SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs 5K Badge Thank you to Barb and the Shooting Stars for the jump start & motivation! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Day 10 - daily walks. I am sure, if not for my streak, I would have not made myself walk today. It poured all day. I ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:17:01 EST Down Went to doctor's and down 5# in two weeks. Surprising. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:16:52 EST Doing great I am sorry I have not been posting I got my Fitbit and been busy learning all about it. But I have been really doing great walking working out and riding bike. Been busy also helping friend paint and working in his house. Will be working at home tomorrow. Thursday clean at church, prayers for all... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:16:32 EST My story so far A few years ago I stopped weighing myself when I hit my scale max of 300lbs. The situation I was in allowed little to no exercise, and unlimited fatty food. I hit a point when I moved back home with my stepdad and stopped eating. I just happened to accidentally have a bag of blueberry baglels mix... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:14:40 EST Fitness Tuesday Today is my 3rd Tuesday in a row of walking at school. It's nice to walk with others as I work on my fitness goals. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:05:08 EST Where Does The time Go? My Spark Coach task for today is looking at the ways I may waste time I could be exercising and making good plans for healthy meals. <BR> <BR> Honestly, I feel pulled when I am home to decide if I should spend time doing laundry, cleaning, cooking and other chores around the house. My sisters ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:54:57 EST Walking this baby out No better motivation to get to moving than being 40 weeks pregnant on Thursday! Gotta stay healthy fpr my little one! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:53:26 EST Getting off the couch For the past few months, I've taken on the term "couch potato" to a whole new level. It's amazing how far we can let our body fall apart and not really notice, especially in this age of electronic distractions. <BR> <BR> Today I said "no more"! I spent 77 minutes doing the Wii Fit Training progr... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:45:16 EST New Routine for Everyone So this OTR Truck Driver's wife is not going to be one anymore. Yep, hubby is getting a different job. He'll be home every night! In the long run it'll be great! It'll just be an adjustment for all of us. Our boys will miss the Semi parked in our driveway every weekend but will be happy that he's... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:43:34 EST Gardening Was out all day. It was really nice until the clouds came in. But I got a lot done and worked up a sweat. Going to sleep really good tonight. Hopefully these clouds go away. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:40:34 EST Keeper of the flame Many people write about losing their mojo or motivation . They ask where they can find it? They simply forgot that they are the keeper of the flame . That flame is in each one of us. Some days it is a little flicker and some days it is a roaring fire. It is always there for us to relight and sto... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:37:01 EST February 21 2017 So another great day workout done and played outside. But food is over I'm wounding should I be eating back some of my calories? I never have before and am now st my goal weight. I'm just now working on maintaining. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:36:53 EST Really!! 2 days in a row I have gone over my calories. While today was only by 43 calories, I am still mad with myself because I really want to be dedicated. Tomorrow is another day. And tomorrow I will rock it. Joining the YMCA tomorrow too. So excited for Yoga classes. I am great at getting my c... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:36:19 EST I lost some weight <img src=""> <BR> Its been hard not eating a snack later in the day like I like. I am getting use to smaller portions and eating healthier. I do miss some of the good I was eating but I am eating more healthier foods ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:31:47 EST Getting it in Talked to my dietician. Learned some more helpful information to continue my lifestyle journey. 😀 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:31:43 EST BSG Blog - February Friendships The blog for the month of February is to discuss what I have done to celebrate friendships. <BR> <BR> this is a tough blog to write. Over the past year, as I have begun a new journey in my life, I have had to take a good look at my friendships. I needed to figure out what ones are working fo... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:29:21 EST The Fustration With The Scale <img src=""> Hi all :) Anyone who has clicked to read this blog knows what I'm talking about, the weeks or months you worked out and eat pretty healthy but yet have no pounds to show for it? Maybe it's just me but i... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:29:16 EST I did not accomplish much today! I time I made a phone call there was no answer. I was doing research and needed some answers. I finally did get some things done. I think everyone took and extra day off. : ) <BR> I got My new medicine. I will start it to night. I hope today has been wonderful for You! Luv Y'all!! ((HUGS)... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:26:04 EST Emotional and Stressed <img src=""> <BR> My pets know when I'm stressed, Onyx and Pixie have been so good today! I want to shovel food into my mouth... I also really want a cigarette (first time I have craved one in years). On Thursday I ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:25:41 EST Blah I am just having one of those days. I feel kind of .... blah. On the bright side, I know I am doing so well in my push to get healthier through exercise. It's becoming no big deal to walk for 15-30 minutes most days. I did have some pain in my ankles/foot tops yesterday, so I stopped early, b... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:23:55 EST Getting it in Work out is done.I love the trampoline.. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:16:37 EST Sleep journal – 2-21-17 I got settled in bed with my eye mask on and ala-palooza cd on around 10:50pm. I fell asleep at 11:30pmish and woke up at 2:15amish because my eyemask wasn’t on my eyes, my legs were pretzeled and they hurt. I fell back asleep at 2:45amish and woke up at 4amish. Nothing was uncomfortable and I fe... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:14:06 EST I'm my worst enemy I started off well by day 3 I gave up. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:12:07 EST Newbie My name is Laura. I am a married mommy to 3 who has always loved to snack!! I am now at my absolute highest weight and I am completely disgusted. I have been watching what I eat for 1 week now. I feel good and have more energy. I am looking forward to the weight loss and to feeling good about mys... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:08:08 EST A Compassionate Act There is a trend to paint rocks and leave them in places for people to find. <BR> <BR> I had an idea to paint rocks years ago. However, I did not think to put them where people could find them and put a little light hearted joy in their day. <BR> <BR> We need more compassion in this world,... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:04:18 EST Whew! Update of yesterday's blog . . . <BR> <BR> So, last night, I was sooooooo hungry it hurt. I did what I said I was going to do in yesterday's blog: <BR> <BR> I waited 10 minutes and I still wanted to eat. <BR> <BR> I tried to distract myself by taking a hot bath in my whirlpool tub. Didn't help... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:00:58 EST Exercise Challenge II: Pets i've got two cats. <img src=""> the dark one is Quinn about two years old. the orange one is Kali and her daughter she'll be a year in May. <BR> <BR> doing my run through of my exercises, i've got Quinn tapping me on... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:00:35 EST Eye Dr Day <img src=""> Tuesday Youngest girls back in school today. Middle girl took 19 hats I made for her teacher last year. I made 19 and 15 for my girls class for Valentine's Day. This is a pic of the ones for today. Sam ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:57:00 EST Simple Rules I shouldn't Ignore I watched the new gluten-free cookies gliding along the conveyer wondering WTF I was doing. One of my kids is gluten-free due to health issues so I try to make sure we always have treats for him at school for special occasions. I saw a new type of cookie sold in convenient snack packs and figured... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:52:10 EST NEW HAIR COLOR AND SUN GLASSES <img src=""> Here I am with my haircolored, carmel highlights on top, and new sun glasses! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:44:24 EST Snoozing the day away Nothing worse than being sick. Yuck, yuck, yuck. Classically, for me, weather has been super nice, but where was I? Today it was sacked out on the couch, being poked at by curious felines, while the 3, count 'em, 3 sets of sleepwear went through the wash and dry cycles. <BR> <BR> It was a chi... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:39:56 EST Today is bittersweet I received some news at work today that I’d been expecting for some time. I’ve been laid off. Well, I’ve been given my notice that I’m being laid off. My last day will be March 31. And, like the title of this blog post suggests, it’s very bittersweet. <BR> Bitter: <BR> -OMG I’m going to be out of... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:32:10 EST George 1276 Sorry about the spelling Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:27:46 EST Frustrated I have been at this for two months and the weight is not coming off, maybe a half pound or one. Been exercising circuit 4 mornings each week and cardio at least 30 to 40 minutes each of the 4 sessions. Help because I just wanna quit!!!! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:26:38 EST George 1276 Thanks to Spark People l have lost 5 pounds else Feb. 11. I am so please, l look forward everyday to dieting Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:25:29 EST Coffee Coordination Career, Confidence, and Cognition <img src=""> <BR> I had a job interview today. Ironically - or maybe providentially, because I believe my Creator has a sense of humor - it is for a part-time spreadsheet handler and Girl Friday position at a vending c... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:15:17 EST Another day, another search. Day 5 of exercise so far this year <BR> Gardening 10 minutes 62 calories burned <BR> <BR> I wanted to get more edging done today around the flowerbed and walkway in front of the house. The temperature was 10 degrees colder today than yesterday and the high temperature was to be around 4 PM. ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:08:30 EST Weigh In 2 months ago I was hovering around 250lbs. Today I am at 239lbs!!! <BR> <BR> I haven't been logging my food consistently so I've reset my goals. I have a hard time with a third shift schedule logging everything to the correct dates. I'm going to start logging from midnight - midnight instead of ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:07:33 EST Invisible I noticed I don't see myself when I look in the mirror. I do my hair but only look at the hair. Same as I brush my teeth. I don't look at myself as a whole. Need to start doing that. Need to see the WHOLE me not just part of me! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:05:20 EST Never Forget <img src=""> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:03:33 EST It's Complicated No, not really, nothing is really complicated if you just figure out the solution of things. Except algebra and geometry was really complicated in my youth to figure out. I despise numbers, never could figure out the solutions so that stayed complicated. Period. <BR> <BR> But other things, life ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:56:58 EST BABY BUTCH BLUES I read a Spark Slide Show called !0 Things that Pain Teaches You. <BR><BR>eshow.asp?show=103 <BR> VERY INFORMATIVE. <BR> It underscores all the things that my spouse, Brie, has been trying to get through my thick scull: <BR> Don't Have Unrealistic Expectat... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:55:12 EST It's all about positivity! <img src=""> <BR> Did some weightlifting today, the only thing that kept me going was saying 'I can do it' even if I had to get help from my spotter ir couldn't complete a set. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:50:09 EST Another week I haven't been able to exercise being on the road and now coming down with a headcold. Fluids, vitamin C and dayquil. Hopefully I feel better tomorrow. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:43:42 EST Figuring Out Where I Belong (Part 1) I want to be as transparent as I can be with my sparkfriends. Obviously, I choose to keep some things to myself, because it's still the internet, and I'm still old school enough that I don't care to air out every single thing about my life to people I have never met face to face. I'm old enough... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:41:59 EST A Holy Cow Update (Expanded from Feb 19) So, I got really excited on Sunday morning when I weighed in at with a 4 lb loss. I high-tailed it to my laptop, wrote a long and joyful blog. When I hit the "post" button, Windows crashed and I lost the blog. I posted a few short sentences, and called it a day. <BR> <BR> Well, here's take two ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:39:13 EST Choose Happy! Sometimes... we just feel blue. We can't pinpoint it. It just comes over us. I've learned it's OK to stay there, ride it out, for a moment or 2. However, we must set a time frame, to leave the blues behind us. <BR> As quick as you became blue, you can become Happy again. It's a choice. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:33:21 EST Hi Started going to the gym working out and eating healthy decided to cheat all weekend long because no matter what I do the scale has gone up and not down so what the point is working out if you want to lose weight when you can't lose the weight that keeps on saying you're gaining Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:26:54 EST Reminder For Me <img src=""> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:19:30 EST Mid winter break Means no daycare for the kiddos. Waiting patiently to be relieved to go to the gym. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:17:23 EST We have a new team We have a new team going now called the Simply Fit Board and its really fun. When I tried it I didn't have much of a balance on it but getting use to it. So if you have the Simple Fit Board come and join our little team and tell us how you like it. <BR> May God bless your day and have a good one... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:16:19 EST Tuesday O lord, this cough has got to go, nothing seems to be working. Girls are on a school trip this evening seeing Wicked at that Straz theatre, they won't get home till 11:30 to night, but I'm sure they are going to have a great time, everyone who has seen it loves it. <BR> <BR> staying a track so t... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:13:41 EST Sad today I gain 1pound last week. And I díd everything i could to eat less drink more water. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:11:27 EST Day 1383 Gym Day. Did 5 of 6 exercises. Feeling good. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:11:04 EST I went back to gym I weigh 349 was embarrassed to go back to gym after losing so much weight but I did and I do feel good that I did Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:10:19 EST Day 52: Hanging In Well, Kate did so much better this weekend, so I have some hope that the meds really are going to help once they kick in fully and she's on a full dose. She was draggy on Sunday, said the meds were making her tired, but otherwise she was like a different kid - engaging with us, relaxed, joking a... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:04:58 EST Well... there was cake! So last week I hit the big 4-0!! Consequently my weekly weigh in was 234.9. Ouch! Yes, it's <BR> technically a loss but a tiny one. BUT I'm counting it as a win because hey, it's a loss. Plus, did I mention there was cake?....and drinks....and late night dinners....? Yeahhhh....but today is a n... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:00:29 EST BLC Week 6 Ends I have lost a fraction under a pound this week - smallest loss of the year but still a loss. I am doing well with my exercise and health goals. I'm doing much better with my food and have managed to increase my calories a bit without resorting to rubbish foods which was and is still needed (still... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:58:42 EST Panera ??? Help! I'm heading to Panera for dinner (if the car repair finishes up) and have over 600 calories remaining to my lower marker of 1200 calories today. Looking up Panera on line I see a delicious looking Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich for a full sandwich at 460 calories. Looking it up on Spark it seems t... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:55:22 EST Keep It Moving <img src=""> <BR> No one said your journey would be easy. Getting to the top of the hill is a challenge but it can definitely be done. I'll see you at the top of the hill. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:54:30 EST My life Today I helped my friend go to SparkPeople Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:48:10 EST My life Today I helped my friend go to SparkPeople Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:48:07 EST Day 2 <img src=""> <BR> I love me some Jesus Christ & Pinterest !!!! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:45:53 EST Workouts for Feb-19-25 Feb-19=60 min house work.BURNED 356 CALORIES.DRANK 8 GLASSES OF WATER.CALORIES ATE 700 <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> Feb-20=90 min walking..BURNED 528 CALORIES.DRANK 8 GLASSES OF WATE... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:42:39 EST Pick your Part Day 10 Today is Tuesday. I forgot to plan Monday. I spent a lot of time with people Friday-Monday because of school and celebrating my mom's birthday. I mostly prepared for the face time and cleaned up the house and shopped for food and so forth. It all went very well. People had a chance to enjoy each ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:28:11 EST Day 2 I enjoyed reading sparks articles to gain points.....I pray that I can retain all this new info. Tonight is my guilty pleasure night....I usually plop my rear end in front of Bravo and watch RHOBeverlyHills with another guilty pleasure.....ICE CREAM & a coke or two. I am still going to plop but w... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:23:24 EST Two Decisions Well, I've actually made three decisions...but one of them might not be so great. I can't really afford to go to the doctor to get things tested right now. I probably need several tests, and I seriously doubt most of them would be covered under the yearly checkup I get through my insurance, so I'... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:15:08 EST Pastorvic Has anybody heard anything from Pastorvic recently? I noticed his last blog was 31 days ago. I'm concerned about him and his wife Carolyn. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:12:03 EST Carbs...... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went to doctors today, and what I thought I was doing a good job, really I am not. I was so disappointed to find out that my blood sugars has risen to the point, where he has put me on more ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:12:01 EST Pisces <img src=""> <BR> Are there any other Pisces that feel they have the world sitting on their shoulders Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:08:38 EST 120 Days to "GET REAL" Hello dear friends .. somewhere along my life's highway the REAL ME got lost .. the road has been under construction for over 62 years so I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by the differences between then and now .. <BR> <BR> But I remember well who I was when I was young .. and very young at t... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:08:08 EST PRINCE <img src=""> Well I'm using my favorite person picture today. Miss him so much not having here is really hard to get use to. I know I didn't know him personally but it feels like I do. By the way I lost 5 pounds. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:02:25 EST walking, sinuses, small goal today I've been walking more the last couple of weeks. Unless I go to the store, I'm doing it by walking a few minutes every hour. This keeps my knees from stiffening up too much an seems to work well for me most of the time. I was sore for days after shopping and walking for a long time in one shot... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:00:24 EST February 21st: 5 Things you like about yourself 1) I like how dark my eyes are <BR> 2) I like my tattoos <BR> 3) I like that I have a defined waist <BR> 4) I like how laid back I am <BR> 5) I like that I am actually a rather positive person the majority of the time <BR> <BR> Today was a bit of an oops day in terms of sugar and diet. My brot... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:59:48 EST Day 13: No Sleep Yesterday sucked after I got home from the gym. Just sucked. I was already so irritable and I think some of that was the medicine. But then it dawned on me that Husband and I have been trying to conceive for 800 days! 8-0-0. Ouch, that number seems huge. That is 2.2 years of failure. So I was tee... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:55:31 EST Tuesday I need to weigh myself to see where I stand right now. Just don't want to feel the pain if I haven't lost Wright. I'm trying to get back to walking in the mornings, but the arthritis is kicking in again. I hurt so bad when I walk It's crazy... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:45:57 EST Tuesday Well on day Tuesday, week 2 of my program. I have lost two pounds even though the last four days were more of my old ways but with added veggies. I am seeing some progress. My stomach looks flatter. It may just be water but I will take it. I am excited to see where I am at week 10! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:35:07 EST First weigh in I am seeing the numbers move on the scale!!!! From 255.5 to 251.5 in one week!!! Here's looking at 5 pounds or more next week. I am really working my booty off!! Counting every single calorie. Tracking all my water. Allowing my self a cheat day on Sunday (in moderation of course) so I don't slip ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:28:27 EST Making serious changes thus time around HI everyone I am new to this blog and app. So far so good I am thinking I am going love this app. I am a woman who has been struggling with a disorder called PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) which creates hormonal imbalance, heart disease, diabetes, high insulin, and abnormal hair growth. But n... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:16:34 EST Weigh in Down 3 pounds! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:13:30 EST Prayers for Dakota - Urban Legend ... or not. I have removed that blog because it cannot be verified - however, prayers are never wasted. This is what I found at Snopes: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> The request is "Mostly True" but it is unclear about the name - it is legit but there is some ques... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:13:18 EST lost my blog I just typed up my blog, complete with my photos, funnies, and hit the post button...but it got lost in outer space somewhere. Oh well, maybe I'll try again tomorrow Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:09:29 EST Slow But Steady Weekends are so much harder for me to stay on track. Too much temptation and more latitude to stray from my plan. While I stayed within my calorie range each day, I did not stick to my plan on any day. <BR> <BR> My sabotaging thoughts were "it won't matter" followed by "I don't care." (Because "... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:09:16 EST Water vs. sparkling water I don't like drinking regular water so I drink flavored sparkling water. Do you think sparkling water is the same as drinking plain water. Does it have the same affect? Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:08:25 EST February 20th & 21st Missed my blog yesterday so here are some of the meals I had over the two days, obviously I couldn't put everything on here. <BR> Breakfast Monday - Scrambled egg with prawns & melon, raspberries, blackberries & Strawberries. <BR> <img src=" Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:01:52 EST Tuesday it's good to have Olivia back home. she had a great weekend, but she was not feeling to good this morning. <BR> <BR> hope your Tuesday is going well. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:59:53 EST I've returned So, here it is, a bit over a year since my last entry. I'm hoping to do a better job of getting into a healthier routine. I've been getting caught up on all the testing I've been behind on. I've also been getting frequent calls from my insurance, checking up on all the health issues I deal wit... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:58:44 EST Turbo fire <BR> I am entering week 3 of the BEACHBODY ON DEMAND Turbo Fire workout program . It is a twelve week program. There is an advanced schedule that will take you to 20 weeks. <BR> <BR> I have to say the first two weeks have been extremely tough. I ahve really had to push myself to push play. ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:58:21 EST Why Can't I See What Others See? Hi Sparklers <BR> <BR> I went to my personal training session today - this morning - before going off to work. I am lucky my workplace contract works around my need to have this in my life each tuesday morning. <BR> <img src=" Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:54:12 EST Hello everyone!!!! New to sparkle....would love to here from u...share recipes and weight loss advice. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:51:00 EST Keep calm and don't eat! This is one of those dangerous times! I am angry and upset at work. It is a time I would usually start looking for something to eat just to keep my mouth from saying what it can't. I am not doing that this time. I am controlling my breathing, straightening my posture holding my head high and taki... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:50:08 EST Ohh Lucy, you're not hooooome <img src=""> Here's the little dog that visits our yard every day. She was rescued from an abandoned building in the city by the sister of a guy around the block. She is an escape artist and so could not remain in the ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:48:50 EST Week 16 2/20/17 I was having an extremely good week, went to the gym 5 times and ate healthy, and then the weekend came. I went home to Mass. to visit my Mom for her birthday and I ate a lot of things I shouldn't of and drank wayyyy too much! I kept beating myself up about it but I don't want to be miserable on ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:48:43 EST Still doing it OK, i'm a couple days late on this, gotta check my reminder for my calendar. Anyway, not a lot going on. really thinking of getting back to the gym and seeing if i can walk on the treadmill without hurting my belly. <BR> As far as eating, well it feels like I am constantly having to force myself... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:45:57 EST The bike ride that almost wasn't Such a beautiful winter day in Michigan! I decided to get my bike out, air up the tires, and take my little guy for a bike ride. From my house to main road is almost 1 mile each way. I pull the bike out. Get my "baby" (He's 3. But still my baby.) ready, and off we go! Half a block into it I knew ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:43:29 EST Here We Go! <img src=""> <BR> My first day starting my new plan and im super excited. It doesmt seem too hard to keep up with it, i love it! Im at 190 lbs, trying to get to 120 lbs. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:36:09 EST Here We Go! <img src=""> <BR> My first day starting my new plan and im super excited. It doesmt seem too hard to keep up with it, i love it! Im at 190 lbs, trying to get to 120 lbs. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:35:52 EST Here We Go! <img src=""> <BR> My first day starting my new plan and im super excited. It doesmt seem too hard to keep up with it, i love it! Im at 190 lbs, trying to get to 120 lbs. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:35:37 EST Cheated I went to McDonald's for lunch. Now I feel fat. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:35:27 EST Know Your Limits With me, there seems to be no limits until I smash into them headfirst. I always go with gumption, try to surpass myself, and forget about my own limitations. <BR> Sure, this means that I make more progress than a lot of people, however it also means that I have a lot of pushback from my body. Mo... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:35:11 EST Round 2 Unfortunately I found out today that my Complex Atypical Hyperplasia is back. So I'll be looking forward to 6 more months of hormone therapy and feeling sick and wanting to eat everything and wanting to kill everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to be able to look at it like the second round of a boxin... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:29:55 EST Tuesday Good afternoon sparkers. Its 80degrees in south Texas what's up with that. Ended up working late last night so no gym but will go tonight. I hope everyone has a blessed and healthy day. Now drink a glass of water and lets get moving. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:25:08 EST Tuesday afternoon A rainy, humid overcast day here, time for indoor things. <BR> I ma glad things are settling down here for now. <BR> I surpassed my step goal again. After this coming week, the Spark activity tracker will not sync up to the site, so I will not replace it with anything, but just watch my activit... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:24:17 EST Quote of the Day: February 21, 2017 “Our actions in the present build the staircase to the future. The question is whether that staircase is going up or down.” <BR> ― Craig D. Lounsbrough Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:22:29 EST A Flexible Mind is Important to Go Along With That Flexible Body Or. further adventures of Alice in Gym-ber-land. <BR> <BR> After expressing my desire for early classes so that I don't hunker down and get glued to the computer chair or the sofa is still true. The 7:15 class doesn't start until March 6, but I am going to try the earlier aerobics class tomorro... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:21:21 EST Variety in spices added flavour & salt REDUCTION in my bulk cooking.... This past long weekend I had a 3 day blitz in filling my freezer doing my bulk cook. For those of you who know me, I began cooking in large quantities making individual portions to fill my freezer. There are 2 of us to feed & the many recipes I choose are chosen favourites: both entrees & soups w... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:18:55 EST Trying to shake whatever this is For the past few weeks I have been trying to shake this bug or flu or whatever this is but I just can't seem to get rid of it. I started off with what seemed to be allergies,then it progressed to more of a chest cold with low grade temp. So after 10 day round of antibiotics one would think I woul... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:16:39 EST On the mend The antibiotics are kicking in: more slowly than hoped. And the standard cold meds plus lozenges are helping manage the symptoms, including a hacking cough which was making it hard to sleep. Last night, a solid 8 hours: and that has such a huge impact on general well-being. <BR> <BR> I would ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:08:10 EST Week 7 Having to change up the routine and foods, my body is adjusting. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:07:52 EST Beginner I am just a beginner. For probably the 100th time. I have a feeling it will be different this time. I have plenty to look forward to, found new friends, and have eliminated some also. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:06:25 EST it's tuesday another mild day here today, with the rest of the week being milder than is usual at this time of the year. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:04:30 EST Wake up and get it in gear I started this journey February of 2012 at 330 pounds a blood sugar of 280 and a A1C of 8.4! <BR> I was married at the time and it was not a good environment we were living pay check to paycheck. I was traveling two plus hours a day to and from work and paying four over draft fees a month! <BR... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:59:09 EST 10 pounds so far.... I started at 287 back in the fall. I yo yo gain and lost 5 pounds for most of December and January. However, I've started to eat less carbs, meat, and overall calories and I've lost 10 pounds! I've realized that my diet must be less than 1400 calories per day, otherwise, I'm not able to lose w... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:58:16 EST SPOILER...Atonememt C. Scott Grow <BR> The atoning sacrifice had to be carried out by the sinless Son of God, for fallen man could not atone for his own sins. Through His suffering and death, the Savior atoned for the sins of all men. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:54:22 EST First weigh in <img src=""> <BR> after two weeks of hard corp and glad to say I am down three pounds, woohoo. struggled doing hard corp cardio today. powered through it. Being a nurse I love this meme. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:49:44 EST Day off I am unable to do anything today, I overdid it the last couple days. So hopefully back tomorrow. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:47:43 EST Living in a new state; the state of confusion over snacks! I already know some days are going to bother me worse than others and I can't tell when. I wake up feeling full of life; he's not so good. He feels better but then I have an attitude. Today I woke from little sleep and have been growling to myself all day yet DH is being Mr. Nice and helpful! <B... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:44:04 EST Sunny day = walking!!! Even though I am still coughing, I am still going to try to walk today!! Its warm and sunny, and the nice weather is calling my name!! I hope everyone has an amazing rest of your day!! Keep your spark shining bright!!! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:40:20 EST Feb 21 thought for the day <img src=""> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:37:29 EST Arg - Ok <em>198</em> I was off plan again! OMG. Someone needs to slap the laziness out of me. My workout buddy and I were both off plan again and when everyone around you says it's ok and you're in a bad place mentally, it's VERY easy to go along. <BR> <BR> It's day 2 starting again 100% on plan. Feb... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:31:28 EST AYITL - Blog #29 - "Is Weight Loss Stressing You Out?" It's as if Spark People was reading my mind. It's been a hard few days with a lot on my mind. And then the gods smiled and there was an article with a title describing EXACTLY how I feel. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:29:59 EST "Day-29" <img src=""> <BR> I am going on my 29th day and feeling so great doing stuff that I have not done in a while, <BR> and I am moving more a little each day because I have to do this for myself if I intend to, <BR> do wha... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:28:58 EST On the Go Snack Ideas <img src=""> Sparkpeople had this Article today with great portable snack ideas, so sharing it in my blog for my future reference & for anyone else interested :) (Also found a good list on Pinterest to go with it) ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:26:59 EST 2/21/17 to go and exercise at least 3 times a week for 30 min each day you go, to eat smaller portions and think positive when down. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:25:35 EST some many veggies Sometimes I eat so many vegetables I want to puke. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:21:16 EST 2/21/17 Change <img src=""> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:18:56 EST Tuesday 2-21-17 <img src=""> <BR> Walk / Jog Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:15:41 EST Such a Long Time Wow. I'm reading back through my Spark blog posts. I've been a Spark member for a long time. It's really interesting to see the circular path, the repetition in many of my posts. I also have a personal blog on Wordpress, which I've been writing since 2013. And I journal nearly every day. Lots of ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:13:45 EST Day 365, a year in review. I hit 365 days of logging in. I can't remember what my previous streak was when I was serious about losing weight last time, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't this long because the phone app didn't exist. There's no reason to miss a day when you use that! <BR> <BR> And tomorrow will be 1 year on Bel... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:04:14 EST I'm Back I don't really know where to start with this - but I guess an introduction is better than anything! <BR> <BR> My name is Annyssa, I'm 31 years old living in Northern Illinois. I am rejoining Spark after being away for about 5 years. In my weight loss journey, I have found the most success using ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:03:47 EST On The Lighter Side <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>386</em> Sparkers Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:59:21 EST Keep It Up Even When You Don't! When you first start getting into getting healthy there is so much buzz. A whole new energy, looking things up, getting some gym clothes, maybe even shoes! New exercises to try, new muscles burning with each day, new flavors, kitchen makeover in your pantry and fridge and it's awesome GO GO GO! T... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:58:41 EST Day 2. Celebration So, as I mentioned, today my friends had a little celebration, they prepared a lot of food and I felt weird rejecting and staying aside. I ate food that is not the healthiest, and at the end of the day I did a reflection or "damage control" haha Negative sides: 1) I ate unhealthy food which leads... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:57:38 EST Plateaus quote <img src=""> <BR> I like this. Plateaus do happen that's life. This is a good way to look at it. Just don't allow yourself to get comfortable. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:54:46 EST 2/21/2017 It's been about 2 weeks since I went to the hospital and spoke to the doctor about gastric bypass surgery. I have sat and sat and sat and thought about it and after talking to some friends and family members I won't be doing it. I will get my weight down on my own. I am determined this time ar... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:54:19 EST Tin Man! So, week five came in and left like a lion, and conversely, week six came in like a lamb, a very sick lamb! My get up and go needed a kick in the shins this week! Like the late Robin Williams once said, "You go into the gym like Iron Man and come out like the Tin Man, crying, 'Oil! Oil! I need... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:48:00 EST Random Tuesday stuff I think the cough may be letting up. I've still got it, but I don't think it's as frequent. Still annoying, though. <BR> <BR> At least Food Network has a day-long Chopped marathon today, so I'm going to enjoy that (Ted...sigh...) and knit. I'm getting close to finishing my best friend's birthday... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:44:15 EST I've had a lovely day Don't you just appreciate good health more after a period of non-mobility? <BR> <BR> I thought today I 'd just get the inside of the windows cleaned, a few spring cleaning jobs (not that our bungalow collects dirt LOL) and a spot of gardening. <BR> <BR> As it was I; <BR> 1) had a 20 walk to Jay... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:43:49 EST I'm back. Lost weight, was doing good.then holidays hit and gained everything back. 😣 trying to get back on track. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:41:38 EST well, that was depressing OK, I have gained a chunk of weight in the last couple weeks. Eek! I have nothing left to wear that fits! Everything is tight and uncomfortable. I have been focusing on work and letting workouts lapse. And eating from stress. I feel myself growing... the chin, the butt, the tummy, bras don't fit ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:38:01 EST My Thought for today <img src=""> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:37:32 EST 15000 points on Spark. This post will put me over 15000 points. Continuing on my journey to a healthier me Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:37:01 EST Getting steps in! <img src=""> <BR> Are you getting your steps in today? Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:36:58 EST It's a "ONE-WAY" street to GOAL <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:32:47 EST Staying motivated Ugh it's one of those days that I slept in and don't want to think about anything. I need to move around and get motivated, if I don't my whole day will get off track of my goals. Lord give me the strength. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:31:45 EST 18 month update and challenge update I'm 18 months out from surgery now. I have actually gone backwards during this last challenge and put a few pounds back on. It's been a real struggle to maintain and I still have some really bad eating habits that are not broken. Surgery does not fix everything, that is a fact. It helps, a lot. B... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:30:15 EST Getting close to my goal I been preparing myself for my surgery which is called the switch first part is the sleeve. I have change my eating habits and also exercise.I know this is not gone be easy but I am ready. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:26:47 EST Two weeks into my diet Been on my diet for two weeks now and appears to be an uphill battle. Didn't realize how many calories are in foods and how much I ate per day till I started using SparkPeople. This has appeared to be a real eye opening experience. I'm not only realizing how poorly I ate (food and times of day)... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:26:26 EST Out of the 200s <img src=""> <BR> I have my dancin' shoes on!!!!!! I'm over my plateau and officially weighing in at 💜💜💜199💜💜💜 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:24:53 EST Photos Don't Lie, Do They? They say a camera adds 10-15 pounds and I think they do. I look much fatter in photos than when I see myself in my mind or even in the bedroom full-length mirror. I was surprised to see the photos from Christmas as I thought I looked good in that outfit, but not in the photos. I was working on a ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:21:55 EST Anniversary of losing 107 lbs coming up and my present life! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Photo is DH and I in the 1990's - younger and I was 107 lbs heavier than I am now! <BR> <BR> Been busy but mostly with caregiving of DH with my bicycle rides and workouts being a nice break. D... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:20:34 EST Keep Moving Forward: MarriageMusing Three I asked my husband at bedtime if we could pray together just the two of us. We did. Small changes. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:19:31 EST Bad morning <img src=""> <BR> Had a bad morning. Didn't get to finish my oatmeal for breakfast ( super grains Quaker with quinoa, rye, barley and flax) didn't shower last night, forgot to put fogs out before bed, came in to a mes... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:18:15 EST Monday- well monday of this short week. Woot - i haven't had president day off in probably 10 years, so this we a treat! <BR> <BR> Saturday we got in a snow shoe adventure - had a travel zoo coupon - we had a good time. Spent about an hour and half out there. We chose one route because the gal at the desk pointed to the other one and ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:11:05 EST A days good deed..maybe? Maybe not.. <img src=""> <BR> Another day on the farm.. Upon opening the top drawer of my bathroom vanity, a surprise awaited. Q-tips in disarray, tiny high pitched noises & a moment of befuddled confusion. All that was wanted wa... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:04:30 EST Another yummy lunch <img src=""> Healthy choice. Chicken, red potatoes, green beans and tomatoes with some gravy like sauce. These are SO yummy and how I get my veggies in. What I love about these is it's already portioned. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:01:10 EST Beyond Frustrating Working to copy some old cassette language tapes to my computer for ease in working with them. But the copying software interface is unfamiliar and the difficulty of getting the files recorded has been beyond frustrating. But it's working now. Getting stuff done. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:59:09 EST Weight I have gained weight back. It really gets to me as I can't drop below 240. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:51:52 EST My son's 22nd birthday dinner My first real challenge is this evening. My youngest turns 22 today and he wants Red Lobster for dinner. I have went through their menu and already know how many calories I will be consuming. I will be substituting wild rice for fries, sirloin and a side salad. No cheese roll this time. Oh w... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:49:44 EST It ONLY works if you APPLY it.... Down 10lbs. Losing the weight works if YOU apply the guidelines. No gimmicks or quick fixes, etc etc. I see posts regularly "slow and steady wins the race". It's true. 4 weeks, 1200-1400 calories a day. Decaf and crystal light...h20 not my fav, juice 2 many calories and soda is gross (ne... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:44:55 EST Day off and on to the kitchen. Todaybi will be packing all of the kitchen.that I don't use daily. I will also be napping. And spending time with playing some Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:41:42 EST NA I spent years being 260 lbs until some years ago I ended up at my heaviest at 270 lbs. Not that at 260 lbs I was happy, but hitting 270 lbs was a new one and certainly not a great moment. <BR> <BR> A few years after that I lost weight and went down to 240 lbs. The initial start of my weight loss... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:41:36 EST It Takes 21 Days... Day 17/18/19/20 2/17/2017 <BR> **No Beef - PASS <BR> **No Potatoes - FAIL <BR> **No Coffee - PASS <BR> **No Alcohol - FAIL <BR> **No Juice - PASS <BR> **No Pop (Except Ginger Ale/Sprite in the event of an upset stomach) - PASS <BR> **No Candy/Cookies - PASS <BR> <BR> 2/18/2017 <BR> **No Beef - PASS <BR> **N... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:41:24 EST Tuesday Morning Activity It is a rainy 63 degree start to the day on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. I believe that I finally got the AT&T billing situating resolved as of yesterday. They are doing a great job and we are extremely pleased with their service which is far superior to anything else out there that we hav... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:39:55 EST Week 1 Day 1 Sick & Tired. Overweight. Have Strep A! It's hard to lose weight with Hashimotos Thyroiditis, being sick all the time from having auto immune disorders, fibromyalgia. Going to try to cut down on snacking as a starter! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:32:40 EST Tuesday thoughts and humor Well, today will be an interest day, the procedure is tomorrow so today is prep. day and part of that means, NO FOOD, yes, only liquids, and they can't be, red, blue, green, orange, etc. not even Jello, that leaves Coffee, tea, apple juice, broth, can't have no milk either. I am sure it will be ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:31:28 EST Small Steps We all at some point think we should jump right in and make things happen when we start a new "plan". However, jumping in head first and going full out, at least for me, leads to head burnout. <BR> <BR> There is no one racing you(well unless you join a challenge with someone) to b... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:30:04 EST Week 3 Day 2 Last week was a rough one. <BR> Monday and Tuesday were great, worked out--ate well. Exercise took a toll on my calf muscles and I could barely stretch on Wednesday so I named it a rest day..... <BR> ...and then everything went to hell. Navid got really really sick on Thursday and it lasted throu... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:24:37 EST Yesterday was great - today? Even better Was ON it yesterday with eating, working out, getting steps in, etc. My husband and I are trying to do this together which definitely helps. <BR> <BR> I hit all my goals established through FitBit. <BR> <BR> Onward! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:17:28 EST Bible Verses for the Day There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. <BR> <BR> Hebrews 4:9. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:17:16 EST Pushing on Hand in Hand... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a Blessed and Productive Tuesday ahead... <BR> <BR> Encouraging you today to keep pressing forward, even when the road is tough and you think you have no more strength, God ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:16:19 EST Day # 11 <img src=""> <BR> Low impact Aerobics today.... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:14:08 EST Quote for Today When you can't do nothing but pray--you've done a whole lot. <BR> <BR> T D Jakes <BR> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:12:49 EST Word of the Day: excoriate Word of the Day: excoriate [ik-skawr-ee-eyt, -skohr-] <BR><BR>udio/E03/E0383900.mp3 <BR> verb (used with object), excoriated, excoriating. <BR> 1. to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally: <BR> 2. to strip off or remove the skin from Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:12:13 EST Getting back in the groove... 2/21/2017 Today is a new day!!! I have to really learn to think of the positive changes that I am doing instead of all the negative like the scale not moving. ❄All winter I made sure to keep exercise even if I was stuck in the house. 👖👕 went from a sz 18 Jean in April to a sz 14. Shirt went from a sz x... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:11:57 EST Things that go bump in the night I was so chillaxed yesterday, pretty much all I did was reading and yoga. It was very hot but I didn't even go for a swim. <BR> <BR> I made banana fritters, though. The first banana I have had for a while. They are easy, mash a banana, mix with an egg, cook on a griddle. Yum! <BR> <BR> So here... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:03:02 EST When Motivation Doesn't Work I may not always be motivated. It feels great to be motivated and excited to head to the gym. Hopefully most of the time I will. What I really need to have is DISCIPLINE. <BR> Motivation is teaching me to be disciplined. It all works together. Sometimes I just have to do it. I've taken the REST... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:01:53 EST Day 13 Today I am dealing with anxiety attacks. What's funny about anxiety is that it strikes for no reason and for little reason at all. It's quite annoying because as I sit here I realize that I have nothing to be worried about but yet my brain won't stop telling my body to be on alert. <BR> <BR> Th... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:53:18 EST Tuesday Feb 21st 2017 Im so bloated! My body is under so much right now. Its amazing how when you eat healthier and stay active you notice it. Im sure it's my sickness but been craving salty carbs so bad. Im not feeling much better today. Im so disappointed. Only every two weeks husband and I are off together. I've be... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:50:45 EST Montabaur Heights , Clarence, NY near Buffalo. Our new home. All websites for senior living emphasize the VERY BEST about themselves. So view with a grain of salt. <BR> Living here brings things down to a human level. But we have liked this place. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Tricky to find something with enough help for Jo... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:50:05 EST Day 3 off keto Down another kg this morning. I know most is water weight but it's nice to see the numbers going down instead of up. 4 pounds in 2 days makes me happy. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:48:18 EST Day 2 On sunday i weighed myself... shocked at the numbers that came flashing on the screen. I realised i am the heaviest i have ever been. I felt really upset and angry that I had let myself get to this stage. But this was what gave me the decision to re-evaluate my health and lifestyle. So day two in... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:47:21 EST A break from the rain Rain water coming from around the frame Had all the windows checked and sealed before the rain started My guess is they cleaned out old sealer and forgot to put it back in this one window. <BR> So I will go to Home Depot and hope there is a temp sealer that can be put on while everything is dam... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:45:37 EST 2017 Just started the 1st of January and only down 2 pounds. A little frustrating to say the least. Starting yesterday, I decreased my calories in goal to 1800-2000. I also took the calories burned out of the equation. This was recommendd by the spark coach. We will see how this works. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:45:20 EST Trying something new for lunch <img src=""> <BR> I decided to step out of my comfort zone with food and try something new. Spinach lentil soup anyone? (Many of u know that I'm pickier than a 2 yrs old when it comes to food.) I've been wanting to... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:45:14 EST When your doc changes your diet... Small update... <BR> <BR> I have been trying my best to keep tracking and keep moving. I have been getting up early and squeezing in videos before work. The weather got SO nice last week that I went for many walks. Even the dog was tuckered out on Sunday! I wish I was feeling a physical change (... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:39:17 EST RIP Stuart <img src=""> A great loss to Canadian airwaves. But he leaves us with great wisdom and humour. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:36:47 EST If You Think You Can <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad. <BR> Denis Waitley <BR> ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:31:53 EST It's Working! About six weeks ago I signed up at the Army Wellness Center at Ft. Lewis (now called JBLM) for their weightloss program. I know, I've maintained my weight between 125 & 129 for 2 1/2 years now. I'm happy with my energy level (through the roof most days) and appearance (I don't have to buy elast... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:27:07 EST Love the skin your in. I have always been self conscious of the way I look. Remembering being teased as a child by the so called "popular" crowd. Then I grew older and am amazed at how insecure a lot of them are and how time has not always been nice to them. I no longer am embarrassed of my size. I want to live eac... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:26:04 EST Off to the park we go! Today is going to be another good day. No rain in the forecast. I'm going to take my grandson to the park then I have some errands to run. I'm going to walk the entire way. This all adds up to about 5 miles. I love to walk. It clears my head. Plus, I just recently started adding squats and othe... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:23:54 EST Keep moving No matter how you feel, keep moving daily! A sedentary lifestyle is your enemy! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:22:30 EST Day 51: Your Reality Your Thoughts....Your Words....Your Actions ARE your reality. <BR> <BR> Make your life the reality you really want it to be. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:20:38 EST Increasing Abilities The recliner I've been sleeping in doesn't raise my legs quite as high as I'd like them to go so I use pillows. Before, my DD would raise my leg and slide it under. But as I've been doing the prescribed exercises, I've been able to wrestle it under ALL BY MYSELF. This is very helpful, since I get... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:20:31 EST morning cuppa spark - a good run, a great workout yesterday was run #12 since we arrived here on molokai, and since returning to running following the break first for hiking season, then for the time when DH was sick and recovering from shingles in the fall and early winter. the weather was cooler and more conducive to a bit of speed - at least ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:19:32 EST Calories calories calories Its funny how you can feel a difference in your body when you take a two days off from excersise. I have been noticing how much different i feel on the days i go to the gym, and on the days that i dont. The days that i dont, i get awefully tired pretty easily, and the days that i do go to the gym... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:18:02 EST Senior Dog Struggles On Stairs To Greet Mailman Every Day, So He Does Something Amazing To Help <link><BR>-ramp/?utm_medium=fk&utm_source=fk-c4m<BR>&utm_term=20170220&utm_campaign=ars-ma<BR>ilman-ramp&utm_content=blog-link </link> <BR> <BR> THIS GUY DESERVES A HERO OF THE YEAR AWARD <em>205</em> <BR> HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU KNOW THAT WOULD DO THIS. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:15:09 EST I think I can... I think I can... So week 3, day 2 - I weighed in this morning. I haven't been on a scale since the beginning of week 2, and I'm only down 1 pound total from the start of this journey. After counting calories, eating properly, and going to the gym and busting my hump, this is discouraging. I know it takes a while.... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:14:40 EST Believe you can <img src=""> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:11:44 EST finally For the first time since late October I finally feel more like me. Not 100% but on the right track. From being sedate for so long my hips had decided to be a problem again, however went to my rheumatologist and she did a new round of injections. Problem I felt so good and the weather was fabul... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:03:57 EST Make your own weather <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saw this little message somewhere a few weeks ago and tucked it aside to think about for a while. Many of us comment on the weather around us especially those of us who live where winter weathe... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:02:47 EST Why are college grades dependent on social media?? I'm not kidding. And if you're reading this and are willing to lend a hand, go on Facebook to my business page SENsational@SturgeonBayWI and like/share it. <BR> <BR> My grade in THREE classes is depending on how much of an increase I can demonstrate in my use of social media to "network for your... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:00:02 EST On my way back Well week one down...doing well. I have lost 7 lbs and doing better with my food choices...hard to break the carb.addiction again since ive been so bad since the holidays, but doing better. Need to get more water in, but getting better with that too. Ive been prevented from exercising due to heal... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:57:38 EST Stuck for a few days <em>234</em> I've been stuck for a few days at the same weight, but I know that once the platue is broke, I'll lose a few pounds quickly again. I've learned that is just the way my body does it... LOL <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> However, I have lost 9.5% of my body weight. But once I get to ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:57:22 EST Day Two: Taking Back Control of the Kitchen There is no food in this house. <BR> <BR> Okay, that's not completely true, but there is very little and nothing that screams "Eat me, I'm tasty!" We haven't been shopping in almost a month (!) since we were in Disney World for a week at the beginning of February celebrating my sister-in-laws... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:54:16 EST Starting over As of yesterday i am starting over. At 355 lbs and becoming unhealthy...i need to get some weight off. Down in the dumps today. Hope this works Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:53:30 EST Back pain is better but still there I have been taking it very slow with my back hurting. It has improved considerably so I'm going to try to walk some today and see how it goes. Generally speaking, walking doesn't hurt but I've been staying down as much as possible so I don't twist it unintentionally and set it off. I went home... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:51:27 EST Day #374 of my Adventures in Spark Land-we all crash learning to fly It's Okay.... <BR> ~Princess Sassy Pants & Co <BR> We all <BR> crash a <BR> little when <BR> learning <BR> to fly! <BR> ~Jamie Lee Logan <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> Yesterday I told you about this pin I found on pinterest entitled '30 day mental cleanse challenge'. Yesterday I started week #1 whic... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:49:04 EST HELP! I have dieted over and over 2 years ago I decided I would not be the fat sister at the beach so I ate right, I counted every calorie that went in my mouth and I walked four miles every evening and did the WII fit every morning. I lost 40+pounds and was so proud of myself and felt great. Then my h... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:44:43 EST Goal achieved! I need your advice ladies! <img src=""> <BR> My girlfriend who is doing the weight loss plan w me lost 2lbs. Her goal was 1lb. Only problem is she wasn't happy w it because I lost 7.2lbs compared to her 2lbs. I'm eating way more strictly than he... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:44:32 EST Looking for low carb ideas. I have been watching calories but i would like low carb ideas also. Any ideas Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:43:42 EST Envisioning myself fitter I have been "thin" before -- well at least, thinner. Before I met my husband I was at my lowest weight in my adult life: about 155, I think. That is still 15 lb above the upper range of "healthy" BMI for me, and I wouldn't necessarily consider myself that "fit" at that point as I was a smoker, di... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:43:30 EST Good By to an Old Friend My DH left a while ago to take our old Gordon Setter to the vet to be put down. He is only ten years old but has developed a seizure disorder related to a pancreatic tumor and the time has come to let him go. <img src=" Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:43:15 EST Back on track The last week has been very hectic and logging the foods, and keeping track has been impossible. Daughter had Influenza "A", then her 2 boys got it. Well that left me to do the running around and making sure everything was taken care of. It seems when in rains it pours, one thing led to next a... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:42:11 EST Feeling Unsettled Yesterday I took a walk with my husband, who is still unemployed, and it was nice and we were going to do it again today, but I'm having intestinal trouble again. I had other plans for today but it looks like they're a no go, too. Everything feels so frustrating now, like getting anything don... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:40:40 EST Tuesday Quote <img src=""> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:40:09 EST HOW TO FIND EXERCISE FRIENDS NEAR YOUR HOME Look under your daily exercise, at the bottom where it says tools & settings, go to map your route and click.Then put your city and starting address for Canada or the U.S.It is best not to use postal code. Do not put in the time or finishing address and it will show a map with letters for the cl... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:36:06 EST I could use some supportive friends on her <img src=""> <BR> Add me if you'd like to support each others goals and become friends. 😁😎 I've accomplished a lot and still going. Feeling beautiful 😍💓 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:27:07 EST Day 1: Ready to go! I've dieted before. Many times. I've lost weight only to gain it back again. Today I am starting again and I am excited! 4 months ago I was 15 pounds from my goal weight. Over the holidays and there after I packed on a whopping 34 pounds! I am ready to change for good, not just diet but a lifesty... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:22:52 EST 2017 2017 is the year that I will stay on track! I will stay with in my calorie range. I will be active. Running, swimming, roller <em>521</em> <em>104</em> blading, hiking,hula hooping to name a few. Being consistent is my goal. Checking into SparkPeople everyday, checking my goals as a reminder... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:13:51 EST Back to work I had a nice, if quiet birthday 🎂. I enjoy my alone time, but would have enjoyed so much more, sharing my special time with a friend(s). It's just not the same. Bought a couple of gifts for myself, got my nails done, bought myself flowers, and took myself to lunch. <BR> <BR> Set my goals, wor... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:11:28 EST Gluten Free: Day 30 It has gotten a lot easier and less scary to eat gluten free. I've learned to read every single label. I've replaced all my old cutting boards, spatulas, and other kitchen items that can harbor residual gluten. I've cleaned out my pantries, drawers, and cupboards. And there are so many recipes th... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:11:04 EST What can we learn from our Spark friends? How to SUCCEED with their encouragement! <BR> <BR> I woke up 3 hours late lacking motivation. <BR> Maybe I’ll just read or putter around the house. <BR> Oh, why not check in with those who understand how this program works. <BR> <BR> And I read: <BR> “I Succeed With the Help from my Friends” (... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:10:48 EST Pleasantly plump is what I am! <img src=""> <BR> These are happy people at a Fishing Derby, on a lake in Elliot Lake-- <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I would never do that---but... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:10:15 EST Energetic <img src=""> <BR> Well I am now starting to have more energy, and have noticed my body is getting stronger. Now I'm 13# down, and ony 12 more til Goal. So just over halfway there. Feel really proud of my self right now... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:10:14 EST Life changes <img src=""> <BR> Started out at 189 after I had my baby girl in March. Lost 6 pounds in 4 months which wasn't good for me lefte at 183 lbs. so I started dieting, working out drinking lots of water and got on a pill ca... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:08:27 EST The scale said whhhhaaaat?!?!?! Picture this: A woman who can't walk without a cane or walker. She loses her left arm, too. She can't go to the basement to ride her recumbent bike. She is eating a low acidity diet and getting plenty of green veggies and healthy proteins. <BR> <BR> She gets up in the morning, takes her cane,... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:05:39 EST I love this quote. "The scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live you... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:04:37 EST Digging Deeper It's easy to look at weight loss and come up with all the publicly approved reasons for needing to lose weight.....or wanting to lose would help my RA, good for my joints, I'll look better and have more energy for the family reunion....but what if those aren't really the reasons to ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:04:13 EST Happy Tuesday to all I am so excited today, my daughter comes back home. It is also going to be a warmer day, so hopefully I'll be out walking. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:03:21 EST You Are Strong <img src=""> <BR> You are so much stronger than you think you are. It doesn't matter if you can only walk a half block or 5 miles. You ARE doing it one minute at a time. Be proud, be determined...Be strong. Do what you... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:00:31 EST Tuesdays Tickle <img src=""> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:55:20 EST A new week Turned out to be quite the whirlwindish weekend. While battling a bad sinus head cold I also had oral surgery on Saturday. I was actually happy that they could go through with it because my teeth have been causing me so much pain. They actually almost would not do it because my blood pressure wa... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:54:51 EST Body Beast: Chest/Tris (02/20/17) <img src=""> Monday Workout (02/20/17): My first workout, loved it, it's out of my comfort zone. Feeling the burn still. #feelingaccomplished Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:53:59 EST Today! Good Morning Sparkers, <BR> <BR> Well today is my youngest son's birthday so will be involved with that. Going to get my workout in early, then the rest of the day is his! For dinner he's still deciding, but I'm going to do my best to be 'somewhat' good in what I eat. I know it won't be 100% ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:53:32 EST Goals for today 30 min workout Food tracking Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:52:52 EST Tuesday 100 Minutes treadmill and walk so far today. Only have the 10 month old today. Hair color after dinner. That will make me feel better. Have a great day. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:52:06 EST Weekend Warrior <img src=""> Yay!!! Just charged my #fitbit and am having fun already! Woooohooo Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:51:53 EST I soooo wish! <img src=""> This would be so awesome if it were true, it would totally make exercising more fun :) Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:50:31 EST Pain... Hope I get some relief today. Have a blessed day all!! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:50:05 EST I Need some motivation Dragging today - going to head out for a walk - clear my head and get on the right track! <BR> Have a great day everyone! <BR> <em>386</em> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:41:48 EST Renewed goals To neutralize my body every morning - Lemon water or ACV 1-2 tbls Wait 10-15 min to have coffee then eat a plant based breakfast Morning walk at least 30 min followed by weight training or 30 min cardio, stretch or yoga Feed my muscles protein for a.m. snack Lunch - large salad with various vegg... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:40:51 EST Good morning <img src=""> <BR> Tuesday words Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:39:41 EST Back in the Saddle Again . . .that's the song that comes to mind today. I'm home. I'm chronologically challenged (a jet lag of sorts), but today is mine for the taking or making or doing. <BR> <BR> Over the holidays (which began with Thanksgiving) and my extended vacation into February, my goal was to stay under 20... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:35:29 EST Joined a gym First workout was yesterday. Trainer wants me to start slow. So I rode the bike for 23 minutes, and boy did I feel it on the way home. Walked a little, came home and cleaned house. Back to the gym on Wednesday Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:29:28 EST Pray & Let It Go <img src=""> <BR> Have a blessed and productive day! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:29:11 EST Scared to lose weight (wearing your fat as a shield) I find myself coming up with constant excuses and "reasons" why I can go ahead and not follow my nutrition goals and exercise goals. I have some real fears when it comes to losing weight that I know I need to come to terms with because as it stands right now I'm trapped between being unhappy wit... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:28:25 EST Attention Alcohol, Coffee & Tea Drinkers <img src=""> Alcohol, Coffee, tea and sugar are diuretics and therefore potassium drainers. I was feeling more tired than normal so, I did some research & learned that because of my high consumption of coffee & Tea (I ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:27:26 EST Head games The Beck Diet book makes you think a lot about what you are really eating. The other day I looked up what certain food does for your body. Since I see a Naturopathic Doctor I am aware of some of the benefits. Oranges protect against cancer. <em>490</em> Eggs are a high quality protein. Apples... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:26:46 EST Feb 20 <img src=""> We visited Lincoln Park Zoo in the city yesterday and ate leftovers. I also stopped by the city of Countryside and paid the fee for our annual community garden plot. The zoning commissioner recognized me... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:26:31 EST Whoops, day didn't turn out as planned! But still good. So gathered together heavy bag library books, put on our swimming costumes, swim bag of everything, hands full getting into the car with toddler. <BR> <BR> Drive off... CLUNK CLUNK CLUNK... what on earth is that?? Crawl the car back round the block and dump it outside the house, strip off swim s... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:26:23 EST National Friendship Month <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> With February being National Friendship month, the blog Challenge for the Cardio Friends is to tell about how I celebrate my friendships. <BR> <BR> I think first & foremost --being honest... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:24:27 EST What scared you? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All those rats... no-no-nooooo! <em>198</em> <BR> What did it for you? Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:06:34 EST The 5 W's of life....Feb. 21st <img src=""> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:06:06 EST There Will Come a Day I love the Lord of the Rings movies - especially Return of the King. One of my favorite parts of the movie is where Aragorn is rallying his army outside the Black Gate of Mordor and gives a stirring speech. If you don't know what I'm talking about (or you just want to see it again), here it is:... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:05:36 EST Keep Positive! On a positive note, I only have six more pounds to lose by the end of the month to reach my goal! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:05:12 EST 2/20/17 <img src=""> 2/20/17 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:04:46 EST Food heavy weekend Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Oh boy, you guys. This weekend was crazy hectic, in the car for half of it and eating for wedding festivities the other half. A *lot* of eating. I completely fell off the healthy train there for a day. Completely. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning I was up to 143.6, yikes! I ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:03:53 EST Happy Tuesday -- blue flu over :( but definately needed .. Today will be nothing but success!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:01:27 EST jokes and Week 3 Blog for Aspire to Inspire February is National Friendship month. For week 3 of the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenges blog we are to write about friendship. .What are some things you do or have done to celebrate your friendships.? Are there some new ways you plan to remember your friends during February I basically have fou... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:01:18 EST Finally, the scale is beginning to make some sense again. The last few days, I've been opining on the fact that my weight hasn't really moved over the last few weeks despite food tracking and increasing my exercise. Today, I did weigh myself and saw that I was down an additional two pounds, which means I've lost about 6 pounds in 7 weeks. That's not as ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:59:53 EST Jesus!! <img src=""> Oh Jesus how I love calling on your name. You saved me from my sins. I love you Lord!! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:56:33 EST Blessings, February 21, 2017 My goal is to list at least three blessings each day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. Great co-workers, who make my job easier. <BR> <BR> 2. I have a supportive principal. <BR> <BR> 3. I have time to cook great dinners for my family. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:45:04 EST Cloudy overcast day Today is a cloudy rainy day but warmer. I guess il just stick around the house till later when I go to the gym. Finish up.some things around the homestead. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:41:03 EST Renewal <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today God I seek to renew my passion to CRAVE you, SEEK you, HEAR you, WALK with you, Run with you, EAT with you, Drink with you, LIVE with you! <BR> <BR> Thank you for the renewal of the Spiri... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:35:21 EST Chapter 24, Day 73 My good intentions to rise after a nap at 1:30a to work on client work did not happen. What did happen was 8 hours of good rest. I accept my body required more rest last night. I am starting the day off behind; I have granddaughter all day. Realistically, not much will get done in the way of ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:35:07 EST TERRIFIC Tuesday <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>8</em> <em>572</em> <em>8</em> <em>572</em> <em>8</em> <em>572</em> <em>8</em> <em>572</em> <BR> <em>572</em> ~Waving Hello~ <BR> ~*~ Wishing Everyone ~... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:27:06 EST Mum needs shoes Her feet are swollen, poor dear. Have to take her for shoes today, find something she can wear that won't hurt her feet. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:25:49 EST Monday thoughts 🙏 <img src=""> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:24:00 EST Ow? Of great interest to me is how my body "forgets" feelings. I have sore abs today for the first time since I was in Ireland, and while that soreness was from a different and entirely awesome source I still can't get over how I had forgotten this one very familiar feeling. The Sad thing about it ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:21:35 EST I need diabetic dessert recipes to give to our kitchen head <link><BR>c-recipes/dessert/easy-no-bake-diabeti<BR>c-dessert-recipes?page=5 </link> <BR> <BR> Included in our rent is breakfast and dinner. <BR> <BR> They don't provide much in the way of desserts for diabetics. Plenty of high calorie, high sugar, high f... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:21:10 EST I did it!!! I woke up this morning in time for devotion. I also started a new reading plan. This one is about being P.R.A.Y.E.R.F.U.L. The first thing that came to my attention is something I've been talking about lately. Be thankful! It's hard to not focus on the bad I know. With everything going on here, I... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:20:05 EST Why? Because I'm going to start off by saying.....I have a very difficult time writing my thoughts down. I get hyper vigilant about grammar....that I could never grasp. But I have decided today....I'm going to write anyway. So for those of you grammar critics....I'm sorry if reading this causes you to cringe!... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:17:42 EST SP article: 40 one pot meals <link><BR>st=28_onepot_dishes_with_less_than_500<BR>_calories </link> <BR> <BR> I am not much of a cook. I hope this article will inspire me! <BR> <BR> chris Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:12:26 EST Happy Tuesday... BUGS be gone... We were out of school Friday for professional development and then off yesterday for President's Day! I'm hopeful that these extra days off will help eliminate the flu bug virus that has slowly been creeping across our campus! Our attendance has been low over the last few weeks, but not low eno... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:09:34 EST 2-21-2017-JOLLIES FROM JUDY <img src=""> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:06:23 EST Day 6 I feel so much better, even though I know I havent lost much my body is more at ease. Even though its important, I think Im going to go more for how I feel than the weight aspect of this journey. I tend to make better choices when Im not focused on that weight number. My goals: Keeping my ready ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:03:47 EST 2/21/17 It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. Francis of Assisi Quote of the Day <BR> Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit. Hosea Ballou <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance. Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Art for ar... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:02:44 EST Week 6&7 Results and Week 8 Goals As you can tell by the gap, I was not on my game for week 6-7. I didn’t do horribly but wasn’t checking in enough to keep my accountable. For whatever reason I was kind of in a funk at Week 6 and it carried over to week 7. <BR> <BR> I did, however, not do a lot of damage just did not make a lot... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:00:50 EST LOVE the "Grumpy Cat"........ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:56:42 EST Why??? Since the second week of January I have been making an earnest effort to lose weight. I decided to try making healthier choices, eat more nutritious smaller meals. I cut way back on evening snacking. I started exercising if only 30 mins 5 times a week. I tracked calories (in round numbers, rather... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:55:43 EST Tuesday February 21, 2017 Good morning....I am asking all the prayer warriors out there to please say a prayer for me today......I am having some tests today and I will update everyone later when I know more information..... <BR> <BR> Hugs and thank you in advance.... <BR> Kammy Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:51:07 EST One - Minute Devotions - KEEP ON SMILING One - Minute Devotions - KEEP ON SMILING <BR> <BR> Just keep on smiling whatever betide you, secure in the knowledge God is always beside you. <BR> <BR> The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. <BR> Psalm 145:18 <BR> <BR> Today maintain a happy expression and a... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:50:11 EST Monday Tuesday Yesterday went well I suffered at my desk at work and at home but it was an easy evening with the kids while Mumma is out of town this week. Hoping for the same today but the kids have school so will have real homework Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:48:33 EST Conversation Overheard In The Kitchen <em>18</em> Next time just eat the d**n ice cream sandwich. <BR> <em>43</em> Sigh. You're right. What a lot of junk we ate looking for the delight that ice-cream sandwich represented. Mind now, it probably wouldn't have been as delightful as you thought it would be .... <BR> <em>18</em> ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:48:20 EST It's time Gosh, I'm tired of excuses. I know that this will be good for me physically and mentally. Thank you for providing this site. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:32:33 EST Happy I'm going to make this a great day😎 Happy Tuesday sparkpeople🐰😜🐰 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:32:20 EST bjk1961 - 02/21/17 <img src=""> <BR> 02/21/17 - Good morning Sparklers! I wonder what today has in store for me. I've dropped another two pounds, so that's a pretty awesome start. My mantra for the day will be "I have the courage to ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:25:17 EST Gonna be a rough week....... Making up for lost time (and $$$$S) will be rough, but if I play my cards right I should "survive"........ <BR> <BR> Soooooooooo grateful to have had wonderful weather for a change! <BR> <BR> Here's to a great week, Sparkies! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:22:09 EST Nutrition is Key My frustration filled the room when I stepped onto the scale this morning. Week 4 of a 12 week workout program and a particularly active weekend is rewarded with a 3-lb. increase (fat % up as well). <BR> <BR> The culprit? Nutrition. Experts say 70% of weight loss is nutrition. I have been in d... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:11:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, February 21, 2017 February 21, 2017 SIN BLOCK <BR> <BR> Sin will block us from being able to do God’s will. Joshua was leading his people to conquer their enemies. However due to Achen disobeying the Lord, Joshua’s men were killed in battle. There are consequences to disobedience. One consequence is we will be ca... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:10:47 EST Biggest Loser I know that I'm not overweight, but the truth is that I am overfat. I'm not in shape, and I'm not healthy...yet. I joined the Biggest Loser Challenge at work and threw in $20 to help keep me motivated. It's a sacrifice for me because I don't have a lot of money. That's also why it's a motivator--... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:09:45 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=2/21/2017=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">I will praise Thee with ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:09:40 EST Daniel's weekend to SHINE Younger son won at the Science Fair for his observation of asteroids and their composition. Then yday at Robotics, his team qualified to go to Nationals for first time! Way to go Dan! You too John, keep up the b-ball practice. You'll get the dunk! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:05:19 EST Day Two What a great first day. I had my Spark friends cheering me on and I am so ready for my second day. I am feeling good about myself. One day at a time! Here I go! Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:05:12 EST Day 21 of 28 day bootcamp with Coach Nicole <img src=""> <img src=""> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:41:47 EST Rest day Today was my rest day but weather is great and so am going for a long bike ride. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:32:23 EST I Succeed With the Help from My Friends! One reason that I am doing so well with my healthy goals is because I'm getting others involved with my goals. I write every day and tell my friends how I'm doing. I visit the pages of my SparkFriends, and encourage them as well. <BR> <img src=" Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:21:51 EST God's Never Failing Love - Max Lucado God will not let you go. The big news of the Bible is not that you love God but that God loves you! He tattooed your name on the palm of his hand. His thoughts of you outnumber the sand on the shore. You never leave his mind, escape his sight, or flee his thoughts. <BR> You need not win his love.... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:20:59 EST Card Reading Day Card Reading Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always February 21st <BR> <BR> Card Reading Day is a fun day. It's a day to read cards..... no more, no less. <BR> <BR> Beyond a doubt, the ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:20:19 EST