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 OH CHEEZ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208341 This week I've been logging my food and it's been a game changer. It's not the first time I've logged my food but I've been pretty honest this time. I see where my problem areas are even though I'm eating A LOT healthier. My biggest issue is fats, I seem to have trouble meeting my carb requiremen... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:18:50 EST Like Chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208340 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e3947675-d9db-42c6-b537-35c776e0b52f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Pray for Peace. <em>459</em> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:18:46 EST Blah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208339 Do yall ever just wake up having a blah day? U know, not motivated? Doesn't help that I'm feeling swollen and cranky and hangry either! Yes u heard me hangry! Nothing is satisfied me. I'm still hungry. Yes drinkn in my dayumnnnn water and had coffee and fruit and protein.... Shrugs Sighs Belly gu... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:17:15 EST Quote or Saying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208338 I don't have a favorite motivational quote or saying. It think it is time that I found one! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:14:08 EST Upset stomach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208337 Organic Apple cider vinegar works miracles... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:10:51 EST Tying up loose ends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208336 I'm about to be on vacation for two weeks, so this week I've been frantically tying up all the loose ends at work to make sure I can leave with everything done and come back ready to rock n roll. Mostly that means paperwork and emails, but it also means having a conversation with my Supervisor ab... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:06:29 EST Thursday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208335 The thunderstorms that past through our area yesterday helped cool things down, which is much appreciated! We're looking at upper 80's to lower 90's for the next several days, I can handle that!!! <BR> I was going to go out and do some yard work this afternoon, but another storm is slowly passin... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 18:00:41 EST Learning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208334 Today we went to Piology for lunch and I made an amazing personalized flatbread pizza. Normally I would eat the whole thing, but today I said no and put half in a box to take home. I won't lie, it was hard, but I did it. I'm slowly learning the things I need to do to make this journey work for me... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:58:52 EST Walking and bike riding in the rain today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208333 I got a phone call today, at around a quarter to 10 this morning. Can I come into work, they've had 2 people call in sick and we have a new starter. 'Sure' I said, 'give me half an hour or so, I need a shower and I'll be right along'. I got there, discovered new uniform for me, so I have 2 new po... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:56:46 EST Lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208332 Guys, this blog isn't about the usual stuff I post, but is serious. If any of my readers pray, please pray about this. I have gotten to know an elderly couple from my gym for the past few years. We visit about going to the mountains, seeing the wildflowers and where to best see bears, deer and el... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:56:40 EST Healthy BMI or Healthy Body Fat %? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208331 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6266860a-21b3-4cb8-9d6b-364cf2bd414a.jpg"> <BR> Today's lunch, cheese and bacon broccoli ❤ low carb yummyness! Back to subject: Healthy BMI or Healthy Body Fat? In one corner I am only 6lbs from "healthy" bmi, while on the other my Body Fat % is ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:55:13 EST just sayin' ... you are invited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208330 My BFF is absolutely the best. She is supportive, honest, funny, sings made up songs even though .. she can't really sing ... really. We have been friends for 30 years. She knows everything about me and loves me any way. <BR> <BR> We met because of our boys being in kindergarten together. Then s... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:41:48 EST It's gonna be crazy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208328 Tomorrow starts tax free weekend in my state. Yay (yeah that's sarcasm haha) I work retail so it's gonna be insane. Plus, payroll is soooo tight because we haven't been making sales. So hopefully we will have some coverage on the front end. We will see. I'm going to hide and work on my stuff unl... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:38:20 EST Accountability Is A Beautiful Thing!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208327 Hey Sparkies, <BR> <BR> So you know how sometimes you know something but then you have a moment where you realize how true it is. Yep, having that moment now. I KNOW the power of accountability because I've experienced it in the past but what I've realized is that if you don't submit yourself to... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:33:47 EST 7/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208326 It is official.... I am 50 now.... Yesterday's party was great. Lots of friends gather around my family and me to celebrate and it went so well. I did not have a minute for myself.... it was a very busy day.... hubby took some pictures and I hope to post some as soon as I get them on my computer.... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:29:24 EST blogstreak month 2 day 28 - DD's here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208324 second try to write a blog before midnight after the browser froze the first time. morning run today, maybe i was as fast as the tortoise, maybe not... but 4.5 miles, followed by a walk down to the fjord, no dip - a bit too chilly for my blood. had the pleasure of seeing a piece of swedish mariti... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:26:12 EST Not a good food day for me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208323 I have been working 12-14 hr shifts for the last 9 days. I am tired. Today has not had a food plan. Have eaten too many calories today. I am going to log everything no matter how bad it is and start over again tomorrow. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:25:07 EST Day 64: Thursday Activity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208321 Daily Goal: 10,000 steps. <BR> <BR> I'm posting this extra early today. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6a11ef2c-f297-4858-9790-51c97294031a.PNG"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's exercise was walking. Tomorrow I will do a workout. <BR> Goal met for the day. <BR> <BR... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:23:35 EST Good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208320 Did well again today, ate 1400, burned 600. Almost at the 1 month mark and weigh in is Sunday 😄 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:22:46 EST One of those days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208319 Ughhhhhh I'm working hard to eat better, exercise and lose weight and instead I'm gaining instead of losing I'm sure it's water weight bc it came on fast but still it sux Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:20:33 EST Deserts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208318 I have a horrible sweet tooth but today found banana ice cream and fell in love! The kids and I made both vanilla and chocolate. Kept the recipe super simple. Just frozen bananas slices, vanilla and a 1/4 cup or less of unsweetened vanilla almond milk for creaminess. For the chocolate just subst... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:18:47 EST Just now had chance to lunch~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208317 it has been a busy day with 2 essential meetings this late morning. Customers galore and taking care of counting out the drawers of 2 employees. They were both even thankfully. <BR> I will be happy for 530 because it is when I am off until next Monday at 730am! <BR> <BR> I have already bought t... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:16:35 EST but what CAN I do? Poll http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208316 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d5116955-6ed8-4197-b881-2b8092ab115d.png"> <BR> so yesterday everything was hunky-dory I did my good food shopping came home to tv and bam! chocolate attack! it's been a twelve hour craziness from last night through lunch today and frankly I'm ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:11:33 EST You have to just start again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208313 Down 2.2 pounds since Monday. Need to make this journey doable without relying on a tough workout schedule and one that I can be comfortable with. Age is catching up with me! :-) Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:05:13 EST I will conquer my Curly Hair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208312 This is my life long challenge.... I bet at least 1/2 of you have this same frustration. The other 1/2 of you.... love to compliment us, on out beautiful hair. <em>304</em> <BR> I do appreciate my full head of thick, curly, wavy hair. I'm not complaining. <BR> <BR> I may have discussed this... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:59:44 EST Get Ready, Set, Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208311 Not tomorrow, now! Why even wait until tomorrow when you can start your new lifestyle right now? I know, because you have to eat up all the food in the house that you can't have on a diet. You have to go get in all those lasts... but they never really are the last anything are they? Truth! ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:59:20 EST Intuitive Eating... still learning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208310 Soooo, I got this book, Intuitive Eating, on my way to buy another weight loss book. I felt like the first paragraph, well chapter and almost entire book, was written about me. <BR> If you've heard of it, you know it's about getting off the diet track and just learning to eat when you are actual... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:49:24 EST Weigh in day tommorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208309 Why is it u know that weight gain could be muscle or water weight which it maybe tommorrow especially since I started cycle this morning. I know that it happens every month usually 2 pounds of water weight each month but it still makes me question all my hard work & time this week even though i ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:43:38 EST Day 210: Perfection is Overrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208308 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1206bf31-fe4c-43fe-9888-48982fbcf2d9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "I don't have to be perfect. All I have to do is show up and enjoy the messy, imperfect and beautiful journey of my life. It's a trip more wonderful than I could have imagined." (Kerry Washingto... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:31:52 EST Let's go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208307 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/14d5334d-11e7-4cdb-875d-21818b5873ef.JPG"> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:28:13 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208306 This is my first day logging. New journey for a healthier lifestyle. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:21:35 EST My best advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208305 My best advice is I have learned that things I once thought was healthy is not ! Be careful of health food traps box health food or canned soups . Fresh is better ! The best advice I keep getting the number one component to weight loss besides water intake is fruits and veggies . 9 cups a day har... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:20:24 EST In God's Presence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208304 Do you realize that God is next to you in every plan, circumstance, and bend in the road? When the trails are unfamiliar, He is holding your hand. When the skies get dark, His arm is around you. Psalm 31:14-15 (NIV) says, "But I trust in you, Lord;I say, You are my God. My times are in your hands... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:20:23 EST Time for a Credit Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208303 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4238a1c8-2a74-4181-b547-662c18c0c5b3.jpg"> <BR> As I've been blogging and trying to be more active on Spark for the last couple of months (for the majority of my weight loss journey, I acted like some sort of cyber-hermit and kept to myself, happil... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:12:53 EST My biggest diet tip. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208302 People always say ask me if I can give them diet tips. Other than the obvious , which is eat less and move more or never give up would be this- ☆a cooked calorie is rarely the same as a raw calorie. ☆ The difference can make or break your diet. Stay strong peeps! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:10:14 EST Tired of the stuggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208301 Every time I feel like I am on top of the struggle, my inner fat girl takes over. The scale is up three pounds. I can't blame anyone but myself. The last two days of eating have been horrific. I have tracked it all though, so at least there is that. Seriously though, when will this sweet too... