SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Love the "Minions"!!!! <img src=""> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:37:27 EST Day 576- fun weekend was bad, I guess Well, I not going to write anything down until Thursday, but my worst fear while getting on the scale was realized this morning. It read over the weight I am trying to stay under. I thought this goal would be fairly easy. <BR> I need routine. I need to go back to the plan. Not sad, just det... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:36:47 EST Ms.Figgy - When Life itself is the Obstacle Funny how, once you think you caught up with all and now you're finally making your plans real, but then life sends you some new situations to battle. I say battle because I remember very few times that it was easy to adapt myself, but more difficulties. <BR> <BR> If I knew it will cost my next... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:36:26 EST Good morning --- it's TUESDAY !!! :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends that stop by .. <BR> <BR> Doctor this morning, so thankfully I can take my time a bit today .. I am holding onto the idea that this is just because I'm hauling aroun... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:33:51 EST 22 days of something - Run! Zombies App thoughts So Run! Zombies 5k and Run! Zombies are two different stories. This made me sad because I thought run! zombies 5k was season 1 of the run!zombies app, but it really is an entirely different thing. The only thing they share is the same beginning...So I guess I'll never know what happened to runner... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:33:17 EST is my lifeline - my tether to a healthy lifestyle I’ve been here for over 6 years. <BR> I’ve been in maintenance for over 5 years. <BR> I login every day unless I do not have Internet access. <BR> <BR> This has been a traveling, family summer. <BR> <BR> On June 26 DH & I took DD#2 & family to Europe for nearly 3 weeks. Although I wa... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:32:15 EST One Year from Today... <img src=""> <BR> Next year on this date I will be in Nashville attending my first Coach Summit! It is the DRIVE behind my new found motivation to recommit to losing the weight once and for all. <BR> <BR> On Monday A... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:31:56 EST Tuesday appointments WE are up very early in order to take our daughter and her family to the airport as they are going to visit her husband's family in California for a 10 days. I have to be ready for a doctor's appointment which is a second follow-up for my pacemaker replacement. <BR> Exercises are going well. We... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:29:12 EST Family Fun <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is my Birthday. I'm focusing on caring not only myself, but my family by engaging in shared activities. The positive bonds created together can translate into good health for us all. <BR>... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:26:58 EST You'll never know Currently, the only person who benefits from my lifestyle is my husband. I have greater stamina, strength, and endurance, plus I set a goid example. I hope one day, my daughters see my lifestyle as something beneficial. Right now it's pretty much snotty comments. My dog benefits from it too,with ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:24:55 EST I know I've had a good workout when... my clothes have to be thrown in the laundry room because they stink too badly to leave in the hamper in the bedroom! Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:21:38 EST Waving the White Flag <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Okay folks how many of you want to wave that white flag and give up? How many of you don't? That would be me too. I don't want to give up and I won't. I was so happy to see those scales drop... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:20:57 EST Looked in my own back yard Today I am scheduled for a rest day. I have orientation today. I'll make my step goal and then some today. <BR> <BR> BUT, I just couldn't handle that I didn't get to work out yesterday. So, I got up a little early and took a look at the Walk At Home videos that I have downloaded to my tablet. ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:17:11 EST God Within - Love Yourself God is within each and every one of us. Knowing that, treat yourself to quiet time or enjoy doing something that you really like - you deserve it. Most of all, take time out today to love yourself. <BR> <BR> Where there is love there is life ~ Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:16:39 EST Holy Cow-tis hot!~ <img src=""> <BR> To-day it is supposed to be 34C---They say we will probably break a record for this area----The lake temperature is 76F---really too warm--- <BR> In this weather, exercising has to be done early in th... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:15:17 EST Today I Push The Limits Of Everything <img src=""> <BR> It never ceases to amaze me how things come together. I don't know why I can't just accept/learn that it's just the universe doing it's thing. The Universe is taking care of everybody and everything, ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:11:27 EST 07-28-2015-JOKE OF THE DAY The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <em>22</em> <em>334</em> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:51:08 EST D5 & D6 Sunday was not a good day, many, many cons. I drank about 4 beers (didn't log them) and basically sat on my butt all day long playing Rift. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a little better. <BR> <BR> Cons <BR> * I had one Manhattan in the evening. <BR> * I didn't exercise. <BR> <BR> Pros <BR> * I staye... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:50:20 EST My Monday Munchies 072715 Monday 072715 <BR> <BR> ??? Back to my question of fruits and vegetables being digested differently .. If fruits are so high in calories; why does WW make (most of) them "free" ?? Unless they have changed in the last 2 years, I remember not having to count fruits ?? <BR> <BR> But if grapes are... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:45:57 EST Trying To Get Back On Track How does someone like me just 'get on track' after being off track for so long. I keep saying, "I'll start today", and I do, but I can't seem to make it through a whole day. They say old habits die hard but that seems like the most understated statement of all time. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:44:41 EST Parents teach your children well LL A company is trying to fund a new endeavor known as Uber for Kids. So parents will soon be teaching their kids that they shouldn't talk to strangers but they should get into a car with them." Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:37:41 EST Workouts I do my best to give 100% in workouts, but sometimes I don't. Sometimes I give what I've got and it may not be 100%, but it's all I've got. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:35:08 EST Workouts I do my best to give 100% in workouts, but sometimes I don't. Sometimes I give what I've got and it may not be 100%, but it's all I've got. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:35:04 EST Pre-op today! And I'm so glad! Yesterday a sample of cinnamon bread from Great Harvest brought on pain about an hour after eating it, and then I ate carefully all day. For dinner I had a handful of almonds and during the night I was in pain again. This little thing needs to come out and I am so looking forward... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:31:53 EST August Planning I am going to look into stuff for August. New exercises and such. July was so crazy and I somehow maintained my weight loss. Especially with school starting, I have set my weight loss goals to make it realistic. I plan on losing five pounds over two month periods. I like setting five pound goals ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:27:04 EST A powerful day........ .......ending with the spotting of a *rainbow* while driving home from the end of a very, *very* long day...... <BR> <BR> <em>437</em> = <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Nothing like an empowering, enlightening and informational day (with good momentun from the start) to keep the ol' "spirits" go... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:26:03 EST Surrender Just found myself with tears running down my cheeks as I made my first post to a team I joined. This is so hard for me to do. It is so hard to surrender to the process. It is difficult to give myself the time, to give myself the support, and to understand that if I really want to live the seco... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:22:27 EST Tuesday, July 28 I finally finished around 9:50 PM last night. I made an agreement to call a customer at 8 PM EDT and when I did he had a family crisis and he said he would all me back in 30 minutes. He did and we spent 20 minutes resolving his issue. <BR> <BR> I overslept a little today - 5:15 AM. Wow. Scamper ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:14:58 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, July 28, 2015 July 28, 2015 WE ALL HAVE A MINISTRY <BR> <BR> There are some things we can do to help others that may never get noticed. There are some times when we attempt to help someone but they don’t want to receive our help. Then there are times when we do something in obedience to God and others are b... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:13:30 EST Tuesdays Tickle <img src=""> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:08:59 EST Shining light Thanks to everyone who wished me a happy birthday. It was a very nice day even though I had to travel. I am here in Miami at a conference the name of the conference is CANTO. It is the Caribbean Association of telecommunications operator I work for a cable company and we are a member of the orga... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:03:44 EST July 28th I'm off to the pool in a short while & I'm hoping that it's not as crowded as it was yesterday. <BR> We're having Diet Lilt Chicken tonight with pasta & obviously extra carrots, celeriac & a few other speed foods. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:59:50 EST Self Sabotage Since I spend most of my time alone, food become comfort. I am realizing now it became the only thing that got me out of the house, which to me was good at the time. I chose/choose no true friend's outside my inner circle of children, because... well, I just don't know. So, last night I thought ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:54:28 EST The art of being Grateful The art of being Grateful. <BR> <BR> What does this actually mean? <BR> <BR> Being grateful means that you are deeply appreciative of a situation, something or someone in your life. <BR> <BR> Being grateful: <BR> <BR> 1. Changes the way you perceive things, your mindset. <BR> 2. Your life w... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:50:34 EST Riding Day No pedometers today...Heading to Canada for a funeral. Leaving at 6:30 a.m. and hope to be back before dark. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:40:00 EST Turning Two! What an exciting world it is when you're two! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The whole world is beautiful and new <BR> <img src=""> <BR> And there'... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:39:11 EST domestic viloence domestic violence <BR> After I left DV I was so relieved and so happy I wasn't killed. Now I almost wish he did kill me because the agony keeps getting worse. I mean like being suicidal and in terms that each day I discover another way in which DV has permanently impacted my life. Besides being ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:30:35 EST Strength and support. Finding and giving. There is always humor in my life. I can't escape it nor do I want to. <BR> <BR> Never leave us alone in a medical room. <BR> I usually play with any plastic parts models and we make great fun of the charts on walls. This one had an especially fun chart of every disease you could have in your int... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:29:45 EST g g Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:03:33 EST You need to burn 7000 cals not 3500 as originally thought... to lose one pound according to this article. Not sure though, what do you think after reading this? <BR> <BR> By Victoria Butler ( <BR> <BR> It has been always thought that losing a pound of fat off your body required the burning of 3,500 calories. But the equation used to ca... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:45:20 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=7/28/2015=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">For the LORD {is} our de... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:36:38 EST Snap out of it, silly! I'm sure many of you have had a 'light-bulb' moment during your Spark-People journey. Well I just had one, right here sat at my kitchen table drinking my morning cup of tea: <BR> <BR> Having broken up with my husband earlier this year has dented my confidence hugely. I lived for 5 months with my... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:35:13 EST Gratitudes: writing, three happy family members. 1) The words came much more easily today and I really like how it all comes together as if it were magic. <BR> <BR> 2) My daughter is on vacation at a beautiful North Carolina beach and she's having fun. <BR> <BR> 3) My husband had another good day at work ... apparently one of his coworkers ha... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:24:09 EST Indeed!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do something nice for yourself today. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:12:28 EST Pressing Onward... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you a great Tuesday, let's spark on and press onward, striving for our very best, I know you can do it, you have proved it by all the great work you are doi... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:09:02 EST July 28, 1 Corinthians 5 This chapter deals with sexual immoralities, a problem today is that our society has redefined what sexual immorality is. It's a hot topic getting a lot of attention right now and I won't comment on it. Paul is a bit more specific, a young man has taken up relations with his father's wife. Pro... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 04:05:41 EST AUGUST COMING August is just around the corner..... <BR> <BR> My mouth is healing and feeling a little better..... <BR> Had physio today.....will need a 3rd operation to deal with the scar is preventing the tendon from freely moving.... <BR> Having an early night tonight.... <BR> NIGHT Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:53:49 EST EAT! ...accompanied with a motion to the fruit basket. I'm pointing out that I'm already eating pineapple, not mentioning that I feel bloated of yesterdays binge eating. <BR> <BR> Usually I don't track my food but yesterday I did. Even without, I would have been aware of my weak snack choices. Especi... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:44:30 EST Quote for the Day... True faith rests upon the character of God and asks no further proof than the moral perfections of the One who cannot lie. It is enough that God has said it. <BR> <BR> A. W. Tozer Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:40:15 EST Bible Verse for Today.. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. <BR> <BR> Philippians 3:14 NKJV Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:37:27 EST Chapter 18, Day 91 A very early rise for client work.....more like a nap....instead of pulling an all nighter, which are harder and harder to recover from quickly. A step in the right direction for me. <BR> <BR> The scale released a couple more pounds since Saturday's weigh in. I must keep this downward directi... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:25:44 EST Replacing breakfast with nutribullet smoothies To answer your questions, yes, I'm still using my nutribullet to make a yummy smoothie for breakfast, it replaces my usual breakfast and keeps me full until about 11 am. Must be all that fibre. <BR> I am finding it very easy to use. <BR> Not being paid by nutribullet to endorse them, and I think ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:25:35 EST Tuesday Had a very upsetting day today I had a run in with my Acting Manager Charge Nurse I have worked in the hospital system for 30 years next month have been an Acting Manager myself and a Union delegate for most of that time to and felt I wasn't being listened to so contacted the Union to sort it out... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:12:18 EST I have returned better and battle ready So, life is strange. I wasn't handling this first month of living alone very well. I had an adjustment period where I was freaking out a bit and losing control of myself. Which was scary because I was in that place of being conscious of having no control, I was once again powerless to the impulse... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:09:03 EST Walking on water for July day 28 159lb 11st 5lb BMI 33.32 <BR> <BR> OH and his friends had their usual Monday music night at the club, some friends were going so I went along (drinking diet coke) to do the driving and have some fun. But this made is so I never managed to do anything about the engraving or doing my steps, and... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:08:53 EST Still not sleeping I went to sleep at 10 and got up at 12:30 to pee. I was also sweating and thirsty. I have been up ever since. It iss now 2:05. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 03:03:21 EST Drinking Water Is The Easy Part Wow, I didn't realize that drinking water would be so easy. I have not had cravings for soda, however, I do have a sugar free juice every other day but its the water that has been so easy for me. <BR> <BR> I am loving my personal 32 ounce brita water bottle. I only have to change the filter onc... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:50:36 EST Round 2 Day 2 Completed day 1 of my second round of 21 sugar free days! <BR> <BR> Fortunately yesterday my friend did not offer cake but luxury chocolates. So I had one and refused the rest. <BR> <BR> I didn't do my 30 minutes of exercise because I ended up not feeling well, a touch of flu perhaps. Did 20 ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:49:24 EST Luddite! Day 17 of the Balance Life Challenge is to 'Get Rid of Time-Wasters' <BR> <BR> it's about cutting down the amount of time we spend watching TV or on the internet - and the suggestion is to stay right away from it all today (unless you have to use it for work). <BR> <BR> Well, strangely enough, ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 02:48:06 EST Day 23 Found my spark needing to let go of things out of my control! Today I had the drive and determination to do what was necessary. However a key event today has thrown me for a loop. After 6 pm my son and I went for a walk while he roller bladed. Being 9 he was not looking but the car was. What got me was a point blank lie that he saw the car coming. Know NLP ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:44:28 EST Happiness Incredibly thankful for happiness! Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:39:58 EST Day 26 - Nearly forgot In all the hustle and bustle, I nearly forgot to log in. Eep. <BR> <BR> I'll keep this short and sweet so I stick with my blogging trend but don't waste time that could be spent working out. <BR> <BR> Progress made today: <BR> <BR> Minifridge in the bedroom where my work space is so I know ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:38:49 EST Today's Inspiration " You are what you do, not what you say <BR> you'll do." <BR> <BR> - Carl Jung Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:31:42 EST Great to do LSD again! <em>312</em> Although this long slow distance wasn't really all that long and per Jeff Gallagher's half marathon training plan, it should have been slower. <BR> <BR> <em>134</em> ... but I couldn't run any slower than I did! (I guess this means I need to pick up my training pace so that I c... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:31:21 EST Food is not Love I've been thinking about that line ever since Karen said to Grace in Will & Grace 'Bacon is not love'. <BR> <BR> I spoke to a friend today. We've been friends for a few years. In that time she's gotten married and had two kids. She, like myself, has always struggled with her weight. She put on w... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:29:31 EST Time for a new bio so I'll save the old one here <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You want results? Then train like it! <BR> <BR> (06/19/14) Summer! The official first day of summer is this weekend and I'm nowhere near ready to be wearing fewer clothes than I did in the winter. Not mentally, anyway. My focus now is to find... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:27:06 EST Trying To Be This is a new adventure for me in my life. I have now been told from my doctors that I am obese. I am 5'7 and weigh 214 pounds. I have never been over 140 but some how I have gave up on caring and taking good care of myself. I have 4 children but I can not and will not use having them as an excus... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:22:01 EST Sunday/Monday summary Sunday was spent resting up to get ready for the next week at camp. I did some gardening and walked, but otherwise had a laid back day. <BR> <BR> Monday I met my two new buddies for the week. Both of them have some difficulty in the pool, so the first child spent pool time completely wrapped ar... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:13:12 EST Devotional for Dieters, with Dan Dick 2 Timothy 2:6 <BR> The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wendy thought she was dieting for her husband and family. She kept telling herself she was doing it for them, anyway. As the pounds melted away, however, Wendy realized something v... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:12:25 EST July has been good I have had a few months of total frustration. I kept at it. Kept trying new things and finally this month I am down 5 more lbs so far. <BR> <BR> I won't give up on me. No matter how long it takes I will keep at this till I feel good. I need to feel like me again. Not the old me. I will n... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 01:01:01 EST No binging tonight <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Laying in bed . Loving my sweet cats,this is one of 4. I have not binge tonight and that's all there is,present moment. Love to all,Jess Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:53:01 EST DAILY QUOTE When times are difficult , remind yourself that no pain comes to you without a purpose . Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:48:22 EST Gratitude July 27 2015 Number 1: My parents are safely on their way. They left this morning with lots of smiles and happy thoughts. <BR> <BR> Number 2: We made it to park day and it was good. <BR> <BR> Number 3: The peaches are yummy. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:45:00 EST I JUST DON'T KNOW SOMETIMES=/ HMM, SUMMER IS HERE AGAIN AND WISH I COULD SAY I AM FEELING FINE. I HOPE YOU ALL ARE HAVING THE BEST SUMMER SO FAR! <BR> I'M NOT DOING THE PALEO THING 100%. I LIKE THE RESULTS ON THE SCALE, BUT I GOTTA GET AWAY FROM THAT. JUST STARTED MEASURING MY WAIST LINE. THAT HAS BEEN ABOUT THE ONLY TH... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:42:42 EST 7/27 so yes... today is the day I have turned 49 years old.... so grateful for the Birthday song my daughter played for me with her guitar, the cozy socks I got from my kids (they bought them weeks back and they were so proud because I never found them) and the wonderful day of sun and breezy wind. We... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:37:22 EST Skip this post...I am not a good role model today. I ate at 5 guys burgers and fries, drank a coke and later ate 2 sausage burritos at McDonald's. I suck. It is after midnight, so it is officially a new day. Fresh start? I vote yes! Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:35:24 EST Nice weekend/journaling exercise I hope everyone had a nice weekend. <BR> <BR> On Friday, my band had a show. The audience was a little thin and I know I could have done better performance-wise. I still had fun though...and now have some things I want to work on for next time so that I can make improvements that I will be happ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:27:03 EST Special Blessings-July 28, 2015 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. My day started out great with my niece, Chelsea, coming over to visit for awhile this morning. <BR> <BR> 2. We went down to the coffee shop for a short visit. <BR> <BR> 3. We shopped for the rest of the day. We have birthdays th... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:22:51 EST Monday Walked 3.8 miles at lunch time. <BR> Walked .5 miles to the bus stop. <BR> Walked 2 miles with my husband. <BR> Did some strength exercises, legs and arms on the Bowflex. <BR> Fitbit - 8.05 miles 18,210 steps. <BR> Weight: 242.2 <em>211</em> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:19:26 EST July 27, 2015 (Monday) Thank you all so much for your comments of yesterday. MORTICIA you really are funny! So, you think because we have the 'rare beauty gene' might be why we are in such need of the 'housework fairy.' Well yeah, that makes sense to me! <em>204</em> <BR> <BR> The owners and sponsors of the ra... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:12:55 EST Less Pain (right now) For years I have had tense shoulder muscles and bad headaches. For several years now, part of the way I combat that tension (and anxiety symptoms as well) is through massage. Well - today for the first time in at least 3 years, I went in for a massage and started with - "I actually feel pretty ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:11:11 EST Somewhere Around The Texas State Line It was May 5th, 2010, and my husband, Shawn, and I had just crossed the Texas state line. It was the first time either of us had been to Texas, so for the first few seconds there was that fleeting excitement that comes from being somewhere new. Unfortunately, that feeling didn't last long, and as... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:11:02 EST July 27th 2015 Today was a good day I had a bowl of carrots for breakfast and veggie burgers for dinner I skipped lunch because I lost track of time. I'm still figuring out how I want to keep track of my journey of weight loss but I'm sure I will think of something looking forward to having another healthy day ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:10:30 EST Faulty Memory So, I still can't remember what I wanted to write about last night. <BR> Irritating. <BR> Today, I put on makeup. I haven't done that in a long time. Not because I felt good, but because I was trying to make myself feel good. It sort of worked. It didn't do anything for the pain, but it did help ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:09:36 EST Tuesday Trivia <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The idea of contact lenses was first introduced by Leonardo Da Vinci in 1508. <BR> <BR> The Statue of Liberty was originally intended for Egypt. <BR> <BR> In 2005 a baby was born with a conj... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:04:16 EST I am a pusher When I went to bed last night, there were 5 pieces of cake and a container of bite-sized nuggets of leftover marshmallow fondant in the fridge. I recklessly bragged that sweets are easier for me to resist than salty munchies, and while that is true, it is also true that *nothing* tasty is actual... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 00:03:41 EST A Year Ago at This Time It's hard to believe, but a year ago at this time we were just moving into our new home in Oregon. We have noted the days: July 4 a year ago we rolled into town. July 6 a year ago our furniture arrived July 9 a year ago the furniture final got unloaded and into the garage. July 13? 14? 15? we tal... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:56:55 EST Sheer Perfection! Salmon was on sale at the local HEB, and I bought a large filet to bake in the oven, and since I was going to bake at 425 degrees anyway, I chopped up a huge amount of carrots, onions, peppers, calabacita squash, and celery to roast at the same time so as to make the most from the kitchen being h... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:56:22 EST Taking care of me If I had a extra hour a day I would find more time for exercise. I do a good bit of it now but should be doing more. I think if I got up a little earlier I could have another hour to do the exercises I want to do. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:54:53 EST Hair Got a lot accomplished today - walked the pups early morning (07-09) for nearly 5 miles; had my every other week massage (she always finds areas that I didn't know were hurting); sent my broken Kindle back to Amazon (yep, broke another one - gotta love their insurance and return policy); got my "... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:51:34 EST Whole30 Day 1 I was so excited about starting I woke a few times through the night in anticipation of getting on with it or was that the coffee binge I went on yesterday?? <BR> I feel like I have an advantage right off, my experiences thus far. Let me explain. Last week I gave up caffeine ( I know, coffee bi... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:48:21 EST What Went - Monday Last week I increased one of my meds. It is a powerful drug, though I was on a very low dose and even my increase is still a low dose. However, just a small increase was pretty difficult. The first day I slept for 11 hours and had a very difficult time getting up even after that. The second d... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:40:29 EST Tuesday Sending light love joy happiness prayers and peace hugs Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:38:08 EST Another hot, sunny, summer day Today was a scorcher which I have no problem with at all. I love the sun the heat and the summer. Unfortunately the dogs don't fare as well and I had to walk them before 9:00 am before the day got too hot for them to handle. They won't even come out with me when I am in the yard on hot days like ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:26:26 EST The Adventures of Wanda Smitty: Chapter 9 Who disguised as an accountant for a great Midwestern distributor seeks to maintain great health, a lean body and a decluttered home. <BR> <BR> After chores, church and breakfast, Wanda shopped for groceries for the week. Before Wanda would shop but not be sure if she had what she needed at ho... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:25:26 EST Boo! <img src=""> So here we are again. 2 steps forward, 4 steps back. I am at my new heaviest. This is the first time I FEEL fat. I feel rundown and have no energy or willpower or morivation. It has been a rough year, and ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:25:13 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No symphony orchestra ever played music like a child laughing with a puppy Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:23:52 EST You Are Still Way Ahead! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:23:14 EST Monday...transtion day..thank you for your care and concern. I can't tell those of you who contacted us how much it helped. Our hearts are shattered and our psyches are in shock still. I cry at the drop of a hat and dh is staying stoic <BR> <BR> <BR> But your kinds words really was good to not be alone. We tried to keep busy today and I also ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:19:24 EST To the mall this evening My granddaughter, daughter, Gn and myself went to the mall in Horseheads. <BR> My granddaughter took the Gn around and helped her pick out clothes for <BR> the up coming school year. They had a good time. <BR> My daughter and I got to hang out and do a little shopping. <BR> We had a good time. <... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:18:53 EST I'm Back Baby! You know the phrase "falling off the wagon"? Well to put it simply, I don't remember there being a wagon it's so far away now. I haven't been very diligent with my diet and very recently I've been having some health problems; nothing major, but something that definitely diverted my attention. How... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:16:36 EST Tomorrows a new day. Tomorrow is a new day. Thank goodness. after working the last two days, I decided that this morning I would allow myself a doughnut on the way home. Just one. <em>473</em> <BR> Why? After two very long night-shifts I felt like i could splurge a little. <BR> Why does one splurge lead to a... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:13:52 EST Taking care of family and livestock The first order of business today was to take DS to see <BR> the psychologist. We addressed a few subjects after he <BR> and the doctor had a private session. I was asked to <BR> join in and we talked about DS's concerns and we have <BR> things to work on before the next session in August. <BR> T... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:12:00 EST Day 346 My My My another crisis On my way to town to check on the parents and get my necessities my phone rang. My dad needs me mom's hearing aid crapped out. I told him I was on the way to town and would be there in a min. That was the end of a me day. She hates the hearing aid center down here and like the one that is 65 ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:10:32 EST Good night Hey y'all ... and goodnight. My day has just rushed by and I am ready for bed. It's been a great day but I am pooped out. Night all. <BR> <BR> <em>176</em> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 23:05:02 EST Monday, 7/27/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Began the day at the Nutritionist's office and I am off an running on my weight loss plan. It means weekly UA's to make sure I'm not burning the wrong fats, but what I've learned about my... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:59:20 EST Day 57 I got a great idea for helping to loose weight today while reading my facebook. I don't think it is legal to post the picture here so I will tell you. It is a picture of Alice in Wonderland about to take a big bite of cake. The caption below it says Keep the why on your fridge or in your pock... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:59:12 EST People you meet in life! Don't regret knowing the people that came in to your life! <BR> <BR> Good people give you happiness <BR> Bad ones give you experience <BR> The worst ones give you lessons <BR> and the best ones give you memories. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:58:42 EST Nutrisystem: Day 22 (HUGE loss this week!) Today I ate: <BR> <BR> * Nutrisystem apple cinnamon oatmeal <BR> * Chobani Simply 100 key lime yogurt <BR> * coffee with sugar free creamer and Splenda <BR> <BR> * scrambled egg <BR> <BR> * Nutrisystem beans and ham soup <BR> * 2 servings of low sodium spicy hot V8 juice <BR> <BR> * Gortons g... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:53:41 EST Change ,,, does help,,, this will be better Today I was to get my first cast on,,, it was supposed to be on for 2days, than changed, with them being changed weekly. <BR> <BR> When the nurse looked at my foot,,, hmm yeah I have in stitches which my own Dr wants to take out. So they couldn't put on the cast. <BR> <BR> They than told me, t... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:52:24 EST Change ,,, does help,,, this will be better Today I was to get my first cast on,,, it was supposed to be on for 2days, than changed, with them being changed weekly. <BR> <BR> When the nurse looked at my foot,,, hmm yeah I have in stitches which my own Dr wants to take out. So they couldn't put on the cast. <BR> <BR> They than told me, t... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:52:23 EST 7/27/15 - Bedtime Although it's a tad bit long, I had a great hair day. Humidity does have its advantages. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I made White Bean, Tomato, Green Bean Salad. It includes feta cheese and a dressing with lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Dill weed adds a nice flavor. <BR> <BR> As... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:44:48 EST Another good day to check off and be grateful for. Today I have checked my goal box 'no alcohol ' <BR> Today I have logged everything and ate healthy (apart from the usual too much cheese!!!) <BR> Today I worked hard and accomplished some stuff in work <BR> <BR> Today was a good one and not a single 'can't or 'did not' in sight! <BR> <BR> My m... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:44:25 EST Day 27- weigh In an Reflection Pounds lost this week: 1 <BR> Total Pounds Lost: 5 <BR> <BR> I hate when I don't follow through with what I said I'd do. I hate it even more when I have to admit it, but here goes...I didn't do any exercise and my eating wasn't the greatest this week. I am still dealing with my depression and ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:41:09 EST What do I do when you want to eat Workout go for a walk call a friend Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:38:54 EST 208/365 Made it to the gym as I promised myself. Because that is what going to the gym is for me, a promise to myself, if I don't keep my promise, I'm the only one who loses. Tomorrow I am going to promise myself that I will go swimming. The bonus is that it is going to be real scorcher tomorrow, so it... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:38:47 EST Life Lemon: 103 - When work gets in the way.. Often enough our careers take center stage in our day to day lives. We are consumed by it. That email you didn't send or document that didn't get signed/filed, lingers to torment us when we finally drag ourselves away from work and back home. Or for those of us unlucky enough to have a company la... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:37:42 EST Let's call it a success Today I wasn't perfect. I was exhausted-- I couldn't fall asleep last night. I have a desk job, and I was no where near productive. I didn't exercise. I didn't count calories throughout the day. Despite this, it was a good day. <BR> <BR> I live only 2 blocks from the office, so I walk. My ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:35:53 EST Don't be denied <img src=""> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:35:34 EST Day-102 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Going on day-57 and I am still pain free of my "SCIATICA" <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> my B/S #'s was very low @ lunch time and also dinner time <em>198</em> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:35:28 EST Day 67 Got up before 8 am. <BR> <BR> I had 2 cups of coffee with creamer and sugar. I made a pot and after it cooled put it in the fridge. So I can have my coffee without having to use the coffee maker. I got a late start. It takes me about 30 minutes after I wake to start working out. Lunch was c... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:33:58 EST 7/27/2015 Week in Review All in all, I guess the figures aren't bad, especially considering I lost my tracker about 1/4 way into my morning walk on Monday and didn't find it until the next morning. Saturday and Sunday brought with them a muscle in my back that made it difficult to do too much. It was worse when I would... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:32:16 EST Work week already Seems like my one day off sure went fast, too much to do and too much left undone. <BR> <BR> My un-clutter program is kind of stalling, I uncluttered a bunch of places and when I looked at a couple of them they were cluttered again! I think the lack of places to put stuff is partly to blame, ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:29:37 EST A Bit Better Starting shortly after I blogged last night, the swelling in my face went down quite a bit as did the pain even more... I wouldn't say non-existent but just really manageable. This morning after taking an ibuprofen, the swelling went down almost all the way to nothing. I do feel it a little but i... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:22:54 EST The log in streak continues. Day by day I login and get points. Some days more than others. I get here everyday. I am tracking my food everyday. Not on SP, but on paper. Works for me as i have a cheap cell phone that is not very reliable. Glad to be healing from my car accident and to have wheels again!! Hope everyone had ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:21:02 EST 200 mark <img src=""> <BR> so happy that I'm just under the 200lbs mark.I think it's great when people who have alot to lose are able to lose it and stick to it even when times are hard.That is motivation for me to try to han... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:19:57 EST my life as a hog I have been watching Danish TV shows on Netflix when I get the time lately. European television is refreshing. It reminds me of how free I felt when I lived in Munich, and how I could be whoever I wanted to be. That feeling comes from within, but it is hard to accomplish without the support of ot... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:18:35 EST DAY 144 Daniel Plan - Day 11...Wii 1 hour Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:17:36 EST Wanting something sweet and struggling Well I only worked out for a half hour today as tomorrow will be a fairly labor intensive day. So decided that even though I have had two rest days today I decided I needed to save my arms for tomorrow. Then I can put in my two hour workout again. That being said I am seriously having a difficult... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:13:05 EST My rededicating has started. I retired official on May 31st. I started back on Sparkpeople to make me accountable for my routine and to keep busy. I rejoined the local community center as they have a nice pool, great classes and a small but nice exercise room. I also hooked up my Wii and started working out some at home.... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:11:28 EST Day 2.. no excuses! I said I would make a daily accountability blog, so here I am! I'm working nights now, so it's not always easy to fit in a healthy routine when you have to sleep all day... <BR> <BR> However it is very easy to make excuses. But I will not! <BR> <BR> Sure, I slept for the majority of the day, bu... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:10:50 EST Hot? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A few years back I got the bright idea that my mom didn't need any more "stuff", so I started taking her on small trips for her birthday, and giving her the gift of my time and attention. This ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:08:12 EST Monday's Words to Ponder <img src=""> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:04:52 EST Phase 1 Exercise begins Twelve days post op. Excellent recovery, no complaints. 25# lost so far, and I know it will slow down soon to a more realistic pattern of weight loss, so it's time to get active. Have only been logging about 5000 steps per day on my FITBIT. Not ready to start strenuous excercise or lifting yet, ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:02:30 EST Sleepytimes So we raised enough money for our trip to Seattle. We'll be leaving August 4 for a week. I think it's gonna be a lot of fun. I'm not as stressed as I was last week but I am tired. <BR> <BR> I've been sleeping at night but having some of the strangest dreams so I wake up not really feeling rested... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:00:27 EST 28 of 90 Took the day off today <BR> did some light packing this morning then went to a friends for a PLL season 6 marathon <BR> Lala played with my friends 2 boys in the pool; didnt hear a peep out of them for over 2 hrs fed them then right back outside for them <BR> <BR> tomorrow I will b back to finis... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:57:22 EST Whole30 Day 2 Today was hard. Not because of wanting to eat but because of not wanting to eat. It was a rough day emotionally and I struggled with depression, lethargy and no motivation. I did manage to work out and get a massage at Planet Fitness and stay on plan for food so I am very proud of myself. (Di... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:53:49 EST Monday... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tired...hope you had a great day!!! <BR> <BR> TTYL Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:53:37 EST Day Four Today has been hard. I'm battling my menstrual monster and I might be losing. I'm hungry and craving sugar like nobody's business. I'm insanely tired and on edge. And I have THE worst cramps. I struggled to find the motivation to work out, but I did it...albeit half-heartedly. And I got MOST of m... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:50:44 EST Day 208: Be True to Yourself (quotes) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." (Judy Garland) <BR> <BR> You know I’m a big believer in being true to yourself. Don’t ever l... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:48:21 EST Day 27 I checked in this morning about yesterday and stated that I hoped I could report back this evening that I stuck to plan. And... I did, for the most part. I had a 'packing margarita' tonight as I started prep for my upcoming vacation. My SO introduced me to the idea of packing beer (or something i... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:43:37 EST This is New... I've never had an active Friend on Sparkpeople. In all the years, in all the weight I've taken off and put on, never once did any post show up in my friend feed. This time I've taken the time to read blogs and find a few people who seem to resonate with me based on what they're going through. <BR... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:38:42 EST Day 193...Still not feeling it. A shortish blog tonight as it's getting late again. Trying to catch up on everything before bed is hectic enough. <BR> I didn't get a walk in this morning as my ankle still was bugging me some. Not a whole lot like yesterday, but I didn't want to chance it. And when I did have to walk on it,... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:36:04 EST What a wonderful world. My husband was driving on one of the back roads here in Arkansas. I noticed that my 8 year old granddaughter had the sweetest smile on her face. I told her she had a pretty smile and ask her what she was thinking about. She said, "I was just thinking how beautiful the world is." I told her tha... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:30:44 EST Long time no blog! Exercise ideas? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello! <BR> <BR> I have been AWOL since May. I deleted a few blogs that said basically nothing and am starting semi-fresh again. Again lol. I have just purchased some new scales after two month... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:21:29 EST Day 1 new life Today I become serious about taking care of my own health. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:21:15 EST Where do I go from here??? I've been having a tough time lately. Not only with my weight loss but financial struggles, housing, & family stress as well. Lately I've lost a little weight and then I'll gain it right back the next week. I'm hoping to change this though, I have finally started to eat healthier foods and I'm wo... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:20:39 EST Day 6, after dinner I had dinner and dessert, and I'm at 1700 calories. I'm also at 96 oz of water and am drinking a bit more. Getting in a fight with the fiance, though. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:20:09 EST 7/27/15 Boy was it hot today. 98 degrees with a 90% humidity. My windshield picked up two rocks last week and now my windshield has three cracks going in different directions. I hope it doesn't get worse before I go home. Last night I had one crack, this morning three. But the good thing is the win... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:14:23 EST Where's the Truck? It's been a long day, and I'm wiped out. In fact, I feel as though a speeding 18 wheeler has run me over. Not sure if it's because my personal trainer tried to kill me today or if it's because I've been going non-stop since 6am. No matter what the cause, I'm going to have to head to bed very s... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:12:42 EST Changing My Taste Along With My Diet If you had asked me ten years ago if I wanted grilled fish, I would have given you an emphatic, NO! I loved seafood but not fish. (Still to this day I can't stand the scent of fish cooking.) Tonight, when I took hubby out for his birthday dinner, he had a large salad, green beans and a steak t... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:05:48 EST clothes shopping Going clothes shopping makes me feel uncomfortable. I always see these cute clothes and when I try them on I never feel comfortable in them. My family and friends will tell me different. It may also be time for me to come to the realization that I am too old to shop in the juniors department. ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:04:37 EST Burpees -- No, thank you! ;-) How Many Burpees It Takes to Work Off a Grilled Cheese, Cupcake, or Glass of Wine? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rned-Doing-Burpees-37846392 </link> <BR> <BR> My burpee days are long over. They're at least 15 years, two knees, one back, and two shoulders ago. <em>... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:01:52 EST catching up did more outside work. so many weeds everywhere..... i could spray plant killers. but they are newar stuff i want to keep healthy. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:01:15 EST Weigh-in and trying something new <link><BR>15/07/weigh-in-and-trying-something-ne<BR>w.html </link> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:59:07 EST Good news! Had my Doctor's appointment today, my blood pressure was 122/62, which was GREAT!! I found out why I had to go br so much, Lasix medication I'm on is the reason!! It helps stop fluid retention by getting rid of it!! ARRRGGGHHHH. *L* <BR> <BR> Oh well, I have to have an Echocardiogram (I think i... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:53:27 EST Done for the day... I just wasn't very hungry today... so I ate fairly lightly. The scale was good to me this morning, so I took that positive feeling and channeled it into exercise: 4 dog walks, time on the exercise bike, a good run, a WATP workout, my yoga challenge video of the day, and nearly an hour of circuit... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:53:21 EST Shopping I went shopping today and bought lots of hiking clothes on sale. Shopping is a lot more fun when you can buy smaller sizes and can find things that fit. I spent a lazy afternoon in the hammock but then walked my 4.2 mile trail after dinner. I now have 91 miles! I want to get that pin on Frida... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:52:47 EST Look Up <img src=""> <BR> When you look up into the night sky what do you see? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:45:55 EST Insight to least mine Today as I have sat here struggling with depression; I have heard God telling me "Rachel you can't keep punishing yourself for the loss of your friendship." Every day someone sends me a picture of my former friend and these friends seem to think "It will help." even though I have told them repeat... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:44:57 EST Day 15 The last few days have been rough. My awesome streaks all went back to zero at least once over the last four days. This afternoon I hit my husband’s not-even-a-year-old- car with mine (why he parked it right behind my Jeep is still beyond me, but that does not excuse the fact that I hit it). My... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:43:23 EST Day 6 Alas, I skipped yesterday. Too much fun on Saturday, I guess!! Today I did my 10 minutes, had to force myself. I didn't do 10 minutes yesterday, either, come to think of it. Gotta start over!!! Changed my goals since I got my new scale. Wow. I'm as heavy as I have EVER been. Not good. No wonder I... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:42:16 EST Mmmm peaches The inlaws went out of town on a short road trip this weekend and bought some peaches and other fruit. The peaches are soooo good. I ate 2 of them today and could go eat 2 more lol. <BR> We also have a cantaloupe too. Eh.... H and I aren't big on cantaloupe, but they bought it for us and we don't... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:40:29 EST day 27 Walked 30 mins. Foot is much better with new shoes. Boot camp done. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:37:30 EST What day is it? July 27th I have no idea what day I'm on, my trip home to Wisconsin really set me back. I won't meet my size 16 goal which was totally doable when I started this plan. Now I have to adjust my date to October 1st and frankly, I have no idea what the hell I'm doing. I have no idea how to execute this pla... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:36:32 EST Praise I received a lot of positive feedback from the PA at my doctor's office today. It felt great to hear that I am so healthy after gastric bypass!! Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:34:34 EST Good Day Today was a good day. I stayed within my calorie range, met my water goal, went for a 20 minute walk at lunch, and exercised after work at the gym. I feel really good about it. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:30:36 EST Whole30 - Day 8 Today was a good day. I researched some volunteer opportunities before going to work, put away some laundry, and prepped for a meeting I have tomorrow. I didn't end up going to the gym because I stayed at work much longer than I expected, but I'm okay with that. Sunday is usually my off/yoga day... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:28:15 EST Zumba!!! Spent the morning downloading a few short Zumba videos from You Tube. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed it. Just hearing the music brought back some of the old moves. <BR> <BR> I was watching them so I could only save some good ones and I found myself really tightening up my stomach muscles ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:27:52 EST Animals ;-) 7/27 A cat suckling ducklings! <BR> <link><BR>4/03/31/a-cat-suckles-ducks </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:22:07 EST Changes Plans change. You have to change with the plans. I just want to begin again. I may not always succeed, but I never really quit. I always try again. Or try something else. Plans change. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:19:26 EST Dribs & Drabbles SparkCoach asked me to fill in the blanks in a blog: <BR> <BR> When it comes to exercise, I'm really good at _______ <BR> but I could use some improvement with _______. <BR> <BR> This is a tough one. <BR> Lol- I'm gonna say <BR> Beginner level ... And <BR> Turning it up a notch. <BR> <BR> I kn... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:15:50 EST Day 166 - Tennis Today I put my new Racquet to use and played some tennis!! I was concerned it wouldn't be as good of a calorie burn as the gym, but it was pretty decent! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> okay I'm off to shower and ge... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:13:02 EST One Day I Will.... <em>388</em> <BR> One day I will take a photography course. What's your "One day I will..." ? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:09:32 EST Monday More on our vacation.... <BR> <BR> On Friday we left LAX for SFO then to Portland. Our flight was delayed going to SFO and we just made it in time to take the flight to Portland. We rented a car until Sunday and went to the hotel, the Radisson. It is a very nice hotel and so was our room. T... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:03:31 EST Day 42: Life Updates Ok... I had this long post written up but it was all scattered so I decided to start again. Not that you needed to know any of that but well, now you do! <BR> <BR> ANNIVERSARY STAYCATION: <BR> On Friday 7/24, we celebrated 5 years of marriage! We spent this wonderful occasion at the Disney Aulan... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:57:50 EST Small Victory Today I managed to make it out of the grocery store without any chocolate. I stood there in the check out line considering my options...I even picked up one of my favorites...then I put it back. Needless to say I threw myself a little party in the parking lot as I walked back to my car, which I a... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:54:26 EST 7/27/15 6.81 miles today <BR> Doctor's appt didn't get me answers today but hopefully will get answers Thursday. Will appreciate continued prayers. Thanks! Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:52:47 EST It can be done!!! "It can be done !!!" Cesar Chavez <BR> <BR> What can be done? <BR> <BR> ANYTHING <BR> <BR> ANYTHING YOU HEART DESIRES <BR> <BR> YOU HAVE THE POWER <BR> <BR> YOU HAVE THE PASSION <BR> <BR> YOU STEER YOUR COURSE <BR> <BR> YOU CHANGE YOUR DESTINY <BR> <BR> YOU DECIDE <BR> <BR> YOU CHO... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:52:36 EST Having A Rough Day ? This Will Make U Smile Having A Rough Day ? This Will Make U Smile <BR> <BR> I just had to post pictures of my great grandson. <BR> <BR> He came and spent the weekend. <BR> <BR> We took him to the park and I now have a new work of art on my dining room wall. <BR> <BR> The Next Picasso In The Making is D. T. Fit... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:51:58 EST Floating Still floating, waiting for things to develop. Dealing with government offices takes a LOT of patience. <BR> <BR> Of the first two batches of bread I baked, I have half of each to friends. Tomorrow I'm making spaghetti sauce with a mega-batch of meatballs to freeze for later. My knee-jerk first ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:49:34 EST What to say? Ever have one of those days you want to blog and you USED to have lots of ideas, but all of a sudden the day is nearly over and you've still not blogged for the day. Well know the kind of day. <BR> <BR> Hope all of you are doing well! <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:47:45 EST Mount Sylvia (An oldie but goodie from my private blog!) <BR> <BR> <BR> Do your clothes reproduce in the night while you're sleeping? Mine do. I think it may have been set into action by Onyx having given birth in a laundry basket that first time. Some kind of wild cat ho' mojo kicked in, and now, as soon a... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:44:02 EST Day 93 - The Stigma of Weight Loss Today's Weight: 143.2lbs <BR> <BR> Now that many of the teachers are back at school preparing their classrooms, I'm running into people who I haven't seen all summer - people who I last saw 30 pounds ago - and many of them are noticing the weight loss. I've gotten a lot of "Colleen, you look gre... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:41:04 EST Blog Haven't felt like sitting still long enough to write a blog entry for a week or so. I'm still here, though :) <BR> <BR> Been doing pretty well with the whole "not over-eating" thing. I'm still sort of tracking my food. Sometimes I don't enter a meal or two, but that's fine. I'm not counting eve... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:33:35 EST Oh The Past... Good walk today with Sundae, he is doing well on his meds. I haven't even attempted him to climb in the car….I think I will pass on that for now. <BR> It's Monday which means a lot of people are here for the first time. There are also quite a few people that have come back on SP after being awa... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:33:10 EST Day 240 - Round 2 The second interview for the community college position went very well today. This morning at 8:30 I met with the President and Vice President of the Woodland Community College (they supervise our campus in Clearlake as well as the Outreach Center in the town of Williams in Colusa County, due eas... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:33:01 EST Still a bit yuck..... 147.5 this am, earned 6 www points yesterday. <BR> <BR> I had a strong stomach ache overnight and today has been some pain and some diarrhoea. I took an Imodium this afternoon and feel better. <BR> <BR> I stumbled and shuffled through my workout but actually finished it. I also did a 20 minut... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:25:48 EST Back from Vacation... I've been gone on vacation since the 18th. Visiting with friends and family back home in NY state. It did NOT go quite as planned. My uncle passed away while I was on vaca so that added a wake and funeral to my plans. It brought my cousin, Debbie, home from Arizona. It is her father who pas... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:22:13 EST Nicole vs. IR i just joined spark people. I am 21 years old and I was recently diagnosed with insulin resistance. I have had trouble with my weight for as long as I can remember and I'm happy that I finally have answers. My goal is to lose between 50-70 pounds. I am working very hard to get there. But sometime... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:21:53 EST I'm not exactly where I want to be in the weight/size category but I am strong! I wore a new shirt today and I think it was just the fun colors or the cut that made me feel like I look good today. I haven't felt that way in several months. I really have not been loving how my body looks. I work so hard. I put in so many hours at the gym and so many miles out on the road... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:21:18 EST Clear Skies with 100% Chance of Progress <img src=""> <BR> Greetings, Kittens! <BR> <BR> I had hoped to check in throughout July, but unfortunately there was nothing to say. I had the head cold and cough until this past Thursday, July 23rd. <BR> <BR> Of cou... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:18:30 EST Barbecue Bash Bathing suits, shorts and tank tops… Summer is in full swing. And I love it! I’m a warm weather girl through and through who enjoys kicking back at a barbecue grilling perhaps salmon, veggies and more. My mouth is watering just writing about it. Yummy. <BR> My hubby and I fired up the barbie ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:11:31 EST Let's do this...... Yesterday on FB...I had posted that I had gone grocery shopping and I was excited for the week ahead.....I had spent the time to plan and prep for this upcoming week. I was positive....I was excited. A childhood friend left a comment that she needed me back in her life for she had null motivati... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:06:45 EST A yucky, sucky Monday. I'm working the summer day program at my school. I'm a floater for the summer, and I give breaks to all the teachers. Some of them are such buttheads about their dang breaks! It makes me so mad. <BR> <BR> Also, when I woke up this morning, I felt really weird. My head was kind of spinning, I wa... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:05:22 EST Cutting my hair! <em>67</em> <em>259</em>' so hot. I do like the look of my long hair, but it's so sticky hot that I just can't stand it. I've never had such long hair before, it goes down past my bar-strap now. So I'm kind of stoked that I FINALLY grew my hair out!!!.....BUT I CAN'T STAND HOW... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:57:54 EST Monday Another good day. All went smoothly with the placement of DM's PEG (feeding tube inserted into the stomach through the abdominal wall). They will start using it to supplement her food intake starting some time tomorrow. Hopefully, this will improve her nutritional status. I talked to DM on the ph... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:54:18 EST What Happened? Ok, <BR> What in the world happened? <BR> I woke up this morning, did morning routines, <BR> then, <BR> it happened; <BR> I was doing a beginners yoga class. <BR> who in their right mind or wrong mind decides that yoga would be the correct response to, <BR> "What should I do next today?" <BR> I c... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:54:11 EST Just for Me Met my doctor today and she said Gastric bypass was the way to go. I have been back and forth on the Gastric by pass journey for about 4 years, but I know this is what I need. One good thing.... She did say I was carrying my weight well what ever that meant. <BR> <BR> I decided today that Spark... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:51:46 EST I AM **** MAD AND I WON'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!! It is all about commitment, pursuit and perseverance. So State it and Make it. You have to state that commitment ever day, some days, every hour and then pursue it like you life depends on it. Because your life may well depend on it. So commitment, pursuit and perseverance. It starts over every m... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:51:37 EST The Skinny Rules--PART I-- Rule 17 EAT YOUR VEGETABLES--JUST DO IT! This one is my absolute favorite! IF I could live on one food group it would be veggies, they are my favorite and before I go on I am excited today because I just ordered a new Ninja Pro Single Serve Blender from Sam's Club that will be delivered for smoothies so I can get more nutrients in. Si... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:44:53 EST Bible Inspirational Quote To Meditate On <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meditate On <BR> <BR> But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:44:09 EST Monday Pun Fun =) Rock Star <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Raining cats and dogs <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photo... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:33:52 EST Its A New Day Well, after my melt down regarding my inability to get back on track, I decided to change my focus. Thanks to my dear friend, LDYHAZ, I decided to join a challenge group. I am hoping this will give me something to focus on rather than my apparent inability to stay on track. <BR> While reading th... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:32:24 EST Some progress beats NONE! Just a quick note..... <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> the scale is moving again! <em>104</em> It had been a minute - but I'm seeing progress from the scale! NSV are mounting as well! I'm drinking lots and lots and lots of water and getting my Zumba and Weightlifting classes done! Still doing... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:31:49 EST Over did it! I am the governor of the county Democrat party and have worked at the fair for years. Last week I over did it! Worked all day, drove 45 minutes to the fair and worked 6:00pm to close and went to gym in the a.m. prior to work. Dumb! "ran" in the Saturday morning parade. Someone please remind ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:29:48 EST Feeling good right now! Last night ended very well. I never got anxious, and I DID get sleepy. I was ready for bed at my normal time and fell asleep quickly. I know that for most people, that's not worthy of comment. But for me, especially when I've been feeling off emotionally, falling asleep quickly and easily is ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:27:34 EST Day 6, evening I'm at 950 calories, about 72 oz water. Waiting for my fiance to get home so we can make dinner together... <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:15:13 EST Feelingtude list, 7/27 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they keep me going. <BR> 2. i am grateful for rest days, because they help. <BR> 3. i am grateful for settling in, because life is better once they do. <BR> 4. i am grateful for wanting other things, because it's a relief. <BR> 5. i am grateful for sleep, b... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:13:57 EST "No Longer Slave" " I am going to the place of my Faith" <BR> <BR> For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother's womb." Psalm139:13 <BR> <BR> After three months without writing anything on my page. Today I have the need to write about what God have you been doing in my life. Sometim... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:09:30 EST here I am again <img src=""> So here I am back on spark people I finally faced the scale no it was not pretty but it was better then my last weigh in so I will take it. I have moved to kalamazoo so it is a must bigger town I have hea... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:04:58 EST I'm back and feeling so much more positive! I have gone through so much in the last year, and I'm finally in a good place. I moved to a new, smaller apartment; 1 br, 620 sf. It's almost completely remodeled, and it's in a very quiet area. My last place was so noisy I couldn't stand it, plus, it had mold and lead in the pipes that I'm sure ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:59:33 EST New Motivational Poster Part II of my journey <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:57:34 EST Natural Repellent for Mosquito, Tick, Bee, Wasp, and Anything Else that "bugs" You I shared this with a very awesome Sparkperson today, as she hikes all over Europe it seems, and thought it might help her keep the ticks and other nasties away. <BR> <BR> I made up this all-natural bug bashing recipe to fight off insects, especially ticks and mosquitos, after moving to Minnesota... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:55:25 EST If only <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:54:38 EST My garden <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:54:06 EST Look What I Did!!! <BR> Look what I did!!! My first try at making jelly.....this is blueberry lime... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:52:39 EST Research I seem to be at another plateau. Stuck at 187. 5 pounds down since I started, however, still not where I wanted to be. I'm thinking about increasing my Zumba to 30 minutes a day. I have also worked in a cup full of cherry tomatoes a day. According to my research, red tomatoes help the body metabo... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:51:07 EST Thoughts that prevent you from hitting goals Some people excel in some areas, while other areas we all need a little sharpening up on. Sometimes our weaknesses remain weaknesses due to irrational thoughts that keep you down and drain motivation. <BR> <BR> Recently been studying up on "cognitive distortions" aka irrational thinking that eve... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:50:04 EST And I'm back! Well, I guess now that I am bouncing back from a pregnancy, I kind of figured I would need to lose all my weight again. That I gained back from my lowest....Well that's how the yo yo goes. I will be as upbeat as I can since I will be working on a tracking my food streak. Apparently from the re... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:49:03 EST NEW JOB I am pleased to announce that God has answered my prayers and I now have a brand new job in our desired location. I am so grateful for this change!!! Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:46:55 EST Optimism....Gotta love it. <img src=""> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:45:45 EST Best Experience Ever <img src=""> What happens when two things you adore come together? I've gone out with friends, restaurants, shops, movies, short breaks etc bit never done anything like this before. I painted with a friend! And no ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:42:43 EST Life is messy Coming from an organized person, that's a hard thing to swallow! The last few weeks have not been bad in comparison to some things I have gone through in the past couple of years, but they were still messy. I started taking gabipenton for my back and it has really made me moody (on top of it bei... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:42:14 EST Sitting in the Stillness Sitting in the Stillness <BR> <BR> In the stillness of the Forest <BR> I take time to sit and woods, <BR> Feel the fire <BR> Hear the birds <BR> And breathe in the early morning tranquility. <BR> <BR> Captured by the quietness <BR> Alone, but not lonely <BR> Doing nothing, but not bored <BR> R... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:33:57 EST It's Raining! is not an EXCUSE! I truly need to overcome this excuse. As long as I have been living my new healthy lifestyle, I have hated running. Running is not something I am fond of, at all. I feel good when I run and it is truly a great addition to the rest of my routine, however I use the raining excuse not to run. <BR... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:33:08 EST Now it is Crellie. Sunday <BR> Our cat, Crellie, gets up in one of the basement windows. There is an antique empire sofa that she uses as a spring board to get to the window. We heard a crash this morning and the cat ran up the stairs, across the rungs of the kitchen chairs, into our bedroom where she hid under the... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:29:50 EST Weight Loss Plateau And Broken Electric Toothbrush I weighed in today at 164.2 pounds. It is just so frustrating, because I haven't gotten below 163.1 for about a week now. I'm doing everything right, too; I eat 1550 calories or less each day, and exercise several times a week. So it's just so frustrating. A part of me (a BIG part) wants to s... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:26:44 EST Today. Today. I'm not sure what is different about today. But I over the past while I had been struggling to commit to eating less, eating clean and using all the tools at my disposal. I've been writing morning pages and going for walks. I have not been recording my food because I have not wanted t... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:23:51 EST Ask - Joel & Victoria Today’s Scripture;“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”(Matthew 7:7, NIV) ' <BR> <BR> <BR> A lot of times, it’s easy to think that we’re not supposed to ask for too much, but the Scripture encourages us to go to God with a... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:22:02 EST Earthquake and Dogs with Fleas! We had another very small earthquake today. The little dog and I seemed to be the only ones who notified. The Kid's Dogs have fleas. They have dipped them. And They were bombing the house today day. so They brought the blind pit and the very little fuzzy dog to Me. The Dogs were good. It i... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:15:55 EST Results After Week 16 Only lost 1 lb over the course of last week but that's ok...I'm looking at the overall picture=since I've started SP I've lost 7 inches off my waist so I'm going to use that as my motivation this week. I haven't been able to exercise as much because of heat rash where my legs rub together but no... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:14:08 EST Ms.Figgy - Note to Self: List of items made me gain weight Lahmacun Sbux - white mocha, caramel machiato White bread (somun,pide,sandi hepsi) Rice Little or much, all deserts Unlu mamullerin her cesidi - pastry Kuru pasta - sweet or salty Dolma, sarma Patates Cupcakes Her turlu kek pasta, home made ya da marketten hepsi Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:13:23 EST the first sign of conflict ..the plans go out the window. Day 2.. woke up bright at bushy tailed.. at 4am. Trouble is gym opens at 5am. So! Apparently I fell asleep and woke up in enouhg time to rush the wee one to school and hurry to work. Yep.. missed the much anticipated workout this AM. Time for Plan B. That's right,.... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:13:01 EST Buddy Up List at the Indy/Noblesville Rally Lucy Crazymama46 Fishers, IN <BR> Beth ~indygirl Fishers, IN <BR> Tina Hoosiergirlindy Indianapolis, IN <BR> Tom McCourtt Dayton, OH <BR> Brad Bradmill2922 Jeffersonville, IN <BR> Andrea Rachelle50 Indianapolis, IN <BR> <BR> Michelle McJoyful Indianapolis, IN <BR> Geoff Gmccuen... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:12:29 EST ANOTHER GREAT WEEK!! WORKOUTS! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> EATING! (need to take more of these through the week, lol) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 4.6 lbs...GO... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:10:26 EST Dogs and fleas!! : ) The Kid's Dogs have fleas. They have dipped the Dogs. And were bombing the house. So They brought the blind pit and the little tiny fuzzy dog to Me!! I hope all this helps!! It has been a quite day in the office. The Dogs were good. It is to hot to do anything. IO saw one of Our neighbor ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:08:15 EST Monday 7/27/15 4 miles total today. 600+ calories burnt off. Yes! Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:07:38 EST Vacation We are on a spontaneous vacation! Hubby had a class to go to in AZ on Saturday followed by the test for certification the following Saturday. He was going to go alone but the circumstances were such that instead of him flying down alone, we packed up our Jeep and along with our three youngest, we... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:01:54 EST **Insert Title here** So I'm 3lbs down and feeling pleased within myself. I'm hoping that I'll be down another 1lb next week-one pound is all I ask. My big goal is to break through 10 stone 7 lbs (147lbs) because that's usually where I get stuck. So if I can break through that barrier, then that'll be a big deal. <BR... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:48:22 EST Guilt, guilt and guilty <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Warning: Please do not take this wrong. I have not murdered anyone or anything like that. To each their own. <BR> <BR> Last night on my way to the gym I started to feel awkward. Like going ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:48:12 EST What a Journey What a journey!! <BR> <BR> It amazes me how much of this change is in my mind and not just a physical thing. I ride my bike to and from work at least 4 days a week and I caught myself getting frustrated because I ride against the wind on the way home. What a difference it made when I switch my t... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:41:45 EST My new challenge... <link>https://thepamperprincess.wordpress.<BR>com/2015/07/27/gettin-fit-day-1/ </link> <BR> <BR> Today, I start a pretty good challenge with my friends. We are going to do a weight percentage challenge. I decided to write about it so my motivation would be written down. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:30:57 EST Coconut Cream Powder (Chao Thai brand) (edited later) So today, I was looking at recipes on SparkPeople and found this one: <BR> <BR> (Gotta upload link *later*, because iPhone doesn't play nice and will make my blog go bye-bye if I go looking for it now.) <BR> <BR> (and here is *later* ) <link><BR>l.asp?recip... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:28:29 EST Monday July 27, 2015 Journal/log entry Wow I haven't been here for while. I stopped after I thought they were getting boring, but I'm going to try again. <BR> <BR> Weather: Hazy, hot and humid in the morning. Still hazy in the afternoon, but a breeze blowing. Temp about 89 degrees. Clouding up, but no rain yet. <BR> <BR> S... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:27:37 EST 40. Convince Your Brain 40. Your body can do anything. It's your brain you have to convince. <BR> <BR> Back in January (2015), I made a list of inspirational internet memes that kind of struck a cord with me. I'm going to attempt to blog about each one while the memory of their original inspiration is still fairly vivi... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:25:17 EST Jacob's Room I spent the morning at the Planning and Zone office, then the Critical Area office to get forms so we can apply for an above ground pool. I forgot how complex the forms are to fill out <em>24</em> The Critical area lady told me to come back tomorrow and she will help me in filing it out. <BR> ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:21:58 EST Second half of Summer tick-tock-tick-tock <img src=""> <BR> I completely abandoned summer this year- then last night while zipping around town for groceries I heard some diet commercial sell the idea that half of summer is still ahead.... and I thought to myse... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:19:48 EST Anxiety, Panic, and Self-Esteem? I have a real struggle with anxiety and panic attacks. I have for years. I think it grew worse after my husband was diagnosed with cancer. I think my last bit of feeling hopeful and secure was ripped out from under me that day. He got better, our lives have improved, but still, I can't quite sett... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:07:17 EST Remind me not to Reproduce My best friend's wedding was Saturday, and I've had her four kIds since Friday. I'll have them until Thursday. They're not bad kids, but believe me when I say I'm exhausted. High energy kids plus very little sleep equals a very tired me. Food wise I've done really bad the last three days, but ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:07:02 EST Zucchini and Cucumber Strings Well I finally did it, I used my Vegetti last night to make Zucchini and cucumber strings. I was a little apprehensive about if I'd like them raw or not. So I packed my lunch 4oz chicken from Costco and about 1 1/2 cups of combined Zucchini and Cucumber strings. I also brought some natural ric... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:59:10 EST I'm motivated....who's with me? After the last blog that I posted I have been feeling so motivated with myself, but the only downfall is school at this time. It’s bringing me down because of all the workloads that I have to accomplish on a weekly basis and it’s so much to do, but that will not let me down. I also need sleep... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:58:42 EST Restart Day 57: this is your life... Well vacation is over.... for now. <BR> <BR> Looking back at vacation, I feel pretty good about the choices I made. My exercise was low. I knew it would be. We spent more than 6 hours each day in the car. None of our lodging places had workout rooms or pools. My traveling companion is not ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:58:29 EST NSV's My weight loss seems to of stalled and has for the past 10 days and I have to admit that kind of discouraged me. However I do need to concentrate on the progress I have made away from the scales. <BR> <BR> I have lost over 8 inches since the start of the month (will check again at the beginning ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:57:58 EST almost a week Weighed myself today because going out for dinner tonight. Down 2.2 pounds very happy as I was not perfect. I did what I needed to do but I tracked all if it. I feel like I can do this. Hooray me!! Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:55:53 EST Quote for the day 07/27/15 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:53:43 EST I Had to Fail It's been over a year since I last blogged, and I have to say, it didn't go exactly as planned. <BR> <BR> I was completely thrilled to have made it to the 85 pound weight loss mark, I had worked hard especially for those last few pounds I had loss. I was only 8 pounds away from a healthy BMI. ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:48:52 EST Left the Cake Behind... Today, I am excited to know that yesterday, I bypassed cake for peanuts at a farewell party that only served cake, peanuts and mints!!!! <BR> <BR> Actually I contemplated asking for a very small two bite size piece of cake, but the look of it suddenly turned my stomach. Even though I knew it wo... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:45:07 EST I don't know what I've done but I wish that I hadn't done it I had the night from hell as I have pulled a chest muscle, under my left shoulder blade. I get sharp jags of pain that take my breath away. I was in bed for 8 hours but got about 3 hours of sleep. I've been dosed up on painkillers and have been nowhere near my bike, the gym or the pool. <BR> The ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:41:09 EST cardio 41 minutes, strength exercise and ate right cardio 41 minutes, strength exercise and ate right Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:39:36 EST Taking back my life! A while ago I received some life shattering news. My whole world was torn apart, and unfortunately, I let this event take a strong foothold in my soul. After years with a shrink while I battled bulimia, everything I had learned from her went flying out the window. I jumped head first into the rab... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:34:48 EST Day One of the Push-up Challenge I was inspired today after reading another Sparker's story about losing 60 pounds by primarily walking. Additionally, he also entered a push-up challenge of completing 100 push-ups. <BR> <BR> Since I generally do 25 push-ups most days anyway, I decided to challenge myself and complete 100 of ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:32:51 EST How Do "You" Learn to Accept Yourself? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The other day, I bumped into an old friend I haven't seen in years-since the 80's. We stared at each other's eyes for a few seconds, and we both called out each others name, lol! <BR... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:31:03 EST in! Isn't it a drag...when you feel dragged? All week someone in my family was sick. I didn't really track like I should and exercise was definitely NOT an option. I knew I could let this keep me down but something deep inside me said NO WAY!! It's not that I have a size or even a weight really t... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:15:58 EST Only You "My soul finds rest in God along; my Salvation comes from him." Psalm 62:1 <BR> <BR> Lord, when You look at my past, does it hurt You to see the many times I tries to save myself? Or when I asked others to save me? I avoided being alone with You because I wasn't ready to exchange my version of ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:14:58 EST Dazzling Diamond BLC ..DTC As part of my Biggest Loser Diamond Team challenge I have to <BR> <BR> "Spell out the way to better well-being....." <BR> <BR> D= Do Something For Yourself <BR> I= Invest time in a personal interest <BR> A= Act out in Kindness <BR> M= Make Time to Rest Your Body/Mind <BR> O= Own your Desti... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:14:06 EST Monday's Motivation, Shantra's Determination ON !!! I walked with my old walking buddy on Friday & today , it's was nice to walk & talk as I'm usually listening to my mp3 player. I seem to have a low-key stalker , I'll just have to be very careful while on my fitness walks & jogs ( glad I was with Jackie this morning ). I have 10,500 steps under m... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:12:47 EST How do you stay consistent? I have been saying that I need to get back to the basics of Whole30 for a while now and just haven't done it. I have let my food intake go down hill and although I'm racking in the miles and activity on a daily basis it is NOT enough. My favorite blazer was too snug for my liking last week, I'm... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:08:45 EST New Outlook Many might say I have been here before, starting over yet again. I have been through a lot in the last few years all while battling my health. Since my last entry I have chosen the vegan lifestyle. <em>551</em> I went from 215 to 193 in about 6 month time just by sticking to my vegetarian diet... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:06:17 EST Time to start all over! My mom is gone, summer is almost over for us and it's time to get serious again. I'm kind of terrified of starting to work out again. I know I can do it but I also know I'm going to be sore for about a week before my body gets used to working out again. <em>24</em> It's ok though. We all star... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:02:58 EST My problem is Chili's. There's a Chili's near where I live AND right next to my gym. I eat there maybe once or twice a month. Usually I am good at hunting down nutritional information for restaurants ahead of time and ordering healthy food once I get there. But when I go to Chili's, it's always on an impulse, and once ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:00:07 EST My African Adventure, Part One (Pics) So, as some people here know, the reason I haven't been around SP much this summer is that I spent a month in South Africa on an archeological field school dig. It was an amazing time! I loved South Africa and hope to go back again someday in the near future. <BR> <BR> The field school was at ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:59:57 EST Ramping Up for Grand Teton We're heading to Grand Teton on Sept. 20th, and I need to seriously ramp up the exercise so I can handle that altitude! (And just on general principle.) So I'm changing my background pic today to a Grand Teton scene to help motivate me. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Got some running in ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:52:57 EST 12 Weeks.... <img src=""> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:52:34 EST missed the trx because I paid my cable bill got to the cable paying place at 9:00 am with six people ahead of me and I didn't get out until 45 minutes later. <BR> <BR> so by that time the trx class would have started. shucks <BR> <BR> but then I went and got a new battery in my glucose reading <BR> <BR> I'm struggling with my menu an... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:50:28 EST Week One and Two, getting my motivation I decided to start on my weight loss journey again after seeing some pictures from the 4th of July. Is that really what I look like to others, I thought. My energy level was non existent and I always felt drained from the minute I got out of bed. I started eating right which isn't that hard consi... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:43:39 EST Again Today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Almost finished separating flood silt from our rock garden. Heat stopped my progress today. But I'll <em>386</em> . <BR> <BR> Eat healthy Sparkers. <em>244</em> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:43:35 EST Good Things Take Practice, Even Opus 6 Have you been waiting for an update, regarding my ukulele, fingerpicking class? I’m sure you have. I’m sure it was right on top of your priority list. Right? Okay, I’ve spared you most of it. You’re welcome. My Facebook friends have been subjected to updates, along with the Lava Song (fro... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:36:28 EST WL Update: Journey Awareness Today I feel great. I did well over the weekend despite the typical "Summer" treats of ice cream, fruit smoothies, being out and about much more and just enjoying the nice weather. Even though I have lost this same weight about twice before this time feels different. It feels PERMANENT. Never ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:30:35 EST SIMPLE TRICKS TO REMOVE PESTICIDES FROM FRUITS AND VEGETABLES <BR> Many fruits and vegetables are grown with pesticides and coated with food-grade waxes. Pesticides are mainly used during the cultivation of crops and in some cases may remain as residues. Some fruits are also coated with food grade waxes to maintain shelf life and improve appearance such as... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:29:35 EST Monday afternoon Today was a good day at work, hot, but not as unbearable as usual. The next four days are supposed to hit close to 100 degrees plus the high humidity,,about 80-90% humidity. <BR> <BR> I did something stupid last night. DD made dinner and I made cucumber/Vidalia onion/sour cream salad. I a... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:28:21 EST Getting back to the basics I am 15 years out from having Open RNY (Gastric bypass) surgery. My highest weight was 336, got down to 185 and now I'm back up to 275. I found a website that has reminded me all those golden rules of surgery that I shoudl still be doing. They were not just meant to be done after surgery but r... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:27:33 EST Day 6, after lunch I'm up to 800 cal for the day, still 48 oz of water. I signed up for a service that sends me healthy food to cook for dinner, so tonight I'll probably make one of the meals they're sending me. Those meals are between 500 and 700 calories, so that works with what I've eaten so far. <BR> <BR> I'... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:25:39 EST July 26 Accountability <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's how I did for Sunday, 7/26 -- <BR> <em>4</em> Eat 300 calories fewer than I burn daily. I ate 1,963, burned 2,126. <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Took 12,28... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:23:15 EST The Decision <img src=""> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:22:55 EST RESTART - Week 2 Wrap Up! Week 2 <BR> <BR> Stress has caused me to spiral off into an unknown stratosphere, but by end of the week I managed to reel myself back in. Needless to say I am disappointed, but refocusing as well as trying to find balance within the situations we will be faced these next few weeks / months. (Th... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:22:52 EST Confused I really wonder about me sometimes. This morning I wondered why I'd put my Dr. appointment in my phone for Wed. We went to the Dr as I thought my appointment was this morning. Nope, it's Wednesday. We went to the grocery store. I thought it was double coupons all week. Nope, it was 3 days ending ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:21:15 EST Day 30 WOOT!!! <BR> One month straight! So happy to have done it and looking forward to the next 30 days too! <BR> Well, the next 30 days won't be as great. We have DD's birthday coming up in a couple of weeks and yes... I will be having some cake. BUT instead of having cake for a week (leftovers)... I'... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:20:16 EST Day 42 Well, I had my surgery, (revision of my left total knee replacement) on July 13. Today I am 2 weeks post-op. I feel things are going well. I am not able to do much exercise, just my therapist who comes to the house gives me leg exercises to get the flexion back in my knee. There is pain of c... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:14:00 EST July 27th Back to the pool today & another 2.36 miles but it was crowded so it was difficult navigating around all the bodies. <BR> We've made a Slimming World ocean pie tonight but we didn't have leeks so used onions, didn't have cod & haddock so used river cobbler & smoked salmon but it was still fabulo... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:09:58 EST relaxing weekend, dad 10k training, looking for our 1st place, so confused :-/ Another Monday! not too bad though. Started off rough but Mondays always do. I woke up when hubby left at about 5:50 but immediately fell back asleep for an hour!!! ACK! I ended up having this creepy nightmare and woke myself up. Otherwise I would have slept longer sheeesh. <BR> <BR> Anyways,... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:00:10 EST Miracles everywhere! <img src=""> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:59:25 EST Monday ...... again... It's funny how so many people dread Monday <em>24</em> ... I don't... everyday is the same for me. But, that's a good thing! <em>334</em> Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:49:11 EST Good weekend I am doing pretty good. I am still tracking my food everyday and having trouble doing exercise everyday. Have to force myself every other day. Have a great day. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:47:32 EST Calling on Prayer Warriors My brother is in the hospital. He has a major blood clot. He does get them from time to time. This one I think is worse. He has no pulse in his foot. so yeah I am worried. Though I was worried when he went for surgery on the last one. He is my brother and I love him. I know there are prayer warri... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:44:44 EST Setting a goal This month, Sparkpeople is offering a virtual trophy for burning 10,000 calories. I'm really close to 8,000 so far. I'm thinking I might be able to get 2,000 more by the end of the week. What do you say? Do you think I can do it? <BR> <BR> Anyone else want to join me, even if it isn't for th... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:40:12 EST Same stuff different day I really don't know what to say today. I am sick... both physically and mentally. The heat eating habits, lack of exercise because of the heat, STRESS, hating the place I work because of how I am treated by some. <BR> <BR> I just wish there was a way to jump start my weight loss... I kno... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:38:47 EST I Have to do WHAT????? For my Diamond team this week we had a challenge that is something that I have a hard time doing. That is focusing on my own well being and then blog about it! The things included are an anagram for the word DIAMOND: <BR> D=DO something for yourself <BR> I=Invest time in a personal interest <BR>... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:37:14 EST Loving Relationships A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with their husband. The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?" <BR> <BR> All the women raised their hands. Then they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?" <BR> <BR> S... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:37:11 EST Finally, The Finishing Touch! This has been al long time coming, but I finally have the time to finish my court session with all of you. This will be a long blog, so please be prepared. <BR> <BR> We had a very cool judge in the court room. AT one point he told the two attorneys to go outside and discuss a certain item and ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:33:39 EST