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 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 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 QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/14 DAILY QUOTE: “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ~ Alan Watts <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How often do you read? <BR> <BR> Not nearly as often as I would like. I love to have hours that I can just snuggle under a blanket and sit and read. It's one of my favorite things to do. I just need to carve out more time to do it. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:13:32 EST updates The other day I saw my new doctor here in BD, he seems very knowlegable , I had to go back the next day very early for blood work cholesterol , sugar that mainly cause diabetes runs in the family. I was pretty sure I would make a clean sweep of everything, however too my surprise when I got the call from Beth the nurse yesterday that was not the case. My sugar was fine, my thyroid was fine, another thing that is a problem in the West family, however my cholesterol had zoomed to 300 in the p... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 05:22:43 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/13 DAILY QUOTE: “Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are the master of your attitude. Choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What makes you awesome? List at least five qualities/hobbies/habits make you cool and unique? <BR> <BR> Although my parents came from families with multiple children, I am an only child. I did not learn to bowl until I was in college and then I bowled leagues with my cousin for a ... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:58:25 EST I can still smile "Despite all the bad days and the mean people I still believe in good days and kind people." <BR> <BR> Since I have moved to BD I have not really ran into anyone mean that I can admit, irritating yes, mean no. But something I did realize yesterday while sorting through this Brad fiasco, and that is I'm living in the same town where if it get too much I can drive to my sisters to just get away. Living in Louisville I couldn't do that, it would have been a two our trip one way. The bathroom... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:47:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/12 DAILY QUOTE: “Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and all achievement.” ~ Claude M. Bristol <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you generally get your hair done/cut/colored by the same person? <BR> <BR> Now I just do it myself. Before, aside from my Mom, I can count on one hand the number of people that have cut/permed my hair. <BR> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:08:19 EST It didn't work The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” <BR> <BR> ~ Mark Twain <BR> <BR> Sorry Mr. Twain it didn't work that way for me. A story for today. For a week now Brad the guy that works for my landlord Mr. King has been going to come out everyday to do my bathroom, everyday there is a new reason he can't show up. Last Monday when I called him, he was going to be working for a friend of his from church and that was an actual paying job so I could not fault him wit... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 05:46:04 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/11 DAILY QUOTE: “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.” ~ Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: I am really trying to steer clear of my "favorite" winter drink, which is hot chocolate because it is loaded with sugar. I do allow myself to have it but not drink it all day. What is your "go to" drink in the winter time? <BR> <BR> I am trying to switch to tea. I have found several that I li... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:11:30 EST We each have a role. Thanks to anyone who has someone in the military or has been the military themselves. If not for all of them we would not enjoy the freedoms we tend to complain about. Thanks to all of them for all they do. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of miss that drop." Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> When I first woke this morning my first thought was, ''I have nothing to share, to uplift the group today." So... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 05:20:47 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/10 DAILY QUOTE: “I’ve learned that there is absolutely no value in pessimism.” ~ Franklin Leonard <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How often do you change up what you eat? <BR> <BR> Probably not nearly as often as I should. I seemed to be in smoothie mode for breakfast and it works for me. I do try to change up what I put in it occasionally. I've started added spinach, which my daughter thinks is just gross, but I like it. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:33:39 EST And so it goes. "I have a dream. I chase it. I fall. I learn. I get better. I keep marching on." <BR> <BR> I read Jane's reply from yesterday about, ''some days are just harder than others." I have to agree for me its the same way. I've been having Sunday dinners with Ruthann and her family since I've lived here in Beaver Dam, and oh my Ruthann is such a good cook, and then there is the constant chatter around the table each Sunday. Coty is normally telling something funny that one of the guys did a... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 05:22:18 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/9 DAILY QUOTE: “If you’re feeling really sad, there is only one reason: it’s because you’re deleting all the reasons you could be feeling good. And if you’re feeling good, it’s because you’re deleting all the bad things you could be focusing on.” ~ Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What was the best thing that happened to you this past week? <BR> <BR> I'm certain that there are multiple things, but what comes to my mind is celebrating my Mom's birthday and g... