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Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:58:30 EST Starting Point! =– http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090795 well, i keep starting a new week for loosing weight hopefully thus time i can keep up and reach my goal. =– Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:58:26 EST Happy Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090793 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de127032-683d-4aaa-9f41-df77fa425cd6.jpg"> <BR> I fell off the wagon this weekend, I'm gonna blame it on the temptations of the superbowl. But luckily it's Monday and the new week starts today. Start fresh, don't get discouraged, and work hard to h... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:57:03 EST The Weight of Weddings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090792 Not really weight. There is a lot of "weight" around weddings to be shed. The youngest SS is getting married in August. DH is now to be part of the wedding party. This is going to be wild to say the least. Truth is stranger than fiction. So, SS is product of interfaith marriage and is nomin... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:56:48 EST Reboot Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090791 Yesterday evening was full of bad choices. Choices that offset the good done earlier in the day. Today is a new day. Picking myself back up and moving forward. <BR> <BR> 1) Strength Training done <BR> 2) 10 minute step work done <BR> 3) Healthy food choices ready for today <BR> 4) Water c... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:56:45 EST Monday's ain't got sh** on me got that Manning flow today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090790 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eb2c92d1-d949-4858-8a38-6adeb7489279.jpg"> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:56:07 EST fruterated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090789 Im not really sure why I am struggling so badly. I ate healthy for some time now, for like 7 years. Off and on I would have my days but not like I am now. About 8 years ago I was very over weight. I lost about 120lbs. I excercised and ate healthy for the most part. Like I said I had my days. Well... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:56:00 EST Windy day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090788 The wind is really howling today. Luckily it isn't snowing.Just yesterday I was able to go for a nice long walk outside. I will have to stay indoors and do an exercise tape. Feeling great and hope everyone has a good day. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:55:53 EST New week, new beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090787 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d028dace-0bf8-4cdd-811d-08af11c61fce.jpg"> <BR> My father in law died Thursday. My eating has not been a priority, and at the same time I realize there will always be a reason to not focus on being healthy whether good or bad. It's just something t... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:53:10 EST Reversing the Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090786 Blood Pressure is High, Blood Sugar is High, LDL is High, HDL is Low, BMI is Overweight <BR> I am only overweight by about 20 pounds, but considering my height, family history and I carry most of my excess weight in my belly, I am seriously needing to make some changes. I have been hovering for a... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:52:58 EST Onward and Upward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090785 Today I weighed myself and the results so far is "okay". I did gain 2 pounds but I am trying to look at this life change in a positive way so all together, so far, I am down 5 pounds since I started. I know I have a very slow metabolism and I am not a young person so this is going to be a looong... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:52:42 EST Game Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090784 Yesterday I woke up with a sore throat so I didn't leave the house all day. I did get in my 6,000 steps but that was absolutely all I could do. Thanks to my meal plan I had a fairly easy plan for game day. I made Turkey Chili Mac but a healthier version. It was about 200 calories a serving an... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:52:18 EST Helpful Hubby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090782 So after 2 conferences in a row and being out of town for a total of 7 days, I gained 2 pounds back. Not nearly as bad as it could have been, but gains are gains. I shared this info with my hubby and was falling into my typical pattern of getting down on myself for not succeeding while out of tow... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:50:16 EST My bacteria needs love? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090781 Goal: Back to the 80's <BR> Current Weight: 192 <BR> <BR> Can bacteria make a difference in your health? Well, obviously bad bacteria does, but there is current research in how each person's mix of bacteria effects what they can eat without gaining, how healthy and sharp they are, and their dig... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:49:14 EST Discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090780 Last week was just not my week. I did not track as well as I should have. I did not exercise much at all. I ate what I shouldn't have and tried to pretend it was ok. Now I'm back up a pound and a half. Still a loss of 5 pounds overall but I'm not happy. I need to motivate and get back on track. T... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:45:06 EST To everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090779 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00aba92a-09ae-4ce8-8b7b-5b6abc9588e7.jpg"> <BR> To everyone trying to become a better you Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:44:39 EST Finding My Spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090778 I am still very much a work in progress. I have to own up to the 26 pounds I gained back after losing 58. I will weigh again in the morning and I don't feel like I lost any weight. But another pull my self up by the bootstraps and/or come to Jesus talk with myself and I climbed out of that bed... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:42:05 EST Now I know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090777 So I figured out being alone this weekend wasn't the best thing while trying to diet. Least with my husband home were I can see him eat reminds me of eveything I shouldn't be eating. But this weekend he was away for a weekend long football party. As for me, I was home Saturday was fine even exce... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:41:21 EST 2-8-16 (day 99) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090775 It is Monday, the beginning of a good week. A fresh start to all that are out there. Time to take a step forward on the right foot! <BR> <BR> Mindfulness is the most important thing, I believe. With out that you can not have consistency, drive, ambition and all the other things that lead to s... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:37:47 EST NOLA and one more! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090774 Wow what a week! The conference was good, tons of new info and am happy to be back in the office catching up. After dinner I fell down one block away from Bourbon street. No no booze excuse for me here, I was busy looking at all the ironwork on the balconies and didn't see a manhole on the sid... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:37:29 EST Stretch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090773 Hi everyone! Hope everything's going well for everyone. I'm a bit immobile at the moment. But I'm focusing on other ventures so it's all good. I'm trying to eat more fruit right now. Not that I don't eat fruit, but an apple just isn't enough, you know? I can't wait until the spring when more fr... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:37:27 EST The Future Belongs To...Feb. 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090772 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af1f6e0c-3da1-4096-8968-6d5e62a14edd.jpg"> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:35:17 EST New Experiences, New Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090771 I've never written a blog and really don't know what I want this blog to be but I figure "what the heck maybe somebody will find inspiration in my mundane". I am a mother of three, divorced and recently remarried. I recently re-invented myself so to speak. I left a long 20+ year marriage, moved t... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:31:44 EST Staying On Course http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090770 I am so sore this morning after completing the Super Bowl Challenge and Commercial Challenge. It was deifinitely challenging and worked some muscles that hadn't been worked I guess. I still did my 30 minute cardio this morning. Staying the Course. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:30:59 EST New week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090769 The struggle is real. I have cut back on the things I eat. I have ate half a sandwich and not the whole. I really need to focus on getting the good food in me. I'm not a big dessert eater. So that isn't the problem. I need to get to gym 3 days a week. That will be my big accomplishment. Let's see... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:30:28 EST DS and Aaron http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090768 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/81db0011-41a4-4c55-96fb-b2dfaa4473e3.JPG"> <BR> A photo from Christmas. Aaron <BR> resembles both of his parents so <BR> it was nice to have a picture with <BR> him and his dad before the judge <BR> terminated his rights. There will be <BR> other p... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:30:13 EST One month down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090767 4th weigh in down 13lbs total. I feel great . slow and steady is my moto Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:29:30 EST Go go go go go... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090766 It is weigh in day, which might as well become blog day too to reflect on the weighing in part hah. <BR> <BR> I am down about another pound, bringing me to nearly 10 pounds lost since around New Years. Not too shabby! I'm proud of myself but at the same time I wish I noticed it. I don't feel te... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:28:52 EST Hindsight is a wonderful thing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090765 I am just back from a fortnight's holiday in Spain and I want to write this blog to remind me in the future. <BR> <BR> Three things I could have avoided if I had made the effort to lose weight and get fit before our trip: <BR> <BR> 1. The plane seat being too small, the chair arms pressing into... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:25:51 EST this week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090764 I want to get a tree down, plan my garden, get more spark points than last week, get more exercise minutes. <BR> <BR> I want to give more time to Bible study and prayer. <BR> <BR> I want to continue on my health journey. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:25:33 EST I Can Do This http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090763 I am feeling great this morning. I was down another 2.8 lbs and had a two day holiday. Wine is my down fall but I am not going to give it up completely. Sometimes the pleasure you get from empty calories is worth it. I knew I was going away so I planned. I saved some calories from breakfast and ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:25:32 EST Snow, Eleven Weeks and 20 Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090761 This year we have off for Lunar New Year. In NYC it is a very popular holiday and a huge percentage of students miss school for it, so the mayor decided to add it to our calendar this year. Makes up for the fact we never close for snow. It's just starting to snow outside, and we're not suppose... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:25:12 EST Freedom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090760 If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails. <BR> Leo Buscaglia <BR> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:24:52 EST Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090758 2 more pounds gone! <BR> Whew! <BR> Its not coming off as fast as it did in the beginning. Its been two weeks since I've lost anything at all. <BR> I know the scale isn't everything, but it's a little discouraging to be working so hard and see no effect on the scale. <BR> It was such a relief t... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:23:59 EST Victorious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090757 I am extremely grateful for another day given! Each day given, is an opportunity to make a change. Even if it's a small one. I Remind myself daily, it will take time and commitment to see a difference. I didn't accumulate the weight over night. The slightest change can really make a difference. S... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:22:04 EST Day 4 of 30 day workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090756 Its finally rest day for my push up and sit up workout. I did squats but i feel like i need to do a bit more working out. I just dont want to get myself so tired that i wont want to finish this off. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:20:01 EST And We're Off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090755 Off to where? Well, off to a great start this morning with breakfast. I enjoyed three turkey sausage links (I am a little concerned about the sodium content), a medium green apple (sans the skin) an 1 container of peach Activia yogurt. No tea this morning, I drank water instead. Off to my loca... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:19:44 EST Filling February with Love - flowers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090754 Today I've bought myself a bunch of Spring flowers - it's a toke of love for myself. I've given myself today - to the town's annual Feast Day celebrations; I dressed up and played with the band, and danced and generally contributed to the success of the day. For this, I am thanking myself for j... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:19:04 EST Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090753 Does anyone else have the problem of not meeting their calories for the day? I always come under and I'm not hungry as much as I was. I know I need to eat a certain amount to keep my metabolism going but it's hard when I am not hungry. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:18:35 EST New week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090752 New week to eat healthier. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:17:45 EST My first blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090751 I've never done a blog before. As a mother of an autistic child, my health is extremely important. I have to be there and able to handle any situation. Over the past 8 years I've been slowly putting on weight. Turns out I have a hormonal imbalance that will likely lead to hypothyroidism. I'm mak... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:17:35 EST Mondays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090750 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8dd820f9-f3e4-489d-bec7-2f5b42b57911.jpg"> <BR> Morning today is a new day.. Eat healthy Drink water Walk Smile all day Have tea this morning Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:17:34 EST NO STRESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090749 Don't stress the could haves... If it should have it would have !!! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:17:18 EST *** INCOME TAX CK CAME!!! FILED 12/30/16, ARRIVED 1/08/16, WILL POST 1/10/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090748 *** INCOME TAX CK CAME!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04ffbf23-c186-4b22-b5f7-9b89abd89044.jpg"> <BR> <BR> FILED 12/30/16 using "turbo tax" DVD on my computer. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/734adbb8-e5a7-4389-889a-503d51c1f3af.jpg... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:16:00 EST Day 458...just keep pushing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090747 Exercise done for the day...doing my best to have a productive day at work, then beat the snow home tonight. Where I live, if it snows while I'm there, I can't get in or out very safely, so I just hope to get home fine and that everything's cleaned up tomorrow morning so I can get to work again. ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:15:41 EST Will 2016 be the year of awesome? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090746 Every January 1 I make a resolution. And every December I'm exactly the same. Will 2016 be the year of awesome? <BR> <BR> It's a new year and I'm in a new state, in a new home. It's difficult to find motivation and support when you don't know anyone. <BR> <BR> I think back of all of the times ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:14:04 EST Fun food facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090744 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9e422cbe-c746-422a-89a2-b6c93d887e13.jpg"> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:13:28 EST Look, Ma... no extender! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090741 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad454ce7-2ce4-4ee2-9b4b-127c65f2adf8.jpg"> <BR> On the plane and no seat belt extender! Victory! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:10:34 EST Going to the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090740 :) Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:10:19 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090739 2 hrs. 15 minutes treadmill and walk. DH hooked up Amazon in basement and I watched an episode of Mad Dogs. That kept me walking. Hoping whatever my son-in-law, his dad and granddaughter have this morning doesn't affect the rest of us who were at the Super Bowl party last night. Have a lovely... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:10:06 EST Fear and Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090738 For the first time in five and a half months, I don't have PT. I've been going every week without fail. It's a personal thing because I hate PT. I'm known to make and cancel appointments at the last minute (repeatedly) and then just not go. But I found a therapist I actually click with. It's... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:08:18 EST Did it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090737 Did my four miles today. You can do it too Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:05:06 EST work hard!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090734 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/54bf2143-666d-4e81-9fcf-4c26a89898b7.jpg"> <BR> ;)) Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:02:09 EST Our journey ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090733 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0e60f64c-27dc-4d83-93b4-2d297ff43b60.jpg"> <BR> Looking forward too making some awesome friends on here. Pray that I can inspire others too see their selves as beautiful as I see myself. My weight didn't get there overnight. I don't focus on how m... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:01:06 EST Rested and Ready To Accomplish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090732 I was really tired all weekend. Instead of doing what I usually do - and that's keep pushing myself - I actually listened to my body and rested. I woke up this morning definitely feeling recharged. <BR> <BR> I will spend some time this morning planning out my week. I need to get back into the... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:00:51 EST Back to life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090731 Well my ski week is over and it's back to life. Sitting here getting ready for work and getting my girl ready for school. My new goal is 150 lbs hopefully by June and weighing in every Monday morning. I'm going to continue to calorie cycle as that kind of went out the door on my holiday! Also, co... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 09:00:06 EST Celebrating Accomplishments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090729 Getting lost in the big picture happens to us all. This is very true if you have a long term goal it;s the small victories that get you to that goal that are lost in the shuffle. So I want to take a moment to look at my small achievements. <BR> <BR> 1) Walking to work as often as possible. This... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:58:39 EST Good morning .. it's Monday -- just one more day !!! :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090728 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a99eed95-18f0-4536-8aca-9898ebf992a5.jpg"> <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 hom... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:58:25 EST No blogging weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090726 So - I realized why I'm never drawn to be accountable/blog on weekends. I'm just not on my computer! This past weekend I had a great one, and I've accounted for my food for the weekend - but I didn't pick up my computer until last night. I just feel drawn to get away from technology when I don... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:57:29 EST Discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090725 Very sad only lost 2 lbs. <em>46</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:57:17 EST Discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090723 Very sad only lost 2 lbs. <em>46</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:56:27 EST Switching my mental channel to THANKFULNESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090721 235.6 <BR> SparkCoach challenged me to begin a new streak today. <BR> <BR> I am choosing thankfulness. <BR> <BR> I've started this blog over a few times-- finding that I kept starting by listing all the reasons I have to NOT be thankful(!!!) and why I find this so hard and have to laugh with my... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:54:20 EST this is me and my energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090720 Today's energy is brought you you by the letters R, W, H & S. <BR> <BR> First R, RELAX... <BR> My friend had an open house for her new "spa." I got buffed (like one you find in automotive parts, lol), rubbed, and then a lovely young lady did a mini reiki session on me and worked on my chakras. M... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:53:01 EST Superbowlthanksgivingfourthofjuly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090719 So just celebrated the most holy of holidays yesterday: Superbowlthanksgivingfourthofjuly. Its everything rolled into one too much food great friends and lots of beer. i celebrated full force. The scale claims i gained 5lbs from yesterday to today. Lol water retention after eating so many salty a... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:50:50 EST Gonna snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090718 Have a lot to get done today, suppose to snow for the next two day. Getup and go. Everyone have a great day Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:50:34 EST Body shapers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090717 Body shaping is a plus size girl's best friend. I just invested in a new one that is high wasted.. I think i should have went down a size but ill keep this one..it makes me look more snatched with it on...i want that hour glass figure. Im doing things on my own terms and taking my time. #perfe... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:50:21 EST DAY 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090716 Im so glad im here cause i learned alot in 5mins today than doing it by myself,im willing to stick to the program whatever it takes,the only thing i dont have my phone on me at all times but ill chat,blog and log whenever i get the cance,i feel so good and not insecure anymore.i woke up this morn... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:49:27 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090715 This has been one very long weekend. Time to put it behind me and move forward. Weather looks great this week, so may go walking in the afternoons after class. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:45:27 EST So sleepy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090714 So tomorrow I have a job interview at 10 am and all I want to do is sleep all day tomorrow. But I will get up and walk to this interview and hopefully get a new job. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:44:49 EST Not a diet but a lifestyle. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090713 Another night of sleeping with only melatonin. I was so exhausted I actually slept but this is going to be rough. We tried taking the stairs yesterday but I was exhausted after one full flight. Since ending up in the hospital in October and being placed on beta-blockers I have only been walkin... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:42:34 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090712 I made it to gym and walked for 20 minutes. I didn't realize how much I missed it until I went. I then ran several errands for myself and my mom. I returned home to do several loads of laundry and washed dishes. My Superbowl dinner was healthy. I had a baked potatoe covered in homemade 3 bean chi... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:40:31 EST Do you know kratom has Medicinal properties http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090710 In general, queries why kratom is beneficial, as contrasted to traditional medicines. The main advantage offered by kratom, opposed to traditional medicines and drugs, is that it includes a host of various petty substances. One of the chief advantages of kratom is its connection with pain relief ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:37:40 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090709 2nd day on this app and I'm feeling great! It's helping me eat better and drink more water. Went for a power walk this morning, feel like I can tackle this Monday with no problem! #justdoit Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:37:15 EST To exercise, or not to exercise.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090706 So two weeks later and my back is STILL stiff and locked up from slipping on ice. I wanna get back to the gym but doctor said to rest and take pain meds plus I think a muscle relaxer. Missing the gym... What do y'all think??? (FYI doctor was very pushy for several types of meds I don't need or wa... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:30:34 EST Intense http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090705 This week I need to kick up my intensity a bit on working out. I have a dinner at my favorite restaurant that I will enjoy in moderation, however it will still put me over calories. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:29:29 EST Fate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090704 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f157c8a6-1608-4eda-8869-6289be8b9c26.