SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs My Summer Kamp <BR> My summer kamp would be somewhere temperate – not too hot, not too cold, and definitely not humid! I am definitely too old for roughing it so my ideal kamping would be Glamping! Something like this <BR> <img src=""> <BR> A comfortable ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:48:05 EST Thursday - HIIT and Core So this morning I did the HIIT and Core work out. <BR> <BR> High intensity intervals with core exercises between. My Abs say Hi again this morning. <BR> <BR> I had to march through 2 of the HIIT exercises and half way through one of the core exercises because my knee had a moment, but I still k... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:46:55 EST Making my list! I made a list of things I want to do to the home............and it is a long list!! It includes outdoors as well as indoors. top to bottom! Man! It sure can get overwhelming. Next. Put it is order from first to last! <BR> This part is going to take some time! I am enjoying myself! <BR> <BR> Hop... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:46:06 EST Kettle bells calling Not much news here today, but I did spy a good 20 min kettle bell workout for all muscles on Your Tube and I'm trying it out this morning- just to ring the changes <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I may give the halos a miss and the hip lifts with shoulder presses ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:28:38 EST Kettle bells calling Not much news here today, but I did spy a good 20 min kettle bell workout for all muscles on Your Tube and I'm trying it out this morning- just to ring the changes <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I may give the halos a miss and the hip lifts with shoulder presses ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:28:38 EST Progress! I had a Dr. appointment yesterday and found out that I've lost another 10 lbs since last month! I was so amazed and she was so happy. Even the nurse was excited. It was nice to have their support. They look forward to my visits. So do I. I feel like I'm finally gaining some control when it comes ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:04:15 EST A shorty tonight~ I was quite busy today and I am sure I would have plenty to say if I could think about it clearly. Some days are like that and it makes up for my chatty writing days. <BR> <BR> I went out walking tonight since the dust was just kicked up for the day yesterday. I got a little of it because I had ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:57:49 EST I Carried a Watermelon - and then I carved it. (Photos) Today I hosted a tea party luncheon for 10. We had a great time and everyone seemed to enjoy the meal I prepared. <BR> <BR> I just thought I'd share the fruit carvings I made. :) <BR> <BR> <BR> Watermelon Teapot filled with watermelon and cantaloupe balls. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:50:43 EST Inspirational Thoughts GOD's strength is enough to fight and win our battles. <BR> GOD's riches are enough to supply all our needs. <BR> GOD's wisdom is enough to teach and direct us. <BR> But most of all, HIS love is more than enough to uphold us. <BR> Let us enjoy HIS love. SHALOM. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:48:09 EST I will not go quietly! How have I let myself get to this point again? I was doing so well and little by little I started making excuses, using illness to keep me from doing ANYTHING and somehow justifying overeating! I've ballooned again to 436 and I'm heart broken. And though I'm heart broken I'm in a better place to ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:44:43 EST Jungle ABC's of ME I'm so excited to be on the Tenacious Jungle Tigers again! I did so awesome and was so close to my 12 pound goal! I'm ready to kick butt again and strive to do even better this round! Weather should be better! My head is in the right place and I'm set to go!!!! Let's go Tigers!! <BR> <BR> <em>... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:44:29 EST 2014 Wellness Challenge- Day 7: Party Express, Disco Groove and Plyometric Cardio Circuit I think the title speaks for itself. Today was a long 14 hr day and then I came home to exercise. I tried to do morning workouts but I prefer my sleep a lot more and I am more energized in the evening which is why I prefer evening workouts but I can tell you I did not want to work out today espe... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:32:48 EST 3 to 1 ratio (3 positive's for every 1 negative) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 3 to 1 ratio (3 positive's for every 1 negative) <BR> I have used this method several times in my own life & work life, the majority of my negative actions or thoughts get canceled out from my... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:31:57 EST April 24, 2014 <img src=""> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:30:59 EST I AM EARLY AGAIN !! JUST GOT THROUGH EXERCISING AND READY TO <em>311</em> PUT IN 17,198 STEP'S YESTERDAY AND WAS I <em>198</em> . HAVE APT. INSPECTION TODAY SO 3/4 CLEANED. HAVE MY PINESOL READY SEE YOU LATER. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:23:58 EST 13K steps, good food choices Long day with work, parenting, parenting my kids' friends, etc. :) <BR> <BR> Also managed to walk 13K and keep calories within goal, eat good food, etc. Happy. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:22:17 EST Blogging....... I haven't been consistent with blogging. I look back at my previous blogs and realize that it was so LONG ago. My last blog was when I had decided to train for a 1/2 marathon. That was ages ago. I can't believe it. You may be wondering.... what happened, did you run your 1/2? The answer to ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:17:10 EST April 23, 2014 (Wednesday) Hello Everyone, <BR> Another great day with such nice weather. I would love to say that we are done with cold or cool weather, but since our weather is so unpredictable, I am not going to go out on a limb and say that. It really has been nice for the past few days though. <BR> <BR> <BR> Not... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:15:42 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Who among us hasn't envied a cat's ability to ignore the cares of daily life and to relax completely? Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:11:09 EST Dating Tips (1938) I found this on the internet at <link> </link> . Of course, I had to add the extra pictures! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Do your dressing in your boudoir to keep your allure. Be ready to go when date arrives; don't keep... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:09:37 EST Metamorphosis, Day 2 Motivation: <BR> I was pleasantly surprised this morning to see that I had lost over a pound since yesterday. Of course, any weight lost at this point is just water weight and not real pounds (not that I'd want to lose "real" weight that quickly - yikes!), but it's encouraging nevertheless. My ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:43:49 EST Favorite Hike I thought I would share some pictures of my favorite hiking trail. It's called the Cross-trails and it runs along the base of the mountains here on the island. Several spots on the trail are quite a climb but the view is rewarding [Pacific Ocean and the islands]. I went on the hike yesterday w... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:29:12 EST exercise light bulb-HIIT (does it really work) <img src=""> <BR> I just found an article in women for first magazine (Walk a Little, Lose a Lot!) <BR> 30 seconds of HIIT <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Is it really that simple? Why did it ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:27:47 EST Virtual Journey Across America Challenge <em>652</em> <em>331</em> <em>256</em> <em>652</em> <em>331</em> <em>256</em> <em>652</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>652</em> <em>331</em> <em>256</em> <em>652</em> <em>331</em> <em>256</em> <em... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:23:00 EST PR (positive reflections) I am focusing more on my food choices and trying to make the to be positive ones!!!! And not eat based on emotions but because I need fuel. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:18:16 EST 25lbs gone 25 to go I had an exciting day :) as my gift to myself for getting half the weight off I decided to lose another 1 1/2lbs. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Next gift w... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:17:30 EST sugar free day two yesterday was great. Walked right past the bakery without faltering :) <BR> Started a meal plan too <BR> <BR> Today feeling...blah... as withdrawal sets in. I really want to lay down with baby and go back to bed but there is sooo much to do. (when isn't there) <BR> <BR> I guess this is the tim... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:08:33 EST Rhodos and Camellia Bushes This is the time of year I enjoy feisty red and deep pink bushes in my neighbourhood. The rhododendrons can be tiny or huge bushes and the blossoms are quite large. <BR> <BR> Also, I am able to see the camellia plants with their rounder blooms. I seem to see white, pink and fuchsia on these pl... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:07:39 EST day 16&17 lightbulb ok, so i've been struggling. alot. with school, weight loss, health, family, and everything in between. well, as i was coloring on my kids new behavior poster, i noticed something... when i color large areas, i will use my marker to section off a smaller area to fill in, before starting the next ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:05:42 EST Stranger hugs, phenology, going back to work ... and to NC. <em>31</em> 1 <BR> <BR> Gratitudes: <BR> <BR> 1) I saw a stranger hug a stranger today, and it was a beautiful thing. A group of women were bidding each other farewell with hugs in front of the doorway into Panara. Another woman was trying to slip past, behind one of the huggers. When the hug... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:04:01 EST Working outside!!!YAY!!! It's been warm enough for me to work outside. I have mowed the lawn twice now. Today I work outside doing yard work. I was outside for 4 hours. I was so excited about being able to work outside that I forgot about the sun and how cruel it can be when you are out there too long. My back is burnt t... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:56:33 EST Busy busy *sigh* Done Girl Post #4 So today I just felt "busy". I woke up with a HORRIBLE migraine. <em>28</em> I wanted to just go downstairs and have my breakfast and watch a program on Smithsonian. Unfortunately my MIL, gods love her, was in a "chatty" mood. Hubby's parents are kind to let us stay here but it's tough becau... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:54:54 EST Back to Happy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If only Ron would follow MY plans once in awhile... I really think I could quickly be happy with remodel progress if he would let us completely finish the last wall in the living-dining room on Saturday and all the w... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:49:23 EST Plateau Break -How do you determine your break? Plateau Break –How do you determine your break? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> So, I’m working my “WMSC” and Dianne said to me. How will you determine your break? I say to her –break to what? I wasn’t really listening to her at all I was too busy lif... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:47:36 EST weds. Made good food choices today and made a real effort to avoid tempataion in the grocery store. Had a healthy salad for dinner. Tommorrow is weigh in day. So, even if I don't have a scale success tommorrow I know I made some gym successes so I will see how it goes. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a s... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:44:17 EST No matter how... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:43:48 EST 4/24/14 Saint Quote of the Day <BR> Take a moment to think of everything you're proud of about yourself and your life. Then ask yourself if you would have any of this without God's permission and aid? Give credit where credit is due; praise and thank Him, not yourself. <BR> <BR> <BR> -- Saint Francis of Assisi <BR> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:42:38 EST April 23 Bike Workout! This is the workout I did in honor of John Cena's birthday! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:41:35 EST Mirror Mirror Why is it when you look in the mirror you don't see what other people see? I mean I look in the mirror and I see myself but when I see a picture of myself I look different then when i look in the mirror WHY? I know when I was much healthier I would look in the mirror and think I was gaining weigh... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:37:40 EST What Went Well 4-23-14 Number 1: I practice my recorder! I am trying to learn an Irish folk song called Come By The Hills. It is beautiful if I can get it right. Hopefully I will get closer to right before next Thursday. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I played games with the kids. We played spades with me and my youngest ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:31:54 EST LOOKING FOR MY GRAMMIE / GRAND MA For me as a loving person, I always felt that my life would be filled with the sounds of little children screaming, laughing, and crying. As I aged my dream of that family unit kept changing to match my maturity. Each though escalated into a fresh idea of what my family would look like. It passed... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:29:27 EST Stress journal #4 Moving. Moving. Moving. That's what's the stressor right now. It's making me crazy, it's scaring the baby, which makes him fussy and clingy, which makes it hard to get anything done, and it's hard to calm him down.... <BR> <BR> The yoga has been helping. But I've been really emotional latel... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:29:18 EST Music that gets me moving! <link><BR>feature=youtube_gdata_player </link> <BR> Roar by Katy Perry Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:29:17 EST Phew I made it! Those first 8 days were ROUGH getting back off the sugar/grains/dairy/gluten....I'm happy to say I survived! I am feeling it again! Remembering how good I can actually feel. With God's grace, my body will continue the process of healing. <BR> <BR> Some things I was feeling...defeated... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:27:44 EST Today's Inspiration " As we become purer channels for God's light, <BR> we develop an appetite for the sweetness that is <BR> possible in this world. A miracle worker is not <BR> geared toward fighting the world that is, <BR> but toward creating the world that could be." <BR> <BR> - Marianne Williamson Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:24:39 EST Thurs Enjoy y be good your day to enjoy be blessed and prayers hugz Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:20:26 EST Special Blessings-April 24, 2014 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Jim knee was feeling even better for him today. Those pills sure are working fast. <BR> <BR> 2. I got my xrays taken of my neck this evening. That is another step of the process that is now overwith. <BR> <BR> 3. Jim took me ou... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:17:01 EST BLC25 TJT - ABCs of ME 8-) As part of the Tenacious Jungle Tiger initial introduction for BLC25, I'm posting here the ABCs of ME.... <BR> <BR> A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push? <BR> Yes, knowing others are watching my results causes me to want to do more & do better <BR> <BR> B is for... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:16:43 EST Love Your Body Exsercise because you love your body, not because you want to punish it. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:07:02 EST Addicted to fitness So, I started eating better and exercising regularly back in late January. Since then, I have greatly improved my fitness level and have lost 32 lbs. I now run 5 miles at a time and can walk up stairs without being winded. I still have a way to go but I there is already a major improvement. A sid... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:58:19 EST Day 112 of 365 <img src=""> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:56:22 EST Got a lot done today!!! I had the day off from work today! I got a lot done today too! I got the oil changed and the check engine light done in Dan's car for him so he could sleep since he's on nights. Plus I got the license tabs for the tent trailer and Geo. Pea gravel has been ordered for the property after Dan and I ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:54:57 EST Day 44~~~Is it the "right" time? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We all have days that end or even begin like the pic above.. Then we have days that... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Of course there are the days when .... <BR>... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:49:34 EST Wednesday...another running around day To Longview for BSF - only two more weeks until summer break. Also did some shopping in Longview and back home. Then to church for the last week of "I Am A Church Member" study. <BR> <BR> Our cat Cooper has been ill will feline leukemia and was diagnosed 6 months ago. He has steadily gotten thin... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:47:41 EST Ouch ouch owwwweeeeee. I sustained an injury today that, I do believe, only we trike riders can sustain. <BR> <BR> The anatomy of a recumbent tadpole trike has two wheels in the front with a cross member joining them. Your feet are on the crank slightly raised up. <BR> <BR> <img src="https://scontent-a-ord.xx.fbcdn... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:47:27 EST Accountability never hurt anyone.... so here goes. Gotta track my weekly mileage and I'm going to begin with 12 since it's been such a busy, exhausting and not so terrific week. That'll get me out of the recliner since motivation is seriously lacking this week! <BR> <BR> Sparkfriends, cheer me on....that and I need to plan a race o... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:47:17 EST I am finally satisfied I was right. After my cataract surgery my Dr. was telling me m y eyes were fine. He even wrote that on a piece of paper. He suggested I carry it and read it daily. <BR> That was September. there was still no resolution despite 3 visits. <BR> <BR> I told him to refer me for a second opinion. He sent me to ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:43:17 EST Another heartbreak, another weightloss Ok, me and Anthony finally broke up after 5 months and it was long-overdue, but of course I'm still so sad to have lost him. Our relationship was based on lust and boredom, so I knew it had to come to an end. Now I'm excited for what's to come- I know there is someone perfect out there just for m... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:39:53 EST Day 113: My Feet Are Shrinking "The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn't matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark." (Barbara Hall) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <B... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:37:16 EST Easter <BR> <BR> I hope you all had a wonderful Easter,celebrated in the way that was best for you.... <BR> <BR> God Bless you all... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:32:48 EST Wednesday At lunch time I went to the same strip mall that I went to yesterday only I took a different route, which meant I walked 3.1 miles. When I got home I walked 3.6 miles with my husband. My fitbit has me over 19,000 steps and over 9 miles. <em>311</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:30:25 EST Never surrender Never say die - Winston Churchill Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:28:29 EST Day 17, 18, 19 Rowed on day 17, day 18 was rest day and day 19 is a WHAT its 11:30 at night already and I still haven't packed for my trip tomorrow????? Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:25:45 EST another day I threw out all the leftover cake and candy this am so I wouldn't be tempted if the kids were out of control again. Good thing cause they were but made tea and gnawed on carrots. Won <BR> t check blood pressure today though. Counting the days to retirement in October. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:23:37 EST Stomach doing stupid things again So I did a lot of running around this evening. Got everything put away and finally got to sit eat a little something. I've done great today on calories. My stomach is doing weird things though. I'm hungry, I want to eat... but I can't. I had about a cup of pasta when I got home and later a banana... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:21:32 EST Want to be less accountable I feel it. The urge to throw everything out for a spell. No tracking food, no exercise, no motivation. I am aware of how much I do not want to put any thought or focus into eating and exercising. I am not letting myself give in to this urge. I understand that I will not always feel like doing wha... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:18:59 EST My changing life As some of you know I am retiring in a few weeks. It's exciting and scary. I feel like things are changing more than expected. I had planned to start a cookie decorating blog, but have lost interest in the idea. An opportunity became available and now I am dealing with demons. It isn't easy, ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:14:08 EST Getting it Done! I really feel great today because I am back to exercising, I am tracking my food. Small steps are working and being on this site is helping me to stay accountable. I didn't have the accountability nor did I have a place where I could find small exercise routines that would fit into my busy sche... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:13:44 EST Tomorrow Still really tired, now I have a head cold coming but I still went to the community center & rode on the bike & did a few leg exercise. I'm taking really small baby steps but at least it's steps. <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> However today all I ate was junk food since I was out all day, mess... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:07:37 EST 4/23/14 - Bedtime Wrigley Field got a wonderful birthday present today - a Cubs win! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I got my bills paid. Yeah! The only one left is the vet bill for my horse, and it's a whopper. Unfortunately, I can't find it. I'm guessing it ended up in the trash. It might not be a bad idea to call... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:00:29 EST Yikes! Has it really been five years since I wrote anything (or tracked anything for longer than 3 days at time)? Well, I am motivated again, so blogging on.... <BR> <em>15</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:00:08 EST Count Your Blessings ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In today's fast pace world our lives are so busy and filled with "to-dos" and "must haves," which we have become so accustomed to doing or having that we have fallen into the habit of taking some of these things for g... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:58:49 EST workaholic I keep dropping off site and coming back on. Got my activity tracker, it has helped some. Always looking for time and energy to do taht little extra. I've been working nights so I have been able to to laps around the building. Not sure what will hapen when I am back on the day shift. During vaca... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:57:32 EST THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY! I started tracking my food again, about two weeks ago. I did GOOD except for one day last week and today. The BAD is I waited to track at the end of the day. I know better then to try to trust my own memory and thoughts of how much I can have. The ULGY is I over did it on my fats last week th... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:57:00 EST club chat, apr 23 there was a lot of groaning, moaning and blaming it on Easter Ham today...very few mentioned chocolates but I know we have a few chocoholics in the group as well. <BR> <BR> The weigh in numbers were not positive today...Graeme was the biggest gainer....10 lbs. He blamed Ham, chocolate and love. ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:56:39 EST Starting Over So this week I've decided to start my journey all over again. But this time, I want to go all-in, which is why I joined sparkpeople. I'd been a member before, but never fully devoted myself, despite success. This time is different. <BR> <BR> Although for the most part, I'm in good health, I am ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:50:35 EST ~ Day 23 : 4/23/14: Chris PPC Reset ~ ~ DAY 23 ~ <BR> <BR> B: Apple clafouti, Canadian bacon and pomegranate white tea <BR> <BR> S: Turkey meatloaf <BR> <BR> L: Turkey meatloaf, Harticot Vert French green beans.bacon and pomegranate white tea <BR> <BR> D: Baked salmon patties, spicy roasted sweet potato salad, riced cauliflo... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:47:17 EST With an aching heart... Got through the work day today and now at home with my boys. Dinner is done, dishes are done...I just can't get myself up off the couch to exercise. I did some time on the treadmill this morning so I am just going to take some time to rest my mind, body and heart. <BR> <BR> We lost a dear, dea... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:45:06 EST Never give up I admit if I would of stuck with dieting and exercising when I first joined Sparkelpeople I would probably be at goal by now. I did join weightwatchers for awhile I learned alot from that especially about food labels. Weightwatchers was a little to expensive and I thought I could do it at home. B... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:43:38 EST Too early to tell a little Its a little early to tell on if doubling the Lasix and potassium that dad is taking is helping. I noticed when I helped take his boots off and put his slippers on him. The left boot was hard to get off and the left slipper was hard to get on at the heel. But the right boot and slipper was easy. ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:43:30 EST Life is good <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After several stressful days, life is back to peaceful and harmonious - so often it's just a matter of having faith in the things you kn... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:42:30 EST Injured myself today Well today I stepped on the metal rim that fastens a bird bath to the railing of the deck. It reacted just like a rake that is lying on the ground. It swung up and hit the inside of my calf. It looks like I have two knees on that leg. Also the bolt that would fasten it to the railing punctured... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:42:01 EST Wednesday's Words to Ponder The remarkable thing is, we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. <BR> <BR> Charles R. Swindoll <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:34:05 EST Day 11 - Spa Day I spent a day at the spa. Manicure. Pedicure. <BR> <BR> No workout minutes. Imagine that. <BR> <BR> I'm going to get off my butt here any day now. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:33:37 EST Hump Day <em>248</em> I made it thru the day WHEW! Dusted off Richard Simmons DVD's and exercised for 55 minutes. Stayed on track with healthier eating choices, took a 1 mile walk with Leslie Sansone and a 20 minute walk outside. Spoke to my friend trying to lift his spirits of disappointment he was rea... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:32:17 EST Possible Over the Easter weekend I was absolutely ravenous. I really couldn't figure out why, as I was following the same plan I've been following all along. I thought maybe my mind was playing tricks on me, given all the goodies around the house. We hosted my family - parents, two brothers and their f... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:31:54 EST Walking more I have very limited mobility so walking seemed to be a problem. But since I got my tracker I am finding ways of adding to my steps without adding to my pain. Every hour I get up and walk to the front gate and back. I have gone from around 1000 steps to almost 4000 steps and I see more in the f... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:31:22 EST Lessons Learnt Today thought I would write on my mini lessons learnt for this week <BR> My calf muscles are still strained so would be another few days to start my exercising, but can't wait for it! <BR> <BR> Lessons learnt:- <BR> <BR> - Drinking 8 glasses of water does make me feel full. Usually I have 2 to ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:29:17 EST Hump Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Summer is around the corner so I'm still working on my goals...just have to schedule it around packing and moving...LOL <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:29:15 EST SO COMPLICATED! Cant get a sandwich from here; they only have white bread. Cant get a beef from here; only have French bread. Cant get a burger here; only have white buns. And then there's the coffee that needs to be freshly ground, the fries (once in a blue moon) that have to be steak fries and not the strin... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:28:33 EST Outside the box?? NO! I'm going back in! [and back out again!] I have (re)discovered something. <BR> <BR> For quite a while now, I have been staying away from any cereal that doesn't have at least 5g of fiber in it. I have type 2 diabetes, and this was suggested to me from the Nutritionist. So, I complied. Ate high fiber cereals. Then, in January, DH an... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:25:39 EST What is the point of a blog I just don't understand this concept. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:22:42 EST Wednesday, 4/23/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The beginning of the day was heavenly. Had the most relaxing 90 minute massage and was feeling so happy afterwards. I stopped at Target to pick up a couple of containers I needed to get a couple things cleared... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:21:07 EST walking So today I started walking to and from work. Its about a mile round trip and full of hills. My calf muscles hurt so bad im not sure what to do about that. I want to continue to do this and hope that it will get better as time goes by. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:20:37 EST Day 43....evening post Good evening! Hope everyone had a wonderful hump day! <BR> <BR> I the only mini goal I did not do today was walk the dogs....I went to the gym though, walked a mile and lifted weights....worked on mainly upper body but did a few things with my legs as well. It was nice as I didn't have to te... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:20:36 EST Followup from yesterday's blog... So I managed to get most of the pantry painted last night with the Drylok sealer I managed to get most of the pantry painted the green-blue color I chose, enough to finish the molding around a support beam in the I painted some of the main room in the new color...I ha... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:17:22 EST Whoo Hoo Wednesday So I drove to Fort Worth, and got her in about 4 and a half hours. It was a really quick trip. I am hoping I can find a job here so we'll see. If it's the Lord's will, I will. <em>30</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:14:10 EST Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Another Wonderful Wednesday Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:13:16 EST Raw chocolate truffles, The Rawtarian - OMG OMGoodness... A recipe for raw chocolate truffles. This is from The Rawtarian. <BR> <BR> This is so healthy. And sweetness is provided by dates - which also have lots of fiber! <BR> <BR> You'll need the following ingredients and a food processor. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.thera... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:11:12 EST 4/23/14 Another great day soaking in some sun. I had one quick walk after dropping the car off at the shop and then another 30 minute walk tonight. Headed in the right direction! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:08:00 EST Poem Scoot you stupid gremlin voice <BR> residing in my head <BR> I swear I don't have time for you <BR> your time with me is dead <BR> <BR> Today is for moving and grooving <BR> Getting my tummy tight <BR> You can not defeat me for <BR> I will win the fat fight <BR> <BR> BOO YAH!!! <BR> <BR> Ms... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:06:58 EST NewDay Great day, I did 3 cardio 10 minute kick boxing workouts. I walked my dog twice for 15 minutes each.I had a good day calorie wise but I still can't figure out how to track my food soI write it down in a book. Any hints on how to track on this site. Hope all is well with everyone, love tomall SASS... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:06:19 EST used we ordered an electric grill from a reputable online store and it arrived damaged. so we had a healthy meal plan for tonight so on to plan B. <BR> Dh is filling out the return info now. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:02:46 EST Day 281 (Wednesday) LOTS of exercise in! I clocked 10 miles worth of biking outside today. I did spin class and was able to rack up 12.37 miles in 46:36 mins toward the Century Cycling Challenge. That means I have 75.93 miles to hit the goal of 100 miles by May 4! Woo hoo! I had my strength training session w/ my trainer. He had me foam... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:01:35 EST Stamina??? NOT! So yesterday I got in a short workout before I took my mom into the city for a few things she needed and a few veges for me...I did <img src="">all weights was perfect! <BR> <BR> Today after not drinking coffee all day yesterday ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:57:21 EST A Wonderful B-Day Today was one of the most memorable birthdays I have ever had. Nothing special happened other than friends and family acknowledging and wishing me a Happy Birthday, I had breakfast for lunch, no cake, just a couple Snicker mini candies. It felt great, no pressure to do anything. <em>334</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:56:28 EST Day 28/66 - rainy day off Nothing much to report today. It has been raining again all week. I've kept the windows slightly open today to listen to the rain, but it is otherwise cold and dreary. There is something I really like about a cold and dreary day, but it makes me highly lazy. I have a pot of soup I've been gra... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:53:07 EST An Epic Battle: My Heart vs My Head <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They say a picture is worth a thousand words. When I came across this picture, it really put things into perspective for me. <BR> <BR> For some, the scale really is just a number. Their journey is more about wellnes... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:52:16 EST Party Time!!! Here is our daughter's first birthday recap! <BR> <link><BR>/04/hello-one-derland-part-3-party.html </link> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:51:20 EST Stress eating I think I've mastered a lot of poor eating habits, but one I still struggle with is stress eating. <BR> <BR> I was recently asked to consider a position change at work. This isn't a bad thing at all; in fact, I think it looks like a pretty good move, all things considered. But still, it's a cha... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:50:42 EST Milestones. This has been a week of milestones for me. Monday was my 9th anniversary of quitting smoking. Today was my two-year anniversary of being at my job. Today also marks being on Phase 1.5 for THIRTY DAYS. This doesn't even count the two weeks that I was on Phase One. I can hardly believe that I've st... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:46:21 EST I feel so much better I know it is trendy, but going gluten free has made a great difference for me. <BR> <BR> Actually because it is trendy, I resisted going gluten free for a long time. My daughter's chiropractor suggested it when I accompanied her to her first visit. Well actually he suggested avoiding carbs, but ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:45:13 EST 2014, Day 113 90 minutes on the bike done. 10-minute Walk It Out and 22-minute Bodyweight Burn done. 110 minutes total walking done. Drank 12 cups of water. Ate well. <BR> <BR> More Easter pics: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The "Spark" bunny got me some th... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:45:05 EST A revisit to the past, I'm going to do it again! <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3704220 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> A friend is going to join me and we are going to kick some tail!! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:44:45 EST Challenging Myself to Do Better! Walking Streak - Day 112 <BR> Nutrition Tracking Streak - Day 2 <BR> <BR> I am going for it <BR> <BR> 1. 