SparkPeople Member Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_recent_blogs.asp These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_recent_blogs.asp New day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171198 Trying to be positive so let's see how this one goes not starting good with a head ache. Fri, 27 May 2016 06:49:34 EST Where have all my old friends gone? Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171197 "It was the best of times. It was the worst of times." <BR> For Sparkers either can be true. Sometimes sequentially and occasionally at the same time. <BR> Congrats to Watermellen who identified my last literary reference. <BR> <BR> Along with the basics stats, I'm taking the time to read ab... Fri, 27 May 2016 06:45:14 EST Thank you Lord I've reached my mini goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171196 Yes!!!!!!! I am SUPER SUPER EXCITED!!! You know the drill..lose a few lbs, gain one back lose 2 gain 4...the never ending cycle of weight...on then off then on again. Well today I reached my very first mini-goal. I've lost 10 pounds and as excited as I am, you would think I lost 100 pounds lol ... Fri, 27 May 2016 06:43:24 EST Real Hard Truths http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171195 My weight and size has been up and down between 177 lbs and 240 lbs and a size 12 and 18 for the past 6 years. I have also experienced some major setbacks, hurts, and challenges during this same period of time. I realize I am an emotional eater. I enjoy eating. I believe eating gives me a rush, m... Fri, 27 May 2016 06:40:12 EST Wishing For More Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171194 A year ago, I had surpassed my step goal for the day because that was ALL my family and I did on vacation. No driving allowed. And that particular day, it was beautiful anyway. Not too hot and blue sky.... wish I had that ability to do so every day... Fri, 27 May 2016 06:39:01 EST Back on the wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171193 BCK on track ppl Fri, 27 May 2016 06:38:23 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, May 27, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171192 May 27, 2016 A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP <BR> <BR> God's timing is always just right. However, if He is ready for us to do something and we aren't because we are focused on the world or on ourselves, we will miss His timing. That is why we should focus on Him always. Everything we want to do without Hi... Fri, 27 May 2016 06:38:12 EST Be kind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171191 Because i work in retail - i along with thousands of others will working this weekend. I would like to remind those of you taking advantage of the awesome sales going on to: Be patient. We are busy. You will get your turn. Be kind. Yes i choose to work here but that does not give you the rig... Fri, 27 May 2016 06:37:36 EST Quick Easy Meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171190 For a quick, easy meal, I like to prepare Chicken Caesar Salad and stuff half of it in a pita. Fri, 27 May 2016 06:37:13 EST Friday's Funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171189 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5757c65a-dfc5-41b5-8592-98ddc434680c.jpg"> Fri, 27 May 2016 06:34:58 EST I'm pretty happy with myself right now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171188 Yesterday broke up in 3 intervals I walked a total of 127 min. Unless I'm on vacation at an amusement park or on the boardwalk, I never walk for 2 hrs just for the heck of it. I'm determined to lose this weight. I am on 5'1 and almost 250. No more, I'm done. Fri, 27 May 2016 06:33:01 EST Can you answer it?????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171187 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5cc62108-4eec-4832-999e-508f2ecc3d12.jpg"> Fri, 27 May 2016 06:28:50 EST Why am I coughing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171186 Going to doctor to see why I am coughing with white phlegm daily. Fri, 27 May 2016 06:24:30 EST Sunscreen Protection Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171185 Sunscreen Protection Day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c4299cf-c2f3-41a8-a7a5-843514e403c7.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated: Always May 27th <BR> <BR> Sun Screen Day educates and brings awareness to the importance of using sunscreen to protect yourself and yo... Fri, 27 May 2016 06:24:19 EST Day 33: 134.8lbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171184 Delicious sleep <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2d142e94-0860-4b4c-88f3-6357b61307ab.JPG"> <BR> <BR> the lovely view from my kitchen as I cook <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/20292329-2957-4321-bdfa-726bfb0b2734.JPG"> <BR> <BR> she's such a sweetie-pi... Fri, 27 May 2016 06:20:52 EST You decide what you will allow in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171183 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9d7026e7-e478-4b4f-9186-2aa48a2e7796.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The article I'm going to post is from Shola. He is the founder of The Positivity Solution. <BR> Link can be found here: <link>thepositivitysolution.com/what-you-a<BR>llow/ </link> <BR> <B... Fri, 27 May 2016 06:18:01 EST Hands That Hold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171181 My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Psalm 31:15 NIV <BR> <BR> Our lives are composed of seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years. Think about God's hands that hold our time. These are the hands that fashioned the world. Th... Fri, 27 May 2016 06:12:44 EST May Mania Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171180 Day 26 totals: <BR> <BR> Steps: 12,928 <BR> Flights of stairs climbed: 16 <BR> <BR> Yesterday was the 100th day in a row of 10,000 or more steps a day, and since April 1st I've been maintaining an 11,000 step minimum. Previously I talked about how I once did 100 days of 20,000 or more steps a ... Fri, 27 May 2016 06:11:44 EST Rrr http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171179 Tired of starting over Fri, 27 May 2016 06:11:35 EST finally home... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171178 yep. i've used that title before. but every single time we step out of the car after that long long journey over the mountains, and breathe that amazingly clean air, laden with scents of flowers and trees, we look at each other and wonder why we ever left. <BR> <BR> it was a crazy day yesterday... Fri, 27 May 2016 06:10:35 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=5/27/2016=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171177 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ce998dc9-ed3a-480e-ad1a-902cbafc8b9e.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cbac317e-8b51-4fe5-bfe6-b8aff29fd556.jpg">The LORD will give strength unto His people; the LORD will bless His people with peace. Psalm 29:11 {{KJB}} <img sr... Fri, 27 May 2016 06:06:18 EST FAITH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171176 Whether it be in yourself or a higher power, it's all we need to know that everything will work out. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/103a6796-705c-4529-afed-9d5bb842f494.jpg"> Fri, 27 May 2016 06:04:31 EST Quote of the Day: May 27, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171175 "The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.” - Chuck Palahniuk Fri, 27 May 2016 06:03:50 EST Snacking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171174 I still have a problem with snacking. I looked for a healthy snack last night. I found some medjool dates in the fridge and thought they would be a good snack. I ate several then looked at the calorie count. I should have looked at that first! Fri, 27 May 2016 06:03:37 EST Day 11 Part 1?: It's So Early...But That's Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171173 When I wake up early on my own, it's a bit of a miracle, especially since it's been impossible for me to get up this week. I've been up since just before 5 this morning, but I don't feel bad. A little disoriented, of course, but not dead. It's a dull gray blue our and there's a robin outside my o... Fri, 27 May 2016 05:57:36 EST Day 503/ Day 30 of 29/Who needs sleep? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171172 <em>104</em> FIL's heart is looking good! It's a problem just outside the heart that can be taken care of with medication, <em>244</em> We were all so worried! Praise God for FIL's health! <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> I didn't work out yesterday. I just had no energy from not sleeping enough.... Fri, 27 May 2016 05:56:52 EST Trying again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171171 Month 5 week 21 day 147: Today is friday. Let the weekend begin. Ready for this incredibly long week to be done. Happy memorial day weekend. Fri, 27 May 2016 05:49:32 EST #Tip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171170 To be certain that I'm only having one serving of any food I eat, I weigh and measure my food and I read the label to see how much is one serving. Fri, 27 May 2016 05:45:36 EST Tips To Lose Weight Effectively http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171169 Maintaining a healthy weight in our “eat and run” culture is daunting but losing weight is even tougher. Many who have tried to lose weight believe that diets don’t work for them. The truth is our bodies respond differently. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e1128d82-969... Fri, 27 May 2016 05:44:47 EST Chapter 22, Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171168 Waiting for daylight so I can get my walk in while temperatures are cool and it is peaceful. My early morning exercise works outs so much better for me for so many reasons: its cooler, quiet, and I get it done before the busyness of the day threatens to deter me from getting out in the first pl... Fri, 27 May 2016 05:38:37 EST Happy Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171167 We accepted an offer on our house...yep we will be moving again.... <BR> <BR> We are going to be RVing full time now....scary thought but it is something we have wanted to do for a long time....we have to sell all the house hold furniture and most of our clothes and belongings....not much fits i... Fri, 27 May 2016 05:34:29 EST A teacher's advice to parents http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171165 The question every parent should ask the teacher <BR> Every early June, as the school year comes to a close, I made it my habit to take the time to visit my child's teacher. I would thank him or her for their hard work and dedication to teaching my child. As the conversation progressed, I woul... Fri, 27 May 2016 05:19:58 EST f http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171163 d Fri, 27 May 2016 04:58:58 EST May 27, II Samuel 15:1-12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171162 May 27, II Samuel 15:1-12 <BR> <BR> We're not told exactly why Absolom conspired against David, maybe they never really reconciled. It also may have been the people Absolom hung around with. Absolom would have been the embodiment of what every man wanted to be, handsome, wealthy, he had follow... Fri, 27 May 2016 04:52:24 EST The Long SparkPage Used from 9/8/2012 to 5/27/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171161 I like to keep track of old SparkPage Intros. This one seemed way too long for the new SparkPage format. <BR> <BR> ************************ <BR> I've been out of work for over a year and gained back all the weight I lost before plus 10 pounds or so. At first I think I was a bit depressed and at... Fri, 27 May 2016 04:43:20 EST Two years of maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171160 A quick history: <BR> <BR> Until late thirties, about 63 kilos - average for my height. <BR> 40-50 climbed about 2 kilos a year and weighed 86 kilos at 50. <BR> Mother had a stroke. Might not have been life-style related but I decided I needed to do something. <BR> Got down to 71 kilos. <BR> By ... Fri, 27 May 2016 04:29:57 EST Ghosts of BLC's Past... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171159 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34136aee-6f9d-468a-bd57-94add51ea346.jpg"> <BR> I am going to be a Minion for BLC 31 which is starting on June 1st... so I went back to see the various rounds I participated in over the years. I have had a love/hate relationship with BLC in the pas... Fri, 27 May 2016 04:27:00 EST Sleep, where are you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171158 It's 3:13 am and here I am still awake. Why is this one of the hardest habits to settle into? Try as I may it is just so hard to set a standard time to go to bed, this is my next habit to conquer. Fri, 27 May 2016 04:15:36 EST 4 am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171157 Can't sleep, hungry and very tired. Its a good thing I don't work yet. I've made it 30 hrs without sleeping but I am trying hard to avoid more than 16 hrs without sleep. Fri, 27 May 2016 04:06:10 EST Unmotivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171156 Didn't do to good today Fri, 27 May 2016 04:02:38 EST Top 6 Diet Pills http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171155 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/52dc3bec-308a-41c6-aeb6-0ea7d34db2ed.