SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Sparkguy's Ultimate Sparkpeople Life Challenge Just a quick heads-up here about what Sparkguy is doing on his's pretty cool and I encourage you all to go check it out by following the link below <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032197 </link> <BR> <BR> Check it out and ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:23:24 EST Home Again- Back to Reality! I think that the universe is conspiring against me! <BR> <BR> I was really trying to make wise decisions once they were available to me again, away from my mother's dining facility, and I drove the three hours home and stopped at Panda Express to get my usual meal, Stir Fried Mixed Veggies (80 c... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:21:14 EST Monday workday finished with sinus issues I hope I am not catching the crud. I have a run Saturday. My first big run 13.1... Praying not to be sick! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:19:10 EST Day 3. Wedding dress prep sunday November 29th Did some mall walking with my hubby, got my fit bit steps in. Paid my dress so there is absolutely no going back now. And set my fitting date for April 23 so I have till then to lose 30 lbs. I can and will do thisv Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:11:18 EST A turtle using a jellyfish for a ride through the ocean. I didn't realize jellyfish were so big. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:10:31 EST The Stairs Are My Friend It was a hectic and crazy week away from home, with a houseful of drinkers and two little kids to chase after. But that's all I'm going to say about that, because I have so much to be thankful for, the complaints would be like peeing in the wind at this point! <BR> <BR> The hardest part was to ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:05:25 EST Time to get my climb on The tree is up. When I opened the decorations I saw that many were broken in the move but our angel survived. Yes, I have a paper cup angel wearing gold glitter pants on top of my tree. Doesn't everyone? My oldest daughter made this for me 20 years ago when she broke the one I had, I can't imagin... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 18:05:12 EST When diets turn to eating disorders I've been on a diet for 6 months now. I'm down 50lbs and have at least another 50 to loose. My goal is to no longer have an overweight BMI. For months I have been focused on healthy lifestyle changes. I began to exercise, took fast food out of my diet, and cut back on processed snacks. I gained... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:55:44 EST Testing how to blog from phone Just making sure this goes to my page. We shall see. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:47:31 EST Slimming World rejoined It seems that since my last visit to SW in August, when I could no longer afford to go, that I have had 7lbs sneak back on. I am not overly worried as the weight I was at, I didn't feel was sustainable over long periods of time. I think I might just call that 'summer weight' when I can cycle for ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:47:09 EST Weekly Goals Here is how last week went. <BR> <BR> * P90X3 videos 7 days/week - (7/7) - I'm on week 3 and am liking it a lot more than the first time I did X3. I'm trying to get into an Insanity mindset during the workouts--i.e., push myself to make the best use of the shorter 30 minute workouts. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:46:48 EST A Starting Point Thanksgiving <em>429</em> is out of the way! I cooked into the wee hours of the morning just to have a meal last maybe 20 to 30 minutes. I've looked into all that we put in our food and think - wow - I could totally do something better with my time! LOL Of course, like many I"m sure - I a... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:41:13 EST Day 334: Holiday Wishes (quotes) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” (Burton Hillis) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:35:59 EST Monday Reminder <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is why we need to be more aware of what we're putting into our bodies. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http:... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:33:16 EST I joined the SparkPeople's New Member Challenge I read another blog where the member joined this team to restart the Spark Program and thought it to be a good idea. <BR> <BR> You can find the team here: <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=65403 </link> <BR> <BR> Today's challenge is to create your SparkPa... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:31:47 EST Love this <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:19:12 EST First time using health insurance...what a joke! In California we had Kaiser where everything was covered and we never saw a bill, just paid the monthly premium. Now, here in South Carolina we not only pay an exorbitant monthly premium for our health insurance since our retirement health insurance didn't follow us out of the state, but we have... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:09:13 EST Time to turn around. So last week I got on the scale...highest I've ever seen. 299. I refuse to see 300. I refuse to let my weight overtake me! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:06:27 EST How am I doing Healthy lifestyle is a great way to live your life. I'm coming from a place where I know what it is not to have your health Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:05:21 EST Bureacratic Red Tape Once more I am tied down with red tape. i try to get energy assistance and they keep insisting on their stupid 1099 forms. I keep telling them I was never sent any by the companies that I have IRA's with. They will not listen to me. The women are stone faces, cold and implacable. My daughter is v... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:04:00 EST December is my time to shine! I am not going to wait til January to get serious about my weight loss- i am starting now! Wish me luck Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:03:24 EST Totally opposite direction... The last couple weeks have been hard for me. I suffer from extreme hunger when I am sleep deprived. I have certain ailments that cause me to lose sleep. I have gained some weight back that I have lost. Since this has happened for some reason I am less motivated to exercise. This is totally out of... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 17:00:50 EST Day 15 Today I am thankful that I don't have to cyber Monday shop.... almost as thankful as I was that I didn't have to Black Friday shop. <BR> I am thankful to decent weather this late in November. <BR> I am thankful that the Spartans won, the Lions won and the Patriots lost ~grin~ sorry I know- that's... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:58:52 EST Health means Being able to move and carry out the physical and mental activities I want Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:57:04 EST Quick update... Just because I don't mention it doesn't mean the migraine isn't there... <BR> <BR> That said, I refuse to dwell on it. I had coffee with mom this morning, before heading off to walk Cooper. Then I headed inside to do some yoga, ST, and take out the trash before lunch. After lunch I pedaled wh... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:55:13 EST An unpleasant co-worker She quitted today, but not before she made me look like the reason for her quitting. She is young and unexperienced and I guess she really believes what she is saying. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:52:47 EST 30 Day Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge - Day 3 Today was a nutrition committment. I committed to increase my fiber intake and to watch my intake of fats. <BR> <BR> I also took a 30 minute walk the rain. I had my umbrella. One of my Spark buddies suggested that I pretend that I'm Gene Kelly on my walk. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:47:31 EST Stress Being back at school is really difficult. It's so hard for me to find the will power to stick to my weight loss plan when I am so incredibly stressed out with school related things. I have so much to do within the next three weeks and finding time to stay healthy is going to be difficult. I can s... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:47:14 EST God Loves Us <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:41:15 EST Goals for This Week I have no idea if anyone will read or see this, but I want to put my weekly goals in writing and this way I can keep track of them. Eating: track everything I eat, even if I go over my calorie budget Exercise: go to the gym twice or go for 2x 60 min power walk Financial: create a budget Org... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:38:01 EST Monday! Have been missing, our internet was down from Wed. night till this morning, everyone was gone in the office from Wed. till this morning, so couldn't get it reset till then. <BR> <BR> We had a wonderful Thanksgiving meal at our GD's on Friday, it was her first time of fixing a turkey, her mom cam... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:35:43 EST Did you read this? Did you get this email ? <BR> from Shattering The Financial Glass Ceiling <BR> <BR> Neurogym.. <BR> <BR> "QUOTE" <BR> Learn How To Shatter The Financial Glass Ceiling <BR> Free Online Event: Saturday, Nov. 30 10:00 Pacific / 1:00 Eastern <BR> Imagine possessing the con... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:26:31 EST Okay, I *technically* made my 1,500 fitness minutes goal.... At the beginning of November, I said I wanted to reach 1,500 minutes of working out this month since, in the past, the most I've made it to is 1,000 (and I did lose weight those months). November, I've been a rockstar in my own mind. Perfect attendance for the first time in over a year, and that'... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:23:33 EST WOO HOO!! Today is the last day of the month and I am busy busy busy... so close to promotion!! Wish me luck! <em>198</em> <em>334</em> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:21:58 EST Cinderella It must feel really good to walk through the door and have a nice clean house. I wouldn't know! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:07:02 EST Adding Another Piece I'm glad we have one holiday in the books and that the next ones will be here and gone quickly. This time of year just doesn't hold the same appeal to me as when I was younger. I appreciate the time off and ability to relax but, above and beyond that, I don't get too excited. <BR> <BR> I haven... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:06:07 EST What matters <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 16:04:25 EST Greatful To God For The Weight Loss <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:58:01 EST November 29 - Here's to Fresh Starts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's how I did for Sunday, 11/29 -- <BR> <em>4</em> Eat 250 calories fewer than I burn daily. I ate 2,183, burned 2,376. <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Took 12,42... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:56:56 EST Loving it I joined sparkpeople 2 weeks ago and I have lost 4.5lbs already and it feels so good! I love all the support that I get from everyone here who gets where I am coming from and who actually understands the struggle that I am going through. It's amazing what one can do with a little help from others... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:55:35 EST Day 1 - Full of Good Intentions I find myself at Day 1 of trying to get control of my habits, both eating and exercise yet again. It was with great resentment that I conceded to myself that I am, in fact, the stereotypical middle age yo-yo dieter. As I sat with family this past weekend at Thanksgiving dinner, it gave me the o... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:54:35 EST It's Monday <img src=""> <BR> Trying to find positive upbeat images for Monday is a bit of a challenge since most of the images are about "oh no, it's Monday". I don't think Monday's that fact with a b&b weekends are of... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:53:56 EST Back on it after the holiday Quick check in.. <BR> <BR> Off track Thanksgiving, Friday, Sat and sun...UGGGGGH! But, on track so far today, and after work I WILL go to the gym, even if its just for a quick workout. This is getting too ridiculous. Because with each pound, my self confidence and self esteem get lower and lower... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:53:52 EST 12 Week Self Challenge I am challenging myself to a 12 weeks clean and tight fitness challenge. <BR> For Nutrition: <BR> No process foods or artificial sweeteners other then Truvia. <BR> I chew gun a lot so I am limiting myself to 3 pieces <BR> I am only going to drink pure water and tea <BR> <BR> For Fitness <BR>... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:53:35 EST Bonus blog: 100 days of Beck Today is 100 days since I started the August Beck Reboot run by Slenderella. It ran from 25 August to10 October, it has a sticky thread on the BDS team under the goals forum. <BR> <BR> I tried to blog most days, it's part of how I learn. That trek has been so very helpful. I had tried a few tim... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:47:37 EST 32 - doing ok First off, thank you to everyone for their support...I disappeared a bit longer than I had planned to after saying goodbye to Shandi. But here I am. I have her ashes back now, and that makes me happy. She is here, with us. <BR> <BR> I've had 5 days off, including Thansgiving. Mostly, I watch... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:35:53 EST Has it really been that long? Holy Cow! I pulled up my blog and my last post was in 2013? Good grief. No wonder I've plateaued. I started using SparkCoach today in the hopes of getting through this plateau. I keep losing and gaining the same 3 pounds over and over and over. I've told myself that it's because i've reached my... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:35:09 EST Happy Goal We makes goals for ourselves to get healthy, get slim, get toned but forget to set our goal to be happy and make others happy! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:31:13 EST Back in the Saddle: Day 68 Losing My Health Priority Due to Being Busy So this past week I have noticed I am not hitting my targeted steps. I also am having a problem making the best food choices for me. I think with the increased time crunches I have been experiencing the past 2 weeks, I believe I am falling back into old programming habits that are seeking to des... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:25:31 EST My current crafts I am currently working on 4 different craft projects. If I work on just one I get bored and then quit on it all together for months or longer. <BR> <BR> This is my wall hanging/lap quilt: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I'm o... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:20:26 EST Monday a busy morning has already passed. headed to Columbia to check on some of our folks in care facilities, now i'm trying to get some things done on the church's computer since mine is in the shop. <BR> <BR> Blessings Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:19:12 EST Nativity Scene from Olive Tree in Jerusalem, Gaseous Santa gift, Starbucks, Misc. I got the sweetest hand-carved wooden nativity scene that is supposed carved from a pruned olive tree branch in the Holy Land. The box says the following: "This unique, environmentally friendly Christmas ornament is made from genuine olive wood branches pruned from olive trees growing in Bethleh... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:16:02 EST Ahead of the curve? Acc'ding to this article -<BR>rticle.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11553026 - metformin, the ubiquitous diabetes medication, may actually be an anti-aging pill. <BR> <BR> I've been on this stuff for over 5 years now. For once I might be ahead of the curve! <em>... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:15:50 EST Daily moving So I have read that success is more likely with one goal focused rather than two: as in either exercise or diet but not both. Of course, losing weight is easier if you exercise, so that creates a problem. For me, I (guiltily) made the decision to only focus on the weight loss (which I succeeded... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:14:34 EST Water exercises: explained Not sure if this link works. <BR> <BR><BR>e_U <BR> <BR> The tools are from Aqualogix. I'm not endorsing them and all those other things we are supposed to say but this is what I've been using. Not cheap and definitely not easy! <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:14:00 EST what I love about my body I love that my body was strong enough to deliver my daughter and play with her. I love that I can use all of my senses to enjoy her and my husband. I love my eyes. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:11:20 EST Week 3 Day 1 Thanksgiving week was a little hectic, I didn't do my posts like I was going to. And I went to my mother's house--who constantly tries to feed me! Haha. Anyhoo... 30 Day Shred felt a little easy, which I take as a good sign, meaning I'm getting stronger. The strength moves were more bodyweight b... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:07:54 EST Migrains Today was a hard start. But doing moving better the sun still hates me will walk later. Still eating well cause I have the pleasure of being nauseous. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:54:42 EST I'm very Thankful! As our Thanksgiving holiday has come to a close, I want to reflect on my many blessings. <BR> <em>48</em> I am Thankful for my family. They put up with my good moods as well as my bad and everything in between <BR> <em>48</em> I am thankful for my friends. They are the best anyone could... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:54:31 EST Possibilitarian I was reading about this painter the other day and I came across this word - Possibiltarian. Isn't that a great word? I can barely pronounce it BUT I have decided this word describes me. The definition is "No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibiliti... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:52:48 EST Self Challenge Day 19 Yesterday was my first full day of being back on track. Really the only meals that have been off were supper, but it was time to get back to it. I think tonight most of the leftovers will be gone so that will make things a little easier to avoid. It was nice to eat my normal supper last night.... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:50:59 EST 10 Minutes My goal for this week is to dance / exercise every 10 minutes on the hour. Just finished dancing with Nick Jonas and looking forward to a dance with Usher at 1:00! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:46:43 EST Wait... that is what my back looks like? While my weight loss has not been going well lately, I have seen tremendous progress in my ability to accept my looks. I went to my sister's house for Thanksgiving with my family. Like always, the food was amazing, the company was delightful and the wine was flowing! Later that night, a fello... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:46:18 EST Wait... that is what my back looks like? While my weight loss has not been going well lately, I have seen tremendous progress in my ability to accept my looks. I went to my sister's house for Thanksgiving with my family. Like always, the food was amazing, the company was delightful and the wine was flowing! Later that night, a fello... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:45:25 EST Cool Gadgets for Gifts I'm always looking for something different but totally usable for my kids. I came across this and thought about getting it for myself. Not too bad for a busy lifestyle! <BR> <link><BR>controlled-smart-baking/901201p.html </link> <BR> <BR> What gadgets can ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:45:23 EST It's so hard It's so hard to get back into it.. But I have to... So easy to gain so hard to lose.. Please help... Give me some tips.. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:41:18 EST Celebrating Little Victories My new focus on better nutrition is working. Yes, it's only been a few days but I am going to celebrate. I get derailed so easily - especially with real whipped cream sitting in the fridge. (My mom is allergic to palm oils, so I always make real whipped cream to go with our Thanksgiving desserts.... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:35:29 EST Self Discovery 101 I have been finally getting back on track to losing weight, because I REALLY need to. I had been praying for some help and God gave me some. I just learned I am pre-diabetic and I need to lose the weight for my health's sake. Of course, I have to give God the thanks for the help He gave. Not... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:34:43 EST Monday Rest day..except for a workout and lucy walks. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:27:46 EST Funny Dog Video's Let It Go ( French guys singing with dog in their car) <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> A dog & cat looking out the window <link><BR>a.97176841970.98804.75444916970/101525<BR>05631616971/?type=3&theater </link> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:26:05 EST 11.30.2015 Weekend went well, no flareups over the weekend. Looking forward to some answers tomorrow. In the mean time, the Christmas tree is up, and x-mas decorations are beginning to go up. Daily goal of 10,000 Steps and getting into a routine of a daily workout is on my agenda. Last week I was able t... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:23:28 EST Day 4 n 5 of N in the Hospital Well Wednesday didn't go as planned N ended up having a tonic mild clonic seizure shortly before they where getting ready to release him. Was asked to stay with him over night since I have such experience with his seizures. Didn't want to stay as I didn't have extra safe food with me, more extr... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:21:44 EST Grade 12 National exam grading Tomorrow is my first day officially as a final exam grader for our graduating group. A little scared. It is the unknown I fear. But I will go for it and I know I will succeed. Time for bed! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:14:31 EST happy Thanksgiving, 2015 <em>429</em> I went out of town with relatives to see other relatives, a good visit <BR> <BR> Hope your Thanksgiving was fruitful and extra to you! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:07:59 EST Back on track Focused on the small monthly goals. 5 lbs, 4 days cardio, 2 days weight training. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:54:21 EST Epiphany: I don't need a chocolate shake! So.... after taking my adult son to the ER once again for issues with swallowing, we head over to Dairy Queen to get him a "medicinal" (soothing, nourishing) chocolate shake. And of course, if I'm at DQ, I have to bring home a large blizzard for my hubby. So I'm trying to decide between a shake ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:52:08 EST Fighting Thanksgiving bloat with a new holiday challenge!! :D wow, it feels like time is flying by now. Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is coming QUICKLY!!! What a season! So, not a very good report to give but I figured I should be honest with myself and stay accountable. I told myself after Thanksgiving I would switch back to eating healthy and avoidin... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:51:59 EST Another back home blog Just back to the boat after over 8 weeks of not being on it, because it was getting painted and generally fixed up. Yes, I could have stayed on it more during that time, but I don't like being in a boatyard, in the middle of nowhere (unless you have a car), being in the way, without any power, in... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:50:26 EST Young American Patriotic Art Scholarship. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>inners. </link> <BR> <BR> Received this yesterday in email from VFW Auxiliary-National Organization yesterday. <BR> <BR> Scholarship is open to all high school students in the United States, including homeschooled, public and private ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:50:14 EST Busy busy Kept myself very busy today. Took the kids to the history museum to see the dinosaurs and then to the science museum. To keep the kids awake we ran from the bus stop to their grandparents house. It wasn't far but it was fun. Being busy is a great distraction from eating. Starving now, but have so... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:47:06 EST Appreciate Everything <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:39:34 EST Leptin Experiment Underway I have decided to more closely monitor and assess my eating as it relates to The Leptin Diet. Again, The Five Rules of the The Leptin Diet: <BR> 1. Never eat after dinner. Finish eating dinner at least three hours before bed. <BR> 2. Eat three meals a day. Allow 5-6 hours between meals. Do not... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:39:16 EST I woke this morning swollen.....! I woke this morning swollen..... <BR> <BR> The first thing I noticed was my hand was asleep, my rings were to tight, and then I noticed my stomach and mid-section was extended... A LOT. <BR> <BR> So after feeling sorry for myself and crying on the phone with my friend and diet coach, we talke... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:38:46 EST Not doing good Will this week I went over my calories 4 out of 7 days. I didn't exercise not even for 10 minutes. Also, finally got my husband to take his weight seriously but the bad thing is I don't want to take my weight seriously any more. That how i felt this weekend. So This is new day so hope I can get... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:38:00 EST When You Think You Don't Have a Problem But Really You Do You have been letting things slide lately. You seem to be under the impression that things do not apply to you, that somehow you are immune from the rules. <BR> <BR> Oh, you have your moments of darkness. Standing in front of the bathroom mirror, you turn to the side and think, "Oh, dear." Or y... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:31:39 EST Day 4 A little discouraged today...I finally drank 8 glasses, treadmill for 31 minutes, got in 4 fruits and veggies, ate within my calorie range and gained a pound and a half. I think it's because I ate close to the hi end of my calorie range when I don't normally. My range is 1200-1500. I try to stay ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:27:29 EST This Time of Year I... I hit a bump in the road and get a little depressed. I know it comes the same time every year. I hate myself for letting it come. But I have learned a little about making it go away. <BR> <BR> First, I recognize that it will happen and when it gets here. If I don't admit to something, I can'... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:26:38 EST Stumbling Along & a FitBit Fund Update Well, I can't say the last week has been stellar. Or even particularly successful -- at least not on the health, wellness, and fitness front. I have not been tracking calories, or activity as regularly as I would like to/should be/planned on. But, it's not a permanent thing. I can start tracking ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:25:52 EST Day 20-30 of my No-Nonsense November and Looking Forward to a Determined December!! Hey Sparkies, <BR> <BR> So today is the end of another month and I could sit here and write about shoulda, woulda, couldas but I'm not going to do that. This month I've made mistakes and I'll admit that but I think that my biggest mistake was lamenting over past mistakes which just led to me fee... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:23:11 EST evaluation on why I didn't hit the goal. I had a goal to hit 258, which was a 3 or 4 lb loss. Not much. Well, I didn't hit it. For some reason I totally fell off the track. <BR> <BR> Here's what I've figured out: <BR> I eat horrendously when alone or anxious. The fact that Johnny has been out of town played right into this. Therefore I... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:20:38 EST Hope? Friday after work I had my 5th acupuncture visit. So far I have seen no improvement, but I knew going into it that it wouldn't be a quick fix. It seems I have stumped yet another medical professional. I had some hope, because for 24 hours after my visit, I would have an AWFUL flare-up migraine, t... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:20:37 EST Day 928 Rest Day. Feeling good. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:17:49 EST Anything but Sweets Monday <em>248</em> One lb down. Finally! Cutting out most of the sweets and not eating after dinner is working. My goals this week: <BR> Follow the suggestions for Tame your sweet tooth challenge <BR> Eat six mini meals <BR> Drink more water <BR> Work out 3 times with Jessica Smith or Coach Nicole <... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:13:51 EST Some days you've got it and some days you don't Yesterday I felt stellar. Every time I looked in the mirror I could see all the changes. I felt skinny. I wasn't even hungry most of the day and I had to put together a high calorie snack after I worked out so I wasn't drastically under budget on calories. <BR> <BR> Then today I wake up and I... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:13:12 EST Back at it... I am back at it and back to work today. I have lots of things to accomplish today. My greatest accomplishment is not gaining any weight during the Thanksgiving holiday. I maintained my weight. Did I eat a lot of sweets and junk? Yes, but I compensated with eating less food overall. If I wan... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:07:58 EST Fitbit <img src=""> Just up graded my fitbit flex to a fitbit charge hr it arrives tomorrow can't wait!! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:00:42 EST Monday Last day of hunting season here in Michigan.. I hope somebody has too much venison and offers me some.. I love it and it is very healthy. <BR> <BR> I am headed out to a dental appointment soon,, nothing major.. colder here today, but now snow or rain for a couple days... <BR> My weight is steady... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:59:05 EST Fairy Godmother knew <img src=""> <BR> I slept 8.5 hours (that's a miracle!) " Start new year's resolution early " was a headline on MSN's health column. That's not a bad idea actually. I need to give food plan- meal for meal- time to wo... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:59:04 EST Day 5 of New Me <img src=""> It has been a struggle the last 5 days I have never thought about what I am putting into my body more than I am right now. I have lost 15 pounds but who know that could just be water weight. Well it is a s... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:57:50 EST WEEK 29 POST VGS I have been very depressed, busy, etc., over the past few weeks. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I was in a plateau for those weeks as well...stuck in the 240's. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> This week I finally busted the plateau and currently weigh 238 post VGS. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I plan to <em... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:53:45 EST Mail Delivery.... <img src=""> Needing all the help I can get... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:48:43 EST Mail Delivery.... <img src=""> Needing all the help I can get... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:48:21 EST Brand new start Today was my first official workout day. I started with what I call my "old faithful". It's an old 45 min VHS tape I used yrs ago that when I stuck to it I lost 30 lbs in like 6 months. It amazed me when I did it how big I have become. I was doing what she calls butt boosters and I couldn't even ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:47:13 EST Eating clean, training mean That's my mantra for the week! The goal is to have six good days of eating whole/minimally-processed foods and to exercise at least six out of those seven days. <BR> <BR> I really wanted to talk myself out of working out this morning, but I managed to talk myself down and did it anyway, rationa... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:42:01 EST Official Ultimate SparkPeople Life Challenge Blog: November 30 Happy Monday everyone! <BR> <BR> I hope you are ready to make this a great week one small step at a time. I got 5 points spinning the login wheel this morning -- how about you? <BR> <BR> I just did one of my favorite simple motivators from the SP System -- I'll probably write about that someti... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:39:05 EST 2 Veggie Breakfast chalkenge redux: day 19 <img src=""> Salad with beets, garbanzo beans, quinoa, blue cheese, balsamic vinegar. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:33:42 EST Monday It's a gloomy Monday. It was raining when I left home this morning. Ugh...don't need more rain right now. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:33:41 EST Getting started...sort of im back to try Spatk People. I had success the first time around, but I fell of the wagon. Time to get back at it...sort of. I'm recovering from a nerve impingement, so I'm on pretty lured fitness duty per my physical therapist. At this point my tracking is with the goal of not gaining any more w... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:33:39 EST Last Half Of November Workouts...465 Minutes <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:32:19 EST A Different Take on The Day If I could only depend on me, then maybe I would have a chance,but alas tis not the case. Our car issue is not resolved, delayed because of Thanksgiving and we are quite literally held hostage by the powers that be. The insurance is approved, but the garage agent has not looked at his emails sin... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:23:38 EST Getting back on track My goal is to lose 2 pounds this week...and to do whatever I have to so this can happen Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:23:01 EST Back to the real world Got back from Chicago on Saturday. It was great seeing the family and Thanksgiving week went okay health-wise. I was mindful about getting exercise most days and I was careful about what I put into my body (about 50% of the time). It could have been healthier, but I still consider it a win beca... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:20:07 EST 6 lbs in 5 weeks? I GOT THIS! :) I'm not one to normally set 'weight loss' goals... <BR> I've set other goals during my journey...exercise goals, nutritional goals etc...but never set a goal to lose 'x' amount of pounds in 'x' amount of weeks. <BR> <BR> Well...I'm THRILLED to have survived the month of November and I managed NO... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:19:17 EST Holiday Assessment and Plan I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I definitely did! <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving Assessment: <BR> <BR> I ate at about maintenance this week, with only a teeny, tiny deficit (less than 100). But, my weight showed up slightly lower than last week. My weight is still jumping around a lot, so I'... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:18:58 EST Joining The gym. I think it would be good for me mentally and physically.. I need to do something as my work will be cutting back a bit for winter. So gonna give it a try!! Can't hurt.. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:16:26 EST Feeling motivated! I am so glad that I decided to start with Spark People again. Today is my first day beginning again after slowly gaining back 20 of the 51 pounds a had lost a few years back. I have read so many encouraging posts that inspire me to try again with everything I have. I am ready to lose the 20 pound... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:14:31 EST Message From a Friend <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:14:28 EST 1st Goal Reached - 25 lbs GONE! Proud to say that I have achieved my first short term goal to lose 25 pounds! <BR> <em>248</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Two months of sticking with the eating plan, reducing my fat intake and exercising has truly paid off!! The fact that I was able to enjoy meals with my family, includi... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:13:31 EST I've been so Zen..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don't even know what to say right now. <BR> <BR> I'm so calm about this month it's almost unreal <BR> <BR> This November in review will be a quick one. <BR> <BR> And I'm at a stall. I've ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:13:10 EST Post Holiday I did okay at Thanksgiving. Had a sensible plate of holiday dinner so I could save room for pie, which is a favorite. I had three different kinds of pie but they were very small slices. But then the next day, I wanted pastries for breakfast, then had a cookie at my sister's on the way home. N... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:13:10 EST Hansel and Gretel I live in a rural housing development where I can walk my dog safely for 2 miles a day. On our daily walks I frequently find trash such as pop cans, bottles, cigarette boxes, snuff cans etc. I try to pick this litter up daily just to keep my part of this world clean, as well as cleaning up afte... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:12:20 EST Gained weight I have gained weight and I know why. A week ago I was at 200 pounds and by the weekend, I was at 209 pounds. But I did get 3 pounds off now. So I'm at 206 pounds. I've started my TOM over the weekend and that's one reason why I gained the weight. It seems like I get to a certain weight, my weight... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:10:22 EST Frustration Sets In The blog title says it all so I'm going to try to start off with some positives: <BR> <BR> I'm very pleased with my discipline lately - I've been entering my food (almost compulsively) in the Nutrition Tracker since the first of October. I'm monitoring most of my portion sizes. I've been headi... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:08:53 EST Really rough time of year I know I'm not alone here - but the holidays are already killing me. I've put on 4 pounds and I want it to stop here. Not only is there Christmas to contend with, but our annual January cruise as well. <BR> My goal is to lose 20 pounds every year. I thought if I set the goal this low I would h... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:08:40 EST Before and Working Model Pic 200 plus loss <img src=""> Pictures motivate me because I can't see the changes in the mirror. I take a lot of them now. I used to hide from the camera for much the same reason. It's like a reality check for people who can't see ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:06:22 EST Scary Friday night I went out with some friends. In the group of 7 or 8 of us, I really only knew 3, so it was a good opportunity to get to know some new people! BF wanted to rest up before heading out with some friends of his own and I had the plan to meet up with them later, so I was very aware of ho... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:03:55 EST My Why's If you haven't read today's coaching tip, then read it over, gain yourself a point and some insight. Why do I want this? Why do I take ample hours out of my weeks running? (Why will I, when I'm fully recovered, take ample hours...) Why do I push myself to the point of exhaustion, near muscle f... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:03:13 EST Last Chance 2015 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am the type of person who is easily tempted to indulge in an ALL OR NOTHING mentality, and that can be disastrous during the holidays. Treats, holiday foods, rich carbs, and lots of feasting... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:02:53 EST On to Christmas! We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and got to spend time with family and friends. It was nice to have some down time from work to clear my mind and rest my brain. My plans were to do my usual sparkpeople engagement, but time didn't allow for that. I'm a little sad I lost my login streak - but it w... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:02:49 EST Truth <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:01:08 EST Rain and More Rain Wow we have had the rain...we got right at 8 inches since Friday. I haven't been able to get online due to my satellite just doesn't work during really overcast days. So first time since Thursday to get online. River came up some but not really bad flood stage but enough for the loc... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:57:36 EST Exercise not easy man Sore with the office exercises alone. Is there something called over exercising? Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:57:19 EST I love this.... One of my favorites! <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:56:06 EST Back at it again! and again and again So I like this website and I want to lose weight but my motivation does not seem to last long. Usually I only make it a few days and sometimes it only lasts for one. I was becoming afraid that I would never break the pattern. Then last week I read a blog and the member kept having setbacks an... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:48:43 EST Back to Beat This Last year I was diagnosed with diabetes just as I was losing weight. I went through a stressful divorce and lost myself in the process. I have since been taken advantage of by so-called friends then spit on. Now I have gained the weight I lost all due to stress. I have rejoined sparkpeople to los... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:41:53 EST Happy Sparkversary! : ) Yesterday was my five-year sparkversary. Hard to believe. <BR> <BR> I haven't been an SparkPeople for quite some time, but I have been working with a health coach. I have been caffeine free since the end of August and sweets free for over three weeks. He is helping me overcome my addictions and ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:40:40 EST (Day 1) 89 more days to go. <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:39:25 EST Bonus Quote - The 3 C's <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:38:48 EST Beck Eating Behaviors - Overcoming Cravings Getting a little more clarity after reading -rereading- Day 13. I think yesterday's blog describing my urge to eat it all now! was not a desire as I thought, but a craving. I had the thought that a craving was a thought of, Oh, I really feel like pizza, maybe I'll go get one. What I feel is, "... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:37:52 EST Inspirational Quote - 11/30/15 Improvement begins with "i". <BR> <BR> - Andrew H. Glasgow <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:36:27 EST 361 days Bad day today, really bad. <BR> I got a bit stressed at work and puff lets eat! <BR> Anyway, tomorrow is a new day <em>24</em> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:29:40 EST Moon above Thunderhead - 11-30-15 John F. Russell captured the moon above Thunderhead Lodge on the ski mountain earlier this week. The moon looks impossibly BIG, but I also know John is not someone who "photoshops" his pictures. He just caught an amazing photo! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:26:14 EST Family weekend . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I feel like a midget beside these two young, tall, slim people! This is my youngest grandson and his fiancee, who had me to their home yesterday for brunch. They are both school teachers and b... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:21:35 EST Night Owl > Early Bird I have read up on how to become an Early Bird ! This is something I've been struggling with basically my entire life. Well.. I wouldn't say struggling haha I love the night ! It's the waking up early part that I despise. I need to start taking action with my nightly routine and my morning routine... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:21:16 EST A Fresh New Week It's Monday and the Sun (Son) is shining. I heard yesterday that this was supposed to be a mild winter! Let's hope that's right. I do not particularly care for snow. I am grateful that I have a roof over my head and a warm house, some don't have that privilege so lets be mindful of them. <B... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:17:59 EST Challenges on SP I do like these challenges they have on SP. Right now I am doing the new members challenge. Now, I am not new, but thought it would be good to go over. I know I don't know how all to use SP, so I thought his would be a good way to go over things. I also did the Glutten free one, but I am not ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:17:40 EST Monday, 11/30 It's tough going back to work! But I took the time to cook some lunches for myself this week, so at least the food aspect of work is easy. I have leftover chicken and homemade refried beans for lunches. I also have babybel cheese and cottage cheese for snacks. Brought some steamed veggies to heat... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:16:44 EST 11/30/2015 others see in me what i thought I lost just yesterday i was admiring some photos a friend of mine had taken while working as a cruise ship photographer a couple of years ago. at some point I would not have picked it for myself because it would seem too risky. but these days i do actually feel some regret for never having pursued trave... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:12:23 EST The start of the school week As I enter this new week, I know I am going to face new challenges. I am almost down a complete 10 lbs. I did have a binge last night. So, I am going to work to me sure I stay on track. I going to make sure I keep refilling my water because I know that is why I started craving nachos when I had ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:11:16 EST Blue Buffalo Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of Cub Size Wilderness Wild Chews Bones Due to Potential Sa <link><BR>.