SparkPeople Member Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_recent_blogs.asp These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_recent_blogs.asp You got this!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243033 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/778cd0de-c144-4760-9a99-5fb33f67ac07.jpg"> <BR> Have a beautiful day Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:46:02 EST Every story...Sept. 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243032 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a815d951-89e1-4372-b192-54da9839a580.jpg"> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:45:43 EST 9-28-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243031 My husband and I are going to stop smoking. We are doing it together to make it easier for each other. Team work. I have to get me some really healthy snack foods. I found some honey bunches of oats vanilla flavor that is really good without milk. About 200 calories for a cup. I guess it's ok for... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:45:34 EST 3 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243030 It's three days till our cruise! I've been pretty good and careful this week but need to keep it up! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:45:16 EST Three years later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243029 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b1468cfe-ec67-42f7-be8b-7997e4577570.jpg"> This is my first blog post since January of 2013. A LOT has changes but I always depended on SparkPeople.com to be ther when I needed it. And it's cool to see the people whose blogs I read three years ago ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:43:43 EST Wed Weigh-In 9/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243028 199.6 lbs : -0.8 for the week and +1.4 overall <BR> Yeah under 200!! <BR> I'll take it. <BR> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:41:53 EST Winter Holidays survival: Day 3 (Sept 28) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243027 My goals until January 2nd 2017 <BR> <BR> 1) Eat and exercise according to plan <BR> Yep, did that. I should increase my calorie intake during the day a little. Probably by adding a little something I feel deprived of. When I find myself with too little calories at the end of the day, I find m... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:33:59 EST Day 54.....Wednesday September 28, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243026 Good morning....whew....I just got home from my strength training class....it was a tough one this morning! Wowzers! My legs and arms are still shaking and recovering from it. I will feel this one tomorrow! Especially today is a long travel drive in the car kind of day today. I am going to h... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:29:55 EST New foods, bad side effects http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243024 So I have been trying to eat healthier however some to most of the foods I have been trying have upset my stomach to the point of vomiting or diarrhea... anyone else have this problem Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:27:26 EST Quilt Show! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243023 Well I was very happy to attend Northwest Quilt Exposition at the Expo Center recently. I went by my self this time since I was unable to round up anybody to come with me at the last minute. I wasn't sure I'd be able to go at first so it ended up being an impulse trip. I went through all the rows... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:23:53 EST New Me Emerging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243022 Today will wrap up 2 weeks of solid abstinence with my eating...no binges...no overeating. It seems like it went really fast. Time goes fast these days. <BR> <BR> Since I have a calorie-range goal of 1200-1300, I've been trying to keep my meals at a range of 200-300 for breakfast, and around 5... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:22:19 EST Out of the fog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243021 I wrote a blog a couple of weeks ago I didn't really want to but I felt like I just had to get all my thoughts in order somehow. I am so glad I wrote that blog I read it back a few days later and thought when did this happen.? When did I turn into this dreary downtrodden housewife full of doubts.... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:20:29 EST Happy Wednesday .. half way to the weekend .. super busy weekend .. but fun !!! Have a good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243020 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fbbf2d49-6ef1-43de-a564-54c0866c142b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:18:27 EST Taking the day off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243019 Doing nothing but resting. Beat. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:13:15 EST Day 21 of 115 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243018 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/40aa8357-cce3-469d-94aa-1071bf20d44e.jpg"> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:12:38 EST When Do You Work Out? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243016 I'm curious about when you like to work out! The way I workout depends on how I feel. Sometimes it's several small workouts though the day. Sometimes it's a slightly longer chunk of time whenever I can fit it in during the day! Do you prefer morning? Do you prefer a good evening workout? Do y... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:09:08 EST Unseen progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243015 I recently had a medical to determine my risk of heart disease and it came out as less than 1 %. I was so excited because it showed that even though I'd prefer to be 10 to 15 lbs lighter and quite a bit more toned than I currently am, all the regular exercise and focus on clean eating has really ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:03:56 EST Quote of the Day: September 28, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243014 "If you love deeply, you’re going to get hurt badly. But it’s still worth it.” - C.S. Lewis Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:02:53 EST Maya Angelou http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243013 "If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."- Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> I shall be honest and say that I am a work in progress in this area; as change is often a long and difficult process, while complaining is such an easy option. <BR> ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:57:04 EST Wonderful Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243011 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1f8ea1b5-d5a8-4a3a-8159-3ff55a399973.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning everyone. I'm on my second round of antibiotics for this bronchitis. I'm thankful it hasn't turned into pneumonia. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I exercised and mowed grass. Today is a ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:51:17 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243010 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8c3deef8-dafe-4d29-b352-7324a75d05fd.jpg"> <BR> I believe our hard work pays off every day. But we can't necessarily see it every day. I hope today friends is a day you see and feel all your hard work. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:49:44 EST A great, week #3! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243009 I had a great, learning about my nutrition, week. Thanks to SP & Dr. Greger - two powerful tools indeed. The man is a genius IMO, and SP is a godsend! Pulling those Today's Report has really helped me with my tracking. I wish I could say that I've figured it all out...where I'm at a comfort level... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:46:23 EST Ask a Stupid Question Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243007 Ask a Stupid Question Day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/56f3e2ec-a6c7-4d2a-b132-f6e16025f561.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : September 28, sometimes celebrated on the last school day of September. <BR> <BR> Today is Ask a Stupid Question Day. It's your oppo... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:42:56 EST Tuesday Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243006 Pretty good day at work yesterdaydidn't get everything done but I left early to go on a 20 mile bike ride and be home when the kids get off the school bus. Lots of meetings today and have to make up for what I missed yesterday but I should not have to leave early. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:42:14 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243005 Once again, this blog post is for ANYONE that needs it~! THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME OR ANYONE IN PARTICULAR, I JUST LIKE THE SAYING. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2418a89-9602-4acb-87c9-51119e634d64.jpg"> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:40:02 EST 9-28-2016-JOLLIES FROM JUDY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243004 There was once a cross-eyed teacher who couldn't control his pupils. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:39:11 EST Data Usage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243003 This month I went over my Data usage on my phone. I may be having some phone addiction going on. I say this as 49 % of my phone usage was facebook. Now I did use 2.5 GB of my 10 GB for my phone and the rest was my MIFI. I also had the computer do an update this month using my MIFI which used ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:32:55 EST Productive morning despite feeling bit off. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243002 Had my flu vaccination yesterday, some years it's nothing, another year I had the most horrible ache across both shoulders and a pretty useless arm. They try to vaccinate against whats predicted to arrive this Winter! So thats why it varies how much it affects you. <BR> <BR> Woke up to stiff sho... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:30:36 EST If you think you can do this you can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243001 If yo think you can do this you can Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:30:03 EST new gym new me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243000 on Friday my gym will cease to exist as I know it and it will reopen as the PCYC. they are not changing much but you can see the changes already. when the gym reopens I have a new program getting made up so this will be exciting as I am not sure what equipment will be around or maybe I will have... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:29:43 EST When I Am Tempted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242999 For many years, I have struggled with my weight. I find that one of my biggest problems is I am my own worst enemy. <BR> <BR> Since I have been doing SP this time, I am learning to take control of my thoughts and actions because in the long run, I am only hurting myself when I do not. I am l... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:17:41 EST Lost 2.8 pounds this week !!! 9/28/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242997 Finally! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:13:25 EST Happy Humpday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242996 Happy Wednesday, you r halfway to the weekend Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:11:39 EST Put Your Faith into Action - Joel & Victoria http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242995 Today's Scripture: "No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God." (Romans 4:20, AMPC) <BR> <BR> Scripture tells us that faith without works is dead. In other words, if... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:08:49 EST Happy Wednesday to all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242993 My newest grandson loves to smile <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8482f524-5f3e-4b9b-be5f-fccc1218c479.jpeg"> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:00:40 EST Feed up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242992 I know I usually post something funny & stay positive on here but it's all gotten to be to much. Weight loss hasn't happened for awhile now & I'm getting discouraged. If that wasn't enough my job is getting down right stupid. I love my job & it shows, but my company couldn't care less about custo... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:59:47 EST RENEWED EXCITEMENT AND MOTIVATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242991 My vision is clearer, I can see further (perhaps the glasses are just cleaner) but usually about this time I get discouraged. Not this time, usually I have to work to renew my excitement and there is a delay of a couple of months but not this time. <BR> <BR> The key, I believe is I am not focus... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:53:44 EST Reboot Day 2 Complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242990 <BR> <BR> Tuesday September 26, 2017 <BR> <BR> Cardio Minutes = 63 <BR> <BR> Stretching Minutes = 24 <BR> <BR> Did a morning working of 15 minutes cardio and 12 minutes stretching. Walked with a new friend for 20 minutes and walked the dog for 6 minutes. Did an evening workout with my mom. ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:53:23 EST Don't feel like exercising? Dance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242989 I just did a 30 minute dance workout today! It was simple Latin dancing and the 30 minutes was over before I knew it! It didn't feel like work at all! So nice! