SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Word of the Day: Sleep <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hard to believe we were celebrating the 4th just a week ago. Still hearing fireworks going off randomly though in the evenings. <BR> <BR> Today is another day of catching up on sleep. I... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 17:27:29 EST yikes!!! I went swimming on Thursday and decided to weigh myself -- up 4 pounds since April. I am up a total of 24 pounds in 1-1/2 years and I don't know why. even while I was on furlough I exercised and tracked food. didn't eat crazy. ate a tad more than normal but not enough to gain 4 pounds Sat, 11 Jul 2020 17:23:15 EST Slurp <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Free Slurpee Day <BR> July 11 (7/11) is the unofficial birthday of the 7-Eleven store and is known as Free Slurpee Day or 7-Eleven Day. Customers who stop in a store from 7 am to 11 pm can recei... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 17:14:28 EST back after a long time I am back after a long time off of the site. I lost something like 60ish pounds doing keto for a year from 2018 to 2019. I had some family issues and health issues and now the pandemic. So I am off of keto but plan to still try to back down on carbs again as my body just doesn't seem to budge fro... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 17:12:42 EST Day 34: I need to give myself credit This week has taught me a lot about myself. <BR> <BR> It's taught me that I need to continue to work on shattering my "perfectionist" ideas <BR> <BR> It's taught me that I thrive on challenges <BR> <BR> It's taught me that I'm more powerful that I've given myself credit for. <BR> <BR> This w... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:58:56 EST Saturday Yesterday, i was blessed with a phone call from a long time friend whom I haven't heard from in a while. <BR> <BR> it was great to catch up as both of us are entering the new season of life and still grateful for what the Father is doing. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:56:49 EST 7/11/2020 Here starts a 3 week commitment to tracking food, daily exercise, and daily bible study. I don't have a scale so the body measurements will be my outcome. Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:45:30 EST 2020, Day 193: Good News all Round First good news - I got my COVID test results yesterday evening, and it was negative!!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <em>410</em> <em>107</em> <BR> <BR> Such a relief. I wasn't really worried about getting sick, since I was already a week into exposure and not having any symptoms, but I wa... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:43:21 EST 7/11/2020 - 3 Good Things 1. Got in my 5 mile walk this morning. <BR> 2. We got a delivery of loom today to put in the area where we had a dead tree removed. DH and I wheelbarrowed all of the loom into the yard and the place to lay it down. It was a well oiled machine getting it done. Its a good thing, because in the... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:23:35 EST X-Rays Looked Good! I choked up in front of my PC on Thursday. Despite the chronic knee pain, my X-Rays showed no tears, breaks, ruptures, or lose of bursae!! In fact, she said they look great! I hadn't realized how certain I was that surgery was going to be the only option. I truly cannot fully express my relief. ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:16:30 EST Busy After Church, I was able to go to the LIBRARY! <BR> Masks required. Social distancing. Shields between staff and patrons, etc. <BR> I was able to check out an audiobook on CD's. <BR> Then to the bank, notary public and 2 stores. <BR> On to the recycling drop off. <BR> Next, checked out veggies g... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:08:36 EST Saturday Have a good Saturday for yourselves, beyond a wholesome discipline find some bits of joy today. Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:59:15 EST Winning the battle Everyday is a battle for me right now. I know that seems negative but it really is true. I struggle to eat healthy in a negative environment that I am stuck in for now. I tried the easy going approach but that failed in a big way and I have gained almost 15 now I am facing it with all... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:41:04 EST Feeling okay Understanding about my choices for food. I made my list & I think I am continuing to improve. I bought some Diet Cokes, but actually have not had one since last Saturday, so 1 week free. (My addict bought some "just in case".) Probably the only poor choice I made. Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:35:29 EST I feel I look worse now I'm nowhere close to my goal weight, but I feel that I look worse now than I did at my heaviest. My arms are especially foul for me to look at - they're flabby and crepe-y. What makes it worse is knowing that it's all my fault for how I look and that even if I get to my goal weight I'll be too hi... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:28:35 EST Saturday <img src=""> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:27:26 EST July 11 Journal I have been in the Cinderella mode lately. I bought a few movies along that line. Why is it that most of the “be all you can be, follow your destiny, build your self esteem” type movies are all teen or kid movies? Maybe because as an adult we should have already reached our destiny. Who am I t... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:22:08 EST Love the mountains <img src=""> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:20:42 EST A New Toy and a new Change Coming I enjoy making jams this time of year, but am finding the heat and humidity created in the kitchen just drains my energy level. I found an electric water bath canner at my local hardware store. It was expensive, but after using it for the first time today I can attest to loving it. We have 80+... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:19:46 EST Saturday’s Words <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 11 Jul 2020 15:17:22 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for July 11 and 12 Daily Inspiration: Turn to God's love when you become doubtful or discouraged. Lord, Your love for me is so great that with this knowledge I am able to face my biggest challenges without stress. <BR> <BR> Daily Thoughts <BR> A Time to Think--Nothing you can do will benefit you more than prayer.... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 14:58:38 EST week 1-summer5%: Down 3.4 pounds: Blog29/100(-22) <img src=""> <BR> Re-posting my SV post from the feed here, to document it: <BR> <BR> (re)Lost 3.4 pounds this week. Had lost them a few weeks ago, then gained back the next week, & maintained the next. Now back down... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 14:58:37 EST Saturday Treadmill and dog walk today for exercise. I just can't get the energy up to go and weed. Have a lovely day. Sat, 11 Jul 2020 14:49:35 EST 7/11/2020 You are remembered for the rules you break. Douglas MacArthur Quote of the Day <BR> The pen is the tongue of the mind. <BR> Horace <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> In matters of the heart, nothing is true except the improbable. <BR> Madame de Stael <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos. <BR> Step... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 14:47:01 EST Saturday <img src=""> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 14:45:16 EST Catching Up I didn't write a blog post yesterday, time just got a way from me. There is something so freeing about finally making a decision. On Thursday the faculty chair of my school randomly texted me. I saw it as a sign and decided it was the perfect time to tender my resignation. Needless to say she... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 14:43:54 EST Reformed Worrier My husband used to tell me not to worry. But because he wasn't worried I felt that one of us needed to be. So I worried. Money was always tight and I was in charge of handling the money and paying the bills. I worried about how we would pay the house payment, keep the lights on, and buy food. T... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 14:28:57 EST I Must Have Known Sixteen years ago we relocated from eastern Ontario to the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. I left an area that was based on a limestone shelf with hot steamy summer days and very cold and snowbound winters and entered a region of rich soil surrounded by granite and basalt hills, abundant water ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 14:24:07 EST Saturday, and sweltering again. <img src=""> Another warm and humid day here, so going to take it easy, INSIDE. Did spend a lot of time this morning outside, as a couple and his mother came out and took some boards off the old barn, The mother and ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 14:12:07 EST Buzzing Buzzing I stayed up pretty late last, for me, looking for wedding shoes, but I finally found them and I have everything for my outfit except the perfume I want to wear and some shoe decorations. Am I excited? I'm kinda beside myself. <BR> In fact eating is pretty much secondary right now because I am ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 14:01:14 EST need restaurant advice ... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been invited and I accepted going to a restaurant with 9 other elderly people on this coming Tuesday. <BR> <BR> tables will be six feet apart but NOT at the tables. it is regular ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 13:59:19 EST The truth hurts, but after all it is the truth without sugar coat or anything One of the hardest things to hear is the truth about your weight, the words, “You USED to look good. And I use the word past tense USED because you did. I’m not trying to be mean or make you feel bad about yourself, but you asked me to be honest." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 13:56:31 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 13:40:29 EST Good morning world Today is the first day of the rest of my life and I like that. Already have 36 minutes of mowing, 26 which registered as Cardio on my Fitbit. resting and will go back out for one more round before it gets too hot. <BR> <BR> Yesterday is in the past. I did not exercise but I did make some new Sou... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 13:31:09 EST Clean eating <img src=""> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 13:26:15 EST Salmon pasta salad <img src=""> <BR> I didn't have any tuna, bacon and onions so I made different pasta salad. I made a salmon pasta salad. I had 2 cans of Alaskan Pink salmon so I used those with 4 different cans of vegetables (black be... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 13:13:38 EST "Come with me if you want to live." the Terminator Follow my reasoning here: <BR> <BR> COVID numbers are SOARING in every state that relaxed its stay-at-home orders. <BR> PLEASE wear a mask! PLEASE wash your hands or disinfect them frequently! <BR> I know it is difficult. I know it is unpleasant. I know you have the right not to. That is not the... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 13:07:38 EST Weekly weigh in / Food & Loneliness I lost 1.5 lbs this week in spite of all the inconsistencies and stress, so I'm proud of myself. All of our C19 tests came back negative, so I got to hug my husband last night, and that was the best part of the week. Looking back at this week at where I went off track, and making course adjust... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 13:02:21 EST Name change from IMEMINE1 I have wanted to change my user name for awhile and couldn't figure it out. <em>2</em> but I got help from my spark friend and am embarrassed that it was so easy. <BR> Any way, I wanted it to be more personal and since my name is Donna and my middle name is Lee I figured that would do. I had t... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:49:53 EST Funny, I liked my haircut better! It must have been mid-April and my short pixie haircut was no longer looking pixie like. Last visit to the salon was in February, before all this rona pandemic lock down stuff started. So I got the courage up to buy a good electric hair razor and a pair of thinning shears. It took me three tri... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:49:21 EST Staycation! Today I woke to a t-shirt weather kind of a day, and sunshine. And I decided to go out and do a guided walk (on my phone) which started and ended at the end of the road where I live! <BR> <BR> I have an app which I really love, called iWalkCornwall - and it has great guided walks on it. It see... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:42:04 EST Journey to Health 7.11.20 Grateful Today I read an article that reinforced to me the importance of realizing all the greatness we have in our bodies. Though society condemns a body that is not slim and thin, we need to begin to change our mindset to be thankful for all that our bodies can do. Negative body image is something that... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:37:21 EST How will you elevate your vibe today? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I know it can be challenging during difficult times but I am striving to see the good in everyday things and remain grateful. Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:36:04 EST Improving Progress Well just checking in here to let you all know that it appears that condition is improving and strength is returning. But, I've got to tell you. It's not all it's cracked up to be. I was able to mow my lawn for the first time this year yesterday and I was psyched about that. But it took it's ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:36:03 EST thought <img src=""> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:31:07 EST Happy Saturday! Mine would be NRS or Costco 🤣 <img src=""> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:26:38 EST Week One Results; Feeling Amazing! Week #1 of the 5% challenge has passed and I am excited about my results. <BR> <BR> This week I worked on getting in more water <BR> Staying active most of the day <BR> Eating healthier <BR> And making sure to create an environment free of a lot of stress. <BR> <BR> I lost 5 pounds this week! ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:21:38 EST Fasting for surgery I had to go without eating for a full day and two partial days to prepare for surgery. Messed up my momentum. I still checked in. Now to get back to the exercise and back to eating the right foods to continue the journey to a healthy weight. I think when I finally get below the 200 mark I wil... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:15:52 EST Satisfying Breakfast This morning started out with a walk. I came home and fixed a satisfying breakfast of 80 grams (1 point) cottage cheese and then filled the rest of my one cup bowl with berries. Eating it was so satisfying and refreshing. I'm finishing up my lemon water before I have my first tea of the morning. ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:13:42 EST B-Dry in the rain Yesterday B-Dry called to set up an appointment for my major yard-dig-up. So far, it is set for October 2, but with Linda's Law, it may change. I hope they get a cancellation and it is earlier. <BR> <BR> I got the grooming kit out this morning and gave myself a trim. DD cleaned up my nape. I ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:10:58 EST Lost but gained it back with muscle <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well what do you know! I lost 2 pounds by Tuesday but with adding a lot of exercise I ended up back at my starting weight!!! LOL <BR> <BR> Crazy isn't it. You might be losing fat but gaining m... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 12:01:22 EST How did I lose motivation so quick? As I'm sure most people trying to lose weight, I started off my journey in June with so much motivation and determination that I KNEW I was going to succeed this time. But, by the end of the 2nd week, my motivation and determination started to falter. And, by the end of the month, I had all but... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 11:56:35 EST Gentle Rain Although we've had severe weather warnings -- and having survived a severe tornado back in 1985, I take them seriously for sure!! -- our rain, once it started, has been gentle. <BR> <BR> A little sprinkle Friday . . . and then rain starting sometime overnight and continuing, little more than a ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 11:54:01 EST Enjoying the Birds - 7-11-20 We've had lots of different birds hanging around the area. Some are striking, like this red-winged blackbird captured by Rod Hanna: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These fellows are some of the first to return in t... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 11:38:43 EST It's raining A rainy day here today. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've already completed a yoga workout. Later on, in the afternoon I'll go for a walk indoors. Have a great day, everyone! Stay safe and take care! Sat, 11 Jul 2020 11:28:18 EST Insight to me I have thought a lot about journaling just to get my thoughts and feelings out and to try to make sense of things but have never really done it. A day or two here and there but that is about it. I never stuck to it. The story of my life. <BR> I don't know if I would consider myself a quitter but ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 11:26:23 EST CONCERT # 13 IS HERE Here is the link to my concert # 13. Hope you enjoy . <BR> <BR> <link><BR>cwj1ZfM </link> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 11:25:59 EST Special Blessings-July 11, 2020 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> Have a happy and healthy weekend. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> kathy <BR> Believe Sat, 11 Jul 2020 11:24:05 EST 07/11/20 You are More than You Know <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 11:08:52 EST Savvy Saturday With the anticipation growing about middle son's return to his day program, I was grateful to find this timely reminder in my email today: <BR> <BR> "When stress threatens to derail you, touch the timeless in three <BR> breaths. <BR> <BR> ACTION STEP <BR> <BR> Carefully set down what you are d... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 11:07:15 EST Scary Health My health is scary.... <BR> <BR> There, I said it. It really scary. (I say with tears running down my face) One accident, one moment, changed everything and for the last two years I have been living a scary life. Its hard to admit to yourself that you are scared of what has become of your hea... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 11:04:55 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 11:00:36 EST One sad Sparkie here I recently blogged about my wonky left foot, hurting off and on since last fall. <BR> It was so random and sporadic that I ignored it but I did get an X-ray on it in December, which was normal. <BR> Well, it has been getting worse lately, more frequent and more painful. <BR> Related to my increas... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:47:14 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Results from July 10th goals. "You are never fully dressed without a smile." <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> I felt more awake yesterday after a shower then a walk. I was about a block away when I saw at the garage sale my aunt and her friends. I talked to them. My son got his letter saying he is approved to get a loan! I watch... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:36:08 EST Son #2, Spark, and the Pandemic Fat--- <img src=""> <BR> There are days that there never seems to be enough time-- <BR> When I throw "Spark" into the mixture, I always begin to think, "I could be already out there walking." <BR> But-----(that big "butt")---... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:30:11 EST 2020 HEY SPARKERS FEELING REALLY GOOD TODAY BSL HOLDING STEADY hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had great workout this morning really feeling better controlling my stress and just taking care of myself and just really taking care of myself wow hot here going to be 94 yesterday it was hot came home cooked macoroni pie cornbread roast and turnip greens and f... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:25:34 EST Recognizing My Limitations "You can do it!" Yes, in theory I believe it. But, I was reminded this week multiple times that I am not your any more. I can't really do 10 hours a day on my feet, lifting, twisting etc 5 days a week like I could when I was 20. <BR> <BR> Yes, I can get more fit again and I am working at... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:25:27 EST No Regrets..... Good morning my fellow sparkers <BR> <BR> <BR> . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "NEVER REGRET A DAY IN YOUR LIFE. GOOD DAYS GIVE HAPPINESS AND BAD DAYS GIVE YOU EXPERIENCE." <BR> <BR> I think we all have had those moments ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:24:54 EST 13C and sunny 13C and sunny <BR> Sunrise @ 5:20 <BR> Sunset @ 9:58  <BR> <BR> "You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." - Buddha <BR> <BR> The Morning Power Questions <BR> <BR> What am I grateful for today?  Today I am grateful for a husband that is able to... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:21:07 EST I’m walking in the World’s Largest Pet Walk With Destiny <link><BR>/helen-and-desi-going-the-extra-mile </link> <link><BR>/helen-and-desi-going-the-extra-mile </link> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:14:33 EST 7/11/2020 Day 45 45 consecutive days of exercise! I am so proud! Allergies are killer today so I am going to have to keep tissues near when exercising, but I will still do it! I'm thinking I will do a home circuit. <BR> <BR> Yesterday the elliptical was tough! I was able to do 3 miles in 24 mins then did 1/2 a ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 10:02:57 EST Christmas in July According to Hallmark, it is Christmas in July. Feels so wrong when it reaches nearly 100 degrees F in the US nearly daily. Since I am a Christmas lover, I will watch some Hallmark Christmas movies this weekend. I know the ornaments have come out in the stores. I am tempted to order and do cu... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:54:09 EST God's Strength <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a great day and weekend ahead... Cheering you on as you accomplish your goals. Keep up the <em>250</em> work, you are doing a <em>592</em> <BR> <BR> Remember: God's Stren... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:52:51 EST Life is Good Just read an article about the company that does the t-shirts "life is good." Love those t-shirts and inspired by their story so I went to the site and bought 4 shirts. Fun sayings like "longest rain delay" and "wash your paws." When I checked out I made an additional donation to help kids. <B... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:51:45 EST Quote for Saturday When I hear Christians say, "I don't do this, and I don't do that, and I am following a set of rules," I immediately recognize that they know very little about the grace of God. They are trying to live the Christian life in their own strength. But Paul says, "Be strong in the grace that is in Chr... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:48:17 EST Bible Verse for Saturday Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8 NKJV Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:47:22 EST SMART goals for Week 2 5% Challenge My SMART goal for Week 2 <BR> <BR> Continue walking every afternoon/evening. Other exercises as I can fit them in but walking is the minimum! <BR> <BR> EAT MORE broth-based soups like chicken noodle or vegetable. Be sure to look for soups that have less than 200 calories per 1 cup serving. >>> ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:43:33 EST Friday Saturday Enjoying doing nothing really. Keeping kids entertained, swimming in the lake, boat rides, good food. Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:37:47 EST july goals My goals for this month are <BR> <BR> 1)eat heathier <BR> 2) go for walks 4 times a week <BR> 3 do st 3 times a week <BR> 4 do app exersie 3 times a week <BR> 5)do yoga 5 times a week <BR> 6)drink my water Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:35:34 EST It is Reveal Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My hostas are in bloom. I am thankful they came back. In the spring the deer ate them and... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:35:06 EST Suddenly Saturday !! Getting used to this "do what I want" days ... enjoy your days .. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! <BR> <BR> You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:22:04 EST Back to work... I work retail and have been off work for 2 weeks. Quarantined due to family visiting from Florida. None of us has the virus, just following the rules of NY state. While I was out of work, one person tested positive at my store. Our first positive. Feeling uncomfortable with going back, but o... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:04:49 EST Mother Nature is not without humour... Mother Nature is not without humour... <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Looks like below, all the 'nut bars' are gone... now. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:00:48 EST Signed up for a “Race” I’ve been struggling with motivation. Usually I look forward to running races, and that pushes me to run a little farther, a little faster. <BR> <BR> I’ve been maintaining a running schedule, getting out 2 days a week every week, but I had stopped improving. I was running the same speed. The sam... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:47:36 EST National Blueberry Muffins Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always held on July 11 <BR> <BR> Now here is a special day you can sink your teeth into. Blueberry Muffins are one of America's favorite muffins. And, th... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:46:47 EST In North Carolina Just for two days to meet friends. We’re all wearing masks. Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:38:18 EST Single-mindedness “Winners concentrate single-mindedly on one thing– the most important thing, and they stay at it until it’s complete.” <BR> – Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:37:36 EST Single-mindedness “Winners concentrate single-mindedly on one thing– the most important thing, and they stay at it until it’s complete.” <BR> – Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:37:36 EST Take a moment... To acknowledge what you did yesterday! You ran 10km! And you rocked it! Next goal - improve that time! You got this! Cheers! Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:36:17 EST Happy Saturday Have a great day everyone. <BR> <em>386</em> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:35:36 EST Life lessons so HARD to watch our children struggle thru them <BR> <BR> sometimes LIFE SUCKS <BR> <BR> but <BR> <BR> we have all been thru it <BR> <BR> And <BR> <BR> we SURVIVED <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:34:26 EST Rest day today! I decided to take a break from exercise today. My muscles are still aching. So, I've decided to take a break today, back on the program tomorrow! <BR> <BR> My brother left his mobile at home, so my Mom and I went to the mall today to hand him his phone. He works near there. My Mom wanted to expl... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:24:35 EST 2020-07-11 Just how much does a hip weigh, anyway. Well. last Tuesday I weight in at 184.4 <BR> had a total hip replacement Wednesday <BR> Today I weighed in at 194.4 <BR> I wonder how much of that weight belongs to that new hip. <BR> I admit that Wednesday, the day of the operation to do a total hip replacement, I slept most of the day, but d... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:14:34 EST WHAT REALLY MATTERS <img src=""> <BR> Why is it a good day.... Well, it's the first in nine days that it won't be in the 90's. Rain yesterday watered the plants. No matter how late hubby stays up my giant grandpuppy ends up on floor next ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 08:11:01 EST Weekend Wondering I kind of wish the title could be Weekend Wandering, but I don't dare. Case numbers are rising again. Even here where we are supposedly doing a slower opening. I get it, people are tired of being cooped up, but that doesn't mean that they should start being irresponsible when let out of their hom... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 07:57:01 EST 7/11/2020 TODAY'S TIP 7/11/2020 TODAY'S TIP <BR> <BR> Get an accountability partner <BR> <BR> Working out in groups can offer more benefits than working out alone. <BR> Find your go-to person for exercise and weight loss support. Exercise together, share tips and swap encouragement. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.sp... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 07:50:23 EST Birthday Post Woke up this morning the day after my 39th birthday. I’m at the beach with my family and decided I need to start my journey again. I spent the evening last night in the pool and on the ocean. I realized how out of shape I am. My feet were swollen to the point of pain last night and I had to squ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 07:46:05 EST FOOD FOR THOUGHT <BR> <BR> The still small voice of gratitude. <BR> <BR> --Thomas Gray Sat, 11 Jul 2020 07:32:51 EST "Git Up" and Be Awesome! Music for the day, courtesy of Blanco Brown and the "The Git Up". It's an earworm, for sure, but it's such a light-hearted song. ;-) <BR> <BR> Here's to the best Saturday you can make! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>QlM5xuE </link> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 07:31:32 EST Odd shaped puzzle piece Good morning friends.. after a solid day of torrential rains and heavy winds and dark gloomy skies, the sun is shining brightly today. I have barely moved the past two days.. I have been a total slug.. but my eating is back on track and the scale is sliding downward.. so there's that. <BR> <BR... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 07:22:15 EST off the wagon on the wagon I am so fed up with being off the wagon on the wagon. I'm back on and trying to focus on doing things one day at a time. Very pleased with 3lb weight loss this week, and even more pleased with being able to control my eating from day to day. Tracking my nutrition helps, hugely. And have been movi... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 07:17:11 EST Week Two of 5% Summer Challenge Lost two pounds this week...woot! And I hit 40 pounds loss, another milestone! Woot! Woot! Just shy of reaching halfway to goal! <BR> <BR> That being said, I turn my sights to week two. We are to continue with the water challenge, as well as planning/maintaining a daily routine. I did well... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 07:16:51 EST Another Saturday Good Morning... Made it to another Saturday and the weekend. Weather seems to be holding at very warm and dry, forecast: 106 today with light winds and 15% humidity... Gotta drink plenty of fluids & stay cool... Hope everyone has cooler weather and enjoys all the blessings headed your way... Reme... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 07:11:03 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY 7-11-2020 <img src=""> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 07:07:54 EST Controlling things Cant control everything that happens. At times it helps to just relax & somehow then things will be OK. It helps to be calm & work out as much as is possible. Sat, 11 Jul 2020 06:47:07 EST Saturday Humor <img src=""> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 06:41:55 EST FOR THE LORD GOD-GOD'S BLOG -7/11/2020 <img src=""> <BR> I (Jesus) was dunb with silence, I held My peace, (even) from good; My sorrow was stirred. Psalm 39:2 (KJV) <BR> ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,<BR>,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, <BR> He answered an... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 06:31:53 EST Watercolor challenge I am involved in a watercolor challenge in which you have to complete a painting a day based on a theme word. I have kept up with some paintings being better than others, but some are just fun. I hope I can keep up, it is hard to get one done daily. Anyway, these are the themes for each day so ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 06:28:38 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, July 11, 2020 July 11, 2020 CHOOSE TO FEAR <BR> <BR> There is so much to be afraid of right now if we think too much about the issues in this world. There are killings. There is a virus we know little about. There is our unstable economy. Our leaders continue to bash one another rather than show they are real... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 06:08:42 EST July 10, 2020: 20,893 steps / 9.0 miles <em>213</em> Hi <em>41</em> <BR> <em>315</em> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 05:52:33 EST Joke time What did one elevator say to the other? I think I'm coming down with something 😂 Sat, 11 Jul 2020 05:16:58 EST Finding help <img src=""> <BR> I just can't do it all alone! Yesterday, I just needed someone to be with me. Mom doesn't know who I am, and visits (even pleasant visits) are hard some days. I called family, but no one could joi... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 05:12:25 EST Finding help <img src=""> <BR> I just can't do it all alone! Sat, 11 Jul 2020 05:12:23 EST Hello Spark Friends!! It's been quite a while since I did a blog. I've been living in my cocoon. Still amazed at how seemingly, every other day something happens politically from you know who. It's not looking likely he'll return in January, but stranger things have happened, though I don't know where or when, so we ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 04:55:39 EST Day 3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 2 went well. No sugary drinks and I attended a phone OA meeting. <BR> <BR> Today I am going to do a local OA meeting on Zoom so that should be fun. <BR> The same goal of no sugary dr... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 04:52:25 EST Daily Affirmation for Saturdsy, July 11, 2020 " I am ME. <BR> I am not my attachments. <BR> I am not my possessions. <BR> I am not the people in my life." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie <link> </link> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 04:26:49 EST BEGIN ANEW <img src=""> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 03:54:37 EST Photos What I ate in a day Sat 11 July 135.7 lbs (61.7gs) <img src=""> <BR> Fluffy loves a lazy Saturday morning lie-in in the sun. <BR> I love the way his little toes are stretched out! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> Cappuccino <BR> <img src="http://photosa... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 03:36:46 EST Some who appear to be mature believers are actually false teachers. We will know them by their fruit Do you know the voice of the Bridegroom? (Matthew 25:1-13; Revelation 19:7). <BR> <BR> Jesus said, “Beware of the false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or figs from thi... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 03:29:09 EST Motivation <img src=""> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 03:03:31 EST Day 194: Coconut Shrimp (recipe) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Show kindness whenever possible. Show it to the people in front of you, the people coming up behind you, and the people with whom you are running neck and neck. It will vastly improve the quali... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 02:43:32 EST Horrid Hill As some of you know Horrid Hill juts out into the river and I have mentioned it a few times. Well yesterday I thought I would walk out to the end and give you the views from it. The angles make things look different. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 11 Jul 2020 02:42:55 EST According To My Dentist …………… <BR> <BR> I'm becoming a "boring" patient! And then he went on to smile & reassure me that that is a GOOD thing <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Okay then ~ time to go brush & rinse! Sat, 11 Jul 2020 02:30:02 EST jokes day 135 "Hey, bartender. Pour me a cold one." <BR> "Hey, go on, kid, you wanna get me in trouble?" <BR> "Maybe later. Right now I just wanna beer." <BR> <BR> A horse walks into a bar. And the bartender says, "Why the long face?" <BR> <BR> I was able to get Pebbles nails cut. Poor dog wasn't going t... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 02:26:29 EST Preparing For Their Beach Trip... My husband and daughters prepared for a Lake Erie beach day trip this evening. They’re going to a less frequented beach with a few cousins to get some beach footage. Going to take a few meats to barbecue. My husband made brownies while the older girls were working. I am not going by choice. Plan ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 02:24:07 EST Summer 5% Challenge Goal and Trek Century Challenge It's good to be back for another 5% challenge. Not going to focus on how I got back up in weight but more on ways to get healthier. To that end a shout out to any cyclists looking to earn more than just a digital badge, as nice as they are, on Strava. Every July Trek holds a Century Challenge ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 02:04:33 EST Day 72: Seizing the Day <em>523</em> We spent a little bit of time enjoying our new tv and watching some shows and I caught up on sleep after the busy few days that I'd had, and now I'm ready to start taking on more and getting back into the swing of things. Fritzy and I ate a lot of junky food while we were enoying o... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 01:33:14 EST 7-10-20 It truly isn't cool enough to do anything until almost bedtime. No wonder I'm not getting anything done. 9 days of above 95 degrees, according to the weather people. I don't believe that is a record, but we could get to record territory. I can pass on that. My legs have mostly stopped hurting whe... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 01:24:41 EST unbalanced I have been checking my nutrition report daily since I rejoined Spark People and I have areas I need to work on. First I am proud to say that I have been keeping within the cholesterol level recommended. However my vitamin D, iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium levels are low: the last two ar... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 00:53:08 EST Here's our Final Prayer - The Novena for Difficult Times Final Prayer - The Novena for Difficult Times <BR> (Audio/Video Version) <BR> Dear Lord Jesus, I have specific requests that may only partially fill the infinite needs and desires that are in my heart. I ask that You answer me not only for those requests but also for a greater reliance on You to ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 00:40:55 EST Weather It warmed up to 76 after 65. It is starting to warm up for the weekend. It is 73 outside and 74 inside. Sat, 11 Jul 2020 00:22:20 EST Binges I have written in a long while. Things have not been good. Health wise I finally had my oral surgery for my teeth but it meant I was barely able to eat anything until yesterday. Then right after that went into the hospital for this extremely stressful horrible heart test where they stuck a tube ... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 00:18:36 EST Life <BR> Life is a coin, <BR> <BR> you can spend it anyway you wish, <BR> <BR> but you can only spend it once. <BR> <BR> Do not miss an opportunity to tell someone you care. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 00:17:24 EST Friday July 10th - some humor for the end of the week <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 11 Jul 2020 00:04:39 EST I Love Texas Up Close Well, I made the drive home from Lake LBJ, driving on a US Highway, some Texas highways, and even a few county and Farm to Market Roads, and all were well traveled by others trying to go some places I’ve probably never heard of.... And of course to major destinations like Houston, Austin, and San... Sat, 11 Jul 2020 00:03:16 EST 10th of July We had a very hot day. It was 104degrees. I was truly grateful for having a home with air conditioning. I also had no problem drinking 8 glasses of water. Lots of Bible study time. Many opportunities for being grateful. Fri, 10 Jul 2020 23:54:36 EST Friday! Well I work tomorrow but I am glad it’s Friday. I switched with a coworker who had a death in her family. So 6 days in a row but it will all be good. I’ll be off Sunday and Monday and my husband will have a few kid free hours Monday for the first time in months! It’s still so dang hot out. I’m... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 23:35:03 EST Fri 7/10 library This afternoon I picked up three books from the library. They have a summer reading program where you log in your minutes. The goal is 1000 minutes by sometime in mid August. For every 100 minutes you get a "badge" and an activity to do. I started to keep track of some book recommendations I see ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 23:31:43 EST Wrapping up Week 1 Tomorrow starts Week 2 of the Summer 5% Challenge, so I wanted to review what has gone well and what I might do differently next week. <BR> <BR> Successes: <BR> <BR> Kept my food and exercise journal faithfully, every day <BR> Exceeded my commitment for fitness minutes and got some in every day... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 23:31:18 EST Results The mammogram showed increased density in the area where the cancer was removed -- most likely, thickening scar tissue (I'm a keloid former). Close monitoring. <BR> H/bgA1c was 5.6! Metformin dose is going to be reduced. <BR> TSH 1.6. Will continue on the lower dose of levothyroid. <BR> I'm plea... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 23:30:20 EST pto our training ended early so i took a couple hours of pto. we had so much heat and humidity this week so i did not want to work outside. today was cooler so i picked veggies and weeded. it was still hot but not too bad. Fri, 10 Jul 2020 23:28:59 EST Friday 7/10/20 For those that have been following my blogs, the 3rd set of buyers finally signed documents yesterday; it funded & recorded today. My house is sold & closed - I am so happy! We are in the final stage of moving & getting on w/ retirement. In celebration I had a few drinks,🍻🍹 ate a good meal o... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 23:26:24 EST Week One of the Shooting Stars 5% Summer Challenge <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am feeling amazing at the end of week one of the 5% Summer Challenge with the Shooting Stars. <BR> <BR> I have worked on my fitness goals and my body is feeling fairly well. <BR> <BR> I hav... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 23:03:10 EST healing <img src=""> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 23:00:09 EST Nice Friday The H&H, heat and humidity, is oppressive to the point that after filling all the bird feeders today I was soaked head to toe. It was hard to work in the garden the dirt was turning to mud from my sweat. It is a shame that it is not fat rendering and not just water wringing out. Fri, 10 Jul 2020 22:58:01 EST Day 33: The struggle I've struggled a bit with my workouts this week. Yes, I believe I was legit tired earlier in the week but I got some rest and still, my workouts are a struggle. I don't believe it's from me working out too hard but I do believe it has something to do with the fact that the only time i've been fin... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 22:57:46 EST Still no progress 28 minutes on the stationary bike <BR> 30 minute walk <BR> <BR> Still so frustrated at the lack of weight loss. All I can do is keep trying. Its just frustrating. <BR> I have been doing well with my eating. Not always the best choices, but the only way I can stick with it is to include foods I l... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 22:56:34 EST Day 30 <img src=""> <BR> Today is my junk within range eating day so I had pizza! I had planned out how much I could eat before but forgot about the dip. So many calories in a small tub!! Luckily I aim for the low end of the ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 22:54:23 EST 211.2 Day 90 Biked 27 miles PB record 25 min balancing 2 beers Fay tropical storm was just approaching so got on my bike and got a nice ride in during a slight drizzle. 26 miles. road south the mist started so came back and continued to WAWA. It would up being a long ride. <BR> <BR> Personal Best 25 minutes balancing on the balance board. Sta... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 22:50:10 EST Word of the Day: Rest <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's events were short and sweet. <BR> <em>102</em> Allowed myself to sleep until I woke up. (11:30am) <BR> <em>528</em> Paid work all afternoon and I am caught up from the week.... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 22:43:23 EST July 10~Too Hot Nearly impossible to think..this is not nice. Nuff of the whining!! <BR> <BR> Crew did a level it off , gather big rocks for stepping stones, at my request and wrapped it up. <BR> I decided to leave most of the rock scattered in the yard to start my adventure in xerioscape living. This is a fair... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 22:26:37 EST 7/10 Jibber Jabber and such <img src="">The real Harriet Rose <em>26</em> <BR> <BR> My husband had to go out for batteries close to supper time and I almost asked him to get take out. Then I looked at the websites and the calories and carbs. ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 22:26:18 EST Just a bit of disappointment The guy that offered to help me tomorrow had to take his wife camping because she threw a fit about being stuck at home. He's very sorry mostly because now he can't get his things there either. I do almost have the whole thing apart. All of the pieces I can carry are in my car but the top will... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 22:17:10 EST Not really what I intended At the village today I had a general list in my head of what I was going to do and did some of it. But, mostly, I played with fiber. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This was prepared because I finished one spinning wheel'... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 22:16:39 EST 7/10/2020 July 10, 2020 <BR> Today was a Shock <BR> By Jennifer Strong <BR> <BR> I know I gained some weight since this all started for me back in March. I decided to start a brand new plan with my nutrition and exercise. I borrowed my parents good rower and got new sets of resistance bands. My whole liv... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 22:06:16 EST A. I. Artificial Intelligence A.I. Artificial Intelligence came to theaters in 2001.Another Steven Spielberg movie, with Stanley Kubrick (of 2001 Movie fame) pushing the limits, as usual. I really wanted to like this movie, but I found it confusing with a hopeless ending. OK, plot: In the 22 century, global warming has caused... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 21:57:38 EST The Becoming Be open Soul <BR> To your higher self <BR> To who you are <BR> Thoughts become <BR> Beliefs become <BR> Your creation <BR> Of your will be <BR> Believe in the intrinsic <BR> Child who paints <BR> Upon the walls <BR> Of your soul <BR> Do not condemn <BR> The self <BR> As it is abuse <BR> To sel... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 21:39:34 EST Friday Today was another hot day in the 90's. I got to watch my 2 grandsons today for 4 hours. Mother had to ger her classroom ready. They were so much fun. Fri, 10 Jul 2020 21:24:41 EST "I Lost" <img src=""> <BR> I am writing this blog too let you know that I re-started myself on Monday, <BR> 7/6/20 and weighed myself this morning @ 7am and so the scale said that my weight was, <BR> 350 lbs. that was a 12 poun... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 21:01:03 EST Sharing a little encouragment This is a very personal blog that started in my journal. Now I'm sharing some of my thoughts tonight with others who may need encouragement. Help yourself to anything you find useful. You're welcome. <BR> <BR> Tonight I need encouragement. I usually browse until I find something that speaks t... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:50:33 EST jokes and June review and July goals June goals: <BR> 1. gainw eight I now weigh 169 <BR> 2. drink at least 6 cups of water a day need to work on this <BR> 3. keep up my exercise streak I am now on day ,1,127 <BR> 4. keep up with my team - did thid <BR> 5. really take this healthy journey seriously - working on this <BR> 6. 3 freg... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:50:00 EST Water Fully hydrated Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:47:57 EST We went out to dinner to celebrate some of the holidays we missed during the time that the restaurants were close. Carry out around here was hamburgers and fast-food, so we wait till now. Amy husband said that going out to eat was fine but my cooking was better!! <em>334</em> The food was excellent but I alway make thing just ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:47:46 EST 2019 emoticon for how you feel today <em>213</em> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:47:30 EST Weather Around 99 today Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:46:58 EST My life <img src=""> Cardio workout today biking Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:44:59 EST 7/10/2020 🌡️🌤️⛈️. Walk, modified core and upper body workout and Wii sports. 11,000+ steps. Still felt a great burn during my modified workout and it didn't bother my shoulder. Only played a little of Wii sports because it started to make my shoulder burn a little. Calories are good so far. 12 cups of wa... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:35:31 EST Need to do better Extreme focus on totally changing my diet, exploring new easy to do recipes, and of course losing weight. Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:26:19 EST A happy Aloha friday " Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall, I Don't want to Hear One Word Out of You." <BR> Jean Kerr <BR> <BR> I was going to be really good and add weight lifting into my routine today. Alas today was <BR> not a good day for anything, <BR> I walked 40 minutes today caught myself slightly weaving, and... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:18:06 EST Bought some new shorts today! I have been eyeing these athletic shorts for a while. I decided to grab a couple of pairs today. The largest size they had was one size too small than what I am currently wearing. 12/14. I bought size 16 jean shorts last month that already are turning super baggy. I bought them anyway, even thoug... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 20:08:30 EST 100 Days | Phase 2 - Day 69 – What's Finally Working! EVENING REPORT <BR> <BR> Today was another rainy stormy day and the weather people are predicting more tonight and tomorrow. It was not a good day for photos… here’s one looking outside my front window. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 10 Jul 2020 19:55:10 EST 2020 Goals Another good catch of the day. <img src=""> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 19:54:42 EST Shabbat Shalom 7/10/2020 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Baruch ata Adonai eloheinu melech ha-olam <BR> asher kid'shanu be'mitzvotav <BR> ve-tzivanu lehadlik ner, lehadlik ner shel Shabbat <BR> <BR> Blessed are you Adonai, Sovereign of the Universe ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 19:53:25 EST 2020 Goals Yard work, 1 mile walk, stretching. Fri, 10 Jul 2020 19:51:17 EST July 10, 2020 Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> I am ready to crash tonight. I really hate detasseling season...but Matthew actually did get up on his own this morning. I almost didn't even bother getting up, but that little part of me wanted to see him off. So, I've basically been up since just before 4:00 a.m. I'm sl... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 19:49:03 EST Getting Back On Track Well, today I ate healthy. All the "bad" foods are gone and I know not to let them in the house again. I got a great 90 minutes workout in sweating buckets working on setting up my new duck pen and doing some gardening. I tracked and I've gotten my Spark points in. It's just a matter of keeping u... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 19:41:28 EST And the risk dial goes UP! I just bragged about the results (don't get cocky) but noticed in the couple of days since that the reported cases are ticking up. Our local public health officials have ticked the "risk level" up two notches in today's update of the dial: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 10 Jul 2020 19:32:51 EST Day 47: On the Road Again My job requires travel. Luckily, it's in-state travel (for now) so I am usually home the same day. We have been "grounded" since March and only recently have started local travel. Today was my first day back on the road. I was up at 4:30 and on the road by 6am. Needless to say, I didn't get ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 19:29:20 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 21 And three weeks down! <BR> <BR> B - 3 eggs, 2 c bone broth <BR> L - 2 c Basic Soup Base (see recipe), 50 gr heavy whipping cream, 1/2 tomato, 2 oz frozen spinach <BR> D - salad of 1 serving Sticky Chicken, 4 oz cabbage, 2.5 oz carrot, 2 T mayo, 10 gr mustard <BR> <BR> Total cost of the day's fo... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 19:25:07 EST Smile of the Day Revised Salary <BR> <BR> HR: "This is your revised salary. We recommend you keep it confidential." <BR> Employee: "Don't worry, I'm equally ashamed of it." Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:59:59 EST AHHHHHH....THE WEEKEND My Saturday is nearly half over...... <BR> Hubby is away out to my daughters place to waterblast a trampoline that she has had given to her and finish putting it together and setting it up for her.....He is then going flying.....SOOOOOOO.....I have the next few hours to myself..... <BR> AHHHHH...... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:53:34 EST 1 Yr, 9 Weeks, 1 day out All green on my Versa 2, achieved my steps per hour goal and have over 18K steps for today. Macros were awesome again today. Today was day 10 of my Glutes kickback challenge. Workout plan for next week is 3 at home workout days and 1 day of tracking truck unload. Might not get my labs sent to Coa... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:42:09 EST Teetering I am currently Teetering, wobbling on the edge of losing control of my progress. <BR> <BR> I can trace it to starting to 'count on' progress toward my goal; confidence in 'results' continuing to appear on schedule. Which is illogical if I slack off on the very actions that produce those results.... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:39:11 EST Beach Body serving containers I have been struggling with weight loss. Hubby said that even though I was measuring, my servings looked off. <BR> <BR> I bought the Beach Body serving containers. They look small. At the moment, I am eating the same items but using the containers. It really is making a difference. I can'... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:32:03 EST Its been a little bit since last entry I am happy to be back on track a logging again. It always makes me feel empowered when I complete a day of tracking. <img src=""> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:18:47 EST Friday's Funny <img src=""> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:14:12 EST Self management, safety With the pandemic exploding in the US we can apply some of our self discipline weight optimization, health maintenance and emotional, spiritual strength. Take care. Take care of yourself and then offer loving-kindness toward others. Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:07:55 EST When you can't go to Broadway...., <img src=""> <BR> <BR> BroadwayHD is the answer! <BR> <BR> 1) "Miss Saigon"--2 hours and 21 minutes--film--was supposed to be our next touring company in Miami and then the virus hit--the first time I saw it when it... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:02:35 EST 7/10/2020 - 3 good things Its been a few days since my last 3 good things. Not that anything good hasn't happened, its just I get so exhausted at the end of the day, it's because I am just too tired to sign on to note it - it was probably a busy day. <BR> <BR> 1. I am watching our son's dog Duncan, and he is having a g... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:00:46 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for July 10 and 11 Daily Inspiration: The presence of God in us puts a joy in our soul that is beyond our ability to explain. Lord, when I open my self to this joy, I am renewed and peaceful. <BR> <BR> Daily Thoughts <BR> A Time to Think--A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.—St. Francis of Assis... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:57:34 EST Day 109 - The Murder Trial The Murder Trial Live is an 'event' that usually tours round the country.  It includes a meal, and a trial is enacted, at the end of which the audience decides the verdict.  Obviously, with the fizzy flu, these events haven't been able to take place.  Recently I noticed an advert on my facebook f... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:38:53 EST Staying the course <img src=""> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:33:06 EST My Mother It is hard when the person that took care of you when you were growing up get sick, I try to remember the person she was when I was growing up, She has Alzheimer. Sometimes she does't know who you are, But the hardest part is this lot down we are all facing together, I did have two days while... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:17:28 EST I'll Be Your Hero Niki's lovely tribute to the medical professionals caring for the sick during this crisis. This will bring a tear to your eye. Please share. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>FnFcfiR_SiaONinP8kbN_tMFt&v=B6opcykXJJ<BR>g&feature=emb_rel_end </link> <BR> <BR> Niki is a lon... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:06:20 EST Blogging <img src=""> <BR> 1 day at a time Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:05:49 EST Blogging <img src=""> <BR> Just for fun Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:05:15 EST Living life <img src=""> <BR> Here's to a good safe and healthy life Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:04:38 EST WooHoo Rain!! We got some wonderful rain today. I am looking forward to the weekend!! Luv U Guys!! ((HUGS)) Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:03:13 EST Forgive yourself <img src=""> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:56:46 EST The Pandemic Diaries - Week #16 Catching up on the Pandemic Diaries - Week #16 features two turtles and a baby bunny. Exiting times! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>7/pandemic-diaries-week-16.html </link> <BR> <BR> My baby bunny friend: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:38:29 EST More Painting! Going from green to balanced beige! I finished the foyer wall today. Really hoping my husband finishes some of the top areas this weekend. I did this hallway by myself as it is a foot shorter than the living room. It’s looking soooo good! I never realized how much I didn’t like the particular gre... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:32:04 EST Friday Major treadmill today as way to hot for dog walks. Washed car inside and out and grocery shopped instead. Getting my granddog tonight through next Saturday as my daughter and family are going on vacation. Poor Shelby as her dog beats on mine with nonstop playing as she is a young one. Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:29:56 EST It’s hot! Trying to stick with my keto diet. Got to get my glucose readings back to 120 or below. Not sure what caused it, but it was up to 183 this morning! At 107 at break time, 1:22. Want to lose weight so much!! Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:24:51 EST Live and In Person! Well, finally *went* to the doctor. Except for being older than dirt, all is well. He says most of my aches and pains are age related, but that I'm in great shape for the most part. I can attest to drug shortages being real as they did not have my blood pressure meds available. After some phone... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:02:01 EST Lifestyle Change And Anxiety I received a call from my Aunt this morning and she was having a really bad day.The doctor told her a couple of weeks ago that he wanted her to lose 30 pounds in 3 months, so she has been changing her eating habits and walking for exercise.She is in her early 60`s and after eating poorly for that... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:52:01 EST In Our Hands <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I choose to <em>386</em> and <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:50:53 EST Leftovers not so good It seemed like having leftover Mexican rice and beans for lunch was an easy option. There were chips in the container so I ate them too. A lovely 700 calorie lunch. Would have been fine if I'd eaten cucumber instead of chewy chips. Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:47:50 EST Friday!!! Hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:45:00 EST Rescue Dog Goes Bonkers Every Time He Sees A Puddle <link>blog.theanimalrescuesite.greatergood<BR>.com/rescue-dog-stevie-loves-puddles/?<BR>gg_medium=fk&gg_source=fk-c4m&gg_term=<BR>792020&gg_campaign=rescue-dog-stevie-l<BR>oves-puddles&gg_content=blog-link </link> <BR> <BR> this is too Funny! Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:44:46 EST Frolicsome Friday Ventured out with my mask on. 😷 Errands needed to be done. Checked on if native corn is here yet. Sometimes we are lucky and have it for the 4th, but nothing yet this year. <BR> LOL, just realized that this would have been just routine a few months back, now doing errands are a highlight. Who ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:44:09 EST Special Blessings-July 10, 2020 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Yesterday, I ordered my dress from a designer in NY and it will be here in 8-10 weeks-in time for my nieces wedding. I also ordered my shoes and today I ordered a cape to wear with it that matches the dress exactly. <BR> <BR> 2. T... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:24:17 EST DAY 2 BRAND NEW START I am starting over to improve my heath <em>252</em> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:16:06 EST Motivation for me to walk. <img src=""> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:12:21 EST Simple pleasures <img src=""> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:57:09 EST Friday i was able to get a run in this morning albeit a little later than i had liked. got called into the hospital at about 2 a.m. last night and made it home around 4 a.m. needless to say my sleep pattern was interrupted. <BR> <BR> Hope your Friday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:46:06 EST Goal Tracker app I started using the Goal Tracker app on May 24, 2020 following a pretty intense incident at the beach house at which time I decided to start tracking my sobriety from alcohol. I had started walking on the treadmill a little while before then, since I was working from home since March 10 and gaini... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:45:00 EST Red Alert As I had blogged previously , I have been on a long, downhill slide. I now weigh 188...a 7 lb gain....all in my gut. Don't you hate it when t-shirts are suddenly too short to cover the belly? I am realizing that, even though i've been keeping a watchful eye on my eating, i have not tracked it... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:39:44 EST Blerg Blog I had a totally unsatisfying workout today, and I did it anyway. I haven't been sleeping well since I'm out of our bedroom and on the couch till results come back, and I don't do well being sleep deprived. I rode my bike but was grumpy the whole time, only did 13.5 miles out of a hopeful 16 and... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:33:44 EST Are you in a good mood? <em>104</em> I woke up to a Thunderstorm off in the distance, that was about 5:30. I stayed in bed until 6 am when my alarm goes off. I also take my thyroid medicine at that time. I listened to my devotions and nodded back off to sleep. Made a bit of breakfast before calling for a ride to g... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:28:18 EST Friday, and back in the swamp, hot and humid. <img src=""> Gosh, can you believe it, it is already Friday, and where oh where did the week go. Seems like just yesterday I was writing about Monday. Time is passed ridiculously fast. But we have to enjoy everyday. ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:23:21 EST Bad Girl 😈 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I set my alarms (4) to get up this morning to ride my bike and mow. I woke up on time, felt my sore muscles from yesterday, turned them all off and went back to sleep. Soon after I woke, son a... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:19:48 EST Azul... Learned how to ply Azul without reading the directions. My youngest daughter, Isla, sort of explained it generally. My sister and I learned as we played against Isla and Gillian. As we were tallying up endpoints we learned about bonus points that you get at the end of the game if you manage to ge... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:18:34 EST I am slacking I am having such trouble getting motivation and sticking to any kind of plan. I find myself hella discouraged and confused and I just don't know... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:02:29 EST TGIF and more <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bad Kitty is home. I am currently nursing a very unhappy to be confined to a cage and wear a cone cat back to health. Good Kitty must be separated from his brother for the first time ever and is... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:47:49 EST Living as-is I'm choosing to live in the moment today - living as-is. <BR> <BR> I'm not concerned with my weight, or what I'm eating, or whether I've moved enough. <BR> <BR> I danced to some music in my office this morning. I did musical squats, if that's a thing. <BR> I had lunchables for lunch. <BR> I ha... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:42:29 EST Your Health is in Your Hands! "Your Health Is In Your Hands <BR> <BR> While federal, state, and local governments have made recommendations of late in regards to what they deem best for your health, the truth is: <BR> <BR> You and you alone are responsible for your health. <BR> <BR> And, this leads us straight to one place... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:35:15 EST Done Struggling <img src=""> <BR> Here's a pretty, just because. Next year I am planning to plant one of these and train it to shape more like a tree. I saw a neighbor do that, much nicer than this rogue plant that's crawling everyw... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:33:02 EST Feeling sad Feeling sad that there are so many cases of this virus all over. It seems the US has had more of the cases though they do not have the biggest population. Bangladesh eighth largest in terms of population but size of Iowa so many cases. Only think of this all the time, Pray that it goes away but u... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:32:47 EST Quarantined! My husband and I are quarantined for precaution. We were at a small 90th. birthday party for a dear friend and one of the other family members has tested positive. We didn't know she was ill until we got there and she was self quarantining because she was not feeling well. We had our masks on so ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:21:07 EST Circle quote “The life of man is a self-evolving circle, which, from a ring imperceptibly small, rushes on all sides outwards to new and larger circles, and that without end. The extent to which this generation of circles, wheel without wheel, will go, depends on the force or truth of the individual soul.” <B... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:20:26 EST JUST A LIL UPDATE I guess its time for me to give an update on my progress; especially since I quit my gym membership. I am happy to report that everything seems to be going in the right direction. I haven't lost my motivation or desire to keep applying the lessons I am learning in this journey to better health ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:13:18 EST STOP! A different way to look at eating I have been practicing mindful eating for quite some time now and have learned to really savor my food. But my friend she is also a nurse at my Dr.s office told me to try to S-T-O-P as well. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em>... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:10:52 EST 7/10/20 Yesterday was not a great day but I'm hoping good came out of it. I dropped out of 2 teams because I know know in my state of mind I had become an anchor to both teams. I took some quiet time last night after everyone was asleep to take time out for myself to sit and think about my life and what ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:06:18 EST Day Three After First Physical Therapy Session Well, I am optimistic that this physical therapy will work and get my legs back working again. My muscles and bones seem to finally be loosening up just a bit but I've got a long way to go. I'm learning these things on my own as the therapists is not offering any advice other than the actual ex... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:01:54 EST 2020, Day 192: What a Birthday Well, just got back from getting my COVID test. It didn't seem quite as horrible this time, probably because I knew what to expect. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Anyhow, last time I got the results the next day, so with any luck by the end of the day Monday I'll know....think NEGATIVE th... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:58:01 EST Today Spend the day doing chores and getting ready for the weekend to begin. Wash the dog, do laundry, light journaling and brisk walk Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:53:44 EST Goals review, week 1-summer5%, health & other goals: Blog29/100(-22) <img src=""> <BR> My first summer5% weigh-in approaches; Sat starts the new week; a little weird, would have been nice to start week on Sundays. I'm a little 'trepidatious', as I have big expectations (rather hopes and... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:50:27 EST CRAP! Binged on iced oatmeal cookies last pm :-( DANG IT! Sitting in front of the tv again; watching Natgeo "incredible Dr. Pol" and consumed 8 iced oatmeal cookies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> BAD, BAD, BAD BAD. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:48:22 EST Friday Morning Sunshine It is a wonderful start to the day on the Gulf Coast. I received a phone call from one of my relatives who is going to pay off our mortgage for us this month which is the last of our debt. Things are looking up for us for a change. My fibrosis is not improving so far. Keeping focused for succ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:45:00 EST 2020 HEY SPARKERS GOOD WORKOUT WENT TO SEE MY AUNT TODAY SHE GOOD hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had good workout then later went to see my aunt took her some pepsi and sausage biscuits the grill was broke to make burgers then went took my sister a birthday card she 69 tomorrow then went picked up pizza and baked potato for me i dont eat pizza now then pick... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:43:48 EST A sunny day I just found out a short while ago that the computers at the local library can be booked for use online. Then you can go and use the computer for an hour. I don't mind that you need to wear a face mask there. I was not aware of this opportunity until a while ago. It's been a really long time sinc... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:36:46 EST Coconut and Pineapple <img src=""> <BR> <BR> National Piña Colada Day <BR> Today we celebrate and drink piña coladas, which are drinks made from light rum, coconut cream, and pineapple. The drink tends to be imbibed during warmer weather a... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:31:04 EST Friday <img src=""> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:23:31 EST Don't be me! I'm officially at my lowest weight since 1997 (or thereabouts - there were a few years where I just stopped tracking my weight it had gotten out of hand so much) I only know how much I weighed then because I had to have surgery and they weighed me, so about 27 years ago. <BR> I had gallstone prob... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:15:38 EST C25K and being flexible After 5 years of non-consistent exercise, I decided to restart the C25K program. I like this program because it is fairly easy to start and doesn't require a lot of equipment, just shoes, which I have. So, May 24th was my first run in 5 years. I have paced myself and repeated weeks to avoid injur... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 11:56:27 EST You Have the Authority - Joel and Victoria “...Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall hurt you...” (Luke 10:19, ESV) <BR> <BR> If God be for you, who dare be against you? Quit telling yourself, “I’ll always struggle in this area. I’ll never lose this we... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 11:37:33 EST yesterday Well, yesterday went well, stayed pretty much the course, kept busy, and drank the water. We would've taken the girls on their first cruise, this Sept.but that has been changed to Sept 2021, oh well, life in the pandemic. Fortunately the little ones dance studio has resumed classes she has been m... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 11:27:27 EST Daily Affirmation for Friday, July 10, 2020 " I am the master of emotions - <BR> I transform fear to love, anger to compassion, <BR> pain to comfort, scarcity to abundance, <BR> expectation to gratitude, and jealousy to generosity." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie <link> </link> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 11:16:23 EST Birthday wishes It is my 46th birthday today. My friend insists that makes me middle aged, but I don’t think so. I think of 50 as middle aged, lol. Anyways, I thought I would write down some of my birthday wishes for myself and for others. 1. I wish for peace of mind. 2. I wish for good health. 3. I wish for ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 11:13:30 EST Above the Rabbit Ears - 7-10-20 Noah Wetzel got this stunning shot from above the Rabbit Ears, the volcanic rock formations that gave the pass into our valley its name: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was actually taken earlier, before the la... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 11:12:48 EST Week 1 of the challenge complete... Wow - great to be back with my teddy bears and having accountability! <BR> I am headed camping today, so the tracking might be sketchy. Usually our site has very limited signal which is lovely, but not great for checking in! <BR> <BR> Accountability: <BR> Got my tracking complete for the week. D... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 11:05:02 EST Okay, so we're doing this. Y'all. Y'ALL. <BR> <BR> I don't know how long I've had a Sparkpeople account, but it's a LONG TIME. And yet. hahaha. Sigh. <BR> <BR> It seems my family's "tradition" is all of us adults having to work hard, our whole lives, to manage our health (and specifically, our weight and cholesterol). I... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 11:01:17 EST Picnic <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I had planned to meet a friend for a walk, and donate blood. <BR> <BR> My friend let me know yesterday evening that her family were descending on her three days early, so she couldn't mee... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:54:09 EST Just a quick note Oh, a whole lot more sore today than yesterday but I still feel well. <BR> "holding" volume has doubled! I got 5 hours of sleep. I hope this continues to improve. <BR> DH woke up perfectly fine this morning which means I got him through his episode as planned by his docs. He definitely h... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:53:41 EST Drying Out After 3 inches of rain yesterday, it is time to dry out. The rain was very welcomed yesterday as we needed it. Unfortunately it came so fast and hard, I am not sure how much was able to soak in. With the rain, the grass will grow! My grass in needing to be mowed already (that good ol' weed an... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:43:51 EST Day 73 My brother had a good night and was eating breakfast the nurse said. Heart is working at 47% now. Rick said Steve has had breakfast and he has also ate lol. He’s took Steve’s vitals lol. Taking care of a heart transplant patient is a lot! I get off work at 6 then I’ll run and get my meds and a co... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:34:44 EST Hot Hot Hot <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Yes, it's too darn hot . . . sing it Ella!! Love those Cole Porter lyrics!! <BR> <BR> And you may remind me of my complaint in February!! <BR> <BR> Dear Henry prefers to sit on the cold cement floor in our (unfinished) basement!!... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:33:49 EST Enjoying Nature - Let's Learn about Birds! A couple days ago, I posted about how often my mind wanders to stressful things when I exercise, even when taking (what should be) a nice, relaxing walk on a quiet street in the woods. I have found some apps to help me focus on my surroundings instead, and I'll share one of them with you today. ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:29:36 EST 7/10/2020 I earned a dollar yesterday! I ended up not going to the gym and instead I did a kickboxing video at home. I am sore today! <BR> <BR> I did not go to the store yesterday, but I did clean out the fridge. I still need to go to the store (need to restock of fruits and veggies) so maybe today I wil... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:29:01 EST Need to step it up... Yesterday was a bust. Work handed my butt to me. Left with nothing for a great cardio session. Today will be better! Keep moving! Have a great Friday! Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:27:05 EST Coins of Time..... Good morning my timeless friends. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am sitting here this morning enjoying my cup of coffee that my DH has brewed for me. I came across this quote on the internet. <BR> <BR> "TIME IS... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:25:23 EST 7/10/2020 Every person is a hoarder of memories, but what form those memories take can change your perspective completely. Make every moment a small piece of colorful paper. Some memories will be brightly colored and joyful, others will be dark colors of tough times. Collect them all and make it rain confe... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:22:43 EST Meal planning Meal planning is something I have tried in the past and it probably helped me get here. I tend to live and die by my routine and am happy to eat the same things each day. I also try to eat small amounts every 2-3 hours. My breakfast is usually a hard-boiled egg before my workout and then cereal w... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:21:02 EST Everybody Poops Everybody Poops <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Poop is mostly bacteria — NOT OLD FOOD <BR> <BR> Poop is not just a laughing matter. The scientists and doctors who study feces have found that it's the byproduct of ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:20:50 EST Endometriosis Today #1 A combination of Whole30 and Lupron Depot has me feeling out of sorts. All I really want is to eat some French fries and cheese sauce but I know that it will hurt me in the long run if I do. Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:20:34 EST Friday’s Words <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:14:52 EST 07/10/20 Try <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." Beverly Sills <BR> <BR> <img src=""... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:13:21 EST Feeling better today Yesterday I did a lot of resting. I made myself and my fiance some delicious food, but other than that I didn't do all that much, and I feel so much better this morning. <BR> <BR> It never ceases to amaze me how taking a little bit of time to think through something that bothers me makes me fe... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:10:00 EST Rise up and attack the day with enthusiasm! <img src=""> <BR> We are in the middle of a terrific rain storm right now-- <BR> Amazing too, because I just returned home with Tess, and complained to Himself that the Humidity is bad out there. <BR> We do need the ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:09:37 EST 24 hours In a class that I am taking on Family Therapy, the professor said that when one family member acts out, do not assume that they are the main problem. She gave the example of a child acting out in a family when in reality they are doing so to stop the parents from constantly fighting and bickering... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:04:28 EST Day 62 of 365 July 10th .. Friday Another scorcher outside yet I remember when the snow was up to my knees and bucking through it to get to the compost tank in the back yard .. Be grateful for every moment and movement Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:59:21 EST Humberto Humberto. July 10 2020 <BR> <BR> “ It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statues. The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver. “ <BR> Psalm 119: 71-72. <BR> <BR> I had the privilege ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:57:22 EST Friday My doctor appointment got rescheduled just before the time I was supposed to be there, so it will be another week before I see the doctor. <BR> Right after that appointment change, my family doctor called to reschedule that appointment for next week, to be taken at the end of this month. <BR> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:54:16 EST Egg Shell Blog ... Hi Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Egg Shell Blog 2020 <BR> <BR> My info comes from Healthline, Australian Mens Magazine, Dr Ken Berry and my own usage of egg shells for my Calcium intake. <BR> <BR> What is calcium and what does it do? <BR> Calcium is a mineral found in many foods. The body needs calcium ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:48:16 EST Pulling Together <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a great Friday & Weekend ahead... <BR> <BR> We are a Team, it takes team work to keep on track, let's pull together cheering one another... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:46:08 EST Rainy Friday <img src=""> <BR> This is my croscosmia in bloom. SUch an unusual flower cascading like it does. It really brightens up the garden. <BR> Today is a rainy, dark and humid day. 100% chance o rain most f the day. WIth ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:45:53 EST 7/12/2020 Where I’m At Today, The Emotional Part Of Diabetes. Today is a Beautiful Day. If you have diabetes, we know the importance of our medications, diet, activity and many other factors that affect our health. I was surprised, however, to learn that my mental state can also affect my health. <BR> <BR> “How are you?” is more than a greeting. It is some... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:45:03 EST Quote for Today Instead of concentrating on your problems and getting discouraged, focus on God and meditate on His promises for you. You may have fallen down, but you don't have to stay down. God is ready, willing and able to pick you up. <BR> <BR> Joyce Meyer <BR> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:44:50 EST Bible Verse for Today Isaiah 41:10 <BR> <BR> Fear not, for I am with you; <BR> Be not dismayed, for I am your God. <BR> I will strengthen you, <BR> Yes, I will help you, <BR> I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:43:02 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:37:32 EST Happy Friday! Anyone else glad its Friday? This week seemed to have dragged! On Tuesday, I actually thought it was Wednesday because Monday felt like it lasted two days! Ooof. I've been slowly ticking away at things on my To-Do list. I really thought I would have a breakthrough on that To-Do list, but eac... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:35:37 EST LOOKING FORWARD TO SATURDAY Well, I am looking forward to Saturday as we plan to go to the beach and walk around for a little while. I am hoping when we get there it will not be too crowded and we will not be able to get out and take our walk Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:33:57 EST Last Day 1 This is my last day 1. It is time to say goodbye to the losing struggle, to remember FIRST that nothing every tastes as good as my healthy and fit body feels and moves. Being very fit at least one more time in my life is on my bucket list, and today is the day I pull it out of the bucket. <BR> ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:27:48 EST Food stare Have you ever late at night, walked to the fridge, opened it and just stared? You went because you thought you were hungry but arrived, stared at the contents and realized you really weren't hungry? I think at those moments we are either really hungry for connection, feel emotions that need exp... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:23:38 EST 10C and Sunny 10C and Sunny <BR> Sunrise @ 5:19 <BR> Sunset @ 10:00 <BR> <BR> "If you don't risk anything, you risk even more." - Erica Jong <BR> <BR> The Morning Power Questions <BR> <BR> What am I grateful for today?  Today I am grateful for the sun, it was nice to listen to the rain all night but t was ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:21:38 EST Finally good morning - I have had a few difficult days with my DH. He just stopped talking. I left him alone. But by the 4th day, I was wondering what is going on. I asked him each day is something wrong. he said no. I left him alone. I finally had to figure something out. I yelled up to him - ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:20:24 EST Weigh in Day <img src=""> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:09:06 EST My Adventure in Spark Land...I am so happy I am learning to listen to my body. I slept yesterday "Happiness is when you feel good about yourself without feeling the need for anyone else's approval." <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Yesterday was a very unique day for me. I felt very tired all day long. I did go get what I needed in a couple of stores and did a little walk outdoors ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:07:27 EST Fabulous Friday !!!! :) another putzy day ahead of me ... Enjoying them while I can .. :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! <BR> <BR> You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:06:02 EST Reinventing myself Good morning friends.. yesterday started out in a funk, I'm sure due to the massive quantities of sugar consumed the day before and the threat of horrible weather all day. I decided to do intermittent fasting yesterday to reign in the cravings for crap which took control Wednesday and did not ea... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:05:22 EST The benefit exercise brought me I can't seem to lose weight if I don't exercise. <BR> Since exercising, I left both the walker and the cane behind. <em>311</em> <BR> I can walk up and down the stairs like an adult and not a 1 yr old ( one step at a time with my 2 feet on each step) <em>244</em> <BR> I also have more e... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 09:01:12 EST Colonoscopy yesterday Yesterday was my follow up colonoscopy. Just about 6 months ago a had a colonoscopy and they removed 4 polyps. One of them was very large and was tested to be precancerous so it yesterday the dr said it was looking clear but they did a confirmation biopsy on fhat location. So good news. They did ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 08:59:15 EST Ta Da & I am ready We went to Billings yesterday. We were supposed to have a dentist appointment but our dentist decided to retire after all this craziness. I had been asking him for the last couple of years when iy was going to happen. I also told him to give us a referral before he retired or he would have toput ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 08:58:22 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 08:52:28 EST Unstuck I’m headed for retirement! I have all the pieces now to move forward. I had a large glass of wine last night and toasted myself! <BR> <BR> MISSIONS <BR> 1. Make a list for what to do on Monday <BR> 2. Cut out some mask pieces <BR> 3. Kitchen floor. My cats are such sloppy eaters, all thre... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 08:50:19 EST Pool Time is Booked! I’m a pool person. I love the water. I wasn’t always this way, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned (literally learned) to love the water. <BR> <BR> Part of my problem is that I have very poor eyesight. Extremely poor. Like, one time as a young girl, I told my eye doctor that I wished I didn’... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 08:49:42 EST Better By The Saving Grace Of God Better today. God blessed me in areas i really needed it. I know my worth isn't what's on the scale but it went down some and I'll take ANYTHING positive to start the day! I've gone now from 299 of last year today is 245! I saw it and kept stepping on the scale sute it was broken till my cat jum... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 08:44:58 EST Books “A room without books is like a body without a soul.” <BR> – Marcus Tullius Cicero <BR> <BR> Fri, 10 Jul 2020 08:40:20 EST 2020: Journeying Into The Unknown Hi guys, how are you doing? <BR> I am doing fine. Just wondered something though. <BR> Has anyone else felt like this year has been crazy? <BR> Like we are on a crazy roller Coaster ride that won't stop???? <BR> I know I have. We have had the virus. <BR> (No one sick here. Praise The Good Lord). ... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 08:39:17 EST Another TGIF! I really am thankful it's Friday this week - I've been very busy at work, but when I look back, I can't remember what I did. Not good. <BR> <BR> What is good is that it's raining here. A nice steady slow rain. The humidity may still be up since it's actually raining, but the muggy feeling seems... Fri, 10 Jul 2020 08:32:01 EST