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=ema<BR>il&utm_source=govdelivery </link> <BR> <BR> another good brand, whats going on here? Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:10:11 EST Thanksgiving Weekend Wrap-up On Wednesday evening, I went to my HIIT class at the gym and had a great workout. They change the workout every 3 weeks, so it keeps it interesting. This means they change the body weight exercises that we do off the rower. So we row for 250 meters and then do a body weight exercise and then hop ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:06:19 EST Grateful I write these little blogs for myself... it is always a really pleasant surprise when I see that someone not only takes the time to read it, but so often offer words of support and encouragement. I was going to keep this on private setting because, as I said, I am writing these for myself but it'... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:04:34 EST Day 300 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As I have often said, exercise is not the problem for me. Doing it then thinking I can eat a whole lot more than I actually should is the real problem. I think there is a niche market for profes... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:03:17 EST Cool Morning 6 degrees in Maine this morning. I debated on the walking, but when it warmed up to 16 and sunny I walked my 4 miles. In a wool coat of course. I don't want to get off track this winter just because its cool, <img src=" Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:02:37 EST Update Well, I am trying to start over again. I have been AWOL for quite some time. It has been over 2 months since I journalled my food and over a month since I have walked for exercise. I weighed myself this morning and have gained back all but 2 of the 48 lbs I lost last year. I am really upset with ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:01:05 EST Transtheoretical Model of Change I find myself stuck in the contemplation and preparation stages of this particular health model. <BR> <BR><BR>0 <BR> <BR> I ended up taking the week off of spark last week. Although I'm quite proud, I did not, repeat DID NOT... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:59:44 EST Celebrating Sinterklaas with a Dutchman and Dutch foods So since early October I've been seeing this guy and things are great! He's from the Netherlands and he officially moved to Canada in March. He's farming with his parents down South Saskatchewan - it's a three hours drive from his place to mine. He's lived in the Netherlands, France, Switzerland,... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:54:15 EST "TRUMBO"--A MOVIE REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To paraphrase a speech Dalton Trumbo gave at the Screenwriters Guild of America, ‘We should all look back at this evil time in the history of our country and not forget what evil can do.’ <BR> ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:48:11 EST Sad.... Received a call from my hubby letting me know that our coacker spaniel, Lady, is not doing well. She keeps falling over when she tries to stand and walk. I know she's 12 (84 people years) and at least since we've had her she's had a good life....doesn't make the sad facts any easier. Her life ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:43:07 EST Another Shopping funny <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:40:34 EST BEING TOTALLY HONEST AND OPEN Good morning. I hope you are all off to a great start today. I want to share with you all what is an attempt to tell you where I stand on my journey. Most of you know that I had lost 240 pounds. Well, I have gained a lot of weight. <BR> <BR> I have blamed it on medication, on being disabled... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:38:09 EST Animals ;-) 11/30 Rescued cows play like puppies <BR> <link><BR>nnl&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=ema<BR>il&utm_campaign=ViralNova%20Daily%2020<BR>15-11-06&utm_term=All%20of%20Viralnova </link> <BR> I read somewhere that cows generally have a 'best friend'. <BR> <BR> <img... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:37:03 EST Happy Holidays: Fight to the Finish Wow, I can't believe how long it has been since I've written a blog. I don't want you to think that I've fallen off the wagon. Sure I've had slips, but generally, I've been able to get back on track pretty quickly. Over the last year, I've been hosting challenge groups on Facebook and loving it! ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:36:53 EST So a few have an inkling of what I am going through... Thanks it helps to know I am not alone in this. It feels like I am since my Dad is totally useless right now. I get it is so hard and difficult because My Mom's anger, paranoia, aggression is all directed at him. Their marriage was never all that great to begin with and now I wish my Mom would ha... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:34:53 EST Yesterday's blog I have a blog all ready and tried multiple times to post it yesterday but it just will not post. I'm working with the technical support staff at SparkPeople to try to get the issue resolved. However, in the meantime, I'll get today's out. <BR> <BR> I've spent a lot of time working on my Nutriti... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:34:37 EST It's Monday! I went to bed at 800 last night. I'm awake this morning but am struggling a little bit. My husband was suppose to bring my things to me over the weekend but, as I thought, I didn't see hair nor hide. I sent him a text with the screen shot where he said I'd have them but nothing. I called the ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:28:47 EST Week Four Post-Op So, Mondays are my weigh-in days. Today marks officially 4 weeks post-op for me. It's been a rough 4 weeks, I can tell you that. <BR> <BR> Here are the stats: <BR> HW: 466.6 <BR> Weight Jan 2015: 460.6 <BR> Weight for Pre-Op Diet: 437.8 <BR> Weight on day of Surgery: 419.8 <BR> Weight Last Wee... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:26:38 EST Nov. 30-Dec. 6 Workout Schedule Monday - Hydraulic Lower Body <BR> <BR> Tuesday - 4 Miles, Upper Body Rollercoaster <BR> <BR> Wednesday - 5 Miles, Blast N Burn <BR> <BR> Thursday - 4 Miles, Mobility Yoga <BR> <BR> Friday - Cardio Ball <BR> <BR> Saturday - 8 Miles, Hydraulic Lower Body <BR> <BR> Sunday - 2.5 Miles, Meditat... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:26:21 EST Pop addiction As I grew up soda was always an option in my parents house. From a young age I became very depending on soda for the caffeine to keep me energized throughout my days. I was constantly gaining weight since a child now at 19 years old I am 205 lbs. In the past two months I have been able to beat my... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:25:47 EST Nov. 23-29 In Review I got 4 out of 7 days of working out in. I really had no excuses to not get the other days in so I will get up and move this week to get 7 out of 7. <BR> <BR> I didn't really track anything for food this week due to the holiday week and a lot of meals not really measuring to know exactly how muc... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:24:54 EST it's monday another month is coming to a close and a new one starts tomorrow. today, i am out and about running errands. my daughter has her volleyball tournament today. she is soo excited and ready to go. as for me, i am taking it easy as i had the sniffles on and off all weekend. i am pacing myself today a... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:22:28 EST In for it again. Monday, Monday, what will you bring. Well, it is a mess here. When I did chores this morning it was raining and freezing on everything making it really slick. And yes, I have those cleaty thing you put on your boots, don't know how many pairs I have went through. And now an hour later it is sn... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:22:25 EST Character Sound character provides the power with which a person may ride the emergencies of life instead of being overwhelmed by them. Failure is... the highway to success. <BR> Og Mandino <BR> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:12:55 EST 4 months (16 weeks) post op <BR> <BR> Sorry it's been so long! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:12:22 EST Survived <img src=""> This is my first blog. Just wanted to say that I survived the trials and temptations of Thanksgiving. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:10:04 EST Back to gym I got a one month free membership to the gym. Went there today, did elliptical and upper body. I feel really good! I have this idea, let me run it by you. My idea is not to have a drink until I find a job. It might be what I need to get my head straight. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:09:53 EST Survived <img src=""> This is my first blog. Just wanted to say that I survived the trials and temptations of Thanksgiving. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:09:50 EST Survived This is my first blog. Just wanted to say that I survived the trials and temptations of Thanksgiving. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:08:04 EST Frustration, meet solution I hate buying clothes for myself. I've always hated buying clothes for myself. I just never, ever fit into anything ready to wear. My boobs are drastically different sizes, my torso is very short, I have curves where women are supposed to have curves, and I am short. All of my life, even when I w... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:07:49 EST Week 69 Weigh-in Difference for the week: -1.6 <BR> Total loss: -88.1 <BR> Average weekly loss: -1.28 <BR> <BR> Not bad for Thanksgiving week! Last year at this time, over 65 lbs heavier than now, I gained 5 lbs which took me over 4 weeks to lose again. I was NOT perfectly within calories this week and made it ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:05:56 EST Xmas season Yup, I blew it this weekend. Went to Xmas and BD party and lost control of my diet. Up in weight a bit, but will get back on the wagon today. Don't go hungry like I did!!! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:04:07 EST Xmas season Yup, I blew it this weekend. Went to Xmas and BD party and lost control of my diet. Up in weight a bit, but will get back on the wagon today. Don't go hungry like I did!!! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:04:05 EST Sun Mon Dayton air force museum and serpent mound Sun, work and browns game Mon Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:57:55 EST Looking forward. <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:57:32 EST Back to work Both at my job and on myself I wasn't very diligent at tracking my calories or getting in my exercise. So not surprising I'm up a pound. I did a lot of boredom eating. Holidays are hard when you don't really have family. But enough complaining I know what I got to do. Just got to get on it! Have... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:55:42 EST Let it snow. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let it snow indeed. The first "real" snowfall of the year started today, with the first street plow just coming by a few minutes ago, and it is a good reminder of how resilient and determined M... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:55:06 EST Let's focus!! Okay. Back at it. Up in pounds and feeling pretty crappy about it, however, I haven't been exercising and I haven't been paying attention to what I eat. I know better. I've got a new step tracker app on my phone and that has made me realize that I'm not anywhere close to getting 10,000 steps ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:54:36 EST Healthy Choices <img src=""> <BR> after some time off work and mostly at home, I find I need to practice some positive focus. I really really really did not want to get out of bed at 5 a.m. this morning to go out in the cold to the gy... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:53:52 EST lazy days and now gym Interesting weekend/break. <BR> <BR> The Boss and I had an appointment on Wednesday so there was a 5 day break, although appointment day still saw a lot of walking as did 'gym sign up day'. <BR> I miss walking and working out when there's holidays, and I have to learn to do it, even when the bo... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:53:30 EST Prednisone... the diet demon. Any ideas? In late July I got pneumonia, a really bad case of it. It was not treated aggressively enough and after it cleared up the sickness in the lungs lingered into what they call RAD (Reactive Airway Disease) It is reversible but takes a long time to treat. Treatment has included not one, not two but s... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:52:25 EST Why I haven't posted in a while I know you are probably wondering why I haven't posted in a while. I have a very good reason for it. My mom had surgery last Friday. I have been taking care of her. I am also wore out from the long hospital stay. We had to be there at 12:45 pm and didn't leave until going on 8 pm. We got home aro... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:51:25 EST Srrength If you want it you have to work for it from today I will work for it. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:49:46 EST Gratitude is the Attitude: Lessons in Giving Thanks, Courtesy of Our Dogs - <link><BR>tude-attitude-lessons-giving-thanks-co<BR>urtesy-our-dogs/88628 </link> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:49:08 EST Focus I'm focusing on what is important to me and keeping everything in perspective. I recognize I'm not as young as I use to be but that wisdom is making up for that. I know what I've done now I'm focused on what I can & will do. I'm done complaining (with myself) about my issues; now I'm doing somet... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:46:46 EST Cyber Monday We wil not be participating in Cyber Monday activities as we are a bit more frugal with our money. <BR> Exrcises are still going well. Weight is still down. Calories remain below 1300. Trivia ended up at 96% for the month. Hope all have a great week. Keeping focused for more success. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:43:00 EST BACK TO NORMAL I am back to work and my regular routine, and not a minute too soon! I have actually been feeling kind of sick from all of the junk I have been eating. I think my joints are worse too, probably from all the gluten. I was actually looking forward to eating my salads and healthier food. I don't... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:42:54 EST Slaying the Sugary Beast Here is a great article to tame that sweet tooth: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ers15/ </link> <BR> <BR> Start thinking of sugar for what it really is and the damage it can and will do if you eat. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:42:24 EST Fresh Start I started my new diet today! I have tried to lose weight before but never stick to it :( ....this time has to be different! Fingers we go!! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:41:57 EST The Chosen One At times, we all feel hints of insecurity and self-doubt. But when God looks at us, he doesn't focus on what we can't do, he sees what he can do through us. In fact, sometimes the individual whom God chooses can be suprising, not only to us, but also to the one chosen. Though you may not feel as ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:41:20 EST Thinking I spend too much time thinking about all the changes I want to make and not enough time actually taking the steps to make change. That is the first thing I need to change! lol Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:30:00 EST Stretchy's Blog I hope you all are making it up & out & exercising today. I know it's hard w/the cold weather. I struggle too. I wish I could go take a long walk, but I just can't walk when it's below 40! It's 22 now! Brrrrrr! I have to admit, the urge to return to bed is very strong, but I need to exercise to f... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:28:34 EST Week 3 transition This is week three of my transition from employment to unemployment. It's interesting. I am undecided about what the next step will be - got a couple of options. I have to tell myself not to overthink things. <BR> Sunday was good. I got to the gym - workout and did my abs too. Had the seafood... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:28:17 EST Fat Girl Confessions #3 Being called fat is not an insult. We are more than aware of how we look. We know our bodies and our weight. We know what fat is and what it looks like. Just because it is an uncomfortable word doesn't mean it's a "bad" word. I have been called fat my whole life. It has taken me years and years a... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:27:46 EST nearly at 100,000 What happens when I reach the big 100k. I know I get another trophy but I expect some streamers and fireworks to go off too. Maybe I will get thrown off the site for not losing weight, I lose the same 3 lbs over and over. However, I am about 12 lbs lower than when I first started. <BR> <BR> H... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:27:14 EST wonderful weekend - rested and ready to go Good morning, I had a great weekend. Roaring to go. I got my Christmas letter and cards done. They are now ready to be mailed. I love this time of year. This morning I took my tea and just sat by the Christmas tree and looked out the window at the lights in the yard. I put on holiday music.... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:25:06 EST True weight loss goal I really took the time to think about why I really wanted to lose weight. In the past I wanted to lose weight because of the way I looked. When I was in my twenties I worked out everyday. I competed in a fitness contest and came in runner up. I remember looking around not understanding why thos... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:23:03 EST Day 2 So this last week was hectic so i forgot to get on here and write so my bad! I didnt eat well these last few days and i didnt drink as much water as im supposed to. I am going to work to be better this week and buy alil bit of healthier food and try to lower my portions some more, im also gonna t... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:20:01 EST November 30, 2015 Last day of November! <BR> <BR> The last 9 days have been a whirlwind of adventures. I am sure the next 21-22 days will be quiet <BR> <BR> Son and brother took his deer to a friend to get it cut into stakes and ground meat. Then it was back here to pack. I was wondering if he would get every... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:19:29 EST A hike at 5 am yippie! One of my horses went awol at 5am. She went to the bordering property and the owner let me know. Had to walk her back a half mile. Talk about quick motivation! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:17:21 EST Changes I have made some changes in my eating habits. I no longer snack to eat, I eat when I am hungry. I also watch what I put in my system. Its funny, I have always used food to comfort me when I have felt depressed or sad. God has gotten a hold of me. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:15:42 EST Appt Rescheduled So I called Asheville's Vein Specialists this morning to confirm my appt for tomorrow only to learned they had me down for an ultrasound only. No surgery consult wih the doctor which I need. So they had to reschedule me for the 16th. More wait and see. <BR> <BR> I get the joy of more lab work ne... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:09:10 EST Family NSV My daughter has recently started going to the gym with us. She is only 12, so she isn't allowed to use any of the 'gym' equipment, but they have a nice indoor walking track she can use, a gymnasium, and a pool. <BR> <BR> So I told her every time she went with us, as long as she went a mile we... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:03:47 EST Wagon. Fallen.Off. HELP! Oh dear. What to do, what to do. I have fallen off the wagon spectacularly. I seem to be eating everything in my path. I wish I could explain. I wish I could stop. I have put back on about 20 of the 50 pounds I lost. My wedding is just over 5 months away, my wedding dress fitting is 2 mont... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 09:03:15 EST More than the blues! Does anyone with diabetes deal with depression! ? I need help getting through this and overcoming the sicknesses that come against me! I need support and encouragement! I made a step in the right direction and went to the gym this morning. I am going to try to eat good today and take somethi... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:59:16 EST Challenging Hmmm I don't think I can even remember the last time I have challenged myself to live a better life style. I am going to today though! I have had some health problems that's a 20 year old should not have so its only going up from here! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:56:36 EST n n Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:56:07 EST Feeling a little under the weather . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But I'm on the mend. Have a great day, SparkFriends!! <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:54:57 EST The Struggles of Having "Just" 20 Pounds to Lose I'm happy with myself. Although my clothes get tight at times, for the most part they all fit. I don't have any health issues. No high blood pressure, no risk of diabetes, and my cholesterol levels are great. I rarely get sick as far as colds and the like. I'm not uncomfortable with others lookin... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:54:02 EST This will brighten your day 1271 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:53:55 EST Good News And there they preached the gospel. Acts 14:7 "They" refers to Paul and Barnabas, who had been sent out by the Holy Spirit, with the support of the church at Antioch. But what they were doing it is not the work only of apostles, or of pastors. The Greek word translated with the phrase "preached... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:53:23 EST SOME ARE OFF THE CHAIN....SOME ARE OFF THE COUCH <img src=""> "Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them." -Orison Swett Marden Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:52:18 EST Last Day of November! 120 Minutes treadmill (40 minutes running). Ended up not babysitting today so got on phone with by BFF and did the treadmill! Have a great day! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:48:39 EST Exercise I don't think I'm exercising nearly enough these days. I can't walk as much as I used to because of a foot issue and I don't seem to be motivated to do much else. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:40:15 EST Surprise I had a good surprise on Sunday. My weight day is Sunday, so I weighed in ,thought I lost 2lbs, then when I went to record it I found I had lost 6 from last week. I was so happy. Then I thought what did I do different last week. And the answer I was more consistent with exercise. I made it a pri... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:36:17 EST When Life Hands You Lemons...... <img src=""> <BR> So, I've had a few woes that I have been dealing with: <BR> 1) Need for extensive, thus expensive, dental repair (3 stages of crown work, total estimated cost $21,000-28,000) <BR> 2) Leg injury from o... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:33:36 EST Choices......Nov. 30th <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:30:24 EST We survived! One holiday down...and well...still one more to go... <BR> I think my stomach has some sort of receptor in it that says..."it's enough" When I've over done it...I have to stop...or else I will feel great indigestion later... <BR> I was so grateful for that this holiday season...For the ability to... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:28:56 EST Friends <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What are friends for anyway if not to screw with your mind. <BR> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:24:50 EST 11-30-15 (day 29) Tomorrow is December and I am excited for that! It is nice that November is done. Disturbing what was discovered in my family when I visited. My brother is having severe memory issues. Blocks that happened even a year ago or as little as a few months ago are completely gone. This makes me wo... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:21:29 EST Monday 11-30-15 and the past few days Well....I am dragging my butt back here to where I NEED to be. I have not blogged or journaled anything I have ate the last few days and I did not weigh in yesterday like I usually do. So here I am back to where I need to be. <BR> <BR> I really don't have anything else to say other than I a... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:20:08 EST Survived November I have planned a healthy Dcember. Fortunately, my shopping is done and wrapped. Planning two dinner parties with healthy choices. Working out 2x a week with my trainer; doing a third day by myself. Swimming 4 hours a week. My goal us to lose 7 lbs this month. Wish me success! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:16:43 EST Just Try Harder??? How Fair Is That? I've always suspected that I'm a bit of an exercise "non-responder": that is, exercise doesn't do as much for me in terms of weight maintenance as it does for other people. (Although maybe it does more for me than most in terms of mood and joy and optimism and energy and . . . all of that! Plus ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:07:34 EST Monday Funny!! <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:05:06 EST It's questionable, but it's ok. I've come to the realization that I'm not sure if I'm going to meet my goal of 75 pounds by Christmas. We have SO much to do in the house before Christmas (finishing the fireplace - our other deadline - and a more intense cleaning after that's done) so I'm focusing on that and not so much on my ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:54:09 EST Day 13 Second week on dieting, weighed in at. 205lbs, two pounds less then last week, so far lost five pounds on this diet with this app. I walked twenty eight miles this past week but with thanksgiving Im squeezing out a two pound loss. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:51:55 EST December Challenge As I am working out, I am thinking of another 30-day challenge. Maybe walk 3 miles per day, 5 days a week plus strength training. Good times Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:49:48 EST This is going to be a quickie I have the bag packed. The weather is dicey, the road condition prediction is nasty... saw a few "tic-tic-tic" freezing drizzle bits hit my kitchen window as I was stirring the oats. And it's going to get worse over the next hour, and it says snow at 5 p.m. for the commute home... <BR> <BR> Re... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:46:00 EST Day 44 This has been a hard morning. It's cold wet and I wanted to stay tucked into my nice warm bed. But I got my workout done and ready to start the day. Though I could go back to bed and be fine with that too. Keep putting one foot in front of the other Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:40:24 EST So much motivation I have been doing my best to stay positive. Even when the reptar wants to come out. I just keep thinking the happy thoughts and everyday gets a little easier. I am noticing that my body hurts less on long days at work. I am noticing that I have more energy even when I don't get enough sleep. I am... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:38:07 EST Happy Monday -- back to work .. Have a great day !!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new ... that stop by for a visit .. :) WELCOME !!!! <BR> Back to work today .. so feel free to stick around and visit after I have to leave .. just please... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:37:51 EST Let it snow! I'm looking at our first significant snow of the season as an opportunity to burn calories shoveling! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:36:54 EST Son#2 flies a Lasagne in! <img src=""> <BR> Here is son#2, the Air Canada Pilot----at----(now get this!)-----He is at our Elliot Lake Airport! <BR> That is his 'plane--behind him! <BR> He flew it up here--- from Toronto----- <BR> <img src="htt... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:36:22 EST Hunger Mastery -- Lean Habits #2 One thing that I wanted to do before the end of the year was go back and solidify the core habits of the Lean Habits program (eating 3 to 4 meals a day, hunger mastery and eating just enough -- there is a 4th core habit which is eating mostly whole foods, but that is one that I am skipping for va... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:33:20 EST 11/30 Good morning! <BR> Back from the long holiday weekend, and I'm still a bit sick. I basically slept through the holiday I was so out of it. I didn't have as much of an appetite due to being sick so I did pretty well calorie wise over the holiday. I was at 138.8 this morning! <BR> <BR> Now, that... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:31:03 EST God's Strength <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I held my guitar. 2 bottles of water and a pile of cough drops on the alter in front of me. I looked out at the sweet faces looking back at me, whispered a prayer for strength, and began... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:28:52 EST Advice from Zig Ziglar Spend time with those you love. One of these days you will say either, "I wish I had," or "I'm glad I did." -Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> <BR> A great reminder for each of us. <BR> <BR> Blessings Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:20:15 EST Monday's Silly <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:19:38 EST Positive thinking <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:18:48 EST Keeping active through my pool workouts. I have become exceedingly strong. I had to take ibuprofen at 2 am. Not for headaches which I am surely entitled to have. <BR> I bumped up my resistance fins and gear in the pool yesterday and all my muscles are either applauding or screaming. <BR> The Aqua Kinetics class I take as well as my personal water training involves fins ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:18:27 EST Blessings, November 30, 2015 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. I enjoyed my long weekend. <BR> <BR> 2. I am well rested. <BR> <BR> 3. I love my job. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list your own blessings. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:18:00 EST Coffee with no sugar....and other NSV's from yesterday. I decided, yesterday, to try making a change. I added a little extra cream to my coffee, but no sugar. It's weird. When I was younger, I added way too much cream and sugar (like 4 and 4). It was more warm milk and sugar than coffee. Then I got down to double double and drank that for a long ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:12:39 EST 11-30-2015-JOLLIES FROM JUDY I think Santa has riverfront property in Brazil. All our presents came from Amazon this year. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 07:05:01 EST BEANS!!!!! I want to incorporate more beans into my diet, but I only have a few go to applications for beans. They are so so good for you. Full of fiber and plant based protein, plus I read this cookbook about one of those blue zones (where people live to be 100+) in Greece, one of the tings that all the o... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:55:58 EST I Am Just Happy Today It is a beautiful day and even though it's still not quite sun up yet, there is plenty of sunshine. The dark clouds have passed, this time it didn't take quite so long. There has been some damage done (regained), but even that is not so bad, I did not sink the boat and regain it all. So I'm actua... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:53:46 EST 11/30/15 Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. <BR> Melody Beattie <BR> <BR> Gratitude makes sense of our p... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:51:23 EST Monday Pun Fun =) <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:48:52 EST Never give up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I saved this picture, I titled it "Habits". I suppose that is true ... habits are the things that I repeatedly do that keep my dream alive. I'm not letting go! <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:45:15 EST Monday morning weigh in So Thanksgiving week I managed to still lose weight 😊 I am very pleased with my results so far. I weighed in at 223 heading in the right direction 😄 . Thanks to God I am going to get to my goal 😄 . God bless all my friends on here! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:39:12 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=11/30/2015=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">They that trust in their... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:34:45 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, November 30, 2015 November 30, 2015 NO DOUBT <BR> <BR> There are many things we are certain about. We may be certain about passing a specific test. We may be sure about our feelings for our loved ones. We may be assured we have security for the future. However, there is really only one thing to be certain of that... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:30:35 EST Day 334 <em>341</em> A new week, a new chance, a new beginning! (yes I know the week officially started yesterday, but I was feeling icky yesterday) Time to toss those foods I should not eat and get back on track! I love sweet potato casserole, but that is so much sugar I shudder to think of it! So in ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:28:16 EST Grey days and black Friday My poor leg is still hurting, but worse keeping me awake so I am really tired. I hate getting up late but there's nothing I can do as I am truly exhausted.At least the leg isn't infected. The positive thing about the pain and discomfort is that it reminds me that I have to keep eating healthy and... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:24:21 EST the Wagon.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I attended a holiday party on Saturday night and boy did I not only fall off the wagon...I got run over by it, then it backed up and ran over me again..... <BR> <BR> What is it about this seaso... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:24:18 EST Missing Another Goal So I know I'm not burning enough calories. I got to 167 and I'm supposed to be 165 tomorrow morning to start the month but I don't think I'm going to make that goal. I'll be happy if i'm below 170 to start December, I have to keep trying and working on getting more exercise in. <BR> <BR> May... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:18:01 EST The streak continues 15 days and counting. Veered a little off course yesterday. Rather than dwell on it, today I will correct course and continue the journey forward. There will be off days. That does not mean that they have to become off weeks. This is the new mindset that has to be nurtured. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:16:16 EST Me thinks... Me thinks I enjoy discussions about food perhaps WAAAAYYYYY too much, and that is what lead me to need SP in the first place. Just sayin'. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:15:35 EST Be Safe Deer hunting season starts today in PA. My hubby included. Good luck. Prayers for all to return safe and sound. Since he's away for a few days I can what and how I want to shed those turkey pounds. Have a good day. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:09:19 EST I am not a Tree <img src=""> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 06:08:36 EST " Something Stronger " <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> " Have a great day " Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:59:34 EST Time to get back on track I know that I blew it last week. My fitbit died, so I didn't meet any of my step goals (on record any ways) I ate too much over the break and I drank too much over the break. I don't weigh in until Wednesday and quite frankly, I am not looking forward to it. But, I am going to be honest with myse... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:59:20 EST November 30, 2015 Quotes "Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit." <BR> <BR> e. e. cummings <BR> <BR> <BR> "Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy." <BR> <BR> Saadi <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:58:50 EST Major fitness goal I'm working toward now 241.6 <BR> SparkCoach-assigned topic <BR> Right now I am working to have pain-free knees. <BR> <BR> I've recently discovered I must be one of the very tiny minority for whom those Glucosamine Condroiten (sp?) pills my Dad swears by not only don't work, but make my joints worse, so I quit taking... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:57:42 EST Set Your Hope - Joel & Victoria Today's Scripture:"...set your hope wholly and unchangeably on the grace (divine favor) that is coming to you when Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is revealed."(1 Peter 1:13, AMP) <BR> <BR> When we set our hope on God, we set our lives in the right direction. One translation of this verse says, "Lo... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:55:30 EST Hi, Natalie here Day 6: <BR> I made it; one full week. I have all the knowledge, all the tools and yes, now some support. I have everything I need to make this journey a success. I am confident. My plan is set, all I have to do is follow it. One week and 1.5 pounds down. I am sure there is a little water we... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:52:20 EST Jody's Progress Day 34 Good Morning Everyone! Lost 1lb yeah! Scale finally moved! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:51:51 EST Monday EXHAUSTED! Worst night of sleep! Tried to get up for bootcamp, but felt so tired and miserable, just couldn't do it without. Why push my body to do something that I know isn't a good idea. Ugh. Have a great day! Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:51:05 EST art exhibition went to 2art exhibitions so interesting so very different wish could create something Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:45:00 EST Day 388...well, crap. my cleaning/cooking yesterday, I banged my leg on a table...and now I have a nice goose-egg (swelling/knot) right below my knee. Luckily this is my "good" leg-my non-surgery leg-but still, it stinks. It's I'm going to stick with non-impact/low stress exercise today. That just ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:39:45 EST Quote of the Day: November 30, 2015 "Some seek the comfort of their therapist's office, others head to the corner pub and dive into a pint, but I chose running as my therapy." - Dean Karnazes Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:33:55 EST How did that happen? General and Personal~ The Broncos winning over the Patriots? I watched the game so I totally don't need an explanation, upset of the year right on that game :)~ <BR> <BR> Kobe Bryant is retiring after this season, probably a good thing and he has nothing left to prove in basketball. He's won a lot of awards, champion... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:30:24 EST Black Friday Bad Deal Not every Black Friday Deal is true to what they promise. I spent an hour on the phone trying to get this one corrected. It is still not fixed, and here is my letter: <BR> Dear Bon Ton, <BR> My experience in your store yesterday (11/27/15) in Concord, NH was not good. I was not happy at all wi... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:28:00 EST November 30, 1 Peter 5 Peter gives great advice for anyone who wants to be a leader, in or out of the church. An effective leader should not be prideful and arrogant but humble. Think back to teachers, supervisors, people in your life that were leaders, which do you remember the most? Probably the ones that worked s... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:22:45 EST Stressed Monday Calorie intake <BR> <BR> Weekend usual. Exceeded on Saturday supper and Sunday Lunch, but pretty good overall. <BR> <BR> Exercise. <BR> <BR> Lots of shopping steps on Saturday, plus went to see the Santa Parade, 18.000 total. Lazy Sunday spent almost entirely at home, with an evening stroll, ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:14:45 EST My November <img src=""> <BR> Hello to everyone who might stumble upon this blogpost, hope you are doing well! <BR> <BR> November brought again lots of temptations, eating out and different parties to participate in. <BR> It has ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 05:06:13 EST d d Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:56:29 EST Divine Direction I step forward on my life's journey and I am clearly guided.... GOD is with me always and in all things... Trust in the LORD with all your heart. (Proverbs 3:5) .. Enjoy your every day life. Be Blessed. I'm off to work. #School bus driver and love my student. I thank GOD for my life. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:49:24 EST UC day 5 - scream weight a few days ago someone commented on setting goals the day before, and blogging the next day to check off what did happen, and what didn't - so here goes: <BR> <BR> yesterday's goals: <BR> Fitness: <BR> 15,000 on the fitbit <em>248</em> <BR> a video before breakfast <em>248</em> <BR> yoga: ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:48:00 EST Sugar If I can quit sneaking in the sweets here and there I would make more progress. Going to try to do some weights today since it's still raining. Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:21:28 EST Sleeping on my left side good for digestion and sleep? Sleep is an integral part of life. It’s doesn’t just re-energizes and rejuvenates the mind and body but also works wonders for our overall health. Therefore, the duration of our sleep is critical and almost all forms of healthcare institutions prescribe and suggest every individual to get a ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:16:34 EST New thinking needed. 145lb 10st 5lb BMI 30.36 <BR> <BR> Evenings and cold wet days are still taking a toll!! The number of steps/day are going down, evening snacks creeping in, warming comfort food is being craved. Even the 5:2 is getting harder! I am not sticking to 500cals..I only did one fast day last week! I n... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:02:07 EST Lifetime Member of Healthy Eating and Exercise Brigade. The only time I have lost a substantial amount of weight and really enjoyed the process was with Weight Watchers a number of years ago. The key to my success then was: <BR> <BR> - I found the Leader very motivating and inspirational and the class fun and sociable. <BR> <BR> -The focus was on... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 04:01:28 EST OK! Back to the grind! Had a nice get-together with an old HS friend last night (I'm usually an early-to-bed gal but made an exception for this case)........she moved about two hours or so south of my area so I knew if I didn't make good on this I'd certainly regret it......of course I let her know that I didn't simply... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:59:27 EST Finding the time I recently started a new job. I'm commuting an hour each way and working 8.5 hours each day. I'm finding it difficult to get my workout time in everyday. By the time I get home I'm much too tired to go back out again. I miss the days that I lived 10 minutes from my work. I could run to and fr... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:58:04 EST Today's Inspiration " When a person doesn't have gratitude, <BR> something is missing in his <BR> or her humanity. <BR> A person can almost be <BR> defined by his or her <BR> attitude toward gratitude." <BR> <BR> - Ellie Wiesel Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:56:36 EST Today's Inspiration " When a person doesn't have gratitude, <BR> something is missing in his <BR> or her humanity. <BR> A person can almost be <BR> defined by his or her <BR> attitude toward gratitude." <BR> <BR> - Ellie Wiesel Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:56:35 EST An article SparkPeople won't bother checking out and reporting on This caught my eye in my Health articles news feed: <BR> Start Slow and Small Because Harvard Says So, it's by Enell <BR> <link><BR>se-harvard-says-so.html </link> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:55:56 EST Weigh-in Monday I was sure that this week was it: the first week where I log a gain. I was positive. How could it not be? We're working on the kitchen, which meant no way of cooking other than a microwave, no counter tops, and no access to the room anyway. There was a McDonald's out with my daughter (still withi... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:44:40 EST 2 Weeks Down Today I ran out of lemon for my Green Juice so I used a lime. <BR> That was fun as it added a different twist to the drink. I really like the Juicing recipe Mean Green from the movie Fat, sick and almost dead. <BR> I watched the movie on Netflix. I'm not sure where else you can watch it but it ... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:42:07 EST I am grateful for, 11/29 1. my babies, because they remind me to be gentle. <BR> 2. being ok, because life goes on. <BR> 3. time with family, because it can be fleeting. <BR> 4. support, because we all need it. <BR> 5. evenings with friends, because they help. <BR> 6. letting things go, because it feels better. <BR> 7. c... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:39:28 EST God's Plan for You Today... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you an <em>345</em> day and week ahead. <BR> <BR> I encourage you to wait on God today, He has the perfect plan for you, He loves you with an everlasting love...God will streng... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 03:33:03 EST