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  • April Adventures -Day #29!

    4/29/2016 10:21:48 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Day 29 and going strong! Had a great night celebrating my best friend's 30th birthday last night! It was a little tough not drinking at the bar with everyone - but I just couldn't let myself screw everything up this close to the end! Which got me thinking about not screwing up my progress in May. I ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Plan of Salvation

    4/29/2016 11:48:15 AM, by JLAMING263

    "You have been sent to earth in this dispensation of time because of who you are and what you have been prepared to do!" —Linda K. Burton... Read more

  • Friday April 29th.

    4/29/2016 6:51:55 AM, by SANDY1969

    Really contemplating a rest day today or at least put the bike off until after work. Really tired after a week of drinking so much water and endless late night trips to get up and go potty. Feeling like an excuse. Struggling! lol I have to be at work at 9 this morning. I have been getting ... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #28!

    4/28/2016 4:48:29 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Day 28 - and Bestie's 30th Birthday Party tonight! I hope she's as excited to get the signed Felicia Day biography as I am to give it to her! She has expressed how much she likes her - so I think she will! I'll be sure to share pics tomorrow of the birthday bash tonight! Since we have a busy e... Read more

  • SPOILER...Faith

    4/28/2016 9:30:59 AM, by JLAMING263

    Koichi Aoyagi Put God first, regardless of the trials you face. Love God. Have faith in Christ, and entrust yourself to Him in all things.... Read more

  • Ohio killings near me.

    4/28/2016 8:35:02 AM, by SANDY1969

    Today's blog has absolutely nothing to do with weight. As most of you in the US has probably heard, 8 people were murdered in Ohio a few days ago. I live fairly close to the area where these people died. I know I have seen some of these people, but did not know them. I have friends on face... Read more

  • The last 10 pounds........

    4/28/2016 6:11:43 AM, by SPARKLE97

    The last 10 pounds.......they are still here. I have always heard that the last 10 pounds are the hardest to lose and that is where I am at right now. I am writing this blog so that when these 10 are gone, I can look back and remember how hard I worked to get the last 10 pounds off, and remember jus... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #27!

    4/27/2016 9:22:10 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    It's really starting to become real - that I'm almost done with my month of awesome! What seemed like such a long time has flown by and has been proven to be a lot more pleasant than "self induced torture" as one of my best friends called it! I'm really starting to think about what I may contin... Read more

  • 3 more days...

    4/27/2016 11:04:05 AM, by SANDY1969

    to make this month count for something. The last few months I have started out well and then fallen in the middle and ended right where I started. If I weighed 150 pounds I would be delighted but I don't. I weigh 300+ pounds and that just plain sucks. I've had a few Dr appointments and a... Read more

  • SPOILER...Service

    4/27/2016 8:19:54 AM, by JLAMING263

    Henry B. Eyring We lighten the loads of others best by helping the Lord strengthen them.... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #26!

    4/26/2016 11:39:52 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Day 26! AKA - the day I met Felicia Day!!! That's right - I spent 4 hours in a book store waiting for my tiny window of time to meet an amazing actress, writer and business woman. I'd love to tell you that it was kismet - that Felicia and I were meant to be best friends and that 15 seconds lau... Read more

  • SPOILER...Divine Guidance

    4/26/2016 1:21:51 PM, by JLAMING263

    David A. Bednar We frequently may press forward hoping and praying—but without absolute assurance—that we are acting in accordance with God’s will. But as we honor our covenants and keep the commandments, as we strive ever more consistently to do good and to become better, we can walk with the con... Read more

  • Leslie sansone 5k work out with a twist

    4/26/2016 11:38:50 AM, by SPARKLE97

    364 I did an awesome in home work out today that I found on YouTube. It is called Leslie sansone 5k work out with a twist. It is perfect for rainy days and when you can't get to the gym. I worked up a good sweat, but the workout is very easy to follow, no complicated steps, and she is so encouraging... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #25!

