SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Vegan Diet Thinking about it. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:24:14 EST Test Results & Prayer Needed... Afternoon <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Just got home from my renal ultrasound, good news 1 stone has passed and a cluster was found on the lower quadrant area of the left kidney, because I just went through laser surgery 3 weeks ago no further treatment is recommended, and I'm not being bothered b... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:08:43 EST Oh Saddle Tree, Oh Saddle tree.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving to all my Spark friends active, & not so active. This is my first blog in many months, but I have not forgotten all the friends I have here on Spark people who are a daily encouragement...even if I... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:58:41 EST Using Common Sense And Thanksgiving Wishes To All I awakened this morning wondering if I would be able to workout in water finally. Then I started coughing. At least I am getting rid of my mucus plugs which puts me one step closer to my goals. Yet, I didn't feel that in the wide scope of things, I would really profit health wise, by doing too m... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:50:37 EST Top 20 Reasons to Lose Weight <BR> 1. Lengthen your life! Obesity can shorten your life by upwards 5, 10, to 25 years. <BR> 2. Improve the quality of your life. You can do more. You feel like doing more. And, you enjoy every moment of it more. <BR> 3. Improve your self-esteem. Feel better about yourself. Feel in control of y... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:48:58 EST Happy Thanksgiving Eve! To all my Spark- friends - thank you for always smiling, posting or just checking in. Be safe tomorrow, eat to your heart's content and watch football! <BR> Praying you all have a wonderful day filled with joy and blessings! Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:38:00 EST No chemo again this week, and oncologist appointment Chemo was a no go today; my platelets are still too low. Last week before the transfusion, they were at 52. Today they were 87, but my oncologist won't do chemo if they are under 100. So the plan now is just to wait until Wednesday to check my blood counts again, and then if the platelets are up ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:32:34 EST Getting it done! complete 2 more strength tng exercise's & 3 cardio over the next 4 days. Lost 2 days due to knee arthritus Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:31:43 EST I'm a Thankgiving Scrooge I didn't buy a turkey and I'm not making anything. I bought pre-made green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, and a box of mashed potatoes. The turkey and gravey we are having is also in package. We have no family here and we're moving in 22 days. Aint nobody go time for that! We have so much to do.... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:31:14 EST Home from the hospital...again I spent the last week in the hospital due to my kidneys failing and I'm now on dialysis...again. I'm definitely not happy about it, but what can I do? All I can think about is the horrible fatigue that I'll feel most of the time and how hard it was to function the first time around. I can only ho... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:19:03 EST I am Thankful It's that time of year again that we all get together with our loved ones and eat. We also really think about what were thankful for. During this year I bought a new house in which I love! I'm thankful for the job I have that allows me to help take care of my family. I'm thankful for my healt... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:17:15 EST For My Spark Friends Just wanted to wish you all a lovely Thanksgiving. For those of you who drive, be careful!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Say Grace before your meal. <BR> <... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:14:02 EST Smile Of The Day---WED. Jazzmin O’Shea, a blonde accountant calls her boyfriend and says, Please come over here and help me…I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can’t figure out how to get it started.” <BR> <BR> Her boyfriend asks, “What is it supposed to be when it’s finished?” The blonde says, “According to the pictu... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:13:38 EST Well. Okay friends. <BR> <BR> I went downhill. And by that I mean I was on my way up Mount Everest and then an avalanche swept me off my feet and I'm currently somewhere at the bottom under a pile of snow. <BR> <BR> So last week, my husband and I went out a couple of times and that seemed to be the ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:07:22 EST The day before Thanksgiving I should be in the kitchen doing some chopping and prepping so the cooking burden will be lessened tomorrow but instead I chose to begin Christmas decorating. I plugged in my tunes and tried to dance around as much as possible without stepping on the strings of lights. I also did two nine minu... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:06:13 EST My Healthy Approach To The Holidays Originally, I was going to wait until January to start the Whole30, but I have slowly been adding about a pound a week and I can't wait until the first of the year. So here is my plan for the holidays: <BR> <BR> I printed the Whole30 shopping list and took it to the store with me. Once inside th... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:04:46 EST I am thankful!! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving; a day for family, friends and counting blessings that have been graced to you.  So many don't understand this anymore. It has become a day of shopping, monetary means, sales, and the start of the Christmas rush.  It actually saddens me to no end that so many just sim... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:03:34 EST WHAT I AM THANKFUL FOR <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1. First of all I want to say <em>304</em> to my Lord and Savior who redeemed me, changed my life and gave me a life worth living. <BR> <BR> 2. I want to say <em>304</em> Lord for saving all of my family befor... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:58:03 EST Heard of Sparkpeople's BLC challenges? Want to join in? A few years ago, I joined one of Sparkpeople's BLC teams, primarily because some of my Sparkfriends on another Sparkteam talked about some of the things that they had done as a result of being on the team. A lot of the things that I have learned on my fitness/health journey of the past four yea... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:56:53 EST Almost sorta kinda 'jogged' Well, it probably wouldn't impress anyone else but both feet were off the ground at the same time for a hot second. I believe the definition of running is that, at some point, both feet are off the ground. If so, I did, indeed, jog for four minutes last night. That is sooo underwhelming for you r... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:51:02 EST God grants peace, grace, and comfort in times of deep sorrow Here is the full obituary for our friend and daughter's former employer. <BR> I have deleted some names for privacy reasons. <BR> <BR> John Milton Scandrett of Bellvue, CO, died at age 44 in an automobile accident on Friday, November 21, 2014 near Laramie, WY. John was born in Deadwood, SD on J... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:37:09 EST Cool colored bands in icebergs <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The following link has a few more: <BR> <link><BR>eberg-color-theory/ </link> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:36:49 EST A Thanksgiving thought for today Happy "Count Your Many Blessings" Day! <BR> <BR> Recently, I got to thinking... shouldn't we take a moment every day to count our blessings? Life all around us may appear to be chaotic - yet, the earth continues to work with a clock-like regularity. Autumn yields to winter; many-colored leaves... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:34:13 EST 2014, Day 330 (11/26) 30 minutes lower body ST, 30 minutes walking (2.5 12-minute miles), an hour on my recumbent bike....all done....will feel it tomorrow and think of how far I've come and how much work it takes, so I won't go for 2nds and 3rds! Ate well and drank a gallon of water too (well, this will be accomplis... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:31:23 EST Searching online for a sparkpage background....oops! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did a few searches for images for my holiday sparkpage . I tried these searches: wreathes, Christmas flower arrangements, snow jewels, snow flakes, and finally purple snow flakes. That one got me a surprise! Appare... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:27:58 EST Taking a Huge Step Out in Faith for Us <img src=""> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:23:39 EST Don't miss the beauty and brightness! The following devotional is taken from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young, and is written as if Jesus is speaking to you. The scripture is from the NIV. <BR> <BR> “This is the day that I have made! As you rejoice in this day of life, it will yield up to you precious gifts and beneficial training. ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:21:35 EST Well written article prompted by actions in Ferguson by Taylor Toretto It was about a year ago today when I went to a Little Caesar’s pizza place nearby my workplace to try their lunch combo box for the first time. Admittedly, I wasn’t all that proud of where I was ending up for lunch that day, but I worked in a food desert and my options were limited. After all, pi... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:06:09 EST So Thankful! During this time of the season so many of us are planning and preparing good delicious meals for gathering around our family and friends, and so much for each of us to be thankful for and we can't count them "ALL" one by one , because so many blessings have overflown in our lives in abundance, Go... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:04:38 EST Slumber Party Halloween day I had a sleep study done to see if I had Sleep Apnea. Went to see the specialist Dr Niel (nice guy) on Monday and Come to find out I do in deed have it. It's not in the 'Extreme' category, but it's just below. He told me that since I plan on having Weight loss Surgery I should be tr... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:59:44 EST Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone Here is wishing a very happy Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:57:20 EST End of Second Week Wow! I am excited! I have kept a streak going for two whole weeks! I have tracked my calories and made a note every day! I started on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Because of my busy schedule that's about all I do on SP, besides spin the wheel, log my exercise and track my weight. <BR> <BR> I am... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:48:25 EST Laugh at the snow! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:47:59 EST Here comes the weekend! I love long weekends. I'm looking forward to getting some rest and seeing some family. <BR> <BR> Having my Christmas decorations done means I actually get to enjoy the entire weekend. <BR> <BR> I think I'm going to see a movie with my husband and my kid. Probably two! FUN! <BR> <BR> You... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:47:12 EST 5 Years... I think I started using SparkPeople in 2007 and stopped using it sometime in 2009, I can't recall. I did lose some weight, when I was trying, but it wasn't always easy when you live with someone who never wants to diet when I'm on a diet, which always seems to be the case with us. If I'm trying t... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:42:44 EST BE THANKFUL To all my dear friends and family out there who take tomorrow as the one day they give themselves permission to eat all they want, please rethink this!!! It's not worth it and if you're a food addict like me it could be the day that leads to a thousand more days of nonstop eating. I, myself, cann... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:41:57 EST Wednesday's Post - a little late I'm finding that taking the time to journal about this process keeps me much more mindful and engaged, so I'm trying to write something every day. Fell asleep before I posted yesterday, so here it is now! <BR> <BR> Kind of a mixed day. I was, for the first time, spot on in my food goals... unti... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:34:59 EST day before It's the day before Thanksgiving. This year it will be just our family and our son and the two grandchildren. Daughter-in-law is taking the baby to the mainland for a conference. <BR> <BR> Happy thanksgiving everyone! Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:30:30 EST So far to go but I'm chugging along I'm sitting here in Subway with my 2$ cold cut combo at the disabled table because I can't fit in the booths and the disabled table doesn't move like other smaller tables. I can't remember the last time I could fit in any booths anywhere. Sometimes you can move the table so you can fit. Halleluja... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:28:36 EST The Beginning of My Journey hey everyone. I'm still really new to the site this is only my second day with this app. So I thought it would be a good idea for me to login and start a consistent blog. So here we go! I am going to call this day day one. 11-26-2014 curent weight 199.5 lbs. My goal for right now is 170 lbs. ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:27:52 EST The Beginning of My Journey hey everyone. I'm still really new to the site this is only my second day with this app. So I thought it would be a good idea for me to login and start a consistent blog. So here we go! I am going to call this day day one. 11-26-2014 curent weight 199.5 lbs. My goal for right now is 170 lbs. ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:26:46 EST Snow in Northern Virginia <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What a nice visit with our DD, SIL, and their dog, Harley. Today, we have snow in Northern Virginia- something a South Texas lady loves! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:25:21 EST MEXICO for Christmas! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Joe and I are getting super excited for our beach vacation!!! Especially since my friend sent us links about things to do in the area that we are staying in the Mayan Riviera!! <BR> OMG, <BR> snorkelling <BR> <img ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:19:28 EST Biggest Loser...? Biggest loser or biggest winner? You make the choice. <BR> <BR> I've been a part of The Biggest Loser Challenges for quite a while now. And I have to say that it has made all the difference in my life, how I look at myself, why I eat the way I do... <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also k... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:19:09 EST MFLF wk 47- brief update 13188:13000 Fitness Minutes: <BR> 242.28: 360Miles to Jog: trying to utilize the employee fitness room, but I am really having a hard time with the treadmill. It's pretty low end quality, the room is tiny, there's no fan, I have to turn my head to look at the tv, it's housed in a small building w... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:16:53 EST All in KNOTS... During my 3.6 mile walk on my treadmill this morning I couldn't help but think about my journey in life. Not stepping back in time...reliving all the turmoil, but recognizing I really have come a long way. I really am going forward. <BR> Don't ask me why, but in my mind I compared my life to a... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:09:58 EST Need a challenge?.........BLC 27! Register now "The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 12 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 8+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it Y... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:04:56 EST Thanksgiving Song "May we let go, and grow bright as stars in a clear, frosty night, the more we are stripped of what we thought we could not do without." ~ David Steindl-Rast <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:58:46 EST crockpot lovin' I have an obsession with my crockpot. Seriously, I think I may have a problem. I use it EVERY SINGLE DAY. Breakfasts, dinners, desserts, drinks! The leftovers make lunches easy and sometimes what I start at 7am is ready by lunch! I am thinking of getting a second crockpot so one can make chicken ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:56:35 EST The Thanksgiving Poem I Generated <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> If I were a Thanksgiving Turkey... <BR> I would look as thin as I could. <BR> I would listen for kitchen sounds. <BR> I would watch out for hungry people. <BR> I would want camoflage. <BR> <BR> If I were a Thanksgiving Turkey... <BR> I would smell like an old shoe. <BR... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:55:28 EST The First Day is Always the Worst The first day of anything is always the most challenging. <BR> <BR> The first day of a workout is always so challenging, you want to quite in the middle. The first day attending a fitness class is full of anxiety and the desire to just not bother. The first day of doing a workout DVD at your par... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:54:49 EST Thanksgiving Tough time of year, trying to decide if its better to let myself eat what i want or say no. i guess I'll try to be nice to myself and be healthy. that seems rational Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:52:32 EST Talking Turkey Today we went to order our Christmas turkey. While we were there we picked up a few bits. Fruit and nuts for the Christmas cake. Foil trays. Dani's Christmas present and general groceries. It wasn't until we got home that I realised we ordered the wrong turkey! <em>429</em> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:50:10 EST Poem Generator online <link><BR>nksgiving-turkey-personification-poem-<BR>generator.php </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Even I can create a nice poem with this. There are set ups for many occasions! <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> chris Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:49:02 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVE A lot of you will probably be busy tomorrow, so I wanted to wish everyone out there in Spark Land a very Happy Thanksgiving. My kids are cooking, but I will be home to lend a hand or two if they need it. <BR> I have Thursday and Friday off of work, so I do plan on enjoying the long holiday. Mond... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:41:53 EST I am weak and pre-Thanksgiving challenge! <img src=""> <BR> So I am weak when it comes to holidays, vacations and fast food. I've become a very social eater, whenever there is an event with friends and family around-I lose control. It is weird because I used to be a "closet" eater. ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:41:03 EST Polar Silly! Q. What do you call a polar bear with ear muffs? <BR> <BR> A. Anything you want, he can’t hear you! <BR> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:40:31 EST ..lots of temptations.. Doing the Community Thanksgiving Dinner is a great opportunity to enjoy those who don't have family around, eat a wonderful meal, and play some board games after. The down side is...I am tempted to nibble on those goodies I am making..I decided I am stronger than that piece of pie...but how to I ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:33:13 EST Happy Thanksgiving Spark Friends! <img src=""> <BR> <em>304</em> <em>223</em> <em>430</em> <em>429</em> <em>426</em> <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Wouldn't it be wonderful <BR> If every day we're living <BR> We stopped to count our blessings <BR> Like we do... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:31:41 EST Day one... Starting Over Today I woke up with a can do attitude. I accepted the challenge, not to be skinny but to be healthy. Eating healthy and making better decisions as in being more active. <BR> <BR> I even put it into play today. I did 30 mins of jillian micheals ripped in thirty dvd. Usually I quit before 15 mins... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:30:53 EST Wednesday's Thought "Each time a man stands up <BR> for an ideal, or acts to <BR> Improve the lot of others, <BR> or strikes out againt <BR> injustice, he sends forth <BR> a tiny ripple of hope." <BR> <BR> ~ Robert F. Kennedy Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:28:08 EST 5 pounds lost since I first started!! I started a whole new workout routine and way of life a month ago. Simple HIIT workouts 3 times a week and a paleo lifestyle. Now, I've been sick the past few days and that might have a little to do with my losing weight too but not that much. <BR> <BR> I've been sick since Friday and haven't b... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:25:06 EST God Will Show You His Will <BR> Life Principle 10 <BR> <BR> If necessary, God will move heaven and earth to show us His will. <BR> <BR> 2 Chronicles 20:12 <BR> <BR> God always wants the best for us, and He is committed to showing us how to follow the specific plan He has designed for each of our lives. He wants us to l... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:20:24 EST Grant finalist Many folks know that after I had an accident, I had lots of time to sit and reflect on what I wanted to do with my life. With my wonderful husband's support, I founded the nonprofit Hampton Grows. We teach gardening programs and help schools and many other organizations to grow their own food. <... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:16:04 EST "HAPPY THANKSGIVING" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just wanna wish everyone a wonderful thanksgiving day and be very thankful, <BR> in what you have and be thankful of all the memories that you do have. <BR> <BR> #1. I am very thankful for family. <BR> #2. I am thank... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:10:37 EST Yay! Made it into the 270s today 279 this morning. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Next mini-goal: 275 or under Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:08:28 EST Thanksgiving day eating plan It's here. The first major Holiday of the "Holiday binge eating season". I have made a pledge to myself. It is a simple one. <BR> <BR> I will NOT gain any weight between now and Jan 1st. <BR> <BR> "But it's the holidays, give yourself a break?!?" <BR> <BR> I work too hard every day to get he... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:07:02 EST T Minus 1 Just got back from the back has been HORRENDOUS this week. I can hardly bend over to tie my shoes, and every time I sit for more than ten minutes I get so locked up that I have to walk around for a few minutes till I loosen up enough to stop whimpering with pain. Arrrrrgh. My... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:05:21 EST Everything worthwhile takes time. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This picture says it all. And it is so true. I haven't lost all of my weight quickly it has taking me time. And I'm still learning how to control my eating and how to make smart choices. It's easy when I'm inspired a... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:57:31 EST Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving to all US-based Sparkers! <BR> <BR> So this year, I have a lot to be thankful for. I met a great guy, met my goal weight, am well on my way to completing my first formal HM, etc. I'm actually am having two Thanksgivings - one with his family on Thursday and one with mine on ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:47:49 EST HAPPY THANKSGIVING <img src=""> to everyone that celebrates this event, and for my peeps in other countries, have a blessed Thursday. Stay safe and enjoy your loved ones. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:47:26 EST Fresh start "People love the frest start: 'No matter what the past, I can define my destiny right now.'" <BR> <BR> Pamela Peeke, MD Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:42:18 EST BLC27 Registration Opens Soon! "The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 12 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 8+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is it Y... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:41:50 EST Super Excited today!!! So back when i first started in the beginning of November, i told my best friend Bethannie about a mini goal, and my husband, i didn't post it but it was always in my head. I wanted to be in the 330's by the time i went to the doctor today. Well guess what i was 338.6 today, and lost 10 pounds ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:41:40 EST Bonus Blog: Thanksgiving Squirkey (child's creation) Natalie's assignment was to take the picture of a turkey her teacher gave her and disguise it. Then write an essay about why the disguised turkey should not be eaten for Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> Natalie created a "squirkey," a cross between a squirrel and a turkey, complete with acorn: <BR> <BR>... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:40:37 EST Good work day Wish I did not have to work the next two days, but not retired yet. On my way to the dentist.. I am so tired, it will be nice to take a nap in their comfy chairs. I always fall asleep when they are cleaning, filling, drilling, whatever. <BR> Next week is the eye doc, diabetes class and mammogr... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:37:05 EST In My Previous Life... priorities were so wrong... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ...I was negative... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ...I was filled with excuses... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:36:24 EST Engaged <img src=""> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:31:56 EST How Did This Happen?!?! If you've been following along, you know that after three years of infertility and two very early miscarriages, we stumbled into doing IVF when I over-stimulated on a medicated cycle. We chose to put in two 5 day old embryos as our doctor recommended, knowing that the chances of twins if a pregna... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:27:36 EST Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving and a blessed weekend. <BR> <BR> 133 laps swam 3167 to go. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:27:05 EST Day 566 Rest Day. Feeling good. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:26:18 EST 11/26/14--done with 2014 I haven't had any major crisis this year, and I haven't lost any weight. in fact, i have gained weight. <BR> I know, I know......that's what many of us Sparkers go through. No different with me. I have a mostly supportive husband (he wants me to stick with a plan long term). that's not much to a... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:25:12 EST So Much To Be Thankful For! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am so so Blessed....just needed to pause and express my gratitude! <BR> <BR> The Bible says, “In everything give thanks for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. (1 Thessalonians 5:18) <BR> <B... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:21:41 EST Day 33 Combat - Combat 45 Power Kata - Supreme Warrior Schedule A strange blog today. Letting off a bit of frustration...... <BR> <BR> Today my weighted gloves arrived yippeeeee. <BR> <BR> Started the workout with them on it felt good and as the workout progressed my shoulders were getting tired which I liked. <BR> <BR> BUT......Yes there is a big but and ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:19:18 EST Wandering mind... I am sitting here thinking about trying to become more positive. searching the Net for positive quotes to help. Then I realize how much I have gotten away from my weightloss goals and YES I have gained weight because I have some medical issues going on right now. Which hopefully on the Dec. 6th w... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:14:16 EST Beauty Quote <img src=""> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:13:56 EST Here we go great day to live life Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:12:27 EST Blue Jeans Freedom! About 15 years ago, I outgrew my last pair of jeans. I was adamant that I was NOT buying a larger size; I was going to lose the weight and get back into them. Well, that didn't work, I continued to gain for a while; until I mentally hit the wall on 5/29/14 and decided that it didn't matter what i... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:11:52 EST EIGHT DAY WEEKEND Well, yesterday was the first day of my eight day weekend. I had a lot of friends supporting my neighborhood after looting last night. I managed to spend money at five businesses last night where a lot of the windows had been smashed. Wow, I just looked up and it is snowing outside! Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:06:39 EST Food Love this: <BR> <BR> "FOOD is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug in America, and EXERCISE is the most potent yet underutilized antidepressant." ~ Bill Phillips <BR> <BR> A fellow Sparker posted this, and I am so glad that she did. <BR> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:03:45 EST I've Lost 2.75 Inches in Two Weeks! Okay, I kind of feel like low energy lately and I did have a few chocolate covered cookies through the week, so I was surprised (but not). It wasn't too much of a shock, because I went from a size 12 to a size 10 so rapidly. But I'm proud to see the measurements! <BR> <BR> November 26: <BR> <BR... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:00:32 EST Happy Thanksgiving Sparkfam!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hoping & praying you all have a blessed & wonderful Thanksgiving! Didn't feel like cooking until just now so I will be running here & there to get my items.... <BR> <BR> What are you doing that is special this year?... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:50:21 EST Thursday Another busy day today, I am so tired as when I finish work at 5:00 pm catch the shuttle back here takes 20 min. then get home do the lunches for the next day and cook tea it is after 7:00 pm by the time I sit down to relax it is 7:30. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:45:20 EST Day 83 No More Deprivation Today's lesson is about deprivation. When learning to eat healthy and change your habits to good choices a person can feel deprived of the food that they used to eat. A really good example of this is Thanksgiving holiday. When I was young we used to start Thanksgiving in the morning with donut... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:41:53 EST New doctor visit...results... "FOOD is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug in America, and EXERCISE is the most potent yet underutilized antidepressant." ~ Bill Phillips <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a sign in my doctor's office. As I sit and wait for him to give me my results from the past few months, I see this is a new si... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:38:34 EST Its been over 200 days since I've been here. <BR> I've seen a lot of doctors, I've been on "rehab" (a german thing. they send you in a specialized clinic to get you back to work. Its 3-6 weeks with a lot of treatments like sport, group therapy, informations). It was nice, but it did not helped me as much as I expected.... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:34:17 EST Less than 30 Pounds to Go! Wow, I can hardly believe that I am within 30 pounds of my goal weight (29 pounds to be exact)! I'm discovering so many new things about my body every day. I did "supermans" (lie face-down and elevate arms and legs) at the gym yesterday and actually felt my pubic bone hit the mat for the first ti... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:31:07 EST Slipped disc is back oh joy Oh joy of joys my slipped disc has decided to make a come back. All I did was put some laundry in the washing machine and bang my back went. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So I am back to popping pills and a hot water bottle <BR> <img s... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:25:59 EST Lost in Translation Wong Chow calls into work and says" I can't come in, sick, got headache,stomach ache, legs hurt, I no work." <BR> <BR> The boss says," You know Wong, I really need you today. When I feel sick like you do, I go to my wife and tell her to give me sex. That makes everything better and I go to work.... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:19:17 EST Gratitude Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and this afternoon we are all headed up to Clearlake to spend the holiday weekend with my parents as well as my sister and brother-in-law. I am so full of gratitude to be alive and healthy this holiday, with so much to look forward to in the coming year. <BR> <BR> As I'... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:17:49 EST Can you even pull that muscle? So, I was doing my 30 Day Shred video last night; getting way into it. I can do more push ups (on my knees, but who cares!) and decided to really dig in deep for the whole video and see if I couldn't knock it out of the park. During some squats, I made the effort to really fire off the correct mu... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:17:20 EST Keeping warm I have just discovered hunting socks in the sporting goods section of the discount stores. I don't hunt, so I'd never ventured up that aisle, before. Just happened upon it & noticed that they have a very nice selection of wool blend socks, for women, too. Since I'm in the cold part of the coun... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:12:34 EST Giving Thanks Thanksgiving, that one day a year where we show our appreciation for one another. <BR> <BR> I have so many things in my life that I am thankful for. First of all I am thankful that I have a wonderful husband. He is my knight in shining armor, my soul mate, my eternal companion and a wonderfu... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:00:42 EST Quote of the day 11/26/14 "Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be." <BR> Grandma Moses <BR> <BR> Make it the best you can <BR> <em>386</em> and be Happy <BR> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:56:28 EST Short note. Just a short note today. We had snow over night and the ground is white again. Merlin is not happy and wanted in right away this morning, so he is taking up the majority of the kitchen. Of course had to scoop out bunks this morning, back handled it well, so maybe that is getting better. Even ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:54:38 EST Wonderful Wednesday Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:53:54 EST Social media runs my life these days ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a crazy busy day my hubby had <BR> <BR> 2 Dr.s appointments one in the morning to get an eyeshot <BR> <BR> in the eyeball to maintain his vision. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Then right after tha... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:52:54 EST Success Quote(s) - 11/25/14 It's not what you start in life. It's what you finish. <BR> <BR> - Katherine Hepburn <BR> ----------------------------------- <BR> Chance favors the prepared mind. <BR> <BR> - Louis Pasteur <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:52:48 EST SNOW PUPPIES <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:50:57 EST "PHANTOM OF THE OPERA" NEW TOURING COMPANY--REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In 1991 the Broward Performing Arts Center opened in Fort Lauderdale with the first touring company of Phantom of the Opera and last night, 23 years later, 28 years after it opened in London... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:49:09 EST You Should Read THIS !! <BR> <BR> I suggest you read this blog. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823181 </link> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:48:13 EST I'm on a Perpetual Vacation <img src=""> <BR> It's Thanksgiving time, and although I thank God daily for all my blessings, this is a special time to remember what we are grateful for. I am immeasurable grateful to God for my wonderful LIFE, because: <BR> "I'm on a p... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:41:53 EST rain it is cool mid 40's and rain here in Lee Hall Virginia <BR> <BR> <em>27</em> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:41:33 EST Refocus My main concern is no longer weight loss, it is blood sugar control. When I focus on weight loss I feel as if I have suggestions for success not rules for success. When I am focused on blood sugar control I have RULES for success. I am eating low starch which is not the same thing as low carb.... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:38:40 EST focus ok blogged yesterday hoping it would help. it did...woot woot. <BR> Stay on track and had a successful day. Got to use all the tools in the arsenal. <BR> Now on to the next day <BR> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:36:54 EST Wednesday, the middle of the week, the grand plan. SO far I have been up on time, tested my sugar ( 188, a bit high but I ate an apple at 3am). Went to the gym, walked for 30 minutes, Sparked, made breakfast, sparked some more... the whole thing is an avoidance to go to work. which I will go get ready for and go to right now. <BR> <BR> rest of ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:36:15 EST I see the beach--Holiday booked--gotta work real heard now the hard work ahead. I must loose something.. I need to wear my new bathing suit on this trip. cant wait..gonna work real heard <img src=""> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:27:08 EST Hey........................ <img src=""> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:26:43 EST Second Day well everyone this is my second day. This morning I read an interesting article about goal setting and how it shouldn't be about weight but about health and if you set goals according to health instead of weight oftentimes you feel better and you lose weight faster and you keep it off. So that's ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:25:26 EST Happy Thanksgiving 2014! I hope all of you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving week! I am busy with all my own plans and preparations and still can't wait for the holiday to arrive! I know all of you are, too. <BR> <BR> Some of you are trying to get "Home" for Thanksgiving and it looks like the weather is going to cre... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:24:55 EST Week one So far pretty good. I'm finding that I'm a little irritable but that bothers my DH more than me. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Joined Planet Fitness- have to say I'm impressed. I don't feel intimidated there.. bodies of all shapes and sizes, and everyone's very friendly and judgement-free. <BR> ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:24:03 EST Thanksgiving This time of the year is a joyous one. I love Thanksgiving! It's my favorite holiday! Many people get caught up in the buying part of the season, but Thanksgiving is all about being thankful. <BR> <BR> I am thankful for this journey and what brought me here. What? You are thankful that you HAD... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:21:55 EST Collecting My Thoughts <img src=""> <BR> picture courtesy of <BR> <BR> <BR> I have so many thoughts in my head this morning. I am not coming up with one targeted theme to my blog. <BR> <BR> But Blog I Must. <BR> <BR> You people wh... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:20:14 EST Holiday panic has started. Dropped some coupons off at my neighbors. They were pre planning black friday I am sure. I never get the urge to join in the madness. Most years I use the holiday weekend to relax but this year being unemployed I have had plenty of free time. Our weather has turned rainy and cold with possibl... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:19:40 EST Let it snow It is snowing here in Bernville Pa. <BR> It was supposed to start at noon but it started about 8:ooam. <BR> It is supposed to snow 5 to 8 inches and the way it is coming down we just might get that much. <BR> It is always so beautiful to look at until you actually have to be out in it (unless y... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:16:44 EST How to Be the Perfect Doggie House Guest <link><BR>ng-family-with-your-dog-in-tow.aspx?ut<BR>m_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=e<BR>mail&utm_campaign=2014-11-21%20%281%29& </link> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:15:56 EST Motivation I have thirty pounds to lose. I went onto the scale today and thought about the number -- if it would be thirty pounds less, it would have to start with one. Then I thought ten. I'm going to focus on the fact that I want to lose ten pounds, not thirty. That makes it easier for me to motivate myse... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:14:45 EST it's wednesday i have some errands to run. my daughter is back at school and she feels much better. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i will be working on my online courses today, as i want to get more caught up and be a bit ahead. here, it is cool and not too windy. yesterday, when i went to look after my good... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:11:48 EST FEELING LIKE A TURKEY Yesterday I started blogging about this challenge. I determined that my goals were: <BR> 1. 30 minutes of exercise daily <BR> 2. Track food and eat withing calorie range daily <BR> 3. Blog about the Challenge. <BR> 4. Spark Daily <BR> I felt really good about yesterday up until dinner time. I cam... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:10:45 EST Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Not too late for you to try this recipe... Happy Thanksgiving to all! <BR> TURKEY RECIPE <BR> <BR> I thought this sounded good! Here is a turkey recipe that also includes the use of popcorn as a stuffing ingredient -- imagine that. When I... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:09:52 EST Day 333 - Not making my goal I tried, but it was not to be this month. 2000 fitness minutes was an impossible dream during the school year. 1500 minutes was a dream too. 1000 was possible, I just didn't make it. Right now, I sit at 775. I might get 45 minutes today and 45 on Friday. I don't think that even with a hike ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:05:46 EST I'm Scared I am beginning Jillian Micheals 30 day shred on Monday December 1st with some of my gym buddies but honestly I am scared; scared of giving it my all and not getting results. I have read some fabulous reviews about the program and frankly I really don't know what results to expect (both for me and... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:03:50 EST On To Week 10... I'm just starting my 10th week here at sparkpeople, I'm so proud of myself for sticking to my plan for this long. This is the best I have ever done! Yay me! I have lost weight every week, I'm giving it my all so I'm glad to see changes for the better. <BR> <BR> I don't want to lose weight to fas... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:02:51 EST Resistance is futile A month away from the shortest day of the year. I get SAD. I have a light book and I take vitamin D but this time of year is so depressing. My first suicide attempt I was sixteen years old. It was on December 5th. We weren't Christian & lived overseas so I'd see most of my peers get gifts on Chri... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:02:22 EST $$$$$$$$$$$$$ Went over my finances this morning. <BR> Looks like I will be spending more time at home for a while. <BR> Got the necessary stuff taken care of. <BR> <BR> Didn't anticipate $1,000 on the car in the last two months. <BR> My condo maintenance increased by a additional $150. <BR> Just found out th... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:01:47 EST Approaching my 1yr Sparkpeople Anniversary I can hardly believe it has been 1 yr (since my first brave weigh in) that I happened upon this website and logged in. It took me a couple months to be brave enough to actually start. So much information and so many wonderful people! However, a part of me is unhappy with myself as I have only l... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:59:03 EST San Antonio Texas day 2 and 3 On our first day in SA Texas, I think I had 6.5 miles of walking by the time I was done for the day. <BR> Day 2 was 10 miles and day 3 was 8.5 miles so as you can see, I decided that I would make the most of my time outdoors. The weather there was kind of fickle, the sun would come out and shin... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:49:42 EST Tattoo - Yay or nay?? Full day planned tomorrow. I am picking up my oldest daughter and a friend to head off to the annual Festival of Crafts. My daughter and I have been going to the craft show for almost 10 years now. It's always fun, always a wonderful Christmas tradition. Some years we buy a lot, some years no... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:49:32 EST Hum, no power We had a big wind storm last night so typical of us folks here on the mountain we are without power. Fortunately we have a generator but it sure breaks the peace and quiet...but then again we were awakened at 5 this morning with the cohetes. At least I am not roasting the turkey here. Hopefull... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:47:20 EST Day Ten of My Hundred Days to a Healthier Lifestyle Have you noticed the trend that is occurring lately? I often hear people say the things they shouldn't do if they're trying to drop a few (or maybe several) pounds, rather than saying what they should do. You see, what you should do is so simple that people have trouble believing it works. <BR> ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:46:56 EST What went well 11-25-14 number 1: I ate some of my non dairy non soy ice cream. The mint flavored one. Actually I ate the whole thing. It was yummy. <BR> <BR> Number 2: we went to the Arizona natural history museum and hung out with dinosaurs and even panned for gold. It was good. <BR> <BR> Number 3: when we l... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:45:48 EST Turkey day is upon us! Cant believe it's that time of year again! wow! So much to do today and so much I don't even want to deal with. Like right now I am sitting on my butt instead of getting my mashed potatos cooked for tommorow. LOL <BR> <BR> This was such a struggle the first time and and it''s twice the str... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:45:05 EST Dogs ;-) 11/26 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:43:00 EST 11/26/14 ~ Mistakes The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it. <BR> <BR> ~Thomas S. Monson <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:35:34 EST Throwback #4: Forget the New Year Resolution! ========================== <BR> <BR> I have written literally hundreds of blog posts and articles over the years for this and that. <BR> Here on SparkPeople I have pages of blog posts. <BR> I've been looking back through them and identifying ones that have a particularly good message. <BR> ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:35:11 EST Thanksgiving Eve Well it's not exactly eve (yet) but I am excited that it's almost Thanksgiving.We will be spending the holidays in Houston with my family and my husband's family. We will spend a couple of hours with each side of the family. Some folks choose a side to spend with each year but I don't mind juggli... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:33:10 EST Isaiah 61:3 (WEB) <BR> to appoint to those who mourn in Zion, to give to them a garland for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Yahweh, that he may be glorified. <BR> <BR> Promise #... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:21:27 EST Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 51st Week I pretty much made my exercise goals this week however I did not eat to the plan. I only had 2 successful 64 ounce water days, and 5 of the 7 days I ate over my 2,000 calories allotment. <BR> <BR> My problem... popcorn and late night snacking. I'll do so well all day long and then after dinner, ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:20:24 EST Thanksgiving I'm not going to have time to blog tomorrow, so I'm going to get a jump on things. <BR> <BR> First: Workout this morning sucked. I made it through 2 of the 3 rounds and then felt like I was going to pass out. Probably should go back to eating something before my workout. On top of this, my MIL ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:20:09 EST Thanksgiving This year I am trying to focus more on family and less on food. I have good intentions every year, but I have succumbed to my food urges in the past. I will try very hard this thanksgiving to enjoy the time with my family. After all, that is what we are celebrating, thankfulness and family. <BR> ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:17:36 EST Pecan Pie Cheesecake Hello Sparkfamily, I know, I know, it is holiday season and we are going to be cook'in and bake'in up a storm and and there are going to be sweets, rich foods, and all those tempting foods out there for us to see. But we can handle this right sparkies? RIGHT! Here is another yummy treat that you ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:17:34 EST Hey Everyone! I've always tried to be healthy, both with my diet and exercise routine, but this year I tore my rotator cuff and got married, so between wedding planning and my injury I didn't spend much time in the gym from February through August, and with my focus off of my health, my eating habits suffered ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:08:39 EST Shallow The one thing I like about blogs is that it allows you to speak your mind; hopefully without judgment from others. So here goes. <BR> <BR> I'm shallow. Not in the sense that I judge other people; but in the sense that I have a hundred reasons to lose weight, but not just for the health of it. I ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:01:58 EST November 26 Boy has this been a week from you know where. I was so afraid that we would have a hard time finding some place to live. I have been so stressed and upset that I literally could hardly think straight. I think the worst part of this whole week was the sense of betrayal I felt. I am sure that my la... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:01:41 EST Blessings, November 26, 2014 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. I have a 5 day weekend. <BR> <BR> 2. I have a plan for my Christmas decorations. <BR> <BR> 3. The Thanksgiving feast at school was wonderful. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:58:50 EST I lose weight for me! Have you ever filled out a list of reasons why you want to lose weight? I have. And I always include other people on my list. I found out last night that is not a good idea for me. Here are some awesome reasons to lose weight. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:55:45 EST Too fat for yoga!! Why I will never join a yoga class: Yesterday I thought I would change up my routine and try something new. Yoga seemed to be the answer. It all started to go alright. Breathing that slowly was a struggle but easily workable. Then I started to have normal fat girl probs. Lifting my legs an... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:52:03 EST My Daily Bible Verse 11/26/2014 Isaiah 40:30-31 <BR> New International Version <BR> Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. <BR> King James V... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:46:46 EST loners anonymous <img src=""> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:46:31 EST Little Johnny <BR> <BR> A LITTLE THREE YEAR OLD BOY IS SITTING ON THE TOILET. HIS MOTHER THINKS HE HAS BEEN IN THERE TOO LONG, SO SHE GOES IN TO SEE WHAT'S UP. THE LITTLE BOY IS SITTING ON THE TOILET READING A BOOK. BUT ABOUT EVERY 15 SECONDS OR SO, HE PUTS THE BOOK DOWN, GRIPS ONTO THE TOILET SEAT WITH HIS ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:42:54 EST Have I been giving it 100%.... Looking back over this past week's workouts, I feel as if I have only been giving them 80% effort...I know that I need to increase the effort to increase the effects and increase the pounds lost..lots of increasing is gonna happen this week!! We are do a prettu big snow storm today and into tomor... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:40:12 EST Day 3: 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 3! Yesterday was a bit more challenging. My shoulder is the worst it's been since my surgery in July. I have no idea what I've done, but the pain is from my neck to my shoulder blade. I bought new pillows at Costco, but woke up to even more pain in my bicep. So today it's no computer wo... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:39:40 EST My plan to avoid the Thanksgiving food trap Well, this is the year that I REFUSE to put on an extra 7 pounds over the course of the next two weeks. <BR> <BR> <BR> NOPE! No massive Thanksgiving feast here! <BR> <BR> NOPE! No indulging in insanely carbed and fat filled dishes and leftovers! <BR> <BR> NOPE! No sitting and laying around l... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:37:45 EST The good and bad about holidays My Very Significant Other and I are traveling about 8.5 hours by car to visit his family for Thanksgiving this year. It's been a few months since we've seen them, so I'm super stoked about it! We'll also be staying in their cabin in the woods during our visit, which is one of my favorite places i... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:36:10 EST Compulsive Eaters <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:31:44 EST Short Weeks Are Hard! The list of crap I need to get done today is daunting -- especially since I have to be at the restaurant at noon. I guess the list of crap I needed to get done yesterday was daunting, and just ignored it. <BR> <BR> Youngest Jodi broke up with her boyfriend. It was the best thing for her, but th... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:29:44 EST Happy thanksgiving Good Morning- already went to gym. DD has been calling and facetime me. She is not coming this thanksgiving - need to share her with her inlaws. I have learned to share so it does not bother me. DH & I will have a very healthy meal. <em>213</em> DS legal results are very complicated. ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:27:44 EST Early Bird Day Up early to a sunshiny 49 degree morning on the Gulf Coast. Exercises are going well. Calories remain below 1300. Weight is steady. Trivia is at 94%. Finishing up final preparations for out Thanksgiving celebration that will be tonight. We will have our daughters and granddaughters and one ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:26:50 EST oops...but I WILL thrive! Ooops! gained a pound...or so. and it's not even the holiday yet! Could be the lack of exercise...walking a lot at work, but not working out. Could be the sugar cravings that i am struggling with...ok giving in to! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> BUT i have a plan. I cook for Thanksgiving and o... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:25:48 EST My Locust Time is changing the landscape at the old farm. The current owners, young and full of imagination, bought the property at Locust with the idea of restoring the house, an old log cabin that had been built around 1800. However, once invested in the property they found that the structure was too fa... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:25:37 EST Off the hook...and happy about it! <img src=""> This is my Mom...don't let the apron fool you. <BR> <BR> I am happy to say that most of the Thanksgiving preparing pressure is off of me now. <BR> <BR> My grandmother, mother and myself all cooked for our families because we h... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:25:09 EST Happy Thanksgiving SparkFriends!!! <img src=""> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:23:28 EST How to be happy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This week many Americans will be thinking of our many blessings. I have a very long list. Just thinking about that list, and giving thanks, brought with it a variety of feelings. But most of all, it made me happy. ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:21:54 EST my fav quote It's really a Nike thing but I like the quote Just Do It. It keeps me from waffling on things like exercise or anything really. It is such a simple statement. It gets rid of all mind clutter and gets down to basics. I clear my mind and move. Gotta love the simple stuff in a hectic world! Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:13:11 EST Day 25 snacking and scale fluctuations Last night was a snack night, not much to say there. The scale has been crazy lately, I think it's my GI tract still trying to sort itself out, but it was way up yesterday morning (like 3 pounds higher!) and down about 2 of those pounds this morning, despite the no snacking on Monday, and the sn... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:09:00 EST ADD SPICE TO YOUR WATER <img src=""> <BR> <BR> TIRED OF PLAIN WATER, SPICE IT UP--AND DRINK IT UP Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:08:22 EST Choosing Favorites <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Next week (starts Friday) my task will be to pick seven somethings from among my Spark Favorite articles and assign each a day of the week to do that day's something. The problem I have is my Spark Favorites are heav... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:07:12 EST Thanksgiving Fruit Salad <BR> Here's how to get ready for tomorrow <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:04:56 EST MAX'S LETTER TO SANTA Santa <BR> Oh dearest Santa, I promise I’ve been good. <BR> Always used my litter box and eaten all my food. <BR> That broken lamp was a minor transgression. <BR> I don’t think it required that time-out session. <BR> And it wasn’t I who shred the arm of that chair. <BR> Besides, isn’t that why th... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:01:59 EST Day 45 We're at Day 45, Gaye and Ginie! <em>244</em> <BR> Went to my physical therapist for my shoulder yesterday, which is feeling better. She really dug into it, though, to relief some of the stress that's there. <BR> She took at look at my knee and since the pain is on the surface, and I'm walk... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:01:38 EST Happy Thanksgiving Eve!!!! I hope everyone is doing well! I had a busy day yesterday with work and hubby sick. Not much to report today. I am at work for the most part it will be a slow day. Maybe even get off early. I would like to finish painting my bathroom and get some cleaning done. <BR> <BR> Please pray for my A... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:01:37 EST Tighten up...please take a guess I could go a few different ways with this blog title. <BR> <BR> I wonder if I should just let you guess what I tightened up. That kind of sounds fun. Any guesses? <BR> <BR> I'm feeling good today and ready for my "holiday" to officially start! <BR> <BR> But I seriously think I'm gonna ma... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:59:44 EST Day 033: Let's Make World Smile With You! I read an article in SparkPeople, "7 Good Reasons to Smile": <BR> 1. Smiling can make you happy (even when you're not). <BR> ~ I think this work make my mood lift up even if just a tiny little bitty inch away from my sadness/anger. Though when I'm mad, my smile more evil than usual LOL <BR> <BR>... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:57:20 EST Turning 40 My 40th birthday should have been nice- I was given the gift of a day out with lunch with my Honey. It was so kind of him to take the day off and spend it with me, and trying to make the day special. And he did... <BR> <BR> I ruined my own day in some ways. I had a stressor that I could not... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:56:16 EST Are you Cold All the Time? Had to share this one! <BR> <BR> Cold All the Time? Here's Help <BR> <BR> Do you feel cold even when your home is warm? We can help… <BR> <BR> Feeling chilly is a common complaint, especially for women in midlife and beyond but also for some men. Age-related changes, such as slower metabo... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:54:47 EST Change Your Thinking - Complete Beck, Chapter One <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Change your thinking, and you can change your behavior permanently." That is the primary promise of The Complete Beck Diet for Life, chapter one. <BR> <BR> Chapter one lays out what the book is going to teach you i... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:53:04 EST One more TED Talk you might find worth watching.... I know, I know. <BR> <BR> So many videos, so little time. And wouldn't that time be better spent exercising at the gym, walking the dog, or preparing a healthy meal? <BR> <BR> Maybe. <BR> <BR> However, this is 15 minutes of sound advice on how to reframe your exercise and weight issues. I... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:52:49 EST Wednesday, November 26th <img src=""> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:51:32 EST Going to be a very busy day... Preparing to feed between 20 & 25 people tomorrow....I am off.... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:50:58 EST LOOKING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY? Sign up for the BLC! <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 12 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the sa... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:50:23 EST Verse of the Day Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: <BR> Hebrews 12:28 KJV Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:46:44 EST Modification of Plan After reconnecting with the 100DWL group here on Spark, I am going to join them in restarting the book in January. Since I NEED something to focus on now, I am going to work in another one of Spangle's books - Life Is Hard, Food Is Easy. These books are about emotional eating and changing one's... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:46:38 EST Constant Reminder About a week ago I finally added a side-by-side, before and after shot to my sparkpage. In the past I've showed before shots on a couple blogs, but they were full body shots. I also have some before shots in my photo gallery. These photos serve two purposes. First to remind me to be proud of ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:45:34 EST No Better Day Than Today I was at a funeral dinner yesterday, and my cousin was in front of me in the buffet line. She said to me that she was going to eat up because the holidays are here, and she is not going to worry about her weight over the holidays. She said, "I'm going to enjoy the holidays." <BR> <BR> Focused ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:44:49 EST On my way home <img src=""> <BR> On my way home.. I miss Dalhouise. <BR> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:43:03 EST Blessings... Have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving, so much to be thankful for! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Matthew 10:29-31 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:38:59 EST Day Before Thanksgiving Thoughts Thanksgiving is tomorrow <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think some of you are doing some cooking today, like I am, so we can enjoy tomorrow like the rest of the family <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I was also thinking, perhaps, some of you mig... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:38:09 EST Whoops! Oh dear...I missed Day 2 of blogging through the holidays! But I did stay on track, for the most part (2 beers with/after dinner). <BR> <BR> I ate pretty well throughout the day, didn't snack after dinner (which is my biggest downfall!) and went to the gym after work. <BR> <BR> The plan fo... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:36:55 EST What am I Thankful For... What am I thankful for: <BR> <BR> My wise and supportive friends here at SP. EVIE4NOW and DSHONEYC had it right, my sister is caught in hanging on the the past and is a little sad. TRAVELGRRL, she did finally let go the meat stuffing. <BR> <BR> My son and his family will be coming to dinner. ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:31:33 EST well this is just nuts true story <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> so this wasn't a total waste of your time, check out the huge red ball that landed outside of my work building. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:27:54 EST Updated user name Today I updated my user name. <BR> Today marks our 49 year anniversary with the love of my life. Where has the time gone? <BR> Later today we will go to a movie and out for dinner. <BR> I am certainly glad that I am 73 pounds lighter and much healthier and fit! Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:25:04 EST Good and Plenty <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Elijah was up before 6:20 this morning and for like the first 20 or so minutes I was out of bed he did not stop talking. While I was getting my coffee I kept telling him to sit down and be quiet and watch his show. He ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:18:58 EST I'm watching are you? Now to figure out what exercises to do every time C.B. says "good grief" and Woodstock appears on screen! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:17:49 EST A reminder to myself to eat more cruciferous vegetables. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>tion.html </link> <BR> <BR> Concentrate on anticancer cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, as well as high-antioxidant berries. Cauliflower, for... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:16:30 EST Day 25 Scale went back down so that should make me happy, but still feeling so down. <BR> <BR> Went to friends yesterday for her Thanksgiving dinner, I didnt eat to much but ate things I shouldnt have. <BR> <BR> Cant even think what to write my mind just isnt with me. I want to curl up and just slee... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:15:02 EST This will brighten your day 901 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:14:38 EST 11.26.2014 Notes - I seem to have the old sleep schedule back on track. I've been up at 6am every day this week so far and cooked Nicole and I a nice breakfast, so there is that. <BR> <BR> - I'm starting to feel better as a whole. I was in the dumps for a good long while. I mean, it ebbs and flows, but this week... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:12:36 EST Time to stop the suffering. <BR> SparkPeople's Coach Nicole says: <BR> Say one good thing about yourself and your body every day. Eventually, you'll come to believe it. <BR> <BR> Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, <BR> is not only a waste of energy <BR> but the worst habit you could possibly hav... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:12:01 EST Day Eleven-woohoo Can't believe I am still going strong! I am so excited to make it through the next few days eating light and exercising AND NOT DRINKING TOO MUCH!! Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:08:54 EST Busy, busy, busy! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Busy day ahead. I'm off from work today. Yay!!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I have a doctor's appointment at 9:30 to go over the results of my blood work from my physical. <BR> <BR> Hubby usually cooks for me bec... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:05:52 EST Today's Day . . . <BR> Today . . . first stop is the bank <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Second stop is grocery shopping, where I leave most of the money <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Back home to put awa... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:04:33 EST Last day Today is my last day of double shifts, Whew! I made it this far. Tomorrow I have off but will be babysitting, and big family dinner,. Than back to work the next day, but it will be a regular shift Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:03:35 EST I walked and walked and walked/funky mood/brain wars Good morning! It's a snow/ice mix happening here in NW Iowa this is 2 hours late. I love the snow but I don't like ice! <BR> <BR> Well yesterday was a good day but I think it was the first day that I had to try every single millisecond of the day and it was draining! I was in... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:58:49 EST Thanksgiving 8000 Calorie Poem <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving 8000 Calorie Poem <BR> <BR> May your stuffing be tasty, <BR> May your turkey plump, <BR> May your potatoes and gravy <BR> Have nary a lump. <BR> <BR> May your yams be d... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:58:16 EST Eowyn's Challenge, Day 30, THE HOBBIT: Bag End to Rivendell (397 Miles) Yesterdays hike was 8.21 miles, can't quite figure out how I did that on a sleep day! So we will finish the 3.45 miles to the last foothill below Weathertop, and camp at its foot. Then continue Northeast on the road dropping slowly into the Lonelands, guess we will go slower now because the roa... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:56:25 EST Finishing up Day 1 of Beck The part of day 1's task I had NOT finished were committing to WHEN my two times a day to ALWAYS read my Advantages response card (besides whenever I'm in need of extra motivation), and setting up a reminder system. <BR> <BR> What I decided was that the two best times to read the response card f... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:52:11 EST Day 132 of 135 - Life is Unexpected <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So I'm coming up on day 135 (I think I counted a bit wrong but it's pretty close) and we are off to Toronto tomorrow to celebrate my grandmother in laws 100th birthday which is day 135. I'm not exactly where I thought ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:52:00 EST Self-Directed Exercise I LOVE <em>26</em> my classes at the gym. <BR> I enjoy having a trainer (though my 12, 30-minute sessions must be ending somewhat soon). <BR> Both make me work hard and I feel great afterward. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday my trainer cancelled on me, so I decided to brave the weight r... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:45:10 EST 11/26/2014 Wednesday countdown to THANKSGIVING 1 DAY I have soo much to be thankful for <em>220</em> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:38:10 EST Beck Diet Solution Day Thirty-Four -- Problem Solving! Today is day 34! As promised yesterday by Beck, she will help us with the Problem Solving that leads so many of us down the path of Emotional Eating! This is a VERY IMPORTANT one for me. I have been eating emotionally since I was a child (and BINGEING). <BR> <BR> She tells us that we will lea... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:29:42 EST Ran away from home. This last weekend was the first time I have had a weekend away from home since Mom had her stroke a year ago. I didn't realize what a difference just 2 days away would make. I came back a better person for us both. Yes, I still get stressed out during the day, but not as much and am able to de... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:27:27 EST Going Well <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This sums me up lately. I feel good! I realized last weekend, in the midst of all our activities, that my life is good and that all the ups and downs are now minor and will work themselves out. In other words, they ar... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:19:01 EST Stay Strong! It's Thanksgiving in the U.S.--- <BR> such a great time!