SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Day 11 Exercise Streak: Under Construction I woke up to use the restroom and decided to prepare my blog for tomorrow. I haven't exercised yet but when I do it will be an 11 day streak. <BR> <BR> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:39:31 EST Day 10 Exercise Streak: Cardio, Weights, Trimming Bougainvillea I'm still at it, praise the Lord. Right now I don't have enough time to workout like I did when I was losing weight last winter and spring. However, I feel good. <BR> <BR> I gotta tell ya exercise really helps. Physically, mentally, spirtually, emotionally, intellectually... <BR> <BR> Hopefull... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:35:15 EST Hard times <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is a rough day. Things aren’t going so well. <BR> <BR> Last night it started all over again, and I couldn’t stop the anger from flowing. I’m normally really good about contro... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:31:55 EST Week 1 Results Down 3 pounds. <BR> <BR> Oorah! <em>652</em> <em>201</em> <em>323</em> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:30:39 EST Need cat therapy My stress levels lately have been following the yellow brick road like it's Route 66. Between friends passing away, work hours being more than normal, and complications needing surgery for my sister (from her accident) I am barely staying afloat. I am not getting the endorphins or stress relief ... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:20:56 EST 4-19-18 I started this and then everything vanished. Don't you hate it when that happens. I'm running late today, but that's mostly because I went out and filled the gas tank. That hadn't been on my work list. My recycling can is almost full and I have been getting more boxes and such to recycle. I'm goi... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:11:42 EST Starting off on the wrong foot. Hi! <BR> Well, today got off to a bad start. I went to my usual coffee klatch at Panera Bread, and when I requested my usual Oatmeal, I was told that they were out! Oh, Oh, now what? Everyone else had picked up a scone, so I got one too. Unfortunately, I chose one that was frosted, not thinki... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:05:28 EST Friday <img src=""> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:01:12 EST Struggling: Need Prayer Evening Hello my Friend's, <BR> <BR> This past month has been really difficult for me, just not feeling myself and have had to really push myself to get anything done and to keep on going with my weekly teaching and daily ministry responsibilities. <BR> <BR> I have had issues with my Thyroid fu... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:00:11 EST Cheating Well Today I read the article on how to cheat wisely on your diet and it was great timing since today was the first day I woke up craving foods that are off limits. I'm doing almost no dairy, no sugar, no gluten, and mostly simple, healthy whole foods, so not a lot of baked goods. Yet I woke up cravin... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:58:24 EST Quote for the Day In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we're pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker's praise without anxiety. <BR> <BR> A.W. Tozer Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:54:14 EST Bible Verse for the Day Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. [ Seeing God Through Love ] No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. <BR> <BR> 1 John 4:11-12 NKJV Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:53:37 EST I did it! I am so tired I can barely stay awake!18,000 steps today gardening outside in the sunshine! Goo night! Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:50:44 EST 20.04.18 A loss of 0.1 or 0.4 kg (different display twice over) this week,feeling good because: *yesterday at a breakfast one friend noticed my weight's showing *longest streak in ages *feeling in control *able to visualise myself getting there "It always seems impossible until it's done." Nels... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:47:29 EST Friday's Funny <img src=""> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:35:01 EST Not comfortable with goal setting. Rather be aware of opportunities and enjoy ehere they take me. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:30:46 EST Days 10 & 11 I have noticed the sluggishness has improved a bit. I am glad for that. I plan to add in weight training starting on Monday, so I will need a bit more energy for that. <BR> <BR> I realized that my homemade Alfredo sauce and my homemade cream of chicken soup is totally ok on keto, which is gre... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:03:59 EST FREESTYLE FRIDAY- "GUARD YOUR HEART" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WELCOME TO FREESTYLE FRIDAY MY FRIENDS! <em>213</em> <em>334</em> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello blessed ones! So GLAD you came by ... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:01:27 EST WAHOO ... WAY TO GO Thursday was the day I made 9879 steps. I dedicated the day to housework and exercise. I completed 3 rooms of cleaning including washing mirrors, cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming, etc. not to mention laundry, cooking and dishwashing. Made for a busy day with a lot of steps. <BR> <BR> The s... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:58:58 EST March reward and a song <img src=""> <BR> March reward and a song <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I ordered my March reward again. This time I decided on a charm bracelet ... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:55:52 EST Postcard Weather There's a big golf tournament scheduled for San Antonio this week, and just as with the Final Four NCAA College Basketball Finals, our Texas weather is showing off ...gorgeous sunshine with a hint of breeze that keeps it from getting too hot. <BR> <BR> The wildflowers are still glorious in their... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:42:33 EST Shining Brightly 4-19-18 <img src=""> Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:41:31 EST Catechism in a Year 131. What is the saving meaning of the Resurrection? <BR> <BR> The Resurrection is the climax of the Incarnation. It confirms the divinity of Christ and all the things which he did and taught. It fulfills all the divine promises made for us. Furthermore the risen Christ, the conqueror of sin and... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:39:14 EST Day 837 ~ Experimenting can be costly! Today’s SparkPeople: April 19, 2018 So on our new found Keto journey, while I be Cookie the meals (which most taste yum) my daughter has been doing the experimenting with the bake goods (not so good). Most recipes thus far have been bland, dry and not satisfying. I mean so suck down a tablespoon... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:30:25 EST Finally Back <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was my first day back to being myself. I've been fighting the flu for two weeks now while the kids were sick. I had absolutely no energy. Today I am finally feeling up to getting up and... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:23:15 EST What ya thunk 4/20/18 Where no one intrudes, many can live in harmony. - CHIEF DAN GEORGE ~ 4/20/18 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:18:53 EST Weather We received some moisture to morning but not enough. It 55 outside and 66 inside. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:13:40 EST Special Blessings-April 20, 2018 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I took some cold medicine early this morning, fell back asleep and slept in this morning. When I woke up, I took time to read my new book that I started yesterday. <BR> <BR> 2. I did laundry this afternoon. I really needed to get... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:03:32 EST Her Name Is Rose The first day of college our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn't already know. I stood up to look around when a gentle hand touched my shoulder. <BR> <BR> I turned around to find a wrinkled, little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up he... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:02:01 EST Day 68 Today I did a mile walking with <BR> Angie I got interrupted and never got back into it after that. <BR> I did try to fix my toaster but nope it wasn't an easy fix maybe my husband can fix it. <BR> I Listened to some sermons today. It was another nice weather day. I am thankful the dishwasher i... Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:01:24 EST Thursday Hope you had a great day! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:57:11 EST Spring Pollens.... <BR> The song says April Showers bring May flowers <BR> Well what does April pollen bring... <BR> Swollen eyes...stuffy nose...drippy nose and nor a bloom in sight!! <BR> <BR> Today...I was in shock...Ft Carson had a "controlled burn"...on the maneuver range..on a Red Flag Day!! When one of... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:50:54 EST Spring 5% Challenge W2D6 / Napping and Wrapping! I woke up to a blanket of white that melted by noon. It did just what I wanted it to do! <BR> <BR> The Dangerous Journey came to a close with Christian’s wife, Christiana, receiving a letter from her husband’s prince inviting her to make that dangerous journey herself. She went by day an had an ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:43:33 EST Pantry & Fridge Cleaned Out! <img src=""> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:33:37 EST #372 5 Best Pick-up Line Comebacks Man – Haven’t I seen you someplace before? Woman – Yes, that’s why I don’t go there anymore. <BR> <BR> Man – Can I buy you a drink? Woman – I think I’d rather have the money! <BR> <BR> Man – Will you go out with me this Saturday? Woman – Sorry, I’m having a headache this weekend. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:19:09 EST This time we are going to another nice place in Maine. Two of our walking buddies are away and so myself and my other walking buddy. We will look around to find places of interest. We have so many art galleries and interesting places so we will find places to take off in the summer. <BR> <BR> We might just drive up route #1 to the border to Canada b... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:05:55 EST Grumpy husband!! <img src=""> <BR> Grumpy husband!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My response to "grumpy husband"!! <BR> <BR> Day 92 and husband's support is wave... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 23:03:54 EST Day 109: Not Having a Good Day <img src=""> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:59:58 EST finally a decent day No way perfect but tolerable <BR> i <BR> searched for a company to remove the stump left after the tree was cut down yesterday. Within 3 minutes of making my request I was on the phone with a local guy and 10 minutes later he was at our house giving us an estimate and then starting and finishi... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:34:55 EST Day 135 <img src=""> <BR> Wicked tired today, got through work and really didn't want to workout but forced a 30 on the bike. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:31:05 EST Can You Lend Me a Hand? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She gave the doctor a hand of applause. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:30:20 EST Small goals challenge December April 19, 2018 Sunday after church is brunch and baby shower. Salad bar, punch, dessert is menu. Ideal salad will take less than an hour to make and little to zero clean up dishes! I buy ingredients for the salad at the grocery store tomorrow. Salad ideas? Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:26:36 EST Another Day Well its Thursday and we were busy at work. Went to Barre class. I'm tired and sleepy now. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:25:11 EST Today came complete with lots of smiles.... The sun was bright and the temp was near 50 so I didn't even need a jacket. Just wore a long sleeved shirt when I went out. Not quite warm enough to sit out on the porch but certainly warm enough to enjoy a bright blue sky for a change. I'm getting really tired of the white ground and the whit... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:15:55 EST Going to try this again Hi, everyone. I'm going to try this again. I've found myself with the very things I didn't want, diabetes and kidney disease. I personally believe my 10 years at my last job being harassed and belittled by my boss led to the high blood pressure that is now causing my kidney disease. I'm in co... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:12:47 EST 30 Days of Consistency: Day 18 1. Track all food ✅ 2. No junk food ✅ 3. No eating after dinner ✅ 4. Drink 10 glasses of water (80 oz.)✅ 5. 15,000 steps a day ✅ 6. 60 minute minimum daily workout. ✅ 7. Eat a minimum of 5 servings of fregtables a day. 8. Daily strength training 10 min minimum. ✅ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:12:21 EST The vending machine!!! So.... I have had it with eating the core of my meals from a vending machine!!! I bought a spiralizer USED IT FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS WEEK and found that I love zucchini noodles and spagetti sauce. I also just ordered a indoor grill. I get it thursday next week. I come from a traditional fami... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:10:01 EST Positivity I am finding that as so focus on tiny goals bit accomplish them I am more upbeat and positive. I know in time I will reach my goals with my new mindset. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:59:37 EST 1,500 mile goal Crossed the 1400 mile mark on exbike this morning. Less than 100 to go to reach first goal of 1500 miles. A lot of yard work done today. This weekend may be filled with rain so have to push the outside work. Happy Friday. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:48:06 EST Thankful April 19 Today I am thankful for... <BR> 1. Spark friends <em>223</em> <BR> 2. The Shooting Stars <em>8</em> What an amazingly supportive team! <BR> 3. fingernail polish Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:44:00 EST THIRSTY THURSDAY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is Thursday and for me it is Thirsty Thursday. The one day of the week that I strive to get more than my normal10cups of water. I start every morning with one bottle of water with my thy... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:38:30 EST But it's TRACKED crappy eating! I have tracked my eating for the past 5 days and plan to continue doing so. <BR> <BR> Though this is rarely something I admit (*), I am actually proud of myself for this. <BR> <BR> My calorie range has been on average between 3000 and 3800 calories. This more than certainly explains why I am s... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:29:04 EST Feel like I’m starving I have been on weight loss pills for the last year and a half. No weight lost but none gained. I have had to go off them for a surgery coming up in June and I am so hungry all the time. Trying not to eat everything. The manager in the next office heard me get a bag of chips today and came in to s... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:21:27 EST Happy Thursday Today was thirsty Thursday yes I accomplished drinking 12, 8oz glasses of water today! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:18:57 EST dips i use for veggies hummus, cheese dip or ranch dressing. <BR> my grocery store deli makes dips too. i enjoy using their beer dip <BR> <BR> any cracker dip i like can work for veggies Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:18:47 EST Beck Day 9 Select an Exercise Plan Beck Day 9 Select an Exercise Plan <BR> <BR> Dieting alone is NOT enough. Research shows long-term success depends on a healthy eating plan and regular exercise. Despite this, less than 18% of dieters incorporate exercise in plan. <BR> <BR> Exercise Benefits <BR> Exercise helps me stick with my... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:18:42 EST April 19, 2018 Happy Thursday! <BR> <BR> It was a pretty good day. I started with my workout, as usual. Jacob actually got up on his own so that he could take his shower. When I got down I got Matthew up. He was complaining about his stomach hurting, but not in the "I feel like I'm going to sick" way. More cra... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:10:47 EST sleep journal Sleep journal – 4-15-18 <BR> I took a chewable melatonin. <BR> I got settled in bed with my eye mask on around 10:53pm. I fell asleep at 11:15pmish and woke up at 5:55amish because my eyemask wasn’t on my eyes, my legs were pretzeled and they hurt. I fell asleep at 6:40amish. I woke up around 7:3... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:06:57 EST My journey through whole30 I decided to take the whole30 challenge to see if it helps with my depression and eating habits. I am a binge eater and need something different for another approach. This may Work for me, may not but I’m willing to try 100 percent for 30 days. Day 1 was super easy honestly. I am completely satis... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:01:47 EST A SIMPLE LITTLE BLOG <BR> God whispers to us if we are silent enough to listen....I found this quote this morning when i was looking for something for my page.. I liked the words, and the image of the little girl. I mean is there anything more free-spirited than a child. <BR> <BR> I had to go out today. It was the ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:49:24 EST Oops! Gah! <em>230</em> I am really trying to find it in me to laugh at myself but it's going to take a few minutes. Day 2 of my restarting (again) and I'm thinking "Wow I have a lot of calories available to me." [I was SURE I was over] Investigation into settings reveals: <BR> <BR> My weight is wr... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:48:17 EST journey to becoming a badass Day 407 <BR> Its Sunday April 15, 2018. I read chapter 1 of Bright Spots and Landmines. I got my workout done and I tracked it. I tracked everything I ate. I kept my commitment to get extra movement aside from my tracked exercise. I continued writing Night Air. <BR> Day 408 <BR> Its Monday April ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:47:49 EST I'm going to start again tomorrow if it kills me, and it might! <img src=""> <BR> I am so tired of feeling like crap...gotta start "Sparking" again tomorrow. Having a real hard time finding a job, and drowning my rejections with food 😓🍪🎂 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:43:38 EST Feeling good I'm honestly amazed what a difference not even two weeks makes. I've been feeling more energetic in general and sleeping better. I can't wait to see what comes next. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:43:21 EST Feeling good <img src=""> <BR> I have had a positive view of myself all day today. Caught a glimpse of myself in the locker room mirror and said out loud: Girl, you look so good you belong on a menu! Damn! A woman a locker row do... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:33:51 EST 3months of change More and more I get stronger every day pushing myself trying new workouts new food ideas its only been 3 months and i already see the progress. im so much more confident when I take selfies I see slimmer which gives me the will to continue I am so proud of myself 12lbs down 27inches off my whol... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:25:27 EST Week 7 day 2 I'm having a relaxing vacation off work this week. Got my house cleaned and still getting my walk on. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:24:40 EST What ya thunk 4/19/18 When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. - WHITE ELK ~ 4/19/18 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:16:53 EST Day 35/100 My apologies guys, yesterday's blog was far too brief! Today was positively spring-like and it really cheered me up, even though I wasn't outside all day. I got the minimum work done that I needed to, so that counts as a successful day! Hubby and I had a relaxing evening at home, which was ni... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:59:57 EST Core Water DD19 just bought me the best tasting water. It’s called Core. It is so good I’m loving it. My walking friend and I did another 3/4 mile today. Next week we have to make it to a mile. I know we can do it. The weather here is supposed to be warmer. Hopefully no more snow ❄️ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:58:10 EST Definition <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bicycle Day ~ great day for a bike ride <BR> <BR> Summer Countdown: 62 days <em>67</em> <em>259</em> <em>379</em> <em>376</em> <em>126</em> <BR> It's been a gorgeous spring day!... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:53:53 EST Day 4 It's getting easier to say no and ignore the need to snack on unhealthy things. Really excited and determined to stick with this program. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:45:41 EST Blog 78... Visualization I cut pictures out of magazines and put them on the refrigerator, cupboard doors and even on the bathroom mirror! Starting out at such a young age (seven) I didn't have access to a camera like we all do now! I had to find a different way to give myself something to strive for! So many years ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:36:14 EST springs in the air <img src=""> <BR> Sun finally starting to shine here in Michigan. Prompted me to not only go to the gym today but take a nice walk in the woods by my house. I continue to struggle with my eating, especially at nite.... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:23:11 EST Excited! Well I actually went to bed last night saying no I won't buy a car, but this morning after a took kids to bus stop, I started driving and looking at cars. Settled on Kia sportage, I love it not the payment , but it <em>246</em> , It's been a long time since I've driven a new car the one I trade... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:21:55 EST Busy .. Day 110/365 so far today.. 8 hours of <BR> <BR> Cleaning both refrigerators.. <BR> <BR> Vacuuming <BR> <BR> Sweeping <BR> <BR> Dusting <BR> <BR> 2 loads of laundry <BR> <BR> Composting <BR> <BR> Groceries <BR> <BR> Dishes <BR> <BR> I have empty boxes to put in the van for recycling as well as orga... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:20:20 EST Remembered that I'm supposed to be doing this slowly And carefully and intelligently. I would try lower calories every now and again, but I think I should stick closer to a 1,600-1,700 calorie range. <BR> Off to get a cuppa tea or decaf and maybe some soup. It's been a long week. Whew! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:17:18 EST took a mental health day Well I haven't yet gotten caught up on R&R since the funeral. My sisters got me really upset while I was at work on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Story is that we had a memorial service for my mom in the little town where they live. Then my mom's family wanted her buried in the family cemetery back in Tex... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:11:37 EST Is it Friday yet? The weather has me in a tither. I always wanted to say that! Anyhow, it's been a rough couple of weeks just trying to get the proper fluids into me. I think I did a little better by using herbal tea. It's also easy to forget to drink while at work so I'm trying to keep my bottle more visible. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:03:51 EST Ohhh going to have frost warning here <img src=""> <BR> I know u shouldn't complain when I see so many still have inches of snow on the ground but today although I am on bedrest I decided to move my anemic plants outside to get some much needed sun. Well... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:43:37 EST New member I am a new member just started this yesterday. I worked out for the first time in a year. I am a busy person. I work full time got to school part time very hard to try and eat healthy and try to work out. I can tell you that I am already sore. I can not wait for this warm weather to come thta way... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:39:50 EST Every Day Grateful Today I am feeling better (although my gut still aches) and I am thankful for rumchata. I like to tell people it takes the edge off. What, me, have an edge? <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I got the mile. Benji only went .7, then I continued to the store to get caramel a... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:37:00 EST Thursday update So today was kind of busy. Megan was home today bc the school sent her home early yesterday for throwing up. She swallowed food whole and then puked. So they said oh she has to be out thursday. Thank goodness she's going to school tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I have been ok with calories today. 2 pi... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:29:09 EST I feel it I workout yesterday but I still feel it today. I spent the day with my grandson class. I enjoy the time with the kids. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:13:53 EST starting over ok, I didn't eat so healthy today. tomorrow is another day! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:09:05 EST Meal Enders Lozenges I like the Meal Enders signaling lozenges as a way to remind myself that I'm finished eating for the day. One lozenge is just a hint of something sweet but it tingles on your tongue and distracts me from thinking about sweets. <BR> <BR> I've enjoyed all 4 flavors and I used them at either snack ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:04:28 EST I don't know I sat up on the edge of the bed for four minutes today. I know that sounds like pitifully little, but it's quite difficult. I should every day, but it always seems more important to knit Elizabeth's birthday cardi (or someone else's gift). Or the morning CNA keeps up a long litany of complaints o... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:03:08 EST Dread. I must have a strange mind. I make mountains out of mole hills in my mind. <BR> <BR> I typed January 2018 receipts onto a spreadsheet. There was an entry on my VA appointment printouts that had me going to the hospital in Nashville, TN even before we left for our trip to go there. Yes, I wen... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:57:55 EST In the 120's! Since my last blog entry, I won the DietBet by losing 5 pounds and immediately joined another one. My goal for this one is 5 pounds again, to get me to 129 pounds. Well, today for the first time since mid pregnancy, I was 129.8!! I'm so excited to be in the 120's. I'm sure I'll fluctuate back int... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:53:22 EST Not Pain Free... sigh Apparently, because I was overcompensating for so long I injured my left IT-band. <BR> <BR> I run. <BR> <BR> My run time is usually 30-33 minutes for a 5k. I barely made it 1/2 a mile in 10 minutes. I had to abort. I'm bummed. Another bummer is I can't go to the Dr. for almost a month. So, I ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:39:51 EST Laughter Is The Best Medicine! <img src=""> Did you know that April 14th was 'unofficially' the International Moment of Laughter day?? I didn't and I'm sorry I missed it, but I've read that some people enjoyed it so much that they've taken it a step... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:30:55 EST I Hate Logging Calories Counting carbs is just as annoying, but necessary. <BR> <BR> That is my wah because I am entering contact info, and it is really tedious work. <BR> <BR> (1) Get rid of negative habits and attitudes. <BR> (2) Drink water. <BR> (3) Eat moderately and try to make the best food choices, with re... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:25:42 EST National North Dakota Day APRIL 19, 2018 <BR> NATIONAL NORTH DAKOTA DAY - it’s the “Legendary” state’s turn (that’s its motto) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY <BR> <img src=" Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:25:35 EST Healing So about three weeks ago, I had spine cervical spine surgery. This last week, I've walked 3 miles a day, and I am no longer in severe pain.. there is still some pain, but nowhere as bad as it was. I can't wait to get myself back in shape. After 7 months of being super limited on what I can do ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:20:28 EST Can you feel it? There's something in the air. Sometimes we sense change without knowing why. An obvious example is changes in the seasons. It may be yet another cold winter day, yet somehow we sense spring in the air. Or a hot summer's day but we hear the whisper of autumn. Sometimes without knowing why, we... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:19:58 EST The ball is rolling on healthy eating, so much so it's becoming a saturated concept! Well, now I have seen everything. Meatless Monday is a global initiative that was launched by John Hopkins University. in 2003--but I just saw an article here in Spark People titled Meatless Fridays! I don't know if it is a religious article or not, I know traditional Catholics celebrate a Meatl... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:12:37 EST 19 Apr 2018 Day 62 Hi <BR> Better late than not at all today. Just checking in. Out of town funeral for a friend's sister. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:12:09 EST C25K Restarted my C25K app today. Week one day one. Got a knee tickle, but it went away after a good stretch session and Yoga. Live and learn! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:03:14 EST Deep breaths <img src=""> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:00:10 EST I'm back I haven't written in ages. Stopped going to weight watchers and then slowly weight came creeping back. Stopped exercising.... just stopped. <BR> So I decided I am going to give premium a try. I figured since i am paying for the service I will use it more so then not. <BR> So DAY 1, I alr... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:48:20 EST Oklahoma Remembers April 19/ doc appointment for Me today!! Today is the anniversary of the bombing in Oklahoma City. I was working that day in downtown Shawnee. Abut 30 minutes a way and We felt it. The office manager's Sister ;was across the street from the bombing-She was OK. I found out later that a Friend from High school was killed. And as the ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:45:16 EST Thursday starting to move toward the weekend Today was one challenge after another. From the moment we got off the kids off the bus, one started whining about how HE DIDN'T WANT to be in my class and how HE ISN'T LIKE THOSE kids. I don't want him in my class as he doesn't fit but there is no other place for him that will work because of the... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:41:59 EST Temptations and desires Went to work today, first day at work since starting watching what I eat. It's hard, but manageable. Specially, since I was used to grab a chocolat chip muffin every morning, but not this morning! Nope! It's hard when food is you weakness and you work around food. Y'a just have to power through a... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:39:51 EST Another day with arthritis Yesterday was my annual mammogram appointment. Long walk through the buildings to reach the department. The technician was very kind and gentle. I cried when I had to put my left arm on top of the machine. Surprisingly, when the technician put my right arm across the top of the machine, there was... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:36:23 EST Beautiful Sunshine <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> The sun is shining so brightly that it makes the snow almost glow - sends such a bright reflection that it's hard to see when you get back inside. And the good news - this is day 1 of several days of warmer weather and sunshine. <BR> <BR> DH, Daisy and I just got back ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:28:31 EST Texans remembering 2 great ladies we've lost. Bye to Barbara Bush and Erin Popovich. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:24:59 EST Waiting & Praying My special man was shot on his way home and has been recovering in hospital far from home. Hopefully he will beable to return in a week or so,I am saying a prayer all is well and he can come home. Please we can use all the prayers we can get. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:21:06 EST I need help I'm finally asking for help. I gained 12 lbs after the 10 lbs I initially gained. It's been about a year and I've gained instead of losing. I consistently go from 173-180. My prior weight was 157 but I'm happy and comfortable at 160 lbs. These 20 lbs will not leave me alone. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:18:42 EST Week 6 Wrap Up So this week I lost another 3 pounds. I am now down from 251 pounds to 240 pounds. I’m excited to say I’ve lost 11 pounds in 6 weeks. I am not sure if that’s a good number though. If you average it out, that’s about 1.8 pound per week. So my new goals for this week will be to help myself los... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:02:30 EST Day 42: April 19, 2018 Today is Day 42, which means it is also the end of week 6. It has taken 6 weeks to lose 11 pounds. That’s a little discouraging because I feel like it should have been more. But then I think more logically and it seems like a good number. What do you think? Am I progressing? I’m not sure an... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:56:05 EST 10 Down, 38 To Go! Like many, I started over in January. I tried to do it all at once but got overwhelmed. So I backed off and just worked on my food for a bit. I had lost 8 pounds by mid March, just by making better food choices. Then we went away for the weekend of our anniversary and I gained it all back. So now... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:53:54 EST Early Today was my first day getting up at 5 am to exercise! The struggle was very real! But now looking back and it's a great feeling to already have my exercising done for the day! If I know I have a busy evening, I am going to get up and go to the gym. If my evening is open, then I can go after work... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:53:14 EST Tracking Sugar New to app. Is there a way to track sugar? It's not listed under Nutrition Report. Thank you Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:53:01 EST Day 41: April 18, 2018 (LATE) This was for yesterday, so I remember it being a good day. I finally got my new bike. I’m very excited to start riding. I was a little shocked that it was so difficult to balance myself. I used to ride like a pro. I think it has to do with how high my bike is. I sit on it and use my tippy t... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:50:11 EST Sharing My two cents - ADVICE for a High Drive K9 Puller Sharing My two cents - ADVICE for a High Drive K9 Puller <BR> <BR> I noticed a "Dog Motivator Team" member recently asked for advice from anyone with experience handling a dog that pulls. She has a 7 month old high drive walker that pulls her along instead of walking nicely. <BR> <BR> I don't ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:45:56 EST Day 40: April 17, 2018 (LATE) Although these are all late, April 17 was my birthday. I was really excited to start my day with a good weigh in. I finally reached my 10th pound, and a nice surprise was, I reached my 11th pound as well. I woke up as 240 pounds. Go me. It was a very exciting moment. <BR> <BR> Inspiration... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:45:41 EST Starting over - a new me. I am starting over. I need to lose 50-60 lbs. My weight has gone up after losing some. <BR> <BR> I am trying not to eat when stressed. This is difficult as carbs make me feel good! <img src=""> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:45:05 EST Day 39: April 16, 2018 (LATE) Inspirational Quote: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Funny Comic: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:42:46 EST Day 38: April 15, 2018 (LATE) Inspirational Quote: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Funny Comic: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:40:58 EST WW courgette cake Difficulty: <BR> Easy <BR> Ingredients <BR> 6 spray(s) Calorie controlled cooking <BR> spray <BR> 250 g Courgette, grated <BR> 75 g Low Fat Spread <BR> 10 g Artificial sweetener <BR> 1 medium Orange(s), juice & zest, plus pared zest for decorating <BR> 2 medium, raw Egg, whole, raw <BR> 200 g Wh... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:34:05 EST Thursday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:28:08 EST Day 149 Spent yesterday at my daughter's house helping her plant her front yard. Spent at least one hour digging out bushes so she could plant flowers. Over 14,000 steps again as well as the exercise wielding a shovel. We had lots of fun. Today maybe a walk for trash collection-there has been a lot of w... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:18:32 EST IP diet day 4 So I'm half way through day four and doing well. No cheating! I think ketosis is setting in. My mouth has a bad taste and I'm a little more sluggish. No headaches yet. I'm keeping up with my water intake well. So far so good! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:18:05 EST Water - Comparing Self to Others <img src=""> <BR> At the start of each new month, since this kind of challenge has been offered here at SP, I start a month-long water challenge and invite everyone who will join me, to join in the fun. It helps havi... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:16:59 EST Day 6 Didn't post a picture today but day 5 is in the books. On vacation next week and will have access to a bike...YAHHH Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:11:40 EST Yesterday... Made all my goals again. I was too busy to blog last night. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:08:58 EST 21st in 3rd Cookery Challenge: Jamie Oliver's Superfood Family Classics Forgot a picture! <BR> <BR> I made the chicken and chorizo tray bake, with vegetarian chorizo, but I did two dishes and made mine with real chicken. <BR> <BR> The recipe had liquid added and then foil covered for half the cooking time and supposed to cook off in the other... it didn't.. I also ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:55:05 EST Day 1798 Gym Day. Did 6 of 6 exercises. Feeling good. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:51:02 EST Lazy day <img src=""> This is my only day off this week. I planted a tomato plant, did dishes, deboned chicken, made egg salad, dug up some dogwood vines and transplanted them. Washed 2 loads of laundry dried them folded them a... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:48:10 EST Lazy day <img src=""> This is my only day off this week. I planted a tomato plant, did dishes, deboned chicken, made egg salad, dug up some dogwood vines and transplanted them. Washed 2 loads of laundry dried them folded them a... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:48:04 EST Yet me Down 8 pounds yay me Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:44:56 EST April the month of busy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My trees are starting to bloom (finally). But we are still in for another cold snap. (sigh) I do believe climate change is real but it might be a more global effect. I have been reading about ho... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:39:41 EST I may make it?! I am starting to think I may make it to graduate, after all! <BR> <BR> I have one more business tax project to do, I have three more creative thinking classes to survive, one term paper to write, two more computer tax projects to enter into the computer, and two more chapters in managerial accou... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:38:57 EST Daily Affirmation for Thursday, April 19, 2018 " I serve to others by living happily." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:37:48 EST Are these popular diets actually good for you? Fitness begins in the kitchen among other things which is why many people prioritize cultivating a healthy diet. Not to mention the right diet can boost your mental wellbeing on top of your physical health. <BR> <BR> Eating a well-balanced diet is crucial for your overall health. Everyone’s bod... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:37:35 EST Gained 3 Pounds <img src=""> <BR> Ate badly yesterday. Thought the 1600+ calories I burned digging would off set it. Guess I was wrong. 😨 Today eating well, plan to take in about 1000 calories total, mostly proteen. Spending 3 hours ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:20:14 EST Down 50! So happy! It's been a while since I wrote a blog. The scale has been up & down like a roller coaster. The good news is that I'm still hanging in their! <em>104</em> Where to begin. In December I had my AWA moment! Too bad it had to come to that point to make me realize how my weight is affecting my heal... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:18:46 EST Back My back hurts a little today Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:15:58 EST Blur The next three days will be a blur for me; two hour choral practices both tomorrow and Saturday, sound check at noon on Sunday, warm up session for our group at 1:30pm and then the big concert beginning at 3pm. Today I have been planning meals and snacks to get me through, getting extra exercise... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:13:32 EST Goal for 2019. As we all know, goals are what helps us strive to lose weight and keep it off. <BR> <BR> My goal for 2019 is to walk 2019 miles for exercise and possibly more. I can prep for it now by adding a little bit to my walking every day to help reach my goal for next year. It is easy to do and attai... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:12:55 EST Friends, I'm still Sparking but .... I know some of my friends here haven't seen me around much and I've had a few ask 'where are you'. So I just want you to know that I am dealing with some serious family crises. My sister is fighting from late stage liver cancer and just found out the cancer has spread. She is in a very fragi... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:11:14 EST Day 7: meditation insights I had meditation practice today and while doing the exercises and sitting still in, I felt sharply how anxious I have been my whole life. And how eating more and more and more is one way to escape this anxiety. <BR> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:09:11 EST April 18 - vacation trips are over - time to be healthy I have been blessed with family relationship restoring visit with grown son and family and then most precious 3 day fun with grown daughter and a shopping day and now home and settling back into health routines. Blood pressure is up a bit - probably excess sugar and salt in diet; weight up 3# s... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:04:13 EST Update: Got Gold level discount and doing great! I haven't been logging into SparkPeople lately, but that doesn't mean I haven't been keeping on track. I only have alcohol a couple of times a week now, and only one or two glasses of wine at a time. I am not tracking my food, but am making consistently healthy choices, eating mostly plant-base... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:02:11 EST All or nothing thinking and binge eating I posted this as a comment on a blog today but I want to be able to re-read this later so I am posting it here too... <BR> <BR> It is the eating disorder that tells us we are not doing well enough, that we should do better when we try to follow guidelines (like for an eating style). <BR> I not... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:58:07 EST Switching Things Up I saw a doctor yesterday and we agreed to try out a low dose of anti depressants. Winter is coming to an end but I suspect I can still use some help. I am to take the med with food, first thing in the morning, as it can keep me up at night if I take it too late in the day. My sleep is the part... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:53:26 EST pain pills We all need to do something to protect ourselves from the gov't opoid laws or whatever they are called. Once again if you need a pain pill for a procedure where you will not be taking them after you heal you should be able to get them. Are we all considered addicted?? My son had an eye tooth extr... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:52:41 EST Changes I'm noticing changes that are not weight related. For example, I used to crave candy and sweets constantly - and sadly, I gave in to that craving more often than I like to admit. This week, I have not had anything from the sweets category except fruit and the tiny bit of sugar I like in my morn... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:48:07 EST Do you like spiral slicer I've wanted to try for awhile veggie spiral noodles and after leaving the gym this am ran into Aldi's and whoa, they had zucchini or butternut squash spirals.I thought $4.00 was expensive but same price as Ben & Jerry's on sale.I bought the butternut.In the fall I buy a bushel of squash from farm... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:46:58 EST My life <img src=""> Round 1 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:42:27 EST UPDATING... THURSDAY, MARCH 29TH AND 30TH: SAD NEWS AND A PROMISE... Since my son was in 6th grade, he wanted to study Engineering of Natural Resources and/or Alternative Energy in the University of Berkeley, California. He studied very hard to get most "A" in school. He studied even harder for those ACTs and SATs. I thought he was going to be accepted because he ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:37:05 EST Letting go of old Demons Let go of guilt! it’s okay to make the same mistakes again! <BR> Let go of obsessions:Obsessive calorie counting?Dietary extremes?All or nothing thinking? Self-hate?Overindulgence? Starting tomorrow or Monday or someday?Giving up? The need to be perfect? Making excuses? Deprivation?Putting yourse... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:35:35 EST Now I know. To stretch after exercising. So that way there is a less chance of injury. Especially since i do have a back issue that can be made worse if I stretch before. Stretching afterwards can help with keeping lose and ease the pain from my back issue. I can do the stretching afterward my walk on th... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:34:01 EST Dealing with Early Setbacks It's a pattern I recognize. I am very enthusiastic when I just start. I buy things. I plan. I tell people I'm doing this. And after a few days? It gets harder to find that motivation, that enthusiasm. Starting a weight-loss journey just isn't FUN. Instant gratification is denied. Something doesn'... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:29:29 EST Roses Yesterday I did a long walk. Ended up going through a rose garden and took this picture of a bouquet growing naturally. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:22:56 EST Infusions and the Down Side of Skinny I get a several hour infusion every six months. In fact, it has been 2 infusions 2 weeks apart and then a six month break. Yesterday was my last one of those and starting in October, I'll only need to do one every 6 months. <BR> Now as brave and as strong I acknowledge I am about most things i... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:22:05 EST Getting popped So I had my first chiropractor visit yesterday. <BR> <BR> I was x-rayed (confirming which disc was the messed up one, and that I officially show arthritis in my hips. Oh. yay.), electroshocked (a tens ?? unit, felt like a buzzing, tickly/itchy sort of), asked to walk about, then moved about an... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:13:40 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR THURSDAY SPIRITUAL GIFTING <BR> <BR> So in Christ we, who are many, from one body, and each member belongs to all the others. <BR> We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. <BR> Romans 12:5-6 <BR> <BR> It is the same task for us as... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:09:50 EST Quick Update Today is 320 days of logging into record is 369 days and I plan to beat that and keep right on going! Tracking is KEY for me so that means I need to be on Sparkpeople! <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> I'm almost to 100,000 sparkpoints and I'll get 3 more points when I post this ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:07:59 EST UPDATING... WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28: ALL THE OLDIES IN LOVE WITH THE TEACHER! I thought that the most popular class in the Community Center was the Free Zumba, but the Salsa class has a very handsome teacher, funny and charismatic. In addition, he's a professional dancer and is a show to see him. Here, pictures of those radioactive ladies dancing good old salsa, merengue a... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:55:22 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...My appointment 2 weeks ago...Vitamin D 2 weeks ago today I had a routine check up. Blood work at 12:40 followed by seeing the doc at 1:45. I had postponed this appointment so many times because I didn't want to go for a wellness check-up during the flu season. Every time they told me the blood work needed to be done 1 hour prior to ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:55:07 EST The big day has arrived!! RETIREMENT! I never thought i'd hear those words...RETIREMENT! "this soon"? haha. It just snuck up on me while I wasn't even looking. The kids are grown and on their own, i'm a grandmother ( Neena), married for almost 34 years. Yes, i'm still in love, 'cept when I'm not!! Our plan totally worked out. We stuc... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:51:39 EST Healthcare in this country what a joke! Last summer I as diagnosed with high levels of Lipoprotein a. Lipoprotein a is a particle in the blood that transports cholesterol, it is not affected by lifestyle or weight. The amount you have is decided by genetics. <BR> <BR> High levels of Lipoprotein a, can act just like high level of cho... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:51:23 EST W2D6 Fitbit-less day & stairs update I left the house in a hurry this morning and left my Fitbit on its charger. I wasn't close enough to turn around and go back for it, so I'm going naked today, no Fitbit. It felt really strange this morning; I hadn't realized how constantly aware I am of its input. I'm just carrying on as thoug... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:49:56 EST A good problem?? So I'm down 28 lbs so far, which is amazing! I'm lower than I've been since...? I can't remember. To celebrate the 20 lb mark, I got a new haircut. It's shorter and way easier to deal with when I'm out walking in windy Colorado. As an unexpected bonus for this milestone, I was even able to wear a... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:46:31 EST April 19th We did it! Pete & I got up and sang 2 songs at the 'Open Mic' night! We were sooooo nervous and made some mistakes but all in all it seemed that people were quite impressed. We sang Mr Punch & Judy Man by John Conolly and Streets of London by Ralph McTell <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeo... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:45:46 EST ON WRITING AND USING PROPER ENGLISH I haven't thought of this for a long time.. <BR> <BR> I write my blogs to the best of my writing ability. I know there are people writing here that are far better then I am and will ever be. <BR> <BR> Today for some reason I have been thinking about this. I read someones blog and made a ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:44:43 EST Weigh In Day! Happy Hump Day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? Today was weigh in day for me! Anyone else? <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:38:45 EST Laugh <img src=""> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:36:15 EST Awesome article on today's (4-19-18) Spark page!!! What an awesome article today! "Improve Mental Toughness Before Trying to Lose Weight" <BR> Here's the URL. You may need to cut and past it in your browser.<BR>ation_articles.asp?id=2355 <BR> <BR> This article showed up just when I needed it given that... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:35:48 EST Yes I live in a glass house LOL Read a book some time ago and It talked about viewing aging as living in a glass box....if you do nothing the box will shrink and with shrinking it will take away your options......If you stretch your mind and your body you will keep the box from shrinking and will even expand even with ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:34:52 EST Tool for success I was scanning the feed today and saw some creative, motivational ideas. I am going to go find my Legos and build a wall - one brick per pound of my current weight. Every time I lose a pound, I will remove a block. I have used my weight for years as a barrier from being hurt. This time, I am ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:20:49 EST Thursday, still my lest favorite day. A bright sunny day here, and it is thawing a bit, so maybe it will thaw enough today to at least see some grass. Still all white out there, and where Larry moved the snow off the driveway and such, it is totally mud. I know our road it bad so again I am totally stuck here at home again, and get... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:17:19 EST Life is good!! <img src=""> I am encouraged. I worked out 2x this week doing cardio and weights!! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:16:48 EST Wednesday It is a bright sunshiny warmer start to the day on the Gulf Coast. My wife went to her doctor's appointment. She is gaining slightly but has a ways to go to heal all areas. I did manage to complete all changes on one set of insurance policies and get them off in the mail to the agent to be pro... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:16:35 EST walking my husband and I got outside and walked a little I found out how out of shape I really am...just a short distance hurt my back..and I was winded..but I did it. I also did 10 minutes with a workout video...I hurt in places I forgot I but again I did it....just keep moving I am saying to m... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:16:29 EST Ugh So excited that I’m tracking intake after a week!! Disappointed in no weight loss past week. Now need to add in some more exercise and keep at it! Overall pleased with this first week!! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:11:12 EST The Times they are a changin Hubby had a long talk with me this morning- seems he is going to be spending a lot of time doing work for his lodge. Looks like I will have a lot of time on my hands to work on myself and pour myself into hobbies & housework. He somewhat told me I needed my own outside activities to get involved ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:09:08 EST First Quarter 2018 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is amazing what a lifestyle change can have on you. Since tracking and eating better, giving up bad habits (Beer) and exercising regularly, I may actually have abs by summer. #firsttimeever... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:06:42 EST 4/19/18 New beginning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Never give up. There is no such thing as an ending. Just a new beginning." <BR> <BR> The following ad in the Atlanta Journal is reported to have received numerous calls: <BR> “Single female ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:03:16 EST Thursday April 19, 2018 The sun is out this morning. It is pretty cold, but hoping it will warm up a bit this afternoon. I have an eye appointment. I think I will take my kindle with me, and then stop at the park and read in the sun after I leave there. <BR> <BR> My back is feeling a bit better today. Hoping to go ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:02:31 EST Blue sky and sunny Thursday, woo hoo! I don't want to say it to loudly, but I think, I really think maybe ole man winter is finally going to leave us alone and let Spring do her thing. We have blue sky and sun and high of 48-50. So ready for those warmer temps and lower utility bill. <BR> <BR> We had a coffee hour in our community r... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:52:33 EST TruDog Withdraws Dog Food Due to Salmonella <link><BR>ll/trudog-withdraws-dog-food-salmonella/ </link> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:52:30 EST *Sigh* Spring is a Tease Apparently, Spring is a big tease. Today it's 38 degrees (F) and rainy. On a positive note, my grass is nice and green and thick! <BR> <BR> Week 2 Day 4 --- Flow <BR> <BR> I don't do as well in a "flow" day as I do in individual poses on the other days. "Flow" attempts to combine learned poses ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:47:39 EST Day Five Getting Back on Track <img src=""> They say it takes 21 days for something to become a habit. I am trying to make these 4 rules a habit 1. Only eat when hungry 2. Only eat what your body says to eat 3. Pay attention to your eating while ea... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:44:30 EST Gain From My Father <BR> Today when I came home from PT on my knee I was in a rush mode, because my dad has an appointment at 1. I decided that we would eat leftover mixture from the recipe I cooked a couple of days ago. It was the perfect leftover for tacos. Dad eats the soft shells and I eat the hard ones. I ask... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:42:31 EST Drink water 💧 Hi Spark ⚡️ Friends still asking prayers for family, friends and first responders in areas hit hard by snow. I was able to drink about 20 ounces of water by 10:20 am today. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:40:30 EST Healthy Thursday Hope everyone has a healthy and Happy Thursday.