SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Teaching Yourself About Food (aka Nutritional Literacy) Questions are a good thing! I don't know about you but I was raised by my Mom and Grandparents to ask questions. There was a lot of "How come" and "Why" in our house. Or as my Gramma liked to say, "You won't know why unless you ask." Bonus if you read it in a Russian accent (the W sounds like a V... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:50:48 EST Doctor Recommends Wt Loss Surgery, NO WAY! Went to MD for regular annual checkup. I am doing very well and have been losing weight. She is extremely pushy about wanting me to have the weight loss surgery. It really made me angry. I keep telling her I have watched my father, a stroke patient for 39 years from blood clots and with my clotti... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:50:36 EST Friday The DiscipleNow weekend begins in earnest after supper tonight. First we have our monthly senior adult gathering this afternoon. <BR> <BR> Hope your Friday is going well. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:49:26 EST Pre ITC challenge - write a letter to yourself For the upcoming challenge, we were asked to write a Pre ITC challenge, so here it is: <BR> <BR> Dear Self, <BR> <BR> It has been a while since you have been truly committed and honest with yourself. With mom dying in mid-December and the cold, snowy winter, it has been an uphill battle for the... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:44:13 EST STAY FOCUSED! IT IS SO HARD SOMETIMES TO STAY FOCUSED ON A HEALTHIER LIFE STYLE! <BR> It can be hard to even remember why we are here on Sparks! <BR> This isn't just a 'Social Website' for us to enjoy and chat! <BR> WE ARE HERE TO LEARN AND WORK AT SOMETHING TO IMPROVE OUR HEALTH! <BR> <BR> READ-- LEARN-- DO-... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:42:45 EST Organizing. Changing My Attitude I think I need some help here: my action plan (thank you Spark Coaches) is to organize for meals, grocery shopping and healthy eating. UGH. <BR> I need to plan for (gasp) a whole week at a time. <BR> And my budget is down to almost zero for shopping this week (thank you dental work payment). <BR>... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:39:30 EST Rough Week This week has been pretty tough. I've been exhausted every day, and sleeping really poorly every night. We've had to stay late at the shop every day this week, until at least 10, so we haven't exercised since Monday. One night we decided we didn't want to cook because we got home around 11, and w... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:37:00 EST he lived long, he prospered RIP Leonard Nimoy <BR> <BR> Here's a vintage interview with Nimoy by the broadcaster I work for, in which he gives a thoughtful perspective on violence: <BR> <link><BR>entertainment/television/television-ge<BR>neral/leonard-nimoy-explains-the-spock<BR>-pinch.... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:36:18 EST Trying I keep trying, or I keep thinking of trying. Long winter here and we have been so cooped up. I am eating too much and doing nothing. Putting weight on and I say I give up it doesn't matter but it does. I am becoming unhealthy. I do not feel good about myself. I am a failure. <BR> <BR> I will tr... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:33:14 EST I can do this. Back. Again. <BR> <BR> My last blog was Friday, February 13, and I mentioned that I felt myself struggling to stay on track. I knew it was coming, and even fought it for a couple of days, and then I abandoned my plan and that was that for two weeks. <BR> <BR> I have been repeating this on and... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:32:59 EST Starting Over 2015 Well, now that I am 63 and have really painful knees, it is time to start over...well, really, just track better! After tracking my food/water for the past 4 weeks, I have lost 5 lbs! <BR> <BR> The thing with me is to not get depressed when I don't lose and just keep going. I do feel better.... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:31:14 EST February 27 - Last of Winter? Unusually, we only get ice every year and that usually only happens two times a year....maybe. This year, we've actually gotten SNOW <em>425</em> three or four times this year. Weird....but pretty. Thank goodness it is only a few times a year and only lasts a few days. I couldn't handle mon... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:28:43 EST Tracking not FAIR Morning, Boy, a cold one here, minus 11 when I did chores this morning. The horses were just white from the frost on than, but they didn't seem to mind. Duke was all curled up in front of the garage laying in the sun, and his hair was just stiff from the frost. So, when I let Merlin out of sho... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:26:10 EST Well it is a start anyway my oldest daughter thinks that we can keep the house just her and I. I myself think we need a room mate so I have talked to a couple people and they will get back to me. I am thinking of ways to cut bills. This is what I have figured out so far - at the present time we have cable and netflix both... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:23:21 EST February's Trials and Tribulations <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Greetings, Kittens! <BR> <BR> After a great November, December and January, things came to a screeching halt in February. <BR> <BR> My new meds have paused my progress along with being banned from the bike for a sh... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:22:01 EST Day 37 - Friday Feast I've been struggling the past 12 hours!! Around 9 PM last night my boyfriend decided he was still hungry and was going to order a pizza. I caved and ate two slices <em>198</em> Trying not to think about it and just move on.. I was soooo sick this morning from it!! <em>39</em> Today is Frid... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:16:04 EST It is time to RE-commit................. Life has been a roller coaster lately, but that is no excuse. I need to recommit to a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle and get my life back together. <BR> I feel a little like Humpty Dumpty lately and not just because of his shape. <BR> Because I feel like I had a big fall and I'm broken up... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:12:31 EST TGIF!!! Woohooo! Counting down the hours until the weekend officially starts for me. Wild and crazy times will be had. On Saturday morning I'll work out and then prepare some meals for next week. And later that day is my book club meeting, which I'm excited for even though I hated the book a LOT. The wil... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:12:29 EST Victoria's Secret <BR> A husband walks into 'Victoria's Secret' to purchase a sheer negligee for his wife. <BR> He is shown several possibilities that range from $250 to $500 in price; the more sheer, the higher the price. <BR> <BR> Naturally, he opts for the sheerest item, pays the $500, and takes it home. <... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:11:54 EST A Continuing Journey See that girl in my Sparkpage photo? Not too bad, huh? Well, she is now buried under about 60 pounds of weight gained over the past year after maintaining that weight loss for about 10 years. I weight now what I did back before my weight loss began back in 2004. I posted these photos in 2007, ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:11:44 EST Daily Devotion for Healthy Living <BR> Colossians 1:10 <BR> That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> When joining today's army you are required to be in good physical condition and learn proper discipline. This is e... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:08:05 EST Today Today is my second day. I feel motivated. I played tennis with my friends. It was fun and didn't even feel like exercise! I don't feel as bloated. I got my first sparkspeople friend too! Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:06:54 EST morning breakfast So I ate a banana, cereal, great valie blueberry bar at like 7:30, 8. Its now 9 and I am feeling a little hungry. Why? I was full when I was done. But now, I feel like a snack. Why? And is it normal? Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:04:27 EST Need to plan better! So last night - after my Wine & Stitch club - I came home, ate dinner and was exhausted just from the week. So no blogging in the pm ....gonna try doing it at lunch during the week from my Nook. <BR> <BR> Ystrdy I did Tone It Up abs & arms. (Insert picture later) Today is for rest. Tmrw will be... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:00:55 EST This Greyhound In Pajamas Is Having The Time Of His Life In The Snow! I Love It! <link><BR>ay/#HowvY4RR0XmdYof6.97?origin=FK_Triv<BR>ia_2-26-2015&utm_source=fk&utm_medium=<BR>C4M&utm_campaign=snow-play-doggie </link> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:58:38 EST Gratitude I am grateful for my health because many people my age have passed or have cancer. I need to be grateful every day and pray for those that are in pain. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:58:01 EST Give me my fish... Sometimes we think that's what we want. Just give me what I need so I don't have to struggle to get it. What happens though....when you have it, but you never learned how to keep it...or get it back? What happens then? You crumble. You starve. <BR> <BR> So, basically, what I'm saying is, ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:57:44 EST 14.1 for fun? we strategizied for 15.1 this morning. I am definitely doing the scaled since I can't do one toe to bar. But, the full weight is a lot for the overhead. <BR> <BR> Then, we did 14.1, I guess for fun. But, I am thinking that might have been a bit much. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:51:54 EST Ermine on the move - 2-27-15 Kevin Dietrich caught this ermine on the MOVE - with the amount of snow we've had lately I'm surprised he was able to spot him! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:50:09 EST feeling better week by week! A new beginning So its been a while. I've been muddling through and continuing even when I didn't feel like it. <BR> I've come to a turning point in my relationship with my body, mind and spirt. <BR> <BR> Let me first say, I have not lost any weight. Thats ok, because I am feeling better physically , and st... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:48:17 EST PCOS: Trials to Thrive This week, I've been trying to educate myself on the symptoms and treatments of PCOS. Essentially, it's an endocrine disorder where cysts form on the ovaries. I've known for a few years now that this is what I have, and was formally diagnosed a couple years ago. It makes me feel weird in that whe... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:46:57 EST Wow Has it really been nearly a month since I last blogged?! My goodness! February has had it's ups and downs. I got sick (again) but this time it was some undetermined high fever/body aches/stuffy head thing that according to the tests was not the flu. She gave me antibiotics and sent me on my way. ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:44:23 EST photos Adding more progress photos today! Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:43:09 EST It is all good!! A few days ago I decided I had better have my hip looked at again.. after a fall in September and it wasn't getting better all kinds of thoughts run through your head.. <BR> I was worried that maybe the x-ray didn't pick up a hairline fracture or something and that over the last several months I... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:42:09 EST Progression & face to face Friday Down 4.4lbs this week. Not bad at all! Dealt pretty well with cravings this week. Last night I did go over because I indulged in a treat because I had had a good week. It was a Big Texas cinnamon roll danish and while I didn't eat it all, I ate about 3/4 of it so 300 cal. It was yummy. And now I ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:37:14 EST weigh in day When I restarted this journey to a healthier weight and a healthier me I was weighing in on Wednesdays, it was what I did last time I lost weight to help me stay more accountable on the weekends, then we started a Biggest Loser competition at work/school (I won for the week a few weeks ago :) We... