SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Together In the Christian Life Life Principle 28 <BR> <BR> No Christian has ever been called to “go it alone” in his or her walk of faith. <BR> <BR> Hebrews 10:24, 25 <BR> <BR> The writer of Hebrews knew that his audience, made up mainly of Jewish believers who had just come to faith, was struggling with how to incorporate ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:39:24 EST Fourth weekend of advent Early morning misty rain as I traveled to Church for the reconciliation rite this morning which I wanted to do prior to Christmas. temp is at 57 degrees. I have to get all done before Church this afternoon. Weight is steady. Exercises going very well. Calories remain below 1300. Trivia is s... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:36:35 EST "Go ahead and jump; might as well jump" -- Van Halen Breathe in – I know I'm breathing in. <BR> Breathe out – I know I'm breathing out. <BR> <BR> When I first started practicing yoga regularly, around 2 years ago, I had no idea what it would do for my life. I'm a cautious person by nature, who tries to avoid vulnerability at all costs, so the men... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:32:46 EST new friends Loving my new friends on here. How about you? <BR> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:29:22 EST SPOILER...Christmas "This Christmas, as the spirit of the season permeates our hearts, let us do something that expresses our feelings in an outward way, showing that we understand that the babe born in Bethlehem is the real Redeemer." <BR> —Gary E. Stevenson Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:26:03 EST SPOILER...Addiction You Will Be Freed <BR> Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all can be transformed, cleansed, and freed from addiction. <BR> <BR><BR>2011-03-001-you-will-be-freed?cid=HPTH<BR>121814573&lang=eng Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:23:31 EST Day 19 friends and cake last night turned into another no snack night, probably because Larry surprised me with a birthday dinner, and had invited some friends over, so by the time they left it was late, and we just went to bed! I was not happy when I got home from my massage, and found out he was having this surprise ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:18:45 EST I don't know how to do this. We buried my husband yesterday. Last night I just want to be dead too so this pain will stop. My sweet sister has been here with me this week. She has to go back to Wisconsin tomorrow. I'm afraid to be alone. I don’t know how to be alone. <BR> <BR> I don’t know how to survive these crushing pa... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:18:39 EST Mournful Morning Musings It started with a sore finger. I thought I had sprained it. Then another one. Then it spread like wildfire. In three months I went from lifting 50 lb bales of leather and taking zen karate six days a week to being bedridden and admitted to hospital. My rheumatoid arthritis had returned with... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:17:07 EST Another roller coaster of weight gain Went to the doctor yesterday and found I weigh over 200 pounds. Wow, that slipped in. <BR> My chronic chough which originally was diagnosed as allergies/post nasal drip, continued for about 3 years until it got to the point I was coughing non-stop most days. I was eating to control the cough. ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:16:38 EST DS came back positive Good Morning; DH and I did not know what to expect about how DS would come back after a visit to see his daughter. What I found out is that DS is positive and ready to go aback and see his daughter. We do have some more fears for his daughter. She is being watched by an environment which is no... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:16:15 EST I do this to myself. Binged last night for no discernible reason. After a good day/couple of days. Same old pattern of late night habits etc etc. Feel so disappointed in myself I want to cry. Brain says, "You've blown it AGAIN" [All or nothing thinking]. Brain is not in forgiving mood. Brain wonders if I'm addicted t... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:11:48 EST Happy Saturday Saturday before Christmas! Normally this time of year I'm cooking fudge, cookies, bark, all kinds of goodies. This year is different for me. I feel different. I made one batch of fudge yesterday and decided I'm not making anymore. Why would I? It's not what I want to eat. It's not what I want to ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:10:53 EST My Sweet Sister On Thursday my Sister was placed with our Dad. And what a blessing. She had expressed a desire to be near the folks. When i talked to the cemetery they suggested that her ashes could be placed in the mausoleum with our father. So that is what we did - they were always so close. <BR> Here is ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:07:45 EST Santa comes from the North Pole Recently on tv there was a trailer advertising a forthcoming programme. Two children were having a conversation as follows: <BR> <BR> Child 1: Santa comes from the North Pole. <BR> Child 2: There's no such thing as the North Pole. <BR> <BR> It sounded like a completely genuine, unscripted co... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:07:36 EST Are Your Basic Needs Met? Be grateful and be generous to those in need Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:06:21 EST The one with the food addiction and the holiday traditions I love food. <BR> <BR> Yeah. I get it all of you "food is just fuel for your body" people, the ones who can like clockwork just take in some exacting amount of calories with perfect balance with little regard to taste, texture, or tradition. You are better than me. I get it. But still... <BR> <... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:05:54 EST Trusting the process.... About fourteen years ago, I put myself into rehab and entered recovery from drugs an alcohol dependency. At that time, I had no belief in anything that was happening. I had hit rock bottom and had no way out of it on my own. I had to take the hands of people who had found a way out themselves. Th... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:04:35 EST Happy Caturday to Everyone <img src=""> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:00:49 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There is no danger of developing eyestrain from looking on the bright side of things. -- Anonymous. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:59:41 EST Been a Long Time... I haven't posted a blog here since July, I think. I had a great vacation in June and a healthy July. My life fell apart in August when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was diagnosed on the 19th and started chemo on the 28th. I've been out on disability this entire semester, and will be ou... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:48:12 EST Sad, Sad Day! Rest in peace, sweet Abby girl! Your mommy and daddy love you and will miss you! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thank You, Lord, for giving us such a sweet pet to enjoy. She was the best little doggie friend we could have had. I give ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:47:29 EST On the mend I went to the chiropractor on Thursday and he said that I'm looking better. He said it's the best I've looked since we started. Yay!! <BR> <BR> I can tell I'm mending. My right hip has been sore, but not my left leg. I took that as the muscles and ligaments around that disk is tightening. Th... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:44:43 EST Make This A December to Remember! Day 20 My Spark friend, Kelly, said it best this morning. Sometimes in the midst of the Christmas and holiday bustle, you just need to sit down and take a deep breath. Later today I am going to do that. Saturday night is a good night to settle in with a big ‘ole tub of popcorn, and watch a movie. <BR... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:43:21 EST judging men <img src=""> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:38:31 EST Here we go!!! Weight has always been a struggle for me. I think I am just naturally a bigger person. I am taller than most girls at 5'10 and I wear bigger shoes than most girls at size 12. So it only seems natural that maybe I am never going to be 110 lbs and a size two, because its just not in my genes. Howev... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:38:20 EST Daily Guidance for December 20th, 2014 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Answer is Simple ... Share Your Gifts! <BR> <BR> We all come into this world with amazing Spiritual gifts, but our Ego discounts these gifts and tells us that they aren't good enough, aren't significant enough, a... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:32:29 EST Saturday, December 20th <img src=""> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:31:35 EST No map, no destination, no idea So I lay in bed this morning thinking about the coming new year. Most people seek out New Year's resolutions. I honestly did that one year. That was 11 years ago when I got serious about my weight and health issues. It was the ONLY New Year's resolution I kept. Honestly, I don't need a New Y... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:28:46 EST The Starfish Story Make a Difference to one today.... <BR> The Starfish Story <BR> <BR> <BR> A young man is walking along the ocean and <BR> sees a beach on which thousands and thousands <BR> of starfish have washed ashore. Further along <BR> he sees an old man, walking slowly and <BR> stooping often, picking up ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:24:42 EST To Busy Fast note off to my moms for the day. was so busy did not have a chance to blog yesterday hard to get this in. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:24:16 EST day 18, not giving up <link><BR>day-18-not-giving-up/ </link> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:22:56 EST Did you ever notice? As a distance runner I have a slightly different relationship to the gym than most. During the summer months I rarely (if ever) visit the gym. Only during severe thunderstorm events would I even consider using the gym. I prefer to train on the turf I will be running on, and most half and full mar... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:22:15 EST day 17, taking some me time <link><BR>day-17-taking-some-me-time/ </link> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:22:09 EST day 16, all is well <link><BR>day-16-all-is-well/ </link> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:21:10 EST Cauliflower Pizza Crust Hello Sparkfamily, If you like pizza once in a blue moon, Try my pizza crust on for size! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups shredded cauliflower <BR> 1 egg, slightly beaten <BR> 1 cup mozzarella Veggie Shreds <BR> 1 tsp. dry oregano <BR> 1/2 tsp. finely minced ga... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:20:51 EST day 15, stress a la mode <link><BR>day-15-stress-a-la-mode/ </link> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:20:24 EST Trying New Things One of my goals for between and during BLC rounds is to try new things. So far this has included adding Doonya to my fitness routine choices. Doonya is Bollywood dance inspired fitness. I love to dance, and I have to say that so far I am finding it challenging. I treated myself to the Cardio Danc... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:15:49 EST day 122 - bar mitzvah! we just got home from the bar mitzvah of the son of close friends. aside from seeing friends that we haven't seen in years and of course seeing their kids, there was food. first, after the service - gummy candies and tons of other things. I (knowing that I was going into this situation, planne... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:14:40 EST Success Saturday Goals I finally watched Biggest Loser this morning, through the lens of spending energy toward success or failure. The contestants, are always working toward success: all day, every day, week after week. I have to be like this. As soon as this blog is over, I'm going to the gym for a 30 min walk/row se... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:13:07 EST progress for the week I noticed the other day I'm starting to see my stomach muscles, well I'm seeing the definition of where my stomach muscles are YAY! there is still a layer of jiggle over them but I can see when I flex my abs how it all changes, where my muscles are. <BR> It's so lovely to see these changes, I ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:13:03 EST Go Caroling Day Go Caroling Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always December 20 <BR> <BR> Go Caroling Day is a wonderful, rewarding, and memory filled day. By far more popular decades ago, Christmas holiday caroling is a great ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:11:21 EST Cold winter mornings I'm just finally getting over feeling sick. Thank goodness. I think today I will be able to wrap presents and bake goodies and get everything done for the holidays! First I plan on checking up on my computer friends and drinking some coffee. Got another free sample to try! NESCAFÉ® with Coffe... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:06:43 EST Good News We took Zelda back to the vet last night. He says she can stop her medication and start slowly to go short for walks again. She is only allowed 20 minutes in the morning and 10 in the evening but it's better than nothing. She also has to stay on her lead as she isn't allowed to run yet. We took h... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:06:19 EST Staying STRONG and enjoying the holidays I am just writing this down to solidify my commitment to stay away from sugary treats (they are literally everywhere) this holiday. I AM making healthy choices instead and still having just as much fun and enjoying everyday. <BR> 1) I don't need to eat that cookie to feel jolly (ha ha) <BR> 2)... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:03:41 EST However you celebrate the holidays <img src=""> <BR> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:01:34 EST CAUTION!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. <... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:58:54 EST NO time like NOW <em>474</em> <em>488</em> <em>265</em> <em>550</em> <BR> <em>258</em> <em>284</em> <em>291</em> <em>369</em> <BR> Good morning my friends. <BR> <em>304</em> For being here with me. <em>381</em> <BR> I write blogs infrequently because I don't get up early each da... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:58:19 EST 12/20/14 Have a good weekend and enjoy some time doing some thing that you like to do <BR> <BR> fine the space in your heart to make another person happy <BR> <BR> smile and be cheerful it can make someone elses day brighter <BR> <BR> <BR> thank you for all the support <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas H... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:56:23 EST Dec 20th I do not know if I will be able to blog again after this one, what with the holidays just about upon us and my moving date swiftly approaches. My computer goes offline on the 24th and I will not be rehooked up at the new place until the 31st...that was the earliest appointment I could get. <BR... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:55:29 EST I am grateful for, 12/20 1. my babies, because they give me an excuse to play. <BR> 2. getting some shopping done, because it's time. <BR> 3. returning some things, because it shows change. <BR> 4. improved attitudes, because it was needed. <BR> 5. cuddle time, because it was needed. <BR> 6. second chances, because they ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:53:38 EST it's saturday i heard from my good friend who is overseas, this morning. now i'm off to an even better start to my day. it is always a pleasure to hear from him. i am really looking forward to when he comes back to the city just before new year's eve. my daughter got quite a few things from the breakfast with ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:52:12 EST Day 6 of 99 93 days to go. <BR> 18.5 lbs to go (didn't weigh in) <BR> <BR> Yesterday (Friday) was a good day. Not perfect but good. I didn't do any serious exercise but I walked around to do my errands. A total of 3 miles. Could've done stuff at home but didn't... <BR> <BR> Food was excellent! At the end o... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:50:49 EST Feral Kitten update Well the kitten is letting me pet him, he stands a little way off and purrs and kneads the ground, but stays a little way off. When I feed him, he lets me pet him a few times and seems to like it but is cautious. Now he comes over to Calliope's cage when I feed her, waiting for his turn, before... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:49:50 EST John 4:23 (WEB) <BR> But the hour comes, and now is, <BR> when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, <BR> for the Father seeks such to be his worshippers. <BR> <BR> Promise #354: I will seek after those who worship Me in spirit and truth. <BR> <BR> Jesus is speakin... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:47:46 EST Milestone I just passed the 200,000 Spark point barrier! <BR> <BR> And I'm still overweight. <BR> <BR> But less overweight. <BR> <BR> But I've now, after previous years of yo-yo dieting, got a plan, and I now know that whatever choices I make, I am still the one who makes the choices, not my circumstan... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:45:06 EST Expectations .....Great? or None? That is The Question. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I spent a little time reading some of my friends blogs and comments last night after i had spent an hour or more writing my own blog. Lately my blogs have been about life... it seems to take precedence over the exer... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:37:21 EST NO time like NOW <em>474</em> <em>488</em> <em>265</em> <em>550</em> <BR> <em>258</em> <em>284</em> <em>291</em> <em>369</em> <BR> Good morning my friends. <BR> <em>304</em> For being here with me. <em>381</em> <BR> I write blogs infrequently because I don't get up early each da... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:31:46 EST Secondary Gains: FEEDTHEHUNGER Provokes Thought! I've been thinking a lot about this concept recently. <BR> <BR> "Secondary gain" is, of course, a medical term: "Interpersonal or social advantages gained indirectly from organic illness, such as an increase in attention from others." <BR> <BR> It seems to have particular ironic resonance in ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:30:12 EST NO time like NOW <em>474</em> <em>488</em> <em>265</em> <em>550</em> <BR> <em>258</em> <em>284</em> <em>291</em> <em>369</em> <BR> Good morning my friends. <BR> <em>304</em> For being here with me. <em>381</em> <BR> I write blogs infrequently because I don't get up early each da... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:25:29 EST LAST FLIGHT TO THE NORTH POLE, ALL ABOARD! THIS was sharon1002's blog so please leave her all your comments! Thanks, enjoy, eva. <BR> <BR> Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: The Xmas Edition <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835551 </link> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:20:35 EST Saturday's Silly You know you're really over the hill when opportunity knocks and you have your hearing aid turned off. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:19:30 EST 12 days until New Year! Friday was pretty busy. <BR> Done: <BR> Exercise: <BR> 1) 60 min Les Mills pump (ST) <BR> 2) 20 min walking <BR> 3) 40 min step-ups (800 sets of up-up-down-down on a high step board) <BR> Total 120 min <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Diet: Total cals 1713, fat 62, carbs 142, protein 80. Woo-hoo on ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:13:06 EST Turning around I have a pretty good car. Nothing fancy or luxurious, but not bottom of the barrel either. One of the ways in which it performs well is that it has a VERY tight turning radius. It's amazing what fast, tight turns this car makes. <BR> <BR> At the other end of the spectrum, we have ocean liners... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:10:04 EST Peace at last A peaceful nights sleep after weeks of worry! The scenarios that run thru your mind tend to go from bad to worse as time goes by and the only saving grace is your trust in <BR> the Lord. My sisters surgery is over, she is recovering and the weight of the world has been lifted. The holidays ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:07:01 EST December 20th Getting ready for the coming week. All the shopping is done. all presents are wrapped, we pick up Mum tomorrow, Pete has 2 and a half days to work then Christmas can begin. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:05:54 EST On a pretty serious plateau So, I've been on a pretty serious plateau for a while. Part has been my eating, but not really sure what the rest is. This last two weeks, I've seriously up my exercise. This coming week, I'm going to try eating at different ranges each day, sometimes upper, sometimes lower, to see if I can't bre... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 09:00:23 EST The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Good Day <em>223</em> <BR> Went for a bike ride at 5 a.m. Did a hula hooping sesion & now I'm about tocmplete my sparking and take a mid-morning nap. Need to clear the boxes in the living room - but up some more christmas decorations. <BR> <BR> I used my juicer yesterday to juice some grap... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:59:57 EST Back to Beck - Day Two - 2nd Round Good Morning, everyone! Today begins Day Two for the second time. I nearly skipped this one today but there are still people that comment that it is helping them to be reminded too so decided to post a short one. <BR> <BR> Today is picking 2 EATING PLANS. One Main; One Back-up. Obviously I ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:56:19 EST Beck day 28 - prepare to weigh in tomorrow and so week four is coming to an end. reviewing yesterday, a late start in the morning for our walk meant a long stretch from my night-time breakfast until lunch, but hunger was not an emergency, and i managed just fine, if a bit grumpily here and there. i'm beginning to rethink my planning and m... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:51:53 EST Day 25: Recovery For all you youngsters reading this, please show a little appreciation for your body and how quickly it can heal. <BR> <BR> For us older folks, we reach a point somewhere between our 30's and 50's where we just don't bounce back as faster. Maybe it takes us a little longer to get off the floor,... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:51:14 EST Beck Resistance Technique 5: Read all Your Response Cards and Make Some New Ones In case you haven't been following my blogs, I'm Marsha. I'm about 80 pounds below my all time high and 50 below my 12-01-2008 weight. I'm in my 5th year of maintenance after more than 5 decades of obesity/overweight. For 2015 I want to reduce the center weight of my goal weight range by 3 pounds... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:50:12 EST Great Had a great night at work , hoping today is as good! Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:43:34 EST The last weekend before.... Today will be the last big push for shoppers. I'm still trying to find a smithfield low sodium ham. Also trying to cook my brown rice in a crockpot. I usually cook my brown rice in the oven following Alton Browns recipe and instruction. This is about as exciting as my day will get. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:41:35 EST This will brighten your day 925 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:41:33 EST About Courage "Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount." <BR> -Clare Booth Luce <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:40:41 EST Mexican dinner with the hubby and crying wolf Hello! It's Saturday! It's a new day! It's a new moment! I am glad of that! Plus I get a's a hockey kind of day!!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday wasn't too busy but it was long. Work, right to a bb game in which Chase did awesome at! Then the hubby wanted to go out and eat...first time we ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:40:05 EST On Growing Up When I grow up I want to be a little boy <BR> ~Joseph Heller Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:36:21 EST WI and coming back stronger after stumble <em>192</em> Both my husband and I weighed in after my stumble that caused me to suffer with awful heartburn all night. I was still in a holding pattern but my darling had gained even more and weighing more than he has ever had in his life. You see he was always naturally slender, in fact in... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:34:45 EST Day 33 Of My Hundred Days To A Healthier Lifestyle Did you know that there are hundreds of languages in the world, and a smile can speak them all. A smile not only crosses geographic boundaries, it also crosses the boundaries of culture, background, age and beliefs. Guess what, it works the same magic in them all! A warm smile can make a child fe... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:32:54 EST Motivational Kick Start To My Day! Ok, I woke up this morning and realized I forgot to blog last night...hmmm. The old me would have beat myself up over it, but the new "me" realizes that it's ok and my plan of blogging everyday until at least Christmas didn't work for me yesterday, so I think I may change it up and start bloggi... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:29:22 EST Day 357 - date night food fail I lost all self-control yesterday. I am not getting on the scale or eating very much today. It was bad and I know it. I don't usually have cheat days, but I guess that was mine. <BR> <BR> Back to making it great today. (I have a big party to go to. UGH!) <BR> <BR> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:27:58 EST Day 32 Of My Hundred Days To A Healthier Lifestyle Your potential is the part of you that seeks your best self. It is the part of you that aspires to learn and grow as a person. Your potential shines when you find fulfillment in what you do best. <BR> <BR> What may be fulfilling for you may not be for others. For you it may be poetry, gardening ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:23:07 EST disorganized I have always been disorganized. Everything in my life has always been out of order according to everyone else in my life. Most of the organizational methods people usually use don't make sense to me. If I put something out of sight it might as well not exist. Most of my organizing is visual t... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:22:41 EST It's the Saturday Before Christmas! Oh boy oh boy oh boy! It's the Saturday before Christmas and my littlest GS is coming my way today. AGAIN! Can't believe my luck! For this, I am lucky. For maintainting weight, I am not lucky. There is no luck whatsoever in my weight maintenance. I work at it every day. <BR> <BR> My fri... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:19:25 EST Ho Ho Ho <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:15:57 EST Time to get SERIOUS with myself!!! I am not waiting till January 1st! I am starting NOW!!! <BR> <BR> I will track every single bite of food, even if it's only a little mouthful! <BR> <BR> AND I will make sure I exercise every Tuesday, Thursday and the weekends! <BR> <BR> This is because on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I have d... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:15:30 EST Greetings! Merry Christmas and Happy 2015. <BR> <BR> Tis the season and all that stuff. I hope you are. <BR> <BR> Because there is a black side to Christmas and spreading cheer and glad tidings. <BR> <BR> Christmas is not how much money you spent nor it being frightened of the bills coming in. <BR> ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:12:53 EST Blessings, December 20, 2014 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. Christmas vacation! <BR> <BR> 2. Christmas concert tonight. <BR> <BR> 3. A relaxing weekend. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list your own blessings. Hav... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:10:34 EST Christmas Plans/Today's Plans Got almost all of my to do list done yesterday <em>244</em> <BR> Today I have to put the icing on the cake, I got it baked, but too late for it to cool and have me ice it. <BR> Today I'm going to: <BR> <BR> Ice the cake <BR> finish making bread <BR> make muddy buddies <BR> vacuum <BR> See ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:09:22 EST I don't usually run . . . . . . but this might work. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a great day!! <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:56:07 EST Nat'l Museum of the USAF and cookies As a pre-birthday present, my husband said 'let's go to the museum!', as it's been on my list forever. One of those things that if you live semi-near it, you never go see it type of things. In our case it took 8 years, lol. <BR> <BR> What a beautiful thing and H-U-G-E. We spent a little over 3 ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:46:42 EST A Revelation One of the hardest times of the day for me is when I get home from school. I want to shovel carbs into my mouth. I want to crunch and munch and can't seem to stop. It's not because I'm hungry, either. <BR> <BR> Well, I broke a tooth the other day and decided to wear my new night guard to he... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:45:30 EST Woke up at 4 am but still slept a lot My antibiotics make me nauseous and sometimes puke. I tried to call my Dr on Friday but the office was closed all day for some unknown reason. So I'm just trying to get by till Monday when they open at 9 am. The good news is my bronchitis is getting better and I can talk easier. The bad news is I... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:28:53 EST Another day... <img src=""> <BR> Happy thoughts on a Saturday---- <BR> What makes me happy?----Hmmmmm---I suppose , time to myself----(which doesn't happen often)---Health-----feeling well----Himself actually listening to me-----AND_---feeling proud that I ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:26:54 EST Thought and Prayer for Saturday, December 20, 2014 December 20, 2014 ENDLESS TREASURES <BR> <BR> What if we were to get gifts day after day? What if we were to receive endless treasures from now until forever? It would be something to look forward to each morning. We would jump out of bed anxious to see what is in store for us every day. When w... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:25:43 EST Carol of the Bells This is an old one - some sources say it's based on a 1904 folk song. <BR> <BR> <BR> Hark! how the bells <BR> Sweet silver bells <BR> All seem to say, <BR> "Throw cares away." <BR> Christmas is here <BR> Bringing good cheer <BR> To young and old <BR> Meek and the bold <BR> <img src="ht... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:17:23 EST 100 days of Weight Loss & The scale is your friend..Powerful duo In the last month I discoverd both of the books mentioned in the title ...also joined the 100 days of weight loss team. <BR> <BR> I am almost at 10 pound weight loss with 30 days into weight loss..started 11/25/14..these books make sense, Linda Spangle, speaks direct to long term yo-yo dieters a... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:15:59 EST n n Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:15:25 EST possibly an answer I started out this year with a serious skin issue. They called it stress induced eczema, As the year went on several things were added here . I became increasingly moody and depressed, Stomach issues and I have had a headache for most of the year. I stopped going to see my doctor because I honest... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:15:06 EST Update week 51 Here's my update over the past week. <BR> <BR> Sugar free. <BR> I remained sugar- and cocoa free in the past week. Except.... - I confess! - for one single chocolate yesterday when I had just had a massage. I am a masseur myself but I don't RECEIVE massages often, this was a special opportunit... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:13:41 EST SANTA'S REINDEER ORCHESTRA Please click on the website link, below, to see and hear <BR> Santa's Reindeer Orchestra. <BR> <BR> A bit of frivolity as Crimbo is almost here <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rd_7944_rs.swf </link> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:01:44 EST It's been some time...... since I was last here! <em>382</em> No excuses really, just got myself in a bit of a flunk. <em>24</em> <BR> I'm ready to celebrate the festive season, well almost ready, and then get back on track. I'm really looking forward to making a new start and drawing up some goals for 2015. <em>3... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:58:18 EST Call Me Whatever You Want, Just Don't Call Me Late For Latkes (This blog is brought to you in part by Ed Sheeran's "Don't" because it is currently stuck in my head for no reason, haha. Probably because I heard it on the radio the other day.) <BR> <BR> So I wanted to write a blog yesterday, other than the Ugly Holiday Sweater entry, but work became so crazy... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:52:24 EST Saturday Today is my sixth workday.I agreed to do a favor for them to replace another person. It is only half a day, so I can still sit and do my paperwork while listening to Christmas Carols this afternoon.. I think I am psychic: I foresee a nap later on.. Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:49:16 EST Friday/Saturday I had a nice long entry written and then lost it. Argh... <BR> <BR> Went to a Christmas party this morning. Got lots of goodies in the gift exchange. Went to get my Mom's Christmas gift; a pair of boots she fell in love with the other day when we were at Cole Haan. Came home and took my Mom ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:46:17 EST Up early on a Saturday Well, I guess it is kind of good. I always intend to sleep in on days off but my Shepherd gets me up at 5 or 5:30 because she wants to go out and then eat. So I am up at 5:30, doing my computer stuff, will walk on the treadmill, shower and then be out the door to do some last minute shopping. ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:41:30 EST some of the photos i wanted to post from last blog. fingers crossed.hope this work <link><BR>ault/files/styles/panopoly_image_origi<BR>nal/public/grinch-kebabs.jpg?itok=3xt8RvfZ </link> <BR> <link><BR>ault/files/styles/panopoly_image_origi<BR>nal/public/olive-penguins.jpg... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:40:50 EST 12-20-2014 "Great things do not just happen by impulse but as a succession of small things linked together." -Vincent van Gogh Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:37:18 EST I Made It To The Weekend I am incredibly grateful that I made it through last week and into my weekend. Looking forward to some "me" time.... time away from work and time to take care of me. I am planning to go for a long walk today and use it to unload a ton of stress from this past week. Walking helps me to clear my... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:37:08 EST Saturday, December 20 Another incredibly busy day at work yesterday. I finally left the office at 5:30 PM EST. Luckily, hubby agreed to get Chinese carry out for dinner. I got egg drop soup and hunan bean curd. When hubby came home, I mentioned that it took a long time. Then, I mentioned that I had pulled out Hon... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:36:50 EST Good mood today....I will be busy! Surprising that I am in a good mood this morning. <BR> I slept a broken 2 hours last night. I have learned <BR> to go to bed when I am tired. It was after 2am. I <BR> laid there forever. Then kept waking up. When I <BR> finally dropped into a deep sleep...Bob was waking <BR> me up at 5am. I... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:35:36 EST A work team member's weight loss My blog before this was about my work's Holiday breakfast. Well, I was discussing weight loss with the gal sitting next to me. She is a tiny gal of about 5'2" and 110 pound at most. She's been part of the team for about 2 1/2 years and was thin this entire time. She certainly never had a weig... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:28:12 EST Saturday Humor <img src=""> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:24:27 EST Mamma, me, and her sewing machines Mamma taught me to sew when I was young on a treddle.. I must admit, for years, I let her do all of the hard parts. It took some time to coordinate the foot action with getting the sewing needle speed just right. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Down... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:13:44 EST Saturday's Quote "Be soft. Do not let The world <BR> make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. <BR> Do not let The bitterness steal your sweetness. <BR> Take pride that even though the rest of the world may <BR> disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place". <BR> <BR> ~Kurt Vonnegut Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:06:35 EST The List The crunch has begun and at the risk of forgetting something in my cluttered head I have developed THE LIST. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is hanging on the fridge. <BR> <BR> Already I am behind as yesterday's things didn't get done. We bo... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:06:05 EST Work's Holiday Breakfast= got off track but right back on. Yesterday was my job's team company breakfast. In the past 3 years I ate the buffet = too much. This year I planned ahead and ordered a fabulously delicious omelet burrito and didn't eat the wrap. ( low carb) <BR> <BR> Undermining = my manager loves chocolate truffles, in several flavors a... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 06:03:15 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH CHRIST! BEFORE YOU <BR> <BR> EVER HAVE A PROBLEM HE HAS THE ANSWER. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Joyce Meyer Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:48:53 EST My Fitbit challenge After reading the blog of a Spark friend, I purchased a Fitbit Flex. It is an excellent tracking tool for steps, calories, etc. I love it! I also own a Spark Activity Tracker, and it keeps me highly motivated as well. <BR> <BR> I joined a group on Fitbit and was invited to a challenge whereby th... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:47:43 EST Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas..... Christmas brings family and friends together. It helps us appreciate the love in our lives we often take for granted. May the true meaning of the holiday season fill your heart and home with many blessings. <img src=""> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:35:19 EST Baby Steps Hi Sparklers!! Well it has been an interesting few days of COOKIE BAKING! I don't have the willpower I did years ago so SAMPLES HAPPEN! Then in comes cookies from cookie exchange and pizza night Friday. I have had a few wins. Tracking was my hobby in my WW past so I understand the need for it. Wi... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:29:16 EST Best Gift Ever... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you a great Weekend ahead filled with God's abundant blessings... <BR> <BR> This is our last weekend before Christmas. Let's make this Christmas the best one ever, let's put Jesus... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:25:41 EST Christmas Bible Verse for Today.. Luke 1:30-33 <BR> <BR> And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall giv... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:18:44 EST Christmas Acrostic Christmas Acrostic <BR> <BR> C is for the Child born that night to be our light. (John 8:12) <BR> H is for holy is His name. (Rev.4:8) <BR> R is for rejoice with gladness & joy. (Luke 1:14) <BR> I is for Immanuel, God with us. (Is.7:14,) John 1:14) <BR> S is for the star that led the W... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:16:40 EST Back on-track (mostly) I would call today a good carb day. Minus a few snacks I would have called it a great carb day. But it is far better than the 'bender' that I went on for awhile due to a deliberate lack of planning (ironic?). I gave myself a break as the new kiddo was coming and didn't want to make things diff... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:01:09 EST Saturday Going to NYC with my mom and daughter today. Should be fun! Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:01:05 EST God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road. -- Isak Dinesen God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road. <BR> -- Isak Dinesen <BR> <BR> Don't we wish that we could see into the future? Yesterday I got an email that I got an interview for a job I applied for. Is this one the right one for me? Will I do it well? <BR> ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:00:57 EST Fall seven times, stand up eight!! <em>223</em> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was yesterday's SP healthy motivation quote. I've been fallen more then seven times, but I always found myself get up more then eight times. So here I come challenges. Hopefully I'll stay stand long... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:52:52 EST dhyrjh byhtynyrtn Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:50:15 EST worried my son in law is in Hospital he has ver high blood pressure & they are trying to reduce it Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:27:07 EST worried my son in law is in Hospital he has ver high blood pressure & they are trying to reduce it Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:27:06 EST COOKIE BAKING DAY HAS ARRIVED YES TODAY MY DAUGHTER HEATHER WILL BE DOWN TO BAKE COOKIES WE START EARLY AND ARE USUALLY DONE BY LUNCH TIME. <BR> WE ARE MAKING LESS THAN WE USUALLY DO ONLY DOING CHO CHIP,NO BAKES, PEANUT BUTTER AND OATMEAL WITH & WITHOUR RASINS. <BR> THEN CLEAN UP AND RELAX FOR A FEW THEN GO SHOPPING NOT FOR M... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:26:30 EST SATURDAY OVER...OFF TO BYES My Saturday is over and I am off to byes..... <BR> <BR> Really enjoyed last night and had a fabulous time out today with my friend... <BR> Finished off some shopping after that....dropped some stuff off at my sons(thought it may be a good idea if he and the dogs had some food) lol.... <BR> We se... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:14:05 EST Exodus 11 Gathering silver and gold <BR> <link><BR>2014/12/exodus-11-gathering-silver-and<BR>-gold.html </link> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:12:41 EST DAILY QUOTE Everything you ask and pray for , believe that you have received it and it will happen for you . <BR> <BR> ~ Mark 11:24 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:16:42 EST Trying to keep motiviated I am trying to keep motivated and wanting to keep going on this. I am having a rough time doing so. I dont eat on typical times. Its very random and its hard to just keep track. I am just starting out trying to focus on writing down what I do eat. then maybe take the steps of changing or adding s... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:07:10 EST Job Situation/Retirement I plan to retire on April 1 2015 (I will be 64 then); my employer requested lots of advance notice even though I am required to give only one month notice. But my supervisor was aware that a co-worker who is out on maternity leave wants to move to my area (I am the sole employee in my city) and i... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:01:03 EST Favorite Things So I went to a party this week, thrown by a co-worker, called a "Favorite Things" party. It was cooler than I expected it to be! The premise is that you find a gift, worth about $5, and buy 5 of them to trade at said party. I picked Bing Crosby's "White Christmas", because I love Christmas music.... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:54:33 EST shopping this afternoon and evening Sat outside in the sun this morning and took some pictures. <BR> This afternoon my daughter and granddaughter picked me up and we went to return grands new laptop. Were able to replace it. 1st Best Buy did not have any in stock and they directed us to another store 20 min away. It took a while... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:51:17 EST Last Day of Autumn Winter Solstice is on Sunday, December 21, 2014 <BR> ThiS is iT! last chance for autumn 2014 is TodAY. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:38:53 EST Stratedgy out the window.. The plan was fantastic..but I wasn't ..! Urr ! Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:27:52 EST IN EARLY It was my last day of work. We had a holiday party after school at a Mexican restaurant, I came home for a bit to visit with my friend in from LA, and then I went to see my friends band. They are called Celia's Yuletide Express. It is about thirty people singing Christmas songs on stage and th... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:23:14 EST One year anaversery of no added sugar down 135 pounds Part 1 Well I did it! in one year I went from this at 480 after loosing 20 pounds <img src=""> after I quite eating <img src=""> then transformed to this at 394 pounds, <img src="http://ph... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:09:12 EST THANKS I know Thanksgiving is past, though I would like to give thanks to the whole community here at sparks! From the coaches, the technicians, the advertisers who make this possible, and to the entire spark community members who pursue a healthy lifestyle. I have learned so much since I began about fo... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:51:52 EST Saturday Enjoy your day be blessed sending prayers and light hug Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:46:14 EST Early Start To The Weekend We picked up a new shower door for the master bath shower stall. It was heavy and barely fit in the car! But we made it home with the door in one piece. Let's see if it stays that way once it has been installed. <BR> <BR> We got the old door removed and spent much of the afternoon cleaning the s... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:34:01 EST Fantastic Friday Friday, December 19, 2014 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:32:39 EST Day 70 of 662 <img src=""> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:30:14 EST I'M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS Love this song. However, I don't want a White Christmas in Fl. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=em-uploademail </link> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:29:44 EST Day 69 of 662 <img src=""> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:29:23 EST Day 18 - Blessings! It's 12:20 on Saturday morning….didn't get my blog in on time for Friday, I guess! Oh well….still feeling grateful and blessed! Here is my gratitude list for today: <BR> <BR> 1.Enjoyed a beautiful Christmas program at our granddaughter's pre-school! <BR> 2. Went shopping to Target for some la... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:25:03 EST WEEKEND BEFORE CHRISTMAS !! WELL SPARKER'S THE <em>363</em> IS ON FOR LAST MINUTER <em>341</em> . CLOTHES, <em>428</em> , THE FIXING'S THE BEVERAGES WHICH SHOULD INCLUDE <em>194</em> ALSO LIKE MENTIONED BEFORE HAVE A CAN OF SOUP BEFORE YOU EAT THIS WAY YOU WILL BE FULLER FASTER. AFTER EATING GO FOR A <em>311</... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:24:58 EST All the improvements in my life Since I started this program. <BR> I still see weekly improvements. When I shop for weekly food I can not only get through the store but also stand in the checkout lane without getting tired. My clothes are getting roomier each week. There are places where I can stand to improve but I am for the ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:21:47 EST Special Blessings-December 20, 2014 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Jim, Jamie and I went out for a nice brunch today and I stayed within my healthy eating plan. <BR> <BR> 2. I didn't have any work to do this afternoon, so I spent it doing my exercises, talking to my sil, and talking to a good frie... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:15:18 EST Plodding along Today was the last day of finals at the law school. We have nine days as opposed to the five days for the major part of the university. I had five exams I was proctoring. Most were three hour exams with two four hour ones. That meant I had a lot of reading/knitting time. I am beta testing a ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:06:28 EST Classes are over !! Classes are over and it's time to gear up for the next quarter. I haven't seen my scores but I really learned a lot... about myself. So I'm going to breathe, for now , enjoy family and friends, and get ready to begin the winter session. Blessings and Season's greetings t y'all! <em>445</em> ... Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:03:28 EST 12/19/14 - Bedtime Although I wasn't in the mood, I'm glad that I went to the gym. <BR> <BR> It's been cloudy, but the temperature is pleasant. It's kind of nice. <BR> <BR> Only got one cat into the vet for rabies shots. I have no idea where EJ was hiding. I'll have to have a better plan for Monday. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:59:31 EST My Christmas tree - 2014 Thought I'd leave a picture of my tree this year. My son bought some lights for me when he went to Comicon in the fall, so I HAD to put them on. I don't know how many of you watch Dr Who but I'm a big fan. These lights are his TARDIS. Oh - and the angel on top of the tree is NOT a Weeping Ange... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:53:49 EST Spark the Season - Day 19 - Dinner This first picture was taken at the beach in Ecuador -- some fellow was trying to sell us lobster for dinner -- Milton is checking it out but we didn't buy it that day. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is an Ecuadorian meal -- meat and ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:52:07 EST Christmas Cherry Macaroon Cookies Made one of our favorite cookies today. We have a number of visitors at this time of the year, and while we often serve crackers and cheese, there are a few other treats that always fly off the plates. These cookies are one of them. <BR> Not a typical macaroon, but great taste and easy to make.... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:50:34 EST Day 127 This was one of those hard days. I did sleep last night but woke up with a sore neck and shoulders. So I took an Aleve and went on about getting things picked up. Several hours later I was still hurting so I took a pain pill. Only 1 but it made me tired. So I took a nap. When I woke up to t... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:50:14 EST Food log #1853 Breakfast: Greek yogurt <BR> <BR> Snack: asian pear <BR> <BR> Lunch: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich <BR> <BR> Snack: Polly-O mozzarella cheese stick <BR> <BR> Dinner: Amy's vegetable lasagna Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:44:10 EST TRACKING SANTA CLAUS Time now for StoryCorps. This Christmas Eve, people all over the world will log on to the official Santa Tracker to follow his progress on U.S. military radar. The tradition started in 1955 thanks to a misprint in a Colorado Springs newspaper that led to a telephone call to Colonel Harry Shoup. H... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:43:38 EST my favourite word.. Onward <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:41:35 EST A Great Day All Around Today has been great. I finished my Christmas shopping and everything is wrapped, I saw my great grand child on Ultra sound this morning. We won't know the sex for a few more weeks yet and only if there is another ultra sound done. Right now we are happy to see a baby that appears to be very heal... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:35:46 EST Post Op, Day One Day 144 of exercise in 2014 <BR> Around the block 13 minutes 74 calories burned <BR> <BR> We left the house this morning at 9:30 AM. My husband drove to the hospital. Our son let us off and parked the car. My husband was taken back to be prepped a little after 11:00 AM for his surgery. The... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:34:17 EST Hashtag Struggle I've got such a long road ahead of me, it seems daunting. I have gained so much weight since I started my new job and moved in with my's time to get serious and get myself back on track. I'm making a promise to myself and goals to follow. I will post an update everyday with my thoughts, f... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:33:42 EST One Week Later It's been a week since I've blogged. And it's been a frustrating and stressful one. I've been working my cute butt off to get my project done. Well yesterday i did. But...there'salways a butt right?...I'm now working a child kit and I found a problem. And no one has the answer to the question...i... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:31:56 EST It is almost done. Was I lucky to get him here. Today the garage wall was back in place. There was no structural damage since they did not put many nails in the corners. Only on the side NONE on the back so it was easy to fall off. If those other nails had been in the sides that would have really messed up the corners. <BR> <em>446</em> <e... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:30:22 EST Friday Decent day at home and went to go look at Christmas was a nice way to end the day! <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:29:48 EST Meal Plan <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ahlottainfo/SparksPeople/ScanDec112014<BR>2_57PM-page1_zps856ec386.jpg </link> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:28:47 EST Day 100 -- This IS HOW I LIVE I can honestly say that I am happy to make it to day 100 - There are many moments that I thought I would give up along the way. But I committed to 100 days and that is what I did. <BR> <BR> Now the part about the weight loss. I lost 10 pounds this entire time. That isn't huge, but it is bet... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:28:34 EST A MESSAGE TO THE LORD A Message to the Lord <BR> <BR> Sometimes I ask the question, "My Lord, is this your will?" It's then I hear you answer me, "My Precious still." <BR> <BR> Sometimes I feel frustrated, cause I think I know what's best. It's then I hear you say to me, "My Busy Child...just rest!" <BR> ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:24:19 EST Surprise Party So last night, we went to a surprise party for a friend. How fun!!! A mutual friend threw her the party & it was a very nice gathering. I made sure we ate before going to verify we ate appropriately. With almost a year of cutting sugar and sodium way down and there being pizza, I was a bit af... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:22:55 EST Day 160 <img src=""> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:22:01 EST Can't stop i don't know how to stop. All I want to do is eat. And eat. And eat. And eat. I'm not even hungry but there is good food downstairs. Today is a crappy self esteem day and I just want to wallow and eat. And then eat some more. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:21:39 EST Spark the Season - Day 18 - Goal of the Day Although I'm not as diligent with this goal as I should be I try to take a picture every day or at least work with my photos in some way (editing, creating albums, doing this blog <em>41</em> ). <BR> <BR> Here are some days I met that goal: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:18:39 EST Ups and downs have you ever had those moments where you feel like you can lose the weight and stay healthy? You start out great! But then slowly start to go back to your old ways. I have done this so many times.. It gets so frustrating! What do I do to change it? How do I keep motivated? This goes through my... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:13:24 EST Listed <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:10:18 EST I made it through the day the best idea I had was to do my walking workout before <BR> I started working in the office and it paid off. I have logged <BR> over 6.2 miles and think I am past the slump I had 2 days <BR> ago when I just couldn't seem to get moving. <BR> I worked on at least 6 quote for house/car insurance to... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:07:37 EST Day 353: Christmas Stuff and Pantone Bread Pudding (recipe) "Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire; it is the time for home." (Edith Sitwell) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After a crazy full day with the shopping ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:07:02 EST (teamwork) <img src="" Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:03:06 EST Friday-a fun day Double Zumba, followed by getting my staples out,and lunch with a good friend. Then an end of the week gathering at the local watering hole..aaahhh. <BR> <BR> only sour note....I didn't use the antibiotic cream(too busy taking the cipro pills)so the area on my leg is a bit scabby but hopefully ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:02:03 EST Tried something healthy from Applebee's tonight Hubby and I headed to Lincoln to have dinner with our daughter and her boyfriend. It started out as a trip to Lincoln to pick up a pair of boots that I put on hold at the Dillard's store down there. They are a (surprise) gift for me from hubby for Christmas. I went out specifically to find mys... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:00:29 EST Recovery <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was - has been the first day that I have begun to feel normal. Since camp ended and during the holiday in Indonesia I have not been feeling all that well. Then when we came back jet lag was worse than ever exp... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:58:15 EST It Is 10 PM And I Am Finally Writing My Blog I left the house about 9:30 this morning. I stopped at a friend's home to drop off a Christmas present and then drove on to the Hospital for my yearly mammogram. When I was finished with that, my DH and I drove to a city about 40 miles away to have lunch with a couple we used to teach with and ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:58:01 EST A Day in the Sun Today was actually SUNNY. Not a very long day, of coufse; still, it was pretty, not raining, and not too cold, either. I took the opportunity to get out in the yard and pick up the branches that fell down in our storm last week. <BR> <BR> And I got lots of exercise... <BR> <BR> Looks pretty ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:54:10 EST 100 Days: Day 12 Had a good day today. Felt well enough to go to Curves and work out plus got a sassy hair do with highlights and poinsettias painted on my nail! Had lunch with a friend and now my nephew is here for his Christmas visit. He asked me if I was Sandy from Grease with my hair all done up.... Can I... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:38:06 EST Friday's Words to Ponder If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it. <BR> <BR> John Irving Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:36:19 EST One of those days Sometimes you just know its going to be one of those days. Especially when breakfast is a piece of fudge <em>40</em> ! And it all went downhill from there... chocolate, cookies, various yummies. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The holid... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:33:23 EST Spark the Season - Day 17 - Grizzly House One of my favourite places to have lunch is at the Grizzly House in Banff. And my favourite thing to have is the hot rock fondue. They serve your meat with a hot rock and you cook your meat on it. Lowcarb and fun too! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:30:55 EST Another interesting relationship article.... This Is How We Date Now <BR> by Jamie Varon <BR> <link><BR>12/this-is-how-we-date-now/ </link> <BR> We don’t commit now. We don’t see the point. They’ve always said there are so many fish in the sea, but never before has that sea of fish been right at our fi... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:27:26 EST Spark the Season - Day 16 - Decorations I love stained glass -- I even took a class once in how to make it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This was the bathroom door in a n apartment my friends rented in Ecuador. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:25:16 EST Ramping up the yoga practice Today I got back into yoga after 2 days off. I'm so excited about my new app called "yoga studio" and my new Bluetooth style speaker so I can hear the instructor without earbuds & wires. I did my first class, and was almost able to keep up. A few poses are going to need a lot of time. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:24:18 EST Day 3 I was surprised to see comments on my first blog. I imagined I was writing to no one, I think. Some folks are so nice and encouraging to strangers. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I suppose there are a plethora of reasons people knowingly and willingly sabotage themselves. I did... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:18:08 EST 12/19/2014 a little goes a long way to some getting in 10 min of fitness daily is easy .. for some it's a major struggle <BR> <BR> i choose to see it as accidental <BR> <BR> i park as far away from the front door as possible. <BR> <BR> i make a couple loops through the store just for the heck of it or bc i forgot to look at what... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:15:38 EST Eleanor Roosevelt quote The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. <BR> Eleanor Roosevelt Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:15:35 EST Oops! I've been busy, busy, busy lately. I can't help but play with Helena as much as I can. But...I could've drank more water. I could have gotten more steps in. As in many cases in my life, I got on the scale to find that I have gained weight. All my life, often when I do gain weight, it is in i... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:14:32 EST 1 week off I have next week off. no going to work for 9 days! <em>355</em> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:10:32 EST December 19, 2014 NSV's 1. Met calories for breakfast, dinner and snacks <BR> 2. Did my daily stretches <BR> 3. Got in some walking <BR> 4.Made a plan of exercises for tomorrow <BR> YAY ME!!!! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:06:41 EST Week 10, Day 1 We are technically a quarter of the way through my 40 week fitness challenge. I don't think I've actually lost anything. I haven't weighed in in quite a while. I finished my final projects two weeks ago, and finished my finals last week. It's been a rough semester, and next semester is going to b... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:06:33 EST Vacation starts today! Today is there start of Christmas vacation. Last night was the program and today we had our sing-a-long. Everyone had fun and I was beat by the time noon came around. After I got home, I was so sleepy I almost fell asleep in my chair. I was reading spark blogs and one comment caught my eye: "... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:04:53 EST If nothing else..... I am getting in my water today and yesterday! I am monitoring it closely! Drink that water! <BR> Have a great weekend! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:54:19 EST Day 68 and a good Friday Started out on a good leg with a visit to the gym this morning. And even though I stayed on the treadmill, at least I did some movement to get my day started out right. <BR> I was also active as much as possible today. Made it to just under 11,000 steps in all, so I'm feeling pretty proud of my... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:50:10 EST What Went - Friday Is it really Friday already? <BR> <BR> Today was day 20 for my 6000 step streak. <BR> <BR> Ds cooked for us tonight. Not only did he cook, but he plated our dinners for us and made them restaurant worthy! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fruits a... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:49:05 EST YOU'E A MEAN ONE MR. GRINCH Ian said this was the most fun one to play so far. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>index=1&list=PL2WZ3HuS1W2Fxf5_8C2oHn3-<BR>r2UKyt5SL </link> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:46:22 EST Not The Christmas I was Expecting <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This photo was taken 6 years ago... I do not even have this tree anymore. But I don't have a tree up for the first time in my adult life. No festive decorations inside or outside. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:37:02 EST Spark the Season - Day 15 - Memories Memories -- at my age I have a lot of memories and a lot of pictures recording those memories -- here are a few of my favourite: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Gordianne <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:30:49 EST Christmas Loading The planned talk at work did not happen yesterday, the person was not available. I was disappointed because a promise had not been met. I came home and decided to do a circuit for my exercise. I hula hooped for a song. Then skipped for 1 minute and ran/walked around the block. I did the circ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:30:15 EST New Year 2015 1. To lose 5 pounds per month until I reach goal 170-180 not sure till I get closer <BR> 2. To plan meals with foods available or go shopping <BR> 3. To journal food, exercise, ect <BR> 4. To start slow with exercise and gradually increase <BR> 5. To start a reward program and stick with it <BR... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:29:23 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for December 19: Daily inspiration: Give control of your life to God and humbly live in His presence. Lord, I humbly desire that Your will be my will and that we always walk together. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:28:21 EST Sick Again What is up with this? Third time since the beginning of September. I woke up and felt like I had a cottonball in my throat but otherwise felt pretty good, just tired and muscle fatigue/soreness. I also had a low fever but like I said, felt pretty good. I had a suspicion on Wednesday when the sore... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:23:54 EST Updated 12/19/2014 I've had to come and stay with my daughter again. Reason: spells of extreme dizziness, panic attacks, super high blood pressure, blood sugar too high, and spells of unexplained high heart rate when at rest. &#128543;. I believe I have pinpointed the reason for the dizziness, etc. too much stress... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:22:08 EST Pulling weeds Never before have I pulled weeds in December. I was looking at the garden this afternoon and saw weeds in my strawberries. I don't like weeds there, so I pulled them until my back got sore. We went the gym this morning and I did strength, so didn't want to over due it. Have a great Saturday Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:17:36 EST Friday, 12/19/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Last night I did not have a peaceful time at the coffee shop while everyone was gone to the botanical garden, but I enjoyed my pumpkin spice steamer and did some sparking and letter writing. Was nice getting a ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:11:58 EST Friday! Been a busy day, almost didn't make it here. It's been a cold day, some schools in the area were closed due to icy back roads. I got all the rum balls made, will do the fudge tomorrow. Hope all have had a fab Friday. <BR> <BR> Positives <BR> <BR> Thankful for this day. <BR> <BR> Thankful for o... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:08:12 EST Turning this bus around :0) Not sure if this is the best place to write this but since I've started at least 4 different journals in the last couple of years, I think this is the safest place to be able to refer back to things. <BR> <BR> Trying to forgive myself for eating too much fat Wednesday night when hubby and I wen... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:04:57 EST Day 19 of 111 Did a little better today on my binging...a little. I broke down and bought a 12 pk of diet Dr Pepper, I know it's not the best option but it helped a lot with my sweet tooth, and I only drank one. I know I just need to make sure that I am eating more frequently so when I did finally eat I don't ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:03:29 EST Spark the Season day 19 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dinner: Wasn't very exciting tonight. Tired after a long week I made scrambled eggs with Jimmy Dean Turkey sausage. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Growing up... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:00:59 EST Finally done with my craft room! I slept later than I intended this morning, so I was behind from the get go. I had to make a bank run and another PO run this morning, so I got those done and hurried home. <BR> <BR> Then it was finally time to get my craft room all organized. After dh built the bookshelf last night, everythin... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:58:14 EST Don't mistake weakness for failure So I've watched a couple of good documentaries about food and what is truly healthy and what isn't. <BR> <BR> I realize just how unhealthy I eat, even if the too-high calorie equation is taken away- prior to this diet I ate NO fruits or vegetables. That's right. NONE. <BR> <BR> Why? Because I ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:58:06 EST Spark the Season - Day 14 - Relaxation In this little hut on the beach in Cuba there was a guy who did massages -- the best massage I have ever had. Not only did he have magic fingers but the sound of the ocean enhanced the whole experience. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:57:38 EST Picking up the pace . . . . . . barely. <BR> <BR> My last blog was five months after it's immediate precursor. This entry is 2-and-a-half months since the last. Does that mean I'm moving twice as fast as I was? Gotta love statistics ; ) <BR> <BR> Pathetic record, eh wot? I've lost 12 or 15 lbs. since October 1. BU... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:53:13 EST My dear man says life is good! Out of the blue today, <BR> after we left our granddaughter Lucy's kindergarten winter musical program <BR> (see my new profile pic? That's Lucy at 7 months.) <BR> and while we were heading up for our third session this week in the warm water <BR> (90 degrees!) pool, my dear man, who survived... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:51:31 EST JC Update-- answering questions We had a meeting with C today. I believe we worked everything out. Does she clean stalls on Sundays ...No. Can we go out there on Sundays and take care of it and I ride him..Yes. <BR> <BR> His feet are in great shape. Better shape than they have been in in years. He is happy and healthy. He... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:51:07 EST Got 'Em I'm so 6,000 steps today!!!! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:50:40 EST Gym day plus.... Went to the gym early today to workout with my brother. Two hour workout, came home, ate breakfast, and waited for my niece to show up to go walking. When she was 15 minutes late I gave up and called... and she was still asleep. Good thing I called. It was icy, so instead of our usual 6.5 mil... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:45:35 EST Bonus blog: The Beck Diet Solution Day 19 - Stop Fooling Yourself I did not have time to do this topic justice before work today, so you're getting a bonus blog to talk about the ways in which those of us who have "dieted" delude ourselves about what we should be able to eat and still consider it "OKAY". This is the day of the "It's NOT Okay" response card. <B... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:45:07 EST I have joined the radical fringe? I was talking to a close friend last night, and our conversation turned to another dear friend who struggles with weight issues. They were together last night, and the friend I was talking to was very upset about our mutual friend, as she couldn't even walk across the parking lot last night witho... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:43:02 EST 12/19/14 Well today was another test of patience for me. The recruiter sent me to a face-to-face interview with a manager who didn't know I was coming. Also said that two others were to interview me, and they were both off. I was quite embarrassed and sure that I made one heck of a impression. I don't... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:41:38 EST Weekly Email & Blog Check-In Happy Friday evening everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm starting this blog to get the url for my weekly email. The email will include fun photos of "chicken ornaments" (you'll see what I mean on Sunday morning :)). <BR> <BR> List any highlights this week or goals for next week below. Have a great weeken... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:24:45 EST Feline Friday =^..^= <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:22:10 EST new exercise routines Got a great doctors report yesterday after being diagnosed with diabetes 6 weeks ago. She was impressed with how much my labs have improved. I have been doing a lot of walking with while playing tourist but don't feel it is enough. I talked with some women here in the campground and we are going ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:04:11 EST Week 1: BL Emerald Winter Freeze Off Challenge Finished week 1 in FIRST PLACE with a 6lb loss!!! I know a lot of that weight loss was just from crazy high sodium intake during thanksgiving, but honestly I thought it would take me much longer than it did to break back into the 220s and I couldn't be happier! Hoping to really stay on track this... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:55:28 EST (hashtag)QUICKFIT HOLIDAY FITNESS PLAN: W3 D19 Today I did day 18's workout since I knew I'd be home and have access to my weights: <BR> Day #18: Thurs. Dec. 18th - 12-Minute Butt Lift Level: All; Equipment: A set of 3- to 15-pound dumbbells (optional); Intensity: Moderate<BR>o& <BR>... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:54:09 EST Spark The Season Photo Challenge, Day 20 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Doing tomorrow's early. Here is my favorite workout: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:53:32 EST Resting Comfortably At Home I had my radio frequency ablation in my lumbar spine this morning. I am a bit sore but am experiencing some degree of relief already. I slept for four hours upon returning home after the procedure. I am feeling tired again so after finishing this blog, I will go and lie down. Have a wonderful w... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:52:22 EST TIS THE SEASON.... Proverbs 19:17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. <BR> Blessings to you <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:51:51 EST Spark The Season Photo Challenge, Day 19 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's dinner was an ultimate sub from publix. I already ate it, so here's a stock picture from their website. The ultimate is roast beef, ham, turkey, and swiss cheese. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:51:16 EST Go for a walk --- by Seth Godin Go for a walk <BR> The best time is when you don't feel like it. <BR> Going for a walk when you don't feel like it will change your mood, transform your posture and get you moving. <BR> And if you don't feel like talking with someone, bring them with you on the walk. <BR> <BR> Posted by Seth God... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:39:48 EST The Semester is Finished! I finished my last final yesterday afternoon! I went out for a few drinks with my classmates last night, slept in this morning...then went to the Aveda school to get a new hairstyle! <BR> <BR> Before: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:38:55 EST END OF THE YEAR The end of the year just makes me sad and my medical problems are just annoying...I just wish the doctors could figure it out....I hate the years passing was harder to set up my village and tree and its getting hard to just do least when I have my granddaughter I have all th... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:35:47 EST Nine Lives <img src=""> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:21:50 EST "FOXCATCHER" A MOVIE REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Foxcatcher” will probably go down in my book of 2014 as the most disappointing movie of the year. There has been so much positive talk of the film, particularly of Steve Carell’s playing of John du P... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:05:56 EST Foot Soak, Vet and shopping!! I did have a foot soak and reflexology last night. She gave Me a gift cert. for two different massages. One is called rain drop therapy-it is My favorite! I took Lillypad and Mr. Rustle to the vet for their yearly checkups. All is well. We will be changing Mr. Rustle's food. I went and got... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:00:38 EST December 19, 2014 (Friday) TGIF! <BR> <BR> Not that the weekend is much different from any other days of the week, but still I look forward to each weekend. Nothing will go on around here, but I only have one class on each Saturday and Sunday. I will be starting a second class on Sunday in January. I do not have any Fi... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:52:13 EST Tulsa Half & Half Race Report and Future Thoughts This will be pretty short, since I did not really accomplish much. <BR> <BR> On Sunday, 12/14, was the Tulsa Half & Half Marathon race. It's a unique race where you can choose to either run on the trails or run on the road (or both, if you're insane). Each distance is a half marathon. <BR> <B... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:49:53 EST the last weekend of fall even though it feels like winter already, this is still fall for another 2 days <BR> <BR> most likely staying in this weekend as we are supposed to be having rain moving in later tonight and last through Sunday morning Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:46:22 EST Insulin Resistance/metabolic Syndrome and Fatty Liver Disease. Omg! Hi you'all out there, <BR> <BR> Today, I'm a little glum. A good time to share, because I'm usually a happy soul. <BR> <BR> This is me today. <BR> <BR> I have a 5.1 A1C with metabolic Syndrome/insulin resistance. An A1C is a blood test that measures your blood glucose over a three month perio... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:45:50 EST Woo hoo! I am patting myself on the back... <em>311</em> I got in nearly double my goals today! I would love t meet other disabled people on here. <BR> <BR> Really looking forward to the coming year and keeping on track. I recently read an article that said the average person gains 5 pounds between November and new years. Me? I am sti... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:40:07 EST Here we go I know I had a good workout when my legs are sore Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:39:08 EST Way Back In The History Of Me! When I was 12 years old, my sister was 11 and my brother 13, we lived in Osceola, WI, on a very tiny radar site for the United States Air Force. It was so small that there were only 20 family housing units and we were all in a cul-de sac setting. We were one HUGE happy family there. <BR> <BR... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:38:40 EST Friday Lots of clearing our of papers and Christmas flyers today,,I filled a whole box with them!! Researched a website for a nice camera for DD, but I had planned on using a LOT of gift cards from Best Buy,, turns out, the rewards program online that I belong to, only allows ONE card redemption per q... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:37:10 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life: The Xmas Edition <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Time for this Special Edition of Friday Happy Hour - The Christmas Edition. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It's our final boarding call! Let's head to the gate! <BR> <i... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:34:11 EST 12/19/2014 good news so i'll take all the good news in any way shape or form <BR> <BR> my fiance called me back last night so we could get back into sync ...we both could tell we weren't communicating well. we took the time to figure out what was happening. we are good. i slept well. <BR> <BR> this morning i got th... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:32:34 EST Day 12: squats, lunges and weights oh my! So today I went to my first 'body pump' class at Goodlife fitness. I could do some of it but I was shaking a lot (which I know is good) but I couldn't keep up sometimes. I didn't know my legs were so weak, they where the thing that held me back the most! I could hardly do any squats or lunges wit... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:30:59 EST It's a conspiracy It's a conspiracy I've decided. I have lost my running mojo. It's been gone for well over a year now. At this point I am faking it until I make it. Signed up for a half marathon in March. My usual race to celebrate my birthday, but I have been walking it instead of running it. This time I am runn... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:24:45 EST Friday, 19 December 2014 I just noticed that there are new levels for Individual Spark Points totals. <BR> <BR> So I would like to thank SP for doing this. <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> I hadn't realised how much I looked forward to getting to the next level till after I'd been on Level 20 for a wee while. <BR> So, renewe... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:21:57 EST Accountability It's been a real slow day today. Woke up with some heavy raining outside. Decided to skip the biking and get my wheel looked at. It apparently needed an inner cleaning. My good spare Zipp 101 real wheel has developed some bad cracks. The latter means replacing the rear wheel. Saw and bid on a whe... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:18:49 EST my family loves Christmas but we are not ready Still have lots to do including wrapping, hope at least 2 kids want to help wrap, maybe 3? I can hope! Still have some crocheting to do too. It wouldn't be right to get the kids to crochet there own gifts would it? I'm kidding... well mostly kidding, enjoy your weekend. Happy Chanukah too! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:18:14 EST Got the Hot Tub working Yesterday I got my hot tub and found out I needed electrical work done in order for it to work properly. Well, first thing this morning, the electrician came and got it up and running. I have not gotten in it yet because of course, the water still needs to heat up. Right now my body needs it a... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:17:14 EST 2014, Day 353 (12/19) 2.5 hours (12.5 12-minute miles) walking; ate well, drank a gallon of water...I think this was a record... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:02:56 EST Saturday Made it to the function which was good, it was in full swing when all of a sudden the power went out we were alright as we wee have a light tea that was already cooked but the resterraut could not cook for the crowd and the café could not cook there orders either and the bars could not operate n... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:54:16 EST I wish for everyone My coach task for today was to accomplish one goal for the coming week. My goal is to reach as many people as I can to wish for everyone Peace,Joy and Love for this holiday season. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:52:51 EST It's been awhile..... So many things are happening that I just haven't had time to write but today I am sitting and waiting so it's time to share what is going on. My sister is in surgery undergoing a total hysterectomy. They suspect cancer but hopefully they will get it all. She's younger than me, only 58. She's ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:48:23 EST just had to share <link><BR>ning-dont-serve-these-healthy-holiday-<BR>treats-if-you-dont-attention?utm_sourc<BR>e=Email+Access+List&utm_campaign=06688<BR>bd798-Weekly_Email_2014_12_1912_18_201<BR>4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8688509c<BR>a4-06688bd798-60401953 </link> <BR> <... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:44:29 EST Excuses I have the best intentions of getting back into fitness. In my head it is an easy transition where I magically get back to the place I left off where I was exercising every day and feeling my best. I'm learning that is not the case in reality. <BR> <BR> Time to confront a common excuse I have: ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:34:04 EST Accurate Numbers are Important: Gym + Heart Rate Monitor + Calorie Differential First off I have to say I'm thankful for Sparkpeople and all the tools that are provided to help me along this journey. However, today I realized some numbers with Sparkpeople just don't add up. I noticed this when I wore my heart rate monitor at the gym and got my total calorie burn at the end o... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:32:13 EST CHRISTMAS STRESS RELIEF <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:29:00 EST DAY 5 So I'm feeling good enough I can decrease to weekly blogging. I ran 3 miles today and felt great. I love the feeling of success. I plan on running 8 to 10 miles tomorrow which will put me over 25 miles of running for the week. I really feel that food counts way more than exercise as I've alwa... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:23:02 EST IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR! God Came Near <BR> by Max Lucado <BR> <BR> It all happened in a moment, a most remarkable moment. God became a man! Heaven opened herself and placed her most precious one in a human womb. Jesus came, not as a flash of light or as an unapproachable conqueror, but as one whose first cries were hea... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:15:44 EST Great news!! Today was my anual mammogram. You must be thinking, "So what?" Well, I'll tell you. <BR> <BR> A few years back I went for a routine mammogram. They found something. I had to wait, speak to the radiologist then schedule a sterotatic biopsy. I was terrified. <BR> <BR> Had the biopsy done a... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:14:16 EST Fattening Friday Had a huge craving for sharp cheddar cheese this morning and gave in. <BR> Mindless eating and 5 ounces later the craving subsided. <BR> <BR> Lunch was a late one. Had baked chicken wings. <BR> They were so good I went back for more! <BR> Yep... Another binge meal. <BR> <BR> Will have a salad... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:10:55 EST 100 days of weight loss- days 10 and 11 Today, I am on day 11 of the 100 days of weight loss, following the book by Linda Spangle. Day 100 will be 19 March 2015, my youngest daughter's second birthday. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I was sick, so I did not post about my day. Therefore, I am posting 2 days today. <BR> <BR> Day 10- 12/18/14 <B... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:08:16 EST December 19th Nearly forgot to blog today. <BR> Throat is hurting now so I'm hoping to get rid beore we pick Mum up on Sunday. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:06:44 EST Identifying a New Binge Trigger I read an article about binge eating today that identified being too full as a binge trigger and realized that this is a big trigger for me. Once I cross a certain threshold of satiety, I feel guilty about having eaten too much, start thinking about how I've blown it, and then give up and binge.... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:03:20 EST Fabulous Chocolate Evening I had a fabulous evening... yes, I probably went over my calorie range... but it was worth it ten times! I did a chocolate workshop! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I made a chocolate Witch House for Christmas... In my neck of the woods we call that "Knusperhaeuschen." As a kid I always w... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:00:15 EST Friday I took a vacation day to attend our granddaughter's xmas program at school The first graders performed "Santa and His Red Canoe" . The weather held up (it rained yesterday!), and it was nice to see all the parents, grandparents, family, and friends at the performance. <BR> <BR> Have a great sp... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:59:17 EST Bronchitis- DAY 3 <BR> <BR> Brief update: <BR> <BR> I've been on antibiotics for two full days. <BR> I am slowly getting better, the fever has now broken. <BR> I am not online very much right now. <BR> <BR> I wish much health and happiness to all of you, my friends. <BR> <BR> Onward & Downward! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:58:33 EST Day 1: High Protein, Low Carb, Low Fat, Mostly-Raw, Vegan? Day 1 Weight: 186.6 lbs <BR> <BR> If you don't like eating meat and are interested in being a vegan...but get sick on too much fat from nuts and fruit sugar, and you genuinely want to loose weight, while not eating diet foods laden with chemicals...then read <BR> <BR> I'm not like ever... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:55:45 EST Quote of the day 12/19/14 "Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them." <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> Now get up and move! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:53:00 EST Eowyn's Challenge, Day 51, THE HOBBIT: Bag End to Rivendell (397 Miles) Yesterdays hike was 7.41 miles, that will get us moving! We had 1.62 miles left to get to camp, then we will continue, leaving early and making haste, we are entering the woods, the road is running east then runs into a valley on the north, were we will run out of energy, with 0.21 miles left f... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:47:00 EST Twelve Days of Christmas - Eight Maids a Milking <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <em>460</em> <em>445</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On the eighth day of Christmas <BR> my true love sent to me: <BR> 8 Maids a Milk... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:41:58 EST Circus challenge, days 1 and 2 This week the Panther Challenge is to be a clown at the circus for a 5-act show. First act - 10 minutes of cardio. Second - 10 minutes of strength training. Third - eat 5-a-day of fruits and veggies. Fourth - drink at least 6 cups of water. All of these can be done for points once a day. Th... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:41:04 EST Dance Dance Revolution Spark I am a member of SparkPeople under the name at charitym00n two zeroes. I love doing Dance Dance Revolution! From Japan a way to dance to music! <BR> <BR> Ddr e1: <link> </link> <BR> Ddr e2: <link> </link> <BR> Ddr e3: <link> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:41:02 EST My housework workout I am suffering greatly from Shingles nerve damage but It wont get me down. I have too many things to do!!I baked so many goodies for friends and family, raked leaves, did laundry, mopped floors, Christmas shopped, Danced to a workout video(slow-motion)decked the halls and made dinner. Visited an ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:39:32 EST It's Freakin' Friday Today is my last day at work for a two week vacation. It's Freakin' Friday, YESS!! <em>20</em> <em>253</em> <em>212</em> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:34:30 EST Busting Excuses <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am all ready for Christmas. Today I finished up my shopping and everything is as close to perfect as it's going to get. I got all the candy for Fritzy's Christmas stocking and all his presents are wrapped and hidden ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:31:18 EST 12/19/14 ~ Success When you expect success, your mind focuses on success. <BR> <BR> ~ Unknown <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:24:57 EST Goal!!! I made my goal of 128 2 days ago!!! Yay!!! It's taken 6+ months to lose the last 3-5 pounds. I am very grateful, now for maintenance. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:22:17 EST Friday December 19, 2014 Weather: Still dull and crappy out there. Very Cloudy and grey as well. Temps about 32 degrees. <BR> <BR> Thursday’s log: <BR> <BR> Reading: Articles on Internet, email, Creativity, Ellery Queen, <BR> <BR> Writing log: posted, log, blogged, journaled <BR> <BR> Exercise log: 30 minute walk... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:21:15 EST Nice Day Nice day volunteering at the hospital. Off to bake Christmas cookies at my daughters now. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:18:11 EST Snow Motivation Forget that last post about rain as a motivator, what about snow as a motivator! 'Get out there and get moving quickly, so you can come back inside before your face freezes off! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:07:47 EST Amazing I just got on here to share some thoughts about my experience "starting over," and my the comments on my last/first post (a post I don't even remember writing) made me cry. They felt made me feel so comforted. I am so grateful to everyone who commented! I feel like such a baby, but I have these... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:07:23 EST Week 4 - Program is working Here I am in week four and I have already lost 24 pounds. I can't even believe it myself. <BR> I am back at where I fell off the last time but I have surpassed what I have ever done. <BR> I am feeling great and I have alot of energy. I have 11 weeks left in this phase and if I keep losing at t... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:03:48 EST MBC I am about a month into learning that breast cancer has come back in my bones. MBC Metastatic breast cancer is advanced stage IV cancer that is incurable. I will be on medication for the rest of my life. The hardest thing I have a hard time wrapping my head around is that although there are som... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:58:25 EST Friday's Healthy Inspirational Quote of the Day 12/19/2014 "They can because they think they can."~Virgil, poet Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:56:55 EST TAKING A ME DAY I felt like I have been on a merri-go-round so when I got up this morning I told Miss Coco we were taking a me day. We when and picked up some coffee came home and relaxed in my chair and watched a program on TV. Turned that off and turned on some music and we both took a nap. I felt like I nee... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:55:49 EST sugar detox Day two of staying off sugar. I am feeling it's a bit easier because I've really come to the conclusion it's hurting me physically. My body feels poorly since I've been eating processed foods again. It just is what it is. I haven't missed the sugar so much as I have stopped myself from giving int... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:51:30 EST