SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Good morning everyone A have a wonderful day for everyone Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:58:58 EST Got it done! Been up since 4 was in the hungry stage fought it with bottled water move furniture before 5 from second-floor to first floor by myself that wasn't easy got my library done I always wanted a library in my house for my kids to read and I did it looks beautiful wish I could show you the pictures bu... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:57:50 EST 23 days Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Yesterday went... ok. I didn't stick to plan as well as I should have. The wedding shower had some ups and downs in terms of my eating. I declined the cookies, but had a small glass of punch. And then. They gave me the largest piece of cake. I didn't end up eating it all,... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:57:08 EST Blog Challenge Day 24: Write About Your Day I've been MIA for a couple of days. I looked at this topic and started a couple of times... then tossed it out... just wasn't feeling the topic. <BR> <BR> Whoever doesn't feel a simple topic like "write about your day"? Well, that would have been me, a couple of days in a row. On Monday after... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:53:22 EST Happy Thursday ... Remember --- that makes tomorrow FRIDAY !!! Have a great day !!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:53:03 EST Broken bones and pain meds If you have read any of my previous ramblings you know that I am in recovery. My last relapse was on pain medication that progressively got deeper. That being said one of my big kids broke his ankle yesterday. The dr prescribed him a very mild pain medication. I'm working a program I am act... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:52:41 EST Be yourself Always be yourself. Never let anyone change who you are. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:51:50 EST Happy Thursday to all Started raining here and couldn't finish my walk :( smile at everyone today and see how many smiles you get back. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:44:18 EST Proud I must say I am proud that I only gained 1 pound back after splurging for an anniversary dinner. It was a challenge not to over eat. Also a challenge to take leftovers home. I have always been a member of the clean plate club. Nowadays I really don't mind leftovers. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:36:52 EST New job Well, second day of my job was great. I was by myself most of the day. Boss would just call to check in on me. Loved visiting with all the customers. I'm figuring out where everything goes a little better, which makes it so much easier on me. Today is my first day completely by myself. Excited ab... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:28:58 EST ONE WEEK MARK! <img src=""> I started on my (simple!) 5 Weeks / 5 Steps plan last Thursday, September 22nd: 1) No smoking (12 days, yeah!); 2) Drink water (96 oz. per day); 3) Food - plan, choose wisely, eat slowly, every bite goes i... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:26:44 EST Accused of Cheating Last night I sent a text out to everyone in our BLC group, and someone that has missed 4 weigh ins accused me of cheating, because I've been in the top 3 every since the challenge had began 8 weeks ago. I didn't respond with any harsh words. I just thank them for getting me refocused, because I ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:24:55 EST Grateful Yesterday afternoon I was at the doctor's surgery when the power went out. The doctor saw me by the torchlight of her phone and the receptionists followed up with payment today. <BR> It soon became apparent the power outage was widespread. It was only later that we learnt that the whole state had... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:23:47 EST Quote 9/29/2016 "Some days are just bad days, that's all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness, and I remind myself that not every day is going to be a good day, that's just the way it is!" <BR> <BR> <BR> Dita Von Teese <BR> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:22:46 EST what i've gained, as i've lost... Prompt for 9/29 - #dailyjournalchallenge <BR> Often we get caught up in our "failure to succeed", and we forget how far we have come on our WW journey. Write at least 5 examples of BEFORE WW and NOW! <BR> 1. Before WW I did not think about what I ate and how it affected me. Now I consider what... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:21:44 EST Day 59 I am so so tired this morning. The lack of sleep is hitting me like a lead balloon right now. My daughter came over at 5:22 to take me to the bus and I was still sleeping. I only had 18 minutes to eat, get cleaned up, dressed, and out the door. Needless to say, I missed the bus. I've bee... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:17:11 EST Busy...but...Blessed! Thank goodness it's Thursday! It's been a good but extremely busy week... with school activities nearly every evening... mixed in with other obligations... so blessed... going to put the stress on the back burner...... and keep on keeping on... Friday is on the horizon... <BR> <BR> Have a bless... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:15:53 EST Thursday weigh in Only down 0.6lb this week. Due to sickness, lack of exercise, water retention, and just overall not the best week....I am pretty happy with any drop in number. Camping and hiking this weekend. I hope I drop the water weight. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:15:10 EST Good Morning Yesterday the hubby brought me to breakfast at a new place we both enjoyed it and I didn't go over on calories. Made a cake for Dad's bday but brownies from a box always turn out bad. Should have done from scratch. Anyways had a pretty productive day abd accomplished quite a bit. Here's to anothe... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:08:42 EST Quote of the Day: September 29, 2016 "Just like there’s always time for pain, there’s always time for healing.” - Jennifer Brown Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:59:03 EST Just a thought.... <img src=""> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:57:32 EST Change Just a thought...Haven't you had enough change in your life? Relationships change...Health changes...The weather changes...Our weight changes...But the God who ruled the earth last night is the same God who rules it today! -Max Lucado <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:56:17 EST Motivation, goals, and maintaining I just watched my "Spark Coach" video for the day. It was about discovering what the real motivation for weight loss is and how that can be a key to losing and maintaining. Funny because that was my basic question in my first Spark Coach email last week. <BR> <BR> I can be successful in losing ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:56:15 EST I'm not lucky.... I don't have a lot of money, but my bills are paid. My hip hurts, but they still work. I don't have everything I want, but I have everything I need. I'm not lucky... I am blessed! ✨Sparkle on my fitness family! Sparkle on! ✨ Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:51:53 EST Lost 5 pounds Here's how: * used topical magnesium gel nightly * ride bike a mile or two 5 days week * started choosing organic and non g m o for cereal fruits and veggies when possible * do majority of grocery shopping with trips to store on bicycle and judiciously select what goes in basket, making sure th... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:49:27 EST Let's have a Happy Thursday Having a tough day but trying to remain positive. <BR> I'm positive this day is going to be tough. <BR> Hope you all have a good day. <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:48:54 EST Wednesday Thursday Lots of meetings yesterday my departmental coworker is out so it will be the same today but not a lot of warranty claims to disposition which helped me not feel behind. Call me time with the family in the evening and the same again today. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:42:55 EST Dinner with my kids I've been eating so good all day and then dinner with my kids has killed my progress. They're kind of picky eaters and so I caved and made Stromboli this week. Then my mom ordered pizza last night for us. Need to work on my kids eating healthier options so I don't have to deal with this! They ar... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:42:14 EST Birthday - A day to reflect Today is my birthday. I can remember last year on this day thinking that if I had only started working toward my weight loss a year ago..... This year is different. I have been focused on getting healthy this year and there are no regrets. I am happy to report I can now walk 5K each morning w... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:38:12 EST 9-29-2016-JOLLIES FROM JUDY I did a theatrical performance about puns. Really it was just a play on words. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:36:07 EST 9/29/2016 sick 😣 welp today i can alreasy ia going to be one of those days. I am still losing alittle weight,but yesterday i did have a small peice of cake lesson learned i was in calorie range but so sick today. I am extremly tired and i have a headache and not feeling right. Today is a day to stick to fresh so ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:35:00 EST Confucius Day Confucius Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always September 29th <BR> <BR> Confucius Day honors one of the world's greatest philosophers. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:31:26 EST Happy and healthy Blood tests came out perfect I have been trying lower my carbs and it really makes me feel lighter and it showed in the test that it's working Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:31:02 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If animals could speak, mankind would weep. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:30:52 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=9/29/2016=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">Bless ye God in the cong... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:25:44 EST Base Camp Yesterday I completed two weeks of eating on plan! Yay! In the morning, I started to get that "shakey" feeling again. It's very hard to describe. It's not hunger and I'm not physically shaking...I'm maybe anxious. I'm really not sure what the emotion is. Whatever it is, it makes me want to ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:22:25 EST Positive Losing an employee today have to keep other employees positive we have to be a team good times and bad😉😉😉 Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:18:22 EST Thursday In our Thursday night Bible study we're studying spiritual discipline. I'm still struggling with the discipline of fasting. Do you fast for spiritual reasons? Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:18:20 EST You were all right I had a bad day I had gone up 4 pounds and all of you were so encouraging reminding me that it's. Just a fluctuation today back down thank you all I can't do this without all of your support God bless Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:14:29 EST Rainy Days It's a rainy day in central Il but I don't mind it , I kind of like the rain. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:13:34 EST 36th in Cookery Challenge: My own recipe and a website. My new recipes this week where the lasagna we had last night with the lentil lasagna sheets. I just made up a recipe for the filling. And used a Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond's, idea of a ricotta layer instead of white sauce. <BR> <BR> We where both impressed! I cannot remember the last time I mad... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:13:14 EST Whee! In bed by 7pm! Slept until 5am which gave me plenty of rest. We had a quiet day yesterday, just a few errands, and in the afternoon beloved took a nap while I crashed on the sofa with a good book...classical music gently in the background. Today I spend the day with Mum. My sister and B-I-L come from Californ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:05:41 EST Day 4 Summary Thank you, sparkpeople community, for always encouraging me! How I did today: 1) Run the lake around my house every day. -------C+. I promise I would have but it was rainy and crappy out and I wimped out of that. I did walk over 11k. 2) Drink over 120oz water. -------Achieved! As before, I ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:57:14 EST Glad to be alive I am rejoicing in this day that God has made and allowed me to correct some of my wrongness. It seems I have no worries☺. I have joy. I know what that means. My life is not perfect and troubles are around me but I am happy inside. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:46:14 EST Moderation is the Key There are a lot of things I want to teach my kids. <BR> <BR> I want them to learn to love God, I want them learn to love and respect people, especially when they don't deserve it. I want them to be self-sufficient adults. I want them to be the best they can be. <BR> <BR> But lately, I have bee... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:45:49 EST Layaway!! Yesterday my husband and I put some winter clothes on Layaway at K Mart, I fully intend to be in those clothes this winter. They come out November 23rd and I will be wearing them at that time. All the clothes are 1XL I'm between 1XL and 2 XL, closer to 2XL so I have work to do to get down into t... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:45:33 EST Now Faith Is - Joel & Victoria Today's Scripture: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (Hebrews 11:1, KJV) <BR> <BR> The Bible says that faith gives substance to the things you hope for. In other words, faith brings those things into your life. Notice this verse starts by saying, ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:32:38 EST Take the shot! Yesterday I helped to insure that my winter will be a well one. <BR> I got the flu shot. Did you know that taking the shot is the best way to keep your body strong against the flu? <BR> I'm doing all that I can to stay strong so that I can see my beautiful little grand babies! Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:19:54 EST Thursday's Thought <img src=""> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:16:53 EST Happy to be home!!! I'm happy to be home!! You would think we have been on vacation the way that sounds!!! Two days of not walking our route and having to eat away from home caused me to fall off of the wagon hard!! I mean hard, I have a black eye and am covered with bruises hard. Yesterday we ate at a place called ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:13:29 EST September 29, II Kings 12:4-16 Where there is money there will be corruption It's a sad state to be in but the priests were taking all of the money coming into the temple and keeping it for themselves. Most likely the offerings were brought to individual priests and not in a central location. There's no accountability in this and the individuals were keeping the money for... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:45:11 EST positive <em>521</em> <em>386</em> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 04:25:36 EST All's well that ends well Scary moment yesterday. Was called to my younger son's. GS1 -11 years old - had been playing with a friend the evening before and a dog belonging to the friend's grandparents jumped up in what really was a game and somehow ripped GS's ear. Lots of blood, distressed children and grandparents. My s... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:56:56 EST Where's all the coffee? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Yep, I "mugged" my first cup at 3:35 a.m. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:53:11 EST Hard day First of all... I am sadden to say another person lost their life in my town. For a person who needed help... who was mentally challenged... I dont believe they should of shot him 5 times after being tased. I really am not loving the protestors shutting down everything and making me feel in a p... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:52:10 EST Weight No More: Day 19; Into Retirement, Out of Retirement & Pesto It is still pretty incredible to me that I am on Day 19 of no sugar, no refined grains. I had my WI today and I was up a bit-(point 6)-but no worries. I did not expect to keep losing. I am after all already below goal and to keep losing is very difficult and perhaps not even possible/healthy. ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:36:40 EST Thursday Had my appointment this afternoon and the told me that in that week I had the monotor on ther was a lot of time my heart was racing even at night when racing at over 120 beats a minute and the longest time was over 2 minutes so going to put me on tablets to help reduce it and see if it makes a di... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:27:07 EST Thursday Had my appointment this afternoon and the told me that in that week I had the monotor on ther was a lot of time my heart was racing even at night when racing at over 120 beats a minute and the longest time was over 2 minutes so going to put me on tablets to help reduce it and see if it makes a di... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:27:01 EST Day 2 It's only the start of day 2 but so far I didn't do as well as I'd have liked. Last night I was too tired and hungry to prepare a nutritious meal, instead I had a quorn burger and oven chips. Not good. I had intended to cut carbs and what do we have for lunch? Half a baguette with cheese and... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:26:17 EST Day155 Sleep: 7 hours Breakfast: Grits with cheese Exercise: 88 mins (1044 of 500) Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:23:59 EST Today's Inspiration " A time for work, a time for play - <BR> balance in all things." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to <BR> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:23:57 EST Getting old LOL 7# <img src=""> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03:23:55 EST Day 14, missed blogging. Day 14 ended up being busy, busy, busy. Crazier than usual and Wednesday is already my busiest day of the week. <BR> <BR> My calories were ok. Workout not so much. Had a great visit with my mother though, I had to go to her place to pick something up. I drove more than I like, because driving m... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:55:36 EST Mind over Matter <img src=""> Hi guys! I know that we are all here to get healthy and gain friends. Let me just share you something, I've tried various weightloss pills be it natural or chemical and I also tried fitness clinics like ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:50:51 EST A Rough Day #22 It has been a rough one..... but I MADE IT! I'm a carb addict and I know it.... and my plan calls for a much lesser amount than I am accustomed to and I think I just need some carbs!!!! My mood as been a little down, but my resolve has been to NOT give in to it. I realize that change is diff... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:47:17 EST Day 5 of 30 Day Challenge (Yes I'm late , it was yesterday!) Wednesday was a good day but I didn't post as my dh was a bit sad when he got back from visiting his brother who has Dementia (pretty early onset) in a Care Home and cuddling up on the sofa was more important than the computer! <BR> <BR> Overall it was a good day, I walked into our town with my ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:42:59 EST We had to put down our dog yesterday :( <img src=""> <BR> Our dog was 13 years old and got extremely sick out of the blue. Was a pancreatic issue. She was too far gone by the time anyone knew she had gotten worse since her last episode a while back. She is b... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:29:00 EST Day 31: Good Resources! Find Them! Also, Crispy Roasted Chickpeas Recipe. It's 31 days, which is 4 weeks and 3 days since I've been a Nutritarian Vegan. Today in one of my sparkteams the leader posted a link to a Youtube challenge that had a video recipe. I've been watching YouTube a lot in their recipes. There is a vegan community on there but it's nothing but dram... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:24:25 EST Gratitude September 28 2016 Number 1: I saw my ankle surgeon today. My foot is indeed doing what it is supposed to be doing. The stitches look like my foot has escaped from Frankenstein's lab, but they don't look infected. Overall it is doing well, but it is swelling far more than it should. So I am trying to keep it u... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:14:20 EST Wednesday, 28/09/16 Wednesday, I stayed at home due to shoulder injury. After being medicated for 24 hrs, I feel much better now, so back to exercising and moving. Also back to work. :) Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:13:52 EST Still plugging along... minus 40 pounds I want to lose another 40. I've been at a plateau for a couple of months. At least I've maintained... I only gained back a couple of pounds. I'm going back to what I was thinking and doing when I started losing the weight. Weight Watchers has been very helpful, and so has SparkPeople. I love this... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:02:31 EST Moderation challenge <img src="">When I joined Spark, I also took the 21 day new member challenge. Some of the challenges were not really very challenging: I already tried out a lot of things SP had to offer on my own. Others were harder. ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:57:50 EST Meditate On His Love <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meditate On <BR> <BR> And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head." <BR> Matthew 8:20 <BR> <BR> Meditate On His Lo... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:54:16 EST Day 269 ~ It Always Feels Good to Help Others <img src=""> Sharing what I am committed to do along my journey... 1. Blog daily and record... 2. Calories consumed: 1,280 Calories burned: 833 3. Steps taken: 10,270 4. The number on the scale: 225.8 5. H2O: 72 o... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:51:18 EST OUR HELP IN TIME OF NEED <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hebrews 4:16 <BR> Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. <BR> <BR> If you are facing a challenge right now, I want... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:48:28 EST H is for Happiness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When am I happy? I am happiest when I have a goal, when I am striving to reach that goal and when I am achieving gradual success in reaching that goal. In an earlier blog I reminded myself of ho... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:40:05 EST Onederland! Finally!!! I have finally done it! ONEDERLAND!!! My weigh in today was 199! Getting under 200 was my first big goal so now it is time to change my numbers and decide what my next big goal will be. <BR> <BR> I am still doing my short term 10 pounds at a time mini goals so in that case I am shooting next to ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:38:09 EST Why I join SPARKPEOPLE #20160929/1 (Sorry if it's offensive) #firstpost #friendfinder (please dont be put off by my weight) About myself: Hi everyone, I'm Louisa. I'm 158cm, currently 47kg. As you are wondering why did i join this community, as I don't have weight problems, perhaps to most of you, I'm underweight. First of, I'm ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:36:00 EST Oh the torture <img src=""> <BR> My body is going through is crying for something desserty. Cleansing out the sweet tooth so that I can regain a moderate instead of overindulgence of them is a hard hump to get over! ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:31:44 EST Oh the torture <img src=""> <BR> My body is going through is crying for something desserty. Cleansing out the sweet tooth so that I can regain a moderate instead of overindulgence of them is a hard hump to get over! ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:30:18 EST #another day It's another day. To enjoy life. Encourage others. Look for something positive in each situation. Or pick things apart. Ridicule or ignore others. Look for wrinkles or gray hair or pimples in the mirror. Which choice sounds best? Because it is a choice. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:30:02 EST New goal So today I am setting a new goal for myself I am currently at 354lbs to much for my scale at home to handle at this time. My goal is to drop 24lbs down to 330lbs by the end of October. Thus ending the need for me to drag my butt to the Dr's office to weigh myself every week I will be able to do i... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:25:55 EST Day 148 and 149 Keep on, keeping on :) Keep sparking!!!! Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:13:17 EST Thursday Very sad today and praying to be with my brother it is hard when there is no one to talk to sending love light Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:11:35 EST First Day Fully "On Track" While I wasn't in my calorie range for today, I'm only 450 calories over and I tracked EVERYTHING. I have not gotten many steps today as I spent a couple hours putting my new bed frame together (it arrived this afternoon) and then as soon as I finished I got a headache that turned into a migraine... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:11:11 EST JOURNEY TO 50 <img src=""> <BR> I'm super excited to start my journey to 50. My anticipated goal date is March 22, 2017! LETS GO! Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:06:20 EST new cardio did a seated cardio workout for a change from the walking that I do usually quite tired as was able to do it more intensely a N S V also super job feeling happy that am improving Thu, 29 Sep 2016 01:01:30 EST Physical Therapy update I just wanted to post a quick word about my physical therapy today. They had me walk the track before exercising to see how I would do. I did manage to walk around it 7 times which equals 1/3 of a mile. I was hoping I would do a little better than that but my oxygen saturation dropped a little so... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:54:36 EST Day 43 I thought it time I have an end date for my weight loss goal....1/2/2017. I also put into my calendar on phone to show up daily. Keeping it real. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:46:56 EST A Year of Mercy Wisdom Wednesday <BR> <BR> <BR> September 28, 2016 <BR> <BR> An Ocean of Love <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” - St. Teresa of Kolkata <BR> Year of Mercy Calendar... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:43:13 EST LOADED BAKED SWEET POTATO (Vegetarian) Loaded Baked Sweet Potato “Healthified” <BR> <BR> Servings: 4 • Size: 1 potato • Points+: 8 pt • Smart Points: 10 <BR> Calories: 307 • Fat: 5 g • Carb: 53 g • Fiber: 10.5 g • Protein: 15 g • Sugar: 1 g <BR> Sodium: 312 mg  (without salt) <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> 4 medium size... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:20:45 EST Cats ;-) 9/28/16 Sweetest Black Cat <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Well..... my own sweetest is Baggy. I miss his snuggling every night & day long demand for & displays of affection. But each of my cats had their own puurrsonalities. Mr Paw the smartest. Sasquatch the goofiest, f... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:17:52 EST Living without a scale The spark coach question today was good for me to think about. If only I could convince my mom not to react to her day to day changes in the scale, usually not reflective of what she did or didn't eat. What I notice <BR> * feel more energetic <BR> * clothing feels different <BR> * I... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:13:09 EST Weather it was cooler today. hope it is back to normal by saturday!! Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:10:39 EST Special Blessings-September 29, 2016 Today I am especially blessed for the following; <BR> <BR> 1. We have had heavy rain and low temperatures (mid 50s) today. I enjoy this kind of weather. <BR> <BR> 2. My friend, Linda's, grandson was rear ended by a semi today that completely took the whole back off his car. By the grace of ... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:08:49 EST It's after midnight Wouldn't be too bad - but I still have work in the morning <BR> <BR> 1. Take Fish Oil Pill Daily Yes <BR> <BR> 2. Take Multivitamin Daily Yes <BR> <BR> 3. Track Food Yes <BR> <BR> 4. Daily Water 96 oz. (twelve 8 oz glasses) Yes (part of staying up was to finish this amount) <BR> <BR> 5.... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:08:24 EST 100 days of exercise day 68 I rode the bike for 30 minutes this morning. The painter is finally done with the library so this morning before I went to work and tonight I have been trying to get all the books put back on the shelves. It has been quiet the project and I am only about halfway done. Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:01:15 EST Many thoughts Many thoughts run through the mind during the day. Will I wake up in the morning? Am I going to make it through this day? I have had plenty of health problems due to heart surgery and a stroke. But I keep waking up in the morning. And I keep making it through another day. My strength comes from t... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:56:13 EST Go to sleep I've struggled the last couple of days with keeping focused and just realized, as I try to keep my eyes open to type this, that what I need the most is sleep. Eight hours of it. I've let the screen creep into my sleep time, and it's taking its toll. Looking forward to a more focused Thursday and ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:49:42 EST CONFUSION, TURMOIL, OUR ART IS IMITATING LIFE! This seems to be a time of confusion in the United states! Art is now imitating life. Here I am watching t.v. in Michigan, about the designated survivor. The only one left to be the President of the United States. It's a show where everyone is wiped out by bombing in Washington D.C., and the only... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:46:21 EST <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Romans 16:20 (WEB) <BR> And the God of peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet. <BR> The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. <BR> <BR> Promise #271: I will soon crush the evil ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:43:41 EST Goal = 13,500 Steps / Actual = 15,060 Steps I'm beyond motivated, I remember earlier this year if I didn't make it out for my session then I just didn't exercise at all but the new & improved Shantra will get it done by all means so today's session was done all inside. I danced my way into : 15,060 steps / 7.130 miles / 75 squats / strengt... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:39:59 EST Wednesday Act II Held my last regular day of court in the largest satellite court today, all went well. We started blocking Act II today and the show is in four weeks. Next weekend the best Blues Festival of them all will take place in my hometown of Helena-West Helena, AR. Looks like it will be clear and nice fo... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:33:11 EST BEEF ZUCCHINI PIE - recipe BEEF ZUCCHINI PIE <BR> (adapted from <BR> <BR> 1 lb ground beef <BR> 1/2 c chopped onion (75 grams) <BR> 1 clove garlic, minced <BR> 1 t dried basil, oregano, savory OR marjoram, crushed <BR> 3/4 t salt <BR> 1/8 t pepper <BR> 1-1/2 lb zucchini, coarsely shredded <BR> 2 slightl... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:30:12 EST Loved this! <img src=""> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:26:07 EST Wednesday's Words to Ponder <img src=""> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:21:39 EST Tired Tired. Done. I will rest now. Tomorrow is another day. The office Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:21:27 EST September Food Stamp Challenge - September 28 Breakfast - 1 egg with 1 tablespoon mayo <BR> <BR> Lunch - salad of 1/2 cup chicken, 2 eggs, 1/4 c cottage cheese, 1 ounce sunflower seeds, 1/3 pound tomato and 1/2 cucumber <BR> <BR> Supper - BEEF ZUCCHINI PIE, 1 orange bell pepper, 1 tablespoon ranch dressing <BR> <BR> Total cost of today's ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:19:36 EST Day 271 - Driving Through the Mountains 3 Things I'm Thankful For: <BR> <BR> 1. Phone call from a friend. <BR> 2. Driving through the mountains with the hubbs. <BR> 3. Beautiful weather. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:18:03 EST Today was a busy day. There were no walkers they are all out of town. I decided to bake. I was going to paint the doors. We take them off the hinges and lie them down. I do the painting I like to do it but with my knee out of commission for a week or two and the garage will be too cold. I need to do it NOW. <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we will have a new pool cover becau... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:15:27 EST Wedding Next Saturday I tried on my wedding dress today and I will have to get it taken in around the top. Over the last month, I have lost between 10 and 15 pounds! It's an inconvenience, but it's a good inconvenience. Today I ran 3 miles without stopping to walk. I've really come a long way!!! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:13:40 EST O C T O B E R, my favorite month <img src=""> <BR> Fall has always been my favorite time of the year, and October is special to me as it is my birth month. At our house in the Phoenix area it seems to skip fall and spring, there are only two seasons, ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:11:58 EST 9/28/16 I am either fallen into an ideal job situation or am a victim of identity theft or worse. Last we I got an email from a recruiter in Nashville, who is looking for someone to work in St. Louis. He said it was a 6 month contract job and paid $75 per hour. Most jobs like this are usually for an e... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:02:49 EST 9/28/16 <img src=""> <BR> Ran 2 miles in 30 minutes today! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:58:05 EST Back in old clothes again I am so happy to report that I am able to get into some of my clothes from 3 years ago and I must say, it feels good. I started this lifestyle change on May 17th and although I have lost 29 lbs. I believe that I am losing more inches because I can wear clothes that I wore when I weighed 20lbs le... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:57:37 EST Hit a plateau, but plugging away <img src=""> <BR> My weight has been fluctuating between 200 and 203 for a few weeks, but I rarely think about it. I'm happy with my progress and I like my new way of eating, so I'm not exactly tempted to eat crappy fo... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:55:51 EST Short and Sweet It has been a very long and busy day. I feel good since I exercised even though I was tired and felt rushed. I felt much better after my exercise group. A few things happened over these past 2 days so I gave myself time to deal with them. I will update tomorrow since it's late and close to my b... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:52:20 EST Not well Today is not a great day due to aching, dizziness and pain. Hopefully the next day will be better. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:51:10 EST Wednesday...learning how to rest I don't really like to rest but I am learning. I also have an appointment with a back specialist tomorrow. NORASPAT, I have used my rice bag and it helps. Thank you! <BR> <BR> Heat seems to help numbness. At least with pain, you can try to freeze it. Gets bit cold. <BR> <BR> I did a lot of read... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:46:33 EST Day 726 "You only fail when you stop trying"....... <BR> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:45:02 EST IT'S A LABOR OF LIFE DAYS 268-272!! Been MIA It Seems I'm not going to bore everyone with a catch up blog! I'll just pick up the daily blog challenge where I left off and continue from there. <BR> <BR> I had a busy weekend and past couple of days! I went to a wine festival in the mountains on Saturday! <BR> <BR> Usually it is a nice enough d... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:42:19 EST Just a little thought, don't let yourself lose faith, you can do it. I know you are working hard to make that darn scale move and sometimes it is so stubborn, you want to throw it against the wall. Me too lol. <BR> <BR> It took a long time to put on that weight and it doesn't magically have to work at it. Old habits take time to push down and you... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:42:15 EST Ocean Baptism Nothing was keeping me from our last Beach Worship of the summer. A little 2 year old boy was baptized in the ocean, so very awesome. Got my car towed to the shop today. Bob got the tire fixed on our SUV. <BR> My knee is still swollen and quite sore. I think the Ibuprofen is helping with the pain... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:36:53 EST Life's dictation For a long time...longer than I can remember I think I have aloud other people's needs and wants to go above and beyond my own. As I have become a mother I feel those needs and wants coming later and later and my things getting farther away. My one year old does not understand that I am fat...he ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:28:57 EST Keeping Busy Today I have been keeping myself busy. I have had numerous things today but most important was getting my pumpkin peeled, leeched to get the potassium out of it (for me son's renal diet) and then cooking it all up. <BR> I went shopping for a birthday gift after hubby and I had dinner and I have ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:25:30 EST No Help For Me Today I can't quiet figure out where the problem happened but I think it was my fault. Since the oncall doctor from the hospital filled the drugs to start with I called him to get a refill. And they passed it off to my primary doctor. She filled what she was used to giving me. That bottle says tak... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:24:57 EST 28 Day Bootcamp - Week 1 - Day 2 I decided to join the 28 Day Bootcamp Challenge on Spark because I feel like it will hold me more accountable. I like that there are individual things to complete and check off and it's broken up into 4 weeks. That's the perfect amount of time for me before Halloween, which is one of my short-ter... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:23:55 EST Grief Share Today was a good day. I got a lot accomplished around the apartment. Mom wanted to go outside, so I took her for a walk to take out the trash. But after we walked a little while, she just sat down on her walker and wouldn't get up! I stood there for 20 minutes. I finally got her mad enough that s... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:22:28 EST Quick one <img src=""> I have some things brewing to blog about, but I need to think through them a bit more. In the meantime, my daily Gratitudes: 1. My parents bought my daughter a jumparoo. She LOVES it. 2. Her jumparoo happ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:21:30 EST Old habits die hard When you kill a bad habit cut its head off or it may return. I have been doing ok over summer. I see that in my mind once I reach enough progress I can go back to old ways. That is no true the change must be permanent. My goal is health must remind myself constantly that for 47years I have not ea... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:18:44 EST Making lists Getting ready for 2 big deadlines and both <BR> require making lists so no one is forgotten <BR> or overlooked. <BR> DH arrived home mid afternoon and was worn <BR> out from driving ant not getting enough sleep. <BR> I told him he had too much fun but he said all <BR> he needed was a good nap. F... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:18:20 EST 5 Reasons I want to reach a healthy goal weight 1. Optimal Health & Disease Prevention <BR> 2. Independence to care for myself <BR> 3. Energy to exercise and keep active <BR> 4. Strong muscles to maintain balance and flexibility <BR> 5. Feel good in my clothes and comfortable in any situation <BR> <em>214</em> Read 1-5 everyday to comm... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:17:09 EST What's For Supper This Week? This blog is being posted to fulfill my SparkCoach obligation to today's video lesson which covered using a 9 inch plate and using smaller sized bowls. Also, Chef Becky mentioned making a shopping list and buying foods from our list only. So with my list of supper's made, I can quickly scan the... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:16:56 EST Day 431 - Ikea Cafeteria I love the Ikea cafeteria! Where else can you get salmon, veggies and a broccoli potato medallio, all under 400 calories, (skip the hollandaise sauce) for $5? Their chicken or veggie meatballs are awesome, low-cal and gluten-free! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:11:36 EST I'm not saying a thing.... Ok, so it's been forever, again. When I started SPARK almost ten years ago, I was approaching 30 and ready to do something about my weight, for once and for all. Now, here I am, almost TEN years later, approaching 40 and I'm freaking out...a little. I feel like so much has changed since then, yet... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:11:24 EST New Journey <img src=""> <BR> Today I started on this journey. Tonight I made it, tomorrow is new. Water is awful but got it in. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:11:13 EST Thank you SPARKS I would like to thank everyone on here that had helped me and this wonderful app for getting here. I am 1 month into maintenance and doing great. I have not gained any weight or strained for my path. I go up or down 1-3lbs witch is normal. All the support I got here has got me here so today ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:09:49 EST Day 272: Beautiful Colorado Colors (w/photos) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Always smile. Life isn't always full of reasons to smile, but your smile itself is a reason for others to smile too." (Sebastiano Serafini) <BR> <BR> I love when autumn rolls around because i... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:08:37 EST Farmers Market I went to the farmers market in Vincennes this afternoon. I usually go on Saturday mornings then Jim and I will sometimes go to Olde Thyme Diner on main street for a quick breakfast. The farmers market was small today as the season is winding down. I did get to pick up some cucumbers and some ac... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:05:44 EST Anxiety and Weight Loss I began this journey two days ago and I am noticing more anxiety about losing the weight. Food has been a crutch but I'm determined to face this anxiety head on! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:59:56 EST Dolphins <img src=""> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:56:22 EST #Working for Wellness - A whole smattering of stuff... First off, today marks 3 weeks of Sugar Free Me. Yay Me!!! I am down another pound, making it 7.8 in the last 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> Trying to ditch refined carbs, increase healthy fats, ditch sugar, and throw in some intermittent fasting, I have been learning --- A LOT. There is much to learn ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:51:09 EST Find walking buddy Hi everyone, i live in Holley N.Y. i would like to find someone who likes to hike /walk the falls, need exercise buddy. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:49:43 EST Day 3 of new me I slipped up today. Dinner was 2 cups of mashed potatoes. But, I didn't add anything else to the mess so I stayed within my calories for the day. I didn't get as much exercise done today as I would have liked. For weight training I did some lifts with a weighted bar instead of hand weights. It d... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:39:53 EST Wednesday's entry... Hello friends, <BR> Today was a hard day, food wise. It was my manager's birthday and there was a lot of food brought in. I'm not going to say that I was able to keep out of all of it. I had a small piece of breakfast pizza this morning...after my usual breakfast of a fruit and protein smoothi... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:36:21 EST Is it just me or is Sears trying ot commit suicide? I cannot comment on what Sears is like on the south side of the 49 th parallel. I can recall as a kid it seemed that "Simpson Sears" (as it was originally called when I was younger) seemed tro carry a lot more things and the staff seemed to be able and WANTED to help you . Fast forward to 2016,... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:28:52 EST Motivation <img src=""> <BR> Keep pushing spark friends toward our fitness goals. Don't give up; remember one pound at a time..goodnite 😴! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:27:23 EST How to keep going when nobody cares So, regained a pound this week, instead of making progress. It happens. I rewarded myself with a haircut anyway, because I've been tracking and I've been exercising. With our new school schedule, adding in soccer and open house and work stress- my eating has not been ideal. Due to a miscommun... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:25:56 EST Live like you believe <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> So, my cat has one of these scratching posts and he goes into his hidey hole when he doesn't want anyon... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:20:33 EST September 28 2016 Not my best day. About 15,000 steps on and no workout. I just don't have it in me today and I just don't want to do a think. Tomorrow is a new day and I'm making a vow to myself to do better. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:14:07 EST Upper respiratory virus. Anyone else sick with whatever upper respiratory virus that is going around? I am on day 6 of it and am so tired. Not much exercise this week. Overate during the weekend, last 3 days have barely made it to 1200 calories. Just need to keep moving forward. Hopefully things finally clear up soon. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:11:49 EST 9/28 BLC 32 WEIGH IN 9/21 I didn't weigh in. I was out of town. <BR> <BR> Since 9/14 (my last weigh in) I've gained 2 ounces, in 2 weeks. This is shocking considering all last week I had very carb heavy meals (pasta) & no exercise. I expected to be up several pounds. <BR> <BR> This week's plan: <BR> <BR> Water da... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:10:00 EST Dawg Days, nervous edition Three rocks are rattling around in my head. They are related. I've been reluctant to bring it up, because I'm afraid I'll jinx myself. The rocks have a common theme: reaching goal weight. <BR> <BR> As of this morning, I was at 162.5 pounds. I've been using Spectrum's scale for my tracker, and Sp... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:07:36 EST Day 28 dinner <img src=""> <BR> Hmr Bbq chicken with rice and a potato baked. Take care and see you after surgery. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:07:01 EST Not much to say. It's been a good week so far, no slip ups and trying to get in more workouts. Hoping for good numbers wheb I weigh in on Saturday Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:05:20 EST Sept 28 Quote "We are all here for a spell; get all the good laughs you can." -- Will Rogers <BR> <BR> This goes for a lot of things. We all need to live our lives to the fullest and maintain our health as best we can. Remember: Laughter is the best medicine. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:03:24 EST Making Space Lately I've been clearing out old email inboxes, paring down on digital clutter, and tonight I even stepped away from a number of SparkTeams I really wasn't participating in; there are probably a couple more I could step away from but we'll see. <BR> <BR> I don't know why, but getting rid of dig... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:03:02 EST Flock of Geese Monday night I was dreaming. Then I was woken up by a lion fish swimming through my bedroom. I didn't want to get finned and have to go to the hospital, so I hit it with a pillow. Definitely need to get better sleep. At least I got all my steps today. <BR> <BR> Today's block - Flock of Geese... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:01:59 EST Snakes <img src=""> Watch out for snakes! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:01:08 EST Great Wednesday! Today was a great day food and exercise wise. I rode my bike an unprecedented 17.2 miles and got 1.3 times my steps. And it's not even 6pm yet! I feel great and proud of myself. <BR> <BR> It is hot again and humid, which humidity isn't all that common. Yuck. For dinner I made a sole fajita salad... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:53:33 EST Who walked i who. Due to a positive comment on here reminding me that I can exercise the 32 calories I went over today I went for a brisk walk. I took our Yorkie who loves to walk at a brisk pace with short tiny 20 second breaks around fire hydrants and street signs. I am not sure who walked who. We got in a go... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:47:35 EST How I know I am healthier and fitter My good triglycerides are up for the first time in years. I also think walking is much easier for me. The two miles I walked today went very quickly. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:45:11 EST How I know I am healthier and fitter My good triglycerides are up for the first time in years. I also think walking is much easier for me. The two miles I walked today went very quickly. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:44:25 EST Feeling Nostalgic...Missing my Grandma. I can't remember the last time I got out for a walk. Even without a walk/workout, I'm getting in my steps most days...there's no sitting down on the job for me. Taking care of a 3 month old and a 4 month old (I can't believe my little prince is that old already!) PLUS looking after our princess... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:43:54 EST My Next 100 Days - Day 7 I will be recording my exercise and steps from the previous day. Thank you for stopping by. Your encouragement means more than you know! <em>247</em> <BR> I can do this! <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:35:46 EST Healthy eating <img src=""> <BR> Nothing like some homemade pho. Healthy eating, healthy living Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:34:35 EST What the..... So I was down to 230 then finished my period and overnight the scale goes from 230 to 235!!! I was at 230 for 5 days there's no way I gained 5lbs in one night while walking 11k steps and staying under my calories. I'm so frustrated!! 😡😡 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:33:30 EST When your best friend turns critic <img src=""> <BR> Life is full of challenges so it seems difficult to accept having your best friend turn into your worst critic. My weight is on a roller coaster so having to deal with constant criticism only strength... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:31:56 EST NEDA Newark, DE Walk... Saturday was the big day and it was a HUGE success! <BR> <BR> We received a lot of compliments, a lot of people were surprised it was the first one. <BR> <BR> I had over 100 volunteers, and 192 walkers. NEDA gave us the goal to raise $10,000. Right now we are over $17,000.! That was pretty g... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:30:51 EST WATP W2 D4 I skipped yesterdays blog post. Still did my workout though! <BR> <BR> I'm feeling great :) I have bumped back up to Plan D for my eating, I was hungry, and that's no good. I've increased my workouts a bit and my body was saying "hey I need a bit more fuel". I was going to bump back up on the 3r... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:29:30 EST Hi Dinner! <img src=""> Tequila Lime Salmon from WF w/side salad...430 calories even though I couldn't finish all the salmon. It was almost 6 oz. lol. Avocado, tomatoes and cukes top the salad! Bon appetit! 🍽🍽💪🏾 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:28:16 EST A Fresh Start Today, having re-evaluated many of my unhealthy patterns, I wiped the slate clean. I have made the commitment to slowly, replace my unhealthy practices with ones which are healthier. I began by joining a new Spark challenge. Although not perfect, which needs to be eliminated from my pattern of t... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:27:59 EST September 28, 2016 Today was a pretty good day. I wasn't sure how this morning was going to go though. The work plan was to get the newsletter done and when I checked my email at home, I still didn't have the two schedules that I was waiting on. Okay, they still had a few hours. I get to work at 7:30, still no sche... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:27:21 EST No Doubt!!!!! The reason Politicians try so hard to get re-elected is that they would "HATE" to have to make a living under the laws they have passed. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:26:47 EST Weds. Sept. 28th. Went to Dr.- U.A. says no kidney stone..praise the Lord. Daughter and I had a heart to heart about the importance of being "Thankful" and showing gratitude! She understands the meaning behind casting your pearls before Swine. And if someone refuses to express thankfulness. Then they don't really ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:25:41 EST DASHing to improved health Well, after not being focused due to many social gatherings, Jack and I are back on track. What I had put on is coming off fairly quickly since we are back to eating with DASH in mind. As a matter of fact, this morning I met the goal I had set for a two-week period. <BR> <BR> I am back to the ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:20:58 EST Out of pocket <img src=""> Been off SparkPeople for a while. Had Hurricane Hermine here in Florida. Was supposed to be moving at time it came along. Have been catching up ever since. Lol More storm damage and interruption here than... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:20:15 EST Dawg Days, utilitarian blog edition Today's blog challenge wants me to write about my favorite memory. Lord have mercy. I can't begin to sort that one out. <BR> <BR> Every single wedding that I've gone to - including my own. Every single baptism. So many childhood memories of feeling loved and protected. Wonderful times with frie... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:15:58 EST Anticipating I leave tomorrow for a short visit with my mother, and a longer visit with my daughter, and I'm trying to consider everything that I might need in the next 3 weeks that I have to pack... <BR> <BR> Charging cords for a variety of electronic devices are a must. <BR> The electronic devices, themsel... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:14:10 EST B32: goals I have decided to set a non-scale goal. I do a 5K five times a week while the twins are at cross country practice. I started walking. Then walked faster. Then small jogging zones. Today I jogged a half lap all in one jog. So my goal is to make a whole lap before cross country season ends in Nov... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:12:23 EST I like the article and info Reading the article or watching the videos here really helps alots thanks sparkpeople☺ Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:11:41 EST Better today and stuff!! I feel better today. But I am still very short of breath. I do not have a cold or allergies. I got a lot done at work. I moved file binders for 2015 to the back file room. When I got home We measured Me for My leather chaps to wear on the motorcycle. We also measured for the boot bands so I... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:11:31 EST Wednesday We are officially over the humor for the week - yippee!! I am happy to report - so far so good. I am staying within my calorie range and fitting in extra workouts and different kinds of exercise. <BR> <BR> The rest of week should be smooth sailing for me or at least I hope so. I get the night... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:10:35 EST Days 8 and 9 Ran to a meeting in Akron last night after work. It's the Akron chapter of Pop! Where we talk about comics and pop culture. Since Mike was kicking off the meetings again, the theme was 'Show and Tell'. I got there early, and ran into an artist friend and Bryon's former traveling buddy - RAK. So, ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:10:14 EST Sunken Gardens-St. Petersburg, Fl This is a little gem of an attraction in the heart of St. Petersburg, FL. It was made about 100 years ago and they host many weddings. I hope you enjoy some of the beautiful sights we saw. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> DH &... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:09:55 EST What am I doing? This is a long one. Or until I get tired of typing, whichever happens first. <BR> <BR> So, I started 2016 doing alright. Not great, but keeping things balanced. Then I started looking for a new job and things got a little crazy. But then things kind of crumbled around me. My job was cut at my la... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:08:31 EST #day 256 of 350 Week 37 and its been awhile scent I did an entry, but I'm still here. This journey is a roller coaster of emotions. From the highs to the lows and every feeling in between. When I give in to feeling weak and not wanting to work out. I will get so mad at myself later for not getting up and going t... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:05:03 EST Late workout Got in a late workout, but at least I got it in. <BR> <BR> Had a busy morning! I had a $20 Kohls cash certificate so I got a cute dress shirt for free. YAY. Then I went back to Kmart cause cheap clothes make me happy haha I got a cute black skirt for $11 and a short sleeve sweater type cover up ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:04:34 EST How I feel today Great. Stronger. Healthier. Happier Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:04:04 EST Hair cut 9/28/16. I have made a commitment to myself not to use food as a reward. I have consistently been on track with calories, water and exercise all month. My unbecoming hair has been a source of anxiety for me recently. So today, after my 3 mile walk, I treated myself to a trip to the salon for colo... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:59:54 EST Day 126 Daily Goals: <BR> 10k Steps. <BR> Eat Within Range: 1,200 - 1,650 max <BR> Close kitchen by 7:30PM <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Total steps as of 7:52 PM. <BR> <BR> <BR> Meals: Within range. <BR> ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:57:30 EST I'M BACK ! PATTING MYSELF ON THE BACK It's so good to be back. I don't get sick very often. I haven't been able to do much, not even Sparking. <BR> <BR> There is one thing that I DID do even though I was sick....... well actually two things. <BR> <BR> 1. I measured everything I ate. <BR> <BR> 2. I wrote everything down that I ate... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:53:55 EST Cooks <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pray for Peace. <em>459</em> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:47:33 EST Day 16 of 30-Day Blog Challenge--What Is Your Biggest Fear? As much fun as yesterday's blog about my first kiss was to write--This one is JUST THAT DIFFICULT! I live in terror, abject, constant, overwhelming terror, and have ever since we got Du's terminal diagnosis over three and a half years ago. <BR> <BR> When you have spent basically your entire adul... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:45:22 EST Jokes and Aspire & Inspire Challenge This week for my Aspire & Inspire Challenge we are to write about anything. So I am going to ask a question. Have any of you lost weight without counting calories ? I know spark want us to. I have count before for a few days but then always quit. I want to reach <BR> mid 140 . by my birthday in ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:42:52 EST I will never give up.... Just returned from my appointment with the orthopedic surgeon , the news was not good. My bones are crumbling in my lower leg underneath the implant. For right now I have to take it easy and see if it stops by itself. If not I will have to have another surgery or maybe just a brace. <BR> So my ex... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:41:49 EST Wednesday Weigh In, Week 6 <img src=""> <BR> I had to rush out the door this morning in order to get my oldest child to her appointment, but not before I weighed myself. I had weighed myself before bed and I was a little unhappy by the number Ju... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:35:24 EST ESP needed(experience, strength, and hope) Had my check up yesterday and all my blood work is perfect. Ready to start getting extra serious about my weight. I am 38 and have been obese my entire life. I am looking to talk with others who have struggled with being extremely overweight and are on this journey or have gone thru this and lost... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:34:53 EST Faithful The son of man came to seek & save that which was lost Luke 19:10 Our God is a God who follows. Have you sensed Him following You ? He came to seek . Have you sensed him seeking you ? Have you felt His presence through the kindness of a stranger ?Through the Majesty of a sunset or the mystery o... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:32:24 EST 21 Days to Marseille!! 21 Days!!! <em>334</em> Time to really start organizing. (I am so ready for vacation & French food) <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Peyton & Rex were very nice house guests, last night.... after I took the mouse toy (w/bell) away from them. All 4 behaved nicely today, from their own specified corner... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:30:38 EST Over the limit It looks like I am over by 32 calories. I am going to have to be more disciplined. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:27:43 EST Is it possible for a lazy person to get organized? sharing not mine <BR> <BR> Ask Maria: <BR> Is it possible for a lazy person to get organized? <BR> <BR> A GON READER ASKS <BR> <BR> Dear Maria, <BR> <BR> Some of my friends LOVE to clean and organize. I am definitely not one of them. That being said, I do like clean, organized spaces. Is i... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:15:35 EST As seen on NYC Subway Today " Wait for a table! You don't even wait for a walk signal!" Hilarious & so true! An ad for Seemless food delivery service. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:12:54 EST Workout I just worked out I wasn't going to because I was tired from work. I realize that was just an excuse and if I didn't work today I would probably use that excuse every day. Which is a pattern I always fall into which leads me to stop working out all together, which leads me to gaining all the we... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:09:53 EST A Warrior, that's me.. <img src=""> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:07:57 EST Almost to goal <img src=""> <BR> My big goal was to get from 215 down to 185. I am 186. I don't see my doctor until October 24. I want to get to 180 before I see him and down to 175 as my new goal. I am finally seeing the results o... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:59:07 EST Crazy craving! Eating healthy all day, makes me crave garlic knots and Italian food. Ugh the struggle ! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:56:47 EST Being honest It's been an interesting day. I had to drop off my downhill skis to be waxed. I'm going to be a ski instructor this winter for the first time. I'm excited to get to share the joy of skiing with kids. So of course they are asking me a ton of questions and of course I had to tell them my weight.... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:49:31 EST Good mood <img src=""> <BR> So my alarm went off at 5:30 am and all I wanted to do was sleep in. It was raining and cold so why not stay in my warm bed right? However I forced myself to get out of bed and do my workout. About a ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:46:04 EST What's for dinner Does anyone else have to make two meals??? I feel with every meal I have to cook the kids one thing. Then the adults/myself another thing. I try and tie all the meals together. But some nights it's the kids have spaghetti os and I have a salad.... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:41:27 EST Trying to Keep Positive <img src=""> <BR> Hoping this helps. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:38:45 EST Weird Week Stuff This has been an odd week for me. My brother-in-law passed away suddenly last week and his funeral was yesterday. He was married to my sister who passed 2 years ago. Funny guy and he will be missed. <BR> <BR> Today was my mandatory blood work for our insurance. Since it has to take place in ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:37:57 EST Mel's Perspective - overcoming our fears Thanks to all who commented on my Hop, very much appreciated. Hopefully it will have the same success here as it did before. I'm thinking that some of our other buddies will come over once they hear the news. <BR> <BR> Today's subject is fear, something we are all too familiar with. My cousin h... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:36:00 EST The Days Go Faster Now... Benjamin is such a good boy! He sleeps most of the night but wakes about 3 am until about 4:30-5 am to eat and be changed. But he sleeps from 11 pm until then and then from about 5 am-7 am usually. He also takes a pretty big morning and afternoon nap. So far so good! We went to Benny's doctor tod... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:26:37 EST Thanks God I am down, but I have joy. I don't feel like doing anything, but I have cleaned up and on my way to church. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:23:53 EST Is the universe trying to send me a message? Still exhausted after my nights so had another say without much exercise. I had planned to go to the gym to do a beginners boxercise class. Ended up with no way of getting to gym as my car is the garage having its bumper fixed as done inconsiderate driver thought it was OK to sent it and dri... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:23:49 EST I will not give up my dream My motivation to eat healthy is my dream. My dream is to run a 10K without breaking out of running stride. I decided to keep track of my progress here and discuss overcoming my doubts and fears. <BR> Sept 28, 2016: I am 70. I last ran a 5K on the treadmill in 48 minutes, lowest pace (besides ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:20:57 EST Day 32: Terrible Day Hi Everyone - <BR> <BR> Well today is definitely a day I am not going to be positive. I received a call today from my boss letting me know that a decision had been made to make me take over all the assistant work for our VP. I came into the company as an executive assistant and have worked very ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:16:37 EST Poof, A Little Magic! Okay, I just returned from my client's home after spending a little over an hour decorating her home for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. She is leaving for her farm in Kansas in a week and will not be returning until two weeks prior to the holiday; she wanted the decorations to be up before sh... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:06:38 EST snacks It's almost 5 days in a bit of controlled eating. I made better choices in my snacks, especially after working out. Fruit like bananas and plums, less calories fitness bars, dark chocolate, date biscuits instead of regular ones. I try to focus on protein in my breakfast, but not restricting my c... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:04:04 EST Did a lot today And I'm exhausted now Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:54:48 EST Who said it? Politician or beauty queen? AARP quiz <link><BR>didates/who-said-it-candidates.aspx </link> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:49:22 EST Do my actions match my feelings? If I don't like you why am I nice to you? Why do I do things for you? If you don't like me, why do I talk to you? If you look right at me and say I don't like you, why do I even talk to you? Going forward, Every minute if I have to, I will ask myself if my actions match what I want and feel about... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:43:25 EST Wednesday, 9/28/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Isaac woke up with a sarcastic tone and it carried through until about the time he left for physical therapy. I will be honest....I was ready for the break. I hope I can survive his teen... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:22:50 EST First day Hello,my name is Dominique but my friends call me domi. I'm here to loose weight because I think I'm fat and I really need to loose weight but I don't know how to. So wish me luck👌👍 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:19:43 EST Vunerable Post*When I realized this truth it began the start of finally being able to lose weight! One of my earliest childhood memories was of my Mother who just had a new baby asking me if I wanted to go live with my Grandparents. Her and my father talked it over and thought that would be a good plan. She came back and told me my Grandparents did not want me either. These words set the frame... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:19:36 EST When Office Lunch Meetings Strike to Sabotage Your Diet <img src=""> Sometimes at work our diet/healthy choices and willpower get challenged by when there is an office lunch meeting, or birthday celebration or salesperson brings goodies for everyone. You know cakes, doughnu... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:12:55 EST Day 16. I had stopped writing my health journey progress but that does not mean that I gave up my desire for more healthy life. <BR> I stopped because my English is weak and this makes me feel embarrassed because I do not have enough vocabulary let alone spelling rules and grammar. <BR> That made writing... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:57:27 EST Another Hot Day <img src=""> <BR> It's another 100 degree day, and it's miserable out there. I'm off to the gym so I can be in air conditioned comfort. I hope everyone has a great day! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:57:06 EST Positive Vibes <img src=""> <BR> You got this. You're almost to ur goal. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:53:20 EST Progress Sigh, honeymoon period still here??? I was going to sleep in past my alarm because I was tired and groggy when the Fitbit buzzed this morning. Then as I was contemplating my decision, the new sleep feature of the iPhone started playing a pleasing tune. I got up and turned on the light. I was glad... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:50:33 EST Long time off Hi! I have not been on here in some time. I have been looking for a job, but yet to find anything. Why does it seem so hard to find decent employment? I also have had lots of family functions. I have also been sick. I do not know what was wrong with me, but I was sick for 4 days. Don't worry....... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:41:10 EST September 27 Accountability - Who needs sleep? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's how I did for Tuesday, September 27 - <BR> <em>248</em> Scripture reading before checking cell phone. <BR> <em>248</em> Eat 325 calories fewer than I burn daily. I ate 1,598, burn... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:40:07 EST Guidance I start each morning by reading a devotional type book. Right now, I have a little book called 52 Weeks of Conscious Contact that I am reading. Each week, I read and ponder about different values. This week's value is Guidance. Today's lesson was all about accepting guidance. <BR> <BR> Yesterday... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:37:46 EST Did it! Looking good I keep walking! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:30:57 EST 9-28-16 Wednesday <img src=""> <BR> Today is a busy one. I have a whole turkey breast that's sitting in a brine to be cooked tonight :-) then I have my husky/lab, Allie Rose to give a hair cut and a bath. That's a task. I shave her to k... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:29:21 EST Sparked by Spark I am really "sparked" lol. Pun intended It's a lot of fun and encouraging. Good to break away from Facebook !!!! Can I hear an Amen?????? This is positive and more valuable time spent Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:24:34 EST Courage <img src=""> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:19:25 EST Day 28 lunch <img src=""> Hi friends today I will post my meals but you may not see me for a few days...I'm going in for a hysterectomy very early tomorrow I know you may not know me but thanks for letting me blog my m... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:19:20 EST I need to move it, move it This weekend was incredible. Went with my daughter Ally, her roomie Kendra and my granddaughter Lily to the LA County Fair Saturday morning through mid afternoon. Walking was still tough due to a slip from I had a little over a week earlier. But we all still had a blast. <BR> In the evening we w... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:19:00 EST Day 8 for me Day 1 for you I'm trying to dedicate myself to tracking what I eat. I recently put on almost all the weight I lost at the beginning of my new fitness journey. So Day is the first day of me trying to change my eating habits. I hope I can make it to my goal. I put on a lot of weight after having my second son. I... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:18:18 EST I am stuck! The state won't let me out of this mess! I can only rely on God now. The blog title says it all. However I have chosen to rely on God through it all since He is the only way I will keep my sanity. He is the only way I will be able to do what is right even when I want to quit. 20 hours a week is a lot of work. I also know that this will probably hard to balance out... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:18:12 EST So my procrastination has caught up with me I like eating real food. I admit, I will stock my freezer with Lean Cuisine's on occasion, but I prefer prepping and cooking my own meals from the basics. I actually went grocery shopping this weekend, but I waited until the last minute, so I didn't have time to prep before the week started. What... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:17:16 EST day 315 Rain today which isn't bad because it is a nice and gentle rain. Nose starting to get a little stuffy and sneezy and I think I might be getting a cold. Long day today, time to recharge with a cup of hot tea. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:14:33 EST Potassium My Potassium level is always so low. What can I have to ensure it goes up to at least the top figure? I know bananas are good but you can have so much and no more of that. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:09:13 EST Beat them at their own game. Have you ever wondered why when you go to look for an article you want in a grocery store it is not in the same place? You finally memorize where all the articles are, what rows they are in, and then they are not there. Where are they? You need to ask someone or else go through the store to find ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:59:26 EST Day 3 Summary As always I want to thank the community for encouraging me! This blog is being posted the morning after - day 3 was yesterday. How I did today: 1) Run the lake around my house every day. -------A+! I did two laps around the lake. I didn't run the whole time but I ran most of the time and that... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:55:48 EST Wednesday Sunday is the day!! Getting very nervous! Quick run tonight, swim tomorrow and Friday, then done until the race Sunday. Ahhhhhhh!!! Have a good day! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:54:52 EST Conflict Resolutions Concepts Applied to Relationships with Food I'm reading a book for professional development at work entitled Negotiating the Nonnegotiable. As I'm reading through the book, I find myself thinking of other applications. While the book specifically addresses relationships with other people, I can see parallels to my relationship with food. I... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:53:54 EST Dont settle for failure You will have days that u over eat you will have days you forget to or don't feel like excerscizing but dont give up just push the fast forward button and keep on trucking dont let that slip up by eating candy stop u..just say well I just have to do a few more crunches or squats...just keep movin... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:53:38 EST World's Thinnest Books Everything Men Know about Women <BR> <BR> Everything Women Know about Men <BR> <BR> George Foreman's Big Book of Baby Names <BR> <BR> To All the Men I've Loved Before - by Ellen Degeneres <BR> <BR> Mike Tyson's Guide to Dating Etiquette <BR> <BR> Spotted Owl Recipes - by the EPA <BR> ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:51:43 EST THIS JOURNEY When Latin developed into French, diurnus became a noun, jour, meaning simply “day” The medieval French derivative journee meant either “day” or “something done during the day,” such as work or travel. ... In modern English, journey now refers to a trip without regard to the amount of time it tak... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:50:22 EST Job 2 Make changes based on truth Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:44:26 EST Job 1 Be honest about what I'm eating Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:43:46 EST Fall Fat Bomb Recipe Here is my first fall fat bomb recipe that I want to try........ <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ites/pumpkin-pie-bites-fat-bomb-recipe/ </link> <BR> <BR> Let me know if you try it! <em>4</em> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:41:32 EST Blogging makes me smile! I have experienced success with track I Nguyen my intake and exercise!. 3 lbs down this week. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:38:26 EST Stay Hydrated! When my expartner left suddenly, one of my friends came to stay. And her last piece of advice on the phone before she hit the road to come to me was 'Stay Hydrated'. <BR> <BR> At the time I did, but recently all of my good habits have fallen by the wayside. <BR> <BR> I said I was starting over ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:36:40 EST My life Today in my life. It rained all day so I stayed at the gym ‼️ Food is fuel ‼️ here we go Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:33:52 EST Back at it I've been battling weight loss for what feels like forever. Why? Because I always loose traction and then slip back gradually into old habits. So I am excited to make new habits and this time I am more determined to stick with it and make those habits stick! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:31:09 EST No more Frank's red Hot Sauce I have been doing so well this month I am my record for 2000 minutes of exercise. I joined the 5% fall challenge and so far it is really great. <BR> I have not been losing any weight this week but I have been eating really clean. Loads of fruits and vegetables. I realized that my Frank's hot sau... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:25:57 EST Happy today I finally lost 2 lbs after trying for about 3 weeks with little to no weight loss. But I kept my chin up and I'm glad I did. I started SP back in June and had not loss much. So I been working harder on changing what I eat and added more fruit to my plan. Also I do walk about 7-10 miles 3days a w... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:24:21 EST Day 25- Compliant... medical stuff On track with food. Developing different habits takes time. Undoing bad habits I have let creep in takes even longer I think. <BR> <BR> So, one of the things my therapist got me to promise to do yesterday was to make an appointment with my PCP about my ankle, which has been bothering me. I ca... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:20:50 EST Old Clothing If I lose this weight I would probably do both, keep some, give some. I would give away as much as I can and only keep one or two pieces, just for about a year. I believe that I should have control over my new way of life. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:20:22 EST Day 3 Chilly day today so not wanting to go outside so must find indoor activities to keep busy. Plus it's my day off, YAY! Have spent some time looking through recipes that will be fun and interesting try for keeping my goals on track. Didn't do well yesterday with the no soda but didn't have as much... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:18:18 EST Weds all the regular cakes are baked...tomorrow is the gluten free day, plus building, plus getting one decorated for friday morning it never ends!! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:11:30 EST SO many updates! Let me start with my biggest update which was moving to Georgia back in March, with my hubby and daughter. We now live by my parents, which has been a major blessing. My attitude is a lot more upbeat and positive. I have also been working out since the beginning of August! My little one loves... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:07:44 EST Any work is better than none This heat wave we have been experiencing in Southern CA has really affected my workouts! Endurance and strength seems less. Im just getting them in anyway. Hoping to burn just as many cals as Im sweating buckets! Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:03:15 EST Wednesday Happy Hump Day 😂😂 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:58:05 EST Day 2 Made some healthy changes in my routine today like not stopping at Starbucks and drinking 4 glasses of water so far. I chose stairs instead of an elevator and I didn't die! Although 3 flights may have been pushing it! Planning a walk later and trying to come up with a dinner that won't take me.ov... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:54:05 EST A new part to my WLS Journey - post op 85 days <BR> I am nearing 3 months post op and for the most part everything has gone pretty smoothly. I started walking right away as soon as I was in my room after surgery knowing going into this journey that I would need to exercise. Walking was my primary exercise of choice due to my size it was th... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:52:06 EST a lovely day my daughter wants to see a movie that is coming out this weekend. it is the first movie she has shown some interest in that is not to do with harry potter. something to do with a miss peregerine, i believe. as for me, i do not mind taking her to see it. a day where i just have a few things to do ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:52:00 EST Pure love <img src=""> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:51:17 EST Psalm 51:15 <img src=""> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:50:52 EST Trying to recover.... I'm still nursing the tender painful knee...and I am BORED! I scrapped my c25k workout and my normal ST for chair work outs which have been pleasant. I am, for the most part, maintaining my weight. I can live with that. <BR> <BR> I've bought two braces: a copper compression sleeve and an actual... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:49:45 EST Matther 25:21 <img src=""> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:49:32 EST BLC 32 Week 3 Lab Report BLC Week 32 Spicy Sparkologist Lab Report <BR> <BR> Background Information: This is appoximately my 4th round of BLC Participation. Each round has been between 12 and 15 weeks. Added together, that equals nearly one year. I mention this because I have spent all of that save the last 3 weeks, pre... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:40:09 EST SparkCoach Daily Visualization "Today, imagine that you live in a world where scales do not exist. How would you measure your success? How would you know if you were healthy and fit?" <BR> <BR> How do I define my goals without considering weight? Well I want my knees to stop clicking and popping as I walk on stairs. I want to... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:36:26 EST Quotes 9/28/2016 "Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness." <BR> <BR> <BR> George Sand <BR> <BR> <BR> "It is easier to do one's duty to others than to one's self. If you do your duty to others, you ar... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:30:57 EST I'm officially half the woman I used to be... Today I weighed in at 214.6 lbs. At my highest weight I was 430. Well that is the highest weight I have record of. I may have been higher. In fact I'm pretty sure I was. Today however was the day that I hit half of the weight I know for sure that I was. Today I feel accomplished and I believ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:30:49 EST Week 17 Down 27 lbs 😀 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:25:32 EST Starting Over...Day 1 well I know it's been a month or so since I've checked in and sad to say went back up to 212 fault but my own....I had a fantastic time in Vegas for my 60th birthday...and my 4th wedding enjoying the semi-retirement...working sat sun mon only is I can get... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:24:15 EST Wednesday afternoon A very easy day at work; One of the best I have had in years, as a matter of fact. <BR> When I arrived at my home, DD showed me the four cases of paper towels that finally arrived from the contest I won. Viva came through and we got 108 rolls of towels! <BR> I was supposed to get 3 cases with a... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:22:45 EST September 28th I'm happy again, my Pete is back home. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:20:27 EST Day 67 Never Say I Blew It 100 DWL - when you say I blew it, it reinforces your feelings of failure and you allow your minor slip to become a major slide - eating way too much. Do not let a minor slip become a major event that derails your weight loss efforts. When you have a slipup consider it as a minor event - that was ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:19:59 EST Slow changes So I am happy to report I am seeing changes. They are slow but they are changes. I could be more disciplined as of lately but this is a lifestyle change so I would rather do this slow and be able to live with it then do this fast and no one be able to live with me. I rededicated myself to spa... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:18:48 EST 2 steps back I am working hard to not binge eat at bed time. I did well Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Monday and Tuesday I did not. Here's how it happens: I go to bed... not hungry. I watch the news before I go to sleep. (I know. Watching TV is a bad idea at bedtime. No lectures please) at the end of the new... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:16:44 EST Day 1 So, something amazing happened this morning. I started the "Zombies, run!" app and I walked / ran with my dog, Felix, this morning! I prayed about 5 times yesterday asking for motivation to get up at 6am to do my exercise. I got up at 6:10!! I walked/ran, talked to my handsome prince, and then ... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:15:16 EST Sunny day <img src=""> <BR> HOPE EVERYONE IS HAVING A GOOD DAY TODAY AND HAVE A SUNNY TOMORROW 🌞 🌻 Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:02:48 EST 21 Day Fix To start, I am NOT a beachbody coach. I have used a few products but do not tie myself to the company in anyway. <BR> <BR> In January of this year I decided I needed to get serious about my health. I "took off" the month of December because I was burned out of trying to lose weight. I gaine... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:01:56 EST Exercise time What time do you exercise morning or evening? I have to work out in the evening the morning I have to much to do with the kids. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:57:31 EST Stitch in Time A button came off my short olive green rain coat: a distinctive button. If I lost it, I'd need to replace a whole buncha buttons. Buttons down the front AND buttons on the sleeves and pocket flaps. Maybe 12 buttons?? <BR> <BR> And so I went into a drug store and found one of those mini sewing... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:52:54 EST Determined! <img src=""> <BR> Today starts my journey to less talking and more doing! I am determined to get back to the healthy and fit person I was and have made the decision to stop feeling sorry for myself. YES I did gain weig... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:47:15 EST Vacation <img src=""> Oh my gosh this vacation is so much harder to stay within my calories. We are only day two on the road. Yesterday it was like I was hungry all day. I know it was bored. I stayed in my calorie range but. T... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:46:38 EST Getting it in <img src=""> <BR> Rain for next 3 days.Did some baking now treadmill it is... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:46:23 EST Log Ins I think I have been on SP since Christmas Day 2008. I went on every day, I didn't always click the log in button as I mistakenly thought my activity counted.Once I realized the error of my ways, I clicked every day.At first my goal was to get 25 points so that I could spin for the bonus. My am... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:41:48 EST This time is for real! This is something I need to do and I need to make myself accountable to someone or something (SparkPEOPLE). I need to get my head in the game and make this part of my every day life. I just want to feel good and go into my closet and not feel shame because the clothes that fit me yesterday are hu... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:41:00 EST FitLife Day 3 I always feel like I'm starting over but I guess atleast I'm not giving up. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:37:40 EST Quote "Life is like a camera. You focus on whats important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don't work out take another shot! <BR> <BR> "unknown" Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:37:26 EST #keto So I recently, as of like yesterday started this keto lifestyle. I have to say I feel great and in these 2 days I have lost 1.8 lbs. There are so many recipes that I have found and it seems no matter what you are craving you can find something in the keto lifestyle menu to satisfy it. I will keep... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:36:41 EST Day 1238 Rest Day. Feeling a little better. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:36:24 EST