SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Friday, October 24 Well, I had a very busy day at the office yesterday. I was so busy I didn't get ti go get soup for lunch. Once again, I only had one meal. I was able to eat baked salmon for dinner. Then, I had two popsicles. <BR> <BR> Today, I am working from home. I started at 5 AM because I will finish m... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:24:07 EST Inspirational Thoughts The LORD siad: Be strong for I am with you; do not fear for My Spirit remains in you; do not worry for I will fill your house with glory; I will bless you with more than what you have before; and I will give you the best for I have chosen you. These are the promises of GOD for you today!!! SHA... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:22:27 EST Friday, October 24 - Food Day Yesterday my husband went to the cardiologist as he has been tracking his blood pressure for two weeks now. After having terrible high readings, it finally seems to be under control. Of course, he takes 5 blood pressure meds in order for this to happen, but he took the drs. advice on when to ta... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:22:18 EST Challenges - Embrace Them? <img src=""> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:16:31 EST IT'S FRIDAY YEAH YES I LOVE FRIDAYS AND ESPECIALLY WHEN I AM OFF.LOL THE PLAN FOR TODAY IS GET THE HOUSE CLEANED AND THEN COOK SOMETHING GOOD FOR DINNER BUT WHAT I HAVE NO IDEA!HMMMMMM <BR> HOPE THE RAIN IS GONE FOR A WHILE WHEN I HAVE CLEAN FLOORS WOULD LIKE TO KEEP THEM THAT WAY FOR A WHILE. <BR> SO STARTING OF... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:14:20 EST Friday's Healthy Inspirational Quote of the Day 10/24/2014 "When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there."~Zig Ziglar Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:03:37 EST We are not Alone " Just remember were all in this alone" Jane Wagner <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>46</em> <em>24</em> <em>20</em> <em>20</em> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Not here on this site not now not ever . Here we are a team of many faces and personalities and ideas <em>10</em>... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:47:53 EST October recap Hello hello! <BR> I hope everyone has a great October:) Things here have been going really well and busy! <BR> Last weekend I had my body pump training. I was required to memorize two tracks to present to the trainer (that Les Mills sent) and the rest of our group. There were 17 of us total:)... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:42:17 EST Day 35: Preventing a faltering start. This week, was a bad week. <BR> I am commuting 2 hrs a day, and house hunting most evenings. The weather has turned stormy, and it is dark early. So I am missing out on my walks. <BR> I was sick with an ear infection too, my foot is still injured. <BR> All spark plans has been throw out the windo... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:29:10 EST If you always do what you've always done... If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got. <BR> <BR> It is a well known quote, and one that came to mind while I was working out the other day. Most days I enjoy my workouts, and there's nothing like the feel good feeling you get afterwards. On the odd oc... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:17:02 EST Awaiting the glorious triumph. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Losing weight is tough, y'all!! It's so much easier to put the weight on than it is to take it off. Grrrr! But, we'll just keep pushing until we get to that glorious triumph. Right? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:13:28 EST Micah 6 What does the Lord require? <BR> <link><BR>2014/10/micah-6-what-does-lord-require<BR>.html </link> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:08:22 EST Blessed, 10/23 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they remind me of the importance of joy. <BR> 2. i am grateful for time with my daughter, because she is an amazing little creature. <BR> 3. i am grateful for finishing c25k, because i hate running and i did it. <BR> 4. i am grateful for figuring things out... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:57:30 EST Recipe` for a Healthy Journey! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning <em>524</em> my Friend's, <BR> <BR> Let's have a great Friday & let's make this weekend a successful one. How can we do that? Here is a healthy recipe` for a successful & healthy journey. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:27:11 EST Live Up To The Vision My first vision board is still here over my computer silently speaking to me. I believe in investing the time to formulate a clear, achievable long-term goal because "If you don't know where you're going, how will you know when you get there?" <BR> <BR> This year, my expectations are a bit diff... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:22:15 EST *Click Here* Go ahead... oxox I wanted to show this for anyone... that clicked on my Blog just now... I found this Halloween 100 calories sample of what 100 calories looks like... It surprised me... I found this useful for this time of year... Happy Hallow... *Witches Laugh* <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:17:43 EST Quote for Today 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... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:15:59 EST This week....Oct. 24th <img src=""> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:13:52 EST Bible Verse for the Day “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. <BR> <BR> Proverbs 9:10 NKJV Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:13:21 EST Okie Dokie, Let's Spill The Beans! So I mentioned before that I was quite embarrassed because I felt like I was always coming up with these new ideas and plans, getting super excited about it, telling all of you, and then finding out it wasn't for me a few short days or a week later. You were all so supportive (as always), and sai... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:02:15 EST Happy Friday! <img src=""> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:48:56 EST Now I got chased by a guy on a bike Well it's nice to know that I'm not the only CRAZY PERSON on the bike trail after midnight. Yeah I broke one of my "new" training rules tonight just two days in and went for a night run. Well, I stretched another "new" rule too as I ran sliiiightly beyond the 3 mile maximum also. Actually I ha... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:45:58 EST Broncos won~ its really all I cared to watch today, I almost fell asleep a few times. <BR> <BR> I'm not gonna lie I feel like hell a little more today. Been drinking a lot, hot tea, cold tea, water, orange juice. I feel like when I am ill my appetite increases a little. I don't get that but I stayed in range... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:43:34 EST Gratitudes: working through it, doing what I need to do anyway, and Sherlock on PBS 1) My son, who is under the weather, settled in near me today to watch TWO episodes of the PBS series Sherlock. He rarely watches TV or movies, which is problematic for our family since the other three of us are all fiends for good shows and films. I'm pleased that he liked it and will now likely... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:39:13 EST Cold running Winter is coming! <BR> It's freezing cold outside and I'm only leaving house wearing tights and knitted socks and a top, a shirt and a jumper. So you can imagine how hard it was for me to actually go on a run yesterday. But I did it! I'm so proud. And you know what, there were parts I actually ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:35:58 EST What A Day! What a day, what a day, what a busy $%&* day! <BR> <BR> This morning i'm up getting the twins ready for school and the phone rings.... my first reaction, Oh $*&%#! No decent person calls someones home at seven in the morning, so of course I immediately think the worst. Turns out it was one of th... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:19:53 EST RESTART! So yeah, been a while. But I'm here now and ready to stop this downward spiral of unhealthy behaviour. I won't cover everything since my last blog but I will say that in the past week I have really been making an effort to go local and organic. It takes a lot more planning and budgeting but I rea... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:07:58 EST Hope you are all aware how dire this mid term election is! <link><BR>ie-sanders-shoots-rumors-leave-senate-<BR>democratic-caucus.html </link> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:45:51 EST My cheat meal and my new trainer <em>383</em> It was Luke's birthday on Wednesday. I had a plan. I was motivated. I did the opposite! In the end what it came down to was my realisation that celebrating my husbands birthday was more important than a silly challenge. One meal wasn't going to change anything! So I had a glass of ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:42:55 EST Still a bit shook up and driven to drink! As some of you may know, Ottawa, Canada, the city I live in, had a major event yesterday. <BR> <BR> It is quite surreal to see Ottawa on CNN and NBC and all other American news networks. To make news worldwide is not something Canada is known for doing, unless of course it is for something like... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:23:46 EST Yoga, purslane, and another good day Another good day. Is this just a spurt of activity before I fall off the wagon? Lets hope not. Lets put some money on it! <BR> <BR> Tonight I went to a new yoga class - Forrest yoga. It's supposed to be good for people with injuries - which is me. And it focuses on some of the more touchy feely... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:21:56 EST Wiped Out Today, I accomplished a lot including exercise. I feel awesome for doing that. I over ate only by a small number of calories, but I still consider today a victorious day. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:20:15 EST TGIF Glad it is Friday praying for all I have to get x'ray and ultra sound Monday to make sure no clots when I fell so still walking but painful can not where anything tight hugx Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:18:26 EST Spooky Spiders Week 3 Blog - Halloween Our blog assignment this week for our BSG challenge is to write about Halloween - if we celebrate, how, etc. <BR> <BR> Well, I love seeing Halloween decorations and costumes and handing out candy to the kids, but this year that will not be how I will be spending Halloween. This is my grandson's ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:04:14 EST My New Year Countdown: 70 Days Wouldn't ya know it. Eat a hamburger and cookies and drop 2 lbs overnight! That was an unexpected surprise this morning. Blip fluctuation, kind of funny. <BR> <BR> Day 4/73: <BR> Goal #1: Mindful eating <em>248</em> <BR> Goal #2: Water <em>248</em> <BR> Goal #3: Move more <em>248</em> ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:02:15 EST Putting Strength to the Test As I posted my blog this morning I knew I needed to read it & absorb it. My strength & the strength of the persons I care about is being put to the test. I have never faced such a long stretch of rough seas before. Things could be incredibly worse so I don't want to complain. On the other hand it... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:51:59 EST Grateful Good evening family. I am so grateful for the connections I continue to make on Sparks. I just want to tell you that I value each individually and collectively. To know that I'm never alone on this journey enhances my day. I'm happy but you all just makes it so much brighter. Thank you for shar... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:46:08 EST A day to start I ate left overs today, but I ate three meals and a snack. I am proud of that. I worked out to deal with my emotions and the negativity I am feeling. My goal is to sleep 8 hours tonight. Tomorrow will be stressful but I am excited for it. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:44:38 EST Stupid Meatball OK not so much the meatball as what it represents. I served dinner to the family and ate myself. Brushed and flossed my teeth so I wouldn't be tempted to eat again and then did the unthinkable. Seriously, I didn't even think, instead when I was cleaning up the kitchen and putting away the plan... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:41:07 EST 10/24/14 Saint of the Day October 24 <BR> St. Anthony Claret <BR> (1807-1870) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> The "spiritual father of Cuba" was a missionary, religious founder, social reformer, queen’s chaplain, writer and publisher, archbishop and refugee. He was a Spaniard whose wo... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:39:26 EST Special Blessings-October 24, 2014 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I had an excellent therapy session today. My therapist said that she can feel the difference every time I come in now and all for the good. <BR> <BR> 2. Jim sold our other car today. We bought a new one two months ago and he didn... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:26:07 EST Today's Inspiration " There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, <BR> and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed <BR> to worry about anything whatsoever." <BR> <BR> - Mohandas Gandhi Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:21:35 EST DAILY QUOTE Times get overwhelming when you begin to try to control the uncontrollable … <BR> Let go and let God! <BR> <BR> ~ Anonymous Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:17:43 EST If You Want To See Some Cuteness... I keep thinking about blogging and then never taking the time to do it. But I hate feeling so out of touch with my Sparkies, so I decided to stay up a little later and just do it. <BR> <BR> I'm doing so-so on the food front...leftovers of Juliana's super-rich Peanut Butter Cup birthday cake h... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:03:26 EST spent afternoon in Urgent Care... ...but still made it to swim practice. <BR> <BR> In spite of having Asthma issues today, I did pretty well in the pool tonight. Coach corrected a technique and taught me how to take off from the starting block with the Dolphin kick. Took me a bit to process after watching her show me, but I fina... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:01:15 EST Elimination trials So I've had GI issues for years. I chalked them up to "tummy issues" and lactose intolerance and just didn't think about them a whole lot one way or another. But we're thinking about starting a family and even pretty religious application of Lactaid wasn't getting things to a normal state so I ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:52:43 EST Food log #1796 Breakfast: Smoothie (spinach, bananas, blueberries), raspberry chocolate scone <BR> <BR> Snack: almonds <BR> <BR> Lunch: salad <BR> <BR> Snack: popcorn <BR> <BR> Dinner: Chipotle chicken burrito bowl <BR> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:52:26 EST Late night work out again... Just finished my workout and I feel great. Now time for a shower and bedtime. :D Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:51:31 EST Days 443-473 on the Journey!!- 69 days to a healthy B.M.I. Hey Sparkies, <BR> <BR> I don't know how many of you are tired of hearing this (because I'm tired of saying it) but I have hit the reset button yet again. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep I've fallen off the wagon BIG time and have t... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:43:18 EST Great gifts in my life: Laughter, Friends, Coach, Love & blogs and change! I need to write at least a short blog, so I can clear my head and conk out for the evening. It's been a long day. I just got home from work (after 11pm) in hopes of catching up enough that the rest of my schedule is not thrown out of whack. I did blow off a session with my trainer tonight (I did ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:42:54 EST Day 70 "Wonder Woman Day" Oh my I appear to have lost count of my days. Jeez I can't even follow a simple number progression. <BR> <BR> This morning I popped out of bed raring to get my day started. Admittedly I only did the bare essentials of housework. But I hate that on any day. And since I do have hoarding prob... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:40:50 EST One more day Friday is almost here and I am ready for the weekend. <BR> DH is going to a poultry show with our neighbor, leaving <BR> tomorrow and returning Saturday evening. I have my <BR> list of to-dos and I can be a free spirit. <BR> I now have another form to fill out for DS. I have to contact <BR> a doc... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:39:43 EST what a day thankful to my Father for all my blessings Today my readings were 130 over 100 my top would not come down at physical I was blessed with 3 month clearence... for my job.. I knew I had to face this I know I should of went to dr to for a new medication ..this catapres I've been taking drops your blood pressure then it's rises dr today that ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:38:46 EST It can now be told. I lied to my beloved. She (WMBO). <BR> <BR> I am not a terrible person. Really. <BR> <BR> Here's what happened. <BR> <BR> When I was in Colorado watching Colin, when the kids got home from Arizona, my Son Dave took Carolyn off to the side and whispered to her. "Ok. Dad, she says I can tell yo... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:35:49 EST Making a Collage I think it would be neat to make a collage of motivators on a poster board. Maybe this weekend when I am needing to dawdle I can do that. We need all the motivation we can get and when others see the collage maybe the motivation will catch fire? <em>250</em> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:35:14 EST Thursday's Words to Ponder <BR> Kindness, I've discovered, is everything in life. <BR> Isaac Bashevis Singer <BR> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:33:33 EST Good Night Did you have a good day? I hope so! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:32:45 EST Teeny Tiny Goals - Day 3 Okay, I did well all day until my husband asked me to make popcorn tonight. I did eat popcorn with him, but I'm okay with that. My ultimate goal is to develop healthy habits that I can live with in real life. Real life means popcorn with my husband some evenings. For the rest of the day, I di... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:31:24 EST More Good News <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For $135 which included a service call, parts, and labor, I got all 3 appliances fixed today. He was here about 90 minutes total. He replaced the relay switch on the washer (yippee--I have a washing machine again!!!... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:30:37 EST Mapping out the journey After making my decision to step up the exercise, I looked into Curves, 24 Hour Fitness, and Lifetime Fitness. The Curves by my house is getting bad press, the other two really don't have classes for the morbidly obese. I've looked online here at SparkPeople and am considering the 28 Boot Camp,... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:27:53 EST A Milestone & a Joke, Albeit a Bad One For the first time today I managed to do skull crushers with 52 pounds of weight! I never thought that I'd be able to lift this much! I started doing tricep extensions about 3 years ago with 10 pounds of weight, and that felt like A LOT! But I kept at it, and slowly started adding more weight.... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:27:43 EST Thurs 10/23/14 In from daily visit with Honey. Excellent Speech and swallow therapist with us tonight. Honey is not able to consistently complete therapy sessions and the staffer told us that that biggest concern was the extreme lethargy and weakness that all the different clinicians are seeing. He has lost mos... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:27:34 EST In the raw <em>2</em> OK people ... minds out of the gutter <BR> <BR> Amongst other things I am making a couple simple changes - <BR> <BR> I am drinking green tea once or twice every day. Not that I think this is a magical elixir, or an instant cure to being obese ... It's much more than simple than ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:27:10 EST Putting more power in our own hands It can be difficult sometimes when we feel helpless and powerless, especially for those of us who are control freaks. I've mentioned before that I have struggled with my weight, and maybe I've mentioned that I have Hypothyroidism. I often feel sluggish, tired, overweight, etc. <BR> <BR> While... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:24:02 EST WooHoo SPARK POINTS came through. I have played with the computer. I rarely get more than three Spark points for e-mails. <BR> <BR> I decided to switch from Yahoo and I just got 4 too late to read any more now. <BR> <BR> I am as usual late for my bed but I am so happy to be able to read those e-mails now. <BR> <BR> We do ha... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:21:48 EST Day 77, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn Today has been a long day. I really didn't do anything other than homeschool & crochet. I did watch Frozen with Aurora. I've watched a few weird movies. Gotta love Halloween season. I posted a Throw-Back-Thursday picture on FB. I usually don't do that. I'm tired of waiting. I'm tired of hurting. ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:21:36 EST Hello! (Just a warning: I use a LOT of parentheses...) My name is Kaylena. As of this moment, I'm 22 years old and live in California. I work as a full-time dispatcher at an ambulance company. I'm a registered/certified EMT and one of my biggest goals right now is to work towards transitioning from dispatch into the field! (There is a lift test at wo... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:18:55 EST family Id say I have more energy when im eating healthy and feel better about myself. So it improves my mood and im able to cope w stress a little better. Having a two yr old can be exhausting and stressful at times and its much easier to deal w these demands now. I want to be the best mom to my daughte... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:16:47 EST Daily- October 23, 2014 :) Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:14:44 EST Mostly Relaxing Day Since my brother left to run errands this morning, I used his room to do a WATP workout. Then my mom and I finally succeeded in getting the heater on. I was really cold last night and this time we were able to follow the directions, because after searching over and over, I finally found the part ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:14:27 EST 100 Days Challenge: Day 47 Kick the can't <img src=""> I can’t… <BR> <BR> These two little words will almost always keep you from being successful. <BR> <BR> Think of all the situations where you let these words slip out. For example... <BR> <BR> • I can’t stick with an exercise ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:14:13 EST Good Thursday Work was good, hair appointment was awesome, and the chiropractor was helpful(the hip hurts less). <BR> <BR> Took Steve out to dinner at the diner and brought home half my meal!! <BR> <BR> A good day, now to practice a little more new choreo for tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Pleasant dreams,,,,, <em>21... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:10:46 EST Praying for my daughter Today the police found my 27 y/o daughter wandering around town incoherent and brought her to the ER. I am so heartbroken because I live in RI and she lives near Dallas. I can't afford to go there because I can't financially afford to take time out of work. I just started the job and have no vaca... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:06:58 EST My cat-update My girl is doing extremely well. She's eating and playful. I've read some terrible reviews about Convenia but for her it worked incredibly well and I am so thankful it did. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:04:57 EST 10/23/14 - Bedtime This has not been a particularly pleasant day for me. I'm glad I decided to post a blog. <BR> <BR> I had a meeting today with another marketing rep, and it didn't go well. The bottom line being that the agency is not quoting or writing enough business, and our loss ratio is lousy. Since the c... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:03:42 EST Kilt Done I wasn't hungry at lunch again today, but I did have half an apple and 1 T almond butter. <BR> <BR> I finished the kilt today. Plus I made a sash for our pastor's wife and another small sash for his daughter from the leftover tartan fabric. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 31 of 100 - 10/23... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:03:03 EST Another shopping blog... I went in for a pair of bootcut jeans which I got-yay! I tried on a skirt on a whim and OMG it was transforming! I feel weird saying this but I looked amazing! My husband says I can only wear it out of the house when I'm with him! Let's not forget the sweatshirt with embellishments-it will look s... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:00:17 EST How to deal with mis-steps Here are a couple of my ideas for dealing with setbacks <BR> 1. Analyze the set back and try to figure out what happened to learn a better approach for the future <BR> 2. get to a new or favourite exercise class as soon as possible. I never regret going to a class <BR> 3. Put some exercise cloth... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:58:00 EST K E W L Tomorrow is our work Halloween "party". Not really much of a party, but we can wear costumes. So, I thought I might see what I had available to wear. Started looking in the spare room closet and found my son's anime character costume that he and a friend had made for him quite a few years ago.... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:56:46 EST October Food Stamp Challenge - Day 23 (Thursda I know, I said yesterday that I quit. But I changed my mind. I decided that I might as well go ahead and finish out the month, even if I do go over. And I have. I'm at about $122, and my budget for the month is $120. But so be it. That doesn't mean I should give up. And I've got lots of food left... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:56:28 EST Wonky Ankle Yep, second blog today. I don't even talk to my husband about this stuff in this much detail, plus it helps me to get my head on straight when I see what I wrote. ;) <BR> <BR> Despite my flare, Rocky urged me to get out and walk. I've been trying to get my 5000 daily step goal again and have b... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:55:08 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for October 23: Daily inspiration: Today do what you can and expect no more of yourself. Lord, I will feel joy in my accomplishments today and gratitude for the things I have to do tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 <BR>... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:52:23 EST Cheerleaders It is difficult to share my OMG moments with my best friend. She still hasn't lost her baby weight and it just feels like I'm rubbing it in her face. I feel like when I mention it, it makes her feel bad about herself. My husband's weight loss has stalled so I don't mention it to him very much eit... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:52:06 EST Thursday's Thought =) <img src=""> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:51:57 EST Dealing with stress, weekly goals The past two weeks, my eats have been all over the place, I have been going to bed WAY too late (darn good books) and not getting more workouts in. <BR> All of these things, not only effect my weight lose, but also my mood. Lets just say, Ive been a crabby person :( <BR> So this week it is all a... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:48:35 EST Shaun T's T25 Week Eight Day 4 Beta--10/23/14 #Speed2.0 #T25 #Focus <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:46:51 EST Thursday Today was lower body workout. My PT hadn't gotten around to creating my workout and wasn't in when I got there, so another PT instructed me on 3 machines. I have to say: I *still* do NOT like squats! About half way through my work out my PT arrived and let me know that "all the exercises you did ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:44:23 EST Thursday Finally, I enjoyed sunshine on my shoulders! I enjoyed a long walk and strength training in our gym. <BR> <BR> <em>245</em> I am much in need of a good night of <em>102</em> , so I think it is <em>128</em> to listen to <em>335</em> and hopefully have pleasant dreams! <BR> <BR> Have ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:39:41 EST Busy Missed yoga tonight...Too much school work...Report cards and progress monitoring... <em>17</em> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:37:47 EST Jessica Smith's #FREE 2014 #Fall Challenge! Fall Back.. In Love WITH FITNESS! <BR> <BR> Join our FREE #Fall Challenge! To join in, simply sign up for our email list here: <link> </link> All of the details and full program schedule will be sent out on Sat. October 25th, 2014 (if you are on the list and don't receive it, ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:37:20 EST Just got back It was a hard day, tried to sleep but didn't do so well, got up at 1 and took a shower and went back to bed until 4. Did chores and drove to Millinocket for the wake. The drive was bad, raining blowing and poor visibility. I was expecting that Uncle Clem was going to be cremated from what was ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:34:57 EST Daily Communion With The Lord Just want to share what I have just read... <BR> <BR> Meditate & Believe Right <BR> From Joseph Prince <BR> <BR> Meditate On <BR> <BR> Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:34:08 EST Power Vinyasa Yoga Day Today was scary yoga. The instructor calls it power vinyasa yoga. I think that loosely translates into power scary yoga. It's harder than the typical classes that I go to, but I can do it. <BR> <BR> The instructor has a serious case of "resting b!tch face." The class is intentionally challengin... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:31:56 EST Week 2, Day1 Well my first day of week 2 is going great. I went on a run today. I ran 2.5 miles again, and took a minute off my previous time! I also did 30 minutes of strength training on my lower body. I'm going to be sore tomorrow, so my workout for tomorrow will just be an easy walk. I'm gonna go 3mph for... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:30:37 EST Now what to do.... <BR> Okay some input please!!! I know some of you know some background but not sure if you all do. I worked in nursing for years, mostly long term care ( seniors). I have degenerative and herniation of my lower back, osteo arthritis in my knees, back, mid back, ankles. I get sciatica badly at le... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:26:03 EST Fighting my selfish self Since I've started taking Bear on walks regularly, I was looking forward to having some "nice" days. Days when it's not so hot and muggy that you feel like your shirt has become a second skin. Days that aren't so sticky that you feel like you need a shower after walking to go check the mail. <B... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:21:23 EST Waiting The good news is that I got my questions answered about why the medical test needs to be so far away, and it's scheduled now. It falls on the end of my vacation to visit my sister, so she's agreed to go with me. That's really nice. <BR> <BR> The not so amazing news is that I get to wait a mont... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:18:12 EST I can't get my mojo back again! I've gained around 20-25# now and it's like I can't get my mojo back and it's like I don't care, but I know that deep down I do! I've been trying to exercise as much as I can with my RA feet and hands and bum knee. It hasn't been easy, but the two cortisone shots in my knee now, have helped. I... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:16:54 EST Thanks, Sparkfriends and well wishers! I'm beginning to feel better now! Tomorrow, I get back into the swing of things with my fitness. I REALLY REALLY REALLY appreciate you all reaching out to me on a daily basis, and also thinking of me while I was a little under the weather. <BR> <BR> I do read everything posted to my account, alt... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:11:46 EST today thurday did the vacuuming washing yes had to put clothes in dryer our rain has started for the next ten months, ;mopping and dusting and I am done for another week.....soak and ready for bed now it is your turn.... <em>246</em> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:10:40 EST 10.23.14 So, I'm working on getting myself back on track - I'm hoping to start journaling more but not making it a "goal" as I have others that I need to work on first that are more important. <BR> <BR> Today was an okay day, up at 5:30 - I've had trash service twice and I guess I'm paranoid about miss... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:10:37 EST Day 296: Some Scary Stuff “1 – 2 – Freddy’s coming for you, 3 – 4 – Better lock your door, 5 – 6 – Grab your crucifix, 7 – 8 – Better stay up late, 9 – 10 – Never sleep again…” <BR> (A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love horror mov... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 22:08:32 EST growl I'm just feeling unhappy today. I know that I have absolutely no reason to be so grumpalicious, but I still am. My shoulder hurts, my kid is driving me nuts, my sister/roommate is closed off in her room, and the cats are fighting. <BR> <BR> I just don't know. Maybe I should call it an early nigh... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:57:09 EST Losing weight and new clothes Well, I'm down to 210 pounds. This past Saturday I was up to 215 pounds and I'm glad that I'm down at the 30 pound weight loss. I have another 15 to get back down to where I was before the 32 pound weight gain. I've lost 65 pounds since I was a senior in high school. I was 275 pounds in 1997. My ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:55:27 EST Weird day It was a weird day today. I woke up at 4am with my headache throbbing and nightmares echoing in my head. Not a good way to start the day! I stayed up for a while until the nightmares faded, and the Tylenol blunted the headache, then curled back up with the dog. When we got up later I took hi... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:53:38 EST October 23, 2014 (Thursday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Nice day around here. Chilly, but sunny and not bad, although I prefer it much warmer. However, it IS fall, and for fall, it was a beautiful day. <BR> <BR> The participants in my second class of the day and I all went out to lunch today. It was fun, but something th... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:53:16 EST SparkCoach Blog Assignment One Todays assignment is to give myself three compliments. Since starting back on Sunday I will say I am very proud of the determination of been showing, I'm proud of myself for making time for working out and I'm proud that I have stayed on track with tracking. I feel as though I am doing a decent j... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:52:50 EST Fun Experience with Snaggles My cat, Snaggles, is a truly satisfied cat. We got him 15 months ago from the Animal Rescue League of Berks County. His foster caregiver was the development director. She housed him in her office for 8 months prior to our adopting Snaggles. She loved getting pictures of the cat over time. <BR>... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:51:30 EST health I drank more water. I got plenty of sleep. I ate dinner and didn't drink too much. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:50:12 EST Computer back up and running Last night the computer fell off the couch and the power cord ceased to function, the battery died, and that was that. So, we got a new power cord today, yippee!! I'm a happy camper Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:50:06 EST Uh oh My family left yesterday morning to spend a few days in Vero Beach and then come back down here before they leave on Halloween. <BR> <BR> I had a scratchy throat yesterday and was very tired. <BR> Took a 4 hour nap after they left. <BR> When I woke up it felt like I had swallowed razor blades an... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:47:01 EST Thursday Short Blog... Very tired...about to relax and get ready for tomorrow!!!! <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:46:01 EST Giving "it" to God I have heard the phrase "Give it to God" a lot lately. I recently finished an IV solumedrol steroid treatment for MS. This led to desiring food and giving in to those desires. The people who used the phrase "Give it to God" did not use it in reference to my weight. It was actually in referenc... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:45:33 EST Starting Again Well, my counselor suggested I try out SparkPeople so here I am. I am at the highest weight of my entire life today...266 lbs. My mind cannot even conceive how I have let myself get to this point. <BR> <BR> Until I had my first child at age 20, I could eat anything I wanted and never gained an... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:44:26 EST My Journey's New Place I stepped on the scale this morning and discovered I have lost 2 pounds. I came back to SparkPeople about 3 weeks ago, and I am pleased with my progress. Am I doing everything right? No. Am I exercising every day? No. Perfection is not within my reach, and it never will be. All I can do is ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:43:56 EST PAWSE (Belated x2) This challenge has been... well, challenging. <BR> <BR> Instead of being a positive stress, at times I have felt overwhelmed by all it involves. Perhaps mostly because none of what I'm doing seems to be having much of an impact on progress towards my goal. I know that there are countless other b... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:42:21 EST Thurs 10/23/14 Had a pretty good day today. Plugging along and making better choices. I'm heading out of town again this weekend. Taking my Girl Scouts camping this time. We'll be doing plenty of hiking, but likely not very fast. We have a meal plan, so I hope to log as much as I can tomorrow before we go. I ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:37:09 EST Better? Work today was pretty good. I emailed my supervisor today to tell her I will be scheduling meetings with the mental health coordinator, but didn't go into any details. I told her of my next meeting, which takes place next week, so she can be aware that I will need to leave my classroom an hour ea... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:36:58 EST Over today in calories Had a great visit with my son and did pretty well at the hotel breakfast. It all went out the door with dinner though. <BR> <BR> Tonight was "family dinner" night so it wasn't just my husband and 15 y.o. daughter but my oldest daughter and her husband. I made spaghetti and meatballs and we h... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:34:05 EST Thursday's thought Let's dance in the sun <BR> wearing wild flowers in <BR> our hair <em>67</em> <em>87</em> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:28:20 EST better today but still... So I felt better working out today, of course the weather was a lot warmer. I just don't feel like my best. I hope I am getting stronger I am just not sure, I just can't tell. I wish I had more then pictures to look at. I wish I had video from like a month or 2 ago and then maybe I would be more ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:27:34 EST still sick its been 3 weeks and this cold will not die. it was in my throat for a week, it was in my chest the last 2 weeks and now it is in my nose. this makes me so physicaly tired and crabby. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:10:39 EST Keep it up!!! Keeping it up by exercising today!! 9 days in a row!!! Still trying hard to get to my goal. Hoping I can keep all I lost week off over the weekend. My husband wants to go to red lobster for there all you can eat shrimp which i love. Hoping I can just eat enough to feel full. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:09:48 EST Beck Day 4: Give Yourself Credit Do we give ourselves credit for all of the things we do that we don't think about when striving to live a healthy lifestyle? <BR> <BR> Well, I realized that I am doing more than I thought I was doing. ie., for months, I have been packing lunch salads with healthy veggies and lean protein, makin... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:08:49 EST Thursday, 10/23/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Started the day at the gym with the trainer. We first talked about his upcoming trip to Spain and the plans for a "sub" trainer that he's put in place while I did my initial stretching. Then I headed to the tr... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:08:33 EST For anyone that likes hot cocoa... I should preface this by saying -- this recipe has sugar free French Vanilla powdered creamer in it, so for the anti-artificial sweetener people, it's a no go. But for anyone who isn't anti-artificial sweetener, this cocoa mix is delicious. It's only 33 calories per serving, and totally tamed a... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:01:59 EST NJ- You're Killing Me! I moved to NJ last year for my job. With it brought tons of anxiety, little bits of depression, and a whole lotta f-bombs due to traffic. <BR> <BR> Now, I am over the anxiety, still get a little blue on crappy and grey days (like today), and definitely get aggravated with the traffic. Today,... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:58:05 EST Today I am officially on my own (locally that is) My walking buddy from work is officially off duty for at least 6 wks. She is having her ankle reconstructed from a prior car accident when she was a teen. Super excited for her to hopefully have less pain after this is all said and done but very sad that my after work morning buddy is out of com... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:54:16 EST Back on the Dance Line <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Feeling Better today...thanks for the get well comments... <BR> <BR> One of the good things about using the food tracker is seeing my trends. <BR> I'm happy to say...I am eating around 7 veggies a day not counting my ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:50:35 EST Back on the Dance Line <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Feeling Better today...thanks for the get well comments... <BR> <BR> One of the good things about using the food tracker is seeing my trends. <BR> I'm happy to say...I am eating around 7 veggies a day with a couple of... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:50:35 EST Day 3 of my streak well, I made to the end of day 3! still tracking my food and today I walked 37 minutes for 2 miles. <BR> Feeling good. <BR> tomorrow I'm working a 12 hour shift, so it will be hard to go waking after dark. <BR> My plan? take the stairs whenever possible! <em>206</em> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:47:07 EST Thursday Evening I really had a constructive day. <BR> <BR> <BR> Weighing myself this morning I have lost a total of 6 pounds this week! Of course I am just losing the weight I had gained before so I am almost where I began. I know I have been here before. But the liquid diet is giving me some kick in the pa... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:45:07 EST Thursday Evening I really had a constructive day. <BR> <BR> <BR> Weighing myself this morning I have lost a total of 6 pounds this week! Of course I am just losing the weight I had gained before so I am almost where I began. I know I have been here before. But the liquid diet is giving me some kick in the pa... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:45:04 EST Still here... Another year and another trip. I just got back yesterday from my annual sister trip. <BR> We did a lot of shopping and I was pretty impressed that I stayed around 6000 steps <BR> per day AND not only did we do a Yoga class, I went to a Barre class. <BR> <BR> So I decided today to go weigh in ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:40:58 EST Treadmill Desk Update I am using my 15" Lenovo laptop this evening to try out the treadmill desk before I invest in a 27" monitor and a ceiling VESA mount. The monitor I'm looking at runs about $240 delivered plus taxes and the VESA mount is another $40 plus taxes. So, for less than $300 I could have a considerably ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:40:04 EST Tempo Thursday, without coaches It's been a tough work week for scheduling. Monday wasn't so bad, but it was a non-running day. Tuesday the work load prevented me from running at lunch, and I had a 4:30 PM dental appointment that stretched too late for me to get to the 6PM Cobbs Hill run. So I ended up running from home at 6... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:34:54 EST A few little milestones Since the last post, I've hit a few milestones: <BR> <BR> *1700 miles walked since I started Spark with Fitbit. Making good progress towards 1800 miles :) <BR> <BR> *I've wanted to jog. No matter how hard I've tried in the past year and a half, I'd be able to do a little sprinting when walking ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:34:18 EST So tired! My thyroid issue is causing some exhaustion, it doesn't help that the restlessness that is also caused by my newfound disease, is causing me to stay up. Ugh at least I have an appointment with a specialist on the 31st. My body is craving 8 hours of sleep and its so difficult to find the strength... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:33:18 EST Front Porch Remodel We have been wanting to bust up the aggregate concrete on our front porch almost from the day we built the house. The sidewalks and driveway turned out very nice but something happened when the porch set up and the result was horrible. It was so rough that we were unable to walk on it. Finally... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:29:25 EST Yes.. that was a nice surprise. It started the other day when I put my mp3 armband on and realized "oh, my goodness" I could move it from my forearm to my upper arm where it belongs. When I first got the band a month ago it wouldn't go on my upperarm. I needed like an inch and half more band. So I put it on the loosest set... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:26:34 EST Day 58 Heart Hunger Thank goodness I don't really think I have any heart hunger. Today's exercise is about the type of foods that you reach for when you are feeling depressed, lonely, wishing for a new relationship, etc. <BR> <BR> I guess for me the times that would qualify for this type of heart hunger might ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:26:21 EST Success!!! I bagged 264 bags of candy. And I did not eat any of it! WooHoo Me! I am going to rest tonight!! Love Y'all!!! (((((HUGS))))) Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:25:07 EST Falling in Love with Autumn Anyone that knows me knows that I am a winter girl all the way! But the older I get, the more that I enjoy the crisp days of autumn. <BR> <BR> I am falling in love with the beautiful green, orange, red, yellow and brown leaves fluttering down to the ground as I drive to work. <BR> <BR> I lov... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:23:49 EST Motivation ideas I realized today that when I'm working the hardest and accomplishing the most, it seems to be when I'm listening to music. With that in mind, I am going through my iPod and setting specific songs that motivate me and make me move. I admit to dancing while doing my housework and I'm guilty of be-b... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:16:43 EST New Coats, Baby's Surgery, First Big Bike Ride, Fun With Friends It's been since October 11 since I've posted anything. I'm getting slack on blogging. I need to do better. <BR> <BR> Since then, here are a few things I've been up to. <BR> <BR> * Went to Shreveport to look for a couple of coats. I found two at Bass Pro. I had ordered 2 last year from them... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:09:27 EST is infectious! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:53:08 EST what do you think? ok so I have been thinking about shakeology and those kinds of drinks lately. What do you all think of them? First of all there is just no way i could afford shakeology,so if you have tried anything similar that is way more pocket friendly please share with me your thoughts. I honestly hear that... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:52:08 EST Weekly Progress <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, I made more caramel apples. (sigh) But I've been eating only one per week. The walking 6,000 steps a day seems to be finally working. I am back to where I was before the (sumac) incident. That event put me back... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:45:35 EST Finally left the fractions behind I've been coasting along with 1/4 pound losses, gains, for awhile now. Decided to get serious this past week and lost 2.25 at weigh-in today. Was top loser in my little weight loss group. Now to keep momentum going. It was not rocket science. Practiced portion control, raked a lot of leaves, and ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:39:06 EST Little Red Wagon Some days we skip along, pulling out wagons with great confidence – so full of energy that the load seems light. <BR> Some days the load seems heavy and we need someone to help us pull our wagons over the bumps in the road. <BR> Some days we are just tired. <BR> We sit in our wagons and let... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:36:56 EST Discipline One Sunday in a Midwest city a young child was acting up during the morning worship hour. <BR> <BR> The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew but were losing the battle. <BR> <BR> Finally, the father picked the little fellow up and walked sternly up the aisle on hi... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:36:31 EST Dance Party with the Lord The Panther challenge this week is to dance an average of 10 minutes a day. There were many options to choose from - swing, tap, swing, bollywood, Irish dance...complete with dance lesson videos from YouTube. After looking at a few of the videos, I quickly decided to do my own thing. I am some... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:32:44 EST Never diminish yourself. You didn't get stamped out of a mold. You aren't a "black person" or a "white person," a "fat person" or a "skinny person," a "bad person" or a "good person." You are a highly complex human being with emotions, beliefs, capabilities. Each day you face challenges to your health, relationships, fin... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:24:41 EST Weather is finally better... The top heat is mid 90's but it doesn't stay there long so my uninsulated old home is not heating up. <BR> I know other areas are cold, wish it would get cooler here, I'd love to wear a big sweater and my skinny jeans. <BR> Our chickens stopped laying, so it must be the weather cooling. We are f... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:23:16 EST Skipped A Day For some reason I missed doing my blog yesterday. The last week has been the pits. But I still should have been able to blog.'s one for today. <BR> <BR> Still waiting on the insurance people to send us some $$ so we can get replace the last of the items stolen from us. We have the... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:10:24 EST Dance for's fun! This morning I decided to change my routine up a bit and I put on my music and danced. I didn't dance like the fox trot or the tango, I danced like Tina Turner in her younger years. I was wild and crazy and did that for 30 minutes. I stretched and twisted and lunged and jumped and got a really go... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:09:12 EST Day 126--Day 3 of Whole30 I'm not sure if I'm sick or if I have flu symptoms from Whole 30. My throat hurts and my head kills. <BR> I don't usually take pain medication, but I might take some advil now. <BR> I thought about giving up the diet to feel better, but ultimately decided to press on. <BR> Yesterday, I felt pret... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:06:24 EST Quote of the day 10/23/14 "Those at the top of the mountain didn't fall there." <BR> Author Unknown <BR> <BR> Start climbing, the view is great at the top. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:04:35 EST EXCITED ALL THE HELL.COM I WENT THROUGH IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS IS COMING TO A CLOSE AS OF TODAY! <BR> YAY! THE COMPANY WHO DIDN'T GIVE ME MY 100 DOLLAR REFUND FINALLY RESPONDED AFTER 9 DAYS AND MY COMPLAINT IN WRITING TO THE BBB OF NEVADA. <BR> MY BANK IS NOT CLOSING MY ACCOUNT AFTER BEING -200 DOLLARS ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:02:26 EST Day 4 YBB and HGD Today's workout was Light & Easy (meaning light on the joints but still a good calorie burn) and Yoga Core. Every time I do YBB I'm reminded of how not flexible I am. lol <BR> <BR> HGD is still going well. I'm getting a little bored with the lack of variety but I'm full all the time. The book do... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:57:32 EST Trying new supplement recommended by Dr. Oz. 10/23/14 On Monday, October 20th I started taking the pills that Dr. Oz. recommended for weight loss. I can't even spell the name or say the name so I will put it in later tonight. It is an appetite suppressant and it is supposed to help you to lose weight in your midsection and help you to h... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:52:52 EST busy day up way to early at 3 am, then up and made coffee for hubby at 430am. <BR> <BR> did my sp for most of the day. Went back to sleep at 7 am <BR> <BR> that lasted for 15 minutes when the guy next door started sucking water out of a hot tub that has not worked since 2004. 45 minutes later the so... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:49:50 EST Thomas Four in a half months ago my miracle arrived!!! I have been so in love with my little Thomas. He brings joy to every second of my day! <BR> I will put a picture of him on my page : ) <BR> Now I need to buckle down and get healthy again. I haven't been eating very healthy and been eating way to... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:45:29 EST Mom's assessment Mostly a very good and productive day. Took mum for her follow up consultation at the memory clinic, where she was told she doesn't have dementia, and that for her age (85) her brain scan is good. <BR> <BR> Whilst it's great that the brain scan was so good, if it's not dementia then is the det... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:40:03 EST OCTOBER PERSONAL CHALLENGE - W4D2 Thursday – W4D2 <BR> -------------------- <BR> - Drink 8 cups of WATER per day --- 8 <em>248</em> <BR> - Walk 10,000 STEPS per day (Wii Fit U Fit Meter) --- 2,578 <em>42</em> <BR> - Get 7-8 hours of SLEEP per day ---- 7 <em>248</em> <BR> - Track my NUTRITION every day --- DONE <em>... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:38:35 EST Smile Of The Day---Thurs. <BR> Two college basketball players were taking an important final exam. If they failed, they would be on academic probation and not allowed to play in the big game the following week. The exam was fill-in-the-blank. <BR> <BR> The last question read, "Old MacDonald had a ________." <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:29:42 EST Believe in yourself Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:28:11 EST Tough Year This has been one tough year. I kinda fell off the face of the Earth in the summer. I wish I could say things are better.. they're worse. I'm on a lot of different meds, now 3 different anti depressants at once. I spent some time in a psych ward against my will... fun story there. I've regained a... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:24:58 EST The Real Problem The truth is that the real problem isn't my weight. The real problem is that I don't feel good enough and I probably never will. I wish I could figure out why I feel this way, but I don't think I will ever know. It is because of this that I stuff my face. I eat to numb the pain. I eat because for... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:24:17 EST Fall Hiking Vacation - Part 4, Northern Arizona The last stop on my big trip was Page, Arizona. Here is a picture of Lake Powell as I headed towards Page from Southern Utah. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I planned to hike two "slot canyons" while in the area, both on Navajo lands. ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:24:02 EST BLC 26: Week 6 PAWSE Not a stellar week for me. I had a gain of 4.5 pounds this week. I know exactly what I did wrong and had an "I don't care" attitude about it all. I took some time yesterday to think things over and I'm ready to start over again. <BR> <BR> I preplanned my meals for the week and made sure that I h... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:19:49 EST I'm a Gelotophobe. Are you? For many years my first husband accused me of having no sense of humor. He loved to make jokes at my expense, and when I protested he told me I needed to adjust my sense of humor. He never saw himself as thoughtless or cruel. <BR> <BR> Several years later I worked for a man with a similar sense ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:17:35 EST Another busy Thursday We were up early so my wife could go to he exercise program at the senior center and I could do my exercises here. It is another cool sunshiny day on the Gulf Coast. Calories remain at 1200-1300/day. Weight is steady. Trivia is still at 99%. We went and voted early in the midterm elections. ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:05:19 EST day 35 Struggling... struggling to maintain a positive attitude, stay on track, and be productive. I'm currently doing it in 5 minute bursts. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:59:51 EST Family and Friends I grew up with practical parents. A mother, God love her, who washed aluminum foil after she cooked in it, then reused it. She was the original recycle queen before they had a name for it. A father who was happier getting old shoes fixed than buying new ones. <BR> <BR> Their marriage was good... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:57:59 EST Thank you Birgit, Sparkpeople, Jorge Cruise, Dr. Axe, Jon Gabriel, Dr. Fuhrman, and Dr. Amen I am only 10 lbs away from my goal weight and I want to give thanks and appreciation to all that got me this far. I am so grateful! <BR> <BR> A year ago, after trying everything but nothing working, I tried Jorge Cruise and lost 15 lbs. I got off track for a few months and thought I would gain ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:48:07 EST How do you celebrate Halloween? This week's team challenge blog: How do you celebrate Halloween? What sort of goodies do you give to the trick or treaters? <BR> <BR> We don't celebrate Halloween and don't have trick or treaters. Living in the country with no smaller children trick or treaters. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:46:10 EST Busy day tomorrow I got a recall notice on my little car that I deliver mail in so must get it into the shop in the morning. Then off to therapy again so my day will be shot after that. <BR> <BR> We are planning on going to see our newest great grandson this weekend. Number 55 (that's grands and great grands) ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:45:00 EST 2014, Days 295-296 Forgot to blog after church last night! Oops! Yesterday: 20 minute core ST, 10 minutes upper body ST, 10 minutes lower body ST, 37 minutes walking, and 90 minutes on my recumbent bike, ate well and drank a gallon of 2 hours on my recumbent bike, 51 minutes walking, 10 minutes low... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:36:48 EST Lately. losing, and distractions Lately I have been kind of distracted by life. I was very focused on the BLC26 for the first few weeks. and I did very well in losing about 10 pounds! This past week was different. I was asked by the sister of my sister-in-law to make 3 dresses for her 3 month old daughter. She wanted the dresse... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:35:43 EST 12 Days Left.. So I'm doing the normal 30 day, but doing each level everyday. I heard about how much harder level 2 was than 3, so I was worried, but Level 3 was harder than level 2 to me. lol Rockstars are ALWAYS harder. lol <BR> <BR> the 7 day isn't on youtube, but all the levels for the 30 day are, so that... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:31:57 EST Cabbage I saw someone talking about cabbage on one of the feeds a couple days ago. I started thinking about how versatile it really is. Tonight I am planning on having pork and cabbage. I started thinking about all the different ways I have made it. It can be baked, scalloped, or stuffed. It can be m... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:30:01 EST Thursday Today I walked with the group at work. We walked 1.3 miles. A couple of hours later, I took my regular 2.3 mile walk. I may not be walking this evening because we have Bible Study. I'm not sure yet. But I needed to get my miles in just in case. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:28:59 EST Day 16- Reboot Today has been fabulous! First of all, I got a new haircut last night that really made me feel better about myself. The last person who gave me a haircut.... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> really disappointed me. (OK, not REALLY Sweeney Todd, but... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:27:56 EST Jonathan Roche quote "You are an open canvas starting right <BR> now, so paint something beautiful." <BR> - Jonathan Roche Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:24:39 EST Crazy Ways to Lose Weight I've been there, you've been there...we've all been there! Weight loss is hard work, and we all wish there was a magic pill that would melt the fat away while we could keep eating anything we wanted and not exercise. <BR> <BR> Here are some of the crazy ways people have tried to lose weight: <B... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:23:50 EST Week 1, Day 7 I've made it through the first week. It hasn't been particularly rough (partially because I keep getting sick, so my body chooses what and how much I eat without fuss). I feel strong going into week two. <BR> <BR> I'm so sick of school. If anything is going to hold me back it'll be the fatigue ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:22:03 EST Another gym night and a bad tire gage! Went to the gym last night! I walked a mile on the treadmill. I did five more minutes on the Arc trainer and did the 30 minute workout room and yes the massage chair(love that chair). My sister and I both were proud of ourselves and when we went back to the locker room we high fived each other! <... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:17:17 EST I lost 5 pounds!!! DD weighed me this morning and I am definitely down at least 5 pounds. I knew this gallbladder was good for something. I am feeling ok. <BR> DD and I bought the dog a Halloween costume. She is going to be a butterfly. I don't have any grandchildren and my kids are grown, so might as well spoil t... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:08:47 EST Finished today with nearly 2 hours of exercise!! LOVING having stuff at my house to exercise. I was walking outside a lot during the spring/summer then my husband started working until 9/10 pm.. I stopped working out. (I hate exercise videos)... <BR> <BR> I bought my treadmill and bike and now I'm getting it done again!!! <BR> <BR> <img s... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:03:33 EST Introduction to "The Goal" March 2015 - 45lbs GONE! It's always an amazing feeling...wanting to better in your life, not just in the career world but also, the mind and body. Being healthy definitely takes a lot of strength. I have never been great with will power, I have a great run, but only for so long, then poof, will power goes right out th... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:02:55 EST Wisdom, kindness and other stuff Some people say wisdom comes with age - but personally, I think wisdom comes from living - making a lot of mistakes and learning from them! <BR> <BR> So as I progress on this journey I am gaining some wisdom. One piece of wisdom I am gaining is that all those goals I set to take me towards a he... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:56:50 EST Meeting The New Me Well, I haven't really met her yet. Right now, we're pen pals. <BR> <BR> I recently read a post from a Spark Friend about maintaining weight loss. You can only do it if you fall in love with the new you. It set me to thinking: Who am I if I'm not fat anymore? I'm down to 175 pounds, from about 2... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:54:50 EST Thursdays positives 1) A good day in my head (no depressing thoughts at all) <BR> 2) Miss 16 got all her paperwork done for her course next year <BR> 3) Is a weird one as my son had a car accident - the positive is he was not badly hurt and he has probably learned a lot without actually being the one in the wrong - ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:51:23 EST frustrated So I noticed a while back that they changed something on Spark. I used to be able to click on blogs then I could enter one <BR> Now I have to either go to my team page then click on latest of mine or go to my points. Not happy!!!! Wish they'd quit changing things. I'm pretty happy with everythin... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:46:32 EST Thursday 10/23/2014 <em>244</em> I am smarter than I thought I was ,I took a quiz on trivia on the 1970s &passed it with flying colors <em>380</em> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:43:40 EST A ghost! - MFLF wk 42 11565:13000 Fitness Minutes: <BR> 224.53: 360Miles to Jog: Only got in 2miles this week. It was a lazy one, but I did bust those 2miles out in 20min so not a fail. <BR> Met 4x: Run 10K: did not make it out. I wish I would have, but I was soooo sore from my burpee circuit WEDNESDAY (eek!) and clea... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:42:35 EST Thursday's Calorie Differential Eaten: 1,662 <BR> BMR: 1,840 <BR> Exercise: 300 <BR> Total Burned: 2,140 <BR> <BR> Differential: -480 <BR> <BR> <BR> Another healthy day :) Went for a brisk walk in the evening, it was really beautiful outside. Clear blue skies, cool fall weather, the yellow leaves, the river... I'm so lucky t... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:38:15 EST Fundraisers After two weeks of fighting the Halloween candy invasion, I had a co-worker walk in today with a box of candy bars for his daughter's performing arts club. <BR> <BR> The kicker is, I can't say no to him leaving it on my desk. I've let other employees leave their box of fundraiser candy bars o... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:32:23 EST I feel like a complete failure ... Why is it that the harder I try to lose weight, the more I gain? I've been away from SparkPeople for a while, my excuse is that I don't have time, but that's not true. I have been very busy with work and life in general, but the truth is, I have been avoiding logging into Spark because I feel l... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:30:06 EST hubby gets letter from female pen pal 27 yrs later excuse me what???????? To say I'm a little mad is an understatement my hubby received a letter last week from a woman he knew 27 yrs ago. A German girl he had met in the service when he was stationed there and had spent some time together and then became pen pals. <BR> She somehow found our address and decided to writ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:29:34 EST Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge week 1/day 4 Made it through the morning without cravings. But after my healthy lunch it hit me. While I couldv'e eaten 5, I stopped at two Gingerbread Fiber One bars. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:26:00 EST A Moving Target is Hard to Hit <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I decided this morning to outrun my slump problem. I have kept moving all day and I do feel more positive. <BR> <BR> In days gone by I would get in the kitchen and bake up a storm. I can't do that and keep this wei... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:09:40 EST Ready to Race Again! I was checking my previous years' race results on Athlinks, a site that tracks race results. I started running in 1997 and ran my first race in 2001. That was a 10 miler, and I loved it, so I kept running. Since then, I've run 16 races for a total of 127 miles. Wow - what a happy surprise to se... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:09:14 EST The Great Decluttering Challenge: Day 1 Well, inspired by my fabulous MIL BE-THE-CHANGE who is doing a SparkPeople decluttering challenge, I decided to embark upon one of my own. We often comment that one of the reasons we don't have time for the things we *want* to do is because we are overwhelmed with things we *have* to do, and part... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:03:53 EST Feeling Good Had an alarm clock setting failure last night, as in I forgot to set my alarm. Woke up an hour later than usual when my son's alarm went off. Luckily I'd made my lunch the night before and set out my clothes for the day. I didn't have time to check my email and social media but I did have time... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:02:31 EST Engagement pics, Horror Shows, Internet Horror Well, lost the internet again, for 2 days; but this time there were other internet services that lost theirs, too. Apparently something in a huge fiber optics box went wrong, and 3 different services went out, including ours. That was Tuesday night a 11:30 pm, and it just came back about 45 min... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:59:35 EST Getting Back to Exercise. Time to get back on track completely! I'm feeling better and now it's time to get moving. <BR> Tonight, it's straight home and on the treadmill... I will not get distracted, I will NOT get distracted. <BR> I WILL STICK TO MY PLAN! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:50:30 EST Be the friend you dream of! "It is a powerful practice to be generous when you are the one feeling in need." ~ Allan Lokos <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:44:49 EST FOOD. FOOD AND MORE FOOD I HAVE EATEN UNTIL I DO NOT THINK I CAN SWO;;OW ANOYJRT BITE. everyone IN FAMILY CALLS AND WANTS US TO JOIN THEM FOR A BITE. Hubby and I are just picking and trying to be polite, but just too much for us. We are tryimg not to hurt peoples feelings on this. Last night we joined some family at ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:39:33 EST I have tried and tried and gonna try one more time but I dont seem to be loosing an once.. but I am not giving up. so again I will be back on the loose weight trail... I wish I could get some workable tips... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:39:33 EST Day 532 Gym Day. Feeling good. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:38:56 EST Visiting my granddaughter's college soccer game Saturday DH and I head out for Kansas to watch our granddaughter play soccer for her last home game of her senior year. Although there may be a few tears as she ends her career in soccer since age 4, there is also rejoicing that she has accomplished more than many who have wanted to achieve at th... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:38:40 EST WATP I just tried a new (new to me ) video it is amazing, the music, the new moves and the people in the video are great motivators --I love this video... will be doing it a lot ---the bad news is my weight has gone up again.... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:37:21 EST Animals ;-) 10/23 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:34:21 EST Thursday The weather is beautiful. Went on a nature walk and worked in the yard among other things. Nice, nice day. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:31:11 EST Over 60's series on Netflix; I love it! Just had to let all you folks know about this really cute British series on Netflix that I'm watching while I crochet all my hats for the homeless and kids with cancer. It's called LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX. It's about this couple that meet again through Facebook after 60 years. They fall in love all... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:30:10 EST Another new doc I received a letter from my health care provider saying she is leaving. I am so disappointed because we really had a connection and she has really helped me. So many doctors leave and I have had to change providers at least five times in the past ten years. <BR> <BR> It is frustrating to have ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:19:55 EST Bach home already from surgery We drove an hour to the oral surgeon's office. They were waiting for me. I had an IV put in me by the anesthesiologist where he had a bit of a problem with getting it in. He said "your veins look so good but are difficult."....ouch! I told him not to worry just push her in there as I was used... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:19:42 EST A Mug... I just realized I never updated this blog: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4218525 </link> <BR> <BR> Probably because I forgot I had made such a blog entry. But I have a very old update! You should read the old blog first before continuing... <BR> ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:17:31 EST Points to ponder about Halloween..... For Halloween I'm going to write "Life" on a plain white T-shirt and hand out lemons to strangers <BR> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:15:51 EST F&M 15/100 Day 15 was one of my least-favourite days when I was first working through this book (100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle). It was called 'First two bites' and the task was to take just two bites of a FAVOURITE food - then stop! The idea being that most cravings are satisfied in the first t... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:14:15 EST Sabotage! Oh dear, just when I thought I was getting back on track, I've had a horrendous couple of weeks. I really don't understand why, but my positivity has flown the nest, I feel tired and run down and I've completely lost all my will power. I can't stop thinking about food constantly and keep having... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:05:42 EST limited time just writing this because I only have three minutes left on this computer <BR> <BR> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:04:53 EST Thursday I think the fibromyalgia is getting worse: I just wrote my blog as a comment on YESTERDAY'S BLOG!!!!!!!!DUH!!! Go there and read my comment, then congratulate me for earning the D.O.D.A!(Dork Of the Day Award) Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:00:00 EST Pics - Great Day Today It has been raining and blowing and being frightful out. Reluctantly I headed off to the gym this morning when suddenly the weather broke - for long enough to go out to the waterfront for a run. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:53:24 EST Into week 3 now ... and still doing well. I keep expecting to have a bad day but it hasn't happened yet. The closest I got was feeling like I had the munchies last Saturday. I had a glass of water and realised I wasn't actually hungry so I busied myself with other things and actually forgot about it. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:49:09 EST One Step at a Time The last few months I've lost and gained the same 7 pounds over and over again so I came back to Sparkpeople to see what I need to do. I've kept track of my food and fitness and now see several things I need to change. First, I'll exercise like mad for a few days and then give up despite how grea... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:45:37 EST BUSY THURSDAY I had a full day of work and then afterward, I need to go to Trader Joe's to grocery shop. As soon as I get home, I want to do an hour of cardio and then cook my dinner (zucchini noodles with chicken Italian sausage, mushrooms, in a garlic marinara sauce). Next, I need to ride my bike to my boo... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:44:58 EST *A Walk in the Park*... oxox The Toughest Situations... that I have had to face recently... was not to go ahead and Grab the Fruit Snacks Gummies... that is full of Sugar... and ordering food to be deliver to my front door... due to Losing Weight day time cravings... Talk about developing self control... with those two type ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:35:58 EST What an experience It has been a while since I've blogged, but I'm still sticking with my goals. I had a very frightening experience on Tuesday when I arrived home to find my building on fire. It appears that it was set intentionally by the resident who lives below me, attempting to take her own life. She's alive a... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:34:36 EST I Can Do It! Week 4 So, I'm slipping in some areas, getting better than others. Overall I think I'm not focused enough and need to figure out a good time to do that. <BR> I'm doing super well with water, cutting back significantly on soda and coffee. I'm not tracking my food as well, doing it about 50% of the ti... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:30:31 EST 600 Calories to go Might not have planned this day well. I am going to a 2 hour wine tasting this evening. Hope it isn't a disaster for the eating plan! <BR> <BR> I just may get all duded up, it is down town. May be fun. <BR> <BR> I can mimic a skinny person, then I'll be fine. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:27:57 EST 22 years!!!! Hubby and I celebrated our 22 nd anniversary yesterday. <BR> <BR> We usually don't do anything because for the first few years of our marriage we had no spare money so we just did stuff at home, with our kids and loved it. Then the next 10 yrs hubby spent traveling for work, and we were eternall... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:20:08 EST Why I hid my scale Why did I hide my scale? What is it like to put away the scale? How do I judge progress? <BR> <BR> Oct 13, 2014, I hid my scale in the linen closet because it was a daily frustration. I was getting obsessed with it. I get these emails from "No Excuses Weight Loss" every day telling me I deserve ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:16:37 EST Skeletons <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm gearing up for my son's parent teacher conferences this evening. I wonder what I'll learn. I'm sure it will be entertaining to hear another version of what really goes on at school. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:16:24 EST It's was Miss Scarlet with the Candlestick in the Dining Room <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last Saturday, there was a memorial service for Vito “The Gut” Marzetti, who was gunned down last week in a gangland slaying. As a dear friend of Vito’s, I was invited to pay my respects to the family: Joey “The Lump”... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:12:43 EST Improvement I'm definitely happy to report "improvement". <BR> <BR> For so long I didn't feel well emotionally or physically. But recently I'm starting to feel so much better emotional and physically as well. <BR> <BR> I have that feeling of "I know I'm better", I know I'm going to continuing improving ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:11:45 EST The Anatomy of a Flare Last night I could tell that I was on the brink of a flare. I tried to avoid it. I drank extra electrolyte/ magnesium "juice". I went to bed to get rest. I didn't do as much in the evening either. I woke up still on the brink. By mid-morning I was over the brink and free falling into flared... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:09:57 EST A Creature of Habit Yep, that's me. I put things away 'where they belong' so that I can find them again. Usually. Today I discovered my purse not in it's usual spot. Actually, I couldn't find it at all and I panicked. Looked around the house and then I remembered that I had driven my DH's car yesterday and it d... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:08:31 EST I Eat Because I'm Lonely To say I eat because I'm lonely, is not a shocking announcement to anyone especially me. Keeping it in check, is a news flash. When I look back at the pictures of when my dad was first diagnosed with Cancer, you can physically see the painful change, the sicker he got, the bigger I got. With the ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:08:14 EST breaking the cycle of abuse and irrational thinking <em>290</em> breaking the cycle with bullies/abusers is a problem for anyone who finds themselves in the situation, and a lot of time, people say nothing... <BR> <BR> It is a problem close to my heart because this year a niece chose to stay with one to live homeless, under a bridge on a river ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:08:09 EST Bonus blog...What are we doing to our women? I volunteered to help with picture day...for swim team. <BR> <BR> These are high school athletes, they work hard physically EVERY DAY. They are all physically fit. PERIOD, THE END. <BR> <BR> One of DS's friends (no, not girl friend...just a girl he's known for years--they refer to each other as... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:08:00 EST Organization.. Living in a small apartment and holding on to things is not a good <BR> idea. Therefore as I go along my health journey, I need to do other <BR> things along the way <BR> <BR> Going to do a list of top priorities I want. Clean, de-clutter and organize <BR> one room at a time. It will take time, ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:06:20 EST Isabel Foxen Duke's advice <BR> “Practical solutions” to emotional eating by Isabel Foxen Duke <BR> <BR> A client recently asked me for more “practical solutions” (aka more immediate solutions) to ending emotional eating than my general recommendation… <BR> <BR> which is some version of “stop hating your body, and get ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:59:43 EST I shoulda stayed in bed today After having to go in early this morning I should of known I needed to stay home in bed. I got home from my route and found the flooring by my furnace and bedroom doorway sagging and needing repaired. Looked like it might actually fall through. Called the repair man as soon as I could, he'll be h... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:58:07 EST Thursday And a day off from any sort of work. When I look at things that might be work I am turning my back. Had a lovely walk this morning, then a visit with a friend in the hospital. It is a good day. Now I am going to look online for free Halloween decorations for my granddaughter and I to make this we... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:55:20 EST workouts I try to give 100% during my workout, but sometimes I get sidetracked. I need to keep the music going, free myself of distractions, and not take the easy way just because I'm tired. I can give a little bit more without overdoing it. <BR> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:50:24 EST Yah! Friday Pleased today is Friday we have a long weekend this weekend as it is Labour day on Monday bur any way it is my day off anyway, we have a lot to do this weekend as they are coming to do a house inspection next week so have to clean up a bit. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:48:43 EST *Exactly*... oxox Exactly... I need to Stop doing this... It's every single night... and does not help at all... Someone else must of went through this type of thing that I do consistently... since they made this... oxox <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:38:24 EST Oh the places you'll go I was sick for a few days and this morning I did an assessment of where I am at. Day 9 of the Full Plate Diet, and I should have a good weigh on Saturday. I am trying new recipes and created a few of my own. I cut back on eating out. My criteria - it has to be a friend's idea, not mine or DH's. T... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:38:18 EST Week 8: Reframing The art of thinking differently <em>189</em> <BR> When we’re stuck on a problem or in a situation, sometimes all we need is another perspective. This new perspective can help us to come up with a new approach or solution. <BR> <BR> That's what's going on here. I'm stuck and I'm using another ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:34:53 EST It was a cold I thought it was just a bad allergy day, but no, that was a full fledged cold. It was not a fun time for me, but hey, we're allowed to get sick, and luckily it was during my day off from the gym. Though I took today off from the gym as well because I have a big appointment today that I'm worrie... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:33:04 EST Thursday Thoughts <BR> ENJOY TODAY! <BR> DO SOMETHING FUN! <BR> BE HAPPY! <BR> HAVE A GREAT DAY! <BR> Remember, "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver." <BR> <BR> <BR> CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING: <BR> <BR> ~Your kids are becoming you . . . . . but your grandchildren are per... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:32:53 EST Thursday's Quote “Just think how many books I could've sold if Harry had been a bit more creative with his wand." -[On the success of 50 Shades of Grey]” <BR> ¯ J.K. Rowling <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:31:47 EST Should I post today? I'm feeling down today, and wonder if blogging is just a burden: for me to write, and to others who may read it. I want to be positive and uplifting, but sometimes it's so stinky hard! <BR> The past few days, I've eaten too freely: bread with lunch, a Mexican salad with chicken sautéed with swee... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:31:12 EST Burning Fat Last week I bought a new digital scale from weight gurus. It measures weight, body fat, body water, and muscle mass. It's nice to know exactly what I weigh. But the best part is that even when the pounds remain the same, I can see the body fat % going down. That's a huge win for me! <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:29:58 EST Friends...positive or negative so far, I must say that my friends have been an inspiration to me. I am accounts to my Spark friends and I get a lot of support and encouragement from them. My family is more of a mixture to be honest because my husband is always joking about my weight loss efforts and sometimes I find that disco... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:28:31 EST Day 295- I have changed so much... <img src=""> <BR> So I'm kind of venting a bit today so sorry in advance. It's not too bad, it's more stress related I guess. I feel like I'm changing into such a different person, it's kind of weird. So, what is this about? <BR> <BR> Wel... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:28:00 EST Three Years at Goal Oct 2014 Never did I ever think I would ever lose that 130 pounds. Now it has been gone for three years. <BR> <BR> I may have really turned into this new thin person. I treasure every moment that I do not have to worry about squeezing into a booth or breaking a chair or finding clothes that fit. I shop ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:27:51 EST reporting in Hi. today is the first Thursday that I had off in a while that I wasn't crazy with all I had to do. I am feeling better and I have gotten some things done. Hubby is picking me up in a little while he is going to town for his check up and I am tagging along. I want to check on some things to he... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:22:09 EST Good News <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> I have good news about my sister and her health. She had been waiting for news on when she would be having the surgery to remove the cancer and to remove the blockage in her throat. She will be having the surgery next Tuesday, Oct 28. She is in good spirit... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:14:51 EST Feeling Proud! A few days ago, I put some clothes in my washer, turned it on and shut the lid as the water filled the tub. I went back a couple of hours later to put the clothes into the dryer and the tub was still full of water and the timer had not advance. After a little investigation about the problem onl... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:14:12 EST C25K Week 6 Day 2 Complete! Today wasn't my coldest day running, but the wind made it feel that way. I should have worn my Columbia vest over my performance top. Brrr.. <BR> <BR> This morning's run consisted of a 5 minute warm up walk, 10 minute run, 3 minute walk, 10 minute run, and 5 minute cool down. Done! <BR> <BR> Th... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:13:59 EST Pizza the Hut Oh yeah, I just made a Spaceballs reference, but I digress. <BR> <BR> There is a fundraiser for the shelter I run at Pizza Hut tonight. I am required to make an appearance of course. Which means that I will end up eating a slice of pizza, which is fine, I've just eaten out more this week than ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:08:39 EST Taking a Rest Day Morning, Friends! I say it with a smile because most of you have gone on to your afternoon by the time I greet you from the state of Washington. I'm originally from Pennsylvania, so any phone calls back home are done when I get up at 5:30 am. <BR> <BR> Going to my volunteer job at SideWalk tod... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:03:05 EST New rewards system- because I deserve it! Well as of today, I weigh 168.5lbs. I'd like to weigh 130lbs by June. Anyways, I'm making a list of motivators to keep me moving! <BR> <BR> 165lbs = new nail polish, lip stick, or other piece of make up. <BR> 160lbs = a pretty new necklace or earrings <BR> 155lbs = new nail polish, lip stick, ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:58:29 EST Two more days Until the weekend. Can't wait. This weekend should be a quiet one. <BR> <BR> Have a great day and happy sparking! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:56:34 EST Glimmers of Hope As we embark on our new journey, it is common nature for me to fear it, to hide from it, to eat on it, to sit on it. <BR> <BR> I am proud to say I am facing and embracing. I am making informed decisions. I am identifying what is important to me and demanding it. This is all new for me. <BR> <... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:55:33 EST Challenge I signed up for the 28 day boot camp challenge last night. So this is day one. I am trying so hard to find a good work out for me at home when I can not make it to the gym. But also I feel I should do more at home along with the work out at the gym. I am also looking in to finding out what ar... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:53:48 EST Recipe #2 Pumpkin custard <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2598807 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 5 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 45 <BR> Number of Servings: 6 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> Pumkin, canned 1.5c (... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:53:08 EST Helping Others <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday on my update status I indicated I was in a down mood because a friend had called asking for a large amount of money. I kn... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:52:13 EST My Aching Hips Over the course of the last few years my hips have become increasingly more uncomfortable. In my equestrian sport I first noticed a couple years ago that I could no longer sit on my horse's back for hours, as we often do at horse shows. I started spending more and more time off my horse's back a... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:49:08 EST THIS IS SCAREY!! I WAS ON MY WAY ( W/FRIEND'S) WHEN HAD CHEST PAINS. HAD MY NITROSTAT AND IT WENT AWAY. PLEASE SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR ME. I HATE TO MISS THIS TIMES W/ ALL OF YOU. <em>26</em> TO ALL Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:47:47 EST Happiest Marathoner Ever! (pics) <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:42:59 EST The Oreo Test During lunch yesterday, my boss ran some errands. While out, she bought some Oreo cookies. She then walked around to everyone in the office and offered them a cookie. <BR> <BR> When she came to me, I thanked her, but turned her down. She then proceeded to insist that I have one. I told her... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:35:10 EST going clothes shopping Sparkcoach asks for a fillbin the blank entry today... <BR> <BR> Going clothes shopping makes me feel... gross. <BR> <BR> I haven't really been clothes shopping since I was about 7 months pregnant, though, so who knows! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:31:24 EST The time is now! I have so many recipes I want to try. I keep collecting them from my cookbooks and on the internet. Good thing I have so much time on my hands! I'm on long-term disability for schizoaffective disorder (schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) but I've been in recovery for a year thanks to a good med r... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:29:36 EST I am so done. Yup, you read it right. I am so done, I am quitting. <BR> <BR> Egads..did I really just utter those words that sound like giving up. Yes I did. I am done and giving up on being down on myself. I am done with the thinking that other people should make me feel worthwhile. I am quitting on thi... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:29:03 EST Aunt's healthy clinic The newspaper did an article on my aunt's health clinic she runs in Honduras! It was front page of the Life/Healthy section! <BR> <BR> That is amazing! <BR> <BR> About me - fair day yestereday! I did exercise 20 mins and met steps goal. I went a little over with having some pumpkin seeds not... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:27:39 EST Thursday Goals Today is my son's birthday! He is now DS16. How will this effect my goals today? I still plan on going to personal trainer. We're going out to dinner at a local Chinese restaurant (not a chain). And I'm going to have a slice of cake. This may be a 2,000 calorie day. <BR> <BR> Thursday Goals: <BR... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:27:38 EST Moving Forward Trying to stay focused today, it is hard, not enough sleep. I can not wait until the weekend to unwind. It has been a busy and stressful work week. This too shall pass. Moving Forward and looking forward!!! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:26:58 EST No More Excuses! <img src="" <BR> <BR> In the last 9 days I have had 6 sessions with a personal trainer! Let me just begin by saying I am sore in places I didn't even know I had muscle. LOL Where do I start to tell you about my experience so far. Well first... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:26:47 EST Day 4 RE-re-start Got up too late to exercise, but wore my running shoes to work as a reminder to do it at lunchtime. <BR> <BR> Been using the calorie tracker again and noticing how easily the calories accumulate...opposite phenomena in my bank account. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:23:33 EST LONG catch-up blog I really don't know how to start this. October has been insane, and even up to last night it's just crazier. <BR> <BR> I haven't been into working out at all this month, and my diet (not diet, but come on, they call eating anything your diet as a whole) is absolutely terrible. Let me start off b... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:20:00 EST Day 299 - It's Show Time! The musical begins tonight! Next week at this time, I should feel like I have all the time in the world! I will be back to getting 10 miles per week and at least 8 hours of sleep per night! That will be a good feeling! <BR> <BR> Make a great day! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:18:16 EST Thurs We're on the tail end of the week, peeps! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Got a 2.4-mile, 41-minute walk in with the pup this morning. Man, it's dark out in the morning now! Though at least it wasn't chilly - lot of cloud cover so it was actually pretty warm, I overdressed. Maybe some r... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:18:00 EST Goals for Thursday 10/23/14 Today is going to be a rest day. My husband is really sick with some kind of stomach virus. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:17:10 EST Hello thursday It's almost the weekend!!! <BR> <BR> I made a terrible dinner last night, so it was a hard to stay on track! <BR> It was a learning experience, there is a gal who's picks on cooking light i NEVER like and she NEVER likes what i like. This was he final try - so now it's a good indicator, if she s... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:16:28 EST PUPPS or something else? So my skin, mostly the top of my baby bump, has gotten really not just itchy but also painful-feels like it's on fire......I have been reading up and I'm wondering if it isn't a PUPPS rash- or maybe it's something else. <BR> <BR> I'm going to ask my doctor. <BR> <BR> But if anyone has dealt wit... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:16:28 EST Grateful I am grateful for the life that I have. Having the people I love the most around me. Gorgeous children. Very supportive husband. And peace in my heart because my God loves me unconditionally Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:15:32 EST Figuring myself out Since the big revelation last week, I've been focusing on things that I've done that may not help me. I realize that I try to help other people out all the time, putting myself on the back burner frequently. When I'm doing that, I tend to get frustrated that I am not taken care of. <BR> <BR> It ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:13:28 EST A Letter to the Little Girl Inside of Me! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello Babygirl, <BR> <BR> Terri: We need to talk about what happened last night with the Halloween candy. Don't you remember our agreement that we would save it for the kids that come by on Halloween? <BR> <BR> Bab... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:11:18 EST 10/23/2014 PURPLE PASSION JOURNEY Well this is something I was suppose to be doing every week and as you can see...that hasn't happened. <BR> <BR> I have really enjoyed this challenge. I'm very excited with my continuous weight loss every week. This is such great motivation to keep you on track. I have no idea what has finely... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:06:06 EST That Number on the Scale That number on the scale is NOT the sum of who you are. <BR> <BR> That number on the scale does NOT mean you're a failure <BR> . <BR> That number on the scale does NOT mean y0u're unlovable. <BR> <BR> That number on the scale does NOT mean you're unworthy. <BR> <BR> That number on the scale do... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:04:53 EST Fighting for and against my body If you have read some of my blogs, you know that I have some physical issues which get me from time to time. Well, these issues have been getting worse. I am sometimes torn between giving into the pain and taking it easier or fighting against the pain and making myself do more. I have found that ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:04:28 EST Reminiscing with old blog entries.. It's been over a year since I've posted on my blog. I can't say that it put me in a runt at all because I've been working really hard these past few months, I've been tracking with an app for my phone but decided it was time to come back to sparkpeople since I've had so much good progress using t... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:04:12 EST Going For A Walk <img src=""> A friend is coming over after her doctor's appointment and we are going to walk around a new park in town. Enjoy nature and get some steps in today. <em>41</em> Since Monday I have lost one pound. It is a start. Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:59:00 EST Trying really hard to get healthy. So it's October 23, 2014. My son recently got married and I was able to lose enough weight to wear the dress that I bought for the wedding. That was the most expensive dress I had ever bought or had worn, even my wedding dress wasn't that expensive. He married a wonderful woman and I know that... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:57:31 EST Goal Board I've really noticed that looking at my goal board on SP is really helpful. It keeps me motivated :) <BR> <BR> Live long and prosper! Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:57:14 EST