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:09:11 EST New attitude? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208299 Slowly, I'm coming around. I've been power-walking 1.5 miles on my lunch hour and for the last 3 days, rode 8 miles on my bike after work. My legs are starting to feel it. Actually, I noticed that my calves are no longer cramping up when I walk and I'm feeling the burn more in my thighs and bu... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:02:39 EST Happy Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208298 Happy Thursday everyone. I hope everyone is cool today. We are in a heat wave here in Southern California and it is state wide. I'm staying indoors today. What's the weather like where you are? Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:02:10 EST Losing weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208296 So far it's been four days since tracking my food and exercise and lost 4 lbs and 4inches. I'm really happy that I can actually have hope now. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:51:15 EST Thursday blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208295 Just read a great article on shoe shopping and finding the perfect pair. The writer told of how she went to many stores and tried on many pairs. <BR> I dont really have that option, in the town nearest me, we have two shoe stores that sell better quality shoes. <BR> I can, and have ordered onlin... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:46:22 EST Heat and Humidity!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208294 I took flowers out to put on Mom and Dad's graves. I got out of the car and walk up there! <BR> The flowers were not very secure so I went back to the car and got the duct tape and My little red tool box. I went back and fixed them where they were more secure. By the time I got back to the car... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:38:30 EST Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208293 Ready for my 2.5 mile walk but the weather isn't 😤 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:29:20 EST Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208292 Ready for my 2.5 mile walk but the weather isn't 😤 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:29:07 EST Brain Scan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208291 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2364c55-1082-413f-aeaf-ce503f830aa0.jpg"> I had a Brain Scan on Tuesday July 26th. I was one of the lucky ones & my Brain Scan was normal. Praise God! Before I went to the Brain Scan, I fell in my house. Once my GF helped me up with my assistance,... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:19:52 EST Brain Scan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208290 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2364c55-1082-413f-aeaf-ce503f830aa0.jpg"> I had a Brain Scan on Tuesday July 26th. I was one of the lucky ones & my Brain Scan was normal. Praise God! Before I went to the Brain Scan, I fell in my house. Once my GF helped me up with my assistance,... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:19:28 EST Brain Scan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208289 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e2364c55-1082-413f-aeaf-ce503f830aa0.jpg"> I had a Brain Scan on Tuesday July 26th. I was one of the lucky ones & my Brain Scan was normal. Praise God! Before I went to the Brain Scan, I fell in my house. Once my GF helped me up with my assistance,... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:19:13 EST Slow & Steady Wins The Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208288 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4819f64d-9bf6-471c-b933-5aacd4533325.jpg"> I started my Eating Right on June 13, 2016. I've Lost 15 Pounds as of today July 28, 2016. Just for the Record I'm having a Blast, just not Eating right BUT Working out as well... I am looking Forward to a... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:18:54 EST Brain Scan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208287 I had a Brain Scan on Tuesday July 26th. I was one of the lucky ones & my Brain Scan was normal. Praise God! Before I went to the Brain Scan, I fell in my house. Once my GF helped me up with my assistance, I was fine and I went to Registration at our hospital. That's my big excitement for Tuesday... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:18:12 EST Brain Scan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208286 I had a Brain Scan on Tuesday July 26th. I was one of the lucky ones & my Brain Scan was normal. Praise God! Before I went to the Brain Scan, I fell in my house. Once my GF helped me up with my assistance, I was fine and I went to Registration at our hospital. That's my big excitement for Tuesday... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:17:12 EST Good recipes and work outs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208285 💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐💐ðŸ<BR>’ðŸ’ðŸ’ðŸ’ðŸ’¡I need good work out to get into and to keep going with it and recipes I can eat without hating cause naturally I don't like salad or veggies but if you have recipes that could change that I would much like that💡💐💐💐💐ð... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:17:02 EST First pounds lost http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208284 Weighed in at one and half weeks of this diet. Lost foir pounds. Im pretty excited to see that. And i have to say its motivation to get through this. Here is hoping I stick with it. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:13:20 EST Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208283 Rain money and car trouble omg I can't get a break Breath cliff it will b OK tomarrow will b better Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:11:16 EST Seven Lonely Days Makes One Lonely Week! (One Week Til Babs!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208282 Anybody remember that old country song? Back when I was a kid, my parents collected their Lucky Strike cigarette packs, and sent away for a free "Greatest Hits" album. Of course even back in the 60's, they were OLD songs, but I listened to that album so much, I knew almost every song by heart. "S... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:10:46 EST Live life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208281 Living is harder some days than others. Breathing air is harder depending on humidity and air quality. Now that is something to think about. With all the junk in the air that the rain brought in. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:08:10 EST Spoke too soon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208280 Well last night was stressful. My ex texted me at a quarter to midnight basically hinting that he was going to commit suicide. He didn't, I messaged him this morning and he's fine. I think that's put all hope of being friends immediately to rest, simply because he has been quite emotionally manip... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:07:11 EST Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208279 So im 18 and way over wait and was getting depressed about it and when ever I thought about trying to fix it by excersize or eat healthy i would just think what's the point i can't do it (i hace bad depression where I have to take medicine to try to not be) after months of taking to my mom about ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:07:02 EST Beautiful cloudy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208277 It is cloudy and a little cooler today. Going to go for a short walk I think. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 15:00:56 EST Day 1176 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208276 S/B Gym Day. Still not 100%- keeping up on my cardio anyway. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:59:03 EST Read this, Believe this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208275 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/529f5464-90fc-4ef4-8681-9ecd573f4494.jpg"> It was hard for me to get out of the house today with being so hot here. I lost the argument with myself because the gym is air conditioned. No excuse. Lol actually it was a win I feel good. I hope you get... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:56:07 EST Feeling down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208274 I'm starting to lose motivation. It's so hard to keep up with the goal when everyone around is literally in your ear saying you can't do it or trying to tempt you with ice cream and or pies Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:52:04 EST 5 months of Progress...and feeling GREAT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208273 I didn't forget about my journey. I promised progress...so here it is, 5 months of progress. I started the beginning of March, taking first pictures end of March. A reminder of my goals: <BR> 1. Beat diabetes <BR> 2. Not sweat the number on the scale, but the fat vs. muscle on the body. <BR> 3. G... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:48:00 EST Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208272 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8c753cba-4570-4e75-be70-7b82e40d6e4e.jpg"> <BR> What are you doing today to make the change you want to see? Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:42:04 EST My Diet and Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208270 I'm posting this blog for the purpose of referencing it. One of my pet peeves is when people tell or imply that I am following an unhealthy diet. So next time that happens, I'm just going to link to this blog because I don't want to repeat myself over and over. <BR> <BR> Let's establish some b... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:40:04 EST Highs and Lows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208268 I hardly slept at all last night.... couldn't GET to sleep, couldn't STAY asleep... <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> I didn't want to get up either! <BR> <BR> And I CERTAINLY didn't want to get up to go swim laps either! <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> I did. I told myself that I didn't have to go far... ju... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:28:40 EST Off today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208267 I am doing my cheat meal today on ww diet and ate my 35 weekly points! So i will have to be strict until next Thurs. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:27:55 EST Kitchen smelling good/yummy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208266 Oh, it is so nice to be home, and getting back to normal. Went to town this morning to replenish all the stuff hubby deleted while I was gone. He was out of Frosted Flakes, Pepsi, Doritos, and milk, my word I am surprised he survived, but he did go to the store once to get himself so more milk ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:20:51 EST What holds you back from being who you want to be? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208265 For me, its always wanting to make everyone happy. Not really doing things myself. Internally, spiritually I am struggling. My kids are soon to start their own true lives. I love my job yet so much changes. My relationship just hasn't move forward. He's divorce as I just found out was finalized a... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:18:24 EST Tripped up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208264 So, my family came down for the week to visit. I haven't been exercising, just swimming with the kids and family activities. My "diet" has been non existent. I feel so fatigued, so fatigued that i actually want to get back on track already. I feel so blah. My family leaves early tomorrow morning ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:18:21 EST Setting goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208263 hmm, I seem to be able to set goals but have a hard time breaking them down to be achievable Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:17:32 EST 4/10 of A Pound To Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208262 So I weighed in at 115.4 this morning. With a goal of 115, I only have 4/10-lb left to lose. I changed my Community Post "Ticker" to Maintenance instead of Pounds-Remaining-Until-Goal. I am happy, and sort of surprised. And also, a bit frightened. I have been so focused on my weight over the last... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:17:10 EST Kind of a fail day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208260 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/880779c4-8224-48f1-9958-ec1324ef1467.jpg"> I said it was 'kind of' a fail day. I didn't make my 10,000/12,000 steps, since I worked from 8:30am-11:00pm. I also went roughly 800-1,000 calories over my goal range. BUT, I'm happy with the work I put... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:12:27 EST What would you wish for? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208259 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/609df0c6-b545-444b-9ee6-0b16d184646c.jpg"> <BR> Look at all these Magic Wands at Harry Potter World! There is a unique wand for each character! What would you wish for??? Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:03:32 EST Make Thursday Great... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208258 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/49482519-4882-4942-8895-bece941a2ae7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2068883459.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good Morning Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just a note to encourage you, keep focused today, remember, take baby steps, go... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:01:58 EST Here is help for those who don't understand the Southern Lingo.