    4/25/2016 9:17:12 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    25 Days. WOW! And I haven't missed a day of all of my water, workouts, cleaning, sobriety and snooze button hits! While some days are harder than others for different reasons, overall this experience has been great thus far and not nearly as hard as I thought it would be! One of my other goals ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    4/25/2016 3:08:50 PM, by JLAMING263

    Adney Y. Komatsu As we faithfully render our stewardships in the Church, as we remember that our actions speak the feelings of our hearts, and as we extend our love to our Savior who waits to receive us into his kingdom, may we do so with hope and with love and with charity.... Read more

  • Feeling better :)

    4/25/2016 7:41:21 AM, by SPARKLE97

    I started my new dosage of my thyroid medication last tuesday morning, and I am feeling so much better! My energy levels are back up and I feel almost like myself again, even got in several long walks this wknd, the weather was gorgeous here in ohio :) Now its time to get that scale moving again and... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #24!

    4/24/2016 8:59:31 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    What a gorgeous Sunday! Spent it with family plus hundreds of people! DH's family owns a local deli. It sits on the local square. Our family is…charismatic to say the least! Many people know their restaurant not only because of the good food, but colorful people who work there. Each spr... Read more

  • SPOILER...Atonement

    4/24/2016 6:14:38 PM, by JLAMING263

    Boyd K. Packer That is the promise of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Atonement: to take anyone who comes, anyone who will join, and put them through an experience so that at the end of their life, they can go through the veil having repented of their sins and having been washed clean through t... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #23!

    4/23/2016 9:31:56 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    My apologies to my loyal readers - all 5 to 10s of you! I didn't blog yesterday. And it wasn't some catastrophic event - I just didn't. I was busy doing life, and sometimes that happens. But don't worry, that doesn't mean I strayed from my goals. I worked out by bike commuting to work, I cleane... Read more

  • SPOILER...Scriptue

    4/23/2016 7:17:50 PM, by JLAMING263

    Howard W. Hunter It is certain that one who studies the scriptures every day accomplishes far more than one who devotes considerable time one day and then lets days go by before continuing. Not only should we study each day, but there should be a regular time set aside when we can concentrate with... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    4/22/2016 7:00:46 PM, by JLAMING263

    Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow (Hymn) Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise him, all creatures here below; Praise him above, ye heav'nly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #21!

    4/21/2016 10:28:15 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Great day 21! Except my stupid Fitbit died without warning! There goes the workweek challenge I was in! Not that I was going to win but still! Normal day here at work. Nothing special, which to me usually means good things. The bosses (who are married) are both out tomorrow - they are going on ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Potential

    4/21/2016 8:57:14 AM, by JLAMING263

    Linda S. Reeves A vision of our Father’s incredible promised blessings must be the central focus before our eyes every day.... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #20!

    4/20/2016 9:58:00 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Twenty days in. And honestly, it seems like I just started yesterday. Some things continue to be a little bit of a struggle, but change always is. About twice a week I really don't want to pop out of bed at the alarm, but I do. About once a week I think it would just be easier to use my restaurant n... Read more

  • April Adventures Day #19!

    4/19/2016 9:43:57 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    So I left my computer at work so I'm posting from my phone! Just a warning that this post will be short and perhaps riddled with autocorrect issues! Workout today was a three and a half mile run. It was over 80 degrees outside and my left knee has been a little tender but all in all it was a... Read more

  • My e.r. visit :(

    4/19/2016 8:00:36 AM, by SPARKLE97

    For the past two weeks, I have felt off here and there. Some nausea, heartburn, and general weakness and fatigue. I went from feeling great after a 30 pound weight loss, to just not being able to work out hardly at all, lots of fatigue!!! Last night I had finally had enough and went to the local e.r... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #18!

    4/18/2016 8:33:48 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Eighteen days in and things are starting to become habit. I'm sneaking reading in whenever I can. I'm cleaning a little before work to start getting my minutes in and I'm planning workouts for days ahead of schedule. I'm also giving myself mini goals throughout the day. Like making a list of three t... Read more

  • SPOILER...Spiritual Stability

    4/18/2016 12:43:15 PM, by JLAMING263

    Dale G. Renlund We need sufficient spiritual stability to successfully navigate our mortal lives and return safely to our heavenly home.... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #17!

    4/17/2016 9:41:59 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    What a beautiful day! And what a relaxing day. I had grand plans to continue painting today, but I woke up and decided that perhaps I'd spare myself a day of work and just enjoy myself. After my long day yesterday - it was a perfect compliment for a nice weekend. That's not to say I didn't do ANYTHI... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #16!

