SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Incorporating exercise They say 80% nutrition, 20% exercise. I'm not sure if I agree with that. For me, I tend to eat better when I do something physical. I think there are several reasons for that. For one, it takes time out of my day that could be spent eating. Another big benefit for me is that exercise release... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:10:01 EST Gaining Momentum I was so happy that I actually woke up and got out of bed this morning to go to the gym. I kept telling myself, just go to the bathroom and then see what happens, then just brush your teeth then see what happens, then just get dressed and see what happens, etc. until I was at the gym on the elli... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:08:32 EST Being Honest with Myself "A real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken a new action. If there's no action, you haven't truly decided." - Tony Robbins <BR> <BR> This quote is posted at my desk at work and I read it over several times a day. I am beyond tired of falling off plan over and over again. Only I ha... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:08:26 EST Heavy again I am scared to even start another weight loss because it ends up with me gaining even more weight. I am scared of eating and not eating. With work, full time school and my family, I don't have time and energy for working out, shopping, and cooking well. Pasta and canned food are my go-to meals. I... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:01:49 EST Good Morning! I started walking around the lake today .5 miles, My oldest son (17) joined me for my first walk. We got up at 6:00 am on a school day no less. It was sprinkling out and muggy but after we began the walk it felt wonderful. I used my pedometer until I get my spark fitness meter. I walked 2000 step... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:59:58 EST Days 1-10 completed! You've come this far in your 100 Days… <BR> Don't stop now! <BR> <BR> If you're struggling to stick with it, push yourself to finish one more day. You'll immediately be another day closer to achieving your weight-loss goals. <BR> <BR> Just do one more day! <BR> <BR> Linda's notes: <BR> <BR> T... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:50:48 EST Still here, just doin' my thing. I'm here. It may seem like I'm MIA because I don't comment much and I like never blog, but I'm here. I only check in during school days cause I am just not at a computer at home. Even my tablet and my phone...not on them much. I'm tracking 5 days a week while I'm here but I don't always track din... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:49:02 EST Today's status entry continued I started my "Status" entry and got cut off at the pass. <BR> <BR> Fabulous 'Blue Sky' Friday. Already did my exercise HABIT & my breakfast HABIT. Don't know what the day has in store, but truly excited to be opening this package called a "NEW DAY". Thank you God! <BR> <BR> that was as far as S... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:47:58 EST Ran it out!!! I ran almost 12 miles last night and I feel so much better. My mood has lifted and I feel good. I hope this continues. I plan to really get my exercise on this holiday weekend and enjoy myself. I am looking forward to some time off and R&R. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Friday <em>386</em> <em>33... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:47:35 EST Runs 225 and 226 Another two in a week Two more runs this week, on Monday and Wednesday, both with just a watch and timer, no GPS. Monday was pretty good, Wednesday again was tougher. I had several walking intervals, not very long though. Monday I just ran city streets. Wednesday I headed for the waterfront park. It has some fitness s... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:47:06 EST OPTIMISM WHETHER YOU THINK YOU CAN OR THINK YOU CANNOT YOU ARE RIGHT <em>41</em> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:43:52 EST What Went Well 8-28-14 Number 1: I got to sit in the waiting area and work on my Japanese while my daughter was doing her physical therapy. I have been using an app on my ipad and it is helpful. <BR> <BR> Number 2: The bike doctor came to our house and did tune ups on all our bikes. He filled the tires with air an... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:43:01 EST Dale Carnegie quote "The person who gets the farthest is generally the <BR> one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing <BR> boat never gets far from shore." - Dale Carnegie Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:38:04 EST I have a wild hair. Pun may or may not have been intentional. So. I was going to wait until after we got back from the beach, but I'm feeling this wild urge for a new haircut. I saw this video yesterday and I am just in love with her haircut. It's similar to the pixie cut I've been sporting for about a year now, however it is pretty short on the sides and b... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:37:44 EST downward progress on my favorite scale Hi All, <BR> my fave scale in my fave place said 139 and I will be happy with that. When I moved the scale to my room mates room it said 140 so thats not too shabby either. I did drink my extra-strength chinese dieters tea which might have helped. I will use it sparingly when I need a little boos... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:37:25 EST Bard Me I had a wonderful thing happen. I may have mentioned that my spiritual Family named me Bard last year, a position for which I have no training save my musical ability and occasional songwriting. The last Bard in the Family passed quickly due to cancer before he could pass the training on. <BR> ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:36:42 EST pneumonia My lobster has pneumonia. We went to er on Wednesday night. His vitals were good enough that they let him come home. I got a shot in my knee yesterday. Then my sugar went crazy and I got really sick. So I did not get any st done on Wednesday or Thursday. Then I did not do my am work out today.... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:36:04 EST Accomplishments So I wrote a little blog a few days ago about choosing to gear my thoughts toward moving the scale down a little bit. I'm not ready for my weigh in, it's not until Monday. But I have been strength training again. I've trained 3 times this week. Low weights, high repetitions for endurance (my body... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:28:39 EST Hello Routine! After the past month of no routine and being all over the place I have learned that routines are heaven! August was a month of CHAOS with no routine in my life what so ever. I only have two weeks and then I will be away again for 10 days. Today I will set a routine I want to follow for the the... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:28:15 EST I can do Hard things! That was the topic of my 100 days of weightloss lesson by Linda Spangle today, Day #71 on her program. <BR> <BR> Yes, I can do hard things! <BR> <BR> I've done a LOT of them in my time thus far on Earth, and I am sure I will be faced with many more. <BR> <BR> Losing weight IS hard work, and k... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:23:44 EST Friday..TGIF I'm glad it's Friday and I'm thankful for the long weekend. I'm tired today and my lower back is hurting again. But, I have a lot of housework to do and some English assignments so I will definitely get that done. Plus, a workout. I'm starting to halfway look forward to the workouts. I am suppose... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:21:15 EST Feeling good. Feeling better today. The Dr's said they think it is not my borthers heart but they are going to do one more test to make sure. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:20:01 EST yesterday was emotional with DS Good Morning; DS had a terrible episode with new meds Wednesday. He had a change in his meds. I never understand that. DS has such bad side effects. <BR> This medicine is bringing back the horrors of war. He is remembering more and more. He has tried to stuff it down b/4. I talked with hi... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:17:56 EST Checking in I've started a new healthy habit. I get up a few minutes earlier in the morning, and do a quick strength training workout five times a week. I've been doing this for about a month now, and I think it's finally starting to pay off. I did an upper-body workout this morning (my arms are one of my... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:17:37 EST Day 20/100- Reflections Today I wake up feeling reflective, insightful, and deep in thought. Peaceful and ultimately hopeful for what today will bring. In these reflections I find that over the last 20 days I've learned that: <BR> <BR> I am finding peace even in the stressful times <BR> <BR> Caring about what I consu... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:14:20 EST Fun with the computer Well that was a hair raising couple of days that is thankfully behind me. <BR> <BR> I downloaded Google Chrome as DH said it was good and how much he liked it. So I did just that and boy did it mess things up. <BR> <BR> Loads of other stuff including something that changed my browser and alter... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:12:56 EST I have to do this for me I have tried to lose weight to please someone else, never a good idea. While I did lose a few pounds, the stress of trying to lose on another person's schedule was stressful. I will hit my goal weight in the time that my body needs. No stress, I want to enjoy the process! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:11:56 EST Day 27 - Weekend On purpose I declined a dinner invite to go and try a new Hamburger Restaurant. I do not intend to skip such events in the long term but this I thought is not the right time. I want to focus and also by not drinking any alcohol for a week (or longer) I know I will go out and do sports tomorrow mo... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:09:38 EST I'm Back! :-) 2 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:09:17 EST Summer's over??? How can that be?? <BR> <BR> Summer is my favorite season. I love the warm weather, the wearing sandals and tee shirts and the easy life summer seems to bring. It just goes to darn fast!!! <BR> <BR> Now that my son is off at college, I am preparing to figure out the rest of my life. I want ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:03:26 EST Inspirational Quote for Today, 8/29/14 - Inaction "Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." ~ Dale Carnegie <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:02:59 EST Day 56 - head hunger If you are an emotional eater like me, this is a powerful message. Over the course of Linda Spangle's consultations, she has come to distinguish between what Spangle calls "head" and "heart" hunger. This particular chapter/topic is about the head hunger. <BR> <BR> "Head hunger usually starts w... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:01:28 EST Looking forward to the weekend! It's going to be a three day weekend for the kids and husband - I'm so thrilled to have everyone home together for three whole days! Of course, it won't be spent at home. We are going to a football game and have some other things planned so it will be a weekend of being busy but it will be gre... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:00:39 EST Where are your favorite vacation spots and why? I am a big Disney Cruise fan and I will go any where that they go. So far my favorite place has been Europe. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:59:45 EST Smoothies! We recently purchased a Nutribullet. We didn't really buy it for me. We bought it because our smoothie maker that someone purchased for us years ago broke and my daughter enjoys smoothies. The way she makes them they are not necessarily low calorie but they're ok. But with the Nutribullet came a ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:59:30 EST Shock <img src=""> <BR> Good Morning, <BR> I just got a shock. Bob was checking on his life insurance this morning thru <BR> General Motors, and come to find out, that after age 65, they deduct 2% monthly <BR> from the amount until it reaches ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:56:37 EST Exercise good/nutrition hard I did excellent week 1 bootcamp. Week 2 did good with nutrition but exercise lacked. Week 2 redo exercise good but nutrition not so good. <BR> I am having issues getting my nutrition and exercise on the same page. It is hard for me to concentrate on both! Especially with 2 little ones to chase af... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:54:13 EST Sign the petition: Tell the USDA to label pink slime <link><BR>slime?t=1&akid=11524.3028366.pa3Fq1 </link> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:36:56 EST 8.29.2014: 5 Things That I Am Grateful For Today I am grateful that it's Friday. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for Friday morning BodyPump class! <BR> <BR> I am grateful for having plans - tomorrow - with my best friend from high school. We're going to the Minnesota State Fair. <BR> <BR> I am grateful for a three day weekend. <BR> <BR> I am (aga... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:35:24 EST misadventures in the Italian Alps This week I took a four day trip to Cortina, an italian alpine town famous for hosting the rich and famous who indulge in skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. I'm lucky enough to have a good friend who lives there and wanted to host us for a few nights, so I didn't have to pay for lodgi... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:35:20 EST WOO HOO!!! IT'S FRIDAY!! It's Friday and I get a three day weekend, what could be better...well, maybe if I won the lottery and Johnny Depp brought me the check, but besides that it's a GREAT day! <BR> Everyone have a WONDERFUL weekend!! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>334</em> <em>244</em> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:34:49 EST week one Today I am striving to eat breakfast. I think by doing this it will help me eat less during the day and have a better morning energy wise. That's what my goal is for today. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:33:10 EST New Meal Plan 6 small meals to stabilize my blood sugar. No more hypoglycemia episodes! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> 3 oz protein & veggie soup <BR> <BR> Mid-Morning Snack: <BR> 1/4 cup gluten-free oatmeal w/ 1 small chopped apple <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> 3 oz protein & veggie soup <BR> <BR> Afternoon Snack: <BR... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:32:13 EST week one I had class yesterday and I feel like its harder to stick to my plans when Im at my job site for 12 hours and then go home. I am ready to eat again!!!. I had steak and rice at 11 o clock at night. I need a better system. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:31:56 EST P90X Day 8 Todays Workout <BR> <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> P90X3 Day 8 - Yoga <BR> <BR> P90X Yoga <BR> Day 8 <BR> <BR> 3 x Sunsalutation <BR> Crescent w/airplane <BR> Sunsalutaion <BR> Warrior 1,2 reverse <BR> Chair <BR> Moon and twisted moon <BR> <BR> Cals burned = 67 <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:12 EST Wednesday and Thursday stars Wednesday Stars <BR> <BR> 1 star <BR> <em>8</em> Working out <BR> Working out 5 times in one week <BR> Walking 3 miles <BR> <em>8</em> Working out below 20 or above 80 degrees <BR> Drinking 8 cups of water a day <BR> <em>8</em> Meeting my carb range <BR> <em>8</em> Meeting my fat... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:29:06 EST TGIF! <img src=""> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:17:53 EST A Deuce of Thoughts >1 I've been trying to start a writer's critique group in my town, or county. I did get some good suggestions from a few of my SP Friends. Hey Folks, I did try them. Mostly what I ended up with was a few people who just wanted to write bible stories for the 'modern' reader. After several e-mail... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:15:31 EST TGIF Great day...Friday, payday, 3-day weekend? It doesn't get a lot better than that! AND I FEEL GREAT! 2 weeks following the 21-day Fix getting 4 veggies and 3 fruits in on most days...what a difference something so seemingly small can make! I guess my body was literally dying for something good ins... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:13:30 EST Weekly Blog Update - Week #4 I've been steady with the workouts and I haven't been overeating too much. But it's still overeating, and I'm having problems keeping the calorie count down and the amount of fruits and vegetables up, and the scale reflects it. <BR> <BR> I tried a snack company that sent me things - I can't say ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:12:06 EST Day 705: September Goals The reason why the air show was cancelled in Chicago. But we had fun. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> <em>67</em> ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:10:00 EST Fall 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment Walk/Run 10,000 steps per day <BR> <BR> Run at least 3 times per week <BR> <BR> Continue with my spinning and house of pain classes (OK this one will be pretty easy) <BR> <BR> Start getting a workout done in the morning. <BR> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:08:17 EST Running & an Amazing Pasta Salad First, I ran yesterday! OK, I actually walked, jogged, walked, jogged for about 2 miles, then just walked the third and thought I might fall over doing it. But it felt good. Really good. I went to the farm where I'd done most of the training for the half, so it brought back memories of easy-joggi... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:07:12 EST Right Track... I weighed myself this morning. Well, I do that every morning. I'm trying to be super-honest with myself, here. Being realistic with my goals. Trying to eat healthy. Having a treat when I darned-well feel like it. (As long as I don't ALWAYS darned-well feel like it.) Trying really hard not t... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:06:13 EST drum roll please....and the winner is..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I still need to find a doctor to tell me what I need to do from here. <BR> Basically, I guess it is telling me I have moderate neuropathy. <BR> What is causing it? <BR> Could be one of many things I read, weight, low b... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:03:14 EST last week of august well I thought this was going to be a weekend without the 2 grandsons because it was their moms weekend. but right after school yesterday we ended up with the boys again after having them from tues to Monday night last week. they were in school tue. wed. and thur. gee their mom had them 2 nights.... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:00:02 EST Verse of the Day There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. <BR> Galatians 3:28 NIV Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:59:28 EST T ~ The Journey 2 What will get me to my goals? Do what it takes to have what I really want. Plan ~ what is the goal? what is half the goal? what is weekly goal? what do I need to do DAILY to reach my weekly goal ~ which will cause me to reach my half way goal ~ which will cause my to reach my goal! Again, do... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:55:28 EST Angry at myself I do not understand why I am doing so well much of the day then make a not so healthy decision. Do I feel deserving? Am I having a pitty party of some sort> Whats bugging me? <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a very healthy breakfast then chose a greasy hamburger for lunch. It tasted soooo good. I ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:54:10 EST I WILL GREET THIS DAY. I will greet this day with love in my heart. <BR> And how will I do this? <BR> Henceforth will I look on all things with love and be born again. <BR> I will love the sun for it warms my bones; <BR> yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit. <BR> I will love the light for it shows me the ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:53:04 EST T-Minus 19 I fell off my smoothie cleanse pretty hard yesterday. Ouch! I barely ate my veggies snacks during the day because I was so busy. When I got home, I had a boiled egg and my smoothie. Then I had a plain chicken bratwurst sausage, and another on a bun, followed by a thin sliced chicken breast on ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:51:53 EST AUGUST 29 - PLEASE READ HELLO FRIENDS ... I wanted to tell you all that I am going to be taking a break from Spark as I will be gone from September 1 - 30 { yes it is the entire month } but things are going to be very very busy for me the entire month and so I am taking off because of it ... so I will be back in October... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:49:45 EST 8/29/14 it is going to be a great weekend and it all starts today <BR> <BR> <BR> have a good day Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:44:52 EST Cats ;-) 8/29 Russian Circus Cats <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:41:35 EST TGIF!! Thank God it's Friday!! <em>345</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> As I made my To-Do list last night, I first thought, oh good, a quiet weekend! <BR> <BR> Saturday, going to an all day crop. Have tons of cards to make. I send out at least 5 cards a week for the Prayer Team, so my stock needs... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:39:35 EST Yes small step! Can't believe I am back. I guess I do like to write just don't have enough skills to do that. First of all thank you all who responded , I didn't think anybody would find my blog. <BR> I am a shorty so I do take small steps just kidding. Yes small steps work just have to stick to them. But when ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:38:18 EST Two weeks and going strong. I'm in a very good mood today, and this is the perfect place for me to let it all out... <BR> I had my two week weigh in, and I'm down a total of 4 kg. (almost 9 lbs). I'm very pleased... this weight I put on since this spring and now I'm onto the more stubborn weight that's been around longer. I... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:38:11 EST One Thing I Learned By Sitting Around With a Broken Ankle First let me say that I am healing up, and am now weaning myself off of the boot. Next week I will start with some additional exercises per the doctor as well as get on a stationary bike at the gym. I don't have a date to start running yet, but will play that by ear (and pain level). So that’s ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:37:17 EST SMILES “I’m in shape. Round is a shape… isn’t it?” ~Unknown <BR> <BR> “Forget love… I’d rather fall in chocolate!” ~Unknown <BR> <BR> “I’ve been on a constant diet for the last two decades. I’ve lost a total of 789 pounds. By all accounts, I should be hanging from a charm bracelet.” ~Erma Bombeck <BR>... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:35:14 EST Ole Arthur is acting up BIG TIME! <em>198</em> The pain was expected....just hard to deal with. <BR> Yesterday I harvested 3 large heads of cabbage and tomatoes <BR> from the garden. With them I made a big roaster of stuffed <BR> cabbage. The lifting of the cabbage from the pot of boiling water, <BR> the mixing of the meat m... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:31:51 EST Choice to Make: Return to my safe hole or keep facing the world? Here it is, Friday. Labor Day weekend. For most of those of us who live in VA, the weekend before school starts. Several of you have kiddos already in school, or, if you don't, you still are facing busy fall schedules. <BR> <BR> I took a quick look at my fall schedule last night before I went to... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:30:29 EST Who is the girl in the mirror? This is a blog I never expected to write, because I never expected to look in the mirror and see a ... Runner. <BR> <BR> I know, I can hear a groan from a number of you, I have felt it myself - the what is it with running, I don't like running, it is dull, I can't see the point etc <BR> <BR> I ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:26:08 EST This Will Brighten Your Day 812 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Howard Cosell's Dog? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:25:49 EST Walking in the Dark We drove back to Florida yesterday leaving our little mountain cabin all alone with the deer. We are here for a few weeks for some routine appointments and then hope to head back to enjoy Fall and feel cool weather. <BR> <BR> This morning when I got up it was 76/F compared to the awesome 59/F... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:25:45 EST Growing, Preparing Food, and Cooking for My Life My world revolves around growing, preparing "all" my meals. Before convenience foods came into the market - pre-1950's, a woman spent up to 6 - 7 hours a day preparing her family meals. By growing your own food, knowing what came from the... air, soil, water, and knowing you have used sanitary me... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:24:59 EST My sister would have been 57 Today is my only sibling's 57 birthday she passed away 5 years back leaving me alone how I miss her may she rest in peace Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:24:24 EST The Marriage Box For marriage, or for any relationship really, we believe that they will give us something, but we find out they are what we put into them. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Isn't this kind of true on our WLJ too? We begin a program thinking... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:20:46 EST Stop Waiting Until You Feel Like It And Just Do It <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes I'm not motivated. I have days where I just don't feel like it. Salad doesn't look good and I'd rather watch cartoons with my son than walk nine miles. But, being able to get through that feeling and get back... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:19:07 EST OH! HOW PRAYING RESTS THE WEARY! I am using my blog today with a twofold purpose. To give you an update on my health and to emphasize the importance of "talking" with your Father in Heaven every chance you get. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I saw Dr Ezell, my Ophthalmologist and I need cataract surgery on both eyes and future t... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:15:02 EST HAPPY LABOUR DAY WEEKEND! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:14:04 EST TGIF!!! Just checking in. Ate within my range, but on the high end, last night. No change on the scale, which I think is a mercy. My left foot is hurting again today. I don't want to walk on it hardly. It seems like it gets a little better throughout the day, to a point. If I overdo it, it'll scream. S... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:14:01 EST friday--definitions hi everybody--been thinking about this lately. since my mom has passed away, and my dad is slowly fading away due to alzheimers--I have a strange set of feelings. the people who played a large part in how I defined myself growing up are gone--my dad isn't really gone, but his ability to "define... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:13:05 EST New Plan My new plan is to split my meals up. I think I will do better with 6 small meals a day. Keeping the calories the same as before, but I just can't afford any more carb binges due to hypoglycemia. I seem to be most vulnerable mid-morning and afternoon. I'm an early riser, so I eat breakfast around ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:12:51 EST Busy Just seems like I am so busy, and the days are way too short Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:12:37 EST Just Had to Share <img src=""> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:11:58 EST Don't talk yourself out of it . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some of the ladies at my gym have started a walking club. I go on my first walk with them today & I'm so excited!! <BR> <BR> Thanks so much for your prayers for my Aunt Doris. They determined she was not yet str... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:11:03 EST Blessings, August 29, 2014 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. No rain this morning. <BR> <BR> 2. Three day weekends. <BR> <BR> 3. Time to relax. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list your own blessings. Have a great ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:09:11 EST Celebrating Others' Birthdays There were two birthday parties I went to this month. One was my older sister Kathy's which was her 44th. The other was with my beau Casey who recently turned 39. I ate pizza to celebrate for both occasions. For Kathy's birthday I was at Pizza Ranch. For Casey's birthday it was delivery from... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:07:35 EST Staying Focused I can actually say so far so good. I had one bad day in which I ate a small piece of cake, but I have been pretty good ever since. I cracked and went to lunch with a co-worker, but felt that I stuck with the plan as best I could. I must be doing something right because my scale has inched down a ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:06:16 EST How my new job went Well i loved it, all the people liked me, and i liked the work. Im working with softlines (clothing) i get them from the back in the wearhouse part, i walk out with the clothing on a thing called a z rack its long and shaped like a z lol after i get it out, i walk from one department to the next ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:05:16 EST More Herbs, Less Salt Day More Herbs, Less Salt Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always August 29th <BR> <BR> More Herbs, Less Salt Day promotes use of healthy herbs over salts. <BR> <BR> Late August is a very appropriate time to celebrate this special d... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:03:40 EST 8/29/14 New Dawn 8/29/14 Friday - New Dawn - New Day - New Start <BR> <BR> I decided I got to change things up. Do thing different, <BR> or do things that I used to do when I was consistently <BR> losing weight. <BR> <BR> I MUST get back under 200 to the One-derland. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> I mi... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:03:35 EST August color Our shire continues to be green... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> green... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> green... <img src="">yet the touches of co... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:03:06 EST THIS HABIT MUST BE BROKEN So far, have not stopped. I have cut down 60%. Prior to the increase in smoking, I would smoke 2 per week, now its one maybe 2 a day. I feel better cutting back. working on stopping all together. One of my Spark buddies, shared she enjoyed smoking, this made me reflect. I enjoy it also. I stil... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:03:01 EST Being Kind to Ourselves 8/29/14 The topic of the week at our Weight Watchers meeting is being kind to ourselves. Are we kind or are we really hard on ourselves? I'm working on this one. Instead of being mad at myself for eating something or eating too much of something, I need to remember what I would tell a friend, write it... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:02:46 EST Life and Love I fell madly in love with a man, a man who I wanted to spend the rest of my life with, and he with me. But I chickened out and wont go any further with our relationship because of me and my brokenness. felling sad beyond words. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 08:02:16 EST and I am up so early because????? Hm, I don't know. I slept 6 hours which is not enough for me. Yes, I went to the bathroom but generally fall right back to sleep. I am just awake at 4:55 am on a day I could sleep late! No I don't feel stress but I would rather had 8 hours of sleep. It was still dark, it wasn't hot or cold. ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:59:27 EST Day one – one day left I can't believe this day is here ! Today is day one! Just one day before my daughter's wedding! <BR> <BR> The weather is cooperating. Today it is raining but there is sun on the way for tomorrow! <BR> <BR> It seems like everything is ready! Caterers are confirmed, decorator confirmed, giant t... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:59:15 EST MORE As I was cogitating over what I wanted to share today, several topics went through my mind. Then I read a couple of blogs by my Spark friends, and came across this one: <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=MIRAGE727 </link> <BR> <BR> Yes, Monty, I'm pointing you out, ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:58:39 EST We CAN Do THIS! <img src=""> <BR> He is here!--Determination plus!-- <BR> And it's a Holiday weekend!--a long weekend!-- <em>244</em> <BR> ...not a vacation from moving the ol' body however---- <img src=" Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:55:14 EST Happiness <link><BR>nships/happiness-by-design-how-to-cont<BR>rol-the-joy-in-your-life/article20245154/ </link> <BR> <BR> What we all want, right? <BR> <BR> If we could figure out what happiness is, and how to achieve it, and how to maintain it . . . we'd be happy!!... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:52:59 EST You Gotta Laugh!! 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:49:38 EST Little victories I didn't realize it had been 15 days since I was last on here. So much is going on I can barely keep track of what day it is. <BR> <BR> However....( cue exciting theme music here) lost 3lbs!!! TAAADDAAAA!! I know it doesn't seem like much but to me it's a big deal. And even better is it has stay... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:44:12 EST Restarting 8/29 I haven't blogged in over a year and a half, and in that time I have got comfortable, slowly gaining the weight back. I got on the scale yesterday and am at 194 (,my last post was when my weight was 159 ) Sigh!!!!! <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I've really really been struggling with the afternoon/... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:39:45 EST Steady Things are going a bit more steady here after a rough period. Me and my hubby are going to a gym and the working out is really nice. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:38:22 EST Day 26 of 100 Days of Exercise Didn't work out on the elliptical yesterday, but got a decent work out walking around my house trying to get the dog to poop outside. House training for going #1 is pretty good, but #2 we have to watch him constantly and take him out a lot. I think he thinks that because we got onto him for going... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:37:21 EST Friday Funny!! <img src=""> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:35:30 EST Choosing the hardest of the hard. Let's remind ourselves of a few things we already know. <BR> <BR> Being fat is hard. <BR> <BR> Losing weight is also hard. <BR> <BR> Maintaining weight is probably the hardest of the three. <BR> <BR> But do you know what's even harder than all of them? Regaining! Simply because in our minds i... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:35:07 EST Friday... Woke up with a migraine this morning... getting better now. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:33:54 EST Weigh-in! So I weighed myself this morning, and I'm down two pounds. Yipee! And then I took my measurements, which I haven' done since I started SparkPeople... <BR> <BR> 1/2 inch off my waist! <BR> 1 inch off hips! <BR> 1 inch off thighs! <BR> and... <BR> <BR> 1/4 inch off upper arms. <em>2</em> I re... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:33:21 EST Let it rain!! At least for now. I can work in the house while it pours, so raining all day today is fine, tonight is fine, please clear up tomorrow at least from 6 until 1230ish?? We'll see what happens. <BR> <BR> No matter what, it will be fine. God knows what he's doing and it will be totally ok. I have to ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:32:32 EST Words of Wisdom - Positivity "When you catch yourself saying "I can't" what you believe will manifest, but fortunately the opposite is also true, when you believe in yourself and are determined positive goals will manifest for you as well. Take your energy and consciously direct it towards positive thoughts and actions at th... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:31:48 EST PLEEEZE! I'm tired of reading, "I'm taking the weekend off!" "I'm going to take a break!" <BR> I wouldn't say it if I didn't care! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Stay Focused! You want to realize your goals! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:30:21 EST maybe this <img src=""> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:29:12 EST Two weeks til I head home Yes we're down to two weeks before I fly home. What an awesome time I've had. Camden is growing and changing daily. Going with son in law, daughter and grandson to dr appt today for son in laws Achilles' tendon. He's been in a boot for two weeks. Has tendinosis. Yes not tendinitis. Fraying if t... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:28:25 EST Ready for Friday~ This has been a steppin' week. 15,000 steps a day...even today. Wow! I really have to work to make it happen so I am almost ready to walk out the door for my appointment with the track. I can do this! P.S. I didn't have to do the "Get Happy" video....Yea!...they did it in the back with the X... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:28:23 EST Two Concepts...Aug. 29th <img src=""> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:27:29 EST TGIF IS HERE AGAIN! WELL LOTS TO DO TO GET READY FOR A FAMILY BBQ ON SUNDAY NORMALLY CLEAN ON FRIDAY BUT MY KNEE IS KILLING ME SO I WILL DO SOME COOKING TODAY AND CLEAN TOMORROW THAT IS THE PLAN ANYWAY. <BR> LAST NIGHT I GOT ALL MY TRAYS AND FOIL PANS OUT AN WASHED AND COVERED THEM TILL I AM READY FOR THEM TODAY GOT... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:27:20 EST Great to be back on Sparkpeople!! It has been over two years since I have blogged on sparkpeople. My life has had weight loss ups and downs. I have finally taken the steps to learn the healthy lifestyle biblical principles and concepts so that I may live an abundant life for Christ. I have a health coach who is walking with me... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:24:29 EST Feeling slightly annoyed I've been doing really well with my eating. I have not gone over range once in 7 weeks. I have managed to stop every binge before it started. I am getting more and more into working out. I am not up to 5 days a week yet, but did 3 days this week. A couple of weeks since I joined the gym I've onl... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:23:21 EST ILUMINACION DE HOY ILUMINACIÓN DE HOY <BR> Viernes 8/29 <BR> Dios puede tomar una persona que parece insignificante y hacer algo grande con ellas en Jesús. ¡Alabado sea Dios! Para obtener más información, lea la "SIGUIENDO LAS HUELLAS DE LA FE", y compartir con los que amas. Estas lecciones están siendo enviados... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:22:16 EST cant wait Looking for friends who can become my besties in this journey and I in theirs! <BR> <BR> Im so super excited about 12-13-14! And so excited about getting pregnant! <BR> <BR> This journey is so much easier when you have friends on the same page! <BR> <BR> For more info www.ThisBlessedBreath.... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:22:07 EST In 15 Minutes I managed to run 1.32 miles this morning according to my RunKeeper application on my smartphone, and I did it at a pace of 11:26. That is an accomplishment for this little girl. The other accomplishment is that the scale slid in the right direction this week. Woo-hoo! I think I'll celebrate w... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:21:19 EST 08-29-2014 “Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.” ~Norman Vincent Peale Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:21:12 EST When The Going Gets Tough... Last night was the first Weight Watchers weigh in that I've had in the 15 weeks since beginning that showed a gain from the previous week. <BR> <BR> I know many of the things that went "wrong." To start with, I always exercise before my weigh-in and that didn't happen yesterday, so there's a po... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:19:42 EST TODAY'S ILLUMINATION God can take someone who seems insignificant and make something great out of them in Jesus. Praise God! For more information, read today’s “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH”, and share it with the ones you love. These lessons are now being e-mailed both in English and in Spanish. Thank... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:15:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, August 29, 2014 August 29, 2014 ACTIONS AND WORDS <BR> <BR> So many times when we do things because we have to, we get into a routine, get bored, get aggravated because we have to do them or we get careless about our responsibilities. Our words and actions are important to think about when we are doing somethin... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:14:50 EST Procrastinate Now <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople. <img src="http://photos- <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:14:43 EST Learning the lessons... My diet has become non-existent and all for good reason...actually quite a few good reasons. <BR> I have finally let go of my dieting obsession. I have moved on to my kind of healthy eating (which is leaning towards anti-mucus-forming-foods) and no foods are restricted, ever. I am eating very sim... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:14:01 EST CHISPA DE HOY CHISPA DE HOY! <BR> Llevar fruto hoy para la gloria de Dios! ¡Que dios te bendiga! Vic. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:12:51 EST Quote for the Day "If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. <BR> You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, <BR> for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down." <BR> -Mary Pickford <BR> <BR> Blessings to everyone for a great Friday and Labor Day... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:09:55 EST Friday and Labor Day week-end! So happy to see FRIDAY on the calendar as I'm ready for an extra day to recharge my batteries!! No big plans for this Labor Day weekend, but am a-okay with that... I'm sure we'll attend a bbq or two and hopefully do a little chilling... just being together with NO commitments sounds wonderful! ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:07:08 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Live <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Love <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Laugh <BR... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:06:02 EST 08-29-2014 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What is your reason to smile today? <BR> <BR> If you don't have one, you are welcome to borrow one of mine. <BR> <BR> * I woke up today to another day of life. Thank you Lord <BR> <BR> * I have family and pets who ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:04:23 EST It's Finally Friday! WooHoo!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I want to talk about fleas. Yes you heard that right fleas. They seem to be pretty pesky this years and my poor dog looks like he has a mohawk he has eaten that much of his hair off of his body. Scoobies a bi... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:01:42 EST Newest Obsession So I tried out The Shred again and loved it. Moving in to level 2 didn't work out for my environment though...see previous blogs for details! Almost 4 weeks into it and only 10 workouts done, I wasn't the A+ student Jillian was looking for. I got GREAT results from the workouts I did do...3lbs an... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:01:40 EST PALABRAS DE SABIDURIA PALABRAS DE SABIDURÍA: PENSAMIENTO DE HOY! <BR> Vie 8/29 <BR> Dios tiene una manera de traer grandes cosas de sus orígenes humildes. Mira a David. Era una semilla de mostaza. Él era el hijo más joven de una familia de ocho chicos. Fue ignorado y dado a la tarea de nadie en la familia deseado, ten... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:01:30 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 8/29 Fri <BR> God has a way of bringing great things out of humble beginnings. Look at David. He was a mustard seed. He was the youngest son in a family of eight boys. He was ignored and given the job no one else in the family wanted, taking care of the... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:59:59 EST Day 2 Up North One of my favorite days up north is going to the bear ranch. Oswald's is a rescue ranch for injured bears and cubs that have been orphaned or abandoned. These bears would not be able to go back to the wild for various reasons so the ranch is set up to take care of them long term. They are behind ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:59:26 EST Who's Number 1? I was looking through some of my old notebooks the other day and I ran across something someone told me a few years ago. They said that no matter what type of work you did, the most important aspect of your life was that you have to be your number one client. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:56:19 EST This Weeks Fitness Friday Well I am on day 5 of the Whole30 and so far I feel great. Thus far I'm not craving anything I shouldn't be...the only thing i am really missing is the snacking...i'm a snacker...especially when stressed, so this has been the biggest change for me. Today will be a challenge as dd1, her g/f and i ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:50:18 EST SIGUIENDO LOS PASO DE FE, Viene, 8/29/2014 SIGUIENDO los pasos de fe, el Vie, 29/08/2014 <BR> Estas lecciones están siendo enviados por correo electrónico tanto en inglés como en español. <BR> Marcos 4:30-34 <BR> EL mensaje de la semilla de mostaza poderoso, lección 23c <BR> <BR> Vamos a ver por un momento cómo el Reino construye. <BR> ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:49:15 EST August 29th This time next week we will be in the air & flying to Florida for two weeks. Can't wait. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:47:57 EST Kinda Sorta... Tough Love <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:43:58 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 8/29/2014 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Fri, 8/29/2014 <BR> These lessons are now being e-mailed both in English and in Spanish. <BR> <BR> Mark 4:30-34 <BR> THE MESSAGE OF THE MIGHTY MUSTARD SEED, Lesson 23c <BR> <BR> Let’s look for a moment at How The Kingdom Builds. <BR> <BR> v. 32a HOW THE K... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:42:19 EST Read the Fine Print Today, I'm a little ticked off at SparksPeople. Here's the scoop. <BR> <BR> I just finished reading the article about diet beverages. It suggested that the reader should go ahead and feel just ducky about drinking her diet cola. Don't worry about it. Artificial sweeteners are just fine. <BR> <B... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:41:00 EST The TRUTH about Tito from GOD I copied part of what I wrote in response to the August 26, 2014 Devotional written in the KEEP WALKING WITH JESUS SparkTeam! <BR> <BR> I needed this is writing, as inspired by the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD, to always have the TRUTH in front of me, LEST I DENY, as I have the last 8 years! <BR> <BR> <... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:39:44 EST Courage? <BR> So long as you have courage and a sense of humor, <BR> it is never too late to start life afresh. <BR> - Freeman Dyson <BR> <BR> If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. <BR> You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, <BR> for this thing we call 'fail... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:33:36 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Strong emotional feelings don't just go away overnight. In fact, they may never go away. The fears of feeling disliked, or that I wasn't going to fit in, all quickly bubbled up to the surface. but it was the choices I made when I was faced with challenges that really mattered. I had to continual... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:33:13 EST Forward! <img src=""> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:32:24 EST Getting ready for Vacation Have lots to do before Monday. Going to the beach Monday thru Thursday. We are taking my daughter and granddaughter, will be very interesting and hopefully fun. <BR> Need to get the house cleaned, wash done, packing and grocery shopping. The place we are staying has a full kitchen so planning on ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:29:14 EST TGIF Enjoy your long weekend, if you get one. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:27:42 EST Friday, August 29 It was another busy day at work yesterday. Mostly non-billable work. At the Team Meeting, my manager looked at me and asked me about a document sent for the SOC2 audit -- I had a blank look on my face. I responded, "I didn't send that document for the SOC2 audit." He had only involved me in ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:18:46 EST Smile, it's Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:16:37 EST my grat-words.8.29.14 I am grateful for the gift of this day <BR> I am grateful to know my Higher Power <BR> I am grateful for Phil <BR> I am grateful for James <BR> I am grateful for Chris <BR> I am grateful to be abstinent & sober this morning <BR> I am grateful for my job <BR> I am grateful that I know gratitude <B... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:14:19 EST Day 54: Pass The Peas <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been meaning to do this for a while now and as I'm soon to be home I thought today would be good so I don't forget the minute I get back. I'm adding a new section to my BHSM and it's called Pass the Peas!!! <BR>... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:12:54 EST A New Morning So, up at 3:30am this morning; be at work by 5:30am. <BR> Enough time to have my quiet time, to do my exercises, fix both breakfast and lunch and get ready for work. <BR> In trying to incorporate balance and moderation into eating whole foods (as much as my budget will allow), I'm going back to t... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:08:40 EST blue on Good morning <BR> <BR> my name is Greg I am a grateful recovering COE, I was abstinent yesterday <BR> <BR> For the first day in a while I was 100% sober across the board, it was challenging especially at the end of the day but it felt good to fall asleep whole instead of fractured. <BR> <BR> P... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:07:03 EST The Dead in Christ I've put this teaching by PAPAW402161 in an August 26, 2014 Devotional on the KEEP WALKING WITH JESUS SparkTeam "into a blog so that I may always have it! <BR> <BR> A word from the Word <BR> <BR> August 26- - - It is appointed unto men once to die <BR> <BR> Luke16:22"The time came when the b... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:05:38 EST TGIF I am so ready for the weekend! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:03:28 EST Sparkpeople activity tracker? Yea! I ordered two sparkpeople activity trakers for my daughter and I . What are your thought and views on them? I guess I should have posted this before I spent the money although we are looking for that extra something to put us over the top and us something to make us more aware of our act... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:58:18 EST Eat the Good of the Land— Joel & Victoria Osteen Eat the Good of the Land <BR> <BR> Today's Scripture: <BR> <BR> "If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land." <BR> (Isaiah 1:19, NIV) <BR> <BR> Today's Word: <BR> <BR> God wants you to have the best in life. He wants to give you the good of the land. God te... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:49:38 EST Forgetfulness William's wife started noticing how forgetful he was becoming. Being the concerned wife, she convinced him to see a doctor. William was a little worried when the doctor came in. Sensing his patient's nervousness, the first thing the doctor did was to ask what was troubling him. <BR> <BR> "Well,... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:35:57 EST Wow.... am still in a daze After overworking myself for 6 months on the new job and feeling at times like I am on the wrong boat here yet accomplishing a LOT suddenly it has become so much easier. <BR> <BR> Well Monday I lost my temper with the procurement guy and went home feeling like I am the biggest twit ever who just... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:35:30 EST Good-bye Summer! Good bye summer, we had lots of fun <BR> It's hard to believe that you're almost done <BR> Hiking in mountains and swimming at the beach- <BR> But now I have children to teach. <BR> You will be missed, <BR> It is true, <BR> But I have important work to do! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:34:30 EST Don't look at me....I'm Hideous!!! I'd like a good manic about now so I could clean my house from top to bottom. Seriously, cobwebs on the ceiling to behind the stove to each & every closet in my house. I'd love to scrub the kitchen cupboards just because I have some extra energy. Maybe clean out my herb gardens to get them rea... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:33:20 EST Magic Recliner <img src=""> <BR> <BR> TaaaaDaaaa! My magic recliner! Yes, this is the place where I come to sit and relax after a long day's work. Where I curl up to read a good book. Where I sat last evening to work a little extra so that my department c... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:29:56 EST FREESTYLE FRIDAY-"WE WON'T FIGHT IT" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday Dear Friends! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Welcome to the last Friday of August! Times are moving fast these days! I'm glad about it too. This poem is to remind us of the times and to not take the care of the ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:09:04 EST Save Some In the Tank " The secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up." Albert Schweitzer <BR> <BR> The human race usually does to much . We just keep going and don't know how o stop , to relax , to slow down , to breathe . <BR> <BR> We work very long hours and come home to tired to coo... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:52:24 EST Weekend preparations....... Getting ready for the usual weekend plans - I'm not totally enthused (for reasons I won't get into), but am "keeping up appearances"......... <BR> <BR> Ate slightly more than I anticipated last night (formal meal was later than I like, so I snacked before that)..........don't like to do so, but ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:48:34 EST Day 11 Two Purposes of Food To fuel your body and appreciate flavors. <BR> <BR> Times I eat are 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, snack 9 pm or 11 am, 5pm, 9 pm. I eat 3 or 4 times a day. On binge days I would eat constantly after supper till bedtime and it would be junk food. I have changed this by not keeping any junk food in the ho... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:34:11 EST No wonder we can't say no and keep coming back for more!!!! Some people know I have recently adopted the habit of pre-planning my food intake, especially when I'm going out to eat. At home is not so much of a problem b/c my home is fairly "clean" of foods I would consider unhealthy choices. <BR> <BR> Well, yesterday as I was surfing the net, I found thi... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:30:26 EST Thursday Granddaughter's school has a "meet the principal" night. It was nice to see all the children with their parents. The new principal was a teacher at the high school where my children attended school. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:29:07 EST No good, awful, very bad day yesterday! No, I didn't go off the rails but our sewer did and I stressed to the max! <em>29</em> I thought I had this stress thing conquered or at least corralled but NOOO! Part of the problem was the DH was being Eeyore while all this was going on and he is never a pessimist! That affected me no end! O... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:27:16 EST 4a.m and I'm wide awake Okay: I'm wide awake. So, will I go online and stay there? Watch the t.v. or just lay here and try to go back to sleep? Nope! Think I will plan my meals for today, take a walk in a little while! I say in a while because I need to finish rubbing the sand out of my mind before I risk letting my coo... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:25:32 EST d. Summer - was she ever there? Blegh. Today I am struggling with the weather, I think. It is raining again, we have hardly had any summer days this year. The tan from a week's holiday in Greece is fading away day by day, soon even that reminder of the sun will be gone and I will surrender to autumn. <BR> Don't get me wrong, a... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:25:28 EST Feeling meh So yesterday I didn't have time to workout.. It was suck a crazy hectic day and I just didn't stop! <BR> It then ended up with us having a Chinese takeaway! We do tend to have one every week. And back when I was doing really well I still had one but I limited what I had. So I need to get back int... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:10:38 EST Rhinestone OK - this is the movie allegedly inspired by Rhinestone Cowboy. It's a 1984 muscial comedy flop, starring Sylvester Stallone as a New York city cabbie and Dolly Parton as a country singer stuck in a long term contract at an urban cowboy bar, Rhinestone. She makes a bet with the club's sleazy owne... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:03:23 EST Daniel 11, What?? <BR> <link><BR>2014/08/daniel-11-what-read-daniel-11-<BR>i-dont.html </link> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:00:49 EST EXCELLENT article: Measure backward, not forward I realized the truth of this a few years ago. James Clear puts it into words very well: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> "When you measure backward, you get to enjoy the progress you are making right now rather than yearn for a different life in the future."... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:58:44 EST Blog 6 Blog 6. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:38:46 EST WISE WORDS................. <img src=""> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:35:07 EST Quote for the Day God is with you, and He'll help you make spiritual progress--strengthening and encouraging you to keep on keeping on during rough times. It's easy to quit, but it takes faith to press on to victory. <BR> <BR> Joyce Meyer on Victory Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:33:03 EST Bible Verse for the Day But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. <BR> <BR> Isaiah 40:31 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:14:31 EST Bright and Sunshiny Day... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning my Friend’s, <BR> <BR> Thank you for all your support, prayers, and valued friendship... <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a bright and sunshiny day and weekend ahead... <BR> <BR> Cheering you on your day, k... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:11:06 EST it's 3 am yes up early. this has been a crazy week. Hubby had to go in two of his four days off and now is about to start his 3 day cycle <BR> <BR> doctor put me on meds to help see if it will jump start my metaobolism and I am was wired the first day, but when I put the pill in half, last night was a... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:08:57 EST Blessings, 8/28 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they are forgiving of my bad days. <BR> 2. i am grateful for getting some housework done, because it's been needed. <BR> 3. i am grateful for realizations, because it helped get stairs and steps in. <BR> 4. i am grateful for time, because it fixes things. <... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:03:14 EST Put on the brakes! Can you believe how HUNGRY you can get sometimes???? Well, I was there yesterday. <BR> <BR> I don't know exactly why, but it's been building up for a few days.... that hunger! I think it was true hunger. Maybe because I'm on the go none stop with this little ones here in Grandma Heaven.... or... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:02:26 EST HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND !! WELL, STARTED YESTERDAY DOING MY <em>311</em> AND DECIDED TO GET A HALLE BERRY HAIRCUT. YOU SHOULD SEE IT. PUNKIN' OUT. <em>100</em> . IT FEELS <em>104</em> GREAT. TONIGHT WE ARE HAVING A "CELEBRATION OF MARRIAHE OF 2 COUPLES. GLORIA & CORKY MARRIED FOR 26 YRS. 2ND MARRIAGE FOR BOTH & SU... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:44:08 EST this weekend........ I may not be around too much on here with company coming to town, but I hope you all have a wonderful safe weekend. <BR> <BR> Get out and enjoy the end of summer! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:42:39 EST Friday In the beginning there was nothing. God said, 'Let there be light!' And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. <BR> <BR> Ellen DeGeneres <BR> <BR> Read more at<BR>/ellendegen131026.html#cRI4Oh6VUAxtx0Z<BR>y.... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:35:17 EST I am burned out of Pre-Season Football Next Thursday night is the first week beginning :)~ I'm very ready honestly. <BR> <BR> Its still quite warm here but cooling down. This weekend is Labour Day Weekend which should prove to be interesting. Baseball season has a few weeks to go before the playoffs start and my Dodgers and Angels ma... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:17:46 EST see ya in September <img src=""> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:09:45 EST Day 5 It's weird to see how fast the days are going by. I leaves me hopeful in that one day maybe I'll be looking back on this at my goal weight and just laughing about how easy healthy living has grown to be. I know I'm nowhere near that kind reality, but I think that has grown to be my first real vis... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:00:36 EST Happy B-Day <img src=""> <BR> So, its past mid-night, but I was born at 1 in the morning, but I’m celebrating anyways. It’s here, I’m here, and the day has arrived, but Flo made her entrance yesterday and she is here to work. <BR> <BR> I didn’t expect... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:53:21 EST Today's Inspiration " It's never too late - <BR> never too late to start over, <BR> never too late to be happy." <BR> <BR> - Jane Fonda Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:36:36 EST Gratitudes: Making up, spending money, tending the dog. 1) After a spat last night, my husband and I are back on good terms. <BR> <BR> 2) After a long, hard week, I ditched work and went out to get my nails done. That is the most affordable pampering I've ever found. It may not be super-cheap, but it's worth every penny. I even enjoyed the massage c... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:34:55 EST LOTS OF ERRANDS Well with the week turning round due to Hubby's doctors appointments my errands had to be put off so I am making up for them today. I usually visit my shop on Tuesday but could not do it until today. Lots of fluffing needs to be done. I also shopped for my little shop today. Found few nice t... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:21:58 EST DAILY QUOTE Don’t give up on the people you love . <BR> Your patient love and faithfulness may be exactly what they need to make a complete turnaround . <BR> <BR> ~ Anonymous <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:05:47 EST 8/29/14 Saint of the Day Friday, August 29, 2014 <BR> Martyrdom of John the Baptist <BR> <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:29 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> The drunken oath of a king with a shallow sense of honor, a seductive dance and the hateful heart of a queen combined to bring about the martyrdom of John the Bap... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:59:15 EST My Food Plans For The Next Month As some of you may know, I do intermittent fasting. Usually I do it a couple days a week, every week. This week was different. Because I was having to get up early and drive my fiance to appointments, I was skipping breakfast everyday. It wasn't an issue since I am used to fasting for 16-18 h... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:57:54 EST TGIF insurance refused to paay for surgery so who knowa when it will happen enjoy your day sending peayers light love joy and happinesss hugs Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:53:43 EST One more thing!! I forgot to say I have not smoked now in a month and 11 days <em>244</em> . it is hard but so much easier now then it was. I used to get that rain shower over me that said get a cigarette you need it now. I am not getting that feeling anymore like I was. I will never smoke again. <em>270</em... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:43:20 EST 3 day weekend loking forward to relaxing and getting some projects done Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:43:16 EST Day 110 Add meaning to your life <em>524</em> <BR> "It is not important how long we live but how well we Live. Add Meaning to your Life each day." <BR> <BR> Today was not very good <em>46</em> Did get my walks in with Bubba and made my step goal. <em>313</em> <em>331</em> <em>548</em> <BR> Ate horribly <em>29<... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:31:21 EST Resurrection Of The Scale I finally got some new batteries for my digital scale and wasted no time in putting to the stress test. Now, the reading could be wrong cause I didn't repeat the process to make sure but, it shows I'm currently at 217. <BR> <BR> If that's the right reading, I'm impressed that I've maintained th... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:28:45 EST Into the 2nd week of S90 Well, I'm into the second week of S90 and already feeling stronger. I am not doing it every day so I won't get the challenge done in 90 days but I'm okay with that. I've totally given up on getting up early in the morning to work out, I just can't do it and I'm not going to beat myself up about... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:21:29 EST NO Bread... I am so happy! Tonight as I was washing supper dishes and cleaning the kitchen after Butchie made supper, there was NO bread to put away...... <BR> <BR> It took a moment for it to sink in. That meant I did not have each of my pieces of fish wrapped individually with a slice of buttered bread. W... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:16:41 EST What if.. What if today was the day.. What would happen if you heard that Trumpet blow.. Where would you be standing.. I was listening to a song today as I was headed to the Nursing Home.. It said .. would I stand in front of Him would I be able to speak at all or to my knees would I fall.. I pondered this... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:15:48 EST Day 14 Ugh!!!??? Bad day. Miserable, Sad, Paralyzed, Lost. Too tired to think. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:06:22 EST Day 49 I made it through the day! I did a lot of work on my project today! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:59:20 EST Just another day with this TABLET I just had to spend an hour plus to find out why the keyboard did not work. I changed to another mouse. Still nothing. Then I realized it had to be a numbers lock but it does not have one. Finally I saw the attached keyboard was dull not bright. I took it off. Had no clue what I was doing so I pu... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:59:09 EST I weigh less today than I did yesterday I have been telling myself that every single morning this week. And every single morning its been true. This is insane! Ha ha! <BR> <BR> I've read on a site I've found, which teaches this method I've been using, to avoid the mirror while your physical appearance catches up with your mental image... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:57:15 EST The impact of others…. It's funny how the words of others impact us. <BR> <BR> The first time gave Sparkpeople an actual try, I lost almost 20 lbs and was doing well. I had a physical done at my family doctor, and at the end, he told me I needed to lose weight. I tried to explain that I was on a weight loss plan a... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:53:18 EST PRE BLC & BLC 26 WEIGHT TRACKER PRE BLC <BR> <BR> Sept 3, 2014: <BR> <BR> Sept 10: <BR> <BR> -------------- <BR> <BR> BLC 26 <BR> <BR> Sept 17 <BR> <BR> Sept 24 <BR> <BR> Oct 1 <BR> <BR> Oct 8 <BR> <BR> Oct 15 <BR> <BR> Oct 22 <BR> <BR> Oct 29 <BR> <BR> Nov 5 <BR> <BR> Nov 12 <BR> <BR> Nov 19 <BR> <BR> Nov 26 <BR... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:52:16 EST What to do about sore, overworked legs? Well. I would call it an epiphany. Yet it is so obvious, I should have arrived at it a long time ago. That is, I spend a lot of my days and nights getting up and doing things. I am the sole caregiver for my severely disabled wife. I do for her and I do for me, much of the time. That includes ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:50:20 EST Still sick but pushing through Ughhh still sick, I'm losing my voice now. But I don't need to speak to exercise so I'm pushing through this. <em>386</em> <em>381</em> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:44:02 EST Day 240: More Paula Facts "With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts." (Eleanor Roosevelt) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's time for some more Paula facts, Halloween-like edition. Post some kind of Halloween fact about yourself. You know I’m already... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:41:33 EST Reconnecting with my Family. I got word that my Aunt wanted to talk with me just to chat. I called & left a message. She called me back & we had a most exciting conversation. We talked about our lives. It was interesting talking to my Aunt who watched me grow up & now talking with her woman to woman. She's gone through so mu... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:35:14 EST Crazy Chaotic Life Once again while half asleep, I reset my alarm. I did need the sleep but I need to focus more on getting up early to exercise because exercising while the boys are awake isn't working out. At first they did well, but now they act crazy the whole time. Since there are two of them, this is part of ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:34:17 EST The Return of Inner Confidence Many past diet failures made me believe I couldn't be successful. As a result, I didn't even try for years. I lost confidence in myself along the way. After joining SP, I lost weight but was unable to make it last because I tired of the restrictions and feeling of deprivation. This time I initial... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:34:06 EST Hello! Today has been a day of resting and playing catch up here on line. I'll give you the info on yesterday's VA trip, tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Blessings to all! <BR> <BR> - Nancy Jean - <BR> GA Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:32:56 EST Tracking....does it matter? <em>192</em> will tell if you do or do not track....Honest! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So let's decide that won't be us...when we jump on the scale it won't groan and scream <BR> <BR> GET OFF TUBBY!! Rather it will be our fr... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:29:06 EST touching base Yesterday was my work's Summer BBQ. I really wanted to post a before and after pic from last year's BBQ to this year's BBQ but for the life of me I cannot find the photo-editing program I was using before......stupid windows 8.... I will post something soon though. I'm actually happy with the pic... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:27:52 EST If I wasn't fat... I can't even count how many times a sentence or thought has begun that way this week... <BR> In Cancun , free photo shoots...if I wasn't fat, wind surfing? If I wasn't fat... <BR> Dancing? Swimming? All started with " If I wasn't fat" ... <BR> I feel like life is passing me by and I'm sinking :( ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:25:45 EST Talk the Talk & Walk the Walk; Anyway Thought about just throwing anything on & going to work today. Even though I definitely didn't feel like it I dressed up, put on makeup, & put on a <em>41</em> . <BR> Kept my head up. <BR> It all brought satisfactory results. I feel a little more strength to do the same again tomorrow. <BR> ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:22:15 EST The clock pendulum... I just read this in a book by Ruth Bell Graham, "Legacy of a Pack Rat", and I wanted to share it with all my Spark friends. <BR> <BR> It seemed to fit right in with our philosophy... <BR> <BR> It was sent to her by Pastor Freyer in Mequon, Wisconsin. <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <BR> There was once a c... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:20:41 EST Weekly update So I am so excited <em>104</em> this week cause I was picked finally to conduct a Team for sparkpeople. this team will consist of new comer's it is so cool and so motivating. I been waiting to see if they would pick me and they did. Anyone is welcome to join us so if I know you this is your in... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:19:07 EST Right In The Gut I've had muscle cramps before. <BR> <BR> But not like this. <BR> <BR> My abs cramped up on me. <BR> <BR> I didn't even know that was possible, but I suppose any muscle group I'm working is susceptible to cramps. <BR> <BR> Nevertheless, I'll be grateful if that NEVER happens again. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:14:39 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for August 28: Daily inspiration: Speak to God openly and honestly from your heart and then do not allow yourself to worry. Lord, You are my protection and my provider when I put my trust in you. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that this all-surpass... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:12:04 EST Yessss! <img src=""> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:07:45 EST Off Work Today This morning my husband and I walked 3.6 miles. Then we had breakfast and went to my husband's friend home going service. It started at 11:30 am. The repast was right after at the church. We didn't get home until almost 4 pm. My husband was so tired he took a 2 1/2 hour nap. We were able to... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:06:54 EST RYBO Day 2! Well, I successfully talked myself into continuing my walk-run program today. I'm glad I did. My concern was that the ankle soreness I mentioned seemed to have morphed into a tight Achilles, but I survived. I think the foam roller will help my calves/shins tomorrow. The muscle on the outside of m... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:04:49 EST Motivation where does it come from? Nothing too exciting happened here today, I stayed home, worked out, cleaned up, did the daily chores, read some spark articles, wrote personal responses to as many blogs as possible and joined the Spark Bookworm Team. <BR> <BR> After lunch I took some time away from Spark and played plants ve... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:03:41 EST Focus! Time to get focused on the program again. I have been running around like crazy, not home much and having to eat out frequently - not the formula for losing weight. I decided to stop tracking for a while and see what happens. I also haven't been getting much sleep lately which I know is important... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:03:27 EST Info on the VivoFit vs old pedometer My Vivo arrived late in the afternoon by UPS, so I didn't put it on until 5 pm. As of now, 11 pm it says I've gone 4073 steps, and have 3427 more steps to go to reach the 7500 goal. Well my old cheapy pedometer which I put on when I first got up says I've gone 8724 steps for the day. I thi... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:03:11 EST Late blog I'm super sleepy but want my points! LOL <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:02:55 EST Week One Completed Goal meet with completing my first week of Body Gospel and adding hula hoop fitness 10 minutes daily with workout. I'm becoming more energetic & really enjoy this program I need something spiritual to take me thru my day. Currently, I'm just trying to stay focus on my goals I know my biggest pe... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:58:49 EST Whew! My beloved Aggies of Texas A&M survived their first football game of the season against the explosive U of SouthCarolina tonight.... The game was in SC and the home crowd was ready for blood, but not only did the surprising Aggies NOT roll over and play dead, they rolled to an early lead, and the... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:56:08 EST Oh No My doctor called and wanted me in for more labs again. <BR> Looks like I have Hyponatremia again. <BR> That means there isn't enough sodium in my blood and I am a salt eater. <BR> If today's labs are even lower than Monday, I may have to go in the hospital. <BR> She is also sending me to a Nephr... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:55:53 EST Bad day into a good day! Wake up late! Rush the kids to get ready for school! Son forgets glasses! Argue with the kids! Make up with the kids! Go home and get glasses to take to the school! Rush to the post office...line! Friendly folk in line with me! Work! Work! Work! Sit down and take a few moments to figure out food ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:51:58 EST Celebrating Today's Successes Today's successes include: <BR> Walking for 15 minutes on my day off from exercising <BR> Spending time at the park with my twins and dog <BR> Drinking 9 cups of water <BR> I went over my calorie range BUT only by 12 calories and I ate nothing that was "bad" <BR> I really wanted ice cream, cookie... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:51:04 EST Day 18 Well it has been a long and tiring day. It is nice to know that I can go to work and have a long physically difficult shift, and still come home and work out. I was sore and tired, and I didn't really want to work out. But I did it anyways. <BR> <BR> My muscles were sore today. I will have to b... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:48:40 EST Small hurdle, but did it anyway This may sound stupid, but I just picked a banana as an evening snack instead of my usual bowl of ice cream, Little Debbie or something like that. I actually thought about my calories, daily target and eating healthier before I made my choice. I am proud of myself, but have to admit ... Still thi... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:47:53 EST Fantasy Football and a Challenge So I love Professional football. Monday Night, Thursday night and sometimes alllllll ddddaaayyyy Sunday! That's a lot of sitting on your butt! <BR> <BR> I came across these last year for a GOYB! Depending how the games goes, it's an awesome workout for as long as you can last! <BR> <BR> Give ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:44:02 EST Thursday 8/28/14 Thursday 8/28/14 <BR> <BR> Went to TOPS this AM. Gained 1.75#. <BR> Bummer! <BR> <BR> This too shall pass. <BR> <BR> When I started Dec 19th last year at TOPS <BR> I weighed 207 pounds <BR> Now I weigh 215.50. <BR> Definitely the wrong direction. <BR> I am definitely going to regroup, change ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:42:56 EST 8/28/14 - Bedtime Since I've been very careful about what I'm eating, I have more money. Loading the grocery cart with junk is expensive. <BR> <BR> A Chicago Little League team is the national champion, and there was a parade to celebrate. How cool is that?! <BR> <BR> I hauled out some old photographs, so that... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:42:16 EST IN LOVING MEMORY OF MY HUSBAND CHARLES! Well my dear friends a lot has happened on the farm the last year. The saddest thing I have to report is I lost the love of my life my dear husband, Charles the 15th of this month. He had a massive heart attach and died here at home with me and Phillip by his side. <BR> <BR> We never know God's... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:41:26 EST Thankful it's Friday! Off to the gym this morning. Was more interested in socialising, sort of pootled through the workout. Then as I was leaving, the FitBlast (weights to music) class was starting and it wasn't full so I joined in that one. Only thing I couldn't do was hold the weight bar behind my head and should... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:41:15 EST meal planing I have to go shopping tomorrow and I started planing some of the meals I want to fix but I am still having trouble deciding what to fix for some of my meals. I have so many great recipes that I feel overwhelmed when I start trying to plan meals. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:39:37 EST Thursday's Words to Ponder One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say. <BR> Bryant H. McGill <BR> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:39:19 EST Thursday Evening Today started early. I went to bed last night at 12:30a.m. and I got out of bed at 6am. Do not feel well rested today. <em>39</em> At 8am I had an appointment with the wound care specialist for my foot ulcer. Guess what!! It is still there! <em>246</em> Sorry for the sick humor. I canno... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:39:13 EST Cheat week continues (Day 18) What I ate: <BR> <BR> * Nutrisystem blueberry muffin <BR> * one egg, cooked in the microwave with Pam spray <BR> * coffee with sugar free Coffeemate and Splenda <BR> <BR> * Gortons grilled tilapia fillet <BR> <BR> * one serving of veggies in marsala wine sauce <BR> * low sodium spicy V8 juice ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:38:22 EST Day 21, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn Today has been a long but good day. Taught 3 hours of classes this morning. Had a nice lunch with DH & DD. Then I came home & did a lot of sparking, then crocheting. Now I am beyond tired & need to go to bed. Sweet dreams. <BR> <BR> Mornings: <BR> <BR> Daily Bible study plan: <em>248</em> <... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:34:55 EST MY BODY DIDN'T WANT TO EXERCISE BUT MY MIND WON My body was tired, my body wanted to lay around after my grand children went home. BUT my mind knew I needed to pray for HELP. GOD gave me the energy and the desire to take the walk, I prayed a lot on my walk. I wanted to get in 2 miles and I did, THANK YOU JESUS. MY LORD AND SAVIER. 2 MILES IN 3... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:31:51 EST Just Checking In 8/28/14 Hi folks, <BR> I am just checking in. I have moved from TX to LA recently and so I had to cancel my gym membership because they don't have the same gym here but I have found a local indoor track that's totally free and it's really nice so I have been there several times. <BR> <BR> I was recentl... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:25:16 EST Thursday's Quote “My tendency to make up stories and lie compulsively for the sake of my own amusement takes up a good portion of my day and provides me with a peace of mind not easily attainable in this economic climate.” <BR> ¯ Chelsea Handler <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:25:05 EST I'm Ready to be Back to 100% Now, Please (huge block of text and NO PICS) Each day I get a little better. In spite of my tremendous positivity, I am still not well. <BR> <BR> Last night I couldn't finish my dinner. As I bring the exact same thing for lunch the following day as I had for dinner the night before, I didn't finish my lunch either. I made chicken breasts ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:25:01 EST Starting from the beginning... I've been on this up & down weight loss journey for quite a while now. In 2012, I had just finished NP school, was broke, jobless & living with my parents. I had nothing else going on so I started counting calories & had plenty of time to exercise. I had gone from around 235 to 220. Then, I got a... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:24:06 EST tired lately Don't know why but I have been really tired lately even with getting enough sleep. I haven <BR> t wanted to exercise all week and I gained because of it. Tonight I did 60 minutes after kids left but my heart wasn't in it. May increase my vitamins. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:23:43 EST A Very Busy Day! Today has been extremely busy. I had friends over for lunch today. I made a bisquick chicken pie and cut up fruit. I also cleaned my house. At 9:20 I needed to bring my sister to the drs. After her appointment I came back home and finished gettting things ready for lunch. After lunch I cleaned up... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:23:42 EST Starting Slow I decided that I would start off slow. I don't want to push myself too much in the beginning. So, I went for a nice bike ride today. It was such a beautiful day for that. :) <BR> I also had fun dancing with my little sister for about 30 minutes tonight. It's always nice to cut loose and be si... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:22:08 EST Flickr frustration I joined the photography team and finally I am trying to do the homework assignments. I don't understand the part where after you upload your photos, and you make an album, how do you sent the link to friends for the album. <BR> <BR> I think I am sending the link to my upload area. <BR> <BR> A... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:18:34 EST Yay one more day So the past two weeks have been the longest of my life. I've had open houses, meet and greets and classes. I was supposed to have a class this past Monday, but my boss had said nothing to me about it, then kind of yelled at me because a parent pulled her kid, but it wasn't because of that, it was... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:15:46 EST 3 Mile Creek Trail - Aug 2014 Last Saturday hubby and I headed out US 285 from Denver to the Guanella Pass Rd, heading back to the site of one of last year's favorite hikes. I really wanted to hike this trail in the summer, knowing it would be quite different sights than last fall. I wasn't wrong! <BR> <BR> 3 Mile Creek Tra... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:13:52 EST Day 4 So here it is day 4 of really starting over. I feel so good about what I have accomplished so far. I have stuck with the low carb and lost 7 pounds so far. I do understand that most of it is water and I know I wont continue to lose at this rapid rate but its a good start. The reason I chose to do... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:12:26 EST quote of the day If you always do what you have always done you will always get what have always gotten. It is so true especially when it comes to eating right and exercise. You have to look outside of the box in order to get where you want to be. Work hard have faith in yourself and you will go far Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:10:04 EST Feeling Motivated Hello!!!! Happy Thursday!!! Hope you all have had a wonderful day full of memories. I had an amazing eye opener today. I got to go to a play date with some women that are in my mom group. We went to a new indoor play area for kids. While we were there, I ran into 3 friends from high school, who a... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:09:55 EST Becky home for weekend Yes, she is home for the weekend from college, very happy. She is doing better and her dog went from very depressed to happy just as soon as Becky walked in the house! She been following her around ever since, even to the bathroom! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:04:31 EST double tracking...triple dessert...ohoh Tracking food... <BR> breakfast...because my friends arrived earlier than expected to take me out for the day, I ate... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> instead of what I had prepared... <img src=" Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:04:01 EST Guess the yard will have to wait Was going to test the new push mower today, stupid thing wouldn't start. Got a way to fix that whenever I get to mow. Was going to do it when we got back to town this afternoon. No luck because it rained. It is suppose to rain tomorrow and this weekend. If it isn't raining and its dry, I might do... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:02:18 EST Things that make you go Hmmmm Today was recycling day. <BR> <BR> I put my extra large, jumbo can FULL of mixed recyclables out at the curb along with a few cardboard boxes beside them. <BR> <BR> The sanitation engineers took ALMOST everything. <BR> <BR> They usually leave a few things in the can (kind of like a sourdough b... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:00:10 EST Thursday Evening Speed Test The spring-like weather continues. I mowed the lawn on my lunch hour today, four days after the last mowing. This is getting old, but I've seen it before. The plan was to run in the evening. <BR> <BR> After running a bit farther on Tuesday than I had planned, I wanted to run just a bit over ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:58:51 EST I was wrong I took a shortcut in an attempt to do something for a customer. i did not have the authority to approve something, but i was hoping no one would notice/care. I set up a request and put it in the normal queue. i was mistaken. the person viewing the queue decided to be a problem and would not allo... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:56:02 EST Thursday What can I say about today? <BR> It was HOT and MUGGY! <em>198</em> <BR> I don't deal well with the heat. DH decided to help me finish the walk today. That was great, but he likes me to stand around (in the sun)(in the heat of the day) and watch him. <em>24</em> <BR> Too hot for outsid... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:54:43 EST Walked on treadmill Walked at 3.7 mph on the treadmill tonight - 1.6 miles in 26:05. You can tell it's been rainy all day - really sultry tonight! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:53:22 EST Food log #1740 Breakfast: Smoothie (Greek yogurt, frozen blueberries, frozen mangoes, pineapples), blueberry English muffin with cream cheese <BR> <BR> Snack: vanilla waffle, grapes <BR> <BR> Lunch: Mac and cheese <BR> <BR> Dinner: Jerk chicken, fried dumplings <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:53:19 EST The holiday weekend begins All is going well. We went to the last evenings in Navarre Park tonight and the music and weather were fantastic. Calories remain below 1500. Trivia is at 94%. Weight is steady. Exercises are going very well. Life is grand. Hope all have a great weekend. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:53:16 EST Just truckin' along Got my 67 stang back from the shop, realized it has been 30 years that I have wanted to drive it and I finally got to. Was a huge day for me, that and I jogged 3 miles to the shop to pick it up, LOL. So, two big goals done. Then a 16 hr shift, 3 miles walk this am with a great friend and then fin... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:49:32 EST Trying to try I need to get back to sparkpeople. I need to get on track. I'm trying to try. I bought a new yoga dvd. I'm super excited to use it. I bought it 2 weeks ago. Half of my mind says, "Let's do this!" The other half is making excuses why today isn't right. Maybe tomorrow, maybe next week. The ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:47:41 EST Nutrition Tracking I have tracked what I eat.....and I have not tracked. I have counted calories....and I have not counted. I have discovered that regularly tracking calories is a huge disincentive for me........I hate it and avoid it most of the time. I do, however, journal what I eat and occasionally I will go... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:46:44 EST 32mins, 14@2, 1@3, 17@1, 10 mins stretching Slowly but surely, I'm making progress. It wasn't near as humid today as I thought it would be, so while my friend was offline taking care of real life stuff, I tossed on my workout clothes and jumped on the Treadclimber. It's funny how walking at 1mph actually feels HARDER than 2mph now, but I'm... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:43:08 EST HOLY COW.......... MUCHO POINTS ON TEAM BONUS POINT FLAGS <em>244</em> I got a whopping total of 95 points on the Team Bonus Point Flag spins today !!! First time ever! I've never even come close to this. The team I'm Administrater of, I'm ususally lucky if I get 1-3 points every day. Today I got 20 points for them !!! One of my goals is to get ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:40:13 EST 2014, Day 240 (8/28) 174 total minutes walking, 90 total minutes on my recumbent bike while getting 15 total minutes alternating dumbbell bicep curls and 15 total minutes seated dumbbell shoulder presses. Ate well and am gonna sleep well tonight!!! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:40:09 EST Today It was not the best day. As you can see I went waaaay over my calories today. My mother in law is in the hospital so I over indulged for dinner. My mother in law is going to be okay. I am glad we (my sister and I ) decided that we would measure for the most pounds lost every two weeks because I a... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:39:16 EST Day 137 Update: Fun Partner Signed Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Today is Day 137 of m y 10+ Fitness Minutes streak. Today’s highlight was swimming with my boys. They like it when we play “tickle shark” where they are on rafts and I have to be the shark that catches them and tickles them. Then the other one has to rescue the boy bein... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:37:48 EST The Scale, The Scale, and NSV's I recently got a nice new scale to use in my bathroom, which is awesome because I don't have to traipse down the hall to use the one in the kids bathroom anymore. I was pretty excited about it until.... <BR> I found out that there is a three pound difference between my nice new scale, and the old... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:30:48 EST Twitch begone! Would you believe it that the twitch I wrote about a few days back is on its way out? Noticeably changed....almost nonexistent! <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> So what was the change? <BR> <em>273</em> a vitamin a day - I actually felt in my gut that I was lacking something and that vitam... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:28:05 EST Baby steps I walked with my neighbor today and then later in the evening, I walked to the store!! Every little thing helps! I'm logging in every day and I'm adding food - for breakfast and lunch. I need to add all day long. Maybe that will be my next step. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:25:52 EST A successful day! Woo!! Just a quick blog tonight... <BR> <BR> I changed my daily step goal to 8000 last night, and according to my start page I have done a little over 7300 steps today. However, I am a little confused... my Spark Activity tracker only has lights lit half way, which technically would be around 4000 s... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:23:52 EST Spark Coach? I started my 14-day free trial of Spark Coach today. I expect it won't be my style, since I hate watching videos of material I could read much more quickly. But it reminded me of those things I had forgotten in the past years: fast-break, maintainable lifestyle, spread the spark. I thought the... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:21:36 EST Protein I have GOT to add more protein to my diet! I am barely getting 30 of the 60 grams that I need! Yikes! Gee, why do I feel so tired?? (at least I can chuckle for a moment). I'm not vegetarian, but I don't eat much meat. I'm trying to eat more, but it is soooo high in fat and hormones, and I ca... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:21:18 EST Day One Recap Good evening! <BR> <BR> So today was my first day on the new plan and the Phentermine. At first I really didn't notice much, but when I realized that I had eaten about a third of what I normally would have and wasn't fixating on when I could eat again, I could tell it was doing its job. I had a... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:21:14 EST So!!! <img src=""> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:18:16 EST Wednesday Dental visit as promised. First off am Not a morning person. But my Dentist is so scheduled the appointment at 8 am. Somehow I woke at 4: 30 am 45 minutes before my alarm clock was set for 5:15. Since I was up early I decided to spark. For my early sparking I was awarded 25 points on my bonus spin, woohoo, an unexpected p... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:18:14 EST Francine didn't leave, she hid under the bed. Francine came out and smiled this quirky, devious <BR> smile and I knew I was in trouble. First, she cracked <BR> the whip in the office all day. Then, as soon as I left <BR> the office, she decided we should fill all the feeders <BR> in all the barns, give extra attention to the goats <BR> and t... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:18:00 EST Today's progress Thank you all for your kind comments on my blog yesterday. I'm still working out the kinks for the every day experiences. <BR> Today I had a good walk this morning and made it to 10,000 steps before 2:00 this afternoon. I didn't make it to the gym this evening because of bad traffic. I don't l... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:16:27 EST Stress :( Yes stress I don't know if its because I dont see the weight scale move from 169.5. Stress because of bills starting to pile, stress because my babys birthday is coming up and wont have enough to throw her anything this year again :(. Or that I run and see nothing down the tunnel. i am stuck and ... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:15:52 EST Dh was in a logical mood... So I asked dh about going to see A Christmas Carol. He told me that it was up to me and we could go if I wanted, but he pointed out that it's in Dec and the weather might be crappy. I hadn't thought about that, and after he said it, I changed my mind about going. I knew that if the weather was... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:15:51 EST Worse to Worse... Sis <em>220</em> still in ICU and temp went up to 104' F. <em>259</em> Running many tests, <em>282</em> but no answers yet. <em>239</em> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:08:15 EST