-----lotza food---family---wonderful thoughts---- <BR> So, what is the #1 thing you are grateful for? <BR> Here it is ---my health---- <img src=""> <BR> As one ages, you realize this mor... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:18:46 EST Always At the Top of Your Game I have some startling news for people who love to beat themselves up with what they could have done: you are always, at every moment, without exception, at the top of your game. You may not like that the top of your game is off the radar at the bottom of someone else's game, but it's true. (And, ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:18:41 EST Early appointment :) OK, I don't know if it is a mistake to have scheduled afternoon appointments. I may be sitting and twiddling my thumbs as folks cancel or forget about the appointment due to the holiday. we shall see. Otherwise I am up and headed in. I am to be there at 8 this am. <BR> <BR> I didn't get my ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:17:18 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, November 26, 2014 November 26, 2014 OVERWHELMING VICTORY <BR> <BR> It’s great to win. The feeling of being first or winning the prize is like no other. But it is also great to progress. We can learn and progress and grow without really winning. We can improve and get better without being the best of the best. Ove... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:15:51 EST Note to Self...... Say away from the bread products - they are like crack for you and will only lead to overeating and heart ache - UGH! <BR> <BR> As I had a couple of pretzels last night - i knew it was not a good thing even if it was all "on program" because after dinner - I just could not stop a huge binge from... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:11:19 EST Preparing for Beck Are you like me? <BR> <BR> Have you borrowed/bought multiple diet books only to blast through the opening chapters so you can hurry up and get to the heart of the matter? The actual diet? <BR> <BR> And then you follow it for a few days or weeks only to eventually abandon it? <BR> <BR> And how... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:06:34 EST Wednesday, November 26 I had a slow and busy day at work yesterday. I got a little pissed off when one of my colleagues told another team member that no one but Nick helps him and nobody cares. I tried to help this colleague and there are times when he yells at me for helping him. I can never do anything right with ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:00:36 EST Tuesday, November 25 I guess I forgot to write a blog yesterday. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:00:34 EST Joke of the Day How to cook a turkey: <BR> <BR> <BR> Step 1: Go buy a turkey <BR> <BR> Turkey Dinner Step 2: Take a drink of whiskey, scotch, or JD <BR> <BR> Step 3: Put turkey in the oven <BR> <BR> Step 4: Take another 2 drinks of whiskey <BR> <BR> Step 5: Set the degree at 375 ovens <BR> <BR> Cup of ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:00:33 EST 11-26-2014 Try This: Mess Up More Learning a new skill? Go ahead and screw up a few times. Your brain's motor-control center, the cerebellum, has a coaching mechanism that automatically and unconsciously logs - and then learns from - errors, speeding you toward better proficiency with every gaffe you make. <BR> <BR> (From Prev... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:53:28 EST Nutritional rebound then crushed by life Today I woke up to the kiddo stirring much earlier than usual. This set the tone for a rough day. I was groggy and never really 'woke up'. It happens infrequently but is never welcome. <BR> <BR> On a positive note, I looked much better today even on the terrible sleep. Ketostix rebounded int... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:49:38 EST 11/26/14 have a very nice day <BR> <BR> if you are traveling be very safe <BR> <BR> enjoy the company of those around you <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:48:17 EST Back to Beck: Last Blog!!! (But: Sticking with the Program) <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4092631 </link> <BR> <BR> Beck's Chapter 12 is a blockbuster, frankly -- and I see now that I absolutely blew it off last time. It's all about "how to stay at your new weight" -- that is, once I determine what the low... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:43:50 EST v v Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:43:50 EST The Kitchen I started cleaning the kitchen, removing the contact paper (ULK!!) Brought memories of when I was a child, everyone put down contact paper. <BR> <BR> I unpacked about 7 boxes. I'll be bringing them home tonight to fill back up again. <BR> <BR> I hope to finish the kitchen tonight. <BR> <BR... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:38:46 EST Beck Day 44 - How to Stay at Your New Weight Beck has wonderful suggestions as to how to stay at goal weight: <BR> <BR> -Continue to weigh myself <BR> -recommit yourself if you gain 3 pounds <BR> -create a maintenance advantages response card <BR> -Anticipate the amount of effort required for maintenance <BR> -give yourself credit (still ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:37:55 EST Wednesday Motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:30:33 EST Wednesday's Wisdom "Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire." <BR> <BR> <BR> William Penn Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:30:29 EST Gratitude “Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” — William Arthur Ward <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving! Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:28:01 EST Courage and Strength in the gym that I did not know I had in me! I have been going to the gym weekly every day of the week. I have been doing the Elliptical for 22 minutes, the treadmill for 10 and weights for 10 minutes, also the rowing machine for about 5 minutes. <BR> <BR> I see these healthy , skinny women and men just burning calories on the treadmill ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:15:28 EST my gratitude-words of encouragement.11.26.14 I am grateful for this day <BR> I am grateful for my Higher Power <BR> I am grateful the compulsion is lifted for this minute <BR> I am grateful for Suzanne <BR> I am grateful for the wonderful support both in and out of the 12 step rooms <BR> I am grateful for mom and my family <BR> I am gratefu... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:15:04 EST Pre-Thanksgiving Thoughts My DH is retired due to severe chronic back pain. This week he had two medical procedures and a trip to the ER. I'm not going into all the medical stuff, but I dealt with the stress by eating, eating, eating! Of course, now I don't feel good (mentally or physically). <BR> <BR> I don't mean t... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:13:02 EST Shopping Reminder Day Shopping Reminder Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always November 26th <BR> <BR> Shopping Reminder Day is today. On your mark. Get Set. Go Shop! <BR> <BR> If we all heed this reminder, there is no doubt the malls and stores wi... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:08:32 EST Livening Up Thanksgiving Dinner <BR> 1. Load your plate up high; take it to the kitchen, toss it all in the blender and take your "shake" back to the table. Announce that it's the new Thanksgiving Weight Loss Shake. <BR> <BR> 2. When everyone says, in turn, what they are thankful for, say, "I'm thankful I didn't get caught,"... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:08:09 EST Trying Not to React I am trying not to react to the weather forecast. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:06:23 EST Good morning <BR> <BR> My name is Greg I am a grateful recovering Compulsive Overeater, I was abstinent with my food yesterday, but I ate rather quickly and it felt compulsive so its something I will watch today <BR> <BR> Plan of Action <BR> <BR> Pray <BR> Self-Care <BR> pray and have my Snack... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:05:35 EST Thanksgiving Eve <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:05:33 EST Day 7 of Reboot Day 7 of the reboot was ok. since yesterday. i went off track a little to say. too tired or lazy to juice so instead i had 2 apples and 7 slice s of choice grain crackers......i plan to do better today. wish me luck Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:00:37 EST Thankful for life's blessings... There is so much pain and suffering in our world... but there is also a great deal of compassion, kindness, and love... sometimes I lose my focus and tend to focus more on the negative.... but.. I do realize just how blessed I am and wanted to take a moment to say how truly blessed I am with my f... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:56:06 EST SUPER DEFINITIONS <BR> <BR> "The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government <BR> <BR> but doesn't have to take a civil service examination." <BR> <BR> "Government is like a baby, an alimentary canal with a big appetite at <BR> <BR> one end and no sense of responsibility a... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:54:05 EST Morning thoughts-with coffee This 4am I was determined to get a good cup of coffee from the brewer DH bought me a few years ago. <BR> I didn't want one due to excessive packaging waste and I continued using my 4 cup Mr. Coffee. Perfect every time. <BR> He "surprised" me with the brewer...totally ignoring my ecological deci... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:53:52 EST This is the Will of God for You - Joel & Victoria Osteen This is the Will of God for You <BR> <BR> Today's Scripture: <BR> <BR> "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." <BR> (1 Thessalonians 5:18, NIV) <BR> <BR> Today's Word: <BR> <BR> So many people today wonder what God’s will is for their lives. Oftenti... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:50:38 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=11/26/2014=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">Great {is} the LORD, and greatly to be praised: and His greatness {is} unsearchable. Psalm 14... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:50:05 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Be kind to everything that lives. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:40:40 EST Weigh-in Wednesday, November 26th! Hey all! How has your week been? I hope you've felt a little boost of motivation knowing that on Wednesday, we have to weigh in! I have definitely felt a difference! All of October I was 'eating healthy' but not tracking my calories or making any extra effort and the results were ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:33:45 EST The big day is approaching.... quickly! I am in charge of the turkey! My mom is having the dinner at their home. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:13:43 EST Preparing for SNOW!!! Today is the day that SNOW should begin. It could be that it will be a big storm, and we will keep this snow until Aril. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Winter's beauty is best seen in nature, where all becomes very quiet. My favorite walks are t... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:12:33 EST Day 139 <img src=""> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:07:47 EST Wednesday Tomorrow is thanksgiving but first I have to get through today. Time to sweat! Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:02:19 EST more strands... "Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation--but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live and I live according to the sinful nature, we will die; but if by the Spirit you and I put to death the misdeeds of the body, we will live, because those who are l... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:57:32 EST Happy Thanksgiving Eve On the eve of Thanksgiving I leave you with this great quote I found . <BR> <BR> "Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh ,laugh like hell. And when... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:56:45 EST 1.5 stone off and love my smaller size jeans Another half pound off today so have reached my next Great British goal of 1.5 stone off. <BR> <BR> Also my new smaller size jeans came yesterday. They were stretchy which I don’t normally like cos it shows all my bulges, and I wasn’t expecting to be able to fit in them yet. I thought I might ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:56:38 EST Philosphically speaking... Good morning my lovely friends. Welcome to another beautiful day! <BR> <BR> It is chilly here today, so heating on, and cup of tea before I start work. I know that you have Thanksgiving there tomorrow, we don't have it here, but I wanted to share some happy thoughts, as I feel I've been a bit ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:50:39 EST Gratitudes: Things are looking up. (Work, writing, energy, Christmas, etc.) 1) I had an easy day at work which was nice after having a couple of busy and semi-stressful shifts. Now I have reason to think that cold weather is GOOD ... if it gets warm (and the snow melts) then the roof at the hotel leaks and I have to arrange buckets to catch drips and mop up water and rid... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:47:10 EST Getting ready for Thanksgiving "You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present." <BR> -- Jan Glidwell <BR> <BR> I work late tonight but I am excited to know that when i get home that everyone will be here. I love being with my family. <BR> <BR> This is the first Tha... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:44:00 EST aymans burger birthday cake(photos.) today my son ayman is 6 years old today.for his birthday cake in pre school he wanted a burger cake.he has imagination it just means i had to put my thinking cap on on how i would make it, is the result of my thinking cap <BR> first i made a marzipan/fondant out of ground hazelnut and alm... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:42:27 EST WEDNESDAY MY TGIF YES LAST DAY OF THE WORK WEEK!!!!!!! AND STARTING AROUND 9AM WE ARE SUPPOSE TO GET 5 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW. <BR> GOT MY PET FRIENDLY ROCK SALT ALL READY FOR THE DRIVEWAY. AND GAS FOR THE SNOW BLOWER. <BR> I DO THE PARTS WE HAETOV SHOVEL TO GET THE EXERCISE IN. <BR> I HATE WINTER!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:40:57 EST November 26th I was so pleased that I was able to finish all my ironing yesterday even our super-king sized quilt cover which I normally need Petes help with. <BR> <BR> It's such a miserable day today, cold & wet, Sharon, who does my garden has texted me to say she'll be a bit later today as she needs a bit l... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:27:46 EST Got through it........ Day went as well as it could for the circumstances (mid-week, no "day off" (of course, full employment is A-OK))..........I did take another lunchtime walk - even though it was slightly cooler than the previous day, it was still a good temperature for the I can deal with the p... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:25:21 EST Hacker's Diet for Maintenance When I got close to maintaining, I joined a Spark Team about maintenance and learned about the Hacker's Diet plan. It is really interesting. It makes total sense, has no gimmicks, and is a fantastic resource for understanding not only weight loss and maintenance, but the finer details of getting ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:22:20 EST November 25 Good news/Bad news. Bad news it was not one of my better days yesterday <em>24</em> long day with a baby that did not want to nap, and then cried all day because he was sleepy. Then the kids decided they wanted pizza for dinner. That's ok, but I love pizza and usually can't have just one piece... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:59:40 EST 1 Sam_8 We want a king because everyone else has one <link><BR>2014/11/1-sam8-we-want-king-because-ev<BR>eryone.html </link> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:58:11 EST In praise of us Whiners! I recently read an article where someone took offense to New Yorkers being cast as the unhappiest people in the country. The reasoning was that New Yorkers complain on an almost constant basis, and therefore are not happy. The writer of a rebuttal of this said he had New York roots and understo... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:45:20 EST I'm Going Home From The Rocky Horror Picture Show comes this poignant song about going home. Immediately afterward, his servants, Riff Raff and Magenta informed Dr. Frank-N-Furter that he would NOT be returning home, and visciously shot him and his creature, Rocky. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:38:29 EST Birthdays & begrudgement! My birthday is coming up. I don't usually shout about it............ my style is to take a week or so off work, go out for long walks and generally sort of hide away from everyone until it's over. I am not a party-animal - the energy of people being jolly exhausts me after about 30 mins! <BR>... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:35:50 EST Bible Verse for Today.. Romans 8:28 <BR> <BR> And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:28:45 EST Wednesday's Cheer... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> for all your continued support and for all your kind comments the past 2 days, especially when I was MIA on our Teams, you all have showed so much love and supp... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:16:27 EST #Fit2Feast Day 25 25 minutes lower body, 11,000 steps and 20 flights Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:14:26 EST Thanksgiving, 11/25 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they help me remember how to play. <BR> 2. i am grateful for naps, because they feel good. <BR> 3. i am grateful for using my gift certificate, because it's been sitting there. <BR> 4. i am grateful for making a meeting, because it feels better. <BR> 5. i a... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:06:22 EST Quote for Today When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic. <BR> <BR> Chuck Swindoll on Achievement, Vision & Attitude <BR> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:01:28 EST Protesting Turkey. <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! <BR> Peace & Blessings <BR> ~Lynn Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:59:19 EST day 3 going strong Well it is day 3 on my new programme. It is hard... really hard going from being a major meat eater to a Vegan. <BR> <BR> Having said that, I am enjoying the food, don't feel hungry and most important of all feeling better than I have in months! <BR> <BR> I have worked out I need to be reall... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:27:22 EST tuesday oops <BR> tracked everything but I was way over my range. Due to unhealthy snacks bought on my way home from work after a difficult and tiring day. <BR> <BR> Fitbit lit up green on calorie burn, steps and fitness minutes but I was just short of my 5 mile target. Bad weather and being tired mea... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:55:31 EST Reflecting...(page 2) - it doesn't take a rocket scientist... Ok, so it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Eating healthier and exercising WORKS, eating junk food and way too much of it, and NOT exercising does NOT work. I don’t know why I ever stop cooking, because I love cooking (see photos), but lately I’ve been ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:50:24 EST It's Midnight Here... So it's 0123 right now and I'm up drinking a coffee. No, I should not be drinking coffee, but I didn't feel like hot tea. I've been getting up in the middle of the night to get something hot to drink to sooth my throat. My sinus infection has my throat raw. I'm not going to be able to do this at ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:40:06 EST Reflecting...(page 1) It’s been a crazy 6 months or so – there’s been some gains, some losses, and some in-betweens. Weighed myself today and wanted to start bawling – 171.6. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and was going strong, there’s this song on my music app that I absolutely LOVE and I was dancing on the ell... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:33:03 EST Disabled its since becoming partially disabled that have understood how hard life can be for the us, its a sad thing but have to miss out on a lot of fun beome more sympathetic & more caring Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:30:07 EST Day 330: Eggnog Pumpkin Pie (diabetic friendly recipe) "We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing." (Louisa May Alcott) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I’ll be at the funeral and the... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:16:34 EST DAILY QUOTE <BR> Wake up with Determination . <BR> Go to bed with Satisfaction . <BR> <BR> ~ Anonymous Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:13:36 EST Plateau and Angels The 5% challenge is over, but I want to keep going until Christmas. I want to be under 79 kilos by Dec 22. <BR> <BR> I will post my steps daily here until then. <BR> <BR> weight - exercise - tracked foods? - within range? <BR> Nov 20 - 80,9 kg - 95 minutes - yes - yes <BR> Nov 21 - 81,0 kg ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:56:35 EST Today's Inspiration " Waking up to see <BR> another day is a <BR> blessing. <BR> Don't take it for <BR> granted. <BR> Make it count and be <BR> happy that you're <BR> alive." <BR> <BR> Zig Ziglar Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:56:00 EST Feeling Optimistic. After getting on the scale and seeing I had gained 4 lbs, I was awfully discouraged. After seeing the numbers drop for so long, it was hard to see the numbers go back up. I'll be honest and say I got a little off track with my healthy eating. Bad habits are so easy to fall back into. Some may say... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:54:37 EST Irony of my Tuesday Was going to go to the library after work. The bakery is on the same street. I debated on getting something but the started laughing to myself. The book I wes going to pick up is called Mindless Eating- Why we eat more then we think. I decided to not stop at the bakery after all. So far the book ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:45:10 EST Another Day of Waiting After texting back and forth with my mom early this afternoon, I felt restless waiting to find out if she was being released today. I knew it would be a while for the doctor to see her and for her to text me so I waited until almost five before asking her if there was any news. It ended up taking... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:43:51 EST Fit at Fifty Day Fourteen Day Fourteen. <BR> <BR> My second week of two long days of work. I walked the dogs for almost an hour this morning at 6:30 and was at work by 8:30. I worked for nine hours. I did really great today! I knew I would be going to Beth's birthday party at Cheryl's tonight, so I logged in as much of ... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:35:41 EST What I have done right this week. I have tracked all my food intake. This really helps stay on track. This week I crossed the 1000 minutes for the month of November in fitness. I am eating out much less and cooking more. I am finding many new recipes that support a healthy lifestyle. <BR> Stay motivated. One day at a time, one d... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:32:47 EST 11/26/14 Saint of the Day No Saint for the day but other days has more than one ,,,,, also Going for a stress test today at 8 30 am say a prayer please THANK you <BR> <BR> <BR> November 23 <BR> St. Columban <BR> (543?-615) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Co... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:29:08 EST Special Blessings-November 26, 2014 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I wrote out all of my Christmas cards today. Phew, that was a job, but one that I truly enjoy. With my shoulder still not healed, my handwriting is pretty bad, so I hope that people can read them. <BR> <BR> 2. I did 3 loads of l... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:24:23 EST