SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs "You look like a swimmer" Those five words from the stranger at the Y were a godsend after 15 not so great laps. <BR> <BR> My thoughts the entire time were pretty much "I hate this, I hate this, I really hate this. I used to hate running too, but not like this. At least I don't think so anyway. I hate this." <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:10:15 EST Day One <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My goodness this is day one of my new start with South Beach Diet. I do feel a little hungry. I checked my food tracker for the day so far at 2:45 in the afternoon and I have only eaten 383 ca... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:07:00 EST DAY 126 NEW 40 DAY JOURNEY Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:02:34 EST Stay on track calendar <link><BR>track-calendar.asp?iGoalDate=6/1/2015 </link> <BR> <BR> I haven't seen this before but I can't find a link to return to it. I found it though a article. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:00:44 EST Backpacking in Door County I can't believe it's already been 3 weeks! We had a LOT of fun, and I got a really great workout! I'm definitely still a nervous leader - I WAAAAY overpacked on food and extra layers, which is very obvious from the size of my pack! Still, it was a lot of fun!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:56:14 EST The beginning I have been feeling overwhelmed with life a bit lately. Conflict with a close friend, recently divorced, my two youngest children having some issues, trying to support my 21 year old with special needs, etc. So, self care takes a back burner. I want to start working out more regularly, eating bet... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:55:41 EST Monday Still no desktop,,got acall into my geek, Jeff. hate a laptop.. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:54:36 EST Day 219 - Recharge We had a great time at our realtor's house yesterday for a final celebration of the July 4th holiday. It was great fun, and we got to visit a little more with our new neighbors Fiona and Jason. We floated in the pool, and I did some water resistance exercises for some extra fitness minutes. It w... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:47:54 EST treat others how YOU want to be treated <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Social media has many benefits. I know for me, its a great way to keep in touch with family and friends. It can also turn my day around when I see an inspirational story or a cute video or pictu... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:43:19 EST Weekend putz So many plans, so not in the mood to do them. Had three days off from both jobs. Spent them with plenty of things to do, but no time table, other than being at my sister’s on Saturday morning. I did that and swam, but didn’t do any household chores until late last night when I did one load (o... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:35:18 EST Beautiful 4th It was such a wonderful weekend, went fishing..when they weren't biting, we went boating for a little bit; then went back, grilled Friday, Saturday and just enjoyed the days, and Sat night watched fireworks in the bar parking lot, then walked down to the boat landing and watched the fireworks ove... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:28:39 EST ALL PLANS CHANGWS Well during the holiday weekend we had to change all plans. We were cooking out on Saturday and Sunday, bu the storms moved in and we did not get to. We fixed a meal Saturday tat we had not planned. On Sunday we make the ribs in the oven as they had been rubbed down with seasoning to cook on ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:27:02 EST Simplification It's been a terrible year. It's also a hard year to summarize. To make a long story short, I lost two jobs and a baby, nearly lost my marriage and definitely lost my mind. In one year I moved from New Jersey to Florida to Illiinois to Michigan, and have been living halfway across the country from... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:21:10 EST Im on cloud nine! on cloud nine today. I tried on clothes that i haven't been able to fit, and they fit. I feel like my energy level is going up as i reach my goal. I don't have to force myself to exercise anymore, now I just do it. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:19:51 EST day one well did'nt do to bad today stuck to allowance and tracking food and exercise only problem was having to split my exercise in to 3 smaller sessions but i will improve and work up to doing 10 mins in one go before i build that time up again Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:19:20 EST Friends that help me I got a great group of friends at my gym we hold each other accountable. That's a big help Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:19:14 EST Back to it! Well after the weekend, I should be kicking myself for those 3 cookies I ate or the smores I had, but I'm not. I had a great time with my hubby and mom this past weekend. I relaxed and enjoyed my weekend. I could have made better choices with my food and not indulged but I did. I drank all my... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:17:19 EST Change is Permanent There is nothing permanent except change. <BR> --Heraclitus <BR> <BR> Most of us don't like change very much. Getting sober is like stepping into a rushing river of change that will take us to new places in our lives. We sense that. We are learning to trust it more each day. But even though life... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:16:11 EST MY MONDAY IS "AHHHHHHHHH" !1 FIRST I WAS TO GO FOR BLOOD WORK AND I CALLED AND IT WASN'T EVEN SCHEDULED. B UT THE DAY IS GETTING BETTER. PREPARING FOR MY WALK W/ RESIDENT'S TOMORROW. HOPE TO HAVE AT LEAST 10. HAD 9 ON THE NATIONAL WALKING DAY APRIL 1ST. WISH ME LUCK BUT WANTED TO <em>311</em> OUTSIDE BUT THE LORD HAS OTHE... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:13:24 EST Lean Habits, and more Okay, so today is awesome. <BR> <BR> A couple weeks ago James Fell wrote an article on Georgie Fear’s book “Lean Habits” and he convinced me. I really love Fell and he always makes so much sense to me, so when he endorses someone else’s book that sounds very interesting I just don’t re... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:10:25 EST MONDAY Great three day weekend in TN. <BR> <BR> We were at a music festival, retraced two great-great-grandfather's steps at a Civil War battlefield, and saw some great fireworks over a beautiful lake. <BR> <BR> Now, back to the grind !! <BR> <BR> Have a good Monday and a better week, Spark Amigos !! Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:10:18 EST Home Stretch! Well, my super-stressful period at work is almost over, woo hoo! Gotta get my last batch of analyses done by the end of the day Wednesday, then it's all over but the shouting - our last hearing is next Tuesday and next Thursday the Legislature adjourns for summer recess. I am soooooo ready for ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:06:35 EST I have lost 21 lbs - 8 in the last month alone - It WORKS!!! I followed Spark People to the letter for the first 3 months and I lost 13 lbs then I plateaued for 2 months. I found Venus Factor which just changed my calories and protein allotment and in the last 4 weeks I have lost 8 lbs. I feel great, I still log my food, I still exercise, I still can ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 15:03:37 EST Day-123 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Going on day-36 and doing very well this morning and energized and knowing it's gonna, <BR> be and awesome day for me and drinking my water like I do everyday <em>91</em> <BR> <BR> It's a v... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:53:21 EST May we find relief <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:52:03 EST A Rough Week Due to my lack of planning I had a very rough week last week - lots of indulgent food, lots of inactivity, lots of self doubt and loathing. <BR> <BR> Today, however, I am making a conscious effort to change the direction of the road I'm heading down. I am making time for meal planning and prep, ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:51:13 EST Fourth of July Hangover Not an alcohol hangover...just a holiday weekend hangover. Complete with good memories, a couple of drinks, bbq galore, late nights, early mornings, smiling, laughing and friends. I can't regret a moment of it...even if I am feeling a little round in the belly today. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately,... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:41:58 EST Festival Challenge- Final Week I haven't blogged in a little while. I lost 2.2 pounds last week, but stayed the same this week, while that is never a bad thing, I really wanted to lose a couple of pounds. I am 189 and hope to be down 1 or 2 more by Saturday. I clearly did not reach my goal that I had picked to reach by the... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:35:00 EST I was ready this time... I haven't written for awhile because I didn't feel like there was anything of worth to write about in regards to my fitness efforts. Of course, I know that it's helpful to write regardless of how things are going but I just couldn't bring myself to admit in writing that I was floundering. However... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:32:52 EST Canned pickles! Good day today. I was able to can 8 pints of bread and butter pickles with cucumbers from my garden today! Love it when the garden starts to produce! <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:32:47 EST The Starting Over is the Hardest Part <em>128</em> It's been a long time... <BR> <BR> How perfect that my last blog before disappearing from the Sparkiverse was "Get Back on Track." <BR> <BR> <em>355</em> I had serious doubts whether I would be able to do that. But now I am in the middle of my third week of the Run/Walk progr... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:25:16 EST Before~During~Laters I had a wonderful time camping. Hiked. Slept. Napped. Read! <BR> And contemplated. <em>41</em> <BR> I have decided to take a break from SP. Meaning I am leaving all the teams I am on. <BR> Not checking in daily but every once in awhile when I feel like it. <BR> <BR> Decided to go back to Pla... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:22:19 EST Coming to terms I think that my very good friend is gay. Am I angry with him for this? No. I am angry with a society which forces people to hide their true-selves in order to be accepted. I am angry at organized religion who preaches that being homosexual is deviant and goes against the word of God. I am ang... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:21:22 EST Making Changes The one excellent bonus of being a school teacher is that I am able to take time over the summer to set up good habits. The last time I was successful getting into shape, I was only working part-time and I was able to take off 15 lbs, run in a 5K in Hawaii and feel comfortable in shorts, tank to... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:09:25 EST Colorful Leg The real bruising didn't start showing up until Saturday. The PT said it indicated that I was actually doing well, putting my knee through its paces. I figured I'd get a couple pix of the leg at this stage, just for the record. <BR> <img src=" Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:02:42 EST strip down No, not what you're thinking <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm stripping down my goals. I'm focusing on the behaviors I'd like to establish rather than tracking behaviors I'm already pretty good at. Why? Because I need to focus my time on offline life more than online. <BR> <BR> But I still want t... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:00:05 EST 2 years and 20 lbs. Today is my 2 yr wedding anniversary. It has gone by so quickly and I have loved almost every minute of it. I can't believe it has only been two years because sometimes it feels like we have been together a good way. I have let myself overeat on weekends and it has caught up with m... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:56:38 EST Exercise, HAIRSTYLES & Sweat... You know black women and their hairstyles are VERY important LOL... actually ALL women... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:53:26 EST 4th of July 5-mile race report and mid year progress check My wife’s home town of Bay Village, OH (suburb of Cleveland on Lake Erie) hosts a 4th of July 5-mile road race. It is a flat course and is normally a fast crowd. Many of the local high school teams use the race as a warm up for their cross country season and there is a fairly active adult run... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:53:19 EST Day 187: Start with You (quotes) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time." (Anna Freud) <BR> <BR> This week is all about putting yourself first on th... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:53:17 EST SMART fitness goals! My long term goal is to lose at least 100 lbs within the next year. <BR> <BR> To achieve that I need to have some medium and smaller range goals. <BR> <BR> My medium range goal is to lose at least 2lbs a week by exercising daily, even if just for 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> My short term goals are ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:52:49 EST Day 9 Holy smokes, last night was terrible for sleep. SO bad :( <BR> Baby boy is still battling his congestion and now H is as well. Both of them kept me up all night long. Baby boy with his squirming, H for his horrible snoring. I pushed, I shoved, I did everything I could to get H to roll over. Every... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:50:28 EST Don't Quit I was browsing motivational images and I found one that said Don't Quit. What was cool was the "n't Qu" were faded out leaving the phrase "Do It". It was pretty neat. <BR> <BR> I think it is great there is so much out there to help us stay motivated to our goals because there are so many people... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:48:26 EST Build a Rolling Bar Cart with Removable Tray <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The rolling bar cart (or BBQ cart) with removable tray is the latest addition to my suite of DIY patio ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:47:00 EST It's Monday...... When you are retired, the days kind of flow together.....I do believe that is a reward for working for 30+ years in jobs that are not always wonderful and fulfilling, so yes it is Monday. <BR> <BR> Weight 149.2, ate on plan yesterday except for one exception, earned 6 WW activity points yesterda... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:46:50 EST I can't seem to make it happen! I can't seem to make it happen........why can't I get back on track with my weight loss and move forward instead of going backwards! I knew Vacation was going to be a 'wash", but every time I try to get back to the walking, dieting, etc I just after day. I'm not sure what to do f... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:41:06 EST Monday, July 6, 2015 Well, I have a new obsession, lol. I have been binge watching Orange is the New Black and I absolutely love it. I have made it to season 2. I worked yesterday at Mimi's and it was crazy busy. I got in several good hours of doing dishes though. <BR> <BR> Today I went to the gym and did an h... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:40:49 EST I hate Vertigo So I woke up in Friday and the whole room was spinning. Not just for a second but for majority of the day. I haven't had that long of an episode since I was in my early teens. So I spent my weekend relaxing, then woke up Monday ready to go to the gym. When I was on the treadmill I was trying to r... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:38:35 EST SP Daily Community Task Things I can do when I feel bored and want to binge: <BR> <BR> 1. Go for a walk <BR> 2. Meditate <BR> 3. Do some yoga <BR> 4. Call a friend <BR> 5. Read a book <BR> 6. Start a task I need to get done <BR> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:38:02 EST Ahhhh feeling better I wanted to blog while I'm up and not just while I'm down... I have been very active lately and have been very mindful of making sure I'm moving a lot and it feels great. <BR> <BR> I've suprassed my 10,000 step goal 6 out of the last 7 days <em>295</em> , I love my fitbit. I love that I can ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:35:36 EST Baby Steps: Day 2 Yesterday, on my walk I felt uncomfortable, in pain and large. When I got home I felt accomplished, warmed up and in control. My first goal for today is to remember that feeling so I do it again. <BR> <BR> Today I: <BR> * planned the dinner menus for the week <BR> * made a shopping list <BR... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:35:24 EST Happy Monday...? ow ow ow. Going to stay positive! Ok so it's a Monday and a lot of things happened this weekend that are making this particular Monday hard for me. I feel lazy, stressed and guilty. I don't want to do anything. I just want to hide in my blanket and ignore the world. <BR> <BR> That being said, I'm trying to be positive at the sam... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:30:37 EST AWOL Dear Sparkfriends, I am writing for the first time in months. To be honest, I am checking in to Sparkpeople for one of the first times in months. But don't worry. This is not a return of shame. I've done really well with my fitness goals the entire time I've been gone. <BR> <BR> I've gotte... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:30:31 EST Bummer. I first want to start off by apologizing to those I haven't responded back to in a while. You guys are my truest friends, and although it takes strength sometimes to even log on, I don't want to lose anyone over my depression. After reading a Spark article that a friend linked me to that says "51... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:30:09 EST My Spark Activity Tracker My tracker is scheduled to arrive today. I will let you know the pros and cons. <BR> <BR> PROS: Relatively inexpensive, comparable in price to most pedometers. <BR> Less expensive than the Fitbit, Jawbone, or Garmin etc. <BR> set up is quick (and easy with fresh batteries... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:25:12 EST A different type of exhaustion Today I am exhausted - from an awesome 2500 yard swim in 40 minutes. <BR> <BR> I was by no means motivated, but I know that while I will be tired and a touch sore in the second half of the day I will feel better. Quite the contradiction, I know. But accomplishing more yardage in shorter amounts ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:23:08 EST too much to do! When I have too much to do, I usually get nothing done! <em>198</em> I am a very organized person, <em>224</em> but I just get so flustered when I have too much to do! <em>40</em> I have my list and all I have to do is start at the top (the list is already prioritized!!) and cross them... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:23:03 EST Not just the good days So I find that when I am in a positive mindset, things are easy(/ier) - Staying on track, Sparking, going to the gym,,,not going to the vending machine, drinking in all the water I can stand, Life is easy and blogging is fun. <BR> <BR> However, I am not as dedicated to blogging when I am feelin... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:22:30 EST Scale in wrong direction, soooooo.... It has been a month of sparking and my scale is heading in the wrong direction. I know the scale isn't everything, and I know that I could be gaining muscle weight and all, however... <BR> <BR> I really feel something has to change. My clothes aren't fitting better and I need to be healthy. Not ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:21:35 EST Crazy long, fun week Last week hubby and I celebrated three years together. We really didn't do anything cause it was during the week but he still managed to surprise me. He glittered bombed me in my car. Told me to open up a card he got me and boom glitter everywhere. It was awesome. I mean I'll be removing glitter ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:21:18 EST Yoga classes that have been more valuable than therapy <BR> I started going to yoga lessons late last year. It was after I'd been in counselling for six months, and uncovered a lot of trauma that I'm now trying to deal with with a new therapist (T), but a lesson that I learned in yoga, shortly after I thought I might have to quit classes as too stre... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:14:10 EST Giving up being used Pam Even though in my past 59 years of life I learned a lot about people, this past year has shown me more about them and sadly a lot of them are just plain out for themselves <BR> <BR> <BR> It is like the more I do , the less I get back in return. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the last straw with so... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:08:52 EST Monday again i don't know what it is about Monday, but it always comes back around! You would think as many people that wish it wouldn't, it would just not come again! I did pretty good over the weekend! I ate smoked turkey and a trifle with blueberries and raspberries! I lost a pound this week! Forward pro... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:06:46 EST Need to cut down on fruit! Bummer! Looking at reality! Have to cut down on my fruit intake - it's NOT an unlimited food choice!!! <BR> It's gotten to the point that my mouth is always tasting sweet (candida symptom?) Have to do some dramatic cutbacks - which are sooooo hard for me! Maybe up my protein & healthy carbs? Fast for... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:04:44 EST Walking on water for July day 6 163lb 11st 9lb BMI <BR> <BR> One pound back down. <BR> Today is my first day with the fitbit. So hope I can sync it all together. pretty happy with it so far. <BR> <BR> It has been a fast day, but typically someone wanted to go out for a meal and NOW I have something to track walking with ..... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 13:02:17 EST Need to cut down on fruit! OK - I'm not eating candy bars, or sweets but .... I'm eating waaaay too many fruits! Need to keep that at a minimum - fruit is not an unlimited food!!! S Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:54:54 EST No Weigh In this Week I am skipping weigh in this morning. My stomach is so upset and I am not feeling well at all today so todays weigh in is not happening. Maybe if I feel better tomorrow I will get it in but I have been plateaued all month sticking between 249 and 252 all month and I hope that goes down by Thursday... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:51:27 EST One month later Well, it has been almost a month since my last blog. I haven't managed to get back on track. I have gained still more weight unfortunately. I'm uncomfortable and unhappy and ridiculously sedentary. I know I need to change those things and stop making excuses, but I find it all overwhelming and un... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:51:07 EST Different this time So why is this time different after spending tons on money on ww and not following thru? <BR> <BR> I have walked away from 3 poisonous relationships in my family. I am seeing a therapist. Have seen her off and on since 2002. She made me realize that my mom and I have always had these problems. N... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:48:02 EST Day one, 63 days to go I used to think about my fitness and diet as a way to roll back the clock to the time before I had children, to the time that I used to easily run three miles or more each day, when I easily and routinely refused sweets, and before wine with dinner became the norm. <BR> <BR> That was during the ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:46:07 EST Making it happen First I want to say a BIG <em>304</em> for al of the support on my Blogs from my wonderful Spark Friends! I am pushing ahead but at a much sower pace. <BR> It is Summer time and the heat makes it a little harder to breathe so that may account for some of the fatigue. I did move my furniture... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:45:02 EST Getting Back on Track <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mini-vacation is OVER and I'm so 'over' feeling yuck about myself. This picture with my gf - well I see... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:43:24 EST Shift Rotation Equates to more Challenges Woke up at 6am, tried to go back to sleep, and it's no use, I was very awake. This shouldn't be concerning, but I rotate to the graveyard shift tonight 9pm to 7am. I'll try and grab a nap this afternoon, but I'm most concerned about what to take to eat. I'll add an extra 30 minutes of walking,... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:36:23 EST 85 days on spark It can be a bit deceiving this 85 days. How tuned in have I been? I'd say about 75%. At the start I was all in..... dropped 10 lbs the first month - then another 5 now I've creeped up 2... but overall - let's take the positive and say we are in abetter place now than 85 days ago. <BR> <BR> I ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:35:17 EST Hello Back again but in good spirits. Diet is terrible but life is good. Had a wonderful vacation, turned 60 while at Holiday World in Santa Claus Indiana. What better way to celebrate your birthday than at a amusement park with all your children and grandchildren. Memories made that won't be forgotten... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:28:47 EST DAILY QUOTE If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:23:56 EST July 6, 2015 So as you may know, I struggle with boundaries and people who are controlling, Yesterday after my son got home from job #1 and got done telling me about his frustrations, we were watching netflix. The phone rang at 4:30 and it was this 'friend' inviting me to a concert. They were leaving at 5.... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:22:49 EST The Results Are In... And I think I did pretty darned well! <BR> <BR> Honestly, this weekend was so hot, all my sister and I wanted to do was lounge in front of the AC. But I did get off my booty and ran on Friday morning, though it was a tough run - so hot! <BR> <BR> At the game on Friday, I kept hydrated in upper ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:21:19 EST Monday i'm trying to get caught up on some things, and also wondering what happened to my birthday card that my parents gave me at the wedding reception. Today is the big day, so i hope to spend the evening with two of my favorite ladies. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Monday. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:16:30 EST Day 17: A Very Stressful Workout <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was a very, very stressful workout. <BR> <BR> Let's just say, today is the day my girls will not stop fighting or getting in trouble. We started off walking at 5:45 am. (We love ea... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:14:43 EST July 6 2015 About a week ago my husband and me bought passes at the local rec center for the pool for a month. It is open until 8:30 most nights, so this has been a great way to get in a bit more activity indoors when it is too stormy (we get a lot of lightning and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evenings... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:13:59 EST Hello! I'm back! Oh my gosh where to start. I gained weight back, just put it out there and real. I can't believe how fast time has flown. I returned to school and lost balance. In all honestly I don't know what I would have done different. <BR> I had to learn computer information and word processing, to become ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:09:23 EST Bought vs. Homemade (It just doesn't get much better than this........) <BR> <BR> Six year old Annie returns home from school <BR> <BR> and says that today she had her first family planning lesson at school. <BR> <BR> Her mother, very interested, asks: "Oh, How did it go?" <BR> <BR> "I nearly died of shame!" sh... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:06:42 EST FOOD! I am starting to really like cooking now that I have been experimenting with recipes. One of my favorites is light alfredo sauce, with lots of mixed veggies and chicken. I like to precook my chicken, so it's really fast and easy to make. One that my kids liked are the "hot pockets" I made. Reduce... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 12:01:31 EST Watching the Women's World Cup inspired me!! It's an amazing thing isn't it? Watching others go after their dreams and listen to them talk about their woman was homeless, many others had many set backs. One woman talked about how she was brought up listening to negativity and how it fueled her to better herself. I plan to ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:59:58 EST Just One I can eat just one, right? It won't matter, right, having just one? Just one Frito, just one ice cream cone, just one anything that's not on my eating plan? Well, no. I realized one day that the difference between an EF4 and an EF5 tornado is one mile an hour, one dollar worth of damage. The diff... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:58:35 EST Goal Check In: Day 5 90 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 19, Arms and Shoulders. I did not do a video from the yoga challenge yesterday because I hiked and had very little time that morning; I did a 20 minute flow to get my legs, hips, and shoulders warmed up. <BR> <BR> Squats Challenge: Day 5, I wrote the reps down wrong ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:56:40 EST ~ How Tight Clothing Can Put Your Health at Risk ~ <img src="">by Cathe <BR> <BR> <img src=""> How Tight Clothing Can Put Your Health at Risk <BR> <BR> If you have a body you’re proud o... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:56:01 EST Stereotypes and the Negative Effects of Them I feel betterish and like sharing again without snapping so I thought I would blog again. <BR> <BR> I want to talk about stereotypes and how they can really hurt us as humans. Since this page is about weight loss, let's start with stereotypes about heavy people. A lot of times we labeled as the... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:54:06 EST A Fishy Story of sorts. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:53:00 EST Sit ups with mom No more adding pictures. I didn't get to save my last entry. Grr. Sit ups with my mom on the living room floor using a banig (Filipino mat) as a cover. 10 for mom, 15 for me. Slowly but surely. :) Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:52:29 EST Day 92 I am starting over with the walkabout challenge. I guess the holiday weekend consumed me and I got off track. Well time to get back on. <BR> <BR> Exercising-10 min. everyday <BR> Eating-keep on tracking and trying new recipes <BR> Drinking-Stay AF on the week days <BR> <BR> I went for a bike ri... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:51:45 EST Getting Back to ME Yesterday marked the 1st day of getting back to me! I have started this Journey over Soooo Many times. But a wise person once told me it doesn't matter how many times you start over as long as you start again. You see sometimes its easy to give up and accept the weight will stay there forever. ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:51:28 EST Day 21 This week has been a little rough, I guess the excitement of starting a new healthy lifestyle is getting "old" already! Of course, I know that's not true, every time I think that I have lost 18# in 3 wks, I can't believe it! My left knee surgery is in one week, so I want to lose 2# this next we... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:44:20 EST Monday 40 Minutes on treadmill, a nice long dog walk through the woods for 50 minutes and now I am going in to volunteer at the hospital as a messenger for 4 hours. Have a lovely day. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:40:15 EST Gym Hurts I am part of a gym, which... I was going to on a regular basis until I tore some tendons in my ankle during a hike. Ouch. <BR> <BR> Then my key card stopped working and the process took a week to get a new card. <BR> <BR> Then I stopped going. For absolutely no reason. <BR> <BR> SO I started g... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:34:12 EST SparkCoach Day 1 So I just started my SparkCoach program and I wanted to also start blogging about what I took away from each day so that it's not just going in one ear and out the other. So today was about getting an idea of what the program was about and getting set up. The first think that I had to do was a da... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:32:34 EST Let's do something different! <BR> Friday I turned to my husband and said I wanted to do something different this weekend, try something we've never done before. If nothing else I can say that the weekend was definitely full of new activities. <BR> <BR> Saturday a co-worker decided we had never been to their place for dinn... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:32:04 EST this really annoys me <img src=""> As I am starting to deal with different exercises, I am finding that when I log any exercise and it is under 10 mins per exercise, it doesn't show up on my list but does show the total time. I understand ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:31:17 EST Day 782 Rest Day. Feeling good. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:30:54 EST Looking back on a successful weight loss and had an AHA moment! I was thinking today about a time in my life when I met my weight loss goal and how that could be recreated. What was different about that time compared to the 20 times I've dieted since then? <BR> You know what I came up with...perseverance. I remember I even went on a cruise with my husband an... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:29:21 EST i am grateful I am grateful for this program because it makes reaching my goals easier and helps me stat motivated. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:28:35 EST It's so hard!!! Oh my God! I overestimated my willpower by a lot. This has got to be the hardest thing I've ever done. It's so easy to say "I want to sleep in a bit today, so no morning workout" or "It was a rough workday today and I'm dog-tired, so no workout after work". It's even easier to say "I'm so hungry ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:27:11 EST In The Moment I realized something this morning... Dancing to Zumba, the minute my to-do list or even ideas for a blog entered my mind, I lost concentration. I wasn't putting as much effort into the movements. I wasn't using my brain to learn new steps (Alzheimer's prevention). The beautiful music faded to... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:26:03 EST A reminder to myself... For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.-Anonymous <BR> <BR> <BR> For some reason, I often feel that it is my job/responsibility to stress over problems/concerns that I have little or most often no control over; when in reality I need to simply call on the name of JESUS, sa... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:21:23 EST Here we go again... So I have been on this train before and had some serious setbacks. Injuries that caused me to be unable to work, exercise or pay for diet support. Now that I am back to good and intend to lose this weight and keep it off. I have a big goal of 75-85 pounds by May 2016. Going to Europe and I wa... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:20:30 EST Getting going again I'm heading to the gym tonight for the first time in a couple of weeks. I was waylaid a bit with a variety of things, but I have a 7:30pm meet-up tonight which I am keeping. <BR> <BR> I started the day out with a healthy breakfast of fresh fruit - blueberries, pineapple, cantaloupe, strawberrie... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:14:06 EST 45 days of consistent exercise! I have done really well on exercising. Not only have I been walking at least 30 minutes (and usually 45-60) a day but I have also been attending water aerobics classes and Chair Zumba. Chair Zumba is fun--our instructor is excellent and we have the option to stand up or sit down as she takes us t... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:13:56 EST Inspirational Quote - 7/06/15 You don't just stumble into the future. You create your future. <BR> <BR> - Roger Smith <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:12:28 EST Biggest Supporter La la. Ever encouraging and affirming. Means a lot to me. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:10:30 EST Inspirational Quote - 7/04/15 If you'll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives. <BR> <BR> - Vince Lombardi <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:08:22 EST Monday - after a long weekend Scale was not as terrible as i had anticipated... I think mainly cause there were only 2 meals a day... <BR> <BR> I got a suggestion that my "this" - picture me flailing my arm around my belly area - might be due to wheat... "Wheat belly" so they say. I got some books from the library, and in a... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:07:55 EST Had a wonderful Weekend with Family, Friends, Memories...... Thursday started my 3 day weekend.....I went to dinner with my friend (Linda) and went to Magic Mike.....Good show.....It felt like a Friday Night so my days where a little off. Friday-spent the morning running errands enjoying ME time...Went to Best Buy and ordered 28 Day Boot Camp from Sparks..... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:06:06 EST Inspirational Quote - 7/03/15 Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. <BR> <BR> - Berthold Auerbach <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:05:50 EST July Aspire Challenge I joined a group challenge for the month of July to commence my journey of having a healthy relationship with food. For the past five years I have been a binge eater. I always told myself that if I was going to eat, I better indulge. Obviously that is not healthy thinking and has caused me to ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:05:35 EST Inspirational Quote - 7/02/15 In three words I can sum up everything I have learned about life. <BR> <BR> It goes on. <BR> <BR> - Robert Frost <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 11:03:54 EST Monday, Monday. Morning everyone, a really wet one here, got 1.2 inches of rain last night. I figured we'd get rain the way the wind blew and the humidity that we had yesterday. A muddy mess in the horse and sheep yards, good thing I got a good pair of boots. Yesterday it really blew here, it blew one of my n... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:58:20 EST Fresh Start 251.8 How many Mondays have a started only to eventually fail? More than I can count. I want to make an effort to get this eating under control. I want to feel good. I want to LIVE my life as an active healthy woman. I CAN do this. Every Morning I will blog. I will eat whole 30ish. Meat, p... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:57:12 EST Neil Peart Haiku Club. Neil Peart Haiku Club. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:56:24 EST Days 24-26 of the Sizzlin' Summer Challenge!! Hey Sparkies, <BR> <BR> So I COMPLETED my 1 week stay within my calorie range challenge on Saturday!! <em>244</em> <em>356</em> <em>353</em> YAAAAYYYYY me!! I set out to do something and I did it!! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:51:10 EST Have a Great week! I hope you had a awesome 4th weekend. I know I did.. I am just Sooo tired.. but back at work today. We had an awesome time on the lake Friday with friends riding their pontoon and watched the fireworks that night. It was the first time I had ever seen them at the lake. The reflection on the water... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:48:52 EST How I feel this morning. Tired, but motivated to work out so I'll loose more weight. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:48:21 EST 334.6 ouch! I must have hopped on that scale & moved it around like 7x. Hoping to get a lower number but also shocked & pissed at the # I was seeing. What happened? Back in 2008 I was at what I thought was my biggest (318), made some better food choices & hit the gym. Over the course of about a year I ha... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:47:00 EST walking walking is making me less dependent & also have less pain its only when I strain my leg that there is pain cant walk outside cant use the treadmill but this type i do works for me & chair marching Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:46:14 EST Relief - and Beck Day 1 After a Sunday of lots of <em>194</em> and clean food...1 pound & 1/2 of water retention came off this I start Beck Day 1 at 156.5 with a goal weight of 145. I know its more than the scale, its how my clothes fit and I want them to be a size 10. <BR> <BR> So I finally bagged up m... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:44:36 EST Update Enjoyed a good week last week. Our son was here to visit and he painted one wall in our bedroom a medium blue for an accent wall. DH doesn't have the energy to do things like that anymore. <BR> <BR> Had our DGD the week before for a couple of days. She walked my legs off lol. We went for a ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:44:25 EST Desiderata Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. <BR> <BR> Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:42:19 EST 7-6-15 Finally Seeing Some Movement It's slow going, but so happy to see some movement on the scale. I'm concerned about how I will maintain this once school is back in session, but for now I'm just working on improving metabolism and on making good new habits. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:41:39 EST 35/52 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you ever idly wish for something and then if you get it, are all surprised? I've lost a few pounds in the last couple months and suddenly my blood pressure is great without trying. It makes... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:40:54 EST migrane writing this to log my migrane....woke up wed morning with awfullll headache. Think it was a migrane. Had before but 6 months or longer ago. Why did this come on? hormonal, aging? (last day of period). <BR> <BR> Wed, 1st-woke up with it, got worse thruout day, went to bed with it <BR> Thurs,... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:40:49 EST Monday After the Fourth of July Weekend <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:38:01 EST Day #23 Part 1 This will be a weigh in :( <BR> <BR> A 6 pound gain which means only a 4 pound overall loss after 23 days of this! <BR> <BR> Uggh....heartbreaking. But motivating. I worked out hard this morning. I'll be more mindful this week of my food choices. I'll focus ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:35:23 EST late night eating I have been staying on track and my scale proves it. It is going in the right direction (down!) but slowly. Doesn't matter, it's moving. <BR> <BR> My biggest problem is late night eating. I will be watching TV around 9 ish and I will want to eat something. Is it boredom, loneliness, or just ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:29:48 EST Out For An Adventure To Prove Something To Myself.... I'm the kind of girl who bites off more than she can chew. <BR> I'm the kind of girl who goes big or goes home. <BR> I'm the kind of girl who is on the wagon or off the wagon. <BR> I'm the kind of girl who when she was off the wagon she was off. <BR> I'm the kind of girl who felt like a failure... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:29:30 EST Yeah USA! What a terrific game 4 goals in the first 16 minutes. We had friends over to watch the game and have steaks on the grill. BTW is beef expensive in the states? My DH and I went to Costco to get good rib eye steaks and were shocked to see how much they cost. it was like $100 for 4. But they we... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:28:52 EST WHERE IS YOUR HEART ? JESUS SAID YOU CAN NOT SERVE TO MASTERS ! ‎Monday, ‎06 ‎July, ‎2015 <BR> Good Morning <BR> If you are a born again Christian then this is not our Home we are just passing thru We are here to serve God and do His Will by the name Of our Savior Jesus :) <BR> MATTHEW CHAPTER 6 :9 ¶ Lay not ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:27:24 EST Animals ;-) 7/6 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:27:14 EST Getting ready for grandsons visit Up early on this cloudy day on the Gulf Coast. Exercises are going well. Calories remain below 1300. Weight is holding steady. My wife is at her exercise class at the senior center. Keeping focused for success. Hope all are having a great week. We have to be ready for our grandsons who are... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:26:50 EST July 5 Accountability <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's how I did for Sunday, 7/5 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Eat 300 calories fewer than I burn daily. I ate 1,837, burned 2,2332. <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Took 14,2... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:25:22 EST MONDAY REMINDER <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:25:09 EST 359 Days to Go! Yesterday morning l got up a little late.... so was just a little late to church. <em>288</em> <BR> <BR> I did chores in the morning and did chores in afternoon... rested a bit and went out and chipped two hours out of the stalls in the barn. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Went inside drenched ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:24:41 EST Birthday Wishes Happy 25th birthday to my wonderful son! Love you so much. Hope you have a great day! <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:24:21 EST Make today a good day! Today is the first day of a new week. It's time to put some effort into my workouts so I started this morning with over 1,000 steps. It doesn't sound like a lot but with my legs it is. I also have to get some veggies in as I have been sorely lacking here. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, a dear friend br... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:22:58 EST Monday! Hope all had a safe and Happy 4th, the weather was beautiful this weekend. It's another nice day a good one for our two DD's, GS and DH to go to the Kalamazoo Air Show. I have a resident mtg. this afternoon and an hour before our meeting the fire department is coming in to give a talk on fire saf... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:22:25 EST I want results! I saw this on my start page this morning... <BR> <BR> <BR> You can have results or excuses, <BR> You can't have both <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm going ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:20:10 EST First 5K: A Learning Experience So, I ran my first 5k. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to be ashamed to admit it: I was disappointed in my performance. I'm trying to not let it diminish the personal importance of what I did and the learning experience of it. It was both of those things, very much so. However, I'm not going to lie ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:10:41 EST pallet table effort Yesterday - one of the college girls living with me and I took 3 1/2 pallets apart and started our "picnic table" project. I have a small yard - with a lot of garden in it - and as a short-chick - need a table I can move easily by myself when I mow, and dismantle for winter-storage. This table ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:05:34 EST SPOILER... What is the purpose of my life? Who am I? Why am I here? What happens when I die? Explore the purpose of life and discover God's plan for you through the restored teachings of Jesus Christ. <BR> <BR><BR>st Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:02:48 EST Green Leaf "Tortillas" I love Mexican food but how can it be worked into one's diet? Just one medium tortilla alone can pack 130 calories. Add to that all the cheese, guacamole, sour cream, and fatty meats and a meal can become a unhealthy disaster. However, I'm discovering ways to enjoy the exquisite flavors of Me... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:57:57 EST Disney Princess 13.1 Training - Week 5 Review + Weight Challenges Week 5 has commenced, and while I am proud of some accomplishments, I'm not so happy with some others. Let's check out the breakdown: <BR> <BR> Mon, 6/29 - 17.8 mi bike ride, 1:10:56 <BR> Tue, 6/30 - 3.3 mi run, 10:27 min/mi avg pace <BR> Wed, 7/1 - Rest <BR> Thu, 7/2 - 4 mi run, 9:45 min/mi avg... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:54:50 EST Day 13 Good Morning y'all!! <BR> <BR> Happy Monday! What a great weekend it was here, lots of sunshine, pool fun, fireworks, family, friends and good food! :) It was semi difficult to keep things in check this weekend I will be honest - and if I had drank more water I would say I did GREAT! But... I di... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:50:30 EST Drinking H2O in AM I'm trying to get my life back together starting with my diet, exercise, eventually my study habits and my life in general. Firstly, to prevent eating so much, drinking one glass of water before each meal. I never knew drinking so much water ~250mL) water in the morning could be so hard. No... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:48:30 EST Heavy heart This weekend I found out that the world lost 2 amazing women. Friends I grew up with and both were mothers to young children. As girls we had the whole world ahead of us and such big dreams. None of us pictured the path our lives took. 11 years ago when I was making my escape from a very abusive ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:47:57 EST Food is My Medicine I'm juicing today: romaine, cucumber, zucchini, asparagus, parsley, celery, beet root, carrot, and watermelon. Really good! And really healthy -- it's my medicine!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:47:47 EST Giving It My 120! (my all) I really need to get up and move more. Working from home and in front of a computer makes it really convenient not to exercise during the day the amount I would like to. Sitting in the office chair, then at the table chair for lunch and breakfast then a sneak trip on over to the couch really amou... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:47:23 EST Day 1 - Eating healthy I have planned out everything that I'm going to eat today. I find that when I know exactly what I am to eat during the day I tend to stick with it. I'm already on my 3rd glass of water today (go me!). I am happy with all the food choices I have made for myself today. It's a lot easier when I work... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:44:35 EST Tackle Hurdles Before They Tackle You! So, it's been a while since I blogged last. I had my best/oldest friend coming up with her daughters for some fun and some pictures (I'm an amateur/semi-professional photographer). That was one heck of an eye opener! <BR> <BR> My friend is married to a man who is controlling, narcissistic, hick.... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:42:21 EST Exercise I bought a DVD called, "Walk at Home". Going to try to get more steps in today! Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:41:05 EST Here we go again! Decided I need to get serious about this weight I'm dragging around. I went on my account yesterday and cleaned out all my old weight tracking. I'm basically starting all over brand new! I got so tired of looking at my failures! I feel like I'm back at the first day of school with new book co... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:37:17 EST Gluten Free Banana Bread Hello Sparkfamily, It is bread bak'in day! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 cups almond flour <BR> 3 eggs <BR> 1/2 c honey <BR> 1 c applesauce <BR> or... <BR> 2 mashed b... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:31:38 EST Quote for the Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So True. And something to remember daily. <BR> Have a good day everyone. <BR> Will post again later. <em>247</em> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:31:09 EST Day 138 of the 'Q' - Mostly not dead... Life has so happened in the last 13 days since my last blog. Summer school was in a school that has almost no cell reception and the schedule has no breaks for teachers unlike a regular school day so there's no updating or checking my app. And then I was in the middle of getting a new computer wi... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:31:03 EST First goal met! Super excited to be able to say I've lost 12 pounds since rejoining spark. This was the first (incremental) goal I set myself... and also the largest of the series. Next up: Losing 9 more pounds by mid-September. <BR> <BR> Best of all? I did it over July 4th weekend! It required some planning a... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:24:48 EST Road Trip! Today I am off to see my Diabetes Educator . A while ago I got my insulin pump and have been working my way around it and getting use to it. It is getting better all the time as we, my educator and I, get it fine tuned. <em>224</em> <BR> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:24:08 EST Fresh start Recovering today from having my grandson all weekend. I love having him but my body is so achy that I can barely walk. Yep, I blew it over the weekend, eating all kinds of junk! I have decided that I have to make a fresh start. I am not going to get down on myself and participate in negative ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:17:28 EST Motivate Yourself Motivate yourself and be your own cheerleader. Yes, it's nice to hear compliments or encouraging words from others, but do not hold your breath and wait on it. <BR> <BR> Look in the mirror, smile and give your own self a pat on the back. Keep your head up and positive thoughts flowing in your m... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:15:41 EST SNAP! Back to Reality! I didn't post anything over this long 4th of July weekend! Didn't care what I ate either; although being out in the hot weather really wasn't horrible hungry. However I did have quite a bit of exercise walking around on our little mini vaca. So all in all I am pretty happy with myself. Hope e... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:14:25 EST The Battle!! Its been a long time and for some reason it seems like its been a long big battle on and off again. I have been fighting hoping to get to where i used to be the drive the dedication to keep up with a simple diet plan and workout regimen. I would start doing really well then fall completely off ag... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:13:11 EST Week 48 Weigh-in Loss for week: -5 lbs <BR> Total loss: -66.5 <BR> Average weekly loss: -1.39 <BR> <BR> Finally, a great week! Take that, plateau! I got a peek at onederland 2 mornings in a row this week (as you may have noticed when I blew up the internet with the news) but sadly woke up today at 201. But th... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:11:06 EST Triathlon Training Week 6 Training is going to plan in that I have now done at least half the distance in all disciplines. I am only averaging 4 sessions a week which is more than I used to do but may not be enough for this. Future plan has to be to aim at 2 of each discipline a week, even 3 where possible. <BR> <BR> Ope... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:09:50 EST Well, it's been a bummer summer ! I have not gotten to ride my bike or exercise in at least 2 weeks because of a hurt knee. I was mopping my back porch laminate floor and slipped but caught myself. When I did that I jerked my knee sideways and it has been hurting since. I walked for about 30-45 minutes last weekend and when I go... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 09:05:00 EST 07/06/15 = Weight Check <em>193</em> Weight Check <BR> 07/03/15 = 268.0 lbs <BR> 07/04/15 = 267.0 lbs = 1 lb released <BR> 07/05/15 = 266.0 lbs = 1 lb released = a total of 2 lbs. gone <BR> 07/06/15 = 264.4 lbs = 1.6 lbs released = a total of 3.6 lbs. gone <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:59:58 EST Sugar Detox I have been at this for 1 week now, this is day 8. So far so good, the worst day was day 5. I really wanted some sweetener in my coffee but I have stuck with it in the hopes that I can gain some control of my sugar cravings. Now on to carbs and fatty foods! I am slowly making progress, I had ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:51:05 EST The Next Step Oh but am I ever glad that the 4th comes but once a year... <em>33</em> Summer Shandy is sooooo good. So is apple whiskey. Just saying. The day after, not so much so. My body likes to remind me that I am *not* in my 20's anymore. <em>211</em> It's all good. I've took an opportunity ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:46:41 EST Well... Some coffee I decided to not completely cut my coffee, but rather limit it to 1-2 cups a day, with little sugar/creamer. <BR> In other news, I'm switching many of my lunches to salads, but I'm not seeing a lot of change. However, I have found my issue. It's not actually necessarily my meals (except that I d... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:43:33 EST Funnies for Monday 07/06/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:42:54 EST Counting my Blessings These are the blessings for which I am grateful. Overall Large Blessings ☆Faith ☆Family ☆Overall good health despite my weight issues ☆Freedom ☆Friendship ☆Support (including SparkPeople) ☆Career ☆Country, state, community, my home Smaller, but Still Important Blessings ☆C... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:42:42 EST Day 1 Ok so cleared out the crap food and weighed in. Still trying to find my way around here :D still on the plus side it is stopping me thinking about munching. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:41:47 EST And the count down begins 8 days In just 8 days we fly out to Geneva and meet up with our exchange student. From there we're going to Rome, Venice, Verona and Pisa. We're doing a tour (Just like the ones I said I'd never do) with a coach bus and fellow tourists. Most of the tours we have planned involve walking, lots of wa... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:41:21 EST This will brighten your day 1123 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:40:00 EST 8 of 90 Sunday 7/5/15 <BR> <BR> It was a great day I went to church and can home feeling like a ton of weights has been lifted off of my shoulders. Made me realize that if I can stay in a Christ centered life it makes me easier to focus. I can keep my mind right and fight the depression and doubts bet... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:37:04 EST Changes This is my last week at my old job---Been there almost 23 years so change is not easy. It is amazing how one change at the top can change a places whole culture, direction, and traditions. <BR> <BR> I never thought I would leave---I assumed I would retire there. I put in many extra hours,... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:36:21 EST F.L.Y....July 6th <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:30:44 EST Day 27 I got great news today so Happy Birthday to me!!! So I opened my email this morning and I had an email from spark for my activity tracker and I was "YES!!!! I did it!" Here is what I did. <BR> <BR> Week Totals <BR> Steps: 33,636 <BR> Total minutes: 637 <BR> Total Calories Burned: 4,130 <BR> Total miles walked: 14.36 <BR> <BR> Why was I so happ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:29:31 EST Good morning! Sunday was day one of success. Now to keep the momentum going for day two. I did some healthy grocery shopping yesterday. Today I want to get some food prep done. We are viewing a house to rent this morning and then this afternoon we are heading to a local park with a nice walking path for an aft... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:27:52 EST God Can And He Will <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:22:58 EST Bachelor Party Referring to Prince Williams bachelor party - "It's got to be weird stuffing money into strippers thongs when every bill has a picture of your Grandmother on it!" Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:21:39 EST Chit Chat Had an incident this early morning and that put paid to morning exercise. Have a date to ride bike with a friend this evening. She is a non-exerciser so it shouldn't be too long for her 1st time. <BR> <BR> Saturday and Sunday was spent chilling. I did some research on the web and I did do a... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:17:23 EST Emptiness “Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.” <BR> ― Norman Vincent Peale <BR> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:14:46 EST Post Vacation Blues Vacation was fun and the scale sure shows it. I managed to gain back the four pounds I had lost plus one! I'm not surprised but still disappointed nonetheless. Back to eating better (and truthfully, feeling better). Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:12:28 EST All's quiet !!! Hooray! Last night was peaceful! Headed to bed with the expectation that the booms would continue for hours yet. To my surprise, everyone stopped setting off more explosions! How wonderful- a peaceful night's sleep! Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:06:55 EST Essential oils? After work today, I'm going to an essential oils class/demonstration. <BR> I'm hoping to find something to help with stress & my arthritis pain. <BR> Does anyone have any experience with essential oils (good or bad)? Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:05:39 EST Camp NaNoWriMo day 6 So far so good. I'm not putting in the time I planned, but my word count is on target. Better yet I got through a cook out, and a few times eating out over the weekend and I have zero, nada, no weight gain to show for it. That includes a Sunday when I just couldn't bother recording my food. ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 08:00:27 EST a warm and humid summer day another hot day here today. tomorrow, it will be hot again, with quite a bit of rain. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i am taking it easy today and i do not have too much planned to do. have a wonderful day,everyone! Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:58:38 EST A FUN weekend is over ... :( <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But I'm still on vacation !!!!! <BR> <BR> Oh my goodness .. I had a wonderful weekend!!!! <BR> <BR> Saturday was beautiful weather. We were up and on the road by 5ish, and traveled around t... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:58:24 EST Aging gracefully I've decided that Dr. Ordon is my enemy. Right along the creator of injectable face gel to get rid of frown lines. <BR> <BR> That wrinkle cream and injectable face gel remind me that it's not okay to get older. <BR> <BR> And then I remember that it is. The average life expectancy was less t... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:55:51 EST Blessings, July 6, 2015 My goal is to list three blessings everyday. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. Time talking with a good friend. <BR> <BR> 2. Rain. <BR> <BR> 3. Beautiful flowers in my garden. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list your own blessings. <B... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:54:35 EST Reprogram My Thinking "If you don't like the results you are getting............start by programming your heart and choosing what you think......" <BR> Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> This passage from Joyce's book, Power Thoughts Devotional, have been spinning around in my head the last several da... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:52:35 EST I had five days off Of those five days, two were active... a run, and strength training. One was busy with yard work and appointments, not as active, though. Which leaves two when I was a slug, feeling unwell, and sleeping a lot. <BR> <BR> So now we're back to Monday and the work routine. I'm grateful. I'm fe... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:52:15 EST Update: 6 months and counting As some of you will remember, I had decided to quit tracking calories for a month and see how it worked out. It’s only been a couple of weeks and (I’ve gained two pounds) it’s making me nervous. I haven’t been eating enough vegetables’ as well as too many snack cakes, chips and French f... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:48:48 EST 7/6/15 Each Day is the beginning of the rest of your life make it the best possible <BR> <BR> <BR> have a great day it is a new day and a fresh start <BR> <BR> <BR> you are amazing keep moving forward <BR> <BR> have a blessed day Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:45:48 EST Begining again Once again I am back to losing weight. I keep going in circles. I start strong and then revert back to my old ways and have gotten no where. I keep hearing that I should start with small changes and set goals every week. So my goal for the week is to walk for 20 mins every day. I should be able t... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:43:46 EST buddy system Help, I'm just getting g started everyday, looking for a buddy. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:41:54 EST 07-06-2015 I wrote a follow-up blog to yesterday's but I decided I don't want to start the week on a negative note. Instead I will start with some joy. I took this picture during our video chat last week. My son, DIL, and my two grandsons will be here for a visit in a few weeks and I can't wait! Gino is... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:41:15 EST Heartburn? Acid Stomach? Mmmm! From how people have described heartburn, I have never had it. My family Dr. eluded to it being, perhaps, a sign of a heart problem--if NOT a stomach problem. Anyway, I found this info on the web and found it quite interesting. Maybe it can help some folks. <BR> <BR> ***Proton pump inhibitor... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:38:36 EST July 6, 2015 Quotes “ I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life; I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well. ” <BR> <BR> <BR> ― Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> <BR> "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." <BR> <BR... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:35:42 EST Monday's Silly <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:34:18 EST National Root Beer Float Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Each year on August 6, people around the country order (or make) a root beer float, drink up, enjoy and celebrate National Root Beer Float Day. Root beer floats are NOT just for kids! <BR> <BR... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:30:25 EST Great mountain ride! Beloved and I took the tandem out of town and to the base of the mountains. Got a very tough but glorious ride, I'm much stronger than I was before! Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:24:06 EST Motivational Thought For The Day Successful will always tell you you can do something. It's the people who have never accomplished anything who will always discourage you from trying to achieve excellent things. - Lou Holtz Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:22:47 EST Being a Pirate... <img src=""> <BR> I've been wearing the "Stepper"--- <BR> Yesterday (Sunday)-I aimed for 5000 steps-----and I made that! <BR> To-day I shall aim for 10,000----which isn't too much when one cuts grass--- <BR> <BR> Yest... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:20:52 EST Finances for the Future I am trying to take a good look at my finances and plan for the future, however it really freaks me out on how expensive everything is. My husband and I have been saving up for years on a down payment for a house. I think we have a healthy amount saved up for it, however then I factor in addition... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:08:58 EST monday--back from hi! well rob was on vacation again last week and it was a serious WORKING vacation! the weather was damp for the start--continued clouds, rain and general ick. but we worked anyway--moving plants, hauling mulch, i don't know exactly what all. the big accomplishment came at the end of the week... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:08:07 EST Monday Motivation <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:07:36 EST Just came back from trip to see 90 yr old MIL Good Morning; Every thing went well except the food. Normally I bring food with us, which I did. But we were slide swiped by a new member in family who likes to <BR> cook and wanted to show my Dd and SIL with kids a nice meal. Well the nice deal was a fattening meal which I do not eat like a... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:05:25 EST If You're Happy and You Know It . . . Remember the old song? <BR> <BR> I'm clapping my hands, stamping my feet. <BR> <BR> There are moments of grace in live. They are temporary. <BR> <BR> But: we gotta notice them. We do. <BR> <BR> They are what sustain us through the other moments. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:00:32 EST Wonderful holiday weekend and reflections of an unhealthy Stacy. While my daughter was away with her friend's family (sob), the boys and I had a wonderful time for our July 4th holiday! We went to a farm where there was a swimming hole for the kids, friends, fun and fireworks for everyone! Cole's friend was there, and all the kids enjoyed much fun in the wat... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 07:00:27 EST What does have a blessed day mean? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In general to tell someone to have a blessed day is saying you hope they experience favor in every area of need... to say this to an enemy can be best define by the scripture Romans 12:20 "There... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:57:44 EST Day 187 <em>88</em> Busy day today! I've got to go get the Mirena put in at 0815 and then go see my psychiatrist at 1000. I'll probably go hang at Waffle House till it's time for my 2nd appointment. I've also got to go to the craft store and get some yarn for a yarn project I'm going to start while I'm... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:56:13 EST Monday, July 6th <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:55:39 EST 07-06-2015 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> National Kissing Day is today! Enjoy! Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:45:37 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, July 6, 2015 July 6, 2015 SUFFERING <BR> <BR> We don’t like to see others suffer and we don’t particularly like suffering either; however, suffering is a part of life. We suffer when we are ill. We suffer when we are struggling. We suffer when we are ridiculed or treated wrong. When may suffer because of... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:35:28 EST Feeling Happy <em>224</em> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:33:45 EST International Kissing Day International Kissing Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated: July 6 <BR> <BR> Ahhh, it's Kissing Day. The objective of this very special day, is to appreciate the kiss. So, go ahead and swap som... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:33:15 EST Monday, July 6, 2015 I've realized that creamer in my coffee might be holding me back. I love creamer though. Has anyone had success eliminating it or replacing it with something with less calories? What did you do? I have stopped the two cups of coffee in the morning which was one regular and one decaf and have ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:32:42 EST Vacation blues I had a wonderful time at St Augustine. I rode the bike everyday up and over the lions bridge. <img src=""> <BR> We did eat a bit too much food and had a little too much sun but it was very relaxing. I did try to stay... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:16:44 EST July 6th I was so pleades with the tops I got on Saturday, I used to buy UK size 30/32 but in only 4 months I've gone down to a 24! I picked up several tops at this size but although they fit ok, I'm so used to wearing loose fitting clothes I still bought one at size 26 to tied me over although I'm wearin... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:14:14 EST Free Indeed - Joel & Victoria Today’s Scripture:“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”(John 8:36, NIV) <BR> <BR> Are you living in freedom today? So many people hear that God wants to set them free, but yet, they still walk around feeling defeated and carrying unnecessary burdens. But you don’t have... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:09:12 EST Monday, July 6 End of a three-day weekend. It went too fast - I had to work a bit, too. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I played tennis from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM yesterday. John and I lost to David and hubby 7-6 (5). David and I defeated John and hubby 6-3. Hubby and I lost to David and John 6-4. I had a bad day. Missing t... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 06:06:38 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=7/6/2015=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">Among the gods {there is... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 05:51:35 EST Letting Go of the Larger Sizes My desire to weigh less than 165.9 is fulfilled from my true self. <BR> <BR> My desire to weigh less than 165.9 has the power to manifest. <BR> <BR> <BR> Recently I found a little black velvet long sleeve dress, it cost me $1 at a garage sale. I brought it home and tried it on. It fits just ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 05:51:02 EST Giving God Praise Listening Joyce Meyer this morning and loving the message learning to sit in Christ. Learning to Rest in Christ...Depend on Christ while doing what he have us to do. Don't have to worry or have stress because once you are doing what God wants, you can rest in knowing God will do something with ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 05:49:35 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Each day is new and ready for you to live it fully. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 05:48:17 EST 6th July Well, the last couple of days were a bit of a test since even though I barely ate anything I went up from 92.5 to 92.9kgs. I was disappointed but whereas in the past it would have pushed me towards bingeing, this time I kept strong and kept on going. And today I'm down to 91.1kg. Geez when I look... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 05:17:28 EST Reminding myself Reminding myself: <BR> <BR> * Chew your food very well. Don't count how many times you've chewed. But just for one or two bites per meal, try to chew your food until it's totally liquid in your mouth before swallowing .Later on you can try to do 3 bites etc. and it may turn into a habit. <BR> <... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 05:11:24 EST f f Mon, 6 Jul 2015 05:04:20 EST My goals - and day 1 - Cardio exercise daily for 30 minutes or more <BR> - Have a green smoothie and a salad every day beside cooked veggies at the evening meal <BR> - Spend some time meditating and/or doing yoga 4x per week <BR> - Work to avoid / limit junkfood, candy and processed foods <BR> <BR> For the time bein... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 04:39:07 EST 3 AM So, it is 3 AM and I have a load of laundry going and am in the process of cleaning the kitchen. Why? I'm POd. I wish I could say it was for some other reason but that is the truth. I got yet another call from one of Jerry's family members going on about how they can't believe he is gone and how ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 04:31:07 EST Change is hard . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 04:17:45 EST July 6, Romans 5 Paul said that he rejoiced in his sufferings, but I don't think he just refers to any general suffering. He suffered specifically because he was preaching Jesus, not to compare to some physical or emotional issue that we may have. I crushed my left index finger a few weeks back and certainly di... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 04:13:01 EST "If I am only happy for myself, fewer chances for happiness. But If I am happy when good things happen to other people, billions of chances for happiness." The Dalai Lama Mon, 6 Jul 2015 04:05:52 EST Ominous Warning In Crazy Town .. Day 269 of 662 <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 04:04:29 EST A New You... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Morning Hello, <BR> <BR> Wishing you a Productive Monday and Week ahead Creating a New You! <BR> <BR> Questions to Ponder... <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> • Look and feel better <BR> • Feel ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 03:46:08 EST I'm not sure where to start! It's so hard losing weight. Dealing with psoriasis, pcos, liver disease, and asthma. The medications made me gain weight and is now preventing me from losing any! I'm not sure what I should be doing. Any advice? I'm new to all this. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 03:38:41 EST Bible Verse for Today.. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. <BR> <BR> Matthew 24:35 NKJV Mon, 6 Jul 2015 03:36:02 EST Quote for Today Attitudes determine our actions, for good or bad. <BR> <BR> D.L. Moody Mon, 6 Jul 2015 03:34:36 EST Feelingtude list, 7/5 1. i am grateful for my babies, because we are each other's normal. <BR> 2. i am grateful for being half done, because that's closer to time off. <BR> 3. i am grateful for social media, because it gives me a means for keeping up with my long distance community. <BR> 4. i am grateful for getting i... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 03:31:01 EST Daily quote A creative man is motivated by the desire. To achieve , not by the desire to beat others. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 03:22:53 EST Daily quote A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. <BR> <BR> Anonymous <BR> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 03:16:30 EST Day One of Sixty Well I started well (day one this would be expected I guess lol) <BR> <BR> Warm water with lemon followed by my medication and another glass of water <BR> <BR> 10 minutes on vibration machine (think cheaper version of Powerplate) <BR> 4 x 10 bicep curls, 4 x 10 crunches on swiss ball, 4 x 10 4x... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 03:11:17 EST July <img src=""> <BR> my goal is to loose 2 pounds this month, track food, water & exercise <BR> last month I was eating about 2,000 calories daily- this month I want that daily average to be lower. This month I want to g... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 03:07:18 EST Plot Twist <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 03:03:04 EST Gratitudes: my husband is fine after being rear-ended and we have insurance I am deeply, intensely, profoundly grateful that my husband is peacefully sleeping as I type this. <BR> <BR> This is what I posted to Facebook, if you want to know what happened: <BR> My husband ended his Independence weekend with a bang. Literally. <BR> He's OK. I'm watching him to see if he d... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 02:55:44 EST Sunday Gratitude Blog It is sort of difficult to write a gratitude blog, between the heat wave that we are dealing with in my area and having some serious health issues. The heat has not been helping me recover! It makes it very difficult to sleep and to get things done. But there are still things to celebrate. <BR> ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 02:41:06 EST Time to Begin Anew!! I had been reading some men's fitness magazines lately. You know, the ones with the guys with the buff bods on the cover. Then, yesterday, I was leaning into the mirror with my shirt off, and saw my almighty girth in all of it's full color. I had been kidding myself that losing 33 pounds since ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 02:38:37 EST Aaaaannnnnd... I'm back. Again. and Again. Lost my mom in February, one month after the new job. Then the job changed and I ended up spending more time in traffic therefore less time at home. And I am getting more time with my husband's daughter, who will be 3 in September. We joined a gym, but haven't really made a firm commitment. A f... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 02:23:26 EST Time for change, time for action! I think it's time I get serious. I mean, I have been living sugar free for the past 4 days and have not lost a single pound. I think I even gained a couple. How can that be?! It is so frustrating. I am not sure why I dread writing down what I eat but I do. Unfortunately, it may be the only... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 01:53:52 EST Fire evacuation What a day. We'd been gone enjoying a morning out with friends 30 miles north. On our way back as we neared our town, thick clouds of smoke rose from the direction of our neighborhood at the end of the road and bordering national forest. <BR> <BR> Our beloved mountain is on fire. Evacuation beg... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 01:50:57 EST A Delicious Day How is it Monday already?! I feel like I blinked and the long weekend was over. We had a lot going on and it was all wonderful but can I have another day to recover? A Mother's work really is never done. I know I should be asleep at 1:30 a.m. but the NASCAR race is on, there is laundry in the dr... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 01:36:01 EST Gratitude July 5 2015 Number 1: Daughter is still okay. At least I have no reason to suspect otherwise. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Fresh strawberries! Fresh blueberries! Fresh apricots! All at the Farmer's Market this morning. <BR> <BR> Number 3: We went to a San Jose Giants baseball game tonight. It was amazing. ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 01:35:56 EST breaking lazy I am in the mountains until Thursday. With wireless, you wonder? I'm in a town, staying at my aunt's house with my grandma because my aunt has meetings in the city this week and my grandma would rather stay in the mountains but doesn't want to stay alone. It was easy enough to rearrange my office... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 01:34:09 EST Honor or Coercion? So I'm sitting at home an hour ago, watching TV and eating a way-too-late-at-night bowl of spaghetti when my phone buzzes. <BR> <BR> "Oh, another SparkPeople email. I'll ignore it like all the rest," I think to myself. But then I notice that this subject line is different. It's not one of the h... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 01:21:50 EST Sunday summary After last night's festivities, I was a bit on the tired side this morning for church. We decided to go to the movies as a fun treat. It was nice to sit in an air-conditioned theatre. When we left the theatre, I couldn't believe how hot it was. Dinner was delayed until it cooled down a bit an... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 01:21:05 EST Day Zero, Third Time I've been here before, and I don't like it. Under another user name, I successfully dropped from 235 lbs. to 175 lbs. A friend and I worked out and ate together. We kept each other on track. I felt great! What happened? I got injured during a group workout during which I listened to the instructo... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 01:20:51 EST Day 1: Check In Walked 1.26 miles in 28 minutes. <BR> Stretched afterward. <BR> <BR> Possible goal additions for tomorrow: <BR> * drink water <BR> * move for 30 minutes <BR> * eat 5 fruits and veggies Mon, 6 Jul 2015 01:20:22 EST 10 Pounds Down! Weighed in again today and found out I'd lost another 2 pounds. Very excited that what I'm doing is paying off!! <em>9</em> <em>252</em> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 01:19:30 EST Week One Down My first week back on SP! All this food tracking is just what I needed to see that one Oreo cookie is not worth all the extra exercise. <BR> <BR> I did pretty well. I used this week as a bar for what to adjust. As a massage therapist, I know our bodies are constantly in flux. Last months massage... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 01:12:21 EST 7/5 First plank! I did it! I finally went from an Ignorant statement of "oh, Anyone can do that, what's the big deal?" to eating my arrogant, cocky words. It's not easy. I thought my back would give out, or my trembling abs would crumble. The first attempt lasted 30 seconds. Talk about a reality check! I coll... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 01:10:20 EST How Will I Use My Seven Days Of This Week? <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jul 2015 01:10:13 EST Here is to a strong week did not have a weekend in which i accomplished a ton of stuff. i did ok on saturday. but at least i did get a lot off my list. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 01:00:53 EST Unplanned rest day Got home this morning, nearly fell asleep before I walked the pups. I did manage to get them out for 45 minutes before it got too hot and I got too tired. Just over 8000 steps - that's enough. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:57:45 EST Iowa Buttermilk!? What's the deal? I'm on this road trip to see my dad and ended up in G.....ehh can't remember. Not quite to Iowa City. Got to hotel, got to Walmart, craving yogurt or buttermilk for the achey legs, and I found this WONDERFUL brand!! BEST. BUTTERMILK. EVER! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:56:33 EST Devotional for Dieters, with Dan Dick Galatians 6:9 <BR> And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. <BR> <BR> <BR> Janet was tired of dieting. She had been at it for almost six months. She looked better, and knew that she was doing the right thing. Taking the pounds off had been hard, ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:51:56 EST Karma and habit nr 3 Yesterday morning as I was about to wre my blog there was a floor announced on the "free"-sit. 20-25 square meters, a "click-floor" jast what I needed for my guestroom floor - so I said "yes, please" and got it. Instead of writing a blog, I drove off and packed floor boards into my car (where the... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:51:50 EST Day 35 Did my exercising for my current Spark people summer challenge, and I walked one mile. I feel a bit bummed at myself this weekend. I lost one pound last week and with the church picnic for the 4th and today a birthday party for my grandson. I gained it back. I just have to learn discipline wi... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:51:40 EST first Sunday challenge The first Sunday of every month is a challenge for me. It is my church's fast Sunday when we fast two meals that day. It's a bit of a challenge for me because of a few reasons. The first is the obvious issue of hunger. Fasting breakfast AND lunch leaves a person downright hungry. Also is the ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:29:07 EST Let me share a running memory... I have been sitting here fondling my medals and trying to stir up some memories. Each medal has a story and no event is ever without significance. If you will indulge me, I want to share a memory with you. My first race. I'll try to be succinct. <BR> <BR> My trainer was really trying to get me t... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:23:41 EST Special Blessings-July 6, 2015 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. We went to the coffee shop early this afternoon. <BR> <BR> 2. I got the laundry done. Now, I won't have to do any for a few days. <BR> <BR> 3. I didn't have to cook tonight. We thought the Daytona 400 would be starting at 7:30,... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:21:36 EST Deja vu I feel like I've been blogging the same thing over and over lately - trying not to regret a dietary indulgence today, and reminding myself that tomorrow's a fresh start. I'm glad this holiday weekend is over. It was fun, but so many temptations, and I didn't manage to resist all of them. Time ... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:11:58 EST Another Day Off Another day off Turbo Jam {I guess maybe because the snuck in a double dvd day?} I did managed to squeeze in 97 active fitness minutes; over 9,000 steps and burn over 2,000 calories so <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> My trainer is feeling a lot better, he jumped on the sofa to try and hide his dog t... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:59:46 EST Weigh-In -- 5Jul15 Still hanging in there at the same weight. I haven't been very diligent at making good food choices. <BR> <BR> A couple of weeks ago I went to Kalispell for a memorial for my sister. It was an informal gathering of close friends and family held in her yard at her home and was quite nice. Her ... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:58:55 EST Sparking again Today after a long time I felt like sparking again. I almost was going to close the account down awhile ago but kept it open (just in case) and I think that was a good decision. I think this blog provides that space where you can just blog for yourself when you need to. <BR> <BR> Today was the... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:58:54 EST Today's Inspiration " Beautiful things happen <BR> in your life when you <BR> distance yourself from <BR> the negative." <BR> <BR> - Unknown Author Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:55:03 EST talking to myself Hey there Universe! So hooking the fitbit to my hip helped. I don't know if it registered all of the steps, but it got enough of them. 8K+steps for the day, but I need to go to bed now. I have a crashed server to deal with in the am. Yay. Have a great night! Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:53:51 EST Still going My new Power 90 dvd came and I did the cardio tonight. It was awesome, an incredible work out, and I didn't hurt my knee. I've been drinking shakology, which is a meal replacement, and it's really delicious. I saw my dr (i think i posted that in my last blog) so I'm icing my knee right now to see... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:53:17 EST Further Experiments with Seaweed Wow. It has been a little bit less than a year since the last time I was on here. <BR> <BR> At least I'm back again, right? <BR> <BR> This week's bento was completed this morning. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It was going... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:49:55 EST Well ready or not here comes the new week!! I have been shuffling papers getting ready to go deal with the bank on Monday..working on a refi of the house to lower the interest and hopefully the payments as well! <BR> Then the contractor should be showing up this week to get the new windows installed and start on the siding..then the roof, ... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:47:34 EST Happy Monday Enjoy life and be blessed hugs Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:47:07 EST What Went - Sunday 1. I'm hoooooooooooooooooot. (said with a whine). <BR> <BR> 2. I did not wear hose today to church for the first time in 51 years - well, more like 40 years since I think I started wearing it when I was 11. I felt so naked. To know why, see number 1. <BR> <BR> 3. I don't know how all the... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:40:49 EST So, now that the weekend is over... And I survived the festival, I am ready to sleep for a week. But I cant. Too much product to replace! <BR> <BR> Hubs was amazingly helpful. I made more sales than ever, which is both good and bad. I've made the choice to only work within my pain tolerance, not overdo, keep making the massage th... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:38:15 EST 7/5/15 <img src="">This old dog learn something new at church today. And I feel I grew by it some. I have been told all my life that God never gives you more than you can handle. I am sure you have heard this too. The pri... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:34:41 EST 186/365 Last day off, spent it mostly cleaning up from yesterday, took all the unsold garage sale stuff to a charity, removed the signs, Went for a walk. Back to work in the morning. I wish I had a bit more time to chill out over my holiday, Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:33:31 EST Sunday This morning we walked 3.6 miles, ate breakfast and spent most of the rest of the day in the house. My husband's back was hurting him so he laid down after breakfast. I watched TV and washed some clothes. When my husband got up we went to Costco just before closing time. We were in and out wi... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:30:51 EST hat or no hat Don't you get bothered when you spend hours on a project and don't like it? <BR> I'm crocheting a hat and now that I'm almost done, I don't like it! <BR> The yarn is beautiful! It's silk straw and it really holds its shape <BR> for the hat but I don't know.....I have another 2 inches to go.... <... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:28:21 EST 7/5/15 - Bedtime The US women won the World Cup! Thank you Canada! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Last year I had a tree removed. Since weeds aren't growing in the area, I thought it was unreasonable to expect grass seed to germinate. I got a shovel and started digging out tree roots and wood chips. Once I've g... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:27:19 EST Day 7: Dang it was hot! Chapters for publisher went quickly. Yay. <BR> So, went outside to pull weeds around my tomatoes. Then realized i needed to get the frames around them and start tying up. Overall, 2-3 hours out there. And it was HOT!!! <BR> <BR> That was my workout! Once done, time to get dinner going - collards... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:25:08 EST Success! I am very proud of myself for yesterday. I managed to stay under calorie budget and get all my exercise in. I had one plate of food, piled high with grilled veggies and only one serving of the potato salad, baked beans, and chicken. In the past I would have forgone the veggies and would piled on ... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:23:05 EST Day 144 - Zumba Today I took my very first Zumba class and wowwwwwwwwwwwww, my muscles are not trained for those kinds of moves. LOL... P90X isn't very fluid, so it's going to take some time for me to work into samba steps instead of kenpo! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm taking a kettlebell class, I hope that goes jus... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:16:43 EST No Shortcuts In Crazy Town .. Day 268 of 662 <img src=""> Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:15:00 EST NO Fork for the Pain! Day 7! <BR> <BR> I made a commitment to get back into healthy eating habits and a regular exercise routine and I have stuck with it for seven days straight. I have tried and failed more diets than I can count so this time I am taking a different approach. I have not sworn off any food groups or... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:13:17 EST