SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Reducing stress... I am looking for new ways to reduce stress, I am being treated for stress headaches. At the moment she has giving me muscle relaxers to take at night. But would like to try and do it the nnatural way. I have been changing my diet, added exercise, no luck so far. Does anyone else have any ideas? T... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:00:26 EST Day 89: Despair Well, Kate had a great first day back at school....then went home sick after two periods on Tuesday...and hasn't been back since. And is completely regressing to the nonverbal behavior that we saw before she went on Zoloft. <BR> <BR> I can't even tell you how hard this is...I am angry, frustr... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:59:51 EST Crazy Week This has been a crazy week. First I had a really long lab. Then I had to study for a really long exam. Next I took(and passed) the exam. Then I had tutoring for Organic Chemistry II Lab. And every day I’ve had 8 hours of work and errands to run. Needless to say, I’m a little short on sleep r... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:59:08 EST Keep Moving Forward: ThankfulThoughts Four Writing down one thing I am thankful for 3x a day: morning, afternoon, and evening. <BR> <BR> March 30, 2017 — <BR> <BR> Morning: I'm thankful to begin my day with an inexpensive 100% whole wheat bagels that has lots of fiber and protein! <BR> <BR> Afternoon: I'm thankful that my feet and legs... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:56:04 EST Catching Up Sorry it's been awhile since I wrote a blog. I never meant to take so long to do it. I'm convinced that March-May is the craziest time of my life. So so much going on as a mom of young school aged children. Piper, my 2nd grader is turning 8 tomorrow, so I've been trying to figure out what we're d... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:49:31 EST What to Do When You Don’t Want to . . . Ever have one of those days when you don’t want to . . . <BR> <BR> . . . eat right? <BR> <BR> . . . exercise? <BR> <BR> . . . be with people? <BR> <BR> . . . or even get out of bed? <BR> <BR> I do. <BR> <BR> Today was my day to not want to exercise. <BR> <BR> I’ve been burning the candle a... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:48:51 EST March 30th Another half pound on! Rats! Got to keep pushing, I really want to get to my target before I go on holiday. That's 3lbs in 5 weeks. Should be easy enough, I'm going to give it a darn good try. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:36:24 EST Day 89: Beauty Trash Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "The most important day of my life: Today!" (Author Unknown) <BR> <BR> Hello my lovely friends! It's Thursday and that means I have some beauty trash for you all. There's a mixture of things th... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:34:58 EST UPDATE ON YESTERDAY AND TODAY'S WEATHER WHERE I AM All Good here at the moment. Have a lot planned today it's my dads birthday turning 71 today. <BR> <BR> Meant to be having dinner at his place tonight with a relative from New Zealand his sister is here as a surprise for him. He'll find out at dinner tonight when she knocks on his front door... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:33:51 EST Gym therapy The gym is my therapy Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:25:49 EST Day 1420 Gym Day. Did 5 of 6 exercises. Feeling good. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:18:54 EST Beck & Me - 29 & 30 29 - Food Pushers <BR> Food pushers do not bother me that often. I learned early not to let food be pushed on me and I can say no effectively (and nicely). My mother is the worst food pusher. There are times when she plays on the emotions. I will see eye rolls and hear muttered comments rega... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:05:32 EST On fire! 29895 steps so far and 98 stairs!!! <BR> <BR> The stairs come from walking big hills up. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:05:05 EST Walk Challenge! <img src=""> I'm Excited just signed up today for Walk at Home Leslie Sansone -The Great Walk Challenge starting April 5th. Yay! :) Have to commit to a Mile a Day for 100 days. I'm ready! You can find out more on ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:01:19 EST No fad diets, no pills, no special shakes or drinks, no deprivation. I've lost 11 lbs since January 9 - an average of .5 to 1 lb a week and I'm happy with my progress. Who would've thought it could be done with something as simple as being consistent with a healthy calorie range, portion control and daily exercise. I exercise an average of 30 minutes a day five da... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:00:44 EST Another week So I passed my physical fitness test for the army. I also passed my height and weight. I reached my goal weight last week...Lost 25 pounds. Think I'll go another week or two and see if I can lose another 5 maybe Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:00:05 EST Saved money & got my exercise in! I'm a bad compulsive shopper! Since staying home with my son I have learned to manage needs and wants better. I've been doing fairly well. Today has been a dreary rainy day...decided to head to mall to look around and get some stroller exercise in. Went through all of my favorite stores and manag... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:52:36 EST Gratitude I have a lot of graditude today even with the weight gain. This is a life changing process and down 10 lbs from start 3/1 Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:52:21 EST Re-evaluating eating patterns! Well, I take monthly pictures (will post below) and this month was my first month to record a 3 pound GAIN between last month and this. I honestly think I might have gained muscle, because I still look smaller? I don't know, this woe is so weird sometimes! LOL <BR> <BR> I am making some chan... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:49:29 EST internet is slow Internet is annoying... Ready to quit adding my food in.... Wasting too much time... Gotta go to work... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:47:29 EST Clearing out the cookbooks I'm an IT guy by profession and a nerd by nature. But books have always been a separate issue. <BR> I HATE e-readers (and I've tried every variation, thanks, including phones, tablets, phablets, Nooks, Kindles, etc., thanks). When I read, i want the touch, smell and feel of bound paper. There is ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:47:18 EST Excuse me?? I was looking at recent comment folks have made on my blogs. I'm really working hard on not letting people get me upset and trying to believe that people are trying to be helpful and supportive. It's hard, though, when people who have no idea who I am or what I go through make comments with no th... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:47:16 EST I gained weight?I'm freaking out... after alll this exercise eating right and 13+ help me I'm discouraged! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:44:51 EST Spoiler...Atonement "Because of His Atonement, the Savior has the power to succor—to help—every mortal pain and affliction." <BR> —Dallin H. Oaks Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:42:12 EST Leeching - 2017 First phlebotomy today. Three more to go. This one took about an hour, but hey, free unsweetened ice tea and two Oreo Thin cookies and a 16-gauge needle in my wrist. <BR> <BR> I did get a call from the Doctor of Hematology telling me I was off ALL alcohol for the next 4-6 weeks. Red meats are al... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:39:18 EST Day 1 of My 30 Day Self Challenge Since diets have gotten me nowhere (update South Beach Phase I was a fail and eating whatever I want has resulted in no loss/no gain), I am focusing my efforts elsewhere. <BR> <BR> Back in January I added a Yoga class and it has become a weekly habit....Tues/Thurs every week. Yeah! <BR> <BR> W... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:35:40 EST Scuba! Just back from Maui where I finished my scuba certification. I did the first part (classes and pool) here in Edmonton, then did my four open water dives in Maui. It was hard work but worth it! I really love being underwater and seeing all the marine life. I want to do more swim workouts now that ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:33:57 EST A1C RESULTS Great news. A1C came back with a 5.7 reading.. I am overjoyed. Thanks sparkpeople for all your feedback & positive support. SPARKIES has helped me to stay focused. Weight is coming off slowly but in the right direction. I started at 213 and now weigh 170. Love my results. Many peopl... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:32:09 EST Redirect the flow. I love to garden. Here in Michigan, another 15 to 45 days will pass before I can paint with flowers the bare ground that just screams come and get me. So, for now, it's clean up time. My first major project was my water garden. I moved my waterfall from one side of the pond to the other. No easy ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:28:09 EST Resilience Taken from Merriam Webster : <BR> Definition of resilience <BR> 1: the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress <BR> 2: an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change <BR> <BR> Resilience. It has ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:26:53 EST Melting, wait... Walking! <img src=""> Yesterday was such a beautiful day! It was windy and almost 90 degrees but that wind cleared out the smog and the sky was fabulous! The Western Regional Little League Headquarters is less than a mile away ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:23:40 EST Need to get back on track, need support and help. Hi everyone, I'm 5'1", currently 166Ib, Dr said my weight should be 135Ib. I've been depressed lately, drinking every week, not eating etc.. I've lost two very dear uncles, My father and my darling niece in less than 4 months. The death of my niece, who she and I were inseparable, hit me th... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:20:51 EST The struggle <img src=""> <BR> I'm ready. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:18:09 EST Weight Loss Noticed Yesterday was the first day that I could look in the mirror and notice weight lost. I was able to put on an XL top that was a comfortable fit. My size 22 slacks were way to big. One pound a week eventually adds up. BTW, others also noticed my weight loss. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:16:17 EST March 30, 2017 Two New Things March 30, 2017 JRNL <BR> <BR> I’m beginning a new diet on April 1st and a new 5% Challenge on April 8th. For the diet, I’m reading and planning to do a lot of prep work tomorrow. There is still time to get in on the 5% Spring Challenge. The site is here Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:10:48 EST RECIPE: Tasty Broiled Cod with Rosemary Potato Since I got the news last week about my cholesterol jump, I have been extra careful with my diet. I went back and read up on cholesterol, looked over my food and weight loss journal, and tried to figure out where I might make some additional adjustments to my diet. I know the news on cholestero... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:08:52 EST Lipedema... who knew??? **Extremely important information to share** I have learned some exceptionally important information about myself and have also learned that there are over 11 million women in the US alone who have the same issues and have most likely not been diagnosed yet. <BR> In Oct 2016, I went to my primary care MD and expressed complete and total fru... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:02:29 EST Pushing to hard, slow down I recently have been pushing myself to walk more because I feel good the day I do it. I want to do more. <BR> <BR> Well, I went downtown with my two oldest kids. We walked about 1.14 miles. This was up and down hills. And it included resting for 5 minutes at time when needed. Shopping site seei... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:59:13 EST THE BEACONS ARE LIT!! So, I decided to reward myself for being good about food by not rewarding myself with food, but a long, relaxing bath. (As relaxing as a dolphin in a tub of ice cream can be, anyway.) <BR> <BR> I spoiled myself! Showered first, then turned the water on, used a huge chunk of the sparkly pink bat... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:55:49 EST Find the Fiber My mom had finally been home a few days from the hospital, and she couldn't be happier. She's working on things that normally wouldn't require such effort, like walking. I'm thankful she feels the support from us. I'm also way more mindful in my own way, like finding ways to boost my fiber, step... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:54:18 EST It stopped raining so guess what I did Correct! I went for an 11 mile ride. Just up the trail to the Snails Pace Cafe for a coffee. Kenn met me there with the dogs and the car so I could get a ride back. Sadly, the Cafe had just unpacked some stuff so we liberated the boxes so there was no room for me and Eric, the bike. There was not... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:50:06 EST Day 7 Day 7 and feeling pretty motivated! :) Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:49:49 EST Setting a Goal I'm finally going to set a goal for myself. I have been exercising for the last two weeks with Sunday being my rest day. Since I'm actively using the 10,000 steps app I will be setting my goals according to the steps. Monday through Saturday I will not allow myself to drop below 5,500 steps and... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:47:36 EST No Excuses With everything I'm doing today including a social dance, a square dance lesson, child care with piano lesson, and more, the only time I had to run was 1pm-2:30pm. It was 84 degrees and more humid than yesterday, although not as hot and humid as it will get in a couple months. Nonetheless I think... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:44:32 EST Journal, Day 29 I was quite sad to miss out on a workout yesterday, but when I woke up feeling queasy and wobbly, I knew I shouldn't push it. Instead I enjoyed a quiet lunch at my desk and that suited the day just fine. <BR> <BR> Today was great. Woke up steady and ready for the day. Today's workout was mainly ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:43:27 EST Start of my 4th week Up and down and back around. I finally lost 2 lbs! Making it 8lbs total! I'm so glad I didn't give up! I noticed this morning my winter jacket was easier to button up and didn't bust open when I got in the car. Progress!!! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:37:59 EST Plateau Buster Challenge day #2 Day #2 Plateau Buster Challenge exercise ✅ strength training & 1.5 mile jogging water 4 cups so far healthy breakfast ✅ healthy lunch ✅ willpower... so far so good Fitbit 6.4 steps... so far Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:36:00 EST Make it happen <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Blessings on every movement outside of the comfort zone of old ideas and patterns today. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:20:56 EST Trudging Upward Wow! I had some great responses on my last blog! <BR> What I've realized is that I've happened across a multi-pronged issue. For one, I am at the upper limit of my appetite, meaning that I need to add an extra meal into my day and spread my calories further (to shrink my meals), or eat smaller, m... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:20:24 EST Thursday So today spent day home with sick kid?😞. Did manage to get 45 minutes on the treadmill. Had granola cereal and yogurt for breakfast and pretzels and cheese for lunch. Well now that I turned in my paperwork to start new part time job locally in town and took a huge pay cut I got a call today... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:19:44 EST Back to the grind Haven't gone to the gym for about a week. Today it's back to the grind. I'm very excited. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:19:38 EST 3/30 workout Spinning: 58.5 min Zumba: 60 min Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:06:26 EST Whata ya thunk 3/30/17 Start right where you are. Move forward at your own pace. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:06:22 EST So far pretty good day I got up an hour and half earlier than usual to put on a lot of coffee then workout for about 45 minutes. Then I showered, had a healthy breakfast and started cleaning house. I must have caught the spring fever because I took everything out of every cabinets and drawers to reorganize and throw ou... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:01:35 EST half way there I have lost 30 ponds and have 30 more to go!! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:00:57 EST Start today <img src=""> <BR> Just got back from biking. SOB yup, tired, yup. Saw some wild flowers on route. Im not a native az girl. More like northern or west florida. Here are some pictures Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:59:24 EST GUESS WHAT? MORE WIND Three antelope sped across the dirt road befoe we had travelled a mile. A fourth one calmly watched as we drove past. <BR> <BR> Brie and I stopped by the Cornudas Cafe for coffee and spoke with May concerning her billboard. She is not troubled with the fact that we didn't get it repaired. She wa... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:54:07 EST Word of the Day: nescience Word of the Day: nescience [nesh-uh ns, nesh-ee-uh ns, nes-ee-] <BR><BR>700.mp3 <BR> noun <BR> 1. lack of knowledge; ignorance. <BR> 2. agnosticism. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:53:15 EST Today I had to make a hard decision My dog Leah was suffering and bleeding and I had to make the decision to put her to sleep. I am in tears as I write this. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:50:56 EST March ... in like a lamb, out like a lion? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It seems to be true and today has been a "what's up?" type of day! <BR> <BR> Started out mild; looked like rain; then started snowing like crazy ~ great big snowflakes! <BR> <BR> It is now slo... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:45:21 EST March 30, 2017 I cannot believe we are almost at the end of March... and compared to February, this has not been a great month - snow, rain, cold - YUK!! <BR> <BR> However, in other ways it is been a good month <BR> <BR> 1. had a wonderful weekend away where I actually paid 100% attention to my food intake ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:43:59 EST Just wishing the sun and warmer temps would stick around Back to clouds, and cold again today and it has actually started to precipitate with what looks like a mixture of sleet, hail and some snow again. The end of March and it is NOT going out like a lamb! At least I got one walk in today. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:36:14 EST 40 things about me! Learn 40 things about your friends and let them learn 40 things about you. <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? No. My favorite cheeses are American, cheddar, CoJack, and I like a fried cheese I had in California that I think was some kid of queso cheese. <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cig... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:36:07 EST Water Trying to increase my water intake. I drink a bottle of water way to work in the morning and have a Monster energy drink mid morning. Then 2-3 tall water bottles before 5pm. Bottle of water with dinner and anotjer before bed. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:34:58 EST Thursday is rest day No work out scheduled, but am getting my hourly steps in. Have had a great week so far - down two pounds and just went to try on mother-of-the-groom dresses - most I tried on were size 8. YAY! <BR> <BR> Eating well, sleeping well. Good stuff Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:24:58 EST Thursday 3-30-17 <img src=""> <BR> Walk Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:20:38 EST Walk Seven Miles a Day (article) Hey there!! <BR> <BR> So, last October my sister got me a Charge 2 Fitbit for my birthday. I love it, and I use it nearly every day. The only exception is if I forget to put it back on after charging it up overnight, which is very infrequent. <BR> <BR> The default step goal is 10,000 steps a da... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:17:29 EST Time to Start Over! :) You may be wondering why I would put a happy face after gaining back most of my hard lost weight? It is because I am beyond my sad face, and I am well on the way to getting back to where I want to be. <BR> <BR> I July of 2010 I was at my low point in many, many years... 244. I was 113 lbs down... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:14:14 EST Accomplished! Dropped off stuff at post office to my small business customers, then worked out, came home and made a good healthy meal for lunch, then cleaned my house ! Trying to be productive and today thus far big success ! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:09:19 EST More coffee, please I had one of my infrequent insomnia nights and seriously considered calling in today. Instead I got up, did some stretching, ate a good breakfast, and went out the door. I've been clock-watching today, but I've got less than three hours to go, and I keep telling myself I can make it. I put in ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:06:10 EST On to Week 4! Do It! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I remember snagging this when I 1st started SparkPeople... with excitement, with hope, all my dreams sparkling ahead of me.... And the journey began... <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> I'm not quit... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:01:16 EST Not feeling well Catching a cold sore throat and achy! Won't get much out of me today...c u tomorrow Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:46:17 EST Ready to start tracking again, so I can start losing weight again. Its been five months since I logged into Spark People, and I have managed to maintain my weight between 169 and 174 pounds. I still feel that I can lose 24 pounds more, and get down to my goal weight of 150. I have let some of my bad habits return which I want to stop, and by logging my food ag... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:45:57 EST Affordable Christmas Drinks Any Time Around the holidays, there are parties and get-togethers with goodies that we specifically celebrate with. What are some treats associated with this time of year? **Special drinks**! <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:44:30 EST Imagine For just a few minutes, I want you to imagine the following... <BR> <BR> You look forward to starting each and every day. <BR> You can't wait to conquer the challenges ahead of you. <BR> You're excited to start your day! <BR> You're learning new things all the time. <BR> You developed a plan for... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:43:38 EST On The Straight And Skinny -- Lose My Mind One would think that 9 fresh inches of wet snow would tire out a 4 month old puppy. Even after spending 30 minutes outside with an 8 year old, he had so much energy! Yeah, 9 new inches of snow at the end of March. People here are complaining about how spring ran away, but they fail to remember... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:37:26 EST Rainy day... for beginners. WHat to do?! AGHHH Yeah, i caught myself saying that a few weeks ago. But i know what I will be doing after work, instead of walking in my small town that I am from, I will be headed out - yeah, you heard me out, Ill be driving to the places I need to go to pick up My food list, for the week! <BR... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:34:14 EST Trust Completely In Jesus <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meditate On <BR> <BR> Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we ne... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:33:48 EST "Day-66" <img src=""> <BR> I am going on my 66th day and doing well with everything but it is cloudy and raining, <BR> and windy is blowing even though its raining it still doesn't stop me from doing my, <BR> exercises I just ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:30:40 EST Week 14: A New Approach Week 14 was Spring Break and I had some new discoveries that changed the course of my journey for me and has made things a whole lot simpler and easier and a lot more fulfilling. I did a lot of thinking over spring break about why I would binge and why I regained half of the weight I lost and abo... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:29:46 EST GOD SAYS ‘I WILL’ IN THE NEW COVENANT <img src=""> <BR> <BR> …I will put My laws in their mind…I will be their God… …I will be merciful to their unrighteousness…their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” <BR> <BR> Hebrews 8:10,12 <BR> ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:26:44 EST Feeling a little better today . Stomach settled some , thought acid reflux got in my wind pipes a bit , or just woke me before air way was open enough . rude awakening .But was ok with a few breaths and back to sleep . At least Asma wasn't acting up .And I was calm enough o get things back in check with God help . Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:25:18 EST My Take <BR> When I receive comments from you all in my inbox, it just reminds me of the beauty and freedom surround all of our voices. We identify with each other, piecing together a large puzzle of life. <BR> <BR> I don’t consider myself to be a leader by nature, nor a follower. Actually, I relate ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:21:00 EST Whole30 Day 1 All those March habits led me to participate in the Whole30 program. <BR> Full disclosure, I swore I'd never do it, that it was stupid, yada, yada, yada. <BR> <BR> So here I am, Day 1 complete. <BR> <BR> My DD and SIL just finished. She lost 16 and he lost 12. They plan on starting back for a... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:20:44 EST Healthy mode <img src=""> <BR> This is my goal today to get all the stuff and prep for these smoothies #determination# Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:18:32 EST Nutrisystem Week 2: Still hanging in there! So Week 2 will be over tomorrow for me and I can weigh in on Saturday, I really hope I lose at least 1lb, if not I may just throw a tantrum on the bathroom floor because I tried very hard this week. <BR> <BR> Some of the Nutrisystem foods I ate this week on the plan were; bran flakes, pizza, ch... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:17:09 EST Almost to 100 Days! Today was day 90 of going to the gym, drinking at least 8 cups of water daily, and tracking all my food and exercise. Woo hoo! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:07:46 EST AYITL - Blog #45 - Need to blog more! Almost every day here on SP I post on the message boards. I usually post in the 3 Item To Do List every morning to make sure I'm setting daily goals. Well those people must think I post a blog every day and do laundry every day - because it always seems to be in my goals even though this week I h... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:06:23 EST March 30 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And of course, that also means being able to forgive ourselves as well as others. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:05:47 EST After a nap. Nice nap now out to work in yard. Warm and beautiful today. Great day to be alive and healthy Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:55:57 EST Scale <img src=""> <BR> The scale says I lost weight yay!!lots more to go but hey it's a start i started Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:51:53 EST Starting today <img src=""> <BR> Have you ever gotten tired of being tired. I have. I know it stems from food intake and lack of motivation that has consumed me for a year now. I ask myself why? I went through major weight lost su... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:38:48 EST 3/30/17 Door <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Death comes to take a lawyer away. <BR> <BR> The lawyer cries and pleads, "Why so early? I am only forty!" <BR> <BR> Death replies, "Not according to the hours you billed." <BR> <BR> dailyjok... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:30:34 EST First week My first week is done and it was totally worth it I lost 7 pounds! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:26:51 EST Thirsty Thursday <img src=""> <BR> Drink up!! 😁 I'm on my 2nd fill up of the day. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:24:31 EST Eating In today's world we must take care of ourselves as best we can. You can help yourself by eating healthy. Here is how we eat helps our body: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm all in for helping my body. How abou... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:23:02 EST I'm here for it! I feel like I'm on the right track... Life isn't perfect but it's going great. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:22:57 EST Thank you Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Just cuz! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:20:28 EST Now I Get It! I logged in my breakfast and lunch. I have 570 calories left! I think I've known all along that even though I have been eating healthy, I tend to go way over my calorie allowance (which is not much...1200). I've got to keep on tracking. <BR> Have a great day everyone. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:12:51 EST Worked out yesterday I did Jessica Smith barefoot workout ( the 28 minute one. It has a picture of the sand) it's one of my favorites. But today man oh man, I am feeling it all over my back. I Love her workouts because she has cardio and walking and upper body all together. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:11:24 EST The paranoid struggles of a fat girl. Ugh! So, I may have mentioned that I'm doing an internship for grad school. After I was approved for the internship, the counselor I'm working with took on another student who only comes in once/week (I'm here the other four days). Today is the first day our paths crossed and I feel grossly in... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:11:08 EST Keep progressing! Oftentimes I want to blog when I am angry or frustrated about something. I keep a journal.. but that's just for me.. so does it count in getting all that out to the world? I usually stop myself. <BR> <BR> Today I'm just happy. I've continued to lose weight slowly. I'm surviving on my own qui... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:02:55 EST Tracking: the best tool Tracking is the best tool there is for getting back to where I should be. <BR> <BR> Recording every bite that goes into my mouth eliminates all possible forms of self-deception. <BR> I can't forget what I ate earlier. <BR> I can't underestimate the number of calories I am taking in. <BR> I can't... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:01:51 EST Wooooooooooooooooooo Hoooooooooooooooooo .... Just did my weekly weigh in and lost 4.5 lbs this week. I am very close to the 30 lb mark and then only 20 more to reach my first 50-lb goal! I am so thrilled! Me and my froggy friend are doing the happy dance today, join us! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:01:47 EST c f Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:01:05 EST Struggling to increase calories It seems very counter productive, but I need to eat more. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to decrease saturated fat. The logical thing to do is cut meat and dairy. But in doing that I've created a huge hole in my daily calorie count. I am ravenous when I first get up in the mornings and when I get hom... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:00:38 EST Cottage Cheese??? I have never been a fan of cottage cheese however, it is very high in protein and low in fat and carbs. This week I challenged myself to buy some and find yummy ways to eat this raved about diet food. Attempt number one: I had heard a suggestion to just add pepper... Well there isn't enough p... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:58:33 EST Today! Good Morning Sparkers, <BR> <BR> Feel like I've gotten a 'jolt of happy' and I'm going to run with it. Here's to all of you today; get your exercise in, eat with 'mindfulness', enjoy the moment and your family and friends, don't forget your "ME" time. I know I sound like a broken record but s... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:54:31 EST Blogging and Quotes I've decided to start using blogging to help me see exactly where I am at and what steps I need to take to get where I want to go. <BR> <BR> I thought about my last blog a lot since I wrote it. I realize now that I am digging my own grave with my knife and fork, but never really thought of it... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:53:24 EST Soy-Marinated Grilled Chicken With Cilantro And Scallions Hello Sparkfamily, Dust off your grill's and prepare for this! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 Tbsp honey <BR> 2 Tbsp soy sauce <BR> 1 Tbsp rice wine or dry sherry <BR> 1... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:49:27 EST Thursday Good morning sparkers. Its a beautiful day here in south Texas the sun is shining the birds are singing. I am feeling a little frustrated with my workouts not going as I want but I will get over it and make it go my way. I hope everyone has a blessed and healthy day. Now drink a glass of water an... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:47:56 EST Going strong with Weights I've loved the time off from worrying about what I'm eating ... when I'm eating. Even though, truthfully, I never really have any downtime. I find that I need the time off to work thru layers, to have the teachers show up that I need, to rework my schedule and my thinking for the NEXT STEP. <B... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:47:50 EST In order to change...Mar. 30th <img src=""> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:47:44 EST My Cousin, My Friend <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On Friday the 24th of March I lost not only a cousin but a very good friend. Yvonne was the last connection to my Mom. She used to tell me stories about my Mom and Aunt June and made me feel tha... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:47:03 EST Sugar free Still a struggle put on 5 pounds just from stopping smoking still can't give up the nicotine free vape pen struggling struggling I really need to stop both sugar and vape pen I've stopped with cigarettes now vape pen and sugar Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:46:23 EST Thursdays thoughts, etc. Thursday Thoughts, hummm I really have none. Isn't it funny how you can sometimes just not have anything in your head. That is the way my head is today, just kind of floating along. Nothing really going on here, the weather is the same as yesterday, cold, wet, rainy, windy, cloudy, just blah. ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:41:53 EST Don't give up <img src=""> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:38:25 EST The little things You know you're a parent when you're excited to sit on the coach and fold laundry! The sitting on the coach is the part feels like a huge treat given the past week. This is what I get to do tonight. I'm also treating myself to Chipotle. Much deserved since I've been on point all week which leaves... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:29:13 EST Coffee charmer... Here I go again... watching the sweet creamy liquid swirl around making the perfect caramel color. A coping tool, a comfort, moments from meeting my lips. I reach for the warmth of the mug, soaking into my finger tips. Fatigue settles under the windows to my soul. They sometimes leak, they someti... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:28:15 EST I'm halfway there. I hit 225 this week. My original goal was to lose 50 pounds from 250 to 200 by October. I'm getting married that month and who doesn't want to look fabulous in their dress? I approached my weight loss differently this time than I have in the past. Before I'd always tried the 'miracle diets' w... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:20:38 EST Busy busy... Had to get ready to travel last night and missed my walk...had to come in early this morning and missed my morning excuses...this evening I will workout despite needing to pack for our trip tomorrow. Already made a game plan with the hubby to get everything will not get i... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:17:20 EST Day 7 - Keto/Low Carb 14 Day Challenge Starting Weight: 215 lbs Current Weight 213.2 <BR> <BR> Yesterday I hadn't prepared the night before so I thought I would grab the processed sausages in the fridge. That was a mistake. I woke up with my stomach distended and did not sleep very well last night. Even though the box says No W... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:13:50 EST Granite installation morning It is a cloudy 73 degree start to the morning as the installers arrived with the new granite counter tops and are installing them now. The stone looks great in the kitchen. , especially where we eliminated the high bar area which opens up the kitchen to the family room area much more. Tomorrow ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:13:09 EST 220 calorie breakfast <img src=""> So yummy and filling! I love veggies and eggs :) Today I have laundry to do, vacuuming to do and webinars to listen to as well as bible study homework to start on. This afternoon I have a fun work meetu... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:08:19 EST Physical Therapy Today and I'm ready! <BR> <BR> We had a fun day with the boys yesterday, Tom mostly corralled their energy in the family room with the Smurfs (why do kids like them so much?) while I visited with Crystal. Lunch was lovely with 2 more meals frozen for later. Crystal cut Tom's hair and trimmed mine! <... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:06:53 EST I Cannot help but Share this: What words can a person use to describe the love of God shown in these pictures!!!!! <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photosa... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:05:23 EST My goals for April 1. To be positive in every kind of way. 2. To not be ashamed of how I look, just to know that I'm a work in progress. 3. To treat my body healthy, with the right foods.. 4. I at least wanna lose 20-25 more lbs before April 28th because of this cruise I'm going on on April 30th. 5. I don't want... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:04:20 EST EXCITED TO BE USING MY CAMERA TO HELP ME STAY MOTIVATED <img src=""> <img src="">I live in Florida so the weather is usually wonderful. I have always found excuses To not go out and walk but the r... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:01:48 EST Feel like forever again! What I thought was going to be just a few days here and there last fall/winter that I would miss logging on to Spark, ended up being, well.... Months! It's hard for me to get why something so easy at my finger tips turns into a oh here we go again thing. The busy sighs of life just seems to overw... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:01:39 EST morning cuppa spark - maintenance = lifestyle after reading concerns about reaching goal weight, the thoughts have been mulling around. five years ago i became serious about getting rid of those pesky pounds that i had lost and found so many times before. i knew how to diet. i knew how to exercise. but the final piece of the puzzle is not co... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:01:20 EST Mexico! 🇲🇽 🛩🏝 I recently found out that in October we are taking a trip to Playa del Carmen, Mexico! It will be hard saving up the money and extra spending money, but it can be done. I'll just have to pick up more shifts at work and it will be oh so worth it in the end! I know for sure we want to do a tour to ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:58:04 EST Victory Garden Update <img src=""> Worked in my victory garden yesterday. 90% of the old pathways are clear now. Will finish that today and then start working on the various bed areas. Lots and lots of vines to deal with including poisen oa... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:58:04 EST Results of the condo inspection by the buyers. I am so frustrated! Picky, picky, picky! <BR> <BR> I can't believe all the things they want done! <BR> <BR> When will this end? <BR> <BR> And it is causing anxiety for DD because she is living there alone-having to make appointments with various workers to fix "piddly" things! <BR> <BR> A sta... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:57:02 EST Disappointment... I admit it, woke up to it... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So the bouncing scale is up. Was so hungry after a rousing (singing and moving with the beat) night of Revive. I ate a banana and a handful of almonds. Sheesh...that'... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:56:00 EST Stress Work is stressing me out right now, I work in a lab and my contract expires in one month so I am scared I may not have a job in a month. <BR> <BR> Money is stressing me out, I have a mobile home that I sunk a bunch of money into so that it could be refinished but now it isn't selling and I am sc... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:54:04 EST Working on my 2017 completion list Signed up for my first 5k--- <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have already completed: <BR> Seen Bull Riding <BR> <BR> Seen Tourk <BR> <BR> (<BR>ch;_ylt=A0LEVvNpG91YwGIAHHoPxQt.;_ylu=<BR>X3oDMTByMjB0aG5zBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBH<BR>Z0aWQDBHN... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:53:29 EST Rise <img src=""> <BR> Today is a new day. Leave yesterday in the past. No matter what happens on your weight loss journey, make sure to rise after falling. No excuses! We have to keep MOVING for better health and fitness! ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:50:55 EST then it was Day 83 Thirty seven days of becoming ME .. the real version .. the woman that I knew I always was except I let circumstances , my big heart , my sympathetic ear , etc etc take me on roads that were nothing more but detours ..finding the map now I can see clearly where , what , how I choose to live: <BR>... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:46:48 EST Call me out! Thursday: I DDPY'd a traditional yoga class. Must work on arm strength. <BR> <BR> I have set my intention to reach my goal weight (141) by September 27. This is 2lbs/week. So far, I'm on day Day 4 of no treats (cookies, candy, ice cream, sugary snacks) and only 1 bread-type carb per day. <BR> <... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:46:18 EST Yesterday was a bad day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found this this morning on facebook .. this is how I should think of my bad days .. <BR> <BR> very helpful. <BR> <BR> This morning i was humming and hubs asked who that was that was singing ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:43:16 EST So very proud My niece was recommended by a board of directors of professors at Union college along with 99 other top students. She was the one chosen, based on academics and other things to go to South Africa for a year. She called and told my Mom. We don't have all the details, but this is a great opportu... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:41:30 EST Kicking for nothing So if you read my previous post you read about me giving up my diet for the week, and getting my top teeth removed this morning... well mother nature had other plans. We have been hit with a big snowstorm and my dentist office is closed today, and my next appointment is not until the 10th of Apri... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:38:50 EST Help! My Cat Won't Stop Drinking From the Sink <link><BR>lp-my-cat-wont-stop-drinking-from-the-<BR>sink?WT.mc_id=Email;NewsLetter;Petwire<BR>;Mar-29;Feature3 </link> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:38:05 EST If there is any constant in my life, it is change Well, I'm back on CICO again. Keto literally made me sick -- too much fat -- and over 6 weeks I lost zero weight. Not even water weight. Plus, the whole philosophy of restricting otherwise healthy foods is depressing to me. I tried to be positive and not give up, but after I weighed myself and sa... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:37:28 EST Determined... I'm almost 45 and 50 pounds overweight. I'm determined to make that change now. Been on Sparkpeople a week, LOVE IT! The community is just what I needed to keep up the lifestyle change, even when tempted. #not_today_coca_cola Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:37:17 EST What a relief! On my previous blog post I told about finding a lump on my throat and having to get a sonogram to check it out. Turns out it is a fluid filled cyst and my doctor is perfectly fine with me continuing as is unless it starts bothering me. He said there would only be a minuscule chance that it coul... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:36:40 EST Things about me you may not know Time for a change of pace. I have seen this on a few blogs so I decided it was time to add mine too. It is interesting and a little off the beaten path from what I normally post. But I figured why not share a little about me. Feel free to do the same. <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? <BR> ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:35:57 EST Not feeling well today. . Have pains in my chest and short of breath. I have COPD think I will rest more today.. Weather crappy outside anyways. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:35:32 EST Yep - I'm back, it's a blast from the past! I haven't written here in two <BR> <BR> Well, gear up folks, that's about to change! Joined the 5% Spring Challenge (get on it, there's still time I think here's the link:<BR>individual.asp?gid=68315). <BR> <BR> Life is really good. I'm h... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:31:14 EST Patience is a virtue! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The above message, I tell to my daughter a lot--- <BR> You see, my daughter thinks that I know everything--- <BR> She will call and tell me of some injustice that has occurred in her life-- <BR>... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:30:54 EST House sold Yesterday was absolutely amazing. We put the house on the market and 25 minutes later we had a full price offer with no contingencies. So we signed the contract last night. We don't have to do any showings and we can start moving forward to our new home. Exciting news. I am so happy not to h... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:30:37 EST Gained a pound I weighed and measured myself again today. I have not lost that pound I gained from before, but I have lost another quarter of an inch. So yay! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:30:25 EST Ha! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh my gosh when I read this I let out a little giggle then I knew I had to share. Some days it feel like when you were little and your friends would trick you by holding the big bar on the back ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:29:51 EST Queens are Born in July <img src="">The blog title is what my t-shirt says in the picture. I am not fond of self-portraits, but I love this photo. <BR> <BR> I had just finished 53 minutes of cardio and 80 minutes of weight training when I... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:27:03 EST Day 89...40 things about me.. So I am playing along... why not.. but first I want to say, I am .2 away from 30lbs lost.. can you believe it.. I was the tiniest bit disappointed that I did not reach it, but that only lasted a nanosecond and I was overjoyed by the fact that I am down 2.6 lbs after being stuck for 10 weeks!! Ca... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:26:55 EST From the top I feel so much better today then i did yesterday. I was glad to have taking a rest day yesterday, because it was defitnitly needed. I still felt a little sore this morning....But it seemed to be loosing up a little more as i got up out of bed to start my day. I had breakfast already pre made, so ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:26:31 EST D86917 Well weigh in day and I stayed the same, has been this way for me for 5-6 yrs get so close to seeing the number one and never get there. Usually after 4-5 wks I give up and get more depressed but not going to this time now that I have you guys So again here's to next week. Hope everyone has a ver... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:25:05 EST Prize For Every 5lbs Lost! I set a prize system in place for myself... Every Time I drop five I gain a new gift. <BR> <BR> My first gift to me was <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Second gift to me was <img src=" Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:24:04 EST Here I go again. Day 1👒 I put a hat emoji for today because I know for sure it is going to fit Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:20:38 EST The Difference in Being Healthy and Losing Weight <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I just Love Dr. Berg...He has helped me to Understand so much about Health and Hormones and Body Types...I want to share him with you too...He is so knowledgeable...He can teach you something ne... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:17:04 EST The last 6 (ish) weeks Well I haven't blogged in ages .... well 6 (ish) weeks. <BR> <BR> I get self conscious, no body wants to read what I have to say, I am boring, I have nothing to say.... or I am feeling negative and nobody needs to read that. <BR> <BR> But when I blog I do it for me, to marshal my thoughts or to... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:13:39 EST Pull down jeans! Im so used to maternity pants, that when I have to go to the bathroom I'm used to just pulling down my pants. No button, no fly, just pull & go. Well, I recently got back into my regular pre-prego jeans (yay!) And I noticed when I went to the bathroom i didnt undo the button or fly, i just pulled... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:10:47 EST Weekly Review My Left knee (it has an ACL & MCL repair back in 2002) does not like step-ups. Every time I push them it is angry. I don’t care though, it will get over it as I intend to keep them but will do 2 sets of 50 instead of 4 and work my way up to them. I only did them once this week and I want to feel ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:08:35 EST trying to push... So, don't have much to say today goals for the day are almost met, we had some drama here yesterday, my daughter, is much like my mother a very good person but bi-polar, the evening last night was a challenge, It is one of the reasons I didn't really want to live together, suffice it to say I'm ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:07:47 EST Bad month is bad. Had a weigh-in at the doc's last night; I've gained back 6 lbs. I'm not happy about that but I'm not surprised. Lots of reasons why the last 6 weeks didn't go well, diet-wise. Lots of excuses. Loooots of snax and unhealthy eating and not nearly enough exercise. I'm an emotional eater; the more... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 10:07:04 EST Don't over do it, is a reminder I need!!! Yesterday I did my regular exercises during the day that I do all the time. But then my husband and I decided to go walking and we walked for over an hour and a half and boy by the time we were done, I started getting charlie horses in my calves. I know I need to push myself, but considering I ju... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:59:09 EST It's raining again!! We have had a busy week!! Monday we helped set up for food pantry. Tuesday we helped run food pantry. Yesterday my husband got the stitches out of his toes. I haven't slept well any nights so far this week, because of pain. It poured yesterday on our way to Topeka. We are under flood warnings her... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:55:07 EST Good morning! Good morning everyone! Hope all is well with you. Have a great day! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:54:51 EST Today Today I will be using my Fitbit Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:51:17 EST Quitting Smoking - The Before....HELP! I don't know exactly where to start here..... <BR> <BR> I was 15 years old when I started smoking. I quit when I received positive pregnancy tests with both of my kids (9 and 11 years old now). However (stupidly) I picked back up. <BR> <BR> Both of my parents died young (Mom: 47 y/o and Dad: ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:51:00 EST The day I never wanted to come I have never wanted this day to come while I was here on earth. Such a day is something a parent should never have to face or endure. But, I am awake, and I realize that the past few days have not been a dream and today is the day when we have to say goodbye too our beloved and most dynamic child... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:48:38 EST Something to make you laugh <img src=""> <BR> Cat in the Hat humor for a crazy Thursday. Fits the pms mood. <BR> <BR> All is well. <BR> <BR> Hope your day is amazing!! <BR> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:45:55 EST Meal prep <img src=""> Picked garden. I think I will cook some quinoa, chop all these veggies, saute with garlic. Kale, tomatoes, green-red-roumanian sweet peppers. Peach & blueberries for ?? Yogurt, oatmeal, cottage cheese to... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:44:53 EST Just push through the pain? Sometimes I amaze myself. In the past three years I have been in denial on many aspects of this new phase of my life but I think this one is a doozy! <BR> 3/4 of a mile into a walk this morning. I have been telling myself from the first painful can do this, just push through the pain... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:44:36 EST Another dreary day... It's hard to stay positive when everyone around you is eating junk. I'm doing this for me though, and I'm already feeling my body change. Have a great day everybody!! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:44:01 EST Dropped another 5 pounds Well, I am down even further with my weight. I weighed myself this morning and I weighed 194 pounds. Yesterday I was at 199 pounds. At least I got the weight that I gained off plus more. I did gain 5 pounds when I was at 198 pounds. I am glad that my weight is going the right direction. I knew th... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:42:41 EST I Tried On Clothes...and I Liked It! Last year at the end of the summer, I gave away almost all of my summer clothes. I was determined that I wasn't going to "plan to fail" by keeping clothes that I never intended to wear again. So...40 pound later and ready for the new spring season, I needed some new clothes! I love dresses and... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:40:29 EST Beauty and the Bulge - Weigh In Results Starting weight: 192 (Sept '16) <BR> Last week's weigh: 175 <BR> Today's weight: 174 <BR> <BR> And TOM is right around the corner! After a rough weekend food-wise, I've buckled down these last several days to make sure my eating is on point with LCHF. Several days this week I haven't been able t... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:39:01 EST I've hit a plateau :-( Whoo! Gotta re-examine myself to find that little demon and defeat it quickly. Summers approaching fast and I've got my eye on this cute little dress I want to model for my DH. I already know what to do, just got to get my brain to catch up lol. Be blessed everyone. <em>521</em> <em>381</em... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:32:18 EST Chuckle For Today A passenger in a taxi leaned over to ask the driver a question and gently tapped him on the shoulder to get his attention. The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus, drove up over the curb and stopped just inches from a large plate glass window. <BR> For a few moments everyt... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:31:00 EST Trying to get back into it. Just dealing with a overall down feeling, leading to binge eating and just not exercising. I threw off all the recent progress I have made. Which just compounds the crappy feelings. BLAH Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:28:08 EST Beets. Food I like <img src=""> <BR> I like beets so much we grow in our garden. I harvested nice tasty beets, saved beets & juice to freeze. Fresh tastes so much better. Had them chopped on my cottage cheese. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:16:41 EST Another day! Another day, the sun is shinning. Did my 35 minutes on the stationary bike. Not off to get my hair done. Feeling good on the inside, now to feel good on the outside. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:10:32 EST Happy Dance!!! For me this journey is so important, so each pound is a happy dance! I know I have a long way to go, but the little things keep me going. One of my accomplishments that make me excited is the "zeros", like 140, 130, 120.........I am 6/10's from my first zero!!!!!! Happy Dance today! <em>334</em>... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:09:27 EST Discipline <img src=""> <BR> It's a must have. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:07:39 EST Thursday it's a cloudy day here in Frederick, but I was able to get a run in outside this morning. looking forward to what the rest of the day has in store. <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:06:41 EST Thursday is here .. and each day is getting easier .. thankfully .. wish everyone a great one !!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:04:33 EST ALWAYS READ THE LABELS ON THE FOODS YOU BUY--NO MATTER WHAT THE FRONT OF THE BOX OR PACKAGE SAYS, TU I though everyone should read this from an email I received this morning from a friend ! <BR> <BR> ALWAYS READ THE LABELS ON THE FOODS YOU BUY--NO MATTER WHAT THE FRONT OF THE BOX OR PACKAGE SAYS, TURN IT OVER AND READ THE BACK---CAREFULLY! <BR> <BR> With all the food and pet products now comi... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:00:32 EST Oldie but Goodies... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's a couple of my favourite reminders not <BR> to be judgemental, and also to bring my ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:59:59 EST I am my worse judge I don't know about you, but I always hated myself. I've always been so strict and hard on myself. "Others can mess up, but not you", "Look how fat you got, you whale", "Go ahead, eat those snacks, you're not getting any skinnier anyway", "How stupid are you?" These are all things I have said to m... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:58:08 EST Happy Thursday to all I wish everyone a wonderful day. I was lazy and didn't get my walk in this morning, hope to do it later today. Great choices makes for a great outcome. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:57:57 EST Spring break Love this nice warm weather for spring break! Have I said before that I hate ohio weather!!! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:56:27 EST Quote of the Day: March 30, 2017 "Medicines cannot drug away the cellular defects that develop in response to improper nutrition throughout life." Dr. Joel Fuhrman Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:50:20 EST True <img src=""> <BR> Great words, sometimes I'm harder on my self, think positive and always believe! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:49:15 EST Goals for Weight Loss As a part of the Spring 2017 Challenge, I was asked to list my top ten reasons I want to lose weight as a reminder to myself to keep going and as a checklist that I will accomplish with God's help! <BR> <BR> 1 - The Bible says that my body is a "temple of God". I sure haven't treated it that way... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:46:44 EST Thursday's Thought <img src=""> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:46:09 EST Take a Walk in the Park Day Take a Walk in the Park Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always March 30 <BR> <BR> Don't miss out on " Take a Walk in the Park Day". It is an opportunity for exercise and relaxation. Are ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:45:41 EST Believe! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes, most times, we just need to believe it ourselves. A positive attitude makes a ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:41:41 EST Change The Plot <img src=""> <BR> Isn't it great to think we have control to change the plot of our life story? I know there are a million things we can't​ control. But..What about the million things we can? You can control your attit... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:37:17 EST Vacation Soon I am so glad to be going to Foxwoods Casino on Sunday. I will be gone for 4 days. <BR> <BR> I got a new mask for the CPAP machine. I now have a full face mask. My first night was not good. I am not willing to give up on it. I will keep trying until I get it. <BR> <BR> That's where I am r... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:36:25 EST The good and the bad I have good days and bad moments. <BR> <BR> Some days I'm on fire, eating perfect, exercising, the whole nine yards. I also have times when I give into weakness and break out the biscuits (actually I have to go and buy them when I want them as I don't keep any in the house any more) but when I'm... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:35:33 EST Little Reward <img src=""> <BR> I decided to dye away my greys today. Little reward for starting this adventure. I've let it go for almost a year because I stopped caring what I looked like since I gained all the weight. Starting to... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:30:43 EST 3/30/17 It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. William Blake Quote of the Day <BR> By all means use some time to be alone. Edward Young <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> There is a woman at the begining of all great things. Alphonse de Lamartine <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Give me a museum and I'll fill it. Pablo Picasso <BR> <BR> Natur... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:30:10 EST On The Lighter Side <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <em>386</em> Sparkers Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:22:51 EST What's your Word EQUILIBRIUM, is the word that best describe my inward focus this morning. Balance/Centeredness is very important and often challenging to maintain with the inevitable life influences; nevertheless, finding "quite time moments" be it prayer, a song, a conversation, an encounter/experience, etc., ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:15:59 EST Peregrines are Baaaaaaaackkkkkk!!! <link>//<BR>mals/birds/peregrine-falcon/ </link> <BR> <BR> So thrilling!! I've been hearing the unmistakable sounds of peregrine falcons flying over the house since at least Monday. <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning early I went out into our back yard for the da... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:11:42 EST Finally got to the gym <img src=""> <BR> Finally back to the gym! Ok, it’s only been five days, not weeks, lol, but I don’t like breaks even if it’s enforced by illness! Thank goodness I’m so very rarely ill. This is my high rep, medium wei... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:08:52 EST Mother Goose Gets Help <link><BR>ped-baby-1789420060.html </link> <BR> <BR> Have a great day. <BR> <BR> Peggy Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:07:52 EST Spent the day with the elderly I helped wheel all the wheelchair bound people to the elevated shuffleboard table they play "bowling " and "horse racing" on, then helped load them on the bus for a long ride. They have to be wrestled up the stairs, into seats and belted in. It's loads of hard work but they appreciate the atten... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:05:49 EST Today is your day!! <img src=""> Today is definitely your day!! Enjoy it to the fullest!! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:58:34 EST The Small Things. <img src=""> <BR> Goodmorning, I saw this little guy on the grill cover this morning. I just stood there and observed him or her hopping along. Sometimes it's the small things that make you feel grateful for your life,... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:55:50 EST Only 30 lbs to go. Yeah it has only been 30 lbs since November! I am hoping that cutting almost all processed foods and gluten, sugar, dairy and alcohol will kick it up a notch. I have been riding my bike instead of walking so my step counts are low. It also does not help that I have been sitting more at work. ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:54:53 EST You can't fail if you believe. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You can't fail if you believe. If you're having difficulty believing that change your goals. Instead of wanting to lose 50 pounds - want to lose 5 pounds. When you get there, want to lose anot... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:54:29 EST March Done! Well March is ending & hopefully no more cold snaps. <BR> We had a very mild winter here in Maryland. <BR> <BR> Allrighty, ready for another day of 100%. <BR> <BR> Went to our fave restaurant last night & got the baked chicken accompanied by a few pickles. Nothing else on the plate. Also had d... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:53:29 EST trying a Red Plum for the first time.. and why do people have to-....? Okay I have just tried my red plum for the first time. I like the taste, but i am rather confused with the texture, Im kinda a nerd, I didnt know that i shouldve left it out over night (according to what my dad tells me) it wouldve been less harder to bite into the first bite. (i feel literally ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:52:54 EST Walking I don't get out very much. I don't have a car. So when I can I get in walking. Today I am going to the stores. We go to 2 or 3 every other week. So I make sure I do it in 1/4's. That way I get in more walking time. Also twice a week I will pick a room and do heavy cleaning. That way I get more ex... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:51:36 EST Happy Had breakfast with my daughter great conversation, Happy Thursday make it a good day😍 Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:51:29 EST next hurdle... sleep there just aren't enough hours in a day! my next goal is going to be getting on a better routine so I get enough sleep. having a full time job as a single mom of two kids has proven to make this challenging but I'm going to try my best! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:46:44 EST Who are you going to listen to? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:44:54 EST Final day of workshop Yesterday went well. Lunch was Italian buffet (pasta and Italian sausage or chicken fettuccini), they fortunately offered zucchini and salad. 1/2 plate of salad 1/2 plate zucchini that I covered with spaghetti sauce and scooped some of the Italian sausage and onion on. Unsweetened tea and no d... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:43:54 EST Exercise - Remembering that it is enough <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I use this picture everytime I am thinking on something from a different point of view. Today's Spark Coach was talking about blogging about excuses why I don't exercise. The thing is I have b... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:42:56 EST Having a Thankful Thursday Today I'm thankful for my children. They have grown into wonderful people and I'm so happy to have them in my life. <BR> Hope everyone has a Thankful Thursday! <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:34:24 EST Omg <img src=""> <BR> I cant believe i am in this dress and looks great on me now Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:29:48 EST One more perfection blog: what *is* perfect, anyway? I admit to being a little bit of a baiter, hoping for this comment to come out. One of the most positive people I know (SLENDERELLA61) defended her choice of "in a heartbeat" wanting to be perfect if she could, against my "isolation" argument: <BR> <BR> She said: "In my mind a perfect person ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:29:29 EST Thursday March 30, 2017 Good morning, it's Thursday already! Hard to believe that another week is just about in the history book! Anyone have any plans for the weekend? It's a quiet weekend here I think...our renters will be moved out so DH will clean the other house and it's already on the market to sale...I just ho... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:28:25 EST 3/30/17 Hello Journal, <BR> <BR> Today is a going to be a good day…I claim it for both of us…I didn’t meal prep again..but I will make better choices of the available choices I have to day. <BR> <BR> Day 3 <BR> Sassy <BR> <em>593</em> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:28:08 EST Adult Fitness??? I think that if I didn't have a job I'd be in remarkably good shape. Or a family to support. Or bills. A big part of me wonders how much of the "inability to lose weight and keep it off as one ages" is actual metabolism and how much of it is the stress of being an adult. My desk job keeps my ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:24:50 EST How I feel about exercise “Wouldn’t exercise be more fun if calories screamed while you burned them?“ – Bill Murray Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:23:47 EST bjk1961 - 03/30/17 <img src=""> <BR> 03/30/17 - So even after having a caloric overload for dinner (no regret at all) my scale moved downward again this morning. I can see my target weight from here, and I want it more than ever! I l... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:16:27 EST Education... Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, teach them to think straight, if possible. —Robert M. Hutchins <BR> <BR> There is a great deal of truth in this little quote! <BR>... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:07:48 EST Just how to Appreciate Fitness First something you need to remember, of all is the fact that your bodily trainer must certanly be not and your buddy just a. <BR> <BR> <BR> Listed here are whenever choosing your individual real coach, a couple of things that you ought to contemplate: <BR> <BR> <BR> Examine work experience a... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:00:35 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I wish to live a life that causes my soul to dance inside my body. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:00:07 EST 3-30-2017-JOLLIES FROM JUDY Why did the child study in the airplane? He wanted a higher education! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:51:55 EST Getting it in <img src=""> <BR> Anyone have their garmin to do this. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:50:37 EST 3-30-2017-BAKER AND A COUPLE OF FOOLS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:44:48 EST Thurs 30 Mar 58,3kg Breakfast 6am <BR> Soy milk, mixed berries, 5 salted roasted cashew nuts chopped, 2 dried abricots, 1 dried fig, 1 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (3 graines: 60% oat, 20% wheat, 20% spelt), 1 tbsp oatbran, 2 tbsp Nutifibres, almond essence flavouring, sucralose, 3 teas (with sucralose) <BR> <img src=... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:40:52 EST Wednesday Thursday Still going easy at work metal out of unusual issues cropping up requiring extra meetings went swimming yesterday after work for 33 minutes almost 7/10 of a mile then spend more time on my bike 16 minutes 15 miles an hour to adjust my rear end to the saddle then ate my salad and went out for the ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:39:56 EST Stomach Full Signal, Sans the Desk--A Worthy Goal Not eating at my desk or while working is turning out to be a bigger challenge than I thought. Yesterday, I think the only time I actually ate and focused on eating was when I was in strapped in the car and on my way home, and by that time, I was pretty hungry. I was in the passenger seat, talk... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:31:30 EST 40 Things About Me I've had several of my Spark friends do this so I decided it was time for me to do it too! Feel free to do it yourself and leave it in the comments so I can read about you! <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? <BR> Nope <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? <BR> Yes. <BR> <BR> 3. ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:27:59 EST A Mini Victory! Still 205lbs this morning. So I guess this means the fast "I'm just starting" weight loss has ended, and now the real work comes in since the scale will be moving weekly instead of daily. <BR> But! The good news is I didn't gain, like I typically do! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I had another mini... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:27:15 EST Still in a bit of a funk, and had a frustrating morning....... REALLY, internet service provider? Suddenly I need to change how I get my family email? The $#!@## with that! You singlehandedly made my morning h*ll and I have no intention to hit Taco Bell (gawd, that commercial is sticking in my head - lol.......) <BR> <BR> <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> Got a lo... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:22:04 EST It's Thursday! Have to make it through today and tomorrow, then it's Spring break. Can't wait! Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:21:33 EST One - Minute Devotions- Bright Tomorrows One - Minute Devotions- Bright Tomorrows <BR> <BR> Every burden borne today and every present sorrow are but God's happy harbingers of a joyous, bright tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:14:19 EST The pool <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Where we had lunch <BR> <BR> I don't think I've been to the pool for at least two years. I'm amazed at people who go at least once a week. We have two sports centers near us, but both are 25 mi... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:14:11 EST March 30 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL TAKE A WALK IN THE PARK DAY <BR> <BR> National Take A Walk In The Park Day is observed annually on March 30th. After a long busy day, a calming and therapeutic way to relax would be a... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:01:34 EST My love/hate relationship with water I have been drinking a lot of water lately. <em>91</em> <em>274</em> I know that it is good for me and I am feeling <em>345</em> . However, I am in the bathroom ALL the time. <em>40</em> This becomes a real problem at work. I work alone and have to call staff from another buildin... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:58:51 EST Week 12 Results & Week 13 Goals It was a crazy week but I feel like it is starting to settle down now. I had two birthday gatherings to go to which involved dinners and munchies. I mostly did okay. The cake was tough. I love Italian rum cake and since one of the parties was for our birthdays, I had to indulge so now I when I ge... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:58:42 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=3/30/2017=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">BLESSED IS the man that ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:57:12 EST SCREAM <img src=""> <BR> Sometimes you just really need to Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:49:58 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, March 30, 2017 March 30, 2017 GOD’S KNOWLEDGE <BR> <BR> Knowledge of the world can be learned by most anyone. There are books. There are people to go to. There are shows and movies to watch. And, of course, we can always research something on the Internet. However, God’s knowledge can only be learned through a... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:43:34 EST No Discipline A lot of people post pics of updates of how well they are doing. This is great. God Speed to them but what about the people like me that are struggling with even getting in 3,000 steps a day? <BR> <em>39</em> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:38:07 EST 15th in 2nd Cookery Challenge: Baked butterbeans <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's by Bridget Jones... I'm sure she is endlessly NOT amused by that, I have a name similar enough to a popular 1980's TV personality and it peeved me off enough being similar, let alone the sa... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:32:36 EST In All Your Ways - Joel & Victoria Today’s Scripture:"In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:6, NKJV) <BR> <BR> Do you need direction in your life? The first question we need to ask ourselves is, “Am I acknowledging God in all my ways?” In other words, is He first place in your life? <BR>... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:23:29 EST NO FEAR! Have you ever backed down from doing something that would help you in life, or just make you happy? I have. I was afraid of looking dumb. I was afraid that it might not work out. I was paralyzed by fear, but never again! <BR> "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game"... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:18:31 EST Thursday Hopefully Addy is back to school today. Strep test was negative but sent it out to be sure. Plans are to decorate with my 4 year old granddaughter for Easter today. It is 5 a.m. and the rain is now starting. Have a lovely day. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:12:14 EST International toothbrush ... me a foreigner? I have been in Europe for a little over two weeks, with one to go. <BR> <BR> Yesterday my electric toothbrush ran out of Canadian electricity. It's charger retakes 110 volt. Fortunately I had brought a converter with, converting the local 220 to 110 and changing the pin type. <BR> <BR> I also o... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:06:53 EST March 30, Isaiah 23 The wealthy prostitute themselves Here is a judgment against Tyre. Whenever I read or hear this name I think also of Sidon, they're not exactly sister cities but similar in that they are on the shore of the Mediterranean sea and have rivers which empty next to them. A location like this becomes a major trade route and a place of ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:03:57 EST Day Zero Goals for today: <BR> <BR> throw out my 'junk/comfort food' <BR> drink more water - less soda <BR> no pasta/bread/rice Thu, 30 Mar 2017 05:03:08 EST Plateau I saw the scale move for the first time in a couple months this morning. Maybe this new job will help my weight loss get a kick start again Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:44:16 EST Mini Habits for Weight Loss Blog 17 (This is NOT a diet (verb) book, but a book about diet (noun) <BR> <BR> Before you read understand that everyone has their own opinion, their own plan. My blogs are my opinion. I am not a scientist, or a doctor. I am not telling anyone what to do. I am not telling anyone to live life a certain w... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:24:26 EST 3-30-17 Thursday <img src=""> <BR> Sick babies and Dr visits and house cleaning and running on two hours of sleep is my day. Woke up yesterday to very very sick babies. Lovely head cold. It breaks my heart. Willow is two and she's neve... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:21:30 EST hump day this morning had to change the password on of all things, my ravelry account.. yes the one that has all my knitting/crochet stuff. a person I have been helping with her knitting, actually got into my account and was moving patterns around.. and then she went and joined every group on ravelry a... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:17:12 EST Make it count!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:14:14 EST National I Am In Control Day March 30, 2017 <BR> NATIONAL I AM IN CONTROL DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL PENCIL DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL D... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:08:12 EST Is an ice cream sandwich a health food!!! Here it is 2am. I havent snacked in the middle of the night for almost 2 weeks! For me thats a miracle. I usually consume one quarter of my calories when my family is asleep. Ice cream sandwich! Dairy right! It has to be good for you!! 160 calories, 26 carbs, 13 sugars, 3 protein. Well ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 03:50:57 EST Team Work... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a great Thursday ahead & cheering you on your journey <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> Let's work together today, keeping in mind we were never meant to go it alone, we need each... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 03:40:07 EST Quote for Today <img src=""> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 03:32:31 EST Day 451 ~ Just a lil stiff and sore! Today's Sparkpeople - March 29, 2017 So glad the commuting and moving part is done, now to just find my stuff lol. I am definitely getting rid of a lot of unnecessary items that I have hung onto and pass them to a thrift store (or maybe we could do a church yard sale). Never-the-less it has to go... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 03:31:58 EST Spring Break Well, today is another day down, before I start back in school... was nice to have the time off... I have to work tomorrow.... Looking forward to it... Love working.... <BR> <em>593</em> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 03:30:50 EST Bible Verse for Today.. He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 03:30:49 EST Bless the NHS I am so lucky to have such a well run GP practice! Went on line shortly after 3 yesterday and got the perfect appt time......Friday 7th and 4.40. So that's just over the week for the x-ray results to get to her and means Wednesday and Thursday are free to celebrate Pete and Vicki's birthday respe... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 03:17:14 EST You Go Girl! So I've just completed Week 3 run 2 of C25k. You remember how last Saturday a lady said to me ''well you are doing better than these people still in bed, good for you' and it made me happy? <BR> <BR> Last night I went to bed way too late. I had 7 of 8 cookies in a packet (I should never have bou... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 03:02:45 EST hope to do better next week working on improving my health in the near future Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:59:34 EST Stress.. Stress seems to be something that everyone has these days. How you handle it is different some exercise, some sleep, some get massages and others like me eat our stress away. I have found that doing this is actually causing me more stress because of my weight and medical issues. I have got to lea... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:43:51 EST Weight No More: 40 Things About Me Borrowed from MISSDORKNESS, ONEKIDSMOM, POLSKARENIA, ADAKARA, et. al.: <BR> <BR> Learn 40 things about your friends and let them learn 40 things about you. <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? <BR> I am not a fan of blue cheese <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? <BR> Never smok... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:37:51 EST Be At Peace Friday I fought hard to get my Ventolin, so Saturday when the pharmacist told me "sorry we don't have any Digoxin in town", I wigged out. It should not be so hard to get basic medications. So let me back up and explain what happened. <BR> <BR> My mum was discharged on Saturday from hospital wit... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:32:33 EST 3-29-17 I will have to move money just so I can finish paying bills this month. I am going to have to cut back seriously on my spending. Not that I want to, but I have to. Stay home and stay out of the stores and off of Ebay. Did a little cleaning up on the desk. Still have some cubbies to go through. Ne... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:01:36 EST busy busy No track today, but did quite a lot of house work, at least quite a lot for me. It usually kicks off attacks or inflames my back and hip. Today I was able to do a lot. Still so much to do before Friday, but DH can help tomorrow. Also behind in my Nature Journaling e-class. Glad she's laid ba... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:00:59 EST New Low Cal Pasta Recipe Came Out Tasty! <img src=""> <BR> I tried a new low calorie pasta dish recipe this evening. Oysters over angel hair pasta with green onion,parsley,garlic and fresh lemon juice. Makes six servings @1.33 cups each. With a total of 47... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:00:19 EST I'm really proud of myself! Oops, I couldn't make logging gratitude here a priority. I've been doing a lot of reflecting though and I think I'll make space to continue being conscious of all my blessings in a paper journal because it is easier for me. I'm excited for the end of the month. I feel like I must have lost an i... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:55:40 EST Gratitude March 29 2017 Number 1: This afternoon my kids went to see Beauty and the Beast in the movie theater. I stayed home and waited for the cleaning ladies. It was mostly very quiet. It was nice. <BR> <BR> Number 2: The measuring guy came and measured for our new floors today. We should be the quote tomorrow... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:25:52 EST GONE 61 lbs !! What team has helped me the MOST?? R U interested? As we all come onto Sparks or have been with Sparks for quite sometimes we get to explore what works for each of us. <BR> <BR> When I first learned of the "Spring 5% Challenge Team" and read the description my ears picked UP !! <BR> <BR> Here it is: <BR> <BR> Race to Fascinating Places - 8 Wee... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:25:35 EST Day 411 of my adventures in spark land <em>578</em> Finally! <BR> A no calorie recipe <BR> that can fill you up!! <BR> <em>26</em> One cup runeth <BR> over of gratitude. <BR> <em>26</em> A pinch of <BR> willingness to listen <BR> to your heart. <BR> <em>26</em> A large <BR> dash of I <BR> respectively <BR> don't care what... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:13:37 EST The Power of one........... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know I have written about the smile being so very important and every day I can see why others are drawn to us. It only takes one to get something done. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your coming day and t... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:49:36 EST Day 25 of Lent: Day 25 of Lent: How can you serve others? <BR> <BR> When is the last time you volunteered or donated money or resources to help those in need? As we go through the second half of Lent, where we try even more to focus on Christ and others, think about the areas in your life where you could offer ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:39:23 EST No new lambs yet! Leila's twins are doing good, I did give a repeat penicillin shot to the one that aspirated during birth, still a little rattling in there. They are gaining weight quite well and have settled into 3 12 oz feedings of lamb milk replacer. I did have some on hand from last year, but it didn't look... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:36:15 EST 3.29.17 I exercised for about 45 minutes today but ate unhealthy. My dryer stopped working so Im very aggravated and made some bad food decisions. I do that alot when Im not in a good mood. #tryagaintomorrow Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:20:43 EST Four days of eating differently... My husband and I flew out to pack up items we are bringing home or shipping to our kids from my mother-in-law's home. We ended up eating pizza at brother-in-law's, out to dinner alone, and finally ordering pizza for us and family helping up take stuff to a storage facility. Leftovers provided a... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:15:51 EST Weather Another great day. Do not know when we will receive some rain. Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:10:33 EST Well I'm officially excited now! Last night after I got off work I went to the clinic to get my weight, then I went home and got the weight from my new scale to compare. They were very close to being the same, I think it was off by 0.4 lbs at home. For me that is good enough to track my weight loss trend. Since Wednesday is my "... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:08:16 EST Special Blessings-March 30, 2017 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I spent most of my morning reading today. <BR> <BR> 2. I took care of some medical business. I dislike jobs like this one, but a blessing to have it done. <BR> <BR> 3. I did laundry. <BR> <BR> 4. The sun was out and the temps ... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:08:12 EST "Day-65" <img src=""> <BR> I am going on my 65th day "Woohoo" been busy today and lost track of the time because, <BR> was with family today and evening and didn't realize the time and boy it got late before I, <BR> knew it so... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:06:19 EST Daughter's Birthday, Surgery, and Our Dog My daughter turned 37 today. We made jumbo stuffed pasta shells with salad and cherry meringue dessert today. Our dog was bad and scratched so much that we had to staunch her blood. We are hoping and praying that the dog gets to the point where we cannot stop the blood. My daughter loves her very... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:02:56 EST Wednesday's Words to Ponder <img src=""> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:55:18 EST Just a streak update tonight Work meeting at 9:00 tonight went later than planned so I am running way behind. Just an update tonight. <BR> <BR> Hope y'all are having a fantastic week! <BR> <BR> Streak report (week is Sunday - Saturday): <BR> Staying in calorie range 6 days out of 7 - 3 day streak <BR> Sleep at least s... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:55:01 EST Committing to me My goals for the next week are to exercise at least 30 min a day for 5 days and strength train for at least 30 min on 3 days. I intend to follow the spark diet and record every bite. Plus get that water in! <BR> <BR> Since it is spring break, I will get my exercises done in the morning. On... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:53:17 EST Hubby I am very proud of my hubby. <BR> He played a game. <BR> With other people besides me. <BR> What a great moment. <BR> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:52:27 EST March 29th...another month almost gone! My chicken insanity has kept me buzzing daily. pens to clean..waterers to monitor and fill. <BR> They eat like teenage boys and are about as messy too...heee hee <BR> I know teenage boys..raised 4 but almost always had their friends at the house most meals were between 6 to 8 growing boys... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:48:48 EST The long day. It's always a long day when we do lunch with my aunt. It's about 80 miles to her nursing home from mom's. So I end up in the car about 3 hours. I do enjoy lunch with 2 of my cousins and my almost 99 yr old aunt. Between her and my mom us "kids" laugh because they are not always having the sam... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:45:15 EST Fit isn't thin My New Years resolution was to exercise 150 minutes a week. So I took the 3 minutes step test to have something to compare too. I did so badly I wasn't even on the chart, I was below 'very poor'. It wasn't a great feeling. After 3 months of exercising and 30 days of exercising every day (see my ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:44:27 EST