SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=8/21/2014 THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">Commit thy way unto the LORD: and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalm 37:5 <im... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:10:24 EST Throwback Thursday Let's look back at some oldies but goodies <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:09:21 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 8/21/2014 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 8/21/2014 <BR> Mark 4:26-29 <BR> THE PARABLE OF THE GROWING SEED, Lesson 21a <BR> <BR> Being involved in the spread of the Gospel message can be a discouraging thing. Often, it seems like your efforts are ineffective and fruitless. <BR> <BR> Preachers ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:56:41 EST I's been a while. <link><BR>8/thoughts-for-thursday_21.html?spref=<BR>fb&m=1 </link> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:50:00 EST Learning And Luxury Camping! <img src=""> <BR> We have a small used camper that we take with us on our trips. It is in good shape, and we love it. It allows us to stay where we want to be, and hopefully, one day, we will take the grandkids with us too. <BR> Our next tri... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:49:32 EST Chapter 15 - Day 56 Time to re-group from overeating on ice cream yesterday. I stopped because the carton was empty. I knew better but said I would only have a couple of spoonfuls. And it wasn't even a favorite flavor. Bad behavior. <BR> <BR> And such behavior taints my mind and makes me struggle against though... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:46:40 EST BEING LOST IS OKAY Your not supposed to understand everything ." Rod Steiger <BR> <BR> Some people crack me up lucky thing I am not an egg. I know bad humor , But I do find some people humorous indeed . <BR> <BR> Just because you don't understand everything about losing weight and feeling great ,and healthy THE... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:38:42 EST Do I really want to exercise today? Every day I ask myself if I really want to exercise today. What I really want to do is to go onto Facebook and play my games before I have to do barn chores and get ready for work. Then a little voice inside of me says, "Do you want to be healthy or do you want to sit and get bigger?" I realize t... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:32:20 EST SparkCoach assignment....My true weight loss goals! I have written about this before but it bears repeating often! After having pondered this for a whole lot of time here are the top three goals I want to reach by becoming fit and healthy: <BR> <BR> I want this back pain gone or at least greatly reduced! <BR> <BR> I want to do active things out... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:29:46 EST Day one: complete I used my lunch to take a mile walk yesterday, which definitely took more than 10 minutes. So it looks like I am well on my way to making my 11-day SparkStreak a reality. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <em>248</em> <em>104</em> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:04:03 EST Thursday update...... Went to one event, but not the other........I'm OK with how that all went down, but now I am pretty much ready to start making some changes in my approach to social interactions.........I can't tell you that I'm all that pleased or thrilled to have to do so, but I have seen that others have done ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:01:50 EST BIKE DAY TODAY YES I RIDE MY BIKE TODAY DON'T GET ANYWHERE BUT WATCH TV IT PASSES THE TIME AND YOU DON'T REALIZE HOW LONG YOU HAVE BEEN PEDDLING AWAY.LOL <BR> THINKING I NEED A DAY OFF TODAY HMMMMMMMM!!!!!! <BR> WAS UP A LOT LAST NIGHT WITH THE DOG NEXT DOOR NON STOP BARKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAS SO GOING TO CALL ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:01:44 EST today was a good day Hello everyone, <BR> Thank you so much for your kind words and support. I am finding instead of realizing all that i have to achieve. I have realized small changes are better then none, some movement is better then none. Baby steps. I am feeling better today. More energy, i went for a walk twice.... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 05:00:30 EST committed to losing weight I am going to start living right now. I am not going to wait until I lose weight or find the perfect job. Part of living right now, is doing all that stuff I like to do and part of hiking canoeing, being outdoors will be eating right and exercising to have the stamina and ability to do them agai... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:55:56 EST For Your Eyes Only Roger Moore played James Bond in the 12th Bond film, "For Your Eyes Only", released in 1981. Sheena Easton sang the title song. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> For your eyes only, can see me through the night <BR> For your eyes only, I... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:52:33 EST what has hurt my weight-loss success in the past I used to give up if I ate something wrong and then eat fattening food for days now I get right back to treating my body like a temple with the next meal. <BR> I used to make excuses to get out of exercising and now I exercise whether I feel like it or not. <BR> I used to drink way too much diet ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:50:59 EST these boots are made for riding Hubs said he wanted me to get riding boots for when he takes me on a spin on the Harley. He doesn't like that I where heels! lol <BR> And wouldn't you know it, HSN has some awesome boots on the todays special......should I? should I? They make it so appealing to put it on your HSN card for 6 easy... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:32:44 EST Day 13 of yoga challenge I didn't feel like doing any yoga today. I procrastinated most of the day but then I thought of breaking my streak and how much I'd hate myself and feel like a loser all because I didn't "feel like it". I then got up off my bum and had one of my best sessions ever. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:12:29 EST Turn around. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Are you headed in the wrong direction? No problem ... just turn around. <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:09:15 EST Daniel 7_B God the Father and the son of man <BR> <link><BR>2014/08/daniel-7b-god-father-and-son-o<BR>f-man.html </link> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:05:25 EST Great news today at the last minute. Just as I giving up on all new weight loss attempts, and stated that I would still exercise and still initiate the changes for consumption that are already in practice. At that time I stated I would give up on the scale and measuring for while. Today was planned to be my last day of measuring, b... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:03:39 EST Steak with Japanese Dipping Sauce <link> </link> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:01:15 EST Quote for the Day God is with you, and He'll help you make spiritual progress--strengthening and encouraging you to keep on keeping on during rough times. It's easy to quit, but it takes faith to press on to victory. <BR> <BR> Joyce Meyer on Victory Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:22:29 EST here I go again on this roller coaster called life. Well I have fell off the wagon again with my weight. It seems to be going the wrong direction again. I got my wake up call the other day when I got on the scale. I knew I gained some weight I didnt realizehiw much til then but im glad that I noticed when I did before I get completely out of contr... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:20:38 EST Key that Unlocks the Door ... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All <BR> <BR> Wishing you a great Thursday ahead and Cheering you on your Journey. <BR> <BR> Remember: Consistency is the Key that Unlocks the Door to Productivity, Accomplishment & Victory! <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:19:44 EST Bible Verse for the Day Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. <BR> <BR> Psalm 42:8 KJV <BR> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:15:45 EST CONVOY!!!!!!!!!! The bike we were after had been nabbed by the local scrap metal dealer which was a shame as it looked a half decent one. <BR> <BR> Not a lot going on today, trying to book for a tribute show about the Everly Brothers and having trouble on line- need to ring the theatre. <BR> <BR> Off for a walk... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:15:14 EST Blessings, 8/20 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they get me to try new things. <BR> 2. i am grateful for staying in one place, because we're developing a wonderful stationary life. <BR> 3. i am grateful for stopping and asking, because i got a useful berry lesson. <BR> 4. i am grate for getting a couple ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:14:05 EST thank you all so much so sorry i haven't thanked you all sooner, i haven't been around much as you can tell. <BR> i am feeling emotional and overwhelmed right now thank you all so very much for all of the birthday wishes they have touched my heart and made my day. <em>252</em> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> love you... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:12:10 EST Another Stress Blog The most intense stressors I have encountered this week have been the anxiety of whether I have been hired for this job I have been talking about and planning my life around, whether I am pregnant or not, whether I am a good mother, whether I am controlling my appetite, the distance from my famil... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:59:36 EST August 20, 2014 (Wednesday) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> The fitness class for the teachers went well. I had a great time, and they had fun, too. They want the class to run, so I will be teaching there on Tues and Thurs afternoons. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, my sister, Shelby, started attending the Silver Sneakers classe... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:48:29 EST Shorty! Yep...was busy writing tonight so this is going to be a short one. <BR> <BR> I got chapter 7 started. Only about 550 words though. I skipped my workout again today. Hubby dropped his cell phone and cracked the Zagg glass screen protector. We'll see about getting that fixed this week end. It's g... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:42:20 EST Happy Thursday! <img src=""> <BR> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:33:21 EST `scales <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> ` I was pricing scales earlier at stores online. I've been thinking about getting some ever since my last Dr visit, when I found out I only lost one pound in three months. It has really made me think on some additional changes that I need to make. I like getting weighed... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:28:28 EST Today's Inspiration " If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, <BR> it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won, <BR> or lasting happiness achieved." <BR> <BR> - Maurice Chevalier Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:24:15 EST Day Three of getting back on track I made an awesome discovery recently: my gym is only a couple blocks away from my restaurant. I was hoping to go after work today so I packed some stuff up and prepared for a quick workout before picking up the baby and after serving people plates and plates of pasta. <BR> I ended up not going a... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:17:50 EST Day 45 - In any race you have to earn the down hills. Good morning Sunny Friends, <BR> <BR> I read a success story for a fitness group this morning and the lady spoke about how she was walking in the most difficult race she had done before but she was walking for a purpose (in honour of someone dear to her). <BR> She explains how the hills were so... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:11:04 EST Day 233: Bet You Didn’t Know "What really makes me happy is knowing I can tap into the well of strength that rests within me…no one can ever take from you … the assurance that you are enough, that you are the joy the world needs." (Samantha Page) <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:08:56 EST GOOD MORNING, KID'S !! O.K. THIS IS IT. <em>215</em> CAN YOU HEAR ME, <em>100</em> ?? STARTED <em>311</em> ING AT 12:05 AM AND JUST FINISHED AND IT IS 1:20 AM. DON'T KNOW IF YOU NOTICED I AM IN TRAINING FOR SENIOR OLYMPIC'S FOR NEXT YEAR. SO ACTUALLY I AM KILLING 2 <em>448</em> WITH I STONE. YESTERDAY, <em... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:56:05 EST Wednesday's Quote “I hate it when my leg falls asleep. I know that means it's going to be up all night.” <BR> ¯ Steven Wright <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:12:35 EST I have a confession I'm not going to lie. I have been severely lacking on keeping up with the program. Somewhere along the line I just stopped. Stopped tracking, stopped intentional exercise, stopped eating even remotely healthy. And I am ashamed of myself. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I'll make up a lot of excuses. "M... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:09:31 EST Thursday's Motivation "Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality." <BR> <BR> Ralph Marston Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:08:36 EST The Nicene Creed The Nicene Creed <BR> <BR> We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. <BR> <BR> We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:08:08 EST DAILY QUOTE Faith is professed with the lips and with the heart , through words & through love . <BR> <BR> ~ Pope Francis Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:01:44 EST Bird on A Wire. <em>230</em> <BR> <BR> Today's Blog is not intended for ALL AUDIENCES. <BR> <BR> I am pushing my stress limit today and this blog is being written in the very last minutes of Wednesday. ( I need sleep.) <BR> <BR> The girls each came home with another set of Syllabus (syllabi?) each conta... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:57:08 EST Day 3 Do It Anyway People who are committed to losing weight <BR> <BR> &#8232;1. Stick with their plans no matter what&#8232; <BR> 2. Take action whether they feel like doing it or not <BR> &#8232;3. Assume that if they stay motivated, results will follow <BR> &#8232;4. Take responsibility for their own action... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:48:45 EST Wednesday's Motivation I had 2 different appoints today at 2 different hospitals getting ready to have surgery. The first appointment I hope I never have to do again (Esophageal Manometry), the second one was with a dietitian to review what I can and can not eat. The doctor put me on a low-fat, low-fiber diet because I... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:40:07 EST 53x I tracked my walk today and it said I have completed my route 53 times! <BR> <BR> Where did the time go? When I first walked the trail I think it took me about 80 minutes. Then after a few times doing it I realized that having my iPod (almost called it a Walkman) made it easier to keep a steady ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:33:12 EST Quote for the day 08/20/14 "I represent what is left of a vanishing race, and that is the pedestrian.... That I am still able to be here, I owe to a keen eye and a nimble pair of legs. But I know they'll get me someday." Will Rogers <BR> <BR> Keep walking but watch out for those drivers that aren't paying attention Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:32:29 EST Love Sparkpeople, but 250 minutes a week - REALLY??? So I didn't get to read the article that closely, but the headline on my SparkCoach article would be depressing if it were real - "In order to lose weight you need to exercise at least 250 minutes a week". WHAT?! <BR> <BR> The article stated obese and overweight people really need about 50 minu... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:30:36 EST Day 102 Put your heart into it <em>524</em> <BR> If your heart is in it, most anything is possible. <BR> In my journey to a healthier me I spent a lot of it because I wanted to lose weight for others I didn't want to give up sweets I definitely didn't want to exercise. So guess what I really wasn't successful and ended up ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:29:09 EST We're enjoying New York Having a wonderful time as well as new adventures in New York - we both grew up nearby, so it always feels kind of like home. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8/new-york-city.html </link> <BR> <BR> And a few artistic rendings (not mine) of the city: <BR> <BR> <img s... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:25:58 EST 8/20/14 Was an extra stressful day. Was off work but so much drama going on at home.( I'll leave that there as I'm not comfortable discussing it here right now ). Did really bad on food choices. Breakfast and lunch both spent at " burger joints' today. I didn't log food or water. Am going to weight in to... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:25:49 EST Would you bet on yourself? Last night I was thinking, maybe I haven't been losing weight lately because I don't feel so motivated anymore. I thought, maybe if there was more at stake it would give me the push to keep going. I googled 'weight loss challenge' and came across They have various weight loss chal... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:20:44 EST WED...Hot Day...Gasp! <em>27</em> <em>54</em> <BR> We had gotten spoiled around here with the cool temps and rainy days... <BR> <BR> Then ..................... <em>67</em> <em>259</em> ...temps up...humidity high...oh gasp!! <BR> <BR> Exercise is in the house...had tons to do outside but no way it was hap... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:16:23 EST Special Blessings-August 21, 2014 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Jim got off work early from the auction today. <BR> <BR> 2. I sat down and did paperwork and paid bills today. <BR> <BR> 3. I settled a dispute with AT&T and the best part is, I won the dispute. <BR> <BR> 4. I found a dress tha... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:11:57 EST Wednesday's Words to Ponder Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. <BR> Confucius Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:35 EST Great Eating Day!!!!! BREAKFAST <BR> <BR> Banana - Dole, 110 gram(s) &#8855; 96 25 0 1 <BR> <BR> Jiff - Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, 1 tbsp &#8855; 95 4 8 4 <BR> <BR> Kroger - Multigrain Waffles, 1 serving &#8855; 180 28 6 4 <BR> <BR> Cary's - Sugar Free - Low Calorie Syrup, 2 tbsp &#8855; 15 6 0 0 <BR> ... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST Sometimes... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:53:27 EST At least a start Finally decided to have a better day and follow thru. Thanks to Slenderella and visuallylyrics for comments. Really seemed to help. Tomorrow I am planning to track food and do some more fitness entries from my calendar log. At least I haven't quit exercising at all. Am as tennis crazy as ever. Ma... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:49:40 EST Energized Wednesday Today I had lots of energy, and got in two workouts. Hopefully this will carry thru the rest of the week. I feel pretty good. <em>104</em> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:43:18 EST MY THURSDAY....COLD, WET, SNOW, HAIL, SUNSHINE....LOL Am totally sure that the weather cannot make it's mind up today....we have had nearly all the elements in one <BR> <BR> Am going soon to get my eyes rechecked..... <BR> Have been there already today and they are just lovely.... <BR> Am picking that the biggest probloem is that for the... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:42:27 EST Meeting up with friends After a long day complete with chores and time spent <BR> in the garden, I decided to do the laundry before DH <BR> came home. I even took time to fill the water tank in <BR> the camper so when he takes it to the State Fair on <BR> Friday, that much has been done. <BR> He finally arrived home and... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:38:26 EST Triple Digits Hot! <BR> <BR> It's going to be 100 or more every day in the near forecast, going up around 105, which is plenty hot enough. <BR> <BR> Instead of cranking the air conditioning down really cold, I've set up fans wherever I plan to spend time, especially near where I play with the Wii.... <BR> ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:37:22 EST NAMASTE NAMASTE <BR> My soul honors your soul. <BR> I honor the place in you where <BR> the entire universe resides. <BR> I honor the light, love, truth, <BR> beauty & peace within you, <BR> because it is also within me. <BR> In sharing these things <BR> we are united, we are the same, <BR> we are one. <... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:32:57 EST Wonderful Wednesday Had the best day..Had coffee with Pat, Fred,Merrilee and Steve. Saw two different lighthouses and got take Zumba class with Merrilee. She let me teach three songs..woohoo! <BR> <BR> It was a great day with great friends!!! <em>345</em> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:30:41 EST Not The Best Summer So, I did the summer 5% challenge. I started off great, I was watching my food and getting in plenty of exercise. Then I started suffering from overwhelming fatigue, I did keep exercising but no where near the intensity I needed. This lead me to feel frustrated which led me to eat.....and eat.... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:28:09 EST I JUST WANT TO ... THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR LOVELY NOTES TO ME LAST NIGHT. CHARLEY AND I MET AS TEENS AND WENT TOGETHER FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS BEFORE WE GOT MARRIED... WE WERE A COUPLE OF KIDS. <BR> <BR> HE WAS MY ANCHOR...I REALLY WAS A BABY...NOT THAT I KNEW OR WOULD HAVE ACCEPTED THAT IF SOMEONE TOLD ME SO. I STILL ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:25:55 EST Wonderful day off, talked to mortgage co and crochet. I had a wonderful day off today. Talked to the mortgage company today and the woman who helped me is going to make it simpler than what the letter said. I have to wait for the invoices from the contractor then start everything. <BR> I started making a baby afghan for the bazaar in November. Hope ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:23:40 EST Wednesday, 8/20/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Another day that felt like it just stretched on forever. Nothing wrong with it, just a feeling. Today's doings: <BR> <BR> *gym <BR> *school <BR> *Isaac's counseling <BR> *more school <BR> *worked on co-op <BR>... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:22:09 EST My journey. It has been just over 5 months since I blogged last.. which is probably close to when I logged in last as well. Keep in mind that just because I didn't log in does not mean I gave up! <BR> <BR> When I originally joined Spark People in I believe 2009, I went full force for about 2 weeks and then ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:21:37 EST We have met up with two other Spark friends, This blog might not go through. I hope it does. <BR> <BR> My Spark friend and I are struggling with the site and we have decided it must be the motel internet or Spark. We had a great day and we will catch up with you tomorrow. <BR> We went to Zumba the other 2 are instructors and I have never ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:20:47 EST Up-date on Dorothy (ROZEEROZ1) Dearest Friend's of Dorothy, <BR> <BR> I just got off the phone with my dear friend Darlene, she went to the hospital to see Dorothy today...Sadly Dorothy is dying, she has pancreatic cancer, there is nothing that can be done at this time barring from a miracle. <BR> <BR> I weep as I am typing ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:17:33 EST Looking forward to sweet dreams. Day 86 of exercise in 2014 (not a streak) <BR> Walking: 2 mph (30 minutes per mile) &#8855; 14 minutes 66 calories burned <BR> <BR> I only slept two hours the night before my treadmill stress test yesterday and we went to a ball game later that evening. I am recording my exercise and heading o... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:16:14 EST Gratitude & Happiness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>375</em> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:15:04 EST WooHoo!!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since I didn't go to the office today, I slept in, then used my mini-tramp to walk/run on before I had to leave for my meeting this afternoon. Between 6am and 11 am, I got in 11,000 steps while working. It was rainy an... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:13:03 EST Food log #1732 Breakfast: Smoothie (banana, blueberries, Greek yogurt), toast <BR> <BR> Lunch: Pineapple fried rice <BR> <BR> Dinner: 1/2 turkey and avocado sandwich, tomato soup <BR> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:12:40 EST Do I exercise too much??? I never in my life thought I would ask this question.... Do I exercise too much???!! So for the last few weeks, I have been on track with my diet, exercising like usual, and had a loss of only 1lb. Don't get me wrong, I am happy, but overall this 1 lb loss took me about 3 weeks to get. I stay ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:11:47 EST Try Something New - Challenge Yourself with BLC 26 I have enjoyed my rounds with BLC. Not only do we challenge ourself with exercise, nutrition...but we also make friendships with our team mates. It is a close knit community. If you would like to get out of your comfort zone and try something new consider joining... <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeo... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:10:45 EST 11,947 was my step count for last night. 11,947 was my step count for last night. On track with my Fitbit for the ten K steps a day fitness plan listed on my fitness profile. Not fully the 12 thousand I like per day, grrrr I am slipping. Oh well, went out with friends, and had to cut my workout short. You have to have a life you kn... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:06:02 EST Moving... And Distance Report/Goals OK... Here is the what's up with Julia... Almost one month since my last post! <BR> <BR> The last week of July was super crazy at work because we packed everything and moved... to a temporary location... and then I went away on leave... (10 days to be precise, not enough!)... and then we moved a... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:04:43 EST Disappointing Weigh in I was really hoping to see the numbers go down this week,but I gained 3 lbs. I have been really on track and hitting the gym and was almost excited to step on the scale, I am trying to not let it be discouraging, maybe my body is just adjusting to the new routine. Maybe all my hard work will s... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:04:33 EST Closest yet to my targets I'm sure most of us run the nutrition feedback report. I do every day and always tell myself there must be a way to reduce the fat intake and not be hungry. <BR> <BR> So I decided to eliminate my traditional breakfast that is the symbol of this change. I ate a croissant, bacon, egg and cheese ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:02:53 EST Rain changed plans After PT and grocery shopping I headed home and after lunch planed to stain one of the 2 decks. Rain started as I was eating. So I took a nap and did nothing. <em>39</em> <BR> Hopefully will get more done tomorrow. lol it won't take much will it. <em>246</em> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:00:34 EST Quote from an unknown source "Attitudes are contagious; make yours worth catching." <BR> - Unknown Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:58:37 EST Wednesday, Aug. 20--Strength training I had my strength training session w/ my trainer. I started w/ the usual round of foam rolling and stretches. My actual workout consisted of: <BR> *Leg pull throughs w/ cable machine, 1 set 6 reps 77 lbs; 3 sets 6 reps 111 lbs <BR> *Bent over rows w/ barbell, 3 sets, 7 reps, 55 lbs <BR> *Hip hing... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:55:54 EST Sometimes things do not go as planned Woke up to go for a walk <BR> <img src=""> <BR> then to teach <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Thunderstorm and rain so no walk <BR> <img src=" Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:53:26 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for August 20: Daily inspiration: Make a habit of setting aside time for prayer and meditation. Your rewards will be great. Lord, thank you for the peace, humility, joy and self-worth with which you bless me. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without de... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:52:21 EST Wednesday Evening Today I watched my chickens in their pen. I have 3 white jersey giant hens and 1 barred rock hen. However, I have no idea what kind of rooster I have. <em>246</em> They are fat and sassy hens - the rooster looks a little on the worn out side. <em>246</em> But I have my chickens!! Now I hav... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:50:16 EST Tender Moments <link><BR>14/08/tender-moments.html </link> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:49:45 EST starting a new workout rutine Gonna start working out with Jessica smith tomorrow. Training for your body type. For me it will be hourglass. I dont know what im in for but im sure it will be awesome. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Jessica Smith Fitness Coach <BR> <BR> htt... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:49:37 EST Weigh-in and Rest 2.2 pounds down this week <em>244</em> and hit thirty pounds with 31.6 pounds lost in the past twelve weeks! I'm happy for a better number this week. <BR> <BR> I rested in the morning and early afternoon but once I did the dishes, I couldn't stand seeing the mess in the living room either. So... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:47:35 EST One step at a time On Sunday August 10, I developed a "floater" in my left eye, so I went to the ophthalmologist. He says no retinal detachment, so that is positive, but the darn floater is driving me nuts. It looks like a fruit fly following me everywhere. <BR> <BR> Augh! <BR> So, I ordered prescription sunglasse... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:42:15 EST Quality Time With My "Sis" Most people don't believe it when I say my best friend is my daughter's mother-in-law. We started out quilting together when our kids were going out. Our friendship has grown so much that we talk everyday and have add knitting to our interests. Today we went to Goshen,IN where we went to a yarn... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:38:53 EST 8/20/14 - Bedtime I'm delighted that I didn't fall asleep at my desk at work today. <BR> <BR> It's getting darker earlier. Since there's not enough light to garden for a couple hours after work, I took my first walk in forever. Except for dodging a couple of skunks, I enjoyed it. <BR> <BR> This evening I must ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:38:19 EST The Trouble with Travel Several of my Sparkfriends travel often for work so I have heard about their struggles on the road. But now I can add my own to the list! <BR> <BR> I feel like I've been doing okay because I'm not using this as an opportunity to binge. In fact, yesterday I even stayed within my calorie range. ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:36:28 EST And go! I am not going to say I am starting over but I will say I have set a couple of new goals. They are #1) stay on program one whole day. #2) Call Peg every Thurs to see how she is doing. She needs my help to stick to her plan and I am here for her and I know she is here for me. #3) get ready for our... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:36:21 EST Day 10 Today I ate: <BR> <BR> * Nutrisystem peanut butter granola bar <BR> * coffee with sugar free creamer and Splenda <BR> * one egg scrambled in the microwave with a little Pam spray <BR> * diet sprite (I started to make my green drink with Amazing Grass powder and made a HUGE mess, I was really tir... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:36:07 EST Revisited my photo gallery..... Just a lot of reflecting tonight... <BR> I was about to visit the sparkspage of a friend and realized I hadn't looked at my own page in a long while. I'm so glad I did. I lost my husband in October 2012 due to an aneurism. I had a family photo including him there I hadn't seen in a long while. It... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:34:20 EST T-Minus 28, BLC Open Enrollment If you're new to or interested in returning to the Biggest Loser Challenge, the registration team is now open. <BR> <BR> Take a chance on YOU! You are worth it! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Here's a link to the registration team where you'll spen... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:31:38 EST Finally we got the medicine Finally got the medicine that we've been waiting for. We were waiting for dad's potassium to get to the pharmacy at Target from the doctor (who is in the same town as Target). They filled it up yesterday. We had to get another medicine and now have to wait for another one. His water pill. They ha... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:31:06 EST Feeling the Music - Question for my Spark Friends! Hey guys! <BR> <BR> I love music, and I am a HUGE lyrics person. I may not always know what the lyrics MEAN, but I love how some people can write imagery so intense you can *FEEL* it. <BR> <BR> For example, my favorite line in any song of all time is from "Read My Mind" by The Killers" <BR> ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:29:56 EST day 96 day 11 walk it off in 30 days today was good <BR> <BR> I walk 74 min this morning outside. went to work. did 2 miles tonight to leslie, I really wanted to do 5 miles but I was so tired and exhausted. I kept messing up going sideways, just was time for me to take a rest. although when I synced my SPAT I did 30 min and burned ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:26:47 EST Very interesting documentary on the clothesline <link> </link> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:26:23 EST I lost my 1700 word blog!!!! I am done for tonight <BR> <BR> Love to all I will try again tomorrow Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:26:07 EST Day 232: Not Much Going On <BR> "You may think that taking a detour in life is a waste of time and energy, but you can also see the detour as a means of learning more about who you are and where you are heading in your life. Being off the beaten path may be disorienting and confusing at times, yet it challenges your creat... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:20:29 EST Why I'm excited to get up in the morning Today I read, "The angel disguised as a dog!" in the August 18th issue of Woman's World. At the bottom of the article, it talked about finding one's true calling. <BR> <BR> In the article, a dog, Ricochet was training to be a service dog, but she chased after birds, so she couldn't be trained to... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:18:19 EST Wonderful Wednesday Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:14:04 EST Why I Love SP. Today was one of those days/weeks where I really came to realize just why I love SP. I have made excuses all week for why I couldn't go to the gym or workout. First it was moving into my new apartment, then it was work, then hanging out with friends. And on top of missing my workouts, I was eatin... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:13:59 EST BLC Round 26 If you are a returnee from former rounds, or a newbie who would like to join BLC round 26, registration is now open. <BR> <BR> Here is the link : <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=63524 </link> <BR> <BR> Hope to see you there. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:11:12 EST Wednesday <BR> I found there was only one way to look thin: hang out with fat people. <BR> <BR> Rodney Dangerfield <BR> <BR> Read more at<BR>/rodneydang154016.html#OtvkoVtqi6Ez2ZE<BR>7.99 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:09:27 EST Comparison Pics Size XXL Dress (taken July 2, 2014) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Size XL Dress (taken August 20, 2014) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At least I can get into an XL now but I still have a wa... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:09:16 EST Day 18- Smooth Sailing? Another quick one, because apparently I am slacking off at stuff. <BR> <BR> BUT DAY 18!! Went to pilates then met a friend for dinner. Had salad, and no drinks! <BR> <BR> Then got home and had some 99% chocolate. Probably a little more then I would have liked, went slightly over the 2000 calor... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:08:03 EST 08/20/2014 reassurance when needed so i've been pretty emotional today ... for whatever reason <BR> <BR> just accept it and deal with the moments as they come and go <BR> <BR> ... thankfully i went on a great walk (pushed twice as long and faster than I had planned) <BR> <BR> ... was assertive enough to explain to my bf why i w... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:07:03 EST Well, Duh <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Talk about stating the obvious... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:06:14 EST Day 13, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn Today has been a busy day. I am going to say that it was a good day. It was a difficult day in some parts. It was an awesome day in others. I taught 2 hours of classes this morning from the deck. It was hotter than blue blazzes up there. I was sweating like crazy. After that, I came home & got my... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:03:35 EST Stress Worry Stress Worry Yesterday at work sucked. Had to rush to LA for a last minute notary, almost got in an accident (more than once) was still late for the appointment and ended up working 2 hours overtime.....14 and 1/2 hour work day. Then got home and had to run back out to the store because ants got in my dogs ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:03:23 EST 30 Day Tricep Dips Challenge: Day 17 & 18 Day 17 <BR> Got confused with my days and only completed 50 instead of 55 <BR> <BR> Day 18 <BR> Completed 60 (total) @ work and home Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:01:07 EST "Interesting" day... I think I will go back to tracking 120 minutes of fitness every day. It worked for me before. <BR> <BR> It was an "interesting" day today. I got wrapped up in a book last night and stayed up too late, so I got a late start this morning, but I got in a good two hour walk with the dog, followed ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:00:41 EST A work in Progress It is truly unbelievable how expensive it is to redo a simple bedroom! We are painting it, so hubs wants to put new base boards up, new light/plug covers, paint the ceiling, the trim, new carpet, new ceiling fan,new window treatments....when does it end!!! And by the way, why does one bedroom nee... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:00:36 EST Thank you, Bob Evans D. called me at work tonight and said he had coupons for Bob Evans that expired today, so we went out to dinner. That's something we rarely do on a weeknight. We both got the Grilled Chicken Dinner. I had broccoli and a baked sweet potato and I have a chicken breast left for tomorrow which is nic... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:58:00 EST MFLF Wk 33 *9056:13000 Fitness Minutes: Only 14days into my 30days of dance. I've been mixing it up with some yoga and jogging. Going to have to throw in dance more frequently even if it's just a little bit to break that 30day in an acceptable amount of time. <BR> *183.33: 360Miles to Jog <BR> Met 1x so f... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:54:05 EST 5K Update and Goals So I have decided that I will do a run/walk interval 5k every week to see if my timing is getting better. <BR> <BR> It is ! Today I did my 5k in 50:18 which was awesome I shaved off 2 mins of my time. I think the main reason was I am not trying to run at faster speeds . I am loving the slower ru... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:50:09 EST 8/21/14 My sister Going with my other sister to be with my sister in the am .. so I am leaving tonight and should be at Willis Eye institure before surgery .. I am just praying the cancer did not spread to another part of her body .. will give you an update when I get home tomorrow hugs to all <... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:46:19 EST 2014, Day 232 (8/20) Abiggidy (my hubby Adam) is 33 today!!!! Happy Birthday sweetie!! I love you!!! <BR> <BR> 3.5 hours on my recumbent bike today plus 57 total minutes walking. We had pizza and I burned off all of it before eating it! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:45:50 EST Day 29 This morning I walked downtown for a massage. It was great. Afterward, I met my friend for lunch and then we went to see my health coach. She has agreed to coach both of us for an hour Wed. afternoons starting next week. I am looking forward to getting back to the regular workouts. <BR> <BR... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:44:13 EST A new beginning... again Out of the blue the other night while cleaning out my emails I decided to pop into SparkPeople to see what's new. I haven't been on it since last year, before all the changes. I had stepped away because I was in too much pain to actually do any exercises. I struggled with knee pain for over a y... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:41:43 EST sort of a laugh Cos I don't really care anymore, and actually she realized after she said it what it sounded like. <BR> <BR> Hubby and his mum on phone, she is commenting about someone from years ago, hubby says 'Oh Cindy and her sister oh yea I remember both of them. When I was about 12 I was going to marry th... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:41:21 EST Hey, I will make this a Wacky Wednesday with 10 wacky quotes by Groucho Marx! "I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book." <BR> <BR> "I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it..." <BR> <BR> "Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?" <BR> <BR> "Whe... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:40:07 EST Progress, not perfection Progress, not perfection, is my goal. I want to be better today than I was yesterday. If I go all or nothing, I will quit again and I must not quit again, ever. <img src=""> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:39:47 EST A little down today- too much death in the last two years. Went to my cancer checkup today and the receptiomist wasn't there. She is such a sweet nice person. On the wall by her desk was her picture and it said she died in a car accident in May. I only go every 6 months now. She was 52. <BR> In the last 2 years, I have lost my only 2 uncles, my best f... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:39:17 EST I'm so excited!!!! <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Tonight when I came home, I noticed a package on my door step and it was from SparkPeople. I opened it up and I was selected to try out some products from Metamucil. I had put my hat in the ring, but it had been awhile back and kind of forgot about it, but when I opened... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:38:59 EST Daily Inspirational Message People have a way of becoming what you encourage to them to be – not what you nag them to be. <BR> <BR> Scudder N. Parker Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:36:18 EST When the going gets tough: Treat myself with care and kindness It's been an up and down kind of day. I'm not even sure what to make the theme of this blog. Maybe there isn't one! It's just a slice of life - the good, the bad, and all the in between. <BR> <BR> I made it to the gym for some weight training this morning, so I was feeling good about that. But m... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:36:06 EST Ouch! Well, I'm struggling. My shoulder/arm injury has gotten a lot worse. So much so that I haven't been able to work out for weeks. It is painful and sometimes keeps me up at night. I can't lift my arm over my head and my range of motion in other directions is also very limited. I'm seeing the d... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:35:25 EST Love it...Hate it...Crossfit Fundamentals Day 2 Today we were all there except for one person. We also added another person to the class. We reviewed the following: <BR> Rowing <BR> Back squat <BR> Press <BR> Push press <BR> <BR> Our ten minute WOD was a team effort with three people on each team for: <BR> 2000 meter row <BR> 100 press <BR>... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:34:31 EST 250 + miles since I got my tracker a month ago! Wow, I would not have believed it if someone told me I would walk that many miles in a month! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I got in 26.000 + steps, 12.1 miles, 320 exercise minutes, 136 very active minutes (Cardio time) <BR> <BR... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:32:20 EST Feeling like a Monday Boy the office kicked my behind today. Felt crazy like a Monday all day. Well at least it is really Wednesday so we are getting closer to the weekend. Hoping to reach 10,000 steps today less than 100 to go!! <em>244</em> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:32:06 EST No time to breathe... It's been a busy past two days. Not much time to spark! <BR> <BR> Happy sparking everyone! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:31:00 EST Are You Ready to Become The Biggest Loser? BLC-26 = Biggest Loser Challenge - Round 26 <BR> <BR> Are you ready to do something for YOU this fall? <em>128</em> It's TIME! The Registration Team for BLC 26 is NOW OPEN! Follow the LINK below to save your spot! We have LOTS of different teams that provide SUPPORT, ENCOURAGEMENT and if nec... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:28:16 EST The picture that made my day... As I've mentioned in passing in a couple blogs, a dear SP friend just had a baby. XANGELSTEARZX gave birth to her son Kody, and they just came home from the hospital on Monday. She just posted this pic... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:21:22 EST The world spins. We stumble on. It is enough. ~Colum McCann The world spins. We stumble on. It is enough. ~Colum McCann <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:20:56 EST My Daily Challenge- Sit and squeeze/ a very challenging and emotinal day. How to do it <BR> Sit up straight on the edge of a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Put your hands on the seat of the chair outside your hips and bend your elbows slightly. Squeeze your knees and buttocks together. At the same time, push your hands into the chair, straightening your arms. ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:19:26 EST hump day went to bed and could not sleep well last night.. even the dog had problems sleeping hubby got up at 645 am which meant I was up for the day then also after less than 4 hours of sleep. <BR> <BR> So got up and did a few things, let and ran a few errands before I saw my favorite doctor . He wa... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:16:55 EST Is it the weekend yet? Seriously, I am looking forward to some down time...absolutely do NOTHING time...I think I am going to take off on Friday to get an extra day in...just feel mentally drained...but this will pass...LOL <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:16:27 EST Canyon Hike Photos This was our first hike. It was complicated by the fact we kept taking wrong pathways :-P <BR> <img src=""> <BR> We crossed a gravely dried out river bed and carried on a well worn path only to find ourselves at the edge of a quarry wi... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:12:11 EST A Good Morning For All! Today was the first day of school for the grandsons. We got ready sooo smoothly, I just couldn't believe it! Of course, it won't always be like that, but I'm definitely grateful for the blessing of a good beginning. <BR> <BR> David and Paul were up early. David got showered and dressed, so he co... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:11:48 EST Work Tension This morning at work, the tension was so thick you could almost cut it with a knife. By this afternoon, it had subsided somewhat. There is still a lot up in the air, but because of privacy issues and HIPPA, I can't really say much about it. The incident in question does not directly involve me... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:09:17 EST Tomorrow Another new student on my caseload...and a meeting that was totally unnecessary during what turned out to be a working lunch....Well, that's an hour and a half of my life I'll never be able to reclaim... <em>246</em> ...School starts tomorrow! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:05:32 EST people who inspire me Jesus and God because they love me for me. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Loved that movie btw <BR> <BR> St. Paul, because he has the same ideas and theories about life that i do <BR> <img src=" Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:03:03 EST why? I had to get a physical for work today. They sent me to planned parenthood for it because that's where they said they'd pay for it. I had all I could do to stay there. I wanted to run so badly it wasn't even funny. I don't believe in abortions at all, never thought I'd ever be in a place that tak... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:57:46 EST 30 Days of Sweatiness: Day 1 Today is my Day 1 of posting 30 Days of sweaty vlogs after my workout (which will now be known as a SVLOG!) Join me in the sweatathon and post a daily vlog or pic of yourself in all your sweaty glory! Let's start a sweaty movement! <BR> <BR> I forgot to mention in the video, today's workout cons... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:57:29 EST health means to me Health means to me being free of body and mind limitations. To radiate a vibrant glow and be active active nd adventerous. To challenge yourself. To be confident and not self concious. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:55:29 EST the bells rung day 2 I got up and did those kettlebells again. They made my heart pump and my ears ring....At least I didn't actually get my bell rung. Nothing broken on day 2...I think the kettlebells are a here to stay. Got to search out some more exercises I can circle through........As I sit and take a quick b... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:50:57 EST What I Learned From My New Personal Trainer I had my First Meeting with my Personal Trainer (Travis) today. As I sort of knew -- and ALL of my Friends assured me -- It was MUCH Less Painful than I was afraid it would be. <BR> Well, except for the Weigh In, but I KNEW that would be B-A-D!! <BR> <img src=" Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:49:13 EST S90 round 4 day 7 Today was day 7 of my S90 day series and the workout of the day was LEGS. This is a tough ST workout that leaves your legs wobbly and weak right after the workout but strong and powerful later in the day. <BR> <BR> The workout consists of different versions of squats, lunges and hamstring work ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:46:12 EST Another Spark Person's blog to check out <BR> <BR> You MIGHT find this worthy of a smile and containing some helpful information... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763790 </link> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:45:24 EST Good workout I went to the gym this morning. Kicked my own rear for a couple hours. I am a bit sore tonight. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:43:46 EST Struggling I have been struggling this week, both w/ my exercise and w/ my eating. I am leaving for vacation in 2 weeks, and I think my brain is in vacation mode already. <BR> <BR> My only exercise at this point is walking. I walk at a fast pace for about an hour in the mornings for my cardio, then 2 short... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:43:28 EST best part of day today After being on vacation the last couple of weeks, today finally got back to really tracking. Started writing out some goals for the fall. Printed out my walking schedule for half marathon in December. After seeing photos after vacation, it's time to make progress! Pictures don't lie. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:41:46 EST 30 minute walk I did a 30 minute walk, I burned 199 calories and went 1.65 miles. <em>104</em> <em>91</em> <em>30</em> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:41:20 EST Home We were away on a week vacation last week. I didn't track a lot of cardio activities but we sure walked a lot. So I am not too worried that I didn't get much exercise in. I did track 2 hours of swimming and 2 short hikes. <BR> <BR> This week however, it looks like I won't meet my calories burned... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:38:06 EST BLC 26 starts in September & I can't wait! This summer has been an emotional, mental, physical, and financial rollercoaster. Needless to say instead of losing weight, I gained considerably. I'm back in the 180s and am hoping to be back in the 170s by the start of BLC. <BR> <BR> I'd be lying if I said I wasn't bummed about how this summe... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:36:04 EST transformer blew transformer blew last night right around midnight. First lights just flickered so we went outside to see what was going on and there was this very loud bang and the sky lit up bright blue and everything went black no lights anywhere close. Apparently a rotted branch broke off a tree and came down... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:34:03 EST Mowed the lawn today. I haven't mowed the lawn in about 2 weeks and it was getting tall. I spent 2 hours mowing and did NOT get finished. I'm not sure if I will finish tomorrow. We currently have a heat advisory going on until Saturday. I DID get some sun today. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:27:53 EST Anniversary Trip & Back on Track. (w/ Pics!) We had a blast going to Put-in-Bay and Kelley's Island for the weekend. That being said, I didn't take Nutrisystem with me and we just ate whatever. I have faltered the past two days, but today I ate well within NS and stayed on track! Here are some pics from the trip One is at the Glacial Groove... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:26:47 EST Day 47 - kick the can't Saying “I can’t” generally stops you from being successful. Usually, when people say, “I can’t”, they “provide some sort of legitimate excuse” to justify their behavior. Some examples are: <BR> <BR> “it’s not my fault” <BR> “I can’t help it” <BR> “I can’t eat right, I am too stressed” <BR> “I ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:23:15 EST Miss Eva update and Me!! They did find part of Her problem. She takes a hand full of meds and does not drink enough water to wash them down. They stick and they have burned holes where they stuck!! Hopefully they can let Her go home soon!! <BR> I have a Docs appointment tomorrow for regular blood work and to talk to... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:20:39 EST Disappointing run Well, I ran. Which I'm proud of. And I don't know if I didn't warm up well, or not, but it was not a good run. My tailbone was NOT happy. This isn't uncommon for me, and it's due to muscle weakness following an ancient injury. If I don't keep strengthening it, it flares up. <BR> Then my ar... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:20:29 EST Goals So my fit bit has set goals. Which is great since spark people also has goals and they are different. I am trying to hit all of the goals on both resources. But I also have my own goals. <BR> <BR> August. I want to do as many fitness minutes as I possibly can. Cook at least 5 days a week ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:11:35 EST Happy Hump Day I have been busy with the garden and we were gone for 4 days visiting family in PA. <BR> we had a great time and I got to tell several people about Spark people...they seemed excited about it but so far have not seen any of them here or signed up.... <BR> <BR> The Month is almost over and thing... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:08:52 EST Full Circle I have a wonderful example of life coming FULL CIRCLE! One of my grandsons, Layton, has a new PE teacher in second grade this year; he was a little disappointed when he learned he was getting a new teacher, as he really, really like the teacher he'd had for two years! However, his disappointed ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:07:32 EST Pup is healing nicely. We are half way through the healing process of Halo's broken leg. Last night he decided to chew on his splint so today the vet put him in a hard plastic cone. The x-rays show that the bones are knitting and that he should have full recovery. <BR> <BR> The vet wants him back on Monday to check... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:07:17 EST farmers work to hard <link><BR>4/08/15/wisconsin-farmer-continues-cho<BR>res-age/14139477/ </link> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:06:01 EST Exhausted Exhausted but still trying my best to put in the exercise... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:03:35 EST Finally I'm not whining. I seem to be in much better spirits -- I just rescued a dog and now I have company on my walks, WooHoo. <BR> I've been sticking to the program and I'm proud of that but now that I have Bagel (the Beagle) to walk with me, I'm really encouraged. As he gets older, I'm going to have step it up and m... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:58:37 EST 82 -new goals Well, last night I stayed with my brother and SIL and we got into a very *loud* argument about weight loss. <BR> <BR> Here is why it got loud: my brother's solution to dieting, weight loss, etc....wait for it...WILLPOWER. <BR> <BR> All. It. Takes. Is. WILLPOWER...he said. <BR> <BR> Anyway. <BR... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:58:29 EST WHAT I DID TODAY. 60 mins walk on the beach <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> 30 mins Hula Hoop <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> 75 mins Yoga <em>401</em> <em>402</em> <em>404</em> <BR> <BR> 11 glasses of water <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> Fruits and veggies <em>248</em> <BR> <BR>... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:54:23 EST STRUGGLING <img src=""> <BR> I have really been struggling last couple of days, just am not feeling it. I am off my nutrition tracking not going over my range but definitely not eating very healthy. Just grabbing something out of frig and eating. Got... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:49:22 EST 8/20/14 Went to work today, was supposed to work 5 hours 45 mins and come home at 2. They asked me to stay over, which means I get a lunch. Problem is, I did not pack a lunch. I ended up eating at Subway. Way too much. 12 inch spicy italian on wheat. SO that means maybe just a yogurt for supper ton... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:49:14 EST I joined a few challenges There was the 100 day of fitness challenge. Sounds great! I am confident I can finish!! Also there is the challenge offered by IndyGirl's Team to drop 50-100lbs in 1 year. I joined that to drop 50ish-70 lbs in that time frame. I know I can do these challenges. I am on my way!! <em>244</em>... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:48:56 EST Who wants an inflamed brain? Or, Eat Kale! <BR> <BR> I was feeling a bit snarky today which morphed into feeling sad for myself. Then I ate lunch. The building I work in has a cafeteria in it and normally I just go for the salad bar. But today I went for a comfort food selection. My body does not like grains so I chose ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:47:46 EST A bunch of words.... I've felt like blogging all day...but not sure why or what about. <BR> <BR> We've gotten my mom set up with home hospice care. Post-Mortem arrangements will be made tomorrow, since the hospice nurse advised us to get this done sooner rather than later, because mom could leave us any time now. ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:47:35 EST Day 6 Had a really bad night last night. As far as my knees where concerned they didn't even want to be in the same county with each other. None of the normal things that help helped. No pillow between them, no change of beds or the couch or the chair did any good. It was after 4 am when I finally ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:44:45 EST Push Circuit 2 Week 1 Done. Tired. Crazy week. Still on track! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:41:56 EST Breaking my plateau!!! After months and I mean a lot of months (since November 2013) the scale has been stuck on the same 3-4 numbers, sometimes up a lb or two and sometimes down but nothing new. I tried every exercise I could think of. Working harder on each one determined that this time this 186 lb plateau would NO... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:37:39 EST Body Gospel - Body Revival Day #1 Today was official day of beginning Body Gospel Workout, yesterday was just an intro. This is an awesome program! The fitness instructor Donna Richardson begins workout with a prayer and has Gospel music playing in background. <BR> <BR> The program comes complete with Nutrition Guide {Feed yo... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:37:03 EST Feeling nervous! Tomorrow is " weigh in" day..... the first one of my new start, I don't feel like I did the best job this week... the weekend was bad, and I didn't do great on Monday either... so I feel like 3 days were good/great and 4 were pretty bad, I hope I am at least rewarded by NOT gaining! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:36:41 EST What It Takes To Play This Game I wasted some mental energy yesterday. I was fretting over my abdomen. I have been able to detect my weight loss in my arms, legs, back and even my face. But every time I passed a mirror or a window, I was upset by how little progress that bit of space between my shoulders and hipbones was making... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:35:10 EST Goals Setting my weekly goal and then yelp my everyone has really helped me. I did not want to get up this am. Then I was like we'll then I would have to tell everyone that I did not do my work out. The thought of doing that made me get up. I have already picked my goal for next week. How do you set... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:34:42 EST Quick Update Time seems so elusive these days. I've been wanting/needing to write a blog but I seem to be always running out of time. So, I am going to try to make this short and sweet! <BR> <BR> Today, I weighed in at 205.8. Thanks to my new job as an overnight CNA where I walk and lift people alot, I have... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:33:36 EST Names <BR> <BR> Tom was invited to his friend’s house for dinner. He found that his buddy called his wife every cute name in the book: honey, darling, sweetheart, pumpkin, and baby. <BR> <BR> When she was in the kitchen, he leaned over to his friend and said, “I think it’s nice you still call your ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:30:21 EST From size 20 plus to size 10?!!!! I started a bulging size 20. The collage below I had graduated to a stretchy fit size 18--and I was proud! Yes, I was. Those numbers are crazy sad--as was my health/weight, but I was proud because it, I, my health was going somewhere better. :) <BR> <BR> Tonight I'm in a pair of size 10's. Never... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:27:37 EST A much Better Day. In the quest to keep up with my journaling and writing things down to get them off my chest I also need to write down when things go well, which was and is today.. <BR> <BR> went to the gym with my daughter today really worked out hard and then we went to a sauna session together which was so r... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:26:07 EST You're too fat to bellydance For a very, very, very long time I deemed myself too fat to wear a bikini. <BR> Even though I agree that sometimes it's better to show less than more, I was still jealous of 50+ years old women wearing a bikini at the beach, no matter their size. They wanted to wear one and they did. I was in my ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:24:40 EST Success and Perseverance.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Is it the MENOPAUSE? OR the MENTALPAUSE? Is it OVER DOING things or UNDER DOING things? Whatever it is that I am experiencing, is affecting my mood and I NO LIKEY! What do I do? Do I let it drag me into an even lower l... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:23:01 EST Thoughts for Wednesday 8/20/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:19:07 EST What a pleasant day! <img src=""> <BR> Today was rather cloudy but did not lack in humidity. I put the air on after being over a week without it. <BR> <BR> After hubby got home from his PT job at 12:30 I decided I just did not want to stay indoors nor did I want... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:04:55 EST Day 4 Today has been much better than yesterday. <BR> <BR> I love my lips. Sometimes they seem smaller than others, but I love them. My husband loves to kiss them, and I don't even really need to wear lipstick. I do it for fun, even though I usually just use a lip stain or lip gloss. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:01:32 EST Update on Husband Bill: Not Good We came home from the hospital a week ago tomorrow. We went to the oncologist yesterday. Pet scan and biopsy shows he has cancer in his liver.... again. It's the reoccurrence of the gall bladder cancer he had last year that got to his liver. This time, surgery is not an option. The best they can ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:56:16 EST Whole30 day 20 Catching a wave Hardly know the time is passing now 2/3rds thru. I am uncertain what will happen after the 30th. <BR> Today we went to Crescent Beach state park in Maine. What a great weather day. It was warm enough to swim but not so hot that you felt like you had to. The sea air is so refreshing. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:53:27 EST Weeks 1-3 Couch to 5k This blog is meant for me to get my thoughts down, but hello to all who choose to read through my meandering thoughts. I'm an avid reader and writer, and as much as I love old school journaling, I do fancy the blog method because I'll be able to type more (and faster) than handwriting. So, welcom... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:52:29 EST Overwhelmed OMG, it is crazy. Got an accepted offer on one of my listings today and wrote an offer for that seller today. All these home inspections are going to happen when I am gone. <BR> <BR> I'm starting to go into panic mode. The last time I was this busy was Spring when I would expect to be busy. ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:50:02 EST 5 reasons I have to work out 5 reasons that inspire me to work out: <BR> <BR> 1) I know I'll feel better afterwards <BR> 2) Being outdoors makes me feel close to the Divine and Nature <BR> 3) I want to keep up my Spark Streaks <BR> 4) it helps relieve my stress and has meditation-like qualities <BR> 5) it's already proven t... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:49:19 EST Diet Rage - HULK SMASH :) GRRRRRR. I have PMS and I want chocolate and salty crunchy things and then more chocolate. Chocolate-covered salty crunchy things. <BR> <BR> So, I'm sitting here, trying to be all Zen about it, talking to myself about what I want be healthy, to have mobility, to travel again...and th... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:46:59 EST Back to School & Metamucil I work at a prep school and we started our meetings yesterday. I don't teach. I am the Head's exec. assistant, so I have to prepare and/or review all of the stuff that we do to set up the new year. And then take minutes on 5 days of meetings. Boy, it's a lot of detail and my mind is shot today, ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:46:10 EST Water Aerobics I went to water aerobics and it was wonderful! That first hour was rough, balance issues, but that was expected since I have been sedentary for so long, too long. The second hour I could actually do everything in time with the music! Woot! Can't wait until Friday to do it again. <BR> <BR> The hu... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:44:20 EST I Quit smoking!! I have a confession to make... I'm embarrassed to say that a few months before I turned 18 I started smoking cigarettes. I quit a few months before I turned 21 when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. Then I stated smoking again here and there whenever I would drink. I quit again when I ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:38:13 EST have been to stubborn to change I have told some people about how I am trying to change and have not made the proper efforts to do so. They have been trying to talk to me and I've been rude, ignoring them and not responding properly to questions; even to my own family. I had a job opportunity and ended giving up on it. I am int... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:37:48 EST A smile for Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> Hope you find a lot today that makes you smile! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:34:58 EST Hunger then and now Prior to my journey, I ate to avoid feeling hungry. Feeling hungry felt uncomfortable. I avoided it. I ate large meals and had frequent snacks. When I first started the journey, I was used to very large portions. I changed my nutrition to lean proteins and whole grain carbs so I would feel full l... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:28:25 EST Smile Of The Day---Thurs. A girl of seven walked into her mother's bedroom and asked her to tell her a bedtime story. <BR> <BR> The mother wasn't thrilled with the request. She said, "It's almost two in the morning." <BR> <BR> "I know, Mummy, but I'd love to hear a story." <BR> <BR> The mother said, "Lie down in bed... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:22:05 EST Whole30ing – Day 16 (Tuesday) – Danger Will Robinson I started the day off rushed to eat breakfast as our living room rug was being replaced. After 15 years, multiple dogs and people in and out of the deck that is right off the living room, it was time for new one. The old rug was a white-ish speckled one and we replaced it with a darker tan/brown ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:21:55 EST Half-Fast Old Lady Fit Jock Says Make It Easy on Yourself I have been threatening to write a blog about how I pack a gym bag for some time. I think someone might benefit from it. Keeping a gym bag packed has been key in my transformation from couch potato to half-fast old lady fit jock. <BR> <BR> I've even started writing the blog a time or two. I real... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:03:01 EST Whole 30 Days 9-12 Thoughts I haven't posted daily, because things are just going so smoothly that there really isn't much to say! I am following the program and I haven't been sick once, which is awesome!!! What a wonderful thing to have that out of my life. Kinda wonder about the reintroducing phase, lol. The awesome thin... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:00:31 EST Restart after an injury. I had to stop going to the gym at the beginning of June due to an injury I got from giving blood. I got a bit depressed and had a few days where I was eating junk because I was sad, and I ended up back on soda. I was really scared that I screwed up enough that I would be as heavy as when I star... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:58:27 EST Had to give myself a stern talking to today.... I started out determined to work out and it went downhill from there. It got close to workout time and I kept finding reasons to not do it. My knee hurts. I didn't eat lunch. I deserve a day off. Etc. I finally had to turn it all over to God and once I did that; I began to turn my excuses around!... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:51:43 EST Wednesday work My morning market went well for sales, in spite of rain, no tent, extra tables left in car and a kid that was supposed to work with me and decided to stay home to clean his room. That is fine, except he promised he would take the extra stuff OUT of the car and put the tent IN the car to make thin... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:45:48 EST IS YOUR CAT THE BOSS? / YOU'RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME! / WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY CAT Please leave your comments on the page that follows to read about what I have said. because this one will get deleted, thanks, eva <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531735 </link> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:44:36 EST Wednesday's Healthy Inspirational Quote for the Day 08/20/2014 "What you do today can improve all your tomorrows."~Ralph Marston Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:44:23 EST PEOPLE THAT DON'T KNOW CATS / THINGS PEOPLE WANT TO BELIEVE ABOUT CATS! (Joke) Please leave your comments on the page that follows to read about what I have said. because this one will get deleted, thanks, eva <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606732 </link> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:41:06 EST [LOOKING FOR]: hitman to take out an evil friend! Searching for a hitman to find a way to kill my friend: Jumping Jack. <BR> <BR> Ugh. I hate them SO much! I could barely turn/roll over in bed last night because my abs were SO sore! While I'm slightly less sore today, I still hate them. I think it's mostly due to the fact that my body i... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:40:25 EST A Year in Review I can hardly believe it's been a little under a year since I've logged into Spark! Need to make this a daily part of my life once again. This past year a lot has changed. We've moved into a much nicer home, my husband has changed several jobs, I worked for and left a great job to take on another ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:37:18 EST Whew Today was weigh-in day. I lost the 2 pounds I gained last week. <em>198</em> My Sparker friends are helping me stay on track. <em>252</em> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:31:59 EST Whew Today was weigh-in day. I lost the 2 pounds I gained last week. <em>198</em> My Sparker friends are helping me stay on track. <em>252</em> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:31:59 EST Motivation 8/20/14 “Be not afraid of growing slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.” ~ Chinese Proverb <BR> <BR> Standing still is definitely something I DON’T want to do! <BR> <BR> After doing our 5K on Sunday, Kimmie and I decided that we are going to move forward with a run team! How fun is that!?!? <em>... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:31:53 EST Not KETOing! I was living under the illusion that I was in Ketosis. <BR> Was way, way off! <BR> Still a little confused about how to eat high fat, low carb/protein & eat vegetables. <BR> <BR> I am trying not to beat myself up, shift & get on with it! <BR> Am working on it. Just have to figure out how to do... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:30:25 EST Sibol Afghan completed My Sibol ( Sunshine International Blankets of Love) Afghan is complete. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The patch you can see is a pocket with a butterfly on it <BR> <BR> <img src=""... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:28:03 EST Overweight! Yippee! Woohoo! <BR> <BR> I started my weight loss effort this February with a BMI of 31.5 <BR> After all kinds of aggravation and slooow progress, my weigh-in on Monday got me to a BMI of 30.0. So now I am on the cut-off of obesity. I Am OVERWEIGHT hooray!! (yes, we do need to celebrate the little vict... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:26:14 EST Eye surgery is done... Well they eye surgery went well. The first day I had a lot of pain that I couldn't get under control....i was at home though and that was all I cared about. I was groggy from the anesthesia and hurting a lot first day...second day was much better although I was amazed at home much the anesthesia ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:26:12 EST I just want to hit the fast forward button!! I do, but I don't. I don't because I already think life is going too fast and my kid's are growing up even faster. But, the part I could fast forward is my weight loss. I believe in myself that I will make it to my goal weight, but being over half way to my goal it is getting harder and harder to... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:23:58 EST Sparkpeople is the first thing I now see.. This calendar is now the first thing I see when I go into my browser, ie my home page! <BR> <link><BR>track-calendar.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Right away you see a calendar with calories and exercise that you did today and in previous days. <BR> <BR> It also s... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:20:35 EST Seeking the Perfect Smoothie I started looking into smoothies and a healthier alternative to breakfast on the go and an occasional meal. My experience so far has been very positive when I am working with fruits. However, when adding leafy greens and other vegetables, I get a foamy layer on top that appears to be due to water... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:17:21 EST Day 231- Back on track :) blogging vacation Day 1 and 2 Vacation is over and I'm so sad I could cry lol. <em>46</em> I honestly miss Baltimore a lot. I love california but it was really beautiful over there too. Ahh I just want to go back in time and experience everything all over again!! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:16:05 EST It's a good day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All in all, it's been a good day! Well, I guess it's really been a good week so far! What makes it so good? Two things. <BR> <BR> First, was a followup visit with the doctor on Monday. He was happy with my weight... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:14:39 EST First try at the Y Although we aren't members until September, when we went on the tour we got passes for two visits each before our membership starts. I used one of my visits today to go to deep water aerobics this morning. <BR> <BR> The class lasted 45 minutes, and it was really fun! We used a buoyancy vest and... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:07:23 EST Shoulder Injury (update) This is for all those sparkers who read my blog post from 8/17. You asked to be kept posted and I certainly appreciate your support and concern! <BR> <BR> Ok, often when I injure myself it is something weird or stupid in the sense that only I could have managed to do that to myself. Example? One... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:04:17 EST 8/20/ i have to???? I used to think this ALL THE TIME when i was growing up. I never said it, because my older sister did enough of that for the both of us. <BR> Now, it is more related to work and housecleaning. I don't really like either, but i know i HAVE to do them. on a daily basis. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:02:06 EST I got lighter and leaner eating greener As a Fibromyalgia sufferer, I found greener living eating and drinking has made my weight loss goals simpler and successful wit results! Now I want to share that healthy nutrition is key to healthy weight loss and you don't have to kill yourself with painful & time consuming workouts. Start your ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:01:05 EST Wednesday 08/20/2014 Breaking news from Newton,Kansas This just in from cookingstars I have reached a milestone since I joined sparkpeople I have reached a goal <BR> <em>244</em> <em>248</em> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:59:30 EST Helpful tip for mourning Well, I haven't done this in a dog's age. <BR> <BR> Things have been hectic. And while it's appreciated that people bring food for the family, since we neither had the time, nor the motivation to cook, please... no more potato salad. <BR> <BR> We got four catering sized trays of potato salad... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:58:52 EST Me, just me I am working on yoga now, and doing it alone in my home. I need some breath and relaxation, I need some stress relief, and also some physical strengthening. Yoga works. I feel calmer all day and since I am not a get up and 'work out' kind of person, I can enjoy the slow start to my morning practi... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:54:25 EST Zombies Run I have really gotten into the Zombies, Run! app. I'm using the 5k trainer right now and doing the original app on my days between. I love the freeform run! When I'm finished with that I plan to pick up my C210k trainer where I left off at week 5. <BR> <BR> My running times are getting better ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:50:34 EST Starting over. Well I am starting over. I haven't really done much on here for about 5 years. I lost my way and now I am finally ready to do this. I started my new journey in July of this year (2014). Since then I have lost 14.5 lbs. <em>244</em> On here it doesn't show that much. This is because I had a co... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:47:41 EST Difficult Summer... going into Fall Well, the title says it all. It's been a very difficult summer with a lot of pain, very little ability to exercise. Just got results of a bone density test and it looks like I have 12% loss in the lower back, and build up in the pelvic area. Might be the IBC metasticizing to the bones - apparen... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:47:04 EST Summer is almost over and then cooler weather. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:42:58 EST "Hold me now, warm my heart; stay with me, let loving start" - Thompson Twins I don’t believe in fresh starts. I believe that life is a bit more continuous than that and that rather than having to start a whole new book, sometimes we just need to turn the page or move on to the next chapter. With the lack of mindfulness I’ve been showing in my decisions, it is certainly ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:39:55 EST 08/20/2014 I feel this way too often so I sent this text to my bf earlier ... <BR> <BR> I feel a little bit like I'm not accomplishing much today. . But really I've given blood sample, bought groceries, fixed breakfast, lunch, snack, dealt w kitchen drain, pooped, updated meds list, printed it, updated doc list and timeline, checke... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:37:52 EST Blessings, August 20, 2014 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. My students. <BR> <BR> 2. Technology in the classroom. <BR> <BR> 3. Teamwork. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list your own blessings. Have a great... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:32:42 EST Long vacation I'm done with work for a few weeks and am vacationing in siesta key fl on the gulf coast. Beach walk a couple miles every day and lots of fish dishes! Life is not just good it'd great! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:29:22 EST Legs broken? You would think I had 2 broken legs: 25min walk today...16 yesterday...nothing on Monday! When I considered increasing my steps goal, I cringed and turned 4,000 into 5,000! I used to aim for 10,000 and reached it! Almost daily! So why am I content with just 5,000?! Why? Because I am busy 3 days ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:27:30 EST My Triumphs I did awesome this past weekend! <BR> <BR> On Saturday I walked and jogged on the trails near my home. I did 3.42 miles and jogged for a 1/2 mile splitting it up between 2 quarter miles. My max speed was 4.7mph. According to the tracker on my S5 I burned 529 calories. My baby girl was with me (... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:23:38 EST GAS time It's GAS time, or Give A Shi* time. <BR> <BR> Something clicked back into place yesterday. Feel almost happy again. Found myself smiling today for no reason. <BR> <BR> Taking a herbal blend apothecary weight loss drop that really seems to keep my craving under control. Will head to the Farmer's... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:21:04 EST Another Exercise Benefit <link><BR>Landing-Page/Extraordinary-Health-News<BR>letter-August-20-2014/ContentPubID/1267.aspx </link> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:20:37 EST My Return to Sparkpeople Here I am. It's been a very long time, a couple of years, in fact. <BR> So, I thought it was time to catch up. <BR> <BR> I went to the doctor on Monday and had a rude awakening. I knew I had gained a lot of weight and really struggled with getting it off. I have been on quite a few food roller... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:19:41 EST Exercise challenges I have decided that Boot Camp isn't going to work for me this month. The first week our instructor was on vacation. The second week I was on vacation. This (the third) week I work early shift and evenings won't work with my volleyball schedule. Also, after Monday's procedure, there was no way... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:19:37 EST just random NSV and stuff So I took a look around my page and realized i have not posted one blog in the month of August that is extreme for me to say the least. This could be for several reasons. There is a lot that has been going on for sure. I have found myself really contemplating my life and where it is and what I t... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:19:24 EST Stress blog day 12 - tired Worked out with my trainer this morning, which was good. Also walked the dogs and did the dishes although as I write this I realize I forgot to do the kitty litter. Will do that after lunch. Had to drive 25 miles each way to my doctor's office to pick up a prescription; it was nice to have some a... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:11:37 EST Staying On Track <img src=""> <BR> Since getting back on track, I have stayed on track and been working hard, getting results slowly but surely. On Saturday, a very hot day, I had a second birthday celebration with my sister and some friends out at a campsit... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:10:55 EST oh what a day So, clearly I haven't written anything in a while. I have no reason for this, I can make up reasons.....but all lame. I am in a almost frantic internal struggle between wanting to be that fit person, to whom exercise is a top priority and being that person who loves to eat (I really do love to ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:10:16 EST Chair Yoga I read a great article in the paper about companies offering work site wellness, and I was inspired! It makes me so happy to hear that 91% of organizations across the country are offering their employees some type of health promotion program! From incentives, to on site gyms, to classes, lectures... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:09:19 EST Trying to take things one day at a time. Here I am months later and just now posting again. The stress in my life has gotten worse which is why it has taken me so long to post again. I am still trying to work on losing my weight but i haven't seemed to get to my goal or even close yet. I am not giving up hope because I know that I will ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:08:03 EST Small Wins - Day #75 - Spangle's 100 Days of Weight Loss In Day #75's reading Spangle reminds us that yesterday's reading asked us to look for and identify the rainbows that popped up during our day. In today's reading she addresses the small wins we accomplish during the day and usually allow to slip by wthout our noticing. In this reading she urges u... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:07:28 EST Thoughts and reflection after a tough week I've just completed week 2 of the Official Sleep Challenge, and the 1st week of the Stress Busting Challenge. The 2 are definitely related in my case!! <BR> <BR> So, first to sleep and my progress - or the lack of progress.... This week has been awful - I have been very stressed out, I got a vi... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:03:14 EST Wednesday's Wisdom =) <img src=""> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:03:09 EST Getting a Grip! This morning after reading a featured blog Steph -Knee Uncensored 2 about how she thought losing the weight would fix everything. As if weight loss was her only problem in life. Reading this blog was like reading my mind. Since July I have reached a plateau, gaining and losing the same... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:55:59 EST Monday-Tuesday (Aug. 18-19) Nothing/Things I can do at work Nothing Monday or Tuesday. I have my strength training session w/ my trainer on Wednesday night after work, and I'm looking forward to that. <BR> <BR> I was thinking a lot about things I could do at work to get some activity in. I have a day job where I sit at my desk most of the day. I know it... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:54:41 EST FINAL WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE RESULTS <em>9</em> <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> I announced that I had won a local eight week weight loss challenge and won $75 dollars! I went out and bought a new pair of walking shoes and some new sandals with the winnings. <BR> <BR> This is the final results of the challenge <BR> <BR> WEIGHT ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:54:40 EST Still not back in the Groove on my bike... Had a good day yesterday, tracking & blogging but no exercise. My husband & I are active members of the BFD Auxiliary. We go to fire scenes & support the firefighters with cold water & drinks, snacks & cold towels. We arrived at the scene at 7:30 P.M. & left at 1:30 A.M. It was hot & humid & wors... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:53:16 EST Sometimes a compromise is necessary!!! This is one of those Weds. I can't really figure out. It's cooler, perfect day for activity, and yet I feel like a slug. For those who have never seen one, a snail. Moving at his pace, you know. Unfortunately, it always creates a war inside of me because I feel like I am wasting the day when ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:48:18 EST The beginnings of a plan . . . Aha - new goal! Next summer (2015) on or near my 61st birthday, I will climb Mt. Tallac at Lake Tahoe again. I've told everyone, so there are many who will help support me. My little brother has accepted the challenge to join me. More are welcome. To accomplish this I need to get some weight off... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:44:50 EST Really, why can't people just call back. You know, when I get a message from someone, i do call them back right away, especially if the message says it's important. I made 2 calls around 1155 today, and I still haven't gotten a call from either one. I'd emailed both people yesterday, without a response from either. This is as bad as ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:44:19 EST Back Again So I have not used Sparkpeople since April 2012. Back again to meet my health goals. <BR> Anyone out there have suggestions to stay focused? <BR> Thanks Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:39:33 EST Course is DONE, and I've still visited the gym! I last blogged a week ago. <BR> <BR> Normally I meet with my trainer Mon-Wed-Fri in August. <BR> <BR> This past Friday...I cancelled (gasp!). It was the official last day of my course, and with the amount I had (not) done on my final assignments as of Wednesday night, I knew I would either get ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:39:10 EST What? 2008! I was just looking at my profile and realized I started working with Spark in 2008, when I was 30. I cant believe it. It is a little depressing to think that if I would have stuck to my guns back then I could be maintaining a healthy weight right now. Instead, 50 or more pounds and another child ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:36:39 EST back to school back to school means something different to me. <BR> we have a primary school at the bottom of our road, so we have to make sure we don't make appointments at certain times of day Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:29:47 EST Minor setback The past two days have been going very well. I have been taking my lunch to work everyday, not exercising a whole lot because I have been moving things in and cleaning, but I haven't been laying on the couch watching TV. Today I started my workout and got a call that stressed me out. I stopped de... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:26:04 EST Accomplishments... In a world where we so often notice the things we haven't done - I decided it's time to list some of the things I am accomplishing... I have been meaning to take a jewelry class for ages and finally went to one last night - this was my first try at it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:25:25 EST May we find courage to change <img src=""> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:24:44 EST OMG so excited Well today hubby said do we have enough money to get me a gear fit, they are on sale from 200 some down to 100 some down to $79.00 it is a watch, heart rate moniter, PEDOMETER!!!!, and more. Very much like the fit bit. So now we both have something. And he is competitive, I know he will never wal... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:24:43 EST BEETS Q: What are beets? <BR> A: These earthy-flavored red and yellow wonderfoods are used in everything from sweet salads to savory soups. Beets are the main ingredient in borscht, the traditional Russian soup may very well be responsible for the longevity of Russians as these colorful root vegetables... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:23:35 EST Busy summer So far this summer I: <BR> <BR> Haven't had a vacation <BR> <BR> Lost my job (makes up for the lack of vacation?) <BR> <BR> Lost my spark. <BR> <BR> I know I won't be taking a vacation. I hope to have a new permanent job soon. I need to get my spark back. Looking forward to the discipline ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:20:05 EST A Celebration Yesterday was our 64th wedding anniversary and we really celebrated. We very rarely eat out, but we went to a local restaurant and, because we have great memories of summers in Maine when my husband was teaching summer school at the University there, we decided to splurge on LOBSTER! The item o... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:19:57 EST it's wednesday another nice summer day. my daughter's last day at day camp is tomorrow, it is a full day at the camp for her. she gets to see the movie frozen.all of the birds are doing well and say hello,hello! it was calling for rain for most of the day here. so far, it only rained once in the morning. there ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:18:58 EST No more Soda! It might not be a big deal for some people, but not drinking soda pop was a tough thing for me to do. I used to drink 2 to 3 cans of pop a day. I have stopped drinking soda now for about 2 months. I am drinking more and more water every day! I have not gone completely soda-free. I did have a bot... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:18:43 EST Skipping the Gym Today So, I skipped the gym today. I have really mixed feelings about it. I've gone Monday and yesterday this week, but I promised myself that this was the week I was gonna up my game. Starting this week, I was gonna hit the gym every day before work. <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up on my own, a who... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:17:40 EST Treadmill is on the way! Well, I did it. Plunked down a large portion of my summer pay for an honest-to-god treadmill of my own. It should arrive on Monday from Sears and they will install it for me. I'm nervous about the noise since I live on the second floor. I might not be able to run at 2 am like I did at the hotel ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:16:28 EST Need ideas for time management skills Ok. You're a smart bunch! This fall I will be balancing: <BR> <BR> Full time school (both on campus and online) <BR> Running my retail business and web based business (flexible hours) Hubby is already putting in 80 hours per week. <BR> House hold chores (adult son does pitch in) <BR> Ex... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:12:48 EST Day 468 Rest Day. Surprisingly not sore. Feeling good. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:11:48 EST BLC 26 Registration is Now Open!!!! Are you ready to do something for YOU this fall? <em>128</em> It's TIME! The Registration Team for BLC 26 is NOW OPEN! Follow the LINK below to save your spot! We have LOTS of different teams that provide SUPPORT, ENCOURAGEMENT and if necessary, that KICK in the behind to get you moving towar... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:09:19 EST Spark People exercise videos I just received 3 Sparkpeople exercise videos I ordered from Amazon. I'd love to hear how anyone out there uses them: Daily, every other day, morning, evening, etc. And, how do you motivate your self to do one regularly? I have some ideas, but need a little encouragement. <BR> Thanks!! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:08:41 EST 21 Day Fix day 3 <em>524</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So here it is I have done 3 of the 21 days for 21 Day Fix. My legs are really sore, but I keep on going. Today I did lower body, so I don't think that helped too much. Yesterday I did upper body and it felt good, today I'm starting to be a little sore o... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:07:54 EST Day 8 - 50 Days of Happiness I am so glad I have started to do this. I am feeling the benefit and today it showed. <BR> <BR> A head of steam has been building at work for some time. Stress is building and someone is going to blow a gasket soon! <BR> Having said that, it is not going to be me!! <BR> It might have been a f... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:02:59 EST Paleo - Day 3 Hard to believe it's already day 3 - where does the time go? I'm still feeling good, nothing major to report. I had a kind of stressful meeting today that I just got done with (yay! it's over). I did good, though - no snacking (not even excessive Diet Coke consumption beforehand). Thankfully, it ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:01:59 EST Sleep is a great restorer :) I had to take a sleeping pill last night to sleep because I was overtired and stressed, but today I feel so much better! I've heard it said the three legs of the "good health" stool are sleep, exercise and diet: if one is removed, my stool definitely tips over.But it seems like lack of sleep is ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:00:33 EST Shall we do this again? I've started using SP a few times in the past couple of years, but I make it a day - or maybe two - and then I slack off again. I've managed to NOT lose any weight... and actually I have gained, so I am back up to 222. Sigh. <BR> <BR> This time I have been using SP for a week. I recently return... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:59:34 EST Happiness is readiness. It's not that I'm prepared, exactly. My suitcase is packed, and I've reminded my husband that nothing is packed for him. <BR> <BR> I've pretty much caught up on all my stuff at work, but there's still enough to do that to leave it all undone would leave a bit on my coworker's plate. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:58:31 EST Nothing in particular This blog has nothing and everthing to do about me. Yesterday was my daughter's first day of 1st grade. I was a bit nervous as last year it seemed she could not do anything right in the eyes of her teacher which then poured over into our home because that's how we thought we could help her, rewar... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:55:58 EST Back with a vengeance! Hello sparkpeople! So, I had some things going on in my life that got me completely off track, but I have found my way back here in the hopes of getting back on the weight loss wagon. It's been over a year since I have done any tracking, so I am getting back to it and so far it has gone well. ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:54:34 EST Tomatoes I harvested a batch of tomatoes for canning today. The water bath canning is now completed, from picking, washing, blanching to remove the skins and cores and chop the tomatoes, heating them on the stove, preparing the jars and lids, and processing in the canner for 45 minutes, two batches of 7 ... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:50:26 EST