SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Purple Juice So I've been interested in juicing for decades, but never stuck with it. Either it was too much hassle or I didn't know enough to appreciate what I was doing. Finally, I think I've found the right ingredients for juicing: purple cabbage and purple onions. The purple juice. Now I think I've found ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:03:11 EST Snow, snow go away! Another winter storm. No school for the boys tomorrow (Emilie will have school because she's having a snow day on the 16th cuz her Grammy is letting her spend the night the day before so Adam can take me out early for a just the two of us celebration (my birthday is the 18th). I did 124 total m... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:02:53 EST Welcome to February I was down another .6 pounds today, to 189.6. Buh-BYE, 190s! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my first protein + vegetables day. I added spinach to my Dukan oat bran galette (a weird pancake that I actually have been making with wheat germ) and had a grilled chicken salad at a restaurant for dinner. Toda... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:59:53 EST Super B short an sweet have a great one Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:59:48 EST Snow We got snow today. In fact, it is still snowing. It is the most snow we have had so far this winter. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For some, this might not be much but for this area it is a lot of snow. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:57:07 EST Day 64 - Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep I practice gratitude every day. Ever since my accident (see my first blog posts for details), I've been grateful for life, health, love, and security, and I spend a few moments each day giving thanks for still being here and for having someone to share my life with. <BR> <BR> Sundays I try to pr... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:55:30 EST One month and 5 lbs down January didn't quite go as planned. I wanted to exercise more. I wanted to eat better. I wanted to blog daily. I did not want to get sick. But in the end, I lost 5.1 lbs. If I hadn't been sick I don't think I would've lost any weight at all. I am thrilled with the loss. I'm hoping that it was jus... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:55:02 EST My Pre-Diabetes Journey Vlog #1 I was just diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes, and this is just me talking about the change's I've begun to make and what's been working for me! 6 lb's down! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:54:46 EST January in review I saw another Spark member had posted their "January in Review" and I thought it was such a great idea that I would do the same! <BR> The biggest accomplishments in the month were: <BR> <BR> I was very proud to not make any resolutions this year. I always break them and they always make me sad... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:49:07 EST Cleaning up in February In 2014, a flirtation with clean eating helped me move the scale and tape measure and feel so much better. Since the end of fall semester and the holidays, those habits have slipped a bit. <BR> <BR> This month, I'm refocusing to eat clean again. I know I'll never be perfect at it, but I'm certai... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:47:08 EST Making Progress I continue to make positive changes and have plenty of plans for more! This time I feel hopeful that I WILL make the changes. The changes I have made with diet and attitude recently have stayed with me and SparkPeople is definitely a part of it. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:47:05 EST Turning 60! Oprah said it best - "To deny your age is to deny your life". <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've lived a lot of life in these 60 years - with good times and bad times and of course, difficult times in between those. That makes me who I a... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:42:23 EST Week ending 2/1/2015 Very busy week at work and will likely be a busy month, lots of training before starting the new job. Felt great running this morning, added some extra hills and I think I have increased speed. I can tell I have a few pounds off and that I'm eating more healthy. Down a pound for the week, for a t... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:38:39 EST January Review & Moving Forward <img src=""> <BR> <BR> January did not go as I had planned/expected/hoped... <BR> <BR> First we got hit with back to back snow storms that caused closed roads for over a week, right at the end of Christmas vacation. That meant that hubby... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:33:10 EST 30 Days 30 days in this time around. I thought it would be interesting to take stock of what has changed in the last month. <BR> <BR> I am ten pounds down. <BR> I can now wear every pair of jeans hanging in my closet. <BR> I can touch my toes, stand on one leg, and hold a down dog pose for nearly a min... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:33:08 EST I don't care It's been a rough week. I could blame it on a lot of things -- it's cold, I'm tired and I just want to stay in bed for a month and a half, I'm overwhelmed by a few things that need to be straightened out, but really I have to take ownership. Some of this is my fault. I've let myself spend too muc... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:31:07 EST Super bowl Sunday Read an interesting article today that said that super bowl Sunday is the high consumption of calories even above Thanksgiving day! wow!! I know that in the past on different weight loss programs I've fallen and even giving up hope for weight loss on this particular day. Try to reflect on how thi... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:21:13 EST Vision board for 2015 - Rock work BLC27 Honey Badgers challenge was to make a vision board. <BR> I made one in pinterest. However this is the first time I have ever used pinterest. So I was not sure how to post it on the site other then attaching a link. <BR> <BR> My vision is to have a zero water usage lawn. So I have been c... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:15:52 EST Feb 1,2015 I went hiking this morning. The falls were frozen. <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:14:06 EST Roof of my mouth hurting. The roof of my mouth is hurting, I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the tooth I had pulled last Tuesday. Right around my cheekbone is hurting as well. This may all be because the root of the tooth was into my nasal cavity. I'm hoping it will go away in a few days. I've already given the ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:13:41 EST 2/1 Whatever goals you make, make sure they are S.M.A.R.T. <BR> Specific <BR> Measurable <BR> Attainable <BR> Realistic <BR> Timely <BR> <BR> Best wishes for a fantastic February!!! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:12:10 EST Recap January Goals These were my goals for January: <BR> <BR> 1. Track food/exercise daily~NO. Only tracked 8/31 days; YES. Exercised 22/31 days for a total of 700 minutes <BR> <BR> 2. Jessica Smith workout plan~Yes! Loved this Fitin15 plan which still continues the first week of Feb. <BR> <BR> 3. 5 Freggies dai... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:11:26 EST Day 14 I managed to get a short walk in before the storm comes. I also wanted to see how the knee is holding up as I have to go to work tomorrow and stand on it for 8 hours! It's still not 100% but not too bad. I will make sure to sit down now and then at work. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:10:41 EST Rushing, rushing, rushing Been having a busy day today. My son picked me up at work, a bit late due to weather conditions, but I got home safely. They went and picked up my van later on so I'm prepared to get to work tonight. <BR> <BR> We are heading to watch the game with friends tonight. I was to bring a dessert and... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:03:50 EST This month & this week's goal. It's February. <BR> <BR> Time for me to get a game plan and just make some goals for this month! I kinda just yo-yoed through January! <em>24</em> BUT here I am. And thats good. :) <BR> <BR> I've heard a thought before about if you don't have a definite plan, and are just going through life... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:03:24 EST Yampa River thru Steamboat Springs - 2-1-15 The 250-mile-long Yampa River begins about 30 miles south of Steamboat Springs and flows directly through town before making a turn to the west and (ultimately) the Colorado River. This time of year you can often find ice from each bank straining to meet in the middle. <BR> <img src="http://p... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 18:02:46 EST 2/1 Welcome February. January was a 5 lb loss. A bit depressing if I am to calculate all the hours I've done over January, 42 hours. Not a happy camper today. I feel cheated...... sorry guys..... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:59:44 EST Happiness I have to say that I am truly happy. I haven't been able to say that in a long time. God has blessed me with people that are here because they want to be here, not because they think they have to be or they think they are getting something for themselves to be here. They are here because they lov... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:56:45 EST Maxine's Super Bowl Party <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's Super Bowl Sunday& Maxine is ready for the Big Game-lol. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:51:09 EST Superbowl Sunday, 2/1/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just waiting on the big game to start at our house and the "junk" food is in the frig. We allow ourselves to enjoy cheese dip (homemade) and chips for supper for this game day. My muscles are already a mess fro... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:50:39 EST Yearly Goals In Review - January On January 1st I made some year-long goals to work on. January was a difficult month for me, but overall I think it went pretty well! <BR> <BR> Long Term Goals: <BR> -Do kettlebells 3x per week (I haven't missed a day since the beginning of September so I think this should be easy). Missed ONE... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:50:18 EST Snow day! It is seriously snowing today! They're saying we are due for about 16 inches. That's a lot of snow! I managed to get my 1,000 minutes of exercise for January! I was doing about an hour a day for the last few days, but I managed. So this month I'm NOT going to let myself get down to the wire... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:50:14 EST Back On The Horse!! Back on January 20, 2012 began a journey weighing in at 300 pounds. My main goal is to lose weight and get healthier. I achieve that by losing 77 pounds. In addition, I was also able to run my first 5K which I then followed up with a 10K. I have achieved another goal making it onto a squad of al... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:47:23 EST A good life <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Love that! I am blessed to have a good life. Sure, there have been struggles, despair, worry, anxiety - all that stuff - but there's also been a lot of joy, laughter & contentment. <BR> <BR> So I tried to post a vlo... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:44:52 EST 2015 Mini Goal Progress update for January I was able to knock off 5 items from the Mini Goal List <BR> <BR> I visited a friend - three friends actually but who's really counting. <BR> <BR> I went to the movies - twice actually. Saw Wild and the Imitation Game - both very good. <BR> <BR> I went to the Beach -I know - it's the middle of... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:43:04 EST "MY MOM" <img src=""> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:42:22 EST Weigh-in day photo! I won my last DietBet, so I signed up for February, too! I look forward to putting all my new healthful habits to practice. <BR> <BR> I had a bit of an incident today. I twister my ankle. Here is my weigh-in photo, which was very painful. But, look at that smile: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:40:17 EST I Fell off and trying to get in sync. When I first got on sparks people I was 219 now I'm 240. I have to do this I will do this!! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:38:35 EST Jumping Jazzy January... (Monthly Blog)Woohoo! I have decided I would start blogging on the 1st Sunday of every month with the prior months happenings/results, its a good way to help hold myself accountable. <BR> DH and I had decided prior to this New Year that we could no longer keep playing around with our health, we had joined Spark Peopl... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:34:37 EST Pillows and Purses So I've griped on here (and just about everywhere else) about my bum shoulder. I fell many years ago on the ice and severely hurt it. Then I further did it in by doing a bench press with too much weight and no spotter. Enter torn rotator cuff and months of rehab. It got a lot better, but THEN... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:34:07 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for February 1: Daily inspiration: Are you too busy wishing away your day to get what you really want? Lord, help me set goals and find the means to achieve what is important to me. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins fo... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:32:41 EST My ticker's looking better after Week 1! I am very heartened (pun intended) after one week of buckling down to my plan which was to cut calories and increase exercise among other things. To that end I was down 1.4 lbs at my weigh in yesterday. <BR> <BR> So my ticker on my page is showing some small progress and my physical ticker can ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:29:53 EST Day 32: A New Month... And A Snowstorm Is Coming I'm off to a decent start. <BR> <BR> My final numbers for January weren't all doom and gloom; I'm down 2.2 lbs and every one of my measurements was down a tiny bit. I think I'm actually rather happy about that, despite my melodrama about it yesterday. For simply cutting out fast food and restaur... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:28:00 EST Life is a Highway Lol OMG! Have to go to Chapel Hill tomorrow to meet with some of the UNC transplant team that will be working on my behalf to find me a kidney if the hubs doesn't pan out. 4 and a half hours one way with a husband who has been "in a mood" to kill all moods all weekend. Praying he is a different perso... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:23:25 EST Good to be back! It's been awhile since I have consistently been on Spark, but here I am! It is good to be back! I have to say there is something about this site that is so well done! The interaction with other members and the camaraderie. I've missed it! <BR> <BR> My last blog was 2012.. hmm... been awhile... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:23:05 EST Amazing How a Day Can Change in an Instant Another day, still the same knock-me-down cold. Usually on Sunday it is not a priority to turn on my phone. However, my son was returning from Machu Picchu today, so I turned it on first thing. Early on I got a text that my nephew's wife had given birth. I am now a great-aunt. This is the fi... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:22:33 EST Week 3 and Start of Week Four: JM 90 Day Body Rev So I finished week 3. My energy bottomed out over the weekend; Barre was a struggle on Saturday. Thank you being a woman, so so awesome. I mean, what it is about that time of the month that weakens the soul and makes us crave all the food. ALL THE FOOD. The sugar, the fats...the chocolate. I mean... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:20:05 EST Day 32...Challenges I have come to believe that challenges are good for us, they help us grow. I have found myself embracing many physical and emotional challenges in the last couple of years. The experiences have been good for me and I find that I do come out stronger in the end. <BR> <BR> That being said, I don’t... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:18:56 EST An Honest Assessment I weighed in at 263 today. First time on my new scale - my previous one was old and new batteries didn't seem to work. Worse yet, my former husband bought it and had stepped on it and I just wanted it out of the house. So, this one is mine -- and I have gained 9 pounds. So be it. <BR> <BR> I'm ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:18:36 EST Ex-er-cize-ing, ex-er-cize-ing..... Remember that little hand jive thing where you held up your pointer fingers and did a little "finger dance? " <BR> Both pointers curled, right finger up, left finger pointed at right hand; both curled, left up, right pointed at left hand; all the while singing "exercising, exercising, this is th... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:13:02 EST Diet Book Database: 100 books! I'm so proud of myself! This week I got my searchable diet book database ( <link> </link> ) up to 100 books! <BR> <BR> I'm also excited physically because I'm in the northeast and have been shoveling a lot this week - many many calories burned! <BR> <BR> I was thinking I shou... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:12:06 EST Sunday February 1, 2015 Weather: Sunny in the morning with some clouds. Temp about 8 degrees. Clouding up in the afternoon though. Still cold out. Snow is a coming. <BR> <BR> Welcome to the month of February. We made it through January with it's snow storms, and cold weather. Now we just have to make it throug... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:10:09 EST Day 23 Safely made it at my parents' home, and then spent a nice afternoon with them and my brothers. Now I'm ready to sleep, it's tiring! <BR> <BR> The next two weeks will definitely be a challenge when it comes to eating and food. I can't really track here, because traditional food is difficult to tr... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:08:35 EST Songs By Memory I'm enjoying the songs I've memorized lately. It's fun to sing to the baby, to sing in the shower, to sing in the car, sing songs from memory. I've never been able to remember things easily and so decided to try this to help my ability to remember...boost the brain power. I'm fascinated at how... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 17:06:01 EST Zumba Date, Bowl of Sunshine and Happiness, Hubby's B-day Dinner, and GO HAWKS! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday my friend Stephanie came over and we did Zumba on the Wii together! We always have fun doing that and we decided to make it a weekly Zumba Date! So I'm happy to get to do that with her! Then we drank tea a... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:57:06 EST SPOILER... "A desire to serve is a natural outcome of one’s conversion, worthiness, and preparation." <BR> —Russell M. Nelson Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:57:03 EST go Pats...or... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> we say "Go Patriots!" while our other coast relatives shout "Go Seahawks!" <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:53:23 EST Started reading the Spark Solution Last night started reading the Spark Solution, or at least the introduction to it. Then started thinking, it said if follow the plan for two weeks will lose 4 lbs a week. Ok well I didn't follow it, didn't even know anything about it until recently and when got weighed by my doctors office last m... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:53:22 EST Go to I noticed a big difference with my workouts when I have something to eat before them. I workout with a trainer once a week and have been doing so for about a year and a half. From working out right after work, or first thing In the morning to what I currently do now-saturday afternoon. I have bee... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:52:02 EST Did the 1st century Church rale against public ills? I do not recall a focus in the NT of Christians taking public stands in public forums against the Roman/Jewish/public cultural sins. As a pattern, I mean to say. Nonetheless, it was noticed they lived differently in the midst of sinful society. The sign of this was mthat they loved one another; j... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:50:21 EST January 2015 Goal Summary >KEEPING THE ACTIVITY STREAK ALIVE. As of 1/31/15 I am at day 509 of my minimum 15 minutes a day activity streak. Although mentally, my goal is 20 minutes minimum, I know there will be days where 15 is all I will be able to squeeze in. If all goes as planned, I will hit day 1000 on June 5, 2016... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:46:13 EST Does SparkPeople provide all the guidance we need on serious topics? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Of course, to day is SuperBowl Sunday, a day held in most high reverence by the people of Usaland! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:44:35 EST New focus, new reasons well here I am. Back at it for the umpteenth time. I guess that is better than giving up on myself totally. I have been a very successful dieter, not a very good keep it offer! This time the reason is very different. I suffered a slipped disc and have been going through a very long painful recov... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:44:09 EST FEB-1-7 EXERCISE AND CALORIES FEB-1=5 MIN WALKING UP AND DOWN STEPS...10 MIN WALKING..30 MIN HOUSE WORK...TOTAL 45 MIN...CALORIES BURNED 298.DRANK GLASSES OF WATER..CALORIES ATE... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> FEB-2= <BR> <BR> FEB-3= <BR> <BR> FEB-4= <BR> <BR> FEB-5= <BR> <BR> FEB-6= <BR> <BR> FEB-7= Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:43:55 EST Phil the Evil Elliptical Machine I have an elliptical machine. It has a soul and inside that soul, I am convinced is pure evil. The machine speaks to me, it taunts me. It’s the trash talkin’est machine out there. I was wallowing the other day. Knee hurting, lazy taking control when I heard it laugh. <BR> <BR> What do you w... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:37:14 EST February 1st So my Friday night did not go as planned. I ended up making it my free day because I had a dinner party with pizza and wine. I had planned ahead but when I got there the pizza they ordered was stuffed crust which made me go over. So I chalked it up to my free day and stayed in my calorie range... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:36:20 EST Mileage & Steps For the Month Of January! As I am in a senior Globe Walk to the Moon challenge, for the first time I am tracking my steps and mileage in a month. <BR> I averaged 19051.39 steps in a day, going 8.55 miles daily. I was kind of hoping I would hit 20,000 but oh well. When you have a body that is failing even the most ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:33:50 EST ok well my eating is out of control today. What it really comes down to is my anxiety is through the roof for numerous reasons. My anxiety is like, in my throat amd i dont want to breathe. But what is happening today is that i am trying to eat past the physical anxiety i feel and get to that point where i feel so painfully full that i no ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:30:13 EST new journey.... I have finally found a doctor that gave me a direction I could go with exercises with my knee. Walking, riding a bike and running are out. I searched for chair exercises and giving it a shot. Anyone want to be a buddy while I attempt to lose 50 pounds? Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:29:47 EST Food Is Not! Why? What? I write this blog for myself. To help ME figure out why, what, where, and when. <BR> So I have to answer those questions in regards to my weight gain. So for today I <BR> Have been thinking of the WHY. To gain weight you HAVE to eat too much. That <BR> Part is simple. So why?? It dawned on ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:27:53 EST Third Time Is a Charm: 100DWL, Day #32, The Five-Hour Rule Day 32 The five-hour rule <BR> <BR> <em>56</em> Spangle writes that when we feel "starved," we are more likely to overeat, even though our bodies would be satisfied with a lot less food. When we feel famished, we are also a lot less particular about our food choices. To prevent this, we are e... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:27:16 EST Eating in 2015 vs eating in 1960 This is in conjunction with the blog prior. <BR> <BR> When I was a child back in the 50's and early 60's desert was something special, reserved for Sunday dinner or a special occasion. Today people eat, and actually expect, deserts on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> Candy bars: They were part of a... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:26:27 EST Meeting old spark friends and staying busy! I met Raquel yesterday after years of being spark and Facebook friends! Her user name here was Rikkele I think or something similar to that. We had the best bbq lunch then shopped the outlet malls in the rain haha! It was a nice treat having some girl time :) We made plans to get together in ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:26:04 EST W*lM*rt Savings Misser At the end of December, I had planned out a shopping trip with my coupons and sale ads. I was stopping by Wei* Markets for frozen pizzas then off to Gi*nt Foods for air fresheners, and finally to W*lM*rt for health and beauty supplies. <BR> <BR> Of course the best laid plans come to change when... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:18:51 EST Fed Up Rick and I watched the documentary, "Fed Up" last evening. It's mostly about the epidemic of childhood obesity, but much of it pertains to anyone of any age. I must confess that although I feel I'm fairly informed about nutrition, it was eye-opening for me to see how added sugar is causing much... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:15:36 EST Feb. Goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for February? <BR> ************************************* <BR> <BR> Mine are to eat at least 3 servings of veggies daily, lose 5 lbs., and exercise for at least 45 minutes every day without fail.... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:11:17 EST Week 3 I maintained last week. I'm so sick of maintaining but I'm still working on changing things up and figuring out a way to get out of this forever plateau! <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> I'm doing great at drinking water! 80-120 ounces a day! <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> We had issues getting to our atti... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:09:15 EST A New Person I can't believe I've made it through an entire month. I hit all of my goals for the month, the only day I didn't complete was January 31st... I was short a couple glasses of water and about 500 steps, but that's okay because I am so proud of how far I have come in just 31 days. I am more energize... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:07:26 EST Week 4 was a reasonable succes Slow and steady wins the race right! Was a good week 197 futness minutes which I thinked helped alot. So lost 7 lbs in January and lost1.4 lbs last week. Staying away from the wine except one night per week ansd tryingin make the right chooses of food every day. The next week will be a test. Trav... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:07:20 EST 1/2 way to my goal + desert as a special treat/splurge I review on Sundays. I just calculate my total loss from mid-July 2014 to now. My goal was to go from 184.5 to 137 = 47.5 pounds in one year. Well, as of this morning I am down 24.5 pounds. I have 23 pounds (minimum) to go and I have 24 weeks to do it. <BR> <BR> I got off track from mid-Sept... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:01:50 EST I know there's a park back there... In my park-spotting, I'd noticed one that looked inviting. I didn't see any parking lot access from the busy roads on two sides, so husband and I drove to where I thought there might be access. There was a sign by the busy highway, but none at all into the old neighborhood where it's tucked awa... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 16:00:09 EST Finally Finally getting back to exercising like I should after falling to some kind of virus. Walked the dogs and then walked myself. Will be doing my stretching and weights tonight during the Super Bowl. My tv is away from the kitchen so if I want something, I'll have to miss some of the game or the ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:59:23 EST Sunday Woo hoo.... my strawberries are finally giving us some normal sized fruit. Last March I got 4 plants from MDA. The first crop was so tiny... well it was not even a crop. We planted it in a topsy turvy planter. Not much luck there. Now I have three healthy plants that my hubby transplanted in... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:57:39 EST February Self Challenge While looking over my nutrition reports for January I noticed that I have had some trouble staying within my calorie range. Seems like I'm over the top end more often then not, by anywhere from 100 - 300 calories. I lost 10 pounds last month so I've gotten away with it thus far. I know it will... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:56:23 EST Weigh-In Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! How are you all doing today? It is a very snowy day, the Midwest is being attacked with a huge snow storm. Thankfully, my area is only getting 4-7" of snow and now the almost foot that many other areas are getting. The snow is sidelining my best friend from gettin... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:52:50 EST Day 2 Determine continues Yesterday was sort of a rough day. I did some binging and went over my daily calorie intake. It could have been worse but I was frustrated with myself. I did manage to get 33 minutes on the wii fit and a 22 minute walk in so that is a positive. Today I did 37 minutes on the wii fit but we are he... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:49:28 EST January Recap Hi, Spark Friends!! I just wanted to say <em>304</em> for all your continued support. I ended January with 900 fitness minutes. I didn't reach my 1,000 minutes goal, but I'm grateful that for the progress I made toward the end of the month. I struggled with staying within my calorie range... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:46:05 EST One month down...7 lbs. gone! I'm so excited! I can't believe it's been a month already since I started to track my nutrition and exercise. Actually I can't believe I've stuck with the program and I'm still motivated to continue. Typically by now I become 'bored' (aka lazy) and blame the program for my lack of motivation. I c... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:45:55 EST Sunday Well it is Sunday another snow day in my world. We have had 3 major snow storms in the last two weeks. I have had enough of the white stuff to last a life time. I am very surprised that the scale did not budge that is very discouraging. Well lets hope next week will be better. <em>198</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:44:27 EST A day off? I decided that I was taking a day off from my normal exercise intensity. What does one instead? Spend over 100 minutes shoveling snow. It was a great workout and that way the kids could use the snowblower on the neighbor's driveway. Great family activity and a good workout for me. I found out t... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:42:54 EST Feb 1 2015 Well, tired of the snow-let's move on to the Spring, please! <BR> <BR> It would be really great to move back to Florida this year! Hope all gets into place for that. We really do not want to be stuck up here for the rest of our lives! <BR> <BR> OK that is my ranting for today. Sorry guys and ga... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:42:42 EST 2/1/2015 (32 Days into 90 day Challenge) Here it is February already. I am part of Pixie's 90 Day Challenge. Part of that challenge is to take pictures or measurements of yourself every 30 days. I did take my measurements but decided to bite the bullet and do pictures also. In all honesty I was embarrassed by doing so because I've g... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:41:03 EST He Shall Feed His Flock (Handel) This is a special post for Nellie, who sang this piece some years ago! <BR> <BR> It is from yesterday's concert - the last day of the official Christmas Season for us. <BR> <BR> Please excuse the not so great rendition... this is a student orchestra from our school and the conductor is 17 yea... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:37:47 EST February 2015 Ok, I made a great start to 2015 by sticking with my workouts, tracking and eating healthier. I'm starting February after losing 6.2 pounds in January. Here's to tracking my progress . . . <BR> <BR> Exercise - 4 workouts per week, family schedule permitting on the weekend. ST 2x per week ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:33:26 EST Beginning Again--Weaving My day is focused on the Super Bowl. I've watch the Seahawks all season and love to watch when Russell Wilson gets going. That will be my exercise today. Walking to the Senior Center (2 miles), taking my pot luck chocolate chip cookies (SparkPeople recipe-63 calories each). to watch the game o... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:32:16 EST Be an overcomer I received this link from one of my teams. If you are struggling, please watch. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The people featured in the video are: <BR> <BR> Robin Roberts, anchor on Good Morning America. A breast cancer survivor. <BR> <BR> Scott Hamilto... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:32:07 EST Day 1157- The Perfect Storm...Literally Day 32 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 187.0 <BR> Total Calories Burned for the Week: 0 <BR> Total Calories Burned for the Year: 10,136 <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a bad day food wise. <BR> <BR> I was rushed in the morning and ate paczki for breakfast and lunch because we had it and we were in a hurry... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:30:31 EST Getting ready to get on a ship! We leave Thursday for the month. Will be really careful not to eat to much and to watch the wine intake. I am certainly really to hit the sea and the heat again...winter be gone! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:28:51 EST Looking forward to an exciting week. Many years ago, a friend shared the mantra "LEAP - AND THE NET WILL APPEAR." So many times, we don't do the things we want to, don't make the change we want, stay in our RUT due to FEAR. Due to EXCUSES. Due to LAZINESS. You can talk yourself out of ANYTHING. Some things DO seem to hard, too c... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:28:42 EST You are beauty <img src=""> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:27:42 EST 2/1/2015 Quotes “A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.” <BR> <BR> <BR> &#8213; Robert Hall <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "If one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:27:39 EST Blizzard I woke up early again this morning, but went back to bed and when I finally awoke, I looked out my bedroom window. There is a building about 100 yards away and it looked like a big cloud of fog over it.. <BR> THe fog turned out to be a huge snow cloud coming towards my home. That was 11 hours ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:27:36 EST Day 12 of the 21 day challenge Well i'm on day 12 well over the half way mark but now the cravings are kicking in. I'm wanting chocolate cake or brownies but since i have none in the house it's pretty easy to not eat it. Been wanting fast food as well but i keep looking at my husband as if he's crazy when he asks me if i want... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:26:34 EST Bonus blog: Today's workout sponsored by Mother Nature The reality of the calendar has returned. After a very mild (for us) January, February is starting with a climate-normal revenge. <BR> <BR> The temperature is in the process of falling, throughout the day. The wind is strong. The precipitation form is tiny frozen bits, and it doesn't just f... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:25:47 EST January Brag Blog <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In January, I rode my recumbent bike every day. I started the daily bike ride habit on August 1, so that means it was a 185-day streak on January 31. I'm focusing more on distance than time, but I still ma... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:24:03 EST Full Week With Baby, Feeling Puny, Happy Anniversary to Us Sun <BR> 25 Jan 15 <BR> Pretty typical, Subway, home working on some pictures I took while on my bike ride...(posted in previous blog). <BR> We had to go see little Aaron. He was in a happy mood. He's always happy and good-natured. It seems he changes even though it's only been... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:22:05 EST day 29 why. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> One thing I have always to do is put on a pair of thigh high boots and walk around. So today, I choose to eat healthy and move around so that I can fit into those boots. xo Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:16:13 EST 2/1/15 thank you all for the support <BR> <BR> have a blessed day Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:11:15 EST Staying the Course PAID OFF----82 Days til Disney I am not gonna lie. I have been struggling this week to stay on track with my diet and exercise regime. I've been daydreaming of all my favorite junk foods, lovingly eyeing them in stores, and was soooo close to caving you just can't imagine. BUT, I stayed the course and in 30 days I'm down 15... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:06:16 EST God’s Servant TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” <BR> (Galatians 1:10, NIV) <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Paul was obviously not worried abo... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 15:02:06 EST Starting again! It's February 1, 2015. Tomorrow is a big day for me. I am going back to work for the first time in four and a half months. I've been on medical leave for depression. I'm doing much better now and while my job description will be different, I will be glad to work again. It's a difficult thing to g... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:58:22 EST Catch up I realized that I have not post blog for long time. To be honest with you, I am not person who keep diary or journal or anything like that but I think I will try to do blog a little more for this year. A lot has happened in 2014 but two most majors were - stuff changed around at work which help... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:52:32 EST Doing a Little Better But Still Need Work and Self-Discipline Mon-Tue <BR> 19-20 Jan 15 <BR> Well I'm not starting out as well as I had hoped on the better diet and exercise. Yesterday we got up early and went for breakfast at McDonald's. I got the McGriddle with OJ. At least it was OJ instead of Coke. I should have split it to make 2 meals out of it. ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:51:25 EST Psalm 103:19 (WEB) <BR> Yahweh has established his throne in the heavens. <BR> His kingdom rules over all. <BR> <BR> Promise #32: I am seated in the heavens and My kingdom reigns over all. <BR> <BR> In Psalm 103:19, King David tells that God has prepared His throne in heaven and His kingdom rei... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:51:22 EST Where did January go? I can't believe it is February already. Overall I am happy with how January went. I used to only drink water and iced tea with an occasional cup of coffee on Sunday mornings when it was cold outside. Last Fall I began to drink soda 2-3 times a week and 2+ cups of coffee a day 5 or 6 days a wee... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:49:10 EST Being sick did not derail me! I got sick 2 weeks ago, after I had just reached a nice stride. I was working out and had gradually picked up the pace. The last workout I did before getting a cold/fever felt awesome. I was worried that I would not be able to get back on the horse, but today I felt good enough to do a workout... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:48:59 EST A little bit of snow never hurt anything! My day pretty much consisted of shoveling out the driveway and cleaning off my car, but in between I did manage to do a 53 minute cardiovascular workout and then go back out and shovel some more! All and all, the day has been wonderful! You ask how I can say that after shoveling all this snow? We... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:48:41 EST Oh Yeah <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:48:27 EST Freedom in tracking food intake I've found such freedom since starting spark and tracking my food and calories! I am free from guilt!!! Guilt that used to cause me to binge eat and overstuff myself with food. I am finally free. I never want to stuff myself anymore because staying within my calorie and nutrition goals has shown ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:48:07 EST winter wonderland, february 1 went for a wonderful woods walk today, snow was knee deep in most places, it as beautiful <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> i ate through some high anxiety yesterday and went way over calories. so, today, i was working at getting back on track. ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:47:39 EST Going Forward I am making this week a very very good sparking week Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:44:37 EST Sunday Hope you have a great day! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:44:13 EST Day 21 - Timing isn't everything Steve is very positive and encouraging... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And with that he reminds us the life is short and what are we waiting for? How many times have we said to ourselves... <BR> <BR> "It's not a good <em>12</em> right now".... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:44:02 EST Day 32 of the 90 day Challenge Feeling good about my January as I have made it a habit to spin the wheel, and track, most of my things, as well as drink my water and increase my activity. <BR> <BR> As part of this challenge, I am posting photos, each month. <BR> Last month, I had older photos from a few months back, when I wa... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:41:48 EST Plateau-busting plan Today I made it to the next phase of my Spark plan, and I chose the plateau-busting plan. What I need to do is my daily check-ins early in the day, to remind myself about tracking food. I find that the food tracking works much better in my laptop than in my iPad. The iPad app makes that part very... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:39:42 EST The time is now So I signed up for SparkCoach and have joined a few Teams. I am very motivated to get started on my weight loss and healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I am so happy to have found SparkPeople and while I'm still stumbling around the site I know that this is it; this is what I have been looking for... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:39:18 EST I Thought I Was Back On Monday, October 13, 2014, I blogged that it's been awhile but I'm back now. <BR> Well, things took off in the wrong direction and it's been a living nightmare. <BR> My Uncle died on October 30. <BR> My husband started showing signs of what might be a stroke. <BR> Took him to the ER and he ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:34:08 EST My Reasons I have been pretty discouraged about how heavy I've gotten. It has been really stressing me out--not just being too heavy and unhealthy, but also being overwhelmed with all that needs to be done. I have been telling myself "What's the point, because I will never be able to do it with my health pr... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:33:49 EST Super Bowl Sunday ~ Last day before surgery (and perhaps another snow storm) This is a quick one today. For those not following my "saga", I am having jaw surgery tomorrow. I've known I've needed this for a while (I've needed the surgery longer than I have not needed it - I was 19 when I found out my jaw wasn't aligned properly and I'll be 46 this month). <BR> <BR> At ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:33:47 EST Positive Thinking So far this year has not really been going good, Mo sick & in the hospital, Mother-in-law same thing, sister & sister-in-law both health problems then I have to stop & think about everything & realize it could be a lot worse. so my goal for myself is to start working on all the positives. I even ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:32:48 EST Snow day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> So we have about 7 inches on the ground right now and are expecting 4-6 more. I took the kids outside and we played in the snow for about half an hour until we had to come back in because it was coming down so th... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:32:13 EST Snowed In It is snowing and blowing and we are waiting for our nephew to get here from Madison. He and his wife and two kids spent yesterday in Madison. This morning, his wife and kids returned to their home in South Eastern Wisconsin and our nephew planned to drive here for lunch. After visiting with u... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:30:42 EST One Month in... One of my New Year's resolutions was to trim 50 pounds from my body. <BR> <BR> Step One: <BR> <BR> Started Physical Therapy for my knees and hips. It's difficult to exercise if your joints and muscles are a mess. <BR> <BR> Step Two: <BR> <BR> I planned to go back on the Atkin's eating plan. I... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:29:29 EST Day 29: Hello, Scale. Welcome to the Party Daily report: Soda-free has become a cinch. I stayed under my 50g carb goal (41g). Still at 1 of 3 days for meditation, aiming to get to 2 today. My steps were just over 10k. <BR> <BR> I re-loaded the water app this morning, it suggests 112 oz for my weight, I'll try for that but will also c... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:23:18 EST What I am Learning -Week 2 I'm continuing to read labels. <BR> <BR> grated parmesan cheese...2 t = 20...2% fat...75 mg sodium Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:21:53 EST Relaxing my goals a bit I am not changing my ultimate goals of fitness, but I am going to relax my timeline in how quickly I arrive there. The more I think about it,the more I am supporting my own decision. I had originally wanted to achieve that ideal "2 pounds a week", but now I am thinking more to the tune of 5 pou... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:21:44 EST When It's the Exception and Not the Norm I read an amazing post by Healthy for 100 posted yesterday: <BR> <BR> "So tomorrow is a day of lots of party foods and beverages in the US. <BR> Remember, not every day is the Super Bowl and it's ok to indulge. One day isn't going to make or break your health or your fitness or your abs. <BR> It... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:20:31 EST 02/01/15 = Day 10 (268.8) = 20 days remain 02/01/15 = Day 10 (268.8) = 20 days remain. <BR> <em>227</em> TRUE STORY: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today, Sunday as I am listening to the Superbowl pre-game show and physically going thru huge plastic lid boxes to find ALL of ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:20:05 EST small victories After an incredibly frustrating hour at the pharmacy to get my sons meds I wanted to eat everything in sight. Instead, I came home and put that energy into housecleaning and preparing for the super bowl tonight. I feel much better and proud of myself for not turning to food. Especially after cav... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:18:58 EST Step by Step It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. –Confucius <BR> <BR> During the past 24 hours, I have lived by these words. I thought my biggest weekend obstacle would be the Super Bowl party. Life threw an unexpected curveball. My Mom became ill and as I write, she is in the ho... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:18:00 EST Blessings, February 1, 2015 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. Power outage only lasted 6 hours; we slept through most of it. <BR> <BR> 2. Enjoying a quiet Sunday with my family. <BR> <BR> 3. It's a new month. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:17:44 EST Monday Yah my day off today, went for my walk early as later on it is going to get very wet, the rain was really heavy during the night. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:04:14 EST I am grateful for, 2/1 1. my babies, because they want to be with us. <BR> 2. coconut oil, because it's good for us. <BR> 3. new days, because beginnings are good. <BR> 4. a little time alone, because peace is good. <BR> 5. healing practices, because restoration is good. <BR> 6. sleep, because healing is good. <BR> 7. ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:01:36 EST Sunday weigh-in Starting weight Jan. 1rst at 219.5 lbs. <BR> I like weighing in every Sunday as that helps me stay accountable over the weekend. :) <BR> <BR> Start Dec. 28th 2014 219.5 <BR> <BR> 2015 <BR> Jan. weigh in...down with flu <BR> Jan. 11th...217.6 <BR> Jan. 18th..220.0 <BR> Jan.... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:59:47 EST Gatorwalk Today is mine and my hubby's wedding anniversary. We are going to kick back and watch the Superbowl. It's time to walk the dog and get settled in. I could take a nap right about now. Beautiful weather in central Florida today. <BR> <img src=" Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:59:19 EST February I lost 2 lbs in January ending at 141 lbs. It's not the 5 lbs I was hoping for but I'll take it. I think part of the reason I didn't lose more weight is because I was drinking a lot of coffee with lots of cream and sugar. I am back to not drinking coffee. <BR> Hubby and I are going on vacation in... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:58:53 EST On my way to "The Way"- Camino de Santiago I have decided to start a blog to journal my journey of my preparation/training for my trip in June to do part of the Camino de Santiago. Because of time restraints I will only be completing a weeks work of the path. The section I will be doing is the first part, over the Pyrenees. In order to ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:58:42 EST First Month Done and Dusted! Well, its been month. I had some goals for this month, and I have accomplished them. <BR> The first goal was to lose 5 pounds... I lost 9lbs! Yay! The second goal was to begin to walk again, for real.. and I am doing that! I go out nearly every day and walk for at least half an hour, most days... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:55:49 EST Becoming a Runner...Again When I was in high school my passion was basketball, which I still love. But to keep in shape I tried cross country running in the fall and track in the spring. I was not very good but I was a runner. Through college and 11 years in the Army Reserves I was a runner. But I was a runner for other ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:48:36 EST Day 32 Of My 90 Day Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is day 32 of my 90 Day Challenge! <BR> <BR> As part of the challenge, I will be posting new front and side progress pictures each month. Unfortunately, there isn't any progress to show in my pictures for Febru... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:41:32 EST Fence sitting....Feb. 13st <img src=""> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:40:42 EST A re-boot? So soon? Yup! - Wish me luck! Encouragement appreciated! OK... Today I began re-boot. <BR> For whatever reason I have been stuck. I was trying to stay positive with my "Daily Victories" blogs and by reading lots of articles that would explain my body's not responding to my efforts... but it got to me. <BR> I gave myself the first half of the weekend ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:35:53 EST My take on the Super Bowl!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I do look forward to the Super Bowl each year to see the newest advertisement with the Clydesdales but all all I can say this year is <BR> <BR> GO PATS!!!!! <em>281</em> <BR> <BR> <... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:34:01 EST Sunday's Quote <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:33:50 EST Meet Katy-Purry! Some would argue it's too soon after the death of Ebony for me to get another cat. But there was a void in my heart that needed to be filled. Saw "Twix" at the Glendora Petsmart. She looked so scared and in need of love. We adopted her on January 28. I had often said I would never get another st... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:29:41 EST Strength Training/February goals Hello all. So, here are my Feb. goals: <BR> <BR> February 2015 goals: <BR> <BR> Consistency: <BR> *Strength train 3x/week <BR> *Rowing, spinning, HIIT, other moderate-high intensity cardio 2x/week <BR> <BR> Movement: <BR> *Get at least 10K steps in/day and move more in general...not just ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:28:09 EST 4th Weigh In - First "Slow" Week I had my weigh in yesterday and had my first slow week, losing "only" 1.2 lbs. I'm really happy though for the following reasons: <BR> <BR> 1) I've been on this plan for 30 days and lost almost 15 lbs. That's a fantastic number by any standards. Even better, I've protected my lean muscle mass so... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:26:51 EST January Recap/February Goals I am happy to report that I had a pretty successful January. <BR> Here are the stats: <BR> Exercise: 15/31 days ~ 48% <BR> Distance Run: 29.1 miles <BR> Weight: -3.8 lbs <BR> I feel like January was an overall success so I’m striving to do the same thing next month. I did a pretty good job this... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:26:01 EST Happy Sunday I am so happy with the freedom I have now without the aircast on. My ankle aches some but it's not the least bit swollen. Two days in a row I have taken the puppy out for her walk and each time we have walked 45 minutes and it feels wonderful. It's slippery as heck in some spots on the walk but I... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:24:29 EST Big Picture <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some perspective for me this morning: <BR> <BR> 2014 January results <BR> Starting Weight: 239.2 <BR> End Weight: 233.6 <BR> <BR> 2015 January results: <BR> Starting Weight: 222 <BR> End Weight: 217.8 <BR> <BR> M... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:24:01 EST Challenge Feb1st. Update Here as promised is my Feb 1st update picture. I see no difference. <BR> February is a short month, I am going to push each and everyday to be the best I can be. <BR> Thank you Pixie for this challenge . <BR> <BR> I will post an updated picture at the first of each month for January- February- ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:23:30 EST It's February? I can't believe it's February already. Like many people, I find the beginning of the month a good time to review and renew. In January, I decided to take a few small actions towards feeling good. I'm really pleased with how I stuck with those actions in January. Usually I lose interest fairly ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:23:16 EST 2015:Depression The last time I posted on the Spark was back in July. Work and school seemed to consume my life and every free moment was spent finding sleep or preparing for both. I was happy that I was getting through school and actually enjoying my courses and I was blessed to have a job in this economy. I sh... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:17:34 EST Goals so I have lost 67 lbs in 2 months. I never really set a goal as to how much weight I wanted to lose but I feel better than I ever have. I am just gonna keep going until my BMI gets down to a level where I am considered average weight. I just need to stay motivated and positive. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:16:56 EST February goal(s) and reviewing January Just looked back at my January goal blog to see how I did. My January goal was to pick up my knitting again, and I set my goal at knitting at least 3 days a week. I nailed it! I put it on my tracker, and made more than 3 days every week in January. I actually doubled it, and knitted 6/7 days ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:14:40 EST Week 6 Dec. 28: 193 <BR> Jan 01: 191.5 <BR> Feb 01 : 193 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm a little disappointed that I gained a little this month instead of losing. But part of me is glad I didn't gain a lot more considering how rough its been. <BR> <BR> I'm finding myself extremely busy and eating whatev... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:13:26 EST Bad Foods and Binge Brain Food cravings have played a big part in the past leading to a backslide. <BR> <BR> I can remember laying in bed daydreaming of all the things I want to eat. Chicken wings, chocolate, fast food, and plates dripping with gravy. <BR> <BR> This morning I was thinking about those same foods and rea... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:12:31 EST Big Bark Dog Treats Recall <link><BR>ll/big-bark-dog-treats-recall/ </link> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:12:18 EST Down One Pound! I am down a pound. I am shocked!! I didn't weigh myself yesterday because the scale we have was not cooperating, so I did this morning. 154 lbs. Of course, still have weight to take off, but a little at a time, a little at a time. I just can't starve myself. My DD is so good, she never eats anyth... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:09:25 EST Day 632 Rest Day. Feeling good. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:09:13 EST Things that make you go OW! I slept in a terrible position last night apparently, because this morning my neck and shoulder don't like me very much. It's not going to stop me though. It's just going to slow me down a little is all. <BR> <BR> So very pleased with the 4 pound loss last week. Pretty soon I will no longer b... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 13:08:21 EST 02/01/2015 Super Bowl? more like super mindless eating so on this day of sports celebration .. or commercials .. or half time .. or extended coffee break .. whatever floats ones proverbial boat <BR> <BR> a lot of us mindlessly eat <BR> <BR> and while yes I consider this Super game day to be a terrific excuse to eat some unhealthier foods and relax ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:57:27 EST SuperBowl I root for Seahawks!!! <BR> <BR> Happy to hear my Packers QB won the MVP award yesterday! Yay!!! :) <BR> <BR> I am planning to make healthy fruit salad for SB party...going to friends' home... <BR> <BR> Hope the game goes well, nothing shocking... <BR> <BR> hope commercials are great and f... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:55:10 EST Recap of Weekly Goals Here's how the week went: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sunday, I took a rest day. <BR> <BR> Monday, I took a work walk. <BR> <BR> Tuesday, I got to the gym in the AM and hopped in the Spin Bike before work. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, was a re... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:55:08 EST Love is in the air Now we have entered February it's time to think about Valentines' Day. Some people think its strange that we still make a big thing of it after all these years and six adult kids. We don't care though we love each other and we want to celebrate. We intend to spend the day visiting different venue... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:52:36 EST WEEK 29: IMPERFECTION <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> My Binge Eating Disorder (BED) journey of recovery has been messy at best. I have gone through many stages of recovery many times over and I have come to accept that I will revisit those stages many, many times in the future. <BR> <BR> Peo... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:45:49 EST Lost... I made a recipe...peanut butter coconut protein shake...saved and shared I can't find it. It's lost !!! Can anybody tell me what I might have done wrong? Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:43:49 EST Super Bowl Go Seahawks! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:40:26 EST Keepin' it Movin' (Super Bowl Sunday... Uhmm, Okay) I just finished a good book that my girlfriend/fiancee/wife/mother of my two youngest sent me, The Lucky One, by Nicholas Sparks. Granted, it wasn't in my normal reading wheelhouse (I'm more of a sci-fi/horror/urban fantasy type), but I enjoyed every bit of the book. It kept me reading last nig... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:38:39 EST How badly do I want this? Apparently not very bad. I panic at 160...actually I was 161 today even though only 157 two days ago. The good news is that nothing is unusual, I mean it's not like I've been following a diet and NOT losing weight, no I am cheating and not following any sort of plan. I'll drop below 160 and then ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:37:43 EST The Boys of Fall Time for the big bowl game(s) - The Animal Planet Puppy Bowl, and the Hallmark Kitten Bowl. I guess some people are playing a game somewhere, too. <BR> Kenny Chesney, 2010. Songwriters: BEATHARD, CASEY / TURNBULL, DAVE <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:37:16 EST Real vs. Processed Foods <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So happy to be eating natural foods for most of my food consumption. I feel so much better! <BR> <em>88</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:35:10 EST February Goals… because I MATTER Okay… T…. Thanks for reminding me! Setting goals is one of the most expeditious steps to achieving them. So.. here goes: <BR> <BR> FEBRUARY -- <BR> <BR> ** I would LOVE to be in the 160's by end of Feb. That means a 2-5lb weight loss (depending on what I weigh today…) <em>225</em> ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:34:55 EST starbucks - hi = a while back i posed the question 'starbucks - coffee shop or something else?' <BR> the few who answered thought i was asking if they preferred coffee to drink from starbucks or another drink or venue for coffee. sorry for the confusion - what i was saying was 'what is your opinion that star... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:34:21 EST What is my true motivation? SparkCoach asked the question about what is my true motivation for my fitness and weight loss goals. I truly felt stumped by this question. In the past, I would have said my goal was to lose “x” amount of pounds, but the point of the question was to get to the deeper reason for the goal. The t... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:31:57 EST My January Positives <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Actually, that is my challenge every month! <BR> <BR> I have decided to go about it a streak at a time. <BR> <BR> Abstaining from sweets this way is much easier than saying I'm giving up sweets for good... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:30:33 EST Happy Super Bowl Sunday !!!!! Today , marks the beginning of a new week and I'm glad that I began mine in exercise which is so euphoric and my New England Patriots <em>281</em> play football in the Super Bowl today <em>652</em> and that's <em>345</em> !!!!! Have a <em>250</em> week everybody <em>26</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:30:05 EST Special Sunday Sunday, February 1, 2015 <img src=""> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:29:27 EST need... I've been sick the last few days. Haven't gone jogging for two weeks. Need to get back to it. Soup please? Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:27:40 EST FEBRUARY 2015 GOALS <em>244</em> <em>249</em> <em>274</em> <em>491</em> <em>301</em> <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> My goals for the month of February <BR> <BR> -get back on track with my eating and workouts <BR> <BR> -restart the 21 Day Fix on 2/1/15 <BR> <BR> -stay on track with the 21 Day Fix throug... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:26:35 EST It's Kind of Funny I know that one of the keys to losing weight is strength training, and that in order to successfully train is to work the muscles to exhaustion. Well, Tuesday was one of my ST days, and afterward I went out to dinner with a gal from class. I sat down to eat and couldn't lift my fork (which could ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:20:25 EST Things Are Looking Up! After a very hard week, on many levels, I feel like I"m really turning a corner. I have now had many days in a row of almost no back pain, which is just amazing!!! I'm actually thinking about getting off the tramadol and seeing how that goes. Of course, the downside is that it's been suppress... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:18:48 EST Not so good week Tough week at work. Too much of it in fact. Longer days - 11 hours on Friday. That made it tough to keep on track with tracking. LOL Didn't have time to log everything I ate for the week. Then coming home so late and being so hungry and eating so late didn't help either. Oh, well I will tr... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:18:36 EST If I wrote a Spark blog would anyone read it? Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> Happy 2015 to you! February 1st already and no blog entry since October? What's the deal Samantha? <BR> <BR> The new year has been going great, I made a list of what I wanted to achieve this year and been on the path---but that path leads very little time for writing h... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:13:57 EST The Amazing Grace of God I feel like I have finally stepped off the merry go round of works based righteousness and dived into the sea of God's grace. It is about Him, what He has done and accomplished for me, it was never about me and what I could do. Everything about Him is perfect in every way, that is why He gave me ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:13:10 EST FEBRUARY <em>129</em> I always think of hearts and flowers (forget the chocolates) when I think of February! After all, smack dab in the middle of the month is Valentine's Day! <BR> <BR> But for today, I'll just do my little thing on the letters in the month - FEBRUARY! <BR> <BR> F -- For all of you ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:12:18 EST January Recap - February Goals Last month I was looking for something and came across this really great visual in an article "Secrets to Healthy Weight Loss" that helped me think about what I needed to do to meet my long term goals. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So I ma... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:12:15 EST Down 9 Down 9 lbs for the first month, the goal was 12 lbs but I am happy since I wasn't 100% dedicated. I have found a new burst of motivation. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:11:17 EST Walk Away The Pounds I never do 2 blogs in a day. I never have that much to say. <BR> I was on You Tube this morning and found a Walk Away The Pounds video for a 1 mile walk. I've been on this journey since mid October and have never gotten more then a quarter mile before having to stop and rest then go back. This m... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:08:00 EST Here I Go! Here I go again. Another try to lose weight. I realized how big I had gotten when my husband and I appeared on TV. You see, we did an episode of Syfy channel's show, Paranormal Witness. There was me and all my chins on the big screen. It was hard for me to look. I knew I had to do something at ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:07:46 EST Hello February!!! Come share your goals with me. Welcome February! Statistics show that people who write down there goals are more successful. So here we go! Let's share. <BR> In January I lost 9 pounds. Yay! My goal was 8 pounds down so I am soo happy to have met that. <em>104</em> <em>521</em> <BR> I would like to add that my 11 ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 12:00:12 EST it's a new month 1/12 of 2015 is behind me. along with 13 lbs. <BR> i'm up to walking 3 miles at a time, so i'm back to where i was last summer. it took a while. i don't feel like i can take the credit for all of that, because a lot of it is just being on thyroid drugs to replace what my body doesn't make. ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:58:43 EST February Goals After reading Spark Guys blog and e-mail asking how we did in January I realized our New Year's resolutions could actually be broken down into new month's resolutions. <BR> <BR> Calories goal 1,884 - 2,234 <BR> 1,835 SUN 1/25 <BR> 1,699 MON 1/26 <BR> 1,936 TUE 1/27 <BR> 2,084 WED 1/28 <... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:57:37 EST Pneumonia...... Not fun. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just a quick note to tell you I have spent three days in the hospital..... it is a long story three trips to the Doctor....and a trip to the ER....... 3 days hospital.....2 more trips to the clinic............. then t... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:57:30 EST The good, the bad, and the ugly Doing a little "month in review" on a cold, snowy morning... <BR> <BR> THE GOOD <BR> -despite everything, I am still here <BR> -I am ending January .2 lbs lighter than I started it. I will take it and say thank you to the weight loss gods. <BR> -I joined the 30 day walkabout challenge to keep me... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:52:04 EST Be it resolved It was with a lot of trepidation that I stepped on the scale for my weekly (Sunday) weigh-in. I've been doing a lot of "adjustments"( i.e. going way over my fast days calories) to my 5:2 diet, so I was pleasantly surprised that I was down another pound. My waist measurement was actually larger, b... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:51:55 EST 2015 Time to make permanent changes and .... Feb. 1 2015 <BR> I have been in this yoyo state of mind and am seriously going to take the strides to make the changes necessary to work toward my goal of loosing at least 100 excess pounds. I am not getting any younger and MUST make these changes if I am to survive. <BR> <BR> I have bee working... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:51:35 EST JANUARY 2015 January recap: <BR> <BR> *I've been losing and gaining the same 5 lbs all month <BR> *I was WAY more active the last half of the month ... yay! <BR> *I've been eating well Monday through Friday and not as well on Saturday and Sundays <BR> *The tape measure showed far more of a loss than I expect... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:50:38 EST February Challenge So it's the second month of 2015 and it's the perfect month to give myself a little challenge. It's exactly 4 weeks long. Starts on a Sunday, ends on a Saturday. Couldn't be better. The little OCD person inside me is excited by this. So for this 4 weeks my husband and I have decided to eat tota... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:44:49 EST Speaking of healthy Foods One of my favorites foods are egg whites...I bake 14 eggs a week and have at least 2 egg whites everyday..Egg whites are very low in calories, have not fat , no carbs and 7 grams of protein in 2 whites.. <BR> <BR> I blog about healthy foods and eating 6-7 mini meals a day and thought I would sha... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:44:33 EST Quote of the day 02/01/15 "The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running." Author unknown <BR> <BR> If ground-hog day was bright and fair, <BR> The beast came forth, but not to stay; <BR> His shadow turned him to his lair, <BR> Where six weeks more, he dormant lay <BR> Secure in subterranean hold—... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:40:45 EST it is Super Bowl Sunday and to me it means nothing Not a football fan at all so my plan once hubby wakes up and comes down stairs is it <BR> <BR> do my quick inventory of what yarns I have pulled out and plan to use on the 100 day challenge <BR> <BR> list the patterns I plan to use for it <BR> <BR> wind up 20 ball... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:36:02 EST Emotional Spectrum Well, I had a good rest yesterday. I woke about noon. I went to a Ball last night. Got all fancied up. Last year I went to the Ball as a reconnect activity with a BFF. So she called and wanted us to do it again. I didn't but I have some social activity resolution so that would count for Jan... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:32:48 EST January Steps Wrap-Up and February Goals My goal for January was 105,000 steps. I left myself lots of leeway to have and then recover from surgery. Through the 25th I had 83,532 steps. <BR> <BR> 1/26: 5374 <BR> 1/27: 3621 <BR> 1/28: 5787 <BR> 1/29: 5412 <BR> 1/30: 2981 <BR> 1/31: 5925 <BR> <BR> That's a total of 29,100. My January gra... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:32:40 EST Waxing and waning of motivation First of all I'm dong well overall. This weekend has been challenging for me but I'm on track. Yesterday I spent 5 hours setting up, serving food and clean-up for a funeral. I did not have time to eat 3 protein meals or drink my enormous amounts of water or go to the bathroom. So once I got home,... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:30:29 EST Putting it all together I really need to just figure out that meal planning, exercising, eating right, are just something grown ups do. LOL. I am getting there.. one step at a time. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:30:10 EST 7 days of inspiration from Woman's World ... Hi Sparkers .. <BR> <BR> read this today and felt like it was something i could relate to so thought i'd share <BR> <BR> day 1 - People feel lucky to know you. <BR> day 2 - Give yourself an edge. Think positive thoughts. <BR> day 3 - You're a shining star. Always have been and always will be. ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:27:52 EST February 1-reflection of January I can not believe 1 month of 2015 has come and gone! I am amazed on how much different January was then I expected. I started out the month with goals! <BR> Mental-memorize a verse a month! <BR> *This is to keep my brain challenged. I don't know how much I did once I joined SP! I... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:27:05 EST Sunday's Thought "We do not have to become heros overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, discovering we have the strength to stare it down." <BR> <BR> <BR> Eleanor Roosevelt Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:25:47 EST DISASTER AND TRIUMPH What a horrendous week I gave myself this week! Trying to bend the universe to suit me is pretty darned overwhelming so I concentrated on that instead of taking care of me (and the weigh-in this week proves that!) <BR> <BR> I am an older person with an RC factor (resistant to change) and am als... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:24:08 EST Loving Yourself While journaling yesterday, it occurred to me that I haven't given myself much slack over the past few months. <BR> <BR> Life is always going to present a series of ups and downs for us to deal with. The stresses of today's world only compound those challenges. Yesterday I chose to take a day of... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:22:25 EST ~~February 2015 Goals~~ Overall, last month, I think I did better. But definitely did not do as well as I should have. <BR> <BR> Here are my new goals for February: <BR> <BR> ~Water Intake - 240 Glasses <BR> <BR> ~Fitness Minutes - 2300 Minutes <BR> <BR> ~10,000 Steps - At least 4 x a week <BR> <BR> ~10 Flights ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:20:51 EST Failing as a Triathlete only to become an Ultrarunner, doing 50K I enjoyed running mostly, so I became more focused on that. I ran with all kinds of runners, usually the ones that were slower. A lot of ultrarunners. Eventually someone asked me to volunteer for Burning River 100. I contacted the race director, and he gave me the job of helping with registration... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:20:18 EST Super Bowl Sunday. Finally! Go Hawks! I thought this day would never get here. It feels like Christmas to me to have a team I love in the big game. I love you Elizabeth(Sparks friend) and I know you are a Patriots fan, but GO HAWKS!!! <BR> <BR> We are having a party with all Seahawks fans so it should be a blast. <BR> <BR> I h... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:16:38 EST 01-24-2015 thru 01-31-2015 I am not even going to try to do this on a daily basis. I just need to catch up. Things got progressively busier at work and my healthy efforts diminished more and more as time went by. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had to move one ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:15:43 EST Super Bowl Thank goodness the Super Bowl party is 10 minutes away in good weather. Getting a winter storm right now that is supposed to dump up to 12 inches of snow. Good thing I went to the store in that crowd yesterday. Two weeks today that I started stripping wallpaper in the spare room. Today I will... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:10:26 EST I've never been this faithful I've never been so faithful at sticking with a weight loss program as I am now. I'm amazing myself! But then I can't take credit for it. I find when you seriously ask God to help you with something and believe He will He amazes us! <BR> The end of November when I looked in the mirror and di... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:07:11 EST 1st anniversary/celebrating big time/ blizzard <em>244</em> today is the 1st year anniversary of being <em>270</em> (smoke free). Doing a HAPPY DANCE, WON'T YOU JOIN MY CELEBRATION. Come on get up and Dance just a little bit with me. I made it 1 whole year now, I can't say that isn't times that I wouldn't like to light up, but the... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:06:03 EST Thoughts from In a Mother’s Womb In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.” <BR> “Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life afte... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 11:05:32 EST I plan to keep moving Found out Friday the 30th that I have a follicular nodule on my thyroid and it has to be removed. I found out that it means I have thyroid cancer. So surgery and more meds and lots of testing is in my future. <BR> <BR> I plan too keep walking. Moving and trying too eat healthier than ever. <BR> ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:56:35 EST Birthday Think back on all your previous ones. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:54:58 EST S.M.A.R.T. Goal results 01/31/2015 *** Success *** My starting measures: 38199 steps/week 4774.9 steps/day <BR> January Goal: 5252.0 steps/day <BR> ---------------------------- <BR> ------------ <BR> 01/11/15 week 33432 steps/week 4776.0 steps/day <BR> 01/18/15 week 40112 steps/week 5730.0 steps/day Jan avg 5133 avg step/day <BR> 01/25/15... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:52:18 EST New Month - Starting Again and again!!! It's not that I didn't try in January to meet my goals for myself: <BR> <BR> •Saving instead of spending irresponsibly <BR> •Waking up at least 30 minutes earlier every day to spend time in prayer and reading the Word <BR> •To NOT eat the whole box of Oreo cookies, just have one ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:51:43 EST Still Stuck at 213 Well, I'm still sitting at 213 lbs. I feel cruddy and want to eat all the time. I think I have a bug, or my fibromyalgia has decided to get worse. I ache all over, I'm extremely fatigued and feel like I need to eat all the time. I realize that the eating issue if over the fatigue, but it's st... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:51:41 EST Day 15 I know, I've missed a few days of blogging. But I've still been tracking and logging in. Still doing my walking. I've stumbled accross a wonderful cheese im now totally in love with, Boursin. Oemgee! Is it ever good. But, not the best for me. 120 cal. For 2 tbsp. <BR> <BR> 10 days! Oh I'm so ex... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:49:56 EST first month overview This month has had its ups and downs. I had days even weeks of pretty good eating. I also had pretty bad days of eating. Sometimes it would last a day, sometimes it would last multiple. I have ended the month off with a couple of pretty bad days. My goal is to bounce back and get back to where i ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:46:54 EST Rainy Day... We missed the snow, but are getting more than our fair share of rain today! I would prefer some snow, as the rain is cold and dreary! However, we take what we get! So, I'm going to be thankful that we are NOT receiving BAD weather! <BR> <BR> God is good and we are blessed! <BR> <BR> Have a w... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:45:15 EST New plans to go w/ new year Decided against divorce several months ago; the main reason that my husband's personality went to hell has been effectively dealt with so reconciliation in works, Daughter has essentially moved in w/ fiance so when lease is up at the end of March I will be back in OH. <BR> Miss my house after ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:42:12 EST Synthroid Question Does anyone take synthroid or know of anyone close to them that takes synthroid? <BR> <BR> My husband has hypothyroidism and just started taking Synthroid three days ago. I have been told that it will drastically help him with many health related issues along with his metabolism, one in particu... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:41:15 EST ugh, sick <em>527</em> please please please don't be the flu, can't miss any school and work. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:40:34 EST Quote from an unknown source "Strength does not come from winning. Your <BR> struggles develop your strength. When you go <BR> through hardship and decide not to surrender, <BR> that is strength." - Anonymous Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:40:30 EST the passage of time <BR> I am a little bit scared and sad this morning so I thought that I would come here and blog about it. <BR> <BR> Hard to believe that it's February already! Sometimes the passage of time gives me pause for thought. <BR> <BR> I think that there is probably no greater indicator of the p... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:35:49 EST feeling more balance This week has been pretty balanced. I'm obviously spending a lot of time with school work, but it's graduate school and really I have no way around that. My school-work time has been more productive also. <BR> <BR> I've been home most mornings to make breakfast for my daughter, and home for di... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:34:18 EST And all of a sudden, it is February Slow progress has been made over the month of January. However, accelerating things would be good. <BR> <BR> January 4, I weighed in at 192 pounds. <BR> <BR> Now I weigh 189.4 pounds. <BR> <BR> I also did some measuring and I'm down 2 inches in my waist and down in most other areas too. Howev... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:30:06 EST Why is 2015 different than my previous years here at Spark? I have been trying to lose weight (off and on) for many years. The problem has been that pesky "off and on." During the ON times, I work hard. Motivation and commitment are high. I lose pounds and inches. During the OFF times, I regain those hard-lost pounds and inches, which evidently weren't... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:29:38 EST being told to eat "unhealthy" So dr's office called with blood work results. My sodium is way to low. So now I have to eat high sodium foods. I also have to take sodium pills. Also my iron is dangerously low. Lol that's it I'm not going to the dr's anymore! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:28:45 EST 1 1 Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:26:46 EST Starting Over... Again Well, I am starting over again beginning today. I got in a real fitness slump after being sick for almost 3 weeks. I got discouraged about my fitness goals and did not get back up on the wagon very quickly. I have gained back 2 pounds. Oh well - that changes today. It is a new month and I am dete... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:25:58 EST Forget the past! Forget the past. <BR> No one becomes successful in the past! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:19:22 EST Feb 1, 2015 A new month and a new set of goals! I was pleased with my January results despite not quite making my goal of eliminating 10 pounds...I did eliminate 7 pounds and have been tracking everyday. Even managed to get 8 glasses or more into me almost everyday! <BR> <BR> This months goals: Eliminate 8... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:19:13 EST February Goals "People with goals succeed because they know where they are going ... It's as simple as that." <BR> -Earl Nightingale <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> Nutrition <BR> -Track my food daily --- no matter what my food choice is... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:19:08 EST Wow...Never Thought This Would Happen! Well, SparkFriends...after three long years of refusing to date because of my weight, I went on a blind date this past Friday! And we actually hit it off!!! I'm so glad that I agreed to it because it seems promising. He was wonderful, and we talked for hours. <BR> <BR> I just can't get over it. ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:18:12 EST Every Day's a Holiday Sometimes it feels like every day is an excuse to overeat, but I've realized two things: first, there will always be situational reasons to enjoy food and second, that's OK. Not what you expected? That's because I feel like every article addressing this topic goes with the "you don't have to over... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:12:50 EST Feb 1: New Month But I Kinda Hate February LOL Uhuh, it's February. It's a nice month, like other months, but there will be lots and lots of lovey dovey air - advert, tv series, special show, promotions at malls, etc etc. I love romance but because I'm single, I feel like I'm this weird one in February, haha. <BR> <BR> Anyhow, the best part ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:12:14 EST Kids - What they say.... <BR> If you like reading kid responses to question... <BR> I invite you to go visit this blog posted by one of our sister Sparkers !! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867042 </link> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:11:07 EST Can't wait for spring! Oh my, how many times have I let my goal slip away. Too many to count! I decided to set my goals smaller right now instead of my goal weight in sight. I have been able to maintain my 83 lb loss since September 2010! I gain a little and then lose it again to keep myself in check. I know what weigh... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:10:19 EST 2015 Results January 2015 <BR> SW: 260 lb <BR> CW: 259 lb <BR> Lbs Lost: -11 lbs <BR> Inches Lost: -8.75" <BR> <BR> February 2015 <BR> SW: 259.2 <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:07:03 EST Beck Stage 5: Get-Back-on-Track Plan My hope is to never again need a get-back-on-track plan, but I'm glad Beck includes one. (Starting on page 198 of The Complete Beck Diet for Life.) <BR> <BR> This section starts with an example of Jamie who had lost 37 pounds with Beck 3 years before, but had gained back 8 pounds and despite re... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:06:32 EST Lost some weight Ok here again in the last year the Doctor has diagnosed me with diabetes and put me on meds for it. Now I'm having some issues with my right foot hurting and she did blood work to see if it is gout. Which is a form of arthritis. Sounds like so much fun!! I did lose about 6.5 lbs. from last month,... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:00:35 EST Another day of long walks and maybe Flylady too It's a nice day out. I'm planning on spending much of the daylight outside. I don't walk very fast, but I do take long walks. <BR> <BR> Lately I've been taking it easy once it gets dark. I'll finish my work timecard for the week and try to get one session even if it's just 15 minutes worth of Fl... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:53:50 EST Yo-Yo No More One month into 2015 and the familiar patterns are still in place - lose weight, regain weight, lose weight, regain weight. For quite some time, this pattern has been happening so I end up losing the same 5 lbs. over and over. Enough already! <BR> <BR> It's time to focus and accept certain re... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:49:46 EST WHY GOD MADE MOMS? Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Why did God make mothers? <BR> <BR> 1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2. To help us out of there when we were getting born. <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:49:02 EST Hrm This weekend might be a wash as far as the (attempted) 5:2 goes. We worked way too hard on the ~300 calories before dinner--mistake. When we did eat, I don't know that either of us even chewed because we were so hungry. Dinner brought us to ~500 (which, really, if following to a T, is where I ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:48:13 EST Beautiful morning in Maine The sun is so bright this morning on the new snow! It is so nice to see in the middle of winter, even if it is cold outside. I am looking forward to getting out to do some snowshoeing later today. Gotta get some work done so I can do that and still meet my deadlines. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:47:43 EST Day 22/374 This life style change thing is a true struggle at times !! Well its been a week since I blogged last, maybe I should just make a weekly blog lol that seems to be more within my ability to do lol. My last three days have been bingeful disasters. It all started with a trip to the city .. pizza hut is there who can't resist pizza hut ( I know many can and ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:46:09 EST Animals & video ;-) 2/1 Cute video <BR> <link><BR>id=13970&memberid=872002 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:44:07 EST Super Bowl Sunday Well today is going to be a very long day. I've been up since 5:30 a.m. Husband is going golfing, and I have some things to get done before my Girlfriend gets here. we are going to a early movie, which we haven't picked yet, then late lunch so we don't have to be at the Sports Bar before 4:00. ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:43:11 EST Pinecone Cheese Ball Hello Sparkfamily, Get ready for the super bowl with this one! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese (I use one full fat and one light, you'll need some fat to it so it'll hold it's shape) <BR> 2 1/2 C. freshly shredded cheddar cheese <BR> ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:42:04 EST January goal met and more Hi Everyone. <BR> <BR> I met my goal of losing 5 pounds in January. My beginning weight was 282 and my goal at the end of the month was 277. This morning I weighed 259. I lost 23 pounds in January and 12 from last year, so I am a total of 35 pounds down from my heaviest weight of 294. <BR> <B... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:40:32 EST Snowy Sunday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's a snowy Sunday here in Ohio. Expected snowfall 12 - 18 inches. YUCK!!!! <BR> <BR> This was taken outside my house this morning after about 3 inches. <BR> <img src=" Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:35:44 EST National Day of <link><BR>a-glance/february/ </link> <BR> <BR> February 1 <BR> &#9702;National Freedom Day (freedom from slavery) <BR> &#9702;National Baked Alaska Day <BR> &#9702;National Serpent Day <BR> <BR> February 2 <BR> &#9702;National Groundhog Day <BR> &#9702... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:31:03 EST January review Down 11 pounds, a total of 5.75 inches, and 1 percent in body fat. <BR> <BR> What I found is that doing the Atkins phases is too drastic for me, but it's a good guideline in general. <BR> <BR> My roommate and I needed something that we can LIVE with. Even if it means losing weight more slowly.... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:29:18 EST An Appeitite for Life Today's thought is: To be alive is to be hungry. Our appetite for life is good. It keeps us reaching, growing, enjoying, and yearning to fulfill our potential. When our basic needs are satisfied, our hunger propels us to search for more elaborate gratification. Here is where we often run into ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:27:53 EST Taking my foot off the brakes Change is coming. I can feel it. <BR> <BR> I realized that Perfection is in the eye of the beholder. Success is self determined. It is me who set the limits. So what if I let go and allow things to happen? Take my foot off the brakes? <BR> <BR> My attitude can determine how I evalutate ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:27:17 EST GRRR!!!! Well, as some of you know I've had a monkey wrench thrown into my weight loss plan in January. My office has asked me to travel across the state to assist another office. This is a 4 1/2 hour drive, one way. Needless to say, my diet was blown out of the water with this trip, and my eating whereve... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:23:06 EST SAD, sn*w fallen & coming...anxiety, anger & guilt WARNING! THIS IS NOT A POSITIVE BLOG SO JUMP TO THE BLESSINGS IF YOU DON'T WANT TO READ MY RANT. THIS IS NOT EVEN A BLOG. IT'S A RANT IN THE HOPES THAT I CAN LET GO OF THE NEGATIVE FEELINGS. <BR> <BR> Each day I planned to blog but this morning I realized that my SAD has kicked in big time with... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:22:06 EST Income Tax Time: What will YOU do differently THIS time? it is Income Tax Time... what will YOU do differently THIS time around? <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Are you like me that you have your monthly bills and then you have those EXTRA BILLS like credit cards and hospital bills, etc...... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:20:35 EST Shopping At this time, clothes shopping makes me feel fat. But just wait till spring! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:19:17 EST Determined Today I am determined to meet my goals! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:19:07 EST Determined Today I am determined to meet my goals! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:19:07 EST Super Bowl Sunday I just about completed the house purge yesterday. Took 3 SUV loads of donations to Goodwill and have probably a pickup truck full of trash for the haulers to take away. Feeling lighter already. <BR> <BR> There are a few things I can't take care of until my step sons come and sort through it. I a... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:17:31 EST A New Month Welcome February. January came and went in a snap. I will be able to go back to work this month after surgery and also resume working out. I feel like January allowed me to reconnect with myself physically and mentally. I will have a renewed focus and have better coping mechanisms regarding food ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:14:20 EST Superbowl thought Challenge - How many dumbbells have you dropped? I use dumbbells when I exercise. My dumbbells are 5lbs. (actually they are six but I'm trying to keep it simple). I know what it feels like when I use them to exercise and what it adds to the workout. I know how heavy they feel after a very short while. <BR> <BR> So here's what I plan to think ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:10:24 EST Sunshine Feel better today, more energy than yesterday. The rain is past and the sun is coming out. Hope to get a walk outside. Should be a pretty day. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:09:33 EST I asked my husband for help!!! I did something VERY difficult for me to do last night... I actually talked with my husband about my weight! Not my weight as in a number but about how I'm fat and I don't want to be LOL! I explained to him that I needed his help with this and gave him some very specific things (which is how he d... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:08:27 EST I asked my husband for help!!! I did something VERY difficult for me to do last night... I actually talked with my husband about my weight! Not my weight as in a number but about how I'm fat and I don't want to be LOL! I explained to him that I needed his help with this and gave him some very specific things (which is how he d... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:08:26 EST Giving ourselves permission.... ... to eat healthy portions, no matter what the food. <BR> <BR> It's Superbowl Sunday. So many folks have given themselves permission to indulge. The better word is be a food gluten. It's become tradition. I heard one talk show hostess say that calories don't count today. Too many of us ha... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 09:06:18 EST February 1, 2015 Ok, today is shopping day. I get to go to the grocery store and shop for foods that I am able to eat that are high in fiber. I am very excited to get foods into the house that I can eat and don't have to think about how much fiber is in it. Changing my eating habits will do me a world of good.... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:59:51 EST February 1, 2015 Ok, today is shopping day. I get to go to the grocery store and shop for foods that I am able to eat that are high in fiber. I am very excited to get foods into the house that I can eat and don't have to think about how much fiber is in it. Changing my eating habits will do me a world of good.... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:59:51 EST Starting a Sparktacular Day First, I ate a healthy breakfast. I find that eating the same things, even on weekends, helps set me up for success. <img src=""> <BR> I took this picture earlier in the week (ate the same things today) because I felt like the amount of food ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:51:17 EST so upset So yesterday I stepped on the scale saying to myself "okay chivon u may not lose any or u could of lost 1lb but its okay." I stepped on it and I lost 4lbs, Wow did I feel good. As the day went on my husband and i got in a real bad fight and after all was done I turned to food to help me cope with... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:49:59 EST My Achilles Heels In looking at the challenges that I struggle with most 3 things come to mind easily: too much fat in my diet, not enough fruits and vegetables and inactivity. I have begun trying to reduce my fat intake and increase my fruits and vegetables. Inactivity is the thing being least addressed. Because ... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:49:25 EST I will overcome I have been letting my weight get out of control. After seeing the bn pictures of me at my brother's wedding this month I got really sad and just wanted to crawl into a hole. I was angry because I thought I looked HOT when I got ready.. but the pics showed a FAT woman I barely recognize as myself... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:48:50 EST New start Good Morning; I have been up for a few hours. I needed to just have quiet time to myself so that I can regroup after this week. This weekend has not been very easy with my Dh and his car accident. It just seems when I am away I come home there is always something that happens which does not m... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:48:27 EST Operation 30 Before 30 <link> </link> <BR> <BR> As I inch closer to 30 years old I realize that I haven't accomplished so many of the things I thought I would have done by now. I am surely not in the place in my life I thought I would be at this age. So in January I decided to make a list of... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:47:55 EST January - I'm Calling it a WIN!! In January, I refocused. Planned, tracked, burned calories. And guess what <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> I LOST 3 lbs!! <em>246</em> <em>104</em> I also had the most fitness minutes in a month (2,000) than I can remember. <em>216</em> <em>319</em> <em>362<... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:47:53 EST Game Time I will eat good healthy food while watching the game. <BR> <BR> I will eat good healthy food while watching the game. <BR> <BR> I will eat good healthy food while watching the game. Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:47:04 EST February Week 1 Dinner Menu Dinner menu for week 1 of February. <BR> I have no idea yet what I'll make on what day but this is what we bought at the store yesterday! <BR> <BR> FAVORITES: <BR> <BR> Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls using turkey burger - these were new last month and everyone LOVED them plus they were VERY cheap to m... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:43:55 EST How Many Times I'm not sure how many time in the past two years I've said this (let's not talk about the past thirty-one days), but I ready to make a change. I want today to be the first day of my weight loss and healthy lifestyle. Based on past experiences, it won't be easy. I will have days when I convinc... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:42:42 EST GOOD AND BAD Well in an effort to start pulling myself out of a rut, no exercise and endless snacking, I decided to go for an early morning walk. I bundled up as it was 20 degrees and my coat is heavy. I kinda looked like that younger kid on Christmas Story! <BR> It was before 8:00 a.m. We live in the cou... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 08:42:38 EST