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 12:39:17 EST Building a fire from within. “Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.” <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did make it to my weekly WW meeting, I have to admit I was nervous all the way over and all the way back. Its the 30 miles each way and down here its very flat land so those deer can move quite quickly. Good news is I made it there and back without any deer problems. <BR> <BR> I was up a pound this week and can only contribute that to eating chili on Friday evening with Ruthann and Terry. I knew bett... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 05:44:49 EST Give Thanks Give thanks for your struggles. They are simply opportunities worth fighting for." <BR> <BR> If we don't have some struggles in life then how will we ever know when we have something to celebrate? Each of us have our struggles to deal with mine seem very small compared to what others have to deal with. For me what I think of as a struggle is really no more than just a hiccup. I don't have to deal with a sick child or even a sick spouse anymore, my life to most would be pretty mundane, bu... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 05:23:08 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/07 DAILY QUOTE: “When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you ever decided to go vegetarian? Do you do "meatless Mondays"? <BR> <BR> I generally try to prepare meals that are meatless once a week or so, but it's not something that always happens on a Monday. There are times that I will put a small amount of meat in, but bulk it up with lots of veggies and beans. Fri, 7 Nov 2014 11:09:24 EST Take care “Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.” <BR> <BR> Another ''take care of ourselves" post today. I went back and read Donnaeda's post on why and when she began the diabetic protocol. Donnaeda is a perfect example of ''taking care of oneself." Jane wrote yesterday, ''its not always easy to take care of ourselves when we are under the stress of caring for others." I, being one of those that was a full time caregiver, has to agr... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 05:37:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/06 DAILY QUOTE: “Life is meant to be enjoyed. Sure, I agree with this statement (as many of us would) but the problem is this is used to justify all kinds of cr@ppy behavior. Might as well scarf down those Doritos and Twinkies, because hey, life is meant to be enjoyed, right? No. You can do without junk food and still enjoy life. You can exercise and enjoy it. You can give up pretty much anything and still enjoy life, if you learn to see almost any activity as enjoyable.” ~ Leo Babauta, Blog <B... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 10:39:43 EST Adversity Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful." <BR> <BR> Or another way to put this is, ''you have to hit rock bottom." Many times we don't even think about getting healthier until the doctor is just about ready to put that last nail in the coffin. I know sounds a bit drastic, but we all know its true. Just yesterday someone made mention that they had lost 30 pounds for a wedding, gained it back, then lost 40 pounds a spouse had become ill so back came on the... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 05:31:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/05 DAILY QUOTE: “Don’t find yourself, create yourself. We have the ability to become whoever we want to become, and to materialize the kind of lives we want to live. That’s a power that we can cultivate. The person you think you are, the kind of life you have right now, isn’t all that there is. You won’t always be this person, you can change, you can be better. You are meant to do great things, create yourself to become that person.” ~ Satori, <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Were ... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 10:44:40 EST Grab the Glory. “All glory comes from daring to begin.” <BR> <BR> To have glory or success in anything there always has to be a beginning. So this morning if you've been sitting on the side of the bed, or siting at your computer asking yourself, ''what do I do?" The answer is simple, YOU BEGIN!!! Does not matter if your thinking of healthy issues or something else in your life. To make things better we have to begin at the beginning. Maybe you need to seek some counseling, maybe you just need to go sit... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 05:06:16 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/04 DAILY QUOTE: “Man creates what he is, man creates himself. The meaning has to be created. You have to sing your meaning, you have to dance your meaning, you have to paint your meaning, you have to live it. Through living, it will arise; through dancing, it will start penetrating your being. Through singing, it will come to you. It is not like a rock just lying there to be found, it has to bloom in your being.” ~ Osho, The Book of Understanding <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you (or someone in... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 10:22:49 EST Leaves, they never stop No apologies for being later this morning, poor old body of mine is screaming due to a total of 4 hours of leaf removal. Today the city comes by with their truck vacuum so yesterday around 11:15 I began with rake in hand, front yard is the worst due to that is where my three trees are. I worked like a wild woman for an hour and did not seem to be getting anywhere, so decided, ''Ruthann is coming with her leaf blower, I'll just wait." However it ate at me and I have an electric leaf blower,... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 06:16:28 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/03 DAILY QUOTE: “Sometimes our grandiose plans to do great things at some later time interfere with our chances to do little things right now.” ~ Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? <BR> <BR> I am not sure anything I've eaten I would classify as weird. Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:21:13 EST Let's get MOTIVATED!!! Ten ways to find that Motivation we need. I have to admit this was in my in box and I loved it and there was lots more written for each one, but due to time and space I made it short. Now if you got this make sure you read it all due to its got some great ideas. <BR> <BR> 1. Set SMART goals. Losing 15 pounds in one month is not a smart goal. Just sayin'. <BR> <BR> 2. Use SMALLER goals to help you reach larger ones. <BR> <BR> 3. Keep your MOTIVATION in mind. Know why you want to re... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 05:53:00 EST Sometimes it can make us stronger. “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places.” <BR> <BR> As all of you know yesterday was my WW meeting and weigh in. I am happy to report I stayed the same this week, no gain, no loss just the same, which I will be happy with. We had a very low count for our meeting yesterday, but one lady that was there confessed that she had been in the Halloween candy since it came out the end of August and for whatever reason she just kept coming back each week watch... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 05:55:15 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 11/01 DAILY QUOTE: “If you can find happiness inside you, then no matter what’s happening externally, you can access this source of happiness. You might lose your job, get sick, lose a loved one, have to go through a difficult medical procedure, go through a divorce … and you can still find this happiness. It’s there if you choose to use it. The external circumstances of your life matter, but they don’t take away your true source of happiness.” ~ Leo Babauta, Zen Habits <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: ... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 14:04:32 EST One down...... And two to go....Thanksgiving and Christmas. <BR> <BR> I did fine with Halloween, was not even tempted by all that candy which I know when I get on the scale at WW this morning I will be extremely glad I did not give in to that stuff. I am going to post in my blog a picture of two of my great nephews that came by Coty's house last night asking for treats. Ruthann always makes a big deal out of this for them so she had purchased the big candy bars for those two kids and make them up special... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 05:53:55 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/31 DAILY QUOTE: “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is, we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:05:54 EST Happy Halloween It's that time of year. Yep, comes around every year at this time and its the beginning of what I like to refer to as ''THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE" time for all of us Weight Watchers. I know there are a few of you that have learned how to handle these three holidays, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, but then there is the rest of us who each and every year even though we know its coming we still freak out. I have to admit when I realized I'd have Trick or Treat people I did freak out a bit.... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:01:01 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/30 Daily Quote: “Problems are just mile markers. Each one we pass means we’ve gotten better.” ~ Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness <BR> <BR> Daily Question: How do you handle outings, etc. that may get you off plan? <BR> <BR> I try to deal with them as they come. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:28:04 EST Here we are and its Thursday I'm so glad you all enjoyed yesterday's laughs. When I read them I was rolling and thought, ''hey maybe someone else needs a giggle or two," just hoping it lightened some of your load. <BR> <BR> I have decided when I am working helping Ruthann clear out an clean up her basement, or if I"m out raking those leaves, which by the way seem to have to be done on a daily basis, it does not feel like exercise, and I think it is just the reason Nell said the other day, ''I can see a finished product... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:03:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/29 DAILY QUOTE: “You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” ~ Dale Carnegie <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have a plan for Halloween? Do you partake in any of the Halloween candy? <BR> <BR> I generally will allow myself to have a piece or 2 of candy, but I limit myself to 1 or 2 pieces. We have not bought candy for the last couple of years...we give away Takis instead. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:19:46 EST WFD What's for dinner everyone? I had a good breakfast, lunch & snacks planned, but nothing planned for dinner! I need some healthy ideas. What's everyone eating/making? Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:55:16 EST Today we LAUGH!! <BR> I received this in my email box when I booted up this morning. Now before someone comes on here ranting that ''this has nothing to do with weight loss," your so wrong. Laughing helps us burn calories, so laugh on. <BR> <BR> Hugs to all, <BR> Joan <BR> <BR> p.s. my favorite one has to be the Wal-Mart one. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I very quietly confided to my best friend that I was having an affair. <BR> She turned to me and asked, 'Are you having it catered'? <BR> And that, my fri... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 05:41:51 EST Trying To Do Better Hello my name is "Bobbi_59" and I have been missing off this team for awhile, <BR> and now I am back for more support. <BR> <BR> I am 59yrs old as of today 10-28 and I am 5'3 tall lol, <BR> and I am married to the love of my life Ronnie, and I have many health issues and, <BR> is very hard for me to lose my weight because of many factors I have to, <BR> deal with weight is ugh...SW: 395 lbs. and I wanna get under my, <BR> 300 lbs. before the new year of 2015 lol...and all I ca... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:05:23 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/28 DAILY QUOTE: “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” ~ Alphonse Karr <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you read a book or seen a movie recently that you would recommend? <BR> <BR> I am reading Gone Girl, but haven't had much time since Mom has moved in and honestly I can't remember the last movie we saw. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:14:28 EST Go around it. Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” <BR> <BR> When I read this quote this morning I thought about Donnada's post from yesterday, she is doing the diabetic protocol and yet she found things to eat and enjoy at the Chinese restaurant. For our friend Rosie, who has been off sugar for a really, really long time, her sweet tooth is satisfied with fresh dates. Point being, we can a... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:48:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/27 10/27/2014 10:31:34 AM report this post | ground rules <BR> DAILY QUOTE: “Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.” ~ English Proverb <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Name one staple that you keep in your refrigerator year round. <BR> <BR> Apples. We try to keep tomatoes in there too, but when they start getting too expensive or don't look good, we go without. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:35:09 EST I'm back again...Simple Start this time! Hi everyone! <em>213</em> I'm Ali. I love in New England, have been married 7 years and have an adorable 3 year old daughter. I work full time in HR. <BR> <BR> I joined WW online in August 2012, lost 50 pounds in 7 months. I gained back a few and maintained until this summer. I enjoy working out and do it at least 3 times a week (more if there's time!) but my nutrition was out of control! I canceled my WW subscription about a year ago but continued to track my meals on Spark. But ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:30:33 EST Start each day fresh "Don't start each day with the broken pieces of yesterday. Each day is a new beginning. Every morning we wake up is the FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF OUR LIFE!" <BR> <BR> I was invited to a homecoming at one of the Baptist churches here and since I did not have anything better to do I told the person that invited me, ''I'll come later, after the meal, but before the music starts." I came home ate my lunch after Mass at my church, then took off to the Baptist church for some more Sunday fellows... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:13:08 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/26 DAILY QUOTE: “You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: How do you get your water in everyday? Do you mix things in? Drink Infused water? <BR> <BR> I just drink water. My body craves it. Every now and again if I want something different, I will drink unsweet tea. Sun, 26 Oct 2014 12:59:59 EST Yesterday's weigh in Pleased to say I was down .6 yesterday. Its a loss and I'll gladly claim it. The meeting was AWESOME. I love the way everyone shares and the leader is just great. One lady who has lost a lot of weight, but still has more to go made a statement yesterday when speaking and I thought to myself, ''I have heard that many times but for some reason today it connected with me." What she said was this, ''I've stopped whining about how much more weight I have to lose, instead I am thinking, look ... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 05:49:35 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/25 DAILY QUOTE: “When you walk with purpose, you collide with destiny.” ~ Bertice Berry <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your first morning beverage? <BR> <BR> I normally have my morning coffee before I have my water. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:59:42 EST Weight Watchers meeting today It's Saturday so today I'll go to my WW meeting. Looking forward to being there and I hope to see a loss on the scale. All in all I've had a good week. Had a little bout with a stomach bug on Thursday and Friday, today I seem to be all better, grateful for that. <BR> I'll let all of you know my outcome tomorrow. Have a great weekend. <BR> Hugs to all, <BR> Joan Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:53:42 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/24 DAILY QUOTE: "Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” ~ Willie Nelson <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have a favorite day of the week? <BR> <BR> I think it would have to be Thursday to be honest. My PointsPlus start over and I have the weekend to look forward to. <BR> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:44:13 EST Life is an Echo, What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What yo see in others, exists in you. <BR> <BR> As I was reading the replies from yesterday's post, I realized, ''I'm not alone." Like most of you I cannot be trusted to eat until I am satisfied, I have no clue what that feeling is all about. But Liz mentioned not trusting herself that she needs to count the points. The few times I have done the Simply Filling Foods, I still counted the points, for me not se... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:52:53 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/23 DAILY QUOTE: “You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite ice cream? <BR> <BR> Mine is actually not an ice cream. My favorite thing is Lime Sherbet. <BR> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:10:46 EST Remember ........ ''Fat lasts longer than flavor, and so does guilt." <BR> <BR> When we over indulge what happens? Most times we face the scale and it will be up, then there is that feeling of, ''I can't believe I did that," then we beat ourselves up, and the list just keeps going on and on. I've had WW leaders that have always told us ''ask yourself do I really want ____________, or am I tired, bored, happy, glad, you name it and you fill in the blank. For me all those emotions can hit me and I"ll run di... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:01:35 EST Setbacks and Failures "A setback is when you slip up, get busy or become distracted from your goals. A failure is when you decided your health isn't worth the effort." <BR> <BR> <BR> As you can see from today's quote there is a big difference in a setback and a failure. All of us at some point in our lives are going to have times we slip up, it could even be the plan we had for dinner tonight had to be changed due to unexpected guest showing up and what we were going to prepare is just not going to fill the bi... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:58:58 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/21 DAILY QUOTE: “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” ~ Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Is there a form of exercise that you have never tried that you really want to? What and Why? <BR> <BR> Hot Hula. A girlfriend of mine started taking it several years ago and is now teaching it. It looks like so much fun. <BR> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:58:38 EST Fake it until you make it. "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't — you're right," Henry Ford once said. Believing in ourselves can make a big difference in how well we stick to the the Plan. Along with what we do physically, in terms of small accomplishments, we can also bolster our self-confidence with a few mental tweaks: <BR> <BR> Change our self-talk. Thoughts like "I'll never lose weight," or "I'm so fat," leaves us defeated. If your boss or a friend spoke to you that way, would you be inspired to do... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:04:18 EST Activity I got in my activity yesterday. After Sunday dinner Ruthann decided she would come up and mow my yard. I think I have mentioned I have a good size yard, good news is its mainly all flat. However, I also have three big trees in my front yard loaded with leaves, that keep falling. So Ruthann is armed with the lawnmower, and I with my rake and off we go. I also discovered I have a permission (not sure if spelled it correctly, but its a tree with little fruits on them and if the fruit is rip... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:09:21 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/19 DAILY QUOTE: “Life doesn’t reward the naturally clever or strong but those who can learn to fight and work hard and never quit. ~ Bear Grylls <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you plan vacations around exercise? <BR> <BR> We have. A couple of years ago for our honeymooniversary, we went to Hot Springs so we could use their Y facilities there. :-) Sun, 19 Oct 2014 11:02:09 EST Saturday's meeting I am not going to apologize anymore for being late with my post, know why??? Well, I lost FIVE (5) POUNDS this week <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <em>244</em> . Only thing I have done differently has been the more sleeping. We had a really good meeting yesterday, and I really like my leader. After the meeting began first thing she did was have us turn to our neighbor and ask them what they did this week they could brag about. My neighbor announced she had walked 3 miles per day each... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 06:04:31 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/18 DAILY QUOTE: “Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are the master of your attitude. Choose the positive, the constructive. Optimism is a faith that leads to success.” ~ Bruce Lee <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What is your favorite thing about your favorite exercise? <BR> <BR> Even though it is walking, I can change it up. I can pick a different DVD, I can walk outside or on the treadmill. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:02:33 EST Mistakes = Stepping Stones "Don't carry your mistakes with you. Instead place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones." <BR> <BR> I love searching for new quotes to use and share and I love it even more when they seem to jump right off the pages for me. Today's quote should become our mantra. All that extra baggage of just never letting go of our mistakes all that does is keep us weighed down emotionally and if your like me and am an emotional eater then you know what the next step would be. So I like... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 06:08:47 EST Late again I know, I know...I'm turning into a real person. <em>198</em> Never have I slept as well as I do in this house. I think I did not realize just how much stress I was under and now my body is telling me, ''lets rest and repair." Now in my own defense, it was 10 pm before I got to go to bed last night. My hot water heater went out yesterday and I am so glad I found this out before I tried to take a shower this morning. So I called Mr. King and he had someone over here within 30 minutes ... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:30:03 EST No limits to what we can do. Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You <BR> can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” <BR> <BR> It rained here in Beaver Dam the entire day yesterday, but I really did not mind that it gave me some much needed down time. Even got to try out the furnace to make sure it works and it does. I was thumbing through a book and today's quote popped out and I put the book down leaned back in my chair, yes, the... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:04:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/15 DAILY QUOTE: “The only thing we can control is what we do in the present. The more we replay yesterday, the further we get from today’s opportunities. And the further away we move from opportunities, the tougher the road is to get back. Opportunities never look as good coming as they do going, and they wait for no one. We need to be highly attentive to spot them. And we must be focused on our present capabilities, not past regrets.