SparkPeople Member Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_recent_blogs.asp These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_recent_blogs.asp In it for the long haul http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400499 Sometimes life is so difficult and our minds are just spinning. We have so many things to deal with that we don't feel like counting points or tracking our food, and there seems to be little or no time left in the day to be active. I am learning that it is on those days that our bodies and mind... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:30:29 EST The Lure of the Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400498 Day 6 of the Return Journey <BR> <BR> Why is it that spending time alone makes me eat? When I was still working, my co-worker sold fundraiser candy bars. It was an ongoing fundraiser. A whole box of chocolate bars sat not two inches from my desk and, for the most part, I didn't eat them. I d... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:30:25 EST bjk1961 - 08/16/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400497 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0dba597-dae0-48c5-9b20-2409755dc98a.jpg"> <BR> 08/16/17 - Getting back to routine: rise early, exercise, breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, perhaps more exercise, snack, and then to bed at a reasonable hour. Striking a balance for all things make... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:29:11 EST Won't he do it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400496 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de55b425-a3c2-4045-b10d-c5c2e4307e01.jpg"> My God is able to turn all things around. Isn't God good!! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:27:42 EST Wednesday, August 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400495 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dca88256-37cd-4f83-8335-20dad1425340.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f974395-3b0e-47e9-ae8d-c4384e9b20af.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a09b1a96-80eb-4ec8-9a53-25147eedfc02.jpg">... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:26:34 EST Headache http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400494 Woke up with a nasty headache but took 2 ibuprofen and it seems to be going away slowly. Am enjoying my morning so far but have to do 2 loads of laundry at the laundry mat. Then I can relax the rest of the day after I clean the bathroom. Still have not seen So You Think You Can Dance but that ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:26:18 EST Biggest Loser Summer Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400493 Starting Weight: 309.4 <BR> Current Weight: 302.6 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4b05e73e-1add-4b45-9a3f-a8d2a3ef675f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Total lost for 10 wk Challenge: 6.8 lbs <BR> <BR> Which equals about 0.68 lbs a week lost which it could have been a bigger lost but I'm ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:23:41 EST My weight-loss journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400492 My weight-loss journey is like a yo-yo, up and down; when I get very close to my weight loss goal it goes up again. But I am going to encourage myself and continue on a healthy life-style journey. I will be healthy and fit when I reach my goal Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:22:46 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400491 Good morning sparkers Its been a stressful but exciting week. My first granddaughter was finally born at 9:28 last night. She's beautiful and Mom and baby doing fine Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:21:20 EST Except that you are a gift from God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400490 Please leave all comments on the next page, thanks, eva. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598552 </link> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:21:17 EST Feeling 😴 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400489 So lately I've been more tired. A few days I went to bed before dinner and a few right after. I've slept all night those times and I was tired the next day. If it continues I have to call the doctor. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:20:04 EST Spark Challenge - Slow Down at Meal Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400487 Todays Spark Challenge is to slow down at meal times and eat for at least 20 minutes with no distractions (TV, cellphone, laptop). I plan to do this for the rest of my meals today, but it will be a struggle. I was listening to the challenge while I was eating my bowl of cereal. Well, I failed the... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:16:05 EST Filling the gaps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400485 I have gotten a little lax on blogging. Finding the right balance <BR> or work, play, exercise and getting enough sleep is doable but <BR> needs constant attention. <BR> The 2 local GC helped me shred 16 heads of cabbage from the <BR> garden. Cabbage has a tendency to split when it is wet and the... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:11:42 EST Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400484 Today we celebrate 20 years of being married. Happy anniversary my love. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:11:20 EST Day 227..Hopefully there are no more "surprises"... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400483 So yesterday started horribly, and I looked for ways to soothe my soul. The bible verse helped, but I was still feeling nothing. It's so hard to explain... but I felt absolutely nothing.. I made my way through the day and despite how I was feeling, I totally stayed in plan and made good food ch... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:09:49 EST 8/16/17 workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400482 Swimming: 100 free warm up 2000 free (a new record for me!!!) 500 free (50 easy, 50 hard) 200 free (25 easy, 25 hard) 150 free cool down Total: 2950yd Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:08:29 EST My Take On Spark Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400481 It's funny, I've always said that I was a kid who was never motivated by the gold star on top of the school homework paper. So when I joined SP many years ago, I thought spark points were silly. Who in the world would care about virtual rewards that weren't real? Joke's on me. They have been ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:02:41 EST To Be Fair....It is MY fault. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400480 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23775b04-8854-4153-90cd-453a8d319c88.png"> <BR> <BR> I always thought of myself as a fair-minded and reasonably objective person and not one to easily blame others. <BR> <BR> But... <BR> <BR> This overweight thing, body image thing, not feeling... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:59:40 EST Happiness Magnet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400479 So what is your happiness magnet on today? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16a34075-3917-4dbd-ba6c-c844af4f3fa1.jpg"> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:58:45 EST Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400478 I met with my trainer this morning. I had a pretty good workout. Great way to start the day!! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:58:01 EST Arrival at the starting point. - Black Forest Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400477 <BR> This morning Pat and I took the train from Strasbourg France to Offenburg Germany. Here we meet our son and his wife and took another train through the beautiful Black Forest, to reach the start point of our hike. All the time we were riding in the train I was thinking to myself: “We are ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:56:10 EST cooking chorizo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400476 good morning! okay--this morning for breakfast I had to cook rob some chorizo. he found a recipe in one of the new cookbooks he wanted to try. he loves breakfast sausage (isn't fond of it any other time, strangely enough) and this was a sort of scramble with eggs, green pepper, onion and chori... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:47:23 EST Feeling good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400475 Because summer break is quickly coming to an end I decided to try the night water aerobics class. Oh my goodness what a difference! It was intense and I loved it. I asked a friend to go with me and she signed up. Night classes are just two night a week instead of three mornings however it's so mu... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:46:26 EST Accountability day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400473 Another good day yesterday! Today's cardio will be cleaning. We are having two of my husband's co-workers over for dinner and I will be working hard to finish my cleaning. <BR> <BR> Today's goals <BR> <BR> 60 minutes movement <BR> 10,000 steps <BR> 8 glasses water <BR> Track all food <BR> 1,... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:44:40 EST Mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400472 Sunday night, despite my best efforts, I only got 4 hours of sleep. I had to get up at 4:30am to get ready to go to the doctor's office. The good points are that she says I'm down 40lbs and my blood pressure is good. <BR> Not so good. I was way too tired to do what I did next. I went to the ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:35:41 EST Dog Paced.....Training week.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400471 This is a week worth of blogs rolled into one. Last week on Weds I did my hill run intervals. Did really well until I tripped. It was one of those slow motion times. My mind knew I was going to fall. I had been running quickly down hill at the time. GiGi passed behind me and one foot contac... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:32:13 EST 😊 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400470 I go slowly but surely to reach my goal Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:28:31 EST small goals and spark trophys http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400469 It has been rainy and dreary here for days. I could use some sunshine. the lack of does have it affects on me. SADD even in the summer.. whahh... I will not let it get me down. I have been dealing with this for many years. so it will be ok. just writing about it makes it better. The power of blog... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:26:40 EST Confessions of and Over Eater with a Cat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400468 Off to a summer stock show with my sister I am looking forward it. Hope all have a great day. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:26:00 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400466 I woke up feeling much better. I have had a bottle 16.9oz of water (2 glasses) down. I have stuck to my breakfast plan. I do feel much better. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:24:11 EST 8/16/17 I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him. Galileo Galil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400465 Quote of the Day <BR> There is nothing more likely to start disagreement among people or countries than an agreement. <BR> E. B. White <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Love never dies of starvation, but often of indigestion. <BR> Ninon de L'Enclos <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Our ind... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:18:39 EST G http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400464 Gh Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:14:09 EST Hump day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400463 After losing 34 pounds I think I've plateaued 😦 I'm still trying but wondering if I should try low carb or upping my calories........ Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:01:54 EST Charlie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400462 Our dear old golden retriever -- 13 in May -- is not doing well. <BR> <BR> His new pain meds prescribed about 10 days ago seemed to help. But yesterday before I got home from work he had what appears to have been a small seizure. Our vet has told us, watchful waiting. <BR> <BR> We are worri... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:01:35 EST Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400461 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61218100-6b2f-4345-8774-0243131fbc8c.jpg"> <BR> I will be so happy when I can lose enough weight so I can walk further than I can now! I think to celebrate I'm going to get me a dog and that will keep me motivated and walking since I'll have to wal... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:57:50 EST Prolonging the experience even while prepping to go to work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400460 There's a YouTube video out there of the whole race (7 and a half hours long) from Saturday. Takes a while to get 4000 athletes through a race, and time the waves to avoid too much congestion on the bike course, etc. In any case, this year I discovered how to stream YouTube to my Smart TV, and ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:56:03 EST Uuuuuuuhhhhg http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400459 So. This whole time I have been going up and down. I almost made it to my goal. I was at 140.6 a week after my last post. I thought....woah. I did that fast. Ahhh but it was too good to be true. The weekends really get me and suck me in to eating poorly and not exercising. <BR> <BR> Last weekend... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:54:16 EST New beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400458 I have spent a lot of time and money trying to lose weight. I have a wedding to attend in a month and I would really like to wear a dress my daughter bought me lasr year. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:51:48 EST First week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400457 Well, my first week of being back on spark is in the books. I feel better! Lost 14.8pounds. ! I know that is not to be expected, most is fluids but still a great week! I focused. I walked. I sparked and most of all I prayed! Have a great week everyone!!! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:47:53 EST Happy Wednesday .. kind of a roller coaster week, but hanging in there !! YAY ME !