SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Be ruthless with your discards! (Thanks, Erma Bombeck!) Friday was spent cleaning my bedroom (surprise!). <BR> <BR> I was reminded of the late, great humorist Erma Bombeck, and I invoked her spirit as I kept cleaning, tossing, and collapsing. <BR> <BR> Taking necessary breaks definitely helped. Early in the morning (7 am, for goodness' sakes!) I w... Sat, 30 May 2015 05:42:10 EST Exerpts from 4 Tips on not looking your age! From the blog NYC Pretty by Christine Bibbo Herr~ <BR> <BR> For some reason there seems to be this overarching thought that we need to “look age appropriate,” but what does that really mean? I’m not so sure I’ll ever really feel or act my real age. I think age is just a number and it’... Sat, 30 May 2015 05:39:01 EST Saturday Up early to walk on treadmill and then shower before 2 1/2 hr. car ride to Michigan to visit by BFF. Mother Nature will water for me while I am away. Have a great Saturday! Sat, 30 May 2015 05:35:25 EST May 30, Leviticus 15 <BR> <BR> A lot of discussion about bodily discharges. The human body is a breeding ground for all sorts of nasty stuff. We have learned so many things over the years and more recently the term 'biohazard' has emerged. At a training event recently a very basic rule was laid out, if it's wet... Sat, 30 May 2015 05:33:06 EST My insights on amount of food and satisfaction After more than 3 years of maintaining my weight within goal range, with tendencies of creeping up, recently I got into a second weight loss phase, and settled into a lower maintenance goal range. <BR> My experiences made me think a lot about amount of food and perceived satisfaction. <BR> I list... Sat, 30 May 2015 05:13:32 EST will be <img src=""> <BR> <BR> celebrating another birthday tomorrow! (june 1) <BR> <BR> spark hug Sat, 30 May 2015 05:11:51 EST walking in the rain Wow, I had a great walk tonight. It was lightly raining with a gentle breeze outside. A 30 minute walk that felt so refreshing and comfortable. I hope I get another chance to do it again this summer. Sat, 30 May 2015 04:49:27 EST To measure record or not that is the question Those of you eagle eyed amongst us may have noticed my weight tracker has not moved since the 12th May <em>192</em> <BR> The reason is simple I am not weighing or measuring myself. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I am eating within my calories every day, I am either walking <em>311</em> or cyc... Sat, 30 May 2015 04:41:13 EST Gratitudes: a nap, a warning dance, and being serenaded by frogs. Actually, it was a big day. <BR> <BR> 1) All the critters at the nature center ate well for me. The baby snapping turtles very much enjoyed the worms I chopped up for them. (The turtles are very little.) <BR> <BR> 2) I was tired today, so when my husband came home from work early, we curled up ... Sat, 30 May 2015 04:20:16 EST Wyoming End of the line, Wyoming, 50th alphabetically, the 44th to join the union. It's also the least populated state.The capital and largest city is Cheyenne. State nicknames: Equality State, Cowboy State, and Big Wyoming. The "Equality State" comes from when both Texas and Wyoming elected female gover... Sat, 30 May 2015 04:14:58 EST Saturday's Assignment Before you fall asleep tonight say <BR> something positive to yourself. <BR> <BR> Don't lay in bed and worry <BR> about things that will probably <BR> never even happen. <BR> <BR> Instead, Tell yourself something <BR> positive and expect good things <BR> to happen. <BR> <BR> Good Night & Swee... Sat, 30 May 2015 03:58:24 EST First Blog Post I am really hoping I can keep up with this blog unlike my tumblr blog. I am hoping that when I start working out it will help my mental state. I'm just excited to start losing weight and getting healthy. <BR> <BR> I have been addicted to reading the articles are sparkpeople for awhile now, so ... Sat, 30 May 2015 03:55:10 EST Feelingtude list, 5/29 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they are happy. <BR> 2. i am grateful for getting my steps in, because other than Shannon, I smoked the challenges. <BR> 3. i am grateful for finding a deal on jars, because i got a lot of them. <BR> 4. i am grateful for finding some silverware, because it ... Sat, 30 May 2015 03:49:04 EST Foods That Are Making You Sleepy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 - Your Sad Salad <BR> Loading your bowl with veggies and skimping on protein and carbs means you're not getting enough calories to power you through the rest of your day <B... Sat, 30 May 2015 03:48:21 EST Letting our Light Shine... Good Morning Everyone, <BR> <BR> Wishing you a blessed weekend ahead, let's keep shining where God sets our feet, let's be vessels Jesus can use today! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A Ship is not built to sit idle in the harbor, but it... Sat, 30 May 2015 03:09:18 EST Bible Verse for Today Matthew 5:14-15 (NKJV) <BR> <BR> 14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. <BR> <BR> 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Sat, 30 May 2015 03:03:52 EST Quote for Today Let us beware of rebellion against the Lord. Circumstances are of his choosing, because He wants to bless us, to lead us (even through the wilderness) out of Egypt, that is, out of ourselves. Settle the complaint with God, and it will settle other things. Be offended with God, and you will be off... Sat, 30 May 2015 03:01:56 EST Tips from Pro Trainer Mike Howard - Day 7 10 tips a day, from Vancouver Personal Trainer Mike Howard, as appeared a long while ago on Burn The Fat newsletter. Here are tips 61-70, with my reactions following. The source is <BR> <link><BR>ng-fat-loss-and-fitness-tips-from-a-pr<BR>o-trainer.php </lin... Sat, 30 May 2015 02:55:25 EST Helping others - Day 21 of gratitude Spent the day helping others. <BR> <BR> Agreed to give one relative a ride tomorrow. <BR> Got flowers and arrangement them for another relative's badge ceremony. <BR> Spend much of the day putting together furniture and moving it. <BR> <BR> Tired, sore, but <BR> <BR> Grateful I still have some... Sat, 30 May 2015 02:47:22 EST Day 3--woo hop I have great momentum going into this weekend and I am really committed to not ruining my hard work the last 3 days--I've eaten in range and feel fantastic!! Gotta get that exercise portion in too but right now I'm focusing on making those healthy decisions first because my biggest battle will b... Sat, 30 May 2015 02:41:16 EST Costochondritis That is something I had never heard of before today. <BR> <BR> What began as a muscle twinge in my ribcage on the upper right of my abdomen 15 days ago turned into something worse. Aggravated by my daily activity, lifting, bending, twisting, even walking became painful and this Tuesday after an... Sat, 30 May 2015 02:41:14 EST What Went - Friday 1. I finally got my special meds today. The shipping was not expedited. If I have to have more of these meds I will see if I can get them at another compound pharmacy that has given me excellent customer service. <BR> <BR> 2. The ENT has told me to stay on the oral meds over the weekend whil... Sat, 30 May 2015 02:31:12 EST Jokes of the week An artist asked the gallery owner if there had been any interest <BR> in her paintings that were on display. <BR> <BR> "Well, I have good news and bad news," the owner responded. <BR> "The good news is that a gentleman noticed your work and <BR> wondered if it would appreciate in value after yo... Sat, 30 May 2015 02:28:32 EST Friday walk and gardening I was finally able to get back to some needed gardening tonight. I am working on one section of lawn that has been overrun with weeds. I am trying to get out this one weed that has multiple roots. I have to loosen up all the dirt around the weed, then carefully twist or work back and forth unti... Sat, 30 May 2015 02:19:15 EST 100 Day Challenge Where will these 100 days take me I'm not sure but I'm excited to find out. If anyone is interested in learning Guitar, JustinGuitar is an awesome website and Justin in super cute with a droolworthy accent ;) Duolingo and Spanishdict are both language sites, Duolingo teaches more than Spanish but... Sat, 30 May 2015 02:17:43 EST May 29 Accountability Friday is weigh in day. last week I was 172, this week 171. i'll take that one pound weight loss. it was one that I have lost several times in the past. I hope it stays in the past! <BR> <BR> calories 1326 plus and apple and a 100 calorie pack of mini oreos <BR> <BR> fitness More rv cleaning. g... Sat, 30 May 2015 02:01:55 EST My Sin, Ministry, And Weight...Overcoming When you are overweight there are special challenges in ministry. We all have a beam in our eye, but because the overweight preacher has his sin so easily seen many people have a prejudice against him. This can sometimes cause them to tune him out before he even speaks. <BR> <BR> By the way, her... Sat, 30 May 2015 01:57:36 EST 5 30 2015 12:30am POP IS EVIL I fell off the pop wagon and had a (1) can of pop today it took me about 4 hours to drink it. And it really didn't taste as good as I remember it tasting either. (pop is a Midwest term in case you didn't know, google it) <BR> <BR> But here I am at 12:30am not able to sleep. I should have been so... Sat, 30 May 2015 01:47:36 EST Sad Story (kinda) Short... Look for Hope... It was raining today. I was driving from store to store doing errands today on a day off and seen on the side of the highway where a dog had been hit. I see where possums or deer, etc. are hit all the time - usually visibly so though. But something got to me today with this pup. We got up the roa... Sat, 30 May 2015 01:45:27 EST How Pleasurable is Your New Habit? I am ever aspiring to be the better me. I have some perfectionist tendencies and seem to lack patience. Today I read in a blog how long it takes to form a new habit. <BR> <BR> Huffington - On average, it takes more than two months before a new behavior becomes automatic -- 66 days to be exact. ... Sat, 30 May 2015 01:40:39 EST Not enough time for me or to develop friendships Because I am so busy with starting my own business, my caregiving responsibilities,and my family obligations, I don't seem to have time to take care of me or to develop friendships. My friends don't appear to have the same weight gain challenges and responsibilities. My best fiends are very pos... Sat, 30 May 2015 01:31:45 EST DAILY QUOTE - Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life . <BR> <BR> ~ Anonymous Sat, 30 May 2015 01:30:05 EST Come on summer! I teach, and summer break is fast approaching. I spend all day, everyday, giving my everything to other people. I can't wait for some time that I can dedicate to focusing on ME! Granted, I will still have my two kiddos, whom I love and adore, that do require quite a bit of me...but I won't hav... Sat, 30 May 2015 01:28:43 EST Gratitude May 29 2015 Number 1: Oldest finished Algebra 2 today. She took the final and it is done. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> Number 2: Youngest went to swim team tonight and had a good time. I went to swim team tonight and sat on cold bleachers in the cold all by myself. It was wonderful. <BR> <BR> Number 3: We have... Sat, 30 May 2015 01:25:42 EST Another day challenge done. FRIDAY, MAY 29 <BR> Plank 60 seconds <BR> <BR> Butt challenge <BR> squats 30 round about <BR> bridges 30 <BR> lunges 10 each leg <BR> <BR> Punches 20 each jabs, cross, upper cut <BR> <BR> Fly Lady day five: <BR> All the previous steps <BR> positive self- talk <BR> <BR> Took a walk, but asthma... Sat, 30 May 2015 01:20:29 EST Today's Inspiration " The purpose <BR> of life is a <BR> life of <BR> purpose." <BR> <BR> - Robert Byrne Sat, 30 May 2015 01:03:45 EST Day 5 - Ehh... Kind of a tricky day. Busy, stressful. I ruined the dinner I had planned, had to throw it out, and then ate a lot of chocolate candy that my husband brought home from his last day of work. I also was so busy, I didn't plan when I was going to work out, so I didn't do it. <BR> <BR> But, nothi... Sat, 30 May 2015 01:01:21 EST New Day Of Exercise And New Pictures My favorite form of exercise <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My Biking Buddies Bike <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My Biking Buddy <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sat, 30 May 2015 01:00:20 EST GCHS Graduation tonight. The graduating class of 2015 happened tonight at 7:30 p.m. tonight. The school year is officially over this year. <em>242</em> seniors and good luck in college. Sat, 30 May 2015 00:58:48 EST DEALING WITH HEALTH ISSUES I have been battling health issues for some time now. I have been seeing the doctor about sinus problems and breathing problems. He told me that he thought the breathing problems were because of the sinus problems. After tons of medications and nasal sprays, my doctor finally decided to send m... Sat, 30 May 2015 00:58:01 EST Depressing Spark I have to get this off my chest as it's been bothering me. It's upsetting me, actually to the point I feel like crying. I log into SparkPeople to get and give motivation to others, to share health/fitness struggles along the way and get advice on how I can improve, and hopefully maybe, just maybe... Sat, 30 May 2015 00:54:29 EST WEC Plan of Attack Friday through Monday: <BR> I will stay within calorie range. <BR> I will create as large a calorie deficit as possible through strategic use of fitness minutes. <BR> I will share on chat thread <BR> <BR> Friday: <BR> <em>248</em> Plan for the weekend and gather supplies <BR> <em>200</em> ... Sat, 30 May 2015 00:51:05 EST quote to ponder... "When you think of it, really there are four fundamental questions of life. You've asked them, I've asked them, every thinking person asks them. They boil down to this; origin, meaning, morality and destiny. 'How did I come into being? What brings life meaning? How do I know right from wrong? Whe... Sat, 30 May 2015 00:50:40 EST Has it really been 45 days already? Its been a month and a half since I made a commitment to myself. This feels like a good time to stop and write down some thoughts about where I am at. <BR> <BR> For the first time in my life I don't feel resentful about "dieting" or even watching what I'm eating. In the past I've "snuck" food... Sat, 30 May 2015 00:38:14 EST Friday This morning we were supposed to be on the road by 5 am. We left at 6 am. My husband needed a little more sleep. We were supposed to drive 3 hours each, but my husband drove all the way. We stopped at a couple of fruit stands and we also stopped at a subway. We reached San Bruno before 1 pm.... Sat, 30 May 2015 00:32:21 EST Spangle's Life Is Hard Food Is Easy, Chapter 4, Section 3 Chapter 4 - Rebuilding Self-Esteem, Section 3: What You Believe <BR> <BR> It has taken me quite a while to write out the following thoughts relative to Chapter 4, Section 3: <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Linda writes, 'Do you secretly believe you'll always gain back the weight you lose, regardless ... Sat, 30 May 2015 00:29:18 EST Friday Just got home from the movies....tired! <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Sat, 30 May 2015 00:13:57 EST Clothes a little loose!!! well crazy but I bought a top 3 weeks ago for an event---didn't try it on in the store but thought it would fit. It didn't. It was tight on the tummy and boobs. But low and behold tried it on tonight after three weeks of watching and charting all my foo---and even with a few tumbled off the wag... Sat, 30 May 2015 00:12:23 EST Special Blessings-May 30, 2015 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These two men in my life (Jamie and JIm) are why I'm so blessed. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> kathy <BR> Believe Sat, 30 May 2015 00:08:16 EST talking to myself <img src=""> I still don't see the point in blogging. But I'm going to try a new approach to it. Since it's not a "diary" which to me implies more privacy than is available on the interwebs, I'm going to look at it ... Sat, 30 May 2015 00:03:19 EST Two week report. Well I am two weeks in to this journey, and my energy level is already way up. I went to the gym 3 days this week due to the holiday. I plan on going at least 4 this week. I have stuck to my calorie range all this week. I struggled somewhat to get enough water in this week. I know how impor... Sat, 30 May 2015 00:01:27 EST Summer is HERE! I've been waiting for summer for awhile. I love teaching, but it gets so CRAZY at the end of the year and I usually crash and burn when it comes to exercise and healthy eating during that time. Every.Single.Year. This year was no different. *sigh* <BR> <BR> But summer is here at last, and I c... Sat, 30 May 2015 00:00:09 EST A Day to begin again Last day of school today. It will be a very busy summer. I need to set some goals so the summer does not just slip by. Fri, 29 May 2015 23:57:25 EST Chapter 18, Day 32 Lots of exercise, ate healthy. Good day. <BR> <BR> POSITIVES <BR> Central AC (so humid and hot today) <BR> Flowers are blooming overnight like pretty! <BR> Enjoying my basil in my foods from my garden <BR> Tech support fixed my firewall problem today <BR> <BR> Sleep dreams, fellow ... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:55:39 EST We refinanced the house on Wednesday Day 22 <BR> Walked around the block 12 minutes 68 calories burned <BR> Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning 30 minutes 277 calories burned <BR> <BR> We refinanced the house on Wednesday. The woman from the VA must have approved the fence. We came home and had second thoughts about the whole th... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:48:59 EST Sweet little things <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Such a sweet day. Have the three grandchildren, Clyde age 3, Hailey Jayne age 15, and Tyler age 19. Nothing special, went for a walk with the dogs, went to the store, went to the park and pl... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:44:55 EST Walking in the sunshine Mr Slinky and I had to work pretty hard to get in our 8,000 sweaty steps for the glow getter award today, but we finally did it. I did most of my walking in the evening as daytime temps were in the eighties, and we only just a few minutes ago managed to get that one last green light lit up to gi... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:44:32 EST Day 0 I'm not sure what it was that sparked my interest in joining this site, but I do know what confirmed I'm making the right decision. <BR> <BR> The box spring for my bed came. <BR> <BR> I live on the second floor of an apartment building, and let me tell you: me trying to pull that heavy box up t... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:42:15 EST 5/29/15 - Bedtime Hmmm - I'm not sure how I'm going to put a positive spin in this but I'll try. After 22 years of employment, I have been terminated. The agency has decided to go in another direction. When I asked what that direction might be, I wasn't given an answer, because they hadn't made the decision yet... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:39:36 EST ANOTHER DAY Well we have been busy today, We cleaned up all the limbs we trimmed and piled them for the city to pick up <BR> <BR> I have gained 2 pounds and I feel it I will have to really watch what I am eating. My sister does not read labels the way we doand she does not each the fresh veggies and frui... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:35:23 EST May 29, 2015 (Friday) Another rainy day. The outdoor pool at the Y had to close and reopen several times due to the heavy downpours. The races are already canceled for tomorrow, due to the heavy rain today, and an 80% chance of more rain in the early AM hours on Saturday. So there have been only TWO nights of racin... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:31:53 EST Stuff, Stuff, and More Stuff Not only am I a terrible packrat with stuff (my, oh my! I could open a craft store with all my stockpiled supplies!), but I am also a food packrat....since my auxiliary freezer died, and my back-up refrigerator died, I have necessarily divested myself of the usual perishables (I don't have any Ez... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:28:37 EST Stuff, Stuff, and More Stuff Not only am I a terrible packrat with stuff (my, oh my! I could open a craft store with all my stockpiled supplies!), but I am also a food packrat....since my auxiliary freezer died, and my back-up refrigerator died, I have necessarily divested myself of the usual perishables (I don't have any Ez... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:28:11 EST May 29th 2015 Today was an alright day i made sure to continue to eat healthy and too get some workout in. i walked around and made sure to stay on my feet for most of the day. I need to get back into the regime of me working out with my game like i used too. I know that i can lose this weight if i keep pushin... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:24:51 EST THE CALL OF MY WEAKENED SPIRIT / WALKING INTO DARKNESS <img src=""> <BR> Those that hear this whisper of a weakened spirit feel it's longing as a pulling back into the flesh, into sin. In this instance I am referring to being pulled back into sin because you are human. It ... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:20:53 EST Pause and Relax Thankfully today I decided to make my rest day. It was filled with so many errands, chores, doctor visit and I feel as if I did workout anyway lol. <BR> <BR> I'm not sure if my muscles ache because of the weather tonight or if they are enjoying the night off and celebrating. <em>334</em> ... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:14:34 EST All set to bring Ricky home tomorrow! We all finally connected and I am going to pick up Ricky tomorrow! It will be a very long drive but I will have company in the back on the way home! <BR> <BR> Today I went to Houlton and picked up my chicks, they are happily running around their new pen with a nice light to keep them at 100 de... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:11:13 EST Cheat meal So we did end up going to Chinese buffet and yep... I ate my weight in deliciousness. Actually I only had 2 plates of stuff, about a cup worth of ice cream, a small slice of some swiss cake thing they had and a 'Chinese' donut. <BR> My 2 fav things from this place are the pan fried dumplings and ... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:11:13 EST 100 days of Exercise- 95 days to go! So I didn't get any traditional exercise in today but I did get in 11K steps despite only getting about 5 hours of sleep. I NEED sleep or I am not a functioning human being. I have been on the struggle bus all day. <BR> <BR> But alas, I did run errands and go to the grocery store. My sister is g... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:09:37 EST Still finding my way I have such a long way to go. I read so many blogs, and articles on this site, and as I read them I feel for the other people. I root them on, I sympathize with them but I still am not there when it come to me. I feel totally disgusting, and I look like I'm pregnant. I would hope that this will... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:07:59 EST Day 107 - Trying not to burn out Super quick - I needed to get my nails done today in the next town over, so I walked... because steps, then I walked back home, and then walked to my parents house about two miles away with the dog, and home again, stepping stepping stepping! <BR> <BR> hit 30,000 steps again today, and now I'm t... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:06:09 EST Busy Friday Up at 5 am. 2 trips to town, Dare to Lose work out. Tired. <BR> Here are some pictures from this week <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:04:43 EST 2 Fabulous Things Tonight on my walk I saw two fabulous things: <BR> <BR> 1) Baby ducks for the first time this season <BR> <BR> 2) Wild Fox Glove, one of my favorite wildflowers <BR> <BR> I'm so thankful for beauty! Fri, 29 May 2015 23:04:06 EST Life Lessons From My Kitty Girls Funny how life is sometimes. Okay, I'll be more specific. Funny how life is most of the time. <BR> <BR> 3-1/2 years ago, my partner, Beth, and I got three kitties from a shelter. It was a triple failed foster - the best failure of my life. Beth had MS and was home by herself most days and we t... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:03:18 EST Trying I'm trying. Just got thyroid results back and they have to up my meds. Maybe the combo of trying and meds will work. Fri, 29 May 2015 23:02:59 EST Rough Day Today has been a rough day. <BR> <BR> My mother gave up driving a little over a year ago but still goes places with her best friend - usually out to eat on Friday afternoon. Mom is 86 (will be 87 in August) and her friend is 85. My brothers and I have been telling mom we are not comfortable wi... Fri, 29 May 2015 23:00:56 EST Nice Friday Classes were good and I got to take a yoga class with a great instructor. Energized and all stretched out..aaaahhhhh. <BR> <BR> We had dinner with my FIL and his wife...really good people. <BR> <BR> tomorrow is the Zumba/Zumba Gold Training and I am assistant host...time to go to bed. <BR> <BR... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:58:34 EST Reality Check Needed I was just in bed thinking about my day. I was actually being horrible to myself with my thoughts. I messed up tonight by eating too much ice cream. Early today somebody shared something with me that left me feeling sad. I guess the ice cream was my comfort food. Anyway, I was thinking how horrib... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:55:46 EST Friday's Words to Ponder <img src=""> Fri, 29 May 2015 22:54:51 EST Surveillance Blog for WEC Plan for the weekend: <BR> Friday -off from working out due to party and bonus children at the house. <BR> <BR> Saturday -go for a run/walk after the boys leave. Follow up with weight training and then yoga (Goal 90 + minutes) Make a grocery list with food for the weekend and party food for Su... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:50:38 EST Best laid plans of mice and men have goneastray. (And women) The usual, out in to the yard to look under the pool cover. It was clear water. <BR> Our son had been out looking for applications. I asked him about the pool. He and his family would like it to be open but he is looking for a job and he hope it will be soon. It will of course be hard because he... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:49:49 EST Day 8 I got up at 8:30 am today. I had a Dew, before my workout. I don't want to me sluggish. I'm scared I'll break something while I workout. I'm do it in my room after all. After my workout, I had some trail mix, for the protein. For lunch today, I had a Lean Cuisine Sandwich. I had one pack o... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:48:40 EST Down to one.. Aunt Marilyn will be up and they are looking at next week.. as long as they can get it finished with FL.. She was due to be cremated today but looks like it was going to be tomorrow.. and then to get things ready to leave and arrive here.. I am tired of being at a Funeral Home... No sleep and no... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:44:32 EST Day 134 addition.... It's late so this will be short. <BR> <BR> The car is fixed, finally. <em>244</em> and back home. <BR> <BR> I did get my workout in this morning, another <em>244</em> <BR> 60 minutes on elliptical <BR> 3 sets wall squats <BR> 3 sets regular planks, 60 seconds each. <BR> 3 sets side plank... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:42:27 EST What's in your cupboard? As part of the BLC28 challenge we are encouraged to eat unprocessed food and whole foods. So I went to my fridge and cupboard to see what I had on hand already. I located millet, sesame seeds, quinoa, israel couscous, flaxseed, hulled hempseed, flaked spelt, wholewheat spaghetti, dry black bean... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:42:18 EST Day #18 So my 22 month old has Bronchitis and a double ear infection and his brother has an upper respiratory infection (i.e. head cold). I've got antibiotics and breathing treatments every 4 hours here's to climbing out of the hole! <BR> <BR> Just got done at the gym ran week 3 day 3 of couch to 5K (e... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:40:43 EST 148/365 Not much to report today. Stayed within my calorie range. I need to get a good nights sleep to face the next two days. Fri, 29 May 2015 22:40:37 EST Day 286 Today just was a day. I'm very thankful for friends that don't get upset because I didn't want to do much of anything yesterday. <BR> <BR> I woke up to rainy cloudy skies this morning and decided to curl up on the couch and watch old TV reruns and crochet all day. I finished about 60 daisies for a granny square af... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:34:24 EST The Month of May Me and my aunt did a challenge this month, NO EATING OUT! And we DID IT!!! It was a lot easier than we thought. We are use to eating out at least 2x a week. We did have breakfast out on Mothers Day but that doesn't count. The only place I really thought about was Chipotle. Its so yummy. <... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:34:16 EST 11 Things to Remember When Everything Falls Apart <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together.” – Marilyn Monroe <BR> <BR> In this story book of life, things rarely go as planned. However, the hiccups along the w... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:32:40 EST Color Me Rad! #DelayedPost - meant to do this post right after it happened but the days got away from me! <BR> <BR> So on May 9 I did my first official 5K in awhile. Of course it wasn't actually timed so I'm not sure how official it was but I got a "number" at least :) I only walked it - for a few reasons. ... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:30:47 EST I will succeed <BR> When I train people my pet peeve is when they say "I will try to do my best". I know that means that they will kinda, sorta try and if they fail that's ok cause gosh, that was their best. My teams know that we don't use that phrase, we say I WILL SUCCEED! <BR> <BR> That doesn't mean we'll... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:30:30 EST Day 1 I woke up this morning determined to make day 1 a success. I figured I started my spark page, might as well start the process, right. Today wasn't a normal 3-11 shift (client issues) but I didn't let that deter my plan for a healthier start. I increased my water intake, ate within my calorie ra... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:30:03 EST Saturday Got all my washing done just hoping it does not rain at the moment the sun is shining and there is a nice breeze so here's hoping it gets dry, went for my walk early but then it was quite cold the wind is stopping it from getting to warm. Fri, 29 May 2015 22:27:19 EST Free Fire Cider Anyone who has tasted Fire Cider knows exactly why it's called Fire Cider. The recipe has been around a very long time and many, many people make it. Some make it and sell it. A company has Trademarked the name 'Fire Cider' and is <img src=" Fri, 29 May 2015 22:26:30 EST 75 days of tracking....15 pounds gone. I can't believe it's been 2 and a half months already! I wish I could say that it is just part of the routine, but there are still mornings that I get up, check my email, and don't just automatically surf over to Sparkpeople. I always get there before breakfast, but sometimes I have to remind m... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:23:47 EST Happy Friday! Didn't get a chance to blog yesterday. Was feeling a bit off, and then the end of the day arrived quickly. <BR> <BR> Today I stayed home to do some baking for a fundraiser that's taking place tomorrow. I baked banana bread, lemon cranberry loaf, buttertart pecan squares and peanut butter square... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:20:23 EST Day 76.... I am actually getting some stuff done today!!! yay me! I started watching a Netflix original show called I would watch it for one show and then do some house work or painting for an hour and then watch another episode. So that is what I have been doing today. Alternating between being a couch potato and doing something constructive. ... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:16:16 EST Great start to weekend Exercises are going well. Calories remain below 1300. Weight is steady. Trivia is still at 98%. Spent the day cleaning the garage and working in flower gardens. Looks like a great weekend ahead. Hope all are having a great weekend. Keeping focused for success. Fri, 29 May 2015 22:13:01 EST I'm late today ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I overslept this morning .. *eek* ... so I actually didn't stop to have my cup of coffee and blabble with friends ... Here or on FB .. <BR> <BR> I got a walk in last night .. it was such a bea... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:04:25 EST Friends, Family, and Self Today was an extraordinary day for many reasons. I've lost a size and was able to fit into my smaller clothes. This is definitely reason to celebrate, and in the "olden days," I would have used it as an excuse to get off the "diet." But I'm not dieting. Nope, nada, not at all. I'm in the process ... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:02:25 EST Here it is, the end of May I have continued the struggle, week by week failing to turn things around. I'm up about 15 from where I was, and just need to spin out of this. <BR> <BR> I'm having trouble walking, lots of snapping and pain, and knees inflamed, so I joined up with the team that knows something about that. The... Fri, 29 May 2015 22:00:31 EST Grateful for an Amazing Day I woke up this morning without the clock... It was a vacation day for me. I started with the reading of my affirmations and I immediately found a theme of staying in 'peace' today... and so it was. <BR> <BR> The day started with the school meeting with the day treatment team and we had a really ... Fri, 29 May 2015 21:57:47 EST Kelie our Beagle <img src="">Took Kelie to speicalist vet, she has SARD (sudden acquired retinal degeneraton). They will be running some more tests to be sure nothing else is going on. She can't see a thing, and although the vet thou... Fri, 29 May 2015 21:56:39 EST No Effort Is Ever Waster <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "No effort is ever wasted, although some pay dividends later than you think. Do not imagine that you "wasted your time" because something didn't turn out right. There is no such thing as "waste"... Fri, 29 May 2015 21:55:37 EST PC Problems It's difficult to keep track of things like Facebook and SparkPeople without my email. Something is terribly wrong with my laptop; Firefox won't let me use all the sites I normally use because of a "proxy server" issue. I have to use Internet Explorer to get into Spark but IE won't let me into F... Fri, 29 May 2015 21:55:20 EST PC Problems It's difficult to keep track of things like Facebook and SparkPeople without my email. Something is terribly wrong with my laptop; Firefox won't let me use all the sites I normally use because of a "proxy server" issue. I have to use Internet Explorer to get into Spark but IE won't let me into F... Fri, 29 May 2015 21:55:19 EST May 29, 2015 Quotes “ When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. ” <BR> <BR> <BR> ― Harriet Beecher Stowe <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Difficult ti... Fri, 29 May 2015 21:45:34 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for May 29: Prayers for my family would be greatly appreciated. My husband was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. It's pretty bad. On top of that, due to a oversight, he has no insurance right now. (We'll need a lot of prayer to get this situation solved.) And then, I've been dealing with respirator... Fri, 29 May 2015 21:44:45 EST Day 149: I Need a Moment or Two <img src=""> Fri, 29 May 2015 21:41:27 EST Blessings and thanks Thanks for all the kind comments on yesterday's blog. <BR> DH is doing well as it was a fairly simple procedure. <BR> The doctor was ahead of schedule so we could leave <BR> by 11 instead of after lunch. I drove home on a different <BR> route than DH would have taken, a simple county road <BR> an... Fri, 29 May 2015 21:33:19 EST I Wanna See My Face. I was looking at my SparkPage and I saw the photo of myself in 2011. <BR> <BR> Holy CRAP, I was ROTUND. Every part of me was enormous - especially my face. <BR> <BR> I honestly had no idea how STRAINED I was. I looked like I was bursting! I looked like that Violet Beauregard character after... Fri, 29 May 2015 21:32:31 EST Getting another biopsy..... I went in today for a regularly scheduled checkup with my breast surgeon and a 3d mammogram. I recently found a lump that felt like it was a lump in my rib right in the breast fold area. It didn't show up on the mammogram because it is too close to the rib. <BR> <BR> On an ultrasound, they ... Fri, 29 May 2015 21:26:23 EST May 29 2015 It's been a good Nd quit day. Not much happend. Work and home. Girls are at grandmas so I just got the baby. It's nice we got lots of snuggles in. In fact maybe to much. That's ok I in joyed it they don't stay little for long. Fri, 29 May 2015 21:23:20 EST Healing and happy My leg is getting better and I can walk again. It feels good to go outside and walk. I can only do about 10 or 15 minutes right now but I'm working up to 30 minutes. My goals are small but little by little, inch by inch. I'm excited about the new me and I can't wait to see her. Fri, 29 May 2015 21:17:57 EST Back to spark Hello. It's been a while. I don't think I've logged in more than once or twice since 2013. <BR> <BR> For a long time I was doing really well with my health and fitness. I was reliably in a size 8 for a few years and I think I looked pretty good. I had been getting up early in the morning and do... Fri, 29 May 2015 21:15:50 EST Day 81 - Not a great day Today was very stressful and I definitely didnt eat well at all. I found myself fighting against the sweet urges all day. Too much sugars and fats today. An emotional day and my food choices were my old habits. Hardly any water and I even cried today so my emotions took over today but tomorrow is... Fri, 29 May 2015 21:14:25 EST Friday up early as hubby had to be in early then tried to take a nap for a while but it was hard <BR> <BR> Had to start drinking the barium at 630 the total i had to take in in 30 minutes equaled about 4 cups of this horrible drink. i could not do it in 30 and was lucky i finished in 60. Still had... Fri, 29 May 2015 21:12:53 EST Weight Loss Total to Date I have lost a total of 43 pounds. <em>244</em> <em>375</em> <em>311</em> Fri, 29 May 2015 21:07:46 EST 5/29/15 Well only two more days of May and we are into June. Where did this month go? And did I make my monthly goals? Some I did, some not so much. Well I have tomorrow night solved, I talked to my boss and I will come in after the Candlelight ceremony, so I will get to see my wife tomorrow night. ... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:58:31 EST Don't forget your parents are people too. So I didn't get my workout in today. Thought I would take the day off. Instead, I went and spent the day with my mom. And a sad but true thing happened. I realized that my mom is a person, and not just my mom. Sometimes, we take for granted especially with our parents and forget that they are peo... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:53:46 EST Ever wonder how long to cook veggies? <img src=""> Fri, 29 May 2015 20:50:00 EST I don't want to be fat at 40! I signed up at this site years ago. I start out with good intention and try to get motivated to lose weight. After a couple weeks it seems like I just give up. I have started over a 100 times. I keep signing back into this site after a year or so and read the goals I set from the year before. The... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:48:47 EST Day 1 Part 1,000,001 Well, here I am again. I haven't been around in a very long time. I would log in every day to keep my spark streak going, but that was about it. I've been really struggling with anxiety, depression, and stress from a tough school year. <BR> <BR> Today was my final day before summer. I joined a b... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:43:48 EST Bruised Foot Well. I went from bad big toe to bruised foot. I knew something wasn't right because every day my foot would get more swollen as the day went on. I finally went today and had it checked out. Nothing broken,but badly bruised. So, no walking for awhile. <BR> Tomorrow I'm going to the Union meeting... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:34:17 EST On Second Thought <img src=""> Fri, 29 May 2015 20:33:21 EST No, Not an Exercise Teacher Some of you may have noticed my status that I may have a paying job soon. It's teaching, which I absolutely love. Actually, I'm going to the school for the first time on Monday, so I can't tell you much about it except the name--Arbutus Folk Art School. I know they have a fiber department, and... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:31:00 EST Just be you " Be yourself everyone else is already taken." Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> Don't ever change for anybody. Strive to be the best you there is . Sure you can copy cat others now and then. But why? Just be you. It's enough , <BR> <BR> Have a Happy Healthy Aloha Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> Always loo... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:26:45 EST busy day I guess Started the day with a walk with Cooper, my niece (Allegra) and her friend. Then I left Allegra and Cooper at my apartment while I went to PT and my Doctor appt. Finally scheduled my mammogram for June 24th. Have to get some lab work checked again, and there are a couple of things she wants to... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:26:43 EST Are you willing to pay the price? Today's thought from Hazelden is: The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life, which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run. --Henry David Thoreau Consider the young man who was doing great in his high school studies, then suddenly started to fall behi... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:25:24 EST To Blessed To Be Stressed! It only 8:16 pm here in Georgia and this is the earliest I've reached my goal of daily 10,000 steps and I'm feeling the blessing as I walk away the stress and weight <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> 10,890 steps <BR> 114 Active Minutes <BR> 4.61 Miles Completed <BR> <BR> I still have some energy... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:22:55 EST Morning Hike I haven't disappeared! I've been busy with school and scheduling was tough for a while, but I'm still here and still going strong. <BR> <BR> This morning our little family went on a hike at Ft. Yargo State Park. It was really pleasant, not too hot yet, and not too many hills (always a plus in no... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:21:02 EST Lost the exercise battle today...but the war is FAR from over! I had a really bad night last, I slept maybe an hour and half and felt awful when I got up. Work was reminiscent of last week. Long story short, exercise was just not in the cards today. Initially I was disappointed, but ultimately... today is just one day. Once, not too long ago, I would have gi... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:18:37 EST 30 Things that Happen when we Practice Self-Love and Self-Care <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Self-love and self-care aren’t about being self-centered and selfish. They’re not about a “me, me, me” mentality. They’re not about fighting against the world to express ourselves or t... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:08:22 EST It worked! This morning didn't start off too stellar. I woke up feeling anxious and uneasy right from the get go. I don't usually have problems with anxiety in the mornings, so that was kind of odd. I tried to just go on about my day and ignore it, but it definitely took some time to shake it off. I act... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:08:20 EST A day with yoga is a good day! Happy to report I am back on track after backsliding on Tuesday and Wednesday. Woke up on Thursday and said I will get back on the right eating bandwagon which I did and I feel so much better! Also did yoga first thing which always starts the day positively. Today the weather was absolutely pe... Fri, 29 May 2015 20:01:31 EST WEC Week 2-General I should have plenty of time this weekend to focus on the weekend challenge. To avoid the possibilities of other things getting in the way, I am going to exercise first thing in the morning on Saturday and Sunday, <BR> <BR> Intel-I will track all of my food intake on Spark People this weekend. ... Fri, 29 May 2015 19:55:13 EST Recursion, Revisited Earlier, I had posted a blog on the usefulness of recursion in establishing a health management program of any kind. I had also followed that up, with a blog, on the differences between recursion and iteration (mere repetition). <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 29 May 2015 19:52:58 EST Gorgeous Day Even though we got some small showers today, it was absolutely gorgeous! Lots of walks totaling 8.17 miles today (175 minutes worth) plus a whole hour of upper body strength training. LOTS of water! Ate very well. I'm really feeling good about myself! No matter that the devil is trying to ma... Fri, 29 May 2015 19:49:29 EST FRIDAY RAMBLINGS. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Fri, 29 May 2015 19:43:09 EST Safety 1st! My next trip to Paris will be a little sad. The locks will be gone. <em>24</em> <BR> <em>712</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I took this pic- Oct 2013 <BR> <BR> "Hundreds of thousands of locks are atta... Fri, 29 May 2015 19:43:02 EST Long stressful day... Well, it's been a stress filled day! There was good news at the end of it! I had a scary new mass on my breast that needed an ultrasound. Praise God it turned out to be a cyst. Nothing too concerning. Phew! <BR> Then I found out I have a bladder infection and the Dr. says I'm on the brink of a s... Fri, 29 May 2015 19:41:10 EST A bust busy day It is now 7:30 pm and I have been on the go al day. I started off with a 10 km run then as soon as I was home and recovered, I was baking again cleaning house, taking care of the dogs and then as soon as dinner was over, it was out the door with hubby to purchase all the groceries for the baby sh... Fri, 29 May 2015 19:40:44 EST 17 lb away from onederland I'm only 17 lb away from being 199...I am really looking forward to it! <BR> From there I am looking forward to being even smaller... <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend! <BR> <BR> Alice Fri, 29 May 2015 19:38:05 EST Natto party Today we had our natto party. For those who don't know what natto is, it is fermented soy beans. It's a bit slimy and smelly, but for those who love it, it's great! We celebrated the end of the semester with a natto party which included natto sushi, natto toast, natto curry, natto poke, okra/y... Fri, 29 May 2015 19:35:14 EST It's Friday!!!! :) Friday! Yay! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I came home after work and did about a half hour of weed whacking in the yard and it is pretty hot out there...83 right now at 7:30 pm. Then I did 26 minutes of a walking (more like jogging LOL!)workout on youtube with Leslie Sansone. SHE did 45 minute... Fri, 29 May 2015 19:32:16 EST Ode to Changes Where do I begin? <BR> <BR> This journey has been one of the most amazing things I have experienced in my lifetime. On top of that, it has also been one of the very hardest things! <BR> <BR> When you're someone who has struggled for as long as you can remember to fit society's image of "healthy... Fri, 29 May 2015 19:29:27 EST Ouchies Here is a list of everything that is bothering me physically today as a result of my obesity: <BR> <BR> Outer thighs: From rubbing up against my office chair as I repeatedly squeezed into it. <BR> <BR> Tuchus: From sitting on it all day, jammed into that chair and basically clenched to sit com... Fri, 29 May 2015 19:28:24 EST How clueless am I................. I didn't even know I had a blog page, or any email here. It's a good thing I am not a detective. LOL! I go to the gym everyday. I do 65 minutes on the elliptical machine. What makes me laugh, is how people watch me. They seem surprised I am on it to begin with, but they are stunned that I stay on... Fri, 29 May 2015 19:28:00 EST TGIF I had another good day on the scale. Another 1/2 pound gone. That makes 28 1/2 pounds total. I keep thinking I'll reach some kind of plateau and the weight loss will come to a standstill, but that hasn't happened. Probably because I have upped my game plan at the gym. I have a prescribed set... Fri, 29 May 2015 19:22:01 EST I joined the SparkPeople 21 day challenge on Facebook I haven't been on Facebook for years and it was really kind of fun. If we all did that we'd have a new way to connect and become better friends. What do you think? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=21_days_to_your_healthiest_summer_ever </link> Fri, 29 May 2015 19:21:15 EST "Promise of a diet pill can backfire simply because it exists" That's the headline of an article by Robert Ferdman in today's Washington Post. <BR> <BR> The story tells of an assistant professor at the Tuck Institute School of Business, Amit Bhattacharjee, and his study entitled "The Perils of Marketing Weight Management Remedies". <BR> <BR> "There's a fun... Fri, 29 May 2015 19:16:23 EST Day 34 - I'm Not Who I Was Today's Weight: 160.2lbs <BR> <BR> I did it! I got my hair cut! In the end, she ended up taking off about 6 0r 7 inches. It's longer in the front and angled to be shorter in the back, which is the shortest I've ever had it. I THINK I like it - it's just a really big change to get used to. <BR> ... Fri, 29 May 2015 19:09:22 EST SATURDAY ....NEARLY HALF OVER.... The days are just flying by....they are leaving me behind at time.....UGH <BR> <BR> My Saturday is half chilling today and not feeling guilty at all.... <BR> Am guessing it is time to start preparing for my next surgery in 2 weeks time.... <BR> Maybe I will back some loaves today so t... Fri, 29 May 2015 18:59:06 EST 1st Blog - Starting Fresh As I prepare for my next "diet" I figured I'd start off right by being more accountable and blogging it. This is new to me and I have no clue what I'm doing here or should be doing-here goes.... <BR> <BR> I’ve been a yo-yo dieter most of my life. I’ve been losing and gaining the same 30 or ... Fri, 29 May 2015 18:58:55 EST Managed 9,500 Steps & It's My Rest Day I am so driven that it's indescribable but I know when to listen to my body. My HIIT sessions are intense so I must allow my body a day of rest which means not going so hard. On rest days, I still move my body but I don't overdo it. I've been up since very early in the morning , been doing laundr... Fri, 29 May 2015 18:57:48 EST Fun Planting I just love having plants around in the Spring and Summer months. Recently spent some time filling pots around our patio. My DH decided to get into the activity and I had to laugh once when I told him I was ready to plant the Marigolds. He asked which were the Marigolds and when I answered tho... Fri, 29 May 2015 18:57:45 EST Not for Shaming (These are some notes to myself and self-talk about the weight I gained in the last week as tracked by WW. I am not going to update my SP weight until at least the bloat has subsided a little bit more.) <BR> <BR> Eating salty and fatty foods earlier in the week ended with me feeling bloated and ... Fri, 29 May 2015 18:49:15 EST Day 5 of 100: Registered for 5k Today, I registered for my first <em>364</em> color run event. I may not yet be able to <em>57</em> the entire course,but I think just being around like minded people will encourage me to do better. I am so excited. I can't wait. I love the idea of getting fit while having fun. <em>104</e... Fri, 29 May 2015 18:48:33 EST Making Plans for a 10k! I used to want a fitbit surge but after joining a facebook running group it appears that Garmin is the the best running gadget. <img src=""> Today I also learned about a local 5k coming up that is on a day I can go. ... Fri, 29 May 2015 18:48:12 EST 8 years ago today... Wow, I can't believe how time flies...... <BR> Eight years ago today my oldest daughter graduated from junior high. Our catholic school where her brother, my oldest graduated from had closed and this was our first junior high graduation experience at the new school. It's kind of a big deal an... Fri, 29 May 2015 18:45:04 EST Community Service Ahead!: The 'Bikini Neanie' Project, Day 81 I have always said that I would rather do my profession for free, rather than be paid for doing it. Well, tomorrow, I get to do just that! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> In my area, there will be a community service event at a local practitioner's office where I will be treating homeless ... Fri, 29 May 2015 18:41:38 EST Day 4 of 100:Nothing can derail Me. Because of technical difficulties my blog entry for day 4, failed to save. So here it is a day late. Yesterday I unexpectedly had to work a double shift & was unable to do my Hip Hop Abs. <em>354</em> Instead of not getting my workout in , I took the steps twice (10 flights,in 5 flight increm... Fri, 29 May 2015 18:39:30 EST Did OK this week. I did make it to the gym 3 days and worked out at home 1 day. Now to eat well at work all weekend. Focus on getting enough fluids and not going through any drive thru's in the middle of the night. I will be splurging on Sunday at baseball game with beer and garlic fries:) Fri, 29 May 2015 18:36:57 EST The Naked Truth DISCLAIMER: The following paragraph contains a substantial amount of whining and self-pity. Please bear with me and continue reading. I considered deleting it but feel it might be helpful to others who might be struggling with similar difficulties. <BR> <BR> Plateau. We all know what it mean... Fri, 29 May 2015 18:26:58 EST Fell off the Sparks Wagon Well friends I kind of fell off the wagon and got away from watching what I was eating. Not good. So I am back at it and starting fresh tomorrow. Scale broke so will be buying a new one tomorrow and seeing how much damage I have done in the last couple of weeks. Hopefully not much. Fri, 29 May 2015 18:25:29 EST Work Woes It may have been a 4 day work week but it was exhausting. I am a pre-kindergarten teacher at a child care facility and it is truly short staffed all the time. I have been teaching about 30 years now and though I work in a decent, well run center, it has the HIGHEST turn over rate of anywhere... Fri, 29 May 2015 18:08:26 EST 30-days in I continue to have problems recuperating from whatever grabbed ahold of me earlier this week. Just can't get going with any momentum. I start something and get interrupted and the process has continued all week. I did go have an MRI of my neck this morning. If things aren't hurting you before... Fri, 29 May 2015 18:04:39 EST Recycling So Much Our house is noticeably downsized with stuff. I feel so good about helping people while I have no RA pain. <BR> <BR> To date: <BR> 1. 26 boxes of books to the store at the homeless shelter <BR> 2. Computer towers, cell phones, monitors, printers, microwave and batteries to electronic recycling... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:54:13 EST day 26 today i spent the day unpaking from me trip, cleaning and doing some work outs. hope tonight i can relax and enjoy the day. I been to busy to even do that. Fri, 29 May 2015 17:53:09 EST day 26 today i spent the day unpaking from me trip, cleaning and doing some work outs. hope tonight i can relax and enjoy the day. I been to busy to even do that. Fri, 29 May 2015 17:53:07 EST So you know Letting everybody know that next week I'm going to be going into a residential treatment facility for about a week. Please don't panic when you don't hear from me. I should be back week after next. <BR> Fri, 29 May 2015 17:52:33 EST Forgive yourself II I got such good answers for a question about this: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I wanted to know what I had to forgive myself for? I just thought it was something I needed to think about and explore. <BR> ... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:52:26 EST Friday, finally!! So glad it's finally here. Work is still extremely stressful. I've been job hunting and am getting better at it so we'll see. Found out the OG will have a second job that he can telecommute to so he can work on it at night. Yay!! He was totally out of money. Fri, 29 May 2015 17:51:53 EST Weekend Challenge This week's weekend challenge entails what I should be mostly doing every day anyway, just perhaps being more vocal about it, and burning a wee bit more calories each day than usual. <BR> <BR> And I love a good challenge, so let's do this! <BR> <BR> The Weekend Challenge is 4 days long: Friday... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:50:37 EST First Giant Swallowtail of the Season - Actually, They Were Twins! <img src=""> <BR> Our first Giant Swallowtail <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Still in the cage where it was raised from an egg <BR> <B... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:46:06 EST WooHoo, got a great ride in today I got up and got a bit of guitar practice in, Satch Boogie is coming along. The pull offs for Jiboom is also getting a lot lot faster. Nowhere near the warp speed that Steve Vai plays at but my fingers are not really suited to shredding. <BR> <BR> I got out on my bike at around 10.40am and decid... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:45:20 EST These are a few of my favorite songs (a top ten list, and then some) I posted a vid to facebook last week, saying it was probably one of my top ten favorite songs, if I thought about I thought about it, and this is what I came up with for a ten favorite songs list, plus a couple items that might have made the cut if they were actually one song, rather than... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:39:35 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Sign of the Times <img src=""> <BR> It's Friday, and time to get your grin on! Time to let go of all those things that have weighed heavily on you this week, and to get grinnin' and livin'! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:35:16 EST DEATH WISH Death Wish <BR> <BR> A man lying on his deathbed called his lawyer, his doctor, and his pastor. <BR> <BR> "I am going to die tonight," and I want to prove that when you go to heaven you can take it all with you. <BR> <BR> So to my three most trusted friends, you three of course, I am leaving... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:35:01 EST "No Thanks!" Sugary Junk. I gave it up over 30 days ago. It's like my eyes have been opened to my real addiction to it. A couple days ago, I went to Cracker Barrel with some family from out of town. I love the gift shop as well as the food. As I circulated the store I realized that a large third of the s... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:33:57 EST have you realized? Most of us ladies usually do the cooking, planning, buying of all the food that comes into our houses. Have you ever stopped and realized how much our lives revolve around food? Seriously almost every waking moment. Atleast in my life anyway. I wish sometimes my hubby would learn to cook to give ... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:32:59 EST About Swanstyle –a little history, lifestyle, food and goals. (1st Post) I’m a morbidly obese woman. I don't want gastric bypass surgery. I’m not against surgery for others. I simply believe that I can reach a healthy weight without surgery. <BR> <BR> I tend to lose weight very, very slowly. I have a couple serious health issues. However, I water jog at the gym.... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:20:49 EST diet pills I'm doing strict calorie control lately to ward off the negative effects of an all out splurging feast this last week. It was only one meal, but it was composed if several cheats within a single meal. Cheeseburger, fries and a coke. It's taken three days, yet only took me three MINUTES to eat!!... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:18:55 EST More about Spark Tracker with Photos Only 4 1/2 hours into my day I'm over halfway to my goal of 5,000 steps. Why? First I went to the pharmacy to pick up my husband's meds; I walked from the car to the pharmacy and back. Second I stopped for groceries; I walked to the store, through the store, back to the car. For years now I've p... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:16:09 EST Week 2 day 5 I have 4 weight loss goals. My ultimate goal is to be 140 by the end of February. But I have little goals set up to keep myself on track until then. By July I should be 200 by September I should be 180 by December I should be 160, and finally I will hopefully be 140 by next February. Fri, 29 May 2015 17:14:57 EST 5 29 2015 Work is really strange lately. I work part-time (20 hours a week) I just looked at the schedule for the next couple of weeks and I have 29.5 and 29 hours. Nobody is taking time off and they haven't said there was a new project coming up.... Yet other departments are getting their hours cut. <BR>... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:12:13 EST Still fighting the good fight :) I've been stuck at 180-185 for a few months it seems (45-50lbs lost). I'm still here, eating mostly healthy and trying to get in extra exercise. Did I mention that I have run 5K multiple times now? I finally consider myself a runner - It's amazing reaching a goal that you never thought you wou... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:05:10 EST Goal: music and the timer at least 30 minutes a day on the paperwork and floor--away I go Fri, 29 May 2015 17:02:21 EST What's doing on Friday. Today I tried to sleep in. I had absolutely no place to be today until noon and thought I would have a nice lie in but come 5am I am wide awake. humph ! <BR> <BR> I had an appointment to get my hair done. It is now short, short, short. I like it! Very chic I think! <BR> <BR> Then I went to... Fri, 29 May 2015 17:01:30 EST Extra Credit workout or just scratching the surface? So, due to training schedule this winter/spring, I was running on Saturday mornings and resting on Fridays. Wednesdays are a default rest day due to busy busy schedule.. <BR> However, I ran my race on May 10th, and now I don't HAVE to run on Saturdays.. and I find myself NOT running on Saturdays... Fri, 29 May 2015 16:59:06 EST Gun Room Gang and Dogs! I had to take a package up to the Gun Room today. I stayed awhile and visited. The dogs are all up there most of the time. It was nice to see everyone!! <BR> DH is at the farm. He said it has rained about 5 inches since he got there. As He was driving in the water was running across the high... Fri, 29 May 2015 16:51:22 EST Sleep Issues and Sinus Pain I have been waking up with headaches for the past few days. I have a hard time getting to sleep because I start to cough when I lay down. I wake up with a headache and my sinuses hurt. I have even tried using a netti-pot in the middle of the night just to try to clear my head. I end up taking... Fri, 29 May 2015 16:50:47 EST May 29 - My New Lifestyle WILL Get Me to My Goal Weight! <img src=""> <BR> My heaviest at 233 pounds, little over 2 years after my husband passed (May 2010) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> My late... Fri, 29 May 2015 16:49:46 EST a busy Friday The main goal for today is to finish painting my dresser, but up until now I had only primed it and with 4 hours required between coats (I have another hour or so to wait to do the second coat on the first side), it will be tomorrow. The edges will also be done this afternoon. If I had two paint ... Fri, 29 May 2015 16:46:25 EST Both ends of the rainbow - 5-29-15 You have to look for the silver lining to the amount of rain we've been getting. I guess that lining would be the stunning rainbows we're having - daily! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Brooklyn Hughs found one end... Fri, 29 May 2015 16:42:50 EST Who is this person I'm becoming? I cannot wait for 5 pm. I'm so excited about my plans for tomorrow, I'm going KAYAKING! It's unbelievable what a difference a few months and losing a few pounds can make in your life. <BR> <BR> My life used to consist of: <BR> Sleeping, working and eating; <BR> The weekends were spent lying aro... Fri, 29 May 2015 16:41:19 EST Problems? Everyone who achieves success in a great venture, solves each problem as they came to it. They helped themselves. And they were helped through powers known and unknown to them at the time they set out on their voyage. They keep going regardless of the obstacles they met. <BR> W. Clement Stone <BR... Fri, 29 May 2015 16:39:27 EST Quick Update on the Ol' Girl! I said it that way because I think my age has finally reached a point where my body doesn't cooperate QUITE as much as it once did. And the doctor put me on so many restrictions after this surgery I can't believe it! NO stairs, no lifting over a 5 lb bag of sugar, just about NO anything. I cou... Fri, 29 May 2015 16:37:58 EST Grand Scheme of things I have been feeling sick lately and recognized the symptoms as a sinus infection. I used to get them all the time as a kid. Since my doctor does not have office hours on Friday, I called my old pediatrician to see if they would take me. They said sure, so I dropped in today and confirmed that I d... Fri, 29 May 2015 16:36:42 EST Blog Entry # 17 Couple Of Thoughts :D Happy Friday!!!! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos... Fri, 29 May 2015 16:20:51 EST decison made I will be starting on my adventure Monday. I will be doing the Jumpstart your metabolism diet. Along with that I will be adding exercise back into my day. I ordered a yoga dvd that doesn't look like it will kill me. I have achy joints and I'm sure it's from being fat. Pardon the usage of the... Fri, 29 May 2015 16:15:36 EST Birthday Tribute Lake Walk, SP Mail, and Misc. Today is my dearly-departed cousin's (in black top in photo) birthday. Her best friend and I did a little ceremony simultaneously coordinated between San Diego and Las Cruces. She and I then talked about our happy memories. I met a friend and we did a tribute lake walk. It's so sad to see the ... Fri, 29 May 2015 16:08:03 EST Geneen Roth's guidelines for intuitive eating Seven Intuitive Eating Guidelines (by Geneen Roth) <BR> 1. Eat when you are hungry. <BR> 2. Eat sitting down in a calm environment. This does not include the car. <BR> 3. Eat without distractions. Distractions include radio, television, newspapers, books, intense or anxiety-producing conversation... Fri, 29 May 2015 16:01:03 EST When Eating *Less* Isn't the Answer For a long, long time I feared food. I was afraid to eat. I was afraid of how I would react to food. I was afraid of the composition of food. I was afraid of carbs of calories of fat of them being "unclean". I used to be in the "eat less" camp. <BR> <BR> My latest foray into tracking has ... Fri, 29 May 2015 15:57:28 EST I'm sticking with it. The hypnosis app must be helping because I couldn't go to sleep until I finished my butt and arm challenges! And I'm waiting for customers to leave so I can start them at work! Fri, 29 May 2015 15:49:57 EST I wish you courageous joy <img src=""> Fri, 29 May 2015 15:43:00 EST Building a campfire, kindling those sparks and igniting the big ol log! Ever build a campfire? Once those little twigs and starter materials you throw in there burn out you hope there was enough heat to catch those big ol' logs on fire. Sometimes the bark is glowing a bit but they never really catch. Sometimes there is a little pocket of bright burning embers and... Fri, 29 May 2015 15:39:29 EST 2 Days Left! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hey folks! Been awhile. <BR> <BR> Well, its 2 days before I weigh in. I'm not as nervous as I was about a month ago. I think I've lost weight. If I haven't, I think I'm okay with that. I... Fri, 29 May 2015 15:34:25 EST I'm getting orders! I've been sharing pictures of my projects on my Facebook page, and I'm starting to get orders! I had a lady order two hats in different colours. I love making this pattern, it works up so quickly and is such a nice hat! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 29 May 2015 15:33:17 EST TGIF! Well, Friday again and much to do! Tuesday I did get 36 laps in at the pool for my training. Now I need to get up to 40 by my next training session. Yesterday I golfed on my league and the competition was to see how many of your drives landed in the fairway. I ended up with 7 of 9 in the fairway ... Fri, 29 May 2015 15:29:33 EST Fighting through it A healthy green smoothie , a small lunch and protein for supper. Let's try this. Fri, 29 May 2015 15:29:32 EST Awards Day Today was awards day at my children's school. My son received an award for being a peer tutor in Algebra I. I am really proud of him. <BR> <BR> I am truly proud of my daughter who has had some issues in school with her grades and behavior and it was looking bleak for awhile. But Thank God for he... Fri, 29 May 2015 15:28:56 EST And then it was Friday! Man these short weeks are pretty nice! <BR> <BR> Been a rough week. Did a little pity party eating. Work is really a pain in the bootie... <BR> <BR> Today i'm chuggin my water, had some left over crockpot chicken pot pie (pretty easy, good use of left over chicken, and with enough veggies, not ... Fri, 29 May 2015 15:28:33 EST Whoops! A little typo this morning had me losing 201 pounds instead of just the 1. That would put me about the size of my dog... I'm surprised SP didn't come back with an error message - "Hellooo!! McFlyyyy!!!" Oh well - it was good for a laugh! And I am a pound down, so it can't mess with my mood a... Fri, 29 May 2015 15:26:31 EST One calorie at a time I was able to fit in another walk last night. And I have done well with walking today too. But I am struggling with my soda addiction. I tried to go to just one in the morning. I have successfully switched to green tea w/ honey & lemon when I get to work instead of a second soda, but that mid... Fri, 29 May 2015 15:25:11 EST another week bites the dust! <img src=""> Ok what a week! Man am I soooo glad its over with! It started out with going to work tuesday then taking my middle son to the doctors that afternoon. All os good and hes off crutches, just cant run for two... Fri, 29 May 2015 15:22:07 EST Day 20: TGIF! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today has been much better than yesterday. After I dropped off the boyfriend at work, I came home and then immediately went for my walk. The sun was just coming out and it was still nice and coo... Fri, 29 May 2015 15:11:58 EST Internmit service for Mom, more help from Penny Most of you who read my blogs know that my mom passed away in November of last year. We were not able to have the burial of her ashes at the time of the funeral, because of the weather. We had that done yesterday morning; it was just a short, simple service but the pastor did a beautiful job. It ... Fri, 29 May 2015 15:09:34 EST "Nurture Your Gut Bacteria -- Improve Your Mood and Health" Dr. David Perlmutter posted an excellent blog about maintaining our gut health <link><BR>mutter-md/gut-bacteria-health_b_742888<BR>2.html </link> and recommends the following foods: <BR> <BR> 1-2 servings of fermented probiotic foods each day such as, <BR> ... Fri, 29 May 2015 15:08:07 EST Daily Vlog- March 28, 2015 2 Fri, 29 May 2015 14:59:17 EST YES.... PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMO......IT'S FINALLY FRIDAY!!!! <BR> <BR> Have a nice weekend everyone! <em>244</em> Fri, 29 May 2015 14:58:27 EST TGIF Had a great day and night at the beach loving life right now be blessed hugs sending light love joy and happiness Fri, 29 May 2015 14:55:16 EST Strength training-- :-( My trainer is leaving I am sad. My trainer, Lynne, is leaving Harvard for a new job. :-( It blew when my former trainer Sean got another job and wasn't taking on clients anymore. I was ecstatic when I found out Lynne was training clients as she was one of my favorite rowing teachers. Lynne has been really awesome and ... Fri, 29 May 2015 14:54:59 EST Pegan? This week I found an article about a new diet (or at least it was new to me) about the Pegan diet. Have any of you heard of it and tried it? <BR> <BR> It's a combination of the Vegan + Paleo diets. Almost seems to be an oxymoron idea, but Dr Mark Hyman says it's a healthy approach to eating. I g... Fri, 29 May 2015 14:53:38 EST calorie range I really don't have a big appetite and never get over 900 calories daily, but still struggling to lose weight. I need my Thyroid rechecked. Fri, 29 May 2015 14:51:18 EST 12 Week Challenge Starting June 1st I joined a 12 week challenge at my gym. It's a group of 21 people (all women) and the winner gets 3 months free membership. I am not in it to win but to be in the top ten and make better choices for myself. <BR> <BR> Measurements and WI tomorrow <em>9</em> Fri, 29 May 2015 14:48:35 EST Being Sure Of What We Hope For <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." <BR> ~ Hebrews 11:1 <BR> <BR> Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Whe... Fri, 29 May 2015 14:43:40 EST 5 great reasons the things that inspire me to work out; <BR> 1) that little cute sundress in my closet <BR> 2) looking younger <BR> 3) being more attractive and active and light on my feet for my kids <BR> 4) making workouts easier without the extra weight <BR> 5) getting my confidence back Fri, 29 May 2015 14:39:58 EST Inspirational Quote - 5/29/15 Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. <BR> <BR> - Saint Augustine <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Fri, 29 May 2015 14:39:51 EST Chronicles of a Shrinking Queen- Day1-Day 22 LONG ONE SORRY!! The day was May 7, 2015, I was finally getting the package of our family pictures, full of excitement I open them as fast as I can! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! "Who the HELL is that woman in these pictures!!!" The harsh reality that I no longer looked like the girl in the picture in my head began to s... Fri, 29 May 2015 14:38:27 EST Need to look better it is nice outside, I am looking for a job and I want to look better. I want to wear cute clothes and be someone my husband and kids can be proud of. I feel awful about my body right now and out of control. I need willpower to stay away from temptation. I am ready to make a change. I love me and ... Fri, 29 May 2015 14:37:30 EST READY FOR COMBAT WEC SURVEILANCE: <BR> <BR> Friday <BR> 1200 <BR> Veterans Memorial Party <BR> Take watermelon and blueberries for our “dessert” <BR> Keep my eyes pealed for lean meats veggies and fruits <BR> Completely ignore any high fat, high sugar perpetrators, they can not do any damage if I do not touc... Fri, 29 May 2015 14:36:58 EST Junk Science and Diets Awesome story, about a guy who woke up one day and wondered how easy it would be to put out a false study about dieting. <BR> <BR> He learned, its horrifyingly easy. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ournalist-created-a-bogus-study-showin<BR>g-120105844182.html </link> Fri, 29 May 2015 14:36:42 EST funhouse mirrors Although I hate doing it. I had to go buy a few clothing items for summer. I didn't want to waste money on cloths that hopefully wont fit me long, but one cant go around naked can one. ( we really should start a clothing exchange). <BR> <BR> I go to Ross. I walked through the store to the wom... Fri, 29 May 2015 14:30:39 EST 3 more days of May Really hoping that I can make my goals for May. I've really struggled to make them this month. Fri, 29 May 2015 14:29:56 EST It Starts... I woke up this morning, got on the scale and it said <BR> 277. <BR> <BR> That stupid digital accurate scale is a liar. <BR> <BR> At least that's what I tried to tell myself when the number disappeared and I got on the scale again and the same number popped up .. AGAIN. <BR> <BR> Now I'm tellin... Fri, 29 May 2015 14:14:01 EST Still moving, but a bit slower. Still a little sore from boot camp, but it's a good sore. Last nights was cancelled due to the weather and another event being held where we meet. So I went to see an HBO movie about child abuse. It is called Broken Child and the director was in the audience. It was very informative, but sad. <BR... Fri, 29 May 2015 14:11:18 EST WEC Surveillance <em>241</em> So as part of our Weekend Challenge I am posting my plan of attack for this weekend. Actually since my grandson is supposed to be picked up in several hours this will be an easier weekend. <BR> <BR> My dinners are planned out already so I will just need to track them. I also hav... Fri, 29 May 2015 14:07:20 EST 395 Days to Go! Worked late at job #2. Running out of steam. Got home and got ready to outside to the barn.... and yeah... it didn't happen! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Didn't get anything done inside the home either.... <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Changed clothes to pajamas... and went to bed.... <em>102</em... Fri, 29 May 2015 14:04:11 EST Review of Day 4 ~ 105 Day No Scale Challenge ~ 101 Days to Go! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was good. I'm doing great with the food choices, but I make that super easy because I prep my breakfasts and lunches on Sunday afternoon so no choices are involved during the week. ... Fri, 29 May 2015 14:02:48 EST Wow, really? Wow.. so I just ate something I shouldn't have. <BR> <BR> First.. I ate the rest of my kimchi soup for breakfast. <BR> That's the problem with breakfast for me.. especially now w/ another baby. I just don't want to take time to cook something. I wish there was a cereal that wasn't so filled with... Fri, 29 May 2015 14:02:08 EST Sick.. home sick from work.. Fri, 29 May 2015 13:56:04 EST Inspirational thought for today!!! <img src=""> Fri, 29 May 2015 13:55:08 EST 2nd Chances We all want a second chance. We all ask for them, but how often do we give them to others, to ourselves. How often do we forgive and let it fall on God's hands to heal. <BR> <BR> We are here to give ourselves that second chance to be healthy, live right, and enjoy each day! But how many times do... Fri, 29 May 2015 13:53:06 EST Picture this <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR>... Fri, 29 May 2015 13:48:07 EST Not much has changed Not much in my life has changed. I am still dividing my time between Texas and Aruba. We are getting a new granddaughter in August and will have our first teenager in the family when our granddaughter turns 13 in a few weeks. Then after birthdays the rest of the year we will have 2 8 year olds... Fri, 29 May 2015 13:45:56 EST Relentless day 145, Recovery, Walk, Gardening <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's a great day to recover from yesterday's workout. It's pleasant outside so taking care of the landscape is a great day to tend to the landscaping. Why I even fetched the lawn clipper for D... Fri, 29 May 2015 13:44:00 EST I Read This some where I've read this some where and I liked it <img src=""> <BR> <BR> **The first thing you have to do is accept who you are, and love yourself for that. You can never make any change in your life if your happiness depends... Fri, 29 May 2015 13:40:46 EST Forming New Habits: How Long Does it Take? Think it takes 21 days to form a new habit? Think again!! Take a look at this report of a study that looked at that exact question. Good info for all of us to think about. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>orm-new-habits_b_7346170.html </link> Fri, 29 May 2015 13:38:42 EST 5/29 Learning how to be in control of my choices is proven to be challenging.... but I am learning. Have been sitting down all morning... I've been walking to my limits for the last couple of weeks and my body just can't take much more..... Today I am going to take it easy.... light walk or something ... Fri, 29 May 2015 13:37:54 EST Days <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 29 May 2015 13:34:05 EST Day 53- Where did May go? Geeze, it's almost June! I have honestly been so busy I didn't realize this month was almost over with. I think about all that I have done and all that I could have done and I just get all caught up in what I didn't accomplish that I need to remind myself I'm only one person and to focus on what ... Fri, 29 May 2015 13:30:46 EST My Quote of the day “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” <BR> -Mahatma Gandhi .. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>520</em> <em>525</em> <img src="">. <em>247</em> <BR> Fri, 29 May 2015 13:29:00 EST Technology I believe that technology has created to many portals for drama queens. You can post, tag, tweet, # on almost every media site there is. I just cleaned up my friends list on Facebook and Instagram due to everyone only posting negativity. I remember when you could get on and see positive thoughts ... Fri, 29 May 2015 13:27:37 EST Steve Maraboli quote The best kind of people are the ones that come into your life and make you see the sun where you once saw clouds; the people that believe in you so much you start to believe in you too; the people that love you simply for being you; the once in a lifetime kind of people. <BR> - Steve Maraboli Fri, 29 May 2015 13:25:54 EST Day 2: Behold, Salad Woman Armed with a head of Romaine in one hand and a bright, red tomato in the other, I give you.....Salad Woman! Okay, maybe not quite. <BR> <BR> Today is going well so far. I buckled my son in his stroller and took a walk up the road and back. I live in the country so the walk was quiet and beautifu... Fri, 29 May 2015 13:25:27 EST Feathers ;-) 5/29 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Fri, 29 May 2015 13:17:27 EST Day 745 Rest Day. Feeling good. Fri, 29 May 2015 13:11:18 EST Quote of the day 05/29/15 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> and mo... Fri, 29 May 2015 13:09:10 EST If I didn't own a scale. I would notice the changes that are taking place. Like I no longer wear a size 20. I can wear 14 or 16. I love reading on the treadmill and incorporating a green smoothie every day. I can do my job as a caregiver without stopping for air or feeling wiped out. There's probably other things that I... Fri, 29 May 2015 12:58:43 EST Progress Report #2 Hi guys! So I have good news! I've stuck to my tiny goals since May 19th, and it seems hard to believe I actually stuck with something. It's been a long time. So I guess setting weekly goals is much more feasible for me! <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm on my way this time. And it's one heck of a good ... Fri, 29 May 2015 12:58:05 EST The Thirteenth Day Baseball game today! The challenge will be of course to find things to eat that won't entirely wreck the calorie and other stuff goals for today. At least there's water! I suppose peanuts aren't too bad (although I think they are salted....)