    4/16/2016 11:33:53 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Quick blog because I still have friends over! It's been a nonstop day! Got up at 8, finished taping off the bedroom for painting. Then went to the grocery store. Afterwards, I hit up Crossfit at noon. HARD but awesome day at Crossfit! Today's workout: 24 Squats 24 Pushups 24 Walking Lunges 400 Mete... Read more

  • SPOILER...A Christ Centered Life

    4/16/2016 9:16:50 AM, by JLAMING263

    Richard J. Maynes The world in which we live is putting great pressure on good people everywhere to lower or even abandon their standards of righteous living. However, despite the evils and temptations that surround us each day, we can and will find true joy today in living a Christ-centered life.... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #15!

    4/15/2016 10:19:33 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Day #15 and a much more positive day! Heard the alarm this morning and wasn't really wanting to pop right out of bed - BUT I did. Nothing special happened at work today - but those are usually the best days. Things went fast, always good for a Friday. When I got home, DH was out in the beautiful w... Read more

  • SPOILER...Health

    4/15/2016 8:51:39 AM, by JLAMING263

    Joseph B. Wirthlin Good physical and spiritual health can help us to stay on the straight and narrow way. The Lord gave his code of health in the Word of Wisdom, a “principle with promise” that modern medical science continues to substantiate.... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #14!

    4/14/2016 9:01:56 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    As good as my attitude was going in to my weigh was bad coming out. The 1.4 lbs I lost last week? I gained back 1.2 lbs of it! And I'm going to be honest. It killed most of my day. It mentally just killed me. I said that I was okay with it, but the truth is I'm like so many other women out t... Read more

  • SPOILER...Accountable

    4/14/2016 9:22:13 AM, by JLAMING263

    "The point is that there is a cornerstone. There are boundaries, both of behavior and of doctrine. There are commandments. There is obedience. Believing this as I do doesn’t rob me of my agency or of my opinions. Rather it compels me constantly to evaluate my own behavior against that standard, know... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #13!

    4/13/2016 10:33:48 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Day #13! Another great day! Lucky #13 - and look at how good that calendar is looking! Haven't missed a day of any of my goals! And thanks to today -I got my 3 project days in for this week! After work, DH and I went to Menards and picked out paint and got painting supplies. Al... Read more

  • Enough is Enough

    4/13/2016 11:05:23 AM, by TRYINGMYBEST2

    Must concentrate harder on making things work like the scale going down instead of up. It's kind of like when you were a little kid doing what you are suppose to went very well. I think I need to keep busier. So I have resolved to set things that need to be accomplished around the house like ... Read more

  • SPOILER...Choice

    4/13/2016 8:56:49 AM, by JLAMING263

    Peter Vidmar Let’s not settle for mediocrity. Let’s always try our best. Let us decide now what type of person we want to be, and when a difficult situation comes along we will be prepared to pass the test.... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #12!

    4/12/2016 9:02:01 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Started the day strong with an awesome run! Today I set a New Personal Record (NPR) of running 2 miles in 19:18! That's 9 minutes and 39 seconds a mile! Hard to believe that last summer I was pretty sure I couldn't pass the Army PT Test for my age/gender group which requires you to run 2 miles in 2... Read more

  • SPOILER...Love

    4/12/2016 10:19:44 AM, by JLAMING263

    John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.... Read more

  • Daughter surgery

    4/12/2016 7:51:46 AM, by SPARKLE97

    As some of you may know, my daughter had her tonsils removed and two holes in her ears patched where she had ear tubes, this past Friday morning. I had an awful time over the wknd trying to get her to eat and drink anything at all, she could barely talk to me and she ran a high fever off and on all ... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #11!

    4/11/2016 9:48:17 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Some days are just uneventful. Today is that day. I had no inclination to drink, I cleaned my 15 minutes, got more than enough water and thankfully didn't hit the snooze button. Best part of the day? Crossfit! The WOD (workout of the day) today was called "Death by Burpees" and "Death by Pull-u... Read more

  • SPOILER...Revelation

    4/11/2016 4:20:25 PM, by JLAMING263

    "We all know that human judgment and logical thinking will not be enough to get answers to the questions that matter most in life. We need revelation from God. And we will need not just one revelation in a time of stress, but we need a constantly renewed stream." —Henry B. Eyring... Read more

  • SPOILER...Sharing

    4/11/2016 12:06:12 PM, by JLAMING263

    M. Russell Ballard Sharing our feelings about God and religion should be easy since most ... are loving, sharing, and trusting people. With a relationship of trust established and with help from the Lord, we generally can feel comfortable moving beyond the realm of friendship and can invite our fr... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #10!