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Leadership Gold <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTIO... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:00:30 EST Blog This morning instead of writing a post, I decided I'd post the picture of what we have gotten done so far on my house. I hope you enjoy them, and I mentioned in the blog there are no pictures of the guest bedroom or the front living room, those rooms are not ready yet so stay tuned. <BR> Hugs to all, <BR> Joan Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:12:43 EST Halloween Candy At Saturday's WW's meeting the leader made a statement and I almost gasp, and immediately thought to myself, ''how did she know I have done that before?" Her statement was, ''if your buying Halloween candy now, lets face it, its not for the Trick or Treater's." I cannot believe just how many times I have done that very thing, but it gets even better, for the 15 years I was married to Bob we never even had Trick or Treaters, but I'd still come carrying in those bags of little candy bars as i... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 05:46:54 EST Scale Question Good Morning All, <BR> I joined my WW at Work group last Tuesdays (10/7) which was my first weight in. Before that I had actually started my diet (eating cleaner) 5 weeks before (9/8). I weighed myself every Monday, every morning at the same time and posted to Sparkpeople. When I started WW I had lost a total of 4 lbs. I even weighed myself the Monday before I joined the group and I was still down 4 lbs from my starting weight. However, when I did my first weigh-at work, the scale showed that... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:47:52 EST A mile is a mile is a mile. Whether its a 15 minute mile or a 7 minute mile, its still a mile." <BR> <BR> When I ran across this quote I loved it. I'm a very slow walker compared to others, lets face it I've even had the old man with the walker pass me up on the track. I have Arthritis in my feet, therefore constant pain, I have poor circulation as well so lots of numbness from time to time. Even going to Wal-Mart with Coty he's alreday where we need to be 10 minutes before I can get across the parking lot. But, yo... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 05:46:10 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/12 DAILY QUOTE: “The grass is always greener where you water it.” ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Does your name have a special meaning or were you named after someone special? <BR> <BR> My first name does not, but my middle name is a family name. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:51:35 EST Yesterday's meeting I have to say the meeting yesterday was as different as night and day. People talked to me, and I met a lady named Fran that even walked out with me. I'm so glad I decided to go back, and the leader even introduced me to the group and then other's introduced themselves to me. I was surprised to find about 4 or 5 men at this meeting, there may have been more due to people were coming in weighing in and then leaving. It was a nice sized group as well. The meeting was about ''Our environmen... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 06:47:49 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/11 DAILY QUOTE: “You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Are you making progress with your October goals? <BR> <BR> Yes. I am excited about how I am doing and to keep moving forward. Sat, 11 Oct 2014 10:41:57 EST So sorry Look at the time, well for me its going on 6 a.m. This place and all the hard work is agreeing with my sleep for sure. I'm even sleeping through the entire night, and it rained all night so of course that just lulled me to sleep. <BR> <BR> I was given a rug for my bedroom yesterday, now I don't have to buy one and I wasn't right now but I knew I would have to due to hardwood floors are cold. In fact I had forgotten how cold they can be. Terry's cousin Sharon had new carpet put down in he... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 06:45:05 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/10 DAILY QUOTE: “You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.” ~ Dale Carnegie <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: What’s your favorite cartoon character and why? <BR> <BR> I love the classics (Roadrunner & Coyote, Tom & Jerry), but I think that Scooby will always be my favorite. I watched him, my DS23 watched him with me too. <BR> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 10:42:59 EST Yesterday's adventure As I wrote yesterday in the thread, I was going to the WW meeting that was 17 miles away. Which in reality turned out to be 25 miles away. When I went in yesterday morning I was welcomed with open arms, it felt like being back at my old Thursday morning meeting, but then I was told by the leader, Sheryl ''this is the last morning meeting we will be having here, due to there being so few paying members they are closing us down, but we will have a Thursday evening meeting weigh-in begins at 6... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 05:55:57 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/09 DAILY QUOTE: “Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. Soak it then in such trains of thoughts as, for example: Where life is possible at all, a right life is possible.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Do you have seasonal allergies? How do you battle them? <BR> <BR> I do have them and I take Zyrtec everyday and when they are really bad, I add at least a 1000 mg of Vitamin C with Rose Hips. It seems to... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:01:54 EST First night All I can say is me and this house much really agree with one another. I went to bed around 9 last night, have been doing that since I had been staying with Ruthann and Terry, normally I would wake at 4 a.m. central time, well it was after 5 central standard time this morning before I woke up. The cable is hooked up but no phone lines which Coty told me what needed to be done and he can do that, I do have a really cheap $9 phone I got from Wal-Mart I was going to use that as a land line, bu... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 06:30:27 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/08 DAILY QUOTE: “Never accept or be too comfortable with the status quo, because the companies that get into trouble are historically the ones that aren’t able to adapt to change and respond quickly enough.” ~ Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Is there any skill that you used to know and would like to re-learn (or wish you still knew) or a new skill that you would like to know? <BR> <BR> Yes, I wish I could still sign fluently like I could when I was younger. It is o... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:49:44 EST Making progress Each day gets a little closer to my actually spending a night in my new home. Yesterday was busy and I was grateful for that, make it through the day with ease, or as much ease as one can have when unpacking. Ruthann and I as we unpacked makes piles, 1. What Ruthann wanted <em>334</em> 2. What St. Vincent DePaul would pick up, and 3. What stays with me. Plastic containers galore sitting in my carport. This afternoon when Ruthann comes up we are going to explore the attic. Our unders... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 05:36:26 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/07 DAILY QUOTE: “The straight line cannot proceed through the torturous twists of life.” ~ Giambattista Vico <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you had one day to live over again, what day would that be? <BR> <BR> I think it would be my wedding day. I feel like I didn't get to spend time with everyone because I was so torn by all the things that we needed to do. <BR> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 10:22:16 EST There are reasons. “Everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right and sometimes good things fall apart <BR> so better things can fall together.” <BR> <BR> A year ago today, can you believe it, a whole year has gone since Bob's passing. Everything happens for a reason. Mr. Bob was tired, he'd had a long journey on those crutches of his so it was his time. People change, who knows why, but at some point they beg... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 05:17:44 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/06 DAILY QUOTE: “You cannot buy or win happiness. You must choose it.” ~ John C. Maxwell, Today Matters <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you had to be allergic to something, what would it be? <BR> <BR> I would prefer not to be allergic to anything, but if I had to be allergic to something, I think I'd prefer for it to be something I don't like. Cantaloupe or something like that. <BR> <BR> Sorry for not starting a thread yesterday, we had a fur baby hurt himself and we had to find a vet. Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:15:21 EST I am so tired EVERYTHING is out of Ruthann's basement and in my little house. Of course about all you can see is plastic tubs, and cardboard boxes, but its all in one place. If I had the curtains up I could have stayed there last night, but brother-in-law Terry will hang the curtain rods so that is on the back burner for now, but that's okay too. The kitchen cabinets are filled with dishes, and bathroom is ready to be used, Leigh Ann did a great job putting up the shower curtain and getting all the shel... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 05:04:33 EST Weight Watchers meeting and....... I have the keys to the Broad St. house. settling in has begun, but first the WW meeting. I did drive the 30 miles to the meeting yesterday, it was a good sized group with a mix of lifetimers, repeaters and some just beginning this journey. Here is the strange thing, the leader which was just okay in my book, but she did not introduce me or even tell the group I was new, no one in the group bothered to introduce themselves to me. This so would not happen at either of my meeting places, but t... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 05:30:30 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/04 DAILY QUOTE: “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ~ Alan Watts <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If I gave you $10,000 what would you spend it on? <BR> <BR> As boring as it is, I think I would pay off some debt, and save some for future use! Sat, 4 Oct 2014 10:06:37 EST Present, Past, Future "Your rear view mirror is so small and your wind shield is so large because what lies in your future is much more important than anything that may have happened in your past" <BR> <BR> <BR> We all have something in our past or even in our present that tends to wake us in the middle of the night. I know I have had those things, but I have come to some agreement with myself that no matter what things have happened in the past, I can live in the present and look forward to the future. There ... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 05:34:37 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/03 DAILY QUOTE: “A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.” ~ James Allen, As a Man Thinketh <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: Have you set new goals for the month of October or are you continuing with the goals for September? <BR> <BR> I... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 10:33:24 EST Never Give Up!! "Many of life's failure are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." <BR> <BR> Most of us have had that point in our lives that we just wanted to lay down, throw in the towel and give up and never move any further than what we have. But, this group is so not like that, oh sure we might kick ourselves around a bit, we might end up on a dead end street and we might even hit the construction zone and hang out there for a few days, weeks, months or even ye... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 05:20:00 EST Favourite Foods I hope I explain myself here, but I am wanting to remove some foods that I have stored into the Favourites...I no longer eat some of them and like to remove them...also I am finding that I didn't record some with all the nutrition, and I am needing to add vitamin D as it seems that I am low on that.... <BR> Thank you in advance for your help... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 16:52:17 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/02 DAILY QUOTE: “Happiness, it turns out, is a skill—one that you can train, just like you train your body in the gym. This is the next big public health revolution. Get on board.” ~ Dan Harris, The Minimalists <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you could watch your favorite TV show right now, what would it be? <BR> <BR> I think it would have to be my latest addiction on Netflix, Call the Midwife. I am re-watching the first 2 seasons. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 10:13:56 EST The search is over "If your searching for that one person that will change your life, take a look in the mirror." <BR> <BR> Can it really be that simple, to find that person who can change your life and make it what you want it to be? Sure can be. For me when I was much, much younger I kept thinking ''if so and so does not believe in me, then I can't do whatever," throughout the years I have found that to be a untruth. Fact is I can do anything I set my mind to. I was thinking about this yesterday when I w... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 05:44:09 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 10/01 DAILY QUOTE: “A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” ~ Roald Dahl <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you could wish one thing to come true this year, what would it be? <BR> <BR> Snow on Christmas would be amazing, but having my mom out of rehab and for her not to have anymore accidents wou... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:58:08 EST Middle of the week To being with I was so sorry to read about our Michelle being sick. <em>39</em> Michelle I hope today you are feeling better. <BR> <BR> To answer Jane's question of how long has it been since I have lived in Beaver Dam, its been over 20 years, and even thought lots of the town has stayed the same, I have had some fun exploring a bit. Even parked my van at the old post office and took a walk about down the street checking out the stores. Now in downtown Beaver Dam, not a lot couple ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:14:19 EST QUOTE and ??QUESTION?? of the Day – 09/30 DAILY QUOTE: “All worthwhile journeys have big obstacles. It’s the way of the world. The rewards go to those who can push through those trying moments and still manage to keep a smile on their face.” ~ Bear Grylls <BR> <BR> DAILY QUESTION: If you could talk to anyone in the world (alive or dead), who would it be? <BR> <BR> I think, honestly, it would be my Nanny. I miss her even now and sometimes I just want to hear her voice and listen to her. <BR> <BR> My apologies again for being awa... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:56:54 EST Patience Waiting for my Broad St. house is much like getting to back to my weight loss goal, its not happening overnight!!" Ruthann and I did stop in yesterday morning after going to the grocery store, we went around back and peered in the sliding glass door, they had put on the first coat of paint for the den floor. It is a concrete floor and the son said he was going to paint it tape it off and then add some sort of design to it. My concern has been ''will it scratch and peel when walked upon or ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:50:34 EST Change in many ways. I have to say yesterday was truly a day of rest for us around here. We all were so tired from the move on Saturday that we did the most simplest of things. I did go to Mass yesterday morning it was a nice service, I met a few people none that had known me from years ago which was fine. I did not stay for the coffee after Mass, I was just so tired and I wanted to get back to Ruthann's and help her with dinner, and that was a simple, yet healthy meal. Today my brother-in-law will drive the ... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 05:12:45 EST It's Done!!! <em>244</em> The move was a success, but as any move there are stories and this one is no different. But first I want to say just how proud of my brother I am, the man is a diabetic, he had a heart attack about 3 years ago, and at that time was 4 pounds of weighing in at 500 pounds, as of yesterday he has lost 273 pounds. Some that know him and saw him yesterday asked ''what made you finally lose the weight?" His answer was very simple, ''didn't want to die." I just had to mention his ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 05:41:11 EST Saturday's thoughts on Friday <em>436</em> Tomorrow is the big day, and since I won't be turning on the computer thought I should write something this afternoon, so it will be available for tomorrow. Hope everyone is all packed for our move, I spoke with Mr. King the landlord today, he told me, ''its going to be a few more days," which I had pretty much figured out already, but they are working. We will unload what we can in the utility room what's left will end up in Ruthann and Terry's basement. Tomorrow will be a ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:51:16 EST Mistakes ....I've had my share. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” <BR> <BR> Anyone out there that never made a mistake, please raise your hand....thought so. We've all made mistakes and if we live long enough we will all make some new ones. However, I find as I get older maybe I am becoming a bit wiser or maybe its because when I made major mistakes I learned from those, and never made them again. My parents always told us, ''its one thing to make a mistake or a bad choice, but if you do this ... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 05:04:49 EST