SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Labor Day Evening My goal today was to track my food and I met that goal. I knew I would go over on calories and I wasn't overly concerned about that... at least for today. The first habit I need to get back to is tracking my food.... portion control and nutritional balance will follow soon. <BR> <BR> I brought ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:30:11 EST Labor Day... Happy Labor Day...I hope you are enjoying the day!! <BR> <BR> TTYL Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:27:43 EST First day of MANY! It was an interesting summer, to say the least. Little Bear and I planted tomatoes and green beans, and it took a while but we're seeing the "fruits" of our labors now. Daddy learned how to make roasted tomato appetizers, and we grilled squash a few times. Bear now eats corn on the cob, although ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:27:34 EST WHAT I DID TODAY. 60 mins on the Treadmill <em>231</em> <BR> <BR> 15 mins Strength Training <em>317</em> <em>323</em> <BR> <BR> 20 mins Hula Hoop <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Fruits and veggies <em>474</em> <em>371</em> <em>370</em> <em>291</em> <em>368</em> <em>491</em> <BR> <BR> 12 ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:26:44 EST shed bet you were thinking shedding pounds. well maybe I did. my husband and I bought a storage shed that we had to put together from scratch. what a project. worked on it from noon yesterday till 630 pm and again today from 10am to 230 pm. in between I did vacuuming , laundry and washed dishes. lol. ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:23:56 EST I am struggling more than ever... I am not sure where I went wrong, or even when I lost all of the knowledge and strength I had before. Even though I am having a really hard time these last few weeks, it is hard to be upset in this exact moment, because my niece just busted open my bedroom door while eating banana. She is really ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:21:36 EST Just Got Noticed For the First Time Today I went for a walk with my best friend and her extended family. EVERYBODY commented on my weight loss, and, to me, I know I have lost weight, but I know I still have such a long journey to go that it was unexpected for them to comment because the last time they saw me, I think that I was 16... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:20:23 EST HAVING A LAZY DAY-LOL! Yes, I have done absolutely nothing except a little house work. I did intend to wake up early & even set the alarm but Larry turned it off & I did not wake up until 11. I got up & turned my PC on & was back asleep before I even finished my cup of tea. I did not wake up until 2:30. But it is n... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:19:29 EST A Bit About Scotland (2) A Bit About Scotland - Part 2 <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for reading Part 1 and leaving comments. <BR> There were three questions. <BR> <BR> One was, if Islands is not pronounced "eye", how is it pronounced. <BR> There's a load of folk who rhyme "Highlands and Islands", pronouncing the first s... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:17:24 EST Week 2 recap I'm back! Weekend was FUN and AWESOME! And also very, very relaxing :) pictures coming as soon as my sister uploads them ;P <BR> CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S SEPTEMBER!!! <BR> <BR> Week 2: August 24th-August 30th 2014 <BR> <BR> Starting weight: none <BR> Ending weight: none <BR> <BR> 10 minutes a day st... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:16:50 EST Day 59 - hear hunger 'insteads' When tempted to eat due to heart hunger, you will need to address through solace. Examples by Linda Spangle are: <BR> <BR> hold or stroke a live animal... <BR> <BR> take a warm bath or hot shower <BR> <BR> hug or hold somebody <BR> <BR> do gardening or other activities that involve natur... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:10:35 EST I'm Solar Powered I have lots of energy on sunshiny. Then, drag on overcast days. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:10:13 EST Motivation Questions Back again! Got to go shopping for clothes today. Some things were smaller by a large margin, and some things were the same. Still, it feels nice to treat myself once in a while. With all the changes in my weight and with what I'm going through emotionally, it seemed appropriate. I have a family... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 19:05:03 EST Daniels Plan Day 1 Hello world, <BR> <BR> I am trying Daniels plan. I have committed myself to 21 days. I have been doing fine today but I am having headaches. I attributed this to my body getting used to my new eating habits. I have never been able to stay on a plan without fail. I want to at least make it 2... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:55:23 EST the weather Last couple of days I haven't really been able to walk outside the weather has just been too bad. The rain is bad enough but then you throw in the lightning and the thunder and it's just not advisable to be out in it. I don't mind doing most of my exercise in the house but I like to get at leat a... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:55:02 EST I'm Back!!!! Ahhh, it's always good to know you can come back to SP and not be judged. I haven't been gone long. Normally it's like 6 months + but I stopped tracking and logging in at the beginning of summer. It's mainly because things picked up at work that required me to be there, through my lunch hour. I r... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:54:05 EST I Know <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've spent more time this weekend working on lesson plans and school activities than anything else. At least I've made a dent in it...and it's kept me from eating...too busy. I still plan to reward myself with a eve... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:53:45 EST Great way to start the day! Unpacked my scale and weighed myself this morning - this moving stuff must've helped, 'cause I shed 2 more pounds - yea! <BR> <BR> What a great day today. Had a beautiful ride with a friend - we rode 1 1/2 hours north for breakfast. Wonderful sunny day. I think I got a little too much sun tho. I... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:51:49 EST Day 1 Day 1 of my challenge went very well today. We found that our favourite farm was open so off we went to get fresh fruit & veggies. <BR> <BR> Lovely field tomatoes, red for my husband and the orange/yellow are for me <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:51:23 EST Things were going well My sister has returned, but with lots of restrictions. I am hoping this stay will be a lot less stress than before. Time will tell Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:49:29 EST My Goal for September, MY goal for the month September,starting today,I will go back to logging my food,tomorrow I will start doing Zumba two times a week, yoga class two times a week, walk on the beach every morning when it's not high tide,or walk on the Treadmill Monday to Saturday, or do the Elliptical Three time... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:45:15 EST Active Weekend I worked part of today and then met my family at the lake for sailing. We were hit by a storm after 60 min. I came home to get some work done and they stayed to wait until it passed. <BR> <BR> Friday my hubby and I went to a movie and then my daughter, hubby and I sailed onSarturday for a long... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:43:39 EST September Goals - a small list that I hope I can keep up with. I have been struggling lately with a lot of things. <BR> <BR> Eating right, good dental care, stretching, strength... and I have signed up for the 28 day challenge a few times, and didnt do it hardly at all. Which I found really frustrating and got down on myself. And the depression is some... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:41:35 EST September Goals It has been a long time since I last posted goals in my blog, but I am feeling the need to try to hold myself accountable in every way available to me, so here it goes! <BR> <BR> 1. Track everything I eat and stay within 1300 - 1500 calories each day. <BR> 2. Track fitness minutes <BR> a. At ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:39:25 EST Monday's Quote I believe that summer is our time, a time for the people, and that no politician should be allowed to speak to us during the summer. They can start talking again after Labor Day. <BR> Lewis Black <BR> <BR> (Too bad this doesn't happen. We should make it a law!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:31:31 EST September is National Recovery Month <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Recovery Month has been celebrated nationally for 25 years. It emphasizes that treatment work, people do recover and sobriety is possible. It helps to get the message out that recovery is possible from any addictio... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:31:24 EST Feeling Stronger As some of you know, I have been giving my Leslie Sansone DVD a good workout. I had the "Walk Slim - Fast & Firm". That one is 4 fast miles with a firm band included on the last mile and I love it. I have added a new Leslie DVD to my collection - "Belly Blasting Walk". That one is only two m... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:30:20 EST Monday, September 1st <img src=""> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:29:41 EST September 1st. I am celebrating a 2 pound loss this week! I'm now at 255 and moving on down! <BR> <BR> TEMPUS FUGIT: It's the first day of September. <BR> <BR> 21 days until Autumn begins. 57 Days until my birthday. We are 61 days away from Halloween, 89 days away from Thanksgiving, 116 days away from Chris... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:29:27 EST Starting Over.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I never <img src="">... <BR> <BR> I did drop some pounds from wearing a size <img src=""> a size..... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:29:19 EST TUESDAY TUESDAY ALREADY..... Have pretty much caught up with my emails which is something and they didn't change my diary too much which is great...... <BR> <BR> Beautiful day here today so am going to get ready and enjoy it.... <BR> Later Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:28:02 EST Aug. 24 - 31: Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> As always, the months are going by so quickly, my friends! <BR> <BR> <BR> I had another great week and end to August. I am still Pepsi One and candy "free!" <em>224</em> <BR> I have worked out or walked ou... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:26:37 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for September 1: Daily inspiration: It is not in the good times, but rather in the times of stress and misfortune, that our faith is tested. Lord, remove my doubts as they creep in and help me turn my times of turmoil into times of spiritual growth. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: I can do all things... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:24:36 EST Nice day Got lots done for school...Now time to relax a bit... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:23:27 EST Botox, Bipolar, and Binging - Oh My (and a bit of a rant) Well, if you've followed me at all or just read my intro, you know I suffer from Chronic Migraine. I have 20+ headache days per months, including lesser and more severe migraines. No medications I have ever tried help me control the severity or frequency of my migraines. So last Tuesday, August ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:22:51 EST C25k: Week 1, Day 1 I did it! I did it! Today I completed Week 1, Day 1 of C25k! I had planned to begin last week but made some poor choices about what time to go to bed which made it too difficult to get up in time in the mornings. I am proud of myself for completing it. I know it seems like a small accomplishment,... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:18:07 EST Labor Day ride Today beloved and I went on a Charity ride to raise money to build a well in Guatemala. We signed up for a 50 mile ride, but the directions were so poor, we got totally lost! Ended up riding our tandem 61 miles, nothing but hills! <BR> In bed BEFORE 6:30pm! We are exhausted! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:15:17 EST Catch-up In a month I have lost about 8 pounds, stopped eating fast food, and continue to work out (though I admit that has slowed). This past weekend has been food filled, and with that aside I've gotten ahold of me making changes. <BR> <BR> I have focused on school and losing weight. Now, if I could fi... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:14:34 EST 14340 step count. 14340 was my step count for last night. On track for the 10 k Steps a Day program listed on my profile. Down by 30 pounts, from my biggest weight listed on Sparkpeople last November. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:12:12 EST Five Lakes Hike! My friends Beth and Bruce visited from Portland this weekend, with their very cute dog Teddy. We had a lot of fun, including a night of playing music with my friend Linda, and lots of walks with Teddy. <BR> <BR> On Sunday, Bruce, Teddy and I hiked to Sisters Mirror Lake (Beth can no longer hik... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:09:09 EST Fall 5% Challenge Plan Blog I am really looking forward to the Fall 5% Weight Loss Challenge!! <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> Exercise – complete the Jessica Smith Apple workout. I’m giving myself 8 weeks to complete the 4 week program. Supplement with Walk Away the Pounds, yoga, and pilates. <BR> <BR> <em>551</em> Nutriti... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:06:50 EST Labor Day thought today was going to be a day of relaxation for hubby and me but it did not turn out that way <BR> <BR> Last night after working his 3 day 16 hour/day shift, he tells me that he has to work a 14 hour shift today. the guy who took over his weekend shift has once again screwed him, hubby wa... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:04:07 EST Favorite Motivational Quote It's going to hurt but it will be worth it! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:00:14 EST Monday, 9/1/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoying a quiet day at home. I did get through some school with the kids, but didn't do as much since we'll be at co-op again beginning this coming Monday. Next I got the soup built for the crockpot and did h... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:58:33 EST Smooth Operator Bumping into a woman on the sidewalk, the Tom Cruise look- alike apologized, "Pardon me!" <BR> <BR> "That's quite all right," the woman replied. "You look just like my fourth husband." <BR> <BR> "Wow!" he said. "How many times have you been married?" <BR> <BR> She winked at him and said, "T... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:56:50 EST Starting 3 Day Refresh tomorrow Eek! Yes, I'm starting it tomorrow! I don't have all my groceries really, but considering I don't need more than what I have on hand until lunch time, I think I can do my shopping at break to get the things I foresee being needed (and I can stop back again later if I need more!). <BR> <BR> I thi... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:53:53 EST August Recap and September Goals I can't believe it's September all ready. Today was a lovely day and we spent the afternoon hanging by the pool. <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> Overall, August was an okay month. I had some ups and some downs. <BR> One week was a vacation and week and another was a h*ll week at work. <BR> Exercis... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:53:46 EST Day One Test After a lot of prayers, I decided to do a 30 day challenge. <BR> <BR> That was after I accepted an invite to my brother's for dinner. <BR> <BR> Yes, I had hot dogs and buns (haven't eaten a hot dog and bun in over a year). It tasted great with onions (I'm reminded of the onions hours after... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:50:20 EST Week One So today's shopping trip was a little longer because I read each and every package I put into my shopping basket. I was a little tired but hey I am ready for the change. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:49:43 EST 9/1/2014 Today is day 1 of my jump start. I'm doing a 100 day challenge. I did some soul searching and really changed up my goals. I've planned my meals for the day and I tried chair aerobics for the first time. I enjoyed doing it. I was pleasantly surprised. I and tired of starting and stopping on this w... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:47:45 EST The tracking habit For me, success all boils down to one habit that I must keep: tracking everything that goes into my mouth each and every day. <BR> <BR> And...I have to stay within my calorie limits for the day. <BR> <BR> I have managed to do that for about three weeks now. The more I do it, the easier it get... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:47:16 EST New tactics Welll... Back again. A friend inspired me to try a line of products called IsaGenix. I started on August 9th. I was super excited when I lost 3 lbs in the first week, where in the past I have struggled to lose 3 pounds in a month! Unfortunately, in the last two weeks, I have only been able to mai... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:41:17 EST September Health and Fitness Goals. Well, here we are - September 1, 2014. <BR> <BR> I have done pretty well this year, but I want to do better to close out the year. <BR> <BR> The following goals are things I feel are inspired yet reasonable. Each day I will check them off in a blog entry to hold myself accountable, and on S... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:41:13 EST Happy Anniversary to Me=) Today is my husband's and I 14th wedding anniversary! I joked with the hubby today and told him we've been married 14 years and still having babies. It seems we should be past that stage in our life. LOL. But a study says people who have more children live longer. LOL. I thinks it's because they ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:39:48 EST September Goals! Main goals this month <BR> <BR> 1. Hit 1500 fitness minutes <BR> 2. Lose 10 lbs this month <BR> 3. Get my fruit and veggie numbers at least 4 days a week. <BR> 4. Be active in my spark teams and their challenges <BR> <BR> Plan to be outdoors as much as I can and hopefully have a new job. I... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:39:23 EST Still here - just not quite ready for September although I knew it was coming!! <BR> <BR> The final 4 months of 2014 and I need to make the most of them - one day at a time. <BR> <BR> I haven't blogged for the past 3 days because I didn't have anything to say but I really should be blogging everyday because, even if I ramble (like now), it d... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:37:37 EST Putting this on my fridge.... <img src=""> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:26:33 EST Week 10 - Up 2.8 lbs - I am not happy... This has by far been the hardest week since I have started the Spark program. One would think it would be week one or two but those were pretty easy in comparison. I know what happened for me to gain the weight, I have done a lot of stress eating this week. I am disappointed in myself for not hav... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:25:55 EST The lost blog entry... I just typed a lengthy, brilliant, insightful, and inspiration blog entry. My internet went down, and when I clicked post, the entry was lost. <BR> <BR> You'll just have to take my word for it--it would have changed lives. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:25:18 EST Update It's been one month, since I last posted a blog, and things sure have changed. <BR> <BR> My mom finally became a regular at the Post Office and now get two days off, Sunday and Monday. Which means my "ME" time is reduced to one day. <BR> <BR> This as led my depression to get worse. My knee ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:13:18 EST Month 6 Update <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I feel like a lot has happened in the last month and yet I can’t think of very many specific examples. One thing I noticed is it’s getting harder to drop big numbers during the month as my weight gets smaller, but that ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:09:30 EST Day 480 Rest Day. Feeling better. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:08:41 EST A Plan for September Can you believe that 2014 is already 2/3 done? YIKES! haven't even started my New Years Resolution yet. Not to worry it's relatively simple, just to knit a scarf. I'm so good at crochet, but I want to challenge myself. <BR> <BR> I didn't challenge myself with any fitness goals at the beginni... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:08:30 EST No Labor Today. So far so good. I have yet to miss a workout and I've been doing an alright job sticking to my diet. I ate some things I shouldn't have and have consumed alcohol, but at least I'm learning to be more mindful of what I do. Baby steps. <BR> <BR> I am 5 lbs down as of yesterday and I can notice a ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:05:54 EST Porch fan and a pink spray bottle (poor person's AC) <em>102</em> Lazy! I have been so lazy today. It is too hot to walk, too hot at the gym, too hot to eat. No, wait! NEVER too hot to eat. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> So...I sat on the porch with my lovely birds and took turns spraying them as well as me with the pink spray bottle filled with water... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:05:48 EST Back Again Well after nearly a year with a lot of personal injury challenges I am refocused. My body is slowly bouncing back after repeated overtraining injuries and an awful bout with plantar wart treatments. I am seeing a chiropractor in hopes that will help with some of my overall back issues and it se... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:03:00 EST The Story of my boys Life is change, you can try to fight it or flow with it. I gave my heart to my boys the day I rescued them, I picked them & they picked me. In return my kitties wrapped their paws around my heart and they give the gift of Unconditional Love for as long as they are in my life. I’ve had many cats t... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:59:30 EST Quit or Commit It’s easier to quit than to commit. Today, I choose to commit! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. <BR> ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:54:46 EST Caregiving - A willing labor Through my husband's and my health problems I am learning so much more. Yesterday's emergency room visit for my husband gave me more insight into knee injuries and protocols for care. He has the awkward immobilizer. He was a sight to behold wavering on crutches and attempting to get to the bed... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:54:15 EST Weigh In Journey...2 yr Recap looks like i've ran out of space on my "goals" section of my page so for those who care..and for my future is my weight loss (and gain) recap for the last two years. <BR> <BR> 7-5-12: 200 lbs <BR> 8-2-12: 186.6 lbs (13.4) <BR> 9-6-12: 177.6 lbs (9) <BR> 10-4-12: 176.4 (1.2) <BR>... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:52:40 EST Today WILL BE Regardless of a back injury, kidney infection, migraine and just will be a good day! I will eat right, make good choices as far as taking care of me and not allow myself to just wallow in pure misery! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:49:59 EST So Open Your Eyes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Cla-Lzw </link> <BR> <BR> I turn 52 tomorrow. This picture was taken not an hour ago. <BR> <BR> Yeah, I've gained some back. There's still a ways to go (isn't there a... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:47:51 EST Exercise update Today's task from spark coach is to say how my exercise is going. I'm on day 65 of P90X and near the end of what I call my P90X3...2...1 challenge, which is doing all three P90X programs in reverse order back to back. If I remember correctly, I haven't missed any days. I honestly wasn't sure I ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:46:47 EST Happy Labor Day!!! Happy Labor Day!!! AND Happy September!!! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:44:35 EST A Dog Named Sex Folks generally aren't very creative in choosing names for their dogs. <BR> <BR> That's why there are so many named Rover and Spot. <BR> <BR> But, have you heard the plight of the fellow who thought he'd be cute and named his dog Sex? <BR> <BR> It goes like this: <BR> <BR> "One day Sex and I ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:42:07 EST Keep going! I swear this was me today while I was out on my walk: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My legs felt very heavy for the first 20 minutes of my walk today . . . I kept giving myself the pep talk, "You can do it, Alice. Actually, this is easy... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:40:07 EST STRESSED? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:36:36 EST I took my husband by the hospital where he spent the first 10 days in the ICU. He didn't remember any of it, and going inside the facility didn't remind him of anything, either. <BR> <BR> I think I've had a bit of a change of personality since that event took place. I am very matter of fact sometimes. <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:33:29 EST Fall's in the Air and it's Time to Get Back to the Routine I am truly blessed to be a stay-at-home Mom. That has meant that I take summers off as we turn off alarm clocks, lunch becomes a fend for yourself affair and we relax. I don't stop moving but it's not as cardio loving as it gets in the other seasons of the year - it's a far more relaxed pace. ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:30:44 EST Road Trip yellowstone - hotel Thursday morning early I contacted my sales rep to see want time I should expect delivery - I <BR> had called in the order before I left for this road trip and requested a late afternoon delivery. I was told it would arrive 9:45 am. So on my last day off |I wake up early and drive to camp --- wh... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:29:18 EST Happy Labor Day!!! =D <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:27:28 EST Free Stuff August <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's Free Stuff time! :) These are all the freebie I received in August! <BR> <BR> Bic Soleil Glow Razors 3 pack: I won these in a summer contest they had on their Facebook page. <BR> <BR> Makeup Foreve... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:16:47 EST Fall 5% Challenge Diet Commitment Assignment #2 <BR> <BR> Do you know what diet you will follow? <BR> Yes, I am awaiting the arrival of the 21 Day Fix program from Beachbody. I will follow it for 2 rounds and maybe add in a 3 day detox a couple times. <BR> <BR> Found some recipes? <BR> I have found lots of wonderful recipes ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:08:50 EST Dang this healthy lifestyle I want to open a bag of oreos and dunk it into some milk but dang this healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I cant do it any more. If I eat it I must log it. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I am enjoying my healthy journey so far. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:04:38 EST University of Health... Well....tomorrow officially starts my new fun approach to healthy living once again. Summer vacation is over.....and I shall THINK of myself as a freshman and my curriculum shall be......WEIGHT WATCHERS. (what else would it be? LOL) <BR> <BR> I remember my freshman year at EMU. I was homesic... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:03:41 EST Race Weekend This weekend we went on a family trip. We went to Dinant - a cute town in southern Belgium where there is a fortress on a hill - a beautiful cathedral and 2 Rivers: La Meuse and La Lesse. It was also the birthplace of Adolphe Sax - the inventor of the saxophone. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:03:31 EST Getting ready It's a holiday. We're getting things ready for the fumigation on Friday. Packing edible things in plastic bags. Checking everything to make sure we didn't miss anything. Lots of work involved, but worth it! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:01:09 EST Old Habits - Day #87 - Spangle's 100 Days of Weight Loss Old habits are hard to break, especially if we have been doing them for long periods of time. On day #87 Spangle addresses these and reminds us that it is easy to slip back into old habits if we haven't established different patterns of behavior in response to how we typically react to triggers a... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:59:25 EST Day 57: Start as you mean to go on? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy September, Happy Fall! I love fall, wind, rain, cooler temps, tis nice. <BR> <BR> So I said I wanted to rock September...and they always say you should start as you mean to go on, so the question is how did I spen... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:58:55 EST Sneak Peak of Budouir Photoshoot <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:52:33 EST Blessings on your journey <img src=""> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:49:34 EST Labor day tried to eat within limits this morning.. There is a huge thunderstorm right now so that will put the kie-bosh to grilling out for today. Smothered burgers today with rice.. instead of grilling, I will use fit and active mushroom soup and onions and mushrooms, simmering on stove top and serve o... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:49:05 EST Day One: Shaun T's T25 Happy Labor Day!! I'm at work now :( #bummer but I knocked this on out before I went. <BR> <BR> Lawdie Lawd! #BarelyMadeIt #TeamFit <BR> <BR> This ain't no joke!! Very intense! 25 straight minutes of cardio with NO breaks!!!! #Whew <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:42:10 EST SENSES... “Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don't know anything about the inner senses while a few... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:41:06 EST Monday but Feels like Sunday! I soooo wish we could have a 3-dayer every weekend! So nice to get the extra time. I actually have the energy to work on getting stuff done today! <BR> <BR> I had planned to go for a bike ride today, but then Paul sprang on me last night that he had an early tee time for today. Meaning, of co... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:36:56 EST Hellllloooo September!!! (Goals) I've tried to keep my goals simple and attainable for September. Most of these goals have been goals before, but that's okay. I keep pressing! LOL <BR> <BR> - Earn 1000 Fitness Minutes Trophy <BR> - 200,000 steps <BR> - At least 64 oz of water daily <BR> - No fast food, junk food or baked goods... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:36:33 EST the aftermath By the time company left, I was too exhausted to do anything. Believe it or not hubs spent and hour cleaning the kitchen! <BR> Today is my day to get caught up. <BR> Friend brought over some green beans from her garden and I have them cooking. Oh my home smells delightful!!! <BR> Heat has subs... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:35:17 EST One Year Under Goal Today! <img src=""> Before Picture 2008 <BR> <BR> The picture above was taken in late 2008. In late 2009 I had a double by pass operation! <BR> When I read my report it mentioned the "O" word. Obese!!! <BR> <BR> It has taken me since then to... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:31:59 EST September - My Month of Resilience and Redemption <img src=""> <BR> <BR> September 2014 is going to be a pivotal month in the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> I am currently in the worst physical shape of my life. I can't walk a block without being out of breath and aching. I know I have to st... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:25:25 EST 1- it's ok to begin again I'm beginning again. But at least I can say in the last 2 years I haven't been far from Spark. This site has so many great tools. With my birthday tomorrow - 52nd - it's a day that has worn on me for some time. My father died at 51 and my mom passed at 52. I have been depressed at my lack of ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:25:21 EST Potpourri I call this blog potpourri because there is lots to say none of it really huge. <BR> It is the first of Sept. and I am looking at what I need to get done this month. I need to be calm and not feel overwhelmed. Lots to do and very little is optional. I'll mention some of them and if you get bored ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:21:29 EST Happy Labor Day <img src=""> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:19:33 EST Playtime with the pup! No labor for me today~enjoying some time off! Took Turkey out to the field to play fetch.....he gets distracted by anything that blows across it~and chases after it. Doesn't matter what it is....a leaf, plastic bag, pieces of trash. He caught a piece today and recognized it as a Tootsie Pop wr... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:18:29 EST Day 1: A new month...a new beginning. <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, had a fabulous start...walked around town, throwing in some challenges along the way, but then it was downhill from there. Was loaded down with work and was seated all day before my computer. I usually get up every half an hour and do some work around the hou... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:17:08 EST Daily Inspirational Message Difficulties break some men but make others. <BR> <BR> Nelson Mandela Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:13:15 EST Day 1 I have been drinking so much diet coke lately. I've decided to treat my addiction to it just like any other addiction. I admit that I'm powerless over it, and it is making my life unmanageable. I'm turning it and my will over to the care of God. I have learned that cutting back isn't an option fo... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:07:01 EST TUESDAY Back to work today it is warmer here than at home so it is a pleasure, I froze all day yesterday even doing extra work round the house and the exercise. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:01:26 EST What I did for my health in August. Reviewing the last month on my SparkPages I found that I have done three major things to get healthy in the last month. These three led to a great result! 1) I began to cook more at home and eat healthy foods. 2) I established a pattern of workouts. 3) I pretty much stopped drinking soda that con... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:59:25 EST New Year New Goals This month I celebrate my 52nd birthday. In honor of that occasion I've decided to keep improving on the changes I've already made to my life. <BR> <BR> In this past year I've added time and variety to my exercise routine, stopped the weight gain, revamped my wardrobe, gone back to a good skin ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:57:51 EST I will not give up 7 months ago I got very upset, actually I was super angry. I was extremely angry and I had enough of being the person I had become (weight wise). I felt invisible and thanks to a certain individual (whom I didn't know, and now don't really care about) I was made very aware how invisible I actu... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:56:44 EST 5k success When I think of three day weekends, I think of relaxation. That's not exactly what I found this weekend, but it has been quite enjoyable nonetheless. <BR> <BR> Saturday morning started bright and early with a 5k charity run for a local organization working to assist survivors of sex trafficking.... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:55:36 EST Surprised myself! Climbed a mountain!!! Being overweight, okay... obese....., I try to ensure that I'm not depriving my kids of experiencing things that are hard for me to do. I don't want them to miss out on something fun. <BR> <BR> Sooo, this weekend we went to discover a "rodelbahn" - it's a ground level rollercoaster, more like a... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:51:08 EST Day 243- September progress-looking back Was looking through old videos of past performances and could not believe the difference from now. For September's motivation, I am comparing a Christmas performance with my performance this weekend :) <BR> <BR> So this weekend was just amazing. The other girl is a fabulous singer as well and we... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:44:48 EST When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. ~John Mui When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. ~John Muir <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:40:50 EST 09/01/2014 - Measurements - Month 1 Upper Arm - 16" <BR> Thigh - 31.5" <BR> Hip - 51.5" <BR> Waist - 40" <BR> <BR> Weight in July - 232 lbs. <BR> <BR> One year ago, my weight was 275lbs a week before my daughter was born. July's weight is hard for me but knowing that it is 40lbs less from a year ago is encouraging. <BR> <BR> Go... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:40:25 EST Week in Review I worked out nearly every day this week. I'm feeling it today. <BR> <BR> I am skipping the gym today and going for a walk with my grandchildren at the river. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:38:26 EST September Starting weight :196.6 <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Goal : Lose 7.3 pounds <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:37:10 EST Live Skillfully — Joel & Victoria Osteen Live Skillfully <BR> <BR> Today's Scripture: <BR> <BR> "Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings…" <BR> (Proverbs 22:29, NIV) <BR> <BR> Today's Word: <BR> <BR> Too often, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing the same way over and over every ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:34:12 EST Just Joined the Fall 5% Challenge The first assignment is to make my exercise commitment and post it on my Spark page! <BR> <BR> Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go? <BR> <em>248</em> New Big water bottle on its way too! <BR> <BR> What is your exercise plan? <BR> <em>362</em> <BR> ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:33:53 EST Holding on even though I want to eat everything... I am not losing weight... i am however losing inches. I would really like to be able to focus on the inches... but for some reason all I can do is stare at the number on the scale. My husband threw away the scale yesterday, and I am glad, but at the same time I worry about gaining weight... as if... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:32:32 EST 196.6 Down .8 for the month of August! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:31:38 EST Time for a re-Spark (After one hour, this is as far as I have gotten. Goofy repeated ads and internet!!) <BR> <BR> I like 2 challenges: All-over following personal challenges or a daily salad. I will commit to the salad for September with tweaking with more moving etc. <BR> <BR> With my hyper computer I can't ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:28:21 EST Bring on Fall! Happy September 1st! Here I am once again. So the summer came and went and I basically got super busy and super lazy when it came to my dieting goals. That bikini that was purchased was never worn. :( That's ok though because there is always next summer. My goals at the moment and is to quit dri... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:27:08 EST Day 15 Eat 2 Bites <img src=""> The first time that I attempted the eat 2 bites exercise, I was very resistant. I had set in my mind the thought that I could not eat only 2 bites and then throw the food away. <BR> <BR> That was many years ago, and I can t... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:24:35 EST Lunch Lady #1 I planned my meals today in advance and was a bit surprised when I came short on the 25g of fiber recommended. I have started putting wheat germ in dishes that I normally would not (in addition to sunflower seeds. I love all seeds and nuts and will put them in anything.) Today, I sauteed mushroo... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:23:33 EST Labor DayTennis, Plateaus Broken, Cats, Crafty <em>132</em> <BR> We are watching the live stream at USOPEN.ORG. Djokovic and Kohlschreiber are duking it out on the court. <BR> In the 2nd set, Kohlschreiber leads 4 games to 3. <BR> Some good tennis happening there. I dislike the matches that aren't very competitive; where it seems like on... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:22:39 EST Re: Ideas for Punch Card Challenge (from a 2008 SparkTeam post) for my sparkpage website search (to get the one point to claim today's bonus spin, haha)...i looked up 'card challenges' to see if there were any ideas floating about in SP-world. <BR> <BR> a SparkTeam post had come up from 2008 about the idea of creating your own 'punch card' challenges (inspir... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:21:07 EST Hello Spark Friends! Again, a long time away ... 9 months. Realistically trying to blog daily won't happen. But there has been a few changes lately and hopefully I will be successful. I started a weight management program (WMP) with my health insurance company that will last 82 weeks. It is 16 weeks liquid diet,... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:19:44 EST totally awesome mindblowing video,i just had to share. i think this is just totally awesome and it makes you realise that with a bit of deadication and hard work what a body is capable of.totally amazing.if you like the video as much as i did please click the like button so that hopefully it can be shared to other spark members.once again thank you f... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:19:38 EST A New Month September 1st, Labor Day. Where has the summer gone? Still hot here in the L.A. area. Nights are warm and the days are still hot, darn it. <BR> <BR> I am doing quite well with the Faster EFT. I have two wonderful practitioners who hold a meetup group once a month in the L.A. area. I get ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:16:22 EST September 1st Another month has come and gone. I've almost earned my 20 pound charm! This 10 pounds has been extremely stubborn. I've decided that in addition to my charm, I'm going to also get a new tropical scenes coloring book. I recently bought a box of 150 colored pencils and I really enjoy coloring w... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:14:21 EST LIFE Life is to short to <BR> wake up with regrets. <BR> So love the people <BR> who treat you right. <BR> Forget about the ones who don't. <BR> Believe things happen for a reason. <BR> If you get a second chance, <BR> grab it with both hands. <BR> If it changes your life, let it. <BR> Nobody said lif... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:12:15 EST August what an amazing month for me! I have told some of my friends that last month I was voted SparkPeople Motivator for positive attitude. I would like to express to my spark friends and the spark community for this honor. <BR> <BR> There are four people I really want express my thanks for though: <BR> <BR> First my Mom. Three y... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:10:24 EST A weeklong commitment to Dr Fuhrman I have been following Bobcatgirl76, and her 30 day commitment to the whole 30 program. I really admire her commitment to step out and try something different when she was stuck in a plateau. <BR> <BR> I have been reading and watching Dr Fuhrman for some time now, and I recently purchased his bo... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:09:01 EST Health challenge started Feeling VERY fragile today. Sad and anxious, but better than yesterday. I don't feel emotionally stable. Started about 3 days after restarting thyroid meds. Observe. I felt GREAT before. Maybe I need to ask on the thyroid forum? <BR> <BR> I have started an 8 week health challenge with friends. ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:06:42 EST You find out who your accountability partners are Today was the first day of my health journey and I have to say it started out fantastic! I ate extremely well and exercised a lot of self control as I tried not to drink soda and make better choices. I almost became discouraged when I wasn't able to go run at the gym, but I then decided to take m... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:58:47 EST Goals Set Dee sets goals all the time. So, I'll go public with mine. Accountability IS. <BR> <BR> 1) Mini-tramp 5/7 dpw <BR> 2) 1 chocolate treat per day (more realistic than my no chocolate, as my husband has been bringing Hershey into the house, and we split one most days). <BR> 3) More water -- ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:57:27 EST 2nd Walk Accomplished I just got back from my 2nd long walk in a very, very long time. It felt good, but I think I got a little overheated. I am in the air conditioning now and trying to cool off. Hoping to feel better soon. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:52:45 EST Prayer Alert 9 1 1: Prayer for Jerusalem!: <link><BR>-prayer-for-jerusalem/ </link> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:50:17 EST Monday's Motivation Happy Labor Day! Enjoy your day! <em>30</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:48:47 EST 23 minutes Yesterday I jogged on the mini-tramp for 23 minutes, listening to rocknroll (Jethro Tull). This morning, I mini-tramped to David Bowie, and stopped after the 5th song -- 23 minutes. Huh! 23 is my son's birthdate. 23 is Jose Uribe's jersey number (we referred to The Boy as Uribe during my preg... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:43:24 EST Going out to eat at Golden Corral Help! I have been eating right lately. I have been eating according to my diet plan. We have family here from out of town. We are taking her out to eat at Golden corral. The whole family is looking forward to it. I want to track my food and stay on plan while I'm there. Any advice would be appreciated! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:41:39 EST 40mins, 20@1, 20@2, 10 mins stretching Another lesson learned today. Even if it's not overly hot and humid in the house/my room, when the body says "WHOA! Break for a second!" you futzing BREAK! <BR> <BR> I figured since it was pretty decent in my room today, that I'd hop on my Treadclimber and see if I could get an hour walk in. Wa... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:40:18 EST Marvelous Monday Monday, September 1, 2014 Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:38:45 EST Julie's Phlox for the Flock Pledge Drive I don't know that anyone on here would be interested in helping out, but I am <BR> making my miles count for the month of September and asking people to pledge me 10 cents per mile I run this month. Goal is to run 150-200 miles. If you are interested you can commit here or you can take the above ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:37:16 EST I actually love exercise..... I know lots of people dislike exercise and I really used to. Now I like it a lot. And I'm bummed by what I can't do right now, a lot. I know I need to build up a lot slower than I did. Unfortunately my cardiovascular system was ready for things that my legs were not. I don't do a lot in summer us... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:33:35 EST Back to Sparkpeople I just wanted to experiment to see how I would do if I weren't tracking my food and exercise, so I pretty much did not go on Sparkpeople the entire summer. Turns out that I weigh the same as I did my last blog entry. That's good as far as my prospects for maintaining weight are concerned, but it'... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:31:50 EST thank you for all the hugs yesterday!! i really needed them!! Doing a bit better today. I hate when my kids leave i dont see them NEARLY enough!! <BR> off to the pool..swim time.. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:30:38 EST September reset The last two weeks have been ugly. I wallowed in old habits. Stress? - eat some chocolate. Out with friends? - order the burger and fries. Husband's birthday? - eat LOTS of cake. So, now my pants are tight. I literally feel fatter. I am angry at myself for letting these bad habits rear the... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:28:54 EST Week One What I hope to get out of this class to to become a more health eater, find ways to get my child to try different foods, and how to gain weight, healthily. I have a hard time keeping weight on and I know the fluctuation of weight isn't good for me. I would also like to find some vegan recipes tha... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:28:37 EST Sunny Gal Fit & Focused in Fall Pledge Over the course of our Sunny Gal Fall Challenge, I pledge to: <BR> <BR> --Check in with the team more consistently, at least two times a week, and striving for more often. <BR> <BR> --Take my lunch to school and eat well there. <BR> <BR> --Drink 8+ glasses of water every day. <BR> <BR> --Stri... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:19:14 EST Getting Ready for Wednesday Enjoying some time with my wife and our youngest daughter. This is my final day of normalcy with respect to my diet. I have my "procedure" on Wednesday, and get the joy of a cleansing and fast to prepare for it tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Blessings Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:14:54 EST Great week! Oh boy was this week good. I realize in order to lose weight I have to do 2 things. Exercise and watch my calorie intake. I averaged about 8005 steps, 3.04 miles and 1379 (give or take a few) and the result? I lost one more pound. Now this is after eating cake last night. My diabetes is unde... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:13:39 EST September 1, 2014 It would be neat to go back and see where I was at on previous Labor Day weekends, but I felt the need to concentrate instead on where I am at in relationship to my 2014 goals. <BR> <BR> I have had the most unbelievable August - it was one that tested what I am made of, my beliefs, and my Spa... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:12:55 EST Writing it out. I'm just here to ramble for a moment. I'm less than a week into this new plan and today is definitely my first challenge. It's a day off from work and I'm home alone. Usually this leads to all day snacking. And camping out on the couch. <BR> <BR> I'm not entirely sure what if anything I'm going... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:10:58 EST Help Me Become a PTA <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Please read my story, and if you can donate I would be forever grateful. If you can't, no worries! I am just glad to share my story. Thanks Loves! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:09:53 EST Goals for September I have been thinking about how I'm doing things. I lost three pounds in August but I have not been really on track with my workouts or my food. When I run too much, I eat like an animal. Then when I can't run, I still want to eat more. <BR> The way I've been doing my runs, I am in very real da... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:08:06 EST Another PR, seriously?! You must be getting tired of hearing about my "new PR" but I'm not tired of bragging about them. This past Saturday I did a 32 mile ride. I believe I am ready to tackle that Pine Creek Trail in Wellsboro, PA. <BR> <BR> It's 62 miles and yours truly plans to scratch it off my bucket list next ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:04:25 EST Here we go again Back on it today, today was the last day of camping. I always lose some weight before camping but then put it back on during the summer. Although this year I only gained 12 back. I am so ready to get back to sparkpeople and get walking/exercising. Here come the sore muscles again :) Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:04:20 EST Today was a great day! Woke up with minimal leg pain - yay! Verified weight loss on Tanita machine - yay! <BR> <BR> I did the water therapy piece, and was able to do that for the most part pain free! yay! After swimming 600 meters with the arms only (alternating 100 meters between breast and backstroke) I swam 400 met... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 13:02:42 EST Better FINALLY today I feel better. Tomorrow we are going to the beach. I'm sure ready for that! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:59:19 EST Wild Rose D-tox Cleanse - Day 2 Day 2 was a bit tougher than the first day. Sugar cravings! Wanted something sweet after I'd finished every meal. So I'd chomp a few raspberries and wait a few minutes and it would usually go away. <BR> <BR> I was also very lethargic and a bit achy. I just bummed around the house all day an... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:54:48 EST New Month, New Motivation I accept the St. Louis team challenge: Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, 3 days a week and post your exercise for that day on your team thread. <BR> <BR> I used to work out all the time. Now I'm inconsistent and definitely don't do enough, so accepting this challenge may just be what I need t... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:52:02 EST Update WOOHOO I'm on a roll again! Man I hope this doesn't come up sideways LOL <BR> <BR> WELL IT IS SIDEWAYS AND NOT SURE WHY, BUT SORRY! LOL Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:49:14 EST Week 3 Progress so far: 7 pounds down <BR> <BR> Every day, heck- sometimes every 5 minutes, is a choice and a challenge. Or, to put a different spin on it, an opportunity to do the right thing. <BR> <BR> Temptation lurks everywhere. And now and then, I have my own little saboteurs that tries to derai... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:47:39 EST Comparative Translations The Bible is probably the MOST translated book in the world, that is, it is the book translated into the most languages (both the Old Testament from Hebrew, and the New Testament, originally written in Greek)... <BR> <BR> And in English, there are several versions in print, and sometimes I like ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:45:55 EST Much too Young to Feel this Darned Old I seem to be disappearing on here a lot. It seems I am only around on long weekends or when I get unexpected time off from work. <BR> <BR> I am hoping September will be a better month for me. I weighed in for August and I am the EXACT same weight as in June (or was it July?? <em>40</em> ),... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:45:46 EST A New Me In Progress! The first week of my new year went as expected and although I didn't always make the best food choices (still working on that), I managed a 2 lb loss bringing me 4 lbs closer to my first goal of losing 10 lbs with SP by the 22nd of this month. <BR> <BR> Achieving this goal is so important to me ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:43:20 EST Autumn, blackberries and Coping Happy First day of September! <BR> <BR> Winnie and I took a small bucket and headed out for out walk. <BR> <BR> The walk was for our bodies and over all health, and the bucket was for the blackberries along the road. <BR> <BR> Can ANYONE resist picking a sun ripened, warm blackberry when you... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:40:48 EST Autumn, blackberries and Coping Happy First day of September! <BR> <BR> Winnie and I took a small bucket and headed out for out walk. <BR> <BR> The walk was for our bodies and over all health, and the bucket was for the blackberries along the road. <BR> <BR> Can ANYONE resist picking a sun ripened, warm blackberry when you... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:40:45 EST non-scales challenge I have been weighed this morning and I have asked my DH to hide the scales until Sunday night. Fed up of jumping on and off every morning. I am diabetic so I do have to know how much I weigh to control my insulin but honestly, not down to the daily fluctuations of .2 or .3 of a kilo. I even we... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:38:41 EST Something New Well I have been off track for a few days as I've enjoyed my holidays. It was a purposeful off track though. Last week I went in for my appointment for a weight clinic referral by my doctor. The clinic sounds amazing and I'm really eager to give the program 100%. I'm not sure what the cost will... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:38:31 EST S E P T E M B E R S ~ Since when do you have to wait for a certain "day of the week" to start 'anything?' <BR> <BR> E ~ Even 'good intentions' are meaningless if you don't follow through on them <BR> <BR> P ~ Portion control is even more important than what the food is you are eating <BR> <BR> T ~ Time is of an... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:37:50 EST September Goals DH and I went for a morning bike ride today. The trail was packed! Packed with bikers of all sizes and more walkers than I have ever seen at any one time. We actually had a hard time getting out of the parking lot after reloading our bikes because of the amount of cars there. It is nice to s... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:36:52 EST August Results / September Goals <em>24</em> Bad Habits Addressed in August <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> <em>253</em> Drinking Large Carmel Iced Lattes several times a week <BR> <em>253</em> Snacking Late <BR> <em>253</em> Grazing all day long or not eating until dinner <BR> <em>253</em> Not watching my portions <BR... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:25:21 EST My Counted Cross Stitch Works *Snowy Egret stitched on teal colored linen <BR> <img src=""> <BR> *Blue Heron stitched on teal colored linen <BR> <img src=""> <BR> *Thistle Stop stitched on hand painted cloud linen <B... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:22:40 EST What do we want? "We get what we ask for in life, and most of us ask for too little." <BR> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> A friend of mine sent me this quote. It really hit home. Most of the time, I am thinking I need to do better in so many ways in my life. Then things happen and I am helping someone else with all... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:22:17 EST Lying to Myself <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wow! August seemed to race by. <em>186</em> <BR> <BR> As did the summer! <BR> <BR> Last week I had a bit of an epiphany. I go to a weekly women's "faith formation" group. Occasionally we have homework assign... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:16:46 EST Day 1 of 100 day weight loss I am using Linda Spangle's book "100 Days of Weight Loss" to build motivation and make healthier choices. <BR> <BR> To prepare for Day 1: <BR> <BR> Nutrition Plan: <BR> -Track on Spark people <BR> -Stay within 1250-1550 calories <BR> -4 freggies <BR> -8 glasses water <BR> -Reduce sugar <BR> -U... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:14:12 EST The "ber" months are here. September, October, November, December. My favorite time of the year. <BR> <BR> I was happy to see 198.0 this morning. I don't know if my determination is kicking in or what. I know I'm doing a little better with the food choices. I really want to be able to enjoy wearing clothes again...... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:14:02 EST Older person approach to dieting has to be different <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> As an older person it is so frustrating to not being able to get the scale to go down. <BR> <BR> While exercise is 20% and diet is 80%...that is only part of the story. There are some other reasons why even at... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:13:42 EST August Food Edition - Part 2//Expedition! This month I did not track... and I indulged! (it shows - I put on 10 pounds...) <BR> <BR> As my previous blog, I am about to describe the best (and the bad) side of my travel discoveries with food pictures! And because I like it all, there is not much restriction there... <BR> <BR> At the be... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:13:19 EST Thank Godness it's SEPTEMBER ! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Last month flew by. I looked in my planner to view my months achievements - only to find I was slacking. It was blank. <em>52</em> I forgot to write anything down. Where did the mo... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:13:02 EST Weekend Spent the weekend taking some me time. Saturday, I went and had my hair done for the first time ine two years. The selfie is REALLY bad, but you can get the idea. Color came out all wrong in the picture, I'm black and red. Hubby says it looks good, I just really needed to have something diffe... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:12:42 EST 09/01/2014 took the plunge no .. not polar bear or ice bucket ... with fibromyalgia . .are you kidding!!?!?!? I'd end up frozen and stuck <BR> <BR> no after moping around most of the day yesterday with emotions, a headache, fibro pain, heat, swelling, etc , etc ... i ended up taking a pain pill to function the second half... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:11:48 EST I have me time..but I am lacking motivation right now..why? these last few weeks or months have been a whirlwind of stress..worry and procrastination. <BR> I am up 5 lbs..sad. I have always been active..and moving constantly. My thing is sit and computer..nothing else. I clean, but not like I used to. I don't know ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:11:02 EST The 3"C"s of life... <img src=""> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:07:28 EST New Month, New Goals September Goals: Celebrate my 66th birthday on the 4th!!!! <BR> <BR> Walk at least 100 miles for the month <BR> Lose at least 10 pounds this month <BR> Eat at least 5 freggies per day <BR> Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:00:49 EST A Scottie's Tale Meet Millwood's Sophie MacTavish, aka Sophie Marie. She is a twelve year old silver brindle Scottish Terrier. She is a high spirited "princess", lol. She has a great personality; friendly, affectionate and she's never met a stranger. She is a very devoted and loving companion. Did I say spoi... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:58:56 EST 8 months- no fast food Hey everyone! I have been MIA for a while, and I have a million excuses and none are very good so, please excuse my absence. I am here now. <BR> <BR> Jan 1, 2014 I stopped eating fast food. For me, this qualified as pretty much every drive-thru chain style fast food (McD's, Burger King, Sonic, ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:58:29 EST September is a Challenge Month for me I'm doing not one, but THREE challenges this month! <BR> <BR> I've joined the 5% Fall Challenge, as I enjoyed the summer challenge very much and it was definitely a motivator for me to not want to let my team down! I've also gotten back to using my Wii Fit Plus, so I have joined the September C... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:57:49 EST The mind works in mysterious ways. I feel like I've been extra crazy lately. Everything was just too overwhelming for me, so I took a break from Spark. When I said I was taking a break, I wasn't sure if I was pregnant or not (I'm not). I hate that I'm still fertile since I'm content with the ages of my children and the spot we're ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:57:37 EST Labor Day 2014 I am so tired today. I already did my 30 minutes today so I got that out of the way. Now I just want to nap. Ugh! I tried a stretching DVD last night that I use to do years ago. I did not do well, but I'm going to take it as a starting point. I want to see how much I can improve in one mont... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:57:09 EST Positive Thinking. Today was one of those hard days. <BR> A day when I looked in the mirror and hated what I was seeing. <BR> A day when I sat down and could only think about the way my belly was bulging out and how large my thighs looked. <BR> A day when I felt like giving up, because I was never going to get any... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:56:52 EST Fat Girl to Fit Girl I have spent the majority of my life being the Fat Girl. Physically, mentally, emotionally, there is so much that go with that. As I transition from Fat to Fit, in all ways. Most importantly in my views, in my emotions. I am still testing the waters, finding out who I am. If I am not the Fat Gir... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:56:14 EST I'm back! I'm back...after putting on 50 lbs! Yikes!!! I'm back on track and working really hard though, so that's all that matters. <BR> <BR> My life is good, aside from the weight gain. I'm in love with a wonderful man, and couldn't be happier. <BR> <BR> More to come :) Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:56:07 EST Goals for September I have some simple goals for Sept. <BR> <BR> Blog here at least once a week. Preferably 2-3 times a week, but aim for at least once. <BR> <BR> Track what I eat on the spark tracker at least three times this week-the entire day. Not just a partial day. The entire day. Doesn't matter if I re... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:54:58 EST review..reflect..revamp Labor Day...Monday...First of September...must ponder what has been good and not so good time... I always like to start with the bad news... <BR> 1. not sleeping so well lately <BR> 2. have gained some weight again <BR> 3. still dealing with the "stones" <BR> 4. that's enough!!!... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:54:38 EST Are these steps for me? I have talked about my weight and eating issues on my regular (non-spark) blog enough that a few of my friends have messaged me with support or suggestions. One that keeps coming up is the recommendation that I try Overeaters Anonymous meetings. <BR> <BR> The notion terrified me, but I didn't ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:53:02 EST Day 1: It's Labor Day, time to labor :o) Lazy time is's time to get laboring--laboring towards my goal of getting healthier and losing this extra weight.... <BR> <BR> I figured since today is the first it's a good day to start over and start heading my life in the right direction.... <BR> <BR> Stay tune for new blog entries... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:52:39 EST TV Time CAN Contribute to Fitness Yesterday was our first football game of the season. My husband is a University of Tennessee graduate and football fanatic. He loves anything Tennessee. He is a big fan of basketball, both mens and womens, and baseball, softball, anything Tennessee. I do suspect, though, that football is his favo... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:52:22 EST Monday, September 1 1. No exercise today - labor day <BR> <BR> 2. Certainly intend to stay within my calorie range today. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:50:24 EST What Went Well 8-31-14 Number 1: I went walking with my husband. We walked around the mall a few times and it was good. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Husband played a role playing game with the kids for a few hours in the afternoon. It is a Star Wars game and they had a good time. So much that they are going to do it NEXT ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:47:48 EST Day 7 Well my first week hasn't gone great. I know what i'm suppose to be doing it but just don't do it. I have struggled with food a lot all week and today is no exception, its lunch time and i'm already over my calories thanks to a fast lunch break at kfc. I can rebound and salvage the day though wit... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:44:31 EST I just needed to talk Since my last blog I lost about 30 lbs. Then, it found me. So I am here, again, looking for a reason to change back to a healthy lifestyle and I read on a message board to blog. I haven't wanted to talk to my family about it so here I am, I will give it a shot. I have narrowed down my demise ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:44:25 EST The next act <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Say goodbye to this Margo. Not the Margo who enjoys the idea that you can buy bait from a vending machine like you would a Coke <em>246</em> but the Margo who would model herself next to said vending machine like it... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:44:19 EST September 1, 2014 And so I begin again. Another thirty days of whole foods. The only differemce this time is I'm adding back my coffee with creamer. I have found a creamer that is all natural ingredients, no added preservatives or flavoring that isn't natural. Since I can't drink my coffee without creamer...t... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:40:56 EST Honoring the labor... September 1st - Labor Day to America. A time to have a day off work, to hit the beach (if you like that sort of thing), to camp out, to indulge in another excuse to cookout. <BR> <BR> September 1st - A day to honor those who labor and work, past and present. This country was built, not on th... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:38:59 EST Labour Day! And I'm not doing any. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Very lazy indeed. <BR> <BR> KANOE10 suggested pizza soup and gave me a link to an interesting recipe -- which I've tweaked a little. Used the Italian turkey sausage and canned tomatoes -- could not find any pizza seasoning so used some pizza s... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:38:03 EST Cleaning the Pantry Our kitchen is U-shaped, with the fridge on the left end of the U, stove in the middle of the bottom of the U, and sinks in the middle of the right side. There are upper cupboards on the left and bottom sections, the right side is open to the table, and looks out into the back yard. <BR> <BR> A... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:36:18 EST Home Again! I would like to thank my daughter for keeping my blogs going. She is a great kid. <BR> <BR> The trip to Alaska was really interesting. Absolutely beautiful scenery. It is something that was really interesting to do once. I am working on getting the link to work to the video. It is on my Faceb... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:35:46 EST Day 1 Day 1 for round two of the 21 day fix. I am determined this round to get even better results than before!!! <BR> Yesterday I planned out my meals for the week alongside the circulars from my local grocery stores, I hardboiled a bunch of eggs, chopped some veggie, portioned some ground turkey i... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:35:07 EST Sacrificial September Sacrificial September Challenge... what am I going to sacrifice on a daily basis in September???? SUGAR! I have been overindulging on the sugar lately in SPITE of all the negative stuff I know about it... just google why sugar is bad for you... and you will see. Scary stuff. So September is my mo... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:35:02 EST Assignment 3--5% Fall challenge Assignment 3 is update your spark page. I have already done that. I usually update my page once a month depending on what is happening that month. My background is the same as last month. Last month was Gary and Tyler's birthday on August 8 and my niece Kim's birthday on August 3. This month... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:34:39 EST Labor Day So many U.S. holidays seem to be centered on food. But, even if your holiday is food-related, we can still make good choices that fit within whatever weight loss program we are following. I am doing a modified low carb plan, so I plan to make a faux potato salad out of cauliflower to take the pla... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:34:08 EST Day 9 I have an "emotional hang over" today... I think I'm going to go for my walk and then spend a lot of quiet time in my bedroom today. I can't wait to get back to work because I hate having nothing productive to do, but I told hubby I don't know what I'm going to do when I have daily commitments t... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:32:50 EST Weekly update: 8/25/14 - 8/31/14 8/25/14 - 8/31/14  <BR> <BR> Weight-  <BR> <BR> Last Week: 289.5 <BR> This Week: 286 <BR> Loss: 3.5 <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes-  <BR> <BR> Total: 290 minutes  <BR> <BR> Mon- <BR> 45 <BR> Stationary bike for 20, Gazelle 10, Zumba 15 <BR> <BR> Tue- <BR> 45 <BR> Stationary bike for 30 and ST fo... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:30:25 EST I did the challenge Yep I was challenged for the ALS bucket and of course I done it! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:30:21 EST Nothing tastes as good.... as skinny feels. <BR> <BR> Keep up the good fight. <em>30</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:27:26 EST ~ABUNDANCE~ ~*~ <img src="">~*~ <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> ~*~ Welcome to today ~*~ <BR> ~Happy Labor day~ & 1st day of September~ <BR> ~Wishing EveryONE a BLESSed September ~ <BR> <... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:27:24 EST A Man, a Dog and Some Classic Movie Scenes <link><BR>a-man-a-dog-and-some-classic-movie-sce<BR>nes.aspx?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&u<BR>tm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2014-8-25%20%281%29& </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I LOVE MY BEAGLE <em>247</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:25:38 EST day 1 joined a dirty 30 challenge! day 1 complete! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:23:49 EST What do I want to accomplish this week? Well I'd like to hit that goal of 2 more pounds down this week so hopefully by next Tuesday I'll see that. I'm already entering the next decade ( set of 10 numbers) so that's good! Something cool that happened, my reunion was this last weekend and I felt good about going because I'd lost about 25... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:22:52 EST September I have a set new September goals for myself - 150,000 steps and 900 active minutes (I track on my fitbit). I'm off to a good start - I've made both of my goals for today. <BR> <BR> Happy September friends! <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:20:52 EST The year is not over! <em>12</em> If you think about it.... We have almost 1/2 a year left, minus 2 months... <BR> <BR> So a lot can be done in 4 months. <BR> <BR> <em>298</em> <em>421</em> <em>431</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> I admit, there are a lot of Holida... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:17:41 EST Glow Run! So Saturday night I ran in my first Glow Run 5K! I've done lots of 5K's before and one 10K, but never one that ran in the dark! It was so fun. <BR> However, not only was it so much fun, but I totally PR'd!! I kept all 3 miles under 11 minutes/mile and ran the whole race in 32:26:7 That's o... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:15:05 EST September... a month of non-scale victories Things have been going really great so far with my efforts, but I am starting to feel a little scale obsessed. I've been weighing in more than once a week and finding that my weight fluctuates like crazy during the week. My official weigh in day is Monday and every Monday I find I've lost some we... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:14:18 EST BEWARE ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My friend Sheila posted this image in her blog this morning and it is perfect for where I am on my journey. September 1st. I have a reminder that pops up on my Google calendar every September 1st that reads, "BEWARE: Sep... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:14:07 EST Life Changes Happy Labour Day to All those celebrating it. To others I hope you have a Wonderful Day. <BR> <BR> Had a very nice bike ride on Sunday. If I was going biking by myself I would have cancelled but because I had a partner I had to live up to my commitment. So, there is living up to your commit... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:13:36 EST A Day at the Races My eldest son and my beloved daughter-in-law are still out for the holiday weekend. Yesterday we spent the day at the local drag strip watching her father race his self-built '69 mustang race car. it is currently considered the fastest car in Alaska. When it is running! LOL! I guess the faster th... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:13:34 EST A crazy new start It nearly kills me to read my past entries. It produces a feeling of self loathing. I know I should be kinder to myself, but I'm not there yet. <BR> <BR> Since I haven't updated in such a long time, I guess I wanted to use this space to be honest, mostly for myself, and get it all out. <BR> <... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:13:15 EST Ate out yesterday for DH's birthday... He is 79 now and is quite upset that he is "no good," and "older than dirt." <BR> <BR> He behaved pretty well at the restaurant aside from spitting on the floor once. <BR> <BR> He got the all you can eat ribs and he only could eat one serving, so the waiter gave him a second helping to take h... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:09:27 EST Now it gets serious Decided that it's time to get a full health workup to see why I'm not losing weight. Results so far: thyroid ok, cholesterol good; but high fasting blood glucose and slightly high triglycerides (ie, prediabetes.) The doctor says this can explain my difficulty losing weight. Now it gets serious: I... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:09:22 EST Packable Salads Today's post on the food pantry blog. Find the links at <link><BR>14/09/do-you-carry.html </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you're having a great Labor Day weekend! <BR> <BR> maw <BR> <BR> Salads make great lunches, but they’re hard to carry with you to work or to ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:09:04 EST Labour Day 2014 Sept 1. <BR> this year is just flying by. I can't believe we are already into Sept. all the temperatures will lower and the leaves will be changing colors and falling from the trees letting us know summer is over and fall is just around the corner. <BR> My daughter and I s... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:09:00 EST Whole30 Day 1 Good grief my body is rebelling. It wants sugar and it wants it now. <BR> NOW, I TELLS YOU!! <BR> So far I've managed to resist the urge, even though I made some cakes I researched in New Zealand and brought them into work today. They are sitting there calling my name, so I might take them upsta... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:06:31 EST Fallow Days are done... Summer is over. We have a short and beautiful summer here at latitude 53. This one was glorious! Warm dry days and hours and hours of sunshine. The air has changed the last few days, school starts tomorrow and then we spend a very long time in the cold and dark. It seems to effect me more as i ge... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:06:21 EST Feeling Lazy I am in a pretty good mood today. I am just feeling a bit lazy. With my husband in North Carolina and no school. I almost feel like a deserve a lazy day. I am not going off the plan as far food. I just don't feel like chores or anything like that will get done today. LOL Everyone needs a break. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:06:07 EST My personal challenge I have a very large workout DVD collection that I'm ashamed to say that most of them still have the cellophane wrapper on them. So my challenge to myself is to workout at least one time with each DVD. I'm not sure how far I'm going to get with this but it would be interesting to see how many work... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:04:41 EST New School Year Fresh Start? I have gained weight over the summer and can't seem to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I'm not going back to school, but my kids are. Maybe that will help me get back on track. <BR> <BR> I am to the point that I either have to lose the weight or buy new clothes...I have one pair of pants ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:58:38 EST Happy Labor Day and first day of September! So where has the year gone? I can't believe it is September all ready. Wow. <BR> <BR> Living in Mexico you don't really even know it's Labor day as it isn't celebrated here. But I am going to take the day off anyway (just joking as you all know I am retired). I miss the cook outs and such an... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:57:53 EST Odd Spot #22. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most stolen from public libraries. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> ______________________ <BR> <BR> The main purpose of growing rice in flooded paddocks is to drown the weeds surrounding the seedlings and rice is the main food consumed for h... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:54:22 EST Watch this Space - September Goals Just have time for a brief Spark-related goal list. I'll post other goals later. <BR> <BR> Exercise at least 30 minutes daily. <BR> Track nutrition and stay within ranges. <BR> Complete squat and crunch challenges and work out a new, 3-times-a-week ST routine to follow up on that. <BR> Particip... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:54:05 EST PMS Binge-Busting Snack! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> See my food tracker on my main page for ingredient & nutritional info. I made the raw carrot "noodles" using a Titan veggie peeler. You can buy them on Amazon or at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. <BR> <BR> If I have to eat 10 bo... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:53:15 EST Pinch Punch First of the Month, Sept Welcome September! There's just 3 months left to the year. How are your 2014 resolutions going? <BR> <BR> Relying too much on the scale can be discouraging. That's why I invite you to join me, and take your measurements every 1st of the month. Sometimes inches tell a better story than the scal... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:49:39 EST My love/hate relationship with my next mini goal <BR> 232 is my next mini goal. It's a number that has some meaning to me and will make me happy to reach it but at the same time a reality check. <BR> <BR> 232 is what I weighed when I went into the hospital to have my first baby. I had preeclampsia and had gained 80 pounds. I still remember h... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:49:21 EST Labor Day Weekend Today is the last day of my three day weekend and part of me is thinking tomorrow can't get here soon enough. I love spending time at home, passing the time catching up on computer fun or cooking and cleaning. But weekends are a double-edged sword for me. I get the relaxation I need but food i... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:47:50 EST Happy Labor Day! I'm actually thankful that Fall is almost here. lol. I'm just not a big summer person and this year we didn't have our pool. We sold it with our house. No huge plans today thus far. We're planning on running to Walmart..I some point. <BR> <BR> I've had endometriosis pain for around a ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:45:25 EST SURVIVAL My trip to Seattle was more stressful than expected. I spent a lot of time seeing lawyers, and checking for facilities for my 94 year old father. We had to remove him from sister's care, she is in no condition to care for him. <BR> <BR> T,e transition will be very difficult, but it has to be... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:40:38 EST Surgery on Wednesday About a year ago, I started bleeding. Considering it had been about five years since the chemo put me into early menopause, I knew this was cause for concern. I saw my primary doctor, who thought my Tamoxifen dosage might need to be adjusted, so I made an appointment with my oncologist. <BR> <... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:39:35 EST Sizing up September <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Streak100 (all 3 goals) <BR> water streak <BR> 1000 fitness minutes <BR> include official 10-minute team in my tracker <BR> weekly Monday scale weigh-in date <BR> <BR> *never can get too many awards, right? Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:38:38 EST A new month, a new time!! <em>217</em> For the last three weeks or so i have been riding my stationary bike affectionately called Silver, for 38 minutes a session. This morning I added another 2 minutes to the time for my rides ,also I added or changed some exercises that i do also. i now do one minute of shadow boxin... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:33:49 EST Monday is being a MONDAY <em>234</em> My new software for my embroidery machine ($130!!! OW OW OW) does NOT WORK with windows 8. It has been opened therefore is unreturnable. <BR> <BR> I hate windows8. I really really do. I can view the patterns, I can make the alterations to them. I cannot print them to the card. The... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:31:12 EST “It is a happy talent to know how to play.” <img src=""> <BR> Ohh, the weekend is over .. whyyyyyyy ???? <BR> <BR> Oh wait .. there is one more day this week !!!! YAY !!!!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Last night I had a true slight scare .. I was doing my exercises .. it isn't that ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:29:22 EST Day 244 - September Start Numbers 9/1 <BR> MY SEPTEMBER START NUMBER IS 204.0#. I NEED TO STAY FOCUSED IF I AM GOING TO END UP "DOWN" FOR 2014. <BR> <BR> My January measurements (inches) were: <BR> Neck 14 <BR> Chest 39.5 <BR> Waist 43 <BR> Pooch 45 <BR> Hips 44 <BR> Left Bicep 12.5 <BR> Left Thigh 24.5 <BR> Left Calf 16... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:29:12 EST New Life Hi everyone Its been quite some time since i blogged and a lot as happened firstly I have regained some of the weight I lost but secondly I am so happy at present that im not that bothered as I met a new man who I am head over heals in love with and so happy that everything else in my life doesnt... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:27:51 EST My B-day month Weigh-in tomorrow will not be pretty. What am I waiting for? Why do I postpone feeling and looking healthy? Why do these important questions fade from my mind most days? I could POSSIBLY, at 2 #'s a week, lose to GOAL in 25 weeks...a little over 6 months!! Pounds to ponder. <BR> <BR> This i... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:24:42 EST What's in store for me September 2014 <em>386</em> Daily Goals: <BR> <em>459</em> ~ meditate <BR> <em>195</em> ~ journal thoughts and feelings, at least 3 pages <BR> <em>469</em> ~ drink at least 3 cups of green tea <BR> <em>331</em> ~ 14,000 steps <BR> <em>265</em> ~ eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal and as one sn... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:23:41 EST Dogs ;-) 8/31 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:22:33 EST Quote for the day 09/01/14 "Walking takes longer... than any other known form of locomotion except crawling. Thus it stretches time and prolongs life. Life is already too short to waste on speed." Edward Abbey, "Walking" <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:20:56 EST S Health The app I am using on my phone to track my calories and exercise is S Health. It functions as a pedometer too. When you get to 10,000 steps for the day, it plays a little trumpet fanfare. Oh.....the stupid things that motivate me. I REALLY work to get those extra steps in just so I can hear i... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:19:51 EST I Resisted I resisted temptation this morning at the market! I feel so good. I bought some fresh fruit and veggies - salad fixings, zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms, kale, red grapes, strawberries, and bananas. Stocked up on my K-cups since they were on sale. I'm rewarding myself with 15 minutes of str... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:17:20 EST Happy Labor Day! Happy Labor Day to All! <BR> <BR> I designed a special photo ad for P.U.R.R. West Virginia <BR> I wanted to share it with anyone reading my blog <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found out just yesterday that Bob was off today. <BR> A n... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:17:06 EST My motivation has finally hit! Ok, top weight ever in my entire life: 332. Awful. When I got on the scale and saw that number, it literally killed me inside. Of course I felt terrible about it, so was pretty depressed, therefore not really doing anything to change the number, it simply stayed the same. I know how to exercise a... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:14:21 EST Planning to Succeed I'm wrapping my head around how I'm going to achieve my goals for this coming year. <BR> <BR> I've been trying over and over for about 7 years. I've had accounts here (and elsewhere), and I keep seeming to lose and regain the same 10 pounds over and over. Not that I ONLY have 10 pounds to lose... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:13:56 EST I'm Back Well here it is Sept 1st and how fast did the summer go? To fast if you ask me......we had our family McDonald reunion that I'm the secretary for, that was in June. Then in July I have my big family picnic at my home(I posted pics for that) . Just did a big benefit yesterday for END PKD, a nasty ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:11:29 EST PMS Recovery, Day 1. Countdown to October 1st Weigh-In! Feeling hung over from all the sodium, just trying to feel better after 4-5 days of binging. My binge foods are considered "healthy" by most people. Bananas, grapes, apples, pears, peaches, berries, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, acorn squash, gluten-free bread, gluten-free oatmeal, salt, extra ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:10:12 EST Labor Day 09-01-2014 #2 Breakfast at Batter & Berries: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had Caramel French Toast. Awesome! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cliff had Sweet Potato Waffle & Chicken. <BR> ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:06:46 EST Believe! You are only capable of what you believe you can achieve. Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:01:56 EST T ~ The Journey 5 May my goals outweigh my momentary satisfactions! There will always be temptations ~ the temptation to do what we know we shouldn't do (like go on an eating binge) and the temptation to not do what we know we should do (like skip exercising). CHOOSE when to have a high calorie treat then really... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:59:09 EST So I weighed myself today.... I am down to 260.6. VERY EXCITED!!! I have also lost more than 10 inches from my total body... I am so encouraged, and I am feeling so much better by going to the gym. Definately a push to keep going in the right direction... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:58:44 EST Hi there. So last time I entered I obviously didn't keep logging in. Life again got a little crazy around here. I did pretty good continuing the workouts for awhile. But then life decided to step in and throw me a couple of curve balls. On July 25th 2013 I got 2 "hey guess what' s". 1st my son had another ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:58:36 EST Farmers market Good morning. Happy Labor Day! <BR> <BR> <em>370</em> <em>370</em> <em>370</em> <em>370</em> <BR> <BR> I am having a wonderful FOOD weekend! Saturday night I made the most delicious fish. I have not been eating any fish, or any meat or dairy, but I decided to make some flounder... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:58:11 EST My head is changing The scales are not the only thing that is changing in my head is too. Today I'm 9 lbs from goal. My DD, SIL and littlest GS were here for 2 days. Yes, I cooked food. Yes, I ate food. <BR> <BR> But, the biggest difference is that FOOD was not the focus. Yes, I said that...FOOD wa... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:57:43 EST Blessings, September 1, 2014 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. Happy Birthday to three dear friends. <BR> <BR> 2. Helping with the mission projects at work. <BR> <BR> 3. Family game night. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Feel fre... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:56:41 EST Another Quote, same source as yesterday Another quote from same source as yesterday's <BR> <BR> “I am a bit afraid, perhaps,” she admitted. “Afraid of Pandora’s box.” <BR> <BR> He got slowly to his feet, abandoned one of his canes, and reached out his free hand. She set her own in it, and he led her to the window. <BR> <BR> Look a... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:54:48 EST Rain and storms/exercising inside My blog yesterday said it was a great day, well, things really changed. About mid morning it started to cloud over and after dinner it started to sprinkle and by supper time the clouds were this black blue, that you know you or someone is really going to get it. By 7 pm it was so dark, it looke... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:53:38 EST A New Month.... New Possibilities. Today is September 1 and serves as a reminder that a new month lays before me! This month I am going to recommit to MYSELF and get back on track with my workouts and healthy eating! No more excuses.... just going to do it! <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful day, my friends! Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:50:01 EST Labor Day ~Celebration~ Not only is today Labor day it is the Day we celebrate the 17th Birthday of my son with Family his birthday is actually August 25th so this years celebration is a little late. <BR> <BR> It seems like only yesterday I held a tiny little baby in my arms. My thoughts for today are proud as I loo... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:49:57 EST What if this was my goal for the day? What if this was my goal for the day? <BR> <BR> 1.. to sleep on the couch. <em>86</em> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:49:30 EST My Spark September Challenge <img src=""> The Step Into September Challenge ~ Let's start a new season on the right foot! Log at least 500 fitness minutes in September with your Spark to win a special virtual trophy. ~ I can do this! It's only about 17 minutes a day wh... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:48:37 EST PALABRAS DE SABIDURIA PALABRAS DE SABIDURÍA: PENSAMIENTO DE HOY! (En espanol) <BR> 9/1 Mon <BR> Las tormentas como este son muy comunes en el mar de Galilea. El mar de Galilea es una inusual masa de agua. Es relativamente pequeño (trece millas de largo, siete millas de ancho); Pero es de 150 metros de profundidad, y l... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:48:22 EST Ugh! Feeling tired and sleepy today with little motivation to do anything but sleep. I only had just over 3 hours sleep last night. <em>198</em> Can't think why because I had a good day on Sunday so there shouldn't have been any problem at all with sleeping. Had a great night on Saturday but the ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:46:23 EST Harsh Reality Tomorrow never comes. <BR> After countless failed diet attempts, each time promising that I will start tomorrow.. since January 2014.. I have come to realize that today is just as good of a time as any. <BR> <BR> Quick fixes never work. <BR> I have done Atkins, Nutrisystem, medically supervised... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:45:24 EST Genesis 1:1 (WEB) <BR> In the beginning <BR> God created the heavens and the earth. <BR> <BR> Promise #244: I spoke the universe into existence. <BR> <BR> Right at the beginning of the Book of all books, the Bible says... "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." This statement ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:41:38 EST September Goals Here's my goals for the month of September: <BR> <BR> 1) Attend Mass 3 out of the 4 weekends <BR> 2) Turn off all electronics (even the TV) 1 hour before bed <BR> 3) Do at least 30 minutes of movement a day; yoga, walking, elliptical, biking <BR> 4) Try one new recipe a week <BR> 5) Try and blog... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:40:04 EST Doing the Best I Can!!! Since starting my new work schedule, I've not had time to exercise as much as I would like; however, I am doing MY BEST!!! <BR> <BR> Also, I challenge myself & others to spend less time on and more time connecting with others on! <BR> <BR> That's all for now, Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:38:32 EST Vacation is where healthy habits die This last week I've been traveling with visiting family, and it's been wonderful. It's so good to see them and nice to be able to share some of my favorite places with them. <BR> <BR> But I can't say it's been good for my eating. <BR> <BR> I started out strong. All of the restaurant food in Mo... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:38:19 EST Fat people: please do enjoy your life It is so good to come here! <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I am fatter than ever and in serious need of a diet / exercise routine / change of habits but it is a problem that seems now so careless, so "happy"! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Since I have my severe tinnitus (worse than ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:37:08 EST Day #1 Sexy September challenge Day #1 of the Sexy September challenge and I'm off to a great start. Overnight oatmeal with raspberries for breakfast and now I'm headed out the door for my 2 mile walk jog. <BR> <BR> My challenge today-lunch with the in-laws at our fav Italian spot. Planning to eat what I want, small portion a... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:33:22 EST T-Minus 16, New Month, New Goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love this time of month around Sparkpeople. Everyone is busy looking back at last month and resetting goals for the next. Woohoo! I've been sitting here myself trying to decide what to do in September. I had some... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:32:01 EST HALT - shout out to ONEKIDSMOM <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769821 </link> <BR> <BR> My sister Barb - aka ONEKIDSMOM, wrote this blog yesterday about binges. I have been binging almost non-stop for 2 weeks. I have not been winning the battle at the grocery store, and I have ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:31:33 EST Caramel apple Milky Ways and a brand new month Happy September! Can't wait for the Fall weather to get here. We've got a few hot and humid days coming up this week, but I'm hoping they won't slow me down TOO much. <BR> <BR> I'm having another delicious peach-blueberry smoothie for breakfast. <BR> <BR> One of my sisters brought us a big bag ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:29:23 EST my gratitude-words of encouragement.9.1.14 I am grateful for this day <BR> I am grateful for program <BR> I am grateful for Higher Power <BR> I am grateful my mom <BR> I am grateful for my home <BR> <BR> "Find something deep inside you that will propel you in doing something meaningful for you. Dig deep down for that love, anger, hate, o... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:28:38 EST Spending Time At A Local Event. For many years, I did not participate or attend local events. Mostly, while I was a kid, it was because we did not have the money for admission. Also, my dad often scoffed at the events that were available in our area, calling them low brow or redneck entertainment. He came from Europe, and had a... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:27:04 EST Journaling game plan I find that I don't feel much of a draw to post on the message boards often. I need to connect with other members to feel motivated in general though. I seem to prefer more one on one style, but I need to provide regular content that gives others the opportunity to interact with me, in addition t... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:24:58 EST Early Birthday Gift - And a Goal Met Early in the summer I set a new goal - to find an additional form of exercise to add to my routine. No - to add to my life. I love the gym. I love the stationary bike. I love the elliptical. I love weights and strength training. But I wanted more. I wanted some exercise that was more like play o... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:23:01 EST happy labor Good morning <BR> <BR> my name is Greg I am a grateful recovering COE, I was abstinent yesterday <BR> <BR> Plan of Action <BR> <BR> Submit meal plan <BR> Call Phil <BR> Pray before/after meals <BR> Text Phil before/after meals <BR> Make 2 outreach calls <BR> Make 2 outreach texts <BR> Read OA ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:21:51 EST Takin' Care of Business It's Labor Day here in the US. In honor of that, here's Bachman-Turner Overdrive from 1973. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You get up every morning <BR> From your alarm clock's warning <BR> Take the 8:15 into the city <BR> There's a w... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:20:45 EST My Vegan Journey Well for a lark I decided to try the "Engine 2" diet for 28 days the beginning of August. I try a lot of different diets - some successfully, some not so much. Most end at one point or another. I found this diet in a library book I borrowed on my Kindle, and read it in a few days. And thought... 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