SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Sunday, Dec. 16th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Christmas can be a joyful time, but it can also be a reminder of what is not happy and good about life...especially when you see others enjoying it. But can God take the ordinary, the insignifi... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 15:49:52 EST sunshine lures & guilt chases <img src=""> I am lured by sunny days and chased by guilt to get outdoors. I'm often distracted by playstation tv pc ...If it wasn't for old fashion guilt to get 'out there' I might still be sitting. I was a varsity ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 15:29:26 EST December 16th Had a lovely day with our family for our annual Christmas meal. It's always lovely to get together and starts off the festive season. Sun, 16 Dec 2018 15:26:58 EST Blogmas and pregnant Day 16: yay I made it!❄ Well I made it to my concert! Well, technically I still have a few hours to get through but everything is going well! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We had a relaxing Saturday yesterday. Hubby took me to buy more C... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 15:10:32 EST The Method to my Madness In mid October I decided to put my weight loss on hold and go with a maintenance plan. I hadn't reached the weight number I wanted but I knew that October (with our 2 week vacation), November (with Thanksgiving) and December (with the mayhem of college semester's ending, kids birthdays and Christ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 15:09:09 EST Sunday, the day of rest, NOT here. Well, here it is the day of rest, and it has been anything but for me. Started off with doing chores, then made a Custard Pie for hubby, helped hubby feed horses hay, caked a batch of Chocolate Bom Boms and frosted, gather pine branches and bamboo stalks for decoration by the back door, went fo... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 15:01:55 EST The 12 Days of Christmas - Just For You! Countdown - Day 9 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> What is a song that can ALWAYS lift your spirit - no matter how bad things are? Play it sometime... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 14:56:15 EST Can you see the difference??? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love this time of the year--it's fun. <BR> <BR> It is the time of the year that you can do/look different every day and make people smile which is something we should do all year but forget t... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 14:45:32 EST This Free App Will Help You Stay on Top of Food Recalls <link><BR>help-you-stay-on-top-of-food-recalls/?<BR>utm_term=ckl_internalsyndication&did=3<BR>17371-20181215&utm_campaign=bhg-weekly<BR>-recipe_newsletter&<BR>utm_medium=email&utm_content=121518&ci<BR>d=317371&mid=17012087748 </link> Sun, 16 Dec 2018 14:32:27 EST Life in the fast lane is less glamorous than you think! Life is always moving way too fast for me. I have been more of a homebody as of late. Except last week! Holy cow only 2 days home last week. People even tried to get me to go out on those nights and I just had to put my foot down. NO means NO! When I lived in Seattle, this was never my min... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 14:28:19 EST My Low Carb/Question Authority Plan In my rebellious youth, I used to have a pin that said "Question Authority." Today I'm thinking about that pin and how I'm using that slogan to question those in positions of authority when it comes to diet and nutritional advice, like the USDA, the American Diabetes Association, and many nutriti... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 14:12:52 EST Rebounding FUN!!! Over on I have a fitness blog. I don't always blog every day, but I thought this month to finish 2018 off strong, I would blog all month long about Rebounding and then do the daily video or rebounder workout. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 16 Dec 2018 14:09:03 EST it's sunday a day to relax and reflect. my daughter says hi. i will get out for another walk in a while. it is a mild and mostly sunny day here today. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a great day, everyone! Sun, 16 Dec 2018 14:08:02 EST Doing Chores A man told his doctor that he wasn’t able to do all the things around the house that he used to do. <BR> <BR> When the exam was complete, he said, “Now, Doc, I can take it. Tell me in plain English what is wrong with me.” <BR> <BR> “Well, in plain English,” the doctor said, “you’re just lazy.” ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 13:35:27 EST No worrries... about my weight! In my head, I have been POSITIVE that I've gained weight in a month through an enforced diet of too many carbs from grains and not exercising enough. NOT true. I weighed myself this morning. I weighed 154.6 on 11/16 and today this morning, my weight is 154.7--a tenth of pound, ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 13:21:44 EST Experiments, I hope it works! Making a ribeye roast today in the reverse method, opposite from anything I have tried before. Playing by ear but the smell is amazing, I just hope it tastes as well as it smells. Learning to do new things is wonderful, my other new thing is being more social. When I worked, I had to be assertive... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 13:13:33 EST 2018-12-16 got some exercise last evening. <BR> <BR> something... I suspect red squirrels but ... I may be wrong... <BR> anyway one or more culprits have been attacking my bird feed stash in my garage.... <BR> opening metal trash barrels, so I have wired them shut.. the covers were not terribly tough to nu... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 13:09:48 EST Birthday Celebration Today 58 <BR> The advantage to having a 1960 birthday so late in the year: I’ve been thinking of myself as 58 for eleven and a half months already! :-) <BR> <BR> DH has been showering me with affection & so many thoughtful birthday gifts: <BR> A lovely birthday card. <BR> My beautiful rolling kitchen ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:53:19 EST Why wait..... Yesterday, I restarted WW. I had quit my WW subscription before Thanksgiving for a lot of very good reasons. I'm not going to go into all the reasons, but I thought I could do this on my own and not pay the price of WW for a while. I really thought I had got it and could survive the holidays. <B... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:45:01 EST Finding inspiration when things are rough "Granted" by Josh Groban and "Head Above Water" by Avril Lavigne - good songs in my head right now <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago I added these two songs to my playlist after hearing about 15 seconds of hearing each one and I'm so glad I did because they have really fit into my life... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:35:17 EST 74 Years Ago... On December 14, 1944, General Patton called Msgr. James O’Neill, Third Army Chaplain, into his office at Nancy, France: "Chaplain, I want you to publish a prayer for good weather. I’m tired of these soldiers having to fight mud and floods as well as Germans. See if we can’t get God to work on our... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:27:54 EST Cleaning. Today we clean. And I mean CLEAN. It is the end of the year deep clean. I have decided that on the weekends I will focus on food and family time. During the week I will focus on exercise, food, steps, and the baby Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:25:19 EST It's a Virtual Birthday Party----(that's why the blog is late!)-- <img src=""> <BR> I thought the above message was the best idea ever!!! <BR> <BR> Anyway, it's the Birthday--- mine--- 76 years young-- <BR> And the best-est part, is------YOU ARE ALL HERE-- <BR> <BR> Spark people... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:16:46 EST Tracking, tracking, tracking I tracked everything yesterday. And I had calories left over when I was done. YES!! This morning I fixed scrambled eggs, with diced potatoes and ham chunks. I also have joined a challenge here on SparkPeople to drink 8+ cups of water for seven days. I have been bad about not drinking my water. I... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:16:27 EST One day at a time Hitting the gym in the am after a couple of years. I fear that I'm not motivated enough, but nothing to it but to do it. Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:10:29 EST Committing for 2019 <em>220</em> <em>235</em> <em>220</em> <em>235</em> <em>220</em> <em>235</em> <em>220</em> <em>235</em> <em>220</em> <em>235</em> Looking ahead into 2019 I am committing myself to this weight loss journey. The Cloverleaf team has been my place of comfort and support ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:08:04 EST Diet and Fitness Flash cards I learn things best by writing them on flash cards. I learned languages this way and studied for exams this way. When, some years ago I read The Beck Diet Solution, I was immediately taken with the idea of using flash cards for diet and fitness motivation. In the book there are many flash cards ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:04:35 EST Sunday Sunshine It is a beautiful sunshiny 60 degree start to the day on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. All is well as my wife still struggles with the mite bites she encountered when spreading the pine straw in the flower beds month ago. She has to call the doctor again tomorrow morning. All streaks are s... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:02:52 EST 12-16-18 Today's intention is to choose peace over perfection. I don't need validation because I am already valid😊 Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:00:27 EST Busy few days ahead Busy week for me. The kids go to their dads Thursday. They come back on the 26th in the am. Going to have my dad over and open gifts. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else feel the holiday season is totally different and much more stressful than years past? Ive been divorced since 2005. My kids are ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 11:50:47 EST Sunday December 16 Third week of Advent <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Gaudete Sunday...Rejoice! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Our outdoor decorations are up. I spen... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 11:48:08 EST Mt. Werner Day - 12-16-18 Mt. Werner got photographed from all angles! Larry Pierce stopped near a ranch with hay bales to catch the mountain on his morning commute: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Shannon Lukens drove all over to catch the... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 11:43:57 EST Just trekking on. Still tracking, been doing my best but the weeks are tough. I announced to my husband that I want a divorce. Our relationship has been very emotionally abusive and thus has been a detriment to my health. Going through 21 years of this has brought me into severe depression and no matter how I've... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 11:33:00 EST Medication begins. Last night was my first night of taking my new medication. Plus side was I got amazing sleep. Downside is all of the side effects. Pages of side effects. The dizzy and light headed I can handle. Even the occasional passing out from those things. The rash I can maybe handle if it doesn’t turn into... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 11:20:00 EST SUPER SATURDAY!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> While this past week being so rough for me, not being able to do my Christmas shopping in the stores like I normally do and the holiday creeping up on us has been very dificult for me. This yea... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 11:10:05 EST The Beat Goes On... I baked toffee bars yesterday afternoon for my neighbor’s holiday gift bags, set the timer on my phone, took a walk, returned and hung my coat with phone in pocket in the hall closet and totally missed my timer telling me the bars were ready. I burned them to a crisp! I guess I have too much on m... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 11:09:45 EST 12/16/18 Future <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "The longer you wait for the future, the shorter it will be." Loesje <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Ev... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:58:13 EST Getting up again! I've been receiving SparkGuy's blog posts even though I haven't been active on here in waaay too long, and they've motivated me to get up again and get active and fit. Well, to at least start the process. I now need to lose close to 100 pounds (I keep asking myself how that happened but I know; o... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:54:36 EST Keeping it Fresh!! I just changed up my early morning exercise grouping to reflect: I've more or less graduated from partial knee pushups to full ones . . . from the toes . . . pretty consistently. Working on lowering my chest more to the floor, but it's coming nicely!! <BR> <BR> And I've put the planks category ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:50:02 EST How did I lose 10 lbs in 2 wks & NOT know it? WT Update ********************** <em>38</em> How did I lose 10 lbs in 2 wks and NOT know it? WT update ********************** <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> WHY? <em>198</em> Because I was soooooooooooo busy seeing and focusing on the daily... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:49:41 EST Teams How great to expand my support by join several teams. It's great Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:46:29 EST There and Back Again I reached my first goal weight of 145 pounds just two days ago! I have eaten an average of 1500 calories over the past few days in hopes I would lose a little more weight, and I've also been exercising an hour a day. Unfortunately, I weighted myself this morning after going pee and taking off all... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:43:03 EST Week of December 9 workouts MY ACTUAL BLOG --->>> <link><BR>/week-of-dec-9-workouts.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:38:11 EST My Adventure in Spark Land...Day 136 of 365 days...9 days until Christmas...focus on Joy...also mold I grew up in a Baptist church (if you haven't guest). When I turned 18, I went to a Lutheran Jr college. This was a huge change for me. One of the many difference I saw was that the Lutheran's celebrate advent. This was new to me and I was unsure what it meant. This year Advent pins kept popping ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:22:09 EST Steps 😦 Reaching the 10,000 daily steps goal depresses me everyday when I struggle to get 5,000. I needed to find a way to use my new Versa to set my own motivating goal. It tracks steps, miles ... there it was .. STAIRS! I work in a three story building and was taking my breaks walking the hallways wit... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:18:56 EST W11 - The Roller Coaster It's been a roller coaster week. I've been way up, I'm feeling pretty bummed at the moment, and there has been every emotion in between. I found myself in the position of needing to heavily advocate for myself to get what I deserved. I found myself on the receiving end of unexpected gifts. I ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:09:56 EST Sunday We had our family get together on Friday, our youngest DD and SIL arrived at the Grand Rapids airport this last Thursday afternoon. We had pizza at our get together and when everyone was done eating they made individual gingerbread houses. My birthday is this Monday so my girls had got a cute bir... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:07:02 EST 2018 CHRISTMAS AROUND THE CORNER hey sparkers hope all are doing ok christmas coming will be blessed to see since my grand kids growed up hiding presents doesnt seem like christmas but we all are blessed so we are just chilling today what are you all doing today let me know enjoy your day love to all of you <em>247</em> <em... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:06:44 EST Happy Sunday .. I have the day off today !!! WOOHOO !!!! Quilting day .. border time !!! :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! <BR> <BR> You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:05:58 EST 211 Anytime fitness 15down /15 to go 0 beers x 2 days Guess what when I don't put extra carbs in my body my weight mysteriously drops? 2 alcohol free days will do it. <BR> Kept my new months resolution so far...... Have had a visit to the gym or 14250 steps per day every day this month so far! <BR> <BR> Put together Carrom balance board last... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 10:01:12 EST Ooohhh Peppermint! Saturday, 12/15/2018 Sometimes I wonder, LOL... <BR> <BR> My leg is (of course) better in the morning, so I'm trying to do half of what I need to do on my feet, in the brace, then and go prop and twiddle my thumbs for H O U R S (brace off), and then, just before going to back to bed for the night, doing one more thi... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 09:54:42 EST Back in TX So mom is doing well enough that I left her place on Thursday, spent the night in OK, and arrived Friday afternoon. Went straight to my massage therapist...oh did that feel good!!! <em>334</em> <BR> Then a's been over 4 months since I had my hair done. <em>40</em> <BR> Dinner... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 09:47:34 EST sunday sigh. i woke up all happy then remembered they were gone. <BR> <BR> so. pulled up my big girl panties and i'm getting to work. cleaning up after all the frivolity of the past week, then wrapping presents and prepping the bakery. <BR> <BR> but hey.i'm down 2 pounds this theres a good t... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 09:45:23 EST New COPD med I just started Trelegy Ellipta on a one month trial and it works great. I hardly use my rescue inhaler at all now. With that positivity comes some negativity, it cost $609 a month here and $127 in Canada which is beyond my budget on SS retirement. I contacted the drug co. to see about a break as ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 09:39:29 EST National Chocolate Covered Anything Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 16 <BR> <BR> Chocolaholics rejoice! Today is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day. <BR> <BR> Its a great day to indulge, binge, "pig out", and otherw... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 09:32:55 EST Starting over TODAY Today is December 16th 2018. So close to Christmas. I made up my mind today that I am going to lose all of my excess weight before our wedding. It's been a goal of mine for a very long time. I'm no longer going to keep disappointing myself. It is time to start keeping promises to myself and stop ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 09:30:15 EST Worth Repeating “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” ― Charles Dickens Sun, 16 Dec 2018 09:29:04 EST I’m back It’s been quite a while since I’ve been on SparkPeople. A lot has happened. I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in 2013. It’s been quite the process. I started my gluten free journey in 2015. My body cannot tolerate it anymore. Before going gluten free I lost 100lbs in a few months. ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 09:28:32 EST cat logic <img src=""> Sun, 16 Dec 2018 09:28:16 EST Have a great Sunday! Hope you all have a great Sunday. <BR> <em>386</em> Sun, 16 Dec 2018 09:26:07 EST Calling SparkFriends for Day 100 of My 100 Days of Why Calling my SparkFriends! I would like to finish this series with fireworks!! Or at least a very profound reason to maintain a healthy lifestyle including smart eating and good exercise habits. <BR> <BR> See my first 99 reasons below. What I have so far. What have I missed?? <BR> <BR> If we don... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 09:16:53 EST Christmas Preparations <img src=""> <BR> Well, I am no longer doing a tree. I think when DD's ex moved out he may have taken the one in the basement. Which I don't mind. It's just me and my cat Rosie, and we all know about cats and Christmas... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:53:45 EST Hunger Is Not An Emergency Shout out to Watermellen, who is a constant source of thoughts and inspiration. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>TERMELLEN </link> <BR> <BR> She's the one who put me on the Beck Book, which I also found useful, but not nearly as kind as Watermellen's blogs. Just abou... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:51:11 EST Tired and losing motivation - making myself take it easy today We have 1 1/2 more days of exams (all day Monday and then again on Tuesday morning.) We have to go in on Wednesday to make up for the snow days last week, but this semester is almost over. <BR> <BR> I am tired. I am teacher had to give exams after a huge snowstorm tired. <em>425</em> <em>42... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:47:32 EST Sunday Brilliant Thought <img src=""> Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:46:59 EST The best thing about these shorter days is... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The best thing about these shorter days is that it makes <BR> the Christmas Cactus bloom. <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:43:18 EST I made my goal and then some yipee I was hoping today I would be at a 40 pound loss and ended up at 41! I am grateful! Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:31:03 EST Happy Sunday Exercise complete at 8 a.m. Off to the shower and then church! This will be a very, very busy week with lots of guests and a couple Christmas concerts also. Have a lovely day. Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:23:19 EST I'm waiting for my Dinner..... <img src=""> Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:19:57 EST Prayers 🙏 Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:13:34 EST Singing through the pain... ♪♫♪ As I expected yesterday was an emotional roller coaster. I attended the funeral for a friend I met in the first grade.. We don't hang out on a regular basis, but we connect and are attached for life.. she and her sisters as well as all of their children took it very hard. Her dad was a kind and ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:11:07 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, December 16, 2018 December 16, 2018 KEEP THE PEACE <BR> <BR> It’s obvious. Peace is the antidote to stress. So why don’t we strive for peace? Why do we do things that peacemakers do? Maybe because we want to get our opinion in. Maybe because we want to get even. Maybe because we don’t want to be doormat for other... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 08:06:44 EST To My Spark Friends <img src=""> <BR> This morning I read the many responses to my last blog Your comments moved me to tears, happy tears! I must say I felt your love! Many Thanks to all of you who reached out to comfort, inspire and m... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 07:55:45 EST Tired and sore I wallpapered a little powder room yesterday. I thought I would get it all done in one day but it's overlapping into day 2. Boy am I sore from using muscles I didn't know I had. 9' ceilings. Up a ladder, down on my knees, repeat, repeat, repeat. Guess I was a whole lot younger the last time I... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 07:44:58 EST Unwilling resident of a flat earth I quit eating desserts and white flour products. White pasta and bread are not a problem for me to avoid. I really prefer whole grains. But dessert is a real problem and once I get started I can’t and won’t stop. The effects are awful. Weight gain. Inflammation. Fatty liver disease. For wh... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 07:32:28 EST Such sad news Feel so sad about all these children being hurt & maimed & dying the just want a better life Sun, 16 Dec 2018 07:32:19 EST 12-16-2018-JOLLIES FROM JUDY <img src=""> Sun, 16 Dec 2018 07:28:27 EST A break from my reading notes I have attempted to read through the Beck Diet Solution 4 or 5 times, actually made it through the whole book twice, but failed on doing the daily to-do lists. All the while in the back of my mind is the "take time and energy to "diet". <BR> <BR> Then I decided to read Neal Barnard's Breaking ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 06:55:47 EST Just Catching Up! <em>106</em> Morning! I tried sleeping in this morning, ended up just laying in bed thinking instead of sleeping. Lots to think about though, especially as I'm still working on my goals planner. <BR> <BR> I went ahead and bought a one month subscription to the Anchored Life Kit, not sure if i... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 06:51:04 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> Sun, 16 Dec 2018 06:49:22 EST Today's Haiku Haiku #350 (of 365): <BR> Morning frost glimmered <BR> on the fields like diamonds— <BR> crisp, brilliant, bright. <BR> Sun, 16 Dec 2018 06:42:59 EST Making Chicken Soup With Mom <img src=""> <BR> Saturday is my day to care for my 96-year-old mom. I love our time together, and try to make it very special for the two of us. At the same time, I make sure that what I eat at Mom's house is low ca... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 06:14:33 EST Sunday's Funny <BR> Once upon a time there was a shepherd looking after his sheep on the side of a deserted road. Suddenly a brand new Porsche screeches to a halt. The driver, a man dressed in an Armani suit, Cerutti shoes, Ray-Ban sunglasses, TAG-Heuer wrist watch, and a Pierre Cardin tie gets out and asks th... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 06:12:12 EST Joy to the World Joy to the world, the Lord is come <BR> Let earth receive her King <BR> Let every heart prepare Him room <BR> And Heaven and nature sing <BR> And Heaven and nature sing <BR> And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing <BR> <BR> Joy to the World, the Savior reigns! <BR> Let men their songs employ <BR... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 06:12:04 EST Yes, carbs DO make my scale go up! I know, scientifically, that an overnight weight gain is not actually fat - it's water. But even so, I have learnt that this overnight gain does indicate my body's reaction to certain foods - namely those familiar carbs: potato, wheat-based things, rice, sugar. <BR> <BR> When I was eating a veg... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 05:41:32 EST My "Thankful For" list Sunday This morning - I'm thankful for living in a beautiful part of the country, the SE Georgia coast. I'm thankful for being blessed with my job which is my vocation and my avocation. I'm thankful for the Christmas holidays when people are happy and pleasant - seeing the good in others. Sun, 16 Dec 2018 05:40:41 EST Starting my week off with a positive note Today is the start of a new week and is also a week for the Christmas holiday. I'm day #3 in my 7 - 12 hour shift and am already behind. Working on prioritizing my work, goals and daily life. It's so easy to say "I just don't have the time" -"I just don't feel like eating healthy" - "I deserv... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 05:38:35 EST (Judith Beck) How to stay on track now that elimination diet is over... In my previous blog (this is the second blog I'm posting today) I mentioned that even during a crisis, I managed to continue eating according to my elimination diet. This because I knew that if I strayed from the diet, I'd not get any clear outcomes about my food intolerances and all the efforts ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 05:36:37 EST Counting my blessings Hmmm... I had a number of thoughts go through my head about what I would write today... I would like to say they were “important” or “impressive” or “deep philosophical” thoughts, but to be truthful when thinking of what to write today mostly I was pondering was what to whine or rant about. lol.... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 05:22:00 EST Now that my elimination diet is over... (Copying this post from my other account.... ) In my previous blog (this is the second blog I'm posting today) I mentioned that even during a crisis, I managed to continue eating according to my elimination diet. This because I knew that if I strayed from the diet, I'd not get any clear outcomes... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 05:12:39 EST CHRIST WILL BE LORD, OR HE WILL JUDGE. <img src=""> <BR> I CHARGE (there) therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom. 2 Timothy 4:1 (KJB)...Behold, that thus shall man be blessed ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 05:07:05 EST Dougie MacLean Sorry that I have been very busy. I would say the time of the year but it wasn't. <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is one of my favorite Irish singers, I do hope that you like him <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> Sun, 16 Dec 2018 05:06:25 EST (Judith Beck) Answering sabotaging thoughts about overeating during a crisis Based on an article (see the link below) by Judith Beck, I am thinking about responses (response cards as Judith Beck describes them) to thoughts about overeating during a time of crisis. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ting-during-a-crisis/ </link> <BR> <BR> These a... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 05:02:49 EST Responses to thoughts about overeating during a crisis (Copying this post from my other account).... <BR> <BR> Based on an article (see the link below) by Judith Beck, I am thinking about responses (response cards as Judith Beck describes them) to thoughts about overeating during a time of crisis. <BR> <BR> <link> Sun, 16 Dec 2018 05:01:16 EST To Do List 12/16/18 <img src=""> Sun, 16 Dec 2018 05:00:54 EST 12/16/18 People fall forward to success. Mary Kay Ash Quote of the Day <BR> It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go. <BR> Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> What a man takes in by contemplation, that he pours out in love. <BR> Meister Eckhart <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Most... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 04:52:03 EST Sunday Blessings & Reflections <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a beautiful and blessed day, hope you enjoy your Sunday services and your Family time together.. <em>288</em> <em>342</em> <BR> <BR> Let's remember in the busyness ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 04:50:12 EST Up at 2 am I just cannot sleep the last night. Sun, 16 Dec 2018 04:42:57 EST Bible Verse for Sunday Luke 2:13-14 New King James Version <BR> <BR> 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: <BR> <BR> 14 “Glory to God in the highest, <BR> And on earth peace, goodwill toward men <BR> Sun, 16 Dec 2018 04:26:01 EST Joy to the World.... Joy to the World <BR> <BR> Christmas Carol Lyrics <BR> <BR> Joy to the world, the Lord is come! <BR> Let earth receive her King; <BR> Let every heart prepare Him room, <BR> And Heaven and nature sing, <BR> And Heaven and nature sing, <BR> And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing. ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 04:23:05 EST Sat 12/15 busy day We had a funeral to go to today--hubby's 99 year old aunt. She was married to hubby's mother's brother. After the funeral we had lunch at Genki Sushi for our daughter-in-law's birthday. We then had cake from Ko Bakery--the "da kine" cake which is dark chocolate ganache on a dark chocolate butter... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 03:50:05 EST I Am grateful for, 12.15.18 1. My babies, because they make me very aware of when I’m being unreasonable. <BR> 2. Last night being over, because it needed to be. <BR> 3. Other options, because the time is drawing near. <BR> 4. Getting the kids to their Irish dance party, because it was a nice get together. <BR> 5. Getting t... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 03:30:39 EST My Christmas Message <img src=""> I'M KEEPING CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS. Sun, 16 Dec 2018 03:26:07 EST 12 days of Christmas ~ Five Golden Rings <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> On the fifth day of Christmas <BR> my true love sent to... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 03:12:49 EST And Up I Get Again Why is this weight loss journey such a struggle. ? Why can I not just stick with it and get this weight off over and done with. I am losing patience with myself and getting tired of myself. But I must not hate myself for it. Suppose anything worth obtaining is more than likely going to be a chall... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 03:11:45 EST My Disenchantment of Sweets My favorite online news portal has a home-lifestyle-cuisine section, and offers different recipes of cakes, cookies and pies among many others. <BR> What strikes me as weird is the titles: "it is so good it will be gone in 5 minutes" "it is irresistible" "you will not be able to stop"... as if it... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 03:08:52 EST Fruit Cake Fruitcake is a cake made with candied or dried fruit, nuts, and spices, and optionally soaked in spirits. In the United Kingdom, certain rich versions may be iced and decorated. Fruitcakes are typically served in celebration of weddings and Christmas Sun, 16 Dec 2018 02:08:46 EST 12-15-18 Finally ran my monthly errands. Sometimes things are not easy. When I got to the Verizon store I usually go to, some tow truck was blocking the handicap parking spaces. The driver was out of the truck taking pictures of a Dodge Super Sport that had been restored. I put up my placard and honked at... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 01:39:44 EST Barney <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Barbie and Barney Backlash Day <BR> "If we have to explain this to you, you don't have kids. It's the one day each year when mom and dad can tell the kids that Barbie and Barney don't exist," sa... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 01:34:49 EST Review and Reflect Review and reflect on how you did with achieving your goals this year? Did you accomplish all or most of your goals? What could you do better with next year? <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> My nutrition at the beginning of the year wasn't good. I knew I needed to change because I was gaining weight a... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 01:26:42 EST Sunday's Thought <img src=""> Sun, 16 Dec 2018 01:03:05 EST Small Wonder <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Two Christmas celebrations today. One with hubby's extended family, one with his co-workers. Both served BBQ. Wouldn't have been so bad if I had been able to stay out of the Chex Mix. If I h... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:44:20 EST Dogs ;-) 12/15/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Jesse's Christmas <BR> <link><BR>Ll6uVNv4 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:35:08 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR SUNDAY PICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS <BR> <BR> Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ...who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble. <BR> 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 <BR> <BR> This past June, Hunt... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:26:01 EST Today’s tip: broccoli My fave!!! I ran all out of broccoli 🥦 a few days ago and have only carrots 🥕 and peas left. I feel like buying more broccoli but will finish what I have on hand. Today😊😊 I get my workout out of the way early by continuing where I left off. Keep going👏 Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:20:14 EST Special Blessings-December 16, 2018 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Jim and I went to the coffee shop this morning. <BR> <BR> 2. We came home and I did a load of laundry. <BR> <BR> 3. We took my Dad to the jamboree. He didn't get to enjoy dancing tonight because his knees have been giving him a ... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:19:06 EST Weather It was a nice sunny day in the low 70s. It is 56 outside and 69 inside. Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:10:16 EST For real?!? My first day tracking my food intake. It was a normal day, didn't pig out in the least, but didn't avoid everything either. I was over my calorie limit with lunch, and a full 1000 over after dinner. Seriously? So if I eat like this again tomorrow, I will have to burn 1000 calories in exercise to... Sun, 16 Dec 2018 00:06:45 EST Redneck Crazy Redneck Crazy, Tyler Farr, 2013 <BR> Yesterday was for a country woman being dumped & not taking it very well. Today is for a guy going redneck crazy when he finds out his girlfriend is cheating on him. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 15 Dec 2018 23:45:28 EST Walk Together............ If you just want to walk fast, <BR> <BR> Walk alone; <BR> <BR> But, If you want to walk far, <BR> <BR> Walk together! <BR> <BR> <BR> How many of you have walking partners? I have walked with a friend for the past three years and it is one of my favorite exercise experiences. We are good fr... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 23:45:12 EST One of my Wishes <img src=""> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 23:37:40 EST Shopping trip - From size 20 wide to 12 regular JC Penney's had a huge sale today so I decided to get 2 pairs of pants. My normal 20W pants are now SO baggy after losing 32 pounds, I was starting to feel embarrassed wearing them. I wasn't going to shop until I lost all the weight since I'm on a budget, but decided to take advantage of the sale... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 23:31:51 EST Good day Boyfriend let me take a 3 hour nap today while he took the baby. Then I let him have one while I took the baby. Team work for naps. Food was great today. Probably won't get all my steps in but I am ok with that I needed the sleep. Sat, 15 Dec 2018 23:23:17 EST December 15th A quiet day here on Stonebound Acres. Woke to beautiful skies, then the clouds rolled in . It stayed cool and dampish, no way I am working outside in that. <BR> Stayed in , watched a couple of movies and keep a fire going. <BR> Watching Don Q today was a hoot. After he eats and vegs for a while... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 23:01:15 EST The littlest things Today the littlest things just bothered me or set me off. I went to do laundry and forgot about Peabody's blankets being in the dryer...tears. Then I was filling the dishwasher and picking up in the kitchen and hit my head on the cupboard door...mad as a hatter at myself. This attitude thing a... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 22:52:12 EST OPEN HOUSE The neighbors across the street invited us to an open house. We met several couples from our neighborhood and some couples from their church. We had a really nice time. Most of them were around our age and everyone had moved here from other areas of the country. They were from California, Mai... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 22:49:24 EST When you need support Hello SparkPeople members <BR> <BR> If you missed this last week, I shared a way to greatly enhance your motivation by building "lasting motivation" instead of "momentary motivation" that doesn't lead to real change. This includes a new program on SparkPeople that is like having a free virtual ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 22:38:56 EST Oh no! <img src=""> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 22:37:32 EST Saturday! Long, busy day!! Rewarding but I am glad I can relax now! Hope you had a great day! TTYL Sat, 15 Dec 2018 22:24:59 EST Daughter's First Christmas Dinner Prep My daughter fixed her first turkey dinner today for her husband's side of the family. She was on the phone with me numerous times asking questions and looking for advice! (I am out of town). The funniest call was when she unwrapped the turkey this morning and was mortified because it looked so gr... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 22:15:32 EST Saturday Rainy day. Thankful for the rec center to get some exercise today. Sat, 15 Dec 2018 22:09:05 EST Productive Saturday Got up early to finish Christmas shopping. Got my nails done too. Also went to bank and grocery store shopping. Mailed out Christmas cards. Stayed home and made healthy home made pizza. Sat, 15 Dec 2018 22:06:54 EST Out with the Old I took the time to re-evaluate my gym membership....It has to go! I have to find something else that will keep me focused and motivated. I am looking at my options and scheduling before I commit to something else. Sat, 15 Dec 2018 22:03:52 EST TO KETO OR NOT? That is the question My daughter came to me a couple of months ago and told me about this new diet she has started with a co-worker, and it's just amazing -The Keto Diet <BR> Sounded really good until......whooo wait what NO BREAD! NO PASTA! NO RICE! Ummm can I still breath? She swears it is amazing once you get use ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:58:12 EST Week 357... MB 141... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> I heard that familiar call yesterday and there he was .... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Beautiful new tail feathers no partner, wonderful to know he is ok after another season :) <BR... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:55:26 EST Christmas Train & Fun things on a Saturday This morning was a rush getting GS off to his ju-jitsu at 9:30 at the same time my GD had to be dropped off for her Spark (Girl Scout group) rendezvous . The group went on a bus to a little town near us then took the holiday train to a little beach town . <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeo... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:49:51 EST A & I W2 -- Review Of Goals Past & Present Our Blog assignment for the A & I team this week is to Review and reflect on how you did with achieving your goals this year? Did you accomplish all or most of your goals? What could you do better with next year? <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:44:09 EST Saturday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When you choose to move past fear - <BR> fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, fear of "looking bad," fear of losing respect - <BR> life becomes much lighter, and most any task becomes possib... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:34:24 EST 12/15/18 Almost all green on my Fit Bit charge but floors and active minutes. Did achieve my steps per hour goal today. Plan is to get into the gym all 5 days this week Monday evening, Tuesday-Thursday mornings and Friday early afternoon. After another gym rest day tomorrow it's back into the gym Monday e... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:32:11 EST Times Are Definitely Getting Better! Everyone knows what my life was like the past year. But, I can finally say that I am getting BETTER! I had wondered if I had gotten back to the highest place I would get back to. Everything I read about Sepsis, and I read a LOT and always will, and the results of my doing this, as bad as I hav... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:24:19 EST #608 Beautiful Christmas I thought we could enjoy some beautiful pictures of Christmas with friends included. We have only 10 days left to bring us to the celebration of the year. Enjoy and have a wonderful evening. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:23:50 EST Every Day is a Lesson (#2) In my defense, I was hungry. I’d taken the text and showed up early to the new barn where I volunteer at, without breakfast. When I returned home several hours later, I was now starving. And then I saw the peanut candies on the table. I did a swift calculation…220 calories for roughly a serving. ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:21:47 EST the real 12/15/18 Been an okay day. Can't say that I got all that much done, but rested up. Talked with Brad. He is on chemo week, so he is fatigued and sleepy so it's as he calls it his "lost" weekend. Although, tired you can hear the joy in his voice with the way things are going. I keep telling myself, "if... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:13:07 EST Starting Diet I decided to start a diet plan after I realized that I am over-weight and unhappy with how my body looks. I started to gain weight in July of this year after the sudden passing of my Grandfather. Since I have lived with him and his wife, my grandmother, since I was a little over one, the sudden p... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:11:10 EST Mid-month catch up December seems to be flying in! <BR> <BR> I have been trying much harder to think about portion sizes and I have noticed that I am definitely eating too much, especially things like breakfast cereal and sliced bread. So I will keep working on that. <BR> <BR> I am at 21lbs lost this year and t... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 21:09:51 EST Another Year Almost Gone <em>39</em> Well another year is almost gone and again wasn't able to see family for Christmas or at least not in person. My brother Jay did say he was going to try to get us all together on Skype. It'll be nice but not as good as if was there and could give everyone a hug. My youngest Shawn ju... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 20:39:21 EST Update Well the procedure took a little longer and I did spend he night in the hospital, but everything is fine and I am home. The pacemaker is there and doing its thing. <BR> Really glad to be home. I will have about 2 months recovery. I am sore and of course tired, since hospitals are no place to s... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 20:35:54 EST Still losing!!! I have lost a total of 27# since May!! I'm kinda at a stand still right now as I have gotten away from my meal plan but am getting back on track soon!! I am holding steady at 27# down tho!!! WHOOO! Thank You Spark People for showing me the correct way to eat again!! Sat, 15 Dec 2018 20:30:31 EST Grief is the hardest love story <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is my 25th anniversary, but instead of celebrating, we are getting divorced. Oh, my heart! <BR> <BR> Grief is the hardest love story. Even when you feel like you are only made of grief, y... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 20:23:53 EST Daily Affirmation for Saturday, December 15, 2018 " Spirit is my comfort and my strength." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Sat, 15 Dec 2018 20:18:38 EST Blessed!! <img src=""> I feel so blessed!! Sat, 15 Dec 2018 20:02:58 EST jokes and 2018 goals review This is my assignment for the Aspire and Inspire weekly challenge. This week we were asked to review and reflect on how you did with achieving your goals this year. Did you accomplish all or most of your goals? goals for 2018. <BR> 1. weigh in the 150 no where near it <BR> 2. do my exercise strea... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 19:47:11 EST So thankful that tomorrow is a new day Aside from not getting any exercise in I was able to track and stay under my allotted calories. I even ate a small salad before dinner so I wouldn't eat as much but my ex came home with a redbull for me and I couldn't resist. It's not his fault. I told him I'd restart my diet after the holidays ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 19:45:38 EST .. Day 45 <img src=""> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 19:44:22 EST 43 days of keeping a log of miles off here. And I've walked over 223 miles in those 43 days and that is 5.19 miles per day average. Still low for where I want it, but I am working on it. i have walked enough to drop it from 20 miles off for the amount of time to 16.42 miles off from where I want it. <BR> <BR> And I'm up to 48+ miles on ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 19:43:22 EST Mall Walking! One thing I had done this past weekend was revisit Mall Walking. You don’t need a credit card and you don’t need to spend money. All you need is a positive attitude, your favorite pair of walking shoes and your “Why?” close by. When I was over 218.8 pounds heavier, I always loved walking down ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 19:37:08 EST Saturday limits “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” <BR> EDWARD EVERETT HALE <BR> <BR> Yes, but, Mr. Hale, sometimes you just can’t. I have just said no to a passionate re... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 19:30:58 EST Thinking about next year As the holidays are approaching , I can't help to think about what I want for myself in 2019 . So here's my list so far. <BR> 1) I want to eat healthier <BR> 2) I want to be more active . <BR> 3) I want to enjoy my spare time <BR> 4) I want to find something ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 19:26:05 EST Using The Planner Can Result In the Criss Cross Effect! Yesterday, I was able to see that I was overdoing my activity by looking at the activities I had planned on my Spark Coach Planner. Consequently, I had to eliminate vacuuming the floors. Today, I planned my meal times and snacks (for taking my medication), ate breakfast, ate a snack and ended u... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 19:25:39 EST December 15, 2018 Happy Saturday! <BR> <BR> I am so at the end of my rope right now. Like I've said before I am one that needs time to myself - where nobody is home at all - and I haven't had much of that for the past two weeks. With all the rehearsals and appointments I have just been going and going. Yesterday,... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 19:19:20 EST Cooking dinner <img src=""> After my walk around the block my neighbor saw me and she wants to walk with me when she is home from work. It will be nice to have a human companion to walk with but I hope she doesn’t expect me to talk a... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 19:17:40 EST Cooking dinner <img src=""> After my walk around the block my neighbor saw me and she wants to walk with me when she is home from work. It will be nice to have a human companion to walk with but I hope she doesn’t expect me to talk a... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 19:17:09 EST Deadline met Well, it will be at midnight. My last client decided to stay <BR> with his group plan through work. No more calls or late <BR> appointments. So happy to be done. <BR> We spent 4 hours at DD's today, boxing up clothes and <BR> taking beds apart, sweeping floors and emptying dormers. <BR> They foun... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 19:10:53 EST 2500 mile goal Rainy misty cold all day. Got a walk on trail first thing this morning before rain started again. Was a stay inside day all day long, ground is saturated. Went out to let chicken out, mail, put the chicken back in hen house. Did 30 on exbike may do another, not sure. Sat, 15 Dec 2018 19:01:08 EST Saturday, Dec. 15th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Last night was the last of our Christmas parties to attend. This one was with the company Tim is no longer contracting with, but they wanted us to come as he had spent the entire year wit... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:57:35 EST Mr and mrs clause or no It was a quiet night when the reindeer got loose. <BR> Santa was desperate and thinking of using moose. <BR> <BR> .I <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Mrs. Santa was staring into the bathroom sink. <BR> Thoughts, not of su... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:56:31 EST BLESS OUR GRANDSONS' I had the privilege of talking with both Grandsons'today. <BR> It was our eldest Grandsons 28th birthday! He lives alone about 45 min. From us. I practically raised him and his older sister. We had a nice chat. <BR> <BR> Then something like 1hr. Later our other Grandson age 25 called. At pr... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:56:00 EST Cooking dinner <img src=""> After my walk around the block my neighbor saw me and she wants to walk with me when she is home from work. It will be nice to have a human companion to walk with but I hope she doesn’t expect me to talk a... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:51:34 EST FitBit-Outside day!! I will get a new Fitbit after Christmas if I do not get one for Christmas. It was and outside afternoon. I got things done outside, but the wind was cold. I hope You had a great day!! <BR> Luv Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:48:19 EST Saturday December 15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Really great news to share. Annabelle Grace is now off the ventilator. And she is a "mini me" of her father, shown here holding her. She is a real little fighter, though still has some health... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:45:54 EST Feeling frustrated A very dear friend and neighbour of mine had a heart attack recently. EssPee has had mobility problems for some years which has led to her being very overweight. She has to get a taxi to and from work. In fact she has to get a taxi or lift anywhere she goes because she can barely stand without... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:23:50 EST 121518- 9+ Down I’m very proud that I’ve lost almost 10 pounds since the start of November. I’ve started being more mindful and making better choices in my eating. More salads and fresh veg. More clean eating. This little loss has really helped keep me motivated. I need to add in moving. I have all the Leslie Sa... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:08:42 EST Day 6 of my Christmas loves. <img src=""> <BR> This huge bow welcomes me home and welcomes all my friends and family. Yes I love bows!!! Sat, 15 Dec 2018 18:00:52 EST December 15 Happy Saturday <BR> <BR> The camp where we live 10 months of the year closes up today, <BR> if we want to go in to check on our place we have to walk in. We like to go <BR> in once a week to make sure everything is fine. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of the cabin in prime time <BR> <BR> <img... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:37:36 EST The Lord Is My Shepherd <img src=""> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:31:32 EST I hate it when I am the biggest person in the gym class......BUT..... What an awesome day! I got up and drove to another city (where my parents live) and went to the gym there because they have a great weight training class on Saturday morning. Previous times I went, there was almost no one there. Today it was busy - lots of people! <BR> <BR> I was likely the... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:23:55 EST Ringing out the old & DayDreaming 2019! When I checked the date this morning, was suddenly aware that 2018 is going bye bye quickly & 2019 is incoming fast! This year has been a good one and we are enjoying the year end holiday festivities alright... I can't help daydream 2019! Life, Love, Family, Friends & Sparking Here with You! ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:22:11 EST Staying Strong & Focused... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Afternoon <em>524</em> Spark Friend's <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a great Weekend,. No matter what you are facing today God is with you and has all things under His control, we serve a good God.. <BR> <BR> Stay S... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:21:42 EST Creating new habits 1 day at a time. When one finally decides to get serious and focus on getting healthy there are all sorts of daily challenges to create new healthy habits. Sometimes it is mind boggling. There are so many areas that need work when you think about that needs our attention. I am trying to remember to take baby step... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:21:09 EST Quote for Saturday We don't think there's something wrong with one-year-old children because they can't walk perfectly. They fall down frequently, but we pick them up, love them, bandage them if necessary, and keep working with them. Surely our heavenly Father can do even more for us than we do for our children. <... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:16:39 EST Bible Verse for Saturday... Ephesians 1:17-20 (NIV) <BR> <BR> 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. <BR> <BR> 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:15:44 EST We Bought An RV Yesterday, my husband and I went to a local RV dealer. My husband wanted to show me this Freelander 21 without a slide. He had planned on driving to Sacramento to look at the Freelander 21RS with a slide. It was on sale for $55,998. As it happened, the local dealer had a 21RS with a slide but it... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:10:14 EST SSD Finally Being Sorted Out Ever since I started working, I have done my part with the Social Security Administration (SSA); I have mailed things to them, I have called them, and I have visited them in person. My SSI was cut off a few months ago, and I had to pay back all the overpayments. However, my SSD has not been cut... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:01:03 EST Saturday Walk 12/15 Did a lot of walking in the mall this morning but without the mapmywalk app on. So on the drive back home with husband, I asked him to let me off so I could get my 2 mile walk in. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 16:44:41 EST Good eating today For lunch today I had turnips, baked chicken and small amount of spoon bread( it has cream corn, kernel corn, sour cream and jiffy bread mix)I did drink 1/2 diet cola. I've really cut back on sodas. I'M working weekend so i will not be able to bicycle as I do at home. I did bring food scale so I... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 16:39:43 EST Saying Good-bye to 2018 and Accountability I'm reposting this here so i can come back and review it..... <BR> <BR> My Word for 2018 and it’s meaning: <BR> <BR> Accountable: subject to the obligation to report, explain, or justify something; responsible; answerable. <BR> <BR> Accountability: the state of being accountable... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 16:30:59 EST Day 349: Outside Decorations So Far <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Don't let fear of the unknown hold you back from making a change." (Terri Trespicio) <BR> <BR> Hello my lovely friends! <BR> <BR> It has been a busy couple of days doing the decorations outsi... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 16:24:22 EST 5 days of exercise this week I had kind of been stuck on doing 2 water fit classes, one walking in pool on my own and a laughter yoga class. I added another water fit class today. I had gone to the Sat. water fit class before but then had skipped one of my other pool days (I over slept once and once it was my birthday). I... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 16:15:02 EST A Dose of Honesty For lunch today we each had a huge salad. I don't think I've ever had such a big salad. Good thing I hadn't eaten yet today. Nine ingredients (including salad dressing) and just over 500 calories. I am talking about a HUGE salad, maybe three cups. It had romaine lettuce, shredded carrots, spring ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 15:32:16 EST Good intentions Went to the store a while ago and bought only fresh fruits and veggies. I even bought a turnip. Love them raw with just a little salt. Sliced a few slices when I got home and it sure tasted good. Got some oranges, grapes, apples, celery, strawberries, bananas. Sat, 15 Dec 2018 15:17:28 EST Feeling Scared & Alone <img src=""> <BR> You know, I've never really known what a true family meant. I guess growing up my mother kept me sheltered & basically controlled my life. I love my mother, may she rest in peace, but because of this ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 15:07:05 EST What a mess...telling myself it will get better! <em>213</em> all. I am a little excited this afternoon. Myself and a small group from Church are going Christmas Caroling at the Nurse Home that I visit at every week. Happy to be able to spread some Christmas Cheer, Love, Joy and hope to bring some Happiness to a whole lot of people. The grou... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 15:06:53 EST Cease YOU FUTURE! <img src=""> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 15:00:54 EST Did ya ever think... <img src=""> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:56:40 EST Thinking about the 1st of the year! I was going to wait till the first of the year to do the dreaded I'm gonna get healthy thing! I just could not wait till the 1st. I was doing so much damage to my body it was horrible. I had to start a 3rd blood pressure pill because of my weight gain and not exercising. I hope to get motivated... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:54:35 EST Continuing the streak <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Still tracking sweeteners, coffee, and sugar free gum. Since starting to log for the occupational therapist the sheer number of ounces of coffee, even quarter caff, that I go through in a day i... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:50:07 EST Loving my direction Today I am good, tomorrow may have me crashing into the wall but today is good. I am working through my rough edges and staying close to my path. I wish every day was like this but I'm not there yet. Hopefully, as my fat leaves and my body surrenders the toxins and hormones that have been stored ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:18:02 EST Deliberate Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary 1976 defines "deliberate: slow, unhurried, and steady as though allowing time for decision on each individual action involved. syn. voluntary." <BR> <BR> The life of Christ Jesus, the Son of man, was deliberate. He made himself of no reputation. He took upon h... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 14:08:47 EST December 15th Unfortunately because of the severe weather warnings in the UK today etes' brother decided not to risk travelling down to us. We therefore gad to visit both his Mum and his as they were both expecting to see them. <BR> His Dad has had another fall, thank goodness he's still in hospital ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:54:26 EST Blogmas and pregnant Day 15: Crazy night, but nothing happening....yet... So far it's a nice Saturday but last night was pretty rough. I felt a lot of pressure on my hips and back and just felt emotional. I got really scared that this was "it" and started to freak out ad think "I'm not ready for this, I don't want to do this!" <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:53:17 EST Mom's birthday : post birthday thoughts <BR> Don't ever let anyone tell you that once you're over 70, it is all over. Here is my mother, at 87 years old, and she is making plans to be more active and get more fit. I love it, and am so glad she is getting back her desire for living life fully after ten days in the hospital. Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:41:51 EST December 16 - Day 0 I need to get a kickstart into ketosis while saving money. So, I'm aiming for a modified egg fast diet. I have a ton of eggs I need to use, anyways. Darn $0.25/dozen sale! <BR> <BR> I also need as simple as possible. This little challenge meets every need I have so here we go! <BR> <BR> <BR> E... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:39:58 EST Finished and started a challenge! Wow! I can hardly believe it's been 3 weeks! I just finished the 21-day New Member Challenge. I have learned so much. I'm glad I've had the time to really read and do this and I'm really happy that SP has so much info and work to keep me engaged. I'm starting the Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:33:53 EST Good week I was compliant with both fitness and nutrition this past week: and rewarded at the gym this morning with the scales moving in the right direction. <BR> <BR> Feels good . . . now to keep on keeping on!! Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:33:28 EST December 15 - Saturday <img src=""> <BR> Lol, I had to put that picture on because it reminds me that my daughter baked 17 different kinds cookies and squares for the family and I'm going to have to be so careful not to overdo her goodies. ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:24:29 EST Shopped the Rim <img src=""> <BR> Went to food store,did rim with fresh produce and fish. 350 lb hubby got gallons of wine cream cheese chips and steaks. Been a 50 year challange,but with spark have support for success Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:15:53 EST Ready Set Go <img src=""> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:07:59 EST Ready Set Go <img src=""> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:07:48 EST My 100 days of why - day 14 100 days of why <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'll admit it, I hate change or to clarify I hate change that pushes me outside my comfort zone. I'm sure that's a pretty normal human reaction. My size and my feeling... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:48:50 EST Happy Saturday - No Excuses <img src=""> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:39:59 EST Still going! One of the tasks in the Winter 5% Challenge is to list 10 reasons I want to lose weight. I wrote them there for the team, but I'm copying them here so I can check them out periodically. I'm at goal weight but would like to lose up to five more pounds. I've been working out at the gym regularly - ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:38:22 EST Saturday clouds It is a cool cloudy start to the day on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. I am getting ready for Church later today. My wife is talking with our friend who is in the hospital and wanting to come home after her foot surgery. All is going well. Praying for all affected y recent tragedies. Keep... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:20:45 EST Maybe better? So I’ve focused on my diet. Not necessarily all healthy “diet” foods but the low FODMAP diet. Having to do this with my IBS diet. Some days I’m better than others, but having followed it for a week I have noticed that the weight fluctuates a bit less. I think the highest swing is around a pound t... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:18:28 EST 12 days of Christmas ~ Four Calling Birds <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> On the fourth day of Christmas <BR> my true love sent to... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:17:38 EST “I am broken...” inspirational video <link> </link> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:07:33 EST Saturday Good Morning Fellow Sparkers! Have a happy Saturday! Let’s stay healthy and happy. Here’s to a great rest of the weekend! Sat, 15 Dec 2018 12:01:55 EST I am grateful for, 12.14.18 1. My babies, because they make me be steady. <BR> 2. Sleep, because it was needed. <BR> 3. Eggs, because they taste good. <BR> 4. Help, because I needed it. <BR> 5. Swapping duties, because we each felt we got the better end of the deal. <BR> 6. Snow, because Alaska should have snow for Christma... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:55:33 EST Blessings, December 15, 2018 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. Despite big changes happening at work, I am relatively calm today. <BR> <BR> 2. Tonight I am going to a Christmas concert. <BR> <BR> 3. Warmer weather. <BR> <BR> 4. Faith, family and frie... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:55:25 EST The 12 Days of Christmas - Just For You! Countdown - Day 10 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Get cozy and warm. Wrap yourself in your coziest blanket or throw, in your favorite chair, with ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:54:45 EST Baby Steps Well, I still haven't made it to the gym, but put on my workout clothes the other day and spent 5 hours cleaning out the home office. This was a task I had been dreading and has been on my to-do list for a few months. By the time I finished, I felt as if I had been working out, so I figured it co... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:52:08 EST 12/15/18 Nothing can have value without being an object of utility. Karl Marx Quote of the Day <BR> The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone. <BR> Oswald Chambers <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> A good husband makes a good wife. <BR> John Florio <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> I work in whatever medium likes me at the moment. <BR> M... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:48:02 EST Hand Shakes, Hugs & Tears One by one as their final exams were turned in yesterday, I received hug after hug and hand shakes from many a student along with well wishes. Some of those exchanges left students unable to contain the depth of emotion being experienced and tears were shed. And, yes, tears welled up in the eye... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:39:29 EST Saturday morning tales. Wow, finally Saturday. But actually just another day for us, and I don't plan on doing anything special. Merlin is laying right beside my chair softly snoring, I wonder if I shouldn't share my cpap with him. lol Sometimes he really gets into his naps. Yesterday, I went upstairs and dug arou... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:39:07 EST Revising my goal weight I had a goal weight of 130-135 lbs. Yesterday, I decided that I needed to revise my goal weight. <BR> <BR> My older daughter is 137 lbs, and two inches shorter than I am. She has been working out regularly and is at about 20% body fat. Let me tell you - she looks wonderful! <BR> <BR> I have bee... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:38:19 EST Am I Finally starting to get this right?? I weighed this morning and was down almost 2 lbs. I need to go get some fruit -- something I am not good at eating for some reason. I love all kinds of fruits I just don't know why I don't eat more. I also started tracking this morning. Why that seems so hard for me to do is beyond me. Maybe I am... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:30:36 EST It's Just That.... For me, walking 7 days a week, every morning for about 3.5 to 4 miles is my routine. I don’t have “rest days,” I don’t believe in them. When I walk in the mornings, this starts my day off on a brilliant note. I love to witness the beauty all around me; that is why gyms do not interest me to say t... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:30:08 EST Day 1477 - End of the Fall Semester Yesterday was the last day of the fall semester at the campus. I met with the students in our Middle College High School, who attend college classes for a couple periods out of their regular school day. It was fun to check in with the students and make sure that they did well in their college cla... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:27:55 EST Bill of Rights Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 15 <BR> <BR> Today is Bill of Rights Day. To Americans, the Bill of Rights are key amendments to the U.S. Constitution, that protect our individual rights... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:23:11 EST Is the Holy Spirit just for the Old Testament believers or is He our Helper too? – 19 “For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love” (Galatians 5:5-6). <BR> <BR> The Jewish people are God’s chosen people. However, when Jesus returns for His... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:19:39 EST Low Cholesterol Diet Now? A few things have changed since my last blog, DH finally went to the doctors about his cholesterol and blood pressure. Both were very high. I don't know what the numbers were, but the doctor doubled his medicine on each and told him to double his Paxil for him to calm down. Also, my 23-year-ol... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:08:34 EST A Christmas Story A Christmas Story <BR> Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, our youngest daughter was to spend her lst Christmas without family, without Christmas stockings, without Christmas baking, without Christmas snow. She had moved to Singapore with her fiancée the spring before, and was walking he... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 11:08:14 EST 2018 ARTHRITIS BETTER IN RIGHT HAND MOVE TO LEFT hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had better workout this morning right hand better moved to me left but i am working it out what are you all doing today have any of you heard of TeeSoul on line they have pretty leggings only 9.00 each check them all they have solids and prints and other clothes... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:55:14 EST Coffee-- Cream Caramel and Sugar One One And One I never thought I'd see this day. I've made a lot of changes in my life including in my morning coffee. At home its flavored creamer only. Out its one one and one. I want to cry. I've made so much progress as far as processed sugar is concerned. Even one one and one is sweet. But I am not g... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:53:15 EST Change = Results ! I'm focused on changing everything that isn't good for me or helping me in all aspects of my life. Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:40:57 EST My Annual Christmas Luncheon Yesterday we got 6 inches of rain (4 inches by the time of my luncheon) and half the normal group could did not attend. Unfortunately they missed out on my surprise as I had an Elvis tribute artist give a mini concert. He was fabulous. So much fun. Here are a few photos. He sounds like Elvis... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:38:20 EST 12/15/18 Can <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "They can because they think they can." Virgil <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Thanks for joining us. T... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:37:08 EST This Picture Of A Smiling Rescue Dog Was All The Evidence The Police Needed <link><BR>lice/?utm_source=talas&utm_campaign=D_<BR>TS_IP_US_D_SmilingDog_DsLotame_1811-Gu<BR>y+Posts+Selfie+With+His+Dog.+Police+Se<BR>e+It+And+Rush+To+His+Home-https%3A%2F%<BR><BR>%2F4f080adc-8d42-4bb4-9395-4b20ed27c8b<B... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:32:56 EST 212.0 Golds no beers Did go to the gym gold's yesterday. Did what is becoming a usual work out <BR> yoga stretches in the sauna <BR> asst. chin and dips <BR> lunges <BR> crunches-quasi- sit ups <BR> bend over bar <BR> jumping rope <BR> curls with dumbbells <BR> presses with dumbbells <BR> crunch machine <BR> ergo... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:28:41 EST Ready for winter - 12-15-18 Linda Noll spotted this resident fox off County Rd 16 across from the Silver Creek trail, dressed in a splendid coat and ready for winter! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:26:18 EST My 100 Days of Why - Day 99 I want to maintain my weight loss so that when I lay down I have a curvy back and flat stomach! And when I stand up I have shapely legs with a thigh gap!! Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:24:26 EST Very clever... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Everyones loves choirs; ether to sing in them or to hear them. <BR> I know I love both. I've sang in many choirs and productions. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:19:05 EST Saturday morning It is still very foggy today. Lake Huron's ice mixed with the warm air, gives us fog like dry ice in a bucket. No traveling for me today. Buddy is coming to visit this afternoon. Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:15:07 EST Additional challenge added to my baby step weight loss This morning I woke up super motivated and I don't know why? My brain was all about weight loss. I was super energize. So I spoke to my husband about a plan that I came up with regarding losing weight which he will help me to accomplish. I'm super excited and I can't wait to start. In the meantim... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:14:51 EST Keeping Christmas <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <BR> “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” <BR> ― Charles Dickens <BR> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> <em>446</em> ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 10:01:22 EST Wreaths <img src=""> God bless our troops. <BR> <BR> National Wreaths Across America Day <BR> National Wreaths Across America Day is a day each year when wreath-laying ceremonies take place at Arlington National Cemetery, an... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 09:55:20 EST Freaky Friday! 12/14/2018 I didn't get the earliest start I could have but I did wind up going out for everything I needed; popcorn tins AND cardamom are purchased. Found and purchased the Winter Spice Olay I wanted for my sisters, bought the Land O Lakes Sugar Free whipping cream in a can AND the unsweetened Chocolate A... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 09:49:54 EST Being a little weird is really being awesome! We have Sun! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> But--(that big "butt")---- yu jess never know when the hurricane might begin-- <BR> -so important to be strong---to get thru the turmoil-- <BR> I just got off the Dreadmill---10 mi... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 09:47:46 EST discipline. What does it mean? Quite interestingly, there are two definitions for the word, discipline. <BR> <BR> The first, as you can see,I paraphrase as, "whip yourself into shape". Unfortunately I not only see it around Sparkpeople so much but I have been personally guilty of it for decades. Keep beating myself up, over ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 09:47:25 EST Happy Saturday !!!! With life being thrown at me .. I laugh "HAHA" in it's face (today) .. lol <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! <BR> <BR> You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 09:38:33 EST 12.15.18 I HURT TODAY.. FOOD IDC ABOUT Hello all Well I finally found out who submitted our names for the free thanksgiving dinner this year... it was my caseworker. I told her how thankful I was. My lower back is really hurting and my legs are going numb. I had to carry a twenty pound gift from the office to our apt yesterday... wa... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 09:28:47 EST Trip Down Memory Lane <img src=""> <BR> The sun is shining bright and during the winter months in Wisconsin we don't get enough of that. The sun just puts a jump in my step and a spring in my spirit. Today is the day...finally putting th... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 09:28:15 EST December 15, 2018 Now I’m back up to 178. Several things about my plan are not working, but it doesn’t mean give up. <BR> First- the thought of changing from 17500 to 1400 is really messing with my brain. Somehow I am just as drawn to sugary treats and salty snacks as I was before. So that tells me it wasn’t the ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 09:25:56 EST See You Again This is a song that I wrote for my friend Layla. We were dedicated as babies together, and LITERALLY knew each other from diapers. :) <BR> She had a surgery this summer, that ended fatally. <BR> It was very unexpected, and at the time, I was out of state, so I never got to say goodbye. <BR> But ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 09:17:53 EST Saturday - yay! Have a great Saturday everyone. <BR> <em>386</em> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 09:14:32 EST What Do You Wonder? What do you wonder? <BR> <BR> This question was asked by Andy Stanley a late night TV minister last week for the start of his Welcome To Wonderland series. It has been in my mind this whole week. <BR> <BR> <BR> The main thing I wonder is why is my life has gone in the directions they have. T... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 09:12:47 EST Saturday Exercise complete. Getting ready to go Christmas shopping with my daughter shortly. Have a lovely day. Sat, 15 Dec 2018 09:07:17 EST The Annual Christmas Crud I remember being sick with it the Christmas I was pregnant and I stayed home alone while DH went to his mom's. Ex-wife and step son were there so it was important that he be around - and I didn't really mind being alone - I felt so bad already. <BR> <BR> Then one year when our son was 5 - we got... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 08:58:15 EST Yay! Last day! Tomorrow we will wake early, try to walk off early, and get Lyft to the hotel, load the car with luggage and buckle in. Then it’s to Starbucks and point the car towards home...10-12 hours depending on traffic. Two weeks of appointments and then back on another ship.... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 08:45:51 EST saturday my heart is about to shatter again. its so so wonderful to have the kids here..i had 2 of the three here yesterday, and my parents. we had a wonderful day, and so fun to welcome a new family mamber..i love her!! <BR> but, good things must come to an end, and they leave today, by noon, so they ca... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 08:37:16 EST Friday Saturday Work is easing up finally, looking to slip out early every day this week. Going to cardio kickboxing at 11. Sat, 15 Dec 2018 08:30:31 EST Fish & chips & up again Yes, I probably ate too much last night but it was good. Given that I've sworn off of sugar (at least for now) I need to treat myself ever so often. I have all week to work off the weekend, and sometimes it's worth it. <BR> <BR> Today I feel - <em>20</em> (136.0) Sat, 15 Dec 2018 08:12:27 EST DECEMBER .. where have you gone ? the days will go by regardless .. <BR> what if we made the very most of each minute .. stayed present to allow the divine timing to over take us .. <BR> what if we saw the NOW .. lived there .. worked there .. and loved there ...?? <BR> <BR> time would belong to you .. that 's what if <BR> <... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:52:19 EST Resisting Holiday Temptations <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We're in that season where it can be difficult to resist the temptation to "have just one" treat, especially when the treats are more readily available than usual. I don't know about you,... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:43:29 EST I'm just curious... Has anyone done DNA testing to see how they stack up in the area of metabolism, fitness, and health? I've done it in regard of ancestry, but not the other. I'm curious now. But wondered about others before I do it. Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:36:53 EST Starting an Evening Fast to Avoid Nighttime Snacking I'm simply making up my mind that the meal I have after work will be my last meal of the day. No more snacking afterward! I don't care how tempting it is, I'm deciding no snacking at all. My stomach may growl, my taste buds may protest, but no more eating in the evenings is the way it's going to ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:32:42 EST Saturday Humor <img src=""> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:28:36 EST Did I just say that? There was a loud knock at the door and as I opened it the fed ex driver was getting in his truck, I looked down and saw a small rectangular box addressed to me, a gift from a hotel I do business with.. As I opened it up and saw what it was, a Corkcicle Canteen – one of those triple insulated wate... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:27:45 EST Alert! Watch Your Emails! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Okay. Remember when my friend was hacked via phone call??? She came to my house 2:30 am to be able see her email account and call to stop her accounts from being hacked. Well....the following Mo... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:20:01 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY-12-15-2018 <img src=""> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:05:56 EST Still One Pound from ONEderland! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This saying so SO true. No excuses. We love to make excuses and supposedly valid reasons for not making a change! <BR> <BR> Well, I noticed on my last blog in November, I was three pounds away ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:01:23 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>211</em> Yep <em>334</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:53:10 EST Motivated to Eat Healthy by a Dog! I often babysit my SIL's doggie when she goes away for a few days. When she drops her pooch off, she also drops off her treats. This pup eats a healthy diet! She comes with containers of sliced cucumber & rainbow peppers & snow peas. She loves if someone gives her a pear to chew on (the neigh... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:49:06 EST Small steps = Big Difference Every little healthy step you take makes a big difference. That first step can feel almost impossible, when you've been trapped in a rut of unhealthy behaviors. Sometimes that first step feels like you're just going through the motions, like your heart really isn't in it. Do it anyway. Becaus... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:38:16 EST My Winter 5% Challenge Goals Yes, it’s wonderfu to travel to new places, experience new cultures, but it’s havoc on your eating and exercise plans. I will use the Winter 5% Challenge to whip myself back into shape. <BR> <BR> My Winter 5% Nutrition Commitment: <BR> <BR> I will follow the nutritarian eating plan, staying be... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:15:33 EST My Declutter Day <img src=""> <BR> Today is my day to declutter the office for some crazy reason, I have a messy work area at home. I usually like it. I spend just enough time cleaning to be organized enough to get my work done, then... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:10:20 EST Almost to Stratton, Me I've traveled almost 30 miles since my last post on 12/10 <link><BR>h/PropertyGuides/PDF_GUIDE/bigelow-pre<BR>serve-flagstaff-lake.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> in today's blog I've included a link to the state park at Bigelow Preserve. You can also search for images for Cranberry Mountain, Horns Pond. I'm getting close t... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:07:56 EST FEAR NOT <img src=""> For Thou (art) my hope, O Lord God: (Thou) art my trust from my youth. (KJB) (Every good gift and everyperfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, n... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:05:50 EST Saturday's Christmas Jokes The judge asked the defendant what he was charged with. <BR> "Doing my Christmas shopping early," was the reply. <BR> "That not illegal!. How early were you shopping?" <BR> "Before the store was open." <BR> <BR> How do you know Santa has to be a man? <BR> No woman is going to wear the same o... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 06:02:34 EST Just Needing to Rant So most of you know by now I was in a car accident. I'm fine just experiencing emotional instability, regret, & a broken spirit. I never thought it would hurt so much to be called a "burden". I suffer from chronic depression, severe anxiety & PTSD arising from issues in childhood. I do my best to... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:45:35 EST Haiku of the Day Haiku #349 (of 365): <BR> The cramps, she laments, <BR> while clutching her abdomen. <BR> Womanhood’s unfair. <BR> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:44:10 EST phonecall so i have had a call from the councillor <BR> Thursday .. next week! <BR> so quick <BR> i am quite nervous but also looking forward to it <BR> moving forward <em>521</em> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:27:15 EST Dreaded time of month Bloated, starving, tired and in pain. Some days being a woman sucks Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:22:18 EST Two Week Pre-challenge (Dec 16 to Dec 31) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In less than one week (on December 20th 2018) I will turn 49. <BR> <BR> It is time to get serious and get started on a goal that I have toyed with for years as I have wobbled from 200 pounds to... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:18:12 EST Gloria in Excelsis Deo Angels we have heard on high, <BR> Singing sweetly through the night, <BR> And the mountains in reply <BR> Echoing their brave delight. <BR> Gloria in excelsis Deo. <BR> Gloria in excelsis Deo. <BR> <BR> Shepherds, why this jubilee? <BR> Why these songs of happy cheer? <BR> What great brightness... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:06:12 EST Day 6 Gluten free and logged food. <BR> <BR> I want to be soda free by January 1st. <BR> <BR> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 05:04:20 EST Fri 12/14 Update on bed Back in June 2004, I never thought I would spend over a thousand dollars for a bed. But I did, and we got a Tempurpedic double/full size bed. Hubby and I are short people so we don't need a queen or king size bed. In fact, we can't get anything larger than a double/full because we will not be abl... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 04:23:50 EST Challenge Day 6 Enjoyed this challenge so much Jessica Smith made it so clear & I managed it with a few modifications Sat, 15 Dec 2018 03:36:49 EST I was wrong on one account My friends were missing in action Friday night at BattleChristmas. Only ran into a couple people I knew, other than the guys up on stage. That said, it was a good rocking evening. The minority metalhead in me was heartened, as out of the 6 bands, there were two black frontmen, and my friend Hiran... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 03:19:59 EST 12-14-18 I've gotten to where I have a cleared space, but it isn't where I need it. I need to clean that area before I move some more stuff. I will be going through paper for a couple of months with what I found. My shredder will be working quite hard. I still expect to move furniture on Sunday. I'm on sc... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 01:48:45 EST Yesterday I did not go to the gym. The gym opens today at 5am. I am appreciative that my body did good push-ups with ease... I had gone on a long hiatus from this exercise but observed that my walking jump rope and other exercises made me stronger. The push-ups came with ease. I stopped when I felt one of those pangs in the back u... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 01:40:02 EST Saturday's Silly <img src=""> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 01:17:05 EST One week down intermittent fasting! I finished my first week of intermittent fasting! No slip ups! No eating within my 16 hour eating window at all. I'm so proud of myself. It was far far easier then I imagined it would be. Honestly I don't even understand how it isn't harder, how I'm not starving during the fasting window. I'm... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 01:02:43 EST Day 348 : Holiday Classic Movies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Don't stress about the closed doors behind you. New doors are opening if you keep moving forward." (Thema Davis) <BR> <BR> Today, it's the Christmas movies that are timeless classics. I'm talk... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 00:57:52 EST Daily Affirmation for Friday, December 14, 2018 " I soar my spirit, and unfurl my joy." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Sat, 15 Dec 2018 00:54:55 EST Book Craft of the Day/Week/Month Lately, When I'm not baking cookies, I've been building/constructing/gluing together some of my favorite book crafts.... <BR> <BR> And I finally finished one of my book wreaths... of course, knowing ME, it HAD to have several steps, most of which included the need to wait for glue to dry.... <B... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 00:50:59 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR SATURDAY POVERTY DOESN'T MEAN SADNESS <BR> <BR> Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. <BR> Matthew 5:3 <BR> <BR> The twentieth-century American journalist and cultural critic, H. I. Mencken, is responsible for t... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 00:49:02 EST I'm starting over <img src=""> <BR> I'm so tired of seeing my belly get bigger. I hate the fact that the only pants that fit me are my sweats & stretchy pj's. I'm tired of being so full after a meal I feel sick, then 30 minutes later ne... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 00:48:03 EST Is the Holy Spirit just for the Old Testament believers or is He our Helper too? – 18 “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘’Abba, Father... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 00:46:29 EST Catechism in a Year <BR> <BR> <BR> 374. How is a moral conscience formed to be upright and truthful? <BR> <BR> An upright and true moral conscience is formed by education and by assimilating the Word of God and the teaching of the Church. It is supported by the gifts of the Holy Spirit and helped by the advice ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 00:39:48 EST Catechism in a Year <BR> <BR> <BR> 374. How is a moral conscience formed to be upright and truthful? <BR> <BR> An upright and true moral conscience is formed by education and by assimilating the Word of God and the teaching of the Church. It is supported by the gifts of the Holy Spirit and helped by the advice ... Sat, 15 Dec 2018 00:39:48 EST