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Summer is coming and you need to have that amazing body. <BR> There are many diet pills and supplements on the market. <BR> These are claimed to achieve weight loss, or at least make it easier ... Fri, 27 May 2016 03:53:14 EST Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171153 Weight loss can be difficult. Sometimes because of medical issues (I have an under active thyroid) But encourage yourself that you're doing the best you can. Treat yourself like your own best friend. It's amazing what some positive self talk can do. We aim for progress not perfection and slow pro... Fri, 27 May 2016 03:43:29 EST FREESTYLE FRIDAY- "KEEP GOD'S PACE" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171152 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6d248463-676f-4515-855f-34f60e44d0f2.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> HAPPY FAITH FILLED FRIDAY BLESSED FRIENDS! <em>104</em> <em>198</em> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I pray you have enjoyed this week. We are blessed to see a new day! This poem c... Fri, 27 May 2016 03:42:58 EST Friday Yah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171151 I am pleased this week is over with extra work with people being sick I think the sudden change in weather is the reason but when I think of my age compared to these young ones I don't know. Most of them could be my grandchildren yhat is the age difference. Fri, 27 May 2016 03:40:20 EST Pressing On Together... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171150 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l103871199.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you a great Friday & Weekend ahead. Let's have a fantastic day pressing on together. Cheering you on to the finishing line. <BR> <BR> Keep Pushing and Keep up the Great Work.... ... Fri, 27 May 2016 03:39:06 EST Quote for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171149 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/51f4c37a-1dd9-47bf-83b8-5b0bc995df5f.jpg"> Fri, 27 May 2016 03:36:40 EST Bible Verse for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171148 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b6608534-f3b0-49bf-871a-968658d80526.jpg"> Fri, 27 May 2016 03:35:41 EST Fearfully and wonderfully made http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171147 Psalm 139:13-14 "For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well." Something I need to be reminded of often; I am God's handiwork, He created me and he makes ... Fri, 27 May 2016 03:34:10 EST Plain & Simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171146 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1eba775d-5185-4981-9aef-0cab979983af.jpg"> <BR> So true... Fri, 27 May 2016 03:05:27 EST What Went - Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171145 I met with a personal trainer tonight for a free orientation to all of the strength training machines. He showed me how to adjust each of the machines to my height and to the lowest weight setting. He showed me how to do each exercise and then I tried it. I was having some muscle spasms tonigh... Fri, 27 May 2016 02:58:45 EST ISN'T AGEING GREAT? 9# http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171144 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d708de00-74f4-497f-8d42-4d5ada3d5d8f.jpg"> Fri, 27 May 2016 02:51:34 EST La Vida Loca http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171143 It's been crazy with the fosters this week. A lot of moving and lifting. Sparky got adopted today, and two of the other kittens are going to an adoption event tomorrow. The majority of my activity right now has been in service of the kittens. I'm sleeping a lot right now, still recovering fro... Fri, 27 May 2016 02:38:36 EST Today's Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171142 " I live to experience something new each day - <BR> to learn something new, <BR> meet a new friend, <BR> bring joy into someone's life, <BR> feel the wind newly on my skin, <BR> touch a new fear, a new anger, <BR> and with focused intent and good fortune, <BR> find an ample measure of my own joy... Fri, 27 May 2016 02:36:00 EST May 26, 2016 (Thursday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171141 Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Thank you for your comments on my last blog. I am working on catching up here on SparkPeople tonight. Actually, I have been falling asleep and not waking up until after the cutoff time, or close to cutoff time. If I have time before the cutoff, I rush in here and do ... Fri, 27 May 2016 02:33:29 EST My blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171140 Tired from working day shift. Two more days of this. Fri, 27 May 2016 02:30:02 EST Late night thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171139 Wow, has it really been that long since I've blogged? It seems like only a couple of days. <BR> <BR> I spent the first 1/4 of today (it's still TODAY - tomorrow doesn't start until I've gone to bed) in a mood. Stressed and confused and a little bit angry. Started out talking to God about situati... Fri, 27 May 2016 02:25:11 EST To count or not to count? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171137 I was talking to my housemate about how things are going and how it's hard to eat enough. I'm eating at 11 pm 'cause I was waiting to get hungry, but at this point I'm just eating to meet my goals. I commented that on the plus side, I was hungry this morning for the first time in years, probably ... Fri, 27 May 2016 02:16:05 EST A Long Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171136 This morning we ate breakfast and then packed our clothes. We pretty much had everything we were taking together but my husband hadn't gotten the suitcases out of the garage yet. Then we went by my mom's to give her the keys to our house. Then we had to go to the gas station. I had told my hu... Fri, 27 May 2016 02:03:00 EST National Heat Awareness Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171135 May 27, 2016 <BR> NATIONAL CELLOPHANE TAPE DAY <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1bc6bec1-8913-4187-a308-9d004434e8b7.png"> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL GRAPE POPSICLE DAY <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1e6deadd-5350-4942-bae7-f691a8fdbd8f.png"> <BR> <BR> NAT... Fri, 27 May 2016 02:02:36 EST Don't give up! - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171133 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c132e134-a58f-41ae-ae43-ef7c21539cd4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you ever seen the movie "Groundhog day"? Where the guy wakes up to find that he is re-living the same day over and over again? Well that's kind of like my spark-life. I have had my "Day 1" ... Fri, 27 May 2016 01:58:17 EST Fostering Hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171132 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b46fea5-9299-4697-82a9-53da7313a7a3.jpg"> Today marks a huge step on my journey to being well again. For at least 11 years I've been in size 32 tops and bottoms and they were tight! This year I made a commitment to myself to get healthier. I've... Fri, 27 May 2016 01:48:54 EST Day 2 of my Return http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171131 I was absolutely taken aback by the positive comments and great suggestions by my former Neon Ninja teammates and other SparkPeople. Relief and joy flooded my entire being and prompted me to create this blog tonight. <BR> <BR> In thinking about things earlier today, I decided the place to start ... Fri, 27 May 2016 01:38:03 EST Bible verse of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171130 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9a46e2f-1087-47ca-ba56-23effd476429.jpg"> <BR> Fri, 27 May 2016 01:34:28 EST #3 Dear diary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171129 Been super busy the last 2 weeks. My husband and I dug up and planted 3 gardens! The first garden has watermelons, pumkins, and cantaloupe. The second has tomatoes, peas, cucumbers, summer squash, bell and hot pepper. And the third and final garden has something we have never grown before.... Pot... Fri, 27 May 2016 01:33:45 EST I hope blogging won't jinx my roll http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171128 I went out with my friend last weekend and I felt fat as usual but something clicked in me and made me get real serious about losing weight. We went to see my old friend do stand up comedy. This old friend knew me when I was a hottie and liked me very much. I was a little afraid for him to see... Fri, 27 May 2016 01:26:34 EST Oops the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171127 I've been sick the past few weeks and I didn't watch what I ate. I couldn't exercise with walking pneumonia. I just got on the scale. "E" I weigh to much to register. I'm going to have to pay more attention and "get back on the horse" this is going to be rough, but worth it. Fri, 27 May 2016 01:22:39 EST Slowly Adjusting Mentally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171126 Yesterday my eating was barely okay and then after dinner, I threw things out the window. So frustrating. I was trying to think what I did last time when I slowly got back on track. It really shouldn't be as hard this time because I'm in a way better headspace but I thought maybe I could follow a... Fri, 27 May 2016 01:21:49 EST This one is on me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171125 I planned out my meals yesterday. But today I was not feeling well. And by that, I mean cramps that had me bent over in misery. I managed to stay at work; but there was no way I was preparing my supper. I was not going to eat (which I am sure would have caused me to binge later). My husband offe... Fri, 27 May 2016 01:20:02 EST Feeling better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171124 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/12b43992-2457-4c32-8205-fe2a95193481.jpg"> I am starting to feel at peace with my body instead of punishing myself for not being at the weight I want. Tonight I took a moment to feel proud of myself for completing zumba and following ... Fri, 27 May 2016 01:17:23 EST COOKING QUINOA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171123 The Foolproof Guide to Cooking Quinoa <BR> By Molly Cornfield <BR> April 15, 2016 <BR> Quinoa, the super-grain seed whose name no one knows how to pronounce. Is it KEEN-wah or kee-NO-wah? (For the record, both are correct.) <BR> However you say it, quinoa is a nutritional powerhouse. At only 222 ... Fri, 27 May 2016 01:16:32 EST Life Without A Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171122 My Spark friends know that my DH and I retired, sold most of our belongings, and hit the road almost four years ago. We're just travelling the world and doing all the things we've always wanted to do. <BR> <BR> Of course, that means rarely cooking since we usually don't have a kitchen. And lot... Fri, 27 May 2016 01:14:57 EST Time to focus on the exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171121 Past the date i was aiming to hit a low weight. I didn't get a chance to weigh so i may have hit it or not. Now i focus on exercise and making sure to just maintain not gain unless it's muscle from all the exercise since I want to get more toned. Fri, 27 May 2016 01:10:18 EST Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171120 Going on vacation for a week,.I plan on staying on track. Fri, 27 May 2016 01:09:24 EST Spinning vs. Running http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171119 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c13eceba-7d40-4534-b6d2-4feb68c3933b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am in the market for a reliable piece of gym equipment that will: <BR> <BR> 1.) enable me to get off of this scale plateau <em>334</em> <BR> 2.) be a safe way to exercise daily wit... Fri, 27 May 2016 01:05:56 EST Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171118 I find it ironic that right before making the decision to start getting healthy and losing weight I went clothes shopping! Lol I have only been doing this for six days and already i feel like my clothes are fitting better and like i look less puffy in my face and hands. I know that wearing cute c... Fri, 27 May 2016 01:04:40 EST LAST DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171117 It was a nice easy day with the kids who stayed back from field trip. I also got my bike back and cycled to my book club. It is midnight and I am still up watching television. I decided to stay in town instead of going to Chicago so I can make sure I get everything in order before leaving count... Fri, 27 May 2016 01:01:38 EST Frustrated and depressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171116 I keep getting sick. Wound up in the hospital May 10th through May 13th. They did two IV antibiotics each of those days. Left hospital with 2 more to take for a while. May 20th was the follow up with my doctor. X-ray taken showed the pneumonia was just a small spot instead of the large area that ... Fri, 27 May 2016 01:00:50 EST NBA playoffs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171115 GS beat Oklahoma City and lives for another 2 days. Can Oklahoma City won at home on Saturday. Fri, 27 May 2016 01:00:22 EST Day 32 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171114 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee69492a-99a2-4b0d-bee1-614583171ab0.jpg"> <BR> For the first since my reboot I didn't log all my calories. I made smart choices eating out etc.but I wasn't going to worry so much as long as I made smart choices on this mini staycation. We went t... Fri, 27 May 2016 00:56:37 EST Day 544 - May Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171113 I have posted my grades and completed my Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for the semester. I've been asked to write some SLOs for some courses that don't currently have them posted. It has been a good experience to work a little more on course curriculum and some of the more academic aspects of ... Fri, 27 May 2016 00:55:44 EST Disappointed in not being able to exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171112 I've gone 4 days without doing any exercise, I've been suffering terrible migraines..all I've been doing is staying within my calorie limit. I'm afraid to weigh in on Monday. I'm thinking maybe this wasn't a good week for me..hope to get back at it soon cause I just been down about it Fri, 27 May 2016 00:53:37 EST #100 - Pope Valentine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171111 #100 - Pope Valentine <BR> <BR> <BR> Pope from August 31, 827 - October 10, 827 <BR> Lived: 800 - October 10, 827 <BR> <BR> Give me the scoop on Valentine. <BR> Valentine, a Roman by birth, advanced very quickly in his service of the Church. Being very holy and of pure morals, he for good rea... Fri, 27 May 2016 00:53:20 EST The Book of Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171110 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ada52470-cabd-4918-88c9-236d2d096eae.