SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Great weather week ahead Exercises are going well. Calories remain below 1300. Trivia is at 92%. The weather is fantastic here. Hope all have a great week. Keeping focused for success. Mon, 4 May 2015 12:25:23 EST today day 1 Today is the first day of the rest of my life . Have no idea how much I weigh or my inches. I am committed to eating healthy. No wheat, no added sugar, no caffeine, and nothing processed. I'm 44 yrs old and take 6 pills a day to maintain my BP, depression and ulcer. Time to be healthy. I'm on a 2... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:24:53 EST today day 1 Today is the first day of the rest of my life . Have no idea how much I weigh or my inches. I am committed to eating healthy. No wheat, no added sugar, no caffeine, and nothing processed. I'm 44 yrs old and take 6 pills a day to maintain my BP, depression and ulcer. Time to be healthy. I'm on a 2... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:24:44 EST Walking Meditation...In Beauty May I Walk........ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> In beauty may I walk… <BR> <BR> In beauty may I walk. <BR> All day long may I walk. <BR> Through the returning seasons may I walk. <BR> <BR> Beautifully will I possess again. <BR> Beautifully birds . . . <BR... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:24:17 EST today Today is the first day of the rest of my life . Have no idea how much I weigh or my inches. I am committed to eating healthy. No wheat, no added sugar Mon, 4 May 2015 12:21:15 EST Monday Well we are still atmy inlaws andI still have not eaten since 7 pm Saturday night <BR> <BR> we were supposed to leave at 10 am so we could pick up the dog at the boarding place but that is not going to happen <BR> <BR> my father in law did not get up until 1130 so breakfast was at noon and now ... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:21:15 EST A Better Day I want to thank everyone who commented on my blog yesterday. It means a lot to have support on weekends like that, when it all seems to come down at once. I am getting some acceptance today, ready to plan to attend funerals and be there for others like others are there for me. <BR> <BR> I am... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:21:09 EST Day 8 Well i have been hitting the gym hard for a week and have my freezer stocked with homemade meals for quick dinners, i have snacks portioned out for all week long at work. there is no reason i shouldn't be successful. <BR> Saturday i made baked chicken cordon blue, meat balls, banana bread, and p... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:18:02 EST Day 3 of May Accountability <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's how I did for Sunday, 5/3 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Eat 300 calories fewer than I burn daily. I ate 1,710, burned 2,027. <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Got 10,420. <BR> <em>248</em> ... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:13:26 EST Today is A Beautiful Day Thank you everyone for your support. It has helped me to write about things and your support has meant so much to me. You told me things i had been mentioning to the other half "OH" for years and he would just laugh at me or say what ever you i don't go there any more and i'm learnin... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:13:20 EST Life gets in the way! Wow, close to two whole years since my last entry. That should explain my blog title! And come to think of it, that's when our family began the "hockey lifestyle" . We always talk about lifestyles when it comes to making changes to ourselves. Well, let me tell you - we were not ready for that... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:12:51 EST Star Wars Day It's May the Fourth, and Star Wars, a movie that I have seen probably more than any other (I actually saw it in the theater... AND I saw it at a Drive In movie place!), popularized the saying "May the Force be with you", so today has become Star Wars Day. <BR> <BR> Did you know that in 1977 when... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:12:43 EST Excited! Purchased a treadmill! Yesterday I purchased a used treadmill. I am very excited about it! I have a skin disease and the sun is my enemy. My disease flairs up when I am in the sun. This is my opportunity to be able to walk on a daily basis now without having to be exposed to the sun. My daughter wants me to work my w... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:12:13 EST ARE PEOPLE BORN EVIL? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Are people born evil? I was reminded of that question watching the twist in the TV series “Secrets and Lies” which immediately brought to mind “The Bad Seed”, a book written in 1954 which in turn was made ... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:10:19 EST Frustrations,, I came home after my wonderful five days at Mom's place, when no sooner then I finished unpacking then my neighbor's cigarette smoke started flooding my apartment. So I opened my one tiny window and cranked up my three fans, but it couldn't stem the tide :-( I did my laundry and vacuumed anyway... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:09:00 EST Champions....May4th <img src=""> Mon, 4 May 2015 12:08:01 EST Specialized tree trimming - 5-4-15 Only in Steamboat Springs can you get the specialized tree trimming offered by a moose, who will personally visit your front yard to relieve you of that tender new growth.... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Josie Fratus likely didn't reali... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:04:25 EST My hardest assignment yet & maybe, one for you to do. A couple of weeks ago, for my 30 day challenge I had the assignment to write down 3 of my strengths. Not things like: I'm a good cook, I keep the house clean, etc. but real inner strengths. I could not think of anything, so I kept putting it to the side, bringing it out the next day, then pushing... Mon, 4 May 2015 12:04:23 EST Inspirational Quote - 5/04/15 He who never made a mistake, never made a discovery. <BR> <BR> - Samuel Smiles <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mon, 4 May 2015 11:58:24 EST Night Run, Weekend Recap and Goals for the Week Wow, what an active busy weekend! Friday night we had 2 soccer games and then had friends over for dinner when we were all done. It was a fun night and good to hang out together somewhere besides the soccer field <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday morning my oldest had a swim meet at the Y at... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:57:59 EST FitBit - Is it accurate? So, middle of March? I broke down and bought myself a Fitbit Flex. I really like that it tells me (or purports to tell me) how many calories I have burned in a day. I am wondering though, how accurate is it? <BR> <BR> We have a wellness center here that can do metabolic testing...they put a ... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:55:52 EST Inspirational Quote - 5/03/15 Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. <BR> <BR> - Anthony J. D'Angelo <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 4 May 2015 11:55:35 EST 5/4--Update I'm emerging from finals! I have one more paper left. I had big dreams of doing it over the weekend, but I did a whole bunch of wedding planning stuff instead. I'm glad I did that; I was starting to get a little anxious about getting everything done. <BR> <BR> This is one of those times that lif... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:53:57 EST Figuring things out... Lately I have been working on finding work outs that work for me...its hard to find a workout for legs that don't include lunges or squats, ich I have found are just too painful on my knees I've slowly been doing a run/jog program, but again, I find that can cause some pain too- I'm still working... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:52:00 EST Life Changes Ugh. So, I'm going to warn you that you won't find warm fuzzies here. In fact, I'm writing this blog more for me than anything else. I'm not going into a ton of detail (or I might), but I need to keep track of the journey in organize my head. The best way for me to organize myself? Writing i... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:49:37 EST Not done yet I may have reset my login streak, but that doesn't mean that I have lost motivation. It means I was without connection. I am still here going strong and I refuse to let a little technology get in my way. <BR> <BR> I am still committed to working out and eating healthy. <BR> <BR> Nothing will ... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:45:34 EST Excuses Sometimes I think I must have received a degree in "excuses". I'm VERY good at them. I need to clear these out of my life so I can make progress towards my goals. Excuses....they are everywhere. Here are some I've been using - do they sound familiar? <BR> <BR> * Computer issues are keeping ... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:43:53 EST Weekdays, not weekends I know I just said Friday that I was going to make blogging a daily habit, and here it is Monday and I'm going to change that already. It will be weekdays only, no weekends. They are just too unpredictable for me at this time. So since it's my goal, I guess I can change it if I want. <BR> <BR... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:43:42 EST Excuses Sometimes I think I must have received a degree in "excuses". I'm VERY good at them. I need to clear these out of my life so I can make progress towards my goals. Excuses....they are everywhere. Here are some I've been using - do they sound familiar? <BR> <BR> * Computer issues are keeping ... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:43:00 EST Million Step Challenge Day 23 Procrastination! <img src=""> Busy day yesterday. Almost missed making my goal! Yikes!!! Finished the last 800 at 11:50 because I had been on the phone with my daughter and instead of pacing I sat down as I was tired. When I got off I was talking to my other... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:42:32 EST Down on all accounts! Waist measurement down 3 inches! <BR> Hip measurement down 4 inches! <BR> Weight down another 4 pounds! <BR> A1C down a bit - still needs work - now lower at 6.7! <BR> Good cholesterol up and bad cholesterol is down. <BR> <BR> I am getting healthier although it has not been easy. <BR> <BR> Li... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:42:07 EST Monday: productive weekend <img src=""> <BR> The first project I tackled from Ana White's wonderful plans was a building a sturdy work table for my miter saw that I bought at a garage sale for $25. I was using cinder blocks and plywood as a makeshift work table, and wa... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:40:53 EST Started a New Program and have lost 3.6 Pounds in the last 3 days!!! Yippee!!! 5/4/2015 - On May 1, 2015 I began a new program that involves drinking Iaso Detox Tea from TLC. During my first 3 days I lost 3.6 Pounds!! I couldn't believe it!!! I even FEEL better and LIGHTER! Today I began taking the Resolution Drops from TLC and it helps to control the cravings for swe... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:39:05 EST Logging food is great! After just a week of being active, I stepped on the scale this morning to discover 3+pounds are gone! Woohoo!! What a difference logging everything that enters my mouth makes!! I didn't feel deprived and for the most part, just knowing I'd be logging helped me make better choices! Mon, 4 May 2015 11:36:34 EST May 4, 2015 Yesterday the topic of spark coach was to make a vision collage. This is not new to me but for some reason I have never done one. <BR> <BR> As I thought about it, I realized the reason was is because every time I have a vision for my future, my mom foiled it! <BR> <BR> Now my mom died 3 years ... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:35:20 EST How Good This Is! It's not just that I have lost weight and enough of it, that people can now notice. Those comments some times take me off guard and though nice for some reason I am a little uncomfortable when I hear them. Why is that? <BR> <BR> My new love is for myself, My Body, My Energy, My positive Outloo... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:23:32 EST Quote for the day 05/04/15 <img src="" <BR> <BR> The key to success in never give up. <BR> This journey we are on is a lifetime journey, even once we reach our weight loss goal. <BR> The race does not belong to the swift but to the one that keep going no matter ... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:21:52 EST Verse of the Day if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. <BR> 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV Mon, 4 May 2015 11:21:01 EST Seven Years Later and Back to Square One <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Life is full; crammed with more things than I could have ever imagined just a few years ago. In seven years I have added a new job, a husband, two small children, and a house. On the negative side of the equation, I h... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:17:07 EST Some of my frustrations down in writting Have not written in a while because there is so many things happening in our lives right now. I thought it was time to put my frustrations down in writing so I can get them out and move on from them. <BR> <BR> - I have been watching/tracking what I eat and walking for a solid 4 months now and... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:16:19 EST Monday's here! Good morning afternoon evening wherever you are. I am blessed to wake up today and realize I think I gained more weight, but I wont let it define me break me or change my attitude. I know that I have had slip ups and I will live by them and accept it. When you run from what you already know in de... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:15:45 EST The Weekend A truly fun-filled weekend. Softball doubleheader Saturday followed by a race across country to catch a basketball game and then mowing the yard for the first time this year. It should have been done about 2-3 weeks ago but my mower was disabled. Sunday involved some furniture moving, another ... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:10:28 EST Saturday in the Mountains Good Monday morning Sparkers! It is a beautiful day here in northern Montana, as was this past weekend. As a lot of my spark friends know, I am an avid hiker and have been having withdrawals all winter, waiting for the weather in the mountains to accommodate. Finally, Saturday was the day. This w... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:09:48 EST Day 27: Catching Up Geeze the weekend flew by. My bf is active duty military and got back from a month long training on Friday and left again Sunday for a quick two week exercise. So we spent a little bit of time together and the rest of the weekend was spent packing. <BR> <BR> We are currently in the process of b... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:06:58 EST Today is go day... While sitting here finishing up my spark generated breakfast, I'm popping in and out of various areas within the sight trying to grasp the why's of my struggle with weightloss. I watched my mom struggle with her weight as well as her self worth for 40 years, finally giving up at the age of 70 an... Mon, 4 May 2015 11:06:06 EST Disappointment Well... I had my personal training appointment. Alex, my trainer, told me she's proud of me sticking to going to the gym. I've been there 5 out of the last 7 days. Been eating right and drinking lots of water....... Switched off days for cardio and strength training so I wouldn't overdo it and ca... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:56:05 EST Monday tonight is Olivia's (our youngest daughter) concert at the Middle School. Needless to say she is less than excited. We will join the rest of the iPhone and iPad packing parents taking videos this evening. <BR> <BR> the only downside is that due to the start time it will cause us to have a late ... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:52:18 EST Week 97: Phase Two Turns out work travel isn't conducive to weight loss. This surprises no one, of course, so I'm not beating myself up for a slight gain this week after being in a great place while I was at home. This week, however, the boy and I have all the tools we need to be successful and we've regrouped to m... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:51:58 EST Road trip, and storms. Another nice day here, so far that is. Sun shining, 60 out already, but windy, as usual. Yesterday got up to 85, but the wind about blew you over. L. got all done planting corn , so that meant I was going to get a lot of driving miles. Had to drive him over to bring planter home, and then whe... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:51:35 EST The Lincoln Marathon - Chapter two - Micah's story On January 27th, HOT4FITNESS blogged about our class mate Micah: <BR> <BR> "7 years ago on May 3rd a gentleman was walking and hit by car going 55mph. He was dead on the scene but revived. He now suffers the after affects of a traumatic brain injury. he now suffers with pain in his legs that a... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:50:15 EST Come into the deeper waters What is it that is keeping you from going into a deeper relationship with God. Is it a job that has your time, or a loved one that has your mind. Is a thing like money or image that keeps your attention? Or is it that you can't pass yourself? Oh did I forget to mention.... That whatever it is tha... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:48:21 EST Day 442 - Taking Life One Day At A Time I'm not really sure where to begin. I fell off the wagon into oblivion again. It started as a small controlled slip and turned into a catastrophe. At least, it felt like a catastrophe even though I only gained about 3 pounds in the last week and a half of out of control eating. <BR> <BR> I was d... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:47:39 EST I'll Be a Great Tour Guide <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another week full of testing! <em>244</em> That's sarcasm, it case you didn't catch it. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 May 2015 10:47:08 EST Day 29 Screwed up big time over the weekend. I over drank, over ate and didn't get much exercise in at all. But it's a new day, new week, and new month. Time to get back on track. <BR> Goals-Eat Healthy, Exercise more, as many AF days as i can <BR> <BR> hope everyone has a great day! Don't give up and ... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:44:01 EST Happy Springtime May Hello to Your Beagle <link><BR>of-the-month </link> Mon, 4 May 2015 10:43:26 EST Sabotaged I feel unintentionally friends, my man family are sabotaging my lifestyle change. They bring home or over pizza, high fat sugary foods.How do I get them to stop without being crabby and avoiding them all together?? Mon, 4 May 2015 10:43:16 EST The Unexpected and Unavoidable pitfalls and struggles and how to overcome. As we all know there are times when the motivation and desire is there but there is something ELSE standing in the way. This has been one of those weeks. For the past 2+ months I have been working out almost every single day come snow or flood... however this last week and a half has thrown me a ... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:42:41 EST Restarting. Sooo... I've taken a long hiatus from weight loss. I've fallen into some really bad habits, and that needs to change. <BR> Today I am at my all-time high weight. I'm uncomfortable, and I'm starting to find it difficult to do daily tasks and it scares me about what my future holds if I continue d... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:37:22 EST Update on my struggles Anytime I'm gone away from this site too long, I'm struggling...and I'm usually gone so long because I'm not making time to focus on me. I'm so sick of the constant back and forth...on for a week, off for a week (or two). I am struggling to make time for myself. <BR> <BR> I also can't seem to m... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:35:43 EST Busy weekend really tired... ate plenty: Saturday was the Cub Scout car wash, can drive, food drive, and bake sale (can not say no to woopie pie!); then one of my son's friends had a birthday party (cheeseburger, chips and cake!). Sunday was another birthday party which hubby took him this time (YAY!) and ... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:26:10 EST day 11 I found out that the best way to make this program work is to reach out to others and get some coaching. So I joined Spark Coach. I received my scaledown program a few days ago. So far I have been losing a little bit everyday. total 1.1 lbs. at least it is going in the right direction! Mon, 4 May 2015 10:25:31 EST Happy Star Wars Day! May the 4th (Force) be with you. <BR> <BR> I'm continuing my "Listening Project" fairly well. My weekend consisted of sleeping late, doing laundry, and marathoning Star Trek: Enterprise on Netflix. Now, my dining table is filled with folded putting it away will be this evening's "wh... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:22:52 EST I am fighting I am fighting a battle every day. I fight depression. I fight anxiety. I fight my feelings of being absolutely worthless. I take medication. I see a counselor weekly. I am fighting hard, but lately I feel like I am losing. This is not something that many people know. I feel so ashamed. ... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:22:37 EST Shoes I bought shoes yesterday! Went to Big5, and bought a pair of New Balances, they feel so great on my feet! I have super wide big feet, size 9 w, and I'm only 5'2". When I am lighter I wear a 8.5. Did you know feet can get fat? yep. They can. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with not eating in the... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:22:28 EST My mentor is a Toddler??!! Every time I have ever started a "diet" I have always said "This is it, this is the time I'm actually going to do this!" And I really meant it... every time. And I've racked up numerous successes only to let go and "find" all the lost weight. YIPES! <BR> <BR> So what makes me think I'll actu... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:22:05 EST Communication going Better Hubby and I got some good communication done yesterday. As we worked through something, (his desire for me to work) it became clear to me that we both tend to make assumptions and misinterpret what point the other person is trying to get across. We've finally gotten to the point where we remain c... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:20:40 EST Back on it!!! No more sitting around ;) I don't know what happened to me for about a month but I'm back!! No more sitting around either ;) Also, I took the facebook app off my phone. I've just got to keep moving and stay motivated. This morning, I woke up at 6am and starting jogging for about a mile in a half and then did 20 minutes... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:18:06 EST plan pivot! today's plans are no holding - PIVOT! Mon, 4 May 2015 10:13:26 EST May the Force Be With You! Today is May 4th- Star Wars Day ("May the Fourth be with you!"). But what does that mean to me today? <BR> <BR> I've graduated, I've wrapped up my job, and now it is time to get back to focusing on me. I'm looking for a new job, yes, but I'm also looking for a foundation. I'm reestablishing some... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:12:21 EST May 4-10 Workout Schedule Monday - Supreme Stretch, 3 Miles <BR> <BR> Tuesday - Metabolic 1, Cardio Sculpt, Personal Trainer <BR> <BR> Wednesday - Shoulder Stabilization, Kickin It With Keaira <BR> <BR> Thursday - Meditation Yoga <BR> <BR> Friday - Total Body Integration, Cardio Ball, 4 Miles <BR> <BR> Saturday - Hyd... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:12:08 EST NOT my weigh in day BUT I couldn't resist. I was soooo close to fifty pounds lost and I have been working so hard and I was hoping ... Done! I have officially lost fifty pounds. I'm so proud of me. I'm going to just celebrate this today. Now I have to get ready for water aerobics class. Today is a good day. Mon, 4 May 2015 10:11:33 EST April 27-May 3 In Review I got 7 days of my workouts in! I am really feeling like I am in a groove with my workouts. I feel like I can't go to bed if I haven't completed them. This is a good feeling. <BR> <BR> I did pretty good with tracking this week. The weekends are still tough with tracking and this is what I'm ... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:09:18 EST Weekend Recap! Okay so it's technically still MY weekend for another 12 hours, but here's a recap of the "weekend" thus far. <BR> <BR> Friday <BR> Josh made me rearrange my entire week to run after work on Friday. We got into a little tiff Friday morning at work. In summary, I had to be "the boss" and get hi... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:06:06 EST Abstinence Lost...pregnancy gained I started attending OA April 1, 2013. After 6 mos of learning about the program and what abstinence meant, I tried it on for size. It worked. I enjoyed the program and loved, in particular, my groups in the East Bay of San Francisco. <BR> <BR> But I started a divorce during this time and decided... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:04:53 EST F---A---T Hello Spark! I can’t remember my last blog, right before Vegas? A month ago perhaps? <BR> <BR> A lot has been going on. My endometriosis flared up pretty badly right after Vegas, then I got bronchitis. I think this is the first morning in about a month where I have woken up and not felt physic... Mon, 4 May 2015 10:01:39 EST My First Real Test I count this weekend as my first real commitment test. It was also a test of results. It was a busy weekend, as weekends with kids tend to be. However, this one was a little more than normal. <BR> <BR> <BR> Let me give you the basic events. We had a festival in town, a free showing of Into the... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:59:54 EST Soup for Breakfast! I did it! I made soup and am eating it for breakfast!! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I followed this recipe <link><BR>-potato-soup-weeknight-dinner-recipes-<BR>from-the-kitchn-13802 </link> and added sausage, and WOW is it GOOD! I thought the sausage... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:54:38 EST good got lots of compliments on my appearance this weekend. felt good and smaller and prettier Mon, 4 May 2015 09:54:28 EST Went to see DS yesterday Good Morning; DH & I took both DS and Fiancée to lunch. We talked and I feel that they have a handle on his health. I gave them a list of medical providers in his area. DH was grumpy yesterday. I had a talk with him. What is your problem now? Please do not turn into an old F. There is ... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:53:48 EST Day 16 till 20 ~give it 100~ These last 5 days I started with a training to run 5K, which automatically consume more then 30 minutes worth of exercise. <BR> I have added strength training. (Nothing major) just some squats, sit ups, crunches and push up to my daily workout. Before I know it I have exercised for at least 50 mi... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:46:54 EST Funnies for Monday 05/04/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 4 May 2015 09:45:56 EST Answers to what's aligning me clothes no longer fit right <BR> what am I going to do about it? <BR> body feels tight <BR> how do i release the water weight? <BR> face is getting fuller <BR> what to do? <BR> chest is back heavy; want them gone <BR> how to achieve reduction without surgery? <BR> <BR> The answer to all of my qu... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:45:30 EST Recipe Time! Baked Oatmeal I found this recipe somewhere years ago, (I don't recall where), and it's very versatile. Use any fruit you like, and switch up the spices to make a sweet or savory breakfast dish. <BR> <BR> Fat: 3.5g <BR> Calories: 227 <BR> Carbohydrates: 44g (oatmeal / blueberries) <BR> Fiber: 12g <BR> Prot... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:45:27 EST Scale Tale & FLEXIBILITY This week, Queen Am, feeling very cocky and cheerful, hath declared an EXTRA OFFICIAL weigh-in day and is officially down once again to 127.4, where she was on Saturday. <BR> <BR> A dedicated daily weigher, Her Royalist of the Royal Highness, usually considers Sunday to be the OFFICIAL WEEKLY WE... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:43:10 EST i am impressed and thrilled with myNINJA good day - i have had the entire thing assembled and waiting on my cooking counter since dec but always used my old tried and true oster blender. it is 35 yrs old and doesn't do as good a job of blending smoothies without lumps etc. <BR> so today i watched the infomercial and re-read the book ... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:41:07 EST looking good Noticed myself in the mirror and saw a woman that has trimmed down quite a bit in a month's time, and a friend asked if had lost weight. Loving the results!!!! Mon, 4 May 2015 09:39:09 EST Every day 10,000 This week my pedometer hit 84,807 steps. For the first time in forever I hit over 10,000 all the days (the lowest being Friday at 10154). <BR> <BR> This morning I weighed in and had GAINED half a pond. <BR> Then I realized my bladder was full. <BR> LOL <BR> <BR> Re-weighed and I lost 0.4 lbs. ... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:37:00 EST Monday... Back to work...already ready to get's definitely Monday!!! <BR> <BR> Hope you have a great day!! <BR> <BR> TTYL Mon, 4 May 2015 09:36:58 EST It's day one . . . Sometimes the best way to move forward is to just start over. <BR> <BR> I'm exercising, but I'm not tracking my food. Therefore, I've gained 4 pounds in the last month. I also haven't been weighing myself, because. I told myself I was on a SparkBreak, and that I had this handled. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:35:32 EST day 1 Exercised and ate healthy breakfast Mon, 4 May 2015 09:34:41 EST GRAND WEEKEND First of all, the weather was OUTSTANDING this weekend. Seriously, the whole weekend was just amazing!! I spent as much time as I could outside enjoying it! <BR> <BR> First, I hit up a huge garden market with my friend Deb... and I probably spent waaaaay too much money on stuff, but it was tru... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:31:48 EST GREAT RIDE It was a beautiful day yesterday and I went on a bike ride with a few of my friends. I felt very energetic and decided to tackle a path I have been avoiding for four years because of the hills. Well, I did the whole path without having to get off and walk my bike. Mind you, I have a cruiser, s... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:30:27 EST Sun flower <img src=""> Mon, 4 May 2015 09:29:55 EST THINspired... THINspired…. <BR> To powerfully become stimulated, encouraged, or awakened with the spirit to become smaller in thickness or width or weight, by an extraordinary or great influence. <BR> <BR> THINspired! That’s what I have been over the last week, and I have found it to be a key ingredient ... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:29:22 EST Not a good day? Every day may not be a good day, but there is something good in every day. <BR> <BR> So <BR> <BR> "Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder. Let the challenges make you strong." Mon, 4 May 2015 09:25:59 EST Monday Morning Mondays should be outlawed or fixed so we could just sleep through them. Busy, Busy, Busy. <BR> I'm trying to get a handle on my life again....I've got to. Lately I've been so angry. I stay aggravated most everyday and lose my temper at the drop of a hat. <BR> I know that eating right and ex... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:24:44 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Psalm 139:13 (WEB) <BR> For you formed my inmost being. <BR> You knit me together in my mother’s womb. <BR> <BR> Promise #124: I gently formed you in your mother's womb. <BR> <BR> The New International V... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:21:45 EST Married 41 years today. I'm still happily married after 41 years. Patti and I met when we were both in the Air Force and stationed in Vietnam. We met at the right point in our lives and continue to be thankful that we met when we did. Mon, 4 May 2015 09:20:55 EST Daily Motivation 5/4/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 4 May 2015 09:20:32 EST Animals ;-) 5/4 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 4 May 2015 09:19:19 EST Week 39 Weigh-in Loss for week: -5 <BR> Total loss: -53.5 <BR> Average weekly loss: -1.37 <BR> <BR> Finally! Last week I gained 0.8 lbs, so I expected a good week, but this is great. Of course, not to be outdone, my boyfriend lost literally 10.4 lbs this week (WTF!!!???). I have been using a low-carb vegetari... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:18:28 EST Day 1/56: New Two Month Challenge Begins! Hi Everyone!! Last week was crazy. I was away at a sales conference in Jasper, Alberta all week. OMG! We drove through snow blizzards, saw deer and elk on the side of the road - and I even saw a bear!!! The internet connection wasn't any good up there but we did lots of walks. It was beautful.... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:16:10 EST Unicorn Prances On I have returned to prancing! Today I strutted around the meadow for 1.5 miles. I walked alongside my injured friend who hobbles more than struts. But since she was with me, she hobbled most majestically. Very sparkly. <BR> <BR> There was also some yog-aaaaahhhh today. Yoga does not have enough ... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:09:19 EST Something Feels Different I don't know exactly how to put it, but the past few weeks I have been back on the wagon I felt different about it. Even though the pressure is on because of my vacation coming up, I don't feel pressure to lose. I also have been finding it easier to keep within my calorie goals. I think I'm in a ... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:06:33 EST Monday May 4, 2015 Good morning, World! It's gonna be a great day! I had a relatively busy night at work last night and woke up a bit sore this morning, but not too bad, and after a soak in the spa and stretches, I feel great! Even better: the sun is shining, the birds are singing and I feel good! <BR> <BR> I wei... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:04:25 EST starting over I have to admit I was ready to quit this am after I weighed myself. I knew I had been eating the wrong foods all week but I told myself it was just for a couple of days while I was so busy with the March for babies walk. <BR> well I was up 6 pounds, feel bloated and winded, gained my weight back... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:03:41 EST hi spark friends <img src=""> I am just starting my weight loss journey today. I have about 90 lb's to lose. I know it is better to set smaller goals like 1.5 lb's per week. I really want to try to give this my best. Mon, 4 May 2015 09:03:39 EST Here comes the sun <img src=""> Mon, 4 May 2015 09:01:24 EST completed 2nd run of first week C25K So i mentioned the new running plan for me in the title for my last blog post but I didn't actually talk about it. <BR> <BR> I did my first run on Thursday, April 30th. about 2 miles distance. 5 min warmup, 60 sec run, 90 sec walk (8x) and a 5 minute cooldown. perfect 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> We... Mon, 4 May 2015 09:00:00 EST Diary Day 20 with Diabetes Acceptance is the word for today. I finally feel like I have accepted my fate. After days of crying and some days screaming when no one was around I'm finally in a place of peace. My therapist said Thursday she was impressed at how I embraced my disease. I told her I went cold turkey with th... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:59:27 EST it's monday a new week has begun! with incredible weather here,too! i treated my good friend to dinner the other day. he has been such a huge help and is a huge supporter of what i do and of who i am. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i will get outdoors in a while and get some necessiti... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:58:19 EST Step challenge update Thank you, Up24 and my sweet husband for giving me this Christmas gift! <BR> <BR> Setting step goals and using my Up tracker are helping me have positive results. I was so surprised when I saw the alert on my iPad that I had walked 1,000,000 steps between Christmas and early April. My early st... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:51:48 EST The Lincoln Marathon from inside my head I'm will have to split this into multiple blogs, it was such a full experience yesterday, and it's NOT all about me. But I'll begin by weaving the rest around the very self-centered because I prepared to be "in the zone", and to be there for the race, at least. <BR> <BR> The Lincoln Marathon (h... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:49:24 EST Discouraged It's been over a year since I exercised. Honestly it's probably been more than two years since I exercised. A year ago, I feel down my stairs and broke my ankle/leg. It was three months before I was able to put pressure on my leg and walk again. I did my physical therapy- when at physical the... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:45:49 EST Day 118: Paris Trip I am back from my trip to Paris and I really still can't believe that we had the chance to visit this amazing city. Spring in Paris is as lovely as I thought it would be. All the history, the monuments and the flowers really had me captivated. We would walk for hours and feel ready to do it again... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:45:11 EST Woo boy! So, we did go mushroom hunting Friday. I must say it was definitely full of adventures. We found two quickly drying half morels....disappointing, but we won't give up. We're supposed to get some rain this week so I am hoping this Friday will be good for us. I'm really enjoying our Friday hike... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:43:52 EST May goals Good morning <BR> <BR> I'm not out of the fight just yet. I know that this is a lifetime battle and when it gets easy I have to buckle down a lot more. As long as I'm in the struggle I know I'm right at the door of my breakthrough! So I continue to press forward. <BR> <BR> May goals: <BR> Do... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:41:43 EST 5/3/15 Yesterday was rough, Anara and I took a early walk to chase away the blues of the failed hike and mushroom swiss burger/ ice cream/cookie I had the night before. Then I came home and did some yoga. My back was knotted, and I remember how much my legs hurt on the bike ride the day before. The w... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:40:15 EST met Mr. Snarky today at the gym- not let things bring me down Monday. <BR> <BR> Spin class this morning- new teacher. She asked the 3 people left in the room when she ended class if we had any input, I told her that I did like the lights off in the morning. Our old teacher had it like a dance party in there and I liked it. This gentleman- really aggre... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:40:09 EST Happiness Depends on Honesty Today's thought from Hazelden is: I hope I shall follow firmness of virtue enough to maintain that I consider the most enviable of all titles - the character of an honest man. --George Washington Happiness in recovery and in society depends on our honesty. We create pain for others, and ourselv... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:38:59 EST Loving Me... It has been a long journey but I have finally gained my confidence back! <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 4 May 2015 08:33:34 EST Just needed to vent I'm a bit stressed out with my husbands family to say the least. Its not my immediate in laws. My Father in law (who is actually my husbands step dad) and Mother in law live in the immediate area and we get along great. Then, a large portion of my husbands family live in TX. Except for his brothe... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:27:53 EST Back on track So I have been away for a few months. I was having some health issues and I used that as an excuse not to eat right or exercise. The health issues are past me, thank goodness. I am forgiving myself for regaining the weight I lost and seeing this as a fresh start. We have about eight weeks until w... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:24:15 EST One week Stress is such a huge part of my life right now. I don't want to eat. I am breastfeeding so I know I have to eat and I also know not eating is the worse thing I can do for myself right now. I have been really upping my water. I have made it a focus. I am not happy with myself. I know I just had a... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:23:30 EST Monday! Little bit of rain this morning, but will still be in the 70's today. Allergies are better right now. Computer will be picked up this morning going into the shop so don't know when I'll be back on, hope all have a good week. <BR> <BR> Positives <BR> <BR> Thankful for my Creator. <BR> <BR> Than... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:20:56 EST 5/4/15 Good morning! Its such a wonderful day! <BR> <BR> Let's me just pat myself on the back for eating so amazingly over the weekend. Grill season is certainly up and running at my house. The fiancé and I made chicken kabobs Saturday night, then grilled salmon last night. both came out amazingly. ... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:20:03 EST I Love/Hate Weekends I want to say that I do look forward to the weekends. Sleeping until 6:30 feels so much better than waking up at 5:00. I also like to be able to drink my coffee and not feel like I am rushing out the door. But, on the flip side, I hate the weekends. I am also trying to get as much in as possible ... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:17:18 EST Bugs Bunny is my spiritual animal Exactly how I felt getting up for water aerobics class at 0530: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh my, Bugs has it right. It must be some cruel joke of the universe to have the best and most challenging class that early in the morning. Bu... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:15:32 EST Blessings, May 4, 2015 My goal is to list three blessings everyday. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. DS mowed the grass today. <BR> <BR> 2. I am grumpy, but starting to feel better. <BR> <BR> 3. Walking. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list your own blessing... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:11:12 EST Monday after the Race The campers are making their exodus from the area. They must be out of the campgrounds this morning. Their will be the longest line of pop up, trailers, fifth wheels, buses, and motor coaches leaving the track. I have seen some long lines at Alabama Football games but nothing like this before.... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:09:42 EST This is NOT what I expected to eat our first day in France Lunch <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dinner <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I don’t even eat this at home, so why in the land of quiche, amazing bread and pastries was I eating this? <BR> <... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:05:50 EST Is it time to get naked? <img src=""> <BR> Doncha jess love it????---the sign was a gift from our daughter----- <BR> Yesterday, I finally put it up-- <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Himself is Chinese---born in J... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:03:32 EST Is it time to get naked? <img src=""> <BR> Doncha jess love it????---the sign was a gift from our daughter----- <BR> Yesterday, I finally put it up-- <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Himself is Chinese---born in J... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:03:32 EST Is it time to get naked? <img src=""> <BR> Doncha jess love it????---the sign was a gift from our daughter----- <BR> Yesterday, I finally put it up-- <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Himself is Chinese---born in J... Mon, 4 May 2015 08:03:25 EST Smiling and Singing This week has been a long one as we get set to see our oldest off to college life in the States. Jammed into the schedule were conference meetings at our little church work and several other big events. As all the young people at church were feeling a little frantic one day as we hurried to get... Mon, 4 May 2015 07:59:16 EST 5/4/15 have a good day and a good week <BR> <BR> <BR> try to be kind towards others sometimes it is hard but we still need to try Mon, 4 May 2015 07:59:12 EST This will brighten your day 1060 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Mon, 4 May 2015 07:56:30 EST Home from vacation Just got home from a cruise to Bermuda. Yes a cruise - with a lot of food - but I did ok. I was up a pound - which is normal for me on any day. I did get a lot of walking in - which is a good thing. <BR> <BR> The weather fine - rained mostly in the evening while in Bermuda - so we were able t... Mon, 4 May 2015 07:51:36 EST New Beginnings... Much as we may wish to make a new beginning, some part of us resists doing so as though we were making the first step toward disaster.- William Bridges <BR> <BR> At times most of us are frightened about taking the first step on a new path, no matter how much we desire change! However, we must o... Mon, 4 May 2015 07:51:10 EST Motivational Thought For The Day Nothing will work unless you do. - Maya Angelou Mon, 4 May 2015 07:49:42 EST A new beginning Good morning. <BR> <BR> After hitting a weight loss plateau last week I immediately decided on a course of action to change that and get back to the core basics which helped me lose 24 pounds in 5 weeks. <BR> <BR> This morning instead of waking up at 5:30 I woke up at 5:00 and went to the g... Mon, 4 May 2015 07:47:13 EST biomeasure #5 This weekend definitely went better than last weekend! Still need some improvements for when I'm home and I get the urge to snack. But, it was in the right direction so I'll take it as a win. <BR> <BR> I made a broccoli frittata for lunches this week, and I'll have some cantaloupe on the side. T... Mon, 4 May 2015 07:36:55 EST monday good morning! had a busy, productive weekend. I LOVE this time of year--not only because the weather breaks, but because I begin to connect with so many garden friends--it always lifts my spirits. <BR> I took a few things up to the kitchen store Saturday and participated in Phyllis's little f... Mon, 4 May 2015 07:27:27 EST grateful grateful for some of my famil & friends who go out of their wy to look after me its not only buyng expensive gifts but taking the time & trouble to visit to spend time in cheering me up Mon, 4 May 2015 07:21:35 EST Bagpipes! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 4 May 2015 07:20:45 EST Lovely Weekend I'm feeling refreshed and ready to go. <BR> <BR> Actually saw one of the peregrine falcons yesterday using my binoculars. They have been calling pretty much constantly for several weeks, but they move so quickly it's hard to locate them. This one was sitting in the top of the neighbour's sugar... Mon, 4 May 2015 07:20:39 EST Need to fix inner self first to pull myself out of this, How can I find this road?? We all have our problems. One thing or another that makes us go to food for comfort/loneliness/healing/stress/hard family problems even health problems. I have never been so long in this hole. It is taking me to long to shake this off. Before I went through hard times but somehow I used those ... Mon, 4 May 2015 07:15:20 EST last two In the last two weeks I have listed a house...sold a house...and found a HOUSE to rent in the right area with awesome owners!!! All while still focusing on eating healthy (lost 6 pounds these 2 weeks) AND working full time at a new job!!! Hell yeah!!! I can do anything!!! 😄 Now to pack and ... Mon, 4 May 2015 07:12:44 EST The Untethered soul .. An interesting title don't you think? <BR> We are all tethered to something or someone .. or several of both. <BR> Our past experiences raise their sometimes ugly heads to keep us stuck to keep us under control .. <BR> What if you could learn to release all of that stored energy .. release it ba... Mon, 4 May 2015 07:10:17 EST I am genuinely, legitimately, thoroughly confused by this turn of events. I did everything right this week & somehow I gained. Sure it was only .6 of a pound, but a gain is a gain. Usually if I gain I can pin point things that need improvement, but this time I really don't know. <BR> <BR> Okay I'm done having a pity party, thank you for letting me vent. Now if you'll... Mon, 4 May 2015 07:03:47 EST Monday, May 4th <img src=""> Mon, 4 May 2015 06:47:34 EST Oh No She Didn't! Yesterday was day two of perfect days. I got my fitness in and my nutrition report for the day was spot on. Perfect amount of fats, carbs and protein. I took a handful of blueberries and a bottled water to bed because I love to munch while I'm winding down for the night. Me tucked in bed, reading... Mon, 4 May 2015 06:46:00 EST Day 4 of 30 of Walk It Off in 30 Days with Leslie Sansone Did both of her videos and knocking out 2 miles on the treadmill now. Planning on walking more later today <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Kicking the nutrition part with the 21 day fix. <BR> <BR> Breakfast! 1 c red bell pepper and egg <BR> <BR> Lunch: 1 c cucumbers, 1 c blueberries, 3/4 c tur... Mon, 4 May 2015 06:45:58 EST It feels a little over whelming My weight has been a roller coaster for the last few years. I got myself together right before I went away to college, then when I got back home, into the real world, I ate, and slept and ate again. <BR> <BR> Finally after realizing what I want my career and future to look like, I knew this lif... Mon, 4 May 2015 06:44:17 EST In Need of Prayers My healthy, active 2 year old granddaughter began having seizures a couple of weeks ago. She was admitted to the hospital last week & has been started on seizure medications. Thankfully they found nothing wrong with her brain. She has been diagnosed with epileosy. She will be on medication for tw... Mon, 4 May 2015 06:42:58 EST Thought and Prayer for Monday, May 4, 2015 May 4, 2015 WHY BE HOLY? <BR> <BR> Family resemblances are sometimes undeniable. We see mothers and daughters who look like sisters. We see family pictures where everyone has the same eyes or nose. It is sometimes easy to tell who is related to whom by the way they look. We are created in God’... Mon, 4 May 2015 06:32:48 EST Completion of Week 1 Finished week 1 of being back on Spark. Quite a long hiatus I took there, but since I was so successful 2011-2014 I know it's good for me to make it a habit to be back on here. <BR> <BR> I did great this past week with exercising and eating healthy. Only ate an unhealthy meal last night for dinn... Mon, 4 May 2015 06:32:39 EST Day 178...only one more! Concert #3 this weekend went pretty well but boy was it busy. We normally have played this venue in December, but this time the stage area was smaller and we had an hour less set-up time, so we had to improvise our set-up on the fly and shorten our rehearsal down. It was pretty hectic! We typical... Mon, 4 May 2015 06:31:39 EST Time for Some Goals - May I've been kind of floating along with out any real goals. Not a good thing. Goals brings results! <BR> <BR> My May goals are: <BR> <BR> <em>216</em> 60 minutes of cardio 5-7 days a week <BR> <em>362</em> ST 3x a week <BR> <em>190</em> Eat dinner in 5x a week <BR> <em>149</em> Spend... Mon, 4 May 2015 06:31:24 EST SURGERY TOMORROW MORNING.... My surgery will be Tuesday.... <BR> Have to be at the hospital 9am with surgery set for 9.45.... <BR> <BR> Thankyou all for your prayers... <BR> Be back in a few days.... <BR> <BR> Blessings Mon, 4 May 2015 06:30:22 EST One more humiliation to go......... ......and as painful as that may be, I only hope that I *can* do that.......... <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Mon, 4 May 2015 06:25:21 EST Yup, it's Monday <img src=""> Have a great week fellow Sparkers!! Mon, 4 May 2015 06:22:15 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You know all those things you always wanted to do ? You should go do them. Mon, 4 May 2015 06:13:47 EST Just because I can <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ten things I like to do...just because I can <BR> 1.) Being able to worship the Lord and not be persecuted for it. <BR> 2.) Enjoy my family & friends <BR> 3.) Exercise (did I really say that) <BR> 4.) Enjoy nature <BR... Mon, 4 May 2015 06:11:58 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=5/4/2015=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">I will make Thy Name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise Th... Mon, 4 May 2015 06:11:05 EST Monday, May 4 Yesterday's tennis was not too much fun for me. I was not playing well and I was thoroughly disappointed with John. He, once again, demonstrated how selfish he can be. Not going into details. It's the same behavior that he complains about Denny. <BR> <BR> He did not join us for lunch and he did... Mon, 4 May 2015 06:05:23 EST My Beach <BR> This is my beach. I walked with my dog on Saturday. There were whales swimming back and forth off shore (I counted 6, but others counted more). This attracted lots of people. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my beach. I walk... Mon, 4 May 2015 06:03:17 EST Monday's Silly When you start to look like the picture on your passport, you know it's time for the vacation! Mon, 4 May 2015 06:01:48 EST Late night musings Well.... <BR> <BR> It"s now 5:30am in the morning. I was awoken at 4:30 by the yips of my new rambunctious, little shihtzu pup, Jojo (not my choice - my grandmother and mother named him). <BR> <BR> The very first day he made himself at home and seems to be quite content to be a part of the f... Mon, 4 May 2015 05:58:30 EST A smile from Finley! <img src=""> Mon, 4 May 2015 05:58:10 EST May 4th Bank Holiday Monday & the sun is shining, what is the world coming to? Might even get out in the garden later. Mon, 4 May 2015 05:55:33 EST You are Anointed - Joel & Victoria Osteen You are Anointed <BR> <BR> TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” <BR> (Acts 10:38, NASB) <BR> <BR> TODAY’S ... Mon, 4 May 2015 05:54:04 EST Not obsessing to be perfect, obessing to be happy and healthy. My husband and I went to lunch with my Mom and sisters for my Mom's birthday. It was very shocking and eye opening. <BR> <BR> I have been obese for 90% of my life. Being told what I can and can't eat, what I should and shouldn't eat, etc. My Mom is a healthy weight and so is one of my sister... Mon, 4 May 2015 05:48:17 EST Quick and early blog today. Not sure I will have time later I did my crunch test this morning (as per my weight page) and did 50 before I ran out of steam. I might have been able to squeeze a couple more out but could feel that 'pre-cramp' feeling so stopped. I get cramps around the site of the scar of my nephrectomy. It was 7 years ago but I still get cr... Mon, 4 May 2015 05:39:32 EST Day 100 of Spins I stopped, got back on, got off again, but kept coming every day to spin the spin wheel. I don't know why. I am a gambler, I am a game player. Maybe that's the draw. I didn't note what I ate the last two days but I did take a walk. Yesterday I took the walk I was taking before my grandfather ... Mon, 4 May 2015 05:34:22 EST Outside chores=exercise We raked the yard of the old home in Porter the other day. <BR> we raked for a few hours, and worked up a swet. <BR> It is always a great time when I get together with the grandkids and we work or play! <BR> Unfortunately, the photos would not upload. <BR> The files are too big, according to the ... Mon, 4 May 2015 05:33:26 EST Brighton someone's day " You never want to give a man a present when you know he's feeling good. You want to do it when he's down." Lyndon B. Johnson <BR> <BR> If it one thing that sparkpeople are good for it is brightening other peoples days. There is nothing like bringing sunshine <em>67</em> and cheer to ano... Mon, 4 May 2015 05:23:28 EST Random morning thoughts. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Goooood morning everyone! I am hoping this is one of my good days. So far, so good. I am not feeling much pain. Yesss! <BR> <BR> So since I was online, I thought I would give you all something nice, bright and cheerfu... Mon, 4 May 2015 05:20:59 EST Study Tonight Although I am already qualified for strapping athletes as part of my sports trainer qualification (Athletic Trainer) tomorrow I am booked to do an upgrade course to be nationally recognised to apply Kinesiology tape. so although I am trained in K tape I need this to be officially recognised natio... Mon, 4 May 2015 05:10:29 EST FOOD FOR THOUGHT <BR> <BR> <BR> Be yourself, everyone else is already taken. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 4 May 2015 05:04:09 EST n n Mon, 4 May 2015 04:56:54 EST Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Mon, 4 May 2015 04:53:02 EST Reflection of a Choice <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know, this is not rocket science. But, sometimes I get into a habit of poor choices. I've done that the last few weeks. Stopping at the grocery and picking up a snack on the way home from work. Well, it had been a to... Mon, 4 May 2015 04:42:45 EST Fin 9eme semaine (0kgs perdus) - Phase Stabilisation (pour la 10eme semaine) Bilan <BR> samedi 28 fevrier : 60,7kgs <BR> samedi 7 mars : 60,2kgs <BR> samedi 14 mars : 58,9kgs <BR> samedi 21 mars : 58,6kgs <BR> samedi 28 mars : 58,3kgs <BR> samedi 4 avril : 58,3kgs <BR> samedi 11 avril : 58,1kgs <BR> samedi 18 avril : 58,6kgs <BR> samedi 25 avril : 58,3kgs <BR> ... Mon, 4 May 2015 04:35:27 EST airport challenge Time to travel home. My plan is to make healthy choices at the airports. <BR> <BR> Yesterda, I went to Old Wisconsin & walked most of the site. It was funny cos had I known I could have participated in a Fun Run/Walk they held. They were giving out the awards when I arrived. <BR> <BR> To... Mon, 4 May 2015 04:24:57 EST Lots of walking. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I can't get that pic to turn the right way. It's fine on my computer. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We did lots of walking. I try to get at least 100 mi... Mon, 4 May 2015 04:21:03 EST Week 1 Today is a new week and my goals for this week is to continue to use the stairs instead of the elevators, drink only water, exercise 3 times this week, stay away from "bad" foods and to stay motivated. Mon, 4 May 2015 04:19:31 EST May 4, John 9 <BR> <BR> Jesus heals a blind man and it upsets the religious establishment. How absurd, to be upset at a miracle simply because it happened on a Sabbath, or because the person who performed it is not a member of the elect. Sometimes we get caught up in traditions, and sometimes we try to put... Mon, 4 May 2015 04:17:05 EST Keeping our Eyes on the Prize... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Cheering you on for a Fabulous Monday and Week ahead! <BR> <BR> Food For Thought: An Athlete keeps pushing on, even if he stumbles, he picks himself up & keeps going, keeping his eyes on t... Mon, 4 May 2015 04:16:09 EST 5:2 Day 22 178lb = 12st 11lb BMI 37.67 <BR> <BR> WELL, that was a surprise! After being worried about going haywire yesterday (having almost 900 cals and more than my daily allowance in fat before 9am!!) I thought I may have put a pound back for the day ... weekly weigh day at that! ... but I am 2lb down... Mon, 4 May 2015 03:31:07 EST Quote for the Day... Everything we do is to be offered to the Lord; and if done so with a pure heart of love, it becomes holy <BR> <BR> Joyce Meyer Mon, 4 May 2015 03:25:58 EST Bible Verse for the Day if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. <BR> <BR> 2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV Mon, 4 May 2015 03:16:46 EST Oops! Since it is after midnight, I have technically missed a daily goal by not blogging. Nothing is happening yet though, just a nice, quiet, restful Sunday. I do have a blog planned for tomorrow. Not so much to do with dieting just... stuff. I'm still waiting in packages and then shopping for menu it... Mon, 4 May 2015 02:53:48 EST Yard clean up When I got home from church, I noticed that the neighbor had trimmed the big shrub that is between our driveways. I looked at all the leaves that were underneath the shrub that I hadn't seen before because it was so overgrown. I got out the rake and started raking up all the leaves and dead bra... Mon, 4 May 2015 02:37:32 EST Good Lord, Don't shop on a Sunday! Point Taken. So after work Sunday morning I went straight to the grocery store only to make it through one of the worst shopping experiences I've had! First I stopped out front to look at flowers only to have one of the employees stock me (aka sweep right by me in the same spot for 5 minutes, watching me). Th... Mon, 4 May 2015 02:29:54 EST Pulling Back the Throttle I'm back on track today. I think all the stress had just been building in me. <BR> <BR> There are something things I haven't shared - like a funeral I will be going to this Thursday, looking for a job and now getting interviews and my self doubt of my body holding up to it, having my roomer gra... Mon, 4 May 2015 02:28:46 EST Obituary for Ben E. King I grew up in a white neighborhood in Chicago, and later in a white suburb. Somehow, I was saved from the great void of white music. For some reason, the sounds of the Drifters, Clyde McFatter, Ben E. King, and later Chess, and Motown "spoke" to me. <BR> <BR> I was amazed that the local Nashua Te... Mon, 4 May 2015 02:24:54 EST Day 12 A new week. A week of new beginnings and a week of change. <BR> <BR> Most importantly, the week I'm starting my BeFitIn90 programme. I'm really looking forward to it. Starting tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Another wonderful thing is that I'm down almost 2kg now. I'm almost out of the 80kg range. <BR> <B... Mon, 4 May 2015 02:23:07 EST The Journey of a Caterpillar This fuzzy caterpillar is feeling marvelous darling! Hope you are too. Making lots of plans for the summer, as all my butterflies will be here together for the first time in five years. That means lots of fun and pictures. We are planning a photo shoot, so I need to be ready in my most beaut... Mon, 4 May 2015 02:22:34 EST No Paparazzi In Crazy Town .. Day 206 of 662 <img src=""> Mon, 4 May 2015 02:20:22 EST It's May, breaking free Starting off with a loss in May is a great way to start the month. I lost 2 lbs last week and I am very Happy. I feel I have broke through this round of this crazy roller coaster. <BR> <BR> I have had three weeks of grief that just wouldn't let go. When my Mom passed we laid her to rest and t... Mon, 4 May 2015 02:17:33 EST What Went - Sunday 1. Rusty is a very happy and very cute bunny. He is so curious and engaging. We have two dogs and one cat parked outside his door. I know at least one dog is trying to figure out how to get carry-out. <BR> <BR> 2. After a couple of nice days on my new meds, today was a hard one. Right be... Mon, 4 May 2015 02:15:34 EST Stocked up and ready for business Our fridge is full and I'm feeling ready to tackle another week. I have three lunch containers filled with salad and baked salmon, ready for workday lunches. There are also 2 big containers of tikka masala, which I skinny-fied by marinating the chicken in yogurt and spices beforehand and elimin... Mon, 4 May 2015 02:09:56 EST anybody have experience with acromegaly? my sister has been going through some crazy health issues...and it's getting scary. <BR> <BR> her GP pretty much blew her off, so she's found another Dr. This one IS listening to her and has run a battery of tests (results hopefully on Wednesday). <BR> <BR> a friend told my sister her symptoms... Mon, 4 May 2015 02:06:17 EST DAILY QUOTE The best way to influence people is to appear to love them , and the best way to appear to love them is to love them indeed . <BR> <BR> ~ Jeremy Bentham Mon, 4 May 2015 02:04:27 EST Mississippi Mississippi, the Hospitality State, also the Magnolia State, 20h to join the union, 24th alphabetically. Southern state, full of beauty, humidity, agriculture and heat. Last in many state listings, giving rise to the saying "Thank God for Mississippi". The state I learned to spell by chanting "M... Mon, 4 May 2015 02:02:35 EST Feelingtude list, 5/3: 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they cling really good. <BR> 2. i am grateful for getting it started by myself, because i totally nailed it. <BR> 3. i am grateful for getting things done, because i could. <BR> 4. i am grateful for steady work, because it brings fulfillment. <BR> 5. i am g... Mon, 4 May 2015 01:59:21 EST day 21 well last few days went well until today. I was exhausted and tired most of day. Instead of eating my normal breakfast food, went out for breakfast instead.That went well with lil portions and stuff. after that spent 4 hours at swap meet where i nibbled on cherries and water. But after that it we... Mon, 4 May 2015 01:54:16 EST Gratitude May 3 2015 Number 1: I slept in and it was wonderful. I woke up at about 8:00 and the world was a much better place. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I saw the new Avengers movie today. It was good. I liked seeing that at least one Avenger has a life. <BR> <BR> Number 3: My husband went to Target to buy youngest... Mon, 4 May 2015 01:50:53 EST It was a good weekend restful, relaxing, full of good company and exercise! My knee is starting to act regular again and the weather is very nice. Slightly overcast but mostly warm and sunny. <BR> <BR> The SO went to bed at 10pm because he was very tired and he has a meeting at 8am so he'll go into the office a littl... Mon, 4 May 2015 01:40:36 EST Bird Day Bird Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When: Bird Day is always May 4th <BR> <BR> People love birds. Bird watching is a favorite pastime of millions of people. It is the most popular of hobbies, and can be enjoyed by everyone regardless... Mon, 4 May 2015 01:40:18 EST OBSTACLES "Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal." <BR> <BR> ~Henry Ford Mon, 4 May 2015 01:38:38 EST Spangle's Life Is Hard Food Is Easy, Chapter 3, What's Going On? Chapter 3 is "What's going on? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> After reading the sections on Head Hunger or Heart Hunger were you able to identify the difference between them? What is your interpretation for yourself? <BR> <BR> I can think about instances in my life in which there was heart hunger a... Mon, 4 May 2015 01:24:58 EST Savory Golden Lentil And Sweet Potato Soup + Please Do Not Text/Talk/Or Drink And Drive! JUST DRIVE! Hello Sparkfamily, It has been a rough day for me today. As you know, my best friend was hit head on by someone that was texting. The outcome...he is alive but in very bad shape. but I am here and I hope that you enjoy the recipe that I am about to present to you and pay VERY close attention to t... Mon, 4 May 2015 01:17:27 EST Being real ... part two - Doctors visit I wrote my previous blog ... and then after doing that realised one of the things that is frustrating me right now <BR> <BR> That was my doctors visit last week! I thought I was handling it well, but obviously I'm not handling it as well as I thought <BR> <BR> My doctor mentioned three times t... Mon, 4 May 2015 01:16:42 EST Beginnings This is the beginning of my journey... Or should I say, one of the many beginnings. Like many, I have a tendency to start and give up. This blog is to help keep myself accountable. I am a 24 year old, 5'1" female. I reached my highest weight last month... I weighed 128lbs. I am a Correctiona... Mon, 4 May 2015 01:08:27 EST Hike in the hills. <img src=""> <BR> Different walks for me, more climbing. Riley came along. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Glen said it would be an easy trail. I just don't know. <BR> <img src="http://photos... Mon, 4 May 2015 01:04:41 EST Day 155 - Friendships Short blog post today. We went hiking with our friends Shawn and Venetia this morning, then showered and drove to the Richmond Park Bar and Grill for lunch. If was a lot of fun, but I overdid the food. I tried to make up for it tonight but there is only so much you can do. It was great fun and w... Mon, 4 May 2015 01:02:19 EST Monday's Moment BE CAREFUL HOW YOU ARE <BR> TALKING TO YOURSELF <BR> BECAUSE YOU ARE LISTENING <em>88</em> Mon, 4 May 2015 01:01:04 EST Day 78 & 79 Cleaning up my life. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, yesterday was another day full of confusion (Friday). Let me go and just add (Thursday) into the mix too. I had been bouncing all over the wall for the past few days. I’ve been eating junk, but today, (Sund... Mon, 4 May 2015 00:57:47 EST WHOSE YOUR WORST ENEMY? /CHANGE YOURSELFCHANGE YOUR OUTCOME IN MANY SITUATIONS THAT ARISE HERE ON EARTH, WE HUMANS GET STRESSED OUT EMOTIONALLY, PHYSICALLY, AND SPIRITUALLY. <BR> I too am weak, and emotionally bury myself before I know an outcome. At the same time that I am defeating myself in some way, I also try to help myself. This seems to be the fl... Mon, 4 May 2015 00:52:44 EST Give It Away I've been selecting some extra "stuff" in my kitchen cabinets, washing and wrapping glasses getting them ready to give away. There are two of us and I still have enough dinner/glassware to serve a bunch of people. Time to clean house I think! I started Sunday afternoon doing one shelf where I ... Mon, 4 May 2015 00:52:26 EST pizza of the 1950's Today's pizza has just about anything on top...from traditional Italian, to Hawaiian, to meat and or veggie lover's, to dessert, to gluten-free white...etc... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img s... Mon, 4 May 2015 00:46:05 EST Being real ... Emotions can be tough to deal with and when you are trying to move away from emotional eating it can be difficult learning new ways to handle them <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that one of those ways for me will be through journalling and blogging; but that means being real <BR> and being real ... means ... Mon, 4 May 2015 00:43:13 EST W30, Day12 I was very busy today and perhaps had a touch of "tiger blood" (energy the result of W30) which I used to complete the project of repotting 15 houseplants. I was too busy (determined to finish this project which was turning my kitchen into a potting shed) to do any cooking, to speak of. Luckily... Mon, 4 May 2015 00:35:35 EST Weigh-In -- 3May15 Real quick blog. <BR> <BR> Up one pound. <BR> <BR> Still streaking - today is day 95 for cardio <BR> <BR> Still getting in the water. <BR> <BR> Will re-assess my program this week. <BR> <BR> Have a good week everyone. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 4 May 2015 00:30:48 EST Mother’s Day 2015 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We have a family tradition that the most important thing about a special day is that it be celebrated. It doesn’t really matter whether it is celebrated on the “official” day or a little earlier or later. So th... Mon, 4 May 2015 00:28:55 EST starting again... this isn't starting over - its a new opportunity to start again. I've created a new SparkPeople account on my phone and I'm going to start tracking again tomorrow. Wish me luck. Mon, 4 May 2015 00:23:50 EST May Accountability Day 3 It was another wonderful day. Church was great, then we had lunch with friends. Then I did shopping for my friend Peanut who is in the nursing home. He needed new clothes, hopefully these will fit him! We also attended the first piano recital for our friends 7 year old son. That was a lot of fun.... Mon, 4 May 2015 00:23:24 EST Sundays Are Good Days! Ok . . . my prediction was correct. This is a couple weeks in . . . and I have not missed ONE day to make the effort to MOVE and get in at least ten minutes of exercise a day. HOWEVER . . . <BR> it is AMAZING, that if you tell yourself, JUST TEN minutes. Just ten little tiny minutes out of y... Mon, 4 May 2015 00:15:02 EST 1 Peter 5:6-7 Meditate On <BR> <BR> Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. <BR> 1 Peter 5:6–7 <BR> <BR> Cast Every Care To God—He Cares! <BR> <BR> The Bible says that “the very hairs of your h... Mon, 4 May 2015 00:13:54 EST Special Blessings-May 4, 2015 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> We enjoyed a very quiet and relaxing Sunday today. We needed it after the busy week we just had and the busy week ahead of us. Jim enjoyed the race while I did a load of laundry. We grilled dinner, so that was easy and relaxing, as we... Mon, 4 May 2015 00:11:14 EST Recovery Observations/Aims With 7 weeks of recovery complete I find myself reflecting upon things I’ve observed. <BR> <BR> Observations: <BR> • Weight essentially steady (down a bit) <BR> • Body measurements up and down <BR> • Body fat upward trend <BR> • Bone mass down <BR> <BR> So, what to make of these obser... Mon, 4 May 2015 00:09:48 EST Daily Goals I wanted to write down what I want to remember to do everyday. Helps to write it down. lol <BR> <BR> 1. Do at least 30 minutes of exercise. <BR> 2. Drink 3 cups of hot green tea. <BR> 3. Drink 64 oz. of cold water. <BR> 4. Make a smoothie for breakfast or lunch. <BR> 5. Drink only black coffee... Mon, 4 May 2015 00:05:09 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 4/26 - 5/2 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them. <BR> -Picabo Street <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 4-26 <BR> 1595 calories <BR> 60 mins stationary bike <BR... Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:42 EST Do Not Attempt the Impossible <img src=""> <BR> One Aesop's Fable <BR> THE FROGS AND THE OX <BR> <BR> An Ox came down to a reedy pool to drink. As he splashed heavily into the water, he crushed a young Frog into the mud. The old Frog soon missed the little one and aske... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:58:54 EST Days 14-15 of the Countdown to My Red Skinny Jeans!! Hey Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Just a short bog today because I have much studying still to do for my exam tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Anyway I had a <em>250</em> day today!! I stayed within my calorie range by making one healthy choice after another and I did 70 minutes on my stationary bike for the day'... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:58:53 EST Victory Long story..... <BR> <BR> To condense: I had to install a new modem for my internet, and the instructions were inadequate, and I hated to look stupid to my brilliant, tech-savvy children by asking them to come and install for me... so I tried to follow the supposedly simple instructions, and do ... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:57:35 EST Exercise It's been fantastic getting workouts in these past two weeks. I cannot believe how much I missed getting sweaty and stinky! The shower is so refreshing when you really need it, lol. <BR> I have a pretty busy week this week so I must define my goals for week accordingly. <BR> This week: <BR> I wi... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:56:01 EST SENDING OUT A MESSAGE TO THE UNIVERSE! Please leave you comments on the other blog page, thanks. eva <BR> <BR> SENDING OUT A MESSAGE TO THE UNIVERSE! <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671388 </link> Sun, 3 May 2015 23:51:58 EST Make a plan As Sunday's go, this one was different as we had late <BR> services due to confirmation. I opted for a simple lunch, <BR> and the golden opportunity for a nap. We still need to <BR> finish mowing but the push mower won't start and <BR> DH has no idea what he did. <BR> I dug up some of the flower... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:48:18 EST New week Be blessed and have fun hugs Sun, 3 May 2015 23:47:22 EST Movies, yard work, and a nap.. It was busy...sweet dreams and have a good week! <em>67</em> Sun, 3 May 2015 23:38:30 EST My little blog to myself I am trying to make myself a habit. They say it takes 27 days or something like that. So I figured if I could write a blog each day that it would become a habit just like eating and drinking all my water. Well it started out well but then we went out to friends house last night and guess what,... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:35:28 EST Just for today Just for today, I will drink all of my water and one cup more. <BR> Just for today, I will increase the distance I walk by another 200 steps. <BR> Just for today, I will do my stretching exercises at least 20 minutes 3 days a week. <BR> Just for today, I will eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetabl... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:33:25 EST 5K for the Children Road Race All week I had been debating whether to run a race this weekend. There was one in Bristol, RI that I was considering but I had planned to go to my grandson's first baseball/t-ball game and the distance was too great for that. I was looking through the races in my area when I saw one that was bein... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:32:45 EST Be Patient <img src=""> Sun, 3 May 2015 23:32:03 EST The Secret to Being Happy <img src=""> Sun, 3 May 2015 23:30:52 EST Your Value <img src=""> Sun, 3 May 2015 23:29:40 EST Keep Life Simple <img src=""> Sun, 3 May 2015 23:29:07 EST Life is Not... <img src=""> Sun, 3 May 2015 23:28:09 EST A Few Goals for the Week The next two weeks are going to be nuts <em>219</em> (they didn't have a squirrel emoji) at work. <BR> <BR> 1. I really hope that I'll be able to bring my bedtime down to a more reasonable hour. I just can't seem to fall asleep before 1 AM. . Anyone have this problem before? <BR> <em>208... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:27:55 EST OOPS This morning as Harley and I was taking our morning <em>313</em> he decided to pep it up a bit and began sprinting to the dog park after I took him out of his <em>173</em> . I'm amazed at how he know where we're going a block before we reach the park, he'll stand up and put his paws on fron... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:26:45 EST Stop Waiting <img src=""> Sun, 3 May 2015 23:26:34 EST Just wanted to check in Hi everyone... <BR> I just wanted to check in and let you all know that I am still here... <BR> I've been working alot of hours lately....I'm saving to have some work done on the house next year, so...I have to save as much as I can..The weather has finally gotten warmer...I've been able to catch... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:26:17 EST You Don't Have to Be Pretty <img src=""> Sun, 3 May 2015 23:24:57 EST Doing What You Love Is Freedom <img src=""> Sun, 3 May 2015 23:24:37 EST Mindful May -- Lunches I am very proud of myself today. I was asked earlier this afternoon to join some friends for dinner tonight. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough time to fully finish all of my Sunday chores before I left. And, of course, once we ate, we sat around chatting for quite some time. By the time I left,... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:12:29 EST Took a Spark Break. !! DH and I went to the Public Theater in LEWISTON Maine. <BR> Friends from Senior College go with us to 4 plays in the season and this was the last one. <BR> <BR> <BR> In the summer there are kids productions. <BR> <BR> They have acting camp there and the kids are given auditions and some do ... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:03:20 EST World Walking <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Monday, weather is actually great. Been raining since 4 am and now I can see the sun coming out beautifully for another great monday. <BR> <BR> I've been feeling down these 2 days. My baby kittens was nowhere to be found. The three cute siblings <em>46</em> sad ! <BR... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:02:43 EST May the forks be with you! Heyas! I thought I'd quickly post something I added to the Team I belong to. We should not fail to recognize the importance of food in our life and relationships, not being wasteful or eating poorly. We currently do not have much of a budget, and don't see that changing down the road for a while.... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:00:50 EST Day 3 of 40 - TDP It's hard for me to get on here on weekends, especially this weekend. First beautiful weekend in Michigan. I got so much accomplished around the house. <BR> <BR> Food - On track! <BR> Went for a bike ride with a friend around the Lake today. Great fellowship and exercise! Felt amazing! <BR> ... Sun, 3 May 2015 23:00:19 EST Enjoying spring Today I bought some flowers for the garden, and for the first time EVER I actually planted every since thing I bought today right away! So excited about that. <BR> I also spent over an hour out on the lake in a paddleboat.... quite the workout there. Especially going against the wind on the way... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:59:57 EST Basic Self Health Review <BR> <BR> It has been a little while since I last done some basic self health screening so <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 hours post meal( Lunch) blood glucose - 5.2 mmol/l - Perfect <BR> <BR> Blood pressure 2 hours after eating <BR> <BR> 113 / 60 at a heart rate of 58 beats per minute - good <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:57:21 EST Day 123: The Waiting Game <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work." (Bette Davis) <BR> <BR> <BR> Thank you for the prayers and good thoughts for Bella. She was not a happy camper, but then again she has bad experiences at the vetâ... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:54:50 EST A Busy Day In the early morning, I dyed some of my and blue. When I took my fiber to the Senior Center last week for the people to make felt, I realized I didn't have much of those colors. It really turned out beautiful, especially the green. <BR> <BR> Now they can make green felt for the le... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:53:48 EST Point Pelee Today was the kind of day we wait all winter for. It was warm but not hot, the sun was shining and there was no wind. We heard that there might be rain on Monday so we decided to take advantage of our passes and go to Point Pelee. Ted wanted to test the new bike rake he got for the van. It wo... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:52:36 EST Never give up. Never surrender. I have to admit I have a bit of geek in me and I like crazy science fiction flicks. Today a line Capt. Jason Nesmith (played by Tim Allen) from Galaxy Quest popped in my head as I finished and AMAZING day. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> Last week didn't go so well for me, but I woke determined to m... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:50:08 EST Days 21-28: Feeling Unmotivated Do you ever have those days that you just feel gross and unmotivated? Well, for me that day is today. With the stress of final exams, I feel even more overweight too. Today, my food choices were horrible. Two Starbucks drinks, a Jimmy John's veggie sandwich, tater tots, French toast, a doughnut, ... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:48:29 EST What a Day This morning I got up and ate breakfast then waited to wake up for a little while before getting ready and heading out for a Couch to 5K workout. Last night I realized that I was doing Week 1 wrong, and while I'm glad I did it that way, I feel like I'm behind lol. The first week was supposed to b... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:48:29 EST Sunday's Smile =) <img src=""> Sun, 3 May 2015 22:46:49 EST 5/3/15 - Bedtime Today is my brother's birthday. Happy Birthday Michael!!! <BR> <BR> This morning I took another strength class at the Park District. As I was about to leave, we were all offered a complimentary barre class. Since I thought it wouldn't be too strenuous, I stuck around for the class. Although ... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:45:52 EST Nutrisystem Day 7 - new recipe This week I am trying a new recipe. I am using the NS Kung Pao noodle lunch. Admittedly, it is not my favorite meal, but i'm taking a chance. I am using tofu as my power fuel and a veggie stir fry as my lunch veggies. Along with a homemade cucumber salad. <BR> <BR> This week reinforced my measur... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:45:19 EST 123/365 so I did it again. I overrate, I had no physical activity. All my good intentions went out the window. I've felt blah most of the day and then I felt guilty for wasting the day and letting the munchies get a hold of me. I almost wanted to write the whole day off and forget about it but decided to... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:44:03 EST I trying to lose 40lbs Needs some ideal, Sun, 3 May 2015 22:43:44 EST What The Actual Blankety Blank Blank Blank!?!?!?!!! Ive been within my calorie limits, Im drinking my water, im exercising and even using my spark tracker my clothes are getting bigger, but im still not losing freaking weight IM GAINING!!!!im seriously upset over this!!! Sun, 3 May 2015 22:43:03 EST What a day! what a day! You all should have been here! Started at 6am done by 2pm. I not only had the house clean the last of Walt’s work clothes in the washing machine before noon, but I have the entire front yards raked, all the junk and debris hauled out back to the pile by wheelbarrow, for garbage pick up, all the... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:40:12 EST Sharing I saw a couple of cool things on pinterest tonight. Thought I would share. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great week! <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> <BR> Ker... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:39:29 EST Sunday, 5/3/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The morning was spent at church and another great sermon on giving to others. He finished it out with "Crocodile Rock" and put on quite a performance. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 3 May 2015 22:33:25 EST Day 262 The excitement is over but the visit was great. I really enjoyed having one of my kids here even if it was only for a very short time. I understand that they have jobs and kids and partners and all that but once in a while you just need them to give you a hug and tell you that you did a good job. <BR> <BR> I'm really almost emberassed by ... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:31:21 EST Sunday's Words to Ponder <img src=""> Sun, 3 May 2015 22:30:45 EST Weekly Wrapup <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thanks everyone, for your comments. It is a testimony to how good of SparkFriends I have, that you feel for me and get upset on my behalf. True friends! I am blessed to have you all. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:30:15 EST Twisted Zombie 5k I've completed other 5ks but this is my first medal, and I love it. My kids love Zombies so they were excited for me when they saw the medal and the shirt I got for participating in the Twisted Zombie 5k. <BR> <em>205</em> <em>104</em> <em>244</em> <em>334</em> <em>364</em> <BR> ... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:30:07 EST amazing in training So its been a while since ive been on here i got my weight down to 175 and thought i dont need this anymore but ive put back on 23 pounds over tha last year ive taken it off and put it right back on so for the next 180 days im going to make a video log of may day and blog on here for extra suppor... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:29:00 EST It's Been Awhile It has been a year since I started crossfit and I have seen a major change in my life, health and marriage. This last month I have been training for a competition and following a detailed strength program. My weight and body fat still need to be reduce, but I am patient with that and know it is a... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:13:16 EST A little competition 'mongst the fabric slingers... My boss has been freaking out because she's gained weight. She's a tall, slender woman, and I can't tell she's gained, but she insists she has (and I can tell you it's not from eating bad but from the insane amount of stress that we've all been laboring under). She got herself a FitBit and has be... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:12:58 EST Not much done today I had grand plans for today as I am so behind on chores. And what have I done all day? It seems like I've slept all day. Thought I had had a good nights sleep last night. Then this morning sat in the recliner to watch a little tv before breakfast and fell asleep. Went to parents for lunch th... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:12:06 EST Gaining my life back while losing. <em>55</em> <em>192</em> <BR> So it's been a long 'break', but I'm finally back on track. <em>435</em> <BR> <BR> I am feeling stronger daily and more confident about staying in a healthy lifestyle. <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> <em>301</em> It's my new life, and afte... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:10:20 EST Tired! The doctor started me on some thyroid medicine finally. I had an ultrasound several years ago that showed several nodules and said "keep a close watch". Well, no one ever said anything after that and I kind of forgot. I was in the doctor's office because they called and said I had to see the ... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:10:08 EST Maple Pecan Cheesecake Wake Up Call My son-in-law brought a maple pecan cheesecake for dessert for our family dinner today. I have eaten 3 pieces and there is more in the refrigerator. This has been my habit for the past year or so, mindless eating and little activity. I'm disgusted with my on-going lack of discipline and the excu... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:10:00 EST Pepacton Ride Just a quickie...late, bed's a-callin'! :-) <BR> <BR> For a 34 mile ride, we had a rough last half as we crossed over the northern edge of the Pepacton Reservoir with a lot more climbing than we bargained for. After only a little way in to the northern edge our bike club president caught up with... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:09:34 EST I Hate Plateaus I seem to hit a plateau every 10-15 pounds. At another one. Can't seem to get the scale to budge. And yes, it's getting discouraging. I'm busting my butt with exercise consistency, often going to the gym twice a day in order to get those 10,000 steps a day in and the pounds will not start droppin... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:08:50 EST 10K Steps A Day Challenge begins tomorrow. Can I do it??? Checking in after my first week back in the world of movement. I do feel much better and a little more confident about my ability to sustain some level of exercise. I jumped into the effort with an attempt to walk 6,000 steps per day thinking that would be fairly manageable. But, with a basic... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:08:22 EST Blood Sugar Lows This week my blood sugar went down to fifty in my Doctors office. It was scary but I learned not to carry food with me, Sun, 3 May 2015 22:03:19 EST Hope May the God of our HOPE fill you with all JOY and PEACE in believing through the experience of your FAITH that by the POWER of the HOLY SPIRIT you may abound and be overflowing with HOPE. Romans 15:13 Sun, 3 May 2015 21:58:02 EST Blowing Out The Candles As I blew out the candles today, on my last day of being twenty-four years old, I reflected on the first quarter century of my life. <BR> <BR> Throughout this reflection, I constantly wondered what I have to show for all of those years. I have graduated college, met the man of my dreams, raised... Sun, 3 May 2015 21:54:35 EST 100 Days Take 2!! Days 1-3 I restarted the 100 Days of Weight Loss book by Linda Spangle on May 1. As soon as my hubby finds time to purchase the Life Is Hard, Food Should Be Easy book by Spangle I will also start it! <BR> <BR> The book says it helps with any weight loss program and even gives a link to a quiz to find ... Sun, 3 May 2015 21:53:37 EST New "Diet" Not diet like "to lose weight" (although that is a goal), but more diet like "the type of food one eats". Hubby and I have decided that we eat out far more than we care too. Usually because we don't plan ahead and get to dinner time when everyone's yelling and crying and complaining because they'... Sun, 3 May 2015 21:48:41 EST Got My Shining Star Charm! Next the Wise Old Owl... In the middle of March I blogged that I was working toward my next charm - the Shining Star. It is my 20 pound loss reward. (Check out my earlier blogs to learn more about what my charms symbolize.) I'm delighted to say that today the scale shows me down 20 pounds from the start of the year. ... Sun, 3 May 2015 21:48:11 EST VACATION TRAVELING FOOD So come this Thursday my boyfriend and I will be leaving to go to Toledo Ohio to visit some friends will be with them Thursday evening and all day Friday then Saturday around noon leave to stop at another friends house for a few hours then leave there and stop at another friends house to visit th... Sun, 3 May 2015 21:39:08 EST