SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Easter: No candy for me! We had a lovely Easter Dinner today. Turkey (4 oz. white meat), dressing (3/4 cup), 1/2 cup mashed potatoes, 1 dinner roll, and 1 tbls. gravy. 1 small slice strawberry cake. <BR> <BR> I did good! :) <em>449</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:48:54 EST Happy Easter !!! Happy Easter to everyone. We went to church this morning and had a great service. Easter and Christmas is our bigger crowd and the choir is full. I'm surprised that dad made it to church with the way he was feeling. <BR> <BR> Dad's feet are still swollen. Going to let the doctor know tomorrow wh... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:48:31 EST Monday It is hard to believe that the long weekend is nearly over, tomorrow I am suppose to go to work but I am going to ring in sick as I have made a Dr appointment for 10:00 am So will go to work on Wednesday Thursday and Friday we have another Stat holiday for ANZAC day. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:47:45 EST Teaching in San Diego? Yesterday my husband and I went out to lunch and had the following conversation: <BR> <BR> Me: "So, I read your post on Facebook about living in a costal city being on your bucket list. I'm afraid Australia is still out". <BR> <BR> Husband: "What about San Diego?" <BR> <BR> Me: after pause to... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:47:17 EST Day 109 of 365 <img src=""> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:45:18 EST Holidays Holidays and special occasions are still very hard for me. My eating gets way out of control and I get so scared I won't be able to get the control back. I look forward to days off from counting calories and I always think I will be able to control my eating and portion sizes but that never happe... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:45:14 EST New Mexico Texas Challenge Marathon <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The marathon was small and well organized. It was point to point. My time was consistent with the January marathon's time, so January was not a fluke. I ran/walked the event. It was very flat and the scenery... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:43:33 EST Stay strong and keep moving i'm in a really good spot to reach my first mini-goal. And honestly, it's all thanks to doing what I know i should be doing all along. Drinking a ton of water, lots of veggies, tracking calories and a really solid effort with quality and quantity exercise, everyday. And this weekend, I think I pi... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:37:26 EST Common Sense <img src=""> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:37:11 EST Easter I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter, I bought a hard drive and hopefully I can be up tomorrow,as I am tired of using someone else's computer apparently I am too rough with it this (just anther petty annoyance) Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:35:50 EST Tastes are changing...?? Had my Cadbury Creme egg and peanut butter egg today. I was pretty surprised by how I wasn't really that into the candy. Sure, it tasted good...but I just didn't have that "omg ogm this is amazing!" reaction that I was expecting. It was more of a "was that it?" reaction. I'm hoping it's just my ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:30:54 EST 4/20/14 - Bedtime I spent a lovely day with my family. <BR> <BR> Everyone thought the lamb cake was terrific. <BR> <BR> I thoroughly enjoyed the priest's homily at Easter mass. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:28:45 EST Very Happy DD! My DD was tickled pink with her gifts. She is still in shock that she actually got what she wanted. I enjoyed every minute of her birthday and today. Unfortunately she has a lot of homework so her Easter was cut short with a lot to keep her busy. She only has a couple weeks left before she gr... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:27:26 EST APRIL-20-26 Exercise APRIL-20=HAPPY EASTER....WE HAD A GREAT DAY WITH THE INLAWS!60 min walking..30 min house work.TOTAL 90 MIN.CALORIES BURNED 491.DRANK 8 GLASSES OF WATER.CALORIES ATE 984 <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:26:45 EST Day 40......evening post Sure hope everyone had a blessed Easter! <BR> <BR> Today was another good day. Went to two church services...with both serving breakfast....I ate breakfast at home and just had fresh fruit at Dad's church. I turned down biscuits and sausage gravy and these really yummy looking cinnamon rolls... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:24:42 EST My First Post So today was Easter and rather than indulging in chocolates, jelly beans, peeps and cupcakes I surprised my family with a photo-shoot. I grabbed my camera and we went to two parks. We did a lot of walking and got a lot of beautiful pictures. I love this time of year. <BR> <BR> After our photo-s... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:21:08 EST The New Me Well I took the plunge --dyed my hair today! Good or Bad it is done . <BR> Personally I like it .. lol <BR> Something's new for me to live by <BR> I am never going to let anyone's actions or words tear me down <BR> I am going to soar! <BR> Here me ROAR <BR> My new colour is like the ice... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:19:52 EST Happy Easter..... Hope everyone had a great Easter Sunday. I am happy to report, namely to myself, that I was within my caloric range. No candy, no sweets...just my norm. Big win! Happy happy... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:16:32 EST Easter Picture! Happy Easter! <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:14:36 EST HAPPY EASTER - Resurrection day !!!! <em>449</em> <em>452</em> <em>448</em> <em>453</em> <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <em>172</em> <em>145</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:13:11 EST What is Going on With Fay? This a blog to those of you wondering how I am and why I've not been participating. <BR> at the moment it is still paperwork. I have another appointment at the bank on Tuesday to finish one biggie leaving 2 smaller ones. But last week I received the most involved one yet. Eventually that $20000... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:09:35 EST 30 Day Reset - Day 28 Easter Weekend: Survived! <BR> <BR> Today was a little tough; my parents brought candy for my kids (and dh), but I successfully stayed out of it. I did request that it remain hidden so I wouldn't thoughtlessly swipe one. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a food prep day. I made my own almond milk (I'v... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:09:22 EST Food log #1610 Breakfast: Smoothie (spinach, carrots, frozen peaches, frozen mango, bananas, greek yogurt), and whole wheat toast, turkey sausage <BR> <BR> Lunch: California roll <BR> <BR> Dinner: Steamed shrimp dumplings <BR> <BR> SNack: yogurt Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:07:33 EST A hiking we did go (yep, pics too) Well, my spark tracker says I walked over six miles today. It was actually a lot of hiking. We did a lot of steep uphill and downhill! I KNOW I burned a lot more calories than the tracker is saying I did. I wish I'd used my hiking boots. I don't know where my brain was at. The sneakers worked, bu... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:07:02 EST Easter Tidings I hope you've all have a very blessed Resurrection Sunday! <BR> <BR> My roommate and I wore Easter dresses today. First time I've worn a dress in years. (I still have a LONG way to go before it looks good, but I enjoyed wearing one for a change.) <BR> <BR> We were able to attend our church th... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:04:12 EST A hard day Happy Easter to those who celebrate! <BR> <BR> I've been trying to look at the bright side of the day - and doing a very good job of it! <BR> <BR> I don't seem to be dealing with Mom's passing as well as I thought I was. The rehab center they put her in for her final care is right next to the... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:02:33 EST Life's Updates --- In God's Hands. I went through a rough time after that dream/near-death experience I had the night of March 26th. I just had a rough time being accepting of still being here, fighting the same old battles. I really went into a depression over it, and didn’t care if I got out of bed even. Pretty much the only rea... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:01:42 EST Easter What does Easter mean to you. Is a time to reflect on your life and see where you have come from and where you are going or a time to make an excuse to get off track? I know we all have families and this is a time to get together and enjoy watching your kids or grand children have fun hunting egg... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 22:01:28 EST Happy Easter Sunday! What a joyous Resurrrction Easter Sunday! He continues to bless & keep each of us. His Son Jesus our Savior died the sins of the world, hallelujah to God be the glory! <BR> <BR> Pray God continues to reach, bless & keep each one of you, <BR> <BR> Dee Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:59:56 EST So far not so great <em>24</em> So I started tracking today did really well. I need to stop weighing myself daily or I'll probably get really discouraged. <BR> <BR> <em>451</em> I'm stopping by a local bike shop to see about getting my bike into riding order. I know it needs inner tubes but not sure what else... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:59:53 EST 100-Day Challenge (week-four results) weekly caloric average: 2457 <BR> Pyramid Average: 67% <BR> <BR> The week wasn't bad over-all. The long-weekend was a calorie-killer for me! <BR> <BR> On the plus-side, we did get for our first walk of the season today. There is still snow all over the place, but the sidewalks are now clear e... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:58:55 EST Finally, a Day of Rest Just life--I haven't had a day off in three weeks, and I'm exhausted. But tomorrow I get to do nothing but rest and I'm so glad. I really need it, and the timing is great as I'm still glowing from the glory of celebrating the risen Jesus Christ. He is the dawn of light, he is the Lord of life, an... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:57:37 EST Maxine on Easter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:57:35 EST The recumbent bike So I finally got a recumbent stationary bike. I picked what I did from having one before (it was badly damaged in a move) and at the advice of my doctor. I thought I would be able to do 30 minutes on it, no problem. Oops, problem, I'm barely able to hit 5 minutes. This has dimmed my excitement ju... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:56:30 EST My 6 year anniversary of Sparking! April 20, 2014 Easter My anniversary is actually May 2nd. But today I realized that it will be six years for me on that date. <BR> <BR> So many things have happened since that date that I NEVER would have predicted. <BR> <BR> I did amazingly well for about 3 years. I had lost 70 pounds, and was maintaining the l... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:51:40 EST love, happy/sad, rebirth... butterflies In August my grandfather passed. My grandmother passed last night. They started their lives together over seventy years ago. Now they will be together forever in heaven. I love them so much. <BR> <BR> It has been a weird experience wishing people happy Easter as I mourn my loss. I'm trying to ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:50:32 EST Wk 10 Training - San Diego Marathon MONDAY <BR> Rest Day <BR> <BR> TUESDAY <BR> PLAN <BR> Cross Train XT #1 <BR> Spin Workout (45 - 60 mon) <BR> 10 min warm up then increase to PE 2, PE 1 for last 5 mi <BR> <BR> ACTUAL <BR> Strength Training -- 50 min <BR> Indoor Cycling -- 60 min <BR> Walking 3 mph -- 30 min <BR> <BR> WEDNESDAY... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:50:32 EST Easter Brunch Happy Easter, everyone! <BR> I weighed in today at 165.4. But, I'm sure it was just water weight. And after today's brunch, I'm probably back up to 167 again. Yes, brunch was my moment of weakness. Just couldn't turn down a good belgian waffle and bacon.:p And there was that one biscuit with g... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:49:49 EST Hoppy Easter! Today I did not track everything I ate, but I did eat only to the point of being full. I did not drink more than 1 beer and 1/2 a glass of wine. I did not eat more than my 1 chocolate bunny head. And I feel GOOD! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:48:09 EST Heart and Sole 5k Recap I was so, excited about this <em>364</em> more than anything, because it was the very first that both of my sister's was with me on this. It was my older sister's very first 5k, and she did very well and actually enjoyed herself. This was my younger sister's fourth 5k for the year and my seco... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:43:04 EST Happy Easter!!! <img src=""> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:41:30 EST Goals for April 20 to April 26th The Easter Sermon today was titled Seeing is believing . It was all about Doubting Thomas , and how Jesus said to him "“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." Can we apply this to ourselves as well. I believe God who gave his only ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:39:40 EST There is no place like Home! I needed to click my heels on more than one occasion this weekend. I may have small feet but I managed to step on more than a few toes this weekend! <BR> Too much to go into on a blog but believe me, it felt good to get home!!! <BR> Missed you all so much! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:37:22 EST Week 2 - A Race Within A Race - Virtual Appalachian Trail Hike The Shooting Stars, Awesome A's and the WRJ&G are hiking at a crazy, crazy pace. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last week the Shooting Stars had 14 people who hiked a total of 407.8 miles from Virginia into Maryland are hanging out De... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:36:37 EST Another Beautiful Day The day went well spent time with friends and family. Back to work tomorrow. Good night all. <em>252</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:36:14 EST Easter is done Someone told me last week that as the oldest daughter, I am the matriarch of the family since my mom passed away. That threw me into a bit of a tailspin. <BR> <BR> I hosted Easter today which I do normally but it was different without my mom around. No bouncing ideas off of her about the nieces... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:35:41 EST Who am I? <em>40</em> <BR> So My goal in Northern Minnesota was to get off work at 6:30 pm and get a practice 5K run in (on the tar road) being it was finally 70 degree's out. It was 30 this morning when I went to work. <BR> My goal was to break Friday's run of 1.2 miles without stopping..... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:35:06 EST Beautiful second half of the weekend... Today was yet another amazing Spring day. The weather this weekend was perfect for getting out and enjoying. Two gorgeous weekend days together is almost unheard of around here. Weather is definitely not the enticing factor to get people to Columbus. <BR> <BR> I woke up today a little after n... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:35:04 EST Week 3 BSG Blog Assignment - Shower of Blessing/Overcoming Indulgence Our blog assignment for this week for the BSG challenge contains two parts. First, is a Shower of Blessings – what are things that bless me? <BR> <BR> There are so many things that bless my life. First, having known my beloved husband and best friend who passed away in November was a true bless... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:31:36 EST FRIENDS GOOD TO HAVE THE <em>223</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:30:30 EST A very nice Easter! It's been a beautiful day, started out with sunshine and we got up to 70. I went to sonrise service stayed for the breakfast after, then in the afternoon DH and I went to Turkeyville for lunch, browsed through the gift shop and found some little neat things for my three girls for Mother's Day. Af... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:30:26 EST Happy Easter! - Day 1 of my new account + fresh start! First things first, Happy Easter!! <BR> <BR> <em>449</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <em>451</em> <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> I've had an account on here for the past few years, but I've never really stuck to it. Until now!  <BR> <BR> I have about 150lbs to lose, and I am so ready to... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:27:56 EST My Fastest 1.5 Mile Run (Day 56 of 100) I was visiting family this weekend and went for a run with my sister-in-law today. She's the one who got me started losing weight & running almost 4 years ago! She just won a lottery spot in the Chicago Marathon (which will be her 3rd marathon!) and she's just starting to train. So, we went for a... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:25:58 EST Easy Easter Weekend Workouts (Days 53, 54, & 55 of 100) We visited family for Easter weekend. It was hard, but I got in between 10-15 minutes each day, Thursday through Saturday. (I'll post about today, Sunday, in a minute.) One day, I had to 'hide' in the utility room to do my workout at 9:30 pm! <em>334</em> I'm disappointed I didn't do more tho... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:20:34 EST Total Reboot So…………….. after my amazing dedication throughout most of January, February, March, and the first five days of April, culminating in a loss of 15 pounds and my 3rd place finish in the Biggest Loser Challenge…………… I have spent the past 15 days stuffing my face with all manner of foods. In massive q... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:18:01 EST Day 1. Check. Getting through the first day can be a challenge sometimes and I'm glad that it's just about over. I am so pleased that I managed to hit my nutrition goals AND get a workout in. Tomorrow...I will tackle Day 2. <em>244</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:17:31 EST Realization So after surgery I've come to realize really how much this weight is effecting my life. Really gives you a wake up call. Showering with some limitations and the weight is very difficult, and putting on clothing and other things after now is really hard. I feel horrible with my husband having to h... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:17:30 EST Salem Episode: The Vow PREMIERE In this supernatural drama, John Alden returns to Salem in 1692, after years away at war, to find his hometown in the midst of a witch panic and Mary, the woman he left behind, married to another man. <BR> <em>424</em> <em>422</em> <em>424</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 9:00 - 10:06 PM WGN... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:17:19 EST Time to grow My time in the ISG "Engine Room" has come to an end and tomorrow I go back to software management in Com. I am not looking forward to this as I know there is no growth. I am not talking about financial growth I am now looking for that mental challenge I found in the ISG. I found something I enj... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:16:35 EST Day 939... Happy Easter We had beautiful weather today. I waited for Cooper to get himself out of bed this morning, just to see how long he would stay in bed after I got up... We didn't go for our walk until Noon! Sleepy puppy. After I took him for a long walk I changed and went for a run. After yesterday's long run... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:16:01 EST Giving In Ok, enough is enough already, shouldn't still have to be taking a painpill after 3 weeks, so my niece is going to pick me up tomorrow and drop me at the hospital, it's seriously time to get this checked... get it Xrayed.... <BR> <BR> DId have a wonderful turkey dinner at my niece's - food wise a... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:12:02 EST My first Ragnar Relay SOOOO...I just did my first Ragnar Relay April 4-5, 2014. <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <BR> For those of you not familiar, here is a link to the one I completed with my team. They are held all over the country. <BR... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:10:06 EST April 20, 2014 I hope that everyone has had a wonderful Easter weekend! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I headed to Des Moines for some shopping at Target (you know, to stock up on those things that I can get cheaper there!) and a few other errands. Once home, I got the car unloaded and got everything put away, then head... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:08:44 EST Easter Sunday adventure <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:08:01 EST Happy Easter! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> TTYL Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:05:42 EST I have a confession... I am addicted to coffee. I mean that isn't bad right? Well it isn't just coffee it's five buck iced lattes and if I go a few days with out them I am not a happy camper. So this being said.... I am going to go a week, yes just one week, without lattes and other sweet java goodness. Not only is it ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:04:00 EST First Time for Everything I have never posted a blog before. That said, there is a first time for everything. As I get older, I find myself to be more reflective. That reflection has been heightened because of health events that have occurred in the last year. <BR> <BR> Yes, I saw myself gaining weight. I kept telling m... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:59:25 EST I Couldn't Let It Go By!!! I just couldn't let the day go by, without giving everybody the chance to hear Michael W. Smith!!! <BR> <BR> The song is "ABOVE ALL" <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pXxZQKM </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Be blessed, <BR> <BR> - Nancy Jean - <BR> GA Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:52:39 EST DON'T FEEL SAD FOR ME ANY LONGER <em>30</em> I thought I might sit alone at church but one of my spiritual families asked me to sit with them. I am the nana of the two little boys, one 4 years old and one about 2 months old, maybe less. <BR> If you are on face book you will see a picture of me with the children. <BR> Then ano... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:41:50 EST Having a plan I had a plan to stay on track today. I did mess up. But darn it if I didn't do better than I would have in the past. I am proud of myself <BR> I tracked my food, and drink (had a little extra today) <BR> I ate chocolate and jelly beans but not crazy amounts <BR> I stayed away from bread, pas... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:34:52 EST My numbers about two weeks ago I talked to my doctor about my numbers and dieting. I was surprised that he told me that as long as I could keep my numbers where they were all I needed to do was up my exercising. I guess if I do that there is a good chance that I will lose some weight. He told me to just kee... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:31:52 EST Sunday - A most blessed Easter... We had a packed sanctuary with friend and family. We did the cross of flowers and the youth did there drama to "HE IS". DS came and attended with us. One family rode a chuck wagon and horses to church and let the kids ride afterwords. <BR> <img src=" Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:30:36 EST Incognito ¸¸.•´¸.•*¨) &#9829;¸.•*¨) <BR> (¸.•´ .&#9829; (¸.•´ .&#9829; (¸.•*´¨`* &#9829;&#9734;¸.•*´¨`*&#9829;&#9734;¸.•*´¨ ¸.•´¸.•*¨) &#9829;¸.•*¨) (¸.•´ .&#9829; (¸.•´ .&#9829; (¸.•*´¨`* &#9829;&#9734;¸.•*´¨`*&#9829;&#9734;¸.•*´¨ <BR> `*&#9829;&#9734; Due to circumstances of the past few days, I have b... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:24:44 EST Easter Sunday April 20 Hallelujah!!! Jesus is alive!!! <BR> I sang for all three services and then headed to have lunch with DD and her in-laws. Got to see GS again in action with all his cousins. He played basketball with his dad and walked through a petting zoo. today he decided he did not like horses. After 10 hour... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:24:15 EST Will this be the week I take control? ROFLMAO...... I spent at least 2 hours writing an entry and when I hit submit I got an error message and it all disappeared. I'm sure the fact that it took 2 hours has something to do with why I got an error message when trying to post but seriously it would have been nice if I could have used th... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:21:18 EST Beautiful Easter Beautiful morning. Easter mass was wonderful. Both my grandkids were church greeters with me. We went home and finished making salads and dessert for dinner. My son and my daughter in law and 2 little granddaughters came over. We had an Easter egg hunt and baskets with goodies and 3 summer outfit... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:20:04 EST It's all about setting goals. It's time to start a new chapter. I'm not going on a diet this time. I am making life changes. Baby steps, right?! So let's set some ground rules. <BR> <BR> Diet: <BR> Sweet treat twice a week. <BR> Two servings of fruit a day. <BR> Two servings of veggies a day. <BR> Protein based meal thre... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:19:28 EST A new way of thinking- Easter Today I was blanching some collard greens before going to Easter dinner at my in laws and the leaves looked so beautiful, and fresh- the very essence of that spring feeling we are all starting to get around this time of year. It made me think.. hey why don't we enjoy more of these vibrant whole ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:18:23 EST Another Marathon......... BUT A SPECIAL ONE!! I GREW UP IN THE HEART OF BOSTON AND ALWAYS KNEW ABOUT PATRIOT'S DAY AND THE MORNING RED SOX GAME AND THE LATER-DAY MARATHON THROUGH EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ENDING IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> L... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:15:51 EST FINALE...NOT THE END...JUST THE START OF SOMETHING NEW!!! I am back again with a new resolve. I have been working my plan in bits and pieces and with 0 consistency. It has allowed me to make some progress in that I have lost 35 pounds. I know I could be farther along if I was more faithful to myself and my well being. Realizing this I decided to refin... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:15:45 EST fantastic Easter! This was the only Easter in a long time I have not felt like an outcast. We went to a family gathering and everything was wonderful. I have a HUGE family and I mean HUGE so it's seriously hard to talk to everyone with so many people around. Due to the group being much smaller this time, I was abl... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:11:44 EST He is RISEN today - He is Risen Indeed Today is EASTER Sunday. It is an important day for those of us who are Christians and it brings such a wonderful message of HOPE, LOVE, and GRACE. It was a nearly perfect day for the first time in years. The temperatures were mild - mid-sixties. The sun was shining. There was a baptism for o... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:08:29 EST Easter Sunday and a few other things A busy weekend and a busy day today. Things are mostly winding down, glad to finally get a chance to sit and relax. The kids were up early and very excited about Easter and their Easter baskets. We had small baskets with books, puzzles, some knit hats from grandma, and some candy (of course). ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:06:52 EST picked up after that last blog post, I got my butt out of the house to run some errands. I was feeling pretty impulsive today, and sometimes I just have to let that ride out for the sake of my sanity. <BR> <BR> I drove alternate routes to my destinations, fixed the refrigerator in the grad student lounge... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:06:32 EST Every BODY is Beautiful... More Boudoir Photos... <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I picked up my CD with more boudoir pics - few above that I can share. I wi... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:00:21 EST Happy Sunday of Resurrection I have time to start an entry and to sit down for a little bit! I may make this a rest day from walking but I do enjoy my walking and yoga. I don't plan on having a lot for dinner but beans, quinoa and broccoli is a lot of protein and good stuff. I'll have a little slice of lemon cake later on th... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:58:07 EST Easter Sunday Mass My pregnant daughter, Sherry came back into town Wednesday night. She wanted to go to church with me today - partly because it is Easter and partly because she knew I wanted to show off my beautiful daughter. <BR> <BR> I go to St. Patrick's Episcopal Church. On Easter Sunday at an Episcopal ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:56:41 EST Enjoying a beautiful Easter Sunday After the rough winter we had, I am feeling especially blessed by our warm spring Easter weather. It doesn't totally look like spring yet, but the grass is turning green again and we are beginning to see a few flowers. Hard to believe we had some snow just last week, and huge piles of it just a f... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:56:28 EST April 20 - HAPPY EASTER! Am visiting with my daughter and grandson. It' hard to type on this laptop so will keep it short. <BR> <BR> HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!!! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:53:37 EST A few laffs A man was just waking up from anesthesia after surgery, and his wife was sitting by his side. His eyes fluttered open and he said, “You are beautiful.” Then he fell asleep again. His wife had never heard him say that, so she stayed by his side. A few minutes later, his eyes fluttered open and he ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:49:18 EST April 20, 2014 (Sunday) HAPPY EASTER, ALL! <BR> <BR> I hope you had a GREAT DAY! <BR> <BR> Have a WONDERFUL WEEK! <BR> <BR> HUGS <BR> Pam <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:48:44 EST My "aha" moment The last couple months have been filled with a some events that have really changed how my life is now. Some family things, friend stuff, and health stuff. I don't know the details are important, but I realized how often I stress-eat. I was sitting in the grocery store parking lot, shoving fruit ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:41:03 EST Days 111 & 112 Saturday: <BR> <BR> Lots of exercise, even an extra 2 1/2 miles round trip to the store not logged. When feasible, I do walk to do errands, and I did that yesterday with no grandkids. It is a mile to the library and coop and a long walk through bike trail was the three miles I logged. But tha... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:40:14 EST Sunday, April 20 So, I was still coughing a bit this morning. I wonder if I only notice it when i am out in company and not so much when I am in my house. Maybe I was fooling myself that the cold was actually going away? Hmm. Anyway: <BR> <BR> 1. Overate - no chocolate bunnies, but lots of jelly beans. <BR> ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:36:28 EST It's been a great Easter celebration day I started off with a good breakfast. <BR> Walked about two miles in beautiful weather. <BR> Saw a few friends. <BR> Got a spiritual lift. <BR> A butterfly followed me partway home. <BR> <BR> Happy Easter everyone. <BR> <BR> <em>452</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:36:22 EST Sunday Food Journal Breakfast was a chickpea flour omelette with broccoli, onions, tomato and a tbsp. of cashew cheese, with sweet potatoes and a lot of asparagus on the side. And coffee with Silk creamer. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A couple of hours later I h... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:34:50 EST easter birthday today is my grand daughter nikki's birthday and she is turning 11. the family went to the in-laws for the day but i remained at home. i just did not feel like celebrating . i did do 80 situps though. maybe i will feel better after my trip home if i get to see my baby girl. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:28:59 EST 3-ish miles and home owner maintenance issues Today's training assignment was 3 easy miles. It's Sunday, and getting my 10K steps on Sunday can be a challenge; so I stretched it to a 3-ish 3.4 miles. Got beautiful weather, 61° F and sunny with a pleasant 8 mph southerly breeze. The effort took 27:21, for an average pace of 8:03. Mile spl... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:28:04 EST 11 hours later and I am finally home! I had a special cleaning task today: a cabin in Mc Call. I consented knowing that driving would be involved and I was taking on a job sight unseen. However, I wanted to see how my car would do on a long and difficult drive including mpg. I also clean for this client here in the valley every o... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:23:12 EST Thank you everyone - I hope all of my SP friends had a wonderful day, full of good friends, family, stories and togetherness. Food too - on a limited basis. <BR> <BR> I chose to eat a little of everything I made for brunch, and move forward from there. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I got a small run in - and I am getting st... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:18:23 EST regrouping After two years of culinary school, I've gained enough weight to say enough is enough. I'm getting back on track. Plan is first to figure out how to handle school, family etc and schedule in exercise. What worked before is counting calories along with the exercise...and Spark was a big piece for ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:18:08 EST Navigating problems I had a tough week. I'm over-committed this semester and I couldn't seem to find a break to start studying for finals. I was probably exhausted on Thursday and got completely overwhelmed by everything I had to do. I spent the weekend doing work and seeing family and I'm feeling much better. I st... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:15:56 EST Shingles Update Week 4 day 3 I am doing my blog early because I plan to be in bed by 9pm. Tomorrow I go back to work and I want to be will rested so I can drive. My eyes have healed enough for me to type this without my glasses and although everything is slightly fuzzy my sight has actually improved, I am going to need to ge... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:15:43 EST Day 110: Happy Easter Everyone!!! "Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless." (Charles M. Crowe) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Knock, knock <BR> Who's there? <BR> Some bunny <BR> Some bunny who? <BR> Some bunny has been eating my... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:15:30 EST My great nephew, oh, and the rest of the family! On Saturday my cave-beau and I went out to my older sister's house for a get together with part of the family. She lives in the middle of nowhere, Wisconsin. For some reason the GPS took us through the 'scenic' part of Harvard, Illinois, stupid TomTom must have been imbibing for the holiday wee... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:13:55 EST Wonderful Easter! WE put up the electric fence around the melon patch. I spent the afternoon relaxing! Now it is raining. <BR> The oldest Daughter and 2 of the Grand Kids came by. We had a nice visit! I hope You found the Golden Easter Egg and had a great day!! Love Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:12:20 EST Got a Cold Not feeling the best today , have a slight cold, managed to start the day with a 13min stint on the treadmill before my head starting to pound. Grabbed a bottle water and going to rest before having to go back to work tomorrow ,Have a great day everyone <em>453</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:09:11 EST Drug addicts... <BR> There are many among us who live very normal lives as addicts. They are contributing members of society, and they have jobs, kids, and a perfectly "normal" lives. Unbeknownst to others they are living with a serious addiction. They suffer chronically from mental and physical fatigue. Often ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:00:32 EST The Courage To Start Getting there is half the fun right? Possibly. Being there is going to be great. Probably. Starting the journey? That's where the tough part is. If I had a penny for every time I started and failed, I would be sitting in my beach house in a cute bikini, instead of sitting in my bedroom in my quit... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:57:39 EST Training for the Hartford and Divas Half-Marathons- day 5 4/12/14: 61 minutes walking. 30 minutes of abs exercises and stretching. <BR> 4/13/14: 70 minutes walk/jog + 15 stretching and crunching <BR> 4/16/14: 61 minutes walk/run + 12 minutes stretching <BR> 4/18/14: 62 minutes walk/run + 14 minutes stretching <BR> 4/20/14: 80 minutes walk/run + 12 ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:54:49 EST Happy Easter Had a very nice Easter Sunday. Went to church early then enjoyed the day with my son's family. This was baby Paige's first Easter and Ren's second. <BR> Hope you all enjoyed your day. Happy Easter to all! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:53:11 EST Still Hanging in There! I've been so busy with a project that I haven't been around much! I have started on an anti-inflammatory diet for a few weeks and 30 minutes of Pilates daily. I hope each of you have a Blessed Easter. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:51:18 EST The Devil and the Angel The devil on my shoulder says I took the easy way out. The angel says it was a great decision. Instead of cooking up a large Easter dinner, or going to relatives only to bring home leftovers, I choose to take my family out to our local Best Western's Easter Buffet. Loads of great gourmet food th... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:33:01 EST Really??!! <img src="">man this sucks after fighting and getting over depression... I kicked butt last week with awesome workouts <img src="">only to get bronchitis <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:26:34 EST He is risen!!!! Easter comes at the end of Holy Week, the last week of Jesus' life, which culminates in His Resurrection. He arose from the tomb, which was guarded by Roman sentries. He remained on earth 40 days to prepare his disciples to carry out the works of the new Church, then He ascended into Heaven to si... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:20:59 EST Happy Easter! (*and an update) Happy Easter to those that celebrate the day! <BR> <BR> I had my 2nd "paid" meeting with my holistic health provider last Thursday. My insides seem to be healing - my recovery rate is improving. I had a bad back spasm when I was trying to get up off her table, I'm glad I was there when it happ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:20:47 EST Happy Easter Day!!! Happy Easter to all. I wish each and everyone a very lovely day and remember that Christ paid the ultimate price for us all. Peace and Love with cure all things!!! <em>449</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:19:03 EST Why do I feel disconnected? I asked myself this as I sat among a group of my friends for Easter dinner. I was enjoying their company but not really engaged in the conversation. My friends know I am a very quiet person but always am aware of the conversation going on. I need to stay active doing something and not just be ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:17:35 EST Nice weekend and a great morning. I had a really great time the last two days/ I did a ton of walking on Friday as we explored a local city ate awesome food and had fun times. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I spent most of the day in a car but still had a pretty good time. <BR> <BR> I missed my bus this morning so instead I went out and ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:16:29 EST Calm and at peace I have a resolve to be calm and stay at peace. I sometimes feel I am being tested. With a peaceful attitude and focus, I got through both surgery and radiation. I got to the pool to swim and do deep water aerobics on Friday. It was heavenly. <BR> <BR> I have been a calm caregiver as that is ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:15:28 EST Virginia was fun, but I'm glad to be home Ahhhh....home..... <BR> <BR> What a big smile crossed my face as I walked in my back door last night! I think I was smiling because I didn't have to get back in the car! <BR> <BR> On the way up and on the way back, we stopped at my parents' house in South Carolina to spend the night. We don't... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:12:35 EST thankful day 14 <BR> I am thankful for the electric most of us use daily. Just imagine our lives without electrical energy. Yes, very thankful for being able to flip a switch. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:09:23 EST Easter Sunday A time for forgiveness and new life... <BR> <BR> Forgive myself for the past. Forgive those I've been hurt by. Live. <BR> <BR> It's my daughter's 20th birthday. Sadly for her, she came home from work last night with the stomach bug. On the positive side, she and I got to spend some time togethe... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:02:21 EST Happy Easter! Nope, it's not about fuzzy bunnies and candy and eggs..... <BR> <em>450</em> <em>449</em> <BR> <BR> It's about... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> He conquered death and the grave so that we can have eternal life with Him. <BR> <em>244</em> ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:00:50 EST Losing/Maintaining w/o counting calories After about a year following the plant-strong way of eating, I can now report that this works!!! I am free!! No more counting calories; no more weighing food or portioning out little servings. Right now I weigh less than 140 and have maintained below 140 for about the last year. And I feel gr... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:00:07 EST Happy Easter Everyone Happy Easter Everyone!! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:58:28 EST Letterboxing Yesterday we didn't do a volksmarch, but we did do a couple miles out letterboxing. We visited several locations including. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:58:25 EST Patience is a Virtue There are so many things in life I have been waiting for that haven't came yet. <BR> <BR> Love, Success, Weight loss, Me. <BR> <BR> I feel like I am forever waiting inside my house peeking out the windows and opening the door wondering if the me I want to be has arrived yet. <BR> <BR> I keep ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:54:25 EST I'm baaaack!!! <BR> <BR> This one is kinda long. Feel free to skip it. ;) Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:49:41 EST Spring 5% Challenge---Week 2. Rewind. <BR> The past week did not go as well as the previous. The Challenge was a little more difficult. <BR> Although, I always track Sommmme of my food, I now had to get use to tracking it all. Every little bite. This is a great tool, things that I was unsure of the calorie content I would tra... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:49:26 EST Missing in action?? WOW 2+ weeks gone! Wow, it has been awhile since I checked in. <BR> Didn't realize I had been gone so long. <BR> <BR> I have been slacking off. Motivation has been <BR> missing. It is time I get back at it. <BR> <BR> Spent most of yesterday cleaning and organizing <BR> the garage. Friday, dh hooked up the swamp c... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:48:30 EST It's Never Too Late To Start Being...Happy! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning my Sparkcoach suggested I blog about the last setback I had and what I learned from it. He also gave me some advice on bouncing back from setbacks and pointed out that staying positive is so important and... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:46:26 EST Sunday Update on Kyle Thank you so much for all of your thoughts and prayers for Kyle. He is not doing as well as they would have liked by now, in fact he seems to be doing worse this afternoon. The ICP (brain pressure) is too high, so they have to put him on a diuretic. However, his blood is too thick from the diuret... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:45:46 EST Daily Draw 4-20-2014 I know it's Easter, but we're not huge on Easter in this house, not being Christian. We used to take this week as our first of the season camping, but that tradition fell by the wayside, so normally we spend it enjoying the outdoors and lighting the fire pit, plotting out the garden, drinking, e... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:44:38 EST It can be done! You can get through a birthday, a night at the ball park where all they have is foods you shouldn't eat (but still love) and 2 family Easter dinners. You can even get your kids a few pieces of Easter candy. AND not eat anything you shouldn't! You know how I know this, because I did it. A lot... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:44:20 EST Khi Bae Kickboxing...Hiyah!! Who knew I'd be a hiyah queen?? (Maybe it brought out that inner firey red-head!) Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:43:36 EST Happy Easter! Oops - didn't realize that I didn't blog earlier (had to leave early so I figured I'd return at some point - just thought I got the blog out first - apparently not)......... <BR> <BR> Good day, overall - didn't do a full church service, but went to a small outdoor mini-service, followed by a bre... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:43:33 EST Daily Inspirational Message Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances which we know to be desperate. <BR> <BR> G. K. Chesterton Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:41:45 EST Success, Gratitude & intentions journal Gratitude: <BR> 1. Friends and family & time to spend with them <BR> 2. wonderful abundance of tasty fruit and veg <BR> 3. comfortable bed <BR> 4. dishwasher <BR> 5. dog hugs <BR> <BR> Success/progress <BR> 1. easily incorporating proportion of fresh fruit/veg in my diet <BR> 2. crazy compulsive... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:38:52 EST Day 1: Mission accomplished I was able to enjoy the Easter buffet my SIL prepared without too much damage. In fact, by limiting myself to about two tablespoons of each of the "heavier" side dishes (like green bean casserole), I was able to enjoy a bite without sabotaging what I began yesterday. I even enjoyed three bites of... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:38:44 EST A Message to ponder <img src=""> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:33:54 EST easter nice weather finally, got to rack a few leaves from my poor flower garden. I exercised for 30 minutes on the gazelle. also sat on the porch a little while. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:29:05 EST I lost 5 pounds! Now down to 195!!! Yay!! This is my lowest weigh-in since April of last year. I changed my diet to 1200 calories per day (plus or minus 100), and 1600 mg of sodium, on March 16 of this year. Since then I have lost 11 pounds. I think the salt may be the real key (much as I hate to say it). <BR> <... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:27:59 EST Row,row, row the quilt <img src=""> <BR> I am joining the rows of the Underground railroad sampler Quilt <BR> block #16 still not finished I must get as far as possible if I am to finish this quilt in April. <BR> I am hoping to contact older cousins to get any det... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:22:22 EST Happy Easter everyone. <img src=""> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:22:02 EST day 234 well i missed my 2 am wake goes on.....felt good to sleep thru the night....nice easter sunday....working on my cooking projects....made a new list....making head when plans come together... Happy easter!!! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:16:16 EST What Easter means to me... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For many in the world today, Easter is solely about Easter eggs, fluffy bunnies and a long weekend off work. There's nothing wrong with that, I'm sure it's quite good fun thinking about it that way! <BR> <BR> I was br... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:15:51 EST Revelations :) Wow, it took me 27 years (kinda :)) to realize it. While I was walking my 6 km along the river today I had a sudden revelation, I realized HOW I put on all these pounds! I know it sounds obvious, but it wasn't at all, at least for me. I always wondered why I was gaining weight! I realized how muc... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:15:38 EST Easter Okay, so I skipped a couple of steps in the British succession. I forgot George bumps Uncle Harry, and for some reason I never remember Charles. But the point stands -- someone so high in the British succession raffling himself off like that? Yeah, THAT'S going to happen. <BR> <BR> I had my co-w... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:15:17 EST Uneven in April Now that we're half way through April I thought I'd toss a blog up here. I have not been consistent this month. That's understating it. The first couple weeks of April I barely worked out. The third week of April I got back on track and got in 5 workout sessions of about 45 minutes each. I t... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:12:46 EST Digging Deep and Finding my Strong through a set back These 4 months have been tough. <BR> <BR> I started the year with remembering some repressed memories that were painful but had an awesome outcome as i got reunited with my little brother. <BR> <BR> Had ups and downs through this time my weight has fluctuated up and down right now up. The ti... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:12:41 EST Happy Easter Hope you all have a great day! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:12:02 EST Happy Easter Hope you all have a great day! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:11:49 EST True 34 of blogville HAPPY EASTER <em>450</em> <em>451</em> <BR> <BR> I am focusing my intention to strive for a life as a healthy transplant recipient. One who follows all the great advice given @ discharge and remaining vigilant when it comes to eating the foods suggested. Thus, I will aim for maintaining a ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:11:33 EST Matters of the Heart As I Prepare for a 60-day Juice Fast/Reboot Today I just had my last big meal before heading into a 60-day fast. My husband loves a good buffet, so we went went out to eat. As we prepared to leave, a long line of superheroes came through the door, including a princess, a woman with a giant turtle backpack, pirates, and even a cowboy who ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:07:12 EST The Spark activity tracker helps motivate. I have started wearing my Spark activity tracker all day and it is turning out to be a great motivator. There's nothing like the honest truth at the and of the day as to how active you were (or weren't LOL) to keep you striving to be more active especially, when you've set goals for yourself tha... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:05:53 EST Easter Went to see the grandchildren at their house. Their mom and dad did an egg hunt with treats in them. Treats, of course, were little toys, marbles, beads, and the golden egg had money. They had a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> Now it's back to the real world. Today is housecleaning day! <BR> <BR> Hap... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:04:19 EST First Hike this Spring My husband and I went to Manassas National Battlefield Park today. We hiked the First Battle of Manassas Blue Trail. It was a beautiful day for it! Sunny, blue skies, a few clouds, and in the mid 60's. It felt great to be outside taking in nature and history. The hike was a 5 1/2 mile loop. ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:56:21 EST HE IS RISEN INDEED. Happy Easter. Christ has not only spoken to us by his life but has also spoken for us by his death. -Soren Kierkegaard <BR> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:52:27 EST Camp WannaBeFit - Week 1 Measures: <BR> 1) Weight <BR> 2) 10,000+ steps per day <BR> <BR> Activities: <BR> 1) Nutrition - Cleaner Eating <BR> 2) Fitness - Running Club, Bike/Hike <BR> 3) Strength Training - <BR> 4) Book Club - <BR> 5) Kick Chaos to the Curb <BR> 6) Connections <BR> 7) Art of Self-Reflec... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:52:01 EST Easter Sunday 2014 free pancake breakfast! It was great! We had a nice crowd. We did this on Easter Sunday at the local park during church time to attract the un churched in our community. Boy they showed up and God Showed out! <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:51:17 EST Happy Easter, Final Garden Planting, Planning to Pack Concisely for trip, <img src=""> <BR> Well it’s sure been a busy couple of weeks since my last blog, my head still feels dizzy from all the thinking, planning, rearranging of things in my life just to be gone for 10 days. I don’t know how busy people do it all t... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:50:00 EST Sugar Poisoning! I stopped eating sugar and all other sweeteners five weeks ago. <BR> But today, our friends brought us some homemade Easter sweets and I decided to indulge. Big mistake. <BR> My heart is racing, I am anxious, hyperventilating, and I feel like I'm going to faint. But I don't feel guilty for eatin... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:47:02 EST If my mom could see me now... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Easter was my mom's favorite time of year. She loved it more than christmas. Everything blooming, going to church, everyone in their Sunday best. All the family getting together. She passed away in Dec 2011, almost tw... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:46:28 EST Angry, But Determined <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, this past week wasn't a good week for me and measurement wise it's the worse it's ever been. Makes me so angry at myself. I should be able to get a handle on what I'm doing wrong and make the necessary changes s... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:41:04 EST 3 Strong Women <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was looking for something to spice up my non-existent strength program and came across these ladies from the past. Set the Wayback Machine for approximately 1875-1910, Sherman. <BR> <BR> Marie Ford: <BR> <img src... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:38:23 EST CWF - week of April 20 through 26 My Kick Clutter list for last week (progress) and for the upcoming week: <BR> <BR> Last week, my list consisted of: <BR> Sunday, I will wash my workout clothes and grocery shop. <em>248</em> <BR> Monday, I will clean off the top of the hutch and microwave. - <em>39</em> <BR> Tuesday, I w... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:35:17 EST Don't know how to stop It seems I have completely lost the ability to control my eating. I feel so overwhelmed by life and food gives me the temporary fix I need but I have put on so much weight I not only can barely fit into my clothes, I can barely walk more than a block or two. Having to put my beloved dog to sleep... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:29:46 EST Easter Foods Hello everyone! I hope you all are enjoying the holiday. I spent hours cooking today. So the thing with holidays that is the hardest is trying not to over eat. There are a bunch of tasty treats and its hard to avoid the temptation. I have had a little bit of everything today brown sugar maple gla... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:27:25 EST Silly Rabbit <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:26:40 EST Blessed Easter Sunday! What a nice day for our Holy Day! I went to early Mass, came home, changed clothes, sat in chair and fell asleep for five hours!! After eight hours sleep last night! <BR> <BR> DD opened the windows this afternoon when the temp finally got to almost seventy degrees! It is now four pm and I ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:22:30 EST Connections It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day business of our lives. I find that I often take for granted the connection I have with someone until that someone is gone (in one way or another). Recently, an extended family member passed away and it has given me pause. I had not seen this family mem... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:15:29 EST HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY "How wonderful, how marvelous, is Your love, Jesus! To think that You were willing to go through that for me! <BR> What a day of rejoicing that must have been when You rose and realized it was all over--You had won the victory! You had accomplished Your mission. You had made the way for the world... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:10:09 EST Happy Easter! April 20 -- Walking Stats I did two seperate walks today. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:06:17 EST Happy Easter! It's a beautiful Easter Sunday here in Iowa, though we are anticipating some rain later today. We could use it! <BR> <BR> I just got back from Easter dinner with the family. I was careful to watch my portions and eat slowly throughout the meal. My family knows I am watching my weight and so they... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:04:38 EST Easter Happy Easter to you all. I hope you are getting through this holiday without going too far off track. <BR> <BR> It is a stressful holiday for some people. All holidays are stressful for some people. <BR> For me, some I pass by with out any trouble, and others really sock it to me, if you know w... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:03:47 EST Happy Resurrection Day!!! We were blessed with an encouraging times of worship at our Sonrise service early this morning and then our regular corporate time together. I am simply thankful to be able to freely worship my King. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:51:26 EST And again! I did it again, I got up and did some cardio at my mothers house! I'm still over eating, but I have managed to curb it better than I usually do. But I'm really pleased that I'm keeping up the exercise streak. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:49:24 EST Christ is Risen The sermon today was awesome. These are the points that the pastor made: <BR> <BR> There are 7 reasons that Christians would be most pitied if Christ had not arisen. <BR> <BR> 1.) We would be without proof that He was God. <BR> 2.) No first Fruits of the Resurrection. <BR> 3.) Not able to prove... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:48:03 EST Those Who Can, Do... Part 2: The Knowledge So, what does an exercise instructor have to learn in order to be certified? <BR> <BR> 1. Anatomy! You have to learn the names of all the major bones and muscles, the different types of joints and how they work, and terms that describe direction and position (prone, supine, distal, medial, etc.)... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:47:05 EST Happy Easter Happy Easter to all fellow believers! <BR> <BR> Church was packed this morning. <BR> <BR> All is well. <BR> <BR> He is risen! <BR> <BR> ONWARD!! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:42:43 EST Recap of Weekly Goals Here's how the week went: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sunday, I hopped on a spin bike before the Body Pump class. I went heavier for the back portion and felt sore a few hour later. <BR> <BR> Monday, I danced at work. <BR> <BR> Tuesday... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:40:50 EST Happy Easter Happy Easter everyone, hope you are all having a great healthy day. I am cooking a great healthy turkey dinner and have had a good week, exercised every day and did stay in my calorie range but I only lost one pound. Have a great week everyone. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:39:39 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for April 20: Daily inspiration: Today picture yourself as the happiest person that you know and watch how contagious this enthusiasm for life is. Lord, may I bring out the best in those with whom I share today so they can in turn bring out more of my best. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: And as th... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:35:04 EST How I feel in less than 5 words Tired, but achieved. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:34:39 EST Very Exciting News! One of my best friends is getting married this summer to her high school sweetheart. Last night, she called me and asked if I would be a bridesmaid in her wedding this summer on July 5th. Of course I said yes, and I am so honored that she wants me to be in the wedding! BUT... <BR> <BR> This call... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:27:57 EST Easter Monday and plans for the rest of the month. Today I start with Zumba. When I get home I will be painting the bedroom and the repaired section of our living room wall. The weather is forecast to be sunny today, so I will hang out the washing and proceed with more work in the garden. I am tidying up the area around the house, taking cuttings... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:26:57 EST Update Spinning class yesterday (strep throat knocked me out more than I realized!) and then an hour or two doing yardwork, mostly raking, and yesterday was a good workout even if I didn't track food and know I blew calories at dinner. Today I went for a run but really walked the whole time. Really ne... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:19:20 EST I'm on vacation Finally. After over 3 years with no break and stress I get 10 days off. It's day 3 now and I am considerably less wound up. I'm even drinking less. Sometimes.. well, ok, every day I question my career choice and if choosing a different path would make me happier. I never really thought about it. ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:15:02 EST Beautiful Day Today is a wonderful day and has so much significance in our lives. It is a time to me to feel sad knowing what Christ went through in pain, suffering and humiliation for sinners like us, even before he knew us. Wow! <BR> <BR> We sang so many songs this morning in church and each seemed to rev... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:13:43 EST Easterly Lovely day. Woke up, put together baskets for mom and nick, went and worked out, then tootled around the few stores that were open. Going out for dinner & gelato later. Right now, sitting out on the porch with mom, posting this. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:12:40 EST The countdown has begun. One week from today my oldest daughter and I will have run the Oklahoma Memorial 1/2 Marathon. It's her first and my second. We will be celebrating crossing the finish line together! <BR> <BR> She is worried about the time. Can we say she's a bit competitive? I have no idea where she got that... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:10:33 EST Sunday 20th April I forgot an item from yesterday's blog. <BR> It is rare that I give myself time to bake but yesterday I did - Welsh Raerbit Muffins. Nice and light and DH is enjoying them. <BR> <BR> I have recently decided that Sundays are - do nothing - days. I know I need to rest and with the current pac... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:07:49 EST Day 20 - 20 changes, substitutions, and lessons I have learned... In no particular order: <BR> <BR> 1. Serve with measuring cups and spoons so I don't "eye ball" <BR> 2. Store snacks and left overs in serving portioned containers <BR> 3. Instead of a nap, do yoga <BR> 4. If I still need a nap, limit it to less than 30 minutes <BR> 5. serve dressing on side,... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:04:23 EST Easter's Words to Ponder God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, 'I love you.' <BR> <BR> Billy Graham <BR> <BR> What a wonderful gift we received! May you all have a Blessed Easter! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:00:31 EST Happy Easter! <img src="">Happy Easter! Dinner is over and guests have gone. It was a good day but I'm glad we get to relax after cleaning up. I got the cutest plant and will try to post a picture. <BR> All the baking, pizzagain and cream pies came ou... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:58:25 EST can I help others? Today was the first time someone asked me how I've lost all this weight. Honestly she didn't even need to lose weight! The problem is that before I was introduced to this website it had been a slooooowwww, devastingly slow process to lose weight. And the crazy part is my actual problem was tha... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:53:30 EST Lots of Changes Wow, this past week has been one of changes and reflection. Over the past few days I have interviewed for two jobs, got hired and accepted one of them and yesterday I added a car loan to my changes. I thought about it for a few days and could not see putting more money into my 14 year old vehicle... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:48:49 EST Week 13 - Progress Week 13 started off a little shaky. I rested for two days and didn't really abide by the clean eating. I was just frustrated because of the workplace but I kicked it into gear on Wednesday. Sometimes it is hard doing right if Life is kicking you in one area or the other. This journey will not be... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:47:57 EST The tiniest bunny survived ... at the hands(paws) of my shepherd! Last night my husband and I were enjoying the sunset while sitting in the backyard. Sula, my shepherd, was a number of feet away from us, down by the raised bed gardens. She was sitting and seemed to be interested in something but we weren't sure what. When ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:47:41 EST Happy Easter did you give up anything for lent? I did I gave up Facebook and it was a valuable experience. It will teach you who your real friends really are! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:40:50 EST Read this about exercise ….. <link><BR>aranteed-to-make-your-whole-day-better<BR>-tues.html?cid=sf01002 </link> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:39:31 EST Day 574: Happy Easter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:38:26 EST Happy Easter! 187 lbs. <BR> <BR> Happy Easter! It's been a long time since I've celebrated Easter in the traditional way with family and food etc. Instead, it's mailed packages to my children/grandchild and phone calls and a solitary time of prayer and reflection which I've come to appreciate. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:35:36 EST Happy Easter Just wanted to say happy Easter to everyone! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:35:22 EST Homemade Dinner Rolls Hot Out of the Oven <img src=""> <BR> My mother always made these rolls when I was growing up. She's 83 now and still bakes. She called the recipe "ICE BOX ROLLS" as her mother, my grandmother, made them before there was refrigeration. The beauty is that y... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:33:15 EST Desire, Decision, Discipline, Destination Desire:a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Decision:a conclusion or resolution reached after consid... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:32:33 EST Wishing everyone a nice day. I just got back from our church service and I am heading over to my sisters for a little visit. We are having sandwiches for lunch. She and her family are having Easter dinner with her inlaws. I was invited but chose not to go because I don't feel comfortable. <BR> I get really depressed bei... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:30:49 EST Ill today... Headed back to bed. Be back later to blog more. Probably just edit this one to post about the 'explosive' night I just had. Later, tater, EJ <BR> <BR> __________ <BR> <BR> Taken from another source so that I don't need to retype anything. <BR> <BR> It has been a seriously rough 24 hours. Jane ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:26:48 EST another day I wrote a blog last night and was pleased to find really good solid advice as a comment, I wasn't even expecting any comment. I've had breakfast with the assorted vitamins and I'm not hungry but I would like to eat. I decided to write here instead of eating. My abdomen is sore and achey from e... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:22:11 EST Happy Easter! I hope everyone is having a good Easter. The weather is nice out so I took an 84 minute walk. About 3 miles. I was going for a 30 minute walk, but it was so nice out I just walked n walked. <BR> When the weather is nice it's easier to get out and walk. The treadmill is ok for some days, but I get... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:17:23 EST Birthday Blog (pictures) Hi, <BR> <BR> Happy Easter to those of the Christian faith! <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I turned 48 (so much better than the alternative) and for the first in many years I actually had a really nice day. I used to have so many expectations of the "perfect" day but this year was amazing. <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:07:55 EST My thoughts after 3rd week of P90X2 This week I did better on some exercises and worse on others. I wasn't as flexible as I was the prior week, and I had a nagging soreness in my left shin for several days. Finally yesterday I'd had enough of it and decided to really go after it with my rumble roller and apply more pressure, for ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:05:09 EST Beginning to Understand “Choose Your Hard” The other day, I read a Sparkfriend’s blog that got me thinking. She has a cat named Houdini and she measures her weight loss in quantities equivalent to Houdini’s weight. Her blog shared the joyous news that she has lost four Houdinis! <BR> <BR> We’re down to one cat now. Juneau is a Maine C... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:57:38 EST All blessings to you! <img src=""> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:55:55 EST Great Walk Today Last night my friend Cherie texted me about walking. She has been walking with me occasionally and wants to walk more. So I reponded that I planned on walking early on Sunday at the park. It is my long walk day so she was welcome to join me if she wanted. Well she did! And she ended up doing... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:50:03 EST Sunday, April 20, 2014 Special Sunday Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:47:56 EST An Easter Celebration in Song for You <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's a private Easter Celebration if some of you are shut-in, or single like me, no family like me; perhaps with no place to go. He is with us always, including right now. We are not alone. Maybe you are in a hos... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:47:23 EST May Happiness Resolutions I recently finished reading "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin and now I am convinced that I should put more effort into increasing my happiness. Following our my happiness resolutions/goals for May: <BR> <BR> - Take a Class <BR> <BR> I am taking a weekend class called Flower Remedies an... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:47:05 EST Happy Easter and general update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Aspen and Sierra so many years ago. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sierra still always has a smile on her face. <BR> Happy Easter! <BR> <BR> Mine started... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:44:24 EST The Benefits of..... <img src=""> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:44:13 EST The weekend I did much of nutrition tracking before I left home yesterday since I knew approximately what I was going to eat. Even though there were a lot of great looking snacks spread out over the day, I only cheated once with a slice of soda bread with just a touch of butter on it. The other bonus was tha... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:43:36 EST Happy Easter Wishing Happy Easter to all of my Spark Family and friends <em>449</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:40:08 EST I was gone, now I"m back!~! and my goal is so much closer Hi, We took off for a week to CA, got sick the night we arrived, remained sick & in the hotel for the week. Home now a week & FINALLY feeling better. <BR> <BR> I apologize to whomever sent me a spark email, I saw it, lost it. I thank you for your concern, who were you??? <BR> <BR> I've not be... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:39:51 EST What does EASTER mean to you? <img src=""> <BR> Easter to the kids is egg hunts, candy filled baskets, toys, and fun. <BR> Easter to adults is the renewal of faith and that we shall too rise again. So, what does Easter mean to you? Are you with the kids, running and hunti... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:39:49 EST Life is good! Well, now; accomplishments all around today! <BR> I have my last load of laundry in. Yup wouldn't ya know it just when I thought it was all caught up LOL <BR> I have dough rising for fresh whole grain buns to go with my Hawaiian ham and scalloped potato Easter Dinner, my house is clean and I've f... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:37:44 EST Spring! I'm blooming!!! I love this time of year. Regrowth. Clear away the old dead branches, prune the unneeded, open my soul for fresh air and breath.......... <em>376</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:37:18 EST First Pix from Ireland I'm home at last - arrived no problem in Newark yesterday morning, but United cancelled my afternoon flight home. So, that killed my login streak - ended me with 575 days! Anyway, they put me up in a hotel and gave me meal vouchers. But, WAH! <em>46</em> Missed out on Easter service. <BR> My DS... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:34:24 EST Get it Together NOW! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:33:51 EST Happy Easter Happy Easter Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:32:32 EST My first 5K! <img src="">I never thought this would be me standing there, feeling so accomplished because set out to complete a goal to run in my first 5 k race and I did it! It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining <em>67</em> and I was feeling won... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:30:51 EST The Scale has Redeemed Itself I've been worried about why I haven't been losing weight despite joining the gym about 2 weeks ago. The scale's barely budged. I've been using it as motivation, actually... which is good. <BR> <BR> Anyway. I weighed in yesterday to find "no change" from last week. I have a cheap, analog s... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:30:10 EST Day 1503: Personal Challenge - Day 3 of 21 Day 51 of writing 750 words per day! <BR> Day 5 of sending energy every day! <BR> <BR> Hello!! I'm on day 3 of my personal challenge, where I am focusing on educating myself on the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical benefits of detoxing. Today is Easter!! Woohoo :) I'm back home and I f... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:25:02 EST Vacation week This last week we went on a family vacation. I knew I wanted to really enjoy my time, since I feel like I am working all the time lately. Before we went out for the day I did my exercise video. I am really happy I put the time in for this because I think it made me happy and gave me more energy f... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:24:21 EST Weekly Update 2 I've had a really good week <em>41</em> I'm finally seeing the weight going down again, which is an added bonus. I've been really upset I let myself put on the 10kg - my excuse was that since my clothes still fit, it's fine; it was only an excuse though, and while the weight was an issue, I a... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:23:53 EST Time For a Reboot With the holiday & vacation away, it's time to reboot to get ready for the summer. Tomorrow I'm restarting Lyn Genet Recitas' The Plan on Day 1. <BR> <BR> What I Found the First Time Around <BR> The first time on the plan I found that my face breaks out in hives and I feel hot at night/insomnia... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:19:27 EST Easter dinner I'm going to my in-laws for dinner today. I'm a little nervous about the food. I know they make lots of good food. And I really don't want to overdo it. I want to control how much I eat, but I'm never sure of portion sizes when I'm there. When I'm at a party I tend to have "tastes" a couple o... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:14:46 EST Happy Easter!!! Happy Easter to all my friends & family! Enjoy this day the Lord hath made for each and everyone of us!!! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:14:07 EST Today's Inspiration " Our Lord has written <BR> the promise of the resurrection, <BR> not in books alone, <BR> but in every leaf in spring-time." <BR> <BR> - Martin Luther Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:13:11 EST Starting Week 1 :) I know what I need to do.. <BR> <BR> I just need to get my butt in gear and DO IT!! <BR> <BR> No more excuses! <BR> <BR> <BR> The LAST time I stood on the scale and looked down to see 199lbs flashing back at me was when I was 6 months pregnant with my first son. <BR> <BR> That was 22 years... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:08:45 EST happy easter happy easter to all my friends on sparkpeople <em>448</em> <em>450</em> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:06:00 EST What I been up too Helicopta Things are a mess before clean up but thought I would put it up any how lol Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:05:26 EST end of blc 21 At the moment, I'm scared of it ending. Not the terrified scared, I'm just afraid of losing the connection with people. I don't want it to end. I would love to see just a continuation of it for another month or three. Hahhahahaha. It's been greAt even if at times I didn't do my best. This challen... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:05:17 EST Okay. No progress. But then, not trying much. It's so easy to slide into the world of "meh", and discover that I'm off-track. This slide started with...what? <BR> <BR> Overwork? Maybe - when I'm putting in long hours at work, it's really easy for me to "give myself a break" from the work of paying attention to fitness, logging food, and ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:04:36 EST Sunday's Quote “As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?” <BR> ¯ Cassandra Clare <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (Only the last one!!) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:00:03 EST I am so blessed to have my daughter! I weighed myself this morning and I am so happy that I have lost 1 pound this past week. It is coming of slowly but I know I will get there. I am so blessed to have my daughter. She has been getting me out of the house to walk. Even when I don't want to do it, she won't take no for an answer and ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:59:52 EST Week 1 I've decided to combine my first two weeks into one week, since my first week was really only 3 days. <BR> <BR> This week has been interesting. I've found that changing my diet and trying to be active has impacted other things. I've found that I've regained some more of my motivation and I'm wil... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:52:39 EST Restart I'm feeling the need to restart. Trying to get back on track since I was in Kansas has been tough and my prior actions aren't naturally fitting back in again. I've reset my streaks and chosen some replacement goals. My priority will be log in, spin wheel, and do the Spark Coach program. Once ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:45:26 EST Thank You I am truly humbled by the many people who not only liked my post yesterday but also commented on it today. From the bottom of my heart - Thank you! <BR> <BR> I sort of needed that encouragement today. I woke up with a cold and spend the day with the inlaws where I had a discussion (that's the ni... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:42:43 EST Happy Easter!! <img src=""> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:40:39 EST Morning Has Broken - Easter Sunrise <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the view that greeted me this morning as I was leaving to go to Sunrise Service at church this morning. <BR> <BR> May you all be blessed with a very Happy Easter today! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:37:12 EST End of week review Normally I post my walking and calorie successes on Sundays. But today I want to share some of what I am thankful for right now. <BR> <BR> God is love: The longer I live the more I am assured that God's perfect love is the answer to all of the world's woes. <BR> <BR> My husband who encourages... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:29:29 EST a wonderful feeling is to have to discard clothes because they are too large for you, and to feel full of energy as you walk Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:28:26 EST Fresh Start <BR> Hiking was better yesterday. Friday when I walked with my friend I took the grass. My body suffered from the test shots for the last 3 weeks. It let me sore and tender. I tried the track and it made me hurt after. <BR> Ours trails were easier. That is mostly trails no off trailing or rive... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:26:45 EST Pushing to stay alive <img src=""> Hello sparkle people I have been absent from this site for some time now my life really has been a roller coaster ride for some time now first of all am back so saying hello to everyone, I have not be well in almost a year now i... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:22:02 EST Easter <em>449</em> <em>448</em> <em>453</em> <em>450</em> <em>145</em> Happy Easter to you all. <BR> <BR> It rained here overnight, so hubby didn't go to field, and we caught up on some jobs here at home. Fed the horses and sheep hay, put yearling lambs in with the older ewes, burned ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:21:09 EST Forty Years is a LONG time to do anything! Today is Easter Sunday. Today is also our 40th Wedding Anniversary. <BR> The sheer length of forty years is mind boggling to me. Not really sure how that time has passed. I know some of the time seems to have gone in warped speed. The short time from when my daughters were born - to taking ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:18:54 EST Hope The power of a suffix is an amazing thing. If we add -less to the word hope it takes away the wonderful meaning that inspires us to try again, to keep going, to look toward the future. If we add -ful to the word hope it increases the power of the word to bring us even more inspiration. Today I... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:18:35 EST Happy Easter The bunny has been to our house and this afternoon he is bringing a flat screen TV. Our other one went out on us so it is time for a new one. It will not be a big screen but big enough for us. <BR> The feeding is done, a lilac bush is planted, a peony bush has been dug and is waiting to be pu... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:17:18 EST Saturday, Holy Candy Batman! It was an all day binge. I haven't done this in a long time, I usually have plenty of other things to occupy my day, but the chocolate and jellybeans were so overwhelming when we found the plastic eggs we hide and the baskets are always full of too much candy. It just kept calling my name and sit... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:13:10 EST coach's assignment: list 3 achievements Yesterday I dodged the spillng-over refreshment table at a big meeting. <BR> Walked 2 miles even though foot is sore <BR> Avoided the so-called "reduced fat" cookies & ate carrots instead. <BR> The Food Traps are lurking everywhere! Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:12:21 EST BEAUTIFUL EASTER DAY It is sunny and gorgeous out. I spent time with the family yesterday and today I will ride my bike for several hours. I want to go to the Botanical Garden and see the flowers blooming, it should be a nice day there to go. Friday was my last day off from work until summer break in June, so I am... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:12:14 EST Happy Easter! Happy Easter all my Spark friends! We are going to have an adult Easter Egg hunt today:) <BR> My GS is 21, and my GD is 12 and lives in AZ, so we have no small children to have fun with today, so I bought 4 dozen, hard boiled, colored eggs, and we will hide them and have fun finding them today! ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:09:32 EST Living Obese - The Ugly Truth Living obese isn't pretty, it's ugly and hard. Yes, there is a sense of comfort after awhile because that's what we've gotten used to but it is still hard. And the older you get the harder it is. You wake up in the morning and everything hurts. You struggle to get out of bed, physically and m... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:05:21 EST so far so good Increase energy. Better mood. Haven't been at it long enough to see any new or other changes in anything yet. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:05:20 EST Sweaty!!! Feels so good to be so sweaty and tired! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I just did the three mile fast Walk Away the Pounds workout on Youtube, then did a whole 3 minutes of a 10 minute ab video. Maybe tomorrow I can do another minute of it, but I feel very good about what I did today. <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:02:33 EST I FEEL IT IN THE AIR I Feel It In The Air <BR> <BR> I know it's Easter time again, <BR> I feel it in the air. <BR> The breath of spring with woodsy tang, <BR> And new life everywhere. <BR> And spring glides on with magic touch <BR> O'er mountain side and glen; <BR> And wakens all the sleeping plants <BR> For Easter ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:54:38 EST Day 347 Rest Day. Feeling good. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:54:25 EST SPOILER: EASTER IS...<BR>er_embedded&v=bAuaSpJ7zGs <BR> <BR> All about His sacrifice... emoticon Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:51:11 EST Happy Easter!! <em>452</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <em>453</em> <BR> <BR> Only a short walk today due to rain, but still made it to Denver on Road Trip USA! Onto Yellowstone National PArk for the next leg. I've started walking intervals again, restarted on the Week One programme - 1 min of 4 spe... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:50:00 EST Blessed Easter! <em>214</em> I went to church and took my friend with me. It was a different service this morning, there was a skit, and some people came up during the service and spoke (scenarios) asking "What can your Jesus do for me". It was an awesome service though with the Holy Spirit was so sweetly ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:45:42 EST Second Chances. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Easter is very important to me, it's a second chance." --– Reba McEntire <BR> <BR> Today I awoke with such joy and hope in my heart and it's not by accident… It's Easter. This day holds so much meaning for me, besid... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:45:38 EST yes IN DEED HE HAS the reply that should be given when someone say He Has RISEN Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:44:17 EST Gonna have a dance night with a special girl!!! Bethanee loves to dance so I am gonna do Zumba with her later for a little bit. <BR> <BR> I love Zumba because it works everything. Cardio and muscles. A full work out!! I just need to remember I do need to do the machines atleast 2 times a day. <BR> <BR> So my schedule... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:43:09 EST Enjoying being more active. <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> Happy Easter! <em>451</em> <em>453</em> <em>452</em> <BR> <BR> It took forEVER for me to get to sleep last night. I finally fell asleep around 3am. I don't know what the deal is. I go through phases where this happens. I'm trying really h... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:42:53 EST DH Home Today - Great Easter Blessing Some Baskets are just not big enough to hold all the Lord gifts of Life ! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> DH returned home this morning after a extended Life Saving Heart Transplant Surgery - as I write I have tears of Joy that we have been given... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:33:42 EST Day 8 - Happy Easter I am 55 years old and my sweet mom still makes me an Easter Basket. Really sweet of her. The only problem is that now I have to find a listing for Easter Candy Corn. It's a bit embarrassing to track candy when you are trying to lose weight, but then again, if you don't track everything, it doe... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:32:22 EST Mayday Madness Challenge This is the blog about the weekly royal maintenance weigh-in & the Mayday Madness Challenge Festival, taking place in Queen AmQ's Maintenance Queendom from Easter (April 20) to May Madness Day (May 25, a newly declared holiday in the realm). <BR> <BR> Having morphed back from a bunny queen to a ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:32:06 EST Bad Week But I'm cool with it! <BR> <BR> Have to re-evaluate my plan. I was expecting this to happen, kind of. Tomorrow starts a new day - the house is full of good food, I just need to plan my eating better. Working a lot this week, so I need to plan my exercise better. We'll see how it goes. I have 8 ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:29:37 EST What I Saw This Morning <img src=""> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:27:17 EST The greatest... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:27:00 EST HAPPY EASTER <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As I watch the morning sun rise, I am grateful for another day. Another chance to celebrate this wonderful life. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:25:44 EST Day 16 rowing in the morning -wonderful way to enjoy the world in all its glory! <BR> <BR> I just might be getting the "backing the oar in" component locked in. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:23:14 EST It's Four Day Weekend It's a four day weekend and I seem to do better when I am at home. There are so many distractions from food, that I can keep from over eating. <BR> <BR> I feel very proud that we have done a lot of work around the house this weekend! Moving around and burning calories!!! <BR> <BR> Hope ev... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:22:56 EST Easter Candy I just have today and tomorrow (as it's grocery shopping day and candy will be on sale) to make through the temptation of Easter candy. Jelly beans are one of my favorites. I did buy one bag several weeks back but have not had the desire to buy more and several times I have stood in front of th... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:22:46 EST Why do they call them "Deviled" Eggs? <img src=""> <BR> These are the "Deviled" Eggs I made today for Easter. But I'm not sure where the name "Deviled" comes from. I don't know if that's appropriate for EASTER ! LOL Maybe they should be called "Angel" Eggs. <BR> <BR> I Hard ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:21:41 EST Such a BUM! ( A majorly rambling catch-up) Man, what a bum. Looked at my goal and it was from LAST YEAR??? <BR> <BR> So, good morning from the least consistent person on the planet. (Or, at least a very competitive second. ) <BR> <BR> A goal I remembered did bring me back here, even though this has been a very slow getting-with-it morni... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:20:34 EST So Focus <img src=""> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:19:28 EST FOLLOW UP ON GROWING VEGGIES AND A HAPPY EASTER <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It has been a little over 3 weeks since I bought 4 packets of seeds at The Dollar Tree, brought them home and planted them. I reall... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:18:40 EST Animals 4/20 :=) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:16:03 EST happy easter to all those who celebrate. <BR> <BR> Easter Sunday or not, got out the kick boxing DVD and worked my way through it. Last time I did this one, only got through the punch routine (10 minutes). Today made it all the way through punches and core energizing, about 40 minutes. and my legs hurt!! ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:15:07 EST Happy Easter!! <BR> Well, I hope everyone is enjoyed their Easter I know I am not only is a holiday but it is my Birthday!!! Happy Birthday to Me!! Lol!! Well, I let you go and everybody stay safe and have a wonderful day so sorry I haven't been on here lately. <BR> <BR> Your <em>223</em> Jennifer <BR... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:12:57 EST Holiday eating and a new lifestyle I got up early this morning to hide Easter eggs and to start prepping for the upcoming meal. As I was chopping away on some rosemary, contemplating the calories of the dishes I chose, I thought, "Meh, it's a holiday. I can splurge! I can just enjoy the day without worry." But, really, can I? <BR>... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:12:12 EST Honesty. I can't believe it's been two years since I've been on Spark People. I would love to sit here and say I'm at my goal weight and my health is amazing, but the reality is I'm back to square one. I'm lost. So I decided to be honest with myself and come back. This is not easy. <BR> <BR> Here's wher... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:11:50 EST Grateful for a New Day I am grateful for a new day to live. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:09:54 EST Happy Easter to all! What a beautiful day. Big bummer though, after going all winter without getting sick, I get sick THIS weekend! I just can't believe it. I told my husband that we were fine before we went for our yearly physicals. It was the doctors' offices that made us sick! I just hope it doesn't last the ... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:07:54 EST Happy Easter FRIENDS!!!!!!! I hope you have a very blessed Easter Sunday. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:01:05 EST OMG this chicken is soooooooo good!<BR>il.asp?recipe=2725185 <BR> <BR> or if that doesn't work, try this <BR> <BR><BR>s/Grilled-Chicken-with-Mustard-Tarrago<BR>n-Chobani-Sauce <BR> <BR> The top link is my slightly edited version of the recipe, ol... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:00:20 EST BL Spring Challenge Progress Review - we're halfway! It’s hard to believe, but the week 5 weigh in for the BL Spring into Action 10 Week Challenge took place last Wednesday – it’s more than halfway over! So I decided it was time to revisit my goals for the Challenge and see how I’m doing. <BR> <BR> Here they are: <BR> 1. Train for and run at leas... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:55:22 EST Tatooine Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:53:31 EST