    4/10/2016 9:55:47 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Man plans, and God laughs. That's the saying, right? I had a LOT planned for this weekend. And I can't say I got it all done BUT it was very productive none the less! This morning the bestie and I ran our 4th race together this year (my 5th race this year and 6th since December). We ran for th... Read more

  • SPOILER...Service

    4/10/2016 9:17:07 AM, by JLAMING263

    "We all experience times and seasons in our lives. But whether we are at school, at work, in the community, or especially in the home, we are the Lord’s agents and we are on His errand." —Carol F. McConkie,... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #9!

    4/9/2016 11:54:37 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Busy day - so a short and late blog! I spent most of the day out of the house or cleaning, which didn't leave much time for SP. I started on and made a lot of progress cleaning our upstairs. While doing so I found $75 in Bed, Bath and Beyond gift cards! Always great to find that hidden surprise! I... Read more

  • SPOILER...Faith

    4/9/2016 9:16:06 AM, by JLAMING263

    Thomas S. Monson May we choose to build up within ourselves a great and powerful faith which will be our most effective defense against the designs of the adversary—a real faith, the kind of faith which will sustain us and will bolster our desire to choose the right. Without such faith, we go nowh... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #8!

    4/8/2016 1:17:39 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Happy Friday! It's an amazing feeling to wake up on Friday wanting to hit the snooze and then follow that by forcing yourself to get up, get dressed and run 2 miles! That one decision starts the day with so much energy and accomplishment. It really set the tone for the day and my weekend! And what a... Read more

  • SPOILER...Faith

    4/8/2016 7:54:14 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Joined in faith, we teach and edify one another and strive to approach the full measure of discipleship." —D. Todd Christofferson... Read more

  • Celebrating 30 pounds gone today!

    4/8/2016 7:46:54 AM, by SPARKLE97

    Well this morning is my 60 day anniversary on spark people lol and I hit my 30 pounds lost goal. Its crazy, I feel like a totally different person now! And I was really surprised because it's been a busy week and I haven't worked out as I normally do! 10 pounds or less to go to be at my goal weight!... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #7!

    4/7/2016 9:23:56 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Day 7 started out in a wonderful way - by stepping on the scale and seeing results! After 1 week I am officially down 1.4 lbs. Before this week I've only lost around 3 lbs this year so 1.4 in a week was a BIG accomplishment. I'm trying more and more not to focus on the scale as Crossfit and running ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    4/7/2016 10:15:08 AM, by JLAMING263

    M. Russell Ballard The key, it seems to me, is to know and understand your own capabilities and limitations and then to pace yourself, allocating and prioritizing your time, your attention, and your resources to wisely help others, including your family, in their quest for eternal life. ... Read more

  • Having a good week. AND having drama.

    4/7/2016 7:42:39 AM, by SANDY1969

    Ok so far I'm having a pretty good week I can not complain. Funny how that happens when you put in the effort and don't sit on your butt eating potato chips huh? Update on the lady that called me a "b" day before yesterday. Well yesterday she came back. I was at the window talking to a co-wo... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #6!

    4/6/2016 12:58:41 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Day #6 and happy to report that I've continued on my streak. During the work week the hardest component is definitely getting my cleaning in and making sure I do at least one of my 3 big projects. Tonight I don't have any appointments or Crossfit so that means tonight is project night! And what... Read more

  • part 2 to day 3

    4/6/2016 11:47:58 AM, by SANDY1969

    Just thought about this and wanted to share it since I remembered it after reading my part 1 of Day 3 about being a good person. Last night I got called a bitch at work by a customer. Let me share the story. I work as a pharmacy tech. I was at the drop off window and a lady (I use this t... Read more

  • Day 3

    4/6/2016 11:28:33 AM, by SANDY1969

    I have a late day at work today so I am trying to stay very active this morning and get my steps in. I also have only a 5 hour shift at work which means no lunch break for me. I will get a tiny 15 minute break in there around 7 tonight, which sucks. Too late to eat a lot and go in too early to ea... Read more

  • 28 pound difference

    4/6/2016 11:23:25 AM, by SPARKLE97

    28 pound difference, 10 more pounds to get to my initial weight loss goal. :)... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #5!

