SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Week one - down 3.8 lbs. After reaching my highest weight to date, I realized it is time to get serious again about losing weight. This past week went pretty smoothly. I am still over on my fats and under on my carbohydrates and water so week two I will work on those. I am going to also include a little bit of exercise, ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:13:16 EST Life -not weight loss related. 7.18.2018 <img src=""> <BR> This is me and my dad. Like all dads he is the greatest man I know. He has always been the one I go to when I have problems. This picture was taken 3 months after he had his second stroke. He was doin... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:13:06 EST What does maintenance look like for us? And, to whom am I referring when I say "us"? <BR> <BR> Well, I'd be referencing weight maintenance challengers. As a member of At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance I have participated in maintenance challenges for 4 years now. <BR> <BR> And, being that I like numbers, Calc-N-Stein... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:04:17 EST Sinus better and a stress test! After a good nights sleep My sinus head is gone. I went this afternoon for the stress test. I made the full 5 minutes on the treadmill. I do OK but when they make it go so fast it is hard on My knees. I think My fitbit is dieing. I hope not! I hope You have had a wonderful day!! Luv Y'all!... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:01:12 EST Shunt in head So I have a shunt in my head and sometimes feel lightning! Last night we had a storm and yes I felt lightning strike! Today I felt so bad! I didn't get much accomplished as usual! Hopefully tomorrow will be better! That really hurts! People don't believe me and people don't think I feel it but I ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:59:40 EST Some new merch in the consignment gallery! <em>244</em> I'm always happy when a few awesome pieces come into our little consignment gallery. I love placing them and working them in with pieces we already have to make everything look like it goes together. That is the MOST fun of my entire job! <BR> <BR> Except taking pictures and des... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:59:31 EST Day 199: Have a Down Day <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:52:24 EST Wed 7/18 It's hump day. The neighbor gave us a bunch of green onions and hubby is cleaning and cutting them. Yesterday I managed to get a small cut on my left thumb. Boy was it sore! But, after cleaning it and putting a liquid adhesive on it, it's not so bad. However, I don't want to get it wet as much as... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:52:08 EST Birthday Happy birthday to my baby girl! 39 today, my how time flies! Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:50:31 EST 5mnths along in Keto I'm still pushing along with Keto. This week my body fat just barely moved (.2) and my inches held so my body has definitely slowed down. I will try and increase my exercise for the next two weeks and see what that does. <BR> It's amazing to be physically smaller but unfortunately it doesn't fix... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:41:53 EST Journal 071818 I have spent most of the day at the hospital with my sister. We thought she had had a stroke. She has gone in for an MRI and hopefully that will come back good as all the other tests have. We as well as the doctor have come to the conclusion that she took her night meds twice. Pops has to keep a ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:24:19 EST Learning to play Bridge I'm excited about this. An item on my bucket list is to learn and play Bridge. Well I found a bridge club a few miles from home. They even have classes for beginners once a week. My first class is Monday. <BR> <BR> Why bridge...I've done some reading about bridge and there appears to be ma... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:23:23 EST July 16 & 17 & 18 Grateful July 16: thankful I can read and write <BR> July 17: thankful for hearing aid technologies <BR> July 18: thankful for judgmental Germanic ladies <BR> Those ladies have helped guide my life. When I don't see it, they say, "Why doesn't ..." that person do such-and-such. If they're closer to me, t... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:22:01 EST National Hot Dog Day JULY 18, 2018 <BR> NATIONAL HOT DOG DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL SOUR CANDY DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL CAV... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:21:54 EST Starting over <img src=""> Is hard to do 🤷🏻‍♀️ I quit smoking eight months ago and have gained 30 pounds! So, Friday July 13th I have started using Spark again 🤪 I can’t believe I’ve actually taken a picture AND posted it 😟 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:13:09 EST 7/18/18 All green yesterday on the Alta HR and almost all green today but crushed my 250+ steps per hour goal of 10hrs. Got in a great leg day workout and there were 2 workouts on my calendar so I crushed both of them plus a 15min incline treadmill walk after. Tomorrow's workout plan is Chest/Shoulders/T... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:12:06 EST New Hi everybody! I am a weight watchers member and made lifetime for 5 years. Lately, because of their freestyle program, the weight has been inching up, so I'm trying something new. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:59:13 EST Where does the time go? As I was reading some of my older blogs, I'm not sure where the time went. My mom used to say the older you get the faster the time flies, and I agree with her now. In my youth, I would wish for time to pass quickly...for example...I wanted to turn 13 so I could go to dances, then 15 and 8 mont... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:57:47 EST Bears in the Woods - 7-18-18 If you pay close attention, you can spot a bear in the woods around here. Kevin Dietrich was alert; he said this bear was completely out of sight behind a tree just before she stepped out and into his photo: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:55:07 EST 2500 mile goal Direct hit by a massive rain storm today. Brought flash flood and power outage. Lots of lightening strikes nearby, large hail and strong winds. Temp's in 70s after rain but 80 plus humidity. Power restored 2 hours later, tree brought down power lines. Was sitting in dark, in very warm room wh... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:51:25 EST Am I on Maintenance or Still Trying to Lose? I am trying to figure out if I want to lose a few more points or just maintain what I've lost. I'm kind of getting use to where I am but think that I could stand to lose some more weight particularly around the middle. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:38:44 EST Allergies Today I discovered I'm allergic to something new. Been avoiding everything which gives me allergies and suddenly had a new allergic reaction to something undiscovered. Ferreting it out to remove it from my diet. <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:34:24 EST New to Spark What do the Spark points mean?? Anyone?? Also how do u figure out your calories from a home made receipt that didnt give you the nutrition facts?? Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:27:07 EST For the curious ... What's the deal with low WBC? The low white blood count (WBC), specifically the neutrophils, was identified last year. Medically, this condition is referred to as neutropenia. <BR> <BR> NEUTROPENIA <BR> <BR> A condition characterized by abnormally low levels of white blood cells called neutrophils. <BR> <BR> Very rare (Fe... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:23:10 EST Over did it I know it is not good when counting calories to eat them all for the day at one meal. I just ate at Olive Garden and really enjoyed it. EXERCISE TIME Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:15:14 EST Monthly Progress First of all let me start by saying I am 25 lbs and 24 inches lighter! 2 inches I lost within the month of June. I have 16 lbs to go until my goal weight AND 2 lbs until I am in the 140bs club. I am so happy because I haven't been able to say either since 2004. So this is a great thing to type. ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:08:13 EST Took 10 years but I'm below 200 lbs! I'm excited! Weighed in this morning at 199.8! I haven't weighed less than 200 in 10 years. I have an end of year goal of 179 that I set last Jan. I was 244.4 on Jan 1st. I'm going to make that goal. Looks like I'll make it before Dec. I'm so happy! <BR> <BR> I want to thank all my friends on SP... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:01:09 EST sas it was a busy day and im tired. <BR> walking in the morning again, cant wait. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:59:14 EST Is it important to you? <img src=""> <BR> Woohoo 380 extra calories burned today with small efforts. With 2 kids to take care of at home, if I have time, you have time. And yes, I'm on maternity leave right now, but I still worked out when wo... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:54:32 EST Goals Ok scale isn't moving but can see more .muscles where fat was, also set my own personal goal to stay on Arc trainer for 60 mins. I made it, level 3 weight loss, 60 mins, 2.11 miles 654 calories burned. Back to crocheting this afternoon heat is yucky again. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:29:37 EST Day 7: desire versus hope; impatientness <img src=""> I’ve been having success this week, I’m down 5 lbs which is 4 lbs more than I was hoping for however such quick success is making me long for that first mini goal: 170 lbs. I feel myself feeling a bit do... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:28:05 EST 19 Lessons for Leaving a Notable Legacy By Karon Gibson I wanted to share this because I thought it was very good, plus I am sure we have all learned or saw that life is fragile and can change in an instant. <BR> <BR> 1. Enjoy life, this is not a dress rehearsal. <BR> <BR> 2. Create your own positive events to nourish your mind. Even the strong requ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:24:14 EST Summertime, and the living is easy Summer is going too fast! I haven't spent nearly enough time with grandkids. Thinking today....having this much weight to lose means no one notices when I gain or lose weight. I lost more than 100 lbs, gained back 60, relost it...and nobody noticed any of it. It could be frustrating. Or it c... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:12:54 EST Unattractive Bumpkin Those were the words recently used by our Director of Business Development & Marketing to describe the individuals in my department. What surprises me most about this is how little I care. I am angry, of course - but I am angry at how inappropriate this was in a business setting, particularly in ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:12:22 EST Slimming down and buying clothes. How fun is that? Two weeks ago I "had" to go buy new pants because my usual clothes were <BR> sliding off. <em>224</em> Spent a lot of money because jeans cost more than I thought. <BR> It was pretty fun. Way more fun than buying clothes when you need a bigger <BR> waist size. Which is what I had to do las... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:05:39 EST Hump Day! Been a while since I have done a blog….that’s because I have totally slacked off….started with missing one workout…then I looked up and it was MONTHS later…just being lazy…no excuse…and the BAD PART is I have a full gym in my house…treadmill, elliptical, full body machine, weights…the whole gamut... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:45:40 EST Three Month Check-in - Surgery!! Wow, time has flown by since I re-started Ideal Protein! Three months in and I've lost over 45 pounds! I posted a new picture on my homepage so you can see the proof :) <BR> <BR> I haven't posted in a while which is not great. I do have more to say on a couple of other topics so I'll add a co... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:42:46 EST July 18th Had another good day today. I'm definitely staying on track this week. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:38:16 EST Getting Back Many dimensions to my life lately. <BR> One major one has been school. School has been taking well over 20 hours a week, except this week, where it's more like 8, but I have some additional work I'm going to add onto my assigned work, to make next week and the following one easier. <BR> Aside: If... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:21:23 EST Dorothy's Journey: Chapter 12 - Migraine? Torn away from being fit, healthy and organized; Dorothy started her journey back. <BR> <BR> Just a couple of days ago Dorothy talked about how she hadn't had a migraine in a while. <BR> So this morning when Dorothy felt the onset of a migraine first thing in the morning; she thought how she s... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:11:35 EST Into the Fire! You know you hear how some people run away and then there are those that run to the fire to see what they can do? I have learned to run in the opposite direction, it's safer and keeps the stress levels lower. Or if you respond you walk very slowly and access the whole situation first. A couple of... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:10:36 EST Helllllloooooo Hello my Sparkfriends!! Slowly but surely I’m starting to feel some normalcy. It’s been a long exhausting move, still don’t feel settled, the place was not clean (in fact disgusting) when we moved in, so it has really slowed down the settling in process. So, we’ve been busy cleaning and unpack... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:10:09 EST Blessings on all who turn love into action <img src=""> <BR> <BR> May we lift each other up as we move forward. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:09:24 EST Depression...Again Here I am again. No job. Spending days applying to job after job with absolutely no results. I hate being at this age and being in this place again. Seems like every 5 years I have to find another job. Every time it makes me feel so worthless. I rethink all those things I wanted to do in life, an... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:54:15 EST Fun with Family inSunshine, Clouds, and Rain Sunday morning I made chaufa (fried rice) from the leftover chcken and rice, with lots of fresh vegs: repollo (a kind of cabbage), carrots, broccoli, red pepper, onion, garlic, and ginger (FRESH ground ginger root!)- and 3 eggs (along with soy sauce and sugar). With the rice that was left, there ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:32:57 EST Whoa, Nellie! I found a flaw in my body modification plan: how to transition from "keep below your energy budget" to "steady on." I hit my 1/2-way goal of down 70. Relief from diabetes, reduction in meds, happiness. Celebration: no need to keep on the short leash. <BR> <BR> So back came carbs. And bad food ch... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:20:37 EST WHAT NEXT! Maybe my Medical training taught me wrong. <BR> But, when did someone with really low blood pressure bleed like a stuck PIGGIE? The pressure of pulsing blood would make a person bleed more. <BR> <BR> With low b.p. there weren't be the force to push the blood out. <BR> <BR> NOT SO!!! <BR> <BR>... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:15:00 EST UP UP AND AWAY! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> stay positive with the weekend coming! You can do it! Never let the weekend be an excuse to leave your meal plan! Hang tough! <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:14:03 EST Work is making loss to fast I am a paramedic and some days are just tougher than others. These tough days leave me feeling sore and tired but god forbid I have a few days in a row that are tough. I pack my lunch so I never just grab food but I never have time to eat the food I pack so I am always light on those days with my... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:10:48 EST Think About It! <img src=""> <BR> Sometimes we're so busy trying to focus on so many things at once and we never accomplish any. It's time to stop giving up on things that we know we need, to make us better. So if you're tired of havi... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:09:38 EST Fit the gym in!! <img src=""> On this busy day full of work I fit the gym in my schedule. Yay!!🎉 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:00:17 EST Sports Growing up, I played basketball. But I quit by the 8th grade so I've never really thought of myself as someone who's into sports. I started my weight loss journey. And I got a treadmill. I still use it to this day. But it didn't take long for me to realise, that it just isn't much fun. So me... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:55:53 EST The same 10 pounds So tell me many times have I lost the same 10 pounds? I guess about as many times as I've gained that same 10 pounds. When does it end? When does the same 10 pounds become the next 10 pounds? When will I learn? Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:48:46 EST What's the real reason?? Just spent a few minutes watching the Spark coach video of the day and the question was "what is the real motivation behind your wanting to lose weight or getting healthy?" I have several, to feel better about my body, to get off of so much medication, to be an example to my kids in hopes that t... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:46:18 EST Too HOT! I am not walking is going to be 111 degrees by 5 o'clock tonight. I wanted to get up at the crack of dawn and go walking on the river trail at 7:30 am....but my IHSS provider called me to let me know that she wasn't going to get here until 9 am because she overslept. She overslept and... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:44:51 EST When life gives you lemons, you go to Mikky Ds So the title of this blog pretty much tells you what's going on. I recently lost my job of 11 years in June and just fell off the earth <em>40</em> . It feels like a divorce. You gave so much for them to decide that your time is up. It sucks! So what did I do? Order Pizza <em>39</em> , go to... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:43:21 EST 155 days of 30 I went to my new job on Monday, and, well, it didn't go as well as I had hoped. In reality, the job wasn't really meant for me. It was more sales related, and I DO NOT want to be in sales! It was too much of a learning curve for me, in a job that didn't have a structured training program. It was... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:37:58 EST Respect I'm working it. My plan is in place, and I'm working it. <BR> <BR> 1. My food is back on track, I'm eating a low carb/ketogenic diet and sticking to it. Food cravings are gone. I know any significant change is going to take a long time. <BR> <BR> 2. I found a new doctor who complete change... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:28:19 EST Wacky Wednesday, and another appointment done. Yes, just one little boo-boo we made it to the Neurologist and back home, and no that book work,(medical history) didn't take no 45 minutes. lol knew it wouldn't, and what gets me when the Dr. came in those 4 pages were no where in his hands, so I wonder if he even saw them. After a intence q... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:22:23 EST Day 51 Today I accomplished one of my goals, I did the entire Anna Kaiser happy hour workout video all the through on my first attempt since May 2017 after doing that video caused me to throw my back out. I can’t believe I did it. I’ve been jogging and lifting weights & working out almost every day and ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:18:39 EST Triple digits here - Hope everyone has a happy and healthy day! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:11:38 EST Choices We Make... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you a great Wednesday ahead... <BR> <BR> Let's pause a moment and think why we are on this journey? What choices are we going to make and what choices have ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:09:57 EST Hump Day Happy <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:09:31 EST Quote for Today... <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:08:05 EST Bible Verse for Today Ephesians 1:17-18 <BR> <BR> 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, <BR> <BR> 18 the eyes of your understanding[a] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what a... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:07:21 EST Today's Thought Easy Does It <BR> <BR> So, you surrendered. You let go. Now you're ready to face a particular challenge. So you hunker down and garner all your forces. And you hit the wall again. <BR> <BR> What's wrong? you may ask. I'm doing all the spiritual things I'm supposed to do. And things still aren't... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:05:10 EST Day 1877 Rest Day. Feeling good. <BR> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:03:50 EST Day 3: The third day or: 'The Second Day after Monday' Ok, so today is one of those infuriating days at work where i want to punch everyone or walk out. Just stupid things. people just take no responsibility for themselves and most of the people in charge just let these folks get away with it. ... anyway... <BR> <BR> Woke up late, struggled with ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:53:52 EST Day 1 is today! I'm baaaaaack! I'm at a whopping 206. For my 5 foot even frame my body is seriously feeling it. Knees and back are sore. I will be blogging every week, that will be part of my program. All I want to say is today I'm on the right track. Today is the start of something wonderful, me taking care of ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:53:38 EST My Adventures in Spark Land walking day 39. <img src=""> <BR> Along with exercise 100 days, I am also on Wendy Pett's Visible Fit Challenge. I am on week #6. The verse I focused on as I walked this week was Psalm 71:16 'I will come and proclaim your mighty acts... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:53:27 EST Maintenance is Tricky Business I had so hoped that this summer would be different. Please, please, please no health challenges! That plea would not be answered. <BR> <BR> My PCP has yet to check in following her return to work this week. I will give her through the end of the day. No word and I will be making contact tom... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:49:48 EST W3D5 Hanging in there Summer is one of my two busiest times at work, and the long workdays are stressful. I feel better today than I did yesterday, but caved in to the donut holes on the back table. However, the rest of my food is planned and tracked, and as a children's book in Spanish put it, "Podria haber sido pe... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:34:25 EST Throwing This Out Into the Universe So, a little over a year ago I began a journey to lose weight with the goal of losing enough weight to get surgery on my knees (no cartilage). I was excited. I lost 35 pounds, had a great new job teaching PreK, made great money, had insurance, etc. The depression I suffered from fell into the bac... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:26:55 EST #100daysofwhy - Day 91 I completed a challenging workout yesterday and I'm hurting today! <BR> <BR> Day 90: To not be so sore after a challenging workout! <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:24:16 EST Walking with Leslie A few (actually several years) ago I used to do a lot of her earlier videos. She looks pretty great and is a fun person to listen to. I also walked 2 miles on Monday, so am trying to be true to exercising 3x pet week. I hope all you are enjoying your Wednesday 😘 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:21:51 EST Week 2 on Keto...and loving it. Well here we are in week two and I am still loving it. I have had people ask me how it was going. Mostly from here. In my everyday life people can actually see the differences already. But here it is all mapped out - this so far is my Keto journey: <BR> <BR> *I have more energy ( I thought this ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:17:54 EST +3-2 Yesterday was better. Mom seemed stronger and had a lot more sleep. After many tours, I found a rehab facility that I like that has an opening. I know the doctor and his np, which is a huge plus. There was talk of transporting her there today. Not happening. <BR> <BR> Last night she took a... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:16:30 EST Bolthouse Dressing <img src=""> <BR> I love thousand island dressing, I went out if my safe zone and tried Bolthouse Farms, Cilantro Avocado, it is a yogurt dressing, it's great for salads and even chicken wraps, it's really good. Am... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:16:15 EST 100 Goals Day 71, July 18, 2018 <img src=""> <BR> Today's goal is to eat healthy and not give in to junk food of any kind. I am going to eat 3 healthy meals that I like and not deprive myself in any way. I am going to make my meals joyful and delight... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:58:59 EST Inspiring Message Blog <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I am... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:49:25 EST weds cakes baked. cookies for my stepdads cookie of the month gift baked and packaged. Dog bones for Wazee's birthday baked and packaged. Blueberry Scones for Steves monthly care package, plus the peanut brittle and rice krispie treats made, packaged, boxed, labelled and in the mailbox. <BR> time to ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:46:28 EST Day 12 and 13 I have about maybe 7 more days mostly breakfast and lunch <BR> No weigh in do really don't know but guessing 0 weight loss <BR> I bought Sam E and 5 hTP at Kroger expensive <BR> Started last night <BR> Feeling mellow but took my prescription drug also .tonight no prescription just see with what I... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:45:03 EST Day 198: Early Start Today! Well, I've been awake since 4am, but I still didn't manage to get to work on time! (9am). <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Paul headed out today on his "50th birthday boondoggle" trip with his buddy - Paul turns 50 in August, Mike turns 50 in September. They're doing a big golf and baseba... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:41:53 EST Four for the future Day 4 has started well. I tried a vegan cheese at breakfast on my English muffin. It was quite tasty. Finding vegan options is difficult in a small town. I’m not a vegan/vegetarian, but cutting down on meat/dairy is a goal of mine. During a 2 hour work training session I drank 3 cups of h2o. Base... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:41:32 EST Argh... Went through a bit of a mind battle on Monday. I went and had my mudslide on sunday and was proud of enjoying one stopping at one etc. Then Monday morning I weigh in and it says I have gained 4 lbs!! I was devastated! Please don't let this be what happens on the rare occasion I get to enjoy a tre... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:36:29 EST Worthwhile Wednesday... "The only way I can get through Wednesday is by avoiding people who call it Hump Day". <BR> <BR> Unkown <BR> <BR> I like Wednesdays. Actually, if I think about it, I like all the days of the week. I can't think of one that I don't care for. I guess that's a good thing! <BR> <BR> Migraine is... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:25:12 EST Wednesday walking <img src=""> <BR> Watched this little cutie today, wore him out on my walk. Beautiful morning for a walk. Hope everyone has a chance to get out and enjoy today.😊 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:19:21 EST Wednesday 7/18/2018 Ok, today is a weird day. I have a sinking feeling not sure if it's the depression or just feelings I'm having about an aquaintence.... It's really weird it could be the weather to.....hmmmmm.... my day started with a big boom of thunder and big bright lightening strike followed a down poor that ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:02:03 EST It’s a marathon <img src=""> Someone reminded me with a comment about patience of this article I read in our church devotional book. The author speaks about distance running and how it’s different from sprinting. He says distance ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:58:31 EST Sarah Soper Today i will spend some time with one of our members and some folks with the local department of aging. Please pray for Sarah Soper. She is a gracious 94 year old woman who still lives at home by herself in one of our less than desirable neighborhoods. <BR> <BR> She has some decisions to make t... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:58:07 EST New Beginnings Well, I am back here at Spark People for a new beginning, in my battle of losing weight. The slate has been wiped clean and this is a brand new start . I am taking it one day at a time , one step at a time. Trying to change all bad habits at once, sets me up for failure, and overwhelms me , t... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:58:06 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR WEDNESDAY OBLIGATION OR APPETITE <BR> <BR> Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. <BR> Matthew 6:1 <BR> <BR> As Christians, our lives are dr... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:55:58 EST Word of the Day: cheville cheville [shuh-vee] <BR><BR>2700.mp3 <BR> noun Prosody. <BR> 1. a word or expression whose only function is to fill a metrical gap in a verse or to balance a sentence. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:51:30 EST I know it's gonna be a day when... <img src=""> <BR> The first item on my to do list is copywriting about software used to control nuclear reactors. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:48:16 EST New me Not going to give going to lose all this weight Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:46:11 EST fasting who knew .. <BR> that I would like it! <BR> <BR> Who knew... <BR> I could go 18 hours not eating <BR> <BR> Who knew.. <BR> I like the empty feeling <BR> <BR> Who knew.. <BR> My mind feels alert <BR> <BR> Who knew.. <BR> my body likes it <BR> <BR> I always knew.. life is awesome! <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:42:09 EST Strawberry picking <img src=""> <BR> Hard day picking strawberries, time for grandkids to reap rewards. Lol Wish I could of been with them. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:41:00 EST Passing on Good Advice From My Doctor! Yesterday I saw my Doctor for my Annual exam. I thought I would share some <BR> good points she made! And, in particular, about the scale! Be it friend or be it foe! <BR> the "scale." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <B... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:40:24 EST My Personal Stressbusters <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had posted about stress before and ways to combat it but those were general ideas. Here are specific things I do to manage my stress: <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> #1 Get a Mantra. Mine is “I’m d... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:40:18 EST Improvising with KETO <img src=""> Oooh. I was reading through everyone's statuses. I see someone talking about spaghetti and meatballs! OMG. I'm drooling! Now I've improvised my pizza desires with a cauliflower crust. Now with this craving... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:32:53 EST 2018 SWISHED UP DID 100 DONKEY KICKS TODAY hey sparkers hope all are doing well had good workout this morning i thought about my knees with the squats everday so i did 100 donkey kicks instead will do squats tomorrow and next day abs trying ti mix it up and take care of myself lot of new faces at the gym just about 10 of us still not crow... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:32:53 EST Week 2 - A cute quote from Louis J. Helle <img src=""> <BR> How about stationary bikes? Am I a flightless bird? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Pshhh, I was taking off today! Consisten... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:28:28 EST Day 12-Last Ruby Standing Challenge Commit your actions to the Lord and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:24:31 EST Here I go again.... I seem to struggle with commitment. I started on this site a year ago and have actually gained weight. I have joint pain and a bad attitude. Today I am committing to a restart. One small thing a week will be my focus until it's my habit. Last week I got back into the pool and that has helped my ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:12:33 EST Vacation Countdown! Today is my last day in the office before I start vacation! That leaves me a day to get everything ready before we jump on a plane Friday morning! <BR> <BR> Reality hit me yesterday when I told my cousin that I'll see him on Sunday. I'm very excited to see family I haven't seen in several years... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:12:15 EST dear bob the blog and another thing Before we went away my shoulders were very painful and my chair was very uncomfortable so when we went to our local able world shop for a new cushion, we " walked" out with a brand new indoor electric chair! no more trying to move my ordinary chair with my arms or legs. . The dif... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:08:26 EST Sleepy It's safe to say the only thing I've lost this first week back is sleep. I've been so sore that it is hard to go to sleep and exercising is also ticking off my degenerative disc. When I've gotten to sleep this week I haven't been able to stay asleep. So I got up early today with like 2 maybe 3 ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:03:06 EST A Summer Blog, part twenty-one ‘They’ say old age is not for sissies and I suppose that is true. I am old and my body does not recover as quickly as it did 50 years ago. There is more pain involved in the day to day activities of life and it becomes harder to easily do everyday tasks. But I still enjoy being on this side of th... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:55:07 EST Wednesday Update It is a bright sunshiny start to the day on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. All is still going fairly well except for my ear problem that has not improved much at all. Weight is still down. Calories remain below 1300. Trivia is still at 96% for the month and at 91% for all time. Remaining ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:53:46 EST Batter Up! week three “When times get rough, keep your head up” CC Sabathia <BR> <BR> In the game of baseball, a player’s batting average is computed by dividing the number of his hits by the number of times he has been at bat. No one ever has a batting average of 1000 which would mean he has gotten a hit every tim... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:32:49 EST Dog Adventures This morning, I was up by six (which is standard). Only Athena, our chihuahua / kimmer cur mix, wanted out. A little weird, but whatever. Usually Crom, my blue nose pit, also wants out. Those two are BFF. Pandora (akita / lab) doesn't like to go outside until she's eaten her breakfast. <BR> <BR... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:29:00 EST Progress on new old goal Just to update, I went Monday with no wine and Tuesday with just one glass at supper time. To me this feels like progress. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:26:33 EST God’s Army Bible Boot Camp – Day 9 “Praying [prayed earnestly] always [opportune time, continually] with all prayer and supplication [request] in the Spirit [God the Holy Spirit], being watchful [watching- keep awake, keep alert] to this end [for this cause] with all perseverance [patience] and supplication for all the saints [hol... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:18:37 EST #8- The Power of Ten The challenge today is to committ to 10 minutes of exercise daily from now on; I know that some will find that commitment daunting but unless I achieve at least 80 minutes of cardio and/or strength training daily I know that I am not contributing to continuing good health. There is a quote I kee... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:11:37 EST Gym Addicts & Their Injuries Last October, despite not being fond of indoor exercising (I love to walk and bike ride), I joined the gym near my house. Since then, I have attended many classes and observed various interesting behaviors. <BR> <BR> Of course, there's the chronic phone usage. That's here to stay. Then there... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:06:22 EST Quote of the day "Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor." - Alexis Carrel Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:03:12 EST Trying to focus on healthy habits I have lost weight, then let myself go, then lost weight, then let myself go over and over. I remember when I got down to 180 several years ago - I told myself I was never going to weigh more than my husband again! But, alas, the Rheumatoid Arthritis got in the way, and I not only put all the wei... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:02:39 EST Weight loss information overload The internet is a great thing. It's made it easier for us to keep in touch with our loved ones, voice our opinions and learn copious amounts of trivial information. Need to know the exact size of allowed carryon baggage for your Air Canada flight? It's there somewhere. Want to know how old your f... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:02:05 EST Watch A Room Full Of Cats React To An Earthquake BEFORE It Happens <link><BR>clickToGive/ars/home?utm_source=ars-re<BR>minder&utm_medium=email&utm_term=07182<BR>018&utm_content=reminder-m&utm_campaig<BR>n=ars-home&origin=ERA_071818_ARS_m&oid<BR>p=0x2216f9f544128fcec0a80a44 </link> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:00:30 EST ABC's of retirement: yearning for youth? Yes and no! A little help from Mr. Webster: <BR> <BR> "yearn vi 1 to be filled with longing or desire 2 to feel tenderness or sympathy" <BR> <BR> "youth n 1 the state or quality of being young, esp. of being vigorous and lively, or immature, impetuous, etc. 2 the period of life coming between childhood a... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:56:32 EST Eat veggies <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:51:01 EST Words of Wisdom <img src=""> Flexibility, adaptability... Says it all! 💝 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:47:45 EST Day 58 - A Great Day! My walk this morning wasn't the best, but still good. I was psyched up for a good brisk walk, but the dog decided he had to stop, sniff, and pee on everything that was standing. Thankfully he finally ran out of pee and I was able to pick up the pace. I came home and did a 1 mile "walk away the po... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:46:57 EST My 5th Goal Just check my weight early on today to find out I am at 184 pounds which I gotten to my 5th mini goal which is the get to 185 or below by or on Saturday July 21st. Now am up to my last and finale mini goal to get to 180 or below by or on Saturday July 28th which I am keeping my fingers cross. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:44:34 EST Discipline? I think not! <img src=""> Today was Day #68 of consecutive days of exercise. With only one exception (Memorial Day when they were closed), I have done my workouts here. I go every day because I actually have no discipline. So... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:43:15 EST Week #6 results Down 1 lb. this week. :) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Feels really good to be going in the right direction again. <BR> <BR> Have a great week #7 everyone! Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:39:13 EST Walk It Off In 30 - day 3 I actually felt energetic for today's cardio! I wonder if I'll get more energetic as the month goes on? At any rate I felt enough energy to carry the 1lb weights through the entire workout! WooHoo! I may never do high impact with my ankles, but I really felt as though I kept up. And oddly en... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:36:45 EST Todays trend Our devotional for the woman’s bible study today was joy. We were made to enjoy life, and share it with those around us. In the 100 more days of weight loss it is restore yourself. I have decided to not talk to my daughter until next Tuesday’s therapy session. She is making her own decisions know... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:26:21 EST 7/18/18 JRNL Yesterday was a very busy day. I had a garden club meeting, then Qigong/Tai Chi, and finished by going with three good friends to a lecture in the evening. We laughed so much and had such a good time together. <BR> <BR> Okay, back to the projects. <BR> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:26:02 EST Reclaiming Me! Last September I began a journey to health and weight loss, I had just started working with a functional medical doctor at the Cleveland Clinic, and he suggested I try introducing an intermittent fasting protocol. So on 9/11/17, starting at 152 pounds (I’m 5’ft tall) I tried my first fast, and su... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:25:36 EST Wednesday morning The delivery guy will be calling me today to set up a time for my chair delivery. Hopefully, it will be tomorrow. One more box checked off for things to change around here. <BR> This morning the guys across the street came to trek through the forest of a yard over there. The weeds and grass ar... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:23:53 EST Travel to the Doctor Day Getting a walk & some yoga in before we head to the doctor. Feels good! Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:23:26 EST 7/17/18 JRNL After being stuck in a rut of getting nothing accomplished, yesterday was a really productive day. <BR> 1. The man came to cut and remove two very large trees. <BR> 2. I have scheduled the re-upholstery of three chairs. (It won’t happen for some weeks, but at least I am on their list so it will... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:21:19 EST Day 192 Challenge: Eating Well – Nutrition Choices Daily Challenge: <BR> Eat 1 low-sodium food that's high in potassium, such as bananas, beans, dried apricots or yogurt. <BR> <BR> <BR> How To: <BR> Today, add one food that's both rich in potassium and low in sodium to a meal or snack. <BR> You'll find it in dried or canned beans (look for ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:17:43 EST Day 192: Sculpt Strong and Sexy Shoulders Strong shoulders look great in those summer clothes <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""’> <BR> <BR> Seated Dumbbell Shoulder ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:17:43 EST Workout 31 I haven’t been posting, but I haven’t missed a workout. I started the day off with Mix+Match Walk Blasters - Light Walk and Walk, Kick, & Jab. A couple of hours ago, I did Walk Slim - 5 Really Big Miles. Time to go to sleep to hopefully wake up and walk again tomorrow. <img src="http://photosaws... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:15:11 EST 7/18/18 Success <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard for it." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:14:49 EST Yesterday wasn't so good Yesterday I didn't do so well. I started the week at 227 yet again, but as of today I am 230. I had to pick my daughter up from the airport at 9am and because I had not had my morning coffee and water and she was hungry after her flight, I stopped at MCD to get her a sandwich and juice. Well I... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:14:31 EST National Hot Dog Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Third Wednesday in July <BR> <BR> Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog! Today is National Hot Dog Day, On this date, we celebrate one of America's favorite summer sandwiche... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:12:09 EST Listen <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> World Listening Day <BR> World Listening Day is an annual global event that was started in 2010 by the World Listening Project, a group "devoted to understanding the world and its natural ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:11:15 EST Midweek update on my goals My goal was to do 55,000 steps for the week, 50 flights of stairs, drink at least 8 cups of water daily and track my active minutes to get a feel for where I am. All readings are being done using my Charge 2. <BR> <BR> Steps / Stairs / Water / Active Minutes <BR> 07/15: 3221/6/3/0 (rest day) <... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:09:37 EST Silencing My Negative Voice I woke up with a migraine headache. My first thought was, I should go to McDonald's for a sausage egg McMuffin and a Large Diet Coke. It always makes me feel better. <BR> <BR> My second thought... food is not medicine. I have prescription medicine for my migraines. <BR> <BR> I need to dea... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:08:37 EST Wednesday July 18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meeting today for painting estimate for the new place...interior only. Also having some septic work done there today as well as having one of the heat pumps checked. <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:56:56 EST Very true. I really like this makes so much sense. Ok now I need to follow it. <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:56:20 EST The Secret <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <BR> “If you are ready for the secret, you already possess one half of it, therefore, you will readily recognize the other half the moment it reaches your mind.” <BR> - Napoleon Hill ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:55:49 EST Setting Goals Spark reminds of us the importance of setting SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time based). This concept is one that I constantly reminded employees and clients of when we were working on performance management. <BR> <BR> "Achievable" seems to be one that stymied ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:53:32 EST Day 31 - Restore yourself <img src=""> Every day, work on restoring a tiny bit of your life. As the months go by, you'll be able to see a lot more of your original structure, beauty and value. <BR> <BR> Eventually your efforts will pay off as ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:45:49 EST Wednesday Wittism - Amazon Prime free delivery is great Got a great deal on a wormhole on Amazon Prime. <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:35:01 EST 7/18/18 Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion. Georg Wilhelm Fried Quote of the Day <BR> Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space. <BR> Orson Scott Card <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Love has no errors, for all errors are the want for love. <BR> William Law <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> I do not literally paint that table,... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:30:32 EST 7/18/18 Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion. Georg Wilhelm Fried Quote of the Day <BR> Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space. <BR> Orson Scott Card <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Love has no errors, for all errors are the want for love. <BR> William Law <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> I do not literally paint that table,... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:30:22 EST A whole lot of shaking going on! To-day the tall white pine is scheduled to come down- <BR> -I have barricaded the kitchen, facing where the guys doing the job, will be working. <BR> That's because , Beau will not like them--- <BR> And it's an UBER Day----a day that Himself needs a ride to his office--- <BR> And I am the designa... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:25:40 EST 2018-07-18 <BR> These are the long-term benefits of regular exercise for your brain. <BR> <BR> Watch the full TED Talk here: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:23:21 EST 2 months today Today marks 2 months since I quit smoking. Mentally and physically and emotionally I was finally ready. I didn't miss it at all when I quit. There are times the smell of someone smoking makes me want one. But when I smell the after on someone it is off putting. I did this for my health and money ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:22:28 EST Day 177 - WiW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Each week one step closer to getting out of the 210s. My body wants to hold on to the 210s tight, but I've almost won the battle. <BR> <BR> <em>593</em> <em>521</em> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:20:23 EST 7/18/18 workout Spinning: 75 min Circuit traing- arms, legs, core, cardio: 28 min Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:15:17 EST Wednesday July 18th, 2018.....random thoughts Good morning and happy middle of the week day! Another week just flying by......the story of my life lately! <BR> <BR> Just thought I would do a random thoughts day today. Here's a list of things that have popped up in my head recently. <BR> <BR> 1. I am sad Younkers is closing! I recentl... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:10:26 EST Wonderful Wednesday !!! I'm learning ... Learning the process of RELAX !!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:00:30 EST Daily Journal Good morning. Random musings ahead. No story line. Just thoughts pouring out. I am happy to report that even with traveling last weekend I had a fantastic weigh in this morning! I am so stinking proud of myself! We went to the gym yesterday morning and even though I hadn't spelt wonderfully, I pu... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:50:57 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>4</em> Hmmm. Where to start. <em>334</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:49:52 EST Nachos! What was I thinking? After last night's lovely golf game, I permitted myself to order nachos for supper. Nachos with cheese and chicken and jalapenos and tomatoes and sour cream and salsa. <BR> <BR> When was the last time I ordered nachos? Years ago: not within recent memory. <BR> <BR> Wer... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:47:58 EST This works just fine... <img src=""> <BR> We screen all calls... if we don't know you, please leave a message. <em>211</em> <BR> Spammers never do... they do us a favour by hanging up. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:45:45 EST Happy Happy hump day headed to dentist then work make it a great day🙏 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:43:26 EST Annual physical exam today Yuck, but it’s only once a year. I can ask her for a referral for ultrasounds since he NP said I have peripheral artery disease of my lower extremities...which doesn’t make sense to me... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:40:14 EST Learning I ate well Tuesday and even got in some walking. I went over on a few things but it was not junk food. Awesome right?! I'm learning that certain healthy foods are high in calories and carbs such as corn and black beans. I think it's just going to mean planning better. I'm also learning that one n... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:38:54 EST I just want to go for a walk It’s been 9 days since I could go on a walk. 9 days since I felt the sun on my skin, got to put in my headphones and tune out the world and watch the sunrise and sunset. 9 days since I felt stress free, no anxiety and just overall good. 9 days might not seem like a lot but for me, it is. Stru... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:36:03 EST Advance Tracking Last night I started planning my meals for today, using the SP meal tracker a day ahead. Once I figured out dinner, I plugged in breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Planning meals is not my strength, but I am feeling great about today! Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:33:16 EST Running on Empty... My calves ache.. this morning at kickboxing they felt like lead and it's my own fault.. About a month ago I signed up for the Rocky half marathon in Philly and started to train, then I went on vacation, and just like Forest Gump I just stopped running... and I have not started up again.. until ye... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:33:11 EST Quote of the day Have a wonderful Wednesday Spark friends! <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:31:21 EST Holding you back....July 18th <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:29:17 EST WooHoo its Wednesday <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>355</em> <em>244</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>244</em> <em>355</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <em>355</em> ~Waving Hello~ & ~Wishing Everyone~ <B... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:26:38 EST The SP Meal Planner is Carbohydrate Crazy! Here’s why I don’t use the meal planner. Over 100g of carbs recommended at lunch alone! My blood sugar would be through the roof! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 75g lunch <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:24:10 EST Wednesday Reflection 7/18/18 BLC 37 Week 11 BLC Round 37 - Week 11 <BR> <BR> 1. Was your weight up, down, or the same and why? Up - Honestly not sure. Tracked - but up a bit.rack on for eating and exercise <BR> <BR> 2. Did you meet your weekly self goal last week? Yep <BR> <BR> 3. What is something you did well this week? Getting out o... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:23:39 EST Ready for the day Started my day with some water. Next will be me time, next workout, then breakfast, house chores, and coloring club tonight. Have a great day! Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:22:38 EST Wed Weigh-in 7/18 7/18 <BR> 206.8 <BR> -0.2 lbs <BR> <em>386</em> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:21:14 EST A NEW FRIEND <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:18:29 EST drugs & amazon prime day I had my first colonoscopy Monday. Well there's that off my bucket list. It wasn't actually a big deal. The prep wasn't a great time but then again having been through chemo, it wasn't so bad. Its nice when something you really dread turns out not to be so bad. <BR> <BR> BUT when they wheeled me... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:01:40 EST drugs & amazon prime day I had my first colonoscopy Monday. Well there's that off my bucket list. It wasn't actually a big deal. The prep wasn't a great time but then again having been through chemo, it wasn't so bad. Its nice when something you really dread turns out not to be so bad. <BR> <BR> BUT when they wheeled me... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:01:38 EST Tuesday Wednesday Why are there so many bad drivers on the road stay in the left lane going slow when we are taught in driver’s ed to stay in the right lane unless you are passing Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:55:11 EST Blogs are inspiring I have found that reading everyone's blog post have really helped inspire me each morning. Thank you to all of you Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:49:28 EST If One Plan Fails, Try Another. I got my walking in. I went a new way. Experimenting you might say. Rather than walking in circles around the mall. I'm doing a different thing every day. <BR> Sunday was the walk around the mall. <BR> Monday I rode the bike at the gym. <BR> Tuesday I did the eliptical at the gym. <BR> Today ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:45:20 EST 7-18-2018-JOLLIES FROM JUDY <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:42:12 EST The Midweek Update Ok so we are kinda halfway through the week now with it being Wednesday, so just thought I would fire an update on whats what and how I'm feeling thus far with the big changes that this week have brought about. <BR> Firstly . . . I ache like a mo fo ! <BR> Yesterday I must have looked like John W... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:16:29 EST Stay positive Good Morning Fellow Sparkers! I read a great article on Spark about positive self talk. When we talk negatively of ourselves it is very detrimental. I am challenging my Spark people to find a positive thing about you each day. Today mine is i am alive and getting healthier each day! What’s y... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:09:47 EST Hump Day <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:09:24 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, July 18, 2018 July 18, 2018 DO WHAT IS RIGHT <BR> <BR> It has been said if we continue to lie or do wrong, we will constantly be covering our lies or trying to remove our guilt. God put rules and laws into effect for a reason. He gave people authority to lead us for a reason. These rules and laws are good fo... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:09:13 EST Wednesday Down to treadmill shortly and then spending day with my BFF! Have a lovely day. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:53:03 EST Wednesday Dealing with some discouraging issues - just when I thought I was getting mentally "unstuck" - life strikes again! <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:51:34 EST I lost a Friend <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday I went to visit a friend in the nursing home, and she wasn't there. She had passed the night before, and no one had told me the news. <BR> <img src=" Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:45:45 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=7/18/2018 THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">UNTO THEE, O LORD, [Yahw... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:40:49 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No symphony orchestra ever played music like a child laughing with a puppy Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:31:53 EST Still waiting... That little girl is settled in and being stubborn! My niece is going to the Dr. again in a few hours. They may decide to induce, since she's been in "pre-labor" since Friday! <BR> <BR> I'm still going home the day after tomorrow. I brought her bed, sheet, and blankets. She has everything she nee... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:25:56 EST Haiku of the Day Haiku #199 (of 365): <BR> He takes her camping <BR> to a tent in the forest. <BR> He thinks it’s romance. <BR> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:20:50 EST July 18 Read Romans 10 Salvation is for all In a world based on performance it's hard to accept exactly what grace is all about. I think of the man who said to Jesus, what must I do to be saved. So many people ask the same question today, although not always verbally. They spend their lives doing "stuff" hoping that it's enough. But it's n... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:06:41 EST Tue 7/17 We recycled paper and plastic before going to qi gong today. The sensei talked about proper breathing. Not sure if we are having our Thursday practice sessions. We will find out soon. We then had lunch and headed down to the base to pick up the grandchildren, dropped them off at Bible Study, and ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:55:37 EST Setting Myself Free... From the scale, that is. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My weight loss has slowed down again but, this time, I am not sweating it. I am exercising, eating properly, and getting in my 12K daily Fitbit goal so I’m ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:44:31 EST Hump Day Funny!! When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. <BR> But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first, the shed, the boat, <BR> making beer.. Always something more important to me. <BR> <BR> Finally she thought of a clever way to m... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:43:49 EST Wed 18 July (59,9kg) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fluffy loves his heights <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:12:50 EST OFF IN THE MORNING Hubby and i are off in the morning to an annual conference that we go to..... <BR> So looking forward to heading away for 4days... <BR> Back Monday.... <BR> Have a great weekend.... <BR> Blessings Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:09:40 EST something completely different Here are some stories that I listen to on the radio growing up. If you get bored go to the last one and start dancing <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This one, well husband and wife next door were stage players. She played the piano and he sang this day and night. After the 50th time, you get a little fed... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 03:33:21 EST Something is Happening <img src=""> <BR> Something is happening, I tell ya!!!! I put on favorite boyfriend jean today and they just pulled right on up. Did not have to wiggle. Did not have to worry about sucking my belly in. It was great. <... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 03:30:23 EST Weight No More: Hungry? Desire? Cravings? <BR> Quick Announcement: <BR> I set up a Spark Team and would like invite you and all your friends to join. It is a weight loss team, a place to set and track weight loss goals with various target dates. <BR> So far I have only posted 2 goals (a micro goal and a mini goal)—but there will be mor... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:46:57 EST THOUGHTS Well, I was under so much stress while Hubby in hospital I was not aware of a lot at times. Last night I was sitting here and remembering about things. We are not of thf the Catholic faith but the hospital is. They asked if we would mind if Chaplin came by to talk with us. Hubby said yes. We... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:44:54 EST DEALING MINION STYLE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know I've been out of sorts this last week but have had much to deal with. Not making excuses just stating a fact. I have peeked in and am trying hard to keep up with all my challenges. Won... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:34:20 EST If <img src=""> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:23:17 EST 7-17-18 Today I an grateful it didn't get as hot as t was forecast to get. I still would have liked to see rain, not just smell it. It was nice last night. I slept through instead of waking up every so often. Sounds almost like a baby, waking up every two or three hours or so. But that's what I do when i... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:22:56 EST My visual came from the Cardiologist I visited with my Cardiologist the other day for a follow up after having an echocardiogram done, he said he wasn’t surprised to see that my heart was weak with having the A-fib as I do even though it is controlled with medication, but what I am doing to myself with my weight is this: Every morni... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:15:13 EST Skin problem My eczema is improving slowly but she wants me to get my kidneys & liver checked since am using so much medication Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:03:17 EST FINISHED WALKING FOR THE DAY <em>244</em> Made my 12000 steps today. It was hard and I am hurting some now but going to bed soon. <BR> <BR> <BR> Went to Huddle (our Tuesday night) meeting tonight and enjoyed our baked potato dinner. Probably went a little over but I'll do better tomorrow. <em>367</em> my weak p... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:45:48 EST Tomorrow is the day dreading it but looking forward to it being over Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:38:55 EST Day 1 - The St. Anne Novena Day 1 - The St. Anne Novena <BR> (Audio/Video Version) <BR> <BR> In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> Great Saint Anne, engrave indelibly on my heart and in my mind the words that have reclaimed and sanctified so many sinners: <BR> <BR> “What shall... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:37:01 EST Did You Shop 'Til You Dropped on Prime Day? It seems to me that the Amazon Prime Day promotion was a bit overhyped yesterday and today... <BR> <BR> But I DID do some shopping for stuff that I was going to buy anyway.... <BR> <BR> Today was just too busy of a day to fully invest myself in shopping online.... I DID get 3/4 mile worth of la... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:31:41 EST Quote of the day "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." - Will Rogers Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:30:17 EST New goal I hit my goal, eight years later. But one thing I've learned in those 8 years, never stop. It is a process, and without motivation along with the right mindset, I won't get anywhere. So my new goal is another 20 pounds. 180. Still not the "right" weight for my height, but it's a helluva lot be... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:19:22 EST Weather It was cool all day because it was overcast. It is 69 outside and 73 inside. But it is 84% humid. Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:11:19 EST BLESSED With Beauty Yes. Beauty IS in the eye of the beholder, but with so much ugly stuff going on in the world around me I choose to look for the beauty in my life! <BR> <BR> I feel so blessed that I could start my day out with coffee on my back patio while enjoyed all the beauty of my yard and landscape. This ... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:10:08 EST Special Blessings-July 18, 2018 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I found time to read this morning. I started a new book last night and was anxious to get back to it. <BR> <BR> 2. I had phone calls from my friend Karen and my brother. <BR> <BR> 3. I did some light housecleaning. I'm not sure... Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:08:09 EST Dogs ;-) 07/17/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Xmas in July <BR> <link> </link> <BR> My Doxie opened presents just like this. & seemed to know which ones were his under the Xmas tree. <BR> <BR> <img src... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:59:53 EST One last dinner with the kids And I'm off for home tomorrow. Right now it feels like my vacation was long but I really enjoyed the grands and all the things they can teach me. I'm pretty tired tonight but I'm always glad I visit them. <BR> <BR> Tonight we shared a nice BBQ'd dinner always one of my favorites but not so... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:50:51 EST Dusky Grouse - 7-17-18 Although I've seen grouse in the neighborhood, I've never seen a dusky grouse puffed out like this! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Walt Dabberdt caught this fellow - and I'd have to say he's pretty impressive! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:45:44 EST Tuesday July 17th today I made like.... <img src=""> <BR> Managed to get the vanity and mirror trim primed..then went on to the bedroom. I got 3 walls done,,well primed that is. I know there is wonderful paint out there that does not nee... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:45:31 EST Tag it Tuesday! Spent the bulk of my morning at the park with my youngest two girls. We worked in the community garden <em>376</em> : D14 spotted two cucumbers ready to pick while weeding and D11 found a kohlrabi at its peak. Then I watched all the children do improv <em>103</em> . Today was hat day so they ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:41:14 EST Why am I here? Here we are. Yet another weight loss attempt. I'm in my 40s so there have been a few. You may wonder about my name, well, here's my story. <BR> <BR> When I was 38, I had a "dimple" in my right breast. I called it a dent. A divot. Something that wasn't supposed to be there, but it wasn't a lump s... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:36:10 EST Day 8 To the best of my estimates, I only went over my calorie count today by 75 calories. I'll take it because for the first time in a while, I felt full after 1 helping of dinner. Yay! I always go back for seconds, even though I knew better, but tonight I felt full. I started my second week of acti... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:35:30 EST FREEDOM FROM FAT, DAY 17!! July, Wow!! Tuesday’s Temperature: Nothing will work unless you do.~John Wooden <BR> <BR> Happy Peach Ice Cream Day, world Emoji Day, Yellow Pig Day & National Tattoo Day!! Yellow Pig Day is a mathematician's holiday celebrating yellow pigs (is there such a thing!?!), and the number 17. <BR> <BR> Have ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:28:05 EST Tuesday, July 17th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning I started the day running a couple of quick errands and then did some paid work before it was time to leave for my massage. Another much needed, relaxing and painful massage!... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:27:04 EST Feeling healthy Feeling healthy to me is not just what I see in the mirror, how I feel in my clothes, or what I see on scale, it's mind, body and soul and im going to work hard to feel healthy again Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:25:24 EST Anytime Trying to cut down on sugar is harder than i anticipated. Never said i would stop, just use less - been O.D.'n the last couple weeks. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:24:47 EST Today was A good day <img src=""> <BR> Today is my first day starting over... and I think I did great! More than met my water goal. Did OK with the food. I could have made some healthier choices. But I did stay within my calorie range. I e... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:23:32 EST "Self Control" <img src=""> <BR> I just wanna say that I am trying to have self control of many things and working forward, <BR> to a lot of things and hoping that I can move forward to a better and healthier me and this, <BR> I say ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:09:10 EST One of my favorite songs after a bad day Press on by Mandisa (you can listen to it on youtube) <BR> <BR> When I’m alone, when I’m afraid <BR> When I have had all I can take <BR> Losing my grip, I start to slip away <BR> When I can hear the voice of doubt <BR> Inside my head, screaming loud <BR> Strengthen my faith, and help me say toda... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:02:54 EST Best run in a long time Saw a slight drop on the scale. Ran for 55 minutes, took on an extra hill. Followed through with work and got haircut/color. Enjoyed cooking today and felt pretty exuberant in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> A bit too tired to enjoy much after five pm. In bed at normal time of nine. Tested and fo... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 23:01:48 EST 7/17/18 This was a kind of downer day. If my Dad was still alive it would have been his 87th birthday. Although, we weren't close most of my life, the last year of his cognitive life, before his 4 year coma, we became very close. And some days I could really use his advice on stuff. He was always so ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:58:03 EST Hard to eat A funny thing has happened; I’m finding it hard to eat. After the first two weeks I no longer felt driven to eat. Just the opposite. But recently, a very strange-never before happening, thing has occurred. I literally start feeling sick to my stomach while eating and after rather than refresh... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:45:19 EST Keto Miracle Diet? Neighbor Update, Plantar thoughts, Misc. I have met so many people lately, including on SP, who have lost 30, 40 and more lbs on the Keto diet in a relatively short time span. I'm pretty amazed and dazzled by their results. When I research it though, I wonder about all that cholesterol. Isn't that a big negative? Personally, I don't... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:44:11 EST Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> Hope you had a great day! TTYL Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:37:41 EST Tuesday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:37:10 EST #459 ?Hot Yoga? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You wonder why I am looking at hot yoga. Many of you know that I am hot all the time and love the cool of AC. I work, I sweat. I sit and am hot. <BR> <BR> So, we began our travels today about n... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:32:57 EST another day over was able to get a lot of things done today, including finally getting hubby to the place to talk about our refrigerators problem. it was suggested thät we pull it out and clean the compressor. <BR> <BR> sadly, it was pushed in to tight that it will take a lot to get it oit Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:18:12 EST Tuesday - shopping and special visiting Today we were up early and off to look for shoes. I wanted at least one more pair of quality shoes to wear at work. The shoes I bought just before school was out are wonderful and very supportive but I don't always want to wear sneakers. I also want to be able to switch my shoes so I don't wear t... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:09:04 EST Looking bad, but who cares!!! Yes, I am in there!! I am exhausted and beyond sweaty!!! But I got through today's HIIT Challenge at boot camp. Yay Me!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 22:05:16 EST Sleep challenge - Sleep Journal 1 What time did you wake up today? <BR> 5:45am <BR> <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> 9pm <BR> <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? <BR> none <BR> <BR> What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.) 1.5c pasa with spinac... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:54:40 EST Waiting for lab results Did get labs today but I don’t have any results yet. Gone are the days when I worked at the hospital and could look up my results in real time! Now I have to wait for a call or email from the doc. The only thing I am really concerned about is one that will either confirm I have diabetes, or don’t... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:28:21 EST Motivation Motivation is hard to come by when no one is supportive. No one is there to say "don't forget to drink your water" "good job" something. So I have to motivate myself to to what I feel is right to do. I'm doing good. I've lost lbs. And losing more. I'm almost in the 150s about time. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:26:18 EST 60 mins walk for first time I just joined yesterday. Feeling very grateful for all the blogs, & other encouragement. Just walked 60 mins today, for the first time in years. Didn't think I could make it. At the age of 72, I have a lot of health promises. You can image my delight. I would like to make it to 10,000 steps, may... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:12:26 EST Put On Your Happy Face and Smile, Smile, Smile!!! <img src=""> A blast from the past. One of my favourite SP features was "Healthy Reflections" which unfortunately they no longer have. Here is one of their besties that I kept. <BR> <BR> "The power of a positive face... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:10:01 EST On my way Day 15 for my restart with sparks. I have lost 3 lbs. But more importantly I have lowered my insulin by 8 units a day. Great tangible results. The daily tracking for food and exercise is very good for me it makes me accountable for myself and self aware. I have exercised for 14 of the 15 days,... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:07:55 EST Turn it around Tuesday " Every exit is an entry somewhere else, " Tom Stoppard <BR> <BR> We all make mistakes, We all need do overs from time to time. We sometimes take the long way . We sometimes get lost. We over do . We procrastinate, We fiddle fadle . We forget to move, We are human, <BR> <BR> If we wake... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:03:04 EST July 17, 2018 Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> I am going to be really glad when detasseling is over. I know that I'm not the one out in the corn fields, but I am exhausted from getting up so early. And tonight I'm crabby and grumpy because of it. The boys are doing little things that are just pushing me over the edg... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:00:30 EST Feeling so backwards and defeated Need motivation! Ugh! And something to stop midnight snacking when I'm home. When I am traveling I don't eat at night but I do have a problem staying away from yummy food restaurants, although I have tons of motivation. At home I'm great at eating real healthy all day but then comes night time,... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:57:23 EST End of the day Enjoying the sunset here in Texas. Have a wonderful evening! <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:56:11 EST 40 years, 100 lbs. Sadly, as I stepped on the scale today I realized that my skinny self 40 years ago weighed 100 lbs less than I do today. Wow. Granted, I could have used a few pounds back then, and spent much of my time in high school eating LOTS of food to offset athletic pursuits. But I was a comfortable wei... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:52:12 EST What am I doing? I've been swimming for an hour a day. Getting my 8 glasses if lemon water a day, and watching my calories. I've lost weight, but how do I know it's not just water weight? I don't look any different at all... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:45:13 EST PiYo Upper Body Done! As well as a 35 minute walk. Feeling great :) Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:35:40 EST 7/17/2018 Yesterday got out of house. Finally buried my sweet brother in the VA Memorial. He passed inn 2015, but just got it all set up and his wife was ready. Then I was taken out to eat by grandkids, stayed within calories though. Then grocery shopping one end of store to other, actually walked pushing ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:27:19 EST Best concert I've ever been too! <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday I went to a concert and it was so intense, excitimg, loud, hot and expensive. It was my reward for 50lbs DOWN! I am pleased to say I have 30 lbs left to reach my goal. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:22:29 EST 2500 mile goal Another warm day. A light sprinkle with some storms moving in. Back and neck pain to start the day. Mowed the lawn came in took meds and a two nap from the med. Felt much better when I got up, pain gone. Just another day. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:13:25 EST What? No applause? I was really hoping that when my family saw me yesterday, ten pounds lighter than the last time, they would all surround me with praises as I waved my hand dismissively and said, "oh, it was nothing!!" <BR> <BR> Truth is? After two hours I TOLD them I was doing Weight Watchers and still only hea... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:13:24 EST Update So we talked to the mediator today. If he agrees to what he said he'd agree, the mediator will mail him papers to have signed in front of a notary mail back and then to the judge. Easy. <BR> <BR> Got his social security card ordered....took an hour sitting in the local SS office. They are SLO... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:12:09 EST Tracking <img src=""> <BR> I have learned that Tracking is probably the most important thing you can do to ensure success on your journey! Why? Because it keeps you ACCOUNTABLE!! #justdoit Until tomorrow Keep on sparking!! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:08:03 EST National Tattoo Day JULY 17, 2018 <BR> NATIONAL TATTOO DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> WORLD EMOJI DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL YELLOW PIG ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:07:40 EST Sinus headache! I have a sinus headache!! I hope it goes away fast. I have stress test scheduled for tomorrow! Enjoy You Wednesday!! Luv Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:04:24 EST bjk1961- 07/17/18 <img src=""> <BR> 07/17/18 - After two weeks, my house-sitting job is over. I'm so happy to be back home with my things and in my own bed! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:59:41 EST bjk1961- 07/17/18 <img src=""> <BR> 07/17/18 - After two weeks, my house-sitting job is over. I'm so happy to be back home with my things and in my own bed! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:59:24 EST Improvement 3 Reading the articles on SparkPeople has really revived in me the desire to run. I’ve always loved running, I always ran fast, until my scoliosis and kyphosis limited my lung capacity and I COULD NOT run. I stopped running at 14. Now I am 26, along the way I learned ways to open my rib cage and ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:49:21 EST Canada Trip I was going to add a photo of my traveling mates but will have to wait on some help. One day I will master this too. We left last Wednesday morning going to Jacksonville FL to catch the plane to Dulles in Washington DC then on to Montreal. Flights were fun but airports were challenging to these c... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:49:10 EST Warfare: Facing Goliath 7/17/18 After reading today's entry, I wanted to share what the Holy Spirit shared with me on 11/2014. When David went out to meet Goliath, he chose five stones and put them in his shepherd's bag (1 Samuel 17:40). Then David said to Goliath,"This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:48:29 EST An Occasional 3 is OK I wrote a week or so ago that I was again at my target weight and intended to add 100 calories a day for a week and see how that goes before adding more. Well, I should have done that. I thought I had demonstrated a calorie deficit of 500 calories per day since I'd been losing a pound a week for ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:39:31 EST cooking time BoT 7 <BR> <BR> When I was cooking a couple of days ago I prepared, chicken, and noodles and a couple of Italian dishes. So today I helped my grand-daughter make lunch and snack for this afternoon. She is 6 yrs and I think working with food still helps to learn to like foods she wouldn't' oth... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:36:00 EST Main Dish Salads - Pea Pod and Fauxtato Salad with Ham This started out as Potato and Pea Pod Salad in Jane Brody's Good Food Gourmet. I switched the potatoes to cauliflower and added ham to make it a main dish salad. I haven't had the original salad in probably 15 years or more, but as I remember it, it was better with real potatoes. But it was good... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:34:10 EST My life <img src=""> Had a great workout today! Thank you for your support! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:27:15 EST 30 Day Shred Haven't done this in a few years. I can't wait till I'm in better shape after a few days of this. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:25:40 EST Breaking negative habits and one song. <BR> Change your attitude and change your world. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here's a 'reward' charm that represents looking for a reason 'why'. Find out how to change my perspective and work toward my goal. <BR> <img sr... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:24:24 EST Outfit Goal: the first 5 lbs! (Day 6) <img src=""> <img src=""> So this is my favorite outfit from fall of 2016: the jeans are a size 9 and had a lose fit (for skinny jeans) whi... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:23:23 EST Hoover Dam Nevada <img src=""> Hi 👋 Spark ⚡️ Friends, This is a good picture of Lisa my friend and associate at the Hoover Dam Nevada. Had a great time driving, singing and sharing today!🙂 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:17:27 EST Hoover Dam Nevada <img src=""> Hi 👋 Spark ⚡️ Friends, This is a good picture of Lisa my friend and associate at the Hoover Dam Nevada. Had a great time driving, singing and sharing today!🙂 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:17:26 EST Hoover Dam Nevada <img src=""> Hi 👋 Spark ⚡️ Friends, This is a good picture of Lisa my friend and associate at the Hoover Dam Nevada. Had a great time driving, singing and sharing today!🙂 Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:17:20 EST Baked beans I needed to use up some sausages so planned on making a sausage casserole tonight. Only to find I have no baked beans in the cupboard. How the hell did that happen? Meh! The sausages needed to be cooked and try as I might, I couldn't conjure up an alternative plan in my mind that took my fanc... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:56:48 EST I need more fun Its not until I am around my little sister that I realize how much weight I carry around. Not just physically but mentally and emotionally. We get together and we find humor in the smallest things and almost for no reason. It’s the bend over, crying until it hurts laugh. The last time we were t... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:51:29 EST ABC's of retirement: solve for X Time for a bit of humorous change-up: you all realize that my little Webster's only has two pages of words that start with X? One generally has to be creative with X in alphabet blogs... there are those that go with it's OK to use an X in the middle of a word, like eXtra, or eXtreme... <BR> <B... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:49:24 EST Enjoying my day!! <img src=""> Loving life today!! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:43:27 EST One foot in front of the other..... I feel like I keep going around and around in circles....but then again aren't we all? Every time I start, life knocks me could be life, it could be my own stubbornness or insecurities, or just flat out the I don't wanna's. I know what I need to do, I've been here before. I really ha... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:29:58 EST Sleepy and lupus flare There are days the body gets the better of me, had a temp for last few days and swelling this am, still worked out gonna take a nap, it's getting hot here again Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:21:24 EST Several suggestions were made... After several of you posted in my "And the results are in" blog you mentioned doing a background check on this woman. We have....below are just some of the things we found out about her... <BR> ~~~~~~ <BR> <img src=""... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:02:42 EST It's Another Monday Oh Sparkpeople... I have logged into you randomly for the last 5 years of my life. I have never remained for more than a few days. I find that I struggle unbelievably with tracking consistantly. I binge so often that it's sometimes impossible to know what I just ate. Here I am again, updating i... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:58:05 EST Reality Woes Reality, like gravity, is not kind to me! <BR> <BR> The past few days, I decided to make healthier food choices and track my food, but not focus on counting calories in advance. It turns out that pasta salad made with tons of veggies is still a lot of fat and carbs, and that peanuts may be a pr... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:45:41 EST July 17th My friend Pat asked me what I put in my salads, well it depends on whether I've cooked any chicken. Generally I stick to any or all of the items listed below....... <BR> Cos Lettuce <BR> Two sticks of celery <BR> Carrot batons <BR> Spring Onions <BR> Baby Plum tomatoes <BR> Grapes <BR> A small Co... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:30:20 EST Be Who You Are Meant to Be "Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are" <BR> ― Marilyn Monroe <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not loving this hot humid weather. Torrential rain and rolling thunderstorms today. <BR> I m... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:25:48 EST Ortho Checkup Cleared by my ortho surgeon. He didn't show me the pictures but he told me how bad it was. If it gets to hurting there are injections they can do to help. I'm hoping that is a no go. but if it is between knee replacement and injections, I'll take the injections. <BR> <BR> They cleared the fire ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:21:52 EST it's tuesday a beautiful and sunny summer day here today. my daughter says hi to everyone! a day to get outdoors and enjoy. all of the budgie birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone! Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:21:34 EST Dear bob the blog the cruise + more Our cruise was wonderful the whole experience was wonderful from the time we set foot on the ship until we left. we are now saving for the next <BR> You know I said I thought Steve was up to something well I was right, he organised a renewing of our wedding vows ceremony, It was al d... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:19:22 EST Seeing results already! <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:06:39 EST Trending Consistency in getting back up is still consistency. Watch the trend instead of each step. Think about the stick market. There are a lot of little ups & downs but they don't matter as much as the trend. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:06:01 EST My Adventures in Spark Land walking day #38. <img src=""> <BR> Wisconsin is experiencing wonderful weather today yet what did my son and I do? We went Christmas shopping in July. Hallmark is having Chrisrmas in July and so is our local 2nd hand store. 1/2 off al... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:53:41 EST What am I missing? You know when you have a sound check and all you hear is unhealthy comments coming back at you? You know it is time to rethink the situation. A lot of undercurrent going on with my kids which means my stress level increases which in turn has my BS going higher than it should. I am to the point I ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:37:13 EST 7/17/18 Went all green yesterday and should be all green today too. Got in a great Back/Biceps and 15min on the elliptical workout this morning. Now getting ready shortly for work since I work 5PM-9:30PM tonight. Ready for 2 days off in a row then 2 early morning days so think I'm ready for that part of... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:26:21 EST review and check in just checking in. Got my hour in today. It was hard to get started because I have had a constant dull headache. Seems like a migraine but never gets too bad but still makes me want to just do nothing and lay around all day. But I got an hour low impact exercise in, yay! <BR> And the thing is, the... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:23:43 EST Dance! <img src=""> Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:17:33 EST Stairs Ha ha, I got permission to go into the "do not enter" zone of the track and do my stairs work. At least from security, don't know about athletics yet, whether they will say anything or not. Besides, no one from the work crew has been there in three days, go figure. And walking, and aerobics, but ... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:09:31 EST Almost to the end of July Almost to the end of July and have not had time to scratch myself let alone, plan to get myself into an appropriate schedule to make this weight loss journey work form me, all I can say is that I have started tracking on this site again and am also getting in a lot of steps, but apart from walkin... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:59:46 EST Day 7 Still resisting those goodies. The diet soda is calling to me - loudly, but It has been a1.5 wks since my last drink and I don't want to mess up my no soda streak. dad did have some stuffed mushrooms he got from the food bank, that he was not eating. Two mushrooms are just 60 cals and 5 mg carbs.... Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:59:35 EST