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Laugh a little too, it feels good .... <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:38:55 EST First Goal - Broke 235 It is here I made my first goal I am currently at 234.8 lbs. I am so happy to see this for the first time in 15 years. Now to set my next short term goal of 210.00 Haven't been there is 22 years. Small steps slow loss but feeling better and better. Trying to get over food fear by going out ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:33:08 EST Flocking back - 4-19-18 Even though the snow hasn't cleared the valley, birds are already flocking back. Anita Merrigan has a great eye for birds and has the equipment to capture great photos, like this one of an Oregon junco hanging out in a backyard: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:29:24 EST Good News / Bad News I try to weigh myself every day, so that I don't ever dig myself into a hole that I can't get out of. But I track my weight with a 10 day moving average, to reduce the impact of a single bad number. <BR> <BR> I started doing this at the beginning of 2017. Over the course of 2017, I lost 7.55 p... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:27:46 EST Happiness Challenge: Day 1 Yesterday I decided I need to work on being happy. The past few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster for me. I'm not really sure why, it could be the stress of life, it could be hormonal, I'm just not sure. I was surfing the internet reading articles about mental health and had an idea ab... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:27:01 EST 2018 SPRING REDO BATHROOM hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had great workout still pushing forward hopefully my daughter can get herself in shape now and they are friends and got kids 19 and 24 so i changed colors in my bathroom to red and beige looks good different colors now to find different comfortor sets for bedroo... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:26:20 EST Worry and Stress Worry and Stress <BR> <BR> "Make plans but don't plan results." This is a simple phrase cautioning us against unnecessary worry and stress. <BR> <BR> If our plans involve other people, we would be wise to work joyfully toward realizing our dreams, but we should not expect or worry if others do ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:19:56 EST Tired of Feeling Tired Regardless of the amount of sleep I am getting this week, I continue to feel tired. I know that I am experiencing more anxiety and that can add to my fatigue. It is just so hard to keep pushing and making healthy choices when I am tired. I need some encouragement! <em>39</em> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:18:28 EST Label Reading <img src=""> I thought I was drinking healthy when I bought Aldi's 100% Organic Coconut Water. I didn't notice the amount of sugar until drinking four of them. The brands I normally drank had 8-11 grams of sugar. Aldi'... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:06:00 EST Light My Fire There are moments in your life that really make you think. This happened not once but twice to me yesterday. It was the sign I needed...... <BR> <BR> *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* <BR> <BR> The first moment was while I was running on the track at my YMCA. In the middle of the track close to the r... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:03:09 EST SCALE VICTORY I wish I would've taken a picture of it. I jumped up on the scale this morning, looked down and WHAT?!?!?!?!?! I stepped off... stepped on again and looked down... WHAT?!?!?!?! Called the Boyfriend into the bathroom, stepped on again and had Him read it... Does that really say 248?!?!?! Yes, ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:52:12 EST Move Over Mountain Years ago when I was into changing others so I could be at peace and more easily stick with a diet, I had a vision of a pack of cigarettes (something I wanted some of my children to do away with) On the package was the word love. Then came the whispering, "You haven't missed the sacrifice or the ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:51:09 EST Women of a Lesser Bra Finding a sports bra that fits, is all but impossible for most muscular fit small breasted women. Our shoulder muscles are developed and the small size sold for our A cup, is dangerously tight under our boobs. <BR> <BR> Ok, I measure 33" under breast and 35" bust. The golden bra rule says I am ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:49:36 EST it's thursday a beautiful spring day here today! a bit on the cool side,though that is okay with me and my daughter. from tomorrow onwards, there is supposed to be lots of sunshine and warmer temperatures. i am looking forward to it. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:48:33 EST 4/19/18--back to SP not MFP <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> After a LONG hiatus from SP, i am back to give it another try. I have never been a fan of tracking anything or counting calories or anything of that sort. But I have to try SOMETHING because I need to get rid of excess fat. <BR> I am working on Intuitive Eating, per Ev... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:41:05 EST Time to Restart It’s been a while since I’ve been up here. I’m thankful that I am back and ready to get back to losing weight. I’m also thankful that I’ve been maintaining my weight, so I’m kind of where I left off. I just have to stay motivated.... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:37:20 EST Good for the environment At the beginning of the month there was an issue with some of the bus drivers and a bunch of kids, including mine, were switched to a different bus. That also ment my kids got on the 15 minutes later than normal. It may not seem like a big deal but I quickly realized it cuts into my morning gym t... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:36:41 EST A Heartfelt Blog About What I Really Want From Weight Loss <img src=""> <BR> I never could lose weight for myself. I’ve been threatened by doctors, made fun of, had people take my picture in public in a not so flattering way, gone home in disappointment at the things that I ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:36:02 EST Now. I suppose this might be the answer: to see it, to pay attention. To notice the early signs of spring and wonder when was the last time you saw a perfectly formed blossom that appears out of nowhere. Winter is almost behind for some, gone for others and time marches on. And what about those futur... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:34:16 EST I'm Doing IT - I am Stronger than I Know i signed up with a new trainer recently .. part of the program is he monitors my food (he says i eat pretty clean) and i have to meet him to work out 2x a week .. and the other days i'm to do his program he developed .. videos called incinerators.. <BR> <BR> i did not want to do it yesterday... ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:31:06 EST Trip down Memory Lane <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let me talk about this trophy I won and some other things about my previous times at SP. <BR> <BR> First, this streak of logging in - I've actually logged in far longer on streaks but in the p... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:26:50 EST H-U-G-E! One small step for me but might as well have been a marathon. I have walked the first mile and 2500 steps already this morning. After so long staying in my chair, it's Trump H-U-G-E! <BR> Last night had some events in my family that makes me the control freak more than a little off balance. I wou... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:23:18 EST Rufus Helps Jet 'Sit' to Get His Treat <link><BR>ypets/archive/2018/04/16/rufus-helps-j<BR>et-sit-to-get-his-treat.aspx?utm_sourc<BR>e=petsnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=<BR>art2&utm_campaign=20180416Z1&et_cid=DM<BR>200534&et_rid=276802430 </link> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:20:07 EST sugar ,sugar every where but not a drop to eat? Here is the thing about sugar. It lurks in everything, from ketchup to candy. If I'm knowingly eating and enjoying sugar then that's ok. I feel like a little sugary indulgence is good for me know and then. HIDDEN SUGAR? what ? NO i didn't sign up for hidden sugar in my food. It really seems not f... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:18:22 EST Spoiler...Love of God "Dear brothers and sisters, it is not easy for us to recognize the love of Heavenly Father when we look around with our temporal eyes, because we see inconvenience, loss, burdens, or loneliness first. On the other hand, we can see the blessings beyond when we look up. The Lord has revealed, “When... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:17:33 EST 2nd Dietician/Nutritionist Visit I have my second visit today and I'm on a role with watching my portions, chewing properly, walking more, etc. I gained a pound from the last time I was weighed but maybe that's muscle mass or so. Hopefully. At least I didn't gain it all back. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:15:43 EST C'mon weekend! In Austin, the weekend starts on Thursday nights and then everyone is jazzed because it's Friday. Went out to a tea room for lunch to celebrate ending the tax season and managed to stay within my weight loss goals. It's getting a little easier to eat out occasionally. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:11:29 EST 4/19/18 workout Swimming: 200 free warm up 4x25 free stroke count (down by 1!) 4x50 free sprint, on 1:00 3x600 free (100 bilateral breathing, 100 dolphin kick out of flip turns) 500 free, kicking 4-6 times per stroke 7x200 free (bilateral breathing AND dolphin kick out of flip turns) 200 free cool down Total: 44... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:10:00 EST Thursday it's a sunny albeit cooler day here in Maryland. i was able to get outside for a run this morning, and then got some cycling done on the stationary bike. now it's time to get some things done at the office. <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:09:51 EST Thirsty Thursday's <img src=""> I have my whole workout schedule planned for today. I have my food planned out for today. And I am super thirsty so I know getting my water in won't be a problem. I have to bake a birthday cake for my frie... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:09:30 EST Day 87 - Today is going to be a good day I'm focusing on being more positive. I'm usually pretty positive over all, but sometimes anxiety gets the better of me. So anxiety management is how I stay positive. <BR> <BR> There are several good things going on to make note of. <BR> <BR> I'm finding some creative ways to incorporate exercis... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:08:42 EST Reflecting on my workout plan The 30-day plateau-busting challenge suggested I take a look at my workout plan and reflect. <BR> <BR> I think I'll continue my plan as-is with an emphasis on making rest useful through myofascial release. I plan to invest in/make a roller and aim to do myofascial release with the roller and my... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:03:18 EST The Scale is Moving Now Finally the scale is moving in the right direction. I have lost 4lbs. it took 3 weeks but finally I can see that the work is paying off. I want to adjust my eating now to mimic my exercise and see if I can get better results for the next 3 weeks. I am sooo soooo Happy!!! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:02:48 EST Thursday April 19 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If this is true, May should be spectacular! <em>27</em> <em>27</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> <em>184</em> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:56:10 EST Little reminders that traveling gives It occurred to me on this trip that I had been taking some things for granted. Things that can be strong motivation for keeping the pounds off (and doing what it takes to keep them off). <BR> <BR> <em>535</em> When you travel to a big thing, the flights are crowded. Fact of life. In this ca... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:55:10 EST New Beginnings I am continuing this journey that I started in 2008 .. this week my care-provider gave me the incentive I needed to recommit, "get the weight off or go on insulin" <em>40</em> ... I lost 92 lbs but have regained 21, I'm thankful that's all it's been.. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:54:13 EST The new routine This week is going well. I'm on track with food, staying in my calorie range, and sticking to my new workout routine. I still forgot to time myself to see how long it takes me, but yesterday was definitely at least an hour. I had to stop after legs and upper body because of time running out, b... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:51:36 EST It took me 3 whole days ...but I did it! I got back under 200 pounds for THE LAST TIME. 199.8 today, after starting at a high of 204.4 on Monday, three days ago. Before I had my babies my highest weight ever was in the low 180s (but I could comfortably maintain in the 160s). I first went over 200 when I was pregnant w... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:51:12 EST Unlucky with Fitbits I had my first Spark Tracker forever - until I took it in the pool with me. The second fell out of the holder on a walk. I found it in the street the next day only to lose it somewhere outside. <BR> <BR> My first Fitbit was lost in the backyard (I think) while playing with Helena. The next ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:50:34 EST thursday attic day..breakfast and workout done. off to work! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:49:10 EST 65 pounds! I feel like it took forever to go from 60 pounds lost to 65 pounds lost, but I kept at it! Party in the hooouuussse!! <em>236</em> <em>236</em> <em>236</em> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:48:17 EST Changing “Changing an organization, a company, a country—or a world—begins with the simple step of changing yourself.” ~ Tony Robbins Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:35:46 EST April 18 <img src=""> <BR> The light within Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:34:06 EST No owed calories today! First time ever! I'm not owing any calories today. In fact, i still have a bit left. Wow... Motivation indeed 😄 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:33:10 EST Day 102: Exercise of the Day - 18.04.19 Do you have twenty minutes in your day to dedicate to your fitness and wellbeing? <BR> <BR> If so, join me in sculpting your body from head to toe with this 20min strength video. <BR> <BR> All you need is your body, a pair of dumbbells and a mat, for comfort. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:31:25 EST National Garlic Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always April 19 th <BR> <BR> National Garlic Day promotes the many uses of Garlic. And, there certainly are many uses. It's a vegetable. It's a herb. It is used in recip... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:30:19 EST It's all about the climb Woke up got myself together and headed out the door at 630 am.. Sue was out front and we were ready to go on our adventure and hike the Gateway Trail at Thomspon Peak.. It was a perfect day for hiking, a little brisk in the morning then warmed up as we went. A light sweatshirt gave way as the su... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:23:51 EST Relax Time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm in college. The way that the classes are set up is you get 2 classes for 5 weeks. In week 5 everything is due by Thursday so the instructors can get the grades turned in by Friday. This is w... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:21:48 EST Thursday morning Not much new here. I continue to do some PT exercises, but nothing new. I am still amazed that I do not need to rise and go to work every morning. I love it! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:16:24 EST It's not easy but it's worth it... <img src=""> <BR> Sometimes there seem to be more challenges than encouragements. I am really enjoying sparkpeople again; tracking and regular, though limited exercise makes great sense. Also the feeling of community ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:15:44 EST 1,500 mile goal Morning walk was a bit chilly. Trimmed time to 17 minutes for 1 mile which was due to the temp drop - i was cold. Body measurements today after walk - weight no change - measurements all decreased (except arms) waist less than chest and hips - yeeeehaaaw. I am pleased with progress but have to p... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:15:44 EST Flexibility & Balance If there's one thing I've learned in this last year of being with SparkPeople it is - You must have a deficit when trying to lose weight. Another thing I've learned is- As you lose weight you need to eat less, unless you're working out more... Weight loss is about flexibility in calories consu... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:14:35 EST My Summer Plan My schedule is changing with summer. This plan is NEEDED to keep me feeling JOYFUL instead of frustrated. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Facts to keep in mind: <BR> Nicer weather brings more activities (both fun and chores) <BR> More activities that add to fitness <BR> More activiti... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:11:27 EST Success happens....April 19th <img src=""> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:10:06 EST Hello Thursday Enjoy everyday, for you never know when it may be your last. My friend lost her mother unexpectedly by a heart attack. Be kind to one another, smile at a stranger. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:09:25 EST ~ Tuesday : 4/18 & 4/19 update ~ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ~ 4/19/17 ~ <BR> <BR> AM 15 min. walk <em>248</em> <BR> PM walk... scheduled <BR> PM @home: STS: Back & Triceps... scheduled <BR> <BR> ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ <BR> ~ 4/18/18 ~ <BR> <BR> A... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:08:33 EST Three Accomplishments Today's SparkCoach challenge for me is to list three accomplishments. Since I have "reignited" my Sparkpeople membership, I have accomplished many things. I think these three are the most important. First, I have lost 30 pounds since the beginning of the year. That's why I came back right? L... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:08:07 EST Thursday, April 19, 2018 9:00am - Breakfast - 175 <BR> Coffee, unsweetened almond milk (10) <BR> 1/2 c Kefir (60), 1/2 c mixed berries (30), 1/4 c oats (75) = 165 <BR> 4 cups water <BR> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:07:41 EST Set Back So March really did a number on me! All the ciaos with keto and moving totally put me into a hole. Trying to dig myself out! <BR> It's amazing to me how I've stuck to this journey longer than I ever have before almost hitting my 50lb loss mark yet here I sit feeling like it's day one all over aga... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:04:39 EST Thoughts are BLOOMing <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> <em>135</em> <em>184</em> <em>135</em> <em>184</em> <em>135</em> <em>184</em> <em>135</em> <BR> <em>135</em> ~ Waving Hello ~ <BR> Wishing E... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:04:12 EST Thursday... Thinking if I join a gym, I might do better. Can't get motivated by myself, but if I was somewhere where others are motivated, it could be a good push. Problem is I live a ways away from any gyms :/ I'll have to think about it. Enjoy your day!! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:04:08 EST Calories Calories burned while moving and calories burned when at rest should I add the two ? Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:04:04 EST Calories Calories burned while moving and calories burned when at rest should I add the two ? Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:04:03 EST over 40 lbs now Today I have released over 40 lbs from my body. When I think back to my life a year ago, it is so much better today. Last April I was limping around with an inflamed achilles tendon in my right foot. I went to the orthopedic doctor May 1st and got a boot to wear for 8 weeks. that started to c... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:03:46 EST Day 1 I've been here before, but I want this time to be different. I'm actually feel really motivated and have my family behind me. I hope and pray I get through this journey Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:00:48 EST Day 18 Now, I really did it!! not only have I monopolized our iPad but now I really messed it up. My husband may get it for a half an hour to check emails and Facebook. Last night I thought I would try my luck downloading cute pictures and phrases others use on their post but I totally wiped out our F... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:58:12 EST Hello Good morning today I did another 30 minute workout one more day and and I’ll hit my small goal of working out all week 😀 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:55:21 EST Exercise advice for today <img src=""> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:50:46 EST Time to get back on track! Again! I have been a bit sidetracked on my fitness due to a minor car accident. I am back to it now so time to step it up! While I was mostly in bed hubby was cooking. Or procuring drive thru meals. That has to stop! Today I had some homemade oatmeal with a bit of chopped peaches for breakfast. L... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:45:35 EST Week 7 No gain or loss this week, just held steady. Not bad considering I have been way off due to a sinus/ear infection. My food tracking and workout schedule was way messed up. Overall, I need to refocus and realize how much better that I feel. I still am 5 pounds less than I was 7 weeks ago and drin... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:42:39 EST Transformation Challenge Day 10: Food In Sight A day late, but an important topic. I was worried about my work's game night for a week. I knew it was going to have chips, cookies, candies. It made me long for the sandwiches we used to get. Even if the sandwich was all we got, I would handle it better. Too many treats just begging me to eat ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:31:17 EST The snow tires come off--- To-day the snow tires come off--- <BR> I've only made this appointment three other times---cancelled because of snow storms- <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I remember my Grandpa's car---looking very much like the one in the pi... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:23:54 EST MIL had a meal with tomatoes - first time since her illness Good morning; We got word that MIL is eating regular food and loving it. She has a smile on her face. Dh is asking for time off to see his mom b/4 she lets go. She had all sorts of tests and she has a great deal wrong with her. So it is just a matter of weeks. DH & I had a discussion we nee... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:14:08 EST Happy Thursday !!!! Weekend is almost here !!! YAY!!!!! <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... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:12:16 EST 4.19.2018 weigh in day <img src=""> <BR> Well today is my normal weigh in day and to my surprise I am down to 201.4 so that is a 2.6 loss for me. I normally was getting stressed about my weight cause it keep bouncing up and down,but now it i... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:12:14 EST Plans change sometimes Yesterday I had many little things that had to be done so I worked through lunch and a cancellation. NO WALK and on 6,000 steps. So it changed my walking plans. I really struggled because it was pretty and I wanted to walk but as the saying goes the cow was in the ditch and had to be helped. ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:09:24 EST 4/19/18 No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. Robin Williams Quote of the Day <BR> Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> When love is not madness, it is not love. <BR> Pedro Calderon de la Barca <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving plea... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:07:20 EST Time I know that how we spend our time defines who we are. I know that the more people are involved in SparkPeople, the more they stay on track. I also now remember part of the reason that I quit logging on to SparkPeople last time. I just don't want to take the time to do all these things every day. ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:02:37 EST Think Spring <img src=""> <BR> At least trying to eat summer/spring/fresh while it is cold and snowy out! Avacado Egg Salad pita with Fresh Fruit and cream cheese for dinner! <BR> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:01:58 EST Hands Up... if you can. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I loved roller coasters... so exciting.... like these front row gals did. <em>100</em> ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:58:20 EST Considering Changing My Running Goal Because of The S.T.A.N. Plan <img src=""> <BR> I'm considering changing from a half marathon to a 5 or 10 K. Not because I don't want to do a half again. I'm just not positive I'm up to the challenge right now. It's been 5 years since I fractured ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:57:31 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>211</em> Remarkable hero's <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:54:28 EST Day two is OVER!- 4/19/18 I have this problem I call “day two”. I can make it through one day of regular portions instead of large, fruit instead of candy, water instead of soda, but then I tend to struggle hard on day two. Thankfully, I was busy all day yesterday and didn’t have time to sit around and think about what I ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:52:45 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are in each other's life for a reason. Thank you for showing up. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:51:21 EST Hmm, getting there - Fancy Dress Project I've tacked all the pieces together and tried it on - I'm putting myself out there showing you these! OMG! <BR> <BR> This was the first photo I took. And the problem is obvious - I am showing far too much of my groin area. I don't like that look, but I think I can remedy it by making a kind... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:49:48 EST #100daysofwhy Day 1 I'm a Weight Watchers member and many people are participating in the #100daysofwhy. I thought by me participating would be a great way to continually remind myself why I’m on this journey. <BR> <BR> Day 1: To avoid excruciating back pains by taking some of the weight off. <BR> <BR> I had pu... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:45:01 EST THURSDAY THOUGHT <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes you just <BR> GOTTA GO ALL OUT <BR> and put two sugars <BR> in your coffee. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:43:51 EST Good morning Everyone Long day today, working 2 jobs and will be exercising at both jobs. I clean for a living and also I take care of an elderly lady that lives on the 11th floor so I take the stairs up and down. Life is good Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:42:07 EST The 8 Cup Challenge Day 18 Yesterday I drank lots of water. Not sure if drank the full 8 cups but I got close. No coffee at work, just water. I've been trying to do Simply Filling but I feel like I'm eating all the time. I'm not eating bad things but I still feel like I'm hungry and eating all the time. Got on the sca... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:34:35 EST Thurs 19 Apr 59,2kgs Lunch <BR> 240g wine <BR> 67g lettuce <BR> 10g mayo <BR> 10g avocado <BR> 8g pecan nuts <BR> 153g koubliac (smoked salmon, mushrooms, leeks, onions, cream, gruyere) <BR> about 50g quiche (allumettes, cream, gruyere) <BR> <img src=" Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:25:38 EST Short and sweet <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm granddog sitting. <BR> <BR> I can't wait for his parents to return home. <BR> <BR> They allow him in bed which means I'm sleeping in guest room and trying to not roll over onto a 9 pound ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:25:29 EST Good Trying really hard to be positive🙏 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:13:12 EST Happy Thursday The weekend is neigh. <BR> Have a great day and... <em>386</em> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:10:01 EST WLS Not Happening After my psychological exam, my wls recommended 6 months of therapy. I have a bipolar diagnosis and never received therapy he recommended it. I decided to not have the surgery. Not because I dont want the therapy- I do but I read something about lose skin after surgery which changed my mind. I ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:59:21 EST Release <img src=""> <BR> I get it! <BR> I heard someone say a month or so ago that they released 10 pounds. I was like, "released?" What is that supposed to mean? Don't you mean lose? (Of course I said all of that in my head... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:56:41 EST Fitbit Versa <img src=""> <BR> I'm really thinking about getting one of these. But it looks like it has the same options as my Samsung smartwatch. Any tips and advice on this would be appreciated? Tgif!! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:56:29 EST Day 134 <img src=""> <BR> Work is picking up, weather's getting better (for the most part)and I'm trying to get my act together ... Not an easy task! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:55:17 EST Wow this week! Wow. What a week. Woke up Monday feeling like I had gained a bunch of weight from my birthday celebration week. Stepped on the scale and a shopping 9 extra pounds that I had said goodbye too we’re back to visit. So knowing i have a doctors appointment today I had to bounce back! There’s so much... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:52:12 EST Celebrate <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It takes many steps to get to our goals. Celebrate each one. Think positively every day knowing you have the strength to accomplish your plans! Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:49:23 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY-4-19-2018 <BR> <BR> "Lexophile" describes those that have a love for words, such as "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish, "or "To write with a broken pencil is pointless." An annual competition is held by the New York Times to see who can create the best original lexophile. <BR> <BR> This year... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:46:26 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, April 19, 2018 April 19, 2018 LIVING IN THE LIGHT <BR> <BR> If we own a vehicle, we may have experienced headlights that stopped working. Maybe they got a little dim and made it harder to see at night. Just one headlight being out on a dark road makes a huge difference in what we see, think we see, or don’t se... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:32:35 EST Sugar I've surprised myself with how well I have been with sugar. The only thing I had was a small iced coffee on April 9th. Other than that nothing for weeks. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:21:24 EST Recess Walk Yesterday was my first opportunity for some exercise since the ice storm hit -- work has been frantic, driving really tough and walking precarious -- so I really enjoyed my lunch time walk. <BR> <BR> It's still really snowy here but streets passable in the roads (I avoided the sidewalks). <BR... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:11:45 EST Haiku of the Day Haiku #109 (of 365): <BR> <BR> He ventured outside <BR> without checking the weather <BR> into climes unknown. <BR> Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:10:09 EST SparkCoach - Day 3 Let’s start off with a quick visualization exercise. Spend 30 seconds visualizing one of your most important goals. See yourself reaching this goal. What will you feel like? How will this change your life? <BR> <BR> <BR> My most important goal is to achieve my black belt in taekwon-do. I have b... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:08:49 EST Happy Thursday! Yesterday I purchased 4 new pairs of colored jeans in size 8 and a long sleeve shirt for a total $36 with tax at Elderbeerman. They were 70% off, plus extra 20% plus 10% for senior citizen day so ! And no, that doesn't make them free, because they took 20 & 10% off of the 30% price that was lef... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:57:11 EST Wednesday Thursday Not too busy at work yesterday, still have a bunch of unread emails but nothing to pressing. Ran 3.1 miles yesterday, not with DW so faster pace. Might visit some familyup from Georgia this evening. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:52:08 EST Post Surgery Reset Needed Surgery went well yesterday ( I had a D&C for post menopausal bleeding), my amazing doctor removed a golf ball size mass and some other "stuff", sent off to the labs. She seems very optimistic sighting my great health throughout my past. <em>244</em> <BR> First thing I asked for after I woke ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:20:54 EST Accept God’s Plan - Joel and Victoria Today’s Scripture: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV) <BR> <BR> No matter what may be happening today, God has good things in store for your future! It may not be ea... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:19:49 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=4/19/2018=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">I will praise the name o... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:16:09 EST Sunshine at last! The first real sunny day of the year and I am stuck in work. I don't mind though as I am having a good day. I had a very bad cold and sore throat yesterday but it seems to have cleared through the night so I am just enjoying feeling better then I have. <BR> <BR> Todays Positives <BR> <BR> I a... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:15:37 EST Climbing a very rough "hump" of a day...... Major tech issues @ work - out of commission for half the the needed stuff done, eventually, but had to leave a bit later to do so.......oh, well - now that I'm a bonafide employee it's not an issue....... <BR> <BR> However, the stress *was* - thankfully, as things turned out, ... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:07:08 EST Jumping for Joy With a Spring in your Step! <img src=""> <BR> Have you ever hiked Mt Monadnock or any other New Hampshire mountain) in late April? It can be an adventure! This year, there’s still plenty of snow, ice and lots of mud. Yes, this is Mud Season on... Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:06:50 EST