SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs My crazy so-called life Oh, Jackie girl, what are you thinking YOU NUTCASE! <BR> <BR> So, let me explain my nuttiness!! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Friday, was talking with a colleague about how I am going to be alone for Easter in Colorado, while my family is in Ohio. <em>450</em> <em>449</em> <em>448</em> Sad... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:44:20 EST Tuesday Back still a little stiff but activity actually makes it feel better, at least while doing said activity. <BR> <BR> Then, of course, it stiffens again when inactive. <BR> <BR> This too shall pass. <BR> <BR> Felt good to be back at the gym again this morning. <BR> <BR> Have a good Tuesday my S... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:43:42 EST Carrot Fritters Hello Sparkfamily, Have you ever had these? Take a peek! <em>291</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 1/2 cups carrots washed, trimmed and grated (I used my food processor to grate) <BR> 1 c fresh coriander, finely chopped, plus extra to serve <BR> 10 green onions (about 1 1/2... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:39:06 EST Push Yourself Hello all, I hope you all are having a wonderful morning so far. I pushed myself yesterday. I did a few strengthening exercises got home set down on the couch and I figured I would just watch tv since we had already ate supper. I set there for about 30 minutes, and I thought I'll do some Planks.... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:34:19 EST Need to find time for the GYM! Getting frustrated with myself regarding my lack of exercise habits. I planned to go to the gym this morning - EARLY this morning before work, but couldn't get out of bed :( <BR> <BR> I am thinking I might just need to be a late night gym goer I suppose. I need to force myself, I'm doing well wi... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:33:31 EST First time blogging This will be my first time trying to blog. not exactly sure what to write, but i told myself that If I was going to do this, then i will jump in with both feet. <BR> <BR> A little about me. I am 38 year old mother of 2 amazing teenagers, one of which has just recently joined Sparkpeople. (wa... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:33:10 EST 30 Days In I have been actively using SP for one month now. Whoo hoo! I have lost five pounds and feel pretty good about that! I have needed to get a handle on my weight for a good year or so and on March 1st, everything just clicked. I stepped on the scale and was not happy with what I saw. Suddenly I was ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:32:15 EST 2 blog Doing better, my bp good and lost some weight. Been drinking 8 glasses of water daily and wlaking Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:26:29 EST Week 2, Day 2. Tired. Oh boy. I am so tired in the evening. <BR> <BR> My alarm goes off at 5. I snooze a little and I'm up by 5:30 for T25. By 5pm, however, I'm exhausted. I fell asleep on the couch yesterday after dinner. I could barely keep my eyes open. Will this exhaustion continue? (I hope not.... hope it... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:25:12 EST Looking forward to Easter... As anyone who read my first blog post of Lent would know, I gave up Chocolate, Coffee and Hot Chocolate this year. The weird thing is that I never really craved the Chocolate or Hot Chocolate as much as I've been craving the coffee. With the random hours that I put in working so many various posi... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:12:09 EST Eowyn's Challenge THE HOBBIT: Rivendell to the Lonely Mountain (579 miles) Day 83 Yesterdays hike was 7.43 miles, so we can finally get off the rushing river! The rafts are secured at Lake Town and the River elves are taken to a feast by the town manager. Bilbo manages to get the grumbling Dwarves out of the barrels and they are stiff, sore, hungry and sick feeling. They he... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:08:56 EST It works! Turns out hard work does pay off. <BR> <BR> I am down almost 4lbs since Sunday, just by continuing to eat under my calorie goal and working out whenever I can. My daughter is home from preschool all week due to Spring break (on top of last week, when she was sick) and my baby is sick now, so the... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:06:05 EST Smoothies made SUPER easy This is going to be sort of a product review entry so if you don't like product reviews, you can move along to the next blog <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> I have been reading in several places how smoothies have helped people get servings of fruit and vegies more easily. All you need is some ingredi... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:02:38 EST Fixing Problems <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am responsible for my issues. Even if I got put in a situation, it is up to ME to get it resolved and get moving on in my life. Thinking for your self is the best way to get stated. Think! Think! Think of the ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:02:03 EST When oh when will this cough go away.... My energy is finally up! I think it was from the prescription cough syrup that was making my energy wane. I am on Tessalon Pearls for the cough for about a half a week now as well as taking allergy meds and inhalers. Right now, the throat has a scratchy feeling to it. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, w... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:01:37 EST Not For Granted Thanks very much for the comments yesterday. I really like the "every cloud has a silver lining", living in the moment, and "turn the frown upside down." Yep. That's the way I want to live! SparkFriends are the best!! <BR> <BR> I read a running article today about 5 things that successful runner... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:00:16 EST feeling good today Weight in Monday, lost 4pounds. That was a nice feeling, must be doing something right. WhooHoo!!!! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:58:43 EST Heavy but light. A new era. So here I am, back on Sparkpeople and probably the heaviest I've ever been. So it would be easy to find that demoralizing- there was a time 4 years ago when I was within a few pounds of 199. I was actually running sometimes. Lol. Why then am I happier now than I was even then? Because I finall... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:55:57 EST 1 Month Down Last day of March! <BR> 31st day of my journey. <BR> My moms 51st birthday, if she were still with us. <BR> All in all a very emotional day. <BR> <BR> SW: 246 <BR> CW: 237 <BR> Lost this month- 9lbs <BR> <BR> <BR> When I (re)started trying to be healthy and lose weight a month ago I never imag... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:55:43 EST Ponderings <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, this is a picture I took after my run on Saturday morning. We normally run at 5 in the morning and are back home before the sun officially rises, but this day, because it was Saturday, we went an hour later, and t... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:54:30 EST Do your best Do the best that you can in every thing that you do that way whatever the results are, you will be happy. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:51:59 EST Food tracking: a game changer for me! Tracking what I eat has been a game changer for me. I never believed in dieting since I though I was eating healthy already. I'm a vegetarian and sugar/carbs is my main enemy, but I though I had that under control. Also, I am an ESTJ personality <link><BR>.ht... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:51:42 EST Ashamed but going forward a·shamed <BR> əˈSHāmd/Submit <BR> adjective <BR> embarrassed or guilty because of one's actions, characteristics, or associations. <BR> "you should be ashamed of yourself" synonyms: sorry, shamefaced, abashed, sheepish, guilty, contrite, remorseful, repentant, penitent, regretful, rueful, apo... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:48:00 EST Tuesday Enjoying a beautiful day in mid-Mo. Hoping for a short meeting this evening. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:44:59 EST Spring is Here! Hi everybody! How are all of you? I am glad that the snow is gone in my residential area. Yesterday in the early evening, after my Zumba class, my pal Melanie and I took a walk around the block. Last week I saw the movie DO YOU BELIEVE? twice. The first time was on Tuesday (March 24) with M... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:44:40 EST The Spice and Tea Exchange in Williamsburg So thanks to ADARKARA, I went to this store yesterday while we were at Colonial Williamsburg and it was great! The woman who owns the store said that they will be celebrating their third anniversary this Easter weekend and I was so happy that ADARKARA recommended I go here. It was much appreciate... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:42:33 EST Tuesday! So happy, doing a happy dance down 4 #'s this morning, ending March on a good note. I am finally back down in the 160's and closer to my short goal of being at 162 by May 23. My rheumatologist will be happy with me when I see her in May, as she wants me to lose weight. <BR> <BR> We had rain mixe... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:41:52 EST I did it!!! Finished W1D1 C210K -- I Really Didn't Think I Could Wow! I did it! I finished W1D1 of C210K training!!! <BR> <BR> I posted a blog entry yesterday about doing day one and finishing 3 segments of 1 minute runs and how I knew it would take a while to get through it. This morning, however, I pushed through and completed all eight segments of running.... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:38:53 EST A new best buddy No it's not a real new best buddy but it's actually her workout videos. I am obsessed with Laura London's workout videos which I found on youtube and she has a website as well. They are easy and fast, and not intimidating at all. I love doing cardio, I'll do all kinds, zumba, walking/jogging, kic... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:37:49 EST Tuesday, March 31st <img src=""> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:33:43 EST blah I am feeling defeated my scale isn't moving Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:30:43 EST Day 30 30 days I have been blogging! That's an entire month. <BR> <BR> Weight loss: .5 lbs <BR> Bad habits kicked: 0 <BR> <BR> Guh. This means I need to start getting it into gear. <BR> <BR> I am so tired today. I couldn't fall asleep last night, which is unusual for me. I used to struggle with ins... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:30:09 EST I'M A FIRECRACKER! I debated for several weeks whether I wanted to join another weightloss challenge. I have weight to lose, and am still around 20 lbs away from my goal, but I have stagnated. It seems like whenever I get to 160 lbs, my body refuses to drop any lower and I stop losing weight. I am only 5'4", so ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:29:20 EST Ummmm excuse me Mr.Scale your moving the wrong way ! What do you do when you wake up in the morning and see that the scale has jumped a pound overnight regardless how perfect your eating and workouts have been going ? In my case this morning I shook my head got off the scale and went about my day. <BR> In the past that pound would have derailed me... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:28:47 EST Activity #11 - Light Your Fire What can you tell yourself every morning that will give you a sense of purpose for your day? What can you tell yourself when you are thinking of skipping a walk or a workout? Is there something you can tell yourself when you are reaching for that second helping or that cookie? <BR> <BR> Motiv... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:28:45 EST Weight Gain Girl Makes a Comeback:( Episode 24 Weight Loss Woman's alter ego had the advantage on the scale last week. A 1 lb. gain had our hero analyzing when and how Weight Gain Girl managed to get the upperhand. Like Bruce Banner and the Hulk, this is a perplexing dilemma. Our hero surmized that no tracking and no exercise allows her al... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:28:19 EST Tuesday Went to the gym this morning so I am free this evening...LOL...had to come to the gym at work because Golds Gym was PACKED...I would have gone back home and worked out but I already knew that wasn't a good idea so I just came on to work...glad I did! <BR> <BR> Need to do some meal planning for b... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:26:38 EST vacation makes it hard to track everything Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:21:07 EST A NIGHT ON THE TOWN! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Pippin And Marti’s New River Bistro <BR> <BR> I am as excited as a kid going to the circus this evening but instead of a circus I am going to the opening night of the touring company of “Pippin” at the Bro... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:20:46 EST Setting April goals on this last day of March (Current 174 start 186- current plan is over 10 min cardio per day, Spin class 2x per week, Yoga 1x per week, ride bike or walk to school every day, eating within the SP range for heart healthy and logging food & water & activity daily) <BR> <BR> April is an important month because I'll be end... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:18:23 EST Did I really just turn 50?? Yesterday was my 50th birthday. Yup 50! That is so crazy to me, and actually it is playing havoc with my brain. I am not a very vain person, I have no problem leaving the house without make-up, I for the most part don't give much thought to what people think of me, but this one is odd. <BR> <... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:14:25 EST Day 508 - I Made My Weight Goal For March! Weight: 165.9 <BR> <BR> This past January I made a monthly goal for myself to lose 5 pounds per month. Since in the past I would aim for a 10 pound loss monthly and almost never succeed, this time I decided to slow it down. I did reach my goal in January but then I binged for much of February an... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:12:16 EST One Year Anniversary Reflection I did not realize that today was my 1 year anniversary here on Spark People. So much has happened and taken place during this one year it's overwhelming when I think about it. <BR> <BR> When I look back over the year, I had just been officially diagnosed with full blown type 2 diabetes and imme... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:11:57 EST Better today! Leg isn't NEARLY as tweaky as it was yesterday. Hooray! Still going to keep it rested until Monday or so, but I feel so much more optimistic about things now. <BR> <BR> I'm still a little depressed, but I'm not going to let it get to me. <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:11:41 EST 1985-2015 Where Has The Time Gone? <em>524</em> & Good morning to my Spark Friends! Hope we are having a great start to the day & that your day will continue to go smoothly. <BR> <BR> I want to talk about where I've been, to where I ended up & what does the future hold for me. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to make this long but I wi... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:09:13 EST Don't Compare Yourself To Others Each time I try to compare myself to others, I stop myself. You don't know where they are in their journey. You only know where you are in yours. Be aware of this motivation killer and stop it before it starts! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:07:29 EST 3/31- Still not on track :-/ I still haven't managed to get myself back into a regular routine like I want to be. I'll do well for a few days, then something will come up and throw me off track and I take forever to get straightened out. I tweaked my back trying not to fall on the ice a few weeks ago, and dropped my 30 day c... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:05:22 EST How Much Weight Have You Lost Found this on my knitting group. <BR> <BR> I thought it might be time to have a little fun and focus on the positive. So what have you lost? <BR> 1 pound = a Guinea Pig <BR> 1.5 pounds = a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed donuts <BR> 2 pounds = a rack of baby back ribs <BR> 3 pounds = an average hum... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:05:22 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Deuteronomy 4:31 (WEB) <BR> for Yahweh your God is a merciful God; <BR> he will not fail you, neither destroy you, <BR> nor forget the covenant of your fathers which he swore to them. <BR> <BR> Promise #9... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:55:38 EST What a day!!!! So, yesterday I was off to a great start.....worked out, stopped smoking, was in a fabulous and motivational girls decided to pour nail polish all over my bathroom floor ugh!!!! I'm not sure what got into those two girls, but they were lil hellians yesterday lol. My brother... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:51:10 EST Tuesday of a Strange Week Yesterday my db was due for open heart surgery. All I know is he is in a hospital in Utah, assumably unable to communicate. While nothing in comparison, dh & I are fighting a respiratory challenge and feel like we're living in a balloon. <BR> <BR> Today doc appnt's and a round of antibiotics, ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:50:20 EST Hard truth about commitment I read this article today and it really made me think. <BR> <BR> 8 Cold, Hard Truths about Exercise <BR> It's Time for an Exercise in Tough Love <BR> By Nicole Nichols, Certified Personal Trainer and Health Educator <BR><BR>ess_articles.asp?id=1209&page=3... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:49:48 EST Still on track and c25k week 3 comes to an end! I am still on track and feeling so good about that. I am down 7 lbs from my gain and feel like I am really going strong. I have been trying not to eat past 7pm because my late night eating was out of control!! Each day seems easier and easier and I am easily able to make it through the night now... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:46:42 EST Tomorrow... Tomorrow is a BIG day and I want to start off this new chapter being the best that I can be so here I sit happily spending my morning indulging my OCD by making plans and preparing... <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is the first of April. The start of a new month, the second quarter of the year, and what I a... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:43:12 EST Sad Day Yesterday I went to a double funeral. It was for two boys, twins, that I drove on my school bus. I drove their brothers too. It was a rough part of town. I was first drawn to their older brother. He was soft spoken and never gave me any problems. He was very polite saying, Yes ma'am' and smilin... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:42:37 EST First ice cream experience I love all my babies firsts. First belly laugh First tooth First roll over First time crawling First time having ice cream... It was cute! He liked it, and said Mmm! He had a chocolate covered nose. Adorable! This was only adorable until he woke up last night screaming. Poor little guy had a... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:41:23 EST Back with my new friend DIABETES! Well I am back again. Feeling a little sad today but determined to make my life better. About 2- 2 1/2 weeks ago I started feeling extremely tired, was drinking and urinating more frequently, had horrible muscle spasms all night long, had sudden blurry vision, a cough, balance issues, and as I ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:39:53 EST The Difference Between Wishing & Doing Yesterday was not a good body image day for me. It started with pants (doesn't it always start with PANTS???) <BR> <BR> I have two pairs of size 16 jeans. They fit well and I like them. They are the only two pairs of pants I have that fit well. I washed them both yesterday, and they weren't quit... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:39:27 EST Swimming: Workout 2 <em>175</em> 30 minutes, four lengths at a time, various stokes. <BR> <BR> Friday was skipped because I wanted to give my muscles a rest. I hurt my back a little bit from carrying heavy boxes up to the third floor, so I don't want to overdo it. <BR> <BR> On Monday, it was cold out and I cou... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:36:24 EST OKAY DAY I managed to cut my calories to about 1500 yesterday and 2000 today. I normally eat more than that because I was working out a minimum of 90 minutes a day. However, because of my injuries, I cannot work out like that. I managed to get a good amount of cardio in yesterday. I made sure I did no... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:26:34 EST Day 9 of 27 weigh in day for March Oh well....I might as well get it in early 268.4 a gain of one pound!! The entire month I gained a pound and loss nothing. Well I went up and down but my lowest this month was 267. Oh well I keep pressing forward. I won't let the scale be my final result. I will trust the process <BR> <BR> So... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:23:56 EST Are you your own bully? or your own cheerleader? I've got a beach Vacation coming up in a month. I just had to purchase a new swimsuit in a size larger than last year's. not my finest moment. I did however,stop myself from having an adult temper tantrum about it. I'm not going to swim in a t shirt. I'm going to go to the beach, and I'm going to... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:23:46 EST Medical Bills Need to vent!!!!! <BR> <BR> I am drowning in medical bills. It's frustrating for a few reasons... <BR> <BR> 1.) I work for one of the largest medical systems in WI, and my insurance SUCKS, so I end up paying a lot out of pocket. Not ok! <BR> <BR> 2.) I have yet to ever be helped by all the... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:23:31 EST 3/31/15 I'm feeling pretty good today. Maybe I really did need to sleep in a little bit. I slept through my alarm (the one on my fitbit, so The Boy doesn't wake up), and I almost slept through The Boy's alarm, but he was cool enough to ask me when happened. We went to bed pretty late, so I guess my bo... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:19:10 EST got a good night sleep Good Morning; Got a wonderful night sleep. I am continuing my cleaning of my house after my kids left. I am doing a deep cleaning. My DD sent me text that they arrived home. I really admire how my DD b/c she chooses her "battles" with her DH. At the airport, SIL wanted to take the baby thr... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:15:36 EST Getting back on track It's time to get back on track I haven't blogged for a long time nor have I recorded my calorie journal but I know this is a key component to keeping me on track so today I'll start doing this again Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:12:32 EST I did it! On Saturday I did make it to 45,000 steps to receive my 1st snow boot badge AND I pushed all the way through to 51,033 to get my (50,000) Cowboy boot badge. Woo Hoo! Indigo is going to be rockin' the cardio minutes this week!! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:10:09 EST My troubles are all behind me Unpacking boxes and looking at old pictures makes it clear I will never have small hips. But this Butt has to do, regardless of songs encouraging me to shake my bootie. <BR> <BR> I am embarking on the journey of self discovery in my last phase of my life. I leave the past behind without regret ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:09:47 EST Recipe for low fat gumbo Low fat gumbo <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 1 package of hillshire farms turkey sausage or chicken sausage cut up <BR> 1 package of shrimp <BR> 2 chopped carrots <BR> 1 chopped zucchini <BR> 1 package of okra <BR> 1 can of chick peas <BR> 1 chopped green pepper <BR> 1 chopped red pepper... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:09:45 EST Day Thirty-Three - Monday! Much better day than the one before, though I didn't get to do quite everything I wanted to. However, I did get to figure a few things out that will relieve even MORE stress and I'm going to adjust my goals for the week to compensate for some surprise visiting that'll be happening. It's only Tues... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:09:43 EST Day 79/84: "Big Bum!" hahaha Last night it was just my son and I as my hubby was working late. (He's trying to get Easter weekend off entirely so he will be working late a few nights this week.) But it was nice to have dinner with just my son. He loves to tell me stories about his day, about what he wants to play after din... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:09:01 EST Day Thirty-Two - Sunday Was a big day. Lots of emotional drama which made me not want to do much of anything, let alone eat. Recovered, and life moves on. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:08:21 EST Be Genuine! Today's thought from Hazelden is: Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this, you are dreadfully like other people. -- James Russell Lowell Sharing our many experiences with our friends in Twelve Step meetings helps us understand how very similar we all are. We are unique only in the sense th... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:08:12 EST Jam we ended up with 12 jars of pineapple rhubarb and 12 of blueberry lemon. house smelled divine..Ashley had never had the pineapple rhubarb before, and we both laughed when she said she would be picking extra for the freezer this year so we could make more of it!! <BR> The blueberry lemon came out ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:04:32 EST When you feel like quitting....Mar. 31st <img src=""> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:55:29 EST Week 10 - Progress So last week I talked about how two areas of my life need improvement: nutrition and exercise. In the past week, here's what I've accomplished in both domains: <BR> <BR> Nutrition - I prepared and ate healthy meals for 5 days. If I had a craving for something sweet, I had some chocolate pudding ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:54:49 EST Quote of the Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!! Blessings!! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:54:01 EST TODAY IS THE DAY I'm 30 just had my third child {3rd boy} and I need to loose at the least 100 pounds! For myself,for my children, for my family! I know I can do this I have to do this! Right now the hardest thing is gonna be breaking my addiction to SODA!! Soda is the devil lol and drinking water ekkkk but I kno... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:52:22 EST Day 2 Focus T25! WooHoo! Today is day 2 on Focus T25! I can do this! I am actually looking forward to doing my workout today! I am excited to feel "that Accomplishment" and to feel good again after working out. I committed to doing this for the next three months and I am going to do my best at it! I might not be abl... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:51:58 EST Gained some weight I'm so not happy with myself!!! I had done SOOOOOOO well, but over the last few months the weight is just flooding back on! I had been taking Phentermine, prescribed by my doctor- and I got down to 8 pounds from my goal.. and hit a super long plateau. I decided to go off of the meds because they ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:51:50 EST Day 84: March progress and April goals My progress this month has been great. I haven't lost as many inches as I would have liked, but my clothes are falling off and so is the weight, so I won't complain. Keeping track this month has been my biggest accomplishment with a few trips to restaurants and a work week away, I managed to plan... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:49:49 EST Common Denominators of Why I Hate Running Outside & Why I Love the Gym So yesterday I took my first trip of the spring to the gym. Despite it being really nice outside, I really had no motivation to run outside as I had last week. Weird, huh? I thought so too, until I got to thinking. There are a few common denominators in my crazy mind as to why I hate running outs... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:48:28 EST Quick low fat Salmon/tuna cakes Salmon/Tuna Cakes <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 2 cans of canned salmon or 2 large cans of tuna in water <BR> Adobo seasonings with pepper <BR> Garlic powder <BR> Onion powder <BR> Scallions <BR> Parsley <BR> 1 or 2 large eggs <BR> Flour <BR> Coconut oil or Extra virgin olive oil <BR> ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:47:18 EST Day 86 - 231.0 - Best Day Ever Yesterday I had just a fantastic day yesterday. Although a forgetful one. First of all, I forgot to go to work. Yes, you read that right. I forgot to go to work. When the kids are in school, I go to work at 2:00. When the kids don't have school, like this week for Spring Break, I go in at 10:00. I forgot. ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:45:36 EST Tuesday Topple Your Obstacles <img src=""> <BR> Joy (center of photo) has reduced kidney function. We really got lucky! I was afraid it was diabetes, cancer, thyroid, something serious. He's on some crazy-expensive prescription cat food, and we expect to enjoy Joy for man... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:42:43 EST Ying and Yang We arrived back in Nassau and home around 7:30 p.m. yesterday. DS check up was good and so he's out of the cast and he has some exercises he is supposed to do to get the arm limber. i'm feeling much better because he can write (means he can do his exams) and he's getting more movement in the th... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:39:15 EST BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!!! Hello, SparkFriends! It's been such a long time since I've blogged (and logged onto SP in general). I have to say, the past month has been the busiest month all school year. There has been a lot going on. I played clarinet in the pit orchestra for my school's musical, which required about two wee... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:38:09 EST positive mode nothing is final yet, but a plan is taking shape and i am looking forward to assisting with it and am trying to get excited so i have energy to do all the work that is needed. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:37:43 EST Just a kind word Today my challenge from Spark Coach is to motivate someone else. Other then telling someone they are doing a great job, or to hang in there and not give up, the best way I know of to motivate someone is by example. I get highly motivated when I see a before and after picture or hear someone's sto... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:31:15 EST Paradise! “Life is a paradise for those who love many things with a passion.” <BR> ― Leo Buscaglia <BR> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:29:35 EST Tuesday <img src=""> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:27:06 EST Early April Fool's trick March 31st and we woke up to an early April Fool's Day trick from Mother Nature! <BR> A friend said it's Michigan's fifth season called "Sprinter!" <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:26:40 EST Motivational Thought For The Day He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing at life. - Muhammad Ali Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:24:58 EST This will brighten your day 1026 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <im... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:22:52 EST Making adjustments My body is making adjustments to the new medications. Actually, I should be clear that it's one new medication for my HDL and back on an old medication for my blood sugar. After a month long stand still I am losing weight again, which is happy making for me. <BR> <BR> Sugar wise I've been adju... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:22:11 EST Little Victories I've started with the new way of eating in September last year. The first 3 months was hard, but exciting and full of changes. The least of these some weight loss. <BR> THEN came Christmas..New Years...Visit by family...a 13th birthday party (I'm now a proud parent of a teen!) ...a 4oth Birthday... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:20:53 EST March Rap Up... I had a pretty successful March. I was battling sinus problem all month, but I still managed to meet my fitness goals. My eating was better, but not where I want them to be. I still need to incorporate weight training into my week. It is hard, I would rather run than lift weights or do weight... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:20:16 EST Back on Track I've been away from Spark for a few weeks but now I'm back. I have gained five pounds but I feel motivated to practice better habits. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:18:29 EST Spring Break Vacation - Day one down I got through the first day of Spring Break pretty well. I stayed pretty productive and managed to stay on my diet. The big hurdle for me is at night. I usually teach until 8:30 p.m. so by the time my hubby and I get home from work it is close to 9:30 and i am tired enough to get to bed with out ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:15:14 EST Talk about high blood pressure! Just sharing a mildly funny story... <BR> <BR> Monday morning hubby sent me a message saying that he was going to see the nurse at work and get his blood pressure checked. He has a heart murmur thing that causes his heart to race sometimes - it had been racing a couple of times last week so he ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:14:58 EST Day 21 - Vacation Day 5 Well was I disappointed this am. Today I weighed myself( I even brought my own scale on the trip) and I gained 1 pound. I guess its been the food choices I have made.I had soda yesterday and no salad. I also found that I havent been drinking as much water as I had before because I cant stop to g... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:14:34 EST isn't terribly exciting, but it's news... I made it through one entire crave day. Seriously people....this is a big big deal for me. It has been MONTHS sense I have survived a for real, genuine TOM craving. It doesn't seem like much, but it will make a WORLD of difference. In the past I could go weeks without losing weight, but if I ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:13:32 EST Day 2- Yesterday kicked my butt, and it felt good! First off, I want to say THANK YOU to those that commented on my blog from yesterday. It was such an awesome feeling to have people be encouraging :) I wound up working out yesterday with my wii fit and burned almost 300 calories in 30 minutes. Not too shabby for what I was doing :) Today I am go... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:13:05 EST Accountability Blog Starting April 1st I am going to do a daily accountability blog. I did it before and it really kept me on track. I list my goals for the month and post each day to the hits and misses. I found that on the days I got up feeling less than or just plain lazy knowing I had to post that night would ge... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:12:51 EST I'm Back I'm back after a few weeks off the program. I have gained five pounds, but I'm motivated to restart. My wife has a clean bill of health as of yesterday. No more CT scans for six months and no sign of cancer. We are praising God for His goodness. I am beginning a new phase of ministry in three mon... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:11:19 EST March 31, 2015 Quotes “Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.” <BR> <BR> <BR> ― Margaret Thatcher <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "When thinking won't cure fear, action will." <BR> <BR> <BR> – William C... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:09:11 EST Attack Of The Night Eater! (Warning might cause a craving) One of the main reasons I have gained excess weight is that I am a Night Eater. I will have a normal dinner and be satisfied. Then as 9 or 10 PM creeps closer. My will power and defenses start to cave. Since joining Spark People I have worked real hard to break that habit of thinking "I NEED"... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:08:54 EST 68 days today! 147 this morning! 147 this morning, 10 weeks ago(1-12-15) I weighed 164. I could not have done this still drinking! <BR> up early again at 6;15, drinking that first cup of coffee. needed to get up early to take a .... <BR> shower....sigh <BR> Went to the gym last night at 8 pm, met with julie. <BR> We did some abs... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:08:45 EST Day 90 <em>527</em> Still not 100%, but I'm better than I was. My sinus still feels all clogged up, so I may pick up a decongestant. I'm going to try to get to working out tomorrow, don't know if I can wake up that early after waking up so late these last few days. Still having to sleep propped up or ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:08:23 EST Boundaries and the Disease to Please FEEDTHEHUNGER highlighted this topic in her excellent blog this morning: <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902710 </link> <BR> <BR> With recent events in my life (some of which I blogged about, some of which I have NOT), I found myself heading to my... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:07:24 EST Three Things Day 24-28 My computer broke, I had to take it in and get it fixed. <em>198</em> I know I could have downloaded the app and done my blog there, but I do not like to "type" on a phone. My computer is back so I can get back to my daily check-in. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> #1) I have kept up on my Hero'... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:07:02 EST Tuesday weigh in day 1lb off on the scales this morning. I'm happy with that. I was hoping for 2 but 1lb is fine as it's still a downwards trend. <BR> <BR> Last night was rough. I didn't exercise in the end, except for walking to the dentist and back (around 30-40 minutes in total). The dentist said that the tooth w... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:59:32 EST March 31, 2015 Well, it was a crazy month. My grandmother passed away on the 7th and we had her service on the 15th. The boys had spring break and things were just busy. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my goals were so-so. Food was up and down, exercise was great, and the cleaning wasn't as intense as I had planned. But... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:49:14 EST better than nothing I guess My legs are killing me.... my best friend has an elliptical and you can set the "steps" to what you want your goal to be and the lowest it goes is 500 well I got on there and did 130 of the 500 before my legs felt like jello it took me like 2 minutes and 25 sec to do that many my goal tomorrow is... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:48:23 EST Day 18 Fitness everyday I started sparkpeople already doing Zumba twice a week. as only SparkPeople can do I feel motivated to exercise more often. From today I plan to do some exercise everyday even if it is only 10 to 15 minutes. I'm in the spring 5% challenge so I expect many new changes in the near future. Today's... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:44:05 EST Spring cleaning It's that time of year. I am slowly working my way through the house - cleaning. Not just any clean but the kind of clean that used to be done by my Victorian ancestors - throw open windows, pull down drapes to wash, haul rugs outside to beat...getting rid of the soot and coal dust. Okay, I won't... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:44:01 EST 3/31/15 thanks for the support <BR> <BR> you are all the best <BR> <BR> have a great day <BR> <BR> keep making small steps it may not look like much but you are moving forward <BR> <BR> <BR> keep up the good work <BR> <BR> your the best Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:43:15 EST Another One Down... Wooohoo!! down 3 since I started this journey & its been a journey for sure!! I was just a few calories under my recommended yesterday. Went for a walk for 9min. Felt good to get out there again! My goal is to lose enough weight so I can start running again. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:37:38 EST In Like a Lion, Out like a..... Certainly not a lamb; still cold and more snow is expected. Brr! <em>101</em> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:36:57 EST Quote For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing. Simon Wiesenthal <BR> <BR> I agree with this quote, the problem is much of society has become so excepting of "evil" things, we've been somewhat complacent to "bad".... We see it all the time... the envelop of right and decent bein... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:33:30 EST Day 93 93 days and 21 lbs. lighter! Sparking right along. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:32:52 EST just saying--- Wind Shear-----a term Pilot hear all the time---and it just might have been the cause for the Air Canada plane to have landed, short of the runway--- <BR> It was storming------and the Pilot makes the decision to land--or not---- <BR> But--at the particular airport where this all occurred, there i... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:30:06 EST Tuesday Just Tuesday...Nothing much up. Did 4 more miles yesterday on a beautiful Monday evening. The sun shined and sky was blue and it was suddenly 76 degrees again. Beautiful afternoon. Now this morning I am chilly... Can't quite keep u with these weather changes! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:27:52 EST 03/31/2015 Tuesday <em>253</em> MARCH Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:25:34 EST Day 17-18: "Busy" Busy seems to be the common refrain. Sunday was busy. Monday was busy. I have a meeting this evening, so today will likely be busy. It's Holy Week and there are extra services Thursday and Friday, so the week will be busy. It seems to offer up plenty of opportunity for pitfalls. I think the... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:19:24 EST Quote for the day "The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems". -Ghandi <BR> <BR> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:16:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, March 31, 2015 March 31, 2015 PATIENCE OF JOB <BR> <BR> When we lose our patience, we lose a lot more than just patience. We lose control of the situation. We lose respect from others. We lose our temper. However, when we keep our patience and allow God to work through the situation, we gain much more. We can... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:10:33 EST fact or fiction I am feeling all sorts of things...feelings...feelings..not necessarily real, just feelings..its taken me all my life to realise that . <BR> anyhoo I'm having a fat day ,...feeling fat...see what I mean. <BR> mostly because I'm a few weeks post op.(removal of gall bladder, with complications.) <... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:10:27 EST Sometimes a scam is OK Last weekend, my sons did the Marine Corps 1775- a tough 11+ mile course through the Prince William Forest in VA. They did great - both under 2 hours and both in the top half of the crowd. The race sells out in minutes because if you finish it you have the opportunity to register for the Mar... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:08:08 EST Climbing the rappel tower Ran program Saturday, put about 100 kids on ropes. Challenged the young staff to climb up the tower. Only the 'old man' did it. For some reason the video just won't work for me. If it dosen't load here is a link. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:04:51 EST quiet day had a quet day today no drama no prolems Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:04:03 EST 03-31-2015 Motivation Tip 8. <BR> <BR> Keep a record of how well you are doing. This should include your measurements as well as your weight, and include a section on how fit you are and how you are feeling. Add your pictures if you are following Tip 5. There's some good software on the market that you ca... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:01:59 EST Brene Brown quote Wholehearted living is not a onetime choice. It is a process. <BR> In fact, I believe it's the journey of a lifetime. <BR> - Brene Brown Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:57:26 EST Getting there More painting done and more to do today! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:52:50 EST Two weeks, and hardly anything Half a fecking pound. TWO WEEKS AND ONLY HALF A POUND LOST. <BR> <BR> WTF??? Seems like so much effort for such little results. No wonder people quit this BS after a couple of weeks. <BR> <BR> I'm sick of living on less than 1500 calories a day. I'm sick of working out when I could be knitting ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:52:00 EST I love My eyes, big and blue <BR> My calves <BR> My brain Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:51:23 EST A reflection of March and my goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have good days. I have had bad days. But I have survived <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I guess that is all that matters right? I haven't stayed 100% on track but I have 85% of the time which is better than previous... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:46:40 EST Blog for points only........ Half-hearted, yes - but it's appropriate for my mood.........don't even have the energy to vent right now....... <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:29:19 EST Tuesday, March 31 End on another month for 2015. We have nine months left for 2015. Wow. That was fast. Is it me or is time going by quickly? <BR> <BR> Yesterday, was a peaks and valleys day at the office. It was slow to start and thank goodness I have work to do in the morning. I planned to leave at 4:30 PM so I... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:28:10 EST On a scale of 1-10 If I were evaluating my relationship with food, with 1 being unhealthy and 10 being the healthiest possible, what would my score be? <BR> <BR> If you had asked me that at the beginning of November I would have said 1 or lower if that were possible. I struggled with eating fast food & binge eatin... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:26:11 EST Today is the first day. <img src=""> No matter what you did yesterday, or the day before - it's done - gone - can't get it back. TODAY however you can do whatever you set your mind to do. Toss the negativity in the garbage. Go ahead do it. Go to the garbage can ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:25:46 EST End of March This has been a very busy month for us. My husband's mom has moved here from Ark. So much to do, unpacking etc. She has been blessed with many in the family willing to help. <BR> <BR> The flu has made the rounds in our church family. My daughter and grandkids ended up having an upper respir... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:22:22 EST God is Waiting Though we often stray from God, He waits patiently for us to return home to Him. No matter how far we might have gone, God's mercy and forgiveness respond to the sound of our confession and the sincerity of our repentance. <BR> <BR> When we wander away from our spiritual home in Him, we are wel... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:22:10 EST Dreaming big dreams (I am reading and responding to Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life by Brian Tracy, so this post is a continuation of that.) <BR> <BR> On to Chapter 3! Dream Big Dreams <BR> This chapter is all about setting goals, writing them down, and taking steps to achieve them. Which is daunting, but ma... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:20:10 EST March 31st Yeah I did just over 2 miles yesterday so that's over 20 miles in March. But guess what, I'm going again today. Crazy or what, but I'm determined to go as many times as I can this week, I'll have a day away from it tomorrow then weigh-in on Thursday so I'll go then. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:16:44 EST Day 2 bloated and fat I feel so very very bloated and I feel like a crazy eating machine! <BR> <BR> However I did well with my challenge! I didn't eat anything on my forbidden list! <BR> <BR> I did make a lovely black bean corn and avocado salad and had a few spoonfuls of that and I did get up in the middle of the ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:14:02 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:13:37 EST Early Morning Ramblings Good Morning my beautiful Sparklers! How are you today?? <BR> <BR> I apologize for my recent absence I've had some things going on in the background that required my full attention...and speaking of apologies I've been doing a lot of thinking here lately, and I've come to a startling conclusion... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:12:39 EST That's why they call it March 30th -- about .01 inches of snow. <BR> March 31st -- 33 degrees at 6:11 AM. <BR> <BR> I suppose it could be worse, <BR> <BR> Lee <em>40</em> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:12:23 EST Day 41 of the 'Q' - Buh-bye March March has been the first 'real' month of my lifestyle change. I started the Qsymia in February, but I was really lucky with having almost two weeks of snow days to acclimate to the mood changes and squirrel like energy it gave me. I could also plan food choices and not be judged or feel weird abo... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:12:15 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=3/31/2015=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">Hear, O LORD, {when} I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. Psalm 27:7 {... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:11:32 EST Tuesday Just got my new spark tracker yesterday, so here we go!! I am still figuring this thing out, so it will take a little time to get everything straight. Who else has one? Do you like it? Working well for you? Hope everyone has a good day. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:07:28 EST Tuesday Smiles <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:07:18 EST Pleasant Words - Joel & Victoria Osteen Pleasant Words <BR> <BR> TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Pleasant words are as honeycomb, sweet to the mind and healing to the body.” <BR> (Proverbs 16:24, AMP) <BR> <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Are you speaking pleasant words? In other words, are you looking for good a... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:54:38 EST HIGH WAY <BR> <BR> I think it is just terrible and disgusting how everyone has treated Lance Armstrong; <BR> especially after what he achieved winning seven Tour de France races while competing <BR> on drugs. When I was on drugs, I couldn't even find my bike. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:54:07 EST Funnies for Tuesday 03/31/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:53:26 EST Fitness Partner <img src=""> She motivate's me! This was a great run.... I sure was tired after this... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:45:39 EST Spring 5% Challenge Spring 5% challenge exercise commitment <BR> <BR> Cardio: Mon; 1hr of Aquacise; Wed 1hr Aquacise, Wed; 1hr senior zumba <BR> <BR> Strength: Sat: Open gym; Thursday 1.5 hrs Chair yoga <BR> <BR> Walking: WII fit or step video 4x week <BR> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:45:28 EST MacHead22 <img src=""> Going for a Physique competition in August 2015, need to work on my eating and stay focused. I got this!!!!💪 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:35:42 EST Week 4 of the "Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge" So, today is the last day of my challenge, and I guess I'll have to sum up what changes it may have triggered in my life. These were my action steps this week: <BR> <BR> "1. Set your long-term sugar goals. It's unrealistic to think you'll never eat sugar again, so create your own plan for keepin... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:34:14 EST Complimented for Being Wrong! The other day, I attended a training on the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a green beetle native to Asia and Eastern Russia. It has been in the US since 2002, and is a destructive, invasive species. An emerald ash borer infestation is highly destructive to ash trees from Minnesota to the East Coast, ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:32:02 EST A Pleasant Surprise!: The 'Bikini Neanie' Project, Day 22 I know a LOT of parents can DEFINITELY relate to what I'm about to type: <BR> <BR> When my kids were younger and I would ask them to do their chores, I remember how they would NOT budge to get things done UNTIL I put some verbal fire under their butts. It was only THEN that they would finally ge... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:26:53 EST Day 9 of 100 Days of Weight Loss "Here's what I want" Day 9 "Here's what I want" <BR> <BR> 1. If you see me eating something that's no on my diet plan - ignore it entirely. <BR> 2. When I'm making progress, such as losing weight - compliment me on how I look. <BR> 3. When I'm struggling or gaining weight - ask me how you can help. <BR> 4. When ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:21:28 EST Chapter 17 - Day 72 2015 Spring 5% Challenge starts this Saturday. In preparation for that, I updated my goal board: <BR> <BR> 145#.....just do it! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Imagine! Bold! Challenge! <BR> <BR> I am motivated to get into better sha... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:08:13 EST Take It to the Limit As I reflect on the lessons I’ve learned over the years while attempting to lose weight, no idea seems more compelling to me than the idea of establishing and maintaining limits or boundaries. Here is a brief review of the difference I’ve seen over the past few years: <BR> <BR> My Past Beha... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:06:13 EST n n Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:54:48 EST Day 2 of 10 Level 1 * doing day 2 of 10: level 1 of 30 day shred with Jillian Michaels and treadmill <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> * planning meals for today <BR> <BR> * making breakfast: Peanut butter monster; lunch: baked potatoes <BR> <BR> * apples, celery, and carrots for snacks <BR> <BR> * filling up on wat... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:36:14 EST Right Now <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Maybe it's been a good day. Maybe it's been a tough day. Maybe you made all the wrong choices. Regardless, what is the kindest thing you can do for yourself right now? THAT is what you should be doing now. You're sooo... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:26:48 EST Leadership skills . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hahahaha! What a great pic!! <BR> <BR> Make it a great day!! <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:20:57 EST Keeping our Eyes on Jesus... Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Cheering you on for a great day and week ahead. <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Let's look ahead & keep our eyes on Jesus and on the Finishing Line today. <BR> <BR> Jesus is your source and He is the One who will help you in all things. That includes helping you and giv... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:15:53 EST Quote for the Day People are born to be free; it's a gift from God. We're not to be free from responsibility, but free to be led by the Holy Spirit. <BR> <BR> Joyce Meyer on Freedom Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:12:53 EST Bible Verse for the Day Proverbs 3:5-6 <BR> <BR> 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, <BR> And lean not on your own understanding; <BR> <BR> 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, <BR> And He shall direct[a] your paths. <BR> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:10:35 EST Easter Week Tuesday <BR> <BR> Two different events to look at today. The fig tree is withered, Jesus authority is challenged. I've heard the fig tree preached in different ways, mostly as a faith thing. I think it more a warning, this was a tree with the appearance of bearing fruit but had none. There are certainl... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:04:26 EST It's Depression Today I'm looking back on the past couple of months and I can't help but feel depressed. I have been trying to quit smoking since December and today... I failed again. I have felt hungry all day today and tired. I am overwhelmed with the amount of house work piling up and the lack of time to comp... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:29:13 EST Days 55 to 58 The weekend was wonderful. Had fun with family. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was very hectic at work and I could not find time to write a blog. When I went home in the evening, my son was having some trouble in his ear and was crying because of it. So we took him to a doctor. It turns out that his eardru... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 03:07:20 EST Perfect food day Having a perfect food day is hard to do on CR - this is where without vitamins your nutrition tracks out to proper levels in all areas. It was a busy day and dodged with healthy choices a fast food trip (just got the patty) and another lunch out (steamed vegetables and chicken). I got all I nee... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:59:34 EST Tuesday with a Smile #13 A Little Romance On Saturday morning I woke up early to prepare myself for a 10 mile training run. The event I ran was actually a road race that I had done in the past. Even though this was a road race I had decided to use this as my long training run. I was quite surprised to see that I had finished my first ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:54:48 EST A quick update! Basically, I did exercise today but no walking and not ST, its my day off. Tomorrow I have my last Fitness Test with jumping jacks and planking (Oh joy I can't wait) It was round 90 degrees today. Starting at the end of March the 90's start showing up but all this week now we are in the 80's and ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:51:37 EST Gym Time! I joined a gym last week. And I've been going....steadily... <BR> <BR> I can usually do about half an hour on the treadmill and about 8 mins on the elliptical...but that's a struggle. I got home Sunday morning and literally just wanted to lay on the floor. So I did...I'm waiting to see how l... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:43:31 EST Oh Boy.... Birthdays' Tomorrow! What would you do? was like yesterday that I still had almost a week to go and then watching the clock turn over to the 31st tonight is really hitting home! I have one more day to enjoy my 20's before the BIG 3-0 comes into play. <BR> <BR> I had always hoped to make a big deal out of this birthday but ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:36:54 EST It's not you ! .. Day 172 of 662 <img src=""> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:29:52 EST Blog 3 - Goal for the next Month - Time Management Skills <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On Sunday I went to the local botanical gardens with my niece. We walked around for about an hour. Lots of fun and exercise! Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> So I've realized lately my time management skills have kind of sucked. I... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:19:33 EST The scale and I No weight gain this weekend! YAY me. I managed to maintain my weight for the first time in ... forever! <BR> Today I saw a 1 pound gain on the scale, however. I know, I shouldn't be obsessed with these numbers. I'm feeling really good and healthy and I amped up my weight training so fluctuations... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:18:25 EST Bunsen Burner Day Bunsen Burner Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always March 31st <BR> <BR> Bunsen Burner Day celebrates the birthday of its creator. German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen was born on March 31, 1811. And, you guessed ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:09:20 EST Back on track Day #1 Getting back on track is one of the hardest things. I can't believe it has been a month since I've fully been on track. Boy does the time go by quickly!! Reality has finally kicked back in especially now that my clothes are getting tighter and tighter. One thing that I've learned is that I ca... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:07:18 EST Tuesday Quote What if I fall? <BR> Oh, but my darling, what if <BR> you fly? <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> ~ e.h. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:06:29 EST "Yards Material" or Not .... Good or Bad .... Meant to write time and/or resources though! work currently. I figured if they said I could watch tv if i wanted - it wouldn't hurt to get on here for say 30 or so of what would be my lunch time at least. <BR> <BR> Had a really great day with my mother Friday though. She ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:05:41 EST I am grateful for, 3/30 1. my babies, because they are my smiles. <BR> 2. a day off, because it will be needed. <BR> 3. friends, because they keep me going. <BR> 4. my brother, because i have one. <BR> 5. a good day with my boy, because we both needed it. <BR> 6. easy salads, because it makes work night meals less hassl... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:04:02 EST The Stress-Busting Challenge blogs 10/28 I didn't do so well yesterday, stress-wise. <BR> <BR> One thing I'm noticing is that I keep a lot of what I feel inside of myself. Doesn't everyone? I mean you can't go around causing conflict all the time because you need to say something about how you feel. Often, it's just not appropriat... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:46:19 EST Babies are Here! Anna, Stella, and Joseph were born on Sunday morning at 10:34, 10:37, and 10:38. Anna weighed 1 pound 15 oz, Stella 1 pound 13 oz, and Joseph 1 pound 14 oz. They are incredibly tiny but stable. <BR> <BR> (This is Joseph) <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:33:25 EST workout I know I've had a good workout when I'm tired at the end of the day Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:31:52 EST Another day with walking and gardening I was able to get out and do some more gardening before I went on my walk this evening. It feels so good to pull out the weeds and all the dead vegetation. I have a few spots in the garden that look a little bare. A couple of the plants I planted last year didn't survive and I need some replac... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:13:41 EST Day 12 Hiya guys! <BR> <BR> Had a good day today. Work, then went to Wal-mart with Mister then had dinner and played wii. I am not feeling bad that I didn't walk today but I feel like I was using excuses not to do it... which is weird because it is not like I didn't want to.. But I am taking a moment t... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:12:58 EST Today's Inspiration " Where there is great love, <BR> there are always miracles." <BR> <BR> - Willa Gaither Tue, 31 Mar 2015 01:02:28 EST 3/30/15 Well finally home, constructions on the highway (plugging potholes) delayed me almost 20 minutes. Bummer when you are used to flying through to get home. Nothing made to eat, so I will skip eating as I want to get to bed. Was a good day. Did also visit the gym at work and got on the elyptical... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:48:17 EST negativity can kiss my butt If you don't like what I post , don't comment it's that simple. I never asked for your opinion so your opinion doesn't matter here. I don't need.the negative think you know it all posts as far as I'm concerned there garbage. I've done a dang good job losing weight and I know.what I'm talking a... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:47:37 EST Back to Work! It's been nearly a year since my last post. I've been lazy and back sliding and denying I have a problem. But at a Dr. visit earlier this year, my blood sugar was up as well as my weight. Exercise has been nearly nonexistent ad I haven't been watching or tracking what I eat. My Dr. suggested I st... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:40:44 EST Bwaaaaaa.....the blob..... Ugh. I just topped 160 again this week....the weight I said I never wanted to go over again (still less than what I started at. It's my new "max" weight). I'm 10 pounds up from where I want to maintain, and have been for quite a while, yo yo-ing between 155-160. I work my butt off. I try and be g... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:38:05 EST March 30. 2015 Liked My Day!! I usually only blog on Sundays but decided to blog today b/c I liked my day-got a couple things done (although small), but I got some exercise in!! I did my new WATP dvd 3 miles, and Leslie boosts the walk to a very gentle jog the end of every mile-that is done for 2 minutes-it kicked my butt I... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:36:58 EST Taking the BULL by the horns! Ok so I had a rather blah day today trying to figure out which Doctor to choose from.. (aren't insurance companies fun?) Lol I'm hoping the one I have chosen has immediate appts but since I couldn't get through to a "real" person fat chance..however I'm keeping optimistic! In my previous blog I f... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:35:45 EST Having A Setback Today was not a very productive day for me. I have been struggling with a sinus infection for almost 12 weeks now my doctor finally but me on antibiotics last week. I have discovered this past week in taking them it is not the right medication for me...Oh boy, I've been having the worst muscle pa... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:28:45 EST Had a great compliment today. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I went to get my taxes done today. My tax agent only sees me once a year. She said "Oh wow you look great" You lost weight!......well I said I have only lost 6 pounds, but I feel much better! <BR> <em>243</em> That was a great compliment and motivator....what will... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:15:23 EST Whole30 Recap This month I did something I never thought I would do: the whole30. There were many reasons why I didn’t want to do it: I don’t like restrictive eating plans, I didn’t feel confident as a cook, I had no IDEA what I could cook, and I don’t like eating weird/unfamiliar things…to name a fe... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:11:36 EST Gratitudes: crows, mushrooms, and my son. 1) A crow greeted me when I came out from a stressful appointment. I have an affinity with crows, I think. Of course they are often around, but sometimes they almost seem to bear a message for me--a message that everything is going to be alright and/or that I'm on the right path. (Yeah, I know th... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:10:46 EST Special Blessings-March 31, 2015 Today I am especiallyblessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I put brand new sheets on our bed this morning. <BR> <BR> 2. I washed a load of clothes, a load of sheets, and then two more loads of the rest of the covers that was on our bed. <BR> <BR> 3. I called a friend who is having major p... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:10:39 EST Day 121 - Making a Difference A quick post tonight. My boss and I visited with a client today who had a leg amputated just below the knee back in December. Talk about putting my life in perspective! This guy has a lot going on - COPD, recent amputation, and carpal tunnel syndrome - and lives in a house that was perfectly fine... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:10:33 EST WHAT THE HECK HERE !! I STARTED TO WRITE A BLOG AND THE SCREEN FROZE. <em>100</em> AHHHHHH.WELL LIKE I WAS READY TO SAY I HAVE BEEN KID'VE LEARY ABOUT <em>311</em> ING LATELY. FOR ABOUT 3 DAY'S THERE WAS A GUY (WHO LIVES HERE) WAS WATCHING EVERY MOVE I MADE. AND THIS IS INSIDE WHERE I LIVE HE TRIED TO BLOCK THE HA... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:04:24 EST LOULOU'S MONDAY BLOG GOOD EVENING ONE AND ALL! I HOPE EVERYONE IS DOING WLL! I'M DOING BETTER EVERY DAY WITH MY UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTION!! I'M GETTING A 9 MONTH OLD KITTY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. I CAN'T WAIT. MINE RAN OFF 2 YEARS AGO. I WENT TO TARGET AND GOT A FEW THINGS I NEEDED FOR OREO, THAT IS HER NAAME. ... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:04:11 EST making moves So this is the third week of somewhat consistent exercise. Its getting easier the more I do or maybe getting better. Even though I'm not logging in every day I think I am making moves to get this lifestyle in the right direction, now to get my nutrition in order....... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:03:25 EST Snack pellets My nutritionist told me that as I slowly re-carb, I should bring in healthy fiber. She suggested Fiber One cereal: "It's only 80 calories per serving! You can even eat it dry!" <BR> <BR> So I searched it out in the grocery store today, and bought a box of the original recipe version. Each se... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:03:16 EST ONE OF THOSE DAYS I had one of those days. Nothing was going right. When i got up, I tripped over my own feet. I took my bath and washed my hair. My hair was not doing as it was suppose o and when I plugged inn my dryer, it would not work. Miss Coco wanted to go out and so I opened the door and let her run ou... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:03:10 EST 10 Healthy Habits For the last week of my Dancing Daffodils BSG team, I am challenged to write a blog about 10 habits you believe should be incorporated into your life to make you healthier. <BR> <BR> I am continuously striving to develop habits and stick to them, as I am often challenged with being consistent i... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 00:02:48 EST Day 8 - Weekly weigh in Starting Weight: 295 <BR> Current Weight: 292 <BR> <BR> Total Weight Lost: 3 lbs!! <BR> <BR> First week has come to an end and I feel really good about it. I have a lot of non scale victory's this week as well: <BR> <BR> I was active EVERYDAY! This is a HUGE change from the last 6 years. <BR>... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:54:12 EST Helpful info requested on an Elimination Diet? The saying: "Sick and tired of being sick and tired" certainly applies to my struggle with CFS! And there are times where I am just desperate and will be willing to almost do anything to feel better. I have been in a bad crash for almost a month now. I am doing better, but still not up to par.... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:53:11 EST calorie counting Unfortunately, I did not make my calories today. I missed my in between snack before lunch (I try to eat smaller meals so that I can get my metabolism started again). I just forgot about it because I was working with the kids during homeschooling. My plan was to make up for it at supper but I was... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:53:04 EST Third Time Is the Charm: Spangle's 100DWL, Day #89, At My Best Day 89 At my best <BR> <BR> Through today's reading Spangle instructs us to "remember the days when we felt confident, strong, capable, and able to face challenges head-on." She says to bring back the qualities and concepts we’ve lost, we need to remind ourselves that we still value them, the... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:44:21 EST Day 18: Headache Pt. 2 I've had a pretty bad headache for two days now. Not really a big deal, I've had migraines since high school. I was just hoping to be able to use my day off to get extra stuff done. I did accomplish all my daily goals, but that was about it. My 3 Positives: I should feel better tomorrow. I'm g... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:41:37 EST Tuesday The end of march wow enjoy your life be blessed and sending love hugs Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:41:26 EST Javelina Chase Bike Race <img src=""> <BR> Yes this is me....short, fat and happy. I won the master women race for over 50. Granted I was the only entrant in the division, but other people also did the race and I was not last! This was my first race since knee sur... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:34:38 EST Monday's Healthy Inspirational Quote of the Day 03/30/2015 "You have the patience, the strength, and the passion to achieve your ambitions, your goals, and your dreams. All you need to do now, is try."~unknown Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:32:01 EST Low Carb Change, end of 3 months progress I started eating low carb in January. So what is my progress so far.... <BR> <BR> Starting weight 260 lbs. <BR> Weight as of March 30 - 248 <BR> <BR> My A1c on 1/22/2015 = 9.3 <BR> Average Blood Sugar reading = 220 <BR> <BR> My A1c as of 3/25/2015 = 8 <BR> Average Blood Sugar reading = 183 <B... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:31:25 EST Cats ;-) 3/30 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:29:35 EST Day 6 of my 24-day fruit and vegetable challenge So far so good. Its been six days and I am doing well. I am still planning to post some pictures of what I've been eating as soon as I can upload some. I have to say I have been really enjoying the food. I am also doing a 24 day ab challenge plus trying to get my 10000 steps in daily. The fi... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:27:53 EST New Commitment I go through periods of motivation. Lately, this has been interrupted by 2 level disc replacement in my neck in July 2014 and surgery to reattach a torn biceps with cleaning up of the AC joint and subacromial space in Jan 2015. <BR> <BR> I like to push myself. In between the surgeries, on Sept ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:27:04 EST Making SP, Jawbone, and RunKeeper work together So I spent the first few days trying to figure how to make these all work together. Looks like the answer is deleting the Jawbone fitness every day to prevent excess calorie intake. I don't want to delete Jawbone because it tracks my steps and sleep. I don't want to delete RunKeeper because it is... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:23:24 EST Monday A good day...good Zumba classes and my college class...all were good. <BR> <BR> Lots of errands after work..........and a budget committee meeting to finish up the day. <BR> <BR> Tuna noodle casserole was dinner and DWTS was on tv. Good day all around... <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:15:13 EST What are we fighting? What are we giving up? I was browsing the Byron Katie site for other reasons, and came across this story. <BR> <BR> I have a seven year old son on the Autism spectrum. I have been obsessively working on my son to “cure” his condition-to the exclusion of everything. My partner, my self, even really the boy who is m... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:13:41 EST Day 228 Pleasant is a good word for today. Yup today was pleasant. The air was warm and there are robins in my yard. So that means spring is close. <BR> <BR> I played bingo with my dad today and not only won my money back but got about $100 more. My dad also won. So we had a good time. <BR> <BR> They found an assisted living apa... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:11:50 EST What Went - Monday 1. Tried to go to bed early last night. Then ds came out to say that the toilet was stopped up. I worked on it for a half hour straight with no luck. I reluctantly woke dh up who had actually gone to bed early. The two of us worked on it for an hour before giving up and going to bed. During... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:08:16 EST Day 89 - Feeling inspired <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My friend had this on her facebook page and it insprired me. I hope someday to be as fit as she is and she went through quite a transformation. <BR> <BR> I have been on my streak for a while now and I have to say wo... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:05:15 EST A week In Review I committed to be more committed to my weight loss journey a week ago today. <BR> My goals are: <BR> 1. Walk at least 30 minutes a day(it's tough..I'm out of shape) <BR> 2. Limit fast food intake to once a week(try to make good choices while there) <BR> 3. Drink at least 64 ounces of water daily... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:00:10 EST Caffeine? Heck No! MOSTLY... Yes, I did it. I am on decaf coffee except some on the weekend with Joe, but here's the kicker... I GAVE UP SODAS! And still haven't lost a damn pound. But how can I when people keep sticking their hands in my spine & moving it around. And I refuse to step on the scale again until... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:59:15 EST Deuteronomy 28:3 BLESSED WHEREVER YOU ARE <BR> <BR> Deuteronomy 28:3 <BR> “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. <BR> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:56:34 EST My Change <img src=""> <em>521</em> well off to a new adventure of losing weight!! Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:53:47 EST Need control over it all I am taking FINAL FINAL FINAL plunge, I am DONE looking at the past like it was just a little bit away. The days that I was an athlete are SO FAR behind me in the rear view mirror. I have been morbidly obese for OVER twelve years. Damage has been done to my insides and my joints. I limp. I ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:52:13 EST Happy Holy Week! I am feeling much better since my last blog entry. I have lost 6 1/2 pounds. Though I was extremely stressed out last week, I eventually had a really good cry and felt much better. <BR> <BR> On Saturday, I went with my friend to a soup making class. We made 3 different soups: chicken noodle... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:51:51 EST Monday March 29, 2015 started a routine list.. and followed it today the day went great.. ptL Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:48:11 EST C25K Challenge starting this week! Wooo! <BR> <BR> So tomorrow I go to work 9-1pm, then 2pm get my nails done, out of there around 3:30 and then home to do my last workout to prep for my C25K challenge I will be starting on Wednesday. I downloaded the free app on my iPhone. I am mentally ready and I am GOING to do this. <BR> <... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:46:40 EST The journey thus far (second set of progress pictures!) In an attempt to ignore the people outside my window throwing up (It's a Monday people, come on!) I have decided to put another set of progress pictures together (because I've lost 10 lbs since the last set!) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:43:41 EST 89/365 Today was a regular day. Nothing too special. I was higher on the calorie range for some reason but still within goal. <BR> <BR> Now that I have lost my ring and am starting to wear smaller size clothes it's really altering my perception of how much I've lost. I know I've dropped a significa... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:43:12 EST Determination I had a few things happen over the past few days. I had a dr appt scheduled for today and spent the weekend worrying about it. Basically it was a follow to the last one and to see how I am coping with the diabetes 2 diagnosis and to recheck my blood pressure. I tried really hard not to spend tim... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:42:00 EST I love food I love food, of all kinds but especially intense flavors. Sweet, salty, etc. Flavors that you can "live in", and can distract from the tell world. But that isn't too different from my other... Obsessions, like reading, television, and of course the internet. It really comes down to that I'm bored... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:38:55 EST Day 6 was a Monday Mondays are my second favorite days! Energy is always sky high and I'm excited about the brand new week ahead. <BR> <BR> My moving around for the day: <BR> <BR> - 8.35 km hike with light hills and 6kg (13lb) backpack <BR> - my daily Yoa practice (~30 min) <BR> - 18 615 steps on my pedometer <BR... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:38:55 EST 3/30/15 - Bedtime Although it was drizzling as I walked home from the "L", it stopped in time for me to get out into the yard and start preparing my flower beds for spring planting. Gosh it feels good to play in the dirt. <em>376</em> <BR> <BR> It warmed up enough that I didn't have to go to work wearing my h... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:35:56 EST A Well, last week started with bang and ended with a whimper (and some tears). I tripped on the way from the car to the office…2 bruised (to the bone) knees, scrapped up elbow and bruised palm. Honest to goodness, no wonder my knees are so fracked up…I’ve been a klutz since I was a kid. I ha... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:35:14 EST Day 918: Monday Motivation <img src=""> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:34:01 EST next to last Dare to Lose session Wed will be our last session for this time of Dare to Lose. <BR> I have not lost, but I feel stronger and in better shape so all is good. <BR> This is for health and functionality. Weight loss is a nice plus. <BR> Hubby assisted me in installing 5 detectors today. Regulations of having our gran... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:32:37 EST Another hurdle overcome Family court went well today. It was an advisory hearing <BR> to advise both parents of their rights and what to expect <BR> in the future. There will be a complete mental and <BR> psychological evaluation of the mother and that process <BR> has begun. Our attorney will also use the right of <BR>... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:29:59 EST Frustrated again...but, still going Wow! This is not an easy task! I'm struggling and I think it's mainly due to the perimenopause where I am all over the place hormonally. I am going to stay the course and wait it out. I've incorporated a lot of additional things to my routine including planks, a 30 day squat challenge, 3 x a ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:24:34 EST Sparkpeople I am excited to join Sparkpeople! Looks like a great way to share ideas, recipes, books, motivation, etc.... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:20:45 EST Day 1 No time like now.. not sure what happened to me. I was very healthy and felt good about myself and now I find myself back at square one. Well, today is the day. Today I ate very good. My plan is to eat any fruit, veggie, and lean meat that I want. I also want to become more active. I have a lot I... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:19:54 EST Monday, 3/30/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> What a wild, crazy day at co-op! It was student council election day so lots of campaigning happening. They all had their fun handouts and many had costumes to match their themes. They gave speeches during op... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:17:49 EST Roxy and Mayzie and My Week... Just felt like showing them off, love them!! <BR> <BR> Right now we have two Bostons. Mayzie belonged to my son, Joey. Hubby and I are going to pick up my other son, Ken, this week from military training. He wants to take Mayzie with him. We are so excited to have him home! He is in the reser... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:15:58 EST Trying to stay positive So the past few days I have been over my calories. I was really getting frustrated with myself but then I realized that the past 2 days I was really over by a lot. Today I was over too but not as much as the past couple of days. So I am getting better. I really think not getting enough sleep ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:13:07 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for March 30: Daily inspiration: To love yourself as God loves you, you must end all low self esteem behavior or it will become a way of life. Lord, may I always believe in my worth. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithf... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:12:34 EST I guess my hibernating paid off This past weekend, I spent most of my time at home. I did some errands on Saturday morning, but skipped my run, and on Sunday I didn't go out at all, even to lift weights (it was my lower weight/higher reps day) - I used my hand weights and body bar, BOSU, balance ball, and foam roller to patch t... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:11:11 EST Day 89: Just Trust Yourself (quotes) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "You are good enough, smart enough, beautiful enough, strong enough. Believe it and stop letting insecurity run your life." (Thema Davis) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:09:18 EST March 2015 accomplishment I made my stretch goal this morning of 3,000 minutes of fitness. I am past it by 20 minutes with tomorrow morning still to go. <BR> <BR> Have not figured out what to do for April. Figure it needs to involve walking as I think it is time to add something new. <BR> <BR> Been reading a lot o... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:09:18 EST Better Me: Day 6 <em>523</em> <BR> Hello everyone. <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your support. <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> I have been feeling a bit down about realizing just how big I really am. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> I have known since elementary school that I was heavier than my peers and... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:03:37 EST Determination I have made a schedule for my exercise day to day. I need to plan out my grocery list/ meal stuff. We don't have a lot of money, but I believe eventually I will figure out the right balance of healthy eating and not spending a ton of money while lasting the month. I have $40 a week to use with no... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:58:18 EST Happy to Have Good Results Today I had my physical and got the results of my recent blood tests. Overall, the results were good. Best of all, my weigh-in indicated I weigh 4 pounds less than I did at my last appointment. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Although I am happy with any amount of weight loss, I had hoped to le... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:58:16 EST Just Stand Up <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the story of my youngest son. He is again off his meds and making me crazy. In addition to his other psyche issues, he also has cognitive impairment (nice way of saying brain damage). So while I can try to h... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:50:38 EST saying "no" to emotional eating Well... today has been a Monday that's for sure. <BR> <BR> I got a call today that my hours are being cut back at work. <BR> <BR> At first, I was upset and bitter and hateful. But now, I am trying to look at the bright side of things. Like finally being able to build a career for myself and... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:49:57 EST Myths about low carb A friend recently had surgery and has gained about 25 pounds in a short period of time. Her doctor told her to try low carb, but he told her to only do that 3 days a week. I sent her a list of foods on Phase 1 of SBD, but she said she's only eaten eggs and sausage and water. I think she's exagger... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:46:20 EST Just a little frustrated Been have trouble maneuvering the web site/very so slow. Don't know if it's me,the computer or maybe there is just a lot of people on here. <BR> <BR> I will have to finish tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Nighty night all <BR> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:45:41 EST 3/30/15 Monday 3/30/15 Monday <BR> <BR> Cleared my 10,000 + Steps today <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Stayed within my calorie limits <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Talked with my brother. He's talking about putting <BR> in his garden after his knees are replaced. Not much <BR> to hold him down. Looking forw... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:45:36 EST Dont look so chubby anymore My daughter made a comment that she saw a pic of me a few months ago & said that i look half the size now.Makes me feel good.I can fit into a lot of my clothes again & feeling more active.I still have more weight to lose,but im much happier.Thx so much to this ap & everybody thats on it for thei... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:44:23 EST one step forward, two steps back Today I did not take enough food to eat and I walked quite a bit. My FitBit says over 13,000 steps and I'm just plumb tuckered out. When I got home from walking with my friend, I was totally in hunting mode and I way too many calories, although it wasn't really "bad" food since I don't keep tha... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:44:05 EST Day one Feeling bad about yourself is an all consuming task. From the moment you wake up, you are in a constant state of judgment. You judge how your clothes fit (or don't). You worry about how other view you, even though no one notices all of the imperfections that you have meticulously sought out in... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:43:41 EST Day 3.. Good news <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today marked being back to class, although I made sure pain was controlled as stairs and I had a war, which I lost yesterday, I did great walking around a bit. School was good and dare I say I love it? Then off to ma... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:43:18 EST 10 Minute Solutions (and I'm still here) DH was on vacay last week so I took a few days off early in the week. We went out of town to visit family. I took my workout dvd and laptop and didn't miss a workout all week. I did rest Saturday (I was back home by then) but that was because I had a fierce migraine. My body told me I needed to ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:40:57 EST spring cleaning no excuses. i am going to do more cleaning/organizing tasks so i get my house in order. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:31:49 EST Day 16.... I am doing things in slow motion.... Today I feel like I am walking through water! Whats up with that? My mind is so motivated, and eager to work out and my body is screaming,,,, slow slow!!!. Oh well I know everybody has days like this I am sure. I did do some things that needed to be done. I printed out some subject material for p... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:29:26 EST Day 45: Them Advertising Ads. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Eat this and you'll get abs. Do you believe that? <BR> I believe if you eat clean you can get abs...especially if you work them out. <BR> But you won't get abs just by eating 5 fat fighting 'foods'. That is unrealistic... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:25:01 EST What, When, and Why We Eat. I was watching a two part interview by Dani Spies with Alexandra Jamieson. Alexandra wrote a book called "Women, Food, and Desire". Now, I don't normally buy into the "cravings mean... blah blah blah" crap. I think that while some may be true, many are an excuse for us to eat what we want. <BR> ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:21:41 EST Victories And Ice Photos I won the Freecell online Master's tourney on Sunday. This tournament happens once a week. Only people who have won tourneys can enter. This website runs tourneys 24/7 of different variations of Freecell, lots of fun to see who can win a predetermined set of games the fastest! <BR> Anot... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:17:00 EST I just don't care anymore! So today, I'm at the YMCA and I'm swimming. The other people in the pool were seriously about twice my age and WAY better swimmers than I am. So there I was, kind of half doggy paddling half swimming while the other people zoomed around the pool. Seriously people... they were fast! It was then th... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:09:55 EST You Do It To Yourself It's funny how differently people treat you once you've lost weight. For instance, people feel the need to make excuses to me. Almost daily I get to hear why they can't go to the gym, or eat healthy. It's funny because I don't even ask. I'm not judging them, but some reason they feel obligated to... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:07:34 EST First new Lamb today, and some kitten pics Today was the first of the lambs born, Leila had the first lamb, a white ewe, rather large lamb and a single birth, this is the first time Leila has had a single birth. She is an excellent mother and always does well lambing and caring for her lambs. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:01:40 EST Debunking the Anti-Soy Myths <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Despite the abundance of scientific evidence demonstrating the benefits of whole soy foods, many people have been scared off from healthful foods like edamame by anti-soy propaganda (lacking responsible scientific inte... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:59:12 EST Keeping myself honest So I had a plan going into today. I stuck to it , made a couple of equal swap outs on the food. With the exception of getting my water in I had a successful day. I'll work harder on the water thing tomorrow. I didn't feel like walking but I did it anyway and now I feel awesome for getting it ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:58:16 EST The scale really is a cruel master... Okay, so yesterday went really well. It even ended really well. I got so sleepy I couldn't stay awake another minute, and was in bed and sound asleep before midnight. That NEVER happens. I guess doing a killer trail that involved hiking within half an inch of my life was enough to tucker me o... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:55:23 EST Looking for balance The lock on my apartment door is malfunctioning. I can lock it from the inside, but the key doesn't work, so I can't lock it when I leave the apartment to go walk the dog. It makes me nervous to leave my door unlocked. I called the emergency contact and he called the on-call maintenance guy, b... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:55:15 EST Road trip Today we went to the VA an hour and a half from our house. It was good trip. DH checked out good. Went to Aldi's after that and got some good produce. On the way home we stopped at Subway for a healthy sandwich. The sun was out when we got home, yeah! Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:55:10 EST New Tattoo <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got a new tattoo today! It's been a long time coming and I was so excited to finally get an appointment made to get it done. The shading and coloring didn't hurt as bad as the outlining did. I went out again last ni... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:54:58 EST EGGcelent Monday!!! =) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:53:28 EST Here's Why I'm a Bad Christian.... Here's Why I'm a Bad Christian.... (not that this is even close to the only reason...., lol.) <BR> <BR> I know I should not think like this, but I do. I need to ask God more and more to help me overcome these thoughts.... <BR> <BR> I am so annoyed every year to see churches fill up on Easter a... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:51:51 EST Day 75 Monday is about over. I got the job of training the new girl this week. Fun. <BR> In answer to your question, Caz, today was her first day. She seems really nice and I hope she works out. My job is to train her in processing our mail. This way she gets to know our forms before moving on to ... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:51:09 EST Day 13-16th: Understanding Truth <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This goes both ways. It didn't go on overnight, either. So, when I admit that Friday was slightly more, and Saturday was WAY over, and today is a mess, I have to forgive myself and realize that I didn't get to be ove... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:48:34 EST Miss Lilly's Cat home!! After We got home tonight I went out to feed Lilly (My Cat). I went to leave and the door would not stay shut. So I got DH and He worked on the floor and the door and then painted the floor so it would not swell! I am ready to rest! I hope everyone is having a wonderful evening! Love Y'all!!... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:47:29 EST If not now . . . when? Day 16 This was a pretty good day. Couldn't resist some Lays Wavys, but I counted them! Came home from school and wasn't much in the mood to go swim. After eating the chips I decided that i would berate myself for the rest of the day if I ate the chips AND I didn't swim. So off to the gym I went! Swam a... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:45:22 EST Road trip This weekend, my sweetie and I are going out of town to visit some family for Easter. I know that I need to bring some healthy snacks along to combat the temptation of gas station munchies. My concern though, is what to do when we arrive. We're going to see his grandparents, who I do not know ver... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:42:29 EST Oh what a dull day! Today was what I call a mixed bag of weather. It was dreary, then sunny, then dreary again. it rained then it snowed then turned back to rain and then the sun came out and it all cleared up at the end of the day. Wow! <BR> <BR> I wanted to get out for a good run today but it was so unstable that... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:36:00 EST Started a Couch to 10K Plan -- Ran 3 Whole Minutes! :) Yesterday I went shopping for new running shoes with the two Emilys, my mom and my daughter. One of my daughter's favorite things to do is sneak my phone, take a selfie, and set it as my phone wallpaper. Yesterday was no exception--she even got my mom in on the action. <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:29:22 EST Shot a Blaze of Glory <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yeah - 7 day exercise streak, 30 day login streak...and on Friday I got shot down.... <BR> <BR> But it's ok! Because I'm up again. Not going to dwell. I think it was a combination of fatigue and hormones. Th... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:28:59 EST DAY 43 Doing what I have to to defeat diabetes Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:28:29 EST Day 89: No, I Haven't Disappeared All goes well, busy as always. <BR> <BR> My March goal of eating SANE 4 days a week was definitely a good one. It was tricky at times, but I did it. I also went down on the scale every week. Not a lot (I'm down to 215.6 as of last Wednesday), but I'm breaking through to numbers I haven't seen in... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:22:07 EST Great Start Got up early, exercised <em>34</em> drank 8 glasses of water <em>274</em> and even got in 4 servings of vegetables <em>267</em> . I am off to a Great start and feeling Wonderful about it. <em>521</em> <em>250</em> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:19:38 EST 145 minutes Great results today 145 minutes for 850 calories in several cycling and walking sessions. Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:17:46 EST Monday! Yeah, we got up in the low 50's today, woo hoo, we may even see a 60 this week along with rain. <BR> <BR> Today is day 7 of the plan, I had just enough cabbage soup left for one bowl this morning. Will weigh in, in the morning. <BR> <BR> Went to see my friend, Alice, at the adult foster care, s... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 20:17:30 EST