    4/5/2016 12:55:22 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Day #5 and already a sixth of a way through my challenge month! Going strong and feeling good! Yesterday as challenging to get my cleaning in and to not waste my one restaurant trip a week on picking up something quick on my way home from my hair appointment last night. Who wants to get fast fo... Read more

  • 2 day roll and trading off

    4/5/2016 9:10:36 AM, by SANDY1969

    So Im on day 2 of a 2 day streak...woo hoo! lol. Exercising, logging food and drinking water, check, check, check! I even picked up a weight yesterday for a few minutes, I'm smokin! haha. Here's today's thought or my issue or struggle or whatever you want to call it. My schedule at... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #4!

    4/4/2016 12:50:50 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Monday morning and not hitting the snooze button? Well it was easier than I thought! After a productive but relaxing weekend I'm not draggin butt this morning like I usually do on Monday's! It's amazing how good the body reacts to enough sleep and an absence of booze. 246 It was also easier to get ... Read more

  • Coffee

    4/4/2016 12:48:30 PM, by SPARKLE97

    I used to be able to drink coffee like it was water! Now, whenever I drink it, it gives me heartburn...anyone have any insight as to why that's happening? I am only drinking 1 or 2 cups in the morning. I have totally overhauled my diet, and have lost almost 30 pounds now. I didn't drink any yesterda... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    4/4/2016 11:49:52 AM, by JLAMING263

    "The heavens are not closed. God speaks to prophets today, and He will speak to you and me as well.—Lawrence E. Corbridge" —Lawrence E. Corbridge... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #3!

    4/3/2016 2:08:44 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Day #3 - a quiet Sunday at home. Spending it mostly to myself. Got up, took the dogs outside, watched some TV and then cooked up a healthy version of Huevos Rancheros. It was delicious! Two days in a row with time, no hangover and thinking about myself = two beautiful, healthy, delicious breakfasts!... Read more

  • Just BLAH

    4/3/2016 9:52:13 AM, by SANDY1969

    In the past month I have lost my will. I am barely hanging on by a thread. I joined a 5% challenge but it's all I can do to report my weigh in once a week. I just don't know what's wrong with me I have never felt quite this way. I have only exercised a few times. The last time you heard fro... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    4/2/2016 9:57:07 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Heavenly Father’s generous compensation for living in perilous times is that we also live in the fulness of times." —Gary E. Stevenson... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #2!

    4/2/2016 8:34:05 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Day #2 and feeling great! It's always kind of interesting for me to spend a Friday night not drinking. That's our night to let go and have fun! Well instead we had an awesome night at home. Hubby only had one drink so it made it much easier not to even think about it. My drink of choice is Sug... Read more

  • Gym membership

    4/1/2016 10:21:33 PM, by SPARKLE97

    Hubby and I joined the local ymca today and we went to check it out tonight. We each did 30 minutes on the ellipticals, and did some strength training. I have always been a work out from home type, but I really enjoyed the gym, I was surprised. I really liked that I could watch tv while working out ... Read more

  • April Adventures -Day #1!

    4/1/2016 1:02:32 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Today is the day the proverbial rubber hits the road. And I'm ready and willing. To start out my month long adventure - I set my alarm this morning for 10 minutes earlier than usual and didn't hit the snooze button once! I laced up my kicks, turned on my music and ran 2 miles as the sun began t... Read more

  • Abby's April Adventures!

    3/31/2016 1:54:25 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Today is the day. Well, really tomorrow is. Tomorrow is the day it starts - it being me kicking my own butt in to gear for the betterment of everything in my life. What does that really mean? It means committing to the month of April and making big changes. These aren't change I think I could make f... Read more

  • 160s!!!!!

    3/31/2016 9:10:47 AM, by SPARKLE97

    Woohoo! I finally made it into the 160s! Somebody pinch me! It seems like just yesterday that I stared at the scale in disbelief as it read 202. I guess i always felt like i just couldnt lose the weight, and i never realized how out of shape i was until i couldnt carry a basket of clothes up to my... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    3/31/2016 8:52:53 AM, by JLAMING263

    Lorenzo Snow We have got to reach … a higher plane: we have got to love God more than we love the world.... Read more