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:29:26 EST Mercedes Half Marathon Coundown - 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090703 Seven days till the big half marathon. I have done everything I can to be ready. Have some runs planned early this week then last run 3 miles Friday. Rest day Saturday. We are spending the night the night before and running February 14th for Valentines. I am excited ! <BR> <BR> The dogs did... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:29:19 EST New me new day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090700 I'm new to this, and I hope I don't slack off on this. If anyone is kind enough to help me be more accountable, that would be great! Wish me luck to achieve my goal. I hope it's a reasonable task! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:26:11 EST Rescued http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090699 Without going into the gory details, suffice it to say that yesterday by two in the afternoon I had probably used up all my calories for the day. Let's call it a cooking mishap. My tendency in a situation like this is to write the day off, just go ahead and eat whatever I want and then start agai... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:25:58 EST Why?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090698 Do you ever ask yourself why you sabotage yourself? I want to lose weight and know I can, but then I make excuses about why I didn't track my food, or didn't stay away from something. So today I'm making a promise to myself, to get healthy and lose some if this ball and chain I have been carrying... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:22:30 EST it's monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090697 another week is now underway. a weekend to basically relax for me. i have a lot to get done this week. i have one job interview this week for sure. another important appointment tomorrow morning for a different matter, school related. then i will have yet another job interview this week for a com... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:21:04 EST Merry Monday ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090696 Had fun with the toddlers today and a nice discussion with my daughter about our water aerobics exercises ,Rob. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:19:23 EST My dream Valentine's Day celebration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090695 This week for our A & I Team Blog Challenge we are asked to blog about how we would like to celebrate Valentine's if we could in our own way. <BR> <BR> I'm not really a material gal, I mean don't get me wrong I love new, pretty things but the thing I would love the most is to book a weekend in t... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:16:30 EST Super Bowl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090694 I didn't eat any of the wings but I ate a lot of fried shrimp and it made me sick. I got even sicker when I saw just my body on a Facebook picture someone had sent that I was in. Really motivated. I know I can do this. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:14:35 EST Treat your body good, young or old http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090693 We should start when we are young not wait until everything starts hurting. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:12:02 EST Day 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090692 Extremely frustrated today. Having to work extra hours takes away from my gym time. Gotta burn calories at my desk. Have not been able to workout since Friday but I have walked as much as I can. Stress from work is boiling over and Im craving a good workout. Blood pressure has been really low and... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:11:36 EST Deja vu all over again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090691 So, another start. Talked with a dear friend last night who had lost 107 lbs with a well established Weight Maintenance Clinic. Two months liquid diet start up, then adding food gradually, meeting with nutritionists, psychologists, trainers, etc. Cost $2400 per year. A lot of effort and reali... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:10:27 EST Growing older gracefully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090690 Good morning one and all. I have a birthday in a few days from now and I've been giving thought to it. I'll be 56. Though 56 isn't very old it puts me closer to 60 and I don't feel like I'm going to be that old either in only 4 more years and 3 days. Time has a way of healing us. It also giv... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:09:09 EST Longevity & Perseverance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090689 Thank you for the prayers and kind words about my mom. I'll keep you posted. <BR> <BR> A friend wrote me recently that she, her sister and her dad were embarking on a month long trip via Route 66 to the Grand Canyon and then returning home to Indiana by following the US border to Texas and then... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:05:22 EST My 600lb life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090688 I watched an episode before i went to bed last night. It left me a little disturbed because i cannot ever imagine letting myself get that big. Then again, i didn't think i would ever let myself get to be 360 pounds either. While watching this i had a few things come to mind. I saw simila... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:05:19 EST Before and After of Mary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090687 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df04d34a-c59c-47a4-bd2f-5ff290cfc06e.JPG"> <BR> <BR> The second figure is finished and I am pretty pleased the way Mary turned out. She was looking pretty dull and chipped but now looks like new again. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spark... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:00:40 EST 02-08-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090686 A bumpy weekend- Was doubting myself- But, it is not an option to give up. There will be bad days.... But- They do not need to transform into bad weeks and months! <em>211</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:57:44 EST 2/8/2016 Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090685 "We each need to let our intuition guide us, and then be willing to follow that guidance directly and fearlessly." <BR> <BR> Shakti Gawain <BR> <BR> <BR> "A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier." <BR> <BR> <BR> Tom Stoppard <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:54:33 EST We Got This http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090684 I started out almost two weeks ago and have lost 3 pounds. I was hoping for a little more. I weighed the same as last time. Put I did not gain so I am happy. I do not know where they got the people to say the V8 Healthy Greens tasted good. To me it was nasty. But I do not waste money so I will f... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:52:26 EST Feb 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090683 How do I get past a carb craving without giving in? Had a bad craving last night but didn't eat..mainly because there wasn't any here. It about got me down. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:51:36 EST Monday morning motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090682 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/011b87cf-9d4c-40dd-84ed-d850439286dd.jpg"> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:50:48 EST I still love Mondays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090681 I especially love Mondays when I have 1) Got enough sleep over the weekend, 2) Been active, and 3) Invested in preparing for the week ahead. <BR> <BR> All three of those were true of this weekend. Add to "the old guy" getting his Super Bowl win that I roused enough from slumber to recognize bef... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:50:37 EST 2.8.16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090680 Not a whole lot to say today... just here for consistency's sake. <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> - drink lots of water at work <BR> - tackle some tasks that I've been putting off (for no good reason) <BR> - schoolwork and cleaning tonight after work <BR> <BR> Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:50:13 EST 2/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090679 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Well. This weekend went... meh. Mostly due to the mardi gras party. I knew that was potentially going to be an issue... and it was. I snacked/grazed way too much. It was bad. I did keep myself to one cider and then lots of water. So that was a small win amongst the bad. ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:50:00 EST It is possible! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090678 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7512f0c4-954c-46d6-baf5-f5d7d446c4f3.jpg"> <BR> Losing weight... it is really possible! We just have to make a choice. And stick with it! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:44:11 EST DAY 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090677 Final score me 0 -- flu 1. But I'm back and ready to continue. My quest to get enough water in was almost impossible being sick but I can sure tell the difference in my body. It was missing it's water!! So yeah I feel like I've reach a small goal of changing my body to notify me more clearly when... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:43:40 EST Superbowl recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090676 Days like Superbowl Sunday tend to be my downfall. I like consistency and I can rarely give into to temptation without getting derailed but at the same time I do not have the willpower to say no to all the tasty goodies. So, like always, I convince myself it's okay to splurge because I'm going to... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:42:41 EST Super bowl Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090675 I over ate yesterday evening, but today is a new day! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:40:46 EST Let Go of What No Longer Serves You To Make Room For What Better Serves You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090674 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9ad0737-4ce3-4452-9e00-514c8cdfc4a9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:38:44 EST A reminder... Pablo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090673 Never underestimate the difference YOU can make in the lives of others. Step forward, reach out and help. This week reach out to someone might need a lift.- Pablo <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's make this our goal every day... to help others... <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:35:29 EST Happy Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090672 Well, it's Monday once again and even though I wasn't great over the weekend, it's a new week. I have found that when I plan my meals ahead of time and even put them in my log the night before, it's much easier to stay on track. There's no more wondering what I am going to eat and my lunch is pra... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:34:34 EST Still Sick, Still Sparkin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090671 The Superbowl Party was quite different than anticipated. I did not feel well at all. I hardly ate anything. So, I didn't bother tracking. I tried to keep drinking, but with my queasy stomach, that wasn't very appealing either. DD and DH were a lot of help with the preparations and taking ca... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:32:57 EST Prisoner to others expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090670 Ever since I was a little girl people in my family and close family friends would tell me how the pictured I should look. I have been skinny, in tip top shape, thick, curvy, and now overweight. And at each stage, I have always had people say well you're beautiful but you could work on this or th... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:30:10 EST Making it happen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090669 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7e14b16-4294-4362-b647-d9d729c00491.jpg"> <BR> To-day I shall be determined--- <BR> The calories to-day will be around 1200-----( usually a few more slide in there as one never measures correctly)--- <BR> The water is getting easier to get down--s... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:26:10 EST Happy Birthday to Me and Grandma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090668 Born on her day and named after her, I miss her so much. <BR> <BR> The best b'day present of all - feeling much better from this respiratory infection. <BR> <BR> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:25:24 EST Post-op eating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090667 Continuing my WLS blog series... <BR> <BR> So how am I doing with food? Depends on the day. <BR> <BR> I have one protein shake for breakfast. Every day. <BR> There are some shakes that have 30 or 32 grams of protein. I like those because I know that's half of my minimum requirement for the ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:25:18 EST No support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090666 Weight loss Support/encouragement is not something I have on a regular basis. Two teenage boys at home, not exactly weight loss buddy material. The husband's idea of encouragement is, do whatever you want as long as it doesn't cost money. Recently switched to the YMCA and will be signing up for t... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:19:16 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090665 I stayed in control of my food yesterday with the super bowl and double birthday party. I only had a piece of pizza and 3 wings the rest was fresh vegetables. I did have a piece of cake and 2 beers but tracked everything and I did not go over my calories for the day and working out that morning ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:17:57 EST Giving Thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090664 Perhaps you went to bed last night thinking about the overdue bills, the lack of finances, the problematic people and situations you have to face, your weight loss journey, the lack of support, etc. Nevertheless, if you are reading my blog right now...This morning you woke up. Did you give thanks... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:17:54 EST Quote of the Day: February 8, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090663 "Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” - C.S. Lewis Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:13:43 EST 2/8/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090662 If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. <BR> <BR> Thomas Paine <BR> <BR> Quote of the Day <BR> <BR> I imagine that yes is the only living thing. <BR> e. e. cummings <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> <BR> I've had an exciting time; I marri... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:12:27 EST Blessings, February 8, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090661 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. I slept a lot yesterday. <BR> <BR> 2. I think my leg is getting better. <BR> <BR> 3. I have a school dance this week. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Feel free to lis... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:12:02 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090660 A brand-new opportunity for a new start. Make it good. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Have a good week everyone Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:10:40 EST monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090659 good morning! well--the superbowl is over and so is the football season. we had a relatively uneventful weekend--took the pups to the park for some nice exercise, shopped around for rugs--unsuccessfully, worked on listing seed auctions, cleaned out the frig (ugh) and did some other minor chores... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:08:42 EST Books.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090658 Going to try the chris powell carb cycling route now, anyone know whether it works??? Sems hard tho so wish me luck. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:06:56 EST Day 8...The Inches Are Melting Off! 8 Pounds Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090657 Let me start off with these stats: <BR> 2/1: 230.4 <BR> 2/8: 222 <BR> <BR> Ha! Check me out! I gotta say this feeling is GREAT! I do expect the scale to start moving a bit slower this week because I am sure a majority of those numbers I lost was water weight. Which is absolutely fine with me. Th... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:06:47 EST Have a Magnificent Monday!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090656 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f175c839-bc63-4973-ad1a-8dcdcd9e71ca.jpg"> Let's charge forward together into this new week with goals in mind. Here are mine for today: Goals for each hour: get up and move, drink water, smile, encourage others Goals for the morning: eat a healt... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:05:42 EST Inner health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090655 As I begin The third week of using the menu plan... I feel big changes. My digestive system has been cranky, volatile, unpredictable and caused chaos in my life for many many years. That is totally gone. My tummy is now my friend...makes me smile all over. ...plus I lost 4 pounds. I have li... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:59:57 EST Sunday Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090654 Went to a Super Bowl pregame party and had 1 cup of chili and half of a cupcake along with my usual dinner salad and that's it. Slept in this morning to make up for a weekend of poor sleep should be a good Monday only thing on the schedule is to bathe kids Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:55:42 EST February 8 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090653 It's the start of a new week, is everyone ready? I really haven't decided yet. Feeling cold a bit blizzardy today. Gotta work on fitting my workout in today. Basketball everyday this week. But it's at 430 today and only one game so there should be no excuses not to get it done tonight. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:54:56 EST Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090652 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/adaa2688-48c0-4372-a358-ac2ef7932ffd.jpg"> <BR> New week. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:52:02 EST 1st week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090651 Started back up a week ago and down 9 lbs. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:51:57 EST Good Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090650 My goals the week is to exercise more than last week. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:50:43 EST Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090649 So glad to say I may have had one bad day but I got back on track yesterday and I'm determined to stay there! Starting the day right with a healthy and fulfilling breakfast! Everyone have a great day! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:48:35 EST 02-08-2016-JOLLIES FROM JUDY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090647 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c16dfe7-8be6-498e-9adc-3cf543e1e167.jpg"> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:47:37 EST So very true thus morning for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090646 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7dd62f7-36ab-4ea8-bbc5-343519ca1e49.jpg"> <BR> I need to write a new story, the one that uses the last three years of hell and turns them into the new unstoppable me Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:46:27 EST Verse for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090645 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0e6ad64a-1813-4a3e-ae7c-deb7faf05d60.jpg"> <BR> Isaiah 30:19 at the voice of the I cry when he shall hear it he will answer thee Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:43:46 EST I lost the streak but its back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090644 I've lost the streak but I haven't given up. I've been sick for a couple of days. One of the nasty perks of working with the public is that we tend to pick up anything that is going around. I picked up the stomach virus that was going around. So I got a little lazy on tracking things. I just didn... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:35:05 EST Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090643 Have you ever not exercised then say to yourself, "I shoulda exercised, I coulda taken the time to exercise instead of watching TV, I woulda felt better and been closer to my goal?" I am great for the shoulda, coulda, woulda's. Now I am trying to avoid saying those by getting myself going and ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:34:31 EST Day #36 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090642 It was an exciting weekend. It started Friday with the dog agility competition and the latter ended yesterday. I am so very proud of my Aussie dog. In spite of my many handling blunders, he performed brilliantly. We entered 9 events and we finished: 1st 3 times, 2nd 2 times, and 3d 2 times. In on... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:33:01 EST Doing good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090641 Did well this week. I ate much better over the weekend. Had a high calorie breakfast yesterday and just replaced the rest of the day with lighter options like salads. Even the day I went over I went over by only 200 calories. It was a lot to go over but I did go shopping for 4 hours on Saturday, ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:29:30 EST Emotional morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090640 My poor daughter is vomiting and has been since 4... I'm so tired and she's so cranky.... I'm not even sure my job will let me stay home with her.... I miss the stability of having a partner who could help with her and cleaning up after all the vomit and make us feel better.... mentally and physi... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:26:54 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090639 It was very hard to be on a diet yesterday as I was surrounded by junk food.. But I'm staying committed.. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:25:33 EST New week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090638 The last 2 weeks have not gone very well. I gave gained weight both weeks. I felt so defeated. But I have put on my big girl panties and gotten over it. Its a new day and a new week! I'm gonna work my butt off (literally I hope lol) this week! Hopefully everyone has a good week!! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:24:08 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=2/8/2016=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090635 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6fa4112-5da8-4d45-81d2-3991fa6f7363.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d711a55e-81aa-4187-a329-343c1c563f00.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f67ca12e-6717-40a6-9bc5-1a2404fba69a.jpg">The LORD looked down fro... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:13:18 EST Pressing On... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090634 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l975258550.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Let's have a successful day and week ahead... <BR> <BR> Reaching our goals 1 step & 1 day at a time, with staying focused and pressing on to the finishing line... <BR> <BR> Yes, we CAN ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:12:08 EST Quote for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090633 Battles are fought in our minds every day. When we begin to feel the battle is just too difficult and want to give up, we must choose to resist negative thoughts and be determined to rise above our problems. We must decide that we're not going to quit. When we're bombarded with doubts and fears, ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:09:33 EST Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090632 It's good to wake up in the morning and find that my inner critic is silent. I don't have any more excess weight to lose. There's a wonderful sense of freedom that I feel when I've unzipped the fat suit and stepped out. Never going back. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 06:05:03 EST Plus size models http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090631 Am I the only one who has mixed feelings about some of the plus sized models? I love the confidence they have & the no fat shaming attitude they posses. I believe you should love your body but I feel some of these models are very obese & are teaching our kids that it's ok. It's not ok to unhealth... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:58:29 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, February 8, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090630 February 8, 2016 RESPONSIBLE LEADERS <BR> <BR> We all have read of those in the Bible who did the right things such as Joseph, Daniel and David. The leaders in their day were evil yet these men did not waiver. It is easy to follow the godly leadership of those who do right; however, what about ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:56:32 EST Day 71... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090629 Feeling good and staying within my points! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:54:20 EST Feeling Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090628 I'm feeling good. I have completed a week of my personal challenge to not eat sweets until Easter and two days of my commitment to have some outside exercise every day. We're expecting a blizzard today so outside exercise should not be a problem. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:48:22 EST Another week begins! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090627 6 lbs down over the last 2 weeks. Momentum is finally building. Let's get it ON!!! 💪🏻🎉 Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:47:27 EST Day 404/ This and That http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090626 <em>331</em> WooHoo! Yesterday I did a little over 6k steps, and I forgot to put my fitbit back on for half of the day! My goal is 6k, but yesterday I was up and walking so much, surely I would have reached 10k if I had been wearing my Fitbit all day!! Now to be up and as active today! <BR> <B... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:44:08 EST Trying again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090625 Month 2 week 6 day 38: did okay with the superbowl. Tried not to over eat but did indulge in some snacks I hadn't had in a while. However stayed in my calorie count. Still back to reality today. Think only gained a lb. Back on track today. Feeling a little I'll possibly a fever starting. ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:43:07 EST W/c 8/2/16 just for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090624 Monday <BR> Breakfast,paper run,birthday stuff finally away. Is that bedroom floor I see. <BR> Sorted program box on tv, sorted bank stuff, ordered DVDs to complete set, compared car insurance online. <BR> Put away washing, put away weekend clothes. <BR> Search sofa in my sitting room!!!! <BR> An... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:41:49 EST KIDS; KETCHUP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090623 <BR> <BR> A woman was trying hard to get the tomato sauce out of the bottle. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4 year old daughter to answer the phone. 'Mommy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now. She's hitting he bottle.' Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:41:28 EST Not Quitting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090622 I have come to understand that embarrassment can be a form of narcissism. <BR> <BR> When you are alone in your house, are you ever embarrassed? In the quiet solitude of an empty house, you might remember something that embarrassed you in the past and you blush with renewed humiliation even thou... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:39:46 EST Monday 2/8 Check in and Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090621 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ac50b19-83e8-47f1-ad8b-02ff75e34c61.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I weighed this morning and I lost 0.4 pounds (462.4 last week and 462 this week). <BR> <BR> Third week down and I am happy that I followed most of my goals this week. Here is where I'm at thi... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:38:58 EST Hearts and deeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090620 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b347df1a-bf41-4630-83e3-faa4934230fc.jpeg"> <BR> Lots of hearts for the kids to use <BR> I wonder just which ones they'll choose? <BR> <BR> Lots of goodness in our heart, <BR> Choose a good deed and smiles will start! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:35:58 EST Where Does My Joy Come From - 2/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090619 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8904b562-0bbd-4e06-844e-3152f96c3523.jpg"> <BR> Where does my joy come from today. ... ....had a nice long phone conversation with my mother in Germany. I know she gets lonely. She does go out to my sisters a few times a week, but mostly just does... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:31:31 EST Need Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090618 Ok guys, I have been smoke free for SEVENTEEN days <em>224</em> <BR> The problem is I'm having really bad sugar binges and I can't seem to push them aside. I know this sounds crazy but the past few days if I don't get sugar every little bit I actually get sick at my stomach. I know it's all i... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:30:48 EST friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090616 My husband understands I want to workout, & it's important to me. Diet everyone teases me so I egnore them. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:22:30 EST trying a new activity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090615 tried a new activity quite a bit different from what I do usually & am I tired but enjoyed the change of form Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:19:49 EST February 8, 1 Samuel 2:27-36 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090614 February 8, 1 Samuel 2:27-36 <BR> <BR> We're not told who this prophet was that came to Eli, I suppose that if we were supposed to know God would have told us. I am curious though if this was a man continually communicating with God or just a single time. Perhaps when I get home. This warning... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:17:13 EST Running-- Just go!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090612 Last year I started running with a good friend. We did the couch to 5k program. I thought I was going to die after running 90 seconds. I still feel like I am gonna die some days. We did a color run 5k last October. It took me like 42 mins. Then we just stopped running for a while. We started bac... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:14:49 EST Game day blues! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090611 Shouldn't have took a day off. Wings and pizza was a nice change for the palate but not the scale. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:10:37 EST Make Preparations - Joel and Victoria http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090610 Today's Scripture:"...prepare the way for the Lord..."(Isaiah 40:3, NIV) <BR> <BR> Everyone goes through seasons of waiting. A lot of times, people just sit back and wait for God to do something. But did you ever think that God might be waiting on you to do your part? Part of making preparatio... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:08:31 EST Week 6: 2/1-2/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090608 It's now been six weeks since I decided to focus on improving my health. The first few days were an adjustment and challenged my commitment to keep moving forward, but now it seems like the days are just flying by. I'm finding enough variety in my food so I'm not getting bored or sick of a part... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:03:29 EST 207.8 Super Bowl Sunday walk Had a great walk with my wife and dog; day 6 14250 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090607 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b976d79-c4a4-419c-a3a5-5101167f46f6.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f46007e-1b6a-4c15-8b7a-92a03dc52d7f.JPG"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2319e25d-486c-40b9-a2ea-e27a7cc7fd5d.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Visited a co... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:01:41 EST Bible Verse for the Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090605 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He m... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 04:56:15 EST j http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090604 j Mon, 8 Feb 2016 04:56:13 EST Kite Flying Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090603 Kite Flying Day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/882bd145-ca51-4b8b-a32d-09c4ad91c8ba.jpe"> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always February 8th <BR> <BR> Today is Kite Flying Day, a great time to go fly a kite. People have enjoyed flying kites for thousands of years.... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 04:54:57 EST The GP and weight update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090602 So much for checking my weight once a month... but: <BR> <BR> So I had to go this morning to get a refill on the birth control. I ended up seeing a nurse instead of my normal GP, but that was fine. She weighed me, I didn't look, but she said it out loud. Great. Then she starts talking BMI, so of... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 04:44:25 EST advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090600 on the advice of another member, I'm going to try to get outdoors some.I saw an article about running on this site.I think I'll give it a shot.I might not be able to do much starting out but if I keep at it then maybe I'll get the results that I'm looking for. This may take longer than I thought ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 04:36:01 EST Rainy Monday and forecast of a week of rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090599 Calorie intake <BR> <BR> Not the best, not the worst. Did indulge a little, without going overboard. <BR> <BR> Exercise <BR> <BR> Half of a Zumba wii class on Saturday and a good walk (6km) on Sunday. It’s amazing how I can run for 12 minutes straight now, but I can’t keep up with a Zumba clas... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 04:28:47 EST Hopeful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090598 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/14d35508-2a2c-4f4e-8deb-2d390bd2b6d0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ever hopeful, aren't we? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 04:22:17 EST Mighty Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090597 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba97635d-89fa-475a-8a96-840d3f22da4c.jpg"> <BR> Okay...in five hours will be finishing up a 16 hour shift...yay. Great news also...weighted in yesterday and down 1 more pound for a total of 15....yikes. It's happening and I'm so excited. My pant... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 04:17:49 EST Minor set back.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090596 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/36c692a5-20f8-4eea-940a-e619163e6b05.jpg"> <BR> Had a junk food craving...Gained 2# back. =) Not giving up though. Still pushing! This extra person has got to go! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 04:16:29 EST The truth about regular exercise . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090595 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/63a3f5d3-656c-4e6f-a5f9-15e1bee4f50c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So, so true!! <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 04:08:34 EST My thought for Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090594 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/06a53ef8-2828-4945-8532-fc40b2fa6fdc.jpeg"> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 03:58:37 EST Groundhog Day? (...or my UPDATE/Before PICTURES don't look as awesome as I thought they would) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090593 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eb0c8ade-2477-4d0a-8613-f4d05e372ec3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Before I post pictures, I have a confession to make. <BR> <BR> So, this past year I haven't been a really active SPARKling. I was tired and grumpy. I had been working at this ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 03:51:53 EST Quinoa...why?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090592 So I have never had it... but it seems to be everywhere, and it SEEMS healthy ...why??? well until a few years ago I had never heard of it, and it's always in dishes filled to bursting with vegetables... so it must be healthy... but when I look at the basic nutrition it seems rather calorie rich,... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 03:17:21 EST Business Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090588 A man was traveling north to Dallas. He needed to use the bathroom and so at a rest stop he goes into a stall. He sits down and was surprised to hear someone in the next stall say, "So how ya doing?" <BR> <BR> The man gulps and thinks about what he should say and then decides to answer. So he cl... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 03:09:04 EST Started.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090587 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/376be8a6-c12c-4afa-9c5c-d8944121fbd6.jpg"> <BR> Well I went over my allowed calories but if it hadn't been for the app I wouldn't have made myself do a 30 min walk AND only had 1/2 glass of wine rather than more. I'll count it as a WIN!... really r... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 03:08:38 EST Relationship with food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090586 Ate ok today. Feeling a bit hungry and unsatisfied Mon, 8 Feb 2016 03:03:54 EST Oops I did again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090585 Well good start for breakfast but I skipped lunch and at church met up with the ladies and ate 2 cupcakes.... Superbowl was on and we had bbq sbort ribs and made jalapeno poppers... Yikes! I felt overly stuffed which was good. Because I have shrunk my stomach. Im looking forward to working out an... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 02:58:56 EST Day 31/56 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090584 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e4c8cbe-46d9-4679-8ab9-a3e40141f283.jpg"> Day 31/56: Chisel Balance (switched days with rest day) 02/07/16) #imworthit #progressnotperfection Mon, 8 Feb 2016 02:58:03 EST Diet Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090583 Hydration is vital to maintaining a healthy body. <BR> - - - - - <BR> <BR> Diet Water <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> Ice Water <BR> Lemon Juice, as needed <BR> <BR> Directions: <BR> Fill a glass jug with ice, add water. Keep refrigerated. <BR> In each glass of ice water add 1 tablespoon lemon ju... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 02:53:39 EST I am grateful for, 2/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090582 1. my babies, because they are tolerant of me. <BR> 2. rest, because it felt good. <BR> 3. our roommate, because she's really helping out. <BR> 4. work in my specialty, because we've been overdue. <BR> 5. options, because it's good to have choices. <BR> 6. lists, because they help me stay on task... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 02:50:03 EST Superbowl Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090581 Hey All, <BR> So I've been doing pretty well, not tracking all the time, but watching what I eat. Today was an exception. We had a superbowl tailgate party at work, since many of us had to work through the game, so we could celebrate somehow. I sampled some of everything and am very full! Tom... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 02:47:32 EST Sammy's Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090580 I was with my 10 brothers and sisters in a pen for a time. It was a cement room and we didn't get much attention. There were other puppies in pens that were loud and disturbing. We were the cuddling type, and they were always barking and fighting. Then my Mommy came and I knew I must go with ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 02:36:40 EST Hit the platue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090578 Have hit the platue at 170 pounds for last 2 weeks. Starting crash diet again for 7 days. Have to reach 154 pounds. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 02:30:03 EST Bibbity Boppity BAM!