SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Friday's Mental Work: "Button" Pushers My on-repeat mantra for the day is: "I have no control over others. I can only control myself and my reactions. I will continue to practice peace, rise above my emotional reactions, and fortify my established boundaries." <BR> <BR> Do you have tips or tricks for dealing with "button pushers"? Or... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:51:39 EST New Beginnings Today begins a new chapter in our life. Our DD made the 7th grade cheerleading squad. She has worked so hard for this and I couldn't be happier for her. So as her life is leading her in a new direction, I have decided that my life too will head in a new direction. I have been a SP member for ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:49:37 EST Not a Runner BUT.... Running is one of those action words I am not very fond of. It's painful. It's breath taking. It makes you sweaty. But My body has a love hate relationship with it. I dread doing it but once I do I am so happy I did and I feel wonderful after running. Sweat and all. <BR> <img src="http://photo... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:43:06 EST Day 2 Disappointment I had a plan! Eat clean and kill the workout. The painful reality - I was in pain and wore out quickly during the workout and "only" made it 27 minutes. My food plan took a minor trip into the ditch when I automatically ordered a rum and coke at the steakhouse. But I did enjoy the beverage and... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:35:13 EST Day 118: Having Moments <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Somewhere in there, among the worries, questions, advice and advertising jingles, lives your intuition, your true 'inner voice.' You can hear it to the extent that you give it your attention." ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:34:45 EST Friday...,..finally So happy that it is the end of the week.. The usual schedule included the retired teachers' luncheon and a brief visit to the tiki bar to drop off a birthday gift. <BR> <BR> No concert tonight, just relaxing at home with dh and crazy dog. Hope to catch up on some rest. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderf... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:33:35 EST Friday Good night sparkers It's been a long day Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:31:34 EST My supper <img src=""> Pork chop mac & cheese and a pile of peas. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:24:37 EST Traveling bad habits Breaking bad habits when I travel on business is proving to be a bigger challenge than I thought it would be. But it's good to know that this is something to work on. My challenge now is to do better next time. I travel frequently, so I will have more times to practice and get better at sticking ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:23:28 EST Day 2(day 1225) Day 2 encountered a lot of temptations and challenges with two small square hay delivery's. Not getting enough sleep the night before feeling tired and exhausted most of the day. Water intake was good and did very well from a nutritional standpoint, no artificial sweeteners, added sugar, proce... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:19:44 EST Court Got called for a jury summons and forgot about it til the last minute. Rushing in a panic.I parked and took the stairs.... 7 floors. After standing in line for 2 hours realized with the help of the young girl behind me that it was just the line to get excused from jury duty which is not until M... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:18:48 EST Day 645 - Family Trip <img src=""> We left this morning for a three-day weekend family trip! We are going to Mackinac Island for my husband's birthday. Today was mostly a driving day but we also went to an outlet mall and Western store. We ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:07:23 EST Friday, 4/28/17 - Vacation Day #5 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm holding to that thought as Maegann is still struggling today with the concussion recovery. Suspicioning that this latest "crash" was due to all the diving underwater to get the torped... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:07:02 EST Tuna Garden Salad Hello Sparkfamily, I am so sorry that I have not been here but I have been so, so busy! There just is not enough time in a day! But I am here now and without further ado...I present to you this! Take a peek! <img src=""... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:06:21 EST Sugar Craving Log - Day 5 So I've been taking some supplements to help with the sugar cravings, they haven't seemed to help all that much, but maybe a little? Had a protein bar for a snack, along with some snap peas, but there was a scooby snax fruit thing, 17 grams of sugar - 80 calories. But no soda today. Yay! Almost... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:04:52 EST Too Much Help that Doesn't help For three days I’ve been huddled in blankets doing little else but shuddering/convulsing until my body’s worn out and trying to sleep through migraines. Normally I would say my body needs a break. Thing is, a break doesn’t help I’ve been resting for hours since the last tremor bout. All I fee... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:02:04 EST Just not up for it. My hands have been bothering me all day. I just don't feel like trying to type, so the mama drama episode is going to have to wait until I get the pain back under control. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend. <em>593</em> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:00:49 EST Journey to becoming a badass day 55 Its Friday April 28, 2017. I continued painting Lighthouse at Sunrise. I got my workout done and tracked it. I tracked everything I ate today. I read chapter 6 of part one of Study in Scarlett of the Complete Sherlock Holmes. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:58:25 EST I've Been A Little Lost I'm so happy winter is over, and I can start getting out. Those short days were killing me! Life is still crazy, but I'm maintaining. I just kind of stagnated unable to lose those last pounds. My hubby saw how much I've accomplished and he wants in on it too. So we've emptied the house of most o... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:49:49 EST Sleep journal – 4-28-17 I took a melatonin chewable tablet with my doctor’s permission. <BR> I got settled in bed with my eye mask on around 10:40pm. I fell asleep at 11:30pmish and woke up at 4:55amish because my eyemask wasn’t on my eyes, my legs were pretzeled and they hurt. I fell asleep at 6:05amish. I woke up at 7... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:46:13 EST I GOT AN IPOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I GOT AN IPOD!!!! <BR> <BR> Motivation for my walking.... I can not run anymore... but I will do what I can..... <em>355</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:39:55 EST Life Is Too Short <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! Make it a healthy weekend! <BR> <BR> Pray for Peace. <em>458</em> <em>459</em> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:37:32 EST The Blues I guess For some reason I am just so hungry tonight. Not sure if it's me upset, the diabetes, or just cause I have been eating less. But I'm finding some healthy things and not to much. I'm very nervous about tuesday. I get an epidural for pain in my back. I'm hoping this will work. I've had this pain fo... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:19:34 EST Day Very lazy rainy day☹️ Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:16:38 EST DAY 24 OF 100...tired! 1 mile today. I barely got that in. Been a super long day. I went to work last night at 11:45pm. I got off at 8:30am. I then went to donate plasma. I was there from 9:15am until a little after noon. I grabbed something to eat. I then did a favor for a friend. By that time it was time to head to ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:16:19 EST Friday Blessed by another day. Today was great. I couldn't stay in bed. I got up at 6:00, not because I had to but cause I wanted to. Life is good. Off I go walking. I like getting in a lot of steps first thing in the morning. I knew I was having pizza with the kids tonight so I ate light all day. SO be... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:08:28 EST 4/18-28/17 I'm sorry for not blogging for a week and a half again. I feel that people are getting frustrated with hearing about my fitness accomplishments for the day, so don't even want to post about it. I'm still maintaining the same weight range. It's still a gain for this year. I'm trying so hard to... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:53:47 EST Shredded Zucchini tonight for supper Today I bought at a local market 1 pound of shredded zucchini for $1.49 and 1 pound of thinly sliced sweet potatoes for $1.49. Zucchini says steam 1-2 minutes. I am going to make a sauce with 1 cup tomato sauce, 1 cup mushrooms,4 slices onion, 1 large red pepper and add 1/4 cup shredded mozzarell... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:51:15 EST I CROSSED MY LEGS!! <em>261</em> I took my Mom out for a sushi birthday/mother's day lunch, since she is going to be out of town for both. We had a nice time, but maybe had a tad more than I should have. :-| <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Afterwards we were in her living room and I was coloring with her & my 5 yr ol... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:47:39 EST Journal entry 2 self care. So I just ate 2 zebra cakes, you know the little ones with white icing and black stripes and cream in the center? Yeah, two of course. And I had 3 hot wings, 2 slices of pizza, and 2 pieces of crazy bread from little ceasar's pizza place. <BR> <BR> I have been in a funk the past 2 weeks. Feelin... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:37:27 EST Day 27: Internet Oh so fast has this last week flown. I have had to track on paper, as there is no internet in our new home, and we shan't be connected for another month at least - things just take a while in Belgium it seems! I will be connected this weekend though, and I will make the most of it as I find the d... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:32:49 EST Friday Funnies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my son's girl, Peyton... in an HSN box. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>247... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:16:44 EST 4/28/17 People change and forget to tell each other. Lillian Hellman Quote of the Day <BR> I will do my best. That is all I can do. I ask for your help - and God's. Lyndon B. Johnson <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all. Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> I ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:11:54 EST "Day-95" <img src=""> <BR> I am going on my 95th day today and feeling a lil better and my bone-spurs are getting, <BR> some better and like I said it takes me about 2-3 days to get better after I take my Colcry's, <BR> pills a... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:10:01 EST Another stellar day in consignment world...I'm totally LOVING it! AND..kitty pics! <em>213</em> So what's going on? We had another good day at the consignment gallery for sales. <BR> <BR> A lovely English couple purchased a gorgeous Hickory Chair sofa (very high-end mfr.) that would retail at $8,000. It was in exquisite condition and why wouldn't it be? It came from a 1... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:08:07 EST Doing great The scale is behaving <BR> My body is behaving <BR> I got a great brisk walk in today <BR> I'm back in yoga <BR> I'm reviewing statistics <BR> <BR> Life is gooood! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:02:37 EST bjk1961 - 04/28/17 <img src=""> <BR> 04/28/17 - Cleaning out my "collectables". Putting all my Fossil watch items on eBay. I've been hanging on to them for too long. It will be nice to have the space. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:49:21 EST Hi <img src=""> <BR> Hi Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:44:07 EST What a Month!!! The month of April has been CRAZY!!! I've been running around like a crazy woman with the kids. Luckily, I have really kept up with my workouts and that has been my saving grace. I'm still not touching Cokes or Flaming Hot Cheetos, but my diet hasn't been as good as when I first started. There wa... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:39:50 EST Did You Know? Are you aware of these facts about McDonalds? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We just need to: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Everyo... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:26:07 EST Does this count as resistance training? Since my increased heart rate at the soccer game didn't count as cardio.... can playing tug of war with my dog count as resistance training???? Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:24:36 EST Getting Started I'm starting in at 191 lbs. Everyone says that I'm tall (5'8") and that I carry it well because I don't look too heavy, etc. BUT I don't like it, I don't feel good about myself, it's hard to maneuver like I used to, I have horrible cellulite, fat knees and elbows and most of all a nasty belly. ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:23:07 EST Failure is not an option! I'm not new to Sparkpeople lost about 60 lbs in 2013 weighing in at 158 when I stopped. Sadly, I am now back up to 200 lbs and I'm hating it! For some reason, this time around I cannot find my "spark." I was diagnosed with gastroparesis several years ago and cannot eat any veggies (I miss salads ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:13:42 EST Feeling thankful <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have so much to be thankful for and the good just keeps on getting better. My grandson and his wife are expecting their first baby in September and last night she spent hours in the hospital ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:09:40 EST Long Friday, But A Good One. Sorry to be blogging late, but was running errands most of the day. Ended up in the next town over after getting groceries here and all. Got some good lunch and books as well! Whoohoo. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:06:57 EST April 28th 2017 Fiday Today has been a good day. I had a rough night with Nora but hubby let me get a nap before he left for work. Today I had my apple cider vinegar, I took all my meds and vitamins, I've had a gallon of water and two cups of coffee! Whew! Husband and I are on Mediterranean Diet. Per hubby's Dr. My h... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:03:30 EST Time to reassess I didn't sleep well last night and put on two pounds by morning! I'm eating under 1900 calories a day. I'm walking close to 5000 steps. Maybe that's not enough exercise. Will be upping the exercise component I think, and trying to get a better night's sleep. I did manage to fit in 2 hours of... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:43:32 EST "A Very Sordid Wedding"--A Movie Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Very seldom is a sequel to a movie better, let alone as good, as the original and “A Very Sordid Wedding” is not that seldom one. I remember being completely entertained and surprised by “Sordid... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:43:23 EST Out of town Out of town for the week. Today is day one. Am already over my calories and have not had dinner yet! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:36:04 EST Words that bug me...... As I am making positive LIFESTYLE changes, there are certain words that I find that are starting to bug me. The number one word is DIET. Weird, uh. It bugs me when I am out with people and they bring up food and say things like, well you know she can't have that she is on a DIET, or she can't eat... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:31:59 EST We have choices in life... and death If we are using SparkPeople, we are concerned about our health needs to some degree. However, we may be unaware of some important pieces available to help us make choices that reflect our values in life and death matters. We never know when a stroke, heart attack, allergic reaction or accident ma... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:26:15 EST FITBIT/SPARKPEOPLE WEIGH-IN TIP! I had an ah-ha moment today and thought I would share! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:24:47 EST Newly motivated Just weighed in at 150 lbs. I was at 154 and got down to about 148. FINALLY booked my wedding after 5 years of off and on planning. I'm getting married at the beach on September 23rd. I'm setting a goal for myself to lose 30 lbs and get fit. I want to feel good about myself and be able to rock th... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:23:20 EST Return to Balance - Self Talk and Forgiveness One of the interesting parts of the journey has been facing certain fears and finding that they have become less of a problem than before. Not only does this help with relations with friends and etc, but it helps you. The largest weights besides fat are guilt fear and grudes. As each one is fac... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:19:05 EST Grateful Feeling so grateful to Spark and Mindfulness. Keeping track of what I eat throughout the day has helped me to see that I over eat at night, usually from fatigue or boredom. I think it may be a self-sabotage to losing weight, so I've come up with a way to work around it. Instead of focusing on ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:09:09 EST Steps to Pursing Health Making the kitchen ready to prepare healthy foods. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:01:23 EST The beauty of God!! <img src=""> <BR> Can science create this beauty? I don't think so!! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:59:50 EST Pursuing Health So, I was rather late on starting the New Year's Resolution thing. I closed a shop at the end of December, and to be honest was ready for a bit of break. I took it easy for a few months, but started cooking at home. At the end of February I decided I would try Take Shape for Life (Medifast, Optav... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:57:43 EST Blessings on your health <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hilarious that the first time I have ever twisted my ankle was right after I posted a quote about doing fooling things. *sigh* <BR> <BR> Blessings on your health and mobility! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:52:50 EST And so hot steamy summer begins <img src=""> <BR> Barely end of April and here,we are.. 95 + degrees. Hot and steamy Fl. Fair,wind blowing, but it. Is. A. Hot. Wind. We in burn ban at moment so any exercise or walking outside I take extra caution of... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:52:47 EST Rest day Still got a bug. <em>101</em> I got kudos from DH for learning to rest and not fight it. Resting is really hard work for me. <em>521</em> I was encouraged by this posting. I will put rest ahead of diet & exercise today. <BR> <img src=" Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:43:22 EST Friday 28th April It's the day before Kenn's birthday and he spent it at dialysis and I spent it at work. <BR> Very slow day at work today, but I was indoors and by the radiator for the most part. By the time I got home I was ready for a bike ride but I had to wait in for a parcel and walk the dogs first. <BR> Wh... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:37:32 EST As good as it gets . . . What a wonderful day. Sunshine, campfire, hamburgers off the grill, total relaxation. And sticking with my program. This is just about as good as it can get. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:34:49 EST Shabbat Shalom! <img src=""> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:34:12 EST How I am getting balanced, stable & poised, a LONG journal to my SP friends! <em>244</em> 4-28-17 I'm studying Qigong, a way of <BR> balancing <em>437</em> <em>26</em> <em>437</em> the entire being, Body, Mind, Spirit & Emotions. It's been about a week. So far I have released 5#, <em>248</em> learning & eating more plant based proteins & veggies. <BR> <B... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:29:11 EST My week one journey I have been logging for a week now. I fell off a cpl days this week n fed my feelings. I lost 2.6 lbs but know I need to get stricter with myself. I have been hungry n know I'm. Not eating enuf if the right foods yet. I want to make healthy choices for this is a huge lifestyle change. I will... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:28:50 EST Living the dream? I had a good laugh this morning. It was the sales-person in a local corner-shop who, with a beaming smile, answered the question "how are you?" with the statement "Living the dream!" <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> It made me laugh - and I told him how much I liked that; that I'd try it myself. <BR>... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:25:21 EST I'm getting closer I'm getting closer to being able to get healthy again. I've got everything I need to do it, but first, I have to have an epidural nerve block to start off with. You see, I have a herniated disc in my lower back that was aggravated when I fell back on October 1st. This is my THIRD injection. I'm n... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:17:42 EST 1 lb lighter So I lost another pound this week. I'm slowly starting to appreciate my 1 lb victories. Some days I feel like I'm killing myself all week for one pound but I quickly remind myself it's not a race. It took some time to get my body into the horrible shape it's in now and it will take just as much e... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:13:04 EST Lagging behind, but feeling,quite limber! Had high hopes of getting my new goals in rbis,week & familiarizing myself with home page, how to send goodies, lots of extras I not know how to do yet. Have a little rental been cleaning and the built up grime is amazing. It been vacant for,quit some time. So I with toothbrush to clean dust ou... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:12:00 EST Day 18 - Lovely food, great exercise I had really tasty food today. The highlight of which was the salad I ate before my lasagna; my PT was watching me eat with a look of starvation in his eyes so to be funny I gave him some spinach. To be funny he ate it and then the other few as well. He liked the lasagna too. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:06:49 EST Friday afternoon To Imnotstoppin: Paradise is a small town on Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. That is the name of the town. It is a 90 minute drive north of the Mackinac Bridge. It is also near where the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior. <BR> <BR> Today was about running errands. Filli... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:05:33 EST My Journey- Teenage years cont. Last time I took you through junior high now we go to high school. Yet a totally new ball game of life. For the most part I enjoyed high school except some of my classes but I'm still a girl so there are still high and lows of those four years as well. I got a fresh start at making new friends,... