SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Day 4 Too Sick Today I woke up for only 2 hours after sleeping 14 hours. I ate and tried to stay awake, but found myself back asleep for another 4 hours. My significant other told me to rest up instead of working out today. She told me tomorrow is another day. I agree, I'll just rest today and drink some soup... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 17:07:10 EST Worm <img src=""> Anyone know what kind of worm this is stuck in my parsley Thu, 8 Oct 2015 17:04:47 EST 10/8 another very busy day with the family.... I am enjoying seen everyone immensely. Tomorrow we are planning spending the day at the city... WOOHOOOO..... it's been sooooo loooooong..... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 17:03:34 EST Fall <img src=""> My mum Thu, 8 Oct 2015 17:03:21 EST Fitbit Bought a fitbit flex today. Ready to try something new Thu, 8 Oct 2015 17:02:22 EST Keepin' It Rollin' <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:56:55 EST My new shop. :) Whew! It's been a long summer trying to work on this project in between work and starting a new job. I wasn't able to start my own website yet, but I opened a shop on Etsy. I even had my first order. <BR> <em>41</em> <em>236</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <link> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:56:50 EST Day 42: Practice, Practice, Practice Now that we learned the skills and techniques we need to lose weight, we have to use them. The more we use them the better we will get and the more automatic it will come. We have learned what it is like to think like a thin person. Weight loss journeys are not always smooth sailing, we all hit r... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:53:57 EST Compassion & Love Compassion & Love compliment one another, don't you think? <BR> <BR> I once dated someone who told me I would have to get rid of my animals should we decide to 'get together.' My response immediate was, bye bye! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:52:56 EST Day 597 - 30-Day Photo Blog Challenge, Day 4 Today's challenge is to post a picture of the cast of my favorite TV show. Man, oh, man is that difficult for me. I watch such a wide range of TV shows (when I get a spare moment to watch TV, that is.) I think my current favorite show is Supernatural. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:40:18 EST Day 78, update I'm up to 600 calories today. My idea is working! I'm on track! <BR> <BR> Since I had some setbacks recently I'm going to have to redo my checkpoints... No way am I making it to 174 pounds in a week and a half... I'll post with an update when I have one. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:39:19 EST Just reread this great selection from a Mary Oliver poem. "Tell me, what is it you plan to do/With your one wild and precious life?" <BR> <BR> Here is another nice one of hers: <BR> <BR> "You do not have to be good. / You do not have to walk on your knees/for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:32:12 EST Jelly Beans for Breakfast?! Today I went to a catholic funeral mass for the first time. It was for my sister's great aunt (by marriage) who became a close friend to my family. While I am not a religious person it was truly was a beautiful mass. Afterward we stood around and talked at the cemetery and ate gourmet jelly beans... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:31:11 EST Time spent Do you feel you are on website looking at posts of other Sparkers a lot? I do. With tracking and reading articles and posts, I think I am wasting time where I might use it better. Exercise, read housework etc., but I decided I need to read and track because you all keep me going. Have a good ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:29:02 EST 2 Years I want to start off by thanking everyone for their support and encouragement on my last blog! I haven't publicly talked about some of my journey before, and the responses were more than reassuring that I did the right thing by reaching out. <BR> <BR> October 1st was a big day for me. My mom ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:28:47 EST Freedom or License? I have heard freedom being defined as the ability to choose right action. <BR> I am coming to see that in sparking. There is freedom in choosing what to eat, when to eat and how much and to keep track of it all. There is freedom in not being compelled to eat to bury a feeling. There is freedom i... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:24:25 EST Day 21 Oh how I hope I can keep this up. It has been working so far and I am happy. But I have been here before. Something snaps and I am right back where I started from. <BR> <BR> I am already fretting the holidays. I will be going back home for Thanksgiving and coming from an Italian family, th... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:20:09 EST Rainy Days Make Me Happy!!! <img src=""> <BR> I think it's time for a happy rain dance! Come on rain, keep coming!!! <BR> It's fun and "free" exercise! <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> plus, it gets me out of my head! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:18:46 EST My plan of ATTACK! So first off I would like to just say <em>304</em> so much to everyone who sent goodies or comments when I came clean about my binge yesterday. It was so great realizing that I am not alone! There are so many people in the same boat or who have been in my shoes before and that others have made... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:17:57 EST Tired today Tonight is my third 12 hour shift in a row and the last night is usually when I am the most tired. I will also need to go to the store in the morning so we don't end up eating fast food tomorrow evening. The thought of going to the store after a 12 hour shift is already making me tired. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:05:21 EST Battling with the day. No exercise due to pain, only stretching. <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:01:31 EST Pancreatitis scare After not eating anything per doctor's orders for over 24 hours, it's sure good to get back to eating! Even if it's "only" a clear liquid diet, lol! Yay! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:00:51 EST Reduced Carb Day 5 - Oddly Unhungry So, I didn't do bells yesterday because I was a slacker. So I did my Intermediate Workout this morning. The Adventure Run is tonight, so I'm going to be out of the house until around 10 pm. I decided I'd break my breakfast into two halves, so I could spread out my meals throughout the day. I ate ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:00:37 EST again how many times can we start over? As many times as we need!! <BR> <BR> Craziness has ebbed somewhat and my DH has found himself at the low end of the pre-diabetic range. Despite NOT adhering for several months, managed to hold myself VERY close to my pre-falling off the wagon level. <BR> <B... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 16:00:29 EST Getting Stronger Every Day and Loving It I've learned to love strength exercise. Starting with 3 pound dumbbells I have slowly worked up to using two 20 pound dumbbells now. I feel so good after using them. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I decided to go to the gym to use the weight machines for legs. I find I don't have the right equipment to do ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:54:50 EST Psalm 105 and 106 I was reading Psalm 105 the other day; it strongly exhorted the reader to remember all of God's works; and then seemingly unable to help himself, the author took his own advice and started writing about all of God's works . . . ha! That kind of struck me as funny. <BR> <BR> I loved the "aerial ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:47:44 EST Thursday activities post doctor visit We finished washing the outside of all the windows around the house this morning and I vacuumed all the floors. We have to make some things for the senior center food sale this weekend. Exercises are going well. My doctor's appointment went well until they ave me a printout that was not mine ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:45:55 EST NO MIRACLE CURE FOR LARYINGITIS I went to the doctor's last night. After an hoour and a half wait, apparently since this is a viral virus, no antibiotics. I still have a really bad sote throat. No fever, some voughing. I still can't talk! I read on the internet this can take u yo two weeks. <BR> That is it for now. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:44:51 EST Blog #58 (Month 1) Fitbit stats for month of Oct Happy Thursday :D <BR> Fitbit Stats for yesterday Oct 7 : <BR> <BR> Steps: 9642 <BR> Miles: 1.82 <BR> Mins:56 <BR> <BR> Keep Smiling and Keep Sparking <BR> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:43:40 EST Getting the hang of things and finding balance. It has been a fairly productive day. I worked on some homework, swept and mopped the kitchen, organized the tupperware, kitchen utensils and spices, brought the laundry up from downstairs, made myself a baked sweet potato for lunch, and chased the baby around. <BR> <BR> I still need to make dinn... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:40:46 EST Day 2 I am having a hard time leaving snacks alone today. I am chair bound with a injured knee and just want to pick at food. Watching t.v. and snacking are something I have done together for a long time. I need to keep my hands busy with something other than food. I need to find some exercises I can ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:39:49 EST This is what 209 lbs looks like... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Awful pictures, but at least I'm no longer stuck at 212. <BR> <BR> I just wish it could be over in a ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:38:44 EST Walk by Faith I feel like I need to cut the crap and stop focusing on all my 'issues,' which become excuses. I am trying to have compassion for myself, but not excuses. Oct. 10 is the 9 year anniversary of my mom's death, and her birthday was Oct. 5. I thought maybe this year it was getting a little easier,... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:30:50 EST Great Grandson Evan and Fishing Evan and Grampa <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My Great Grandson Evan is 4 years old and just loves to spend time with his Gram&#8203;pa Rick, who is my son. Evan got to spend time with Grampa at his trailer &#82... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:24:25 EST Beck Trek! Day 42 Practice, Practice, Practice <BR> <BR> Beck, darling, you're a gem. I finally hit my goal weight (actually, slightly under my goal) using the Beck strategies, after being stuck 5 to 10 pounds from it for months. This book really was the final push I needed. Completely stoked to be wrapping it u... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:22:54 EST I'm Home: All is well, no "results or plan" until tomorrow afternoon. Hi , <BR> Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! For all your prayers and support! Forgive me for not thanking you for the thoughts, prayers and goodies individually. Thoughts and appreciation of every one of you is very individual! You've helped keep me very positive through this. I won't have a... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:18:51 EST Proud and sad same time. Our electricity was out 13:45 today till 19:00. (South African thing) When it was almost dark my husband and me decided to go for a walk in the complex. My 2 year old between us with a flash light. That is the proud part. We actually going out as family and do something healthy. Now for the sad. ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:11:18 EST Blessed <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:08:55 EST 5% Fall Challenge Day 13 of 56 bonus 1 yr ago today picture CHAOS!!! If I had to use one word to describe the past week chaos would have to be that word. I have had to spend an extra two hours a day and driving 100+ miles taking my BF back and forth to work so I could use the car too so I could also go to work. Thankfully this is the last of it for the ne... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:05:47 EST Prayers please! My brother in law fell off a ladder and is in critical condition. <BR> <BR> I pray that God watches over him and his wife in this difficult time. I pray that his pain is eased and he has a quick recovery <BR> <BR> Amen Thu, 8 Oct 2015 15:05:02 EST Just admit!!! <img src=""> Who's going to admit. I admit lol!!! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:58:08 EST Missed some Last blog was on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday were busy days so didn't have much time to blog. Here it is Thursday already. Getting ready for the weekend. <BR> <BR> Boo...we don't have a holiday on Monday. It is the one holiday we had to "give up". Oh well. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:54:44 EST Much Work, Such Wow. Lately, I've been super busy, and have been lacking in sleep. Having been on the right track for a month has embedded some good habits, such as eating right and working out fairly consistently. I can also do each exercise for a longer period of time. <BR> My knee has started to hurt again, but in... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:51:17 EST Day 876 Gym Day. Did 5 of 7 exercises. Feeling good. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:46:51 EST Lord Give me Strength.. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> May God’s grace, <BR> today, be real to you <BR> may He help you to know <BR> what you need to do. <BR> <BR> May His love, <BR> shine light on your day <BR> may His favor lead you <BR> to trus... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:46:09 EST October Meteor Showers When and how to watch. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ober-meteor-showers/ </link> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:41:06 EST Zip it! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been working in an open-plan office for the past month or so - there are only half-a-dozen of us in there at any one time - but the 'culture' of the office is an unhealthy one. Almost ever... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:37:58 EST Celebratory eating occasion tonight A friend's significant birthday tonight and we are off to a restaurant to celebrate, while today I am on a restricted diet. Here's my chance to put Beck principles into play. Aim to eat a few hundred extra calories, resist food pushers, no choice, tolerate cravings and hunger. <BR> We'll be eatin... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:36:03 EST May we find peace <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:36:03 EST My miracle is stuck out there Those who know me for a long time, know life has been really really hard for the last years but since I have no friends anymore I am venting to you guys. If you do not like what you are reading, please go on to another persons blog <BR> <BR> I am so beyond words now <BR> <BR> Please as you rea... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:34:32 EST 10% Realization Today I read a Facebook article by Dr. John Berardi, the founder of Precision Nutrition, which is a wealth of information on nutrition & exercise, if you have never checked it out. This was an "infograph" about workout nutrition for your body type. I am AMAZED I have never seen this before. I fou... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:32:17 EST Thursay! I thought we were back to gloomy days, but the sun came out and it's been a beautiful day. We are suppose to get rain this evening and it's suppose to be cooler tomorrow. Got all the cleaning done, which makes me feel better about going away for a couple days. <BR> <BR> I probably won't have tim... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:30:23 EST Thoughts For October 8, 2015 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What things do we need to iron out? This picture reminded me that there are some things in our lives we need to be attentive to. Many of us are learning new ways to eat, or exercise. Others are ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:24:37 EST Day-29 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Going on day #130...and No "Sciatica Pain" this morning and I am glad. <BR> <BR> well been trying to get my stuff done early today. <BR> <BR> been drinking my daily water up into the night and... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:22:55 EST Seven Days of Success It occurred to me this morning that we are a week into October and I have yet to have a failure day. Monday wasn't great, but I didn't go off the deep end and I stuck to my goal of nothing breaded and fried and no desserts. <BR> <BR> I've also finally started strength training and I've been s... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:21:07 EST Baby Announcement.... <img src=""> My daughter's announcement on FB yesterday that she is pregnant.... These are my two precious granddaughters that I babysit. <BR> <BR> 100 Minutes treadmill (45 minutes of it running), took granddaught... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:09:59 EST Happy Thursday Exercising better this week, I slowed down this summer and then when I had the time the excitement of exercising that I had last school year went away. So it was a new feeling to go to exercise when I was not necessarily motivated. I was ok when I was there but getting there was a real chore. ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:08:58 EST I Crushed My Stress Instead of Stuffing My Face! :D Yesterday at work the day just kept getting more and more stressful. It wasn't one or two specific incidents but a series of little things that just kept the stress level up and constant all day long. I'm sure you've all experienced this -- just seemed like I couldn't find time to take a deep bre... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:02:08 EST A surprise I've been actively seeking a new job for about two months now. My current jobs contract expires December 6th. And I didn't want to be facing unemployment. I had a job offer for a part time seasonal positions that I passed by. Aside from that one had quite a few interviews. Today I received a tem... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:58:24 EST Old Dog, New Tricks In the past, if I 'fell off the diet wagon' I often would not get back on. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I had a day where I consciously (that's a first, normally it's an unconscious decision) said "no" to the diet. I knew I would be eating out both lunch and dinner and pizza would be involved. This is... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:57:28 EST 9 Months Since Broke Leg.. Struggling Daily Still.. Happy Thursday!! <BR> <BR> So it's been over 7 months since I blogged or checked in.. My weight has stayed consistent around 245 to 249. I've noticed that for the past 2 years I've remained in the 240's range.. <BR> <BR> Here's the crazy part.. So we all know that losing weight is eating your... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:45:45 EST Feeling good I am feeling good since I've started getting back into my exercise routine. I exercise every other day so that I don't burn out so fast. I've already been diagnosed with possible carpal tunnel or some swelling in my tendon. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:44:51 EST Funny <img src=""> This is how I feel today! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:43:58 EST Shopping Martha's Closet My BFF Martha took a look at me last week and said "You need to come shop Martha's Closet!". I laughed and asked if she thought I had lost enough and she said "Oh yes!" <BR> Martha is a couple sizes smaller but as she has lost weight (She started cleaning for a Day Care and has dropped a lot just... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:38:15 EST Stars and Sunshine! Started my morning with a brisk walk wirh the dog. Had a joyful conversation with the beautiful stars that illustrated the sky. Today walked in the Old Burying Ground in Beaufort NC where I am in a training class. Weather is SO nice after all the storms we have had. I GOT THIS. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:34:59 EST I'm scared of gaining muscle. I admit it. :-/ Just checking in today. I was really sore from my squat challenge yesterday but today..not very sore at all-and I did double the amount of squats yesterday..kind of weird. I continue to see differences. Little lines here and there on my stomach, sides and back. It's weird but I feel like I'm actu... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:33:53 EST I've never done this before (shy grin) I've certainly changed my eating and lost a lot of weight before, but I've never blogged. :) I have wanted to in the past. I'm trying to get my life under control. I have a (fairly) new wonderful husband. Yep, I was 42 when I got married. I travel 4 days a week. Pretty much every week I fl... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:22:02 EST test <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:21:37 EST pie I like pie. <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:20:57 EST The Notebook--an exercise in self-sabotage? I have a notebook that is critical to the completion of a VERY important project I've been doing--a project that I've put on my 'back-burner' for a number of not-particularly-good reasons. <BR> <BR> Well, now I'm ready to get going with the project again, and I can't find the notebook. <BR> <BR... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:18:54 EST Just another day . . to begin again and keep going. Other than that. Not much to really say. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a real pleasant day. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:13:08 EST Beck 10, Day 38: Hitting a Plateau Awesome chapter here, even if it is a short one. It hit at a good time because I've puzzling about my lack of weight loss for a couple of weeks. Last year, I was able to drop 5 pounds and a bit more after a week of clean eating. But now I think my metabolism (over 50, post-menopausal) has caught ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:10:53 EST Warm Thursday Had a great day at work. I have not met my spark tracker goal for steps yet, but I know I will by the end of the day. I started work a half hour later today which makes a big difference, but I tried to make extra work for myself by back tracking.. <BR> <BR> When I got home I had to go up in th... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:10:43 EST Day 7 I'm still here! One full week. I haven't been able to do this for several years. I'm going to get healthy this time. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:08:49 EST Quote Someone's opinion of you does NOT have to become your reality. -Les Brown Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:06:15 EST The Snowball Effect It always amazes me how fast a diet slide starts. You grab a chocolate and then someone brings in donuts. Well, you've already messed up, so why avoid those yummy French Fries. You can start again tomorrow right? <BR> <BR> I have a bad habit of letting one poor choice roll into another and bef... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:05:11 EST Holy Menopause, Batman! So I went for a physical yesterday because in addition to it being time for my annual, I'm kind of freaked out that ridiculously clean eating, daily exercise and dropping over 10 lbs hasn't budged my diastolic BP down. It has actually been higher. <BR> <BR> I decided to take my BP monitor with ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:04:53 EST Day 78! 179.4 pounds this morning. <BR> <BR> So I figured out something, I think... when I wear form-fitting clothes, I think I eat less! When I wear baggy clothing, it's like I eat to fill out my clothes. Maybe because if I get bloated after a big meal I don't care in baggy clothing. When I'm wearin... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:03:34 EST Trip to the Doctor I went to the doctor yesterday to get an odd, painful bump/lump checked out. I am relieved to know that my doctor thinks it is nothing serious, but I was referred to a local surgeon to have it removed. I am still waiting for them to enter my referral into their computer and schedule my appointmen... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 13:03:06 EST My New Journey I've been exercising for almost 4 weeks now and, I'm in my second week of using Fit Sticks on this new journey of weight loss. I've tried several things before, but this one seems like it is doing the trick without having to take medications to help curve my appetite! I feel amazing and the diffe... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:59:56 EST Oy Veh! Three agents in one room and all three have ideas, <BR> questions, comments and requests! <BR> What's a woman to do? <BR> Take care of it. And I did! So what is next? <BR> It's anyone's guess. <BR> I am going home for lunch. I need a break LOL! <BR> Breathe, baby, breathe! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:54:18 EST Knock on wood... I'm not really superstitious, but I'm almost afraid to write a blog about being on day 10 of abstinence from compulsive overeating. I've stayed under my top calorie range nine days and plan on it today. I do not know what set me off to start again and am not sure how I'm managing to keep it going... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:53:37 EST Guarding Your Heart Guarding Your Heart <BR> A Scripture Reading — Proverbs 4:1, 5-9, 20-27 <BR> Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. . . . Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. — Proverbs 4:5, 23 <BR> Proverbs 4 refers again to wisdom as ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:52:33 EST Great Ideas Thursday! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Find positive thoughts, no matter what. <BR> <BR> I have been pretty absent from doing much on SP this week. <BR> I have had a horrendous week. It was already horrendous on Tuesday. <BR> <BR... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:50:34 EST SPOILER...Family "The Father’s plan for His children is a plan of love. It is a plan to unite His children–His family–with Him." <BR> —Carole M. Stephens, Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:48:50 EST Day2 Feeling good on day 2 and ready to add in some swimming to boost my exercise! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:47:58 EST Gonna keep trying... I am up in weight again and my blood work while better than last time is still not good. But I won't give us. I will keep trying. I have too. I must keep trying because some day I will make it to the weight I truly am meant to be or I'll get close. I have to believe that and not give up. ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:47:15 EST scale stuff <img src=""> <BR> My weight is up (of course after a few 'rounds of cheese' ) but what do I find? My old scale that under-weighed me for a year.... I stepped on that one just to see what I would of thought I weighed. ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:45:06 EST 10/8/15 "I fall, I rise, I make mistakes, I live, I learn, I've been hurt, but I'm alive, I'm human, I'm not perfect, But I'm thankful." <BR> <BR> This motivational line came in my email this morning and seems to be very timely, given my mood this week. I woke up to the bright sunshine this morning, a... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:44:54 EST Day 3 - October Challenge <img src="">Well, I've been pretty good about returning to the gym, with today being my 5th day in a row. I'm going to be concentrating on my arms and abs today, so I'm not sure what my steps are going to be. <BR> <BR... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:36:11 EST SP 30 Days of Small Changes Challenge - Day 26 DONE! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:34:13 EST When I feel like giving up. Lately a lot of urges to quit this whole path have been attacking me. As I've gotten older, I've gotten lazier, unfortunately! I love the couch-to-5k program, but I force myself to get up at 5:45am so I can be sure to get to use the middle school track 5 minutes from our house. I have to use i... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:31:18 EST Nervous about weigh-in I've been off the scale for 2+ weeks. I have had one crazy day that involved chocolate and too much pizza/breadsticks, but have otherwise been on point. I feel less puffy and my clothes are less snug. I know the number will not be my ultimate goal tomorrow, but am hoping for some encouragement. M... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:26:05 EST Day #8 <img src=""> Well just had two days off from work and didn't get up from the couch. But I'm going back to work today and hitting the gym first. Stocked up on some Campbell's soup meals and plenty of water bottles. I'm ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:24:59 EST 3 Months until 2016 I can’t believe how fast this year has gone. I said to myself that 2015 was going to be the year I get healthy. Well, today was the dreaded annual work biometric screening to save money on my health insurance day. I sure dread it, don’t know why. Probably because I know I didn’t become ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:18:15 EST I don't think I'm doing it right :-( I have been walking everyday, exercising a few times a week and eating smaller portions, it's been a month so why am I not losing weight? Need help! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:14:36 EST Sparks - My Morning Paper I came back to Sparkpeople a month ago and today I got my Sparkstreaker picture for logging in 30 days in a row, so I thought I might share a little bit about what this means to me. <em>515</em> <BR> <img src=""> <... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:14:08 EST Town Wildlife - 10-8-15 Although "town" and "wildlife" seem like they'd be mutually exclusive, here they're not. John F. Russell got this shot of an adult bear that spent several hours in a tree along the Yampa River near the Fifth Street Bridge. Parks and Wildlife Officers said the older bear was probably startled and... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:09:59 EST Thursday Another good run in this morning at sunrise. <BR> <BR> Weights at the gym then home for a healthy breakfast to start the day. <BR> <BR> Alot to do today, so I better get at it. <BR> <BR> Great Day, Sparklers !!! <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:08:53 EST 5 reasons to work out I feel great after a work out. <BR> I have two $60 size 7 jeans I can't outgrow. <BR> I want to weigh less than my husband. <BR> I want to be healthy to serve God <BR> My weight is the only thing I can control so I diet and work out. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:08:36 EST Thankful Thursday <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I'm thankful for this beautiful day! It's still a little warm here in the deep south (it's 79 degrees today). It's that time between the hot and humid days of... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:05:39 EST Thankful Thursday Today I'm thankful for this beautiful day! It's still a little warm here in the deep south (it's 79 degrees today). It's that time between the hot and humid days of summer and the glorious season of autumn. It reminds me of this song we used to sing at Camp Winnetaska about Indian Summer called "... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:05:39 EST What's the big deal? Well, a little late again today, had to get several small things done this morning done before I logged on here or they would not have got done. So satisfied that I got those things done. Right now trying to get the laundry caught up, again. But you all know how that goes. <BR> <BR> Well, I ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:03:02 EST 10/8/15--Wheat-Free Update and Long, Boring Health Semi-Rant One effect of being wheat-free is that it is much easier to avoid the food I tend to overeat. Most of what I overeat contains wheat--breakfast cereal, cookies, cakes, etc. My DH made a box mix cake (bc it was going to be out of date), and I didn't want it. He took more than half to work but left ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:02:15 EST Inspirational Quote - 10/08/15 One may miss the mark by aiming too high as too low. <BR> <BR> - Thomas Fuller <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:02:09 EST it's thursday a beautiful sunny day here today. my daughter is feeling much better and is back at school today. all the birds say hi. i am heading out shortly for a much needed long walk. have a wonderful day,everyone! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:59:20 EST Wow... Slow and Steady .... Today I weighed and thought .... oh the scale is wrong... I have 13 more pounds to go before I am no longer considered obese by a BMI standard. <BR> <BR> I started my journey back in February as I learned about my food sensitivities and that the only problem I had from the weight I had put on f... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:59:01 EST Working on lots..but my Halloween Decorations are making me smile the most. I really love decorating for the different Holidays, but unfortunately I can't do all my Halloween decorations until the AC is out of the window, so hopefully this weekend.Our son and Husband are doing that this weekend. <BR> <BR> So here are my dress and spider, done. Oh and the fire pit, too... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:57:26 EST Yoga Anyone with how they feel about yoga. I went to the first class today. It was interesting. Not sure if I like or not yet. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:54:44 EST Suger an what i have learned... This is my own personal journey. I took the suger challenge. Mainly because i know sweets are my downfall. Its been a month seance the challenge ended. While doing the challenge i was very diligent in watching my suger. But while i was doing that i spent time in self reflection. I felt i neede... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:54:04 EST Day 67 - Rewards Skipping the mountain for today to focus on today's "New Member" challenge: coming up with rewards. This has been an area that I've historically failed at, for several reasons: <BR> - There aren't many material things (clothes, shoes, jewelry, etc.) that would motivate me. I buy clothes when I... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:47:12 EST Longtail – A Sweet Cookies and Cream Cheese Ball Rat <link><BR>en-cheese-ball-rat.html/ </link> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:45:21 EST Interesting article about Japanese diet<BR>-healthiest-children-6-longevity-lesso<BR>ns-japan-t48251 Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:41:59 EST Bloggin <em>285</em> Love to blog here. <img src=""> <link> </link> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:39:12 EST Wonderful Sunny Day Yeah, day 2 of sun. It is warming up quickly which is fine with me. They are talking rain for Saturday, but until then, life is good Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:35:46 EST Sweet Potatoes We have a local thrifty produce place near me. Sweet potatoes are like 58 cents a pound for the really large ones. I usually get ones that weigh about 2 pounds, just one of them. I wash, score, wrap in wet paper towel and microwave for 13 min. Let set about 20 min in microwave. Then I take ends o... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:35:36 EST And now a word from Yoda <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yeah. I'm choosing "DO" today. <BR> <BR> Have my packed SparkMenu lunch, prepped with comfortable shoes to walk at noon. Working through checklist here at work with icewater at the ready.... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:33:54 EST Beck Day 42 Practice Practice Practice This chapter is a one page summary of the Beck Book-- a great reminder of the key issues and suggestions. I love it! <BR> <BR> -I want the benefits of weight loss more than the momentary pleasure of eating. <BR> -I need to stop eating when the food I planned is gone. <BR> -Every time I eat s... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:31:03 EST Ups and downs The ups and downs on the scale used to bother me. Now I just look at the ups as ways to improve eating habits and the downs as small victories in this war against the fluffage. Sometimes there are a few ups before a down but those are just little reminders that sometimes life gets crazy and hect... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:30:21 EST Trying to be more social I have two good friends but they are married and I'm single they are busy with family I'd like to find new friends but its not as easy has it once was my job has me isolated . So how can I meet new people. I'm not interested in dates right now, maby in the future when I feel more confident. I h... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:29:29 EST Hot Dang I did it! I figured a way to fix my spinning wheel! It turns out most of the problem is one of my bobbins is junk, one is so-so, and there is one good one. <BR> <BR> It's taking extra time to spin this way because I can't just fill up several bobbins and then just ply right off of them. I'm having to wind... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:28:03 EST Mid Week Check in and Challenge Goals I've decided to set myself some goals and thought it'd be a good way to get moving! <BR> <BR> Starting from Last monday until Sunday October 25, I'm going to walk 60 miles and do 500 squats, and use MFP everyday. <BR> <BR> So far I've done 105 squats and walked 10.11 miles. Woo hoo! Today I'm ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:27:19 EST I'm Sorry...Can We Still Be Friends? This blog is dedicated to my San Antonio Spark Team, but is directed at not only them, but to all of you who are on my various teams and have friended me over the years, followed my journey as I have followed yours, encouraged me, and cared for me. I owe you a debt, my thanks, and an apology. <BR... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:27:19 EST I am very excited This week's weigh in was 224.6 which brings be down 1.4 this week. Which overall for the past month ( My first month since getting serious) brings me to a total loss of: 4.2 lbs. This is amazing I can't wait to see how much weight I lose these next 4 weeks. <BR> <BR> I am sticking to my calorie ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:27:15 EST Day 11 of Whole30 10/8 Breakfast: egg white omelet with 2 TBSP seasoning blend, 1 cup almond milk and black coffee <BR> Snack: orange <BR> Lunch: paleo meatloaf with a side of steamed broccoli and avocado mango salad <BR> Snack: 1/4 cup pecan halves <BR> Supper: easy beef roast and apple-bacon brussels sprouts <BR> ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:24:21 EST Live and learn So, I weighed myself and was disappointed. So, of course, I had a cheat day because... why the hell not. Yes, I know how this sounds. Yes, I know how this feels. But what used to be a week long, back to square one binge is now just a day (and not that bad). That is the live part... And this what ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:21:13 EST Struggling with Forming Good Habits A couple of weeks ago or so, I blogged about trying to keep up with the good habits in the inter-team challenges (ITCs) that are part of the Biggest Loser challenge. Even though each week, the challenge is different, I wanted to try to hang on to each diet and exercise improvement so that by the ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:20:21 EST Perfect material "I can't believe that you've been visiting prostitutes for sex, " screamed my wife. "I'm really disappointed." <BR> <BR> "You can hardly blame me," I answered. "It's not like I was getting any from you.” <BR> <BR> "Well that's your fault, " she replied. “You never told me you were wi... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:19:18 EST You can't tell me I don't get to feel hurt I know that infertility is a tough thing that a lot of women face. I am one of those women. I was lucky that I got pregnant with my son. I have never been able to get pregnant since. I wasn't even supposed to have him. He was a complete surprise. Do I count myself lucky? Of course I do! I look at... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:18:27 EST Nutrition #s still low even with healthy foods? I don't food tracker nutrition #s are still low even with lots of fruit and veg and healthy meat/fish on my tracker....if I track a multivitamin they look OK, but without it a bunch of stuff is about 75% on the scales that are 100-150% or more per day....even looking at a 7 day average... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:13:05 EST Thursday Enjoying a beautiful day in mid-Mo. Looking forward to visiting a family this evening. Then a busy weekend begins on Friday. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Thursday. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:10:57 EST Finally Weighed Myself and Wow What a Wakeup Call! So far my motivation to be back on spark, and eating three healthy meals for the day has been going good, and I am slowly getting more and more excited about starting this journey again. It's a little upsetting that I let myself go the way I did when I was doing so well maintaining my goal weight... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:10:57 EST NOT ENOUGH HOURS IN THE DAY Sadly, I am a tv junkie. I watch a lot of shows on tv but I am trying to be more active. I get in two hours of exercise a day and have found some options on my iPad so that I can get my workouts in while watching tv. My OCD makes me frustrated when I have things on DVR that I cannot get to in ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:08:09 EST is 1230 calories to low? Hey guys im back again for a moment and I was wondering if 1230 calories is too low for someone whom is 27 year old 5ft4 266 lb female? <em>15</em> <em>246</em> im aiming to lose 2 lbs a week and id like to get to 150 if possible so im just seeking input from someone. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:06:56 EST CHICAGO CUBS We are over the moon about the win. Having been fans for so long. (we lived in Chicago many years and DH is a native). <BR> <BR> Just thinking about Wrigley Field and getting a hot dog, I have probably gained a few pounds :) <BR> <BR> Happy weekend to everyone. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:59:52 EST CHICAGO CUBS We are over the moon about the win. Having been fans for so long. (we lived in Chicago many years and DH is a native). <BR> <BR> Just thinking about Wrigley Field and getting a hot dog, I have probably gained a few pounds :) <BR> <BR> Happy weekend to everyone. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:59:52 EST A ship is safe in a harbor...but that's not what ships are for. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A ship is safe in a harbor...but that's not what ships are for. <BR> <BR> I have had a few days of rough sailing. The wind luffed my sails, I couldn't catch a breeze. I came about, dodged the... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:58:34 EST October 8th Hoping to get my 4 1/2 stone award this evening. Keeping my fingers crossed. <BR> We have a lot to do before we go to the group tonight as our friends are coming for the weekend, so as we won't be able to shop Saturday morning Tesco are due to deliver our order between 5 & 6 which will need pack... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:55:15 EST That's funny!! <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:54:10 EST Nutritional Goals for the Immediate Future In my ridiculously whiny rant of a post yesterday, I failed to mention one other extremely annoying thing that happened: the scale showed a gain at my monthly weigh in. It's not important in the big scheme of things, but it did bother me. (I mean really, isn't the only good thing about a three da... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:46:06 EST Tired today I think I am waging a losing battle against a cold. I have been tired all week and now the headache and body aches are starting. Need to get through the next couple of days of work then I can do nothing but sleep for 24 hours. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:45:48 EST Wooowhoooo!!! <em>224</em> I did the whole kickboxing video today for the first time! I started only doing ten minutes of it a day and then I moved up to sixteen minutes and today I did all 29 minutes! I really wanted to be able to do it because it looked so fun but I knew it would kill me but. I . did.... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:39:38 EST Thursday Reminder <img src=""> REMEMBER: WE ARE WORTH THE EFFORT !! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:37:37 EST Todays the day! Today is going to be a great day. Keep reminding yourself of that when you feel like stabing yourself in the leg. Stop worrying, you can do that tomorrow. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:37:33 EST Expectations "Expectations are Resentments Under Construction" <BR> <BR> Who said this ? ... I don't know. <BR> <BR> This is definitely a topic that needs my consideration. <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:32:19 EST How Lisa Prepared for Her First Half Marathon and Transformed Her Body Lisa has been an amazinggggg client. Having had another client in Ray, ND I know they don’t have really any fitness centers at their disposal so I was pleased to be able to help her get into shape when she signed up. I knew we were going to make gains, but I was taken aback by her commitment.... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:29:00 EST Miss you! I've been contemplative lately. Pics of awesome stuff for the gallery! <em>213</em> Howdy to all of my sparkling friends! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks so much for the messages and inquiries on... where the heck AM I? <BR> <BR> I've missed you all muchly! I've had some setbacks recently on the 'save our home' fight and that always puts me in a worry stupor! ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:28:17 EST Making a commitment I have been dealing with weight issues ever since my first child was born. During my 13 years of marriage I gained 70 pounds. After my divorce I dropped 20 really quick but the rest has been slow and plagued with the stress and responsibility of being a single parent. I was exhausted and worn out... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:27:28 EST Not doing great So, we're waiting on tests to find out if I have Fibromyalgia on top of everything else, or maybe it's MS. Either way, I'm not happy. Started physio, don't know how it's going to help nerve damage, but I will jump through their hoops to keep my benefits. <BR> I've been working on my crafts still.... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:26:58 EST A new day I was feeling a little apprehensive yesterday about whether or not I would be ready for a 4 mile run on Thanksgiving. I did the math and assuming I am able to complete a 5k on schedule by next Friday. I will only have to increase my running distance by 0.2 miles every week. If it takes me an extr... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:25:08 EST Temptation equals tension I had some errands to run yesterday that put me in the path of temptation. I had to return some things at IKEA. At our store, the fast food and gourmet food sections are down the way from the return department. The smell of those darn cinnamon rolls was wafting in the air. Then, as I was wait... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:22:31 EST Getting out more I have been invited to attend several events this month, and unlike in the past, I have decided to attend as many as possible. Tonight I have a bridal shower to attend, tomorrow I have a cookout to attend, Saturday morning I've been invited to tour my old high school for the last time before it ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:22:04 EST womens run and avons walk and run for breast cancer(photo heavy? first let post an old photo from my first 5k i did the colour run on the 28th june just incase you can notice the little bit of weight i lost between races,lol <BR> <img src=""> <BR> here are a couple of photos took fr... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:20:47 EST Please prayers for brother in law--prostate cancer diagnosis. thank you, all! chris <BR> <BR> You don't even have to comment--just say a prayer---thanks! <BR> <BR> His name is Bill. <BR> <BR> chris Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:18:05 EST Talking myself into a better spot Feeling very frustrated. I've been tracking steps and calories for more than a month and have not lost one single pound. Saving 800-1000 calories a day, and nothing is budging. My body fat scale says I've lost 10% fat since I started with this scale in August, but how is it possible to lose that... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:17:37 EST October 7 Accountability <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's how I did for Wednesday, 10/7 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Eat 200 calories fewer than I burn daily. I ate 2,041, burned 2,259. <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Took ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:14:48 EST Positivity Rules <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:06:37 EST New Job <img src=""> <BR> Hey there I am! <BR> <BR> There is a disturbance in the force. 3 days in training and I have to go back Friday morning. Then I'll have a week off with the kids for Fall Break and then the week after ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:06:09 EST Day 166 - No Matter What! Last night I kept my commitment to myself and did an hour of Jazzercise when I got home <em>104</em> . My body needed it desperately and it felt fantastic!!! It doesn't make up for my cupcake binge over the weekend, or indulging in PTO provided meals, but I don't think I want to view exercise ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:05:22 EST October 2015 My husband just deployed for an extended length of time. The kids are all grown, and have their own lives. Now is the time for me to dedicate myself to me, healthy living, healthy eating. I've tried so many times to loose the weight before. I'm not dieting this time! I'm gonna take a room in thi... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:01:19 EST Thursday Okay so the last time I made a blog entry I was in a cranky mood. Since that blog entry I have lost 2 pounds :) I know this weight did not come on over night -- it did come on slowly. I guess I am frustrated with my lack of progress Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:59:59 EST Stretchy's Blog Feeling unimportant again. It's a feeling I struggle with a lot. I have NO family except my hubby & two sons, although it feels like one since the other is grown & doesn't really get together unless I'm paying for lunch. I would really like to pull my self-esteem out of the gutter, but sometim... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:59:07 EST Back Pain I think I overdid it yesterday but today up and ready to rock & roll ~ house working day MOVING MOVING MOVING to Miranda & ROD ! ! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:55:35 EST It's Exciting! WOW! The Wednesay "Inspire Your Creativity" group met yesterday. Today we'll have the Thursday "Inspire Your Creativity". It was truly inspiring to sit and listen to the planning the Wednesday group did. Rather nice for me to sit back and be a part of the group rather than having the onus of ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:47:46 EST 10/8/2015 <img src=""> Goal for today Ride my bike for 2 miles and eat when hungry Got my ride in! Thanks for all the encouraging words Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:46:09 EST Stop waiting until you are ready. <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:46:00 EST Pictures To Just Enjoy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:45:15 EST #Inspired Every once in a while, I get a bout of inspiration. Not necessarily to work out, or eat better. But just a bout of inspiration to do better. Lately it's been a whirlwind of emotions. Lately the conversation in my household has been, "Are we moving to Colorado? Are we staying in Michigan? Let's ju... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:42:32 EST 2 Days <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's happening. I got my bib number this morning. My partner dropped out of the race and I am on my own. I am still racing. I've started to taper my foods. I took my last gulp of half/half sweet... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:41:23 EST Breaking the cycle of history I lost 45 pounds about 2 or so years ago with the help of sparkpeople. I've kept it off. For a while now, I've been waking up worrying over my children. I haven't been as diligent as I should have been helping them make good nutritional choices. I haven't made enough of an effort to make sure... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:39:45 EST Oh the horror I should have known……when my plantar fasciitis flared up a week before my marathon. <BR> I should have known…..when I was awake for two hours with cramping feet the night before my marathon. <BR> But hope springs eternal! <BR> I signed up for the Twin Cities Marathon at the urging of a frie... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:39:45 EST Move it AND lose it! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My step-dad used to always say, "Move it or lose it!" I guess it just meant "Get out of the way." I am really needing to get more exercise in my day though so I need to move it and lose it! I'm ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:38:52 EST Day 335...this feels good... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This photo is from our annual fundraising gala at work on September 12th. The event organizer has been posting photos on social media and I stumbled upon this. At the event, one of the photograp... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:38:41 EST Sabotage!! Yep.... I haven't been good this week. <BR> It started off as b/c of the flooding here and being glued to news sites and calling loved ones to make sure everyone was ok (they are).... then The Lazy just took over. <BR> Yep... I'm officially naming it The Lazy..... <BR> It doesn't help that we're... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:38:24 EST World Octopus Day I've been having trouble at home using my iPad to copy song lyrics. Apple recently upgraded the IOS. Someday soon, I'll have to actually either read the instructions, or get over to the Apple Store and talk to the geniuses. Anyway, today is World Octopus Day! Let's hear it for the cephalopods - s... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:37:52 EST Another busy day. Since someone is on vacation this week at my PT job, I've been scheduled more hours. Plenty of walking around yesterday. Some of the work was a cardio workout lol. Not sure what the day brings but hope to get a walk this evening with the pup since I'm taking off from my FT job. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:37:13 EST Habit 4 -- Eating Mostly Whole Foods I have been flying through habits 1, 2 and 3 in Lean Habits. Eating only 3 meals (4 when I really need it) has become second nature. I am no longer afraid of feeling a wee bit of hunger before eating -- in fact, I find that I really enjoy eating when I sit down to do so with genuine hunger; it ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:36:17 EST I will head home today. I have a conference call today at 10 am. I decided to stay over night two nights instead of one at Paula (my sister) and Terrel's (B-I-L). I have had a great time here. I always do. She is such a good cook and always has so many fresh fruits and veggies at her home. I run out fast and don't resto... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:34:07 EST Day 1 again There's a part of me that is frustrated with saying Day 1 again. Why can't I be perfect in my goals for dieting and exercising. The truth for me is that when the rest of my life takes over those are the first things to go! <BR> <BR> But, today I'm giving myself a great big hug and a pat on the ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:31:18 EST How to lose 10 lbs overnight... Hopefully you're not here looking for real, viable suggestions. I've lost 10 lbs in less than a week by being 49 years old and having all of my wisdom teeth removed. Ouch!!! <BR> <BR> It's funny to me, because within this week of eating only soft foods or liquid, my stomach and mind have not b... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:28:40 EST A Dog's Life is Never as Easy as it Looks <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is WORLD SIGHT DAY. <BR> World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual day of awareness held on the second Thursday of October, to focus global attention on blindness and vision impairment. 90% of ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:28:00 EST My Impression Of Me Oh poor me, my life didn't turn out the way I wanted....blah blah blah....I'm sad, I'm depressed...etc. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:22:53 EST Comforting Companion <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:18:08 EST 1 month BP checkup followed by gym day!! This morning at 11:30 I have my 1 month follow up for my BP, which has been really great lately. I'm hoping everything goes well because after that I'll be heading to the gym for my first, "in the gym" workout. I haven't been in a gym in over 5 years so this should be interesting. I don't have th... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:13:21 EST Day 23....Thursday October 8, 2015....Mirror Mirror on the wall Good's Thursday! It's a new start to a new day. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a decent day. I did not get my 10,000 steps in. Partly because I was busy most of the day and didn't get home till 9 pm and secondly I just didn't feel like treadmilling it at 9 pm at night. I went to bed... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:11:20 EST motivation I find when I'm motivating others or i know that i have helped someone is when i feel best and is when i also do better. Motivating is motivation for me. Anyone else feel this? Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:03:10 EST Beck Reboot: Day 42, Practice, Practice, Practice Six weeks of Beck accomplished. The Day 42 section of the book congratulates the reader for learning the cognitive skills needed to think like a thin person. A list of reminders to think thin is a good one-page "Beck in a nutshell." Five ideas that I will remind myself: <BR> <BR> 1. I don't need... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 09:01:01 EST Your Way for You <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:54:28 EST Happy 31 days and counting!!!! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:53:47 EST The 30-day Plateau Busting Challenge: day 18 The 30-day Plateau Busting Challenge on day 18 recommends changing up your fitness routine. What can I do to optimize my workouts? Well this a.m. I actually sped up my morning dog walking for a teeniest of jogs. Actually, I think the only difference between my walking and jogging is I jiggle more... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:49:28 EST Down 10/8/15 Down 1/2 pound! <BR> Now 204.00 <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Up showered, dressed, cut up an <BR> apple and took a walk. Took the apple <BR> in a small zip lock and ate it slowly <BR> along the way. Over 4000 steps already. <BR> <BR> Working on another good day. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 2 svg... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:46:48 EST Positives abound! Yesterday, I did 8000 steps <em>244</em> , I didn't get the bike in, but I did mow front and back lawn and a quick swim in the pool <em>104</em> Food was on track, along with water, so for me another positive day. <BR> <BR> Looks like my days will bea little fuller soon, looks like daughter... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:45:37 EST Achieving your goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, I have been working hard for the last six weeks. What I see in myself is that I am becoming more confident and feeling better about myself. I haven't reached where I want to be, but losing... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:41:51 EST Being Open Being open Sometimes we think we're supposed to have more recovery under our belts. Perhaps we feel the need to impress our peers with our success in staying off mind-altering chemicals. But perhaps we are really just trying to convince ourselves. We know how difficult recovery is, and surely ou... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:39:49 EST Today is the day! Today is the day. I'm 195.8 lbs, which is just over the obese line on the BMI scale.. I'm ready to get rid of this unwanted and unneeded weight! Time to get healthy for me and my daughter! I am so tired of feeling gross from not being healthy and hating the way I look. <BR> I've been in denial ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:36:00 EST Hi SparkPeeps! Ohmigosh. It has been a crazy few months. <BR> <BR> I've been battling some health issues. Crazy recurring fevers and liver issues, apparently. I get to see a specialist next Tuesday. I hope there is nothing major going on. I should be seeing an allergist too because I have a mystery allergy tha... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:30:52 EST Confronting myself I'll admit it...I've been sort of following a healthy eating and exercise plan just halfheartedly. I have numerous reasons I should be motivated, but my mind just hasn't quite reached the appropriate point yet. Still, logging in to SP daily and participating pushes me on. A few days ago I had ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:28:11 EST Who have you talked to today? "I prayed to the God of heaven" Nehemiah 2:4 First, notice to whom Nehemiah prays. He prays to the God! We are living in a pagan land surrounded by idolatry. There are also countless counterfeits offered for true religion today. But remember this lesson from Nehemiah: there are millions of gods ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:27:53 EST almost friday i feel behind on goals and projects right now. i have a head cold/ mild flu - (headache, stomach discomfort, extra time in bathroom). i spend most of my day tired. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:27:23 EST 10/8/15 Hey guys! Hope everyone is well. I've had a set back, but I guess not really, but still kinda. <BR> <BR> I've been pretty sick for the last few weeks so my diet have not been great. But the good thing is, I'm not making bad choices, I just literally can't keep anything down. I have an appoin... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:23:51 EST Wineglass Half Marathon What can I say? It all went as planned! <BR> <BR> I try to plan my distance events so that my husband will not be annoyed when I expect him to show up for them... I don't expect him to come cheer at local 5K's, but when I've put in the effort for a half marathon (or longer) I want my support s... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:23:24 EST This will brighten your day 1218 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:21:07 EST Update on Me:D I hit the 15 POUNDS GONE mark not too long ago and it really encouraged me. <em>9</em> <BR> Life always seems to have its bumps, though. My teaching job at night is full steam ahead and I breathed someone's cold in class and have been congested for several days. This made me have to pull bac... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:20:47 EST Thursday Decorating for Halloweeen! Letting my 2.5 year old help, she's so into it! Preparing my meals for work this weekend. I like to have everything packaged for the whole weekend, so I only need to carry it in one day. It's beautiful out today! Time to go enjoy it!!!! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:19:46 EST Trying Again: Get More Sleep - Cut Out Caffeine!! It is interesting how we change over time, how we try new ideas - keep some, throw away others. I truly learn by reading other blog entries here on SparkPeople -from the "What are they thinking!", to the "Hey - that's a great idea!". So, here's my blog entry. <BR> <BR> As many of you know, I h... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:19:04 EST I figured it out on my tablet Sunny morning to my buddies. Been 10 months since I was on here consistently. Hubby got my tablet when I had my knee replaced. Like it but not as much as my laptop, which I gave to son snd I am set up on hubby's laptop. It is heavy so don't use it much. but finger typing puts my fingers to slee... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:18:45 EST It's Working! 3 lbs down on Day 3. Woohoo! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:14:19 EST Timeless I'm doing the Lone Ranger marathon. No not running, but watching episodes. The story line is so simplistic I don't have to even be in the room to follow it. It has a dated feel. The Lone Ranger is corny. All these years later two sitcoms that don't seem corny. Newhart (the one where he & his... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:12:56 EST Great day for canoeing <img src=""> Trying something new! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:12:24 EST 100815 I guess I missed a day . . . it wasn't a good day. I have a bit of a rebellious streak in me - especially when it comes to food. The day didn't go as I would have planned. I ate good at breakfast and lunch, but quickly went downhill from there. I knew I was doing wrong, but I stubbornly kept ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:11:34 EST Rest day Tomorrow is going tone my active rest day. I have spent the week working hard and feeling the soreness in my muscles. Today I plan to do some yoga and click off another day on my thirty day challenge. Tomorrow my oldest has a field trip to the pumpkin farm. I am looking forward to being active bu... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:06:56 EST Eating "Pyramid" style..... <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:03:21 EST Grateful I am grateful for my wife, for providing me with the opportunity to be home with our daughter. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 08:00:28 EST weigh in day and Accupuncture visit So for my weigh in...I'm at 265.0 this morning. I remember when 265.0 was my goal and I was struggling big time to hit it. I battled to get out of the 270s. When I arrived at 269, i struggled to get to 265. My most recent struggles have been to reach 250s. But what remains consistent...I'm still... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:58:47 EST Welcome Thursday !!! Friday's just around the corner !!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends .. old and new .. that stop by for a visit .. :) Welcome !!! <BR> <BR> Well -- Yesterday was a bread free day !!! (with the exception of my muffin that called my name... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:54:01 EST Day 11 - day 2 dr phil diet - tired Woke up at 4. Ate my breakfast with no enthusiasm. It's only the second day of that 5 day detox and I'm already tired of yogurt Apple's and cod! I'm also exhausted.maybe it's the business trip. Maybe it's my body in sick of having little carbs. I'm not sure. I do hope I have a better day today. I... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:53:02 EST 10/8/15 Nobody needs a smile so much as the one who has none to give. So get used to smiling heart-warming smiles, and you will spread sunshine in a sometimes dreary world. <BR> Lawrence G. Lovasik <BR> <BR> <BR> A smile is the universal welcome. <BR> Max Eastman <BR> <BR> They might not need me; but ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:49:29 EST 50+ 50+ on my team spins and yoga later...Great start to a great day! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:49:20 EST No goals for me! If you've known me a while, you know I... don't exactly do SparkPeople in the usual way. For instance: <BR> <BR> 1) I don't do weight-loss. That is, I'm not here to make my fat body thinner. If it gets thinner, fine, but I love my body at any size, and working on healthy habits isn't about hatin... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:41:25 EST Canadian Thanksgiving ! <img src=""> <BR> Just one more day----and the weekend--- <BR> And in Canada, it's Thanksgiving weekend this weekend--- <BR> That means, we get Monday , as a Holiday--- <BR> <BR> It also means, that it's Himself--an... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:38:00 EST Beautiful day I think I will get my exercise in at the pool today. Maybe spend the whole day there. I'm so blessed to live in a warm climate:) Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:37:07 EST The Importance of Exercise Which side of the coin shall I argue today? <BR> <BR> I KNOW the importance of exercise philosophically. Cardio strengthens heart = live longer; regular exercise reduces stress/boosts mood = happier me; regular exercise, such as walking strengthens bone density and reduces blood sugars = healthi... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:36:32 EST Trying to Get There..... I really want to get to 155 by Monday. It's a big goal, as I'm going out 2 night between now and then. But I've decided to drive both nights, so I'll have to limit the wine to one glass and if I don't have too much wine then I find it easier to stay away from the snacks. Fingers crossed. I have... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:36:30 EST Behind every man there's a woman telling him what to do! Barbara Walters, of 20/20, did a story on gender roles in Kabul , Afghanistan , several years before the Afghan conflict. <BR> <BR> She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands. <BR> <BR> She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind their ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:36:10 EST Excited! I will be having 3 of my grandchildren this Saturday night overnight then church on Sunday:) Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:35:21 EST Blessed God has been good to me. I have wonderful family:) Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:33:48 EST Life <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:32:53 EST Beck Trek Day 42 Practice, Practice, Practice <BR> <BR> This was my second reading of the book. The Trek with my fellow Spark friends was all about practice. I appreciated all of it and loved most of it. <BR> <BR> I learned what dieting skills I am weak in and what I especially need to practice. <BR> I also l... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:31:23 EST thursday--FINALLY the sun is out! good morning! well after about 5 gray, damp, cool days we have sunshine again. managed to have a fairly good day yesterday--minor headache throughout the day--but I managed to fend off a full migrane, so that was great. got my run in--3.3 miles in an interval run--felt really good. however la... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:30:21 EST Hungry sleep Its amazing how not enough food makes me wake up and toss and turn somewhere in the morning hours before my alarm clock. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:29:31 EST Day #8 of my 30-Day Skinny Jeans Challenge You might call today a "rest" day though we're still advised to get in 30 minutes of cardio. I've been humping it hard this week and plan to get in another HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) session on my - na nanna boo boo - day off - tomorrow. so my 30 minutes of cardio are going to be st... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:29:04 EST disabled just now got the news that the lecture on life in the beautiful & historical city of Lucknow is in a place I will have to climb a few stairs to get to the elevator so its out for me hard being a cripple but it could have been worse at least I can walk b myself do not need help to bathe or anythin... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:26:33 EST Good Morning All I am on a promotion rant this morning, <BR> I had seen this machine called a Yonanas that will take your over ripe frozen banana and turn them into Soft Ice Cream. I put this on my wish list. As some of you who have read my previous posts I have said that the Banana Ice Cream was a good source ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:26:04 EST Wed 10/7/15 Since taking one medication in the morning makes me tired, feeling like a zombie, no energy, I decided to not take it yesterday morning. I went to my PT at 9am, then came home and started to clean up the kitchen. I actually got on the treadmill again and worked on cleaning the house. Still felt t... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:25:26 EST Away it goes I have lost 3 pounds this week. I had been stuck until I finally realized I must get up and MOVE! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:25:03 EST BP up then way down I was unable to walk around beautiful Virginia Beach yesterday, felt so weak, like I was going to collapse, felt 100 years old. We had a nice Italian meal, then returned to our hotel. Today we drive the back roads to Baltimore and get on the shop tomorrow. I have a new dance dress...sure hope I... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:24:49 EST Worry... Corrie Ten Boom Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles... it empties today of its strength.- Corrie Ten Boom <BR> <BR> Prayers and blessings to each of you today! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:23:10 EST Sometimes the affirmations of confessions are startling I was amazed by some of the comments to yesterday's blog. By how many other technical professionals who have had to battle the bulge (as I have), or for that matter, other intellectual workers in other fields... have "used" similar drugs to fuel the brain... in particular the carb/protein mix of... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:18:29 EST Quote of the Day: October 8, 2016 "Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude." <BR> - Ralph Waldo Emerson Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:14:13 EST Blessings, October 8, 2015 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. No more long work days this week. <BR> <BR> 2. Swimming. <BR> <BR> 3. Cooking with my students. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list your own bless... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:10:29 EST Obstacles to setting a good routine I'm already running into little road bumps in setting up new patterns, patterns that are better for me. <BR> <BR> I wanted to read in bed, but my husband was already asleep (and snoring). Solution- either get a reading light or read my e-book. <BR> <BR> I wanted to avoid stressful situations... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:06:53 EST Cancer sucks and it's winning Well it looks like my family will be among the statistics of this nasty disease they call breast cancer. I have not updated anyone in awhile, but we got the word from the doctors this week, that my mum can no longer handle any more chemo. This second round of chemo is doing more harm than good ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:05:02 EST 90 lost and Week 4 Results :) I set out to focus on my nutrition on September 9 to October 6, 2015 and have completed my challenge. Operation Nutrition Focus <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Week 4 results September 30 - October 6, 2015: <BR> <BR> Nutrition: I did good this week with tracking and staying in range 7 out of 7 day... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 07:03:19 EST Back with a bang (literally) Funny how a little thing like a car accident really makes you think. My OH and I were holidaying in the Scottish Highlands last week when someone drove into our car. Not a major prang, but enough to write our car off and leave us with some nasty bruises, a sprained shoulder (me), a bruised knee (... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:57:51 EST I AM Doing, Learning & Growing Whatever you do is exactly what you need to do in order to learn what you need to know. As you learn, you become better at what you do. When you get better, you will do a new thing, and someone else may not not be happy or pleased with your choice. The good news is, no matter what you do, you wil... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:50:41 EST 10/8/2015 Quotes “When you get to a place where you don’t go for what you can get, but you go for what you can give, you gonna see your life change tremendously.” <BR> <BR> ― Eric Thomas <BR> <BR> <BR> "It is necessary to try to surpass oneself always; this occupation ought to last as long as life." <... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:48:19 EST 10-08-2015-JOKE OF THE DAY <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:48:06 EST A new begining Today I have decided to start fresh. I'm going to monitor my food and exercise. I am going to look at weight loss in baby steps. If i look at it that I need to lose 75 pounds seems overwhelming and disapointing. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:44:41 EST Greek Chicken Salad @ The Gyro Place Found a great LCHF lunch today, the Greek Chicken Salad at The Gryo Place. Yum! Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:43:14 EST Weekend Show I have been getting ready for an art show this weekend. It is with the American Association of University Women. It has been a great show in the past, but I got away from it when they started charging more to be a part of it. Well, if you want to be known in any capacity you have to get out the... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:36:56 EST Coffee The no caffeine is giving me head aches Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:36:26 EST Thursday BEE DO BEE Doo BEE Doo I lost an inch off my waist. <em>9</em> <em>248</em> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:30:27 EST When you reach the top...Oct. 8th <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:26:01 EST THURSDAY OVER....OFF TO BYES Am off to byes....our weather today was 20degC less than yesterday...we have the fire on....unreal... <BR> <BR> Off to byes....back tomorrow Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:24:10 EST On Hiatus and the RAIN Seems like forever since I've been around Spark People. I am trying to find my way in this quest to lose weight. I have hit a plateau... mainly because I am very bored with my diet and have not been quite as good as I should be, but also not VERY bad either. Reasons? Oh I can come up with quite a... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:23:36 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, October 8, 2015 October 8, 2015 ACCEPT GOD’S GRACE <BR> <BR> God’s grace is undeserved and free. He gives grace to us all the time but we have to accept it. He offers us salvation by His grace. He offers us eternal life by His grace. He offers us His Son by His grace. By grace we are saved. God’s grace c... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:18:33 EST Beck Pink Reboot Day 42, Practice! OK then: I've gotta keep on keeping on (and yesterday was much much better). <BR> <BR> Tough patches are temporary: in fact, Beck says so today. <BR> <BR> And I do have the skills, really I do, to keep on maintaining. To keep on thinking like a thin person. <BR> <BR> So long as I practice t... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:13:37 EST Me, Myself and I This blog isn't always going to be about my weightloss journey but about all aspects of my life and updates. This one is about my wedding in a few years. I have started looking at dresses already and these are three I have tried on already. First is a Ronald Joyce dress. This dress is Genev... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:05:25 EST Did I do that? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Nope I did not do anything! That's my problem. As of late I'm finding myself getting more and more sedentary. My bones are feeling it. My muscles are feeling it. Why do you ask? I can't re... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 06:01:29 EST American Touch Tag Day American Touch Tag Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always October 8 <BR> <BR> American Touch Tag Day is a day to play Touch Tag. That' s right the child's game of Tag. Touch Tag is probably the most popu... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 05:57:44 EST Mommy Duty I definitely left a message for the teacher to get back to me about my daughter's damaged things. Again, the items were replaceable but that wasn't point. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I wound up dozing briefly after my workout. Moms out there, does this happen to you? Why is it that the day I try to doze... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 05:48:34 EST surprised myself! My biggest worry with the illness I had was that I'd've lost a lot of fitness. This week I decided to go to more classes but do them at a lower level of intensity as my lungs finished the last bit of their recovery. I surprised myself! Monday I went to 2 Zumba classes and played 3 games of badm... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 05:46:02 EST HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BROTHER <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 05:30:05 EST YOU GOTTA LAUGH! <BR> <BR> One day the devil challenged the Lord to a baseball game. <BR> Smiling, the Lord proclaimed, "You don't have a chance. I have <BR> Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and all the greatest players up here." <BR> "Yes," snickered the devil, but I have all the umpi... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 05:24:32 EST Back from Florida Back to work today. Enjoyed my time lovin on Camden <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 05:16:56 EST Thursday's Thought "We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do." <BR> <BR> <BR> Mother Teresa <BR> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 05:14:56 EST October 8, II Thessalonians 3 Do not grow weary in doing good. That's sometimes hard, especially when we may try to help and it seems that no-one wants it. I've been on both sides of this, sometimes right and sometimes wrong. <BR> I remember someone who thought they were doing something nice for me and brought a lobster and... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 05:06:20 EST Press Through - Joel & Victoria Today’s Scripture:“Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.”(Matthew 7:7, AMP) <BR> <BR> In Mark chapter five, there was a woman who had been sick for twelve years. The d... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 05:05:35 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=10/8/2015=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">IF IT had not been the L... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 05:01:59 EST f f Thu, 8 Oct 2015 04:52:36 EST Attitude of Gratitude, not Fatitude It's time to change my focus. Rather than obsessing my food intake I will be thankful for who God made me, and treat myself as God's temple. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fatitude is not my attitude <BR> Every day I work at... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 04:50:42 EST beck trek day 42 - practice, practice, practice hooray! now we trekkers have learned how to think like a thin person! mostly.... <BR> <BR> it's interesting for me to see what i highlighted in the book the first time around. this chapter, beck gives a list of reminders to think like a thin person: <BR> <BR> - for the urge to eat unplanned foo... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 04:45:44 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A fallen leaf is nothing more than a Summer's wave goodbye. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 04:43:02 EST The Glass I often tend to see the glass as half empty rather than half full. This is especially true with weight loss. I get frustrated at the slowness of my loss and that leads to carelessness. This is a long journey with many detours, but I will get there one step at a time. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 04:41:16 EST Yes, You Can! Make Life Beautiful 10/8/2015 Make life beautiful - you deserve it! <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 04:34:52 EST got a new camera cable for my camera got a new camera cable for my camera so expect a few long over due blogs and thier photos, is a photo of my newest(though a very old exercise machine)exercise machine my hubby got me to help me with my squats as i struggle a bit with them with my knees,lol <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 04:28:58 EST Day 44 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You know, they always tell us to put our oxygen mask on first if there is an emergency on the plane. It's the same every day ... take care of yourself first if you want to be there for others. ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 04:27:43 EST Update So I hope your all is going well for you this month. Me its been a hard start to the month though I am holding and not gaining. My brother finally is out of ICU and in a room at the hospital. We are looking for him to be home on Friday. By Friday would be 2 weeks he has been in there but is now w... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 04:21:28 EST My journey to fitness day 53 Morning all and I hope you are all healthy and happy and safe to day 5.30am and I'm up and ready for the gym so see you's soon Pre gym Coffee with semi skimmed milk Well back home burnt 1500cals today bit slower but still good I think we'll I'm happy anyway now to get ready for work Brea... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 04:18:27 EST Peace . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 04:08:55 EST I am grateful for, 10/7 1. my babies, because they help me guage myself. <BR> 2. naps, because apparently i need a lot right now. <BR> 3. pastor, because he is quietly persistent. <BR> 4. getting to the gym, because i need it. <BR> 5. making the call, because it was good. <BR> 6. getting my kombucha done, because it was... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 03:56:50 EST Today's Inspiration " Start living now. <BR> Stop saving the good china <BR> for that special occasion. <BR> Stop withholding your love <BR> until that special person materializes. <BR> Every day you are alive is a special occasion. <BR> Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God." <BR> <BR> Mary Manin Morresse... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 03:46:16 EST Hiding in plain sight :) 16# <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 03:41:10 EST Lacking Motivation <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 03:29:35 EST Built to Sail and Shine... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you a fantastic Thursday ahead... <BR> Let's keep Shining and Sparking on Together <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Food for Thought: <BR> <BR> A Ship is not built to sit idle in the h... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 03:27:55 EST Quote for Today Faith expects from God what is beyond all expectation. <BR> <BR> Andrew Murray... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 03:19:49 EST Bible Verse for Today.. I, even I, am the Lord, And besides Me there is no savior. I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, And there was no foreign god among you; Therefore you are My witnesses,” Says the Lord, “that I am God. <BR> <BR> Isaiah 43:11-12 NKJV Thu, 8 Oct 2015 03:06:59 EST Behind on the blogs I have been so busy this week that I am behind on my blogging. I have been getting plenty of walking in, but not as much as I would like. I have had appointments, rehearsals, staff meetings and other things this week. Looking forward to the weekend to spend some time around the house getting r... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 03:02:24 EST Doing better; still need a few more days of lighter exercise that's pretty much the scenario here! <BR> <BR> We have our sun back but it is cooler in the evenings and early mornings. <BR> <BR> Internet is acting much more proper, I am working on my outline for NaNoWriMo while I am on a bit of a lock down but it makes me happy. <BR> <BR> So we know who... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 02:46:11 EST Intermittent fasting and intuitive eating <img src="">A blog by my SP-friend LCertuche drew my attention to ‘intermittent fasting’, a way of eating in which one has a window of 8 hours to eat. Although all the nutrition gurus seem to agree that fasting isn... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 02:41:28 EST home is where your bed is <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 01:51:39 EST "How can you NOT smile?" Tonight I tried (and loved) a different jiu jitsu gym out here in Washington. We did a conditioning class (both adults and kids) and one of the students, after 40 minutes of insane sweaty goodness, jokingly said, "Smile!" to the class. <BR> <BR> One of the little girls in the class, without miss... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 01:42:04 EST WOW that took forever Oh my, <BR> I'm back from silicon the middle of it all and no phone reception! <BR> No computer either lol..... <BR> <BR> I did ok, didn't really exercise the whole time BUT I didn't overeat either.... <BR> so I'm ok, no harm no foul. Just back home now so I'll write more later!!!!... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 01:40:18 EST Pain, diabetes, stress= a vicious cycle It's been a long time since I've been on SparkPeople. I'm coming back to it because I need to lose weight android my blood sugars have been running high. Its just hard when you have the added complication of a chronic pain condition. My pain is made worse by so many things from movements to stre... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 01:34:02 EST A Prayer for my Sons <img src=""> For Cody Shane and Skyler Christian Thu, 8 Oct 2015 01:17:27 EST Fall Foliage & Hiking <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Is there anything so sumptuous to the eyes as the leaves changing in the fall? <BR> Bright oranges, rich yellows and decadent reds call out to you from the trees. <BR> Dancing with both the ligh... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 01:11:04 EST Happiness! <img src=""> Thu, 8 Oct 2015 01:10:50 EST Night eating - the struggle is real <img src=""> I'm a mother of 4 kids 8,7,3,1 yrs of ages and they are my life. I home school the older ones while the younger ones learn and play in the middle of lessons, I breastfeed and cosleep my youngest, I grow an... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 01:08:53 EST A 25,000 Steps Day! Walked 4.1 miles at lunch time. <BR> Walked .5 miles to the bus stop. <BR> Walked 3.6 miles with my husband when we got home. <BR> Did my strength training on the bowflex machine. <BR> Walked .5 miles in place while watching TV. <BR> Fitbit - 11.2 miles 25,008 steps <BR> Weight: 237.4 <em>40</e... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 01:05:23 EST Day #94 of 100 ~ Creating an Energetic Life Hello, Sparkers! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am pretty nervous about my appointment with a new dentist tomorrow. They say dental health is important for heart health, so I will try to be brave! Tomorrow may be a low cal day by accident if I come home sore. haha :) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today:... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 00:57:27 EST