SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Day 38 Food As Power Thinking back over the years as to when I have eaten food as power I would say that I have often used food as a way to conquer fears, a way to control - like when angry at someone I would grab some cookies and just eat away, and I am sure there are many other examples of using food as power. <BR>... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:38:35 EST feeling frustrated I have a staph infection and feeling like I am good to have to start all over again when it is done. Feeling sick feeling tired. And tired of feeling like this. Doing what the doctor told me to do but it does not make it easier Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:37:50 EST fitness assessment results Had my fitness assessment. <BR> The gym is lovely and there are showers and towels. It is hard to stand beside a goddess of beauty who then proceeds to explain gently (she was really very nice) that I am a wba(well below average) . <BR> When I said that I feel old and ugly beside her she said, w... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:34:54 EST Mobile Issues Fixed and October Goals!!! <em>244</em> <em>244</em> WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!! <em>244</em> <em>244</em> <BR> Everything is right in Sparkville today!!!! <em>252</em> <em>198</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I do A LOT on my Galaxy Note 3 Phablet here on Sparkpeople. I go to people Sparkpages mainly on my phablet ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:34:27 EST weds the last of it just came out of the oven. i'm letting things cool then at least going to flat frost the book wedding cake and the jungle cake..and maybe build the ninja turtle cake. the pumpkin wedding cake gets done tomorrow. Cream cheese frosting so it has to be in the fridge. and i wont have ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:26:07 EST Where Has the Time Gone? It has been awhile since I've been on Spark. A quick update: at the beginning of this year I found myself at my highest weight ever (possibly including pregnancy, sheesh!), 223 lbs. I had been struggling with depression for around a year and a half and the weight just piled on as I turned to f... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:21:49 EST Mind Body Soul i have a new mindset.... i am on this.... <BR> when i fail, i get back up immediately <BR> i am learning from my mistakes <BR> i am STRONG <BR> i am expecting...... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:20:14 EST Food? What's That? If you read my previous blog entry, you know that I have just started taking Victoza. So, one of the things that this medicine does is it curbs your appetite. I was skeptical at first, considering that my stomach usually starts growling about 2 hours after I have eaten, and sometime if I don't ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:18:05 EST Wednesday's Quote “Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping.” <BR> ¯ Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> (Please let me be pretty...I would much rather shop than cry. Your issue is much less serious if shopping can fix it. On the other hand I always feel a little better after some light shopping!!) <BR> <BR> <im... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:17:45 EST Woah, what just happened? Woah. <em>227</em> <em>230</em> What happened in the last 24 hours to me? Yesterday for lunch I had a sandwich from Jimmy John's. It was just a basic ham and swiss and not one of their huge ones but still I rarely order out for lunch. Then for dinner, I had Wendy's. I have not had Wendy's s... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:15:17 EST Still in the Hospital Hi all, it will be two weeks tomorrow that I am here. Thank the Lord I am starting to feel much better. I still have a long road ahead of me but I am a fighter! <BR> <BR> I am eating some real food and I am walking the hallways and I am recovering! <BR> <BR> Thank you for the prayers and pl... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:12:56 EST Habits To Make, and Habits To Break If you're overweight, you likely got there by having certain habits. Often, people don't realize how much these behaviors, taken together, help pack on pounds. <BR> <BR> If you're ready to lose weight, start by curbing some of these habits. To jump-start your weight loss, try adopting some hea... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:10:57 EST Day 510 Rest Day. Feeling good. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:08:34 EST Hello Again.... Well it has been a very long time since I have connected with Sparks. I have been training with my personal trainer and I have seen some results but I think I have been sabotaging all my hard effort with my eating. That is why I'm back I need to track my food. I think that I'm eating ok but once... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:06:42 EST October Goals and Other Thoughts Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy October! How are you all on this beautiful fall day? I am so excited that it's finally October, it is my favorite month of the year. Here in Wisconsin, the leaves are changing colors and ultimately falling off the trees, so it's absolutely beautiful. Plus, the weather is ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:04:53 EST Falling behind on the Journalling :( Trying hard to adopt the new habit of writing down my daily activities so I can look back over my progress... no all that easy it turns. But I guess like everything else, it takes time to develop into a habit. <BR> <BR> Managed to get a good crossfit workout in last night, had a really tech sess... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:02:54 EST day off I think it's time for a day off. I just seem tired and sore Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:01:18 EST Fall goal completed! My goal was to be able to ride my bike to work, work my shift, and then be able to ride home. <BR> I had to have this done before winter set in, here in northern Illinois, it is getting cold and when the snow comes, bike riding will be all but impossible. <BR> <BR> I am happy to say that I was a... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:00:37 EST My Dreams It's so easy to think about where you want to be in life and simply dream.The hard part for me is putting in the actions that it takes to make those dreams a reality.So I am making a promise to myself today to start fighting for these dreams to come true.I have never been athletic or strong but I... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:58:26 EST Day 133: Yes I can I have found that since I have taken the emphasis off of food and off of how much I hate myself and how much my life will change once I lose weight.. I haven't experienced a binge episode. I haven't over eaten and I haven't redistricted food either. I am starting to feel normal again.. <BR> <BR... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:55:41 EST 1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back When life beats you down and you are just disgusted with everything, what do you do? <BR> <BR> Keep on truckin, keep pressing forward, crawl if you have to. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was "schedule making day at Subway". I had big plans for this day. Get the schedule, then visit the other places I'd... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:55:40 EST Day 97: Another Beautiful Day Day 97 <BR> <BR> We went to dinner at a colleague of my husband’s last night. He is 46 and had been waiting to find the right girl for the longest time. We were so happy when he finally met the right one and we went to their wedding last year. Now she is now pregnant with just 2 more weeks unti... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:55:10 EST IOWL #269: When Weight is Money, Pt 1 & Wed. Goals If you don't want to invest in your own health, like hiring a personal trainer, buying fresh food, quality meat, getting help, you may have a limiting belief that "I'm not worthy." Self care is an act of self acceptance and self love. If you're busy hating yourself, you're going to resist this. ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:51:24 EST Feeling better I've been sick with a cold for the past week, but I'm feeling much better today. I made a concoction of sorts that helped me to feel better through the duration, and was surprised it worked so well. Apparently I'm not the only one who likes Contac Cold & Flu because the stores were out of it when... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:48:10 EST Today in the Annoyances Department I weigh myself once a month. In the last month, I've tracked calories more than usual, exercised fairly regularly and pushed myself a little harder during those workouts, and of course...gained two - three pounds and am now at my highest weight ever. <BR> <BR> Sigh. A very wise person told me t... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:47:07 EST Day 39 Okay... so I know I shouldn't have taken offense at this, but I somewhere deep down I did. <BR> <BR> We had to do skits today for our training class to explain how different cables work when hooking up your television (I work for the local cable company <em>41</em> ). So one of the girls in m... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:45:44 EST When the going gets tough; the tough gets going? What is it about health and fitness that makes us immediately give an ultimatum? <BR> <BR> "Welp. I ate 4 slices of pizza for lunch so looks like I'm done. Hey, is that a girl scout I see? Yes, I'll take fifty boxes; this will do for dinner". <BR> <BR> This week I will admit I haven't been my... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:43:17 EST Taking A Rest Day I have been so active for the past week that my exhaustion is worse than it was before I started back to doing deep water aerobics. The doctor sure did nail that prediction! Today my protesting knees rule and I am taking time off. I will do deep water tomorrow, being careful of my joints. My ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:42:31 EST 10 Things I Would Like to Change Through a Juice Fast 1.) <em>33</em> Reduce or rid myself of chronic inflammation/pain <BR> 2.) <em>20</em> Reset my taste preferences from fat/sugar/salt to vitamins/minerals/whole & natural <BR> 3.) <em>204</em> Improve my physical appearance from looking tired and old to vibrant and my age! <BR> 4.) <em>36... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:42:02 EST Wednesday's Wisdom =) <img src=""> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:38:56 EST Pink Hair?!?! <img src="">Should I dye my hair pink for Halloween? Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:35:38 EST I. Love. Food. Let me preface this blog entry with the following: I love food. <BR> <BR> I can vividly remember the two greatest meals I have ever eaten. Of the many memories recalled in living color that reside in my brain, it is sort of...odd...that I would recall, with tears in my eyes, the two most delici... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:32:42 EST Trying Different Strategy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So today, I am re-starting the Official 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge. <BR> I need all the help I can get. <BR> It is OCTOBER 1 <BR> and I would desperately like to end the year in the OVERWEIGHT range. <BR> So... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:29:36 EST Sooner or later it sinks in... I have fallen off the weight loss, healthy lifestyle wagon so many times...well we all have, but at some point in time it has to sink in that if you want to do the things you want to do, feel good, get around, not be sick, be have to take care of yourself. I think I take better care o... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:28:47 EST New Beginnings The end of 2013 and most of 2014 have thrown me for a loop because I had several unforeseen health issues occur unexpectedly. I hardly worked out at all and many of my old habits started occurring again. Also, I stopped logging onto Sparkpeople because I figured if I wasn't exercising and followi... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:28:32 EST Good loss my first week & goals. My first week is already behind me. Seems it flew by. I lost 5 lbs, but it's so much more than that. I already feel better about myself. Also last night when I took my test for school I fit more comfortably in the seat. I think it was my imagination....but hey, I'll take it. <BR> <BR> So I ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:27:24 EST 165 feels good. When weighing myself, I always weigh myself a couple different times throughout a day/week in order to make sure that I didn't just hit an extremely low point or high point before posting my weight. So when I weighed myself randomly two days ago and saw it was 165, I couldn't believe it and didn'... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:25:27 EST Are you a VICTOR or a VICTIM? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thirteen weeks from today we will see the end of 2014. Three months from now, millions will be proclaiming the following: <BR> <BR> "I'm going to lose weight this year!" <BR> <BR> "I'm going to quit smoking!" <BR> ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:24:12 EST I JUST made it. I made my goal to lose 5 pounds. I JUST made this goal. The month of September was a big life lesson. I learned about what creates stress in my life, what makes me want to eat, and how sometimes being successful is scary. <BR> <BR> I have gone without milk chocolate since September 1st. I have... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:23:35 EST Don't do this! Today I had a diet Dr. Pepper with heavy cream (aka a "Dirty Dr. Pepper)for my AM "pick-me-up". It's yum and one of the few treats allowed under my diabetes eating plan. <BR> Anyway, I wanted to get all the cream clinging to the walls of my container into the drink because, well, I like it a lot... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:19:28 EST Where You Are Right Now is a Necessary Step <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes we avoid experiencing exactly where we are because we have developed a belief, based on our ideals, that it is not where we shou... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:16:20 EST 27.5 Week ultrasound--and no gestational diabetes! So yesterday I had my 27.5 week ultrasound. Thank you Jesus the babies have grown and are doing well. Our lil girl is 2 lbs and the boy is 2 lbs 9 ounces. So thankful that they are growing well! <BR> <BR> Also, I took my gestational diabetes glucose test. (That drink glucola is NASTY!). Thank go... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:16:06 EST Losing weight for good Well, the overeating has caught up with me. I've gained 1.4 pounds in about 3 weeks. My trainer says it's water, but I beg to differ. Usually water weight is about 2 pounds for me. <BR> <BR> And I've not been going to the gym or working out at home. I worked out only twice in two weeks. Guess wh... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:12:13 EST feeling abundantly Blessed Went to visit this morning after upon arriving to work when I opened up my driver's log my little princess had her log ready she's fills log our better than mom lol what a surprise and joy to see this <img src=""> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:11:18 EST I gotta learn I have been cutting out wheat but last night I went to Chompies (a deli) and had pastries. I'm paying for it this morning in stomach upset. I cannot eat the stuff. Not to mention the high calories associated with wheat products. My husband isn't so picky so I'm getting rid of the wheat in my ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:10:20 EST Do you ever have those days... <img src=""> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:10:07 EST This is not ANOTHER new beginning. This is a new month not a new beginning. <BR> And today is Oct 1 and I have decided it's going to be an awesome month for me. I kinda lost track after my 30 days last month but I am now focused again and ready to move on. I have figured out my BMR (finally) and how it pertains to my everyday goa... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:07:11 EST Attempting to try and start again today! 200.6 <em>28</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:05:34 EST Accountability post Well, set the goal of 5K steps per day for this week... and almost blew it on the first night! <BR> Got a few groceries bought and the kids picked up then went and visited DH (to celebrate his officially being done with a 4 year training program that he just received the official notification of ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:03:50 EST feeling like I'm in relapse I've been struggling the past few months. I had issues with bats and changing meds causing issues followed by vacation, it's a crappy time of year for personal loss anniversaries and busy, busy, busy time at work. All are excuses at the end of the day, but my stress and emotional craziness has ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:01:16 EST There Once Was A Girl Named Jo... There once was a girl named Jo <BR> Whose family did grow and grow <BR> Among six brothers and sisters <BR> She would play Twister <BR> And when they fell-Uh Oh! <BR> <BR> She loved to dance and to read <BR> And would often be found up a tree <BR> In the backyard <BR> Where life wasn't so hard <... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:58:26 EST Sunflower Fairies Ever wonder where all the sunflowers come from? On one of my 100 foot journeys, I came across a wild collection of sunflowers growing in wild abandon along one of the patios. The squirrels had taken their 'booty' stolen from the local bird feeders and spread seeds all over. <BR> <img src="http:... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:55:32 EST Beautiful Day!! Lovely today...just got 1 mile walked will do the other mile this evening. Can't wait to get my treadmill Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:52:50 EST A Brand New Day my attitude is improving, im being more consistent with my exercise, I have a lot to be thankful for. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:50:51 EST Goals for Wednesday 10/1/14 1. Walk 60 minutes <BR> 2. Stay at lower end of calorie range <BR> 3. Stay away from the scale for a couple of weeks <BR> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:48:04 EST Rain Again/ and got some answers Hump day, What a miserable day here. Continues to rain, rained all day yesterday, and got .7 and so far today we have gotten over an inch. So no outside exercise and I am about going nutso, want to get out there and move. Not looking forward to winter, when I won't be able to walk everyday. ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:47:04 EST I need a stop watch Time seems to just fly by, busy doing this and that, planning for the holidays/ birthday season in the next few months. I feel like I need a stop watch.... If only it could stop time. <BR> <BR> We are finally done with Karate for my son. A little bitter sweet! The instructors are awesome, and I... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:43:24 EST Happy Dance Day Two Off to a great start in maintaining goal weight. <BR> If I can do it, anyone can do it! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:41:10 EST Another fresh start This year has not gone at all how I had hoped. I lost my job in June and its been all downhill from there. Losing my job brought about depression, anxiety and the ultimate pity party. Feeling sorry for myself has only added to my already overweight frame. All that changes today. I have made and s... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:40:17 EST Not what I had hoped for! Well yes, I started my Detox on Monday and it was A DISASTER! <BR> Blame the detox or blame a virus of some sort, I'm not sure. But I do not remember ever being so sick! <BR> I honestly think it was much more than detox... surely I would not have had a detox reaction by 11:00am day one, I didn't... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:39:27 EST First things first "....advice given to the Chinese painter. <BR> <BR> A man approached the Sage, and said: "I am commissioned to make a painting for the Emperor. I want to make a perfect painting. How do I do that?" <BR> Said the Sage: "It is easy. Make yourself perfect. Then go and paint."" <BR> <BR> <link>ww... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:39:14 EST Despising my body...Want to be confident and stop crying over silliness... As I walked on the treadmill this morning...I spent several minutes In tears, b/c I feel like I am not going to reach my gaol....I need to lose 45 pounds by February 2015 ( very important apt that month ) but at this rate I don't see it happening) <BR> I am getting very little FAT to come off :( ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:35:19 EST it's wednesday a new month has begun. my daughter likes going to the library at least once a week and so do i. my good friend is getting ready to go on an overseas trip. so i spent some time there yesterday. all of the birds say hi. my allergies are flaring up a bit today, so i will pace myself and not do too m... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:35:01 EST Welcome to Candy Everywhere You Look Month It started in September, that slow trickle of bags of "fun size" entering the stores. Now with October officially here it's in full swing though. The bags won't be confined to just one aisle, they'll be scattered everywhere along with gourmet caramel apples and pumpkin flavored everything. It's f... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:34:37 EST Cute Pictures...Just Because. Just so cute, makes me feel good. Thought I would share. Have a great Day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:33:08 EST What Went Well 9-30-14 Number 1: My daughter has her retainers and they fit. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I saw my trainer. I am tired. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I watched Agents of Shield! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:32:15 EST Day 1 after new mindset It seems to be working--I slept well last night and awoke feeling rested and refreshed, dressed to my shoes, and now am heading out for breakfast at Shari's and then errands. Here's to a great day for all of us. <BR> Love, Roberta <em>30</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:30:57 EST October 1, 2014 512lbs I did not lose any weight this week. I am focused on keeping track of my food intake and doing a daily journal to remember what each day is so I can look back to see what works and what doesn't. Thanks for the support everyone! Have an awesome week! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:30:45 EST October Goals 1) drink a gallon of water a day! <BR> 2) exercise everyday at least 30 minutes! <BR> 3) eat healthier food! <BR> 4) lose 5 pounds this month! <BR> <BR> <BR> I am feeling a little discouraged lately, my weight has gone up some and I am exercising more and eating healthier most of the time. I k... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:28:22 EST UGH! Here I am, It October 1st and I have let myself get to a point that Im embarrassed to be at again! I have been running all summer long. did a couple 5ks and even a 10k. but I only run when I have my best friend to run with and that's only two days a week, so of course none of the weight has falle... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:24:13 EST A walk down memory lane... So, I decided to go back to October 1st 2009 when I was in MUCH better shape and see what motivational wonders awaited me. This is what I found....haha! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2443757 </link> <BR> <BR> So this next i... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:22:11 EST Trying something different.... Well, I have plotted and planned out my exercise calendar for the month of October. I actually started this past Sunday. <BR> <BR> I made a commitment to myself to plan and stick with this calendar all month long. In the past, I have had problems following through with an effort like this. <BR> ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:20:29 EST Today's Inspirational Quote <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hope this is actually reminds me of some of the blogs of spark friends especially DALID414 when she posts her goals for the week. I like seeing things written down to makes them more REAL....I ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:16:03 EST September Highlights October is here! Posted my recap of September, including my husband beginning his training for the Disney 10K, Zeus's trip to the vet/surgery adventure, a birthday/anniversary, and crazy things going on at work <BR> <BR> <link><BR>10/01/september-highlights/... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:14:59 EST stumble and fall, get back up, repeat... Emotions were high this past week since I didn't hear from my boy. What do I do to handle emotions? I eat...a lot. I'm not just talking about indulging in a piece of chocolate, I mean I go and gather food, carbs, sweets, etc and a large Dr Pepper and consume it in front of the t.v. until I have ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:13:43 EST I am sore but I can move I had to get up several times to take aspirin but I am moving better than I thought I would. Thank God. <BR> <BR> I got 2.5 miles in yesterday by spring/fall cleaning my Dad's house. Needless to say I didn't get done but I put a big dent in it. According to our fitness tracker heavy house cleani... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:13:21 EST effort I have turned over a new leaf yesterday. I dug out my heart rate monitor from the box it has been in since the move. I will be using it to help motivate me to make the most of my workouts. I am finished with workouts that are half hearted. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:13:05 EST Reaped my Reward <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Spark Friend and I finally enjoyed our reward to finally meet each other. She is from KY and I am from WI. We met in St Louis for a weekend of fun. <img src=" Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:10:09 EST Copy of a post I made 10/1/14, as it will probably be deleted. I totally appreciate all that is done on this site... both the visible and all that is done behind the scenes. <BR> So many people work so hard to provide a great FREE resource, and people have to nit-pick when everything on the site is not tailored to them and them alone. <BR> Like the poster be... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:10:08 EST 176.6 34% fat that number keeps going down 27 pounds to go and I will no longer be clincaly obese <BR> just over weight The only difference between now and all the other times before is that I did not let a 1 to two pound gain take me completely off the road I looked at my diet my way of life and as... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:09:03 EST Let's Go Royals!!!!! there is not much that i can say about last night's Royals/Angels game that has not already been said. this season has been an incredible ride for the boys in blue. Growing up in the seventies, i was fortunate to see them in the hunt for the playoffs virtually every season. Though they didn't get... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:06:46 EST Wednesday Hi kids........... <BR> <BR> Well the doctor changed my appointment from today to tomorrow. Just love it when they do those type of things sometimes it just throws my whole days off and into a tizzy. So instead of going to Nans tomorrow I will not be going at all. Plus I didn't go to my knitt... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:03:17 EST October 1st 'Ecky thump' as they say in Yorkshire, it's October already & only 3 more months & it'll be 2015! Time is going so quickly. <BR> <BR> Pete's trip is going well, can't believe that he'll be home the day after tomorrow. Can't wait to see him. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:02:25 EST Third Quarter Results and Analysis 2014 Here is the end of the 3rd quarter of 2014. I can't believe it is already October! <BR> <BR> To recap, I started the year at 204 and six months later holding between 200 and 202. I weighed in yesterday at 197. That is a seven pound loss since the start of 2014. <BR> <BR> I guess slow and st... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:00:51 EST October 1 st. Happy <em>421</em> October <em>423</em> First <em>419</em> to <em>465</em> all <em>424</em> my <em>431</em> sparkfriends <em>420</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:57:05 EST Any Requests??? I made this video with a "hint" of Ethel Mae Mertz and her singing on stage back in her old home town - I just wish I had Lucy, Ricky and Fred behind me! <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:56:45 EST Wednesday and still going! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know it will be difficult some days... <BR> <BR> I don't want to get up. <BR> <BR> I have a headache... <BR> <BR> I'm sore.... <BR> <BR> But... <BR> <BR> I am worth it. <BR> <BR> I drank my water. <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:49:11 EST Cycle 2, Day 1; Cycle 1 Wrap up Just started the second of six four week cycles. The goal of each of these cycles is to lose 7lbs and target one physical activity for marked improvement. <BR> <BR> I haven't been blogging before, but it's not such a bad idea. <BR> <BR> The last 4 week cycle ended well. Lost 7.4lbs and wa... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:48:56 EST October 1st, 2014 I read the article about how to push yourself to exercise when your depressed. You are depressed because you are not exercising and you are too depressed to exercise. Basically, just do it because you will feel better afterward, mentally and physically. Maybe depressed is to harsh of a word b... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:48:37 EST MOTIVATOR OF THE DAY??!!! Which of my friends rigged the vote??? What in the sam hell is going on? How did yo-yo dieting, back-sliding, Spanx-wearing, little (figuratively) old me get voted Motivator of the Day???? I thought you had to CRUSH IT consistently, and run half-marathons, and track your food to be one of those people. Turns out, you just have to b... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:48:32 EST October Still feeling good and maintaining my motivation. There are a lot of factors with this. First, I'm hurting less. I think I finally hit that point where the physical therapy is making a difference. Also, I'm determined to follow through on my commitment to the Tiger Monarchs for the 5% Fall ch... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:48:31 EST Day One in the Books I survived day one. It was not a awesome as I had hoped. I only got in 702 calories, not enough activity. But, I felt better. Blood sugars are still too high, I think much has to do with antibiotic and steriod still in my system, however I currently have no medical person who can help me adjust ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:47:51 EST Feather fight in duck country Well , had an awesome 150 min bike ride today with Patty. It was great. <BR> On my way back, I saw the sides of duck creek coated with feathers. Evidently, the ducks had their feathers ruffled and had a massive duck fight. At least thats how it appears. <BR> The water was a deep emerald green-bl... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:46:47 EST October 1--looking back and ahead! October first--rabbit rabbit at our house! I am tired today--slept 9.5 hours and do feel some better. I have looked back on my fitness goal of 10K steps--I have only missed 5 days since making the goal on August 2--and all 5 of those days had more than 6 hours in the car traveling so I think I... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:45:07 EST Git Low! For 4 of the past 5 days my fasting plasma glucose (FPG) has been under 100 mg/dL, which is the cut-off for normal blood sugar. <BR> <BR> Consistent sub-100 FPG is my primary goal, so I am beyond happy this morning! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:41:43 EST Day 60 and I'm back on target Somehow I missed last week's blog post. Probably because I've returned to daily blogging on WordPress. <BR> <BR> I honestly never thought I'd make it to Day 60 on this diet. I don't usually stick to anything that long, well, aside from my job and my marriage that is LOL. <BR> <BR> 2 months ago... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:41:36 EST New goal: marathon! September went out with a bang! I joined a DietBet a few weeks ago hoping that the money would be motivating. The contest ends on October 8 and I'm 2.4 pounds from my goal. I am eating about 95% clean at this point and I'm doing a mild Advocare cleanse this week. Hitting that goal and winning cas... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:39:43 EST Balance! Learning to live a healthy lifestyle is all about balance. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:39:34 EST Verse of the Day “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. <BR> Matthew 5:11-12 NIV Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:37:53 EST When You DON'T Meet Your Goals Today is October 1, and I didn't meet the goal I set for myself two months ago. In fact, I only just made it half way to that goal. Do you know how I feel about that? Disappointed? Yes. Sad? Yes. Annoyed? Maybe with myself. Hopeless? Oh HECK NO! <BR> <BR> Before I set this goal, I had so ma... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:35:42 EST Last night Last night I went to the gym and did 30 minutes on the elliptical and 20 minutes on the bike. Felt really good until we went out to eat... I really need to work on portion control. That is going to be my biggest problem. Feeling frustrated today. Just have to keep pushing through it.. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:30:45 EST Starting Over What is it about starting over that seems so daunting? For me, I feel like my baggage holds me back and makes me wonder if my history will predict my outcome. And, I'll be honest, if history predicts my outcome, I have not been all that successful when it comes to fitness, food tracking, etc... T... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:29:45 EST Meet Toby and Tina bear I have been knitting like crazy and still going but this time making teddy bears. They are for the Police as they hand them out to children who have been in traumatic situations. They wanted any type of bear but one in particular and it is quite different. <BR> <BR> First meet Toby <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:27:05 EST The end of garden Good-bye garden, <BR> You have been so very good to my family. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> You have given healthy veggies and herbs to us. <BR> Without you, life would be bland. <BR> <img src=" Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:24:40 EST 100 Days Challenge: Day 33 Fullness scale <img src=""> A couple days ago, we looked at how to recognize hunger. <BR> <BR> But how do you know when you’re full or you’ve eaten enough? <BR> <BR> The next time you’re enjoying a meal, pay close attention to how you feel as you’re ea... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:22:44 EST Bible Verse for the Day Ezekiel 36:26 (NKJV) <BR> <BR> 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. <BR> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:19:59 EST SPOILER... ""The Lord especially loves righteous women—women who are not only faithful but filled with faith, women who are optimistic and cheerful because they know who they are and where they are going, women who are striving to live and serve as women of God. <BR> "" Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:19:29 EST Only myself to blame this WIW I did not want to come here today and blog. I just want to pretend it's not WIW and wait until next week. But, since I was so quick to come on here last week and tell you all about my great WIW, I guess it would only be right to come here today and tell you about my sad WIW. <BR> <BR> I am up 2... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:18:38 EST Quote for Today May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the light, love and joy of God's presence and not a moment without the entire surrender of myself as a vessel for Him to fill full of His Spirit and His love. <BR> <BR> Andrew Murray on Surrender <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:16:31 EST New Month New Start... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Today is a brand new month of a start to a brand new you. Let's raise the bar and be the best we can be, focusing on meeting our goals, raising the bar in our fitness challenges, eating mo... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:12:57 EST Hello, Fall! I have decided I just suck at losing weight. Everyone else loses like 10-15 lbs in a month and I can't even manage to lose 1 LOL. I am going to try to move towards "clean" eating. I think if I can cut out a lot of processed stuff, it should help with weight loss. I will still eat bread, but on... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:12:43 EST me and food My relationship with food varies throughout the day. I start out with 1-3 and keep that until I get home. Then it goes to a 5-7 and sometimes higher. I tend to get hungry and snack on whatever is available. My goal is to clear out the bad snacks and stock up on healthy snacks. It will be benefici... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:09:04 EST Wednesday's "Water Words" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's make October the month we drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water <BR> every single day! <em>91</em> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> We all know how needed it is, <BR> and how great it is for <BR> ou... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:06:12 EST Inspirational Quote for Today, 10/1/14 ~ Exercise There are really only two requirements when it comes to exercise. One is that you do it. The other is that you continue to do it. <BR> <BR> ~The New Glucose Revolution for Diabetes by Jennie Brand-Miller, Kaye Foster-Powell, Stephen Colagiuri, Alan W. Barclay <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:05:38 EST It's Chili Season!! (Chili Addicts Anonymous) I'm so excited it's finally cool enough outside to justify making chili. Like, y'all don't even know. <BR> <BR> We've already made 2 batches within the last couple of weeks because my husband is a chili addict, too. The spice, the meatiness, the beans--I know some Texan is going to say, "It's no... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:05:29 EST Happy Wednesday! <img src=""> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:04:48 EST Out of my comfort zone right now Life has changed for me this September. I have retired from teaching, and I am no longer returning to the classroom. I have moved out of the classroom --- and also out of my comfort zone too, I'm noticing. <BR> <BR> Much of my new spare time is being spent on improving my skills in photograp... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:02:19 EST Day 10 - Walking in the Rain It's raining, it's pouring . . . well, OK, not really pouring more like heavy sprinkles/thick fog. <BR> <BR> As long as it stays like that (or better yet clears up!), I will be walking at lunch today (with an umbrella). <em>257</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:01:16 EST I had a heartwarming phone call last night. I have been working extra hard t his week at work. <BR> I am determined to make sure that no one can find <BR> anything wrong with how the church is cleaned. We <BR> are having a Hotdog/Bake/Rummage sale this Saturday <BR> at my church. When we have the public come in for <BR> anything I alway... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:00:37 EST Wednesday's Woohoo! I'm free! Finally, a day off work, no husband, kids at school. No obligations with family or friends. Just me and my couch and my snacks. Haven't had a day like this in what seems like forever. Bliss! <BR> <BR> Now, I wonder how many capri suns I have to drink before it's considered a juice cleanse... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:58:12 EST October Goals So It's a new month and I failed on my last goal. I'm disappointed but feeling more motivated than ever to make sure I stick with this months goals. <BR> <BR> 1) Track everything! I mean it this time! I've been doing well for the past few days. <BR> <BR> 2) Exercise everyday using the Jillian M... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:56:26 EST Psalm 90:2 (WEB) <BR> Before the mountains were brought forth, <BR> before you had formed the earth and the world, <BR> even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God. <BR> <BR> Promise #274: I am the everlasting God. <BR> <BR> As human beings, we are used to things having a beginning and... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:54:42 EST A 10K Race Report - And Glimpse Into My Brain Preface #1: I really, truly am proud of every single person who shows up to a race. Whether you're there for the marathon, half, 10K, 5K, or the 1K kids run. The fact that you got out of bed on a weekend morning to come run or walk or crawl any distance is, in my humble opinion, absolutely freaki... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:52:24 EST HELLO OCTOBER! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> October brings all the splendour of Autumn, such a glorious colourful season! Mother Nature at Her best! <BR> <BR> And with October comes thoughts of Thanksgiving and Halloween. Family times and fun times. Jo... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:52:10 EST ...13 Weeks til Christmas - 1 week down <img src=""> <BR> My 13 week countdown started not too bad. I got my steps in every day except one (I was dizzy). I didn't quite lose 2.5 pounds - but 2 pounds will do. Although I got a new scale and now I've gained almost 2 pounds overnig... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:50:34 EST More Minnesota Vacation More of our trip <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:49:04 EST Back to normal Today I finally feel fully recovered from my migraine. Yesterday I still felt off, but I took a risk and did my Firm workout anyway and was glad I did, it didn't bring the headache back and it ended up being a lighter workout than the others so it was perfect. It felt SO good to workout again sin... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:47:57 EST I've Been Missing Spark People My daughter, Jeni, lives in an apartment complex and the unit next to hers burned out. Several units had damage but thank goodness she didn't! My other daughter and I have spent the last two days packing and moving boxes to storage. <BR> Jeni, her kitty and dog will live with me until another ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:47:30 EST got to the root of my emotions Last night I had a major breakdown and finally said outloud what I have been burying deep inside. <BR> <BR> I am scared. I am scared to live the rest of my life in this pain. I am scared to try to have and rasie a family knowing even picking up and holding a toddler hurts me so badly. I'm scared... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:44:59 EST Desktop View If you logged on to Sparkpeople with your smartphone recently, you probably noticed the new mobile format that doesn't display everything you are used to seeing. For the android, you can select the desktop view in the browser menu (those three vertical dots to the right of the url window) to get... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:43:52 EST halved <img src=""> <BR> I've lived here 1 year- and paid budget electric billing based on previous owner's monthly average use. This house is twice the footage I lived in, so paying a doubled sized electric bill didn't raise an eyebrow. Wel... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:42:45 EST Rambling Tuesday night my son came to me and asked me to come see his girlfriend if it wouldn't bother me to look at her breasts. I wasn't sure what was going on but upon looking at her, her breasts were beet red and lumpy and hard like they were full of concrete. All I could think was that she was full... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:41:49 EST Spark Anniversary <em>511</em> <BR> <BR> October 1, 2014 - You have heard how husbands get in trouble when they forget their anniversary? Well... I don't expect I am in trouble but I did forget my Spark anniversary. This morning when I was thinking about the fact that it is October 1, I realized that Septemb... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:41:47 EST PAWSE Tenacious Jungle Tigers <BR> <BR> Hurdles for the past week were definitely being ill prepared and not focused. I am going to plan my exercise around my kids' school schedule (until I get a job) and plan meals ahead ... and snacks! I will look at my exercise not as what others might say as "ki... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:41:11 EST Daily Inspirational Message When people are determined they can overcome anything. <BR> <BR> Nelson Mandela Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:40:19 EST A dying ferret and an angry one I guess I feel the need to vent for a minute, so please bear with me. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my boyfriend and I had a plan to go meet a new ferret to bring to my household. I already have a ferret named Blazer, but he seems like he's getting bored. I figured a companion was just the trick, and woul... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:38:34 EST Weight Weight, Don’t Tell Me My weighty history began when I was born. I started out at 8 pounds 7 ounces and rapidly gained weight over the course of the next 18 years. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Truth is, I grew up a little chubby. Nothing extreme, but all my kid’s clothes came from the “Husky” pages of the Sears catalog. ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:34:40 EST Update on Grandson My grandson is a real trooper. Mega doses of Motrin and Tylenol, 1 shot and 1 breathing treatment later and the little guy is back home from the ER for the second time. He needs to receive another injection later today and again on Thursday which will help to boast the antibiotics that he is no... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:34:06 EST Getting my head back in the game I had a stagnant summer. <BR> <BR> Not only did I put some weight back on, I fell back on some old, bad, coping behaviors--namely binge eating just before bed time. Funny how even though I knew this wouldn't help, I did it anyway. <BR> <BR> I lost my center, my edge and my focus. <BR> <B... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:34:00 EST After age 60, people who don't strength train lose how many pounds of muscle per year (on average)? 1 pound <BR> <BR> Starting in their twenties, most people (especially women) lose half a pound of muscle every year if they aren't strength training to preserve it. After age 60, this rate of loss doubles. But regular strength training can preserve muscle throughout the lifespan, and rebuild the... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:28:16 EST Happy! Yesterday afternoon, after work, I went for a walk/run in the countryside. Usually it's more walking than running, but yesterday I finally managed to run all through more than 500 metres (something I had never been able to do, till now) and even managed to sprint when I reached the 500... I felt ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:27:45 EST October Goals Well, it's been awhile since I started the month off with some concrete goals! Happy to report I thought of something things I want to achieve BEFORE the start of the month. <BR> <BR> <BR> Goals for October: <BR> - Run 10 miles per week <BR> - Do yoga video 2-3 times per week <BR> - Aim to s... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:24:52 EST New month, new challenge September was all about trying to sticking with the program. I did, and liked the accomplishment feeling. So, I figured that with anew month starting, I could start new "resolutions", and at the end of the month I'll look back on it, to move forward into November, each month closer to the end goa... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:24:51 EST Thank YOU for the Support! Hello, <BR> <BR> Today marks the my 1 month anniversary of changing my lifestyle. I want to thank everyone for their support. It was so nice to see encouraging messages to help me stay on the right path. Yesterday, I really realized how valuable support can be. I got off track one day and th... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:22:46 EST Day 24 - Learning so much As I am finishing the first phase of Insanity, I realize what an accomplishment it is. I feel proud of myself. Insanity has taught me a lot about me. How fit (and not fit) I am, how strong (and not strong) I am, and where I really want to be. <BR> <BR> It has taught me how important fitness... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:21:42 EST 1 October 2014 I'm 5'7" tall. I weighed over 200 pounds for 20 years, and the last 10 I weighed around 280 pounds. My highest weight was 306 or thereabouts. I was in agony and could not stop eating no matter what program I tried or what regime I adopted. Nothing lasted until I stopped eating flour and sugar... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:20:35 EST October is here already? One of the scary, yet great, things about this web site is the ability to see just how fast time goes by. As we begin a new month and I can see how close I am to yet another Spark anniversary, I begin to panic! Maybe at 73 it's an age thing? <BR> So this morning I am going to list some of the g... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:19:50 EST 18 days left until the marathon... the scale is not moving!! A last short update before I will go on a four day trip with friends to Italy. <BR> <BR> I am still very well on track with calorie ranges and with exercise, and drinking lots of water. <BR> Strangely I do feel like I am losing weight (my stomach is flatter), but the scale is not moving! <BR> Us... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:19:43 EST Making Progress Since my vacation this summer I have lost over 30 pounds. I'm finally under 300. I've been consistently getting in 10,000 steps daily. I'm also losing inches. I went from 5x to 3x shirts and from 56 to size 50 pants. Fortunately I have lots of smaller clothes in my closet that I used to wear when... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:18:43 EST 90 days <em>236</em> Celebrating the feelings of accomplishment (without eating) <BR> Oct. 1 marks my 90 days on my program: eating more F&V, whey protein shakes, pure water (no fluoride or metals). Gone are processed, triglycerides, high fructose corn syrup, and other chemicals that prolong shelf lif... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:17:31 EST You Can Do ANYTHING... From the time we were young, our role models instilled in us a great expectation that one day we could be whatever, whoever, we wanted to be. I, in particular, had high hopes of becoming a home shopping channel host, thanks to these great expectations. While I did end up in sales, I can assure yo... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:17:24 EST Wednesday Weigh In Well I dreaded getting on the scales this morning, but surprise! I lost 1 pound! My daughter said I probably sweated in off, because the house is so warm, however it happened, it happened! WOO HOO! Down 17 pounds total! Loving it! <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:16:04 EST Day 1- Starting Strong I am new to this whole Sparkpeople thing but not new to diets and exercising. I have a big problem with staying on track with losing weight. I am not doing terrible though, I only have 8 pounds to lose to be at my prepregnancy weight. I am proud of that, especially seeing how i gained 45 pounds d... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:15:39 EST Cats ;-) 10/1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:13:22 EST October 1st So today is the day that I've decided to start. It just seems right with it being the first of the month and everything. I've been so stressed lately because my nursing boards are looming (a week away) and I can't get motivated to study. I mean really, I can't get motivated to do much of anyth... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:11:15 EST Personal Goals Met! I am officially BACK! Met my personal goal of over 2000 fitness minutes for September! Yay! Let's do it again! LEGGO! Only 10 and 1/2 weeks before my MBA graduation! Burn Baby Burn!! <BR> <BR> Will do my strength training on the weekends! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:09:37 EST Tiny update Yes , DH had a minor stroke , TIA , scared me , anyway - he had a CT , MRI and Echo Cardio scheduled today to view the Heart - feels funny saying the new heart . <BR> <BR> I will admit that I did panic a little but now realize that this is my life right now and except it for what it is , a... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:08:18 EST PiYo Week 8 - Day 3 - So close! Wow Day 3 of Week 8 already! This is the last week of PiYo. So proud that I have been sticking it out for 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> Last night I was a little disappointed that only 8 - 10 students showed up to my class. There's a term test next week - which seemed to shock the students that did show... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:05:24 EST Morning stretches... So....I did some research (which I've done before) on the problem the Dr told me I had with my knee (MCL sprain). While reading the possible causes and symptoms I really felt like it wasn't a good match for me. I just kept shaking my head and saying "that isn't me". Keep in mind no images have... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 09:04:11 EST Tuesday Bad day.. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:58:12 EST Coming Clean Full disclosure- I have been trying to get back on track for a while now, and it felt like every day, I would find a way to go off track. <BR> <BR> I am a master of self-sabotage. <BR> <BR> I guess because somewhere, I'm still convinced that I won't succeed, so I might as well just give up. ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:54:37 EST October Goals a little video recap and new october goals :) i got this!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:52:24 EST Rivers Rivers <BR> I prayed to God to open my spiritual eyes and ears to know the meaning of all the visions I am having. <BR> He said, “It is like a radio that in not tuned in. You will hear the meaning when you tune in to the right frequency.” <BR> One of the visions I have had repeatedly is that the... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:51:16 EST Renewed start Oct. 1st. - the first day of the new me! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:51:04 EST If you want to get fit....Oct. 1st <img src=""> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:50:29 EST Day 242 - 230.2 Loving the scale this morning! Only another pound and I'll be back to where I was in early August and ready to start dropping those pounds again. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a bit rough. Well, less rough than just miserable. I have PMS like you wouldn't believe and I just feel like crap. I went over... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:46:37 EST Non-Weight Loss Related Success So, if you have been following my posts, you all know that I challenged myself to run 100 Miles in September. The reasons being because I have never done this distance in a month and I really wanted to challenge myself. Most months are anywhere from 50-75 miles in a month, so I thought the extr... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:45:07 EST Week 5: Time to Reboot: 0.6lb down - 8.6lbs to get back to GOAL This was a week of ups and ups and little downs but in the end I maintained. Must have been my massive workout yesterday. I'm ready to reboot and change things around. I'm finding that I'm not that hungry in the evenings as I used to be and I think I got into the habit of just eating because. <BR... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:36:10 EST Busy My grandson's birthday party, tonight and painting furniture after workout........... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:36:09 EST D-DAY! So, today I see the specialist. My custom walking boot has arrived! <BR> <BR> I am happy to get some support and relief for the tendonitis in my Achilles tendon BUT, I am concerned about how it will affect my walking routine. Currently, I walk about 4 or 5 km a day. In about 45 minutes. Th... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:32:28 EST Mary Wednesday I wish I could lose weight as steady as I gain it. I'm in the Biggest Loser Challenge but I'm acting contradistinctive (I believe you see this word on medicine). Got up again this morning and exercise - means evening free. Having a Virgin Mary with breakfast (Bloody Mary without the vodka). A... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:31:34 EST 10/1/14 first day of the month what a great place to start <BR> <BR> <BR> have a good day <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> thank you for your support <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:29:35 EST Never look back The blogs I read this morning had a recurring theme: folks struggling with weight regain. I can sympathize for I've seen a few pounds more than once. Twice? <BR> <BR> I'm a big proponent of learning from past mistakes and to do that you have to look back and see what you've done, but not so muc... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:26:32 EST No more chickening out! So, about a week or so ago I posted a status boasting that I've joined a gym and will be seeing a trainer. Well, I chickened out (twice) and postponed the training. Today, however, it is time to be brave and meet with my trainer. The time for me is 8:24 am and I meet my trainer Michelle at 9. I w... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:25:56 EST What happens to clothes I can no longer wear. When I lost my extra weight,I have my clothes I could no longer wear to a thrift store operated by a children's hospitalin my area. The things are accomplished by that, first,I gain more room for the clothes I can wear, second, someone who can't afford big store prices gets something to wear, an... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:21:43 EST 87 day streak of logging in and new blog and journal streak I need to start off by saying I really appreciate the comments on my blogs. My face to face friends mostly knew me when I was over 350 pounds, so they just don't get why I would be concerned when I gain a few these days. Especially since I have been a more or less "normal" size for over 20 years.... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:20:39 EST October, really?? I can't believe that today is October 1st! This year just seems to be flying by! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone enjoys my favorite month of the year ..... not just because it's my birthday either!! <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:18:22 EST htbgn htjneajh Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:17:05 EST workout I know I've had a good workout when: the endorphins rush in and I feel much better than when I started. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:16:17 EST October Wish <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I wish you all much success this month. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:16:08 EST Attack I am a charter member of a family oriented church with approx 200 members. I don't understand what is going on all of a sudden. So many of these members are facing trials of insurmountable difficulties. <BR> <BR> Take my friends Bob and Dorie, both in their 80's, like parents to me. Their d... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:08:01 EST Reviewing my plans so, recently I got into this "whole30" thing and it got me pretty interested. I haven't managed to keep compliant for one whole month (maybe that's the secret, who knows), but I've tried to follow the program and at first I thought it was working pretty well. <BR> but... maybe that's not exactly... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:07:40 EST I stumbled into maintenance. Greetings, Spark Friends. I'm hoping that you are continuing to push forward on your journey toward improved health, nutrition, and fitness. I'm sparking along. I haven't loss any weight since April. I've been losing and gaining the same two pounds since then. I have 17 more pounds I want to ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:07:34 EST Wednesday 1 Oct 14 Got up early this morning (0545!) and did exactly what I said I'd do. I read my devotional, my Bible, my small group book and workbook and my panic attack workbook. Now I've moved on to SP and it's almost time to go work out. My daughter got up early, but I had her go in the living room and play ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:06:02 EST Blessings, October 1, 2014 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. It is a new month. <BR> <BR> 2. I am getting my paperwork finished. <BR> <BR> 3. I am hosting a bridal shower for a great friend. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Fee... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:04:05 EST Mine's Bigger Than Yours <BR> <BR> This is an oldie but a goodie <BR> <BR> <BR> A Texan farmer goes to Australia for a vacation. There he meets an Aussie farmer and gets talking. <BR> <BR> The Aussie shows off his big wheat field and the Texan says, "Oh! We have wheat fields that are at least twice as large". <BR... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:03:31 EST This will brighten your day 845 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:02:25 EST Taper week? I still don't know how to do this "running thing" all that well. I don't run negative splits nor do I know what to do during a taper week. <BR> <BR> It was pouring last night so I did 40 minutes on my elliptical. ONEKIDSMOM was in my head as I did a nice an easy pace. We don't want any injuri... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:00:37 EST Wednesday, October 1st <img src=""> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:00:04 EST oct 1/2014 well l am finally at the last of weight loss <BR> <BR> just 3 lbs to go for goal of 150 <BR> <BR> made the drs goal of 153 <BR> <BR> has been a long two year journey <BR> <BR> but well worth it <BR> <BR> now to keep motivated and keep it off <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> <em>193</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:58:57 EST happy trees <img src=""> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:57:53 EST What's in store for me October 2014 <em>386</em> Daily Goals: <BR> <em>459</em> ~ meditate <BR> <em>195</em> ~ journal thoughts and feelings, at least 3 pages <BR> <em>469</em> ~ drink at least 3 cups of green tea <BR> <em>331</em> ~ 14,000 steps <BR> <em>265</em> ~ eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal and as one sn... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:56:49 EST Happy October <img src=""> <link><BR>s-compassion-rather-than-the-principle<BR>-of-justice-which </link> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:56:22 EST OCTOBER 01 * I am back from my time off ... Had a great VACATION w/ family <BR> * I am needing some extra support this month <BR> * I am needing friends to help me out this month <BR> <BR> I will RETURN here later this morning w/ my STARTING WEIGHT for the month and what my plans are for this month so do c... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:54:41 EST PERSONAL TRAINER FOOD DAY 14 Well I'm halfway in but haven't eaten half the food yet. Although my husband does get his share of the veggies when we eat at home. We did so last night with store bought chicken and frozen veggies. I messed up though when I brought a slice of cake home for my husband and he shared it with me.... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:53:03 EST 28 Days Yesterday was not as great a study day as I had planned. I got my flu shot on my way home from work and I just quit. Today is a new day and I will be able to catch up on the hours I missed out on over the next few days. <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> 1 hr at lunch <BR> 1.5 hr commute home <BR> 1 hr... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:52:41 EST October Goals: I expect a Harvest! NOTE: September end-of-month update on goals is at the end of my "Hellooooo September" blog. But, in short, it was a bust. LOL Moving forward... <BR> <BR> The healthy seeds I'm planting for October are: <BR> <BR> <em>12</em> 30 for 30: 30 days of exercise for 30 minutes. This month hap... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:50:17 EST Scale= Angry Eyes So I've been doing much better lately. Eating reasonable portions, healthier choices, and blah..blah...blah. <BR> <BR> Even though it's still miserably hot here in central Florida, the temperature of the pool has dropped and swimming is no longer a pleasant event so no more swimming adventures ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:50:15 EST Couch to 10k in 5 Months <em>365</em> Ran my first full 10k training run last night. I did 6.56 actually! Half way to a Half Marathon! <BR> <BR> I wanted to get it done before I turn 49 and I did! <BR> To be honest, it wasn't even a goal for me this year. I was just happy going from couch to 5k this year. At the ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:49:31 EST Fitting quote for Sparkers Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment. <BR> <BR> ~Stephen Covey <BR> <BR> I thought this quote was a good one to share with my fellow Sparkers. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:47:50 EST 3 self-compliments This is very timely because I was meeting with career mentor of mine yesterday and she told me I need to write down a compliment about myself every day to stop being so self deprecating. Here we go! <BR> <BR> 1) I am courageous for flying halfway across the country every week for my job. <BR> ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:44:32 EST 60 day check in <em>236</em> <BR> <BR> Okay I've been doing my down 90 day challenge encouraged by Extreme Weight Loss. <BR> <BR> I know I cannot do a lot of what they show so I've been plugging along by getting more active and walking more when I can. Standing to do some work at work and not be afraid to b... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:43:24 EST CHISPA DE HOY CHISPA DE HOY! <BR> Seguir los mandamientos de Dios hoy! ¡Que dios te bendiga! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:42:45 EST Love my cat... Hi Spark friends, just writing to say hi and hope that you are doing well....I been petting my cat this morning and talking to her....she is a sweet kitty....blessings to you all...I am making eggs for breakfast this morning...see you around here.... <em>239</em> hugs!!! <BR> <BR> Wendy Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:40:26 EST It's the Small Things Like Getting Out Of Bed Why do I often put <em>67</em> in my posts? <BR> <BR> Because bringing my own sunshine is one thing I can do. <BR> <BR> Sometimes though, I have to fake it until I can make it. <BR> <BR> And that's okay by me. <BR> <BR> I gotta do, what I gotta do. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:39:16 EST Please pray Please say a prayer. ..I have a job interview tomorrow. . <BR> Thank you Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:36:11 EST Just A Little Reminder <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Now let's get out there and ROCK this day! <em>67</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:35:12 EST One month of PA school The hardest thing about PA school so far has been managing my own anxiety. It has taken me some time doing yoga nidra and stopping studying when I know I need to study. I know what can happen if my anxiety goes unchecked/unbalanced so it's well worth the time controlling it. We had our first ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:32:48 EST Royals kept me up! How about that almost five hour Royals game last night? I stayed up and LOVED it... of course I am a die hard Royals fan... it doesn't matter if they're winning or losing... my heart is with them. Of course, I like the Cardinals and cheer for them EXCEPT when they're playing MY Royals! Prayi... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:26:58 EST Wednesday October 1 Wow it's October already! how did that happen? <BR> <BR> Goals for October <BR> Run 3-5KM 3 times a week <BR> Yoga class once a week and practice the poses at home <BR> Horseback riding once a week <BR> Bike to and from work (8KM round trip) 4-5 times a week <BR> Count my calories everyday and ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:25:51 EST White Sands Nat`l Park, New Mexico We started to take this trip last fall but we had to come back home as our friend didn`t think he could make the trip. He was just getting through his last session of chemo therapy. <BR> <BR> We had never been to White Sands before and it is amazing how pretty it can be. <BR> <BR> The 1st night... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:24:37 EST September Successes September was a great month for me. I really found a groove with my healthy journey. <BR> <BR> My goals were: <BR> 1. Exercise every day <BR> 2. Stay within my calorie range every day <BR> 3. Lose 10 pounds <BR> 4. Eat no cookies, candy, cake, muffins, or ice cream for the whole month (deemed no... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:22:09 EST sari my daughter got me a beautiful green & brown sari looking forward to wearing it Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:20:18 EST wednesday hi everyone--well its been a week since my last blog--and what a week. Friday was the memorial service for my mom. it went well--very hard but healing and helpful. the photo collages (mostly worked on at 3 am while listening to pharrell singing "happy" over and over) turned out nice, and I saw... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:18:19 EST Insanity? They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. I guess I am not exactly expecting different results, but I keep doing the things that are sabotaging my weight loss. In fact, I am up from my low weight by almost 15 pounds! <BR> <BR> I know why my we... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:17:24 EST Reviewing Days #21-25; Spangle's 100 Days of Weight Loss In today's blog I'll begin reviewing the section on conscious eating, beginning with days #21 through #25. <BR> <BR> 21. Eat with awareness <BR> Eating with awareness is not something I have been good about doing in the past. I guess I started eating mindlessly the first time I decided I needed... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:17:12 EST Ladies Tea? Golf Course Conditions: <BR> <BR> 1. Have done the dishes <BR> <BR> 2. Have you done the washing? <BR> <BR> 3. Have you cooked your husband's food? <BR> <BR> If you have done these simple task, you may proceed. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:16:40 EST Awake and ready to go I have got to get out the door this morning. I have a helper who will do some filing at least temporarily. I am thankful for the help. I slept better but had to take a 10 mg. I do this on Tues, and Weds. I have full work days that require me to be rested Weds. and Thurs. So I try to be proa... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:16:31 EST Naked thoughts! ---Hi there-----October 1st----a new month---- <img src=""> I love this sweet person---- <BR> She is here to remind us that water is the only drink we need---and to remain calm--- <img src=" Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:14:47 EST It's a wacky kinda Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got a call yesterday evening around 8:30pm. My sister Gerri was taking mom to the hospital for a fever of 101. Mom's is usually around 97 so that's a bit of a fever for her. So say a prayer for her if you would ple... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:13:44 EST Regular life stuff I bubble about my events, as they come up through the year. But regular life keeps on rolling on, and sometimes I write the mundane. There are things that I do in rotation throughout the year. <BR> <BR> One of them is donating blood. I have to schedule around the events and the training, as d... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:10:48 EST Wednesday, October 1 Very busy day at work yesterday. The commute was horrible as Simon Cowell would say...50 minutes to get to work (typical commute time 22 minutes). There was an accident on the beltway. My manager is an idiot. He has no management skills -- no organizational skills. ARGH!!! I finally left ar... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:03:25 EST Only about half-way done - I LOVE MUSIC Working on recreating my music list, thanks to Cricket/AT&T I lost everything...this is about half of what I have on YouTube but probably not even a quarter of what I had on Muve Music *sigh* at least I still have these! I LOVE MY MUSIC it gets me pumped! <BR> <BR> <BR> Fight Night – Migos <BR... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:03:14 EST THANKFUL Good morning Sparks! happy Hump Day! <BR> <BR> I've noticed that some, okay MOST, of my posts lately have been a little job-whiny. Well, I'm going to stop that. Sometimes we are led into situations by life, and we expect one thing out of them but we get another. My most recent example is a job i... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:03:13 EST 30 (-1) Woke up feeling good. Got in 7 hours of sleep. <BR> Entered some grades so my pseudo-OCD students can calm down. <BR> Need to finish a character trait sketch of my short story's antagonist. <BR> Looks to be a nice day on the ol' horizon. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:02:42 EST :( Bedding did *NOT* arrive yesterday due to mix-ups.......hopefully tomorrow....... <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Was asked if I was *jealous* over the situation (since another mattress for someone else was successfully received) - I had to explain that "jealousy" was really not the appropr... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:02:28 EST Take a deep breath <img src=""> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:02:03 EST Levitating the Stick My husband, friends and I all use the metaphor “trying to levitate the stick” to describe the impossible way we try to deal with obstacles that are in our path. You might even say that we inadvertently create most of the stress, anxiety and frustration that we experience in our lives because we i... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 07:01:07 EST Just One Thing? Walking! <link><BR>and-fitness/fitness/fitness-experts-el<BR>evate-walking-to-superstar-status/arti<BR>cle20863497/ </link> <BR> <BR> If we had to choose just one form of exercise -- maybe that should be walking. <BR> <BR> The "active sedentary" are those of us w... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:53:53 EST Starting new food habits I have been reading a lot about nutrition and health and I'm very excited with everything I've learnt. <BR> <BR> <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> I have already introduced some healthy foods to my diet but now it's time for the big change! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I need to introduce mor... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:51:07 EST Day 1 is gone but here comes Day 2! THANKS to everyone that left me a comment yesterday. Every one meant so much to me! <BR> Yes!!! Today is day 2...... <BR> Yesterday wasn't bad. I ate only 3 meals and one (did I say one?) snack! Yay, for me. Plus, I even got to go for a short walk maybe one mile but it felt GREAT! I was busy ALL ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:46:50 EST One Day At A Time I was back at the doctor's office again yesterday. I have lost one pound from when I was there last week. This was confirmed this morning when I stepped on my own scale at home. I must admit that this has helped me to believe that there is hope. I know it shouldn't all rest on the number on t... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:43:32 EST 7 pounds 7 pounds and no, this is not a review of the Will Smith movie from eons ago. <BR> <BR> I have Monday as my weigh in day. I like to only weigh in once a week. I dont think I could handle it mentally if i did it every day. too many factors that make one fluctuate throughout the day. so i log and p... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:42:05 EST Mostly lazy day, mostly good LC day The ketostix were about the same shade as yesterday, showing moderate ketones. That's pretty good. Now I don't think the previous reading was due to dehydration/overexertion. <BR> <BR> Breakfast was 2 scrambled eggs, ham sliced in, and some cheese. I made 3 slices of bacon and way overcooked ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:41:10 EST October 1st: a Right Brain/Left Brain conversation I'm having a bit of a hard time these days and not just because I'm grieving my mother's death. THAT is normal. Other stuff is crashing into my life and panic mode is setting in. The brains are really upset about this so let's peek in on them and see what they have to say. <BR> <BR> * * * * ** ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:40:51 EST my gratitude-words of encouragement.10.1.14 I am grateful for the gift of this day <BR> I am grateful to be abstinent <BR> I am grateful for my Higher Power <BR> I am grateful for Program <BR> I am grateful for my sponsors guidance <BR> I am grateful to have a job <BR> I am grateful for the support I am getting to help me out in a tight sp... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:39:19 EST Good morning <BR> <BR> My name is Greg I am a grateful recovering compulsive over eater and addict, I was abstinent yesterday. <BR> <BR> Its a new day, one foot in front of the other <BR> <BR> Plan of Action <BR> <BR> Pray <BR> Daily Readings <BR> Self-Care <BR> Snack <BR> Work <BR> Submit me... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:31:04 EST To Fitbit or Not to Fitbit… THAT is the question. <BR> <BR> I keep going back and forth trying to decide whether or not I should bring my Fitbit when I go to <em>47</em> Aruba. I really love seeing where I am with my steps and miles and I certainly expect to do a LOT of walking while on vacation. My problem is that I ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:28:28 EST PALABRAS DE SABIDURIA PALABRAS DE SABIDURÍA: PENSAMIENTO DE HOY! (En inglés, también está disponible en Español) <BR> Mié 10/1 <BR> Herodías habían estado aguardando su tiempo, esperando una oportunidad para ver a Juan el Bautista condenado a muerte. Ella vio su oportunidad en el cumpleaños de Herodes bash. Esta cena ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:26:34 EST Holding on by a song Happy October, Spark Fans! <BR> <BR> Eighth Note here. <BR> <BR> So, things have been an adventure. So to speak. I am holding on by a song, last night was a close one, I felt myself slip waaay backward, it was a down day but there was nothing pushing the song out. Though a song came anyway.... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:25:48 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Come, Little Leaves <BR> <BR> "Come, little leaves," said the wind one day, <BR> "Come o'er the meadows with me and play; <BR> Put on your dresses of red and gold, <BR> For summer is gone and the days grow cold." ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:18:20 EST WORDS OF WISDOM WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! (In English, also available in Spanish) <BR> 10/1 Wed <BR> Herodias had been biding her time, waiting for an opportunity to see John the Baptist put to death. She saw her chance at Herod’s birthday bash. This supper was nothing more than a drunken party for ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:17:15 EST 10-01-2014 Step Up Your Health <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Each stride you take gets you a little closer to some awesome health benefits. Start your trackers: <BR> <BR> 2,000 - This is the number of steps in a mile for the average person. <BR> <BR> 5,000 - Walk ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:16:31 EST SIGUIENDO EN LOS PASO DE FE SIGUIENDO los pasos de fe, Mié, 01/10/2014 <BR> Marcos 6:14-29 <BR> LA muerte de una conciencia, lección 32c <BR> <BR> v. crimen de Herodes 21-29 <BR> <BR> Estos versos chronicle de la trágica muerte de John. Era un hombre poderoso de Dios, pero él fue sacrificado en el altar del odio, la autog... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:15:24 EST On the road again... a couple hours. Going to Kingman to help clean up the house, hopefully my mom will be coming this weekend, right now she's in the hospital, though (dehydrated again) so I don't know. Either way, the house needs cleaned. <BR> <BR> It's been a mess eating-wise lately. The moment of trut... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:14:40 EST And just like that... You find your fledgling self-confidence stomped and you wonder why you bother. <BR> <BR> Yep, been there, done that, got the t-shirt the first time and now apparently working on some sort of record for self-doubt. It's good to have goals, right? <BR> <BR> I'm not here to whine. All right, I'm n... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:14:03 EST Halfway to Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:05:20 EST 10/1/14 Last month was very difficult on me. I know not many of you will ever know how difficult, but I am grateful it could've been a lot worse. I've learned a lot, not lost more then two lbs. I'm very disappointed about it. But I've only been off my birth control pills a month. Hoping it would've worke... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:05:14 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 10/1/2014 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Wed, 10/01/2014 <BR> Mark 6:14-29 <BR> THE DEATH OF A CONSCIENCE, Lesson 32c <BR> <BR> v. 21-29 HEROD’S CRIME <BR> <BR> These verses chronicle the tragic death of John. He was a mighty man of God, but he was sacrificed on the altar of hatred, self-gratifica... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 06:04:09 EST Deal with it. "Don’t blame your situation. Accept it, deal with it, transcend it and create something more positive." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> Well I pressed "submit" for my application for a new job. I am excited and even if I don't get an interview my application is becoming better and better. <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:59:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, October 1, 2014 October 1, 2014 COMPLETELY DEVOTED <BR> <BR> Devoted can be defined as being loyal, loving or showing enthusiasm for someone or something. When we are devoted, we are focused on that one person or thing. Our devotion shows through in our words and actions. Everyone knows who or what we are devot... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:53:59 EST Growing Strong through Praise - Joel & Victoria Osteen <BR> Growing Strong through Praise <BR> <BR> Today's Scripture: <BR> <BR> "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." <BR> (Romans 4:20 AMP) <BR> <BR> <BR> Tod... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:50:33 EST Wednesday's Wisdom "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear." <BR> <BR> <BR> Mark Twain <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:46:03 EST best excersice for tummy fat???? <em>213</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:40:24 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=10/1/2O24=THIS IS GOD'S BOLG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">Thy word {is} true {from} the beginning: and every one of Thy righteous judgments {endureth} f... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:38:55 EST 1/30 Hooping Challenge First day is done! I focused on knee to waist hooping (my arms are very bruised from yesterday's paddle and break practice). I can get the hoop back up unless it falls right above my knees, then it's lost. I have to practice that one a lot :) <BR> <BR> I can't wait to get to my hooping space on... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:34:27 EST Whole30 Begins Today! Today is already off to a fantastic start! I am super pumped about starting the new diet!! <BR> <BR> So far today I've had scrambled eggs with yellow bell pepper and fresh garlic sliced in with bits of ham. I'm so used to having cheese on my scrambled eggs that I could really tell it was lackin... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:31:30 EST October Goal <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Time for an update already? It goes so fast! I've been doing pretty good, I had a month- streak of eating within range, working out everyday. I kind of lost my way for a week and a half after breaking my streak with s... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:30:12 EST The man has gone to the dogs <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It seems every time my brother-in-law wants to sit down he gets all the doggies in his lap. Three Wiener Dogs and a Rat Terrier. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:27:05 EST Axel Rose and Tucker <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Don't let 'em fool you, they are NOT that innocent. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:24:56 EST Tucker <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tucker has been having some problems, so he was taken to the Vet yesterday and the poor thing has two bulging disc. I told Tucker, ''you need to lose some weight dear." Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:22:53 EST Axil Rose <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Axil Rose is the youngest of the Wiener dogs, so he tends to get away with more things. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:20:55 EST Yay me! I'm finally very motivated to lose this other person (weight). <em>30</em> <BR> I started on September 9th and lost 9 pounds by September 30th. <em>380</em> <BR> I hope to lose 10 more pounds in October. <em>521</em> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:17:45 EST Blaaaa Stress has returned major fold in my life. What a difference 24 hours can make in THAT regard. My son is unemployed and looking for work. Of course I worry despite his being an adult. My Dad is ALONE again as his wife is BACK in the hospital. DOUBLE worry there! She may be there awhile this time ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:15:06 EST Tuesday Feeling blah again. I need something to ignite a fire in me. Going to sweat now- maybe that will do it! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:10:24 EST before this... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I came across this list yesterday and began to ponder these "ethics". What do I believe that leads me into prayer?... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> GOD is my Father... ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 04:58:29 EST Day 3 and feeling good. Here's my daily routine. I’m now on day 3 of Erica White’s Beat Candida Diet. I’ve not had any sugar or any yeast (or any a lot of other things!) and I am surprised that I didn’t get any withdrawals or tiredness. I’ve been following a set routine, as much as possible, for the times when I eat/drink as follows: <BR> <... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 04:53:04 EST MID WEEK WELL I FELT THE BEST I HAVE SINCE THIS CRUD STARTED THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN LAST NIGHT I FELT SICK SLEPT PRETTY GOOD AND ROY SLEPT BETTER AS WELL. <BR> NO THIS MORNING FEELING LIKE I DID WHEN IT FIRST STARTED MAYBE IT WILL PASS AS THE DAY GOES ON I HOPE. <BR> NOW WE ARE AT THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK YES... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 04:47:28 EST PAWSE UP Week 3 OK , Two weeks down, headed in to the 3rd week. So far things are going great. I am going to continue to kick some butt in this challenge. RRROOAAAARRR!!! This weeks PAWSE will be: <BR> <BR> Plan/ Prepare <BR> will continue planning meals out weekly. On Sundays will continue preparing as much as... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 04:44:57 EST Sparks Coach Assignment Question--When is the last time you had a all or nothing attitude? <BR> Easy--The last day of my trip. I just started and couldn't stop which ended my 50 some days of abstinence from binge eating. Always seems to happen on a trip. Which is why I don't travel more. <BR> I have a second trip tomorr... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 04:31:49 EST I have an Idea "If you want to have good ideas you must have many ideas. Most of them will be wrong, and what you have to learn is which ones to throw away." Linus Pauling <BR> <BR> <BR> This goes with exercise and eating . sooner or later we will have great ideas like my idea to try p90x3 at 54 . I exercise... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 04:26:16 EST Ooops! Inevitable, I guess - despite my brave words yesterday I was hovering round the top end of my calorie limit yesterday - pretty certainly went over slightly in fact - as good friends here knew I probably would. NOT what I intended but the planned birthday celebrations had to be honoured and it's h... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 04:21:45 EST GIVE IT 100 (again!) So earlier this year I tried to do a give it 100 challenge and exercise for 100 days straight. I really didn't do so bad, but after a few weeks I started having phone trouble, wasn't able to upload my daily videos, and I ended up giving up on the challenge. I'm going to try it again, and hopefull... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 04:08:32 EST A New Month I am my own worst enemy on many fronts and this I acknowledge. <BR> I am not Super Woman - although I have tried many times and failed! <BR> I cannot be out of the house for work 11-12hrs per day and then be a complete Domestic Goddess! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 1 Oct 2014 04:01:06 EST Amos 3 God chose Abraham <BR> <link><BR>2014/10/amos-3-god-chose-abraham.html </link> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 03:59:27 EST First the Chiefs and now the Royals!!! HUGE HUGE WIN after 12 innings we pulled it off! man! nerve wrecking! no finger nails left in this house! I can't take watching those games. But here we are, in the pay offs It hasn't happened since 1985! long time coming for this team! <BR> October is my most favorite month EVER!!! <BR> I am... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 03:42:32 EST Boxes, boxes and more boxes I looked in my garden yesterday and saw very little to do so enjoyed the sun lazing in the garden then when it clouded over we turned our attention to clearing the loft. <BR> Pete asked if I knew what was in all the boxes and I could remember (remember that highly detailed list I did when me mov... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 03:36:45 EST When Life Gets In The Way... <img src=""> <BR> This is one of my "non-problem-problems" or "first world problems" if you will! <em>20</em> I've recently realized that in some ways I am the happiest I've ever been. Life is good. My job is great, my house is great (albe... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 03:25:52 EST How time flies Wow! It has almost been a year since I last posted anything! <BR> Dr's have been pushing me to have gastric bypass surgery. I am too scared and refused. So, seeing that I was at my highest weight EVER, I plucked up courage from somewhere and just started doing something. This time the whole fami... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 03:20:19 EST Back I have my up and downs. Re-hurt my wrist and had surgery to fix it. I am in a cast right now not to use it. It is very hard using just one hand. My oldest son came back home. He hasn't live with us for almost 10 years. Which is good because he help out lot, plus he love to cook. He love to use v... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 03:04:24 EST blessings, 9/30 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they enjoy life. <BR> 2. i am grateful for friends, because they are blessings. <BR> 3. i am grateful for my walk with bug, because girl time is good. <BR> 4. i am grateful for larger pay checks, because it makes things easier. <BR> 5. i am grateful for our... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 02:10:25 EST blessings, 9/30 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they enjoy life. <BR> 2. i am grateful for friends, because they are blessings. <BR> 3. i am grateful for my walk with bug, because girl time is good. <BR> 4. i am grateful for larger pay checks, because it makes things easier. <BR> 5. i am grateful for our... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 02:09:26 EST Inspirational Thoughts GOD knows our circumstances better than we do, and HE will work at the perfect time, if we only completely trust HIM to work in HIS own way and time. It is such a comfort to leave all our cares into GOD's loving hands. A blessed day to everyone. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 02:06:45 EST Today's Inspiration " These are the things I hold divine : <BR> A trusting child's hand laid in mine, <BR> Rich brown earth and wind-tossed trees, <BR> A rhythmic gallop, long June days, <BR> The welcome smile on neighbours' faces <BR> Cool, wide hills and open places, <BR> Breeze-blown fields of silver rye, <BR> Th... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 02:06:19 EST DAILY QUOTE Ninety-nine percent of the failures comes from people who have the habit of making excuses . <BR> <BR> ~ George Washington Carver <BR> Wed, 1 Oct 2014 01:46:23 EST Not starting over Today I decided to do some exercise. <BR> <BR> I have been saying to myself for the last six months that i would 'Start Over' and it hasn't happened. <BR> <BR> I've beaten myself up over eating the wrong things and not exercising. <BR> <BR> But I have done todays video work out which is total ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 01:44:04 EST Today's Inspiration " Whatever your life's work is, do it well." <BR> <BR> - Martin Luther King, Jr. Wed, 1 Oct 2014 01:26:28 EST My Year Of MAINTENANCE The journey: <BR> 2009 OCT 180.0 <BR> 2010 OCT 169.0 <BR> 2011 OCT 168.5 <BR> 2012 OCT 164.5 <BR> 2013 OCT 157.0 MAINTENANCE (TOP WEIGHT) <BR> 2014 APR 152.5 LOWEST WEIGHT <BR> 2014 OCT 155.5 <BR> <BR> October 2014 is a year of maintenance at my goal weight ra... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 01:23:53 EST Happy Independence to Nigeria <em>215</em> <em>215</em> <em>321</em> <em>321</em> <em>408</em> <em>408</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> It's 54 years of Independence in Nigeria today, yaaaay <BR> <BR> My Google page has this picture this morning <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 01:14:58 EST World Vegetarian Day World Vegetarian Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always October 1st <BR> <BR> World Vegetarian Day encourages us all to eat our vegetables and fruits. Countless studies have proven that a diet filled with fruits and vegetables... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 01:12:18 EST STARTING A NEW MONTH !! WELL, SPARK KID'S, THESE ARE THE <em>230</em> MONTH'S. <em>281</em> <em>424</em> , <em>429</em> , <em>446</em> , & <em>12</em> ( NEW YEAR'S. ARE YOU READY FOR THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF YOUR LIFE. PARTIES, DINNER'S GOING OUT & <em>335</em> , PARTYING?? HMMM. TAKE A TIME OUT TODAY ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 01:01:49 EST Day 47 Today was ok. I did find a place to start working with the computer games and trying to get the discs to match the books that go with them. And I went up to the new sewing room and started getting it ready to sew. My grand daughters would like me to make them some very special halloween outfit... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 00:56:30 EST Update On Grandson My poor little grandson is back at the ER tonight as his fever keeps increasing as the night wears on. Now up to 103 and that is with 8 hour Motrin in him. Peanut can't seem to catch a break. So his pediatrician said to bring him back in. The ER doctor has yet to see him since the ER is busy so d... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 00:44:55 EST 10/1/14 Saint of the Day October 1 <BR> St. Theresa of the Child Jesus <BR> (1873-1897) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> "I prefer the monotony of obscure sacrifice to all ecstasies. To pick up a pin for love can convert a soul." These are the words of Theresa of the Child Jesus, a Carmelite nun called the "Li... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 00:42:23 EST Change Change is something I struggle with. It's a part of life I know, but still it's something that I embrace willy-nilly. Well, right now, I find myself in the lion's den. How'd I get there? I don't know. I didn't plan for all this up hevil, but that's life. The only thing I have to fear is fear itse... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 00:35:54 EST 7 miles!!!! Chicken salad(chicken, walnuts, apples and raisins) salad(kale, carrots, tomatoes) for dinner. <BR> I asked a trainer about walking on the tred mill instead of on the floor. At first he said I should walk on the tract. (14 laps is one mile) I balked at that. He said to start walking on an incline... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 00:26:05 EST Hump Day Getting staples out friday and going hojme afterward I will snap if I don't get out sending prayers and blessings hugz Wed, 1 Oct 2014 00:22:43 EST Tuesday, observations! My parents Nissan is in the shop and they have a loaner and its like a little roller skate of a car! I drove it earlier, not my thing but my brother had my BMW so if I wanted to hit the store than I was driving the skate lol! <BR> <BR> I feel a lot better than I have in a while but some days get... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 00:14:58 EST LOTS of Fitness Day! Parked on the totally opposite end of campus of where I needed to be this morning to work on my painting stuff. It's almost exactly a mile (give or take). So I walked one mile this morning in 20 minutes (ish. I think. I probably should have kept a better track of time). Then in the afternoon I ha... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 00:12:11 EST new rule Convince myself through sheer repetition that I am an athlete. Seek to embody the essence of it. How I eat, how I move, how I behave . . .Believe it and become it. Act as though I am and take on the characteristics of . . . Right? Wed, 1 Oct 2014 00:10:06 EST