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:05:18 EST So far, so good This is my fifth day. I have worked out every day. Even though I didn't always feel like it. Tracking isn't that difficult once you mark some foods as favorites or make groupings. I weighed this morning and have lost 2.2 lbs. It is a start. I see my first goal approaching within the next two ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:57:30 EST More excitement than we want we had more excitement then we ever want to have in our neighborhood last night. someone drove by the apartments across the street and fired several shots. fortunately no one was outside, however some cars were damaged, the police were called, and we are a little shook up. <BR> <BR> Prayers appr... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:57:11 EST My life Today we do cardio workout. Cut grass Evening walk . Date night ❤️💥🌺 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:55:43 EST My life Today we do cardio workout. Cut grass Evening walk . Date night ❤️💥🌺 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:55:41 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Over the Hill and on a Roll Hip Hip Hooray! It's finally Friday! I don't know about you, but I've been waiting for Friday for a whole week! Time to get your grin on! Time to let go of all those things that have weighed a ton on your shoulders this week, and head on down the yellow brick road to the weekend a grinnin' and li... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:54:14 EST April 28 Accountability - Arbor Day & Friday weigh-in <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's where I'm at and where I'm going. I will weigh-in weekly, usually on Friday - <BR> 4/01 - 142.0 starting weight <BR> 4/07 - 142.6 <BR> 4/14 - 144.6 <BR> 4/28 - 145.4 <BR> <em>49</em>... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:51:47 EST Bittersweet memories... Fridays are always a bittersweet kind of day. It is bitter because Friday is always our last day in Durban, South Africa. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We have had a lot of fun in Durban. There is so much to see ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:50:21 EST 4/28 goals Expanded weekly goals to really push through weekend. Daily: - 8 glasses water -Log food (and stay within goal amounts) -11000 steps -40 active minutes -15 min stretches Weekly starting Sunday : -Blog daily about goals (6/7) -Check back at bedtime to review progress (5/7) -60000 steps (49000/7... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:43:04 EST DAY 7 Started off as an awesome day! Sunny out...finally and I lost 5 lbs. This got me motivated to do my normal workout PLUS a strength training workout. Woohoo. As the day goes by though...i feel absolutely no to the point of disgust in food, and I am actually nauseas. I hope I'm... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:42:17 EST Back on track I feel so good today!! Back on track 100%. I've walked; even danced a little. lol it's been a great day so far!! 😁 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:40:47 EST What might weight loss look like? Here is a link to the website I used to create my profile image. If you log in, you have more choices regarding age, outfits, hair colors, etc. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> There is also one for men: <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:40:43 EST Best. I realize how fortunate I am where I live. Yes, a 5th generation San Franciscan and have lived in Marin County for 24 years; I realize how darn lucky I am to live in such a lovely and easy paradise as I do. <BR> <BR> I am finding that the Midwesterners live so differently. They stay inside in th... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:35:20 EST Day 30 of 30 of my Cellulite Reduction Challenge So I made it, 30 days and lost 8 pounds! I started this challenge focusing on reducing cellulite. I spent some $$ on things that were supposed to reduce cellulite because we really, really want to believe something will work, don't we! I tried numerous tips and tricks. In the end, losing the ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:31:26 EST Woo Hoo it is FRIDAY!!! I have all My things and checks ready for the Boss's signature Monday. I am working on the extra project for Him. Last night was wonderful. For a very small school and drama class their presentation of the Wizard of Oz was wonderful. The young People who had singing parts were great. They ha... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:23:25 EST Focus Needed I've been under going a metamorphosis in my thinking, but I admit I have not felt like I've had the focus to really do what I need to for my physical self. Looking in the mirror, trying on clothes, I need to help myself physically in the fuel I'm taking in and health of my body. I'm committing f... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:21:50 EST I made it to my next milestone. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I made it to my next milestone. <BR> I broke the 240 mark. <BR> <BR> On to smaller and better numbers for me! <BR> This weekend I'm committing to two things: <BR> 1. meeting my step goal for ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:21:00 EST The Best Laid Plans...sigh You know that saying "the best laid plans of mice and men (or women!) often go awry"?! My Parents decided to come for a three week visit! Don't get me wrong, I love my parents and enjoy having them here, but this is a time when I have three work related projects going on,;plus trying to lose weig... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:18:18 EST Day 1449 Rest Day. Got a little workout helping a neighbor move. Feeling good. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:10:33 EST Next goal. Today is the last day of my first week back at spark people I'm happy with my progress towards this weeks goal. I've logged food and exercise all week. I have lots of issues to work on, but next week I'm going to take "Spark Guy's" idea and work on fitness. Next weeks goal is at least 10 minutes ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:02:00 EST Miscarriage Unfortunately, it seems that my body and the universe, of course, hates me. I lost the pregnancy, looks like it was a chemical pregnancy and it's just over. I've been through this enough times, 8 to be exact, so I know the drill and I guess you can say I'm used to it. As heartless as it sounds... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:59:54 EST 4/28/2017 Going to Roar like a Lion into May! Like the old saying goes April showers bring May flowers, well I have worked hard in April and it has brought brightness into May. Yes you can say I flowered. I am also ready to tackle May and going to that this little kitten and see myself like the big tiger and ROAR! <BR> <img src="http://ph... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:59:29 EST Big things....April 28th <img src=""> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:55:36 EST Friday! I am just glad today is Friday. We had a four-day work week with our students, and somehow, it feels longer than a five day work week. Go figure. I have two more classes, and then I'll be able to listen to my unacceptable rock music at ear-splitting levels without damaging the psyche of my young ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:54:09 EST It's still April It's beautiful outside.Last 2 days were almost 81* & it's just April.I hope to get outside tomorrow & do some weeding, weather permitting.Oldest son invited a few friends over for a bonfire so while running todays errands picked up hotdogs, buns,corn,chips & reduced Easter Peeps.(they can toast).... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:53:52 EST Pink sunset - 4-28-17 Those of us who stayed in town the week of spring break to enjoy unrelenting snow and hail at LEAST got to enjoy a stunning sunset last night! Barbara Robinson and Bruce Lee each hurried out to capture the fleeting pink tones on the mountain: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:45:08 EST Bike ride OMG, only one trip around my house and my legs are wobbly... Man how out of shape I really am... Maybe I can make 2 trips around it tomorrow... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:43:47 EST Vacation Time Hey everybody! <BR> <BR> Been extremely busy packing and getting ready to go on vacation, I'm ready!!! <BR> <BR> Blogging earlier than normal but I am packing my laptop up to take with me. <BR> So I decided to do my Spark People stuff 1st! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a great weekend and <e... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:25:51 EST Blah I did go to the gym and workout when I have been trying to eat healthy so far today! I need a little bit of candy but mostly I'm just feeling so blah Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:25:27 EST I know - y'all are tired of hearing about Ray :( However, the HomeHealthNurse that started with him last year said he never looked better! <BR> <BR> She agrees; the blood pooling in his legs seems to be diminishing! <BR> Thank you Zero Gravity! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:21:35 EST Spark Goodies! Gee whiz, I am humbled to have received so many wonderful sparkgoodies from my sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> This blog is a reminder to myself to reach out to those who thought enough of me to give me a sparkgoodie; and, to reach out individually to members of 12 Steps to Freedom and Healthy Lifestyl... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:19:23 EST Getting outside and taking a few walks each day Now that we are getting "spring" temperatures I am getting out and enjoying the weather and will be taking at least 2 walks each day while the weather holds. It was a bit on the humid side yesterday, making it a bit more difficult for hubby to walk but we did get a walk in yesterday afternoon (r... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:17:03 EST My Mountains Yesterday there was snow, Yes, SNOW on the lower foothills of the mountains. I took a couple pictures of them this morning on my walk. They aren't the best picture. Just too many clouds. There are some days we just don't see the mountains. This can go on for weeks. <BR> <img src="http://ph... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:05:52 EST Six Pounds for The Month of April My second goal was to lose 2 more pounds, I lost 3. That's six for the month of April. <BR> <BR> This technique really works. I find that if I just concentrate on the next 2 pounds, instead of the whole 124, it is so much more easy to be happy with my loss. Last time I concentrated on five po... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:04:00 EST Day 440 of my adventures in spark land. Comparing Cross Stitch to baking Be so busy doing what you love that you have no time for bitterness and hate. <BR> ~Princess Sassy Pants~ <BR> <BR> When I was growing up, my mom didn't believe in just sitting and resting or sitting and watching TV. If I was sitting watching TV, my hands must be busy. I always wanted to learn ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:59:02 EST A picture tells it all <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I participated in a work team building event. We were cooking and it was fun. Today I saw the pictures and felt ashamed. I've grown so large. I talk of losing weight but just keep eat... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:58:48 EST Welcome to Diabetes! I thought I had seen the last of you with the birth of my daughter four years ago! <em>230</em> Now your back and its time to take you down! <em>55</em> I know the diet and exercise will be for life now just to keep you at bay. <em>301</em> <em>362</em> My bread, pasta, cake, and donu... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:54:30 EST showing my steps tomorrow <em>102</em> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:54:26 EST Taking Care of Ourselves <img src=""> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:52:58 EST TGIF Have a blessed day and take 5 for you hugs Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:50:59 EST Been MIA Been MIA for a while on here. Tried a session with a nutritionist and I didn't find it to be very helpful-for me at least. So I decided to rejoin weight watchers. I need to stay on track and at least hold myself accountable when I am not. So far I like doing weight watchers better than going to ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:48:02 EST May blooms This month has been intense, as April is often transformative to me. I'm always reminded of "April showers bring May flowers." So, let's see it bloom!!! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:46:51 EST Getting into a Routine This morning I had to take my 14 month old for her first dentist appointment. I was fine until they had me lay her back and they started checking her out as she screamed her head off. I thought to myself, oh my goodness she is probably looking at me like "WHY MOM, WHY!!" She didn't have any cav... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:45:00 EST Weekend.. Love that's it's the weekend!! Enjoy!! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:44:24 EST 4/28 workout Swimming: 200 free warm up 5x100 free, on a 3:00 5x100 free, on a 2:45 5x100 free, in a 2:30 5x100 free, on a 2:15 500 free, sprinting every 2nd length of each 100, medium all other lengths 2x200 free 200 free cool down Total: 2800yd Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:44:05 EST The weekend good or bad. TGIF! Looking forward to the weekend. Weather is suppose to be beautiful. Planning on being outside and enjoying the sun. On the other hand it is hard to eat healthy. At least for me. You wouldn't think it wouldn't be but for me it is. See the weekend everyone is home and we are usually running h... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:43:42 EST 04.27.17 Late night last night, but here is yesterday's wrap-up: <BR> <BR> Sleep Last Night: 8 hours <BR> Weight This Morning: 174.6 <BR> Calories Eaten Today: 2344 <BR> Fitness Minutes: 32 (walking: 1.7 miles with some hills) <BR> Total Steps: 7118 <BR> Water: 3 litres <BR> 2 Good Things I Did For ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:43:40 EST The 28 day no soda challenge. (April 21- may 19,2017) During the 1st week of the challenge (April 21-28), It went great. I didn't think about drinking at all. I drank water everyday. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:40:57 EST This is my personal journal from the start of my journey-be warned this is very honest At the beginning of my journey this year, I decided to write down everything I was experiencing. This was to be a reminder and something to read when I achieve my goal to see how far I've come. <BR> <BR> I checked my weight history and I was 210 pounds in 2014. I weighed 225 in 2015. Tragically... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:40:55 EST From a friend <img src=""> <BR> Live Fully. Create Happiness. Speak Kindly. Hug Daily. Smile Often. Hope More. Laugh Freely. Seek Truth. Inspire Change. Love Deeply. Have a great weekend!!! Here is my great niece!! What a happy g... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:40:01 EST Confronting stress on my way to an Aloha Friday " Nobody cares if your miserable, so you might as well be happy." Cynthia Nelms <BR> <BR> " Those that are at war with others are not at peace with themselves." William Hazlitt <BR> <BR> " Stress is an ignorant state . It believes that everything is an emergency." Natalie Goldberg <BR> <BR> <... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:39:38 EST On track again <img src=""> <BR> Been on Spark for sometime but find myself back at square one. Didn't reset goals but will just restart at the place I am. I know what to do but I seem to be somewhat distracted by life at times howe... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:39:11 EST Running with flat feet My left foot is flat. I have never had any issues with my body. I know as u get older my body feels more achy time to time. However, I was recently told that it can lead to problems later down the road. And I guess by running it can trigger problems. Is this true??? Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:30:11 EST Getting Healthy 236.7 only 36.7 lbs to go Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:28:03 EST Pretty Lellow Flowers Yesterday after school 6 year old Gwen walked up to me and said, "yellow". She said it perfectly. We both smiled. "I can say yellow now." Both of us nod and smile. <BR> <BR> Maybe a half hour later when we were taking a walk she asked me what the name of some pretty lellow flowers is. "I mean, Y... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:26:34 EST Day 3... Changes I took the before pictures that I have been dreading. I didn't want to take them because I didn't believe change was possible. You see, I have a thyroid condition and my doctors say I am weight loss resistant. I have tried and failed more times than I can count. <BR> <BR> I have given up on wei... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:21:02 EST Frankenstein I've been walking for 3-4 weeks now. It's every morning for 30 minutes and sometimes on my lunch break I'll walk a mile or two. Today, I go and walk on my lunch break and my shin splints start to hurt and burn. Ugh, I pressed on because they usually subside but they stayed strong. <BR> <BR> On ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:17:14 EST all of them, forever falling, falling lovely and amazing So I think this is my 4th day of dancing in a row. I may not have ever done this before in my life. When I danced in my early 20s it was a weekly, club thing, and I think I can count on my fingers the total number of times that I danced between when I started gaining weight in 2004 and, like, la... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:10:33 EST Day after Great work out yesterday. Added weight machines . Feeling great. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:10:20 EST Checkup Readings 4_28_17 Charlie and I went to PSU track. i did do a little running to get the 16-min.-mile. The PSU Nursing students were doing check-ins for the last time until the fall. Most of my readings: blood pressure, sugar (fasting), and cholesterol are in the good range. My BMI is slightly over 30. I need ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:09:36 EST Had to start over again I stopped making healthy choices in November. I'm not going to play the blame game. I had to reset my goals and get back to making one healthy decision at a time. I get so overwhelmed that keeping healthy takes so much of my time. one healthy choice at a time and then another. I feel much happie... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:07:07 EST April 28 2017 Have to get back into the grove of things. I went from just tracking my food and now I'm not even doing that. Gotta get back on the Spark wagon!!!!! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:02:45 EST 12 Cucumber Recipes That Keep You Cool at Dinner on Meatless Monday This looks promising for summer meals! Especially this Buddha Bowl with Quinoa, which has my beloved but neglected tofu in it. I can still use my oven before it starts getting too hot here. I think the measurements are British, but I can adjust that to American with an online converter if necess... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:59:17 EST Positive thinker I count my blessings and more of them when im aware my thoughts are thinking counters the negative with positive and my belief is see the good report, think best, trust Gods on my side, rejoice in this day. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:55:40 EST morning cuppa spark - seattle good morning from seattle - and for once, i was not sleepless. probably one of the only days/nights in my twenty years of working in two time zones that i was not awake during the wee hours of the morning, daytime working hours in sweden. and of course once client looked for me and wondered if ev... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:53:53 EST Don't feel well... Chilled and achy. Just feel bad today. Lower extremities are changing in size aprox 1 1/2 inch from the morning to the evening of each day with 1 to 2 pitting edema over my shin bone. Don't even want to move today..... Waiting for a referral to a kidney specialist. OK, pity party over. Going t... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:53:29 EST anyone reading WIDE OPEN by Gracie X or has a hubby who is i don't get it <BR> <BR> b Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:50:48 EST Rice Cakes - Dry Pieces Of Paper <img src=""> <BR> I've tried every flavor of rice cakes. I decided the only slightly good ones were the caramel. I could eat a couple of them but then was tired of the taste and feel in my mouth. Not a pleasant food to... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:50:15 EST Day 118: Almost May is Bike Month! I'm loving these longer days...I got to go for a bike ride this morning, woot! Up till now I've been saving bike rides for the weekends, when I can go later, but now it's light enough at 6am that I can hop on my bike during the week. (Don't worry, I still use my lights, because it's pretty gray... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:47:44 EST One of the wonderful people I have met in our new home Geraldine Wierzbicki-Roach Or Jerry <BR> <BR> She wrote a book called Thus Bound about a Polish family surviving the Depression. <BR> <BR> She has CP and it is progressing. But she is so kind, gentle and loving--as well as interesting. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:41:32 EST April 28th Not sure how much posting I'll do over the next 2 weeks but I'll try my best. <BR> We just want to be on our way now but we'll have to wait until 8 in the morning when we can set off for the airport. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:40:39 EST Garcinia cambogia <img src=""> <BR> Seems to be working... has anyone else out there tried it... I am only on day 4 of it and can see the difference on the scale Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:34:38 EST Fridays rambling. Good Friday Morning, overcast here, and kind of gloomy, but it sure beat freezing rain, sleet and snow we could be getting. It is still in the forecast but hasn't happened and glad for it. Yesterday I wasn't out of the hospital at all and it was a very nice day, I just ran out of time. I do n... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:28:24 EST Picking myself back up! I've been doing poorly this year. I just was not overly motivated. Well, I have finally decided to pick myself back up and start to work on improving my health and fitness again. This improvement will also help to lower my weight. <BR> <BR> I wrenched my back this past weekend which stopped me f... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:27:10 EST veggies <img src=""> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:25:36 EST Stop The Spots Although it is often claimed that blemishes are not linked with diet, researchers are finding increasing evidence that nutrition can have a profound effect on skin health. <BR> <BR> In fact, your diet influences the activity of skin oil glands and the stickiness of skin cells which affects how e... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:23:32 EST HOUSE COMING ALONG My front window treatments have arrived. I am picking them up today and hoping for a quick installation date. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:23:06 EST Does Vacation have to equal weight gain? I say NO! <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> My goal for my vacation is NOT TO GAIN! <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> This in mind I will walk as much as I can and not go back to my old eating habits. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> Stay tuned to see if I can pull it off..... by the way.. I will! <em>521</em> <... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:22:54 EST Sunny Days <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not talking about my mood, not exactly. It has been one week approximately since my cat passed aw... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:11:38 EST Being Grateful <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Be grateful today that we have a problem of trying to eat less when many have a problem of less to eat, maybe even nothing to eat. I volunteer in a food pantry once a week and see those who ar... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:04:04 EST A butterfly will emerge <img src=""> I think I signed up on Sparkpeople in 2008. I've had various excuses for jumping off and on the exercise band wagon - mostly, I just don't like exercise. But facts are facts. I'm overweight, prediabetic a... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:03:48 EST Where's The Sun I don't mind the clouds and rain but the sun act like it's hiding from us. I'm feeling every bit of the rainy days​ blues. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:03:33 EST April 28: Small Goals Commitment Challenge Button Hello everyone <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! Woohoo for a good night sleep again. It looks like it will be a big challenge to hit 5,000 presses by Sunday morning, but let's get as close to this goal as we can! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Today is day 19 in a row blogging for this challenge... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:59:28 EST Let Him Be Okay.... Am asking for your prayers. My husband is in the hospital with a tumor on his pancreas. Monday we went to PC doctor because the whites of his eyes were yellow (jaundice). After having a cat scan they found the tumor. At this point we don't know if it's benign or not. He is being transferred ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:58:50 EST Things I Like to Do More than Eating - Canasta, Pickleball, Dog Parks, Debate Wow the weekend is almost here! Excited! We are going to our place in Washington with some stops in Bellingham - more clothes to donate, Royce to the dog park, a little shopping. There is a pickleball court in WA. I have never seen anyone use it, so I want to use it this weekend and see if we can... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:52:56 EST Returning​ to my regular schedule tomorrow Husband can actually fly home today with son after 8 days away. It's been long, it's been hard. But it will be wonderful to have them back home again!!!! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:43:45 EST Big Day Tomorrow Tomorrow evening my husband and I are hosting a wedding reception for his son, my step son. We will have around 70 to our home for dinner. It has been a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. The house and yard look beautiful. The cake will be delivered tomorrow afternoon. The caterers will be there... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:40:21 EST RE-SETTING So I re-set my account yesterday in order to give myself a fresh start. I left all the Spark Teams I was on and will re-join some sometime. I have lost one pound a week for each of the last 5 weeks. I FEEL like this is a new start for me in a weight loss direction and I am excited and determined ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:39:09 EST 2017 JUST CANT BELIEVE I AM SO SMALL hey sparkers just feeling so good about myself years of finally getting my weight in check 40 more to go this summer got to get my walking back in trying to get mom situated still got app to go with other doctors so i am just still pushing forward what all up to today tell me love you all had awe... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:36:45 EST 3 months left Getting a bit concerned that I won't make my goal. . . 10 more lbs in 3 months. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:34:41 EST Ooops I did it again.... Still stuck in my vicious cycle. A couple good weeks a few bad. This morning I woke up and my stomach hurt. The sign that snaps me out of it. I really need to figure out how to embrace healthy eating. I need to change the thoughts in my brain. My recent binge included a lot of candy and big choco... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:31:07 EST day 3: 234/232 gm and hey, down two lbs, hells yeah! im using the wonderslim products and i really hope to be down 3 lbs per week, which i know is a lot in the real world but im adhering to this plan firmly and 3 should be do-able. im happy about this loss. nice way to start my day :) Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:26:41 EST My "100 Days of Weight Loss" Journey ~ Day 8 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been working on this journey for a few years. Silently trying to lose the weight and outside the people on this site only letting my husband know what I am doing. The weight has been co... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:24:53 EST 4/28/17 Moments <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When a new dentist set up in town he quickly acquired a reputation of being the 'Painless' dentist. However, a local little girl called Veronica disputed his claim. <BR> <BR> "He's a fake!" Ve... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:20:14 EST Day 3 I am on day 3 and I have already cheated on Days 1 and 2. On the first day I had a Mexican mocha and on Day 2, I ate movie theater popcorn with Reese's Pieces and a sprite. Today, no cheating! And I am going to exercise! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:20:06 EST Weighed in today at the doctor's! I weighed in today at my doctor's office. I lost 5 lbs since my last visit a month ago! Not quiet the 8 I wanted, but closer than the 2 I lost last time. :) I'm making progress! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:19:20 EST Losing Weight I've always been incredibly self-conscious about my weight. When I was with a previous boyfriend, he was super abusive (physically and emotionally.) I entered into a bit of an anorexic mindset.... I just kept dieting. (Starving myself really, eating around 500 calories a day. Super unhealthy.) I... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:19:04 EST Post-Easter Casserole I remembered a couple of days ago that I had made 16 hard-boiled eggs to take to some friends to decorate for Easter, and then it didn't happen. I still had all those eggs, and they needed to be used. I couldn't find any recipes using hard-boiled eggs that looked good, so I made one up. It turned... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:18:52 EST Feeling better WhatI thought was causing my stomach to become so bloated and upset was cheese and fat. That I know now is so far from the truth. Been on keto food plan for a week and eating fats and lots of cheese and I feel amazing. Not hungry, no cravings and I have energy, moods are balanced and thinking fe... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:16:36 EST Taking charge of more areas of my life These days I have taken charge of my eating and exercising behaviors, and the results are rewarding: my energy level is up and the scale is moving down. <BR> <BR> There are some other areas in my life that have called to me, and I find myself taking charge of them as well. <BR> <BR> 1. Winter... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:16:32 EST I will not be defeated! Had a particularly difficult therapy session yesterday. I am feeling beat up emotionally and disappointed in someone who has deeply hurt me. Feel like the walking wounded today. <BR> <BR> I also discovered that I hold myself responsible for the choices of other people. So not only do I get hurt ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:10:46 EST Food intake was killing me slowly... In my opinion, my diet is a bit crazy. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in September 24, 2014. I came down with a horrible depression. I kept watching videos of women staying home, in bed with other illnesses, which came after they were diagnosed. I couldn't give into that. After all medi... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:07:19 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Adventures in Hawaii My DH and I are on our way home after a wonderful vacation in Hawaii with my Sis and Bro-in-law. We are so lucky to have them in our life and they are fun to travel with. We have had many adventures together in the past and have more planned in the future. They are still actively working (they... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:06:01 EST The beginning, again Day 1. It's always hard. Deep breath, chin up, head high. Moving forward. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:51:06 EST Sleepy Bulldog Doesn't Want to Wake Up <link><BR>ypets/archive/2017/04/24/sleepy-bulldo<BR>g-doesnt-want-to-wake-up.aspx?utm_sour<BR>ce=petsnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content<BR>=art2&utm_campaign=20170424Z1&et_cid=D<BR>M141258&et_rid=1981127554 </link> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:49:43 EST 3 Day Fasting Observations 3 Day Fasting Observations: <BR> <BR> Day 1 was the worst. I was hungry nearly all day. <BR> Day 2 my hunger was stable and the waves were manageable <BR> Day 3 I my hunger was stable but my heart rate was wacky and my energy was not good <BR> Day 4 Today I feel completely depleted and I was... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:45:31 EST 😃 😃 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:42:09 EST The Funniest Fruit I've Ever Seen Yesterday I drove past an Asian market; at first I thought, "wow, those are really big watermelons." And then I almost came to a stop and did a double and triple take. They were huge and green like watermelons, but covered in nodule-like things. Hard to describe. I've never seen anything lik... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:27:56 EST New Beginnings This is my 3rd day on Spark, still trying to figure out how everything works, like it so far. Love the app, I did use similar apps in the past but having a whole Community to back you up and share with you is definitely better! I am used to 21 days challenge/workouts having taken parts in Motivat... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:17:19 EST Haven't written in awhile Hi three weeks in. I stopped weighing every day. It got way too discouraging. So I'll weigh once a week or so to see the over all progress. Instead of the I lost a pound today and gained two back the next day. Slow and steady wins the race right.... but I got way discouraged and wanted to quit af... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:13:07 EST Friday 4/28/2017 Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago I was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome/insulin resistance. I was placed on 1000mg of Metformin (500mg twice a day). I have lost five pounds since my diagnosis by following Dietician Cassie's plan of PFC every 3. My energy level is improving and I feel ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:12:56 EST COMMITMENT I will face and work through this plateau! <em>216</em> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:11:27 EST Motivation Plan Okay, the challenge for the day is to make a motivation plan. I read the article and I don't think my goals are unrealistic, but I did need the info about "perfection". I seem to berate myself when I eat what I know I shouldn't and don't exercise as I know that I should. I know that some of that ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:09:01 EST Oops Had 2 waffles with peanut butter and banana for breakfast didnt realize it was 400 calories so much for a healthy low calorie breakfast😮. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:07:27 EST Costa Rica So upon speaking to my mother yesterday, I have decided to join the family for my cousins wedding in June 2018. I have a family of 6 i will be taking with me. I got so excited about it and started looking at getting our passports and saving money for the trip and thinking about the places we woul... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:06:17 EST Today! Here's to everyone having a great Friday and getting ready for a full week-end... <BR> <BR> Carpe Diem <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:04:02 EST What Do Those Weigh In Numbers Really Mean It's Friday, my normal weigh in day. I don't keep to it all the time;you see, my scale broke a few years ago and so I go up to my local CVS to weigh myself. At the moment I am at the point that I am surprised every morning when getting out of bed that my legs are so thin; my head hasn't caught u... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:01:58 EST Weight No More: Dentist Waiting <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This blog should be called wait no more today. <BR> <BR> Could not sleep--went to bed at 2 am & got up at 4 am. <BR> <BR> I sure hope Tom Petty was right "The waiting is the hardest part" <B... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:59:28 EST Re-Finding my motivation I never fully realize how much I miss my free time until I have it again! I also forget that I miss all of the Spark aspects. Tax season is FINALLY over. This was a rough one! Right at tax day, I got really bad allergies. I am still recovering - apparently the tree pollen is really bad this year!... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:58:00 EST old and toothless I might be considered old at 67 by most but I have most of my teeth, thank you. I'm writing about my dog and what he did today. I got him through a friend of a friend as his owner got sick and wasn't able to take care of him. Don't know much about his background but the vet estimated his age a... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:54:22 EST And again . . . I've had some starts this year, but haven't followed through. My usual barriers: stress and medical conditions. But I know I can overcome those just as others have on this site. <BR> <BR> This has been my gear up week, paying attention to what I am eating now, identifying changes, starting to ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:52:35 EST Race Day Tomorrow! Tomorrow is race day for me - 10K. I have a goal of finishing around the 70 minute mark. I think my past time was 68 minutes. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:46:09 EST Trying to Catch Up At the beginning of April, we switched cable providers. For over three weeks I couldn't get the wi-fi to work on my PC. Every other computer, phone, and tablet connected automatically. I was forced to use my phone or tablet to sign into Spark People, but typing and reading on such small screen... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:43:52 EST Happy Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's plan for a successful and productive Spark filled day. So what do you have planned for today besides eating healthy and exercising? Be sure to take control of your feelings and choose happ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:43:34 EST I did ok yesterday Not great but definitely ok. I didn't touch sugar or junk food, and I think I weathered a change of plans pretty well. On most of the days the rest of my life, I don't want to have sugar or junk food, so I'm practicing for these permanent changes. Of the two, sugar is most definitely the har... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:40:05 EST New journal book <img src=""> <img src=""> I make this book by taking pictures from magazine it only cost me 50 cents it's one of those composition note boo... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:33:59 EST The Miso was worth it I went to our favorite sushi place last night and had the rice and miso sauce. Such a decadent treat! But it's amazing, today I feel like I'm hungover even though I had 1 glass of wine and went to bed at a normal time. In a weird way it's interesting to see how the body processes food to it's ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:33:46 EST Good morning for exercise I was in the zone this morning, did some squats, a few wall push ups (somehow I hurt my right shoulder last week so I've been avoiding shoulder/arm exercises for a few days), then got on the stationary bike. This week I'm doing 30 minutes on the bike, but a good song came on my song shuffle so I ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:33:31 EST The Triumphant Two! Behold the Incredibles! Sorry Pixar, I just couldn't resist. <BR> <BR> My daughter and I just had our first weigh-in after starting our weight-loss efforts. Yes, technically it was 6 days and not quite a whole week, but there were some challenges I've been spying on the boards that made me wa... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:25:50 EST Atrial fibrillation I have atrial fibrillation and am wondering how many other folks here have this. <BR> Looking for support and to share ideas. Would love to hear how you are treating this. <BR> It is a roller coaster for me. I have an episode that lasts anywhere from a few minutes to 8 hours. It always rights its... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:24:23 EST Change requires courage <img src=""> <BR> Do it even though you are afraid Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:23:42 EST MY SON IS GETTING MARRIED TOMORROW ! <img src=""> <BR> I AM SO EXCITED...MY SON IS MARRYING HIS SPECIAL LADY TOMORROW IN ST CATHERINE'S ONTARIO. BLESSING EVERYONE FOR AN AWESOME FRIDAY AND WEEKEND ! KATHARINE Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:22:07 EST Or me:) <img src=""> Maybe I would like to shop if I could take my dog with but this is what I would look like 😂 I have got to go get some new shirts though!! All mine are either old or too big and make me looks sloppy now... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:19:29 EST The Wedding My daughter made a beautiful bride. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Her gown sparkled and her face glowed with happiness! We all had fun getting our hair and makeup done. (Bride, me, and bridesmaids.) We had a limousine... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:18:36 EST Rough Day <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday was hard emotionally. I have bipolar disorder and sometimes I let it get the better of me. Yesterday was one of those days. I woke up in a crappy mood, but tried to go through my normal rout... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:14:26 EST Spoiler...True Belief Bonnie L. Oscarson <BR> Being truly converted means we are acting upon what we believe and allowing it to create a mighty change in us, or in our hearts. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:12:05 EST Sunny Day My life is more calm now and I feel positive and more in control. I had a good day yesterday, charting all food and paying attention to me, and I feel I can do it again today I know weight loss will follow good habits. Seeing the sunshine and feeling more upbeat will help too. Hope you have suc... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:11:08 EST Day 116: Fitness Routine - 17.04.28 *** EDIT *** <BR> <BR> Thursday was it's usual crazy-busy, jam-packed self...and I never even got here to post my Fitness Routine.... <BR> <BR> But, I DID accomplish some added cardio - 5,000 Tready Steps at a 15% incline !! <BR> <em>590</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:02:33 EST Abs are made in the kitchen So, since I haven't been able to find an exercise that doesn't aggravate my GERD/esophageal spasms, I have been diligently trying to eat well and use food as fuel, as well as drinking my water and getting enough sleep. Maybe that's all I need to be doing right as of this moment. Those are things... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:01:12 EST Nap time Anybody else get up at some insane time to get their walk in but then feel like a nap is necessary??? Been fight a sinus crud for 2 days. I think rest is necessary. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:59:43 EST "Shadows" by BEK <img src=""> Just came across this Rock band. Never heard of them before. Pretty darn good, in my opinion. I like the way the band performs underwater in the video. Pretty cool. Ciao Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:59:09 EST Freedom! <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <BR> " If we wish to free ourselves from enslavement, we must choose freedom and the responsibility this entails. " <BR> – Leo Buscaglia <BR> <em>211</em> <em>211</em> <em>211<... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:55:16 EST Quote of the Day: April 28, 2017 “The Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.” <BR> ― Martin Luther Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:55:00 EST Then And Now XII In the past my husband would take care of everything. He was very talented and could fix plumbing, electrical, mechanical auto and electronic problems. He did it all throughout our marriage. <BR> <BR> Since his death I have had a few minor problems but was mostly paralyzed to approach them for... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:49:21 EST A Simple Solution to a Tricky Problem! My Mom only bought one packet of Cantonese style noodles. She also bought one packet of fried kuey teow. The Cantonese style noodles were for my lunch. But I wasn't hungry at that time because I already had some instant curry noodles for lunch as soon as I finished dialysis. <BR> <BR> After my w... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:48:50 EST RESTART # 2 , DAY 1(Day 1224) I just love doing restarts after maintaining a significant weight loss. My 1st restart was January 22nd 2016 after loosing 200 pounds. Yesterdays restart April 27th 2017 is followed by maintaining approximately 250 pounds. Observed scale weights have been on each side of 300 of late with ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:43:41 EST I am sad One of my lifelong friends starts Hospice today, and I just got word of the memorial service for a coworker's son. <BR> <BR> My friend and I go back to our teen years when I was one of the older kids in a youth group and she was considered a pain in the neck younger kid who drove everyone else c... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:37:13 EST This time next week This time next week I will be done with my school work and classes and my Mom will be on her way to see me and spend the weekend celebrating my graduation with me. <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:34:27 EST Here's how you go shopping! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thats my dining room table covered with this weeks fruit and veg! <BR> <BR> 2 boxes strawberries <BR> blueberries <BR> raspberries <BR> lemons <BR> bananas <BR> oranges <BR> pomegranate <BR> 2 ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:34:27 EST Thump - me jumping off the wagon. Yay- me being honest in my tracking. So I gave into the cravings that have been dogging me all week. Yes I did. I knew what I was doing. Made a special trip to buy it. Intentional choice here. No "falling" off the wagon, like it was an accident or someone pushed me. Nope. I jumped off. <BR> <BR> In my previous attempts to be healt... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:33:21 EST so much leg and foot pain today I overdid it at the fair. I am in so much pain. Victor keeps rubbing aspercream on my legs. Thank God for the hot tub because I need therapy. Just got a brand new filter and fresh water and goona jump in today! so excited. Happy day and I sure hope this subsides so I can get back to walking. I wa... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:31:30 EST Pictures from this part of the world! Exercise this morning consists of a "walk on the wild side"---to the mailbox-then back-- <BR> It is about a mile , there and back <BR> - <img src=""> <BR> We live in the bush, in Northern Ontario, as you can see-- <BR>... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:31:25 EST Week 17 almost 18th <img src=""> <BR> As always, time is flying. I'm slowly getting the yard ready for summer. I got the bed by the end of our deck, weeded and munched just in time for a friend's return. Many cringe seeing this but I'v... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:29:00 EST My Progress Doing the Spring 5% Challenge. I'm on the Determined Daisies team. My determination is wavering. We have to do a weekly weigh in and for the past couple of weeks the scale has not budged. I know this journey is more than just the number on the scale. Hoping when I take my measurements that some o... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:24:38 EST wormhole I woke up late this morning so I didn't get my normal pre-breakfast-why-am-I-doing-this-it-is too-damn-early-I-need-coffee workout in. <BR> <BR> I work up late yet someone ended up at work early. I believe with all my heart there is a wormhole between home and work. The time it takes me to g... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:22:01 EST Progress Update #13 The wedding was beautiful (pictures later) but the schedule we kept was grueling. Hubby and I are exhausted still. The big thing we have noticed is that after five days of constant activity, we don't bounce back like we did when we were younger. Aging isn't for sissies! <BR> <BR> I started ou... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:11:50 EST Ready for the weekend Good Morning! It's been a long week with ups and downs in terms of eating. Overall though, must have done something right-ish because I'm down 1.4 lbs from Monday to 139.4!!! I'm getting another glimpse into the 130's! My glimpses are usually short lived before I head back towards 140/141. I'm... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:11:27 EST The Thunder Gods were at it again... <img src=""> <BR> A big storm rolled in off Lake Ontario last night. <em>40</em> <BR> It was filled with fierce lightening, loud cracks of thunder and gale force winds. <BR> <BR> We love thunderstorms and so we spe... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:08:12 EST Week 17 almost 18th <img src=""> <BR> As always, time is flying. I'm slowly getting the yard ready for summer. I got the bed by the end of our deck, weeded and munched just in time for a friend's return. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:07:15 EST Endless Week <img src=""> <BR> Have you ever had one of those weeks that just seem to be endless? That was my week. And why is it that those kind of endless weeks never ever happen when you are on vacation?? It must be some part of... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:04:40 EST Planned Rest Day I have a number of health goals as well as a weight loss goal. Ten lbs. to goI'm working on increasing my daily activity to include more cardio with intervals of high intensity and walking to improve my blood pressure (on meds for that) , endurance and heart and lung functioning. My mom had tri... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:03:03 EST Day 118.. I done good.. So.. yesterday was a day with double eating out challenges and this girl woke up feeling like a winner! <BR> <BR> Client lunch at this fancy Italian restaurant in the city.. tons of amazing options and I went for the scallops with grilled zucchini and eggplant. The bread platter remained untouc... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:02:50 EST Reprieve!! Yesterday was my pulmonary function test at the hospital -- requisitioned by my kindly, concerned family doctor who said my x-ray (after two back-to-back bouts of pneumonia) indicated I had emphysema. <BR> <BR> Emphysema! Oh my, that got me worried. That's a chronic and progressive disease wh... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:01:59 EST April 28th Just a little frustrated for three weeks now I have weighed the same. This month I think I only lost 2lbs. I really got to get back on track and keep losing weight. Im not giving up. Im still trying to stay on my goal. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:00:56 EST Grateful for RN sister 268.4 <BR> - 4/28/17 <BR> SparkCoach-assigned topic: What are you grateful for today? Sister exchange <BR> <BR> I have 3 sisters (who live out of state) and 1 brother (who lives, like me, in the Detroit metro area-- as do our parents). <BR> <BR> Our parents are in their late 80s and the health... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:59:55 EST Fiday Morning It is a cloudy 76 degree start to the day on the Northwest Florida Gulf coast. We are getting ready to go to Pensacola for my wife's second procedure on her right eye at the Center for Sight under the care of doctor Fletcher. All should go well. She should be done with this process after her ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:59:44 EST busy day - reading to my GD class today Good Morning; I have been helping my daughter out picking up my grand kids. There has been so many activities going on this week at their daycare. Today they are going to have Spanish Festival. Her mom made a costume for her. Her class is putting on a performance in Spanish. then in the after... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:57:30 EST Friday It's friday. I hope u all have the beat weekend ever. I love you all. You've been my inspiration through this journey! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:57:17 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> Sparkers Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:53:33 EST Happy FriYAY !!! Almost made it through the week !!! :) Happy with my results !!! :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:53:03 EST Learn as I go so, yesterday I cut back on the phentermine to one pill in the morning and one in the afternoon. I was still nauseated in the morning, but not as badly. Felt ok in the afternoon and actually hungry in the evening. Since it was my birthday we went to the macaroni grill and split their penne rus... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:52:53 EST Arbor Day Arbor Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When: Always the last Friday in April. <BR> <BR> National Arbor Day is the Tree Planter's holiday, and has been celebrated since 1872. It began in Nebraska, a largely tree... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:52:53 EST garage sailing today just had a great breakfast and getting ready to go garage sailing. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:45:32 EST TGIF Going to be a warm (hot) weekend here. <BR> Gone from trying to stay warm to trying to stay cool in a couple of weeks! Wow. Fun. <BR> Have a great weekend everyone! <BR> Try to stay comfortable what ever your weather situation is! <BR> And no matter what <em>386</em> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:44:27 EST Don't look back. It's Friday, and I hope everyones week ends on a positive note. Don't look back with regret , but look forward to the positive. Each day brings us a new chance to live a life filled with opportunity, what we choose to do with that is our choice. Are we going to wallow in self pity, or are we goin... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:44:00 EST Using Distractions Hi Sparkers, I am using my to do list, which normally has service to country high on it. Monday, 5/1/2017, I choose to speak at the Texas Senate on a Financial Bill Senate Bill (SB) 84 plus today calling all Texas State Representatives and Texas State Senators to vote against Custom Design Agreem... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:36:49 EST Happy Friday to all Wishing everyone a fabulous Friday. I just got done with my early morning walk. I feel energized now. Going to make good food choices today!! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:35:21 EST Happiness... There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. <BR> Freya Stark <BR> <BR> So much truth in this little quote!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:31:32 EST My Thought for today <img src=""> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:20:11 EST I'm going to take advantage of the Contrave The Contrave will take away hunger pains. I have taken it for two days, and with the mindset that I would make it work I have stuck to my diet plan and I know some weight will come off. I'm really excited about that. I'm going to have to tweak how I take it. I'm not sure why they increase the ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:20:04 EST Do I Get Enough Sleep? Day 28 do I get enough sleep? In one word, No. Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep. When that happens, I get up and take either some melatonin, or Benadryl, or both. Sometimes, I fall asleep okay, but wake up in the middle of the night, and my mind won't shut up. When that happens I turn... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:19:42 EST 4-28-2017-PLAYING WITH A NEW PHONE APP <img src=""> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:17:19 EST Happy Friday Another pound down....less to go! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:15:58 EST Thursday's Mental Work: Introvert-Style I am an introvert. Growing up, I was put into the "shy" box and that's what I thought I was for years. It only dawned on me a couple years ago that there was a marked difference between being shy and being introverted and upon further research, I "saw" myself. I attribute this self-discovery to m... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:13:35 EST 4-28-2017-JOLLIES FROM JUDY JOLLIES FROM JUDY-How was the Roman Empire cut in half? With a pair of Caesars! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:12:47 EST Beauty's Where You Find It Another Edition of "In BED With Tracey" 4/28/17 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:10:18 EST Windfall! I wasn't going to go to the gym today, because I was 'too tired'. Weigh in day for me is Tuesday (I lost 2 pounds), but for some reason I stepped on the scales this morning, too. 3 more pounds off!! I'm dressed for the gym! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:06:03 EST Day 3 Up and ready to go !! Feel real good about this have a,great day everyone 😆😆 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:58:38 EST Long day ahead. <img src=""> <BR> Have to be charge nurse today. I used to be full time charge but stepped down as my sanity was more important to me than a dollar bump an hour and a slow climb up the hospital kiss ass list. It led to... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:57:07 EST Thursday Friday Busy day yesterday with a meeting of four hours then went swimming it was a short swim but worked hard to get flakes a good workout and got both Little ones bathed. It's Friday so it'll be a short workday I'll have to pick up our new dryer since the other one stopped working and I'm planning to g... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:53:08 EST "Shape of my Heart" by Sting <img src=""> Love Sting and Love the band, "The Police" (before Sting went solo). Both have numerous incredible songs and art. However, Sting and The Police made tons of incredible music during their time, both solo ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:40:04 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, April 28, 2017 April 28, 2017 REMAIN CLEAN <BR> <BR> When we set out to clean, we have to take action. We can think about the house being clean. We can get all the things together that are needed to clean it. We can even talk about how we are going to clean the house. However, if we don’t take the action requi... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:35:00 EST Happy Happy Friday sparkpeople make it a GREAT day🙏😍🙏😍 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:34:31 EST Day 20: weigh-in I'm down 10lbs total in 20 days!! I'm pumped. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:32:43 EST One - Minute Devotions - God is your Friend One - Minute Devotions - God is your Friend <BR> <BR> God forgives you until the end, He is your faithful, loyal friend. Somebody cares and loves you still, and God is the Someone who always will. <BR> <BR> Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits - who forgives all your sins... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:25:30 EST Despair inc Many people hate these quotes and pictures but I find them hilarious. What do you think? <BR> The calendars are not the best this year, but I like other tings, like T-shirt quotes. I suggest you Poke around the whole website, you might find something you like. <BR> <BR> <BR> Obviously they are ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:22:20 EST Off and running Busy day planned today so in order to get everything done I am off and running already this morning. Have a safe a pleasant weekend everyone! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:17:30 EST No Carbs No Sugar We are coming to the end of another month. It's been a messy one for me. We are remodeling our kitchen and everything is in boxes and containers scattered around the house. Its been hard to shop and plan meals. A lot of quick no cook meals (if you can call them meals <em>41</em> ). I have ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:08:26 EST Getting it in <img src=""> <BR> Don't waste your out hard and encourage somebody Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:04:02 EST Sure I love food, <BR> But, I can't eat everything. <BR> I have and always will have a struggle <BR> With eating too much. <BR> The habit of mindful eating is my focus now. <BR> I don't always hit the mark, <BR> But, I am improving. <BR> I am a relaxed perfectionist since having my hips <BR> Replaced... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:55:19 EST New Scales I have been spending a lot of time going through the house and getting rid of things I don't use or want. One of those things is my old scales. I bought a new one and now I have no more excuses. Hopefully new scales will remind me of my "new" commitment to healthy living. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:49:48 EST On the road Headed to Cocoa Beach for the first night, then drive to Tampa the next day to spend another night. Finally, a ship in sight! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:43:39 EST Update I went to the doctor yesterday and he was thrilled with my progress and so am I!! After years of being perscribed different medications, being shuffled to different doctors, with a number of different ailments, I think we finally found the fix and I'm shocked at how simple this could possibly be... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:39:05 EST Happy Friday.... "Be ever so humble, there is NO place like home." Have a great day! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:38:28 EST Fully Loaded and Totally Equipped - Joel & Victoria Today’s Scripture:" I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made..." (Psalm 139:14, KJV) <BR> <BR> Did you know that when you compare yourself to others or wish you were like someone else, it’s like saying He just didn’t do a good job? It’s actually saying, “God, why did You make... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:23:39 EST A Well Working Body I had a fall at the end of March. Fell over a speed bump on to my right arm. Purple between the elbow and shoulder. Just started driving again on Wednesday. Arm was weak, knocked out the muscle. For over a week I had to lift my right arm with my left hand. Still healing now, but finally gaining m... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:20:03 EST Taking Time Time <BR> One of the most valuable commodities that we have is our time. Use it wisely, for once it's gone, you can never recover it. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Make time for God first. If you take time to pray a... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:16:58 EST April 28, Isaiah 45 Pagan kings are still God's instrument There are a lot of events and kings from history that I can't understand the how or why, but every nation, every king or kingdom, exists because God allows it. And at times God will use these pagan kings to accomplish His purpose. Cyrus was a great conquerer, secular history tells us much about w... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:13:53 EST National Superhero Day April 28, 2017 - so, 24 April was National Pigs in a Blanket Day ... nothing else. Couldn't they have bumped a few daze from today to then? Sheesh! <BR> <BR> NATIONAL SUPERHERO DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIO... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:09:01 EST Whata ya thunk 4/28/17 You are what you think. Always think positive, empowering thoughts and your life will welcome positive opportunities! Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:07:02 EST I'm NOT wasting away from grief I had to deal with a series of terrible things, which left me griefstricken. I am working with my doctors, and under their supervision, I'm continuing reduced calories, only I can't eat food very often, so I drink nutrition shakes, fruit, juice and water until I get an appetite again. I'm still t... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:59:57 EST Oh Bother As I have seen in the last 2 weeks I am weak and in one way or another I have been my own worst enemy. I see that in 2 weeks I get my bloodwork and 2 weeks from that I get to see the doctor that will say yeah or nay on how my carb watching, exercising, and mind set is working. The mind set is my ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:59:49 EST We Can.... Good Morning <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wishing you a great Friday and Weekend ahead. Let's keep Sparking taking one step at a time, staying focused and keeping our eyes on the Finishing Line.. <BR> <BR> As we stand ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:49:03 EST the eyes truly tell all had my 6 month appointment with my opthamolgist this morning. my eye pressure is holding its own with the drops <BR> <BR> he also knows my medical and family history (he treated my mother also) and told me he sees no problem with cancer, diabetes or renal issues which will make two of my oth... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:47:44 EST Quote for Today <img src=""> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:38:32 EST Bible Verses for Today... Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himse... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:36:57 EST T G I F It's Friday again ,the weekend is here and it's going to be a good one. Work Saturday and Sunday with my wife . Maybe have the kids over for a barbecue. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:30:04 EST My Journey (Urges tht sometimes feel like a battle) #25 Did not sleep well the past 2 nights. Well I did until about 2AM. I started having surgery dreams then work dreams. I usually wake in the middle of the night, but now when I do it is usually due to stressful dreams. <BR> <BR> Wednesday after work I almost had chocolate in the basement. I stopped... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:28:39 EST Chocolate Peanuts A preacher goes to a nursing home to meet an elderly parishioner. <BR> As he is sitting there he notices this bowl of peanuts beside her bed and takes one. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As they talk, he can't help himself and eats one after another. By the time they are through talking, the bowl is emp... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:09:42 EST Impromptu Dance Party! Unfortunately, I have been feeling up and down and a tad anxious lately. Which makes sense with the diagnosis that I have, but just because I've been diagnosed for several years does not make a blip like this any easier. I'm wilting (yes, like a flower) a little bit and not shining quite as brigh... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:01:43 EST Fri 28 April 58,9kg Date Night Tonight :) Breakfast 7.30am <BR> Soy milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, 5 very small chopped salted roasted cashew nuts, 2 soft dried abricots, 2 level-ish tbsp organic oats Bjorg (68% rolled oats, 12% raisins, 20% seeds: sunflower, buckwheat, squash, flax), 2 level-ish tbsps oatbran, almond essence flavouring, ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:55:56 EST 8 lbs lost in 4 days <img src=""> <BR> Alot of water weight,training hard :) Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:50:55 EST 52 yr old Mum with PCOS and Chronic Pain trying to lose weight Hi there, i have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) which causes weight problems and makes it very difficult to lose weight. I also live with chronic pain (since Jan 2000 when i injured my spine) cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. I have both knees that need replacing but was told that i am too y... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:27:27 EST Day 59 - Gluten-Free is Awesome - really into this now. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm incorporating this into my meals now. At first I had NO flour of any kind, but I'm enjoying an occasional pancake with added chia seeds, chopped walnuts, cinnamon, cardamom seeds, ground fl... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:24:56 EST Fun this weekend we're thinking of heading off to this event......hope the weather holds!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uth-Martham-Scarecrow-Festival/details<BR>/?dms=3&feature=1001&venue=0110495 </link> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:20:44 EST Time for more protein! Today I swam for the first time in at least six months. Wow! What a workout! I swam for about 40 minutes, 40 lengths of the pool, (a little more than half a mile), a mix of freestyle and backstroke, and at the end, I exited the pool completely wrung out. Sometimes swimming is boring, but today I ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:13:56 EST It's all about movement. Movement. Now some may think I mean the movement we get from exercise. That movement is great but it's not the movement I want to chat about today. I want to chat about personal movement that comes from accomplishing a goal or a challenge, even if you never set out to or even realized you were... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:05:39 EST Funny Diet Humor 43 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> O.K., I have finger cramps just thinking about this. LOL. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:02:52 EST