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 Recommitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191472 I joined the 5% challenge to motivate myself to recommit to losing weight and getting healthy again. I had lost 15 lbs several years ago on my road to better health and gained it all back + 5 this past 5 months after hitting menopause and becoming very depressed, lowering myself esteem and though... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:24:36 EST Day 14 Upper Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191470 Day 14 done. It was Day 15 of the 30 Day Jump Start challenge for me and i completed it. I added a few extras that werent listed. I'm doing better. <BR> <BR> Nutrition is still something i'm struggling with. I started out good but have hit a roadblock with it. <BR> <BR> Motivation was sta... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:15:15 EST DAY 130 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191469 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6864773b-9b69-463c-b2a9-371a6fb3a6cf.jpg"> Woke up before the alarm & started my day with a 2 hour workout. 35 minutes of GF walking, 47 minutes of Taebo Energy, 20 minutes of Turbo Jam & 20 minutes of Zumba. I was very sore today from climbing sta... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:15:01 EST Another day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191468 Went to gym, hit treadmill and weights for a minute. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:11:55 EST Bad Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191467 Short of breaking bones or getting a terrible report, today has been bad and I acted it out. <BR> Venting is good, just don't need to scorch others! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:11:43 EST Day 684 Sleeping is so good......and cleaning out closets is very interesting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191466 Since I did get a good nights sleep last night due to having my drugs.....I spent the morning working on the mess I make in the kitchen and only cleanup when I have to. Then I went to PT and had to wait for 20 min. by then I was stiff. I had spent the morning balancing the ups and downs so I c... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:10:24 EST Being referred to as whale: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191465 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9c3191e-3acc-4562-bc51-5c41d1c10768.jpg"> <BR> Let's see being referred to as a fat whale this is something I been thinking about and have alot to say about it! Being judgemental about people's weight just because your skinny as a rail because i... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:09:52 EST Twice a day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191464 Exercise as you are active in your daily life And... Exercise daily planning a routine Stay active and you will feel physically and mentally younger! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:08:08 EST Day 180: Thunder and Lightening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191463 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cccd2731-0ddc-4d5b-958a-8df67831adf2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "This journey has always been about reaching your own other shore, no matter what it is." (Diana Nyad) <BR> <BR> I'm sitting on the couch watching "Shark Week" on the Discovery channel, anyone ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:08:03 EST 3 things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191462 Ok trying it again. Love my hair, except for the thinning parts. Love that my 2nd chin is tecesing to bring out my facial features. Especially love that nobody can guess my age. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:07:12 EST check list for July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191461 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/68ae0e21-5868-450b-8214-d04095700d27.jpg"> <BR> I just put away 90 minutes waxing wood and leather alias "light housekeeping" and burned 174 calories (manually entered into my tracker) house smells great by the way. <BR> <BR> (anyway) I was thinki... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:06:39 EST Tuesday's Words to Ponder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191460 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/64d46695-13d1-4d41-9e7b-9edfaa829680.jpeg"> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:04:07 EST Tuesday...work and Zumba at night followed by wine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191459 Just saying that is the perfect way to whine down from your day. Glass of shiraz while cooking dinner. Like dancing with an empty stomach better! <BR> <BR> Hope your day was good....my hair had a rough time with the humdity but hey, that is what scrunchies are for!! Goodnight! <em>102</em> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:57:48 EST Tuesday's entry... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191458 Hello friends, <BR> Quick post tonight. Only made it to 7,152 steps today. Only because I had pulled a muscle in my leg yesterday from over exerting myself. <em>24</em> <BR> Will have to try to stretch it out until the pain is better. It's hard to climb stairs comfortably. <BR> I am sticki... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:56:44 EST Day one down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191457 Today's meal plan was great. I don't know how I managed to only consuming 640 calories and feel content but I did. I am under the limit by 400. Not sure what to do about that. I feel good for the most part, I also am looking for friends #friendfinder Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:54:00 EST The Nerve of Him http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191455 So my hubby went to KC, MO to see Cardinals against the Royals. He gets back and text me I'm home if you care. I'm like really dude you don't call me for 24 hours, dont tell me you headed back, not to mention you f*cked in the first place and have the nerve to say if I care. I'm glad I'm not an... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:51:14 EST Pretty pattern http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191454 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a8285713-9b47-458d-b409-689a385d9066.jpg"> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:49:31 EST Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191453 My son turned 15 and now he is taller than me. I also am proud of the way he acts towards others even when I am not around. A true gentleman Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:49:01 EST Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191452 I've had a little more than 24 hours to digest the information I received. This is a post to let you all know NEVER doubt your gut, and never wait to have something looked at, now is not too late to take care of yourself. My pathology results show the tumor removed was in fact malignant. This f... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:45:51 EST Today I Turned 30!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191450 Happy birthday to ME! <BR> <BR> All day today I have been thinking about how incredibly lucky I am. I know many women who have been apprehensive about turning 30 while I have been running towards it excitedly. <BR> <BR> I am the most fit I have ever been. I have a wonderful husband and a wonder... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:42:32 EST App/Phone Problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191449 I don't have the greatest smartphone and although i am sure all smartphones are susceptible to viruses, its more annoying when you don't even have enough space to install a pop-up blocker. This is after deleting all self installed apps. I got rid of absolutely anything not pre installed because I... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:40:40 EST Courage Under Fire! 6/28/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191448 Still fighting the fight! My mom is coming in from Texas tomorrow. She's legally blind but has so much insight !!! Nothing like a mother's love - can't wait to curl up with her. <BR> <BR> Got discouraged with the doctors...after completing all educational prerequisites and expecting to see end... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:39:40 EST 6/28/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191447 Had a busy but good day. Got up early and go the grass cut while the temps were cool. It really didn't need to be cut so bad, but If I can skip cutting it next week I will. Tomorrow I will start attacking the bushes. I was going to move a load of mulch but they spread it before I had a chance... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:37:02 EST Don't worry I'm ok http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191446 There was a huge house explosion a couple neighborhoods over from us. It's all over the news. We ride our bikes through there and shop at the plaza around the corner. Think any of my family calls to see if I'm ok? Of course not. Whatever. <BR> <BR> <BR> In other news, a lady at the gym offered... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:34:35 EST Today was a great day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191445 Today I failed and had a coke a cola but after I added to my food count I was shocked how much it brought up my carbs now I know so tonight I had a craving again for another coke but I said nope and I dont regret it either... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:32:23 EST Muscles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191444 I am starting to see muscles and love it. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:31:55 EST Confessions of a Yo Yo Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191442 Although I still refuse to step on the scales ( who needs that kind of depression), after a month of this, I can see a visible difference in my tummy. I can do this. For the first time in my life , I believe. Went out with friends to Mexican restaurants twice today. Still kept calories to 1200. I... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:26:22 EST The way you want it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191441 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/29ed2bf8-168b-40af-bda5-ba1924dc4459.jpg"> <BR> I want to look good in this dress.I want to say my weight aloud and not be ashamed.I want to wear a crop top for the first time.But really deep down I just want to please myself and feel good in my ow... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:25:26 EST Great day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191440 Lol my cloths all to big time to spend money Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:22:27 EST Cycling Yoga and a Dash of Swimming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191439 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/493b4bbf-1142-4f62-bd67-eb718304a782.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c2542e8b-58c4-461e-9b96-2888f27fcb81.jpg"> Last night we had our first neighborhood yoga class. I almost decided to stay home and catch up on a few epi... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:21:59 EST Calorie Concern http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191438 I have been logging my calories since Thursday. I'm doing well, but what worries me is that I haven't noticed that I am eating any less than before. What that means is that I have already been consistently eating less than 1500 calories per day for at least 6 months and haven't lost a pound. D... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:20:54 EST New beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191437 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3eb3654c-e2e3-4730-87af-86278cf22246.jpg"> <BR> On my way to a healthier me. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:20:51 EST Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191436 Man it is hard cutting down on my calorie intake😨 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:19:09 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191435 Day 3 and I am by myself tonight and instead of getting fast food I went for a walk amd made a meal. Progress feels good. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:18:56 EST Back to normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191434 I walked today. I've never been so happy to wear myself out. I'm struggling though. <BR> I didn't realize that five days of not eating well could make it so hard to get back on track. I didn't even eat THAT badly while I was gone. <BR> I was upset today for a couple of reasons and I caught m... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:17:54 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191432 It's a great day....not much interruptions. Boss isn't here (he's on vacation) so there are not too much traffic in the office. That's really great. Too bad it's not like this all the time, and I would be able to get a lot done! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:15:34 EST Meal prepping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191431 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/54a9363e-71c2-4230-94a8-132369b408ad.jpg"> Spent about 5 hours meal prepping today. Exhausting! This photo made me laugh about it though! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:14:57 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191430 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9558db97-7354-4287-9b45-e6111f42f822.jpg"> <BR> These 4 tiny humans keep me motivated!! And now that some weight has come off .... I can play with them so much more!! I wonder how many calories I burn playing "tickle tag" Lol!! 😄😄 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:14:06 EST Weekends are the ruin of me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191429 It seems like every weekend I get off course. I forget or don't have time to log my food and exercise. I just need more than 24 hours in a day, I tell you! That or I need a weekend where I have absolutely nothing planned and I can just sit back and get my life together. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:12:03 EST My hot day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191428 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/219fa68e-56c1-44d2-b582-074ec84697a9.jpg"> <BR> Went to gym early instead of walking. It was crowned today. I think everybody gave up the heat for air conditioning. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:11:09 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191427 I did another interval walking/jogging workout. I am currently doing intervals of 2 minutes of walking and one and a half minutes of jogging. I did about 35 minutes (with a warm up and cool down) then did about 5 minutes of stretching. <BR> <BR> I also made all of my meals, with included lots of... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:11:08 EST Once in a Lifetime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191426 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f3b6012b-e543-4e10-8dc1-f206c854eb06.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have not been fortunate to travel internationally. <BR> <BR> I've only left the North American continent once, when my wife and I went to Turkey in 2006. <BR> <BR> I don't know why I felt s... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:06:23 EST Day 65 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191425 Had zero focus today. Got up with no desire to do anything. I forced myself out of the house. Went shopping. I got a couple of new tops today and forced myself to run errands. Came home and all I could do to not break down. I have gotten through these moments before and I will do it again. To... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:03:18 EST Day 350 - Sun Poisoning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191424 I think my four year old daughter has sun poisoning. It's a fancy way of saying a really bad sunburn. She got burnt on our trip. Her shoulders peeled last night. She is running a low-grade fever and says her head hurts and she is dizzy. She is rather lethargic and didn't have much of an appetite ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 22:01:43 EST A Day in the Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191423 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9fd64292-ba49-41fe-8439-f6b46ae4ae49.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is another BL Summer challenge. Go Black Panthers! <BR> <BR> School has been out for the last week, so I'm really still adjusting to my new schedule. I set the alarm for 7:01 (that extra ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:57:45 EST A New Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191422 I know this is my second one today but I had some big news I just had to share with all of you. First let me tell you my background so you will understand why this is big news. <BR> I have COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease along with asthma and I am on oxygen 24 hours a day. There is ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:57:26 EST Productivity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191421 Today was a very interesting day started with me trying a new yoga class. Loved it i guess i know what i'm doing tues mornings. It was suppost to rain at 12 so skipped tia chi then it didn't even start raining until 5 pm. I wish i new that then i enjoy tia chi. Instead got a 3 mile walk in of... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:55:32 EST I rode a bike today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191419 I have been saying I want to ride a bike come August. Today I got on the bike and rode. I went down our long drive way and up the hill. It was great. One more thing I've gained back. I'm thinking my next ride I will ride a bit longer like three miles. What a thought. I'm so excited. Guess I won'... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:52:41 EST My heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191418 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9d777c15-56c8-4e99-8411-50e6f6103f34.jpg"> <BR> This little one keeps me active!😊 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:48:35 EST My heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191417 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/75db5f42-64f1-4447-bc61-08d3e4354eed.jpg"> <BR> This little one keeps me active!😊 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:47:09 EST My heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191416 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/67ba36cf-99f8-4c5f-a017-a0237c4a8a10.jpg"> <BR> This little one keeps me active!😊 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:45:40 EST Another Day at the Farmhouse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191414 As an introduction, I will tell you that for about 2 years I've owned an old farmhouse in a small downtown in NE Georgia. It was built in 1904 & has had at least one questionable add-on in the 1960s, but I love it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/94166a1c-f99e-465a-bc... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:35:49 EST Tuesday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191413 I missed today's workout but I'm on track for the rest of the week... About to go eat and get ready for tomorrow! Hope you had a great day! TTYL Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:35:35 EST SP Community http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191412 I have spent some time perusing the SP Community today. Great people here, great support, and the vast majority of comments helpful. That's not something any one of us has of this magnitude alone. Grateful... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:35:34 EST June 28 Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191411 "The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision." -- Helen Keller <BR> <BR> We're not in this group of people. We all have a vision, whether it is weight loss, improved health, positive attitude. Make sure you keep reminders of your vision front and center at... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:35:14 EST Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191410 I have a better attitude . It doesn't seem like too much work to eat right and be active. <BR> Not so overwhelming ! <BR> And I can sort of suck my stomach in! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:34:30 EST Starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191409 I am starting over! I've fallen off the wagon and it took some time to get back up, but I'm here! I had a beautiful baby girl in Sept 2015. She makes child #3, so time to exercise has been limited. It's not that I really don't have the time, I just feel guilty leaving my husband with everything... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:31:35 EST He Got An A+ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191408 Students in an advanced Biology class were taking their mid-term exam. The last question was, "Name seven advantages of Mother's Milk. The question was worth 70 points or none at all. One student was hard put to think of seven advantages. He wrote: 1.) It is the perfect formula for the child... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:28:22 EST Short blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191407 I had a busy day at work. My Sister called She got a letter saying Her hearing on Her disability will be September 21. WooHoo!! Then this evening I went over to the Youngest Daughter's across the street. We had a good visit. She has worked the same job for 8 years. That store is closing. S... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:24:57 EST Starting over! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191406 OK so back in January my husband and I started going to the gym and watching what we eat. We were doing really well too. As of March I had lost 25 pounds. Then alot changed. My husband got a new job, I no longer had a workout buddy, and because his schedule is weird I no longer worried about what... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:24:31 EST Maybe next year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191405 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/94657b81-66b6-4da6-839f-395c76e4519f.jpg"> <BR> Lol Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:23:00 EST Variety http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191402 I'm a member of two GYM'S. The variety keeps me from getting bored. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:21:10 EST Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191401 It's been a busy one, left home around 9:45 for an oil change appointment, while doing their check found some things that should be taken care of, we had a couple done today, but the total cost would be around $1,700.00, so we'll just have to do things as we can afford to. After we got through wi... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:20:25 EST Feeling Cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191400 Moderate dieting always leaves me feeling chilled to the bone. Thank goodness it's summer! I already have my air conditioning set to 76 and my hands and feet still feel like icicles. I might need an adjustment of my thyroid medication also, I feel cold when my levels are off. <BR> <BR> I am drea... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:18:47 EST Toe OK? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191399 Well, I got ok from doctor about walking, but after running errands my toe was throbbing. Really discouraged. Still doing sitting exercises. Maybe tomorrow. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:15:04 EST Weight problems with pcos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191398 I was never really heavy until after my first child. I then found out that I had PCOS. I have tried so many diets trying to lose weight and haven't been able to. Also had a reaction to the metformin so I can't take that to help with it as well.has anyone else had this happen. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:09:36 EST Strength workout/rowing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191397 I had my strength training session w/ my trainer tonight. It went WAYYYYY better than last week. I made sure to eat my whole wheat bread w/ peanut butter, 2 clementines and had some water and I was raring to go. After the workout I did some intervals on the rowing machine for 16 mins. I did a few... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:09:06 EST Ready! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191395 I am so ready to wear jeans again and not have to hide the junk in my front! I am so ready to put on a tank top & shorts because its hot as heck and not have to be ashamed! I am ready to not avoid cameras at family functions and friend outings! I am ready! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:04:50 EST Day 227 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191394 Another long day, birthday shopping, work, cleaning up the kitchen, planning for the cake I have to make.... I feel like I got a lot accomplished. Cooler today and for that I am thankful. Long day tomorrow, but I have a haircut planned so I will enjoy that. Thankful for the tiny amount of ra... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:04:34 EST Look'in for the Skinny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191392 Look'in for the Skinny <BR> <BR> O.K. the wheels are turning and I have pulled together a strategy for a one year program. I intend to lose 100 lbs. by July 2017. I have figured my calories that I need not exceed daily, and with added daily exercise I should reach my goals. That is the easy part... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:55:29 EST Doctors & Haircuts & Weight Gain (Oh My) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191391 Yes, I totally sang the title in my head like Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY! <BR> <BR> So let's see, I changed doctors, I did not at all care for the first 2 (long stories) and thought maybe 3rd times a charm. My biggest pet peeve is when I go in for my annual physical I want all my blood wo... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:54:59 EST Having to start over.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191390 Starting over seems to be the story of my weight loss journey. Holidays and a family with back to back Birthdays all spring and summer long. I am determined to get some weight off by Christmas. Although every step I take I think I'll take 3 steps back. I have lost 7 pounds and much to my surprise... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:54:39 EST It feels good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191389 Taking care of myself feels wonderful...I'm blogging this to remember that on those days when my motivation lags...love and peace to all! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:54:34 EST First time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191388 This is my first time ever trying to loose weight and im scared i hope i can get tru this. Ready set gooooo Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:54:26 EST For the Aspire & Inspire June Challenge: a blog about gardening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191387 I live in Texas and with the heat and drought, it is not really practical to garden. <BR> It would take A LOT of watering with utilities water. <BR> <BR> I consequence, I do not have a garden. I have a yard - which means little grass and a lot of weeds - but my dog does not complain. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:52:00 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191386 I am 65, mother to three sons, three grandsons and three granddaughters. Married 10 years to my third husband...three is my lucky number! <BR> I joined Spark last October, did well, got results and then got sick from drug withdrawals. I was on Pristiq for years and started having problems with i... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:49:43 EST Staying on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191385 Its been a week. No soda, and I am so tired of water! Is there anything to drink that is low in calories and i can enjoy? Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:37:50 EST Starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191384 I realized after seeing my brother this weekend whom is in treatment for drugs and alcohol how unhealthy I have become as well. So, I decided to make a change with myself. I am so tired of being overweight. I want to get back in shape. So starting the first week of July I will start my journey... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:32:06 EST Not another snake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191383 Walking buddy almost stepped on another snake. Yeakes Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:28:15 EST June 28, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191382 I woke up with a horrible headache this morning, so I started the day with some gentle yoga instead of anything strenuous. I did take some Excedrin Migraine after breakfast and that seemed to get rid of it and luckily the meds didn't mess with my stomach this time. I did feel like I flew through ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:25:46 EST SNAKE IN LIVING ROOM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191381 So several hours ago I walked into kitchen from living room. Got some more water and returned to my chair and sat down. <BR> <BR> Then I came unraveled as I started to scream ...SNAKE....SNAKE...SNAKE. <BR> <BR> Yep right in MY living room next to MY chair. <BR> <BR> So the search has been ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:21:50 EST Mended Heart - My husband's surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191380 My husband had been experiencing some pressure in his chest during exercising (while going uphill) and some pressure in his lower arms. He never really called it "pain." After the third time, I nagged him to call the doctor for a check-up. <BR> <BR> He went in to meet w/the internist, who li... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:21:02 EST Almost time to head home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191379 I've had a great 2 days, with my big Sis. I know it's been a quick visit. I'm glad to see her foot is healing... but she is seeing a wound specialist tomorrow. 2 months after surgery & she still has a scab. She's using coconut oil & manuka honey on it. <BR> <BR> I'll hit the road tomorrow, at a... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:20:34 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191378 Today started out sooo good. But It ended up nlah. Thank God tomorrow is a new day. I ended up off track 😒.we had a memorial for a few of my residents whom passed. Was a sad kinda day Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:19:12 EST Dinner under 500 calories, balanced and filling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191377 I don't usually write about specific recipes like some food bloggers do. But today, I tried 2 new things from the grocery store that amazed me and left me thinking, 'Where have you been all my life?' <BR> <BR> For some of you (many of you, perhaps) these will not be new or exotic items. But they... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:14:36 EST Good News, No News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191376 <BR> Well I went to the transplant clinic this morning and got the good news that my son and I match. <BR> Technically I can give him my kidney. However, I must pass one more test because my right kidney is smaller than my left and it could mean that it is not functioning well enough to donate. ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:10:33 EST The ENVY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191375 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47d04b5e-a09e-497f-bc8b-8c2c47eab4e1.jpg"> <BR> I pulled the left Hamstring today. 20# back pack running hills. Why run hills? Because I want it. I want it more than the pain, than breathing! While others want their mountaindew, fast food, I want t... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:03:42 EST If I were my patient, what would I say...OR, my own therapy session http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191373 I believe that we all know how much easier it is to be brilliant when giving others assistance; however, when attempting to take our own advice or wisdom it becomes quite difficult. Why is that? So, I'm wondering what I would say to myself if I were my patient coming in to me for therapy? <BR> ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:02:59 EST Exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191372 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f8f480ce-584c-4565-98b8-1a13d851b490.jpg"> <BR> School is out for the summer which means fitting exercise in with children, in my case 4. Some days are easier than others. Like today... we officially walked our fastest 1 miles ever! Technically we ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:58:38 EST Help.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191371 I don't know what to do. I work at subway and I've been eating healthy ish food from there but it's not so easy at home. I don't have a scale to weigh myself and even though I do count my calories I'm not consuming my daily ammount... any advice? Oh and I'm walking 45 minutes a day... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:58:23 EST Busy Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191370 Ran errands for a few hours, then to Dad's to mow lawn and shred documents. I went to therapy and got re-wrapped with athletic tape. Tomorrow is my doc appointment and more exercises. <BR> It was overcast but a lot less humid and cooler today. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:57:56 EST Shrinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191369 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cbbb34bf-6842-4611-9f22-0b53537b5606.jpg"> <BR> So I've gone though A lot of changes lately. I have been working on loosing my weight and now I can't fit my clothes anymore. I guess that's a good thing. I've been going through all my clothes and tr... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:57:50 EST Tough times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191367 I'm going through a turbulent time right now. My dear friend passed away earlier this week. While I will miss her I am glad her suffering has ended. The funeral will be this Friday. I will do all I can to support her loved ones. <BR> <BR> Today my sister ended up in the hospital again. Sh... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:55:02 EST Steroids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191366 MY heart doctor call my regular doctor who just called and said to quit taking them bad for my heart maybe now can get back to losing weight Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:51:36 EST In My Dreams.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191365 Apparently I had a dream last night but I don't remember it. My husband said that I sat up and said, "I think I can, I think I can," mumbled something else and laid back down. That would have been a fun one to remember. So I'm going to speculate. It must be about my weight loss goal: lose 40 lbs ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:51:03 EST Taking The Time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191364 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8221ef76-082a-4740-8672-96a329cdd60d.jpg"> <BR> I have many times, taken the time. My problem is continuing to find the time. Im tired of making excuses, im ready to give this the time that it will take to achieve my goals! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:50:26 EST Inspirational quote of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191363 "Anyone can workout for an hour, but to control what goes on your plate the other 23 hours; that's hard work"...Unknown Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:49:33 EST Eating Slim http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191362 I've been feeling very good about how healthy we have been eating. This weekend we had turkey burgers on the grill. A year ago, this would have been burgers, chips and the obligatory limp veggies. Yuck. This weekend it was fresh cherries, to snack on before dinner. I found a large containe... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:48:54 EST Happy Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191361 Happy Tuesday everyone and enjoy your evening. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:47:39 EST Tuesday's Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191360 Day 34, Daily Goal: 10,000 steps. <BR> Toning (weights): 3 x per week. <BR> <BR> Today's exercise... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/756c66b8-5db4-4f2a-a820-33946d3e013f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e5e1aaee-b875-4b21-88d2-86... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:46:10 EST Me time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191358 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/15c93d71-ab4c-4405-9305-93decd322e39.jpg"> <BR> Always Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:40:58 EST Thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191356 Every blog I read helps me Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:40:10 EST Outdoor swimming (is better than indoor swimming) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191355 I swim. A lot. Like 12-15 miles a week. <BR> <BR> And as the weather gets nicer and I want to spend more time outdoors, I've been (not-at-all) patiently waiting for the community pool to open in the park near my house. It has been torture. The pool itself has been open since Memorial Day, but o... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:34:16 EST Temptation ~ Looking for Quick Fixes???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191354 Hi All!!! <BR> <BR> Shannon, did you post recently about the Green Smoothies? Well, whoever, help! Is this the site? <link>www.incrediblesmoothies.com/green-sm<BR>oothies/green-smoothie-health-benefits/ </link> ( I have so many partners in my plan I thought I'd use the basis of a Team Wall ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:31:36 EST sister's surgery. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191353 My sister is going to get her surgery dare sometime this week. She is soooo nervous. I keep telling her that it is a routine surgery and not to worry but she has had surgery before that was routine and it did not go well at all. The surgeon said it was his fault. He waited 9 hours to take out her... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:29:40 EST It's keto for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191352 I love this diet I'm down from 222 to 191.2 as of today.i started back in may so i,m doing great.but I i,m low on energy, I need to trim my protein intake and get a little more fat I'm my diet, and increase my exercise, my calorie intake very s from 800 to 2000 but I tend to stay about 1500 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:28:02 EST Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191351 Well I will be walking while my son is playing in the championship game baseball. Wish us luck Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:26:44 EST New member http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191350 Anything good I can do exercise wise at home with kids? Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:26:43 EST Today I walked my first 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191349 Today I walked my very first 5K ((5.2K -- 3.2 Miles). <BR> Actually I did Nordic Walking, which is walking with 2 poles <BR> and God, did I need those poles to push myself forward. <BR> <BR> I started at 8am - which in my book is early - and I thought the temperature here in N.Texas would be ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:22:43 EST June 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191348 Only about 40 minutes of walking today but 3 1/2 hours yesterday sort of makes up for it. Yoga and stepping getting done as well. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:22:29 EST Accountable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191346 So this is the thing that I have historically been worst at: admitting my failings. For the past two days, I have felt quite unwell. Unwell enough to not be able to get my exercise. And this always affects my mood. Worst part is that yesterday morning I wasn't feeling too badly. But I was lazy... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:08:33 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191345 Day 2 of me and my husband doing this together felling good started off making small changes. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:07:38 EST Rescheduling Gym time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191344 I'm noticing my little changes are adding up. Today I felt guilty about missing a workout class and I find myself planning around my gym time. I look and say who is this person as 6 months ago I would have put being healthy as a negative priority #healthyme#gymconvert#planning# workout Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:06:25 EST darshow.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191343 darshow for online movies. <link>www.darshow.com/watch-online-series-<BR>anglais/ </link> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:03:38 EST Body getting used to walking fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191342 I'm glad I'm adding time to my walk. I add time to my walk daily so it doesn't get used to the same amount of time each day. Today what should have been 24 minutes 26 seconds was 23 minutes 23 seconds. Tomorrow will be 29 minutes. What is nice, I will be able to get some errands done so I wil... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:01:13 EST Starting my day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191341 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3a56e58b-3b58-40c9-b778-6cc42d02ad9a.jpg"> <BR> I read an article on sp yesterday about starting my day with more protein. But the only problem I'm making homemade chicken fajitas tonight which will put me way over on carbs and fat. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:58:33 EST PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191340 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8fbd1a13-4578-4084-a2e4-d82b63a12ead.jpg"> <BR> Things seem to work out better when God is in control & I follow His lead. God, save me from myself! It's a comforting thot to KNOW that He has a plan... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:57:45 EST No more excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191339 I am really good at eating right all week, but weekends are a challenge. If not for weekends I would not even have to struggle for every loss. My heaviest was 234 & today I am 212. Have got down to 199 just to screw it up. I can not go on like this. I have to kick these eating habits butt! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:56:10 EST Weight Loss Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191338 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/faf8d444-b3b6-443a-85e1-c1901bd8ab17.jpg"> <BR> We all need to laugh along this journey! Love and laughter to everyone Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:52:25 EST A pleasant day... blessings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191337 I get to spend my morning with mom tomorrow, and my afternoon with dad. I am so lucky to have a good relationship with my parents. I do not take it for granted! <BR> <BR> It was fairly cool today, so Cooper was interested in walking. I just got back from an hour ramble around town with him. ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:51:01 EST Starting up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191336 I am starting up weight loss again, I have started many times and always end up frustrated and give up, but I want to really commit this time. I have reached my rock bottom point. I got on my long unused scale and saw it stop at 280lbs. Depression hit me first, I have long suffered with body imag... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:48:11 EST Sliding into home plate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191335 Three weeks of work. Classroom, Ed's "man cave" , my woman cave, the dining room turned pantry, and my bedroom have all been cleared, cleaned and rearranged. New mattress is on my bed and I love it. I still have the spare room to do and to go through the Christmas stuff and re-box it in plasti... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:44:18 EST Dessert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191334 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f371019-e913-4d3e-84ee-32d53cf252d1.jpg"> <BR> Yogurt Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:43:12 EST Surprise Surprise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191332 Camp Fredie Day 2: You will never guess what I found this morning behind my huge Fishtail Palm Tree in my living room! Remember many blogs ago, when Sundae was alive and well, I wrote about how he would find things on our walks and bring them home, jump in the back of my Subaru and stash all of h... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:37:06 EST having a rough few weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191331 I have been having a couple of difficult weeks with my food choices and motivation to exercise. I was doing really well in the beginning with cravings for sweets. I was able to eat a piece of fruit or some dried fruit and I was satisfied with that. On Memorial day I had a piece of cake and sin... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:36:47 EST I want to be..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191330 Been under a lot of stress lately, just family, and my sense of frustration with my eating and weight loss woes. I feel like I need some me time in a hid-a-way. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47b39919-ac33-463e-9aa0-2e77855a2fe8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:36:16 EST Weight loss since Feb 1,2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191329 I have lost 40 pounds this year since Feb. 1, I have 11 pounds left to lose. I have chronic kidney disease stage 2 and am using a kidney diet I found online. I am trying to see a Dr. on nutrition to help me. My family Dr. will not send me to one until stage 4. I am trying online to find one to he... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:35:57 EST Exercise excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191328 1.dont have time 2. I'm too tired 3.I don't get a break from the kids 4.Exercise is boring 5.I just don't like to move 6.I've tried before Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:33:30 EST Snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191327 Snacking seems to be where I have the biggest problems food wise and what's pushing me over the calorie limits. <BR> <BR> Today I made myself not snack at work - the problem is boredom more that anything else (and a little bit or paranoia because my colleagues are very grumpy at the moment) - I ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:32:44 EST Reviewing Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191326 So I've been reviewing a lot of things lately about my health and fitness, about life in general and how different I was when I lost the weight five years ago. And then I came across this article which was rotating in the starting page of Spark when I logged in just now: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sp... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:32:34 EST 1 Tuna- mushroom- lettuce- onion wrap w/ lemon juice & crushed red pepper, 5 prunes: 362 calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191325 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de4d69d4-783a-4dcd-ad41-9e1deb1a5510.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mixed these up in a bowl: <BR> <BR> 3/4 cup Iceberg Lettuce, chopped <BR> 1/2 medium Vidalia Onion, raw, diced <BR> 1 can StarKist Chunk Light Tuna in Water (5 oz can = 4 oz tuna),drained <BR... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:32:19 EST Finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191324 Took a short walk today. At least i am moving Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:32:15 EST Today is close to yesterday time wise. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191323 I am still walking faster. Times are going down. I'm walking the same distance, times are going down and I'm not going to make the 2500 minutes I wanted for the month. Which is fine for me. There is always another month. I guess wanting to get schooling and knowing its within reach is what i... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:28:28 EST Nervous... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191322 I leave for vacation on July 8th and I am so nervous! I am going on a road trip with my parents and little boy. We are renting an RV and driving to the mountains. I worried I won't be able to get my exercise in or diet properly. Actually, scratch that, I'm most worried about exercise! I can't bel... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:27:50 EST Popcorn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191321 My husband and I lived with my mom for about a month last summer after we sold our home and before we closed on the new one. During our short stay, she taught me how to make kettle corn and - oh.my.gosh - it has easily become one of my favorite indulgences. I wish I knew how to track calories in... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:18:51 EST My life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191320 Today was a good day for me. I'm grateful for my wife and family members for all the support they have given me. I'm very blessed!!! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:12:16 EST Scheduled Biopsy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191319 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d47cfcfa-8e36-4eae-b458-8f7173b37975.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Saw the surgeon today and my breast biopsy is scheduled for next Tuesday. So ready to get this over, learn the results (I feel positive it is negative) and then get on with my life. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:10:15 EST Swimsuit Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191318 So I went to "town" in search of a new swimsuit. Total disaster. Found one that didnt look like it belonged on MY grandmother. (I'm 53). ONE! It fit but omgs! Sticker shock! The top alone was $54! No frickin' way am I paying over $100 for a suit I kinda-sorta-maybe like & won't be able to wear in... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:07:56 EST Camping in the Ochoco Mountains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191317 I spent the weekend camping in the Ochoco Mountains (Central Oregon). I loved my new tent, which was set up on a camp spot near the creek. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d547743-e337-4575-ae22-c85619f71c80.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I enjoyed meeting new people who love hiking... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:06:35 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191316 1. dvds 2. K cups 3. My dad Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:02:37 EST Easy does it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191315 My perspective on lifestyle has been challenged by one of my kids needing some help with theirs. Is everything I'm doing something I wouldn't mind them doing? Do I really want to carry them on top of my own program or should we manage things so we're just on the same page? <BR> <BR> If I rea... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:00:41 EST the fence a story with real meaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191314 <BR> <BR> There once was a young boy with a very bad temper. <BR> <BR> The boy’s father wanted to teach him a lesson, so he gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper he must hammer a nail into their wooden fence. <BR> <BR> On the first day of this lesson, the lit... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:00:04 EST What coffee can do for you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191313 <link>www.prevention.com/health/infographi<BR>c-health-benefits-coffee </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> chris Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:49:59 EST Healthy boy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191312 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1671edf9-61ee-4ecf-be30-dce8688d8389.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1d015e0e-23d8-48ef-8630-a16513a323c3.jpg"> I had Mr. Peanut on March 15th. He's perfect and healthy! Initially I was down 25lb and 4 pant sizes after b... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:45:58 EST Constructive vs. Destructive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191311 I posted yesterday about how I didn't understand how people could be so mean, and how one deals with people like that. I think after many comments that I figured it out. The people saying mean things to other people are not doing anything constructive for their own lives, so they are on the path ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:38:32 EST Started today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191310 This seems like a great community. I hope this app helps me lose weight! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:37:53 EST Be a badass. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191309 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9964542-cbf6-4fa3-8140-77b5389dd771.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have spent a lot of time over the past few days, reflecting on my Sister's inability to stand up to her mostly verbally abusive husband. I know that people living with abuse of any kind, get ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:37:10 EST Be a badass. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191308 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9964542-cbf6-4fa3-8140-77b5389dd771.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have spent a lot of time over the past few days, reflecting on my Sister's inability to stand up to her mostly verbally abusive husband. I know that people living with abuse of any kind, get ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:37:09 EST My dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191307 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b1f1f80-216c-48f2-8517-d15c11d4e778.jpg"> <BR> Hamburger and zucchini Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:17:36 EST good, bad and ugly... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191306 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6254823e-668d-412f-b1cb-2157c808552c.jpg"> Weight gain for me, is part of a complicated larger picture...Hashimotos thyroid + perimenapause + ginormous, unmitigated stress = what the wha?!?!? So, went to my gyno. appt. today to talk more hormone b... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:10:04 EST How a trip overseas is changing the way I eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191305 I have stomach problems and I have had them for quite a while. I recently went to China and all of the food that I ate there caused very few stomach problems. What changed from what I ate there to what I was eating here? <BR> <BR> For starters...dairy. I have suspected for a while that I might... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:09:29 EST getting ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191304 Tomorrow is the day for my right total knee replacement. I had my left one done a few years ago and it was the best decision ,I ever made. Now it is time for the other knee. I am a little anxious tonight, even so , I know what to expect. The recovery time is what has me worried, the pain of getti... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:08:14 EST Dogs ;-) 6/23/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191303 Fun with Labs <BR> <link>www.ba-bamail.com/video.aspx?emailid<BR>=20730 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f21edb5-be59-43fb-b15a-c6d60a34ffcb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3304c00c-66c5-4287-90a5-5aed7bccd8de.jpg"> <BR> <... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:05:17 EST Victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191302 I really wanted something sweet from the vending machine today, but I know how many calories are in there. That's one of the things I used to do, and it's helped bring me where I am now. So I asked myself if that was who I wanted to be. I refrained. <BR> <BR> I had a victory! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:03:21 EST 6/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191301 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/332cd8d5-6e56-4bea-ba62-23575835bebf.jpg"> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:02:47 EST Good evening... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191300 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3263a403-ae7e-452e-a844-23204f612480.jpg"> <BR> Exactly how I feel after thirty days...lol Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:02:41 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191299 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/274a9f89-3653-49ac-9323-bdd18cc166c7.jpg"> Have a great day. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 17:00:15 EST Lunges & Squats the Leslie way, plus some extra cardio to pump up my heart rate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191298 I am a BIG fan of Leslie Sansone, and today I wanted to go a little easier on myself than this weekend but just as long, and concentrate on squats. <BR> <BR> This was my workout today: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c56c691-4157-4e4e-b952-0d6fdf7010f6.jpg"> <BR> ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:57:50 EST Tuesday, 6/28/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191297 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2c38349-bc8b-4dbc-a9ff-0a01d6133009.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The morning felt busy, but progress was made on getting some VBS needs tackled and closer to getting them out of my house and stored at church! Mostly publicity posters and pool noodles. ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:56:05 EST I Wish The Phone Would Quit Ringing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191296 We are hanging on to our landline phone, probably because we are old fashioned. I can't imagine life without that phone, even though both Du and I have cellphones. I do not take my cellphone upstairs to bed with me, however, I leave it on the charger in the family room, and I always think, what i... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:55:06 EST On a new protical...it is working! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191295 As many of you know I have a very rare auto-immune skin disease called Dermatomyositis. It is so rare only one to ten people in a million have this disease. I have been on prednisone for eleven years, therefore, it has caused me to become a diabetic. I have taken all the drugs known for this ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:47:02 EST Money issues? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191293 I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money. <BR> --Pablo Picasso <BR> <BR> Some of us were taught not to place a lot of value on money. After all, it's only money, and money can't buy happiness. True enough. While many of us don't place much value on money, we manage to value the possessi... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:40:41 EST Healthy Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191292 Days, months,years passing by.. How can we stay and keep up to the shredding? I really need to work up before its too late.. Hope I don't give up 😊😊 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:38:10 EST Count the steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191291 Day28: Another pretty normal day took the dog out once and then the baby out later going away this weekend so lots of sorting gave me a count of 26,000 #fitbit not too shabby Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:33:12 EST Dance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191290 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2686cb30-f6f1-4bfc-9486-4dff7e80ff2b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Celebrating the anniversary of Stonewall *and* the day Addie Shanti finally came home: my Addieversary! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:32:49 EST Sunday Night, The Embassy, and Ps. Andy (June 26 pm - June 27) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191287 Last night Sabi and I got a motokar (Jorge followed a bit later) to the church Nueva Vida pastored by Amerigo, who has quite a testimony: He'd been hit in the head by a huge rock or brick at a construction site which literally bashed in his head. He was in a coma for a time - Jorge and Sabina hel... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:26:14 EST Better me, better relationship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191286 LOL my ex saw a picture of me online and commented how I look much healthier and happier and he's glad I finally took his advice to take better care of myself.....coming from the guy that probably still has the same 20 dominos pizza boxes laying on his bedroom floor from 2 years ago when I left h... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:25:51 EST Lovely day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191285 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eec16066-4614-467c-9c38-b103562680fd.jpg"> Deposited paycheck, went to the library, Wendy's for lunch and grocery shopping. I have a habit of eating before shopping, when I eat before shopping I learn I spend less money. Wendy's has 4 for $4 menu... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:25:03 EST Tuesdays Tickle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191284 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b442ffce-1746-4e04-8ed5-9df77bf23f18.jpg"> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:22:00 EST What's the secret? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191283 What's the secret to staying motivated, to staying on task, to not forgetting your why? I seem to forget/give up/give in too easily. My head gets foggy or tired and I just don't to do it today. Or I really just want to eat whatever sounds good. How do I stick to this?? What's the secret?? Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:21:56 EST What the hell? No more being a slave! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191282 I finally decided to get back with the program. I had lost 16 lb in 1 month (crash diet) about 6 months ago for a party only to regain nearly 20 in 6 months . I have become so frustrated with myself that I didn't want to diet. So I ate all the wrong foods and gave in to every craving and indulgen... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:13:27 EST Walk it Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191281 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50839277-a5be-40b7-a5e6-f1f711b10b74.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Still under the weather, <BR> but a huge improvement <BR> over yesterday. <BR> <BR> Pray for Peace. <em>459</em> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:12:22 EST NEW HOME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191280 Well we have looked at a number of homes and I think we are set unless something comes up out of the blue. It is well built and seems right for us. It is Hubby's first choice. He is the one that makes sure the structural things are good,.I am the one that goes for the over all look of things. ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:11:18 EST Dont Give Up and The Good Kind of Selfish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191279 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f176fbd6-5f69-4349-8c20-aefb7c4a3120.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hello All my Spark People Friends, <BR> (Sorry Kinda Long.) <BR> <BR> I have been a little MIA for the last couple of months. If I am really honest the last couple of years. This is going to be... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:10:25 EST Independence Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191278 Yesterday, I went to the movies with our SILs mom who is here from out of town. She's been helping the kids with the baby and is leaving today. We saw Independence Day Resurgence. It was fun, but very much like the original. We went back to the kids house. They asked me to watch the ba... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:05:26 EST So far, so good... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191277 Well, I usually weigh myself each Wednesday, but I was feeling thinner yesterday morning (Monday) so I weighed and I am 3 lbs down! I'm really working on it. Teaching tap is helping me get my cardio at least 3 times/week. <BR> <BR> I have a slight tear in a tendon of my right arm so I'm star... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:05:08 EST Blogging Again After Almost 3 Years http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191276 Funny to read these old blog posts. I could practically be writing the exact same things today. Except I'm not running as I used to. Make losing a little harder. I'm still trying to walk & bike and work on toning. Target abs and obliques. 121.2 this morning. Would like to be 115 by mid-Sept for ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:03:15 EST Can I be consistent this time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191275 I would like to try and update here as often as possible..ideally that would be every day, but I know me, and it will prolly only happen 3-4 times a week intitally. <BR> <BR> Writing about how my day went has always been therapeutic to me, but by the time I have a chance to sit down to the compu... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:03:15 EST Hitting My Lowest Spark Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191274 My lowest Spark weight was 145 lbs. I managed to maintain it for, um like, 2 months and naturally was around 147-150... before the spiral out of control that put me back into the 180's from which I am currently recovering. This journey has been so much easier I almost feel guilty about it. Tha... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:00:27 EST The doctors office called again....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191273 UGH How much good news can I handle for the day? The doctors office just called again to inform that more of my results came back and I am not allowed to take the chemo pills because something else is wrong. I have to have a bone marrow test again. I know that I might sound like a baby but I am s... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:00:10 EST Update 10 (June 28, 2016) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191272 Update 10 (June 28, 2016): Started writing this on my update section of my page and continuing here... Wow! time flies! Hard to believe it has been a year since I have updated my page!!! What a busy year it has been! Holding steady on the weight loss... still down about 40 of the 50 that I had ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:59:23 EST Mental or Physical http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191271 It's only been about a couple of months since I decided that I didnt like the shape I was in, so dusted off my gym clothes and started back. What I have noticed is that I can walked up a flight of steps without getting out of breath now. And losing some weight along the way. So physically I am... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:55:41 EST My journey to a slimmer me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191270 I just downloaded spark and started this morning. I am hoping to stick to my goals as much as possible. I don't have much of a support group here at home, I have however seen some motivational posts that inspire me. I should post a photo of myself to watch as I go. Well here's to the first day ðŸ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:52:37 EST Disappointed after doc appt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191269 I went to an endocrinologist, hoping advancements in medicine would help me be less tired. <BR> <BR> Nope. She said everything tested fine thyroid, vitamin D, B levels in blood, no gluten sensitivity, iron OK, etc. etc. <BR> <BR> Darn. I was hoping she'd find something I could fix. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:51:44 EST My Life.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191268 I know I can come here and give you some laughs of a day in my life and you can laugh with us.. Hubby is on night shift and he did the Grocery Shopping yesterday so I needed to wrap up the meats.. I was getting things together and I write with a blue marker what is in the bag and the date.. I fig... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:47:48 EST FOMO No Mo - Back and Doing Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191267 We got back home from our trip to Hawaii a couple of days ago. It was beautiful, but as with everything was not perfect. Families never are, right? At one point I had some extreme anxiety and insomnia and buckled down and drank when others were away. Shocker-- it made things even worse for m... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:35:38 EST Adventures of a Veggie Hater http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191266 I hate veggies. Well, okay, not all of them, but most of them. Some of them produce an actual gag reflex. Folks, I have some serious food hangups, but we are starting today with the biggie - the veggies. So, how then, does one embark on a weight loss journey knowing that it will be impossible... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:32:38 EST Girl time! blarg! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191265 Felt it coming yesterday, thankfully today is so nice and chilly~~~ <BR> <BR> had cereal and 2 protein shakes today :) Proud of myself! No exercise until this crap stops, so off to writing stories! <BR> <BR> https://www.wattpad.com/user/JessicaAnna<BR>rino <BR> <BR> I'm writing 2 different sto... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:31:46 EST Going for the gold!