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:50:10 EST Just Want to Add http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242988 I am feeling blessed with all of my new Spark Friends! Thanks for your support. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:47:51 EST Pre-hibernation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242987 I just realized that I hadn't written a blog in five months, mostly because I haven't stayed true to the positive choices that helped me lose weight and feel healthier. I didn't go totally off the rails with food choices and lack of exercise, just didn't stay as strict as a I should have. <BR> ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:38:03 EST Travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242986 Traveling today for work prayers for safe travels😊😊😊 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:37:56 EST Baby Gabby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242984 Gabby is now 3 weeks old. <BR> Gabby update: the doctors told Nora & Matt is when she was admitted to the NICU on 9/19/16 she was very sick. Now we know it was viral meningitis & that the doctors weren't sure she'd pull through. In their aggressive treatment they put her on Acyclovir, an antivir... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:32:10 EST 9/28/2016 up early http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242983 I have gotten into a strange pattern. I have been getting up at 2am every morning and cannot go back to sleep. I go to bed at 8pm every night and so i am getting less then 8 hours everyday so i need to learn how to get in a nap as well in the day so i can catch up on some sleep. The goos part is ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:27:47 EST Lamp's Filled Trimmed & Ready... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242982 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l17717340.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All <BR> <BR> Let's Keep our Eyes on Jesus, and be filled with all that He has for us, we need to be re-charged, re-filled daily if we are going to keep the "Spark" and finish the race we've begun! <em>3... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:27:36 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=9/28/2016=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242981 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19fc3ed7-5cff-44b9-a973-01a34ad0b865.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/298303c0-5a54-464a-a489-5c19a8a892db.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d8be74ed-95fc-4bfa-99cd-e7374ce3ffe2.jpg">Blessed {be} the Lord, {... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:26:44 EST Quote for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242979 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/913bac9b-8250-4023-aaaf-5b2ef54abb7e.jpg"> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:20:30 EST Happy birthday in heaven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242978 Today is my late husband's birthday. He would have been 42 years old today. Giving myself a break. I'm being my own best friend. Treating myself with loving kindness because that is what I need right now! I know I won't do good on staying on track or exercising today (I hurt my hip yesterday whil... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:20:27 EST Bible Verse for Today.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242977 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 2:14 NIV Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:19:23 EST SKILLET CHICKEN IN TOMATO CHIPOTLE SAUCE AND AVOCADO CREAM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242976 SKILLET CHICKEN IN TOMATO CHIPOTLE SAUCE WITH AVOCADO CREAM <BR> 3 Smart Points 199 calories <BR> TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes <BR> A quick Mexican-inspired chicken dish, made in the skillet with a smoky-spicy tomato-chipotle sauce topped with an avocado-sour cream sauce. <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS: <BR> 2... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:18:15 EST Impromptu Rest Yesterday , Beast Mode Today ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242975 Sometimes life just happens but what matters is making it matter. I completed 2+ miles yesterday in the morning but it was so hot out in L.A. that I rested the remainder of the day but today, it's on & cracking !!! Beast mode : ON . Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:12:42 EST September 28, II Kings 12:1-3 One must tear down the high places http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242974 The text today tells us that Joash (or in some texts Jehoash) was a good king who walked upright before The Lord. But he didn't tear down the high places outsie of Jerusalem where people still worshiped idols. Here is another reason why it's important to study the whole scripture. In 2 Chronicle... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:09:34 EST Low carb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242973 I am doing low carb have problem with constipation any ideas cus dnt like feeling bloated and want to b regular Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:08:52 EST Hump Day Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242972 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/519de5f9-ab2c-4298-9557-39ae9124a06e.jpg"> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:07:13 EST Hallo again - finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242971 I am SO glad to be back on Spark now all my technology problems are sorted. My little transformer laptop that I could use with or without its keyboard dock is now back in action after a long stay in 'PC hospital' and I have acquired a backup device in the form of a normal but well functioning con... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:57:40 EST Autumn, Fibro, Motivation ramblings. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242970 It's been a little over a month since I have written a blog here. I was trying to check in a couple time each month but as this process continues on, some intentions fall to the side and life gets in the way. I have wanted to write but just not sat down to do it. <BR> <BR> Here we are almost at... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:50:01 EST Day 154 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242969 Sleep: 8 hours Breakfast: 1 c cream of wheat with 1Tbs. Sugar. And 1 t. Margarine, 1 slice white toast with 1t marg and 1T strawberry preserves, 1 c skim milk Exercise: 27 mins (956 of 500) Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:46:07 EST Too cute!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242968 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7223a68-f861-44c3-93ac-dac124f11b6c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:15:28 EST Fall 5% Challenge Day 5: Worth The Effort http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242967 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a733c59-9bcb-4624-99b7-42907961a852.jpe"> <BR> <BR> Fall 5% Challenge Day 5 and I'm getting my magnifying glass out. As the day progressed yesterday, it was a tough day. What started out so serene and wonderful was hard by mid-day. While the boy... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:13:00 EST Getting old LOL 6# http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242965 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/139045da-2734-47c8-a8f9-275f90947c3a.jpg"> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:00:30 EST Feeling Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242964 Today was another quiet day but I did manage to meet my steps target by going fishing. Great way to relax but still be active. I even caught a rainbow trout....released to fight another day. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:56:24 EST Ms. Pat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242963 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f3b5701c-c659-4c82-a6ba-26c43d386f2b.jpg"> <BR> This is a hard road to travel but I am wanting so much to be more healthy not giving myself a time limit because I feel that if I don't reach my goal by a certain time that I will be discouraged and g... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:52:51 EST Fun day!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242962 We get to go to Topeka after my husbands Dr appointment and hang out with Bry Anna and Georgann our youngest daughter. I'm looking forward to it. I had such a shock at my Dr appointment yesterday I can't wait to see the shock my husband will have. I weighed 291.4 on Sept 1st, yesterday I weighed... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:36:30 EST Half full or half empty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242961 I consider myself half full when given suggestions to other people. But in regard to myself I have to sometimes push myself to be half full. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:34:13 EST MIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242960 Hello there Sparkadees! <BR> Long time no post. <BR> I,ve been MIA the last few weeks. DH,s birthday. Messy work situation I'm helping out with. <BR> Sister came to stay and whilst picking herbs in prep for her visit I hurt my left forearm. We think it's the supinator and it seems not to be getti... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:00:44 EST The beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242958 I've never blogged before so here it goes ! Hi I'm Chelsey I am 5"7 180lbs my goal weight is 145 lbs I want to reach that before February. I've never been good at counting calories so I'm hoping that this app helps I'll put up a pic later today. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:33:02 EST Struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242957 I thought this would be easy. I was wrong. Its so hard to exercise. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:32:18 EST Wednesday -- Life Lesson...Holding On and Letting Go 09/28/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242956 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50c3d0a9-d2b5-4711-bd64-5e532a50fd5a.jpg"> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:19:56 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242955 It started off as quite a nice day went for my walk got to work went to lunch and that is the only time I could see outside as we don't have any windows in the theatre block and after work to walk outside to find we had terrentual rain. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:19:30 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242954 It started off as quite a nice day went for my walk got to work went to lunch and that is the only time I could see outside as we don't have any windows in the theatre block and after work to walk outside to find we had terrentual rain. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:19:08 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242953 It started off as quite a nice day went for my walk got to work went to lunch and that is the only time I could see outside as we don't have any windows in the theatre block and after work to walk outside to find we had terrentual rain. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:19:07 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242952 It started off as quite a nice day went for my walk got to work went to lunch and that is the only time I could see outside as we don't have any windows in the theatre block and after work to walk outside to find we had terrentual rain. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:18:57 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242951 It started off as quite a nice day went for my walk got to work went to lunch and that is the only time I could see outside as we don't have any windows in the theatre block and after work to walk outside to find we had terrentual rain. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:18:49 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242949 It started off as quite a nice day went for my walk got to work went to lunch and that is the only time I could see outside as we don't have any windows in the theatre block and after work to walk outside to find we had terrentual rain. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:18:40 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242948 It started off as quite a nice day went for my walk got to work went to lunch and that is the only time I could see outside as we don't have any windows in the theatre block and after work to walk outside to find we had terrentual rain. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:18:34 EST Wednesday -- Life Lesson: Holding On and Letting Go 09/28/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242947 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50c3d0a9-d2b5-4711-bd64-5e532a50fd5a.jpg"> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:17:45 EST National Drink Beer Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242946 September 28, 2016 <BR> NATIONAL DRINK BEER DAY - September 7 was National Beer Lover's Day. What is it about beer and September? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6892cde3-73a5-417f-9e4b-5d19170022e7.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY <BR> <img src="http://photos... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:16:53 EST National Drink Beer Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242945 September 28, 2016 <BR> NATIONAL DRINK BEER DAY - September 7 was National Beer Lover's Day. What is it about beer and September? <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6892cde3-73a5-417f-9e4b-5d19170022e7.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY <BR> <img src="http://photos... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:16:48 EST Creating good habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242943 Seems like I get somethings on track and others fall off. I stay with in calories and exercise but forget to drink water. Or if I get enough water I don't exercise. The one thing I am not having a problem doing is tracking but I really need to get everything on track everyday. Why does this s... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:01:09 EST Small big city http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242942 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45a47f89-be22-42bd-bb39-4732a0b26838.jpg">Holland is a small country, and its big cities Rotterdam, Amsterdam and The Hague are small compared to cities in the US, India or China, each having less than a million inhabitants. The three cities togeth... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:54:13 EST The Open Windows Of Heaven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242941 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b95012c1-6915-4e6d-b7aa-20ce4c0502b5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Meditate On <BR> "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this," says the Lord of hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:49:47 EST Today's Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242940 " Inner peace is a choice - <BR> make that choice today." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to <BR> Sail7@sail7.com Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:49:22 EST Diet Soda Fiend, and Proud of It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242939 I have read several articles stating that when trying to lose weight, stop drinking soda also. Well, forget that. I have continued to lose weight, and have never lowered my diet Soda cosumption. It may not be the most healthy, but would 2 large pieces of cake be an good alternative?...I think not... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:46:11 EST Anyone With Heart Related Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242938 Today, I learned that I have heart failure. I was so agitated that I didn't even remember to bring up continuing to exercise with my doctor. So, good idea or bad idea? Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:42:16 EST Good at http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242937 Walking twice a day no matter what. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:38:09 EST Day 42 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242936 Lucky seems to have an issue with her hind legs; especially favoring the left. I'm taking her to the vet tomorrow. I so hope they can find out what's wrong. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:30:19 EST So true http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242935 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c67c1dd-c275-44fe-abf4-8e2cc3c187aa.jpg"> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:26:41 EST A Full Day, teaching and more... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242933 Evening Hello All <BR> <BR> I was away all day leading and teaching my group. Tuesday's are always busy but today was an exception, when I got home I was greeted by my friend's husband who was working in my yard planting new flowers that will come up yearly and they will be a great ground cover ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:21:52 EST Day 30: Just Ramblings of Past Eating Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242932 This is just a reflection on my past with foods. <BR> <BR> I can't believe it's been 30 days since I've took up residency in Veganville. I never would have thought I'd take this route. I'm from a Mexican-American culture and animal products are huge in our meals. Dairy products, red meat, a... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:17:06 EST Changing habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242931 I don't think that I ever realized (well maybe I did, but didn't take it as seriously as I ought to) that unless I find alternative behaviors for some of my daily unhealthy habits which have lead me to where I am now, that eventually I'd revert back to old habits. <BR> <BR> So I've been workin... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:16:12 EST Time to change direction! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242930 <BR> Today I got to do something I don't get to do anymore. Go for a run in the middle of the day. It was awesome! Hitting the trails before the end of the day, not having to race the clock to get out of the park before closing. I got to take a break from my new full time position and take some ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:59:49 EST Strength Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242929 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17a2445b-9fb4-41c1-b2bd-8b748a0c72d2.jpg"> I read that if an untrained person works out for 3-6 months straight they will gain 25-100% strength and I soooo need that! So here goes starting tomorrow I will never miss more than one or two days for th... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:57:11 EST Caught Myself Losing Focus... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242928 Staying focused on anything for more than a few weeks is hard for me...always has been. Last week my enthusiasm for tracking what I eat and especially for exercising began to fade. Same old pattern as in the past and very discouraging.I realize that I will have to fight hard against my worst ene... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:57:06 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for September 26-28: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242927 Daily inspiration: One of the best parts of receiving blessings is enjoying them. Lord, may I take time to recognize my blessings and appreciate their wonder. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Look at the birds of the air: they neither reap nor gather into bards, and yet your heavenly F... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:56:50 EST Day six http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242926 Feeling pretty good, spent most of the morning cleaning the garage. Two weeks ago that would have hurt my knees but after walking every day this week and drinking enough water to fill a tub my arthritis seems to be taking a break. Feeling happy Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:51:23 EST Tuesday Protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242925 Cardiologist sent me to a weight loss program that processes food to remove/reduce the carbs from the meal. THey sell you supplements to make up what you lose from reduced carb intake. Going to talk to DD2 the RD and see what she says. She is not a proponent for the low carb diet that was the fad... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:45:46 EST 21 Days Make A Habit (So they Say!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242923 Each new day offers a new refreshing future. Each new day brings with it opportunity. Everyday that we awake is precious! We're so quick to complain, failing to realize that we have what a LOT of people wish for - LIFE! I'm all out of excuses - I've expressed my LAST ONE! I'm excited about l... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:41:33 EST Not enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242922 Totally didn't eat enough today...just didn't feel like doing much for prep or things like that. Feeling kinda bad about it... kinda hard sometimes to make sure I'm eating enough when I barely have $$ for food, so I try to make groceries last as long as possible :/ Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:41:09 EST Here for anyone who needs a friend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242921 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d37371ff-2e6b-4545-bfd5-6f259a5c1541.jpg"> <BR> Always here for encouragement! Feel free to add me as a friend! I'm very caring and a great listener. ☺ ☮ ♡ Instagram - Kasia.V Kik - Kasia.V Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:39:07 EST #Psycho http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242920 I'm a psycho when it comes to my scales. I weigh almost every day. Sometimes more than once a day. I know, not a good idea. Can't seem to stay away from it though. I feel like I'll lose control if I don't stay vigilant. But then, OMG, when it looks like I'm up a pound I panic. That's where I am r... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:35:00 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242919 Transforming Tuesday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 27, 2016 <BR> <BR> Strength <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” - St. Teresa of Kolkata <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: "Extend forgiveness to someone who hurt or off... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:33:11 EST Gratitude September 27 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242918 Number 1: My foot is continuing to get better. At least I think so. It isn't hurting and I think that is amazing. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I met with the chess trainer today. That is the only class I am still able to do. It is online so no mobility issues. Actually the chess coach is in Indi... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:28:55 EST Weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242917 I am going to step on the scale tomorrow morning 👣 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:21:33 EST I'm going down down down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242916 I was down to 177# today! It's a slow but steady decline and it feels great. I think I have found my old mojo from 2008. I'm doing lots of journaling and tracking things here and in my bullet journals... yes I have two, one for the focus on what I need to do for losing weight and a more everyday ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:20:38 EST Battle of the Cinnamon Roll http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242915 I was very good this morning, while being bad. <BR> <BR> Due to some drama before we left, my breakfast got left behind. So instead of walking next to the very tempting bakery I decided to do my grocery shopping. I knew I was hungry, so I set the rule before I walked into the store that I would... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:19:50 EST Special Blessings-September 28, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242914 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. My friend, Linda, had suppose to come back from NY today and pick her cat back up and take him home. Evidently, there was a delay, so we still have Meanie. He has made himself at home here and is more than welcome to stay until she... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:19:15 EST Is it Fall yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242913 Gosh I am ready for cooler weather. I do not mind the heat here after living in the south for many years, but I'm a bit done. It was 100 degrees here. I got out of the house after going for a run/walk because my hubby is sick and I feel bad saying it, but it's getting on my nerves. <em>40</em> ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:14:52 EST Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242912 It was cooler today but not back to normal. I hope that it will be in next two days. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:10:12 EST Day 268 ~ Obsessed With Sunsets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242911 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/311141f9-cba2-42d1-b237-778cca1c97e9.jpg"> Sharing what I am committed to do along my journey... 1. Blog daily and record... 2. Calories consumed: 1,972 Calories burned: 923 3. Steps taken: 10,007 4. The number on the scale: 224.8 5. H2O: 64 o... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:06:53 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242910 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7366758-eed6-40c4-8c2c-e1a9c5f4fcd0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> There is something in the of silence of the night which affects me deeply. Why it is I know not; but I do know that I love to be alone at such an hour as this. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:05:56 EST 9/27/16 - Bedtime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242909 It's that time a year again - flu shots. Our office building offers the tenants the convenience of getting shots on site. As usual, I passed. I'm such a coward. <BR> <BR> After walking the 5K on Sunday, my shins were really sore. Cement is not a very forgiving surface, so I finally pulled ou... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:03:28 EST Tuesday's Words to Ponder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242908 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5dfa21e2-64f1-44f3-b3ee-ad66cff1b19b.jpeg"> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:01:10 EST 100 days of exercise day 67 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242907 Today I worked out with my trainer for 60 minutes. My knee and back were bothering me today. I think I am just stressing in advance because I have to work this week end. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:57:06 EST Tuesday's Prep for Wednesday 09/27/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242906 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba05b483-5b81-47f0-af42-52decc151e43.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "An object at rest will tend to remain at rest. An object in motion will tend to remain in motion."~Sir Isaac Newton <BR> <BR> My dad died the first week of August. I've been feeling like I've ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:56:13 EST Do You remember where you were? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242905 Today is Google's 18th birthday! <BR> <BR> Can you remember the first time you used Google? <BR> <BR> My, oh my! That brings back fond memories! <BR> <BR> Can you remember life before Google? <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:54:14 EST Adapting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242904 The beginning was easy. Change my diet, change exercise routine, change my hair, and reflect during downtime. Then school started, work kicked into high gear, kids being kids getting sick, etc., etc. Luckily, I was able to maintain the weight loss but barely. Work lunches, dinners, late night sna... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:51:33 EST Animals ;-) 9/27/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242903 The neatnik <BR> <link>cheezburger.com/80193025/video-orang<BR>utan-uses-a-towel-to-freshen-up?utm_so<BR>urce=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss<BR>&utm_campaign=FeedBlitzRss&utm_content<BR>=Orangutan+Uses+a+Towel+to+Freshen+Up </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gui... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:50:37 EST The Night Before http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242902 Twas the Night Before...Turning Point of Tampa's eating disorder treatment program. <BR> <BR> Eager does not fully describe how much I want to do this program. This morning, I woke up excited about it and worked hard all day to get things settled so I could fully give myself over to them and lea... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:47:16 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242901 I'm getting more motivated weekly. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:44:20 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242900 I'm getting more motivated weekly. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:44:09 EST Support!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242899 I love all the support and advice you get from the people in this program. Spark people is a really strong network to lean on for all kinds of support. I want to Thank You all for being there for me and others in our time of need. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:41:50 EST The Big Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242898 This is going to be a bit of a hard post to type, but I want to get it out there so hopefully it will help me move forward. Since April, I have been battling with eating right and just hadn't had the mental energy to fight myself day-in-and-day-out. I tried off and on to get things under control,... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:37:04 EST Stay Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242897 I hit five months motivated this week. I joined SP in 2009 but quickly fell out of step and lost steam. I'm on a streak of 5 months this time and I've hit 20 lbs lost... NOT going back this time. "Once you see results... It becomes an obsession!" 💕 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:33:56 EST I'm the world's biggest klutz http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242896 Yesterday I bashed my forehead with the car door. Tonight I tripped on the entryway into the Legion and fell big time, like a belly flop. My knee is all swollen and mighty sore. Need to be wrapped in bubble wrap Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:33:34 EST The trees are still just turning, I went to senior college and the trees this year are pastel peach. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242895 Today at the Senior college lecture we had a really informative horticulturist and she is also a landscape architect. <BR> <BR> She brought slides and her biggest comment was YOU MUST HAVE TO WATER YOUR SHRUBS and PERENNIAL because they will have losses and the other plants will be very weak. Es... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:32:29 EST A sibling reunion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242894 Although I could not be there, DH took his mother <BR> to visit with her sister in a care center 2+ hours away. <BR> Her two brothers flew into Omaha and drove from <BR> there so the 4 of them are together. MIL is 88, her <BR> sister is 87, one brother 85 and the other is 79. This <BR> may be one... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:30:59 EST Quote for the Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242893 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/157e18ae-168d-433e-9fc4-deea0525549d.jpg"> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:30:56 EST Bible Verse for the Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242892 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/06b15e67-eef0-4575-b672-54355778dcc5.jpg"> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:29:36 EST Happy hump day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242891 Be blessed when my brother passed away it took half my heart and soul with him miss him so much hugs Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:29:09 EST Rambling update :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242890 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b5860af8-8293-4a55-ab04-16abbbe13a71.jpg"> The fall weather is beautiful! Second day here of it and LOVING EVERY MINUTE! A lot has happened since my last blog. I've been sick since April 27th until just this past week. It's pretty crazy to wrap my... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:28:15 EST A New Beginning!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242889 I lost myself and fell off my program and gained back all the weight I lost (13 lbs). It took me so long to get back on the program and motivate myself again but today I started, I hope I continue too. Each day I shall find motivation in this program and I will succeed. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:25:26 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242888 I really didn't get much done Monday, fooled around with some of the cellarway anomalies. It is amazing how weird things pop up every time I start a project around here, you just have to wonder at the builders. While I was taking measures for the marlite I noticed the shelf on the side I was wo... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:24:21 EST who let the air out of me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242887 Today I truly feel much like an underinflated tire...or at least how I think one would feel if they could feel..make sense ..if it does you are in trouble! <BR> <BR> Not sure what is up but just draggin my wagon today. Did chores and spent extra time with water playing with the geese, my gander ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:10:05 EST Crushing It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242886 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fdd54c41-a5a7-4195-8f07-0d82b88f8038.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So, it has taken me 3 weeks to work my way up to 16 minutes on the stationary bike, but I have managed to do it. I am trying my best to keep looking forward - my strength, my endurance is gettin... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:08:54 EST So Herb, our hats are off to you We're Up here with admiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242885 1. Take Fish Oil Pill Daily Yes <BR> <BR> 2. Take Multivitamin Daily Yes <BR> <BR> 3. Track Food Yes <BR> <BR> 4. Daily Water 96 oz. (twelve 8 oz glasses) 72 oz (forgot I plan to do more than 65) <BR> <BR> 5. 6,... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:05:58 EST Pep talk to self/selves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242884 This was my status update last night: Rats! I had this vision of rearranging some things in the living room to have what I use most often easy to get to--but now it's less accessible due to clutter that got relocated. Discouraging! <BR> <BR> I've done a lot of parts work over the years, and in ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:00:39 EST Check in and progress pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242883 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0525a1fb-457d-4d4c-826d-eacc281f7286.jpg"> <BR> B: Shakeology w/ wow butter (imitation pb) S: Carrots, cottage cheese L: Veggie and egg cup, oatmeal S: Greek yogurt, granola bar D: Veggie soup, 2 eggs S: Raisen bread w/ cinnamon :/ Water: 100oz Wo... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:00:01 EST Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242881 Our weather has made tremendous fluctuations in the past few days. We normally have sea breezes. Yesterday the wind blew in from the desert bringing lots of dust and pollen and temperatures over 100F. Real challenges for my asthma. Today the sea breezes are back but it's threatening thunderstorms... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:45:09 EST Working on my stamina and having to go slow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242880 I worked for just two hours and I was dragging by the end. I need to keep trying so that I will be able to work longer hours when my wrist is well. I have been having trouble getting to sleep lately. And the construction crew next door starts at 7 am each day so no real sleep after that! Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:41:08 EST Barre http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242879 9/27/16 Wow! I did the workout with the barre again, and it felt easier. Not easy at all, mind you. But it didn't nearly kill me this time. Keeping up with water intake. Did not walk today. I was fatigued after a restless night. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:39:33 EST 212 way up but down from 213.4 when I got back home Fort Collins was fun but fat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242878 Away from the scale and even though active too much food , fun and beer! Walked today with an old friend and back on track! Gained 8 in 6weeks! <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:39:12 EST Tuesday...still dealing..any tips would be appreciated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242877 The foot issue is tough. I wore dress shoes for work and my pinky toe is not pleased. Sigh. <BR> <BR> I did see the Physician's assistant today and it is a wait and see with rest and naproxen. She considered meds to decrease the numbness but wants me to see the orthopedic surgeon.Figures an MRI ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:38:34 EST Feeling a bit better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242876 But am hoping for a better tomorrow. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:33:22 EST Oct-Sober and Other Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242875 I haven't written a blog in a long time. There are a lot of ideas swirling in my head, and I think, "This is brilliant! I should TOTALLY blog about it!" but then I don't. They continue to swirl, and maybe someday, I'll write them all down. <BR> <BR> Starting on September 30, I'm giving up alcoho... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:32:57 EST 700 days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242874 Today is the 700th day that I did 30 minutes, or more, of exercise. As a teacher, it isn't difficult since I am up and down hallways and at recess everyday. Don't get me wrong I like my streak and intend to keep it going. However, I need to start my own streak of smart eating. I have gotten a ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:29:57 EST Checking in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242873 Hello world! I hope you are all having a great week. This week, I weighed in at a weight that I haven't seen since before high school. It's crazy! I never thought I would see those numbers again. It's the best feeling ever! I have been working crazy hard trying to figure this eating thing out, wi... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:29:39 EST September 27 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242872 Been a long busy day. Logged 23,328 steps. I'm tired as my feet hurt tonight. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:20:40 EST Sept 27 Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242871 "The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done." -- Arnold Palmer <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:20:10 EST Determining a Detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242870 Does anyone know of a detox that would help me get rid of junk in my body to be able to replace it with good things, in turn, losing weight??? Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:15:18 EST Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242869 Till i figure out what's causing my back pain. No exercise just will eat right and drink my water. I miss the gym and challenges staying motivated. Did drop 2.5 lbs last week. Done till I get my MRI thursday and GI visit on Friday. Taking meds just to walk Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:13:04 EST Clean eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242868 Was wondering if anyone knows any good clean eating foods and recipes? Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:12:33 EST Losing motivation quickly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242867 I always start these diets so fast and get into them gung ho!!! I am going to do it this time! I am going to lose it all so quick no one will recognize me when I go up home for the holidays, they'll think I had plastic surgery. I wish.... I wish I could afford plastic surgery. I wish that when I ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:08:51 EST Tuesday, 9/27/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242866 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b34a286-7934-467e-986c-8e3628d9fd5a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> For a quiet day I sure didn't have much down time! Didn't help that Isaac is always a bit rough after time spent at a friend's house and that did show up this morning early on so it was a... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:57:29 EST 1 more done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242864 1 more strength routine to do this week Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:55:17 EST Good News Bad News kind of day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242863 If the assisted housing place will take dad back he should be able to move back into the apt. by the weekend. So that is the good news. Let's just hope the reviews of him let this happen. <BR> <BR> The bad news is way back when I was released from the hospital they gave me a drug for pain bu... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:54:26 EST My story--being grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242862 My journey has been a little rough the past few months. I know people go through alot more than I have and have succeeded. However, I thought I would tell a little story about my struggle. My son and daughter as adults are having a difficult time financially and I try to help them in ways that ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:53:14 EST Magic Cross http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242861 This one makes my eyes cross. No way to simplify the pattern, but it went together well. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e528043b-9cda-4069-ba4c-86b69c50fd6e.jpg"> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:52:50 EST Day 271: Tip Tuesday - Use it All Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242860 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/91f0d31a-3134-4335-9266-baf40ad66cf5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact." (Les Brown) <BR> <BR> It's Tip Tuesday day! I'm really trying to get this back i... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:52:46 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242859 Only three more days of this challenge! <BR> <BR> Breakfast - none - IF <BR> <BR> Lunch - salad of 1 cup chicken, 4 tablespoons mayo, a squirt of mustard, and 8 oz tomato <BR> <BR> Supper - ZUCCHINI BEEF PIE <BR> <BR> I was going to have a salad with supper, but the Zucchini Beef Pie was all ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:50:37 EST Day 23 - Another busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242858 Today was a great day but a busy one! I couldnt get my butt up this morning to go do my workout but I did go after work with my daughter! She rode her bike while I power walked for 60 minutes. I had my healthy snacks, a shake for lunch and breakfast and a wonderful fish taco for supper! Hoping to... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:47:21 EST Tuesday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242857 Had back to back meetings all morning...put me behind on my other work...I hate that...gonna go in and catch up early!! Hope you had a great day! TTYL Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:47:17 EST New workout Dvds Yes!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242856 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df39ebf4-f03d-4ec7-8fce-a8191193bf3f.jpg"> I just heard about a new dance workout from some people here on SparkPeople chatting about it, so went to check it out on Facebook and watched the video clips-omg! Looks like sooo much fun! I ordered, can'... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:45:28 EST Tuesday entry... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242855 Hello friends, <BR> Not as good an entry as yesterday, but I'm keeping at it as much as I can. <BR> Today's efforts: <BR> 30 minutes on the elliptical <BR> 2 sets of 20 pushups. <BR> 2 sets of 20 leg lifts <BR> 2 sets of squats. <BR> <BR> Better than nothing, I guess. Tomorrow's a new day. It'... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:44:34 EST 5 days into this diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242854 Has anyone accomplished there weight with this app? I been on it 5 days I feel Skinner but to scared to weight myself Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:44:01 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242853 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/80fea8c1-fbc9-4529-83d5-7ac9718d00e3.jpg"> <BR> So happy...have lost 24 lbs so far! Still have a ways to go but making good progress. 😀 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:40:39 EST Keeping Busy Busy Busy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242852 Hello all. <BR> <BR> Been back from my trip to NC for a few days now. <BR> I had a great time visiting my friend even if it did rain the whole time I was there. For the most part eating was good with the exception of one day. ...... Had a High Tea. Yummmmm <BR> <BR> Flew home Thursday. M... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:36:42 EST Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242851 I just bought a couch, it is 2nd hand but in great condition. Someone I hired will bring it home tomorrow night after work. I am working until 6:30 this week to make up the 3 hours I took for my Dr.'s appointment. Tomorrow is my last day of 9 hour days. I was taking 1/2 lunches and staying 1... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:33:38 EST 9/27/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242850 Boy am I loving this cool weather. 70's for the highs and low 50s for lows. Since I had the luncheon to attend, I just did my exercises in the morning and then went to the luncheon. We started with a Mass as today was the feast of St. Vincent de Paul. And this luncheon was to thank our benefa... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:29:54 EST Last Tuesday in September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242849 It's been hot here. Last night I barely slept a wink. I had a ton to do, but I still managed to ride my bike 8.33 miles and do my steps. I finally went grocery shopping. I had no more fresh food in the house. I also laid on the couch half asleep for an hour. <BR> <BR> As it is hot and I'm tired... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:27:17 EST Already seeing results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242848 I have been on my diet for about a week now. Been using the treadmill and watching what and how much I eat. I have lost 5 pounds so far. Feeling great. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:23:36 EST Interesting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242846 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/92e4d058-d58c-4ec1-8742-7af85a8e4d93.jpg"> <BR> Today my total calories from fat was higher than the calories from protein or the Calories from carbs. I haven't planned this way. It just happened. Nevertheless I'm very surprised to realize that I ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:22:24 EST Last week of September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242845 I slept well last night. I felt energized all day. I am surprised I am up. I went to sleep about 8:30 last night. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:19:32 EST Don't Worry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242844 Last night I was awakened by the rain....UGH. Usually the rain is welcome, but not last night since I planned to walk on tuesday. Heading to the city for a lunch and wouldn't have time to get to the gym, so a walk was in order. Plus, not looking forward to walking our dog in the rain. <BR> <... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:16:36 EST My life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242843 Today is the last dental appointment for my son. Finally done with it. I have managed to maintain my weight loss for 1 month. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:16:27 EST 9/27/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242842 Getting to the gym has been so difficult. I have zero motivation. My 5k is in 3 weeks. 😩😩 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:09:32 EST Day 13 evening. No more mommy guilt. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242840 Had a good day, didn't do very much. Kids were sick all weekend and usually that means I get worn out. I hate it when my little ones are sick! Poor babies, thankfully they are doing much, much better today. They are back to their usual active selves! Woohoo! <BR> <BR> So I could have taken off ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:05:59 EST My Husband Is Going To Use This One The Next Time We Go Out To Eat............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242839 Because they had no reservations at a busy restaurant, my elderly neighbor and his wife were told there would be a 45 minute wait for a table. <BR> <BR> "Young man, we're both 90 years old," the husband said. "We may not have 45 minutes." <BR> <BR> They were seated immediately!!! <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:05:39 EST Snap Out of It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242838 Well, I tried a video blog but it didn't work. <BR> <BR> I am brokenhearted because of circumstances regarding family. <em>39</em> I've been trying to keep busy today. This morning, I cleaned the cat litter box the best I could and then emptied the trash. I finished the dishes (which I star... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:04:42 EST Stop Eating Your Heart Out - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242837 Day 5 of my 21 day journey is focused on me! How can I take better care of me and be my own support system rather than my worst enemy? <BR> <BR> My assignment today is to write down AT LEAST 10 things I can change my mindset on - either from "I should" to "I could" or "I have to" to "I choose to... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:01:28 EST My Next 100 Days - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242836 I will be recording my exercise and steps from the previous day. Thank you for stopping by. Your encouragement means more than you know! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> I can do this! <em>311</em> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9aa19cf6-607d-49df-8054-5d5fd391f616.jpg"> <BR> ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:59:12 EST WHY IS IT SO HARD??! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242835 I ask myself this nearly every day. Especially when I'm about to give up... I say f--- this it's too hard. *eats half a pizza to feel better* <BR> <BR> Other than my weight struggles I think I'm a fairly intelligent person. But this weight loss makes me feel like a complete idiot. <BR> <BR> Obv... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:55:53 EST Confronting Doubt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242834 Coming up on weigh in for the BL Fall Challenge and battling DOUBT. By every quantitative means available, I should have lost something by now: pounds, inches, softness, anything... <BR> <BR> No. <BR> <BR> Just by the numbers it should be close to 5#, but realistically, I was hoping for 3 (1#... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:54:26 EST My life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242833 Today we watch soccer run 2.65 miles walked 1.5 at the game stayed in my healthy lifestyle Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:54:18 EST "Day -27" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242832 "Day...27" <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ce36c30-5aa2-4e26-a888-c330f861d09e.gif"> <BR> I am here today to say I am on "Day-27" of my #30 day challenge and I feel great in what, <BR> I have accomplished in the last "27 days" and I will continue until the end of September, <... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:53:40 EST Day 727 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242831 Just got home....train broke down.....very very grateful for my bed.......good night... <em>102</em> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:52:50 EST September 27, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242830 Another day where I'm just ready to crash. <BR> <BR> It was supposed to be newsletter day at work this morning, but there is a funeral tomorrow, so I ended up having to print those bulletins instead. It didn't matter anyway because I am still missing two things for the newsletter and I'm really ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:51:17 EST Wedding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242829 Well the count down has started and I need a dress and shoes I've been waiting until the last minute so I can get the right size Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:45:05 EST Sigh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242827 All I managed to accomplish on my goals was to find the scale and get on it. It wasn't as bad as a feared but higher than I had hoped, compounded by my monthly friend, but still. Sigh. You have to start somewhere. <BR> <BR> Measurements to follow eventually and I still hope to get some runnin... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:36:30 EST Anyone near Vineland, NJ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242826 looking for workout buddies near vineland, nj Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:33:07 EST Okay, okay so I need to try bifocals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242825 I found a pair of $9 frames that look pretty good on me...... or rather DH did. I can't see in the mirror so DH or DD have been picking out my frames for some years now. DH did take a pic with his phone so I could see and I'll be darned if he didn't do a great job again! But I got to thinking abo... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:31:49 EST First day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242824 I started a little exercise and lots of water a day. This might be a good start. I hope. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:30:29 EST Gym day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242823 Went to the gym for an hour burned 235 calories. Feel great. But all i can think about is munching on food like a fat kid. Well i am a fat kid thats why i had to spend an hour sweating my ass off instead of eating delicious pumpkin cheesecake. 😢 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:22:49 EST What a difference 8 months makes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242822 So I had to go to the doc today, and of course they want me to hop on the scale. I'm quite happy to do so, as the last time I did was in mid January. Sooo....of course, their scale weighs about ten more than mine at home, no problem, I expect that. But still...I lost 12 pounds in that time, accor... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:15:28 EST It starts with the first step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242821 I have been struggling with degenerative disc disease and fibromyalgia for 2 years now. It has limited my mobility. Finally a combination of meds are providing some relief. I have been able to prepare meals for 3 days in a row which is record for me. I have been out walking my dog at least 3 time... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:12:06 EST Burdened http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242820 I feel so overwhelmed lately by financial concerns, by the kids' busy schedules and trying to be a good homemaker. I feel so down so often that I dont have much of an appetite, but I crave junk food. I am going to use outside walks as a way to destress. I have heard that exercise and fresh air ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:11:20 EST Saw the Doc today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242819 I have not been feeling very perky lately. My blood pressure was up (it usually low) when the nurse first took it. I talked to the Doc He said We might need to do some labs on My heart. I said again. He could not find the results. His staff will get those results and He will get back to Me.... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:11:07 EST Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242817 Sometimes when I look at my homepage I realize how many friends are pictured there and then I start checking to see who is still active. <BR> Today was my lucky day when I chose to contact one of my very first friends here that I have been able to meet in person a couple of times. That makes the... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:07:42 EST How normal people handle stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242816 So it was one of those weeks. I get to 200.8 and then things fall apart. So close! <BR> <BR> Last Tuesday afternoon my mom had a heart scare, so I picked her up and took her to the doctor for an EKG, missing my Tuesday afternoon strength training. He said she had a. fibrillation, so he prescrib... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:03:57 EST A disappointing call http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242815 My son Ryan got a call today from the transplant clinic telling him that his appointment on Oct 3rd could not be accommodated and it was pushed back to Oct 24th. This makes our tentative surgery date void now and we will need to be given a new date which will push us back to the first or second w... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:01:59 EST Dawg Days, letter to my friends edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242814 Dear Sparklers, <BR> <BR> Thought I'd write a letter and check in with you. I'm doing great: almost at goal weight; healthier than I've ever been my entire adult life; getting a good night's sleep most nights; eating a diet with lots of vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains; and getting ready... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:01:43 EST 5 of 100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242813 Got my swim done this morning. 1500m plus drills with, and without fins. <BR> <BR> Cooler weather also allowed for several walks. Hopefully soon, the post-meal walks can make a return...I like getting out after a meal. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:01:26 EST Saw a Real Steeler Player Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242812 There are a few perks to working as an aide and today was one of them. We had an assembly today and a real retired NFL Steeler was there. Charlie Batch who was on of the back up quarter backs for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I didn't get to see him very close, but that's ok. <BR> I have been doing m... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:01:21 EST Snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242811 Using my popcorn maker I don't use very often having me some popcorn with white cheddar cheese topping yummy yummy <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97ff6b01-d5f1-44b8-b864-62cc78cae852.jpg"> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:01:01 EST Not my best evening ever... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242810 But tomorrow's a new day. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:59:57 EST Down 38 lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242809 Down 38 lbs since June. Awesome work out today - insanity power and resistance Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:55:44 EST Help is on the way! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242808 Do you ever still feel like you are really hungry after you eat your correct portion meal? I know me too! Then there is always mid afternoon and late night I just want to snack and snack and snack. Sometimes I feel like those portions were meant to fill a bird not a full grown adult. Oh an it is ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:54:06 EST Week 3 - weighloss challege http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242807 I lost 1.4 pounds for the week.. yeah!! Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:54:05 EST Staying on Track While Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242806 I've been ill for the past week with a nasty sinus infection that swept our whole family. Even though I felt like crap, I stuck to at least tracking what I ate to stay aware of what I put in my body, and I noticed a few interesting things. Even though my appetite would wax and wane, my general ca... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:51:33 EST Brok my ankle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242805 I broke my ankle. Not happy with my care. Felt like I was shoved through a cattle chute. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:43:43 EST Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242804 After lunch today when out to DD's and we worked on decorations for her upcoming 50th B-day party that'll be in Oct. It was a fun afternoon of being with two of my girls. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will go up to the hospital to sit with my two DD's while they wait for A.J. to have his two procedures don... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:43:02 EST New beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242803 Its time for a new beginning. All my life I have dreamt of having a beautiful Family and a wonderful husband. And I have that. But something is still off, and thats me. I will be 30 next April and I am 280lbs. Im completely horrified. Thats 20lbs away from 300 lbs. I haven't been able to do any... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:35:07 EST Day 125 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242802 Daily Goals: <BR> 10k Steps. <BR> Eat Within Range: 1,200 - 1,650 max <BR> Close kitchen by 7:30PM <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e3e3357f-1997-43fb-84f4-81adf291d994.gif"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Total steps as of 7:30 PM. <BR> <BR> <BR> Meals: Within range. <BR> ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:35:00 EST My Less than Perfect Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242801 Today I had a less than perfect day. I ate less than I should have at breakfast only a little egg omelet, left over from the day before. I ate to little at lunch oatmeal . I did not get any exercise in as I was feeling a little under the weather. <BR> <BR> I went to the job center with the int... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:33:33 EST Dinner is deliciously served! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242800 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e1bd7081-22d2-46b2-9b14-73e7396410a0.jpg"> Sautéed shrimp w/onions Cobb salad. Avocado, cucumbers and tomatoes. Drizzled with Avocado Cilanto yogurt dressing! 302 calories! Yum to the my! #GoClovers Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:27:22 EST Update on back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242799 Just an update on my back pain. I hurt my back doing crunches in the pool last Friday. I didn't even know you could do crunches in the pool. But one of the ladies showed me and they were pretty easy and I didn't feel any pain so I did about 25. By Saturday morning my back was tied up in knots and... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:20:55 EST We all have bad days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242797 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/625bf8c0-3f08-49fe-b877-310e124d1e1e.jpg"> <BR> Keep moving forward! Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:14:11 EST IT'S FALL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242796 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9d95b42-bdd6-489c-b0ea-581fcab4c64f.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61b7d4ca-4bf6-4bb3-b0d7-e73411e980fc.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fe4ab094-7e69-4b63-80de-389122912cd6.jpg"> <img src="http://photos... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:12:55 EST Our body is a temple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242795 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/add1cf16-0cb9-4563-8e52-50dfc2acb8f8.jpg"> <BR> I heard this encouraging word on klove today. I needed to hear this because at the time I wanted a pepsi and was praying for strength to stay on task. Then I heard this and it kept me strong! Hopeful... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:10:49 EST Me and Aaron Are Loving the Sidewalk Chalk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242794 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/90bdc115-a4ec-4eb0-8320-3bec1f2299fb.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee6eba4a-8402-400c-aaf6-3be2c62a3e38.jpg"> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:09:28 EST Hello all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242793 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7138b414-f48a-4259-bb3d-ab140f69c7fa.jpg"> Today was a great day. Have a good night. 😎😎❤️❤️😀😀o Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:09:17 EST "I do not have to eat" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242792 I do not have to eat - for someone that has a horrible relationship with food - I can honestly say that if given the opinion of being at an ideal weight but would not be able to eat again - just (thinking fantasy here) take a pill a day to get all the calories and nutrients I needed - I would sig... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:09:04 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242790 70 Minutes treadmill and babysat from 7:30 to 4. Chilling out for the rest of the night. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:06:33 EST Journaling as a way to keep motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242789 Just read an insightful article on staying motivated titled "The Before-During-After Journal" In it the author details a method to monitor ones own motivation levels. <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up later than I usually do. I stayed in bed until 10:30! I simply didn't have the time to do a run ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:03:36 EST I Start Tomorrow!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242788 <em>198</em> Whew! Big sigh of relief, I'm on the weight loss program! I start tomorrow! <BR> <BR> I got my shakes (Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry) and a variety pack that has hot chocolate, soup and pudding in it. They have a lot more flavors than that, as well as bars and crisps. I'm in... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:02:22 EST How did this happen? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242787 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1140cb14-a823-48a4-a884-cc6e0ca26031.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes... I have mine... Itzy & Al. Now, I'm baby sitting my grandchildren... Rex & Peyton. <em>198</em> <BR> Itzy & Al have the living, dining room, kitchen & balcony. Rex & Peyton are seclude... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:01:39 EST unexpected praise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242785 Today was a really great day at work.. we have an account that was out to bid and today was our best and final presentation. The past few weeks have been focused on this presentation and making sure we hit on all the right points and doing everything to ensure we retained this business. I put m... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:53:15 EST Tiredness and hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242784 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b4b978f4-1f5d-489a-b74c-4d434cbfb8ef.jpg"> <BR> My 5 night shifts have really caught up with me today. Even though I didn't want to I've had to call in a rest day as I'm so fatigued. In no way connected to my tiredness I have been so hungry all ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:47:50 EST DAY 38 of 100 Food as Power http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242783 Not an issue. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:45:08 EST Hug Your Legs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242782 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/29b77ecf-3d5b-43dc-97d1-ea77c515565c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of the nicer teacher benefits! <BR> <BR> Pray for Peace. <em>459</em> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:44:54 EST Eat And Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242780 Another great eating day when it just seemed easy, normal. Why is that sometimes it is so very, very hard and sometimes it seems impossible to stick to my calorie range? And then there are other, blessed days like today. Judith Beck says that every day of maintenance isn't hard. Guess she's right... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:35:07 EST Momma loves Fries. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242779 Today took an unexpected turn when my two-month old started wailing in pain. She was neither hungry nor were her teeth bothering her (she's already teething). She was constipated. A quick laxative suppository did the trick, but by the time she finally evacuated I had already called the pediatrici... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:27:30 EST Patience.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242778 Yay me, I passed my NASM test! <BR> For the past several months I have been doing an internship with a transformation center. I've been having a blast learning how to teach all different sizes of classes. I've had the time to *mostly* finish my book. I'm hoping to send it off to Kindle and Nook h... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:24:44 EST Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242777 I'm helping my daughter move into her home. It's still being remodeled but we moved boxes, beds and tables in where we could. I was there for 6 hrs. Here's the Q. How do I track that for exercise? SP chart says over 3,000 cal. Doesn't seem right. And is this exercise I can add in for my 5% Fall C... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:16:30 EST Your Autograph, Please? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242776 Okay, right now I feel so giddy! And you ask why? Well, I had just spent the last hour with a celebrity, my favorite artist of all time: Elizabeth Gorek! If any of you out there have not seen her work, please go on her website, elizabethgorek.com and view some of her amazing talent. <BR> <BR> I ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:13:34 EST Day 430 - NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242775 I had a major NSV today! My size 16 pants that were too tight not too long ago were falling down so I went to grab my favorite belt. This is a belt that was too small for me a year ago when I started my weight-loss journey in August of 2015. I am now on the tightest hole of the belt and if I lose... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:10:52 EST Journey start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242774 Today is my first day trying to come back from so much weight gain. I hope I last, any tips on helping this be a long term thing? Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:08:16 EST Allergies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242773 I'm allergic to something that grows in this town. I'm all stuffy and watery. I woke up early to go be with my cat for a few hours. He was sitting right at the door when I opened it, poor baby. I hate to leave him alone, but it costs 20 bucks in gas to drive home, so I can't go everyday. He seeme... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:01:31 EST Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242772 If you don't like whole wheat pasta try whole wheat angel hair. It's really good. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:59:17 EST Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242771 If you don't like whole wheat pasta try whole wheat angel hair. It's really good. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:58:34 EST Snap Out of It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242770 Well, I tried a video blog but it didn't work. <BR> <BR> I am brokenhearted because of circumstances regarding family. <em>39</em> I've been trying to keep busy today. This morning, I cleaned the cat litter box the best I could and then emptied the trash. I finished the dishes (which I star... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:57:01 EST Belly, Butt and Thighs Oh My http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242769 Today's workout was Belly, Butt and Thigh Blaster. And I feel it. haha Woohoo. <BR> <BR> One of my managers had a stomach bug today. I went behind her wiping everything off with clorox wipes when she was letting me in the cash office. haha I hope she feels better soon but I don't want whatever ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:55:22 EST Week 11 update - week 3 of BLC complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242768 And this is going to be short and sweet - nothing happened this week - not in my life (very quiet) and not on the scale (exactly the same as last week) <BR> <BR> Hopefully next week I'll have more to say <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:52:27 EST Tracking and teaching... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242767 Well day 3 is almost a wrap for me - I have eaten well, ran, and now making this entry. These blogs do seem to make me focus on my goals. I am struggling with the #of hours in the day...or lack thereof. Life, teaching, and tracking completely takes a lot of time out of the day. So - im focus... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:50:21 EST Tuesday Sept. 27th. Diabetic Prevention Class day. Week 2. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242766 I'm in some pain still. Tolerable though with out the heavy duty drugs they want me to take. I wasn't sure...so I just went on faith that I can manage without the medication. I have to anyways. I've ghost to drive 150 miles round trip to my weekly class. So I just can't take them. Plus I think th... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:48:58 EST They blame me... but not actually helping in any way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242763 Start with i do love my mum and husband and I know they love me but this last couple of weeks I want them just shut up. Having some issues with child. They are fit and healthy, know they are loved, it's nothing major but some behaviours and attitudes that need to be addressed. I think I'm a fa... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:39:21 EST Where Are All the People....Connecting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242762 7,133-That's how many pages of 'inactive' Missouri Sparkers there are... <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> TEN pages of active members within the last 30 days...where have all the people gone??? <BR> <BR> I've been one of the 'missing' before...the reasons for being here or not being here on Spark are d... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:36:31 EST Seeing results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242761 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c330838-2d41-4e5b-92bc-47525bb1c916.jpg"> So yesterday I was reading at work and I came across this article. It made me think so I kinda copied it and I am using it as a visual for me. We all say we can feel the weight difference and we can see th... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:36:06 EST Days 23 and 24- Not compliant and compliant... getting real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242760 Again I forgot to eat dinner, so I was low on calories on day 23, but on track for Day 24. I get distracted, and then it is late at night, and I don't want to eat anything heavy late at night, so... <BR> <BR> I had an appointment with my therapist today, and things got real. I have a mental il... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:35:18 EST Pictures!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242759 On one loom I weave rugs. It is one of the best that I have found for this. Some rugs are of fabric and, last year and for the foreseeable future, other rugs will be of handspun wool. It is the same loom that is a photo on my spark page. The fabric rug looked like this on Friday: <img src="http:... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:32:45 EST Seroquel Sucks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242758 Anybody else taking seroquel? I take a high dose and have ballooned from 140 to 225 in a year, yikes! Seroquel makes me crave sugar at night and I am a night binge eater. I'm hoping now that I'm in this group I can blog or post at night when I'm tempted to binge and it might help me stop. I'm gre... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:28:40 EST Fall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242757 is finally here, for which I'm gr8ful. <BR> Summer was tough - <BR> Now must be busy being ready for winter. <BR> It's a challenge. <em>521</em> <BR> Hope you all are enjoying the Golden Days of Autumn - <BR> while we can <em>465</em> <BR> ~S <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:11:13 EST Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242756 Went into Drs. Appt this morning and the first thing he said was wow you lost weight. Made me feel good. And gives me more motivation to keep it going. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:10:52 EST Be who you aspire to be. It can be easy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242755 I have always admired those women who carry around green drinks which they have made from scratch. It didn't seem as if I could be one of them. But all that is changing. I have discovered that it is really easy to toss a couple of handfuls of spinach, an organic apple, four inches of cucumber and... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:03:50 EST Day 57- 30 lbs lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242754 I have reached 219 and now my new goal is to reach 199 by the new year, allowing me for once to not have my resolution be" lose weight." Slow and steady, baby! Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:59:47 EST Need a drink http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242753 I need a marabou cranberry drink😉 yes it's diet Cranberry juice. 5 calories no carbs and 1%sugar I think I'm ok!! Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:58:35 EST Another Day At The Doctors Office http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242752 Today, I went to the doctor's to make sure everything was going good with my ol' ticker. I heard news that I didn't want to hear, but that's life. Question, do you think that I should reveal what I was told at the doctor's to my family, wait or keep it to myself? Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:55:30 EST Lack of sleep link to diabetes and heart disease http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242751 Check out this link <link>www.medicnerd.com/news-lack-of-sleep<BR>-linked-to-diabetes-and-heart-disease/ </link> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:51:21 EST Let's do this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242750 Feeling good did 3 Zumba videos yesteday will repeat it today! Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:49:11 EST Stop Restricting Food to Stop Binge Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242749 Eat more, binge less. If you want to lose weight, the bingeing must be taken care of first. Otherwise you'll end up in a restricting - bingeing cycle of madness! It may seem counterintuitive, but when you don't eat enough or label foods as "off limits", you may be making the problem worse. I made... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:48:52 EST i am my own stopper! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242748 I tell myself everyday...i'll work out after work..or before but i dont! why do i stand in my own way?? Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:41:26 EST Beauty and the Bulge - Tough (food) Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242747 Are any of you out there like me in that you know there are so many options in the world, but it's like you're blind to most of them? That's how I feel sometimes when trying to answer the age-old question, "what's for dinner?" There are so many recipes from which to choose, not to mention all of ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:40:49 EST My mind's made up about the situation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242746 After people telling mom and me what's best and not realizing that I am steadily increasing in size because of my stress and emotional eating. I chose to sound off about this. In the past weeks I have gained weight not lost weight! If I do what people say my stress will cause me to eat more not l... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:37:36 EST Too big to be "normal" too small to be "big" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242745 I have struggled with my weight all my adult life. Birth control pills (NASTY THINGS), I've put on too much during my first pregnancies, lost it, gained it back (with friends of course) lost all that, got pregnant that last time, refusing to gain as much; and actually didn't. <BR> <BR> But I hi... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:28:06 EST Last time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242744 I wish I had a dollar for every time I said I was starting over. <BR> <BR> Well today is the last time. <BR> <BR> I'm not saying I'm never going to have a bad day again, or that I'm not going to mess up here and there, but I'm never giving up again. There has been a few times in the past co... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:24:26 EST It's okay to ENJOY memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242743 The Question of the Day in my 5% Community Challenge Cloverleaf Team is, What is your favorite thing or things about Fall? <BR> <BR> My quick response is cooler temps and colorful leaves. <BR> <BR> The next thing I think of is Thanksgivings at Grandma's. There were changes in my family about... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:23:19 EST I Am Nothing Special, Just a Common Person http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242742 Sharing these words <BR> <BR> <BR> I am nothing special; just a common person with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved an... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:22:21 EST Depressive episode http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242741 Long post warning...my apologies. I have been dealing with an episode of depression and anxiety. I've probably mentioned before, but I live with anxiety and depression. I usually have a good handle on it and use various coping mechanisms and medication to keep it in check. This past week though I... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:13:50 EST There's a killer here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242739 I have a small spiral notebook that I keep a record of my weight, day by day. I happened to go to the first page and noticed that on June 4th 2015 I weighed 167 lbs. I have to admit a lot of it was water weight. I had just come back from Montana, a 3 day drive and I was not a good sparker the l... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:11:38 EST Plain Water Is The *Sigh* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242736 Plain water, even the nice-tasting bottled or filtered water, is so boring. What are the best water additives/flavorings? I was using fresh fruit for infused water, but that gets to be expensive, especially when I would rather be eating it. I don't really like the thought of guzzling gallons of a... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:58:47 EST day 314 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242735 Today is a day for missing my Mom. It would have been her birthday, so while I miss her daily, I miss her more than ever! Time today for quiet thoughts and memories. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:54:38 EST It's My Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242734 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41a974e5-b44b-49a3-a345-40f491cefd73.JPG"> <BR> <BR> It's a little late but still applies. It's a tradition at the Waffle House I'm working at to pie the birthday person in the face. I told everybody yesterday they weren't allowed to do it to me. ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:53:19 EST Seriously, is it going to snow??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242733 Now that it's fall, my routine is changing somewhat. Daisy and I are waiting until after breakfast to take our walks, that way Tom can join us. His doctor told him recently that he needed to get more exercise (like his wife has been telling him for over a year now). I guess he believes his do... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:51:07 EST Sleepy Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242732 I'm fighting sleep but I'm at work, I had dental work yesterday and my mouth is still tender on the positive side I don't want to snack! Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:50:49 EST My Journey #53 - A Year Later - September 27, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242731 Four more days and it will be a year since I last updated everyone. I told you about the bad fall I had in June 2015 and how I was in a rehab hospital for 11 weeks before being sent home. I had home health 2-3x a week up until around July of this year when my daughter and I tried a holistic pla... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:50:38 EST Dance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242730 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/721e1f87-95f1-4446-8b4e-af056fc09f1d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of my greatest teachers said that even when you are pushed down, you can lift your heart toward heaven. May we find lift today, beloveds. May we be blessed with mobility and dance! Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:49:15 EST Day 15 of 30-Day Blogging Challenge--Write About Your First Kiss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242728 My first kiss, huh? It was back in the Fall of 1969, about 47 years ago. Du (you knew my first kiss was Du, didn't you?) and I had been dating since early May but we moved slowly. It took us several months just to hold hands. Neither of us had ever had a boy/girlfriend before and we were very ine... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:47:57 EST One month gone (well almost 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242727 I was originally meaning to make a post every week, and then every month, but life gets in the way. Having a 3 year old and a husband that works long hours makes scheduling my life almost impossible. I liberated a dusty treadmill from my parents basement and have been managing to do at least 30 m... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:43:52 EST Day 1752- I Won Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242726 I won the contest! They called me yesterday and officially named me Cheermeister! I'm super excited about it. <BR> <BR> I now get to lead the pep rally on Thursday (10/6/16) night and attend a black tie Alumni Awards Gala Friday night. Saturday morning, I'm the Grand Marshal of the parade with ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:38:42 EST SPOILER...Repent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242725 Henry B. Eyring <BR> However difficult our circumstances, we can repent. <BR> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:38:30 EST Hi My Name Is http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242724 Barbara and I am a soda drinking, sweet eating junky. I wish I had more will power. I haven't done any exercises since the end of May which is mainly due to the weather being so hot and the heat index being so crazy high it was literally making sick and it was like that all Summer long. I am u... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:38:11 EST Turnips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242723 I discovered today that I actually like turnips. I thought my food was getting a bit boring so I would try something that I don't normally eat. Boiled some up and mashed them with salt and pepper and 1 Tbl spoon of low fat sour cream. Pretty darn tasty. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:34:36 EST Tracking my progress. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242722 I weigh myself daily. I know everyone says and should not weigh myself everyday, but I feel it is best for me. When I do not weigh everyday, I get lazy and do not eat right. I will wait until the day before "weigh-in" to eat right and that doesn't work. I do not get discouraged when I see the... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:32:22 EST getting started http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242721 Like to get at lest 6000 steps every day this week Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:32:20 EST Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242720 I decided to change my workout rountine by walking. It was good changing up my workout. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:31:31 EST Great day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242719 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1ccba736-24a8-473f-949c-f6b8abdb1418.jpg"> <BR> Great gym time and fun rock climbing with my dad Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:29:12 EST You can't cheat your way out of a bad diet.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242718 WARNING: Personal confession ahead.... <BR> <BR> Ever since I started this weight loss journey of mine, I always use Monday and Tuesdays as my "Holy Crap, i gotta do something days". My weigh in is Wednesday morning so i spend Wednesday-the weekend eating how i want while doing minimal exercise.... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:24:53 EST falling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242717 Oyf. I fell today. Hard. Slipped off the last two steps in the house going to get lunch. Dang socks in the house. I also had a coffee mug in one hand water glass in the other. They're unharmed in case you were concerned. Apparently I was since when I could finally bring myself to hours later, the... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:24:38 EST There is a fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242716 I feel like there is a fire burning inside me for the first time in years...I care, I am awake, aware and want change...change in all aspects of my life ...health, Money, relationship, parenting ...I want peace and sense of power strength and control ...it's happening ...I am stepping away from t... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:23:24 EST Positive Thinking - Positive Outcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242715 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d1688e64-ec48-4016-a7d3-f42c78555c27.jpg"> <BR> Positive Thinking - Positive Outcome Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:21:33 EST a Victim of someone's bad behavior! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242714 This morning, someone knocked on the door. I opened the door as a young woman wax blowing out her cigarette smoke. I got a face full! I immediately covered my face and told her to put that thing out. She did. Then she asked me for gas money for someone's funeral. After getting a face full of... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:19:48 EST I can do this. I'm the ONLY one who can. And not by Willpower. NOW I begin to win my war! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242713 So how are you doing? Are your efforts SUCCESSFUL for you? Or are you still here (like me!) rocking along, gaining a pound, losing a pound, over and over.... feeling frustrated and foolish because you really are working hard at getting practically nowhere? <BR> <BR> Working hard? Yes, working... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:13:12 EST It's happening; I am waking up from my slumber http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242712 Staying focused is the hardest piece of the puzzle. I have wondered far from my good habits. <BR> <BR> Today is a new day, I am waking from my zombie state of mindless eating and terribly choices and instead looking forward to feeling good again. <BR> <BR> It's amazing how quickly old habits c... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:12:50 EST Believe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242711 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0702cd35-3f3b-4854-8ccb-f1c1fe67f661.jpg"> <BR> You CAN do it! Just BELIEVE in yourself! 💖👍 Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:10:32 EST Day 4 of 30 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242710 This ISN'T GOING to be any better than my other days! No longer going to kid myself! <BR> <BR> I am pleased I stuck to my eating plan again today and although my home scales were strange I did go to my Weigh in at Slimming World and was 'Stay the Same' as last time even though I have eaten more... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:08:44 EST Feeling Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242709 What a difference I'm feeling! Just 1 1/2 days...I know I'm not feeling the loss of sugar yet, but I am feeling SO in control of what I'm eating. I miss breads/crackers/tortillas/pasta more than I could ever miss sugar, however. <BR> <BR> So, what am I doing that is so different from what I ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:03:24 EST Tuesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242708 Yesterday was a very productive day. I went to PT and Cindy was my therapist. She put me through the wringer, but the pain was worth it.. <BR> I came home, did two loads of laundry( up and down basement stairs), made numerous phone calls to find out about insurance. <BR> I am now scheduled to ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:00:59 EST Going Backwards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242707 Decided to have a 2-day weekend when l wouldn't bother tracking food. Obviously it was because l didn't want to admit to "paper" the bad choices l knew l was making. Bad decision!!! Before l realized it, that 2-days has turned into 10! It's so easy to slip back into every bad pattern that took... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:00:47 EST First day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242705 Today is the first day I actually get to see my food intake as well as how many calories I'm burning... I'm excited to be starting the journey to weight loss again after baby #3... This app is going to be very helpful Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:54:34 EST Post baby goal 60lbs to watch melts away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242704 Week 2 of my journey and meal propping is getting easier.....57lbs 2 melt✌ Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:53:03 EST Summer Staycation is over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242703 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c67b9d41-e60e-4fae-8398-e4af4549906c.jpg"> Spent my summer swimming, and singing. I was at music festivals working and singing on weekends and I ate a LOT of fries and potatoe chip poutines because I have to avoid wheat completely...it is not easy ... 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