SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs do it Nothing to do but to do it Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:41:17 EST Super quick update I left Ghana, spent most of June and July in the States eating and drinking too much, somehow seem to have lost another size despite the copious amounts of food I ate, went to a nutritionist who said that my calorie goal is too low given the amount of exercise that I do (totally great experience-... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:40:14 EST Noticing the difference. I can’t count how many times I have started the "weight loss journey" and each time failed at reaching my goal and in the end gaining a few more pounds then what I started with, ridiculous right!?!? Lately I have realized why.... I’ve always been a positive person but not when it comes to me bu... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:39:31 EST Getting Ready to Get Ready I first joined SparkPeople in May 2009 and did pretty well with it – for a while. I was on & off, up & down (mostly up) for quite a while, years actually, after that till our pastor decided to start a healthy eating/weight loss group at our church. Once again I did fairly well – for a while. T... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:36:15 EST Purslane - a wild food that could feed the world Purslane is considered a weed in the United States by most people. But it is also considered a culinary delight by more and more people and it is eaten in many countries around the world. It has a lot of great nutrients and it grows in almost any soil, any climate and it multiplies easily in man... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:36:12 EST Breathe..... Today, less is more. These say it all. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great day/evening! <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:35:19 EST 3/24/14 Saint of the Day July 24 <BR> St. Kunigunde <BR> (1224-1292) <BR> <BR> <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> When Pope John Paul II traveled to his native Poland in June 1999, he fulfilled a long-held dream to canonize Kunigunde, a Polish princess whose elevation to sainthood had been stalled for many ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:32:47 EST Time to get serious! 7/23/2014 Monday, I had two teeth pulled....not a fun experience, but it was needed. The dentist did a really wonderful thing for me by surprising me with a temporary partial plate, just so I could smile while I wait for the real partial to come in. Since I can smile for the first time in 10 years, I real... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:21:29 EST Special Blessings-July 24, 2014 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I got some extra sleep last night. It felt so good when I woke up. I know that I do stay up too late, but I love the late night hours. <BR> <BR> 2. I had a good talk with my friends, Meladie and Kelly tonight. <BR> <BR> 3. We... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:17:09 EST Today's Inspiration " Mostly, it is human to dislike surprises - <BR> often with great intensity. <BR> Be open to new ways ; <BR> sometimes newness just knocks on your door ; <BR> welcome it." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:13:20 EST Thursdary Bery bad day nothing was good so life is live love light joy and laughter sending prayers and hugz Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:13:00 EST My too big clothes These clothes i will most defintely be getting rid of... i do not want them, as being overweight just isn't fun for me i don't need my clothes as a reminder bad enough ive got photos to prove it... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:09:53 EST Good Suggestions Another spark friend suggested to be honest take one day at time. If i eat nutter butter just write it down but if i walk write it down. I do feel a lot more positive. Steps are great small or big doesnt matter. We dont give up at all. <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:09:04 EST Hmmm <BR> "Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out." James B. Conant <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:05:01 EST Couple of Awesome Salads! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday's Taco Salad!!! Iceberg Lettuce, Tomato, Kidney Beans, Chedder Cheese, Bolthouse Salsa Ranch Dressing, Crumbled Tortilla Chips, and Taco Seasoned Ground Beef! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:02:15 EST met goal met my goal for blc25 <em>334</em> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:59:44 EST 23 july, My day in terms of Fitness and Nutrition Woke up early and brisk walked to gym, did weights and Stronglifts Workout Program , had a good early morning Workout <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> In terms of Nutrition i did fine, i had a stressful day at work and off to cafe to buy heavy calorie drink, and what i choose was oreo green tea s... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:57:37 EST Beginning If you have come to a place and it looks like an ending, <BR> look around. For every ending creates a new beginning. <BR> - Bob Perks <BR> <BR> I am at the end right now and it's time for a new beginning! How timely this quote is for me! How about you? I believe that hugs will be the new begin... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:54:10 EST Two Missed Days I know that you noticed that I didn't post my food blog, and that's because I wasn't home. I was at the VA, from early in the morning until early evening, and I didn't want to take the risk me leaving my tablet somewhere. I did have it in the transportation van, but I didn't bring it inside the... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:53:53 EST Day 204: Where to Start??? "Raise the bar! Set tiny goals for yourself, and as you meet them, set more. The sky is the limit!" (Denise Austin) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I’ve been focusing on losing and getting my motivation back. I thought today I would go a ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:43:39 EST building back So yesterday I did day one of week one of the walk/jog 5k program. It was hard, but I take into consideration the facts that I live on a hilly gravel road, have a dog on a leash who wants to stop constantly, I'm carrying my phone (for music) in my hand, and I had 6 weeks off after surgery. So I e... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:42:15 EST Feeding Obesity: Fixing the Fat Problem (FREE Viewing) Feeding Obesity Testimonials <BR> <link><BR>5dJ15g#t=14 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> LARGER IMAGE: <link><BR>nts/Photos/2006/April/060404/AP_OBE... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:38:16 EST Headache Hungry and headache all day. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:34:47 EST Volunteering Is good for your spirit Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:33:30 EST Surrounded by Romance The Romance Writers of America are having their annual meeting in San Antonio, one of the most romantic cities in the country, and I had the chance to attend with a bunch of library people today. I don't know just what I was expecting, but it was great fun, and the speakers/writers/publishers I ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:30:29 EST Day 74 courage <em>524</em> <BR> "More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin." -Anonymous <BR> <BR> Not only does it take courage to begin but to begin again when you have fallen. <BR> I have started over so many times. This is probably the longest that I have been on track, my greatest fea... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:29:45 EST Wednesday, July 23: Strength Training/Biking I clocked over 7 miles worth of biking throughout the day today. I saw my trainer for my weekly strength training session w/ him. I foam rolled and did some stretches followed by the following workout: <BR> <BR> Romanian Deadlifts: 1 set, 6 reps, 65 lbs; 3 sets, 8 reps, 75 lbs <BR> Band assisted... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:28:07 EST Enjoying Life I work as a nurse in an outpatient cancer center. "I get it," I say. You've got to appreciate the little things, seize the moment, enjoy life. It's a lesson I learn daily from the people that cross my path. More than once I've had a patient tell me that every day is a gift. I get it. <BR>... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:26:12 EST Yuck what a nite! A quiet one I don't think so, my sister came home from her vacation at Missouri and is pretty sick. Asian flu! The doctors figured she caught it from some other guest at a show her and mom went to in Branson who might of sneezed or coughed in her way so poor kid she is miserable and off work the ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:25:50 EST Pajamas. Today was my only day off this week because I had to adjust my schedule to accommodate someone on vacation. I've been working since last Wednesday, so I only had to work 7 days in a row, but today I took total advantage of staying in my pajama nearly all day. Had I not needed to return 2 Redbox m... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:25:23 EST Learned a secret of life Hi Everyone :) <BR> I have been missing after my surgery (complications - knee infection). However, I had a learning that I wanted to make sure to pass along. <BR> <BR> I am addicted to soda and since being home after the car accident injury rehab, I have gained some weight back. I really ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:24:48 EST The storm came, it just brought in more moisture. Even I am sweating. DH is always sweating but I am very rarely like that. I have actually changed clothes three times today. I gave up this time I look like a marathon runner. <BR> <BR> Oddly enough this morning we walked our 4 miles. Then I had errands and also had to pick everything up just in case it rains and h... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:23:44 EST SOMETIMES I'M STILL AMAZED BY PEOPLE!! I GOT A CALL THIS AFTERNOON FROM THE AT & T GUY WHO HELPED ME THIS PAST WEEK WITH MY INTERNET PROBLEM. HE WAS JUST CHECKING IN TO SEE HOW IT WAS GOING. WHEN I TOLD HIM THAT I STILL HAD A PROBLEM WITH THE 'NET LOSING ITSELF FOR AN HOUR OR SO A COUPLE OF TIME HE SAID THAT IT COULD BE THAT THERE'S ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:22:37 EST 7/23/14 - Bedtime When it comes to Chicago's weather, what a difference a day makes. Yesterday was hot and muggy, and today it was bright, sunshiny, and extremely pleasant. <BR> <BR> Got an email from the dealership. They screwed up on my invoice, and money is being credited back to my credit card. Yippee!!! <... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:22:18 EST Wednesday, 7/23/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is one of those days that just totally has a mind all it's own and I hung on for the ride! Here's the quick rundown: <BR> <BR> *Took dad to the eye doctor for a recheck. Good new lenses needed. ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:21:37 EST I am grateful I am grateful for everything--Good and bad--because that's what defines me. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:20:15 EST Struggling with... Struggling with Self Discipline <BR> <BR> I would love to be training for a marathon but in all honesty my biggest challenge right now is simply staying true to the program of weighing and measuring that fills my nutritional needs, with the difficulties the change in diet present, and the fact t... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:15:45 EST Wednesday's words to Ponder Time is what we want most, but what we use worst. <BR> William Penn Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:11:53 EST Another Long Day I worked another 10 hours and this one seemed worse than yesterday for the amount of heavy duty lifting and major labor. The day was good but one of the pts I saw was mean. He is the former president of the local University, so I was greatly disappointed. He was being rude and arrogant. I cut... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:11:50 EST What Went - Wednesday I rediscovered why I had such a good pain day yesterday. Or at least I have a theory. I woke up with a bit of a sore throat today and that reminded me that right before I get even a minor illness I have a good day when I suspect that my immune system has kicked in full force. Then it fails and... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:07:50 EST Pho Soup For You! Ok, I know it's pronounced [Fah], but work with me here. <BR> <BR> I've been on a soup-making kick this week, having made a large quantity of base soup stock with my trusty crock pot. <BR> <BR> I've been using the stock as a basis for a variety of different soups and stews, and I thought I woul... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:07:37 EST old clothes I plan on getting rid of them all, by donating to charity. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:04:46 EST 7/23/2014--Day 33--can't believe this still has my attention! Most of my weight loss came in the first week or so of my returning to SparkPeople, but, even still, I'm pleased that I'm still weighing in every day and being (somewhat) thoughtful about what I eat. I've also been exercising much more steadily than at any point in the school year. I know part ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:03:35 EST Back To The Drawing Board Call organization for status of my guide dog - which I submitted in March. After checking their records, I was informed my application never received. Have to start process all over! I did manage to go out for a nice long walk after received the news {I have to keep pushing make use of these l... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:01:14 EST Day 11 of the 30-day Blog Challenge Today was a really good day. I signed up for a personal trainer and we start on Friday. I am so excited! I told him how much weight I want to lose and also that I want to "lift heavy $h*t". I can't wait to get on with this challenge! <BR> <BR> Of to bed on a happy, and exhausted, note :) Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:59:38 EST My Doctor said I am doing very well! I had my four month check-up with my Doctor today. Before I met with him he read over the notes from my VA nurse and Peer Support Counselor. The major subject that was important to me was the concern of wether I still need a Fiduciary (representative pay-ee). He said that he feels I am doing so w... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:55:24 EST A very busy day for me... It was a busy day for me, up at 7 am and showed by 8 ready to go to the food pantry and to pick up a prescription. Then it was back home to unload food items and to get ready to meet a new aide to help around the house. Off again to go by grocery store to make a return then to Best Buy for my s... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:55:15 EST Anyone else think about food nonstop???? So when I am not dieting I am not obsessing over food but when I am watching my food intake. I obsess over every min of the day. I hate this and I feel this is going to keep me from succeeding. Im not even hungry but I don't know what else to do! help Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:54:47 EST Home from vacation <em>213</em> One thing I learned when I went to Canada was that I have had a difficult time staying on my healthy eating routine when I'm away and out of my normal day to day routine at home. I made all kinds of commitments and found myself over and over again falling flat on my face. I still... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:53:45 EST headed for Malibu well not me but my son is. My daughter had this stuffed animal in the car when we were dropping him off at the airport and I told him to hold it while I took his pic! lol!!!! I said "All ready to go!" <BR> <img src=""> he was a bit nervou... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:52:28 EST 100 Days to a New You Challenge day 071/100/029 Today I did some walking inside & outside, drank 8 glasses of water & did a little Mandala coloring. I did some reading in a paperback book & game playing on my Tablet & game boy. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am having a 9th bad SINUS MIGRAINE day & night. I took a long nap this evening. This helped my hea... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:51:22 EST 100 Days to a New You Challenge day 071/100/029 Today I did some walking inside & outside, drank 8 glasses of water & did a little Mandala coloring. I did some reading in a paperback book & game playing on my Tablet & game boy. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am having a 9th bad SINUS MIGRAINE day & night. I took a long nap this evening. This helped my hea... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:51:20 EST Too much to deal with! And, it isn't FOOD! Tomorrow I have basal cells removed from my face, and all I can think about is looking like Frankenstein. I know that is crazy, but all I want to do is eat. So far, so good. <BR> <BR> And, tonight, my X came to visit me and our grandson. I showed him some of the pictures from our trip to Rome... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:47:36 EST Believe in self while encouraging others <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In my journey to become healthier, I realize that it is okay to help, support and encourage others as they go through their own weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> I am not in competition with anyone. I want us all to win... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:45:33 EST Where does the time go? I can't believe my oldest daughter will be 6 next week! It seems like yesterday that I was suffering through endless fertility treatments. She was born while my husband was deployed, so I was all alone with her while being thousands of miles from my family. My husband, Tom, came home for 18 da... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:45:33 EST How I almost talked myself out of going to the gym. Tonight it was raining hard here and the wind was wiping the trees so when my husband came home I asked him if he still wanted to go to the gym or if he wanted to just work out at home. He said it was up to me so I started saying things like I don't want to get soaked in the rain, and I don't wan... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:42:37 EST Day 13 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Cape Vincent Lighthouse. .Tibbets Point <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Rock Island Lighthouse! <img src=" Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:42:28 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for July 23: Daily inspiration: Prayer is a great source of joy and the best protection from depression. When we talk, Lord, You help me see solutions for a better day. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: But God made the earth by his might; he shaped the world by his wisdom, crafted the skies by his ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:40:01 EST Is it Friday Yet? Not that I have anything exciting planned, it's just been really slow at work & it's making this week just draaaaaaaaaaag. <BR> <BR> Been doing really well with getting my butt to the gym on week nights. Still taking the pup out every night for our walks & even got a couple days of strength tra... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:38:39 EST A slice of my day Lots of work to do today and I had a few holdups <BR> so it will have to get finished tomorrow. <BR> DH and I both have our licenses renewed and that <BR> is a huge relief. All this technology and it took longer <BR> now that it did 2 years ago. <BR> The friend who is taking all the goat milk has... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:38:13 EST Lack of Patience I have zero patience for this new "journey" I am on. I am not seeing any results. The more I try to lose it seems that's when I gain....ughhhhhh Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:34:44 EST Hump day Busy hump day. Can't write much. Happy sparking! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:31:39 EST 30 Day Tricep Dips Challenge: Day 1 Completed 5 Tricep Dips today @ work <em>30</em> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:30:02 EST Home again I have actually been home for a couple of days, but I have been wading through a backlog of emails and snail mail, plus spending quality time with my family and of course my Cooper. He doesn't seem overly excited to see me, but he is sticking pretty close to me. Right now he is sleeping by my f... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:26:27 EST Spangle's 100 Days of Weight Loss - Day #47 - Kick the Can't Words are powerful. Whether we think them or we say them, words are powerful. <BR> <BR> On day #47 Spangle writes that 2 words, "I can't," will almost always keep us from being successful. She directs us to consider the times we used these words: "I can't exercise like this." or "I can't stop my... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:25:08 EST Facing the facts and the FAT (bulbous) I need to face the facts: Lately I've been feeling like a mess. A big, fat, ugly mess. Mentally and physically. <BR> <BR> So I had a mystery illness - it could have been acute, or it could be chronic. The doctor doesn't even know yet. I don't know and I am to the point I don't even care. ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:24:20 EST Lose Weight and Keep It Off: Lesson 1 (Food Journal: Day 3/7) So I learned a lot about nutrition today; however, my meals were already planned for the day so I didn't change anything. I will start applying what I learned tomorrow but mostly next week since I prepare my meals for the week on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Here goes... <BR> <BR> * Time / Where you ate ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:23:26 EST Eight Weeks Amazingly the scale went down and I've lost 1.4 more pounds. There is something about weighing right after you wake up and you're still half asleep... I almost always get confused about how much I've actually lost. This morning I thought I'd actually lost LESS than a pound. It took me until the t... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:20:18 EST Could I really be not eating enough now? Hello Sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> I am way past my fitness activity goals so I upped them! <BR> <BR> It was a challenge at first to get 6,000 steps in with my now dead Sparkpeople Activity Tracker so I switched to the Fitbit flex activity tracker. It came with a goal of 10,000 steps, which also seem... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:19:24 EST Black Cohash for Menopause also works for hunger! My biopsy came back benign on my Thyroid nodule. That was the good news, the bad news is, is that I have Hashymoto's Thyroid disease an Autoimmune disorder that causes most of the symptoms I have been having and attacks the thyroid. When I have a flare up, I can't wear necklaces, and my thyroid h... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:14:18 EST Day 30: Botched Again Today was a wash. Baaaad choices. <BR> <BR> My period's here and it's rough. I've been in a terrible mood because of it, sick and crampy and craving junk. I also had to run around a lot and do stuff and just did not care about the choices I made. I had an unhealthy Wendy's combo for lunch (i... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:12:42 EST Keep Pushing Today was exercise day 9 of 100. I'm so tired today. I procrastinated with cleaning, working out, and cooking but I'm getting things done slowly but surely. I'm still following my workout regimen and my muscles feels strong but I just feel so sluggish. Surprisingly, I'm even going the same speed ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:12:32 EST Wednesday's Healthy Inspirational Quote of the Day 07/23/2014 "If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way."~Napoleon Hill Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:12:08 EST Anyone up for a challenge? Want to suggest one? Two weeks from now will be six months from my 60th birthday. I don't do well with goals (eww) or vows or declarations, but what about some fun? I'd like to hit 60 at my goal weight. I mean, my desired weight, which is about 30 lbs less than my current weight. YOU do that math haha. Okay, I'll do ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:11:28 EST Good Wednesday in spite of my knee Thor jerked me off the steps last night and now my right kneecap is a bit achy. It was not a problem during yoga or Zumba but when the anti-inflammatory gel wore off, it wasn't fun. <BR> <BR> No dancing until Friday...will rest, elevate and ice! <BR> <BR> Had a pedicure-my toes look cute! <BR> ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:10:24 EST Spangle's 100 Days of Weight Loss - Day #46 - If Not Food, Then What? Spangle tells us how we can take food and keep it out of its VIP status. <BR> <BR> On day #46, "If Not Food, Then What,' Spangle follows up on day #45, "Food -- Important or Not," by asking the reader if she has made the decision to label more food as unimportant, what is going to take its place... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:08:58 EST Amazed I feel so good about myself that my family and I are going camping this weekend. Starting Friday and ending Sunday evening, we are going to be one with the wild, lol. We are going to spend sometime away form everything and finally focus on just us. I can not wait. <em>104</em> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:08:44 EST Mid-week Check In <em>213</em> Hope everyone is having a good week. I have been very busy at work, it is nice to be able to say that. As I blogged last week, my exercise has been falling by the wayside since I returned to work 2 weeks ago. I know it is important so, over my weekend, I thought about a plan to ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:03:15 EST Day 5 Food Sober...Stress and Weight Down Today was Day 5 of being "food sober" and I saw 225 on the scale...nice surprise. It's going down. But lately, I've been hitting about this weight and then slacking off and gaining it all back up into the 230's, then panicking and getting back on track. So, I know I really need to buckle down ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:02:04 EST Been a good day so far! I made it to the gym bright and early this morning. Got on the elliptical for 30 minutes. At first the backs of my knees hurt and gave me fits about it. Took it slow and worked my way into it and was able to finish the programmed workout. I got a total of 9 hours of sleep too. I made up a new sou... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:01:38 EST Leadership Conference Last night I went with Vicki to the opening service of a Leadership Training conference, which will conclude Friday. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Due to the extenuating circumstances I was allowed to acompany Vicki. So this morning we scurr... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:58:27 EST Another busy day We had to run a few errands today. Dad had a couple of bills to pay. Plus he went to see his chiropractor. His back was bothering him last night so he got in today to get his back adjusted. Tomorrow we are going to be busy. We are going to Peoria, IL, to get a part for the garage here in town. Pe... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:56:38 EST Wheatgrass <img src=""> <BR> <BR> WHEATGRASS <BR> <BR> Wheatgrass restores alkalinity to the blood. The juice’s abundance of alkaline minerals helps reduce over-acidity in the blood and thus also Is a powerful detoxifier, and liver protector. It incr... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:53:51 EST I got my spark back! I was walking down the street the other evening and my neighbor commented that her hubby had seen me and hardly recognized me. She said he was amazed at how much weight I had lost. <BR> <BR> That is all I needed to get my mojo back. I went shopping yesterday and bought 3 more Jillian Michaels D... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:53:40 EST Never trust a restaurant It doesn't seem to matter what you tell the waitress, the kitchen does what it wants. I had the most aggravating attack which lasted at least 24 hours and caused such chest pain along with the intestinal pain that I just about went to the hospital. All because they didn't really believe that I ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:53:08 EST Almost Pushing It's been a year since my last post and I hit a rough patch. I knew I'd be back and focus on me again when things started to become stable. <BR> <BR> I'm down to 256lbs but that's not really a drop. It's not a gain either! YEY. <BR> <BR> I'll attempt to be more active on here as it's supposed... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:51:33 EST computers <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:50:41 EST Keep spreading the spark! Today I went for a nice easy 7.65 mile run. It was humid, but not too hot. I did lots of sweating anyway, but it wasn't bad. <BR> <BR> After that the day became frustrating. Insurance companies, people that were rude, college student loans, family members sleeping on my couch, etc. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:48:45 EST Day 65 of 100 - Quilting Another quilting day. I am trying to finish four of the Mahan memory quilts by the end of July. I will be seeing my aunts/uncles/cousins on Sat Aug 2. I want to be able to give the quilts to them. But I need to have them finished a couple of days before so my daughter can take professional ph... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:48:43 EST Always!!! <img src=""> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:42:05 EST Do Sugary Soft Drinks Lead To Diabetes? Short Answer: Yes <BR> <BR> The majority of health research is STACKED AGAINST SUGAR-SWEETENED SODA. A large 2004 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who drank one or more sugary drinks per day increased their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 83% comp... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:40:16 EST Day 22 Today was pretty awesome! My hubby and I headed out to Wekiwa Springs State Park this morning so I could get in some swimming and also relaxing by the springs to finish up reading a book for my book club tonight. Then, at the book club meeting - we meet at restaurants around the area - I had th... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:38:10 EST How to lose quickly <img src=""> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:35:58 EST would you put your hard earned cash on the line? Watch this read this article and then comment if you would do it. Why or why not? <BR> Healthy wage ------- <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bc-news/dieting-website-users-bet-lose<BR>-order-win-134653003.html </link> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:35:02 EST A Thanks for Wednesday 7/23/14 <img src=""> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:34:35 EST Having One of those Weeks I am having one of those weeks where I am tired and cranky. I don't want to do anything but sleep. I am still waking up tired. This too shall pass. I think a lot of this is stress from all that is going on in my life. <em>102</em> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:34:30 EST Easier Now. I met with Admissions today. Everything will be all set soon, there is no reason my credits won't be transferred and I will be waived in all the placement testing. I walked around campus and I felt 'at home' - all the butterflies went away. <BR> I checked out the Fitness Center. One guy was... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:29:23 EST Tech Guy Buys Third Fitness Tracker I am beyond frustrated with my Spark Activity Tracker. It's not the little wearable device that's the problem. That works fine even though it's not as motivating as the Fitbit I still have. It just has a ring of lights to indicate the approximate number of steps, and if I want to exceed my goal f... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:28:55 EST Hump Day..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> So true....not going to give up!!! Still focused on my goals! <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great day... <BR> <BR> ttyl Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:28:03 EST Oh the irony... *sigh* Sometimes I get so dag-gone frustrated! I went to the doctor's office yesterday because I was feeling a little bit like I was the day before I had the whole respiratory issue. So, I figured I would go see the doc right away before anything got worse. <BR> <BR> The good news, all my breat... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:27:34 EST The pool has never cleared. Day 77 of exercise in 2014 (not a streak) <BR> Walking: 2 mph (30 minutes per mile) 12 minutes 56 calories burned <BR> <BR> The humidity when we walk is sweltering. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:26:53 EST Day 2 Feeling pretty good today. Got my water intake in. Ate pretty well. spent time outside and got in another walk tonight with Lily. that is 2 nights in a row. <BR> Can't wait to get my Jawbone Up. So excited to get it set up and see what's what with me! And I learned I can link it to Sparkpeople! ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:20:28 EST Back home again in Indiana OK, so I never really left Indiana. <BR> <BR> I have been on a little break from Sparking and my new lifestyle. I have gained almost 10 lbs in the last 6 weeks. I am hoping most of it is water and will come off quickly, but we all know how that story goes. <BR> <BR> I volunteer as the cam... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:16:36 EST I Found This on Instagram and it is Inspiring.... I am beautiful, despite my flaws. I am strong, despite my weaknesses. I am worth loving, despite what my past has told me. I am a competitor in the making. I choose to dominate my life in every possible way. I am a champion. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:10:11 EST Wednesday <BR> It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. <BR> <BR> Aristotle Onassis <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:09:40 EST Wednesday My husband and I walked two miles this morning. We left our hotel at about 7:30. We were about half a mile away when I felt a little mist. We keep walking. When we got a mile away, it was sprinkling. As we turned to head back to the hotel, the sprinkles came a little harder. I told my husba... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:09:37 EST Relatively productive day... The day did not start out especially well. I woke up for a while at 10:30... then went back to bed at 11:30 and slept til 1. I just wasn't ready to be awake yet, I felt tired and weak and just crappy. I didn't sleep well again last night, and I guess I needed the extra sleep. I felt better wh... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:01:03 EST COURAGE Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.” Tom Krause quotes <BR> <BR> I THOUGHT ONCE THAT I POSSESED COURAGE. <BR> It wasn't courage, it was self confidence. <BR> I tried ALWAYS knowing I would win! Maybe come in 2nd, but always be in the running w... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:57:09 EST Back, again! 7.23.14: It is good to be back at SP, tracking food, and today I got myself out the door to go on a bike ride around town. Nothing major...biggest step was getting out the door. I told myself that I felt tired, weak, kind of sad....and then I said to myself...will that feel better by sitting h... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:56:42 EST Another Great Day! I am so proud of my accomplishments. I ate within my limits, did plenty of exercise, stayed motivated and it was a very successful day. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:55:08 EST Non scale victory and interval training My non-scale victory today was declining a desirable treat--twice. I went with Joanne to Deseret Book. She suggested buying a treat there, and then went to the mall where she could buy Mrs. Fields cookies. I did not have a treat at the bookstore or at the mall. <BR> <BR> During my walk today I ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:54:48 EST Today Is... National Hot Dog Day! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:54:37 EST Experiment Day Have lost just about all the weight I wanted to lose now. <BR> Have been quite strict with eating the past several months. <BR> The IBS has been under control with diet and taking Bentonite 2 times daily. <BR> <BR> Today I had 3 ounces of shredded chicken with calorie BBQ sauce, low carb vegetar... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:49:15 EST Three Days and Counting Proud of myself for staying positive 3 days in. I have goals and a plan and am super motivated. <BR> <BR> Upped the exercise tonight. It never felt so good to sweat like a pig! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:47:22 EST Wisdom From A Successful Loser The most successful loser I know is a lady "of a certain age" named Bonnie. I met Bonnie at my (former) Weight Watchers class. (Former because I left classes about a year ago and am now following the plan online instead.) Bonnie lost 97 pounds on the WW Plan. She knows how hard the struggle c... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:45:26 EST Back Again I've been here before and here I am again. Right now I am just looking for the motivation to get back on track to my weight loss goal. This is the first step. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:44:09 EST Feels Good To Be Back! I haven't been on here since the end of June. <em>39</em> I was on vacation in the Caribbean for a week in July and definitely over indulged. I ate and drank pretty much anything and everything for 8 days straight. I'm talking 3 huge meals a day and I drank some sort of tropical alcoholic bev... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:42:43 EST 140723 - So Very Tired We did not get enough sleep last night and am dragging some serious arse. Made Chicken Parmesan and everyone loved it. Gotta say, I do like that recipe. Hope to be in bed before 1900 so we can get at least 7.5 hrs of sleep. Didn't exercise or nothing. Tomorrow, I feel will be better. I bette... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:40:05 EST Hang in there! <img src=""> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:38:18 EST Tried and tried to get to the gym This morning I started out to go to the gym. Well, there was an accident and traffic was backed up for miles, so I got off at the closest exit (the only one) and got out of the mess. Plan B was walk at the beach since Bob's tires came in for his 4 wheeler and we were taking them to be put on rims... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:37:19 EST She's A BAD MAMA JAMA (I LOVE HULA HOOPING) I LOVE ME! <img src=""> <BR> Settimia, Thank you for this challenge –you know I love hula hooping and dancing. I just like having fun. If you haven’t joined in on her challenge of hula hooping or just hula dancing…then you’re missing out on some fun. S... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:32:26 EST The Fest music For King & Country <BR> Colton Dixon <BR> Mandisa <BR> Third Day Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:32:22 EST Forward I go This evening I am feeling successful. My food has been good today, odd, but good. I have learned how to modify my nutrition tracker, introduced myself on some SparkTeams, had eight glasses of water, and gotten some fitness work in. I am here SparkPeople, let's get moving. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:31:55 EST 6 lbs. from my largest again... I am so disappointed in myself right now. I am almost at my biggest weight again. I feel like I am at rock bottom. I have to do something. I threw away my fat pants last year and haven't been able to afford new pants, so I have been wearing sweat pants and such for months. I finally found some je... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:23:27 EST Get moving Ok, another day of eating more junk then I wanted to. Not as bad as yesterday but still not as good as I want it to be. Thinking about getting off my couch and actually moving. I have a belly dance DVD and I think it needs breaking in. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:21:10 EST July 23 Checking in late tonite...have had no internet since early, early this morning....praying all are well and have had a blessed Hump Day <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:20:36 EST Day 101 Update: Teaching My Boys to Jump Rope Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Today is Day 101 of the 10+ streak – first first day of the second 100. I’m currently at 45 minutes for the day. <BR> <BR> Today’s highlight was teaching my boys to jump rope. It was an interesting experience. My oldest got the hang of it quickly and I helped him set s... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:19:46 EST July 23rd-Legs feel great! I actually forgot to write in my blog because my legs are feeling great. After that one last day of pain--my last post--they have been back to normal (For the most part.) I still have a "knot" in my right hamstring but most of the other ones have eased up. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:19:00 EST Day One I joined SparkGuy's 10 Minute Fitness Club this morning. Since I have not been working with my health coach, I have been slipping back. I need a streak to keep me going so today is Day One. I walked and ran on the treadmill for 22 minutes. <BR> <BR> Day One <em>248</em> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:08:51 EST Addicted to Addiction I canft speak for sex addicts or high rollers because I have no firsthand experience of either, but having been a compulsive overeater for as long as I can remember, I think I have a right to say a word or two about addiction. My theory is that we addicts are addicted not only to the thing itsel... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:03:30 EST Small Incentives as Rewards Have I said I struggle with rewards? Yeah. That. Still. <BR> <BR> Well, SP offers some rewards, and I do find it a pleasure to find this in my inbox <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That is <BR> <img src=" Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:03:26 EST Podiatrist visit, orthotics, and beginning to run again It's been a long recovery from the stress fracture. Supposedly it takes 6 weeks to heal a stress fracture. A bit over 6 weeks from when I went into the air cast, the foot felt pretty good. I'd been able to walk a 15 minute mile the day before. I tried some light jogging up and down my hallway... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:01:36 EST Army of the Lord A friend was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the preacher was standing at the door, as he always is, to shake hands. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside. The Pastor said to him, "You need to join the Army of the Lord!" <BR> <BR> My friend replied, "I'm already... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:01:27 EST She'll eat your heart out like Jeffrey Dahmer... The title is only slightly related to this post... <BR> <BR> Today was my first official day at the gym. I'm not sure if all gyms offer this amenity or not, but I was given one free personal training session. And naturally, I was beyond nervous. I was kind of dreading it all day. First, I was su... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:59:15 EST My 8 Week Marathon About 2 ½ weeks ago, I was carrying a 40 lb bag of water system salt to my softener tank. It had been raining on and off for several days, which is typical for a South Florida July. I stepped on a wooden deck, not realizing how slippery it was when my right foot slipped out from under me and I ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:57:04 EST Work, Eyes and such!! We were very busy in the Gun Room today. This morning I went on line and found some eye drops that are suppose to help the cataracts. I did find them on a web sight that I already order vitamins and such!! I got a lot of work done this afternoon. I got My walking in. I have already ridden th... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:56:32 EST I have a problem with the word dream... One of my best friends collects anything and everything that includes the word dream. Posters, mugs, tattoos...she's got it. She adores the word and aspires to live it every day. I, myself, am in a loveitbut situation. <BR> <BR> Nothing wrong with the word. Nothing wrong with having dreams. The ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:52:46 EST Wednesday already It's hard to believe it is already Wednesday. I haven't blogged in several days. I haven't lost any weight, but I haven't gained either. I was hoping that I would lose some since I was running around taking care of my little munchkins while their mommy and daddy were in the hospital with baby si... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:49:52 EST Re-establishing Habits I'm planning to set up habits to re-establish, one day at a time over the interim between BLC rounds. I'll think them through 5 at a time and then review. <BR> <BR> 1 - Dr. Carlson's water rule. This one requires explanation. MANY years ago, when I was pregnant with David, I had recurring blad... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:49:48 EST Daily Inspirational Message Put away the book, the description, the tradition, the authority, and take the journey of self-discovery. Love, and don't be caught in opinions and ideas about what love is or should be. When you love, everything will come right. Love has its own action. Love, and you will know the blessings of i... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:49:11 EST Mindful...But not get with it! The start of a journey: <BR> <BR> Reflecting on the past two days I have decided to attempt to eat foods I understood to be "Healthy" from my past expert experience in yo-yo dieting (Hmmm...what would Weight Watchers or Atkins say to do???). What I learned by tracking is I have a lot of work t... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:48:36 EST A New Job <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think I could do very well at this job. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> At least it's an honest way to mooch a living. <em>240</em> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:45:41 EST Could Less Be Better Than More? Admit it Spark friends, when we were kids, more always meant better.....hell even today how many of us secretly believe that more is better than less.... <BR> <BR> .....come on raise your hand and admit it! <BR> <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Many of us are here because more food was always better t... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:42:34 EST Sore back I did fitness class on Tuesday night and somehow tweaked my back. Just the right side. I kept going as it wasn't that bad and was hoping it would loosen up. It didn't. It did a bit yesterday but is still a bit sore. I'm still not sure if it was the deadlifts I did Monday night or the fact I was c... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:42:03 EST midweek 2 more work days. my mom and sister are coming up with this weekend - so much fun. i just have to clean Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:39:07 EST Weight Loss Plus Feeling 100 times better than you did two weeks ago Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:37:25 EST Burn Circuit 2 done I finished CLX Burn Circuit 2 and I feel nauseous. My entire body is shaking and I'm dripping with sweat. But I did it. I did not add in extra cardio because I do need to be able to get out of bed tomorrow and go to work. lol Tomorrow is Burn Intervals so I will get my cardio in then. Until then ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:26:36 EST We are in our house - finally! We have had such uproars with this move - a late start on the road, the moving truck breaking down, figuring out we would have to replace the entire HVAC system while adding a gas line for the new stove - and that's only the stuff that's already done. But now we have hot water and tomorrow the ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:24:47 EST Don't Quit Don't Quit <BR> by: Unknown Author <BR> <BR> When things go wrong as they sometimes will, <BR> When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, <BR> When funds are low and the debts are high, <BR> And you want to smile, but you have to sigh. <BR> When care is pressing you down a bit. <B... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:24:27 EST INSTRUMENT OF PRAISE Changes are happening! Good things, different things, wonderful things. God is in the midst of it all and I am grateful. <BR> <BR> Today, I went to the doctor - I made a decision that I would not worry. My blood profile was youkky! You name it, it was out of wack. My internist is awesome;... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:20:40 EST Wonderful Wednesday Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:19:51 EST Free Movie today. I found this free movie called Feeding Obesity. I haven't watched it yet, but plan to. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:15:40 EST Weak....I'm SO Weak! I came into work this morning and there it set on my desk, mocking me. A gallon Ziploc baggie full of homemade Puff caramel corn. I could feel my willpower wilting under the glare of those golden, caramely puffed kernels. I knew who was responsible for this heinous boss's wife, my friend ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:13:14 EST Use it or lose it Today, as I was attempting to follow the instructions on a workout video I realized that what I once was able to complete was now way beyond my current capabilities. Has it really been that long? To be honest yes it has. Injury and health issues provided the perfect excuse to take a break from... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:11:39 EST #30daysofawesome - Day 19 I did yoga AND my Active 2 game on the PS3 last night. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm making spaghetti squash with Italian sausage and peppers for dinner tonight. Nom, nom! <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Today is the last day of BLC25. BLC26 will begin in about 8 weeks. My plan is to s... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:06:56 EST Frustrated. These last couple of weeks have been very very frustrating. <BR> <BR> I have continued to stay in my calorie range (1200-1570) five out of the seven days of the week, and the other two, I still do not overly splurge. I continue to work out 3-4 days a week for at least a half hour. <BR> <BR> An... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:06:55 EST Happy Foods Certain foods have compounds that actually "lift your spirits", actually make you feel better, or happier. I read about this in the August issue of Prevention magazine and thought I'd share it with you all. <BR> <BR> Walnuts and Flax <BR> The key ingredient is alpha-linolenic acid. In the Nurs... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:04:14 EST Food log #1704 Breakfast: Coffee coolatta and 1/4 chocolate chip muffin (so unhealthy, I know) <BR> <BR> Lunch: Salad, watermelon slices <BR> <BR> Dinner: Grilled chicken sandwich, fries, orange juice Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:00:22 EST Some Reasons Why Things Are Different Sometimes I wonder why it's so different for me now. There's moments where I'll think will I ever struggle with my weight again, and it feels like a resounding...NOPE! Sometimes I think is that really true? Am I being unrealistic? I struggled for so long before! And I keep thinking of what mak... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:59:47 EST Odd Spot #20. A Russian fishing blog has sent anglers scrambling to catch giant mutant catfish said to be growing near the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The blog even included a picture of one catfish that locals are calling Borka, and which they claim is more than two metres long. <em>40</em> <... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:50:54 EST I'm back!!! Wow it's been a full year since my last post. I really enjoy my job working at the school. With that I now workout at the school that I work at because I chase kids all day. <BR> <BR> I graduate this coming Fall 2014!!!! Thank God!!! This has been a really hard journey. <BR> <BR> I've met a n... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:45:04 EST Today is (thankfully) better. So, today is way better than yesterday. I woke up around noon, went downstairs and got to hang out with my boyfriend's mom and her three dogs, which was cool. I'll always be more of a cat person, but I still love dogs. She has this adorable little puppy named Bell who kept jumping up on the couch... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:36:21 EST WORRY To worry is like rocking in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but gets you nowhere.” ~Unknown <BR> <BR> “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” ~Unknown <BR> <BR> “Has worrying about tomorrow every changed it?” ~Max Lucado <BR> <BR> “Stop w... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:35:24 EST My Fight - From Ashes to New How do you live when every finger's pointing in your face <BR> How do you give your heart to something only you embrace <BR> How do you put your mind to something that you love <BR> When you were growing up everybody told you that you weren't good enough <BR> Good enough would work for me <B... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:34:50 EST Not early at all! I got everything set up last night, but fell back asleep when my alarm went off. <BR> My body is still adjusting to this, and today I think it was saying "Slow down!" <BR> Tonight, I'll go to bed earlier and get up at 5:45. I should be able to fit in a full workout. Then I get to give myself a re... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:29:02 EST Top 5 reasons to get healthy and lose weight 5. to be able to walk in heels without feeling like an elephant on stilts! <em>24</em> <BR> 4. to be able to go out with my friends shopping and actually be able to try on clothes and not just look at jewlery and hold THEIR clothes. <em>40</em> <BR> look as beautiful as i feel i am <... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:27:51 EST Vacation Day 72/90 - What Else Could Go Wrong? So today was our move day to Salt Lake City. <BR> <BR> TC went to move the truck...and it wouldn't start! Apparently he had left the keys in the vehicle and the radio on. Oh well! Called our Roadside Service and they arranged for a guy to come out...problem #1 solved! <BR> <BR> Then we wen... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:26:57 EST A Smooth Sea Never Made a Skillful Sailor <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In July I took a detour that I didn't intend on. But, I assure you it IS a detour and not a dead-end street. On the fourth of July I reached a milestone. I got down to 178 pounds and was successfully halfway done losi... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:25:01 EST Rain? Ah, we need about two days straight rain to do any good, and we have just gotten a few little spac es of showers. <BR> <em>27</em> <em>27</em> <BR> <BR> Sure hope it does more than this tonight. But, it has cooled off, and I am even making soup for supper. My low fat ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:24:35 EST Day 2 - Back on track Hi Everyone!! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone's day was good?! Mine was okish. I did amazing with my workouts but my eating I'm still struggling not as back as yesterday though. I did have a little of chips and half a chocolate bar whatever was left from yesterday, but now that that's out of the house n... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:24:04 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY <img src=""> <BR> Those of us who refuse to risk and grow get swallowed up by life. <BR> Patty Hansen. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:22:23 EST Inspiration Picture <img src=""> <BR> <BR> - I love this Inspirational quote found on Google. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:22:13 EST Kickboxing My Psyche When I last checked in at the beginning of July I was totally planning on blogging at least every few days. But I’ve just been so darn busy working out I haven’t had a chance! Hehe <BR> <BR> So here I am 3 weeks later. The hope that some of the gain was water weight was in fact true. I lost ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:16:29 EST Rest Day-The Best Day I took it easy at the gym yesterday and today, as I knew would happen, I am very sore. The thought of simply changing clothes at work and going to the gym was enough to send me screaming for Advil. I'm not proud of myself. I am working on the go hard or nothing attitude toward exercise. I hav... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:08:46 EST Getting Serious Day 1 Today is the 3rd day I have been on Spark people. Even though I joined a few years ago, <BR> I have not tracked for ages. I'm excited to be a part of this great site. It is taking me a while to figure out where everything is. <em>101</em> but I think I'm catching on. <BR> When I first joined I ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:07:15 EST camping yes or no? Wanting to go camping this weekend but the but the weather man can't make up his mind on whether or not it's going to rain! If it is going to rain the entire time we don't want to go! Anyway here's to hoping!!! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:04:05 EST Blessings, 7/23 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they remind me to pay attention. <BR> 2. i am grateful for smooth transitions, because status quo is good. <BR> 3. i am grateful for facebook, because it helps me keep up. <BR> 4. i am grateful for being able to help, because it good all the way around. <BR... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:57:27 EST First trial weigh in The Saturday just past I had my first weigh in after starting the Preview trial. I had to be weighed three times to make sure the scales were reading correct. It was astonishing to see the numbers. <BR> <BR> I had lost 7.9 kilos in two weeks! I have 1.5 kilos to go to reach my target goal of 8%.... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:56:29 EST Priorities... I sit here and think sometimes about my not so clean house and my super long list of things to do. I wish I was super mom sometimes so I could get it all done in one day, or two! I do wish my house was cleaner but fact is, my kids are on summer break and well, let's face it, they make messes and ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:51:41 EST Miscellaneous! Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power. <BR> ~ Charles Simmons ~ <BR> <BR> The following video is about a program (in France) to stop wasting produce. I LOVE it and hope that US food stores will follow suit! <BR> <BR> <link> </lin... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:50:17 EST More Gardening Today has been quite cool (73) after a few days of very hot and humid weather. I find it delightful and I've gotten a lot of gardening done in the past two days that I have put off for most of the summer. My yard is really starting to shape up and I'm quite pleased with it. I wish, though, tha... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:48:38 EST I LOVE Being BOSS FREE.. ... because I can get my work done without being interrupted. <BR> <BR> On my first full day of being BOSS FREE, I've watered the plants, washed & put away the coffee cups, got the filing done, have rescanned 11 boxes of files (that my summer helper did wrong), got the bills paid, mail ready t... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:45:51 EST Update about mum Mum had a memory assessment today, which involved an in depth discussion about her mental acuity / capacity. The consultant was very intuitive and really listened to mum, me and my sister telling her that the starting point was understanding that the mum we know and love has always been very int... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:43:02 EST Lost another pound!!! I guess spark says I lost 2 pounds! Amazing!!! I knew my body needed to just "catch up" I burned I don't know how many calories last saturday and my eating has been spot on ever since. Ok well, that large omelet didn't help much but I'm still doing something right! <BR> <BR> I seriously need to... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:42:59 EST I must confess... Vacationing leads to Cleansing! I went on a two-week vacation. Wohoo! I came back super excited about all that happened. I was ready for my normal life to begin again. I washed all my clothes and changed into some freshly dried shorts and a t-shirt.... <BR> <BR> THEY DIDNT FIT! <BR> <BR> Nothing really fit. Sure it clos... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:36:38 EST club chat, july 23 Not much to report today, as there were not many members in attendance. It was election/ installation of officers day, so rather than get nailed into a position, most of them stay away on this day. It is expected, as it happens every year, so the same few of us, do the same jobs. <BR> <BR> I, pe... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:35:56 EST Going Good <img src="" <BR> <BR> My Husband and I on our wedding day, it turned out to be a beautiful day we both got sunburned, nothing like a sunburned cleavage haha. Been married 3 and a half weeks it's great even though we have been together almost... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:31:41 EST and so the story goes! lets see ive reached my highest weight of 299 pounds took a long hard look at myself and relized I cant do this anymore I cant be this unhealthy anymore! I wanna be around to watch my niece grow up and my sisters step daughter whos only 7 yrs old! my niece will be 5 months tomorrow! so I started ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:27:50 EST 07/23/2014 Wednesday I ready to relax tonight and I cam finally relax from a very busy weeks I work at a local hospital in the food and nutrition services ,they put in a new dishwasher and new floor. <em>244</em> <em>345</em> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:26:46 EST What Do We Really Want a magic question to ask and answer Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:21:23 EST Buzzing but good Hello! <BR> <BR> I just thought I would stop by and let you all know that I am doing much better. My head is kind of buzzing, but I should be able to step off another med before the end of the week. <BR> <BR> What is everyone doing to help them reach their goals today? Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:20:11 EST Perspectives Today I read another fellow blogger's post and it opened my eyes. She talked about her experience and how she seemed to have lost her motivation. It had me thinking about my own motivation. <BR> <BR> I started my journey full of energy and with a can-do attitude. I took a moment today to see if... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:18:45 EST Inspiration: My Brother My mom was young when she had my brother (only 17) and she had to give him up for adoption. <BR> <BR> In 2008 I got to meet my brother. My mother had spent her life looking for him. We just wanted to know that he was alive and well. But it turns out he wanted to get to know us. Even better than... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:11:57 EST slowly moving the right direction Okay, third day of the week and... I have increased my step count (not where it needs to be, but more than last week). I have eaten veggies every day (not a huge triumph, but... based on how I've been eating... this is a step in the right direction). So, while I'd like to say I ate 5-10 Fruits ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:09:18 EST Rain Rainy day in Jonesboro. Glad I worked out this morning... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:02:04 EST Karen In her last blog, Karen seemed to be fed up with responses to her calls to us to work on becoming spiritually as well as physically healthy. The responses that seemed to annoy her were short suggestions to be positive. Her legacy to me will be to take my nutritional program a step further, and al... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:59:20 EST positive emotions <img src=""> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:59:07 EST doing a little better today No back spasms, just a little pain left over. I didn't do a lot of walking around work today, but when I did I took the stairs and no elevators. I'm a little worried about my weigh in this weekend. I gave into some temptation while flat on my back this past weekend. <BR> <BR> Monday night my ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:57:01 EST Not a Good Time For A New Challenge. I started round 2 of the "Tame Your Sweet tooth Challenge" about 2 weeks ago but my life has gotten so hectic of late that I haven't been able to give it much attention. So I've decided to defer it to a later date when I can concentrate and focus better, (probably after Labor Day) <BR> <BR> Hop... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:52:40 EST My 90 day Bikini Mommy Challenge Well I did the fitness test! <BR> WOW is all I could say <BR> So here is day one: <BR> <BR> 1. Squats 30 <BR> 2. Hi-knees 49 <BR> 3. Push-ups 13 on knees and full and only went down a couple inches but I did SOME! <BR> 4. Squat Jumps 19 <BR> 5. Tri-cep Dips 18 <BR> 6. Burpees 5 NO <em>246</em>... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:50:41 EST I am NOT a SparkFraud! This entry is an amendment to yesterday's blog... you may want to read it first: <BR> <BR> Streakin'!!! <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744420 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:49:38 EST day 1... hi all! :) my name is kim. been here before , lost weight and gained some back. so, here i am ready to lose weight again and get healthy before college starts back up in september. :) <BR> <BR> let's see - today , i decided to "juice" some stuff... so i tossed blueberries and waterme... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:48:07 EST yahoo! I walked to the pharmacy and back, up and downhill both ways, for about 10 minutes in HEELS! Hell yeah! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:45:55 EST He I noticed I'd been so out of touch I've been so out of touch that no one even read my blog. You know some of us have a hard life and we are suppose to share that and get encouragement from friends and cohorts so that I might actually smile, Instead of saying I'm just going to chuck it all and eat a whole bag of double stuff Oreo... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:45:18 EST Choosing Friends <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ever notice how some people are always upbeat and just make you feel good when you're around them. I have friends like that and they are always so supportive. When we play golf they are always the ones who say "Good ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:45:07 EST Lessons From Masterchef I love cooking competition shows. I watch a lot of them. Next Food Network Star, Chopped, Masterchef, Top Chef, Cutthroat Kitchen, Food Truck Race, Iron Chef get the idea :) <BR> <BR> Last night I watched the most recent episode of Masterchef. If you haven't seen it, it's a show... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:42:56 EST Protein Problems No wonder I've been craving meat. My protein numbers were not good yesterday, and many of my days are like that day. Or worse in the fat and carbs department. Today was looking to be just like it, so I ate some tuna. It's a little better now, but my fat intake is ridiculous. <BR> <BR> I used to ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:39:44 EST Happy things!! I rarely post on here, which I am going to change!! :) <BR> <BR> I signed up to run my first half marathon this November! I've been training slowly, but illness and a minor surgery recently set me back. I'm looking forward to getting back on the horse and finishing!! <BR> I think I have to main... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:37:31 EST What makes me happy. I find that if I spend some time each day, thinking about things that make me happy, my mood improves, and I am better able to stick to eating healthy. Here are some things in photos, that make me happy. <BR> <BR> <BR> My God gives me happiness and peace. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:37:22 EST blahhhh Feeling blahhh, I have eaten horribly today and that I am sure in not contributing to a good mood. I think my mind set went there when I knew we would be taking in the local fair tonight and figured nothing good to eat there so I might as well throw the whole day away, why oh why do I do these t... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:34:18 EST Had a moment of weakness Alright, so today, I'm going strong, got my workout clothes ready to go and brought to work. I grab a few fruit. Than I realized as I got to work that I did not bring a lunch. I figured, that sucks since now I have to go run by Sprouts and get something to eat. Which it will just cut back in work... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:32:09 EST What day is it? Hump day! Yep. Even though I have a whole crapload of stuff going on right now, I'm in a good mood. I'm ready to tackle what lies ahead of me and move forward in life. Sometimes it's so easy to get bogged down in all the negative and inconvenient things that happen in life. I've really been ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:26:50 EST Hot Iron class Training for my Disney Glass Slipper Challenge in February (10k and half marathon) , I have decided that I need stronger muscles. So each monday and wednesday I go to Hot Iron class. In Hot Iron barbells are used, it is strength training plus endurance. Let's see if my plan works and I will be ab... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:26:09 EST Week 5 -- all work! A big project at work has mean missing a workout and less attention to my healthy eating, so I'm a bit worried I might go back the other direction at my next measuring day, but I'm determined that this is just a minor setback and it isn't going to completely erase all the hard work I've done layi... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:25:33 EST Life is full of good things I love my life! <BR> <BR> (Look, a little gratitude on a Wednesday!) <BR> <BR> Yesterday I actually used the gym at my apartment! It wasn’t the first time, but it felt good to go down, and WORK. I’m inspired to strengthen myself because I want to be a better climber. <BR> <BR> I did: <BR>... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:21:11 EST P90X DAY 86: Saving "Mr. Marbles" My latest Excuse for Missing Plyometrics. From 5/14/14 <BR> Please click Link Below to My Blog <BR> <link><BR>06/p90x-day-86-saving-mr-marbles-my-la<BR>test.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:18:41 EST overwhelmed (an a-ha moment) last weekend was supposed to be wonderful. it was the first weekend in i don't even know how long i didn't have anything planned. so i planned on getting caught up on housework. you name, it needs to be cleaned. i wanted to get a book shelf out of dd's room and into ours and put more toys in her ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:18:13 EST P90X DAY 85: Chest/Back and Unhelpful Plyo Tips. From 5/13/14 <BR> Please click Link Below to My Blog <BR> <link><BR>06/p90x-day-85-chestback-and-unhelpful<BR>.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:17:30 EST P90X DAY 84: Yoga and the Battle of the Thermostat. From 5/12/14 <BR> Please click Link Below to My Blog <BR> <link><BR>06/p90x-day-84-yoga-and-battle-of.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:15:55 EST P90X DAY 83: Core Synergistics and Yoga Advice. From 5/11/14 <BR> Please click Link Below to My Blog <BR> <link><BR>06/p90x-day-83-core-synergistics-and-y<BR>oga.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:14:24 EST P90X DAY 82: Legs/Back and Important Gym Tips. From 5/10/14 <BR> Please click Link Below to My Blog <BR> <link><BR>06/p90x-day-82-legsback-and-important-<BR>gym.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:13:10 EST P90X DAY 81: Yoga & Cardio X and My "EVIL" Chris Michaels Cartoon. From 5/9/14 <BR> Please click Link Below to My Blog <BR> <link><BR>06/p90x-day-81-yoga-cardio-x-and-my-ev<BR>il.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:11:29 EST P90X Day 80: Arms/Shoulders and the Temptatin to do Nothing. From 5/8/14 <BR> Please click Link Below to My Blog <BR> <link><BR>06/p90x-day-80-armsshoulders-and-tempt<BR>atin.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:10:19 EST Mom of Two is Hard What was I thinking of having four kids in the future when I was younger. I still have that dream of having four children. But with my two that I have so far they are a handfull now that they are both toddlers at three and a year old. Of course my youngest has learned some of the bad habits of hi... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:09:35 EST P90X DAY 79: Plyo X and the most annoying sound in the World. From 5/7/14 <BR> Please click Link Below to My Blog <BR> <link><BR>06/p90x-day-79-plyo-x-and-most-annoyin<BR>g.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:09:11 EST P90X DAY 78: Yoga & Chest/Back and Broccoli. From 5/6/14 <BR> Please click Link Below to My Blog <BR> <link><BR>06/p90x-day-78-yoga-chestback-and-broc<BR>coli.html </link> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:07:47 EST Hills reflect your personality Yesterday went for a run after work. I had to pick up DS at 6:30 p.m. so by 7p.m. I was changed and on the road. Started off pretty slow - took me about 1hr to warm up. I'm getting old, it used to take 30 minutes. Went up some hills and felt like I actually lifted as I went up as opposed to p... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:04:21 EST Looking back.... I opened up iPhoto today as I was looking for a particular photo. Never found the one I was looking for, but surprised when I saw a picture of myself from a few years ago. I have made some big changes, and so grateful I have had Spark People to aid me in this journey! Still takes quite a bit o... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:01:47 EST Wednesday's Quote “It’s good to be here. I’m just trying to go through life without looking stupid. It’s not working out too well. ” <BR> ¯ Brian Regan <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <B... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:00:18 EST July 23, 2014 534lbs I lost 3lbs this week. I struggled one day with food but overall a good week. My water intake was great! Thank you all for the support! It's been a great year so far and I only see it getting better. Have a great week! Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:59:17 EST First Goal I just wanted to do a quick update to explain my first goal. My current objective is to lose 50lbs by January 1, 2015. This will put me in a good place for the new year. I can't focus on the 200lbs that I need to lose, I just have to focus on a bit at a time. I also want to be more active...natur... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:58:26 EST At work..... But so many other things are on my mind. I am sick, and I don't know if it is due to stress or if I have a virus.... I cannot stand antibiotics though, and that is what would be perscribed to me if I did go to the Doctors.... The one semi good thing, is occasionally because of being sick I am eat... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:55:46 EST Flirting with Food <img src=""> <BR> <BR> People have all kinds of reasons for pushing food at you... <BR> but with all the BAD news these days <BR> I came across a very funny NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC presentation about <BR> a photographer and a leopard seal. ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:55:35 EST Down a size and didn't even know it?!? Well not really, BUT I just realized what pants I am wearing today. <BR> <BR> When I started this journey, I was slapped in the face by some dress measurements that resulted in ordering a size 26 bridesmaids dress (btw, got it back from the tailor yesterday and it's still a bit too big, ha! Oh w... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:53:32 EST Look what Woman's Day is promoting I get Woman's Day Magazine sent me to me daily. I was scrolling down, looking at the articles, then I saw this. Why, she looks familiar lol. Go Spark People! <BR> <link><BR>src=nl&mag=wdy&list=nl_wdw_sdg_non_072<BR>314_-giveaway </link> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:51:15 EST Weight loss and Shopping May 24 I hit my goal of 135. Since then I have been all over the place! Yesterday the scale said 134.2 and today it said 132.8?!?! What??? I can't help thinking its just a fluke. I'd like for it to be true but losing almost 1.5 pounds overnight-unlikely. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I stopped in my favor... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:50:57 EST Three Years Later... Last month, I learned I have Type II Diabetes, and that my weight was the highest it has ever been. It was a real wake-up call, and I've been back on SparkPeople for almost five weeks. So far, so good — I've lost 15.5 pounds, and I've been enjoying the journey. I especially appreciate the SparkPe... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:49:20 EST 10 more days Hips: down 1 inch <BR> Waist: down 1/2 inch <BR> Weight: Unknown <BR> <BR> I am not ready to step on a scale, I have only been on this trend of 2 days a week fitness classes for now 6 weeks. I am not ready to know if I have dropped any weight and I am perfectly happy to see inches. <BR> <BR> It... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:46:49 EST So Hot...! Just a quick blog before work. It is soo... hot today that my appetite is low... I 'm Trying to eat on lower end of ranges, and definitely more fresh fruit and veggies. I DON'T want to eat anything too fatty or creamy, or I'd feel like I'd Have a lead balloon in my gut! Which is good , beca... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:41:45 EST How Much Exercise do you REALLY Need to Lose Weight? <img src=""> <BR> I did Zumba today, and it was so much fun, and effortless exercise because it's fun. Tomorrow, I'm doing Pilates. Not my fav, but the instructor just came back from maternity leave, and she's really nice and she asked me to c... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:40:01 EST Wednesday I am still feeling just OK this week. Being back on my regular medication has helped my mood a little bit, but it also is making me dead tired all the time. I spoke with my old doctor yesterday and he was going to call my new doctor today to discuss with her about my medications. I haven't heard... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:37:35 EST On Saturday, the 19th, I had a fall onto sidewalk after mowing... I don't know if I fell due to tripping on the hose or dizziness but I did fall and got a bruise on right upper arm and lower spine. I also have pain in the left arm that is worst at the elbow and radiates up and down from there. X-ray of elbow showed no fracture, but x-rays of spine and neck sh... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:35:55 EST Quicksand. I don't have much food in my house and won't be able to go to the grocery store until Husband gets paid on Monday. "Fortunately," he is on a business trip and the owner of the company is paying for all food, gas, and the motel room, so I am glad we have one less mouth to feed. However, he will be... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:33:09 EST Thinking about goals The SparkCoach program wanted me to visualize reaching my "ultimate fitness goal" today, and to dream big. This is hard for me to do. I really don't have any interest in running a marathon or doing any other extreme event like that. I just want to be healthy, and to feel and look better than I do... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:28:42 EST Tuesday, Positive Focus, Day 83 Weigh in day again. I'm not sure what happened that I not only didn't lose any weight between scale days, but gained a little. I'm sure that it will go away, it's not uncommon for my body to hold on for a week, then drop a couple of pounds the next week, no matter how I'm eating and exercising. T... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:27:43 EST A grand love story For today - here is the story of how my husband and I met and fell in love <BR> <BR> Back in October of 2013, I was still pretty down, living in my third place in three months, out of work, wondering where my life was going but anxious to move forward. I had just started thinking about getting ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:26:51 EST 30 Day Tricep Dips Challenge I am not happy with how my triceps are progressing so I will be starting this challenge today: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You can go here for additional information and instructions regarding tricep dips: <link>30dayfitnesschalleng... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:25:58 EST Another day I am not sure why I keep sabotaging myself. I know I should go workout and I know that I should not order takeout but I do it anyway. I will sit here and eat a cookie (and I am not even hungry) and say to myself, "I should not be eating this. It is bad for me," but I do it anyway. It doesn't... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:21:47 EST Motivational aide-- bought the bottom half of my two piece bathing suit I have really been struggling to get up to work out in the mornings, today I did one mile, not my usual 3-4 miles. <BR> Seems like no matter what I do I see no progress….very very depressing, but I am not about to give up. <BR> I am planning to go back to Cuba next February, so I really need to f... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:16:12 EST #100happydays - Day 38 wOOHOOoooo! Happy <em>334</em> day 38 - <BR> <BR> I am so happy that I pushed myself and jogged almost a mile today. I am even prouder that even after I did that I pushed and finished my 3 miles. I didn't want to at first. I don't know if anyone else does this but I could hear myself say "... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:15:18 EST Mid-year check in (or a story of two pictures) I said at the beginning of the year that I was going to put some things behind me and move on. That I had a good feeling about 2014 and it would be the year that I turned things around. I've done pretty well, but I was inspired by a friend to really take stock of where I am now. Because honestly ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:13:48 EST Wednesday's Wisdom =) <img src=""> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:07:12 EST An exercise is good for you blog I was outside watering my garden, when a novel idea struck. feeling pleased with my blog from earlier this morning, I was thinking how I wanted to share my first experience sitting shot gun, with a permit wielding teenager at the wheel. This is not a "fat is bad for you" blog. This is an "exerci... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:05:16 EST Another day Here it is July 23 and I am still maintaining. I have increased my walking. Still eating about the same as before I started walking. I don't seem to be able to lose even an ounce. I tend to get frustrated over this, but, I do not want to give up on losing weight. I need to lose at least 20 pounds... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:05:11 EST progress I'm afraid I don't have numbers to show much progress in all the years I've been using <BR> SparkPeople. I have to think that it's been worth it anyhow for keeping additional weight from coming on and staying on. Still a struggle, but I'm plugging away at it. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:04:02 EST Trying to be Beautiful Hello!! It's Hump Day!!!! Today's topic is beautiful. What is beautiful? What does it mean? Why is our society so messed up? How does beauty pertain to weight loss and my journey? <BR> Beautiful means pleasing the senses or mind aesthetically, of a very high standard; excellent. When we t... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:59:26 EST needing success in fitness and eating Since I am waiting tables this summer I am getting tons of fitness minutes in and easily 5-10 miles a day. I am very happy with this. My problem is I have lost all of the healthy eating habits I had developed. Now that it isn't raining every day, I am going to plan lots of grilling meals. Chi... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:53:20 EST 11 Playful Pups Who Love Their Toys <link><BR>-playful-pups-who-love-their-toys?WT.m<BR>c_id=Email;NewsLetter;Petwire;Jul-23;Article3 </link> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:48:55 EST Today is Wednesday... I am in such denial about Robs departure. I don't feel like I should call it a deployment because we only live in a military community, we are no longer military. He isn't going to war. He is just going to another state and then traveling around the country. That is so awesome! Will danger b... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:45:14 EST Dogs ;-) 7/23 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:40:52 EST Lose Weight and Keep It Off: Lesson 3 (Take Nutrition to the Next Level) As I have previously mentioned, I am taking a 6-week online course (Lose Weight and Keep It Off) and all of the information that I've previously shared today came from Lesson 3. I added it to my personal blog so that I could refer back to it at a later time and to share the information with othe... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:38:51 EST Thursday I am off to the other hospital in a minute only 1/2 day which is not so bad but tomorrow I am there all day. The temperature at the moment is 5 deg a fraction warmer than yesterday but still really cold. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:35:44 EST Getting Started! I officially started this journey on July 22, 2014. I'm trying to stick with my lifestyle change and get it in my head that I can do this. I need to stay motivated... that's maybe one of the hardest things for me to do. I also have a weakness around sweet things such as candy, cake, and sugary po... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:35:01 EST Wednesday Weigh In #9: 7/16/2014 – Measurement edition! It's that time again! <BR> <BR> Weigh In 07/16/14: 249.4 <BR> Current Weight 07/23/14: 248.6 <BR> Difference: -0.8 lbs <BR> <BR> Starting Weight 3/18/14: 280 <BR> Current Weight 07/23/14: 248.6 <BR> Total Lost: 31.4 pounds <BR> <BR> I’m a bit disappointed this week, in myself. I briefly ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:31:39 EST Back on line I am back, but still trying to figure out what they did to my computer. Just got to back this morning and it still says I have to keep logging in. And things that I used all the time are no longer here. I don't know if it is me or what, but getting tired of it. Have worked 1 1/2 hrs just to ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:31:06 EST Vacation is Over - Back to the Grindstone! Hi everyone, I hope everyone is doing well. I went on vacation last week to Myrtle Beach and had a great break from work and spent some much needed quality time with the family. We took the kids golfing, saw a magic show, to the beach, etc. and just in general had a great time. <BR> <BR> One... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:30:04 EST Catching Up Howdy Sparkfriends!!! Hope you had a great weekend and that your week is going well so far! <BR> <BR> This past weekend was pretty fun, but when away from home... always crazy! We went down to the hubby's parent's house and then we went to Atlanta to catch a Braves game for his birthday. Bef... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:28:38 EST Still Can't Keep Anything Down I already lost 4 pounds, but this is definitely not the way to do it. Keep praying for my special intention. I get more test results tthis week. <BR> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:27:09 EST Tuesday, July 22 More work I'm on deadline at work so I ended up working late and did not exercise. Not feeling so great about that, but I know that Wednesday will be good as I have my strength training session w/ my trainer Sean. He'll kick my booty, which is good. I also have exercise classes I'll be doing Thursday and F... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:25:35 EST July Has Been Hard My weight loss journey has actually been going really well; then July hit. Independence Day celebration, writing workshop, interviews, and time needed at home took it's toll. <BR> <BR> As my calorie intake creeped up, I could no longer take the excess food and carry it over to the next day bec... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:25:11 EST Day 440 Rest Day. Feeling OK. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:24:30 EST I need to find my spark... I was away for the weekend for work, and I did OK on Friday, but didn't have time to track. Saturday I was feeling sorry for myself and ate way too much at breakfast, followed by a calorie-laden lunch and an absolutely decadent. dinner. After that, I was completely off the rails on Sunday, Monday... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:24:12 EST other people Sparkcoach asks if anyone else in my life is benefiting from my healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> As I write this, my 2 month old is nursing, laying in my lap his big eyes watching me. I have a fear of being the mom who sits on the edge of the playground because she is too tired and out of shape to... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:22:58 EST Question for you SP'ers out there What do you guys do on days that you've already reached 1600 calories by lunchtime? <BR> <BR> I haven't had a very good week. I told myself today would be better, but it's not turning out that way. I figure I'll just go home and do a great workout? Then do better tomorrow. I guess that's al... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:22:51 EST Day 965- Day 17 of Whole 30 Wow! Thanks for all the suggestions on my last blog about our honeymoon. <BR> <BR> With J.D. still in the job search, we are going to hold off on booking anything right now since we don't know how much time he'll be able to take off after the wedding if he's in a new job. <BR> <BR> But we res... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:22:43 EST I love being a Pappy! "Pappy", that is the name my grandkids have for me and I like it! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I am disabled but I take care of my granddaughter Jaida, 3 years old while my daughter <BR> works. <BR> <BR> <em>251</em> <BR> <BR> This morning, she really needed a bath so Pappy gave ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:20:58 EST Bank Rant Went for my walk today and it wasn't bad, almost wore my tee shirt, then walked outside and said nope, sleeveless is great. And I'm glad I did, I was so warm when I returned. That breeze, like it's been for quite a few years anymore, was soooo cool, I'm sitting here now and want to put on my te... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:17:52 EST Wishing you strength <img src=""> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:17:09 EST Wet Wednesday,,in my house had handyguy Joe's cousin, Bobby the plumber,, come over while I was at work this morning,, we had lots of water dripping into basement from SOMEWHERE upstairs..Turns out it was under the vanity in my full bathroom... bummer,, He added an extension to my elbow and now I bleached under there and h... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:12:54 EST Do U Need Inspiration to Get Back On Track? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The blog (linked below) is a GREAT blog. I so, so, so NEEDED this blog. <BR> <BR> I am going to read this several times a week. <BR> <BR> He took 8 tries to get back on track. When you see who it is, you'll pro... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:10:42 EST My Visit to the new Chiropractor - Diagnosis Today we consulted a new Chiropractor for my back issue. Jacob & Susan, my DS & DIL took me to see the new doctor and our temp nurse Pinky also accompanied me. <BR> <BR> The 2 hour drive played havoc with my back. We first went to my Great nephew Lucas's house so that I could rest a while befo... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:10:24 EST Confessions Of A Loser Just 5 days ago I made it under 200 pounds and I've been determined to keep up with my workouts, things haven't gone perfectly. I don't know if I'm comfortable with my milestone to let go a bit, but I cannot do this! <BR> <BR> To some all they see is my progress and I'm here to say, "Believe me,... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:05:11 EST Late Lady! WWWWWwwwwOOOOOoooooo <BR> <BR> I am so running behind today! It's 1 pm and I have yet to accomplish much of anything! I slept late, really late, and now my day is beginning at half over lol! <BR> <BR> Tonight I will start going to be no later than 11:30pm. I need my schedule back! <BR> I migh... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:04:48 EST Fbook's Fatty Pages--wtf? Why is this a thing? Pages dedicated to ridiculing overweight and obese people. There was just an incident in the local news about a "fatties" page. Wtf? In my part of the north state, in my county, I believe the statistic is 25%of our population is overweight or obese. I have no idea what the ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:02:56 EST Fantastic Day! So last year I began to jog 2-3 times a week. Now, I was never a jogger in the past, but the feeling of accomplishment when I was able to go further than I had in the past was addictive. I loved making it to the next mail box or the next driveway and finally making to the top of the hill that I h... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:00:08 EST One step back... I didn't have a very successful week. I had two binges which left me feeling defeated, ashamed and sick. The stress in my life at present is overwhelming and I am self-sabotaging by reverting to behaviours which I thought were under control. I feel better today but still feel uncomfortably full ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:57:07 EST Questions to ask when evaluating your food journal & reviewing my food journal (Day 1 & 2) From "Lose Weight and Keep It Off"... <BR> <BR> "Are your meals balanced—that is, do they contain roughly one-fourth carbohydrate, one-fourth protein, and one-half non-starchy vegetables? <BR> <BR> Do you observe meals or snacks that are mostly carbohydrate or mostly protein? What changes coul... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:56:44 EST The finicky stomach continues I feel completely fine. I'm not having any feelings of hunger. But yesterday, I had a protein shake, three cheese sticks, and a cup of watermelon; and that's it. <BR> <BR> I'm getting enough fluids. But if I try to eat I get a sick feeling in my stomach. <BR> <BR> I don't have a fever. ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:56:21 EST Looking for a better today. Had a great 3 day weekend and yesterday I went back to work. I'm using lots of sentence fragments today, but too busy to sit and fiddle with wording. My apologies to the Grammar Nazis. <BR> <BR> Came home over my lunch break and turned on my computer and nothing happened. I panicked. This is a s... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:53:48 EST HOT It's hot and humid and disgusting outside. So I'm only going to take my dog for a short walk since neither of us really like the heat. <BR> <BR> I really need to buckle down on my eating. I haven't really been losing anything at all recently and it's starting to upset me. I binged a little on M... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:50:20 EST Home Improvement <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday, I knocked myself out removing brush, and many inches of accumulated sticks and rubbish between my garage and the neighbors. I've owned this house for a year and 8 months, so I'm still trying to get things the way... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:47:56 EST MFLF wk29 Streak Pictures - NSFW Just Kidding- totally suitable :) <BR> *7845:13000 Fitness Minutes- kept the Streak Alive with running, biking, 30dc, swimming (just 1day 600meters) and some random physical activity at the 2swim meets. I have 1day left of the 30dc and I am so looking forward to switching it up. I'm planning 30da... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:47:37 EST Ugh Ugh. So I haven't been around much lately. It's because I've fallen off track which seems to be usual for me. I'm still staying steady at about 160 pounds but it's frustrating because I was at 154 at one point. I just can't seem to get back there. I've had 150 for my goal for so long and now that... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:46:37 EST Important Information re: Breakfast From "Lose Weight and Keep It Off"... <BR> <BR> "Begin With Breakfast <BR> <BR> It's crucial to eat breakfast if you want to lose or maintain weight. When you sleep, your body's metabolic rate, or the energy (calories) you burn to maintain your body's activities, drops considerably. Eating in ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:45:41 EST starting off Short term goals <BR> -continue working with my doctors to treat my lyme <BR> -avoid foods that make my chronic fatigue worse such as pasta, bread, sugar, and eat smaller portions, and eat more often. <BR> -go to bed by 10 every night, wake up by 9 every morning ( yes 11hrs is a lot, but I am in ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:42:50 EST Fair and Grands Wow what a week so far. We have been setting up and babysitting the Coos County Fair and visiting our grandkids here at home. <BR> <BR> They are such good sports about it all. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is DH birthday so we can entertain him and then bowling (a first in many years for me) either t... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:40:10 EST Important Information re: Meal Composition From "Lose Weight and Keep It Off"... <BR> <BR> "Non-starchy vegetables are your best friends in weight maintenance. In fact, one of the most powerful ways to use meal composition is to divide up your plate so that carbohydrates and protein make up half of your meal, and non-starchy veggies tak... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:39:12 EST Starting over for the Millionth Time I've gained over 50 pounds in the past year and a half. Today I had it. I was going to spend whatever was in my bank account on either a lipo shot, some hocus pocus doctor to shoot energy pills up my veins, or start a juice cleanse. <BR> <BR> While deciding what to do, I took a walk outside an... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:34:15 EST Wed Jul 23 Ended up in the emergency room with sister last night. She had a severe reaction to 'something' in the yard and turned bright red, hives, rashes, too sick to sit up, and woke me up at 1 am to show me and let me know that she had tried bathing, ointments and just didn't know what to do. We went to... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:28:09 EST SP Recipe app I will say it again. I just love my Spark recipe app on my smartphone. Last night I made taco salad from the app. No more thumbing thru pages of a recipe book. I just pulled it up and away I went. I also love the Spark People tracking app. I will use it when we travel for a few days next week. T... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:25:12 EST