SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs A Week in review... I had a good week, of course there were ups and downs but overall things went well. <BR> I am happy to say I have gotten my husband back on track too so that should make home life a little easier. <BR> My biggest slip was lunch on Wednesday, I had an awful morning at work and I decided to make my... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:57:53 EST Motivation This week I need to be persistent with my goal to loose more than 40 lbs. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:57:35 EST Got to Get Serious It's been a bad couple of weeks. I've been making bad food choices and not getting enough exercise. My trackibg has been bad as well. Time to get back to reality. The only one that can do this is me! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:55:25 EST jokes and week 4 bsg blog This blog is about . "Three Things I've Learned About Exercising", <BR> 1. exercising don't have to be formal exercises it can be something like housework or <BR> cutting grass. <BR> 2. do it at your own pace it not a contest <BR> 3. it can be fun if you find the right one for you <BR> <BR> A... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:54:28 EST Slow but steady 12#s down Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:47:25 EST Yawning already! I am so tired . <BR> Vincent came for a visit today so that was great! And I also got a lot done, so that was great too! <BR> <BR> I mowed the lawn (now that it is raining daily it is growing like crazy!). And also Vincent and I made heating pads. Flannel and dried beans.... We made him one t... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:47:23 EST Sunday night...again I believe my three Saturdays of overtime and daily overtime during the weeks has caught up with me. I woke up with a headache and absolutely no energy whatsoever. I listened to my body and had a jammie day of rest. I'm exhausted and looking at an early bedtime. <BR> <BR> I ate lightly today as ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:46:23 EST Recap of Weekly Goals Here's how the week went: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sunday, I spent over an hour walking back and forth chasing my nephew in the pool. He definitely needs swim lessons; he loves the pool. <BR> Afterwards, I drove s... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:46:01 EST Sunday...weary kind of day Dana dog got up at 3 am today..tired.. I did go back to sleep though which was good. I fit in a walk this morning and some yoga and some dog time. I even finished a book. yay. <BR> <BR> Dh was home from work about 12:30 and we took a ride to Fort Mott which is a park next to the Delaware River. ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:44:06 EST Lunch Today: Tuna & Beets salad with crushed rosemary crackers: 318 calories <img src=""> <BR> Chicken of the Sea Chunk White Albacore Tuna in Water, 4 oz <BR> salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder <BR> sliced beets (canned), 1 cup <BR> Romaine Lettuce (salad), 1 cup, chopped <BR> liveGfr... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:43:00 EST pizza we haven't had commercial pizza in more than 8 months. . . . . so we treated ourselves tonight. Blotted off the oil, and I can't eat the crust - which saves BEAUCOUP calories! <BR> <em>480</em> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:39:17 EST Kill the drama! Lately I've been looking at my life and I had a thought about eating and being healthy. I realized that it's not just about staying within your calorie range or eating a balanced diet. It is also about your overall well being. I took a look at the rest of my life, and I realize I have not been ha... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:38:32 EST Ten Pounds at a Time <BR> 262 to 252, 19 days----252 to 242, 51 days----242 to 232 63 days---232 to 222 37 days <BR> <BR> As they say, all good things take time Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:37:42 EST August 27 Accountability - Earn that dessert <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's how I did for Saturday, August 27 - <BR> <em>248</em> Scripture reading before checking cell phone. <BR> <em>4</em> Eat 200 calories fewer than I burn daily. I ate 2,466, burned 2... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:35:26 EST Here I am Here I am, I have not been here in years....but have some other friends that blog here so I hope to find their blogs here for support. Have not figured out yet how to find them. Also look forward to the encouragement of others from the site too. <BR> <BR> I have lost weight with weight watchers... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:33:59 EST Breakfast Today: 2 egg parmesan cheese omelet, cheerios w/ almond millk, diced pears: 510 calories <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Scrambled Egg, 2 large <BR> Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1/3 tbsp <BR> Parmesan Cheese, shredded, 1/4 cup <BR> <BR> Cheerios Cereal, original , 1 cup <BR> Almond Milk, Unsweetened 12 oz (1/2 cup ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:33:57 EST It's been a looooooooooooong time! I have been off Spark forever and a day, and then I saw an email come in with a linked article about how stress can be good for you. I followed and read the article, and then for giggles I put my calories in for today so far, and then I updated my bio and goals, and here I am. <BR> <BR> What's b... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:31:45 EST Monday Went out and got a fitbit this weekend have been gathering things last week in preparation to officially start my journey tomorrow. Keep thinking what it means to me to be fit and healthy. My life has become so restricted due to various health issues over the years, I just want to take something ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:31:43 EST Seems the heat just wants to linger WE get a couple of days in the high 70's which feels like a cool down then the stifling heat and humidity return. When I took the dogs down to the trail tonight the heat hit me like a ton of bricks. The air was very thick. Tobi jumped into the canal and kept putting his head right under. Guess he... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:30:28 EST Vintage FUN! On our last day of vacation before our FL return, I had the BEST day with our oldest and dearest friends Darryl and Patty. <BR> <BR> This is a strange couple...Patty is the left brainer and Darryl is the creative right-brainer. So we go poking around in all the strange little vintage shops near... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:30:14 EST How are things on the inflammatory front, etc.? Things are certainly settling down on the inflammatory front. There's still work to do. But, overall things are MUCH better. This week I saw trends inline with annual trends for the first time since the end of June and the onset of the infection. <BR> <BR> So, that 3-day protein/raw green thi... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:25:43 EST August 28, 2016 I am exhausted tonight. It was a busy day, but I was tired to begin with. I was able to get a little extra sleep this morning since we had the later service, but with the later service there was a lot of just waiting around. I finally got home about 12:30 and had a few hours to tackle a couple lo... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:21:02 EST Sunday back to school tomorrow. Lunch is pot luck so I am going to try my best to eat healthy. Cake is inevitable. But only one piece. And that's it. I must be strong. Eat what I want within reason. The gym routine starts Tuesday. Summer vacation is over for this teacher. Sigh. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:17:59 EST August 28 Back to full staff tomorrow. Hopefully that gets me back on track drinking water. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:11:17 EST Such A Fun Sunday! Today we visited a farm in Northern Minnesota putting on a fun event. It's for their CSA members and by word of mouth. A lady from the berry farm around here let me know about it so we went. <BR> <BR> They had produce for sale, tours of their growing process, a hay ride, pony rides, vendor booth... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:11:08 EST Here I am again Starting this journey..again! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:08:12 EST Weight loss with Contrave Today was my 3rd day taking Contrave and managing my fitness goals/weight loss. Recap on Contrave experience: <BR> 1st day: slightly stoned feeling, nauseous most of the day, very dry mouth-lost 1 lb (forced myself to eat at mealtime but just enough so my body would know I ate healthy) <BR> 2nd... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:05:50 EST Willpower of Champions 2 days of kids birthday cake, cookie cake and ice cream and didn't indulge once. So proud of myself! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:56:39 EST Pizza 🍕 My teenage grandson has friends over for our barbeque, and instead of the barbecue they are having pizza. I am so tempted to dig into that pizza that I just keep thinking about it. So I hope I can make it through this without giving in to temptation. Instead, I will have a barbequed pork chop,... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:54:35 EST Sugar demon I have one inside me. He loves sugar and carbs. I find it hard to fight on weekends against the sugar demon. I stayed within calories but didn't keep the sugar away as I hoped. Tomorrow is another day 😕 and thank goodness back to work. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:49:29 EST My life New week of great expectations here we go Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:48:01 EST Challenge Walk #65 & 66 Two more walks toward the goal of 100 Volkswalks this year. <BR> Thursday I drove to Whidbey Island, WA to meet a friend and see her new life there. She was held up, so I did a 5k while I was waiting. This is such a pretty place. <BR> <img src=" Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:45:35 EST Stuck. How I am feeling in my journey. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:43:32 EST Exercise When it comes to exercise, I am really good at walking but need to improve on cardiac work-outs. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:42:54 EST Feeling accomplished 👍😃 <img src=""> Today has been a great day! I went to work got home and instead of sitting down I decided that i was going to go on a walk. I did alittle over 4 miles and i also got me over 10,000 steps for the day. It w... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:33:43 EST Peacock <img src=""> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:26:29 EST Healthy can be contagious When people can see the changes that you are making for yourself it can be contagious. They too want to do it. People have been complimenting me daily on my progress & 3 or 4 are saying that they are going to do it too. When I was leaving work today one of my co-workers who is also a facebook fri... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:26:04 EST Minimums So, I've thought a lot about this over the years. Minimum calorie consumption and starvation mode. It seems to me to have been pretty true and accurate in the past, if I didn't hit minimum calories, I'd go into starvation mode, then gain weight. But now, on the lower carb eating plan, I'm consumi... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:19:52 EST watermelon, pomegranate and mint || <img src=""> <BR> <BR> happy snakin' || <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:19:19 EST Make the World Better! <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> Don't spend your precious time asking "Why isn't the world a better place?" It will only be time wasted. The question to ask is "How can I make it better?" To that there is an answer. <B... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:17:16 EST "The New Members Challenge" Day 1. I have joined SparkPeople for motivation. I really need someone in MY corner, motivating me, letting me know that I'm doing a good job, so that it keeps me moving forward. <BR> This time around, I am really not going to fall flat on my face, feeling defeated. I want this time to count. I want thi... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:08:21 EST On the road again! <img src=""> <BR> One year ago I weighed 176 pounds and had to have knee surgery. No more excersize! WHAT!!! THEN THE POUNDS PILED ON!!!So here I am starting your weight loss journey over and now I'm down fromm 222 to ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:07:39 EST Day 2 completed Have to say Day 2 wasn't that bad! Had an 8 mile run scheduled and got it done early! Did start to look carefully at the Starbucks menu. Funny when I realized a cold brew coffee is a better choice than their iced tea! Know this is going to be slow but got it stay on the right path!! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:06:18 EST Does the heat bother your appetite?.... I don't know about others but....high humidity day after day takes its toll on my appetite. <BR> I just don't have one.....I don't feel like cooking and/or eating at all and that causes me to be really lazy with my nutrition....doesn't help my attitude either. <BR> I hope with the drop in tempera... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:06:12 EST Good day #2 Had trouble staying on plan today, but tomorrow is a fresh start. Good news received today, my sister Shirley was doing better last night. She is on hospice care and the nurse had thought the end was getting close. Just goes to show that only God chooses when someone will die! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:05:15 EST Sunday, 8/28/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The birthday celebration is over! The boys set up a tent in the backyard and had informed us they were sleeping outside. The rest of us placed a wager and I won! I said they'd make it o... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:05:13 EST Body image question!!! What does it mean? Every time I see myself in the mirror and am surprised at how big I look. I think this means I'm in more denial about my body than I should be? Thoughts? Wanting to be motivated and healthy, I think this isn't a great sign but maybe wrong?? Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:02:14 EST Better Days I've seen better days, but I've also seen worse. <BR> <BR> I don't have everything that I want, but I do have all I need. <BR> <BR> I woke up with some aches and pains this morning, but I woke up. <BR> <BR> My life may not be perfect, but I am BLESSED. <BR> <BR> May your life be BLESSED also.... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:58:08 EST whole wheat pasta with tomatoes, kale, white beans, zucchini, and garlic || <img src=""> <BR> <BR> the dinner table || <BR> <BR> Just threw what was left in the fridge into a pan. <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:56:48 EST Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle And Living Life To The Fullest! This is my first blog as a member of Sparkpeople and I would like to take the opportunity to say that my goal is not to lose weight but to maintain the weight that I am currently at, as well as to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Currently, I am happy with the weight that I am at. <BR> <BR> It's ve... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:52:32 EST Day 1 - A new day I've just reset my account and goals to get rid of my past feelings of failure. It's a fresh start. 30 min low impact aerobics and 10 min arm exercise. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:49:13 EST Learning... This is a whole new world on here, since I first sparked, as this is a whole new life. I first sparked over 10 years ago, and I'm so glad I started fresh on here with a new name and all because I've got a whole new life now. <BR> <BR> I realize now that my expectations were still too linked to ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:42:27 EST Thinking ahead It seems so hard some days to actually get off my rear and workout. After working all day, I feel too tired to get it done. Today, I thought about how I would look 30 days from now if I started to really reign in my eating habits and workout as long as I can. Over the past 2 weeks, I've lost 10 p... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:41:49 EST "A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS"--A MOVIE REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When you walk out of a theatre shaking your head and asking yourself, “What was that all about?” a few questions follow such are you so dense you can’t follow the plot of a movie? Or was source ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:40:41 EST Motivation needed On days like today with high huminity and rain how do you get moving? Please give at least one idea😍 Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:40:01 EST August 28th Busyday today no time to blog so will do it tomorrow. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:38:57 EST Day 95: Sunday Workout Daily Goal: 10,000 Steps <BR> Toning Workout, 3 x a week. <BR> <BR> Today I did a 3 Miles Walk Away the Pounds with 3 lb., weights. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=" Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:38:09 EST I did it... I'm supposed to use an electric scooter for walking long distances and yesterday was one of those situations. However, by the time we got to our destination, I realized that I left the battery at home. So with no other option, I did what anyone would do...I walked. It was difficult for me but I m... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:36:50 EST Gratitude feels good. I hope you all had a terrific weekend! I did and I'm so grateful for all my blessings.... family, friends.... a happy home, with fur babies and a nice job. <BR> <BR> I just saw the neatest thing on the news. It's so rare for the news to make me smile. There was a Special Olympics Event- Stand up... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:29:01 EST School starts tomorrow! Where did this month go? It seems like I just signed up for classes, and had freshman orientation. It just seems like time is flashing by to fast. Wow. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:27:20 EST Day 176 I have been sick with a cold for the last two days, I feel like crap. I am just trying to stay hydrated for now. Weigh in is on Wednesday. I hope that I have a loss. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:24:45 EST Fall Zumba class awaits Several years ago, I took a zumba class from an excellent instructor who had her own studio. I appreciated that she was mindful of age level and mobility, creative, and ran a super fun class. <BR> <BR> A groupon for zumba called out to me....the class is within a mile and the offer on the instr... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:22:06 EST Time Keeps on Slipping, Slipping, Slipping... ...into the future... <BR> <BR> I need to have a pity party for a moment, so please indulge me. I have been trying to lose weight for about 25 years first it was ~30 lbs...then it was ~40...then ~50...well you get the idea...and if I am honest now, it's a smidge less than 100 lbs that ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:16:40 EST So far... ...we're looking pretty good. Been very committed to my two challenges and staying within the calorie amount allowed. Exercise has been good this week. I set a goal of losing 1lb a week and within my first week, I have lost 4 lbs. Pretty happy about that. Hopefully, I can keep going at this same ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:16:31 EST Today is the day. I am moving forward. I always make time to look at a show. But starting today. I am tell myself to get at least 30 to 60 mins a day of exercise in. Today was 4.18 mile run and 2 hours of house cleaning (counting bathing pups). 😁 Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:10:46 EST Day 9 Still walking, logging and watching not sure if it's working. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:10:39 EST Kincardine Scottish Festival Kincardine is a small town on the shore of Lake Huron in southwestern Ontario. This past week-end the community pipe band there celebrated it's 25th Scottish Festival with a gathering of 8 bands plus individual pipers and drummers from probably another 8. <BR> <BR> The Uxbridge Legion Pipes a... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:02:21 EST Hi Losing weight Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:57:44 EST No said it was fair Today I worked out differently. I went bike riding. I rode 12 miles. I was riding at a pretty good clip. It was all good. The not fair part is my Fitbit gives me zero steps for riding as well as it only gave me 11 active minutes. Come on. On top of that I still have 4000 steps to get in to make ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:52:59 EST Super day We made it to Sunday school 10 minutes before time.😆 I ironed my daughter's clothes and my clothes for the week. I am starting the week off right. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:52:05 EST BE <img src=""> <BR> Yourself.!!! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:48:36 EST Not you <img src=""> <BR> Not this time!!! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:45:33 EST Check in 8/28/16 <img src=""> I am making surprising progress. Weight 156 Bust 40 Waist 35 Hip 43 Thigh 24 Calf 14.75 Ankle 8 Bicep 12 I had to measure my waist 3 separate times because I could not believe I lost 3 inches in 10 days.... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:39:00 EST From Me? Okay, here went my morning; within a time span of 3 hours: I showered, changed sheets, two loads of laundry/folded and put away, watered everywhere including the garden and patio, vacuumed and dusted,"blew" out the carport and patio, straightened my almost "meticulous" cottage, picked up Lucy Lou... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:37:41 EST Horror Story <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pray for Peace. <em>459</em> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:36:57 EST Day 595/SP Meal Plan/Fad Diets We went to church as a family today. I didn't particularly feel like going, but it was nice to be able to sit with DH. He's usually up on stage with the band so I have to sit alone. <BR> <BR> My sleep study was denied by my insurance. They are waiting to see if an at home sleep study will be ap... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:32:31 EST Wrong calorie range? Okay. New diabetic. Weigh 345lbs at 5' 3”. Doctor put me on an 1800 calorie diet. I'M STRICT, and still at 345 after 6 weeks. Every calculator has me between 2000 and 2150 calories. Whose wrong? My doctor isn't a dietitian and my appointment with one isn't for 3 weeks. HELP!!! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:31:23 EST Personal Goals Personal growth can be painful, because it can make us feel ashamed and humiliated to face our own darkness. But our spiritual goal is the journey out of fear-based, painful mental habit patterns to those of love and peace. -Marianne Williamson <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:30:26 EST sports and more sports walking, dancing and biking, good for 19321 steps so far. <em>224</em> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:29:42 EST CHALLENGES with a capital C - I have 173 more days to transform those challenges into success storie This past seven days of school have been some of the most challenging I have faced so far in my teaching career. The students are very diverse and very challenging. I have had major issues each day and only two of the kids haven't had at least one meltdown. My positive and upbeat attitude has ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:27:31 EST Day 4 4days and I feel the change. Tomorrow we'll see what the scale will show. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:27:06 EST More on the Huge Scary Audacious Goal Here's a bit more about this goal. <BR> <BR> * It is huge. It will take concerted effort to achieve, but I can do it. I have a year. I just need to stay focused and keep believing I can do it. No problem! (Can you hear the sarcasm? Note to self: work on belief.) <BR> <BR> * It is scary. There ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:27:00 EST One Step @ A Time - 8/28/16 Coffee Table <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's right One Step @ A Time - So it's a relaxing Sunday Afternoon - perhaps TOO relaxing - I've earned all the points I can on Facebook except for posting 100 numbers to get 10 more. I've fal... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:26:09 EST Week 1 Is In the Books <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Week 1 is under my belt and I have a 3.3 lb. weight loss to show for it! <BR> <BR> I replaced two meals a day with protein shakes at work, started taking a psyllium fiber supplement daily, and drank no soda of any kind. We had a big birthday for my fiance here and I s... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:24:39 EST Skipped a few days I had weddings and parties I had to attend. I didn't log anything. But this week right back to it! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:24:38 EST Sunday... I had my realtor submit an offer on that house since the agent reached out...we'll see how it goes! Today was a nice weather day so we cleaned up and now I'm visiting my moms... Then back home to get ready for the week! Hope you had a great day! TTYL Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:23:00 EST Exercise For one reason or another something always comes up when it's time for me to go to the gym. I end up trying to do something at home. I have decided to hit the gym before I go to work so HELLO 2am ! Up at 2 in the gym by 2 30 and on my way to work by 5 rough but well worth it as I get energized ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:22:36 EST TRIED CURRY FOR THE FIRST TIME It was okay. Maybe an acquired taste. We'll see. <BR> <BR> Wasn't able to do my lake walk. Pain level was high, and I couldn't push myself through it. I hate to cancel commitments and disappoint friends. <BR> <BR> Took pics of my mature yards (3 years since landscape was done). Will post t... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:22:34 EST For the new runners<BR>d=10153694146356987&id=9815486986 hope you can open this article about shin splints. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:20:39 EST Organizing! Goodness! Summer has been nothing but a blur of activity! I have spent almost every weekend in the forest camping, out hiking by the river, kayaking on the lakes or cycling. You would think all of that activity led to weight loss but noooooo <BR> <BR> Why? Um because with all of that activity I ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:16:02 EST Freedom <img src=""> <BR> So glad I gave up dieting and chose calorie counting. I am happy to have the freedom to make this choice Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:14:10 EST Really? Wow. Kind of fell off the face of the earth there for a while. Been stuck here around the same weight for a few months now, but it's completely my own fault. Got lazy and complacent. My sister's wedding is next month, I picked up my dress today, certainly don't need it to be any tighter. So ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:10:42 EST 2 1/2 weeks <img src=""> 2 1/2 weeks and 10 pounds down. It's been a difficult 2 weeks but I've made it and will continue to do my best!!! The hardest part is making food. I am not a cook so I've got a lot of learning to do hahaha... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:09:57 EST Trying something new Ive currently been struggling for 3 years with a weight problem it started after i miscarried my first child. I was blessed with my daughter 10 months ago and time sure has flown by. Now im still struggling. I am at my heaviest ive been. I had to have an emergency csection and my body just hasnt ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:06:54 EST Another week and more lessons. A week has passed and further work has been completed in the house. The family room is now painted, cleaned and decluttered. The photos and pictures have been rearranged and put back on the newly painted walls and I walked six days out of seven last week. I had Saturday and Sunday off from walkin... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:06:10 EST I can't not do this. Been so off track for so long. It is like I have been trying to find myself. Figure out exactly what I want this new lifestyle to be, to look like, to feel like. <BR> <BR> Losing weight is so much more than just weighing less. I had many years of not being ready to lose weight, not wanting to w... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:05:44 EST I believe Believe you can and you're half way there. Every day I wake up and tell myself I can do this just one more day, that first happened 6 months ago and I'm still believing. If I can do it so can you! Let's start the week off believing and see what happens. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:01:18 EST Homemade Soup Today I made 16 quarts of homemade vegetable soup and on Thursday I made 4 quarts of navy bean soup. Love making healthy soups and filling the freezer for quick nutritious meals . <img src=""> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:58:42 EST Menopause Weight Gain Somebody please help me with this problem. I walk 4 miles 5 days a week and I still gain weight. I'm hot, I'm miserable and I'm getting fat. Please HELP me.****Menopause Weight Gain Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:56:32 EST Plans and hopes... I'm PLANNING to get extra help for the semester that's starting in a few days and getting some computer help. There should be a way to schedule the updates on the computer to only happen when I'm not actively using it! I used to be able to schedule it to turn itself on and do them in the wee hour... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:53:28 EST Pools closed Rain rain go away I want to swim today Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:49:28 EST Exercise of the Week: The IT Band Syndrome My orthopedist prescribed another four weeks of physical therapy for me on the 17th of August when I went back for a follow-up for my injury at work. It took little less than a week after that for his notes to be transcribed and the prescription faxed to the workers' comp insurance agency so that... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:45:35 EST new type exercise looking for a different exercise tried to do some hooping not too successful but great fun while it lasted enjoyed hooping for about 10 minutes Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:44:58 EST Non Scale Victory! On June 8th, I completed an undergrad certificate in Human Resources from Ashworth college and my diploma finally came in the mail. So excited! I'm currently working on an Intro To psychology and Accounting Basics course through them then I'm going to enroll in the Healthcare Management <img sr... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:40:40 EST Saturday Night time snack: greek yogurt and large peach: 198 calories <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1 cup greek yogurt <BR> 1 large peach <BR> <BR> oh yes it was yummy! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:33:36 EST Saturday dinner: Hamburger & rice, sauteed romaine lettuce: 479 calories <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup dry White Rice, long grain-- I cooked it in 1 cup boiling water with salt and <BR> 1/2 tsp olive oil <BR> to make 1 cup cooked white rice <BR> <BR> I chopped up one of the frozen burge... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:29:40 EST Walked roughly 2.5 miles today if not a little more (one way). The hill I spoke about yesterday, I ,was able to walk up it but barely with the time I had for set for myself. When I walk, I take 10% of the over all time I have (now for the week), plus the steps I have which is 2400 steps. Tomorrow should be no less than 31 or 32 minutes for my walk. With ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:26:49 EST Day 241: Getting Ready for Fall <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Breathing in, I calm body. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment." (Thich Nhat Hanh) <BR> <BR> I just got back from my grandparents house, i... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:26:31 EST Sunday evening getting ready for an afternoon at the home of a couple in our church. hopefully, the rain will hold off until after dark. <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Sunday. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:23:31 EST Lazy day <img src=""> <BR> This day seems to be cruising right along. It's 3 pm and I'm just now nibbling breakfast. I actually added a few things since I started,, so I'll call it brunch. At least I did the routine workout w... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:20:39 EST Saturday lunch: Open face tuna, cucumber & tomato sandwiches on gluten free bread: 303 calories <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Chicken of the Sea Chunk White Albacore Tuna in Water, 4 oz <BR> Lemon Juice, 1 fl oz <BR> salt, pepper, onion powder, cumin <BR> <BR> Cucumber (with peel), 1/2 medium cucumber <BR> Beefsteak... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:18:44 EST Last Week Progress <img src=""> Did our official weigh in this morning and I'm down 2 lbs. for the week. Bob is down 4 lbs. for the week. Happy with my progress but Bob had hoped for more for himself since he'd managed to regain 24 lbs. ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:15:28 EST 3 weeks postpartum: Ready. Steady. GO! ... But not quite yet I was just re-reading my last blog post and realizing how crazy I was going in the last days of my pregnancy. <em>334</em> Anyway, I'm 3 weeks postpartum and I am so ready to start getting back on track. But I think my body will need a bit more time to heal. <BR> <BR> I'll just sum up my lab... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:15:26 EST blogstreak month 3 day 28 - goodbye stockholm, hello fall... we woke to full sunshine this morning, our last in stockholm. it was cooler, too. took one last walk before heading for the station and the high speed train back to the west coast. and rain. and cold. it was hard to believe that we had been out in summer clothes just 24 hours ago, and now rain co... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:15:20 EST Sunday, 28/08/16 Great home made curry tonight, a 5 mile walk and few beers in the pub... All good fun and a lovely Sunday. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:13:30 EST Feeling stronger everyday This has been an off week. I ate well but suffered a few days of the blahs. That plus a week of steroids for my neck could mean a weight gain. If it turns out I gained 2-5 lbs it won't be the end of the world. Any gain will be a disappointment but I can lose it again. Keeping positive has been a... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:12:37 EST Saturday breakfast: 2 egg parmesan cheese omelet, liveGfree cocoa bar, prunes, 525 calories <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1/3 tbsp <BR> Scrambled Egg, 2 large <BR> Parmesan Cheese, shredded, 1/4 cup <BR> <BR> Prunes, dried, 5 prune <BR> <BR> liveGfree Baked Cocoa Loco Chewy Bars, 1 servi... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:10:56 EST Smokey's Progress UPDATE: Smokey's limp is diminished but not gone, so I still gave her her pain medication this morning. She would only eat half of the food with her supplement mixed in, but this might be because I wasn't awake and didn't mix it in very well. She is still a little bit goofy but not sleeping as mu... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:10:51 EST Healthy Eating Tea truths: white tea is rich in antioxidants. From your brain to your bones, what you eat matters. So help yourself to some age defying foods. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:08:40 EST Day Three: August, 28, 2016 I messed up yesterday. The whole nutrition thing is so frustrating! But today, I'm doing okay. I need to make exercise a priority. My gym closes really early on Sundays, so by the time I finished my chores and errands, it was too late. At first I was really upset because I wanted to do 90 consecu... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:08:02 EST Worth a Try...maybe <img src=""> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:07:26 EST Slow Down; Don't Give Up So, this is the point where I usually give up. <BR> <BR> I'm autistic, which is amazing some days and annoying on others, because my body is a very finely-tuned machine. I can hear, smell, taste, see, and remember better than most people I know, but that heightened sensitivity comes at the cost ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:00:15 EST Line in the sand Today I decided it was time to add some tape measurements to my reset account, so out came the tape. I was well aware that I wouldn't like the numbers I was putting in, but I also knew that I needed a line in the sand, a benchmark for future measurements to improve on. <BR> <BR> So below are th... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:55:08 EST Surviving a Friend's Sunday Feast We have good friends who include us in their extended family feast every Sunday noon. There is always a bountiful buffet. While I have put my eating on a "calorie budget" I have not quit LIVING. The fellowship at this meal is so wonderful I wouldn't miss it if I had to drink a glass of water ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:52:30 EST Sunday Thanking my Heavenly Father for blessings of family today! I want to get healthy so I can spend more time with my crazy kooky but loving family! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:46:34 EST Feeling Good Great sermon, late breakfast and time with family. Love Sundays! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:44:53 EST Enjoying my Sunday Thanking the Lord for this beautiful Sunday afternoon. Enjoyed sitting on my porch watching the hummingbirds flittering around. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:40:59 EST THAT was a short season! In case anybody missed it, I have done three triathlon races in the past five weeks: the Cornhusker State Games Sprint tri, the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship Olympic tri, and yesterday the last, the Major League Triathlon Sprint tri. Whew! Short but intense. Now, I am having t... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:40:45 EST Definitely discipline. .... <img src=""> <BR> A challenge for me!!!!! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:36:20 EST I blew it I over ate yesterday. I'm back on the horse today. Evenings are hard for me. But I'm going to keep on trying. Every day I stay within my calories encourages me to keep going. I'm not going to weigh myself until I've been within my calories for a couple of weeks. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:34:35 EST Day 16 Going strong! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:33:20 EST The Beast is Back! Been back in "beast" mode now for 7 days and it feels GREAT. Did laps in the pool for 30 minutes straight today. Beat my first day record by 6 laps! Then did strength training for 30 minutes. Got one question though - how many calories do you burn getting into a sports bra? HOLY COW. Trying to ge... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:32:25 EST Sunday Raining , that is OK.. have a great day.... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:31:59 EST Sunday afternoon Nothing brewing today except my herbal tea for iced tea. It is so nice to sleep and wake up and not have to go to work... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:28:42 EST So you know how we always say that there will be days when our good intentions get a little off-trac Yes indeed, yesterday was one of those days...from the stuffed clams to the lobster to the bread and butter to the cookies and chocolate. Oh, and did I mention the Tito's? Today, thankfully, is a new day. All is well. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:27:26 EST Day 27 - Hot dogs and pizza and Jay's beef, oh my! Eating healthy in a city that prides itself on food is pretty tough. Let's just say I haven't been on my best behavior the past few days. After blistering my feet something fierce, I did absolutely nothing yesterday but pamper my feet with neosporin and new slippers and watch good old fashioned t... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:24:27 EST It's been quite a year! I've been absent from Sparkpeople for nearly a year, and have been learning so much about health, nutrition and the ketogenic lifestyle that it's amazing! <BR> <BR> My plans for the future are to become a health and wellness coach specializing in keto, LCHF (the two are different. Keto is defin... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:23:29 EST Day 1207 Rest Day. Feeling good. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:22:38 EST Proud to participate? Well I'm proud of myself for keeping a food log for five days in a row and resisting sweets for 4. It's a start. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:16:35 EST Complaining is bad for the brain Stop complaining...... I myself have the tendency to see the glass half full, but it's only because I have survived the glass being empty. Life ain't that bad, try losing .. There are two things you can do when you feel the need to complain. 1. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude 2. Shift your ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:09:59 EST How is life? <img src=""> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:05:41 EST Great weekend Funny how it's always a great weekend when I didn't have to leave the house. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I did a few things today (started on the backyard, went shopping for a few things) and I am going to make the Sunday dinner for the family*, but other than that, just a day to catch up on SparkPeople a... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:03:33 EST Half Marathon Training Update Warning: Negative venting session ahead. <BR> <BR> I hate running. I do. And I think that statement too often when I'm out there clocking the miles. I try to start out positive, thinking about how great I'm going to feel at the end. I tell myself I'm making my legs stronger, toning my abs, burni... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:01:57 EST Facing A Fear I don't mind driving. For where I live, I have to drive everywhere for every thing. <BR> <BR> But I have never been a fan of driving on the interstate. If I can get there some other way, it doesn't matter that it takes me longer, as long as I can avoid that traffic. <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:57:39 EST A Bi - Polar Way of Thinking <img src=""> <BR> It's not easy to have this disease. I do my best to not let it control me. Days like today are hard. And it's hard to stay on track with my diet goals. But it's neat I have a place to vent about it. I... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:56:33 EST This lifestyle is hard and a constant struggle Tomorrow I meet with a registered dietician for the first time... I've met with a nutritionist before but never a dietician. I'm back to my heaviest weight at 242. I was 205 two years ago and was feeling really good. I feel so crappy being this overweight and heavy. I suffer from depression a... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:56:24 EST Challange I purchased healthy cottage cheese whole wheat crackers and yougurt today for snacks and stuck to it. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:40:23 EST Ohhhhh man! So I had this odd feeling that my scale was broke. It did weird things like weigh differently within a seconds time difference. I was losing or gaining multiple lbs overnight. Weird stuff like that. So, I bought a new one today and yes, I was right, to the tune of 8lbs!!! Oh jeeze, so now I've lo... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:36:39 EST GLOBAL FEST 2016 WE HAD A GREAT TIME BUT EVERY YEAR AS WE SIT THERE FREEZING WE WONDER WHY WE DO THIS BUT LOVE IT SO VERY MUCH. <img src="">THIS IS MY DARLING HUBBY LEN <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:34:26 EST Musings on being an old college student, and my exercise plan for the next month I am finally a Senior in college, at the ripe old age of 38! <BR> I have a few more semester's because of the way the courses are offered but I'm stoked to feel like I have made it over the hump and can see an accomplishment coming! <BR> I had an amazing experience just a couple of weeks ago, th... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:31:47 EST tuna and radish salad || <img src=""> <BR> <BR> let's lunch || <BR> <BR> I have made this tuna salad countless times..... <BR> and it never disappoints....and of course my complete <BR> LOVE of WASA CRACKERS.... <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:28:16 EST Anyone out there who has lost more than 100 pounds, including the 'final 10'? Hi. If you've lost more than 100 pounds and managed to get off the 'final 10' and maintain that for a while, I'd love to hear from you about how you did it. <BR> <BR> History: I'm 5'7". I went from 288 lbs --> about 156 lbs, then have maintained that plus or minus a few pounds for years now. I w... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:25:17 EST The contagious nature of shame I am 39 <BR> I have had a challenging relationship with my mother for most of my life <BR> She was a tall pretty teacher well liked by most who got married to a doctor, had 4 kids then stayed home.... She has had a good life <BR> I have never measured up to her expectations. I have been overwei... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:23:08 EST Peaches and figs quinoa salad <img src=""> <BR> Lunch experiment: Peach and fig quinoa salad. I added chopped fresh peaches and figs to cooked quinoa. Next, I threw in a little bit of diced red bell pepper for color. Finally, I tossed the whole th... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:16:03 EST At some point you have to stop and do something with all this produce! Yesterday was a kitchen day, I canned 12 quarts of apple juice, made a batch of blackberry freeze jam, blueberry freezer jam, duck sauce with plums and peaches, and blueberry syrup. I still have one more batch of blackberry jam to make this time regular jam not low sugar or freezer for my Dad. ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:14:40 EST So, that was cathartic <img src=""> <BR> I am not all that close with my Mom's side of the family. While we love each other, I just don't fit in and can't be myself and don't appreciate all of the 'advice' given to me constantly (online or i... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:13:23 EST Triathlon Training - Week2 (2nd try) My schedule this week is: <BR> <BR> Monday: Off <BR> Tuesday: Run 15min <BR> Wednesday: Bike 6 miles <BR> Thursday: Swim 300 yards, Walk 30min <BR> Friday: Off <BR> Saturday: Run 20min <BR> Sunday: Bike 8miles <BR> <BR> This is my last week before I'm back in school - full time studies, as well... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:12:24 EST DIL I want to thank all of you for reading my BLOG Venting. <BR> <BR> I put everything in God's hands. I did talk to my DIL about how she was treating me etc. First of all she did say she was sorry and wouldn't do it again. She also said that she was so mad at me because I was put on insulin. Just b... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:10:51 EST Created a Collage <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I forced myself to slow down and take the time to create a collage that would be inspirational for me. I went through some old magazines and cut out the pictures that reflect my goal: trav... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:06:44 EST Saturday was good I'm staying on course so far, cleaning and organizing small ares not snacking or just sitting! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:03:10 EST Moving Forward Like I've stated on the chat, I'm proud that I went past my comfort zone today. I did not let the negative self talk prevent me from reaching my goals. My flat feet were aching a little bit after running 5 blocks, but I felt good. I must make time everyday to be active. I want to have a successfu... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:01:51 EST Feel good I went to the movies with my daughters since having #WS and normally I would buy a large popcorn for myself and a large for them to share and I would also get a large soda as well. I didn't want either one. I did allow myself to have a small handful of popcorn and that way a huge mistake. Way to ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:59:11 EST I met my biking goal! <img src=""> <BR> I set 200 k in August as my goal for biking. I made it. Today I did 18 k total. I am pleased. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:59:00 EST Water I stopped drinking pop about 2 months ago and I've been walking more and recording what I eat and I've already lost 20 pounds!!! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:57:23 EST First weigh in <img src=""> <BR> Today I weighed myself first time since giving birth and I have lost a total of about 32 lbs. Feeling motivated under the 200 mark Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:51:43 EST Lost in Outerspace! Wow I lost 3 hours this morning already! I spent 3 hours on here writing my blog and researching what I really wanted to say so that I got it just right and I hit submit and poof it was gone just like that. It said my session had timed out. I was pretty disappointed at first and the first thing t... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:50:52 EST Day 23 - Scale Mistake I think I mis-weighed myself yesterday. Because on a whim, I weighed myself this morning and it read 185! Given the past week, that sounds better and right. <BR> <BR> I wasn't nearly as productive yesterday as I hoped. I did several loads of laundry, cleaned out the "problem" gutters, and cle... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:47:18 EST Vicious Cycle I am caught in a vicious cycle of pain and low motivation. I KNOW that I feel better when I move. If I can get out for a walk, do some yoga, or even do a few minutes on my bike I feel better. BUT, my joints are so painful that I can not get motivated. I just want to sit in the chair and cry. I am... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:46:20 EST A month and 3 days <img src=""> <BR> I didn't even post a blog yesterday b/c of the dread of making bad food decisions. Today I'm going to eat mindfully and do this!! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:46:02 EST UNFINISHED THOUGHT Today I am feeling blah, and that is weird because it is a truly nice day. We woke up to temps in the upper 70s instead of the 90s and it is almost like fall is here. Being a long time resident of Bullhead City Arizona though I know that summer is far from being over. Today is supposed to get ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:44:01 EST A Letter From A Mother To Her Son - Funny Story <BR> Dear Child, <BR> <BR> I am writing this slow because I know that you can't read fast. <BR> <BR> We don't live where we did when you left home. <BR> <BR> Your dad read in the paper that most accidents happen within 20 miles from your home so we moved. <BR> <BR> I won't be able to send... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:43:57 EST Crockpot Sweet and Sour Meatballs Crockpot Sweet and Sour Meatballs <BR> <BR> 1 jar sweet and sour sauce <BR> 1/4 cup brown sugar <BR> 3 tbs. soy sauce <BR> 1/2 tsp. garlic powder <BR> 1/2 tsp. pepper <BR> 3 pounds frozen meatballs <BR> 1 can pineapple chunks <BR> <BR> Place all ingredients in crockpot. <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:40:55 EST Heroes "And the shame was on the other side. Oh we can beat them, forever and ever." ~ David Bowie <img src=""> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:40:46 EST Sadie and Rufus I'm sure most of you have seen the commercial for the True Touch Glove pet groomer. This is not a "PAID" advertisement, but I must say it works great and my cats love it. I keep it in a ziploc bag when not in use. When they hear me get the bag out of the cabinet it doesn't matter where they ar... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:35:05 EST Four more days 4 more days until my surgery. Have been nervous but have support of family and friends. Planned my food for the recovery stage so i dont eat junk. Still, will be glad when Thursday comes. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:34:14 EST 2) n=1 Day 4 of water fast: I slept the best last night than I have in a few years. I only got up once to do my business but fell immediately back to sleep. I woke up at 6:30 very refreshed. No hunger pains but I am running cold. We'll see if this continues as the temp should raise to 85 today. I ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:33:45 EST Workout=Happy You know, even though I woke up 4 lbs heavier, I just don't care. Nope, not at all. I had such a rocking workout, the music gods were with me and my shuffled playlist was spot on! Yes! Ran a wonderful clip, 9 minute miles. Not bad for not pushing. And yoga was fun as always, certain poses are get... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:33:41 EST Cats ;-) 8/29/16 Feral to Farm - great program <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Nice to see some folks are catching up to the ancient Egyptians!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosa... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:32:10 EST Yesterday was a tough day Yesterday was a tough day for me. Woke up feeling really down and couldn't get out of the funk all day. I didn't exercise yesterday but today is a new day and I know I can do this! I'm going to take it up a notch today and show myself what I am made of! I can do this! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:30:51 EST Day 1....of the rest of my life (August 28) Today is Day 1 of the rest of my life, and I haven't started so well. I have been thinking of losing weight almost my whole adult life, I have "played" with it a few times. I say play because I would spend a few days then not follow through, even on this site. Why should I start da... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:29:44 EST Time to get back on track with a shake up Here I go again and that's why <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> It works and when you get to a stand still <em>39</em> you just find your <em>529</em> and start again with something new. <BR> <BR> Spark People gives us sound nutrition, tools like the trackers, the new premium which even includ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:29:26 EST Day 3: Because I'm so original... Down a little bit weight wise this morning! I am, I will admit, one of those people that weighs every day. But I only 'officially' track one day (Wednesdays) a week. I like the accountability factor. Food has been... A solid C the last few days. So I've got to really work on that. Though I'... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:27:09 EST Falling Forwards Well, seems like Fall is on the way, despite my efforts to convince myself otherwise! <BR> <BR> I've joined the 5% Fall Challenge, as more of a 'maintainer' than a loser, but I have a few pounds to lose and I fancied being part of the gang this Autumn/Fall. <BR> <BR> I love to update my Spark... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:23:13 EST Weight No More I am astounded by how similar this site is to the other site I was using. I'll have to learn the ropes--but this community seems to have everything I am looking for without the tech glitches and the fees! <BR> <BR> I have spent several hours stumbling around the site & trying different featur... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:18:40 EST First "Carb Up" I have been on a Ketogenic Diet for about 6 weeks, and have been lucky enough to of been in deep ketosis for 5. This lifestyle makes me feel great, loads of energy, and mentally/emotionally I feel stronger,and more stable. But my Nutritionist is telling me I need to do a "Carb Up" so I don't fla... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:17:44 EST Day 241: Sunday Funday Got my Sunday off to a good start, with a 10-mile bike ride. It was a tough one - I took a route I haven't done for a while, and turned on the wrong street so instead of avoiding the hills, I had to take them on! It's funny, I grew up on a huge hill so I used to be super good at them, but now I ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:16:30 EST EXCUSES, Excuses, excuses...seriously Lori? WARNING: THERAPUTIC POST THAT WILL DEFINITELY BE LONG. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Okay, first I want to tell you I'm having a marvelous time in Harry Potterville with my wonderful new friends in my 100+ Team. One of the challenges I CHOSE to take in our game is "The Beginner's Guide to Transfigu... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:16:10 EST Having a problem getting enough calories. I have found it very hard to eat enough calories. This a surprise for me. I thought it would be the other way around. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:15:26 EST Different way to think about it <img src=""> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:14:08 EST You Have To Live With Yourself - August 28, 2016 I actually had another blog in mind, but talking to the dental hygienist this morning at my dental visit, "sparked" this one. <BR> <BR> One of the major sea changes that came about in the last bunch of decades (I cannot tell you exactly when, nor is it important to look up), is the change in the... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:06:14 EST Beware brunches! We went out to breakfast today. Although i made healthy food choices, snd limited portions, still half my calorie intake for today is gone. Next time, will order off the menu Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:03:57 EST The Michigan Mile in Flint Friday, August 26, 2016, I walked in the Michigan Mile race in Flint. I was very proud of myself since I got a nice medal and walked the mile in under 24 minutes. The first race I was in earlier this year I had a 47 minute mile. <BR> <BR> I plan to next walk in a 5k race in Lansing. I've never ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:00:26 EST Mental notes were written... It has become a weekly tradition to dine out with family members and friends from church after church. Up until today I had behaved myself and made wise decisions when selecting food to eat. Today I made some poor decisions. We were eating at Fazoli's, an Italian inspired restaurant. I tried to ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:58:25 EST sunday start Woke up at 5:00 and ran 5.60 miles and did day four of my ab challenge. I feel happy and relaxed. Currently icong right foot and watching the 100 on netflix n😍 Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:57:29 EST Finished the first draft of a romance novel Yesterday, August 27, 2016, I finished the first draft of the romance novel I've been working on since January. What a relief that was--finishing the novel. Now comes another hard part--the editing. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:56:26 EST Unsettled today, but the fog is lifting I think I have been heading towards being unsettled all week. <BR> Earlier this week I had someone lay a big guilt trip on me. As angry as I am at them, I'm more angry at myself for letting it happen and tolerating it. I'm a firm believer in taking responsibility, and people tend to do what you... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:53:17 EST 8/28/16 From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life. Arthur Ashe Quote of the Day <BR> <BR> Good questions outrank easy answers. <BR> Paul Samuelson <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> <BR> Love demands infinitely less than friendship. <BR> George Jean Nathan <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> <BR> Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be co... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:46:22 EST Summer Heat I always have a hard time exercising in the summer. I don't know if it was growing up in the icy tundra or what, but I just hate getting so hot. My house holds heat like a little oven, so many days this summer the cool shady interior is reaching about 80. I can't even turn on the oven, let alone ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:42:44 EST Last Level in the beginning of.. My Best Journeys to come!! <img src=""> <BR> Today I am getting started...its going to be a challenge... Ancestors n Angels let's get it!!!.....Not wanting to be my worst enemy, but best friend! 😇😊☺ Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:36:41 EST Dairy Free, out of necessity Three months ago, my doctor told me that I need to stay away from all forms of dairy. (from every animal) I tried to stay away, but I'm so addicted to dairy. I did cut back on dairy a lot. I saw him every 4 weeks and each time he would stress that I need to stay away from diary. I never listened,... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:35:17 EST Dh is on his way home after moving parents Good Morning: It was an emotional weekend. They moved so much into the apartment that the apartment is very full. DH thinks it is too full. No one wanted to argue with two 90 year olds. DH took his father to the dining room to have a meal. $3.00 for a wonderful good meal. <BR> There are nei... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:33:43 EST Water Trying everything I can to get this water in each day Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:31:08 EST Day 28 It's always harder for me to get up on Sunday morning. It's the only time when I'm able to get good sleep all week. I went over to my daughter's house next door and was on her gazelle for 32 minutes so I'm nice and sweaty right now. That's 2 days in a row that I have used it. <BR> <BR> I ho... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:24:38 EST Breakfast <img src=""> <BR> Breakfast was yummy. Forgot to add the jalapeños to the food log. Feeling extremely sore in neck. Thinking it's from body pump yesterday. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:23:26 EST Sunday! Hi Sparkers!! <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday :-) I am very motivated today, yesterday I worked on my SMART goals (thank you SKIRUNNER1 for the advise). I went through all of my boxes of smaller clothes- organized them by size; then figured out what weight I was when ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:21:59 EST Late Mornings Is something wrong with me? I have never slept in so late such as the past few sick days. I guess it's been a long time since I have been this sick, but shouldn't I be able to wake up at a resonable time? I am always up pretty early. I feel like I am doing something I need to change, not sure wha... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:19:33 EST A visitor on my balcony sliding door <img src=""> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:19:13 EST Gratitude I am grateful for easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables because I am more likely to stick with healthy eating. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:14:50 EST carrot cake smoothie || <img src=""> <BR> <BR> happy snakin' || <BR> <BR> NO LIE. TASTES JUST LIKE CARROT CAKE. <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:14:10 EST BetterDays My coach took me for a 3 mile walk in the park this morning. Saw a deer twice! Had oatmeal with raisins and almond milk for breakfast. Was a great morning! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:12:24 EST Frist work out Today I did my frist 40min work out, I feel so good about my self right now. I really didn't think I could do it. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:09:25 EST The unthinkable happened while I was on vacation! I recently had the opportunity to spend about a week at my dear friend Robin's vacation home. I have to say it was the most relaxing vacation I have ever taken. Vacations usually leave me exhausted and anxious to get back home to my routine. Well, not this one! It was wonderful to spend time ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:05:45 EST Exercise and adjustments <img src=""> <BR> Okay, I just tried to conquer a day at a cook out and stay within the calorie count. Stop laughing. I came close. If I make the right adjustments. Like my records show a full plate. But, I only tast... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:05:11 EST weight gain I have been gaining weight .and I need to stop now I am officially at the most weight ever, <BR> and can not add more, I have tried to lose weight but not sure how to get it right, I have a very physical job and get a lot of walking in , I go to aqua fit class at least 2 times a week, <BR> I ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:01:40 EST Sunday Cleaning and getting ready for the week. Never a dull moment. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 12:00:27 EST THE DASH DIET WEIGHT LOSS SOLUTION <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have had an extraordinary week. I have been on "The DASH DIET WEIGHT LOSS SOLUTION" for o... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:59:22 EST Summer Cold The past few days have been busy, tiring and tough. Thursday afternoon my head filled up with congestion and I started sneezing and coughing - a dreaded summer cold! Overall it wasn't too bad. Here is is Sunday morning and it's been breaking up and I am starting to feel better. <BR> <BR> I ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:58:41 EST Day hmmm I think I lost count of how many days I have been I in the hospital with Bryson. The good thing is that surgery yesterday seemed to be a success. His temp is now normal with no meds and he only need the O2 when he is sleeping. My parents come to visit today and that gave me a much needed break f... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:58:25 EST Birthday Had daughter and grandkids over for their birthdays. Watched what i ate so i could have cake and ice cream. Came out a half a pound lighter. 😊 Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:55:49 EST celebrations Westley's and my birthdays are a week apart which was a cause for celebration. Celebrations. Which we did. Going on 3 weeks now. So, with all the celebrating, working hard, and general goofing off, I haven't been on Spark much as of late. Though, Spark, has been active in my mind and heart. We ha... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:54:04 EST Making it Went to sister in laws to eat birthday dinner, but ate lightly, proud of my self. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:53:37 EST Today! Getting back on track. Hoping all you Sparkers have a great end to your week-end... <BR> <BR> Carpe Diem <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:52:49 EST Goal = 45 Weekly Miles / Actual = 30.95 Miles ! It's All Good. I'm happy at my efforts of this past week and I'm looking forward to being way more engaged in all the days to come. We only get what we give and I'm giving it my all. I'm so ready to push past any perceived boundaries for the ultimate goal of forward progress !!! 45 miles or more is my new norma... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:52:03 EST With everything that is going on, I'm really not a negitive person... I feel as though I have made myself look and sound like I am. With everything that has been going on in my life, even the most positive person wouldn't be optimistic all the time. In a perfect world yeah, but we all know it ain't perfect. <em>211</em> ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:51:18 EST Aug 28, 2016 Let this be the day I finally overcome my ice cream obsession. <BR> I never ate it because I was hungry. <BR> I ate it to feel sleepy. <BR> I ate it like I was a creepy Golum. <BR> And I abused laxatives after each ice cream "session". <BR> Not to mention the deep hit to my wallet. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:50:52 EST Week 70 - Persistence I work in a pharmacy and this month we are being audited by one of the insurance companies to which we direct bill prescriptions. Near the end of July they sent us a list of over 200 prescription numbers that they wanted us to locate in our files, photocopy and send to them by Aug 31. The presc... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:50:48 EST Blessing in Disguise First of all, I wanted to say that I think our delay in leaving due to the lost titles may actually be a blessing in disguise... I think we all need some time to catch our breath. Also, we are spending extra days in the hotel here INSTEAD of out there, because we will make it out there before our... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:48:54 EST what to write! supposed to post every day, and get it, I really do. Its part of having you face your reality. <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> <BR> not much to say! Trying to clear my desk so I can put up my adjustable height desk, and that's lead to getting caught up on paperwork, and all that other boring stuff <BR> ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:47:04 EST I'm better than that :) Last night I slept poorly. I went out with my dad early today, and then helped tidy up my sister's garden. By the time I got home I was very tired, and feeling sorry for myself. <BR> <BR> I cried at the futility of it all. That the house was a mess. That my ex partner wasn't here to do the thing... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:44:08 EST My View from the boat.. My fiance and I went fishing yesterday. We didn't get a single bite from the fish. But the scenery was spectacular! <BR> <BR> Here's one of the many pictures I took. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:42:16 EST Sun Working on craft project for my mom sitting in Sun happy Sunday🙏🙏 Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:39:41 EST Plan Ok so my plan is to drink at least at least 8 ounces of water daily, cut out the carbs and dairy products, juice it, and eat nothing but veggis, fruits,beans, eggs, chicken, and other healthy stuff. Im not going to be eating out only home food. I can only have one cheat day per week. And im going... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:36:48 EST Choices I've been seeing a therapist since my mom passed away almost a year ago. I've been trying to improve my mental health as well as my physical health. This past session, both goals collided as we talked about my weight losd goals. When I told her how much better I was feeling, she stopped me. She ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:27:23 EST Sunny start to Sunday It is an 81 degree sunny start to the day today on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. Exercises are going very well. Calories remain well below 1300. Weight is still down. Trivia is still at 94% for the month. Getting ready for the end of summer season. Keeping focused for more success. Hop... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:19:22 EST Summer Challenge Final Results I didn't do very well in this challenge, only losing 1% of my starting weight. Better than gaining! <BR> <BR> Starting Weight 6/25/16: 176.2 (actual) 177 (trend) <BR> Final Weigh In 8/22/16: 173.6 (actual) 174.9 (trend) <BR> <BR> It was a tough one: I had 3 separate trips out of town during the... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:14:46 EST KKL70 I started Spark People Aug 11, 2016. To date I have lost 11 lbs. The ankle swelling has stopped and some of my clothes are fitting better. I did not measure when I started so I guess I should do it now. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:13:37 EST Mountains quiver at your strength You are strong. You can do this and anything else you set your mind to because you are iron in human form. You were born with the path to greatness laid out before you, you can handle the bumps, curves, and holes as you race down it. Nothing easy is worth having, you will have it all. Stand tall,... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:09:23 EST The "Me" That Everyone "Sees" ( Thanks to <em>223</em> ADARKARA) <BR> <BR> There's the external "me", the one that everyone "sees and knows" (well, in so far as the amount of attention they pay to someone else's exterior), and the internal "me", the one that I "see and know". Is there a happy medium? Sometimes. Most of the... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:07:13 EST Starting Brand New Ok, people I've been in a dark hole for a bit, and it's time to get started again. I was doing so good with enthusiasm and a positive attitude. So what happened? I could cry the blues and say that I sprained my ankle severely and exercise was a no-no. I have other medical issues that are caus... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:06:59 EST The victory is mine!! <img src=""> Victory is mine! Victory is mine! Victory is mine today!! I claim the victory in advance. Are you victorious? Yes you are!! Have faith that you will achieve your goals in life!! To God be the glory!! Enjoy... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:05:44 EST Saturday walk/dinner w/ friends Had a nice walk on Saturday. The weather was so beautiful. Perfect walking weather. :-) I love this! <BR> <BR> I went to visit my friends and we had dinner at their house. My friend made ropa vieja (old clothes) which is a dish of slow cooked flank steak or brisket with tomatoes, peppers, onion... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:01:30 EST Happy Sunday I realized that I'm not losing weight as fast as I hoped for, but I am losing inches. I decided to stop stepping on my scale as it was being discouraging. Fitting into clothes I hadn't been able to wear in months is more motivation. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:01:12 EST When I get stuck, it is usually one thing stopping me. Lately, I have had to make many decisions about our big move to Buffalo from Connecticut. A couple of things I was stuck doing and I just could not move past them' <BR> <BR> -making a budget that I'd stick to. <BR> -actually putting the move in motion <BR> <BR> Both are now accomplished! Yeah!... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:00:25 EST I need help I left the fit food challenge in favor of the realistic changes challenge. On day 1, but sitting on my butt so far. Procrastination is weighing me down. I'll let myself vent for a moment. So much to do! Pants return that didn't fit and trying to find what does. Lesson plans are the priority... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:56:38 EST Sunday, August 28, 2016 I've been on the Ideal Protein diet now for 4 weeks and 4 days. As of my last weigh in I have lost 17.5 lbs and a total of 14.7 inches (3.5 off my waist!). It really isn't that hard to be on this program. While I do get hungry just before it's time to eat, I feel satisfied after eating. I tho... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:54:59 EST Day 4 Weight Loss Today I am determined to get more workout in, and will strive to be productive. I woke up this morning feeling on the low end of neutral. I think starting the morning off right will help me change course into being positive. Lets give it a go: <BR> <BR> Breakfast first: <BR> <BR> I think... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:54:19 EST Pretty day So pretty out I'm ready to hike but stuck at wrk Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:51:13 EST Sabotage I managed to sabotage my own sabotage attempt yesterday. I planned to walk to work before my night shift to increase my steps as we are quite tranquil at the moment at work thankfully. This of course meant I needed to leave for work earlier than usual. My plan was also to get to work early do ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:48:53 EST infused water with strawberries, lime and mint || <img src=""> <BR> <BR> does a body good || <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:45:13 EST 5 words or less Triumph over my exercise phobia.🚴🏻 Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:44:23 EST Memories I met a new friend, jecrois, on a Facebook challenge. We were introduced when we were placed on a team together. Poor Dawn...she was paired with me for the challenge that included doing so many exercise moves based on the letters in your name. I really wanted to do this challenge for us but I ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:43:30 EST quinoa with avocado, parmesan, egg and edamame || <img src=""> <BR> <BR> breakfast of champions || <BR> <BR> I LOVE QUINOA. <BR> <BR> <em>184</em> <BR> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:43:11 EST AWWWWWW <img src=""> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:42:55 EST Positive...Aug. 28th <img src=""> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:41:24 EST Breakfast <img src=""> Salsa eggs with avacado slices. It's the most important meal of the day. 🍽 Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:40:32 EST Set up goals and entered measurements. Wow, this year has sped by so fast! I can't believe September is this Thursday and today is only eighteen weeks until the New Year! Today I weigh 177. If I can lose just 1.5 lbs. per week until 2017, I can lose 27 lbs. and be 150! Can I do it? I believe I CAN! Cheers! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:36:04 EST Happy today Was 303 pounds when started now 280.6 big accomplishment i have been under a great deal of stress latley as well and have slipped a couple of times this gives me the encouragement to go on 270 here i come Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:32:59 EST Over 50--read on What Women Should No Longer Wear Over Age 50. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>er/what-older-women-shouldnt-wear_b_11<BR>618314.html </link> <BR> <BR> I don't know about you, but I wear what I have and what I can afford. I guess I am not sophisticated and with it, be... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:29:59 EST Veni, Vidi, Vici... In September 2014 I participated, with my friend KH, in a Mudderella mud run in Michigan. Because we were traveling from Southwestern Ontario, we made a weekend of it - drove in the day before and spent some time getting our bearings. <BR> <BR> For those that don't know, Mudderella is a muddy... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:28:59 EST Maxine on Age <img src=""> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:28:06 EST For new member challenge I'm on day 6 of the new member challenge so here's my blog post for the day! <BR> <BR> This is the first time I've ever tried anything remotely like dieting, but there are a lot of changes happening in my life right now so I felt like it was a good time to change that too. Sometimes it's a littl... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:20:32 EST Plauge Just as I was getting back in the habit of going to the gym everyday...Last night I went to bed sure that I'd hit it hard at the gym this morning. <BR> <BR> Instead I work up with a "swallowing razor blades" sore throat. <BR> <BR> Goody <BR> <img src=" Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:20:07 EST laugh <img src=""> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:17:30 EST Happy Sunday to all Hope everyone had a blessed Sunday. Try to do one thing nice for someone else. Try to think of at least one thing your thankful for in your life. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:15:51 EST New Path (Old path new resolve) Here are the goals for this week: <BR> <BR> 1. Tracking all of my food, and drink at least 8 glasses of water a day <BR> 2. Work in more fitness – Do my WII Fit everyday <BR> 3. Track calories burned every day <BR> 4. Walk every day <BR> 5. Sign in to Sparkpeople everyday. <BR> <em>1... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:15:08 EST Hello I am trying to get my mindset back to just living healthy and not using food as my crutch and companion in life. Need to eat to live, not live to eat. This blog I needed to do today. Praying the right mindset clicks what to lose at leads 30 pounds. <em>9</em> Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:15:02 EST FIVE STEPS HOW TO LEAD A PERSON TO CHRIST!!!! (Step 2) Step 2 is to "BELIEVE THE GOSPEL." <BR> Question: Acts 16:30 - And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved. <BR> <BR> Answer: Acts 16:31 - Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, and your house. <BR> <BR> John 3:36 - He that believes on the Son has everla... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:10:27 EST Ah, another move Moved to Texas last year and now I moved back to Missouri, where I belong. My birthday is next week, missing my daughter and grandson who are still in Texas and missing my husband as I always do on my birthdays. I will be 42, no where near where I want to be in life. But you know what , I never g... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:07:10 EST Self-Love <img src=""> <BR> I recently came back from vacation. One of my goals was to look in the mirror each day and say something positive about my body. It worked because when I came back I felt confident in myself and it's ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:05:08 EST ~SERENE~ Sunday <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> TODAY <BR> I AM Choosing <BR> to make it a SERENE Sunday <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> May ~... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:04:17 EST Bonus Blog: I'm Comfortable Shouting Out to 1CRAZYDOG! I so much appreciate 1CRAZYDOG's daily postings: she finds the most apposite quotes!! <BR> <BR> And here's today's: <BR> <BR> "Growth is becoming comfortable with discomfort. John Dowd Jr." <BR> <BR> So true. <BR> <BR> Comfort is highly over-rated. "I'm just not comfortable with that . ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 10:00:14 EST Back at it. Taking advantage of the Spark premium release to jump back in. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:57:02 EST Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Hello Sparkfamily, Are you looking for a healthy snack on this beautiful day? Well your just going to have to...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cloves garlic, minced <BR>... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:55:55 EST Race Your Mouse Day Race Your Mouse Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : August 28 th <BR> <BR> Race Your Mouse Day is today. So, rev up your mouse, and let the race begin. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:54:35 EST Blessings, August 28, 2016 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. I was able to treat myself to a fitbit alta, which I like more than I thought I would. <BR> <BR> 2. I am walking on the treadmill again. I'm starting another 100 day challenge. <BR... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:54:22 EST Tweaking Protein: Any Suggestions?? OK then: in my constant experiment of one I'm thinking it's time to up my protein more conscientiously: for satiety reasons. <BR> <BR> STRONGDAWG's health advisers have recommended 1300 calories/130 grams protein/90 grams carbs/40 grams fat daily. (Hope I got that right!!) <BR> <BR> And yup, I... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:53:58 EST Just a little Mac & Cheese Ever wandered if "Just A Little Mac & Cheese" would be to much? <BR> <BR> Well, let me answer that one for you..... Y E S ! <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday we were at the store looking for a side to go with our pork loin that had been cooking in the crock pot all day. We went down the center... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:53:27 EST Feedback needed on calorie intake I just read an article that gave me pause, and I'd appreciate some feedback. I may end up going to a nutritionist, but there are so many knowledgeable people on Spark, I thought I'd start here. <BR> <BR> I am stuck at a weight that is about 20 pounds more than where I'd like to be. I've lost aro... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:53:22 EST Fit and Fiber Full Challenge Day 7 Today's challenge is drinking at least 8 cups of water. Haven't had breakfast yet and already had two, so I think I'll be fine. At this point, the only things I drink (except on very rare occasions) are water, sparkling water or coffee. I LIKE feeling hydrated! <BR> <BR> What about you? Wher... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:53:22 EST Today's goals Thinking it will help me to write these down each day. * I will not drink alcohol * I will make healthy food choices to stay within my calorie range * I will walk my dog Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:51:39 EST Third trimester I'm in my third trimester!! 28 weeks and 3 days....but who's counting? Haha I am! I've gained about 15 lb so far. 123 to 138. I have watched what I ate, trying to eat plenty but not gain too fast. I'll be happy to be able to lose this baby weight....but for now I'll just try to be thankful f... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:50:43 EST Today's kick in the Butt Time for me to get back on track. This week is C25K Week3. I'll redo day 1, as it's been a few days (ok more than a few) since I ran. <BR> <BR> My daughter wants to run a marathon. In less than a year. I've got a lot of training to get done. So does she. We've decided we want to do the hy... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:49:37 EST My Goals for this week, and review of last weeks goals - Week 3 My goals last week were: <BR> <BR> 1. Continue tracking all of my food, and continue drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day <BR> I tracked half of my week. The days I missed I know I didn't do enough water on at least 2 of them, possibly 3 <BR> 2. Continue with my fitness - finish at le... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:36:47 EST Yesterday I blew it! I am so ashamed! <BR> Yesterday I blew it-- <em>39</em> <BR> The day fell apart somewhere between breakfast and lunch--- <BR> <BR> The only reason I'm still on here this morning , (and haven't done myself in!)- is because of a Spark motto, taped to the computer here. <BR> It says: "The number... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:35:47 EST Gratitude There are many things to be grateful for. I'm thankful for my health, freedom, forgiveness, family, friends and much more. Today I am going to focus on having an attitude of gratitude. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:35:30 EST Month In Review I can't believe its the last Sunday of August. Wow, time files when you are busy. I started a new full-time job on August 1 and it through my schedule for a loop and I'm having a very hard time adjusting to the new schedule. <BR> <BR> My average steps for the past 28 days is 6,087 which is down ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:35:17 EST Pain.. Pain makes us remember we are alive. Just hope I can make it lessen some. Have a great Sunday everybody 😁 Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:33:56 EST Spent a few bucks.... for Sparkpeople Premium. I LOVE it! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:33:04 EST The Last Hurrah So, last night was--I think(I hope!!!)--the last big 'party' weekend of the summer. My husband's band played at a local bar and we had an AMAZING time! I love band nights and always wish they happened more often...but maybe without so much beer. 😂 I also had the pleasure of making a new friend... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:32:57 EST Day 23....Sunday August 28, 2016 Today is a rest day! Sunday....a day of rest! :) <BR> <BR> Yesterday was an awesome daughter and I had a pampering kind of, nails and toes. And then I was teaching her how to walk in heels for homecoming and we practiced getting in and out of my husband's truck with her ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:28:02 EST aging is tough As a woman who is heading to the big 50, my weight is a concern I am ready to tackle. I am finding it hard to lose the weight with my sit down job. I will often over-think my diets into sabotage and end up just getting frustrated with myself. Hopefully successful weight lose is in my future!! Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:23:52 EST Spark reports and Gym Revelations I have been posting recently about how I am the lowest weight I can remember in my adult life.It's been pretty amazing for me. Last year I was going down but the difference in the way my clothes fit has been really noticeable. And people who haven't seen me for awhile comment. I have been very... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:23:23 EST Hello Good morning I had a good weekend so far.been fighting cravings but i drank water instead. I hope u all are ok hugs thank all of u for the motivation.. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:22:47 EST #2 God can do anything but fail ! <img src=""> <BR> The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. <BR> God loves, cares, and is always here for those who will look unto him. <BR> <img src=" Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:19:25 EST Chapter 22, Day 98 Time to get a move on my day today. It's been a busy couple of days from taking MIL out for the afternoon for shower gift shopping and lunch, and then yesterday's engagement party for my niece. <BR> <BR> Before I went to the party, I'd taken a half hour to try on the 4 dresses that I need to wh... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:19:02 EST It's hard to lose, easy to gain 205. This was a stressful week. I did emotional eating binges. Will spare the details, but after two months of hard work, I ruined it in one night. I've noticed the weekends are hardest...always a birthday party. My counter kept screwing up, but it's working well now. Back on track, today. W... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:17:23 EST My Days <img src=""> <BR> For me every day I wake and take a breath is a reason to be joyful. I hope this day you find your own joy and gratitude. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:17:16 EST My life Sunday is family day. We are going swimming at the pool as it to clod to do anything outside. I think winter is going to come early this year. It's still summer an 13°c out side as a high today. I don't want even get out of bed yet, untill the heat has done it's job and warmed up the house. ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:16:52 EST The things I need to do The things I need to do, where do I start? I make plans but somehow, eventually, I stop. I start them up again, then stop again. Things like stress and changes in my schedule I know make me stop doing the plans I make. Life just gets in the way. <BR> <BR> I want to clean my house. I get as far ... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:15:25 EST QOD AUGUST 28, 2016 <img src=""> Have a great day today. Keep on smiling. Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:11:08 EST