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The book of love is long and boring <BR> No one can lift the damn thing <BR> It's full of charts and facts and figures <BR> And instructions for dancing <BR> <BR> But I <BR> I love it when you ... Fri, 27 May 2016 00:52:56 EST Day 146 ~ I Serve a Great Big God! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171109 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1d92c6bf-e67c-4850-a33b-4b52e1ab2506.jpg"> What I am doing to record my journey... 1. To blog everyday and include: 2. How many calories I consumed: 1,805 3. How much I weigh: 230.8 4. How many steps I took: 12,461 5. How much water: 72 oz. 6. Ho... Fri, 27 May 2016 00:50:00 EST Holiday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171106 I go on holiday today ☺. A week in Wales with the family. I'm abit worried about the diet as going with my parents who like treats but got to get will power going! I want to relax and not be constantly thinking about my weight. Fri, 27 May 2016 00:43:19 EST I"m out of fun titles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171105 Today was an unexpected day, which involved eating out "dinner" at 4. At Burger King. Not a great choice, but everyone had to go to the bathroom, and with a 3 year old, this is a DESPERATE situation. Then come 9/10 pm, I'm peckish. Not HUNGRY, mind you, but I went ahead and made the canned sp... Fri, 27 May 2016 00:40:31 EST Last day of school http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171104 I'm so glad I can sleep. Fri, 27 May 2016 00:38:40 EST Gratitude May 26 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171103 Number 1: My big kids are done with their finals! My younger one is done with school too! We are done! <BR> <BR> Number 2: Even though we didn't see ducks today, we think we found tadpoles. It would be very cool if we did. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I found a shady spot to sit while swim team ha... Fri, 27 May 2016 00:30:37 EST TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171102 Have a blessed ay hugs Fri, 27 May 2016 00:30:03 EST My Go To Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171101 I love to dance. I love Latin American music. Combine the two and you get Zumba. I love Zumba. I had an amazing Zumba instructor at the gym I used to go to. The gym closed. My eldest son owns a WiiU........I purchased Zumba Fitness World Party based on the reviews. And.I.Love.It. I'm not ... Fri, 27 May 2016 00:29:48 EST For all the great teachers in the world... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171100 I saw this TED talk and just had to share it with you. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFnMTHhKdkw </link> Fri, 27 May 2016 00:26:19 EST Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171099 I am so motivated right now.. I have lost more than 20lbs and this just the beginning. . im thankful for this app..needed something just like this... Fri, 27 May 2016 00:25:22 EST Special Blessings-May 27, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171097 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. We got the house cleaned this morning with Jim doing all of the heavy work. <BR> <BR> 2. We got showers and went to the coffee shop. <BR> <BR> 3. We went to the grocery store and stocked up on everything for the holiday weekend, ... Fri, 27 May 2016 00:25:14 EST Focus of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171093 Food planning Fri, 27 May 2016 00:20:03 EST Cat lover's Tank Top! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171092 If you don't love cats, this won't appeal to you...my cat stopped watching me workout a long time ago. And she doesn't get annoyed anymore and try to leave the room; she just sleeps nearby on her comfy love seat. <BR> <BR> But I remember once she ran between my legs from behind when I was kic... Fri, 27 May 2016 00:13:27 EST Blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171091 Hi everyone, I haven't blogged in 3 days and asked myself why. I realized that in the last blog, I really opened up and then no one read it or responded. I was certainly not resentful. However, it did prevent me from writing again for 3 days. The crazy thing is!!! That I've come to really real... Fri, 27 May 2016 00:12:16 EST No Matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171090 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/30383f50-4fd4-4bbc-bced-ec70a50c64b4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Pray for Peace. <em>459</em> Fri, 27 May 2016 00:08:41 EST Ahhhh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171089 Yes, going to the gym made all the difference ha. I did a couple different types of curls and some triceps extensions and then ran on the treadmill. Felt so much better. I had a shake for lunch and a pretty reasonable dinner. Since then it's been water. If I can make it to bedtime without g... Fri, 27 May 2016 00:08:03 EST No Matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171088 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/30383f50-4fd4-4bbc-bced-ec70a50c64b4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Pray for Peace. <em>459</em> Fri, 27 May 2016 00:07:57 EST A New Start Tomorrow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171086 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ca988d1-cafa-496b-9352-0026c7866fe7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good Night World.... Thu, 26 May 2016 23:58:49 EST Veggie Garden or Regular Garden? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171085 So we live in a townhouse with an itty bitty backyard. My kids wont play in it for some reason? I think it feels too small and enclosed really. We tend to play out our front door where it is more open and I just sit on the porch and watch them use the whole front lawn (neighbours included lol). I... Thu, 26 May 2016 23:56:53 EST How to... Get More Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171084 I've recently increased my water intake to 3+ liters per day in an effort to combat the fluid retention in my legs and ankles. Unfortunately, it's killing my sleep vibe, no matter how early in the day I finish it off. I've come to the conclusion that, if I ever want decent sleep again, I'll h... Thu, 26 May 2016 23:52:39 EST Burger on rice covered in spaghetti sauce, diced pears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171083 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e549dae3-78c9-4c98-9d69-a6ffc506e43b.jpg"> <BR> Aldi 85/15 beef burger cooked with 1/2 medium onion, chopped, then with 1 cup canned spaghetti sauce poured into the pan. Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, basil, oregano added. 3/4 cup regul... Thu, 26 May 2016 23:52:29 EST 5/26/16 - Bedtime http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171082 We got two inches of rain last night. Yippee!!! <BR> <BR> In my office at work, I have the loveliest cat drawing taped to the wall. It was colored by Dana's six-year-old daughter and was made especially for me. It can't get any better than that! <BR> <BR> After returning from the gym, I pull... Thu, 26 May 2016 23:52:21 EST Love Who You Are http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171081 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0257fc9b-d838-44fd-bda7-784c119bbbf9.jpg"> <BR> I have come to love me!!! When you love yourself, then if seems like everything falls into place. So love your imperfections, do your best to change the things you can and let go of the things you c... Thu, 26 May 2016 23:46:35 EST Good day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171080 I tried eating small portion and workout more. To see if that help with my weight loss. Thu, 26 May 2016 23:44:48 EST Thursday's Words to Ponder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171079 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9d1e2deb-fae1-456f-a50f-c08df16a26a0.jpeg"> Thu, 26 May 2016 23:42:44 EST NICE results from Dietician, foot update (NICE !) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171078 Today I saw the dietican. I have someone go with me cause in any place where I "might" become overwhelmed (most of the time with anyone medical,,, just been THROUGH TO MUCH !) it helps me because I just can't hold onto the facts. To say that because often the news isn't good, I get FREAKED OUT ... Thu, 26 May 2016 23:40:35 EST Sing Sing Sing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171077 Yesterday was not a good day. I went under my calorie goal for the day, primarily because I got a huge headache later in the day. I got to the point where I couldn't eat much for dinner, I was so nauseous. These headaches often happen, and there's nothing I can do but to wait it out and sleep it ... Thu, 26 May 2016 23:34:20 EST Good exercise today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171076 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45731e28-d78f-4b75-9bd7-f324039733a2.jpg"> <BR> I climbed and trimmed an ash tree with my son. I feel like I got a really good workout. Thu, 26 May 2016 23:32:42 EST Bible verse of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171075 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2226384d-a9da-4072-bf3f-7c2ca967c124.jpg"> <BR> Thu, 26 May 2016 23:32:22 EST Controlled Conscious Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171074 I have an issue with eating too fast. I think it is a fairly common problem with Mom's and those that work the kind of jobs I have over the years. You grab a bite when you can , gulp down and dash back to work. Becomes a habit and you become the fastest eater around. <BR> <BR> My DH is halfway ... Thu, 26 May 2016 23:30:30 EST A walk in the park. 5 miles. The goal was to walk pain free by losing weight. I love being healthy, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171073 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/85b4109e-1ab1-4db0-b365-2fbe7621fa66.jpg"> <BR> The goal was to avoid a knee surgery and to walk miles with Jake Scruffy. Sucess! Thu, 26 May 2016 23:29:04 EST The green dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171072 I shared this with my OMAT (One Month at a Time) team already, but I thought I'd share it here. At the OMAT team, we pick one thing a month to work on, and I like the focus. This coming month (June), I'm going to work on reducing my dietary fat a little more so that I can keep the cholesterol, tr... Thu, 26 May 2016 23:27:29 EST Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171071 I've been struggling with my weight again and this time the doc has put me on Metformin. I'm also walking between two and four miles a day. So far I've lost two pounds and started on Saturday. So far so good. I'm also on a low carb diet which will be the hardest part. Thu, 26 May 2016 23:27:28 EST Getting more regular http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171069 Had my first evening bm since I can't remember when.. hope to achieve three some day lol Thu, 26 May 2016 23:20:08 EST I Had to Share Proverbs31Julia's Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171068 I am sharing the above blog, as it really explains what helps people with diabetes: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168379 </link> <BR> <BR> I had been introduced to Dr. Jason Fung last year. I have to remember to get back to my IF (int... Thu, 26 May 2016 23:16:14 EST I did it!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171067 I got my HIIT workout in! Woohoooo Baby girl slept just long enough for me to bust out a killer 20 min HIIT circuit to complement this morning's kettlebell lower body workout. Being 4wks post partum I really am amazed at all of the energy I have. I have three children, two in diapers, and frank... Thu, 26 May 2016 23:09:20 EST I'm back. Looking forward to summer. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171064 I had quite the hiatus from sparkpeople and my commitment to losing weight and getting healthy. I had some stressful weeks and I really just didn't do much other than log in and look around here a bit then leave. I didn't log much of my food or workout much at all. <BR> <BR> My kids had their s... Thu, 26 May 2016 23:02:35 EST Never say never... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171063 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec514910-b6b9-4752-945d-b2777f5571db.jpg"> Ok so at 5:00 pm I only had 2,000 steps on my Fitbit. Thought to myself there's no way I'll meet my goal of 10,000 steps today. I could've stuck with that mindset but I didn't! I got up walked a little ... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:58:31 EST Shakes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171062 So in not telling y'all you need to start drinking them, this is my assessment of them! I ordered a Beachbody pack that included shakes. I wasn't able to drink them at the time and now I have my doctor's permission to drink them (long story). But here is what I have noticed. I have had them every... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:58:14 EST DAY 97 - DAY 29 P90 (SWEAT & ABS A) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171061 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b0289152-15b4-46f2-8bdb-f94d2ffc9585.jpg"> <BR> HAPPY RED NOSE DAY! Woke up at 8. (The reason why I tell the time is because before SP I used to sleep in alot!) No energy even when I slept 8+hours. After adjusting my meds I try to get between 7-8 h... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:56:31 EST Thursday night....all about Orphan Black http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171060 It was full day...work, gym, PT, and dermatologist. She is checking my itchy back mole. Keep a positive thought for me. <BR> <BR> Day was a little hard. since I was up late with the Dana dog. Sometmes she finds it hard to sleep. <BR> <BR> Best of all, the local Greek festival opened today. Love... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:56:05 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171059 I think I have done really good today, even with the amount of stress I am under. I have started using the calorie tracker and it helps. I have gym membership that I haven't been able to use due to medical but I think it's time to start again. Thu, 26 May 2016 22:55:31 EST My motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171058 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f730d0c-fa18-432f-924a-221beaad3c94.jpg"> <BR> Looking in the mirror and not being happy with what I see is what keeps me inspired! My motivation to keep pushing forward to see the results i want! Thu, 26 May 2016 22:48:45 EST So much energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171056 I feel so much better now that I've stop drinking pop. I have so much more energy and I love it. I heading down the right path on begin more healthier🍉🍏🍓🍇🍊🍎🍌 Thu, 26 May 2016 22:45:58 EST My life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171055 My best workout is floor workout Thu, 26 May 2016 22:43:45 EST I walked the rail trail and afternoon I almost had the pool up. One of my old brushes and long pole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171054 This morning I walked with my walking buddies. <BR> It was a nice sunny day. I like the heat and today I am the youngest and I walked but my friends were really struggling. We are going to walk earlier or in the park where there is shade to sit on the seats. <BR> We will do that because the park... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:42:59 EST I Put One Foot in Front of the Other http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171053 I have started, stopped, began again, quit, and come back to my goal of losing weight for many years. In fact, I went back and was reading over old journal entries from long ago and my goals have not changed. I am still driven to lose weight, be a better mother, live a blessed life, encourage oth... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:42:00 EST Change is Possible http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171052 I go through the blogs, messages and the status updates. So many people are discouraged. Many of them are discouraged because of the people in their lift bringing them down. It makes me sad, and also grateful. Grateful for what I have in my life. I have support. I am surrounded by people wh... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:40:57 EST Back from vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171051 I got back from my trip to Vegas at the beginning of the week. It's taken me a little bit to get back into the swing of things. We had an awesome time and the weather was beautiful!! We did a ton of walking, 49,500 steps in three days. My husband swore he was dying!! We didn't win any big mo... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:40:37 EST Day four http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171050 Today went well walked my normal mile then added another 1.5 miles to it. Amazing. Love it actually surprised walking it was easy even did a little bit of jog here and there. Thu, 26 May 2016 22:35:35 EST Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171049 Today was a holiday in my country, Corpus Christi. And I went a bit overboard with my eating. I tried to keep on track, but I admit, I ate more than I should have. I did however eat less than I normally would. So, I was still able to maintain some control, thank GOD! Exercise was pretty cool. I'... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:32:24 EST Library night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171048 After half day of training, I'm ready for the library. Tonight is library night for me. And, I'm off tomorrow for our grandson's May Day program. Whoo hooo...two Fridays in a row, and a long weekend for me! Happy sparking! Thu, 26 May 2016 22:29:25 EST I Love the heat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171047 Today was hot and humid. Unlike many I love this type of weather. <BR> <BR> I went to my moms today to take her to a doctor appointment. <BR> I had to scramble to find someone to pick Ryan up from dialysis as I would not have made it back in time to get him myself. Thank goodness my daughter an... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:28:42 EST Finally some time on the farm again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171046 Seems like 3 12 hour shifts last for weeks not days lol. Last night at work I was in the bathroom more often then anywhere else for the first 2 hours. I didn't leave to go home because I didn't think I could make it home, not sure what upset my stomach but after a while it straightened out but ... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:24:16 EST Learning Curve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171045 Seems that I am a very slow learner, lol. I knew better than to go too long before supper. Even had a healthy one planned, but didn't stop my work to eat it! Add in having to go out to pick up the car at 8:30, and it was a recipe for slipping. Yes, McDonald's was on the way home. No, I did not g... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:23:42 EST 5/26/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171044 I did some form of exercise for almost 12 hours today!!! I am so exhausted! Several walks today, totaling 11.36 miles. Played HORSE with the family for 10 minutes. Went to the gym for the first time in months and got 2 more walks in (one was jogging intervals with incline as well) and 33 minu... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:22:53 EST One pound away 😀 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171043 Kind of. My original goal was to lose 50 pounds this year by my birthday May 17. Started back at Spark Jan 4th. Made my goal on May 1 so daughters suggested up my goal to 56 for my 56th birthday. Made 55😃. Love this app!!! Thu, 26 May 2016 22:22:09 EST LET YOUR HEARTS OVER FLOW.....wHY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171042 LET YOUR HEARTS OVER FLOW WITH COMPASSION & GENEROSITY! <BR> So maybe you've been having days lately that have been like mine, more work than fun. And the work load has been bringing you down emotionally. I have been taking the time to rest, and let my physical and emotional pains heal. <BR> <... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:15:51 EST I'm up to 2 miles now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171041 For all of you who have commented on my being in the miler club, thank you! I've worked my way up and I'm currently doing 2 miles per day. I have really hit my limit, though. I need to either lose some more weight or start another activity in addition before I can go past this distance. But I... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:13:46 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171040 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6afc6670-5c05-4d8e-9808-9b66b243635f.jpg"> <BR> Great day Thu, 26 May 2016 22:13:29 EST Introduction! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171038 I am a 44 year old stay at home wife and mom. I homeschool our two sons, ages 11 and 7. Our seven year old was diagnosed with PDD-NOS (on the autism spectrum) at the age of 2 1/2. We were living in South Mississippi close to where I grew up until the beginning of 2012. We moved to Korea with my h... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:07:40 EST Closet shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171037 Definitely starting to see a change in the way my clothes are fitting. I am down 21 pounds in 9 weeks. Another 10 and I will be able to get a whole new wardrobe out of my own closet. All the things I saved thinking I would lose weight might be ready to get taken out of the back of the closet. ... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:05:28 EST Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171036 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c6f818e-c950-4b65-8d4c-3c549d5430c1.jpg"> <BR> Thankful day! Grateful for best friends and pedicures! Taking time for what matters. Thu, 26 May 2016 22:03:55 EST SO MUCH GOING ON http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171035 Today was Coco ' s spa day so I had the morning on the other side of town. We I got,home I got in touch with our real estate agent to,get things moving. We are ready. The money is in place, we need the chance as our neighborhood is not going to improve only get worse. There are really good pe... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:03:47 EST Daily Journal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171034 I can't believe I've been on a diet for three weeks already! Today I tried on some jeans that were really tight a few weeks ago, and they're definitely roomier. Not loose enough to wear, but in another few weeks, I think they'll fit great. :-) So despite the only 5 pound difference on the scale, ... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:03:25 EST Thursday, 5/26/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171033 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eb784da4-ee8b-4ae1-92b0-ad48705206f0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> First up for the day was a client meeting at a coffee shop. Took the kids along as Tim was on the road to Lewiston for a day job (about 5 hours drive) and I didn't feel right going as far... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:02:45 EST First Day take 195 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171032 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b390446a-7476-4a1c-88b3-f36c60fd7302.jpg"> <BR> My clothes are too small and I don't want to buy the next size up. I am angry I let my self get this far but hopeful that I am angry enough to really get motivated and save myself from a summer of po... Thu, 26 May 2016 22:01:16 EST Lunch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171031 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59d51672-6ed4-46e0-bf07-62ebafcaa223.jpg"> <BR> A bowl of fresh corn, barely cooked. A little bowl of homemade bread and butter pickles. And a slab of this bread, with a little real butter on top. Egad, this is just what I needed right now. Thu, 26 May 2016 22:00:17 EST Puttering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171030 I was just puttering around my apartment today. Got my weekly deep clean accomplished, as well as grocery shopping. I walked Cooper a few times, though only two times showed up as workouts on my tracker. It was about 82F today, which is a little too warm for him, so he wasn't real interested i... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:57:25 EST Burn calories: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171029 Burn calories burn I have worked alot and in this heat got a good work out and burned alot of calories. Thu, 26 May 2016 21:55:24 EST Sparking less http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171028 I am trying to be outside more and be on my butt in front of a computer less so i am not posting as much as i did before. Thu, 26 May 2016 21:55:05 EST A Wake Up Call. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171027 Last summer I had lost a lot of weight so I got to buy a new wardrobe but now have gained that weight back and then some. Needless to say clothes are getting tight and I do not want throw these out. Also there's nothing worst than watching the scale go up and up. So you'd think that would get me... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:53:49 EST 5/26/16 The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. Sun Tzu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171026 Quote of the Day <BR> <BR> Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together. <BR> Georg C. Lichtenberg <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> <BR> Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other. <BR> Euripides <BR> ... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:51:09 EST You ARE Capable! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171025 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/99c4a811-6cba-4dd4-bf27-aad8a95a8132.jpg"> <BR> Let's finish out May STRONG!! Thu, 26 May 2016 21:50:35 EST Food Log 5/26/16 (Update) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171024 I ended up having a grilled chicken salad (lettuce, chicken, Parmesan cheese, croutons, Ranch dressing) and a cup of Mt. Dew for dinner. I did 20 min. of power walking. I did A LOT of heavy cleaning today, so I figure that makes up for cutting my walk 10 min. short. I think the key to being succe... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:50:22 EST Newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171023 I've heard about this app so decided to give it a try. I'm kind of lost right now in terms of my health and, especially, my weight. I feel like I've tried everything and don't really know where to go at this point. So...here I am. Lol Thu, 26 May 2016 21:50:20 EST Busy Busy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171022 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6cedd062-3c48-4da4-abd2-73a5c7077f91.jpg"> <BR> Finally got myself to do my exercise routine, this morning! Burnt 53 calories. Feeling pretty good. Spent the rest of my day washing dishes, doing laundry, cleaning our home, and made a batch of Rice ... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:45:04 EST I Am As Ready As I'll Ever Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171021 Today's accomplishments: <BR> <BR> Faxed pre-op records to my orthopedist <BR> Mailed a telephone cord to DD1 <BR> Mailed three books to my darling Aunt who is fairly bed bound and bored <BR> I changed the sheets on the bed. <BR> I bathed the dogs. <BR> I did three more loads of laundry. Hubby f... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:44:29 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171020 I did pretty good today overall! I stayed in my range! Ate way less calories than what it said to! So today was a good day!!!!!! Thu, 26 May 2016 21:44:26 EST Slow going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171019 I had to take it easy when I realized my muscles were getting too sore. <BR> <BR> Now it's hard to get started again. Yesterday I worked on an organizing project at home that required a good bet of bending over and I developed spasms in my low back when trying to get up this morning. Fibromyalg... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:42:41 EST Loving healthy food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171018 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/521266d7-6e94-4dc8-b892-0ed506da2a40.jpg"> <BR> Dinner so good it was worth a second blog post today! Sweet and sour quinoa stir fry. I slipped in some tilapia for my protein today, odd combo but delicious! Thu, 26 May 2016 21:37:38 EST Railroad Crossing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171017 Computer bugs are giving me fits. Getting information in took an hour longer than it should have. Tomorrow will be an easy day though - packing up and finishing paperwork. <BR> <BR> Today's block - Railroad Crossing - reminds me an awful lot of yesterday's block. It is less detailed and much ... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:37:16 EST 3 things going well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171016 Thing 1: Ate responsibility even though it was hard. <BR> <BR> Thing 2: Worked out every day <BR> <BR> Thing 3: Joined SparkCoach Thu, 26 May 2016 21:37:03 EST "Extreme" Tornado Warnings.. I guess there's such a thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171015 It's not every day they shut down an airport. <BR> <BR> There's nothing like a couple tornado warnings, let alone labeled "extreme" warnings to liven up an already busy work day. Was down two people, so I and another coworker picked up the brute of their work plus ours. Good points is our boss b... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:35:28 EST Weight loss mentor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171014 My boyfriend is the most amazing person in my life. He motivates me everyday to make my life better. I love him. Thu, 26 May 2016 21:34:54 EST Another stuck day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171013 Water retention? Maybe. Thu, 26 May 2016 21:32:54 EST Day 2 complete... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171012 I didn't plan meals as well as I could. Definitely something noted that needs to change. I still did well though. I'm determined to be healthier! Thu, 26 May 2016 21:32:31 EST Day 15: I see another ER trip in my future.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171011 So I haven't been able to eat anything or drink anything since yesterday....When I do try to eat or drink the pain in my stomach gets worse and worse till eventually I throw up... <BR> <BR> I am starting to get really shakey, I am tired of going to the ER just to have them not be able to find an... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:30:59 EST Stopping A Binge In It's Tracks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171010 I am always going to have to carefully watch for the tendency to over eat. There is no number of years that will fix that I can eat a lot even when I shouldn't or have no need. The mindless eating that comes from having so much food available all the time. Each Thursday night, my family has... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:26:56 EST What is faith? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171009 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e1566772-52b5-4513-8d2c-581647d260e9.jpg"> Thu, 26 May 2016 21:25:33 EST Day 16- Oh, the horror! The humidity strikes again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171008 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9bb5d021-b3b3-4a5c-9721-b8f67ed3175f.jpg"> It's not that hot but it is so muggy it's ridiculous. When I first moved to IN people tried to complain about the humididty, and I went, what humidity? My hair height changes when I go back and forth to Lo... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:25:15 EST Hot Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171007 Tried hot yoga today! Amazing! Highly recommend Thu, 26 May 2016 21:21:14 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171005 If I didn't know better, I would think the Universe/God/someone had it out for me . . . <BR> <BR> I haven't worked out in weeks, due to pain and other issues. I decided, today was the day. I got the kids all psyched about going to play at the Y, got us all ready and loaded up - and the car wou... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:16:34 EST PROGRESS!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171004 Ok so.....I've been keeping my nose to the grindstone. I've been eating good, exercising regularly and reaping the rewards. I'm getting back into my "new" (old) wardrobe. People have been noticing my weight loss when I wear certain clothing. The extreme pain from my RA has began to subside and I'... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:14:23 EST Yardwork http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171003 Oh my legs are killing me. Thu, 26 May 2016 21:13:37 EST Busy week busy day Congratulations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171002 My son graduated tonight and is now officially a Sheriff deputy. We had to go early for the ceremony to babysit until his wife could come. It meant I am just eating dinner and it is 9pm. I don't have enough calories for the day but I can only eat so much in one sitting. At least we didn't fal... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:12:58 EST thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171001 this heat is just killing Lucy and i. i had to turn on the downstairs a/c today, and will probably put my upstairs one in and turn it on when i go to bed. sigh. my electric bill WAS low... <BR> all the cakes are done for the week. i have to deliver a wedding cake tomorrow, plus a bunch of cupcake... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:12:21 EST Determination with Help from My Husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171000 Had 9:00 AM I had 335 steps in and couldn't motivated to walk. It was humid in the house and not warm enough for the ac to kick on. The rain in the air was really bothering my bad knee. Then when I started getting motivated to walk my tracker was only counting about half my steps. Had to take my ... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:12:14 EST Seeking Extra Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170999 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c458acd7-6c18-4bb2-ae92-48efe7e6e1f1.jpg"> <BR> So at the urging of my best friend who is a nurse practitioner, I am going to enroll with the weight loss clinic attached to the hospital I work for. I figure every little bit helps. The hospital and ... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:10:29 EST Day 651 Today was easier than expected. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170998 Here is little Yoda. He's about 5" high and I over stuffed him so his little shirt isn't big enough. Can't decide if I should make him a new one or not. He is not perfect anyway. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/915735c7-4a15-47e4-b5e3-c17a4483272f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got my sh... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:09:00 EST The little things that add up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170997 Over the past several years I've had many situations in my life that have added up to the reasons why I want to get this weight off. One of those defining moments came yesterday in the shape of me huffing and puffing my way through a high school graduation. The graduation was held in a convention... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:07:29 EST End of day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170996 So today was hard but I made it. I drove passed the fast food restaurant and did not stop, but I really wanted too. I drank only water today no coke, no juice, just water. I will master theses first then move onto the next step. I feel good just because I didn't say I will start tomorrow like ... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:07:13 EST It just seems easier.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170995 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/155602a5-5f5a-48e6-b588-e60867d5c247.jpg"> <BR> It just seems easier because your getting so much better at this! Thu, 26 May 2016 21:07:04 EST Baking bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170994 Something about making bread enchants me. I make all of my family's baked goods out of economic necessity, but this bread...it tastes far better than anything we could ever afford to buy. It's sometimes called No-knead Bread and the recipe isn't hard to find. The main ideas are foolproof. Can you... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:03:05 EST 1 month tracking anniversary :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170993 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f0c754c3-7f5c-4704-88a5-78d755137c5c.jpg"> I've been tracking calories and chatting in Spark's forums for one whole month! 4kg / 8.8lb lost. Feeling good. This is starting to look like a habit... Thu, 26 May 2016 21:02:30 EST Changes in stomach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170991 I can tell that my stomach has gotten used to smaller portions. I ate a lot tonight, a typical meal before my new lifestyle. I'm so full and uncomfortable. I now know that I truly can't eat that much anymore. Great motivation for smaller meals from now on. Thu, 26 May 2016 20:58:40 EST Too sore to work out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170990 Shame on me I am too sore to work out today,but I am literally stove up. Monday 35 cardio and ab training. Tuesday 35 cardio ( started from level 25 and went down every min "feel the burn") and arm and shoulders. Wednesday 15 min cardio and 30 min circuit training with a wonderful PT. woke up... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:57:57 EST Thursday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170989 Hope you had a great day!! <BR> <BR> It's "date night" so about to go enjoy dinner and probably some window shopping for furniture...when we move into our next house, we will need appliances...gotta make sure we have a decent budget set aside... <BR> <BR> TTYL Thu, 26 May 2016 20:57:09 EST Still in the saddle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170988 My weight watcher online weigh-in was yesterday (5/25/16) and glory be, I weighed 303.6 pounds! April 7th I went back to Planet Fitness, a pitiful thing, couldn't even lift one foot high enough to get it in the pedal strap. My gym partner helped. Fell on the treadmill getting off on the sides so ... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:56:11 EST What to Wear - Dress Advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170987 Some of you may be aware that my SS is getting married this August. We have always liked his fiancee. <BR> We have never had good relations with the ex and her other children. DH raised those girls from when they were 26 months. They used to call him Dad. Basically one has not spoken to him... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:54:01 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170986 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/11d15987-7203-4267-9f6a-7a87d0f1d191.jpg"> <BR> Not bad for being aty max. 1200 cals Thu, 26 May 2016 20:53:22 EST She Wonders.............