SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Tuesday's Tickles .....courtesy of spark pal AKELAZ, Sonia We found a spider in the house and my girlfriend told me to take it out instead of killing it. So we went and had some drinks. Cool guy. Wants to be a lawyer. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:15:52 EST The human mind is odd Anxiety and insomnia often travel together.... tonight they are my overnight guests. My sugar crashed twice today despite eating on plan. It’s frustrating and makes me irritable. I was having a pretty good day before the first episode, but I was cranky most of the rest of the day. If my blood... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:08:16 EST Strategy We plan and plan but the follow through is something else. I watched an interesting video on YouTube about developing a strategy, a documented way to success and when you get your result you can adjust the strategy accordingly. Set a goal as well as a method of getting there in a measurable way. ... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 02:55:27 EST Tues 23 Jan 60,3kgs Fluffy slowly stirring <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> 2 slices of coffee and walnut cake (only 1/8 slice left of the cake that I made Saturday ) <BR> <img src=" Tue, 23 Jan 2018 02:47:42 EST Down 14 lbs! Sine the beginning of the year my weight have dropped 14 lbs, and my sugar dropped 60 points. I don't know which one I'm more excited about! Tue, 23 Jan 2018 02:39:58 EST Melon Infused Water <img src=""> <BR> 1 cup cantaloupe cubes <BR> 1 cup watermelon cubes <BR> 1 cup honeydew cubes <BR> 2 quarts filtered water <BR> <BR> Add your melons to a 64-ounce mason jar or pitcher. Pour the water over top ... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 02:33:46 EST Rush Rush mellow out this morning <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 02:32:57 EST Week 3 Today I’m going to be weighed and have my blood pressure, etc taken. I’m going to be part of a weight management study at a local university. The required commitment is to exercise at least 3 days per week at the YMCA. Also, follow a sensible diet. They’re not requiring a specific diet. Also, I m... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 02:01:55 EST It's a habit now .. Day 22/365 <img src=""> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:48:00 EST Careless Wish I was more alert & not so careless about what is happening around me thinking a bit of the result before speaking would make life so much easier for me Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:45:10 EST 1-22-18 At least there wasn't ice under the snow today. I had to clean off the car, but someone else shoveled my driveway and brought the recycle bin almost all the way up the driveway. I figured I'd have to settle it when I got home from book club, but it was in its proper place when I got home. That wa... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:41:15 EST I looked at some of my old pictures today I don’t know why I was so convinced that I was this hideous, disgusting gremlin when I was a kid. I was so convinced that I was fat and ugly but looking back, I was just fine. For the most part I was just taller than other kids my age. This calls so many things into question and makes things so c... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:40:37 EST 100 Days of Transformation: Day 21 I made this last night with Hazel. I know most days I just have a couple of protein shakes and raw fruits and vegetables but when she's around I tend to get creative for a few reasons. For one, I have more time to spend cooking and for another I want to actually eat with her. It's a bit of a chal... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:40:24 EST Good Night! <img src=""> <BR> As I was getting ready to go to bed I found a whole slew of ants by my CPAP. Have never had this happen. I put the mask and the hose in the bathroom and dumped the water out. I put some torro by i... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:39:06 EST Day 750 ~ I’ll have to fill this out tomorrow Today's Sparkpeople - January Sharing what I am committed to do along my journey... 1. Blog daily and record... 2. Calories consumed: 3. Calories over/under: 4. Calories burned: 5. Steps taken: 6. The number on the scale: 7. Minutes of Exercise: 8. Hours slept including nap: 9. Last thing I ... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:32:16 EST Sprained toes and Mission woes! I got in my 5 miles did my yoga , got a nap I went to move my stair stepper and banged my toes that are now either broken or badly sprained, I’m hoping for the sprain, my son has to finish his Ca Mission and is dragging his not sprained feet!🤣 were so close. I feel his behavior. I get so close t... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:21:30 EST Got a physical Today was the first day action. Got a physical and referral to a weight loss class. Also counted my calories so its off to a great start. Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:21:19 EST Sprained toes and Mission woes! I got in my 5 miles did my yoga , got a nap I went to move my stair stepper and banged my toes that are now either broken or badly sprained, I’m hoping for the sprain, my son has to finish his Ca Mission and is dragging his not sprained feet!🤣 were so close. I feel his behavior. I get so close t... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:21:18 EST MONDAY MOMENTS Started the day out with pancakes for breakfast. Really good. Lunch was leftovers ... mashed potatoes and mustard greens, and dinner was .5 portion of a serving of cheesy enchilada Hamburger Helper. Stayed within my calories, ate healthy. <em>551</em> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Exercise was... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:13:05 EST Made Me Cry! Because I rebooted my weight loss/get healthy and fit journey I decided to re-start the SparkCoach program again. You are asked to stop and visualise how you would look and feel in 6 months. I sat still and closed my eyes and did just that. <BR> <BR> I have this red patterned shirt. It's nothing... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:05:03 EST Day 22 2018 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Nutrition in range. <BR> Exercise 60 minutes. <BR> <BR> My DH phoned me today. My friend that lived in another town passed away and he saw the obituary on a local online news. I had talking ... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:50:04 EST The little voice that says "what if" I heard that little voice in my head this morning after my weigh in. I'm down a bit, been up and down for the past month (and actually lost weight, a tiny bit, over the holidays). And that little voice began imagining again what it would be like to be more consistent in my WL efforts. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:40:24 EST Day 17 Blog Challenge - Fear Fear. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fear is a funny creature. Fear causes us to pull back, it challenges us to move forward and it only exists in our own minds. <BR> <BR> I have lived with generalized anxiety ... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:38:39 EST Day 7 - The St. Peregrine Novena When the saints suffered, they allowed that suffering to bring them closer to Christ on the cross. They became Christ-like, even, through each pain and affliction they suffered from. Instead of becoming selfish because of their pain and suffering, they became even more selfless. <BR> <BR> So t... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:34:11 EST LOL <img src=""> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:32:19 EST 21 years.... Today marked the 21st anniversary of my mom's death but it was a good day. I was up at 6 and out the door for my first walk at 6:40 forgetting to pull my Fitbit from the charger. Put in a full day's work with a mid afternoon walk that my Fitbit didn't calculate and then finished up some leftove... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:32:00 EST A snowy day My weather app kept telling me we were in a storm watch and then warning...since Friday. It was supposed to start snowing Sun eve. Well, it didn't start until 9am today. We've gotten a solid 6 inches of heavy wet snow. And it's still snowing. I've spent more than to hours shoveling. Hubby has as ... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:31:05 EST Never said chickens were smart... Gonna start my day backwards..When I went out to close up..foolish me ,,I was thinking it will be easier tonite only two gates and one door to close up! If ONLY...the young birds forgot where they were supposed to go roost and were perched on the rail at the bottom of the fence on the wrong side... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:25:55 EST Once Upon a Time...I Had a Magnificently Powerful Week...the results? Just a real quick blog: <BR> <BR> Had a wonderful week of great food and fitness. I'm very proud. <BR> My scale was down one more pound today. <BR> But, my measuring tape is not cooperating for the most part. I had to measure MYSELF today, instead of Hubby helping me, so I'm wondering if I did i... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:21:00 EST #286 Non fattening Non-Fattening <BR> <BR> A bakery owner put up this sign: <BR> “The pastries in this window are non-fattening” <BR> and insists it’s true. <BR> <BR> “As long as they stay in the window,” he says, <BR> “they’re non-fattening.” <BR> <BR> - from The Vendor Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:18:20 EST A Day In The Life Of An Artist A Day in The Life of An Artist <BR> <BR> The planning of my next painting, sometimes I think on this as I go to sleep, and then awake, thinking on it some more. Next follows research, with the looking for or taking a photo, or more thoughts from my imagination, of what and how I want to create, ... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:18:13 EST Whata ya thunk 1/23/18 “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” ― Henry David Thoreau ~ 1/23/18 Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:18:07 EST The Immune System. <img src=""> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:12:19 EST New challenge Started a new contract today. Three days of orientation then on to 12 hour night shifts. Not the first time I’ve done this and have maintained my eating habits, it’s the exercise that is the challenge. I have my plan and my resolve! Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:09:49 EST Starting Again Week 4 - Jan 22 - 28, 2018 This is the week of Jan 22-28. Starting weight this week: 175.6 <BR> Well phooey. I went up 1/2 lb. <BR> Date Overall rating Calories Steps Other comments <BR> Jan 22 Okay 1293 7,400 Raining all day, and a bran muffin adds calories! <BR> Jan 23 <BR> Jan 24 <BR> Jan 25 <BR> Jan 26 <BR> Jan ... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:07:08 EST Added to my diet regimen Garcinia Cambogia, let's see if this natural non stimulant helps. Fill you all in in a couple weeks. Unless it really shocks me!! Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:06:37 EST Special Blessings-January 23, 2018 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. For the first time since I got sick on January 2, I slept all night last night and managed to do it laying down in bed. <BR> <BR> 2. It was a fairly warm and nice day today and since I was feeling a little better again, Jim and I w... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:05:20 EST I start off good.... But then I don't finish tracking my calories at the end of the day Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:03 EST Wow!!!! I really did it today I generally only do fifteen minutes of excersise when I do. Today I did fifteen in the AM and 30 at p.m. Feeling like a million bucks. Plus pm yoga killed my headache!!