? I'll just have to see what the food offerings are when... Fri, 29 May 2015 12:57:48 EST Day 91 of 455 So... I've been MIA for a hot second. Thankfully I've kept off my 20 lbs, but I want to lose more! I feel like I got frustrated with my spark tracker and went crazy. I'm going to put it back on today (It's already almost 1 pm, but better late than never). <BR> The spark tracker is motivating,... Fri, 29 May 2015 12:54:29 EST Feline Friday =^..^= <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 29 May 2015 12:53:59 EST Friday I was fortunate to get a run in before the rains hit this morning. This could be one wet weekend for our annual community event. <BR> <BR> Hope your Friday is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Fri, 29 May 2015 12:40:09 EST Bodacious Berry ~ Suprisingly YUMMY! My very first raw fruit and veggie smoothie...and it tastes YUMMY!. <BR> Truth be told, I'm quite's very refreshing, a little sweet, a little sour... <BR> <BR> The Ninja blender worked great at blending everything up. <BR> So I'm calling this 1st smoothie concoction Bodacious Ber... Fri, 29 May 2015 12:40:03 EST Day 72 - Disappointed! So it was nice if not a little breezy here today and after resting yesterday I decided I'd go down to the beach and see how far I could get on the cycle track. Wow was I bummed. Didn't even manage 1 km. I managed 0.6. And the really frustrating part is that I know I can do it! I know I can go for... Fri, 29 May 2015 12:37:54 EST DAY 95 Pinched nerve seems to be easing. I did 50 minutes of various exerrcises on my Wii this morning. Fri, 29 May 2015 12:29:18 EST THE 28TH WAS NOT SO GOOD A DAY FOR ME <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> I promised to make the dental appointment. This is a specialist and he has days he doesn't come into his office so this morning I did make the appointment. It is June the 8th , 10:A/M. <BR> <BR> So HAWTGRANNY <em>248</em> for 3rd. <BR> <BR> Also one of the delica... Fri, 29 May 2015 12:26:50 EST Fitness Goal My most major fitness goal right now would probably be agility/coordination. Because of the lack of consistent exercise in my life over the past several months, I have lost some of my muscle coordination skills. Zumba right now involves tripping over my own two feet! 😄 Fri, 29 May 2015 12:23:51 EST week 2,day 1 wow here we are in week 2.So grateful to have found somehting I am happy to stay with and see through. <BR> My sides ache like crazy today,which really is fantastic,as it shows that it's working. <BR> will have muscley sides in few days..oh yes :) <BR> <BR> I brought in a leg stretch today,I do ... Fri, 29 May 2015 12:17:57 EST My Determination! I am determined that this is my year!!! I am almost done with the NASM certification and all I need to do is pass the exam!! I am determined to be in the best shape possible starting NOW! I am determined to eat healthier starting NOW!! I know I will have success, I will know this when I feel it. ... Fri, 29 May 2015 12:16:52 EST Scared and angry June 5th will be my 10 year anniversary working for my company. I'm on my 4h owner and this has been by far the best one yet. I've been with him for a 1.5 years. For the 3 years before that we worked directly for corporate. My life was miserable for all of it, but particularly during the last... Fri, 29 May 2015 12:14:50 EST JESUS HAS YOU COVERED JESUS HAS YOU COVERED <BR> <BR> Leviticus 1:4 <BR> Then he shall put his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him. <BR> <BR> Imagine the perfection of Jesus covering you from head to toe in the sight of God every moment of the day. ... Fri, 29 May 2015 12:14:18 EST I'm slipping....(rant) I have over ate already and it's not even noon. Bad side: I over ate. Good side: I realized it and quit. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to talk negative about myself or hate myself. <BR> <BR> I'm not happy with myself. <BR> <BR> I was so hoping to be as close to onderland as I can be by the time I... Fri, 29 May 2015 12:10:33 EST My Baby Is ELEVEN Today! My Facebook post today...."This is what ELEVEN looks like - all leg!" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dang, I can't believe my baby girl is 11!!!!! She's over-the-moon excited about her sleepover party tonight...sw... Fri, 29 May 2015 12:09:39 EST JESUS ALWAYS HAS TIME FOR YOU JESUS ALWAYS HAS TIME FOR YOU <BR> <BR> Revelation 1:8 <BR> “I am…the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” <BR> <BR> Ever been too busy to get something done, and then find out that it’s too late when you finally get down to i... Fri, 29 May 2015 12:05:20 EST Can't Shake It I need to get over this cold. It's the worst I've had in years! I am trying to power through it. I have not stopped exercising... ;( Fri, 29 May 2015 12:04:15 EST DAILY QUOTE Be smart enough to hold on, be brave enough to let go. <BR> <BR> ~ Anonymous - Fri, 29 May 2015 12:02:40 EST thank you all I want to thank everyone for the kind words they posted on my last blog.... <BR> <BR> It is so helpful to have support from people who know the struggle it is to not just loose weight but keep it off... <BR> <BR> I want to add that it takes an ever changing most know the more your loo... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:59:52 EST NO MAN IS AN ISLAND ENTIRE OF ITSELF <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I will try to help others. I will try not to let a day pass without reaching out an arm of love to someone. Each day I will try to do something to lift another human being out the sea of d... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:57:31 EST Dismantling the Bombs <img src=""> <BR> I go to the church Humanitarian Center on Thursday mornings and tie quilts. What a joy to serve the Lord in that capacity. That, along with service in my church organizations and the Temple, I am find... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:57:12 EST Day 3 Beginning day 3...still on track. <BR> Starting to see that while my calories are within limits, I am not getting the right percentage of each category. <BR> Need to tweak them a bit! :) <em>306</em> Fri, 29 May 2015 11:56:45 EST Gearing up for the weekend So I get a little hesitate for the weekend, because my husband is home lol. I don't eat as well on the weekend as I do during the week, when I'm home alone. <BR> <BR> We have a lot going on this weekend, so we won't be sitting in the house very much. It is supposed to be pretty hot outside, ... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:56:26 EST Wednesday & Thursday updates Wed: <BR> 1711 calories <BR> 9+ cups of water <BR> 2 coffees <BR> <BR> <BR> Thurs: <BR> 1685 calories <BR> 148 minutes walking outside 6.63 miles total <BR> 13 cups water <BR> 2 coffees <BR> <BR> Yesterday was exciting since I reached my one year sparkversary lol. My brother has decided (after... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:56:18 EST An open letter to the judgmental: In the wake of the latest media induced scandal, I am burdened with the reality that people make mistakes. They don't always do the right thing, say the right thing or behave in an appropriate manner. This is nothing new. Since the beginning of time, and regardless of whether you believe in Adam,... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:54:46 EST Piyo surprised me! I went to my second Piyo class last night. It was a real challenge. Some of the moves defy the laws of (my own personal) physics, while others look deceptively easy but are tough when done in sequence. At several times in the class, I felt like a child. These are moves I haven't made since I was ... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:53:53 EST The Salad coffin update <img src=""> My son built this huge raised bed which I planted with mesclun, various herbs and greens. Now I can harvest a delicious salad! I added some fresh fruit to the greens with a small (very small) dribble o... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:53:20 EST Day 20 -- Okay I experienced a gain this week. I was prepared for this because in the last two weeks I have exceeded my calorie goal by a significant margin 5 times. Three of those times I significantly exceeded my TDEE. And, though I managed to get back on track this week, I ate a lot of high sodium foods s... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:47:06 EST Workout excuses-SparkCoach blog topic I think I'll do eating right excuses today. My biggest excuses are: <BR> <BR> 1)It's late, I'm tired, and I would rather just use the drive thru than make something. <BR> <BR> 2) I deserve it <BR> <BR> 3)I want it and I don't care. <BR> <BR> Suggestions on how to counter these? Fri, 29 May 2015 11:42:25 EST 184.8 almost 185 Yikes, 184.8, but really it's 185. Fri, 29 May 2015 11:40:12 EST struggling i have struggled with my weight all my life,ever since had my tonsils out in first grade.I did all the fad diets, nothing worked ,then i got hurt at work and had to go for physical therapy things changed i started doing weight . I lost weight by walking 5 plus miles a day,drank slim fast and a... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:36:13 EST Better days please... Back from great niece's high school graduation. <em>58</em> Long trip <em>433</em> and I ended up with the flu <em>527</em> while I was there. Is that fair? <em>46</em> Don't want to go through that again <em>42</em> ...I need better days please. <em>48</em> Came home to find... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:36:04 EST Powderpuff football journey <img src=""> I have officially joined & participated in a powderpuff football team, we had our first game May 16th and did amazing. I am truly enjoying not only the bond its created between my oldest son & myself but t... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:34:51 EST Visual - Seeing the changes! It's a long hard journey and the scale is far from being a friend of mine but hard work pays off and I am seeing the changes. Wanted to post this blog to mark this along my path. The difference this is making. I still have a far way to go but I am less than a pound away from 30 pounds lost in 4 m... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:34:01 EST I am ready to go back to work I have been off of work since May 7. I am going back to on Tuesday June 2, and I am very ready to go back to work. I am very bored, just sitting around Fri, 29 May 2015 11:25:40 EST PUT the butter DOWN! (+ Garden Update) May is coming to an end. I did fairly well, all things considered, coming off of a bad month in April. My total loss for this month was 5.7 pounds. My expectation each month is 1 lb a week (4 lbs a month), so I will consider this month a success! <BR> <BR> Now, onto the butter. I have a HUGE... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:22:19 EST Feeling better today My scale isn't moving like I would like it to but I feel so much better. I walked 6 miles today and feel I feel good. I am not giving up!!! Fri, 29 May 2015 11:21:46 EST Exercising With Spinal Limitations......... On March 27, I was diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Spondylolisthesis, Radiculopathy of the lumbosacral region, Neurogenic claudication, and Chronic Pain. <BR> <BR> After giving me the diagnosis, the doctor explained my options. I could begin with Physical... Fri, 29 May 2015 11:18:52 EST