SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs MAJOR stressor........ ........thy name is winter in the Northeast! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Talk is running toward a *major* event early this week - and I simply CANNOT afford to be out of commission for ONE $#!@# MINUTE - too much needs to be done ASAP, and postponing is NOT a viable or feasible option!... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:14:48 EST Boom! Thank you Davina McCall! I've got my sassy pants on today! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Highly recommend any Davina McCall work outs to people, she's help me shed stones and stones over the years! Sun, 25 Jan 2015 05:11:18 EST January 25th Had a fabulous time last night, we realised it must have been 15 years since we last saw each other. Definitely won't leave it that long until we see each other again. The 4 of us never stopped talking. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:37:37 EST DAY 1 is finally going to be today, and not tomorrow. Don't you hate that moment when you read your blog from years ago and realise you were 1st lighter than you are today...DEVASTATED! <BR> <BR> So it's here again, day 1. It's always day 1 tomorrow, but not today, today it's today! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had croissants and a MacDonalds breakfast a... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:25:15 EST I milked an almond and it was fun. :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since I started this journey of no wheat and lower carbs, I have tried a lot of new recipes. I have worked a lot with grinding nuts, especially almonds. I bought a food processor and a coffee grinder. My honey bought ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:17:47 EST First S Day done. Wasn’t so scary after all! Yesterday was my first S Day and it wasn’t so scary after all! :-) <BR> <BR> Day 5 on the NoS Diet. I walked for about an hour <BR> <BR> and ate: <BR> 3 slices of wholemeal toast with butter and honey, tea <BR> 2 slices wholemeal bread, Princes chicken and ham paste, grapes, 150g pot of natur... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:51:29 EST The Saga Continues Five months ago I saw my highest recorded weight again since 2011. It was no bueno. Since that time I have managed to lose 30 lbs and keep off 20 of those 30. I keep gaining and losing the same 10 pounds. It's driving me nuts, but I know why I am here again. I keep trying to cut out food groups o... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:24:16 EST About nutrition I have done really well this weekend with my food choices. And it´s getting easier. No cravings for sugar. I feel more drawn to healthy food. I WANT to eat broccoli and spinach - who would have thought. <BR> <BR> nu·tri·tion <BR> noun \nu&#775;-&#712;tri-sh&#601;n, nyu&#775;-: the process of ea... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:00:23 EST Photos from my Sunday morning hike For the last four weeks I've been hiking with my dog Lucky. We've been doing around 2 hours each week. Unfortunately my other dog Mack is getting too arthritic so he doesn't get to come, but Lucky loves it. <BR> <BR> Today we hiked up a large hill and along the top of a range, it's not a well k... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:58:02 EST Smokey Saturday (and Waffle Woes) Today was my first day off in a long time. And by day off, I mean a day where I could sleep in! And a day where I wasn't obligated to put on real pants and leave the house for any reason. I could wear pajamas all day long if I wanted. This was very exciting to me because it hasn't happened in... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:57:03 EST Have a Great Sunday Take it easy . Even God rested on the Sabbath. Set a good example by being good to yourself. You never know who is watching. Have a Great Sunday. <BR> <em>288</em> <em>459</em> <em>223</em> <em>414</em> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:55:46 EST 1/24 what a day!!! feeling sick and barely speaking.... have no energy for much.... taking it easy. I am not feeling guilty about it, I am sick. Hope I will get better really soon. Have a wonderful weekend. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:29:37 EST Exercise minutes I'm shooting for 1500 exercise minutes this month. Maybe that doesn't sound like a lot to some of you, but for me it's a major change in lifestyle. I basically started at zero when I joined Sparkpeople on December 4, just 52 days ago, and here I am looking at 1500+ just for the month of January... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:13:26 EST Setting Goals Well I think it is time.... <BR> <BR> Now don't get me wrong I have set and reset my goals many times over the past years. My goal dates come and go and I just move the date, time after time... I don't want my goals to be a forever moving target, I want to be setting new goals because I have ach... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 02:00:22 EST Tracking streak still intact I ate well under my allowance today, but I just don't want anymore. It's been a long day and I'm tired, so I'm going to cuddle up in my nice warm bed with a cozy mystery and my little dog. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:53:28 EST Can't wait So I'm starting off the new year to a great start being sicker than here I am sick as a dog about 3 weeks now. First the flu which was the worst ever and then when i thought I was better a bacterial infection in my chest which caused the dr. to put me on bed rest for another 6 days. A... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:48:17 EST SUCCESSFUL SATURDAY Today was really good. I got up, walked four miles, stuck to my food plan, rode my bike for about three hours with friends, went to my friends' house for a fire pit and socializing, and then went to a bar to meet some friends in from LA. I think it was the last of our nice winter days. I am go... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:43:28 EST Can I Skip Winter? I never really liked cold weather with ice and snow. When I saw the movie "Grumpy Old Men", I told my friends "I never want to live somewhere that's so cold you can go out into the middle of a frozen lake, put up a shelter, build a fire to keep yourself warm in the hut, cut a hole in the ice, and... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:42:27 EST Making Changes For The Better I am going back to using Slimfast shakes to replace meals. I am just starting with replacing four dinner meals a week the first week. The next week, which is the first week of February, I will replace breakfast the same four days . On those four days I will have three snacks a day of a fruit,nuts... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:28:31 EST Opposite Day Opposite Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always January 25th <BR> <BR> Opposite Day is a topsy, turvy day when everything you say, do, see, and hear are the opposite. If you say go left, you mean go right. If you say look up, i... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:24:31 EST What Went- Saturday 1. My mom has a very nice 90th birthday. I'm sorry that my dad is no longer here to celebrate with her but I am glad that she is happy and healthy. She is really enjoying her watercolor class. My kids talked to her on the phone for her birthday and ds misheard and thought she was enjoying her... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:20:39 EST Keeping my streaks going I have successfully kept several streaks going. I have logged 21 days for 8 glasses of water and have logged on to Spark People over 100 days. I am proud to say my 10,000 steps per day are coming along nicely. Now the next challenge will be to start tracking food. Yeah for Spark People for he... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:11:56 EST Saturday Night Out It was my own fault. I suggested that restaurant because I thought everyone else liked it. They are not watching their food intake as I am and they all love ribs. I thought it was good for them. Trying to be a good sport. A BBQ joint near to our friend's condo and plenty of salads to choose fro... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:03:00 EST Nutrition Labels can save you money Really . . . . <BR> <BR> My grocery bill at Walmart was $50.00 lees this week. <BR> <BR> So what did I do????????? We just started our 3rd week of the Winter 5% Challenge. One of our Living the Good Life tasks is reading nutrition labels. <BR> <BR> Since I am a Determined Daisy I just have t... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 01:01:13 EST Church Hymns A minister decided to do something a little different one Sunday morning. He said "Today, in church, I am going to say a single word and you are going to help me preach. Whatever single word I say, I want you to sing whatever hymn that comes to your mind." <BR> <BR> The pastor shouted out "CROS... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:59:10 EST JAN 25-31 EXERCISE AND CALORIES JAN 25= <BR> <BR> JAN 26= <BR> <BR> JAN 27= <BR> <BR> JAN 28= <BR> <BR> JAN 29= <BR> <BR> JAN 30= <BR> <BR> JAN 31= Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:58:46 EST Rene Descarte People who inspire me, show me how to ... <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:29:57 EST DAILY QUOTE You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head , <BR> but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair . <BR> <BR> ~ Chinese Proverb Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:29:19 EST Week 3 update I missed my week 2 involvement challenge blog, I spent several days incapacitated with a migraine. Over the past six months my migraines have gone from having one once every four months, if even that, to having about 15 a month. I've spent a lot of time at the neurologist and with my PCP trying... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:28:07 EST I ate Pizza :-( So I had 2 slices of Pizza with extra light sauce bacon and pepperoni. It only equaled to 600 calories and now I'm feeling bad. I work really hard but I have got to work harder inside and out. I never miss a day of exercise and I'm usually so good with temptations. At least my dessert was a 90 ca... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:21:44 EST more touring <BR> Today we went to the Zane Gray cabin and museum, learned about smoke jumpers and a really bad forest fire in the 90's, walked around the lake, and went for a ride to see another mountain range and valley. Took almost 100 photos. Having so much fun. <BR> tomorrow we will met our daughters a... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:19:18 EST Rainy and windy Saturday Thought I might be getting a sore throat, slept in till <BR> <BR> Went shopping with my friend, nice relaxed friendly day. <BR> <BR> Heavy rainfall is taking away the snow from our storm the other nite. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:17:44 EST Day 3 within range. Today was another good day. <BR> <BR> I negotiated a buffet breakfast here at the hotel with the entire family. I filled plates for the grandkids with bacon and eggs and potatoes and other goodies like cinnamon rolls, while I limited myself to yogurt and nuts. <BR> <BR> Lunch was also light, ... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:17:27 EST Special Blessings-January 25, 2015 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I am still sick and Jim has knocked himself out taking care of my needs. <BR> <BR> 2. Jim did laundry today. <BR> <BR> 3. Jim fixed meals for the two of us today. <BR> <BR> 4. Jim went to the grocery store tonight. <BR> <BR> Y... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:13:56 EST Some People would love to have your Bad Day... Ten... Nine... Eight... Seven... Six... Five... Four... Three... Two... One... ... .... <BR> <BR> ~ * ~ First Blog since... awhile now... ~ * ~ <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> *~*~*~*GO*~*~*~*~*~*~ *GO* *~*~*~*~*~GO*~*~*~*~*~ <BR> <BR... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:13:11 EST inspirational Quote - 1/24/15 Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty, it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things. <BR> <BR> - Albert Einstein <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:12:04 EST Torn between envy and horror My kid and I are sitting here watching an episode of Man vs Food on netflix. He's about to eat a 5 lb "knucklehead" chili dog challenge. On the one hand, I would love to have a chili dog with fries right now, and on the other hand, 5 lbs of food in a 20 minute sitting is a horrific abuse of a h... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:09:29 EST Nice Evening Had a very pleasant evening out with my Hub's sister and brother-in-law. A perfect fillet mignon, beautiful salad and great company! I had to bring half of that fillet home, it might have been only a 6 ounce but I was really into my salad. I splurged with thousand island with blue cheese crumbles... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:03:26 EST Gods Day Thanx all I am going to share my shame I have PTSD very bad so it is hard for me on some days and to deal with life at times so I am sending prayers light love joy and happiness thank that has me feeling better now that I have finally said it love you all Hugx Yes I am very sore. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:02:58 EST Beach Walk 1/24/15 Today is Saturday and Front Beach where I usually walk was probably packed with teenagers playing volleyball and the group that plays horseshoes and families and kids. So I opted to walk at East Beach. <BR> <BR> East Beach is physically just on the other side of the harbor, but to get there you... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:57:44 EST Lots done today. Been busy today; washed the floors in all the rooms and by the doors; vacuumed, washed dishes, cleaned out the coffee pot (it's a double one and overflowed this morning, making a mess); helped put outdoor Christmas stuff away. Then went to church and worked on the boats again. I do have picture... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:56:47 EST Day 1149- It's Still Saturday!!!! Day 24 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 186.4 <BR> Total Calories Burned for the Week: 417+309+974= 1700 <em>248</em> <BR> Calories Burned for the Year: 8108 <BR> <BR> I got home from the movie with 20 minutes left to write this blog. Thankfully I remembered and was able to bust this out. <BR> ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:55:36 EST Chapter 17, Day 7 Did well with Winter Challenge, Mini Challenge 3. My competitive and determined nature surfaced, and I got in an extra 45 minutes of fitness minutes across three additional sessions. Sure wish I'd eaten a bit less for lunch, but the day's calories were in my low range, so I guess that is fine... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:53:08 EST Day 24: A Great Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "There's always going to be bad stuff out there. But here's the amazing thing - light trumps darkness, every time. You stick a candle into the dark, but you can't stick the dark into the light." (Jodi Picoult) <BR> <... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:50:35 EST Grandkids and Great Grandkids I have 12 grandchildren arranging in age from 5 to 25 and 6 great grandchildrens.My Great Grandchildren call me GiGi. <BR> This week will be busy my youngest granddaughter turns 5 on tomorrow and 2 of my great grandsons will turn 2 one on Monday and the other on Wednesday. <em>383</em> <BR> H... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:50:16 EST Thanks for the concern. My head egg is feeling smaller. It is still painful but my concern is my throat. Not my inside throat but it is hard to swallow because of the pain in my neck at the front. It is where men have an Adams Apple. <BR> The Dr suggest heat. If it is no better I will have to go to the ER. <BR> I do not think express care is open on... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:48:55 EST 1/24/15 - Bedtime I really enjoyed my TRX class this morning. The "frogs" were nuts. I managed to do a few, and that made me proud. <BR> <BR> As I introduce myself to more people, I'm beginning to feel like I'm part of the Park District program. <BR> <BR> After TRX, I moved on to the gym for about 90 minutes o... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:47:55 EST It's Always Something I knew that my car needed a new battery and that Walmart had the one I needed that was evaluated well by Consumer Reports, and they opened early this morning so I set my alarm so that I could be one of the early customers... <BR> <BR> Best intentions, but it didn't work out that way... <BR> <BR... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:44:20 EST Counting the produce on day 24 #small changes action plan was to get at least 5 produce in and tracked. I think I can top that. <BR> <BR> breakfast- spinach, mango, orange juice <em>368</em> <em>106</em> 3 servings. <BR> Lunch tuna salad with celery, carrots, radish, pepper, cucumber, tomato- 3 servings. <em>551</em>... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:28:47 EST 40 miles DONE! 966 more miles to go... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My view on my walk this evening when I achieved my 40 mile mark for January! I am thrilled that I am keeping my commitment to myself to get these miles in for my team! Today we reached our 100+ miles marker for our tea... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:22:02 EST Meeting with friends I had a great time meeting some of my Sparkfriends today. There was six of us and it was pretty low key, but very nice. I had already met three at previous "reunions." It was great meeting two "new" friends face-to-face. <BR> <BR> I find it really interesting how we can feel like we know our Sp... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:21:09 EST Meaningful moments <img src="">Tuesday evenings I typically go to an OA meeting then go over to my parents house to play games with my mom and eat some dinner. I am so grateful for my parents and enjoy every moment I spend with them. Experiencing peace, calm... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:20:05 EST Zumbathon time (pictures) <img src=""> <BR> Amy and me at the end of the Zumbathon <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Me and Janet at the beginning <BR> <img src=""> <img... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:18:26 EST Day 163 Not a down day but a calm day. After 2 nights of not sleeping very good and having tons of energy and all kinds of fun because I felt so good today needed to be really calm. I can't say it was a depressing and down in the dumps day but it was a calm lay around kind of day. <BR> I did all kinds of odd little things. I seeme... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:13:29 EST Jill "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal" <BR> From an Irish headstone <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You will be mi... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:12:47 EST bringing out the skinny clothes!!! I was feeling curious tonight so I pulled out some lingere that I bought 2 years ago, that have been sitting brand new, with tags still on. (They were way too small back then, I accidentally bought the wrong size but kept them because they were really cute) and tried it on. IT ALMOST FITS! I am t... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:12:20 EST A wonderful visit with friends We had a great evening with our friends, catching up on <BR> all the news of our children and GC, other friends from <BR> their childhood as I didn't know these people until after <BR> DH and I were married and all the things we did in high <BR> school. Most of the high school memories were much ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:06:37 EST Smoke Detectors True Purpose? <img src=""> <BR> (*Fire Hazard <BR> *Your abilities in the kitchen) <BR> <BR> <BR> Seems like an old joke? I had dinner at a friend's place yesterday. She apologized for absolutely every single thing she set in front of me. She went on a... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:04:16 EST PCOS? So, I really hate making New Year’s Resolutions; I find them somewhat silly and wasteful. People always give up on them before Spring even hits, most of the time. However, when 2015 began, I made a commitment to my health. 2015 would be the year that I got back on track with healthy living. 2015... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:03:45 EST January 24, 2015 Day 28 Just checking in for another day. It's Saturday so did a lot of walking around Costco. It's a wild place on the weekend. Lots of samples to try too. Bought some good food so that was nice. My knees are hurting so it's time to put my legs up and rest. I spent the afternoon cleaning out my closet. ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:01:11 EST Donuts And Coffee: A Love Story I haven't actually tried these Coffees yet, but after reading this Blog on another website, I may have to stop in at the Dunkin Donuts on my way to work Monday, LOL!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For many of us, coffee is not simply a ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:59:22 EST Priorities I wasn't on the computer much yesterday, so I didn't get my daily blog written. My husband wanted me to work on a jigsaw puzzle with him, so that's what we did almost all day yesterday and again for a while today. Got two 350-piece puzzles done and ready to start on the third. He usually has h... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:59:15 EST Great Day My laptop still is not fixed and won't connect to the internet. <em>234</em> At least tech support finally admitted something was wrong with it (other than me), and is looking into how it can be fixed, or replaced. <em>225</em> No telling how long that is going to take. <em>12</em> So... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:57:41 EST Fun day for bird watching It was time to take new pictures of our Muscovey Ducks. Look how big they are, and they are not a year old yet. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Seagull on the left. Darkwing standing by her. Storm in the back (dark head), and Savannah. <BR> <BR> Dar... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:55:32 EST Ouch Not sure about today's workout. About 3 minutes in and needing to take it easy already. Dang knee. <BR> At 8 minutes and 13 minutes, I took a break. At 16 minutes, I threw in the towel. <BR> I marked it as 20 minutes of walking at 3mph, because it was much slower than the tracker would have give... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:54:57 EST 2nd week of weight loss challenge I'm hanging in there. I'm sore but still did my workout and walked with my son and our dog. Didn't make the best eating choices but i did manage not to over do it. Now with my night class and the hustle and bustle of life this is definitely going to be my biggest challenge yet to balance everythi... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:54:25 EST Day 24 - it's time for some scheduling Honestly, if I don't schedule the time, I won't do it (namely, clean or get on SP). So, it's time to develop a daily schedule. <BR> <BR> Exercise is going great and I'm down a bit more this week. Adding more cardio appears to be helping. <BR> <BR> Nothing else seems to be going well for us,... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:50:19 EST Still here :) I'm still here. Just haven't posted in a while. Spent last weekend (the long MLKJ weekend) in Georgia visiting my parents. Have been very busy. Last week was long and hard, even though it was short. I had another therapy session last week, and it went well (they all do). Still doing plant-based m... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:48:38 EST Excited to join SP Hello Everybody! <BR> <BR> I'm so excited to join SP! I absolutely love the My Nutrition tracker - it's so easy to keep track of what I'm eating and see where I'm lacking & what I'm doing right. This week I started a weight loss program with some friends in my community. We meet once per week... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:48:33 EST Maybe today was the day... Instead of hanging around in bed trying to go back to sleep knowing that I wouldn't be able to because I had work on the brain. I got up and went to my computer for about an hour. I got it done and then I decided I needed to burn some calories. I did 55 minutes of a Cardio DVD to the 80's which I... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:42:24 EST Daily Quote We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. - Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> Always look for the silver lining in every setback you encounter. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:42:04 EST I got some encouraging words today.... I was telling a team member at work that I was wanting to run a 10K before the year is out. I told her that I could jog for about 2 hours without huffing and puffing. <BR> <BR> She told me that I should consider training for a half marathon. OH WOW! My running a half marathon would be such an a... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:36:10 EST A very belated Christmas letter... I've been taking a blogging class over on and am just now getting our Christmas letter send out. If you usually get one from in the mail, you probably won't. I'm trying to go paperless this year. It's been a real "bear" to get this done! Grin Hope it's not too small to read. Hm... Y... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:35:35 EST 24/365 I did stay home from work today. Luckily when I woke up this morning my vertigo was pretty much gone. I took it easy for the day, so I am feeling pretty good today. Thanks for everyones concern. I have had blood work recently and thankfully do not have diabetes. I do have a long history of ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:32:11 EST Nice day for a 2hr strole.....gone birding....see ya... This is what i saw on my birding outing and exercise today....I only took 150 you don't have to see all of them....just my favorites.... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="htt... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:30:44 EST Nice day for a 2hr strole.....gone birding....see ya... This is what i saw on my birding outing and exercise today....I only took 150 you don't have to see all of them....just my favorites.... <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="htt... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:30:44 EST Day 17- messed up....but have a new nephew well my step sister had my Nephew Corban this morning at 4:23 by c section. he was 9 Ibs 5oz and 20.5 inches long. he's a big baby. super cute can't wait to meet him in person. <BR> <BR> was going to have subway for supper but we had a snow storm so they closed early. wasn't to happy about that... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:30:32 EST Saturday... On my way out to hang with friends...hope you had a great Saturday!! <BR> <BR> TTYL Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:24:36 EST What a day! what a day! What a day! what a day! <BR> Phew! The energy I've regained! <BR> Couldn't sleep last night so instead of tossing and turning and disturbing Walt I got up around 11:30 and had the entire house cleaned and a load of laundry done by 1:30! Finally tired enough I went back to bed and slept much bette... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:22:25 EST Saturday on target There's been more than a few times that hubby and I went out to dinner with intentions of doing our grocery shopping later. Then we'd get to the restaurant, eat until we were stuffed, and be unable to continue on. He would have probably been able to manage solo, but I would end up feeling like a ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:22:13 EST MY BEST I am at my best, <BR> When I am alone.  <BR> Because I allow myself, <BR> To be my best.  <BR> <BR> I am the best, <BR> When I am alone.  <BR> Because I like myself, <BR> When I am at my best.  <BR> <BR> When I am with others, <BR> I am at their best.  <BR> The best they want, <BR> Me to be for... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:21:12 EST Day 5 Day 5 already <BR> <BR> Where does the time go. I don't know but keeping track of nutrition intake is hard. Caloric levels are okay but its in the potassium and calcium area that I am having a hard time getting too. Well below the required level. I guess tomorrow I am going to have to rethink my... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:17:04 EST Weigh in on schedule,,, the Turtle ! OH YEAH !! I am CLEARLY a <em>134</em> when it comes to losing weight ! <BR> <BR> I am NOT sure why though. I've UPPED my exercise,,, and only count what makes me sweat,,, and over 10 minutes of doing so,,,, I am a SUPER DAWG this week (A Super Dawg is a Dawggie (Spirited Under Dawg,,, on t... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:15:44 EST Tracking, and in a slump After a brief hiatus from tracking, I came back to it. I need the structure of calorie, exercise and weight tracking. I'm not someone who can go it intuitively or keep things in my head, remember or guesstimate. So I am back to tracking everything, measuring, etc. It may get tiresome but I need ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:15:05 EST Saturday Okay, for the record salt-scrubbing does NOT work at cleaning cast iron. I tried to avoid using water at all but ended up having to anyway because I couldn't get all the salt out by dusting. Keep reminding myself -- most decades-old cast iron has been washed from time to time! <BR> <BR> I've bou... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:12:25 EST Saturday's Words to Ponder You've done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination. <BR> Ralph Marston Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:09:03 EST Day 24: A Positive Side Today was hard as we said goodbye to Danny. However it was also a day filled with some laughter and plenty of memories. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:07:21 EST I may not be able to walk tomorrow but ... I may not be able to walk tomorrow but my 10K today was great. Well, actually the first 8K was great and the last 2, well, let's just say my hamstrings didn't last as long as I needed them to, which led to expecting more out of my quads than they should have had to do. Still, it felt so good to g... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:04:34 EST Saturday! It's been a great day! I am starting a new health blog - more details to follow. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:03:07 EST Breathing a little easier. Insurance is covering medical to certain extent. If I don't press charges I should be ok. Turns out everyone of the parents knew what was going on except for us. And no one stopped it. Under those circumstances I am not liable. They can't sue me because if they do they are suing themselves and I ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:02:16 EST Z:R C25K Week 2, Day 2. Awesome! I dragged my butt out of bed this morning to go for a run outside. I've been doing the Zombies, Run! Couch to 5K and it has gone well so far, but as always, I still detest the treadmill. It was a balmy -4 Celsius this morning s I took advantage and braved the slush. <BR> <BR> The session, be... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:01:11 EST Update Yesterday I went to see the nutritionist I have been working with. I cancelled my appointments last August when my Dad passed and I couldn't get in to see her until yesterday. Well she could tell what I had been doing (or not doing) within the first few minutes of our meeting. <BR> I see her aga... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:54:40 EST Working out a different body My first pregnancy did not leave my body all that different and weight dropped off me afterwards. Of course I was so swollen by the tie my first son was born that pounds and pounds of water just poured off of me. My second pregnancy left me with weight to loose that did not shift of it's own acco... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:54:38 EST My Week In Review (January 24, 2015) So, it has been a good week fitness wise.... I changed my goal back to 470 fitness minutes a week with a weekly calorie burn of 3500. I went over both goals by a great deal!! Still, I'm not going to change it until I know for sure I can maintain that kind of fitness. I am about 400 FM away fr... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:50:21 EST Wk 198 Weigh In Another week has come and gone, it sure seems like this month has been flying by. Once again I was having a good week, until I hit the mid week slump. It seems like my will power weakens on Wednesday or Thursday and I give in to temptation and eat the wrong stuff, and usually too much of it. Of c... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:50:10 EST Day ?? on the Journey- Days 1-7 of my 90 Day Challenge Hey Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Man I have been wanting to write a blog for FOREVER and I've just been procrastinating but NO MORE because I know if I'm going to make the most of this year I NEED the accountability that blogging brings!! <BR> <BR> So how to start well firstly I'm not even sure what day... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:49:59 EST Any suggestions Does anyone have suggestions n what to take care of bloat even though TOM is over? I feel bloated even though I haven't had my period since the beginning of the week. Today was a pain with the bloat. Especially tonight. Does anyone have an idea besides cutting down my salt intake? Something like ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:49:38 EST calories suck I can't understand it. I don't!! If I'm to have 1,575 calories per day, and I work out for 4-5 days a week, for at least an hour, how can I get my use of calories higher than what I take in. I don't have more than about an hour a day to exercise? I'm so annoyed!! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:46:33 EST Saturday Today is laundry day. It's a little overcast but no rain so far. Took some donations to the Habitat for Humanity facility. Doing a little cleaning today. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:46:14 EST Guilty feelings!? Oh Yea! Yes I feel guilty tonight. I know I should not but I do. Since June of 2014, I have not lost control of what I consume and I guess I didn't lose control tonight because I actually planned on letting myself go free tonight. <BR> <BR> Hubby and I decided to watch a good movie and I made a ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:45:52 EST ...And then came the cat As I write this I am both frustrated and laughing. I decided to make oriental meatballs (in my recipes). So for dinner it was 3 meatballs, some veggies and wild rice,and applesauce. The animals began circling when I started to cook. It's like working inside of a school of sharks! One wrng mov... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:43:59 EST Stolen Mojo I am so thankful that yesterday went out with a bang in a good way. I don't think I've ever conquered a high emotion and stress day like that. It's hard to explain what it's done to my confidence. It's kind of amazing. <BR> <BR> I got up at the alarm this morning, worked on writing, and did... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:40:49 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for January 24: Daily inspiration: If a person or a situation causes you to feel insecure, you have forgotten who you really are. Lord, You are my Father. I am Your child. How can I ever feel like less. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mer... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:40:08 EST Day 19 of the 21 Day No Junk Food Challenge The end is near but not really. This challenge is such a good way to break yourself of some of those cravings for artificial sugars and fast food. Not only have I been doing this challenge, I have started transitioning to organic meats. What a difference in the taste between grassed and humane... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:36:06 EST ewgege efregegg Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:28:44 EST too much Too much activity Too much food Stitches Too uncomfortable And that's my day Hoping everyone had an amazing day! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:26:03 EST January 24th.... Not a great day for my goals, but it was a great day for the baby shower! :) It all went very well. I am glad it is over, though. Tomorrow a new day begins and back to Beck basics. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:25:32 EST Reaffirming My Path As many changes as I have wrought for myself over the past several years since joining SparkPeople, I am betting that this year ahead will be one of my most transformative years yet. Today I re-visited this TED talk by Lissa Rankin which excited me way back when I first heard it last year. Now it... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:23:25 EST More sleep more rest = improvement This morning I woke after another 8 hours of sleeping. I rested, snuggled with my cat, drinking water, doctoring my lips most of the day. Crocheting a spiral stitch scarf (of sorts), then around supper time, I realized my sore throat was gone, my headache was gone, and I felt a lot better. So I ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:19:40 EST Ready for my Beach Retreat with the girls Leaving Monday for a week of quilting, stitching, beading and knitting. Whatever anyone wants to do. I've planned and packed my own food. We have a microwave and small refrigerator in the room. Hoping the weather will be good to walk the beach. If not, I will walk up and down the hall way. <... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:17:25 EST It's been a while... I'm re-starting my fitness endeavors and I need all the help, community, and support I can get. I'm the heaviest I've ever been at 306. Maybe the scale was just broken. I hope it was. I'll recheck once I invest in a better scale. I've gained 30 lbs since the summer somehow which correlates to t... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:16:15 EST Today is a special day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My parents would have celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary today if my father was still alive. I am grateful that they made it to their 60th wedding anniversary before my father passed away from Alzheimer'... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:15:38 EST Week Three of Half Marathon Training This week didn't really turn out as I had expected as far as training goes. It wasn't bad or anything, it just wasn't what I had planned! This week's schedule called for a two mile run on Monday, a three mile run on Tuesday and a three mile run on Thursday - then the group run on Saturday. I k... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:15:28 EST 5% Challenge – Week 2 Update Week 2 was not a great week for me, and I know I can do better. Here’s a recap of how I did: <BR> <BR> Nutrition: <BR> - Meal Planning: Pre-planned a lot of meals, and actually stuck to most of them. I was cooking dinner almost every night this past week, so it was a little easier to make a “he... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:11:28 EST Skate Night and Kettle bells and a NSV Tonight the boys had Skate Night for their school - it was a fun night for them and their friends and now they are having a sleepover with a total of 5 boys (including my 2) here so wish me luck. Luckily they have been moving all day so I think they are really tired and will actual sleep - hopefu... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:11:12 EST day 17 and working it I had a nine hour class today. The good part was that I was able to go to the gym before class and I walked for an hour during the break. I packed breakfast, lunch and a snack. I felt good about eating my veggies and fruit. Have a productive weekend and a nice evening. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:10:16 EST Day 11 Well, it was a pretty busy day today. Dh had to work this morning and I had a doctor appointment then came home and cleaned house. Had to make room for the elliptical that they delivered this afternoon. And it's all set up and ready to go for me in the morning! <BR> It's getting too late and... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:09:10 EST It's a new year! I'm back! Well, I've been here, but doing one day at at a time. I'm trying to start the new year off right - tracking food, exercising, and hopefully eating better. <BR> <BR> One of my goals is more fruit. Last week was a success - right at three fruits a day. I forget how much I like fruit ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:07:20 EST Travel goals (aka planning how to stay on track!) My new workout clothes came in today. I will take a new "before" picture when I get dressed out for the gym tomorrow. The scale and I had a falling out this morning. I was 1 pound up, a result of the high sodium soup I had yesterday. No biggie except now I need to lose 2 pounds to meet my goa... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:02:56 EST Do I Really Care What Others Think? I have three grandchildren. The middle grandchild is 10 years old. This week she began experiencing problems in school. She is a pretty girl. She is also a tall and thin girl. However, she began hearing other children say to her that she is fat. Of course, she is not but in her mind she believes... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:02:37 EST Weights ... my shortcoming I hate weight training, but I did a Firm Aerobic Workout with weights last night and it felt great, I am a little sore today from it. I did not think I could do it but I did. I hope to add more weight training in the future. I am trying to incorporate 2 days per week <em>23</em> <em>34</em... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:00:00 EST 1200 Calories a day.. and no cravings. I don't have time to post more...other than I am thankful..!! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:59:40 EST Life,food,depression and beauty I know that I've been having issues with food and money... I believe I have figured out something that can work... at least for now. I can't wait to get a job so that I have more food money to work with. Struggling with depression is horrible, but can actually be used to benefit oneself. It may h... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:58:09 EST ...perfectly maintain 350lbs Time is wasting and just doing your best and not losing weight is no longer good enough for me anymore. The simple fact is that I take in enough calories to perfectly maintain 350 lbs. Do I drink sugary drinks all day and sit on the couch eating bonbons? No. But apparently I do eat just the r... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:56:00 EST New challenges On January 1, 2015, I made a decision. I decided this was my year. The year that I quit making excuses and take charge of my life. I've already made some changes. I've stayed strong giving up pop....haven't had even a sip since September 1. I find myself really wanting it when I'm stressed, ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:55:27 EST Two quotes Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> If you can dream it, you can achieve it. –Zig Ziglar Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:55:25 EST RESTART!!! Ok - so I tried this a couple of years ago, and my weight yo-yo'd for a while. I never took the time to actually get online and use this site for support like I should. And now, some how I ended up pretty much right back where I started!!! Go figure! <BR> <BR> So - this is my do-over! I rest... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:51:29 EST Honesty day 18: Confessions of a chronic procrastinator <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So I realized today that I suffer from procrastination which is so weird because for me the greatest feeling in the world is fully crossing off a to do list. My goal today was to walk 3500 steps and yet all I did was ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:46:43 EST An extra hour a day exercise Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:46:36 EST Walking Day 11 of 2015 Okay so something dawned on me last night. Since I have started walking again, I have not had as many cravings for bad things. I used to want sweets all the time now I am down to once a day. I started walking for the therapeutic reasons and to get myself out of a depressive funk. I was not go... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:46:14 EST I have lots of places to go but back isn’t one of them - 160 Flights of stairs done! I did it! I completed a 160-flight stair race (over 3100 individual stairs). <BR> <BR> I wasn’t as physically prepared as I planned but I got it done. I was more concerned about the mental challenges but in the end, I was prepared for that too. <BR> <BR> Pre-race concerns: <BR> Confined spac... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:43:27 EST Happy Saturday Night! Managed to drag myself out of bed 15 minutes earlier today than yesterday. Progress is progress, right? I sat around for a while before having some breakfast and then heading to the park. <BR> <BR> The walk at the park was great! My new SP buddy was able to meet me today and we had a really g... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:42:45 EST Family Issues... Yesterday I blew it! It's okay because I know that it happens and I have no regrets. My mother has breast cancer and has recently had a mastectomy on the right side. Some days are hard and she needs a shoulder. We have been off and on in how close we are over the years, but I try my best to alway... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:40:27 EST 5k walk/run Today I was able to complete a 5K with my family at the zoo. It was fun and I was happy to be able to run part of it with my son. Hopefully next time I will be able to run half of it. <em>521</em> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:37:22 EST The Right Nectar Is Sweet <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:36:24 EST lost lbs i was less active this week but monitored my eating more. i lost weight! i know intense exercise burns a lot of calories but it does not help me when it ups my appetite and then i use it as an excuse to eat extra. Will need to keep working on the balance so i can make healthier eating habits Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:33:32 EST Winter Goals- Week 4 Winter Goals- Week 4: <BR> <BR> Walk 18-20 miles= 27.55 miles <BR> Exercise 450 minutes= 581 minutes <BR> Strength training 2-3x a week= just 1 <BR> Eat within range a minimum of 4/5 days= 6 days <BR> Lose 1.5 pounds a week= 0.8 gained, 3.8 total lost <BR> Kickboxing/Cardio Max 2-3x a week= 2 <B... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:25:09 EST another day down Well, I was successful today in resisting temptation at lunch. I had originally made plans to meet at a certain restaurant in an outdoor mall in my area. I got there first and realized after looking at the menu posted that it would be very difficult for me to modify any of the choices there to ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:23:19 EST Counting it as #37 I've been busy cleaning today and didn't think I'd get out for a walk. I did, however, have stuff to drop off at a church thrift shop, and while I was there, decided to walk around the back. The back of the church property has a Remembrance Garden, a pet memorial garden, a gazebo, benches, and ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:21:03 EST Sunday Today is my 2000 Spark streak, It is very hot out side I have been out there repotting my Christmas lillies as they were well and truly root bound. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:20:55 EST For Today - 100 Days "Don't compare your inside with someone else's outside"..... <BR> January 24, "For Today" Overeaters Anonymous <BR> <BR> In 100 Days our assignment today is to recall a meal that was highly satisfying and write a few words about it. I can't think of a particular meal that is especially satisfyi... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:19:01 EST Silly Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've an awesome day. how about the rest of you?????? <BR> <BR> Just for kicks ~ <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:18:16 EST He's My Brother! A little lightness~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons and proceeded to the checkout counter. <BR> <BR> The pharmacist at the counter asked the older boy, "Son, how old are you?" <BR> <BR> "Eight," the boy replied. <BR> <BR> The man cont... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:16:15 EST Losing Da Butt Today's small change challenge reminds me of the Old School Song "Da Butt". There were a series of exercises to "firm" up the glutes. My plan is to the Bridge (yoga) in a few minutes. <BR> <BR> I lost 2 more pounds this week for a total of 9.5 since January 2. Yes! Physically, mentally & em... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:10:18 EST Makin' it happen, because . . . <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:03:24 EST I've got to Believe in Me I'm having a hard time today reconciling the need to go work out and not miss a day with the need to let my body recover. I'm trying very hard right now to make a habit out of going to the gym. I need to and I can see the difference after only two weeks. <BR> <BR> The problem is, depending on wh... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:02:04 EST Home Show Today we went to the Home Improvement show they had downtown. It was interesting. A lot different vendors from all sorts of businesses. We got some ideas. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:01:06 EST Sticking with it Lately I have been exercising during nap time at the day care I work at. So far it has been three days in a row. I feel sore, but it is good! I also caved and ate some chips today, but I stuck to the serving size and only had one serving even though I really wanted more. This is going to be toug... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:00:57 EST Workout Work-A-Day It was time I started organizing in ernest the transfer of materials to the new club manager. I had accumulated a lot of outdated material and am ready to take my second lot of papers to the recycle bin. To make sure I was not sitting on my posterior all day sorting it out, I worked out at peri... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:53:16 EST NEWSTART CHALLENGE End Session # 3/ Week #3 Another Awesome Week ~ It is such a fantastic journey. <BR> Things I learned this week: <BR> <BR> <em>190</em> ~ NUTRITION <BR> Mental Health 3 ( Depression and Anxiety) <BR> <link><BR>noredirect=1 </link> <BR> Part B ~ <BR> <link> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:53:08 EST Day 853: Day #29 of Exercise Streak Today was a lot of fun. Much needed, and got me temporarily out of a funk. Been pretty depressed lately and it helped a ton. We took the kids to see the snowfest in Frankenmuth this morning, it's sad we have lived out near it for almost 9 years and it's the first time we've gone. Then we picked u... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:51:47 EST Not Too Shabby----90 Days til Disney Today is Saturday and we had a party to go to. I made brownies, pineapple upside down cake, and meatballs in grape/chili sauce. Can you say Yum? I ate meatballs with no sauce and water. Yes, you read that right. I didn't have any of that delicious food. And, I woke up this morning and walked/r... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:48:40 EST Day One I signed up for SP a little more than a week ago and tried my hand at tracking here and there, but nothing consistent. I was putting my toes into the water to check things out. <BR> <BR> Today I dived in. I have made a goal to track every day. I have made a goal to do Zumba 3-5 times a week. Mo... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:44:35 EST PHOTO-BLOG: Windsor After the Snow <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:44:01 EST Feeling good I have had to take it a bit easy today have been feeling under the weather but still did my walk. I will be going to bed early to see if I can catch this thing ahead of time Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:42:01 EST Week 155...weigh in... Hi <BR> Short blog today too hot to sit. Heat increasing to two 40 deg C days Tues and Wed <BR> <BR> Last week 76.3 kgs <BR> Today 76.1 <BR> Loss of 0.2 <BR> <BR> This week was all about change, change food- change exercises- change attitude- change outcomes. <BR> <BR> Have a great week <BR>... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:40:06 EST Am I really being a good friend? I have had 4 close girlfriends my whole life. I struggle with social anxiety so making new friends is very difficult for me. Due to this I think I hang onto my current relationships that much harder. <BR> <BR> One of my very closest and oldest friends has taken a very different path in life than... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:36:25 EST Weight Loss Journal I worked on my journal pages and wanted to share for those who are interested in doing something similar. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It doesn't have to be perfect! Just scribble some things down, so you can look back and reflect on your journey. ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:33:17 EST Movie review for the movie "Boy Next Door" Awesome movie, great story, great edge of your seat action. Got some gruesome things in it too. NOT for kids but if you seen the previews that's a no brainer. Anyway will own this one, hope everyone is having a nice weekend. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:24:08 EST Officially 100lbs down!!! The day has finally come! This morning I was nervous stepping on that scale. Maybe even stalled a little, but when I did, the scale read 170!!!!!!!!!!!!! I jumped off really quick, hoping that the number wasn't going to change on me! Got back on again & yup, I'm officially 170. I am officially do... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:24:04 EST Hawaii 2015 We had planned a trip to take my Dad bucket Pearl Harbor which was something he wanted to do - we figured we would use the money from the sale of our houses to do this. Long story short - God changed everything - houses not sold, trip to Hawaii still went out with some money from our retirement.... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:23:53 EST AWESOME Hey everybody.. How is everyone?? Today was a great day. Had my nephew and I was able to keep up with him. That was the best feeling EVER. I haven't been able to do that for a very long time. AND I went grocery shopping and kept up my pace and got alot of stuff to help me stay strong and energi... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:21:56 EST Daily Victories: 1/24 Today I had a much needed rest day. Went to bed at 8:00 last night and woke up at 7:00... Then lazed around in bed with some books and magazines watching the snow fall outside. <BR> It was wonderful!!!! <BR> Everyone should take a pajama day every once in a while. <BR> Then I got out and shovele... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:21:53 EST wow! Was struggling but then I discovered when I increase my protein intake, I feel more full, feel less stress, have more energy, and lose more weight. I'm excited to accomplish my goals!! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:18:09 EST 1/24/15 Gee I spent the day doing good things that whole day. I woke up early and did 2 loads of laundry for my wife, and when she got up worked with her on cleaning the house up. Then went shopping with her and went to 5 stores and did the grocery, walmart/Sams, and department store shopping. After t... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:17:01 EST Short Update...Just Thoughts I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend this last full weekend of January, 2015! The year is already moving along. <BR> <BR> I thank you all for your continued support....I will try to get by to each one to thank you. It REALLY means so much to me...but with PT and DH's birthday and DS2'... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:12:34 EST New toys, stuff, and things in different places 2 Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:12:20 EST Saturday, 1/24/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> We had a fun evening last night with the "20 something" group from church. Seven of them showed up for supper (we bbq'd hamburgers and hot dogs) and then we played games for a couple of hours. They had brought ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:11:00 EST Better Today I'm mentally & emotionally feeling a little bit better today about my weight. I'm going to chalk it up to TOM. I'm working hard this week as well as I did last week and hoping that it will pay off come next Thursday. I normally don't make it to the gym on Saturdays but I did get there today and d... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:02:34 EST Third Time Is a Charm: 100DWL, Day 24, Eat for Satisfaction Day 24 Eat for satisfaction <BR> <BR> Spangle writes that we "have to eat slowly, pay attention to the bites and appreciate our food for our brains to achieve satisfaction, Then when we give ourselves permission to enjoy food instead of feeling guilty about eating it, we'll get the satisfaction... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:53:34 EST Week 2 Day 5 T25 Today was supposed to be my down day but I did not feel like working out yesterday and I let myself take a break. So I woke up this morning and did my workout. Fridays are double up days so I do 2 25 minute workouts today was Lower Body and Abs. This has been a stressful week and I know next w... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:53:20 EST Day 624 Gym Day. Did 4 of 6 exercises. Feeling good. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:48:20 EST Spicy food under 500 calories~ My favorite meal too! I have a walking taco recipe that I make once every so often (so I don't get tired of it.) I absolutely love it, and it's so deliciously spicy! I don't know about any of you if you made it but it fills me right up! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <B... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:47:47 EST Who knew??????? Who knew sorting tools and screws and nuts and bolts could be so tiring. That area of Our farm shop was a mess. It took all day. We also finished the door for the green house. It is ready for plants. I will try to have picture tomorrow. I sure got the fitness today. : ) I hope you had a ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:47:24 EST Off... Off to a triple January birthday party...January is a busy month for birthdays...and evreything else.... <em>409</em> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:46:48 EST What a Day.. <link><BR>d-a-Little-Kindness-Changes-Everything<BR>-I-Fell-In-LOVE-at-3-18--5036.html?utm<BR>_source=GodVine%20Daily&utm_medium=ema<BR>il&utm_campaign=04/04/2014 </link> <BR> <BR> Now we rescued a Coonhound and rescuing a Pup can be challenging buy rewardi... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:46:32 EST Quote of the day 01/24/15 "A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results." <BR> Wade Boggs <BR> <BR> Stay positive <em>381</em> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:39:36 EST doing the Shred again! I haven't been blogging about my Shred journey this time. Sometimes it's just best to get to work and not worry about the rest. The past 6 months I had been slacking on my fitness and really went crazy during the holidays because why the hell not? <BR> <BR> I'm doing well, this is the third or f... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:37:45 EST There's only a week left of January! What?! I've been counting down for my daughter how many days she has left til Disney store (reward for stopping thumb sucking and for starting sleeping in own bed) (also day we celebrate my birthday (3 days late))....we go on Feb looking at calendar today, I found out we only have a full week... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:30:00 EST January 24 - Use It All! Budget Tip #24 - Use It All! <BR> <BR> Do you remember Melissa d'Arabian on Food Network? Maybe she's still there. I don't get that channel anymore. Anyway, I really liked her during the shows where folks were competing as the Next Food Network Star, so I made a point of watching her show. She l... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:29:56 EST January 24 - Use It All! Budget Tip #24 - Use It All! <BR> <BR> Do you remember Melissa d'Arabian on Food Network? Maybe she's still there. I don't get that channel anymore. Anyway, I really liked her during the shows where folks were competing as the Next Food Network Star, so I made a point of watching her show. She l... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:29:53 EST Non scale Victories! I have 2 huge Non scale Victories! My first one is I have been pop free for 20 days now! My second one is I haven't had any fast food in 10 days! <BR> <BR> I was hungry last night and we were out and i wanted something to eat, almost broke my streak and eat fast food, but went to Tim Hortons... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:28:01 EST Tapestry Day Today is the monthly meeting of our Tapestry Group. I didn't go because I didn't want to be gone for hours yet. Ed is doing better today than the last few days. Still, I like to be near. Besides, the TV computer repairman was coming. Now my little TV works again. <BR> <BR> Tapestry was on m... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:23:57 EST What's Next? That is a phrase that keeps running through my mind. What's next? <BR> <BR> I have all kinds of questions that I don't know how to answer: <BR> Do I want to continue doing what I am doing? <BR> What do I want to do differently? <BR> Who am I? <BR> What would happen if.....? <BR> Am I being tr... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:23:02 EST Long walk Today I took a super long walk with Kiki. All the way around the school we live by. When I mapped the route on spark people, it was 0.44 miles. Wow for me! I was so winded by the time we got back. <BR> <BR> Now that I know I can do it....Must do again on another day. <BR> <BR> If I can walk... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:17:01 EST Saturday Update Last week was a busy one. I am working on documentation for a highly visible project and I had to get an almost-draft ready so my manager could hold it up at a steering comm. meeting and say "see." Had my head to the grindstone first part of the week. <BR> <BR> Might have been what caused the se... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:11:19 EST Typical Saturday... Started the day with an hour walk with the dog, then off to my parents' house to make lunch. Mom had a very pretty eggplant she wanted to use for lunch today, but she didn't want ratatouille (which is my go-to eggplant dish), so instead I sliced it fairly thin, and browned it on the grill, toppe... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:07:35 EST Keeping focused for success A bright sunshiny day on the Gul f coast All is well. Looking frward to a great week ahead. Keeping focused for success. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:06:57 EST Everyone has a story <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's so easy to judge a book by it's cover. So easy to look at a person and think we know their story simply by what we see. Everyone has a story and we need to give them a chance to tell it before we judge what we can... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:06:39 EST Saturday January 24, 2015 Weather: Cloudy out, but no rain or snow. Some patches of sunshine around but mostly cloudy. Temp about 28 degrees. <BR> <BR> Friday's log: <BR> <BR> Friday I didn't do a whole lot. Just read some, and puttered around some. I really didn't get much done, and I didn't get any of my goals ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:06:39 EST Almost 3 weeks in I don't get to step on the scale until February. It is kind of nice to free myself from that particular way to measure and gauge things. I do, however, feel great, have a lot of positive self talk, notice some changes in the way my jeans fit, seem to be more organized and productive, and have mor... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:01:32 EST Doing ok despite winter I'm doing ok. After the last blog, we both managed to lose a few more. I was sick over the holidays & thankful for a lack of appetite. I'm finally back to the mid-180's, so clothes fit better. <BR> <BR> The snowy part of winter has just begun. Storm tonite & another mid week, possibly anothe... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:58:52 EST Advancing Beyond the 30 Day Abs Challenge Last month I completed the 30 Day Abs Challenge: <link><BR>s-challenge/ </link> <BR> Commenters recommend that moving forward, you just do Day 30 over and over again. The thought of doing 200+ crunches daily makes me wince. BOREDOM. So, what if instead of d... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:57:45 EST Little by little Every day I'm feeling more and more like a human being again. It all clicked at practice last night. <BR> <BR> This month has been frustrating derby-wise. My first practice after our break was the 2nd day of the bug, and I didn't really know how sick I was or was getting yet. So I went, thinking... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:56:42 EST The Scales know This morning I stepped on the scales and the read out said "Lo". I thought maybe I was being filmed for one of those Special K commericals. The ones where the scales or tape measures says "Amazing", "Confident", "Awesome", "Beautiful". <BR> <BR> I actually did have a little loss, so maybe th... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:55:19 EST Of Inspiration, Impostors and Perspective First off, I'm going to apologize for something I don't need to apologize for. I apologize for my blogs being less about weight and physical health and food and more about my personal psychological issues. I don't need to apologize for this because to be honest, I think you guys like hearing abou... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:51:11 EST Burying the hatchet To many people say they forgive you for some error you made yet tend to avoid your company or whenever they see you make some comment about the error even when you don't do anything to remind them of your error. I try to ignore it and pretend that its not about me although I know that it is. Be... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:49:07 EST The Ongoing Challenge This past week (Mon) I started using an insulin pump. It takes some getting used to, but I believe it will be worth it in the long run. Adjusting to using only one type of insulin. Haven't had the low blood sugar events but have had a couple of highs. Had a bad site reaction too. I didn't kn... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:48:30 EST Burger Rage My boyfriend today suggested we make burgers for dinner tonight and that we could swing by our favorite butcher to pickup the ground beef. Unfortunately, they use an 80/20 percent cut, which is way to fatty for the Ideal Protein protocol. He didn't realize it when he made the suggestion and propo... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:47:06 EST Relentless day 24, A Little More Relief 7th day <em>527</em> Last night went much better; I slept 6-hours straight without waking up to cough. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Still a little weak so I won't go bananas with exercise. But I hope by Monday I can start an easy routine. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> This has been a lot of dead time fo... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:44:20 EST Finally <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My Amaryllis finally bloomed, I did not start it till Christmas day, it was one of the gag gifts....not a gag to me I love them..... <BR> <BR> It sure looks beautiful, wished they smelled nice <BR> <BR> Have a healt... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:39:19 EST Saturday's Thought Sometimes the best thing you can do <BR> is not think, not wonder, not imagine, <BR> not obsess. Just breath and have faith <BR> everything will work out for the best. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:37:33 EST saturday just trying to deal with life Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:27:27 EST Saturday 24,2015 I so love my weekends! It gives me time with family and friends to relax and have fun! The only thing that bothers me about weekends, is that it is super hard to eat right! It seems I am always on the go or around food that is so tempting, but not so good for me! I get more exercise on the weeken... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:23:50 EST Believe you can I love this quote from Theodore Roosevelt. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You have to believe that you can and you are halfway there. If you are just starting your journey, halfway through it or maintaining, you need to believe that yo... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:23:30 EST Loving this Lifestyle Remaining active has become a staple in my everyday life and it only took 7 days of mental preparedness ,I'm so excited and happy. I eat right. My attitude is just right, only thing to do is to continue on with forward progress. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:22:13 EST Gratitude January 23 2015 Number 1: Grocery shopping is wonderful when you get to buy yummy foods and veggies. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Japanese school went well. Just slow and annoying. <BR> <BR> Number 3: Weight is down about .5 of a pound. Still waiting to see 159... <BR> <BR> Number 4: The sun is out and shining. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:19:14 EST Weight Gain! Argh!!! A pound and a half, which is frustrating because I have been vigilant this week. I know it is just a normal fluctuation and I'll probably be down even more next week, but for today, I'm disappointed. Did you ever notice that the word "weight" contains the letters WTH? That's how I felt about ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:17:15 EST Weekly Email & Blog Check-In: Pizza! Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> I just returned from a quick trip to Cincinnati with our team. I took a late flight home last night and was awake yesterday from 5:50am eastern to 5:15am eastern the next day. The flight was very turbulent so no sleeping (and had a 90-minute delay in Chicago for the 2nd f... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:13:32 EST Whole30 Day 20: Supported At first I was nervous to tell anyone about the Whole30 diet. <BR> My boyfriend can be pretty against restrictive diets. <BR> I didn't want to seem crazy to my co-workers. <BR> I'm not close with my family so I just didn't want to tell them. <BR> <BR> And then. <BR> My boyfriend was supportive ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:11:40 EST A goal without a plan is just a dream Saw that on a T-shirt not too long ago. I've seen that slogan years ago but it's a good reminder and that's been my problem for a long time. I have goals and sometimes even a plan but I never quite get around to implementing the plan to reach the goal. <BR> <BR> That needs to change and I'm go... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:09:48 EST Why I Spark I have been (and still am in some cases) a member of other weight loss and/or fitness communities. I choose SP because of the friendly supportiveness. Others claim to have it but they do not live up to the welcoming environment of SP. I am glad I am back here. :) Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:02:08 EST Day 24 - Anyone else let the day get away with a good book It was so snowy this morning that I started reading The Good House by Ann Leary. It is not what I expected but it has been captured. I kept thinking I would read for just 15 more minutes. Finally I stopped reading enough to do arm exercises but I am a bit annoyed as I really wanted to get in a... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:01:35 EST 'cause it all boils down, to YOU <BR> Historically, I am a person who needs a lot of pats on the head. I wish I didn't, but that is just how I've always been. Coming from a family where I was loved very much yet neglected in many emotional ways, a pat on the head is a way for me to feel.... visible, acknowledged and alive !!... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:01:20 EST slowly giving up on me that's what it is I guess. After dealing with my son faking recovery from addiction, my husband sneaking trying to remain sober, keep my job and be healthy..I just realize I can't effing do it like this. I am out-eating the gym. I can only seem to dull the fear,pain and panic very temp... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:58:18 EST update from last year to now 2015 <img src="">made my weight of 110lbs it took a year from 130lbs to 110lbs--nothing is impossible if you focus on moderate exercises and moderate diet. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:55:32 EST FitBit game changer Seeing is believing and it's so much easier for me when I can SEE what I'm actually doing! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That was at 11 pm last night and that means I traveled an unscientific 7 miles yesterday during the course of my day... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:55:07 EST 127 Days to go! Ok, I know I'm starting this really early, but hey - training for a marathon takes a long time. I'm trying to qualify for Boston this time folks, so I need every motivational tool I can get. I have this bulletin board up next to my bed tracking my lbs lost (aiming for 10 more) and my runs - I nee... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:48:19 EST Silly Saturday =) <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:40:46 EST L>I>F>E day 24 Awesome scale weigh in <BR> I had been feeling very svelte so I decided to weigh in this morning and gues whay I have lost over 2% of my body weight so far this year. <BR> <BR> I am very pleased! I am moving toward my goal weight, and I feel very stable emotionally and that's more important. <BR> <BR... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:37:50 EST Motivation, Motivation, where art thou? Motivation by any other name would smell as . . . . irritating? Frustrating? I wish it smelled sweet. I guess since I'm back on the wagon for the millionth time, I have at least a little. I know that the last time I was really gung ho, exercise seemed to be the determining factor in whether I... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:31:42 EST Believe in Yourself <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:29:53 EST Mid-January Update I thought I would add a quick update about my progress so far. <BR> <BR> I had made an original goal of doing 15 minutes of physical activity per day. However, so far I have been limited to one 45 to 60 minute workout per week for the past two weeks. <BR> <BR> This is for several reasons: ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:24:25 EST The Holidays..... I swore I would not let the Holidays get me off track! I had a plan and I felt confident it would get me through. However, my plan did not leave any room for life obstacles, that can be thrown in your way at any given moment. <BR> <BR> The First week of December, I found out my son and I had t... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:23:45 EST How I Spark my Recipes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I will be making this curried chicken dish tomorrow. Below is a link to my recipe for it in SparkRecipes. I entered some favorite recipes in here. My iPad has an OCR, or optical character recognition app, so I scanned ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:15:04 EST touching base... January 24th... Gosh darn it - If I would just stop putting things into my mouth that I know I shouldn't be eating or drinking re-losing those pesky five pounds wouldn't be so darn hard! But alas, I haven't been able to sustain my obedience for more than one meal at a time. However I have reworke... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:10:22 EST Cute farm animals. Winter blues getting you down? Lets go to the farm. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:09:57 EST The Art of Gratitude I woke up this morning, next to the man who loves me and God has provided for me to enjoy. Enjoyed walking to drop off a catalog to a customer and saying my good morning to the lady at the newsagent as I picked up my paper. When we take our eyes off our problems and place them in God's hands and ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:07:17 EST Starting to read The Spark sentence will propel me... . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am sure it is filled with fantastic information that will be highly useful and I can't wait to start. Early on in the book (bottom of page 11) there is one sentence that stands out among them all.. "Starting now, y... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:04:02 EST Transition, Growth, and Renewal... One of my goals for 2015 is to be less stressed and more grateful. I'm a perpetual optimist, so I don't have to worry about that too much... <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> So, to help get me started each day, I've been taking the time to read inspirational, motivational, and positive messages. I've g... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:03:49 EST Weekend Binge eating After a long stressful week, I've finally given in to what my body wants. A weekend of junk food binge eating. It's like if I don't have junk food I get all moody and cranky. Need to find a way to either tone it down or eliminate it all together with out going crazy. <BR> <em>493</em> <em>49... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:03:24 EST Don't Quit <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:03:09 EST Letting Go When I wrote my recent blog about killing off my past feelings and associations to food and my unhealthy patterns of eating I was writing out of an Ah Ha! moment. And then I started to think about what “Fat World must Die” really means… <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:02:08 EST Time To Regroup, Refocus, Reset The holidays are over, we're into the new year, and it's time to get myself back together and get this thing going again. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I thought about giving up on the running, but I don't want to. I really want to comp... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 16:00:43 EST Day 2 I wrote a blog post yesterday about not knowing what to do. Today i have made no small changes but went up and down the steps in our house many times doing laundry. I know everything i need to do just can't seem to push myself to get up and do them. I know writing a blog post is not exercise b... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:59:00 EST Day 105 of 662 <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:55:59 EST Team Work Bill and I are core members of a beach mission team. We became leaders of the adult group 10 years ago after there was no-one to run it. Today was the annual team leaders meeting. It was great to see the others, we got loads done amid much laughter, we also had to find a new age group leader as s... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:55:26 EST In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley / January 24/25 <BR> <BR> Do We Really Need One Another <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 <BR> <BR> Believers have two responsibilities. The first is to worship God and the second is to work for His kingdom. Where and how we serve is based upon our unique talents, skills, and calling. But the one... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:55:07 EST The doctor knows better... =) As a follow up to my previous post on "The body knows", I have to admit that I don't know it all =) <BR> <BR> I was prepared with my calorie and nutrient reports, as well as my fitness reports regarding time and types of movement, when I headed to the doctors office. I did this because I wanted... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:49:03 EST I Look Forward I think of my Goals more like Promises. When I keep my promise to myself, I feel as though I am putting myself first and making me to be important. <BR> <BR> This week I added weights to my routine. Actually, I am using my husband's weights from his barbells. I chose the smallest ones, 2.5 ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:46:45 EST Have you used your attention, today? * To better your program? <BR> * To better your performance against program? <BR> * To make your program more efficient? <BR> * To make your program easier? <BR> * Do I ask these questions of me? <BR> * I am asking these questions of me! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:40:37 EST Satisfying Saturday Saturday, January 24, 2014 <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:35:15 EST Eating less, Living more, Making a plan Yep, it's definitely the space between my ears that requires the most revision to make these changes. <BR> <BR> I find myself eating less and living more. I've heard eat less, move more. But what I'm experiencing is eating less and living more. <BR> <BR> See, when I started eating less, I had... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:32:08 EST Day 15 Following yesterday's disastrous evening, today has been fine. Cooked a lovely recipe from the Spark recipes - so good! I've been meaning to try it for ages, glad I finally have. Link to it below: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=59319 </link> <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:31:46 EST Date Night at Home Date night is an important element of my relationship with my husband. We try very hard to have at least one night a week set aside for a date. More often than not that date includes food. More often than not that food is from a restaurant. <BR> <BR> <em>222</em> <em>489</em> <em>486</e... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:28:15 EST 5 miles <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 5 miles! <BR> Ran walk intervals 2:1 <BR> Around a 13:20 per mile <BR> <BR> 29 Days until my Princess Half! <BR> <BR> Tried running in my sparkle skirt for the first time! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:27:46 EST Day first Today is beginning of my goals . I know I'll have good days and bad days .. I will get there eventually! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:27:24 EST 1/2 off sale at local large Health food store = SHOPPED! I braved heavy fog, cold and damp to be one of the first there. Guess not too many people were that brave so I was able to get 1 on 1 service in every department. Nice! Loaded my cart with all kinds of healthy organic supplements and meal replacement shakes, + vitamins. Cha Ching! Ouch! Bu... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:26:48 EST 21 Day Fix....Almost Done What a great week I have had. Once I got over the cold I got right back on with my workouts. I was not able to double up this week like I wanted to. However I was able to workout daily so I will take that over not working out. Last Monday when I got on the scale I was down 13lbs in the first 2 we... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:14:11 EST North Star and a Cookie Bender <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Feel like I'm lacking a North Star lately. I've gotten a bit off track, or maybe I don't even know where the track is leading me lately. I have started getting overly focused on specific rules and goals again. They... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:09:47 EST monthly blues... I have the monthly blues. Today is my weigh in day and my horrible time of the month decided to come on it. I have been really good watching what I am eating. Drinking plenty of fluids. I stepped on the scale and I am down 2 lbs. I am completely happy with that result. I am feeling so ugly.... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:09:36 EST I am going to eat this because I can get away with it I am on day 7 of Siebold's fat loser program Yup I am doing Beck and Siebold at the same time. <BR> Giving myself the double whammy! <BR> I was a bit reluctant to do Siebold since he is somewhat annoying. I tried it last year but could only tolerate him for a couple of days. However inspired b... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:08:49 EST Feeling Good Thanks everyone for the well wishes after my surgery. <BR> <BR> I had my stitches removed yesterday, and they're happy with how things look. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling strong and ready to hit the ground running, literally. :) Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:08:15 EST I SURVIVED! I’m so thankful for the 5% winter challenge! It has helped me remain focused and get below the 163 pounds I was hovering around for weeks! <BR> <BR> I have been so worried about letting the team (Go DETERMINED DAISIES!) down this week because we’ve been out of town several times and eaten with ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:01:41 EST Do you? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you think about what you say before you say it, or what you write? <BR> <BR> When we write to a spark person, it is not easy because our words may not come across the way me truly mean. That's why it is so impo... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:52:43 EST Good Morning and day Good morning everyone. Got a 10 K run in today! The sun is shining! Laundry almost done. It's a good day! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:48:50 EST Saturday We survived the lock-in and had over 100 students. Hoping to rest some today. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:48:47 EST I am grateful for, 1/24 1. my babies, because they're fun. <BR> 2. sleep, because it makes me feel better. <BR> 3. snow, because we've needed it. <BR> 4. time with my babies, because there's never enough. <BR> 5. for breakfast, because it's yummy. <BR> 6. for new linens, because they feel good. <BR> 7. apps, because the... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:45:12 EST Back on Track Going back to work last year was tough, and I regained about 20 lbs that I had lost. However, I have gotten back to my pre-pregnancy weight (almost-3 lbs to go). <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am organized better now and handling work and motherhood slightly better. I am losing again and feeling more lik... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:41:37 EST When Going Back is Going Forward Going back has a negative connotation to it. For me, now it means going back to what worked when I joined SparkPeople. One of the things that worked was adding a blog entry every day. I am going to try that again. Yes, it was rewarding when people read and commented. The real value was in ad... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:40:35 EST Weigh day Disappointed in my weigh in today. I have been concentrating on toning, and did not get the cardio in like I have been the weeks before. Once again, I will adjust to make the work outs more balanced and work for me. Long day at work, so I hope I can get the treadmill done tonight when I get off, ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:37:26 EST SATURDAY WOW can't believe I did this but I was totally on the wrong day. I was sure it was Sunday until I went to my goals page and saw the Saturday column. I guess I must have had a great sleep since I was on a different day. <em>213</em> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:18:22 EST Dumped The Gym Membership and Bought 3-carat Diamond Instead The gym called twice. Sorry, No deal. You only called when you want money, but we never get called to come and work out. Since I only used the gym 29 times last year, I'm not spending money on that. Instead.... <BR> <BR> Now to the diamond. Not for vanity or good luck charm, but as a tool for en... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:17:58 EST Trying to save my life. How I got here. I'm not sure if this will be read or not. I signed up here a few years ago, when my friend Denise and I were on a run together. At that time I was logging everything on Livestrong and Dailymile. There was little to no interaction at all on livestrong. I found Sparkpeople hard to figure out so I a... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:14:15 EST Intimidated It has been a very long time since I've blogged, almost two years I believe. I've been active on the site off and on since then. Pretty much on since the fall. <BR> <BR> I love the features on this site, all the trackers, articles, information etc but the number of people here still intimidates... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:11:29 EST Saturday's Quote Sad but so true! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:10:27 EST 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (WEB) <BR> 4 Love is patient and is kind; love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, <BR> 5 doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, <BR> takes no account of evil; 6 doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:08:04 EST The 90 Day Journey- Days 22 and 23 Day 22 - Rest day <BR> Day 23 - 30 minutes walking hills in park, 30 minutes walking around track. In addition, that means I absorbed 60 minutes of natural Vitamin D!!! <em>67</em> (temp is about 45 with plenty of sunshine!) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:06:19 EST Exercise, me? I've been exercising with one of the videos on Spark in one of my exercise sessions for the day. I turned it up high for the first time today!! I felt a bit stronger this morning. I'm dead now.... laughing...just kidding, just kidding. <BR> <img src=" Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:06:07 EST 01-19-2015 thru 01-23-2015 I am sorry I am been AWOL. My week just got progressively worse time-wise every day. <BR> <BR> 01-19-2015 <BR> I worked Monday even though it was a holiday and even blew off dinner with my friend to try to get the last fiscal year closed. I haven’t seen my friend in months and I was really loo... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:03:18 EST Snafus that Test Resolve! Have been doing well with my healthy eating plan - even when snowed in, I didn't reach for a candy bar! Nice to see that change. <BR> But was given another 'test' last night. I love kirtan and have for many years. It's a bhakti yoga / devotional chanting practice and it brings me great joy, f... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:55:43 EST Today is yours! <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:54:20 EST BUMMED! Pretty disappointed. I had absolutely no weight loss that's for two weeks!! I have lost (from head to toe, literally) 19 inches overall. And I will take that. But, nothing on the weight? REALLY?! Ugh and sigh. <BR> I have been exercising, walking treadmill and riding stationary bike total of 2... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:53:09 EST Sunday Well a new week is on the way. I think that this will be my best week to date because I am finally able to breathe and I am getting some restfull sleep. I have a hard time to get up still but at least I feel rested. I will be so happy if my doctor solves my problem and it is my disfunctioning thy... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:47:16 EST Jungle Tigers: Week 2 PAWSE Plan: We have 2 dinners this weekend. The first one will be Omni friendly so I shouldn't have any problems at all staying within my calories. The Missions banquet is on Saturday and I have no idea of the menu. I'll plan on eating fruit/salad and a reasonable meal at lunch to account for extra... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:43:57 EST How Do We See Ourselves? <img src=""> <BR> How do you see yourself? <BR> I love this picture, because it is a wonderful reminder of the dreams that are locked within. As this little boy looks at his shadow, he sees the ball player that he can become. <BR> With hard ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:42:56 EST Our Downtown - 1-24-15 Our main street is wide, a holdover from the days of cattle drives. The crabapple trees that line the street bloom in early spring, covering the sidewalks with white and pink petals. This time of year Mt. Werner is a striking background for our small town. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:41:07 EST Been Thinking <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tonight I work from 9pm to 4am. I am hoping that I get out as close to 4am as possible so I can get a cab home and then take a shower and then a cat nap and hopefully go to church tomorrow. I've missed 2 or 3 weeks of ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:37:58 EST A Little Different... People may wonder why I don't write what's normally written in SparkPeople blogs...namely, my progress in my weight maintenance, my choices in recipes, and so on. <BR> <BR> Well, I guess the main reason is that my concern is getting out whatever happens to be on my mind at the time. Granted, I ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:29:24 EST Three Stages: Excitement, Season of Pain, Knowing Phase Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, today is Day 20 of Siebold's free 21 day program. Today he reviews the three phases we go through when making major personal changes. <BR> <BR> He's told me these stages before in this 21 day program, but today he really focuses on what to do when I reach The Season ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:23:24 EST Blessings, January 24, 2015 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. Restful morning. <BR> <BR> 2. DD found her vacation photos. <BR> <BR> 3. Chili feed tonight. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:22:52 EST Indulgence I had every intentions of being good last night. I had even taken my gym bag with me and had every intentions of going to the gym after work. I got to work and the next three hours were just so frustrating and I wanted to pull my hair out. I'm a private nanny. Now, don't go thinking that it was t... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:22:29 EST Archiving My Sparkpage This is just to capture my sparkpage info before I redo my page. I want to be able to look back on it and remember my spark journey. <BR> <BR> PAGE TITLE <BR> Wherever you go, there you are <BR> <BR> Intro/Summary <BR> Apr 2014: Joined the Seattle Green Lake Triathlon Group and signed up for th... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:22:11 EST VOICES IN MY HEAD = CHOICES <BR> <BR> Yesterday as my voices were roaring in my head to make unhealthy choices it dawned on me that it is up to me and ONLY ME to make the right choice, the healthy choice. I also realized that if I stick to making healthy choices that it will once again become a habit. <BR> <BR> This is... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:21:56 EST S-S-S-Saturday Scale was slightly DOWN this morning, YAY! No idea why, I haven't exercised at all. Except for physical therapy exercises, but ab work isn't exactly calories burning. I'll take it though. Actually, I think part of it is that I'm taking full tramadol tablets now (I was taking half of one befo... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:17:45 EST Day five Day five of duke and have lost 3.5 pounds. That is good. I am most proud of the fact that I have not had a drop of wine through 3 social occasions. The only problem is that I don't drink anything with aspertine type sweetners. Does anyone know of a drink with stevia or a natural, low carb swee... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:15:51 EST Re-Commit To Me and the Lord Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:12:20 EST Day 6 Well I'm working Saturday/Sunday/Monday this week which is unusual for me and since I'm on my feet for 8 hours everyday I will be doing some indoor walking with a video. <BR> <BR> Today I did this one: <link><BR>st=30minute_indoor_walking_workout </link> <B... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:57:41 EST Hungry Games - Training Day 1 Day 1. This is where it starts. <BR> <BR> I look around at the ones I love. I realize it is in everyone's best interests to volunteer for the Hungry Games. It is a way to protect them from having to do so in the future and to give myself a better life when I win. Hello, house in the winner's vil... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:53:24 EST My Files are A Work of ART After years of haphazardly stuffing papers in a desk drawer and then never being able to find things when I needed them. This week I bought hanging file folders that were actually hanging pockets, I then labelled each one. It took me about 3 hours to file everything. I tossed 4 bags of usel... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:51:07 EST Shifting my eating habits <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It takes work, but I'm slowly shifting my eating habits for the better. Today I looked up healthy teriyaki sauce recipes so I can make teriyaki chicken and rice. <BR> <BR> Here's the best one I found so far: <BR> <BR... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:51:00 EST Day 169 of 365 Days to transforming Dawn A good friend (and diet coach) called me out on not blogging and not being "present" on the teams & SparkPeople in general. Isn't it funny that time just seems to fly by us sometimes. I come onto SparkPeople daily. I pride myself in getting over 100 SparkPoint every day. Since joining SparkPeople... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:50:47 EST Letting go of illness to inspire change! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So True!!! May we all easily make the changes illnesses inspire! <BR> May we no longer NEED illnesses to inspire our changes!!! <BR> And so it is! Namaste! Connie Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:50:05 EST Day 12 Dr. Oz - Total 10 <img src=""> <BR> I am totally sold on low carb. Or maybe it is the elimination of dairy that has helped me get out of the rut that I have been in for all of 2014. Whichever it is, hopefully I will be able to discover as I add foods back i... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:49:15 EST Choosing kindness One of my New Year's Resolutions (which I normally hate) is to choose kindness whenever possible. I tend to be a Type A person and my strong personality can sometimes come off as aggressive rather than assertive, abrupt rather than direct. <BR> <BR> One way I ensure that I do at least one act of... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:48:03 EST My Beck Diet Solutions 12 - 23 I'm recording these solutions into a blog so I can always come back to them. The Beck Diet Solutions is not ANOTHER DIET. It's a list of solutions to help keep you on track while you are dieting and maintaining. Some very helpful 'stuff' here. Enjoy! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Beck Day 12 - 23... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:47:46 EST No pain, no gain, right? I woke up this morning super stiff and sore. Especially in my shoulders. I saw that one coming with all the planks my work out required yesterday. <BR> <BR> So I got up and stretched and did a little yoga... Then I did todays work out. It involved chair lifts. I dont know if you know what a cha... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:47:14 EST Shoe Shopping Today! Someone is coming to view the house today so we have to vacate for an hour or so. Headed to the mall to shop for cool athletic shoes (pink, I hope) for the workouts I'm starting on Monday. Might try to find some cute workout outfits as well. Good motivation! Also excited about the walking and... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:47:10 EST Making it work this time Hi! My name is Theresa, I live in South Georgia, and I may be the most unhealthy person I know. Arriving at such a harsh realization has the potential to be soul crushing and paralyzing. And paralyzed is a fair description of my life over the past few years. Being stressed about my weight and hea... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:42:53 EST Hey all!! An exercise plan! Hello all, <BR> Today. I have rebounded 15 minutes!, I love the. Interval Timer on my IPAD <BR> And Hula-Hooped 15 minutes, and one minute in the opposite direction. <BR> <BR> And going walking!, <BR> <BR> Love my Fitbit! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:42:42 EST