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:35:50 EST Reflecting on February Month 2 almost done and in the books. I wanted to take some time to reflect on my journey since January 5th. Although I am not where I would ideally like to be weight wise this month, I am trying to look at the positives. <BR> <BR> 1. My hip and back are getting better everyday and I can now add... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:34:14 EST out of kilter...... It's been ten days since I've exercised and with each day I feel better. <BR> <BR> I've also done some research here at Sparks about what poses would be good for me. One is a glorified reach over and touch my toes with spread eagle legs. And I can tell you that my body is not ready for it. So I... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:28:02 EST Current Five: Plan of attack Twenty-five gone, here's what I plan to do to get rid of the next five. I modify my plan for each five-pound grouping to increase activity and adjust the calories based on BMR and activity levels. It has kept me losing weight consistently and has encouraged me to increase my activity gradually wi... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:27:29 EST February 27 I'm making progress. This well probably be the first month in over a year that I've ended weighing less than when the month started. Crazy. I'm on day 9 of my 100 days of weight loss book. Days 8 and 9 in the book were not particularly helpful for me. They were all about ways to get support and ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:23:27 EST Physical Therapy For those that are new or don't under stand why I am in PT, let me explain. I have degenerative disk disease in all 5 lumbar disks. This is do to my back being broke when I was twelve while I was playing football and a hereditary problem from my Dads side. I also have degenerative joint disease i... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:18:04 EST Setting & Reaching Goals Happy Friday sparkers <em>344</em> I set a weekly goal of exercising for 45 minutes or more 6 days out of the week and I met that goal today . It's day #6 and I did it, the new me is so awesome, strong and driven. God granted me the strength to go and keep going & I will oblige. I only covered... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:17:44 EST Week TWO: Stop Going in Circles I'll tell y'all right now. This has been a ROUGH week! Last week I shared a short summary of stats, but this week I'm sharing from the heart. It's been a tumultuous ride. <BR> <BR> I wasn't able to track daily and a couple times I shot over my calorie limit. I felt emotional at times, which som... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:13:46 EST Huge accomplishment today I first need to say thanks to my super dog team on choosing me for top dawg yesterday. I have been really busy this week or it seems that way so I have not been on very long this week. <BR> <BR> I worked out today and I complete 5km in 45 minutes. I am so proud of myself and I was feeling do... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:12:09 EST Friday.... 2 aerobic classes <BR> 1 client <BR> Staff evaluation <BR> then dancing the night away! <BR> <BR> Good food and keeping warm!! <BR> <BR> Enjoy your weekend!! Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:09:23 EST Up and running! Thanks to all the encouragement and resources on sparkpeople, I am officially a fitness person!! I just moved to an apartment with a free gym so I'm down there Tuesdays and Thursdays and will be adding Saturdays shortly. I'm not very strong so I never compare myself to others down there, but he... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:06:24 EST Big Whoops Fell off the wagon hard yesterday. Did nothing buy lay around and watch movies all day. I needed the mental health day, but my weight sure is paying for it today! Up 3.2 lbs from yesterday! Hoping it most of it is bloat from all the salt and I'll get back to a healthy, low-cal diet today with ple... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:05:41 EST Crockpot of Food Memoirs. Wow!!! I just arrived in Atlanta. On the plane the stewardess offered beverage and cookies or pretzels. I automaticslly ordered a Coke. Then I remembered Lent and I told her nevermind. So she says "you don't want ice" I said no - I'm canceling the coke. But the devil wasn't through yet. Sh... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:05:39 EST FREESTYLE FRIDAY-"MY CALLING" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday My Blessed Friends! <em>213</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Glad to be here today! Had a very busy week. I've moved earlier this month and just received the bulk of my belongings this weekend.'... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:03:28 EST It's In The Details It's Friday:) Weekends don't excite me like they used to lol. I still look forward to them, though! I was putting in my 'food' and finished up yesterdays tracker,,,and began to see the discrepancies...because it's in the details. Suddenly...a 100 calorie apple ..? No. I thought I knew all the ca... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:01:45 EST February 2015 Small loss this month, only 2.2 lbs. The last 3 weeks have been terrible. <BR> <BR> First I changed salons which is always stressful. I absolutely love my new salon by the way. I always felt something was off at the last salon. I just never felt very happy there, it wasn't a good vibe. It can b... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:00:10 EST Revelation 3:21 (WEB) <BR> He who overcomes, I will give to him to sit down with me on my throne, <BR> as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father on his throne. <BR> <BR> Promise #58: Those who overcome will sit with My Son on His throne. <BR> <BR> The atonement that we have in Chris... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:58:48 EST Ahh... in such a good mood today! I had an amazing lesson on my horse last night! He actually wasn't as good as he normally is. My trainer actually said I was better than him!!!! We got a flying lead change (I know most people don't know what that is but it's hard to explain through writing!), he never does those because he was n... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:57:32 EST Blog Entry # 4 2015 Hello Everyone :D <BR> Well yesterday was a good day I spent the day with my Mom I got my hair cut and eye brows waxed and it felt good to pamper myself really it did :D <BR> And then we went to go for lunch and we went to a place called Eggsmart and it was delicious I got a egg white scramble ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:57:26 EST MORE GOOD NUMBERS! I lost another three pounds this month! That is 27 pounds in 2015, I am down 101 pounds from my highest weight ever (435), and I am down 76 pounds since I recommited myself to slow and steady weight loss. I used to be able to lose 76 pounds in five or six months, but now I am taking the weight ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:55:51 EST Day 3 of eating healthy Today is day 3 of my healthy eating. So far it's been easy and I been getting full longer which is the best feeling ever. For breakfast I had a small bowl of cereal and 2 slices of peanut butter toast. For lunch I am going to have a wrap with apple slices. For supper I am going to have one slice ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:50:38 EST Dr. Gann's Diet of Hope My last blog was November 1st, 2014. Over the past year I have lost and gained the same 10lbs over and over. I stopped blogging because amid all the success stories, I became frustrated and defeated. Yes, I bumped up my exercise, yes, I tried all the suggestions members and Spark offered. NOTHIN... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:47:16 EST day 55 why..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I choose to swim some laps, smile, eat bran and get a free McDonald's coffee because those are things I WANT to do. xo <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:45:56 EST A&I week 4 blog During February our team focused on heart health and incorporating at least 10 minutes in our exercise goals for the month. My favorite form of cardio is walking. Whenever possible I like to walk outside but this winter has been brutally cold with lots of snow so I reluctantly switched to walking... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:45:54 EST Life is Changing The most important part of this process is making life changes, ones that will stay with you. Its not about loosing weight, looking great, fitting in that 'bathing suit'...the surface stuff that doesn't 'really' matter. Its about being healthy, making a lifestyle change and being a great role mod... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:45:23 EST Circumstances People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” <BR> - G.B. Shaw Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:43:11 EST Had a wonderful birthday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had a great time with dear friends for my birthday dinner. The food was awesome and even our picky friend Lee thought the food to be great. I kept celebrating yesterday when I got my facial as a gift as well as anothe... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:40:46 EST VIVA LA DIFFERENCE' YESTERDAY, WE HAD ALL OUR WOOD FLOORING LAID. YES! IT TOOK ONE GUY ONE DAY TO DO THREE ROOMS - ALL BY HIMSELF. I DID NOT EVEN THINK THIS WAS POSSIBLE. MY BIGGEST WORRY WAS TRYING TO MOVE THE FRIDGE AND THE STOVE INTO THE LIVING ROOM. BUT WHOA! <BR> <BR> THIS KID (HE SEEMED LIKE A KID TO AN ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:39:02 EST Snow, ice, inactivity, happy The past two weeks have been terrible as far as weather is concerned. I've been snowed/iced in many of the work days thus missing shifts. However, I've really enjoyed it. The snow has been beautiful, we normally don't get weather like this here in the Tennessee Valley, and I've gotten to play in ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:36:03 EST Blessings.... My youngest son (29) is getting married on April 4 to a lovely woman. This is a miracle and a great blessing.... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:34:43 EST T minus 24 hours and counting (my strengths) “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~~Marcus Aurelius <BR> <BR> Last night I was freaking out about my event tomorrow <em>198</em> , so I sat quietly this morning and meditated <em>414</em> . I fully believe in the power of o... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:32:39 EST Lessons to Learn My heart is just EXPLODING for Josiah. Throughout the day yesterday, I was just thinking about how it takes a special person to be married to someone with chronic pain or illness. And Josiah (DH) was raised that way because of his mother (who was chronically ill through most of his life), so I ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:31:40 EST Day 52 - 232.4 - Glad It's Friday I shoveled snow for 35 minutes yesterday so that was a really good workout. I was at work by 10:30. I ate over my calories but I also managed to get over 12,000 steps so I'm pretty thrilled about that. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we're having a women's breakfast at church and guess who's in charge of al... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:30:37 EST An update I've had parent teacher conferences the past two nights. I am tired and haven't caught up on sleep from helping my friend during the birth of her daughter. <BR> <BR> However, I found myself on the elliptical at 5:00 this morning. Forty minutes later I was more awake! Crazy, but I love the swea... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:24:00 EST Update: Cooking More <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My homemade Jerky. Made from thin sliced cooked beef marinated in soy sauce and brown sugar for 1 hour. Then placed on paper towels in my dehydrator for 8-15 hours. Healthier than the store bought. <BR> <BR> <BR> This... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:23:26 EST Kicking unhappiness in the tail You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted." <BR> <BR> Ruth E. Renkl <BR> <BR> Since I have no idea who Ruth E. Renkl is, I came across this quote, because I did a Google search for optimistic quotes. This particular collection of words produces a rather profo... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:23:00 EST Friday Hi Sparkers, <BR> <BR> Well I went to the doctor for a cough yesterday and he gave me 4 different prescriptions so yikes! Please pray that it goes away. I am not working out today but I will make a concerted effort to eat better today. <BR> <BR> I really splurged yesterday after going to the ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:22:12 EST Day 45 I usually find time to blog at night, but this morning I have a few moments at work and decided to do a little housecleaning on my page. <BR> <BR> Beginning with changing my background. March is here in a few days and I love the daffodils and the festivals that begin to crop up around that ti... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:20:45 EST 10% 24 pounds removed!! I have officially lost 10% and am feeling pretty darn proud of myself. But from past experiences I know that the real battle has just begun. In the past with other weight loss efforts it's just about now that I quit. I try to reflect and remember why this is so, but cannot put... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:17:39 EST Fabulous Friday A cool 36 degree sunshiny start to the day today. Exercises are going well. Weight is stead. Calories remain below 1300. Trivia is still at 93%. <BR> My cardiology appointment went very well yesterday. Everything is status quo and I do not have to see him for nine months. He was pleased wit... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:17:14 EST Friday is here TGIF Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:15:54 EST Feb 27: A Whole Day of Headache & Dizziness Hmm, maybe a combo of sleep deprived and cafe food made my head hurt. If I slept late on previous night, I will take nap during lunchtime. I think since last week's Wednesday night that I'm starting to have terrible sleep. It was a night full of strong sound and light of fireworks. And apparently... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:15:26 EST 2/27/15--Small Serving of Coffee Idea I am cutting back on my coffee intake because it can aggravate my stomach. I don't plan on quitting entirely, because it doesn't bother my stomach all the time. I do want to reduce quite a bit and learn to drink some other hot drinks (it's the hot that relaxes me, not the caffeine). I have starte... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:15:10 EST Streak broken, but it's OK I had this wonderful streak going, checking into SparkPeople and exercising, but on February 9 I had knee replacement surgery. <BR> <BR> I am doing very well, recovering and moving well according to all of my Physical and Occupational therapists. I learned a lot from each of them and I will app... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:01:55 EST Emotional drinking- what I learned from my pooch- day 18 of 365 I haven't posted in a few days and I've just realised my perfectionist/OCD personality won't let me give up in this respect: by unintentionally writing "day 1 of 365" I set myself a goal that my mind will give me no rest in until I write "day 365 of 365". <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> for makin... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:01:08 EST Yikes! Yikes! I went on vacation, planned on staying on maintenance (instead of weight loss) for a while and blew it. I've gained four pounds! Ok, so apparently my 'eyeballing' portion sizes does not work. So, back on weight loss and back to weighing and measuring. I know I can do this, I just need... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:59:46 EST it's friday my allergies are really acting up this morning. i will just go out once in the afternoon to run a few errands. it got cold very fast yesterday outside. today is superhero day at my daughter's school. she has a cool outfit ready to wear. she was up early this morning, as she wanted to put on her s... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:59:26 EST Friday Funny!! <img src=""> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:51:09 EST No Matter What Happens.......... "Trust In Time of Trouble." Did you ever feel compelled, almost pushed to share something and you didn't understand why? <BR> <BR> Yes, I know, the Holy Spirit and all that stuff........... I agree with you but sometimes, well sometimes it's just plain eerie. <BR> <BR> I keep a Bible in the restroom adjacent to my offic... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:51:01 EST Weigh-in day tomorrow (aargh) I really hope its a good number! Not sure how I feel about the past week in terms of exercise and calories. I have to do a 50min training run tonight for my half marathon. Then I'm weighing myself in the morning before I go for a mini-break to Brussels for the weekend. All that belgian chocolate ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:49:04 EST Back in my happy place This morning my body is in my happy place. I have decided to stop struggling to take off the 10 pounds that will move me into the "normal" BMI. I feel so good at the weight I am. I have been reading research about weight at my age, and some people feel that a little bit into the "overweight" zone... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:48:28 EST Truckload Thursday & Freaky Friday Something is up with me. Yes, my scale frenemy too!!! <em>40</em> <em>18</em> <BR> <BR> Truckload Eating!!! Yesterday I just wanted to eat all day! While I foods I ate were all healthy and not junk, the quanty and frequency were high. I was just HANGRY. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I think it ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:43:08 EST 15 pounds lighter! When I came back to SparkPeople in January I weighed 281 and I currently weigh 266 lbs! I feel exhilarated! In a lot of ways that's a huge amount of weight lost for me! I've never lost 15 lbs, and It feels wonderful to see myself finally making the changes I've been talking about doing for years... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:40:56 EST Looking for Guest Posters on My Blog <img src="">Do you struggle with body image? Are you using diet and exercise to restrict yourself? Welcome to BODYpeace! This is a discovery journey of becoming FAT - Focused, Aware, and Transformed. <BR> <BR> If you've already started on... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:39:17 EST Finally After almost two full weeks on my 30 day fitness challenge the scale finally moved (and in the right direction too!). I made two adjustments to my plan. First on the aerobic days I stopped using the dvd included and switched it up to different dvd's each day. These keep me motivated and make ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:37:35 EST ~FUNtastic~ Friday & ~SPARKtacular~ Weekend <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> ~Waving hello~ <BR> ~Welcome to a LOVEly new day~ <BR> <BR> Today I Choose to have a FUNtastic Friday & <BR> I am CHOOSING... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:37:12 EST Gods Mercies Wow I had an emotional morning So much done by God so why sm frazzled ...I literally got on my face this morning While riding the big yellow school bus with crazy wild third graders I realized Gods mercy on us I am a crazy wild little girl with a dream a purpose and g ifts and God doesnt snap o... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:35:29 EST Gods Mercies Wow I had an emotional morning So much done by God so why sm frazzled ...I literally got on my face this morning While riding the big yellow school bus with crazy wild third graders I realized Gods mercy on us I ama crazy wild little girl with a dream a purpose and g ifts and God doesnt snap ou... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:34:44 EST Gods Mercies Wow I had an emotional morning So much done by God so why sm frazzled ...I literally got on my face this morning While riding the big yellow school bus with crazy wild third graders I realized Gods mercy on us I ama crazy wild little girl with a dream a purpose and g ifts and God doesnt snap ou... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:34:43 EST EPIPHANY <BR> Wonder what will become of me, <BR> After you’re gone and life together has ended? <BR> Who will comfort me when each day closes, <BR> When I need your strength and understanding? <BR>   <BR> Wonder what will become of me, <BR> When tomorrow delivers life’s new problems? <BR> Who will be th... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:31:43 EST Master Cleanse Day One I'm not sure why Sparkpeople twists my images around so I'm just going to link over to my blog where I know when I upload a vertical image it won't be twisted on its side. But feel free to leave a comment here if that's easier for you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:31:40 EST Rejuvenate Rejuvenate <BR> : to make (someone) feel or look young, healthy, or energetic again <BR> : to give new strength or energy to (something) <BR> Making a few change-ups my 7 week weight training class is over and I have to motivate myself twice a week. I lift 65 pounds from the ground 15 reps 3 sets... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:30:04 EST Friday goals I'm still recovering from pulling my back muscles. It was really cold this morning a record-tying -6. We're expecting more snow, so I hope my back feels better, or else the kids will have to do everything. I saw a video of using a leaf blower to clean off the car. It should work well, if it's th... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:28:22 EST All week!!! I have gotten up and did cardio all week long, and sit ups, push ups, plank and wall sit for 3 of those days as well. I feel great and cant believe I have managed all 5 days!!! <BR> Yea for not giving up and showing myself How Bad I Want This!!! <BR> <em>9</em> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:26:06 EST (5) 100 days - Adjusting I crocheted last night. Which is one of the items on my list to do, but I did it for 3 hrs, meaning nothing else got checked off. Crocheting is like reading - I also can do just one more chapter or one more row! <BR> <BR> Moderation! <BR> <BR> Today's list includes finally taking before pix.... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:24:52 EST Friday Weigh in Day and Miscellaneous thoughts Well I made it a whole week without weighing myself. I am down 3.5 lbs from last Friday. I was hoping for more, but in all honesty I know that 3.5 is a healthy loss for me. I know that is what SP says I should shoot for as a "high" goal and thus I know that if I follow their guidelines my weig... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:24:38 EST Think it's time to head to the store, get some soil, and start my garden... yes, that will cheer me up... what should I plant this yer Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:24:21 EST My yo-yo is being tossed away Starting fresh. This time there's no turning around no falling off the wheel. I'm staying on board. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:23:47 EST I dream of warm weather I don't know about the rest of you, but I am really looking forward to warmer weather. I miss walking outside and not freezing! <BR> <BR> hopefully Spring comes soon! Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:23:26 EST Fitness Friday/Goals Five days of fitness! Hurray! I'm so excited to get through these five days and begin to ingrain the habit of exercise into my morning routine. How long to cultivate a habit, 30 days? I forget, but I did commit with my hubs to complete four weeks of exercise (that's what the Extreme Slimdown... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:22:58 EST Good workout I know I've had a good workout when I get a good sweat going and I can't talk. Overall I like to sweat because that's when I fell I've worked very hard. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:20:59 EST This Week... This week has been crazy. I'm not even sure where to start. The weather here has been so unpredictable (typical of the Southeast and especially the Appalachia region). Tuesday was a surprise snow, Wednesday was expected snow and came down fast, Thursday morning we had about 8 inches here which... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:20:19 EST Day 5 I weigh myself daily. Not because I am obsessed with the scale, but because I use the scale as another way to keep myself accountable for the decisions I make each day. I know that my body appreciates when I make good choices, and when I move it more. I only use the number from my Monday weigh-in... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:18:17 EST Whimped out Last evening I was going to run after work with a group but my body said NO! I walked out the door putting stuff in the car and that wind hit my face and I didn't go back in and change to run. I instead got my gym bag and came home. I walked on the treadmill where it was warm. I just got my 1... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:18:13 EST EVERYONE- STOP COMPLAINING!!! IF YOU DON'T LIVE UP NORTH STOP COMPLAINING!!! <BR> <BR> I CAN'T WAIT FOR SPRING!!! Please God, bring the spring and the flowers! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:13:40 EST Winter's Last Gasp? I Hope So! We got about 8 inches of snow on Wednesday night. Now, for folks in Boston that would probably be considered a dusting. In Tennessee, it's a blizzard. Usually we get an inch or two a YEAR. Cities don't own the equipment to clean it up, and pretty much everything just shuts down for a few days whe... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:13:24 EST Weight tracker???? GOOD MORNING! I LOST almost 8 lbs this week!!!!! <em>334</em> But my weight tracker is acting up... <em>39</em> For whatever reason it is saying my start weight is 245 when it should say that it is 257 so it says I HAVEN'T lost ANY weight (yet).... <em>24</em> What's up with that <em>... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:11:55 EST Friday Quote " Go confidently in the direction <BR> of your dreams & live the life <BR> you imagined." <BR> <BR> ~ Thoreau Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:10:49 EST Mission - Goals - Self Worth - Never Give Up! I had the distinct honor of meeting a member of the original Tuskegee Airmen, MSGT. Frank T. Kimbrough, Jr. He spoke to the students at one of the schools I work. Sharing the importance of having a Mission, goals and self worth. These were elements that they put into practice. <BR> <img src="htt... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:08:48 EST I am not sure what I will Do with my old big clothes yet. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:07:29 EST Week 30 Weigh-in Loss for the week: -0.8 <BR> Total loss: -35.5 <BR> Average weekly loss: -1.18 <BR> <BR> Technically it's been 8 days since my last weigh-in but I'm gradually shifting weigh day to Mondays. I weigh the same as yesterday though so no difference! I'm glad I lost weight, and I suspect it was actu... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:06:45 EST Fab Friday! We were suppose to go down to -9 last night woke up to -19. Not looking forward to going out this morning for my eye appointment, brrrrr! <BR> <BR> Weigh in day and I am very pleased my total elimination for 7 days is 6#'s. Off the plan now, but will do it again in March. <BR> <BR> This is shor... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:59:38 EST Quotes 2/27/2015 "Action without study is fatal. Study without action is futile." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> – Mary Ritter Beard <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitu... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:58:33 EST Starting all over... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well I just keep telling myself that it doesnt matter how many times I start again...because one of these days will be the first day of me reaching my fitness goals. <BR> <BR> So here we go! Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:55:42 EST Verse of the Day My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. <BR> 1 John 3:18 KJV Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:55:15 EST Nothing Like Home Made, Hand Made One of my means of avoiding boredom is crocheting. I have a favorite pattern for afghans, from a beginner book - it's a circular, zig-zag pattern. The trickiest part is the beginning, but after that it's all double crochet and chain stitch. I've made one for each of my grandkids, and made them l... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:54:37 EST A new source of inspiration I was just reviewing my weight loss plans. It's always good for me to remind myself that I'm supposed to be exercising at least 3 times a week. How could I forget this? <BR> <BR> Actually, my son's have had either two-hour delays or days off school because of the extreme cold weather. I usu... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:52:10 EST don't forget what makes you happy <BR> You know how sometimes you forget what it was, that made you feel happy? I have been going through some of that lately. <BR> <BR> My husband turns 60 in a few weeks. I would love to say that I have been sweetly reminiscent about the passage of time.... I met that man when he was 23 yea... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:51:41 EST Thoughts for Friday 02/27/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:51:09 EST Season 1, Episode 2 I got noticed today! I work in IT, and most of my job is performed remotely, but I still have a couple of clients that I visit once a week. This morning, one of the guys there (who I have known for 7+ years now) saw me and said, "Wow! What have you been doing?" (motioning to my newly vanishing st... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:50:22 EST Come on Spring!! I underestimated my ability to be able to handle and workout outdoors in the brutal cold this winter!! Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:45:37 EST February 28th It's Pete's last day of his holiday & he's just got a bit of the wall left to build. I was going to post a picture but for some reason it says the file is too large. Oh well, just have to wait until it's finished before trying again. <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:44:56 EST Do it for the right reason - and that is you. <img src=""> Make yourself healthier because you care about you. Everything else is really not all that important. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:44:37 EST Ahhh YOGA! After my first Yoga Class and I think I am in love! I wasn’t too sure of the idea of Yoga. For me it just seem to new wavy. I live in a small town and our gym is tiny. So my first class consisted of the teacher and 2 students. Myself being one of the students. The class was titled “Yoga ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:43:19 EST Another small goal met I now weigh less than I did prior to getting pregnant with my son 32 1/2 yrs ago. I am thankful to God, my friends, family and spark! This is a joyful day! <BR> Less than 10 pounds to go to get into the onesies! <BR> Two grandchildren on the way. <BR> Blessings galore! <BR> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:41:18 EST Friday ~ Report Day! Thank you everyone for your comments and suggestions on yesterday's blog! You are all just <em>345</em> <em>250</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Today is report day officially so will do that first! I was yet again at 137.8 .2 above my low weight to date. I am excited about it because ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:41:10 EST I guess I had more focus than I thought! I was stressing over my compressive Excel test. I studied ALOT and I got an 88. I was one of the better grades. I am one of the 4 oldest in the class. I was so excited. <BR> <BR> I got the last of the invitations mailed out yesterday! <BR> <BR> I am going to work on my exercise plan today... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:40:59 EST THE MELODY OF HOPE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If we have faith in a power greater than ourselves, we will be able to <BR> find the melody of hope inside us at all times. <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:39:02 EST From Magic Number to Magic Moment It was one of those "Aha" moments. I had a pimple on my back (I won't get gross. Keep reading.) and I took a hand mirror to look into the wall mirror to see what was going on. That was when I noticed something was wrong with my back. <BR> <BR> As I looked in the mirror, I saw something between m... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:37:54 EST Friday I am looking forward to the weekend. I will have my grandkids on Sat, so I am thinking about what activities we can do. I will also get together a nice healthy lunch for extra nutrition for them. Should be fun! Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:37:00 EST Why is this so hard? I have been overweight most of my adult life. I had a few years of being at a healthy weight but quickly packed on the pounds when my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Food was a great source of comfort and stress relief for me as we went through the battle that she ultimately lost. I... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:36:57 EST 10 pounds lost and plateau Its been 13 weeks probably and ive lost 10 pounds. I am back in what used to be my previous highest weight. People are complimenting me and its nice to have my close fitting me again. Although not perfectly well. I have such a long way to go. I plan to track my weight in stages of 10 pounds loss... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:36:53 EST Good effort is rewarded. Yesterday I focused on staying on my spark program and wokemup,this morning pleased with the effort. It has helped me move on today knowing that the spark system keeps me on thenrightntrack. Although Imwas not perfect the past two weeks I still lost on the scale. I knew my daily exercise would... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:36:17 EST No Brainer Day - this day is for me! No Brainer Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always February 27th <BR> <BR> No Brainer Day - now this day is for me! <BR> <BR> By definition, a "No brainer" is dong something that is simple, easy, obvious, and/or totally logic... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:36:15 EST Working out was never the issue.. I love to work out, sweat, move, and laugh. The problem has always been that I love to eat, I love to eat high calorie foods. In the past - If I'm having pasta, it has a ton of creamy buttery sauce on it. If I'm having desert, the more loaded it was the better. Tracking the calories has been... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:35:57 EST 10 years from now. When I wake up ten years from now, who will I be? The goals that I'm working so hard to accomplish, have I reached them? What will an average day be like? Will it include the healthy habits I'm trying to set in place now, or will I be very much the same? If my future self could call my present se... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:33:37 EST Sorry that I have not been on here!! I had some issues come and I was not able to get on spark but I am back. I am still doing what I needed to do. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:32:30 EST Kitchen Remodel Here's my excuse for not sparking! I was super busy with all of this, and since we did it all ourselves and it was a lot of work it helped me lose a few pounds :) <BR> <BR> I dont have a lot of befores, but heres a few: <BR> <img src=""> <B... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:32:28 EST The question Hello everyone, my name is Jeannie, and I am a sugar addict! <em>213</em> <BR> I was listening to a podcast from Chef Aj & Wendy from Healthy Girl's Kitchen (both are huge fans of Dr. McDougall) about sugar addiction when it hit me, I too am a sugar addict!! <BR> One taste & I am off the rai... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:31:17 EST Day 59 Well I and my 2 little digs got up this am at 5 and walked for a 1 /2 hr. I dont think my fit bit is working, it didnt log my steps or burned calories on here. Feels good getting a head start on my challenge and I am hoping that by putting this on my blog it will hold me more accountable. I would... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:26:01 EST 8 Mistakes Slowing Weight Loss (from MSN website) And I Do 6 of Them, Plus Adding 2 of My Own The following list was on the MSN website he other day. I am guilty of 6 of them and am adding 2 of my own. <BR> <BR> 1. Wimpy breakfast. (sometimes) <BR> 2. Cardio is your go-to. (yes, I move a lot, but not a lot of strength training) <BR> 3. You only use light weights. (yes) <BR> 4. You ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:25:19 EST Running... I saw this today, and this was so the reason why I like to run. <BR> <BR> "I like running because I Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, like food" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:22:56 EST 2/27/15 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I decided that Friday would be a much better weigh in day. I guess I don't really havea good reason for this, but I'm happy because I'm finally seeing all the lady bizz weight come off. I'm back to where I was 2 weeks ago when I started all this nonsense. Hopefully, ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:21:12 EST My Life Sucks Having a very hard time with my husband. He is not a source of emotional support when I am upset. He does not give a sh*t. <BR> I put a blanket on my son yesterday, and he yelled at me, "What are you doing?!" and shoved off the blanket. He is so incredibly mean. <BR> I am super irritated with ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:19:02 EST This will brighten your day 994 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <i... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:19:02 EST Day 58/ Day 8 of 30/ Oops I totally sabotaged any progress I may have made last night. I had a grand total of 6 tacos between lunch and dinner. I didn't have any wheat or dairy, but I did overeat on what I could. I went to bed feeling overstuffed, awful and crying out to God to help me. I don't know why I did it. I had a ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:15:36 EST Nuha wail Hi everyone' if my body need 1600 daily to live I am eating 1200 daily why I am not losing Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:15:33 EST SPOILER... "Each day is a day of decision, and our decisions determine our destiny." <BR> —Russell M. Nelson Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:15:15 EST Plus-Size What an interesting article in this morning's paper about whether plus-size modelling actually creates positive body diversity. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nships/is-plus-size-fashion-modelling-<BR>creating-positive-body-diversity/artic<BR>le23215091/ </link> <BR> ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:14:31 EST An encouraging encounter So, even though I am a PTA (Physical Therapist Assistant) I have kept up my CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) There is a nursing home locally, not far from where I live. I get a "newspaper" delivered to my mailbox weekly, and I noticed there was an ad for this nursing home seeking CNA's. I did... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:11:29 EST Failure? Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times. <BR> <BR> "I have not failed 10,000 times, I have successfully discovered 10,000 things that did not work" <BR> ~ Thomas Alva Edison Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:03:57 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, February 27, 2015 February 27, 2015 WHEN THINGS ARE GOING RIGHT <BR> <BR> Many of us reach out to God only when things are going wrong. When we are struggling, suffering or hurting. However, we need God in the good times and bad. We need God every day. We need to sit alone with Him even when things are going rig... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:03:43 EST Back in the swing of things Ariel missed me. (Ariel, for those of you who might have missed all the blogs about the naming of things... is my siren-calling treadmill). She told me so as she warmed up last night when I decided I just didn't want to run outdoors in the cold and wind. <BR> <BR> Ariel and I had a lovely ti... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:58:24 EST I am below 200 for the first time in years. Can't get this smile off my face! Today I logged my weight in at 199 even. I've been so far above that number since my daughter was born that getting below the 200 mark is so relieving I'm not sure what to do! I was 225 when I started losing weight, and 119 when I started using spark people to help me. It apparently has been goo... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:57:03 EST and the kid made bail He got out last night and lives right behind us. We are devastated! His parents didn't pay bail but he got a relative to do so. Now WE have to go to court in May so this kid is out for months, having plenty of time to get rid of all he and his pals stole. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:56:26 EST daughter called daughter called to know how I am & gave a long lecture on making a good life for myself inviting friends etc Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:53:14 EST Sleep Challenge day 1 What time did you wake up today?5:45 <BR> What time are you lying down to go to sleep?9:45 <BR> What, if any, was your bedtime routine? close all curtains, take amino acids, progesterone cream, take magnesium, put on CPAP, use mout guard, watch an episode of Closer <BR> What were the last food(s)... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:46:34 EST Day 24-27:The Challenge for February...Official Stress Busting Challenge <img src=""> <BR> Well, weather and not being able to work are two real stress makers... The forecast was several inches on Tuesday, after we already had a good dusting. On Wednesday the snow total kept growing, clients in a panic. I went to... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:45:17 EST Motivational Thought For The Day Half hearted effort will not reach your goal. - John Harris Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:44:21 EST Friday and a chance to bless others! Here's wishing everyone a wonderful and productive Friday! <BR> <BR> Remember no matter what is going on in our lives we ALL have the ability to brighten someone's day... and bring them a blessing! So share some kindness today... big or small it all helps! <BR> <BR> Blessings my friends.. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:40:38 EST Ok, here's the lowdown on the weight I really don't know what was going on with SP for it to say that I had lost those 2 pounds when I had put them on instead. This is the second time that has happened to me on SP and I did input my weight correctly. <BR> <BR> Nevertheless I am pleased to announce ( big trumpet fanfare and a rol... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:31:13 EST A little early - Feb Goal Check in The month isn't quite over yet but I'm not sure if I'll get online much this weekend so I thought I'd check in on my February goals now while I have time. <BR> <BR> 1. I'm going to keep my January goal of Gym twice a week after work and once on weekends but hopefully I can sprinkle in a 3rd day... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:27:32 EST If it's important...Feb. 27th <img src=""> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:22:12 EST Daylight Isn't it amazing how the sun makes us feel? It is bitter cold this morning yet seeing the snow instead of clouds just makes me feel better. Of course, I'm on the road again today to Detroit for another bonspiel and I will probably get stuck an extra night because of a snow storm. But for now, I a... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:14:33 EST Food Selection Living the life and having fun in spite of the pain in my legs and arms and am still working on change in my selection and amount of food selected to eat daily. Soup and Salad are fun these days but meat, fish and chicken tend to show up also. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:11:02 EST I think I won.. <img src=""> FB challenge by "boys" ...I lost almost four pounds in 2 weeks! I warned them..Momma's not play'in.. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:09:31 EST A reality Check! <img src=""> <BR> The weekend is practically here-- <BR> March is almost here--- <BR> I hear that next weekend, the clocks Spring----ahead! <BR> Coal, the resident German (as in Shepherd)--goes to the groomer this morning- <BR> <img src="h... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:08:54 EST When it comes to exercise I am really good at finding ways to sneak steps into my workday. That's it! I have not found an exercise I love except early morning pool walking. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:04:20 EST Day 10: Specific Goals, A vent, A reframing, A new day <img src=""> <BR> The internet was intermittent yesterday, so I took a break and doodled and read much of the day. I cleaned our room and cleaned out my drawers and closet. I bagged up anything that does not fit or that I have not worn in t... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:56:53 EST Learning to get use to starting over I am becoming to realize everyday is a new renewed to do something different. Something that you didnt do yesterday. I realized we are not all perfect we are going always be working on something that we need to improve. We need to use to it. I am working on building me back up. Its amazing how we... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:55:04 EST Thoughts on nutrition thus far Nutrition was OK today. It was a low-cal day and I probably went a bit over the self-imposed 6-700 calorie limit by maybe 100 or 200, but that's still pretty good considering. A nice big salad for dinner probably put it slightly over but the protein was good for the day, fats were great, and ca... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:55:03 EST FitBit stats - Day 4 - 2/26/2015 FitBit stats Day 4 - 2/26/2015 <BR> <BR> 11,881 steps / 5.07 miles / 11 flights of stairs <BR> 62 bpm resting heart rate / 2 hr 31 min "fat burn" zone / 40 min "cardio" <BR> 1213 calories in / 2995 calories burned / 1782 calorie differential <BR> 132 oz water / 26% protein / 37% fat / 37% car... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:48:44 EST 2/27/15 I feel more Blessed every day <BR> <BR> I have great support on this site for that I am so very thankful <BR> <BR> I have good friends <BR> <BR> I have a job that pays enough to get by on <BR> <BR> Find things to be happy about it is a much better way to face the day <BR> <BR> have a bl... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:46:03 EST Oops! We had 2 days in a row where the temperature got above freezing. Yay! I was outside working - getting bird seed mixed and out of the shed, filling the feeders, and breaking up some ice trying to get a path to the mailbox. It was so good to be outside. I realized that there was no way I was in goo... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:45:19 EST Lost 2 Pounds! Total off...63! Still dealing with my cold. <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <em>9</em> <BR> I was feeling thinner last night.... <BR> Was excited to get on the scale this morning. <BR> 2 more pounds off! My ray of sunshine during <BR> this cold that I have. Oh it feels so good to have <BR> lost more. After that five week pl... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:44:30 EST determination I am really ready to keep going im down to 243 I didn't think I would ever get past 250 when I saw that I was 249 seems like I just got alot of encouragement by seeing that and from all the inspiration that everyone has given me and alot of great ideas and all the strength everyone has it is ama... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:43:03 EST Happy Friday, next to last day in February; looking for March to march in like a lion! In like a lion, out like a lamb, yes? <BR> It goes along with groundhog wisdom. <BR> I'm more of an April showers bring May flowers girl. <BR> And what to Mayflowers bring?, you may continue. <BR> Well, pilgrim...... <BR> <BR> Today is the beginning of a new era in my department. Yesterday I fir... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:32:08 EST 02-27-2015 "The future is informed by our actions of the past. Ignore it at your own risk. But don't dwell. Reflect, learn, plan, and then charge forward." -Adam Rosante, trainer & author Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:30:20 EST Friday's Funny You know you're over the hill when instead of walking over and changing the tv channel, you spend 15 minutes looking for the remote. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:30:11 EST Roller coaster ride day 4 Had a great morning yesterday. Right until I got to work. I tried to stand strong and not let it get to me. Then the Dark Monster of depression won the battle. I brought wonton soup for lunch. But I manage a department store. I bought poptarts and ate 4 for dessert. Then after that I ate 2Clark ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:29:47 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=2/27/2015=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">My strength is dried up like a potsherd: and My tongue cleaveth to My jaws; and thou hast brou... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:29:27 EST Make another one "Make another phone call, write another paragraph, walk another mile, read another book, paint another picture, sing another song, and work another hour. Yes you can do it, and when you keep doing it, you work your way to spectacular results." Ralph Marston <BR> <BR> Sometimes it feels as if the... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:28:25 EST The 90 Day Journey Pics Beginning and Middle Jan. 3 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Feb. 27 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think there is a slight change. I think things are heading in the right direction. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> ** Sha... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:22:03 EST Chapter 17 - Days 39, 40 DAY 40 <BR> <BR> Made a few bad food choices, though I didn't trash the whole day. Didn't get any fitness minutes in. <BR> <BR> Just a fab day spent with granddaughter. She is 3 and loves imaginary play so I have lots of fun when she is here. We have birthday parties for her dolly, we make p... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:17:58 EST and going... <em>315</em> 30min <BR> <BR> I planned my meals. now to stick with it. <BR> <BR> I was planning to lose 5lbs by the end of Feb... to be at 155, but that did not happen. That will be for March. Time toplan and stick with circuit training. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:13:38 EST Everyday blunders Love those loooong walks on the beach, weather permitting. When it's too cold, we were happy to go to the exercise room. All that new equipment & our fresh determination (that we weren't going to gain any winter weight.) <BR> <BR> As it turns out, realizing that certain aches & pains appeared ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:12:53 EST Happy Friday Everyone <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:10:02 EST Signing Today we sign the papers for the new house Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:05:12 EST Still going Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Its good to be back, though I haven't really been far. I have been reading Sparkpeople on my phone, but it won't let me sign in and stay signed in for it so I haven't been blogging or leaving comments. <BR> <BR> I've decided it's high time to get into gear and while I'm ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:04:26 EST Look further than the outer wrapping. <img src=""> Remember that your body isn't who you are. It's just the outer wrapping. It can be changed. While you are taking care of your body - make sure you take care of your soul. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:01:57 EST Jump Over that Wall - Joel & Victoria Osteen Jump Over that Wall <BR> <BR> TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.” <BR> (Psalm 18:29, ESV) <BR> <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> The great heroes of the Bible impress us with their strength of their confidence ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:58:59 EST Please say a prayer for us if you do pray. Or send good thoughts. Today is the day. We leave for hospital in 10 minutes - I will let you know the outcome as soon as possible. And yes, I am totally stressed even though I know Ray has the best chance for success. He's still 93. <BR> <BR> If you have time, please say a prayer for Dr Randall Smith, the Cardi... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:52:24 EST Friday, February 27 Thanks to SRWYLIE for the solution to my Chrome and SP issue. I truly appreciate Steve's help. You are awesome. <BR> <BR> I had a very busy day at the office yesterday. As soon as I walked in, I had people pinging me and needing support. <BR> <BR> I made pan seared salmon and peas for dinner... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:49:35 EST Our Deepest Fear “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Yo... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:48:52 EST No "Body" is Perfect <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Okay folks in case you missed it there is a video right now, right here on SP that made me ball like a baby this morning. I'm willing to admit this video touched my heart like no other ever has. <BR> <BR> Crus... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:47:08 EST Exercise The weather is moderating a bit so I hope I can soon get back to regular exercise outdoors. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:45:45 EST Steaming coffee - my black gold Waking up to my first cup of coffee is a little piece of heaven. I only ever have two cups a day, which isn't a lot compared to most Swedish people. At the moment I am giving up completely on sugar so my coffee feels a bit extra special, it gives me a moment of gold as I start my day. Eventua... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:44:40 EST Moving Forward... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Let’s have an <em>345</em> Friday and weekend ahead. <BR> <BR> Today is "Move Forward" Friday, let’s get rid of all the excess baggage that is not needed and focus on you... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:31:03 EST If you don't bet you can't win " Certainly the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you; if you don't bet you can't win." Lazarus Long <BR> <BR> Some people believe that the game of life is rigged . That there is a lot predetermined for us. Some people believe that the world is out to get them . That sad and hard times are ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:18:44 EST Quote for Today Intimacy with God comes in whispers, not shouts. <BR> <BR> Woodrow Kroll <BR> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:18:03 EST Bible Verse for Today.. My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. <BR> <BR> 1 John 3:18 NKJV Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:16:50 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Live <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Love <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Laugh <BR> <BR> <img sr... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:15:56 EST Hard to Get Moving in the Morning It's so hard for me to get moving in the mornings. For years and years I've had the same routine. I get up, drink coffee, watch TV or surf the net. Moving in the morning makes me feel better all day but getting started is tough! It's made a big change in how I feel though, so I'm going to do ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:07:12 EST 2/27/15 I just signed Jason up to Spark. I hope he uses it. Great tool to see what we are or are not doing and to have motivation and tools to keep on track. <BR> <em>252</em> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:45:57 EST b b Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:35:47 EST Friday...... .......and about time, too! <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> At long last, the battered vehicle has returned home....... <BR> <BR> Have a full social calendar (it's been a while since this phenomena has occurred) - and some events have food involved, so I gotta take care....... <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:33:10 EST I can't believe I did that! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just think ... If we don't attempt to lose our excess weight and keep it off, we simply will never have the "I can't believe I did that!" feeling. We won't have our stories. We'll miss so many supportive friends on th... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:26:05 EST Mark 11 Is it a sin to get angry? <BR> <link><BR>2015/02/mark-11-is-it-sin-to-get-angry<BR>.html </link> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:22:22 EST Bi-polar weather! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No wonder everyone is sick! Ugh!! <BR> <BR> So glad it's Friday. End of the month at work is kinda crazy. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:12:57 EST 2-26-15 Started reading a book called "The Power is within You." by Louise Hay and so far am really enjoying it. It's amazing when your eyes are opened to some of the little things you do throughout the day that work against your goals. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:09:15 EST Day 4 <BR> Walking: 40 minutes <BR> <BR> Good Food: orange juice <BR> <BR> Bad Food: nothing too bad <BR> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:53:58 EST eating schedule I work 11p 7am please give me ideas for a good healthy eating schedule Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:18:50 EST Plans for today, be the Lord willing. This morning, I am going to the foot doctor. My husband has his appointment first. After that we plan to return home, let the dog out and meet with our son's girlfriend for lunch. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, my husband slipped on ice at his work place and hit his head. He was seen at a medical facil... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:09:19 EST FRIDAY OVER...WEEKEND HERE.... The days are just racing by...... <BR> My Friday is done and dusted.... <BR> Enjoyed the was beautiful this morning and I spent a couple of hours out in the sun with my book....finished the book I was reading and have started another one.... <BR> <BR> Late lunch follewed with one of my... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:00:34 EST Starting Over I was reading through my blogs. So interesting to look back and see how far I have come. I am still not at my goal weight, but that isn't what it is really all about. Is it? "smile" <em>30</em> I'm still moving, pushing, and ready to be the best me I can be. <em>386</em> <BR> This was my ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:47:53 EST Slipping into another decade Late last week my weight dipped into the 130s, just barely. And then the next day it went back up, and stayed higher for a few days due to Chinese New Year feasting. So I didn't update my weight until this week, when the scale went down to 139, and then to 138. I have another Chinese New Year ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:42:46 EST Goal Charts and Sleepless nights I can't sleep at all these days! I feel like the more water intake I have the harder it is too sleep. It's really showing on my grades right now and making me nervous. I need As to get into the HS program. Luckily though my kiddo is sleeping AMAZING so she's been in great moods for me. I've dec... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:42:37 EST Day 10 of 100 blogs. WeightWatchers is working. Beck Diet for Life coming soon! The other positive thing about my bingey Wednesday was that (a) I didn’t go in any of the numerous shops in town that were calling me in to buy their ultra fattening foods and (b) I wrote down everything I ate so at least I know exactly how many WeightWatchers points it involved. <BR> <BR> Yeste... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:34:57 EST When will I ever learn my lesson??? I really need to stay off the scale except for weigh in day! There are too many fluctuations thru out the week! Earlier this week I showed a 1 lb gain. Stresses me out to no end!!!! <BR> On weigh in day I ended up with a 1.4 lb loss! <BR> All that stress for nothing! <BR> Stay off the scales Kim... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:30:56 EST Incentives... goals... ramblings.... I want to become that chick. You know the one… The one that was always super pretty, great personality, but safe to be around, especially to bring guys around because she’s fat. Then she, seemingly, all of sudden drops out of sight only to reappear slender and gorgeous. Bam, overnight that chick ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:26:07 EST Obesity is a disease I went to a bariatric surgery seminar today and learned that the American Medical Association declared that obesity is a disease in August 2013. Now that they're facing a 33 % U.S population with the same disease, most of the insurances are covering medically supervised weight control and bariat... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:21:18 EST Bermuda vs Caribbean <link><BR>0000ad.