SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Deeper Relationship with God How is your relationship with God? Believe it or not, the Creator of the universe, the One who fashioned the world, desires a personal relationship with each of us. <BR> <BR> On a daily basis God's voice invites us into a deeper relationship with Him through prayer. If we want to hear God's voi... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:54:56 EST Food Free Nights Begin 9-1-15 I have been bad at night, stress and family problems have derailed me so much I have been binge eating almost every night this summer. I decided to begin again, September seems like a good month, it's warm like summer and I feel motivated enough to stick with it this time. <BR> <BR> Day 1 accom... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:54:31 EST A VERSE FROM THE BIBLE Blessed are you when people reproach you, persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. Matthew 5:11-12, WEB Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:50:55 EST Another check-off Honey is now available in book form. <BR> For the past few months I have been slowly checking off activities, desires, hopes...whatever you want to call it..on a personal 'bucket' list. I have had a good life, sometimes filled with drama and sometimes just routines, but as I look back, I am cont... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:48:41 EST Sep 2nd: I'm Curious Not In Love/Lust/Crush I think whatever I feel about Mr Puzzle is only curious not love nor lust nor infatution. There is no need to dig deep as it will confuse me more and I'm still relearning being human and alive and there are so many things I want to know. <BR> <BR> I'm curious why he stirred this weird feeling of... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:47:57 EST 200 Days until my Cruise 200 days until go on a cruise all by myself. It's just about paid for, now I need to get my weight down so that I can do what ever excursions I want. The intent has been there but the follow through hasn't been great. There haven't been any major mishaps, but I do have a cold and the motivation t... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:45:16 EST 30 Day Mental Health Challenge 30 Day Mental Health Challenge <BR> <BR> They say 30 days makes a habit. ;) Well, actually, “they” say a lot of things but I sometimes struggle to do things consistently for even 3 days. Therefore, maintaining certain behaviors for a month seems like a great start. This is what it all comes ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:42:55 EST Wednesday's Wisdom =) <img src=""> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:42:34 EST Sharing on SP helps people lose more weight!!! We already know that but it is nice that research pro I am testimony that "sparking" helps people lose more weight. I am positive I would have lost no weight at all if I had not been sparking! I have now lost 40 lbs. It was not quick but I know it is because by posting and blogging and reading sparkpages of others, I got ideas and the pushes I neede... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:41:01 EST I Really Miss My Goal Board! I liked having my Goal Board readily visible as a reminder first thing in the morning of the priorities I had set for myself. <BR> <BR> People are self motivated. I am the only one who can bring the changes I want in my life. <BR> <img src=" Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:40:54 EST Day 3 didn't make it to the gym yesterday and blew my diet all in the Same day ugh . But I'm back at it today heading to the gym and had a healthy breakfast and working on getting these 8 glasses of water down. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:40:19 EST Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While not condoning cruelty to camels, I thought this was funny - especially after seeing the commercial and images from the commercials too many times. <BR> <BR> Besides, its Yosemite Sam - a ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:40:15 EST Day 2-Yay! Yesterday, after a month of trying, I finally reached my goal of 10,000 steps a day. Before yesterday I was averaging about 7,500 steps, and was having the hardest time getting up to 10,000. but yesterday I finally did it! I will try and get to that gain today. I walked with my husband to work to... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:37:38 EST Picking more peaches Well I'm going to be picking more peaches of my trees today and prepare them for freezing ... & probaably do a peach cobbler tonight Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:34:39 EST PROBLEMS “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” <BR> <BR> – Robert Schuller <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:31:19 EST Bonus Quote - Strive... <img src=""> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:31:10 EST Quit Longing for “IT” and Just Live It! “Own the day in Jesus name because ‘I can’ in Him.” <BR> <BR> This is my Mantra for life, reasserted as a focus for life in August, and made my personal word of encouragement in September as I set myself up for another month of successful journeying. I am working hard to break free of t... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:29:34 EST Cheat Days <img src=""> It's always easy to cheat when it's time to change your eating. It is actually challenging to eat healthy all the time. But lets make a pack today. How about we make a plan a trip, a relaxing day, or possi... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:28:40 EST Feeling encouraged! I'll be honest. I haven't been working at this weight-loss thing as diligently as I should. However, I've managed to lose 20 lbs.! This milestone is a big one. And the next big milestone is 4 lbs. away. I know I can do it. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:27:52 EST Excuses <img src=""> <BR> All this year (2015), I have been working on getting my head straight! Between counselors and the 8 to Great program, I am beginning to see patterns that are keeping me the weight I am. <BR> <BR> My... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:26:43 EST Exercise is therapy! I really believe that exercise not only helps our bodies but also our minds. After exercising yesterday I feel happier then I have in a while! :) That makes me very excited because I've been on a never ending roller coaster for a while! (as I said in my last blog). <BR> <BR> I also think gettin... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:25:33 EST Starting all over again So, I am starting from scratch all over again. I am not making any excuses. I fell. Now I am starting over because I have new goals in life. My main goal is to lose 100lbs in 2 1/2 years. We are trying to conceive so I'm a little stressed as well.. I have taken the first step and signed up for ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:24:26 EST Goals again Interesting....On my Goal blog yesterday, WOUBBIE says "What is the reward of reaching a goal? Having to set a new goal, lol!" <BR> <BR> That comment has gotten my mind working this morning. I think my reason for setting goals time and time again is really, truly - FEAR. Fear of being the s... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:24:21 EST Another day with fibro... I woke up this morning and had a really hard time getting out of bed. I hit the snooze button several times and even thought about calling in sick to work. Two of my three dogs were snuggled up beside me in bed, it was cozy and warm and my third dog was lying right beside my bed looking up at m... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:24:12 EST Upcoming Labor Day Weekend - yikes! This is my second full week of faithfully using Spark! The last weekend was rough but i did enter all my data and will hopefully learn something about over-indulging on weekends. I only lost 0.3 oz after my Tues morning weigh in (ugh!!!) but I can tell my clothes are looser and I feel so much b... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:22:01 EST Struggling with something today I recently watched a video someone posted on Facebook. Most of those I would take with a grain of salt. This one is more like a vlog, and done by a fairly well known belly dance instructor. <BR> <BR> In the video she says that some people will come to her for fitness training (she also is a fi... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:20:19 EST My Insanity t-shirt fits better now! (with photo) The t-shirt I earned from completing Insanity about 4 years ago fits me better today than it did then. <BR> <BR> I had such a well deserved sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when I made it all the way through the program. It's HARD and I worked my butt off! I got my t-shirt, in a smaller... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:20:05 EST Appetite Decreased While Sick Over the weekend I was really sick, with a flare-up of my diverticulitis. I had abdominal pain and a fever, and really lost my appetite. I spent most of the weekend just resting and debating about going to a walk-in clinic. If this had happened during the week, I would have called my regular doct... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:19:52 EST Spark Changes Over the past month, I've been increasingly frustrated with my personal "spark" life. I won't get into the specifics, but I've recently made some drastic changes. I stepped down from leadership in one team, and dropped all of my teams with the exception of one. I'm trying to be more purposeful... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:17:01 EST Another week down It's my journey. I have such a long way to go. I am in control of this journey. I choose how successful/unsuccessful I will be. <BR> <BR> Another week down. Another few pounds lost (and inches although I haven't measured). I think I'm up to 14.5 pounds lost. Since I started this 3 weeks ag... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:16:02 EST Positive Belief The story of Abraham amazes me no matter how many times I read it. It's not just the birth of a son when he was a hundred years old. That's a miracle. But just as amazing is the information that he waited twenty-five years for the fulfillment of the promise. He was seventy-five when God promised ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:09:07 EST Work It Out Workout Wednesday , Woo-Hoo !!! I feel good this morning, I began my day in prayer ( as usual ) and I made it out on-time. I had an enjoyable time exercising & listening to my music , it was really pleasant. I saw Jackie and I had to resist temptation to run across the street ( I had some scoop for her ) but I didn't go, I just... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:08:32 EST Day 1 of the rest of my life... Hello everyone, <BR> I know that I haven't been on here in a while but I plan on changing that. My husband and I are panning to work together to lose weight. I just had my daughter on the 4th of July and I want to live a long time for her. I'm only 21 and I should definitely not be 225lbs. So I'v... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:04:40 EST Day 6: Find a coach (Beck) A key component to losing weight is having support. Today we are finding a coach. There are many benefits to having a coach or buddy. A weight loss coach can keep us accountable; be a sounding board for issues; provide support and encouragement. Losing weight and maintaining weight loss is hard. ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:04:12 EST Inspirational Quote - 9/02/15 I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. <BR> <BR> - Thomas Jefferson <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:02:51 EST Weigh In Wednesday A little Weigh-In Wednesday humor: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last Week: 162.4 lbs. <BR> Today: 162.2 lbs <BR> Lost: 0.2 lbs <BR> <BR> I didn't expect much when I stepped on the scale this morning. I haven onl... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:02:48 EST Not quite 3 miles, but close enough. Harley v's Cactus OUCH! It has been quite the adventure this morning... <BR> <BR> All was going good, until Harley spotted one of his 'furry little friends' (aka a 'wabbit') and like a bat outta hell..he starts chasing the rabbit through the desert. <BR> <BR> I'm yelling at the top of my lungs, "don't EAT the rabbit ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:02:47 EST 100 Day Challenge Day 6: <BR> My awareness of bad habits and unhealthy choices becomes clearer everyday i log on and add a direction to the day. Friday I start the dash diet for two weeks to bring my blood pressure down. That also means a return to recording food and exercise, I joined the "official healthy habits... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 11:02:08 EST Text to Husband I just texted my husband and said "I can get to my target weight by our 1st anniversary. Bikini here I come. I can't wait to look and feel better". <BR> <BR> <BR> WORDS AND MOTIVATION TO LIVE BY. <BR> <BR> I AM GOING ON LINE AND ORDERING MY BIKINI. MY FIRST ANNIVERSARY IS IN FEBRUARY. <BR> ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:58:09 EST Update: Another 2.4lbs down So I've meant to blog since my weigh in on Monday, but have not gotten the chance. So, here's an update. After my day of bread and dreading the scale, I was happy to see that I still had a loss of 2.4lbs. So I didn't completely sabotage myself. I definitely didn't enjoy the stress though. I'm goi... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:56:58 EST Yesterday's Day 1 Was Truly Sad (smiling) I've started the ultimate big push - September to Feb. '16. As such, yesterday was day one and my psyche was stunned that I am returning to healthy healthy healthy ways that have been successful in the past. <BR> <BR> I counted five times during the day when I was going to habit eat. Yes, I'm ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:56:38 EST To be completely honest <img src=""> The biggest reason that I want to lose weight is that I want to wear all the cool holsters for my pistol when I carry concealed. I have a concealed carry permit and carry a pistol with me whenever possible... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:54:43 EST Keep moving Forward I have to say that I have impressed myself, I know I have been to this point before and I think no I know that I have given up or taken a break. <BR> Things to be proud, almost 50lbs lost, over 25 inches lost, stronger and more confident. HOWEVER my body is hurting even though I am not pushing... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:54:38 EST You Have to Believe It Before You Can See It By Rick Warren — Sep 2, 2015 You Have to Believe It Before You Can See It <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> By Rick Warren — Sep 2, 2015 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (Hebrews ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:54:05 EST Still the Same....and Thank You for Being a Friend.... My scales are acting up! They are telling me I am the same as I was on Sunday!! How could they? lol <BR> Of course I know it's only been a few days, but I seem to be stuck on plateau #2. I know it is one of many to come on my journey. Those flat, prairie-like areas that are never ending. I am hop... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:53:49 EST new here and really motivated hey guys i'm new here and i'd be happy to talk with some of you about healthy lifestyle to stay motivated :) Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:53:38 EST Coupla' Things <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today marks the beginning of the school semester for many places. <BR> <BR> University of Wisconsin included. While I like seeing the campus coming back to life. Students crowding the sidewal... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:50:38 EST Treat Yourself To Little Luxuries <img src=""> <BR> Time to be good to myself today. Even though I'm busy, I think that I need a treat; not anything extravagant but I have a planned a few small treats for myself. The pleasure they will bring me will be... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:49:39 EST Log It or Not - Diet or Life Style For me I have done a lot of logging as I go. At one time I would be packing lunch and dinner because I worked second shift aware of what I would be eating for those meals and the calorie count ahead of time. Then while eating I would enter the foods in the logger while eating at the table. I shou... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:49:01 EST It's Wednesday! That's obvious. I just don't know what to put in sometimes for the blog title LOL. Anyway, I did my workout today even though I didn't feel like it. I know now where that extra pound came from yesterday. It's that TOM. <BR> <BR> I am feeling really good about my workouts though. Glad I made... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:46:08 EST what about Ya know im not really sure whats changed.. unfortunately we just grew apart. Too far to where I dont think it can be fixed. And what do I do about the other guy? Do I try to get in contact with him even after everything that went on. We never hookef up just a very deep attraction. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:44:27 EST Beck Reboot Chapter 5 Week 1 Day 6 Put Me in Coach! I’m Ready to Play! Sorry for the silly title, but I can’t get that song out of my head. We are winding up our minor league baseball season here in Idaho Falls and this is the last week of games. It’s fun, but I am definitely ready to give up sitting for three hours surrounded by ball-park food. Ugh! <BR> <... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:43:55 EST Stretch!!! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Okay so I exercise..... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> lol <BR> <BR> But now I need to also remember to <BR> <img s... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:43:10 EST Sweet Tooth Challenge Day 3 So my task today is to find a friend to do this journey with me. <BR> <BR> Find a Friend <BR> <BR> Any journey is easier when you have someone else to do it with you. Today, on top of journaling about your food cravings, enlist at least one friend or family member to join you in your quest to... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:41:47 EST Pomegranates <link><BR>benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-pome<BR>granate.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:40:46 EST September is here! I am so close to my August/September goal of 145! I was at 146.5 this morning. <BR> <BR> ~Measuring the food <BR> ~Biking kids to school <BR> ~30 day shred with Jillian daily <BR> ~Walking the dogs <BR> ~Jogging with the kids in the evening! <BR> <BR> I can do this!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thursda... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:40:38 EST Went to the doctor yesterday... I finally got a new PCP since moving to Washington in January. She adjusted my medication, told me to read/implement the South Beach Diet, and told me to get in 10,000 steps a day. With those changes, she's confident that I'll see progress. To be continued... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:34:57 EST Beck Chapter 5, Week 1, Day 6 Chapter 5, Week 1, Day 6 <BR> <BR> Find a Coach – The book said find a diet coach, but I think a Beck coach is better. I wanted someone who had the whole picture rather than just the nutritional data and someone who has worked the Beck plan before and knows her way around. And I found a jew... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:27:44 EST Wednesday and still going strong Well yesterday, was pretty good, stayed on track, and got over 5000 steps in first time in a long time, hopefully in a few weeks I will be up to 10,000, but for now I am happy with 5000. Wound up having summer squash over shiratki noodles last night, the store had squash on sale , but only the sl... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:24:22 EST meh I need a new career; one that's more physically active, and healthy. Currently, I stand in a pharmacy all day, taking and giving things to the sick, dying, and miserable. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:21:48 EST Biting the dust. <img src=""> I have to admit that I was rocking this weight loss journey. Heck, I even lost 29 pounds in two months. But this last week and a half I have fallen off the wagon. I have eaten ridiculous amounts of crap ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:21:28 EST SUMMERTIME 2015 PART 4 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> (WILD PARROTS) <BR> <BR> There is no doubting that August in Fort Lauderdale is HOT! HOT! HOT! And let’s not forget the humidity but I love it all. I especially love walking around and just e... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:20:19 EST Prayers needed! Yesterday was a very bad day starting off with my husband going to the emergency room where he was admitted. I had to scramble as I also had an eye doc appt to remove another stitch and I needed a ride. My daughter and her friend left work and gave a helping hand. Just when I thought things m... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:18:35 EST Sept 2 - Day 2 Good News-Bad News Day 2 with the FitBit. <BR> <BR> Good news is that I'm getting way more than 10k steps in daily - <em>224</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Not so good news is my sleep. I'm making sure I'm in bed on time, but my patterns of sleep need help. Not quite sure what to do about this yet.... Still s... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:18:06 EST cristal73 Hello I'm new to spark I joined yesterday. I am trying to loose 70+ pounds. I'm a 6 yr breast cancer survivor looking for help with my diet,exercise,and portion control. I just found out I have to have gallbladder surgery, could really use help with eating habits and advice for a healthier way of... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:16:11 EST Sticker Shock <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I still am in awe that I have actually lost 50 pounds! It's like sticker shock when you see something you really want to buy and then you look at the price of that item and think, "there is no w... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:14:58 EST And yet again..... Many of you don't know me, but some of my old friends on here do know what has been going on. I will explain it to you and those who already know, please bear with me. <BR> <BR> On February 3, 2015, while shoveling snow in our driveway, I slipped on the ice underneath the snow and broke all thr... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:14:34 EST Fitcation 2015 <img src=""> <BR> What I think it will be like <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> What will most likely happen when you get me a 2 friends in de... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:14:29 EST 222 Days of Me! On August 23, 2015 I committed to 222 Days of Me! I'm now on Day 11, feeling great and looking forward to continuing. I'm exercising and eating clean. I'll continue this blog to track my progress along my journey. It's my goal to lose 1/3 of my starting weight by April Fool's Day. Wish me luck!! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:11:46 EST I'm back So it's been awhile. I got off track in a bad way. Since the last time I was here, my life has changed a bit. We moved from our crappy apartment into the house my parents live in (I own). Shane was going to go back to school, but changed his mind when we realized it wouldn't be worth it financial... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:11:08 EST September 2 2015 I started my day out just crabby. I even did a workout but I think I wS just that tiered. Things are looking up now. I'm starting to feel better. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:06:24 EST September 1 Accountability <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's how I did for Tuesday, 9/1 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Eat 200 calories fewer than I burn daily. I ate 1,727, burned 2,271. <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Took 10,... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:06:10 EST Bragging About My Local Team Our Question of the Day on my Spin Me a Yarn Team was "When was the last time you really worked at organizing an event?" <BR> <BR> For me, it's SparkPeople. I've sweated over the Olympia Spark! Team. For me, it seems a no-brainer that if we have a local Team we should meet each other. I reali... