SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs TODAY'S QUESTION? <img src=""> <BR> The LORD hath done great things for us; (whereof) we are glad. Psalm 126:3 (KJV) ....................................<BR>.............................And it shall come to pass, (that) whosoever shall... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 05:48:24 EST Where does our food come from? Today, I asked my 5% challenge team, “What is the hardest job you’ve ever done?” For me, it was picking strawberries in the 80’s alongside migrant workers. I made it through one day for sure, maybe 2 or 3 and then I quit. This was back breaking physical work in the hot sun and we were pushed to b... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 05:11:40 EST Progress Report - Day 160 AF (Alcohol Free) <img src=""> <BR> For those who don't know my story... I'm 52 years young and I have been striving to get at a healthy happy weight for a long time! I have struggled with weight issues most of my life - having gone up ... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 05:11:39 EST Making a Coloring Book <img src=""> <BR> Making a coloring book is a very simple project that I do for my class and also for my grandkids. <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 05:04:27 EST Saturday Funny A pirate walked into a bar and sat down for a drink. <BR> <BR> The bartender asked, "Gee you look awful, are you feeling okay?" <BR> <BR> "I feel fine, why do you ask?," said the pirate. <BR> <BR> "Well your leg is half missing, you have a wooden peg leg!" <BR> <BR> "Arrr that happened a few ... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 05:02:09 EST Unwanted experience; I do not like drugs I’ve just added a second item to my do not take for pain list. I left the hospital with a prescription for a short term opioid pain reliever. I wasn’t thrilled about it, so my primary suggested another one that worked a little differently. It should have been fine since I was able to take the fir... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 04:54:05 EST Fri 1/18 Cleaning day We started cleaning the house before lunch but had to pick up the grands from school. After they went home, we finished cleaning. We got a loaner since ours is in the shop. It's gonna cost around $350 to fix, and it is 12 years old. We decided to get a new one. Don't know when we're gonna get it.... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 04:39:20 EST Super Early Morning Good Morning Fellow Sparkers! I have shoveled/snow blowed 4 times since he start of the storm last night. I have to keep the driveway clear for when hubby gets home. It’s easier to do in small bits. I was gonna do it again now but decided to wait until an hour before he comes home instead. ... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 04:33:14 EST "oh good grief" <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday's assignment asked for too much information- I didn't remember to delay before eating for half the snacks/meals, and towards evening I didn't keep in line with spacing meals out because at t... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 04:08:57 EST get up and go Marching that is!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> ... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 03:59:39 EST CNY Preparations! I am really looking forward to CNY (Chinese New Year) so I can wear my new clothes! It's a CNY tradition to rock new clothes during the CNY season. I bought a few pieces when they were on sale at various times last year, so I am all set! <BR> <BR> I am also getting a gel mani and a pedi next Mon... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 03:51:18 EST 18 - Three and a Half pounds gone this week - Jan 18 2019 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Three and a half pounds gone this week. Now the work will be to make sure those pounds are gone for good. I have been sick this past week so the loss is not because of my hard work, tracking, ex... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 03:01:40 EST Daily Affirmation for Saturday, January 19, 2019 " I am one with Spirit. Spirit is within me. <BR> Spirit permeates me and surrounds me. <BR> Spirit is my comfort and my strength. <BR> I am one with Spirit." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Sat, 19 Jan 2019 02:50:24 EST Still a failure Here we go again. Another week of dieting. Another week still as fat as always :-( <BR> <BR> I'm keeping my calories up to average 1200 a day. <BR> <BR> I'm walking 10000 steps a day plus. <BR> <BR> I'm drinking my water. <BR> <BR> I'm riding for 4-5 hours a week. <BR> <BR> I'm still FAT!!!!... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 02:40:37 EST Just Keep Working Out and Smiling <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When you're frustrated and not feeling your best, keep working out and smiling. <BR> <BR> When you exercise every day, lifting, doing cardio, and the scale keeps moving up, you just keep worki... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 02:34:23 EST 18th January Today's mission was: Get outside and notice 5 things that are beautiful <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not difficult for me as I am lucky enough to get outside every day. <BR> <BR> Mahonia - I just love the scen... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 02:31:43 EST Week 11 Weigh-In Blog & Fitness Progress Here is a great article about working out and gaining weight: <link><BR>rt-why-do-you-gain-weight-when-you-sta<BR>rt-working-out </link> which is what is happening to me right now. I'm thinking the bloat is temporary inflammation and also muscle gain as I ha... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 02:27:22 EST Seated exercises I did Coach Nicole's seated cardio workout. It was s surprising challenge! I also did her resistance band total body workout which was pretty good as well. My left shoulder & right knee are inflamed so these exercises were a great help. Think I'll lay off doing squats for a while, and lunges are ... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 02:25:00 EST New idea for fish Put a bit of oil in the bottom of a pan added chopped onions then put mixed fish pieces over the onions had mixed the fish with brown mustard, garlic paste & pepper & salt covered with tomato slices & steamed the whole thing hope its edible. Sat, 19 Jan 2019 01:31:28 EST 1-18-19 It was a very gloomy morning, then it snowed. The sun came out. All the weather effects in one day. I did like that it lightening up by noontime. I'm not in the mood for a daylong gloom. By sunset the snow that fell this morning was all gone. It was kind of a wet snow. We shouldn't be getting wet... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 01:24:18 EST Good Day Didn't sleep very well last night... kept having to get up and go to the bathroom... bladder was full from drinking so much tea during the day when I was awake. But the sun was up so started the laundry and fed Sassy and porch cats and took off on long walk. Felt good to be out walking and so S... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:58:17 EST Saturday's Silly <img src=""> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:56:27 EST long weekend my friends mom passed away recently. saturday is the visitation at the funeral home and sunday is the funeral. it will be long for her family. it will be long for me too. Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:56:08 EST Rapidly Changing Weather <em>67</em> <em>27</em> <em>54</em> <em>259</em> <BR> That is today's weather. Started with sun and 65 degree temps. Then the clouds came and it started raining, now thunder and lightning and 61 degrees. Same tomorrow and then the temp is supposed to drop to 27 by tomorrow night. Brrr... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:44:44 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR SATURDAY ABRAHAM <BR> <BR> And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." And he was called the friend of God. <BR> James 2:23 <BR> <BR> In the early years of Facebook, the race was to coll... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:36:33 EST Cowboy Casanova Cowboy Casanova, Carrie Underwood, 2009 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> You better take it from me <BR> That boy is like a disease <BR> You're runnin' and tryin' and tryin' to hide <BR> And you're wondering w... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:32:56 EST Can't help beeing a little sad. It will be sad to go home tomorrow. I wish I could afford to live here closer to them but isn't in my income bracket. I'll have to decide some day when I am having trouble living one then I might have to make a choice of applying for low income housing out here. But it's not that time yet. <... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:32:15 EST Day 8 - St. Peregrine Novena Day 8 - St. Peregrine Novena <BR> (Audio/Video Version) <BR> Dear holy servant of God, St. Peregrine, we pray today for healing. <BR> <BR> Intercede for us! God healed you of cancer and others were healed by your prayers. Please pray for the physical healing of… <BR> <BR> (Mention your intentio... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:26:37 EST stay safe So much of the USA will be getting hit with snow, rain, ice and high winds <BR> <BR> If you are in one of those areas, please stay as safe as you can <BR> <BR> where I am, the forecast is rain, winds and the lowest temperatures we have seen this season Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:25:51 EST January 18th Well..nope never caught my tail yesterday..but decided to see if I could work it off today! <BR> Early AM looked north and thought..anything I wanna do I better do...NOW!! <BR> Storm clouds were rolling over each other like crashing waves and you could see them coming down the mountains like rows... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:19:32 EST It will come...small steps <img src=""> <BR> So, today I missed my gym buddy. She went to the hospital with stomach pains. Yes she is doing ok. Perhaps she will be in for tomorrow. If not I go alone again. Yesterday was day one at the gym. Just... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:15:53 EST Whole 30 R2D17 Whole thirty , finally something that I can manage and agrees with me Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:14:03 EST Encouragement <img src=""> <BR> You are worth it. Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:13:40 EST ONE FORWARD ... FIVE BACKWARD IT WAS THAT KIND OF DAY To start out with … I stayed up until 2 am writing and putting info into my publication app. for the youth newsletter. It went well except I needed some information that I had had but couldn't find. Got up late this a.m. after being up so late and went to publication file … my letter was no w... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:12:54 EST Weather We finally received some sun today. It is 54 outside and 67 inside. Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:08:33 EST Special Blessings-January 19, 2019 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I woke up this morning with plenty of time to get in my exercise and start a new book. <BR> <BR> 2. I finally heard from Jamie. He departed the ship at Cape Canaveral this morning and drove across Fl. to my Uncle's house. He will... Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:07:26 EST Good and the bad Good news, I'm working on stopping the bad news. The bad news, doctor has to run more test to see if I am or almost am diabetic. Good news I'm working on stopping that. If it turns out that I'm diabet, I will change that. I have to stay focused on the outcome. Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:06:59 EST .. Day 18/365 Exhausted .. Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:06:40 EST Mendenhall Glacier ice caves. <img src=""> <BR> Today's hiking adventure was a trip to the Mendenhall Glacier ice caves the photo is me in the ice caves, beautiful it is anyone want to join me. Located in Juneau Alaska. Sat, 19 Jan 2019 00:03:00 EST Getting started again Trying to restart/pick up my weight loss adventure. It is frustrating how easily I can get side tracked. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:51:16 EST KNEE BETTER My knee is so much better today. I am going to wear the copper thing for the next week or so just to be sure. I only wear it at work. Take it off as soon as home. Hopefully it will mend shortly Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:44:39 EST Weigh Day # 7 I weighed in this morning ... just down a couple points... so I will say STS... sigh.. <BR> ---but I will not get discouraged.. <BR> <BR> This means when I went through my challenge list.. I did not do as well as I should of with my eating... learned some new points through my fitbit . Next week... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:32:26 EST Tomorrow nights it's coming (short, humorous, snow) I live in Maine <BR> <BR> Right on the coast they're saying 12-20. Likely the 12ish where I'm because though it'll be 10 F the upper atmosphere will be warm so sleet. <BR> <BR> Stole these: <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:29:42 EST Weather incoming! It has been an interesting week... I will get into it more in my next blog.... maybe. We are expecting a blizzard, starting in the early hours of the morning, and lasting through the weekend. My dad, silly man, asked if I was going to come out for breakfast in the morning. I said "maybe"! I g... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:29:19 EST Sleep Journal 2 What time did you wake up today? <BR> 7:00 am <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> 11:30 pm <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? <BR> Washed face <BR> Put on moisturizer <BR> Turned on Law and Order <BR> Fell asleep on couch (hahahaha OMG I'M AN ADULT) ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:16:47 EST Day 18 2019 - Snow and Patriots I realize the majority of the country is rooting for the Chiefs but New England and Michigan are rooting for the Pats to win on Sunday evening. Plus we have a major storm coming so there will be lots of Patriots fans inside watching the game. Unfortunately the Pats won't be playing at home in... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:12:33 EST PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION, DAY 18!! Baby It's Cold Out There Again Friday’s Fix: Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.~Les Brown <BR> <BR> Happy Thesaurus Day, Winnie The Pooh Day, International Fetish Day, Peking Duck Day & ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:10:00 EST What caused me to get derailed from my good intentions? Me. Plain and simple. What a crazy realization though! I plan and meal prep. I get snacks and have most things portioned. But I give in to the slightest temptation. <BR> <BR> Ok, to be fair I have to acknowledge that I have some brain damage from a stroke I had 2 years ago, the impulse control ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:07:54 EST Day 18: A Little Snow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Sometimes we must get hurt in order to grow. We must fail in order to know. Sometimes our vision is clear only after our eyes are washed away with tears." (Unknown) <BR> <BR> Happy Weekend! <B... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:01:46 EST Here I Go Again How many times have I started, quit, and then restarted my journey with weight. But for some reason, this time feels different. I am tired of being tired. I want to be in control again. I need to be held accountable for what I eat and when I get my exercise done (I hate exercise). I am setting s... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:00:12 EST Working on getting a good night sleep. Week 1 <BR> <BR> Day Hours <BR> Thursday 7 <BR> Friday 4 <BR> Saturday 5 <BR> Sunday 4 <BR> Monday 5 <BR> Tuesday 5 1/2 <BR> Wednesday 5 <BR> <BR> Total 35 1/2 <BR> <BR> Would like to get 7 hours of slee... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:43:10 EST Day 18 Thanks to my friend Kathy I exercised today! Tried the elliptical didn’t like it so went to the treadmill for 30 minutes and then did some weights Even shot some hoops! Sticking with no carbs no sugar no processed foods Tomorrow in a wrestling gym watching my son I will make sure I pack all the r... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:38:13 EST Day 18 Thanks to my friend Kathy I exercised today! Tried the elliptical didn’t like it so went to the treadmill for 30 minutes and then did some weights Even shot some hoops! Sticking with no carbs no sugar no processed foods Tomorrow in a wrestling gym watching my son I will make sure I pack all the r... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:38:00 EST Friday humor <img src=""> <BR> I had to find some humor in this day before I go crazy. I hate when people know you and then they avoid you. Well I don't have time for fake friends. I feel I'm a better person than to let these peop... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:36:07 EST What Did Our Parents Do????? What did our parents do when they <BR> <BR> were bored with no Internet? <BR> <BR> I asked my 18 brothers and sisters, <BR> <BR> and they didn't know either. <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:31:35 EST Friday January 18 Down for the count with a sinus infection. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:28:23 EST Moving slowly is better than not moving. This is not in reference to the scale or exercise but knitting. <BR> <BR> My sister requested a repeat of a cowl I knitted a couple of years ago. This time in a different color. After panicking about not finding/finding the pattern and yarn she liked I started. And knitted. And knitted. And felt... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:19:07 EST CRITIC VS. PROBLEM SOLVER I have been here on Spark People for nine years, during which time I have successfully shed my excess weight. <BR> And I am staying here to continually work on keeping that weight off. <BR> <BR> Throughout these years, I have learned many lessons and have made many changes that helped me to succ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:17:27 EST #642 It's Friday! Not much to share today besides some shopping for a few items and food. So found this to share. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and this! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:12:16 EST Live Like You're Dying I feel like it’s getting easier today. I still want binge foods, but the siren call is softer, more distant. Today is day 14 of being binge-free. I’m still obsessing over food, but I’m putting love into my healthy meals instead of resentment. <BR> <BR> Today, I kept thinking of the phrase, “live... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:08:25 EST Day 27 - a Victory!!! Finished a week of meetings and travel and stayed the course. Made a trip to Mexico today for a site inspection, meeting and food tasting and did not fall off the wagon. After getting home last night from another trip to DC, I had to get up at 4:30, which is an achievement in itself for me. Star... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:05:26 EST Just When I Thought I Had Things Figured Out By the end of my journey I am going to be the healthiest eater in an unhealthy body with a terminal illness. I just had to sit back and chuckle. It sounds so off the wall, although that is where I am headed. <BR> <BR> On the 9th of this month I had an appointment with my cardiologist. He deci... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:03:47 EST "C" is for Corinthians <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The study lessons for next week rested in 2 Corinthians 3. The majority of my day was spent working through the lesson guide for Wednesday. I chose Bible study as I needed to ignore any paid w... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:03:23 EST Friday Funnies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:00:25 EST Day 18 (rejiggerred) <img src=""> <BR> Aaron's Beard! Have I been busy! So yesterday (Thursday) I met with Coach Cathy (CC) and she was delighted to rejigger my plans. The new and improved goal is to lose 5 to 6 pounds a month. So I'm alre... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:56:51 EST Loving my new Spark life <img src=""> It's been an interesting week. I am shocked by tracking my food just how much a small treat can impact your daily calorie count. I wish I had done this sooner as it's been a real eye opener. I still en... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:47:37 EST Friday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:45:30 EST Split the Difference <img src=""> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:39:50 EST 2500 mile goal Exbike and total gym legs and back. Exhausted all day. Took major nap rest of day. Cold damp and dreary all day long. Great day for nap and tv. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:22:43 EST I am grateful for, 1.18.19 1. My babies, because they pull me out out of my head. <BR> 2. Sleep, because it is nice when I get it. <BR> 3. Ibuprofen, because it helped me get to sleep when the ice fog rolled in. <BR> 4. Getting started on the kids’ DVD’s, because it will buy us space. <BR> 5. Having time to explain the new... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:17:55 EST First rest stop on the SP highway I've been tracking, exercising, using various tools on the site for a couple weeks now. <BR> <BR> Today I've looked at all I've done. I want to lose weight. I need to use the data and tools I've been using and lasso my eating. I see in reality what I do eat, since I've been tracking every mor... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:16:27 EST Friday rocks...where is my bed??? Jan 18 I love Fridays..Usually I teach two Zumba classes with a bunch of wonderful ladies. and today was the retired Teacher luncheon. We keep losing people, that is hard. But we always toast them and remember the good things, of which there are many. <BR> <BR> I came home and walked my big silly dog. ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:14:13 EST Words of Wisdom <img src=""> Always Read the NUTRITIONAL FACTS! 🙄 Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:05:15 EST #sugarfree challenge day 3 of 30 3 days = 10% done, which helped me make it through the mocha and chocolate cravings today. TGIF! :) Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:02:19 EST Flipping Friday Today thirteen people and I got sent home early after only two hours of work. Needless to say budget cuts always make my blood pressure go up . So as soon as I got home and put my uneaten lunch away I was off. Off for a walk to get my blood pressure back to normal and a smile on my face. <BR> Lu... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:00:17 EST Computer Woes My desktop has been freezing a lot these past few weeks, rendering it pretty much useless. I might buy a new laptop (don't want a desktop anymore, as they take up too much space), but I don't want to spend that kind of money until the government shutdown is over (I am not getting paid until it i... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:54:48 EST Daily inspiration and birthverse for January 18 Daily Inspiration--People should be able to look at us and see that we are different. <BR> <BR> Lord, may I be an example of Your love and learn to rely on You at all times. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life . . . 1 Timothy 6:12 <... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:48:32 EST Thankful January 18 Today I am thankful for... <BR> <BR> 1. a robin outside my window <em>585</em> (closest I could find) <BR> 2. big salad for lunch <em>551</em> <BR> 3. actually getting to sit down and eat lunch with friends <BR> 4. dancing with my first graders <em>354</em> <BR> 5. walking out of scho... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:46:32 EST Shabbat Shalom! <img src=""> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:40:11 EST Day 18 of 104 So it's been a little over 2 weeks of the new year and my healthy lifestyle still needs perfecting. <BR> <BR> I haven't been the most faithful with my diet, but I'm not here to complain. I am writing to hold myself accountable (and keep my hands busy so I don't go grab junk food while I have dow... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:39:03 EST On The Run Ideas for breakfast when you are running late. These can be portable and eaten on-the-way! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Peanut butter with bananas on a waffle. <BR> <BR> Toast with fruit preserves with no sugar <img... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:32:56 EST long weekend! <img src=""> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:15:29 EST January 18, 2019 Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> Of course, I'm still in a crummy mood and ended up with a migraine. I'm guessing that it is weather-related. Stupid snow storm. <BR> <BR> Matthew stayed home today. I did take him to the doctor this morning and thankfully it's not strep throat. Of course, that means ther... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:11:39 EST Now they say now snow. I got the MRI done. I had a good work day. The weather will be cold but probably not much if any snow. Enjoy Your Saturday!! Luv Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:57:11 EST SMART Goals for BLC 39 S - I want to see my weight go down every week. <BR> <BR> M - Weekly weigh-ins will measure how I'm doing. <BR> <BR> A - Tracking every bite every day and getting in at least 20 fitness minutes/day should keep me on track. <BR> <BR> R - Any loss is a loss. I would love to lose 2 pounds/week, ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:45:11 EST SEVERE WEATHER ALERT Crediting my sister for this. She posted it on Facebook. No idea where she found it. Hilarious but true! <BR> ILLINOIS RESIDENTS: <BR> <BR> SEVERE WEATHER ALERT: <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <BR> <BR> Residents are being advised to prepare for accumulating sn... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:44:20 EST Sad News Tonight my granddaughter Brittany texted me that her husband’s cousin’s twin had died this evening. The couple had twins less than 2 weeks ago and one little boy Harley was born without a skull and less than 3 pounds. His twin was 6+pounds. Brittany was upset talking about the babies when we t... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:41:24 EST Thank You! Just came home to see all the nice comments on my page. Thank you friends for all the love, and kindness and warm wishes you have sent my way. I appreciate it greatly. Have a great weekend friends and stay safe if you are in the path of the storm. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:35:18 EST Off track I've really eaten too much of wrong foods for last 3 days but I did track every bite. My granddaughter gave me a fitbit,(actually an off brand )today. I am so excited. I never tell anyone my weight but I had to tell her for her to program. That was so embarrassing for me. So I have to get belo... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:32:32 EST 1/18/19 Almost all green today just will miss floors and active minutes but did achieve my steps per hour goal and had over 13K steps. Decided to skip my workout today and take a much needed rest day. After taking gym rest days tomorrow and Sunday it's back into the gym on Monday morning. Eager to get th... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:27:49 EST Pleased Tonight I made high protein noodle shrimp and broccoli Alfredo. Tasted great!! I sautéed the shrimp and broccoli in olive oil with old bay seasoning on the shrimp. Boiled the barilla protein plus penne noodles. Combined those item with 2 jars of Prego 4 cheese Alfredo sauce and mixed well then ad... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:26:33 EST Friends I find that making friends is important in life. <BR> The people I spend time with must be kind, honest, caring, dependable, open, driven, smart, and good. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:16:37 EST Snowy weekend Good Evening Fellow Sparkers! It is a snowy start to the weekend. I still can get in my exercise but this stormy stuff is no fun. Still no update on the results of my Pharaohs bp test. Have to call back Monday. Have a great weekend all! Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:14:27 EST Sad news.... Our beloved guinea pig of 5 years and 2 months passed away Wednesday night. Maggie Moo-Moo was not feeling well. I knew since she was not eating or drinking it did not look good. I told the boys to give her kisses and let her rest. I went to bed and decided to let hubby sleep. In the mornin... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:10:39 EST Aha! Now What Am I Going to Do About It? I finally figured out why I eat so much, even when I'm already full. I live in constant chronic pain and medicine only helps so much. When I gorge myself, I'm in pain, but it's a different pain and in a sick, twisted way, I'm in control of that pain. After all, it's self-inflicted. My usual pain ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:03:05 EST Day 5 It was a rough day. I had my early shift which I used to be excited about. I woke up late so I didn't have things prepared for lunch or breakfast. I luckily had some healthier foods at work. I was hungry and tired for most of the day. Got home later than I expected but I did get a workout in ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:57:47 EST Thursday Friday Never stops being busy but away for the weekend with extended family. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:37:00 EST ... and then it goes It is the last day of week 2 of our Winter 5% challenge. I have actually lost some weight this time which I am very happy about - a little over 3 pounds so far. I'd like to credit my hard work and dedication to the cause but that would be a fib! It all started with the elimination diet - which... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:23:54 EST Great day It is a good day. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:20:45 EST 2019-01-18 Thank YOU !! Thank you to those who read yesterday's blog... and responded... <BR> <BR> I am feeling better knowing for sure that I am not alone paddling up stream over the white water rapids !! (so to speak).. <BR> The suggestion that when I find the answer(s) I should write a book... <BR> I don't think my ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:01:05 EST depression and diet I am not sure about anyone else but I find myself in this place because of depression. It doesn't matter what I do or take I am drowning in depression. I am a mood eater which has lead me to gain over 65 pounds in the past five or six years. I had a stroke that I am thankful I can move but not li... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:00:52 EST Goal setting Looking at small attainable goals and focusing on those habits one by one is the way to develop healthy patterns and as byproduct lose weight Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:58:44 EST Changing Old Habits and Seven I'm listening to a book on tape by Deepak Chopra. 70% of the population in the USA is overweight or obese. I didn't even look to see what year this was copyrighted. This is a huge number. I'd like to opt out and he provides hope for this. <BR> <BR> One piece of advice is don't eat when you're ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:54:52 EST 19TH JANUARY ALREADY....OMGOSH It is almost the end of the first month of 2019.... <BR> It is obvious that 2019 is going to go no slower than fact it may even go faster..... <BR> <BR> Looking forward to our holiday in 2 weeks time and just resting and relaxing for a time.....however....having said that it will be ov... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:49:03 EST making it happen I have a goal to go to the gym every morning and work HARD on a treadmill for an hour. I have a goal to eat veggies with EVERY meal. I have a goal to snack on fruits, nuts and anything else I want. I have a goal to enjoy pizza on Friday nights with my husband. I have a goal to go out with... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:45:05 EST Fog 🌫 n rain all day San Antonio Texas area has had slow drizzling rain and fog all day long. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:16:42 EST I am! “There will be times when standing alone feels too hard, too scary, and we’ll doubt our ability to make our way through the uncertainty. Someone, somewhere will say, ‘Don’t do it. You don’t have what it takes to survive the wilderness.’ This is when you reach deep into your wild heart and remind ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:12:52 EST The scales, the scales ....Ouchie! Does this ..... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> mean back to this?!? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> An overload of these for Christmas, didn't h... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:07:10 EST Rest Rest day Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:01:27 EST Quick update Hubby had to report for Grand Jury Duty this morning but he was not selected. He came home just when I was about to leave which is a good thing. Every time I have to do labs, I get dizzy. Probably due to not having anything to eat for more than 12 hours. Also, I hate needles! Next week is my... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:00:24 EST The Snow is Coming! The snow will be here later this afternoon/evening. I hate it! It means that my hubs will be in a plow more than at home, and I will be home without him. My daughter wants to make cookies and have an AHS marathon, so we can get me caught up through all the seasons. I hope to also clean my house a... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:46:22 EST Looking back on 7 years of Sparking I have been scanning my old blogs... A lot has happened since 2011. Not necessarily in this order, I lost weight, got breast cancer, gained weight, lost weight, got married, gained weight, registered for a bachelor's degree, lost weight, gained weight, had breast reduction surgery, lost and gain... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:43:19 EST Friday Feeling Had a good week tracking food and water. We ate healthy meals, got back on a good pace with my exercise. Woke up bloated and just thought of skipping eating all together today. <BR> <BR> Then I saw this.. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:42:23 EST What am I doing to shed some pounds (January 18, 2019) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been overweight / obese for many years - far to many to mention. Though I was told by the Doctors that in time my weight would cause medical issues I did not take to heart their advise. ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:39:25 EST 7 days 7 days a simple half hour each day and it didn't kill me. I'm moving through confronting past excuses for why I never exercised.. In fact why I avoided it so badly when I actually feel good in my skin when pushing myself to complete it. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:35:06 EST A fracture polar vortex sounds very painful <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It's not a body part, and certainly not a part of my body that's falling apart, though I have plenty enough of those. The knee survived pickleball well, but I didn't really stress it much. The vortex I speak of is also not the famed burger joint in Atlan... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:26:45 EST Wild, Crazy, LOVE Something is different. I have been having such a strange, crazy time in the past few weeks. I have been up and down and up and down again. I have really been doing a lot of thinking. One day, I will be all in. I will eat right and feel good. A day or two later, I crash. Why? I have no idea. This... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:25:40 EST NEW CAR and Other Ramblings The start of the year seems to be bringing a lot of new things. We'll be moving into our new apt. next month, I'll have my new smile ( dentures) in about 3 more weeks, and this past Monday we bought a new car. We traded in our 2018 Hyundai Elantra <img src=" Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:25:10 EST Friday... Hope you all are enjoying your Friday!! Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:23:36 EST Today’s Amusing Musings <img src=""> How many mystery writers does it take to change a lightbulb? Two: One to screw the bulb almost all the way in, and one to give a surprising twist at the end. Tell me your favorite lightbulb joke! Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:13:21 EST Trying So Hard To Be Positive I might have to stick with only 1200 calories a day. There's no reason for me to slow down this much after only 2 weeks. Maybe it is normal? I'm set to lose 2 pounds a week, but maybe I need to stick with just the one, but even THAT is at a standstill. <BR> <BR> All I know is I'm frustrated lik... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:06:38 EST Four Week insights into TMI You last saw the surface area graph looking like this, at two weeks: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Almost as soon as I posted that, I started experimenting with re-introducing coffee, more sugar free gum, and arti... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:56:52 EST 1/18/19 <img src=""> <BR> Just wanted to pop in to say that since I started this challenge of mine that I started on, <BR> 1/9/19 till 1/18/19 that I have lost 7 lbs. for this week that's in 10 days and that makes, <BR> me fee... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:53:09 EST Friday The dicey weather put a crimp into hoops last night. all events at our rec center were cancelled. however, i was able to spend a relaxing evening at home with my family. our youngest daughter is getting her hair styled and cut today. hope it is something that brings her joy. <BR> <BR> Blessings Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:47:56 EST Sugar cravings journal 1/18 Had half a bran muffin - 7 grams added sugar WTF!!! <BR> read the sugar content of a salad dressing so only used 1/2 the packet - so 3 grams added sugar.- thats 10 for the day- I was trying for 0 <BR> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:36:59 EST 2 months to go Been a member now for a couple of weeks. I’m losing weight for myself. I’m being selfish. It’s about me. LOL It’s my birthday soon and I want to go get a outfit in a smaller size.Just checking in and hoping to meet some friends. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:35:09 EST Friday My brain is a little slow from pain med. I’m wondering if a half dose would be enough; may give it a try. <BR> <BR> I removed a cat from the sofa and napped in the sunlight. I felt warm and cozy. <BR> <BR> “Workout”: gentle stretching, slow stroll around the house, do three items tidy. REST. ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:27:07 EST Gym Made it to the gym and my trainer busted my butt. I’m sore but still moving around. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:22:12 EST Dinner today <img src=""> <BR> For dinner going to have roasted vegetables and bonless pork loin and mixed fruit. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:14:06 EST Please give me your prayer requests <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I would like to be in prayer for and with my SP community. <BR> <BR> In the comments below please post a prayer request and how long you would like me to continue praying for the people or sit... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:57:02 EST My goals Setting Goals and following them has been a hard thing for me. It has to be different this time because my health is getting worse, my A1C keeps going up every time and the doc has talked about adding another medication. Medications do not cure Diabetes. He will keep adding more and more if I... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:53:51 EST Still Sick Still not feeling 100% so having been exercising. I go to the doctor on Monday so I'm hoping to find out what's wrong so I can get back on track with my exercise. The good part is I'm really watching what I eat as most things have upset my stomach giving me bad stomach cramps and diarrhea. Hope... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:49:02 EST It's Never Too Late... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Let's Keep our eyes on the finishing line, with God all things are possible, let's keep pushing on ahead and be the very best we can be today. <BR> <BR> Remember, it is never too late t... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:42:21 EST Quote for Today <img src=""> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:40:40 EST Bible Verse for Today Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. <BR> <BR> John 8:31-32 NKJV Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:39:50 EST January 18th Oh it's been a long week and it's going to be a very busy weekend too. We've got to go and photograph furniture and stuff at the Bungalow but at least all the Charity bags have gone now. The main thing we have to do is empty the 2 freezers as it is bin collection day on Monday. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:35:10 EST Winter Blues All I want to do his get the kids dressed and go walk around outside. <BR> ya know put the baby in the stroller, the toddler on his bike or scooter and go walk. But it's to cold. First off I don't like being cold. I don't like bundling up to where you stay warm but then sweat and then you get col... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:19:20 EST More and more getting another room painted and more things packed. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:13:20 EST My Health Journey I am - roughly 111 lbs. over weight. I need to get serious. I have failed so many times before I'm not sure how serious I am. I am having multiple health symptoms with no diagnosis yet. But I do know I have high blood pressure and hypothyroidism. Guess my stressful life has caught up... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:05:29 EST starting over again <img src=""> <BR> I'm busy getting ready for work. Today is weigh in day and I gained. I am disappointed with myself. I didn't put forth the effort last week but I will make up for it this week. sometimes I just want... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:04:50 EST Fighing an uphill battle: Going backwards <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So much for a head start on the new year. A lot of people told me trying to diet with a new baby is impossible and I'm starting to see the truth in that. It feels like I'm fighting an uphill bat... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:56:11 EST Doctor <img src=""> <BR> I will see my doctor about my neck on Tuesday. Thankful for a good doctor! Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:54:05 EST Let's See What Happens <img src=""> <BR> I had a couple of days this week where I didn't stick to my plan. But I did something different. Rather than call the days complete losses, I tracked everything I ate. And today is a fresh new day. ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:53:28 EST Torn Meniscus? Back in September while I was on vacation, I sort of “stubbed” my foot. You know how you occasionally either don’t pick your foot up quite high enough or the pavement comes up ever so slightly and you catch your foot on the ground? Some people trip and fall this way, but I didn’t even come clos... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:52:18 EST when the going gets tough <img src=""> <BR> I knew sooner or later the program would get around to my problem areas.... how to deal with overwhelming emotions: mine are sometimes intense boredom when it's too late to be out and about but too e... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:32:03 EST Blog #3 for Week 2 I'm so glad that I've been able to refocus and get myself back under control.. this week started off rough; however, once my Anniversary was over and eating out canceled.. I've been doing a lot better. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:30:07 EST Yeah it’s noticeable Today was my first day to be out and about and 3 people asked - have you lost weight? Now I remember that good positive feeling when others notice and question wow. If people say - you are looking good than what did I look like before? But that is ok. If it took this to get my jump start it’s... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:23:32 EST Nothing like the doc to give you a swift kick in the butt... I've been up and down with my weight over the past 10 years but health wise the numbers (outside of weight) had always been good. Flashback two years ago to 2016. As a photographer my dream was to travel around rural US to photograph the people. In order afford this I sold my home, sold or gave ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:22:30 EST Fri-Yay! Made it through another 5 day work week! I get spoiled at the end of the year with lots of days off and it's always really hard to get back into the full work week routine. <BR> <BR> The good news is we have a 3 day weekend so next week will only be a 4 day week! Woohoo! <BR> <BR> Lots of fun ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:14:53 EST My great grandson <img src=""> One of my reasons for breathing Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:09:08 EST Burpees! Last night I *willingly* showed up to Crossfit knowing there would be 90 burpees as a part of the workout. Yes, just a *part* of the workout! Still, I strapped on my gym shoes, pulled up my hair, and showed up ready to work! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:08:59 EST Dry January and the scale likes it! Hi all, as you may know if you've read my profile, my highest weight (on record) is 210 pounds. With the exception of a short stint of weight loss a few years ago, I've been hovering around the 197-202 range. On 1/1/19 I weighed 197.7 and today I weigh 190. I was soooooo hoping for 189.someth... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:48:16 EST Life and rambles. It's amazing when you sit down to blog, all the ideas and subjects you have to write about: they just disappear when you get on the screen and actually start typing. LOL <BR> <BR> Things here on the island are coming to a new normal. Our youngest is adjusting to being a new mom and working on ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:41:01 EST Important Safety Tip - 1-18-19 We've been getting a LOT of snow, which means this is an important reminder for the skiers on the mountain: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of the dangers when we have this much snow is falling into a "tree well... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:40:31 EST Ready for the weekend Already planning meals for the weekend. Makes me feel good to be on top of it! Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:40:27 EST New ideas for an old dog Not spark related but recently I've been focused on helping my 15 year old black lab who suffers with arthritis and hip dysplasia. She's also completely incontinent. As one might guess, this presents a very problematic sleeping scenario for her. Bed wise, I need something supportive for her jo... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:39:22 EST Hunting 911 There were 2 hunters from the south hunting together one day. One of the men dropped dead and the other man started to freak out so he called 911. <BR> <BR> When the call came through the operator answered “Hello, what’s the emergency?” <BR> <BR> “Well a buddy of mine dropped dead what do I do?... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:37:53 EST Day Four I did great yesterday, but I feel like crap today, and I barely slept at all last night 🌙. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:36:08 EST Oh my aching body! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did a class called "Power Pump" on Wednesday with my daughter. I normally bowl on Wednesday nights but it was cancelled so I decided to work out. We did the hour class that involves weights ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:33:24 EST Friday's Funny <img src=""> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:29:35 EST Here I go again Every year I start off with the intention of getting into shape. This year is different as I am prediabetic. I ended off last year by quitting smoking on November 13th. Now that I am a little over three months done, I am exchanging Pepsi for water. Yesterday was my last day for Pepsi and drinking... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:27:43 EST Keto Round 2 Day 2 I'm trying a 4-5 day super low carb approach to trying to get into ketosis this time, as I may have gone over on protein and carbs during my first attempts. I plan to add in more veggies, mostly greens at first and then see how I do with cruciferous veggies. But right now avocado are my only ve... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:24:38 EST Thank you, ROCKYCATSMAMMA I read your introduction in the 5% Winter Challenge, and you said that you love Winter the most because you "love the snow and the stillness." <BR> <BR> Thank for giving me a new perspective of Winter. I truly appreciate your words because I love stillness, silence, and meditation. For some reas... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:18:11 EST Happy Friday! Goodness, I can't stop yawning! According to fit bit I averaged 7 hours and 8 minutes asleep each night. Last night was 6 hours and 26 minutes, excluding when I've woken up. And I wake up A LOT in the night. My wife says I only snore when I'm suffering from allergies or have a cold and I never... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:14:50 EST Winter Wonder land!!!! So.. Sunday.. <BR> <BR> We.. New Brunswick.. Canada.. getting 75 cm of snow! <BR> <BR> Lots od cardio that day! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:13:15 EST Week two No stumbles and still going string Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:08:55 EST Week one ! Introduction Hello there my name a kay I am 26 years old and am starting my weight loss journey. I have tried to lose weight in the past but this time I am as committed as ever I even got my fiancé on board as well as my mom and my sister . I am making sure this time I do it the right way I have ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:02:05 EST 10 lbs Well I'm one month in and officially 10 lbs down!! Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:52:15 EST My Fairy Godmother I posted the following to our weight maintenance challenge thread* this morning: <BR> <BR> Today's actual 114.4 <BR> Trending 115.3 <BR> <BR> Our bodies are a curious thing. The activity tracker** indicates that yesterday clocked in with a near low for this month of 1381 total kcals burned for... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:51:58 EST My Typical Morning with Max My little buddy Max the cat hangs with me in the wee morning hours when I like to read. Sometimes he lets me read, other times he lays on me and won't let me. Yes, I know who is in charge and it certainly isn't me. <BR> <BR> The last couple days I've slept in passed my reading time so instead ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:50:44 EST New daily task I'm adding a new daily task...Do something for my body to show I love it. This could applying lotion to my dry feet, painting my nails, getting a new haircut, or lipstick.... Doesn't have to be big, just something, One thing I do to my body to show I love myself. It will have to a physical thi... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:50:15 EST You are NOT stuck! <img src=""> <BR> I couldn't have said it better! Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:49:32 EST Mini Motivations Found a Pearl Jam TEN CD this morning!!! <em>334</em> <BR> Music gets me going <em>363</em> <BR> Gets my heart racing <BR> Mixed in with some Starbucks and I'm a Friday Force to be reckoned with!!! <BR> <em>216</em> <em>216</em> <em>216</em> <em>216</em> <em>216</em> <em>... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:47:34 EST what we won't do for our babies. my Buster has arthritis and when we got 8 inches of snow last week it was terrible for him so I shoveled every path he walks. this wouldnt let me put a video on, so the only way you can see the path I dug out is once it started melting. <BR> <img src=" Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:46:23 EST 1/18/19 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I had a great week. Tuesday I cooked, cleaned and got paid for 2 cancelled jobs. Wednesday, I took off from life :-) Binged Netflix all day. relaxed with my cats. It was well needed. Thursday, I went to my therapy appt, and a nutrition appt. I ordered pizza when I got ho... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:44:45 EST MOVE! Week 2 weigh in yesterday was <em>345</em> down 3 pounds from the week before. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> MOVE is a program created by the veteran administration for veterans who are struggling with weight i... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:44:37 EST The Greatest news. Good Morning everyone, and a great one even though we are cold, and absolutely blah outside, and knowing that at any moment it is going to start snowing, and not so sure I don't see a few little flakes out there now. The birds must know it is coming cause they have really been busy at the feeder... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:44:09 EST Slowly, slowly, slowly My tailbone is holding me back but I am learning to work around it. <em>104</em> <BR> Still alternating ice and heat and using small pillows to relieve pressure when sitting or driving. <BR> Still taking anti-inflammatories morning and night and Tylenol during the day....nothing stronger. <BR>... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:42:20 EST My teacher, Mary Oliver <img src=""> <BR> <link><BR>bituaries/mary-oliver-dead.html </link> <BR> <BR> After a brief foray into the 140s I have been hanging out at 150 for the last three weeks. I'm not h... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:37:36 EST 2019 WOW FEEL LIKE MACK TRUCK RUN OVER ME TODAY hey sparkers hopa all are doing ok had ok workout this morning my body feel like mack truck hit me i was up to my mom yesterday she wear me out mentally and nothing can be done for her i am going to see if her memory meds need to be raised she if they helps she was hitting at people yesterday she... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:25:06 EST Week One Done This was yesterday's challenge. Write a blog post. Started several times but kept thinking "Really who wants to hear all this?" But bugging me not to tick that box!! I am an avid list maker so love ticking a box. <BR> <BR> I am 62 and have been down this road before. Loosing it is not the i... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:15:23 EST Hoping my weight gain as 'all muscle' Still striving to 'feel and look better' - but falling back on that old tiresome <em>192</em> measuring system. Bummer. It's all in my mind, seeking affirmations and find: <BR> <BR> Does muscle weigh more than fat? <BR> One pound of muscle and one pound of fat weigh the same: one pound. The ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:13:43 EST Learning how to take care of yourself when you've literally been trained to care for others. Self-care. Loving oneself. Putting oneself first. Taking some "me" time. All of these phrases mean fundamentally the same thing. In theory, they seem rather simple, but in actual practice? Not so much. As a therapist and self-admitted type-A personality, taking care of myself and putting ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:02:42 EST 01/18/19 OH MY GOD I am in the 240s RANGE!!!!! oh my god! TY God <img src=""> <em>215</em> OH MY GOD!!!!! I AM IN THE 240s RANGE!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 11/30/18 = 269.0 **********... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:49:58 EST Learning to be Healthy My name is Frankie and this is not the first time I have been on Sparks. I’m returning to become a healthier me. I have tried Weight Watchers and had success but could not afford the monthly meetings anymore. When I was much younger I tried Jenny Craig and I had success with that but did not keep... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:47:24 EST Goals <img src=""> <BR> Goals…we know we need them, or we should know… but how and where to begin? <BR> <BR> Goals are extremely important and nothing kills a goal faster than .... <img src=" Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:43:39 EST Day 10 What a morning. Decisions, decisions-Should I be discouraged or not be discouraged? That is my question. I'm not losing weight--I'm keeping within my calorie range--I'm exercising (not a lot BUT, more than before). I do feel changes in my body--ie, I feel more energy, my double chin is not as... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:43:01 EST 01/18/19 One More Step <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Go as long as you can, and then take another step." <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "The final entry in t... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:42:58 EST Yoga Teacher Training So yea, that is happening. I am 53 years old, been doing Yoga since March of 2015 and I am now in Teacher Training. I love Yoga, it changed my life. I have been thinking and thinking and thinking on Teacher Training for a year. I spoke it into existence in July and signed up for a 6 weekends ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:42:29 EST Great start Had a great breakfast, got some good solid sleep, next taking the kids to a group activity, thinking we might swing by the park for some fun unless it's windy. When we get home got some blue painters tape to make an obstetrical course in the living room. <BR> <BR> It's warming up so chickens are... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:40:07 EST Day 72: A Spell of Depression I was off of Spark for almost a week! Well, I wouldn't have been gone so long but my internet was down for a bit when I tried to post my last blog entry so I have to write a new one. I had a spell of depression that lasted 4 days where I just didn't want to do anything, my broken toe and ankle we... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:36:10 EST -Happy I'm not a cow--or Prince Phillip! <img src=""> <BR> If you look closely, you will see a tiny red structure on the lake--- <BR> The lake is frozen now, and that is an ice shack- <BR> There are many ice shacks out there now and people come out to sit in... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:31:20 EST Juggling! <img src=""> <BR> So this start is sticking, I think it’s the combo of my husbands high blood pressure scare plus knowing as I’m getting older the chances of getting more fit without losing serious poundage is slim. <... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:31:14 EST SO....yesterday was weird! Good a.m. my sparky friends! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> So many of you are dear friends and I'm so thankful for meeting and knowing you! Who says online friends aren't just as dear to us as people we see every day? They absolutely ARE and I love each and every one of you! <BR> <BR> I went thro... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:31:03 EST Teaser weather We got a dusting of snow last night, but it is supposed to snow all weekend, so that was just a teaser. <BR> The temperature is in the 20's with sunshine, so the bitter cold is not here yet. I got some banking done and topped off my groceries, so we are set,no matter what comes our way. I go... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:30:28 EST Friday morning It is a cloudy cool start to the day on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. We got the granddaughter off to school on time. I have one bathroom left to clean today and I also have to pick up some groceries later on today. All is going well. Keeping focused for more successes. All streak are st... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:29:08 EST Moving forward Moving forward for me. Not letting others rule over me. Still don't like pictures of myself. No, matter how much weight Ioss Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:23:42 EST Motivation What motivates me? I am motivated by the way I look in the mirror and how I feel about my self. For the first time in a long time I don't have a spare tire on the top of my butt. I am seeing curves I haven't seen ever before. I am gaining muscle definition. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:17:28 EST Rest Days Last night i pushed the weights pretty hard and rode 7 miles on my bike. I decided last night to make today a rest day. I may take a walk but wont ride my bike or weight lift. Tomorrow I am going kayaking which I love. FYI kayaking is a gREAT ACTIVITY FOR HEAVY PEOPLE. I am not even going ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:05:16 EST Walking weekend So excited to be heading for the theme parks this weekend. I know I'll be getting lots of walking in. Enjoy! Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:03:57 EST Friday Exercise complete. Only 2 lbs. above goal today (rough day eating yesterday). Going into volunteer at hospital from noon to 4. It is a great day. Hope yours is as well. Also, excited about tomorrow as we are getting a dog for trial adoption. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:01:13 EST Friday!! Sooo glad it's Friday...I have a busy Saturday planned but I am still looking forward to not doing "work related" work....the community service work that I will be doing is no's fun and I'll be with my sorority sisters so I'll be having fun spending that time with them! <BR> <BR> Th... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:58:59 EST Progress not perfection Today I saw a fitness group post FB where this lady posted herself working out . She literally jumped onto a punching bag, held onto it with her hips, and starting doing upside down crunches all while straddling this punching bag with her legs 😱. I immediately felt negative self talk creeping i... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:49:05 EST Knee getting better Good Morning; the exercises are a miracle. I am not going to stop, The knee is tender going downstairs, but I am heading in the right direction. I have been sleeping well. I feel I am getting control back into my life. DH is acting less stressed and actually ready for retirement. he still ha... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:48:01 EST January 18, 2019 Today I plan to... <BR> <BR> 1. Pick up meds from pharmacy. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 2. Pick up frozen veggie "noodles" to try. didn't need these until tomorrow, so I'll pick them up tomorrow. <BR> <BR> 3. Clean at least 1 baseboard. <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 4. Clean light fixture by show... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:45:46 EST it's friday the weekend is here! hurray! it is supposed to be very cold here over the weekend. my daughter and i are prepared for the weather. i have a few errands to complete, then i am off to spend some time with my family. my daughter has the day off school today. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:41:12 EST Fantastic Friday !!!! the stones are trying to be thrown; and I'm standing there CATCHING them ! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! <BR> <BR> You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:38:43 EST Writing everyday Had our second would-be writers class. One of our homework assignment is to write for 15 minutes everyday. So my blog will be my 15 minutes (more or less). Starting today and going through Feb. 14th (our last class date, how sweet). We did 3 writing exercises in class plus reading our homewor... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:33:51 EST Something to think about... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So why do we beat up on ourselves? <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Maybe this will help to stop the "Stinking-Thinking" <BR> <BR> Our inner dialogue sets the tone to how we set our mood. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:28:20 EST friday up at 5 again. anger makes you work harder. <BR> so. i am a pushover and i know it. i had a girl call me in december wanting wedding cupcakes and a cake for this weekend. shes changed it 4 times. i know, due to her financial state. you know how you can just tell someone is really destitute? so, ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:22:51 EST Integrity <img src=""> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:21:13 EST Binge :( <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm a binge eater. There, I said it. I've been bingeing, off and on, since college. But I haven't always been overweight. When I was younger, my metabolism, physical activity and occasional food... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:18:25 EST Recipe for Support Ask for help. Give help. Anyone can get trapped into routines that don’t add value to your life. It takes a quiet moments of reflection to put it all into perspective. Tomorrow, a series of walks with in-law are scheduled. Exercise is not my strength but it is my in-law’s. There is give a... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:16:08 EST BLC39 SMART Goals Here are my SMART goals for this round of the BLC: <BR> <BR> I am just over my range so my goal is to get back into within my preferred weight range of 127-140 lb. during the 12 weeks of the BLC. This means based on first weigh in, I need to lose 3 lbs. This will be measured each Wednesday duri... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:13:16 EST A Recipe For Morning Success... Recently I decided to create a new morning routine for myself. I thought about what I personally needed to get my fire stoked, my thoughts creative and body moving more. Then I decided I would make it something that I carefully build for myself. In other words, it would be trial and error unti... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:53:26 EST Winnie the Pooh Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Event is always January 18th <BR> <BR> Winnie the Pooh Day is an opportunity to enjoy your favorite bear and all of his friends. This day was created to celebrate the bi... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:51:10 EST Breaking the Food Seduction, Chapter 13 Part 3 <BR> Breaking Free: Falling in Love with Food – the Healthy Way <BR> <BR> Chapter 13: Foods That Love You Back <BR> Remember the key to start with a healthy breakfast. Oatmeal is often a suggested food for breakfast. <BR> <BR> Tip for cooking oatmeal: Using rolled oats, measure 1 cup oa... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:51:08 EST Starting my day off right: Hydration! Boiling ginger water with or without a squeeze of lemon 🍋. Doing this in the morning takes a while but after reading the benefits I have been sticking with it. I do this before eating & coffee. Not only do I immediately feel hydrated but it wakes me up. Helps me go to the bathroom faster t... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:49:30 EST Tough week It's been a tough week - I haven't been sleeping and I'm not sure why. Sleep has been an issue for me since I entered menopause and coincidentally since my thyroid levels have been out of whack. Lately though things had been better since my thyroid meds had been adjusted and since I've been off... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:48:30 EST My food defenses have been down since day 1 of 2019 Three nights in the past 18 days I've had real ice cream. <BR> <BR> Three bagels with cream cheese, one without in those 18 days. <BR> <BR> Deconstructed cookies (peanut butter, oats, nuts and a bit of sugar) as a snack. <BR> <BR> I had lunch with my BFF yesterday. We haven't seen each other i... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:43:59 EST ~Welcome to a LOVEly New Day~ ~FRIENDly FUNtastic Friday~ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>220</em> <em>26</em> <em>220</em> <em>26</em> <em>220</em> <em>26</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <em>213</em> ~Waving Hello~ <BR> ~Wishing You~ ~a FRIENDly FU... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:43:15 EST Love this <img src=""> <BR> Love this. So true. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:42:06 EST Day 18: Day of Infamy "Infamy" might be a stretch, but--full disclosure here--I had a few cookies yesterday. And while the world did not collapse because my sugar-free train wobbled on its tracks, I found out something very useful: They. Were. Awful. <BR> <BR> I went all matter-of-fact about the whole thing in an ef... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:40:43 EST Health from God’s Perspective – 20 My health goals are in His hands...I believe God has the power to keep me healthy! <BR> <BR> “Now at evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city was gathered together at the door [of Simon and Andrew’s house]. Then ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:37:15 EST 1/18/19 workout Swimmimg: 300 free warm up 4x25 stroke count 6x50 free, odds: paddles, evens: catchup 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800 free, all back half faster than front half 200 IM 200 free cool down Core: 4x25 crunches 2x60s planks 4x25 leg throws 2x60s streamline Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:35:58 EST School You're like a little wild thing <BR> that was never sent to school. <BR> Sit, I say, and you jump up. <BR> Come, I say, and you go galloping down the sand <BR> to the nearest fish <BR> with which you perfume your sweet neck. <BR> It is summer. <BR> How many summers does a little dog have? <BR> R... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:34:16 EST Snowy Friday Started the day by shoveling snow and then walking the dog. Only got an inch or so of snow. More is coming over the weekend. <em>2</em> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:30:00 EST Goals A few days ago, my son and I were talking about things we like to do, things we enjoy and he said, "Mom, what's your hobbies? I never see you do anything other than take care of the house and teach us and cook...and all the mom stuff. But what are your hobbies? What do you do for fun?" Oh boy. At... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:28:05 EST Another beautiful Friday! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Though looking out the window it's not a sunny morning but how the day is going to be is up to ME! If I have a dreary outlook, it will not be a good day. And even though I didn't get a full nigh... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:27:24 EST When Death Comes: as it has to Mary Oliver One of American's greatest poets has died at age 83. Death has come to her . . . and she didn't simply visit this world. She made so much that was particular and real. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When Death Comes <BR> <BR> When death comes <BR> like the hungry bear in autumn; <BR> when death co... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:26:34 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:23:18 EST Pooh <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Winnie the Pooh Day <BR> Winnie the Pooh Day is celebrated on the birthday of A.A. Milne, the English author who created the popular children's character, Winnie the Pooh. The name "Winnie... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:20:41 EST 86-yr-old Jessica Slaughter lost 120 Lbs By Walking in Her One- Bedroom Apartment<BR>ghter-lost-120-pounds-by-walking-in-he<BR>r-apartment-daily-2019-1 <BR> <BR> This lady was diagnosed as pre-diabetic in her 70's and started walking back and forth in her one-bedroom apartment each day. She's lost 120 lbs since then! Pretty amazing... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:09:51 EST Friday January 18th, 2019....Intuitive Eating Good morning! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Doing the happy dance this morning!! <BR> <BR> It's FRIDAY!!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone for posting on yesterday's blog! My son was feeling better last night whe... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:08:40 EST 3 good things YESTERDAY (Thursday) 1-Very upbeat, energizing meeting at church last night. <BR> 2-Saw an interesting job that would be a career change for me - and decided to apply for it. Even the automated response to my online application was cheerful and enthusiastic. Someone there really took the time to develop a nice, f... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:07:17 EST I need to move more. I am tracking water and food. I threw out the tempting foods. I am eating even more leaner and cleaner. I am being mindful of drinking wine so I can curtail empty calories and save money (this new roof cost is scaring me!) <BR> <BR> I am blogging and reading others blogs and comments. I am enga... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:06:30 EST Yoyo weight Using this app in 2016 I lost 75 lbs. Well I gained most of it back. So here I am again to try to get back to taking care of me Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:02:34 EST When clothes shopping is fun! It was an ordinary day, nothing on the agenda, no kickboxing so a few miles on the treadmill and some core home workouts, breakfast was a BLT with center cut bacon, schmidts 647 Italian bread toasted, some gorgeous tomatoes, lettuce and 1 tbps of lite mayo with some fresh blackberries. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:58:03 EST I continue to see losses <img src=""> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:57:30 EST Friday's Funny <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:49:18 EST Day 4 <img src=""> <BR> I am doing it yesterday on day 3 I finally made my calories and got everything except the carbs I was actually lower than recommended for me but I don't think that is a bad thing! I am looking up new ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:48:45 EST How Many HOW Blogs - Blog Twelve Remember WHY. <BR> <BR> Beck (Judith S Beck PhD, The Beck Diet Solution) had me write my reasons on a card and hold that card in my hand and read it, out loud sometimes, looking in the mirror sometimes, taking in the reasons I want to live at a healthy weight with my ears and eyes and touch seve... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:48:20 EST daisy wallflower <img src=""> <BR> I outlined the appliquéd petals, and did a leaf design in the borders. I knew I couldn't make the leaves identical, so I decided to make them each different. <BR> _the fourth quilt on myDream 15 Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:45:45 EST 1/18/19 I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will. Cha I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will. Charlotte Bronte <BR> <BR> Quote of the Day <BR> Quote of the Day <BR> There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward. <BR> Khalil Gibran <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> The only love a... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:41:23 EST Worth repeating this weekend "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." <BR> M.L. King, Jr. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:41:14 EST blue/browns for my sister Denise <img src=""> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:40:13 EST Keeping Myself Accountable Today my stretching went better. It was still painful, but I noticed a difference in my range of motion on some of them. Overall I am doing well at sticking with the healthy changes. The biggest one is continuing to make better food choices. Knowing that as I start to feel better that will get ea... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:39:42 EST iris colors for my sister Lynnette <img src=""> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:38:51 EST green/blue stripes for my sister-in-law Rebecca <img src=""> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:36:20 EST green lace for my sister Bev <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The full picture is more true to the color. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:33:53 EST Adventures in Weight Loss: Coach Dean's Story Coach Dean's story resonates with me & it's a worthwhile read for anyone dealing with depression & anxiety, the need to lose weight with physical pain & limited mobility, and finding yourself at midlife not really knowing who you are. I'm beginning to believe his success story is achievable for a... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:27:39 EST Thank You All Thank you all for being so kind about yesterday's post. I was a little scared about putting out there but your responses have been heartwarming. Already my life feels richer, fuller - more fulfilling. <BR> <BR> And, today, in my pretty new day planner, I scheduled a yoga dvd. Time to crack t... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:25:51 EST Breakfast <img src=""> <BR> I can't trust my self so l use portion trays And only make one portion Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:25:43 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:21:33 EST Friday Thoughts and Struggles Hope, my pup, has gotten so used to me being up super early and getting her up with me, that she starts barking around 0430 if I have not gotten her up yet! Another night of insomnia, I don't know what time I woke up, I was warm and I didn't want to get out of bed, but finally got up at 0200. I t... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:19:59 EST Warm Wonderful Friday! Yay for Fridays! I'm working from home today. I don't have any meetings or trainings or phone conferences today...and I took my car to the shop and left it overnight for an oil change today...spells work-from-home to me! The office has been chilly lately so I'm glad to be spending the day work... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:17:34 EST Trying again Week 3 day 3 Friday. End of the week. Beginning of the weekend. Endless possibilities. What will I do..... Happy friday Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:16:16 EST Unabridged Christianity When the Truth Comes <BR> <BR> 30 He must increase, but I must decrease. <BR> <BR> There is for many Christians the problem of pride. It can also be a problem or hindrance for individuals who are seeking Christ. But for Christians in particular it is a hindrance to their receiving of His fullne... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:14:21 EST Focus Happy Friday! So, what are you focusing on throughout your journey? Is it building stronger relationships, being a positive person, weight loss or just changing your overall lifestyle? Whatever it is, make sure you go for what you want. After all, it's your journey so make it personal. Have a ble... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:13:19 EST Thinking out loud Yesterday I achieved my goal, oh yeah. I had eight glasses of water. and not surprisingly I didn't leave much room for like sugary beverages. Today I face the challenge of getting in my eight glasses of water in the midst of a 12-hour busy shift. So my plan is to get in the first 16.9 Oz before 8... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:03:39 EST TGIF! It's finally Friday! Yay! <BR> Hope you all have a great day. <BR> <em>386</em> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:00:51 EST Knotty Hill <img src=""> I come from a proud, long legacy of cheapskates. Growing up, I was encouraged to find my own way if I wanted to learn something the rest of my family did not know. This was so they did not have to fork out... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:49:58 EST Fabulous Friday -- Progress Report! Weight: 159.2 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes: 945 out of 1000 <BR> <BR> I knew what went up must come down. Well according to physics anyway... <BR> <BR> I am on week 2 day 5 of my program. I seem to be doing well. I'm not as sore this week. I have 2 more weeks of this program and then I can decid... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:44:16 EST 31 Days of Gratitude - January 18, 2019 Name something humorous you are grateful for: <BR> <BR> ANYTHING that makes me laugh - or even giggle/crack a smile - is a win/win in my book. I despise listening to the news as there is way too much negativity and doom and gloom. Sometimes I just need to sit and watch Modern Family or any oth... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:39:41 EST 1/13/19 Day 1 - Starting the 21 day fix extreme countdown. Starting weight 135.5 <BR> Day 2 - 133.7 <BR> Day 3 - 132.3 <BR> Day 4 - 131.8 <BR> Day 5 - 131.3 Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:38:42 EST 31 Days of Gratitude - January 17, 2019 Name a disappointment you are grateful for: <BR> <BR> Ironically, I was disappointed in myself that I didn't do this blog yesterday. It's been an insanely stressful week at work (I think the blood Moon eclipse on January 21st has everyone whacking out!) and after eating dinner last night, I fel... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:34:57 EST At sea We have a huge luncheon today, no dinner for us tonight! Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:32:19 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Live <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Love <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:21:16 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, January 18, 2019 January 18, 2019 TRULY IN NEED <BR> <BR> We all have friends who think they need more than they actually do. They keep up with the latest trends and fashions. They can’t wait to buy more things. They need new clothes even though the clothes they have are still in good condition. They need new ca... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 06:19:51 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY 1-18-2019 <img src=""> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:49:24 EST IN GOD ALONE <img src=""> LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it (is that) I may know how arail I (am.) Psalm39:4 (KJV) ....................................<BR>.............................The sun shall... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:49:09 EST Friday Funny! Two guys were out walking their dogs on a hot day, when they pass by a pub. <BR> <BR> Mike looks at his friend John and says “Let’s go in there for a quick drink.” <BR> <BR> John replies with, “They won’t let us in with our dogs.” <BR> <BR> “Sure they will, just follow my lead.” <BR> <BR> Mik... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:40:16 EST What to do with my medical condition Dear Sparkers, <BR> I was told by my doctor that I have protein in my urine. I realize that this is a condition of the kidneys. I'm sure that the medications that I take are helping keep this condition under control. Is there anything that I can do to help my kidneys to NOT leak the protein? ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:04:49 EST thought for Friday 1/18/19 The reason why most people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have come. Never stop trying, never stop believing and most importantly never give up on yourself. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 04:37:10 EST Friday funny... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We were talking about this in the vanpool yesterday. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>390</em... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 04:00:52 EST I am grateful for, 1.17.19 1. My babies, they are excited to spend time with me. <BR> 2. Getting another class taught, because I learn something every time I teach it. <BR> 3. Getting things done on top of the class, because it feels more complete that way. <BR> 4. Steak, because it’s a great go-to. <BR> 5. Heads up, becau... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 03:49:16 EST Surprise visitor Husband's sister's son came with her to see me it was good to see him but how I wish they would come after calling me as my therapist had just come & she works at a Hospital & only comes to see me on her way to work so I do not have to go to her as its hard on me to sit for hours in the car if th... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 03:32:58 EST Thu 1/17 Lihue and lunch We went to Lihue to drop off our vacuum and get a loaner. We have a Rainbow vacuum which doesn't have a filter bag but uses water to catch the dirt and dust. We then picked up daughter and had lunch at Mariachi's, a Mexican restaurant. After that we headed home and then picked up the grandchildre... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 03:22:06 EST Empowerment <img src=""> <BR> DON'T BE AFRAID Fri, 18 Jan 2019 03:20:55 EST Dance! "There's something about belly dancing that makes my whole body happy!" ~ Shira Fri, 18 Jan 2019 02:55:26 EST Getting back to Sparks Got away from Sparks for quite awhile. By doing that I can really see how Sparks can be a Great aide for helping a person work to their goals. Thanks Sparks Fri, 18 Jan 2019 02:44:05 EST Hungry Yesterday I was hungry all day - itdoesn't happen all that often <BR> <BR> BUT I ate fruit - a banana an apple and a satsuma. <BR> <BR> I swapped round my meals yesterday because I was working late so I had my bigish meal at 3 and soup and bread at 8.30. <BR> <BR> But I was still hungry - as I... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 02:37:04 EST So Sleepy The sun was out today and the wind has calmed down...I should have gone out walking but I couldn't seem to get my eyes interested in staying open... I got up at my usual time of 8:30-9:00 am , feed Sassy her chicken nuggets for breakfast and fed the outside cats (Blackie, Snickers, and Butterscot... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 02:06:01 EST Marty is Back Home <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So Marty is back home with us. The box contains his ashes and has his name engraved on top. I love the mold with his paw print and name. That's very special. <BR> <BR> Tang and Felix and I have... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:46:54 EST 17 - gotta shake this bug - Jan 17 2019 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I can't believe that I am still coughing and hacking. I am SO looking forward to being 100% healthy again. The past four days have just been a blur of cough syrup, intermittent sleeping and ging... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:33:20 EST 1-17-19 My INR score is 2.6 this time. I'm up to having it checked every 2 months now. I think I have it as stable as it will be. I don't need my blood to be any thinner than this. I am finally recovered from my shopping trip. It seems to take two days to get my knees back to just being annoyed with me. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:15:40 EST FITBIT IONIC REVIEW: BEST SMART WATCHES MODELS WITH GPS Fitbit has released so many fitness trackers for various target groups, but Fitbit Ionic seems to be the right choice for almost any gender, age or functional features that people are looking for in a fitness tracker. <BR> <BR> Premium build quality and durable appearance gives him the right to ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:57:40 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR FRIDAY HOW MUCH ID ENOUGH? <BR> <BR> He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance with increase. This also is vanity. <BR> Ecclesiastes 5:10 <BR> <BR> John D. Rockefeller was America's first billionaire, ... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:43:00 EST Day 7 - St. Peregrine Novena Day 7 - St. Peregrine Novena <BR> (Audio/Video Version) <BR> Dear holy servant of God, St. Peregrine, we pray today for healing. <BR> <BR> Intercede for us! God healed you of cancer and others were healed by your prayers. Please pray for the physical healing of… <BR> <BR> (Mention your intentio... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:18:04 EST Weather We had a wet day but it never really rained. We received about .15 inch. It is 60 outside and 67 inside. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:12:24 EST 1/17/19 Well the snow from last weekend has finally started melting today. I can see about half of my new car. We almost went out for dinner tonight, but I got stuck on a tough call, and I could have handed it off to a co-worker, but when I start working a problem I prefer to see it through. Every thi... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:09:28 EST Special Blessings-January 18, 2019 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. We got the house cleaned this morning. <BR> <BR> 2. I had a Dr. appointment downtown today with the Optic-Neurologist. I had four hours worth of testing and left without a definitive diagnosis, so next Friday, I will go to a hospi... Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:05:16 EST AIP Elimination Excitement - day 5 I’m on day 5 of the autoimmune protocol elimination diet. The AIP food plan is a specialization of the paleo diet, designed for individuals with chronic health conditions, particularly autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases. For a few days, I kept putting off going to the store to shop, and th... Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:59:06 EST Day 2. Reflections. Motivation. So I'm not quite sure what happened to me last night.. what made me type and cry my feelings out on this website that I haven't visited in years. But it seemed to have helped. I felt lighter today. Clearer. Ok. <BR> <BR> Other than sleeping until lunch time (hey, it's my Sunday), I even had ... Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:56:53 EST Just a fun day. Today was fun. Of course the dog woke me this morning. I woke up to find her standing at my head wagging her tail. Great way to wake up. Saw the kids off to school and then my friend came and picked me up and we were off to the her favorite fabric store. I was conservative today. After all ... Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:53:12 EST SO ... I DIDN'T MAKE GOAL TODAY I did make 5,841 steps. No excuses. I had things to do on the computer today plus I had beauty shop which is an hour or so of sitting; a Session Meeting at the church tonight that lasted almost 3 hours (also sitting). Will work on steps tomorrow <em>311</em> plus, I have to put a newslett... Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:50:30 EST Day 17 2019 Crazy Ads Pop Up Its the very end of the day and I want to check in and I wasn't sure what I want to blog about and then I looked more closely on my screen. I can't believe the ads that are here. No, they aren't pornographic but given that sparkpeope is based on healthy living I am surprised. <BR> <BR> Across... Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:44:36 EST #sugarfree challenge day 2 of 30 Didn't cave to evening cravings for chocolate, made it through day 2! Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:43:24 EST Little Bitty Little Bitty, Alan Jackson, 1996 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a little love on a little honeymoon <BR> You got a little dish and you got a little spoon <BR> A little bitty house and a little bitty yar... Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:37:48 EST January 16th Up and out the door early ...busy town and then home to do chores..feeling like I was chasing my tail all day...wiped out and worn down. <BR> Headed to bed..let pups out..log on fire..and me to bed.. <BR> nite ya'all..see ya tomorrow! Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:37:45 EST