is when I find I WANT to do my eating. I've always been this way and I think its due to all the years I worked, the eating on the run, grabbing what we could and then when it was time to go home, I was tired, so comfort food... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 05:40:33 EST 20 Days until SPRING!!!! "Discontent is the first necessity of progress." <BR> <BR> Its true ''we have to hit rock bottom before we are ready to change," and I thought last Winter was bad, and it was for Kentucky, but maybe it was because I was working for Benny and Roselee and going out everyday, but this seems to be the Winter that just won't let up, but today is the first day of March, and next Saturday we spring forward, by setting our clocks ahead one hour, the first day of Spring is March 20th, only three week... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 05:46:52 EST Push Button "Everyone has a success mechanism and a failure mechanism. The failure mechanism goes off by itself. The success mechanism only goes off with a goal. Every time we write down and talk about a goal we push the button to start the success mechanism." Charles Jones <BR> <BR> When I first started Weight Watchers back in 2005 the beginning of my third week I began carrying a notebook with me, I think I mentioned this before, and I would actually take notes, I would search for motivational quo... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:39:50 EST They will move "Mountains will move.....One stone at a time." <BR> <BR> Sometimes the frustration on our weight loss journey can get way too much for us and we want to just walk away and never look back, and that is when we have to remind ourselves of these things. <BR> <BR> 1. Rome was not built in a day. <BR> <BR> 2. Anything worth having takes hard work. <BR> <BR> 3. We are worth the hard work. <BR> <BR> 4. Each time we say NO to something makes us stronger. <BR> <BR> 5. Spring will be here so... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:29:25 EST Encourage Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. ENCOURAGE me, and I will NEVER forget you." <BR> <BR> One thing I can say about the Sparks forums and that is ''there have been very few times I have ran across anyone being snarky or just plain rude with someone." On the Weight Watcher community site, I just can't go there anymore, some of those people are so rude and hurtful to others that I have to wonder, ''what kind of ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:49:20 EST Find the time "You will never find time for anything. You must make it." <BR> <BR> With work schedules, those of you that have children or grandchildren that are involved in after school activities, you all know sometimes there are just not enough hours in the day. This is where we have to actually write our own names on ''the list of things that need to be taken care of." When Mr. Bob was alive, this was why I got up at dark 30 in the morning and went to the gym it was the only time I knew I would act... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:28:45 EST Can't believe this... I did this whole big post and hit ''post message" and it was gone. Long story short, won't be going to my meeting today got out yesterday and had to call my brother-in-law to come and get my van back in the carport. So best I not try it again. Stay safe everyone. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> to all, <BR> Joan Tue, 24 Feb 2015 05:46:44 EST Look Around. See how far you've come. Be proud of yourself. If nothing else, one day, you can look someone straight in the eye and say, I lived through it and it made me who I am today." <BR> <BR> We all have so many more successes in our lives than we actually give ourselves credit for. A story here, my friend Rhonda when she and Dana were here for a day visit I had made a comment about something I had done or somewhere I had lived years ago, a few days after that Rhonda emailed me and said, ''Joan e... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:43:21 EST Destiny...We have to go for it. "Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is not a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." <BR> <BR> Its my Destiny to be overweight for the rest of my life. True or False? FALSE! But, I come from a long line of overweight people, both my Grandmother's were overweight, my own mom was overweight at one point. <BR> <BR> The things we tell ourselves and anyone else that is willing to listen is not surprising at all. When the truth of the matter ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 05:33:18 EST Press on "Defeat is simply a signal to press onward." <BR> <BR> As I mentioned yesterday being stuck inside and having a chance to go through boxes that I had put off going through, and now that is done, I've had time to browse around the sparks site, and I've been amazed at the cries of defeat I am reading. Some are ready to do something about it, some have been trying but not seeing results, so therefore nothing is going to work the belief is they will be ''fat forever'' it is their destiny. I ca... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:34:00 EST Its not all about the view. "It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top." <BR> <BR> Just about anywhere right now going downhill is a pun intended....due to the ice on the hills, but today we are discussing our weight loss journey. Yesterday I was reading here on Sparks of people struggling, they said they were doing everything right, exercising, no sweets all those things we know we are suppose to do but still the weight is not coming off. The few people I posted to I immediatel... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 05:36:42 EST Only by the grace of God, its not me. <BR> Last night I was so bored, I had finished up yet another murder mystery, so now I have more ideas if I ever want to go that route, so decided to do some channel surfing, and landed upon The Learning Channel, where this program I'd never seen before ''My 600 pound life" was on. From what I was gathering this doctor that does stomach bypass on these patient is in Houston Texas, and like everything else there are some people who truly want help and there are some that want ''the quick fix... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 05:34:31 EST Walk On "We learn to walk by stumbling." <BR> <BR> Most of you have watched your children, grandchildren, and even great grandchildren take those first wobbly steps. When we think about it wasn't it pretty much the same for us when we first walked into our first Weight Watchers meeting. All that information coming at us all at once, and if you were like me you wanted to absorb it all at one time. I remember Toni the leader I had from the time I joined in 2005 until Weight Watchers replaced her in... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 05:39:34 EST Simply Filling I wanted to start a thread here about Simply Filling on WW. Anyone else doing it (either totally or on random days)? <BR> <BR> I've been on WW since October. Not drastic results, but down 15 lbs so far (32 to go!). That's literally 1/3 of my way to goal. So maybe not as fast as I'd like- but sure better than nothing (which is where I was for years it feels like). <BR> <BR> I digress, went over to Simply Filling last week. After a few weeks of struggling with points, I found this to be a nic... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:39:04 EST Not going to happen today. Today is weight in and meeting day, but won't be happening for me due to the state of Kentucky has been declared a State of Emergency. I have over a foot of snow at my house, I know Blanche seems funny for me to even say that with all the snow you all have been getting, but here in the South we are just not equipped for such weather. Ruthann and Terry daughter, Coty's Mom made it to work yesterday morning but was not able to make it back home last night so she had to spend the night at the ... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 05:58:38 EST It Process "Its a slow process, but quitting won't speed it up." <BR> <BR> Way back when I joined Weight Watchers in 2005 each week I was like the note taker, I had my notebook and anything the leader said during the meeting I jotted it down, anything a member that had done something that had worked for them down it went in my book. Well yesterday I found my box of book, you would not believe how many notebooks I had filled throughout the years of my going to Weight watcher meetings, so I sat yesterda... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 06:02:49 EST There has to be a start. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try." <BR> <BR> Last night as I was giving thought to my day, I thought of Nell and what she says about, ''going to bed with a smile knowing that we stayed on plan that day." I actually smiled cause I've been on plan for sometime now and I feel so good about EVERYTHING. I mentioned the other day ''I'm a work in progress," which we all are, but when we finally make that decision to get down to business things just seem to fall into place, Mic... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 05:57:37 EST Happy Valentines Day "Mirror mirror on the wall I'll always get up after I fall. And whether I run, walk or have to crawl, I'll set my goals, and achieve them all." <BR> <BR> Love this new twist on an old fairy tale favorite. Valentines Day has arrived, I'm not going to get any flowers or candy and I'm good with that, but I will go to Walmart this morning and walk and no doubt get to watch some husband's frantic about what to get their loved for for this day. So much hype. For me each year on my birthday, Va... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 05:35:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/13 QUOTE: “The reason most goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.” ~ Robert J. McKain, Author <BR> <BR> QUESTION: Are you celebrating Valentine's Day? <BR> <BR> We are cooking a nice meal (steaks, baked potatoes, dessert) and celebrating as a family. <BR> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:31:03 EST 100% "You may not be 100% successful when you try. But you will be 100% unsuccessful if you don't." <BR> <BR> Its so easy to be 100% unsuccessful and at times hard to be 100% successful. Well I'm not trying for perfection I'm working on being consistent. As all of you know I'm into this walking thing, well yesterday it was so blasted cold out, the wind chill was brutal and I was actually beginning to worry that I would not be able to get in at least one walk yesterday, but I went to our Walmar... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 05:46:45 EST We can go just a little further The key is to have a dream that inspires us to go beyond our limits." <BR> <BR> Did not think I would make it that far and back, but yesterday morning I walked from 8th street all the way to 12 th street, up to Magnolia and back down until I rounded around the streets and made it back to my little house back on Broad St. a mile....I actually walked a mile, then I went to the Chiropractor. <em>104</em> The other evening when I made it to the 11th street stop sign, I thought ''will I eve... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 05:42:18 EST Same Loss & Gain Every Week Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to this team but not to Spark, and not new to WW either. This is my 7th (?) attempt at joining WW, starting last November, and to say I am frustrated is an understatement. It seems that no matter what I eat (or don't eat), my weight goes up and down each week the same 0.5 - 1.5 lbs. I track / don't track, eat healthy, eat junk, exercise more, become a couch potato...nothing seems to make any difference. Even when I give 100% effort and do everything they te... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 04:54:30 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/11 QUOTE: “Surmounting difficulty is the crucible that forms character.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> QUESTION: List 5 bands/artists that you have seen in concert. <BR> <BR> 1. Alabama <BR> 2. George Strait <BR> 3. Reba McEntire <BR> 4. Tanya Tucker <BR> 5. Travis Tritt <BR> <BR> I've seen more, but those are the ones I thought of first. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 11:08:26 EST The outcome “Your past cannot be changed, but you can change your tomorrow by your actions today.” <BR> <BR> I can honestly say that yesterday is the first time in my entire life that I have ever faced that little metal box and did not feel threatened. I had a loss it was not a big one, but I was happy with it, the loss was .8, and considering I had a loss of 9.4 last week that put me over 10 pounds gone in two weeks time. So not too shabby. I even got in two walks yesterday one with Ruthann, and the... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 05:31:31 EST It's Tuesday "Life is trying things to see if they work" <BR> <BR> Today is my weigh in day, and I've had an excellent week. I must admit I have allowed the idea of the little metal box and the number on the scale mess with my mind, but this week I added walking outside to my plan. Yesterday I went to out city part, which had a very nice walking path, have no clue what the distance is but on Saturday, I just walked a portion of that path, but yesterday, I began at a starting point ''where I left my van... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:59:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/09 DAILY QUOTE: “Through imagination, we can visit the past, contemplate the present, and anticipate the future. We can also do something else of profound and unique significance. We can create.” ~ Ken Robinson, The Element <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How do you handle appliance purchases? <BR> <BR> We look at reviews online to see how they are rated, etc. I did that with my breadmaker before I bought it. <BR> Mon, 9 Feb 2015 10:41:54 EST Finding your way “Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.” <BR> <BR> Sometimes on this journey we may become distracted or even lost at times. Some how things will be going alone just fine and maybe its because we begin to feel too confident that thing will begin to fall apart, but never fear it we just stay on course and keep climbing we will climb out of that slump and find the right path. Its a journey we are on, on that will have many twist and turns, even the ... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 06:12:54 EST We are still ahead of the game. No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow your progress, you are still ahead of everyone who isn't trying." <BR> <BR> What a day yesterday was. I did two walks, went a little further yesterday morning, then decided that I would zero the thing out on my van and drive my course and see just how far I actually was crazy....I had walked .7 miles yesterday morning, I had no idea. So what it took me 20 minutes, I still did it. Came in did my ironing, drank some more water, t... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 06:05:21 EST Change. “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.” <BR> <BR> Not long ago my sister and her daughter were talking about cleaning out their closets and my sister said, ''I don't know how I have so much stuff, I don't buy that many clothes." Now that is true my sister is not a clothes horse, but her daughter had the perfect answer for her, ''well Mom, its because you never throw or give anything away. I bet you still have clothes in there from when I was a baby." Ruthann did... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 05:51:22 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/06 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.” – Nora Roberts <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What will the weather be like in your area this weekend? <BR> <BR> National Weather Service says we are going to be unseasonably warm. I am hoping to get some plants repotted outside. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 11:42:10 EST The secret. "Before everything else; getting ready is the secret of success." Henry Ford <BR> <BR> We have talked about this many time and will no doubt talk about it many more, just like this morning, but we have to have a plan, a daily plan to make this program work. We can't get up of the morning to an un-stocked fridge or pantry and expect anything to go right the rest of the day. Its one thing for me to wake up like that, but how about you that have a husband to deal with, what if you had no cof... Fri, 6 Feb 2015 05:30:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/05 DAILY QUOTE: “There’s an importance of keeping an open mind. The brain is programmed to protect us, and that can mean imposing limits on what it thinks we can or should do. Constantly push at those limits, because the brain can be way too cautious.” ~ Chrissie Wellington <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How do you keep yourself organized? Day Planner? Electronic Calendar? <BR> <BR> I use both actually, an electronic calendar (my Google Calendar) which I can see on the computer and on my phone an... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:19:19 EST Decide what you want. “You must be the change you wish to see in yourself." <BR> <BR> Its very easy to say, ''I'm going to change," but just using that phrase without stating what your going to change, well that can cause a lot of problems. Before rejoining Weight Watchers I had a plan, I know I have ''X" number of pounds to lose to get back to goal, but I also did not put an "x" number of days/weeks or months to do this, it happens day by day, week by week, etc. I am working the program, I might even go as far... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 05:29:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/04 DAILY QUOTE:“While others were out partying, I was training. While they were out dancing at the clubs, I was training… and training… and training.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have a housework schedule? <BR> <BR> No, sometimes I wish we did. <BR> Wed, 4 Feb 2015 10:14:54 EST Color me.... HAPPY, SAPPY, OVER THE TOP, PROUD, SCARED...COLOR ME ALL THE EMOTIONS." <BR> <BR> This was exactly how I was feeling yesterday after I had my first weigh-in after re-joining Weight Watchers last week. Drumroll please.....I lost 9.4 pounds my first week. Talk about a ego boost, well it was. First off I of all people know this can happen especially when you do have a lot of weight to lose, but for me it was an omen, yep, an OMEN!! Let me explain. When I joined W.W.'s for the first time ba... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 05:38:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/03 DAILY QUOTE: “Change is inevitable. Progression is a choice.” – Sonya Teclai <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you do laundry every day or loads at a time? <BR> <BR> I've done it both ways. We generally do a load here and a load there these days because we would spend all day doing laundry otherwise. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 10:54:25 EST It's all up to you You can do anything you decide to do.” <BR> <BR> It's all up to each of us as individuals as to how we want to write our story this year. For me it was knowing quite early that I needed the weekly meetings and the accountability of facing that scale each week. Sure I could face the scale here at home each week, but it was not the same. I was blessed with having my income ease up to where I could get back to my weekly meetings, even if they are 60 miles round trip, that's okay, and I think... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 05:51:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 02/02 DAILY QUOTE: “Don’t let anyone rent space in your head, unless they are a good tenant.” - Unknown <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How often do you take a break from social media? How long of a break do you usually take? <BR> <BR> I seem to be doing it more often these days. I enjoyed not getting on social media yesterday. Mon, 2 Feb 2015 10:48:42 EST It will take time. "It take 4 week for you to see your body change, 8 weeks for your friends and family and 12 for the rest of the world. KEEP GOING!!" <BR> <BR> I cannot say if the quote is accurate, due to some of your friends and family no matter how much weight you lose, and no matter how much they notice they will never acknowledge, but you will know yourself and other's will tell you as well. On looking back I think this is exactly how and why I got to my Weight Watchers goal the first time and that wa... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 05:29:47 EST Start Now! Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with hands shaking. Start with voice trembling, but start. Start and don't stop. Start where you are, with what you have. JUST START. It's that simple. <BR> <BR> Blanche and anyone else if your in the path of the storm Linus be safe. <BR> <BR> Hugs to all, <BR> Joan Sun, 1 Feb 2015 05:29:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/31 DAILY QUOTE: “All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first thousand days, nor in the life of this administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.” ~ John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you hit the goals you set for yourself in January? <BR> <BR> No, but I am trying to set some small ones for February so I can focus and hopefully exceed them. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:23:35 EST To the Rescue. Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." <BR> <BR> Yesterday while grocery shopping I was not eavesdropping, but could not help but over hear the conservation of two women in the next isle, which happen to be the cookie/candy isle. From what I gathered, they both had been doing some kind of plan, don't know if it was Weight Watchers or something else, but they must have been good as long as they could cause I could hear a storm ... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:39:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/30 DAILY QUOTE: “When I say I lack the time to exercise, is this really true given that I have time to watch television? Perhaps it is just difficult for me to admit that I may be lazy.” ~ Keshavan Nair, A Higher Standard of Leadership <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How do you handle your budget? Is it written? Do you do a cash envelope? Do you carry cash? <BR> <BR> I let Chris handle the budget. No, it isn't written. We did a cash envelope system when we first got together, but don't know. Not v... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:22:34 EST Patience Grasshopper Be patient change takes time. The extra weight didn't arrive from the Fat Fairy last night and the Skinny Fairy isn't coming tonight either. Trust the process, your patience will pay off." <BR> <BR> I saw this quote on Face book and knew it was written for me, the topic line I got from Nell. Its no mystery to me why I want it gone tomorrow, we live in an instant world. It still amazes me that I can email a friend in Australia, now and if she's on her computer, BAM, she gets my message, t... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:26:20 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/29 DAILY QUOTE: “One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat.” ~ Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you cook multiple meals or a single meal at a time? <BR> <BR> I try to make enough for multiple meals, but it doesn't always work that way. <BR> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:47:39 EST Its never to late.... ''to admit when you need help." <BR> <BR> I was so sure I would be able to do this on my own when I had to stop going to the meeting, now don't get me wrong I was not doing all that great going to the meetings, but at least I knew I was going to be weighing in each week and someone else besides me was going to be seeing that number. There are lots of reason we can't go to meetings, for me the number one reason was the monthly cost, then there was the round trip of 60 miles, first and forem... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:30:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/28 DAILY QUOTE: “Players with fight never lose a game, they just run out of time” ~ John Wooden <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What kind of laundry detergent do you use & why? <BR> <BR> We don't strictly use one brand of detergent. We get what I can get a good deal on with coupons and stock up. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:46:01 EST Have you ever felt this way? After years of buying clothes I intend to diet into. I'll say the skeleton's in my closet has some really nice outfits." <BR> <BR> Have you ever done what today's quote is talking about, buying an article of clothing and telling yourself, "I'll lose the weight and fit into that!!" I've done that before, I think only one time in my entire adult life did everything in my closet ever fit me and that was the first time I made it to goal weight. I should add I borrowed today's quote sometime ag... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:43:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/27 DAILY QUOTE: “With strength and determination you can do anything you want in life, as long as you believe in yourself, because if you don’t, no one else will.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Name 5 things that remind you of your childhood. <BR> <BR> My butterfly bike, Barbies, Cabbage Patch kid (I got a red headed one), rare snow days and running around outside. <BR> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:18:32 EST If you doubt your ability.... "When you start doubting yourself, remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fear you have overcome." <BR> <BR> There will be days when we think I cannot eat one more piece of chicken. Well, chicken is not the only source of protein there is, and chicken is not the only source of protein we are allowed, I am finding and finding that some of my other friends are getting the same way, that the older we get the less meat of a... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:31:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/26 DAILY QUOTE: “When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape.” ~ Andy Andrews, The Noticer <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What’s your favorite hobby? <BR> <BR> Probably reading. I don't feel like I get to do nearly enough of it though. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:28:24 EST We can't overnight it. you won't lose 20 pounds overnight. But you'll get there if you don't quit." <BR> <BR> If I've heard it once I've heard it a zillion times, ''but I only lost .5 pounds," ''I only" when it comes to weight loss should be taken out of the English language. Drives me crazy, be happy with ANY loss. I also hear over and over, ''I have this (fill in the blank) coming up in three weeks and I want to lose 50 pounds" REALLY????? Okay maybe I over did it with the 50 pounds but I have heard 20, th... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:40:36 EST Don't allow yourself to be one. "There are plenty of obstacles in our paths, so lets not allow ourselves to become one." <BR> <BR> Through the years I have found there are many time I am the one who put those very obstacles in my way. When Bob was alive, sure Bob like his one piece of Russell Stover candy, I know just not right, so you have to wonder why I would purchase 4 boxes. Very seldom were they ever on sale, it was not like the store was 20 miles away. Or wonder why Joan would buy those pink or white snowball cak... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:17:27 EST Sometimes its just a tiptoe. "Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must, but TAKE A STEP." <BR> <BR> I borrowed this quote from someone else's blog post, I loved it and told them I would be using it. As we all know sometimes it just getting started that is the hardest, or just making that decision to get started. Is it being overwhelmed? Being embarrassed? Who knows, but I think all of us can say once we did make that first move it did feel as ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:31:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/23 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: Do you take vitamins? What kind? <BR> <BR> I take Raw Vitamins for Women. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:18:37 EST It's Friday!!! “Your dream. See it. Seize it. Keep it alive.” <BR> <BR> I still have the dream that I will and can get back to goal. I don't use the term, ''if I get back to goal," I say, ''when I get back to goal." I know its not going to be in the next month or two, but I will get there, its my dream, I can see it, I'm working to seize it, and I am working each day to keep that dream alive. <BR> <BR> I have my first out of town visitor coming by this evening. One of the ladies that I attended WW's ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:16:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/22 DAILY QUOTE: :(: - You decide! <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Manicure or Pedicure? <BR> <BR> If I have to choose only one, it would be a pedicure. I like feeling like I have pretty feet. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:32:49 EST My words are coming back to haunt me. Don't get so focused on the struggle, or what you think people might think." <BR> <BR> Today's message is more my words coming back to haunt me than anything else. I was thinking about this very thing yesterday when I was writing yesterday's thread about my finding out what I would need to do to get back to WW lifetime status, which in a nutshell is eat right, exercise, and lose the excess weight. But what kept nagging at me even when I gave had to cancel my membership was all the times ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:34:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/21 DAILY QUOTE: “To think that the world can ever change without changes in our mental models is folly.” ~ Joseph Jaworski, Synchronicity <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite movie from the 80’s? <BR> <BR> I'm not sure I can pick just one. I love 80's movies. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:20:56 EST Sometimes a quote is all you need. “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” <BR> <BR> I want to thank everyone that gave me some input yesterday when I brought up the subject of now that my van is paid off and my budget is not so tight I might rejoin WW's, and was not sure of the next steps, since I did call and cancel my membership. Well, I did call and the nice believe it or not I actually found my Lifetime Membership card and she told me just to take that with me when I go back and they ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:40:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/20 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: If you had a garden (square foot garden, container garden, window box garden, etc.), what is one thing that you would have to have in it? <BR> <BR> For us, it would have to be tomatoes. <BR> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:31:22 EST It is not who you are "You are not fat. You have fat. You also have fingernails, but you are not fingernails." <BR> <BR> Isn't it strange how we can allow one thing to identify us. Even when I was no longer what I considered fat, people that had known me all my life still would refer to me as, ''you were one of the fat West girls." Now really where do people get off with that kind of stuff. It would never occur to me to say ''oh your the lazy eyed Smith kid." Is it that I am more evolved than other people o... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 05:28:41 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/19 DAILY QUOTE: "DON’T LET YOUR MIND HOLD YOU BACK ANYMORE!" - Bob Harper, Biggest Loser <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Name your favorite piece of clothing that you own. <BR> <BR> With the cooler weather, I love my skirt made with sweatshirt fleece. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:41:49 EST Your own race Run your own race. Who cares what others are doing? The only question that matters is 'Am I making progress?'" <BR> <BR> I amaze myself when I finally figure it out that I don't have to be like everyone else. If I lose 20 pounds I'm not going to look like the next person that lost 20 pounds, we all have different body types. This morning I might weigh one thing but if I had to weigh in this afternoon trust me I could very easily be five pounds heavier. Unless there is some upcoming even... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:38:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/18 DAILY QUOTE: “‘Why me?’ rarely produces a positive result, while ‘How can I use this?’ usually leads us in the direction of turning our difficulties into a driving force to make ourselves and the world better.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: When looking for a living space, what is the one thing that you really look for? <BR> <BR> When I was buying my house in Denison, I was really focused on the kitchen. I wanted something that I could actually cook ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 13:03:18 EST Be Happy "Happiness is the ability to move forward, knowing the future will be better than the past. TODAY......I CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY." <BR> <BR> There are some things we get to choose in life and some things we don't get to choose, but the one thing we can choose is to, as the song says, ''JUST BE HAPPY." Always when I read someone that one of Blanche's "Little Girls" have said a smiles beams across my face, does not matter how sad I might have been feeling. So far my favorite at the moment Blanch... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 05:46:18 EST One day You will wake up one day and decide you don't want to feel like this anymore, or ever again. <BR> <BR> SO YOU WILL CHANGE. <BR> <BR> Oh you will have lots of excuses got why your not able to change, but at the end of the day, you'll find they were just excuses. Being able to change starts with : YOUR DECISION TO CHANGE! Make today the day you start those changes, you are so worth the effort. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend everyone, BTW, the check arrived yesterday. <BR> Joan Sat, 17 Jan 2015 05:32:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/16 DAILY QUOTE: "Rule your mind or it will rule you." - Buddha <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How often do you read for pleasure? <BR> <BR> I generally try to read a little each day. Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:15:50 EST It could be just one step away. “Whatever the struggle, continue the climb. It may be only one step to the summit.” <BR> <BR> So many times in the past I've given up and then as the months had passed by I would think to myself, ''if I had just kept going I would have been at such and such place by now." I've been off sugar now for several month, won't even bother telling you the number of days or months that does not matter, what does matter is I made it all through the holidays without the sugar, I've been able to enjoy... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:35:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/15 DAILY QUOTE: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your opinion on social media’s impact on our society? Does it make life better or worse? <BR> <BR> Honestly, I think it is a double edged sword. I love that I can get inspiration from people that are far away and keep in touch with friends from years past, but I think there is much that gets taken as gospel when it is a ... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:24:49 EST Yesterday's eye opener As all of you know I'm an early morning person, have to admit since moving to BD, I don't get up as early as I did when I lived in Louisville, but none the less I'm still up by 4:30. Yesterday my sister and her husband were scheduled for their yearly doctor appointment so I told them I would dog set the three wiener dogs and Pete, Ruthann's dog, and make lunch for Coty since he's on second shift this week, plus that gave me something to do as well. Well, I needed to make a Wal-Mart run yest... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 05:55:40 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/14 DAILY QUOTE: “Tomorrow never comes.” ~ Osho, The Book of Understanding <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What kind of vacations do you like to take? <BR> <BR> For me, DH and I have enjoyed going to museums or hiking to see the sights. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 10:13:35 EST Today is the best day of the year. “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.” <BR> <BR> Since I left Louisville and have gotten out of the craziness of the Stepsons and all their drama, I try very hard to look at life this way. In fact when I woke this morning I thought to myself, ''what wonderful thing will be in store for me today?" Going to back up here and share with you something that those of you that followed me through a very trying time last year when I was still in Louisville with the st... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:55:56 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/13 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: Have you ever met anyone online before meeting them in person? <BR> <BR> Yes, my husband. We are an internet dating success story. <BR> Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:59:15 EST Check off your to do list. I love checking off my list during the day, and then at night looking back over it before bedtime and seeing that I have gotten all those thing accomplished that I had planned. Yesterday was sorting the yearly tax stuff for the accountant, which honestly at times could cause me to just park myself at the drive thru at the Dairy Queen and tell them send Blizzards until I pass out. But, somewhere in the past few months I have learned that all the ice cream, cookies and cakes do not make me fe... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:57:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/12 DAILY QUOTE: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How do you keep your household organized? Do you use applications on your phone? <BR> <BR> I am trying a new one for groceries. I am going to download it to DH's phone too so we can share it and know what we need no matter who goes to the store. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:12:46 EST Something to think about. “What if you could be anything, or anybody, you chose to be? Think about it. What would you choose to be?” <BR> <BR> Another interesting quote this morning and something to think about and I did and here was what I came up with.....I think I would chose to be exactly who I am. Now don't get me wrong, I don't think I'm all that much, but I am trustworthy, I'm loyal, I'm honest so don't say to me, ''now be honest with me," unless you really want the truth, I'm a hard worker, I love with all m... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:46:41 EST Obstacles? Or is it Opportunity? What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity.” <BR> <BR> When this quote came to my inbox, I immediately loved it. It seemed to be written just for me so I decided to share it with my W8Watchers Friends. Our attitude has so much to do with most all things we try to overcome. So many times I've left a gathering and stayed strong by not over eating and staying away from the... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 05:43:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/10 DAILY QUOTE: “Change isn’t made by asking permission. Change is made by asking for forgiveness, later.” ~ Seth Godin, Tribes <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you eaten many of the "heirloom" varieties of veggies or fruit? <BR> <BR> No, but I am hoping to change that soon. <BR> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:30:56 EST Where you go, where you start. “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” <BR> <BR> There has to be a beginning to anything, sometime things go on for so long we tend to forget when it all began, but trust me it did have a beginning. We have spoken of this one thing many, many time and that is, ''there is no perfect time." Think about it, if there those of you had waited until the perfect time to have children you probably would still be childless, if I had wait... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 05:27:52 EST QUOTE AND QUESTION OF THE DAY - Jan. 9 DAILY QUOTE: “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” ~ Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Favorite board game? <BR> <BR> Is Yahtzee a board game? If so, then that is definitely it. we don't really play board games. Fri, 9 Jan 2015 09:45:09 EST Be Brave “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” <BR> <BR> Saw on yesterday's thread where Donnaeda was still at goal after the holidays, <em>243</em> and that brought to mind my email from my friend Dana that I attended our WW meetings with. She said they had still not had the big first of the year crowd that normally happens right after the holidays. So she mentioned something to the leader about it and Jean told her that now they expect the new o... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 05:58:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/08 DAILY QUOTE: “Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.” ~ Augustine of Hippo <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have a favorite card game? <BR> <BR> Mom and I used to play rummy at night and that was fun, but I don't really play card games these days. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:06:40 EST 79 days until Spring. Every person that is successful in anything had to do one thing...BEGIN!!!! <BR> <BR> It's true all those people we gaze upon as being a success had to do just what we ordinary people do, start somewhere. Sweet Rosie reminded me of one of my much used quotes the other day, ''this time next year you'll wished you started today." Let me go one further, this time next week we'll wish we started today. Its like all those people that did not have their furnaces checked last fall and yesterday ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 05:49:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/07 DAILY QUOTE: “Don’t learn to do, but learn in doing.” ~ Samuel Butler <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Looking back at the past year, name one thing that you accomplished that you are proud of. <BR> <BR> I managed to go 6 weeks with 10,000 steps per day. <BR> Wed, 7 Jan 2015 09:55:50 EST Thoughts. Acts. Habits and Destiny. “Sow a thought and you reap an action;sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” <BR> <BR> <BR> I have to admit sometimes our thoughts are not the right ones, especially if they are of the negative variety. This is why each morning when I first wake up, probably even before I am fully awake my mind is on the people I know and I am sending up little prayers for them before my feet hit the floor. I am also thinking thankin... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 05:53:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/06 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 fruit pie? <BR> <BR> Banana cream pie, I think. Although I haven't had it in years. Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:00:31 EST Figure it out. “You’re going to have to find out where you want to go. And then you’ve got to start going there. But immediately. You can’t afford to lose a minute.” <BR> <BR> This weight loss journey is just like preparing for a trip, you have to map it out. First you have to know where you want to go. Second, you have to have a day you want to begin, let me add no sense in having a stopping date cause this journey has no ending that is if your serious about it. Now the part where, ''you can't afford t... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 05:29:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 1/5 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: What is your favorite flower... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 08:05:04 EST I did it!!! “Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you’re right.” <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had mentioned my goal was to do the 1 mile WAP (walk away the pound). I have to admit, I tried talking myself out of that, but I got the DVD in the blue ray player and here came Leslie chatty as ever. I just happened to put the one in that all of her walkers that were on there had lost 100 pounds, even the guy in the wheelchair. Yes!!!!! A guy in a wheelchair doing a walking tape, now get your head ar... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 05:45:32 EST Have some of us still just practicing? Why wait? Life is not a dress rehearsal. Quit practicing what you are going to do, and just do it. <BR> <BR> There are times I think I still fall into this category, and I know better than anyone ''there is never a perfect time" for anything to happen. I'm not sure what brings this up this morning because I have been doing really well lately. If there was any area that I really need and should do more its the exercise part. I have not joined the gym, and I hear about that just about every... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 05:49:19 EST Planning and more planning. “Long-range planning does not deal with the future decisions, but with the future of present decisions.” <BR> <BR> On another group yesterday a question was asked, ''how do you determine your goals?" There was lots of answers, some of them I would have used not log ago, like the feel of clothing, the number on the scale, so on so forth, but for me now its when each morning I get up get my notebook out and look at what I have jotted down the day or night before and that night before shutting... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 05:49:18 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 01/02 DAILY QUOTE: “Taking chances on opportunities, even if they aren’t right for you, gives you a clearer picture of where you want to go with your life and career.” ~ Lauren Bush Lauren <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How many portions of fruit do you eat a day? <BR> <BR> Generally speaking 4. Some days are more and some are less, but on average 4. <BR> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 10:20:04 EST Accept yourself “Accept yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses, your truths, and know what tools you have to fulfill your purpose.” <BR> <BR> We tend to have no problem accepting other's and their quirks but we have problems accepting our own little quirks. But, that's life. This year we need to learn to not only love ourselves more, but accept ourselves more. I know sweets are always going to be a rock around my neck so I know when dessert is getting ready to be served to get myself busy, so I start ... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 05:37:22 EST Personal Coaching and Total Access I am thinking about rejoining WW meetings, but got a flyer for the Personal Coaching that's available. Have you of you thought of trying that or tried one-on-one support from any other programs? Was it helpful? Thu, 1 Jan 2015 17:37:49 EST 365 blank pages First blank page of your 365 page book. Write a good one." <BR> <BR> Happy New Year everyone. First thing I thought about when I woke up this morning was "its 2015." Second thing I thought about was, ''I need coffee." <em>41</em> I have my priorities. I don't like to think to far ahead but I will have to admit now that we are in the New Year I am already thinking of Spring and what I'll do with the yard this year. The flower catalogs are already coming in, which is always thrilling a... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 05:57:55 EST New Years Eve. Looking back over 2014, what a year it has been. The first nine months (sounds like being pregnant) I worked for Mr. Benny and Ms. Roselee, had to acquire a lawyer, something I'd never thought I'd have to do, had to make decisions that I could only make and alone with making those decisions I had all of you on the team to balance them off of, and for that I say thank you. Now I am going to be starting a new year in a new place, as I sit here this morning with my coffee close by I wonder, ''... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 05:50:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/30 DAILY QUOTE: “To this day, even when I hear about problems, as you’ve probably noticed, I tend to call them challenges. I don’t dwell on them, and I immediately focus on how I can convert the challenge into an opportunity.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Would you rather go without television or fast food for the rest of your life? <BR> <BR> I think it would have to be fast food. I don't watch that much tv these days, but I like the option. We tend to... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 11:10:26 EST One small thing. "One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day." <BR> <BR> I believe this quote with all my heart. There were some morning I would wake with negative thoughts on my brain and that was exactly how my day would continue, in a negative way. But, now each morning as I am stretching out the nights sleep I think about all the things I have to be happy about and how blessed I am. and even though I do have far to go its not as far as it was yesterday. No matter what we might... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:43:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/29 DAILY QUOTE: It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to, has power over you. - unknown <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What are your thoughts on re-gifting presents? <BR> <BR> It depends on what the gift is, but generally speaking, I will re-gift. <BR> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 10:33:55 EST We get to choose. Today I choose..... <BR> <BR> To live by choice, not by chance. <BR> To be motivated, not manipulated. <BR> To be useful, not used. <BR> To make changes, not excuses. <BR> to excel, not compete. <BR> I choose self-esteem, not self pity. <BR> I choose my inner voice not random opinions of others. <BR> <BR> We all have choices, so what will you choose to be your choices today. <BR> <BR> Hugs to all, <BR> Joan Mon, 29 Dec 2014 05:45:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/28 DAILY QUOTE: “All goal setting must be immediately followed by both the development of a plan, and massive and consistent action toward its fulfillment.