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:06:08 EST Whole 30 - Day 1 Complete! I started Whole 30 yesterday, determined to be successful and do it exactly as written. To that end I read the new book "Whole 30", built up my support network and told a bunch of folks what I was planning. I also planned a weeks worth of menu's, shopped for necessary ingredients and did some a... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:02:48 EST I need Advice about Life!! So I had a few phone interviews, sent out a ton of applications, and I am pretty sure I have a job offer waiting on my voicemail. <BR> <BR> The job is a great job, but 1) it's not my dream job and 2) it's 55 minutes away of freeway driving. I would have to commit to a 1 year contract. <BR> <BR... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:01:35 EST Hypochondriac I wish that doctors would listen to me. I have seen 3 doctors - described all my symptoms. One says it is all in my head - that I need to get over it. The other says it is a panic attack. The other says its migraine brain fog and it will go away. <BR> <BR> How is getting dizzy and not being able... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 10:00:57 EST Last night was good! Ok, so I am struggling with the 21 day Tame the Sugar Monster Challenge. I am actually eating more sugar than normal, I think. Good grief. I've had a candy bar and a can of Coke each day! What the heck? I hardly ever drink soda - although candy is definitely a downfall. <BR> <BR> Anyway, yesterd... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:58:26 EST Found my spark and am never going to lose it again... Had given up. Have not worked out for a month now. Today, I finally picked up my jump rope and cranked up the music and jumped for 20 mins and man did I enjoy it. Wondering why I gave up when just working out makes me feel wonderful. <BR> <BR> Am not going to give up again - never again. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:58:18 EST REAL PROGRESS! As of today, I have officially lost 10% of the weight I was carrying when I retired 16 months ago. Plus I weigh 34 pounds less than I did three and a half years ago and my BMI is 7 points lower than it was back then. <BR> <BR> The loss goes slowly and not without "rebounds", but it is beginning... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:56:08 EST VJ Day <em>652</em> VJ Day <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : <BR> <BR> August 14th - Japan surrenders <BR> <BR> August 15th - Surrender announced to the world <BR> <BR> September... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:55:23 EST goal accomplished I did it! a hour straight on the elliptical....I'm gassed but that's a definite milestone in my book Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:55:05 EST New Kicks When I went to Chicago this weekend my daughter had a belated birthday gift for me. She had already sent me a gift so I was surprised. These were on back order and did not arrive in time for my birthday! I just LOVE them! <BR> <img src=" Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:54:58 EST SPOILER... "The Lord needs us to be brave, steadfast, and immovable warriors who will defend His plan." <BR> —Bonnie L. Oscarson Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:54:00 EST Looks like this is a slow return I'm slowly starting to be mindful again. I haven't started back exercising yet but I'm getting my mind right. I know I just have to do it. <BR> <BR> Feels like I'm always starting over and that's the hardest part for me. Another thing, I want to make the transition to clean eating FOR GOOD!!! E... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:50:32 EST Destiny Okay, DS is moved in. Destiny had it that I haven't exercise since I got here. It was having me conserve my energy for move in day. At the end of the day, my limbs ached. Even DS was exhausted. He is on the 4th floor. Count ground, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th. Then figure the elevator in the middle... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:50:20 EST Plateau Busted Okay, so it was a super mini-plateau - only a few days, but still it is exciting to see progress after the scale hasn't budged in a while. <BR> <BR> As for the gluten testing... gluten's digestive justice was swift and also a bit lingering. I'm going to give it another go today, but if the resul... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:49:43 EST catching up with me be Id like to catch on myself concerning my emotions and my self esteem .id like to establish a boundary between the to. Id like to have self control with my emotions and I would like to build my self esteem up more .id like to not repeat the same mistakes over and over again id like to find balance... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:49:03 EST first week of class is a challenge for some ... and it got me thinking There's so much excitement and energy in the air when fall rolls around (even a hot first week of school like this one) - there's nothing like it for me! <BR> <BR> But there are some - like one of my students who presents a stronger manifestation of Asperger's syndrome than the iconic "Sheldon" ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:48:36 EST Sorry For My Absence For awhile my weight lingered at 135 which I was happy with but now I am up to 142. I would really like to lose 10 lbs. I think what I need to do the most is reduce the amount of soda that I am drinking. Also I need to strive to eat healthier. I have been eating a lot of junk food and fast food. ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:42:16 EST The Importance of a Schedule Sorry for the hiatus! <BR> <BR> I'm still here, just got a little busy and then took a trip to Dallas to see my brother. <BR> <BR> It's hard when you are visiting someone and their schedule is different than yours. I enjoyed visiting with my brother and sister in law, but my husband and I had... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:41:06 EST 2 jobs I knew it was going to be a challenge to stay on track once I was back to working both jobs :( I may have gained this week instead of losing :( I am going to plan my meals from now on. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:40:37 EST A jog with my dog... Yep, wogging with my doggy. I love it. Makes it so much more fun. She is an excellent companion and running partner. Last night we went out and I did 60 counts wogging to 100 counts fast walking. Just one mile. My initial goal is to get to 100/100, then start decreasing the amount of walkin... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:36:10 EST Day 150-Almost at my goal!!! My goal was to lose 20 lbs. I weighed in yesterday at -16, so almost there!!! <BR> My corgi weighed in at 33 lbs yesterday. (he needs to go from 34 to 22 lbs) We are still working on this, but i have noticed a difference in his energy level already. <BR> <BR> Breakfast- <BR> Coffee protein dri... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:34:36 EST My MIL is really going down hill Good Morning; we are glad we spent some time with her, but she is losing her desire to live. Last week she was in the ER two times. She has to drink lots of water with her meds daily. She does not want to drink the water. I sent her a plant wreath which she has loved in the past. She sent m... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:34:00 EST Something's that I've learned So far 1. Pasta has a LOT of calories. - and really not very much nutrition in it. 2. I need to drink more water before I excerise to avoid a Charlie horse durning the night! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:32:41 EST Too big clothes I am saving them for s friend who is loosing weight. I have size 12 and size 10 waiting for her. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:31:09 EST Rewards start long before goal is reached Today I am celebrating 25 pounds lost--a fun milestone number (and one that's taken an extra long number of weeks to reach -- I haven't had a loss in several weeks!). <BR> <BR> I want to reflect on the fact that 3 months ago, there was no guarantee that I'd ever see this number. There's still n... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:30:52 EST Blog #45 (Month 1) Fitbit stats for month of Sept Ok heres to a new Month for September :D I hope to keep up with my miles and steps and etc. <BR> I plan to walk to work today and want to get in all the walking I can before the cold and snowy weather gets here. <BR> <BR> Fitbit stats for yesterday Sept 1 2015: <BR> <BR> Steps: 11889 <BR> ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:29:37 EST A week back with Spark I have been back on Spark for a week or so and am loving it. I did show a gain on the scale this week, but it isn't because of what I have been doing (TOM). I am feeling great (although a little sore). I haven't been having insomnia like I have in the past. I am feeling motivated and really ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:29:30 EST caffeine Love my caffeine, given up diet coke and went to tea. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:28:54 EST Not Horsing Around In Crazy Town . . Day 23 0f 375 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:26:09 EST A Better Look at Beck Day 5: Eating Slowly and Mindfully Beck points out 2 very important reasons to eat slowly and to pay attention to what you are eating: 1) when you eat slowly, your brain has time to register that you are full and 2) you feel more satisfied when you notice and enjoy every mouthful. <BR> <BR> This morning I ate very slowly. I had s... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:24:35 EST 13 - Huddle Time Who remembers the Sparkpeople HUDDLE? <BR> <BR> It's 'kinda' like your status 'in a way'. I loved the huddle. It was fun to see who "huddled" on your team first. Sometimes a theme got started for the day. <BR> <BR> I found the huddle phrases and thought I'd share. <BR> <BR> Here's a b... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:22:22 EST T25 Focus-Day 3 Week 2. w/Weight vest Mornin' Mornin'......Happy Wednesday........... Boy am I in a great mood today!!! I got up with Speed 1.0 on the calendar. So there I am, "freshed dressed, like a million bucks, threw on my Bally shoes and fly green socks"..LOL yea, for you hip hop folks that's that 1990's La DI DA DI... <em>3... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:22:07 EST Stress I was so encouraged this morning to log on and find others had not only read yesterday's blog post, but also commented with encouragement. I forgot how much of a community Spark People really is. This is what I've been missing, this is what I need as I once again try to go down this path of livin... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:21:22 EST Comments and Goodies and SparkMail - Oh my! Wow, y'all are a friendly, encouraging bunch! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> That's not a complaint; it's written from true gratefulness and exuberance. <BR> <BR> While I was walking the puppy girls yesterday evening, I was contemplating how to "do" the friendship side of SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> Wh... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:13:37 EST a new day another warm and humid day here today. my daughter and i are keeping cool and hydrated. all the birds say hi. have a wonderful day,everyone! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:13:15 EST Fall into fitness Ok it's time for a plan. Zumba starts back up on Tuesday and I have to say I am proud of making actual progress during the summer while we were on break. Especially since I went a year with no progress, and yo yo'd before that. <BR> <BR> So here goes, I am currently about 183. Here are some... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:08:39 EST Losing it....its long Nope, not talking about weight. I am talking about my mind. My PTSD is only getting least it seems that way. I have been 'checking out' more lately. I just don't want to deal with things at home. At work, I don't want to work. I spend most of my day doing whatever I want to do. ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:05:23 EST Time for a Reset -- Day 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have decided it is time for a reset -- both mental and physical. It hit me yesterday when I was in my yoga class. I guess somehow yoga tends to give me a dose of perspective. Somehow, yoga ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:04:02 EST Challenge day #1 I can't find the challenge wall, so I decided to post my daily challenge Q&A here. Q. "(Share) what brought you to SparkPeople and what you hope to accomplish over the next three weeks on the challenge wall!" A. I was looking through my app store for a food tracking app. I saw Sparkpeople and t... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:03:30 EST Beck Reboot: Day 6, A Diet Buddy Can Really Help Beck's title for this chapter is, "Find a Diet Coach." She says a coach can help keep you motivated, build your self-confidence, help you solve problems, keep you accountable, and help you take a more useful perspective. We give a copy of our Advantages Response Cards to our Diet Coach. The coach... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:02:48 EST Day 85 and I am so tried because of my cat!!! So my cat is in heat and she thinks oh look my people are trying to sleep lets wake them up every hour on the hour. I have got to get her fixed. Or I will go crazy. LOL. I love my cat she is so sweet but right now I would get anything just to be able to sleep one whole night with out her waking ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:02:10 EST September goals and my Pinterest project I am getting closer and closer to goal and maintenance. Many people say maintenance is harder than losing the weight, so that has me a bit worried, but I feel if I keep doing what I have done for the past 2 1/2 years I will be ok. I knew at the beginning these had to be changes I could live with ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 09:01:50 EST I am now unemployed... Maybe some of you know already, but I lost my job. My boss called me in his office Monday afternoon to tell me they had to cut me and two other people. We were a team of 12, so those are quite drastic cuts. It has nothing to do with me, or the quality of my work, it's just how it is. <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:59:16 EST Swing batta batta batta SWING! *nothing to do with baseball, lol Rough couple of days but still hanging on. Got in an hour of exercise this morning, to make up for the cookies and pizza of the past few days. Although I know it doesn't REALLY make up for it. I have a goal in mind for the end of Sept and just like all of my goals I find myself doing a little ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:59:01 EST WORKOUT UPDATES So yesterday I opted to go to the gym even though I was super sore from my first day of C25K. I went afterwork and got on the elliptical. I didn't go super hard, just enough to workup that sweat and loosen up my body. As much as I try to walk around at work to not feel so sore, I have an office j... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:58:59 EST yo-yo! I can't seem to lose the weight and I am doing everything I need to do except getting enough cardio in. I am going to try to get my cardio in whehhhhhh..... Dont feel sorry for me when I say this but help me to get angry and encourage me to go forward. Twice a week I was kayaking and run/walking ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:57:52 EST How do I feel in 5 words or less Great ready to go Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:57:35 EST Yoga day 3 streak I'm grateful for this 3 day streak because I have consistency. Which makes me feel proud of myself and relaxed. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:56:57 EST Sticking with it I totally forgot to log my food yesterday! But went back this morning and added it! Out of my routine and stressful work day (again) is to blame. But I have already logged breakfast today and am back on track. <BR> Off to work - heading into a much needed 3 day weekend though! Yea! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:53:23 EST Keeping it going So here I am today! I didn't get to log in much yesterday. I have been trying to find a good system between working and xercising, cleaning house and getting on here. Yesterday i just lost track of time, so here i am today. Bright and early!! <BR> Today will be day four of beating on my punch... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:50:55 EST 1969' First ATM opens for businexx <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On this day in 1969, America’s first automatic teller machine (ATM) made its public debut, dispensing cash to customers at Chemical Bank in Rockville Center, New York. ATMs went on to revoluti... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:47:45 EST Yertle the Turtle....oh Marvelous Me! This is the text of one of my very favorite children’s books, "Yertle the Turtle", by Dr. Seuss <BR> <BR> My Dad read this to us four kids a lot. This and Horton hears a Who were two of our very favorite books. I have read this to my daughter so many times, that I have some of it memorized. ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:45:44 EST Medifast pancakes, Day 1 Let me first set the tone.... I am a good cook. A great cook, to some. In fact, my pancakes and crepes are pretty fantastic. I have never experienced what just happened in my kitchen. I read the instructions and followed them carefully. My pan was hot. It was nonstick, AND I used nonstick s... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:44:08 EST Frustrated with so many things I've been unable to workout or do much of anything because I got a low pressure headache that took two weeks to get rid of. I also had to be put on bed rest to recover. Good news is that I haven't gained weight because of it. But I feel like every time I make progress, I get something that comes ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:41:59 EST 9/2/15 - Day 17 Up early and have had a successful day; I have already run 9+ miles this week, so far. Now to continue with food. <BR> <BR> M - 0 (2) <BR> T - 2 (3) <BR> W - 0 (4) <BR> Tr - 4 <BR> F - 0 <BR> Sa - 5 <BR> Su - 2 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:41:29 EST things are looking up and the scale has resumed going down. <BR> <BR> I was able to power through the loop that my body composition number threw me into - and I got through it without turning to food. Shortly after I hit a weight plateau. At first I thought it was just my monthly cycle, but the the plateau lasted o... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:40:10 EST balanced life day 4 Today is a good one for me. REad a book for fun just ten minutes.I got this one beat Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:39:50 EST OK It's weigh day again. I am confident and ready! <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:37:47 EST where did this summer go? Hi everyone, <BR> Where did this summer go? My summer started out very bad, broke back May 2. Not good(burst fracture of T12). The only thing I did in the last 4 months is gain weight, I was in a back brace for 3 months, now therapy. Starting next Tuesday I have to go to pain clinic. Last month... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:37:15 EST Week 6 - Mixed So, this was a pretty exciting week for me! lol I've both good and bad. <BR> <BR> I lost a pound but I'm not putting much stock in the scale for that minute amount. <BR> <BR> I did ST both upper and lower several times this week as well as cardio. I ate ...sort of decently. :P <BR> <BR> I joi... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:35:55 EST Ok So its Wed. Had a friend ask me for a ride to work yesterday so of course I said yes. I ho hummed around and got ready for work thinking all of last night how I didn't want to get up earlier than I had to but guess what? I'm here and feel better because of it. I will have to make some adjustments as far as ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:33:14 EST Five year anniversary- with Spark, 9-2-2015 Hi Spark Friends! <BR> Time sure flies when you are having FUN!! <BR> Today is a special day for me to remember. I found Spark 5 years ago with a idea from my primary care doctor at that time. It has been quite a journey for me with ups and downs, health setbacks, surgeries and many other thing... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:32:58 EST Mid week So far I haven't tried something new at the gym yet but I'm still going. Maybe today will be that day. I have been able to keep myself fuller so far though. Have a great rest of the week. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:31:56 EST At the Gym! <img src=""> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:30:10 EST Irritated When I bust my rear and the scale doesn't co-operate with me, I just wanna chuck that sucker for not being compassionate to what I've been thru!!!! <BR> <BR> My eating has been spot on and my exercise is astounding! My weight lifting has got to be contributing to this. That scale has gone up 3 ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:29:31 EST My glass is half full..... In 2008 I joined Sparkpeople. I was fully motivated and excited. I lost 75 pounds by the middle of 2009. I maintained for several months. I was in size 10 jeans. WOW !! What a great experience. <BR> Then life took a turn. I lost focus. I began to let my bad habits take back over. I have slowly g... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:28:02 EST Tracking again... Last week I stopped tracking food, for no good reason. I cooked some soup with a bunch of leftover stuff - ground pork, cannellini beans, pumpkin, spinach, celery, onion, diced tomato... Just lots of leftover stuff from my fridge. It was tasty and probably very healthy, but I didn't measure anyth... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:27:34 EST Early Birthday Wishes... So Grateful!! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I walk... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:26:24 EST Beach day!! fi ally heading to the beach one last time before fall.. And now I am comfortable to wear a bikini!!! All thanks to Shredz and healthy eating!!:) Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:23:24 EST Note to self: stop skipping meals! I must take the time to sit down & eat. Skipping meals leads to mindlessly eating nuts, etc. A day of balanced meals & snacks leaves me feeling energetic & focused. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:23:09 EST September Goals <em>17</em> Finish CE by 9/15. <BR> <em>311</em> Min 4 flights of stairs a day - 160 flights for the month <BR> <em>273</em> Take fish oil and iron daily <BR> <em>140</em> Gluten free daily - I've been slipping again. <BR> <em>331</em> 50 miles logged for the month <BR> <BR> I'm in... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:22:29 EST Keeping It Steady; Keeping It Real In this journey for a healthier lifestyle I have come to realize that there will be setbacks and there will be successes. Some will be big and some so small you don't even notice until you look back and review. For over ten years I have written in a journal and when I look back and read my entrie... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:19:25 EST Finally in 2010 I lost 160 pounds with spark people and then ran the Chicago marathon. It felt so good and I thought the yo-yo effect of up and down was finally over in my life. Then I had 5 surgeries and a battle with depression in the next several years. Gained back 145 pounds and couldn't run anymore.... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:17:55 EST Day 66 & 67 Bleh... I kept reminding myself to post yesterday and kept getting distracted by everything. <BR> <BR> me: I need to post. <BR> DD starts playing in the cat litter (clean unused litter still in the bucket it came in lol) <BR> <BR> me: Ok.... I need to post.. <BR> DS starts to cry b/c he's hungr... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:17:44 EST its always a good day to start over Here I am again, back were I started my summer. My goal is to break a new streak record and God willing this one won't get messed up with a crazy visit to the hospital for something they can't do anything for and can't find a cause for. <BR> <BR> I believe that if I can stick with this for a... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:16:24 EST Life is Not a Competition <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:12:01 EST August Recap My Goals for the month were: <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Get outside and walk 2x per week this month. - I did well with this until I didn't feel well. <BR> <em>436</em> Complete at least 150 flights of stairs this month. - My fitbit was acting off for several days this month - it's time to l... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:09:42 EST Day 16 Ab challenge rest day...thank goodness. I am so tired this morning -I did not want to get out of bed, however I did. Got myself dressed, ate some yogurt with cereal & blueberries, and getting ready to head off to the gym to work out. Kind of thinking about trying out a functional fitness class bu... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:09:33 EST Day 33 - Fullness Scale Like the hunger scale, there is a fullness scale, with 0 being neutral and going positive to 3 being stuffed. We are supposed to stop at +1 - satisfied, comfortable, just right and not get to the +2 (too full, a little uncomfortable) or +3 (Stuffed, miserable). We are to do this by listening to o... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:09:03 EST And...breathe. Just a quick blog, as I have a half an hour in between jobs to do. Weekend away was fantastic, really lovely to see Kerry, swim, sauna and jacuzzi, we found a coffee shop that served gluten free cakes (yum, and oh-no!), and generally just laughed and enjoyed each others company. <BR> <BR> Back... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:08:47 EST wednesday--jellies on parade good morning! the peach marathon is over--all I have left to do is bag up the ones on cookie sheets in the freezer. I went to the park for a walk--the weather is atrocious (hot and steamy) but I really needed to do something outside to clear my head. did a tiny bit of running, but mostly walke... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:08:33 EST This will brighten your day 1182 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:08:02 EST weight loss I have lost over 100 lbs in less than a year on my own last year. I had two surgeries approximately 4 months apart. I gained almost 50 lbs back. I am struggling so much to loss the weight again. I am hoping this site will help me reach that goal. I didn't do it with diet pills before and I don't ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:05:48 EST Happy Birthday I downloaded a bunch of albums from Amazon when they had free downloads. I was listening to while walking the pups, and heard Loretta Lynn singing this one. Never heard it before, but I like her spirit! From 1965. <BR> <img src=" Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:04:02 EST Small steps I'm baaaaack. I could go on at length about this being Day 1 for the umpteenth time, but the fact is, I am back. And I feel good about it. For this day I plan to be on program. <BR> <BR> So far today I've weighed in. (Ack!) Made a tentative healthy eating plan for the day. Earned some spark poi... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:03:00 EST 9/2/15 Dream small dreams. If you make them too big, you get overwhelmed and you don't do anything. If you make small goals and accomplish them, it gives you the confidence to go on to higher goals. <BR> John H. Johnson <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> have a great day you are awesome Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:02:26 EST hump day Didn't get up in time to walk my dog I feel so bad I can exercise at lunch time but i feel so guilty Looking forward to long weekend coming up I'll make it up to Sabrina with a nice hike in the woods Have a great day everyone Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:02:18 EST Training and peopling and working and balance It all takes time, and now I'm out of it. <BR> <BR> I was about 5 minutes late to running group last night because I worked an extra ten or fifteen minutes, the longer hike to the car, true 5 p.m. traffic, AND we were starting from a different location, one I wasn't particularly familiar with ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:59:46 EST Day 3 of Beast Mode=On Day 3 of Beast Mode=On <BR> <BR> Feeling really good about life! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:57:19 EST September 2015 Goals I have been very inspired by some people that I've come across on Instagram. They are documenting their weigh loss challenges this way, through pictures, challenges, and inspirational quotes! I think it's important to put your goals in print. I will come back on September 30th to comment on ho... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:47:45 EST Day 8 Just signed up to use spark coach today. Today is my rest day from exercising as well as my grocery shopping day. It's time to get back to basics. <BR> <BR> I started my fitness journey in 2010 and successfully went from 242 to 165. Since the beginning of 2014, the weight loss stalled and then ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:47:16 EST Good morning .. It's Wednesday !!!! We're half way there !!! :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends .. old and new... that stop by for a visit .. Pull up a chair and stay awhile .. I'm alittle low on coffee right now, but will be happy to make more ... We always have... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:46:42 EST Will the bear eat skinny people??? Yesterday I did get my walk/jog, in- <BR> I had to plan it---locked the Germans (as in dogs)- inside-grabbed my music, and off I went- <BR> It felt good-- <BR> <img src=""> <BR> "I am worth it!", I keep telling myself... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:45:35 EST SUCCESS! One day without chips or crackers of any kind. <BR> <BR> That may not sound like much to you but to me, it's just the beginning! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:43:42 EST BACK ON TRACK DAY 1 Since February, when my father died, I`ve gained 32 lbs. I know it`s just comfort eating. This stops TODAY! I feel tired and bloated. I have no energy and I`m ashamed after losing 126 lbs. last year that I`ve let myself wallow in self pity and medicate with food. <BR> I`m going to make a blog po... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:41:56 EST Blessings, September 2, 2015 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. My "to do" list keeps me focused. <BR> <BR> 2. DD is getting her braces off soon. <BR> <BR> 3. I am teaching my students to make healthy snacks. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:41:17 EST Been a while It has been a long time since I have been here. I allowed my life to control me instead of the other way around. I have had some growing to do, I have, for the last couple of weeks, just been looking at the site. I have, this week up dated my information and have made to move to do this for m... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:40:31 EST Saturated fat isn't linked with increased risk of death - August 2015 Study "New research from McMaster University shows that trans fats are associated with greater risk of death and coronary heart disease, and should probably be avoided. <BR> <BR> But when you compare the two, trans fat's less evil cousins – saturated fats – don't seem to have the same association.... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:33:44 EST 9/2 I did well yesterday! I ate to plan, I got all my exercise in. It was great. I do need to work on drinking more water than usual after a heavy sweat workout, I was definitely a bit dehydrated in the second half of the day. <BR> <BR> Today is looking ok. I'm hoping to get to yoga, but if a meetin... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:32:03 EST No Thank You I said "no thank you" to a chocolate caramel marshmallow brownie! I have the power! <BR> <BR> I work in an elementary school and it seems like there are treats around every corner. Some times it feels like I'm running an obstacle course! <BR> <BR> I succeeded yesterday... on to Day 2. <BR> ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:26:38 EST Good Morning :) Had a great day yesterday <em>334</em> . After work I had planned on coming home and getting on the treadmill. <em>198</em> But when I stopped into my mom and dads house he was home alone. Mom went grocery shopping. <em>30</em> So when he asked me if I had to get home I told him no and he... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:24:58 EST Worse night ever- Day 25-26 <img src="">Day 25 started out well, until I got to work and all my patients turned into Vampires at sundown:( Flying and stuff. They were just crazy. An old lady screaming "Policia, Policia non-stop" Took 4 people to ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:23:28 EST 09-02-2015-JOKE OF THE DAY What should you give a man who has everything? A woman to show him how everything works. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Here's to woman power! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:20:50 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 5 - Eat Slowly and Mindfully There are two very beneficial reasons that's important to always eat slowly and to pay attention to what you're eating: <BR> <BR> - When you eat slowly, your brain has time to register that you're full. <BR> - When you notice and enjoy every mouthful, you feel more satisfied when the food is gon... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:19:40 EST COFFEE & *HUMP* (day) two favorite words, *giggle* <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:16:49 EST Minute by minute This was week one take 2 for my rookie 5k running program. Day 2. I did not want to get out of bed then tried to talk myself into doing it tonight. As I was getting dressed I thought "I am never going to run the whole 5k. I struggle to walk 4 minutes run 1 minute." I am trying not to give up on t... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:15:56 EST Beck Pink Reboot Day 7, Arrange My Environment! "I can resist anything but temptation": it's right there on my Spark Page and it's true. <BR> <BR> And in my view, resisting temptation is highly overrated. <BR> <BR> The ability to resist temptation gets predictably fatigued over the course of a day. <BR> <BR> I know that I can resist temp... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:07:30 EST Beck Trek Day 6 An Ode To Sandi <BR> <BR> In June I Googled Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and weight loss. I don’t remember exactly what put the notion into my head on that particular day. <BR> <BR> I have been familiar with the method since I was in my twenties because a wonderful mentor of mine was a... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:04:55 EST Target Date March/April 2016 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:04:49 EST Glenn's thought for the day. "It does not matter how long you are spending on earth, how much money you have gathered, or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters." Amit Ray Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:03:22 EST Day 245/Wonderful Wednesday! <em>104</em> I really did have a terrific Tuesday yesterday! My oldest DD had a breakthrough in schooling! She finally feels like she can do it and is gaining confidence in herself. I know it is only one day, but I think it is a major leap in her attitude! She was bullied in public school, told... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:01:20 EST About Health <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There are many ways to achieve good health and lots of information here on SP and other pla... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:00:34 EST Day 2 of 30 - pool again It is going to be a scorcher here today! I will likely stay indoors all day at work. Yesterday the dog didn't want to walk! We took him to the local conservation area for a swim and he enjoyed that although, I was standing in the water and it felt like my bath tub! <BR> <BR> For Day 2 of 30 I... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:59:27 EST Busy day today It's Mid week and as usual I have a full day. Sometime today I will have to get my car back from the window repair. The used part didn't work so they are ordering a new part. Chaching...Yes it will cost more. <BR> <BR> I am doing better on miles than on food right now. I have shifted back ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:58:15 EST Honey <img src=""> i found a wonderful source of local raw honey. $10 a liter. It keeps so I bought 4. Sold one to a friend, my sister is taking 1. I kept 2. My FB friends are so excited that I said I'd get some for them an... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:58:10 EST Today is the day! Walk and workout today. I have to get serious Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:57:13 EST Something to consider... “Keep in mind, hurting people often hurt other people as a result of their own pain. If somebody is rude and inconsiderate, you can almost be certain that they have some unresolved issues inside. They have some major problems, anger, resentment, or some heartache they are trying to cope with or... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:56:11 EST Gotta restart again! Okay. <BR> <BR> So I fell off, but I'm not out! Trust me when I say that I have a desire to push myself and get myself back on track! I feel so off balance in my life at the moment, and I really do just need to sit down and take a moment to just breathe. <BR> <BR> I am working two 12 hour shift... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:53:06 EST Roll call 🙋 <img src=""> I would love to know where you're all from I'm Mimi from Sudbury, Ontario in Canada! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:49:50 EST Control The Bible talks about people who let their stomachs become their god. I'm determined to not be one of those people. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:48:51 EST Rediscovering the BEAST in the basement and taking my own advice No, it’s not DH, although that is his domain. In the late 80s I bought one of the first generation “lifecycles.” I’ve had a gym membership since 1975, but I thought this would be more convenient. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:47:51 EST Quote of the Day: September 2, 2015 "One may lack words to express the impact of beauty but no one who has felt it remains untouched. It is renewal, enlargement, intensification. The parks preserve it permanently in the inheritance of the American citizens." <BR> - Bernard DeVoto <BR> <BR> Hiking again today in Canada's Riding M... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:44:20 EST My secret to a happy blog: write it before the day starts! Ah, sitting on my porch with my coffee and laptop watching the sun rise. <BR> Gonna be another hot one. <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> Thanks to my well-wishers and huggers. <BR> <em>212</em> <BR> I AM taking care of some things to take the load off. I hired a new lawn service who will not only mo... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:43:40 EST PSALM OF THE DAYAND MORE=9/2/2015=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOY MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">Enter into His gates wi... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:41:07 EST Possibilities...Sept. 2nd <img src=""> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:39:46 EST Hump Day Happy <img src=""> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:38:42 EST I hate the turtle!! or the tortoise. Whatever. I don't WANT to hear slow and steady wins the race. After all these years, and all these attempts (sometimes successful!) at weight loss, one would think I would be used to this by now. But still somehow I am wanting to wake up EVERY day having lost several pounds! S... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:37:56 EST fall is here <img src=""> Yah the time of year for making homemade soups. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:37:04 EST A little blip I went to visit a friend today who didn't know I was on an eating plan. She had kindly bought some muffins for us to eat for morning tea. I didn't feel that I could say 'no'. I still kept within my calorie levels today, but didn't get in my fruit or some milk which I love. Any suggestions if ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:34:38 EST I did it My weight has dropped 7 off this lady. Oh I so happy it's gone! Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:32:52 EST still talking about Im kinda in a situation where we live together not necessarily by choice. I was in love with him at one time but its changed, I think for him to. I love him but not in love with him. H ess got 2 kids, older kids I have none. I never really wanted kids but what if I do. Im 35 ya know. Its just... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:14:34 EST Still feeling positive Really getting into it now, got into routine of having weetabix for brekky and home made soup for lunch everyday. <BR> <BR> I am altering our meals we usually have to being a bit more healthy and smaller portions, should get easier as I am doing recipes and grouping on Spark nutrition so I can ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:12:19 EST half marathon on my mind Should be an easy one, all downhill, new PR Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:09:06 EST Yes, I am a NURSE! I'm going through old photos and digitizing them. Here is my Nursing Graduation photo. I've been an RN since 1970. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I remember thinking that I was too heavy in 1970. It would be very ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:04:16 EST I Need to Remember this Feeling When I am feeling down, or when I get upset, or on days that I feel unwell (which is most of the time due to multiple chronic illness issues), I tend to use food to try to feel better. I particularly gravitate towards carbs and sugary foods, even though I know very well that they are not good for... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 06:01:09 EST Starting a new day with my weight challenge I have started this many many times. But I turned thirty this past summer and realized that if I didn't start making better choices I won't be here to see my 80th birthday and I really want to be here then to see my son get married have children and live a great life. So I have started small by d... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:52:07 EST The Way - Joel & Victoria Today’s Scripture:“‘ can we know the way?’ Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” <BR> (John 14:5–6, NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you need direction in your life today? Not only is Jesus the way to life in ete... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:50:53 EST Happy Sept. It's the days are getting shorter ....way does the time are back in school <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get outside as much as possible, it's been hot and humid here in N.E. Ohio...I will enjoy this weather for as long as it last.... <BR> <BR> Have a Healthy Labor day week e... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:49:42 EST Wednesday, September 2 I had a very busy work at home day yesterday - lots of support requests, dentist appointment, bring Scamper's ashes home, and haircut appointment. <BR> <BR> I bet the VP is wondering if I actually did any work. <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> Steve, the bridge is in and fit well. I have not chewed o... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:44:45 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I nourish myself each and every day with healthy foods ... let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:44:05 EST tired today feeing tired today had very little rest though slept 6 hours very exhausted Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:40:02 EST Lesson #1: Be prepared for the weather So today we planned to go around Hong Kong's museums, as theyre all free to get into on Wednesdays (cool huh?). <BR> <BR> This was just as well because it started to rain just as we were leaving our hostel. <BR> <BR> "Shall we get our rain things?" said my very sensible boyfriend. <BR> <BR> "O... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:37:24 EST I get by with help All of us are getting older, and we need some help <BR> From our friends who help us through, when we need to yelp! <BR> Don’t try to carry the whole load, You cannot do the job. <BR> Why even little Lina gets help from Lobster Bob! <BR> <img src=" Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:29:32 EST Labor Day Weekend We're making plans for a small cookout on Monday. I'm still thinking and planning out my calories for that day. I'd like to have a little bit of everything without going crazy. But, if I'm planning on a small indulgence then I really need to be on point with my calories the rest of this week. Aga... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:25:05 EST September 2nd Managed the usual 2.5 miles in the pool yesterday quite easily which surprised me as I thought I might have trouble when I first got in there. Off to the pool again shortly & hopefully get another 2.5 miles in. I've used my new exerciser (see yesterdays post) everyday so far & can certainly feel ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:24:51 EST Was reading other people's blogs tonight. It was a very humbling experience. There are some great people on Spark. I just had to take some time to get into their world to know it. Glenn <BR> <BR> Based on someone's recommendation, ordered the Beck Diet book tonight. It should be here on Friday. I will gladly share my experiences with... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:23:05 EST day 10 I did good yesterday by eating smaller portions and earlier than then day before no more waiting to eat. I going to start eating when I come in and then do all the things I have to do. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:17:52 EST New month Last month I lost three lbs. Yay me! Today the start of a new month was not that great for me. I had some emotional moments today that caused some emotional eating. And I failed to work out today. I am hopping right back on the workout train tomorrow though. I cannot and will not let this new ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:15:59 EST Happiness <BR> "Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."-Denis Waitley <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:13:55 EST beck chapter 8 - find a diet coach in this chapter beck lists the reasons for a diet coach - she herself serves as a diet coach through the book, and to me, this beck reboot group also serves as one large group of beck buddies. i also have DH as my listening board in real life, though i know i sometimes bore him with this topic. s... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:11:28 EST ok i give lol... It is going on 2am i cant sleep. Grr i over did it yesterday. But i was very happy yesterday. With my weighing in at a huge weight loss total for 4 months. An my finally comoletly breaking my severial year stuck yo yo platue between 212-216. But i am in pain tonight. Should have listening to my... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:06:32 EST f f Wed, 2 Sep 2015 05:01:03 EST My journey to fitness day 17 morning all Well day 17 of my journey to fitness and day 2 of my fibre challenge today I'm feel at little sluggish but happy and healthy think it's the change in the weather again and the nights closing in never mind new day new beginnings so here we go Breakfast 1 weetabix biscuit 1 handfu... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 04:53:51 EST DAY 11 DONE & DUSTED..... My day 11 is done and I did reasonably quite pleased with how things are going although could do better....tomorrow.... <BR> <BR> My day 10 didn't end up as great as I would have liked it but was still down on the scales this morning... <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Had an appointment w... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 04:51:13 EST pull those big girl panties up OK been doing terrible. Lost then regained yo yo cycle with these 10 pounds. Enough messing around. I will lose this weight. Meds situated now. Not enjoying my wine as often. Not grazing at work. That was huge NSV there. And life is always gonna happen. Taking time to reflect is fine. Sitting on... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 04:51:12 EST Tuesday's the first day of September. Wow, time surely flies quickly. We have three more months of "hurricane season" and hoping for the best. We've had several scares last month, but we've been lucky! Hope our luck holds out until December! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 04:49:18 EST boh ok CIAO Day 5 I am not losing interest here, just very busy. The scale is ALMOST down to the next line, but I will not SAY that I lost another kg until it is DEFINITELY over that line. <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday had xray of neck to check condition of cervicals. Could explain the pain. <BR> <BR> Mon... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 04:45:20 EST God grant me the serenity...PLEASE. I got a message on Facebook from John's son's mother, actually have gotten a couple messages from her... <BR> <BR> July 24th, 11:38am <BR> Are you dating John? <BR> <BR> August 3rd, 10:46pm <BR> Obviously you are.... You better not harm that baby boy. Once a druggie always a druggie <BR> ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 04:36:14 EST Distance <img src=""> <BR> <BR> YES! This is exactly how it is for me ... or better, has been. I am working hard to change the me that was. I want a new and better me who experiences life in the moment and doesn't hide behind ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 04:26:28 EST Dig Deep... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Cheering you on for a fantastic Wednesday..... Let's stay focused and keep pushing on towards your goals... <BR> <BR> When you need some extra "Strength" dig deep ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 04:16:03 EST Day 10 TMO is here! Damn! My head hurts and I feel like a balloon! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was gym night! I went, I did it! My knees held on, thankfully. I didn’t push too much, just enough to break a sweat. <BR> <BR> I don’t have high hopes for this week, TMO and all, but I vow to keep within my calo... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 04:14:39 EST Too funny!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Long weekend is coming! I'm soooooo excited!! <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 04:12:50 EST Attitude Is Everything! So I went to Disneyland alone on Monday, which I totally love! It is not something I ever thought I would have the courage to do, but my first alone adventure was to a Luke Bryan concert last year. After I realized how no one cares if you are alone, no one even truly notices, why can't I go to Di... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 04:01:46 EST Sizzling September Day 2 153lb 10st 13lb BMI 32'12 <BR> <BR> Well, I made it through Day one! I did my first fast for this week, remembered to log it (over 500, but under 600, so not bad.) Got my 10,000 steps in, drank my water and got my meds (I ran out over the weekend) and had my water,,, soooooooooooo, off to a good... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 03:48:34 EST Quote for the Day... Your soul is your mind, your will and your emotions. When the Word gets rooted in there and begins to change your mind, it begins to heal your emotions and turn your will away from self-will and onto doing the will of God. <BR> <BR> Joyce Meyer on Change... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 03:42:56 EST Bible Verse for the Day... Psalm 119:105 (NKJV) <BR> <BR> Your word is a lamp to my feet <BR> And a light to my path. <BR> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 03:32:33 EST I am grateful for, 9/1 1. my babies, because they make me pay attention. <BR> 2. buggie's first day going well, because she had a good time. <BR> 3. knowing now that my son can't handle sugar, because it will make things a lot easier. <BR> 4. time with my bug, because there's never enough. <BR> 5. amends, because it wa... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 03:30:19 EST Food List Revisit I decided, since it's 2 a.m., and all my patients are tucked in, safe and sound, that I would visit Sparkpeople. I further decided it would be interesting to look at my favorite foods list. Now keeping in mind that I have been a member since 2008 and this is my 2nd time losing the weight (yes, ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 03:21:15 EST ahhhhhhhhhhh, smell that sea air :) Beautiful day here, perfect for a beach walk, then will be helping Pete in the loft or doing some gardening before the recycle men call tomorrow (a day later this week due to the bank holiday) <BR> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 03:14:55 EST Today's Inspiration " The choice is to work alone to be a little <BR> more successful than the next person, <BR> or to work together for the great betterment of humanity. <BR> Do you ever question why our educational system <BR> teaches competition rather than cooperation ? " <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, w... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 03:09:49 EST While you were sleeping Sparkfriends! I'm pulling another overnight shift. Instead of sitting, I spent my first 3 hours performing back-to-back Walk At Home videos off You Tube. I had no idea these also included a couple strength-Training videos. I reached over 11,000 steps and 23 Spark fitness minutes. Now I'm done for... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 03:07:34 EST . . Wed, 2 Sep 2015 03:07:02 EST Tuesday - meetings and more At the staff meeting today we went over procedures and transitions. I am teaching music in a building across the street from the school. Some of the classes go from music to recess or lunch, so I will be walking those classes to their destinations. It is going to take a few weeks to get used t... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 02:48:59 EST Triple Challenge - Day 1 So September 1st I joined three challenges (well, two SP challenges, and one personal one). <BR> <BR> The first is The Healthy Habits Reset, and the first day I was to identify one goal to work on, and write down three reasons why I want to reach this goal. I realized that I want to do a mind r... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 02:33:52 EST Wednesday Another afternoon off with list moved to the other hospital as they lost the computer screening that is vital for patients. Also found my young son was admitted to the same hospital as his blood sugars went up to 29.1 and he was worried about the weight he lost he is normally 82 kg he now weighs ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 02:31:37 EST Lots of steps today Wow. I was surprised tonight when I looked at my pedometer. 11064 steps. <em>311</em> <BR> Another month is here. Hope I can keep up with the 28 day challenge. I'm on day 3 so I'm off to a good start. Decided if there is a part of a video I can't do I'll just walk in place. <BR> I finis... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 02:31:20 EST Gong - Day 2/100 So do-able! At the end of Day 2, I'm excited! So far, the hardest part has been the 'try/practice something new'. I've started an online course in Critical Thinking on EdX and am excited to see how it works out and what I learn! <BR> <BR> Y'all seemed to think my goals were ambitious, but they are actuall... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 02:29:46 EST 9/1/15: Phenomenal Day! Today was a rest day in terms of exercise, but boy was it a big day professionally! One of the blogs published by our denomination had a post today featuring me and one of my co-ministers, talking about the partnership between the two churches we serve. It included a link to a podcast of our Aug.... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 02:21:31 EST Happy dance.... I'm just starting out but I'm thrilled I lost one and a half pounds already. I love this program the articles, tips, pointers and advice people post. It's going to work this time because I have the assistance of this app. So happy!!! 😆 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 02:20:07 EST Hi ya'll update of sorts! We are leaving Sydney on the 4th and flying over to Perth which is 2 hours behind us! We'll leave Perth on the 8th instead of the 9th so we'll be home a day earlier. Paolo has to get back to work overnight on the 11th Sunday, going into Monday. It's nice we had a changeable ticket if we needed to... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 02:18:04 EST Day 52 Found my spark I ended up spending an overnighter at my rental property last night and payed the price, way too tired too do much. Made over $500 but was just to get the property rented. Wife got sick today. My son did good in the technicals for tier 1 atom. At the game portion he looked out of place at the beg... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 01:57:39 EST Weight Gain! im currently somewhere between 113-118 lbs , im 19 , sophomore in college. Use to be 125 , no clue why im losing weight but im trying to gain at least 20 pounds before the year is over 😁 Wed, 2 Sep 2015 01:56:57 EST day 14 actually. my days have gotten mixed up and i need to figure out where i am actully am, <BR> <BR> i had a long day over 13000 steps way proud of myself. <BR> <BR> i am still having night mares and low periods of emotional help around 6pm until 10pm and then it picks right back up. <BR> <BR> hope your ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 01:54:03 EST My Programs & Deep Thoughts In Beck, Day 5 advises us to eat slowly and mindfully so that your brain has time to realize that you’ve eaten enough. Some of the strategies recommended including sipping water every few bites, paying attention to your body and sense of fullness, and you can also try making note how long it t... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 01:48:42 EST Maybe I will buy a bike...but I have to let go of fear... I have been thinking recently I would buy a bike. They are relatively inexpensive here in China, and a lot of people use them to get around. I could use it to commute to school and work instead of walking. And it might be good exercise. The only problem is I am terrified of the traffic here. Chin... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 01:48:32 EST Month 9 Results Month 9 results. On August 2nd I weighed 312, tonight I weighed in at 287! 25 pounds down last month for an overall total of 148 pounds lost since December 2nd! I worked really hard last month on both my nutrition and in the gym. Really proud of my results, I met and surpassed my goal of getting ... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 01:45:33 EST TACKLE A TURKEY Entry Card- 09/01 THRU 11/30 ~*~ <em>249</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> During this challenge, I have a general goal of CONSISTENCY. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My biggest challenge will of course be CONSISTENCY. DUHHH... <BR> <B... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 01:39:55 EST 9/1-9/2 Binge/ Sweet Tooth Journal Got frustrated with my mood swings and ate about 10 fun size twix. Then had tortilla chips, and a pita and humus. Wed, 2 Sep 2015 01:34:09 EST This Journey Never Ends It is so true that this journey never ends. A healthy life is not a final destination, it's something you have to work at constantly. Consistency is crucial but also self care and not beating ones self up when we fail. I've seen a variety of weights in my 24 years on earth. When I was a teen I a... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 01:27:24 EST A private celebration It's a little past midnight and it is officially our oldest kid's birthday. I'm exercising restraint by sending him only one text. And I'm sitting here on the sofa celebrating these years of motherhood. <BR> <BR> The smartest thing I have done is somehow finding the hub - he has been the funni... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:58:52 EST It's almost time to be weighed The last couple of days I have been a little scared. All kinds of thoughts have taking over my brain because its about that time again. <BR> <BR> I look at my big belly and to me I don't see a difference from my last weigh in. I took a look at myself and honestly there has been no change in term... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:58:33 EST Gratitude September 1 2015 Number 1: It was the first day of college for my big kids and they both survived! Older Son liked his classes and other than a syllabus that didn't get handed out everything went well. Daughter liked her classes too but found the process very stressful, leading to a break time puking incident.... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:57:48 EST September! Its September which means a busy month. Looking forward to all our holidays this month. <BR> Here I go to give you idea of what is going on in a Jewish insight. <BR> and ends September 13,2015. <BR> What is the month of Elul. Its a month of repentance, forgiveness charity and growing closer to... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:54:52 EST relax night took a nap and only did some light exercise Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:53:31 EST Start Over Day One What up guys <em>213</em> . Long time no see. Anyway I'm back and trying again. But while I was gone I have lost 19 pounds so far <em>9</em> , which kinda of surprised me. I wasn't excepting that since I haven't been working out or watching what I eat. Although I have been eating less lately.... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:43:23 EST sept1 my fat was24.7 from 29.4 which is real good.My goal is to keep eating healthly and exercising.I'm finding going to CELEBRATE RECOVERLY is going to move to thur nights weekly.I hope i can handle having to be around the dinner part.I help set up and hate seeing the food setting around on the tabl... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:37:49 EST Please DONT let this happen to U ... Save your HOME! Scary: My friend is losing her home for $3,500? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I googled her address today 09/01/15 and I just cried. <BR> <BR> <BR> She purchased the house around the same time I did... I... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:37:29 EST DAILY QUOTE When bad things happen , you can either let it : Define you , destroy you or strengthen you . Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:32:51 EST Bummed... Today I was totally bummed. It sta rt ted pouring down raining right before I was going to go outside for my walk and workout. And it was frustrating bc I had no inside workout backup plan. I have to get motivated to work inside as I am outside. Well... one day at a time right? Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:31:34 EST Enlisting Help <BR> In order to put some consistency in my life, particularly as it relates to my Spark journey, I have asked 3 family members and 5 friends to check up on me & help me be accountable to myself. <BR> <BR> At our TOPS {Take Off Pounds Sensibly} group, we had each filled out a Goal(s) card a cou... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:30:32 EST "F10C" - Day 4. Tougher than I thought. I saved my Day 4 walk for this evening when it would be dark and the neighborhood pretty well settled down in order to avoid distractions if I could. <BR> <BR> Wow! Wouldn't have believed it would have been that tough to keep my attention focused on my feet and steps. My mind kept wandering of... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:28:15 EST I'm not defeated! I have been trying really hard to lose weight but despite my efforts I've only lost 1 pound since July. I woke up with thoughts of "Why should I even bother working out? Nothing is changing anyway." But when I really thought about it that isn't true. My clothes are fitting better and I have m... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:27:08 EST Today we had company Today we had a couple over for lunch. Often in the past I would fix more decadent food; but figured healthy is best even for company. So we purchased a thin crust pizza with lots of veggies and fruit. I hoped they would like the lunch and they did,,,and we wouldn't have to feel guilty eating i... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:23:30 EST Day 276 - Drew Lynch I'm taking a break from my regular blog posting to give a pitch for Drew Lynch, who is one of the funniest comedians I've ever seen. If you haven't been watching "America's Got Talent" on NBC, I encourage you to check him out here: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>=drew+... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:21:23 EST 30 Day Fiber Challenge - Day 1 Hello all, <BR> <BR> I've been crazy busy with the new school year starting, work load increasing, and transitions happening too quickly for me to keep up! <BR> <BR> Anyways, I know there are mixed reviews about the new layout of the Spark page, but I love it. It got me to join not 1 but 2 cha... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:19:52 EST Beaver Video Dude's gotta Look Spiffy! More jiggling then I would prefer, but at least its reasonably clear. <BR> I managed to take Windows 10 off no problem except my Google Chrome wouldn't work. Downloaded it again then it was fine. The big hassle was getting my camera to transfer files to my compu... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:19:33 EST Day 263 of logging in... Wow! That is all I can say. I lost another 2.5 pounds in 4 weeks. Doing better and hope to lose more over the next 6 weeks before I see the doctor again. Getting my protein and more steps 5 out of 7 days a week. I tend to get less on Saturday and Sunday. Usually only PT exercises those days. <B... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:16:17 EST Day 382 Nice day but still wearing on you. It was nice to go to lunch with my aunt, mom, dad and cousin. But the 80 mile drive there and back sure wears me out. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to a couple of good days at home. <BR> <BR> Back into the sewing room tomorrow. I have big plans. Sure hope it all works out. <BR> <BR> T... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:14:08 EST Special Blessings-September 2, 2015 Today I am especially blessed for the following; <BR> <BR> I did well staying home by myself while Jim worked the auction today. I had friends offer to come, but I really felt like I could take care of myself and I did pretty well. I didn't sleep quite as much because every time I drifted off,... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:07:08 EST The Run Yesterday I went running with a group for the first time. We met up at a designated time and place. I wasn't sure what to expect, but there were eight ladies at the meetup including one girl about 12 and her mother and another woman who appeared to be in her 50s. They were all very friendly and w... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 00:06:48 EST Troubling Tuesday Hi Spark People, <BR> <BR> It's been a busy day. Both my children and one of my grandsons were born in August. The other grandson was born in late July. I always bake them a "birthday" cake. So today I baked and frosted 3 cakes. Did I resist sampling them? NO!! I had to make sure they wer... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:56:49 EST Bible Inspirational Quote To Meditate On <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meditate On <BR> <BR> Love has been perfected among us in this…as He is, so are we in this world. <BR> 1 John 4:17 <BR> <BR> Keep Your Eyes On Jesus <BR> <BR> When you look at yourself (y... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:55:16 EST It was another busy day Picnic for foster parents and kids, and the bio parents that are in family court program. Contacting the next family that will be fostering Gn, <BR> Tomorrow she will do another sleep over and then Sunday night she will move to their house. I have high hopes that this will be a really good plac... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:53:55 EST your feelings on flax Hit like if you ready flax daily Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:49:33 EST Scary: My friend is losing her home for $3,500? Scary: My friend is losing her home for $3,500? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I googled her address today 09/01/15 and I just cried. <BR> <BR> <BR> She purchased the house around the same time I did... I... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:48:13 EST HELPFUL HUBBY Hubby decided to do the laundry one morning when I was off with some friends. I came home and found a large bottle of bleach with my laundry supplies. I do not e bleach with all the new detergents etc. When cleaning in my house I use a lot of vinegar and soda. I asked him what it was for and ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:44:24 EST Whale Watch Well, they didn't show up. But it was a very special day. More below. But on with info & fun. <BR> <BR> A Saved Whale Dances in Thanks <BR> <link><BR>id=14203&memberid=872002 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:42:28 EST and more jam... Hope we can stop this was two more batches of crabapple, from the juice we made last week and refrigerated. Then someone gave us pears, and some peaches. <BR> Therefore, one more batch of ginger peach, and one batch of "pearch" (pear+peach). <BR> Have jam to donate to the fall fund... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:41:39 EST 51 of 90 I'm so backed up with Sparkpeople and emails. <BR> Both my internet and laptop has been acting up. <BR> <BR> They seem to both now be fixed; so I'm back to sparking <BR> <BR> It's late so . . . <BR> good night and God-Bless Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:37:15 EST surprise Went shopping for a few items of clothing. Caught myself heading for the plus sizes. Old habits are hard to break. Feel so great in size 16 no more 24. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:34:23 EST 9/1/15 This day was a downer. It seems that when I have a good night of sleep (8 hours) I feel spent all day. I woke up feeling tired. I have been sluggish and just don't feel like doing anything. I need to get the back bedroom emptied and rearranged before the weekend, so I will have to do it tomor... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:34:23 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 8/23 - 8/29 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now? <BR> -Jimmy Dean <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 8-23 <BR> 1450 calories <BR> 60 mins stationary bike; 60 mins cleaning <BR> <BR> Monday 8-24... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:34:09 EST poor motivation I just have not gotten enough motivation to set my goals. I know what I need to do, but, so very often just set it on the back burner. I am using the excuse of It is summer and so very hot outside. Because of that I just do not want to walk. I could go over to the activity building 5 days a week ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:31:53 EST This is so totally do-able! Once upon a time, not so very long ago, I thought that losing weight was practically impossible. I went on a "diet" and started exercising, but didn't see much in the way of results. Typically, the "diet" lasted a day and a half, if that. Or I had good intentions, but everyday life got in the ... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:30:07 EST Tuesday, Farmers Market 10000 plus steps! In calorie range! Had a great day at work... Even if a student got a little vomit on me! We rode ponies, picked tomatoes and took care of our animal friends in the barn before heading to our classroom. After work my 4yo son Ollie, my mom & I went to our neighborhood farmer's mar... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:29:59 EST Owning it! It's September Dammit!!! Owning it! Its September Dammit!!! <BR> <img src=""> Who invited her to my party? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> What am I to do? <BR> Well, I gues... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:29:53 EST Day 1 of 72 I want to lose 18 lbs in 72 days.. I have the WORST motivation and follow thru ever. I stick to something hard core for a week then I just quit. I really hope I can keep it up.I figure this time I will do one challenge a week. So week 1 stick to eating right and walking. I just need motivation ð... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:27:20 EST Eat Slowly and MIndfully Today is one of my late nights at work. I left work and went to the grocery store for milk. I am tired and hungry (not necessarily physical hunger). I walked through the grocery store and picked up jelly belly's licorice. I did put them back and got some other candy at the checkout. I did give my... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 23:26:51 EST