SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Day 61 - 65: Child of the Caribbean <img src=""> <BR> Raven (The lesser known sunbird) <BR> <BR> Words can't express how much I love my Grandma, I try often, but the words never seem enough. I keep trying to tell her how she saved my life, but I so wish I could let her know h... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:02:28 EST Just got Beck - taking notes My weight has been steady for four months, about three pounds from goal. I could settle for it or try to slowly get down to goal. It doesn't matter very much to me which. The only important thing is not to creep back up. <BR> <BR> My copy of Beck came from Amazon, the other day, and I want to us... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:59:03 EST FREESTYLE FRIDAY-"MY AIM" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello and Happy Friday My DEAR Friends! <em>224</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Today's effort has been one of LOVE and DETERMINATION to get this done! I've had some difficulty with my vision today and been a... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:58:38 EST Cooler weather - running clothes This morning I ran my 7K forest route in 13oC /55oF. <BR> This is the lower end of "shorts and sleeveless shirt" temperatures for me. <BR> Dressed like this, I felt comfy and warm during the run and cool down walk, but put on my jacket when I stopped moving and got in the car. <BR> At home I had ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:43:33 EST Expect better "Expect to make a meaningful positive difference today. Expect peace, love, healing and goodness, and your efforts and energy will focus to bring them about. <BR> <BR> Do yourself and your world a big favor, and expect better. Expect better, and find joy in the journey of making it so." <BR> <B... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:36:43 EST you can always learn something new After having my grandchildren with me for 3 weeks and accepting that my weight would plateau - you can't refuse to share and enjoy an ice cream or a burger with them. Also, I encourage them to cook so I was often head taster for pizza with cream cheese and strawberry jam topping (yes). <BR> <... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:35:39 EST Hosea 14 A word of hope <BR> <link><BR>2014/09/hosea-14-word-of-hope.html </link> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:30:37 EST Stress Journal - A Wonderful Change in Plans I just joined the Stress Reduction Team here at SparkPeople and this will be my first stress journal post. Today, my cleaning lady called me at 7:30 this morning because she was sick so she will come tomorrow morning at 9:00. That little change in plans absolutely made my morning because I wasn't... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:16:05 EST :( Can't believe this happened to me - I actually had a moment of confusion as to what day of the week it is! <BR> <BR> Yikes! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Thankfully, I was set straight quickly (good thing I wasn't alone, for sure)! The really weird thing about it was - at that time I h... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:10:07 EST My Weight loss adventure/ goals I know I need to get started on my goals, so I want to document them. It is a good idea to start out small to lead to a greater success, but here are my goals: <BR> <BR> 1. I will drink eight 8 ounces of water daily. <BR> 2. I will walk for 15 minutes daily. <BR> 3. I will sleep 6-7 hours at... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:08:14 EST Tidying Mission So the last few days I have been cleaning and tidying everything in sight. A really good spring clean. I still havent been the gym since last Thursday but I am hoping all this housework is burning some calrories Plus its making me feel better in my home. <BR> <BR> I have been trying to make s... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:40:39 EST SCOTLAND SAYS NO! Scotland is still with the Union, they unanimously voted NO! SOOOoooo pleased. Trouble is we'll now be devolving more powers to them and excluding Scottish MPs from voting on ENGLISH matters. It had to happen. The whole UK will have a different complexion before long as it's said similar powers w... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:35:40 EST Fried Green Tomatoes <img src="">Made some for the first time tonight and believe it or not, hubs loved them! I have no idea what type of "green" tomato you use, but I accidentally picked a green one and thought, oh well, maybe I will try it. <BR> Alls I know i... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:20:38 EST blessings, 9/18 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they are my companions. <BR> 2. i am grateful for the opportunity to share, because i am there, too. <BR> 3. i am grateful for getting it done, because it's out of the way. <BR> 4. i am grateful for buggie enjoying her dance class more again today, because ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:09:08 EST Week 3 Blog: Favorite thing about Fall/Autumn This week for the Aspire and Inspire Autumn Leaves BSG team we were asked to blog about: What are some of your favorite things about Fall/Autumn? <BR> <BR> Some of my favorite thing about Fall/Autumn are: 1) The colors of the leaves changing different colors. <BR> <BR> 2) I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:01:04 EST DAILY QUOTE You must always be willing to listen , for how can you expect to understand anyone else , if all you hear is your own voice . <BR> <BR> ~ Anonymous Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:54:40 EST The caterpillar and the butterfly Hi Friends! <BR> <BR> Well I slept last night, and I made it to the gym today... so the day began well! <BR> Found out why I have been feeling so bad the last few days... I began my cycle, which since I only have about 3 a year, was an unexpected surprise and the peri-menopause is doing a number... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:51:34 EST ready.set.go! Starting my journey to a healthy and fit life. Making better choices for my future and the future of my children! Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:38:05 EST Lost Two! Yeay finally down another few pounds. I feel like I finally kicked my butt in gear and am now two pounds lighter. Still keeping track of calories and today my work out included biking to work and crunches, push ups, and weights. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:31:47 EST 2-Week Review 9/5/14 - 9/18/14 <BR> <BR> My goals that I set on September 5th, 2014 were as follows below. I didn’t set a specific time period for reaching all of them, but was hoping to reach most if not all of them by Sandi’s wedding on November 8th (so about 2 months from when I started). I’m going to ma... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:15:36 EST Days of Wine and Roses The Days of Wine and Roses is a 1962 movie starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick as a married couple who go from social drinking to full blown alcoholism. The song, Days of Wine and Roses, was written for the film by Hanry Mancini. I've always liked the song, thinking it romantic, but the movie - n... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:11:01 EST No more 'power bars'! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NOTE TO SELF: <BR> <BR> SUBJECT: 'Power Bars' and Protein Bars: <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I am throwing them in the creek. NO MORE CRAPPY FOOD in my house! I am cleaning out everything! The ONLY sweets will be the peanut ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:07:37 EST WooHoo a new workout DVD! I am so excited! I just found out that Richard Simmons has a seated workout DVD and I have it on order! I love his enthusiasm and I am ready to sweat a little more on some days! I can hardly wait for it to come it! Don't get me wrong, I love the Stronger Seniors workouts and will keep using them ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:58:07 EST So sore - and stressed about later today. I'm really, really, really sore! I did weights for 45 minutes and then walked 45 minutes yesterday evening, then walked 45 minutes this afternoon, and then another hour and 10 minutes this evening. Everything hurts! :( Then I found out, I walked almost 2 hours today and I only burned about 30... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:56:08 EST What Went - Thursday Part 2 One of the toilets is now clogged. <BR> <BR> A friend is not being very supportive. <BR> <BR> I have a splitting headache. <BR> <BR> I just discovered that my daughter got fingernail polish all over the kitchen sink and some of my dishes. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:42:57 EST A twist on Government definitions... <BR> In my many years I have come to a conclusion <BR> that one useless man is a shame, <BR> two is a law firm <BR> and three or more is a government. <BR> John Adams <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, <BR> if you do read the newspaper you are misin... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:39:16 EST Good Night & God Bless... This gal has had a really busy day and for that matter all week has been busy, I'm calling it a night and will likely log in later than usual in the morning but will be sure and post my usual blogs... <BR> <BR> Thanks again for all your support and your valued friendship... <BR> <BR> <img src=... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:37:58 EST FRIDAY !! THESE DAY'S ARE GOING SO FAST, CAN'T KEEP UP. WELL, SPARKER'S I'VE BEEN UP SINCE 4:30 IN THE AFTERNOON SO i <em>418</em> FOR 82 MIN. AND <em>311</em> FROM 11:45 PM TO 1:10 AM AND I AM <em>198</em> PUT IN 10,801 STEP'S. WELL FINISH CHECKING OUT GO UP TO MY APT, HAVE A B.B. YOGURT TAKE MY ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:34:58 EST TGIF Enjoy your day very painful day for mee sending prayers and blessings Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:16:19 EST A Good Day! This has been a terrific Thursday. I'm grateful to God for his keeping power. He is keeping me through this journey. He's constantly answering my prayers and giving me the desires of my heart. My husband sings a song in Church that simply says.... <BR> "So Good" (I just can't tell it all!) <B... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:12:42 EST POW / MIA Recognition Day POW / MIA Recognition Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Third Friday of September <BR> <BR> POW/MIA Recognition Day is a day of remembrance and hope for the speedy and safe return of American Prisoners of War, and those still Mi... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:11:11 EST Feeling Discouraged I am feeling so discouraged about my health right now. Even though I haven't been dropping the weight, I still felt like I was doing ok. Obviously, that's just something I was telling myself so that I could feel good, but it's not really true. I don't go to the doctor very often, and up until ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:02:33 EST Sep 18, 2014 Day 5 Not as much accomplished today. <BR> Had company for an hour or so <BR> then we went out to eat salad, <BR> was up all night again and only <BR> 3 hours sleep. I just don't have <BR> the energy to do .. tomorrow is <BR> another and I think I will get to sleep tonight. <BR> <BR> 10 min of trea... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:59:52 EST Today's Inspiration " What is a miracle ? To some, it is an act of God. <BR> To others, something amazing, extraordinary, or unexpected. <BR> To me, Life is a miracle. <BR> There is no reason for me to exist as I do - <BR> no reason for humanity, the universe, or the laws of Nature. <BR> Energy, mass, gravity and th... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:59:44 EST Be a Champion in Life <em>67</em> <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> " Life is a competition not with others, but with ourselves. We should seek each day to live stronger, better, truer lives; each day to master some weakness of yesterday; each day to repair a mistake; each day to surpass ourselves." ~ David... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:58:36 EST Thursday's Quote From now on, I'll connect the dots my own way. <BR> --Bill Watterson <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:51:52 EST old, too big clothes Difficult dilemma. Right now many of the clothes I'm currently wearing can fit through a range of weights. Can't just chuck things until there is no way they look decent anymore. Looking forward to new skinny clothes (and the ones in the back of the closet too). Might save one old example as a do... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:44:36 EST Healthy from the inside out <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I 1st decided to start this page as a fitness challenge helper but it has really helped me with my mood. Happy for the progress! Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:41:46 EST Day#1 9/19/14 As you can see I've rest all my stats. This comes after a terrible day. I'm not going to be hard on myself for choices that made my decision to start over. I reached the point to where if I didn't change I knew ( health wise), I wouldn't be here by this time next year. <BR> I know I will have goo... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:35:24 EST "Cheater" Weigh-In, LOL! So I got my official starting weight for this $10,000 contest this morning. After all the calories and salt yesterday (a planned thing!) (and no, I didn't ACTUALLY eat "spoonfuls" of salt) AND wearing my jeans, a heavy knit polo, my watch, my sunglasses, my shoes and carrying my phone in my pock... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:31:07 EST Crisis Averted! Yesterday I had a wonderful day! Everything went perfectly. <em>224</em> Well, except for the heat in the city, which is quite unbearable when you don't have air conditioning in your car. I live in the mountains (elev. 6,100 ft). In the city down below us, the temperatures are about 20° w... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:28:04 EST 9/19/14 Saint of the Day Friday, September 19, 2014 <BR> St. Januarius <BR> (d. 305?) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:29 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Little is known about the life of Januarius. He is believed to have been martyred in the Emperor Diocletian's persecution of 305. Legend has it that after Januarius... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:27:49 EST Bad choices day. I'm feeling blue :( OK from my status I have busted myself out and told everyone that I was starving when I woke up this morning and made a BAD choice for breakfast. I was hoping to make better choices the rest of the day and I didn't do too badly for lunch, fruit, water and a sandwich that wasn't great, but wasn't ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:24:31 EST One more day then 2 off from work! WooHoo! Fair time!!! I have this weekend off thanks to a coworker who traded me my Monday for his Saturday which is great since Dan and I are going to the local fair to see the music group Kansas. The bosses gave us tickets for the concert and dinner for 4 people so Dan, my daughter Jeanne, and my almost 16 year old ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:24:16 EST I lost four pounds!!! I LOST four pounds! I lost FOUR pounds! I lost four POUNDS. <BR> <BR> Yup….still the same no matter how I type it out. <BR> <BR> I couldn’t believe my eyes this morning when I did my first weekly weigh in. I was expecting a pound, maybe a pound and a half. I dismissed my first thought of water... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:23:47 EST September 18, 2014 I've started a habit, perhaps bad, but something that I find keeps me accountable. Stepping on the scale, every morning. Today was a usual day, after getting ready for work, I stepped on. Since joining spark people I feel that I have been eating right - making an effort to be active and the resul... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:19:34 EST Day 35 Some days can sure get long. Today the big chore was driving my dad to his appt. at the VA. It meant 2 hours in the car....and my mom decided to come along for the ride. <BR> <BR> I get really worn out helping them with canes and interpreting things other people say because their hearing aid... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:19:18 EST Cabin update Hi guys! A little update (slow but sure) Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:13:21 EST From level 1 to 20 It seem a long while since I started this journey in fact it is just over 2 years. Suddenly it hit me I was obese but only just. Having been a little overweight it was quite a shock to find out. <BR> <BR> The question was what could I do about it! A few years ago I managed to loose weight but ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:09:27 EST Thursday's motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Soar baby, soar! Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:07:28 EST Productive Day Ate wisely. <BR> Made it to my genealogy class...worked on homework... <BR> Finished tying up some loose financial ends. <BR> Ate wisely again. (Yay!) <BR> Watched my beloved Texas Aggie soccer team beat the University of Tennessee, a team they had never beaten before... <BR> Stopped at grocery s... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:06:58 EST The Before Picture <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This didn't want to load with my blog <BR> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:58:33 EST back from holiday! so, I had a much needed, much deserved, but pretty insane week of holiday at HOME. <BR> I don't even know anymore if I should call that home, since my life is here, my job is here, my CLOTHES are here... and also my balance is here! <BR> ok, ok, I shouldn't regret going overboard, it was a holida... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:58:22 EST Work in Progress - Day 011 So today has been so so. I have had a head ache and heart burn for most of it. I rarely get heart burn, but when it does happen, I swear it's the worse feeling ever. It should be gone tomorrow though, took something to help it. About to head and bed to sleep it off. <BR> <BR> I am going out tomo... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:56:19 EST Fall Challenge Assignments 9 to 16 So, heres the more to come I promised. I have read what Spark considers exercise and I will include my daily activites on especially busy days but for most part I will go above that and add intentional exercise. I believe I am ready for success and the spark quiz seems to agree with me. <BR> I ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:55:01 EST Goals for BLC26 CAMO Weight goal: lose 8 lbs (137 lbs) <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness goals: <BR> <em>326</em> Minimum weekly fitness minutes 240 <BR> <em>323</em> ST: 2-4x/week, hopefully 3 most of the time <BR> <em>365</em> Work on my 10k running app unless I find a different running goal <BR> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:50:16 EST Day 42, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn Today has been a good day. Busy but good. Not as busy as yesterday. I taught 3 hours of classes this morning, had a nice lunch with DH & my friend Robbie, did LOTS of crocheting & worked on Home school. Today would have been my mother's 85th birthday. She died when she was only 47. I have very mi... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:44:01 EST Feeling Pretty Proud! Day 3 of my running plan: 2.41km run. Ran (jogged is probably closer to the truth...) the whole thing without stopping!! It was slow, but I did it :). I'm fairly certain that even when I was younger and played sports and was generally very active, I didn't do anything quite like that, so it's a p... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:42:05 EST fell off the wagon I have not had any motivation to do anything the past few weeks. I will exercise 1 day then can't get motivated for another few days. I'm fighting a cold, fatigue and bad case of the blahs. I'm trying to get motivated again. Maybe when I get rid of this cold i'll have more energy. Don't feel that... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:41:34 EST Remodel news and rambling This is just about the end of the 3rd week of remodel chaos. Lots of things had to be rerouted since we changed where the walls are, and the heating is in, and the plumbing was done today. I can stand in front of where the shower head will be, a there is hot and cold water for the washer. I do... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:41:21 EST Doing nothing is an option- but even nothing has consequences... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When life is overwhelming- I tend to want to do- nothing. No plan- no push- no nothing. I just keep thinking I can ride the wave out- come to solid ground. <BR> <BR> Have you stood on the beach when the ocean tide co... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:41:15 EST Gingerly Testing the Waters <em>524</em> ALL! <BR> <BR> First off, thank you so much for all the prayers and well wishes, as it meant so much to me and helped me in my healing process. I'm testing the waters, so to speak, as God enables me to do things for His Glory and not mine! <BR> <BR> By His Grace, I'll start tes... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:35:13 EST journey of life It's great to be alive! Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:34:00 EST Wow!! Just WOW! I'm so continually amazed with myself! Who the heck cares what the scale says when I feel this darn GREAT!! Today I really felt like moving, A LOT. As a result, I wound up on the exercise bike a total of three times. Now, I don't spend an hour each time, but 10 minutes here, 12 minutes there... t... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:33:48 EST Weekend is just around the corner... What will I do (to stay active) <img src=""> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:33:26 EST MISS COCO'S DAY Well it was Miss Coco's spa day. She had been chewing on hersef and I had been spraying her with no chew and putting Gold Bond powder on her. <BR> <BR> Well I had 2 email coupons that expire this week so. Both are for places on that side of town so I used both of them. Offer me $10 off when... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:33:20 EST Now that's what *I* call music! (posted this to facebook yesterday, in case anyone cares how the trip to Atlanta went :) <BR> <BR> And thus ends a week of seeing 18 different bands play. Last Wednesday, I went down to Atlanta to attend the ProgPower USA festival for a third time, and it was a fantastic time. The music was gre... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:32:07 EST Journal Prompt What legacy do you want to leave to the world? <BR> <BR> As a wife, I want to have given all that I had and made my hubby feel we have lived a life that we could not have lived without one another. <BR> As a mother, I want to have given my daughter the ability to make choices and decisions that ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:29:39 EST Today I made the right choice. I'm lucky to live in a building that has a gym. It's just a little one, but it totally fits my budget - Free! The down side is the limited hours of operation. 8am - 10pm. With my new schedule, I have just enough time to get in a decent 20-30 minutes of cardio on a work day if I can get in there r... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:25:53 EST It Bears Repeating! Blessed Sleep <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This summer I rocked my nutrition and exercise components. I went from 168 to 143, and I am confident that I will reach a healthy weight within the next few weeks. <BR> <BR> However, my sleep record has been shamefu... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:22:26 EST Supper with my BFF. It's so nice to be living with my BFF ! I love that she enjoys my cooking/ food choices. We are trying to eat healthy & support each other . She has been coming home later & later but I always have something good for her. <em>361</em> <em>4</em> <em>184</em> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:21:02 EST I am a bad friend ..... My friend called me this morning, she had to make a run out to the store and asked if we could get together at 11am instead of 10 am. I took the extra hour to take care of the reptiles and birds before driving over. <BR> <BR> I haven't seen her since June, at that time she weighed 193 and I weig... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:20:13 EST Motivation from the wrong place. I wanted to write about how I have been sticking to tracking and using my wii fit and how Tuesday morning I weight myself and was 277lbs so I think maybe my plan is beginning to work again... But last night something happened. And unfortunately it is causing serious motivation but possibly for th... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:18:28 EST Today I met another Maine Spark Friend. DH and I drove to Farmington Maine. The fair is in town and I was told a Sparker would be selling baskets there. <em>465</em> <BR> We drove up, I FOUND HER BOOTH. <em>244</em> <BR> Her products are so made. The baskets are awesome. Nice and symmetrical and v ery sturdy. Lovely cane Chr... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:13:13 EST slow progress is still progress! I have a few more posts in my challenge group.. and I'm thinking of signing up for the Beachbody (Coaching) Fall Classic. <BR> The only thing stopping me is we have to pair up in 2 person teams..and I'm so new I'm afraid no one will want to partner with me lol I feel like I'm in grade school agai... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:11:05 EST "I'll show them!" There was always a time in my life until recently where I uttered three words. These three words were simple, honest, and said out of pain. However these three words were not wise to speak. <BR> "I'll...Show...Them.." <BR> <BR> Whenever I would get snide remarks from people about my weight I utt... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:10:22 EST #Terrible I feel like I have been doing so terrible lately.... Ever since the quarter ended I have been more aware of what I have been eating, but seeming to not care as much. <BR> <BR> We just got back from Seattle, had an awesome time, ate a lot, and did a lot of things. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I am going t... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:07:57 EST Oh, no! Look who's here! Francine showed up at the office today and I have <BR> to say she has some nerve. Doesn't she know how <BR> busy I have been and how much I got done without <BR> her nagging at me? <BR> I had a very intense morning, preparing 5 quotes for <BR> one farmer-car, house, rental home, farm and an <BR> ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:59:52 EST Change of Heart I pretty much would have given anything to skip my workout tonight and just go home instead. I was so tired, had an overwhelming week at work that is not over yet, and I know I am really craving some sleep - maybe a day's worth. <BR> <BR> I decided to go to the gym anyway because I enjoyed my la... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:55:37 EST Wed/Thurs Sept 17/18 Honey has survived the last 2 days .It has not been an easy road to walk. With all of the problems yesterday of ports and IV sites not working, today was high stress to the max. To make a long story short, he was bleeding out from an abdominal ulcer and had to have surgery today to fix it. a new ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:53:15 EST 24,241 Steps = Ouch! I didn't mean to, honest I didn't. I'm 3 days past it and I still hurt. So here's what happened. <BR> <BR> We have a required staff retreat sometimes at work. We went to a camp near Mount Rainier (very pretty). After settling into our bunks, my roommates and I decided to explore the grounds.... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:53:00 EST Thursday, 9/18/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Made it to the gym a little late this morning thanks to a tire going flat. Had to turn around and come get a different vehicle. Nice that Rocky had a few extra minutes so we could get a full 30 minutes done an... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:50:10 EST WaLking ~ day 2 yesterday, i walked one mile. it wasn't structured, the pedometer just calculated my indoor walking to be the 1 mile. Today, i decided i was bored with the internet & had lots of time on my hands... I did not go back to sleep after fixing breakfast for the Inn. Instead, i started walking/exe... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:48:42 EST Getting back on track. So I have never attempted a blog before. However, I think it is important to discuss the ups and downs while starting the road to better health. Two weeks ago I started a diet called the Kim Protasov Diet. I had tried the diet before but quit after a few weeks and modified it to what I wanted ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:46:42 EST Thursday's words to Ponder It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. <BR> <BR> Agnes Repplier <BR> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:45:51 EST Here we go again... So, 4 years after my last blog post I am back and still working on trying to get and keep this added weight off. I have learned a few things along the way which has been helping me this time. <BR> <BR> 1. I found out I have a thyroid issue which was making it impossible for me to lose weight an... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:42:17 EST Tired Long day, good day....good night <em>102</em> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:41:48 EST 9/18/14 - Bedtime This morning, I attended a seminar about valuation of art, and breakfast was served. I took some fruit skewers, passed on the fruit juices, and selected a chocolate chip scone. The other choices were bagels, muffins, and Danish pastries. Everyone also received a pen, a notebook, a troll (that ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:41:22 EST Tired and ready for bed Today was PT and my knees really hurt after this. <BR> Went to the fitness center and did cardio. All sitting machines. <BR> Came home and covered the garden area as far as the tarp would go. Hope we do not get the frost they are warning about. <BR> Fixed a fresh veggie bake with summer squash,... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:38:26 EST Still in a 1 year long Plateau? Its been awhile since I've logged in. Anyway, after losing 70 lbs, I am unable to shed these last 50! Its been a little over a year and I still manage to stay within this 7 lb range (249-256)! I've been counting calories (under 2500/day) with strength training and cardio at least 4 times a wee... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:34:10 EST Trivia Night- Win I might have to start making trivia night a regular event. My brother, Jeremy, has been going for a while, but this was only the second time I have gone. Our team (Haggis or Die!) won first place. We must be smart or something! Of course I ate too much fat for dinner at the restaurant, but it... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:30:37 EST Thursday The <em>221</em> won again 3 -2. It was an exciting nail- biter at the end. The Boston Red Six had runners on first and third at the top of the 9th just trailing by one run. The next hitter nailed the guy on third base with a hit and the runner was out. Then the next batter struck out by a bit... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:25:54 EST Living with more energy It is a good feeling today that I have about myself. I have done a good job with my strength training, my yoga was very well done. The foods that I ate were delicous and all homemade. Water was in hand, like always. As well as tea :) So much energy :) It was a good feeling not to feel too t... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:25:29 EST Chris Powell Carb Cycling Day 12 Woke up at 5am, took my meds, drank coffee right away! I am sooo tired! went to bed late last night. Tomorrow is weigh in day so today I have to be spot on! I don't want to waste any day or chance to lose weight. I really want too hit 10lbs as soon as possible so I can fit in most of my clothes a... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:24:06 EST Thursday Evening Gained two pounds on my WL challenge. Hmmm! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> IN THE END, ONLY THREE THINGS MATTER; <BR> <BR> HOW MUCH YOU LOVED, <BR> <BR> HOW GENTLY YOU LIVED, <BR> <BR> AND HOW GRACEFULLY YOU LET GO <BR> <BR> OF THINGS NOT MEANT FOR YOU. <BR> <BR> <BR> BUDDHA <BR> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:22:21 EST I hate that children get cancer!!!! My sister knew my current project was making chemo dolls, and asked for one for a friend...4 years old and given a 20% chance to live a year ago. She's still in the fight. Then I sent a bunch of dolls to a hospital in STL, only to find out later that one of the little girls there is best friend... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:22:12 EST Terrific Thursday Thursday, September 18, 2014--Terrific day Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:21:45 EST Time away... Just got back from vacation - stay tuned will add to later <BR> <BR> We went to Branson MO and stayed in my sister's friend's vacation home with a view of Table Rock Lake. We had a spectacular time. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:13:27 EST Had The Dreaded 2 Week Weigh-In Yesterday! wasn't as great as I thought it would be BUT, I'm still happy with the direction I'm going. Down 4. (was more at the beginning, I'll explain in a sec) some pounds which I thought would be a lot more because I've noticed such a huge difference in my clothes. Here's the funny part..... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:11:30 EST Stupid internet Sorry that I didn't post anything yesterday but our internet was down. I called the phone company but somehow after supper I got it fixed. I pushed the power button on the WiFi and somehow I got it to work. If the phone company calls tomorrow I will tell them that I figured it out. Never thought ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:11:27 EST Well I didn't pass/Stressed out So I didn't pass the exam today. Which makes no sense because they said I had to get an 85 on the simulated exam to pass. Today my 4 simulated exam scores were... 84, 82, 86, and 88. So how in the world do I get a 70 on the test and fail? I have no idea!!! I am beyond frustrated. <BR> <BR... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:11:09 EST You will be missed The other day I had half of a blog put together. I copied and saved what I had written thank goodness, because my computer froze. My computer started running again, but went into snail mode. I got frustrated, so decided to run over to Albertsons, and finish the blog when I got back. Albertsons is... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:06:26 EST Fall is coming I really enjoyed this morning's walk in the crisp air. I am getting back on track with daily excercise and love the uplift an early morning gives you. Is anyone else enjoying the sounds of nature before breakfast? Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:04:48 EST Day 261: Some More Empties "Each transition is an opportunity to look at who you are - and where you're headed." (Terri Trespicio) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It’s time for some more empties. I can’t get over how full my bag still is. Let’s get started…. <BR> <... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:04:04 EST Thursday's Then and Now <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:03:30 EST To Know Myself When I was nineteen and 120 pounds, I compared myself to other girls and convinced myself I was fat. I started taking diet pills and was afraid to eat. I ended up in the hospital after a run on a 100 degree day in Texas in July. I was convinced I was fat, but I never again would engage in any ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:03:18 EST Protecting My New-Found Eating Program Today is all about protecting my eating program. The main problems I find are the disparaging remarks by other people. Most of them do not mean to be nasty, but I can have my resolve deflated very easily. They may say things such as: "you just have to eat less" or "every diet works in the beginni... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:01:01 EST Thursday... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am soooo ready for the weekend....have a lot of plans but might not do anything...LOL...I just want some "me" time....decisions, decisions.... <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:54:43 EST I Am So Encouraged! Thank you everyone so much for all your support! <BR> <BR> ~•~Thank you!~•~ <BR> <BR> WOO HOO! <BR> <BR> °^°^°BLESSINGS!°^°^° Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:48:45 EST wading <em>237</em> <BR> <BR> played in the waves today I actually heard myself laugh; it's been awhile. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:48:39 EST Today was very hard. <img src=""> Today was very hard. I had a Vanilla Slim Fast for breakfast..which kept me from being hungry till lunch, when I had a salad. I don't know why, but from lunch time on, all I could think about was 'What can I eat?' <BR> <BR> A... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:45:13 EST Brighter Days First of all, I wanted to say thank you for all the well wishes and support regarding my mom! As far as I can tell, she didn't actually hurt her back... and if she did, it's less of a pain than other things: she has a huge bump on the right side of her forehead, a black eye, a swollen knee, and a... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:43:07 EST "All or Nothing" Indulgences. I am open about the fact that disordered eating and I have a long, uncomfortable history. I have binged and starved and restricted and purged and on and on for so many years that, looking back, I can't remember much else about my life at those times. <BR> <BR> Attempting to work on my health / ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:35:58 EST First night off blahs Tired from not enough sleep today, but I needed to get up and pick the rest of the plums, tomatoes, and cover the stuff in the courtyard. Hope the freeze doesn't get everything, my corn was just starting too. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:35:32 EST A Little Hint for a Happy Disposal...(if you have one) Add slices of Lemon, Lime, Orange to ice cube trays and fill with a mix of vinegar and water! <BR> <BR> Makes your disposal smell great and clear the drain. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:35:13 EST Phone seizures <link><BR>14/09/phone-seizures.html </link> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:32:14 EST Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto and Hyperthyroidism and more!!! Nothing like trying to fix one problem only to find out that you have several more. Been having issues with my stomach and blotting. Every time I would eat I would feel like crap. No matter what I ate. Had a friend that went to a Holistic doctor and she got good results. Thought that maybe t... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:27:56 EST FALLING Head over heals for FALL! My favorite season is here i"m falling head over heals all over for it! Before anything could ruin my day I did the Coach Nicole's Boot Camp DVD to the last challenge. Not through the last one, ,.. to the last one. Get it? okay <BR> My DH and I took our usual walking path today then I asked him ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:27:37 EST Fun at the Big E New England Exposition 2014--here is just a little of the circus <BR> Not all of these were exactly what we saw. This is only the circus part of the Big E. There is lots more. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:23:56 EST almost the weekend only thursday Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:22:11 EST Victory Over Emotional Eating! I am a definite stress-eater. Thank you to Sparkpeople for helping me define and remedy this! <BR> <BR> Today I had a stressful situation come up. I had already eaten a (filling!) dinner, and I was going to go wash dishes in the kitchen. I felt like I really wanted some Reese's Pieces or somethi... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:21:20 EST High Tech Follies It's Thursday, a work at home day. The work schedule allowed me to run on my lunch hour, in the heat of the day. The heat of the day today turned out to be 55° F, which SparkPeople says is the ideal running temperature. The sky was overcast, and the pavement was damp from a mid morning rain sh... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:20:32 EST stuff I am really tiring of my so called employer. I noticed some comments he recently made as a halfhearted (or so it seemed) attempt at something complimentary (I GUESSED) mind you he still comes across as a total you know what. I applied for several jobs this week. I hope at least one of them pans ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:19:38 EST Snarky I've been having a kind of bad day today. Nothing major, just feeling so dratted irritable over everything. Waiting in the doctor's office, waiting at the pharmacy. And inside I just feel like screaming in frustration at how long everything is taking today. I guess it's partly because I went ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:16:25 EST Does PT stand for sadistic? Hmm. Personal Trainer. Physical Therapist. Ouch...ouch...ouch....snicker. <BR> No...I may NOT join the rebound group at the local gym...yet....grr. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:14:18 EST What Went - Thursday Today was a bit of an stressful and emotional day. Nothing catastrophic but a lot of small to medium things going on. <BR> <BR> First, I took my daughter to the dentist for her scheduled fillings. They didn't have her scheduled. Fortunately they just had someone cancel so they could take her ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:11:11 EST Nail night! Went to the nail spa tonight. Had My nails and toe nails done. A nice things I do for Me!! I just rode 30 min. on the exercise bike! Have a great evening!! Love Y'all!! (((((HUGS))))) Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:05:01 EST BRIDESMAID DRESS Ok my sister is getting married in April so I am trying to focus on loosing some weight. <BR> She is talking about looking at dresses soon. This terrifies me. I hate the way I look right now. And am afraid that all the cute dresses she likes is going to make me look well fat and bulgy. I want to ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:01:05 EST Feeling good tonight! This morning when I woke up I felt curious about the scale. Part of me was screaming "GOD NO! It's TOM! Don't get on!" but the curious part won, and I got on. Much to my {very happy!} surprise, I was down 1.4 lbs since Monday. I was so excited! I'm at 260.6, so very close to being under 260... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:58:46 EST The Order of the Star Treks Just info, to help me keep it straight, from my new friend PLmitch: <BR> <BR> TOS <BR> TNG <BR> DS9 <BR> VOY <BR> ENT <BR> <BR> ST:The Movie (movie #1) occurred 10 years after the end of TOS show <BR> #2 through #6 all happened in sequentially after that <BR> <BR> ST:Generations (#7) starts a... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:54:37 EST Day 24: A big overeating setback I ate my feelings today, like before day 1 kind of overeating. First, I'm having a bad hormone day, and everything feels magnified in negativity. <BR> <BR> Second, my grandfather's snide comment about me really hurt my feelings. He joked in a not nice way to my great aunts that I'm too lazy to... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:51:09 EST Going strong! Packing, painting, etc... The week is moving right along. I've got two runs down and hope to get 1 to 2 more before the week is over. I was off today, because this weekend is my work weekend. My day was filled with packing, cleaning and painting, and applying for new jobs! So much to do and so little time. The longer I wa... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:48:19 EST Day 76 - emotional safety Emotional safety is essential for our piece of mind. We need to create this for ourselves. It could be sitting in your favorite chair with a cup of tea, doing yoga, meditating, gardening, walking, reading, or whatever makes you feel safe. A place you can let out a happy sigh of relief. Spangl... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:47:41 EST General Ramblings.. I didn't can today..Had to drive into town and have my car's brakes worked on..When hunger struck me..I ate at McDonalds..But I ate healthy. I had the grilled chicken bacon ranch salad..Only 270 cal. then the dressing was an additional 100 cal..I didn't go off my eating plan (which is 1200 cal. ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:47:27 EST Eating and the Fat Girl First, I want to thank everyone for their kind words. It's been weird being back here with very little to show for it, but I'm trying hard to keep shame from making me slink away again. <BR> <BR> The biggest thing, I guess, is that in the space of time from the last time I was a member here and... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:25:20 EST healthy habit hard to keep The healthiest habit i have trouble with is eating healthy. We have limited food funds so limited choices. Then i get bored with eating the same cheap things we can afford. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:23:22 EST Back to Basics In all the time I wasn't keeping up with blogging here on SparkPeople I was doing a few workout programs and thinking I was doing really well. I would stay on track with eating from Monday to Friday, get WAAAAAY off track on Saturday and Sunday and hop back on track for the week. Then I'd get fru... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:22:35 EST It happened today!! I've been working hard for five weeks now, exercising almost every day, tracking everything I eat, staying within my ranges for the most part. It's an extremely busy time at work, but I've kept to my routine and planned through the tough stuff, have done the work to pack my lunch and have stepped... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:14:05 EST Time To Rest…. Although today is officially my rest day - I did take two walks outside for total of 1 1/2 hours. However, I'm going to let this ole body of mine take a break and back to the bump and grind in the morning. <BR> <BR> Peace, <BR> <BR> <BR> Marie <em>411</em> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:13:09 EST My cat part 2 PJ's doing ok. she is still eating, drinking and purring. Sh's a little angry right now since I'm washing her favorite bed. <BR> I hate myself for thinking ahead. I find myself wondering what to do with her remaining foods. I'll probably donate it to a shelter of some sort, that's if the... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:12:33 EST It's Thursday It's the day of the long day. It went fine. I did get my 10,000 steps in,unlike yesterday that only achieved 3,000 steps. My rib hurts where I think I have a rib out of place. I see a new chiropractor tomorrow as mine is retiring. Hopefully he will straighten my spine back out :). <BR> <BR>... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:10:53 EST What if...? A very supportive friend sent me a message. She has been struggling for a while now, which I knew. I have been too. We encouraged each other to the brink of onederland. Then slowly life and trials have gotten in the way. We are struggling. I would say together but we both pulled back from S... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:10:23 EST baby steps baby steps? ok so today I thought I would take some baby steps. well I definitely failed on food ... but not as bad as a few days ago. I was 1500 calories under, so I guess its a baby step. but then I was so motivated to go to the gym, and doing well on the elliptical... 153 was my heart rate see... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:07:14 EST Kicked my own rear Today I stepped it up at the gym, in other words, kicked my own rear end. Tonight I'm tired and sore. What a good feeling Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:06:04 EST Wow. I feel like a zero right now! I can't believe tomorrow is Friday and I have only done one work out this week. I have done zero running. I have not tracked one morsel of food. WTF is wrong with me. TOM is a monthly occurrence, what right do I have to act like its the scourge of my existence. Like life needs to be put on hold b... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:00:37 EST Day 4 I'm sitting here at 7:30 of day 4 feeling fantastic about the day. First of all, I ate all day and was still well within my calories - under my calories actually if you factor in all of the exercise. My meal plan is below. Stuck to it perfectly! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 2 slices Ancient Grain Toast... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:59:16 EST PCOS SUX! One of the reasons I am trying so hard to stay focused on proper diet and exercise is because I was diagnosed with PCOS last July and PCOS is a condition that is normally caused by being overweight. For anyone who doesn't know PCOS is polycystic ovary syndrome and causing issues with the proper f... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:58:10 EST Breaking Binge Sparkcoach wants me to come up with a list of things that can distract me when I feel a food binge coming on: <BR> 1. Drink some water <BR> 2. Read a book <BR> 3. Play with Colin <BR> 4. Exercise <BR> 5. Watch a show Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:53:00 EST Photo Session Focuses Photo shoot #1: <BR> Give up sodas <BR> Drink more water <BR> Walk/semi exercises daily <BR> <BR> Photo shoot #2: <BR> Give up white bread and french fries <BR> Stop eating after 7pm <BR> Walk twice a day <BR> <BR> Photo shoot #3: <BR> Give up junk food & fast food <BR> Walk/jog 3 times a day ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:49:59 EST Emilie's hair today... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:46:56 EST A pleasant surprise to start the day! I had another week of not wanting to throw the scale out the window!! I lost 0.7 lbs. I view every loss, even if it's small, as a victory. Even better, I'm down 2 inches also. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> My hip has been giving me problems this week. Especially on Monday when I was barely abl... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:37:29 EST Ramblings of Thursday 9/18/2014 OMG today was definably interesting to say the least. Okay so yesterday I got roped into playing the distraction for the Bride-to-be's bridal luncheon. My friend and I need to keep her distracted for about an hour and a half. First I couldn't find my shoe. Then I needed to go to a store where she... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:35:42 EST Quote of the day 09/18/14 "Some people succeed because they are destined to, but most people succeed because they are determined to." Author Unknown <BR> <BR> How is your determination? Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:27:37 EST 2014, Day 261 (9/18) 101 total minutes walking, 120 total minutes on my recumbent bike (accidentally did 30 more than I was going to cuz I was reading and talking to my mom on the, 10 minutes ST for my booty, ate mostly well and drank a gallon of water. <BR> <BR> <BR> September 100 miles walking chal... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:26:39 EST Feeling stalled, stuck and confined So this is a bit of a venting blog. I've been trying to let my emotions realign themselves, but I keep getting caught in their swirls. <BR> <BR> I had a 1 pound gain this week and realize I have been in a 'stall' for quite awhile. I reached goal after a Fat Fast, gained a couple back, lost the... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:24:30 EST A restful day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I went to my moms to take her grocery shopping and to spend the day with her. <BR> <BR> I just love the time we spend together because my mom always gets talking about the days when she was a child growing up o... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:22:30 EST This week was not the best, but I'll do better... Ok so this week was not the best on the weight loss front, mostly because I gained weight. I'm eating in my calories and fat, working out, walking to and from the El during my commute, so I just need to focus on the things I'm not doing very well. Here is where I will try to focus this week: <BR>... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:21:29 EST Addicted to chocolate? I wonder if I'm addicted to chocolate. I think about it all the time. When I am upset, I want chocolate. When I am happy, I want chocolate. When I am bored, I want chocolate. When I am uncertain, I want chocolate. When I want to reward myself, I want chocolate. And, when I eat chocolate, all I wa... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:20:01 EST Fall 2014 5% Challenge Countdown Activity Question ~ What have you accomplished in the years since you started? <BR> <BR> I put myself in the driver's seat for my health. I used to whisper to me, that I would likely die from a heart attack, as some of my close friends already had. What a miserable thing to say to myself. But it was true. My BP wa... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:16:32 EST Telling a Story can create faster learning and more memorable events than long lectures. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:13:59 EST Mom and Cousin Al's birthday at Disneyland <img src=""> <BR> My mom - I took her to my home because of the 100 degree temperatures we have been having and her house was sooo hot. I have air conditioner at my home. She enjoys being outside and was admiring my yellow roses. <BR> <... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:55:14 EST Day 18 - a better day! <BR> I said "a better day" because it was. I guess yesterday was just an off day, just one of those days! <BR> <BR> Tired tonight but wanted to keep myself accountable in a blog. <BR> <BR> I walked 30-40 minutes, walked the inside perimeter of my grocery store and then the aisles, picking up ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:53:36 EST Double-Dipped Awesome Sauce! Have you ever woke up feeling like you have been double-dipped in Awesome Sauce? With a sprinkle of glitter in your step? A smile that blinds the eyes of the world? Nothing can stop you now?? You're sexy and you know it, clap yer hands??? <BR> <BR> Well, me neither! <BR> <BR> After yeste... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:53:34 EST Thank you, Random Dude! Today I was out for my morning walk and a guy came up behind me on a bike. He said, "Out getting your exercise on this morning?" <BR> <BR> I laughed and said, "Yeah. Trying to, anyways." <BR> <BR> And then he said, "Good job, but you're perfect just the way you are," and rode off. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:47:24 EST Day 17 - 18 of 100 Days of Weight Loss Day 17 and 18 in Linda Spangle's book are interconnected. Day 17-Stop Wasting Food asks you to consider if you have a "Clean your plate message" from childhood. Every time you eat food you don't need, you are wasting food. <BR> <BR> Day 18 encourages you to retrain your eating habits by leaving ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:45:52 EST Clothes after weight loss. Keep one top, pair of pants and donate the rest. I will be making room for new smaller ones. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:42:51 EST Whinny A** I was so being a whinny a** last night. I think everything ...all the stress...caught up with me last night. I set in the living by myself and bawled my head off. Hubby's job woes, my job work place being sold, worrying about paying the bills, my WIP not going well (or at least one chapter not to... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:42:13 EST Blogging for my streak I am on our IPad as my DH brought home a new computer for me and is transferring everything and such. he has been working on it all day. anyway I didn't want to lose out on the blogging streak that I have going on. <BR> <BR> I do hope you all are doing great. I am chilling out for a little b... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:37:14 EST Our big Hurricane <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> For days, we've been warned about this BIG hurricane Odile that was going to flood the city. We've been getting tips on preparing for floods, stores have been selling sandbags, we even had meteorologists coming... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:28:27 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for September 18: Daily inspiration: Faith is complete surrender to the will of God and acceptance of His plan for us. Lord, You carry me through each moment of my day. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. Psalm 86:7 <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: T... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:24:31 EST Thursday, 9/18 -- This boot is made for walking! This is the first time I have ever had to treat a fracture with a boot. Nothing was done years ago for a fractured toe (nothing to do for that) or a fractured thumb (Dr. just said it was fractured) or a fractured/stoved(?) middle finger (splinted it myself with popsicle sticks. <BR> <BR> I keep... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:24:29 EST OH MY GOSH.....THANKYOU CLOVERS SO SO MUCH.... OMGosh.... <BR> Thankyou so much Clovers for your goodies and messages on my spotlight day in the team....woohoo..... <BR> <BR> I did weighin at WW on Wednesday and although I was up I was still under goal...however what it has achieved is that i am back tracking and have also bought a calculato... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:22:43 EST Dear Diary, I have done enough TODAY ! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear Diary, <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> I have done enough for today. The last few days have been busy, filled with fun activities. It's time to rest. My muscles need time rest from zany, crazy, a bla... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:22:11 EST Walkway Experience I had a great walk today and look what I noticed on the walk, Autumn is coming <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:10:24 EST Day 12 I weighed myself this morning and I'm down to 56.1 kilos! I know it's not much but I'm happy that I'm not over 57 kilos anymore. <BR> <BR> I haven't had a muffin or danish/croissant all this week and I've been fine. I'm keeping up with the no snack in between meals, which I think is what's reall... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:09:40 EST I have an excuse Ok I'm in the hospital Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:05:03 EST Free 5 Day challenge! I'm getting totally amped up for my next free 5 day. My last group had some who lost 8 and 9 lbs! I can't wait to see what kind of results my challengers will get this time. Please, if you're interested let me know and we can connect on FB to get you going! <BR> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:03:01 EST Ipsy Glam Bags - - Thoughts? Hey Friends!!!! <BR> <BR> Okay. <BR> <BR> WARNING: If you are a man My Blog may not be the blog for you tonight as it involves talk of makeup, hair & the knack of looking ridiculously FABULOUS! You've been warned Fellas - - Proceed With Caution - - If You Dare;) ;) ;) <BR> <BR> & Now that I've... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:58:45 EST Suck It In! I have had terrible posture all my life and for once I am going to remind myself to suck in my stomach! Not once a day, but every second of every minute! I have placed a band on my wrist as a visual tool to help remind me to suck it in! Sounds silly, but I have already lost an inch! <BR> I wrote... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:56:33 EST Thursday I made it out for my lunch time walk, 3.6 miles. I actually jogged/ran a little. I ran half a block to get the light because it was about to turn green for me and I didn't want to miss it. Then I ran to get in front of this guy who was walking by a lady in a wheelchair. Once I passed them, I ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:54:33 EST My Story in Emoticons & Joined the YMCA Just for fun I did my Fall 5% Challenge story in emoticons - what I did over the summer; my Fall 5% diet & exercise plan to lose 10 pounds 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> <em>479</em> <em>67</em> <em>298</em> <em>190</em> <em>495</em> <em>489</em> <em>297</em> <em>192</em> <em>49</em>... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:50:02 EST thursday this morning got up early as hubby went into work <BR> <BR> when I got up I knew I had a lot to do today <BR> <BR> went to the grocery store <BR> <BR> got gas <BR> <BR> came home and cleaned out my car <BR> <BR> wrote a few emails <BR> <BR> 4 loads of laundy <BR> <BR> colored my gray hair... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:48:38 EST Low Carb, flying and water retention Sooo, I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch but so far it looks like water retention is a minimum. I don't know if that's a result of eating low-carb or a great side benefit of having lost so much weight. Maybe it's a combination of the two. My feet aren't swollen and 20-30 lbs ago ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:45:37 EST Well 2 wks later (almost!) So, it's been almost 2 wks since my last post. (Sidenote: I really need to get better at blogging daily if possible, at least then if I did that, might actually get me more motivated! <em>246</em> ) In that short period of time, I've been prepping & doing more craft fairs, and started drinking... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:44:21 EST Firefighters and Princesses <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My grandson will be 3 years old in December. He's a delightful little guy but he is also illustrating the kinds of gender stereotypes that are pervasive. In his own home, he calls his mother "Doctor" (as per her inst... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:44:04 EST 09/18/2014 Thursday I am going to set my goals for the rest of the year <BR> <em>311</em> walk <BR> <em>274</em> drink plenty of liquids <BR> <em>102</em> get plentu of rest Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:43:46 EST Little guest Our 6 year granddaughter stayed over last night and sleep over tonight. Her mom is on Oahu for training so our son needs our help. They have three children, ages 6, 3, and 9 months. Mariana is such a joy. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:38:37 EST Thursday September 18, 2014 <BR> Weather: Very cloudy and rainy in the morning clearing up in the afternoon. Temp about 60 degrees. <BR> <BR> Housework log: did up dishes, general pick up, wipe down counters, sweep and mop <BR> <BR> Exercise log: 30 minute walk in afternoon, 20 minutes on treadmill <BR> <BR> Read... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:32:54 EST What are your Dreams... What are your Dreams? <BR> <BR> What is the Steps to Pursue your Dreams? <BR> <BR> Are you Ready to take the Steps? <BR> <BR> Are you sure your ready for the adventure? <BR> <BR> Are you Ready to start making your dreams come alive? <BR> <BR> What will it take for you to Keep Going? <BR> <B... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:26:20 EST Because... only one... Because I'm the only one who can take care of me... <BR> <BR> I work out Because it's a lot funnier than sitting on the couch <BR> <BR> Because for the first time in my life I'm going to finish what I started... <BR> <BR> Because there is no reason to stop... Even if I don't see any process...... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:19:50 EST Timing I'm finally feeling better and am ready to buckle down but today is my DH's birthday. I don't want to rain on his parade so we start tomorrow. We are having grilled turkey sausage sandwiches, chips, potato salad, chocolate cake and ice cream because they are his favorites. Really hard to make a h... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:18:27 EST BEAUTIFUL WEEK It has been a wonderful week as far as the weather is concerned. I have had a hard time with my diet and it is causing my exercise to slack off. The good thing is the weather is helping stick to cycling because I love to be outside riding when it is nice and cool and sunny. I went to Trader Jo... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:17:16 EST It's a Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood My gym bag was all packed and in my trunk so that I could go workout right after work. But I just couldn't bring myself to do it. The weather outside is perfect. It's sunny and 73F. We aren't going to have very many more days like this this year. I don't want to be inside working out - I w... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:15:41 EST spark needed Any wakung minute I have goes to, in this order... <BR> Baby <BR> Grading/teaching <BR> Household <BR> Husband <BR> <BR> Remind me when exercise cam happen? I need some creative motivation. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:15:31 EST Beauty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 animated Disney classic. In a twist of the fairy tale, all of the inhabitants of the castle are enchanted, too, and become talking furniture, candlesticks, dishes, etc. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The song is b... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:15:15 EST Back Yard Landscaping Has Begun I took pics of the front yard this morning, but having trouble uploading to the SP site. Either my camera or program is wonky. I'll keep trying. My landscaper, Danny, and I are making a minor alteration on the very front section, so that will make me totally happy with the overall look. <BR> ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:09:06 EST Pinto Bean Salsa... Report well..i finally made it and...loved it! <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=29317 </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ta da! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> w... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:07:27 EST Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. ~ Norman Vince Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. ~ Norman Vincent Peale <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:05:52 EST A gain, followed by a small loss, leading to a bigger loss Last week after a small loss of 400 grams I was left very very upset. Such a small loss to me felt almost like no loss at all. <BR> <BR> This morning was my weekly weigh in. I was half expecting a small loss, half expecting a gain.... but I was wrong. <BR> <BR> Last week I weighed 117kgs. This ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:05:22 EST 5K today sweaty but super happy Today was the 17th annual fall classic fun run at my company. <em>363</em> This is the 4th one I have participated in. My sport is typically brisk walking. I don't like running because it's too much impact on my knees and hips so I walk as fast as I can. Most days I do about 14 minute miles an... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:56:43 EST Do I believe in the full moon... For many years since I started working in the medical field, everyone has always said the craziness comes out with the full moon, and for many years I really never noticed it. After last night's 16 hr shift and the full moon just finishing up, I believe. My last 2 shifts that I have worked have b... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:55:34 EST injured & weight is up but I'm NOT giving up! Yes I FINALLY stood on the scales <em>192</em> and I've gained 4 pounds the last 3-4 weeks.. I was afraid to stand on the scales because I knew I was gaining weight. Not able to exercise <em>315</em> until the DR. clears me. I pray <em>458</em> they won't put me on steroids! <BR> ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:54:44 EST Autumn Ponderland #1 Last winter I started a short series of blogs that I called Winter Ponderlands.... You know, Winter Wonderland and all that.... So, some things have caught my pondering mind and I thought I would do my first installment of an Autumn Ponderland.... <BR> <BR> Food: Ever since I joined SP, wha... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:53:25 EST DAY 62 We were barely back from Cher's pukey melee when some slimey muscle bound but sweet potters I am supposed to be getting better at following my ALCAT elimination/rotation eating plan. <BR> <BR> To remember the foods I am not supposed to eat --due to food sensitivities ( not allergies), <BR> these are the 2 mnemonics I am using. <BR> <BR> STOP VICE <BR> We were barely back from Cher's p... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:51:56 EST Biggest Loser Fall Frenzy Challenge I was excited to be invited to join the Lovely Limes team for the Biggest Loser Fall Frenzy Challenge here on Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> What a neat group it is! So many friendly and supportive members, and the chat thread is rocking. <BR> <BR> It's motivating to me to be a part of a challenge; th... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:51:04 EST Thursday 9/18/14 Diet: So far so good. I had a bagel for breakfast but it was one from the grocery so not horrible. Then, lunch was a 6 inch from subway. I did have a mountain dew but I earned that baby! I'm probably making spaghetti for dinner. <BR> <BR> Exercise: At least 2 hours of kayaking..paddling the enti... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:47:03 EST Sneak Peek Photos From The Walking Dead Season 5 <link><BR>4/09/sneak-peek-photos-from-the-walkin<BR>g-dead-season-5/?utm_campaign=amc_news<BR>letters%3A16245%3Athewalkingdead&utm_m<BR>edium=email%3Asection%3Darticle_main_p<BR>ermalink&utm_source=2014-09-18%3A90622<BR>6447%3Asneak_peek_photos_from_the_premie... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:46:30 EST Change is good in a bad way or bad in a good way I left this as a comment on a thread, and thought I’d elaborate in a blog, one of those things I said I’d be writing every Sunday, but apparently there hasn’t been a Sunday in over a month. <BR> <BR> I thought at this age (48) I'd have my kids out and hubby and I could go explore the world. But... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:43:32 EST Wellness Points Program Recently at my work, we have begun this Wellness Points Program. You get wellness points for exercising, getting a massage, taking a class, walking to work, etc. At the end of the quarter, the top 3 employees with receive gifts such as a free massage, gift certificates, and more! <BR> I ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:42:25 EST Thursday Drove to Moberly for a meeting this morning, and now i'm trying to catch up a little. the crazy/busy weekend begins tomorrow. Praying that the Father's will shall be accomplished. <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:40:46 EST What would you do? What do you think??? <BR> <BR> In one month from now, my hometown is having its annual 5K race that I have never done. I was never a “townie”. I never really felt like I fit in even though I didn’t struggle for friends or anything, I just never felt right. It may sound strange but that’s how ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:37:13 EST Red-spotted Purple <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In August when I was losing my mind, the Lord sent me something significant between the two of us; a Luna Moth. I blogged about it, and totally unexpectedly, it became a Most Popular Blog. My first ever, I think, he... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:36:34 EST Breakfast.......Or Not Does eating breakfast speed up your metabolism and help you lose weight, as some people claim? <BR> British researchers randomly assigned 33 normal-weight people to either eat a big breakfast (at least 700 calories) before 11 a.m. or to consume no calories until noon. After six weeks, the breakf... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:31:20 EST What I Learned Today I've always exercised at night, and was very proud of myself for walking 3-4 miles on the treadmill most nights, especially since I started my virtual walk the length of Britain late last October. I've walked almost 900 miles since then. <BR> <BR> My thinking was that I would get my housework, ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:24:24 EST Updates Car & Pool It's funny, we get the car fixed, and get a "recall notice" for both vehicles in which they don't have the parts available yet. What's funny is the one for the car is the one I contacted the dealership about a few months back and they'd not heard about it yet. Wow, I'm up on the times ahead of ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:21:42 EST Thursday's Healthy Inspirational Quote of the Day 09/18/2014 "Every moment is a new beginning."~Quan Dang Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:18:11 EST Assumption I definitely learned something today. Assumption is the mother of all f**k-up. <BR> <BR> <BR> I don't like tracking food. I think it is a waste of my time trying to put it in several different apps (Fitbit, Sparkpeople, at work). I can't make up my mind to stick with one app. Today I deci... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:17:37 EST Shaun T's T25--Week Three Day Four 9-18-2014 Day 4 IN THE BAG!! #NailedIt #ItsTheSparklingBaby. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:17:33 EST Workout videos I want to try The weather has been way too nice to do cardio anywhere but outside, but I know the cooler weather is on the way. I've been seeing lots of posts of different exercise videos, and I would love to try them....later! So this is where I'm saving them. Be sure to share your fave (online for free) s... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:11:40 EST Your love is so needed in the world <img src=""> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:08:02 EST Working at it I am feeling pretty good about my workout today since I was able to do some of each routine. I was not as picky as I once was today and just wanted to make a good start at regaining my position. I am getting stiff already and I plan to take the day off tomorrow except for my walking. It's hard... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:07:54 EST Inspiration for the day <img src=""> <img src=""> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:07:51 EST Sweets And Me I have been going around and around about sweets, changing my mind almost every week. The latest thing I tried was only having sweets on holidays. I have become obsessed with wanting to eat sweets. I am afraid if I wait until the next holiday I will binge on sweets. I feel like I am being deprive... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:07:21 EST I've Been Fearless!! Take a Deep Breath!! Have you ever been afraid? There are so many things we can really be afraid of and yet I've found it so hard to be afraid of anything in my life while growing up. I've been fearless! <BR> <BR> I remember one time when I was 8 years old; my grandfather took me on a camping trip with him to Yos... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:05:21 EST Four Weeks Old! It's really hard for me to believe that the puppies are already four weeks old. It seems like just yesterday I was waiting impatiently for them to arrive. Not only can they see and hear, but they're up on their feet and barking and growling like mad. They're just so stinking cute now . . . and... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:03:28 EST Whole30 Day 18 So, today was...not ideal. <BR> Long story short; I was booked in at a renal clinic. I expected them to go “Oh yes, now I see the scars on your kidneys you told us were there ages ago. You may go”. They didn’t. <BR> <BR> The official term is ‘chronic kidney disease’, a hideous misnomer if you... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:02:31 EST Completely Falling Apart..... Cancer is hard. Treatment is super expensive. Fighting with Insurance Companies is frustrating. When cancer didn't depress us or defeat us, the Insurance Company tried to. But we are stronger than they are. <BR> <BR> We have two vital services and bills which they have denied, and I have been fi... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:58:15 EST Is Losing Weight Fun?? or Adventurous?? Wow! What can I say?? Losing weight is what you make of it. At least, that's how I feel. It could be boring or a chore, but for me I find it adventurous! What a journey it has been so far. I am learning to deal with the HoHumdrum of losing weight. But I make it fun! When I gain a few tenths of ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:53:50 EST Smile Of The Day---Thurs. A man stumbles up to the only other patron in a bar and asks if he could buy him a drink. <BR> <BR> “Why of course,” comes the reply. <BR> <BR> The first man then asks: “Where are you from?” <BR> <BR> “I’m from Ireland,” replies the second man. <BR> <BR> The first man responds: “You don’t ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:51:25 EST sometime to self I was hopping to get some time to myself but I am not sure that will happen. Hubby went to get Becky from school (home for the weekend), oldest adopted daughter is our with some friends, and boys are at school. However other daughter doesn't go to work til 4:30. Now I know my middle boy has raide... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:47:51 EST All you need to do... No matter how many times you got knocked down... <BR> <BR> Get Back up! <BR> <BR> Get Back up! <BR> <BR> Get back up! <BR> <BR> I said Get back up! <BR> <BR> ************************ <BR> <BR> You got this Hun... <BR> <BR> This is your time... <BR> <BR> This is your moment... <BR> <BR>... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:47:23 EST It's a learning curve I admit it, the 60lbs down was too good to be true and complacency set in when hubby retired from the military. <BR> <BR> It's too easy to be sucked back into bad eating habits and no exercise patterns and this time round I am going to be a slave to the scale. The sooner I can see it going on, ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:43:38 EST Things I like about Fall BSG Challenge week 3 Autun Leaves Our blog this week is about Things we like about Fall. This is an easy blog for me to write because Fall is my favorite time of the year. <BR> <BR> Of course I like the cooler weather that Fall brings, and the turning colors of the leaves. I like to carve Jack o Lanterns for Halloween and maki... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:39:35 EST friends We all have them we all need them. I am happy to have friends here facebook and even my neighborsthat support me and have my back through the good and the bad. Just wanted to say thank you for being there for me through everything you guys rock! \m/ (-_-) \m/ Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:39:14 EST Update.... Time is FLYING! Teaching Nursing School is going well. I've completed two weeks of the 11 week trimester. I leave the hospital right after exam week so that means I only have 9 weeks left!!! <BR> <BR> I'm slowly sorting, throwing, giving, selling and burning my things, papers, etc. It will get done~!!~ On Frid... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:35:28 EST Day after accident Stress can really mess me up! <BR> Slept well last night. <BR> Still woke up tired. <BR> Had to food shop, get a police report and a few other errands. <BR> At 3:30 pm I am done. Will rest now and go to a meeting tonite. <BR> I can start my day over anytime I choose to. <BR> I am doing that righ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:32:06 EST Still Moving Along...Not Giving UP! It seems lately that every time I get ahead something happens to slow me down or stop me all together. But, I refuse to let it get me down. I will do what I can to keep moving along. I will succeed, even if it takes a little longer. <BR> <BR> A couple of months ago, I actually was doing very we... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:29:42 EST Having a good day Hello everyone. I really have to say that today is the fist day in a long time that I'm happy and feel better than ok. I've been sick so long with my heart condition that today I'm happy!!!!!! Usually I'm just depressed and anxious all the time. I hope I keep having good days like today. ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:29:01 EST App recommendations? I'm looking for an app that will record my speed and distance without all the extra stuff I see in most apps. I don't need maps. I don't need a step counter. I don't even need a log of what I've done (I enter it in here after I've done it). I would like something that auto-pauses when I stop. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:28:46 EST Bahama Mama's Challenge & clean eating...progress Well I'm down 5 more lbs & wasn't really looking for that even. I still am not pleased that I'm not successfully finding time for ST a at least 2X a week...but it is what it is for now. Life has been so hectic. <BR> <BR> The smoothie recipes out of the Bahama Mama's challenge were delicious & a... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:25:57 EST Have you ever noticed.... that just when you try something new, something good or healthy, you are immediately inundated with opposition? <BR> <BR> Last night I was so excited about taking the finance class and about maybe, just maybe being able to crawl out from under the debt. <BR> <BR> Today in the mail I received hu... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:24:42 EST Chris Powell Carb Cycling Day 11... Woke up at 5am, took meds, got Hannah off to school by 5:30am. Coffee after. Super tired and feeling disorganized. not sure why. I'm glad I'm going to see Chris Powell tonight....yes I said I'm going to see he and Heidi tonight!!! I am sooooo excited! I love those two and am looking forward to li... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:24:01 EST 2nd blog Look at me being all creative titling and such. hahaha. Ok So I got my Spark Activity Tracker <em>543</em> can I say I LOVE <em>26</em> this little tool already? I mean I have worn it a day and a 1/2 and it's so easy to use and it logs for me. I can count my steps <em>311</em> with... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:23:14 EST Cooling Down a Little! Last night, I drove my son downtown for a concert and went back to my office for the evening. I actually enjoy being there by myself; I can work on the projects that I never get to during the day without any interruptions and can go ahead and take as my Internet breaks as I want! I also enjoye... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:22:10 EST Getting much colder! Okay, this is not fun anymore!! People (not me!) wearing winter jackets, hurrying in from the weather!! It is cold, rainy, wet, windy,ugh! Still summer but late autumn weather!! <BR> Today is phone call day. You know how you find things that need to be done, but when yo think about them, it ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:16:39 EST Change your way of thinking... When I think about my trying to lose weight and how the future would start when I lose my weight and how my magical life will begin. <BR> I got off track a few days ago where the high calorie, too high took over the lower calorie days. Yesterday was a lower calorie day. <BR> What works for one... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:11:44 EST Eventually get there... It won't happen over night... <BR> <BR> It's going to take some time... <BR> <BR> But you will have lots of Benefits... <BR> <BR> You will get there eventually... <BR> <BR> But I know that you can make it... <BR> <BR> It takes time hun.... <BR> <BR> **************************** <BR> <BR> W... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:07:52 EST Skinny Girl Problems So, yeah, I've lost some weight. I walk closer to the shopping cart at the grocery store and I'm banging my shins on it. I may need to relearn how to drive a cart. <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> I'm trying.. to go that is... someday I'll be half the woman I used to be Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:06:51 EST Fall Fitness Frenzy Challenge Going into the 2nd week of our fall challenge and we have been asked to write a blog. <BR> <BR> I am a proud Lovely Lime member. I have been on this team for many challenges. The warmth and love that is extended by our team keeps me wanting to be here. This season I have taken on the responsi... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:05:44 EST Keeping it Moving The only words for the day is that I am keeping it moving!!! Moving with my tracking food and moving with my exercise. <em>521</em> <em>334</em> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:05:06 EST Keeping it Moving The only words for the day is that I am keeping it moving!!! Moving with my tracking food and moving with my exercise. <em>521</em> <em>334</em> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:05:03 EST I pushed through and prevailed Last night I really felt the affects of my previous day's cardio workout. My knee really made for a rough night of sleep. When I woke up this morning, again, my knee was really giving me trouble. I completed my ab and back work out, but seriously considered not going to the gym to do my cardio... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:04:26 EST Oughtershaw to Askrigg It was not so very long ago that I beheld an exercise bike at a yard sale. It was barely used. All electronic functions worked. It was crazy quiet to boot. The only thing 'wrong' with it was the near microscopic splatters of white paint dotted about the frame. They added character. I like charact... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:00:39 EST feeling down a bit I feel a little down today, I feel like I am never gonna lose this weight. I started at a gym but I am wondering why it has to hurt so much? the pain is gone but I am feeling funny in my upper chest area that might be from using the weights. I just dont know! nut I am not gone give up I will stil... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:00:06 EST He Who laughs............... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> An extremely cocky golfer teed up at the first hole at St. Andrews. "looks like I'll need one long drive and one short putt, " he said to his caddie. He then took a mighty swing, after which the ball came to rest ab... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:57:31 EST Yoga shoulders I am still doing daily yoga workouts, but now I have some shoulder issues and must be careful! Like many people when I do something I go all out. I pushed myself in yoga to achieve more faster and now I MUST slow down or I will have to stop altogether. In fact, if I am not careful this could affe... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:56:34 EST My Recent Spark Goodie Spending Spree So, I have been going through a rough couple of weeks, and therefore I felt like it was important to encourage myself by lavishly buying myself Spark Goodies. I bought myself a finish line, flowers, and even a spa visit! It felt a bit radical to spend my points so freely, but then I reminded myse... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:50:13 EST My Recent Spark Goodie Spending Spree So, I have been going through a rough couple of weeks, and therefore I felt like it was important to encourage myself by lavishly buying myself Spark Goodies. I bought myself a finish line, flowers, and even a spa visit! It felt a bit radical to spend my points so freely, but then I reminded myse... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:50:13 EST Surprised So it has been a few weeks since I last stepped on the scale because I was afraid of what the number would be. But I lost 8 lbs. That was a great boost for me. <BR> <BR> I went to the gym yesterday and worked out for 45 minutes then came home and took my dog on a walk for 30 minutes. <BR> ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:46:52 EST Yah! Friday Nearly another month gone by, since I have been working at the other hospital it has been that busy that the day has just flown by. Another very wet day today we had torrential rain last night so I told hubby not to go to work as I am sure he has bronchitis but he went to work with it yesterday s... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:37:21 EST Protect Your Plan <img src=""> <BR> I confuse myself. I want to lose weight, but I'm gaining instead. A part of me doesn't want to weigh in publicly, well, here on Spark People, anymore. I'm so embarrassed. Another part wants to go somewhere & get support. Li... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:33:58 EST current favorite motivational phrase Have you tried the "Stop eating crap all the time" diet? Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:31:01 EST Thursday's Thought The tragedy of life is not death <BR> But what we let die inside of us <BR> While we live <BR> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:30:20 EST Tomorrow, Tomorrow! So much going on today in order to get ready for tomorrow! <BR> <BR> I am doing the wedding order overnight tonight for a first-thing-in-the-morning pick up, so today I am finishing up everything in the house and getting all of the Welcome Home party supplies together (and in some cases, making ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:27:07 EST One thing Leads to Another Note to the reader: This blog is exceptionally long, but I believe worth reading. (That's why I wrote it). <BR> <BR> Who says you shouldn't cry over spilt milk? <BR> <BR> My journey starts as a young child. I am the oldest of seven children in seven years. My mom and dad made nine of us. There ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:15:54 EST Stress out/ Good afternoon everyone, bright and warm here. Good thing, hubby might get all our hay cut today, and tomorrow he may start baling if the rain stays away for a few more days. That would be a good thing. <BR> <BR> Haven't got much accomplished this morning, had to go to SL Walmart, Hate that pl... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:14:32 EST Out of the mouths of babes..... This conversation between my 2 year old granddaughter and her momma after leaving my house left me in stitches ha ha ha: <BR> <BR> Her: I want to eat.... <BR> <BR> Momma: Sure!! What would you like to eat?? <BR> <BR> Her: Lizards <BR> <BR> Momma: Lizards????? <BR> <BR> Her: Yes please,... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:12:40 EST More Fun...Like Way More Fun...Less Fear wk37 10251:13000 Fitness Minutes: Got in those dancing days! My work has started offering a free yoga class Monday evenings. It's little remedial for me, but I'm utilizing it to help bolster attendance so they continue to offer fitness incentives. Tuesday I did my first hiit in quite sometime and I co... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:09:52 EST Getting stronger So this week I had set a goal for myself that I totally blew out of the water, and I’m super proud of myself for that. My goal this week was to run under an 18:00 mile for three out of the six that I run a week. I still have one more running day and I have ran my four miles all under an 18:00 mil... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:09:40 EST I Need Your Prayers Family I come today asking you to lift up the Robinson Family in prayer. Their 8 year old was just found dead after missing since Tuesday. Please keep your children close & be aware of their whereabouts. Keep them lifted up in prayer because the enemy comes to kill steal, & destroy our youth. I'... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:08:20 EST Day 260-Throwback Thursday, viewing the progress for motivation :) <img src=""> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> When I was a yo yo dieter, I was very guilty of this. I would wish and wish and wish. "oh I wish I could lose weight. I need to start a diet, etc" Then I'd go straight for a bag of cookies or bin... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:07:26 EST From the blog "Marc and Angel Hack Life" The image you have of yourself in the future depends on the actions you watch yourself take today. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:03:58 EST Smoking.. enough is enough Smoking.. for me it is a love hate relationship. <BR> <BR> I have been smoking a pack a day since I was 18, that is around 10.5 years of smoking. <BR> <BR> 20 cigarettes a day <BR> 600 cigarettes a month <BR> 365 packs a year <BR> 7,300 cigarettes a year <BR> 76,650 cigarettes in 10.5 years ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:01:53 EST Dreaded Work Travel I have an awful work travel schedule coming up. I will do my best to work out at hotel gyms, but you won't see me around here very much. Here's my itinerary: <BR> <BR> Sept 22-23: Atlanta <BR> Sept 25-26: Chicago <BR> Oct 1-3: Nebraska and Kansas <BR> Oct 7: Philly (day trip) <BR> Oct 9-10: West... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:57:00 EST day 30 - eating out for the first time since I started I went out to eat. it wasn't planned so I couldn't have done anything differently (except plan to eat out next time) but we went to a place I knew and once I'd decided to eat out I knew exactly what I wanted. and what I wanted to eat isn't that bad. I did have c... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:54:01 EST Low energy today. I really feel like napping, less like blogging today... <BR> <BR> My energy feels low, I kinda feel like I could fall asleep as I write this... <BR> <BR> In the past when. I had this feeling, I would grab a Pepsi, but today I am just taking it easy, and munching on a fresh peach... <BR> <BR> W... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:49:59 EST The Blonde and The Library Once a blonde went to the library to get a book. A few days later, she returns and says to librarian at the counter, "This book was very boring. It had too many characters and too many numbers, so I would like to return it." <BR> <BR> The librarian says to the other librarian, "So here is the p... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:47:08 EST Progress Photo Got the belt in the second notch now <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and got photobombed by Rascal Too :) Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:45:28 EST Blessed to Belong I am proud and very blessed to be a member of The Lovely Limes BL challenge. While I've been a member at SP for gee whiz ...about 8 years...I've not been a part of such a challenge until now. <BR> I show up regularly at my original and wonderful team board...Girls of God, where I was made to feel... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:45:10 EST 120 Days of Accountability-Day 13-Sept. 17 Beginning weight (09/02/14): 195 <BR> <BR> This Week's Weight: 191 <BR> <BR> Glasses of water: 8 <BR> Amount of sleep: 8 <BR> <BR> Commitment level when I started my day (1-5): 2 <BR> <BR> Did I track all of my foods today? No <BR> <BR> Exercise/time: none Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:45:10 EST 120 Days of Accountability-Day 12-Sept. 16 Beginning weight (09/02/14): 195 <BR> <BR> This Week's Weight: 191 <BR> <BR> Glasses of water: 8 <BR> Amount of sleep: 8 <BR> <BR> Commitment level when I started my day (1-5): 2 <BR> <BR> Did I track all of my foods today? No <BR> <BR> Exercise/time: none <BR> <BR> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:44:43 EST to fitbit or not to fitbit? Sept 18 Well this week has been a busy one, following a busy weekend! Works been go go go!! <BR> <BR> Life after work has been pretty swamped too, but I've been doing fairly well!! <BR> <BR> Monday after work Brittany had her soccer game! <BR> Tuesday she had soccer practice and then went to a friend... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:41:02 EST Oh Boy! This Year, What a Doozy! I was doing really well last winter, staying on plan, not running as much as I wanted to but feeling generally good. Then February came. <BR> I woke up one day with really bad double vision. At first I thought I was still just sleepy, but then I went for a walk down the quiet street where I live ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:39:35 EST In pain, BUT down another pound!!! One of the things I did to change things up this September was sign up for a local jazzercise class. It takes me about 15 minutes to get there from the house, and the group is super nice & small (10 ladies). Anyway this week we started 3 new routines w/weights above our heads & to the side; and I... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:38:14 EST Leaning into it..... Leaning into it... That phrase has become my motto over the last two years. Going through a divorce that has been a long time in the making, getting out on my own after 17 years of feeling trapped and worthless, discovering what true love really is - and discovering that I am not only worth love... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:38:11 EST Needing Encouragement As I have mentioned in my previous blogs, I am training for my first 5k which is in a little over a month. When I started training I set my program up with a cushion between when I finish my training and when the race is. My cushion just keeps getting smaller! I have now gone 11 days without runn... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:37:48 EST This Weeks Thankful Thursday Well, here we are again, a whole week of thankfulness just ready to be shared :) <BR> <BR> Thursday-Got everything I could move out of my room and ready for the deep clean this weekend. <BR> Friday-Besides for spending time with dd2 and all my grandbabies, dd1 and her g/f came over and helped me... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:37:31 EST 09/18/2014 from zero concept to BE confident TODAY so much of my life has been lived with pain .. from fibro to mental illness to bicycle accidents and other mishaps .. i don't know what pain is supposed to be tolerable and what isn't <BR> <BR> i often get told i'm dramatic at describing things much so that i'm not believed b/c they think i... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:37:29 EST Miracles really do happen (Food Diary at the end) yesterday I was blogging about my chiropractor and how I felt God was calling me to be honest that I couldn't afford it. Today I went in after seeing that God had made a deposit into my account I wasn't expecting for a week with the peace of knowing I was doing the right thing. <BR> <BR> I was ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:36:27 EST I need to change my behavior. <BR> I read an interesting article about putting it all together. Losing weight is more than eating healthy, and exercise, you have to change your fatty behavior. I’ve struggled with consistent weight loss, and am working on losing the same 12 pounds I gained last winter. If I am not constantl... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:32:28 EST Thursday's Thought =) <img src=""> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:31:39 EST danger <img src=""> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:31:18 EST The truth about food choices and exercising It's easy to get discouraged or bored or just tired of keeping track of food and exercise. Then we fall back into old habits and gain weight and feel even worse. And then we begin again, and do okay for awhile, then the same cycle occurs, over and over. <BR> <BR> The truth is, the weight won't g... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:31:00 EST Working Around the Red Hat I've got a Red Hatter's lunch meeting today, so I looked up the restaurant's menu and chose a spinach salad. I like to do that when I can, so I know ahead what to expect and don't have peer pressure when I get there to choose my entree. <BR> <BR> My husband was expecting a package and I was out... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:30:05 EST Outside pressure Sometimes I have to remind myself that I cannot change how other people behave, even among those who take the lead in matters. And I cannot speak of matters that I don't have real proof on. Even if I see the signs and recognise the symptoms, I have not seen the physical signs of abuse, but I cert... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:28:23 EST Journaling my progress through photos As of the 17th I have decided to put away the scale and pick up the camera. Once or twice a month I'll be taking body pics & measurements to gage my progress. The scale is too inaccurate and discouraging. I was upset recently, thinking that I've been working my butt off and the scale has barely b... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:27:24 EST A Fun Day!! Yesterday I had a great day. I went to Freeport with my daughter. We went s, I bought a few things for my grandchildren. Went thru the drive thru at McD's I had a salad. I had fun with my 4 mos. old grandson then we brought him for his shots. we then went and picked up my other grandson. I visite... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:23:41 EST Let's All Take A Moment to Reflect Reflection. Such an important (and sometimes dreaded!) part of this process. I have realized that so often throughout my journey I forget to take a moment to remember how far I have come. I was once that girl with the aching back, the heavy heart, the fake smile. I had to struggle through every s... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:22:44 EST life and death If you make every game a life and death proposition ., you're going to have problems. For one thing , you'll be dead a lot. " Dean Smith <BR> <BR> <BR> The game of weight loss is different then most games . It doesn't really matter what your opponent does. It is all about you. Some people hav... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:22:24 EST I am trainable Tuesday I made spaghetti for a teen I've been mentoring. I don't usually eat pasta as it so often triggers a binge. I dished up one serving for myself & forced myself not to go for seconds. After supper, I put the leftovers in single serve containers and froze them. That doesn't sound like su... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:21:00 EST