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208257 Well Shucks.. Ya'll Know I am from the South.. So I want to share a little rendition of a few things that can help you out if you get stuck in the mud or need to communicate while on Vacation... Lets see what I go .. <BR> <BR> Bill Engvall - Here's Your Sign <BR> <link>youtu.be/p5ZkdHImCuQ </li... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:01:16 EST Birthday "week" getting slammed with temptation...EVERY WHERE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208256 I'm really doing my best but yeesh!! There is food everywhere...the guilty party? MY FAMILY! MY FRIENDS!! AAAH!! On Monday I did very well with my awesome morning run and had a very nice sensible breakfast. <BR> <BR> Then, my brother shows up with fast food and Baskin robbins ice cream!!! <em... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:57:31 EST My No-Go Zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208255 I guess everyone on Maintenance has a No-Go Zone. At least I do. My "GOAL" when I was losing my weight was 125, so that is what I consider right for me. I'd like to get down to 120 sometime to gauge whether that weight feels more energetic than 125, but truly I'm happy and busy at 125. Now I'... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:55:36 EST Bible Verse for Today.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208254 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0488d259-59e2-4cd1-8c8a-159c1cc6eeed.jpg"> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:54:33 EST Starting over again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208253 Last year I was so happy, I was progressing do well, down to 170. I was doing really well until I had a supervisor harassing me. I gained weight again, and entered that revolving cycle. It's discouraging to start again but I am determined to hit my goals this time. My biggest problem is... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:53:58 EST Quote for the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208252 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8bcac4e6-128e-4edd-a2ae-7de19761c704.jpg"> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:53:51 EST Planning to Succeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208251 Today, I'm planning to succeed. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:53:49 EST Stay strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208249 It's easier to stay on track when I'm working at home it's so hard I have controlled my eating today mostly but I had a small bowl of choc ice cream now I just want to nap. I feel so guilty but I will not give up I am keeping a journal of what I ate and how I feel about it I hope it helps. This i... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:51:38 EST FAIL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208248 I've been off my diet for 2 or 3 weeks. I can't seem to get back on track. My face and stomach are bloated and fat again!! After one week off my diet, my scale said I gained SEVEN pounds! That's a pound a day, that doesn't seem possible, but I suppose it could be. <BR> <BR> I keep coming up with... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:51:06 EST Just starting out) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208247 I just started yesterday can't wait to starts seeing improvement on my weight and body! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:50:22 EST Hay Fever & Injury Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208246 My Hay Fever is getting better had the peak of it on Tuesday nite but still dealing with my temp going up and down faster more than normal. My ears are still closed afraid to blow my nose to clear out my nose but also to worsen my ear closures. My voice on the other had taken the toll for the wor... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:47:03 EST Whoops! Didn't mean to order that! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208245 Accidental cheat meal last night. Thought I was ordering grilled shrimp (the menu didn't specify, nor did I), but it came out breaded and fried. I said screw it. Ha. PROBABLY not the best decision, but I didn't want the hassle since I hadn't specified in the first place. Plus it's that time... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:46:10 EST Blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208244 Boy do I hate blogging but when I started this journey I promised myself I would give it 110 % which means earning my points everyday, tracking everything, supporting members and blogging. Everything I have read says it helps keep you on track and I believe that's probably true otherwise would t... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:46:05 EST Losing it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208243 Having a hard time with losing weight. I work out and started eating healthy again. And no changes. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:39:08 EST Heading to my Goal!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208242 Hi I'm starting with 133 pounds my goal is 120 pounds to weeks of exercise and my program . Heading there!!! #Godismystrenght. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:38:38 EST Thursday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208241 An actual normal day for the first time this month. We went to the library book sale at 8 am, then on to haircuts, then to doctor's office to drop off handicap placard form for him to sign, then it will get mailed back to me, then I can go to SOS office and get one. <BR> I feel shaky today, so ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:38:27 EST Day one - getting on track....again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208240 Well not too long ago, I reintroduced myself to Spark. I had a lot of change in my life as I shared and was ready to jump in and begin taking care of me! Well things went really well for a couple of months, and them once again everything else starting replacing what I needed to do for me. This ti... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:37:58 EST Slowly Improving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208239 I've gotten a lot of the schoolwork done, Being able to use the notes makes a HUGE difference! There are still a few things that I haven't been able to find, but I'm going to go down to campus and see a tutor. I don't really feel up to the drive, but I've got to do what I've got to do. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:37:43 EST Still going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208238 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eb9c7373-76a7-4151-80c0-16c34c2dc5fa.jpg"> <BR> Haven't been on for awhile but i still continue my goals.. New job but im down 24 pounds .... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:37:32 EST Hello...(sorry, not Adele) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208237 I don't know if any of the people I shared with are still on SparkPeople, but I have been an on again/off again participant for about 5 years, I think. Two years ago, I adopted a rescue dog, Stella who did not understand the concept of being tied out to do her doggy thing. I had to do something b... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:37:31 EST Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208236 Dose anyone else use weight in the pool ? Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:36:27 EST in grocery store - some nutrition questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208235 I was looking at labels - <BR> <BR> Whole grain flour and oat grain flour having protein in various products. <BR> <BR> i understand soy, whey protein but never knew there is protein in whole grain products which are from whole grain. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:35:36 EST Alone time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208234 Alone time is one of those things that I just need. Unfortunately, I am in a season of my life where I don't get very much of it. I'm a mom, wife and teacher. While summer break is nice, my husband works from home and often doesn't have very much work to do. Although he is innocent with his i... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:34:49 EST Friday eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208233 I don't know if I'm happy about the upcoming weekend or not. The weather has been so tough lately. We have a show to do at the Bayonne Renaissance Faire on Saturday. I'm excited to see many old friends there but worried about the heat and sun. I haven't been coping very well with heat lately. I'... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:34:20 EST Make It A Good One! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208232 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7857e119-b5d9-46fc-8d5e-2b6d46811de7.jpe"> <BR> <BR> Something about Sunflowers make me feel cheerful as if it will be a good day. Wishing all my SP friends a fun filled day! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:30:04 EST Frustrated with Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208231 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I had a night of bad choices. I'm getting back to eating healthy today. I haven't been able to walk due to a really bad heat rash. I feel like when ever I start being healthier, something in the beginning always throws a huge wrench into the new healthy habits. But, this ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:29:38 EST More wildflowers - 7-28-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208230 Jeff Hall shared his wildflower photos from a hike in the high country. I've always loved the brightness of Indian paintbrush. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04da4428-de6d-46eb-9727-32af1c2aab92.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And he found a beautiful patch of Indian paintbrush and... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:27:39 EST Bye-bye, my own apartment! Hello, living together! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208228 I'm still in the process of packing up my apartment to move in with Lee. I haven't made as much progress as I'd have liked last night but tonight will be hopefully a massive push, and my step mom is coming to help me and that should be good. <BR> <BR> I think I, and probably Lee too, are both a ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:19:37 EST Blog #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208227 I'm really excited in taking this new journey of mine. Becoming healthy and starting fresh is something I've longed for. My moods have been much more happier. Third day of exercising but second day of getting ok track eating right. Have a lot of support from family and friends. I believe I can re... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:17:38 EST My hello world post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208226 I need to learn how to close keypad on phon Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:16:57 EST Thursday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208225 Went to exercise class this morning, had lunch and took DH for his haircut. Our SIL had the scope surgery of his knee this morning and is back home, they had to repair a tear and they also scraped out some of the arthritis, he'll be off work for a couple of weeks and hopefully this will be the la... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:16:57 EST Starting my Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208224 So here is a little back history. In 2013 my family and I had a hard year. In a 4 month span we lost several important family members, 2 of which were my father and my Grandfather (his dad) they died 33 days apart. It seemed no sooner had we finished arrangements for 1 then we were at it again... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:16:50 EST Winged http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208223 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9bbcb7f4-cc96-4362-b0df-a030b57be0de.jpg"> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:15:39 EST July 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208222 We were a little worried after visiting MIL last night as she seemed to be very confused again. We told the staff who were going to keep an eye on her. Anyway she was a bit better this morning when wevisited again although they will monitor the situation. They reckon she should be going home tom... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:15:26 EST Music Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208221 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3a05fec5-c70a-4c83-8875-02b48b8e564a.jpg"> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:14:39 EST Day 6 😎😎 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208220 Today has been a rollercoaster of emotions. My aunts first reaction was B you look very tired.. i feel very tired and ran down. Today i didn't log food or do any exercise. Its the of the month when mother nature decides to mess up your emotions.. however tomorrow is weigh day and finally last day... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:14:34 EST Lower Brule/Fort Thompson Dam Color Run 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208219 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/37336804-794b-4fd1-b849-921d4f12f569.jpg"> <BR> Had an awesome time. Missed a few hours of work but it was all worth it. Even got my mother to walk 1 lap. Full of that powder stuff they throw at us. Walked 1.8 miles. When they make exercising fun!... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:13:02 EST STRETCHY'S BLOG-2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208218 IF I DIED IN THE NEXT 10 MINUTES, WHAT WOULD HAVE MATTERED? Would it matter my son didn't get straight A's? Would it matter I didn't get that (_________)?Would it matter I never enjoyed working? Would it matter I didn't get my Ph.D? Would it matter that I don't do Facebook? Would it matter that... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:12:54 EST Enjoy each day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208217 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/69847b3a-cf04-4c4b-bfae-4b595b16d5ac.jpg"> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:10:13 EST B22: side effects of weightloss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208216 I am finding that I don't need as much sleep as before since losing 45 pounds and starting to exercise. I keep waking up an hour early and I can't fall back asleep. This morning I put it to good use and walked the dog for 45 minutes. Another side effect is I feel antsy when I sit too long and n... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:09:18 EST 7/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208215 Good Afternoon! <BR> <BR> I'm checking in late today, I had to run to a doctors appointment this morning. So, let's get to it. <BR> <BR> 1. Bringing in new treats: I had none of this again! I almost bought a chocolate while buying my afternoon snack. Almost. I thought about how I'd have to come... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:08:49 EST 112 degrees Farenheit predicted today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208214 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2453085e-6bdb-46e1-b6a0-ef7eb7596fb2.jpg"> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:07:28 EST THANK YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208213 So many wonderful replies, and comments, to my latest blogs. Thank you all. Admit, I'm not always out there, but am so grateful that there are those of you who are!! <BR> <BR> Just spent two hours in the garden and came back in to realize didn't have my fitbit on. All those lovely calories ne... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:07:20 EST Finished my baking today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208212 I made my challah for the next few weeks. I adapted a buttery dinner roll recipe, using 70% whole wheat and olive oil instead of the white flour and butter. Hubby asked me to portion them into 200gr loaves so we can control our carbs for Shabbat. This sessions challot came out fluffy and beautifu... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:07:17 EST I don't know what to title this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208211 All I can say is that for the first time I am achieving my goal. Being the authentic me. The woman who always wanted to eat healthily. Who wanted to walk and exercise and feel good physically. And emotionally. And spiritually. <BR> <BR> And today it is good. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:06:45 EST Pokemon go the new weight loss program? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208210 I've lost 4 lbs playing Pokemon go. The extra walking sets me up for 8 glasses of water a day or more. The creators are onto something. This game let's you have fun and exercise all at once and you can turn it into a family thing like we did. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:04:23 EST Weight loss so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208206 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50454e5e-204e-4482-8280-3806af895aba.jpg"> <BR> Process so far the picture on the right was before i lost weight and the left is after 31 pounds lost. Not even close to be at my goal weight but i am trying hard. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:58:26 EST Bipolar Disorder and Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208205 I found this great article on weight loss and bipolar disorder. What she has to say is spot on to what I have experienced. <BR> <BR> <link>www.ibpf.org/blog/my-experience-losi<BR>ng-weight-bipolar-meds#comment-15081 </link> <BR> <BR> What I have experienced is that when I was first put on G... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:55:58 EST Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208204 Really tired today. I did less time on the track today (3mi) instead of increasing and no planks. Maybe I will have some energy tonight and get those in. My calorie intake is staying around 1000 a day which is good, but I am taking in more fat that I had realized. Not so good. Everyone have an... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:53:09 EST STRETCHY'S BLOG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208203 "MY CULTURE MADE ME DO IT" How many times have we heard people make the age old excuse that their 'culture' was the reason for, well, every problem in their life? Why do we get overly identified with our culture? What is it that is missing in our lives that makes us desperately cling to our indi... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:48:46 EST National Refreshment Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208201 28 July 2016 <BR> NATIONAL REFRESHMENT DAY - ah, hot summer days, cool drinks (iced tea for me). National Refreshment Day was submitted by Traveler Beer Company in May 2015. Pick your poison but drink responsibly. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03204df6-b403-41e4-9f26-f8ada... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:47:21 EST Supporting the Arts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208200 So - I had a few years out with 5 surgeries and life was...what they call HARD! to put it lightly. (Now that is a SHORT SHORT version of a LONG LONG STORY) <BR> <BR> I was depressed, not use to my body and I just didn't FEEL like doing anything. <BR> <BR> BUT THEN - A LIGHT at the END OF A LON... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:47:13 EST Post baby weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208199 So I'm 4 weeks postpartum and looking to start an exercise routine to go along with trying to eat better my goal weight is 135 my current weight is 150. 15 lbs doesn't seem like much but it's a long road with a newborn and not much time for anything. We'll see how it goes Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:46:55 EST Today is a good day make the most of it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208198 Today is a good day make the most of it Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:46:00 EST Days 9-11 - Not good I am forgetting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208197 I need to focus - I am forgetting to blog here Monday and Tuesday I hit Krav for a total of 5 hours. Wednesday I got out and ran some - not far or fast - but it is a beginning. <BR> <BR> Eating good - but not too much movement on the <em>192</em> this week. I am okay with that. Need to ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:45:59 EST Some Numbers Don't Matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208196 I had a moment of clarity this morning on my bike ride. I had allowed my ipod battery to die and was left with either don't ride or use the time to think. I thought! So I was thinking about numbers. The scale to be exact and how it truly doesn't matter anymore. I know that must seem sacrilegious ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:45:59 EST I'm fed up with computers!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208195 I got my main computer back yesterday. I turned on with no problem yesterday, but this morning, exactly the same thing as before went wrong, it won't turn on again. <em>46</em> . <BR> <BR> So back to the laptop, which has issues of it's own. I hope I can find patience somewhere, because I'... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:44:26 EST My weigh in today vs my last recorded weigh in. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208194 My last weigh in was 233.? lbs but I was gaining weight after that I just didn't record it.The last time I was on the scale was Monday and it said that I weighed 237.? lbs. I got on the scale this morning and it read 234.5 lbs. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure but if I only eat 1 meal a day I will lose we... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:41:01 EST Another busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208193 Getting ready for kids to start school. Next week yeah Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:40:22 EST Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208192 I'm starting day four and I really can't believe I can feel a change already. In just three days my core is stronger. Yesterday I thought for sure I wasn't going to be able to move today because I added some more to my routine. I'm doing good. Moving around just fine, a little sore but that's nor... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:39:00 EST Rest Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208191 I take Thursday as a rest day. I do not work out at all so I get to sleep in until almost 7 am! After 2 a days for 3 days in a row my body needs rest. Amazing how much I am working out and don't feel sore typically. did a tough work out Sat that left me sore so I took Sunday off which I do not ty... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:37:36 EST Tracking Everything and FitBit 10K steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208190 I love using the Fitbit, the more I walk the more calories I get to use! Tracking for me is definitely the key. After lunch i'm usually around 700-850 calories, which gives me plenty of calories for dinner and even a glass of wine or 2. <BR> <BR> Small portions work great; I love the Sargento p... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:36:25 EST Week 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208189 Iam so excited....down 15 lbs Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:34:29 EST Lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208188 Yes another day of success lose 1.5lbs. I'm down 193.5 I have 17lbs to and I'm doing good now I just have tone my stomach up Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:33:54 EST Do one thing every day that scares you. Eleanor Roosevelt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208187 Do one thing every day that scares you. <BR> Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8caf7071-93ee-46c7-8901-1fabd9f69617.jpg"> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:33:04 EST Caffeine, Shingles, Food Tracking, Misc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208186 Well, okay. I've been done with caffeine for a few months now. Even though I had only one small mug of coffee each morning, I am a caffeine-sensitive soul. While dealing with the nerve pain from Shingles over the past months, I decided (again for the millionth time) to give it the ole heave-ho... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:30:34 EST Testing 1,2,3, Testing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208185 I have been thinking about this for awhile now and so I am putting out a few feelers sort to speak. If you don't know me well, you may not know that I am a writer. I could use a dozen or more blog sites to do this, but I am comfortable here with all of you. So I am going to be doing some sample w... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:29:44 EST Day 154 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208184 I wanted to post something on day 150 feeling it was a pretty momentous day. But things have been so hectic here, hectic and flat out crazy that I didn't get to. But I think in the end I am glad. Nothing really happened that day to write about. Yesterday, and today, however I met my July goal of ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:27:49 EST Day 210: Yipee! One of my travel vaccines was covered by insurance - the most expensive one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208183 I just got back from getting my anti-meningitis vaccine at Walgreens (for an upcoming trip to Africa.) They ran it through my insurance (who previously told me it wasn't covered because it was for travel) and it turns out it is covered. So I just saved $139! That was the most expensive one we nee... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:26:50 EST Veggies for the win! and planning for a work trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208182 Okay, adding in more veggies for the win! And a fruit or two. I usually have 1 fruit a day and veggies at every meal, however, I'm trying to make at least half the plate veggies not just for me, but the whole family! <BR> <BR> I'm about to leave on a 2 week work trip to Barrow, AK.. produce th... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:20:56 EST Day 8 - Week 2 Begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208181 I made a nice BIG salad last night of arugula, oil & balsamic, pear slices, parmesan and pecans. It was filling enough for dinner. I had a slice of raw spelt GF bread that's a little sweet as well that I toasted with a bit of butter. And I had the other 1/2 of a fruit tart that I saved from the o... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:20:10 EST Worry is usually just a waste of time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208180 Each time someone I love has died I've gained about 5lbs. Usually its just from sitting around and eating from nerves/stress. I was purposing that this time as a dear friend started to fail that I wouldn't eat from stress, I would just live in the moment and not fret about the past/future. It was... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:19:18 EST Blessings, July 28, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208179 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. Lunch with DH. <BR> <BR> 2. Sunshine. <BR> <BR> 3. A job I love. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list your own blessings. <BR> <BR> Have a... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:17:41 EST For later http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208178 I've been exploring SparkPeople a little bit more and I'm really interested in trying some if the workouts and challenges. I'm not ready for it right now though. I'm going through some health issues and live in a desert area with no central air. Right now I do most of my workouts at the gym, mu... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:17:06 EST the same 4.