SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs 11/18/18 I have been bad today. 😞😢 Ate to much, and some was junk. 😢😢 Hopefully tomorrow is a new day and my head will be back on straight. Hope it was a beautiful day for y'all. 💕❤💕 Sun, 18 Nov 2018 22:12:56 EST DINNER WITH FRIENDS Well we went out to eat with our life long friends tonight. There is a new place here which we have watched them building for 2 years. Finally open, a sports bar, restaurant with good food. Hubby had worked with the brother over 40 years ago. We met his sister and her husband through the brot... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 22:05:07 EST Sunday Funday <img src=""> <BR> So glad weather was good so I could get in 15,700 steps today. I live walking outside. As you can see I had to wear sunglasses because the sun was shining. Sun, 18 Nov 2018 21:54:40 EST Day 321: I Hereby Declare.... ...that it's time for the holiday plan! Here is mine: <BR> <BR> 1. Log everything (started today, check) <BR> 2. Ramp up the workouts (trying, but I can't really do this till the smoke clears!) <BR> 3. Weigh AT MOST on New Year's Day, what I weighed in at today (187.8, ughhhhh) <BR> <BR> That'... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 21:48:56 EST Just starting out! I’m starting my shredding for the wedding! I’m hoping to be down about 15-20 pounds in the next year and getting back into a healthy lifestyle! Sun, 18 Nov 2018 21:44:07 EST November 18, 2018 Happy Sunday! <BR> <BR> I am ready to go bed. It wasn't a super busy day, but my energy level was low. Church went well. I managed to make it through. <BR> <BR> My afternoon was fairly quiet. Just watched some football. Glad to see that the Broncos beat the Chargers. Now for the Chiefs to beat... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 21:40:03 EST Horse with Attitude - 11-18-18 Zachary Chelberg got up close and personal to this horse with attitude! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thought this was a great photo to follow a great weekend! Surprised DH for his birthday by luring him down to ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 21:26:44 EST Back again...trying something new Well its been a few years, My weight increased and plateaued at about 280lbs. I recently started something called the N J Diet or N uvo Diet. I am purposefully masking the name, because they make you sign something like a non-(negative)disclosure form, as step one. The diet takes hair, saliva ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 21:16:31 EST Productive day in the sewing room I finished one of the advent calendars and the 2nd one just needs it's pockets attached. It's all pinned and ready to go. Just my neck and shoulders was done quilting. When I texted my daughter a photo of her she sent me back a big pink heart. I think it was exactly what she wanted. The only... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 21:05:58 EST Blessings, November 18, 2018 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. I enjoyed the first of 3 Thanksgiving meals. <BR> <BR> 2. No more ice on the road. <BR> <BR> 3. I accomplished a lot today. <BR> <BR> 4. Faith, family and friends. <BR> <BR> Feel free t... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 20:43:33 EST He Doesn't Know... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He doesn't know his head from his... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 20:33:46 EST 11/18/18 Not going to go all green today gonna miss floors and active minutes. Did achieve my steps per hour goal today. Plan for tomorrow is Legs and 20 min incline treadmill walk. Scale is up from last week but down still from 2 weeks ago. My loss last week was mostly due to being sick on Friday and Sat... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 20:21:24 EST The Name Of The Game♡♡Relaxation <img src=""> <BR> Today is Sunday and my day to get relaxed and recouperated from the tough choices of the week. If you are like me then you're constantly being pulled in all direction at the same time. That would be... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 20:19:36 EST The Weekend Is Done Good Evening Fellow Sparkers! Well this weekend flew by so fast! I had a good relaxing time though and here’s to a great rest of the week. Sun, 18 Nov 2018 19:57:00 EST Days away... Thanksgiving is now days away... and I fell off the wagon again. But the past 2 days I have walked over 4 miles! So I'm gettin my butt back in gear! Sun, 18 Nov 2018 19:49:23 EST So much for consistency aaaand two weeks later, the slug emerges from his...umm...not cocoon, because that would imply transformation, maybe hibernation, just ignore the part where winter has yet to really start? <BR> <BR> The idea of regularly using this space to throw in through and musings and even the occasional *g... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 19:49:07 EST Breaking the Food Seduction, Chapter 1 The Seduction Begins: How Foods Addict You <BR> <BR> Some foods are not my friends. The demand for some foods, such as potato chips, chocolate, or cookies is not simply a choice but the demand is physical. <BR> <BR> How often do you crave something sweet, not fruit, but a combination of sweetne... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 19:42:45 EST Cold here today!! It is suppose to warm up this week. Then a week from tomorrow there will be snow! It has been a crazy fall!! Enjoy Your Monday!! Luv Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Sun, 18 Nov 2018 19:39:03 EST Sunday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 19:33:17 EST Take back your power <img src=""> <BR> Have a great Sunday everyone, let's kill it this week. 🙌❤ Sun, 18 Nov 2018 19:24:14 EST Feeling the Blahs I’ve definitely stumbled and fallen into the Early Winter Blahs. Half the battle is recognizing this, right? I haven’t completely given up on my’s just that I’m having difficulties finding my motivation. Right now, I’m just pleased to find the gumption to get out of bed. Half the t... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 19:23:51 EST Revenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I usually don't take revenge on anyone for anything....what's the point...but this was too cute to pass up! Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:46:28 EST Nana Terri- 11/18/18 Not feeling too well today. Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:44:54 EST Day 18 <img src=""> <BR> Setting Goals and doing what it takes to achieve them! #justdoit Until tomorrow Keep on Sparking! Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:40:47 EST From “The Love Project”, 11/12/12 <img src=""> “Your life is worth falling in Love with it. Through any pain, hardship, disappointment or uncertainty - there is always purpose, passion, wisdom, and support available to you. Care about yourself. Respe... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:32:39 EST Sunday Walk <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First mile was 17 minutes. Then I slowed down when I went inside Rite Aid to buy a Thanksgiving card. 17 minutes is an improvement, I've been doing 20 min miles. I'm happy! Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:29:51 EST Leaky Trainers Elaine and I did another Boot Sale today [that's a story in itself - maybe for another day]. It was an early morning one so when we arrived at the site, it was bitter cold. We set up as usual - we're pretty good at working together now. I was so cold though and my feet felt like blocks of ice.... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:19:20 EST 2500 mile goal Cool day, very damp out. Did some outside work came back in. Started getting a headache frontal sinuses. Jumped into hot shower and used last of nasacort, feeling better now. Got one exbike 30 minute ride and stretching but could not get lower back to pop. Will aim for second exbike ride tonigh... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:16:48 EST At Home Workouts I have never been one for exercising and I wasn't really into sports when I was younger. Most of the time, if you gave me a choice to clean toilets or work out, I would most likely pick the toilet option. Now that I am older, though, I am starting to want to work out and get some exercise. The on... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:11:18 EST Poof! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> May we miraculously find freedom from shaming. Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:10:24 EST Spoiler...Love Righteousness Quentin L. Cook <BR> Many in the world are focused on self-gratification, put themselves first, and love pleasure more than they love righteousness. They do not believe they are their brother’s keeper. In the Church, however, we believe that these stewardships are a sacred trust. Sun, 18 Nov 2018 18:09:52 EST Sunday Sickness For the past week, I have been dealing with a cold. Nothing too serious, just super annoying. But now I am in the clear and I am starting to feel better. All I had was a runny nose and a cough but I still felt like crap all this week and had to miss some fun stuff I had planned. Anyone have any f... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:59:19 EST Starting Over.....Again So, the last year has been a blur. I have not paid attention to anything I have eaten, and exercise has been non-existent. <BR> <BR> Today I realized I am ready to make a change. While the holidays will be a challenge, I am committed to taking care of myself. I will treat myself the way I deser... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:57:07 EST Not enough time in the day!!! Oh my goodness it's been like forever since I blogged. My life has really been busy, I badly get a chance to do the things I love lately and I love Sparkpeople. I wish there was more time in the day. So what's been going on to keep me from my everyday Sparking, well my job is so demanding, all th... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:53:53 EST need control during the holidays, they are coming... Hello Spark People, how is everyone doing? I'm doing.... I do good during the week and then the weekend comes and it all goes to poop, lol.... I went out Friday night and had some drinks then I went out last night and had some drinks. I know the holidays are coming and I have to get a grip. Ac... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:51:22 EST Memories are made of this.... <img src=""> <BR> Robert and I about 1992 -- I'm 50 and he's 44. <BR> <em>335</em> <BR> <link><BR>3NJycE </link> <BR> <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> We met in 1989, at the Satch... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:44:33 EST In a world that takes everything literally, I give up. I have been here on Sparkpeople for several years now. I have tracked faithfully, and not so faithfully. I have foolishly followed the community feed, and found great inspiration there, and been shut down for having an opinion. For awhile I felt safe voicing my concerns, but now feel that I nee... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:30:32 EST My life <img src=""> My workout day Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:25:39 EST Back to Doing it Again Weight wasn't as bad as I imagined, but that doesn't mean I can just eat like a fool. I really, really want to try to exercise more. I walk a lot at school/work and do come home exhausted. But, on the weekend I need to step it up more. <BR> I tried a yoga workout yesterday. I'm not very goo... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 17:00:09 EST 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge 2018 - Day 18 - Finding More Gratitude in Our Lives Why do we overlook so many little things to be grateful for in our daily lives? Let's face it, life is a complicated mess, and can at times be simply overwhelming. We are focused on "bigger things", and if your attention is focused there, the little things pass right by with nary a side glance. <... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 16:53:49 EST Sunday Nov 18th... focus I've got a lot of goals, some plans and method for making things happen but it's really been a struggle lately. Work has been crazy and I haven't really gotten to the gym because of it, and it's having an effect on the rest of my days. There have been a ton of parties etc so after indulging once ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 16:52:41 EST CHALLENGE CHECK-IN - Day 7 Another rest day for me. So relaxed, I forgot to post the check-in... lol. Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday? :) Tomorrow’s a NEW WEEK! And what a great first week we had!! Woot! Sun, 18 Nov 2018 16:51:54 EST Day Eleven: Rest Day <em>320</em> Activity Minutes 89 (Goal 120) <BR> <em>7</em> Calories Burned 591 (Goal 1000) <BR> <em>550</em> Calorie Balance 1379 (Goal 1500-1876) <BR> <em>311</em> Miles 5.67 (Goal 12) <BR> <em>416</em> Yoga Minutes 20 (Goal 50) <BR> <em>414</em> Meditation Minutes 25 (Goal 150... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 16:21:01 EST Sunday Praise 11/18 For all that God in His mercy sends; for health and children, home and friends: <BR> For comfort in the time of need; for every kindly word and deed, <BR> For happy thoughts and holy talk, For guidance in our daily walk, <BR> For Everything Give Thanks! <BR> <BR> HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! <BR> <BR... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 16:13:35 EST Seeing again I wonder how I can forget so easily, I read my posts and I absolutely wonder how I can think so sanely, have glimpses of what works and am able to express it so clearly, and then. Poof! It leaves and I am lost again wondering how I managed to lie to myself for so long. I am not a wallow in your m... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 16:05:51 EST How to Be Kept in Perfect Peace <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How to Be Kept in Perfect Peace <BR> <BR> You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. <BR> Isaiah 26:3 <BR> <BR> You need the truth of God’s Word... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 15:51:05 EST Nov 18 - last day of vacation :-) <img src=""> <BR> 10/27 started a wonderful 3wk vacation for us! Honolulu for a work event (costume party with a theme of "Homecoming through the decades"), home for 1.5 days, then red eyes to Tucson, road trip for a f... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 15:49:09 EST November 18th we've had a very lazy duvet day which I think we both needed. Sun, 18 Nov 2018 15:43:52 EST Post Birthday Shenanigans Well... I kinda stuck to my diet over my bday weekend LOL. Add a drink, a piece of cake, and a little too much free wiggle room, 6 lbs on. It was easily taken off though, I am sure it was just temporary volume and water weight. <BR> <BR> The Oregon cost was beautiful, I might have found a place ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 15:32:24 EST More Taking It Easy Ended up in the ER today to have something checked as a result of the procedure I had last Monday. Good news is that the symptoms I am having are completely normal although the discharge instructions didn't mention them at at. Hence the call to the doctor and then off to the ER. <BR> <BR> The... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 15:13:43 EST a favorite dinner recipe I discovered this sheet pan chicken recipe a few months ago, and have made it almost monthly since then! And I found I can use the sauce for other recipes, it's really quite tasty. <BR> <BR><BR>an-roast-chicken-and-cabbage <BR> <BR> The last time I made... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 15:13:38 EST A little bit more Settling in to my second week (back) at Spark. <BR> This week my I have my eye on the prize - that elusive last 10lb weight loss. <BR> My goal is to give just a little bit more time and attention, each day, towards this goal. <BR> I'm focusing on small changes. Little additions to my routine. <B... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 15:09:44 EST Happy Sunday Thoughts for Sunday.. <BR> <BR> We are all perfect just the way we are.. <BR> <BR> Surround yourself with positive people.. <BR> <BR> Kindness is all that matters at the end of the day.. <BR> <BR> <BR> Things are beautiful when we stop looking for flaws.. <BR> <BR> learn to love yourself no... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 14:59:14 EST Here comes the snow.... How has everyone been this week? I think we have had more snow here in Illinois in the first three weeks of November then we have ever had before. I have lived here a lot of years and I don't remember getting the snow this soon or having so much before December even gets here. I didn't mind the s... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 14:59:10 EST 2018 Restart/Diabetes Recap - 2019 Hopes & Dreams Looking back, 8/8/18 was the day I got back up and started again - so 8 is my new lucky # <BR> <BR> It is the day I turned the corner, stopped the downward spiral, reversed it and began to move forward again ~ how awesome is that? awesome because it happened. awesome because what an easy date ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 14:58:05 EST Sunday afternoon This cold weather makes my joints stiff and everything else sore, but moving is the best thing. I am so thankful for having ways to exercise indoors in our long winters. <BR> I ventured outside on the slippery driveway and street to get the newspaper. It is still kind of warm: about 32 degrees r... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 14:54:41 EST The struggles These past 2 weeks have not been my greatest as far as being healthy goes. I don't know about you but eating healthy when I am on a trip is such a huge struggle. I don't know why that is. They have healthier choices at most restaurants like a salad instead of a burger but for some reason my self ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 14:19:54 EST How Can I Enjoy Thanksgiving and Not Blow My Plan? You need a plan and perspective. <BR> <BR> My personal perspective is that Thanksgiving is a single day with leftover food. Let yourself enjoy a day without gorging until sickness. Enjoy is the key word. Eat what you like and avoid what you don’t. Be with who you like and avoid who you don’t.... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 14:05:17 EST Hello to a great day Hello everyone I hope everyone are having a great day so far. My day is trying to get warm. And I find that drinking coffee and some soup is the best food to warm up. Sun, 18 Nov 2018 14:01:35 EST Sundays are for football So how many mamas out here watch football?? My husband loves that I do except we like rival teams. Anyway I grew up watching the Browns with my dad, he was my only parent and even though most of the time he was drunk, watching football with him are good memories when I was a kid. Only there was a... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 13:53:51 EST Productive Week 11/11-17/18 Productive week: Les Mills Pump 3x last week & T25 Alpha once. I’ve been doing Intermittent Fasting & it’s working for me. I can’t wait to see my end of the month results. Sun, 18 Nov 2018 13:42:19 EST 11/18/18 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I received my exercise plan book today in the mail :-) Whoo Hoo!! It is called "The Year one challenge for woman" by Michael Matthews (Amazon:<BR>20/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UT<BR>F8&psc=1 ) It gives a workout for eac... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 13:39:54 EST Looking Ahead The "holiday panic" seems to be setting in here on Spark, the reality for many that the next 6-7 weeks will be a challenge when it comes to diet and exercise. Expectations to entertain or be entertained abound and "baby, it's cold outside" so let's cuddle by the fire. <BR> One slight advantage f... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 13:38:24 EST well, soup I guess. I can wash & chop kale, add a chicken frozen tenderloin, spoon in (better than bouillon brand- no metallic nor funny aftertaste dry stuff has) chicken bouillon, 2 cups water... I got dry lentil, they'll cook right too (couple of tablespoons goes in the pot)...hmmm I like garlic, sprinkle some of ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 13:36:32 EST Compulsory downtime <img src=""> <BR> One tea is lemon, ginger & Manuka; the other is elderberry & Echinacea <BR> <BR> On Friday night I sneezed a couple of times in the night. <BR> <BR> On Saturday I went to work and started developin... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 13:24:57 EST Good news My son Patrick’s latest scan (which they did at two months instead of three due to some concerns last time) was very encouraging. <em>104</em> <BR> The change in chemo seems to be shrinking the few tumors in his lung. <BR> (Background story, he has been battling stage IV colon cancer since the... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 13:22:50 EST Funkified It's been a week since my vacation. A week since my longtime boyfriend went back to the UK. A week of being in a funk about it. A week of little sleep, exercise, and feeling good. I had to remind myself it's only a year, and I'm not done yet. If I want to reach my goal I need to get out of bed an... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 13:13:30 EST Mercy, Peace and Love – Day 48 Called, sanctified by God the Father and preserved in Christ Jesus <BR> <BR> “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence t... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 13:10:03 EST A quiet Sunday here. <img src=""> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 13:07:52 EST Something to think about! Only 1 in 3 Children are physically active every day! Side note***get the kids moving! Sun, 18 Nov 2018 12:48:25 EST Me I've spent my entire life taking care of my family. Devoted to my husband, my husband. And in the end I end up with a husband who doesn't love me and my son is 10 hours away. And now I am trapped her raising her alone. What is the point. I'm tired and lonely. Sun, 18 Nov 2018 12:30:40 EST 11/18/18 Hardest <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Do not give up, the beginning is always the hardest." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Having survived the ship... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 12:21:35 EST 2018-11-18 Even if you are not interested in the 7 recipes !! <BR> read the intro blurb... well, maybe I remember it better than it was.. <BR> ah, well, I will keep my memory version. <BR> <BR> <BR> 7 Ratatouille Recipes That Are as Good as the Movie <BR> <BR> <link> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 12:18:04 EST 2018 SON RAN OUT OF MEDS hey sparkers hope all are doing ok was going to rest today but son ran out of his meds so we had to make run this morning called us last night and mother inlaw needed bread milk and eggs my son had ran out of his nexium and biotin so they ok now but my mother inlaw is hateful she told my hubby sh... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 12:10:55 EST Lots to make up for this week It doesn't take much to get that scale moving in the wrong direction. I'm 2.6 pounds up over Friday's weigh in and although I may have indulged a little more than I should it shouldn't cause this much of a shift. Guess I'll have to be very careful this week. <BR> <BR> Today I feel - <em>28<... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 12:09:19 EST Deer Hunters Two hunters were dragging their recently slain deer through the snow back to their truck. Each one had a grip on a rear leg. <BR> <BR> As they passed by an old Indian, he commented that the deer would pull a lot easier if they pulled it by the front legs because of the direction that the deer’s ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 12:06:52 EST 11/18/18 <img src=""> <BR> Just posting this blog to say Hello and to say that I weighed in and I lost 2 lbs. and I will, <BR> take that 2 lb. loss for I wanna do this the Healthy way and to hold my Head High and say, <BR> that... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 12:05:52 EST Happy Mickey Mouse Day Today is Mickey Mouse Day. It has always been observed annually on November 18th. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mickey Mouse made his screen debut in the short film Steamboat Willie, on November 18, 1928. Today is seen as b... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:57:35 EST 214 at my sisters fixing her dryer! 3 beers Got to get back on track and get some steps today. Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:49:27 EST Updating my Blog Entries I've been using SparkPeople for several years now. Throughout that period, I often had binges and weight gains, including a 30+ gain since the 2016 election results rolled in. I've realized since then I can be as political or non-political as I want, have stopped watching the news (getting it via... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:44:25 EST Day 18 - Rest Days and Workouts Today's lesson is about working out. It actually felt like it was written just for me. The article talks about making sure not to do too much too soon. Since I had to take two weeks off, this is definitely the challenge that I have at this moment. The article goes on to suggest that planning is k... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:43:24 EST Day 1450 - Perspective The Camp Fire that consumed the community of Paradise California, 10 days ago is still burning. It is nearly 150,000 acres and as of this morning, only 60% contained. Encouraging, but it's not over yet. The fire burned so hot and so quickly that many people were unable to escape. So far there are... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:40:47 EST Sunday Coffee, is extra special. <img src=""> yes, enjoying my second cup of coffee, with just a touch of Butter Pecan creamer, I don't use it often but like to indulge ever so often. Yummmmm, was so Good, but also like my usual Black coffee. No one... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:35:44 EST Bonus: Fun at Hollywood Studios <img src=""> <BR> Good day with Natalie and Gwen! Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:26:35 EST How many pounds does a woman need to lose before her spouse notices... Apparently 12 isn't enough, hahaha!!! <BR> <BR> Furthermore, on October 8th, I got an additional piercing in my left ear (I had 4, and now I have 5, with the latest being up high by itself)... which also hasn't been noticed. <BR> <BR> So, how many pounds do I have to lose before being noticed? ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:16:11 EST Finally out of my funk After a week long binge I didn't have the nerve to weigh in last week so this morning I decided I'd finally see how bad the damage was. Got on the scale and it said about 50 pounds lighter than I am.. it was cool to see that number but I had to reset it to get an accurate weight. Got back on the ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:16:04 EST Relief....Maybe. I woke up this morning and there was thick luscious WHITE fog outside. The reason for my excitement, I have only seen nicotine color air from our fires for days, and this fog is quite refreshing. If this is any indication that mother nature has decided to clear the air, I am deeply grateful. But ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:15:15 EST Words of Wisdom <img src=""> Learn from it and move on! 🐝 🌻 Set yourself free. 🌻 🐝 Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:14:50 EST Activate Reset Renue <img src=""> <BR> Activate Your New healthy Lifestyle: ITS BEEN AWHILE SINCE I've eaten correctly, exercise regularly, drinks my daily 8 glasses of water. Reset: My mind had to get motivated to change the ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:03:05 EST Devil at the Crossroads <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In all the times I've been at Spark, only one person noticed the use of my screenname and what it might mean. When I chose that screenname back in 2006, I had in mind Joseph Campbell's Journey o... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:00:47 EST An Apple <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> William Tell Day <BR> November 18, 1307, is supposedly the date that William Tell shot the apple off his son's head at the command of the evil Austrian governor of his province in Switzerl... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 11:00:39 EST i'm telling myself that "I CAN" ! <img src=""> <BR> This picture was taken on my way into town - <BR> As you can see by the snow, we do live in Santa Claus Land--or near there! <BR> And you will also note that we don't have much traffic! <BR> <BR> But... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 10:48:09 EST Escaping The Pleasure Trap & The Nightmare of Food Addiction Escaping The Pleasure Trap & The Nightmare of Food Addiction <BR> <BR> <link><BR>5-live </link> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 10:47:39 EST Getting better Better than yesterday hoping not as good as tomorrow. <BR> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 10:43:42 EST Sunday Brilliant Thought <img src=""> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 10:42:37 EST Accept Those Compliments! Accepting compliments does not always come easily. My husband has been telling me that I look good and I keep telling him that I still have extra weight that I need to lose. All I could see was that I am still have seventeen pounds to be where I was when we married 45 years ago. My sister-in-l... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 10:41:43 EST Happy Sunday ... movimg to our next hotel <img src=""> <BR> Standing on the corner, watching all the world go byyyyy... Yup I'll stop my off key singing to say .. we're adventuring to our 3rd of 4 hotels ... and waiting for the bus .. I had a wonderful birth... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 10:41:26 EST Happy Sunday folks <img src=""> <BR> Have a good relaxing day full of health and happiness folks Sun, 18 Nov 2018 10:33:16 EST Behind the mask... Two of my favorite things are kickboxing and music... yesterday they were the start and end to my day. Two really great, healthy food choices filled the gap... <BR> <BR> First time kickboxing in over 10 day.. it was awesome, I was fierce, today I have dull aches in muscles that have been dorma... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 10:23:42 EST Sunday Always tough at the end of the weekend... <BR> Hope everyone had a great time. <BR> <em>386</em> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 10:12:40 EST Saturday Sunday Feeling normal again after two days of extra sleep. Lots of QT with the family this weekend Sun, 18 Nov 2018 10:10:15 EST My Adventures in Spark 108 of 365 days...37 days until Christmas <em>444</em> A few days ago I wrote how when my son was younger, we would read 1 Children's book a night. One story I enjoyed reading to him was about a snow family who planned to have a block party to add some fun into their winter. The son came up with this idea of adding color to it. Make... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 10:06:08 EST W7 - Summary I am not even sure how my body pulled a loss off given how stressed I've been. I've eaten "not so great" this week, and am starting to acknowledge that while this "just track" mentality has paid off thus far, I can't continue that forever without starting to adjust some of my behaviors when it c... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 09:57:32 EST Reaction Videos I’ve discovered this genera of videos on YouTube, reaction videos. One particular type is focused on people hearing bands and songs they’ve never heard before. It’s interesting how many YouTubers are out there filming themselves reacting to music. I was enjoying some Queen videos when one of thes... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 09:44:03 EST Begining This year has been terrible! <BR> First, my husband of 31 years gets caught in yet another lie, three mistress is one too many, so I left his abusive butt. So, I bought a house, moved out and started the divorce. It took seven months to divorce him. It's not that he fought me, it's that he never... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 09:37:56 EST sunday and so it begins. cleaning for Thanksgiving. which gets the major stuff done for the Christmas holidays, too. so i need to get at it! <BR> <BR> nice surprise party for a friend last night. they had a few things i could eat..a meat and cheese tray, and some awesome smoked brisket. took my own dri... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 09:37:38 EST Mickey Mouse Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always November 18th <BR> <BR> On November 18, 1928, Mickey Mouse made his film premier in the animated short “Steamboat Willie.” Since its New York premiere, the great ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 09:36:54 EST Already Giving Thanks This morning I was considering all the blessings I have, and have had, through Christ. Not the least of which is my salvation. I am reminded of the traditional Hebrew Passover song, Dayenu, which roughly translated is, it would have been enough [for us] if God had done [this], but He also did [TH... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 09:36:35 EST This IS flawless... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I agree... everyday is a great day to be alive. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 09:35:33 EST Sweet Saturday 11/17/2018 Met with my youngest nephew to see Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. I love that he is still so very interested in all of this; witchiness being one of my hobbies. We had a great time! There were twists, turns, surprises, laughter and tears; lots of tears on my part; for the movie, ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 09:30:19 EST 41 windy rainy San Antonio Texas Hi 👋 Spark ⚡️ Friends - well windy 🌬 rainy ☔️ real feel 41 degrees in San Antonio Texas today. Church ⛪ and only inside exercise today for me. Sun, 18 Nov 2018 09:29:39 EST ALERT!!! Friend lost thousands in FRAUD phone call from Microsoft. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My friend came over to my house at 3 am after calling me that she was blocked from her computer by someone posing as Microsoft. They stole money from her bank accounts after they conned her into... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 09:19:13 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers <em>213</em> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 09:18:55 EST Empathy and self awareness My transformation with my non negotiable of no added sugar has been a life changing journey. In the very best possible outcome. I developed, formed and shaped a great self awareness and new perspective of not just food but life itself. Blocked by this self awareness trapped in food and sugar... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 09:10:20 EST I made it to 60 Thought I'd check in now that I've been off of meat for a little over a year now but mostly because I turned 60 a couple weeks ago. I have to say, as I reflect on aging, its hard to believe for me that 11 years ago this week, I was about 435lbs.. I made the decision at 50 to put myself through... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 08:55:58 EST Weekly Goals - No Limits Today is a new day! There will be no limits set in my life concerning healthy living and fitness! I plan to move forward and reach my goals this week! Happy Sparking! <BR> <BR> Today's Weight = 216 (No change) <BR> <BR> GOALS: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise (Cardio) (Strength & Stretch) 90 to 120 min... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 08:44:39 EST Life <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I reflect on life and what it has given me and what it has taken from me and the many curve balls through at me through the years. It makes my head spin. And I need to drink more coffee to ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 08:39:00 EST 69 It's my birthday and I'm 69. No big plans. Going to Waffle House for breakfast with my boys. My weigh-in wasn't good as gained another 1.4 # and with this being my birthday and Thanksgiving week there is a good chance I'll not lose this week but that doesn't mean I'm going to go hog wild eatin... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 08:36:19 EST Well I'm 60! I turned 60 on November 12, 2018. I feel 40, physically, maybe 50 mentally, and am pondering the remainder of my life which could be 20 or 30 years. My mom passed when she was 73, my dad was 83, but I am healthier than either of them were, so I suspect, barring any unforeseen problems, that I w... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 08:30:35 EST Day 1 Today is my official day 1. <BR> <BR> This is how yesterday went with my goals: <BR> <BR> yesterday I managed to stop eating sugar and junk food after noon. I have to admit to 'finishing off' what was in the house though. It's gone now and I won't buy any more for the next 4 weeks. <BR> Did n... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 08:14:52 EST Mom and Me This year it's just Mom and me for Thanksgiving. With my brother and sister and son in heaven and the rest of the family working it will be a big change. I am very thankful for my mother or else I would be alone on Thanksgiving. It will be a quiet holiday but I will be with family I love. Sun, 18 Nov 2018 08:12:15 EST Sheepish Sheepskin slippers? I'm wearing them right now. Yes, they are expensive -- but the ones I received last Christmas replaced a pair at least 8 years old . . . and they are so warm. Necessary in our 1889 house which can be chilly. I also bought some for my sister this year for Christmas -- her ho... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 08:09:34 EST Freeport Grand Bahama <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I travelled to the 2nd most populated island in the Bahamas - Grand Bahama. I am visiting the capital- Freeport. My high school class ‘77 had a mini reunion. I had many first yeste... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 08:03:05 EST My 100 Days of Why - Day 76 Living life at a normal weight is easier on my joints! Sun, 18 Nov 2018 07:58:16 EST The Universe Is Speaking In its subtle way the universe seems to be nudging me to wake up and do something. Something about weight creep and sloppy actions. For all that I have been talking about thinking about doing something .... I haven't done anything about thinking about doing something. I've only talked about think... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 07:52:39 EST New Favorite Dress!! <img src=""> I have my new favorite flannel dress on today!!! I am loving it!! I absolutely adore Torrid’s clothes made just for me!! Sun, 18 Nov 2018 07:51:06 EST New Favorite Dress!! I have my new favorite flannel dress on today!!! I am loving it!! I absolutely adore Torrid’s clothes made just for me!! Sun, 18 Nov 2018 07:50:52 EST Starting to feel like myself again <img src=""> I'm up, getting ready to do my devotionals and work on stepwork and then head to Insanity Bootcamp - because I'm apparently insane. I ate some things yesterday I'm not proud of but today's a new day. We ha... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 07:31:50 EST It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas I'm never in a rush for Christmas. I stress over just the right gifts for everyone. I'm one of those people that rolls their eyes when Christmas merchandise is out at the stores shortly after Halloween. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I ran our local annual Arthritis Jingle Bell 5K, held at Cantigny Park...... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 07:29:17 EST Sunday <img src=""> <BR> Have a great day! Sun, 18 Nov 2018 07:24:47 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, November 18, 2018 November 18, 2018 DEALING WITH SORROW <BR> <BR> This time of year we are reminded to be grateful. Gratitude is when we truly are thankful for what we have and are content with what God has provided to us. However, there are many who are dealing with sorrow right now due to circumstances in their... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 07:18:50 EST Days Gone By It is interesting to see how quickly the days have gone by <BR> since the election is over and other current events have taken <BR> the spotlight. O course, some are very negative, alarming and <BR> sad. Pray for those affected by the wildfires, loss of house and <BR> home and those who perished ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 07:18:26 EST Feeling like myself again <img src=""> I'm up, getting ready to do my devotionals and work on stepwork and then head to Insanity Bootcamp - because I'm apparently insane. I ate some things yesterday I'm not proud of but today's a new day. We ha... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 07:14:35 EST Turning 20 today ! Today is my youngest child's 20th birthday and she is expecting my grandson in three weeks , I love you so much and so proud of the young woman you have become taking responsibility for the things in life that are only going to change you and make you a better and stronger person in life ! The j... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 07:03:37 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY-11-18-2018 <img src=""> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 07:00:22 EST Haiku of the Day Haiku #322 (of 365): <BR> Her money would flow <BR> faster than any river, <BR> right out of her hands. <BR> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 06:36:35 EST Medicine bottle <img src=""> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 06:27:29 EST Yesterday.... Had quite a productive day yesterday, although not a great deal of exercise was involved. Went to Sainsburys early on for a big food shop (amazing how many other people had the same idea!) than popped round my Father In Law's for a quick visit where I had a coffee and my favourite cake, a Cherry ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 06:26:29 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=11/18/2018=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">Serve the LORD [Yahweh] ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 06:12:35 EST Sunday Funny A blonde woman walks into a bank in NYC before going on vacation and asks for a $5,000 loan. <BR> <BR> The banker asks, "Okay, miss, is there anything you would like to use as collateral?" <BR> <BR> The woman says, "Yes, of course. I'll use my Rolls Royce." <BR> <BR> The banker, stunned, asks,... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 05:59:45 EST Up early for tomorrow We have to be at the airport at 5 am tomorrow so we got up this morning at 5, tomorrow it before 4! Sun, 18 Nov 2018 05:44:24 EST The Ride of My Life <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday I had my first adventure ou in a sea kayak. I had quite a time out on the ocean kayaking with my son. The waves grew from 2 feet to 4feet and the sea was choppy. We paddled through it wi... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 05:31:30 EST Don't You Wish It Was This Simple? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't you wish it was as simple as setting the clocks back in the fall? Sun, 18 Nov 2018 05:22:27 EST HAPPY SONDAY,! Yesterday afternoon I kept hearing a chain saw. <BR> <BR> After awhile, I looked out, and the tree limb was gone and you couldn't tell it was even there! <BR> His 'better half' and her sister had gone shopping. Then he proceeded to get leaves off roof, out of gutters.Then he started racking t... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 04:56:32 EST 11/18/18 If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain. Emily Dickinson Quote of the Day <BR> Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. <BR> Franz Kafka <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Love him and let him love you. Do you think anything else under heaven really matters? <BR> James A. Baldwin <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> I realize that ev... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 04:46:50 EST Day 322: More Like Ice <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "You can find energizing moments in each aspect of your life, but to do so you must learn how to catch them, hold onto them...and allow yourself to follow where they lead." (Marcus Buckingham) <... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 03:56:58 EST Fish was almost inedible I love trying out new recipes for fish that I find anywhere but what I made for lunch today was a disaster but manged to eat it as they say hunger is the best sauce!!!!!!!!!! Sun, 18 Nov 2018 03:53:59 EST Sat 11/17 Family time Today after breakfast daughter, hubby, and I headed to Lihue to spend time together as a family. Our first stop was Kauai Realty for a fun fair with crafts, rummage, and other items. Daughter bought two bracelets while hubby and I chatted with some friends. After that we headed to Costco to buy s... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 03:40:38 EST Daily Affirmation for Sunday, November 18, 2018 " I make my own choices. <BR> I decide what I will and will not do. <BR> I am proud of my independence." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Sun, 18 Nov 2018 03:12:08 EST Sun 18 Nov 61,7kg Fluffy's in a trance sniffing my veggies, lol <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He's been there 15 minutes now sniffing that celeriac, he's like a druggie! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 18 Nov 2018 02:39:19 EST I'm back I'm going to stay motivated and hopefully use this site daily to keep myself accountable. I'm so frustrated with the weight gain I've had. I've got to make changes. I need weighs, cardio and calm. I'm going to use a class at the gym, running and yoga. <em>40</em> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 02:30:02 EST 11.18.18 BLESSINGS & BODY IMAGE It's 1:39am and i am wide awake. I fell asleep ok tho with the help of my meds...i got about three solid hours this first round. Women's group went well Friday... we discussed self esteem again which seems to be a hot button issue with all of us. The food we got from the church was such a gre... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 02:18:45 EST Uneasy I need to get this off my chest. I’m very confused at the moment. I feel lost in life. I feel as though I’m losing control and my life is heading in a downward spiral. Which is crazy because I’m fortunate to have my health, a job, my family and friends. I’m aware of that, but somehow I still fee... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 01:56:26 EST 11-17-18 It was so cold and icy today, when I went out to get the mail, my hip replacement started hurting. Fortunately, we are promised that it will dry out and warm up tomorrow. My car is currently covered with ice from the icy rain. At least the carport and the walkways melted and dried off this aftern... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 01:51:23 EST Sunday's Thought <img src=""> Sun, 18 Nov 2018 01:01:08 EST gift of prepped meals i have been watching cooking and meal prep videos for fun. i do a little mal prep but my dh is a picky eater and we ddont have kids. last weeked my nieces wanted to stay for supper but my sister wanted them home. i did not have a meal plan for them but i thought it might be helpful if i prepped ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:47:59 EST Saturday Cardio <img src=""> Saturday Cardio & Weights: Today I finished week 2 of Les Mills Pump. I also decided to do a 2nd workout: Focus T25 Cardio. #blessed #challengemyself Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:46:56 EST Saturday Cardio & Weights <img src=""> Saturday Cardio & Weights: Today I finished week 2 of Les Mills Pump. I also decided to do a 2nd workout: Focus T25 Cardio. #blessed #challengemyself Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:46:02 EST Saturday Cardio & Weights <img src=""> Saturday Cardio & Weights: Today I finished week 2 of Les Mills Pump. I also decided to do a 2nd workout: Focus T25 Cardio. #blessed #challengemyself Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:45:52 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR SUNDAY A HIDING PLACE FROM THE STORM <BR> <BR> Over everything the glory will be a canopy. <BR> Isaiah 4:5 NIV <BR> <BR> Throughout the Bible, storms are illustrations of the hardships of life, yet we are constantly told of Him who is our ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:35:37 EST Friends ;-) 11/17/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Big cat mix <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Cats of all sizes & ages like to play. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:18:49 EST NSV while having fun I was only going to do 1 minute on the bike and more later, but thanks to listening to music while using the exercise bike, I ended up doing over 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> The music I listened to was upbeat and fun to listen to. I ended doing extra moves while listening to the music so that is a pl... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:17:07 EST Weather It was nice cool day for football. It is 62 outside and 69 inside. Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:11:11 EST as a new week is starting Be Thankful Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:09:16 EST Special Blessings-November 18, 2018 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I enjoyed watching the Ohio State game today. Even though I thought they could have played much better, it is the final score that counts and they won 52-51 in over-time. <BR> <BR> 2. While watching the game, I did laundry. <BR> ... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:07:29 EST Rewards Rewards always come <BR> <BR> to those who show up <BR> <BR> and give their all. <BR> <BR> I have come to love the Non-Scale-Victories even more than the numbers going down on the scale. To me, they are a very tangible reward and a constant reminder of the success of living healthy. <BR> <... Sun, 18 Nov 2018 00:02:59 EST 30 Days of Gratitude 2018: Day 17 - Benefits of Gratitude and Video How many benefits of gratitude would you say there are? How many can you think of in the next minute or so? Would you believe me if I told you there were more than you could think of in that minute or so? It turns out, science is uncovering a great deal of information through various gratitude... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 23:59:36 EST What? I'm using my Elliptical. <em>334</em> See - I'm definitely using my Elliptical! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> **edit: seriously, I'm trying to find a way to use it without hurting my knee. all suggestions a... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 23:51:06 EST My goals Right now I just have one goal and is to lose 50 pounds in four months. To be healthy and feel better everyday of my life. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 23:32:06 EST Blessings, November 17, 2018 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. I had lunch with a good friend. <BR> <BR> 2. I survived Oct roads. <BR> <BR> 3. Time with my daughter. <BR> <BR> 4. Faith, family and friends. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list your own blessi... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 23:30:12 EST Mama Said Mama Said, The Shirelles, 1961 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mama said there'll be days like this <BR> There'll be days like this, my mama said <BR> (Mama said, mama said) <BR> Mama said there'll be days like thi... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 23:24:47 EST Photo set #1 .. Day 17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So .. <BR> I started a new photo set at my current weight..somewhere I have the pix I started the year with .. <BR> <BR> I am also looking for pix when I was over 265 pounds.. I refused pix whe... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 23:07:44 EST Saturday setting my sights on a blessed and beautiful holiday I was a bit shaken when I started changing my plans for Thanksgiving. I have spent today reflecting and reframing my thoughts. I am now looking forward to the opportunity to make some new treasured memories. I realize that things will be different but I also know that whenever I am with these bel... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 22:34:16 EST I am just so blessed! I feel like I am the luckiest woman around. To have a husband like I have, to love someone as much as we love each other. I love this man so much! Every day we wake up with each other and I am in awe at all I have and all he is. Of coarse he is not perfect but I sure am not either. We have been m... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 22:32:58 EST Saturday 11.17.18 I am packing for our trip to see my family for Thanksgiving. Trying very hard not to stress. I have gained weight since seeing my family last and am feeling apprehensive. My mother is all things fitness and my son and brother are naturally lean. I am the only one with the "weight problem" and... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 22:20:05 EST #580 When Sunday comes so does Pooh Half the weekend is done and we had a very good response to our meals at church today. We served 54 people a light breakfast, 2 snacks breaks and a lunch. <BR> <BR> Not a negative by any means but when serving a large group a specific meal that you purchase, it's hard to absorb additions foods ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 22:08:30 EST A DAY TO BE THANKFUL Although Thanksgiving isn't actually here until next Thursday, my daughter and granddaughter started the celebration today with a Thanksgiving meal at my granddaughter's home. It was an awesome meal plus family fellowship. <BR> I am thankful for: God <BR> Fa... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 22:06:27 EST Shuffling Saturdays... / SGG: OTW26D7 Saturdays seem to be spent shuffling my daughters from place to place. Today I took two of them to ttheatre rehearsals, picked one up from college, picked up the two from practice and made a library run with them, and then took my oldest to the theatre to to work before a show. Tonight I brought ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 21:57:26 EST Week 353 ... MB 137 ... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> A cloudy day today, for a few days we have had smokey fumes from up north as the fires are burning. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we went down to the bottom of the block to fix the fence, it is a star picket fence. The cow over the fence is hungry and leaning over to reach our... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 21:50:47 EST When One Door Closes, Open Another One! I've been doing Les Mills Body Pump for about a month now, but the after the last two sessions, I've had low back pain. I have osteopenia in that region, so I'm concerned that I may be aggravating it. It may be the floor exercises for abs that's doing it. I have a sway back so I can't lay my s... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 21:49:01 EST MY BRACE I NEED FOR MY DROP FOOT..A NEW DIAGNOSIS. <img src="">Went to Brace and Limb and was diagnosed with drop foot. This brace will help stabilize my left foot as it is shorter than my right and has no toes, so I don't walk properly. <img src=" Sat, 17 Nov 2018 21:48:27 EST A burst of energy I woke up with energy this morning and it lasted almost all day. My sister and I used to call days like this "wonder woman days" because we thought we could do anything. I did spend most of the day working on the advent calendars. All the pieces have been remade that needed fixing, the backgr... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 21:41:19 EST Saturday Had a very productive day. Got more shopping done, allwrapped. Got my daughter birthday gift, ready to celebrate next Sunday. Weather allowed me to do 5 miles walking. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 21:31:36 EST Thanksgiving Trip So tomorrow my DH and I fly out bright and early to Arizona for a week of hopefully some well deserved R&R. This trip has many purposes but we just need to focus on de-stressing from so many challenges that life has thrown at us lately. <BR> <BR> We will meet our son that is studying in Californ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 21:14:31 EST November 17, 2018 Happy Saturday! <BR> <BR> I think that I am relapsing. I thought that I was getting better, because I was feeling better, but today I've slipped back. My throat hurts and I'm just worn out. Just what I need before the Thanksgiving holiday <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I did sleep in this morning, ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 21:08:10 EST Still recovering Aches and pains at the incision site but relief from what ailed me before Sat, 17 Nov 2018 20:55:03 EST Always Thankful <img src=""> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 20:54:45 EST November 17th Cloudy blustery day..I was up and out early to feed , even the chickens were like..What you doin out here already! Trying to beat the storm that's what!! <BR> Then stopped to visit with Tammy and Gene..storm rolled in as I was there. It turned dark and the wind blew covered everything in m... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 20:42:04 EST Because it Makes me Feel Young(er)! That is one of my "why's" for Why I love losing weight and why I want to lose more...and why I love exercise and healthy eating too. <BR> <BR> I zipped THOSE pants today. They haven't zipped, snapped and stayed that way in maybe 5 years! They are these wonderful pants from Athleta, a compan... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 20:41:41 EST Am I a failure ? This past week I fell off the wsgon. Every time I do well , I go backwards . I am hoping this week I can do good . Sat, 17 Nov 2018 20:19:34 EST Doing Fine <img src=""> <BR> Beautiful day in Western Ky. Holding My Own with My Essentials Oils, Diet Shakes, fruits and vegetables, Mom and I went to Wally World, Dollar Tree, Att, thenWendys for lunch. I got plenty of exe... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 20:14:44 EST 11/17/18 Not all green today missed floors and active minutes and came 40 steps short of achieving my steps per hour goal today. Plan is to get into the gym 4 days this week but will see what happens on Friday after working on short rest as I get off late on Thanksgiving day then go in at 11:30 on Friday.... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 20:05:32 EST Back to square one...again Changing things around in my life again. After two years at Orangetheory, I have been seeing zero results on the scale. I'm a bit stronger...I can do a hundred squats at a time, I can row 2000 meters in under ten minutes, and I can carry all the grocery bags into the house in one trip. However... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:59:39 EST Santa came to our town today This weekend the town I live in is having a Christmas festival with a parade and everything. Even Santa attends; he ends the parade as tradition should have it. Our town gets a big treat s both Santa and Mrs Clause come together in a horse drawn carriage. The beard and all is real. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:55:49 EST This skill makes the world a better place Hello Everyone <BR> <BR> After surviving my surgery, I have made it a big goal to do my part in helping build Fit & Healthy Leaders who will reach their own goals, but also spark many other people. I'm more determined than ever to make this happen. <BR> <BR> This includes sharing information a... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:27:52 EST Rare Saturday Enjoyed a relaxing Saturday. First time we didn't have something planned for us in seven weeks. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:24:58 EST Bobo <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I remember such episodes from childhood, only with cows, and pigs, and chickens, and rabbits. Seems I remember some adult making the comment, "For God's sake don't let them name the fruits and ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:11:53 EST What mysterious Creature have I been feeding??? Well Here at the farm I thought I was feeding a kitten. DH got a trap camera and We set it up last weekend. We pulled it this morning! I have been feeding a female tabby cat (Callie) <BR> and a young possum (Polly). It was cool to finally know what was coming around. I filled the deer feeder... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:07:24 EST My life <img src=""> Cardio workout today Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:01:30 EST My life <img src=""> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 19:01:01 EST 2500 mile goal Cool morning warmed into 60s midday, perfect for hours of yard work, and I got more than my share. Lots of leaves piled up all around, now they have to be removed. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:56:01 EST An Attitude of Gratitude <img src=""> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:32:29 EST All blessings to you <img src=""> <BR> <BR> May all heartbreak be cracked open by even the tiniest bursts of joy today. <BR> <BR> May all beings find sanctuary. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:23:36 EST This Old House Here in Blighty when a buyer is serious about a property, they'll arrange for a full survey to be done. This is a major indication they seriously wish to buy as it costs them a good few hundred pounds. I was therefore pleased when Simon [Estate Agent] informed me that Lord Byron had instructed ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:19:55 EST Telltale Signs Your Pet Feels Genuine Pain and Grief <link><BR>ypets/archive/2018/11/17/grieving-pets<BR>.aspx?utm_source=petsnl&utm_medium=ema<BR>il&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20181<BR>117Z1&et_cid=DM246734&et_rid=471675374 </link> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:16:54 EST Saturday, Nov. 17th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today there is a calmer feel in the house and I am thankful. <BR> <BR> So far my day has included a hair trim, family counseling, Sparking and doing a little bit of the meal plan. Tonight is... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:13:16 EST Brief Update We FINALLY got enough boxes unpacked that I can fit my car in the garage. Not a moment too soon, since it started snowing the day we accomplished that. <BR> <BR> So lately it's all been about unpacking boxes and either finding a place for the contents or donating them. We're hosting a bunch of... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 18:08:17 EST Struggling for Sanity I have been struggling with my weight all my life. I originally joined SparkPeople in 2011 and was super involved when I first joined, but I slowly started to not log in as much and, eventually, stopped logging in all together. A lot has happened in the 7 years that I haven't been on. I have seen... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 17:59:39 EST a favorite breakfast recipe I thought I would share a favorite breakfast recipe today. <BR> <BR> I've been making this baked steel cut oats recipe off and on for a few years now, I put whatever fruits I have on hand for variety, and have used different "milks" and sometimes I will use a "flax egg" instead of a "chia egg" i... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 17:54:22 EST Ugh! I'm tired already... I want real food! Ugh! I'm tired already of having soft foods to eat. <BR> <BR> I've had enough of <em>490</em> <em>468</em> , soups, pudding and pasta <BR> <BR> Day 2 of teeth pulled. I was out with my mom and brother and went to Culver's for some frozen Custard they laughed at me when I told them I so l... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 17:53:13 EST 30 Days of Grattitude 17. I am grateful for the time, energy and ability to walk the doggies. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 17:40:05 EST All Went Well, But Not As Good As I Had Hoped Well, first I want to thank all of those that were praying for my day yesterday. It did go well but not as well as I had hoped/wanted. I got there on time and they took me right back to the procedure area. All the necessities were taken care of and then I met the surgeon. Very nice man. And ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 17:35:52 EST My Dad Damaged My Car When my parents came home from church this morning, my dad asked me to have a seat, as he said that he had something to talk about with me. I sat down, fearing that he was going to ask me for money. It turns out that my dad damaged my car while exiting our apartment's parking garage this mornin... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 17:32:11 EST Turkey Burn Challenge <img src=""> <BR> I did it! All 6 classes at the YMCA this morning. <BR> AND 20 flights of stairs. <BR> Happy Saturday Spark friends. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> seems appro... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 16:18:14 EST Saturday Power was out until 8:30 a.m. so could not walk on the treadmill. I had a wake at 11 a.m. at our church and one at 1 of a friend. Now my son, his fiancé and their combined 5 kids are here for the boys birthdays and they are spending the night. My son who is suffering depression in Columbus is ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 16:17:34 EST Great news My foot is getting better. I feel cheated and can feel my cardio fitness waining but I can get it back when it better. Food been ok. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 16:17:29 EST Very Short Blog <img src=""> <BR> Happy Saturday everyone, hope you are all finding time to relax and have a little fun. Didn't get my step goal yesterday came up about a thousand steps short. I have worked my back this week to poin... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 16:05:00 EST November 17th Having a laugh watching the first of The Michael McIntyre funny. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 15:59:22 EST Our 45th Wedding Anniversary Today! My hubby & I are celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary today! It seems like yesterday we were just two kids setting out on on a great adventure. We had no idea how young & naive we were & no idea what life would throw at us.....maybe it was a good thing we didn't suspect. We lost our house t... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 15:58:25 EST Blah turned blast <img src=""> <BR> This morning was a stressful morning. I just was getting by. Well I decided to take a walk to the store. Only to find out they were having a parade in town. My son was in it for church. Well I wound u... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 15:50:57 EST Blah turned blast <img src=""> <BR> This morning was a stressful morning. I just was getting by. Well I decided to take a walk to the store. Only to find out they were having a parade in town. My son was in it for church. Well I wound u... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 15:48:47 EST Nana Terri - 11/17/2018 <img src=""> Today is going really good. Just sitting here relaxing. Watched the Santa parade today on TV. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 15:06:35 EST 1/2 Marathon Training week 3 Just finished treadmill jog/walk intervals on treadmill. 4 miles. Takes me an hour to do 4 miles. Sometimes I want to give up but it feels so good to finish! 13 miles is terrifying still. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 15:05:25 EST Saturday afternoon The snow is here to stay! I am just moving around indoors so I do not fall. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 14:59:31 EST Day 53 Getting Back on Track The last couple of days have not been great. It all started on Tuesday with poor planning on my part. Then I had a work fundraiser Wednesday and a couple of appointments which resulted in me running around like a chicken with my head cut-off and just eating whatever and whenever. Thursday was bad... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 14:30:13 EST Saturday! <img src=""> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 14:29:04 EST Happy Saturday - Caught Up Happy Saturday to all of my Spark Friends! I don't know about you, but it has been really rough and overwhelming in my household. Every time I turn around something is happening that wasn't on my To- Do List. Between unscheduled meetings/phone calls at the school, tending to our pets, reschedulin... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 14:26:53 EST Chocolate in the bath! I was so pleased to have a whole week without chocolate, or sugar. Today I felt quite calm as I considered what kind of chocolate 'treat' I'd allow myself. <BR> <BR> I didn't feel my usual desperation to 'get something' to eat. I chose a 38.5g bar of Green & Blacks Dark truffle bar. It gave me... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 14:23:02 EST Feeling Down Today It's one of those days where I realize just how far from my goal weight I really am. I'm happy to say I'm back on track but this past week has really done me in. I'm stuck in a negative mindset and I'm not sure how to overcome it. I despise the cold but the high for today is 43 degrees and I'm wr... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:40:18 EST Late for Work One winter morning, an employee explained why he had shown up for work 50 minutes late: “It was so slippery out that for every step I took ahead, I slipped back two.” <BR> <BR> <BR> The boss eyed him suspiciously, “Oh, yeah? Then how did you ever get here?” <BR> <BR> <BR> “I finally gave up,”... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:26:45 EST COLD morning walk, feeling the holiday spirit Happy Saturday! The weekend is here! This is the first weekend in a long time where I'm actually not doing anything and staying home/relaxing. The kids are already asking to go out to the playground later though so it won't be home all day but atleast I don't have a million things to do like eve... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:23:17 EST “The Black Death of the 21st Century” Diabetes is a pandemic now and can quite literally be thought of as“The Black Death of the 21st Century” <BR> <BR> Facing The Twin Pandemics of Diabetes & Obesity <BR> <link><BR>1-live </link> <BR> <BR> The personal journey of John McMann Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:09:13 EST 11/17/18 The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction. William Blake Quote of the Day <BR> If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. <BR> Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> Quote of the Day <BR> If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. <BR> Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Those who do not want to imitate anything, produc... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:09:02 EST Not giving up this time. <img src=""> <BR> After a set back on the scale this week, I've been a bit discouraged and I haven't been good about tracking or exercising consistently this week, but instead of giving up completely or making excuses ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 13:00:36 EST More eye doctors Hi everyone, <BR> I did get a chromebook awhile ago and am doing my best to learn the ups and downs with it. <BR> We went to my Dh's eye doctor yesterday and I had one of the doctors check my eye. (I had really injured it with the handle of a rake a few days ago) <em>2</em> and she said I do... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 12:43:00 EST Saturday smiles Had a nice phone conversation with daughter last night sorting out plans for her visit. She’s shipped us another care package with goodies for us and some vegan foods for her. She’ll be spending part of her visit with a friend, and we got when and where pretty much sorted out. <BR> <BR> I’m m... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 12:31:06 EST Cold Season Self Care What do you do to take care of yourself when you have a cold? Last weekend we had a big weekend, but in the midst some of my family had been struggling with colds. I don't get sick much but Sunday, guess what? I came down with a cold. Monday, I had already taken the day off to have a day to get b... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 12:08:50 EST My 2nd 100 day challenge I finished my 2nd personal 100 day challenge today. <BR> I started these personal challenges because I turn 60 in February and I want to be a much healthier me. <BR> I lost 25 pounds my first 100 day challenge. <BR> I lost 26.75 pounds the 2nd 100 days. <BR> I was hoping for better, but still,... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 12:08:19 EST CHALLENGE CHECK-IN - Day 6 Good Morning!! Today is Day 6 of the Challenge and everyone has been doing fantastic! And please welcome Need2Move who just joined us and is raring to go!! Keep up the great work, all!! Rest Day for me... :) Sat, 17 Nov 2018 12:07:17 EST Life's Ups and Downs No one is happy all the time, some appear to be, others are just the opposite. But in reality it is all about the way you react to the things happening in your life. <BR> <BR> Short of money this month due to some unforeseen expenses? It happens to all of all unless we have very deep pockets, I'... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 12:04:21 EST Nice Day It’s a new day and I am praying it brings me health and happiness. I’m still in my son’s apartment. Almost all my things are in storage waiting for me to find a place to move to. I found a place but my son and I have to get credit approval tomorrow before I can move in. So, dieting for now is ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:42:22 EST 2018 THANKSGIVING COMING hey sparkers hope all are doing good had good workout had cramp in belly work thru it met my goal then came home sweep and mopped then chilled out what are you all cooking for Thanksgiving let me know i am just going to cook turkey breast for hubby and all the fixings dressing mac and cheese gree... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:27:16 EST Happy Saturday .. Happy Birthday to ME!! <img src=""> <BR> Good morning to my friends!!! I wonder if this is Vegas's form of a rainbow since the moisture seldom makes it down to here ... but the sun is in the middle ... it was like 3 suns ... Sorry, yesterd... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:23:05 EST Mercy, Peace and Love – Day 47 Called, sanctified by God the Father and preserved in Christ Jesus <BR> <BR> “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Therefore do not be ashamed ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:21:54 EST Nov 18 --> Nov 24 workouts and food . Nov 18 -->40 min walking.30 min house work.TOTAL MIN.BURNED.DRANK GLASSES OF WATER.CALORIES ATE <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Nov 19 --> <BR> <BR> Nov 20 --> <BR> <BR> Nov 21 --> <BR> <BR> Nov 22 --> <BR> <BR> Nov 23 --> <BR> <BR> Nov 24 --> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:19:20 EST 11/17/18 Joy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Find your joy, and share it with others!" <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "I've just burned 3000 calories... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:08:08 EST Bodnant I am a female in my fifties. Married, no children. <BR> I'd like to lose 5 kg as my first goal. Then I'd like to lose another 13 kg to get a healthy BMI. <BR> <BR> However first I want to get off all sweets and junkfood. The next two weeks may be difficult. Today is day 0. <BR> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:05:25 EST Day 0 today This is my day 0. <BR> <BR> My goals for the next 4 weeks: <BR> <BR> * no junkfood nor sweets in the house. <BR> * sugar free and gluten free meals and snacks <BR> * be in bed before 11.30 PM <BR> * Make efforts to be relaxed - do yoga, take a nap, or meditate. <BR> * at least 30 minutes of e... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:03:46 EST Thankful Tree What a great idea! On the news they showed this for the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving dinner. Get branches, either real or from a craft store and put it in a large vase to look like a tree. Have construction paper cut put in different forms. Maybe turkey form, acorn form, etc. Punch a hol... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:02:50 EST Healthy Living Success Day 2 Nov. 16, 2018 <BR> <BR> Goals that I met <BR> calorie range 1200-1500----today's 1322 <BR> I exceeded my steps to me surprise which I didn't plan on doing <BR> exercise minute range 60---- today's 65 <BR> I ate a piece of fruit for breakfast ( should of had something else with that but at le... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 11:01:51 EST Saturday and blabbering. Back in the freezer again, only 18, and got a skiff of snow again last night. This time though, it rained first and then snowed, so that went ice, so this morning I put my cleats on my but still walked like a penguin. I don't mind winter, but I hate it when we get the ice. Hubby says the road ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:57:37 EST Dreamin'-- but--achievin' is the best! <img src=""> <BR> I know that I am alive and kicking---to-day-- <BR> I am late posting, because I felt it so important to "take that bull by the horns". (Mom's expression)---put on my anti-slide boots, with that new so... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:57:28 EST Here. If you seen the aerial photos of the San Francisco Bay Area, you will realize how bad it is. Yesterday seemed to be the worse. My chest is heavy when I breathe, it feels like I guess it would be similar to a smoker smoking packs of cigarettes a day even though I have never been a smoker. The air ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:48:43 EST Need to move... so.. joining late to a challenge... 15 minute per day.. 5 days a week! <BR> <BR> Yeepie! <BR> <BR> Moving my body.. goal.. <BR> For my butt to stop moving when I stop moving! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:46:50 EST Bit of a Rude Awakening My dear husband has been an IT professional for nearly 40 years. He will be packing up his shingle in a little over 2 weeks and calling it a wrap … his retirement is dawning. <BR> <BR> This morning, the all too familiar call that comes in the dead of night or the wee hours of the morning came …... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:45:45 EST Fast moving Friday 11/16/2018 Friday didn't deviate from the week's crazy and didn't disappoint! Tried to plan the un so that I went in a big circle, but my OCD kicked in and had to go back home to make sure I extinguished the holiday candles I had lit. I was about 99% sure I had but better safe than sorry. <BR> <BR> 2 veh... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:42:32 EST Fresh Picked Salad Greens After A Week Of Freezing Temps! <img src=""> Not bad after a week of Freezing Temps! Fresh Green Salad tonight! Those frost covers really work! Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:39:31 EST Where to start? Mini Goals...... I keep telling myself "I've started this so many times". Truth is I'm not sure I have truly started. My biggest enemy seems to be my procrastination, lack of preparation, and an emotional sweet tooth that enjoys carbs. I'm at an all time weight high for me. I'm starting to have constant aches... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:37:22 EST Fasting I have been playing with fasting this week.. building up to a 20 hours fast. <BR> Just broke my 19 hour fast. <BR> <BR> it amazes me how good I feel. <BR> My sleep, my mind.. I like the empty feeling... <BR> <BR> Life is good! <BR> Keto strong! <BR> <em>104</em> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:32:51 EST Join the Winter Biggest loser Challenge Looking to stay focused through the upcoming Holiday Season? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle? If yes, then consider joining the LOVELY LIMES, In the BL Challenge that starts early December. Each week 11 teams of 24 Active, do fun nutr... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:32:16 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>224</em> Pure comfort. <em>334</em> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:27:52 EST Visited an old friend Visited one of my husband's College friends quite sad to see him he has Parkinson's & cant stand sad to see this vibrant person almost like a vegetable Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:18:19 EST Two Week Reflection Accomplishments: <BR> <BR> - Several chapters into a book (“The Book of Joy” by The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu) <BR> - Made huge effort to eat more healthfully (counted calories, ate less sugar and less carbs) <BR> - Worked on intermittent fasting <BR> - Drank lots of water <BR> - Didn’t snack ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 10:09:49 EST Saturday have a great day. <BR> <em>386</em> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:59:17 EST Finding Answers <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This just tickled me. <em>100</em> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:39:06 EST Comforting Routine Yes, it's fun to do special stuff. I do look forward to holidays, to meeting up with friends, to kids coming home . . . of course I do. Sometimes it's even fun to buy special stuff. For example, I've been debating whether I will buy a new pair of winter boots: sheepskin ones for warmth. But ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:32:07 EST I start again. We never succeed if we don't keep trying. I started back on my healthy eating about a month ago. I am down 10 pounds today. Only 70 more to go. I am so very tired of feeling unhealthy, tired, and having no energy. I am tired of not being able to bend over to tie my shoes. Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:27:12 EST WoW... just in time. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My hubby always puts the lights onto the house early November. <BR> <BR> This year he beat that snow storm by one day. <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> He says that next year it'll be done in the fir... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:21:06 EST Went to ER for intense abdominal pain Nov. 13th On November 13th, 2018 I was blindsided by dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps) from hell, my pain level escalated very suddenly, the intensity felt similar to when I had appendicitis, so when Ibuprophen and aspirin had no effect so I went to the ER, they gave me a double dose of something called Nor... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:20:05 EST OFF TO MARKET well we are off to market this morning. Not sure how long we will be staying. It will depend on the winds and the amount of people out shopping. As it has just turned cool, we can never predict how many will come out and shop. We are hoping for a good day, as Hubby has to work tomorrow and we... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:19:28 EST Holidays I’d really like to be able to maintain or lose during the holidays. Is that so unrealistic? My head hasn’t been screwed on in this previous month so I don’t know how I’m going to manage that. I am going to continue to start fresh every morning and do my best regardless of things that come my way.... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:16:57 EST Plan I plan to workout at home today Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:12:30 EST Im sorry to my friends.. There has been a death in my family and I haven't been involved with Sparkpeople..Im sorry my friends...Im just so depressed right now..forgive me~ Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:11:57 EST Crazy impulse purchase - a WINTER 5KM RUN!!! I have had some crazy impulse purchases in my day. Who remembers 80's leg warmers and 90's hair extensions - HELLO?!?!?! What was I thinking? Not to mention the dreaded grocery store impulse purchases. Come home to unpack and find the strangest things....once it was tempeh hotdogs and vegan c... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:09:43 EST Changing my lifestyle not just dieting Last night I ate a cheeseburger, fries and half a brownie sundae. It was not a spur of the moment failure. It was a conscious decision I made that afternoon as I planned a date night with my husband. I enjoyed my dinner tremendously. I went over my calorie limit for the day. Yes, my weight was up... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:09:19 EST Emotional eating I never thought that I was an emotional eater. Admittedly I am a sugar addict but that's a whole new ball of wax. Yesterday I was given some back news at work and despite the fact that I have been eating cleanly for five weeks now I really just wanted to grab the first bag of junk food I could ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:07:27 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Day 107 of 365 days...38 days until Christmas. <em>244</em> today marks 1,000 days of checking into sparks. Yep it's a habit! Maybe I need to take a day off from checking in now and then-lol! <BR> <BR> <em>430</em> The Friday before Thanksgiving was one of my favorite days growing up. I grew up in Northwestern Wisconsin. My mom taug... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 09:04:59 EST CBD Oil My cousin introduced me to CBD Oil last month. I was a little weary at first, but since I trust her...and did some research...I tried it. I have fallen in love with it!! So much so that I have become an affiliate. <BR> I have long suffered from depression, anxiety, insomnia and of course, we... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:54:30 EST saturday got up really early got a shower and the cakes in the oven, the one for the surprise party carried over here because noone is getting in the bakery today..the plows have it socked in, its heavy wet snow and i just dont have the oomph to shovel it today. <BR> i did have a friend message me saying... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:52:15 EST It's hard I am doing what I have been on plan but I'm gaining instead of losing so I must be doing something wrong. I think I'm eating in my calorie limits but I don't think I'd gain if that was true. Maybe my limit should have gone down or maybe I have eaten more than I think I have. Either way it is h... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:47:40 EST poor me, poor me...pour me I came upon this amazing phrase while I was looking up mottos and affirmations, I guess I would call them. This gem is from Alcoholics Anonymous, and wow, it was singing my song. <BR> <BR> I am five months into my weight loss journey. In some respects it was far easier than I had expected: in... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:42:28 EST Day 307: Today’s Challenge – Protect Your Joints <img src=""> <BR> Sit on the edge of a chair, squeeze your knees together, and release 10 times. <BR> <BR> Sit up straight on the edge of a chair with your feet flat on the floor. <BR> Put your hands on the seat of... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:39:11 EST Day 307: Toned Arms in Less Than 10 Minutes Work your upper body with dumbbells in just 7 minutes! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""’> <BR> <BR> <BR> 7-Minute Arm Shaper with Dumbbells <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/videos-detail.a... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:38:32 EST Saturday Humor <img src=""> Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:36:18 EST Friday Saturday Somewhat busy day, left work early picked up subs for daughter's school party, got some groceries, squeezed in some homework, dinner, took one kid to a birthday party, then visited with momma who returned from her trip. Easy day today after catching up on sleep Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:32:06 EST never break a promise to yourself Anyone else out there read or currently reading Girl Wash Your Fave by Rachel Hollis? If not, I am sharing with you my favorite excerpt thus far. WOW did it hit me hard and open my eyes. Read here: “A few months ago after I was out to dinner with my closest girlfriend which was an impromptu h... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:29:15 EST Peaceful mindful Eating-Today's Challenge Today's Challenge on the 30-Day Fit and Fiber-Full Wellness Challenge is to practice mindful eating during every single meal and snack. This is a REAL challenge for me! I ate my breakfast at the table this morning without the computer or reading the papter. I plan to do the same for each meal and... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:22:33 EST Take a Hike Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Held : Always November 17 <BR> <BR> Take a Hike Day is today. <BR> <BR> Walking, and hiking is an excellent way to get exercise, and get into shape. Hikes are distinguished from wal... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 08:00:16 EST My 100 Days of Why - Day 75 When I have made good meal plans and stick to them, I feel in control. Such a good feeling! Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:59:15 EST Saturday Another great week. This upcoming week I have a phone interview for a job. Yay! Tons of school work but there's only three more weeks and then done until January. On Monday I am beginning medication to help me quit smoking. I may gain a few pounds but I'm ok with this cause in the end I'll be he... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:46:53 EST My earrings!! <img src=""> I absolutely love my new earrings from Ross. I love Ross for shoes, clothes, and jewelry!! Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:45:27 EST Our dear California Heartbreaking. We’re flying out Monday... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:43:50 EST Breaking the Food Seduction, Introduction Breaking the Food Seduction <BR> By Neal Barnard, M.D. <BR> <BR> Introduction <BR> <BR> How are foods treating me? Am I a willing victim of junk food no matter the effect it has on me in terms of my waistline and health? YES! <BR> <BR> I have felt the seduction, “I know I shouldn’t eat _______... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:43:22 EST Day 16 - Meal Planning Today's Plateau Busting challenge is all about meal planning. I have to say that I am pretty good at that. Meal prepping - not so much. I do prep my breakfast each Sunday and make my lunch the night before. Sometimes, I make extra dinner for the purpose of freezing it for later, but I don't prep ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:42:30 EST Day Ten: Fitness Progress <em>320</em> Activity Minutes: 57 (Goal 120) <BR> <em>7</em> Calories Burned: 461 (Goal 1000) <BR> <em>550</em> Calorie Balance 2158 (Goal 1500-1876) <BR> <em>311</em> Miles: 3.35 (Goal 12) <BR> <em>416</em> Yoga Minutes: 20 (Goal 50) <BR> <em>414</em> Meditation Minutes: 25 (G... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:38:43 EST New Book Review Breaking the Food Seduction, by Neal Barnard, M.D. <BR> <BR> I am going to go through another book. As much as I am a fan of the Beck Diet Solution, and I read through the book at least twice, even though I had many starts, there is something within me that seems to be keeping my from getting wi... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:35:17 EST Early mornings are necessary! I have realized that waking up even a half of an hour earlier can set my day up for success or failure. When I get earlier, even if it means i am only half awake, my day is started that much earlier! I have personally experienced that I am 95% more inclined to exercise when I get up instead of sn... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:31:55 EST Put on an ugly face... Soooo after my crazy busy week, rogue week, I stepped on the scale this morning and I am exactly where I was on Monday morning.. so winner, winner chicken dinner... <BR> <BR> I finally was able to check out the results and photos from the my half marathon.. and I have to say, I was rather please... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:26:44 EST Saturday Spark Today, I am surprising my Hubby with a day trip! Lately, he's been kind of restless Wanting to do something "different " go somewhere he's never been To appease his restlessness I did some research and have found him an "adventure" not far from home yet somewhere he's never been. After an ho... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 07:20:25 EST Saturday Funny On his death bed, an old Jewish man says to his wife... <BR> <BR> "Oh, Sarah, when the shop burned down you were right beside me, no?" <BR> <BR> "Sure I was Moshe," his wife replied. <BR> <BR> "When the Nazis drove us out of our beloved Deutschland you were beside me again, no?" <BR> <BR> "I ... Sat, 17 Nov 2018 06:59:06 EST