💪😆👍😎💣 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:58:56 EST Sunday's OMG moment The designer of the shawl I am test knitting put up that she had the wrong numbers in the pattern she sent out. "Instead of 195 stitches it should be 140." Which meant that I was five pattern repeats (14 rows always increasing) beyond where I needed to be. So this morning I got back to where I ne... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:55:47 EST Inspiration <img src=""> Watching a powerful swimmer gives you motivation Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:52:47 EST Setting Goals So... I'm taking one of Spark Guy's challenges... on goals... Day 1 - done... <BR> My goals... <BR> -drinking 2.5 cups of water /day (I'm starting all over again on drinking water... not my favorite thing to do) <BR> -logging in daily (haven't done this daily in a long time!) <BR> -exercise 10 ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:50:45 EST Monday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:47:07 EST Cats ;-) 01/22/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Goodbye kisses <BR> <link> </link> <BR> My guys tend to be more demonstrative when I come home. Except for packing. Then they want to sleep in the suitcase. <BR>... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:44:11 EST Day 22 - Positive reinforcements On Sunday I went to a reunion event for an organization I am very involved with and saw some past Board members I hadn't seen in a few months. I got lots of compliments on how good I looked and they were nice as they said I always looked good but especially so where it looked like I had lost wei... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:36:19 EST Happy Dancing!! I had a successful first week and have totally surprised myself in the process. I guess I need to start with my first meeting. I walked into the meeting much as I always do when going into a situation where I know no one...timidly and hesitantly. I was greeted by this warm, funny, and affectionat... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:36:15 EST GOOD DAY Good day at work.. relief came in at 3, I clocked out and went home. Hubby and I headed for Home Depot. Last night our hot water heater died. This morning I boiled water to wash up the dishes and clean the kitchen. Tonight Hubby said to leave the dishes as the new NJ to water heater is to be... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:35:24 EST Totally emotion charged day. This day was a hard one for me. After talking to my kids last night about their great aunt passing away they both called me this morning to see if they could get her obit on the web. So I sent them the link to it. She was really an amazing lady with brains to spare and some choices that left u... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:31:15 EST Keep Moving Forward: Biking For The Girls, Walking For Me! We started our homeschooling day together doing Jesus showed grace to others memory work and history narrations on the Incas. D10 worked though spelling, vocabulary, and math. She also began reading At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald. D13 did spelling, vocabulary, algebra, and biol... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:26:16 EST Getting Back On Track After A Season of Trouble Wow! The last few months has been unbelievably challenging. Most of us know that troubles are just part of life.My family recently suffered a missing loved one. Our loved one was recovered with no evidence of foul play. It was a terrible loss just the same. The not knowing was the most difficult... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:22:41 EST anxiety My older boys have significant special needs and struggle with anxiety/OCD behaviors when their routine is disrupted, so the snow day today was hugely stressful for them. One hit himself until he was bloody this morning, and the other scratched until bloody this evening...sigh...and I felt like I... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:16:42 EST Weight No More: Juggling Oranges & Lemons and Weekly Keto Menu <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My neighbor, Max is really cool. He has some fruit trees in his yard and gives us peaches in the summer and in the winter we get lemons and oranges. Nothing beats right off the tree—and these ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:13:42 EST Rest Day Getting up this morning was difficult to say the least. My insomnia is in full force and am determined to NOT use mt medication to put me to sleep. <BR> I finally went into the spare bedroom at 4:30 this morning and fell asleep within a half hour after tossing and turning for hours trying to fa... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:13:36 EST Day 48 <img src=""> <BR> Long day, anxiety ridden day.😦 <BR> Didn't get any where near the amount of work done that I planned.😟 <BR> Snacked myself half to death, all day long!🐷 <BR> Did get to talk with my friend on the p... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:08:32 EST Monday, 1/22/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Slept in until 8 this morning as Maegann was out of school today for a teacher's workday. Gave them a chance to post final semester grades and get ready for the start of the next one. Sh... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:03:41 EST It is TIME!! It is time to stand up and take care of ourselves! Yes, we all know that it is important to have "ME" time. How we spend our "ME" time is important. <BR> <BR> Is your "ME" time truly "ME" time? Probably not. While a lot of us set aside time to do things for us, are we really spending quality ti... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:56:10 EST RESOLUTION REBOOT, DAY 22!! Touching Base Monday’s Muscle: Let your strongest muscle be the will.~James Lendall Basford <BR> <BR> Those who warn of temptation rearing its ugly head have obviously never seen temptation.~Robert Brault <BR> <BR> Why did God make only one Yogi Bear?~Because when he tried to make a second one he made a Bo... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:49:47 EST Username Change: MYGETFITMISSION My previous username was MYGETFITJOURNEY, but uh...I felt like I needed something that sounded more firey, focused, and determined. My thought was., "I don't need to be on a journey, that sounds to passive for me, like I am allowing myself to mill around and sight see. No. Aint nobody got time fo... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:47:30 EST An hour more time Given an additional hour of time in the day I would get more sleep and spend time studying. I am already fitting exercise, healthy eating, and meal planning into my schedule because they are some of the most important things. Choosing to improve my health through weight loss is the foundation of ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:45:56 EST A Favorite........... Edit your life <BR> <BR> frequently <BR> <BR> and ruthlessly. <BR> <BR> It's your masterpiece <BR> <BR> after all. <BR> <BR> <BR> Have you ever noticed that when your life is in a good place, everything else lines up too? <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:31:25 EST Looking for that umph It's been awhile since my last entry. As some of you know I've been my Father's main caretaker for the last year in a half, since his cancer diagnosis. The last few months were my toughest, as his condition declined rapidly. On January 5th, my Father passed away. I miss him dearly, but I like to ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:28:59 EST 1/22/18 - Bedtime To accommodate the A/C duct work coming up from the floor, the hutch cabinet had to moved and all the china taken out of it. There is a silver lining. Glasses will be washed before they find their way back into the cabinet. <BR> <BR> This evening I took a stress relieving Bodypump class. <BR... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:25:11 EST A Case of the Mondays Today was Monday. That in itself shoukd be enough for this blog. I don't know what the deal was with me today, but I've been in a funk. I didn't want to talk to anyone at work or really do much of anything. I did well staying within my calories and after lunch, I hopped on the elliptical for almo... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:24:46 EST Failing to success! I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. —Michael Jordan Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:23:07 EST Showing progress I rejoined SparkPeople 22 days ago and am pretty pleased with my progress. I have lost 3 pounds, lost 2 inches around my waist and 1.5 around my hips. I am tracking everything I eat and am actually drinking water. <BR> <BR> What I am really proud of is that I went from being rather sedentary a... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:15:23 EST Day 754 - Monday, Monday I got up and went to the gym this morning, even though I wasn't too thrilled about making the drive there. But I'm glad I went. I had a great workout and and even better weigh in. In the last 2 weeks I've lost 2.7 pounds overall, and 7.8 pounds of body fat, making my body fat percentage fall b... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:13:53 EST I Get Back Down, But I Get Up Again! <img src=""> <BR> I feel like my question of the day is apropos: What things make you feel bad, but you keep doing them anyway? My thing that I've done so many times in the past is to self-sabotage. Just when I begin... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:11:35 EST Weigh-In -- 21Jan18 Thought I'd posted a blog last night, but it isn't here today - the ether must have eaten it... <BR> <BR> Quickly - weight still the same as last week. <BR> <BR> Water - yes <BR> Cardio - 4/7 <BR> Diet Coke - still none <BR> Fruits and veggies - more, but still low <BR> Clutter clear - mixed re... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:04:19 EST Monday <img src=""> <BR> Hope you had a great day! TTYL Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:56:52 EST Daily Discipline Journal 1.22.18 My Week two recap - Whole 30 <em>373</em> <em>372</em> <em>371</em> <em>370</em> <em>368</em> <em>367</em> <em>367</em> <em>291</em> <BR> Mostly just remade the recipes that worked in week one. <BR> <img src=" Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:54:12 EST Day 22 Today we said goodbye to our wonderful cat, Sasha. She passed away in her sleep overnight. She was 15 years old. The ground had thawed just enough to be able to bury her next to her sister, Lexie, who died 2 years ago. The kids are taking it pretty hard. <BR> <BR> I stayed within ranges fo... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:44:13 EST Challenges I got the email from Spark Guy about his new challenges - and I'm doing them all! Not overwhelming since they are all a part of my normal regimen anyway. Today was a great day. I cooked turkey dinner for the fam, but only ate a 1/2 cup of potatoes (instead of a metric butt ton). I also made a... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:42:04 EST Punched by Life Yesterday was a rough day!!! My sister suffered another mini stroke and fell in the bathroom. When she came to she thought Washington was the president and it was 1977. She suffered mutliple mini strokes last Sep -- they happened on both the left and right sides of the brain but suspected more... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:41:23 EST Battle of the bulge on the row machine I had a great workout at Orangetheory. One hour in which half is cardio and the othe half strength training. This is my first time in a group gym and I'm really enjoying it. The first time I lost all my weight, I was on a very stiff budget, due to raising the kids. I have two children, whom are n... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:39:36 EST Just getting started! <img src=""> 2 weeks into my journey and the scale only shows 6 pounds down but my pictures show so much more!!! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:34:59 EST New fit life Keep pounding we will all eventually get where we want to be with our weight!! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:34:14 EST Practically Impossible The Dear Daughter got a bit more sleep last night and felt a lot better today, especially since the baby seemed to be a lot mellow-er today... <BR> <BR> But we (I) kind of didn't watch the time and we wound up having to cook one of the casseroles that her friends have brought over to help with m... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:31:34 EST Brown fat, weight loss, type 2 diabetes and prediabetes Normal fat in our bodies is white fat. <BR> This is not easily burnt as fuel. <BR> It is possible to convert white fat to brown fat which is much more easily burnt. <BR> Brown fat also helps counteract insulin resistance and can help stabilise blood glucose. <BR> Brown fat may be induced by expos... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:18:52 EST So far, so good <img src=""> Got a lot of housework done today and eating well. Breakfast was delicious, and nutritious! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:11:27 EST What’s for dinner? Because I’m so picky, we eat the same thing frequently. Tonight is steak and veggies, again. Any tips on changing it up just a bit to be more exciting? There aren’t many veggies I like. I hate mushrooms. <BR> <BR> My go to veggies are: broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, carrots, spinach, z... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:10:34 EST Going for a Blackout! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Finally got a menu for the week and some cleaning done. B L A C K O U T !!! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:09:58 EST January 22, 2018 Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> I had a pretty good day at home. I was somewhat productive and yet got some rest too. I managed to get 3 loads of laundry done, swept the living room floor (even under the couch, but that was mostly because I was looking for Matthew's sock, which I never found), cleaned t... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:09:29 EST Quiet day. The weather is crazy here today...rain, sleet, snow. When weather changes happen my fibro kicks in and all I want to do is sleep to avoid the pain. So that's exactly what I did. I finally crawled out of bed at 6 pm tonight and came on here to get some inspiration. Sipping my Atkins shake and ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:02:54 EST Daily Grind - Day 23rd Good morning Sparkers. It's another beautiful morning out here. Just back from the gym thinking about all the things that I'm grateful for. It's so easy to always want and feel bad for wat we dint have. But how many of us ever pause to think of the things we are grateful for. I just recently ma... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:53:47 EST What's So Special in the Fridge? I've been getting advice to print out some visuals of my goals and put them on the door of my refrigerator. I've also been seeing new blogs of Spark Persons talking about placing their scales in front of their refrigerators to help them stick with their goals. Did I miss something? What's So Spec... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:49:41 EST Weight Finally decided to step on the scale today. Happy to discover that I am still at 350. Think that I probably have been as high as 360 but today the scale said 350 so that p what I am using as my starting weight. <em>521</em> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:47:24 EST Sleep journal – 1-22-18 I took a chewable melatonin. <BR> I got settled in bed with my eye mask on around 10:39pm. I fell asleep at 11:45pmish and woke up at 3:20amish because my eyemask wasn’t on my eyes, my legs were pretzeled and they hurt. I fell asleep at 3:50amish. I woke up around 7:45amish but then l couldn’t fa... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:46:36 EST Gratitude Journal 9 I am thankful for: <BR> <BR> My comfortable bed <BR> <BR> My warm clothes <BR> <BR> My warm and comfortable shoes Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:45:47 EST Week 1 January 14 2018 186.5 pounds January 22 2018 181.0 pounds Week one wasn't so bad. Stayed within calorie limits even with foods that I had a hard time cutting out such as birthday cake. I didn't exersize very much at all. I did cut out all beverages other then water and coffee. Week 2 I hope to ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:45:47 EST journey to becoming a badass day 324 Its Monday January 22, 2018. I finished painting a pirate rubber duck scene. I read chapters 10, 11 and 12 of Hardcore Twenty Four. I got my workout done and I tracked it. I tracked everything I ate. I kept my commitment to get extra movement aside from my tracked exercise. I made spicy and sweet... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:42:08 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse for January 22 and 23; Praying the Scriptures Daily Inspiration: Look beyond a person's faults so that you can see the real person. Lord, may I learn to focus on the goodness that is in each person and love them because all are your children. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: What is impossible with men is possible with God. Luke 1... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:36:41 EST My Next 100 Days (2018) Days 16 - 22 100 days of exercise! <BR> <BR> <em>576</em> <em>311</em> <em>416</em> <em>319</em> <em>311</em> <em>414</em> <em>362</em> <em>311</em> <em>575</em> <BR> <BR> I can do this! <em>311</em> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:35:55 EST Whata ya thunk 1/22/18 Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. - Anne Frank ~ 1/22/18 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:30:27 EST Goal : 12,000 Steps / Actual : 17,707 - I'm Beyond Determined Putting my best foot forward before daybreak has proven to aid in my final step count. <BR> " Slay not say " ! <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:28:25 EST Still doing great. Sorry guys, just doseem to get here often, but had to come share awesome news. <BR> My mammogram was clear and all blood work and physical was great. Asked dr if he would weigh me every 3 months. sure. So started today.. asked me my goal said wasn’t sure um 145 to 150. He said hang on said 165..... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:20:46 EST Old habits My habit use to be.... Guilt husband into getting my Pringles and Peanut M&Ms on Saturday and sit in my chair and watch all the shows I miss all week because I have to go to bed so early to get up for work. <BR> Now I have a measured snack. Either fruit or gluten free treat. I no longer can binge... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:12:37 EST Monday Monday-Got a Love It!! It was not very warm and the north wind was cold today. I took the clothes and put them in the spare office at work. I hope My Sister can get them soon. They are going to be donated! Then I gathered up all the trash at My office and took to the dumpster at the Gun Room!! Then I spent the res... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:10:13 EST Waiting For the Calls <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Letter vent. I dis-a-vowel any responsibility for this pun. <BR> <BR> Long day at school after a week off for inclement weather. End of the day, a kiddo puked all over my classroom. I had int... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:03:56 EST Life on the 2 I awoke to thunder showers. Given the volume of them I was happy it was rain and not snow. Class is a mere 5 minute drive from the hotel. At lunch I picked up a sandwich and coffee from a local shop and stopped at Dollar Tree to browse. I splurged on steak dinner at a local chain, and brought h... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:03:34 EST Using the SP tools? Are you barcoding foods to help in measuring food and drinks consumed? Anyone still learning about the SP APP? Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:58:30 EST An Eventful Day! Today was an eventful one and so far it’s been a good one too! My car’s battery went kaput so my FIL helped me remove it and my Mom drove me to Rural King to get a new one. Needless to say, I couldn’t leave without a new friend! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:52:31 EST I have no idea how much I weigh I was pretty proud of myself for weighing consistently during 2017. I recorded my weight on 180 days. (I weighed myself on more days than that, but since I have to walk through a door to get from the scale to the computer, many days I forget by the time I get there. That doesn't happen to you, d... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:46:28 EST just sayin’ … on the road to health <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, Sparklers … 2017 snuck out quietly while 2018 started with a loud BANG for us. <BR> <BR> We have made our annual trek to St Louis to spend the holidays with our DD and family. Santa Claus... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:42:24 EST Pride and a Motivational Quote Someone who made you proud <BR> <BR> I have 8 "someone's" who have made me proud. My 6 children and 2 grown grandchildren have really made a positive life for themselves. They are marvelous! <BR> <BR> <BR> A motivational quote <BR> <BR> "Fitness Happens At Every Size!" That's a wonderful quot... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:30:50 EST Scale !! I am planning to weigh myself on Friday !! Of course if the scale showed that I lost weight then I will be very happy . I have lost and gains same 50 pounds several times over the last ten years and then gain it back and more . This time I want make changes that become healthy habits I want sto... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:30:09 EST ... Update, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23RD: MAKING THE HALLACAS (After walking..!) On the 23rd, we three went to have breakfast with the sunrise and, of course, for a nice walk <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:27:06 EST Blessings on every step <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dreaming of moving through even this mess; praying for more effective steps we can take together. <BR> <BR> Wondering how to crowd source competence and compassion. <BR> <BR> *tries waving m... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:24:47 EST Eating Well Beats Taco Bell Awhile back, someone posted on the SP community feed questioning what benefits there were to eating whole foods rather than giving in to her craving for Taco Bell food. This question piqued my interest, since I had recently found a recipe for roasted root vegetables that could be used to make tac... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:20:41 EST We did it! Finally broke the rut <img src="">I finally broke the rut and made it to the park Sunday and walked for 20 minutes ish or so. 2 days of calories within range AND water! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:17:57 EST Cross-country Ski Vacation in Methow Valley I spent a great week in Washington at Methow Valley, with our local Nordic club. I really enjoyed skiing! The area is so beautiful. <BR> <BR> This is me on the trail, with all my ski gear on. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:06:23 EST The Weight Is Over! <img src=""> <BR> This is me in my floral dress in 2011. <BR> <BR> Alright, I want to see more progress with my weight loss, so I'm doing this weekly weigh-in blog again. I want to be a normal weight again, so I'm cal... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:03:36 EST Getting there <img src=""> <BR> So I'm still trying to work off the couple pounds I regained during my daughter's birthday weekend and as of this morning's weigh in, I'm almost there. At work today, I actually went over my step goal... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:38:52 EST I'm a winner <em>109</em> <em>209</em> <em>208</em> <em>279</em> <BR> <BR> I've been helping to fund raise for a local respite centre for children. Actually, we're trying to save it from closure. A while back at one of the fund raising events we had a guess the weight competition. Turns... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:36:53 EST Books of 2018 I will start my list here, and add to it as the year rolls along. I'll rate the books using * <BR> <BR> 1. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald ***** <BR> 2. The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard **** Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:23:31 EST inspiralize actually that's the title of a cookbook devoted to recipes using the spiralizer. <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> This is not the pencil sharpener style that we all bought a couple of years ago when the whole Zucchini noodle craze hit. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:17:06 EST 1/22/18 Good start to this week!!! Hello, everyone! <BR> <BR> I saw my friend in the hospital this past weekend, and she said the doctors say that she should be able to leave next week! I'm so excited! I walked 1/2 of a mile and ran another 1/2 before my classes today! I ate grapes in class and had a chicken wrap for lunch. I tri... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:14:59 EST Fighting Osteoporosis! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Since finding out I have osteoporosis of the back, I've been busy educating myself on this disease. I've been reading books and articles online. <BR> <BR> I've also made the decision not... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:14:36 EST Snow Shoes! <img src=""> <BR> Our family took advantage of the beautiful day and went snowshoeing! I haven't done it in so long, we had a blast and what a workout. I fell in love with winter outdoors all over again. The sights,... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:11:20 EST Day 22: Embracing the Change (quotes) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:02:49 EST Habits <img src=""> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:55:52 EST My Weight Loss Journey and tips for a successful weight loss! So I have been struggling with my weight ever since I was 14 years old. I was not obese as a child but I noticed that as I got older my weight was slowing going up with my age. I have lost 10lb only to gain back 20 and it has been an uphill battle. Last February I noticed that I had gained 30lbs ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:47:56 EST I have seemed to forgotten <img src=""> <BR> To busy work and not livin.... I don't really do much outside of work... It's winter so there's no outside life...its -30 To -45 here 90% of the winter.. Tell me how you guys live? Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:40:32 EST Monday Dentist Day I was up early this cloudy/rainy 60 degree morning on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. All went well at the appointment where they replaced my old crown with a newer one and repaired all the tooth under it. I have two more to go and also complete the implant where the extraction was performed.... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:36:43 EST Love My Body Well, I woke this morning confident that the tomatoes were absolutely not appreciated ... at all! So, although last night was not intended to be a re-introduction test, it has become one and tomatoes will not be returning to my diet. <BR> <BR> Could this assessment on my part be incorrect? Of ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:30:04 EST Scale won't budge I've weighed the exact same since the day I came home from the hospital with Jeremy. Not one single pound has been lost in 3+ months. It wasn't really surprising because I wasn't exercising and not watching what I was eating. But I have been working out and eating better since the new year, and s... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:28:09 EST I'm not hungry. I ate breakfast at 9 am this morning. At 11 am I at lunch. Then I realized it was 5 PM and I had not eaten all day. Earlier in the day, all of a sudden my phone stopped working. I could not open any apps, and all I could do was turn it on and shut it off. Even though I was angry and frustrated, I... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:26:28 EST Your Guide to Water Aerobics Do you have the perception that water aerobics is simply a group of old ladies floating around in the pool geriatrically moving? I can write, with confidence, that you are 100% wrong. Want an awesome workout that is going to make you move, pant and yes sweat all in the pool? That is Water Aero... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:23:52 EST Keep it going Got to keep up this pace Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:23:46 EST Back to Basics: Hydrate: Count it All Thanks y'all for joining me on my water challenge. It is so much fun and very motivational to see how much water my friends are drinking. I certainly don't want to lag behind. You guys are awesome! <BR> <em>220</em> <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> Two days in; I'm doing well. How about you? <BR> ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:23:21 EST Motivation Got to keep my motivation up and focus on the small gains! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:18:29 EST Getting Back Last week I had gotten one day of getting back into the gym and it really wiped me out. I went back today and, yes, I’m tired but not wiped out. Improvement! I’m going back Wednesday. My goal is 2-4 days at the gym a week. I’m so glad I can workout again! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:13:09 EST Every little bit counts I purposely walked back to my desk in between papers printing to move a little more. I purposely stood to cut papers instead of sitting because standing burns more calories than sitting. I purposely walked to the main office to drop off papers before lunch, making an extra trip instead of just ta... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:10:35 EST You are, I am Well another week has gone by. Seems I have to add some hours at work. At least I will get more exercise. I have a big Case Study due coming up. I just started writing a news letter for an environmental organization that really needs the help. <em>435</em> <BR> <BR> I am glad to get back to ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:09:53 EST It's working Lost 4lbs this week! This gives me the spark to keep going. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:06:19 EST Grass-fed Collagen...or grass-fed gelatine? Should I bother at all? Trying to determine which brand is best, I've tried Vital Proteins and Great Lakes, and am trying Zint now. I only use from grass-fed cows. I like how adding tasteless collagen to my herbal tea really boosts my protein, and not fat. Been using it for months, but am on the fence about the act... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:03:59 EST Magical Winter Challenge #4 <img src=""> <BR> Beautiful January weather provided nice walking weather...added a few more miles in to bring me to under 100 miles left!!! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:03:09 EST Water Started my new job and it’s an office job, before I worked outside, so I don’t have to watch my water consumption anymore. I forgot how often you have to pee when you drink the appropriate amount of water. Lol Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:54:03 EST Can We Live Without Running Water <img src=""> We had to shut off the water last night because the leak was getting bigger. Wanted to take the pressure off the hot water heater as it was leaking and spraying a light mist. Everything is okay but waiting... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:51:47 EST Buy My House! My house has been on the market for eight months. I am sick of cleaning it for showings. I am sick of taking my dog out when showings are scheduled. I am creeped out by open house schedules with people wandering through and opening my closets and drawers. <BR> What does this have to do with Spar... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:51:02 EST God's Botox I have a lot of weight to lose. This battle has been ongoing for many years - I am a stress eater. One challenge I have been having lately is how to lose a lot of weight and not become a sack of wrinkly old skin. I affectionately call my fat "God's Botox" and fear that losing as much as I need t... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:50:07 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR MONDAY THINGS THAT LAST <BR> <BR> You shall remember the Lord your God for it is He who gives you power to get wealth. <BR> Deuteronomy 8:18 <BR> <BR> If money comes into your hands, remember Who provides it. God allows us to have this world's ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:44:52 EST Monday and Guests again! So yesterday I succumbed to the offer of Fry Bread at the production we went to. It was delicious but WAAYY too many carbs - especially after a glass of wine and schnitzel dinner (even though I scraped off most of the breading) Grrrr... - hopefully my 2 hour walk this morning burned off most of t... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:36:43 EST Pulling through <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Life went nuts, and finally moving forward again.. well trying to Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:32:39 EST Guard What Enters Your Heart <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meditate On <BR> <BR> ...whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report,... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:30:35 EST It's my turn! Looks like I get to write up a basic menu for my mom. I've tried telling her different healthy things in the past and her response is no way. Well I guess since I've been losing weight on a regular basis she has a change of heart. Yesterday she ask me how to contact the website I'm doing for my d... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:29:55 EST What to do instead of snack "Write down (or track online) everything you've eaten so far today. The list will most likely help silence the snack that's calling your name." From sparkpeople article: 40 things to do instead of eat when you are bored." <BR> <BR> Instead of having a snack in the evening after dinner; I can tra... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:29:19 EST PD (Personal Development) One thing I love about the Challenge Group I participate in is the total focus on the entire person, not just exercising nor just meal planning. My coaches look at the big picture. Yet they ease us in slowly, at whatever pace is needed on a case-by-case basis to help each participant reach thei... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:25:43 EST New Reason Hello everybody: Well, about a year ago I lost 35 lbs in about 4 months using SparkPeople. Back then, the hope of getting a new kidney was my motivation. I would wake up ready to start my day and was full of hope. I would imagine how much energy I would have after getting a transplant. See, bein... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:21:30 EST The Twenty-second Day of the First Month Today went well. Breakfast (at work around 10am) was a no-bake oatmeal breakfast bar, a few raw nuts, and an apple. <BR> <BR> Lunch (around 1pm) was quite substantial: sesame Ryvita with vegan pate (yeast-based), a Little Gem lettuce, a small banana, and a Nakd Bar (Lemon Drizzle). <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:17:54 EST Weigh in day.... 1.22.2018 <img src=""> <BR> Well today was weigh in day and guess what gained back all the weight plus more,but I am not bummed about it. I have obstacles to get through like my pills. Unfortually I have to take a pill that slo... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:16:21 EST The Basics I tend to be perfectionistic. That's why I decided on the username 'The Basics', I had better learn to be content with myself, and just do 'the basics' and not ask of myself to do more or be perfect as that usually leads to crashing. <BR> <BR> The basics for me are <BR> 1 to get enough sleep -... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:15:55 EST A very important date in my life! Today is a very important day for me. Four years ago today I received some very upsetting news from my dentist. He told me that he was going to send me to a specialist for a biopsy because he thought I had mouth cancer. I felt as though my whole world had come to a stop. I had been smoking si... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:13:05 EST Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day January 22, 2018 <BR> ANSWER YOUR CAT’S QUESTIONS DAY - I had to hunt for this day. ( <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL BLONDE BROWNIE DAY - most songs about brownies were about the Willie ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:12:13 EST Water inside foods keep us full longer than drinking water! <BR> <BR> from an SP article: <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Just drinking a glass of water along with the meal does not provide the same degree of satiety. Research has shown that to reduce hunger and boost fullness, the water has to be in the food. <BR> <BR> Why? Because there are s... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:08:17 EST Better start this time Took 2 short walks and did 2 raps of my chair exercise. Feeling good Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:05:07 EST Day 1: Wintery Workout <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We were lazy toads yesterday. The whole family laid about and slept a lot due to the winter storm that hit. I feel so rested and ready for the week today! <BR> <BR> Missed breakfast this mornin... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:01:47 EST Check your bank and bill statements Hi 👋 Spark Friends, I Check my bank and bill statements today. On my bank statement I had two (2) items, I did not recognize. First one was a small charge my Bank says those committing fraud use first to test to see if they can do it. It was under $3. A few days later, I got another charged to m... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:52:20 EST Challenge My cousin challenged me to do a mini marathon with her in April. I thought I would like to but never got back to her. Today she sent me the website so I can register. I'm glad she kept on me otherwise I might have backed out. I will pay the entry fee this weekend. They also have a workout sched... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:51:22 EST Walking Walking outside again Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:50:29 EST Walking Walking outside again Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:50:14 EST My life <img src=""> Floor workout weight workout today Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:48:39 EST Gaining Control over Food Even though I stop tracking on the weekends, I still have my goals at the top of my mind. I've managed to avoid drinking any calories for a week, so that's something to celebrate. Let me know when it gets easy to pass on a soda! <BR> <BR> Weigh in is tomorrow, and I'm hoping I've dropped another... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:46:59 EST Juicing So with a fractured rib, today I’m being lazy and watching tv. I just finished “Hungry for Change” and now I’m watching “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” on Netflix. Thinking about ways to make sure I get enough of the nutrients that veggies give you. I have a hard time eating enough. So I went onto ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:41:37 EST January 22nd <img src=""> <BR> Slimming World recipe of Chicken in Oyster Sauce, quick and easy to make after an evening hospital visiting. Absolutely gorgeous and one of our favourite recipes, all the better for being a while sinc... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:29:02 EST Understanding physio Went to see the resident physio this arvo and he’s given me some exercises to do daily until I see him again on 12th February. <BR> He’s so understanding and knows I HATE the thought of medicating myself to the eyeballs, much rather tackle the problem head on. <BR> He said it’s going to take a w... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:22:50 EST Shining Brightly 1-22-18 <img src=""> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:22:24 EST Wet and white out there today Looks like we had the perfect weekend for Winter running for those back to back 5K's. The "big" storm has been dragging its feet, and once again, our town is on the "edge" of where it might be worse. <BR> <BR> I woke to 35*F and rain this morning. The cats didn't even mind going outside, albei... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:22:11 EST Day 1713 Rest Day. Feeling good. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:20:27 EST Shooting Stars week 2 Badges <em>46</em> week 2 wasn't as strong for me as week 1, but that just means I need to get my determination pants on and mind set. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:19:42 EST Pleasant Dreams - January 22 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience." <BR> _Patrick Henry <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:18:25 EST Wow!!! I just learned something new about smoothies! I absolutely love smoothies. I've been on a quest to find the perfect smoothie that will provide more protein in my diet without increasing the amount of sugars and carbs. So, I went on a Google search for Smoothies! There are about a million recipes out there in cyber land. I am in total shock... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:09:06 EST Because I said I would....... Well the road trip is behind me. I did good and not so good. For dinner we stopped in to a small bar/restaurant. I opted for the perch dinner. There was no baked option for the perch, it was fried. I ate it anyhow. Not the best choice, but dang it is hard to turn down fresh fish when you ar... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:07:53 EST Sneeze <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Spring weather was short lived, but enjoyed it while it was here. <BR> Rain now, changing to snow this evening. <BR> <BR> Spring Countdown: 56 days <em>125</em> <em>125</em> <em>125</... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:03:10 EST Survied vacation! stayed the same weight! <BR> proud of me <BR> <em>104</em> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:58:18 EST Restart Here I go again! <BR> <BR> somehow I got myself back to 161 lbs and I have to get myself down to 140. But I also need to tone up because losing the weight and having flabby skin is not pretty on me. I hope to remain focused and continue to track and plan before hand. I hope I hope I hope! <BR> ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:52:27 EST Starting Weight & Body Measurements Starting Date: 01/22/2018 <BR> Weeks (Days) on Plan: Starting Week 1 (Day 1) <BR> <BR> Starting Height: 5' 7" <BR> Starting Weight: 282 lbs <BR> Starting BMI: 44.2 <BR> Starting Body Fat Percentage: 58.47 % <BR> <BR> 💚My Body Measurements💚 <BR> <BR> 💘Neck at narrowest point: <BR> Starting:... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:48:32 EST Every Day Grateful Today I am thankful for the people that continue to make electricity possible even in blizzard conditions. I have light and heat and even screens. <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Yes, I went out and got my mile today. The wind at my back, all skin covered - I was fine. I... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:45:59 EST Life It's Monday, both hubby & I are government employees, government shutdown, we're both essential employees we have to go to work, no guarantee to get paid, computers not working, I ate a 900 calorie Hoagie for breakfast! UGH! Brightside I love my vegetables and going to have a delicious salad fo... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:43:24 EST Creative Menus What a great opportunity to work on shaping up in the New Year! The first 10k for this year is coming up in March, so I decided to ramp up the recipes. Our weekly menu will consist of one dinner meal each of Vegan, Vegetarian, Raw, Ethnic, Soup, Keto, and then a healthy restaurant meal. So far it... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:42:24 EST Snow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snow <BR> It won't be long before we'll all be there with snow <BR> Snow <BR> I want to wash my hands, my face and hair with snow <BR> <BR> Snow <BR> I long to clear a path and lift a spade of ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:35:26 EST January 22, 2018 <BR> Day 22 <BR> Today has been a bit challenging on the food front. I had an early appointment and left the house too early. Had time to kill and I gave into stopping and getting some gravy and biscuit at McDonalds. I told myself that would be all and I would eat a salad for lunch. Didn’t pan o... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:33:55 EST CHALLENGING ME! IT'S EASY TO START SOMETHING AND NEVER FINISH. THAT'S ME IN A NUT SHELL, I HAVE ALWAYS SET GOALS AND GIVEN UP. SO THIS TIME I AM CHALLENGING MYSELF! <BR> I CHALLENGE MYSELF TO KEEP GOING. <BR> I CHALLENGE MYSELF TO WALK 5 STEPS FURTHER TODAY THEN I DID YESTERDAY. <BR> I CHALLENGE MYSELF TO DO 5... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:32:45 EST A New Attitude <img src=""> <BR> 2018 will be like no other year for me. I am focusing all my attention on me being healthier and happier probably more than I've ever been. Always looking out for others, there was no time for me. ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:26:44 EST Words of Wisdom <img src=""> <BR> Enjoying the journey! Staying on track, it's a warm 39° and the Pat's won! 🐾🌞🏈 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:25:22 EST Lost a Pound! <img src=""> <BR> Weight first thing this morning: 209lbs Full body workout 12 mile bike ride Eating right It's a good day 👍💪 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:23:08 EST I'm baaaaack. <BR> <BR> It's been a year since I posted that last one. <BR> <BR> Since then I have done next to nothing, and it shows. <BR> <BR> Today I will start again. I ate my oatmeal, and I've signed back in to Sparkpeople. It's a start. <BR> <BR> Still have to wedge in time. Now I also take care of ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:20:34 EST Moving Forward My mind has been considerably conflicted lately, but I have finally set a definitive goal. 202.7-205.7 lbs by July 16, 2018. <BR> Why this goal? This is consistent to my rate of weight loss when I apply myself, and places me right at my 28th birthday. In October, which is a lot closer than I thin... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:15:22 EST Stronger better me For the most part, I’m sticking to my calorie count. Few days were a little higher, not by too much. This is the best I’ve ever done, and I don’t feel like it’s a diet. My friend said what are you eating now? I told her anything I want, I just watch my count. I don’t lose the two pounds a week, b... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:09:34 EST On the journey Hello, <BR> <BR> It has been a few days since I logged...I have been working on my Keto plan. Far from perfect with and still learning all about it. Last week I dropped 7 lbs and this week (which I feel like I have done better then last week) is showing I am up 2 lbs. I still have until We... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:09:30 EST Exercise Blog Day 72 - Monday Did today's challenge and pending two days. Also walked for 30 mins indoors. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:09:26 EST Productive Day Today has been a good day. I started off with Chocolate Greek Yogurt and some cold brew coffee mmmmm. And when I go to work I'll get quite a good work out between walking and bending up and down. But before that it's time to enjoy Heartland 😍😍😍, one of the last clean family shows. Plus hors... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:48:54 EST Monday's Funny <img src=""> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:35:44 EST Itchy Feet Rest day today which means I cant wait for tomorrow. Triceps are a little tender after weights yesterday. Walked the dogs no sooner out the door than it rained. <BR> Still smarting over my weight....and over this big swollen belly of mine with all the water I am drinking. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:35:20 EST What I'm Running Away From - Day 1046 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got up today at 4 am to do my morning walk/run with C25K. It was cold, dark, and quiet, as everyone was asleep. <BR> <BR> While I was running and listening to epic Iron Maiden songs, my mind... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:34:49 EST Guilt Free Chocolate! <img src=""> <BR> I started 30 Days Sugar-free on January 1st for the first time. Detox was difficult but I'm through the worst of it. I've lost about 7-8 lbs so far. I'm enjoying learning how to cook new foods. I ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:31:31 EST This Just In: FAT Jeans Update! I don't know how this happened in only a couple of days of Sparking! I swear... just a couple of days ago I could NOT pull my jeans up over my butt! This morning I woke up feeling less bloated and lighter so I decided to try my jeans on before getting dressed. To my SURPRISE I pulled my jeans all... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:26:14 EST Quote You’ll never miss the water til the well runs dry. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:25:01 EST A lot going on: xray results, birthday party, and a surprise I can almost type again. My pinkies are better, still a bit numb but almost normal. I feel better mentally about it. I looked up my x-ray report online of my neck and it said I have to talk to my doctor about it but I read it anyways. Everything said normal, tissues normal but my vertebrae shows ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:24:57 EST 80 Day Obsession- Week 1 and I am already obsessed!!  I just completed the first week of my new workout program, 80 day Obsession and LOVING IT! I realized yesterday that I really need to journal my experience because I have a feeling that this is going to be a life changer. Something that I am doing with this program that I haven't done before is ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:17:32 EST I am NOT in the medical field, but - - - I started giving Ray 1 drop colloidal silver and 1 drop of low-dose ingestible iodine and his brain is reacting in a positive manner. Still having muscle problems - but yesterday I happened upon a page explaining Magnesium Deficiency so I checked all Ray's supplements and 'darn it all' he is def... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:14:56 EST Happy Monday! Happy Monday all! I'd love to say it was a great weekend, but I can't exactly say that. I had a decent time but have had some under lying stress that basically had me nearing a breakdown this weekend. The long and the short of it is that I'm a consultant and the company I work though pays me when... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:13:52 EST Blog 31.... EXERCISING IN INTERVALS! I do not always have 1/2 hour to 45 minutes for my exercising! I always thought I had to do it all at once! Silly me! Maybe that was just one more excuse for not doing it then? Well. now days I still do not always have that much time as well as sometimes these days I get tired earlier than I ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:10:42 EST Dinner with my sister❤ <img src=""> <BR> My sister came over for dinner and brought scallops, shrimp and fresh spinach pasta for me to cook for us. A bottle of red wine is absolutely necessary. I sauteed onions, broccoli and garlic in olive ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:08:07 EST Rainy Monday in Michigan This morning was my bi-annual doctor appointment. It is the first one on Medicare(I turned 65 two days ago) so I had my list of relative items for discussion and action. My cholesterol and triglycerides were up, my BP and FBS were great. My A1C was 5.6!!!! That is below pre-diabetic! <BR> We dis... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:06:14 EST So where is this sweet tooth coming from? All my life I have preferred salty potato chips and french fries to sweets and chocolate. <BR> I am a salt-aholic, not a choc-aholic. I would much rather have a large order of french fries, served with vinegar and salt than a piece of cake or ice cream. <BR> In fact, if I am hungry and eat somet... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:00:52 EST Keep the faith Muvgod does not make junk so i have to take care of his temple. Want to stay focused on clean eating Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:58:28 EST W3D3 Yummy lunch Lunch menu: <BR> <BR> Trader Joe's masala veggie burger. I like these more than regular veggie burgers. You can see the veggie bits in them, and the seasonings have enough kick to make it interesting. <BR> <BR> Raw veggies: carrot sticks and grape tomatoes. I usually have cucumber slices to... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:52:49 EST 1st Meal Prep Last night was my first try at meal prep. I think I did a pretty good job. It's grilled chicken, rice and green beans for 380 calories. It made enough for 5 lunches and 2 dinners and only took about 30 mins. Do you have any meal prep tips or favorite recipes? Please share them. <img src="htt... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:50:06 EST To Eat or Not to Eat? <img src=""> <BR> One problem of struggle with daily is being ridiculously tired. This is a symptom I've had for decades. Even as a teenager (with a healthy diet and weight) I never felt quite rested enough. One thing ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:47:56 EST Day 22: Need to JUST DO IT Rolled over and went back to sleep today because it was raining. I should have gotten up and gone anyhow, because my arthritis has really been kicking up lately, but I just couldn't face it. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I have GOT to get back to a real workout schedule! My January work... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:46:09 EST NEW WEEK NEW GOALS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was what I dubbed my Sunday/Funday. I am happy to blog that to me it was the most awesome day I' ve had in quite a while. I laughed until my sides hurt. Not allowing any problems or ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:41:35 EST Conversation between Mike Rowe (dirty jobs) and his parents Flying to Chicago with the parents, who are recently recovered from the flu. The doctor allowed them to travel, but advised them to take every precaution… <BR> <BR> Mom: Michael, will it embarrass you if we wear our surgical masks on this flight? <BR> <BR> Mike: Not if you’re performing surgery... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:31:47 EST Taking it back Funny how time flies until one day it slaps you in the face. In a few weeks, I'll be 40. I've spent my entire adult life being overweight and not taking care of myself, over 20 years. Insane. I vividly remember turning 30 and thinking, this is when I take control, this is when I get myself t... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:30:03 EST Phase 1 3/4....Just Ask! Just about 26 years ago I learned a huge lesson; How to ask for help. It was a huge sign then that I wanted to better myself. Other people’s opinions, inspirations and feedback who walked the talk before me are the key to raising my standards and also creating my work that I am proud to put out t... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:28:31 EST Monday Not sure what exactly I'm doing, but this weekend I actually gained. I thought I was doing good. Maybe too much seafood? I feel puffy this morning so I'm hoping that is it. I'm really struggling with this. It's hard to stay motivated New day, new start! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:22:57 EST Setting SMART Goals...Let's Get Going! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So...let's start SHORT Term <BR> <BR> Fitness: <em>323</em> <em>34</em> <em>295</e... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:15:52 EST Progress not perfection Good morning spark friends, I hope everyone's weekend was good. I made some small progress this weekend. When you have MS and you stop moving you can lose it. So it did not help not being able to excersise. So I had been working on walking a 1/4 of a mile. I could do less then a1/4 of th... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:13:44 EST Using this week to ease into this As much as I would live to just jump into the plan 100% today I know I need to use this week to ease into things - such as meal planning, find exercises I can do with my current knee pain, logging everything. I do expect to loss this week - just be being aware of what I am putting in my mouth. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:13:42 EST Today! Good Morning Spark Nation, <BR> <BR> Here's to a great start to this new week. Fill it full of all the good things and learn along the way, be grateful for all you have and give yourself a little credit for a job well done once in awhile... <BR> <BR> Carpe Diem <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:12:38 EST How to begin.... Where does one begin. Okay I guess I can start with Hello my name is Marie. Not feeling the greatest these days, pressure headaches have come back, due to my high blood pressure. I seen the doctor last week for my regular 3 month check up to which I have been doing so good on the meds for over a ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:11:54 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Starting at the basic of cooking/baking Part III Today, do <BR> not put <BR> limits on <BR> what <BR> YOU <BR> can do, girl! <BR> You are <BR> going in the <BR> right <BR> direction. <BR> You are <BR> on your way <BR> to great, big <BR> things. <BR> ~Heather Stillufsen <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the year a saw something on facebook that le... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:09:34 EST True Worth "A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty."—Unknown <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:06:11 EST Monday shine Hey it's monday again . Let your smile shine threw at someone today. Let your heart shine threw with healthy foods. Be your best sunshine to the environment around you. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:03:00 EST Monday, Monday Monday, Monday what will you be, <BR> Snowing and blowing, here for thee, <BR> Not nice out there, and staying in <BR> And I agree with Finn. <BR> <BR> <img src="">Yes, it is snowing, but I did get chores done before... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:57:06 EST Every morning you wake up is another chance to get it right I certainly understand why they say you shouldn't weigh everyday. In the past 4 days I'm been down twice and up twice...down, up, down, up. This can be very discouraging. I apply a different philosophy to weighing daily and it does work for me. When I have an "up" day I use this information to ex... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:48:21 EST Set back I have tendonitis in my leg and will be in physio/wearing a splint for several months. Can anyone provide me with a few exercise for weight loss that are low/no impact? I can obviously still use weights but I'm looking at more cardio related things. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:45:46 EST 1-22-18 Small changes I am making: <BR> • Floss 2x/day (dentist says only 1x is necessary, but hey, why not go for 'more is better' here?) - 4 week streak, this is now becoming a habit <BR> • Replace refined sugar/sweets - 2 week streak, 1 break, resumed streak next day; replacements include fresh fruit... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:43:06 EST Feeling Better, yet Worse I am feeling a bit better today but have a fever. I am going to my PCP. Urgent Care just called me and I do have strep <em>40</em> . Good thing I'm going to the doctor this afternoon. I will be getting some antibiotics today. <BR> <BR> UPDATE: I went to the hospital to get x-rays. Flu test was... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:41:42 EST 2018 BLESSED DAY hey sparkers hope all are doing ok great workout this morning then went got my oil changed glad i got that done being caregiver you dont have ant time for yourself the guy saw the walker in my car did i need it i told him thats my mom that was a laugh so go see her tomorrow so what are you all do... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:37:16 EST 1/22/18 It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Epictetus Quote of the Day <BR> And that's the way it is. <BR> Walter Cronkite <BR> <BR> Quote of the Day <BR> And that's the way it is. <BR> Walter Cronkite <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> An artist is he for whom the goal and center of life is to form his mind. <BR> Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:31:42 EST Two Months In <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For the first two months of the project I'm down just over 6 pounds. <BR> <BR> 168.2 lbs. Nov 19 Starting weight <BR> 166.6 lbs Nov 26, Week One <BR> 163.6 lbs. Dec 4, Week Two <BR> 163.8 lb... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:29:24 EST Still sick... I feel like did pretty good over the weekend with my food intake but then after thinking about it, I realized that I was sick and can't taste anything so I really didn't eat much. Hope to get over this terrible cold soon so I can get started with an exercising program. Speaking of which, I've bee... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:29:13 EST Monday, snow day! I did not lose anything last week but that's ok. I'm still tweaking everything so that it works for me. Meanwhile it's snowing like crazy and no work today :) Hmm what can I accomplish on a day off?! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:22:37 EST it's monday i am taking off one more day from work. my leg is not as sore today. i will head back to the doctor to get the results of the tests i had done to find out for sure what is causing this to happen with my leg. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! the one week job is still ongoing.... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:19:07 EST 10,012 Steps Before 7 a.m. Focused, fierce and fearless..... <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:17:25 EST Whole 30 day 21 I made it through 3 weeks with being 100% compliance. <em>521</em> I am down 16.6 lbs. <em>244</em> <BR> Making bone broth and Ghee today for this week food preparation. <BR> <BR> I have a cruise in 34 days. ITs creeping up fast. I really should have done this over 6 months ago but I ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:14:16 EST Keeping it Moving I can't believe that I have been so disciplined. I really want to be successful this time. It's hard to stay disciplined, but I have to. I want to see my grandchildren someday. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:03:14 EST NEW DAY I feel off the wagon yesterday. I felt guilty and did not feel so well afterwards. The stress level was to high and yes I broke. But today's a new day. I have a positive look and vibe going. I can't go back to yesterday. I've got this. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:01:54 EST Working on Consistency <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Week 3 of the Winter challenge and I am working on the consistency of my action plan. <BR> <BR> Every day is not going to go according to plan in all areas, but if I focus on consistency - at l... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:01:39 EST 1/22/18 Adjust <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." Jimmy Dean <BR> <BR> A wealthy old lady decides to go on a photo safari in Africa, taking... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:59:08 EST Cute for Monday <img src=""> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:57:45 EST Biting my nails This work verification thing is a royal PITA (pain in the...). They emailed for that info on a Saturday and they weren't even open. Today I called them and they let me back into the website so I could upload my papers. I also called the HR guy and have been waiting for a call to see if they dumpe... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:53:17 EST Normal work day after so many irregularities We have had holidays, ice, snow, sickness, bad news over hubby's job all since the first of the year. Two monday's were holidays already this month. So it felt GOOD to get in gear with a regular work week starting on monday and without anticipating any more disruptions. Yes we will have rain t... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:50:13 EST Starting the Whole30...again I have started the Whole30 for the second time. The first time was in August of 2017. I was trying to figure out was bothering my stomach. I was unable to determine anything. This time I want to be more deliberate about it. Keeping up with how I feel, both emotionally and physically. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:48:05 EST Three Weeks Down, Life To Go Three successful weeks down already! Geeze 2018 is already flying by...February is right around the corner. <BR> <BR> Lost almost 3 pounds this week which is great considering I lost big the first two weeks. I fully expect a slow down in the next few weeks. My challenge will be to not let it di... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:46:26 EST What We Think .. We Become I came across this beauty that my beautiful daughter posted recently on her Facebook. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I started off silly .. thinking if I thought about being a dog could I become one? That would be cool.... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:41:25 EST My Drinks for Cold Weather <img src=""> <BR> Well the sun was shining most of the day yesterday, but it was still cold and a bit breezy. My phone said it was 17 degrees when I walked home from work at 8:30pm. All I wanted was a cup of tea and ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:41:04 EST Monday Trying to get some things done before our middle school group gets here this afternoon. hope your Monday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:37:06 EST Challenges I have just signed up for a Eat 5 Fruit and/or vegetables for 7 days challenge. If you would like to join, here is the URL" <BR> <BR><BR>kchallenge-accept.asp?cc=KEYVSYWOYEX1W<BR>T47BIAFOKDV7 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:35:00 EST Another manic Monday The man across the hall has his TV way too loud (again). The woman next door to me shouted at the CNA for going in to check on her earlier this morning. Someone down the hall is screaming. Just another fun-filled day in Paradise... <BR> <BR> Frank finally got the gifts I made for him. I think he... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:32:25 EST Finally Back - Again. The holiday season felt incredibly long and like it flew by - all at once. After an incredibly busy Christmas (through Boxing Day, in fact), I took a little over a week off from the bakery game to recharge. While I (and my husband) avoided the virus/cold going around, all four of our children got... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:31:45 EST Control your mind <img src=""> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:27:35 EST Your Dog’s Sleeping Habits Can Reveal Secrets About Their Health & Personality <link><BR>bits-can-reveal-secrets-about-their-he<BR>alth-personality-2/?utm_source=IHD-Ema<BR>il-Newsletter-011218&utm_medium=0000&u<BR>tm_campaign=IHD-Email-Newsletter-01121<BR>8&goal=0_02022df5fc-41ca9da912-1785279<BR>81&mc_cid=41ca9da912&mc_eid=e862c0fb72 <... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:20:34 EST Week Three So week three of 2018 has come and gone. I was so excited that I actually worked out every day last week and earned the Italy badge on Fitbit. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I joined a quick challenge and have met my goal e... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:15:53 EST New week chance to make great progress Breaking it down this week <BR> <BR> Food ready to go - plan for exercise in place and I'm ready. Day 1 of 7. <BR> <BR> Have a great week everyone. <BR> <em>521</em> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:07:05 EST 9lbs down 116 lbs to go... Still eating right and exercising. Looking ahead and not behind! Lord willing and I live I'm hoping by December I'll at least be around 170 lbs. :) I can't give up I have to much to lose! ;) Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:02:25 EST Day 13 Resisting the urge to call this day 1. I slipped up on Saturday and some last night and am currently trying to combat my innerself. I woke up this morning hating myself for the poor decisions I made over the weekend and felt easily compelled to fall into the "why even bother" mindset. The scale w... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:01:58 EST bjk1961 - 01/22/18 <img src=""> <BR> 01/22/18 - My friend made it through the night, and is stable. It was very scary: emergency dialysis, intubation, transfusion. Thanks for the well wishs. Please remember, if your ill for three o... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:00:21 EST NSV Wins! I have been seeing fair weight loss during my weigh-ins 2x a week (I weigh in once for my diet bet and once for my Winter 5% challenge team.) but I needed to take a moment to celebrate some serious Non-Scale Victories this week so that I actually acknowledge them. <BR> <BR> Win #1: I didn't fal... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:53:22 EST Day #27- High tech?...not even close I am a Luddite, partly because I don't exactly trust the latest technological whiz bangs but mostly because I don't need them to "enhance" my lifestyle. One of my kids has all the latest gadgets at what seems to me to be great expense for little return, the other simply doesn't have time in her ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:52:40 EST Motivational Monday <img src=""> Not feeling the greatest but I have to make myself workout today regardless!! I will, I will!! I am still 153 so surely it has to go down eventually lol. I don't know why I am losing soooo slowly. But ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:49:06 EST Bad night... Slept terrible last night. Son came home and made pizza. I was good and only had one piece, but gave me weird dreams all night. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:44:57 EST Not Consumed <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There is a lot of sickness happening within our church. Last night I received word that one of my favorite people and supporters at church will be battling cancer again. This time it has spread.... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:37:23 EST Flu? Another day to go back to the doctor with 1 of the 3 who haven't been yet. This one may have the flu. YIKES! We don't need that. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:37:00 EST Celebrate Every Victory As I got on the scale at the beginning of the year I was pretty disappointed. My goal was to reach 138. This has been my goal since 2011 and it's 2018. I guess it's become a long term goal. Anyway, I saw that the scale had gone up 5 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's. I was bummed, but to... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:33:54 EST Success or Failure I am on a journey to improve my health and Wellness. I have failed many times with many attempts I've come to realization that the mind is a powerful tool that many of us waste. I am determined and motivated to do different. Taking this Challenge on has made me realize to help myself I need to he... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:33:14 EST Day 2 Back to work today!! Love my job where self-care is promoted!! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:31:27 EST Weather Still in Houston. It is sunny outside and low 60s. In my shorts. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:29:58 EST Couple of appointments sorted I am under consultant care for this pregnancy because I am SO terribly OLD apparently! So I have my appointment with him in a month's time and also got my appointment for glucose tolerance test. Which I aced last time much to the annoyance of the hidious midwife I was under care of in London. The... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:29:25 EST Getting it done... That's what I'm working on. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I went to the pool before work. I only got 20 minutes of workout in, but I got 20 minutes of workout in! Much better than none. Progress. <BR> <BR> I got the orders finished and one was picked up, the other I need to deliver at some point soon. ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:26:49 EST The Plan I have a favorite quote that has helped me along my Weight Loss Journey, it is " Plan to Succeed or Plan to Fail" simple and true. Every ounce of success I have had along this journey started with some sort of plan and action. Even the ignition of my reboot, took my commitment to sign up for Wei... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:17:30 EST What’s Your “Why”? My “Why” started several years ago at the start of 2007. I ultimately lost 50+ lbs and felt wonderful. I won’t say “life happened” because life happens all the time. I’ll say, I got lazy. Then, when I was ready to try to lose what I had gained, I found out that I had to start taking medicatio... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:13:05 EST Slow Cooker! It feels like a slow cooker day. And I love how easy it is to eat healthy and low cal. Any one have a special and fun slow cooker meal they enjoy more than anything? Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:11:02 EST Follow the White Rabbit <img src=""> <BR> I must let this day be an adventure-- <BR> I won't moan about "Why Me"-- <BR> Hold the head up--face the fact that "I " am plumpish and it\s up to me to change all that---be patient with Himself who ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:08:42 EST Procrastination <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” <BR> ~ Mark Twain. <BR> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:06:55 EST Today is the day!! <img src=""> Today is going to count towards my goal!! Enjoy your day spark friends!! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:05:21 EST Today’s Affirmation <img src=""> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:03:04 EST Today’s Affirmation <img src=""> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:03:03 EST Movement Sparks Motivation! Since starting our "Move More All Day!" Team, I've noticed that I'm getting more things done! I had two pieces of fabric I kept looking at for months and yesterday made a jacket and a shrug. Just telling myself, "ok, off the couch for 2-10 minutes every hour," led to moving around and "seeing."... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:47:33 EST 214.4 22 minutes on stationary bike 4 beers did do a stationary bike for 22 minutes in the morning, but little else. My attention was on NFL playoffs. <BR> Quite good outcome for the Eagles but not for my weight. Ate well in the morning. <BR> Watched the evening game with my buddy in the nursing home. <BR> <BR> Still nursing kne... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:47:20 EST Beginning a new "If you want what you've never had you must do what you have never done." <BR> Thomas Jefferson <BR> <BR> What do I want? <BR> What must I do to get it? <BR> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:46:00 EST Making It ~MARVELous <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> <em>188</em> <em>88</em> <em>188</em> <em>88</em> <em>188</em> <em>88</em> <em>188</em> <BR> <em>188</em> ~Waving Hello~ & ~Wishing Everyone~ <BR... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:45:09 EST Spoiler...Meekness "Meekness is vital for us to become more Christlike. Without it we won’t be able to develop other important virtues. Being meek does not mean weakness, but it does mean behaving with goodness and kindness, showing strength, serenity, healthy self-worth, and self-control." <BR> —Ulisses Soares Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:44:40 EST Happy Monday to all Today we are to have 59 degrees, hoping to get outside for a walk. Hope everyone has a magnificent Monday. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:40:52 EST monday busy day. workouts already done. dog is out doing her business. cat pans cleaned. have to drag the garbage cans in. My neighbor who only has a horse and buggy needs a ride to town she has a 6 day old baby that needs to see the doc. the oil delivery is coming at 1. i need groceries. on top of my ... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:39:25 EST Feeling good I weighed 183.3 this morning. That’s only .2 pounds up since Friday morning. I can live with that! <BR> <BR> I had a great weekend. My grandfather's party was good. I ate too much then and later when we had pizza for the band fundraiser (which is why I'm excited about the .2 pound gain from F... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:39:24 EST Halfway through Chemo <img src=""> Here's me & my Daughter, Jan 18, 2018 at the halfway point for my chemo/treatment. Must admit it's kicking my butt!! Fatigue is overwhelming sometimes, along with constant nausea. My oncologist is tryin... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:39:02 EST 3 So I am finally getting back into walking, not as much as I should and my fitbit pooped out on me about a week ago. <BR> I downloaded mapmywalk and I like it alot. <BR> Dont know what happened to the fitbit, I actually think its my bluetooth wont communicate with the fitbit, so I am not sure whic... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:37:47 EST Non-breakfast Breakfast <img src=""> I’m not always in the mood for breakfast foods. Today I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich and fresh fruit. Good fuel for a lonnnnng walk ahead today ! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:35:51 EST What keeps you going? Similar to your “why”, but deeper. I want to be a positive influence on my adult daughter, but it goes much farther than just that. <BR> <BR> I don’t have a single female friend or family member in my life that is in good shape and healthy. They all, at one point, have complained of not liki... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:35:35 EST Monday Time to get back on the "straight and narrow" after watching football and eating way to much!! LOL! <BR> <em>386</em> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:33:25 EST How to start Need to start a new mind set of healthy eating and moving more. Any ideas how to stop worrying about everything and everyone else? Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:27:25 EST Day 22 - Rainy Monday in New York Didn't stand on scale as the heat is shut off to conserve tiny bit of fuel left and to address leaking oil filter canister. I slept in heavy clothes and a wool vest and no way going to strip in a cold house to weigh myself. I've been inching up a few ounces a day. i rn out of salt and will no... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:26:42 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You gotta learn to just go with the flow of life and good things will come to you. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <B... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:25:48 EST Day 2 100 point challenge I am already at 112 and I have done my exercise or finished my food tracking today! I am very excited for myself. Little things to recommit myself to sparking. Woohoo💪 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:25:32 EST 1/22/18 workout Spinning: 68min Circuit training: arms, legs, cardio, abs -30 min Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:24:19 EST Beginning again. First day. Goals. Daily. Blood sugars, blood pressure. Food journaling. Some form of exercise. Weekly weighs. Reward. After 1st 20 lbs. Florida. Weekly rewards. Manicure, pedicure, new outfit. Spa visit. New shoes. NEW SWIMSUIT! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:18:48 EST Better Saturday and Sunday were so much better. I took a 2 1/2 mike walk Saturday and stayed on track. Sunday I got called into work so no walking. I don’t get off work til 6 tonight. So many work hours and not enough time but determined to stay on track with food. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:16:19 EST Mondays Rock! Not usually...but a positive attitude can change anything. I'm going to test this theory today. Usually a typically rough day at school, but today I'm going to stay positive and see what happens. I have my meals planned for the day, my exercise planned and I feel mentally focused! Have a gre... Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:13:52 EST Discipline in the bridge....Jan. 22nd <img src=""> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:12:31 EST