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you send holiday cards? <BR> <BR> I definitely try to, though it doesn't always happen that way. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 11:10:45 EST Its not suppose to be easy. If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” <BR> <BR> When I saw today's quote I had to smile to myself because most things worth having we do have to work hard at getting them. Our weight loss journey is no different, but sometime we make things harder than they have to be just because we don't do the prep work first. Such as planning ahead. This weekend I've already began planning my meals for the upcoming week. I always have Sunday dinner with Ruthann and... Sun, 28 Dec 2014 05:42:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/27 DAILY QUOTE: “Although we can’t control which roles are assigned to us, it must be our business to act our given role as best we possibly can and to refrain from complaining about it. Where ever you find yourself and in whatever circumstances, give an impeccable performance.” ~ Epictetus, The Art of Living <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have food that you have every New Year's Day? <BR> <BR> Yes, we cook black eyed peas (for luck) and cabbage for finances. <BR> <BR> Sorry I have been ... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 11:17:35 EST Don't over think it. Sometimes the best thing that you can do is not think, not wonder, not obsess, just breathe, and have faith that everything will work out for the best." <BR> <BR> I will admit I have always been an over thinker and over obsessed, over indulged on just about everything in my life. But, not long ago I found out I don't have to live this way. Like Nell said, ''I was not seeing the forest for the trees." I don't know for sure when it happened, but it did and I do find myself in a much for ca... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:54:35 EST I actually did it. I set out to do one big thing this holiday season and I was not sure I could or would pull it off, but I did. I did not eat any sweets during the holiday blitz of Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Now I have to say I did have a thought of a piece of Ruthann's chocolate pie for a split second yesterday, but it was just that a split second. I never felt deprived, I never thought anymore about it, and I have to admit I felt as if I had gotten the best gift ever, and that was, not giving i... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 05:57:34 EST Christmas Day Merry Christmas Everyone. <BR> <BR> Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I just want to wish all my W8Watchers Friends a wonderful Christmas day, may it be filled with much happiness and loving family. <BR> <BR> We opened gifts at Ruthann's last night it was so much fun, tons of laughing and those wiener dogs are a hoot. Going to post a picture of Ruthann's newest double quilt rack that the wiener dogs got her and two of her latest quilts that are displayed on there, oh and my Christm... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 05:59:54 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/24 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: Have you ever been part of a parade? <BR> <BR> Yes. I was in Colorguard and twirled a flag in HS so we were always in the parades. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 09:45:24 EST Christmas Eve It's not about the gifts, its about who I'm spending Christmas with. <BR> <BR> I am more of less pinching myself to make sure I am not dreaming that I am actually getting to spend Christmas with my sister and her family this year. Ruthann and I were talking about this yesterday as we worked in her kitchen, and Ruthann made the comment, ''and the best part is you don't have to rush back to Louisville to take care of anyone." This evening we will open gifts at Ruthann's have some pizza, han... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 05:35:04 EST I can change myself Be true to the best you know. This is your high ideal. If you do your best, you cannot do more.” <BR> <BR> Since Sunday evening I have wrestled with the idea of delivering Christmas baskets to people who were arrested for making meth. It just goes against every thing I believe in and I had to tell both Sister and Father this yesterday, and ask them ''how is this helping the community, when no doubt what we as a church they are selling to buy stuff to make meth." Another thing that I have ... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 05:33:48 EST Are you where you want to be? Where you are today is the sum of every choice you've ever made. If you don't like where you are, change things!" <BR> <BR> Had a bit of a revelation last night as we were going on the final list of basket that had to be filled and delivered with Sister. I realized that some of the names on the list I had heard many years before, no way these people could still be alive, and they aren't. Its their grandkids and great grandkids, seems as if not wanting more for oneself is passed down to ea... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 05:51:57 EST Christmas week As I said yesterday, ''I still cannot believe its Christmas time already." This year has flown by completely or it has for me. Blanche, hope you and the little girls made a dent in those bean neck warmers, I think that is such a sweet thing for them to do. Hope everyone that still had candy to get made gets that done as well. <BR> <BR> This is the first Christmas I think I can remember that I have gone into without feeling the dread of ''oh so much food." Have no clue why, but have not... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:49:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/20 DAILY QUOTE: “The people who are good in the long run fail a lot, especially at the beginning. So, when you fail early, it might be worth realizing that this is part of the deal, the price you pay for being good in the long run. Every rejection is a gift. A chance to learn and to do it better next time. An opportunity to figure out how to bounce, not break. Don’t waste them.” ~ Seth Godin, Blog <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Share one pet peeve that causes you more grief than it should. <BR> <... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:50:04 EST The hustle and bustle Here we are the weekend before Christmas day. I keep wondering ''how on earth did it get here so quickly?" It seems to me it was not that long ago we were just celebrating last Christmas, but here since last Christmas I worked eight months for Benny and Roselee, battle with Bob's son's and even made my move to Beaver Dam, not too shabby and a whole year not even over and done with. So this last weekend before Christmas what are some of your last minute things your doing to get ready? For ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:38:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/19 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: What color ink do you prefer to write in? <BR> <BR> I always write out official documents in black or blue as I think it looks more professional, but when I send greeting cards I tend to use green ink. <BR> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:23:41 EST Called upon As I told all of you yesterday I called bingo at the nursing home. i am told I make bingo fun, don't ask me how, maybe its the way I do it, who knows, but I also had a good time with it, and just like everywhere else that place is a flood of food, it was flowing from the rafters with so many Christmas goodies, but I just kept calling out those bingo numbers. After the game was over and I made my rounds of flirting with all the old guys and telling the ladies how sharp they were looking one ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:38:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/18 DAILY QUOTE: “To this day, even when I hear about problems, as you’ve probably noticed, I tend to call them challenges. I don’t dwell on them, and I immediately focus on how I can convert the challenge into an opportunity.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Share your favorite material object that you already own. <BR> <BR> My Kindle. <BR> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:41:01 EST I won't do that again. When someone is trying to change their ways, the worse thing you can do is keep bringing up their past." <BR> <BR> Last night again I was faced with being around other people I had long forgotten about here in Beaver Dam, but funny how they cannot seem to forget about some of the things a person may have done. Now don't get me wrong I was never a hell raiser, I wanted to live to see 12 years old and trust me to do that you walked the straight and narrow with our parents, they were the ''tak... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:45:15 EST How much do we really want to change? "Our desire to change must be greater than our desire to stay the same." <BR> <BR> During my many, many years of dieting, and yes I use the word dieting cause I've never changed my lifestyle. If I had I would not still be dieting. There have been some things I've been willing to change and then there have been some of my habits I just cannot seem to ever completely let go of. Some of us will always have some little quirk that has a hold on us, but its the bigger picture. For me its not ... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:51:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/16 DAILY QUOTE: “Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Name one hobby that you would like to improve on. <BR> <BR> I want to improve at sewing on the sewing machine. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:30:20 EST Excuse not good enough to impress. Nobody is impressed with how good your excuses are." <BR> <BR> Yesterday as Sister Luisa was passing out assignments for the upcoming food distribution, I overheard her telling someone ''do you think Jesus could find nothing else to do when hanging on the cross." I have to admit I did chuckle to myself, but knew my coughing and telling her, ''I'm getting over a cold/sinus infection was not going to cut the mustard, this nun was not going to take any excuses less than child birth and it best... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:52:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/15 DAILY QUOTE: “If you want to make a positive impact, no matter how far-reaching, start at home. Treat your family members like treasures.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Today Matters <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If money and time were no object, what would you be doing right now? <BR> <BR> If I were honest, reading or baking. <BR> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:49:41 EST We continue on. "Those who succeed are the ones who look in the mirror and see no change, but continue anyway, knowing they;ll get there in time." <BR> <BR> I like today's quote because I think it is filled with hope. So many times the mirror does not tell us what is really going on because our own eyes won't allow us to see the true reflection. But if we know we are eating what we should, tracking, getting in activity and getting enough sleep then change and good change in happening in our bodies. Chang... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 05:58:03 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/14 DAILY QUOTE: “Dealing with our overweight – or with any of our life’s difficulties, for that matter – is not a battle to be fought. Instead, we must learn how to make friends with our hardships and challenges. They are there to help us; they are natural opportunities for deeper understanding and transformation, brining us more joy and peace as we learn to work with them.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you had to be allergic to a food, what food would it be? <BR> <B... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:56:16 EST Try this list Holiday To do list. <BR> <BR> Buy Gifts--------BE Present <BR> <BR> Wrap Gifts------Wrap someone in a hug. <BR> <BR> Send Gifts------Send Peace <BR> <BR> Shop for Food----Donate Food <BR> <BR> Make Cookies-----Make time for someone else <BR> <BR> See the lights-----Be the lights. <BR> <BR> What has this got to do with weigh loss? By doing these things we will be happier with ourselves and when we love ourselves we are much more apt to be successful with our weight loss journey. The h... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 06:12:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/13 DAILY QUOTE: “Always take the stairs. There’ll be plenty of days where you can’t, so accept the opportunity to take the stairs as a gift and make a deposit into your Future Health account.” ~ Nick Crocker, Medium <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: When using the dishwasher do you use powder detergent or liquid? <BR> <BR> We use the Finish Powerball Tabs...not sure what you would consider that. Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:52:28 EST We are alive today so...... Run leap and celebrate!" <BR> <BR> Okay maybe you don't want to run or even leap, but no reason not to celebrate life. Let's face it, all in all LIFE IS GOOD!! Unlike some countries we as women can make our own choices we are allowed to drive, vote, dress as we like so many things we can do that other countries do not allow their women to do. Something to celebrate. We are able to worship as we please, which is another plus. Here in America we have many Freedoms, but they were not gotte... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 06:15:11 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/12 DAILY QUOTE: “And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in.” ~ Haruki Murakami <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone and mailed it? <BR> <BR> I have to admit that it has been awhile probably over a year. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:19:28 EST That "F" word. Okay before anyone gets the soap to wash my mouth out, its not the ''F" word you might think I have on my mind. I was home yesterday afternoon, that has been rare for me being home, so I had the TV on and was channel surfing, only surfing I would ever do and there was Dr. Oz, so thought I'd pause and see what the man had to say, and he like many others are already on the bandwagon for ''a new DIET for the coming New Year." Okay, going to digress just a bit here, but if we had made our eatin... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:55:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/11 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: Name your three favorite winter drinks: <BR> <BR> Hot Chocolate, hot tea, water. <BR> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:32:56 EST Thursday Morning Good Morning Everyone. I had a wonderful day yesterday and decided I'm not going to fret about those Christmas stamps, I'm going to just use them. I had some time to think about this on my drive to Louisville yesterday and decided '''this was something that was important enough for someone to do and it gave them joy so who am I to take that joy from them." So who knows maybe the giver of those stamps will receive a Christmas card. <BR> <BR> It was so much fun seeing Roselee and Benny yest... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 06:03:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/10 DAILY QUOTE “If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything.” ~ David Foster Wallace <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: List 3 of your favorite holiday movies. <BR> <BR> It's a Wonderful Life <BR> Miracle on 34th Street (with Natalie Wood) <BR> Shop Around the Corner (although not technically a Christmas movie, it does have Christmas in it) Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:31:58 EST Somethings that have happened since yesterday. First off heading for Louisville to visit with Benny and Roselee today, and I will see Dana as well, just a day trip and today the weather is suppose to be no rain, sleet or snow it maybe overcast but that I can handle, so thought if I'm going to go best be going. So that is my thing for today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday went to my mailbox to get my mail and there was an envelope in the box, with the rest of my mail but it was blank except written in red was ''From Santa." So I opened the envelop... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:53:25 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/09 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: Have you ever made a difference in someone’s life during Christmas? <BR> <BR> Yes, the place where I worked several years ago took on several families that had requested assistance through the food pantry. I have to admit that it was one of the most rewarding Christmas experiences that I have ever had. There was nothing like ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:57:45 EST Take the pressure off. "You have enough. You do enough. You are enough. Relax." <BR> <BR> Sometimes we can make ourselves crazy trying to do more than we need to. Yesterday one of my FB friends had this posted on his page and I loved it and it reminded me that I do have enough, I do enough and for now I am enough. This time of year I miss not being able to give gifts like I used to be able to do years ago when I worked. I was the one that gave the really great gifts, yeah, I hate those type of people, but ala... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 05:48:34 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/08 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: Have you ever learned a second language? <BR> <BR> I learned American Sign Language as a kid. I wish that I had continued with it. It frustrates me now when I run into someone who is deaf and I can't talk to them. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 10:08:11 EST It's all comes to being a choice. Enlightenment comes when we realize, and own that. Happiness is a choice. Sadness is a choice. Anger is a choice. Love is a choice. All these are choices we make just like the choice of whether we eat those sugar cookies or that box of chocolate fudge, it all comes down to choices. I know myself all too well, right now I may sound really strong in walking away from all that candy Ruthann and I have been making, but I have some that I have to make the deliveries by myself today, so yeste... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 05:53:07 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/07 DAILY QUOTE: “When we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice that it is small, but we do not criticize it as “rootless and stemless.” We treat it as a seed, giving it the water and nourishment required of a seed. When it first shoots up out of the earth, we don’t condemn it as immature and underdeveloped; nor do we criticize the buds for not being open when they appear. We stand in wonder at the process taking place and give the plant the care it needs at each stage of its development. The... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 12:04:38 EST Another lesson learned. "Instead of complaining about what's wrong, be grateful for what's right." <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went to visit Aunt Gig at the nursing home and one of the aids poor thing it seemed as if every room she went into her resident had a mess to deal with, so when she came to Aunt Gig, the lady came in with a big smile on her face and said, ''Good morning Ms. Pirdle how was your night?" Aunt Gig began to tell her how well she slept, what a good breakfast she had, and now Ruthann's sister was here ... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 05:59:45 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/06 DAILY QUOTE: “Your journey to a healthier weight is not a journey that you start and then give up. It is a journey that you are living every day for the rest of your life.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you ever baked a cake from scratch? <BR> <BR> Yes, I made carrot cake and a chocolate cake, both with cream cheese icing/chocolate cream cheese icing for my husband and co-worker's birthdays. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 11:22:44 EST Each day we can find things that help us to grow. “Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.” <BR> <BR> I was thinking yesterday as I was reading some of the post and about some of the weigh in results, there were a few that had some gains but for the most parts there were loses, and to come off Thanksgiving or any holiday and have a loss that is pretty darn good. Are we becoming more aware that these holidays have been coming around for centuries and we don't have to try and eat it all up this year? Or are w... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 05:50:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/05 DAILY QUOTE: “As the fletcher whittles and makes straight his arrows, so the master directs his straying thoughts.” ~ The Buddha <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Finish this sentence: I am interested in…new recipes and new adventures. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 10:08:17 EST Finding Peace of Mind The road to daily happiness is not hard to find; it’s what we do for others that brings us peace of mind.” <BR> <BR> I find today's quote to be very true or at least for me. I find when I am doing for others I am much more fulfilled with myself. I say this, but I still have not one Christmas card written out, and I'm not even sure I will do any this year. I have the cards, but I just realized the cost of the stamps are not in my budget this month, so many of the cards I send out are to pe... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 05:59:39 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/04 DAILY QUOTE: “Light tomorrow with today.” ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Complete this sentence: I am happy when…I have quiet time to sit down and read. Thu, 4 Dec 2014 10:42:40 EST I have the answer. " If your tired of starting over, STOP giving up!" <BR> <BR> Told you I had the answer. As I was going though some quotes I saw this one, and it hit me, yep right between the eyes, and I thought to myself, ''how simple, but how true." Some of us, and the line can form behind me, but we moan and groan about our struggles and lots of times we put those struggles right in our own paths. I live alone, no reason for there ever to be a box of cookies or a bag of candy in my house and I can say ... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 06:06:44 EST Continued from yesterday The last couple days here in BD have been so overcast and dreary its been like being in England, not that I've ever been in England, but I've seen pictures. <em>41</em> So yesterday morning I decided I needed to do something so I put my rain jacket on drove to downtown BD, which I could have walked but I always have to remember, ''I also have to walk back," I parked where the old post office used to be and did a walk about down town. Not much down there any more. There are some new shop... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 05:51:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/02 DAILY QUOTE: “Having a mental snapshot of where you are, where you are going, and what you are moving toward is incredibly powerful.” ~ Sara Blakely <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Finish this sentence: I am good at…baking. I still feel like I'm coming to my own when it comes to cooking, but I have always enjoyed baking. Tue, 2 Dec 2014 10:06:15 EST Turn right or left its your decision. “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” <BR> <BR> ~ Anthony Robbins <BR> <BR> I know that just turning right or left there was no doubt more to our destiny than that, but then again maybe it wasn't. On our journey, if we had just turned left on the street back from our afternoon walk we would not have had to pass that great bakery that all those wonderful smells come out of, which of course triggers all those other things in our brains. Our local fruit market open... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 05:59:50 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 12/01 DAILY QUOTE: “Think of your mind, your emotions, and your spirit as the ultimate garden. The way to ensure a bountiful, nourishing harvest is to plant seeds like love, warmth, and appreciation, instead of seeds like disappointment, anger, and fear.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Finish this sentence: I enjoy...spending time with family and baking. <BR> Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:16:52 EST How things have changed in a short time As I was drifting off to sleep last night counting my blessings I was thinking of how in just a short time things have changed for me. I remember it was not too long ago in a post on here Nell was telling me that, ''won't be long that all this packing and moving will soon be just a memory." I have to admit at that time I just could not see that, but Nell was right as crazy as things were on the 27th of September here it is the first day of December and I've celebrated Halloween, and Thanksg... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 05:50:35 EST The holidays= Lots of Activity Points A few weeks ago I mentioned I could no longer afford to drive to Owensboro for my weekly meetings and pay for my monthly pass. This happens when your on a fixed income, not complaining I'm just happy to have an income. I have still been working the plan and I think have been paying maybe even more attention to what I eat and especially the portions. I have noticed since moving to Beaver Dam I am getting in lots more activity. Something about being around family, there is none of this you ... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 05:45:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/29 DAILY QUOTE: “You’ve achieved cheerfulness the day you realize that no matter what’s happening around you, being anything other than cheerful will not make it better.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you celebrate Christmas and/or Hanukkah or some other holiday (forgive me, but I don't know all of them)? <BR> <BR> We celebrate Christmas. Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:54:19 EST Its Saturday I don't really have much to report today. We did leftover yesterday made plates for anyone that needed one, and then gave what was left to Terry's cousin and her husband. I did go with Ruthann to get her mammogram and Terry's mom went as well since we were going to stop in and see Aunt Gig which is Terry's Mom's sister. We were told they might actually transport Aunt Gig to the Beaver Dam nursing home sometime last night, so I don't know if that happened but I'll find out sometime today. ... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 06:15:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/28 DAILY QUOTE: “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, do... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:23:48 EST A Great Thanksgiving I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and Blanche I do hope all those that were traveling to your place made it there safely. Also anyone else that may have been traveling or had someone traveling hope you or they made it safely. We actually had a little dusting of snow for turkey day, and we had a fun day. Cannot remember when I laughed so much, my youngest brother was at Ruthann's as well and he is a clown anyway and I kept thinking back just how different this Thanksgiving was t... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:14:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/27 DAILY QUOTE: “When you suffer, you can look deeply at your situation and find the many blessings that are already surrounding you. It is wonderful to sit with a pen and paper and write down all the conditions for happiness that are already there, already available to you right in this moment.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What are you thankful for today? <BR> <BR> Aside from that I woke up this morning, I am thankful that my crew is under one roof. Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:26:37 EST Happy Thanksgiving I know everyone is going to be super busy today, myself as well, but the day would not be complete if I did not have my daily posting, I found this poem and it said everything I was thinking so I decided to share it today. Wishing everyone that is traveling to be safe and all of us that are doing the cooking that we have few lumps in our potatoes. Happy Thanksgiving my friends. <BR> Hugs to all, <BR> Joan <BR> <BR> I'm Thankful for You <BR> Thanksgiving is the appointed time <BR> for focus... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:47:02 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/26 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: When you’re holiday shopping, do you make lists? <BR> <BR> No, but I probably should. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:46:16 EST Thanksgiving Eve Today will be a super busy day for Ruthann and I in more than one way. Aunt Gig is doing great, her kidney's have not worked as of last night, this is a can become a concern due to she does have congestive heart failure alone with all her other ailments. Here is a funny thing Terry got a call from one of his Nephew's wives that work at the hospital that Gig is in and the niece had been up to see Aunt Gig yesterday and Aunt Gig told Lelia ''go tell that PT person I'm ready to get up and go w... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:55:48 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/25 DAILY QUOTE: “You don’t win an Olympic gold medal with a few weeks of intensive training. There’s no such thing as an overnight opera sensation. Great law firms or design companies don’t spring up overnight… Every great company, every great brand, and every great career has been built in exactly the same way: bit by bit, step by step, little by little.” ~ Seth Godin <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you could purchase one thing that you don’t need at all for yourself today, what would it be? <B... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:10:22 EST 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