SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Smile A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside. <BR> Denis Waitley <BR> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:59:03 EST Crossfit Open 2019 Just popping in to say Happy Friday Eve! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not only is tomorrow Friday, tomorrow i... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:50:02 EST No Pain No Gain I remind myself of the "No pain no gain" thing after 2 kettle bell workouts this week. Most I've done in a long time and I can feel it. I try to walk at work like nothing hurts, but proud of how the pain came about! Keep pushing! Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:49:26 EST "JUST DO IT" Long before Nike made this phrase into a great logo for their company my husband used to say something similar to me. He would say to me.."Nothing to it, but to do it. It was meant to encourage me but somehow I would think to myself.."But you don't understand. This is so hard for me." Hoping ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:31:01 EST Hell yeah time flies! Unbelievable how quickly time flies by for sure. It has literally been 3 years!!!!! 3 years since I've really been active I was 49 years old. Well I'm still battling the same ol demons as it relates to my size and weight. Good thing is I am happy. <BR> <BR> Although this is true, I still refuse... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:24:37 EST Time with family I love spending time with my family. I just wish I could spend more with my 3 grandchildren that live an hour away Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:21:50 EST Pre-March challenge check in: Day 1 Like I said yesterday, I'm checking in and staying accountable. I decided to do a 31 day March challenge next month but pushing myself to start now because every time I say "I'll start tomorrow".. well.... it never goes well. My eating wasn't very good today. Feeding a baby is hard work for my bo... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:19:56 EST Rough Spots We have had some family issues involving the hospital, extra kids, life transitions, etc. Three hungry kids means: convenience food! UGH! Oh yea, we went there more than once over the last couple of days. Although it was rough, I learned some things: healthy can still happen even in a pinch b... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:54:39 EST JUST A SHORT We both had Cardologist appts this a.m. in Richmond. <BR> He said he wouldn't change a thing. <BR> I have anxiety, so he said I will have functiona ting BP. Since it comes back down, he's not worried about it. This morning it was 116/74. <BR> The worst thing is with my BP MEDS and Fibromylgia ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:51:41 EST Healthy Thursday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've posted this before but think I needed a refresher.... <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a healthy Thursday.. <BR> <BR> Think positive.... <em>386</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:35:40 EST "You can't be 100% all the time." I am blessed to have health insurance that includes free wellness coaching sessions by phone or online. I just got off the phone from my third session, and one of the lessons I'm focusing on is the quote from this blog's title. <BR> <BR> I am an all-or-nothing kind of girl. If I can't do all my ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:07:49 EST I've been asked how low I will go, and about my ear problem I've been asked about stopping at 115 - questioned about how low I might go. <BR> <BR> I've given this a great deal of thought - and if indeed I am getting into my extremely old pockets of fat, I don't want to limit myself or undo what I am accomplishing with the added exercise. <BR> <BR> I am ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:04:01 EST Probably pushing my limits today! Today I have to drive 1.5 hrs to a violet club meeting after a whole day of taking care of a 4 yr old. I still managed to plan my day, do my self care and exercise, and get food ready to take with me tonight! <BR> <BR> I planned ahead with my exercise and did it this morning first thing because ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:02:11 EST Canine Cancer: What Are The Warning Signs? <link><BR>alth/canine-cancer-what-are-the-warnin<BR>g-signs/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_med<BR>ium=email&utm_campaign=dog </link> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:57:18 EST Conundrum My internal alarm clock is back on it's normal schedule... 3:30am wake up call... It's been like that for at least a year so I've learned to accept it. <BR> <BR> In accepting it, I took the plunge and started a new routine that envolves going to the gym in the morning rather than laying in bed, ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:55:34 EST Hoping for success this time around I'm struggling with weight loss and im getting very discouraged as of late. I find myself looking for the biggest clothes I have so I can hide myself. I hate looking in the mirror each day. I'm disappointed and disgusted with myself for letting my weight creep up on me again. I'm determined to d... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:53:13 EST Feeling Amazing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I haven't blogged for awhile - not because things aren't going well - but because everything is going <em>345</em> . And then this morning I thought, well maybe I should share some of this ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:42:14 EST keto day 4 All is well in the land of keto. Something inside me has shifted. I am resolved to not cheat and it is working. I feel in my soul that I am taking the journey to the end this time. I keep doing a mental high 5, each time I make the better choice it is laying another brick on my path making th... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:41:13 EST Ginger garlic chili turkey Had a turkey in the freezer for a long time, planning to do it up some time when my nephew and his parents came over, but calendars keep getting messed up. Time to do the bird and clear up the space. Now, when I cook, I don't as much cook as I experiment, and so it is today, where a quick scan of... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:30:59 EST Busy day 2 appointments for the little guy today. Got most of my steps in Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:30:30 EST Strength Never under estimate your strength.💪 Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:25:05 EST Thief Last year my husband bought me a classic 98' comaro. I love my gift! However last night I heard the alarm on my car. I look outside I see a figure by my comaro. Long story short, we believe there was a possibility someone was there to steal my car. In one night they got tools out of my neighbors... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:19:39 EST Planning AHEAD to Eat Out I'm heading to a conference later today -- that I have to make a presentation at tomorrow. It's just an overnight thing, not too far away. <BR> <BR> It's a bit unusual -- that I'm getting to take my husband with me. And I've already made a reservation at a tapas restaurant near the hotel. <BR>... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:18:54 EST Getting a grip A week after the fire water is still making its way down to the other two stories of our house. It's warm so mould is taking hold. <BR> We have not heard that our insurance claim will be accepted. Our tenants would love to return to the house but we have nothing to tell them yet. <BR> We are stay... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:01:54 EST twists and turns So many paths in life, not many are straight. Seems like most have twists and turns. Eating seems to follow this pattern as well. A few days or weeks or months of straightforward healthy eating, then a twist or turn when you make a few less than healthy choices. You can always get back on your or... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:55:54 EST Thursday!!! Another day...another cloudy, cold day...but I guess this is our "winter" could be much worse so I won't complain...too much...just need to make sure I stay on top of it so I don't get sick... <BR> <BR> The hallways are open so I can get my 5000 steps in before I leave work...more steps lat... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:55:09 EST Garden Weed Problem Solved! Remember the horrible weed problem I've had it the garden? Honestly, I was about to just give up for this season, let the chickens have the garden, and try again next year! <BR> <BR> I've still got cabbages, lettuce carrots and kale in the garden, and a handful of beets. They've pretty much be... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:49:48 EST it's thursday a mild weather day here today. my daughter says hi. i completed leslie sansone's 5 mega miles video this morning and i feel great! both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone! Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:47:26 EST Treated myself to new hair! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So working hard on my fitness and weight loss, so treated myself to new hair colour Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:44:32 EST The God of More than Enough - Joel and Victoria "...the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, 'I am God Almighty..." (Genesis 17:1 ESV) <BR> <BR> Do you need more peace, joy or provision in your life? We serve a God who is more than enough, and He has more than enough! <BR> <BR> The original Hebrew word in this verse is El Shaddai which me... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:42:41 EST New at this😉 <img src=""> <BR> I am new to this whole tracking food and activity thing. I started a keto based plan yesterday. I had knee surgery 1/11/19 and since have put on 20lbs. I have been overweight my entire life. I go b... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:39:38 EST Inspiring Story for Those Who Have Autism If you have a child with Autism, this is a great story to read. My own daughter with it has a Bachelor's in Philosophy. <BR> <BR><BR>s/an-autism-diagnosis-hasnt-stopped-th<BR>is-young-woman-from-becoming-a-lawyer/<BR>ar-BBTRUeS?ocid=spartandhp Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:37:32 EST Wednesday Thursday Sleep continues to be insufficient but not unmanageable. Virus is finally clearing up. Have been continuing to exercise just keeping it shorter. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:32:06 EST This song gets me choked up, every time <link><BR>J9ywc0g </link> <BR> <BR> Thanks to my friend Caz who introduced me to Simply Red <em>304</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:31:06 EST My salty life: Backstory <img src=""> <BR> Hi I'm 28. Mom of two girls age 1 and 2. Wife. And recently diabled. That word disabled has been so hard for me to grasp and accept. When I pictured my life I envisioned having a family. I wanted to ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:30:42 EST To beautiful not to walk <img src=""> <BR> Had to burn off those calories and get some fresh air and sunshine Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:25:45 EST Paint night <img src=""> Yay!!! Paint with a twist night with my nurse!!! I can’t wait 😊!!!! I am putting together some light snacks for us since we won’t have time for dinner since her schedule is hectic. Light Swiss cheese with... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:25:02 EST Sunny Thursday. A nice bright sunny morning here, and I am totally enjoying seeing that golden globe in the sky. Even Sadie and the baby are standing in the doorway of the little barn and soaking up some rays. No, new babies, and that is a good thing. I do promise to get a pic of the little guy one of these d... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:19:33 EST Finding Strength to Start Again You know that phrase "It's not how many times you fall, it's how many times you get back up that matters", well I'm trying to get this into my head. <BR> I'm not usually one to share my personal life much, but I have gone through a very difficult year. In the 6 months between May and November 201... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:17:37 EST 92.27 workout miles so far This year I'm keeping a running total of the miles I walk, run, and swim during workouts. I'd like to start biking too, maybe later in the year. <BR> <BR> Walk: 86.63 miles <BR> Run: 0 miles <BR> Swim: 5.64 miles (9900 yards) <BR> Bike: 0 miles <BR> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:12:11 EST Knock in the Head This winter has been a big knock in the head. We haven't had a "real" winter in the last few years, so I have been confronted with snow, ice, more snow, more ice, more icky weather. This has put a damper on my training. But not as much as my second fall of the winter, which happened last week.... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:01:14 EST Strength Contest <BR> Strength Contest <BR> <BR> The local bar was so sure that its bartender was the strongest man around that they offered a standing $1000 bet. The bartender would squeeze a lemon until all the juice ran into a glass, and hand the lemon to a patron. Anyone who could squeeze one more drop of ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:57:16 EST February 21st <BR> ..Not looking forward to the scales tonight what with the meals out we've been having, the Off Plan food with relatives at home & the funeral buffet of course. <BR> Then tomorrow my friends arrive for what will be another weekend totally 'Off Plan'! Hey ho, I'll get back to the healthy life... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:53:48 EST Progress - Week 1 For Gym/Wii Last week I weighed in on the Wii-Fit as 306.9 and Today, Day 7, I weighed in this morning at 304.9. I noticed Tuesday my face looks sharper, Now I can see why. 3lbs down in the last 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> That's 2lbs down in 1 week. <BR> Today, my husband had an early morning therapist appt, took ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:27:42 EST Thursday it's good to see the sun shining today. we still have quite a bit of snow and ice on the ground, so I had to run on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> Hope your Thursday is going well. <BR> <BR> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:26:00 EST Fell off the wagon I fell of the wagon, but I'm not giving up. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:21:44 EST 2019 STEP UPS WORKED MY BUTT OFF TODAY hey sparkers hope all are doing ok step ups worked my butt of this morning and really feeling pretty good i do that step up for two minutes then leg press and go thru routine with the 30 minutes had Planet Fitness really working my body off my bsl before i ate was 68 i am really doing good dont g... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:21:42 EST week 62 of therapy this week in therapy we discussed my appointment with Dr. Mike and how I forgot the remote for the neurostimulator and had to reschedule it for the procedure for this Friday. We also discussed my abstinence and how it is going. We discussed how Araujo and I are still talking to each other. We als... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:11:25 EST Thursday February 21, 2019....what motivates you? Good morning and Happy "Friday-eve"! Another week is flying by! How are you doing? Are you staying motivate? How do YOU stay motivated? <BR> <BR> Here are some things that are helping keep me motivated right now: <BR> <BR> 1. Mother/Son vacation in June...I want to be able to keep up wit... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:10:06 EST Who's In Charge Here? Yesterday I wrote about how it is very easy to get off track with your schedule when unforeseen bumps in the road interrupt things. I was referring to a couple of things that came up early this week that really messed up my schedule. Today I am past all that and am back on schedule, at least pret... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 11:09:49 EST Thursday Update It is a warm foggy Gulf Coast. All is still going well. Weight is still down. Calories remain below 1300. My dental surgery area is healing quite well. My wife is off the her exercise class. I have bathroom to clean today and other chores to complete. Keeping focused for more successes. ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:42:19 EST My Adventures in Spark Land..Day 202 out of 365 day. Sharing a proud of myself moment. I live about 45-60 minutes away from a larger food market. There are small mom and pas markets round here that does not have the verity and the prices are sky high. As a result I do food menus and shopping lists. <BR> <BR> Due to this lovely winter weather Wisconsin is having (below 0 temps o... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:32:52 EST Plan I plan to workout today Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:29:16 EST from the brain to the feet, i am getting better <img src=""> <BR> It has been 8 days since the narcissist tried to contact me. I have removed them from my social media and have no plans to answer any texts from them. I know that since they live close by and relative... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:08:06 EST What??? Snow in Vegas??? I live in Las Vegas. I love it here because of the washer... <BR> And today we are making national news because it's snowing here. <BR> They thought about closing schools because of the snow, it's not much by East coast standards, but right now it is snowing the Christmas card perfect big fluffy... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:07:00 EST Exercise update and body changes Since late January, I've been hard at it again with my Team Body Project workout schedule called Pure Resistance (they offer a lot of different video programs online including cardio) AND my Jari Love Ripped and Chiseled DVD. <BR> <BR> Time for an update! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 10:00:54 EST 02/21/19 Success <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard for it." <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:59:07 EST No Cookies Another day to be careful what I eat. I am really trying my best to hang in there. If I don't have the stuff on my no-no list around then I can't eat it. So why do I go pick up cookies at the store when I go food shopping? Good question. I tell myself, it's for my husband...yeah sure! He do... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:53:26 EST Sooooo... what's for supper? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yup... this was my Mom's way of 'spoiling us'. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> If we acted up we'd get 'Air Pudding with Wind Sauce' for dessert. <em>246</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:30:48 EST Miserable weather I have made myself be a more positive person so instead of miserable cold icy weather I am looking forward to reading and tracking and getting my water in ! Since I suffer from seasonal disorder that is a big step! 😎 Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:27:07 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:27:04 EST Creamy Chicken and Asparagus<BR>lic-dream-chicken-w-asparagus/ Gonna give this a try.. but change out some ingredients to healthify it. Lol Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:22:35 EST When you fall down Yesterday I took a nice long fall down a steep ski run slope. I hit a rock or ice on the trail and left one ski well up the mountain and slid and rolled about 100 plus feet down the mountain. I wasn’t hurt, but this is always a humbling experience. Usually my falls are on bump runs. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:19:03 EST Losing <img src=""> <BR> I'm down 5lbs down to 210lbs. I struggle with stress eating and have to get on top of emotional eating. Can anyone relate? I'm 6ft tall and I hold my weight well but still need to lose weight befor... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:18:37 EST Baked Kale Chips BAKED KALE CHIPS <BR> <BR> Only 8 calories a serving!!! Serves 6! <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 2 large bunches of Kale <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1 tsp pepper <BR> 1 tsp olive oil spray <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> 1.Preheat oven to 350 <BR> 2.Line large baking sheet with parchment paper <BR> 3.Wash t... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:16:18 EST Always starting over; not enough follow through Yesterday, late in the day, I decided to come back to SparkPeople and see if I can do it without spending 100% of my time obsessing over entering everything perfectly and such. I am an extremist...I obsess or I totally avoid. I've lost some pounds and a bunch of inches since I was last here. I'... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:16:03 EST National Sticky Bun Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always February 21st <BR> <BR> Known as “schnecken” meaning snail, the sticky bun is rolled into a sweet spiral that resembles its German name. Still considered to be a P... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:12:57 EST Better day today Today I woke up determined to do better, it is 7am and I already have 10 mins of exercise in and 10 flights of stairs. I figured if I started the day right I might be more inclined to eat properly to support my activities, fingers crossed! Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:07:00 EST Stop. Breathe. Step. Repeat. Woke up to a brisk 34 degrees yesterday...unseasonably cold for my happy place, but I didn't care as I was off to hike Camelback for the first time with Karen. I bundled up in layers grabbed my backpack with my healthy snacks and water bottle and headed out the door where for the first time in ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:06:43 EST I can see again! And can play piano and cross the street by myself! I had my second cataract surgery last Wednesday. At first I could see only far away but exactly three days later my near vision came back and I am ecstatic. I was near blind for 4 months which came on overnight. It was a very scary experience cause I didn’t know the recent vision loss was caus... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:05:29 EST Day 5/256 to go - Still Struggling to Really Commit Yesterday was perfect! Until after midnight. I got up with a terrible sweet tooth and proceeded to eat 750 caloies of Giradelli chocolate caramel hearts left over from. Valentine’s Day. I was going to throw them out on Sunday when I started a serious diet to lose these 74 lbs! But I didn’t th... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:01:13 EST Happy ☺ Thursday <img src=""> <BR> Hello, from these little ferrits!!!!!! Thu, 21 Feb 2019 09:01:06 EST How often do you weigh? I'm wondering ... how often do you weigh yourself? <BR> - Daily? <BR> - Weekly? <BR> - Monthly? <BR> - Never? <BR> - Other? <BR> <BR> And WHY did you choose to record your weight on this particular schedule? <BR> <BR> Finally, where are you in your journey? <BR> - At the beginning? <BR> - In th... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:52:19 EST Thursday Good Morning Fellow Sparkers! It is a nice sun shiny day so it makes the bitter cold feel a little warmer. Have a terrific Thursday! Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:52:17 EST Thankful Thursday ... Had a good day yesterday, planning on a good day today, I see a habit forming <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... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:50:44 EST Fell <img src=""> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:48:08 EST thursday having the pharmacy deliver my scripts. just no time today..have a germans sweet chocolate cake to do for my moms birthday tomorrow..takes ages to do it correctly.and many steps and stages. have a paw patrol involved cake in the works at the bakery. have to set up for my moms party, make spaghett... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:44:15 EST Grr I was the same weight as I was last week yesterday and thinking it was a fluke, I stepped on the scale and I have actually gained two pounds. WHAT. An entire week of 1200 calories and exercise and I gain weight. I don't even... <BR> <BR> Should I see a nutritionist or something? <em>28</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:43:22 EST change <img src=""> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:43:17 EST New experience again today! Well, prepping for one anyway. It's a leadership conference for high school students called Teen Speak, where high school students interested in building their capacity for leadership and civic engagement, while increasing their knowledge about healthy friendships and dating relationships. It t... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:34:35 EST Sticky <img src=""> <BR> <BR> National Sticky Bun Day <BR> National Sticky Bun Day celebrates sticky buns, sweet rolls that are eaten for dessert or breakfast. They are similar to cinnamon rolls, but are not the same. When t... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:30:18 EST ~Welcome to a LOVEly New Day~ ~BLOOMing THOUGHTfilled THURSDAY~ <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>575</em> <em>135</em> <em>575</em> <em>135</em> <em>575</em> <em>135</em> <em>575</em> <em>135</em> <BR> <em>135</em> ~Waving Hello~ & ~Wishing You... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:30:18 EST Random Acts of Kindness Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is our assignment for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. What random act of kindness will you do today? Do you try to do random acts of kindnes... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:27:41 EST Untying The Knots! When we learn to let go, more energy flows and less effort is needed. <BR> Funny how that works. <BR> I swear my boss would be detrimental to my health if I hung onto the stress she causes me on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> With today's world of high stress we very easily become overwhelmed when thi... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:26:34 EST 2/21/19 workout Swimming: 300 free warm up 4x25 stroke count 8x50 free, sprint 6x200 free, hard pace, 15s rest in between 1x500 free, 75 3-breath/25 5-breath 1x500 free, 3 dolphin kicks out of each flip turn 1x500 free, 75 easy/25 sprint 1x500 free, mod-to-hard pace 200- 50 back/50 free 200 free cool down Total:... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:24:22 EST JOKE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> What do you call a short, plump twig? <BR> <BR> Porky Twig! Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:19:45 EST Week #7 - <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Other Information: <BR> I can not say it enough~ Procrastination is the thief of time. Stop waiting for another day to start over. Every choice counts, so start RIGHT NOW. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:16:47 EST Today's inspiration <img src=""> <BR> I'm trying really hard not to stand in my own way. How about you? Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:12:10 EST False alarm.. We were supposed to get a big sleet storm here yesterday, so DD ran errands. Nothing happened out there. This morning it is overcast, but so far nothing has fallen on us. Fine with me. <BR> <BR> I continue with exercises, spreading them out during the day. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:10:20 EST Advice from others Many well-meaning people are very willing to tell you how to fix your weight problems--what you are doing wrong that is not bringing the success you want. Many of them have NEVER had a problem with overeating or being overweight a day in their lives. I have been reading blogs and articles here ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:09:26 EST Positive thoughts on another snowy day! I was on my first 10 minute stretch on the Dreadmill--about 1200 stops- <BR> And if it wasn't for SPARK, I never would've gotten on it-- <BR> We had snow AGAIN last night-The sidewalks need clearing--the gate by the road is blocked-needs clearing-- <BR> BUT--- (that big "butt"!)-- there I was-... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:07:50 EST HOW-Related Tangent: Favorite Food #2 Spinach. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am celebrating the foods that I enjoy, that make me feel good, that make me feel full and help me feel confident that I am eating right. Spinach deserves to be near the top of that list. <BR> As a kid my mom served me canned spinach. She put vinegar on it and I though... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:06:30 EST Finally! I had all the toys packed, dog walked and ready to go back to his family but the flakes fell fast, furiously and early! Not wanting to die on the 50 mile trip on one of America's busiest roads, I unpacked everything and spent another day/night being dog-nana. <BR> Last night he let me sleep. <BR>... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:03:59 EST My good day Good Morning Everyone, I stop using the app for awhile. I was enjoy the points. Then you can buy stuff from the store. I see the trophies you can get. I also decided to reward myself every time I get a new trophy. Good luck everyone. I help my mom out at her business and its a lot of walking so ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 08:03:02 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> Popcorn Fire Alarm <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:58:13 EST Overcoming social graces Yesterday I video chatted with a fella and was super bored. He didn't talk about much and after me tryin to get him to say something of substance I began to yawn. Then it dawned on me that I didn't have to stay on the phone! Politeness be damned, time is valuable and there is no reason for un... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:55:25 EST Boulder on my Path I was zipping along since New Year's Day. Feeling good because I'm going to be one of those people that keep my resolutions. <BR> <BR> Then I caught the flu. Fever, fatigue, aches, pains, coughing... feeling miserable. Even my favorite tea didn't help. No exercise. The only fruit or vegeta... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:48:41 EST Lots of walking today Heavy winds off Costa Maya. Yesterday tendering was delayed due to rough seas so we were delayed leaving. It is winter, after all! Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:36:21 EST Thursday Yesterday we has 6 inches of snow and ice. <em>425</em> Today it will be in the 50's. <em>67</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:33:22 EST Keeping up with my Trackers I am finding this a lot harder than I thought it would be. It is in the middle of my busy season (I'm a tax accountant). Breakfast is easy. I wake up early to exercise, catch up on personal e-mails and do a quick log in for breakfast. It is the rest of the day that gets out of control. At wo... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:28:40 EST I think i reached my happy weight! And made a new friend - Myself! <img src=""> <BR> I've been holding steady at 118 pounds for the last 4 weeks. I'm eating mindfully but not obsessed with food. I let myself have cheat meals ( like dinner out at Bonefish grill with my sweetie for Vale... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:28:22 EST 2/21/19 To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders. Lao Tzu Quote of the Day <BR> Ideas shape the course of history. <BR> John Maynard Keynes <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity. <BR> George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Paint the essential character of things. <BR> Camil... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:24:54 EST All I See is White Over 6+ inches of snow fell and it was the very light <BR> and fluffy kind that will move well with a wind. So far, <BR> no real blowing and drifting but that may come tonight <BR> or tomorrow as we get more snow and the wind will <BR> arrive with the passing cold front. Have to love winter. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:22:41 EST A two day break? Hammered by snow again Yesterday, more snow for the weekend...when will it end. Sometimes it takes a lot of spunk to stay here in Minnesota... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:12:44 EST Backward how can this be? 181.2 Seriously? Yesterday I’m sure calorie deficit more out than in. But that was today’s weight My cycle is due in a few days so I’m hoping this is just water retention. Will up my fluids today to let my body know there’s plenty of water no need to retain I also am requesting blessings ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:05:58 EST Prayer Power According to God’s Word – 15 Have you ever prayed without seeing results even though you have faith? <BR> <BR> “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and m... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 07:00:47 EST Tracking Food! I have done really well tracking my food. It is really helpful. I feel I will lose some weight in just doing that. I hope so. Otherwise, I will have to figure out how to add exercise back in which is really hard right now. I'm busy. I guess I should make the time again to do Leslie Sansone.... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 06:55:37 EST Thursday Have a great day everybody. <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 06:42:27 EST Loving it!! I have been waking up early and sleeping much harder and more sound for shorter hours. Reducing off of my sleep aid per my doctor’s orders is turning out to be a blessing. Thank you Lord for your many blessings in my life and my family’s lives. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 06:39:28 EST HIS WORD WAS IN ME <img src=""> <BR> Be still, and know that I (am) Go d: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10 (KJV) ....................................<BR>.............................The sun... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 06:37:15 EST Today's Coaches Challenge Today's challenge it to do something that scares you as in step outside your comfort zone. <BR> <BR> "The risks of breaking out of your comfort zone isn’t nearly as bad as the risks of staying in it your whole life." <BR> <BR> Here are some suggestions: <BR> <BR> Go to lunch by yourself. <BR>... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 06:27:22 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, February 21, 2019 February 21, 2019 PROVE YOUR PASSION <BR> <BR> We have probably seen people who are truly passionate about something. Their words and actions show through as they stand up for their cause or speak out against wrong doing based on their beliefs. It could be they are passionate about a cause or ma... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 06:23:44 EST Day 106: Losing More Weight Well, I dropped two more pounds this morning. My muscles were super sore yesterday and I was really fatigued from walking almost 5K yesterday and my entire body felt like I had done a total body workout even though I hadn't. Clearly I'm engaging all my muscles since HASFit trained me to do so and... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 06:18:40 EST Life with Gastroparesis I'm not sure how many of you out there have had the above diagnosis so I thought I would reach out to you all to share my experiences of the above <BR> <BR> I was recently (November) diagnosed with Gastroparesis (basically paralysis of the stomach) which has drastically changed the way I eat and... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 06:13:09 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY 2-21-2019 <img src=""> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 06:11:35 EST THURSDAY MORNING Still very cold. Don’t know what this afternoon will bring. There is a call for snow. Maybe that will means bit of a warm up. Sure hope so. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 06:09:48 EST Thursday Funny A 6 year old and a 4 year old are raking the yard. <BR> The 6 year old asks, "You know what? I think it's about time we started learning to cuss."The 4 year old nods his head in approval. <BR> The 6 year old continues,"When we go in for breakfast, I'm gonna say something with hell and you say som... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 05:27:32 EST Thursday <img src="">Have a lovely day! Thu, 21 Feb 2019 05:21:42 EST Wk 4: Walk #1&2 of 4 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Goal: <BR> Walk (Outdoors or Indoors) 4 times a week. <BR> 30 minutes or more. <BR> <BR> Walk #1: Sunday <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 21 Feb 2019 05:12:51 EST Making Changes! <img src=""> <BR> Changing your approach to your nutrition and exercise makes such a difference. I am reading 5 articles each day on the Spark Page about my health, and it's making a difference! Take time to make a s... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 05:11:23 EST It’s weight in day and Dr visit It’s weight in day and dr visit day or see my progress... I’m really quite nervous although looking forward to seeing additional results. Here we go ! Thu, 21 Feb 2019 04:28:34 EST Traffic jam... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 04:07:52 EST Loud music and the Moon <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was last nights moon <BR> <BR> <BR> Stand by, I have followed Judy since the 80's and have most of her records and CD's <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <B... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 04:06:58 EST One cup at a time So despite my best laid plans I ended up eating all manner of things that weren't good for me. But at least I'm aware of it. I didn't track yesterday but I intend to today. <BR> <BR> What I did do - was drink 2.5 litres of water - well blackcurrant and apple squash and that's fine by me. <BR> <... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 04:01:18 EST I am grateful for, 2.20.19 1. My babies, because they make me work on the myself to be the adult I want them to be. <BR> 2. Pause, because it helps with one. <BR> 3. Focus, because it keeps forward momentum. <BR> 4. Breath, because it is calming. <BR> 5. Vision, because it helps create reality. <BR> 6. Posting stuff, becau... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 03:55:45 EST SPARKPEOPLE PROGRAM • DAY 11 Get the support you need to be successful Social support is an endless wellspring of motivation that can take many forms, from inspiring memes and quotes to personal stories of recovery and success. <BR> <BR> Community Feed <BR> <BR> Member Blogs --> I try to update my blog daily <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> SparkTeams <BR> <BR> Message... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 03:52:45 EST Learn & Grow Together... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Cheering you on for a Productive and <em>345</em> Day Ahead... We CAN as we stay on track and keep growing together in God's Strength... <BR> <BR> Let's Keep Growing, and become more an... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 03:36:06 EST Quote for Today God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, "I love you." <BR> <BR> Billy Graham... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 03:27:07 EST Bible Verses for Today 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. <BR> <BR> 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. <BR> <BR> John 3:16-17 NK... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 03:26:21 EST 10 years on SP! So ten year SParkversary!! That is a long ass time haha!! <BR> <BR> Not gonna summarise the past ten years but will update starting from this year :) <BR> <BR> I picked up some good habits last year and made them principles this year. <BR> <BR> I have been learning how to lift heavy weights - ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 03:13:22 EST Week 7, Day 5 Washington Tomorrow I am flying back to the snowy, cold state of Washington. It was a mild winter, until February! It has been about 70 years since we have seen this type of weather in WA. So, tomorrow, I will pretend that I like that snow and cold weather. It was supposed to warm up by now and winter wa... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 02:58:41 EST Changes? 2 So, since P is going to 2nd shift, I have decided to change shifts at work as well. I hate change so we'll see how this goes Thu, 21 Feb 2019 02:53:16 EST that don't impress me much <link> </link> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 02:47:27 EST Thursday's titter thanks to sparkpal Sonia "Would you like anything on your chips?" <BR> "Does it cost extra?" <BR> "Yes, 10p" <BR> "Ok then I'll have 4 sausages and and a steak pie please" <BR> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 02:45:25 EST Just Doing It Day 2 <BR> Exercised 2 miles. Not as much as I wanted to but still did it. Ate well. <BR> Headachy today. I was sore from yesterday and my foot hurt only from the walking but better once I did the workout and loosened everything up. I do stretch after the exercises and I do a warm up. I feel pre... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 02:29:00 EST Friends ;-) 02/20/19 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Squirrel and cat best buddies <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Saw another story. Family raised squirrel who fell from tree. Cat adopted & cared for it also. They ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 02:16:50 EST Loved today's Helps artical... <img src=""> <BR> Being more organized artical for today is a very insightful! Thu, 21 Feb 2019 02:10:56 EST 2-20-19 The sun came out but they report it will be a fleeting sighting. It doesn't seem to matter what I wear, I'm always cold. Part of that is the bloodthinners I take. The other part, I think, is because I'm done with winter. I am so tired of cloudy days. I have cabin fever, I know. My consumpyion of ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 02:07:37 EST Temporary Break This Month At the first of this month I realized I had lost 69.6 lbs in 8 months of the 104.4 I wanted to lose in 2 years leaving 34.8 to go. Panic set in when it hit me I was going to have to learn to maintain a lot sooner than my planned June 5, 2020 date. It will happen this year! I decided to do a pract... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 02:06:30 EST 49, 50 and 51 - back from my work trip - Feb 18, 19 and 20 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am back from my work trip and - yes - I ate too much and drank too much BUT---I got in a lot of steps. All three days my step count was well over 10,000. So hopefully things balanced themselve... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 01:45:05 EST Getting very conscious of exercise Getting very conscious of exercise. Have already walked 20 minutes & danced 10 minutes & have some strength moves left to do Thu, 21 Feb 2019 01:39:56 EST Empathy and Super Doctors I found a description online that says: empathy as “the ‘capacity’ to share and understand another’s ‘state of mind’ or emotion” and a “powerful communication skill” that uses active listening and deepens understanding. <BR> <BR> This skill allows some doctors to fully grasp your apprehension... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 01:13:21 EST Beautiful hiking day <img src=""> <BR> Walking the mountains of Alaska is so rewarding when the weather is awesome, makes getting my step in so much easier. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 01:07:34 EST Goals & Gratitude 2/20/19 Another busy day here-- I can't wait for this week to end, but it looks like the weekend will be just as crazy! I did my online midterm for Governmental Accounting this morning. It took me four tries, but I went from a C+ on the first try to an A at the last try. The website lets you print out yo... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:57:46 EST Day 1: Celebrating A Binge Tonight, as I walked in the grocery store searching for chocolate donuts and the biggest coffee flavored Haagen Dazs I could find, I realized what was going on. When I joined Spark last week, I was exposed to different ideas on how this weight loss/maintenance thing works. But, I realized tonight... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:45:18 EST Catechism in a Year <BR> 457. What place does the family occupy in society? <BR> <BR> The family is the original cell of human society and is, therefore, prior to any recognition by public authority. Family values and principles constitute the foundation of social life. Family life is an initiation into the life o... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:42:01 EST Two weeks in So, I didn't realize how much I really was starting to eat again. For the past year I've gained about 50 pounds due to a stressful life. For a quick background, I live with my dad as his caregiver, as well as my sister and her 3 kids. Last year he was diagnosed with LGL leukemia. He was on chemo ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:39:19 EST Feb 20th~ Not a really great day Started out as all days do looking promising..but close to noonish it went downhill bad. <BR> For some unknown reason my big girl Molly and Pooski pup got into it. I think Poo actually was the one that started it ..but as the little one, she is the one that got hurt. I do not think it is too bad.... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:33:35 EST Wed part two I shoveled for over 2 hours today! We got about 10 inches of snow today. We have now beat the record for snow in the month of Feb. and we have 8 days left. And two more bands of possibly heavy snow forecasted for Friday and Saturday to Sunday, I'm pretty fed up with snow. <BR> <BR> Also, my food... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:32:53 EST Wednesday Feb 20th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was a BUSY day today. At 8:30 three of us drove 90 minutes to Victoria to visit with our former chaplain who is in the hospital with cancer and bring him flowers and cards. Then we had a wo... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:31:43 EST Trapped by the weather has some weird effects on me. Today I had a sore mouth. The things they put in my mouth and then molded around did not help my mood at all yesterday and it was not much better Today.My sore spot was even worse and since I didn't think I'd need the good pain meds I didn't feel I needed to order... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:28:34 EST Thursday's Thought <img src=""> Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:26:11 EST Special Blessings-February 21, 2019 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. By this evening, Jim was feeling back to normal again. <BR> <BR> 2. I did laundry this morning. <BR> <BR> 3. This afternoon, I paid the bills for March. <BR> <BR> 4. Jamie took care of dinner tonight. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <BR> kath... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:10:43 EST #674 Snowman/snowwoman Everything I Learned about Life, I Learned from a Snowman <BR> <BR> *It's okay if you're a little bottom heavy. <BR> *Hold your ground, even when the heat is on. <BR> *Wearing white is always appropriate. <BR> *Winter is the best of the four seasons. <BR> *t takes a few extra rolls to make a go... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:10:40 EST Weather It started to rain today and more is forecasted tomorrow. It is 49 outside and 62 inside. Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:09:03 EST Starting Over It's been several years since I've been active here and it makes me sad to think I could have already reached my goals had I stuck it out. However, I am here now and ready to start. <BR> <BR> My life took an interesting turn. Not how I wanted or imagined. When I was last here, I was about to ... Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:08:35 EST 4 1/2...or 9% 4.5 pounds down today. But the good news is that I didn't get hungry. I've learned that I forget to eat fruit; I read sweet cravings as wanting plain old carbs. I don't always balance what I eat, and when I do that, I feel sluggish. So I took my food unit checklist and turned it into a sugges... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 23:49:08 EST Gorgeous Day Yesterday’s drizzle and gloom had me chilled all day yesterday, but today’s sunshine seemed spectacularly glorious... <BR> <BR> I drove a friend with failing eyesight up to Austin for a few appointments she had set up, and we had to leave my house at about 5:45 am... it was perfectly dark, and t... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 23:41:44 EST #weightlosswarrior <img src=""> <BR> As I sit here with my night time tea I realize how many people watch you without saying anything, the ones that say something here and there, then the ones that really support you. Weight loss warrior... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 23:39:49 EST Daily Affirmation for Wednesday, February 20, 2019 " Bless EVERYTHING That Has Occurred To Bring Me To This Instant." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Wed, 20 Feb 2019 23:37:54 EST Wednesday winter whammy Today and tomorrow we are out of school due to weather. We got a foot of snow today and tomorrow we expect a nice icy frosting on top of it. The strike is over for now because the ominous (omnibus) bill was defeated. We are hesitant to trust that the legislature can be trusted not to propose new ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 23:14:42 EST Wednesday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 23:08:00 EST Wednesday 2.20.19 <img src=""> <BR> It's been awhile since I posted a blog. I have been experiencing quite a bit of stiffness/discomfort which I contribute to weight gain. In spite of that, I have made a conscious effort to sit less, ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:50:45 EST Make it <img src=""> <BR> Make today count! Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:49:51 EST Hump day <img src=""> <BR> It's down hill from here. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:48:59 EST W-day <img src=""> <BR> 20th Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:48:14 EST Tough day Migraine and in bed all daybut somehow got better just in time for my workout with a buddy at 515. Literally I woke up at 430 with just a mild headache and was able to keep my accountability date. Did 2 Aaptiv treadmill workouts then came home to shovel snow. Read this quote tonight No matter h... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:41:27 EST February 10k (second) <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:36:13 EST Feb 20 It's late and I don't have much energy left but had to complete my tracking and check off all my boxes on the start page so here I am blogging. I am grateful that I kept on track with calories yet still had plenty of delicious fresh clean food. It takes a bit more energy to pull it all together... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:36:02 EST Day 2 of The Challenge Thanks to those who visited yesterday's blog to cheer me on. I did pretty good today sticking to my breakfast and lunch plans. I really didn't have a plan for supper as I usually eat something light. I believe I did alright with my choices there, too. It would have been easy for me to do some... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:32:46 EST Day 38 Another day where I hit the elliptical first thing in the morning. I had to guess on calories for dinner which I luckily stayed within even with over estimating. Hoping that I can lose some of what I gained last week. Trying to get back into a routine. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:26:37 EST Does Meditation Help You Lose Weight? Does Meditation Help You Lose Weight? <BR> By Jenn Horton <BR> <BR> Your efforts around exercising and eating well are helping your blood pressure and your weight. Something else might also help: meditation. <BR> Meditation -- the practice of focusing your attention in order to find calm and cl... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:26:06 EST Argh <img src=""> Now I’m healing, starting to lose a little more weight and feeling healthier. My pup poodle is now falling in line of my curse. She hurt her front leg and chest somehow. Probably climbing up on the table a... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:25:43 EST Day 51: Birthday Haul <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "You have a choice each and every single day. I choose to feel blessed. I choose to feel grateful. I choose to be excited. I choose to be thankful. I choose to be happy." (Amber Housley) <BR> <... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:25:26 EST 5 Weight Loss Myths MYTH: CUT ALL CARBS TO GET LEAN <BR> <BR> Initially, you will lose more weight on a low-carb diet. When you eat very little carbs, your body will use up its own energy stores, so you’ll lose a lot of water weight rather than fat. Once you start eating a bit more normally, you’ll just gain that ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:18:00 EST Wednesday, Feb 20..snow, rain, and a great hair day The snow prediction came through around 10 am. Zumba class was well attended at 8:30 am and my college class had 14 people out of 20. Class started at 11 and the college sent us an email telling us that we were closing at noon!! It was a successful class and I managed to score a cancelled appoint... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:03:56 EST What would you do if <img src=""> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:01:37 EST Bubba Hyde Bubba Hyde, Diamond Rio, 1994 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Barney works down at the A & P <BR> He drives a baby blue A.M.C. <BR> Ain't missed of day of work in 13 years <BR> He's a fire department voluntee... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:51:13 EST Having a very tough week. Weight is up. BP is up, HR is poor. Allergies, colds 😪😫😴 This too shall pass. Things can only get better. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:41:59 EST Good News for Feb 20 Today's good news is from NY <BR> <BR> <link><BR>bell-cashier-writes-kind-messages-on-c<BR>ustomer-receipts/ </link> <BR> <BR> It doesn't cost anything to be nice, and the tiniest gesture can make a HUGE difference in someone's life. <BR> <BR> This song ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:39:51 EST One day at a time Today I went to the gym to use the plan carlina the trainer set up for me...and it was really hard but i did my best..hopefully it will get a little bit easier as time goes on. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:39:44 EST tonight I'm tired and my head hurts a little so shorter blog. Hope all of you are doing good. I might have eaten too much today. I'm looking forward to a good sleep and water fit class tomorrow. <BR> <em>102</em> <em>253</em> <em>593</em> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:31:10 EST Did not work for me. Well that experiment went bye bye pretty quickly. Guess I really wasn't ready or was it just something about the book that bugged me. Lots of things bug me now and I've decided that if something bugs me, I'm letting it go. Unfortunately that doesn't seem to work for winter and my hubby. HA!! Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:29:29 EST Day 2 I did not make my steps goal today but did really well with my water and tried to move more in general. Trying to find the positives and keep moving forward little by little. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:22:18 EST Up and downs Up husband surgery went good. I walk 15000 step around hospital. Down I ate over my goal. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:20:44 EST Old blogs on my page here... ...are really telling! Wow. I am a mover and shaker man. Jeez. Old place didn't work out b/c post-crash job security sucked. Been almost a decade since that post. Just bought my second home after renting again for years. Life is better. Funny though, goals are still the same. I've done we... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:19:36 EST Day 60 - wins and struggles 60 days in and I am celebrating my first 40lbs down. I am super proud of what I have accomplished so far, the changes I have made, and things couldn’t have gone better the first 2 months. <BR> <BR> So far I have..... <BR> - made the right food choices, and stayed within my calorie target <BR> - ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:08:51 EST February 20, 2019 Happy Wednesday! <BR> <BR> I woke up before the alarm again this morning. I just don't understand why... I got up and got ready to get my workout started. I got the text near the end of my workout that school was canceled because of the snow. We didn't end up getting as much snow as they predict... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:06:36 EST Cold, sore day The weather and the snowy, rainy result of it really messed with me today physically. I didn't get my daily walk because of it, but that is ok, I can make it up tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I should have remembered it would affect my right arm from 2 injuries I endured over 14 years ago. But that is ok... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:05:14 EST Day 60 (I think) It is either 59 or 60 days since the start of this journey to an improved me. An important thing I have learned along the way is that I can have a day or two where, if I don't have a choice (because I wish to enjoy the occasion and/or I don't want to put any demands on the host), I can give mysel... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 21:01:51 EST Wednesday <img src=""> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:57:58 EST happy hump day Had an adventurous day trying to find an inexpensive jersey for my grandson. <BR> His school choir is singing the National Anthem's (the Canadian and American Anthems) at a London Knight's hockey game. <BR> The school asked if they could wear the London Knight's jersey. <BR> I googled and found ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:57:55 EST Humpday blues Just keep swimming,,,, swimming ,swimming,,,, Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:52:11 EST What a day While at my daughters apartment meeting with her cmh manager she informed us she called her father last night to live with him and he be her guardian. Just when I think she has hit me with the next big thing she finds a way to top it. The manager asked how often do you see your father? Christma... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:51:38 EST Birthday today! I am so blessed to see another year. I am determined to remain focused and meet my weight loss goals <em>410</em> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:51:13 EST Wed 2/20 haircut and recycling It's hump day. Today we went to Waimea to get our haircuts, and then to Kekaha to recycle (HI-5). They take 200 cans/bottles and pay 5 cents per bottle redeemed. You can bring more than 200, but they will weigh them if you have more than 200. Most of the time you don't get your 5 cents per bottle... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:46:31 EST tried a new soup Butternut Squash Apple Bisque <BR> <BR> ok so it was canned, not homemade buit it was a different flavor combo then what i normally eat. it was sweeter then i noamlly have for soup, but it was good. <BR> <BR> only downside is that this one cant be a full meal on itself because the protein is ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:36:32 EST mattress topper! I splurged on a mattress topper. Thank you amazon for your fast shipping which allowed it to arrive the next day! Sleep has been hard. I can fall asleep with some discomfort and usually sleep thru the night. But I always wake up hurting. I didn’t realize how much I was relying on meds daily u... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:11:57 EST Last week--Valentine's Day We had a lovely Valentine's Day last week. I try to meet with the kids sometime before, on, or after Valentine's Day. I try to do a theme and this year I did some German food to celebrate our German heritage. I made German potato salad and bought some imported bratz. My daughter-in-law made ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:08:27 EST Focus, focus, focus It occurs to me that focusing on using Spark and Beck tools will help take my focus off the traitor in the White House. This is good for my health and weight-loss efforts. But I can't just stick my head in the sand and ignore what is happening in our country and the world. Tuesday night I had ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:03:42 EST Did you forget something? I'm really happy on the thyroid medication with a couple of exceptions. The huge lump in my throat is going down, I no longer look like I swallowed a bullfrog. After a few days of dizziness that's passed and I'm feeling upbeat and normal again. <BR> <BR> The exceptions would be waking up feelin... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:48:57 EST My week 6 badges earned <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:45:27 EST 65 years young This is an article that was texted to me - I thought it was useful. I am not the author <img src=""> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:41:53 EST 2019 Goals Day started cloudy and cold so I stayed in. Exbike, tgym abs, stretching and golds door gym arms. Went out midday at warm up in 50s. Decided to cut daily calories, 1800 flux plus what I burn in exercise is keeping me at 190. Will see if there is a change. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:40:52 EST Another day in the grind Despite the disappointing start to the morning, I stuck through with my plan for a healthy lifestyle another day! <BR> <BR> I have two job interviews tomorrow so I hope they go well. <BR> <BR> Calories 1207 <BR> Exercise 557 <BR> <BR> "If every day were like today... You'd weigh 166.2 lbs ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:32:41 EST Fabulous at 40! I turned 40 last June, and it was really difficult. I was looking at my life and my physical state, and thinking that something has got to change. I am not happy, and I REALLY want to be happy. <BR> <BR> I am the heaviest I have been in.... well.... EVER, and I've been pregnant 2 times (both ti... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:26:19 EST "P" stands for Prayer <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bible study was very good this morning as we discussed how our weaknesses are used as strengths by God. (The "thorn in Paul's side scriptures.) We actually spent time writing a list of our weak... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:25:44 EST Wednesday hump day Another busy one. I spent my whole morning at a four hour training and worked hard after to catch up between phone calls. <BR> <BR> There were a couple must-do errands after work, and now I’m almost as tired as I was last night. My energy level is better, but not back to normal for sure. At le... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:21:54 EST A Rest Took today off from work and attended continuing education. It was actually useful and I learned several things I can use in my practice. Generally the feeling is that if you can take one good idea away from these sessions you did well. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:21:22 EST Rest Day On the 5K your way challenge that I am doing, today was a rest day. Usually when a rest day pops up I still take a walk with my dogs. Today we had another snow storm, I didn't not feel good yesterday, and decided that I would actually rest. No run, no cross training, no walk, no yoga. NOTHING.... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:19:38 EST My Story, Initial Progress + "Before" Photo After my daughter Katie got back from her honeymoon, she went for a routine exam and they found acute myeloid leukemia. She had always been fit, healthy, active, strong. After five months of hospital stays, treatments, etc, she achieved remission, and we thought everything would be okay. But chem... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:17:31 EST 2/20/19 aww tomorrow is weigh in and I don’t think I’ve lost an ounce even though I’ve stayed well in my points !! Oh well we’ll see tomorrow. Oh Susan if you see this I posted a picture of all my reborn son here , I couldn’t figure out how to send them from my email on my phone , I’m gonna try to sav... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:16:05 EST my work I work with ddevelopmentally disabled adults. Part of my job is driving clients. ONe of the client's mother's gave me 3 boxes of candy -- chocolate. I left it at work to shar so I didn't eat it all Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:15:22 EST 2/20/19 Almost all green today and have achieved my steps per hour goal and have over 13K steps. Yesterday was all green but floors and miles but did achieve my steps per hour goal and had over 13K steps. Got in a great 20 min on escalator(stair master)then Legs/Back and Legs circuit to finish up. Tomorr... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:13:57 EST It's been a long month but time to get back to work Not enthused about the whole good habits and changes for the better thing, but I have a three day streak of logging food and drinking water. Maybe eventually I'll actually enjoy or at least not be grumpy about the process and will get on track with this years goals. <BR> <BR> Girl Scout cooki... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:09:38 EST And so it begins I started my diet and DDPYoga exercise today. I've burned more calories than I've ate today. I'm looking forward to this long journey. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:05:16 EST Day4/257 to go - trouble already! Day 4 and yesterday I had another bad day. I said I would tame my wine drinking and I haven’t. I’ve Easter a lot of my calories on it. Today though I’ve done well. No wine! And ate well. If I concentrate and commit, I can get back on track. Let’s see if I can stay on track tomorrow. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:58:13 EST Senior Day "My Memory Is So Bad!" <BR> <BR> "How Bad Is It?" <BR> <BR> "How Bad Is What?" <BR> <BR> <BR> I actually do many things each day to try to keep my memory as sharp as possible. One of the things that I do is to keep up with our Grand-daughters activities and also their school work. When they... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:54:34 EST Tomorrow may be the day! I am NOT a morning person. At all. I have had great intentions of going to the gym BEFORE work. I can not go in the evenings, my evenings are to jam packed with wife/mom duties. I have had great intentions of going to the gym before work, for months! My clothes are in my bag. I have slept ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:47:22 EST Goals met! <img src=""> This may be small to some but to me it’s huge! I also completed all day activity (250) steps each hour from 9-5 for the first time and met my water/caloric intake goal. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:45:26 EST sorry i didn't blog yesterday long story well, I am sorry that I didn't blog yesterday. I was working in the house and getting something from a top shelf in the bedroom for the closet and I fell back and landed on some boxes. now if you have been reading this you know I was in a wheelchair for 5 years, well after the fall I laid down fo... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:40:53 EST Staying moving <img src=""> <BR> I feeling good today another day down on a promise I made my self. I was a able to keep moving. I am trying to not sit for long periods of time. So my house is cleaner and I am feeling like I have mor... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:38:40 EST Hubby's treatment after surgery Hubby's treatment after surgery for the next five years commence today. He had two surgeries to remove cancer in his bladder on November 27 and December 27. <BR> <BR> Instillation of BCG into the bladder <BR> BCG is a bacterial preparation of a strain called Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG). The... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:32:08 EST Friends with Reality - Day 5 Reality: the pound is back. No Surprise. I'm refraining from posting Step One again but only because I don't see where it would help me move forward today. I own it. <BR> <BR> Reality: I am making progress. My specific progress is a null entity, as in I am not gaining. I continue to apply cardio... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:20:43 EST Keeping on keeping on! Another day of tracking and eating under 1200 calories. Still waiting on Doctor approval to exercise. One day at a time! Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:10:21 EST Doing OK Could be doing better, but I'm doing OK. <BR> <BR> Disappointed at some news that I received, since I had hoped for a more positive response. Still, it's not a crisis or anything -- it's merely a bump in the road. <BR> <BR> Managed to get out to the fitness center for the second day in a row. ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:10:01 EST Wednesday February 20th It is sometime hard. Stuff happens in your life some good some not. When hard times hit you hang in there, push thru it and talk about it when you need to. Problem is when the chit that is happening isn't happening to you but has a real impact on your life, you can't really talk about it to othe... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:08:10 EST Make a plan <img src=""> <BR> Ive been spending a good potion of the day reading other people's blogs, reading articles, and trying to feel better. Because I currently feel like crap. Some people's blogs are very telling. You ca... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:52:20 EST Day 17 and 18 Got some stressful news after work so that just did it for me. Went over in calories a bit and went to bed. Today, I went over calories again, but I am getting ready to head to the gym to try to work some of those off. I figured I am over about 1500 for the week so that should be about 3-4 days a... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:51:30 EST deaar bob the blog we are busy emptying the bungalow now, we got our new car this morning what a disaster we swerved to the side of the road to let a bus past, we hit the kerb and lost a wheel we just knew things where going too good for us Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:35:45 EST personal challeges This is Day 6 of my 21 day new member challenge and so far my main challenge has been technology! Haven't been able to get my picture on my page yet and I've made many seemingly irreparable mistakes tracking food and exercise. I enjoyed the chair exercise video and really believe that having to t... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:17:48 EST Chia Seed - Drink Favorite and EASY use of Chia Seeds. I've been making a version of "Momma Chia" (name brand) tea long before I'd ever seen them for sale in the stores. For anyone unfamiliar with this brand--it is often available COLD in the grab-and-go section of the health food, grocery, or convenience type s... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:17:32 EST personal challeges This is Day 6 of my 21 day new member challenge and so far my main challenge has been technology! Haven't been able to get my picture on my page yet and I've made many seemingly irreparable mistakes tracking food and exercise. I enjoyed the chair exercise video and really believe that having to t... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:16:54 EST Wow! Attempting to follow the diet suggestions from my recent visit with a dietitian. She suggested limiting meat protein to 6oz. a day. It's been a real eye opener. For the past year I was maintaining my weight loss with a low carb/keto way of eating. Loving the meat, cheeses, heavy whipping cream e... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:15:31 EST 2/20/19 Just when I am starting to get into a groove with walking, my Fitbit dies. I liked it because I could attach it to my ankle or shoe and it was much more accurate than my watch, since most of my walking includes carrying things, so the watch doesn’t register a lot of the steps. Not sure if I am ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:57:44 EST It's Been Too Long...Again My last blog post was June 11th, 2018. I apparently needed another long break. But a lot has happened since my last blog post. Since I would sitting at my computer typing this for a while, I will just break it down to make the post not so long. <BR> <BR> 1. In August 2018, my husband, kids, mom,... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:47:49 EST Wednesday Rain rain rain Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:37:37 EST Checking out Just for the evening I’m gonna skip the gym. And sit on my couch. No ones home it’s quiet and I can sit here and read. Make myself a nice dinner and avoid the cold ALONE. It doesn’t happen often so I’m taking advantage of the opportunity Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:13:32 EST I think I've earned a hot chocolate! The delivery arrived this evening...........oh my! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I thought, "hot chocolate now? Or afterwards?" I decided on afterwards . <BR> <BR> An hour later <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:06:21 EST Before Before the "change of life" started,I could lose weight like it was nothing. I even had energy to actually workout. Since the change of life started,I stay exhausted,and I can gain weight by just smelling food. I have gained about 40 or more pounds since the change started,and trying to remove it... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:05:27 EST Starting 6week Diet for Life today I've been eating whole food plant based since August 2018, trying to avoid sugar, oil and processed foods but I really haven't given it 100% effort. I picked up a book from the library by Dr Furman and it has inspired me to really get serious and cut out the cheating and see if I can achieve the ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:58:10 EST Exciting Day! Yesterday was a good day. I got off around 12:20 from work. I went to get my prescription, I went to my mom's house for a little, then I went to the bank, Target and Walmart and the grocery store! I was very good not buying a single item from Target. I also went to the dollar store. I forgot... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:54:39 EST Giving it another go I first joined Spark in 2006 after the birth of my daughter. I was at my highest weight ever and I wanted to be around to see my little girl grow up. I worked my butt off, but fell off the wagon just before reaching onederland. My weight has gone up and down since then and I keep coming back to S... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:52:29 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for February 20: Daily Inspiration <BR> All the good things in life don't mean much if we fail to enjoy them. Lord, may I pause to notice my blessings and be joyful. <BR> <BR> A Time to Think All our goodness is a loan; God is the owner. —Saint John of the Cross <BR> <BR> To Act Do unto others with a larger ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:45:43 EST Taxes done I got my taxes filed last night.1 more thing off my list. Getting all kinds of things done this month. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:42:36 EST Results of the Bubba-SlimFast Plan I wouldn't say it was Slim"Fast" but it did work! Started in June and reached goal in January. <BR> <em>334</em> 169 lbs to 117 lbs <BR> <BR> Walk Bubba 4X daily and drink 2 shakes, eat one meal. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:41:04 EST 4 Girl Scouts - 3 States - 2457 Miles Just had a terrific visit with three of my former Girl Scout cohorts from Seoul, South Korea (well that is where we all met and volunteered with the US Girl Scout program) in El Paso TX. <BR> <BR> Rental car, picked up Shelly from Ewa Beach HI and hit the road to El Paso -- enroute stopped in ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:40:40 EST DISAPPOINTMENT :( Well, I had a huge disappointment yesterday. But, today, I think it was probably really for my own good. <BR> <BR> I have explained before that among other replacements in my body from my sepsis bout most of last year, I also had a hip replacement. I had been told I would not be able to cross ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:31:17 EST February 20th Yesterday went better than we expected and I think we did my Father in Law proud. We had a Humanist Service as he wasn't a religeous man however it was beautiful and we were given a quiet moment to say our own prayers if we wanted. My Mother in Law was wonderful as were the Carers who came with h... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:24:25 EST Finding The Silver Linings I have had some time to take it all in after my worst fears being realized. Several and some unexpected silver-linings are starting to form in what turns out to be a horrible diagnosis. Its stage four, spread to the liver IBC (inflammatory breast cancer). IBC is rare, most aggressive type a... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:24:08 EST Ugh I eat when depressed because I don't care. <BR> Then I feel better, care, then get depressed because I ate. REALLY?? <BR> What a cycle. <BR> Crazy isn't it! lol <em>39</em> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:08:22 EST Free Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just enough ice on the back roads for them to call school off. Warmed up enough that everything has melted here in town. Works out perfect for me. 1 day back to work, a day to rest up again, ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:00:25 EST My little Girl is Free I was born into a family of alcoholics and a dysfunctional. Inside our household we learned to stuff what’s going on around us or what’s happening to us with food or alcohol to numb how we felt at that time. What my mother showed for love is either taking physical or emotional abuse, or being c... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:59:59 EST Scheduling for a Win Maintaining a schedule can at times be problematic. I know it is for me and I suspect it is for most people. Let's face it we are all busy and at times the best laid plans do seem to go awry. As a church musician and pastoral care minister I have a wide array of responsibilities. On a regular bas... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:56:11 EST Finding my motivation again Well, once again I stopped blogging and stopped caring. I used to blog daily and ate perfectly and exercised 6/7 days a week! Sometimes I feel like a failure but I also remind myself I had a baby and things CHANGE big time with a baby! <BR> <BR> I joined dietbet to kick my butt in gear and it h... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:49:27 EST 2019, Day 51: Owwwwwie Well, as I half expected, I am even more sore today than yesterday, from the Monday evening workout with the trainer! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> My quads are the worst...hurts to get up and down from the chair. The rest of me is okay, just a bit sore. Other than my back which is kill... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:45:53 EST Waiting I waiting for husband surgery to end. I walk hospital up and down and even going up and down the stairs. The surgery is supposed to last 3 to 4 hours it now 3 1/2 hrs. Hope he out soon. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:44:34 EST FEELING UP TODAY A few years ago I was at the Salvation Army thrift store. They used to have a 1/2 price sale every 3rd Wed. of the month. My husband and i used to go to that sale every month. One of those days I was standing near the bikes looking at something else and an employee brought in {for the lack of... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:39:14 EST Being silly <img src=""> <BR> Lol! Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:26:53 EST Off week I really have had an off week. The weather is terrible, things have gotten cancelled. We all are sick of being inside. My husband and I have had congestion off and on since December. Husband is out of town for work until Saturday. I will pick him up and drop them off to the daddy/daughter dance (... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:14:24 EST Getting Caught Up The last day I checked in on my Noom app... *sigh*... was Feb 9. <BR> <BR> What am I doing? What am I waiting for? I enjoy my Noom app. I am enjoying reading the articles and chatting with my goal coach and learning about my body and metabolism and all the things. I'm enjoying reaching my ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 14:09:00 EST Life and all that goes with it Life has kind of been a roller coaster lately. Our kid who is in her second semester at the University of Arizona and 1200 miles away is not doing well. Her mental health is getting the best of her. She bombed the first semester and is struggling this semester. I made her get make an appointm... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:58:00 EST A suggested "Joyous" pledge Reply with an emoticon if you agree with this WHOLESOME, INSPIRATIONAL, HEALTHY, AND JOYOUS LIFE PLEDGE by OLDEROWL <BR> <em>525</em> <BR> <BR> We pledge to strive to live each day, a Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy, and Joyous life. <BR> <BR> Wholesome because we strive: <BR> -to eat onl... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:57:18 EST Small Victories... I just got dressed after picking up some jeans that I had set as a goal to fit in to. I didn't bother trying them on because they were goal jeans... not jeans that I was going to wear immediately... Besides, I really didn't have the time to try them on because it was a race for me to get the 40 m... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:55:33 EST COLDER AGAIN Wow, I thought yesterday was cold but today is a lot colder. Great day to cook a boiled dinner. A bit of corned beef and cabbage can make a body rejoice no matter how cold it may be outdoors. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:50:00 EST Terrible No Good Very Bad Rotten Day and a Picture Yesterday was a no good terrible very bad rotten day. And like a little kid, it would appear that I had more or less of a temper tantrum about it, the food-based equivalent of laying on the floor kicking and screaming. Too much angry consumption and gnashing of teeth. Which is not to say I didn't... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:37:21 EST Biggest Loser Challenge SPRING 2019 Purple Passion team I'm so excited to be part of the Biggest Loser Purple Passion team. The 10 week challenge for spring begins March 7th. If you'd like, you can sign up now. Go to Biggest Loser spring challenge all teams to put your name on the list. <BR> <BR> We are a chatty and fun group of ladies and gentlemen ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:23:45 EST Winter Gardening Gets Me By Till I Really Go Crazy Come Spring <img src=""> Picked some indoor tomatoes and a mess of winter greens from the (normally covered) winter beds for a nice Mega Salad :-) and WooHoo My Cabbages are sporting cute little heads! Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:19:30 EST Back again. Night snacking ideas One of my biggest problems right now is late evening/night snacking. It starts when I get tired after dinner but the kids are still going strong. I usually start off having something fairly innocuous. But it snowballs. And if there are sweets around they won't be for long! <BR> <BR> I also need... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:50:39 EST Wellness Wednesday Back to work today and I see that facilities has one of the hallways blocked off...not sure what they are working on but that will seriously impact my ability to "walk" and get some steps in while at work... <BR> <BR> Looks like I will be on the treadmill later anyway....I normally have 5000 ste... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:48:21 EST Keto day 35 Maca Day 25 Still struggling with a plateau around 229-230 and my face acne breakout is still really bad. :( I was happy to attempt a version of sushi using chopped whitefish mixed with olive oil mayo and sriracha as the "rice" part spreading that on the seaweed papers for the base. I used pickled okra fo... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:37:00 EST Prayer Power According to God’s Word – 14 Have you ever prayed without seeing results even though you have faith? <BR> <BR> “…praying always with all prayers and supplication in the Spirit being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints – and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may ope... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:30:30 EST 300 calorie mini meals <img src=""> <BR> I'm a household of One. That's to my advantage in the world of menu-making choices. Lately I am trying to fit my macros for my ideal weight. Over the years I regained a few kgs from eating too much. ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:26:05 EST Books <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Clean Out Your Bookcase Day <BR> On Clean Out Your Bookcase Day, avid readers and bibliophiles focus on getting their bookcases clean and in order. They dust or wipe down their bookcases and mak... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:16:40 EST 20th February Well, the TNT furniture delivery story goes on - but has a happy ending! This morning I had three answerphone messages before 9am: two from the TNT office asking me to phone them, and one from the TNT driver saying he was attempting to deliver again today. I phoned him back and told him about m... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:16:39 EST 100 steps, 12 steps, 902 steps, 1120 steps It's 100 steps to the bathroom in my office building, if I take the long way. Not only do I get some extra steps in (my goal is 10K per day), but I can also take some deep, calming breaths when I'm getting micromanaged, which happens on the daily. God, please do not let me use work stress as an e... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:13:14 EST Feeling happy <img src=""> There’s a little lift in my step today since I’m back losing a little weight again!!! I stepped on that mean scale as a joke and I yelled out when 3 pounds were gone!!! I had all but given up on losing any... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:08:03 EST Wednesday It's a snowy and yucky day here in Frederick. Thankful to have a stationary bike in the house i can get a workout done on. Now for some snow-shoveling. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:04:04 EST Stretch that goal Well at the beginning of February I started practicing to do a back bend.....I used to do them all the time. Now here I am at 36 80lbs over weight and I am almost there! Killing the stretch and getting closer every day. Keep at it people. Keep trying Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:00:39 EST How to live healthy, till 100 Do centarians exercise or watch how they eat to stay healthy? <BR> How do some people live beyond stress,illness, and a long life? <BR> <link><BR>o_live_to_be_100#t-1160185 </link> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:59:03 EST My luck Well could I have any worse treadmill would not go when I stepped on it...that totally sucked ...I finally got in gear and it's gotta be worked on...till I can use it Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:50:20 EST Missing Cat Found in the Best Place Ever (Other Than Home) <link><BR>ypets/archive/2019/02/20/missing-cat-f<BR>ound-in-the-best-place-ever.aspx?utm_s<BR>ource=petsnl&utm_medium=email&utm_cont<BR>ent=art2&utm_campaign=20190220Z1_NB&et<BR>_cid=DM268752&et_rid=549831601 </link> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:36:30 EST Today's plateau busting assignment... Write a blog post reflecting on your current exercise schedule and see if there are changes you can make to optimize your workouts. <BR> <BR>  Exercise plan: <BR> • Bike on cardio days. <BR> • Strength training M W F <BR> • Cardio training T TH SA <BR> • Core training W F SU <BR> • Walk M W... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:35:45 EST 2019 GYM THIS MORNING GOING LONG AND HARD hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had intense workout this morning with the step ups really work you hard cardio be up then strenghth training mixing it up what are you all doing today let know getting stronger i have got to try yoga this year for relaxtion of my body i am doing everything that ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:30:29 EST Still snowing, and a new baby It's in the low 20's here and it is still snowing, so chores this morning was trudging thru snow up and over the knees and shovels places to feed everyone. And now have extra work, as yesterday morning while hubby was moving yesterday snow he notice this little body walking around the hay bale,... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:26:29 EST “Only” a .2 loss this week So I’ve lost 21 pounds so far. This week only a .2 loss. I would be lying if I didn’t say I was a little disappointed but I didn’t have the best week and there are a few other things I could consider. My struggle has always been after 20-25 lb loss and it comes off slower. In the past I always ga... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:24:10 EST Just Do, There is no trying. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am a perfectionist.. I think I need to be doing everything at 100%..that goes out the window today. each day I am going to set three goals and if I do just one goal I will consider the day to... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:23:09 EST why Diets Don't Work! How Does Mindful Thinking Change things? listen to this whole thing to make it make sense. We all keep doing diets but keep thinking we will get different results! <BR> <link><BR>dieting_doesn_t_usually_work#t-746081 </link> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:22:44 EST Wednesday Exercise complete. Doctors appointment done. Babysitting now until 4 p.m. Have a lovely hump day! Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:17:00 EST Protein Smoothie recipes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I do love a protein smoothie occasionally especially on days I do back to back strength training as it can be hard to get my protein numbers and macros right. <BR> <BR> Why a smoothie? This is ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:15:28 EST Wednesday February 20, 2019.....SNOW DAY....changing of the guards, well I actually mean changing of Good morning all! It's a snow day today! We have somewhere between 6-8 inches, school is cancelled, my work appt has been postponed. I hope to get the work I have to do done and then spend a day chilling with my kids. The dogs have been wanting to go outside and run just run and run and run..... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:14:29 EST Here again I haven't posted on my blog for a long time. I am retired now. I don't have a lot going on these days other than redoing the house Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:11:47 EST Self discovery... <img src=""> <BR> Why don't we just know who we are? Today someone posted this pic/meme/whatever and I love it! But it prompted my thinking on why we don't just come into the word knowing who we are. Why is this a d... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 11:04:39 EST Expect God's Best - Joel and Victoria "In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly." (Psalm 5:3, NIV) <BR> <BR> Our God is a God of "suddenlies!" Suddenly, He breaks an addiction. Suddenly, your health improves. Suddenly, you are given that promotion. When you keep your h... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:54:11 EST Romeo Day It is a cloudy start to the day on the Gulf Coast. I have to be ready for my retired old men's group lunch later today. All is going well. My jaw is slowly healing naturally after the visit to the Oral Surgeon. I have to be ready for a follow-up visit next week and an EMT doctor visit just bef... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:53:56 EST 15 Exercises We'd Be Better Off Without ~ Jumping on the bandwagon <BR> <BR> ~ Wading through paperwork <BR> <BR> ~ Running around in circles <BR> <BR> ~ Pushing your luck <BR> <BR> ~ Spinning your wheels <BR> <BR> ~ Adding fuel to the fire <BR> <BR> ~ Beating your head against the wall <BR> <BR> ~ Climbing the walls <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:44:56 EST 02/20/19 Masterpiece <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have, or do." Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:43:53 EST Tuesday Wednesday Ended up being a quiet evening, volunteer event was postponed. Easy evening today, just a bath for one of the little ones. Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:43:45 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...Day 201 out of 365 I going cray cray? Yesterday's blog I blogged about overcoming emotional neglect. You tube has a way of if you watch a video, they recommend tons just like it. A few days later I saw this video entitled 'What is gaslighting?' I ignored it for a while then I watched it. Gaslighting is from a movie where the people ... Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:39:09 EST This looks so simple--but is so hard to make a new habit! <img src=""> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 10:38:13 EST