SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs New Challenges I had quit smoking in November 2015 and had gained 30 lbs over the course of 6 months. I felt trapped in my own body so this past October I started making healthy changes. I joined a gym and started cooking more. I cut back my nightly 2 glass of wine (or more on the weekends), to just drinks on t... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:42:35 EST Day 16: Bad news Got bad news about some family today. My first reaction was "ORDER PIZZA and eat those feelings." Then I realized what I was thinking and stopped. I think my new plan is to not eat when I am panicked, or to only eat fruit/veg....b/c I am emotionally eating. So...I stopped. I started doing some cl... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:40:38 EST We tend to forget...Jan. 16th <img src=""> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:32:38 EST Need to stay motivated Started P90X a little before last week, didn't get very far. 90 min one day, 30 min a couple days later, then another 90 min a few days later. <BR> I really need to just stick with it, everyday. What's it going to take to get motivated. A calendar with a gold star every time I work out?!?!? <BR> ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:32:20 EST Multitasking. I can feed the baby with my right hand and answer e-mails for my home business with my left. I can crochet hats to sale and do hip twists and belly dancing moves at the same time . I'll make this work! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:28:37 EST Day 16: Opt Outside Just got back from a walk out at the river - the River Bend park area of the American River Parkway, about a 15-min drive from my house. The river is rushing like crazy, it's sooo high! Really pretty out there, it was a nice walk. My "map my ride" app says I did 3.45 miles. <BR> <BR> Here are... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:27:57 EST The blog with no name Wow, I started this blog yesterday! And apparently didn't finish it! <BR> <BR> Things are getting back to normal after Nate's stint in the hospital. He is definitely asthmatic, so we now carry an inhaler for him. So far we don't know his triggers. So things are settling down, and I finally ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:27:15 EST Clearing Away the Clutter...Slowly <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:23:19 EST Best Thing Since...ummm sliced bread?? Okay..ya wanna know the truth? <BR> There are just some 'foods' that taste better on BREAD!! <BR> there ya go..I said it! <BR> (the low-carb Gods are going to strike me down any minute now for saying that) <BR> <em>54</em> <em>54</em> <BR> <BR> Take for example, BLT's...the toasted 'bread... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:19:37 EST Sadness Not only am I failing at weight loss, I am failing as a mother. Having teenagers is so painful. Ready to just give up. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:19:25 EST Help you keep going! <img src=""> <BR> Keep going! Tell yourself what ever you need to so you can stay on track! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:19:22 EST Because it is right <img src=""> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:19:13 EST #Willpower I quit smoking over 10yrs ago, it was so easy. Now that I'm 10yrs older i find it impossible to stick with anything that has to do with weight loss, I'm at a loss! #Help! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:17:19 EST Today <img src=""> <BR> Today starts my new change. I never had a weight problem growing up. And here I find myself 225 pounds of feeling miserable...nothing fits and my knee is having problems. I am a problem at this weight... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:14:24 EST Opinions are like....(what would YOU do)?? Opinions are like....... <BR> Well, I would like to know everyones thoughts on this subject. <BR> Second hand smoke in the work place???? <BR> <BR> If you were a nonsmoker, and had recently had health issues, including your blood pressure suddenly increasing and you were constantly coughing a dr... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:10:46 EST Ariel calling For those of you who are "newer" readers, I name all my fitness gear. I have a Spirit treadmill that I purchased back in 2010, when my son was newly back from his first deployment... I remember because he helped me pick it out, and I did a 2-for kind of deal so as to acquire an elliptical for hi... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:07:42 EST Daily Steps <img src=""> <BR> So far so good! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:59:55 EST Sunday Monday Sad to leave the cabin but we all got to enjoy cousins VR goggles and walking around. No snow, sledding : ( Groceries and unpacking today and visited my mom Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:58:23 EST Remarks, Suggestions and Advice Over the years many persons have shared with me ever so bluntly, what they thought was best for me. <BR> <BR> Mom's best advice came when I was celebrating my 30th birthday. "You're 30 now, Honey. It is time for you to stay out of the sun. You can cover your body, but you can't cover the wr... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:51:19 EST Just peachy Been doing great stayed on track for a week now Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:45:29 EST Day 11 of healthy change This couldn't have been a better choice that I've made 11 days ago. I'm officially down 17 lbs and on day 12 without soda caffeine or sweets let the progress continue Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:43:58 EST pics of pots hi all--just thought i would post some pics of my current crop of pots. i have been working on a carving technique that is sort of like inlay but not exactly--i think its a sort of simplified version of it. you coat leather hard clay with several coats of underglaze, which ends up being basical... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:41:36 EST Been M.I.A Havent posted a few days but still on track.. Today is a lazy day tho i did manage to make myself exercise for 20 mins. Its my day off of work and im going to relax hope everone else is doing well :) Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:41:00 EST You say you want a revolution? Yep, I'm old. I loved that Beatles song. I've taken the liberty make a slight change. You see, I want an evolution. <BR> <BR> That's it an evolution - as Webster puts it "a process of gradual, peaceful, progressive change". <BR> <BR> Every year I pick a word to focus on that is of importanc... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:38:45 EST day 16: weekend kicked my butt well - I suck! LOL I said I would try to stay on track on the weekend and I failed. <BR> <BR> This morning I hopped on the scale and yup - up a pound. I know it isn't much and it will come back off - but really! why do I do this to myself? weekends tend to get so busy and I forget to eat ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:37:20 EST 3rd in 2nd Cookery Challenge: A recipe shared from MEWHENRYSMAMA CROCK POT Red Lentil Cauliflower Dal. <BR> <BR> When I asked if anybody had some vegetarian slow cooker recipes, MEWHENRYSMAMA, kindly suggested several for me! <BR> <BR> I made a red lentil and cauliflower dal today. <BR> <BR> I think in future if I am making a recipe with a high amount of on... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:33:15 EST Squats O.O So everyone is going on about squats as a good exercise so I did the Facebook squat challenge (Ever comment equals 5 squats) and I guess my friends don't love me cause there were 27 comments. So I had to do 135 squats! My legs are like jelly Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:32:47 EST Quote of the Day: January 16, 2017 "Today the link between animal products and many different diseases is as strongly supported in the scientific literature as the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer." <BR> - Joel Fuhrman, Eat to Live Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:32:12 EST Negative to Positive Have you ever just woke up and just had an overwhelming feeling of sadness and did not know why? Did you let it ruin your whole day? Often we allow our feelings and beliefs about the past to interfere with our present happiness. Sometimes we are obsessed by something that happened or something we... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:28:26 EST Day 1347 Rest Day. Feeling good. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:27:24 EST Inspiration: Ernestine Shepherd So apparently this lady just clocked her *80th* birthday. Shut the front door. As my friend who posted this said, "Excuses have no merit", LOL. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:27:12 EST Book Review - "The Secret Chord" "The Secret Chord" by Geraldine Brooks <BR> <BR> <link><BR>Novel-Geraldine-Brooks/dp/0143109766/r<BR>ef=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484594257&sr=8-<BR>1&keywords=the+secret+chord </link> <BR> <BR> 3.5 out of 5 Stars <BR> <BR> This book is considered a historic... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:25:22 EST Day 15: missed the day completely Well nothing much to say other than I hate weekends!! not really! but I do hate that I'm so busy that my life basically stops. I lose track of myself and am on the get it done now train. which means I'm off the stay on track train. <BR> <BR> This is why working is good for me - I stay focused... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:24:36 EST One year <img src=""> <BR> I havent blogged on any form of social media or even privately in a very very long time. Due to reading past blogs and thinking how stupid I was. In a few years I'll read this and be so embarassed. Bu... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:24:05 EST Monday 1-16-17 <img src=""> <BR> Walk Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:23:47 EST Wore out mom with motivation <img src=""> <BR> So as I took my son to get tubes I realized how much weight I gained after his birth, now at 350lbs it took for me to realize I WILL NOT allow myself to get any bigger. So today I start to journey of ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:23:19 EST Tomorrow Starts Today I'm at a crossroads in my life where I feel I need to make some changes. I've fought my weight all my life and now reach the point where I reached my highest weight two weeks ago at 284lbs. I have had my cardiologist tell me to seriously consider having bariatrics surgery. This means no offense t... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:16:55 EST Zumba I'd like to get back into zumba. Can anyone recommend a good one that I can do at home? Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:15:40 EST 1.15.17 I'm back from my weekend singing in NYC! I hadn't sung there in a few years, and it was nice to be back. One of my biggest challenges (I posted this earlier over the weekend) while there was to find food that fit not only into the "relatively healthy" category, but also into the "relatively budge... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:09:28 EST Positive changes happening in the midst of crappiness! <img src=""> <BR> So this is my 2nd weight loss journey. The 1st time around, I lost about 30lbs by eating healthy and excercise all by myself. Then it transformed into a nightmare. I lost the last 10-20lbs, bc of dev... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:05:42 EST More about Alex.. Can I just warn you before you read any further... I am really upset and wound up and kind of hysterical. My 13 year old son with the injured leg has not improved. I am sick with worry already. The husband and I have discussed about taking him to another private hospital tomorrow. I had to wait... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:05:00 EST Day 542 - The Problem With Today... I've been thinking about this a lot and I think there are two main problems with the world today. The first problem is something that Matthew Kelly calls the abdication of responsibility. Passing the buck, placing the blame, using a scapegoat. Call it what you will but basically, it's people not... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:04:51 EST A year to Forget and Hopes For A New Dawn I suffer from anxiety and depression. I am not ashamed of it anymore and it's not nice. People don't believe me when I tell them because I am always happy and laughing round them and try to make others laugh. It's a war I battle everyday in the arena of my mind and at times I do struggle. When i ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:59:24 EST guess who's back...back again.. Hey guys, <BR> As always, it's been a while.. <BR> Where to start? Hmm..well....I'm a mommy!!! Thank Gd! Actually, my son, Nathaniel (Netanel in Hebrew), will turn 1 next month! He is the apple of our eyes and the heartbeat of our family. Being his mother is my greatest pleasure and my ultimate p... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:56:41 EST I got to eat whatever I wanted yeaterday <img src=""> <BR> Ran a half marathon yesterday and that meant I could eat whatever I wanted. You know what? In the end I only ended up going 150 calories over my maintenance limit. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:54:32 EST Monday 1-16-17 I just had an intense 5 minutes of Stretches with Sworkit #Sweaty #BestFeeling Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:52:43 EST Strong bones! <img src=""> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:52:32 EST Day 12 my cheat day <img src=""> So today I had a cheat meal on brownie. My friend came over and she had rather overwhelming time and to perk her up I made her brownies. And of course I had one with her. But I am going to do extra workout... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:51:22 EST Are You Still Here? You know who you are. You are the Sparker that promised to start changing your life on January 1st. And you probably aren't reading this bog because you didn't quite make it 16 days so you gave up. I believe that anyone who quits the journey is not lazy, you don't give up too easily and most impo... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:48:23 EST Redeeming the Time before things get more out of hand I listened to one of my favourite speakers, Beni, talk about living healthy. It really struck a chord because I had been lamenting at the extra weight I've been carrying around on this tiny 4' 11" - 61 year old frame of mine. <BR> <BR> Continual lament. Oh! The lamentations! I was getting si... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:47:36 EST OMG lost 7lb in a week Went from 11stone 4 To 10 stone 11 happy Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:43:23 EST Measurements Waist-28 inches Hips- 32 inches Bicep-11.5 inches Thigh-19.5 inches Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:41:54 EST Ive been CHALLENGED My fiance has challenged me to get a gym membership this week! Challenged accepted! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:41:30 EST Hope Everyone had happy holidays! Hi I hope everyone had happy holidays. I did. Christmas was nice and quiet for me since I am Jewish and I got two straight weekends without my girls. But now I have recovered from two straight weekends with my girls. I have them next weekend. New Year's Eve was exciting. The girls were here... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:38:03 EST Down to 296 Lost another 3lbs this week. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:37:59 EST Started using my 6-month swim pass today Peter gave me a 6-month swim pass, and today I went to the seniors swim from 10:30-11:30. <BR> We had 3 lanes of the pool, and there were only 8 of us, so lots of space. I mainly swam lengths, although I did do a few of the exercises I remembered from aquafit. In comparison, the lifeguard told ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:37:29 EST Sweet tooth <img src=""> I would love to have something sweet that's not high in calories and I lot of it. I guess that's how I got myself in this problem in the first place. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:34:29 EST Been slacking So lately I have been slacking. Does anyone know how SparkPeople helps to keep me accountable other than me doing daily check ins? I find it easy to avoid the app if I'm slacking. Is there another way to keep accountable? Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:34:12 EST Help How do you add friends or search for friends? Thanks! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:33:15 EST For the times, for all times... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love this quote from Dale Carnegie: <BR> <BR> “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out a... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:33:10 EST Happy Monday to all (MLK DAY) Hope those who have the day off get to relax and enjoy. Happy Martin Luther King Jr day. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:31:50 EST Starting Surgery Prep Today Changing hospitals means a different preparation for surgery. I've never done a week of surgery prep before. The pre op department told me that it is a new MRSA protocol. H-mm Okay. I have to bathe with a surgical scrub until next Monday, when I switch to prescription antibacterial wipes twic... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:24:55 EST Goal So my main goal is to go from 240 to 160-175is...I don't know if that's even possible because I can't seem to lose on the scale just in inches. I want the scale to show too. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:22:11 EST No more wasted time! <img src=""> This... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:19:58 EST I wish I had the energy- that my cat has right now. I'm not sure where she gets it. She's been wound up all morning and wants to play...with my yarn, my keyboard, my computer mouse, the rabbit, the guinea pig, the dog, my knitting needles, the cell phone cord, the tv, the computer screen, the name it, she'... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:19:48 EST MLK <img src=""> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:16:01 EST Losing a companion This was a very hard week. There was the usual aggravation, plus a little more. But then, we had to put one of our cats to sleep. She had developed an aggressive jaw tumor that would have required a feeding tube and the removal of her jaw and even then, we wouldn't have been able to be sure that ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:10:23 EST Wish I was Healthier So I joined Spark People on January 1, 2017 and I was admitted to hospital on January 3, 2017. I was in hospital for 10 days with abdominal pain and nausea and vomiting. We basically had to "reset" my body by taking away everything except sips of water to take my meds that can't be administered b... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:10:13 EST A day off. I have been going through so much stress with me sick, my dog having seizures and still kept it together here. I am going to give myself a treat today, and may go up to 1550 calories from my 1200 just for today. I know if I don't indulge myself once in a while, I will go on a binge. I lost 8.4 lb... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:09:09 EST This photography thing Photography has proved to be the most effective way to get me out of the house and moving. (Yesterday's photo walk with a friend from class logged in 9900 steps and 31 flights on the old Fitbit!) It's also a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> My Spark buddies all know that I recently started a photography cl... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:08:27 EST Day 5 Sort of took it easy because Sunday is my rest day. <BR> <BR> High's: <BR> ~ Read several Sparkpeople articles <BR> ~ Ate within my calorie range <BR> ~ Went for a walk <BR> ~ Didn't get a second plate of dinner even though I REALLY wanted to <BR> ~ Fixed a healthy dinner recipe rather than goin... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:05:17 EST Just Remember <img src=""> <BR> Just remember who is in control of your weight loss journey. Have a blessed and productive day! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:59:42 EST A weekend's confession and beginning anew! Ate too much yesterday! I know it, the tracker knows it, and soon, my weight will reflect it! It has its consequences! But it doesn't have to stay there! I have the power to correct it! This is a new day! Filled with new hope and expectation! I CAN DO THIS! I will get back to my normal eating pla... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:56:49 EST 1/16/17 I had a final check up last week. It's been a process to get my health back to where it should be. <BR> <BR> I found out that I had severe vitamin D deficiency and very anemic (my numbers were much lower than the minimum) back in August. <BR> <BR> There are all within normal ranges now. Everyt... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:54:33 EST Friends~ 1/16/17 I really don't have friends,but my associates all claim they want to get healthy. Even though weer always go out to eat or we celebrate everything worth food. Smh I need better influences. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:53:00 EST Goals: To Rock Victoria Secrets! <img src=""> <BR> Just not today (smile). Happy Monday afternoon! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:49:13 EST Going against the grain today Don't feel like it today,but Im gona go workout!Wana eat everything insight but I'm gona STICK TO THE PLAN!!!Old me is fighting my new me! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:47:55 EST 100 DAYS!! 100 days folks! 100 days. In 100 days I will be 35... <BR> <BR> <BR> I was flying solo all weekend because my husband was out of town. I tried my best but the weekend got the best of me. I did get in a 40 minute yoga DVD on Saturday which was great. The kids joined but got bored with it so I ha... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:47:01 EST Don't say Tomorrow ...Do it Today! I have been telling myself every day "I'll eat the way I'm supposed to tomorrow---I just need this now!" <BR> I then proceed to eat whatever I want. <BR> I'm too tired to exercise....I'll start tomorrow! <BR> I then proceed to sit in front of the TV after I have sat in front of a computer all ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:46:24 EST My life turned upside down Over the last two months I have slowly been gaining my weight back. <BR> October 30th, 2016 I got engaged :) (Getting married April 8th, 2017) <BR> November 22, 2016 my dad unexpectedly passed away. I'm a daddys girl for sure. His death has turned my world upside down. Anything and everything th... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:45:31 EST We can do this <img src=""> <BR> I have been planning on getting rid of this weight I've been carrying around for years. But I didn't and the mooch just kept growing. Can you believe that. The nerve. So this year I'm evicting all th... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:44:35 EST Start of something new ;-) I'm am on my way to a healthier way of life. I actually have been soda free for two weeks. The first two days were horrible. I felt hungover and dizzy. This week I am working on getting eating 3 veggies or fruit a day. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:44:20 EST Day 10 HCG Diet I really have to say that I am happy that I have decided to try the HCG diet! As of this morning I am down 13.8 lbs! I am also really proud of myself. Usually in the past if we went to my in-laws house we would drink tons of soda, and eat crap the whole time, including one night of eating out whe... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:43:34 EST Cold! It's so cold today! I'm a summer person. I miss that sizzling heat. Well gotta get a move on if I want this weight to fall off. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:41:32 EST CHRISTMAS Hello all my friendly fellow sparklers. Hope today is all you need it to be. Remember, only 343 days till Christmas, is your shopping finished? ? HUGS.👼 🎅 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:41:11 EST Excuses So I had a bad weekend.I weighed in and even with diet and exercise daily I gained 2lbs. I got passed and I ate at McDonald twice!! Skipped my work outs and just was lazy. My three month old was super sick so a trip to the ER took place and my first cycle since having her decided to comeback much... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:39:51 EST Today's Meal Plan Beets & Pigeon Peas <BR> <BR> <BR> Yellow Summer Squash & Pink Beans <BR> <BR> <BR> Collard Greens & Mayocoba Beans with fresh-squeezed lemon juice <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 cup black coffee <BR> 2-3 cups green tea Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:37:28 EST Yes I Will <img src=""> <BR> 25Down and 36 to go Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:37:14 EST Day 11, Jan 16 MartinLutherKingDay Listening to my body today. Housework it is. Christmas decoration boxes need to be moved to my storage room. Exercise for sure! Will drink extra water today and will take a few walks around our community. Think STEPS! Have a spectacular day!! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:33:44 EST Martin Luther King <img src=""> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:29:35 EST 5% Challenge Update The lip color today is Buxom Instigator. My entire vlog has a tuft of hair sticking up off my head. ARGH! Not cute. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Vlog is 20 minutes long. Weight portion is 8 minutes long. <BR> <link>... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:28:24 EST Time for change Starting over from a different place. I re-injured my back in November, and have had another round of oral steroids. Also more muscle relaxers, all to tide me over until I can see my March. (Not happy about that, let me just say.) Anyway, I have gained weight due to this back in... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:27:24 EST Time for change Starting over from a different place. I re-injured my back in November, and have had another round of oral steroids. Also more muscle relaxers, all to tide me over until I can see my March. (Not happy about that, let me just say.) Anyway, I have gained weight due to this back in... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:27:23 EST Jan 16th 2017 Day One of 21 Day Member Challenge, great lunch, salad, grilled chicken, and brown rice, and a fun dance workout. Feeling excited, hopeful, and encouraged that I can do this! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:26:37 EST In case Technological innovation Works inside Class room The potency of technological innovation utilization in your class room has developed into dubious matter. While lecturers along with individuals think to make sure you employ technological innovation given it increases educating a significant number of others to think the idea will cause lots of ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:26:19 EST My 2017 Skinny B#*ch Challenge What started as a "biggest loser" challenge at work on 1/3/17 has now become my own personal skinny bitch challenge. My goal is to lose at least 100 lbs. I started on 1/4/17 and have not missed a day of getting at least 30 mins of exercise a day. I had to make some alterations with my diet on wee... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:23:08 EST Can It Work? Well, it has to work. That is, time management has to work. But I need to find a way to get there. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I blocked out the day in advance. It was only a couple hours before external events showed up and four hours disappeared into accompanying my wife on an unscheduled shopping tr... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:23:02 EST 3 Years Later... My last blog entry was three years ago!!! Wow!!! Currently, I am about a month past the worst period of work stress I have ever had. I seriously let it set me back. For the first time in a decade, I quit running for about 3 months, I totally fell off healthy eating, and I just SAT every evening a... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:18:32 EST Back at it😎 Took yesterday off. Didn't like it. Felt like I was cheating. Everything felt off already exercised 50 min. & 40 min. more to go drinking water and logging food. Oh yeah that's how I like it😀 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:18:18 EST Home decorating is NOT my thing! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Unlike the old cliché as a Gay man I am not good at decorating where I live. I just put things here and there more on convenience than color, setting, etc. I live in an apartment where in the li... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:17:51 EST Week 3: Lessons from a 3 year old Friday morning, my 3 year old son woke up and decided he was potty trained. After months of coercion, timers, treats, and various other incentives, we had stopped really trying to make him go, but figured we'd try again next summer when it was warmer and we could just put him in undies and keep h... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:17:17 EST Day 4: Grateful <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 4 <BR> <BR> I am grateful to be a citizen of the United States of America. It might not be Utopia –yet. But America has become our best chance of acquiring it. <BR> ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:13:33 EST Day 16...Filling in the blanks.. Yesterday I woke up and was going to go to my kickboxing class but my ankles were feeling a little sore.. so I skipped it. <BR> <BR> I was schedule to meet my BFF to walk after church so I figured I'd get my steps in... then she texted me and said she wasn't feeling well so I decided that perh... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:13:02 EST Never Done A Blog <img src=""> <BR> I guess it's good to kinda blog. It's like a journal right? Well I guess I'm trying this app to help me track everything. I have type 1 diabetes and so carrying around a giant book to write down every... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:10:38 EST Road to 130 <img src=""> Happy Monday!! I'm excited total down 9.4 lbs Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:10:25 EST MARTIN LUTHERS BIRTHDAY IS TODAY, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT IT? Today shouldn't be the only day we celebrate someone who stood up for the rights and freedom of his race. It took many years of dying, being captive, tortured, belittle, dehumanized to come to this point! There have been many Martins in life, in every nationality, and race who have died unwilling... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:08:13 EST Day 16: My Wellness Plan: 16.01.17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, Let's Make It So ! My Wellness Plan today: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Nutrition Plan: <BR> I have ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:07:57 EST As Life goes on The challenge for me has always been how to incorporate healthy living long term without either abandoning it eventually or becoming so obsessed with it that it's all I can think about. I was back up to about 260 when we bought the house in October (hooray for being a homeowner!) through the pro... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:02:56 EST day 15 pushup challenge 20 standard pushups <BR> 28 modified pushups <BR> 40 crunches <BR> 60 squats <BR> 45 second plank hold <BR> 35 minutes intervals on elliptical <BR> <BR> Oh, man. I had a horrible day at work Friday. Came home so irritated that I ate my way through half a bag of cheese popcorn and then took a n... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:02:24 EST January 16, 2017 And here I go again. I have learned that it is okay to be hungry and I am ready to finish this thing. I want to eat healthy, but I also want to be thin. I think that I can do both. Right now....I am committed to the calorie count on Sparkpeople. I am going to make decisions based on what I w... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:00:07 EST 2017 Resolution I'm so motivated and worked out at 6 am this morning. I also switch my breakfast from bars to fresh fruits. It makes me feel lighter and that motivates me to hit the gym even more at noon! I set my goal to be 120 lbs by the end of April. I will make it happen this time and Will stay healthy :) Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:57:57 EST 2017-01-16 :) Understanding Engineers <BR> <BR> Two engineering students were walking across a university campus when one said: "Where did you get such a great bike?" <BR> The second engineer replied, "Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:54:18 EST DebbieDo <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> 1 month into watching what I eat, my cholesterol us high so using this app is helping me in 2 ways weight an... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:54:18 EST Same old song and dance I sit here in pain. Pain from rheumatoid arthritis and pain from a broken ankle that went diagnosed for so long, I have no talus remaining and the ankle continues to deteriorate. This year, the new fun pain is in the arch of the bad foot. I believe it is caused by the deterioration in the ankl... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:52:33 EST Oh sweet iced tea, how I love thee! So I'm from Texas and we sure do love our sweet tea. I can't stand the sacarine taste of sweetnlow. But it takes a ton of agave to get it to taste like I love it. Had anyone tried Stevia? Is there an aftertaste?I won't make it this summer if there isn't something out there. I don't drink sodas to... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:44:32 EST More aware every day I'm finding that the more self aware that I am, the more excited I get to add new things to the mix. I am going to attempt doing Yoga for the first time in 15 years tonite! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:42:35 EST Enter week 3 <img src=""> <BR> After 2 weeks I feel so much better moving more cut down sugar intake cut out soda tracking my meals my water and my exercise. Need to challenge myself to keep me on track fitness wise love this app ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:40:43 EST Back after a long hiatus! In August, I was sidelined by sudden onset vertigo. It took a couple months to finally get the right doctor and the right treatment but as of November it was mostly cured. Then I got a raging sinus infection which, lucky for me, rarely happens, but it delayed my return to the gym. Then Christm... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:40:16 EST Monday, Monday Monday, Monday what are you going to be, <BR> Ice and snow it looks to me. <BR> Slipping and sliding side to side, <BR> So in the house I'm going to hide. <BR> <BR> Yes we have ice, just the thinnest layer over everything, and hovering at 30-32 degrees. Hubby said the highway was wasn't bad, b... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:39:54 EST weekend testers with apps I use my apps on weekends and desktop during the week mostly. So this weekend was a good test for both sparkpeople and mfp. <BR> I had more difficulty with sparkpeople, the app kept shutting down on me =( mfp is more user friendly that way. <BR> I do like the sparkpeople desktop, but still lack... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:39:02 EST Monday getting ready for a crazy busy week. <BR> <BR> hope your Monday is going better than mine. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:36:51 EST Monday, new week and new challenge This morning was dull and boring weather wise. However, not windy and probably not going to rain. The met office gave out a 10% chance of precipitation, so about noon I got the bike out and went out for 20 just 20 minutes. <BR> I got so into my music, on the trail, that I ended up in Padstow so ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:32:22 EST Mondays or any early week day! Monday...hmmm. Just woke up. Had my water. Now my coffee. Trying to figure what to make to eat or just go dress and work out before the electrician gets here. Was rainy all yesterday with a tornado passing through...oh hello! Sorry. Work nites. Anyway. Not a great fan of Mondays. Want to sleep.... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:31:08 EST results so I kind of fell off the face of the earth for about two weeks. I started my new job at the beginning of the year and ive just been adjusting because my work schedule and personal life is crazy at the moment. I usually work 12-8:30p Monday-Thursday and that has taking some getting use to. and it... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:30:15 EST Weighing in I weighed in once last week. I used to weigh myself every day, but it became so discouraging. I would expect results and not see them. So, I dumped my scale. I'll weigh in on the 17th, tomorrow, because it will be one week since my last weigh in. I have been keeping my caloric intake around ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:29:51 EST Weighing in I weighed in once last week. I used to weigh myself every day, but it became so discouraging. I would expect results and not see them. So, I dumped my scale. I'll weigh in on the 17th, tomorrow, because it will be one week since my last weigh in. I have been keeping my caloric intake around ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:29:44 EST Xander's First Birthday These are just to cute not to share... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:29:05 EST Running Crazy I know that I'm unlikely to keep up with a blog on SparkPeople *and* my real blog, and since I like my real blog a lot more it gets priority. However! At this point I'm willing to try just about anything if it keeps me on track, so here I am. This post is a repost from my real blog. Maybe for tom... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:27:43 EST The Beck Diet Solution Day Twenty Get Back On Track <BR> <BR> There is a graphic in this chapter of a pyramid starting at the top with a 500 calorie piece of cake and ending on the bottom with a 3,500 calorie bomb. My first reaction when I looked at it was to laugh at the absurdity of what it would take to add all those calorie... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:27:14 EST Because I Love Myself <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm back in the 100's! <BR> <BR> Do you know how long it's been since I've been 200+ pounds? About 3 years. 200 was that magical number that I told myself I'd never cross. Then I crossed it. T... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:24:55 EST easy day <img src=""> <BR> grocery express lane... bananas potatoes Greek yogurt + sugarfree jellO <BR> meeting at noon <BR> 12 minutes dumbbells routine <BR> late lunch <BR> dinner <BR> snack <BR> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:23:53 EST #Working for Wellness - Picking up the pieces of my sweet shattered dream... I am busily putting the puzzle that is me back together. The scenery of this puzzle is the happy, joy-filled Carole. I found Joy yesterday when Ginger and I got together to a hike through the woods. Those hikes and walks are therapeutic on many levels. Processing the weight loss journey out l... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:23:52 EST Make yourself strong! <img src=""> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:23:35 EST Small amount of cleaning. I can never get caught up on the cleaning. Every time I think I have an area clean, its messy again. I'm starting to think the ghosts are either getting overly active, or that I'm just not mentally all there. Or that things just happen that are beyond control and not only do I have to live wit... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:22:37 EST 2017 Well, gained weight this weekend. <BR> <BR> This is always they way it goes for me, Back and forth. I spent the weekend camping so was fairly active with several hikes in the mix. Also started some elliptical this weekend as well. Nutrition wise, although I did not follow my program (I was not ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:22:27 EST Monday Morning Holidy It is a bright sunshiny 70 degree morning on the Northwest Florida gulf Coast. I have to be ready for a podiatrist appointment this afternoon in Pensacola. I was on the phone early with <BR> Ford dealership and State Farm relative to the Ford Synch program that is not functioning properly on ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:21:49 EST Monday about to head to the bakery..let the deep clean begin!! January is move EVERYTHING, scrub everything time. I clean EVERY day there...i never leave even if its 2 am and i have to be back at 4 am, without cleaning. But January..i move and bleach EVERYTHING...and today is my "meeting room"...where i... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:18:51 EST Monday Morning Check In Monday Morning Check In*** <BR> <BR> So this morning I jumped on the scale, which I'm not a big fan of by the way. There are far better ways to determine how you are doing with your health and fitness journey (that's a post for another day). <BR> <BR> Jumped on the scale and was staring at the... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:16:37 EST I'm back! I'm back after a month of eating what I want. Its been a stressful month! But I haven't gained or lost so I'm going to set a goal of 5 lbs by valentines day. If I lose more, great! But at least I can be sure to start out successful. That will put me at around 195 and I haven't seen that for years... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:16:20 EST January 16-22 2017 Weekly Accountability Blog Week Two – January 16-22 2017 <BR> <BR> Just thought i'd post this here to help me stay accountable with my weekly fitness goals. I have a lot of weight to go, but I am very lucky to not be able to make excuses with a gym in my each week I'll post what I'm going to do and how I did th... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:12:23 EST This too shall pass!! <img src=""> This plateau will pass as sure as my name is Sharisse!! God is good!! It will happen this week. I have never no doubt in my mind!! To God be the glory!! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:11:47 EST I saw the urologist this morning and I am wondering, "What is going on?" I had a follow up visit today with the urologist that saw me Sunday, January 8th, when I went to the Emergency Room at the hospital. I spent the night in the hospital because of kidney stone. <BR> <BR> I was not happy with the visit. She couldn't tell me anything and didn't answer any of my qu... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:10:19 EST I Need Your Help: Medications that require food I have a struggle that maybe some of you might have a good solution to solve. I am on a life-saving medication that I have to eat a minimum of 350 calories before eating. Those calories must come from at least one bread/simple carb and a fat. So far, PB&J sandwiches have been my source of solace ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:09:42 EST De-railed..... Well I seem to be stuck in a void. <BR> <BR> I float from 307 down to 302 ..... It's my fault......I need to buckle down, pay attention to my portion sizes, and stop eating ANYTHING after 6 pm. It's what works for me. I have studied my body and the way it works for over 2 years and I allowed li... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:08:27 EST Monday! <img src=""> It's a new Monday! I weighed myself after last nights Packers game and am down .8 lb haha. I knew I worked hard watching that game :) and I got to sleep until 9am today which hasn't happened in years! T... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:05:51 EST It's a New Year and New Start So here I am in 2017, I started this journey in 2016 and I found that I had a lot of set backs but my goals have stayed the same and I am still working at it. No I will not give up... I believe in mind over matter and I have stuck to that line of thinking. So I got my gym membership and I am star... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:05:49 EST Recovering from chest cold- back at it! So last week, I came down with a chest cold- it started on a day that included an intense core workout, so part of me wondered if I was really getting sick, or just sore. So, while I did not get up early and work out on Friday or Saturday, I did continue to track my food and drank a lot of tea. I... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:04:42 EST 5 Ways Your Pet Could Start Your House on Fire <link><BR>ypets/archive/2014/07/14/pet-friendly-<BR>fire-escape-plan.aspx </link> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:03:04 EST Week 2 I got this!!!! Well from Friday on its been possible sabotages to my diet left and right. First started with dinner out with my folks and aunt that visiting NY. then Saturday was all day at my BIL and SIL'S place and they had biscuits with sausage gravy at breakfast, pasta at lunch and pizza at dinner. Thank Go... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:01:10 EST 2017 Goals At the beginning of each year I always write a blog about my goals. I never wrote one in 2016, so when I was going over my accomplishments of 2016, I couldn’t say I reached any of my goals because I didn’t have them. It left me feeling kind of empty, and despite knowing I had accomplished a lot, ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:00:41 EST DETERMINED So determined this time around. Wish you all the best out there on your journeys. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:59:29 EST On a roll 2 pounds down already. I think this will work! <em>593</em> <em>521</em> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:58:39 EST new week waiting at oral surgeons office. my dh is getting sedated to have a damaged tooth pulled. this could be a long day. they are already behind Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:57:26 EST 30 Day Self-Challenge: Day Seven Cruising along well! Did my water aerobics today and still eating on plan. I'm telling you, making small goals is the way to go! Whenever I feel the urge to sway from the past, I just hear the statement, "Listen - you can do ANYTHING for 30 days!" <BR> <BR> This morning I was reading my Peo... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:57:09 EST Finding motivation It's been a while since I have been here and I do not even really know where to begin. I am looking for motivation. I read all of the different articles and try all of the tips, but nothing seems to help rather than just getting up and powering through it. I know that this will not work if I cann... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:55:31 EST Add me on snapchat! 😊 <img src=""> <BR> Add me on snapchat 😊 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:53:59 EST Monday January 16, 2017 Good morning! We are having an ice storm here. No school today and I am excited about that! The weekend was good...filled with shopping, preparing for the storm, church and speech performances. I also sat down for the first time in ages and did a puzzle with my oldest son. <BR> <BR> I am a... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:52:55 EST Exercise I know it should be done but so far I haven't. Today is the day I get off my butt. 5 minutes- I know that isn't worth any thing but at least it will be a start. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:52:28 EST All you can eat buffet Saw a commercial for IHOP the other day: All you can eat pancakes! The voice over invited me to slip on my stretchy pants and see how many pancakes I could stuff into my face. Really? Do I win a prize or something? What's the purpose of all you can eat? To be the best at pancake consuming? Becaus... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:52:23 EST Fitting it all in one day? I am laughing as I type this! Somehow, I must equate with getting everything done in one day as my way of being Superwoman. As if I falls short of one task that I didn't fit in.....made me bummed out the whole day. I need to learn that there are 365 days in a year!!! I need to step back a littl... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:49:56 EST Finally! So today I finally did, what I've been putting off, I did Lesilie's workout for older adults, it combines strength training , with the aerobics , had to push myself but 30 min of exercise in today <em>244</em> So I'm starting from scratch again, but I'm feeling pretty energized. Hopefully it wi... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:49:37 EST Starting again.... After the holidays and though I didn't do too bad I need to remember to begin again. Start from beginning and keep going. That's all I can do. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:49:12 EST Ice Skating <img src=""> <BR> Maddie, Emma and Tyler getting ready! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sister Ashley and Baby Elleanor watching us skate! <BR... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:47:42 EST January 16th Had a bad night last night, I got one of those wheezes in my throat & nothing I did could clear it. It must have been like sleeping with a pair of noisy bellows for Pete. Obviously the wheeze meant that I couldn't stop coughing and although I sucked strepsils, took a dose of cough medicine and pu... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:45:42 EST Spinning was great More today - 6:00 pm class. Can't wait. Taking stairs all day today - already have 15 floors in! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:43:24 EST Getting it in <img src=""> <BR> 4miles done baking done.Pray for me funeral today.Im not eating these. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:42:11 EST Sweating like a pig <img src=""> <BR> I uses a small oval rug as my dance work out space. Then turned on some music turned my back to my husband got my light heights and tore it up for 30 min. I have always been to up tight to dance or ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:40:29 EST Strength Training-Did you Know? <img src=""> This is so true! Doing exercise moves in your workouts with dumbbells, kettle bells etc really amp up the work you put in and calories burned. Whether you do your own routine movements with weights, or ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:40:11 EST Weight Loss Jar Revisited Over a year ago (probly two years now) I had made myself a weight loss jar. I blogged about it and the jar worked really well for me. Now that I have restarted this weight loss journey I noticed the jar sitting on the window sill in my laundry room. Today I moved the curtain over and took down th... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:35:49 EST Week 2 Finished up my 2nd week of getting healthier. Definitely with mixed results. Lost about 2 pounds this week. That is what the goal is so I suppose I should be happy about that. It is certainly better than gaining weight. I think I am a little tainted by tv, commercials ect where people are dr... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:35:32 EST Oops So yesterday while trying to track my weight I typed in the wrong number. Luckily I saw and fixed the problem. Yesterday was a horrible day at work. I didn't get my water in. I went over in calories. Now on to the good things. I got my steps in. I tracked my food. I got a good amount of sleep. ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:33:44 EST Big bone <img src=""> <BR> Hi friend back pay on Monday working hard at my New Year's resolution to lose 91 pounds by December 11th.... I took yesterday off of working and exercising I just some cleaning done around the house w... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:32:38 EST No ice!!! We got away without getting all that ice they said we were supposed to get!! It rained last night and it's raining now but it will clear off this afternoon so we can go walking outside. Then tomorrow through Friday we are supposed to get up to the upper 50's and even 60° one day!! I am so ready f... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:31:06 EST Big bone <img src=""> <BR> Hi friend back pay on Monday working hard at my New Year's resolution to lose 91 pounds by December 11th.... I took yesterday off of working and exercising I just some cleaning done around the house w... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:29:44 EST Zero, Nada, Nilch <img src=""> So I was supposed to weigh in yesterday and I forgot so I stepped on today. I lost nothing. However, knowing how my weekend went I'm not suprised. So I'll try harder this week and plan better for next we... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:26:48 EST Palates is hard Like when I first started yoga I struggled on my form with every move. I did palates for the first time & I used muscles I never knew I had. My legs are a lil sore. Good core workout though Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:26:29 EST On Growing Old <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> "Age-based retirement arbitrarily severs productive persons from their livelihood, squanders their talents, scars their health, strains an already overburdened Social Security system, and drives many el... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:26:20 EST Eating well is a form of self respect <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I really do like this quote today. I am in total agreement with it. <BR> <BR> I think that in my own journey as a binge eater, food was and is utilized to do everything it's NOT meant to do. I ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:25:42 EST Trimming up ( well aren't we all ) Hello everybody my names Dakota, I currently weigh 209 and I'm trying to get to 190. I've had the same jogging routine for a year now and lift. But recently I got a desk job and I've had trouble sticking to my diet, not to mention I feel constantly bloated. I'm fairly happy with my body but there... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:24:45 EST Mom's paintings; it's never too late to start I just cleaned out the hall walk-in closet and found so much more of my mother's oil paints, brushes, blank canvases, a small easel and two big ones. On the top shelf, in storage bags, were so many of the paintings she did after retiring. My family is going to love this find. What a legacy! ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:24:39 EST After Pnuemonia I haven't been to the gym in six weeks, and I'm still coughing. But I decided today was the day to start back. I work out in the pool but did a less intense nothing submerged workout. It feels great to start working out. Since my lungs are in recovery I did anaerobic exercise with pool weights an... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:18:34 EST Martin Luther King Day Martin Luther King Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated: The third Monday in January. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:18:28 EST FitBit working overtime Had a terrible night last night. My last blood test shows that my platelets are a little high (524) and have about doubled in the last 6 month. Thankfully I do have an appt. with my doctor for tomorrow because of a pain in my back that won't go away. <BR> <BR> Running a little fever that has m... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:18:07 EST 1st day I'm currently weighing it at 145 I would like to loose about 20 lbs lord help me Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:18:00 EST Finally getting serious <img src=""> <BR> This is my first day. My goal is 140 right now I am at 265. I figure if I have a support group I should be held accountable. Thank you all in advance Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:14:23 EST Stuck! We did get the predicted ice storm, but I don't think it's as bad as the weathermen/women thought it would be. No school or work for me or the kids due to Martin Luther King Day. Hubby is already at work and said the roads weren't horrible, but not great, either. So it looks like I'm stuck! <BR> ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:13:54 EST Keep going!! <img src=""> <BR> It's that simple. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:11:55 EST Work out I have found it hard sometimes to just "work out" but dancing while doing the laundry and walking faster across the house while I'm cleaning, mopping, sweeping and cleaning showers actually burns a lot of calories. I don't drink soda but what I've been eating lately I compare to what I should do... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:05:20 EST Weekend Challenges Monday came too quickly---partly because we were pretty busy this weekend and I did overnight babysitting at my sister's. Lot of fun but wish I just had one more day to rest. <BR> <BR> The weekend went okay as far as food and workouts go. I did a LOT of walking. I've made small adjustments to ke... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:02:09 EST Energy Dear Lord give me the energy to exercise today Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:58:54 EST Bumpy Ride Trying to find the energy to go to sign up for the gym and maybe workout a little I going now Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:58:45 EST Week 1 almost over. Holy cow!! I'm down 6 lbs in 1 week!! Beer is out!! That was it. Packing on my pounds!! I had 2 beers Friday night and 2 yesterday. That is it. I am feeling proud. Now to get my vitamin intake in check! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:55:55 EST Day after the scarey episode I was still shakey till after I had lunch, and still a little fearful. At nite, I was afraid to do my exercise since I usually do them at time I took the low last nite. So instead I ate.....lots of cashews and some other stuff...duh? Not too smart, was I? <BR> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:55:25 EST "Remember who the enemy is..." I was watching "Hunger Games " last night and this morning. They said this to Katniss a few times in the movie and it had me thinking. Who is the real enemy in my weight loss journey? Am I? Is food? Is it the unrealistic goals I set? Maybe there's no real enemy, but it did inspire me to think ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:51:02 EST Day 1113 - Why are weekends so hard? I make great strides during the week, but weekends I fail. I workout more on the weekends. HELL, this weekend I walked a half-marathon on Friday, a mile and a half on Saturday, and 4.5 miles on Sunday. I still can't lose weight. I snack too much , I guess? <BR> <BR> I am so over all of this. ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:50:56 EST First day First day of a new me didn't start off good lots of ice can't get to town to exercise gonna have to try to here Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:50:28 EST Waiting to see....again Well, we are on offer # 4 for houses, so the waiting game is going on again. This is most physically and emotionally draining process that we have been through. You get your hopes up because you like a house, and then things don't work. <BR> I am trying to stay positive, and I keep reminding my... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:48:09 EST Ice... I always like ice in my drink, but not on the road. We have sooooo much ice. Not going anywhere today :/ Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:47:36 EST Blessings, January 16, 2017 My goal is to list at least three blessings each day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. I still have power and water and we are halfway through the storm. <BR> <BR> 2. I rescheduled one doctor's appointment and cancelled another so I don't have to be on icy roads today. <B... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:47:26 EST Day one of my journey I am a mother of 5 beautiful little girl. I seemed to have gotten lost taking care of every one and thing in my life .I never spend the time on myself. I am starting to see that I have to make a difference in my life . I had my two younger children close together so now that my baby is almost a y... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:41:26 EST When You Have to Crawl.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am crawling again. Trying to be active, yet scales not cooperating. Energy level is down too for some reason. I come across this from a SP friend on their blog and borrowed it. (Okay, I stole ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:39:59 EST (as of 1/14/2017) Weight: 233 Waist: 42 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:39:35 EST (as of 11/10/16) Weight: 242 Waist: 44 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:38:22 EST In the beginning Starting Weight: 393 lbs. Starting Waist: 56-58 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:35:30 EST 206.6 Day 7 not a fatty by St. Patty challenge AF No problem getting steps in took my "little brother" to Hawk Mt. bird sanctuary yesterday. The place has changed and morphed into a real destination. A lot of hand rails next to some of the grades. We had a good day. Good for him to get out and take a break from his foster family, actually... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:32:39 EST 206.6 Day 7 not a fatty by St. Patty challenge AF No problem getting steps in took my "little brother" to Hawk Mt. bird sanctuary yesterday. The place has changed and morphed into a real destination. A lot of hand rails next to some of the grades. We had a good day. Good for him to get out and take a break from his foster family, actually... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:32:28 EST A little Sad Saturday a good friend of mine was killed in a car accident. He was hit head on by a drunk driver going the wrong way on the freeway. My heart is soo heavy and filled with hurt right now. Normally I deal with grief by eating.....but I am trying to start this year off positive and on the right tra... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:29:38 EST Bingeing Every so often(once or twice a month) I binge. Just read the Spark article on Emotional Eating. I know and try to take those suggestions. I'm a sober person who has also given up cigarettes. I would love to smoke again but have been on the gum for a long time. So when I say frig that with my pers... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:26:55 EST Progress It's the middle of the first month of 2017. I decided to check in on this month's goals. I am making progress on my Long Term and Short Term goals for 2017. <BR> <BR> I have tried a couple of new recipes with Asparagus. I like it best when splashed with a little garlic infused olive oil, sprink... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:25:28 EST Blue Monday Theory Is Now Debunked In 2005,the third Monday of January was theorized by a Welsh psychologist to be the gloomiest day of the year. He came up with this using a "scientific" formula. Since then, however, it has been widely discredited as not being Blue Monday since depression can't be calculated with a formula. <... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:23:24 EST Organizing...It's a BIG deal! sharing this article <BR> <BR> <BR> When I ask folks at my organizing seminars, 'What is organizing?,' I get similar responses... <BR> <BR> * Prioritizing my schedule <BR> * Emptying out my closet <BR> * Being able to find my keys <BR> <BR> And yes. Those are all parts of getting organiz... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:22:31 EST Say 2 <img src=""> <BR> Today is easy on getting work out in. Have off. Hard part will good seeing meeting my son for lunch. Hope I can find healthy salads and yes I always ask for dressing on side. ... This is me after d... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:22:02 EST An Extraordinary Life I recently read an article entitle How to Have An Extraordinary Life. While some of what I share is quotes from the article, I am hopefully explaining how we all have a higher power, what ever you call it, within us. For me, it is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is where my Extra Ordinary Life b... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:21:10 EST Monday's Silly <img src=""> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:20:10 EST Satan/Sabotage Shut Down <img src=""> <BR> This morning that voice that wants to hold me back was yelling in my ear from the moment I woke up. "I just sleep in.", "Poor yourself a cup of coffee and sit", "you don't have to excise today, you ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:20:09 EST Back on track Well I've been horrible about recording what I eat! The goodnews is I still lost a few ounces. I think this is because I got the notices to record my meals. I feel like this made memore aware of what I ate still but if I want to loose the 1lb/week or more I need to actually record my food. This i... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:17:16 EST Must Make Monday Mine Weekend is over - time to get busy and lose some weight! <BR> <em>386</em> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:15:41 EST Stopping the Sabatoge A good friend on SP blogged a while ago (I only read it today) about starting the days out with great intentions then as evening comes, throwing caution to the wind and getting caught up in the food again. She asked why? Here is my response: <BR> <BR> Oh, oh, oh, pick me, pick me! OK, I don't... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:15:08 EST Spring! (In two or thee monts, but still: yay!) The sun is shining, there's no ice or snow on the ground, and the days are slowly, slowly growing longer. If it's not spring, then it's the way towards it. <BR> <BR> I had a sinfully late start, a delicious, freshly made breakfast with egg, cheese, vegetables, fruit, whole wheat bread all in one... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:10:19 EST Third day Just started this app on Friday, I workout 4-5 times a week...I haven't dropped weight but my body has changed and my clothes fits so different.... My trainer told me I have gained a lot of muscle.....I think I'm loving just seeing my body change. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:05:34 EST Stay Connected - Joel & Victoria Today's Scripture: "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit..." (John 15:5, NKJV) <BR> <BR> Do you need more power and strength in your life today? When you are connected to the Father through Jesus, you are connected to your life source. Just as ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:04:11 EST Monday <img src=""> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:58:21 EST Beck Day 29 Again My family has come to accept that I am going to eat what I am going to eat. Occasionally I will indulge with them in a celebratory treat, but most of the time I abstain. Last night my daughter brought a pecan pie to the fish/potatoes/broccoli/corn supper I cooked. I served the pie, but no one exp... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:57:26 EST #fruit Apple's and bananas really have a lot of calories for something that is suppose to be healthy. Now looking for a low calories snack. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:51:20 EST Day 8 Switched diets. See an overnight loss. Wow! We will see. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:45:20 EST Giving Spark another try! <img src=""> <BR> I have been trying to workout 3 times a week! Even on my long week at work. Slow going but I know this weight did not go on over night and it will not come off over night! <BR> Stopped smoking 3 p... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:40:25 EST 21 Days and 13 Pounds Gone! Well, here I am at the end of THREE very successful weeks: <BR> <BR> First week: down 8.5 pounds <BR> Second week: down 2.5 pounds <BR> Third week: 2 down <BR> <BR> for a total loss of 13 pounds. <BR> <BR> Yay! <BR> <BR> My biggest challenge this last week was a tie between the party I at... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:37:09 EST Joined a Fitness group We have a couple in our town that has a Crawl/Walk/Run group. They also hold a fitness class once a week. I signed up for the AB class from 530-6 and the Strength training/tabata/HIIT class 6-7. It's not free but a 100% of money goes back into the community. This 10 week's class will go towards s... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:33:56 EST New day <img src=""> <BR> I was so disappointed when woke up early having a bad dream about a place I worked for 10. Then I got on the scales and I was up almost 2 lbs and I thought my food the day before was under my low ran... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:31:16 EST New year, new me I don't make resolutions. Resolutions are too easy to break. Instead I make long term generic goals. Then throughout the year I make various goals to meet that generic goal. <BR> <BR> This year's goal is to get healthy. I have let my health lapse over the last couple of years. I only exer... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:30:03 EST Today! Good Morning Sparkers! Feeling a bit 'quiet' this morning so I won't write much. Just hoping you have a great day, get your workouts in and enjoy this gift... <BR> <BR> Carpe Diem <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:29:35 EST Icy morning Good morning everyone. I woke up to icy roads and sidewalks. No work or school today. I get to spend the day with my boys. Still no lbs lost. I have stayed the same the last three times I weighed myself. I guess staying the same is better then gaining weight. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:29:32 EST I'm learning what kinds of foods that I gravitate to This weekend I gave myself a break from restricting my food selections somewhat. And I noticed something right away. When I'm not consciously selecting foods that are low in calorie density I do eat more what in Volumentrics says are calorie density categories 3 and 4 and mostly it's category 3 n... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:28:57 EST Changing Habits I have discovered that I love challenges. Challenges on SP are fun because with any goal you need a plan for reaching the goal. With challenges on SP we are given ways for reaching the goal so the planning is there for us to follow for success. The articles we read are supportive and exercises... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:28:21 EST Foggy Monday It's foggy and rainy and dreary -- a perfect day to stay in and nest! I took the day off, so I'm going to have the perfect mix of productivity and lounging. I have a workout to crush, water to drink, a kitchen to clean, Dr Fuhrman dvds to watch, and pets to snuggle. <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:23:46 EST ~ MAGICal ~ <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> <em>188</em> <em>88</em> <em>188</em> <em>88</em> <em>188</em> <em>88</em> <em>188</em> <BR> <em>188</em> ~Waving Hello~ <BR> ~Wishing Eve... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:21:42 EST Whey? No WAY... unless... Since beginning to track my nutrition, I'm finding it's hard to get the recommended daily amount of protein. I like meat and nuts, but I just don't eat a lot of them. Eggs are something I like quite a bit, so maybe I can add in some more eggs to my diet. <BR> <BR> However, one day at Kroger, I... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:19:51 EST Telepathic thoughts to y'all! "Mental telepathy-"---- <BR> That's what I say to my daughter-- <BR> It's kinda like, "Great minds think alike"- <BR> <BR> Have you ever had a thought drift through yer mind---like---- <BR> "I should call my daughter"-- <BR> Before you can get to the phone, the phone rings, and--it's your daught... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:17:43 EST Holiday 100 Minutes treadmill and am spending day with my daughter and five of my grandchildren since no school. Have a lovely day. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:15:25 EST Rested up Feel great this morning. Haven't been sleeping well, only about 3 hrs a night but slept all night last night. Bring on Monday!! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:09:15 EST On The Lighter Side <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <em>386</em> Sparkers Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:08:38 EST Off Off today plan on cleaning have to have blood work done visit my mom and dad have a great Monday😍😊😍 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:07:01 EST Who's Afraid of Hunger??? Who's afraid of hunger??? Me... and I always have been! The moment I feel a twinge of discomfort, I go running for the fridge. Which usually sets me up for a 2-3 day binge once I've gone off "plan." I tell myself every day that I'll stick to my plan, but every day I find myself grazing, which s... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:06:18 EST Traveling with a furry friend... All I have to do is say the magic word, "go," and the furry bundle quivers with excitement. Grab his harness, and the true excitement begins. I can barely contain him long enough to get the harness on, and he just can't wait to get in the car. Of course there is the obligatory lunge at Mr. Kitty,... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:05:43 EST HELP This is the beginning of a new journey I have started many times. I often start strong and fade away as the days and weeks go on. This year I have help. I joined the Biggest Winner Challenge with my Bible Study Class. I believe they will be my help and strength to continue to meet my goal. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:03:40 EST It Is A Gift <img src=""> <BR> Every day is a gift, even Monday's. I hope you enjoy all that comes your way today.❤☕☕☕☕☕ Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:02:16 EST 3 Accomplishments I have got to my goal weight and have stayed there for just about a year ( will be a year in February). There was a period of time around the holidays were I last track of tracking my food but have been doing very well with that. Starting yesterday I got my Fitbit to work again and am back to doi... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:57:32 EST Day 1💪 I have just started a new me today, its begun with 2 eggs on 2 toast for breakfast which has given me the energy to do some exercising... I'm struggling with keeping up to exercises I won't get bored doing, I seem to be ok with the healthy meal side of things and cutting down portions. Hopefully ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:55:43 EST Cornbread and Buttermilk for breakfast Last night I made low fat cornbread to go with low fat chili, and today I got to have it for breakfast. It's one of my favorites, what I think of as a true Oklahoma breakfast. Sometimes I use hot sauce, but today I just poured on the pepper. It was delicious! Later this morning I'll have some... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:53:27 EST Day 5 I went over 391 yesterday. I changed my range back to spark recommendations. I set it manually for 1200-1400 calories a day. Clearly I'm not yet at this level so I went back to sparks recommendations. Today will be better. Not gonna give up! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:53:26 EST Day 4 Good Morning! Yesterday went a lot better food wise than the day before! Kitchen renovation wise? We're pretty much stalled until the kitchen dept at lowes can fit us in for an appointment. We're hoping to hear back about something for this afternoon, fingers crossed! Weight: 142.2, down almost... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:50:39 EST Week 4 Well i am entering another week of my weighloss journey. I am glad that I am continuing to see improvement within myself. I think the coaching tip for today is perfect...change doesn't come overnight and if you try to change everything at once, you setting yourself up to fail. I have cut pork out... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:48:43 EST A friend and neighbor just "unfriended" me over politics! Basically a great guy, but he pushes his politics, which are NOT ours. Now he won't watch the house when we leave, won't let his kids cat sit for us, all because I don't him we "don't like to be bullied over politics." Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:46:27 EST Swimmin' With The Rays Finally got the pics where we played with the sting rays on our cruise. <BR> <BR> The guy had the email wrong, funny thing was I asked him 3 times if he spelled it right. Men! <BR> <BR> We had a great day, kind of wish we were still there, but I do love home. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:46:17 EST slept late slept late today & woke up late did some Tai Chi about 20 minutes & stretching trying to keep up with exercise Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:45:59 EST It's Monday ... sloppy weather, and Monday -- what more could we ask for .. Have a good one !!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:45:18 EST NSV's Outweigh the Scale Good morning! I am up bright and early, just as I had planned! I had PLANNED to be up a little before 5:00 to do some stretching, and have some time to get dressed with no stress, make some coffee, etc. I was beating myself up when I finally rolled out of bed at 5:30....then I realized somethi... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:43:55 EST January: Fresh Beginnings! I vanished! Like magic! <BR> <BR> No, really, I've just got a whole lot of personal stuff going on right now. I can see why losing weight worked for me a few years back. I had the time and space in my life to 100% obsess on food and exercise. Now… it's been more difficult. But I don't feel as g... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:42:56 EST Eating healthy One thing to eat healthy is look at calories and sodium and if sodium is less then calories then it healthy Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:39:33 EST Back on Plan This year I didn't bother with NY resolutions as they never last for me. <BR> I always fall by the wayside like so many others and then don't feel good about myself. <BR> In September last year I successfully committed to a health and fitness focussed lifestyle and met with great success. <BR> A... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:39:13 EST Avoid this bank! <BR> Subject: FW: ANZ Bank -this is brilliant <BR> <BR> Note to self: 'Cancel credit cards prior to death! <BR> Be sure and cancel your credit cards before you die! This is so priceless <BR> and so easy to see happening - customer service, being what it is today! <BR> <BR> A lady died this... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:39:02 EST Why I came back to Spark Yesterday I wrote about being 68 years young and not taking any meds or being in any pain. But ---- there is always a but isn't there. I have high blood pressure and I need to lose about 10 lbs which will lower my count. I go to a Naturopath Dr. and a Medical Doctor. My Medical Doctor wants me to... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:36:58 EST pic I have finally found my purpose in life: I am the Funny Mom on Twitter, like George's mom on Seinfeld. <BR> <BR> She takes screenshots of my text messages and posts them on her Twitter account so her friends can laugh at us old people. Now I know why she was bugging me to get a smartphone! <BR>... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:36:56 EST Script Engage 2.0 Script Engage 2.0 Review – Why would it be a good idea for you to get it? <BR> <BR> When I opened my subsidiary store around 9 or 10 months prior, I never believed that getting qualified deals articles would be so difficult. At to start with, I kept in touch with them without anyone else's inpu... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:30:25 EST Day #338 of my Adventures in Spark Land Day #338 here in Spark Land! <BR> <BR> Faith <BR> is taking the first step when <BR> you don't see the whole staircase. <BR> ~Martin Luther King Jr <BR> <BR> *The first MLK holiday was on January 20, 1986. <BR> <BR> <em>188</em> I am on step #15 on Fly Lady which is make your bed. So simple... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:23:17 EST Day 6: 2 cups of decaf a day 1 tsp cream + 1 tsp sugar with each cup <img src=""> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:21:29 EST Mindset, Sabotage and disbelief <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm very proud of myself. <BR> <BR> I try my hand at any diet, and I can stick to it for a while and lose weight. <BR> <BR> Only to then change my mindset, start sabotaging and disbelieving in... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:18:57 EST Jim Rohn If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around. -Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> It's never too late to turn around... perhaps someone needs YOUR help today! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:13:38 EST On Mission--Not Ramblings I eavesdropped and spied that Jim had flight prices listed on his notepad next to his laptop. It is the middle of January, after all, and he HAS gone to East Africa the last two years in February/March. <BR> On the way to church yesterday, I asked him, <BR> K: So, have you got any dates that you'... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:11:31 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do not wait for life. Do not long for it. Be aware, always and at every moment, that the miracle is in the here and now. <BR> <BR> - Marcel Proust Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:10:56 EST I Must Do Better This morning when I got on the scale I was expecting to have lost around 4 pounds but I only lost 1. I'm trying to look on the bright side. I'm 6 pounds less then when I started but I know if I want that 4 to 5 pound loss I must do better. I was off last night and I ate a good size meal (still un... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:07:24 EST Need to stay on track! Learning that if I cheat just once, I can cheat again and again. Need to get back to this and prosper! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:06:01 EST Exercised to the Max! Sunday was another successful, on-plan day! Hooray! DH and I went out for lunch, then went thrift-store shopping, and then to the grocery. I found another crock-pot hook up unit at the thrift store...only $12.99...yes! Now I have three. I think these will be great for family get-togethers. ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:04:56 EST God's Kingdom <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ever notice that when you put something written up to a mirror it looks like it is backwards? In the natural, we are born, we age, getting older and older until we finally die. <BR> But in God’s... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:02:48 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, January 16, 2017 January 16, 2017 POOR AND HUMBLE <BR> <BR> Many see people who are poor and humble as not being very strong. That is because they base their judgment on outward appearance rather than what is on the inside. People who are financially poor may not be able to buy the luxuries of life but they also... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:01:04 EST BDS Day 30: Stay in Control When Eating Out I expect to be eating out with a friend on Friday January 20: we had tentatively scheduled this (subject to work emergencies, she's a lawyer too) well before Christmas. <BR> <BR> I most definitely will plan in advance what I'm going to eat. This restaurant is "the one" I most often go to, the... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:57:17 EST 1/16/17 We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. Martin Luther King Quote of the Day <BR> The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love. Martin Luther King, Jr <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Art is Art. Everything... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:55:56 EST MEMEDAY January 16,2017 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's true! I go into the kitchen and forget why I am there. I go to the store and forget my list at home. Thank goodness for lists! We write items needed on the whiteboard in the kitchen and... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:55:36 EST Day 1 My goal is to lose 50lbs by April 22 I'm standing up in a wedding and would like not to be the fat girl in it. I know i can do it just gotta stay on track 😉 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:44:37 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=1/16/2017=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">Give unto the LORD, O ye... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:37:49 EST Day 109/This Week's Goals About to go work out, I had a hard time taking yesterday as my off day, I really wanted to work out, but I managed not to. I did pamper myself some. I took a nice long soak in the tub with bath oils and this wonderful grapefruit drink that DH bought some of recently, yum. Then I did a face mask, ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:32:06 EST New begining Happy Monday, well I'm getting tired of this roller coaster ride. I need to commit and move forward and today again I will give it another try. When I spoke to my doctor recently she told me I was a perfect candidate to surgery!? I was floored, is this where I am now? <BR> <BR> I have several f... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:29:12 EST Exam is this week Glad when that is over. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:24:16 EST Duplicates Sorry for the repeat. Said error occurred try again so I did and it repeated same message and when I looked I saw the duplicated several times No edit available..eeks.. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:11:54 EST Steelers Nation Stayed up late to watch my Steelers play so I'm a lil tired , but it was well worth it. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:11:32 EST Happy Monday. Good weekend here. Stayed on track with food. Enjoy your day! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:06:32 EST *Awesome* weekend! Did as best I could with the food events.........a big thing for me was knowing that when I was finished eating, I felt satiated and NOT *stuffed*! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday's get-together involved vegetarian fare - while I'm not about to revamp my current eating regimen, I... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:01:52 EST BDS Journal: Celebrating 65 days What did I do today to avoid unplanned eating: <BR> Planned my food the day before <BR> <BR> If I deviated what happened? What can I learn from this for next time?: <BR> n/a <BR> <BR> Reflections: <BR> Giving myself credit for following the Beck Diet Solution for 65 days. Many positive changes... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:58:57 EST Putting the past behind me... lt seems ages since l've blogged properly and l need to open up and get everything out, mostly for myself so l can move on. <BR> lt's been such a very hard eighteen months with one thing after the other going on, mostly ill health issues for me and my DH. <BR> <BR> Just to recap, about a year a... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:55:22 EST 1-16-2017-JOLLIES FROM JUDY <img src=""> Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:53:09 EST Wonderful Day <BR> Nothing stressed me yesterday, so I do not have answers for the typical recap questions. I am pleased to have spent seven hours working on my revisions at Starbucks. Sipped on some Ice Coffee and let my fingers fly across the keyboard. It was an amazing time. Then I came home cooked an awes... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:48:40 EST Wonderful Day <BR> Nothing stressed me yesterday, so I do not have answers for the typical recap questions. I am pleased to have spent seven hours working on my revisions at Starbucks. Sipped on some Ice Coffee and let my fingers fly across the keyboard. It was an amazing time. Then I came home cooked an awes... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:48:25 EST Cheat Day I have decided to set a date for my cheat day. I am going to be strict on my Diet and exercise and at the end of the month am treating myself to my favorite Indian dish and nan bread at my favorite restaurant for a reward. I will be sure to kick up the spices and heat to get my metabolism going. ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:42:26 EST "I have some dreams!" Yes, just like Martin Luther King, I have a dream...a healthy dream! <BR> 1. My dream is to live a long and healthy life with great mental acuity. I purposely get up early, and stretch. I write a blog and learn something from SparkPeople. <BR> <img src=" Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:20:41 EST January 16, Ezra 4:7-24 Evil forces may seem to delay God's plan but will not stop it. So these Samaritans send the letter and in fact history shows that the people of Judah and Jerusalem were in fact rebellious. he letter is also laces with lies, that too is a tactic of evil, even today so many laws are passed because of lies told which frighten people. Had the king searched a lit... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:03:43 EST Holiday It's a holiday (well it's a minute after midnight here). We are getting a haircut then I'm not sure what we're going to do! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 05:02:11 EST Week 1 reflection I know why I'm over weight because I eat when I'm bored and stressed it's s horrible combination. My goal last week was to stay busy after work from 2:30-4:45 pm. If I don't stay busy during that time all I will do is eat then around 5 I start dinner. I started working towards going back to schoo... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:48:26 EST Motivated I'm finally back on track with Atkins. I gained 10 lbs over the holidays. I took a job with a little less pay, but steady hours, 5am-2pm. I just couldn't handle working nights anymore and being away from my family so much. Im now the head cook for our local hospital. I love the job and the hours.... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:41:58 EST Wow! 70 gone. Just realized that I'm down 70 pounds. I'm surprised since I've had 4 major surgeries last year and am still recovering from those. Tomorrow is my last day of PT for my shoulder but it still hurts like he**. Left knee is still really sore from the revision I had done in May. They keep telling me ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:23:18 EST Taking advantage of the sunny skies. For the past month most of our days have looked like this, plus a lot of rain. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saturday was our first sunny day. I had to go for a hike. Munchie saw I was getting ready to go, and he jumpe... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:19:58 EST