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208177 I was pretty excited this morning when I finally pried my tired body from bed this morning and to the bathroom.... -4 pounds.....yayyyy now...this is the same 4 pounds that has bounced me from the 280's to the 290's so many times over the past months...year....ect.... <BR> <BR> I'm here to say I... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:15:58 EST Real Appeal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208176 So I mentioned yesterday about a program I was participating in through my insurance. Since I work for a state agency, our insurance information can be changed once annually prior to the fiscal year. I received my reminder packet in the mail, which also informs you of new changes or options with ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:13:56 EST Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208175 It is hard to believe that I have gone 18 days without a drop of Cherry Pepsi, candy, chips, or sweets and I don't crave them anymore. This is the first time this has ever happened to me and I've attempted diets many many times in the past. Maybe it has something to do with the cleanse I did when... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:13:35 EST First day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208174 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/341fb519-7aaa-48c1-be53-ee7d972c36a9.jpg"> <BR> I just started this; but I pray it will work for me I am starting at 183 would like to get down to 135 any help would be nice please Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:13:27 EST Thursday's Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208172 "Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so. " <BR> <BR> <BR> Aristotle Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:12:12 EST Carrot Cake for Breakfast ❤ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208171 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4a8224b9-02f4-4e4a-8335-e49d3bfdd100.jpg"> <BR> Sugar free and low carb carrot cake, and it was fantastic! It could be Paleo friendly, just sub out the moisture (heavy cream or butter) for your choice of coconut oil or other. It tastes great withou... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:11:15 EST New Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208168 Alright all you Veteran Spark People.... I may need some help. This has been a hard road for me, and a long one at that. Unfortunately, the time and money spent has proven to be worthless. I constantly struggle with PCOS, Hormonal imbalances, and time issues. My life style has lately been spent i... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 12:01:04 EST Meal Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208167 Trying to start meal planning with really long work hours and long commutes. I want to make big batches on Sunday so it saves me from being lazy and getting takeout. Any healthy recipe ideas that can be made on big batches? #firstpost Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:58:03 EST Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208165 Guess I'm having trouble doing blogging. Have a great day. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:57:03 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208163 Yay! Down from 206 to 195.8! Just got to keep going can't stop like I usually do! A coworker actually mentioned that I looked smaller 😀 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:54:03 EST Where is my energy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208162 Morning has started, and it is time for me to get up and get things done. Instead of getting up and getting done with my routine; I decide that I would rather stay in bed and sleep in. Family wakes me up, and I get up reluctantly. Now I am awake. Do I get things done that I need to get done? Heck... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:53:58 EST Cleaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208161 Got up early cleaned my girls room getting rid of alot of things they don't need moved alot furniture vac all rooms boy the dust just never goes away lol did some yard work . Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:52:49 EST Day 200 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208159 So the pokemon quest continues. The granddaughter didn't want to get up this morning so I went for a run around the lake and then cooled down walking around it several times. Happy sparking! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:47:19 EST I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208156 #firstpost Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:44:27 EST Excercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208155 I have been so busy getting my qualifying year hours at my job before knee surgery and following my Sparks plan, that I hadn't really thought about what a huge hit my weight loss progress is going to take when I can't walk or do the elliptical! <BR> I guess I'll finally get around to upper body w... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:44:25 EST Getting over my fear of the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208154 I HATE to weight myself. Hate it, hate it, hate it! Ever since I was a child, I have had trouble managing my weight. My pediatrician did not help matters. He would give my mother a guilt trip any time I weighed over the average for may age, which was most of the time. I didn't hit average weight ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:44:04 EST Kettlebells anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208153 I got intrigued by the idea of kettlebells after listening to a few podcasts that mentioned what a good workout it is - cardio and strength in a 20 minute or so session. So I took the plunge and ordered a set of DVDs. It looked good so then the kettlebells and they are arriving today. It's a l... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:40:44 EST Garbanzo bean burger recipe that tastes good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208152 Hello all. I must tell you, I made this wonderful garbanzo bean burger recipe I found on Taste Of Home's website. I am trying to make at least one NEW healthy recipe each week to vary things and not become stagnant with the same old same old. I am not much of a veggie burger person, but these wer... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:40:18 EST Day 33 Fullness Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208151 100 DWL - How do you know if you are full or have eaten enough? I have to learn to listen to my stomach, not what is on the plate. As one eats the stomach muscles expand. As you enjoy a meal note how you feel. <BR> <BR> Fullness Scale <BR> <BR> 0 Neutral, not hungry, not full <BR> +1 Satisfied... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:39:01 EST What's my problem? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208150 Why is it when someone comments positively about how I look, I feel like I don't deserve the praise. I chose to change the way I eat and exercise because I knew I wasn't healthy before. It's nice that because of changing my lifestyle and the choices I make daily have led to the way I look now but... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:38:15 EST Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208149 Hoping all of you have a great day. Remember, we are on a journey... <BR> <BR> Carpe Diem <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:37:14 EST Nothing but net http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208148 Yesterday was a slam dunk! Today I'm back to my routine so I'm going for nothing but net! I can definitely feel shark week around the corner. I have no patients with the kiddos right now. But that's life! No one is perfect we all have our days that push us to our breaking point a little faster an... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:36:44 EST I JUST WON 500 SPARKPOINTS DAILY SPIN! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208147 WOOT WOOT! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:36:23 EST Open minds can be a good thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208146 So here I am over a month into eating low carb, something I never thought I'd do. When my doctor suggested it as a part of a wellness program, I thought it was worth considering. After all, not many doctors give much thought or emphasis on things like wellness and nutrition. I will be getting ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:36:03 EST Lessons & Schedules http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208145 I've been convicted lately of how I spend my time. I'm reading a book and there's a paragraph or two that talks about "conscious living". The book had bullets to determine if you're living consciously... and I'm sad to say, I wasn't! I surf the net and watch TV mindlessly. Now, I'm not saying... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:35:23 EST LC Tip of the Day #213 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208144 <BR> Small things add up: What! No exercise AGAIN? <BR> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:31:39 EST Starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208143 Since I am starting over I am condering this Day 1. So I can change the way start the day. Starting off the day with a blog instead of having anxiety built up from the other day. My biggest goal is too eat healthy, so instead of cereal early in the morning for my pills. I am going to start with f... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:29:09 EST Listening to my body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208142 I really want to add running to my weekly workouts. I ran some on Tuesday. I planned to do some m I really today. But this morning my ankles and shins were really sore. Now, I know the difference between a soreness that can be worked through, and the soreness that, to me, is a yellow light tellin... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:28:52 EST Be blessed!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208141 Wishing everyone a blessed day!! Enjoy your day to the fullest!! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:28:19 EST Day 1692- Did I Fall Off A Cliff? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208140 No. No I did not. Not literally at least. <BR> <BR> I had a wonderful trip to Yellowstone last week, and here are a bunch of pictures! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bafb4f51-f551-46dc-be40-c42d9e334a70.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gu... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:26:27 EST Good day to all.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208139 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/586fae5d-2967-403e-959b-29fdaf8defbd.jpg"> <BR> Just for laughs.. I love to laugh, no matter the situation!! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:25:03 EST Tired 3rd shifter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208138 Out of energy for today. Going to bed. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:23:04 EST Follow your heart....July 28th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208137 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb123489-a11b-4fa2-b544-19f1d742b054.jpg"> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:21:32 EST Pushing the Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208136 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b327beda-f4cf-431f-b3a2-e4693d36732b.jpg"> Cleansing my body today! I have been eating like a maniac! This feels good! Woo! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:17:01 EST Stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208135 Still stuck not knowing what to write. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:12:26 EST Plan B http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208134 When life gets me off course. Keep the following on hand. Raw veggies (radishes, cucs, carrots, celery),buy berries, apples, grapes, watermelon <BR> For when I've run out of time keep protein bars in freezer. Plan B for exercise . I have a rowing machine and I'll get an indoor bike stand. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:12:03 EST Day 39 - got back on my plan and feel better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208133 Didn't repeat Tuesday's patterns - back on track for activity and nutrition yesterday. Feels good to know I can lapse and rebound quickly. <BR> <BR> Finished my walk and have another busy day...need to make sure I don't skip my lunch - that seemed to trigger an evening binge! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:09:25 EST Short entry: Whole 30 day 3 (or day 1.1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208132 Notes on my progress: <BR> I woke up easily this morning <BR> I am nevertheless physically tired <BR> <BR> I had a big happy breakfast but less than an hour later I am experiencing something that I am pretty sure is hunger <BR> <BR> I have been miraculously free of the dreaded hangover effects,... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:07:20 EST Encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208131 So I might be a little behind the times, but I just saw the Sparkgoodies people have given me throughout my time on here and read the notes that go along with it. It was so nice to read the encouraging things people had written and I felt so bad that I hadn't seem them before. <BR> <BR> It's ha... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:07:01 EST Day #166 of my adventures in Spark Land http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208130 Day #166 in Spark land! <BR> <BR> Rest Day, Rest Day, Rest Day for me for my 5K my way walk challenge! Also read the article 'Put yourself first'. <BR> <BR> My mission for 2016 is to declutter/organize our place. I found I schedule on pinterest I've been going by. Today's mission: declutter/o... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:05:49 EST Weight loss journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208129 Seem like I have come to a stand stool in dropping last 6lbz..