SparkPeople Member Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_recent_blogs.asp These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_recent_blogs.asp Change N it Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278370 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9cb2ff9-455c-4ef1-9ac8-ca6ff35e332b.jpg"> <BR> I have been doing a lot of sewing for Christmas. So I am trying to get up and exercise more. These are some of my projects. Fri, 9 Dec 2016 01:46:45 EST One year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278369 One year ago I started my weight loss journey. I started by just changing the way I eat and slowly added walking and exercise. <BR> This is the longest I have ever stuck with the weight loss process. It has been easy at times and for the past 2 months it has been difficult. Even when I am sick or... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 01:40:20 EST i'MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278368 Time to just keep on keeping on again Fri, 9 Dec 2016 01:36:26 EST Frustrated (Day226) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278367 Work is really stressing me out. Just wanna curl up in a ball and sleep Fri, 9 Dec 2016 01:30:58 EST FREESTYLE FRIDAY- "STAR OF LIFE" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278366 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1d761174-3e2a-43d6-8e3a-0689709469e2.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> IT'S FRIDAY BLESSED FRIENDS! <em>224</em> <em>445</em> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I pray you all have enjoyed this week so far. I'm so full of JOY as I think about the Se... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 01:30:19 EST Weight No More: Way Better and Weigh Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278365 Today was a great day. I woke early from a very restful night's sleep. I found Indiana still working hard on guard duty in the early am. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/89adde14-16ec-4ca4-8528-a9e3df332dcf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was also thrilled to discover I could b... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 01:26:57 EST Making it from home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278364 So I want to try making pizza at home.. besides crust what do I need and how long do you cook it? Fri, 9 Dec 2016 01:26:28 EST Sad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278363 I found out my grandma probably has stomach cancer and now all I want is eat everything unhealthy because I don't know how to deal with this news. I knew that with her being 100 she may not have a lot of time left but I thought she would get to see her only granddaughter get engaged and married n... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 01:20:23 EST In answer to the question, What was your childhood like? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278362 At this point, and I wonder if many others feel the same way, I really don't know. Certainly I was loved when I came into the world. Dad was often busy building his business, an engineering firm. Mom was stay at home, often cleaning, cooking or visiting with neighbors and a friend across town (... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 01:16:31 EST New day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278361 Went over my macros yesterday so today's a new day :) Fri, 9 Dec 2016 01:15:01 EST stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278360 there is so much stress in my life as I cant do so much work have a help at home & she is driving me crazy as she deliberately tries to annoy me & I give in to her tactics & so am so concerned that this is making me sick trying to be less stressed need a lot of help Fri, 9 Dec 2016 01:10:34 EST BROCOLLI SALAD (VEGAN) & VERY LOW SODIUM SWEET CHILI SAUCE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278358 VEGAN BROCCOLI SALAD – HIGH IN PROTEIN, LOW IN CARBS, READY IN 12 MINS <BR> <BR> It’s a real surprise that in over two and a half years we’ve never been asked for a broccoli salad recipe. Well, even though you didn’t ask, here it is! Broccoli is just too awesome to deny it any longer. Firstly it... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 01:04:30 EST Thursday December 8: Bum Like Day, Plans For Tomorrow & Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278357 I didn't do much today. I did a lot of being a couch potato. I did cook eggs & sausage for dinner. I also separated a package of chicken breasts. I rode my recumbent bike for 50 minutes & completed 11 miles. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I am paying a bill, calling Dish to lower our bill, grilling chicken... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 01:04:03 EST And Rainbows Have Nothing to Hide (and also Today is Day 120) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278356 Some day I'll find it (again) - the place I edit my signature with a ticker being needed. <BR> <BR> OK - enough of being cute. <BR> <BR> Interesting - Day 120 - 4 months - at the beginning really thought I would be further along at this point - but have no one to blame but myself. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:44:12 EST Thursday. Dec. 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278355 Waiting to hear from the Swedish Transplant Hospital. To see if I am a match for my sister. She has needed a kidney. She's finally lean enough to get on the list. I appreciate your prayers! God bless you all! Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:42:55 EST Working toward a life of Happiness and Fulfillment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278354 This past summer I joined Weight Watchers and lost 25 lbs and finally got under 200 lbs for the first time since before I quit smoking 16 years ago this month. However, I fell off the wagon for the past month and gained back nearly 10 lbs so I'm dedicating to myself to get back on track, and beco... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:39:06 EST The Techie-Geeky Aspect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278353 <BR> So I was reading my friend Keakman’s blog tonight. It was a great story about her learning to drive a Model T. She drew a grand analogy about how tough those old cars were and how you also had to be tough and willing to go through those ruts and mud to get where you wanted to go. It made me... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:37:58 EST A quiet day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278352 Today was a really quiet day. I worked on stuff for my grandkids calendars for next week. I am excited tomorrow I will get to read what they wrote yesterday about what Christmas means to them. I will of course post on my blog tomorrow night. Today they were supposed to watch Frosty and make marsh... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:35:12 EST A Year of Mercy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278351 Thirsting Thursday <BR> December 8, 2016 - Feast of the Immaculate Conception <BR> <BR> A Bit More <BR> <BR> <BR> "Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe perhaps Christmas means a little bit more." - Dr. Seuss <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar for Today: Plan a p... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:29:50 EST Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278349 Another day with the high only in the 60s while the low is only in the 50s. Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:28:28 EST My Tea Attraction Is Real ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278348 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f492d7d-3fef-48d0-883e-3ed2d23f3e18.jpg"> Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:28:11 EST Special Blessings-December 9, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278346 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. With Jim's help, the house got cleaned this morning. <BR> <BR> 2. I did one load of laundry and got Jim's auction clothes washed for another week. <BR> <BR> 3. We went to the coffee shop this morning. <BR> <BR> 4. We stopped by... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:19:16 EST Gratitude December 8 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278345 Number 1: I saw a beautiful rainbow this morning. It was huge and it looked like it could cover the sky. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Older son will be out of braces in January! Three kids, three sets of orthodontics. We might be finally done. <BR> <BR> Number 3: My kitchen sink still works. I ... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:18:17 EST Day 340 ~ That about sums it up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278344 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b62f5ff2-862c-4d90-8239-609d84e21f7d.jpg"> Today's Sparkpeople - December 8, 2016 Sharing what I am committed to do along my journey... 1. Blog daily and record... 2. Calories consumed: 2,326 3. Calories over/under: 4. Calories burned: 967 5. Step... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:14:33 EST 8 Remembering Challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278343 I really wanted to do a nice blog this evening for you all but spent the evening in the ER. So this will be short and I hope you will add you thoughts to these memories. <BR> <BR> I have often thought that going back to your younger days would be a joy. We would dig deep into our memories within... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:09:08 EST Day 1 - let's try again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278342 So I'm not starting over. But I am going to try harder, hold myself more accountable, and not get so discouraged. At least those are my goals. I started on spark people a year ago in January (although I started this journey in November 2015) and while I did lose nearly 25lbs between Jan and May I... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:01:21 EST 25 down xx 2 go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278341 I am feeling much better with this weightloss. Just walking more than 2 blocks is like a new found freedom. Losing weight is so much tougher than putting it on. What's amazing, I can't remember or smell the food that I gobbled up, like donuts. Hmmm. I thought giving up cigarettesvwas hard, losin... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:51:33 EST Thursday - It gets better...REALLY! 12/08/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278340 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5eb570e0-4a2a-4a80-8b4d-412ee0d60249.jpg"> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:51:17 EST MORE Birthday, and More Cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278339 I was surprised when my Bible study group sang Happy Birthday to me today....although 3 days after my real birthday, that makes 4 of the last 5 days that have been birthday celebrations... but there was no cake today... and I already had my own thermos of herbal tea, so I didn't partake of the sw... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:49:00 EST Nerves on Edge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278338 It was a pretty good day. I had a hair appointment with a new stylist who did a very good job. I call it hair repair and that's what she did - freshening up the sun damaged colour, hiding the grey, trimming the ragged ends of my "do". We had an excellent lunch out after a few errands and I was ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:48:06 EST We went out ogether and had fun. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278337 I got home and totally forgot. <BR> I will tell you tomorrow. <BR> This is the first time I did forget Spark. I wonder. (((HUG))) Pat in Maine. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:46:34 EST Ghost Ship and the Art of Oakland Burning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278336 I have been especially moved by the Ghost Ship warehouse fire tragedy in Oakland. I can't count the number of times I've stared vacantly out the BART train leaving the Fruitvale Station as it flew past the unremarkable street full of shabby structures that was home to the Ghost Ship. I never gave... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:40:33 EST New year, new start! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278335 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a593ea7a-8704-4c70-a3ee-238d2fcb303f.jpg"> <BR> So, I graduate from high school early, the 21st is my last day! And I was told that if I don't control my cholesterol, that I am at huge risk of having a stroke, not sure if that meant now, or later b... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:40:16 EST Quit snitching that fudge and get on with your healthier life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278334 Ok there, how are you all doing? I see someone is snitching fudge behind the kitchen door. We see you . Don't think it won't show when you get on that scale. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4fad4b12-2397-4ed8-b611-91a1ab252c23.jpg"> snowmen are cute and cuddly but if you w... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:36:42 EST Motivating picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278333 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34754b4d-5106-4146-a02e-097d51c23baf.jpg"> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:34:18 EST Cats & Dogs ;-) 12/8/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278332 Mom brings the kids to meet an old friend <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoKy1B29y6U </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ae63dbc-495a-444f-8cf2-480952b66ce7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e11b52b-24eb-48e0-b884-f7a135b4c... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:33:45 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for December 8-9: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278330 Daily inspiration: The more you think about the little difficulties in life, the bigger they become and still nothing is resolved. Lord, may I let go of those problems that I cannot solve and resolve quickly those things that I can. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Fight the good fight... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:32:23 EST Which Christmas Song Are You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278329 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d1e7d21-7a84-43a6-9926-bcd85d035e0e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Watch the video on YouTube: <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFMyF9fDKzE </link> <BR> <BR> Find your Christmas Song here: <BR> <link>en.nametests.com/test/which-christma<BR>s-song-are-yo... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:31:42 EST Arrive early, leave late http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278326 Now that the Part D deadline is past, I really needed <BR> to enter end of the year crop insurance claims for all <BR> the farmers, just in case. Starting at 7:15 and leaving <BR> at 5:45 may seem a bit much but I know that after Friday, <BR> it would be too late. I need to protect my farmers. <B... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:20:25 EST Changing one of my goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278325 It's been a cold, snowy day here. I'm really glad I took the day off so I didn't have to be part of the commute home! I'll gladly trade the drive for shoveling the sidewalk and walking to the gym. I've also learned that a little bit of adult beverage makes me warm and happy. So, my goal of h... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:20:16 EST I feel rich....but I don't have a lot of money http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278324 I have pets, friends who really like me, a husband who loves me, cousins that make me happy to have family, a job that I like, a job(Zumba instructor)that I adore, a great hairdresser, food in my fridge, clothes and shoes and books. what a rich woman I am.... <em>334</em> <img src="http://phot... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:19:08 EST Long http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278323 Long week Happy day! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:17:43 EST TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278322 So glad this week is done it was so bad now I have more crap to deal wirth have a blessed day hugs Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:14:43 EST Thursday Confirmation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278321 Long trial day and any concerns I had that I was abandoning my calling were erased. The system is broken or I am way out of date. I read and study the legal system so I am comfortable that I am not too dated. <BR> Shopping for presents is fun. Trying to work reasonable into the fun this year. We ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:14:18 EST 12/8/16 - Bedtime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278320 I've got a bit of an upper respiratory thing going on, and all the other ladies in of the office are dealing with it too. Aside from being annoying, it's not too terrible. Thankfully I don't have a sinus infection. Those are awful. <BR> <BR> I wear my workout capris from my home to the gym, s... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:09:13 EST Thursday, 12/8/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278319 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f46bd95f-efcc-4a98-983b-f17a0454de2b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning was a typical one. Dropped Maegann off at school and then did school with Isaac after breakfast. After lunch I got busy working on Isaac's spending plan and should be able t... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:08:34 EST Week 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278318 Last week, I had mentioned that I would be weighing in on Friday, since the BLC weigh ins are due on Fridays. However, I had to weigh today so that there's time for beginning weights to be tabulated. So, I got on the scale this morning, and guess what?!? I'm at 204! I only have 4 more pounds t... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:08:31 EST Sleepy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278317 Long day.. goodnight! Hope you had a great day! TTYL Thu, 8 Dec 2016 23:01:41 EST GOTTA FIT DOWN THAT CHIMNEY DAY 243!! eFitness Hangover Expected http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278316 Yesterday while sipping our wine my friend and I laughed, cried and yes, we danced! We danced to Christmas music and we sung along with Dolly Parton and her Hard Candy Christmas. I was singing that to a workout I did the other day, but changed the words.... It's a hard candy workout.... I'm b... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:49:32 EST Let it snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278315 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a28ccbe0-a17a-4aa4-b913-8a97bce96dd0.jpg"> <BR> It's supposed to pour heavy snow this weekend and hopefully it will so I can enjoy the winter sports and snow Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:48:51 EST Lots of things to do to organize the nursing home.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278314 I did sleep last night because I didn't need to think about what about the phone ringing. But would have been more than willing to also sleep most of the day. But the running around that needed to happen was huge today. First were some phone calls, to the bank to fax some things, pick up the m... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:45:37 EST Day 343 - More Snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278313 3 Things I'm Thankful For: <BR> <BR> 1. The pretty snow! <BR> 2. My migraine is gone. <BR> 3. A rest day Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:40:34 EST Kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278312 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0e5a1d5d-e03a-4ebc-a86c-9421b0a0861a.jpg"> <BR> Don't forget yourself. Often we neglect ourselves while caring for our loved ones. Make sure that you take time out for yourself. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:39:28 EST 12/8/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278311 The day started bad. I slept well and drove to work, and when I went to the back seat to grab my laptop, I realized it was at home, so I had to go home and get it which made me a half hour late. Would have been a half hour early, if I hadn't forgotten it So driving for an hour and a half made ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:37:52 EST Trying to loose weight 210to140 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278310 I just recently found out I'm PreDiabetic for the 2nd time. And after working so hard the first time to get the weight off I'm devistated that u let this happen again! I seem to always hit road blocks, get depressed, unmotivated....then eating my feelings😧! For once I just want something to ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:37:44 EST HonesTea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278309 Not the kind that comes in the bottle. The kind that comes when I drink tea and am honest with myself. I ate chocolate today and it was bad. I mean it was really good, but I could have done better because I knew better. <BR> <BR> Three things to do differently tomorrow: <BR> 1) Meditate in the... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:34:50 EST Zecharaih 2:11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278308 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b7d526ad-d814-414e-9003-8c375603e0d4.png"> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:29:23 EST Decorating for Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278307 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ea598130-6c10-4d7f-9a2e-69c87cdfffef.jpg"> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:28:03 EST How long I've stayed within my calorie limit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278306 Perhaps the longest I have kept within calorie limits was about a week. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:25:59 EST Snow..Snow..wonderful Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278305 Brrrr the temps have plumeted. I often smile oh heck admit it ..I gloat cause temps out here are not as hot as those in town. Well buddy it is just the opposite right now. Them city folks are in the 30's with barely any snow. Here we are with only a bit of snow but temps are... <BR> 20 feels li... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:25:19 EST 167 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278304 I am now 167 pounds. That's how much I weighed the day I gave birth to my 20 year old baby girl. I sure did let my weight get out of control, but I'm working on it. I'll be satisfied with -30 more pounds, maybe. I'm muscular, so that might be too much to lose. I'll see. I'll see because I've neve... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:22:57 EST Hanukkah the feast of lights and Sweets😊 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278303 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c5185718-2bca-4f30-a822-d8646cc6aa42.jpg"> <BR> I need all the prayers I can get😊 as the feast of Hanukkah approaches it also brings along sweets lots and lots of sweets. ☺But I'm coaching myself now Thou shall not eat no sweet ,no fry foods,n... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:19:54 EST Keep On Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278300 The busy continues. <BR> <BR> Monday was semi successful Christmas shopping. <BR> <BR> Tuesday morning was WI. I was DOWN 1.4 <BR> Nice, but since I was UP 4 two weeks previously, it was not enough.... <BR> <BR> Wednesday was returning somethings purchased on Monday......sigh. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:10:31 EST Killed it #progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278299 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e06dca89-47f3-4958-94fb-1b634bcd00b7.jpg"> second day posting my Fitbit results, I think this may become a regular blog to keep myself motivated and share my achievements 😀 Also stayed at my calorie goal on spark 😊 Fitbit goals are: 10,000... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:09:01 EST A Christmas Gift Idea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278298 We have several CAR and BOAT owners in our family and a thought came to me the other day, that we didn't have First Aid Kits in our cars or on our boats. This is such an important item to have that I was surprised that I hadn't thought of it sooner. <BR> <BR> A couple of months ago, I receive... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:07:29 EST It would have been so easy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278297 Today was a longgggg work day.... and of course it didn't go as smoothly as I'd hoped! It would have been so easy.... *to eat fast food/unhealthy choices * to binge *to not log my food *to not exercise/get my activity in *to give up But I didn't...I spent the better part of the day on the road... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:57:16 EST Baby steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278296 I have realized that baby steps is where i need to be right now. I have a hard enough time drinking enough water and getting enough sleep that i need to focus on the basic things in order to get to the next level . In the past i have pushed myself to hard to fast and then i give up quickly when i... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:53:53 EST My Next 100 Days - Days 78 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278295 Thank you for stopping by. Your encouragement means more than you know. <em>247</em> <BR> I can do this! <em>311</em> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/46c83c64-bbf9-4d41-a358-07eedda125bb.jpg"> <BR> Day 78 - 20 minutes of yoga and my step goal. <BR> Day 77 - Final step ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:53:45 EST Allison's Fitness Restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278294 Day:3 Started morning with 30 mins of cardio. Stayed pretty much on track with water & counting calories through the day. Watched the Christmas parade with all six of my Grandkids! Great day at work. Received a smoked ham as a gift! Woohoo! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:52:50 EST 12-08-2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278293 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/39b61023-285d-4ace-b39a-2489091e1057.jpg"> <BR> Our tree has been up for a week, but still not decorated. I did get new lights, which my husband put on the tree yesterday. It's hard to tell, but they are all purple! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:51:27 EST Biggest loser Winter challenge, Scarlet Dragons team, before pictures, December 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278292 This is a post with my before picture for the Winter challenge so that at the end I'll be able to compare and see if after 10 weeks there is a visible difference in my body. <BR> I'm not sure how much I'll see exactly since I'm not to workout for now as per my doctors orders but we'll see if dri... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:50:49 EST Busy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278291 Never did make it to the gym, but that's not to say I didn't get any exercising in. We've been running all day long. I've had plenty of walking. In fact from the moment we I got up it was a rush to get things done. I'm just glad we finally made a dent in the long list of things to do. I've walked... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:50:45 EST BDS Journal: Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278290 What did I do today to avoid unplanned eating: <BR> Planned my meals ahead of time <BR> <BR> If I deviated what happened? What can I learn from this for next time?: <BR> n/a <BR> <BR> Reflections: <BR> I have been eating out a lot this week and sticking to my food plan. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:48:12 EST short week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278289 i love vacation. it also nice because we are caught up at work so there is no hassle with taking time. i have about 35 hours to carry over for next year, but i am tempted to use it anyway. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:44:35 EST My First Five Celebration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278288 Today is a special day for me. I've lost my first 5 pounds! And since it's from improving my eating, the weight came off slowly. I know this is "real" weight loss, and I'm so excited to start working towards the next 5!! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:39:48 EST 12-8-2016-Bonus Jollies from Judy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278287 Why did the scientist install a knocker on his door? He wanted to win the no-bell prize. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:28:22 EST Trying to keep positive!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278286 This morning when I weighed in I was up about 2 pounds. I had one rough day this week but mostly I have gotten this thing down ( I think), I am trying not to be negative about the two pounds. I realize that last week I had a big number mostly because I was so sick Wednesday (I didn't keep anyt... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:28:06 EST Losing weight and inches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278285 My first month assessment I lost 4 pounds. My waist is down an inch and my hips are down 1/2 inch. We started a new series of exercises that are kicking my butt. My trainer's words of wisdom,"trust the process." It is hard work just getting up to spend one hour exercising and eating heallthy duri... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:27:23 EST 31 Days Later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278284 How do I keep forgetting to post pictures? It's been a lovely time - Thanksgiving with family and friends...just super busy at work. So, 31 days of blocks. <BR> <BR> November 8 - Wild Goose <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a9cade47-70af-40d6-a009-6a9ca6eed244.jpg"> <BR> <... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:25:29 EST Day 343: How I Love Makeup (haul) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278283 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0cd84af8-7862-49d2-9d5e-cfb978f5cd1d.jpg"> <BR> "It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires great strength to decide what to do." (Elbert Hubbard) <BR> <BR> I love when the mailman brings a box of makeup to my door. I told you al... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:18:44 EST Perking along...looking forward to the Girls Annual Christmas Craft Party Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278282 <em>213</em> Woo~hoo it's almost here. The annual Christmas party where all of my girlfriends get together and we enjoy food and festivities while crafting a fun Christmas memory! We've been doing this for over 20 + some years and I love the tradition! <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> I still have a... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:13:05 EST Getting Organized http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278281 Last weigh in, I lost .7 pounds, IIRC. So, it seems to be slowing down a bit. But I've had several days of quasi-illness and not sure why. I've had a couple of days of no exercise and even a day where I stopped tracking food after breakfast. So, trying not to let this get away from me. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:13:00 EST Day 1308 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278280 Gym Day. Did 5 of 6 exercises. Feeling good. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:11:15 EST Happy Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278279 Today was, as usual, a great day. No pressing matters at Casa Clara, so I relaxed a lot, but as always, I got my exercise in. This morning I rode my bike 16.65 miles, and this afternoon another 10.9 miles. Why didn't I go another 1/10th mile and make it an even 11? I didn't feel like it! :D <BR> ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 21:10:16 EST Winter is good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278278 I'm getting excited. Not for Christmas, I just struggle with that but with the winter solstice. What is so wonderful about that? That is the shortest day of the year and then they start getting longer and longer and longer. I love winter, I really do but I also like longer daytime light. Today wa... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:57:01 EST Dawg Days, sticking to the plan edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278277 Long story short, Spark-tikis. Yesterday, I was asked to do an after work activity at the last minute. It was work related and it wasn't completely unreasonable. Normally, I'd do it. But I had a 90-minute bike ride scheduled for after work. I couldn't switch it to the morning because I had to be ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:50:30 EST Stall broke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278276 I am so thankful that I have only had 2 stalls and they have only lasted 2 weeks each. I dropped a pound from my lowest this morning <BR> <BR> My plan this week has been better. My food has been on point and I started physical therapy this week and had 2 hours of it plus my rowing class and I ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:48:56 EST Day 503 - Priorities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278275 Here's a fun activity: Make a list of how you spend your time on an average day and in an average week. Don't forget to allot time for sleep, work, family, Etc. Now make a list of what is most important to you in your life. Think about things like your health, religion, family, Etc. Now look a... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:47:05 EST Taking it to the streets on Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278274 It was cold and damp and windy so I bundled up and headed out. I had my bright yellow extra thick waterproof sweat shirt my husband brought me for Christmas and my turquoise vest. I wanted to be seen easily by drivers busy with thoughts of shopping. My sneakers also have bright pink logos that re... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:44:00 EST # whining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278273 I know I'm whining. I can't do anything else. I can't get out of the loop I'm in. My pain level has been extra high the past few weeks. That throws my ability to tolerate activity off. Which messes with my head, which messes with my choices. SEE, I can rationalize things out, but it still boils ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:40:36 EST Day 11 - a wipeout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278272 Well, the sweets I ate last nite and the pepperoni showed up as a 9.2 this a.m. for my blood sugar, and I was also up 3.5 lb.... Woohooo, no fooling around with insulin... <BR> <BR> But then there was a work Christmas party and also a birthday cake for one of the ladies, so Swiss Chalet was to ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:39:29 EST Christmas Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278271 Baking Christmas cookies is a tradition in my family. I remember when my mom would get together with her friends and do the Christmas baking. Most of it was special treats that she would only make at Christmas time. She would put the cookies in the freezer and bring out a small amount at a time t... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:37:37 EST Thursday and back home from business trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278270 Hello friends, <em>247</em> <BR> Still sick but I had a business trip yesterday and today. Am back home now. What a trip though. Will try to tell more about it tomorrow. Bed for now. <BR> <BR> Have a good night all. Peace and Blessings. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:36:28 EST Thursday and back home from business trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278269 Hello friends, <em>247</em> <BR> Still sick but I had a business trip yesterday and today. Am back home now. What a trip though. Will try to tell more about it tomorrow. Bed for now. <BR> <BR> Have a good night all. Peace and Blessings. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:36:08 EST 12/8 - 189 lbs (down 5 lbs) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278268 I was extremely hesitant to weigh myself this morning, being that the only change I made this past week was to eat more whole foods and cut back on junk. So you can imagine my surprise when I saw how much weight I lost. Some people would chuck this large amount of weight loss in a week as mostl... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:34:19 EST Football http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278267 I really love watching NFL Football and my favorite team is the NY Giants. Last year for Christmas it was a NY Christmas for me. My husband got me several NY Giants and NY Yankees items. I'm watching Thursday Night Football. My husband works nights and is working tonight. He does not like watchin... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:34:06 EST December 8, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278266 Another tiring day since I'm fighting this cold. I had to take Matthew for small group practice again and then it was off to work. I did end up taking Jacob to the school since it was a little bit chilly. Once done at work it was off to the high school to practice with AMS. Once I got home I real... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:32:19 EST Day 5 dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278265 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b82a2537-c7a9-4fc1-8660-5b5df70465e7.jpg"> <BR> Had yesterday's left overs Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:28:49 EST Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278264 Well winter made it's arrival today, cold, snow and wind. We did got to meet my DB, his DW, my DS and her DD for lunch, but there had been a big pile up on 96 and DB got rerouted and because of the weather decided to go back home, then my niece called and said my sis had decided because of the co... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:28:44 EST Getting it out there http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278263 I'm going through a lot of emotions right now. The good news is, the past few days have been decent food & exercise wise. I'm trying to relax in the evenings. <BR> <BR> First of all is John's ever changing schedule. My work is very flexible, thats not a problem. But him being on nights kind of... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:27:08 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278262 I am on Day 3 of my new journey... I have learnt to take a day at a time. To not think about tomorrow or next year as I will find this overwhelming then I tend to get discouraged. So like I did with giving up the cigarettes. I will use the same tactic. One day at a time and take each food craving... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:25:44 EST Note to Self: When you need motivation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278261 Go look at the picture from the last time you lost the weight. The girl on the right side of that photo worked her everlovin' TAIL off to lose those 35 pounds. Remember when you were just working out because you knew you needed to and to get your A1C level back under control, you took a selfie, a... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:21:49 EST Day 197 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278259 Today's Accomplishments <BR> <BR> Steps as of 7:50 PM <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e0a0c789-7444-471f-8349-1779a5576930.png"> <BR> <BR> Met my step goal. <BR> Ate within range, although it was another tough one. I've been craving comfort food all day, but I fought... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:12:56 EST Photography http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278258 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1ccb0be2-b417-4183-8a45-5cd3e1bdceed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Pray for Peace. <em>459</em> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:11:55 EST Let my vacation begin! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278257 Uh Oh..... Let the silliness commence! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4934a5d1-8d36-46ee-a60e-e13fb1812834.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9b2a2f32-cbd2-4463-9cc5-b6f8a23628cc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:11:30 EST Sitting With Intention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278256 When I was in California taking care of my mom for her knee replacement surgery I noticed something- She would just "drop out" when she sat down. About halfway down, she'd release all of her muscles and simply fall back into her seat. I knew it was because of her knee, but I pointed it out and to... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:06:04 EST First real snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278255 It did indeed snow fairly steadily for most of the day. It started as this yucky half rain/half snow stuff which was falling when I tried walking Cooper this morning... we made it 1/4 of the way around the block, and he had had enough. He wanted to head home and get back inside and curl up unde... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:02:40 EST Thank god http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278254 I started a new medication today for my sciatic nerve problem and it has helped so much I was able to do a lot without pain thank god I may be able to start doing more exercise now I will keep praying please pray for me 🙏 Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:01:37 EST Time flies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278253 I can't believe this year is nearly over. In 3 weeks we will celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary-that's even harder to believe! We've lived in the same house in Florida for 30 of those years and today I finally got totally fed up of a bathroom with missing drywall and no insulation between t... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 20:00:17 EST BL SMART Winter Challenge Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278252 Set an expectation for success each day, with a personal challenge to exceed beyond my wildest imagination. <BR> <BR> Actions I will Take Consistently: <BR> > keep AM routine of cardio and healthy breakfast <BR> > continue Strength Training 3 X / week <BR> > use Plan B if something interf... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:58:14 EST Pitfalls & Booby Traps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278250 Guess the BL Winter Challenge has begun. Already discombobulated: original rules stated 'starting weights due Thurs 12/8 and challenge starts Thurs 12/15'. The email notice yesterday about initial weigh-in threw me for a loop. I hadn't set out my rules, limits, and goals for this challenge yet, s... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:40:07 EST My own space http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278249 Thirty-four years ago my ex-husband and I moved into this home with 5 children - 2 that were only 38 days old. It wasn't my choice to move here but we had to move and I was too pregnant with twins to care. We had 3 bedrooms and a large open room downstairs with the possibility of creating anoth... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:39:11 EST A cold day, stayed inside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278248 Today was too cold and bitter for this gal to be outside amid those elements. I absolutely hate the wind when it is cold and it was bitterly cold because of the wind. <BR> <BR> I baked banana bread this morning but was disappointed as it turned out a bit dry. It is definitely edible but I like i... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:36:43 EST 5K Evening Tread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278247 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7aa954b-713a-4ec8-b849-2ba8ec9f191e.jpg"> <BR> For the first time, did pre-run stretches acc post-run stretches (like I should have already been doing). A couple of the post-run stretches I didn't understand, will look for them in video form. I al... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:32:27 EST My life these days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278246 I am having a stressful time with my husband's illness, but doing alright under the pressure. It is so hard to see him like this, but I pray and believe for a complete recovery. He is disoriented and very upset about being in the hospital. The psych nurse said he is delirious, but I can talk with... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:31:44 EST Giving Blood and Breakfast With a View http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278244 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0db85b69-3ff3-486f-b13a-b9f5d2f41eda.jpg"> I'm off to give blood today. I'm hoping to stay in my Calorie range, but I won't be too worried if I don't. At least I know I'll be getting extra water. I always drink at least 8 cups anyway, but today I'l... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:23:25 EST 12.8.16. Stomach Woes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278243 I have been sick for over a month. Doctor is hurling pills at me without running tests. I finally got the doctor to run a stool test. Still no results. Very angry. Angry angry. Started keeping this log to track how many calories I was taking in to make sure I didn't die while waiting for my... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:22:42 EST More Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278242 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/85be7897-f954-4b58-94d9-a81b5dc67ac3.jpg"> <BR> I didn't realize how much better you feel when you watch your calories. I never kept an eye on it till about a week ago. Now I have more energy then I have had in a long time. I want to keep on going.... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:21:20 EST More Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278241 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/63d19f6a-687f-42af-b9a9-2caef920754a.jpg"> <BR> I didn't realize how much better you feel when you watch your calories. I never kept an eye on it till about a week ago. Now I have more energy then I have had in a long time. I want to keep on going.... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:20:59 EST Doing What Works for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278240 I have mentioned that I am working with a wellness coach at work. I see her every other week. We've talked about looking at things in the positive - which can be hard for a realistic such as I. But I am trying and do find that I am mostly stress free lately. Maybe because work has been somewhat ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:20:36 EST Whoop whoop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278239 Sparking with my peppermint tea in hand :) yum. Another good day! <BR> <BR> My plan <BR> <BR> Calorie range. Day 4 <BR> Before work workout..day 10 <BR> After work bonus workout. Day 10 walk <BR> Sleep 7-8 hours. Day 10 <BR> No alcohol. Day 10 <BR> <BR> Good night;) Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:08:20 EST What's more weighty than weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278238 The weight loss finish line is in sight. Seven pounds to go, thirty three already released. It has taken a year to get here. As I move forward, I don't want to make the main goal of my life maintenance of weight. Yes it's one of the foundation pieces to celebrate wellbeing. But there has to be mo... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:07:44 EST Stag http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278237 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d5abf250-95b5-4809-988c-76575b42bc5d.jpg"> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:06:18 EST The Beginning of Snow (ick) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278236 The first of many snowstorms started my day off today. Cold winds, icy roads, not much actual snow but the weatherman keeps threatening us with "lake effect" which usually dumps more than I prefer on us. I actually don't mind snow or cold but the wind - Lordy I detest wind even on nice days. I... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:05:05 EST INNER CHILD THOUGHTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278235 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/27105374-ae3e-460c-84dc-11306bfa4cc3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's so important that we keep our inner child alive and happy. I love this holiday quote by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. Wishing you all a happy and childlike holiday season! <BR> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:04:22 EST Feeling better, but not up to exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278234 I had a hard time sleeping last night due to back pain, and I woke up today barely able to stand up straight. It was all I could do to wash a few dishes in the sink and get myself something to eat. As the day went by, I felt better, but I didn't want to push it, so I took the day off from everyth... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:02:16 EST Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278233 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b22399e2-1087-48d4-b4ef-1ecd94373cff.jpg"> <BR> . Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:58:21 EST Free time? What's that?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278232 I've got finals this next week, so that's a full-time thing. I've got craft shows/farmer's markets the next two weekends, that's also a full-time thing preparing. And I'm running the shop 4 days a week, working on new products, trying to get ahead on inventory for when sales DO pickup-another ful... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:57:47 EST Trying to stay motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278231 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f0ecda2-cd44-438d-ba83-f75e7ab00344.jpg"> <BR> I've started tracking everything I eat and staying within my caloric budget. The hardest part of being healthier for me is eating.. I'm trying to beat my horrible habit of binge eating. I have been do... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:54:47 EST "Man Walks Into A Bar With An Ostrich!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278230 "Man Walks Into A Bar With An Ostrich!" <BR> <BR> A man walks up to the bar with an ostrich behind him, and as he sits, the bartender asks for their order. <BR> The man says, "I'll have a beer" and turns to the ostrich. "What's yours?" <BR> "I'll have a beer too" says the ostrich. <BR> The bar... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:53:42 EST Clutter the two most important questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278229 <BR> Clutter: The Two Most Important Questions <BR> <BR> <BR> I had a donation pick-up scheduled at my house the other day. Throughout the past quarter, my family has been gathering whatever we don't use, placing it in donation bags, and saving those bags for the donation organization represe... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:53:42 EST Stress eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278228 Any tips about stress eating? I could really use some help #newbie #coaching Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:52:33 EST One Pound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278227 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9297338-5d16-4ca4-83e0-ae65564c1d43.jpg"> It is annoying how one pound can be gone. Then back. Then gone again. Then back again. All within the same day. Or week. It is like these pounds don't even care how they make us feel 😂. I wish that onc... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:52:06 EST I'm a happy girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278226 The past few days have been tough to stay focused. I haven't done fantastic and I haven't done horrible either. I treated myself to eating lunch out - tuna on a bagel (yum!). Even though I can't accurately log nutritional info I'm happy with my decision. I also got to the gym and went to st... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:48:48 EST FINISHED MY SHOPPING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278225 I am finishing my shopping for my family in Tennessee. Lots of gift cards, either to ship and less expensive. The first year we could not go up at Thanksgiving, I had purchased my normal gifts and had to ship. For the cost, we could have paid for our gas, taken everyone out to dinner and had s... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:45:01 EST Not enough protien http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278224 I am a newer to that app and have recently made a life changing decision. Monday I started making healthier choices and also started CrossFit. I am having trouble with my daily intake though. I always have a high sodium count or fat count but not enough calories or protien. I was really thinking ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:44:48 EST Do you use shakes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278223 Going to try shakes for one meal a day. I will report my progress! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:37:14 EST Feeling bad, I'm sick.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278221 Energy level is low. Desire is just as bad Had a blast with son at Christmas concert last night, but that is where this probably came from.... too late, run down, exhausted afterwards Thinking I'm not gonna do much for remainder of day Changed bed sheets. Sprayed Lysol throughout the upstairs. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:27:30 EST Dear Crazy Voice Inside My Head... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278220 I have decide to give myself a break. I have had a very rough year. A crazy one in fact. This would have made a doozy of a TV drama between the lies, spies, lawyers, confrontations, death, drama, medical issues, pain mental and physical and through it all I. AM. STILL. STANDING!! <BR> <BR> Take... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:22:21 EST Much better day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278219 I stayed away from those chips, had a banana for my snack in the afternoon. Trying to remind myself one messup doesn't mean I've failed entirely. Tomorrow I'll find out if I got the job from last week's interview. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:20:46 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278218 So today I was off, and went for 40 minutes doing the cardio at the Y. I'm gradually inching up to 50 minutes. I hope to be at 50 minutes after Christmas. I have two days off a week, so I have the possibility of doing it. I'm not worried about Christmas eating. I have for the last 4 years been re... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:19:41 EST Press on toward the mark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278217 I had a procedure done on Monday. They gave me several medications to make it easier for them. They made it harder for me. I have not seen 200 in at least 2 years even at bed time after a day full of eating and drinking no 200. This week I have seen it several times. I am attributing it to the me... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:09:42 EST Faced with retirement decision, and "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost, 1920* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278216 Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/76a98147-f0b5-4026-a5e9-a263c0f00697.JPG"> <BR> And sorry I could not travel both <BR> And be one traveler, long I stood <BR> And looked down one as far as I could <BR> To where it bent in the undergrowth; ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:06:21 EST Your First Christmas Joke - and it's Scottish.......... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278215 Your First Christmas Joke - and it's Scottish.......... <BR> <BR> A man in Scotland calls his son in London the day before Christmas Eve and says, <BR> "I hate to ruin your day but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough". <BR> <BR> "D... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:05:01 EST Just saying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278214 I'm waiting for information and replies to emails at the moment that one way or another, will have a huge impact on my future. So, I'm really not in the mood to write much of a blog. However, I thought I'd share this with you...... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gu... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 17:53:30 EST snow.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278213 Making for dangerous travels. ... be careful out there everyone! Hooray it's the weekend! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 17:53:30 EST 139 days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278211 I know stressful days are bad for everyone for many reasons but it feels like they have an especially bad impact on me when it comes to food. Yesterday, I ended up working until 7:00 pm and didn't get home until 7:30 which was the kids bedtime. I scarfed down the dinner that Paul had ready (Subwa... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 17:41:29 EST Supplements??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278210 A local nutrition/vitamin store set up shop at my gym the other day. They were giving out samples of things. I got a pre-workout drink, an amino acid supplements for while doing weights, and a protein powder. I take my daily multivitamin, and I do the occasional protein powder smoothie. I know ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 17:38:01 EST Sunset from the gondola - 12-8-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278209 Zerek Twede made good use of the 15 minute ride from the base of Mt. Werner to the top - he captured these beautiful sunset photos, both from the gondola: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e60ef9b9-46ad-4a90-b0c3-44ca4d226850.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and from the top of the gond... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 17:36:18 EST Seated Knee Lifts with Chair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278208 Seated Knee Lifts with Chair <BR> <BR> Starting Position <BR> Sit on edge of chair, knees bent, feet flat. Grasp sides of chair, lean back slightly. <BR> <BR> Action <BR> EXHALE: Pull knees toward chest as you crunch upper body forward using abs, not arms. <BR> <BR> INHALE: Lower feet almost... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 17:26:34 EST Determine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278207 Staying focus exercise and healthy food choices. Day 5 Thu, 8 Dec 2016 17:24:55 EST Day #229 of my Adventures in Spark Land http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278206 Day #299 here is Sparkle Land! <BR> <BR> <em>442</em> There are many stories how the Candy Candy got started and here is one of them: In the late 17th century there was a choir directory who was faced with the same issue we face today. How to help children sit still during the service. As ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 17:24:51 EST feeling run down today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278205 I am feeling so run down today. I just want to go back to bed but I know I cant or I wont sleep tonight. Have done everything I needed to do for my exercise that usually helps me feel better but not today. I just felt like I was dragging the whole time. Think I just need to get back into the ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 17:23:55 EST Overwhelmed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278203 I'm really overwhelmed with some things going on in my personal life right now and my immediate thought is 'ask your husband to pick up something sweet'. I stopped and was like umm no, you have stuff to make strawberry nutella crepes, that's plenty. My biggest issue is emotional eating so I hope ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 17:18:05 EST Multi-tasking Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278202 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e13781a9-7259-4f9d-84e6-21ec14e080b3.jpg"> My eldest son has food allergies and my little one is picky because of watching big brother. So not only are they eating separate meals, but I have to make stuff that is healthy for me. And of course they ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 17:16:12 EST I've Been So Busy! But I'm still on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278201 Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> The Christmas season is upon us and therefore I have been so entirely busy. I haven't been able to post on here OR on my blog (although I have been weighing in and being accountable). I am back on track and have lost the weight I gained from the past week or so (since I... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 17:07:38 EST What's on the menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278200 Making macaroni salad for dinner, not much, but this weight will come off one way or another haha Thu, 8 Dec 2016 17:02:05 EST More errands and stuff!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278199 I dropped the doggie off at the groomers on the way into work. Went back around 10:30 to pick him up. He had a hard time of it today. She had to scissor around his face. And she nipped one paw. But He looks so much better. But now He is cold. I was 23 with a wind chill-now it is 32 with a ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:59:40 EST Second day tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278198 The toughest part about working the hot side of the deli is the fact that it's not hard to burn yourself on the quartz lights that keep the food warm. The burns hurt but they could be worse, it still sucks. I worry about Sunday and my bf's family Christmas party right before I go to work. It wil... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:48:39 EST My on going journy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278197 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f09ecf1-d347-4ffb-9512-3aaba0b4aff7.jpg"> <BR> I've gained and lost but now at the point where I need to do more. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:41:43 EST Day 73 and 74 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278195 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb83755c-c9ca-4fb9-9eb9-bb8d94c44486.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday worked 10 hours so not a lot of time for anything else. Got my bike ride in, didn't reach my calorie goal (not good). Today has been better. Got up, got my shower, had my lawyers mtg, then ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:34:04 EST #13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278194 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f97040cf-8e60-433d-ac46-b00488bbf410.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, I did it. My goal was to run one race a month in 2016. I ended at 13. My GBS diagnosis in June put a halt to my racing plans for a bit. My last race was in June. I watched eight races go b... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:33:41 EST So many opportunities! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278192 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16d23906-638a-468b-a1ff-26c598add472.jpg"> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:30:06 EST John Glenn, a TRUE American hero http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278191 One of the finest Americans to ever grace our country, former astronaut, Senator from Ohio, John Glenn has passed away at the age of 95. <BR> <BR> He was a true American hero, A fighter pilot in both WWII and Korea, he entered the space program at a time when NASA needed men with gumption. He ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:29:33 EST Spaghetti http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278189 I'm making wheat spaghetti tonite and I don't measure it. I use a whole can of sauce. I eat a plate or two, OK two. My question is the serving size on the box says 2 oz cooked.. how can o portion some?? Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:28:05 EST Day 65 - 100 Days of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278188 I am grateful for people in my life who check on me and look after me although today, it made for a rather embarrassing situation. Remember that holiday party I attended last night? Well, I'm obviously a lightweight when it comes to alcoholic imbibing if only one good drink had me apparently "f... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:26:36 EST Christmas party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278187 Today, an organization that I belong to had their Christmas party this afternoon instead our meeting. Members were asked to bring appetizers or desserts. Everything on the long tables were beautiful. One table was full of sweets. Other table was just as beautiful with low carb foods: deviled ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:25:56 EST Ugh: Groan, Smile, Get On With It. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278186 So, Day 3. Ketogenic diet. I ate two cookies at work and even after only 3 days keto-ing it up, eating those two cookies has my stomach feeling like yuck. But the cookies were good, and it's a process, and blah, blah, blah, insert diet mantras full of frustrated attempts at positivity while doing... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:25:32 EST Day 3 December 8th - Tame your sweet tooth challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278185 It's 1:19 pm . ....not doing too bad so far today I had 2 eggs and a sliced apple for breakfast and 2 cups of coffee with my flavouring in it..... Fed the kids pasta for lunch wasn't going to have any had my salad and the pasta was still the counter and I got into it ate too much of it, about 2 ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:23:25 EST Brrr... Snowy outside and a little discussion about my day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278184 Hello all! Well, I'm into my second week of dieting and I must admit it has been quite nice because my husband has been on board with me and eating healthy too. I went to the store today and bought fish, frozen vegetables and fruit. Its unbelievable how quickly I can make a meal for dinnertime. T... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:23:17 EST Exams - I love them! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278181 We are in almost the middle of two weeks of exams. I have six that I am scheduled to be the proctor and the possibility of one more as I am the "back-up" person in case someone is ill or the roads are bad or whatever. Most exams are three hours but a few are four or a bit more. I enjoy exams beca... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:09:33 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278180 Short blog today because it's meeting night. Got another late start today this time because I slept in. I had absolutely no motivation this morning! I didn't want to exercise at all. What I really wanted to do was sit on the couch, watch Food Network and the Cooking Channel, and eat "comfort food... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:06:08 EST How far I've come http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278179 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5084ff43-c8e2-41b4-8b86-8fa59ee3e731.jpg"> <BR> As I get closer to my goal (4lbs away) I can't help but go through old pictures and actually see how far I have come! The first picture was on Easter 2015 my son was about 2.5 months old and I was pr... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:05:47 EST Latest status http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278178 Yesterday we went to the King and I in San Francisco. It was a great production and very enjoyable. We went to BJ's for dinner. I picked well out of the low-calorie menu and only ate half of my grilled Ahi Salad but we ordered one of their cookie and ice cream things and I ate my share. I was stu... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:59:23 EST Bad day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278176 No I haven't exceeded my calories atbthe top end, yes I have exercised a bit. <BR> It's not the calories it's the calorie make up. Carbs mainly sugar from the "when I'm tired, fed up " box of rubbish. <BR> Note to self. Make the weekend count Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:43:38 EST And this one... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278175 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/81ecbf81-06ad-4153-a43f-8f7744d65da0.jpg"> <BR> Is Rocky Road!!! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:42:23 EST This one.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278174 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16239f66-4f79-49c3-90ca-e10e17119bfe.jpg"> <BR> Is Coffee!! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:41:46 EST This one is..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278173 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/063e7813-e018-4a8f-856a-f05abaf5d155.jpg"> <BR> Maple with Hazelnuts!!! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:41:03 EST Great news!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278172 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fcfeee5c-ab05-46aa-88ff-c2dfd2091170.jpg"> <BR> After not making fudge last year, and not having any since then, the slivers I tried to make sure the flavors blended well, were so rich and sweet it made me a little sick. The fudge is awesome but no... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:40:08 EST Day 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278171 I plan on doing these almost everyday for my sake. Too be able too express how I feel which isn't something I feel like I can do often. I'm young, younger then most assume and with that being said I wanna feel young again and look how I'm suppose too look at 21. Having 2 children makes that hard ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:38:50 EST 12/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278170 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e44f1b6-acb3-4dd7-8b44-28248d21a927.jpg"> <BR> Driving my roommate to work each morning is helping me get into a gym schedule. If I'm up, dressed, and have to leave the house, might as well stop by Trina's & talk her into going :). The backs o... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:33:03 EST Well it wasnt 10lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278169 So i did my first weigh in i dropped 8lbs in the last week i was hoping for more from all the dedication but it didnt happen but im not giving up yet as long as i lose 20 lbs with in a month ill be happy Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:32:37 EST STRUGGLE IS REAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278168 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f58259e8-1d82-48db-890d-94de36c00864.jpg"> <BR> It's been a struggle the past two days... I have a weakness for candy. I'm a diabetic and I try hard to stay away from concentrated sweets... So I went to See's Candies and got some sugar free candy P... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:32:30 EST Life style http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278167 After combatting so many eating disorders I am so excited to truly begin a healthy path. So happy for this positive community. Everything is energy including food, therefore I can mindfully choose the right energy that works with my body! Using the law of attraction is also helping so much. Reali... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:31:23 EST Christmas Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278165 This week My daughter and I drove to Tennessee to see and celebrate Christmas and December birthdays with a long-time family friend. We spent days shopping for Christmas gifts. This is always fun and here's why............... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c74c05b1-... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:28:01 EST "To-Be" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278163 I was just talking to a girlfriend of mine and she was telling me her "to-do" list has it's own "to-do" list and asked me how my list was doing. I told her I finish my "to-do" list most days and seemingly keep up with what I have to do. But what I think what we all need to make is a "to-be" list.... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:14:29 EST My first day in Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278162 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/54c634de-b438-4f67-9d9b-219c036aaa28.jpg"> I've realized that I need to write about my life who someone reads me and be part of this spark people. I think it's the next step for me. Thank you. This image is what representing my dad for me. XOXO Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:13:34 EST Narrowing My Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278160 I decided to focus only on physical transformation (fat loss, muscle building and preservation, weight training) and not sleep, school, work, etc. <BR> <BR> Does that mean I am going to fail or backslide at those other things? No! But it means that I will no longer spend all of the time I've b... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:09:22 EST When eating out helps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278158 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/780b588b-b964-41dd-8935-94805bb7a281.jpg"> Tomorrow I will end my day with strolling through the lights at the Mormon temple with my family. (Yay exercise!) Before that, we are eating with the family at Jason's Deli. The siren call of the salad bar... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:06:13 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278157 Today is the day I'm participating in the final ceremony for my husband who died in July. This is the placing of his ashes in the wall at the cemetery. I'm remembering his love and the special relationship we had. He was so helpful to me in so many ways....most of all encouraging my independence.... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:56:32 EST Meal prepping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278156 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/21403919-d40d-481c-9722-d05f40143e3e.jpg"> I've been meal prepping today. First was poultry my wonderful husband sliced(some fajita cut) and scaled 4oz each chicken breast for me while I bagged and sealed/dated them. I got 53 meals out of 1 family... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:54:57 EST Lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278155 The brain is such a funny thing. In times of stress it would appear mine shuts down <em>39</em> So after weeks of just going to work I went to the Dr and spilled my guts which is not something I am good at it make me feel like a bother. Well 2 meds on board and a therapist called can only h... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:52:43 EST Some of the world's greatest feats....Dec. 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278154 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/26aa4767-f51c-49e4-a2b4-70cd5f9a5c4e.jpg"> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:51:06 EST Some of the world's greatest feats....Dec. 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278153 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/26aa4767-f51c-49e4-a2b4-70cd5f9a5c4e.jpg"> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:51:02 EST I knew it couldn't keep being easy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278152 I was off to a great start. Truly remarkable, really, after almost two years of not being able to find the motivation to last more than a day or two. I was tracking, measuring, recording steps and workouts, and felt like an actual healthy person for a few weeks there. <BR> <BR> I've lost some st... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:48:27 EST Hi am new to here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278151 Just want to say hi my names kurtis and am 333lb 5"11 33yr old now my goal is to get to at lest 195lb Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:47:10 EST 💪🏽 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278150 Continue to push yourself & never give up Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:45:02 EST Stressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278149 I've gone for a couple walks today around my building and to the mailbox it's just making me more anxious. Is what's wrong I can't just sit still and study. I'll be glad when final exams are done! #overwhelmed Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:40:06 EST I Love Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278148 I love all the Christmas traditions....shopping....baking....multip<BR>le trees....creating a wonderland with lights and decor. I enjoy every minute of it and look forward to it every year. But this year I am extremely far behind....a little stressed out and feeling like I've taken on too much ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:38:33 EST Thursday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278147 A good day at work today; glad to be done for the week though. <BR> <BR> I may still meet my step goal by doing laundry, up and down the basement stairs,etc. <BR> After all of the expense, time and care I spent to send some artifacts to my cousin in Texas last October, the big package came bac... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:32:39 EST Well, what a rubbish day that was! (edited to add the good bit) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278146 It all started out so well. I skipped breakfast (Yes I know! Best meal of the day, yada, yada, yada) as I knew I had the works Christmas do this afternoon. Dogs got walked, letters posted, bills paid and then I had time for a shower and did a few Esperanto lessons while I was sat in a towel and a... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:31:21 EST BLM Winter Challenge has started! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278145 The Biggest Loser Winter Challenge HAS STARTED! –crowd cheers- <BR> <BR> I am in team Emerald and my goals for the challenge are: <BR> <BR> 1. Lose 12 pounds and keep them off. <BR> 2. Develop an exercise habit. <BR> 3. Be more flexible and have greater stamina and endurance. <BR> <BR> To ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:29:45 EST SPARK THE SEASON.... BLC Winter Challenge 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278143 <em>529</em> <em>529</em> <em>529</em> <em>529</em> <em>529</em> <BR> <BR> Today is WEIGH DAY for the Lovely Limes team family & all of the other teams in the SPARK THE SEASON BLC Winter Challenge. Everyone seems to be excited to get this challenge started. Honestly, it feels like the... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:19:11 EST God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278142 Thank you God for everything you have done to me and my family. My spiritual faith has grown over the past year. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:18:48 EST So far, so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278141 I caught a cold at the end of November that actually helped me with my December goals. It sort of reset my appetite and let me reflect a little on my usual urges to eat when not hungry. As such every day in December so far I've been within range and have lost some weight already. <BR> <BR> Dece... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:09:22 EST Winter has arrived http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278140 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f316042-8afb-47b5-a2c7-1c83db7e93a6.jpg"> <BR> I have been so down lately. Just not able to get in the spirit of the holidays. Well, my spirit arrived today with the snow!! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:06:25 EST Rainy day in Sacramento http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278139 Feeling proud today walked for 5 miles today in the rain and Im soaked but... on the trail I only saw one other person and if you reframe it its this...Be proud of myself because of all the people in Sacramento only 1 other was out on that trail this morning. That is dedication. Now if I can on... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:59:28 EST Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278138 Day one of 100 minutes total exercise per day for 30 days <BR> Reality: Out of town for 3 of those days and I understand those days I may not hit the mark but will do all that I can to come near. <BR> <BR> Here I go <em>252</em> 70 minuts <em>244</em> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:57:44 EST Merry Christmas Surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278137 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9765449a-9efe-47a7-871e-0acee0835c53.jpg"> This is the second time near the Christmas holidays I am using my vacation days to get surgery. Last time it was Christmas Eve Day. Both turned out well and saved actual sick days for illness. Both outpati... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:49:06 EST Spark TV strength video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278136 I got in a "In our 50s strength training" video today. As some of you might know, I have spurs on my cervical spine. So today, I tried using just 1 lb weights, ( I used canned goods since I didn't have any that small). I enjoyed the video but a few hours later I am paying the price. It is so frus... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:48:16 EST Getting Back on Track - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278135 Thank you, everyone for commenting on my blogs, re: Getting Back on Track. <BR> I do not expect to complete EVERY activity listed on any one day; just to take a few small steps everyday. <BR> Here's what I did yesterday (Day 5). <BR> <BR> 1. Try a short workout. Even five minutes is better th... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:46:50 EST Making and taking Stock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278134 Made some stock! Unbone broth is ready! <BR> <BR> Veggies+mushrooms(a kind that SP thinks is profanity lol)+ herbs+ water+kelp+tamari. <BR> Ready to make - <link>helynskitchen.com/recipe-index/soups<BR>-stews </link> <BR> Probably my own Calm Chowder based on this recipe <link>helynskitchen.... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:46:26 EST Christmas Goal vs Cold Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278133 My motivation to exercise is slipping away as the cold weather slips in. Hot chocolate and nuzzling under soft, warm blankets is mostly what I look forward to these days! Help... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:45:48 EST Christmas in a Small Town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278132 Uxbridge Township has a population of just over 20,000 people... but this includes many square miles of farms and little villages, so the "town" itself is probably between 10 and 12 thousand. <BR> <BR> For the tree lighting ceremony at the hospital last night, I think at least 2,000 people came ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:43:40 EST Attitude is Everything - Literally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278131 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/20a8acf0-221c-440e-93f7-91e9d3d50797.jpg"> <BR> How cool is THIS! I don't know if you can see the writing well enough... but Attitude gives you a 100% score and today, feeling as I do - I couldn't agree more! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:40:32 EST Asparagus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278130 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ae2b802-66ef-4f02-9a35-186cbc462803.jpg"> <BR> Many health benefits Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:40:28 EST December 8th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278129 Feeling a little better today but will only stay for weigh in tonight and then come home. There is no way I can sit through the group session. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:34:39 EST Day#11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278128 Trying to stay motivated. It's freezing outside!!! Thankfully my job includes steam cleanng 2, 3storey apartment buildings with stairs on both sides I would say 6 per set , 4 times....24 front sides 24 back side. I am going to start on bottom set since my water source is on the 3rd floor. Yester... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:26:48 EST Feeling much better today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278127 I spent most of yesterday recovering in bed from my fall. I am grateful nothing was sprained or broken. It was a miserable day all around. But...today I'm feeling much better. Didn't do my morning walk because it was raining, and we do our grocery shopping on Thursdays. If the weather dries ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:25:13 EST Elf on the Shelf http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278126 I have been doing Elf on the Shelf since Sunday with my 6 yr old son and he LOVES getting up in the morning to locate the Elf. Peppy has been found in some strange places... My son says Peppy can fly and that is how he gets around. CJ talks to Peppy too. It is so darn darn cute!!!! I'm having fu... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:24:39 EST 40 Weeks for Unique - Week 9 and 1 Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278125 "I am going to lose the damn weight"- Watching this is us... <BR> <BR> I am though, for real... After Thanksgiving I had a rough restart but I did restart. And after my husbands birthday weekend (Dec. 2nd- 4th) I am having a rough restart. I am currently down 22lbs and I want to get down 25 by n... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:22:34 EST What will happen this week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278124 So, I lost 1.6kg (3.5lbs)the first week. I kept within my calorie intake for the second week but didn't lose anything. i put it down (hopefully) to monthly hormone changes / water retention that kind of thing. However, there are no signs that that was the cause, and it's weigh-in day for me to... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:17:01 EST Eat That Frog Will Be 5 Minutes on the Treadmill! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278122 <em>353</em> New Year's Day Happy Dance scenario in my head today. At times I doubted myself and never thought I could get back down to 199.9 pounds and STAY there. Seeing 199.9 on the scale is so thrilling! It means I have accomplished my 2016 Goal - to change my self defeating eating behavior... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:07:31 EST Back again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278121 4 days ago my mother passed away. I have been doing a lot of thinking. Sitting around looking at pictures. It is time for me to take control of my life. Not just health wise but in many areas. But this is a start. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:07:15 EST Water works so fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278120 My mid section has slimmed so much since all I've been drinking is water for the past three days. I'm getting so excited!! You guy's keep up the good work Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:05:58 EST Back to Sparkpeople for the third time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278119 SWITCHING FROM ATKINS BACK TO SPARK PEOPLE. I WANT TO HAVE A DIET THAT I CAN SHARE WITH JOHN THAT INCLUDES MORE VARIETY OF FOODS. i THOUGHT I COULD STAY WITH PHASE ONE BUT I DO NOT LIKE IT. I MISS FRUIT AND A MODERATE AMOUNT OF CARBS. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:03:56 EST NSV - Finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278118 I have been an emotional wreck through the holidays. Which is not unusual as I always seem to be more emotional this time of year. And I anticipated some of it as losing my dad just before the holiday season really got rolling was tough. Used to be, when I started to get down during the holidays ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:03:32 EST Arthritis and moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278117 Well I can tell it's officially winter. The exercises I've gotten used to are really starting to hurt. It's going to be tough but I'm not stopping. I'm disabled in one leg and have arthritis in my knees, wrists, back, hips and ankles. I'm only 54 for gosh sakes and my body feels years older. For ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:57:43 EST Travel Reminder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278116 As winter approaches, this reminder from my police department was great. But, then, I think it's great to be prepared all year long. <BR> <BR> 1. When travelling long distances plan your route and share it with family and friends. <BR> <BR> 2. Include planned stops for meals and overnight s... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:55:43 EST December 8 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278115 Ate food that was not to good for me. Went home from work and did a workout and it all went down hill from there. I got a horrible headache and felt sick to my stomach. I don't know if it was something I ate or what. Now today I'm paying for it. I'm so so tired and my tummy just is not settled do... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:52:12 EST What motivates me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278114 I have been doing some thinking lately. Those of you who really know me are saying "imagine that..." Yes, I know, it is a perpetual state of being for me. <BR> Anyway, I have been looking at the Spark Teams I have joined and wondering about what part of each one is the part that I connect with. A... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:50:26 EST Fresh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278113 Memo to self: try to buy fresh fruit instead of processed fruit. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I included a mandarin orange fruit cup packed in juice in the foods I ate for 80 calories. Today I had to two clementine's and the two were also 80 calories. The fresh fruit definitely tasted better. <BR> <BR... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:49:28 EST Carpet Installation is LOUD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278112 What was I thinking!? I underestimated the amount of noise I'd be dealing with. The truth is, I didn't really think about it! We've been planning for today's carpet installation for weeks! Cleaning baseboards, emptying rooms of furniture, trying to fix squeaky floors (that's another story!), ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:48:58 EST Started going to gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278111 I've left my exercise bike at walking sessions behind and joined a nearby gym full time. Just did 2 hours per day for the last 3 days now... never imagined it would be this much fun. I always thought it would be bothersome and tiring but actually you get to really concentrate and zone out and t... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:46:55 EST Functional Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278110 I am going to be 67 soon. I am still striving to be at the corner of Happy & Healthy. Some things are working well. My nutrition program is functioning. I am using the KISS method- Keeping it Simple Sunny. I have used the nutritional tracker to program groups and have a small selection of breakfa... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:45:33 EST December 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278109 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/449a2d58-a31e-4eb2-9e48-ea2c07c3ec40.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Make lovely memories this Christmas! <BR> <em>26</em> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:42:26 EST 72 Maverick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278108 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6478fc40-99af-45a4-a972-b36ff7bbf826.jpg"> My dad is a very non-needy person, never looks at magazines and says things like "oh! I wish I had one of those!" No. He is the hardest person ever to get gifts. Lol. I was thinking and thinking about wha... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:39:00 EST Baby steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278107 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/14c53bb8-73b1-465a-85f7-a70463639f6a.jpg"> <BR> Today I am going to make one small change. I am going to eat off of small dessert plates and out out of tiny 1c or 1/2c bowls. They are really the right size for proper portions. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:38:23 EST In the beginning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278106 This is my first blog entry. I know, mentally, that I need support, but it is hard to know how best to use it, or even how to support others in such a huge group of people. I feel a little lost. I have recently been diagnosed diabetic, so my ability to just mindlessly careen through my life doing... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:34:10 EST Steps in the Right Direction! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278104 Getting up off the coach is hard. Letting go of excuses is hard. Finding the time, reading the label, all of those things that come together to create a healthy lifestyle, for the beginner, seem absolutely impossible. <BR> <BR> I have spent years reading about how to be healthy, watching shows a... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:32:06 EST Sick and tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278103 I am so sick of excuses, I am so sick of being fat, I am so sick and tired of being sick and tired!!! It's great that I have lost some weight but what isn't great is the fact that, yes, it comes off slower, (and don't get me wrong, it is good that it comes of slower) but, this is way too slow. I ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:29:32 EST beginning of BL winter Challange.... 12/8/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278101 Today is the day to start fresh and get back on the wagon. I am excited about this challange it helps me to stay on track. I am down in thw 170s but that means i will have to work that much harder to gwt to my goal weight. This time i set my weight at 175.2 by geb 16th of next year. Slow and stea... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:27:28 EST Gluten free...mostly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278100 I've read a lot about cutting out gluten when suffering from a thyroid disorder and didn't feel it would work. In the past 3 weeks I've been getting all my carbs from veggies and fruits and gluten free or low gluten sources and I have to admit I feel better. I've even lost a pound! And some inche... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:16:38 EST Anniversary Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278099 Boyfriend and I have never picked a date to celebrate our relationship because we've never been able to agree on when our relationship officially started! I shared with him recently, though, that I'd like to have one--that it's important to me. So yesterday, he sent me a text that stated that we ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:11:01 EST Breath. Let Go. Start Again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278098 According to my blog, it's been 1186 days ago. So that's somewhere around October 2013. Things have changed. Jobs have changed a few times now. Weight has constantly changed. Last year I was doing great at going to Yoga on a consistent basis. I'm hoping to get back into that once I move. Oh Yeah,... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:04:39 EST Starting the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278097 Well I got up this morning got dressed to catch the bus oh my it was cold once I got to were I needed to go I walked about 2 miles to pay bills then ran a little to catch the next bus on time to get to work now I'm eat a bowl of oatmeal and drinking my coffee getting ready for the rest of the day... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:01:04 EST Challenge start day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278096 Today we started the Spark the Season winter biggest Loser challenge. When I weighed myself this morning, I was SHOCKED!!! <em>40</em> My weight was only 144, down almost 2 lbs from last week, I was happy! My goal for this challenge is to get off my butt and get back to my treadmill walks a... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:00:58 EST Channeling My Inner (Faux)Meathead. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278094 When I first started Nutrisystem, I was doing really well with snacking on vegetables instead of fruit (or worse) and generally lowering my carbs. Then time marched on, as it tends to do, and I found myself truly dreading another carrot stick or mini babybel cheese. Slowly, I've found myself incr... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:58:13 EST Great snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278093 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d85c5d66-2d3c-4189-8013-bdaa6263ad9f.jpg"> <BR> I know, there is an "ik" factor here. But these really do make a great snack.try it! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:57:39 EST Day 5 breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278092 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/92af6cc3-eec8-48a2-9a40-d70ec4805639.jpg"> <BR> 1 egg .5 cup beans and cheese, and coffee Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:57:29 EST Just for giggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278091 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7619f3f9-74b0-41a4-aa87-a2b8296aaa94.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Spread the word lol Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:53:58 EST Coming home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278090 I've been at my sister's in Connecticut for a couple of days. I can't wait to get home tomorrow. I'll be able to eat back on track. Different times to eat are really throwing me off. It's been nice, but.... The one good thing my sister has is a recumbent bike. So at least I'm not missing my... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:53:43 EST 13 things mentally strong people don't do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278088 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ea52dfa8-d772-4a48-b8f1-fc91b965b100.png"> <BR> <BR> I love Levo. They always have such great articles. This is one I'd shared on my social media channels in the past and it popped up in my feed again. I've pasted an excerpt from their article bel... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:47:37 EST 365Promises.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278087 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e19ad3eb-b847-4047-9ed4-a7b0757ab91f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Matthew 5:48 (WEB) <BR> Therefore you shall be perfect, <BR> just as your Father in heaven is perfect. <BR> <BR> Promise #342: I am the perfect Father. <BR> <BR> In the Old Testament, God ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:46:33 EST Time to Change It Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278086 Time to change it up! <BR> Lately, I've been doing a fairly consistent routine, following five workouts in a cycle. While my routine will be the same, I'm going to change the quantities a bit. I'm going add intensity to my cardio routine, by extending the intervals, upping the incline, or increas... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:42:41 EST Trigger food: cinnamon raisin bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278085 Ate too much Pepperidge Farm cinnamon raisin bread yesterday. Also tried Quest s'mores protein bars, they were nasty, so I had to get rid of all three of them somehow.😯 Today is going better. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:41:52 EST YOU ARE HUMAN!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278084 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/42237652-c0b1-46ba-aa51-003d1843f720.jpg"> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:25:52 EST Happiness is.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278082 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5e117668-8026-4001-80cf-d666a7a6b015.JPG"> <BR> <BR> holiday lights twinkling <BR> good food in the kitchen <BR> cozy good nights' sleep <BR> perfect fitting pair of fitness shoes <BR> <BR> and THuRsDays!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Stewed chicken, brown... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:24:49 EST Multi-Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278081 I started back on Weight Watchers about 11 weeks ago and am down almost 25lbs. I find that tracking with their site can be somewhat limited and have added in a couple other trackers to help me see how I'm really doing as far as nutrients, water intake, etc. Today is Day 1 with SparkPeople :-) Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:23:38 EST Holidays approaching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278080 The holidays are fast approaching and it's an easy time to put goals on the back burner. I have achieved much this year in personal/professional goals, but I still need to concentrate on my health. <BR> It's easy to continually do the same workout every day (I use the recumbent bike for exe... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:19:03 EST Holiday Tip #8: Simplify Everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278079 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71b69018-edcd-4d6a-a57d-c6d331419af5.jpg">You don't have to do it all. <BR> <BR> Look for ways to cut out some of the usual rituals or activities that wear you out. <BR> <BR> Make two types of cookies instead of ten. <BR> <BR> Buy fewer gifts, a... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:18:49 EST Staying on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278078 So I have logged in for two days and kept track of my food. This is a plus for me. However still have trouble planning meals. I am going to research on spark for hell. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:16:04 EST 40 Paperclips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278076 I was rereading my blogs from the beginning (I didn't used to blog very often, it seems) and I found one titled "42 paperclips" dated Tuesday, September 12, 2006. <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> I went from a very fit 142 pounds to a very non-fit 182 in the three years between '96 & '99. *no excuses* ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:10:28 EST Winter is coming..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278075 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bd200379-be5c-4dbc-b2a1-bc194cac2924.jpg"> Will be down in the 30's tonight, then the low 20's next nights after that.... I am gonna go today to the pet supply store to get a better quality thermometer and a floating heater for the lil fishies. Th... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:10:07 EST Weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278074 Today was weigh in. I have been stuck for weeks at the same weight but let's be honest I have had some bad days and I really needed something to get me back on track and my weight loss started again. So I decided to do the 14 day egg diet . I don't normally do fad type diets but this one didn'... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:08:11 EST Day 7 of my weight-loss Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278073 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43b76c74-31b2-4840-9691-d83a54f521a1.jpg"> <BR> Good morning spark people still doing the same thing eating plenty of vegetables drinking plenty of water and low carbs I weighed in today I went from 300 to 292 so I lost 8 pounds and I'm still inte... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:07:00 EST A Day For Reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278072 Today is my 6th day and noooo sweets or sugary stuff....Yay! <BR> <BR> I have so many things to be thankful for. I am following my food plan, tracking my food, and I feel great too. Haven't felt this way for a while. Went to church yesterday - it was the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Th... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:06:33 EST medical update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278071 We have a urologist appointment for my wife alter this morning. I did manage to get to Church this morning for the Holy Day of Obligation. Exercises are going well. Weight is still down. Calories remain below 1300. Trivia is still at 100% for the last two months. Keeping focused for more s... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:05:57 EST Batch Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278070 I find batch cooking my meals, and eating the same foods really helps me stay on track. <BR> <BR> I've struggled with binge eating all my life, and I find one of my binge triggers is having too many foods choices/combinations. <BR> <BR> I'm not promoting a repetitive diet, I'm just sharing wh... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:05:16 EST Week 1 Recap and Week 2 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278069 Weight on Day 1, Week 1 - 138.8 <BR> Weight on Day 1, Week 2 - 135.5 <BR> <BR> I started out week one CRAZY STRONG, had a controlled cheat mid-week, and then went downhill from there. But even so I lost SOME of the bloat and water weight. At one point mid-week I was down to 132.7, which makes me... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:59:22 EST Too Blessed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278065 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5978512d-1eb6-4e93-955a-75e61d5d27ed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So this week has been more hectic than most. I quite literally have something going on every single night and it doesn't seem to be letting up for next week. In the hustle and bustle of the week... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:53:55 EST DAY 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278064 CALORIES: 1184 STARTING WEIGHT: 195.6 WEIGHT: 188.4 SLEEP: 4 HRS WATER: 30 oz EXERCISE: ZUMBA 40 min WEIGHT LOSS: 7.2 lbs down I keep forgetting to drink water. I need to set an alarm on my phone to remind me. Firmly below 190 and thrilled about that. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:50:27 EST Cold.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278061 It is so cold today, and is going to be just as bad over the weekend. Hope you all have a great day!! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:43:50 EST The Odd Things Cats Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278060 <link>pets.webmd.com/cats/ss/slideshow-is-<BR>my-cat-normal?ecd=wnl_cat_120716&ctr=w<BR>nl-cat-120716_nsl-ld-stry_1&mb=jn5%40o<BR>6ZFlMCpgusufXqA5hXFE73IOX1cQy8c%40Yva9Ok%3d </link> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:42:54 EST Old Time Don't Worry, Be HapPy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278059 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a2334878-6a3c-4f8d-9b9a-60fec21492b4.jpg"> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:40:06 EST Hungry Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278058 Yesterday was supposed to be my rest day. But I couldn't help myself. After my drawing class, I went to the gym, ran short and easy. Then one of the class instructors invited me to his class. It's called Chisel. It was fun. Mostly high intensity interval training using a bosu ball and dumbbells... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:39:00 EST A hungry veteran... any ideas or knowledge - Oklahoma area http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278057 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d81a48b9-30b6-40d5-88da-85beca2f58c2.png"> <BR> <BR> I have a friend that's a 20+ year disabled veteran who also has his cousin staying with him and they are out of food. The girl came to my friend at 68 pounds and now about 80 pounds (she's a gr... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:37:03 EST Davenport family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278056 a family in our church had a fire yesterday morning. Please remember the Davenports as they try to move forward, and now "hurry up and wait" on the insurance company. <BR> <BR> Thanks. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:36:55 EST Knee support recommendation request - Core de Force, day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278055 Dynamic Strength (47 minutes) is one of my least favorite workouts in the program so far. It's the one with all the pushups. I hope my pushups will be better by the end of the 30 days - they're definitely my weakest point. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, there are a few moves in this workout that ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:34:54 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278054 I watch my 600 pound life all the time and think how do they keep their motivation? I mean I know I want to lose this weight, I know I want to try to start eating healthier, but how do they continue. It has taken me 3 months to lose 19 pounds and I feel like that isn't much at all. So when I don'... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:33:14 EST Mental Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278052 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b5286a06-e728-4248-8910-bc5817e746a6.jpg"> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:31:05 EST What's different? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278051 Over the last last 7 months things have changed dramatically for my DH and myself. This change has literally changed who we are. I feel like a different person while my husband looks and feels like a different person. What makes this time different?? <BR> <BR> First, I believe that the gast... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:27:45 EST the constant fast food battle - am I crazy?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278049 Some days I feel like I am in a battle tooth and nail to make healthier decisions. It's tiring and so easy to just give in. <BR> <BR> Sometimes I wonder if I'm just plain crazy or is this what other people experience too? <BR> <BR> Here's a classic example... <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I had the d... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:17:30 EST A December to Remember: Christmas Unwrapped - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278048 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/40ee3394-b990-425e-830c-2b07f48e8f2e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> "A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision that true instinct for what is beautiful an... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:16:48 EST Week 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278047 Well, we still have 2 1/2 inches of snow on the ground, bitter temps, icy roads and another 2-6 inches of snow forecast for the next couple of days. I love the snow! But, it does kinda hinder the exercise program, so we have had to get creative. Trying to stay as busy as possible. I write letters... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:13:44 EST This will be the time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278046 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e92a5cc-eeb9-457c-b081-e7f971f3fcbb.jpg"> <BR> Diet pills and counting calories. I have tried and failed numerous times. This time though HAS to be different. As a preteen and teenager, I feared looking like the amazing women I was surrounded by... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:12:45 EST it's thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278045 a mostly cool day here today. my daughter says hi. i am out and about running some errands this morning and into the afternoon. i like to go outside a lot these days. unless the weather is really really not safe to go out in, i am outside pretty much every day. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! h... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:12:28 EST The Power of Friendship... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278043 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2135544576.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a great day ahead and cheering you on your journey. <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Yes, We Can do this together 1 day & 1 step at a time! <em>68</em> <BR> <BR> Think... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:07:26 EST On The Lighter Side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278042 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8339ddd6-04da-4556-b5b9-9d07e34d9378.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:06:59 EST Quickity blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278041 I will be tested today... <BR> <BR> Here are today's challenges: <BR> <BR> 1) It's going to be a LONG day for me. I have work, and then I have rehearsal... I will be on the fly today, and making healthy eating choices on the fly is always a challenge. <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> 2) I'm meeting... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:05:39 EST Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278039 Here I go day one of my challenge and I weight 175.2 pounds, let's see how many more I can lose. This will be interesting 10 weeks. Go Team Emerald Gems. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/11a060cd-9e99-49f4-8bcf-d71ac713720d.PNG"> <img src="http:/... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:04:28 EST Be bold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278038 Embrace this cold & keep your diet bold!! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:03:39 EST Baby, it's cold outside. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278037 Good Thursday morning, hope you are having a great day. Here it is only 4 degrees, with a light breeze, so baby, it is cold outside. Let's just say, I didn't take my time doing chores this morning. I think the sheep thought I just threw the corn at them and in a flash was out of there. Usually... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:02:37 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278035 Gratitude is the streetcar to a better attitude. Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:59:04 EST Dec 8 Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278034 "If you do what you need, you’re surviving. If you do what you want, you’re living." -- Unknown <BR> <BR> Points out the difference between "getting by" and "enjoying life". It's important to spend more days in the "enjoying life" world, so I've been stepping outside my traditional comfort zone... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:58:22 EST It's snowing outside http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278033 So what you say... but I live in Texas! So it's exciting and worth repeating... It's snowing outside ! <BR> <BR> I loaded the crockpot with a bag of fresh cranberries, 4 granny smith apples chopped up, brown sugar, cinnamon, ground cloves, nutmeg and vanilla. The kitchen is smelling like apple p... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:57:14 EST Cardio day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278032 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/08f26e06-9943-4fa6-8a08-901aeb6832e8.jpg"> <BR> Day of cardio in the books! Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:56:20 EST Binge eating on fast food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278031 I started this new life style on Thanksgiving day. I've been reading and learning alot and have even lost a few pounds. I thought I was off to a great start, making good choices. Cut down ALOT on fast food. Only ate it a few times in the past week and made better choices. But last night I binged ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:54:32 EST Quote for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278030 The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. <BR> <BR> A W Tozer on Growth <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:53:20 EST Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278029 December 8, 2016 <BR> PRETEND TO BE A TIME TRAVELER DAY - from the past: wear dated clothes, look at everything wide-eyed. From the future: look at things & comment "oh, you still use those?" <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dafd56cf-10a2-4f48-ab05-ebe2fe851f61.JPG"> <BR> <... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 09:53:16 EST