SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Nervous Tomorrow I start the partial program I talked about last week. I'm feeling freaked out and very nervous today in anticipation of tomorrow. Hubby will be going with me in the morning, but I have to get home on my own in the afternoon. I am scared I am going to get lost or be trapped on the train w... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:41:11 EST Monday, July 28 1. Had a great workout this morning. Did 2 sets of five min HIITs within 20 minutes followed by 30 minutes of high resistance eliptical fun. Also managed 30 minutes of weight training. Felt very productive and very sweaty. <BR> <BR> 2. Planned my day's food menu and so far it has been pretty e... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:37:01 EST Day 20. Busy, productive weekend. Fiance and I got a lot done this weekend - picked our venue (we have a meeting on Wed to book it), got a few gifts, picked out rings to be ordered later), and went on a few walks while brainstorming. It was a good weekend! <BR> <BR> 1. 10000+ steps per day <BR> 2. 8+ cups water per day <BR> ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:36:47 EST Day 1...Again. So, here I am again, at Day 1. How many times have I started over? More times than I can count. What makes this time different? Well...I can't say. It might not be different. I have to HOPE it is though. I have to WORK to make sure it is. I have to NOT GIVE UP to make sure there won't be ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:36:07 EST Motivational Monday <img src=""> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:35:28 EST They're coming to get you Dee..... You should watch what dare people to do Dee..... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are coming to your cabin Dee! I hope you are ready for us! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And let the game... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:35:21 EST Don't forget your vitamins! (I love Lucy) As I was reading up on nutrition, I remembered one of my favorite "I Love Lucy" scenes ever. I am sharing it so you can laugh as much as I do whenever I see it. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:34:29 EST An Apple For Today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:32:27 EST SP trivia : How far does food travel to get to us? Our existing system of food transportation and distribution requires enormous amounts of energy and resources. <BR> <BR> <BR> Before reaching your table, the average food item in the United States will travel 1,300 miles! <BR> <BR> <BR> This is one of many reasons that environmentalists and... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:31:57 EST Bad choice, great rebound I cannot have ice cream in the house. I am simply not one of those people who can eat something in moderation. <BR> <BR> We had a family ice cream sundae party after a Christmas in July outing on Saturday. I did really well - small portion, in a smaller bowl, with a banana on the bottom for ext... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:28:11 EST SIN IS THE PROBLEM!!! Oh my, Max is on my toes again this morning. This devotional is a tough one. I will let you find out for yourself. VERY thought provoking, today. <BR> ********************************** <BR> <BR> Our Problem is Sin (By Max Lucado/ From <BR> <BR> Our problem is sin. Not finances... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:24:50 EST Introduction Well Hi everyone. I am the heaviest I have ever been. At 219lbs and size 18-20 I really need to do something about it. I have been trying to lose weight for 2 years now. Mainly with weight watchers. Itdoes work but iI have no will power to keep going for more than 6 weeks at a time and have only ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:24:42 EST TBH: Deeply Satisfactory, THM Well, today is Day One of my very first weight loss cycle with Trim Healthy Mama. I have yet to read the book, but I think I've gleaned enough information to go forward with about 2 weeks of the plan. <BR> <BR> It works like this: <BR> <BR> NO refined sugar or flour. NO white foods that were o... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:23:31 EST Making the decision to make a change My cousin posted one of those inspiration quote things on her Facebook page the other day that really struck me hard. It said "To make a change you must first make the decision to change"... or something like that. The reason this struck me so profoundly is because I realized there are so many t... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:23:18 EST River, Rain, and more Turkeys. Well, went fishing, caught a redhorse and let it go, that's about it for fishing. It's funny, I got a survey in the mail at the beginning of the month from the DNR wanting me to keep a diary of the amount of times I went fishing and what I caught. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:23:08 EST So FRUSTRATING! I feel like I've been two steps forward, one step back for MONTHS! I lost like four pounds, and magically gained it all back practically overnight. <BR> <BR> HOW DO I STOP THIS?! <BR> <BR> Oh, I know, by always eating perfectly. <BR> <BR> I'm just so frustrated. I was doing SO GOOD and now ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:22:41 EST 30-Day Shred: Level 1, Day 7 I had an unusual bout of ennui this morning, which kept me in bed until there was not enough time to do 30DS before my shower and work. <BR> <BR> Luckily, I work from home, so I was able to redeem myself at lunchtime. Day 7 is done! That means, I only have three more Level 1 sessions before I st... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:20:42 EST Day 3 of Elimination/Rotation Diet Plan (based on food insensitivities) Breakfast: almond breeze and apricots in a blender. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Lunch: Kidney beans, corn, quinoa, cardamom (Tomatoes , rice, onions, not listed for today-darn) <BR> <BR> Dinner: Pork tenderloin, peas, canola oil, dill weed. (mint was yesterday--not today ) <BR> <BR> Snack: a... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:18:44 EST Life Moves On It is now almost two years since I posted my last blog entry. Life has radically changed--for the better, I know, but as I read that my weight two years ago had evened out at 130 (and I thought that was a lot), two years later I generally weigh 135, 133.2 on good days when I have been a very, ve... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:17:55 EST I'm just really happy today I have a new mattress and peacefully slept all through the night. I normally toss and turn and wake up almost every hour. I feel rested and my my back doesn't hurt! Yaay!! <BR> <BR> I'm also very excited to have my boyfriend return home this week. He spend the past 5 weeks overseas with a study ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:17:21 EST Shew! My 27s are back! I was worried last week end when I took so many walk breaks during my 5k race as was unable to continue my streak of being in the 27 time range. Not that 28 and a half is bad, it's still really good! Friday evening was hot and humid, and with only one walk break I was back in the high 27s! Shew! ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:17:15 EST I almost died the other day I was on my way driving home on a very busy highway in rush hour traffic. And a guy in a red truck behind me wanted to pass me even though i was quite obviously going past the speed limit. So when he went to go around me, me being a dick, plus i was going uphill anyways, sped up so he couldnt pas... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:11:12 EST no results I am very frustrated =/ I have been working my butt off for the last 2 or 3 months and the scale has not moved and neither have my measurements. I walk almost daily for at least 30 min. And now I have been adding alot of cardio to my normal strength building workouts. It is extremely exhausting s... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:08:23 EST Strength & Purpose... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is a New Day, Let's Step into it Joyfully putting our Hand's into the Hand's of the Lord. Let's push on ahead accomplishing our goals with the strength & purpose only the Lord can provide. <BR> <BR> This is the... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:07:09 EST What a stubborn notch! A couple weeks ago, I blogged that I was approaching the 150 pound notch on the scale in the fitness center. The following week my weight went up. Entirely my fault. <BR> <BR> Last week was a good week and as I stepped on the scale this morning, I put the weight into the 150 pound notch hopi... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:05:20 EST Summer swimsuit season success!! I realized this blog might only apply for women, but swimsuit season has always been a HUGE anxiety in my life, even in elementary school. I dreading shopping for suits, wearing suits, and moving in suits, so any activity that required a suit meant I didn't enjoy myself at all because i was so s... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:02:57 EST Happiness is a Warm Cat Belly Hello to my beautiful and lovely Sparkfriends!!! I hope you had a fantastic weekend as I did and that you are starting your week ready to go!!! <BR> <BR> My weekend, as mentioned before, was SO NICE! I wasn't sure what to expect because hubby's sister's birthday was on Friday and we were prepa... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:02:19 EST August Goal July is rolling to an end and I am looking forward to August and thinking about goals. Three months ago I made the small goal of wanting to lose 10 pounds before seeing my doctor. I wanted to see the smile on his face. Today I got to tell him and loved that big smile I got. 2 & 1/2 years ago I c... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:00:03 EST Quote for the Day I am a spiritual being... After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. <BR> <BR> Max Luc... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:58:53 EST Horrible Audition I had an audition today for a commercial and it was horrible. Well I was horrible! The other two in the room with me were great but I was not. <BR> <BR> We were given a script when booked for the audition, which I memorized and had planned a bunch of ways of performing in case asked to do some... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:58:41 EST Still Gonna Try I thought I was doing well on Sunday! I thought I had used restraint in my eating and so I sat down to track it all today (Monday). I went over! <BR> I clearly need to re-learn how to choose healthier options. So, I will take this as another day in class. I will learn how to eat healthy! <BR> M... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:57:28 EST Bible Verse for the Day I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. <BR> <BR> Philippians 3:14 KJV Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:54:05 EST Storm/tornadoes It seems that the severe storms we had yesterday dropped two tornado's , one right t here in town and one a few miles out in farmland. Baseball-sized hail damaged many vehicles parked outside. Dealerships are freaking out!! <BR> <BR> My house is so well insulated and the new insulated windows... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:53:24 EST "We're choosing the path between the stars, I'll leave my love between the stars" - David Bowie Last night I had a party to go to. At the last minute my husband decided not to come. I hadn’t had enough down-time over the weekend. It was a long drive to get to the party. I was tired. <BR> As I drove to the party – hitting traffic along the already long drive – I started pouting in my hea... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:53:19 EST My Goku Challenge is almost completed... ...And I'm only halfway done with the weight loss. So, that's unfortunate. Also, unfortunately, I predicted this might happen. The good news? I'll be at a major weight loss benchmark (probably) when Otakon comes around (my goal date, Aug 7). That benchmark is 210 lbs. There is actually two reason... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:49:10 EST Food Revamp - Whole 30 Plan I wanted to write a blog to talk about my latest "sparked" activity. I am a big fan of BOBCATGIRL76's blog on Sparkpeople (Seriously - she's awesome - go read her Sparkpage and then come back). She started a Whole30 program and has been blogging about it. I, being the curious person that I am,... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:45:18 EST Day 113: It's over Last week is over. Let it go..... <BR> <BR> Today is a new day. Start over...enjoy it <BR> <BR> Happy Monday Everyone! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:43:01 EST Ready set go Well it is certainly not my first time starting a profile and writing my first blog. However I know that I am capable of success as in the past I managed to lose weight with Sparkpeople and if I have it in me, than it should come out. <BR> <BR> I recently got married and stopped caring about my ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:40:48 EST It is time for a plan for the rest of us If you read my previous blogs you might surmise I am a skeptic of the long time gospel of calories in vs calories out. Now I don't hypothesize that it has no value. For the vast majority of people who are following an eating plan and it is consistent their calories go up a little one day and d... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:38:06 EST Day 6 - Back on track Yesterday was day 6, sorry I didn't blog yesterday I was out helping friends finish there roof and then went fishing for the rest of the day!! P.S I still smell like fish!! <em>24</em> not so pretty lol. <BR> <BR> Ok so yesterday was Burn Circuit 3 and I ain't gonna lie I did it at 11:30PM la... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:37:15 EST A sucessful weekend I had a great weekend and am so sad that I am back to reality today. It's rainy, humid and just plan nasty here in Boston. A few tornados even touched down parts of the state! Scary stuff! <BR> <BR> Now onto my weekend <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> On Saturday, I loaded up the little jelly bean ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:36:53 EST South Beach Diet (Lifestyle) Day One <BR> <BR> Plan: <BR> B: 2 Eggs, Spinach, Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Feta Cheese <BR> S: 2 Mozzarella Sticks, Tomatoes <BR> L: Big 'ole salad w/grilled chicken <BR> S: Celery, Laughing Cow Cheese <BR> D: Grilled Chicken w/stir fry veggies <BR> <BR> Ex: Elliptical - 30 minutes <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:36:50 EST More happiness...... The power of friends. I spent the afternoon with some friends celebrating their daughters birthday. I missed my workout opportunity, but life goes on. <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:34:54 EST I did it! No, I have not reached my goal yet, but I completed the Bix 7, a 7 mile race in my hometown this weekend. It is a pretty grueling course with many hills. My goal was to come in under 2 hours and I beat that, finishing with 1 hr 41 minutes and 33 seconds. My old lady bladder probably cost me a ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:31:50 EST DAY 157 TRIP UP THE STAIRS LIKE A FAIRY THIS MORNING I WEIGHED IN AT 207! I DON'T KNOW HOW IT DID IT BECAUSE I OVERATE YESTERDAY. IT THINK IT IS THE WALKING EVERYDAY. REALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE. <BR> <BR> I AM POSTING IN LARGE CAPS BECAUSE MY EYES ARE GOING BAD FROM BEING ONLINE SO MUCH. I THINK THAT IS THE REASON. I AM A SELF PUBLISH... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:31:17 EST no brainer I'm hungry & want it brainer lunch <BR> <BR> ps. look for orange play line in video player- if it is filled the video plays through, if not it is congested (online) and will stop playing... just come back later - it will play... I'm not going anywhere <BR> <em>246</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:25:51 EST It's A... and This Weeks Monday Menu Plan Well it's been an exciting weekend. I found out on Friday the gender of my next grandchild. After work I went home and baked the appropriate color of cake. Son was home and this was a top secret mission, so just going home to bake it was no simple task. But somehow I managed without ds seeing. Ha... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:25:02 EST Possible plan. I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do or how to start, but I'm going to sit down with a cold drink (read as, "BEER") and try to make sense of this situation. I guess I'm going to get all my bills down on paper (again) and figure out exactly how far behind I am on everything (again). Then mayb... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:24:42 EST Dating. Ugh. So, I'm 36, I've never been married, and I don't have children. I own my house, though it's in need of new carpet and landscaping, own my car, though it needs a tune up and has some body damage, and have a decent job, though it requires quite a bit of traveling. <BR> <BR> I don't think I'm a hor... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:24:39 EST NSV This weekend I wore a pair of jeans that I had stopped wearing months ago (maybe even a year) because they were too tight. Yay! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:24:33 EST SPOILER... "By His Atonement and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has overcome all aspects of the Fall. Physical death will be temporary, and even spiritual death has an end, in that all come back into the presence of God, at least temporarily, to be judged. We can have ultimate trust and confidence in His power ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:24:05 EST Felt Like I Ran a Marathon... We brought the kids to the park yesterday afternoon, in the 90+ degree heat (with 70+% humidity). We've walked a couple of times at the park, but decided to time a mile yesterday. It took us 23 minutes and 18 seconds to walk the mile - and I hurt afterwards! <BR> <BR> **As some background - I w... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:23:08 EST Back to work Why is it that I am starving when I am at work but I'm just fine at home? Shouldn't it be the other way around? Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:21:28 EST The Better Sleep Challenge - Sleep Journal, Night Seven Monday, July 28, 2014 <BR> <BR> 1. What time did you wake up today? 6:50 AM. <BR> <BR> 2. What time are you lying down to go to sleep? <BR> <BR> 3. What, if any, was your bedtime routine? Shower, fix hair, change into PJ's, take out contact lenses, wash face, take meds, lay down. <BR> <... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:20:01 EST One Question Yesterday at church the topic came up ..."If you could ask God one question...what would it be?" <BR> <BR> There were a lot of interesting responses that came up. None of them were like mine. Mine are a lot of "why" questions, though they all tie together. <BR> <BR> "Why did God create evil?" ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:18:05 EST The Better Sleep Challenge - Sleep Journal, Night Six Sunday, July 27, 2014 <BR> <BR> 1. What time did you wake up today? 1:00 PM. <BR> <BR> 2. What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 11:30 PM <BR> <BR> 3. What, if any, was your bedtime routine? Change into PJ's, take out contact lenses, wash face, take meds, lay down. <BR> <BR> 4. ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:16:37 EST Summertime Summertime is never easy for me to lose weight, seems crazy, but every time I've lost a lot of weight it's always been in the winter then summer comes and I start gaining the weight back. What's up with that? I'm still down 30 pounds just have to get my butt in gear, went for a 5 mile walk mayb... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:13:40 EST The Better Sleep Challenge - Sleep Journal, Night Five Saturday, July 26, 2014 <BR> <BR> 1. What time did you wake up today? 9:30 AM. <BR> <BR> 2. What time are you lying down to go to sleep? 11:45 PM <BR> <BR> 3. What, if any, was your bedtime routine? Change into PJ's, take out contact lenses, wash face, take meds, lay down. <BR> <BR> 4... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:13:27 EST Frustration! I have been going to the gym since the first week of June. My typical workout includes 30-60 minutes of cardio - usually running and cycling. Or running and elliptical trainer. Then I do the circuit of Nautilus machines available. My total workout time is normally 1.5-2 hours. I workout 5-6 times... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:02:07 EST It's a wet dog kind of day Woke up to pouring rain so the dog and I postponed our early morning trip outside. By 9am it was still pouring so off we went anyway. Put on my gardening muck shoes and huddled under the golf umbrella in a feeble attempt to keep from getting soaking wet. Headed for the tree-covered trail but e... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:02:07 EST Stepping it up and Sticking with It In my last blog I wrote about getting honest and renewing my goals. I am happy to report that I have been on track for the last ten days. I am tracking my nutrition and fitness, portion controlled snacks and meals, drinking water and exercising. Cardio and strength training. <em>9</em> <BR... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00:32 EST Week 1 My first week back has been a success. I have not eaten any wheat/gluten, have posted on FB every day, drank 8 cups of water daily, logged everything that I have eaten daily, and I have lost 2 pounds. An added bonus is that since I have not been eating any wheat/gluten, my jeans fit looser as w... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:00:10 EST Busy!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My life has been crazy busy lately!! So I apologize to all my SP friends that have been neglected lately. Don't think that I have just been ignoring you all or that I have quit or just don't care that is simply ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:53:24 EST Mental Food <img src=""> <BR> I have always known that I am a worrier. And I am married to a non-worrier. SO, of course, I have to worry enough for BOTH of us! I really think that is true! I can get so offended that he isn't thinking about the "what ifs... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:53:17 EST July in retrospect (with pics) I spent quite a few days this month without much data access, and I didn't even try to Spark. Suddenly the end of July is here, so I decided to do a synopsis. <BR> <BR> - In mid-July I made two separate trips to Colorado and New Mexico. That's because I was taking two groups of 80+ scouts and le... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:51:35 EST Chirpie Walk 2 I took Chirpie with me for a walk at the botanical gardens! I really enjoyed the gardens and was walking for over two hours!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Beautiful flowers! I wish it was possible to bottle the smells. It was heaven... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:49:10 EST Day 1 I woke up at 5:30 and I hit the gym for an hour of body pump. I went light on the weights. My foot is better but I do not want to push too hard too fast. I did work up a nice sweat. I followed up with an omelet and chocolate milk for breakfast. It's only day one by it feels good to be back on tra... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:45:57 EST Good Things Eventually Happen This week is my last week at a job I have been at for 11 years. On Friday I start my new job that I am so looking forward to. I was feeling a bit nostalgic and questioning was I making a good decision or not. I went upstairs to talk to a friend who informed me that when my boss decided to post... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:45:42 EST Pasta woes. I am buckling down on finances right now. I have a big bill that I need to have paid off by September, and so that means all of my money is going toward it. That means I am eating what's in the cupboard, and trying to make meals out of what I already have on hand. <BR> <BR> I have some lean turk... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:45:15 EST Balance <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's going to be another busy week and I have placed taking care of myself at the top of my TO DO each day. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>104</em> <em>521</em> <em>104</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <img ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:38:13 EST Runnin' in the rain (sung to the tune "Singin' in the Rain")! Went out for a run last Saturday. According to my Galloway recovery program for a 10K race, I was to run 3-5 miles. So since I needed to go to the library to drop off a book, decided to start / end my run there, as there is a nice quiet neighborhood to run in. <BR> <BR> It was cloudy when I ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:32:52 EST Weekend Mish Mash This weekend was a whole mish mash of stuff. <BR> <BR> First up, honey pie and I are gearing up for my mom to come visit. So alllll of that stuff we haven't gotten around to unpacking yet? Yeah. Hello freak out city :P. <BR> <BR> I got a speeding ticket for the first time in six years. Com... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:31:47 EST Week 2 Need to learn to reward myself. It was a struggle last week to get up and walk, but everytime I walked, I felt better. This morning I set the alarm to walk. Last week, I let hubbys alarm wake me later in the morning. This morning, I got my walk in, showered, ate, and was busy working before hubby was even up. Last week, I stru... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:31:46 EST Monday Meeting last night was crazy busy. however, we survived and Olivia is basking the day after her birthday. Please pray for our search committee today as we have an interview with one of our two lead candidates. <BR> <BR> I want what is best for the church, but i must admit i'm really looking forward to ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:29:31 EST Week 2 So this week was not so great for me! I broke my leg at the beginning of the year and even though im not in a cast or anything anymore, its still healing. Well when I got on my stationary bike, my leg started hurting pretty bad, so I called the doctor and she told me to take several days of rest ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:28:52 EST sleep! I have been so sleep deprived... for such a long time... i've struggled with insomnia for years. Lately falling asleep is not my problem... the problem is I'm interupted dozens of times during the night. Patricia still doesn't sleep through the night. She wants to nurse. The dog doesn't slee... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:28:39 EST Busy Summer Hi All, <BR> It's been a busy summer. Time with grandchildren, riding our motorcycle with my hubby, hiking, preparing for a new grandchild due around Christmas has kept me busy. However I have still managed to keep up with my healthy eating 80% of the time. Though I have not lost many pounds <... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:27:54 EST Coffee Weather So today is a little cool in Minneapolis - coffee weather. I have not been able to find any pure maple extract at any of the stores in town, so I'll have to order it online. In the meantime, I stopped at my Co - op and got some maple sugar so I could have a proper cup of coffee. After a little wh... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:27:47 EST Back on track... Well, I went off the wagon this weekend and didn't count calories or anything and I felt really bad last night. I decided to get some rest, then start fresh today. I figured out what my main concern is...I love my chocolate milk too much! I crave it all day long. I'll have to watch that closely. ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:27:23 EST Move It! And I did this morning! I am up, watered, exercised, strength trained, and meditated! <BR> <BR> I got up at the time I wanted to. As simple as setting the alarm and doing it. No more "Winging It"! Time for a schedule and structure! <BR> <BR> Today is going to be spent working at home, working... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:26:41 EST Vacation = 3 pounds Ate too much rich food, drank to many glasses of wine, stayed up too late, slept in to much, didn't get enough exercise and caught a cold. Puts me in a bad way this morning. Don't get me wrong, I had a great vacation, just wish I didn't have to pay the 3# price. <BR> <BR> So, will get back on my... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:26:09 EST Verse of the Day I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. <BR> Philippians 3:14 NIV Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:24:22 EST 140728 - Anyone else have this issue? Browsing the Message Boards, I came across a topic called Mood & Food. I was going to respond, however, in reading the responses, I couldn't. I'm not an emotional eater and had been told my weight issue is due to the lack of eating. When I was younger, I ate whatever and my metabolism was high... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:24:15 EST Down Feeling really down and stressed out lately... need to figure it out. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:23:58 EST Interim Summer Assesment Sunday when I got up the cable was off and the cellular network was off. So I was unable to use the internet. Both were off the entire day. When I returned home around 7:30 p.m. the networks were up. Thankful the electricity was on so your house could stay cool. <BR> This morning the cable and... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:23:36 EST My *Happy* Place The pool: it's quiet, except for the chirping of birds, the chattering of the squirrels, and the sounds of crickets and cicadas. <BR> <BR> This is my happy place. My *me* place. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:22:40 EST Day 212 - thinking about food I have spent the last 4 days thinking about food all of the time. I don't remember thinking about fat or sat fat this often ever. I hope I see good numbers come back in October for all this hard work. <BR> <BR> Make a great day! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:21:29 EST The Crazy Cleaning Monster Strikes Again Can I just start by singing, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah? This week, I lost another 2.2 pounds. That makes my total lost 27 pounds thus far! I will so take that!! <BR> <BR> I was really unsure that I would lose again this week. I have been doing a lot of deep cleaning around my house which really set ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:19:58 EST Race Report: Beaches Jazz 10K Yesterday I ran in the Beaches Jazz 10K. It wasn't a great run for me. It's a bit discouraging that I think about running so much, and I put in a decent amount of time training, but I'm not really making any progress. Before I give up on running, I'm going to do the Acceleration Gliders that Jeff... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:19:55 EST Today's (7.28.14) Plan... In addition to regular weekday activities and my FlyLady tasks, I’ve set the following goals to be completed today: <BR> <BR> Business <em>17</em> <BR> Confirm I’m registered to vote <BR> Register for new edX class <BR> Update Quicken entries <BR> Balance Accounts <BR> Pay Invoices <BR> Updat... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:19:13 EST Esther the Wonder Pig Wow! I met Esther the Wonder Pig's dads yesterday! <BR> <BR> Esther is an internet star....she was adopted by Scott and Derek, who were told she was a mini pig. Two years later, she's 625 pounds of fun! <BR> <BR> You can see oodles of cute pictures of Esther with funny captions on her Facebook ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:14:06 EST God Bless America and God Bless Me... I just read online that a Pakistani grandma, a 7 year-old and her baby sister were all killed by a mob that was angry because some young male relative had posted on FB something that Pakistani law thinks is blasphemous. <BR> <BR> *smh* <BR> <BR> I am blessed, and more than spoiled, to live in... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:12:16 EST New day Monday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Crab Regatta 2014. Had a great weekend. We came in 3rd place. In this "race" you can only win 1st place once. We had 1 first, 2 seconds, and no thirds. So we went for 3rd. It's a fun race. You are judged for yo... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:11:57 EST Day Two Day two of an interesting Journey, and one that I will be embarking on with my husband. <BR> <BR> Today I got up and started with a glass of water, and some oatmeal. I find myself struggling already to eat the required amount of calories they want me to eat. I had 2000ish calories to eat yester... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:11:52 EST Where have I been since last week? I have been "out of touch" since last Thursday, spending the past few days in a hotel. Unfortunately, I did not exercise or do any of the "normal" fitness things I do when in a hotel. <BR> <BR> We went to Phoenix, where our daughter FINALLY delivered her baby - it's a BOY! After 35 hours in ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:11:36 EST Week One Happy Monday! So today was weigh in and I'm so happy with Week One's results! Here are the numbers and look back on goals from last week. <BR> <BR> Weight 7/21- 265.6 <BR> <BR> Weigh In 7/28 - 260.8 <BR> <BR> Loss of -4.8 pounds. <BR> <BR> Week Goals: <BR> <BR> Stay within calorie ran... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:10:31 EST rainy day well very rainy today so I am working on things that need to be decided on my medicare and life insurance. now that I am close to 65 they are hounding me, so I have an agency coming to help me figure things out. I hope to solve all this so I don't have to think about it any more. It is driving m... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:10:01 EST Ten Things I Know About You Ten Things I know about you <BR> 1) You are reading this. <BR> 2) You are human. <BR> 3) You can’t say the letter ”P” without separating your lips. <BR> 4) You just attempted to do it. <BR> 6) You are laughing at yourself. <BR> 7) You have a smile on your face and you skipped No. 5. <BR> 8)... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:06:40 EST The weekend.... He was totally shocked! The reaction took a bit, but then this smile just appeared and hasn't left yet! We let her meet most of the neighbors (some were not home) and explore, then took her for a few walks around the area, just for fun....they fell asleep together sat & sunday night...... <img sr... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:06:06 EST Just concentrate on today!!!! "You can't fail if you don't quit" has been my favorite quote since I started Spark years ago. <BR> <BR> I keep hanging in there and maybe it has helped keep me from doing myself more damage, but my life as a yoyo is getting old and I am having some serious self conversations and self searchin... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:06:05 EST One week down... with good results I've done very well this week with my health... nutritional eating, frequent exercise, and limited alcohol. I even saw a little progress on the scale (although it's still a bit elusive). I reached 239 this week, but this morning it was back at 241. But my pants and jacket felt more comfortable... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:04:27 EST Weigh in day 7/28/14 Weigh in 170.2 (-.6) Great down half a pound. I'm concentrating on the process instead of results on the scale. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The last few weeks I've been not having second helpings at dinner and dessert only once a week. It ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:59:48 EST Day 24 - eat for satisifaction Chapter 24 is an amazing, powerful lesson by Linda of many... <BR> <BR> Bottom line: Eat to achieve "satisfaction from your food, not guilt or remorse." <BR> <BR> How to achieve this?: "Eat slowly, pay attention to the bites, and appreciate the food." I would add, "Have no distr... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:59:45 EST C25K: Week 1 Complete! After a bit of a break, I finished up C25K Week 1 yesterday. It was a good run and I'm hoping I can start Week 2 today after work. <BR> <BR> <BR> C25K Week 1 <BR> Day 1 (7/14): 1.97 miles/ 30 min <BR> Run Distance: 0.10 miles <BR> <BR> Day 2 (7/16): 1.42 miles/30 min <BR> Run Distance: 0.02 m... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:59:03 EST Cat Care Weekend We had fleas a little while ago, and we had thought we had gotten the problem under control, but apparently not. I used the flea comb on the cats and got close to 30 fleas off of them, so we gave them a bath in Dawn ( if you didn't know, the regular old school blue Dawn kills fleas on contact!!) ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:57:23 EST Success Quote(s) - 7/28/14 Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination. <BR> <BR> - Roy Goodman <BR> ------------------------ <BR> <BR> I've missed more that 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over an... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:56:20 EST Slow Caffeine Detoxing vs. Suddenly Stopping - Day 1 I've been through this so many times in the past six years I've been on SP, that it's almost embarrassing to write about trying again. But these blogs are for ourselves, first and foremost, and writing about it reinforces the new behavior. No matter how many times I've gotten off coffee (my lon... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:56:14 EST Moody Monday It is all in your perspective, isn't it, Patty? I like the way you think. <BR> <BR> Yesterday a friend called and was going to drop me off a couple of fish fillets her g.son caught so I got washed and dressed and having done the dishes, I vacuumed... supper was nice, fish, fried potatoes and on... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:55:45 EST Losing out on so much... So yet another week goes by and I am saddened by what I'm missing out on because of my weight/size. It seems as though every single week there's something I can't/won't do because of how large I am. . <BR> <BR> - Hubs wants to go out on the paddle boat while we're camping, but I won't go bec... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:53:06 EST Mon., July 28 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Did the treadmill at the Y. I walked for 45 minutes. I told myself I was NOT going to judge myself based on the other people around me, but I did. Instead of giving myself a whoo-hoo for being there at all, I critici... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:52:44 EST Getting Prepared! Well today and the next 2 days I plan on getting as much exercise that I can. I have my menu ready and I am going to stick to it. On Thurs. I won't be eating anything until after my surgery. The next days to follow I will be doing very little exercise, except for the few exercises the doctor giv... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:52:33 EST Regrets and suffocation. I feel like the situation with the bills is only getting worse. I so badly wish I could just get everything caught up. We make enough money to pay our bills, it's just that everything is behind. We make enough to pay them, but not enough to get caught up on everything. So every month goes by, and... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:49:49 EST Scheduled an apt. I really didn't want to, but I scheduled an appointment for another SI Joint injection. The last time, I started having some pain again within 2 weeks. But I need to go through this again before we can start looking at other options. My plan this time is to push the physical therapy as far as ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:49:18 EST Workout How often give 100%. I give up way to easily. I am working to change everything one step at a time. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:49:14 EST Small Goals Can't look at that ticker with 150 pounds to lose so planning on smaller goals of 30 pounds at a time. My first goal is 30 pounds lost by my nephews wedding on Halloween. That is just under 10% of my body weight. <BR> <BR> I am NOT good at baby steps I am an all in kind of girl - which I do ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:49:13 EST What Went Well 7-27-14 Number 1: Strawberries at the Farmer's Market were amazing. Half a flat gone in a few hours. Yummmmmmm! <BR> <BR> Number 2: The Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars movie was as amazing as it sounds. My husband and I watched the movie with the kids. Darth Doof was especially funny. <BR> <BR> Numbe... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:48:45 EST How do I say thanks? When someone comments on my post is there a way of saying thank you? <BR> <BR> I can't seem to find a 'like' or 'thank you' button but maybe I just haven't seen it yet <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway a big <em>304</em> to anyone who takes the time to comment and give me encouragement. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:48:09 EST Motivation? What Motivation? My first blog entry. I have no idea what I am doing, so bear with me. This will be basically rambles, and random thoughts. <BR> <BR> I have such a hard time staying motivated for more than a few days at a time. I wake up in the morning, fully ready and excited to continue on my weight loss jo... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:47:23 EST Thanks for the Help Sparkles! I call the people who post anything I see on here as Sparkles. What a joy to have help from so many; inspiration from all and the courage just to be on this site! I have decided to get rid of the turkey burgers. In the past I had some veggie burger that were good so that will be the solution m... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:46:19 EST summer menu ideas I'm using the grill daily. Grilled chicken breast, shrimp, baked potato, corn, mushrooms, beef steak, hamburgers, bacon, eggs (side burner), pork loin, salmon... the list goes on... add a salad and a side of fruit and viola! Meals for the summer sparker. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:45:35 EST The Vacation Blues I had adapted the Clean Eating Philosophy to my lifestyle a little over a year ago. This past week was the first vacation since that adaptation. I knew it would be somewhat difficult to follow my regimented eating habits during this vacation with the daily restaurant excursions. I took every pre... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:44:38 EST Kate the Great Dane & Pippin the Deer Best Friends Here's another unlikely friendship. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>unlikely-animal-friends/videos/kate-th<BR>e-great-dane-and-pippin-the-deer/ </link> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:43:48 EST 9.5 miles done Groundhog Day-style I did loops of what I call 'humblers' this morning. Humblers are hills, or in my case, one lengthy hill run several times. I wasn't trying to prove anything, I just didn't want to run another route, lol. So I tucked my head down and ran 9.5 miles of loops. <BR> <BR> No real issues to speak of--... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:42:50 EST Inspirational Quote for Today I had to grow to love my body. I did not have a good self-image at first. Finally it occurred to me, I’m either going to love me or hate me. And I chose to love myself. Then everything kind of sprung from there. Things that I thought weren’t attractive became sexy. Confidence makes you sexy. <BR... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:41:45 EST Knitting & Crocheting I know the basic stitches of knitting and crocheting. I can make the standards: scarves, blankets. I pick up yarn on sale at stores and when I find it at garage sales. There is a huge overflowing tote on my closet shelf. I have signed up for 3 on-line classes. IT'S TIME TO TAKE THE CLASSES!... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:41:39 EST Stormy weather We were driving home last night from our friend's 75th birthday (which is about 75 miles away) and hit some bad storms. <BR> The lightning was flashing across the sky and my husband remarked that he had never seen it go across the sky like that. <BR> I couldn't wait to get home because I was worr... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:41:35 EST Day Eight Okay, apparently weekends are going to be hard. I didn't post anything and I didn't track anything on Sunday, which was my family reunion. I'll have to prepare for next weekend better. However, even without exercising Friday or Sunday and eating reunion food without tracking (and starting my p... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:40:03 EST Day 970- Day 22 of Whole 30 and a New Driver's License So a while back, I wrote a blog about going to a concert and almost being denied because I no longer resembled my driver's license. Well with my 25th birthday just 8 days away, I decided to go and get my license renewed because I'd done my hair nice this morning. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:39:58 EST The reassurance I needed Saturday I went to visit my gma in the hospital. She's not really my gma but I've known her for close to 20 years and I've always called her gma. Anyway, I haven't seen her in like a year or something because she lives far away from where I live now, but I got word she was in intensive care so I ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:36:15 EST A Big Turnaround I've been struggling with depression due to having a chronic illness and with a small medication change and help from my psychologist, I've had a big turnaround in how I am feeling and I've even lost a couple of pounds! <BR> <BR> After complaining to my doctor that I am really struggling to do a... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:34:10 EST Gym Family! After almost a month of working out, at the same days and same times, people begin to become like family! You begin to encourage one another. Today I had such an experience! After working out, one of the other ladies, who's been working with a Trainer, said that I looked "fit"! I was shocked (an... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:31:58 EST No Fear Last night I had a wonderful dream and woke up feeling so optimistic for the first time in years. In my dream I was traveling somewhere foreign. I rode on a bus that was going up mountain roads and taking hair-pin curves. Instead of being extremely anxious like I would be in my waking life, I was... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:31:32 EST Day 4 More weight gone. I know it's all water weight, but it still feels good! <BR> <BR> I managed to walk for 10 mins yesterday and will do so again today. I have some minor housework to do, but none of it strenuous, so I will speed up when I walk from one room to the other. That will help, at ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:29:40 EST 1000 Actions Again 1. Restarted 1000 Actions <BR> 2. Packed Breakfast and Lunch <BR> 3. Weighed In <BR> 4. Purchased Vegetarian Meal Items Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:28:34 EST Getting ready for the grandkids <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So the family s... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:26:35 EST Accordion Garage Concert: Something About a Goose I know you’ve eagerly awaited the next Laundry Room Accordion Concert. Honestly, how have you lasted this long? How? I regret to inform you that Accordion Concerts are now being held in the garage. Now you know. Why am I sharing this? Because I can. And I think it’s highly SparkWorthy, to share w... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:25:56 EST Life Of a Dieter Life of a Dieter (I'd rather refer to it as a life change of eating): <BR> I've been on a "diet" for 40 years. That explains it right there....a diet is a temporary fix for a short duration. Most of us who need to lose serious weight look for fast result. But they don't never learn ho... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:25:40 EST All Fired Up for DAY 1 !!! So far so good. Last night I made some individual, vegan fritattas. They are about 45 calories and 2.25 grams of fat each! I used egg whites and natura egg. <BR> <BR> I have lean, sliced ham and about 2 cups of veggie stir fry for lunch. I brought 2 apples for snacks. <BR> <BR> Dinner will ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:24:48 EST MOVING ALONG AGAIN It is my last day in Baltimore. I was a little under the weather yesterday but feel better today after a Benadryl and a LOT of sleep. I head off to Atlanta tomorrow. Less than a week of vacation left. :( Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:22:44 EST TODAY'S ILLUMINATION! Jesus expects us, a saved person, to “stand forth” and give testimony to the work of God in our hearts. Give glory to God in the Highest! For more information read today’s message, “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH” and share it with your love ones. Thank You, MY FRIENDS , and God Bl... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:18:19 EST Past 7 days eating. Well the sick feeling has officially kicked in!!! The dreaded morning sickness that seems to stick with me till my babies are born! <BR> I don't want cokes or anything sweet so that's a good thing. I did that with my past two pregnancies too. It's like my body is telling me don't go there cause ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:16:41 EST Winning But Not Racing <img src=""> <BR> I have been focusing on non-scale victories this week. In order to get myself back on the right track and back to winning again, it's important for me to not focus too much on the weight because that's going to take a little... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:14:32 EST Day 51...Embracing a new healthy lifestyle Today marks day 1 of whole30 for me and my husband. The breakfast I had planned didn't turn out so I had 2 eggs and homemade chicken sausage. I am a little nervous about this plan since I have never gone without grains and dairy, but I am hopeful that it will be helpful for my husband who has b... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:10:48 EST 27 27 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:10:36 EST Monday's Motivation "What consumes your mind controls your life." <BR> <BR> Creed Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:10:23 EST A great start! <em>192</em> Three pounds down in my first week making healthier choices! <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> And I didn't deprive myself. I even split my favorite greasy calzone with my girlfriend and allowed myself a soda to go with it on our date night. Those calzones are SO good, and I've been know... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:09:04 EST Wedding My son is getting married September 13th in Colorado. Here is one of the engagement photos! <img src=""> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:08:47 EST Bring it on- I already know what my week is looking like. I would normally be exhausted just thinking about it. I'm not. <BR> <BR> I've gotten 5 hours of straight sleep 3 of the last 4 nights, which is an improvement over 3 hours at a time for the last several weeks. I feel a little better because of that. I... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:08:15 EST House-Inside and outside! Updated! Enjoy if you can sit through 7 plus minutes of this :) Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:08:01 EST PiYo, Day 22 Honestly, I suffered this weekend. My good eating habits went out the window and I didn't do any of the PiYo workouts. Turns out, the medicine I started taking to start my cycle early did what it was supposed to do. That would explain why I was craving carbs like crazy throughout the weekend and ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:03:56 EST Deep breath...a new day! The past two weeks have been crazy busy, mega stressful (good and bad) and full of quick grabs for meals. I know these times are going to happen, and I know this is the point where previously I have allowed myself to leap down the rabbit hole and use it as an excuse to continue to eat poorly and ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:02:51 EST A fairy tale proposal Our proposal story: <BR> <BR> I've told this story to many people but it's one of the stories that is worth repeating. Our first date was 5 days before my husband's birthday so it was also a bit of a birthday celebration. I had gotten him a key chain with a key to my apartment for his present. ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:02:43 EST Back again I'm beginning to feel like a broken record. Get started, be motivated, work hard, get busy, get distracted, fall behind, gain a few pounds, repeat. <BR> <BR> So, here I am, back again. It's been a month since I last worked out. It's been a month since I made consistent good choices about my die... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:02:14 EST LOVING Life! I have read blogs by others who complain that life as a thin person was not what they expected. They found that people were no nicer to them, they didn't feel any different, and were no happier than before. <BR> <BR> I DISAGREE! I LOVE living in this world as a normal-sized person. Oh sure, now ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:00:48 EST Peaks Island 5 Miler It wasn't pretty and no PR for sure. <BR> <BR> What a beautiful race though. Gorgeous day on Saturday and we brought our bikes with us on the ferry. <BR> <BR> Ferry ride from Portland to Peaks complete with seal sightings! <BR> <BR> We got our bibs - 4 of us running and my son as spectator. an... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:00:47 EST DDDDDAY 9....Feeling Fine annnnnd....DID NOT WEIGH! PLUS...MY Thoughts for Today! First and foremost...WOOOOOTWOOOOOT it WHOOOOTWHOOOOOOT? Does it really matter? I don't think so! So yesterday I was sitting on my deck, enjoying coffee and conversation, followed by a glorious walk on the beach!!! Last night...We were getting ready to head for our basement due to severe ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:49:41 EST Decluttering I am on a mission. As I get older I am realizing that "stuff" is stifling. Sure I keep way too many "skinny" clothes, but I have gone through them and pared them down. I have kept some for so many years that they are now outdated. <BR> <BR> I have also pared down the knicknacks. I kept tho... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:49:32 EST Happiness is a grown-up choice. Yesterday, on the way home from church, Big Sister said, "You know what, Mommy? I'm not going to put my thumb in my mouth any more. Not at home, not at church, not at the store. Not anywhere." <BR> <BR> I don't know where she got the idea, but I told her it was a very grown up decision for he... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:47:35 EST Letting Go and Loving Myself I'm climbing out of a funk. I've been here before, and I've come out of it - I can do it again. <BR> <BR> Over the weekend, I prepared for a healthy week. I made my meal plan for the week. I bought my groceries and prepared healthy foods, as much as I could for this week. I saw my myofasci... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:46:20 EST " ..." <img src=""> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:45:32 EST Exercise how's and when's GENERAL <BR> Exercise is as basic a need as eating. I believe in a fitness lifestyle in which you achieve a balance between your eating habits and how and when you exercise. What and when you eat determines the best type and timing of exercise inorder to obtain the ideal weight loss effect. This ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:45:27 EST Going shopping for clothes makes me feel Faaaaat Although I'm not that much... is just that I have a slightly distorted image of my own body, my husband says. .. I guess he likes me too much, but the fact is that I'm on the right place to do so. Sometimes I think that because I have so little weight to lose and already have quite a healthy lif... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:41:44 EST Day 2 already Well although this shows as the same day as my previous entry it is because on Sunday I was still finding my way around the site. <BR> <BR> So it's day 2 already. <BR> <BR> I have already checked my nutrition report from yesterday and have highlighted several places where I was making mistakes ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:39:02 EST 4 pounds gone. small victories can be huge!!! I know the last few blog posts have been somewhat dark, negative nancy. But I have just been dealing with inner demons that seem to show up in the form of over indulgence and they make me feel so bad about myself and the people around me. <BR> <BR> But today I can post a happy-ish blog. <BR> I ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:37:49 EST Licking wounds Well, I'm getting over the awful pictures of myself that are still hanging in the hallways at Longwood. Ugh. <BR> <BR> And I'm a little put out that my workout routine has been a bit upset, but honestly, it could be so much worse, all things considered with tech week(s) and the show and everyth... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:34:52 EST Here I go - wish me luck Yesterday was my first day with Sparkpeople and most of the time was spent finding my way around the site. <BR> <BR> Oh I've been on diet regimes before with the normal WW and SW subscription enrolements (not sure if I am allowed to mention their names or not). Yes they work but on one of them ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:25:28 EST new beginnings It's hard to get started again. I need to make sure I am as healthy as possible. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:23:10 EST Weekend Re-Cap I had a very good weekend. <BR> <BR> I had Friday off work and decided to send my son to daycare for the morning so I could clean the house. Because he had been sick I wanted to get the house disinfected and cleaned really well. I had a very productive day on Friday, getting the house cleaned,... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:23:06 EST Baby Steps, All or Nothing, and the Truth I was watching TV after work Saturday and a commercial for a drug that reduces pain due to diabetic nerve damage came on. I felt a deep fear of developing the disease. I'm overweight. There is some family history. There are reasons for concern. <BR> <BR> Then I thought about how I've taken step... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:22:36 EST July 28-Aug. 3 Workout Schedule Monday - Biggest Loser Wii <BR> <BR> Tuesday - 5 Mile Run <BR> <BR> Wednesday - Biggest Loser Wii, 6 Mile Run <BR> <BR> Thursday - 5 Mile Run <BR> <BR> Friday - Biggest Loser Wii <BR> <BR> Saturday - 10 Mile Run <BR> <BR> Sunday - 2 Mile Run Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:20:22 EST July 21-27 In Review I got 4 out of 7 days of workouts in. <BR> <BR> I was VERY good about tracking everything all week. There were a few days where I was over, 1 day where I was under, but for the most part, I was in my calorie range for the day. <BR> <BR> I wasn't as good about getting my 8+ glasses of water in... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:19:10 EST OMG! Look who Tara bumped into... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yes! It's Olly Murs!!! <BR> <BR> Tara and her bestie, Charlotte, were in Game in Colchester, and Olly Murs was in there, shopping. He asked them if they wanted a photo with him, so, naturally, they said yes p... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:17:57 EST Having it all, sorta... close enough! Our second grandson, Layton ha been here for the weekend and later on this afternoon he and I are going to drive to Perryville to spend the afternoon and evening with his Uncle (my son) Shadrick and his family! While there we are going to attend Bennett (third grandson) Tae Kwan Do class and sim... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:16:26 EST Mondays... Mondays get a bad rap. We hate Mondays. For the most part I do too...until I actually get out of the house. From bed to shower - there's cursing...there's "why dont i play the lotto...this is bs!" There's "as soon as I get home...getting back in the bed!" <BR> Then I shower...get coffee...and... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:15:03 EST Its a wonderful day in the neighborhood You know its going to be a good Monday when your ear worm for the day is the theme from Mister Rodgers Neighborhood. I have a plan for the week! <BR> <BR> The menus are ready and the groceries have been purchased. Even have a new recipe (Chicken pan roasted with Leeks) if that one turns ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:14:35 EST Positivity! What you say to others will stay with them for a long time. Express positive words to the people you interact with every day. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:12:50 EST Shockingly, It's about MY mom AGAIN! I've known since all of Samantha's latest adventure began that my anger was too deep-seated to be just about her. She does stuff constantly that irritates me and sometimes just flat p!sses me off, but the anger I have been feeling was way too intense for just that stupid little girl. Don't get ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:12:15 EST Trial of New Pancake idea for clean eating! Today I wanted pancakes, but I want ones that give me the nutritional kick my body deserves in the morning....meaning not processed and no today I experimented with a recipe I saw on Facebook for Gluten free pancakes... <BR> <BR> So I had a banana that was almost black on the outside... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:12:09 EST A Message from Captain Obvious I got home from a business trip Friday night and headed straight out to dinner for a veggie burger and fries. <BR> <BR> Saturday I had hemp toast and almond butter for breakfast, metric tons of sushi for lunch, then had TWO parties to attend. One surprise birthday party that ended up being an e... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:09:27 EST Day 13 of 100 Day 13 of 100 of No Pop <BR> Day 13 of 100 of No Fast Food <BR> Day 13 of 100 of No Candy <BR> Day 13 of 100 of Exercise (3 mile walk on the treadmill; 60 minute BodyPump Class) <BR> <BR> Thoughts for Today: <BR> When I woke up, this morning, I just felt like throwing in the towel and giving up.... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:08:45 EST Excuses and Vacation It has now be just about four months since my last chemo treatment for breast cance and I have only lost 4 lbs of the 25 lbs I gained. Excuses....I have a few. Actually, I have too many to type them all out here! <BR> <BR> I went on vacation this past week to watch DH compete in Nationals of D... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:07:10 EST chemo day... Our dear daughter in law is spending the day in a chair... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> next to an IV support pole with dangling bags hanging down... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> She is in her chem... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:07:05 EST I'm doing it again <em>24</em> Why is it that when someone compliments me for losing weight, looking so much better, I head straight for food. I start eating everything and anything. It's like my head can't handle the compliment and says "eat a bag of candy" or "eat the whole container of chips". What the heck, I still have... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:06:46 EST I'm back..I mean it Well here I am once again...but this time I'm feeling pumped! I am excited to get look good for being a mom of 4. December is my 29th birthday. I have a dress I really want to be able to fit by then. :) I sm officially 22 pounds from pre-pregnancy weight with my 4th son. Than I eill onl... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:06:10 EST A pretty hard week, and back on track I don't like the whole "starting over" thing and I believe strongly in doing a little everyday instead of giving up and starting over the next day... <BR> But it's happened and I couldn't help it. <BR> <BR> The good news is that my cat is back. Wednesday I printed missing cat posters at work and... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:02:33 EST Birthday Wishes Granted Hi Everyone. I have been quiet on here lately, as not much to report..lack of exercise due to the bursitis in my thigh, and so-so focus on my diet. So, the last week, I changed the diet, and went back to really thinking about what I wanted to eat, that was healthy and nutritious.....well, I hav... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:52 EST Blessings, July 28, 2014 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. I did it!! I walked 10,000 steps a day for 100 days. <BR> <BR> 2. I have some ideas for this year's religion curriculum. <BR> <BR> 3. I have a "to do" list for this week. <BR> <BR> 4. Fam... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:58:33 EST Day 281 - Trying to be excited about another Monday :) I slept really well last night but had horrible dreams. Didn't want to get up this morning. <BR> <BR> Here's my weekly recap: <BR> Starting weight: 231 Ending weight: 229 Lost 1 pound <BR> Starting waist: 44.5 Ending waist 44 Lost .5 inches <BR> Calories Goal 12,600 Actual Calories 18,238 Ate ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:58:25 EST Ten Minutes Yesterday I got up my nerve and went to church. I showered the night before so I could rest until 10:00, the time when Ralph would pick me up to go to church. The new recliner was lovely. Silent (unlike the groaning one I have at home) and comfortable ...What a lovely gift! <BR> <BR> Well I... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:57:46 EST If It's Important... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This picture was at the end of my SparkCoach session today. I've been thinking about it for several weeks now. <BR> <BR> "If it's important to you, you'll find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse." <BR> <BR> I've... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:57:31 EST I Can See It! I have long known that it is important to visualize myself accomplishing my goals, but I have known that in an intellectual way. <BR> <BR> For some reason though, lately I am understanding that statement differently - more concretely. <BR> <BR> In recent times I have found that when I don't wa... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:55:42 EST 50 reasons to exercise <img src=""> <BR> <BR><BR>cise-for-depression.html Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:55:08 EST Day 20 of 44 I wasted 20 days. <BR> Lost nothing.. gained back 1/2 of what I lost.. <BR> So... <BR> Going to see what I can work out.. <BR> Watch calories and Carbs!! <BR> Taking something for energy... Of course Super busy week. <BR> Getting hair done after work tonight. <BR> MOther in law coming for a visi... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:54:43 EST New Week 07/27/14 - 08/02/2014 My week begins on Sunday. This week's fitness goal is to 7000 steps a day and exercise 30 minutes a day x 4 days a week, minimum. <BR> I bought the Spark Tracker and began with the minimum 6000 steps. <BR> I have changed my goal each week to add 500 steps per day. <BR> And I am scheduling exer... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:53:26 EST Anticipation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As I was waking this morning I was thinking about my plans to weigh myself and try on my long-sleeved blouse Wednesday. I then thought maybe I'd weigh myself Tuesday and try on the blouse Wednesday; my starting weigh... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:49:07 EST Quote for the day 07/28/14 "I'm the walkingest girl around. I like to work at it — really get my heart pounding." Amy Yasbeck <BR> <BR> This is what my neighborhood thinks of me. Recently I stopped at a yard sale on my walk. They had a cast iron dutch oven for sale I asked if she could hold it for me so I could go home ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:48:33 EST Happy Monday! I pray that you are having a good day! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> <em>247</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:48:03 EST Wish me luck! I am just a half pound away from pre vacation weight! Yesterday I had the opppurtunity to go out w/ girlfriends but I knew the night would be a long one...lots of eating and drinking. I heard I was right so I am so glad I opted instead for a nice / run...and a massage. My goal is t... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:46:37 EST Lost 7 pounds One week and down 7 pounds feels great!!! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:45:11 EST As I was working out .. Yesterday afternoon was pretty typical around my house. Hubby and son were in their respective rooms. I was in my den doing a DVD. I was really getting into it, my grunts sounding very much like bedroom noises. <BR> <BR> The phone rang. Company coming over, hubby said. <BR> <BR> Well, OK. I... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:42:27 EST Day One: This is me. First thing in the morning. No makeup, hair a mess. Honest. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cringe. My head is so fat. The rest of me is, too. But in a year or two, I will be glad I took this photo. <BR> <BR> The expression ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:42:05 EST National Milk Chocolate Day National Milk Chocolate Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : July 28th <BR> <BR> National Milk Chocolate Day is a special day for a special treat. Are you a "Chocola-holic"? If you are, you look forward to each and every chocolate... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:39:01 EST #30daysofawesome - Day 24 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is Day 2 of my green smoothie challenge. I haven't decided if I'm doing the 1-a-day for 30 or 3-a-day for 10, probably somewhere in between. I decided to try it because 1. I like playing with my food and 2. I re... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:38:03 EST Nice Sunday I was finally glad to sit down yesterday and rest. That however didn't happen until about 5 pm. Fortunately I had gone ahead and cooked our evening meal and cleaned up the kitchen so when I rested I could really rest. We went back in and ate around 6 pm with little muss and fuss. <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:37:05 EST Square One Here I am pretty much starting back at the beginning! I have tried to restart and get "back on track" so many times in the past year and have not been very successful! I don't even know that I am ready to do this again BUT I need to and want to. It takes a lot of dedication and discipline...I ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:32:12 EST Weeks 28 & 29 of Shred Things have stayed pretty busy the last two weeks. During week 28, I had a set-back and gained 2 lbs. My stress level was pretty high during that week and while I followed the Shred principles, I didn't follow the meal and exercise plans to a t. I also gained water weight that week, so didn't ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:29:41 EST Changed tune... I've had the same doctor since moving to North Carolina 10 years ago. Way back before the first boy, when I was at a healthy weight and working out each day. I told her I followed Atkins and she looked like I'd stuck a lemon in her craw. <BR> <BR> "Oh, that is so unhealthy. Your cholesterol wil... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:27:34 EST What a weekend! This weekend was truly wonderful, insightful, and well...motivating! Friday night I took Caley to a Brewer's game. It was a Girl Scout event and fan appreciation night. Doesn't get better than that! Thanks to us sitting with other Girl Scouts, they made sure we didn't miss out on getting our free... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:27:12 EST What's your excuse today? Here are my excuses TO exercise today.... <BR> <BR> 1. It makes me feel so much better! <BR> 2. It puts me in a better mood! <BR> 3. It makes me feel a sense of accomplishment! <BR> 4. It helps me release pent up frustration! <BR> 5. I'll be sitting in the room with my bike anyway, might as... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:26:50 EST Fresh Start So I thought I was off to a good start this week when I hopped on the scale Thursday and I was down 4 pounds. But then the weekend struck and my husband begged me to let him take me out for my birthday. I thought I was making good decisions when it came to food choices. But even with the wise cho... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:25:49 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 7/28 Mon <BR> William Barclay gives us some insight into the mindset of the Jews regarding medical treatment on the Sabbath. “Medical attention could be given only if a life was in danger. To take some examples—a woman in childbirth might be helped on t... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:23:39 EST Back home, back on SP: Not scary this time Hi all- <BR> <BR> The title of my last blog referred to coming back to SP as being 'scary' after lots of activity, and then taking a long SP break. <BR> <BR> This time is different. I have been away from home for about 5 weeks. I was working at a sleep away summer camp and worked on swim staff.... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:20:26 EST 2 off days in a row... I survived vacation with my motivation on track; came back to a mess! FIrst my office moved which was a nightmare (we still don't have working phones!) And there was a family crisis involving my brother's granddaughter....On Thursday at 8:45 I went for my blood test (my FBS) and pretty much fe... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:18:11 EST New Office Still I am decorating in my new office, I don't want to go overboard, but I do want it to be me! So there is already a corner devoted to my favorite hockey team and I have some "Positive" Sayings to put around! I've only had a office space to myself once before so this is exciting to me. <BR> <em>23... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:17:16 EST Wonderful quote for Monday If you make the unconditional commitment to reach your most important goals, if the strength of your decision is sufficient, you will find the way and the power to achieve your goals. <BR> <BR> ~Robert Conklin <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:15:05 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 7/28/2014 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Mon, 7/28/2014 <BR> Mark 3:1-12 <BR> HOW’S YOUR HEART? Lesson 15d <BR> <BR> THE HOLY HEART OF THE SAVIOR <BR> <BR> The holy heart of the Savior stands out in striking contrast to the hard hearts of the Pharisees. Let’s see His heart in action. <BR> <BR> v.... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:10:49 EST Official Fitness Test Part 1: Football Officials Fitness Test <BR> <BR> Although I am not sure why, I have been a high school football official for 16 years. For the first 14 of those 16 years, the Colorado Football Official Association ("CFOA") pretty much ignored physical fitness. I suspect that the Colorado Hi... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:09:35 EST 21 day challenge day #1...join me if you wish Good morning. Last few days of July already. Summer is about over and it's almost time for the kids to head back to school. <BR> <BR> My weekend was boring as usual but that need to change and quickly. Time to get back to life. Sad part is since I stopped shopping I'm like what else is there to... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:07:58 EST Day 7 Challenges <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I looked forward to yesterday with a bittersweet attitude. Our oldest grand child turned 9 and we went to her pool party - a Harry Potter theme. Just between us, she has been around the longest and she has a special p... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:07:52 EST Day 1 of 100 Days of Exercise/Today I will I feel like shouting "first day!" I'm so excited (or as excited as you can be this early in the morning). I have not worked out yet, but I'm getting ready to as soon as I finish my first cup of coffee. <BR> <BR> It looks cloudy so we may not go to the pool today, but tomorrow is supposed to be... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:07:06 EST Emotional Eater and Hoarder <BR> I believe I am an emotional eater and hoarder too. I might be projecting my stuff onto you. <BR> <BR> How does this play out? <BR> <BR> When I get increasingly anxious about my life, usually feeling out of control. My solution often is buy and eat comfort food or buy stuff. Both are ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:03:14 EST Blood sugars My blood sugar was 159 this morning they are getting better. I cannot wait til they run under 120. It is hard work but I can do it. I am on the right track to getting down where they did to be. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:02:34 EST Achilles tendonitis Things seem to have fallen apart in the last couple of weeks. I don't know what I did, but I have a bad case of Achilles tendonitis. I've had it before so I haven't gone to the doctor. I thought it was improving so I went for a walk yesterday. When I got home, the tendon was very swollen and ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:01:55 EST Marathon weekend is over ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And I am pooped, and super duper sore ... but have the day to recoup. Can't say I didn't have fun ... !!!! It was a super time, but by the time I came home yesterday I was totally exhausted.. I wore my supports in my ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:00:24 EST It's Raining Cats and Dogs Part 42 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:59:27 EST Day 6 & 7 Still doing well, which is why I do not understand why my blood sugar is not coming down. I am wondering if it is not my machine. I had blood work done Sat, so we shall see. <BR> Feeling a bit tired today, but, such is life. <BR> I really do not have much to say today. I am only doing this biog... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:59:13 EST Golf in a Cart . . . OK then, I'm going to contact a sport physio clinic. <BR> <BR> It's been almost 2 months that my left leg/knee have been giving me grief and I've exhausted all the management techniques I know: gentle exercise on the elliptical, modified strength training routines, lots of stretching afterward... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:55:36 EST This will brighten your day 780 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <i... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:53:34 EST Day 14: Excited Today would have been my wedding anniversary... first year I have to deal with the memory. It isn't bothering me too bad, I am just very excited for today to be over. I am always grateful something has happened in my life because with out that (whether good or bad), I wouldn't be where I am toda... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:49:53 EST 7/28/14 have a wonderful day today <BR> make the best out of it <BR> do a good dead for some one <BR> <BR> we are good people Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:49:07 EST 7/28/14 = SURGERY DAY!!!!!! Vertical Sleeve Bariatric Surgery, yeh!!! 7/28/14 = SURGERY DAY!!!!!! Vertical Sleeve Bariatric Surgery, yeh!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> 07/15/14 = 333 lbs <BR> <em>129</em> 07/16/14 = HIGH protein, Low carb diet began. <BR> <e... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:46:43 EST It's time to get real I'm done. That's it, I have had it. No, no not trying to eat better, or get more (or any) exercise. I'm done thinking when I get to XX I will be in a perfect place. I am done thinking I am so heavy that I CAN'T. I CAN. I DO. <BR> <BR> I look at amazing people like Tracy31502 (Tracy), Bob... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:39:19 EST 32 weeks and depressed I'm struggling with depression again. <BR> The problem is my normal self is very active and can do all kinds of stuff, I work full time, then work out and cook dinner. I need something moved I do it. I'm very capable. <BR> 32 weeks along and I cant do crap, Cant lift anything get exhausted thi... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:27:30 EST Triathlon in 19 days I can't believe it is almost here. My head is spinning. One day I think I'm ready and the next I'm in a panic that I'm not ready. So much is going on I am just trying to take it one day at a time. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:23:36 EST Hit and Miss Today, Monday I wanted to hit my goal of 230 lbs. I tied my recent record low of 231.6 so it is good and bad. I think my goals were too high given my age 56, and fitness level. Still, 7 pounds lost in 2 weeks. I think there are a lot of people who would take those numbers. My blood was 69 th... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:22:06 EST We all have our reasons As I was rolling Sophia back to the car, after yesterday's triathlon, I said aloud, "That was so much FUN!" Of course, I said it in the hearing of another (considerably younger) woman who was doing the same thing, wheeling her bike back to the athlete's parking area. <BR> <BR> Turns out she's f... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:20:01 EST FOOD FOR THOUGHT I AM ON THE ROAD <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been dealing with so many challenges, I have to believe it is leading to something good. I just have to keep "LOOKI... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:19:09 EST Getting Over the First Hurdle! Today is day 11 without alcohol. The funny thing is, 11 days is really nothing - a drop in the bucket, but for me - it feels like an eternity! "Wow! I have gone 11 days without alcohol! I am amazing!!! (note the sarcasm)". Truth is, I am proud of my eleven days. I have more energy, I am slee... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:17:59 EST Think Positive <BR> Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results. <BR> <BR> Willie Nelson <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:14:58 EST 07-28-2014 Wow, July is almost over already. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hard times, they make us stronger. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Make it Happen! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day tod... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:08:34 EST A trial run of Glucosamine Plus MSM <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I decided to start a trial run of Glucosamine plus MSM to see how it effects my joints. It's supposed to have some very good qualities and with the joint pain I have had this past weekend something has to give. <BR> ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:07:51 EST Monday, July 28th <img src=""> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:06:40 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=7/28/2014 THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">Thou art my hiding plsce; Thou shalt preserve me from trouble; Thou shalt compass me about wit... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:06:20 EST No Hope diet to-day----Ya hear!! <img src=""> <BR> But.......I'm not !------That ""Hope Diet""" is not good!! <BR> I am working at Sparking a good day----I even lost a pound--recycled of course, but it's gone! <img src=" Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:04:22 EST Student chauffer/companion for Erik Sarah is not a caregiver, she is a student wanting in on sports medicine-physical therapy will be her focus in grad school Meanwhile starting Friday, August 1st I have some relief until she begins her program probably in May, then I'll start a search all over again. <BR> Thank you for your praye... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:02:55 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Managing perfect body weight is not a complicated rocket science. Our body is made up of food which we eat during our day to day life. If we are overweight or obese at the moment then one thing is certain that the food which we eat is unhealthy.” <BR> &#8213; Subodh Gupta, 7 habits of skinny wo... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:00:29 EST 07-28-2014 “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” ~Chinese Proverb Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:00:04 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, July 28, 2014 July 28, 2014 FINDING UNDERSTANDING <BR> <BR> How is it that some of us are better at finding things than others? Some of us can look in certain places and find something quickly while others of us search for days. One reason is because we visualize what we are looking for. If the object is gre... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:58:38 EST day 2 of whole30 Good Morning,thanking God for another day,I am blessed.Today is day 2 of my plan,I went to the store yesterday and bought veggies and fruits. I weigh in at 182,so we will see for the next 29 days how well is my willpower. <em>521</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:55:35 EST Goals for TRANSITIONING Back To School I go back to school on Friday. The students come back next Thursday. As one Sparkster put it, "It's like going from 0 - 100 mph in a SECOND!" This year, I plan to recognize this, plan accordingly, and take care of myself with a little TLC this first couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> (BTW, we go back e... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:50:40 EST Juice Fast: Day 21 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Stage: 4 <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Exercise Challenge: 31 Day Flat Abs Challenge <BR> <link><BR>index=12&list=PLe5P3ayTEj7Z7CJqzdZHgX7<BR>p... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:45:21 EST Monday . . . last night was stormy! <BR> We had a nasty storm here last night with high winds, pouring rain, thunder and lightning. The lightning was terrific and that is what I don't like the most! Our gardens and lawn needed the water though and I'm glad we got it. It is still raining here and very dark out but it is to clea... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:44:01 EST Day 35, 34, 33 - sick/final run/ I feel very unwell. I am having the worst period of my life. I am cramping and super plus tampax is just a joke! There has fgot to be something else out there to help women at this stage of the game. I wish my gyno would just take out my uterus but she refuses!..I mean it is not like I want to us... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:43:31 EST 3 difficult things....July 28th <img src=""> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:43:08 EST ...almost... ...ready for walking... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:42:29 EST Ok ok ok lets buckle down now Vacation over, no more excuses (again...) <BR> Back to work, I can focus more on my nutrition now. <BR> Ok lets do this Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:24:07 EST Took GS out for his first real day with the grandparents We went on a train ride. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It was a bit longer than he expected but he was a good sport AND behaved! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Grandparents took turns taking each oth... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:18:49 EST Monday's Funny What does a dentist call his X Rays? <BR> <BR> <BR> Tooth Pics Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:14:10 EST my gratitude-words of encouragement.7.28.14 I am grateful for this day <BR> I am grateful for my Higher Power <BR> I am grateful for program <BR> I am grateful for the weekend lessons <BR> I am grateful for Kates visit <BR> I am grateful for Jons friendship <BR> I am grateful for Annas phone calls <BR> I am grateful for the phone meetings ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:09:14 EST Monday Mayhem <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:05:43 EST Take your TIME!! Don't rush through the mountains~ <BR> Life is a journey, not a race! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Notice the flowers and the fields, <BR> Trees and shrubs. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Feel the sof... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:04:41 EST Monday, July 28 The wet road and chances of rain cancelled tennis yesterday. So, I started the painting for my neighbor. She wanted a piece with turquoise and copper. The first layer is done. I am waiting for it dry a little before starting on the second layer. There will be several layers. I have decided ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:03:08 EST Monday.... Going to Columbus today and tomorrow with my daughter and 2 granddaughters. Hoping for good weather for the drive and for the zoo tomorrow. Have a great week! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:00:31 EST You shook me all night Good morning <BR> <BR> My name is Greg I am a grateful recovering COE, I was going to say I was abstinent yesterday however I did have a soda in the afternoon under the guise of low blood sugar. I was starting to drop it had been a while since I ate and lack of proper planning had my lunch long ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:59:50 EST working on my foundations. I dream big. I have a vision. I now what I want to accomplish. I was up, manic, in the middle of the night, when Spark people ran this quote. <BR> <link><BR>translation.asp?id=274 </link> <BR> <BR> I need to work on the foundation, the consistency of da... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:49:24 EST MONDAY WELL TODAY IS THE DAY I GET MY STITCHES OUT YEAH AND OUCH ALL AT THE SAME TIME. JUST HOPE I FEEL BETTER AND CAN MOVE MY HAND MORE WHEN I GET THEM OUT!'WISH ME LUCK AND REALLY NEED TO GET BACK ON TRACK I JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS THIS TIME THIS IT SEAMS IS GETTING HARDER AND HARDER. <BR> HAVE A G... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:49:00 EST Where does the time go? I see it has been just over a year since I last wrote here. I was doing pretty well then, had lost a few pounds.. I gained those back. Then around like March/April I did really well, lost 15 pounds, and by June I had gained ALL of them back. Why do I do things to such the extreme? It's always one... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:46:11 EST Success is falling down six times and getting up seven. <BR> <BR> Working on getting up. <BR> <BR> I started diligently working on my weight loss in Sept. I had weight to lose and my A1C was at 11.4. I was not exercising, my sleep was a mess and I was eating at fast food places. By December, I had lost t... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:37:02 EST July 28th Sitting watching Long Lost Families. Going through the tissues. <BR> <BR> Off swimming later. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:26:29 EST MONDAY OVER...BYES TIME Monday for me is over..... <BR> Had a friends funeral this afternoon....very sad for the family....but she is out of pain.... <BR> <BR> Training went well tonight....don't know what it is about this trainer but he has certainly got us achieving....woohoo.... <BR> Rest day tomorrow then training ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:24:37 EST Another unusual storm - for us here in the UK The photo below, sent to me by a friend just now, is of one of our local train stations after a very fierce early morning storm - two hours of massive thunder and lightening with torrential rain and huge hail stones that settled like snow. The street cleaners were out early clearing all sorts of ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:19:41 EST How did it come to this? I don't want to toot my own horn. I know everyone has their own stresses in life and it shouldn't be an excuse to let yourself go. But I want to remember my emotions years from now. <BR> It's 2:08 Am and I am emotional trying to hold back tears. How did I let it come to this? I just weighed i... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:19:09 EST THE PAST WEEK - GOOD AND BAD. An interesting, insightful week.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> THE WEEK <BR> <BR> A tough week in work, lots of change, which affects a person mentally. Workload each day has reduced, but had a lot of hours to work back my fle... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:16:54 EST Knowing what you need " Know thyself is a good saying , but not in all situations . In many it is better to say know others." Menander <BR> <BR> In weight loss it is good if you know yourself. What you are capable of? . How far you can push yourself? What are you goals ? How will you get there .? How do you feel? <B... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:11:25 EST Needing Encouragement! So last week I overslept and it all seems to have gone down hill from there - <BR> <BR> Thursday - overslept so missed insanity <BR> Friday - DVD player didn't work so missed insanity <BR> Saturday - Came down with Tonsilitus <BR> Sunday - No exercise because of Tonsilitus <BR> Monday - Off wo... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:05:04 EST I'm back! I was just reading my lasat blog entry, and wow. What a place I was at a few years ago, and how much life changes so quickly. <BR> <BR> I'm almost up to a whopping 300lbs. My scale is in storage, so i'm not 100% sure, but last time I was at the doctor, about a month ago, I was around 292...a... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:03:02 EST Monday I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be. <BR> <BR> Ken Venturi <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:55:32 EST One good thing - one not so much The good thng is that I havent weighed since the end of June due to various domestic upheavals but I was resolved to do so this morning. Was delighted to find two pounds gone. I salute Spark for helping me to establish the good habits that seem to be entrenched even when I have my eye off the bal... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:50:43 EST Hot, tired, pained, frustrated I had to stop taking my RA meds and Ibuprofen three days ago because I am going in for a Colonoscopy and can't take those until after the procedure on Wednesday. It makes walking a real PIA (literally and figuratively) I've gotten so tired of being in pain - it is a catch 22. I need to get the... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:30:10 EST rock bottom :( Horrible day yesterday - couldn't sleep worth a darn, and had nasty headaches to boot.........probably fallout from interrupted sleep the night before, and not consuming any caffeine that day.........still, between that, another $#!@# PLATEAU and the issue I need to deal with today.......yeah, go... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:29:55 EST Kicking things into gear Hi. I joined SparkPeople a few months ago, but I still couldn't get myself motivated enough to accomplish anything. Things have changed. I have never been this determined to lose weight before. 2 weeks ago, I started walking everyday that I would've otherwise been inactive. 1 week ago, I joined W... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:28:49 EST Psalm 144 Blessed are the people whose God is The Lord <BR> <link> </link> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:16:17 EST 4 simple rules. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's give this a shot this week. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:05:46 EST I tried to do this Yesterday I wanted this to be 1/2 yesterday and 1/2 today, but it didn't turn out like that so I am just writing about tomorrow. My adult (26) yr old son asked me to come and look at the adult group home he's looking at tomorrow morning. The last one he did by himself and he got turned down so I guess he t... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:01:25 EST YOU ONLY HAD ONE JOB TO DO #1 People Who Had One Job, and Failed Miserably at It <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:42:55 EST Grow Stronger <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Life’s challenges give you the opportunity to experience yourself growing stronger. See each challenge for the potential value it represents, and make that value your own." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> No thor... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:40:17 EST Fireworks last night and thining scissors at 12.15 Had hoped to go to the festival for the final day yesterday but it was raining til about 3 and by then the feeling had gone. Pity we didn't think to go after dinner as there was a firework finale! <BR> Still we're close enough to the cliff top to be able view it from our conservatory so didn't mi... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:31:18 EST Spangle's 100 Days of Weight Loss - Day #52 - Food Is an Instant Fix Spangle writes, "Without a doubt, food provides an instant fix." I am an example of this. I have "instantly fixed" many a problem with food. Food also provides entertainment and it can greatly improve social situations. It can also fill in for times when I am bored and have nothing to do. It prov... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:27:54 EST Dave Update Dave is continuing to improve. <BR> Stitches came out this week. <BR> The multitude of cuts are healed. <BR> Swelling is gone. <BR> Still needs narcotics for pain. <BR> Has braces on both arms and back. <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:25:03 EST Day 22 - Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. –Charles Swindoll Hello Sunny Friends, <BR> <BR> I hope you had a great weekend. My was cool. I actually didn't go for the 5km walk as my friend was busy. I suppose I could have gone by myself but a sleep in decided it would better. At least I got some other things done but I would have liked the walk. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:21:32 EST 161 DAY COUNTDOWN I am giving myself 161 days to lose 15 pounds from 210 down to 195, which should be do-able. I used to be superwoman. But superwoman no more. Now three pounds a month sounds reasonable. <BR> <BR> I have been on my spark program for 4 days and freaked out twice so far because I overate. It will ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:19:05 EST Birthday. Today is my birthday. Does not seem like a Birthday. Had lunch at my Daughter's house and that was, as always good. I bought the new odometer I have wanted for my bicycle. I call it my birthday present to myself..but really, this is the week i was going to buy it anyhow. <BR> <BR> And this ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:15:52 EST Spangle's 100 Days of Weight Loss - Day #51 - What Is Emotional Eating? <em>24</em> Starting with the reading for day #51, the next ten readings (days #51-60) will be of great interest and value to me. They address one of the greatest areas of health challenges for me - emotional eating! Ah! If only I could conquer that! <BR> <BR> Spangle defines emotional eating ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:11:03 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning. Today is a new day, don’t let anything stand in your way! Make it all it can be! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:02:24 EST STARTING A NEW YEAR !! WELL, <em>410</em> B-DAY WEEKEND IS OVER, <em>198</em> . BOY WAS IT ROUGH. STILL TRYING TO RECUPERATE. HAVE 50 B-DAY CARD'S ON MY APT. DOOR.CAN'T EVEN SEE THE DOORKNOB. BUT HOPEFULLY THIS WILL BE A "GREAT" SPARK YEAR FOR ME. IT'LL BE 2 YRS. ON AUG. 3. TIME SURE GOESFAST. BUT IT IS THE RESUL... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:46:58 EST Somewhere in the middle Somewhere in the middle of being the person who is trying to lose weight and feel good about herself and the person who is happy in the body she has now is where I am. <BR> Stuck in limbo of not really having that moment of clarity where I know its do or die time to lose weight and looking in th... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:46:36 EST Ahh.. yoga! My Daily Escape! Om. Om. Om. <BR> Breathe. Stretch. Push. <BR> These are my only non-frantic thoughts every day. I love that doing yoga gives me that. It is an escape. It is also a low to no equipment strength training exercise and it is WAY cheaper than therapy! I am no yogi, but I do LOVE my yoga. It is what I ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:32:00 EST Blessings, 7/27 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they like to cuddle. <BR> 2. i am grateful for making a meeting, because it's good for me. <BR> 3. i am grateful for naps, because they are good for me. <BR> 4. i am grateful for getting my steps in, because it means i kept my word to myself. <BR> 5. i am g... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:29:14 EST Self-Care One of the reasons I started this whole Wellness journey is to maintain personal integrity. As a youth worker, one of the main things I teach youth is to self-care. To know that they are worth being whole, physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially. I am constantly encouraging them to embrace... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:28:25 EST Giving Rewards Partially to tuck away that last blog, I'm posting another right away that is a little more positive. <BR> <BR> What does a reward minus a few gifts equal? More reward. <BR> <BR> How can that be? Well, in hard numbers it looks like this: <BR> $20 - $4.50 - $5 - $10.50 = Feeling rewarded <BR>... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:26:10 EST