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090577 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/31ebd559-2311-4958-ac0d-3e6843212782.jpg"> Well dang! This last month has me like..... Flopp! First on track, logging food, taking supplements, drinking water, preparing food, then came my birthday weekend... And that dang chocolate cake. OMG it w... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 02:16:43 EST What Went - Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090575 1. My stats were great for a Sunday. The different meal schedule and a different Y schedule just makes it difficult. <BR> <BR> 1712 calories <BR> 8470 steps <BR> <BR> 2. Today was also a test of our resolution to do our 15 min. daily yardwork and 15 min. daily Schoolroom of Doom cleaning. W... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 02:12:37 EST Pre-planned Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090574 As luck would have it, today's Spark Coach task is to blog about planning the next day's meal. I had already taken five zip-lock bags and stuffed them with spinach, cauliflower, carrots, celery and mushrooms. I also have the 100 calorie boxes of raisins, craisins and almonds. I have 2 other zi... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 02:09:10 EST Can't Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090572 I have two teenage boys. I believe I am doing a great job raising them, but at times it becomes distracting and disappointing. My younger son is going through puberty and three times on Friday was inconsiderate and rude to me. We have been running into this disrespectable behavior about once a mo... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 02:07:17 EST I'm trying to be brave! Here's my pic!! (faints) lol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090571 I love pictures...the ones where I get to dress up and smile for the camera and then crop out the parts that I don't like. <BR> <BR> I DO NOT however like the bold body shots in my exercise gear with my body showing. <BR> I get insecure about that kinda stuff. I told myself "SELF...you will pos... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 02:04:08 EST Sugar Cravings Journal 2/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090570 Want all the sugar today. I'm really low on energy, and all I want is sweet and creamy, and salty and crispy. Ugh. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 02:02:00 EST Calorie crazy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090569 I'm not getting anywhere near enough calories. I know it's different for me with the chemotherapy, and Sarcoidoses. I'm losing weight, but worried how unhealthy I am. I wish o could find the balance in my body. No chemo...steroid crazy hunger. Chemotherapy..which is once a week not getting enough... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 02:00:30 EST Confession http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090568 I started off the weekend SO well...even ordered egg whites with spinach and mushrooms when I had to eat out with my parents! I was SO proud! Counted every calorie, got in all my water, started small spark goals, and accomplished them....and then tonight happened! I knew better than to do it.... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 01:53:09 EST 30 Days of Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090567 A spark friend recommended a YouTube Yogi to me when I put feelers out. I wanted someone who would teach me the poses, but give me time to get into them and hold them while also giving me alternatives for poses I'm not fully ready for. I found her. <BR> <BR> 30 Days of Yoga with Adrienne <BR> ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 01:51:46 EST Sleeping Beauty (Not!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090566 Anyone else have problems getting good sleep??? I have no problem falling asleep or staying asleep, it's just actually getting into bed that's the impossible task!!! Seriously, this 1:00am crap is so not helping me..... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 01:40:53 EST Super Bowl success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090565 I'm proud of myself. I didn't overindulge at the super bowl party. I ate half of what was on my plate. I drank water instead of soda. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 01:40:36 EST Fairly good day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090564 Most of the house work is done. I didn't get meals for the week made but can do tomorrow. Went to Monk's Mound with the pup for a little exercise climbing the steps. I also walked to the gym and used the treadmill...so I could watch a little TV uninterrupted lol. That was another 3.5ish miles. D... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 01:30:40 EST Today's Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090563 " There is compassion in selfless generosity, but there <BR> is also compassion in heartfelt empathy." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to <BR> DreamThisDay.com Mon, 8 Feb 2016 01:29:11 EST The myths & lies about dieting we tell ourselves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090562 In this blog I want to talk about all the excuses we use to not commit to dieting. <BR> 1.Myth about starving: <BR> Like telling ourselves we will starve! Now if you have really been on any diet in the last 20 years, you know this isn't the case. you eat so much food, you feel like you are going ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 01:27:11 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090561 I am pretty pleased with myself today. The day of 1, The first of many. I studied Spanish, practiced guitar, did my exercises, penned in my weightloss/fitness results. I even walked Coda. But I think I am most pleased by the fact I actually counted and RECORDED my calories today. It's pretty impr... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 01:25:07 EST Day 37 ~ My Little Milestone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090560 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8ffabc19-5140-40e0-a2fd-ef1ddbd40e40.jpg"> What I want to do to record my journey is: 1. To blog everyday and include: 2. How many calories I consumed: 2294 3. How much I weigh: 241.3 4. How many steps I took: 10,568 5. How much water: 120 6. How ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 01:24:28 EST Health roadblocks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090559 Been trying to make a change for so long now despite health setbacks, but the goal remains and I am determined more than ever to find the way out of this crazy maze . Onward to the new me ! First goal 5 lbs ... Starting weight 185 Mon, 8 Feb 2016 01:24:04 EST Kickin Chili with beans and corn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090558 knocked it out of the park with a healthy homemade chili that my husband loved. I used ground bison which is low in fat, and browned in canola oil. Made my own chili paste with New Mexico red chiles, bell peppers and a little habaýero. Only 295 calories per serving and lots of iron and Vit. C. De... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 01:23:41 EST Quicky. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090557 Crossroads. Goal change. Routine change. Four kids. Can I do it? Yes. Do in have a choice? No, I do not. I pay money for my kids' sports. A lot. But I won't pay it for my own physical fitness. Fix it. I am just as important as my children. My health is their health. Me first means they reap t... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 01:19:13 EST Midnight walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090556 Went for a spur of the moment short midnight walk with my husband and our dog, Remy. : ) Jumpstarting the day with 1500 steps to give a better chance at success. Goals for the day include: 4000 steps, 8 glasses of water, and logging food. Have a great day! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 01:18:45 EST Day 30! 1am tired babble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090555 As I lay here, tired, anxious to find out if school is canceled or not, needing to go to the gym so bad! Haven't been since wed! Totally going through a bunch lately. Right after new years my house got broken into... My kids and I lost a lot. The emotional toll is overwhelming... I won't go into ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 01:13:02 EST Gratitude February 7 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090554 Number 1: the super bowl is over! Somebody won and that is great, but our life will be back to normal tomorrow. The traffic nightmares will be done and all the tourists will go home. Woot! <BR> <BR> Number 2: I played Ticket to Ride Africa today with my husband, I was losing quite badly unt... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 01:12:13 EST Finding a way of escape http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090552 Oops! I forgot to look for my way of escape. I Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation ALSO make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 01:05:12 EST Bread thins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090551 I make a lot of turkey burgers and tried bread thins. They are great. I was using bread but the bread gets soggy. The bread thins are much better and lower in calories. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:55:14 EST Superbowl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090550 Damn panthers Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:53:03 EST Sunday evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090549 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/502a7756-d3ca-4eaf-9f17-530e52c2c43e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> hope you had a great weekend. . . . I sure did! <BR> <BR> So happy to have a sunny day today . . . temp hit 53 degrees and we took off for a ride. We tried to make it over the mountain but ran... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:50:41 EST ultimate SP LC - 74 days - transformation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090548 motivation comes in many forms. this time - completion of the six-week total transformation system: <BR> <link>walkonwalkstrong.com </link> <BR> <BR> i started this before christmas, had to take a break while traveling, took things out of order while waiting for my weights to arrive (even am... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:45:57 EST Day 4 - Super Bowl Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090547 It's a national holiday, really: Super Bowl Sunday. At least, that's the way it feels. <BR> <BR> Our friends, Jim & Diane, came over for brunch to start the day. We headed off to our favorite German breakfast at the Jagerhaus. A German cherry pancake and bacon..well, that could have been healthi... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:45:52 EST Day 435 - Sparktitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090546 Sparktitude - my new word for gratitude the Spark way... <BR> <BR> I had a great phone conversation with Jane today. I love talking to her - she always makes me laugh and her energy and positive belief is just infectious! I'm glad that the recovery from her knee surgery isn't keeping her from wa... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:43:49 EST Short and Sweet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090544 Short and Sweet tonight - been such a long day - haven't read much, haven't browsed much, haven't done so much... a little walking... a lot of driving... and a lot of "hurry up and wait" waiting. <BR> <BR> But I cannot end the day without some time for consider what was good today! <BR> There IS... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:41:27 EST Superbowl Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090543 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b0bf43df-f2f0-4976-a41f-c43a8b42c38d.jpg"> <BR> I did a great job today of eating in my plan meals.... my breakfast Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:41:21 EST My New Skirt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090542 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9cb77507-2cd5-4991-8de5-27ae4921268f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1ed9c2cc-1b40-46e7-bde7-877c458423ae.jpg"> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:40:44 EST More than a ball game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090541 I'm lying on the sofa with my feet up because these puppies are *barking*. I was up until 5:30 a.m. prepping food and then cleaning and rearranging the kitchen. Spent another 7 hours today cooking and setting up. Then spent another hour after our super bowl party cleaning up and re-arranging t... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:36:06 EST Recap of Weekly Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090540 Here's how the week went: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d3e2c13-ff2a-4cba-9b1b-18baf57d5632.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Sunday, I got to my swim lesson. I had Instructor Steven to myself so we worked on easing my fear of the deep end a bit. (Yes, I still feel scared and panicky some... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:32:22 EST My quotes for the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090539 Being able to hang out with family and friends for superbowl celebrations, I heard positive words in the past few hours. I scribbled some down and wanted to share: <BR> <BR> “Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:27:11 EST Super Bowl Challange http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090537 We didn't do the whole challenge but we hand fun playing the game. Between push-ups and wall squats, my thighs are burning! Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:26:15 EST The beauty of Gods plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090536 I was having an off day and felt grouchy. My DH knows better than to expect much of me when I get like this. My life has changed from get up and go when I want to planning packing and car seat buckling for lil guy. He patiently sits in the grocery cart, visits with people and has the biggest brig... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:23:25 EST Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090534 Can't seem to ever get in 8 glasses a day... :/ Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:18:17 EST Special Blessings-February 8, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090533 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Jim and I did what we did the other morning. We stayed in bed late playing computer games with each other on our tablets. I don't know what has made us start doing this, but it is different and fun to do it with him. <BR> <BR> 2. ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:18:04 EST Excercisr http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090532 Getting a smart watch to help track, just basic. But, I look forward to it and actually getting a scale, is next. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:13:07 EST Super Bowl Sunday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090531 I was invited to a Super Bowl party with a group of friends that I hadn't seen since Halloween. I knew it was going to be a challenging food day so I spent some time at the gym. I did my couch to 5k program, elliptical and some weight training. I felt really good about my workout and was proud of... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:13:00 EST Monday's Funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090530 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e91b4129-c2fe-4beb-8efa-56687fcf3c53.jpg"> Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:11:02 EST It was a good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090529 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3feb2029-66d1-4757-ac4a-5bfb5b39c468.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d7b591f9-8807-44a1-a334-7c23b696e2a5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c775bce-ee85-4934-9c83-4f455276a1a0.jpg">... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:10:46 EST I Believe in the Person I Want to Become 2/7/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090528 Today I saw my cousin. I haven't seen him in 15 years. He's got a steady job, a wife, and three kids now. He's doing real good and I'm proud of the life he's carved out for himself but it also made me think about my life choices. <BR> <BR> I got up today knowing that I was going to see him and h... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:09:30 EST Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090527 I know we drive home the importance of planning and prep in this group but it really is one of the keys to success. I like to take time on Sundays to meal plan, shop and prep. That way I have a solid plan for the week & it's so much easier to keep on track when life happens & unexpected things po... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:09:21 EST POSSIBLE help preventing Alzheimer's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090526 I'm not claiming that this is the definitive word on diet to prevent Alzheimers, but it did catch my attention, and seemed doable. <BR> <BR> It's the MIND diet (see below), as Missusriverrat mentioned in response to my last blog. I already do a lot of the "right" things, but did eat some of the... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:08:30 EST This is for 2/7/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090525 The Super Bowl was a cheat day. Enough said. Moving on. Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:08:26 EST My favorite walking shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090524 I LOVE to walk outside and so I have a lot of pairs of athletic shoes. I just wanted to let people who may be thinking about getting shoes, about two pairs that I love! <BR> <BR> My first favorite pair is the Ryka Sky Walk Women's athletic shoe. They have a 5 star rating at Kohls where I purchas... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:08:11 EST Day 4 of the 21 Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090523 Another day behind me and I did all the right things. It seems too easy. Today we had to take a quiz about sugar and all the names it has. I always did read labels on products, but believe me I had no idea sugar lurks in just about everything. The trick is to notice it and be careful purchasi... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:58:47 EST Weigh-In -- 7Feb16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090522 Well, I'm still here, not progressing, but not regressing. <BR> <BR> The goals I have been setting each week haven't been working, so this week I'm not going to set many goals - except to keep up on the water and the cardio streak. <BR> <BR> My steps have been pretty bad, so I will try to get i... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:58:39 EST 2/7/16 - Bedtime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090521 For today's Super Bowl, I had no particular rooting interest, but I am glad the crippled old guy won. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed spending time with my friends at a Super Bowl party. <BR> <BR> My Double Cherry Pie was a big hit!!! <BR> <BR> Sweet dreams everyone!!! <BR> <BR> Leslie <BR> <BR> XXXOOOX... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:57:40 EST Day #5 189-145 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090520 Today was the super bowl. It's was for sure a cheat day. No regrets lol Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:53:05 EST Some nutrition goals to work on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090518 I'm still trying to work hard on some new goals to feel better and hopefully get some weight off. I have to learn to be more positive and patient with myself. I was considering trying the 21 day fix but I'm still hesitant about supplements and shakes. I would rather just learn to give mindful ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:52:09 EST Super Bowl Sunday 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090516 I saw my first robin this morning as we went out the door to go to church. A few years ago, I found a baby robin sitting on the deck railing. He could barely fly and got into the back yard. I was afraid that Princess, our rottweiler (deceased), would see him and might hurt him. I caught him ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:49:40 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090515 Crazy day <em>198</em> Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:45:43 EST Superbowl party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090514 I opted out of Superbowl parties this year. I have a toddler, I am pregnant and my team didn't make it. I think it saved on calories. Enjoyed time at home with my Little One! Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:44:33 EST I'm Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090513 Confession time... although if you follow my blogs, then this isn't really anything new, except me trying to sum up how I feel. <BR> <BR> I'M STRUGGLING, big time. I am struggling like I did in December. Mainly mentally/emotionally, but the physical issues I have had for the past few weeks defin... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:44:32 EST Spark People Super Bowl Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090512 I did the Spark People Super Bowl workout during the big game today. I know that I missed some of the timeouts and probably a couple of other things, but it was still a good workout! And it kept me from mindlessly stuffing food into my face while the game was on. <BR> <BR> Here is the post: ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:43:23 EST level 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090511 Started real appeal level 5. did strength - tomorrow cardio Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:36:49 EST Day 1: Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090510 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/24c83fa4-5a34-48ec-bee9-f145666ae533.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Day 1 - Feb 8 - 217 pounds <BR> <BR> As they say -- "Today is the first day of the rest if your life." Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:36:16 EST Day 328 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090509 Well I have taken a few days of posting ....I forgot. Any who will be back on it in the morning. Sleep well everyone. Night. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:36:08 EST Overcame a few temptations today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090508 Today, being Sunday, we headed off to church late. This isn't the norm for us. Thinking I'd be in trouble with a rumbly tummy during the quiet teachings, just before walking out the door I downed a cool glass of water a 3 supplements. As we approached the classroom I smelled all kinds of delisc... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:33:56 EST STRAIGHT TALK SUNDAY #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090507 This week is short, sweet and to the point! I'm tired and my body is aching. It's my fault. I have overdone it with exercise. I have been adding more cardiovascular bursts and lots of toning with bands, boot camp videos, etc. So, after my Bronc's glorious Super Bowl win I did my day 2 of the bo... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:33:50 EST Putting Me First http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090506 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c5291e7-bf59-46e0-9325-95d4ad02050c.jpg"> <BR> I just had an argument with my sister that was nasty enough that I wanted to go for the bad snacks that other people in my family keep bringing into the house. She doesn't understand how she actuall... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:33:43 EST 38. More snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090505 Augh it's too late to write anything. I'm already behind though, so I figured batter something then nothing? I guess???? There isn't much to talk about though. It's snowing. Again. I marched in place to get my 10k steps? I did my 75 minutes of ashtanga and tried tracking it on my Fitbit, but I... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:33:39 EST Here goes nothing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090504 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9cdd2c82-89ca-4ccd-8f53-13a3db3734da.jpg"> <BR> I'm going to give this blog a go, see if this will help keep me motivated and accountable. I love writing, and reflecting. I am not the informative type, I tend to be hands on and learn everything the... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:29:47 EST Strong and Lean in 2016 - Sunday, February 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090503 <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <em>370</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> Sunday, February 7th <BR> <BR> Today, we had some what can only be described as glorious Winter weather. No wind, Sunshine and very moderate t... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:28:37 EST I Am Really Doing This! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090502 I had a weigh in at the gym and was so nervous cause iv been working out and pushing hard these past two weeks. I'll be getting a tape measure this week too to measure inches! But I have lost 14 pounds in two weeks! I'm so proud of myself. Now when the temptation for something sweet or fattening ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:25:42 EST The day is done..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090501 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e307f0f2-cc9a-4fac-bca9-b2e3db63bf75.jpg"> <BR> The day is done - so move on and look towards tomorrow - you don't know what's ahead - you only know what's behind - don't dwell on the past - learn from the past and take those lessons forward with y... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:25:33 EST New week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090500 Let's reach our goals SparkPeople. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:21:30 EST Day 42- Compliant... and new PR http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090499 Today was a gym workout day with my brother, Jeremy. Normally we hop on treadmills next to each other and go for 65 minutes (60 minutes of workout and a 5 minute cool down). I thought I was pushing myself harder with him beside me, but I blew that theory out of the water today. Today he decide... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:21:09 EST Over 2nd day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090498 Been over two days now. Once on saturday due to serving at my church and today my fault. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:20:57 EST Fat Is Not A Feeling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090497 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b7af039e-557d-45b6-865a-113fe8556aa8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lately I have not been feeling good about myself. Last week I was discussing with my husband I was feeling fat and not attractive. I gave it some serious thought and realized fat is not a feelin... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:20:33 EST Sunday--Super Bowl Sunday, with so so commercials http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090496 I liked the dogs and Doritos, The Prius 4, the Kevin Hart car commercial and the Drake Tmobile. Also the dog trying to keep his puppy asleep in the car. <BR> <BR> Game was ok but the company and the food was the best part, <BR> <BR> Earlier in the day I attended a Zumba class, went out for brea... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:19:43 EST 4Mile Walk at a Beautiful Reservoir! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090495 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/56d7a3db-823c-4da1-821c-036bdf09e5ad.jpg"> <BR> Lucky to have gotten a 4mile walk in a picturesque location. Nature is so meditative and calming. Perfectly sunny and 70 degrees, I'm so grateful. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:19:28 EST Challenge - Week 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090494 It's hard for me to believe that I'm now five weeks into the challenge. I graduated this week from flexibility to endurance. Holy moly. Good, though. Tuesday was the first day and through the various exercises I wound up doing over 100 squats. Lunges were also included as was core work. Plu... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:19:25 EST How my cold affected my weight loss, and other thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090493 I have had a cold since January 20th, but thankfully it seems to finally be easing up to where I only coughed a few times and not for the prolonged periods that it had been happening. I need to get downtown tomorrow, and take care of some business, as well as pick up some groceries. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:18:59 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse February 7: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090492 Daily Inspiration: Listen to hear and learn. Lord, help me to practice listening without judgment and interruption so that I fully benefit and truly comprehend the nature of what is being shared with me. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoic... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:18:44 EST Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090491 It is important to understand body anatomy in order to recommend any fitness related activity. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:16:58 EST Flexibility http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090490 This is the first year that I watched an entire Super Bowl game. An associate came in from out of town and with no television in the house, we went to a local pub. I gave myself permission to eat but thrilled I stayed under 1600 calories. I enjoyed myself without over indulging. The Bronco's ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:16:51 EST FitBit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090489 Has anyone linked a fitbit to this app how is it working? I'm debating getting one. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:16:03 EST End of day four http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090488 Still can't get my water intake up :/ 4 is my max an I can't seem to get past it. Even tried working out but now I'm just sore, shocking I know. I can't remember the last time I felt my muscles ha. Glad to be starting this journey clearly I need it. Note to self: must remember to eat three meals. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:15:36 EST How can I get my self up every morning. To exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090487 Hi my name is brittenyI have a hard time every morning waking up to exercise what can I do to get myself to wake up and actually do it Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:15:07 EST Day 542 The animals are winning today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090486 What is it about a storm that brings out the weird in my animals. Yes we are having a little blizzard. It snows about an inch today but with 50 mph winds it's is white out conditions and the wind is really howling. The cats are just annoying and crabby and the dog well I have no idea what he w... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:11:58 EST 2/7/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090485 As mentioned, lost about 70 pounds over the last year and a half or so. Time to start actively tracking again, though. Would have been dead on today except that I really wanted to participate in my daughter's birthday stuff. Entered everything else in first just to see where I would have been at ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:09:26 EST Sunday's Words to Ponder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090484 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/afab4ed7-8d63-480f-b9d3-02e1174c888a.jpeg"> Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:05:04 EST Bible verse of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090483 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/19cc1982-3dbd-4d67-b22d-3de5c0bde79b.jpg"> <BR> Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:03:39 EST New Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090482 WTG Broncos I knew you would do it you rocked sending light love joy and happiness hugs Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:02:56 EST Birthdays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090481 Today I celebrated 3 generation's birthdays, ages 11 to 66 (mine). I ate ice cream cake cake for the first time in 20 years, hope I can go that long again! Just retired and ready to get back into Spark after a long absence. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:01:11 EST Good Time Except for the Chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090480 The trouble with having skinny friends is that when you have lunch with them they want everyone to be as chocolate snacky as they are.... <BR> <BR> Like lunch today for example, when I had lunch with some extended family, not my extended family, but all of them were related to each other, and ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:00:23 EST Well it's official a shout out to my spark friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090479 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/afb1782a-9d8b-4e01-9675-cf3cefbc3b25.jpg"> <BR> I'm now a full time employee! So happy this has finally happened. It's been a bumpy ride as YOU my spark friends know. LOL thanks so much for coming on this ride with me and for all of your encourage... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:52:17 EST Super Bowl 50 is history http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090478 An interesting game and I thought it would <BR> have been a closer game for all the hype.. <BR> Quite a fit ending if Peyton Manning retires. <BR> We decided to stay home from the concert. <BR> The weather changed about the time we would <BR> have been on the road. Rain that turned to <BR> snow w... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:52:11 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090477 Today was a busy day for me no time to workout. But I clean the office that I work and went to the mall for some walking. Tomorrow I will ge back into my regular workout. Work Saturday and busy Sunday. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:50:18 EST This is WHO I AM!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090476 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b19a9aa-ea42-4bf6-9b31-82a575717738.png"> <BR> Every year during Lent I make all these promises about eating healthy. I always promise to give up snacking, chocolate, Starbucks, sweets and every Sunday I have Off! <BR> <BR> I do not want ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:50:09 EST Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090475 What a wonderful day it was..:)) I drove to Sprouts market, took my parents along... and was able to walk - no limping - slow, very slow but it felt sooo good!!!! First walk after the surgery. Boiled 3 beets to use next week, baked 2 zucchini for zucchini chips, took out of freezer beef stake to... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:49:28 EST Day 38: We are the Champions!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090474 Congrats to the Denver Broncos for winning Super Bowl 50! You can hear fireworks going off down the block. Wait, I hear a lot of fireworks going off. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ae018531-02d1-4eb8-a63a-b09ae476c7bc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:47:48 EST Pcos Diet Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090472 So I've been doing some more research about Pcos and the type of diet that you should be eating to control the condition and therefore the symptoms. What I've concluded is that it's best to avoid Dairy and Gluten! Dairy increases testosterone and androgens *male hormones*, which cause acne and hi... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:47:04 EST Back to the basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090471 I am also hitting the gym after work, it's mostly 24 hours except for the weekends. I just check in with everyone, and gym bag packed the night before, and I take care of me for about an hour. I did not realize that I had forgotten how. <BR> <BR> 7 pounds down. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:44:28 EST Sunday...Happy New Week! Get Excited! 02/07/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090470 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fc55891d-bf86-49db-8c7d-6e0b40e43a30.jpg"> Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:43:18 EST Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090468 A sincere drive for change is what brought me here to spark. I wanted to get healthy and lose weight that has been hanging on for far too long. I knew it would be hard work to reach my goals... I know I am not alone.... and most of all I know that I can accomplish this. I waited a month before ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:38:04 EST Day two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090467 Well day two and it's going pretty good went to church then took the kids out to eat and I had a salad and water didn't even want to cheat then I bought a leaf blower and some rakes and we cleaned the yard until church time again I lost 1 pound sense yesterday yay me Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:36:04 EST Sunday evening Progress Report 2/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090466 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/da8f2da4-cb29-4c25-bc36-ec18c7a471ea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This weekend has been very good and very healthy as well. <BR> <BR> I really watched my fluid intake - calculating the various liquid intake. I realize I have a drinking problem --- no ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:32:50 EST Sunday evening Progress Report 2/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090465 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/da8f2da4-cb29-4c25-bc36-ec18c7a471ea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This weekend has been very good and very healthy as well. <BR> <BR> I really watched my fluid intake - calculating the various liquid intake. I realize I have a drinking problem --- no ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:30:59 EST Hi Scott ~ It's Super Bowl Sunday again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090463 Dear Scott, <BR> You've been on my mind a LOT lately, even more than usual. It's hard NOT to think of you when it's time for the Super Bowl. That's because your party in 2008 was the last time I saw you, heard your laugh, got to hug you and say "I love you." These last several years, I never w... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:29:39 EST finding a balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090462 4 years ago when I lost my weight I was an all or nothing girl. I was 100% 100% of the time. And it worked tremendously well for me, I lost 65 lbs! However after meeting, dating, moving in with, merging lives, and becoming engaged to my wonderful fiance, I gained 55lbs! I would not change th... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:25:41 EST Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090461 Went to church this morning, this evening went to my friend, Alice's visitation. <BR> <BR> This afternoon DD came over and was able to get my fitbit straightened out, now it's syncing again. We also got my Skype set up on my tablet, so now both of my DD's and myself are on it, I want to get it ... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:25:31 EST My week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090459 What's some ideals to eat for breakfast , lunch and dinner . I don't really cool though Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:22:23 EST Hope this works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090456 I hope I can do this and lose some weight. I need to drink lots of water. Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:20:47 EST :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090455 Today was a good day! Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:17:44 EST A day exercize http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090454 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/541ce2d3-9059-4672-95a1-95847369ad11.jpg"> <BR> Climbing hills! Yea Here is korea we r on Holiday called Serllal to.cellerbrate.new year Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:17:40 EST Too good to be true http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090453 I knew I was due to come down with a cold or something because it's been probably a year since I have had anything. Both boys have had something and I was in the car with the older one taking him to the doctor to make sure he didn't have strep. He tried really hard to contain his germs but when y... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:17:24 EST Meal replacement shakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090452 Here is a great comparison on meal replacement shakes if anyone is interested. http://www.idealshape.com/meal-replacemen<BR>t-shakes/ Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:16:17 EST