SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs OnLee Inklush <img src=""> <BR> <BR> OnLee Boppy <em>334</em> Tue, 6 Oct 2015 04:29:11 EST beck trek day 40 - enrich your life people tend to "put off" their lives while dieting; beck says instead to enrich our lives - starting now. at this point, it feels like my life is enriched to the hilt, having just come home from the most wonderful wedding. but then again, i am not dieting; i am living a lifestyle that promotes ma... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 04:22:00 EST Day 46 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last evening, I was walking through the living room and the thought came that I wanted a snack. As I kept walking, the next thought was, "but I don't want to wear that snack". That's wonderful p... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 04:21:13 EST Promise I kept my promise yesterday. I did arm weight exercises and a good walk with a friend on break and then made myself go to yoga last night. I also ate really well yesterday and resisted many temptations of food. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 04:20:11 EST Last grass cut? Hopefully last grass cut off the season. Great workout tho!! Tue, 6 Oct 2015 04:18:53 EST Breast Cancer Awareness Month <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Hubby & I saw a sign on the way home from a weekend trip: <BR> <BR> "Check your high beams. Get a mammogram." <BR> <BR> Ladies, have you had a mammogram this yea... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 04:09:42 EST Around the Bend POSTED WITH PERMISSION FROM J.V. MANNING AND RANDOM THOUGHTS AND LOTSA COFFEE <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 6 Oct 2015 03:56:11 EST Water Water Everywhere except where we need it DH & I fled the east coast rain and flooding for Europe to cruise the Elbe and then the Danube to the Black Sea. <BR> <BR> Because of the warm winter last year and lack of snow, the Elbe is too low for the ship to sail. So we are seeing the sites by land. <BR> <BR> First 3 days Berlin based. ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 03:56:02 EST Starting a journal My battle is with food. Truth is I don't eat to nourish my body I eat just to eat. It's sad but the truth. Starting tomorrow I will journal EVERYTHING that I eat and the way I was feeling at the time. I will then go back at the end of the week and review my entries to try to make sense of my m... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 03:38:41 EST New Day. It's been awhile since I did a entry and my last one was "depressing" if you will. <BR> <BR> Well I have gained weight since my last post I was roughly 185-190 in June now I'm 202 and my diet and and exercise went out the window when things started getting bad money wise. <BR> <BR> But now thin... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 03:36:16 EST Rewarding myself I had a plan for rewarding myself for every 20 lbs I lose. I reached it but felt bad and hesitant for rewarding myself. So I gave myself a stern talking and told myself I worked hard and deserve it. So here I sit rewarding myself with a new hairstyle and colour tints. Hope it comes out right. Thi... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 03:30:51 EST Sparky reminder 25 <img src=""> ~Love the real you~ There is the physical you (your body), that sees physical things in this material world (including food) and the spiritual you, the real you that cannot be defined as fat nor skinny as ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 03:23:29 EST Rainy day Tuesday This seems a very typical rainy autumn day here. <BR> <BR> This morning I need to run some errands. Fortunately I can do on foot. <BR> I feel fine emotionally and physically. Relatively quiet. Yesterday the power was off for a couple of hours and I was thrilled to see a large unsightly wire rem... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 03:06:30 EST And back down we go! 150lb 10t 10lb BMI 31.56 <BR> <BR> I was very good on my fast day yesterday plus got my steps in, although that meant stepping while TV watching for over an hour last night. I was reward with a post 'fast day' loss of 2lb! I know that it (or some of it) will be back tomorrow, following my mo... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 03:04:29 EST Lessons from my Weight Loss Journal Last week I reviewed my progress thus far and I am very happy with it. But a part of me wondered am I losing weight too slowly? I seem to have been steady for the most part at 1 to 2 pounds per week but every few weeks, I might go for a week or 2 where I don't lose anything. In my head, I know... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 03:03:16 EST And back down we go! 150lb 10t 10lb BMI 31.56 <BR> <BR> I was very good on my fast day yesterday plus got my steps in, although that meant stepping while TV watching for over an hour last night. I was reward with a post 'fast day' loss of 2lb! I know that it (or some of it) will be back tomorrow, following my mo... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 02:55:52 EST 4 Years at Goal Now - Happy Anniversary to Me sort of I'm wishing you were here with me today. It's so easy now to stay at my weight. It's been easy since I lost it. It breaks my heart that you aren't here. I write books and take photographs and film videos and try to say what this is like - to have the burden of weight finally gone - after 50 yea... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 02:38:16 EST Tuesday What a day today we opened our second theatre each theatre using a different type of scope and to top it off the new theatre scope I only have one connection so when I clean the scope and connect it up to flush it and then put it in the machine it will take about half an hour before it comes out ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 02:37:48 EST It’s all about those steps, those steps….. I am not proud of it, but I have slacked off in my blog reports. So I am putting an end to it right now! <BR> <BR> Things have been pretty busy in my life lately. And that is good. Life is good! But I have really struggled to come to a place where I can say that. <BR> <BR> It’s hard to expla... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 02:36:20 EST This sucks!! Sooo, I was so excited to walk a marathon with my girlfriend who finally got her leg issues dealt with. She had to back out, but I wanted to continue for me. Today I found out that we were the only two marathon walkers, now I am doing it by myself. I AM going to get it done, but am super sad t... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 02:34:09 EST Fuzzy Sources of Joy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is Sadie and Scout - who give me so much joy <BR> Sadie and Scout turn two this month and tonight I was thinking about how much happiness I have had with them over the past two years. The... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 02:16:57 EST Breaking the News Tips, tricks and questions welcomed. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 02:16:11 EST SELF DISCIPLINE A stong word that I need to instill in me. No one can force me to eat right and exercise so I need to have a self disciline to get off the couch and stop munching junk foods. I know its not easy but more practice... just like learning a sports I can improve my self discipline. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 02:15:00 EST Gratitudes: my Halloween Photo Hunt Project is doing well. Two nice things happened in relation to my photo hunt, which I created at my blog, just for fun, and which I am way too invested in. <BR> <BR> 1) My daughter sent two photos and I got to start a gallery for her. She pleases me by following instructions well. She obviously reads the stuff, then ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 02:02:28 EST Proteins: Do we really need them to build muscle? It was an interesting day! I'm taking a nutrition course in school, and today we went over Proteins. We talked about the importance in their role in aiding bodily functions, how much a person needs and when, and how it's possible to obtain all the essential amino acids through a vegetarian diet.... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 02:02:21 EST Mobile app Oh no i was so excited to use the mobile app. Does it not work properly. I wrote a lot but it hasnt uploaded :( Tue, 6 Oct 2015 01:52:52 EST Lovely fall walk 4 of us went for a lovely lunch and walk at the beach today, because the carpet cleaners were due today. We had a wonderful time, only to come home and find out he cancelled after we left. Have to reschedule that, and it will not work out as easily with all of us here.....but we still had a gre... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 01:42:14 EST Fitbit, Focus T25, and BLC Okay. So I'm slowly getting back on track with my weight loss. I'm using my Fitbit Flex again and started doing Focus T25. Did the first one today. I managed to get through the whole 25 minutes with only one water stop. That's actually quite a bit of progress for me. I have a step goal of 10,000 ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 01:40:40 EST Progress I just uploaded my current pics and i did not realize the difference until i saw them side by side with my starting pictures. For those of you that did not take pictures, stop and do so. Even if you do not share them with anyone, it is amazing to see for yourself. Even seeing the tape measure ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 01:35:32 EST Off track I always get off track on my weekends. I make poor food choices and don't get any real walking in. Plan to give my notice to my part time employer. The extra work is what seems to throw me off. I can't get in a sleep routine and that seems to mess me up on everything else. Don't get much exercis... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 01:16:14 EST Day 310 - At the Core of the Matter The past three days my exercise routine has focused on core work - both with cardio and strength training. For the past month or so, I've noticed that my abs are tighter and firmer than they've ever been in my entire life. Because of all this focus on my core (both front and back), my posture is ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 01:13:14 EST Beck Chapter 2 The Beck Diet Solution arrived today. I'd already read Chapter 1 on my Kindle, so I jumped right in to Chapter 2 - What Really Makes You Eat. I can definitely relate to this. My problems with food are not so much about hunger but about desire and cravings and emotional eating. I'm hoping the ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 01:13:10 EST Today's Inspiration " It is not the magnitude of our actions <BR> but the amount of love <BR> that is put into them that matters." <BR> <BR> - Mother Teresa Tue, 6 Oct 2015 01:12:50 EST How to catch up Start early: <BR> normally when i start a 30 day challenge, i start a couple days early to try to get a head start on the habit. so far i am still doing well on my yoga challenge. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 01:07:48 EST DAILY QUOTE Focus on the journey , not the destination . <BR> Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it . <BR> <BR> – Greg Anderson Tue, 6 Oct 2015 01:05:45 EST The gym and letting go It has been a long year. Not only have I been struggling with my weight, I also have been struggling financially. It made the struggle with my weight even harder and causing some depression. Slowly I have been making it back to the gym. Today I felt the best I have in quite a while. Part of ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 01:02:46 EST Day 75 summary I had like 2240 calories :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( <BR> <BR> I'm bummed out. Need to get back to eating right. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow's another day, I guess. Until then, I accept and love myself. <BR> <em>67</em> <em>31</em> <em>247</em> Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:56:04 EST Gratitude October 5 2015 Number 1: I saw the recorder teacher today. I found out something very important. When the book says half a hole it doesn't really mean half a hole. It does mean a partially covered hole. This is why my high D didn't sound right. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Swim team was awesome. At least accor... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:54:32 EST Day One The dreaded before photo. <BR> <BR> Waist: 54 <BR> Neck: 17.5 <BR> Hips: 64 <BR> <BR> I‘m not 100% on the accuracy of my current weight (350). But that's where I was last month at a doctor's visit, and I haven't changed since. If so, minimally. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeo... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:51:57 EST Oct. 5 Fell off the exercise wagon. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:48:07 EST Monday, Monday! Wow! What a crazy Monday it has been! <BR> <BR> Work was busy, insane and just plain crazy but I loved every minute of it. Once classes start, I am in the zone! <BR> <BR> This week will be pretty busy at work but not like today. I have a workshop on Thursday. The menu for lunch is pizza. ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:41:02 EST I Pray I'll be Finished by Friday <img src=""> <img src=""> I'm anxious in getting back into the woods, and pray that I'll have my work completed by Friday. I really could u... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:40:35 EST Beck Reboot Accountability Just checking in to be accountable. <BR> <BR> Crashed and burned at end of day. Fast food burger and chips for dinner at 8:30 pm. Home now, inadequately prepared for exam tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I HATE going into something knowing I am underprepared and don't have a shot at a high grade. I am comp... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:32:18 EST Day 66 - Don't Even Start Whenever you're about to reach for one of these foods, immediately stop yourself with a firm, stimulus-narrowing message that says, "Don't even start!" Repeat this phrase again and again until you feel totally in control around the food. <BR> <BR> Look for a situation in which you might be tempt... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:24:26 EST October Update Well, I'm back from my trip to my brother's house and our two week trip to Florida with our friends. Needless to say I was totally and completely exhausted after I got home. <BR> We left Daytona Flea Market at 11:30am EDT on Saturday, September 26, 2015. We pulled into my driveway at 2:58am CDT ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:24:15 EST My Experience This is the first time I'm writing. I'm a little late, but I had a busy weekend. My four weeks as a team member of Amazing Amethysts has been motivational. i find myself trying to find ways to get my daily walk in. I've decided that it's better to get my walk done in the morning. If I'm not ... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:21:14 EST My weight I'm proud of myself I've lost 23 lbs without trying. I started counting calories. I am eating less pasta. I was 168 lbs in December. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:19:31 EST Gastronomic countdown My in-laws are leaving on Wednesday so we have only one more dinner together. It has been such a treat having them here. My FIL has about twenty words of English and my MIL has enough for basic casual conversation, so there is a limit to what we can talk about. There's a lot of gesticulation a... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:19:20 EST Day 83 Found my spark Today was a day of turning it over to the Lord and dealing with the tougher stuff. Getting up did my exercises at the gym and then with my son. Day at work was great but had to leave a couple of comments go. Dealt with the library fines and without saying a word got an automatic apology and fines... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:15:51 EST Soooo? How's it going? Saturday my calories were over due to consuming two stupid little Keebler snack thingies. BUT, I wogged 3 miles. 8500ish steps. <BR> <BR> Sunday my calories were a couple hundred under due to being so busy organizing my garage and planting bulbs in the front yard that I kinda forgot about the K... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:08:28 EST Special Blessings-October 6, 2015 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. It was 75 and sunny today. It was the perfect day for a walk and it was nice to go out and take one. <BR> <BR> 2. We went to the coffee shop this morning and the girls were extra full of themselves. We had such a good time. <BR... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:07:54 EST LIFE UNDER THE NEW COVENANT <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hebrews 8:10 <BR> …I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts… <BR> <BR> What laws was God referring to when He said, “I will put My laws in their mind and write them... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:05:37 EST Starting Lifelong habits... It's been awhile and while my weight has been moving in the wrong direction- I have made some great changes in the last 8 months that I will talk more about! <BR> <BR> For now here's to getting back into the habit of blogging; <img src=" Tue, 6 Oct 2015 00:01:06 EST Bad Weekend :( The Death Roller Coaster <BR> Update on my honey's older brother in hospice. I was trying to decide if "No news is good news" when we didn't hear from Jr's oldest daughter. His mom called with an update of "you don't know how bad your brother really is, you are just in denial he's dying". Honey... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:54:45 EST Calorie deficiency Quality of what you eat and a calorie deficits are the key to losing weight. I'm currently breastfeeding so figuring out how much deficit is too much is hard. I want to lose weight but my little one isn't quite ready to wean yet. Today's deficit was about 1400 calories (I taught/did a 40 minute H... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:54:06 EST And This is Why I Need to Track My Nutrition I'm participating in the Fall 5% Challenge and one of our tasks this week is to track our food. All of it. Each day. <BR> <BR> I really don't care to track my food. I'm not sure why. Most of what I eat has been saved in "favorites" or "recent" and it's truly not that time consuming. <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:53:36 EST Cold I have a pretty bad cold so I'm holding off doing any exercises right now. On the second week of it. Hopefully be this coming weekend it will be gone and I can get started again. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:52:14 EST FIND WHAT WORKS FOR YOUR WORK-OUTS! I am loving the Kroc Center's Fantasy Fitness Challenge. It comes at a good time because it's reminding me to do something I desire to do, but might put on hold -- Work Out! <BR> <BR> Find what works for you, what motivates you to do your daily workouts. Have fun and enjoy the process. It i... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:51:47 EST FIND WHAT WORKS FOR YOUR WORK-OUTS! I am loving the Kroc Center's Fantasy Fitness Challenge. It comes at a good time because it's reminding me to do something I desire to do, but might put on hold -- Work Out! <BR> <BR> Find what works for you, what motivates you to do your daily workouts. Have fun and enjoy the process. It i... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:51:06 EST 15000 Steps I took another day off from the gym. But the great thing is I feel good about it because I always manage to get a minimum of 10000 steps. Today it was over 15000 steps. I did 10 flights of stairs and I burned over 700 calories, which is what I do daily as a minimum. Even when I don't go to th... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:51:02 EST Cats ;-) 10/5 Cat's view of the world <BR> <link><BR>=12979&memberid=872002 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:44:07 EST Bad Kitten last night I was finishing up some computer stuff last night and the girl kitten was snuggling, she got up and went to the other side of the bed and proceeded to poop on my bedspread, I didn't notice until Calliope went over and tried to cover it up. The kitten knows where the litter box is and has been usi... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:41:39 EST LC Tip of the Day #188 Exercise is something you get to do; not something you should do. <BR> <BR> Oh, and boy, do I know this to be true! I've had my leg operated on -- but I really wanted to run and dance and move swiftly.... I've had my arm in a cast -- but I really wanted to play ball and dress myself.... I've ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:36:16 EST Tuesdasy Admitted my brother to the hospital very tired be blessed hugs Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:28:32 EST Challenging Myself To Track Properly <BR> Tracking is such an important part of our journey to lose weight. It is a habit that began, for me, when I started Weight Watchers. I was successful with WW because throughout the day I would list what I ate. Therefore, I would not forget any morsel that went into my mouth, by keeping up wi... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:27:44 EST Monday's Words to Ponder <img src=""> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:27:37 EST Monday I feel like I did not get enough done today. <BR> 1 load of laundry washed hung out and brought in and folded <BR> Dishwasher loaded and run <BR> 80% of the yard mowed on the riding mower. <BR> 35 min cardio workout at fitness center <BR> grocery shopping done for the week <BR> lunch out with hub... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:25:43 EST First day with new agent He showed up at 8 and dug right into setting up his <BR> computer and I spent quite a bit of the morning just <BR> trying to clean and rearrange the work space until <BR> he had enough room for all the electronics-a small <BR> laptop and 2 screens. These are Macs and evidently <BR> not the system... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:24:55 EST Challenge day 1 30 min pilates no cardio did not eat healthy 3 cups of water I can only go up from here! Lol Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:24:55 EST Insects! <img src=""> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:22:25 EST Goals for 10/06/15 <img src=""> Drink all my water (hasn't been a problem!) Tackle my new cardio DVD (super excited to feel the burn!) Stay within my caloric range for the day. Be forgiving if I forget! Let's make tomorrow count!!! Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:19:12 EST 278/365 Work day was good, still slow at work so I've been catching up on quite a few projects and paperwork. The rest of the week will probably be similar. I did my Monday workout, which always feels great. worked on a knitting project and now off to bed. Under on calories. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:15:17 EST OCTOBER FIVE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hi Friends! <BR> <BR> I give you, now, a less dramatic, less complain-y blog post. I know - you are shocked. <BR> I'm well into the 40 day challenge I gave to myself. I had a strong start, a f... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:12:59 EST Monday night It was a good day...two Zumba classes, and a cooperative college class. We were on the Philadelphia area college alert due to a social media alert about an incident supposed to happen at 2 pm. Fortunately, nothing happened. <BR> <BR> Bedtime is approaching. Good night! <em>102</em> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:09:20 EST Thoughts that Sabotage I'm reading "The Beck Diet Solution", which isn't a diet book, but a book about how cognitive therapy can help people who often give up on their diets when the going gets tough. That's me. I've finished the first chapter and wanted to share a list of sabotaging thoughts that were given as example... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:05:47 EST Ready for a Midnight Dance-Off? When my 5% team is close to landing, and midnight is at hand, we declare a Midnight Dance-Off. <BR> <BR> Here are some songs that are over 10 minutes long, long enough to have your Spark Activity Tracker count your dancing as exercise, as long as you don't rest more than 20 seconds. <BR> <BR> G... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:01:56 EST Monday=Funday How most people feel about Monday ... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How I feel about Monday ... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Make the most o... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 23:01:15 EST Autumn kayaking My brother, Jeremy, and I went kayaking on Lake Erie this evening. It was warm enough to forgo wetsuits, but cool enough to keep almost all the motorboats off the water. That is one of the things I like best about going kayaking off season. We paddled about 12 miles in a little over 2 hours, s... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:55:44 EST Ending a viscous negative Circumstance-Thought-Feeling-Action-Result Cycle I was reading a book by Brooke Castillo titled "Self Coaching 101 - Used Your Mind - Don't Let It Use You". The basis of his book is: 1 We cannot control the world; 2 Nothing outside of us has the power to make us sad or bad unless we concede our power; 3 Stress is not due to our circumstanc... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:51:01 EST Cutting Carbs I decided to cut my carbs again, because I don't think I'm losing weight as fast as I could be. <em>9</em> I'm testing to make sure my levels don't get too low. I felt pretty good today with a 30 carb cut. I thought I'd feel really hungry, but I didn't. I had half my protein bar before my swim... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:47:21 EST 10/5/15 I'm a half full type of person. I try to be positive, encouraging, and supportive. Every day is filled with challenge, adventure, ,and learning experiences. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:45:46 EST Monday, 10/5/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was our weekly homeschool co-op and it definitely had more of a crazy feel to it. Just lots of people out sick, little issues coming up all throughout the day that needed attention,... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:43:15 EST Day 416 WIP = Works in progress I am a work in progress as are all my little projects laying around my house. The pile of quilt squares ready to be sewn together. The hats for friends and then the ones for cancer patients. After that some Christmas items. I started a beautiful stocking this evening. And after all that I re... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:41:09 EST Weekend Getaway Here are some pictures of our trip to Leavenworth. Until now, I'd only visited during or after Christmas when it's a winter wonderland. But the colors of fall were gorgeous up there. My pics really didn't to them justice! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:39:40 EST One of those days <img src=""> This is how my day was at work!!!! Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:39:21 EST Weigh-In -- 4Oct15 Missed blogging yesterday - forgot about it. <BR> <BR> I weighed in the same as last week. <BR> <BR> So far I am totally bummed with the new format for doing blogs. I like to refer back to previous ones for information on goals, etc. and now we can't do that and keep what we've typed in. Make... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:38:42 EST 10/5/15 - Bedtime I'm thinking of my dad because today would have been his 95th birthday. <BR> <BR> I made soup today, and there's nothing like seasoning it with fresh basil from the garden. With the cooler evenings, I'm not sure how much longer it will last. Oh yes, I added tomatoes too. <BR> <BR> I finally g... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:37:42 EST Equality...Bones don't lie ! <img src=""> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:33:06 EST Happy Tears! Happy Tears! For the first time in the history of EVER, I weigh less than my husband!!!!! It's Week 11 for me, and I've lost 42.7 lbs. I have never felt so empowered. I love this plan. While it is considered unconventional to some, it has taught me so much about how to take care of myself. I love TSFL! Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:29:37 EST Tuesday, my day off. woke up at 5am, spent half an hour in the bible, then off to the gym for a half hour of cardio and weights. A healthy breakfast. Washing done, ironing done, necessary errands done. Went for a half hour walk to the Preachers house to help them move some furniture. Enjoyed listening to my headphone... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:26:13 EST Day 595 - 30-Day Photo Blog Challenge, Day 1 Yesterday I was reading through my SparkFriends' blogs and I came across WRITING_ZEBRA's post about a 30-day photo blog challenge. I thought it was a great idea so I decided to steal (read: borrow) it. :) <BR> <BR> Day 1 of the challenge is to post a recent picture of myself so here it is: <BR> ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:22:12 EST Hypoglycemic I'm hypoglycemic and frequently on the go. If I don't eat, I get complex migraines. Any suggestions on good healthy foods to take with me? Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:19:01 EST Days 3-5 of my October of Opportunity!! Hey Sparkies, <BR> <BR> So on Saturday I didn't do as well with my goals, yesterday was okay and today was much better. Yesterday was my DH's birthday and so we celebrated on Saturday because we're usually pretty busy with church on Sundays,. We went out for lunch, dinner and ice cream after tha... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:15:49 EST Day 2 SUCKED! I messed up with my eating intake again today. I weighed myself this morning naked and it was 178.1 and I had every intention of starting off my day right. I stopped by McDonald's and got an Egg McMuffin and a Large Coke with extra ice. I ate the Egg McMuffin and only drank about 10 sips of th... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:15:34 EST What Went - Monday I gained 35 pounds since joining Sparkpeople. This is in addition to all the weight that led me here to begin with. It isn't Sparkpeople's fault. It isn't my fault either. My body is becoming more and more diabetic and it took some time to realize that the advice I was getting from doctors a... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:14:11 EST BLC29 Tip of the Day - Plan ahead - Fitness & Meals - Fitness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Week Two - Plan ahead - Fitness & Meals - Fitness <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> plan your workout the night before <... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:11:51 EST Monday's 5:31 New Plan New Challenges New Beginning 10/05/2015 <img src=""> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:09:03 EST Just a short one tonight... I will keep this one short and sweet, since there isn't much to say. I didn't do anything I planned to do today. I did decide to take some sort of proactive step and go to the library and check out some books on grief. Even though losing Mammaw feels like the worst thing that has ever happened... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:06:36 EST Rocket Man I had my every other week massage this morning, then decided I wanted to see The Martian film. I had lunch at the Genghis Grill first, then walked over to the theater. I loved, loved, loved The Martian! <BR> <img src=" Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:05:27 EST Red flags: the warning signs to watch out for I used to weigh in every week. I used to count all my calories and track my proteins, fiber, etc everyday. I used to peruse Spark and the blogs and my friends' status updates regularly for inspiration. I used to work out 6x a week, at least. <BR> <BR> And then I started to slip. <BR> <BR> It ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:05:20 EST Day 145 & 146 I did yesterday. I don't think I went over any on anything. I got all of my water in and I did 30 mins on the Gazelle. <BR> <BR> Today I went over in fat and sodium. We ended up having Taco bell. I did fine on everything else and got my water in. I walked for an hour. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:03:42 EST My To-Do List is doable! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No workers scheduled this week. I am getting a massage this week, lunch with BFF, a movie & dinner with my neighbor/surrogate Mom. I'll get a little done everyday... c... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:01:00 EST Piyo Day 1 So today was my first day on Piyo and so far so good. My starting weight is 203. I got my butt up at 7:00am and did the 30 min lower body work out. It felt great! Tracking my food on the other hand was a little hard to get used to but I think I figured it out. Basically depending on your weight y... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 22:00:21 EST Day 24 - Deal with Discouragement - The Beck Diet Solution For most people, losing weight starts off easy because their motivation and confidence are high. At some point it begins to get harder. Life intervenes in ways that make sticking to a diet a real effort. Cravings become more intense. <BR> <BR> It is normal to feel overwhelmed or discouraged a... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:56:47 EST STUDYING MOST OF DAY Well got up this morning and read and marked 9 chapters in my book. Had to go to the bank annd make two more short stops. Came home and it took 4 hours to go over 3 chapters n the computer. They do not count unless yu go through the online classes. You cannot speed them up as it will not regs... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:55:23 EST I'm loving me! Had a great day today. Got in 20,190 steps in today. I'm feeling great. Been up since 6:30am got me and the kids ready for work, school and daycare. Got off work at 5:30pm and still managed to hit the gym for an hour once my babies were sleep. Now it's relax and sleep time for me :-). I'm loving... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:53:49 EST Better choices Trying to remember to make better choices. While I'm at work not so hard.'s when I get home the real struggle begins. ..Track all day then seem to stop at 5pm....that's when I need to track the most! The choices I make after 5 is what's hurting my weight loss efforts. ..Always hold your self... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:51:02 EST Bleh Had an okay day but didn't make it to the gym or eat too well. Both controllable. Not a good start to 12 weeks but I did do some upper body workout. It just wasn't what I wanted. I can't wait until after a long day of work. Too out of it. So...bleh. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:47:38 EST Beck Trek - Day 39 - Keep up with Exercise I needed to read this today. I have not been very good about consistently planning exercise. I have made good choices in adding unplanned exercise - going up and down stairs, parking far away, going the long way in stores, et cetera. But regular planned exercise has not been happening. <BR> Bu... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:44:31 EST Day 39: Keep up with exercise Exercise is so important for weight loss. Not only does it help with appetite control, motivation, but its essential for good health. Exercise makes us stronger and can speed up metabolism. In the past I have gone to exercise classes; hiked outdoors; used the gym as my own personal stress reducer... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:39:26 EST Day two and it's a struggle... Again working a 12 hr third shift last night was rough... cheated last night and got McDonald's... then snacked at work... only slept a few hours before getting a call inviting me to lunch so I went instead of sleeping... then a buddy helped with my car... we went to dinner... now lunch and dinn... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:35:17 EST 10/5/15 Monday Calories 1171 <BR> Steps 9,700 + <BR> includes 1 hour senior aerobics <BR> 100+ minutes moving <BR> <BR> Let's keep adding up those minutes, <BR> cutting down on those calories. <BR> <BR> I have been making good choices not only <BR> with the calories, but the quality of food also. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:34:02 EST Temptations. I did not pass up on any this weekend. I definitely indulged and feel terrible and sluggish for it. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:30:47 EST Thank you ... ... to all who commented on yesterday's blog. Thank you for prayers and well wishes. Since I have lots to do and need to focus on getting better, I will be back soon. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Keep sparking! <em>253</em> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:29:29 EST Day 43, semi fell off the wagon Had a blah day today. No energy or desire to work out or eat right. Skipped breakfast, hubby came home and made us a healthy lunch. As soon as he left I decided to just lie down. Got up for the kids. Ran into town for an errand for him and stopped at sonic to get a chili cheese hot dog combo with... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:28:00 EST Day 72 - One of those days Today was rough. I dropped my first egg on the floor, let my dog eat it. The second egg got to the pan but then my daughter wanted it. Gave up and ate the leftover hamburger patty instead. Red Robin for lunch. Did not eat sensibly at all. Had almost two days worth of calories in one day. :(... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:25:06 EST Brazil Butt Lift I started Brazil Butt Lift today. I did the Bum Bum video. I thought I was going to die. lol Then I did some upper body strength training and walked on the treadmill. I'm at 9302 steps and it's 8:22 pm so I think I'll make it to 10000. :) Yippie. <BR> <BR> I lost 5.5 lbs on the Hungry Girl diet... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:24:55 EST 15k with "Turbo Tyson" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I promised myself yesterday that I would do a 15k run today and I did. I was all set to go out on my own but little Tyson just kept looking at me as if to say "I can do this, please let me come"... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:24:49 EST Musical humor <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Often I don't know what to write, but if I can pass along a smile to someone, I'm glad. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:24:01 EST It is always the pictures that put me over the edge I saw some pictures of myself today. I know I have gained most of my weight back. I know my clothes are size 18 and 20 now. But god I look SO awful in my pictures. My face is all fat. My features distored by the fat. I look huge next to my husband, my friends. I look MASSIVE. I feel terrible. I a... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:21:38 EST Beck Trek - Chapter 10 - Day 39 - Keep up with Exercise My current exercise plan: <BR> <BR> M-W - RIPPED <BR> T-Th-Sa - Spin <BR> Su - Outdoor run/walk (minimum of 3 miles) <BR> All weekdays: Three 10 minute walks around my work campus (morning, mid day and afternoon) <BR> M-F - Plank for 5 minutes <BR> <BR> I meet this plan about 90% of the time. T... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:19:45 EST 19:30 1.5 mile I like weeks days. I got up , had breakfast , got out the door and made it to work. Fun day at work. Snack in between work, lunch , more work. Since keeping to my nutrition plan during the work day it has made going to the gym very easy after work. I am not hungry or lacking energy. I was ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:17:24 EST Monday Back to work tonight. Yay me! Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:17:11 EST Filling out the paperwork So yesterday I met with my husband in a coffee shop yesterday to fill out the divorce paperwork. We spent about 20 minutes looking at the mountain of paperwork before giving up and paying for LegalZoom. It's sort of like TurboTax, but for divorces. Since our divorce is simple, at least in terms o... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:12:53 EST People are talking I got flat out asked today if I was dieting. I played coy and said thank you and "it must be the sweater" (with the secret squee that the sweater I'm wearing is only an XL). I don't think she believed me, but I really am not ready to talk about this journey with people. <BR> <BR> That said, I'm... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:12:29 EST Day-32 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Going on day #127...and boy did I have a lot of pain in my (R) Hip this morning, <BR> with that stupid "Sciatica Pain" UGH. maybe because our weather was cold, <BR> maybe tomorrow will be better... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:11:20 EST Shaking-Nearly Attacked by Two Huge Ferocious Dogs - Big Guy in the Sky Was Looking Out for Me This will be short. Just got in and am shaking. I usually carry a heavy flashlight, but not today. <BR> <BR> In the middle of the street yelling and screaming as two huge dogs (looked like Stephen King's Cujo) came at me. My screams startled them, but they stood there salivating. Finally, t... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:11:18 EST Love my hair cut and new hair color!😊 <img src=""> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:06:55 EST 10/5/15 Well at least we had a little sun late in the day after the clouds finally moved out. I am thankful that we were at least mostly dry, unlike our brothers and sisters in S. Carolina. Shame the rain couldn't be put where the fires are. My son surprised me last night when we watched the news and... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:06:27 EST Drum roll, please .... It's .... a BOY! I was so incredibly touched to see our first biological grandchild. I did get a video, I did send it to his daddy ... and I'm convinced that little Allen James waved to his daddy on purpose! <BR> <BR> On another front, I had a NSV today!!! I put on my uniform shirt WITHOUT my... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:05:18 EST Monday... Hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:05:16 EST Day 332...short post... Today was a long day. I didn't get enough sleep last night, and my back was still sore from all of the conducting yesterday. Conducting uses muscles I'm not used to, and my overall posture could use some improvement, so when combined, my back gets a workout. That's not a bad thing, but it is a th... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:04:10 EST Wiped Out DD got us up at 5:30 am in order to make our connections to DC (left home at 6:10 am so as to be sure to find a parking space at the Metro station at the extreme southernmost Maryland line.... No problem! There was parking galore! <BR> <BR> And we made our connection to L'Enfant Plaza without a... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:04:02 EST Monday, Fun Day! =) <img src=""> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:02:39 EST Teach the Children <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pray for the lost loved ones in Rosewood, Oregon. <BR> Pray for Peace. <em>459</em> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:02:07 EST Hiking <img src=""> My goal to increase my water today wasn't met... sigh, try again tomorrow. My schedule is totally off as I'm spending as much time as I can with my siblings who have arrived from all over the world. One o... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 21:01:39 EST day 5 28 day home workout done- chair cardio but I pushed it to get the heart rate up. Also did Jessica Smith 20 min cardio workot with emphasis on core. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:59:16 EST SUNDAY CHALLENGE I have been doing really great the last two months. I love the weather and it is perfect for riding my bike. I rode with some friends to a Blocktoberfest. I wanted to ride more. My friends ate and drank. I have been pushing myself to make it up hills on my bike with no gears. I rode to Forest Pa... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:58:05 EST Filling the void with God It is written in the Bible that man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. So what does that tell me? To me, who is very obese, that tells me I need to quit filling the void in my heart with food and start filling it with the word of God. Sometim... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:55:31 EST My Hobby <img src=""> I've been working on my hobby but also my health. I received the TeleHealth modem and taken a few modules that teach me and help me stay on track. I received the weight scale BUT it requires that I stan... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:50:26 EST Superdog <img src=""> We got buster a Halloween costume but I don't think he wants to be superdog, so sad haha. Too much pressure Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:50:12 EST Health To me, health means being able to run and play with my kids. It means fitting into my skinny jeans again. It means having normal blood pressure and not worrying about diabetes. It means lessening my chances of my eyes getting worse. <BR> <BR> I keep falling off the band wagon. I forget that I h... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:49:45 EST Mon Oct 5/2015 <img src=""> Well the weekend was so so. Friday night had a great date night with my love! I worked Saturday and felt like I just barely made it I felt so awful! I got home from work and napped the entire evening and a... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:47:57 EST Cruise time Day 8...Weigh in day! Down 4.5lbs i gotta say so happy not feeling well today so getting in all my calories maybe a challenge but im gonna do my best. I also made a goal to excersise everyday this week im gonna do it even if todays is lighter. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:46:29 EST Consumed For as long as I can remember I've been thinking about my weight. The majority of my day to day thoughts are about how big I am and how small I wish I was. I am 37 years old, and I think at least for the last 20 years, my life and thoughts have been consumed by the fact that I need to lose weigh... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:44:28 EST THE DOCTOR IS SCARED FOR ME I have gained so much weight and have swollen so much <BR> <BR> He is afraid I will go into heart failure. He is increasing my diuretics a whole lot to bring the weight down and bring the swelling down. <BR> <BR> He said I will have to sit in the bathroom to eat. <BR> <BR> I won't be on he... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:36:17 EST Weight Loss Tips - using cinnamon etc. Weight Loss Tips: <BR> <BR> Low carb helps with insulin sensitivity <BR> <BR> Less insulin floating around, less likely to store fat <BR> <BR> Training with weights helps with stored carbohydrates <BR> <BR> 6 grams of cinnamon a day helps reduces fasting glucose <BR> <BR> AVOID: <BR> <BR> H... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:32:01 EST Sugar Day #3: Admitting this is an Abusive Relationship & other incoherent ramblings Day #3 of the Sweet Tooth challenge. Had to fast this morning for an appointment. The fasting wasn't difficult in itself - but simply seemed to push my hunger and eating off by about 3-4 hours. Like my body suddenly shifted to the Pacific time zone. <BR> <BR> Noticed a few chocolate cravings at ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:31:18 EST Day 1: This is what I want to remember THIS feeling, right now. This feeling of accomplishment, of victory. This feeling of endorphins lighting up my brain. THIS perfect storm of fatigue and triumph, all rolled into one. <BR> <BR> Eight days ago I ran a miraculous (to me) two miles -- much farther than I've ever run in my entire life... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:27:16 EST Day 44 Still recovering from vertigo. Hoping to be back to my program by the weekend. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:27:04 EST Day 163 -Why Am I Still Doing This?? I was out of town for a wedding this weekend, which meant no blogging, no weigh-ins, and my No Sweets streak came to a definitive end. The last four days have been a food disaster: wedding cupcakes, pasta, grilled cheese, fudge, waffles, etc. I still managed to track everything, but often times f... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:24:35 EST Good day Had a great day today. Up early, got morning chores done and after that got ready for my doctor appointment. I was happy except for the 1 hour wait. However I did have my Doctors full attention. We worked our way through my prescriptions and decided to make some slow changes. I am happy with t... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:24:33 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse October 5: Daily Inspiration: Keep your feet firmly planted in your faith and your eyes raised to the heavens. Lord, You are my strength, my encouragement and my source of all that is good. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. Proverbs 8:17 <BR... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:23:27 EST Reduced Carb "Cut Phase" Day 2 It's 8 PM and day 2 has been a success so far! <BR> <BR> Last night our dinner was amazing, but I have no clue how to track it. I'm going to write a big long blog post about my dinner on A Measured Life for Wednesday so you'll hear more about that later in the week, complete with pictures! But, ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:19:42 EST Fitbit updates! I kind of fell off the wagon this weekend, but for good reason. I stepped off the wagon? Tiptoed off? <BR> <BR> My husband and I took the baby to my old stomping grounds near my graduate school for a friend's wedding. We happened to book a hotel around the corner from my absolute favorite pub i... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:17:12 EST Bittersweet I am heart broken. My boyfriend and I had the discussion every couple dreads, where is this going. And came to the conclusion that we were in two very different places. For once in my life, over eating isn't an issue. Making myself actually eat is. He inspired me to start on this journey, and e... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:16:43 EST treadmill! Since my husband got the treadmill fixed over the weekend, I got to use it this morning. Restarted my 5k training on week 5. Run 9 minutes walk 2, three times. Felt terrific! My knees are a bit angry, but that will get better in time again. Just so happy to be running! It elevated my mood for t... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:15:23 EST Diet Soda Addiction I'm not drinking any more diet soda. It haven't been easy but I can do it. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:13:06 EST Baking Bread part 2 <img src=""> Today I made whole wheat bread from scratch. I forgot how difficult working with whole wheat is. The end result is two beautiful, delicious loafs though. One will be wrapped and put in the freezer, while t... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:12:47 EST TEN Monday, October 5 2015 is DAY TEN of my ON PLAN STREAK. It was a busy day at work, and when I'm busy, it's very easy to stay on plan. It's been a long day and I need to get to bed early and catch up on some sleep...but I couldn't do that without reporting in first! I want to be accountable to ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:12:24 EST Birthday Weekend With the Family <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What a weekend! I do not know what I loved more...the time with family or Seeing the Rangers play.. .... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:10:43 EST Beck Trek! Day 38 & 39 Deal with a Plateau <BR> <BR> When I reach a plateau, I'll: first double-check how long it has lasted. If it's only been one to two weeks, I'll note any possible factors (period, stomach issues, etc.) and continue what I've been doing. If it lasts three weeks or more with no stand-out causes, I... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:10:09 EST Some Good News! I went to physio today and they told me that my shoulders are looking good and I could start some strengthening exercises! The exercises they showed me are nowhere near what I was used to when I was in full ST mode, but it's definitely a step in the right direction! I tried not to laugh when they... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:08:09 EST Can you spell Stooopid! I was so proud of myself for getting my exercise in this morning and happy when I logged in and saw how many steps I had taken. Later at work I looked down and realized that when I changed shoes the 2nd time as I was getting read to leave I had left my little tracker behind. Frustrating! But wha... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:04:01 EST "Improvement is not a random event." I was taking an online continuing education accounting course today, and this quote jumped out at me. The course was about changing the way the accounting staff (and people who supply information to them) looked at their respective roles in closing the books. (The course was actually more fun tha... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:00:13 EST 10/5/15 8.68 total miles walked today (several walks) plus 15 minutes lower body strength training and 15 minutes on the swings at the playground. Hubby and I were both swinging and we tried to hold hands but our synchronization was off and I almost fell out of the swing...that was fun!!! We are enjoyi... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:57:32 EST Struggling and Smiling day after day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello friends! I am so sorry that I have been MIA for so very long & I truly miss each of you. It's hard being out of the loop and not knowing what is going on in everyone's lives... so I'm try... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:57:15 EST Rough day, need a laugh <img src=""> Sometimes you just need a laugh. Rough day, long day. My truck got hit in the back needs to go in the shop to get checked out. Hopefully not much damage except for my rear bumper guard/step. Calf still giv... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:55:21 EST Work through it Pain in my legs-work through it. <BR> Lack of motivation-work through it. <BR> Heart and Kidney issues-work through it. <BR> Emotional issues about my weight-work through it. <BR> _____________________ By now you have noticed a pattern and the mantra I must live by in order to achieve whatever go... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:49:38 EST Monday I took a vacation day today since I had a dental appointment at 11. My tooth chipped and so a temporary filling was put in. Need to go back for a crown later (any time, at a convenient time). <BR> <BR> Nice and sunny day today. Happy sparking! Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:48:26 EST Case of the Mondays This afternoon, I came home from a great day at work and just felt...blah. I felt agitated - like there was something I was supposed to be doing that I wasn't - and the feeling left me exhausted and gray. I took a nap and dragged my butt to the gym. I didn't do much. A few short intervals on an e... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:46:39 EST new goals Well its time to give up soda I'm going to cut it out of my diet this week starting tomorrow i know its going to be hard and i may have to supplement diet soda or tea so the caffeine withdrawals aren't so bad. I'm scared though just because its a real addiction for me but I'm going to have faith ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:46:18 EST Habit: Tell a new story. We’re all messed up people. Why start a blog entry about habits with a statement like that? I’ll get to that in a minute. <BR> <BR> Let’s go back to January. Weren’t you just humming along with a plan and a pen? I don’t know about you, but I usually push harder through January than a s... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:31:13 EST Workout Buddy Anyone on here from Northern Kentucky? I would be so greatful if I was able to find a workout partner. I'm lacking some major motivation to get started. Help!!! Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:29:58 EST Monday 10/05/2015 Hello to everyone. I hope you've all had a wonderful day. <BR> <BR> I've had a productive day even though it's a day that usually causes me to be very sad. This date is the day my dad died. It's been 24 years but I still miss him. He was only 59 when he died. Love you dad! <BR> <BR> My foo... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:23:14 EST Blah Day Day 6 <BR> <BR> I have a massive case of the blahs today. I am really tired. I guess maybe the new reduction in sugar and caffeine are starting to catch up with me. At least I am not having withdrawals. I did that once. I started a strict diet program and went cold turkey from day one from sugar... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:21:34 EST Representing Sparkpeople in NYC! Ok...this is some HUGE news I'm going to share here. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Most of the time, I tend to shy away from announcing anything major going on, but this involves all of YOU to some degree in some way, shape, or form! <BR> <BR> I have to thank Nu (NUMD97) for really bri... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:18:44 EST Beck Day Three - Eat Sitting Down All I can say about the last few days is that it's a good thing I'm not to the part about making a meal plan and actually sticking with it. <BR> <BR> So ... when I first read this I thought - I don't think this will be a problem for me! Then a few days later I had gotten a snack and stopped at ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:16:24 EST Benbow boots These are my 'benbow' boots. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Granted I love 'em - they are kind of funky and fun. But I really only want to wear them occasionally. I live in a Town that is a cat's cock hair away... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:14:06 EST First 30 minutes of cardio selfie <img src=""> <BR> I've only been completing 15 minutes of cardio exercises. Today I pushed myself to complete 30 minutes. The I did a cool down of stretches and a walk around the farm. I was always able to complete... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:13:50 EST Get with the program I do fine for a couple of days, and then something unexpected comes along. I haven't given up and do eventually get back to what I know I should do, but it's a case of one step forward, one step back. Two steps forward and one step back would be a definite improvement. I don't want to put life on... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:11:54 EST Changing my life " Life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it. ' Charles Swindoll <BR> <BR> Today I read a long and lengthy article sent to me by my physical therapist it was written by some nueroscientists . <BR> <BR> But what it basically said if you want to be happier , <BR>... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:10:30 EST Monday! Now that's it's evening things are starting to clear off, so maybe tomorrow we'll see some sun, temps are warming up some too. <BR> <BR> Went and got my flu shot this morning. Now need to take DH to get his, maybe he can get it at the Ann Arbor VA when he goes for his eye injections on Oct. 14. ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:10:18 EST Testing I've tried for two days now to add a blog. I wrote to Technical Support about it and they suggested I try another browser. I can see this one is going to work because the "Post Blog Entry" is at the bottom. I couldn't scroll down to that before. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:10:18 EST Happy Monday I hope everyone is having a happy Monday. I am having a very slow day, no passengers no money Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:10:08 EST Weekend over and time to get back at it... Am I the only one who struggles with staying on track on the weekends? I hate cooking and any chance I get to not have to do it, I'm a happy lady! So weekends, I tend to try and get out of it as much as possible! This however is becoming my downfall as I then eat high calorie, fat laden junk. ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:09:58 EST When You Are Thinking of Giving In... ...take a deep breath and think again! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:08:04 EST Busy Monday I started out folding all the laundry I did last night and then cleaned the bathrooms while my wife was gone to her exercise class. I worked on the lawns and then did some power washing. It is a cool 71 degrees here on the Gulf Coast. Exercises are going well. Calories remain below 1300. Wei... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:07:28 EST Week 13 - Happy October! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Going into week 13 I am feeling great emotional wise. Physically I strayed a lot from my plan so this week it will be focusing on getting back at it. <BR> <BR> My visit with my old frien... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:04:58 EST Away for so long, Reboot It is time for a reboot.. I started the journey and I did very well for 6 months then hit a plateau got frustrated and gave up.. <BR> <BR> So 3 years later I am back and it is time to reboot and start fresh. I plan to start small with food journalling and then work into a workout routine once ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:01:39 EST Principally Speaking... I'm an elementary school principal - hence the title. I've been in education for almost 30 years and absolutely love what I do. In fact, one of the reasons I wanted to lose weight was to be the best principal I can possibly be. <BR> <BR> But today I want to talk about exercise. I. Don't. Li... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:00:41 EST Monday, October 5 Another busy work day - I did leave at 4 PM to come home to work some more... <BR> <BR> Cooked Pacific cod for dinner with some couscous. <BR> <BR> I will keep an eye on the PwC support queue and, hopefully, relax the rest of the evening. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 19:00:25 EST 5 Days I have 5 more days until the race. I am prepping, but still nervous. Here are 5 things that I will consider: <BR> <BR> 1) Have fun. A dear SparkFriend reminded me of that today <BR> 2) I will try each obstacle <BR> 3) I will be positive <BR> 4) I will listen to what my body needs during the race... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:59:45 EST Back Surgery! I am recovering from major back surgery done on 1 July 2015. I've gotten the clear to begin working out again, though it will be modified stuff. No dead lifts, no squats and no running for at least another 3-5 months. So I will be doing cycling and swimming with some machines for legs and floor w... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:55:29 EST My Side Of The Street I distinctly knew a few months ago that before I was going to lose weight, I needed to take a bit of inventory about my life. Just losing pounds doesn't cut it. I had to stop the merry-go-round, roll up my sleeves and take inventory about my life. Ouch! Sometimes that takes more than a little wor... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:44:30 EST Puppy update Jackson went two nights in a row-dry! Woot-Woot!!!!! When we got home from work-still dry! I think he might be getting the hang of it. We registered for the next puppy class so hopefully he'll learn some manners. I watched a couple of leash training videos and they seem to be working ok. Wh... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:40:32 EST Birthday Picture This Dad and me from Saturday his 91st birthday....I could have fixed his <BR> <BR> <img src="">.... <BR> <BR> <BR> My sister is going to send more pictures of the group <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:36:41 EST Contents of the LOST BLOG yesterday (I HOPE)! I have lost that blog from yesterday 3 times! I hope to have this one go...I have done it in an email to post here except for the pictures. <BR> <BR> I do love what my spark friend AQUAGIRL08 said about lost blogs, “they all go to Blog Heaven” and that is where I shall forever think of them... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:34:02 EST Brace shoes went to orthotist today for ashlea to have shoe horns built into her shoes. her heels are collapsing because of her AFOs being used every day as they should. well, they needed to keep her shoes. I did not realize this so didn't bring an extra pair. the orthotist walked out to the car with us to ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:33:47 EST Monday ok so i gave my cardiac potato recipe to someone i love and now i want it...LMAO...i will not make them. i will not make them. I WILL NOT MAKE THEM!!! Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:33:01 EST My lowest blood glucose reading yet, all done by diet alone. Blood glucose this morning was 120. I didn't take my Trulicity shot on Friday, the day I normally take it. Can diabetes be reversed by diet? I am eating low carb high fat to prove to myself that it can. No medications are being taken for diabetes by me now. <BR> <BR> October 7 is my doctor's ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:29:21 EST week #3 team work our project is about highblood pressure and we had to add on the slides questions that was containing to highblood pressure what can be provented? how it occurs? what can cause it? ect.. i think we had some good ideas and good questions on their and we added pictures and color to bring it out...t... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:26:06 EST week #3 team work our project is about highblood pressure and we had to add on the slides questions that was containing to highblood pressure what can be provented? how it occurs? what can cause it? ect.. i think we had some good ideas and good questions on their and we added pictures and color to bring it out...t... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:24:20 EST Days away... It is amazing what a few days of a crashed computer can do to "your" Spark journey! My log-in days streak lapsed because I just didn't think to use my android, my exercise did maintain!!!, my eating stayed good although I won't say spectacular, my support from all of you felt great because my and... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:11:25 EST a new group for me~~ Last Wednesday I went to my 1st bereavement group. <BR> There were 2 moderators and 10 women in varying stages of grief. One woman in grief for years and one other woman for 3 weeks and then everyone else in between. There was hurt, anger, disbelief, etc. <BR> How sad for us and how good for us... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:10:51 EST Update on Mom 10/5/2015 When I got to the hospital today, the doctor came in behind me. He said he was about to call me when he saw me coming into the room. Mom has developed a blood clot in her arm where they put in the IV Pic. So needless to say she will not be going to rehab anytime soon. <BR> <BR> Continued pray... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 18:01:34 EST 100515 I'm a people watcher. The sad thing I see is that most people (younger & older) are as big as me or bigger. Then I think . . . why do I worry so much about my weight, when my weight is probably the norm. This thought gives me the freedom binge. <BR> <BR> Then when I see pictures of myself, ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:53:19 EST Seriously <img src=""> I was logging my food today on the spark app and an advertisement for the McDonald's app was on my log page...seriously? I don't like McDonald's and I know you can't control advertising but really? Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:52:05 EST Put the peanut butter down and back away! Is what I needed to hear 30 minutes ago. <BR> Tomorrow will be better <em>198</em> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:51:50 EST Another Bruno update Well, my sweet boy is still with me, but can no longer get up on his own or stand to eat & drink. I bring him his food & water to where he lays. I carry him out and hold him up for him to wee and poo and believe it or not, he still takes care of that business, but it does wear us both out! He i... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:46:36 EST Just Do It... Not Like Nike, Like You ! Let's do it. Let's get it done so it's done. Let's not spend our day talking or thinking about it, let's just do it. I remember I spent so much time talking about it and not being about it but that was the old me. The new me don't play no games, I eat healthy 85% of the time if not 90% and I love... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:43:38 EST Sugar--Day 4 It is a good thing I have no treats in the house--cause I WANT something. I can stay away from the ice cream but I may end up with a smoothie tonight. We'll see--I am trying to not. <BR> <BR> I have had my tea, I was busy this afternoon with a couple of projects and I have a good supper planned.... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:34:56 EST Working with kids I don't know if it's working with kids but I find myself full of energy. I recently started working at a behavioral school and it is very fast paced, busy and you would be lucky to get 5 minutes to sit down everyday. However, I love it. I make sure when it's time for me to have lunch I go in my o... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:31:08 EST Day 45 - Staying Focused I am down 7 pounds total which means I am averaging about a pound a week....Every day and every night I tell myself that this journey is one day at at time...No longer do I set goals that set me up for failure...Instead everyday I have the opportunity to be successful. I am successful when I trac... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:30:36 EST I love my kids but I love my 8mo and 4yro very much but have you ever hit that time of the day where you want them to stop and entertain themselves? Everyday I don't work that time is supper preperation time. No matter what I do I have one hollering in the high chair and the other right under my is a sum... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:22:09 EST 10/5 So grateful for such a wonderful day. Did not get more than 2 hours of sleep on the plane... but no complains... my energy is great and got to see my Mom and Sister. After lunch I got to the gym... I am a gym member for the next 2 weeks. Started with a walk/run..... 3 miles altogether and 5 minut... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:16:28 EST God Takes Your Problem and Makes It His By Rick Warren — Oct 5, 2015 God Takes Your Problem and Makes It His <BR> By Rick Warren — Oct 5, 2015 <BR> <BR> “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” (... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:16:05 EST CAN I GET A 'WHOOP, WHOOP'?! Oh this is soooo exciting! Such a difference using SPARKPEOPLE over doing it alone. <BR> <BR> I had stopped using Spark late last year. So I had started slacking a little in any effort to lose. Yea I walked here and there but because of low thyroid and low iron I had no energy to work with. ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:14:34 EST In general In general, I've been tired. I think it is the MS and lack of sleep and stress. Trying to meditate /pray. It is helpful. But it could be worse. Fellow merely had to quit driving cuz disease progression made her a hazard behind the wheel. Least I'm not there yet. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:12:22 EST Obstacles <img src=""> -Remembering I made goals- started a goals journal I leave on the couch. Works great! ***** -Easily sore- started stretching and breathing exercises Works great! ***** -Easily tired- 5-10 minutes activi... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:04:17 EST Week 2 - Saying "NO" I can say "YES" I have been kind of half-hearted the past few challenges... I've lost a little weight... And then gained it back (or more) during the time in between. I know what I need to do. I just haven't pushed myself to do it. For the next 56 days, I want to push! <BR> <BR> So...I want to be mindful that ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:01:44 EST Starting over again, but this time a little differently I do this every year, although usually I wait until the holidays have started and I'm feeling really guilty. <BR> <BR> I recently had my wisdom teeth out and during my soft food diet, which lasted a good month, I lost about seven pounds (silver lining!). I weighed myself last week, and I had ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 17:01:13 EST Once Upon a Doctor's Follow-up So, anyway, once upon a time this gal lost her endocrinologist and primary doctor because of the loss of insurance. Yes, that would be me. I went about 1 year without any thyroid medication and boy did I pay for it! Grr. On top of all the former weight I added about 40 pounds. Not pleased. <BR>... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:57:40 EST Chapter 19, Day 62 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes, that's right. The Office is closed for the day. Had enough already of computer problems and defending my numbers with my client( which by the way, were right -- not a doubt, but the need ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:55:48 EST Up 20.... Uh-oh Aaaaaaaannnnndddd.... I'm back! It's been awhile since I posted anything here (February to be exact). And what have I been doing all summer you ask? Nothing.... absolutely nothing. Exercise plan... out the window. Eating plan... non-existent. And what do I have to show for it? 20 pounds ga... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:53:18 EST I'VE FOUND MY WEDDING DRESS I'm trying to write this blog post where my partner can't see it. Anyway I went to a wedding dress shop today that a family friend is helping restyle and while I was there I tried on a Hollywood Dreams dress called Nadia. This is the dress: <img src=" Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:50:06 EST Birthday weekend Everything went well this weekend. <BR> <BR> Sorry for the break, but my nephew's birthday was the 2nd, my sisters (his mom) was the 3rd, and mine was the 4th. We had a birthday celebration weekend. <BR> <BR> My nephew is the one who the playground is built because of, and we all had a great... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:49:27 EST take a moment <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Three simple words: take a moment. <BR> <BR> You can do so many things in a moment. Take a moment to laugh. Take a moment to smile. Take a moment to reflect or pray. Take a moment to be gratef... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:46:43 EST Motivation Jesus calling the children to Him. I want to be healthy so I can perform my duties in the Girls Ministry. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:45:26 EST Finished a 5K on 10/3/15 We entered another 5K road race on October 3rd. Of course the weather was miserable and the Governor declared a state of emergency. My hubby walked down to the boat-house and back. He said it is not nice out there with North-North/East winds, rain falling not to mention the 44 degrees!!! Well... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:42:34 EST One pound is one pound <img src=""> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:38:16 EST Day 7 - first weigh in and other stuff I had my first weigh-in today and I am not terribly enthusiastic about it lol <BR> <BR> 1 lb down!! 25 more to go to get to an acceptable BMI! <BR> <BR> On Friday, I didn't make it to the gym but I did about 3 miles of walking. I also went ahead and planned a winter trip to the desert southwest... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:38:03 EST Awesome Weekend! Saturday was a super busy day - got my hair done, got a bunch of stuff done around the house, did a Girl Scout activity - but then Saturday evening I headed down to the Bay Area to meet up with my BFF, yay! <BR> <BR> We spent a good chunk of yesterday at Osmosis, my all-time favorite ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:34:48 EST Picture Blog: Day 8 Day 08 - A picture of your favorite color <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Not the best picture but I LOVE PURPLE. Purple is my all time favorite color. I joined the red hats because they love purple too! <BR> <BR> <img src="... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:31:53 EST How Do I Loath Thee? Let Me Count The Ways. Well, I have officially and completely gone off the rails. Meal plan? What meal plan? And what is this exercise thing you talk about? Never heard of it. <BR> <BR> I have given up on even trying. I don't know why. Maybe I don't want it bad enough. Maybe I'm just lazy. Maybe I'm scared o... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:30:22 EST Sinus/Allergy Season. Drained of energy <img src=""> Since the fall season has begun. My constantly riding my bike stopped due to sinuses acting up. Rhinitis, Ragweed, whatever. I wanna get back on my stationary bike or March in place so my far doesn't start... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:30:09 EST "Practicing His Presence – In Our Daily Experiences" Rick Joyner, Fort Mill, SC "Practicing His Presence – In Our Daily Experiences" Rick Joyner, Fort Mill, SC <BR> <BR> Brother Lawrence <BR> <BR> Brother Lawrence was born Nicolas Herman in 1614 in the region of Lorraine in France. As a young man his poverty compelled him to join the army and fight in the Thirty Years' W... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:30:01 EST I Can't Have Pizza and I'd Make a Terrible Jedi So I've recently (within the last three months) given up the dairy and the gluten. Not because I'm awesome and dedicated and inspirational. ::end of an episode of *Murder, She Wrote* laughter:: No, I had some stomach/digestive issues, and this was the only way to really alleviate some of... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:29:46 EST Physical therapy I made it through another day of physical therapy now I just have to do the exercises at home I go back to therapy tomorrow my muscles are really really weak so I need to build them up right now I'm hurting but I know that in the end it's going to help now I just need to work on my diet a lot mor... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:22:13 EST Random things How profound... and True... He loves us all No matter what <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He Always lifts us up even when we fall.. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:19:36 EST Random things How profound... and True... He loves us all No matter what <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> He Always lifts us up even when we fall.. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:19:35 EST Are you self critical? <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Why are we so unkind to ourselves? Why are we so self-critical? How do we stop scrutinizing? It's difficult to overcome the cycle but where does all that harsh criticism get us? <BR> <BR> Those questions are tough but they are not just questions. They are problems we ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:18:04 EST Last weeks stats Just got my Fitbit report and I have to say I'm pretty happy <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now I just have to keep it up. Slipped a bit this weekend as I bought ranch dip and veggies for a potluck and brought mos... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:16:19 EST Is Monday over yet? I am shocked I am still functioning <BR> <BR> after 4 hours of sleep I was up at 330 . after getting my husband ready to leave for work, I played on the computer for a while. <BR> <BR> At 644 am the phone rang and my heart sunk. Looked at the caller ID and this was the number on it 188873.... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:14:52 EST One week in 5% challenge Saturday marked the end of the first week of the 5% challenge. I did well. I exercised 120 minutes every day except one. I drank all my water and then some. I counted calories, tracked nutrition. I lost one pound. Not a lot..... but it's a start of movement towards my goal! <BR> <BR> Frida... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:09:03 EST Proverbs 13:4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied-Proverbs 13:4. <BR> I came across this proverb the other day and it hit me like a load of bricks. This is me! In case you don't know, a "sluggard" is a habitually lazy person and a diligent pe... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:06:04 EST Day 49 Howdy! It's definitely been a while since the last post. I am happy to report that I am 5 lbs away from my first goal and I have until next Thursday 10/15/2015 to hit it. Last week I faced some challenges in my personal life that I let get the best of me. So I committed a good chunk of yesterday... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:05:16 EST My Mind and Wikipedia My brain is like Wikipedia, full of information, but not always accurate. This is important for me to remember, especially when that voice in my head spouts “truths” that really aren't true. You know the ones, all those words and phrases that make you feel unlovely and/or unlovable. The ta... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:04:36 EST Eagles - 10-5-15 Genie Mayer spotted these bald eagles at Sarvis Creek - always surprised at how BIG they are! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:02:41 EST Moderation is not always best.... One of my goals is to successfully complete all the challenges on SparkPeople. I joined the curb your sweet tooth challenge even though I gave up added sugar a year and a half ago. The first day's challenge was to take the quiz to see how much sugar was controlling my life. I got a good result bu... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:01:22 EST Day five after my surgery. Well my surgery went well. I know that I shouldn't worry but I have lost 6 lbs. I am trying to stay hydrated.That is what I have to work on f fit the first two weeks. I'm excited to see how much I actually loss by my first follow-up with my surgeon. This was a great choice for me. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 16:00:49 EST Day 13 Sweat & Day 14 Core Despite a very busy weekend with house guests, I managed to get my workouts in. We did Sweat again. I am getting a little better with all the moves. Man,I think I sweat more each time we do it. Day 14 was core. I have to admit, that I was exhausted from the busy weekend so I didn't do as well as... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:56:13 EST DAY 191 Wii bike trail - 34 minutes Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:49:07 EST K-9 Kraving Dog Food Has Announced a Voluntary Recall of Their Chicken Patties Dog Food <link><BR>.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=ema<BR>il&utm_source=govdelivery </link> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:45:40 EST Making Changes that COUNT! I can't believe that I lost 4 pounds last week! I truly amazed myself! I made some changes in my diet, I've walk up 3 flights of stairs every time I use the bathroom at work and I try to park farther away from a destination. These "little" changes all made a BIG difference! The little changes... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:43:11 EST Determined to start again. Again! I've really been struggling recently. It's not a case of lack of motivation, time to exercise or any of the old excuses I could have reeled off when I began my fitness journey. In fact it's more a case of being frustrated that I can't exercise as much as I like. I picked up some chesty cold thing... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:40:27 EST Sunny Monday! Today is a gift from God. Well, every day is, but today felt special! It's sunny and 68° outside. I just spent over 2 hours washing down the outside of our home. I used 30 Second Outdoor Cleaner (think more like 3 minutes) in a 2 gallon sprayer, drug 150 feet of hose around and climbed up an... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:32:23 EST Oct 5th- Day 2 of 10 min of exercise per day I've decided to restart the 10 min/day of exercise challenge. I missed a workout on Saturday, so today is day 2 in a row. I did a 3 mile walk/jog, did some weights and hula hooping after that. <BR> <BR> My eating has been really good overall. Lunch on Saturday was a splurge, and the wine last... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:32:00 EST We reap what we sow <img src=""> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:31:52 EST Staying Motivated I try to stay motivated even though I am constantly surrounded with obstacles everyday. I used to give into these road bumps... <BR> <BR> Most recently I was at a BBQ at my in laws house. My husbands family is very superficial and they like to talk about looks and weight all the time. Even when ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:30:38 EST Days of My Life. I live in the beautiful state of Oregon. <BR> This last week we had a terrible senseless mass killing in Roseburg. <BR> Roseburg is south of Salem, about 170 miles. <BR> The first craft show I do every year is in Roseburg. <BR> as I watched the announcer's on TV, one couldn't help but see the be... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:30:33 EST Travel Blog - Turkey Point Ontario <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Along the Lake Road between Long Point and Port Dover is Turkey Point. It is a bit quieter beach in the summer although pretty busy nonetheless but here it is in the off season. <BR> <BR> <l... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:30:14 EST Ready, Set, Goal! So my friend called me up the other day to inform me of the very awesome news that her and her fiancé had set an official date for their wedding! July 10, 2016. And what was even MORE exciting is the place they will be having their wedding. It is going to be in Columbia <em>739</em> <BR> <... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:28:50 EST Weekly goals 10/5-10/11/15 ~Fitness~ <BR> cardio <BR> <em>363</em> Zombies, Run! 5K app <BR> <BR> Monday - run - week 8 episode 1 <BR> Tuesday - arms, shoulders and abs <BR> Wednesday - rest day <BR> Thursday - legs, booty and abs <BR> Friday -run - week 8, episode 2 <BR> Saturday - run - 1 mile <BR> Sunday -... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:26:12 EST My First Whole30 - Day 28 – the Frank’s and Fruit diet So I’m coming to the end of my first Whole30. Before you start sending accolades my way on a hard fought battle, you should know that I wouldn’t exactly chalk it up to complete success but I have managed to not knowingly or willingly cheat (meaning, I avoided things I was sure or thought mig... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:21:55 EST Monday Update Well, even though I ate pie yesterday with whipped creme I actually didnt go over my calorie intake!! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:20:09 EST I know housework is exercise! Okay, I know housework is exercise because my muscles get sore, I get out of breath and exhausted, So why can't I track it and points for it??? Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:18:23 EST More than a Day... <img src=""> <BR> Don't get discouraged. At times when I feel like I am not doing enough or the weight isn't coming off. I have to remind myself it took a lot of years to gain all this weight. So, it isn't going to ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:17:56 EST Does anyone else do this....... I wake up everyday with a plan.....I have all these things that I need / want to do and my mind really wants to do it but, when it come time I waste hours battling myself over it? <BR> <BR> Example: I was up before 6 am this morning....on my to-do-list was <BR> -Mow the front yard <BR> -Organize... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:14:52 EST Day 8 of Whole30 10/5 Breakfast: 2 fried eggs over 1/2 sweet potato and 1/2 avocado <BR> Snack: <BR> Lunch: 1 cup romaine, topped with chicken breasts and cherry tomatoes and 1 cup whole beets and 1/2 cup natural unsweetened applesauce <BR> Snack: 1/4 cup pecan halves <BR> Supper: (nitrate free) chicken sausages wit... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:14:12 EST A New Start...Again Here I am again looking at the scale and wondering where that weight came from. I spent a year or 2 losing 40 lbs and then wham...10 lbs creeps back on. It always seems to happen like that, I get comfortable and complacent and all of a sudden I notice a higher number on the scale. Now I'm back... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:13:57 EST Update thanks for your prayers for my daughter's classmate who collapsed last week during her PE class. I spoke with her grandmother last night and she said that she is doing much better. she is out of ICU and into a regular room. they still have not discovered the source of the seizures as of last nigh... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:12:43 EST Plugging Away Doing What I Can I am paying close attention to activity pacing and pain levels right now. I am resting my leg intermittently - spreading out light chores and at home therapy exercises. I went to Walmart, the pet supply store and Publix this morning. I made sure that I rode in one of those carts in both Walmar... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:12:23 EST Nice Restful Weekend! We had a great weekend. We were out of town and the weather was mild enough to sit outside and read. I had a relaxing time! <BR> <em>465</em> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:05:53 EST Fall Bucket List <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So i saw this picture and sent it to my daughter, and now we are determined to check each one off. <BR> The hubby, girls and I went to the pumpkin patch yesterday. I still don't know how we spen... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:02:02 EST BANNED! <img src=""> <BR> Wow, I'm so surprise by this (maybe it is a cultural difference). I got banned by a broadcaster yesterday on Periscope. When I go to this broadcaster's episodes now, I cannot see anything but blackne... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:01:07 EST May we find healing "As befits one of nature's great triumphs, scar tissue is a magical substance, a physiological and psychological mortar that holds flesh and spirit together when a difficult world threatens to tear both apart." ~ Armando Favazza <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:00:16 EST MELISSA'S ROCTOBER!! Plans, BLC WEC, Days 1-5 As September came to a close, I decided October would be my month.... My personal new year.... As a Spark friend said... I'm turning over a new leaf in October! As you all know I've been reading the book, The Beck Diet Solution and I am nearing the end of the outlined program. It didn't click ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:59:06 EST Fall Means Change What a great time of the year to take the bull by the horns. Fall is in the air. Crisp, clean almost like a new beginning. Life feels fresh and new. <BR> <BR> No better time than the present to commit or recommit to the program of a better me and possibly a better you. This possibility is null ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:57:32 EST I feel great! This is day five of SP. I just got done with 50 min of cardio for the second time in 10 years and I feel amazing! My 50 min three days ago was hard and I felt rather woozy afterward and that hurt my motivation to do it again. But today I got out there and sweat my ass off and I feel amazing! No w... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:51:37 EST Day 873 Rest Day. Feeling good. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:50:44 EST Weak on the Weekend Friday was great, my brother and I went hiking again for several hours, It was a blast being out in nature and seeing the beauty around us. Come Saturday Sunday, there is so much to do, the push is forgotten. During the week, I am on the computer all day at work, so I often do not get on during t... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:44:10 EST Clean Slates, I'm a huge fan! Hmm.. huge fan. Pun intended? Probably, my sketchy mind tends to work like that from time to time. Anywhooooo <BR> <BR> It's been well over a year since I last set foot (eye?) on these very pages. I was doing quite well with the whole getting fit and active thing, but then BOOM... <BR> <BR> We'... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:42:46 EST Who has been my biggest supporter My Wife by fire is my biggest supporter Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:40:17 EST Have a seat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:40:14 EST It's Elvis Time! So I'm still in the liquid diet portion of my recovery. I felt like something different today. I can't do too much cooking b/c the fridge is already filled with leftovers for the Moore Men,* so I decided it's time to play with shakes again. Today's fun is inspired by The King himself, yes Elvis.... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:35:39 EST Week 13 of Training - Sort of done! So, what can I say, last week was not a good training week. I'm not great about getting up in the morning to run unless it is my Saturday morning run. This week was just not in the cards for getting those runs in. But, this is one week out of a long training schedule so I am not going to beat mys... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:33:44 EST A Bit Of Lightness.......... I just ran five miles and what a workout......... <BR> <BR> I didn't think that ice cream truck would ever stop!!! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:28:59 EST REMINDER for Monday <img src=""> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:25:05 EST It Hurt Like a Mother -- But I made it THROUGH Whoooooo....Man...I just lost a ton of thoughts that were just flowing...I'm a lil sad because man it felt good...and I wanted to share it with you...Then... <em>536</em> ...Gone! I'm still hoping it will somehow miraculously reappear...What you think manifest, Right? <em>334</e... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:22:02 EST ReBooting the Machine Today is a fresh start. Today, I am not just hitting "reset," I am re-booting the entire machine. I've written several blog entries about my frustration with the plateau I’ve been on. I stopped writing entries because it seemed that’s all I had to say and I knew it would be frustrating to ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:20:44 EST Stopping Stress in its Tracks? As per my "Plateau Buster" Challenge today, one of the inhibitors to weightloss is stress. Well, DUH! But anyway, a challenge is a challenge, right? <BR> "Stress is a natural part of life, but there are ways to manage it so that it won't interfere with your weight loss. Your challenge today is to... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:18:54 EST Slow down to know yourself <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Since retirement I've been able - and willing - to slow down and pay attention to what I do with my body and what it is telling me. I also pay more attention to what I put in my mouth and why. Miracles! <BR> <BR> I'm taking part in a Challenge in one of my Teams. For a... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:15:53 EST Day 2 - Circuit training (at the gym for the first time rather than at home) UGH Maybe I'm a wuss, but I really would like to be able to walk tomorrow so I didn't do the second set of 14 min. of exercising that I was supposed to do today. I did do 2 sets of 8 exercises which I think is pretty awesome in any case. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to pace myself and not injure or make it... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:14:58 EST Day 7 of 28 Yes.... I did ride my bike Saturday and Sunday, even though my boyfriend was here. He actually got me really started on the bike thing again. He lives 2.5 hours away from here so he usually comes to see me twice a week, but one time he took my bike with him and maintenanced for me. So I need t... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:12:12 EST Bah really not liking how I look here lately. Today, I start again. I suppose it doesn't matter how long it takes or how many times I start over. As long as I get there, right? Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:10:33 EST Happy News Well I weighed myself the other day and found out I was down another 4 lbs. Still drinking soda but not as much as I use to. I know soda in any amount is still bad but I don't drink coffee so this is how I get my caffeine. I drink tea as well but not that much because it gives me heartburn. B... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:08:21 EST Just crabby? I feel better today. I slept like a rock last night again. It's interesting sleeping so hard and dreaming. I don't remember the last time I've done that. I think I was so stressed this weekend that my body just crashed. At least I'm keeping my fingers crossed that is what happened. My body ... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:06:57 EST 10 month results Hi all, <BR> <BR> 10 month update! Picture says it all. 287 on 9/2, 276 on 10/2. Just shy of 11 pounds lost last month and 159 pounds total since 12/2. 26 pounds away from my goal and still have 14 months to get there! How cool would it be if I get there a year early? Looks like I'm going to hav... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:06:09 EST Some thoughts about my journey (so far) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This quote has been very motivational for me recently. I have been trying to lose weight for almost ten years now and all I've been getting is the yo-yo effect. I start out strong then los... Mon, 5 Oct 2015 14:03:06 EST