😏😏 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:00:49 EST Nutrisystem, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208128 I have been gaining and losing the same 15 pounds or so since around 2005. I feel good when I get to the bottom of the 15, and then sabotage myself and end up at the top of the 15, and then I see that number and kick it back into gear. I have been doing this for so long it's not even conscious an... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:57:31 EST The kids moved out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208127 SO, after a year, of having my darling daughter, her insipid boyfiend, and her beloved cat, at my house, I demanded that they leave by August 1. They got an apartment, they moved in, and last night, was the first night alone in my house in a year. It was AWESOME. <BR> <BR> I let them come, bec... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:56:20 EST Size doesn't matter... does it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208126 It is so funny. I have wanted to get to a specific size since I started losing. It wasn't so much "weight" that I wanted to be but a size. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I pulled a pair of pants from my closet and wore them. I was so happy, because they (like many of the pants I've been wearing) were ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:55:19 EST Staying motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208125 Remember to stay motivated even when you are not feeling well! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:53:17 EST Setbacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208123 I have been trying and most days actually eating healthy, but I got on the scale this morning and found I had gained 3 pounds. I know water weight can make your weight flucuate up to 5lbs, but it's so discouraging when this happens. I struggle with my weight and have severe body issues. Becaus... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:51:54 EST Day 7 and 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208122 OK, the truth is, I haven't worked out yet today, day 8. But if I say I'm going to, I have to be accountable to that! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my daughter's birthday. We had a pretty low-key day (her party was last weekend) but we did walk up the hill to a playground, and that got my ten minute... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:50:16 EST Day four http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208120 Had a nice run yesterday, still a little tired, but I did 5 miles easy, walked at a 5.0 incline for a mile. I hope today my run feels better. Will try to consume most my calories before my workout. On the menu for tonight, run and yoga happy hour. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:41:11 EST I'm back!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208118 Can't believe it's been so long since I've been on here! I'm starting over again! Lost some this past school year from walking at my job. I'm a 4th and 5th grade SPED assistant so I walked A LOT every day but when summer hit and my summer job kept me behind a desk and it was so freaking hot, th... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:40:50 EST 7/28/2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208117 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78b83c53-a5cc-4546-9d6a-d14fc9d7de2a.jpg"> Today i am off to a good start. I am starting to get back to my old self and feelin better.😉 I got in my exercise this morning i did 20 min or cardio bootcamp and i also got in 16 min of indoor walking... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:40:42 EST One Way to Cope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208116 For a long time, I wondered what I would do when Mom was no longer with me. Mom passed on July 17. Planning the service was one thing I concentrated on. Making sure everyone was okay at the restaurant took some time. (Chasing Helena around helped there, too.) <BR> <BR> Mom was in an assisted ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:39:07 EST Motherhood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208115 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/668f6a4e-7f4b-47c4-aa5a-6e5f2deaf866.jpg"> Bc this is how today is going 😂 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:35:25 EST I'm young http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208114 I'm young and wanna lose weight. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:32:05 EST How Can I Stop My Dog From Barking at Noises? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208113 <link>www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/ho<BR>w-can-i-stop-my-dog-from-barking-at-no<BR>ises?WT.mc_id=Email;NewsLetter;Petwire<BR>;July-27;Article2#0_7q1ovy5z </link> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:31:54 EST Blogging for Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208112 Up front I have to say this blog entry is inspired more by a challenge in my "21 Day New Member Challenge" group than me actually feeling like blogging this morning. So, as I love a good challenge, and I want to meet every challenge that comes my way, here I am. <BR> <BR> I had decided to wei... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:27:59 EST Did you know.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208111 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/900239ac-25e4-47b3-954f-33a7738b155d.jpg"> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:27:50 EST Eat to Live http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208110 Hi. Are there any eat to live people out there? I'm in the 6 week phase of the plan. I'm 16 days in and down 20 pounds. It's awesome. I feel great. I have a long way to go, but it has given me a lot of confidence to continue this journey. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:27:48 EST Plumbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208109 Thank god for the skills and wonders of plumbers. They are here today to make some repairs and explain my service plan with them. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:27:10 EST Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208108 Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive. Elbert Hubbard Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:24:18 EST Stressed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208107 Spent the night in hospital with my mom her left lung is engulfed with cancer , an hour of sleep if that is what you could call it staying positive Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:21:05 EST Having a positive morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208106 good morning; I got a great night's sleep. It is so refreshing to have a clear brain, calm emotions and a relaxing planned day. I am going to color my hair and give myself a facial. I need days like this b/c I usually need to just stop all activities and listen to my body. DH has been much b... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:18:35 EST losing a son http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208104 My son was married last Friday to a lovely girl whom he has been friends with since Jr high. They have been dating for almost three years. I am happy for him- of course I have some of those mama concerns. This is an exciting time in their lives. <BR> <BR> What surprises me is the amou... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:17:31 EST THE LAST LAUGH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208103 The end of a marriage is always difficult, but when two people break up because of infidelity, there’s an added layer of anger and pain. Suddenly, you’re forced to divide up the life you shared together, all while knowing that your spouse was unfaithful. <BR> <BR> In such a complex situation, th... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:17:00 EST Watch This Baby Wriggle Out of the Womb During a Gentle Caesarean http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208102 WARNING: This is an actual birth. There is blood and may be upsetting to some viewers. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/news<BR>/a39590/gentle-caesarean-birthing- <BR> video/ </link> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:16:53 EST Doing for others! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208101 It can be work but I really do enjoy it! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:11:08 EST Half way point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208099 With my weigh-in yesterday, I hit the half-way mark on my weight loss ticker. It was more of an encouragement than I thought it would be! I already feel so much better and can tell a lot of differences in my activity level, fitness, and overall ability just to do stuff without huffing and puffing... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:04:50 EST Cardiac rehabilitation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208098 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e7d749a6-41df-44c0-9c9e-51a97eae29da.jpg"> Here we go!!! Let's do this!! First 25 minutes on the recumbent bike then treadmill.....maybe I'll hit the jogging stage today! We shall see. Have a wonderful day my fellow Spark peeps!! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:03:34 EST Getting it in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208097 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/09424694-d79f-4cb6-ba1c-17349cbca471.jpg"> <BR> Your not alone. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:02:13 EST The carnival and the regatta today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208096 The carnival seems to be late setting up shop this year, only some of the rides have arrived so far and were being erected as we walked past this morning <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3bfbedc7-92f4-42d3-a35c-a8014beabedd.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:54:58 EST Defeat? - I think not! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208094 "Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time." <BR> ~ Og Mandino <BR> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:54:12 EST Quest Log July 28, 2016 - New Quest Accepted and Beaten! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208093 It's been awhile since I've had a chance to post about my quest. Since I got my reward from my last challenge I have been trying to find new things to do. I blew up the stability ball, but upon reading the notes and stuff, I found I couldn't use it until I have lost at least another 30lbs. My dau... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:50:31 EST Don't deprive!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208092 I don't deprive myself of things I want I just find them with less calories and sugar and I eat them less!! And I make sure it fits into my daily calories. If you deprive yourself you are bound to fail. You will feel like your new life change is taking to much from you and that cookie or cupcake ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:49:03 EST Cactus Pear Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208091 Hello Sparkfamily, A simple lunch idea for a hot and humid day as today! Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/36e56e71-5234-4b83-b4ff-1aad842585e3.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 cactus pear <BR> 1 avocado <BR> 1 bell pepper <BR> 1 tomato <BR>... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:48:34 EST Making my @ss great again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208090 I don't update my weight until I've maintained it or gone below it for a week. So I'm actually a few pounds below my posted weight. I'm so close to my goal right now, I can taste it. Great @ss is on the menu, and I'm gonna have me some pretty darn soon. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:48:32 EST 365Promises.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208089 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d7efa18-e251-448f-a713-2f156efd9299.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Revelation 3:12 (WEB) <BR> He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will go out from there no more. I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:43:44 EST Rain on a tin roof... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208088 A quiet house, the sound of rain on the tin roof, a cup of coffee and starting the morning off right with a little devotional. Making some positive changes and trying to start some healthy positive habits. Today I am gearing up for a weekend at the lake with the family to celebrate my nieces bi... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:42:56 EST day 1 new attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208087 since my self-intervention, i have decided that i do best on day one, when i am excited to get started. So i want to look at every day as day one. I am focusing on getting thru today, and if i mess up, it is ok because tomorrow is also day one! I will complete this journey taking it just one ba... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:42:44 EST Quote of the Day: July 28, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208086 "Don't let yesterday take up too much of today." - John Wooden Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:40:46 EST Travel day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208085 Lots to do before I leave: walk,garden chores, laundry, leave key with my granddaughter,packmeds,clothes and cooler. Usually forget something. I will stay overnight with my daughter then head to my sons for a week. Fun times. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:40:07 EST Gym Anxiety: Overcome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208084 I have had anxiety for as long as I can remember. I hate being the center of attention, hate when people look at me for too long, and hate being in crowds of people. Add on to that the thought of a gym and my heart could just explode from my chest at any moment. But yesterday, I finally overca... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:38:03 EST Yesterday, my do nothing day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208083 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8e2bd25e-58b8-43f0-8d01-c3bfcb3d629b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I decided not to do anything at all. I mean literally nothing. No house cleaning, no exercising, no watching calories. I NEEDED TO JUMP START MYSELF AGAIN. <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:36:58 EST Dealing with the Dark Side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208082 I read a devotional each morning, meditate, and then reflect on that reading all day long. This week's lessons are all about embracing your dark side and acknowledging it. We all have behaviors that we are not so proud of, but you cannot deal with them if you do not acknowledge them. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:36:53 EST SPOILER...Peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208081 M. Russell Ballard <BR> Peace—real peace, whole-souled to the very core of your being—comes only in and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:36:25 EST Coming Back Around Full Circle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208080 Well I bit the bullet so to speak. I finally just gave in and joined my local gym. I haven't wanted to mostly because all of my workouts have been on the nature trail by my house. I do all my walking, running and biking there. I would much rather run outside then be a hamster on a treadmill or as... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:35:30 EST The morning blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208079 I can't even tell you how many times I have thought about starting a workout routine in the AM rather than after work. I've tried countless times to get my butt up in the morning and I've probably been successful 10% of the time. Pathetic...I know lol. <BR> <BR> Normally I have 4-5 alarms set w... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:33:55 EST Fitness and exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208078 Workout at midday for a more productive, happier afternoon. Getting an staying fit can be a challenge. For many of us, it's hard just to get up off the couch. So what's the secret of people who have managed to make exercise a way of life. 1 Be consistent 2 Follow an effective exercise routine 3 ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:32:15 EST The Mystery of Set Point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208076 Today I am officially 10 pounds down from my starting weight! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> My shorts are just about to the point where they are sliding off. I have to wear a belt. I'm holding off on buying new clothes for now. Once I'm firmly in the size down weight, I'm taking my old ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:28:25 EST Thursday lawn day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208075 We are up early so that my wife can get to her exercise class at the senior center. It is a beautiful sunshiny 84 degree morning. I heard from my old supervisory union that they are making sure all my old insurances have been terminated as they changed over to a new system which is less costly ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:26:27 EST Thursday Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208074 Up at 5 a.m. to do computer work and walk on treadmill before my 3 month, 4 & 7 year old granddaughter's came for the day to babysit while my daughter teaches summer school. Perhaps a slow stroller walk later with the older two. Have a lovely day. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:25:50 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208073 Good morning sparkers the rain is gone nice while it lasted now,comes the down side humidity at 100 percent we will survive this too. Had a good workout last night 45 min treadmill. 15min cycling and leg weights felt good. I hope everyone has a blessed and healthy day. Now drink a glass of water ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:25:31 EST Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208071 I've been doing a lot of solo think-tanking as to what my exact problem is lately. Then I laughed hysterically at myself for thinking I could fix all my weirdness. It's always been there and it always will be. Everyone needs to accept it and move on. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I did g... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:18:01 EST 2 Months on SP! Some Thoughts and Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208070 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/139bf17b-3558-4b72-bdea-b9961df8c2c1.jpg"> <BR> It has been a busy summer, but I have done a pretty good job of sticking to my plan. Exercise has become a daily habit - one that I miss on the occasional days that I don't do anything! My body is sl... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:17:49 EST Inspirational quote of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208069 "Its not that I can't eat that, I am making a healthier choice not to"...Unknown Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:14:44 EST Sleepless http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208068 Another night up all night. Not sleepy. Drank coffee with added shot of espresso 9p-10p. Result wide awake at 11:30. And still at 5a. Then my mind was telling me I needed good from McDonald's. Well I fought that urge off had dips of water. It's now 8a and my eyes are burning. This old mi... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:11:18 EST Baby Sitting Chicks ( chickens) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208067 My neighbors have 15 chickens , eight chicks , one baby Rooster , four children and one cat and an all organic crop . <BR> Yes , I live in the City. <BR> Chicks are allowed if the Coupe is not a Health Hazard. <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0827547-43b2-40f1-8a54-daacb70460... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:10:37 EST 7/28/16 workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208066 spin: 65 min, 20 mi <BR> <BR> no swimming today :( Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:09:45 EST COCO AND ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208065 Well today is Coco ' s spa,day so we are off. I think I am taking a day off from working in the house. I am tired of this and have so far to go with it. I think I will do some window shopping on things we need when we move. No purchasing until all is settled with the house Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:09:36 EST Metabolism.........what an b**** http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208063 Today is my first day on here, I've been trying to drop weight but sometimes life and work get in the way, especially when you work at a popular food franchise xp but what the hell here goes nothing hopefully calorie counting will help me shred my weight before my wedding Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:02:15 EST Onto Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208062 Yesterday i finished Day 1 of my Skinny Jeans Challenge. I made healthy choices and used portion control. Then pre-cooked some chicken for today's lunch. And i dusted off the old fitbit from the closet and yay it still works. <BR> So onto day 2. <BR> Hope everyone is having a great day! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:00:28 EST Fingers Crossed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208061 I didn't get my hair cut. My appointment to see the apartment was going to collide with the time it took to get my hair cut. As it turned out there was no rush because the landlord cancelled the appointment. He had good reason. His father went to the hospital. He made the appointment for today at... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:56:57 EST Wow that month cruised by http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208060 It's been so long since I posted a blog... nothing too crazy to report. <BR> <BR> My SP summer challenge ended this week. My weight loss goal was 9lbs, I lost 7.2. Not what I said I would do but I am proud of that because during that time I got into a ST routine which I had never managed to ac... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:55:29 EST A Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208059 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af090bcd-95e2-4163-a186-5cbc056d3c99.jpg"> <BR> I am not really the kind of person to join in on formal challenges. However I think I like this one. I, like so many of us am my own worst critic. And perhaps judge myself a bit too harshly at times. ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:53:36 EST Not Feeling It Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208058 To start off had one terrible night last night. Could not sleep soundly or for an extended time at all. Right now I am tired and grouchy. Scale went up instead of down. Yuck. Can't figure out why just yet. I know I shouldn't care about the scale but it is disheartening to see up instead of d... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:51:51 EST Why We Struggle With 'Sorry' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208056 I found an interesting article on equilibrium.com about this. Like most people, I have the odd grudge lurking in the back of my memory. I should probably do one, or more, of these things to resolve them. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.mequilibrium.com/2016/07<BR>/26/why-we-struggle-with-sorry/ </... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:43:48 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208055 It's day two of getting back into the swing of things. Today's workout will consist of Kettlebell Training and Wii Fit U. Hoping for the best. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:41:09 EST July 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208054 I have encouraged my brother to join sparkpeople since he has been diagnosed with diabetes. He joined yesterday so he now has access to the great articles, recipes, videos and all the sparkers' motivation! <BR> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:40:35 EST Crazy reasons I'm not losing weight--- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208053 The days are getting shorter---dark earlier in the evening-- <BR> I don't hear as many birds at 5am--- <BR> The world is just rolling by--- <BR> -and I still weigh 200 pounds--- <BR> --so close to Onederland- <BR> <BR> Crazy Reasons I'm still tittering on the edge--- <BR> #1. Himself was cranky... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:40:10 EST Chances.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208052 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ecbe3d4f-e15f-48d1-811d-cf0d19408d6f.jpg"> <BR> Taking chances can make a world of difference on where your path will lead you!♡ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:37:43 EST Had a meltdown...too tired to function http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208050 It's too much...Mum, trying to get the school ready, trying to get all the exercise in. I just started crying last evening, I'm too tired to function. I feel I have no life, it's all Mum, beloved, or the school. There's nothing specific I want to do for me, just need a break! Getting on a ship... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:28:56 EST Good Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208049 Have a wonderful day spark friends. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:28:44 EST Wednesday Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208048 Bench Press;1-Rep Max raised from 165 to 170 making 90% workout weight to be 158 Lbs. <BR> <BR> Performed 10x35, 5x65, 5x80, 5x95, 5x105-66.5%, 5x125-79.1%, 5x135-85.4%. <BR> <BR> Hypertrophy sets; 5x125-79.1%, 5x105-66.5%, 5x95, 10x80, 12x65, 15x65, 7x65. <BR> Total Sets 15, Reps 99, Volume... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:28:25 EST Tracking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208047 Been good tracking the past few days. Hope I can keep going this time. My biggest downfall is the weekends and it's coming. Look out Saturday and Sunday!! Not letting you win this time!! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:24:43 EST FQI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208044 My DH is a maniac golfer: truly it is his primary prism through which he views every aspect of life. There's no situation arising in his life which would not benefit from a golf analogy: Tam Ludo Quam Vita (in play as in life). It's those miraculous shots to the green from behind a tree under a... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:14:40 EST Mental Fortitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208041 Just sitting quietly as I prepare myself to enter into the activities of the day, "Mental Fortitude"! I attempted to pen my heart and came to this conclusion that I would like to do research to accompany my intimate thoughts...So, until then have a great day Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:05:16 EST anxious 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208040 its funny how much we worry about our children when they are younger its how they will grow up to be decnt human beings & when they are grown up its the problems they are facing Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:04:23 EST 7/28/16 No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the s http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208039 Quote of the Day <BR> <BR> Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact. <BR> George Eliot <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> <BR> Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts. <BR> Voltaire <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:04:10 EST 16% of weight loss goal reached http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208038 When I look at that number, I feel proud. I'm changing my life. I want to eat healthier most of the time. I want to choose salad sometimes even when I have every other choice open to me. And I'm longing to take long walks outside. As soon as it's a bit cooler, I'm ready! <BR> <BR> Slow and ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:02:13 EST Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208036 I have changed my focus to reducing and counting sugar. Since I have. My joints are less irritated. I have lost a bit faster. And I overall feel better. We shall see. Have a great life Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:57:47 EST Happy Thursday ... totally relaxed after my afternoon off !! Wish you a great day ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208034 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/39d3e5db-bfae-44e7-a0a7-2aec8b1bdb17.