SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Spaghetti Squash Just cooked one for the first time and I liked it. Poor hubby did not. <BR> <BR> Do you like spaghetti squash? Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:29:12 EST "Lady Bird"--a movie review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I base whether I like a movie or not on: 1) if I would like to see it again 2) the acting 3) if the story gets me involved with the characters and 4) if I get emotionally involved to the p... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:26:03 EST Shopping <img src=""> So I hardly ever shop but my mom and I went today and I did finally get some new tennis shoes (never worn asics before but I fell I love haha!). I went with my mom and y'all, I feel like a horrible person... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:23:25 EST 3 more pounds long gone Well after a cray cray cheat week I still pulled off an awesome 3 pound loss.I am so excited and proud. I have been enjoying having an awesome support group its making a huge difference for me. I am so fortunate to have a great group of girls all on different journeys to weight loss but all so s... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:19:19 EST Exercise Blog Day 5 Friday was an off day. But for the first time in my life, I wasn't happy about it. I really wanted to put in an half hour but couldnt coz the whole family was going to Global Village in the afternoon. Did walk a lot though. 10000 steps walking around the pavilions. Wasn't tired as usual. Felt rea... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:06:38 EST Prayer Request One of our long time members, Bea Bidle, had a stroke this afternoon. Please pray for her and her family. <BR> <BR> Blessings Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:57:08 EST Ugh Still feeling a little off. I am going to go to the doctor next week. I am also going to start tracking my headaches with my food. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:42:24 EST Friday November 17, 2017....Bah Humbug Bah humbug to work but SO VERY THANKFUL I have a job and extra hours for Christmas $$$$$$$$$ <BR> <BR> I will be working tomorrow to get my paperwork done. It will be quiet though so it should go fast and without any interruptions. <BR> <BR> I am brain dead now.....closing up shop and will sta... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:38:32 EST Today was a good day! <img src=""> <BR> Ahh, I had a good 8 hours sleep last night and felt so energetic today. Let's hope the sleepless night streak is over! <BR> <BR> Listening to some Christmas music today made me want to decorate for ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:37:11 EST Hurricane Irma I’ve been adding my food to my log and recently got a tip that said “Eat at home, etc, etc, etc... Well, that’s not possible. Hurricane Irma flooded our house. Nearly everything was ruined the night of September 11, 2017. We watched in disbelief as the water seeped in between the slab foundation ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:36:12 EST These thorns have roses! Long days at the office makes for being ill at <BR> ease with the amount of work that needs to be <BR> done and done right. Lots of quoting, paperwork, <BR> faxing, scanning and filing. <BR> These thorns have roses! <BR> For every senior we help, there is a story of an <BR> elderly woman, man or... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:33:25 EST Lost a pound this week but whatever! My good choices have been paying off. Didn't step on the scale for a week and today weighed in at 194, one pound down. Actually thinking about getting rid of my scale. I have a friend who has no idea how much she weighs but she just judges by how her clothing fits. Easy concept, but to not we... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:22:50 EST Health care Blues My excellent healthcare insurance ends Dec 31. I have now subjected myself to the degradation that is the Healthcare Marketplace. I felt like I was applying for welfare in person, in a huge room full of people. For $640 a month, I get the privilege of not being covered for anything except a wel... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:20:16 EST And much to everyone's surprise... - 11-17-17 Kevin Dietrich had just turned the corner when this bull moose emerged from the creek, I think to the surprise of BOTH parties: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Kevin said "It has been a while since I've found a real... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:14:33 EST Friday afternoon Today was very busy, but I am now scheduled for cataract surgery December 6, and again on December 7. We were at the doctor's clinic for 3 hours! I really did not think it would happen so quickly. I ended up going into 7 different rooms before I left that building. They measured everything bu... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:04:49 EST Friday blah <em>524</em> Today has been a blah day. I have rested most the day. My stress level the past week has been thru the roof. The bm issue was somewhat better M-Th this week but today the school and I have had to deal with about 20 of them. Ive gone to every other day with the miralax bc its ma... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:00:50 EST the-lovely-bones / movie nite A young girl has been murdered and watches over her family, and her killer from purgatory. She must weigh her desitre for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ama_movies/movie/18-44hkdu1dbed7-the-l<BR>ovely-bones </link> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:52:54 EST Loving Life I still marvel at the way my life has changed since joining Sparkpeople. <BR> The most profound change is my positive outlook on life. Not only do I think I can do new things. I do them on a weekly basis. <BR> My weight is healthy and I have heaps of energy. I walk every day and use every oppor... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:49:31 EST it is FRIDAY!!!! It is around 80 outside right now!! It has been so very windy today. The was up around 20-35 mph. It is out of the south. Tomorrow it is suppose to be 20-35 out of the north. So anything that went north today will come back south tomorrow! Yeah! Have a great evening! <BR> Luv Y'all!! ((H... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:45:13 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - The Flip Side of Marriage Happy Friday everyone! Let's shout it all together now - Thank GOD it's FINALLY Fridaaaaaaaaay! Time to let go of all those things that have nagging at you all week, and head on down the yellow brick road to the Land of Happy Hour Hiliarity with some marriage humor to start the weekend a grinnin... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:43:27 EST 11/17/17 workout Swimming: 200 free warm up 2x500 free (50 easy, 50 hard) 200 free cool down Total: 1400yd I swam this in 31 min, so I could theoretically swim a 4200 in 93 min! Cool! Ill try it on Monday/Tuesday. Bad news, my gym is closing. They sold it to a women's gym and they are renting out the pool. Sad ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:40:00 EST Entertaining tonight for card club What to fix. There will be a variety of foods. Fruit tray and veggie tray is a given for my house. We decided to go coldcuts and bakery rolls and add appetizers. I made spinach balls and omg do they spell good and haven't even cooked them yet. I also did an appetizer with already cooked pizz... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:23:00 EST Airport Time Suck Tonight I have to start my work week. Not thrilling, but it's time to adult. I'm due at Newark at 8:10pm for the flight to London. No problem. I just have to catch a flight from Detroit first. Easy. <BR> <BR> I did everything right. I gave myself plenty of time for the drive to the airport. I us... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:12:55 EST Kicking the Sugar Habit I am Tova and I am a diabetic. Boy is that hard to say. As well as saying no to sugar and sweets. I am on the kick the habit challenge and day 2 was supposed to be about journaling. Saying no to candy is my biggest challenge. If I don't have it in the house, I am usually ok. But if it is there, I... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:04:53 EST What I ate today: Day #2 Friday, November 17, 2017: Day 2 :) <BR> <BR> Total Daily Points: 30 Points <BR> <BR> WATER INTAKE: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> BREAKFAST: 0 Points (30 Remain) <BR> Did not eat breakfast due to having to fast for lab work... I wasn't able to get labs done because my doctor messed up on my paper w... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:59:52 EST Keepin' it Real <img src="">Had a lovely juice drink, thanks to hubby : ) <BR> Ok, so I've had a crazy week. Everyone knows what that is like, right? It can be different kinds of crazy, but crazy is crazy and can keep us unfocused. We... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:58:03 EST Be the energy <img src=""> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:52:19 EST How to stay motivated when you don't feel good <img src=""> <BR> I been feeling like crap for close to a week now. It hits me in waves. I have been trying my hardest not to give up. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:50:48 EST Quote <img src=""> <img src=""> People take different roads seeing fulfillment & happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean th... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:49:14 EST Countdown - 16 weeks until THE Wedding of The Century <BR> <BR> Weigh in today. There is now 4 pounds more of The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] than there was last week! The Hottest Most Stylish Mother of The Bride ever in the History of Humankind [to be] is NOT best ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:44:12 EST Friday's Funny <img src=""> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:42:21 EST Day 19 of 628 Not a very happy blog today, I am afraid. Much torment over food. Other people not making it any easier. <BR> <BR> Two Thanksgiving dinners. That's what I have to deal with next week. Ugh. I thought I was going to skate this year, but such is not the case. <BR> <BR> I get that food and family g... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:41:49 EST Shalom Aleichem! Shabbat Shalom! <img src=""> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:40:48 EST My mind needs to catch up with my body so... I have been eating a ketogenic menu for months... I see it as more of a lifestyle then diet. I feel better and do not want to bring the sugar crap back into my life. <BR> I know I have been dropping weight... a pound here and there.. really no large drop but.. those pounds add up. I knew ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:39:27 EST Day 1650 Rest Day. Feeling good. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:27:19 EST How to be Happier...what we all want right? Today I read some interesting data in my Spark Coach lesson. It was all about achieving better health and self esteem and happiness, fighting depression and even extending one's lifespan! We all want these thing s right? I know I do! <BR> Sure, there are alot of tools that help us achieve the... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:11:16 EST What is remembered with love is all that is real <img src=""> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:11:04 EST Stuff It <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Where Stuffing Comes From <BR> <BR> Nerves are shot. Kids are horrid today. Won't listen, cooperate, follow directions, nothing. Not sure what is in the air. My last hour of the day was a H... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:07:56 EST New Primary Care Provider Visit overview Today as I said earlier I seen Dr. Julie Magnin to establish care with her. I was her first patient of the day and I seen her. I liked her a lot. She is very personable and likable. She is someone I can get along with really well. I believe her and I will do a good job managing my health care ne... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:06:27 EST And then... Someone down the hall has been watching true crime TV since before seven this morning at top volume. I asked if they could be asked to turn it down or use headphones, but nothing happened. Grrr... <BR> <BR> Scary moment last night. I had just fallen asleep when my roommate (who's 95) began to wa... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:03:35 EST Thank you Spark Being a member of Spark should be considered a privilege, an incredible chance to better our own health and fitness, to meet and interact with other members around the world and best of all support each other through thick and thin. We are a "club" of thousands of mentors and cheerleaders, shari... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:00:47 EST Truth! <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> “Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance.” <BR> W. Clement Stone <BR> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:50:54 EST Raisins 'reduce' Nighttime Urination? (Nocturia) <link><BR>educe-nighttime-urination-nocturia-wit<BR>h-a-handful-of-raisins/ </link> <BR> <BR> I was actually checking out taking Blood Pressure Medications at night instead of in the morning - supposed to help prevent stroke and heart attack. <BR> <BR> So,... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:48:42 EST Day 245 -- FRIDAY!!! I am very happy to see the weekend here for me in a couple of hours. This past week has been pretty typical in that overall it was a good week for me. I accomplished many small goals and got closer to accomplishing some huge goals. Sue has had a upper respiratory infection but seems to be on t... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:33:37 EST Dance break! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:32:48 EST Goal! (in 2018) I'm still losing, not huge amounts but every week has put me to a "new low". On Wednesday I received another 4-in-a-row charm at TOPS for having losses four weeks in a row. Now to get past that. <BR> We went to the Vancouver Fan Con last weekend, had such a great time. We packed our lunch and ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:16:50 EST My Second Zumba Class (different instructor) As with any type of class, so much depends upon the instructor. My first Zumba was lead by one of the toughest at this gym. He was like a back-up dancer for Madonna. No kidding. <BR> <BR> Today was a very different vibe and paced more easily to follow. NOT that it was easy, by any means. ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:13:24 EST friday cakes done except an outline. cupcakes delivered. while i was in town i decided to just bite the bullet and do ALL the thanksgiving/craft sale shopping. price chopper. aldi. walmart. all done. thank goodness. i so detest shopping of any kind..well craft stores and bookstores and antique stores ar... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:04:13 EST Las Vegas NV Cher Show Hi going to see the Cher Show tonight in Las Vegas NV Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:01:10 EST cardio lifting class-trying to keep up among the super fit So yes, I went to the class last night. I've been going every week with my buddy on Thursdays. She is pretty much the only reason I am going to this class because it is HARD. Not only is it a lot of high interval cardio, but you have weight lifting added in. <BR> <BR> I guess it does seem harder... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:49:59 EST Friday and more aims Well, my goodness, here it is Friday already. My this week by fast. Didn't get a lot done, but where ever the time went, it had to have been speeding. Went to Storm Lake this morning to the feed store to get cat food, and then off to the grocery store, all in the same parking lot. I even got ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:49:28 EST My Spoon Overflow'eth <img src=""> <BR> I really need meals that work with a fork- <BR> because my spoon overflow'eth <BR> I'm great about breakfast & lunch-under 500 calories each. <BR> Both require almost no effort to shop, stock & ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:42:19 EST Whata ya thunk 11/17/17 Nothing echoes like an empty mailbox. <BR> - Charles M. Schulz Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:40:44 EST Decided to Eat I've hit another one of those stops in my weight loss so today I'm going to eat 2000 calories instead of 1200. Tomorrow I'll go back to 1200 a day with hope of a break in my metabolism. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:32:10 EST The gain:It’s about 5 factors When honest about analyzing what I need to do to lose weight and/or avoid a gain it comes down to 5 factors, This week fell apart. I know what to do, but never got organized, or had food ready to go, did no planning etc. Add stress at work, a tight schedule etc and it all fell apart. Sleep a... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:56:13 EST Spoiler...Loving Others "What good does it do to save the world if we neglect the needs of those closest to us and those whom we love the most? How much value is there in fixing the world if the people around us are falling apart and we don’t notice? Heavenly Father may have placed those who need us closest to us, knowi... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:54:34 EST My journey <img src=""> <BR> Me 60. 125lbs gone! Feel great ❤ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:50:22 EST Why can't I exercise? I'm afraid to commit to an exercise plan, not even 5 mins per day. What's up with that? Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:45:59 EST A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When you ask "How do you measure your success?" There are as many answers as people you asked. Many say losing weight, but the number on the scale is not the only way to measure your success. ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:44:32 EST Friday Funny At least i thought it was <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> happy weekend folks. <BR> <BR> b Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:43:41 EST 2017-11-17 Got a QUESTION !! Found this on facebook... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> along with this poster... a discussion re grammar was chugging along <BR> at least one comment was made that grammar is no longer taught in school <BR> and t... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:34:55 EST Happy Friday! Good Friday Morning Sparkers!! I'm still working on my new routine, but I'm sure after Thanksgiving break we will have enough boxes put away that I can start putting it into practice more. I'm used to not having to leave the house in the morning, DH was the one to take the kids to school, and now... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:29:56 EST Dear Ana *Ana is another term for anorexia <BR> <BR> Dear Ana <BR> <BR> Ana whispers in my ear, <BR> Says I’m not good enough. <BR> I feel guilty for existing. <BR> Am I strong enough? <BR> <BR> Can I withstand her temptations? <BR> Can I love myself now? <BR> I’m older and wiser… <BR> Supposedly. How?... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:21:07 EST Getting it in!! <img src=""> Getting my workout in!!🎉 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:56:22 EST Woosh! MAJOR health goal met!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That is time. The last three weeks I have been working on the largest project ever on freelance, although when I actually worked for the company (not virtually), I did work on one much larger. W... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:56:13 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...57th day of Autumn <em>149</em> Last night as I sat down with my journal, I remembered a book I got when my son was older entitled 'Creating Family Traditions. Making Memories in Festive Seasons' It is part of the 'Let's Make Memory ' 3 book series. By Gloria Gaither &Shirley Dobson. If you are a Christian, you... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:54:36 EST Why is this so difficult “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> <BR> I feel like a failure. The number of times I have tried to lose this weight is amazing. I start and everything goes good for a week or two and then I fall back into old habits. Why d... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:52:10 EST Friday November 17 Finally over my head cold enough to return to the pool! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I am so thankful for our beautiful pool and the opportunity to use it! <BR> <img src=" Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:49:33 EST What have you tried new lately? The first time around, I tried a lot of new things. I learned I like a lot more things than I thought I did. I also learned I really didn't like stuff I thought I didn't like to begin with, but at least I tried. <BR> <BR> This time around I haven't been trying anything new for my health. Perhaps... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:47:49 EST 11/17/17 Worry <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Don't worry about failures. Worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try." Jack Canfield <BR> <BR> <BR> Things You Do Not Want to Hear from the Pilot <BR> <BR> 1. Ocean cross... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:42:42 EST Breakfast <img src=""> <BR> Chocolate chip pancake, 2 scrambled eggs and 2 sausage. So good!! However since I started eating breakfast like this every day instead of what I used to eat ( Wheaties with a banana or oatmeal with r... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:39:46 EST 2017 ARE YOU COOKING THANKSGIVING DAY hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had great workout going to get me workout with the trainers pretty soon when my caregiving slow down with the doctors so are you all cooking dinner or going to friends and family i will be cooking at home for hubby turkey dressing macoroni pie greens all traditi... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:39:37 EST Thanks-living Day 17 Day 17: Happiness is…. <BR> <BR> Scripture: Proverbs 3: 13-18 “The man who knows right from wrong and has good judgment and common sense is happier than the man who is immensely rich! For such wisdom is far more valuable than precious jewels. Nothing else compares with it. 16-17 Wisdom gives: a... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:36:56 EST Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fluffiest of all? Weighing this morning, I wasn't so happy but I knew why. I had a huge dinner(couldn't move after that) and had a snack later on last night. So, I expected to have a gain this morning when I got on the scale. But it didn't discourage me to go to the gym this morning. <BR> <BR> Daily my focu... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:34:24 EST Keep on track for Thanksgiving... Trying to decide if I should keep tracking on Thanksgiving day or just take the day off. If I don't track I could do a lot of damage. If I had been doing it awhile and not just a week, I wouldn't worry about one day. I know it is what you do most of the time that counts. So I guess I will be trac... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:34:24 EST Day 321.. Pulling my spoon out of the peanut butter jar It has not been a banner week for me. In the face of adversity and indulgent events, I made good choices food wise. <BR> <BR> I was a little lax on my movement, skipping my beloved kickboxing completely on Wednesday for no good reason.. late night Tuesday in the city for work, so was going to ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:32:39 EST New opportunity I am tired. I don't want to be tired, and feel too young to be this tired. <BR> I got off the phone with my doctor, seems I am hypothyroid. The tired, the cold hands (always), the fine, thin hair, the issues losing weight - may all be related to this. <BR> <BR> Wow. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:30:01 EST 21 Day New Member Daily Challenge I'm on Day 12, it's going pretty good. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:21:33 EST What it means to "want something badly" Ever seen the movie "The Devil Wears Prada"? You know that line where Emily says excitedly, "I'm just one stomach flu away from my goal weight"? That's what keeps running through my head right now. I'm definitely more like 10 stomach flus away from my goal weight, and absolutely don't want to los... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:05:55 EST before and after <img src=""> <img src=""> I came on SparkPeople trying to lose some wight for the wrong reasons I just want to look good and be happy with ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:04:30 EST Every day is a blessing- my maintenance journey <img src=""> <BR> I know the title of my blog is every day is a blessing, but let's face it, every breath we can take on this earth being healthy is a blessing. <BR> However, that is not to say, that every day is going... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:59:37 EST November 17 - Friday weigh-in; Think thin <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's where I'm at and where I'm going. I will weigh-in weekly, usually on Friday - <BR> 11/01 - 146.6 Actual weight <BR> 11/03 - 146.6 <BR> 11/10 - 146.4 <BR> 11/17 - 145.8 <BR> <em>55</... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:57:01 EST Dude... <img src=""> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:54:02 EST Today I have a great day planed. Please pray for my whole family. I will get my water in. Today is my Grandson Zekes Birthday he is 7. May God So Richly Bless You And Your Family Amen! Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:53:30 EST Fall fun <img src=""> <BR> Everett, rockin his fall sweater! Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:50:43 EST Day 5 Diary Project Unlock <img src=""> <BR> The scale moved!! 😁🤘🏼 179. I've gained and lost the same 12 pounds over and over again for these last 2 yrs. 175 will be a milestone, new weight loss and real progress. Onwards! Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:50:18 EST My baby boy Everett is 1! <img src=""> <BR> Everett turned one year old on November 10. All 3 of my kids are born in November :) Everett had a Cars party Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:49:33 EST The twins are 3! <img src=""> <BR> The twins turned 3 on November 4. I can't believe it! We had a Paw Patrol party. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:46:48 EST Welcome Raindrops <img src=""> This morning I woke to rain! Surprised I didn’t see it coming but so grateful that my garden will have a nice sweet drink. I was glad I planned to workout at the gym because my walking buddy is out of town... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:42:31 EST Day 78 Side Tracked Yesterday was suppose to be my stationary bike day. i started to clean some stuff up around the house and in the spare bedroom as my daughter and her family are coming on Tuesday and found the 2 five gallon buckets of cylindra beets that I need to do something with. That was my exercise yesterday... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:42:16 EST Christmas Letter - Grand Finale <img src=""> <BR> Today we come to the end of my 2017 Christmas letter. If you have stuck with me so far, you might want to reach for some empty calorie foods and take a nap. Don’t do it. After my bank account fraud di... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:41:33 EST Hitting the "Reset" Button We will call it serendipity that I had exactly 3000 sparkpoints before I hit "reset" and cleared all my past tracking. I love that I am not going to have to do some complicated math to figure out just how many points I've earned beginning today. You see, I'm starting over. Forget about what I'... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:40:33 EST Even tho we had some freezing weather I"m still gardening etc. I'm still working outside and I'm so glad. It seems I'm a much happier person when I can be outside a couple hours a day. It's cloudy today, but being out there is better than being inside. <BR> <BR> If I could just get my eating under control, I could lose a lot of weight because I get a lot ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:39:46 EST 5k I am getting better at walking the 5 K consistently. Some days I take my time, but I walk the entire 5 k now. Some days I walk them to challenge my time.. eventually I want to walk it in under 60 minutes. But again, today I took my time and collected acorns and pecans along the way. It's been... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:37:55 EST My commitment to self for the week Of Thanksgiving. I will be spending the next 11 days with my Daughter and family. Usually when I go away I gain about 10 pounds and then need to come home to work it off again. This time I am going to Stick with my daily routine. I packed my computer and will sign into spark people everyday. I will track my fo... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:34:25 EST So tired of coughing For several years now, I've had a cough. A wet cough. Especially after meals. And I've told myself, "It will pass if I change my diet a bit" but it hasn't gone away. But I've also not gotten any healthier. Another problem that I've had even longer, is difficulty breathing at night. It's not so ba... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:33:01 EST Reset! I pressed the reset button this morning after reading "Today's Top Story." <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g.asp?post=how_lynn_lost_141_poundsand<BR>_gained_a_spark_family </link> <BR> <BR> Thank You Lynn for being such an inspiration! Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:30:08 EST Motivation!!!! <img src=""> Might not be a lot to some but it’s a lot for me. I dislike walking on a treadmill!!! Motivation!!! Wooooohooooo Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:24:14 EST Motivation!!!! <img src=""> Might not be a lot to some but it’s a lot for me. I dislike walking on a treadmill!!! Motivation!!! Wooooohooooo Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:23:58 EST Friday TGIF hope everyone has a blessed day! Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:15:30 EST Oops! Messed up on calorie intake yesterday...thank goodness the scale didn't budge. <BR> <BR> Trying harder today...lots of water, healthy eating and moving around. Hopefully there are no outside dinner plans this weekend that I don't know about yet. <BR> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:12:47 EST Friday Morning Activity WE were up very early on this sunshiny 52 degree morning on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. The irrigation system is now watering the lawns. My wife has gone with our next door neighbor who has a truck to pick up some pine straw for the flower beds. I have the master bath to clean. We went... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:59:46 EST Anemia On Monday I had a couple of tests done at my local gym. They were offered as part of the 60 Day Challenge. Of course they cost extra. I decided to take the Food Sensitivity test. I choose this test due to the resent problems I have with my diet change. (at least thinking the problem may be with t... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:51:30 EST have much to do today - lost weight again Good Morning; DS called yesterday. He had just got back from his counseling session. He was mentally tired. He discussed his MIL and how his wife has been with her sister's wedding. The counselor has set up a couples session next week. I told DS he has to talk with his wife. Later that even... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:50:51 EST Friday... Yay!! Another weekend is here. Hubby has to work OT tomorrow, but then it's my cousin's bday party. You know your getting old when, the kids you babysat, are turning 40, and have kids that graduated high school :/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:49:43 EST Happy Friday Hope everyone had a good week. Now we must be strong over the weekend. I'm going to do a 5k on Saturday. I hope it doesn't rain. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:48:33 EST Communicate Communicate Communicate <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Healthy Communication is vital for our family, our spouses, our co-workers and even to strangers. (ESPECIALLY WHEN ORDERING A CAKE!) <BR> <BR> Yes, we've had a cake or two messed up when we did... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:34:49 EST No Spend November I'm pretty sure today will be a no-spend day - I'll let you know later if that changes. <BR> <BR> I came home yesterday with a bag of lovely spiced red cabbage my friend made - it's been popped into the freezer compartment of my little fridge - a nice addition to my Xmas meal. <BR> <BR> My new ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:32:23 EST Thoughts for November 17th 2017 sweets day <img src=""> <BR> Today is long-awaited for sweets day. Friday has always been a special day for hubby and me. We always compete to see who will call out that it is Friday. when we were dating that was our date night. ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:30:47 EST 365.39 Miles to Goal- Update in November. <BR> Nov. 8,9,11,12,14th and 16th. <BR> Instinctively I would refer to the fact that *even while* dealing with all that we went through with Bailey the past few weeks- despite the sorrow, heartache and pain, we kept working out. Instinctively it would have a burdensome or n... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:24:24 EST Happy Friday Walked on the treadmill a very long time. Going in to volunteer at the hospital from noon to 4 and then straight to my daughter's to watch the kids until around 6ish until my son-in-law gets home. Have a fabulous Friday. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:18:14 EST An egg or a cookie...hmmm Choices, choices. There's a leftover box of cookies on the work table. I have a snack planned before I go to the gym on break. Yes, I'd like a cookie BUT...I brought a hardboiled egg for my AM snack. Both is NOT an option. <BR> <BR> Which will best support my workout? <BR> Which will give me... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:17:52 EST Stupid Dumb Bad Choice This is one of those miserable days. <BR> <BR> I am recovering from food coma. Totally unexpected lapse. I went out with the gang after a political meeting last night and made a bad choice. A greasy cheese burger complete with fried onions on a white flour bun and a pickle. Heartburn. Dis... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:16:12 EST National Take a Hike Day November 17, 2017 <BR> NATIONAL TAKE A HIKE DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL HOMEMADE BREAD DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NA... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:03:06 EST My Week Thank you to the wise leaders of the 5% Challenge. This week we added “me time”. <BR> My list: <BR> *a massage which was awesome <BR> *a nap on a rainy day <BR> *a mother/daughter lunch <BR> *a junior-high stage play with a great granddaughter <BR> *meditation <BR> *a long talk with a best f... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:52:06 EST Life has not remote......Nov. 17th <img src=""> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:47:49 EST Positive Good morning, it's a bit chilly here today, but that's okay, had a bad nights sleep but I'm still in a good mood. Thank goodness, the negativity I was feeling for a few days was not good for me, glad I was able to get back in control. Some one told me it's because I'm getting old, jeeze I hope no... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:45:41 EST Last day.. and coming home <img src=""> <BR> Good morning to all.. Yesterday hubby was a bit quieter... but still came in at 15634... and hurting ... We went to Madam Trusso's and mingled with the and then took a spin to win a mill... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:41:14 EST Make Time <img src=""> <BR> We make time for everything and for everyone, but don't want to sacrifice at least 1 hour for exercise. That's crazy, but it's reality to many people. We need to make time for creating a healthy lifes... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:38:13 EST Saying Goodbye <img src=""> <BR> I've not posted lately because, if you read the previous posts, I had the worst day of my life looming before me. Something I am still not equip to make, so I depended on the vet to tell <BR> me wha... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:34:26 EST Books carry me away! <img src=""> <BR> I don't think I could get through life, without reading- <BR> I enjoy long, very old series-- <BR> <BR> The Poldark series was so interesting--and now I've been reading a series of 4 books--about Pat... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:32:09 EST Sparking <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 32 degrees <BR> <BR> THE UNDERDAWG OATH <BR> <BR> I do solemnly pledge: <BR> that I will do my best to eat healthy and within my calorie range, <BR> that I will exercise to the best of my... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:28:40 EST GREAT NEWS! I just had to share. <BR> <BR> I had my appointment with the cardologist yesterday afternoon. Pertaining to the results from the Chemical Stress Test. <BR> <BR> NO BLOCKAGES,! PTL! <BR> <BR> I don't need to go back unless there is a problem., for a year. <BR> At that time , who knows, ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:23:59 EST 'Squirrely... We have a century year old Walnut tree in our backyard... 'Squirrel Haven' in the Fall time. <BR> <BR> We find walnuts hidden everywhere. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In work boots, on window sills, in the barb... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:14:37 EST Cold and clear Walking is done. We have a dance lesson today, almost through with all the lessons and I don’t want to continue. We’re better than before but will never be Fred and Ginger! Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:01:48 EST Black Friday - Just Wonderin' Do you DO Black Friday? <BR> <BR> I mean - would you get up at an unseasonable hour and loiter outside a store to get a television set or a battery operated talking bear or a remote controlled Christmas carol singing fly fishing rod or a snow producing self-operated drone? Is there any gift you'... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:01:28 EST Thanksgiving Today I’m planning my menu for our dinner. There will probably be 30 or so here. Kinda getting excited. I love cooking. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 08:01:02 EST Treat day, the beginning of good choices... <img src=""> <BR> Today is treat day. Not a Hugh deal but it's the beginning of a full weekend and solid week of eating opportunities. I'm focused, planning healthy snacks to contribute, and praying I at least don't ga... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:59:11 EST Motivation speech! There are times in life where You could have been told you can accomplish nothing... You could’ve asked someone for help and have been looking for help and absolutely NOBODY GAVE YOU THE TIME OF DAY!!!! Well today you prove them wrong! You prove everybody wrong! Today you look at yourself in the ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:58:55 EST Happy Healthy Aloha Friday Happy Aloha Friday <BR> Whatever you do today ... <BR> <BR> Let your soul sing like the sound of the waves <BR> <BR> Let others feel your warmth as strong as the island sun <BR> <BR> Let the trade winds cool your heart and soul and bring you peace <BR> <BR> Let the island sunshine bring ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:53:34 EST 11/17/17 The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction. William Blake Quote of the Day <BR> If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self. <BR> Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> But surely for everything you have to love you have to pay some price. <BR> Agatha Christie <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Those who do not want to imita... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:52:46 EST Zig Ziglar When you encourage others, you in the process are encouraged because you're making a commitment and difference in that person's life. Encouragement really does make a difference. Zig Ziglar <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:49:56 EST On the lower side <img src=""> <BR> Better than an electric blanket <BR> <em>213</em> <em>386</em> Sparkers Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:30:30 EST Re-Beck Day 40 Enrich Your Life Who can't get behind a subject like that? We'd all choose rich and meaningful lives, wouldn't we? <BR> <BR> But Beck's point was not just to do it, but to do it NOW! Don't wait to reach goal weight to set OTHER goals and make your dreams start happening. <BR> <BR> Her exercise? Take ten minu... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:09:01 EST Be off Spark People while away. See you when we get back! Leaving at 6.30am Sunday morning for our 8 night Japan family Holiday. Won't be on from now till I get back. <BR> <BR> We have our adult kids coming to stay the night so they don't have to come over early in the morning to head to the airport with us Sunday morning as we have to leave home at ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:08:39 EST Thursday Friday Not a bad day, call settled into head throat and chest but went back to visit my mom Who is still in the hospital brought the kids just to help brighten her evening. She looks good still getting more drainage but she sitting up in a chair now and she might go home today. Looking forward to an eas... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:01:56 EST Lucky Day 13 Well the doctors seem to have stumbled on to something. <BR> The massive dose(s) of steroids have given my wife some relief but we're not out of the woods yet. Although I tremendously relieved to have any progress in the 'right' direction. <BR> Thank you all for all your kind words and support -... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:54:21 EST 11-17-2017-JOLLIES FROM JUDY What is the most common remark made by 70-plus year olds when they enter antique stores? "Gosh, I remember these!" Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:41:41 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, November 17, 2017 November 17, 2017 ATTITUDE OF FORGIVENESS <BR> <BR> One of the hardest things to do in life is to forgive. However, it is the most needed in every life. We often believe we have to forget in order to forgive or to put it all behind us and trust the person again. But that’s not the case. We can f... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:23:09 EST Tackling Thursday's challenges I didn't give up. I woke feeling cruddy with sore throat, and aching all over. I had to be at school for bus duty - supposed to have three of us, but one forgot to tell her sub that she needed to help. I also knew that one of my aides was going to be absent and didn't know if she had a sub at all... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:19:22 EST Tackling Thursday's challenges I didn't give up. I woke feeling cruddy with sore throat, and aching all over. I had to be at school for bus duty - supposed to have three of us, but one forgot to tell her sub that she needed to help. I also knew that one of my aides was going to be absent and didn't know if she had a sub at all... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:19:21 EST workday at LLBeans <img src=""> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:13:09 EST Thankfulness Day 17 Today is thankfulness Day 17. I am going to say that I am thankful for my Amazon Echo. My husband gave me this gadget last year for Christmas. This little gadget is just amazing! I love being able to get the weather and the news in the morning, listen to music, to set alarms and reminders, to pla... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:01:17 EST A updated photo <img src=""> <BR> Me two years latet Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:55:49 EST Food diary <img src=""> <BR> This is my food diary. I have lost 124 pounds with my gastric sleeve. I have one hundred more to go. It a difficult journey but worth it Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:52:20 EST Word of the Day: claque Word of the Day: claque [klak] <BR><BR>300.mp3 <BR> noun <BR> 1. a group of persons hired to applaud an act or performer. <BR> 2. a group of sycophants. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:48:14 EST Ready, Set, Cast On. <img src=""> <BR> Cast on Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:41:44 EST Area 51 - Just Keep Breathing... <img src=""> <BR> When I look at this image, I am taken back to when that was me. It wasn’t that long ago really. About 5 years I think. I had been pretty much on the same path I am now. Losing weight, getting my FBS i... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:39:32 EST Before You Were Born - Joel and Victoria Today’s Scripture: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you…" (Jeremiah 1:5, AMPC) <BR> <BR> Did you know that God was thinking about you before you were ever born? He knew everything about you before you were in your mother’s womb. He created you on purpose, for a purpose... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:38:17 EST Athens museums <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:33:40 EST THE REAL TO-DO LIST <BR> .Sing <BR> .Smile at strangers <BR> .Keep learning <BR> .Notice kindness <BR> .Eat ice cream <BR> .Hope <BR> .Count your blessings <BR> .Laugh <BR> ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:32:31 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND =11/17/2017= THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">GOD [ELOHIM] IS our refu... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:31:27 EST Grief and Action Trust in God and do something. —Mary Lyon It's important to let ourselves grieve as a passage between yesterday and tomorrow. But we do not have to be controlled unduly by our grief, or our pain. There are times when we have grieved, surrendered to the heaviness, tiredness, and weariness of a c... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:28:48 EST I RISE! Yesterday I figured it out! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I rose above the bully in my life. I found the words (thanks to a friend) and spoke up for myself in a very firm way. It had to be done. I am a peacemaker, but in... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:17:25 EST November 17, II Corinthians 12 God given vision In this chapter Paul for the first time speaks of the vision he had of heaven. He calls it the third heaven and that term has caused some confusion over the years. English is a poor language for translation as some words simply don't translate. The word used here for heaven could posibly be bett... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:13:49 EST .. Day 7 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ASL ll (American Sign Language) class started last night (and I couldn't hear a word they signed) Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:57:28 EST My rules Do I have rules for eating? <BR> <BR> I know that many years ago, when I was about 11, I decided to give up soft drinks. This rule stuck. I rarely drink soft drinks, opting for water, or wine instead. (I had a friend who thought it was hilarious that my drinking options were red wine or water, ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:51:10 EST MY FRIDAY DONE AND DUSTED So...My week is over and I am off to byes... <BR> I have to do the cafe tomorrow for a couple of hours....we haev had a staff member sick so my daughter has had to work.... <BR> I will take her place for tomorrow.... <BR> <BR> Am nearly at the end of the Uni year although the Polytech doesn't fi... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:45:51 EST Proud day! I am really proud of myself today! I woke up late with only 1.5 hours to spare before I go to work which includes time for me to get ready, make breakfast, wash the load of clothes I soaked the previous night. I almost convinced myself to skip gym as there isn't enough time. But I pushed myself ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:34:57 EST Homemade Bread Day Homemade Bread Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always November 17th <BR> <BR> Bakers of the world, rise up and bake some bread, for today is Homemade Bread Day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:32:35 EST The "art" of carving a turkey... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday!!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:12:00 EST blessings Day 16 just thankful for a sunny warm day Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:06:03 EST Physio appointment and unexpected news I've been thinking about whether to buy a recumbent exercise bike or not for the last few weeks (and it's still an option), then yesterday for some reason I ended up doing a google search for insertional achilles tendinopathy and treadmills to see what came up. From looking at that it suggested i... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:58:47 EST Fri 17 nov (OffensiveDay - LowGIfoods) 59,6kgs Teasing Fluffy with a piece of string, but he's just spotted the camera :) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> 2 eggs fried <BR> 1 tomato <BR> some avocado <BR> a little duck fat <BR> a little olive oil <B... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:57:58 EST Daily Affirmation for Friday, November 17, 2017 " My compassionate intents are generally received clearly <BR> and acted upon - perhaps not immediately, <BR> or in exactly the way I hope - <BR> but acted upon favourably, nonetheless." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:57:06 EST Stress eating #2 I'm noticing different things with stress and exercise so far, particularly with respect to walking. <BR> <BR> When I'm walking outdoors and at a slow-moderate pace (for me) then I feel the tension leave my shoulders and start to feel relaxed and less stressed while I walk. When I did the walkin... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:44:55 EST Persistence is the Key <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a great day and weekend ahead.... <BR> <BR> Let's keep pushing ahead and reach for the top. Persistence is taking a lot of "Little Steps... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:27:35 EST Quote for the Day <img src=""> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:19:05 EST Bible Verse for the Day <img src=""> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:14:43 EST One of these Days . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Where does the time go? It seems like I just cleaned my refrigerator. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In an ideal wor... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:14:37 EST Another day on track 😊 <img src=""> <BR> Back to the show with a sensible little packed lunch. Show jumping highs and lows..met some old and new friends. Every time I think I can't do this... I cook a measured weighed portioned meal - eat it... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:54:36 EST Friday Funny I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:44:05 EST Addicted to Love An iconic video often copied. <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:42:51 EST Addicted to Love An iconic video often copied. <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:42:50 EST Day 1: Arms 10 Upright Rows <BR> 5 Lateral Raises <BR> 5 Shoulder Rotation (each side) <BR> 10 Shoulder Presses <BR> 10 Arm Circles <BR> 10 Arm Raises <BR> 10 Chest Presses <BR> 10 Push Ups <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the other days...but next week. Went to the grocery store earlier this week. ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:31:14 EST 11-16-17 The weather is up to no good. We may have snow tomorrow and Saturday. We will have cold. It should be clear and dry on Thanksgiving. I hope that holds. With the wraps on my legs, driving is uncomfortable. I am cold all the time. I am supposed to go to the union meeting Saturday. That will depend ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:20:27 EST Fun Had a great time last night went to a cousin's house for dinner, good food, great company & for me the icing on the cake when her daughter who always escorts me down in the elevator she asked me if I was sick she & another of her cousins had seen me after about a month & she said I am so much sli... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:17:22 EST FREESTYLE FRIDAY- "A GRATEFUL HEART" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> BLESSED FRIDAY TO YOU ALL! <em>104</em> <em>213</em> <em>334</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> To GOD be ALL the GLORY! I am SO happy YOU are her... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:00:42 EST great day Scout, my dog, and I hiked 4 miles today and blisters on my toes made me turn back. Getting soft and stupid in my old age! Spent the evening learning staging and practicing music for the Christmas show. Life is good. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:59:18 EST Thurs Todays purge included the remaining pieces of our bedroom set. So yeah, we are sleeping on mattresses on the floor for the next 3 weeks. And our clothes are living in laundry baskets. I couldnt pass up the gal who was willing to buy it all. They have been taking pieces as we could clean them and ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:53:25 EST Why the wedding dress prevail white? There is a tradition that the bride should be wearing a formal dress which is called wedding dress in Western. on that day wearing a wedding dress on behalf of the bride’s kind. but also on behalf of the future will be bright and flat. The bride wearing a wedding dress is like a lily fairy, it's ... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:51:34 EST MY NON FOOD REWARDS! It's all about the money lol. So I recently started saving $1 a day goal on SP. A light bulb went on! Here it is: 1. Save a $1 a day 2. $1 per pound lost 3. $1 for 10,000 step made in a day 4. .30 cents for 30mins of cardio 5. .15 cents for 15mins of strength training These may change as my jou... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:38:10 EST New Beginning I have had a lot of changes in my life recently. Last year I got bronchitis and it would not go away. I was in the ER twice. My mind was not working. I am an accountant so that is bad. During the next few months I got my husband into a home. This involved multiple phone calls and trips to v... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:37:14 EST NSVs Walked .3/mi on Sunday night. <BR> Walked .6/mi on Tuesday night. <BR> Walked .78/mi on Wednesday night. <BR> Walked 1 mile tonight. <BR> <BR> Heel spurs are feeling better this week. <BR> <BR> Noticing an increase in energy. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:35:43 EST New Blood Pressure Guidelines <link><BR>/health/blood-pressure-answers.html </link> <BR> <BR> Article makes reference to a DIY tracker to see what your BP risks are (need to know your last cholesterol levels etc...). <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:35:03 EST New Grandchild Madeline Grace Barrett is dude coming to the world today! My 4 grandchild , Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:32:30 EST Day 13... The chaos begins... Tis the season to give thanks... Then, within a few weeks, it's fa-la-la-la-la-ba-h-um-bug. (j/k). <BR> <BR> No, seriously with all the holidays fast approaching, the store where I work is (as always) becoming nothing but chaos as people shop with large lists in hand, placing their last minute o... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:30:19 EST Leafy green vegetables <img src=""> <BR> Are the Best source for Calcium. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:29:59 EST Catechism in a Year 523. What is forbidden by the eighth commandment? <BR> <BR> The eighth commandment forbids: <BR> false witness, perjury, and lying, the gravity of which is measured by the truth it deforms, the circumstances, the intentions of the one who lies, and the harm suffered by its victims; <BR> rash jud... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:28:54 EST Baby came home Thursday evening I am on cloud nine now as my granddaughter came home from the hospital tonight with the new baby. I finally got to hold my great granddaughter and it was bliss! <BR> Hailie is so precious and I can only continue to pray that she will always be healthy and grow up to be a great and wonderful woman... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:27:22 EST Weather The day was a little warmer than normal today. It is 66 outside. Warmer than last night. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:15:03 EST GETTING MY MOMENTUM BACK i have had some problems the past three or four weeks which led me to being inactive as far as my exercise. <BR> <BR> I purchased a new fit bit which is helping... a new phone for the app as I couldn't get it to sync to my computer (my old phone literally "died" ) which made tracking nonexiste... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:11:02 EST What I've learned from my Start with food/exercises choices to now WOW!! Spark Coach asked today that we realize how FAR we've come along. They suggested we go back to our first nutritional/exercise trackers. <BR> <BR> My name was DIANESMILES (I LOST my PW and I was sooo frustrated I created a new name at that time to DIANEDOESSMILES) so here's the first entr... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:08:53 EST Special Blessings-November 17, 2017 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Early this morning, Jim and I went to the coffee shop <BR> <BR> 2. We had errands to run, so we got them done before our next stop. <BR> <BR> 3. Jim had an appointment with the Optometrist at the VA for 1:00. We didn't get out o... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:04:48 EST good week our required ot was reduced so this week was kind of relaxing. next week is no required ot so i can get do whatever Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:02:05 EST Newbie <img src=""> <BR> Hey, just started to try and lose 63 pounds. I am 5'6 and 213. Got to get this weight off. I have gave myself a goal of June 12 2018 my 33rd birthday. Let's hope and pray this works. Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:01:34 EST Less and less time Am getting worse and worse at finding the time to post these blogs. For the last 3 nights it’s been at 11:59 pm. Ugh. At least it’s done Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:58:11 EST Cats ;-) 11/16/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cat Twerking <BR> <link><BR>-twerking-to-the-rhythm-of-music?utm_s<BR>ource=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRs<BR>s&utm_campaign=FeedBlitzRss&utm_conten<BR>t=... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:51:07 EST Wow..Thursday already... After those busy days to start the week..something got a hold of me <em>335</em> <BR> Only I wasn't singing!! Frequent rapid trips to the loo and tummy cramps ..yuck <BR> Lost 2 lbs..but got a feeling once I can eat they will find their way back.. <BR> Sure not the way to toss weight to the s... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:41:01 EST Hot Off The Presses: New High Blood Pressure Guidelines <img src=""> New Blood Pressure Numbers: 130 Is Now High, Doctors Say <BR> <BR> These new guidelines were formulated by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology following the review of mo... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:36:51 EST Furnace is busted? It's going down to 29 degrees tonight, and the furnace isn't working. To say I'm not happy is a massive understatement! <BR> <BR> I still have the number of the company that installed it so I'm calling them tomorrow. Hopefully, it won't cost an arm and a leg to get it fixed! Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:35:59 EST Day 683 ~ Loving the cooler weather! Today's Sparkpeople - November 16, 2017 Sharing what I am committed to do along my journey... 1. Blog daily and record... 2. Calories consumed: 2,344 3. Calories over/under: +354 4. Calories burned: 835 5. Steps taken: 8,624 6. The number on the scale: 235.2 lbs 7. Minutes of Exercise: 7 minu... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:35:28 EST Spotting the Blue Sky <img src=""> Today I saw the most beautiful sky. It was beautiful not because it was a clear blue sky but because it was filled with variations of color in the clouds with vivid blue as the backdrop. It brought to mind... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:34:14 EST 11/16/17 Well it's been quite a while since I've made a blog post. I've been very sick since I last posted but I've been trying to do the bare minimum I need to do to keep me motivated so I can get back into the swing of things once I'm feeling better. <BR> <BR> About 3-4 weeks ago I went to the doctor ... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:33:56 EST Closing up the Loom House Today was the last very cold day weaving in the loom house. Temp when I started was only 32 degrees F. The loom with the table mats is now empty. Now I just need to do the enclosed edges to finish them (along with the baby blanket on my home loom and other knitting projects) and get them back dow... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:31:49 EST #219 Grateful! My apologies to you all. I had a very busy and rushed day today and will be sharing 2 posts with you that talk to me. I will be looking at more information on gratitude that I have found that's very interesting, and I will share more tomorrow. Enjoy the writings and think about them as to how the... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:31:27 EST Day 18 of 628 The Sparkmenu: A Review <BR> <BR> It’s week three for me using the Sparkmenu plan. It has been an almost effortless transition for me. . It is very back-to-basics, but I think that’s exactly what I needed. While it does,have its flaws, I find it t be easy to follow and an enormous time saver. <B... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:23:28 EST Thursday! Goodnight! Hope you had a great day! TTYL Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:13:16 EST TGIF Have a joyful day sending out love and blessings Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:12:25 EST Not A Bad First Week Back <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img ... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:12:22 EST A Day of Thanks My mom was released from the hospital today and I am so thankful. She has to have someone with her around the clock because she is so weak. My heart feels sad as I sit by her bedside and watch her sleep. My thoughts go back to the days she worked so hard to clothe my siblings and me. All the ... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:11:59 EST Centsable for the Holidays - November 16 A really cheap day, mostly because I was gone most of the day. <BR> <BR> B - none, no time <BR> L - eggs scrambled in drippings <BR> S - chicken skins, Roasted Pumpkin Bites <BR> <BR> Total cost of the day's food - $1.95 <BR> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:10:32 EST And it's November Well, the new house is finished and we moved in on Nov. 2nd. Needless to say, we're getting settled but aren't quite there yet. Still can't park in the garage, but hopefully will be able to after that long Turkey day weekend. Moving is so hard on the weight, you'd think with all the packing an... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:08:24 EST Got Sleep But Still Fatigued I'm visiting with my daughter's family, and while it's wonderful, I'm not really on my own schedule, and I don't really have a lot of control over menus and timing... fortunately there are plenty of wonderful fresh apples grown locally to snack on, but I admit that adhering to someone else's sche... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:05:16 EST Thieves Oil For Common Ailments Some of you have asked where to buy Thieves Oil. I always buy the Essential Oils and make my own Thieves Oil as it is much more cost effective. I purchase the oils at Woodmans and also at Walmart. Most cities also have Natural Products Stores and carry several products that are used by those w... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:57:35 EST Thursday, Nov 16 Hey, how are you all? I'm ok, just a bit tired. Ready for one of my favorite days....Friday...two Zumba classes back to back..woo hoo. <BR> <BR> Make your Friday fun!! xoxoxoxo <em>214</em> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:57:29 EST X Files <img src=""> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:52:56 EST MONTH LONG ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE, DAY 16: My Parents Day 16: So many times, people told me I can't do this or can't do that. My nature is that I don't listen very well. I'm very determined, and I believe in myself. My parents brought me up that way. Thank God for that. I don't let anything stand in my way.~Chantal Sutherland <BR> My parents are go... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:52:51 EST Starting Over - Day 10 I got over 10,000 steps again today!!! I feel like I’m finally starting to get back in my groove!!!! Can’t wait til I can get back to TaeBo and TurboJam. It’ll probably be a while even just the walking is kicking my butt right now, but I will get there!!! Ok, here’s my food for the day B - ... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:47:32 EST Sunshine... Today we all need to try to bring just a little sunshine into the lives of those around us!!! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:47:19 EST Countdown: Tomorrow is the big day I have been SOOOO happy to have been holding the line on my forward progress weight loss for 2 weeks!!! <BR> <BR> This morning I stepped on the scale and apparently I gained 6 pounds yesterday because it says I am 2 pounds ABOVE where I started!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:47:09 EST Thursday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:46:01 EST One done. More snowmen to come. Here is snowman #1. He's really cute. But not the one I'm making for my SIL's. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went out to block club this morning and stopped to pick up a few groceries so I can make it until Tues. withou... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:43:10 EST Nov 16 Well it was a cold wet raining day. The clouds were dark and gray and hung low. It looked like November outside. Right after breakfast I did a three mile walk with Leslie Sansone, not as calming as an outdoor walk. Even a fast paced outdoor interval walk is more calming than an indoor walk. But... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:35:55 EST #4 It was cold today but not too miserable. I walked to Danielle's to meet my friend for lunch and walked home again after. I still needed some steps so I went out again for another short walk. <BR> <BR> I met my vegetable goal. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:27:35 EST Thursday, 11/16/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's big event was attending the team meeting at the high school. Maegann did go with me as she said it would be worse on her wondering what was being said/done. No decisions made exc... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:20:54 EST Healthy Holiday Challenge - Day 4 So today's challenge tips are as follows: <BR> <BR> Nutrition: plan ahead for how to stay on track at holiday events. This might not be a strictly holiday event, but tomorrow night a bunch of us are going to a comedy show to benefit my son's school. We can bring our own snacks. Now it just so ha... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:17:53 EST Squirrel on a mission - 11-16-17 This squirrel had a big load of....something....(nuts? berries?) in his mouth as he tried to navigate across the street: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Shannon Lukens caught him about to make the attempt (which sh... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:03:02 EST Living in the LIGHT! 11/16/2017 <img src=""> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:59:33 EST Keep it up <img src=""> Had 14 injections today. Procedure was more involved then I expected and have learned recovery will be longer. I refuse to give up. Going to walk and follow through on other lifestyle changes even during r... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:57:27 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse for November 16 and 17; Praying the Scriptures Daily Inspiration: Rejoice. This is the day the Lord has made. Lord, my days pass so quickly. May I have a generous heart and the time to see the needs of those around me. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. ... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:45:02 EST ... but I did go to art school. After being married for about a year my wife and I were doing some home renovations. <BR> <BR> When it came to some colour choices, we couldn't agree. So I pulled rank and told her that I had gone to art school, and we should go with my choices. <BR> <BR> She told me later that she thought she ... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:44:04 EST Uneventful Thursday I had class today. Our internet wasn't working at the college. Nothing was really accomplished. I have homework, and I am not motivated. I feel "BLAH" today. I ate leftovers for lunch. <BR> I stayed on my plan today. <BR> <BR> I'm not tired, just lethargic. Lazy isn't even the word. <BR> <BR... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:43:04 EST And to begin. <img src=""> <BR> I am so happy to be back logging food and on a path to greater health. I wish it hadn't taken my health getting worse to make me wise up and refocus. Taking it one day at a time. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:42:03 EST Hey ✋ Hi y'all I just got started back after a short relapse. Lol well everything is going wonderful. I feel so happy and excited. My motivation is better than ever. I recently started on the treadmill. Can't wait til I weigh in. Yep I just said I wanted to see what I weigh Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:41:43 EST Sudden Death My family experienced a shocking experience this past week. Our 21-year-old former foster daughter passed away suddenly due to an apparent drug overdose. She had lived with us off and on for 4 years. She had moved out in April of this year. It was a numbing experience and one that will not be... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:37:29 EST Wednesday 11/15/2017 Sooo... I have a team, well, I have several teams, lol, but this is a medical team and it runs like clockwork. <BR> <BR> I arrived at 7:40 but didn't get in till after 8. Blood pressure taken - high of course, 148/84 but I was told it was to be expected and much lower than other folks who hav... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:35:03 EST Day 320: Eggnog Pumpkin Pie (diabetic friendly recipe) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing." (Louisa May Alcott) <BR> <BR> This y... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:27:43 EST Working towards a short term goal <img src=""> <BR> So its my 2nt week going to the gym and better eating and I'm loving it. My short term goal is 20 pounds by Christmas I'm really hoping to succeed. Would like to know thoughts if good goal or to much? Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:23:48 EST Dr. Visit for Yearly Exam Well six months has passed and it’s time for my yearly check up. That is what I did today! We went over my labs she was absolutely pleased with all of them except my sodium it is way too low. She wants me to put more salt on my food and I don’t even like salt. But I will continue ahead. She was ... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:23:45 EST Thank you! I am truly blessed for all my followers! I’m truly blessed that I have encouraged you and pushed you. I will do whatever it fricken takes to reach the level you need to be. I will motivate you till you feel like you feel like Superman or wonder women. I’ll do whatever it takes to motivate you and... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:09:24 EST The Light Just a thought...Always remember the light is inside of you...Allow your personal light to shine! <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:05:13 EST November 16, 2017 Happy Thursday! <BR> <BR> Another nice quiet day at home. I was really tired though, so didn't really accomplish a lot on the housework front. Shocker, I know. <em>211</em> I did get a load of laundry done, washed the dishes twice, made the bed and swept the bathroom floor, so it wasn't a com... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:02:14 EST And What Do I Want to Say Today? Nothing worse that knowing you can't have/do something. Been putting off blood work - so decided to do the fast night. Starting now (8:45 PM) - should be good time to get there after taking car in tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> Been thinking about goals and writing up my tracking. Probably goi... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:54:11 EST Sleep journal – 11-16-17 I took a chewable melatonin. <BR> I got settled in bed with my eye mask on around 10:34pm. I fell asleep at 10:55pmish and woke up at 5:55amish because my eyemask wasn’t on my eyes, my legs were pretzeled and they hurt. I fell asleep at 6:50amish. I woke up around 8amish but then l couldn’t fall... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:35:43 EST Diet Shake Dilemma! Since Tuesday I have been trying very hard to stay on the Optifast shakes. I need to use them up and I need to get on track - win/win! <BR> <BR> Problem - they taste disgusting! Today I had a vanilla shake at breakfast. I just gulped it all back. Then I immediately drank some sugar free appl... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:34:46 EST My life Swimming 🏊 today floor workout Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:25:35 EST journey to becoming a badass day 257 Its Thursday November 16, 2017. I finished painting Trio Of Dolphins. I read chapters 4, 5 and 6 of the third iteration of Jurassic Park. I got my workout done and I tracked it. I tracked everything I ate. I kept my commitment to get extra movement aside from my tracked exercise. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:15:04 EST Friday EVE! I am ready for the weekend. I got My nails done last night. I had My shoes in My backpack. <BR> I took them out tonight and put them on the chair at the dinner table. When I went through the living room just now they were on the sofa. I got up last night and went in the bath room as I turne... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:47:27 EST Thoughts for November 16th 2017 <img src=""> <BR> Went to Meals on wheels cafe and I ate a healthy low calorie meal. It was under 300 calorie and tasty. I got two extra meals for the weekend. I didn't know if I had room in the freezer for them but w... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:46:18 EST Round 3 I am in the 3rd round of my workout program and I feel great. The variety in workouts is what gets me closer to my goals. I can see myself on the other side of the finish line. Yay!!! Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:43:33 EST Ahhhhh It is the weekend, thank goodness. Time to rest and recover from this bug I picked up! Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:43:19 EST It’s about that time of night! Yes folks between 7o’clock and 9 o’clock that one time of night when we all struggle for food. Do I not eat? or do i have a second dinner? Here I have a little advise put down that bag of chips or popcorn and have a little snack. Like an apple or grapes. Or my personal favorite celery and peanut ... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:41:39 EST When time ran out.. For the entire year now, my goal was to " To be 50 by 40" = goal weigh 50kg by my 40th birthday. I did weekly calculations, missed my short term goals, made new ones, achieved my calculations and all along the way , i just got myself too focused in the numbers, i was just being taken over . Days... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:38:47 EST Plank Challenge Today is day 7 of my 30 day plank challenge. It started out at 15 seconds and today was to be 1 minute. I made it to 45 seconds and had to give in. I am going to try after I get home from work to try again for 1 minute. I can really feel it in arms, core and some in my legs. My next challenge... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:15:41 EST More from Beck Day 35 is a weigh in day. I weigh myself nearly every day and am content with where I am. Typically I have about a 4-5 pound range now where I am happy. I have learned that I don't have to eat all day long and have plenty of activities that keep me moving and/or busy so I don't want to eat. <BR> ... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:09:09 EST Accountability Entry #6 Dear Future Self: <BR> If you continue to eat the way you're eating, you're going to develop a disease, diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure... <BR> <BR> Reasons to stop: <BR> To feel healthier, avoid developing a disease, avoid medication, to regain my self-respect and self-control, to... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:08:50 EST Blessing Our church helped us financially. We were able to pay our insurance bill. We never really asked for help. I was just asking for transportation help to church. Had a dry socket after extraction but I am recovering. Now I have to chew exclusively on my right side. I am adjusting to that. Did some h... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:04:46 EST Thank you ROBINVOTAW, I will do my best. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:50:16 EST Hello Hello Everyone Today is a good day Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:47:51 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 16 Why do we overlook so many little things to be grateful for in our daily lives? Let's face it, life is a complicated mess, and can at times be simply overwhelming. We are focused on "bigger things", and if your attention is focused there, the little things pass right by with nary a side glance. <... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:29:46 EST Favorite Refrigerator Staples Did you know that yesterday, November 15th was Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day? Neither did I!!! And I didn’t clean mine out! <em>246</em> <BR> Well, in honor of that day, a second blog option for my A&I BSG challenge team is to answer the question: What are some of your favorite staples th... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:28:02 EST No spend November Today was a no-spend day. <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:26:49 EST Sad I am disappointed. I don't have many friends so I do talk about what I am doing exercising and tracking my food. I think it is awesome but it is like idk no encouragement. Just busted my balloon or whatever. I have to be my own encouragement and not even talk about it with her. Sad sad Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:23:46 EST Wasnt going to log caloires Not sure with my appetite, I can afford to cook for one and eat heathy . Od end up eating myself out of house and home so just want to get a rough idea for now . Not grtting that technical . Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:20:19 EST Thank you to my Lovely Limes Team Mates <em>381</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Hi everyone, <BR> I just want to thank each of you for keeping me on track and accountable during our Fall Fitness challenge. It is so much easier to be on this weight loss journey when you have a caring team that supports and encourages you. <BR> <... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:14:51 EST Where do you live...... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great evening. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:11:54 EST Day 4 Diary Project Unlock <img src=""> I think I like Unlock better. No weight loss this morning. My measurements are down again though. Monday's are my official weigh in days. Hoping for a 2 lb loss by then. I ended up burning 500 cals off in... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:07:10 EST Five minutes The trials and tribulations have been coming thick and fast the last year or two. I'm constantly trouble shooting, fire fighting, finding work around's, making do. In short - struggling. I've always been A] mostly optimistic and B] stoic when times are difficult. But lately I've felt quite de... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:49:03 EST Meditation after a workout and before. If you are having a hard time too much stress on your mind. Try meditation play ocean music on your head phones or walking to a beach. And free your mind. Put yourself as one with nature as a eagle flying through moutains and reaching heights you’ve never imagined. Or picture a whale jumping in t... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:48:13 EST What I ate today: Day #1 Trying something different, here. Going to take pictures of my meals and post them on here so I can hold myself accountable. :) - Yes, I do Weight Watchers (the original/older program). <BR> <BR> Total Daily Points: 30 Points <BR> <BR> <BR> WATER INTAKE: <BR> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:31:54 EST 11/14/17 - Tuesday Funny but I feel really calm today. My world is about to be blown into a whole new chapter as of tomorrow. Hopefully it'll be a more positive beginning than the ending of the last one was, LOL. <BR> <BR> I've decided to go to the meeting tomorrow alone, but I'm taking my digital recorder with ... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:25:27 EST Clean out your refrigerator day This week for the Aspire & Inspire team we were asked to blog about National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. November 15th was Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day - What are some of your favorite staples that you have in your refrigerator? <BR> <BR> 1. Eggs <BR> 2. Carton of Egg Whites <BR> 3. As... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:21:59 EST Corn Casserole I am supposed to bring corn casserole to our family Thanksgiving meal. I have been looking around for one online. I made it last year but I do not know where I put the recipe. I finally decided on one that has sour cream and corn bread mix in it. I printed it off this time and now know what I nee... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:18:56 EST Day 13 Feeling good and afraid it will stop. I rode bike 42 mins. 304cal. Burned. I am feeling proud of myself. I felt like I could ride more but don't want to make myself sore and not want to ride at all. I got email I got a trophy for 250 mins of exercise in a month. Was so happy. Baby steps keep step... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:16:38 EST HIIT <img src="">Beginning my HIIT program soon. I found a really great video and looking for more to implement into my routine. I am remembering that the HIIT approach is truly ideal for my situation and grateful I was rem... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:01:50 EST dear bob the blog well one part of our Christmas hamper arrived yesterday full of goodies, it is fine for me I can have a few goodies once in a while and he not go over board I am used to it but Steve needs to lose weight and he has no self control where chocolate or biscuits are involved he has bought h... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:55:45 EST Starting from scratch...again So...the more into my 30's I get the more I realize I need to get my butt into shape, and no, I don't just mean fitness. I need to change my lifestyle, I've known for years but every year, every day I say - "tomorrow I'll start being healthier...I've already eaten like crap today so what's the p... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:53:14 EST Egg fast results So time for an update on how the egg fast went. <BR> <BR> I had no issues following the egg fast. I like eggs and I did not need to find all sorts of different ways to eat them - mostly boiled or fried sunnyside or scrambled with cheese. Sounds boring but I was OK with it all. <BR> <BR> Coming... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:41:43 EST Thursday Nov 16 <img src=""> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:33:44 EST 30 Day Walking Challenge! I cannot walk for exercise anymore. There I said it. Hard to admit. <BR> <BR> Our last fire drill at the office and down four flights of stairs just about did me in. My body hurt for 2 days! <BR> <BR> Time to change this. I am doing the 30 day walking challenge! <BR> <BR> Today I walked 10 ... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:27:46 EST Day 320: All the Feels I woke up like this. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Every once in a while, I wake up, and I feel all the feels. Today is one of those days. I am in a pit where *everything* makes me sad, and I feel *every* horrif... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:20:30 EST Karma <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pray for Peace. <em>458</em> <em>459</em> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:11:54 EST this is what I did today So I had a rest day... but that didn't mean I was gonna sit still and do nothing.. lol <BR> <BR> Here is what I did - among other things, like reading and ..reading. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My grand-daughte... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:09:08 EST Not feeling it today <img src=""> <BR> So I made myself do it anyway.... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:07:13 EST Funnies for Thursday Just cleaning out the photo file and the old e-mail inbox so before deleting I decided there were some I should share! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:03:43 EST Another day <img src=""> <BR> Still 209lbs Walked 4 miles Biked 7 miles Will be under 1200 calories No concerns as I WILL BE 200lbs BY NEW YEARS! Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:02:37 EST Eating my way through stress This is something that I am sure most people can identify with. Between eating everything in sight, not getting adequate sleep and stress on the work front, I've neglected my own health. Moving up a jeans size is not the end of the world, but it also isn't the progress I wanted to make. I'm gaini... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:50:07 EST Consistent With Purpose <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think #4 is talking about us here on Spark People. I love reading the encouraging comments Spark friends take time to add to my blogs. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:39:21 EST All blessings on your path <img src=""> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:14:23 EST Whata ya thunk 11/16/17 Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. <BR> - Raymond Lindquist Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:09:03 EST Day 1649 S/B Gym Day. Slept in. Took 5 mile walk instead. Feeling good. Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:09:01 EST Extended Fast: Day 2 Yesterday I spent so much time focused on WHY I was doing an extended fast that I forgot to record how I was doing. <BR> <BR> DAY 1 <BR> <BR> Some hunger at predictable times. When I drink water and busy myself with something else, the hunger goes away. My husband made popcorn in the evening. F... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:05:56 EST Post-surgery motivation Last Friday, I woke up with intense upper back and internal pain, and consistent vomiting. I took a delightful trip to the Emergency Room, where I found out hours later that my gallbladder needed to be removed, that day. I threw up a total of 13 times before the surgery and relied on IV hydration... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:04:53 EST Tried today <img src=""> Hard workout yesterday today is a recover day Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:03:22 EST Steady and patient <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A long time ago, I was so skinny that I could almost hide behind a lamp post. I grew up slim and stayed slender until around the year 2000 where the little bit extra on the butt grew into a full... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:00:17 EST Day 3 The last two days have been challenging as I struggle to find ways to make positive lifestyle changes. I have a bad habit of taking on too much and getting overwhelmed. I'm feeling more confident today though. Here's hoping that this mindset is the start of something good! Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:59:39 EST Let’s hit home a little. (This might make you mad) I can tell you 1000% you won’t get the look you want or be in shape if you do not do anything. I can tell you that you can keep throwing penny’s down a well and you won’t get that wish. You want to achieve something well get off your fricken butt and go make it happen. I’m sick of this world and ... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:54:44 EST 50 years old and 5 years after losing 100+ pounds <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had my annual check-up today. <BR> <BR> And as it's generally gone for the past couple of years, the doctor and I talk more about the weather than we actually do my health. At this point, I t... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:53:45 EST Thankful Thursday! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's Thankful Thursday....I am thankful for yoga <em>417</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After raking l... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:51:33 EST