SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Five days On Plan I've been tracking my foods faithfully again since 9/1; I have been within my calorie range for the past 5 days. Finally feel like I can call it a streak. My weight is down 0.8 from last Sunday. I hope its the start of a trend. Sun, 23 Sep 2018 04:40:32 EST Day 266: A Good Weekend <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness." (Mother Teresa) <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday my lovely friends! <BR> <BR> Ah, autumn is here!... Sun, 23 Sep 2018 04:39:40 EST The easy way? Finding a shortcut to weight loss and getting fit in a simple, and easy way is big business, and has been for decades... though I think just maybe more folks are starting to realize that there just might not be an “easy” way after all! Simple? Sure thing. But easy? I have yet to see a safe an... Sun, 23 Sep 2018 04:14:05 EST Rightside up in today’s world – Day 18 Do you know the voice of the Bridegroom? <BR> <BR> Jesus said, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-42). <BR> <BR> Martha was busy making things comfortabl... Sun, 23 Sep 2018 03:59:37 EST Dorothy's Journey: Chapter 78 - Saturday Adventures Begin Torn away from being fit, healthy and organized, Dorothy started her journey back. <BR> <BR> Lots to get done before leaving on the weekend. Flying monkeys were going instead of her friend that couldn't make it. Dorothy thought she knew where she had put that Garman travel GPS , but try as ... Sun, 23 Sep 2018 03:05:47 EST Daily Affirmation for Sunday, September 23, 2018 " Affirmation: <BR> Today I choose the higher road - <BR> the path of clarity, acceptance, <BR> love, selflessness, kindness." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Sun, 23 Sep 2018 02:59:15 EST So frustrated! Wow, I was so vigilant last week. I didn't go off program once, not even for a wee taste of the things I was offered (and it seems like I am offered things that aren't on my program.) I worked out 6 days, drank my water, got my sleep and didn't even lose a full pound! Sun, 23 Sep 2018 02:14:26 EST Going clothes shopping. Uncomfortable Sun, 23 Sep 2018 02:07:31 EST Morning Sunday Keeep up .the good work Sun, 23 Sep 2018 02:03:42 EST Daughters <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Daughter Day <BR> Celebrating daughters, this holiday has a special significance in India, the country where it was started. It was founded by Archies Limited, who wanted fellow Indians to... Sun, 23 Sep 2018 01:55:10 EST Day 26 SAS(1725) Bear It was a very challenging day from physical standpoint stacking 850 bales on three trailers then cutting sixty acres of hay until almost dark. I was exhausted getting in tonight laid down in bed for a minute thinking about what I was going to prepare to eat. Then the phone call came. <BR> ... Sun, 23 Sep 2018 01:52:32 EST REST DAY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last night I got a really bad migraine and didn't sleep well because it was so painful. Only got about 5 hrs. sleep. It continued most of the day before slacking off around 8 pm. Now it is ba... Sun, 23 Sep 2018 01:38:43 EST 9-22-18 I spent most of my time today finishing things I started last week. Which means I really didn't get very far on my work list for this week. Got a notice from my home maintenance company that it is time from my annual hot water heater flush and general plumbing upkeep. The only part of my home sys... Sun, 23 Sep 2018 01:38:36 EST Not my best day Woke up with pitting edema in both legs and feet, headache and gain of 4 pounds overnight. Also nauseated most of the day so didn't eat as I should. Couldn't. But I had things to do so cleaned kitchen, rearranged cupboards so I could reach with standing on step stool, which I should be doi... Sun, 23 Sep 2018 01:34:36 EST Sunday's Thought <img src=""> Sun, 23 Sep 2018 01:06:48 EST 9/22/18 <img src=""> <BR> Well here I am trying too Focus on all my Goals since I am back and trying to track what, <BR> I need to do and get my weight back down again once and for all and I am so Happy, <BR> that when I had t... Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:44:54 EST Hunger I'm on my third hungry day. My new calorie range is quite a bit lower than my last one. I was really struggling to eat enough to get to the old range, but now I'm struggling to stay in this range. I realize there is an adjustment period, so I'm trying to stay calm and not eat my hand. Testing dif... Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:36:29 EST Evening walk <img src=""> <BR> I walked off 205cal and a week of stress! Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:34:19 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR SUNDAY ALL AT ONCE <BR> <BR> Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God. <BR> 1 John 3:1a <BR> <BR> Generally time has three dimensions: past, present and future. Right now we are in... Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:26:07 EST Weather We were in the mid-70s here today after overnight low around 63. It is 70 outside and 76 inside. Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:17:28 EST An Afternoon Wedding I went to a wedding today. I walked the dogs in the morning, took a shower & dressed, then had to drive crosstown to meet the grooms. We then drove in separate cars to the Sandia Casino. The guys left their car at the casino (they planned a brief honeymoon there after the wedding). Another woman ... Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:07:19 EST Special Blessings-September 23, 2018 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I slept well last night and my cold is almost over. Just a little stuffiness is all that is left. <BR> <BR> 2. Jim and I started the day off at the coffee shop. <BR> <BR> 3. I did laundry after we came home while Jim worked in t... Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:05:56 EST Bought a new pair of jeans today Treated myself to a pair of jeans one size smaller after releasing 20 pounds. #bestpartoftheday Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:58:22 EST 23RD DAY OF SEPTEMBER.... WW WI on Friday....woohoo....stayed the same and that was over 2 weeks.....yay.... <BR> <BR> Am away tomorrow morning till Friday night.....not sure what this trip will be like however being a retreat I sure need some quiet time.... <BR> I have a feeling that some of them will go walking around ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:57:30 EST My Kitchen Toy!! <img src=""> <BR> The best thing ever created, just my personal opinion!!😍 Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:55:32 EST 9/22/18 - Bedtime I finally put the plastic bag in the metal garbage and emptied the birdseed bags into it. I had purchased 120 pounds on seed on Thursday, and all but one big fit into the garbage can. I keep the extra bug up high and out of the reach of the chipmunks. <BR> <BR> Brought in some more tomatoes an... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:45:17 EST Fall So will I blog about the season, or the act of falling.... Maybe a little of both. I love fall. I met my husband in the fall. I love the crisp air, beautiful changing leaves, fresh apples. For me its a magical time when the trees come alive with vibrant color. One year yellow, one year red ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:43:19 EST first day of fall hard to tell in the south as the temps are still in the 90's Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:39:42 EST I'm Back - Please help me STAY back :) Hey everyone! I have not sparked in YEARS! I am happy to be back, and would like to share what made me come back. <BR> <BR> In 2010 I began running and the fat just seemed to melt off. I was in the best shape ever in my life. I remember on a thread here someone was talking about fitting into the... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:36:17 EST Ode to a Caregiver~ This blog is dedicated to caregivers everywhere ~THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO! <BR> <BR> At the end of life, we all need and want a helping hand. <BR> That helping hand that is ALWAYS there is : YOU. <BR> You ,who put aside time for yourself ,time with your family <BR> come to our aid and do WHAT... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:31:40 EST ANOTHER ACCOMPLISHMENT well, when I come back home I always have a country ham breakfast. we got up and when to a local diner that has the best country ham. I grew up with it and love it. So hard to find really good and none in our area. what they call country ham is not. I always have my good catfish and country ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:30:08 EST My 30 day changes-Day six Busy Busy day! First a walk with the dogs that I couldn't finish (I will complain about that in a minute), then my son's cross county meet, visited my in-laws grave, went to pet fest and then it was marching band and color guard! Woo what a day! I handled it in stride though! I even managed to st... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:23:13 EST Saturday! <img src=""> <BR> Hope you had a great day! TTYL Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:19:06 EST Saturday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:10:25 EST #19. Busy day It is 8pm Saturday night (11pm my time) and I'm going to bed. LOL <BR> <BR> It was a beautiful sunny day here. I attended two soccer games and took photos of the action to show my online instructor that I know how to use the proper shutter speed (very high) to freeze and capture movement. <BR> ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:08:50 EST Good Friends Good Friends are the rare jewels of life............. <BR> <BR> Difficult to find and impossible to replace. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> <BR> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 23:01:23 EST Oh ye of Little Faith <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I find your lack of faith disturbing. Metaphors be with you. Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:56:59 EST When will the drugs start to work Starting off on a good foot. Thank you all for your wonderful comments on the quilt. It turned into a very big learning experience plus it really made my grand kids happy when they called today to tell me they couldn't wait until the auction. <BR> <BR> As for the cold....I'm still miserable.... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:49:11 EST Week 345 ... MB 129... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> <BR> The weather is hotting up we went from a 17 deg C day to 26 deg C days... phew soon it will hit the 40's ... so glad it works its way up to those ones :). <BR> <BR> Hubby pulled out the starter motor and cleaned it up himself, then he decided he needed to take ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:46:46 EST I Can See Clearly Now <img src=""> <BR> Christopher Martin Photography <BR> <BR> I can see clearly now, the rain has gone <BR> I can see all obstacles in my way <BR> Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind <BR> It's gonna be a bright, ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:44:18 EST Couldn't Take It … the smell that is … in a retail store. <BR> <BR> The scent struck me immediately upon entering the store. I commented to my husband and almost turned on my heel and exited the store straight away. But, I didn't. <BR> <BR> We estimate that I lasted maybe a minute. At most two before I simpl... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:42:24 EST Family Wedding I went to a family wedding tonight . It was a great time and I must admit , I enjoyed myself . Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:38:20 EST September 22nd Hmm was not a good day as far as eating not at all. <BR> We all have "those" days...well this was mine. <BR> I started out with the idea of a healthy breakfast..light lunch and even had supper planned. <BR> Then .... well I did do the healthy sort of breakfast..then to town with... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:33:19 EST Happy saturday " if you are not happy in one place , chances are you won't be happy any place." Ernie Banks <BR> <BR> Be happy where you are. Be happy in the here and now , There is no time to be happy like the present, Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:19:01 EST I SURVIVED THE ENDLESS SHRIMP LUNCH TODAY AT RED LOBSTER My friend was amazed that I had so much less than I have had in the past. Still more than most of you would have had, but a lot more restraint this time. It was fabulous. Since I am getting a lot of exercise these days, I'm not worried. <BR> <BR> Never have been a huge fan of the cheese biscu... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:17:46 EST Stretches! So Coach Nicole has a bunch of stretching videos on SparkPeople! If you do a search on it; it pulls them up. She has lower body, upper body, and for preventing shin splints. <BR> <BR> I am tired. I worked today from 8:30 am to 5 pm. I am on better terms with it than when I got home. I was... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:03:56 EST Tension At Work I mentioned in a previous blog that I am due for a significant raise next month (specifically October 29th). I thought that I would automatically get it, as it marks one year of working here, but I found out from HR on Thursday that my supervisor has to approve it. So, now I'm not sure if I'll ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 22:03:54 EST Challenge seeker I'm doing it, folks! Yes, it's happening! Right here in River City....err, I mean what all this hoopla is about I'm taking the weeklong vegan challenge. From tomorrow (Sunday) to Saturday I'll be living vegan. No animal products for this gal! Why am I taking this challenge? Because I used to be... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 21:59:07 EST #524 Autumn <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fall is here at 9:54 PM tonight. We hit it a couple days ago. Happy Fall!! Sat, 22 Sep 2018 21:51:58 EST 9/22/18 Saturday It was a good 2 days. Staying in my ranges for the most part. <BR> Making pretty good choices. Thinking through what I’m eating <BR> And if that is what I really want to eat. <BR> Things were on the low side of my ranges today, but I think <BR> That’s a good thing. <BR> <BR> Walking: 60 minut... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 21:39:54 EST Jokes and school This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: <BR> My school days were not happy. People call me cave woman and make fun of my speech. But once a year my Latin club would go to Latin convention. <BR> It was so much fun. After the days quiz and sporting event . What were fun in th... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 21:39:20 EST 209.5 Canvassed with an old friend walked later in the day with my wife 3 IPAs Worked in the city, doing voter canvassing for November. We are trying to get people to show up in November. Interesting day witnessing all kinds of reactions from people. We had a few beers following our trek and had a good talk. <BR> Walked again with my wife later in the day. Good e... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 21:36:39 EST September 22, 2018 Happy Saturday! <BR> <BR> What a day. <BR> <BR> I got up at 5:00 (yes, on a Saturday) and I was able to do a workout this morning. My feet were a little sore, but nothing like they had been all week when I'd get up. Yes, they were still sore, but it was a tolerable sore, not the kind where it h... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 21:14:18 EST What I'm Learning... <em>46</em> Well, I went off the skids today as far as my nutrition goes, but I did manage to get some exercise in and get some important chores done. What else am I learning? Well, I've learned on days I ingest a lot of carbs or sugar that my body will pay for it either in gastrointestinal dis... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 21:13:00 EST Rainy day, okay! <img src=""> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 21:06:32 EST Weekend Adventures: Paddling in Waupaca! The weekend my grandmother died, I was paddling the Waupaca Chain of Lakes with several friends. I forgot about the pictures - but here they are! From August... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:46:08 EST Love Autumn ... Upcoming Fall 5% Challenge I just love the Autumn, with all it's beautiful colors and cooler weather. It's always been my favorite season and I'm going to begin tomorrow, the 1st day of Fall ... with a brand, new attitude towards my health. I've been slacking and it has to stop now! <BR> <BR> A good way to challenge ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:45:50 EST Patience? Waiting.....I'm not very good at that. My whole life, if I've wanted anything, I've had to find a way or make a way, so having to sit quietly and wait is maddening! <BR> <BR> I wish someone could explain to me exactly why we get penalized for legitimately taking our Social Security early - I've... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:38:45 EST Fall coming in with a bang. Cool here today, not normal for fall here where I live. The start of fall us usually hot and would be until almost the end if not into winter. <BR> <BR> Knowing I would be getting warm during my walk, I still wore shorts as the cooler weather would be helping me walk better. After I had gotten... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:33:41 EST Saturday Fasting Cardio (09/22/18) <img src=""> Saturday Cardio Fasting: Every day is ups & downs, today was a down day. But I pushed through until the end. Hopefully tomorrow will be an up day. Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:18:41 EST 9/22/18 Almost green but might miss active minutes today. Achieved my steps per hour goal today by not leaving for church until a few minutes after 5. Plan is to get into the gym all 5 days this week and in the late afternoon Monday, mornings Tues-Thurs and then early afternoon on Friday. Been thinking ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:17:30 EST 9/22/18 This has been a rough day. While I had a good night's sleep, my head drainage was a pain. Went to my class this morning, and the room we were in was so cold, that my joints started aching. 3 hours I had to do it. I kept getting up and walking. On the way home, we stopped at a veggie stand an... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:16:14 EST What do you do it for <img src=""> Ok a lot of people I read in their blogs about how they became healthier for themselves. Well, I’m youngish (36) and I’ve been happily married for 6 years. But a few months ago when I successfully started ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:14:43 EST Fall Hiking All week I looked forward to my hike today. I planned a 3.2 mile loop around a pond. When I got in there though I got enthusiastic and added on an extra 1.3 miles of climbing and hiking the ridgelines...a strenuous task to say the least. I'm exhausted tonight but I feel like I accomplished so muc... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:09:41 EST Local Color Good night, long Saturday for me. Tomorrow I am getting up early to do laundry ( <em>234</em> ). Here is some local scenery from Redding, California--it's still there after the recent Carr Fire, it burned along the river banks further up the river from this area.The Bridge draws tourists from... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:09:25 EST Never give up! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know a lot of Spark Friends have daily battles and 'stuff' looming ahead of them, and stuff trying to overtake them from the past. <BR> <BR> Hope this little reminder might serve as a reminde... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 20:06:57 EST Back on the horse again It is amazing what several weeks of really being determined to eat right and do some form of exercise every day does for us. My mental and emotional well being are getting back on track. I am also starting to notice some changes in my body. Getting that lean look back. <BR> Spark Coaching has tr... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:47:47 EST Ready For Fall Looking forward to scenes such as these. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:44:06 EST Keto Bread: Shout Out to OVERWORKEDJANET!! OVERWORKEDJANET mentioned she's been experimenting with a keto diet and tried 90 second keto bread: low carbs, no gluten, healthy fat. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6528978 </link> <BR> <BR> And so: I had to try it!! <BR> <BR> Looked ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:41:24 EST Brain Recovery Day 5 <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday doctor, physio, and husband were very cranky because the heart rate for my cardio was too high. I must limit my cardio days to a 70% HR. I loved the rush of full out but for now I promised... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:33:07 EST 2500 mile goal Been in 59 to 60 degrees all day. Had to put on sweatshirt. Feel bluish. Cool weather welcomed. Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:32:31 EST AUTUMN!!! <img src=""> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:30:20 EST Natural Disasters Too Close For Comfort <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hurricane season has been really bad on the East Coast this year, bringing massive rainfall and widespread flooding. Many people will have to leave their land, because their insurance won't be h... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:30:08 EST Autumnal Equinox September 22, 2018 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:23:51 EST New Family Member!! Last weekend 2 of the Grand Children were here at the farm. They saw a kitten. Well She is still here. So DH fixed Her a place to eat and be protected. I put out food and milk for Her. She is white with some yellow orange. She is small. About three months old. The dogs have not seen her y... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:18:57 EST 2018-09-22 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I disagree... IF good habits were just as addictive... we would all be meeting our healthier life-style goals with barely a blip on our radar. <BR> <BR> IF good habits were just as addictive.... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:14:29 EST Home again It was a good week with family on the mainland, and I did pretty good with Keto. My ketones were 1.6 before I left, so in good range to help keep appetite under control - and I know I'd leep that level as long as I didn't cheat. That understanding that any "cheating" would mean making it harder t... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:10:58 EST Mothers and Daughters <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In the past years I've done this blog I have been careful not to post things that were deeply personal. Mostly because I like my privacy but also because I'm not into that type of sharing. Howev... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 19:03:49 EST Italian Vegetable Popover Pizza Hello Sparkfamily, Thank you for ALL your prayers! Hubby is home, back to work and riding his bike to and fro! ( PRAISE THE LORD! ) I am fixing pizza tonight for dinner. What are you fix'in? Take a peek! <img src=""> <B... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:53:18 EST Babysitter I got to spend the morning with Two of my favorite peoples in the world!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sylas and Judah were my little men to take care of for the morning. <BR> <img src=" Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:42:50 EST The Power of the Scale People ask me all of the time what my goal weight is. I don’t have one. I’m not aiming for a magical number on a scale. That takes away the scale’s power to make me feel like crap. I’m aiming for a life full of ability and joy... A happy weight or more of a feeling/ ability level to enjoy lif... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:20:11 EST First Anniversary of my FIL September 22, 2017 my dear FIL earned his wings! Today we spend the day with my MIL - took her to lunch and then my DH and I went to mass to remember him. <BR> It was a hard year for us - first my mom in June 2017 and then FIL followed in September. My MIL was so depressed we though she would not... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:09:13 EST Home from Vacation! Well, I am home from vacation and I was able to stay on track with my meal plan! Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:05:35 EST An Odd Day Today was a bit of an odd day. This morning started off more than a little stressful but evened out. I made green tomato relish with my sister-in-law, my daughter and son-in-law. We did all the grinding outside as it is so messy. It was a little cool until the sun came out and then it was lov... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:04:35 EST It’s a free gift, too! I realize that not all of us are in a really great location to enjoy fall at its best, but I do encourage you to take each season as a gift. Enjoy the little things! I was walking the neighborhood today and noticed my first yellow leaf of the year blowing around the street. Now to some that’s no ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 18:04:21 EST You love Sunflowers? Wait until you hear this! <link><BR>ords-unique-voice-of-sunflower-it-soun<BR>ds-like-music-from-other-dimension/ </link> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:46:15 EST Saturday Exercise in with some extras with these two 2 year olds! Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:45:46 EST Saturday, Sept. 22nd <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Started the morning by taking Isaac to breakfast for some 1:1 time. We had a good conversation about faith and the new church. Once home he was off with Tim for the day to help with a demo job... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:41:07 EST When will I learn & Why Do I "Forget" <img src=""> <BR> I can answer these questions! I Get TOO COMFORTABLE with my routines, my eating plan my everything & then suddenly, ok maybe not so suddenly I am gaining weight (+2 lbs its ok, +3 lbs uhoh, +5 here ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:40:27 EST Week 18 - Weight loss is slowing down, but I'm not I've been biking a lot. Both inside and outside. Each have their challenges. Outside I deal with the roads and wind resistance, varied resistance, which results in me usually averaging about 10 mph. Inside I usually break it into 30 min stints at 12-13 mph with a steady resistance. <BR> <BR... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:39:54 EST Quiet Hello, Sparkfriends! <BR> So sorry to quit the blogs abruptly ... I was WAY far afield in real life and I needed to get back on track. <BR> I needed to concentrate on journalling daily, and getting re-acquainted with myself. <BR> During this time, I've been inspired by the "putter through your cl... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:28:49 EST looking in my soul . some of my facts . ok we have had a what i would call a good marriage . we did not cheat on each other . we stayed together and lived life . right now its been over 15 years since he retired . work was his thing . he lived for work . He was good at work . He had many work friends . He knew what his job was and did ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:23:56 EST Enough! That's how I got to this point of consistently fighting my way toward the goal of an improved body through carefully planned healthy meals and regular, sometimes intensive exercise. I finally had ENOUGH. I was sick of whining. I was sick of doing the "right things" and not getting there. I decide... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:16:59 EST Being the BOSS of a Sweet Tooth <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's face it...No matter what Healthy Lifestyle/Plan you're Following/Living, there has to... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:14:30 EST Day 265: Hello Autumn (quotes) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 17:05:19 EST My Adventures in Spark Land walking day 85. <img src=""> <BR> Happy 1st day of Autumn! Reason for exercising 85 is because not working out is not going to get you very far. Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:47:02 EST Evening Meal - 9-22-18 Monica Myrtle spotted this herd of elk enjoying their evening meal in the field across from her house: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Monica lives on Amethyst Drive, which I can see out my window as I sit here at t... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:41:24 EST Hurt again I hurt myself working out day before yesterday and now I'm not able to even walk. I went to doc and they say it's sciatica. This stinks. How do I lose weight if I can't even walk? Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:39:05 EST Keep on.... The end is never the end, is it? Seriously, I mean when we are all just about ready to throw in the towel, a glimpse of new courage shows up in the horizon and we start all over again. Whatever it may be, don’t give up the ship, keep on cruising. <BR> <BR> I have been here, blogging almost daily... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:32:29 EST Autumn blessings <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Imagining the splendor of a plot twist that brings everything closer to balance at the autumnal equinox. All blessings on your path, with empathy for any especially wobbly parts. Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:22:25 EST One Day At A Tme/Life style Changes /Day two Today we will deal with being honest about who we are. No one is perfect, not even you at learning how to change.Two steps backward, for one step forward! Rememeber it takes baby steps to change into a healthy lifestyle! If you have binged, admit it- and put it into your daily journal. A great si... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:12:14 EST I am going to make it This is a journey, I have ups/downs but I will not give up. I will just keep getting up after I fall down. Sat, 22 Sep 2018 15:55:51 EST Saturday done Worked like a Trojan. <BR> Who has time to nibble. <BR> Well done me Sat, 22 Sep 2018 15:52:57 EST Success From Doing One Thing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meditate On <BR> <BR> And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which wil... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 15:22:38 EST short video--The Horrors of Movving Day <link><BR>devLhGY </link> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 15:22:15 EST School Days <img src=""> <BR> The blog assignment I chose for this week is about school: September is usually about kids (of all ages) going back to school. Blog about a favorite school memory or a favorite grade in school or what... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 15:20:44 EST Enough time <img src=""> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 15:11:37 EST How Inactive Am I? A stat from the fitbit to put some perspective on how inactive I am. <BR> <BR> The fitbit (which tends to overestimate activity for me) indicates that I have logged a total of 44 active minutes for the month. <BR> <BR> That's not a 44 minute average per day. That's 44 minutes logged over 22 d... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:53:05 EST Keep it simple, day at a time Saturday Relax, sit, work, and keep that pattern going. Good progress on cleaning and cooking. Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:51:57 EST Saturday, and another question of the day. Well, it is Saturday at last, and what am I going to do about it. Well, hubbby needed a can of spray paint so off we went to town. While there also picked him up and couple of sweat shirts, he has a couple that need to be cut into rags, and he also needed a couple new hankies, you know you use ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:50:21 EST Happy Saturday I have to say started off the day pretty awesome size 16 jeans! And so much love from everyone. I felt good and went shopping with my girlfriend and then came home, got ready went to the gym with hubby. Killed my workout and we are going hiking later. I hope you are having a happy Saturday! Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:44:13 EST Sept 23 --> 29 workouts etc.. Sept 23 --> <BR> <BR> Sept 24 --> <BR> <BR> Sept 25 --> <BR> <BR> Sept 26 --> <BR> <BR> Sept 27 --> <BR> <BR> Sept 28 --> <BR> <BR> Sept 29 --> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:39:50 EST Last Day of Summer We had rain overnight and there's a lovely cool breeze blowing outside. Hope everyone is having a wonderful day! <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:34:00 EST Better than ice cream? The weirdest thoughts run through ones head when one is high on endorphins. This morning I woke to temperatures in the 40's (F). With this lovely coolness in the air, I savored my steel cut oats, cooked in skim milk, and poured over blueberries, with cinnamon for spicing. <BR> <BR> Then I go... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:33:49 EST Food photos, 22nd September I didn't get photos of absolutely everything today. <BR> <BR> Breakfast and lunch went to work with me <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:27:05 EST Food report, 22nd September Hmm, Saturday - my 'carb reloading' aka 'cheat day' kinda day when I feel free to eat something like cake for example! <BR> <BR> Breakfast was at work as I started early today - it was apple, soya yoghurt, granola in a jar with a bit of soya milk - that was about 9am (at work). <BR> <BR> Then a... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:23:59 EST Good by tetons Hello Yellowstone Park Our adventure continues its Thursday and we need to head off to the next adventure. car is packed and we are off to brakast at the rest. we saw on our hike to town yesterday. We two stops in Tetons then on to Yellowstone you drive the park on your way to Yellowstone . on last visit ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:21:57 EST Down 50 lbs - What has changed Well, this has been a long journey. I had been keeping a running list of progress over 25 weeks, and I stopped not because I wasn't making progress, but because that progress did not come with a single pound of weight loss. Maybe I should have kept writing, but it was becoming frustrating to make... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:17:42 EST just wow So a lot has gone on the past week. First of all, my girls aide went yesterday to pick up my husbands things (pictures, etc) from the baby mom from 2011. Was glad that went well. She has agreed to discuss being able to re-establish the relationship with his daughter whos 9 or 10 now. She hasn... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:16:19 EST September 22nd Been up to see my Mum today as it's probably the last time I'll see her before my first knee replacement. It was lovely to spend time with her. <BR> Now we're just waiting to go next door for another get together, this time with their family & friends. Hopefully we won't be too late as we are bot... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:10:26 EST Saturday a busy Saturday with a renewal of vows ceremony this afternoon <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:05:47 EST On a roll again - Week 7 Diabetes challenge <em>465</em> Fall smiles ~ crispy leaves ~ fun things <em>431</em> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> working through Diabetes challenge, week 7 and seeing several improvements - back on a roll again, lower overall bs #'s, improved energy, feeling like this is doable, possible, even enjoyable, and ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:05:04 EST A Positive Journey I have struggled with weight issues since I was in 5th grade and became diabetic. At age 61 I am finally getting to the point where I will reach my goal and continue to improve my health. Let's go on a fun journey together Sat, 22 Sep 2018 14:02:07 EST Saturday <img src=""> <BR> Went to a benefit last night, meet 2 new girls on dance floor, great band was playing, before I knew it, it was past midnight and I hadn't put in my exercise for Friday. I had gotten over 18,000 ste... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 13:46:35 EST Day 1942 Gym Day. Finally able to go back to my normal routine. Did 6 of 6 exercises. Feeling good. Sat, 22 Sep 2018 13:29:56 EST Words of Wisdom <img src=""> Today I am working on letting go of the grief that fills my heart. I'm trying to replace it with 13 years of wonderful, funny, happy, loving memories of my furry, feline buddy, Fenway. May he Rest in Peace... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 13:27:51 EST Friday Saturday Easy Friday, dinner out at the marina. Cedar Point today! Sat, 22 Sep 2018 13:22:15 EST For Accountability Purposes For the record, despite another bump up in nutritional intake which exceeded 1700 kcal yesterday, the weight headed south again this morning. <BR> <BR> This is mentally shaking me up. Too many rocks rumbling around in my head right now to express clearly. However, because I am feeling a need t... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 13:20:11 EST Welcome Autumn! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fall has arrived in all it's glory! We are enjoying sunny skies with highs in the lower 60's today, welcome relief from the heat and rain earlier in the week. <BR> <BR> Tom and I are both reco... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 13:15:38 EST Home delivered meals tested <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> For two months I tested 3 different home delivered services: 1) Green Chef 2)Hello Fresh 3) Blue Apron. <BR> <BR> They all basically offer plans of 6 or 8 “meals” a week. I put quotes a... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 13:14:34 EST For Jack Be warned, this is not a personal pity party. <BR> Two years ago on September 24 my husband died because of terminal prostate cancer. My kids and I asked that friends and family plant trees in his memory, now there is a small forest growing in various parts of the world. We experienced the ups ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 13:12:32 EST Why I love Autumn! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 13:00:40 EST 9/22/18 With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. Eleanor Roosevelt Quote of the Day <BR> Care and diligence bring luck. <BR> Thomas Fuller <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> The man as he converses is the lover; silent, he is the husband. <BR> Honore de Balzac <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke. <BR... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:56:15 EST Wasted Saturday Morning I woke, at 5am, with a horrendous Migraine. I drank some water and tried to go back to sleep but felt ill, so went for a snooze on the bathroom floor instead. Its nice and cool there. Toddled back to bed about 6 and slept some more then had another nap on the bathroom floor half an hour later. Mi... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:39:13 EST Day 22 of gratitudes In keeping with the family theme I would like to say how grateful I am for the parents I had. In talking with people over the years I realize that although my mother was a bit overbearing at times (which is actually an understatement), I always knew my parents were there for me - always. A per... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:37:59 EST Temporary Limbo <BR> Being in limbo is kind of strange and kind of hard for me. <BR> I had to ditch my IIFYM challenge when I realized it was being counterproductive. This happened with intermittent fasting also. I gained weight on both plans. I've come to realize that my body does not respond well to any of th... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:37:32 EST You matter....Sept. 22nd <img src=""> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:23:27 EST Weekend Focus... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a Great weekend filled with God's richest blessings... <BR> <BR> Let's keep pushing on...don't give-up but instead take 1 day and 1 step at a time, baby steps get results..... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:23:20 EST There's no shame in being honest <em>524</em> <BR> Another day, another taking it in super small steps. I overate today and I did something I never do - I logged everything. It turns out it wasn't that bad. Just a bit over TDEE, and I can live with that. Overeating doesn't make me bad, it just means I ate a bit more food than... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:22:36 EST Bible Verse for Saturday... The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save , he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. <BR> <BR> Zephaniah 3:17 Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:20:25 EST Quote for Saturday Love is commitment; love is a relationship that never gives up. <BR> <BR> Jerry Falwell Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:19:41 EST Stress <img src=""> <BR> Everyone's got some. Today's stress, part of my ceiling is on the floor! Rain damage. I want to handle this with Oreos and Snickers. Then call the insurance guy. How do skinny people handle stress? ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:19:26 EST Quote <img src=""> With a new day comes new strengths and thoughts. By: Eleanor Roosevelt Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:13:00 EST Spoiler...Holy Ghost Cheryl A. Esplin <BR> With the privilege of [The Holy Ghost] comes the responsibility to seek truth, to live the truth we know, and to share and defend the truth. Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:11:50 EST Teacher Stress is setting in. This week and for the next month, will be a stressful basket of a hot mess. How to stop myself from eating through a package of Oreos...well, guess I don't buy them. Ha! I have to say I've stayed true to my exercise routine, but have not lost that much. May have to kick up a weeken... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:06:33 EST My Favorite Time Of Year Is Finally Here!!! WooHoo! <img src="">This is my sweetie face <em>247</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 22 Sep 2018 11:57:54 EST Another roadblock (excuse, really)...I got bronchitis and dropped off for awhile! Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> [The autumnal equinox officially occurs in the Northern Hemisphere at 9:45 p.m. EDT.] <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> It's the first day of Fall! Fresh beginnings for ALL! This is my new "Soberversary" (Let's not count how many I've had already!) ;) <BR> <BR> I am BACK! Sta... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 11:53:04 EST First day of Fall It is a bright sunshiny start to the new season on this day of the autumnal equinox which hopefully will bring us all relief from the terrible weather we have been experiencing all over the country. I am not sure what is wore the political scene or the weather lately. It is time to set new goal... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 11:47:07 EST Cooler Saturday I did my homework questions for the day an then I took a 25-minute <em>360</em> <em>311</em> <em>198</em> <em>198</em> . <BR> <BR> I got sick again on Thursday but only once so I wasn't too active that day. I wanted to sleep in the afternoon so I did. It was crackers and regular ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 11:46:23 EST 5k your way walk/jog challenge I Just ran the 13th Annual Baron 'Deuce' P. Braswell 5K run against teen violence, today. Time was 45 minutes but I took it easy 1st half. Will start Walk/Jog Challenge beginning with day 1 on 9/23/18. I started training for running 5Ks in May of 2013 at age 67 when I couldn't jog for 16 secon... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 11:28:00 EST Quote <img src=""> If it is to be, it’s up to me. By Unknown Sat, 22 Sep 2018 11:26:56 EST Are US Corporations to Blame After the past couple of days, where I've been forcefully glued to my laptop without so much of the ability to even grab a bottle of water or a bathroom break, I've begun to really believe that corporate America might be one of the culprits of obesity in the United States. <BR> <BR> Let's take ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 11:26:53 EST it's saturday a day with not too much planned. it is finally much cooler here today. my daughter says hi. i got her a poster from one of the television shows that she really likes to watch. she does not know that i got it for her. she will be very surprised. she is not expecting something like that. both budgi... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 11:22:34 EST Hearing test After almost 50 years of procrastination went to an audiologist to have my hearing tested so I get hearing aids then I found out that its cheaper to do it in US & since will be visiting the grands will have them done at that time Sat, 22 Sep 2018 11:17:03 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:49:13 EST Broken Toe <img src=""> Hi guys, So I guess I forgot to share on here-I broke a toe on my left foot 2 weeks ago & have it taped and in this medical shoe for 8 weeks. It’s definitely thrown a curveball into working out or even... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:44:32 EST Lettuce and Alzheimer's Mom saw a neurologist yesterday. (She's 92 and showing some signs of memory loss). He said, among other things, that she should be eating a little over a cup of lettuce every day. Apparently a study came out within the last year or so showing a correlation between eating salads and Alzheimer's an... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:41:36 EST Saturday's Silly <img src=""> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:40:56 EST Saturday morning The painters are here, it is just a jumbo mess here,with everything in boxes or piled on every surface except the front porch. We can keep the carpet samples for a week, so when we have actual sunlight outside, I will again look at the samples I brought home. <BR> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:40:19 EST 2018 RESTING THIS WEEKEND WILL JUMP BACK ON HORSE MONDAY hey sparkers hope all are doing ok i decided i would rest this weekend get back on horse monday i need a break trying to take care of myself caretaking is not helping my health so i have to regroup to many people to care for that is a lot got to work harder and take more time for myself that is a... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:39:23 EST Fall <img src=""> Happy First Day of Fall! :) Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:35:13 EST Trying new things keto Sure, bagels, muffins and the like are tasty but in my old life could go months without any. I've proved I can live without them. <BR> Today at my cousin's urging (nagging) I made one of the 90 second keto breads and prepared a breakfast sandwich with it. <BR> <BR> The end result smelled slightl... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:34:16 EST What a week! I decided to add a couple classes for exercise this week, so went to Silver Sneakers Classic on Monday. That's a mixture of stretching, balance, a little weights, etc. Great mix of things I need to work on. Tuesday I didn't go to pickleball since my friend and I went to the mountains to see the c... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:34:10 EST Decision Fatigue Here I am trying to decide on what to plan for my meals - this is where I seem to stumble when it comes to eating according to my generic way of eating plan. Eat whole food, as close to nature as possible, and make it plant based. Seems simple enough, but deciding what to plan to eat is so hard f... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:14:04 EST Saturday Humor <img src=""> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:13:27 EST 09/12/2018 Where I’m At Today Today is a good day. Finished my exercising and meal planning for the day. <BR> <BR> Today I am staying home focusing on my exercising and workout routines to tweak them. I am focusing on my doctor's appointment Thursday morning. I keep trying to improve my numbers from my last appointment. I a... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:12:52 EST It’s the Weekend! Good Morning Fellow Sparkers! It is officially the weekend now. It feels so good to sleep in on Saturday. I have some work to get done, my Sphynx cats need bathes, the rat cage needs cleaning and I have some laundry to finish today. Then it is time to relax and enjoy it. Have a great Saturd... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:11:59 EST plateau we all have them, right? <BR> <BR> One week of losing and 3 weeks of plateau! Already. Have cut the calories in. Have increased the exercise. Have increased the calories in. Have decreased the exercise. My weight is hovering between 218 and 221. PERIOD! <BR> <BR> Am drinking nearly a gall... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:11:38 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>198</em> Lock him up! <em>334</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Sat, 22 Sep 2018 10:02:36 EST New Motivational Tool <img src=""> <BR> I am starting a new thing now. Ad I weigh weekly on Saturday I will move one sweet tart from the blue to the pink until they are all moved over. I chose blue because I am blue and depressed with all o... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:59:59 EST Resting Ive been sick all week and for the past few days I've been so weak I haven't been able to work out or eat. I hope I get better soon so I can vet back on track. Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:58:02 EST "Amazing" "Amazing" is now my go to word! Changing my mindset from losing weight to just being healthy was my key. The last few years had been rough on me on all levels and was in deep depression with a multitude of health issues. My family was concerned about me and urged me to see my doctor. It took me ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:57:13 EST Friday Night Lights! I love high school football. It is really the last time the kids are playing purely because they love football. Once they get to college, it is a 24/7/365 job and as a college coach told one of my client's sons, "welcome to the university, you are now a (mascot) and from now on football ain't f... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:56:52 EST Happy Weekend Happy Weekend! Today, I published my 52nd blog post called Pure Worship Experiences via my Renew Inspiration site. Please check it out and leave a comment with your thoughts on worship. <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <BR> <link><BR>rship-experiences/ </link> <... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:55:09 EST Decision Made In one of my previous blog I had mentioned that we had a very tough decision to make in terms of growing our family...once again I feel the decision has been made for us. <BR> <BR> My fiance's grandparents told us they won't be able to do the same for another kid. By "the same" they mean watchin... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:54:50 EST Autumn <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The First Day of Fall <BR> The First Day of Fall, also known as The Fall Equinox or Autumnal Equinox, takes place when the Sun crosses the celestial equator—an imaginary line in the sky di... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:49:44 EST Cats & Dogs... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ummm... thanks for pointing that out. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Maybe this is how 'some' s... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:48:54 EST Snowy Saturday Woke up to snow again. I'm trying to stay positive about it but it is really hard. Normally when we have snow this early it does not continue for a week and now it has been over a week. I'm praying that it does actually clear up and go away for a month or so more. <BR> <BR> Last night was sle... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:48:00 EST My 100 Days of Why - Day 19 <img src=""> <BR> I am likely to live longer when I eat right and exercise regularly! We ran 12 miles this morning and I wanted more!! Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:45:01 EST Day 434: My BER plan update Have you ever been super excited for a weigh-in just to be let down? <BR> <BR> That happened to me this morning. Only down 0.4 lbs. I was hoping for more. <BR> <BR> Not going to let it get me down too much. I have to trust the process and just keep going. <BR> <BR> What other choice do I have... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:40:45 EST Fallin' into Fall! <img src=""> <BR> It's FALL---and it's cool----and I love it! <BR> We had a wind storm pass thru here yesterday--and last night we had the furnace on-- <BR> This morning it is 3 degrees C--- (which is cold! <BR> <BR>... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:40:22 EST Happy Saturday! Have a great day everyone! <BR> <em>386</em> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 09:16:45 EST Plans for the Day Ah, Saturday! <BR> Well, I was asked to lead the Bible study tomorrow morning, so I studied up on it while breakfasting. Love it! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Then I scooped out Rosie's kitty litter. <BR> <img src="http://... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:59:33 EST Day 252: Look Instantly Slimmer with This Posture-Enhancer This is a great exercise for building back strength. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""’> <BR> <BR> Seated Rows with Band <B... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:58:29 EST just trapped a skunk in a cage Good Morning; we have this service that we hired to see what is happening to our yard. He devised a tunnel system with boards to guide the pest into the trap. Now we have to get them to pick him- my Dh he does not mind releasing other pests into another area, but not a skunk. He does not want to... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:54:18 EST THANK YOU, all of you! You just never know what will come from where. New maladies pop up every day! I am so thankful for so many responses to what happened to me. <BR> <BR> You are all wonderful and I love you all. We are getting ready to leave and I am excited but afraid. Not of Israel....just the 12 hour plane ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:52:55 EST Happy Saturday !!! Busy and fun weekend !!!! Looking forward to every minute of it !!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:52:00 EST 9/22/18 Door <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." Milton Berle <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "I've got the parame... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:51:12 EST Day 97 - Music therapy <img src=""> Instead of reaching for food after a bad day, give yourself a musical escape. Immerse yourself in the sound, noticing the way it vibrates and is absorbed into your body. After five or ten minutes of music,... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:45:44 EST A hiker had a heart attack. A group of friends went out rambling/hiking one day and decided to pair off in twos for the afternoon. That evening one of them returned alone, staggering under the weight of a heavy rucksack/backpack. <BR> <BR> "Where's Bertram?" the other ramblers ask. <BR> <BR> Bertram's mate, Ronald, replie... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:41:18 EST Motivation <img src=""> <BR> Boosting motivation Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:35:53 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Day 51 of 365 days...Happy Autumn! <em>575</em> Growing up my favorite season was Spring! I hated winter. My mom had to admit after she drug me back to NW Wisconsin that my body does not function well in the cold weather. When I am cold, I can hardly move. So when we get spring temps, I love it! Plus I loved the pastel color... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:31:21 EST Introducing - Miss Izzy! Introduction <BR> <BR> Name: Istra <BR> Also Known As: Miss Izzy <BR> Titles: none <BR> Age: 17 <BR> Birthday: October 10th <BR> Astrological Sign: (western: Libra) (eastern: Year of the Cat) <BR> Nationality: Welsh-ish <BR> Species: partial fae, full blooded wizard background <BR> Blood Type: ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:24:50 EST Sleeping so well At home I awaken every few hours, at sea I sleep almost 8 hours straight! Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:17:59 EST #17. Visiting Visiting with my DS, DDIL, DGS, and DGD is always fun. <BR> Just the adults went to dinner last night, with enjoyable coversation. We ordered several dishes and shared them, buffet style. I watched my portions. <BR> <BR> I also said "No thanks" earlier to the two delicious chocolate chip cookie... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:13:26 EST MIL's Birthday My dear MIL turns 90 today and we have a huge <BR> birthday celebration. All the weeks of planning and <BR> organizing are a success. <BR> More details will be shared after the weekend's <BR> festivities and hopefully, a few photos as well. HUGS! Sat, 22 Sep 2018 07:56:31 EST Reaching new heights <img src=""> <BR> I woke early and wandered outside mesmerized by the night sky and shimmering stars. The cold was biting through the multiple layers of clothing I was wearing wearing, glad I chose this time to listen ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 07:49:29 EST .. Day 265/365 <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> 100 days left of 2018 <BR> <BR> I know I will not reach all of the goals I set for myself for 2018 .. That's a given .. <BR> <BR> On October 1st .. I will be setting a new protocol in place for 90 days of all out fun and dedication .. <BR> <BR> No .. It's not a 'l... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 07:30:11 EST SATURDAY <BR> <BR> Around the world in...... <BR> <BR> The human body has an estimated 60,000 miles of blood vessels--- <BR> that's more than two times the circumference of Earth. <BR> <BR> National Institute of Health and NASA Sat, 22 Sep 2018 07:09:56 EST A & I W3--BACK TO SCHOOL This week, on the Aspire & Inspire team, we Blog about "September is usually about kids (of all ages) going back to school. Blog about a favorite school memory or a favorite grade in school or what you like to learn about? Or perhaps what are three top life lessons you’ve learned and would like t... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 07:03:16 EST Coloring pages and printables for children of all ages <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This might keep some people happily busy while the weather is getting blustery: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> There's actually a ton of sites like t... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 06:57:03 EST Elephant Appreciation Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : September 22nd <BR> <BR> Elephant Appreciation Day is today. Show us how much you care about elephants. This is a big, elephant sized day. We feel it should be celebrate... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 06:56:00 EST San Antonio Texas has flooding SAN Antonio Texas has flooding- many roads closed and areas under water. Many like me have been dislocated. We wait for the rain to end then unknown amount of time for water to go down. Sat, 22 Sep 2018 06:44:13 EST 9-22-2018-JOLLIES FROM JUDY <img src=""> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 06:22:27 EST Saturday 's Funny <img src=""> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 06:21:51 EST Goals The difference between setting a goal or not is achieving your dreams. Next year I plan to cycle across England with friends and I don’t want them to recognize me when we meet at the start of the ride. I’ve got time to find a slimmer, healthier me. I will ride thru the winter, 10 degrees or warme... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 06:20:37 EST Welcome to my Nut house... Friday 09/21/2018 What a glorious day! All my favorite September kinds of day in one! <BR> <BR> Started as a dark, hot, still and rainy day and turned into a blustery, partly sunny, cool day! It was one of those light the apple cider, candle open all the window and blow out the stale summer air conditioning d... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 06:06:11 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, September 22, 2018 September 22, 2018 THINK LIKE JESUS <BR> <BR> Ever wonder what people would really think about us if they could read our minds? We think about a lot of things and we believe our thoughts are private. No one knows. However, that is so not true. God knows. He knows our thoughts and our motives. So... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 06:04:41 EST Today's Haiku Haiku #265 (of 365): <BR> She adds cilantro, <BR> sprinkles it over the stew <BR> for Mexican flair. <BR> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 05:57:08 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=9/22/2018=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">The LORD [Yahweh] [is] K... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 05:39:37 EST Keeping My Body In Motion <img src=""> <BR> Rest time is over! <BR> I took a day off from my walking program this week. While it is very important to have a rest day, I was amazed at how easy one day turned into three. This is the law of inert... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 05:23:17 EST Rightside up in today’s world – Day 17 Do you know the voice of the Bridegroom? <BR> <BR> Jesus said, “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6). In this verse the word sin is ha... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 05:13:36 EST Daily Affirmation for Saturday, September 22, 2018 " I love everyone, unconditionally, <BR> at all times, exactly as they are." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Sat, 22 Sep 2018 05:10:59 EST No apples yesterday... green beans not the star I thought they were. Headline says most of it. The apples are a great friend and help a lot with fiber. Haven't had to mix a fiber drink to be "okay". Yesterday just let the fiber slide and no repercussions. I should have put the potato sticks into a bowl as a measured portion - big faux pax of the day. THAT won... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 04:54:56 EST MORE NEWS It just seems one day gets caught up in another! <BR> <BR> At a recent dr. Appt the dr detected a questionable sound in his lungs! Also a questionable look to a black and blue area on his rt. Leg after a recent surgery! <BR> <BR> So off we went for further x-rays. He is fluid on his lungs!... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 04:48:56 EST Guilt is not an option A lifetime pattern. Guilt. I have learned over the years that guilt does not really serve me well. Guilt seems to send me into that sabotage cycle. However that being said it still rears it's ugly head sometimes. <BR> So day by day I am trying to be aware of not allowing guilt send me into that ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 04:47:32 EST Something to relax by (I hope) <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 04:35:23 EST Saturday phew! You don’t realise the impediment a broken wrist can be until your mum has one. <BR> Been up since silly o’clock and so far we’ve both showered and breakfasted and dressed. And I’m shattered. <BR> Coffee break for a wee seat and then...... <BR> Holiday washing all done, still to iron but not today... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 04:13:10 EST Back home Well surgery is done....bilateral mastectomy. I have 3 drains coming out of my sides. Unfortunately she found the the cancer had gone into my lymph nodes when originally they didn’t think it had. So I guess chemo is pretty much a given now. Boo, I don’t want chemo. I’m very achey here on the... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 03:47:11 EST First Day of Fall <img src=""> <BR> GOOD BYE SUMMER Sat, 22 Sep 2018 03:25:42 EST The holiday is over 142.5 isn’t too bad for a post holiday win. <BR> Busy day but planning a good cal day with no sweets. <BR> You can do this Nan Sat, 22 Sep 2018 02:45:25 EST 9-21-18 Here I am making a huge mess while trying to clean things up. One of the reasons why I don't do that so much. However I have reached the place where I have a mess whether I try to clean and organize or not. I need to do some work on the house. I want to refresh the kitchen, by which I mean change... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 02:27:20 EST Ain't No Mountain High Enough <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ain't no mountain high <BR> Ain't no valley low <BR> Ain't no river wide enough, baby <BR> <BR> If you need me, call me <BR> No matter where you are <BR> No matter how far <BR> Just call my n... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 02:20:04 EST Gold vs. Silver <img src=""> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 02:11:45 EST Budget Bytes This site is run by a former microbiologist, who's also got a B.A. in Nutritional Science! Saddled with student loans, she needed a way to eat healthy on a budget. And this site was born! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Thank you to fellow SparkPeople member, and... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 01:19:54 EST Dorothy's Journey: Chapter 77 - Change of Plans Torn away from being fit, healthy and organized, Dorothy started her journey back. <BR> <BR> It was Friday and Dorothy was glad! Tomorrow Dorothy will be on her journey to go horseback riding! She had been looking forward to the weekend. Her big concern was the weight restriction to ride. ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 01:14:10 EST FRIDAY FUN After getting up this morning, I had breakfast - corn flakes with banana. Very tasty <em>265</em> <BR> I was getting ready to go to town to run a couple of errands and my cousin called to talk about the reunion their family has invited me to. This took about an hour as we talked about famil... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:57:16 EST Vacation, sort of Just want to let everyone know I'll be out of town from this Sunday to next Saturday, in Oakland visiting family, so I may not be posting all that much this week, but I'll make sure to weigh in and check in now and then. Or hey, maybe my trip will give me more downtime than I think and I'll have ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:55:52 EST Friday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:43:34 EST Friday, Sept. 21st <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The best thing about Friday.....we get to sleep in on Saturday! Only day that happens each week while school is in session. It was a good day though. <BR> <BR> <em>542</em> cleaned t... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:38:22 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR SATURDAY HIS FOOTSTEPS OUR PATHWAY <BR> <BR> Righteousness will go before Him and shall make His footsteps our pathway. <BR> Psalm 85:13 <BR> <BR> The Bible often compares our Christian life to a walk--but it's no easy stroll. It's an arduous hike ... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:35:38 EST Just When I Think I Have It Figured Out I don't know why I ever think that I have got some technology figured out, because it just tends to sneak up behind me and bite me when I least expect it... <BR> <BR> Today I wrestled all day with printing out name tags for a group I'm involved in and whenever I tried to print the things, it wou... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:26:22 EST Freggies Always Come to My Rescue on the Comeback Trail How many servings of veggies are in this plate? Too many? :D Hahaha! Not if you have High Cholesterol, Or are Diabetic, Or have High Blood Pressure, or if Cancer runs in your family or need strong bones, or you need energy, or you have inflammation in your body, the list goes on and on. So they s... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:22:13 EST yeah for the end of summer fall starts in a few hours Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:17:32 EST Starting Over..... Again I don't know what to say, except I am once again over 200 pounds, and I feel horrible. I know stress is a big contributer. I have 3 autistic kids who I have to take to appointments all the time. I lost my job because of it. Anyway, excuse me if I ignore comments. They usually upset me because peo... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:16:16 EST Catechism in a Year <BR> <BR> <BR> 295. Why did Christ institute the sacraments of Penance and the Anointing of the Sick? <BR> <BR> Christ, the physician of our soul and body, instituted these sacraments because the new life that he gives us in the sacraments of Christian initiation can be weakened and even los... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:16:16 EST Weather It was a real nice day. It was 61 in the morning and only warmed up to only about 70. It is 69 outside and 74 inside. Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:09:08 EST Special Blessings-September 22, 2018 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> My cold is on the upswing again, so hopefully it will finish clearing up soon. As a result, I felt more like doing things. <BR> <BR> 1. The house got cleaned this morning. Jim did most of it, but I was able to do some things and it f... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:03:11 EST 9/21/18 - Bedtime I had my teeth cleaned today. I like my dentist, he does a good job, but he's a bit quirky. I've never had a medical professional with a case of potty mouth. It's not terrible, but it is surprising. <BR> <BR> The heat is gone. The temperature has dipped into the 50's. That's about 35 degree... Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:02:50 EST starting weight <img src=""> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:59:07 EST .. Day 264/365 <BR> A busy day.. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:58:08 EST Dogs ;-) 09/21/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Rescued Huskies Experience Grass <BR> <link><BR>ed-huskies-experience-grass-for-the-fi<BR>rst-time?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medi<BR>um=FeedBlitzRss&utm_camp... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:57:22 EST National Chai Day SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 <BR> NATIONAL CHAI DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL TRADESMEN DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL NE... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:53:27 EST Day 25 SAS(1724) Frifeastday More information came to my attention today regarding how intermittent fasting affects me. It was the 2nd strait early Friday morning coming home the casino after Thursday night crab finding myself having 1500 intake around 2 AM just like last week. Finishing today's intake right at 3900 just... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:53:23 EST Good Advice The person who says it can't be done shouldn't interrupt the person doing it. <BR> <BR> Chinese Proverb Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:51:36 EST I must appologise Dear spark friends, thank you for leaving such nice comments and for adding me as a friend. I’m in a season of busy , busy, busy and am still trying to get my Spark feet under me. I do appologise for not writing thank yous on each of your pages. I don’t mean to be intentionally rude. Health issue... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:50:27 EST And it's time for the weekend! <img src=""> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:48:25 EST Taking a holiday... Signing off for 3 weeks...on holiday to Portugal & Spain. To enjoy the sights, the sounds, the people, the food and the wine. All in moderation of course. Back in mid-October. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:30:03 EST My 30 day changes-Day six What a good day! Work was fine, Bob and I had a nice dinner, we took the dogs on a 3 mile walk and went grocery shopping. <BR> I am still sticking to the plan, I haven't had any major slip ups and I am getting on track. I really think I got this! <BR> Tomorrow is a busy day so I plan on packing h... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 23:29:41 EST How did I get like this? So many times I say I hate myself. And I say it so much I believe it is true. Sometimes I think that my way of eating is my way of slowly trying to kill myself. I somehow believe that God must love me, but I just dunno how to love myself. Something happened today that really hurt me. A person tha... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:53:19 EST September 21st Today was my quiet day. I found myself wanting to just relax out in the sunroom. Well..I got out there and it was anything but relaxing. Too many boxes..stuff stacked and piled. So I attacked like a madwoman. One more day and it should be done! As I know I have said too many times..I cannot belie... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:52:18 EST Out Worked out at home today Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:49:40 EST A DAY OF OOPS Well we are at my sisters. We gt up and had a small breakfast. I love to get god catfish which I have a hard time finding \. When we come up here we usually go where they have god get good fish. We usually drive to a little place close to the Alabama line where they have good fish. We use t... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:43:14 EST Friday! <img src=""> <BR> Hope you had a great day! TTYL Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:35:44 EST And here it is.... This is a masterpiece. I used so many odd little pieces to get all those borders around those t-shirts. Too bad I know there is a better way but I was too far gone when I realized that I'd need those sashings around them all. So now I'm calling it a kind of art quilt. <img src="http://photo... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:21:53 EST Shabbat Shalom! Shalom Alcheim! <img src=""> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:20:27 EST Update on Weight Watchers I am going to stick with it until they decide I am hopeless, because it's free so far. I am going to ride this horse as long as I can. They can tell me when I am booted off the sponsorship, at which time I will cease to go. They have said that if I am unable to lose 2 lbs a month, they will work... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:18:40 EST 524 Storms I was trying to think of what came to mind to share this evening. Nothing was coming up and I didn't dream it either so I will do yesterday's weather with a couple of pictures. All of this happened 30-40 miles south of us and our 4.7" rain storm. I will take the rain. <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:05:17 EST 2500 mile goal Wonderful cooling rain today, some for Saturday and Sunday. Yeeehaaaaaaw Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:04:53 EST Canning Therapy and More.... Beautiful day today - The humidity was much lower than the past week! Lovely breeze <BR> <BR> Today, I made a trip to the grocery store and scored whole chickens for $0.67/lb!! I spent the morning cutting them up and vacu-sealing the breast portions. The leg quarters, backs and wings all went... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:03:35 EST happy aloha humor friday " There is no life without humor. It can make the wonderful moments of like truly glorious , and it can make tragic moments bearable," Rufus Wainwright <BR> <BR> I will never forget my grandmothers funeral. I had lost my best friend in all the world .I was young my siblings and cousins were in t... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 22:03:00 EST Friday!!! <img src=""> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:56:12 EST Difficult times and health The last two weeks have been difficult for my family, and one thing I’ve become even more aware of is that your health can have a serious impact on those nearest to you. I’m conscious all the time that poor lifestyle during this crisis is to be avoided as much as possible so that I don’t start to... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:54:13 EST pail of apples my neighbors tree gave her 3 buckets of apples. she brought 1 over. i will have to learn how to can apple sauce or apple pie filling. <BR> or maybe apple butter... <BR> <BR> any suggestions? Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:48:52 EST Got my entire list done! Thursday at the village I had four items to deal with: 1. thread and start weaving a band on the inkle loom. Bam! <img src=""> 2. get the great wheel lined up and perhaps working. Wham! <img src=" Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:41:11 EST Fasting Friday Cardio (09/21/18) <img src=""> Fasted Cardio Friday: Walking with Leslie Sansone (Mile 1 & 2 with Band/Strength Training) (09/21/18) Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:40:50 EST September 21, 2018 Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> I am ready to crash. It was a crazy day. <BR> <BR> I got up a little before normal time. I thought that maybe I would be able to do a workout this morning, but my feet were still sore. I didn't expect the pain to be gone completely, but still. So no workout again and I'm... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:30:01 EST Finding an Accurate Scale I'm amazed how much weight I can lose and gain in the 2 seconds I get off the scale and get back on. Today I got on and off the scale 10 times in a row to test out my scale. I never got the same reading twice. The range was 233.0 to 236.6. Anyone else have this problem? Can anyone recommend an ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:08:52 EST 9/21/18 Might not go all green today but going to try and get 13K steps. Didn't achieve my steps per hour goal today missed 3hrs sitting in the car driving to get my new cell phone and driving back and in the store waiting to get my phone set up. I upgraded from the iPhone 7 which died on me this morning... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 21:01:12 EST Flesh and blood <BR> I had imagined, walking into the doctor's office this morning to receive the results of my new yearly bloodwork since I have come so far with my diet and exercise, that I would leave on top of the world... all of my hard work has paid off! <BR> <BR> Wow was I disappointed. <BR> <BR> My c... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:58:48 EST Double Trouble <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Horses are stable animals. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:52:11 EST Fudge Pop <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Judah and I enjoying my sweet snack for after dinner. :D. <BR> <BR> Have a good night Sparklers!!! <BR> Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:17:18 EST My Support My husband does not really support me. I now have a friend who does. She had just been put on insulin and we are making changes together. It really had been fun today food shopping and starting to make better choices. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:13:57 EST Working on a healthier me! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now, I’m not sharing this for any of you to follow it to a ‘T’. I’m sharing it to give you an idea on what may work for you. For me, I finally realized that all those healthier eating ways made ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 20:04:10 EST More gratefulness Yesterday I shared my twin sons with you all, but I also have 3 beautiful daughter with whom I am very grateful for! I was starting to think I wouldn't ever have children because I was 24 and had been married 4 years already with no sign of a child. I wasn't that concerned since I was one of th... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:50:50 EST Really? Who Knew! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Read an interesting article today answering the question "Can you exercise too much". Here are some interesting points from the article. The data comes from several doctors and universities us... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:48:52 EST Welcome to your Weekend <img src=""> <BR> Whatever you do Do it well! Until tomorrow Keep on sparking!! Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:45:26 EST I am volunteering! I have been thinking about volunteering for a long time. I just never found something that would be a good fit for me. I am shy. I have a bit of social anxiety. I really don't like being around people that much (sounds horrible I know) I guess I should have said new people. I like animals more th... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:44:42 EST Daughters and Work! It seems that is all I do. No time for me. My oldest, Michelle, had a game tonight in my town so I had to go to it after work and spent 45 minutes there or so. Then I had to get gas in my car. Came home starving and ate dinner. <BR> <BR> I see them next Thursday night. I had trouble last ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:25:02 EST Yes, I know she is a dog. I don’t have kids. She is a family member to us absolutely- So I had to lovingly tell those friends of mine who roll their eyes and think that because she is not human and that this discounts her – to please back off. <BR> <BR> My poor dog has been in the hospital for 6 days now. I’ve noticed that I’m going through a myriad of emotions since I’m just he... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:24:51 EST 9/21/18 Feel a little better today. Head is breaking up, and coughing is less. I did get some sleep, although it was really broken up. New CPAP mask feels strange, and I think may take some time getting used to. But I like it. I woke up when Margaret got up, and made her some breakfast, and then we... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:21:41 EST I am a different person now. There's no turning back. I am a different person now. There's no turning back. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Don't settle for being like everyone else. Embrace your uniquely individual self. Here is an example: it's a Beehive Ginger. Our goal ne... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:11:36 EST Coffee and chores <img src=""> <BR> TGIF everyone! Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:02:04 EST Another day, another viewing I know it's good that I'm getting a reasonable amount of interest in the house but I'm really not liking having all these strangers looking around my home. Especially given the amount of work that needs doing on it. Just have to grit my teeth I guess. And smile. <BR> <BR> I emailed my local... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:55:06 EST My 40th Birthday! Well, today is my 40th birthday, which I'm happy about, but I'm even happier about something else. I have been trying very hard to lose weight since about April, and I dropped about 8 lbs., but then I plateaued at 206 in about June. I have been staying steady at between 206-209 for 3 or 4 months ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:34:27 EST Rage Quitting My program today wants me to blog about "the last time you fell victim to your own 'all or nothing' attitude about food or fitness." Interestingly enough I have a friend on facebook that posted today wanting her support system to remind her why she's on this journey because she was so close to wh... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:18:42 EST Friday failure 4 sweets and 1 cake. <BR> But 320 miles driving sometimes in driving rain and with 10 miles roadworks and then rush hour traffic at the home stretch. And then my driveway was blocked....... <BR> Maybe today is still a plus. Just 4 sweets!!!! Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:47:33 EST Today and Clarification of Sepsis We have been busy packing and getting ready for the trip to Israel tomorrow. It is bitter sweet. As you know from the last blog I was out of commission much of last year and John was told to gather the family four different times because I would not live out the night. But instead, he took it ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:26:19 EST Wondering why I have noticed that sparks adds another point available to eat additional calories for your exercise each day. Why? I will not be eating those extra calories and hope that will hasten my weight loss. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:08:22 EST 092118 I have realized that I need to make some changes if I hope to lose some weight. I have been doing the same things for the last year or so and have stayed the same weight. I am happy that I have managed to not gain weight but I am ready to move forward and lose a little more weight so I need to ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:06:59 EST Lots of rain! It has been raining steadily and hard all day. It is not flooding here yet. I think some place are flooding in Oklahoma! Everyone stay dry and safe!! Luv Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:05:45 EST Book Review: Men are from Mars "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" - John Gray <BR> <BR> .5 out of 5 stars (as half star, and BARELY that.) <BR> <BR> A friend and I were talking and this book came up. She seemed shocked I had never read it. I'm a huge fan of expanding my knowledge in any way, plus, I'm marri... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:54:26 EST Defaults Lately, I've been realizing what my default behaviors and foods are, and how events change them. <BR> For food, my behavior is based on convenience, but I definitely prefer carbs over other foods, and chicken and shrimp over other meats. <BR> My default behavior is one of two things: workout or ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:37:46 EST Day 3 Less Process Sugar At home we use unprocessed or cane sugar. <BR> <BR> At work and out and about I use what is there. So I am making an effort to not use any sugar or intake any food with processed sugars after 3 PM this week; I will step it back an hour every 2 weeks to let my body adjust. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:30:32 EST Friday my run this morning went a little longer than i had planned. i guess i had a few things to work out. hope your Friday is going well. it's rather cloudy here today, but the temp is much more like Fall. <BR> <BR> Blessings Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:19:44 EST Blessings on your broken heart <img src=""> <BR> <BR> May grief be a doorway. We can go together. Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:15:32 EST WInding Stair Gap Trail Well, we have made the move to North Carolina. I should say DH has made the move and I will follow after I finish work at my beloved Riding Center. Not gonna lie, it hurts to move a little--I love the hard work of mucking out stalls and keeping the barn and pastures looking good, but most of all ... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:11:11 EST Easing into fall - 9-21-18 Larry Pierce takes a lot of the photos for the ski area, and has been getting some good shots of our area easing from summer to fall. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:08:04 EST Suddenly Autumn Weather has not matched what I normally think it should be on the calendar this year. We had a blast of autumn temperatures back in August, for a few days, but in September, it heated up again. We had the warmest day for Last Blast Triathlon last weekend I'd seen in years. Yesterday we tied th... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:49:42 EST Currently. The adjustment in becoming the parent to your own mom or dad can be truly an emotional rollercoaster. And that is where I am now. I am the parent to my mom who no longer can care for herself and seeing her age rapidly in front of my eyes is truly heart wrenching. <BR> <BR> It makes me wonder ho... Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:40:14 EST