SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Learning to use the treadmill different Instead of timing my use of the treadmill I just went with the flow and ended up doing a distance of 2004 .40.08 minutes. I'm proud of myself Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:25:52 EST Happy Happy Rules For A Happy Life 1. Don’t knock it ’til you try it. 2. Send Thank You cards for every act of hospitality — except another Thank You card. 3. Travel light through life. Keep only what you need. 4. Put cinnamon in your coffee, and twice as much when you miss me. 5. It’s okay to cry when you... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:21:26 EST it's thursday i have a job interview tomorrow morning for a part time job. i have already looked up information on the company and i have noted the directions on how to get to the company and back home. my daughter says hi! today i am taking it easy errand wise. it is a beautiful sunny day here, so i am going ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:18:25 EST Thursday!!! So it's almost the weekend but I've been working hard this week on increasing types of workouts. I originally started with just the treadmill then added weights. I am alternating weights. By doing upper body one day then lower body the next day. After two weeks my routine is stationary bike then ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:47:49 EST No Matter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pray for the world. <BR> <BR> Pray for Tolerance, Acceptance, & Peace. <em>458</em> <em>459</em> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:43:58 EST Time for a new doctor I had a Dr appointment today, the 4th one in 2 months and now I'm looking for a new one. Why? Bc he wants me back again in two wks for more testing on something that's not a problem but the level was a tad off. *oh ur fine but let's run more tests* No. I had a physical from my last doc in ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:39:34 EST Day 292: Fighting the Crud I'm definitely fighting something, probably my coworkers' cold...hopefully I can avoid it! I felt like I was fighting a sore throat all day yesterday, and today I just feel generally crappy. Fortunately we don't have any plans this weekend so I'll be able to rest. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:37:58 EST prayer so, Ive stopped twice and prayed today at work! PMS that's post menstrual symptom: I want a man, I want alcohol, I want to scream...that sums it up! I have been calling on Jesus, and that's soothed my soul! Anybody else felt this torture, or is it just me. Nah, experience tells me that it's not j... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:31:50 EST Adventures in Walking and getting lost Hi Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I went walking in my neighborhood yesterday. I decided that instead of focusing on how many miles, I would go off the straight path I have been taking. I when up another street (big hill- who knew that was there??). After about 30 mins I thought I better figure out ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:26:17 EST AYITL - Blog #120 - Energized and Optimistic Some days we wake and live our lives - but we just live. We don't feel passion burning in our souls, we don't have the drive of a 1,000 horses, we don't have the heat of the sun radiating from within our hearts. That is okay - not every day can we rise and feel nothing but amazing. <BR> <BR> To... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:21:58 EST Road trip! I'll have to do the 60 days later blog after I get home because I'll be gone for the weekend. <BR> <BR> I'm visiting a friend for a few days and that requires thinking about food for on the go. Fortunately, when I get there, I won't have to worry about food too much since she's also trying to lo... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:21:40 EST Horrible Day! No Relief In Sight Today is such a bad day. :( I'm trying to get my house and yard clean for a wedding reception this Sunday, and, I feel as though I'm having to do it all by myself. The bride and groom, as well as her parents, are all working their full time jobs, my husband is working anywhere from 10-12 hour... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:21:37 EST Identifying my weak points Ah, sweets, Italian bread and butter ... could there be anything better? Probably not, but these things spell disaster and lack of self-control for me. Have I given them up? Not entirely, but I'm learning to use healthy alternatives. For example, no more Italian bread and butter. Instead, I'... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:21:13 EST First 5K in 6 Weeks! Yikes! I may be crazy but I just signed up and paid the money for my first 5K in December ... <BR> exactly one week before I turn 60! I guess maybe I just wanted to step outside my comfort zone and see if I can do it! <BR> <BR> A dear family from Florida stayed with us this week and my friend and I... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:13:11 EST The Real Of The Real When people say things can change in a blink of an eye; believe it my friends, it can happen. And it did. My world, the past month, became such a mess, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically…with no break in between. My surrounding state of Northern California was being destroyed by fi... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:11:49 EST Goals for Thursday Yesterday, it seemed like I prepared for doing a lot with very little results. I got up at 5 am so that I could take all my medications and be prepared to leave my home at 7:30 am. However, my IHSS worker was late and didn't arrive until 8 am. This was very stressful for me; last month when I ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:05:51 EST feel like Im starring in the commercial where the girl is reaching for the dollar bill. Ewww, almost, you almost have it....... So yesterday I move my butt as much as I can sitting at desk job. I mean how many times can you pace the hallway without other offices thinking you're a stalker, lol. <BR> So I get up every hour and push the steps, go right from work to a... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:04:41 EST I will keep pushing! <img src=""> I have a tendency to let life get me off track and I lose focus. No one to blame but me. Today I decided to say my prayer and write it on paper and put it in my pocket on my heart. Giving to God and keepin... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:57:14 EST Not going to let the scale win Since I got back from vacation, that ornery thing is stuck on the number it started at for the fall challenge. I have today and tomorrow to persuade it to budge. I'm eating on the low end today and skipping the Thursday potato bar in the cafeteria. Tomorrow I'll bring my lunch instead of order... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:55:15 EST As many chances as needed Everyone gets second chances, or as many as you need, in life. God let's you keep trying until you get it right. I have been on this site, off and on, for almost 10 years. I know that I've kind of fallen off the wagon as of late, but its time to get back on. My life has been a very rough road l... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:41:09 EST Day 292: So Much Done Already <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Sometimes we must get hurt in order to grow. We must fail in order to know. Sometimes our vision is clear only after our eyes are washed away with tears." (Unknown) <BR> <BR> Hello my lovely f... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:37:13 EST Good day Had a good day yesterday at 8 right and felt great Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:34:07 EST More pondering -- What works for you? In my efforts to figure myself out and try to find a way to lose this weight once and for all (although, "once and for all" - that's black and white thinking right there, so maybe I need to re-word that)...anyway, while still pondering my weight/mind/health I came upon the phrase "what works for... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:26:37 EST Missing You? The girl that could not breathe. <BR> The girl who hated to buy clothes. <BR> The girl who cried every time she looked into the mirror. <BR> Are you missing the girl who is having a giant piece of pie? Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:25:40 EST October 19, 2017 Well today's a good day at work I've been so busy at work lately today is a little bit slower and it's nice I have a coworker that got her last day at work today and she ordered some pizza so I may go a little bit on the pizza I try to stay mindful of the online maybe everything within my calorie... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:21:16 EST Progress...forward or not? So... last week, when I returned to WW, I had a gain...of course not what I wanted, but go to more than one party, eat a couple of pieces of pizza during the week and guess what? yes, you guessed it. <BR> <BR> This week...I returned to WW and had a loss! hmmm wonder why?...I track my food with t... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:14:32 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...28th day of Autumn <em>304</em> for your prayers, etc concerning my dad. My brother texted last night and told me my SIL picked up my dad from the hospital yesterday and took him back to Assistant Living <BR> <em>244</em> In June I started my own challenge of walking outdoors for 100 days. Today is my 100th ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:07:25 EST thursday cakes are baked as soon as they are cooled i'll build them and then flat frost. last wedding of the fall!!! <BR> then i need to get 2 boxes out of the daily goal. no workout today i'm sore!! Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:01:08 EST Birthday Wishes Just a heartfelt "thank you" to everyone for the birthday wishes on my page and for the goodies! Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:54:57 EST 10/19/17 Letters <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "If Plan A didn't work, the alphabet has 25 more letters. Stay cool." <BR> <BR> A man was driving along a freeway when he noticed a chicken running along side his car. He was amazed to see the... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:53:43 EST Anxiety! Trying not to give into The anxiety about the future. What will be, will be. Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:52:41 EST Pause Button I ended up leaving work early yesterday. I could barely keep my eyes open and I felt so fatigued. I ended up taking a four hour nap! I wasn't feeling that well yesterday evening either. But, this morning I woke up feeling refreshed. Sometimes you just need to give yourself a break to recoup. Now ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:52:02 EST Day 49 So yesterday-on the road to Billings after I ate breakfast. New Mexican restaurant for lunch-a chimichanga with a side salad instead of rice and beans. Then home and found a weakness. When I am tired I eat so I didn't do very well after we got home snacking. This is a trigger to watch out for. Th... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:50:20 EST Today is a good day to have a good day! I have a lot of reasons to be worried. I have a lot of reasons to be discouraged. I have a lot of reasons to feel defeated. But I choose to be happy. And I have decided that today is a good day to have a good day. So I will!!! <BR> <BR> I took my measurements this morning, it wasn't pretty... ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:48:26 EST Just me Doing as much protein as I can as water aerobics today Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:46:58 EST Long day Wednesday! I had a doctor's appointment at 9:00am and did not get out of the office until 11:25am. I think it wore me out. But my pulse was only 50 little better than last visit it was 44. Doc says I have bracycardia (I think that is spelled right). Good news is I get to get off my Blood Pressure meds. ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:46:15 EST 2017 SON STILL DOING GOOD hey sparkers hope all are doing well had great workout this morning getting stronger my son still in hospital thank you all for your prayers he eating jello this morning and icee so he will go to a room today or tomorrow and then hope he home by saturday so i hope you all are having great day tel... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:42:33 EST Building my pyramid I've started following the Mayo food pyramid from the bottom up. First I built up my fruits and vegetables servings. I was hoping to have it more ingrained before I tried to add the next level and reduce my carbs down to 5 servings a day. But I'm finding that I'm sliding backwards on the veggies ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:36:17 EST Improving health and endurance even when sick. <BR> Part of this post was in a message I posted on several group message boards. I am adding some observations about something I noticed this morning. I took a short walk on near level ground to ease back into my routine after being out sick yesterday. I am still fighting a cold that started... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:15:38 EST October 19th It's such a miserable day weatherwise but at least the wind has dropped.We keep thinking that the rain is easing but then it chucks it down again. Doesn't lift the spirits at all and makes the thought of going out to group this evening much less appealing. Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:14:32 EST Day 292... Garth Brooks... So woke up today feeling sick, pretty sure it's not just allergies, in any event, workouts have been pushed to the mid day which works quite fine as I'm working from home and the sun will be out to add some incentive.. <BR> <BR> My head hurts, my throat hurts, I feel a little achy and was feelin... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:12:15 EST Feeling hopeless The Dr. sees more scarring on my lungs and I'm having major health problems. He is submitting me into the hospital later today. The last time I was in for over a month. I could really use prayer. I'm usually very positive but this has me feeling hopeless... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:00:04 EST Word of the Day: nocent Word of the Day: nocent [noh-suh nt] <BR><BR>400.mp3 <BR> adjective <BR> 1. harmful; injurious. <BR> 2. Archaic. guilty. Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:58:46 EST Mom doing great, I suck So I am now able to breathe because we have a routine down and I find that I am still up to the old tricks. Every day there is a reason for me to eat poorly: too little time, too much junk in the house, too cold to exercise, too hot to exercise, etc, etc. etc. I have to get a handle on this. I... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:56:37 EST Wanna Be Blogger HA, I am not a good writer, but I sometimes wish I was. I think today, half way through my new challenge program, I can be proud of my accomplishments this far. So far I have worked out every single day for a week and a half. I have dropped 1 pound and several inches and I can already see some ch... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:54:24 EST 2 options <img src=""> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:49:40 EST Returning to sparks I have been MIA for awhile so I figured I would blog and update everyone on what has been going on in my life. <BR> <BR> In April my mom fell and broke her ankle in 2 places, it's a broken bone shouldn't have been life threatening right? Well things got bad there were complications with her medi... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:46:27 EST Down 2 pounds from yesterday per my questionable scale. Maybe I'm down a bit. :) Good to see, and encouraging. Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:45:45 EST Confessions just confessions I feel like a fraud. <BR> <BR> When I was last out to lunch with my Red Hat friends every one congratulated me on my weight loss . At 41 pounds it does show. People asked how and such and I was very uncomfortable with the attention. Why, you may ask. Well, it is because I have been at this pl... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:40:12 EST Aspire & Inspire blog - Halloween Treats This week for the Aspire & Inspire team we are to blog about eating Halloween Treats. Do you indulge in any Halloween treats? If so, what are your favorites? If not, what do you do to avoid them? <BR> <BR> Up until a few months ago we lived in a rural area of southern Missouri. We lived fairl... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:37:31 EST Good Morning. <img src=""> I love when people admire my plants. I love gardening so much. Right now my yard is in shambles. Irma came through then we bought a place in Lake Placid Fl. So most of my pots are in the front just wai... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:32:04 EST My pants are feeling loose. <em>595</em> <BR> Pants size 16 are loose. B4 they were so tight that I prob should have been in a 18. In the legs they are really loose. I dont think it is yet time for 14s but I hope soon. <BR> <BR> Not feeling so hot today. Have a migraine and my entire body hurts. Thinking about laying d... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:31:07 EST Slacking already :( I was doing so good getting up at 6:25 AM and walking every morning. And then I took a day off, and another day off and now it has been all week that I have not walked in the morning. My brain says: it's cold, it's dark, stay in bed and my body does. I need to get over this and get back to doi... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:30:52 EST Shifted my Thinking <BR> Been fighting some major coughing and sinus issues, along with some pain for the last few days. First thought that came to my mind when I wanted to go to the gym yesterday was that everyone would look at me and think I was going to make them sick. I pushed through those thoughts and grabbed... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:27:44 EST Happy Thursday .. thank goodness tomorrow is Friday !!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:21:43 EST LOLLIPOP MONSTERS <link><BR>27/Lollipop-Monsters/ </link> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:20:48 EST Spoiler... "LIfe is wonderful, even in the hard times, and there is happiness, joy, and peace at stops all along the way." <BR> —Howard W. Hunter Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:14:06 EST Ugh! Sugar got me again! Yesterday I had a craving. I wanted a cookie. But not just any cookie...I wanted one from the grocery store...two chocolate chip cookies with buttercream frosting between them. I tried to talk myself out of it. Guess I succeeded, cause I bought a carrot cake instead (carrots are good for you righ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:13:00 EST My journey <img src=""> <BR> Yum!! Bring on the coffee! 🎃🎃☕ Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:10:56 EST It's All In My Head I've been going to a group hypnosis weight loss class. I have no idea whether the hypnosis part is working (actually, I do think it's helping), but it has spurred me to really focus on what's going on inside my head when I go off the rails. And the class is giving me some imagery tools to help ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:06:47 EST Happy Thursday to all <img src=""> <BR> I am hoping for a positive day! I hope you all have great days! Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:02:09 EST Slow going but still going! My emotional rollercoaster has been set to thrill ride the past week... sad one sec, losing my temper the next. I think I see the light of the end of the extreme mood swings - thank goodness! I really hate how my body puts me through this sometimes and I hate it, even more, when I lose control ov... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:02:00 EST Nervous Weigh in day is tomorrow I'm pretty nervous. I haven't made the gratest food choices this week and I'm scared I gained back the weight I lost. I've still been doing my work outs but I've definitely ate a lot of crap food this week. But I think this may be a reminder of what happens when I do mak... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:00:27 EST Celebrating Three Pounds I lost one pound since my last weigh-in, and three pounds total since I started re-focusing on weight loss two weeks ago. While this might not sound like much, it's a step in the right direction, after maintaining an uncomfortably high weight for months now. <BR> <BR> To celebrate, I made a heal... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:59:02 EST The Big WHY? Why, do I want to get in shape? Why, do I want to eat better? Why, why, why! <BR> <BR> Ok, if I really think about it, I never really thought of the reasons behind why I want to eat better and get in shape. Maybe, I thought of the same reasons other people want to. Yes, they are good reasons an... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:55:13 EST Cool Thursday Morning It is a cool 60 degree start to the day on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. I called my ENT specialist's office to get some help with my earl problems that is not progressing as well as anticipated. He can not see me until Next Tuesday afternoon. I am glad that I am not on death's door. I wo... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:50:12 EST Be a Scout I was never a girl scout , but I was in 4 H for awhile. If you want to succeed at weight loss or exercise you have to be prepared. You have to make it a mission. You have to make it your job. <BR> <BR> So Sunday my only day off I made a half dozen hard boiled eggs .I made a huge pot of chi... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:43:10 EST Live for Today <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> “Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought o... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:39:04 EST Few excuses so just do it already! <em>527</em> The flu season is upon us. Unless one has a health issue that prevents participation there really is no excuse not to be immunized. Here in Nova Scotia free immunization is available through family doctors, walk-in clinics and even handier, local pharmacies. <BR> I received m... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:38:26 EST Changed Day Today Dearly Beloved and I were planning on driving north, leafing. Instead I am cleaning and doing everything that I did not do this week because I was gone Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. It is all good. Not what I planned but it will work for me. Mid-afternoon I might be caught up enough to sit wi... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:33:02 EST 10-19-17.....Day 7 Good morning! It's more day till the weekend. I will be home all by myself this weekend and VERY MUCH looking forward to it. I might lay in bed all day and watch netflix, I might clean the house beginning to end, I might go shopping, I might read, I might crochet, I might have f... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:27:53 EST Back on the Grind and in Need of Suggestions! It took me longer to get back on track than anticipated...had a few false starts but I am recommitting to getting this weight off (again). While I gained 10 of the 35-40lbs I lost previously, I feel like it's a ton and can really tell it's back with a vengeance (my pants hate me). My cholestero... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:27:05 EST 10/19/17 workout Spinning: 55 min, 16 mi Circuit training: 30 min- arms, legs, and, and cardio In my spin class, I usually used the bike with the crappy monitor that does not show the correct value of the kilowatts, it always is much less. The bike that I went on today had the correct kilowatts, which motivated ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:18:34 EST Home repair days and and other stuff. I'm on hands and knees in the warm sun forcing asphalt repair sand in the cracks on my driveway that are allowing rain water to get underneath and cause it to shift with ice. Not comfortable but necessary. <BR> Those knees were examined Tuesday and I was informed the arthritis damage had gotten a... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:15:27 EST Halloween Usually I'm looking forward to all the candy ill be eating this month especially since I don't eat candy often. My motivation for eating less sugar this month is fitting into an amazing costume. Hey whatever works right lolz Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:08:13 EST Confessions of a Recovering Sugar Addict. The Good, The Bad, and the Misc. I was doing great with sugar for the past six months or so. That's why I figured I could handle getting the Halloween candy early for the trick or treaters. There were no cravings that forewarned. I think you can see where this is going. <BR> <BR> Yes, I started raiding the bag each day. Tha... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:57:35 EST I took the first step <img src=""> I had been feeling so bad and stressed and weighed down. I decided to just put it in a blog yesterday. I put my feelings out there. Then BAM! Could it be true? Did I wake up feeling a tiny bit better... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:55:51 EST Stomach issues For a few years I’ve had a pain in my stomach that no one can figure out. I even had exploratory surgery in July for it. They came up with nothing. I’m at the point that I won’t even talk about the pain, but it is worse on my period. I haven’t had a period since my surgery. Now I’m battling chro... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:53:26 EST Something new... I have tried to do this on my own for a long time. Making up my own rules and trying to hold myself accountable was not working for me. It was too easy to bend and flex things. <BR> <BR> I have watched for 12 weeks as my co-workers all found success with the weight watchers at work program. Aft... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:49:12 EST Thursday 80 Minutes treadmill and now have two 18 month that I am watching. Here is a picture of a bit of my exercise this past week. #black walnuts <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:46:24 EST What a day!! <img src=""> What a day it will be!!! Great! Great! Great!!!! Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:43:12 EST Score Cards Down <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What does this mean? <BR> <BR> It means you stop comparing yourself with others. <BR> <BR> That's it — I'm calling a time out. <BR> <BR> I said STOP! <BR> <BR> It's time to put the score c... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:39:45 EST 10/19/17 Time is money. Benjamin Franklin Quote of the Day <BR> When all else is lost, the future still remains. <BR> Christian Nestell Bovee <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> If any person wish to be idle, let them fall in love. <BR> Ovid <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Art is not a thing; it is a way. <BR> Elbert Hubbard <BR> ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:39:00 EST I will get there, kicking and screaming but I will get there.... Yesterday was a good day, I went to a yoga class, the first time in years. I do some yoga exercises at home, but it's truely different in a class. To be honest? it was a bit much for me ...I couldn't do all of the exercises - it was just to much for me. But there is a more gentler form of yoga, I... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:37:41 EST Back to the grind I joined a weightloss challenge at work called biggest loser today. It wont start until November 6th but I figured this is a way to make sure I am following my diet. It is set up as follows: <BR> <BR> We must weigh in on Tuesday of every week <BR> If you gain 1/2 pound or more you get penalized ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:35:10 EST Small goals challenge October 19, 2017 <img src=""> <BR> I've been in moving mode for more than a month now, and seeing the apartment Tuesday and submitting application Wednesday I'm in full steam ahead! I'm beginning to realize in my weight loss j... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:29:05 EST THE PROPER WAY TO CALL SOMEONE A BA*TARD . . . A guy was getting ready to tee off on the first hole when a second golfer approached and asked if he could join him. <BR> <BR> The first said that he usually played alone, but agreed to the twosome. <BR> <BR> They were even after the first few holes. The second guy said, "We're about evenly... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:21:10 EST new day Yesterday was my first day of retirement. Something I've been aiming at for the last few months. However it did not turn out to be the sigh of relaxation I thought I would experience. I ran around like doing errands like I was being chased, had problems with wheezing (not sure if this was due... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:15:06 EST Focusing I've really been working hard the last 3 weeks on my plan. Sticking to the right foods and working out faithfully. Everyone keeps telling me what a change they see in me but I can't "see" it. I've went from a 3/4X to a XL which I know is a big difference. I never saw myself as fat, overweight, pl... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:09:58 EST So what happened to my eye? My Dad has been sawing all the wood for the new kitchen outside on our patio area, and now he is done, I used his industrial hoover to clean it all up, however the winds from Hurricane Ophelia where starting to gust as I was doing it and I got a face full of sawdust on Monday. <BR> <BR> My eye w... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:08:45 EST The Beck Diet Solution, Day 19, 10 19 2017 Stop fooling yourself. <BR> <BR> What? Me? Yeah. You. <BR> <BR> And for once that is all I have to say about that. <BR> <BR> PS. I caught a cold. Ugh. I think chicken soup is going to replace the food plan today. <BR> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:07:43 EST thursday--car gets an upgrade hi! just thought I would post these two pictures of the car we DIDN'T trade for the Subaru. our initial thought was to trade our Toyota sienna since it's the older car--but it's much easier for the clumbers to get in and out of, so we kept it and traded the prius. then we decided to upgrade th... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:07:31 EST Gratitude from a-z “K” My gratitude for today is for the knowledge this journey is giving me. First and for most the knowledge that I am gaining about my body. My body and I are becoming life long friends. I am learning what makes her happy and healthy. As I feed and take care of her, she in turn responds by giving ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:02:19 EST 3 months at goal! Well, continue to be elated at staying at goal. I know, 3 months is not the rest of my life but still the longest this has happened. <BR> <BR> However, have started having issues that rarely cropped up while I was losing the weight. More difficulty with battling cravings and negative thoughts. ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:01:54 EST An extra hour in the morning makes all the difference! I decided to get up an hour earlier to-day-- <BR> (I decided that I would do this a week ago too, but--turned off the alarm--) <BR> -So-----this morning I was up at 4-45am---- AND------on the Dreadmill at 5am-- <BR> Himself thought I had lost it!----In fact, he tried to keep me in bed--- <BR> BUT... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:54:52 EST It was worth the effort... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Beautiful Lake Ontario sunrise this morning... five minute walk from my front door. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:50:11 EST a quick follow-up from yesterday long story short, I discovered that Technologist "figured that [specific hob duties] were busy work" so he would just dick around and take his sweet time doing them. I explained to him calmly why that was 100% inaccurate in person, and this AM I am going to follow up with an email encouraging him... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:49:34 EST bjk1961 - 10/19/17 <img src=""> <BR> 10/19/17 - I finished moving all of my friend's clutter in to her garage last week. Today I start the process of evaluating, sorting, collecting, and redistributing. There will be much lifting, squa... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:48:59 EST Getting back on track before the holidays Now that we have moved into the new place it has been time consuming unpacking. We got the flu shot last week at my job and I have not been 100% the last few days. Been making better eating choices and saw the scale drop a little. Figured I better get on track before the season of overeating is u... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:48:52 EST Stressed Been stressed lately! I got divorced, I’m helping my oldest son perpare for college, had to kick my sisters 19 year old son out of my house and I hit a plateau in my weight loss. I’m currently weight 159 and wear a size 10. I guess that’s pretty good going from a size 18-20. Hopefully I can get o... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:38:12 EST On thelighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>43</em> <em>386</em> Sparkers Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:29:09 EST Our anniversary Thirty-seven years ago today at 2:30 PM my husband and I said, "I Do"... what a life we have built together! We haven't always had it all together, but together we continue to work together! I am truly blessed to call him my husband, my children's father and the grandfather to our six GRANDS! Lov... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:19:04 EST Seeing Stars There is nothing in this world quite like an October sky during the new moon. I am so fortunate to live in a river valley away from much light pollution. <BR> This morning after feeding my animals I turned off my flashlight and just stopped and drank in the glitter cast across the black above me... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:16:00 EST Re-Beck Day 19 - stop fooling yourself I have to admit this is one of my absolute favorite Beck days. Why? Because "fooling yourself" is at the key to every self-harming decision I make with regard to food. The fooling myself might be in the form of "I need these extra calories because..." second guessing to the "I'll eventually ea... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:10:59 EST Need something To get me back into the swing of things. Lately just want to watch Netflix and be on my own it seems. Seems like I am just trying to stay afloat. I need purpose in my life. I don't know. Read this article the other day about life in your 30s and how it's hard and it just really hit home. Losing y... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:09:23 EST Day 5 of of 16 day challenge Scale went down .4 lbs <BR> I was able to sleep last night. <em>595</em> But My body aches something fierce today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was hungry I was hungry. I ate around 1600 calories so went over my calories and drank 13 cups water. So yay got water in finally. <BR> <BR> Today I have... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:07:31 EST Driving from Virginia to Manhattan Got a hotel right near the Empire State Building! So excited. We have to remember to get receipts at every toll stop so they don’t send us a bill later and say we didn’t stop. We’ve had that happen before! Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:05:51 EST Celebrating a 59th birthday today ! In 2004 I was 150 lbs when I had my car accident and I didn't know if I would ever be ok. I had so much pain for years. Such a long road of recovery after a broken neck, back, and arm. I almost lost the ability to walk that day with a fractured C-2 that fortunately did not shift or move. I al... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:01:11 EST So Blessed Do you consider yourself as being blessed on today? Go ahead and take a moment to think about it. While you are thinking, I am going to focus on how blessed I really am on today! Just thinking about my life in general and all that God has allowed me to endure and overcome, I have to say that I am... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:55:43 EST Beck Day 19: Stop Fooling Myself What kind of fool am I? <BR> <BR> Pretty much every kind of fool Beck describes in this chapter when I comes to persuading myself it's OK to eat food not on my diet. <BR> <BR> Just this little piece. <BR> Just this one time. <BR> It's not THAT fattening. <BR> I'll eat less later on. <BR> It won... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:54:35 EST 5 More Pounds Wow. Off the rails. I'm up 5 more pounds. Emergency measures needed. Gee, is it any surprise?! I've stopped blogging and tracking. It's NO frickin coincidence. I need to get my sh*t together. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was an okay day, emotionally. My kids are with me this week, but we have a deal whe... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:53:31 EST No More Talk Good Thursday Morning Sparkly Peeps!!!!! <BR> <BR> I have not been here for a few days and the scale sure let me know that this morning. <BR> <BR> I have no excuse. None. I talk the talk, but have failed to walk the walk. Time to change that around. I am worth the effort needed to make th... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:49:43 EST Happy Thursday The weekend is right around the corner! Yeah!! <BR> Have a great day everyone! <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:44:51 EST 20% is Better and Bigger Than 80% <img src=""> <BR> Yeah. The title might need an explanation. What it means is that 80% of what I've done in the past is wasted motion. The things that gave me the best results was usually only about 20% of what I did. ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:42:14 EST Wednesday and Thursday Did a couple of half lap sprints in the pool yesterday so amazing how fast you can go when you try but I compared it to world records and it's still only half as fast but I'm not doing lots of things they do. Work remains to be easy and call as well as homework and dinner in the evenings. Going t... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:41:49 EST Whata ya thunk 10/19/17 In terms of fitness exercise helps you stay strong physically and mentally. <BR> - Grete Waitz Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:40:33 EST Happy! Lost 3 lbs this last week. Am happy and excited at the same time. Had more pep in my step when doing my walk this morning. Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:22:45 EST Staying the course during the move Moving in ...I don't know how many days. Movers come on Halloween. We leave November 5th. Not happy about the move to South Carolina. But holding up as well as I can. I actually made friends here. Like, friends. I felt like I belonged here and now it's all taken away. So we leave November 5th i... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:18:35 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=10/19/2017=THIS IS GOD'S BOLD NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">My praise [shall be] of ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:16:16 EST so should i take them again?? i rarely ever throw up. but i just threw up like a drunken monkey!! <BR> i took my vitamin regimen, and within minutes started feeling nausea wave over me. then a sharp pain in my stomach and barely made it to the sink before, ralpphhhh.... <BR> here is what i took <BR> womens one a day, vitamin ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:15:01 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, October 19, 2017 October 19, 2017 RIGHTEOUS BECAUSE OF FAITH <BR> <BR> Righteousness is the state of living and doing the right things all the time according to God’s law and His word. It is something we can strive for on our own but can’t truly be acquired because we are all sinners. Our faith in God will help ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:02:04 EST The Mark of a Disciple - Max Lucado The mark of a disciple is his or her ability to hear the Master’s voice! The world rams at your door, but Jesus taps. Voices scream for your allegiance, but Jesus softly and tenderly requests it. Which voice do you hear? There is never a time during which Jesus is not speaking. Never. There is n... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:51:22 EST Saving my calories Going for lunch today So saving my calories Only light breakfast Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:32:46 EST National Kentucky Day October 19, 2017 <BR> NATIONAL KENTUCKY DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> GET TO KNOW YOUR CUSTOMERS DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:12:49 EST Forgiveness and The Broken Road <img src=""> <BR> I was treated poorly in my first marriage. I married a handsome arrogant man that I thought that I could change. In the end, I was the person who changed. I became a much more compassionate and dis... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:08:55 EST October 19 1 Corinthians 3 Envy, strife, division Paul chastens the church for these three things, envy, strife and division. It begins with thoughts, progresses to disagreements and eventually a division. I think Paul is writing to the church of America. The only part of the gospel message they got is that Christ died for the world's sins. Stil... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:06:26 EST Day 1 - Friday 19th Oct 60,5kgs - Part 1 of Fricker247 diet explained Fluffy arriving home the first day <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Part 1 of Fricker 247 diet (until 1/2 weight loss, in my case until I reach 57,5kgs) : <BR> <BR> "247" = TWO Meals, FOUR Snacks (2 snacks can be combined... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:59:40 EST Beck Day 19: Stop Fooling Yourself Very timely chapter for me! <BR> <BR> Thanks to my previous readings of Beck Diet Solution, and to reminding myself of my Beck skills at least weekly for a long time, I rarely fool myself. <BR> I have a plan, I know my portions and weigh all my food on kitchen scale, except non-starchy vegetable... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:37:59 EST Good morning <img src=""> <BR> Good morning Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:30:05 EST Evaluate Your Life Day Evaluate Your Life Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always October 19th <BR> <BR> Evaluate Your Life Day is a bit scary. It sounds just a little bit too serious for my liking. And, what if... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:26:53 EST Sparking <img src=""> <BR> THE UNDERDAWG OATH <BR> <BR> I do solemnly pledge: <BR> that I will do my best to eat healthy and within my calorie range, <BR> that I will exercise to the best of my ability, <BR> that I will wa... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:20:44 EST Into the garden... While on vacation, we visited Garvan Woodland Gardens. What a beautiful place!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:19:41 EST morning cuppa spark - october blogstreak beck day 19, stop fooling yourself this is where you recognize all those imaginary calories - you know, the ones that don't count. (no one is looking, it's so small, it doesn't matter because...). <BR> <BR> as i look back over the past five plus years, since reaching goal weight in 2012, the times i gain weight (upward creep) co... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:54:28 EST You don't need the scale to tell you what kind of shape you are in. You don't need the scale to tell you what kind of shape you are in. You can decide. I heard this today on Spark Coach. <BR> <BR> Here is my recap of what Chris D. SPARKGUY said: <BR> Sometimes you are going to do everything right, and the scale isn't going to move. Find other things to motivat... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:51:06 EST Slip up Yes, yesterday night I overindulged... a lot of chocolate and bread with margarine. <BR> I'm a bit frustrated because I'm getting more and more stiff... I think I'm doing wrong with exercise... I'm gaining muscles and definition, but losing flexibility despite daily stretching. That's not what I'... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:38:53 EST A Slower Wednesday. Our special needs son had a rough day. He is 21, but at approximately a 2 year old level in many ways. He had some outbursts, along with general restlessness. It made for a lot of one on one time with him, but I did manage to stay safely within my food intake range, get in my steps and activity, ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:03:09 EST Measurements, B.M.I.,Fat% etc. changes in 21 months as of Nov. 1,2017,update then I started my weight loss Feb. 1,2016 and this is a recent list of changes. <BR> I have lost over 40 pounds, will update that on the weekend. <BR> Waist was 43 inch,now 32 inch. <BR> My body fat 51%, now 26%, considered good, 21-24% considered fit, lower then that not enough fat for the body to ru... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:39:31 EST house rules by jodi picoult (a novel) <img src=""> <BR> I read this book before but forgot and bought it again. <BR> Most of Jodi Picoult novels become Lifetime Movies. <BR> House Rules is about a family of three: a mother and her teen sons. <BR> The older... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:33:45 EST Family pressures and food choices Oh my gosh, I am feeling so low! My stress level is at maximum and I am hanging in there for Friday. I had my sis visiting me for a few days which happened to coincide with some family drama. It was awkward and very difficult to manage while still trying to entertain my sis. I think my capaci... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:13:37 EST All about yesterday! <img src=""> <BR> It was a great day! I was able to do my strength training in the morning qnd do my walking at work. I drive a school bus for a private school. So instead of sitting on my 🚌 I like to get is as many �... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 02:04:28 EST Day 654 ~ Walked with Leslie Today :-) Today's Sparkpeople - October 18, 2017 So since I had the day off today I decided to look at a number of ‘5 Minute’ workouts I could do to increase my steps and burn more calories. Today I did 6 ‘5 Minute’ workouts on Leslie Samson’s YouTube channel. There were only 4 workouts so I did 2 of them... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:47:31 EST 10-18-17 I had a blog written, but hit the wrong button and it went away. Poo. Bob came over and changed some darksuckers that were full. Kaine is sleeping at my feet, making it difficult for me to move my feet. He is a silly cat. Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:47:23 EST Lovely Day My favourite song.......probably 2nd favourite to singer to Robbie Williams <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:41:14 EST Daily Affirmation " Today, I Do What Is Important To Me, First." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:34:56 EST Trekking through Well. I didn't do water aerobics today or water yoga since I'm still feeling sick. I didn't think the motion of the water would have agreed with me. Nothing would've been as embarrassing as accidentally vomiting in a public pool. <BR> <BR> Despite that. I did manage to work out today! Even if it... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:34:02 EST So discouraged today Today was my weigh in for my Emerald Gems Biggest loser Fall challenge and it did not go well. This is getting me so very discouraged! <BR> I ate better this week, I got better sleep, I drank my goal of water, I got in real walking workout outside, I did not snack, I did a few extra strength ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:10:17 EST Sugar-free October - Day 18 & 19 Day 18's message was that thirst can often be misinterpreted as hunger - so if you feel like eating something sweet - drink some water. And remember to drink enough water so that those false hunger signals don't even appear! <BR> <BR> I've been doing much better with water since I bought my new... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:09:30 EST Valid point <img src=""> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:04:53 EST Dancing have to try a new dance video today the Bollywood one Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:03:57 EST Got my swim on and it was much needed. I had my therapy appointment this morning and did a few errands after. I've been frustrated at not being able to find a face moisturizer that I've been using for years by Eucerin. It is for sensitive skin and has a green tint to it - I have rosacea and it helps calm the in... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:50:13 EST turning circles After I retired from the bench 1-1-2017, I thought I would sleep a lot later in the morning, I have been a night owl since college. This retirement thing is a guise to make you work more and mainly manual labor! Lot more physical work, but that is a good thing?!. The positive aspect is the reduc... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:45:06 EST Thursday Sending love light joy and happiness hugs Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:42:16 EST Catechism in a year 472. Why must society protect every embryo? <BR> <BR> The inalienable right to life of every human individual from the first moment of conception is a constitutive element of civil society and its legislation. When the State does not place its power at the service of the rights of all and in par... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:32:35 EST Eat Organic <img src=""> <BR> Return to Tradition Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:24:19 EST On Keto and daughter wants to go to Olive Garden So my daughter has been having a hard time keeping food down. She's managing a meal a day. Yesterday she had success with Olive Gardens soup. Which is good. So after the doctors she wants to go there. I'm doing Keto. that's like carb heaven. But what's a mom to do. I took her. I researched the... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:24:03 EST goal item when i lose 10 lbs i am going to buy myself a new cute shirt or dress... wither i will use luleman (my sister loves them ) or another online site Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:14:47 EST Weather It was not a hot today. But they are forecasting that it will warm up next week. It is 70 outside down from 74 yesterday, but warmer than normal. Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:10:54 EST THURSDAY 2/3RDS OVER Really nice day today.....23deg C when I came home an hour ago.....Beautiful day... <BR> <BR> Heading away tomorrow...were going tonight however need to have baby in the morning till 2pm so hopefully I will get super organised while he is asleep in the morning and we can leave as soon as I drop ... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:09:58 EST Special Blessings-October 19, 2017 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I had time to spend the morning reading. <BR> <BR> 2. Two of my friends called and I enjoyed talking to them. <BR> <BR> 3. I got Jim's auction clothes laundered for another week. <BR> <BR> 4. I talked to my Dad tonight. He sou... Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:05:22 EST Daily Inspiration " Patience, persistence, and perseverance. <BR> A little more each day, <BR> a little better each day." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:02:03 EST Keep Moving Forward: Homeschooling On The Go! Our morning was filled with vocabulary, Awana verses, and biology. D10 also took a math test. She is finally ready for her fifth grade book <em>244</em> ! While they worked I worked on packing. D13 didn't find time to fit in her math due to her responsibility of loading up the van. She has wat... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:50:08 EST Random Wed Random stuff: <BR> <BR> I took the kids to Once Upon a Child today (used kids clothes and stuff). I sold a few things - for more than I was expecting! and got a couple of things as well. My daughter needed pants for under her witch costume. My son needed a pair of swimming trunks that fit. We g... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:49:44 EST My newest master piece is done. Just feeling a big sigh of relief because I finally finished this one. I hate getting stuck because something didn't work out the way you wanted it to and you had to change something to get it together. <img src=""> ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:49:05 EST Fuzzy Funnies ;-) 10/18/17 Got my pc to work. Kinda. While I look around at pc/'s & get a new one, I'll post some funny/interesting animal stories. <BR> Cat Trick. <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Keep meaning to try this on my 2. They do like boxes. Especially Smokey. <BR> <BR> Have a gre... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:47:48 EST I am upset and angry tonight. Day 53 of exercise in 2017 0.51 Miles / 0.82 Kilometers <BR> Walked around the block 18 minutes 84 calories burned <BR> <BR> I was prescribed sulfamethoxazole-TMP DS tablet for my bladder infection and the urologist told me to be sure to get it and start taking it as soon as possible. I felt ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:32:56 EST So long .. Day 190 I am on a borrowed computer .. This will be my last blog .. <BR> <BR> SP does not support IOS 11 on Apple products .. <BR> <BR> I cannot go back to the previous update .. <BR> <BR> I cannot afford a new computer (after I dropped so much for the new watch and iPhone) .. <BR> <BR> I am in tear... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:31:36 EST 418.21 to GO! Plus Training for the 5k <img src=""> <BR> So today JIM & I got our RUN WALK RUN shirts in the mail AND broke them in! We are crazy excited to do our 5k in Madison on Thanksgiving day. <BR> I know, life is draining me a bit and you can see t... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:31:34 EST SO tired Whew! Appointments this week have had me driving around the metro area where I live...and I need to find my kitchen counter again...sigh...However, it's been a good week to be on the road--the leaves are beautiful and the wind has been calm, so the leaves are staying put for longer. And with wind... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:23:51 EST Splurgy foods & Scale Antics... I never was much of a sweets person but my husband had me pretty addicted for awhile. He's a tall thin man who is actually underweight and loves sweets. Well, I know sugar is addictive so eventually by eating it more I got into it. I've got it under control now but I just started SparkPeople agai... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:22:33 EST Wednesday’s Words to Ponder <img src=""> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:17:05 EST Honey, I'm Hooooome! So I had to be at the hospital at 5:30 freaking a.m.! We got up at 3 a.m., and were there by 5 a.m. Went up, checked in, and 5 minutes later they took me back to pre-op. I had read a comment about a woman who went in for a hysterectomy who had said, "If you don't give me something, you've got a r... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:13:59 EST Something has got to give <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had a minor laundry crisis. After a summer of trying to lose 10 pounds (by trying I mean getting up each morning determined to log my eating and get up and move more a feeling that lasts unti... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:10:11 EST Everyday do something better <img src=""> <BR> Everyday im doing something i know is good for me Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:09:42 EST bjk1961 - 10/18/17 <img src=""> <BR> 10/18/17 - I reached my goal weight during the Spring 2017 5% Challenge. I am doing poorly at maintaining that weight. Too many calories, and entirely too much junk. I'm not sure what I'm thinking,... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:08:59 EST Keep those goals in sight! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Halfway through the week, keep it moving! Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:08:22 EST Eat the rainbow challenge. October 18, 2017 <img src=""> I feel like I’m eating the same freggies over and over because they’re at home and I don’t want them to go to waste. I’m going to try some new ones next week I think Purple- plum Red - Apple Yellow- gi... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:03:26 EST Golfing #190 Don’t Say a Word <BR> <BR> Tommy Bolt, winner of the 1958 US Open, tells the story of <BR> an incident he had during one of his golf tournaments. Bolt <BR> arrived at the golf course for the tournament and was <BR> approached by a youngster, “Mr. Bolt, do you need a caddy, <BR> sir?” <BR... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:57:22 EST Tuesday 10/17/2017 <em>54</em> <em>54</em> <em>54</em> <BR> Tech support!!! Grrrrr! <BR> <BR> I was up and on the phone with people last night & until after 1 AM this morning, then I had supper (which was really dumb) but I was hungry. Of course, it didn't sit well with me at all and there went the 3 ho... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:42:53 EST 10/16/2017 Monday Getting everything done on Sunday gave me a chance to get a new modem for my phone, get to the library, get all my shopping done before going to see Dad AND get to his place at the same time I always do. Might have to do that more often. <BR> <BR> This 2nd week on the challenge is starting out o... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:34:00 EST 10/18/17 - Bedtime Although they were very young kittens when I adopted them, I can't say that Sami and EJ are a bonded pair. In fact, I don't think Sami would mind if EJ fell off the side of the earth. He's a bit of a bully. When I woke up in the middle of the night, I found them curled up together at the foot ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:31:19 EST Some days are just magical It's weird; there's no real reason for me to be in such a good mood today. Nothing special happened, and nothing is especially different about today, compared to any other weekday, but I'm just feeling like it was a really good day. I'll take it. <BR> <BR> I did get in more exercise than usual.... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:27:32 EST Shining Brightly 10-18-17 <img src=""> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:23:48 EST Blood sugar is a mess <img src=""> <BR> Changed my meds. Hope this works. Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:22:40 EST Sunday 10/15/2017 All in all a productive day as well. Laundry, dishes, food prepping and all the rest of the lovely stuff that should be done on Monday finished today so I could do more out of the house things. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm feeling better I'm able to move a little better and have issues a little later... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:21:38 EST Day of threes started out when I spun the wheel got 3 points <BR> <BR> spun the bonus wheel got 3 points <BR> <BR> spun for the team bonus points.. got 3 points on each of 5 teams <BR> <BR> thinking this is telling me something <BR> <BR> get out to run some errands <BR> staples <BR> barnes and noble <... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:18:46 EST Wednesday, 10/18/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> After returning home from dropping Maegann off at school it was time to make pancakes and sausage links. Isaac enjoyed the treat, but I'm not sure I did as his anger--which can come from ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:11:35 EST Whee! I'm a Trailblazin' Star! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So proud to be one of the first to win a trailblazer award with the Shooting Stars. Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:04:32 EST 10//18/17 Well, mama is home and the dogs are happy. Just don't understand why they can't crawl up on the couch with her. She is moving slow, but is getting there. Was very chaotic when we got home. But I think that she will do fine. Slow and steady. Her knee is very swollen, but she said the doctor ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:02:39 EST Day 13 I knew there'd be days like this. <BR> I'm not really feeling it. <BR> It's really all Dr. Beck's fault; once I learned about desire, much of my excess eating seems to fall under that category, rather than cravings. <BR> Day 13 is learning about dealing with cravings. <BR> Distract. No choice. <B... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:58:21 EST Day 1 - Off Gluten Free for 8 days and gained 7.4 lbs while in Florida for Funeral after 223 days being gluten free and going from 209.1 to 186.5 and losing 22.6 lbs., I had to fly to Florida with 2 days notice for a sister in law's funeral. Our family is small. <BR> <BR> My assistance was needed to begin emptying a huge house filled with stuff - all good stuff. <BR> <... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:40:16 EST My Bus Adventure I start my new job on October 30th, which is located in downtown Los Angeles. Yesterday, my best friend and I did a practice run of the Silver Line, which is a bus that goes from where I live to downtown LA. It was stressful, but an adventure at the same time. :) After we got downtown, we ate a... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:36:59 EST Just A Bit Of Lightness Things aren't always as they appear. <BR> <BR> <BR> A woman was flying from Seattle to San Francisco. Unexpectedly, the plane was diverted to Sacramento along the way. The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft the plane wo... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:30:44 EST Autumn In Colorado <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:29:46 EST Day 290/365: Tummy control pants<BR>017/10/day-290365-tummy-control-pants.<BR>html Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:24:54 EST Craziness subsiding. Refocusing. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thanks for popping by. <BR> <BR> I have good news and bad news. The good news is I'm feeling much less crazy as I've been focusing on the reasons I overeat. It's like they have lost their p... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:12:54 EST journey to becoming a badass day 228 Its Wednesday October 18, 2017. I read chapters 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41 and 42 of Origin. I got my workout done and I tracked it. I tracked everything I ate. I wrote a poem and posted it to my blog. I took Sabrina for a walk around the neighborhood. Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:12:22 EST Day by Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Where are the adults? Who are they? <BR> <BR> Pray for the world. <BR> <BR> Pray for Tolerance, Acceptance, & Peace. <em>458</em> <em>459</em> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:11:10 EST Family time Today I had my daughters help me make dinner and then we went for a short nature walk. My daughter said it was the best day ever! We may not have set any records. It we did it together! Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:55:14 EST Busy work day & Jack Russell I got all caught up on My filing!! Yeah!!!!! The lady at the Jack Russell Rescue is trying to send us an application. so far it has not come through. It has to be filled out before anything else can be done. We may not even get to met Rumple! Time will tell!! Enjoy your evening!! <BR> Luv ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:52:09 EST October 18, 2017 Well, I think that the migraine is mostly gone. I still had it when I woke up, but it's lessened quite a bit. I'm sure that it's still lurking, so I'm being cautious. <BR> <BR> It was a busy morning. I had practice with the high school choir and then had to head to the church for Contemporary wo... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:50:42 EST Day 291... untapped potential... The day started off rather poorly... temperature gage kept going off in my car on my way to a client appointment. Had to shut the heat off to keep it from over heating. Arrived with little blocks of ice as fingers.. then I poked myself in the eye on a plant in the lobby of my clients office - do... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:50:29 EST Blessings, October 18, 2017 My goal is to list at least three blessings each day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. I am making progress. <BR> <BR> 2. I am asking for help when I need it. <BR> <BR> 3. I am enjoying beautiful weather. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Feel free to l... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:47:55 EST no weight lose, but gain either. I have added different exercise to my routine as it seems I have hit a bit of a plateau. Not much as it is new and I don't want to over do it. Easy to do. and it is different. it will confuse my muscles enough to go "huh"? Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:42:51 EST Balancing Our church has decided to have potluck one Wednesday night a month. Sigh. I didn't do too badly tonight, though. I brought stuff I could eat (gumbo without the rice) and enjoyed myself. I had rationed my calories so I could spend more on supper, and stayed within my limits. The toughest part... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:41:19 EST holds the world like a baby... Had a diabetic checkup today. Doc asked if my weight had been stable so I guess I haven’t lost very much in 6 months. He said last time that if my A1C went down to a certain significant number we would talk about taking me off the metformin, and I thought that number was 5.8, but I must have misr... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:39:07 EST Seeing is Believing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I many not have gotten enough sleep last night, but the sleep I did get was solid. No waking up constantly. Planning for early bed tonight. I love the way the weather has been, very warm duri... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:38:56 EST Sleep journal – 10-18-17 I took a chewable melatonin. <BR> I got settled in bed with my eye mask on around 10:30pm. I fell asleep at 10:55pmish and woke up at 5:45amish because my eyemask wasn’t on my eyes, my legs were pretzeled and they hurt. I fell asleep at 6:45amish. I woke up around 8amish but then l couldn’t fall... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:34:52 EST Pregnancy food tracking...a must! After losing 50 lbs I got a surprise in the form of a baby. Wasn't the plan since I was working of getting myself healthy, but it is an exciting and welcome one. Things were going well starting out, eating healthy and staying active, but at 23 weeks I had to have a cerglage and was given a 20 lb ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:21:26 EST Schedules are nice . . . BUT . . . It is really valuable to establish a schedule but it becomes a serious problem when things interfere with those routines, especially for the kids who have autism and have trouble adjusting to change. Today was one of those days. Wednesdays are always off because we have a different schedule than ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:18:54 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse for October 18 and 19 Daily Inspiration:  Good is always coming to you. No matter what is happening in your life, you can bless it with prayer and be peaceful. Lord, You give me the courage to face any situation confidently and victoriously. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: The peace of God, which surpasses a... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:12:40 EST Well, Well, Well ... Five days with 1 drop of iosol iodine in 2 oz of water each morning and the thyroid numbers were back to normal (actually in the optimal range) with Monday's lab work. Incredible! <BR> <BR> I found this so shocking that I had to call the nutritionist to see if it was even possible or merely coi... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:09:59 EST Theurerbgt <img src=""> <BR> I'm finally back home in Indiana. I love my daughter, her fiance and my beautiful granddaughter. I was doing great until I flew to Montana with my granddaughter so her Grandpa would have a chance ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:56:05 EST My Own Worst Enemy 10-18-2017 We went for a last minute visit to see my Mom, because she had been in and out of the hospital and we were worried. We flew, so we had no car. Which meant we did a lot of walking. I was huffing and puffing my way up a hill and asked my husband if we could stop for a minute to catch my breath. ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:49:16 EST Beautiful Day! It was a beautiful day even if it was cloudy. I enjoyed a two mile walk the wind was blowing and feel good. Have a blessed evening! Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:49:02 EST Today was a pretty good day. I was dreading today and the memories as it is my love's 2nd Birthday in heaven. He would have been 70 years old. I had thought about having a little party for his memory but decided it would be tooooo hard for me. I really don't like to show others my feelings as I am a pretty private person.... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:48:26 EST Brainstorming Healthy Habits Help me name healthy habits that will help us all reach and maintain our weight goals. <BR> <BR> Daily exercise <BR> Meal planning <BR> Eating Whole Foods <BR> Avoiding Processed Foods <BR> Educating Ourselves On Health And Nutrition <BR> <BR> It’s your turn! Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:32:35 EST It's been a long week! I don't want to be one of those people that loose a bunch of weight and then gain it all back <BR> <BR> Scary how easy it is to slip up. But I'm putting a stop to all that now. <BR> <BR> <BR> I caught myself in the mirror at the gym today. I'm noticing changes. It's a good feeling. <BR> I was... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:31:05 EST On our way to New York We drove from Greenville, SC to Roanoke, VA. The drive to NY is too long and I won’t suggest we do it again! It will take two days, no matter what Mapquest says. Tomorrow, the Empire State Building! Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:23:52 EST Happy Wednesday Eve I can't believe its almost Thursday. Its been a great day even though I have the aches today. I am super grateful to have remembered about Spark. I am starting to meet people on here that I can connect with and for that I am grateful. Thanks Spark. Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:17:13 EST Hump day again. Lots to catch up on. <BR> <BR> I was a bit stiff on Monday, mostly from the kayaking. It's been a few years! My knee ached from riding but that was about it. <BR> <BR> I suspect that my works contract is coming to an end. I have got them all caught up with the filing, data entry, stock control,... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:16:57 EST Halloween Candy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These are our blog questions for the Aspire and Inspire sparkteam: Do you indulge in any Halloween treats? If so, what are your favorites? If not, what do you do to avoid them? <BR> <BR> I l... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:59:32 EST A letter to me We all have 'tricks' we use. Maybe to motivate ourselves. Or to get through dark days. There's loads in the various 'self help' psycho babel books. But today, I used one I had figured for myself, long before I read any 'self help' guide. Long before I ever studied any psychology in a formal w... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:56:35 EST All or nothing Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm the poster child for all or nothing thinking and it's a hard habit to break when it comes to walking. I went from not walking (or doing any exercise for months) to suddenly going every day and not being satisfied until I walk 5km. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I walked for 90 minutes a... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:44:03 EST Good and ... not Here’s me, back again. The past few months have been difficult. It’s only recently I realized how far I’d gone down the rabbit hole into depression. I’ve had periods when I thought I had it back under control, only to realize I had only moved into a different cubby in the same rabbit burrow. ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:40:20 EST Humpday Hi all ! Been a busy great week so far! Hope you all have had a great day. We put in a new stove top this week. Other one died. I cleaned out cupboards under neath and put in new contact paper for refresh. Looking really good. Now need to do the rest :-). <BR> <BR> Calorie range day 2. Yay!... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:29:49 EST BLC Week 6 - BLC Week 7 We are officially in the last six weeks of BLC. I am so happy I joined in because it has been a life saver for me. I made an oath that I would not quit (no matter what) and I would see it from beginning to end. I a m dedicated to keep my word to myself. I have to admit that it is getting hard... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:26:56 EST Note to self... Remember this Last week was a mess starting on Thursday. There was a cry for help from the hallway. My hubby and I were asleep but I heard it and woke up. There was a second cry for my hubby. It was his mom. She's 77 and she lives with us. She couldn't breath very well so we called the ambulance. She went to t... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:26:44 EST 64 by 64 Sunday was my 63rd birthday. When I stepped on the scale in the morning, the weight facing me was not where I wanted it to be. I had started this journey when I turned 60, vowing to move in a healthier direction. I made great progress, losing almost 40 pounds by the spring of 2015. Little did... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:19:10 EST Started a Weight Support Group Just started a Weight Loss Group at work. First it was 3 of us and I told an additional woman who worked in a different department so our first week there was 6 of us and another woman joined us yesterday. It's fun and we encourage each other. We each put $5 in and money does challenge us. There ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:16:32 EST Back on the beam Things a little busy and schedule all over staying on the beam but love my routine. I am on gods time not mine and accomplishing a lot of good things Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:08:42 EST Week 3 of the reboost It is week 3. <BR> <BR> So far I have consistently come onto SP & tracked my food...every day except for one. <BR> <BR> I went to the gym twice which is not what I want but it's a start. <BR> <BR> I've identified what I need to do to increase my exercise: go to bed earlier so I can exercise ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:04:36 EST Struggling to find motivation! I need to get back into my routine this week. I have been away on holiday and had various other distractions that have meant putting my plans on the back burner for a while. Now I'm struggling to find the motivation to go on. I have all the same reasons that I started this journey with but the... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:02:03 EST Finally truly tired I think Past week I havent got more then a couples hr sleep a night. Been in a awesome mood also a plus. Today I clean for a hr and a half. Went t o my counseling app. and had a nice talk with Jessica. She is worried I am not sleeping but I told her I am not I feel great so she left that alone. <BR> I di... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:49:13 EST Down in the dumps but................. I am struggling at the moment emotionally. A cancelled visit to see the youngest grand baby has been really upsetting and disappointing. I am struggling to get over this residual cough and although following the Doctors advice, at this point there has not been any improvement. I am feeling cut of... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:46:18 EST Coming up on 25,000 points! Probably by November... Hello everyone, I am almost out of the 160's now. Attended a Zumbathon for Breast Cancer on Sunday "Party in Pink". I was too early for my bus so I stopped in a tavern (OH, nooooooo!) and had a 25 oz. Shipyard Pumpkin Ale while I caught the 2nd half of the Patriots game. I didn't stop there, of c... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:26:58 EST N.E.A.T.: Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis I read about N.E.A.T. on another Sparker's blog this morning and had to do some research. <BR> <BR> Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (N.E.A.T.) is the energy expended throughout the day that isn’t due to sleeping, eating, or sports-like activities. N.E.A.T. energy comes from activities we wou... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:17:06 EST Coming home is good I stepped off the plane in Halifax Monday evening after a very long day in the air and airport terminals and felt excited about coming home. After "crashing" at my son's for the night I drove back, got greeted by my two cats and collected my very excited big dog from the kennel, a fantastic home... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:56:36 EST Leaving Spark People for awhile I'll keep my account open and pop back in from time to time, but I feel bad posting all this negative stuff, and I honestly don't think I'm ever going to get healthier. <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the support. Take care and keep sparking! Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:14:53 EST Getting Started Again Seven years I have tried to live a healthy lifestyle but every year I have managed to fall off. I'm 44 and have had a rough time these past 7 years. I must have broken a mirror or something, but just can't remember. I won't bore you with all the details, just happy to say I see new light at the e... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:01:46 EST Hump Day Happy <img src=""> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:45:10 EST A Sense of Belonging The feeling of belonging is a gift. <BR> <BR> The feeling of belonging - knowing that we have a place - is one of the most important gifts that two partners can give to each other. When we agree to commit ourselves to a partnership, we give each other the key to our daily lives. We allow our mat... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:43:03 EST Not So Sure When I was doing my own program I lost about a pound a day. 1200 calories Same exercise routes, cardio every day, workout 3 days a week. I think between this program allows me extra calories for working out and the fact that I start with over 2000 calories is causing the slow down. At this point... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:29:08 EST fitbit....i feel the burn, but not that much??? any fitbit users ever wonder about the calories burned on your fitbit?? <BR> i walk 90 minutes for about 10,000 plus steps, at the track, i walk around the house, shopping, etc, and add a little more steps to my tracker daily. <BR> but at the end of the day, i have to question if i have really bu... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:17:27 EST 60 days and counting I’ve been active on Spark for 60 days according to my stat. 60 days where I ditched a lot of inflammatory food, that I left added-sugar behind and that cravings are slowly disappearing from my life. It's not my first long stretch but it's the one that's been the hardest. <BR> <BR> I really thoug... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:00:36 EST October 15 -21 workouts etc October 15=20 min walking.40 min walking.30 min house work.TOTAL 90 MIN.CALORIES BURNED 523.DRANK 6 GLASSES OF WATER.CALORIES ATE 1,000 <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> October 16=20 min walking.50 min wa... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:54:18 EST October 18th Did another 100 lengths in the pool today (just over 1 1/2 miles) and even better Pete came too. <BR> Had a lovely salad with steak, onions & mushrooms tonight but the scales still aren't going down. <BR> <em>39</em> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:50:25 EST Wednesday afternoon I took a PM acetaminophen last night, slept soundly and got up running. <BR> I treated DD to a belated birthday lunch and we went to Barnes and Noble, one of our favorite places to chill. <BR> I had two $50 gift cards from an online survey site, plus the remainder of another free gift card for... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:43:15 EST Nice Visit Trying to get ready for our evening activities. had a great visit last night with a couple who were very involved in the student ministry in our church years ago. unfortunately they are dealing with some health challenges that hinder them in joining us on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> Blessings Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:42:46 EST Digits <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What is in a Number anyway? There are only ten digits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,8, or 9. <BR> All of the numbers known to Mankind are made up of different digits in infinite combinations. <BR>... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:39:45 EST One more healthy change after talking about it enough, I shut up and just did it! Back to the gym. awake and out the door at 445a -ugh. at the gym by 5 am. so 15 minutes on a bike and weights. Certainly no where near what I was doing last September but Im no where near the weight or shape I was in then, either. <... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:28:34 EST One more healthy change after talking about it enough, I shut up and just did it! Back to the gym. awake and out the door at 445a -ugh. at the gym by 5 am. so 15 minutes on a bike and weights. Certainly no where near what I was doing last September but Im no where near the weight or shape I was in then, either. <... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:24:49 EST Yesterday! Late blog :( Yesterday did some cleaning then went to the gym. Rode a full lap on the stationary bike, did upper body weights and finished on the elliptical. Had a hard time sleeping last night. Lower left back and leg hurt. Now it is okay. Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:22:11 EST Moving in the right direction <img src=""> <BR> 1,000,000 Steps and counting. What a way to get healthy and sticking to it! Let's go for it together! Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:12:11 EST Day 1620 Rest Day. Feeling good. Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:11:17 EST Life Rewards Action (Not Intention) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> After rereading my last blog post, I realized that I am still repeating the same mistakes. I wrote about feeling embarrassed by my constant failures and false starts, yet I proceeded to c... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:08:32 EST Back from today's walk I'm feeling a little better every day. <BR> <BR> I re-read the paper that they provided me outlining how I was not meeting the job requirements. I know that sounds sad, but in all honesty, it has helped me realize that I was not fitting into that job. That it wasn't just me dropping the ball ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:08:10 EST Assets and Disadvantages Did you ever step into a class at the gym and think to yourself "No, I can't do this -- it's too fast, there are too many steps, I'll get mixed up." It's just like at a new job. No one came to work the very first day and knew how to do every different problem associated with the job. Some of it c... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:07:53 EST Having cataract surgery A little nervous and excited that tomorrow I will have my first eye done to remove a cataract. Kinda crazy to hear me say I’m excited but man it will be awesome to see clearly again!! I won’t be able to get my other one done for almost a month but I can’t wait!! Please keep me prayer for the next... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:49:47 EST Feeling stronger every day! Another milestone day for me - I am now down 25 pounds! I am in the middle of week 2 of Farrells, and my ankles are still hanging in there with minimal problems. Yesterday was such a great upper body workout that I wasn't sure I would be able to get my sports bra off when I got home, lol! I am ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:47:17 EST Where did THAT voice come from? Last week was the Endless Shrimp slide, but I quickly got back on my feet and back to my plotted course. I found that even after that crazy 5 pound overnight gain, I came down a little over a pound. Yee Ha! It felt sooooo good to see that smaller number on the scale. <BR> <BR> What did I lear... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:46:54 EST My goal I plan on losing another 7 pounds thus week wish me luck Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:42:24 EST My First Ever Guava A neighbor just gave me some guavas off her tree and if I had to describe the taste of one, I'd say it has the consistency of a pear and slight taste of one, but a bit different. When I went to put it on the food tracker, it said "guava without refuse - 61 cal." I'm assuming they mean skin? <B... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:39:55 EST Keep on Moving Hi Sparkers <BR> <BR> Yesterday I finally went to the gym after a long hiatus. I started going for about a month in Jan then I bought a house- so much stress and anxiety unfortunately the gym was the first thing to go. Ironically it was the best thing to have helped me with the stress. I a... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:38:33 EST My home made green drink: 10-18-17 <em>213</em> Hi! Everyone! A day of working & playing & making GREEN drink, <em>470</em> <em>550</em> several batches (12 servings, all of theses ingredients can add up,$$ but I've given up expensive doughnuts & 100# over many years, <em>246</em> ! So about $3.00 each serving)... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:34:44 EST AYITL - Blog #119 - My Breakfast Is Better Than Yours Is! When you go through your camera phone - what is it your most likely to see? Pictures of your family? Friends? Work projects? Crafts? Well for some of us (namely me), it's pictures of family, my dogs and food. Food honestly being WAY too many photos in my library. What I can say, I make pretty foo... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:31:34 EST Day 9 <img src=""> <BR> Been MIA... my father in law passed Sunday unexpectedly and although it threw off my blogging, my eating didn't suffer as much. Today's choice for lunch wasn't great but I separated half my meal when... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:30:10 EST The Impact of Your Smile <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This blog was written by: Mary Rau-Foster <BR> This blog can be found here: <link><BR>ur-smile/#comment </link> <BR> <BR> In times of confusion, sorrow, ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:29:17 EST 2017 SON DOING BETTER hey sparkers hope you all are doing well no excercise this morning had to talk to doctor at 9 about my son he still in hospital no food but they cut back on meds pancreitis is what he has so thank all of you for your prayers and best wishes i go from my aunt and mom back to my son life is somethi... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:27:02 EST Surgery Monday, but it is not how I thought it was going to be. I have to have surgery on Monday morning. Uric acid stones can't be seen on x-rays, though I had to have an KUB x-ray today before I was told that. They will go through the urethra, find the stone, laser it, and try to pull out the pieces. I will have a stent put in. I can expect swelling for a f... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:26:19 EST Oct 18 Back to goals All went well water, coffee and candy <BR> <BR> It is amazing how many candy dishes there are around here but with a little mindfulness I'm able to cruz right by <BR> <BR> Coffee done by 10:30 <BR> <BR> Water is on track 48 oz so far but I'll certainly get to 64 by the end of the day, <BR> <... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:23:57 EST BOO-GEE FEST, DAYS 638-641!! Life Gets In The Way I have to cut back on how much time I spend here on SP. somehow I lost my way of doing my work for which I get payed first, then Sparking.... And, if I don't reel it in my work is really going to suffer! <BR> <BR> but, here I am blogging instead of working! Ack! <BR> <BR> I just haven't ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:22:50 EST I'm starting over today, 10/18/17. Six weeks until my birthday, and 6+ months to my goals. <em>249</em> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:17:27 EST Fresh Start After almost 2 years of knee pain, surgery and physical therapy. This 71 year old is determined to strengthen my legs with exercise and fight pain with weight loss. <em>521</em> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:10:11 EST Bra Day USA October 18, 2017 <BR> BRA DAY USA - well, shoot! "No Bra Day" was just on 13 October. Now we celebrate bras? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE DAY <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:10:03 EST Settling in for the long battle I'm at work and I have a big file to complete within the next 3 days. A monster file, you know the kind......The one that likes to hang around.... I've tried to push it forward, get it out the door on numerous occasions, but it's complicated. REALLY complicated! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, the deadline i... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:05:04 EST Lady pains strike again. My period likes to ruin weekends and holidays. This month is started this past Saturday. <BR> <BR> It got bad Sunday and the throwing up happened. I was supposed to go to the doctor Monday to talk about the biopsy, but I was too sick. And they have that phone system that won't let you leave a m... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:03:34 EST Off track today I had a blood donation scheduled at work today, and it didn't go well. My arm is sore, and I was given an ice pack. I missed my exercise break and am not feeling very energetic. I'll go down to the gym, do a light workout on the stationary bike, and refill my water bottle. I will NOT be doing... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:01:55 EST Day 291: Namaste Met a couple friends from grad school for dinner last night and had waaaaay too much wine, LOL! Definitely tough to drag myself out of bed today. <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Paul took the pooch for a walk so I got a good yoga workout in. I have all these workouts I tear out of my yoga... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:00:15 EST I'm going to Disneyland! <img src=""> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:57:52 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...the 27th day off Autumn <em>304</em> My brother said last night Dad should be realized from the hospital today. <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> Today is the 27th day of Autumn. My Autumn activity is to work on my recipe scrap book. I am still on recipes from Strawberry Shortcake Murder. <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> Another... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:52:53 EST Just wanted to share this :) Easy Meal Ideas :) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s/?rs=ac&len=2&q=easy%20healthy%20meal<BR>%20ideas&eq=easy%20healthy%20meal&etsl<BR>f=12972&term_meta[]=easy%7Cautocomplet<BR>e%7Cundefined&term_meta[]=healthy%7Cau<BR>tocomplete%7Cundefined&term_meta[]=mea<BR>l%7Cautoc... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:34:31 EST Today! Good Morning Spark Nation, <BR> <BR> Hoping I have a bit more of a "normal" day today. Seems the past 2 days have been crazy and don't feel like I accomplished too much... I know it's up to ME to do it, so I'll work on it and do the best I can. Putting it here helps me by making it more of a ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:33:11 EST What's Your Focus, " Strength Training or Cardio " ? Conversation Starter I have been focused on cardio ( solely ) for too long, since my beginning. Don't get me wrong, I do other things but cardio is my main thing. I've lost 75 pounds or so from cardio but it's only keeping me from gaining , I won't actually lose weight so now it's time to focus on strength training j... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:31:58 EST The struggle is real Day 133 <BR> <BR> I'm struggling. I've been sitting at a plateau for a while, going down and up, but not really progressing anywhere. I've been a bit stagnant with my exercise, and while my eating has been good, it has not been great. I find I struggle to log in and track my foods and exercise e... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:26:14 EST aunthood! gratitude for the week I'm an aunt! My sister delivered her baby girl L yesterday. I am a big ball of emotions about it -- happy + anxious for my sister, wishing I could be there to help / get newborn cuddles, excited to see my sister + husband discover the joys of parenthood, in total love with baby L. Since I just st... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:25:04 EST SPIDERWEB DEVILED EGGS <link><BR>7ac20-b8e0-4082-9b39-259b9304b208/Kitc<BR>hen-Villains/3829783/Spiderweb-Deviled-Eggs/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>420</em> <em>420</em> <em>420</em> <em>420</em> <em>420</em> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:20:31 EST Get It together Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:19:58 EST Autumn Colors - 10-18-17 Rod Hanna got some beautiful shots of Rainbow Ridge at Buffalo Pass: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And out on County Road 471 in North Routt County: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:18:48 EST Birthday Have a good birthday yesterday stay on track Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:18:16 EST Rainbow's... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Sending you a Rainbow of God's Promises, let's be a rainbow in someone else's cloud today and let's look to the Lord together, He is our source and He will carry us through to the Finishin... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:18:00 EST Quote for Today God's mercies are new every morning. Receive them. <BR> <BR> Max Lucado Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:16:45 EST Bible Verse for Today The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills. To the Chief Musician. With my stringed instruments. <BR> <BR> Habakkuk 3:19 NKJV Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:16:02 EST Back after all that pain! After 11 surgical procedures - three on leg, eight on foot/ankle, I lost 20 pounds. Now that my appetite is back, I want to keep from gaining it all back, especially since it will be 12-15 months before my ankle is fully healed! I'm still in the brace, but casts and boot done, still using crutche... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:09:34 EST Switching it up! <img src=""> Really tired of stepping on the scale and it saying 205! After examining my BMI/calorie intake, I think my body feels it's being starved thus putting it into survival mode. So, I have increased my calorie ... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:07:34 EST Wild Wonderful Weight Loss Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> I may not have lost a lot this week, 2 lbs, but I'm pretty excited that my BP was 109/65! It has been a rough 10 days since I injured my foot. I'm not sleeping or exercising much. Here's to better t... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:06:30 EST Lunch! <img src=""> <BR> Shake n bake with boneless chicken with brown rice. 120 Cal. For the chicken Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:05:14 EST Tobar 18th 2017 Well today is a big relief compared to what my day was yesterday busy but not nearly as busy as it was today after work I have a neighbor that's been wanting to do a facial on me for a while she has started Mary Kay I thought what is a free facial so what the heck Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:03:47 EST Wednesday thoughts. Another beautiful day here, sunny and already in the low 60' and suppose to getup into the mid 70's. Yesterday was also a beautiful day, and got the calla bulbs, and the dahlia bulbs all dug, but yes, I have lots of mud on them so will let then dry and then pry the dirt off them. Just extra wor... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:59:20 EST I have been absent but not idle I have been away from Spark, mainly because I'm not seeing results and don't want to be always a downer for everyone else. New strategy, cut simple carbs during the week. Rice, pasta, potatoes, bread. Replace by veggies. Doing it for two weeks, no weight loss, but no gain either. Added walkin... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:54:47 EST First weigh in Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 10 years ago I was talking to a coworker from Brazil about weight. They don't use pounds in Brazil so I had to convert mine to kilograms. Back in the days before smartphones that ment rememberin... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:50:47 EST