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400455 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4cdacc78-352e-4f19-b665-8e5bdad7bef6.png"> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:46:40 EST ??? Instead of !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400453 I continue clicking on things to discover more about this huge site..just found area that lists all goodies & notes, I've sent...looks like lots of you folks got question marks where exclamation marks should have been...so sorry for the operator error...take care, Kim Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:44:42 EST Back on Target! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400452 During my trip to MN and WI I gained five pounds. Well, those five are gone now plus a few more so I'm back on target for losing weight. It's not been easy. I guess I'm just eating less. <BR> <BR> Today is my Birthday and Mom is taking John and I out for lunch. I'm not sure what I want to do aft... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:43:15 EST dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400450 I eat my lunch at home and eat dinner at work because I work the afternoon shift. I make a balanced meal. It is portioned sized: protein, grains, vegetables, and fruit. Breakfast varies from day to day. I eat cereal most days, eggs once or twice a week and breakfast pizza with English muffin. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:40:07 EST On the lighter side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400449 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7914fb36-b22e-44cf-8fb5-cc1b88644be8.jpg"> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>386</em> Sparkers Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:34:51 EST HappyDay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400448 Still have jet lag can't sleep late fighting that but my time was so awedsome I really did not want to come back have a very blessed day Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:32:46 EST Changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400447 I am three days out from my trail marathon and a few things have changed. <BR> 1) I am dealing with a slight injury. Last Saturday I tripped on a small stump. I caught myself with my left leg before I fell, but now my IT band is sore. I did a slow and easy 2.25 miles last night and was feeling i... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:26:46 EST The swimming suit dilemma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400445 Last month, while my grandkids were here, they wanted to go swimming and they wanted me to go with them. I did, but I refused to put on a swimming suit; instead I was fully clothed and sat on the side of the pool and oood and awed and clapped my hands and cheered my grandchildren on. The p... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:21:10 EST Cataract Update 8/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400444 Yesterday I saw Dr. Stackhouse and now am scheduled for cataract surgery 8/24. I am ready for this and looking forward. I hope I will be able to keep up with SP afterwards but not sure because of trying to read. Hope everyone is having a super week. I am. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:21:10 EST "I CAME" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400443 {I CAME} Because of your sins} {Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. {1Timothy 1:15b {KJB}} <BR> <BR> {I DIED} But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 {KJB}} <BR> <BR> {I AROSE} And this is the record that God have gi... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:20:03 EST Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400442 Trying to stay positive and have a great day happy hump day sparkpeople🐫🐪🐫🐫🙏🙏 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:15:40 EST Things we deserve.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400441 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/28daaa6d-e302-4088-b33e-aa531d55ddc4.jpg"> <BR> Beautiful Hydrangeas and white roses... <BR> (Borrowed photo) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e8019b06-544f-4d82-9de1-6ec4a003e875.jpg"> <BR> "Enjoy your day..." <em>213</... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:14:36 EST Taking the Assisted Living on an all-day outing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400440 Mum didn't want to go, but I told her beloved and I would also be going to assist the 16 very old people on a bus trip to Chatooga Belle farms about 1.5 hours away. They needed volunteers...I really wanted a break...but I'm trying to remember life is NOT all about US, but about others too. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:08:05 EST Wed weigh-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400439 8/9 weight: 202.6 <BR> current: 201.2 <BR> -1.4 lbs for the week <BR> -2.8 lbs for the year <BR> 4.6 lbs to go to meet 4 lbs loss for August <BR> At least it was better than last week! LOL. <BR> <em>386</em> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:06:10 EST 8.16.17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400438 need to cut back on my food intake, or eat healthier... been working out for 10 days, 9 days with workout program and 1 rest day... but scale says its creeping up.... eating ok... don't feel like I am overdoing it... but day one yesterday of a new job and it was overwhelming. <BR> <BR> ok keep a... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:05:56 EST Wellness Wednesday -- Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400437 I'm on day 8 of my planks challenge. Yesterday I was feeling the burn during Yoga. I did my daily timed plank first then I moved to my flow. I didn't realize it had a long plank in it as well. The good news is, I held it without hitting muscle fatigue. <BR> <BR> It also means I have more upper ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:04:14 EST Tuesday Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400436 Consistently getting about eight hours of sleep. Good day yesterday at work and call it a time at home with the family. Our oldest is still in Florida but comes back Saturday. Off to work this morning and then sailing this evening. I just learned that rice as arsenic in it and I've been eating 3/... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:59:15 EST Dr Seuss on reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400435 “The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” - Dr. Seuss <BR> <BR> As a teacher, I believe it is my responsibility to help create a life long love of learning and reading within the hearts and souls of my students! <BR> <BR> Have... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:51:40 EST My journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400434 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0b8105be-2c0e-4209-bd08-4f6c4ca93a2e.jpg"> <BR> Bella sats..Good morning ❤👍😙 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:50:10 EST Are you kidding me?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400433 THIS is the weather radar at 520 am. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a00411f5-8ab8-4c4c-bbc4-c72214ab13bc.png"> <BR> <BR> Over HALF of my markets have been rained out. Sigh. <BR> <BR> I'm going to work in the shop, I can't afford to slip and hurt anything! Classes start b... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:49:50 EST 8-16-2017-JOLLIES FROM JUDY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400431 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/31796517-66f4-4b95-a8e7-7047496d72ed.jpg"> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:48:32 EST 8/16/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400430 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9b3b62ea-6762-423e-bb4a-6b7d82dec994.jpg"> <BR> Anybody else??? 😃 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:46:52 EST Allergies - 4#!@#!^ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400429 'Nuff said - hoping this will end quickly...........certainly not a crisis (though Sunday's flareup was NOT fun), but still annoying! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:21:58 EST Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400428 Having trouble getting off sugar once again. I start out with"a few of these. Some of those" And before I know it I'm eating alot of everything! The more sugar I eat the more I want. HELP! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:15:55 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=8/16/2017=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG'S NOT MINE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400427 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b180133-648c-48d1-84f0-d5874eb48efb.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fa170fb3-7b4e-4e9c-9476-f88bdf71d5b9.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/56c9e76b-04c6-4c2b-810b-c74d8ced1c6a.jpg">God {ELOHIM} {{KJB}}hath... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:15:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, August 16, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400426 August 16, 2017 PLEASANT WORDS <BR> <BR> We may can hide what is in our hearts from others but we can’t hide it from God. And He is the one we need to be sure we are pleasing – not anyone else. Our words are more out there for all to hear. We may not realize who all is hearing them when we blurt... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:07:26 EST HUMP DAY OVER....OFF TO BYES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400425 My hump day is over and I am heading to byes.... <BR> It was a long day..... <BR> My colleagues memorial service went well and was so honouring of him... <BR> Now everyone has to come to grips with life moving on without him....thats the hard part.... <BR> <BR> Night <em>102</em> <BR> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:07:18 EST Property Taxes Review Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400424 Hi Sparks Friends, I got my Home Owners Property Taxes notice May 2017. These are for my home and are due paid by the end of the year. Many politicians keep saying they do not raise taxes. Yet I am not selling my home but the value of my home - allegedly is now worth $33,000 more this year than l... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:02:41 EST Girl Interrupted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400423 So this happened yesterday... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2bf3a101-948e-4be6-9c5f-4463b38bf6a3.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Yes, this girl has been interrupted, my Fitbit died! <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> It won't turn on or charge. It lasted a year. I will have to look for my ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:01:09 EST Healthy Meal Book Complete - Recipes fully calorie counted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400421 Hi guys. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb560e65-de60-4a71-a07d-2168480f6718.png"> <BR> <BR> So as I was saying before...I'm compiling a healthy recipes/meal book of all the different food groupings I eat on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> After so many years of experime... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:42:58 EST JUST A THOUGHT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400420 <BR> <BR> <BR> The best way out <BR> is always through. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:35:32 EST Paying Homage to Elvis on the 40th Annniversary of his passing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400419 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHU-8yb11CQ </link> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:27:09 EST Tell a Joke Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400418 Tell a Joke Day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b081b360-c3f2-4889-9a3e-2cbd7efacb88.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated: <BR> <BR> always August 16th <BR> <BR> Let's get serious now. We are not kidding. National Tell a Joke Day is a day to get your laughes. We ho... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:13:25 EST Revolutionary Time Travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400417 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17d5688b-381d-430a-886d-a29d7bedbd0f.jpg"> <BR> I have some exciting weekend plans. Traveling through time to 1920 has shown me how much has changed, and how much has stayed the same. The Old Governor Benjamin Pierce and his wife, Anna Kendrick P... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:13:07 EST Nature .. Day 125 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400416 <BR> A true heart is known by those it touches <BR> ~I-AM-TITANIUM <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9874c3c4-011d-4338-bceb-932af91f726a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/551bec8e-c4a9-4542-8b71-8c404086e728.jpg"> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:08:46 EST August 16, Genesis 16, The dumbest animal in the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400415 I've said this before and it offended some people, probably will again but it's still true. The dumbest animal in the world is a man with an erection. Alarm bells should go off in Abram's head but they didn't. And it should be the same for any man whose wife comes and tells him that it's OK to sl... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:56:01 EST Not sure why, but I'm definitely not complaining. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400414 For some reason, both yesterday and again today, I've discovered that I've needed considerably less food to satisfy my feelings of hunger. No idea why, it's just happened. Last night I ate only half of my freshly cooked fried rice before I was feeling satisfied. This morning a friend and I were h... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:47:23 EST Encourage one another... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400413 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/70341ee4-1679-48ea-b673-62f1ffaf539c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In this day & age, it is commonplace to see people tearing each other down. I challenge you today to encourage someone. <BR> <BR> 1 Thessalonians 5:11a says: So encourage each other and build ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:23:39 EST National Roller Coaster Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400412 August 16, 2017 <BR> NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER DAY (I'm a chicken) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bcb4ae7e-f0ef-46f9-81a6-f6f6b5f352f9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL TELL A JOKE DAY <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/639f09e1-7d5b-4bee-91cd-6be0cde53826.jpg"> <... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:52:01 EST Monday & Tuesday Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400411 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ccc7bc13-822f-48e5-a38e-8585ca20a550.jpg"> Monday & Tuesday Workout: Monday I did a workout with my Pilates Ring. Then tonight I did Body Beast Bulk Back. Trying not to allow my impatience to mess with my head. #dailygrind Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:41:56 EST Easy Protein Packed Breakfast to Stay Energized and Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400410 Breakfast is probably the most important meal of the day. A good and healthy breakfast will not just give you the energy you need to get through the day and breakfast with a good portion of protein will also help in keeping the appetite in check. High protein breakfast is perfect for maintaining ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:33:33 EST Well, you could knock me down with a feather, found just what we want!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400409 We went to a local furniture store yesterday after me trawling the internet for a TV cabinet, occasional tables, mirror for the hallway and a cabinet for the hallway (hours and hours of looking) only to find everything we wanted and LOVED under one roof and with a discount sale on!! <BR> Having ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:27:00 EST Today's Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400408 " Be Grateful for All of Life : <BR> Each of us has been infinitely blessed - beginning with the gift of life. <BR> Whatever may appear to be missing or broken on any particular day, <BR> our glass is not half full, it is 99.9 % full." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to jlh@S... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:06:09 EST Dancing Queen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400407 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFrGuyw1V8s </link> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:04:02 EST Don't groan 10~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400406 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0aef7ed9-2866-4e76-b7c5-c6e40a153649.jpg"> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:02:11 EST 8-15-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400405 I am grateful that I can afford my chief vice, books. I need to organize the house so I can access my books. Paid the bills that had accumulated last week. Brought in the stuff I picked up at the thrift store. Took out the recycling that I didn't have room for last week. Really do need to start t... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:27:08 EST I ordered cookbooks through Amazon & library ebooks,anyone help on deleting information? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400403 This week & next week I should get the 5 cookbooks I ordered, a long time ago I got rid of all my unhealthy cookbooks except one Christmas one. The cookbooks I ordered one called allergy free pantry with 100 recipes that have no wheat,gluten,dairy,eggs,soy or nuts and lots of information on stoc... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:20:12 EST Day 1 prelude to new beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400400 Today is a start of 57 days in a row of blogging and tracking my food accurately. Regardless if I'm struggling or not, I find committing to daily blogging and tracking food puts myself on the fast track path to reaching end point goal. <BR> <BR> This past week I I made considerable pr... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:31:32 EST Getting back to being me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400399 I will get my water in today. I will stay with in my allotted calories. I will workout. I will walk outside. I will log every bite of food I eat. I will do as planed. This is a plan with myself, I will not let me down!!!!!!! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:18:25 EST The long term impact of the people in your life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400398 Remember that I mentioned in my last 2 blogs that I am very, very blessed? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d6b2db64-d33f-488e-851b-9bb2db2230b1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have some VERY close friends, my 'sisters from other misters'. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:18:07 EST Auto Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400397 I am trying not to stress out about more auto repairs. Seems like after spending so much money that I should have just gotten a new car. I hope this latest repair will make me think otherwise. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:17:25 EST Maxine Needs SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400395 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/20500061-309a-46cf-9563-cb7dbf2790e6.jpg"> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:03:35 EST Tuesday, 8/15/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400394 Ugh! Just lost my blog to cyber space and don't have time to rewrite it tonight. So instead I'll leave today with this thought.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ef0481a-009c-4050-9949-343e998904af.jpg"> <BR> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:57:16 EST Day 590 ~ Cupboards are getting bare... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400393 Todays SparkPeople - August 15, 2017 Well two-fold...my daughter has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and no money for groceries. So literally for the last like 2 weeks we have been cleaning out the fridge: 1- no money to go shopping, 2- we need to clean out all we have. So for now on when we... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:53:49 EST new video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400392 trying a new video today but have not chosen it yet Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:53:04 EST Igh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400390 My get up and go has gone. After a long day of work, i really cant be bothered going to all my dance classes tonight. Help me motivate! Lol Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:40:39 EST Catechism in a Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400389 372. What is the moral conscience? <BR> <BR> Moral conscience, present in the heart of the person, is a judgment of reason which at the appropriate moment enjoins him to do good and to avoid evil. Thanks to moral conscience, the human person perceives the moral quality of an act to be done or wh... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:35:18 EST AFTER A COUPLE OF DAYS OFF: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400388 I took some time off from SP this week ... just a lot going on. For those who have been keeping up with me, my son had his gall bladder surgery a week ago. He goes back to the doctor tomorrow for his follow up and hopes to go back to work at least by next Monday. <BR> <BR> As for me, I have re... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:34:47 EST Another step to my after. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400387 Today I did something I haven't done in a while: read outside. I guess this summer has been too warm and I've also been gone. Which reminds me that I haven't written about my trip to Germany. But that's for another day since it's already late. <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> I did okay tracking ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:32:00 EST Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400386 It is very cool today. It is 64 outside...the coolest in over two months. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:30:28 EST #128 The unknown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400385 I haven't been able to figure out what to write tonight. The day has been quiet and I have taken advantage of that. We are expecting lots of rain beginning during the night through Thurs. and we are in the camper when the rain on the roof is so soothing EXCEPT for our little Keeleigh (Chi). She p... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:24:16 EST Special Blessings-August 16, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400384 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I was emotionally drained from saying my goodbyes to Linda last night, so I slept in this morning and gave myself permission to rest today. <BR> <BR> 2. I started a new book this afternoon and I can tell that I am going to love it.... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:03:27 EST Cats ;-) 8/15/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400383 Cat Job - Nursing Home Aide <BR> <link>cheezburger.com/1759237/this-cat-wal<BR>ked-into-a-nursing-home-one-day-and-as<BR>ked-for-a-job?utm_source=feedblitz&utm<BR>_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=Feed<BR>BlitzRss&utm_content=This+Cat+Walked+I<BR>nto+a+Nursing+Home+One+Day+and+Asked+for+a+Job <... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:02:37 EST Crescent Beach & Early to Bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400382 I am keeping an unbusy schedule for the next week. It's with some regret that we decided to not have another puppy, so Royce is getting spay tomorrow. We had thought it would be great if she had a litter and we kept one puppy and we had homes lined up for the rest. But we are usually more than bu... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:57:52 EST Keep Moving Forward: Homeschool '17-'18 (3.75 Days Completed / 146.50 To Go) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400381 I woke up to find I had slept in until scheduled community garden time. That meant no early morning walk and no gardening time for the girls as they were still sleeping. I need to start setting that alarm <em>128</em> even though I so dislike to do that. I went to the garden alone to meet up w... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:55:07 EST 8/15/17 - Bedtime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400380 I didn't leave work until 6:00 this evening. With only a very short sprint, I was able to on the "L" car before the doors were closed. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I grabbed one of the tomatoes off the windowsill and had it with dinner. It was an heirloom, but I don't know the variety. I'll chec... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:54:19 EST I will continue to fight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400379 Today was a quiet day and it was really nice. The only problem is I did not stick to my plan today. I only accomplished 2 of my 3 small steps today. I will continue to fight! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/db34d1ab-cf86-49c8-992c-679dad3939c8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My docto... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:48:51 EST The Challenge - Day 25, August 15 - Home Before the Clock Strikes Twelve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400378 Hi everyone, <BR> I hope you had a good day today. Mine settled down quite a bit from yesterday, which made me very happy. I was even able to sneak away for an hour of gym time today. That felt marvelous - the gym time, not the sneaking part. <BR> <BR> Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:47:12 EST MindBodyGreen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400377 Ahhh interesting article that clarifies a bit, for me, about journaling va other types of writing: <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.mindbodygreen.com/article<BR>s/i-wrote-every-single-morning-for-25-<BR>years-heres-what-it-taught-me </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> And another one I want to study more - a... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:42:44 EST A Blessed Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400376 As summer winds down and school begins, I've been enjoying every moment I can with our grandchildren. They grow up way too quickly. Sometimes, I think faster than our own children did. They bring so much joy. God has blessed me with a life full of friends, family, and now people from Spark that i... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:36:22 EST Sigh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400375 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fe419a33-efaa-451d-827d-33a5dc09470e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He was delighted to find a room for the night. <BR> <BR> We finally arrived and checked into our hotel for the night. We deliver our son to campus at 8:00 am tomorrow. I rode with him on the ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:35:33 EST Tuesday's Words to Ponder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400374 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5432dd2c-59e3-4e9b-b471-8597f252b67d.JPG"> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:34:18 EST Another Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400373 Hour and a half on my adult trike Granola for breakfast Hummus and crackers for lunch Turkey burger for dinner Another Day Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:31:13 EST I did lots of walking and yard work. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400372 Today I walked the Rail trail and I walked all the 4 miles. <BR> <BR> Then I went in to the yard and did some clipping and cutting and digging. <BR> <BR> My frustration is how does one put in to the tracker there is no place to put it. <BR> <BR> It was not as difficult now. <BR> It is easy in ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:25:34 EST Janice Is No Longer Pre-Diabetic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400371 Success Stimulates Success! Since beginning our Chair Dancing Fitness programs, our customer Janice's blood sugar went down 11 points. She is no longer pre-diabetic. She also lost 20 pounds and went from a size 18 to a size 14. Happy to share health with everyone! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 23:25:23 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for August 15 and 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400367 Daily inspiration:  Faith lifts us from the realm of the impossible to the possible. Lord, thank you for the gift of Faith. It fills the shadows in my life with sunshine and removes the despair of hopelessness. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid o... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:56:25 EST Where has the summer gone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400366 It's half way through August. And I am sad. I feel like I haven't really enjoyed my summer this year. For me, swimming and summer go hand in hand. I did get to swim in June a few times, but beyond that, I've been swim-free :( <BR> <BR> I am going to Girl Scout camp (for women only - no girls ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:55:10 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400365 I have felt better today. no work out. done pretty good on my diet but I still feel lonely my husband works two job and I am home alone a lot. I am going through have to break myself from food for my problems no matter how big or little. This is the way it use to be (alone = eating), (upset=eatin... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:53:00 EST Why do I want it more? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400364 When I tell myself I can't have something, it weighs on me. I want it more. Even when it's something that I know is not healthy. For example, I've decided to forgo adult beverages for 40 days. No biggie. I just eat more than I should when I've had alcohol. Plus, the calories of the alcohol u... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:52:56 EST Um... Where'd the Summer Go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400363 OK, we are not only past MID-summer, we're also past mid-AUGUST!!!!! <BR> <BR> How in the world did that happen!?!?? <BR> <BR> The Texas Tax Free Weekend for school clothes and supplies was last weekend, as was the Perseid meteor shower, and the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse is less than a week awa... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:52:06 EST fartlek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400362 funny word, fun workout <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e254471-01b5-42bb-88e0-1ecb9141920d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e6d2093-f891-4958-9063-ece4415e58d3.jpg"> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:52:02 EST Homecooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400361 What do you do with eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini, onion, garlic, and red bell pepper from the food pantry? Make ratatouille, of course! And serve it with extra sour sourdough bread, also from the food pantry. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/74f95a11-5b75-453b-9f8b-bc... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:42:26 EST So Far So Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400360 So today was "Fast" Day 3 (it still doesn't seem quite right to call a day when you get to eat something a fast day), and--so far so good. <BR> <BR> I delayed my 2nd fast day one day this weekend because I was going to be running around a lot and it was a little unpredictable. And then I ended u... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:41:47 EST Tired again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400359 The heat and humidity really pull me down. I do enjoy the heat of summer but I hope I will enjoy the cool of fall soon. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:39:44 EST The List Goes On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400358 Spark People coach asked that today I list ways I have noticed improvements in myself since using the site. The list could go on and on but here are a few of the things I've noticed. <BR> <BR> 1. Within a few weeks I began to feel better. <BR> <BR> 2. Checking my food each day let me realize... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:34:28 EST 19,699 Steps Yesterday & 15,048 Steps So Far For Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400357 My determination is through the roof and I couldn't be happier. Sitting idle isn't an option, a body in motion tends to stay in motion but a body at rest stays at rest. I have 1 final 35 minute full body workout scheduled for tonight then I'm done until tomorrow. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:33:05 EST Ahhhh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400356 Nice day. Had a nice visit with work friends and with my sister's family. I love it when things work out like that! Have a great day everyone! Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:31:08 EST Depression, Weigh Gain, Sleepiness and Snoring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400355 One may wonder why the combination of these topics is in the title of this blog. Well, here’s the story. <BR> <BR> In 2013, I finally got brave enough to visit with my doctor about my depression (I should have gone earlier, but it was one of those things). He put me on an antidepressant. Befo... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:27:29 EST I love to share the things I make... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400354 Sharing is such an important part of creating things. I am by no means a great quilter. I make lots of mistakes and refuse to take them out because they make my pieces special in my own way. I did manage to get 4 rows together today and only had to solve one major cutting problem. One of the ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:25:30 EST Day 227: Wondering Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400353 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c3b300b0-7bd7-4f48-8fb4-5c4ac067ed89.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Be as good to yourself as you are to those you love." (Suze Orman) <BR> <BR> Hello my lovely friends! <BR> <BR> Well, it looks like doom and gloom is on its way right now. All of a sudden it ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:23:37 EST Day 6 Beautiful lotus kind of day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400352 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/64aa660b-a354-4ca2-902f-f23006dff51b.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I took this picture today at Bedrock Gardens where I volunteer twice a month to "get my hands in the dirt". This was my reward for doing a couple of hours of weeding. Several lotus were blooming... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:21:11 EST 11/100: awesome dinner I didn't have to cook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400350 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/048306d1-e010-4d4d-b543-619189166cd7.jpg"> <BR> James made vegan bean chili. Nom! Plus grapes and water. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:16:46 EST Tuesday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400349 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/01c9ba7b-a7ec-4cfa-ba57-121970c1017e.jpg"> <BR> Hope you had a great day! TTYL Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:15:47 EST Day 754 - So Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400348 I am so tired of this moving process. I think it is harder to move in little increments than to just pack everything up and move at once. Every day I go over to the old house and pack some stuff and clean and every night I back up to the door and unload up the stairs to the apartment. I'm so tire... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:15:46 EST 😀 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400347 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/27b9db95-c0fb-4340-ba24-bf1cd132c275.jpg"> <BR> Young Living Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:11:25 EST I need a beginner's weight-training video so easy that a fetus can do it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400346 No, I mean it. I lasted about 10 minutes into the weight-training video I was following on YouTube, and I had to stop because I was pretty sure I'd vomit if I continued. I still might. Ugh, I feel so pathetic. And nauseous. <BR> <BR> However, everyone has to start somewhere. Also, I have... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:09:52 EST How My Interview Went http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400345 Today, I had my federal interview. It was in downtown LA, but my parents knew the area, which helped A TON. It was still stressful driving downtown, though (and I didn't even drive--my mom did!). The interviewers showed me around the office, and introduced me to some of the staff members, whic... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:00:13 EST 8/15/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400343 Had an okay day. My knee is driving me nuts. I am really considering dropping out of the retreat due to the fact I am not sure how I will navigate there. The only thing stopping me from dropping out is that I would only be probably doing more walking cause I would be working and such. So I wi... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:58:08 EST August 15: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Check out this video on ABC!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400341 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 184 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 119 of 128 (93%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I have a really f... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:45:47 EST Being Nice Goes along way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400340 While I was at the gym walking today I listened to a "ted talk" called " being nice goes a long way". It was a very good ted talk and I wanted to start asap with being nicer than usual. at my job I am a supervisor and many times I find myself lacking empathy and truly hating my job. however I ne... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:45:42 EST Running with dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400339 Found out today my 7 year old dog has an ulcer and put on extra 10lbs and do get her back to her best she needs to loose at least 10-12lbs so I took her on a nice jog tonight, did 1km in 10mins. There was moments she was behind and moments I was ahead but alor of the time we were beside each othe... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:44:38 EST 5 things I am thankful for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400338 1) I lost a little weight <BR> 2) I was able to get out for an hour long jog/walk this afternoon <BR> 3) I was able to enjoy a sit down dinner with my girls <BR> 4) I was able to schedule a repair for our irrigation system <BR> 5) I was able to go for a quick walk with the dog this morning Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:41:32 EST 2 weeks of strength and walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400337 As many of us are, I am an emotional eater. Stress comes with my life choices ( family, work, animal rescue) and those choices also fulfill my soul. As my workouts have progressed from my beloved swimming (90 to 120 mins of crawl a week) adding in outside walking, and now both Sparks full body s... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:41:22 EST Life imitates my weight loss journey . . . I am truly blessed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400336 I know that many people think I am crazy for loving my job, my students, my coworkers, and even the administrators. They all drive me crazy. They all present frequent challenges to me, but I still love each of them. My students are loving, significantly challenging, and often annoying. They love ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:36:28 EST Something I learn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400335 I was call in to work a case in the middle of the night and needed something to wake me up. I hit the vending machines. I learn I need to keep some protein drinks in my locker at work. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:34:43 EST So far, so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400334 I have been here 6 days now, so far, so good. Using the tracker every single day to understand my eating habits and learn how the food affects me. <BR> <BR> Also doing exercises, everyday little workouts. Searching for recipes to try and ways to plan meals, which is still confusing to me, I ha... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:29:34 EST Taking a break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400333 Today I have taken a break from all fitness with the exception of my physical therapy home exercises. <BR> My doctor has recommended that I refrain from going to physio therapy until after my MRI results comes in. I must do passive exercises at home however to keep the shoulder from seizing up. ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:28:48 EST Some People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400332 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f179aa7-5a43-4720-87fa-d73b2b4b1a81.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher. ~ Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecut... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:28:22 EST Please pray for a nurse I know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400331 I wouldn't normally ask for prayer for a nurse. But in this case I am. The nurse in question is grieving the loss of her mother and also getting married at the same time. I know this because someone else told me who is a nurse for a doctor who I see at Aurora in my area. Her name is Ashley Noasco... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:25:48 EST Wowzer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400330 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bd63d7b9-85e6-4586-9d01-15f4122e933c.jpg"> <BR> A friend sent me this pic on the left from 2 years ago. It showed up on her timehop. The one on the right is from today. I love seeing old pics. It's really a reminder of how far I've come and where I... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:22:30 EST Knowing my limitations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400329 I love the opportunity to participate in exercise classes. But, I'm discovering that I need to limit myself, somewhat, so I don't over do it. <BR> <BR> It's all good. I just don't think I will do yoga on the same day that I've done water aerobics. <BR> <BR> Just need to strike a good bala... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:20:42 EST Taking care of me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400328 I work a full time job at the hospital and a part time job at catherines clothing store. It has really taken a toll on me. I usually see my husband long enough to say goodnight. I had been contemplating letting go of the part time job for about a month. Today I put my 2 week notice in. I'm concer... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:18:50 EST Sleep journal – 8-15-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400327 I got settled in bed with my eye mask on around 10:45pm. I fell asleep at 11:45pmish and woke up at 3:50amish because my eyemask wasn’t on my eyes, my legs were pretzeled and they hurt. I fell asleep at 4:45amish. I woke up at 8:10amish but then l couldn’t fall back asleep so I just relaxed in be... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:13:32 EST Barre http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400326 I'm going to my first yoga barre class in the morning. I have a yoga class at night hopefully I can still walk after the first class. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:12:40 EST 5 Months Ago TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400325 On March 15, I was at my lowest. I could hardly stand on my own 2 feet without assistance. My husband or one of my children had to help me to my chair or to the bathroom, or back to bed. I was physically at my lowest, and emotionally I was done. I turned my life over to God's hands and asked for ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:10:27 EST Day 3 Aug. 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400324 I was unable to blog while I was gone for 4 days. I feel on a whole my eating was much better than normal when I am gone. I did have a little cake, but I decided to allow myself to do so. Going down my dh wanted to get lunch, so instead of us going in someplace to sit down, he picked up a bur... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:09:10 EST Learning to let go of what I can't control. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400323 I've been doing a bunch of anxiety meditations. And one of the ones I do regularly as an exercise has you breath in the word let and breath out the word go. And it was kinda a moment for me. I have forced myself to do things in the past and these worries I'm dealing with is something I need to f... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:08:56 EST Hard work.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400322 Never give up...goals are made to be reached...then SURPASSED!! Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:07:51 EST Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400321 Monday my doctor appointment was a seminar and appointment with a Bariatric surgery. I am considering vertical sleeve gastrectomy surgery. I am to keep a journal of everything I eat. I will meet with a dietician this week then a therapist. I will have to work on my food and exercise for 6 month... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:06:08 EST Help for those that have regained. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400320 Even the most successful members of sparkpeople have setbacks! All you have to do is look at the number of contestants from that famous weight loss show to know that regaining weight is easy to do. There are many reasons why that happens: <BR> <BR> 1) illness or injury <BR> 2) losing focus on ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:05:32 EST OUT TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400319 I had errands to run today. It was brutally hot as the humidity was high. I got home and I started dinner . Hubby did not get home until 6:30. I had the green beans ready and the salad. I had not cooked the pork chops as they were the thin ones and only take about 4 minutes on each side. Hu... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:02:02 EST Update on Noah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400317 The doctors decided not to sedate Noah to try to get the rock out of his nose for fear of hurting him. He was sent home with this rock still there. Tomorrow he will be going to a specialist in Bloomington, Indiana, which is only about 90 minutes from here. When my son and Noah came here to get hi... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:50:26 EST My journey, highway or hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400316 We all talk about our weight loss as a journey and that has started me thinking. I often wish my weight loss journey was more like a highway, or better yet, a turnpike. You know, I just pay the toll, (exercise, portion control, healthy food choices, lots of water), and I can speed towards my... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:49:20 EST journey to becoming a badass day 164 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400315 Its Tuesday August 15, 2017. I read chapters 3, 4 and 5 of the third iteration of Jurassic Park. I got my workout done and I tracked it. I tracked everything I ate. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:48:53 EST I Saw This On A Sign Today and Loved It.................... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400314 I AM A WOMAN..................... <BR> <BR> What's YOUR Superpower? <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:48:12 EST Doctor - Good and Bad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400313 So I went to the doctor. She says I've hurt my groin, given me an anti-inflammatory, and I have to call for physical therapy. I have no idea how long it will take to get me back to "normal," and I'm supposed to see her again in 6 weeks. <BR> <BR> Happily, my pulse was 68, and my blood pressure w... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:46:43 EST August 15, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400312 Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> It was just a somewhat normal day. Mike had taken the day off since they went to the fair yesterday (that way he didn't have to get up bright and early if they were late getting back). Jacob has spent the day in his room looking at football cards. He found a football car... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:42:27 EST New lifestyle change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400310 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc4c0e6d-bb49-4072-927b-159886ea1f8a.jpg"> Well hello everybody !! :) For those of you who do not know me I am Miranda , I'm 19 and a half years old I weigh 267lbs and I'm 5'8" Tall from Texas and well Today I visited my Endocrinologist and well... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:39:19 EST Thank you to mommy's friends for the birthday wishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400309 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1a61c744-d0c6-4e93-97a4-a72bc85ba01a.jpg"> <BR> I had a wonderful birthday. I ate and I slept, and then I slept and I ate... It was the best 15th birthday I ever had !!! Thank you for the wishes!! Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:35:27 EST Daily Scripture Verse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400308 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/65b1883b-243a-4744-88b9-81f112487316.jpg"> Today is: ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭143:10‬ ‭ I love studying God's word and being able to see Him and His character more fully. It's not always easy to do the "right" thing in life. To tell the truth, to help others... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:28:37 EST Sparkversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400307 So I realized today that tomorrow marks my 6 year anniversary of joining SP. I used the site diligently for about 1-2 years, then have been very sporadic the last several years. I was looking through old blogs and pictures and then decided to look at my weight graph over time, starting in 2011 up... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:23:52 EST "Day-2" (of my 3rd 100 day Challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400306 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a610b582-7f4e-43bf-bb1e-b573f4c7b4d6.jpg"> <BR> Today is my 2nd day being on my new 100 day challenge and I had a wonderful day and, <BR> kept myself on top of things and No cheating what so ever because I am here to get that, <BR> 30 pounds off b... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:21:00 EST tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400305 this has been one of those days when I dread the news, anything on facebook, even in my email. I thought things were tough growing up in NY in the 60's but this is just making me ill. <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:16:25 EST i am your new co worker, You know me ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400304 Hi I am your new coworker the one you call slow , the one you all talk about at the water cooler, Yes, I am new and I would really love some tips on how to do my job better. <BR> <BR> Hi, i am your co worker the one you yelled at yesterday when I made a silly mistake . Thanks for pointing tha... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:14:24 EST Playing catch up at work. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400303 I got filing done. I have a great deal of posting to do. I got behind when working on the <BR> report for the Boss. I hope You have had a day filled with good food and fitness!! Luv Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:58:18 EST August 15 - Back in the groove! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400302 We had our granddaughter last week and I love her dearly but we missed our gym time and eating wasn't as good. It was fun but with the extra eating and lack of exercise came extra pounds. We are back on schedule as of Monday. An hour and a half of exercise on Monday with a total of 11, 835 steps.... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:56:49 EST Bad Knees and May Need Surgery Down the Line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400301 I went to my doctor this morning and the ligament that runs down the outside of my right knee is pulled. I have had my second steroid shot and the morning I will start my third round of steroids pills. I have a lot of arthritis in both knee caps and it makes it very hard to even walk. I will b... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:55:36 EST How I Spent My Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400300 My youngest brother married a woman he met in first grade. Really, they knew each other all through school, but never once dated. Bumped into each other in their 40s, and it blossomed into love. <BR> <BR> And I got to be the officiant. <BR> <BR> I don't have a lot of photos yet - but it was a... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:45:39 EST Clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400299 So I've been slowly coming to the conclusion that I need new clothes. I've been periodically buying shorts as I shrank but all my fall clothes are still a size 12 me. So weirdly enough I'm having a real hard time shopping. I'm having some real body dismorphia issues, I just don't think of my self... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:24:34 EST Tuesday evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400298 I did a lot of work today! I did four loads of laundry, which is not much for me, but up and down those stairs, hauling baskets, sorting through my closet to purge..I got THAT idea from my dear spark friend Trentdreamer. <BR> I tossed shirts, tried on about a dozen or so and organized them. I a... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:20:43 EST Playing catch up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400297 So Saturday 08.12 me and my friend went on a 7 mile walk around the lake. My 9 y/o daughter decided she wanted to go but rode her bike. We made it in 2 hrs! I was beat, tired, sore and exhausted. I was also a bit upset because my fitbit only said I did 5 miles! I was feeling sore up until today p... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:16:14 EST No-show nurse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400296 Spent the better part of an hour this afternoon doing emergency cleaning due to an appointment I had forgotten where a nurse from my insurance co. was coming to my house today to update the insurance co's records. My cheeks were bright red, I was dripping with sweat and I exacerbated the migrain... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:13:02 EST 10/100: quick work snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400295 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c058b631-bb23-487a-a929-0e72bc06f50f.jpg"> <BR> Fruit snacks. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:11:05 EST Woohoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400294 Went to foot doctor today. She took out the rest of my stitches. I can drive again! Still on the knee walker for two weeks though. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:07:34 EST 8/15/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400293 Achieved my daily activity goal yesterday and am 20 or so minutes from achieving it today. Might need a little more to get in at least 10K steps. Will look and see if I need to add in my new Back/Biceps workout or just remember to add in the 30 sec of air squats between exercises after my rest t... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:06:26 EST Rough Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400292 Car needed an inspection and all this work so I dropped it off at 7:30 and didn't get done with it until 4 pm! Luckily my mom was able to pick me up and then we went to the bank and my brothers house to put the canoe on top of my mom's car. Tomorrow they are going to some place in Ithaca for th... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:49:21 EST Keepin the streak:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400290 Busy day with room prep. Lots of furniture movement and carrying it down halls....bonus workout! <BR> <BR> Streak: <BR> Stay in my calorie range day 5 <BR> Any pull up improvement. Trying to get in 1 . Did push-ups and 12 assisted pull-ups ...day 5 <BR> Burpees. At least 10 a day ..20 today. D... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:30:23 EST Tuesday's Tip: A Tasty Way to Use Up All That Zuchinni http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400289 Summer’s bounty. Is there anything better? We are at the peak of zucchini season here, and a friend gave me a huge bunch of zucchini because she had no more room in her refrigerator. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d5061d3f-351e-4907-a062-7951bfac073c.jpg"> <BR> <... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:24:24 EST Day 3 saw more walking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400288 Since I only had a little bit of mowing to do today, I did more walking for work, 14,400 steps. I did weed pulling, and trimming. The weed pulling is what got me more walking than expected. Just wish I could put in here. Especially since I did a lot of pulling. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow will be s... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:21:32 EST Best trip to Alaska ever. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400287 I am the luckiest person on the planet. I just got back from a cruise from Vancouver, Canada to Whittier, Alaska then a train trip to the town of Talkeetna, Alaska that is right across the river from the tallest mountain in North America, 20,320 ft high and then a bus trip to Denali National Park... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:20:10 EST Tues - Keep Moving! Keep Pushing! Keep Striving! 08/15/2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400286 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41c700da-4f8f-4923-9389-c285e54b6f8e.jpg"> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:18:18 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400285 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/22b3ae55-8326-4575-904d-15f657ad30b7.jpg"> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:12:04 EST Stressful Day...trying to relax! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400284 Well, I had to step in to enroll my son in his new school today. At every turn, you are told misinformation. It seemed as though they were trying to find reasons to not allow me to enroll him, than looking at the paperwork in front of them that clearly met the requirements. <BR> <BR> I pray thi... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:00:02 EST when your stress levels rise... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400283 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/48ff7e8a-16f2-4bdb-af39-d0c6ad08c61d.png"> <BR> <BR> This has been a VERY stressful day at work! We are trying so hard to keep a good attitude and focus on SOLUTIONS, not problems. <BR> <BR> A friend told me years ago that you should never pray ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:59:10 EST 10 SILLY STORIES THAT STOP YOU FROM LOSING WEIGHT AFTER 60 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400282 <link>sixtyandme.com/10-silly-stories-that<BR>-stop-you-from-losing-weight-after-60/<BR>#.WZNbo4GDNDI.facebook </link> <BR> <BR> I had to share this. And as I read the article I can assure you that at one time or another I have used every one of this excuses. But you know what? They are ju... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:54:21 EST I like spoiling myself.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400281 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4d95ff6-6d60-4da5-9230-fb7c22649397.jpg"> <BR> I made a quick stop yesterday to buy myself flowers. Life is good! Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:49:21 EST Voices of the books..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400280 In a few minutes I heard the books' voices: a low, steady, unsupressible hum. I'd heard it many times before. I've always had a finely tuned ear for a library's accumulations of echo and desire. Libraries are anything but hushed. <BR> <BR> —Martha Cooley <BR> —found in The Archivist (1998) <BR> ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:48:41 EST Low Sodium Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400279 I know there were a couple of people on my BLC team that mentioned buying low sodium food or making everything from scratch. is I cannot afford it since my food money has been cut. I have to go with what I can manage each week. I will try to use lower sodium recipes when I can instead. `As it is ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:48:33 EST My day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400278 Treadmill, dog walk and to my son's to help him clean the house. That is it in a nutshell. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:42:38 EST Breast Reduction 11 Day Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400276 It has been 11 days now since my surgery and I am doing better than I ever expected! I went last Friday for my second recheck. The nurse removed (carefully!) the tape and then the exterior stitches, of which there were several on each side, and applied new tape. (Most of the stitches are internal... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:36:23 EST Today is a good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400275 Even though it is oppressively hot here in central Florida, I got out for the first time in awhile and rode 10 miles on my bike. I'm way out of practice for that and desperate for cooler weather to get here so I can up my game. <BR> <BR> On the general life front, I am working on finishing up a ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:28:25 EST Looking up and smelling the rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400274 Good afternoon everyone. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a487879-91be-4f17-a3b5-95cff7fe90f3.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This picture is from a few days ago, before today's rain. It is the view from out my front window across the street. I am in a small town, but here this little plac... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:26:44 EST Blah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400273 So far this week I've not exercised and eaten too much, lots of it junk. I have a doctor appointment tomorrow where I'll probably weigh more than I ever have. What I want to do is run away. What I will do is plod on, make better choices, and face the music at my doctor's office. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:25:08 EST day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400272 1* Get at least 45 minutes of exercise per day - goal met <BR> 2* Stay within my calorie range. - goal met <BR> 3* Go to bed on time and make sure I take enough time to rest - could be better <BR> 4* Preferably eat only when hungry and no eating beyond 'full'.- goal met <BR> <BR> Eat breakfast s... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:12:01 EST A DEVA!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400271 I have decided now more than ever due to not only the day to day stressors, but also due to all that goes on in the world, I need to create a home that is the right atmosphere for a DEVA. As far as I know I made up this acronym of DEVA and to be honest I was hoping to make DIVA work, but no such ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:02:17 EST HELP.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400270 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/781f82e4-a1b8-44eb-98c0-43952b6e75f6.jpg"> <BR> Please pray for my 4 year old grandson, Noah.He was at the sitters and decided to put a rock in his nose, where it is stuck now. The little man is being sedated so the doctors can get it out. I apprec... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:01:29 EST Living in the LIGHT! 8/15/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400269 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f71f396-07d0-4332-81b2-5a4e6f323d46.jpg"> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:53:50 EST The Pebble In My Shoe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400268 So when I went for my walk this morning I added some extra distance which added up to an extra 6 minutes of walking. I wear my Garmin watch and I've dropped the time it takes to do a kilometre as well so I am going a bit faster than I was a week ago. <BR> <BR> Being fat is like a pebble in my sh... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:52:26 EST Hey it's exercise... right? LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400267 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7fd5609c-4aa5-478d-a0b0-e598607ac895.jpg"> <BR> Changing sheets. The gauntlet warm up.lol Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:52:09 EST K-6 Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400266 I've decided that I need to go back to just weighting on Sunday and Wednesday. Doing it everyday is making me crazy. That being said, I am down 3 pounds. <BR> <BR> I'm still working on getting the honey that I harvested strained and bottled. I didn't realize how much honey I had until we st... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:51:10 EST long way to go. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400265 I have lost 58 pounds since the first of march, 2017. I am doing weights fours times a week. I do chest, back and shoulders one day and the next I do abs, arms and legs. I ride my exercise bike four times a week. I work outside in my fairy garden or do house work. I stay busy for the most par... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:50:49 EST 09/100: leftovers for lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400264 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bca5b36b-2558-4814-b450-25a6de624736.jpg"> <BR> Orzo salad, V8, and an orange. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:49:14 EST Hungry Hummingbird - 8-15-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400263 Are the hummers hungry? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5211666b-dd55-4282-8fe2-ad38ae5cfd36.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Oh yes. Yes, they are. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b21ccaa-e0fd-49bf-bf89-59055fce4aa0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Artemis Hamrick found... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:46:06 EST Sitting outside with Rhett. Just thinking about the week so far (i know, it's only Tuesday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400262 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44bef4b0-7059-463c-9e29-b8806c31f9ee.jpg"> <BR> Sunday was a depressed day for me. Yesterday I had a Dr appointment with a new Dr. Sweetie took the day off and went with me. Normally I'm pretty good at writing down my appointments, hahaha appar... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:45:23 EST Cornell project feeder watch! My healthy addiction! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400261 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9ff926e9-83b0-4fe4-b9ec-f54d79d5fcc7.jpg"> <BR> November through April I count birds at our feeders. I signed up for this two seasons ago. It was just prior to my father in laws passing and my own potential cancer diagnosis. This really helped me N... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:40:01 EST A Few More Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400260 Saturday Ma decided she wanted more shade, so she took a cutting from a oung Fuico tree - these are the trees you see in malls, very hardy. They sprout roots down the side of their trunks so it's easy to plant cuttings. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9db22729-3c33-400a-93d8... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:33:59 EST Goodbye Norway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400259 I have been home since Saturday early afternoon. Our trip home was nearly uneventful except for a minor irritation in Amsterdam. The flight from Trondheim was early - Colin and I had to get up at 3 a.m. to catch the bus to the Airport. Security was simple and fast - for the first time I didn't... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:32:05 EST STARTING TO SEE RESULTS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400258 Last week I had a medical test done. Today I got the results and I am cleared to start exercising and working my muscles and building them and my endurance up! I am so glad! Now to find a routine or a few that I like and can handle to do for a while to accomplish just that. Hopefully this will he... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:29:56 EST I am awesome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400257 I walked both breaks and almost made my 30 minutes. I can finish up on the treadmill. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:26:45 EST Dance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400256 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/94d6965b-5b31-4332-9b74-7502a1ca0c82.jpg"> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:21:03 EST Birthday Edition: ABS + UPPER BODY - DAY 16 + Bonus Bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400255 I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've worked out on my birthday, which is sad because I AM OLD. I've been on such a roll with the fitness blender workouts that I didn't want to ruin it and take the day off. I did two videos for the day, then added an extra 30 minutes on the recumbent bike (... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:16:33 EST Fighting the Fat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400254 So here I am...once again vowing to lose weight forever. I've been down this road many times before, but this time it's different. I am currently the heaviest I've ever been. I can feel my body aching because of all of the extra weight. I know I can't keep doing this, especially if I want to ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:13:47 EST Tuesday doctor day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400253 We were up early for my wife's doctor appointment. She dropped me off at the Church for the early assumption day mass. She picked me up afterwards and we went to the hospital to have her wrist x-rayed. We then went to breakfast. We then stopped at the tire store to get the tires checked due t... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:13:43 EST Laundry Day Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400252 (I'm so behind this week, I'm functioning as though it's actually Sunday, my laundry day.) <BR> <BR> Today I put about two dozen child-size shirts in the washer. I don't know how he goes through two dozen shirts in a week, but he does. Half as many pants. An odd number of socks. And a t-shirt or... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:13:29 EST i DON'T UNDERSTAND APPETITE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400251 I don't understand my appetite. I can eat a certain combination of foods for 2 or 3 or 4 days in a row and feel full and not hungry. Then, one day I am starving. I just don't understand it. I feel like I am eating the right foods by eating xyz and then one day I eat xyz and it doesn't fill me... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:11:12 EST Starting over again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400250 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f5b5568b-5a63-40eb-b077-16758eff74db.jpg"> <BR> I've been gone for a while but I'm back. I was busy planning my first trip outside of the US. I was so nervous. My fiance and I went to Jamaica. We both needed it. It was long over due. Haven't taken ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:09:04 EST Yumm lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400249 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9ea7a18e-23ad-4ede-8584-09e7a76e33f5.jpg"> <BR> Gluten free bun,tuna,guacamole,cilantro and jalapenos for lunch 😆 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:05:08 EST Keeping attitude 'real' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400248 It is so easy to jump back into old habits and use food as a comfortable soother...we all know that life is not always the way we want it to be, nor are all the people in our lives. but!!! we carry on... and there was never green bean or bowl of ice cream that did not put us in our 'place'... ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:02:41 EST Fixin' my Misfit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400247 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/63a839dd-1a2d-4b51-a39e-e86dff5b664c.jpg"> This is the third time The Flimsy plastic clasp that holds my Misfit has broken. I've been running around here without it for the past week or so and feel naked. So today I took some 12 gauge round cop... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:02:35 EST Free Food!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400246 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bcc63cb4-b636-468e-bc51-a295474c33a8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I swear, our office constantly has food for the taking. Yep, free food! Today it was half sandwiches from Panera Bread, bags of chips, pickles, portions of Jimmy John's subs AND Panera cookies... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:59:34 EST Another Challenge... but Not For Me Alone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400245 I was told yesterday that my therapy cat Licorice has kidney disease. <BR> ... <em>40</em> <BR> Today the blood tests came back. The numbers look "beautiful"... there are only a few small elements in the lower part of normal, to keep an eye on. But his urine still isn't normal so I need to fo... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:52:56 EST I'm bored http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400244 I am really bored right now. I can't go for a walk because its hot and it might rain. I am not going to take the chance in getting heat stroke or getting wet. I tried to play a workout DVD in my laptop but it wouldn't play. I am going to figure out something to burn some calories in the house. I ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:52:16 EST Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400243 Well today has been better than the last two, I am feeling better and finally made it to the store for some groceries, another lady who lives in the building went along with me. After lunch we did manage to get a load of dark clothes done, so a couple things got done today. <BR> <BR> Our DS and ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:48:21 EST Energy Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400242 How's your energy balance? Is this something you need to work on? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59e9bd62-57b7-417f-a5d3-d6c363ccdaea.jpg"> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:45:27 EST Scale was kind :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400241 So I stuck with it yesterday through the carb headache anti the I don't want to it would be easier to eat out, thoughts in my head. Today the scale was down 2 lbs. Today I am on track but it's 2:23 and after a sweltering walk for 1 1/2 miles at lunch I have down time...Time to think about wanti... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:34:48 EST Day 1557 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400240 Gym Day. Did 6 of 6 exercises. Feeling good. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:30:37 EST A Peach Transplanted in Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400239 I'm a Georgia Peach transplanted in Florida. <BR> <BR> My goals are to be as healthy as I can at my age. I've been retired for a few years now. My job kept me moving for 12 hours daily, so naturally after retirement I slowed down to almost stopping. I wasn't feeling so fantastic about me after ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:27:07 EST Making http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400238 Making new designs can become a little difficult but, it all take times. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:24:43 EST 40 Pounds Down--Hey Hey Hey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400237 I got on the scale yesterday and I was at 259, but today it is 258. I am 40 down. Thank you Jesus. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:22:37 EST loved myself today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400236 Finally! I've had a $100 SpaWeek gift card for over a year and finally used it today! I went in for my back and right hip, found out my whole right side was messed up. Didn't know I had so many sore spots <em>28</em> But feeling a lot looser when I walked out. <BR> <BR> back to low carb eat... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:21:02 EST Core beliefs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400235 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/234ae0fc-42c7-492b-a26f-e7c978bc729e.jpg"> <BR> Thanks for your help and suggestions on my last blog entry about self-esteem. These are not just other people's belief systems that I am tackling, but my own belief systems on three key issues - disa... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:19:51 EST Tuesday's Tickle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400234 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f14caa10-2991-4320-885e-cff62e753c0b.jpg"> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:15:11 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400233 They helped me sit up on the edge of the bed today. Harder than I thought, but it has been a year. They measured me to get the right size chair, which they currently don't have. It's a process, not an event. I'm pleased with it. Meantime, I get to enjoy the day-long Chopped marathon. (If my crush... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:13:18 EST Crazy Life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400231 I would have to say this has been an interesting summer. Most of my projects have been either completed or put to the side due to rain, wind and storms. <BR> One big ole tree in the front has blown over several times now. We put it up and tied it to secure it , gave it extra dirt and love, then ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:12:13 EST THEURERBGT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400230 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/72b6f8f4-0d77-46db-a28c-c27f4df418f5.jpg"> Went to the Bruno Mars concert on Sunday night. It was awesome. He is quite a performer. He sang most of the songs i liked except "The Lazy Song". Phenomenal choreography and pyrotechnics. Good spen... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:11:20 EST Sunday 15th August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400229 So I've been up for twenty four hours and I'm going to have to work tonight. 😭 I had a Dr appointment and husband had one. Took me a month and half just to get in so I couldn't reschedule. So I went for her to tell me what I sort of already knew. I go this week for blood work to see levels if I ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:00:33 EST 8/14-Blah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400228 Blah day. Felt downright tired both physically and emotionally. Basically ate dinner and then laid in bed all night listening to podcasts. Thankfully I have my strength training session Tues. after work so that will help pep me up and get me back on track for the week. <BR> <BR> Biking: 3:00, .4... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:56:38 EST Favoritism on the Senior Van and Kmart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400227 I think the van driver and the transportation coordinator are playing favorites now. When I talked to the van driver about this guy Josh who was on again and what happened on the bus; he said that the coordinator said it was okay for him to drop him off at home . This time we were in the minivan... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:53:41 EST Slowly gettin' to a goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400226 I started at 320lbs. The biggest I've ever been. Now I'm at 310lbs. So i lost 10 lbs. Going to work on losing the next 10lbs. By Oct 5th. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:52:12 EST 15/8/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400225 Day 3 <BR> 1279 cals eaten <BR> Got in my walk, did some ironing and church lunches, sat on bus to and from hospital visit so got my rest there. <BR> Didn't sleep too well last night so am a bit tired. <BR> Thanks goodness I have no sweeties in the house. This is an eat to Olympic standard kind o... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:51:41 EST End of Summer - 8/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400224 Still struggling with the lousy news I got yesterday, concerning my job status. I'm feeling very tired and sluggish and I don't really want to do anything. So I am decluttering a bit, picking up things I know I haven't really looked at in a while, and putting them in a box for the huge yard sale ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:50:07 EST 08/100: rice crackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400223 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c30a982-c2d7-44d5-a57c-00e1a846c697.jpg"> <BR> Snack time Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:47:51 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400222 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8ca222e6-1d37-48a2-83ec-98182bda43e6.jpg"> <BR> Day 2 trying to stay focused? Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:46:25 EST Day 55 of 100 Days to Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400221 Day 55 and I finally broke my 180 barrier! What a head trip!!!! Yay! Maybe I can get to 170 after all! It has been a lot of years - actually 40 years at least - since I was 170 but I see it as a possibility now! This is so exciting! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>334</em> <em>521</em> <BR> So ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:45:45 EST Bipolar lows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400220 I am in a bipolar low. I will keep walking at night. I really didn't want to get up to eat lunch, but I did finally. I can't wait to to get to my high. I am tired of my mood going up & down. I need to exercise which will release endorphins to help me stabilize. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:41:13 EST Day 227: Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400219 Okay, first the good news. I got a bike ride in this morning, though dang, I was tired for whatever reason, just felt like a slog. Did 7.6 miles, not bad, though shorter than I've been doing lately. Felt good to get back on the bike though, hadn't been in a couple weeks. <BR> <BR> <em>332</... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:35:37 EST Tuesday report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400218 Well, here is my hour of rest, and to answer emails, write comments, and write this blog and people keep calling me. I think I actually only been on this thing only about 10 minutes, and have gotten very little done. So guess, I will run over a little bit. <BR> <BR> I did get our bedroom, bat... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:31:01 EST One Day Back on Track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400217 I made it through Monday, and didn't over-eat. GO ME!! I am so proud of myself. After three months of following WW carefully, rarely going over my allotted daily points, and losing 25 pounds, last week was not good. Not good at all!! <BR> <BR> I think it was that wedding reception/brunch that go... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:28:17 EST Finally below 300 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400216 On the scale that I was ready to heave, found out this morning, I was finally down from the 300 lb mark and logged in at a whopping 298. I had the scale calibrated and it shows 3 lbs higher than it should But from 325 down to 198, I will take that. With my OA in my knees I had a difficult time ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:25:20 EST The Question... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400215 Over the past four weeks, as I became acutely aware that I had somehow slipped back into caring more about losing weight vs. snacking, drinking, and being lazy, I've begun to ask myself a defining question at every fork in the road. Every time I'm faced with a food choice, or drink choice, and an... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:19:37 EST What to do today to keep me active http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400214 Hello everybody! <BR> <BR> For several years my health (renal problems) did not allow me to be very active. After 5 years of being almost inactive, I am finally able to start moving. My apartment was never fully clean. I would one day clean the kitchen, another the living room and another my ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:14:23 EST No Idea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400213 I have no idea if I have dropped any pounds. I haven't weighed myself in a couple of weeks. My clothes are fitting looser and I look smaller, but I really have no clue whether it is just inches that I am losing. That would be okay as well. I thought I had bought a scale to weigh myself on, bu... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:14:12 EST Changing My Perception of Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400212 I have always had a constant struggle with food, I'm sure most of us have. It is such a part of our lives. We celebrate with it, we mourn with it, and we comfort with it. Every major event we have in life has a food that we can relate to it. Our food memories are strong ones. So we often end... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:12:00 EST Motivation (Day 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400211 The little man woke up at 11:45, then at 2, then at 3:30 and... I stopped counting after that. We were up all night. Somehow he must of got his day and evening confused. Because when he woke up he just wanted to babble, smile, and sing. <BR> <BR> I feel like a zombie. Luckily, today is a work f... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:11:32 EST I call it a journey for a reason :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400210 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9ce767b2-6b63-4ab7-8084-72ba56659669.jpg"> <BR> I have posted before about my great support system, it never goes unnoticed with me, today my daughter once rallied me when I was losing sight of the journey. <BR> My back is better but not good, a... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:11:01 EST so far so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400208 My plan seems to be working somehow. I am eating when I am hungry. Paying attention to my hunger signals and stopping when I am getting full (no matter how good it tastes!). I don't always do this perfectly. A lot of times I over eat still even though I am trying to pay attention. I am also limit... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:08:05 EST My life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400206 Today for cardio workout I rode my bike 🚴🏼 15.5 miles Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:57:29 EST I'm a work in progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400204 I know this is so true! I work on me daily. I loss weight so slowly I have to look for other ways to stay on track. One day at a time. I will do this! Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:44:02 EST Another crazy day~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400203 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/62781514-eed1-4680-a1e5-a7461c19bd3c.JPG"> <BR> This is pour Sushi, yesterday---She sees me--then rolls over onto her back---I go to scratch her tummy, and she bites me-- <BR> --the wee Spitfire of a cat who never trusts a human for long-- <BR> Hop... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:39:45 EST Daily discipline 8.15.17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400202 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fbad5fec-a8a1-4745-b9d4-af582fa87793.jpg"> Met Alex on day 58 of his biking journey from Boston to see the eclipse on the coast of Oregon. 3rd person I've had the pleasure of welcoming to our state this week. Glad we will watch from home. How a... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:38:28 EST Here we go again ... :-/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400201 Ok ok, no worries, I have maintained my weight. Luckily no gain but...haven't lost much either. I also fell off blogging too. I guess I felt like negative Nancy again and didn't want to write about my symptoms and stuff which is true. But I could at least blog about positives to keep myself on tr... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:38:18 EST Aspartame and Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400200 I'm having a hard time. I want the weight loss easily achieved with aspartame, but it has made me sick in the past and I gave it up. The only reason I'm even thinking about it now is because it's in my sugar free popsicles which help me over rough spots. I was also thinking about going back to sw... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:37:01 EST Health Issues and Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400199 I know it's been a while since I've written anything and I'm sorry about that. I am going to try and do better. Seems like I've been battling health issues since I came back from vacation, which has made losing weight difficult. I am glad I have maintained my weight loss but wish I could get the ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:34:43 EST Work In Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400198 Hello again! So I decided that I needed a major reset of my eating habits and am on my first Whole30! I'm on Day 10 and so far, even though I'm not supposed to weigh myself, it seems to be working. I'm supposed to focus on non-scale victories so...... my stomach is getting smaller-- really!-- hel... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:33:41 EST Whata ya thunk 8/15/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400197 You have enemies? Good. <BR> That means you've stood up for something, <BR> sometime in your life. <BR> - Winston Churchill Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:33:05 EST When an inanimate machine can humble you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400196 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23e4690b-939e-43fe-b36c-8f96e9c06d62.jpg"> <BR> Basically going to rant and whine for a minute. I gained 2 lbs from a 4 day business trip, it took me 2 weeks to lose 2 lbs and I gained them back in 4 D A Y S! Crud! So, I've been doing good on the t... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:25:43 EST Not Much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400194 There is not much going on in my life. Just doing one day at a time. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:24:44 EST UGH depression etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400192 I can't seem to shake this feeling of deep depression. I got some really bad news from 3 separate friends today, all unrelated, but all really serious. <BR> <BR> I spent most of this morning crying. <BR> <BR> I really just want to crawl into a ball and hide under the covers, but that won't m... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:09:18 EST Diabetic Wt Loss Day 10 Parties; emotional eating--NO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400191 Got parties covered. Plan ahead what I will and won't eat. Load up on fresh veggies and fruit. Choose no alcohol, no dessert. It's not the last glass of wine in the world nor the last bit of delectable desserts. There will be other occasions when I might choose in moderation. <BR> <BR> Well, ... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:06:53 EST Quote of the Day: August 15, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400190 “If you feel like giving up, give up on that feeling and give into the realization there are endless possibilities waiting to be discovered before you.” <BR> ― Tom Althouse Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:03:08 EST NEVER SAY NEVER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400189 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8376b91f-dc46-48ba-9e87-3f05f4f2b4b6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am always preaching on the positive attitude but it seems to working out pretty well for me. I have one rule, well I have several rules but the top one has to be to "Never Say Never" When yo... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:58:38 EST Is this thing on? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400188 I don't know if anyone is reading this anymore. Why should they? I haven't posted in over a year. <BR> <BR> At my last blog entry I was losing weight like gangbusters, and all indications were I would be close to goal by the end of the year. Alas, it was not meant to be. <BR> <BR> By June I hit... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:54:48 EST August 15th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400187 I wasn't able to go to the pool today as it was the morning for our new gardener to come. She's done an awful lot of weeding.and clearing out of the front beds, not bad for only her second visit. <BR> Apart from that, I managed to get all my ironing done........ such an exciting life I lead. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:49:17 EST Positivity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400186 I love all of the positivity on Spark! ☀️🦋🙌🏻💯😊 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:48:48 EST new scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400185 I bought a new one I decided new start new scale Its digital and the other so it tells me my weight in two forms I have to accept it get off it and get my day started have to be more than that member even If I need to know that number and want it to go down coming to terms with facts and cha... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:48:08 EST AYITL - Blog #82 - Just 10 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400184 I haven't been on the best track with food and alcohol lately. This morning I was laying in bed thinking about it and decided I need a hard push. If I want 3 months weighing less than 125 lbs in 2017- I better push, the year is running out! <BR> <BR> In 10 days we head home to Pittsburgh to spen... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:46:17 EST Getting Ready & Habit Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400182 I have fallen into the cycle of starting or thinking about starting a diet. Intermittently I have exercised but always fall off the wagon. I get revved up to lose weight but forget that I actually have to pay attention to me and focus on my goal. As a busy working mother, I put everyone else firs... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:40:21 EST 10,000 steps a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400181 I've been doing 10,000 steps since August 1st, primarily to give myself a goal to make me continually move throughout the day. I have hit at least 10,000 steps energy but one. What I've learned so far is even though I exercise every morning and use a varidesk (stand up desk) all day. I don't mo... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:37:42 EST Mini vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400180 Went away for 4 days. I gained one pound. I can live with that. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:24:57 EST Be Proud http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400178 Look back at where you came from and let yourself feel proud about your progress, you are killing it!!!! <BR> <BR> Before <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a73da2e-2f2d-463b-9166-081554cf9a19.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Now <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:13:55 EST Sharing A Story That Speaks to Me..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400177 I hope it might speak to you too.... <BR> <BR> <link>www.dietdoctor.com/pumpkin-pie-spice<BR>-muffin-can-mean-freedom </link> <BR> <BR> <em>593</em> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:13:08 EST 2017 JUST ENJOYING TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400175 hey sparkers had great workout this morning cardio crazy squats crunches bands circuit training then fixed me some tuna on toast for lunch i am doing better with my choices eating to get more protein thanks all for your wonderful support so i am just going to rest up today caregiver tomorrow doct... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:01:19 EST Shopping...at home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400174 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c444cb6e-4248-4e34-aba1-c6d050f3bd12.jpg">I was asked to attend a last minute meeting tomorrow morning. After accepting I was thinking about what business casual clothes I might wear and looked through my closet and found no slacks that would work... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:58:53 EST Vacations are awesome...now I'm getting back on target http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400173 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b517474-156d-4e0b-a51b-0b06b18eee43.jpg"> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:54:23 EST The Mind Shift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400172 Last night was a breaking point for me. I can't take my rings off. Not that I want to, but I couldn't take them off if I had to. I have gained so much weight that they won't come off my fingers. <BR> <BR> Something. Has. To. Change. <BR> <BR> They say that change won't occur until the pain of r... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:52:24 EST Back to it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400171 <BR> Spinning yesterday and today <BR> Low Carb yesterday - >75 <BR> High Carb today - 150-200 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:49:54 EST Prayer Request http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400169 yesterday i received a phone call from a longtime friend and received some disheartening news. <BR> <BR> Please pray for the Adams family. That is all that I can say at this time. <BR> <BR> Blessings Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:42:12 EST What does one do AFTER the finish line? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400168 Once upon a time I posted a blog about hating finish lines. Actually, it's a love-hate relationship that I have with finish lines. Going across one, the sense of accomplishment is <em>345</em> ! <BR> <BR> In triathlon, we get THREE finish lines. One at swim exit: <BR> <img src="http://pho... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:32:56 EST Diet ? Of The Day: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400167 Is it really unhealthy to eat oatmeal? Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:28:31 EST Accountability ~Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400166 I have decided to start doing a daily blog again, just to keep me accountable. I have had such trouble getting on AND staying on track this year. I have finally said enough is enough and I pushed the reset button yesterday! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the best day that I had in a long time. I was ve... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:25:53 EST August week 2...Holding my own but developing a HEALTHY MIND... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400164 So I had my 2cd week WI today & measuring...I had no change from last week in either weight or measuring. Previously this would have bummed me out but today for some reason I thought about the plan I set for my 31 days of August healthy habits. To date, I have completed ALL of them. granted, some... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:20:31 EST