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170985 Let me preface this by saying that I LOVE ALL breeds of dogs. I have NOTHING against Poodles. <BR> <BR> I also LOVE the humor of Rita Rudner and especially the following statement made by her. <BR> <BR> "I wonder if other dogs think Poodles are members of a weird Religious Cult?" <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:51:41 EST Thursday 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170984 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ca774bb2-0ead-4799-8925-5c161c89c557.jpg"> <BR> Have noticed that finding it harder to get all my calories in....so busy in my day now I forget to eat and that's a bad thing. My goal is to find things I can eat or drink quickly. What are suggestion... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:51:40 EST The time has come http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170983 Good evening, friends. I hope you had a lovely day. <BR> <BR> I have been ignoring the fact, since I moved... I'm not really on vacation, 24/7. <em>334</em> I have been 'playing' semi- retired tourist, snowbird. <em>246</em> Yes, I'm a few miles to the beach. Yes, my 40 hour work week is ... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:47:00 EST Day Twelve: Be Safe Driving In The Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170982 It was a beautiful sunny day today at work but one of my store leaders said she drove through insane rain on her way to work. It took me over an hour and half to get home, not because of the rain, but because of the accidents! <BR> <BR> I am one of those people who sees and accident and immediat... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:43:05 EST MAY I HAVE A BETTER BODY DAYS 140-148!!Dear Younger Self.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170981 The featured article/blog on my sign in page today was titled What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self? <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=what_advice_would_you_give_your_you<BR>nger_self </link> <BR> <BR> It struck me and made me think. It may me reevaluate what I a... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:41:15 EST memorial day and jokes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170980 Our May challenge ends on Memorial Day so blog about Memorial Day. Does it carry any particular special meaning for you? Yes, memorial day mean something to me. I think about all young men who gave up their life for this land. How will you celebrate Memorial Day? It a family day and we have my... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:40:35 EST My day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170979 My day went pretty well. I got upworked out for half anhr, went to work. Came home, made am amazimg black bean veggie burger on cloud bread with one c of broccoli salad. I am just at my max which is a little high for me but its my tom so its ok. At least for tonight Thu, 26 May 2016 20:39:32 EST Tough choices... or are they http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170978 I cannot seem to get it together!! Today I went out to get a couple shirts and pants - because unfortunately most of the clothes that I have in my closet are not fitting me right now - WHAT an EYE opener. Last summer I was wearing cute clothes and I loved to shop for them - this summer I hated ... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:39:19 EST Within and over range lol http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170977 I ate 1453 calories today trying to stay under 1450 to boost my metabolism lol I need a boost lol Thu, 26 May 2016 20:38:05 EST Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170976 So I'm 19 and none of my friends are concerned with their shape. It's kinda frustrating that I don't have anyone to support me through this. A few of them are super into cross fit and aren't willing to bring their workouts down to a level that I can physically do. It's not that I'm super out of... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:37:13 EST General Update-- Not Much to Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170975 Today is the first day this week that I haven't exercised, outside of some walking. Between the medication-induced exhaustion and a day of bad allergies (and here's me without any allergy meds...), I am done. I'm treating myself to a banana peanut butter milkshake (mostly frozen bananas, with a s... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:35:52 EST Sparking again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170973 I've taken a break from watching calories, so, of course, I've put on the 16 pounds I'd been so proud to drop. Looks like I'd learn. I've been putting off SparksPeople but now, I wonder why. Thanks, Sparks, for making it so easy to use. Since I've been active here, I've been relieved of taking ... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:34:13 EST Baggage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170972 How should one alter walking to include the wait of the heavy bag I am carrying? Thu, 26 May 2016 20:32:31 EST Thursday 5/26/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170970 Thursday 5/26/16 <BR> <BR> Doing much better today but ways to go. Thanks everyone <BR> for your thoughts and kind words & definitely for your prayers. <BR> <BR> Stuck to my eating program, got in a little exercise. <BR> <BR> Blessing on you all. Thu, 26 May 2016 20:31:37 EST Like Mother - Like Daughter 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170969 Yesterday was a full and complete waste of time and money. Other than the fact that the doctor refilled her birth control, there was no point in even going at all. My daughter, DD, had a tick bite on her leg that I was concerned about and all the doctor said was "Yeah, ok." <BR> Ok what? Is it su... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:31:29 EST Thursday -- Nice Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170968 Lots of walking in today. Though I was walking, I don't think it was 10 minutes continually so no exercise minutes. Was walking with a cane today to help my knee feel better tonight. We took our friend out to celebrate her 75th birthday. She gets around great and we really like to do the same... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:30:11 EST May 25 & 26, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170967 Wednesday: <BR> <BR> I realized after I shut down my computer last night that I didn't blog. I was just a little bit worn out. I did get the newsletter done and mailed and got the bulletins ready to be printed. Praise team practice was last night and it went well, I'm just exhausted and so ready... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:23:56 EST I stopped eating sugar (mostly) and here's what happened... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170966 So since I started.... 30 days ago today...I think, most days I don't eat things that are obvious 'sugar' items...yes I do indulge on occasion, but for the most part I stay away from commercially produced sweets. I do still have cake, but I will skip another meal or snacks to make up for it, i do... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:22:18 EST Bones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170965 I'm still hurting in my joints. Swelling, pain, creaking and cracking. I walked for my workout Tuesday, rested Wednesday, and did Hip Hop Abs today. My knees sounded like Rice Krispies but I made it through. I didn't overdo it but I don't want to just sit around. Hopefully my doc will figure some... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:21:38 EST National Red Nose Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170964 Today is National Red Nose Day! Walgreens sold red noses for $1.00. <BR> There is a program coming on tv tonight where comedy and music combine in a fund-raiser for programs that address the needs of children and young people living in poverty in the US and internationally. <BR> I wore my red... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:21:31 EST Day 12 - 80/20 rule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170963 So, as we know Thursdays my friend feeds me and tonight it was take out pizza. I'm not even going to try and track it, because I'm too lazy to try and estimate from the database and because I don't really care. I know I had over 800cal left for the day to hit my minimum calorie range AND I'm a bi... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:20:51 EST Steak dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170962 We'll PORTION control this evening... as usual I would sit and eat an entire by strip...nope this chick here measured all portions! So proud of myself Thu, 26 May 2016 20:17:43 EST Back Online! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170961 What a horrible few days! My friend said Mercury was "in retrograde" (whatever that means) and that would affect all things mechanical. Well, I almost believe it. <BR> <BR> We have a new roof. It looks great. They found water rot under the shingles and fixed all that last week. HOWEVER, one... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:17:29 EST Thursday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170960 Today I have been busy. I did go out to eat at Wendy's cause I eat the Caesar side salad. Got some new protein bars that are not too bad. Then off to exercise. One hour later and pretty well drenched in sweat and now wanting some dinner. Guess I need to go make it. Life is good. Thu, 26 May 2016 20:17:28 EST Day 12 - break! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170958 Cheat day! No calorie counting. Just eating. Been undereating, as some may have read in previous posts, for about a week now. Time for a little break :) Thu, 26 May 2016 20:13:56 EST Still Making an Effort http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170957 Since I last logged into this site, I have replaced almost all of my breakfasts with a green smoothie...a healthy one, not a sugary one. It hasn't made a difference in my weight yet but I feel better knowing that I have consumed more leafy green veggies in the las three months than I have in the ... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:13:47 EST Struggling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170956 So last Saturday I went to the hospital due to my eyes they treated me for pink eye well it never went away so I had to go to a optimologists well after $250 we found out my swollen red eyes were from my bone disease now I have to take eye drops with steroids just want it to go away so I can get ... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:12:18 EST 5/26/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170955 Well, we are getting our share of rain the last couple of days. Kept me from getting to the yard work. We are due to get spot storms the next couple of days. If I was a working person, I would be looking forward to the holiday weekend. But seems like just another day. Nothing new on the job ... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:11:57 EST Need some R & R in Costa Rica http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170954 On the second day of my virtual trip around the world, I did a 20-minute run/walk with intervals to travel to Costa Rica. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b8157894-a3f3-4f39-8e98-dcab07881c64.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After a long day of being busy in real life, that beach looks... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:10:54 EST How do you turn off those emotions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170953 How do you try to not react or have emotions when the one you are married to acts like you are diseased if you have a bad day of any sorts. I tried to explain to him that my bank is empty most days because he is unable to verbalize his feelings and when something happens, after a while I can't ... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:10:37 EST Do you know the difference......Memorial Day or Veterans Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170952 There is some confusion between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial day is not a day of celebration it is a day of remembrance of fallen heroes. Veterans Day is a day of appreciation of sacrifices that our military make to protect and keep our country free. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:08:02 EST All we need are kindness and courage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170950 " Life is mainly froth and bubble <BR> Two things stand like stone - <BR> Kindness in another's trouble, <BR> Courage in your own." Adam Gordon <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope your all having an amazing thankful Thursday . Mine was filled simply with time with family , good healthy food , and... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:06:21 EST Day 192 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170949 Thankful for a good day. Thankful for a peaceful night. Thankful for chat time with my Dad. Thankful for an update that my gift for my Dad- a copy of his college diploma was mailed out Monday. He will be so surprised. Thankful for a good work week and hoping that tomorrow finishes it off gre... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:05:33 EST 👍 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170948 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/227ea673-b70a-46b3-ae80-52ca346aacf6.jpg"> <BR> 💪 Thu, 26 May 2016 20:03:15 EST Got it done last night! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170947 I finished cleaning the kitchen and the kitchen floor last night. Shook out the rugs! I dusted. <BR> next door. We will fix flowers and go to the cemetery tomorrow-weather permitting. I am off tomorrow. I wore My Red Nose today for Red Nose day! I went to the bank with it on and the post of... Thu, 26 May 2016 20:00:58 EST God says keep going! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170944 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/28a4427d-5951-4efc-89b5-e8898343db15.jpg"> <BR> I have been on my weight loss journey for almost 2 months. I lost about 20lbs but I seem to be stuck the last 2 weeks. I decided to start working out so I am praying it is just muscles building. I rea... Thu, 26 May 2016 19:47:54 EST Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170943 3lbs down and feelin great. Walked hard on a treadmill today for one hour. I maintained my heart rate and when I was done, the lady that signed me up was impressed and told me to keep up the good work. She said good job!! Thank you marti. When I'm there by myself, she's my inspiration, my extra ... Thu, 26 May 2016 19:47:35 EST Weight loss journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170942 I'm a 40 yr old widow. My husband passed away due to high blood pressure. At my heaviest I was 250lbs. I found low carb shortly after my husband passed. I wish I would have found it sooner. But it's been a little over two years and I'm down to 187.4lbs. I went off this WOE for a year and gained 3... Thu, 26 May 2016 19:42:36 EST A good reminder. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170941 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f592dab-f027-438a-a9c0-225bcec11186.jpg"> This too shall pass. Thu, 26 May 2016 19:42:36 EST Many hands http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170940 Went to my brothers today, we helped him to put the same stain and sealer on their fence that we did. Many hands made short work of a long hot dirty job. Although some of us were wearing more than we got on the fence, lol. All in all it was a good day of exercise and fun w family. It was 88 b... Thu, 26 May 2016 19:41:58 EST The Return of picture blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170939 I believe that I do best when I am blogging. I believe that I am more inclined to blog daily, when I challenge myself to do a "picture a day" blog. THEREFORE, I have decided to return to that format for my blogs and to commit to blogging daily (as much as possible) <BR> <BR> Today has been an ex... Thu, 26 May 2016 19:38:00 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170938 Really wanna get a snack...feeling drained from work and cooking. Tomorrows Friday and i have hight hopes for hitting my new goals Thu, 26 May 2016 19:36:27 EST Chasing goats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170936 I like to run. On average I log about 20 to 25 miles a week with an addition 3 to 5 miles per day walking. Running is therapy. It strengthens my body, clears my mind, keeps me out of trouble, and saves me money. Although, I must admit, it's probably breakeven if I calculate the cost of replacin... Thu, 26 May 2016 19:28:35 EST Day 12 not 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170935 I'm so bad with time conception. Today is day 12 not 10! As of today I've lost 7 pounds. I notice that I am not craving sweets as much as before and I do have more energy. Today a coworker brought krispy Kreme to work and I gave in and had one. It was delicious when I was savoring it but after ... Thu, 26 May 2016 19:26:43 EST Slump http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170933 Not feeling too motivated - so much stress at work, so many things to do! Still, I'm making it through day by day. Thu, 26 May 2016 19:22:26 EST #Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170932 I read this " Sitting Hurts"....inactivity hurts us let move more together!!!! I love this community of "Movers"...nothing but good health to all!!!!👊 Thu, 26 May 2016 19:22:22 EST Chocolate Ice cube recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170931 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cd4f6a40-a23b-4318-a4e2-61c5fbe2bc18.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Sweeten up your ice cubes with this recipe for frozen 'hot' chocolate ice cubes to put in milk, iced coffee and more." <BR> <BR> http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes<BR>/articles/978401/fr... Thu, 26 May 2016 19:21:09 EST We Obey God Out of Love, Not Fear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170930 We Obey God Out of Love, Not Fear <BR> BY RICK WARREN — MAY 26, 2016 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ce646991-8821-4373-b952-a621bb2991c9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jesus said in John 15:14, “You are my friends if you do what I command” (NLT, second edition). You can’t say you l... Thu, 26 May 2016 19:19:28 EST 5 Flavor-Infused Ice Cubes to Jazz Up Your Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170928 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e94926c2-a1d4-475d-93e1-dd058d0a48aa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/re<BR>cipe-of-the-day/flavor-infused-ice-cub<BR>e-recipe-jazz-up-water/ <BR> <BR> Looks refreshing! Time to buy some ice cube trays! Thu, 26 May 2016 19:09:42 EST Day 1/100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170927 So I found out today I weigh 201 pounds, which is something I am not proud of. My whole life I've struggled with my weight and identifying as beautiful and fat. I never wanted to be fat just beautiful and healthy. This has led me to chronic dieting, binge eating, and starving myself. None have th... Thu, 26 May 2016 19:08:55 EST My Blogging Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170926 You may have noticed that I blog on a pretty regular basis. The reasons for that are legion, but some of them include the pleasure of motivating others, receiving motivation from those of you who comment on them, and feeling motivated when one of you tells me that one of my blogs inspired you, ca... Thu, 26 May 2016 19:05:00 EST Not losing!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170925 I have been sticking to 1100-1200 calories a day, never going over on fats or anything, haven't lost a lb. I walk 2 miles 5 days, a week. Have been doing this for 6 wks - no loss!! ?? Thu, 26 May 2016 19:01:48 EST Trying to not be obsessive about nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170924 Yesterday I chaperoned my daughter's sixth grade field trip to Cedar Point. Part of the fee we paid included lunch at the amusement park. Normally when I'm "dieting" I can get very obsessive about my nutrition. The times when it is out of my control drive me insane. I have fears of consuming ... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:54:32 EST Day 11 - Panda is SOO tired & has a headache. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170923 I did not make it to the gym today because it was Jr Olympics at my kids school. I did manage to do about 5 minutes of jazzercise with one of my daughters. And I walked back and forth across the playground chasing three kids on three different teams. <BR> <BR> But, that is it as far a workout go... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:48:11 EST Getting my sexy back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170922 A year ago my 11 yr old firecracker, cowgirl daughter was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. She has been my only focus for almost a year now. I have have emerged as her treatments wind down a whopping 120lbs overweight... Stress, erratic eating, bad snacks, not sleeping well. All of that has a way o... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:48:10 EST Day 16? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170920 Yes I state that with a ? Because I have lost track. I still continue to track my food, however have stopped daily blogging for some reason. Lol. No more significant weight loss despite efforts of change. I know it takes time and one can't be discouraged, but it's difficult as we all know. I... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:43:51 EST Putting fork down between bites http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170919 Hey everyone, I have not written in awhile, I am still on this journey, slow and steady! <BR> <BR> Am gonna put my fork down between bites and count to 10 before I pick up my fork!! <BR> Read this on a blog a couple years ago, and it worked, till I forgot!! When I ate dinner tonite which was 2 ... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:42:49 EST I needed to be reminded!!! Peace n Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170918 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f369918-6a9d-4dfe-a88e-aea40c471203.jpg"> Thu, 26 May 2016 18:41:35 EST Feeling the stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170917 Todat it was kinda bummed out cause it looked like i went up a pound but it looks like it is comming down. Summer is here and that means no school for the kiddos. Which means stress for me. I am trying to learn that eatting does not solve my problems and that i need to find another way to vent. I... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:37:29 EST Where I've been.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170916 it's been 8 days since I last had a few free me minutes to do anything other than sleep, and school work. It seems that this Hospital clinic stuff is taking a bit more time than I expected at the end of each day, but I assure you....I have not stopped my journey just because... <BR> <BR> Yes....... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:34:19 EST Gastric Bypass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170915 Well I have been on this journey since October 2015 and I finally an feeling like my old self again stronger,faster, more confident. I am hoping to meet my goal by October 2016 Thu, 26 May 2016 18:30:39 EST Barre http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170914 Every Barre fitness class is fun and empowering class set to today's hottest music. Classes begin with a warm up focusing on postural strength and alignment, followed by a series of upper body exercises using light weights. The ballet barre is used to sculpt the lower body, abs and for flexibilit... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:29:14 EST Dream House http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170913 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/145697a1-d7a2-4225-bcd1-8eb33fb1f74c.jpg"> <BR> TO TIRED TO BLOG ! Spark cheers ! Lol ! SWEET SPRING DREAMS ! KATHARINE Thu, 26 May 2016 18:28:50 EST Thursday Blog...sorry no time yesterday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170912 Well, you all know that I have been super busy for months with no sign of things letting up. Not sure if things are really busier or I am just showing my age! Either way, it just IS what it IS and I shall stop complaining about it and do what I can and try to rearrange things to suit LIFE. I ha... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:25:05 EST Mthfr a1298c, vitamin D and me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170911 Blog entry #1.. I used to be really thin. Seriously. I was.considered skinny until my senior year of high school. I don't know what triggered the drastic 75lb.gain, but it was just the first. Now, 330 pounds in.. (ouch, that stung).. I'm a week into my first real attempt at losing weight. I feel... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:23:00 EST FREE Fitness in the park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170910 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e793971-e022-434a-8637-2928f6b0d1d1.jpg"> <BR> It is a sign of how far I've come with my health that I am considering getting (gasp!) Out of the apartment for an exercise class. (Flashback to March 4th). I weighed 189.9 pounds (and had lost 9 poun... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:22:32 EST The Journey Begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170909 Today is Day 1 of my journey! I am totally ready to commit. My goal is to lose 22 pounds and maintain it by new year's eve. It may sound easy enough, but it hasn't been as of yet! <BR> <BR> I plan on losing it slow, no low cal dieting, just healthy eating, tracking it, and exercise, the basics.... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:20:09 EST Home town buffet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170908 Yup! We drove from our home in phoenix to San Niguel, CA. The drive was great and my mother in law from PA got to see some of the west coast for the first time. And then it happened, lunch time came, bellies growling and what does everyone but me vote on? You guessed it, home town buffet. Insta... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:18:35 EST Finlandia Light Swis only 57 calories a slice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170907 I always love this cheese. But when I ate it I thought I was "cheating" and eating way too much. It could start off a binge from the idea, "Oh I blew it, I will eat other things, too." <BR> <BR> Now that I know it within my calorie range, I can stop at 3 slices! Maybe with a piece of fruit. <BR>... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:16:38 EST -Which Image Do You Choose?- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170906 When you look at yourself in the mirror, WHO do you see? ..... Do you see the image you are right now .....or do you look BEYOND and see your new 'desired' body image? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/58173a52-d64b-459e-9ea1-2271e1d20b45.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I noticed on S... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:15:38 EST Accidental Excercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170905 So, I went out for a wee walk tonight and ended up walking over 7 miles due to a silly whim. I thought it would be funny to walk down the road I knew my wife and son would be driving up, however they took a different route. Managed to walk a fair distance before realising and then had to walk bac... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:09:51 EST SMALL SUCCESS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170904 I'm really happy about this. Since I've gained all this weight I've had to wear my belt on notch 2-3 and I'm so happy to day I can tighten it to notch 4-5!!!!! I'm so excite d, I had to share. Thu, 26 May 2016 18:06:30 EST Boyfriend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170903 So I went with some carbs for dinner tonight since I'm tired of looking at the box of jumbalaya mix in the cabinet. So I made chicken jumbalaya instead of using sausage of some sort as I normally would. We sit down to eat and my boyfriend comments that isn't it supposed to have sausage? I tell hi... Thu, 26 May 2016 18:02:18 EST Peace... I am trying... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170902 I hear a song that I have heard so many times before but I really didn't think about it much till on my way home today and then I have to admit I needed to hear that... <BR> Acappella - It is well <BR> <link>youtu.be/EC2L5SsgW-Q </link> <BR> <BR> So no matter how many darts I must dodge I wi... Thu, 26 May 2016 17:57:02 EST Chicken wrap! Messy! Yummy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170901 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/121035ce-0d66-4bc4-8c84-41b7eab8bd5b.jpg"> <BR> 4oz canned chicken breast, shredded lettuce, chopped onions and tomato, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, basil, lemon juice, mustard on a gluten free wrap from Aldi. One of the benefits of ... Thu, 26 May 2016 17:55:35 EST 2 weeks till my trip!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170900 Getting excited for my trip out to LA in 2 weeks! Its coming in close and I have been in the same 2-3 lbs for the last few days, I know its b/c im eating to many sweet/”bad” food lol. Cleaning up my act and dealing with family drama is always a fun thing to try to do at the same time. The week st... Thu, 26 May 2016 17:51:22 EST it's thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170899 thats enough lol Thu, 26 May 2016 17:46:08 EST XOXO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170898 While Rey is my current icon - the person I am using as an inspirational touchstone on this long weight loss adventure - when I was younger, Blair Waldorf was my fashion hero. She's styled in such a way to be both composed, clean-lined, and feminine. It's a hard line to balance - a lot of feminin... Thu, 26 May 2016 17:45:48 EST Feeling a little discouraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170897 I am feeling a little discouraged today. I have been following my food plan, tracking everything, drinking my water and trying to get my exercise in and I have been stuck at the same weight for 2 weeks. I feel like I should be losing more and I will be dealing with my monthly visitor next week ... Thu, 26 May 2016 17:44:51 EST Food epiphanies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170896 I'm not sure if I've blogged about this before but yesterday while having a second serving of ice cream (yup - guilt-free - finally) I was thinking about my "food epiphanies". Now when I list them and think about them they kinda seem obvious, but truth is, for most of my life, they were NOT obvio... Thu, 26 May 2016 17:43:46 EST Atkins Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170895 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5fb9d5eb-859f-4072-b0a2-e89109c50d9d.jpg"> <BR> Really happy with my food results today. Need to start exercising more than my walk at break but I'm procrastinating until I get a fitbit. I do so much better with structure and feel rewarded by seein... Thu, 26 May 2016 17:40:40 EST Weekly NSV list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170894 Decided so many things are changing, but not so much the number on the scale. I want to focus on all the cool things I have noticed already, but weekly look at what I noticed so I can see the progress I'm making other than a number on the scale. <BR> <BR> I will update this blog daily/weekly, as... Thu, 26 May 2016 17:40:05 EST Day 307 - I Won!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170893 I won the weight loss challenge at work! Woohoo! I lost 4.4% of my body weight which was 8 pounds! I get the $100 Visa gift card! Do I have enough exclamation points in this blog to let you know that I am super excited! ;) Thu, 26 May 2016 17:39:41 EST I Work to Deadlines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170892 I am results oriented, but at home I let time slide and reward myself with play time before I get my work done. In the Summer Challenge I am going to focus on my time management and get my exercise done earlier in the day. Also I have a my summer buddy to exercise with, so that will be a great mo... Thu, 26 May 2016 17:38:50 EST Attempt #18? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170891 If at first you don't succeed... Hm. Nope. If after the second attempt you don't... If after the THIRD attempt...!!! Let's just say I've tried... and tried and tried and tried again! My weight loss journey has had ups and downs, twists and turns. I've gone forwards and backwards so many times a... Thu, 26 May 2016 17:38:24 EST Bathing Suit Eww http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170889 Went to Target today to buy a few items. Decided to try on a few bathing suits as I am scheduled to go floating down the river in June with family and my daughter was inquiring today about going to the neighborhood pool on Sunday. I am not super thrilled to be in a bathing suit. I am especially n... Thu, 26 May 2016 17:28:21 EST Little Miss Baby Face http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170888 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6933ee9c-94c0-4969-84e8-5bcdfdc66db3.jpg"> <BR> Well I was able to get a short kettlebell workout in today. 30 min - 12 kg kettlebell - lower body circuit I wanted to do more cardio but my 4wk old isn't having it today. She is only wanting to fee... Thu, 26 May 2016 17:28:05 EST Givin' Props to NSVs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170887 Having just written a nice, positive, level-headed blog a couple of days about about how my scale's uncooperative nature won't get me down, this morning seeing the the same stupid number AGAIN threw me into an absolute meltdown! <BR> <BR> <em>225</em> <em>28</em> <em>225</em> <em>46... Thu, 26 May 2016 17:26:17 EST It's been a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170886 It's been awhile since I've been to active on here. I've been super busy. Working, house hold chores,and on top not feeling well. Trying to find a job with insurance so I don't have to pay out of pocket anymore. Wish me luck I can find a good job soon. Thu, 26 May 2016 17:23:39 EST It's been a while http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170885 It's been awhile since I've been to active on here. I've been super busy. Working, house hold chores,and on top not feeling well. Trying to find a job with insurance so I don't have to pay out of pocket anymore. Wish me luck I can find a good job soon. Thu, 26 May 2016 17:23:19 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170884 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/df05d734-dbc4-4a4f-b775-fcc579727108.jpg"> <BR> Good afternoon, hoping that everyone is having a wonderful day. The weekend is almost here hang in there. Remember small steps turn n2 BIG steps. Take it one day at a time. Thu, 26 May 2016 17:04:25 EST It's thundering and so am I. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170883 Day 19 <BR> Gardening 11 minutes 65 calories burned <BR> <BR> It only took me about 10 minutes to make a row, put the seed tape in it, water the tape and cover it with soil and mulch. I think it is supposed to rain here this evening, a chance of thunderstorms. <BR> <BR> I am angry. I saved m... Thu, 26 May 2016 17:02:07 EST Idea for the potato chip lovers.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170882 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6300c55d-2f72-4291-8971-96aa791e1252.jpg"> ..roasted seaweed is a tasty alternative. The little sheets are crispy and lightly sprinkled with sea salt. You can get them from most Asian grocery stores. They are only about 30 cal each. Thu, 26 May 2016 17:01:39 EST BACK YET AGAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170881 We do not always get to chose what happens to us in our lives. We can control parts of it by making good choices. But there are other things over which we have no control. Health issues often fall into that category. Welcome to my world! <BR> <BR> I had made a move to my home state not even ... Thu, 26 May 2016 16:59:42 EST SPOILER...Obedience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170880 Thomas S. Monson <BR> A knowledge of truth and the answers to our greatest questions come to us as we are obedient to the commandments of God. Thu, 26 May 2016 16:59:16 EST Goodbye Muffin Top - Don't come back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170879 It happened, the one thing I told my (future at the time) husband I didn't want to do. That's right I gained 20lbs in the first year of marriage...scratch that first 6 months! WHAT THE HECK?! <BR> And you know the worst part of it? It wasn't even because we were blissfully married and living in ... Thu, 26 May 2016 16:59:11 EST Reboot Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170878 Nothing to huge to report today, so I'm just gonna share my stats and be bop back to my day :) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2ac864e3-415f-4ee9-9a77-20933224e078.png"> Thu, 26 May 2016 16:57:23 EST Baby Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170877 I have a whole new plan. No more diets!!! I am taking some positive steps, yes, they are baby steps, but in the right direction. I simply can't do this anymore. Lose, gain, lose, gain--it is heartbreaking and embarrassing each time I gain the weight back. <BR> <BR> I am going to start with a... Thu, 26 May 2016 16:57:09 EST Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170876 I normally look forward to the Memorial weekends, hot dogs, burgers, chips, sodas, etc. But this year, I'm on a self imposed diet. I've lost 20 lbs so far and don't want to blow it. Ugh! Thu, 26 May 2016 16:56:21 EST Quick blog before the day gets away from me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170875 College DS and fiancé came for dinner last night and <BR> we had a lovely time catching up on their lives while <BR> they enjoyed pork steak, mashed potatoes and fresh <BR> asparagus. The weather appeared to be turning so <BR> they left as soon as they were down with their meeting <BR> with the m... Thu, 26 May 2016 16:52:56 EST Matcha Banana Spinach Smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170874 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a5d4dd7-568a-4004-9d4f-9ac285da5a18.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1 banana <BR> 2-5 handfulls of spinach <BR> 1/2-1 Tbs of Matcha green tea <BR> Water and ice. <BR> <BR> I used a nutribullet, so I don't know exactly how much water I used.. but it made two gla... Thu, 26 May 2016 16:50:37 EST Ready to get fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170873 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0714b19f-940f-4a5a-8bdc-c6931e06385c.jpg"> <BR> I went out and bought a fitness band, workout video and a pair of ankle/wrist weights to enhance my workouts. I'm ready to get fit and loose weight =) Thu, 26 May 2016 16:43:31 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170872 This blog is late..but rather than just forgetting it totally (which is what I would usually do) I decided better late than never. So, my eating was pretty good. I had a fruit smoothie for breakfast, Brown rice with steamed packchoy for lunch. Dinner, which unfortunately was the heaviest meal, ... Thu, 26 May 2016 16:42:06 EST Rough attitude=rough day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170871 I copped an attitude at work this morning. By the time I went to lunch I was feeling pretty frustrated so I did what any active addict does: I tried to ingest something to take the rough edges off my feelings. Also typical of addiction, I felt worse afterwards. I do not want to hurt like that a... Thu, 26 May 2016 16:35:58 EST Soul Searching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170869 Since my last blog I have done a lot of soul searching. I decided I would not go back to the IP coach until I was mentally ready. I have gained a few pounds in the short time period, but a lot of stress has had my routine out of balance. I saw the doctor yesterday and gave him a month's worth of ... Thu, 26 May 2016 16:24:13 EST Redwoods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170868 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/29d5830b-bc56-4d9c-b63d-7c95e1b41f0c.jpg"> <BR> Went hiking on monday with my daughter and doggie. New spot for me, it was beautiful! We are going to try and get there at least twice a month. Love exercising outside. Thu, 26 May 2016 16:21:46 EST Hey y'all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6170867 Feeling more energized due to water consumption and exercise daily, best thing it's helping me get 6 hrs of straight sleep, woot!!!! Thu, 26 May 2016 16:19:33 EST