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191264 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05ff0176-bce4-47ec-9586-17f8614dfb1e.jpg"> <BR> Tomorrow will be day one on my exercise jouney. Now that I'm done with the apartment and can focus on myself. I've made a calendar for July and I plan on sticking to every exercise I've written down. ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:30:06 EST Food Transformation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191263 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a9b04418-b282-4a2a-a3bf-86775e0c5cae.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found an old food journal entry from November 2010. I compared it to one from this February and the difference amazes me. Now, I'm not perfect at clean eating or even the 80/20 rule. I stil... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:27:10 EST Getting to the point of not liking my work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191261 I am thinking of finding another FT gig even if I get the bank. I am past the point of tolerating these young people not pulling their weight and being lazy with work. They need to go work for themselves and get the stars out of their eyes. Very few are successful because they don't have a work e... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:22:46 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191260 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f98175c3-e682-4bec-9a91-e28c30c7059d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Beautiful weather today and I walked to my grocery store (using my walker of course), walked the aisles, picked up lots of fresh produce, yogurt, even some popsicles! I was elated to be able to... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:22:29 EST When Your Heart Needs Healing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191259 <link>girlfriendsingod.com/heart-needs-hea<BR>ling-2/ </link> <BR> <BR> Friend to Friend <BR> <BR> A friend of ours has struggled for years with heart problems. He has gone through seasons of wellness and seasons of strain. Last year his health challenges moved from the back burner of his ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:18:05 EST Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191258 Drink at least a gallon of water daily. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:15:54 EST Counting Bites Instead of Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191257 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/98ec7392-bf2f-4430-b688-e6dcb0849127.png"> <BR> <BR> I'm forever looking for a simpler way of tracking my food intake, but I always seem to fall back on counting calories, which some days drives me insane. <BR> <BR> But today I was reading about... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:15:06 EST Day 19 – Eat Reasonable Amounts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191256 Do you know how much food you should be eating & eating plan guidelines? <BR> <BR> Yes 1400 - `1600 calories a day. <BR> 2 fruit <BR> 5 vegetables <BR> 6 grains <BR> 3 dairy <BR> 2 protein <BR> <BR> Do you know what equals a serving? Know what the volume of food looks like and eat reasonable... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:13:17 EST I'm doing it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191255 Today was a rough day.....most all of our things are gone....but when we were loading the 5th wheel we found we still have to much STUFF....we both had to go over and let more things go...i KEEP REMINDING MY SELF...ITS ONLY STUFF..We decided about a year ago we were going to focus on people and f... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:07:28 EST Increasing my calorie intake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191254 After an appointment with my nutritionist over a week ago,she told me I needed to increase my calorie intake from 1700 calories to 2200-2400 calories, because i was working out so much and not eating enough, that I lost 30lbs, but I was also losing muscle mass..i wanna gain muscle to burn more fa... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:06:40 EST My Journey to Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191253 Day 3, feeling great. So happy that we found this app. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:05:19 EST Random thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191252 I'm not one to really care what people think. It hurts my feelings if someone is mean to me & makes me very happy when someone is nice to me. But aside from that I don't give other people's opinion of me much thought. (Aside from the few people I admire & care deeply for.) But, when I'm cleaning... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 15:03:11 EST One day at a time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191251 Well, just as I was making progress both physically and mentally, here comes another bump in the road. It is so frustrating. Shortly after I started changing my eating and exercise habits to improve my health because of my diabitis, I hurt my shoulder. I saw a doctor and followed her treatment pl... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:59:49 EST Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191250 Still going at it and feeling great. I have to say this is the longest I have stuck with it. I am going to do it this time. I have to for me. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:56:32 EST All that stress was for what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191249 So. Life has been stressful the last few months. One big thing on top of another, over and over again. <BR> when I discovered my transmission was slipping Saturday night, after the guy I'd bought the car from (barely a month ago) changed the oil for me Saturday, and I drove it home..... well, I w... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:55:29 EST Trying a MORE Visual Tactic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191248 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/db50315e-45be-4edf-b18f-e26679a6124b.jpg"> <BR> Okay so today I pulled out a pair of jeans,THAT only come up to the calf of my legs Will the Jeans fit by THE end of September? STAY TUNED😱 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:55:01 EST No cravings tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191247 My craving log and Beck Day 13 Overcome Cravings response cards were waiting for me on my desk, but I didn't need them tonight. <BR> When I was finishing my watermelon slices after dinner, I quickly decided dessert is one square of dark chocolate and ate it. <BR> No indecision, no struggle, no cr... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:53:57 EST Another rough day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191246 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/460f6970-0516-4e63-bdc1-8c8eab70bd75.jpg"> <BR> I think when I'm feeling well that I stay put because it seems like when I feel well one day the next day is horrible. Yesterday I had the worst acid reflux ever and nothing helped. Even my prescripti... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:52:53 EST Moving along nicely http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191245 It's been just over a month since my last check in...It's been busy around our place with my DH getting ready for his gastric sleeve surgery on the 6th of July, my mom breaking her femur bone in May and is recovering in a nursing/rehabilitation center, plus I pulled my IT band muscle in my right ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:52:30 EST Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191244 Had a great breakfast egg sandwich with bananas Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:42:52 EST Set back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191243 Got out of routine and gained back :/ Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:38:18 EST Day 1661- Would It Help? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191242 First, I'm not entirely sure that I haven't already blogged about this, and I don't have the time to go back and read through my past few months, so if this is a repeat, I'm sorry. <BR> <BR> How many of you have seen the movie Bridge of Spies? <BR> <BR> I won't spoil it for you, but one part ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:32:09 EST Awesome Weight Loss Trend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191241 <em>40</em> Okay... how do I make this short? <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> <em>319</em> <em>193</em> Well, after hanging out on Spark for awhile, we all learn that we can lose or gain two to three to four pounds of water weight in a short time depending on whether we're sweating hard or rea... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:31:36 EST Finished with the bulk chicken cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191240 Out of 6 whole chickens I portioned out 64 servings of meat and aprox 28 cups worth of chicken broth (6 of which have a chicken neck included). I now have a nice stock of meat to choose from. Nutrition wise: I had my usual breakfast and a simple lunch of eggs with veggies. Dinner was Zulagania wi... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:29:40 EST Tuesday 6/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191238 I can't believe the end of the month is almost here. Time to pay the mortgage. My husband has a friend living with us and his kids come over about 1-2 times a week to visit him. The guy is separated from his wife. He has 3 kids so our kids hang out when they come over. Today has been a good day s... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:20:01 EST New pic. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191237 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7494bec7-0e24-4979-b5f0-b8748b92e0ff.jpg"> <BR> Trying to keep track in pics to. So here is 31 pounds gone. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:18:41 EST Week3 day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191236 Summer colds are the worst! Finally feeling back to myself after struggling with a cold the past week. Weight has fluctuated and I am finally getting back on track!! Still posting and tracking and that is a miracle!! Hope to drop a few more pounds to see my three week total weight lost at around... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:13:21 EST Will you take this pledge with me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191235 I found this pledge while looking for new inspirational and motivational quotes. It is going to be my new pledge to myself and to you. i am going to hang this pledge on my dream board so I read it every day and I am going to post it on my refrigerator to remind me to think before I eat. It is cal... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:10:50 EST OUCH!! %$#&! Fell on my run yesterday :-/ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191234 So as the title states, I fell yesterday during my run. It was not very smart of me and it HURT a lot! yowch! I was enjoying my me time. After dropping the kids at camp I took full advantage of my time and hit the trail! It was a little warm even at 9am but I went for it! <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:01:46 EST What if I'm not getting enough calories? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191233 I rarely eat more than 1100 calories a day. I have lost nearly 15 lbs in five weeks and generally feel great. Should I up my calorie intake or stay where I am? I Thoughts? Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:59:42 EST Nearly caught up- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191232 It's going better than I thought it would. I'm nearly caught up in everything. IF Hubs keeps up with his promises and I don't end up having to drop schoolwork in favor of housework, I should be good by the end of next week. <BR> <BR> I've got this. <BR> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:57:02 EST Let's talk about STUFF!! There are 2 kinds of STUFF !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191231 <BR> <BR> Let's talk about STUFF!! You know the kind of Stuff we have sitting around, or like me the things I have packed away & do not even remember I had the STUFF. Yesterday & this morning I went thru a 5 foot rubber tub that I had things wrapped in newspaper & tissue paper. let's see I foun... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:56:10 EST End of week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191230 Well its the end of week 4 of my journey and I don't feel like I lost any weight this week. I haven't been feeling very good but I did manage to push myself to exercise everyday and to stay with in my calories range. I guess I'll find out tomorrow when I weight in Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:55:36 EST Am I a Runner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191229 I had a discussion with mu husband last night. The main question, am I a Runner. Which makes me wonder, what is a runner? <BR> <BR> I would think a runner is someone who runs consistently and has for a long time. A typical runner that you usually hear about competes in various road races. I ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:51:41 EST Update: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191228 My doc several months ago put me on a vegan diet. <em>39</em> I'm having a very hard x w/it. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:51:28 EST (46) Question of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191227 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8089de72-111d-4720-b89b-36e3c42fc730.jpg"> <BR> I'm at work, sitting at my desk & actually have a sweater on because the a/c is blowing right on me. But this won't be the case when I leave work at 4! <BR> Please share how you stay cool in the heat ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:49:36 EST Back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191226 I fell off the wagon for a few weeks, and all though I still made decent choices for meals, it's the tracking of my calories and exercise that I was not doing. So i am back to tracking my meals and going to be more motivated to exercise..I have lost 55lbs and need 45 more to reach my year goal! S... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:44:10 EST The Weekend - June 25 and 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191225 June 25 - Pastor Andy (whom I fondly call sobrino - nephew - the one who's married to a member of the Utia tribe - invited me to a Pastors conference and luncheon and picked up Jorge and me (yes ME, we don't say "picked up I") - his wife Cynthia was already in the cab. <BR> <img src="http://ph... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:43:58 EST Memoirs of a Sick Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191224 Today has been a good day :) I went for a walk with my pitty this morning, though I'm still recovering, I was able to jog in short spurts. I even sprinted for a couple of seconds when she saw a squirrel and took off! (I loop her leash around my waist so I can hold weights in my hands) I have some... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:38:36 EST 🙌🏼🔑 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191223 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8591be69-c6fa-403f-84f6-49b78c860219.jpg"> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:37:27 EST Don't give in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191222 I will reach my goal 🔑🙌🏼 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:36:49 EST Cardio workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191221 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/96b9df60-2325-48ac-9edb-ba8731a2a7ec.jpg"> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:35:53 EST Tomato Avocado Cucumber Walnut Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191220 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/907a1179-246c-4be8-9fa6-860fe02428fe.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> This had looked so delicious had to blog it! <link>thebigapplemama.com/2016/05/tomato-a<BR>vocado-cucumber-walnut-salad.html </link> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:35:26 EST Day 1146 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191219 Gym Day. Did 6 of 7 exercises. Feeling good. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:32:30 EST My crazy weekend/start to the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191217 Today was my sons kindergarten graduation. It was so sweet. They did a few songs and got a diploma. My favourite part was the teacher asked each child what their favourite part of the year was and what they wanted to be when they grew up. Conner said he liked learning math and wants to be a cop. ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:27:30 EST Thankful Tuesday ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191216 I'm thankful for being blessed with the ability to exercise, so I won't waste it . Let's go ! Make it matter moment by moment every moment. What are you thankful for ? Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:25:54 EST I think I have too much yarn.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191215 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/22614a7a-62df-4db3-8356-dd5078f2a462.jpg"> I'm in the process of cleaning my apartment, my ex pretty much left it in shambles. Well I've gotten pretty exausted so I decided to wrap my yarn stash in balls for better storage. I know technically you'r... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:23:22 EST From June 24 - on the Way and Arrival in Lima http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191214 Safe and sound and rested in Villa el Salvador! <BR> Flights were thankfully uneventful, all on time. I tried tipping my wheelchair jockeys but they refused and one said "we can't" so that saved money...Plus I actually did NOT have to pay for the 2nd suitcase...another savings. Yay! Which made up... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:23:15 EST Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191213 Staying on track - not allowing myself to eat after dinner is REALLY hard but I think it's a key. Need to get more sleep. Harder to stay motivated without it... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:15:08 EST Aftermath of Donut Caper, Expensive Habits, Packed Heating Pad Away, & Misc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191212 A couple of weeks ago, after months of no sugar, I was at a social function of sorts and had a humongous donut. That weekend, I thwarted temptation, but once I open that sugar door, it is a huge struggle to maintain "sobriety." It's been a sugar-drenched two weeks since then although I did ward... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:11:07 EST Sick of being sick and tired! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191211 Hoping to regain some energy and a new Jean size in a few months! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:06:04 EST Quinoa Salad with Mango and Spinach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191210 June 28, 2015 <BR> <BR> Dinner tonight. It was so good! Delish-ous! Spicy and a little sweet too. <BR> I used whole wheat couscous instead of quinoa because that's what I had. Also, I used half a bag of Sun Dried Tomatoes with Zest Peppers, Julienne Cut (they were slightly chewy but I am glad ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:05:38 EST Giving myself a pat on the back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191209 I've been on an upswing with diet and exercise and today presented a challenge for me. One of which I have got to get used too and I think I did a pretty good job at navigating around. <BR> <BR> The office I work for loves any reason to have a staff lunch - and boy do they feed us well! Toda... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:03:31 EST Breakfast: Gluten Free Bread w Superfruit Spread, Scrambled Egg, coffee w/ almond milk: 333 calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191208 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f62daeff-f9ec-450a-b90c-fde65cac87a7.jpg"> <BR> 1 large Scrambled Egg <BR> <BR> 2 slices liveGfree White Bread <BR> Simply Nature Organic Superfruit Spread <BR> <BR> 28 fl oz Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds in my french press <BR> 12 oz Almon... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:02:49 EST Lemon water the mor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191207 I heard that drinking lemon water in the morning helps out your metabolism and other things has anyone else heard this and what do you think about drinking lemon water in the morning any ideas Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:00:53 EST Broken bones are no fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191205 Ugh this is so incredibly difficult. I'm a stay at home mom with a five year old and I'm currently using crutches for two broken bone in my foot and bruised ribs. Fortunately my kiddo is extremely helpful and eager to learn. Exercise at this time is a no go, but as I heal it should get easier. Th... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:51:42 EST Man, I miss my computer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191203 So. <BR> I've been Sparking via phone and today I'm on my hubby's laptop. Which on the the island has slow internet. But I thought I'd take a moment to say "hi" and write out some of the thoughts in my scattered brain. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to ponder what the heck I'm doing wrong and I th... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:50:23 EST WEIGHT WATCHERS RE-COMMITMENT DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191202 Good afternoon Sparkies. It's our usual hot day in Fl. I made a decision yesterday as a light bulb went on in my brain! <em>198</em> I started gaining weight when I stopped using Weight Watchers Points Plus and tracking program. For some reason I thought that when I was diagnosed with Type 2 ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:48:50 EST Hip Diagnosis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191201 After several years of problems with my hip due to a near fall, I had an x-ray done. I know that x-ray is not the best technology in terms of diagnosis of problems, but it was a starting point. They found an impingement and mild arthritis and gave me an overall diagnosis of bursitis. Hip bursit... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:48:38 EST A year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191197 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d309c219-97c6-4307-8f7c-2fbf765a1116.jpg"> <BR> Yup thats me in that picture just over a year ago i believe... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:34:35 EST STOKED!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191196 I'm over 1/2 way 2 my 1st weoght loss goal!! As long as I've stayed w/my 1200 calorie diet & kept up w/sum exercising, it's come off pretty easy! (I was worried it wouldn't, b/c I'm in my 30s now n it's been awhile since I've tried 2 lose weight...thot maybe my metabolism wud b 2 sluggish?) I've ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:32:32 EST tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191195 took lucy for a ride to the bank (she got milk bones from the teller) then to mcdonalds (2 cheeseburgers for $3..lol shes in heaven) then home. it POURED. did my workout, now going to go watch Wentworth and relax a bit!! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:31:42 EST Quote of the W: June 28, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191194 "We accept the love we think we deserve.” - Stephen Chbosky Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:29:29 EST Ugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191192 Omg, I need help! Trying to lose this weight is getting the worst of me. Don't have a partner to keep me honest. Ugh! I'm just venting right now. I feel like this weight will never get off my body. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:26:45 EST Push each other http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191191 My boyfriend and i both have struggled with our weight. Today we went to the gym together for an hour. Both came home and ate protein. We've got this. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:23:51 EST Kinobody Warrior Shredding Program Day 44 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191190 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a4e7a08-2897-4483-ab02-7f4b8ee1e792.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Kinobody Warrior Shredding Program: <BR> <BR> It's week 6 and I'm still headed towards my goal of getting lean and shredded. This coming Monday is 4th of July so I'll have to make sure... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:21:36 EST National Insurance Awareness Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191189 June 28, 2016 – <BR> NATIONAL PAUL BUNYAN DAY - the giant lumberjack and Babe, his big blue Ox. I looked for Paul Bunyan songs, but didn't find any I liked. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/83684b84-fc63-426d-beef-5faa386ea813.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL INSURANCE AWARENESS D... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:20:38 EST Day 23 for Witchy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191188 <em>424</em> Well its been an odd sort of day. A friend of mine set me a challenge to see if I picked up on any spirit messages whilst I was in Pershore. I did get told there was something about Napoleon which was a bit odd, and it turns out his brother Lucien was in the area for part of his ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:19:23 EST Where I'm at http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191187 Well, I biked to work 3 days a week for the month of May. I had work travel for the first two weeks of June and went for morning walks with my co-worker who is a speedy little walker, so I had to actually 'try'. <BR> Got home June 10 and was busy with end of school stuff with my kids and busy wi... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:19:02 EST Sabotaging my Efforts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191186 I am currently living with relatives and out of money due to a huge down payment on a house. When we first moved in, I told them about our summer challenge and how at this point this is really life and death for me. They were supportive. I am starting to show signs of loss. One relative comme... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:15:42 EST Afternoon blahs. And ankle woes.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191185 It's so hot outside. I would love to go out and walk some. I take a.high dose of blood pressure medicine and can't be in the sun to long. Hopefully the evening will be alot cooler. Just gonna do my leg lifts inside until then. Least that's some exercise. I would like to build strength in my righ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:14:20 EST Dear Dad, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191183 I sure wish you could have been with me this weekend. We celebrated Helena's birthday all weekend, complete with party, bouncy house, swimming and just playing and talking in the house. <BR> <BR> You would so enjoy Sarah, Sherry and Helena and be so proud of them. Helena at 2 says please and t... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:13:00 EST Raccoon Baby Helps Her Mom Pull Her Brother To Safety http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191182 <link>https://www.thedodo.com/raccoon-fami<BR>ly-video-1880818931.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> LINK WONT WORK SO YOU HAVE TO COPY AND PASTE AND ITS WORTH IT. <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> ANIMALS ARE JUST THE GREATEST!!!! <em>247</em> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:12:20 EST I cheated and I tracked - but it wasn't as bad as I thought! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191181 So yesterday I wrote about my cheat weekend at the family wedding we attended. Yikes. The positive I got out of that was to just start again. When the horse bucks you off you get back up and try again, and that is what I did. Yesterday I did a cardio blast workout and stayed well within my points... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:09:22 EST Marking a Milestone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191179 Those of you that have followed my experience realize that I have struggled to recover from my pelvic injury and inflammation has been a part of that struggle. <BR> <BR> This Friday will mark 68 weeks since the injury made itself known. It has been over a year since the fracture was diagnosed a... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:03:25 EST Wishing I had the words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191178 I know what a difference losing weight has made in my health and my attitude. I just wish I had the words that could spark someone else into doing something to change their eating and exercise habits. I have two specific friends in mind when I say that. I love them so much but I see them killi... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 12:00:19 EST Stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191177 Ok so I have been at this life change (not diet) for 5 months now. I have lost 45 lbs which is GREAT! (dont get me wrong) but for the past 2 weeks I have been suck at 45 lbs. I cant seem to lose anymore. I am ready to get over this hill and start going back down hill. I am going to keep doing wha... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:58:17 EST Back on track today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191176 My stomach is better today so I'm back on track. Fruit for breakfast, soup for lunch and pasta for dinner. Starting with lighter foods after not being abke to eat yesterday. I'm also feeling well enough to workout properly. Today I should concentrate on strength training. Off to do some kettleb... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:53:58 EST Hello friends.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191175 So, maybe we're sick of hearing this by now, but I managed to workout again last night. Yay. It doesn't matter to me at this point whether I want to do it or not (I don't), but that I build the habit in there. That is very important to me right now. The food? Well, that's a different animal ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:53:16 EST Let's go.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191174 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/11c255d3-58dd-484c-804b-87df08c36cd1.jpg"> <BR> But u have to make you a priority to get there.. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:52:32 EST Staying On The Wagon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191173 Sunday, I really screwed up. I expected to go over my daily calories because I was going to a BBQ. But since I walked seven miles in the morning and skipped lunch, I was able to fit in two Icelandic lamb hot dogs with all the trimmings and several hefty pieces of hjónabandssæla (rhubarb oat pie... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:50:45 EST I could do one of two things. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191172 I've been weighing myself daily since I started. I knew yesterday that having dinner leftovers for lunch was not the best strategy for my day, but my kitchen is making things interesting this week. <BR> <BR> Despite leftovers, I still managed to stay within my calorie boundaries. <BR> <BR> This... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:49:46 EST SUMMER LOSING DAYS 169-180!! When Is Too Much Too Much? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191171 Hello! Hello! Hello! I'm going to try and do a quick & dirty post! I am catching up with my challenges and with work and well, work has to take priority! Blast it! <BR> <BR> I had a great time on my cruise! the weather was wonderful and the seas rather calm. I met new friends and relaxed a... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:48:55 EST Mind Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191169 Hard to believe that we have been home from our CA trip for almost a week. Riding an emotional family roller coaster, and not arriving home until 3:36am...well, let's just say it takes a wee bit longer for this girl to rally. For the past week my mind has been playing games as it reflects on the ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:46:03 EST Praying for my wife http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191168 i am thankful for my wife and her support and love. she and her brothers are dealing with some difficult challenges from their mom, who does not believe that she needs to be in a care facility. although she has proven several times over the past several months that she can no longer stay home alo... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:45:53 EST Energy quilt series http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191167 This series happened by accident. I made one energy quilt ("Gathering Storm") in a master class with Elizabeth Barton in 2014. As the year progressed I began to make more and more energy quilts for each lesson she challenged us with. The first 4 quilts below were made in the class. I hope you en... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:44:49 EST Reflections on a Featherweight Spirituality: This weekend + 2 entries! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191166 <em>524</em> again. Another lazy weekend.. but I am determined to get myself caught up while I have some extra time. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> Saturday 6/25 Words to Live and Die by: <BR> This entry talks about famous last words, I am just going to list what those were and who said them. Which do yo... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:44:45 EST Day #136 of my adventures in Spark Land http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191165 Day #136 here in the wonderous world of Sparks! <BR> <BR> For my walk this way challenge....It's a day of rest. I may do something later when it is just me here. <BR> <BR> For my 52 weeks of declutter/organized challenge I found on pinterest, I am to declutter expired/old make up-done! <BR> ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:44:42 EST Keep going... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191164 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2945f9b5-c0c8-4b84-aa5b-38bb51358073.jpg"> <BR> yessss...I love to sweat..lol!! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:41:22 EST Three Month's After Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191163 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2cae3fcc-23ac-4466-9850-13c463341e07.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had my three month post op last Thursday. The doc said that most of his patients would be jealous of my labs! LOL I guess staying on plan and taking my supplements as directed is really workin... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:36:24 EST 100 days later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191161 100 days ago.... <BR> <BR> My doctor told me my blood pressure was too high because it was 140 and climbing, my blood sugar readings had gone up by 2 percentage points and my liver enzymes were elevated. <BR> <BR> I have type II diabetes and high blood pressure. <BR> <BR> The next step was to... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:35:13 EST I've done a lot of thinking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191160 A few weeks ago I achieved my lowest weight in about a decade - and now I've lost it. I wish I could say the "lost it" was more pounds, but I appear to have lost track of what got me to the good place! <BR> <BR> I've done a lot of thinking, hand-wringing, worrying and fussing about this. I could... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:34:03 EST You Are A Joint! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191159 To read this blog please copy and paste this address into your browser: aviesplace.wordpress.com <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> God's blessings to each of you today! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:33:06 EST Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191157 Well vacation is not going too well, I ended up in the hospital for emergency surgery to have my appendix removed. I'm feeling much better today, so hopefully I will get dismissed. One good point I haven't got to eat in two days except liquid diet, maybe I lost a pound or two. I get to eat lunch ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:30:26 EST Steady as you go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191156 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4ca9f569-7cdb-47a3-820f-4c19c180b5cb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a great day filled with God's abundant blessings. <BR> <BR> Cheering you on to a day filled with many successes as you keep your eyes on the finish... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:29:27 EST Small Steps.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191155 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7cb9c134-d9c2-414c-a172-1110891aab2d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes its hard not to get discouraged when you think you should of done better, but please don't be. You have to take baby steps before you run. Easier said than done right?? Yes I know, ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:28:48 EST Girls who lift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191154 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/641c10d9-aff5-4cfa-90d6-c568b90b6a1f.jpg"> <BR> Sometimes I find it hard to get cardio in would rather lift any day 😜 Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:28:09 EST Day #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191153 Super excited to see where this journey is taking me.. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:24:09 EST My Thought for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191152 POSTED WITH PERMISSION FROM RANDOM THOUGHTS & LOTSA COFFEE <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4cf54e3b-299c-4f20-af52-3e0d09a3ba58.jpg"> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:22:05 EST Wanted Posters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191151 A group of kindergarten children were on a class outing to their local police station where they saw pictures, tacked to a bulletin board, of the 10 most wanted men. <BR> <BR> One of the youngsters pointed to a picture and asked if it really was the photo of a wanted person. <BR> <BR> "Yes," ... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:20:05 EST Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191150 Humid and grey out. Just a yucky day. Hopefully weather will improve for my swim tomorrow. Have a great day!! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:18:27 EST My lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191149 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a02c0362-8fcb-493e-b2ed-320b11ac7afd.jpg"> <BR> Big salad for lunch Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:17:52 EST Be positive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191148 Be confident today is going to be a great day I'm happy and life is good Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:14:30 EST Quote for the Today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191147 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c83b44d0-353c-4f60-bf10-9012219a7ffc.jpg"> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:12:50 EST June 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191146 What a miserable day, the weather is pretty awful, so much for our English summer. <BR> I went to the hospital this morning for physio on my shoulder. He was quite pleased with the improvement and he's given me some more exercises to do which are a bit harder. My muscles are 'feeling' it already.... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:12:08 EST Bible Verse for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191145 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. <BR> <BR> 2 Peter 3:9 NKJV Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:11:00 EST Tuesday morning sunshine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191144 WE are enjoying great sunshine with temps in the eighties this morning. Exercises are still going well. Weight is still down. Calories are down to around 100 per day. Trivia is still at 96% for the month. Keeping focused for more success. Hope all are having a great week. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:09:28 EST Post workout meal / breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191143 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61d7716c-cc0a-4d2a-9067-242a7ea4feae.jpg"> Whole wheat English muffin lightly buttered w/ an over easy egg sprinkled with a little cheese topped with turkey bacon, and my protein shake! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:07:19 EST Day 170 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191142 Today is day 170 and my wedding anniversary! We hadn't planned on doing anything since money is tight but then one of the granddaughters came to spend the night and the wife decided going to the buffet would be fun. I did better then I thought I would. Happy sparking! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:06:36 EST Just an update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191141 Miss everyone - I have been busy running to an from Florida. My mothers health is deteriorating - its been difficult for me to except . <BR> I will be returning to the Botanic Gardens in Fall pending my own health . I had another seizure about a month an half ago and fell on a wheel barrel th... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:05:47 EST Progress so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191140 When I weighed in on June 14th, I was at 228.2. Today I weighed in at 219.8! It feels so rewarding to see the progress!! Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:05:10 EST Call Me Insensitive but.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191139 Ok, is it just me or do those weight loss show meltdowns just irritate the hell out of you? I'm SO tired of them showcasing fat women (sometimes men) just bawling & whining over...looking in the mirror...exercising...feeling any emotion...being tired...making excuses...etc.? Yeah, being fat isn't... Tue, 28 Jun 2016 11:03:54 EST