199.9 onederland in 4 weeks! <BR> 2. Daily 10 minutes ST - kettlebells & planks <BR> 3. Keep doing 10,000 daily steps <BR> 4. Nutrition tracking Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:43:21 EST Fallen Sparkling :( For the past 4 1/2 months while rejoicing my journey accomplishments, I fearlessly examined my beliefs, my precious unsuccessful journey, my abilities, strengths and weaknesses. I focused on the present and fortified myself with your blogs, SP articles, podcasts, research articles and prayer. <B... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:41:21 EST Walked 100 miles! Oh, my! <em>40</em> <BR> I know we walk a lot when we travel in Europe but this was our longest trip ever- <BR> 16 days, including travel days, which, although we sat on trains, buses and planes for long periods, also involve quite a bit of hoofing it, often carrying bags and hauling heavy car... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:40:11 EST The Great Turnip Experiment So, there I was, flipping through my bento cookbook, wondering what to make for this week's lunch when I stumbled across a recipe: "Simmered Turnips in Stock." I was like, hmmmm. I don't believe I've ever had turnips before. So I decided that turnips would be The Experiment for this week and off ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:37:19 EST Missing the "voice" of a Spark Friend and knowing it won't be heard again KOMAL53 first came into my circle of friends when I was searching for Indian recipes 3 years ago. She had placed volumes of curries and family secret recipes on Spark Recipes and I had to thank the chef. Visit her recipes; they are some of the most comprehensive Indian ones I have found. <BR> Sh... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:33:11 EST Be Crazy <img src=""> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:28:27 EST Adjusting to changes I am really adjusting to changes. I am accepting that I cannot control illness or outcomes. I'm more flexible to delays or rescheduling activities. Many of the things that I now value cannot be planned. <BR> <BR> I appreciate little things. I am appreciative that my husband took me to surg... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:15:35 EST Week 32 Lost 900 grams. Woo, finally. <BR> <BR> Feeling good after getting a lower number. <BR> <BR> Public holidays have thrown out my exercise routine this week, keep sleeping in, instead of getting up to exercise. Reset next week. <BR> <BR> Realised anew how much I love vegetables, so I've been eat... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:11:50 EST Daisies! So that whole diabetes educator thing? Yep... she's not a diabetes educator. More or less, they gather tons of information about me, my medical history, and so on. I am required to have certain tests and procedures done with a certain frequency and report the results. And in exchange, I get f... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:10:30 EST Wednesday night a treat for dinner-nom nom nom! <BR> <BR> Good day, Zumba, work, some reading time, some cleaning, and now relaxing with the dh! <BR> <BR> Enjoy your evening... <em>355</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:09:49 EST What have I done for me? Spring Challenge this week is me time: <BR> <BR> Made the most of waking up early by doing that wonderful SP Qi Gong video in addition to Spring into Shape Bootcamp video. <BR> <BR> Walked to marina at lunchtime to sit in the sun and enjoy the sights and sounds. <BR> <BR> Read aloud to husband... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:01:41 EST reboot my routine I just need to reboot my excercise routine...will I be active tomorrow? Yes, we are planning a day at the water park! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:00:30 EST Call Me Fumble Fingers! Today I knocked over a stool with several containers of different beads and findings. It took forever to pick them up. They fell under my elliptical so I had to move it and then I had to clean as there was a ton of link and dust. It was not a fun task but life happens. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:00:13 EST 1 Mile Run (Day 59 of 100) I started the day with some lower body/core work using Fitness Blender. Later this morning, my daughter said she'd like to try running! So, we changed clothes, put on some tennis shoes, and headed out. We ran and walked and ran and walked... By the way, she's a much faster runner than I am! We we... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:53:40 EST It has been a long time... I hate being disabled. I feel so useless. I know I am improving very very slowly - improvement is good just wish it was a wee bit faster. And I do know I have come a long way since last year this time. I finally started to exercise more. Trying to really build my upper body strength for tran... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:52:57 EST on track It does feel so good to be in track. body is sore from workouts. . I was so tempted to skip it today by making an excuse lol. .. Iam so happy that I walked in the treadmill for 63 minutes ..At my lunch break , i told myself that Iam Lucky to have a gym room at my work . So why i make those ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:51:49 EST Next Time You Crave Ice Cream Try not to give in to the cravings. I think there is a recipe on SP too. I don't even remember where I found this one, it is a good replacement and will hopefully ward off the craving. <BR> 1 cup banana (I put a couple bananas in a baggie and smash it then I freeze them.) <BR> 2T vanilla <BR> 2 C... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:50:55 EST 11,000 Steps During work today, I walked 11,000 steps. CRAZY! I am very active as a teacher, but didn't realize how active. It's not intense steps though, so working out after work is important. Now, to clean up my eating and I can start losing some lbs! :) Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:50:17 EST Good Day I spent 1:30 hours in the doc's office today. Very nice lady--pretty good doc. Did visit the lab for a blood draw, and will find out the report tomorrow--online. After my car's emission test yesterday, I renewed my car tabs online--amazing. Now I can access my doctor's visit online and get th... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:49:51 EST Camp Wannabefit It was my first full day at Camp Wannabefit and I'm a total keener. I want to do everything and keep track of it all and participate and get my points. Though I'm still a bit confused here and there. I'm starting a bit late because I was on the waitlist, but I'll catch up. I like the motivation o... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:49:25 EST Day 942 Cooper got another rest day. I didn't do much today. Some days are just like that. It was a good day anyways. I have walked almost 700,000 steps this month. That is a lot of steps. I don't have much to say today. Rest days are like that. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:47:51 EST The SP 28 day Bootcamp Challenge Day 1 So last night I was inspired to really try harder and exercise more. I was looking around on the Spark Teams page to see if there were fitness teams around that can really help push me and challenge me to try and work out everyday, at least a little bit everyday... <BR> <BR> I found the Officia... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:47:11 EST ENOUGH SAID HEY ERIN <BR> <BR> HAVE A SAFE TRIP and I corrected the six. This is what it is all about! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:46:18 EST Omron HJ-112 Pocket Pedometer I've procrastinated so long getting my pedometer back up and running I literally don't remember how long. Maybe over a year?? Every time it's something - lost, washed, or this last time, the battery started failing because a button was pressed on against my leg while it was inside my pocket. ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:46:14 EST Food log #1613 Breakfast: turkey sausage, whole wheat toast, spiced chai tea <BR> <BR> Snack: grapes <BR> <BR> Lunch: quesadilla, banana, orange juice <BR> <BR> Dinner: Grilled chicken, french fries Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:45:19 EST It's time to wean that baby! <em>77</em> <em>73</em> <em>77</em> <BR> Secret Code: Hi Thelma! LOL! <BR> <BR> OK, Non secret Blog: <BR> <BR> Gotta keep this one short and sweet – not a lotta spark time right now because I am still involved daily with getting my Mom’s house cleaned out and all the contents sorted. I... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:45:00 EST Life in the Super Fast Lane I am finally getting the chance to sit down and do some Sparking. Life has been so hectic the past few weeks, and tonight I am home alone for a while - so now taking some "me" time. <BR> <BR> What I have been up to: <BR> 1. Working on an auction at work (being held this Friday and Saturday), plu... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:42:09 EST ETL- 5 Great Reasons to Workout In sticking with my commitment to blog about my reasons to workout, I have devised and am reporting the benefits I feel as a result of exercising. Truth be told I haven't exercised a whole lot physical activity since restarting my journey on 3/20 but I have gone for a few walks and completed my f... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:40:40 EST House How do we build a strong house Now who we were Sinners who were saved by God Who are we now .We still Sin Learning his word to now whot sin is learning to love because God loves us .We are on the most important learning experiences of our life Going from baby Christian to Adults in God Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:39:32 EST Feeling tired <BR> <BR> Kind of a long day Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:38:05 EST U-Turn Turning things around.... Start to something new. Baby steps... Takes meds daily, drink my water, eat more fruits and veggies daily and do 10 minutes of exercise every day! <BR> <BR> It's a start, a new beginning. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:37:24 EST Great News I love to read one of the authors I enjoy is Fern Michaels. She has a wonderful series called The Sisterhood Series. It has twenty three released books with two more written and ready for release. Back in March I came across a sisterhood contest for a plot line to Fern Michaels next book. I decid... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:36:59 EST Collage of Grandson Visiting Grandma Had my grandson today, we built a speed boat together colored pictures, he danced along with a kids program, played games & had some snacks. We had a great day...He comes back tomorrow morning at 11:00am until 3:00pm. Here's hoping it is a sunny day so we can go to the park...Will be back at 9 to... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:35:01 EST New Challenge: C25K with Calling all Canadians So, I got a sparkmail last week regarding a couch to 5K challenge the Calling All Canadians team was doing. Obviously, joining was optional. <BR> <BR> I opted IN! <BR> <BR> We are doing this together to cheer each other on, be motivational, and share our goals, progress and sometimes even pain... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:33:45 EST Old Clothes Right now I'm kicking myself for gaining weight again, and kicking myself for getting rid of my clothes. <BR> <BR> I will donate my clothing as I drop weight. I'm one of those people that holds onto clothes and wears them until they're ragged. It's probably time to thin out the closet. <BR> <... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:32:25 EST Oh my Now tonight was my Wednesday night zumba instructor's last class due to pay cuts by the new owners...Not liking the changes made by the management at my gym <em>234</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:30:46 EST 4/23/14 Great day, work went very well got all my steps, had a wonderful workout, and ate sensible. I even have a few extra calories I'm thinking a glass of wine may be nice I don't have to work tomorrow. So very proud of myself today. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:29:55 EST Day 3 of being reasonable I decided that my first change in going back to basics would be to eat only if I am hungry. <BR> <BR> Trying to be reasonable, and tracking my food, but not trying to be perfect. If I am hungry, I will eat. <BR> <BR> For some reason, this has taken much of the pressure off of me. <BR> <BR> Yo... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:29:45 EST Next to last run of taper week Tax season is over, which means I can run Wednesday evenings. Two weeks isn't much of the training session, but at least I can run the assigned distances on the assigned days for the taper. <BR> <BR> Today I stretched the easy 3 miles to a 3-ish distance of 3.38. Slap my hand, I ran a hill. ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:29:17 EST Total randomness tonight I've been having right sided migraines more lately. When I get those I get so sick and nauseated that I throw up and just want to crawl in a hole. That's what happened Monday when I had an appointment with my retina specialist so I had to reschedule it for next Monday. I'm just wondering if the ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:28:39 EST Hiking boots as inspiration! I am a finalist for an amazing job in a tropical country. I don't want to give details at the moment for fear of jinxing it. Even if I don't get this job, I will be traveling internationally in the next few months. Regardless of what happens, I know some hiking in wildlife reserves will be inv... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:27:29 EST April 23, 2014 Mid-week update! <BR> <BR> It hasn't been a super busy week, I just haven't had a lot to say I guess. Monday was a wonderful day at home. Nutrition was good, fitness was accomplished and I did get the kitchen cleaned. Tuesday was normal - work in the morning and home in the afternoon. Nutriti... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:25:45 EST Starting to build the habit and feeling the results It has been a full 6 weeks since I got serious about losing weight and changing my life. I have approached it much differently this time. I am really working hard on adhering to a pretty stringent plan of eating and I am working on the emotional reasons I eat, figuring out my triggers, understa... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:24:54 EST April 23, 2014 - 20th Week On vacation in Southern California. Continuing on with the program. As a matter of fast, I walked 12.36 miles today and 9.5 on another day. We're on the road for the next two days so walking will be postponed, however I have stuck with it. <BR> <BR> I am not able to weigh myself and won't be abl... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:20:00 EST WEds. Yes, I should have taken Scooter's advice and worked it.... haha.... I did with the car dealer's and have one guy 'bringing me" a car tomorrow... and another guy offered to bring me one too...hmmm, something to be said for this. Talked with 3 dealers today and really want to buy a car tomorrow..... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:19:20 EST A Fun Video for EVERYONE with Body Image Problems May we all have this much humor, this much stamina, and this much self-esteem and joy for life. May we all be so non-conscious of our bulging bellies and jiggly arms and thighs that we never forget to get out and have some healthy fun. I could watch him all day long. Makes me want to join in with... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:16:17 EST No one No one has been there for me through this process. Either they're competing, belittling, outright judging or sabotaging. It's hard when your support network is yourself. Everyday I push to get my exercise. I'm sick of the words ugly and fat. I'm sick of the comparisons. I'm sick of being nothin... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:14:16 EST Wednesday's Quote "No doubt a brain and some shoes are essential for marathon success, although if it comes down to a choice, pick the shoes. More people finish marathons with no brains than with no shoes." <BR> -- Don Kardong <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:12:16 EST Day 1: Trying to avoid the crash-and-burn express I dunno about you, but when I get tired -- I mean, bone-weary exhausted -- my resistance to food ebbs. When I'm tired, I can find even a tablespoon of peanut butter seductive. And, man, am I tired today. <BR> <BR> Two nights in a row of poor sleep has left me feeling weary. Nonetheless, I've plo... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:09:02 EST Eaten Meeting!! And Awesome A Team!!! The Gun Room Folks were having a insurance meeting this morning. The office manager called with a list of to do things. So I was in charge for awhile <em>334</em> We got all ready. I also helped put the Guns out of the safes and onto the display cases. Then I went back to My office. I... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:06:02 EST So Far, So Good.......... I had my last pre-surgery appointment today at the hospital where the surgery will be performed. I had an exam, followed by a meeting with a Social Worker to answer some questions from my Power of Attorney forms, met with someone in Admissions to make sure that I am properly registered insurance... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:01:30 EST April weather Lucky people are skiing on Mt Hood fresh 15" powder. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:01:11 EST I smell Summer! Hubs just mowed and the doors are open. fresh.cut.grass. beautiful! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:59:21 EST Retirement I may get retirement 5 years before I expected it. If federal forms get together. Air national Guard records burned 40 years ago Might be short a few point. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:53:40 EST Yay co team leader I am now a co-team leader. I am so excited. I hope to motivate some people and they motivate me too. Right now I am so busy with school but will on it in a few days. I am really competitive and that has helped me get lots of spark points this month. My goal is at least 150 a day. The team b... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:52:11 EST down day Not my best day. I did walk 20 mins. and about 20 of strength training, but just not energized at all. <BR> <BR> Can't seem to get into the blogging thing here, but I will keep trying. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:52:01 EST Hurting and Needing Comfort (true story/devotions too) (My pastor told this true story last Sunday) <BR> A hunter was standing in the field and witnessed this awesome event. <BR> The noise of barking dogs was approaching neared and nearer. The hunter watched as a small fawn was running wildly for its life. When the fawn saw him, it jumped a fence an... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:50:33 EST Just remembered :) I was talking with my DH and he was giving me trouble about a celebrity who was getting "older", 43. LOL. I am 46. Anyway, I was thinking, where is Utah when I need him, to bite you in the butt? Then I remembered that Utah at one time used to literally bite my in the rear. They were little nibb... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:49:48 EST St George I wanted to slip in a wish for a Happy Saint George's Day (whether you are English or not)! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:49:12 EST Day three, and I haven't blown it yet-lol! It's funny. It's almost like I'm waiting, looking around the corner for my motivations to expire. Over the past two years, the time would come when I'd make 'the plan!' I'd run headlong into it...and just as quickly putter and sputter out. Man I don't want that to happen this time. I keep looking... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:47:57 EST GOD is just too GOOD!!! No matter what I've done. No matter how I feel. No matter how I treat myself or others, God is ALWAYS there to forgive this BROKEN MAN!! Give a listen, please. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>y-journey/finish-well.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Be blessed, <BR... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:42:54 EST NEW CHAPTER <img src=""> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:41:45 EST a missed opportunity i slept so long today i missed a chance to see my baby girl. the good news is i will have another chance soon as i have to remain here for a few days. i was just so exhausted mentally. i feel bad about not seeing her. i also seem to have lost my appetite as well. nothing tastes as it should.... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:37:09 EST Nothing special So I've kind of fallen off the scene for a while...grad school had taken over my life and now I'm down to one more week left! For the semester at least. I'll start the summer session in about a month. I'm looking forward to the much needed break and some time to spend with my family. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:36:43 EST Just call me: Ms Potty Mouth Twitchy Finger My mom, my sister, my grandmother and my aunts and uncles all taught me at a young age a different form of English...swearing! LOL <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I learned well and boy oh boy I can make a sailor blush. Add to my verb... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:32:49 EST Yea! I Lost some weight! I do not keep a scale at home so in order to check the weight I lose or gain I go to a friend's house. I lost 13 pounds since I started my doctor ordered diet. I hope he will be happy with it when I go see him next week. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:28:47 EST A Few Baby Pictures We had our second lambing season. Everyone is doing well. We ended up with three sets of twins. <BR> <BR> Abby's Babies are Clover and Charlie. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ambers babies are Charlette and Cora. <BR> <BR> <img sr... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:28:43 EST A little update It has been a while since I blogged. I've had a little more on my plate lately and to be honest there have been days the computer isn't on at all. Crazy, I know LOL. I haven't really been that busy, but I admit to being a little stressed. Not in a way I couldn't handle just had to put some th... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:17:20 EST Day 115--rainy day cleaning Went to do needed errands today and do my walking and Curves. Hoping to mow after lunch but it rained. Instead I got much needed closet cleaning and storage of out of season clothes. <BR> <BR> Having company tonight! Should be fun! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:15:26 EST Spring? Snowshoeing!!! April 23 and a friend and I drove to the ski hill and snowshoed most of the day. Beautiful weather, sunny then graupled and then sun again. The wind wasn't too bad, but then we were mostly down in the trees. I am exhausted but feel good. <BR> <BR> Happy spring everyone! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:14:00 EST You Are Not Alone We travel many paths, but share a journey. <BR> <BR> Take what works for you, and leave the rest. <BR> <BR> <em>529</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:12:18 EST DASH update Well it's been almost 4 months since Terry and I started the DASH diet. I contracted the norovirus 4 weeks ago so I was very sick for five days. after that I just haven't been wanting to diet. I just want to eat real food. I asked my hubby if he wanted to start over on phase one to get back on t... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:11:07 EST The importance of a helmet If for some STUPID reason you think you don't need to wear a bike helmet. Shake your head! I got a new bike today from Walmart because my old Faithful is currently not in commission. Got home, headed back a dirt road with the intention to do the 20.5 km loop. About 5 km into my ride on my BRAND N... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:09:39 EST tossing it up: day 23 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they they remind me not to take things personally. <BR> (In progress) Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:08:18 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for April 23: Daily inspiration: There are far more solutions than problems and knowing this is very empowering. Lord, in the encounters of my daily life, may I choose to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: And do not forget to do good and to sha... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:06:50 EST Pushing Myself. Oh it Hurts so Good, haha I do think I may have pushed myself just a touch too far yesterday and today. I could not get to the gym yesterday morning, so I went last night around 10 pm when the kids were asleep and my mom was here with them. I did 65 minutes on the elliptical last night, then I went this morning at 9:30 ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:06:21 EST tossing it up: day 22 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they remind me of the importance of sleep. <BR> (In progress) Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:06:02 EST Having a buddy is so worth it! For a long time I was against telling people I was losing weight and just doing it on my own but this time around I told my fiance that I was losing weight and now he's actually exercising with me! <em>342</em> It's been wonderful because it pushes me to keep going. Every time I want to not ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:59:04 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #9 Nashi Pear (Asian Pear) <link><BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> # 9 -Nashi Pears <BR> <BR> Also called Asian pear... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:56:10 EST Tried Almond Milk today I have been curious about this for awhile but I suppose what held me back is the fact I grew up on a dairy farm and all my brothers are still involved in Dairy one way or the other. I don't like feeling I don't support the dairy industry. But the truth is I don't put milk on my cereal and I don't... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:52:56 EST Obstacle Biggest obstacles? Time and energy. <BR> <BR> Remedies? <BR> 1. Quit reading for a while. <BR> 2. Drop social activities for a while. <BR> 3. Drink more coffee. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:52:22 EST April 23, 2014 Instead of the workout I dreaded, today I tried P90X3 MMX for cardio. Oh. My. Goodness! That was so intense. I had to modify some of the moves and didn't do one set at all! It was only 30 minutes long, but felt like an hour. I loved the P90X Kenpo video (made me feel like Buffy), but this is a wh... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:45:08 EST Swamped! My work load exploded today. 4 projects are setting on my desk. All but due like on Friday. NO way...can't do it. Each has it's own issues. I guess being busy is a good thing (knocking on wood here!). <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Hubby is sick. I think he has a cold. He's lost his voice. <em>24</em... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:44:26 EST Yesterday And Today.... Yesterday was not a very Sparkly day for me. I felt blah all day long. Nothing hurt, just no energy and no get up and go. I only exercised 10 mins. and felt bad about it... <BR> <BR> Fast forward to Today. <BR> I feel fine. As I was Sparking, I noticed that I had mail-Sparkmail! Again, just w... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:44:07 EST ebbing and flowing funny how emotions and moods ebb and flow just like the tide. funny how you feel okay one day and just down in the dumps the next. <BR> <BR> I've been down today. It all started last night - really just wasn't feeling my greatest. Then I weighed in this morning. 1.4 lbs above where I was last W... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:43:00 EST CLEAN -I HAVE STARTED BACK CLEANING MY SON HOUSE <em>334</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:40:22 EST OFF TO THE GYM...THEN LUNCH WITH A FRIEND Off to the really enjoying what i am doing there at present and the fact I get through it quickly and it seems to be having an effect....woohoo... <BR> <BR> Meeting a friend for lunch after that and a catchup......all kinda organised...have hubbys dinner prepared although need to buy s... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:38:34 EST WAY Too Much To Handle... So, I am dealing with the RSD Pain spreading throughout my body. I am learning to identify the pain caused by the Fibromyalgia. I'm dealing with leg cramps, hand pain, headaches... Now I have trigger finger on my right thumb. I'm right-handed, use my right hand for my cane, and I'm not sure h... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:38:32 EST I did it... I wrote my first blog yesterday. In that blog I said if it's raining I had stairs available. I finally went and did it! One it made me realize how out of shape I am. Two it was a great feeling when I was done! It is these small achievements that are leading to a great change in attitude and welln... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:36:09 EST Wogging Day 1 Wogging was really great yesterday! I managed to do 3 intervals. Each time equaled 5 minutes. So I got in 15 minutes totally of jogging and 19 minutes of walking in between my jogging. <BR> <BR> I am probably going to do it again tomorrow. I am thinking that I will stick to just 2 days for now... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:32:43 EST Tried something new finally this year Tried a Vinyasa Flow class this morning. It was such a nice change from the Bikram style. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:30:43 EST Spark Scam Alert! I hate it when people post bogus warnings, but this one is real! <BR> <BR> If someone comes to your front door saying they are checking for ticks due to the warm weather and asks you to take your clothes off and dance around with your arms up, DO NOT DO IT! THIS IS A SCAM! They only want to se... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:26:22 EST Clarifying the "Clean Before Vacation" statement I wasn't clear about WHY I feel it is important to clean my house spotless before I leave for a month, so I will do so today. <BR> <BR> You, see I have <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I leave town, my house is usually an absolute ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:26:17 EST April 23 ( guess I was off on my days) 2014 I am feeling Fearless I am feeling fearless these days. Fearless is intercut or dauntless or resolute. I believe I am the last when I say I have a fearlessness about me. I am resolved and have a resolute attitude about me that most of my family is finding hard to understand about me lately. <BR> I am not doing anythi... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:25:29 EST Goodness, Gracious, Great Meatballs Of Fire! One day a few years ago I was pondering what to make for dinner. I had some ground turkey but felt no inspiration. I happened to be listening to an oldies station and the song "Great Balls Of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis came on. I suddenly decided to make meatballs of fire! I took my ordinary me... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:24:52 EST Short Term Motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am 9 pounds away from a major objective. ONEderland. <BR> I have decided that when the scale tips below that 200 mark, I am going to purchase 2 of those T-shirts. <BR> <BR> The shirts display a 'Sweat Activated' l... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:23:48 EST Smile For Today---Wed. I met a man who had been married for 66 years. <BR> <BR> “Amazing. 66 years!” I said. “What’s the secret to such a long, happy marriage?” <BR> <BR> “Well,” he replied, “It’s like this. The man makes all the big decisions… and the woman just makes the little decisions.” <BR> <BR> “Really?” I ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:20:05 EST Where I am at Been a busy few months, I have moved into a bigger apartment. It is very beautiful and I just feel at peace when I am there. I finally have a Home. <BR> <BR> There is a bit of stress in my life though, my boyfriend is stuck working on overnights and its been very hard. With my anxiety I feel li... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:19:33 EST Using Pain as an Excuse I can't believe there's only 1 week left in April! I'm really hoping to hit my goal weight and not have to roll into May! <BR> <BR> Anyway, the last two weeks I've been having crazy, awful pain with my teeth and after a week of hardly any sleep and constant pain, I went to see a dentist. He told... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:16:17 EST Why?? <em>46</em> Well that didn't take long. Oncology office called Mom today, Dad has a mass in his chest and lesions on his lungs. Seriously?? I'm so freaking mad right now, I'm sure my BP is off the charts. <BR> <BR> Report isn't confirmed yet, but that's just what they see so of course we have ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:10:05 EST What a difference a day makes Yesterday was a rough day but I tell ya, today? Way the other way. I feel so much better both emotionally and physically. <BR> I took some time yesterday and went through old pictures and that really gave me some prospective on where I was at 220 pounds, where I was at 160 and where I am today a... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:01:30 EST Day 112- I think I need new shoes and...excess skin.... o.0 Today has been a great day, no more migraine although I still have some left over sinus pressure but otherwise feeling so good :D <BR> I got my workout in super early and cooked lunch for everyone, cleaned yadda yadda. All in all a boring but nice day so far. I love good days, feeling motivate... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:53:50 EST A glass half full I'm still living out of suitcases. More suitcases- more wrinkled clothing. <BR> <BR> But, as tiring as it is, it's sort of like complaining that I have a great job, can travel and see new places, and have a family that is supportive of me doing this because it's my passion in life. Not much to c... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:51:37 EST 120 lbs gone forever <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My journey has been up and down the past 5 years I weighed in the highest ever at 280 when My first daughter was 1 month old (the before photo) I was stressed nervous first time parent who was also enjoying marriage a... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:51:25 EST Steak on a Salad? I have been practicing ETL for a couple of months now and I really enjoy eating so many varieties of veggies and the beans too. I recently discovered soy beans and they are my new favorite right behind kale (which I can't seem to get enough of). But yesterday I was filled with the most curious ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:49:23 EST Kindness and forgiveness - for myself So, I'm not exactly what one would call consistent in this blogging thing! Same for my nutrition tracking, fitness, etc. <BR> But I keep returning. I keep getting back on the wagon. And that's what counts. <BR> This time, I'm not getting off. Ever. But I will give myself more love and accept... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:47:59 EST Easter Wednesday of the Easter Octave <BR> Faith comes to intelligence as a light that overflows it with joy and inspires it with a certitude that does away with question. <BR> <BR> Etienne Gilson Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:46:45 EST Just had a 30 min conversation with DS on phone Good evening; DS plate is full. He talked reasonably & intelligently with me. <BR> doctor found out that he has a "mass" or something at the end of his esophagus. Doctor said he was going to call him next week with more details about blood work, etc. He says his BM now has white in them. I t... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:45:01 EST 27 days until my wedding...but who's counting?? That's right, fellow sparkies, I am back and with more motivation than ever before! I can't believe that my last blog post was almost THREE years ago. What happened?? <BR> <BR> Well, lots of real-world stuff happened, mostly good but some rough. I have a great job I love. I met (and started dati... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:42:25 EST Blogging early DS's Jazz Concert starts at 7:30 and goes for about an <BR> hour and then it is an hour's drive home if we don't have <BR> to stop for any reason. This may put it pretty late to <BR> have my wits about me to blog. So you get to read it <BR> all now LOL! <BR> I am charging my phone so I can make s... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:41:56 EST Listen to things more often than beings. I am deeply comforted by this profound poem. I find it inspiring as I become more intricately involved in the planning for my May 24 departure. <BR> <em>534</em> <BR> (More on The Trip will be forthcoming!) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:40:55 EST Pretty Chubby I have a confession to make. <BR> <BR> I am pretty chubby. <BR> <BR> Let me break this down even further. <BR> <BR> I am pretty, comely, pleasant to look at. <BR> <BR> I am chubby by fifty pounds. <BR> <BR> Hence the creation of my blog's moniker..."Pretty Chubby". <BR> <BR> I hadn't ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:39:19 EST The 20 pound challenge I've always been curious as how fast I can lose weight. Not saying it's easy by any means, but damn does it help when a goal is set. So the 20 pound challenge; lets see how fast I can drop 20 pounds by eating clean (5 small meals a day) and working out consistently. I'll set the goal at under 28 ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:33:10 EST summer is coming The summer is coming and I would LOVE to lose 40. I started insanity on April 21st! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:32:20 EST California dreamin'. Heya sparkles, I'm back! Sorry for my extended absence... at first I was avoiding Spark because I was off track (naturally, that's generally always the time that I avoid it), but then before I knew it, moving time was upon me! I'm in CA now, have been for almost 2 weeks (it'll be 2 weeks on Frida... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:29:45 EST Conquering Eating Out Last night we were asked out to dinner with a couple of friends whom we don't see very often. We all decided on Chinese food. This can be a risky cuisine when someone like me is on a diet... and I am the only one on a diet in this group ... so Chinese it was!! <BR> <BR> So off we went to the f... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:20:58 EST Another Spring Day New Hampshire: Cold & Windy, but still Spring <BR> <BR> Been doing a lot of walking, and it sure feels good to do it outside. <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:19:34 EST No Blogs for a few days Sad news in my family today; my brother-in-law passed away this morning. I have to make a trip out of town for the funeral so I'll catch up with you when I return. <BR> <BR> Here's what he looked like when he was younger and full of fun and life and then a photo take in December. He weighed on... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:15:19 EST Where are they now? I read through the profiles of the biggest losersat this site: <BR><BR>y-today_entertainment/t/biggest-loser-<BR>where-are-they-now/#.U1egHMfW8uA <BR> <BR> It struck me that there was a theme that losing weight is not about the physical but its about the ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:11:50 EST Woo Hoo Wednesday!!! CD's completed, pictures ordered, "Sparking" done, and now off to more organizing. <em>244</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:10:05 EST 37 days and counting and losing weight smallest blog ever - down to 171.3! yeah- Goal under 170 next week and keep doing weights and machines. Lose Inches! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:04:35 EST I am a real runner Last night while out for my run the wind was blowing crazy hard. It was so load that I couldn’t hear my music over it. Normally I’m a firm believer in music when I run. I think it helps me stay motivated and I hate listening to myself breathe heavily. But I figured since I couldn’t hear the m... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:04:33 EST The hare and the tortoise… The hare and the tortoise… <BR> <BR> I have a problem. You remember the story of the tortoise and the hare right? Well I am the hare. As sad as I am to admit it I like to hurry up and get things done quickly so that I can be done and take a nap. I am learning that with weight loss it really is ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:03:15 EST Just Because Sometimes I never know where to start with these blogs. I guess it's because I'm just now getting my motivation back on track. Today was a good 50 minute lift session; no cardio...yet, maybe this evening. <BR> <BR> Someone once told me that it's okay to take it one day at a time, even one meal ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:02:46 EST It makes you wonder what is preventing me from losing weight? I am back after another break and wonder what stops me from continuing. well I cannot say I am not continuing because I have not completely fallen off the wagon. I still drink my water like I am supposed to. I still eat moderately like I am supposed t... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:01:07 EST day 237 not to much to speak about...met goals...early dinner shower and off to and lights out......good day....and good night ;-) Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:57:50 EST Tuesday <em>9</em> <BR> Yesterdays time for my 5K practice was 40 minutes. <BR> I was able to run 2.2 miles nonstop this time. <BR> My last record was 1.87 <BR> I'm getting better. <BR> 3 week left before the race <BR> <em>364</em> <em>186</em> <BR> Dee Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:56:43 EST I've Lost My Sweet Tooth There are two holiday candies that I usually can't resist, Cadbury mini creme eggs at Easter and chocolate covered cherries at Christmas. Lately I haven't wanted sweets that much. I still have almost a whole bag of Snicker's Minis from before Valentine's Day and that is my year round go to cand... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:55:45 EST Happy Administrative Assistant Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Administrative Assistant Day! Although I am not an admin I still am counted as a valued member of our organization. So for you guys do as admins I salute you! I actually am not in the mood for cookies but the bo... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:51:10 EST No Choice plan days 1-3 No choice day 1: <BR> Pretty easy actually. I am pumped and ready to go! No soda cravings though I know they are coming. <BR> Food today: <BR> Breakfast: Green Monster & a hardboiled Egg <BR> Morning Snack: 1 mini babybel light, 1V8 <BR> Lunch: 1 banana, 1 container of Greek Yogurt, 1 hardboil... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:50:59 EST UPDATE I had my total hysterectomy on 4-4. It went very well. I'm in recovery now. I'm doing OK, just a little cramping. I was told by my doctor today that I will be unable to do any exercise at all for at least another 6 weeks. I tried walking Sunday, but I started bleeding. I don't know how often I wi... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:50:04 EST DIVINE HEALING <em>245</em> about those who have back problems. I know what that is like. I don't have it any longer as years ago God healed me completely. That was back when they didn't have surgery for it. <BR> <BR> I wore a back support and took pain pills. One day I asked Jesus into my heart. I did not k... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:44:41 EST When Life Gives you Lemons..... When Life Gives you Lemons… <BR> <BR> OK – Crap happens!! You lose a job – You gain weight – You get hurt – You lose a loved one – Crap Happens! But what matters most is what you DO with what happens in your life. Do you wallow in self-pity? Do you try to blame “it” on someone else – fairly or... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:42:09 EST 7 Unusual Races/Runs Grinning here. Some of these races sound like fun, hee. In no particular order: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 1. Krispy Kreme Challenge (North Carolina) The Krispy Kreme Challenge sounds like a drunken dare, and it actually started that way a... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:41:11 EST 500 Minutes! I'm feeling pretty good right now. My foot's hurting pretty bad from the walk I took with my boyfriend after lunch, but I just realized I've passed my goal of 500 minutes this month, and the month isn't even over. <BR> <BR> We brought an exercise bike upstairs that had apparently been languishi... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:38:00 EST Onward! I have been feeling really guilty about not getting much exercise in, so I purchased the Hip Hop Abs CDs about 2 weeks ago. It was my intention to do the exercises early in the morning and start the day out right! Our house is old, and my children are light sleepers, so the first day had the ho... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:34:23 EST a sunny spring day a day to get some stuff sorted out and to get outdoors. now i am relaxing after what turned out to be a very stressful day for me. my daughter sends hugs to all. birds say hello,hello to everyone. now i am at the local library to get a few new books to read. have a great day,everyone! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:31:53 EST april 23 Well I am trying hard today but a headache got the best of me right now. I hate those things. but I cleaned the kitchen floor and bathroom love it when it smell clean. doing good with the tracking food today well that is about all I have to say head ache go away Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:28:56 EST SP IS AMAZING!!! I have been a member for many years and I have finally have made a commitment to me. I have had a chance today to really explore SP. I printed the Mind Over Body 10-step program to ending emotional eating. I am going to do each step to break free of my eating habit. This site is so full of infor... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:27:35 EST Spark App sparks new motivation Those of you who have been friends with me since I joined Spark People in August 2010 know that I have been through a LOT in the last 3 1/2 years. And my motivation to lose weight has fluctuated greatly. <BR> <BR> One thing I have always despised was keeping track of what I eat. It not only se... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:24:26 EST A Little Bit Of Everthing! It's time for me to start focusing on the positive things in my life as opposed to the negative. Actually, I'm not so sure that things have really been as bad as I have believed they were. Sure, I have 50+ lbs to lose. However; I am not alone in this journey like I thought I was. Time for me to s... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:22:46 EST Wise Words We started a new Bible Study series last night; Beth Moore's "Stepping Up." <BR> It is a study of the Psalms of Ascents. Beth Moore is one of my favorite writers; she always has something that piques my mind. <BR> <BR> Today I came across a quote that I really could have used a year ago. <BR> ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:20:48 EST Let's talk about shoes. While we were at the park yesterday, I saw an area I wanted to hike to, but my shoes are not made for hiking at all. <BR> <BR> They are flat, skateboarding type shoes with very little tread. They are loose fitting and just not made for hiking in deep brush over uneven ground. My boyfriend said,... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:19:16 EST Out of Hand Things have gotten so out of hand...I can't believe it. <BR> <BR> I'm so much heavier. I was once 62.8kg and now I'm verging on 67kg. I've got a chubby face and my clothes are tighter. <BR> <BR> How did it get this far? <BR> <BR> Becoming totally complacent and unbothered. "Do it later" sor... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:17:39 EST Hump Day Busy day - lots of meetings this morning, and in about an hour I have to head into a special ethics training for the rest of the day. BLEAH. We've had three Senators in a row get in trouble this year, so they're making all the Senate staff (and Senators) go through another ethics training (we n... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:16:53 EST MFLF WK 16 - No More Rashes! The rashes are gone! A few days of claritin and a stress reducing vitamin combo cleared me right up. Also some of the stress in my life decided to stop acting a fool, so that helped HEAPS! <BR> <BR> 3590: 13000 Fitness Minutes <BR> 102:360Miles to Jog <BR> Met 96Days: Drink @least 8glasses of... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:12:28 EST Maize word of the week - Support What does support mean to me? First and foremost it is about giving and receiving. I have tremendous support in my family and friends. There is an incredible amount of support here on spark. It is amazing how people who have never met can be such good friends. The wisdom received here is special!... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:10:19 EST Balance In order to maintain long term goals we must take one step at a time. A great reminder in all things!! <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:05:33 EST Still a fat loser Still a fat loser, only now I'm 36 and getting fatter by the day. That's what I call success! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:05:16 EST Konjac Root Fiber/ Glocomannan I see all these Skinny Fiber ads and one day I decided to look up what was actually in the capsules. There are several things, the first I saw was Konjac Root Fiber which I saw on Dr. Oz quite a while back. It is very good for your digestive tract, and what the capsule actually does is (taken wit... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:04:27 EST Streak Days 15-17 Well, a weight loss, any weight loss is good in my books....but this Isagenix thing is costing me a fortune and I am dropping 2-3 lbs per week. I see people posting drops of 6-12 lbs in a week.... how is that possible? <BR> My trainer keeps saying it's because I haven't fully kicked the coffee..... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:58:19 EST Cornucopia HEY Y'ALL!!! I hope you had a super wonderful Easter Weekend! One of my favorites because it's such a focus on our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ... and how He lived...died...and rose again on the 3rd day to save us from our sins that we might have life through Him! It is a fact, and it is beautifu... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:52:51 EST Back again Well I am back to try and loose some weight. I haven't been on here in years and I have packed on the pounds, I have to lose 50 pounds. It is hard now that I am 44 years old and I am married. My biggest problem is food, just when I think I am doing good then I fall off the wagon. It is so har... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:51:06 EST Daily Motivation “The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then, your body and your fat are really good friends." <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:50:56 EST Yesterday's Oncologist Appointment I had my monthly oncologist appointment yesterday. He thinks I will need a colonoscopy, but since I am seeing my G.I. doctor on May 1st, it will be up to him to order it. So it will be at least another week before I get any closer to finding out what is going on. <BR> <BR> I had my Xgeva injecti... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:47:27 EST Midweek relief It seems that more and more lately, I am so happy when midweek occurs. I knowI can hang on for two more days at work. We will be having more changes at work in a couple weeks that will affect my job, so I will be learning new things.. <BR> <BR> It is back to cold weather here again.. high of ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:46:06 EST Review I am still not on a losing streak when it comes to my weight! I really need to take control of my eating. I will start with the plan to only eat a half portion or a single portion or whatever and then if it taste good to me I just keep eating! I know there is something preventing me from losin... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:43:49 EST Exhausted and in Pain I fell last winter and did... something... to my hand/wrist. Sort of where the thumb attaches to my hand. It was fine after a week or so, but now it is SERIOUSLY hurting again. And I have crazy hours this week. And I'm tired. <BR> <BR> But... I Have no real excuses. Taking the dog for a walk, w... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:43:48 EST Windy Walk So yesterday I walked over 10 miles, 24,200 plus steps and I set a goal to walk 105000 steps this week or an average of 15000 steps a day. With my slow start on Sunday and Monday totalling only 12000 steps I need to average 17500 a day for the rest of the week. I woke up to wind so strong I coul... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:43:27 EST my FAT filling out my WRINKLES???? YIKES...Someone told me I was losing weight so fast I was gonna be a baggy shell if I kept it up. Now while THAT is a total exaggeration- it DID get me thinking. I gained 100 pounds and I still look relatively young for almost 50. But there is definitely extra weight on my face. Could it be filli... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:42:35 EST My workout! ***editors note....I gave no clue how to make my pictures upright! Sorry <BR> <BR> Although it's hard to see, I officially started the New Rules Of Lifting for Women....I started it a year ago and didn't make it past two weeks... <BR> <BR> I started added lifting to my cardio and pump (cardio ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:39:40 EST Very short blog today Had a relatively uneventful day today - peaceful and quiet. I did however get some distressing news and am probably going to cry before long. My quiet, peaceful, and mischievious student is moving out of state and I am going to REALLY miss him. He is always smiling, gentle, kind, and loving to... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:39:36 EST Wacky Wednesday Life can be mighty strange in courthouses. <BR> <BR> Angry folks, depressed folks, sly folks, scared folks. Mostly I see scared folks. Mostly. Today: angry and bitter mom: <BR> <BR> Earlier today on a case involving failure to comply with compulsory schooling, a mom, the defendant, was screamin... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:29:23 EST Wednesday! Still on the cooler side, only in the very low 50's again, but hey the sun is shinning and that makes it better, suppose to see low to mid 60's tomorrow and Friday. I did the exercise class this morning, but keep doing something to my left knee, so didn't walk this afternoon, don't have exercise ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:26:53 EST Ready..Set...Goooo!!!! Ready to finish what I started!! Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:25:35 EST Monday, April 14th, 2014 So on Monday, I got on the scale and got pissed off!!! My weight was the same for the last month and I decided right then and there that I was taking back control of my weight loss. I had been "playing" with my nutrition but still eating lots of carbs...I am a carb addict....I'm not ashamed to ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:22:31 EST BLC25 - SIGN UP NOW! We are the BIGGEST LOSER CHALLENGE in our 25th Round...More fondly referred to as the BLC25! <BR> <BR> We will Supply you the Tools to Help Keep Your FOCUS and Working toward Your Goals of Better Health and Wellness in 2014. <BR> <BR> This is a 12 Week Challenge Comprised of about 20 TEAMS, m... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:20:56 EST changing the date 4 me Update 04.23.2014 <BR> May is coming quickly I must finish my April goals <BR> Today is the 25th day in April <BR> time to make Christmas cards <BR> Hey, I am busy the real April 25 <BR> thus I am making Christmas cards today <BR> Waiting on the UGRR label kit from <BR> Eleanor Burns Quilt i... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:20:40 EST Which Way Now? I come on to lose weight and to have a Christian family! I know what I have to do and what I want to do. So many ways to lose or to gain. One way is faster then the other. Having a Christian family is different all together though. They are easy to have. Fun to know. I am going to have fun... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:20:06 EST Spark has changed my life My life has changed so much, since coming back to Spark. I hardly know where to begin. I came back to Spark, September 9, 2013. I had recently been for a checkup, and my test results showed I was pre-diabetic. That was my wake-up call. Some in my family are diabetic, and I knowed, I ha... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:17:47 EST Sugar sabotages me This week, I realized the impact eating added sugar has on me. Sugar sabotages me. It makes me feel tired and starts my cravings for junk foods. I knew that too much sugar wasn't good but I didn't realize how much it affects me. It not only gives me a temporary sugar crash but if I eat added ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:16:20 EST Two Week Follow Up Because I was on a lower dosage of my BP medicine, I went for my follow up. My BP was even lower than it was two weeks ago. 118/70. So now I'm going to start closely monitoring my sodium. I have been half heartedly looking at that prior to today. She said that I can take myself off the meds for t... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:14:40 EST Starting over.... again Well, at the end of last summer, I seem to have "let myself go." I guess this will be a battle for the rest of my life. I even gained this weight while training for a half marathon that was ultimately cancelled last December. This whole time up until now, I felt like I really didn't care. I didn'... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:10:22 EST Just a little success 9 days ago, I got my weight under 240. Just being at 239 was like I had broken a big barrier. Am feeling a lot better about actually being able to keep the weight loss going. When I weighed this morning was at 237. Actually met my goal of losing a pound a week. As an old engineer, do like to... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:08:57 EST Not Discouraged! How easy it is to get discouraged when the weight just won't seem to come off. The pounds seem to literally crawl off, but yet seem to run a marathon when coming back on. These last few months, I have seen the scale consistently go down slowly but surely, but in the last 3 days, even though I h... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:05:49 EST it the end of April I keep meaning to blog but haven't in ages.. <BR> <BR> April has been going well. I've slowly been increasing my exercise minutes which i am so happy about. I'm scheduled to go for spinning today - I used to really resist going to this class but now i'm finding that I look forward to it every we... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:04:39 EST Feeling Better After gaining 3 lbs out of no where I made sure that I am accounting for everything I eat and drink. I have not weighed myself but I am hoping that I am back on track. <BR> <BR> I have made a game out of finding healthy, low calorie snacks and sharing them with people. I had no idea that strawb... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:59:16 EST How long does it take to change a habit? some say 21 days--depends on the habit! "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick" by Jeremy Dean <BR> "In a study carried out at University College London, 96 participants were asked to choose an everyday behavior that they wanted to turn into a habit. " <BR> <BR> "The simple an... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:58:47 EST 23-Apr-2014 Day 1 - Krank Systems Udemy 12 week course <BR> <BR> It's kind of cool that the local gym that I was going to has created a Udemy course which covers most of the exercises that I learned when I was attending the gym last summer before my overseas trip. I actually wish I had access to this course... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:55:26 EST Not again... Okay: I have been Brain Injured for just shy of 21yrs with Drop Foot and Dystonia through out my left side. I am walking, have been to school, successfully, graduating 3.85 and enjoying exercise as often as I can. Phew-what a mouth full! Last week I began experiencing increased tone in both my... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:50:55 EST nice weather wish we could keep a few more really nice days so I can do things outside. today seems more like winter again, its cold. being 64 don't like the cold or the real hot days. went grocery shopping, food prices just seem to get higher and higher. soon we will all lose weight because we wont have the ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:50:01 EST Surface Changes makes a difference in bowling Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:48:40 EST Love? I'm curious about my spark friends' opinions on a subject I was just discussing with my fiance. My stepdaughter has just broken up with someone that she was 'so in love with' just yesterday, and only dating for maybe 2 weeks. I have already lost track of the number of times she has been 'in love'... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:48:23 EST 297/365 Phew caught up again... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> ADAD day 23 Wild <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My hair is as wild as the wind... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:45:15 EST Days 295-296 295 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fran helping me out with the day's doll photo. <BR> <BR> ADAD day 21-joy <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>moopsie/... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:42:30 EST Wednesday's Whoopsie! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:36:45 EST