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Why are there two B's in Caribbean, and only one R? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> No, I've never been to Bermuda. You? <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> <BR> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:12:34 EST And so it begins... again. Been here before. Told myself an thought to myself all the same stuff before; this time is the time, now or never, all that jazz. Made the same promise to myself month after month, year after year: “I’m going to get serious about losing weight.” Yet here I am once again… still overweight and feel... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:57:51 EST Today has been a good day! It really feels great to be able to say that. In the past I generally would focus on all the things I didn't accomplish or that went wrong. <BR> <BR> However, today I did... <BR> <BR> - drink 8 glasses of water <BR> - walk over 9000 steps <BR> - take the dog for a 30 minute walk <BR> - log... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:55:09 EST Day 2: Discipline I read this wonderful caption somewhere yesterday and thought to myself -"How appropriate" <BR> <BR> It goes like this: "Discipline is the bridge that closes the gap between goal and accomplishment" <BR> <BR> So here i am on day 2 and already feeling a lot better. I certainly want to bridge th... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:51:37 EST Injury Today my knee hurt, a lot. I was still tempted to run and work through it, but after being on my feet all day, taking the stairs, and walking around campus, my knee was swollen and burning when I got home. I definitely pulled or injured something (the swelling was localized). I iced and elevated ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:50:01 EST DAILY QUOTE Successful people are not gifted ; they just work hard , then succeed on purpose . <BR> <BR> <BR> ~ G.K. Nielson Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:48:36 EST Today's Inspiration " Remember, no matter where you go, <BR> there you are." <BR> <BR> - Confucius Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:48:03 EST Day 48 Went out for dinner and caught up with a friend - it was lovely. Ended up having a giant hamburger with fries, but I feel no guilt whatsoever over it. Sometimes that's just what I need! I actually need to remember the place, they had some interesting stuff on the menu. <BR> <BR> Other than that... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:36:57 EST Sharing Some visitors are afraid to venture onto this beach. There are parties and aromatic cigarettes and people best described as free spirits. The sand is salt and pepper and hotter than any other in the midday sun. It's probably my favourite because I can always swim there and the entry is relativel... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:29:37 EST Goal reached! I am so happy I reached my goal weight for the week in our accountability group here. I didn't think I would do it, but I did! I just wanted to take a moment and feel good about that. <em>104</em> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:23:35 EST Lost 1.9 pounds week #1 Only got about 4 glasses of water in a day or less, but it's a start. Turned down eating a few times when I wasn't hungry, but I need to improve on logging calories before I eat. Not after them. Went to the gym twice. Hoping to go three times this week. :) Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:15:00 EST Day 26: Lost another kilo Took my weight today.. it showed 82 kilos.. so that's good bye to another kilo .... That makes it a 3 kg loss in about a month's time. yiiiiiiippppppiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeee <BR> <BR> Went for a 40 minutes walk yesterday evening. Today morning did the strength training as per the vionics challenge day... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:52:36 EST Celebration! In Gretchen Rubin's video The Years Are Short, she writes about her bus ride with her daughter on school days. How it annoyed her, and then she realized that for her daughter it was a big part of her life. So then she was thankful for it. Please watch the video, because it's so beautiful! Ordinar... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:50:08 EST Happy Thursday! Be sunny and happy~ Today was busy and I was tired since I slept very funky last night, I was waking up a little much. I had errands today at the bank, Target, having lunch with my Mom and grocery shopping! It was round 70F and sunny. I did fine for being sleep deprived and didn't go carb happy. I did ST today but I... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:46:49 EST Eowyn's Challenge THE HOBBIT: Rivendell to the Lonely Mountain (570 miles) Day 53 yesterdays walk didn't make it to 7 miles either, work nights never do! But 5.71 is acceptable, we will finish up day 5 and move on to day 6 with 1.79 miles left for tomorrow! <BR> <BR> <BR> total----leg---travel information <BR> <BR> Day 29-47 (Days 2-20 in Mirkwood): 7 miles/day = 133 mile... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:43:09 EST And the update is ... I'm happy to say that the school has been VERY willing and able to help. My daughter came home today with a GIANT smile on her face and she hasn't had that since school started this year. I spoke with the principal yesterday and was very concerned because even though he planned on addressing the ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:36:43 EST 11 grams to much FAT Shemomedjamo In desperation to get my calories in for the day. I finished it off with Milk. I went over my fat limit by 11.Looking back over my diet the way to fix the problem is to switch to skim milk. I borrowed Milk from my mom and if I had looked before I le... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:36:15 EST hmm possibilities. either because i am an eternal optimist or becaue after a quick trial and error i think i may have an answer. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:34:31 EST Water instead of Soft Drinks I have been drinking 8 glasses of water every day and realized that I am not craving soft drinks the way I used to. I am noticing when I start to feel thirsty and reach for water. Yeah! Tracking my water intake has really helped and made me more accountable. Now to continue working on the food... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:30:20 EST Feb 26 Survived another week of kids. You know I once said "When my sister has kids, I hope they act like she did growing up, drive her insane and treat her terrible like she did me!" Well, unfortunately I got my wish with her oldest. Unfortunate cause I have to babysit her. UGH! Talk about coming back ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:29:17 EST Day 44 One of my 3 goals for this BLC was better sleep. I almost think that should be everyone's number one goal. I am still having some good nights and some bad nights. <BR> <BR> Remember my eating plan for today? Well last night was a bad, bad night. Today after several feeling good days and bett... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:28:34 EST Unexpected! Today has been so emotional and unexpected. I was invited to go on two vacations for the month of March. And just to inform everyone I have been type A since I was in nursing school with so many different subjects going. I had to be in control of things, I could not take any unexpected plans and ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:24:12 EST At my own pace <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have to accept the fact that I am no longer 25. I will not and should not lose weight rapidly. When I was in my 20's, I tried the Cambridge Diet (since taken off the market). You drank one of their shakes, 3 x a ... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:15:52 EST 2 of 100 OK today was a kick boxing video. Really amped up my heart rate. Trainer was actually kinda funny too with was nice. So on to bed and to consider what to do tomorrow. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:11:54 EST More Cold! As I sit here tonight with the temperature reading 7*F., I'm thinking of my Husband, he, who is golfing in Florida in the 70 to 80 degree weather! And has the nerve to call and tell me the temperature--every time he calls! LOL And I still miss him! <BR> It snowed again today, thankfully not a lo... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:11:49 EST Friday's To-Do-List <img src=""> <BR> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:09:46 EST Special Blessings-February 27, 2015 Today I am especially blessed for the following; <BR> <BR> 1. Jim and I got the house cleaned this morning. <BR> <BR> 2. We rewarded ourselves with a trip to the coffee shop when we was done cleaning. <BR> <BR> 3. We did a little shopping. I got a great deal on a down quilted vest for myse... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:08:21 EST TGIF Be blessed and send loving thoughts to your friends and family always be positive what you send out comes back 10 fold hugx Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:03:08 EST What Went - Thursday 1. I got my 6000 steps today. <BR> <BR> 2. I had to use my Mommy Voice on the union rep. to get them to resolve things for my son. I was trying to let him resolve it on his own but seeing as he's not an adult and they were being uncooperative for a week, I think it was ok to intervene. A good... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:58:49 EST Almost Friday I have settled into a routine, using my morning break for exercise, staying within calorie range (most of the time), making healthier choices but still allowing myself a smidge of those things that aren't so nutritionally sound. I've even started sharing some of what I'm doing with people at wor... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:55:03 EST 1/2 pound I will take it. This is another place that according to the math, it should be another pound off. Yet it was 1/2 pound. Last time the scales surprised me the next day. I'm doubting that will happen this time. Due to inflammation my hands are puffy, so guessing there is edema going on. So jus... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:51:02 EST Uneventful Thursday Today was an uneventful Thursday. I stay on task with my caloric intake and managed to get in a long treadmill run and crunches. It was not a bad day or a good day, but I am grateful for it. Looking forward to the weekend!!! <em>334</em> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:49:17 EST Day 57 - Hsppy Engineer's Week Did you realize this is Engineer's Week. I am the daughter of an engineer and professionally I work with engineering and land surveying organizations. So I am not an engineer but this week is important. <BR> <BR> Tonight was Engineer's Week NE Career Fair. My non-profit organizes their events... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:43:33 EST Third Time Is the Charm: 100DWL, Day #57, Head Hunger “Insteads” Day 57 Head hunger “insteads” <BR> <BR> Spangle instructs us to begin creating a resource list of things and ideas we can draw on instead of eating. She says that whenever we realize we’re facing a head hunger craving, we should stop to think about the real cause of our hunger and how we might ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:41:58 EST Someone didn't recognize me... Before Christmas, one of the women I work with became the manager at the in-store Starbucks where I work, so her boyfriend/fiance hadn't seen me in a few months. Yesterday he saw me, told me he heard I had been losing weight and to keep up the good work. When I talked to her today, she said she h... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:41:26 EST 57/365- Dentists and Doctors I had a pretty productive day. Hit the dentist office and had a clean bill of oral health. I may be the only person in the world that likes going to the dentist, but then I have a thing about teeth, I've actually have had nightmares about my teeth falling out, so ever since I got dental coverag... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:41:20 EST Smothered Chicken Hello Sparkfamily, How much do you like chicken? If you love chicken like I do, come check this out! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 1/2-3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast, legs or thighs (or combination of two or more) <BR> 1 c all-purpose flour <BR... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:40:45 EST Thursday I didn't walk today because I went to a luncheon for a co-worker who is retiring. I really don't care for this person but it didn't feel right not going. I actually had a good time. And when we finished lunch she actually came up to me and hugged me and thanked me for coming. I don't know how... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:39:41 EST A Lesson I have enjoyed studying from the Bible this week What Happened in Garden of Eden to Cause Man TO FALL! <BR> INTRODUCTION <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> What happe... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:38:22 EST Winter winter go away... I'm over this cold weather, I want to feel the pavement under my feet, the fresh breeze on my face, not the belt, not the fan. I want to get my new running shoes dirty (not really on that one) but I do want to get back outside. I really don't want to much, I don't think. Maybe even 35 degrees wou... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:37:36 EST Robin Hood and Little John From the 1973 Disney animated movie Robin Hood. Android has been using it for ads lately. Roger Miller wrote it, and he sings it in the ads. The tag line for the commercial is "be together . not the same." <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> R... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:33:54 EST Good Day Only about 4 inches of snow fell and public school was called off, although son-in-law had to report to work for a super long day (fortunately a friend from work w/ 4 wheel drive was able to pick him up to give him a ride to work)... The snow was wet and perfect for building forts and tunnels... ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:27:39 EST Working for a living! Clocked out of work at 10:07pm.... wow... good bad and indifferent... Starting to feel comfy with a few things.... <BR> <BR> Shoveled the ice out of my driveway to get out this am, but didnt' get to walk my 2 mi. <BR> <BR> I did find a burrito in the freezer, makes a great, quick easy to carry ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:25:27 EST Good News/Bad News The bad news is I found out today that the problem I've been having with my knee is arthritis, so even though it will stop hurting when the inflammation subsides, the pain will definitely be back. <BR> <BR> The good news is that exercise is beneficial to arthritis, so I can still get my walking ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:24:27 EST goal Within the next 7 days I want to set up a exercise schedule. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:23:54 EST Promises Promises I survived back-to-back Zumba classes this evening!! The owner of the studio asked me to sub for an instructor next week!!! Yes!! <BR> <BR> Not much to report today. My cousin visited and we had lunch with her son and granddaughter. I got a bunch of papers graded; okay I didn't start until 8:30... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:21:23 EST Connecting the Dots At some point this week, I started eating really well. It was a rebound from a poor weekend where I started examining myself and my behavior. I found something surprising about myself that I don't know if I was doing before, or not, but it was significant because I noticed it. <BR> <BR> I ate a... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:17:14 EST 2/26/15 - Bedtime Completed a set of 60-pound dead lifts. <BR> <BR> A neighbor helped me clear the snow from the front of my driveway. <BR> <BR> Although I spent an hour dealing with the snow this morning, I still managed to get to work on time and was even the first person in the office. <BR> <BR> Sweet dreams... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:12:32 EST Correction to the 4 week challenge Live the rest of your life 4 weeks at a time with less stress and more joy. A wonderful site for motivational articles and quotes to achieve joy is Jonathan Lockwood Huie's page . I happily recommend you go there. The articles are numerous and listed under the categories of --Happ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:06:44 EST priorities My apartment is a mess. I didn't finish the laundry today. At this point, I don't even care. I made a promise to my son that I would take him to the children's museum tonight. And I kept my promise. And I still made it to the gym. Even if my kid went to bed late tonight because of it. I don't car... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:01:51 EST Day 196 Of course I had to shovel a bit today just to get to my car. But the snow was light and fluffy so I just drove out of my parking space. The snow plow had made a nice little trip around my car. Needless to say the therapist was not happy about my little bit of shoveling. <BR> <BR> I got a si... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:59:53 EST Day 4 & 5...done! <em>311</em> Walking it out! And extra on the side! Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:57:45 EST I am ready I have all the right numbers from Mum's Passport, I found her purse where I left it in my keepsake drawer. <BR> I rarely go in there but I had to be sure that my mother was born in 1919 she would have been 96 on Saturday <BR> <BR> Her tickets were in her purse and she was flying to see us in July 1975 so this is the 40th year October 6th. <BR> ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:54:18 EST The Myth of Waiting Over the last couple of years i have had plenty of alone time, plenty of time for self reflection plenty of time to pay attention to patterns. One of the most common patterns is around the idea of waiting and the belief that it is necessary. The belief that my desires needed to wait, the idea th... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:48:34 EST Weighing this much, there's nowhere to go but down! A few weeks ago, I just felt heavier. I looked in the mirror but didn't see any difference in the way that I looked. Then, out of nowhere I just saw this huge change in my body...and unfortunately, it was not a good change. My clothes are tighter. A double chin appeared out of nowhere. My body ac... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:47:35 EST Bad Luck And Trouble Mom and Angus picked me up from home, we did a brief grocery shopping trip and went to her home. <BR> I was bending over to grab my slippers from the closet when all of a sudden an excruciating pain radiated from my back to my right side, above my hip. I could barely walk and just made i... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:47:07 EST Second Place at Trivia Night Our team finally got upset at Trivia Night, but we still placed Second, so it wasn't too bad. I got a half order of pasta, which was plenty, and split some ice cream with my brother for dessert. I ate lightly the rest of the day so I could splurge a little on the comfort food of pasta. It was ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:46:45 EST exercising buddy So my workout buddy(husband) changed his mind about starting to exercise today. And I need him. So starting Monday is day one. Wish us luck! Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:42:38 EST Thursday's Words to Ponder <img src=""> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:40:54 EST Hubs birthday Ugggggghh. Over did it on the birthday food... And wine. Lol still did 10 minutes on the treadmill! They may have been slow and a little wobbly ;) but I did it by jingle. Adam was lucky enough to have his birthday fall on his weekend. Mom made him chicken fried steak for dinner and we watched E... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:36:44 EST Such a long week When I read the responses to my last blog I was thrilled. All of you truly made my day ... my week with your kind comments and encouragement on my photography. <BR> <BR> This week has been very mediocre as far as eating goes. I haven't binged or just eaten badly, but I have been busier than ex... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:35:47 EST Staying consistent. I have been doing really well with all my goals. The latest being walking at a minimum of one mile three times a week. This is my second week and I have met my goal each week. Matter of fact this week I have increased my mile by two laps. <BR> Feeling <em>345</em> <BR> My feet always hurt th... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:28:36 EST pond our koi pond is frozen over <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> the fish are down in the deep end where it is 4 1/2 feet <BR> <BR> I spent an hour out side shoveling snow and hoping the snow plow would come; I checked the city website and our str... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:27:22 EST Late night toast Spent hours here today. Writing and reading now it's late and I'm toast. <BR> <BR> First off this morning I got a message that my blog was private. Took me half an hour minimum to track that one down. <BR> <BR> Spent hours tuning my nutrition tracker. Changing my nutrition goals to match my ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:25:30 EST Happy Day Try to make at least one person happy every day. <BR> If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. <BR> If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind <BR> thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of <BR> happiness that you would dispense in a week, in <BR> a year, in a lifetime! - Law... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:25:23 EST My 9 Month Numbers For the past month: <BR> <BR> BMI: was 39.1 and is now 37.8 (dropped 1.3 points) <BR> Weight: was 242 and now 234.2 (lost 7.8 pounds) <BR> Sleep: got mostly the same amount but more 7-8 hours <BR> Water: drank anywhere from 8-15 cups a day, usually 10+ <BR> Mileage for 1200 miles in 2015 goal: 1... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:22:37 EST Communicating w/ husband, cranky at work Bob is doing things to help me sleep! No late night torture, murder shows! I love him so much! <BR> <BR> At work, I am fed up with unpaid overtime. I let my boss know it's taking extra hours, have heard nothing back. So glad to be home now to sleep. So proud I didn't punish myself further with b... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:19:37 EST Terrific Thursday Thursday, February 26, 2015 <img src=""> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:18:08 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for February 26: Daily inspiration: It is very humbling to realize that often what burdens us the most would be very missed if it were taken away. Lord, I will take the time to appreciate my life. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: I remember you in my prayers night and day. 2 Timothy 1:3 <BR> <BR> A Ti... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:10:06 EST Thursday Thought What screws us up most in life <BR> is the picture in our head of <BR> how it is suppose to be. <BR> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:07:59 EST Eating every 4 hours I have been eating every 4 hours for the last 2 days. I always get hungry after 3 hours. So for one hour 4 times per day I am practicing patience, practicing distracting my self, and I have been drinking tea and water to fill myself up. The most successful distractions were taking up the piano ... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:07:28 EST Thursday, 2/26/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I thought today was going to be my first calm one of the week, but it wasn't meant to be. It wasn't horrible, but just enough stuff that took me away from the paperwork I needed to get through for co-op and hom... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:06:43 EST Help! I'm desperate I can't seem to stay on top of this. I like to eat! I've been doing the spark smart swap diet, but I can't do it 7 days a week. Life happens. we are not all together (my family) for a meal every night, and I don't like to cook just for myself. My daughter and husband both try everything that I... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:01:22 EST 21 Weeks Triplets Somehow I have made it to 21 weeks! These have been the longest weeks of my life. Being pregnant feels both perfectly normal and completely unbelievable. I love the way my body looks right now, although I did learn the hard way after the 20 week picture to stop trying to wear my regular clothes a... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:00:58 EST