SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Thursday Funny A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A small rabbit saw the crow, and asked him, “Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?” <BR> <BR> The crow answered: “Sure, why not.” So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jump... Thu, 25 Apr 2019 04:36:58 EST Sit down and chill Linda Ronstadt <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <li... Thu, 25 Apr 2019 03:59:32 EST Daily Affirmation for Thursday, April 25, 2019 " I am Cautious, But NOT Fearful." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Thu, 25 Apr 2019 03:59:12 EST Oh boy...LOLOLOL!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Thu, 25 Apr 2019 03:53:41 EST Day 115: Beauty Trash Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello, my beauties!!! <BR> <BR> Guess what’s back??? If you said beauty trash day, you win the prize. The prize is my beauty trash for the day. I need to get better about putting these up becau... Thu, 25 Apr 2019 03:36:02 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The birds sing each morning as they know they have another day to live. Life and mornings are a gift. Learn to enjoy them as the birds do. Thu, 25 Apr 2019 03:16:22 EST Dogs ;-) 04/24/19 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> MISHA THE MUDI <BR> <link><BR>KKFnn3mI </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <img... Thu, 25 Apr 2019 03:14:44 EST IT'S UP TO YOU <img src=""> Thu, 25 Apr 2019 03:11:27 EST Sign of the Times? <img src=""> <BR> When the city planners are having a bad day... Thu, 25 Apr 2019 02:39:27 EST Cooking with veggies Feeling happy that I am able to cook so much with vegetables. Making diferrent dishes with them. Thu, 25 Apr 2019 02:30:58 EST Three things I am grateful for today (April 24 2019) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Three things I am grateful for today are <BR> <BR> (1) new day a new start at making changes <BR> <BR> (2) love of my husband <BR> <BR> (3) a good doctor that doesn't just hand out med'... Thu, 25 Apr 2019 01:43:03 EST 4-24-19 Started on the basement. I think I will have a trunk full shortly. It will be mostly blankets, duvets and bedspreads. Mostly because those are in front of everything else. I have found a couple of boxes of books and a few more of audio tape books. Since I'm not listening to tapes, they will have... Thu, 25 Apr 2019 01:38:24 EST skipping the gym today my feet hurt! Thu, 25 Apr 2019 01:16:04 EST Encouragement <img src=""> <BR> Start Over Thu, 25 Apr 2019 01:09:44 EST Wed I'm a solid 36 hours into life with my new, temporary dental bridge. This bridge runs from canine to canine on my top jaw. With temporary bridges comes "moderate strength" bonding and composit (essentially plastic) teeth. So, no biting down, and careful chewing on my molars. If you have ever paid... Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:36:35 EST Thursday's Thought <img src=""> Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:32:47 EST Day 5 - Divine Mercy Novena Day 5 - Divine Mercy Novena <BR> (Audio/Video Version) <BR> In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> "Today bring to Me THE SOULS OF THOSE WHO HAVE SEPARATED THEMSELVES FROM MY CHURCH, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. During My bitter Passion t... Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:29:14 EST My Latest Nolaism............ Our Grand-daughters spent the past two days and overnight Tuesday with us. To say they have boundless energy just doesn't do it justice! My husband has been sleeping for the past 2 hours and I am going to bed as soon as I am finished Sparking!!! <BR> <BR> I will tell you about all of the fun w... Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:23:02 EST Weather It was a nice day in the low 70s. It is 63 outside and 71 inside. Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:09:44 EST April 24th~ Wednesday Kind of a crazy up and down day. A lot of thinking..looking at what needs done and trying to prioritize. So much of Jim's "stuff" is still here and needs??? There are automotive service manual, most deal with older cars and some are rather old themselves, but he was not one to "take care" of thin... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 23:56:04 EST I'm back... The laptop's anti-virus caught one Saturday evening, so I hurried over to the Geek Squad Monday morning to get it de-bugged. Apparently when it nails a bug, it also removes the step in a program that the virus attacked, so the startup didn't work, I was afraid it had The Blue Screen of Death & I ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 23:51:04 EST Wednesday April 24...the Taj Ma-Shed <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 24 Apr 2019 23:48:02 EST Wednesday 04/24/2019 three good things 1. My best friend got a suprise day off work and i was off so we got to spend good part of day visiting and catching up. <BR> <BR> 2. I wore "pretty" clothes today. Jeans, sneakers and a blouse with a sweater, no tee shirt which is my normal lol <BR> <BR> 3. Enjoyed a chilly walk with my boys... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 23:28:22 EST WooHoo Wednesday!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is a WooHoo Week frankly, one day to the next. I thought that hitting 10,000 steps was a fluke, a flash in the pan but have hit or in the case of today exceeded 9 of 10 hourly goals as we... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 23:26:42 EST 4/24/19 - Bedtime Checking my flower beds I found white daffodils with a pink center. Very pretty! <BR> <BR> I made Marvelous Meatless Chili this evening. Since the rojo salsa contains cream, the chili isn't vegan, but it has a hearty flavor. I added a bit of cheese, light sour cream, and avocado, and it taste... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 22:44:11 EST Ladies Bible Study Day! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Everyone was gone for the day by 7:30 and I got a few little things done at home before heading out for Bible study. Today we discussed Mary, the mother of Jesus and how she was definitely a wo... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 22:39:38 EST Day 27 - Exercise Early Up with the sun early in the morning I exercised 6000 steps with bands. Then I went shopping. Now at 12,000 steps at 7:30 pm. Get your exercise done early and see the steps go up! <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 22:30:04 EST Mesaage from the angels 4/23/19 <img src=""> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 22:22:49 EST Really needing to lose weight after knee surgery <img src=""> Please help keep me accountable! I weight 217 and need to drop 70 lbs!!!! Want to look cute again! Feel very self conscious about how I look! Wed, 24 Apr 2019 22:21:54 EST Still trying Still having problems cutting back on sugar. <BR> Walked across the street and down the block and bought a BBQ dinner of pulled pork. <BR> Asked for no bread. Ate only 1/2 and saved the other 1/2 for dinner tomorrow. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 22:19:02 EST 180.2 long day at work and a short strength workout Weight up again this morning Got up at 430 1hr commute and work 6-5 Home to watch Survivor w my kids 18 min strength workout Water goal met! Still on goal 1 of 179.0 for a week Wed, 24 Apr 2019 22:12:42 EST I'm back <img src=""> <BR> Hello everyone my name is Sunday ! It's been a few years since I've been on Sparks but I'm glad to be back! Hoping to meet new friends and see some old friends here on Sparks! Wed, 24 Apr 2019 22:11:27 EST Wednesday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 22:11:06 EST Update on dental procedure Good news: New filling is white, not metal like all the others <BR> If this takes care of the problem, we're all good. <BR> <BR> Bad news: If the tooth continues to give me pain or discomfort over the next 2-3 weeks, I'll probably need a root canal. <BR> <BR> The problem that was causing the ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:57:46 EST Rest day Getting organized and all set to take this lifestyle to the next level Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:56:58 EST Some days just - oh well This wasn't a bad day at all but just a rather normal one. I was going to take out bags of trash from the upstairs and basement but got myself caught up in a bunch of empty boxes that I tore down and filled the recycling bin. Too bad recycling isn't until next week. That needed to be done just... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:55:05 EST Five! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I read this and then stopped to think about the five people I spend the most time with. My DH comes in at top of the list. My golf friends come next , my friend Carol more than the others, my... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:47:39 EST George of the Jungle George of the Jungle, 1967 <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (Rounded faces) <BR> <BR> with a reboot in 2007, <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (Angular fac... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:45:40 EST My Journey Everyone has a story to tell, a road they've traveled and a desired destiny. I've been trying to get back to something impossible..the 125 lb 20 year old. The one with the slender body, in shape, no worries. Instead, here I am..soothing myself with food, cramming down the carbs..chained to my ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:42:24 EST Birthday Alone's been a while. A lot has changed. I left my 13-year relationship. I am now a single mom, about to turn 35 and celebrating my birthday in 6 days. Its kind of crazy. I'm proud of my strength. I'm excited to see what the future holds for me. I've started therapy sessions to help me learn f... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:40:28 EST 2019 emoticon for how you feel today <em>104</em> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:37:25 EST Water Fully hydrated Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:36:58 EST Blood sugar readings Better numbers today. Very surprised. Hope I can keep the momentum. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:36:33 EST A day for good-bye... I was sad to hear my friend's mom passed away late last week. Today was the funeral. It was good to see some old friends; just sad it took a funeral to get us back together, but that's how life is sometimes. The last time we'd all been together was over two years ago! We always say we are goi... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:28:12 EST Calories and kidney disease Trying to get enough calories in is tough! I am in stage 4 kidney failure so my intake of proteins and fat is limited. Add diabetes which limits carbs and it's a true challenge! Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:25:27 EST Day 101 Was another extra workout day. Not as good as yesterday but still good. I have a little sunburn even though I wore sunscreen. Stayed within my calories even though half of them were later that I would have liked to eat them tonight but my hubby was nice enough to make swordfish again tonight o... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:24:21 EST aunt again My brother and his wife are going to have a baby. she is due around october. it will be there first. <em>75</em> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:18:32 EST Day 3. I've been doing well exercising daily and tracking daily. Took the kids to Cici's Pizza. Thought, "man! I blew it." Tracked anyway. I'm only 54 calories over budget! I did good!! 😀👍🏻 not that I should eat Cici's everyday or anything. LOL #onward Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:12:41 EST Keep moving <img src=""> <BR> I have really stepped up my game Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:09:04 EST Getting ready for Dallas We leave super early Friday morning to take our daughter to Dallas for heart stuff. She’ll have an echo on Friday and a cath on Monday. We did this 10 years ago with her to repair one defect and now might need to repair the other defect. We plan to do fun stuff over the weekend while there. So my... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:07:44 EST Now Now Now <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I was blessed <em>144</em> with an annoyance <em>198</em> that is a blessing <em>224</em> but annoying <em>24</em> ....Our IT guy brought me a new laptop today. <em>387</em> ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:07:00 EST Fighting another Beast! <img src=""> <BR> **Image from "The Gruffalo" (children's book) <BR> <BR> I once wrote about my inner binge-y beast that wants to Well, I forgot to mention his cousin, the beast of sadness. They ar... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 21:06:17 EST Wednesday Today has been a good day. I have ate well and got to the gym and got all my water in. I hope everyone else was on target today. Stay positive and strong. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 20:49:11 EST Busy, busy day! Met a friend for coffee and took her grocery shopping before getting to the village to set up for the German high school group. While they were having lunch and a talk I started here, two balls and a smidge left to spin. <BR> <img src=" Wed, 24 Apr 2019 20:48:33 EST Ready for the next week. I have my food prepared and packed up so it's easy to grab in the morning. I will be working the next 7 days straight and I work 10-12 hour days so this will be challenging. Mentally preparing myself to stay on track and eat right. My days off are harder for me to eat right than when I have a set... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 20:48:10 EST Day 123 - continuous improvement In general, things are going really well, and I am focused on creating positive habits. Breaking things into 10 day mini goals now and focus on improving something very 10 days. <BR> <BR> If it works in business, the same principles should work for self improvement, I would think. All I have to... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 20:35:46 EST My Settting Goals <BR> I went to My Weight Lost Group Tonight We were to Write Down Goals We want to Complete This Week. <BR> <BR> Here is Mine <BR> <BR> 1. I will Lose 2 lbs <BR> 2. I will Eat Veggies <BR> 3, I will Eat Fruits. <BR> 4. I will Increase My Exercise (Arms and Legs. <BR> 5. I will Start Training f... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 20:19:30 EST April 24, 2019 Happy Wednesday! <BR> <BR> It's been a pretty good day even though I am tired. I got up and got my workout done. I had to use my phone though. I almost thought that the streaming video was going to clear up on my computer, but it didn't. I did get through it though. <BR> <BR> Mike got Jacob up ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 20:17:45 EST Supermom207 I've been so tried haven't even exercise so busy at work. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 20:03:43 EST Made I Made my workout today yea Wed, 24 Apr 2019 19:53:24 EST Weak and Wimpy Today I started my brand new strength training regime... it has been confirmed, I am a weak and wimpy thing. I have been concentrating on doing cardio and have known for awhile that strength training needed to be added to my routine in order to gain optimal health and weight loss. <BR> <BR> <i... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 19:52:47 EST One day closer to Friday! Not much going on. We have had several days of rain. I hope We see the sun tomorrow!! <BR> Enjoy Your evening!! Luv U Guys!! ((HUGS)) Wed, 24 Apr 2019 19:52:36 EST Wed 4/24 Vacation We are leaving for vacation this afternoon and won't be back until 5/8. Sparking will be sparse. <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> *************** <BR> Note: If you are a sparker who does not allow comments, please note that I appreciate your stopping by my blog. You're welcome to leave a c... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 19:49:44 EST Wednesday happenings~ So, first day off until next Monday at 730am, fun! Anyhow, its 90F today and sunny, I am enjoying it now because in the next month the blazing humidity will come with the heat. It gets to be a bit too much in the desert heat of summer. <BR> <BR> Went to do my hair this late morning, put red ba... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 19:37:42 EST Move It! I finally found something that actually seems to work for my premenstrual dysphoric disorder... really intense exercise. <BR> <BR> Sure walking or yoga help a tiny bit... but intense exercise seems to really kick my premenstrual dysphoric disorder square in the butt. I'm planning on starting so... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 19:34:37 EST One door closes, another one opens. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I get a little obsessive when I like something and I really like my Instant Pot. <BR> I bought myself an accessory for the Instant Pot. It's an insert that you can use as a 'cooking vessel' wi... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 19:24:30 EST Be Happy With Snoopy I'm on my Snoopy kick at the moment. He makes me Happy. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 19:16:14 EST Wednesday Fasted Weights & Cardio (04/24/19) <img src=""> Wednesday Fasted Weights & Cardio: Today was a new workout - Body Beast Tempo Back/Bis, a lot of new moves. Tonight I’ll do the Sagi Challenge. A busy blessed day. #blessed #stronger Wed, 24 Apr 2019 19:09:05 EST Thank you There are some very kind people who stopped by, read what I wrote and encouraged me. Thank you! Those comments really helped me on this day which has been a bit challenging! <BR> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:54:58 EST Words of Wisdom <img src=""> "Make your happiness and personal growth priorities in your life. The more you take care of yourself, the more you can take care of others." I need to remind myself of this every day. Sometimes, every hour... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:38:03 EST Day 2 I've completed my second day of starting on this new journey. I did 30 minutes of walking around my house and up and down the stairs a few times. Then I did day number 2 of my 7 minutes for 7 days workout really ends up being about 10 minutes with the warm up and cool down. But so ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:04:46 EST BLC40 - SPRING INTO SUMMER ROUND - REGISTERING NOW! The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 12 week challenge that was <BR> INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping you on your journey towards your goals. <BR> <BR> What is ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:02:17 EST Getting full ... on less calories and musings ... In winter I struggle because I want to eat heavier foods, thus usually fattier or more dense. <BR> I want to eat soups and more animal protein like chicken and fish. Thanks to my air fryer I can eat them and not kill my diet if I want "fried" chicken or "fried' fish or even sweet potato fries. ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:52:43 EST Stalled Weight Loss, Re-work Food Plan, Treadmill My weight loss stalled, so today I spent an hour reviewing information from my weight loss management classes. I will do the fast track - aim for 2 meal replacements a day (SlimStyles Meal Replacement - breakfast and lunch) 2 snacks (mid-morning and mid-afternoon), and a moderate dinner or a low... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:50:31 EST Loving Life <img src=""> <BR> Here's a recent photo of me and my husband. We recently decided to eat healthy and try to shed some excess weight. Wish us luck, because we're trying this crazy thing called dieting again! Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:48:37 EST Midday meditation I pause at the longer shadows. They yawn across the floor like a summer Saturday. Soon, our feet will be bare on the blue rug. Now the air is fresh and we have this moment <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:39:13 EST Day 114: A Busy Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies." (Roderick Thorp) <BR> <BR> Hello, my lovely friends!!! <BR> <BR> I’m just... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:38:31 EST Day 34 Trying to figure it all out today. I have down calories and I'm slowly catching on to macros (still a little confused). I need to figure out how to rest and how to make meals that work for both me and my husband. I cook mainly for myself and he eats the same I do and piles on a bunch of stuff to ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:35:02 EST 4/24/19 Almost all green on my Versa today, achieved or will have achieved my steps per hour goal and have well over 13K steps. Got in a great Back and 20 min on elliptical workout this morning. Tomorrow's workout plan is Legs/Glutes and 15 min treadmill HIIT. Plan is to get a short box and try to go low... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:29:02 EST BLC40 - If you want a challenge, this is a good one It is that time again. Another 12 week BLC challenge is starting. <BR> <BR> There are many teams in the BLC and they have different choices. <BR> <BR> I belong to the Resolute Renegades, which is a team that focuses on accountability. <BR> <BR> We have 3 team goals: <BR> <BR> - Do some exe... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:27:27 EST It's Time - I think When I started this process regarding the house nearly three years ago, I gave a lot of thought to what my options were. I knew if I had to move out of this area, I wanted to be by the coast. I did a lot of research into different areas to find where I'd be able to afford and what any given are... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:22:51 EST I Did it Again Oops ! I promised myself that I would not , never ever, volunteer again. And I have just come from our community centre gym, and did exactly that. It is only my second day back in my characteristic ‘gym rat’ role. It seemed a certainty to me that my fitness level would have been somewhat erode... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:06:23 EST Day 5 of this yoga thing The last couple of days have been good, exercise wise. I’ve gotten insome HIIT, some low impact stuff, and four days of yoga. I’m excited about doing day 5. It’s nice because I get a chance to breathe and exist in my body. Which you would think I’d be doing all the time no matter what but actuall... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:02:21 EST question 34 What is your favorite meal? <BR> <BR> That is hard for me because I like a lot of different foods but get tired of them for a while if have too often. I really don't cook so it is eating out and some of my favorites are - steak and baked potato with the works, pasta either eggplant parmesan or ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:57:33 EST Sleep...What is that??? I am having trouble sleeping. I have tried my hypnosis, storytelling, drugs, etc.. Nothing is helping; I cannot seem to stay asleep. I know that this is part of my problem, why I am having issues with getting my stress down, my body is just worn out! I have never been the 8-10 hour a night person... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:55:27 EST Rare Baby Horse This is so cool! <BR> <link><BR>t/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=em<BR>ail&utm_campaign=emailvisits </link> <BR> <BR> Scroll down for the video Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:37:08 EST Be the love <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After a childhood of extreme deprivation, every morsel feels like a feast. What an adventure it is to finally explore this practice of self devotion in all five love languages! Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:34:23 EST Walk WO Videos Did a few walking work out videos today and a lower body strength training. <BR> <BR> Jessica Smith ~ Home Workout Challenge Day 1 video <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> REALLY fun 1 mile walk with Nadyia <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:19:46 EST Bonus Workout!! Today was supposed to be a workout day's our first day back to school after Easter break, and we had a faculty meeting scheduled. So, when I planned for this week, I planned my workout day off. <BR> <BR> But, the faculty meeting was canceled. <BR> <BR> I came home and turned on Body G... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:12:47 EST Over confident I wonder if every one has these thresholds of cock I'm thin now days hich are really just self Sabatoge. I go months highly motivated and a week or two with doubts that I can make it to goal. Then the cycle begins again. I give myself credit these days for recognizing them now and dealing with... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:08:16 EST Positive I've decided to focus on the positive. <BR> I can smile. <BR> My faith in God is strong. <BR> I've got family and friends who pray for and care about me. <BR> I live in a land and time where I have choices. <BR> My basic needs are met. <BR> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:07:46 EST Day 114: Bike Ride This Morning! Lordy, I'm tired, it's definitely been a busy week. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> But I got out on my bike this morning, yay! So happy it's finally light enough at 6am to ride! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <B... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:00:17 EST 4/24/19 - 3 miles check 3 miles walk/jog.. mostly walk lol in 53.28 minutes. shaved 30 seconds down from 2 days ago :) Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:49:38 EST Day 1a Has been a good one. <BR> Lots done and still managing 1200 cals Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:46:12 EST 15 minutes left, not doing another thing... Very busy day/work at home day. Got locked out of my work account today and had to wait for an Administrative angel to extend their halo in my direction so I could get back in. Plus complex issues to deal with, lots of work volume. <BR> <BR> I'm seeing the amount of snacks I'm logging decrease ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:30:13 EST Metabolic Rate I was told this today at my annual doctors visit... I’m almost 50 & was told that I need to eat about the same amount of calories each day. I shouldn’t eat 200 extra on some days thinking I can eat 200 less the next & it all evens out. She said it doesn’t even out! What??? The reason... the ext... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:14:21 EST Wednesday Afternoon. Larry's Cardio appt. went great and he doesn't have to go back for a year now, instead of every 6 months. woo hoo. Also stopped and got that horse feed hubby forgot yesterday, and picked him up a couple new everyday shirts, as a couple of his favorites are really rather ratty and need to be tos... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:13:58 EST 12-WEEK SUMMER BIGGEST LOSER CHALLENGE! SIGN UP NOW!! <em>215</em> Are you ready to Make a Commitment to Yourself??? Are you looking for a Challenge to help You Reach your Goals? Then Join the Biggest Loser Challenge! <BR> The BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) is a 12-week challenge composed of 15 teams. Each team has its own personality and struct... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:05:20 EST Exercise takes on a whole new meaning... I didn't exercise for a few days last week for various "reasons". I say "reasons" because I know I can talk myself into or out of most things. When I minimize, justify, and/or rationalize (sometimes I use them all) I hope I can catch myself and put the brakes on. This doesn't always work. The... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:03:48 EST Wednesday .. this 'n that <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I bought this Money Plant a while ago and it was small ... I am amazed how much it has grow... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:58:55 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for April 24: Daily Inspiration: To allow past problems into your present moments can make you feel depressed, worried and overwhelmed. Lord, help me to let go of that which I can do nothing about so that I can take care of that which I can. <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Easter is a constant spring.—Ruth Carr... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:55:18 EST Hmmm... <img src=""> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:54:38 EST I am a tiny bit awesome I just realized it has been 641 days since my 13.2% a1c. Which means 641 days without one of my massive overloaded make-myself-sick-till-I-puke carb bomb binges. <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> 544 days (3 months after diagnoses give or take a few days) when my a1c was 6.3 and under control.. curr... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:45:32 EST Making Super progress, so taking a Free day In addition to eating healthier, concentrating on eating more fruits and vegies, plus drinking enough water, I have also been very good at my exercise. I walk Zephyr at least 3 times a week, a mile each, and on alternate days from my walking, I get on my bike and bike 10 minutes, at a good pace ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:43:47 EST Bummer. I just spend the morning with an orthopedic surgeon and found out I am a candidate for a double cervical fusion (my second time around) and unfortunately my back as well. Double the fun, eh? Two surgeries for two different issues. I need to take another (third) MRI, CT scan and x-rays and in two ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:41:16 EST Losing can be painful but SO worth it! After the last couple of weeks stress and emotional eating, I have been cutting the refined carbs out. Instead, I have been eating mainly fruits and veggies. Tofu, chicken, lean meat if I eat meat. I have more energy. Last night and into today, I have had pain. This happens when I go cold turke... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:28:08 EST Walking Tan I have been walking my preschool son to and from the bus stop five days a week. I ware sunblock and walk an additional 20 minutes after the morning drop off. Even though it is 8 am when I walk I'm getting a hilarious farmer's tan and a dark forehead. I think it's time to get a sun hat. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:27:13 EST Dog With Arthritis Struggles On Stairs So Owner Comes Up With Adorable Solution. <link>blog.theanimalrescuesite.greatergood<BR>.com/im-dog-stairlift/?gg_medium=fk&gg<BR>_source=fk-c4m&gg_term=4232019&gg_camp<BR>aign=im-dog-stairlift&gg_content=blog-link </link> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:25:29 EST Call me the Crazy Cat Lady... a title well-earned! There has been a lot of fun and new stuff going on since I got involved in cat rescue two years ago. In fact, April 2017 was my very first experience: I grabbed a pregnant feral cat off my porch and put her in our bathroom. She had kittens hours later, and that’s how I got started... and how w... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:17:50 EST My Adventures in Spark 264 out of 365 days...walking day 1. <img src=""> <BR> It's SPARKLE time again! I have been sparkling almost daily since January 19, 2015. It's easier to find a exercise video on YouTube and exercise barefooted then to put on my walking shoes and these ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:12:38 EST Day 4 p.m. Well, after snacking and a total of 10 glasses of water, I feel okay, which is better than yesterday. The stinky part of today is this almost insane craving for bread. I almost broke down and had half a loaf of bread covered with butter, but stopped when I saw the butter, thought of the calorie... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:11:06 EST Hunger and denial if not I'm getting back to waiting until i feel hungry..stop when stomach full. Today denied flesh when i wasn't hungry for breakfast..hungry mid-afternoon..snacked, drank honey green tea. I did short walk morning. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:04:19 EST LAY ASIDE EVERY W E I G H T: My Reminder & Challenge Some things I have to make up my mind to do for myself. <BR> There are things that hinder my happiness, joy, comfort, health, self-confidence..... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Good attitudes achieve success more than wron... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:03:03 EST Gardening tips. <img src=""> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:59:34 EST Easter My Mom Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:58:20 EST Easter dinner was kind of a bust...the turkey was not that great. :-(( Hello, my dear sparklers! <BR> <BR> I had big plans for Easter this year. Usually, we go to our friend's house but I had a turkey in the freezer and thought I'd roast it along with some stuffing. After all...I'm a pretty good cook when I have to be one. It's just that I PREFER not to cook. <BR>... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:54:17 EST it's wednesday i had a great workout at the gym this morning. i feel good! my daughter says hi. she got her graduation dress the other day and it is beautiful, just like she is beautiful. she is one of about four students who is up for class valedictorian. they are all wonderful students and great to be around... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:54:05 EST Still Standing <img src=""> With all I have been through I am still standing!! Praise the Lord!! Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:46:14 EST Independence I have always been happy to work with others and depend on others for things. I really have. There are areas of my life I struggle to let go of control of, yes. Anyone ever watching me take on a Book Fair knows this. What they don't see is that this was out of necessity. Too many times, I've... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:42:45 EST April 24th Had a good day today, sorted out the Road Tax for my car on line, managed to sort out my repeat prescription with the Chemist which they'd forgotten to order and finally managed to pay the last voluntary National Insurance payment to ensure I get my full State pension in September. <BR> Success! Wed, 24 Apr 2019 13:18:17 EST Wednesday It is a rainy, cloudy, and drab day outside...I would rather be curled up on the couch at home under a blanket... <BR> <BR> But yet, I am at work...ugh....LOL <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope you are having a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:57:58 EST Reassess April goals As this month is coming to a close, I want to see where I am in meeting my goals for the month. This will give me time to see what I might still be able to achieve. So on April 2, I posted: <BR> <BR> So the goals for April: <BR> <BR> Quilting related: <BR> 1) Applique from last year's BOM. 17... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:56:45 EST Lishicatplus Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:56:43 EST No Excuses <img src=""> <BR> I make a lot of excuses. My most recent one this week was I'm sick so I can have this unhealthy snack. Then I stepped back and thought... seriously?! It's time for me to recognize and own up to the ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:52:53 EST Therapy coming to an end YEAH!!! After close t a year - next month - I will be done with therapy! I may never be 100% but I'm functional enough to be home with my DH xoxo <BR> <BR> Last month I started a new tread under " Over 50 - Setting goals and how to achieve goals". This has helped me a lot as the objective is to be heal... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:49:10 EST Trying out Nutrisystem I have seen several people in my office walking around with the little Nutrisystem containers of soup and mac and cheese. One of the partners in my firm is also doing the frozen foods Nutrisystem plan. I've always been interested in this meal plan but I was afraid to spend a ton of money on foods... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:47:15 EST So Far Today Martin has found a running buddy so he ran-walked over 3 miles yesterday, faster than I thought he could do it. I'm really proud of him. We met at Lake Hollingsworth this morning but he was sore from the day before, so we just walked today. I did run-walk 1.5 miles by myself. That really isn't en... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:39:10 EST week 69 of therapy and other news This week in therapy we discussed my IBS and how bad it truly was. Which was pretty bad because I couldn't keep food in through diarrhea. I had it so bad that 5 days in a row I ended up with diarrhea. Yesterday it finally stopped or so I thought. I am going in tomorrow for another egd and I am pl... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:26:48 EST Being an advocate I Never saw myself as a strong, bold, stand up against or for anything type of person. I was the one by themselves observing and watching but not participating. I was always passive, apologizing and the peace maker. I would be alone in a crowd and not really socialize. Lonely but content. But th... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:23:16 EST Wednesday Activity We were up early this morning to be able to finish chores. All is still going well. Keeping focused for more successes. Hope all are having a great week. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:15:27 EST Wednesday afternoon Today is a no sleet/rain day, so I went to the salon for a haircut, spent 45 minutes in traffic due to two closed bridges and one other under repair. The traffic was lined up for miles! <BR> I decided to take my camera to the river and park where the tall ships moor when they are here. I have t... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:10:45 EST Walking In Faith/Series #1/ Deveopling A Faithful Character So for the sake of simplicity lets talk about religion. For in actuality, we’re all the children of one God. “God so loved the world that He became human, gave His only son to bear our sins. Leaving His strength to live within us as the Holy Spirit. He loves and wants us to be whole again. God w... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:08:46 EST Atlantic City April Fool's 7K & Half Marathon I am really getting bad at this blogging thing! I am super busy with work lately. We work longer hours now so that we can have off every other Friday (yay!) but that means I am more tired and busy so things fall off the list. Blogging here seems to have taken a hit. ANYWAY! How about a late ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:08:12 EST Wonderful Wednesday It's a beautiful day in my neck of the woods. I had to close up the house before I left because it's suppose to be 90 degrees today! Hello Summer! Thankfully we have a whole house fan that cools off the house really good and if we close it up, it stays cool until it's nice enough to open the wind... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:05:56 EST egg of a hundred miracles Well, getting back in the habit of tracking what I eat has been humbling. I get to the end of the day and see that I am 600 calories over. “Aw crap, well I guess I better mitigate the damage and get on the bike for a half hour.” I still end up about 250 calories over but if I hadn’t bothered to... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:52:36 EST Off to Las Vegas We are ready to go and happy to be leaving for a short trip to see our son and grandson's. The youngest is in a play and so we are traveling for 16 hours to see him star in his last high school play. <BR> <BR> My son could use a little support right now so we are also going to be generous wit... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:37:45 EST Daily Highlight 53 Highlight - <BR> Week two of logging has lost it's luster, but I know that I must. Having a carrot of being able to participate in Phase 2 of the study is what keeps me on track. I am slightly competitive and do not like failing. I do not want to be lame and have them say: "Oh, she didn't make i... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:35:45 EST My pothole journey. I have been gone from here for a long time. I seem to keep coming back here though. Nutrisystem stopped working, or I stopped working. I gained half of what I lost there back. I guess any diet works when you are following it closely. I have had the excitement of a positive attitude on several pro... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:35:37 EST Lot's of things been going on A.J. entered the rehab place Feb. 28, and has had some ups and downs, he had his home visit Monday and it went well, his mom gets to bring him home tomorrow morning. He'll be having in home therapy and has to see a neurosurgeon, apparently something is going on with his shunt and he may need surg... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:30:14 EST Mt. Werner before sunrise - 4-24-19 Angie Werner got up REALLY early to catch a photo of Mt. Werner before the sun came up: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> From the vantage point I think she had to hike Emerald Mountain to GET the photo! Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:24:31 EST Huge NSV While preparing for my upcoming hot springs trip, I tried on my swimsuit. <BR> <BR> The last time I wore my usual one (a size 22/24) it was a tight. Today it was way too big. <BR> <BR> So I pulled out one from 2013 - a size 16. It slid right on without any shimmying to get it on like I normall... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:23:55 EST Day 3 - learning integrity Well yes I do have integrity. I have it with everyone else but myself. I break promises to myself all the time. I get distracted and stop eating right or stop exercising. I am learning that I need to have Integrity with myself. Keep those promises to myself and reach those goals. I need to ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:20:19 EST Wisdom <img src=""> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:19:43 EST 2019 GROCERY STORE DAY FOR ME AND HUBBY hey sparkers hope all are doing ok no gym this morning went to grocery store bsl doing better still little zoned out but slowly getting back what are you all doing today i am going to rest back to gym in the morning enjoy your day love to all of you thanks for your continued prayers <em>247</em>... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:18:19 EST Trust the Process Yesterday, I was reading through an email from a client. I'm a part of her team of writers. She is finding clarity in her process, but for someone who has been writing for her for over two years, it is just too much too fast. Writing for her has become like pulling teeth. I feel like God put it i... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:16:48 EST Questions for those of you who monitor sleep I have had issues with getting enough sleep and enough quality sleep over the last ten years but it has become progressively worse as of late. Some of it may relate to my recent change to keto but this should have evened out by now. I monitor my sleep cycles with my Fitbit Charge 3 and see the... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:15:13 EST BLC40 - SPRING INTO SUMMER ROUND - REGISTERING NOW! BLC40 - SPRING INTO SUMMER ROUND - REGISTERING NOW! <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 12 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping y... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:15:06 EST New goal How many times have I said I want to lose 40 pounds??? A few. I am trying a new approach.. I want to lose .5 pound each week. Focus on a half pound and one week at a time. Hoping that looking at the smaller picture will be more productive for me. Wish me luck :) Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:14:49 EST Why??? Cheat day? Helpful or hurtful? <img src=""> So yesterday I had a cheat day. But the cheat was not as bad as it has been in the past but here I am not wanting to eat clean again. What is it about me that wants to eat the junkfood and WHY??? I am ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:14:09 EST Back to it I quit counting calories for a couple months, thinking I kind of had an idea of how much I was eating. WRONG! I just got done with breakfast, feeling really full and uncomfortable, I counted my meal. Over 900 calories in one meal! BACK TO IT! Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:07:28 EST Gout and Kidney Connection I had gout a few years ago, during a wedding. It was excruciating! <BR> <BR> I went to a rheumatologist, got better and eventually quit taking the Uloric he gave me because I was better and did not want to take all these medications. <BR> <BR> Week before last (?, maybe last week) my PCP told ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 11:02:01 EST Wow. I'm doing better than I realized. Day 2 of blogging again. Yesterday can be summed up in one phrase: <BR> <BR> I thought I REALLY screwed up... but I didn't! <BR> <BR> So yesterday I had an "eat everything in sight" day. Like, seriously. I ate breakfast. Then I ate a fruit/cheese/pretzel plate. Then I ate my lunch (salad). Then... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:53:22 EST Self-Forgiveness Mantra While I remained AF over the Easter holiday visiting (Day 255 AF today) - I did overindulge in food and finding this shift from binge drinking to binge eating - all coping mechanisms and the trick is to get to the bottom of WHY I do this. Re-listening for a 3rd time to the Little Book of Big Chan... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:50:40 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:46:30 EST weds late one today!! got up did workout jumped in the shower...i was dripping wet when my mennonite neighbor called. <BR> she had company for man forgot his church clothes and needs them for sunday..sooo..i printed a label grabbed a box and went over to get that set for 2 day delivery (s... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:45:09 EST Wednesday today our daughter and son-in-law get to move into their new house. they are excited about the prospect of being on their own again. <BR> <BR> hope your Wednesday is going well <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:41:08 EST Recipe: Mock Wendy's Frothy (chocolate) <link> <link><BR>pe-detail.asp?recipe=321507 </link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Submitted by: SERMAGRA <BR> <BR> <BR> Introduction <BR> <BR> Delicious, low-... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:24:44 EST Okay Dad That was Mom's comment to me after I got her back from dr Monday (she's now on antibiotics for infection and feeling better). I told her I was going to my apt and lay flat on floor. It's what Dad did when he'd put his lower back and ribs out of place real bad. Prop feet on couch and doze for coup... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:21:07 EST 24th April After yesterday's wander from the path, I am back on track with a 'noatley' breakfast which calms my blood sugar down and keeps the engine running for a long time: hemp seeds, flax, protein powder, cinnamon - I added some cacao and maca - it's much more enjoyable than it sounds or looks (grey an... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:13:16 EST 4/24/19 What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room. Ray Charles <BR> <BR> Quote of the Day <BR> Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge. <BR> William Shakespeare <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> There is a wisdom of the head, and a w... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:04:23 EST 04/24/19 Doubt <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will." Suzy Kassem <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "She complained ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 10:00:59 EST WONDERIFICUS WEDNESDAY!! Getting hard to top the previous days, but giving it an ol' college try ! <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... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:56:59 EST Day 4 Mid Morning: <BR> <BR> 20 minute walk <BR> 4 glasses of water <BR> <BR> <em>243</em> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:53:31 EST Custom Glass Shower Enclosures Within Your Contemporary Bathroom Space Custom shower enclosures have become a favorite among many people in society today. This is due to the availability of the material. Also, most homeowners are able to afford the custom shower enclosures which are then installed in their homes, if you are planning on getting a new custom shower en... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:52:51 EST 4/24/19 I keep saying over and over that I'm sabotaging my diet by how and what I'm eating. But at this point I've got to start working on something else. And that's going to be sleep.I think on average off-and-on I'll be lucky on a good night to give between 4 and 5 hours of sleep. I wake up finally aft... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:51:33 EST Cactus comic... With this being cactus blooming season (at least in Southwest area of United States), I have been seeing photos here of cactus blooms (@Phebess) and on Facebook (other non-Spark friends)... <BR> <BR> Today’s comics had a funny (ish) comic... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:47:02 EST Marriage “A good marriage is the union of the two good forgiveness” <BR> - Mark Twain <BR> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:39:35 EST Tonsils Helena will have her tonsils removed on Monday. I hear that it's rough afterwards. I don't remember it being for me, but that was 50+ years ago. I hope she will be okay to travel to Michigan for the wedding. <BR> <BR> I am so aggravated about my weight. Got a little off and it's stuck - I'm ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:25:10 EST One of my Spring favourites... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Forsythia is in full bloom now. Such a cheerful sight to see. <BR> <BR> A pair of Purple Finches usually nest inside it every year. <BR> <BR> They raise at least two families per Summer the... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:24:42 EST Wednesday Reflection 4/24/19 Wednesday Reflection 4/17/19 (Oops I Missed a week) <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Was your weight up, down, or the same and why? Maintained - <BR> <BR> 2. Did you meet your weekly self goal last week? No <BR> <BR> 3. What is something you did well this week? Honestly, tracking and seeing reality. <BR> ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:11:43 EST Difficulties <img src=""> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 09:04:30 EST Today's Positive Thought <img src=""> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:59:36 EST Exercising in the am. Exercise in the morning according to the SparkPeople article sets you up for the day. <BR> <BR> And for once 8 agree with them. <BR> When I get up, breakfast and get out for a walk before the rest of the day sets in <BR> <BR> I feel good <BR> I feel refreshed <BR> I’m amazed by the joy the so... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:54:31 EST Administrative Professionals (Secretary's) Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated: <BR> <BR> Administrative Professional's Day: April 24, 2019; April 22, 2020; April 21, 2021; April 27, 2022; April 26, 2023 <BR> <BR> Administrative Professional's Week :... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:53:40 EST another day-another dollar- <img src=""> <BR> Isn't the above so true? <BR> This is an UBER DAY--- a day I drive Mr himself to his office-- <BR> He looks pretty spiffy---Yu see, yesterday I hid his winter boots--brought out the loafers--took the ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:32:48 EST I love Weds. <em>148</em> My life is a lot more complicated then I can explain. I deal with it, because it is the choices I made years ago. Everyday is a struggle, but with Gods help I get through it. But Weds are my happy days. I am a member of a senior bowling league. Not just a member, but also the pres... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:30:37 EST Tuesday Wednesday Last visit with brother and kids yesterday after school/work, short but worthwhile. I threw pork tenderloins in the oven for dinner for 8, just under 3#! We’ll see him again this summer. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:29:42 EST Today's motivation <img src=""> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:26:48 EST Wednesday Started day with 2 mile walk. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:19:52 EST BLC challenge starting soon! Join us and meet your goals for a healthy life!!! <em>215</em> <BR> <BR> Are you ready to make a commitment to yourself??? Are you looking for a challenge to help you reach your goals? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Join the Biggest Loser Challenge and chang... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:15:50 EST BLC40 Summer Round starting soon! <em>524</em> We are starting BLC 40 Summer Round soon! We are looking for those who want to join in on some fun challenges, make new friends and lose some weight along the way! There are many different teams to choose from. There are different levels of accountability depending upon what y... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:12:26 EST Nailed it! So when I began this journey in February I set some small goals for weight loss so that the ultimate goal wouldn't be so overwhelming. Well I nailed the first one!! To lose 30 pounds by May 3rd. I have officially lost 30 pounds and its 10 days ahead of schedule! Yay me! I'll take the win. <BR> I... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:09:42 EST Register for an AWESOME spring challenge! BLC40 - SPRING INTO SUMMER ROUND - REGISTERING NOW! <BR> <BR> The Biggest Loser Challenge (also known as the BLC) is a 12 week challenge that was INSPIRED by, but not based on the TV show of the same name. We have been around for 10+ years encouraging HEALTHY weight loss and fitness by helping y... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:07:26 EST Link: Anti-Inflammatory recipes Not sure of all the science behind this, it's not something I have read about much, but this list looks delicious. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>inflammatory-recipes-that-will-make-yo<BR>u-feel-better </link> <BR> <BR> <em>370</em> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:05:23 EST ~Welcome to a LOVEly New Day~ ~WOOHOO WONDERfilled~ ~WEIRDnWILDnWISE Wednesday~ <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>582</em> <em>414</em> <em>582</em> <em>414</em> <em>582</em> <em>414</em> <em>582</em> <em>414</em> <BR> <em>414</em> ~Waving Hello~ & ~Wishing You... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:03:14 EST Denim <img src=""> <BR> <BR> International Denim Day <BR> For the past 20 years, Peace Over Violence has run its Denim Day campaign on a Wednesday in April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The campaign began afte... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 07:56:31 EST BLC40 - My how time flies Looking to add some challenges to your weight and fitness goals. BLC is about to start again. I've been in at least 10-15 of these round of the Biggest Loser Challenge. I've been on super fitness teams, and take it at your own pace. Sometimes I am in the mood to track food, sometimes not so much.... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 07:42:17 EST There are no winners in the blame game! Yesterday was a gorgeous weather day. I went outside early and cleared out my herb planters as I said I would.. Three herbs came back from last year, the garlic chives, the mint and the oregano... The odd thing is the chives and mint were together in the same pot, but that is not where they star... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 07:20:23 EST Appointments and testing I am definitely not back to 100%, but I am improving daily (in my opinion). I do better in the morning and start to have more trouble with coherence and balance later in the day. I think as I just get more tired. I managed to call the neurologist yesterday morning first thing, and was able to ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 07:18:18 EST Me, Myself and I <img src=""> <BR> Hello from the same side 🎶🎼 Wed, 24 Apr 2019 07:14:17 EST Happy hump day. Let's make this a great Wednesday! <BR> <em>386</em> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 07:14:08 EST Reward quote My quote for today is: "The reward of our work is not what we get but who we become." - Paulo Coelho <BR> <BR> Too often we are told to reward ourselves when we reach a milestone on our journey, such as a piece of clothing, a music cd, a trip, etc. We often overlook that the real reward is inter... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 07:07:52 EST Peregrines? <link><BR>e_Falcon/id# </link> <BR> <BR> For the past five years we've enjoyed the peregrine falcons which have nested in the forest behind our home, and frequently perched high in the ancient red maple in our yard. <BR> <BR> Sending out shrill hunting ca... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 07:07:40 EST Woke up better! Yes much better. Slept amazingly woke up right before my alarm went off. Feel a little of the druggy feeling but not the groggy so much. So Latuda alone may be worth a try. I will take it tonight and see how I feel tomorrow and give the doctor a call on Thursday like she said. <BR> <BR> Alli... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 07:07:26 EST Feeling Good I ate kinda healthy on Easter. But I did eat pie. I got all sweets out of the house on Monday. Back to eating healthy and feeling better. I did feel sluggish and tired after my over eating. Feeling so much better being on track. I remember reading, you don't have to throw all your work away. One... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 07:03:21 EST Wednesday Day 19 One good thing One good thing is that my scale shows down a lb. Not surprised; I haven’t felt like eating. Hoping for another lb before weigh in. <BR> <BR> Not so good: cough is persistent, throat is worse and feels like maybe strep. I hope to see my doctor today. At least I was fever free most of yesterday. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 06:53:02 EST Oh Baby! With just five weeks until our granddaughter is expected, I broke out my sewing machine. I am a novice sewer, so I must really give thanks for my sister-in-law who is an exquisite seamstress! More importantly, I need to give thanks that she was willing to take me in hand and show me what I need... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 06:39:10 EST Happy Birthday To Me Birthdays as a child were... strange. I never had birthday parties like others, I got the despised 'birthday spankings', and the only really good memories I have of my birthday were of getting to open my one present before school, and the cakes Mom made. They were probably box cake mix, but she m... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 06:33:00 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY 4-24-2019 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> AND... <BR> MY 26TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 06:24:57 EST In January, I decided to back out of commenting on the president. I stated that I felt like I had said enough, and privately felt he would get his commuppence (sp?) from many others. There was nothing I could do here, but I felt enough people were involved in sorting out the truth that they certainly didn't need my comments, and I was tired of beating a dead ho... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 06:24:33 EST The right moment I have been thinking lately about how much things have changed recently. It has been mostly positive. I am where I am supposed to be. Sometimes the thought creeps in that if I'd only done this 2 or 3 years ago, imagine where I would be now. <BR> <BR> That for me, though, is a negative thought. ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 06:17:29 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some days you just have to create your own sunshine. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 06:15:26 EST GOD'S JUDGEMENT COMING UPON THE EARTH, Read The book of Revelation <img src=""> Give unto the LORD the glory due unto His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. Psalm 29:2 (KJV) ....................................<BR>.............................But Jesus beheld (them,) an... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 05:53:44 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, April 24, 2019 April 24, 2019 THE POWER OF GOD <BR> <BR> When we think of fragile things, we think of flowers, glass, babies…things that are delicate or helpless. However, all of us are really fragile. We are delicate creatures created by God who can break easily. We get broken hearts, brittle bones, and sensi... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 05:51:18 EST Depression 101 "I'm so depressed!" <BR> <BR> How often have you heard this when someone is feeling a bit down? <BR> <BR> I wish that was all depression was. <BR> <BR> "You're stuck in a rut, you just need to get out more" (from a GP, no less) <BR> <BR> "Buck up and just get on with it, you'll be fine" (hear... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 05:49:51 EST Wednesday Off to treadmill shortly. 10:30 Appt. to get a screw put into this bone marrow implant in my mouth that I had done 6 months ago. Not a happy camper right now. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 05:41:20 EST Change! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I've come to the conclusion that I must make some new changes. I deal with Type II Diabetes. I take a daily dose of Metformin and eat a low-carb, Mediterranean Diet. Intermittent Fastin... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 05:40:13 EST 6 hours of walking The contrast between the “haves” and the “have-nots” is astounding and the treatment of women is appalling. I walked into the women’s bathroom at Mall of the Emerites. A man walked in, took out his Willy, and urinated ALL over the toilet, wall, and floor, then spoke sharply to the female cleaner... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 05:28:29 EST Mud RunTraining <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So yesterday I took a trek around the short trail behind my house! <BR> <BR> I am doing a Warrior Run in July so I need to get my feet beforehand so I don't hurt myself while running through ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 05:27:29 EST Busy as poop Wow life has really consumed me the past few days! I’m going for a run and going to focus on healthy! Wed, 24 Apr 2019 05:19:02 EST Maintaining Hello Spark friends, <BR> <BR> I weighed-in at 118 lbs this morning. I've had a robust appetite lately and so I need to keep check on my eating habits. <BR> <BR> After a few false-starts it looks like the weather is warming up. It's been a long winter. <BR> <BR> I'm continuing to limit my ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 05:15:09 EST Day 1a. Aka day 2 I usually have a marvellous day one when I’m trying to re-align my shape to my skirts. <BR> Day 2 is generally okay and then things slide. <BR> So I’m trying a new tack making everyday day one since after all each new day is day one of the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> I did have a marvellous day 1... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 05:02:27 EST Staying Focused... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Today is a new day for a brand new you. Let's raise the bar and be the best we can be, focusing on meeting our goals, raising the bar in our fitness challenges, eating more veggies and fru... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 04:48:39 EST Quote for Today May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the light, love and joy of God's presence and not a moment without the entire surrender of myself as a vessel for Him to fill full of His Spirit and His love. <BR> <BR> Andrew Murray <BR> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 04:45:31 EST Bible Verse for Today Ezekiel 36:26 <BR> <BR> I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. <BR> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 04:44:44 EST CHALLENGE YOURSELF!! JOIN NOW!! BLC40 Are you ready to Make a Commitment to Yourself??? Are you looking for a Challenge to help You Reach your Goals? Then Join the Biggest Loser Challenge - Round 40 <BR> <BR> NEED TO JOIN BY APRIL 28TH!!!!! <BR> <BR> The BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) is a 12-week challenge composed of 15 teams. E... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 04:16:41 EST Great idea!!! ;-) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 04:09:18 EST Wednesday Funny A man went to visit his 90 year old grandfather. While eating the breakfast of eggs and bacon prepared for him, he notices his plate isn't clean. So he says, "Grandfather, are these plates clean?" <BR> <BR> His grandfather replies, "Those plates are as clean as cold water can get them, so go on ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 03:47:51 EST To our Youth Pastor, there are no adequate ways to thank you for all you do… For my blog, I will share a series of “Redeeming the times” exhortation cards I wrote by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit many years ago. <BR> <BR> “As time passes, God’s words still say it best… <BR> ‘Ah, Lord God! <BR> Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.’ <BR> But the Lord said to me:... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 03:08:48 EST BE YOURSELF <img src=""> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 02:51:21 EST Cats ;-) 04/23/19 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Too many boxes and Maru <BR> <link><BR>z3NUawoM </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 24 Apr 2019 02:38:25 EST Sick of salads I love salads; I really do. However, I am getting sick of the lack of options when I go out to dinner. Lately, the only options I have had when going out is the "house salad" at the restaurant, which is basically a bowl of lettuce. I try very hard to look at the entire menu to see if I can c... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 02:34:07 EST Daily Affirmation for Wednesday, April 24, 2019 " I am the poet of my mind. <BR> I am the painter of my heart." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Wed, 24 Apr 2019 02:06:12 EST 4/23/19 - New Trainer Started with a new trainer last week. Have always loved his vibe and energy. So far soo good. His meal plan is simple and he's making me workout alot when I'm not with him. So we do weights 2 times a week together. Then when not training with him the 3 days I'm supposed to run 3 miles and do 100 ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 01:54:47 EST "Anastasia"--touring company review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of the joys of theatre-going is the occasional surprise that makes you hold your breath and feel as if you are the only one experiencing what is happening on stage and tonight, at the openin... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 01:54:15 EST Overtime, Game 7, Season on the line And Barclay Goodrow comes through for the San Jose Sharks to send the Vegas Golden Knights off to the off season. It's 1:30, but this scintillating contest just ended, and I suspect I'm not falling asleep for a bit, so why not scribble out my post for the day? <BR> <BR> A former Michigan Wolveri... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 01:44:34 EST Tuesday Weights & Cardio (04/23/19) <img src=""> Tuesday Weights & Cardio: Today I did Body Beast Build Legs & Sagi’s Challenge. An amazing day of workouts. #stronger Wed, 24 Apr 2019 01:32:00 EST Spark programme day 2 questions Why do you want to be healthy? <BR> <BR> What hurdles have you come up against in the last six months? How could being healthy have made those hurdles nonexistent or easier to handle? <BR> <BR> Sometimes when I’ve been doing an occasional take a chair class with my older friend I’ve not had the... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 01:30:39 EST 4-23-19 Woke up this morning with lots of energy and not so much pain. Spring is definitely springing. I kind of wish I could wake up every morning feeling like that, like I was 20 years younger. Not that it lasted all day. Soon as I started moving around, my knees and my shoulders found reason to compla... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 01:18:35 EST Midweek Funnies 4/24/2019 Hope this gives you a little chuckle to start your day. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Birthday Party <BR> A lady is throwing a party for her granddaughter, and had gone all out...a caterer, band, and a hired clown. Just... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:57:58 EST NEED TO GET OUT I feel I need to get out of the house for a little while. I am taking my antibiotics and I am not driving right now so I feel trapped. When Hubby gets home he is tired and does not want to go anywere. I guess I have at least two more weeks of being grounded. Hubby will take me shopping on Sat... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:57:20 EST For once............. I come from a long line of talkers. Well, actually my mom is the talker in the family but I seem to have followed in her footsteps. However, tonight I can't seem to find much to blog about so I will just say goodnight! Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:55:38 EST Thank you Thank you so much for your help friends. I find that the 5 bean seeds I put in 4 have already sprouted in 3 days. One is about 4" high 2 around 3" & the last is about an inch high. Feel so sad that the peppers or zucchini have not sprouted yet. Looking out for them. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:50:41 EST Daily Affirmation for Tuesday, April 23, 2019 " I Come with an Open Mind, Clean Hands, and a Loving Heart." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:45:30 EST Endgame <img src=""> <BR> Bloody 'ell, tickets still sold out till mid next month. Sigh. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:42:40 EST Whew! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was tiring and I am very thankful that tomorrow all I have on the schedule is laundry and ladies Bible study. Here's how the day went: <BR> <em>102</em> extended sleep once the h... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:36:20 EST #736 Fear less <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wise information that we can all use. Enjoy the night and will see you tomorrow. We are still on the road and travels are going well. <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful night and Weds. Hump day aroun... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:31:26 EST Happy Hump Day <img src=""> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:25:08 EST GOAL PLUS AGAIN TODAY I have had a busy day. My steps are 12, 311 … the most I have done in a long while. I just have to stay focused. I watched the Astros game tonight (a 10-4 win) and walked during commercials. You'd be surprised at how many steps you can take like that. <em>300</em> <em>311</em> <BR>... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:21:18 EST Day 4- Divine Mercy Novena Here are the prayers for today: <BR> Day 4 - Divine Mercy Novena <BR> (Audio/Video Version) <BR> In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> "Today bring to Me THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD AND THOSE WHO DO NOT YET KNOW ME. I was thinking also of them dur... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:18:20 EST The Partridge Family Come On Get Happy, The Partridge Family theme, 1970 - 74 <BR> This is the version after the first year <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello world, here's a song that we're singing <BR> Come on get happy <B... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:16:03 EST but first, coffee <img src=""> <BR> Forty years and counting, the first thing I do is put on the coffee~ <BR> I didn't develop a real taste for coffee until I was 21 or 22. <BR> I started 'light & sweet' during my twenties & thirties. ... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:15:48 EST Weather It was a cool day in the high 60s. It will be getting warmer next couple of days. It is 63 outside and 69 inside. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:11:11 EST Have a great day! <img src=""> Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:08:07 EST Day 26 - Paying attention to sugar Today, I am focusing on my sugar intake. I think it's the culprit to my health and weight gain. Humans were not made to consume a lot of sugar and sugar is hidden in a lot of foods. I do plan to eat more fruit. Fruit has a lot of fiber, and in digestion it burns away a lot of the sugar due to... Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:06:30 EST Busier than busiest Life just has not yet settled down over the past two months. Life has been hectic, chaotic and so busy I can hardly keep track of the days. <BR> <BR> With family matters concerning my mother's health both physical and mental, cat surgery, dogs diagnosis of cancer, full time babysitting my (17 mo... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 23:46:13 EST Exercise Yesterday, I got an elliptical that's also an exercise bike. I really like it. I'm using it as a bike to start and I did 30 minutes today. I also did 25 minutes of exercises from one of the challenges I'm doing, for a total of 55 minutes today. <BR> <BR> I was at an appointment today and decided... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 23:44:35 EST Cactus Flowers!!!! The Sonora Desert in Arizona is beginning to bloom - wildflowers, prickly pear, and even the saguaros are starting to flower!!!!! Amazing to see such brilliant colors growing out of the dusty grey-green-brown of the desert! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>4/the-desert-i... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 23:41:49 EST Spring? Well maybe. I was very excited to see bright spots of purple and white in the rose garden, crocus are one of my favorite flowers even though they are fleeting. When we lived in Connecticut for a brief time it was in a historic house, huge old gambrel roof, 3 story barn of a house. The lawns were full of in... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 23:28:47 EST One Thing Right I haven't been feeling very motivated lately, and haven't felt very diligent in my choices, but today I DID do One Thing Right... <BR> <BR> At the grocery store, I bought some good fruit (pineapples were looking especially good), some excellent salmon, and did NOT buy any leftover Easter candy..... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 23:24:48 EST 4/23/19 - Bedtime For the trip home from work, the train pulled into the station just as I came off the stairs, and a man gave me his seat. <BR> <BR> I've been passing on the goodies at work, but today I grabbed a couple of jelly beans. I thought they were licorice, but they turned out to be grape. Bummer. <BR>... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 23:17:56 EST My strength I have a college degree that I have absolutely no intention of using, even though at the time it was something I was really passionate about. My study was criminology and even though I really don't see myself working in the criminal justice system anytime soon, I feel that it served me well. <BR... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 23:16:43 EST 179.4 not at goal yet despite 21 week workout streak Ok so vacation didn’t go too bad. I was committed to running and I did My 1st scale goal is still to be 179.0 or lower for 1 week It’s slow going Water 💦 goal met Today exercise done ✅. Not the greatest- but I did everything the trainer said just had to modify I’m obese. Some 🏋️‍♀️ worko... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 23:15:36 EST Odd Pedometer Behavior I remembered to put the pedometer in my pocket when I went shopping this morning. I stopped at the post office to pick up my mail, stopped at the city offices to show Lori a quilt and then went to do a little shopping. When I got home and put the thing on my wrist it said I had walked 1413 step... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 23:15:31 EST A Groaner for Tuesday <img src=""> Tue, 23 Apr 2019 23:13:12 EST New Goals I was struggling over the last couple of days so I have decided to switch up my goals a bit. <BR> <BR> 1. Go to bed a half hour earlier; get up a half hour earlier. <BR> 2. Take Marv for a walk in the morning before going to yoga so that we will get in our walk before it is too warm for him. <... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 23:11:16 EST Help! I don't know when I'm hungry! Someone posted a question on the Community Feed a while back; "How do you know when you're hungry?" Whoever you are, thank you - you really gave me something to think about! Honestly, I don't know when I'm hungry! <BR> I was born in the 50s, my mom's first child. The staff at the hospital tol... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 23:09:35 EST Tough Day Today was a tough day but I'm thankful that I learned a lot through this app! Tue, 23 Apr 2019 23:07:48 EST Doing my best, being flexible when needed, adapting when I have to I remember trying Keto long ago and thinking it was not a good fit for me. I think that the change was the attititude that I would be mostly Keto instead of "perfectly keto". Learning that my friends who were succeeding were eating fruit every day or using fat bombs made me wonder about my own ... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 23:07:45 EST April 23rd-Tuesday Today was another on the road day..but it is fun to take the pups to the groomer. <BR> My Chuee loves the groomer, Stephanie! All I have to say is "we are going to see Stephanie" and Chuee is at the door doing a happy dance! The other pups , the girls, see their halters and hide. Actually Pooski ... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 23:01:22 EST steps <img src=""> Tue, 23 Apr 2019 22:58:02 EST Tired 2 days spent in doctor's offices & hospital testing facilities is exhausting! <BR> I was in bed at 6:30 tonight and had a 3 1/2 hour nap instead of supper. Tue, 23 Apr 2019 22:53:38 EST Been Working Sorry I haven't posted, I've been working a lot. I'm trying to get outlines written for 7 books right now. I am a full time professional author now and never going to do menial work again so I have a lot of work to do and I'm trying right now to try to find a better balance. I'm spending too much... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 22:49:03 EST April 22 & 23, 2019 Happy Tuesday! <BR> <BR> I'll start with yesterday - I had a fairly quiet morning. I did a few loads of laundry and enjoyed the peace and quiet. I left for town about 12:30ish. I dropped off dry cleaning, then headed to the school to donate blood. Another successful donation - 12.4 was my hemogl... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 22:45:25 EST Day 113: Easter Wrap-Up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you." (Mary Kay Ash) <BR> <BR> Hello, my lovely friends! <BR> <BR> I hop... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 22:26:29 EST Tue 4/23 Tai chi We went to tai chi today. It's our last until we return from vacation on 5/8. <BR> <BR> We are going to Estes Park in Colorado for a few days then to Omaha, Nebraska. We return on the 8th of May. <BR> <BR> Have a great afternoon. <BR> <BR> *************** <BR> Note: If you are a sparker who d... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 22:04:46 EST The MRI Results For My Wrist Yesterday, I finally had my doctor's appointment to go over the results of the MRI on my wrist. The doctor had 90 patients (Yes, you read that correctly. - 90 patients!) on his schedule yesterday. To me, that seemed very excessive and to be very poor judgment on someone's part. The doctor and a... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 22:01:21 EST National Poetry Month <em>524</em> Happy Tuesday! Here's one of my Week Four Blog Topics: <BR> <BR> April is National Poetry Month. Do you enjoy reading or writing poetry? What types do you like? Share a few poems that are meaningful to you. <BR> <BR> Yes, I enjoy to read Maya Angelou's poetry. Here's one of my f... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 21:55:36 EST health check today at work there was a mini health fair! i’m glad i went in to do the testing! blood pressure 107/72, pulse 60, and the best part is i dropped my cholesterol 33 points! still need to drop it more but so happy it’s in the downward trend! shout out to my ‘cloverleaf’ teammates that the challenge... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 21:46:22 EST Tuesday Ticklers <img src=""> <BR> Bea Gulls <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 23 Apr 2019 21:41:11 EST question 33 Always find out some interesting information. On driving, I didn't get my license until I was 23. I took driver ed. in school and had a few people say they'd teach me but usually only got one 'lesson' so I gave up. My first husband taught me after we were married for about 1 to 2 years. It wa... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 21:31:41 EST 2019 emoticon for how you feel today <em>104</em> Tue, 23 Apr 2019 21:16:47 EST Blood sugar readings Number better than yesterday and consistent Tue, 23 Apr 2019 21:16:12 EST whose a.. are they pulling that data from this was my afternoon quote. i was so annoyed and not getting something someone at work sent to me. i did screen shots and sent it back to them. so now is the waiting game to see if i will get an answer or if i am stuck with the junk. Tue, 23 Apr 2019 21:15:37 EST Water Fully hydrated Tue, 23 Apr 2019 21:15:16 EST My life <img src=""> My cardio workout today Tue, 23 Apr 2019 21:00:07 EST Tuesday 04/23/2019 three good things 1. Another beautiful day <BR> 2. Did not need notes to do job three <BR> 3. Actually folded and put laundry away (just in time to do more) working a job that doesn't require a uniform is doubling my load count. Good thing i csn line dry more :0) Tue, 23 Apr 2019 21:00:01 EST Tuesday- back to normal.. After a 4 day absent from school, it was back to routine here for me and the Grandkids.. <BR> <BR> It was a strange day in that the temperature was high of 16 C... but boy it was cool windy and damp.. Most of the day it rained off and on with thunder in the distance. <BR> Here is a picture I to... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:58:50 EST Oops <img src=""> Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:53:16 EST A happy office space <img src=""> <BR> Today, I got a standing desk for my office! I have problem with slouching, so at first I got a stability ball... I love that thing but I have a tendency to bounce on it lol good calorie burning but no... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:46:00 EST Walking In Faith Series #1/ Having Faith What does it mean to have faith? If you believe you are blessed in your spiriit, then you have physical blessing because you see all the good in your life. Grace is God's responsibility. God has done His part to reset all spiirtual blessing through grace. When you pray about a sitaution, <BR> ... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:30:36 EST Day 2 of new start So I'm really enjoying my new menu so far. I walked a little over 2 and a half miles today. My daughter walked with me so that was nice. Plus drank another gallon of water. Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:30:06 EST Green It's been awhile since I made a green drink. Finally, tonight I made one for dinner and it was good. Cucumber, kale, chard, spinach, mango, water, lemon, hemp seeds, granny smith apple, celery. This was a good way to end the evening. <BR> <BR> After my doctor reached out to warn me that some b... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:25:00 EST Road trip to see a German Hausbarn (housebarn) A town about 90 minutes from our place has a German Hausbarn. There is another one about 3.5 hours from home (on the list for a trip later this summer) that is more in keeping with a real hausbarn which is people lived in part of the building (house) and the animals and feed lived in the rest (ba... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:19:36 EST Rain and cool! Indoor fitness. I hope You are having a great day! Here is to Wednesday!! Luv U Guy!! ((HUGS)) Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:15:49 EST Have to give this one more try! Well I talked to my psychiatrist this morning and she wants me to try it without the abilify. I also looked it up and it is moderately dangerous with klonopin which I also took! So now I just took the one drug, the Latuda. Please pray that I don't wake groggy and druggy feeling. <BR> <BR> T... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:10:46 EST Day 122 - being in control Today was a great day. Had our monthly catered office lunch. I did prep my brown bag, as I do nowadays. <BR> <BR> Usually we have a quite nice spread - salad, bread, meats in gravy, some starch, rice, etc. sweets, etc. The last couple of months I seriously contemplated every time if I should par... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:06:58 EST 2019 Goals Another beautiful day. Rain is coming. Walked one mile two times, stretching, tgym legs and back. Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:03:21 EST maintaining So I've been gone awhile. I just lost motivation because I am basically yo-yo ing. Maintaining the same 5 pounds. At this point, I'm not sure I'll make my dietbet goal in June but I have to at least try. If I didn't at least try, I'd be gaining a lot of weight for sure. <BR> <BR> The baby is do... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 20:02:53 EST Want to lose Want to get to 160 before our summer vacation. Started at 174.6 now 170.4 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 19:56:25 EST Friends with Reality - Day 24 Reality: even Spark People has some bad information and advice. Can't trust everything here. Still need to do our own fact checking and tune in to our own wisdom about what makes sense to our individual person. I mean no disrespect, but sometimes SP just regurgitates some of the 'common' theories... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 19:55:24 EST Moving forward - trying to balance life I have been trying to figure out how to live a more balanced life and lifestyle. My niece talked me into doing WW with her and her friend. She also created an online support group for us on Facebook. <BR> <BR> I must say while the LCHF gave me results, it was not sustainable for me. I really w... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 19:47:41 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for April 23: Daily Inspiration: Laughter is a great way to reduce stress and prevent taking ourselves too seriously. Lord, bless me with a healthy sense of humor. <BR> <BR> A Time to Think: Forgiveness is love in its most noble form. —Anonymous <BR> <BR> A Time to Act: Don't dwell on bitterness, anger ... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 19:24:11 EST On track! 49 pounds to get rid of! Great day and week so far....My mindset to move more and eat less is holding! <BR> <BR> Hurt my wrist though so putting a hold on yoga and limited gardening. Started planning my meals again, shooting for healthy, nutritious and tasty! SP really has some great recipes for that:) <BR> <BR> Hope... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 19:20:54 EST April Almost Over Hello - an April update here. I completed the American River 25 mile endurance run on April 6. I'm so grateful to have done it and am also glad it's behind me. The training and preparation for this really took over my life for the past few months, to the extent I didn't do a whole lot else. It wa... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 19:10:55 EST 23 Apr 19--Daily Challenge Today's challenge is encouragement to eat when truly hungry and stop when full. Although I admit I probably do fall short of this at times, I find if I do not eat where the food is at, put on my plate what I can eat, and don't return, then I do pretty good. I am a person that will eat if the ... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 19:00:58 EST Two Calls I don't do 'chatting on the 'phone' these days. It chews up too much time. So it's kind of odd that I've spent most of the evening on the 'phone. Two long calls from two very different friends. Completely different connections as it goes. They've never met. If they did, I think they'd like ... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:59:19 EST 432 days to goal Working on getting adjusted back to the real world after spending my Easter in PA. It was nice to see family. The hardest part of going back is realizing how much you miss when you're gone. My oldest cousin and I have kind of gone our separate ways after being close for many years. My youngest co... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:53:07 EST Feeling Better Already I have only been eating clean about a week now. Today I had my first cheat day with chicken littles from KFC and now I feel so sick to my stomach 🤢 Never again will I chose fast food for a cheat day! I chose to use a cheat day during the week so that I work them calories and carbs off before hav... Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:46:40 EST HMR Day 2 I'm staying on track and my first phone coaching session last night was great. I lost 2.4 pounds the first day (water weight but motivating anyway)! Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:42:51 EST