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:54:12 EST Today, Another Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208033 Decided I will start Sugar Smart Express again in about a week. Going to eat up the watermelon and sweet potatoes hubby bought before I start, but I am giving up (have not been eating since I got home) what Alexander calls SUS (straight up sugars). I was down .4 of a pound from yesterday; at 131.... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:53:30 EST Dare to be determined http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208031 I'm enjoying more exercise this week and have been trying different types of group yoga classes. At first it was almost "traumatic" to go to a large local gym. I mentally forced myself to do it and make it part of my routine. Now, 5 weeks later, I can get up and go to a class without sorting thro... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:50:34 EST -80 lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208030 Down 80 pounds today! I'm so happy. Its been a little under 5 months since I started this diet and exercise program so I think that I've made some really good progress. My goal is to lose 10 pounds a month if I can. Im just going to keep doing what Ive been doing. Hopefully in 2 months time the s... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:50:24 EST His Grace is Enough - Joel and Victoria http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208029 Today's Scripture: "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9, ESV) <BR> <BR> People often wonder if they deserve God's favor. They easily talk and sing about His amazi... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:49:17 EST Happy Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208027 I feel great today! My body us showing my hard work. Down another pound. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:45:54 EST Traveling between cities today...ugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208026 I have to head 45 minutes into BHam for a morning meeting then will turn and burn an 85 min back to work in the afternoon. Traveling I 20 so pray for traveling mercies. So far the highway is not backed up, but later this morning....who knows. It's the Atlanta to BHam corridor and so and it's b... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:43:50 EST I need something........ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208025 I've been struggling for several months now. I've stayed within the same 15 lb range. I will do well throughout the day but when I get home all bets are off. I know that I'm not making a good choice when I get 2 ice cream sandwiches from the freezer at 150 calories each and do it anyway. I've ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:40:50 EST The next step for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208024 So, I have to admit, I've been wavering lately. Disgruntled is probably a better word for it. I'm 43, going through menopause according to my Doc. I've been back on SP for just shy of 50 days now. I've started back slowly. Starting to account for what I ate regardless of whether or not I wen... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:39:31 EST All the Wrinkled Ladies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208023 I'm not much of a pop tune aficionado - too deeply steeped in the classical genre - but I have always thought Beonce's All The Single Ladies was about the catchiest and cleverest example of what is really good about pop music. I know, I know - it's not "pop" but please, allow the semantical blank... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:39:09 EST Tracking Chart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208022 I want to say thank you to those who have reached out to me and given me advice on my blogs, especially MEWHENRYSMAMA, KAYDE53 and JEANKNEE. You guys are amazing, and really make a difference in my day and life. I appreciate you guys taking the time out and replying to me so thank you!!! <BR> <B... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:38:29 EST A Pep Talk to Self: NOT to Compare Myself to Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208021 WK.5~ I am starting early on my weekly blog for the Summer Challenge~2016~as I felt a need to express myself early this week than wait til Saturday and I am UP TOO EARLY in the morning , for me ,anyway {retired now~no alarm clock,but hot flashes get in the way of sleep!}. <BR> ~I am starting to ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:38:28 EST All the Wrinkled Ladies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208020 I'm not much of a pop tune aficionado - too deeply steeped in the classical genre - but I have always thought Beonce's All The Single Ladies was about the catchiest and cleverest example of what is really good about pop music. I know I know - it's not "pop" but allow the semantical blanket here. ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:33:01 EST Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208019 I'm thankful for friends and family and feeling loved. Have had a hard day as far as food goes but tomorrow is another day! Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:31:27 EST July 28, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208018 I have decided to try the Ideal Protein diet to lose weight but more importantly inches around my waistline. My waistline has expanded and is really bothering me lately. It is affecting how I feel about myself, so I needed to do something. Lisa and Lynn and Jeff all did the program and lost a ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:31:16 EST I'm sick of being sick! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208017 I had my follow up with my Dr. yesterday and the news wan't good. The cellulitis seems to be resolving itself <em>48</em> , BUT I have developed C diff from the IV antibiotics I was bombarded with to clear up the cellulitis. I have been feeling unusually tired along with lots of bathroom time... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:28:20 EST Lack of Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208016 <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> Things seems to run in cycles. I don't get enough sleep on one night and hope to catch up the next, but then something comes up that causes me to get even less sleep on the second night. That is what is happening this week. <BR> <BR> I'm on call at work, if there is a pr... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:27:24 EST Why We Sabotage Our Own Fat Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208015 To view this blog entry with photos, visit: http://www.fiftyfierce.com/#!Why-We-Sabota<BR>ge-Our-Own-Fat-Loss/c1k7g/5733c5590cf2<BR>d5f002bef78b <BR> <BR> About 10 years back, a plane took off from Miami loaded with a group of friends bound for the Bahamas to celebrate a 50th birthday in style. ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:26:49 EST Day 564/Carb Counting/ SparkCoach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208014 I love making roasted red/orange bell peppers and sweet onions with EVOO/salt/pepper (they taste like a fajita!) So I thought, wrap it up in a sundried tomato flour tortilla, yes! No. Apparently one tortilla has 300 carbs. That would leave my total at around 450-ish for the day. That would be a n... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:24:19 EST Feels hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208013 Hi, I don't know why it happens that the day I do exercise, I feel so much hungry.... What is the solution for that? Please guide me if anyone knows... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:16:33 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, July 28, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208012 July 28, 2016 ENCOURAGING AT WORK <BR> <BR> Most companies encourage teamwork in order to get the work done. It has been proven a diverse team works well together because each person has a strength in a different area and can help the team succeed by focusing on that strength. Another good reaso... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:16:21 EST 7-28-2016-JOLLIES FROM JUDY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208011 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3fb5de6f-ab7a-41c7-8b0d-c036356beef8.png"> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:15:05 EST Morning of day 90 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208010 This morning I feel gross. I don't know if it's the emotional mess of yesterday or three over eating that I tried to tell myself was a cheat day that I didn't even really want but I was trying to calm myself. This morning I woke up to my cycle that actually explains allot but I still feel like ut... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:12:52 EST new change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208009 so I am contemplating doing a low carb change I have been following a WW plan and I'm doing ok on it I am losing but a few of my friends have been and still are being successful with low carb. I am now doing some research on what type of foods I can and can not have and also to see if I will be a... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:09:00 EST Rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208008 Love to listen to the rain Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:04:26 EST Good Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208007 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/74e1f1f1-2957-491e-83a7-553797a69681.jpg"> <BR> Hope everyone has a great day... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:57:48 EST 💕We Are Beautiful💕 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208006 We have always been beautiful. Now we are deciding to be healthier fitter, faster and stronger. Remember that. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:51:18 EST Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208005 A month ago my boyfriend, who foesnt smoke, works a physcal outside job, had a major heartattack, i myself smoke's (i am quiting, changed to a vapor cig) i didnt get alot of excersise, going through menopause, etc, decided i have to make some changes unkess i want to have a heartattack to, on a s... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:51:02 EST Wednesday ST Session http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208004 Had another hot and humid session at the gym last night. <BR> Warmed up with 15 / leg RFESS and then something else but I can't remember what it was. If I don't immediately write these things down they're forever lost. <BR> Workout ; <BR> Cuban rotations 10 @ 8# <BR> Swiss ball hamstring curls 1... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:50:42 EST Wednesday Thursday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208003 Work is going easy lots of meetings canceled this week then went sailing yesterday evening nice weather. More of the same today easy work nice weather quality time with the family. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:50:07 EST This journey isn't magic. It's work. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208002 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7f8e6c13-e094-4f73-a5e0-d969977d972e.jpg"> <BR> It's easy to lose interest in what you're trying to accomplish, when the scale numbers won't budge, or they creep up. Im going through this right now. It isn't for lack of trying, I'll tell you tha... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:47:35 EST National Milk Chocolate Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208001 National Milk Chocolate Day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d27733e-6c7a-442e-a99e-1070ef790cda.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : July 28 th <BR> <BR> National Milk Chocolate Day is a special day for a special treat. Are you a "Chocola-holic"? If you are, you... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:36:07 EST Empowered http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208000 This is my second week and I have been mostly sticking to the nutritional guidelines and exercise has been a hard but daily blessing. I am grateful for the ability to move and the good feelings inside and out that it has produced. I have lost 7lbs so far and am looking forward to continuing towar... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:34:22 EST Ok now the doors are http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207999 Finally sanded as required. <BR> Let's concentrate on Nan <BR> From today I AM going to try to get the cals right. <BR> Stress of never ending job done <BR> From 7 August when I'm on holiday I will add 8 hours sleep to the endeavours. Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:32:26 EST This and That http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207998 In February, I had A LOT of work done on my teeth. Five crowns and 1 root canal. I figured that part of my body was well taken care of for a while. As usual, I was wrong. While on our trip to Oregon, I began to have tooth pain. I was able to have my dentist call in an antibiotic and managed ... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 06:31:14 EST