SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs I can do this Back at it again committing to my lifestyle because I can and I will.....making myself accountable with the help of sparks 😄 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:22:36 EST 30 Days of Consistency: Day 25 1. Track all food ✅ 2. No junk food 3. No eating after dinner 4. Drink 10 glasses of water (80 oz.)✅ 5. 15,000 steps a day 6. 60 minute minimum daily workout. ✅ 7. Eat a minimum of 5 servings of fregtables a day. 8. Daily strength training 10 min minimum. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:16:02 EST Thursday - They can't keep a good woman down! Today started with a thud - that was the sound I made when I fell down the front steps on my way rushing to the car because I was running late! It continued to be weird and wild. One of the students kicked me in my sorer leg. Later another student came up and hit me hard on my arm. We had a fire ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:15:30 EST 30 Days of Consistency: Day 24 1. Track all food ✅ 2. No junk food ✅ 3. No eating after dinner ✅ 4. Drink 10 glasses of water (80 oz.)✅ 5. 15,000 steps a day 6. 60 minute minimum daily workout. ✅ 7. Eat a minimum of 5 servings of fregtables a day. ✅ 8. Daily strength training 10 min minimum. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:15:21 EST Lovely, Lovely Spring! Tonight, after we finished with dinner, I convinced hubby to go for a walk with me. We dressed the KIF’s in their Springtime Fashions (Emma wore an adorable little blue sundress with a coral coloured bow and Jasper wore a blue plaid shirt with a bow tie) and took them with us. I led the way Nor... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:11:27 EST #380 Thurs. wrap up. I commented about awaiting a storm last night. It was predicted we would be on the very edge of a possible severe storm but that it would likely miss us. So much for that. The badly needed rain came and hung out a little while, dumping, grumbling and striking!! In our area, and it's a small area ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:09:46 EST Road Trip - with lots of stops The road trip had many different reasons for being. I had promised to deliver a great wheel to a town an hour away so the recipient of the gift would not know it was purchased. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Took up the entire... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:02:46 EST no meal plan for weekend.. yet it is hard for me to strictly plan weekends. i like keeping it free and relax. unfortunatly this means i dont plan meals well either on weekend. i keep healthy options but temptation for nonhealthy options is high. that is the next habit i am trying to develop - weekend meal planning Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:58:06 EST Day 116: More to Come <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You've done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination. ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:55:45 EST 4/27/18 What a crummy day. I feel like an old man. Neck and knees teamed up to make me feel like an cripple. I have not felt worse in my life. I was supposed to drive downtown for a SVdP Board meeting but I opted to just call in the meeting. I hope this gets better tomorrow as I have to drive to Je... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:49:06 EST Smoothie Chocolate Covered Banana & Strawberry <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was my yummy smoothie for the last couple of days. I finally posted the recipe as well so I wanted to share it with you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pe-detail... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:43:43 EST Thursday's WOD - Piyo: Sculpt ✔ <img src=""> <BR> During our cooldown today, Chalene Johnson said, "Piyo just makes EVERYTHING easier! You're gonna find your cardio gets easier, your strength just feel STRONGER from the inside out! EVE... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:43:16 EST Kids really enjoy screaming, shrieking, and yelling 3 kids. Two are 4 years old and one is 3. They love running around, climbing on everything, getting all the toys out, eating every 4 minutes, Legos, Play Doh, gooey things, words like fart and butt, and shrieking for no reason about every 2-5 minutes. It's the perfect evening. <BR> I ate some So... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:41:19 EST bjk1961 - 04/26/18 <img src=""> <BR> 04/26/18 - I put myself back on track today: walked six miles, washed breakfast dishes immediately after eating, freshened the apartment, and then worked on my jigsaw puzzle and a project or two. Pl... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:36:12 EST 4.26.18 <img src=""> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:35:03 EST Faith and Adult Development: Susan Peirce Thompson <link><BR>nd-adult-development/?utm_campaign=ltn<BR>urt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=el&utm<BR>_content=vlog&utm_term=180425&inf_cont<BR>act_key=84a449b88976b08958ea01426c831b<BR>ca3d9655fd0bc1a8cc467ca74de4556ed8 </link> <BR> <BR> I truly thought yesterday'... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:32:47 EST Day 75 We had such nice weather today. I really enjoyed an evening walk the frogs we're singing and it was cool outside. <BR> My exercise was with weights Best chair based exercise for Type 2 Diabetes with Glucosezone I like it because it shows which muscles I am using and I just put on some praise mus... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:31:48 EST Follow My Blog On WordPress! Check it out! Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:29:43 EST About Time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ship happens. <BR> <BR> Mom finally had a good day. She walked to the mailbox with me, and even took out her trash. She worked on her knitting today. She was able to hold a long conversation... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:26:36 EST How to transform a bummer into something wonderful I woke up to dishes from our movie night party last night and I learned something about myself. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> When I did the dishes I started out grumbling, but somehow I switched to thinking about my sweet husband being happy and surprised when he wakes up to a clean kitchen. Sudde... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:16:03 EST April 26, 2018 Happy Thursday! <BR> <BR> Woke up with the migraine still going strong. Oh joy. I knew that it was going to be a bit of a busy day, so I knew that I was going to have to push through even though I really wanted to just go back to bed. <BR> <BR> I got my workout done and got the boys out the doo... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:15:26 EST Not a simple cold..... I really don't get a simple cold. So I did give in and go to the clinic today. Saw the first doc available. The pressure on my face felt like my head was in some kind of vise grip. After prodding and poking it was decided I again have walking pneumonia. This seems to come around at least onc... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:12:36 EST Day 235 of 365 - Turning things around!! <img src=""> <BR> Ok ... so I've posted a lot of stressful things of late -... but here's a bright light to shine to anyone else who might be feeling discouraged or run down/burnt out as I have been ... STAY STONG...... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:06:10 EST I'm getting good at this healthy thing lol In the past I didn't understand calorie counting and logging in meals even know I went to a dietitian I am learning every day. Getting better at my goals my exercising better meal planning choosing healthier options while meal planning I love this app these people without you all I don't think ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:05:49 EST Now the waiting begins... Well today I seen my pcp Dr. Julie Magnin and told her about my symptoms and she is very concerned about them. She ordered a whole battery of tests on me. Most of the test results are in excluding the A1C which takes 2 days to get in. I also was supposed to do another test which was for her but c... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:05:05 EST I'm back From 5 weeks in hospital/rehab. Surgery was serious. 6 hour open heart but had the top surgeon. Staff was so great taking care of me. <BR> I thank you all for your prayers, greetings, messages etc. <BR> They all mean a lot to me. <BR> Smokey & Fuzzy were well spoiled while I was away. Smokey ha... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:01:23 EST BEE HAPPY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> How many times a week do you get aggrevated or irritated? I used to not let stuff get to me but then my Thyroid started messin me up and I.found myself battling depression and it didn't feel li... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:55:20 EST Long awaited return After being gone for nearly 5 years or so, I decided to return when my scales read 252 lbs. Maybe they are broke? 😁 Not likely! Being a special needs mom, caregiver and grandma I am staying positive and setting goals. Time to take care of me. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:55:02 EST Goals I have some goals. I want to lose .7 pound per week. it might be too much or it might be not enough, I will see how it goes. <BR> I will eat the 1500-1800 calories per day and I will walk 15 minutes per day to start. <BR> I want to lose at least 8 pounds by July 1. I think I can do that. <BR> <B... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:48:56 EST Kombucha Does anyone make their own kombucha? <BR> When I visited my son this past fall..someone gave him a scoby and he's been doing well with's at a point, where, it's big enough, and he's going to give me one when I visit there in a couple of weeks.... <BR> One of the health food st... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:46:05 EST Thankful April 26 Today I am thankful for... <BR> 1. My 2 meetings going well <BR> 2. Teacher Appreciation Lunch <em>267</em> <BR> 3. Dinner out with my family <BR> <BR> I am tired and going to bed early. Storms are rolling in! <em>54</em> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:44:12 EST My Goals To eat better, exercise regularly and get in better shape. In August, I will be volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation center and what to be in shape by then. I am walking more and getting my steps in. I am eating better but having trouble with not eating well when tired. This weekend a go... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:41:33 EST Break Down: confessions of a gummy bear savage I have been doing so well. Yet I find myself at night just going out of control after such a good healthy day of eating. I attacked a bag of gummy bears and then wanted more sweets. I never eat or crave sweets. I put them all into my calorie counter here and it says I’m still within guidelines bu... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:35:11 EST Day 42/100 I have to admit I've struggled with some physical pain today, but I made it through! This morning I was reflecting on my goals and the fact that my weight has stalled. I started to look at my overall goal and key points along the way to it. I realised that from my current weight, I need to los... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:34:18 EST Thursday 4/26 Walked alot , and did 1 hour of yoga, and some weight lifting. Feeling awesome and looking forward to the weekend. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:34:12 EST Thursday-Yikes I weighed and have an increase showing today. Less than a pound but it was a gain. I have to admit I really need my me time and when you have a 13 month old grandson, there is not much down time and today I am really tired. Everything on me hurts. I am looking forward to getting back to my routin... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:28:05 EST Coming back after a LONG absence... Whoa, I just looked at the date of my last entry and it's been almost 2 years since I've posted here. That doesn't seem possible. Time and life have gotten away from me I guess. I haven't been doing anything particularly important, most of the time just muddling through. <BR> <BR> For anyone ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:28:01 EST A Much Needed Word You have hurt me so often, it seems like all I get done is forgiving you for putting me through the Hell that I was forced to go through. I’m still blamed as if I too were one of your mistakes. I wish I didn’t lie awake at night and still hear your shrill voice scream in the midnight air as he r... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:08:26 EST a Kind REMINDER <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>188</em> ~Waving Hello <BR> <BR> just sharing a kind Reminder........ <BR> ~BLESSings ALLways~ Deby <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 26 Apr 2018 20:07:58 EST Here's the deal!! I went to the store on My lunch time today. I got radishes, baby spinach, oranges, bananas, green bean, new potatoes, and other wonderful healthy stuff. I am going to get healthy. <BR> I got steaks to grill Saturday night. We will have that with yellow steamed squash, green bean and new potato... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:57:58 EST Mydailychallenge Two weeks ago I started working out, eating less, and counting calories. It has been tough but I feel great about it. For the plan I set if everything goes right I should be down 30 pounds by August!! 164 now. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:53:36 EST My life Today and yesterday I am sick feeling better now. Thank you for your support Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:52:09 EST Every Day Grateful Today I am thankful for blankets to curl up under and read a good book. <BR> <em>149</em> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Got the mile, with the dog. Couldn't bear to report anything else to you all. <BR> <em>304</em> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Imbued work tasks on my computer wit... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:48:52 EST Day One Here I am ready to blast off. I want to lose 30 pounds by the end of the year. It’s not the first day of a year or a month or even a week- just the day I start. It was a good day. <BR> <BR> Breakfast <BR> 3 eggs and a slice of rye toast. <BR> Lunch <BR> ( the grands wanted to go) <BR> Chick Fi... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:42:07 EST Where’s the genie in my bottle? <img src=""> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:38:20 EST No Sugar for 3 weeks & Down 10 lbs.! <img src=""> <BR> Not all that loss is in the 3 weeks. I've been journaling food and exercise since February 23rd when I was 252 pounds. Last night I weighed 241 pounds. Eliminating the sugar has helped get rid of the ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:34:12 EST Time to get serious. I’ve been on Weight Watcher for over a year and have been loosing weight but have been on a plateau since August 2017! Very discouraging. So today I saw a dietician and she said I may not be eating enough since I exercise 4-5 days a week! Also I need more fruits and Vegs and protein. Great info... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:33:52 EST rockin the walkin I completed Couch to 5k day 3 this morning and I still walked 24 mins around the pond at work today. I am getting ice cream today and it fits right in to my plan. It’s a gorgeous day, tomorrow is a sweet change of pace at work, and this weekend is going to be so pleasant. I’m going to do the pl... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 19:25:06 EST Everything got mixed up. I tried to say: "Please see My Mother's Birthday" from 4/24/17 but that got wiped out and only the update remained. It is on my Spark Page. Please check it out because I think it is very funny. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:55:40 EST National South Dakota Day <img src="">APRIL 26, 2018 <BR> NATIONAL SOUTH DAKOTA DAY - the capital of SD is Pierre, pronounced by the locals “Peer” <BR> <img src=" Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:41:52 EST Reward for 4 Days of Rain <img src=""> Finally got a break in the unrelenting RAIN so of course the Kitchen Wolves and I celebrated with a nice pack walk. My garden is loving it! Rain or shine, Blessings to all you SPARKlers. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:38:55 EST Ready to cave I sat up for four minutes today. It's harder than you think. I have to wiggle myself down to the foot of the bed so I can grab the footboard (the mattress is lumpy and uneven, so it's hard to sit up on it). Then I have to wiggle myself back up to the top when I'm done. Not helping is the fact tha... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:28:18 EST I actually did it! What's that you ask? I went online and signed up for gym time, at the resort where we will be staying! 🏋️‍♀️ I've been to a gym before but I only looked around... I've never actually worked out in one. so this is a first for me 🤗 I signed up for 3 - 30 minute sessions (every other day)! ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:26:32 EST Day four Waiting for sunshine for outdoor activies to help increase excersice. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:23:16 EST Weights and measures. I am enjoying measuring and weighing my food. It takes a few additional minutes and the food, just taste better. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:14:42 EST Rebooting Guess I had not realized just how long it had been since I paid any attention to my own well-being. Then I started looking at my blog posts here and realized it has been two years since I made myself a priority. I turned 45 this June, and I have been loving my 40s so far! With one big exception –... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 18:02:52 EST A First World Problem But a problem nonetheless. <BR> <BR> There comes a point when there is little, if anything, one can cut back on. I have been going over and over my expenditure today. What can I reduce? The answer is very little. In fact there's only two ways I can see to reduce my outgoings. Firstly I coul... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:56:31 EST Congratulations to graduate students. I want to tell all graduate students congrats you have earn your day. From the pre-k to the college students. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:46:23 EST Gotta Try It <img src=""> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:36:08 EST Spoiler...Blessings "As you keep the commandments and pray in faith to see the Lord’s hand in your life, I promise you that He will open your spiritual eyes even wider, and you will see more clearly that you are not alone." <BR> —Neil L. Andersen, Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:01:43 EST Now that we know better, we can do better <img src=""> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:00:09 EST The Old Gray Mare Ain't What She Used To Be... Many long years ago (25 or so) I was a normal size woman. Since then I have been getting bigger and bigger each year. My highest weight was 267. I am 259 today. I have a thousand reasons why I've not put much effort into losing and you know what - not one of them is good enough any more!! Th... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:59:47 EST Newby Hi everyone. I just signed up for this. I started my weight loss about 2 months ago. I have already lost 16 pounds. I hope this will give me encouragement that I need to complete my weight loss sand make it easier to stay on tract. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:58:28 EST Here she is with her new trim My office window looks out directly to the Big Tree, I can see all of her... well, all of the width of her. She reaches way higher toward the sky than my window allows. She looks a bit sparse, the trim has certainly changed her appearance. But she looks healthier than she has in a long time, ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:56:44 EST Im back!!! <img src=""> <BR> Well im back to it dexter was born 9lb 8oz on November 1st at 12:45 and he is 6monts old now. Im back in the saddle again hopefully it will work this time lol. Gonna take a wile but i promised myself ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:45:05 EST Blog 83.....Spice It Up! I love sugar and fat in my diet because it adds a lot of flavor for my taste buds! I have learned both can be replace by adding spices! I use to only eat salt & pepper on my food but as I got a bit older I added garlic & onion powder! Along came parsley flakes and then I learned that fresh was... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:40:02 EST Down To 212 Again <img src=""> <BR> Lost 2 pounds Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:32:50 EST Love <img src=""> It is wonderful to be loved!! Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:29:16 EST Sunshine It's been so long since we have seen some sunshine. I'm so blessed that we are finally getting sunshine. Don't you just feel better when the sun is shining and you can look out and see the beauty of a nice spring day. There are flowers blooming, trees budding, grass growing green, and birds and a... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:25:27 EST 4/26/2018 landing nbadge <img src=""> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:22:21 EST Happiness I feel pretty good today. I enjoyed my workout today and very pleased that I went-especially where there is no class tonight. I had a better day then yesterday and this makes me smile. Happiness I like it!!! Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:21:48 EST Failure lies not in falling down... “If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, you may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down."- author Mary Pickford <BR> <BR> Every time I leave SP, I stay gone because, 1.) I didn't have the motivation to st... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 16:12:02 EST Turning 39!!! 🎉🎉🎉 <img src=""> <BR> My 39th birthday yesterday was GREAT!!! Got my Piyo: Buns workout checked off my To-Do list ✔ that morning and felt stronger and more flexible pushing "Play" on this program 💪🧘‍♀️. I'm feeling more ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:42:52 EST I am starting my keto diet. Need to lose as much as possible by June 6th. Day 1 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:40:29 EST The skirt is done! I had a day off today and spent the best part of the afternoon sewing up this skirt - strip by strip. I'm really pleased with the results. <BR> <BR> It took me a while to get started - I put some rockin' country music on and got crackin'! <BR> <BR> Let there be cowgirls - by Chris ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:31:58 EST Day 1805 Gym Day. Did 6 of 6 exercises plus an additional exercise I missed on Tuesday. Feeling good. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:25:29 EST Keeping up the routine, with or without motivation... Just a short one today. Besides all the stressful things going on, not much is happening. I get up, push myself out the door and do a short walk/jog. Then go through all the routine of the day, try to get to the gym at night with the family and, if not, do an at-home workout, then repeat it all o... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:17:25 EST Let's break radio silence and drop some of the mental boulders Drop the mental boulders that just don't seem to be gelling into blogs... here. Apologizes for their disjointedness, but maybe dropping them here will get them out of my head and get me back in a good place. <BR> <BR> 1. If discipline is remembering what you really, really want, what happens w... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:05:38 EST a.d. VI Kalendas Maias A.U.C. MMDCCLXXI While my wife and I have not yet started our new program of Intermittent Fasting (we intend to begin on Pridie Kalendas Maias (or Monday, 4/30), I am "practicing" - testing feasibility, as it were - this week on Tuesday and Thursday (since those will be our "fasting" days starting next week). So,... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:04:01 EST Prayers still needed Doing a happy dance!! They found the cause to Mom's current problems!! Started treating it today so PRAYERS THAT IT WORKS IMMEDIATELY AND IMMENSELY so that she doesn't have to go on dialysis!!! Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:02:52 EST Adversity, the Opportunity for Consistency It seems as if there are times when everything goes haywire. Some call it Murphy's law while others are determined that it is fate dealt to them on a regular basis. In reality, everyone gets a fair share of rain and sunshine. However, we tend to notice when the discomfort of rain makes for a more... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 15:00:10 EST Another thing And life keeps coming at us. Now she's going to take 10 days of prednisone. Then during that time they are going to get the IV infusion drug approved then she'll have to do infusions every couple of weeks for a month or so then every 2 mths. Hopefully this will be better for her. Who knows. ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:58:03 EST Award <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day <BR> <BR> Summer Countdown: 55 days <em>67</em> <em>379</em> <em>126</em> <em>298</em> <BR> <BR> "Peace does not come through prayer... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:57:03 EST One day at a time Who knew having weight loss surgery would be so difficult. They tell you all sorts of things that you will have to eat differently, that you will have to change the way you chew, that you cannot drink out of a straw, that you will get sick if you eat something your body cannot digest properly, et... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:56:54 EST A way of cooking I couldn't have imagined a worse way orf cooking than boiling (apart from soup) but over the past few days I cooked steak in a shallow pan of water added spices, salt, turmeric and chillie powder which was beautiful. Together with the steak I cut up a stick of celery and wowed myseIf I've also ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:29:48 EST Burn calories Just breathing for 1 minutes will burn around 60-70 calories Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:22:42 EST BIBLE VERSE FOR THURSDAY AWAITING THE BRIDEGROOM <BR> <BR> Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. <BR> Matthew 24:42 <BR> <BR> The second coming of Christ is a hotly debated topic in Christian circles. Some people have made a busine... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:10:47 EST Gratitude Hi Spark ⚡️ Friends, Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift 🎁. That’s why we call it the present 💝. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:10:46 EST I'm actually stealing a few minutes First time I've had a few moments break in months in my job. So I am taking advantage of it. <BR> <BR> Have been hit with a horrible hunger. I managed to avoid "bad" foods for months, but recently caved a bit. So I have a plan. Raw vegetables by the boatload. Decaff Chai Tea with a splash of soy... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:10:26 EST Seconds Chances Hello Spark Family. I am a newbee. Recently I was dumped after a 15 year long relationship. After picking myself up off the floor, I realised I must let go of all the resentment and anger and use it to improve myself and become a better me. I know that I lost myself in this person. So that broug... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:03:38 EST Weight loss Lost 26 lbs to date. 30 more to go. getting some negative feelings off and on. I just have to remember how far I have come in strength and flexibility. Not just focus on pounds. I am feeling so much healthier! Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:02:30 EST why does rain make me sad so... I know it is not snow and I should be excited because this rain will take what snow we still have! <BR> <BR> BUT <BR> I miss the sun... bright days... <BR> <BR> I know they are coming but I am ready for it NOW! <BR> <BR> My menu has been bang on... my weight.. no change...I believe my bo... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:02:17 EST Days 15 & 16 There really isn't a lot to update on. Still sticking with keto, still seeing results. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone else has been having a great week! Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:01:47 EST Waterfall Hike On Tuesday, Linda and I hiked the waterfall loop trail at Silver Creek Falls State Park. It is a really special and beautiful hike. The loop we hiked tours seven waterfalls in about five miles. (There are a couple of shorter loops, and one longer loop). The park is located near Silverton, Oregon.... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 14:01:41 EST 2018-04-26 I thought this was interesting.... some I knew,,, some I needed to be reminded.. some new or I had forgotten... <BR> <BR> at least one of these links should work !! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ure-making-in-the-kitchen </link> <BR> <BR> <link>// Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:55:55 EST Sorry to say that I have to say goodbye to a few team's Yes it's that time again - there are only so many hours in a day. When I began A Time To Bloom Challenge I left team's. <BR> <BR> I'm staying with my Time To Bloom looking forward to Summer challenge. <BR> <BR> As I made BLC 37 with the Determine Desert Tortoises. I won't have much time to spe... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:46:52 EST United Way Day of Caring Today is United Way's Day of Caring where I live. Many people don't like United Way because they say that a majority of the money doesn't actually make it to the organizations that need it within the community but not in our town! We are very fortunate that a large company in our area set up an... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:43:42 EST Back on the chain gang I am back. Let me Know how you are doing. I have 24 hours . Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:24:43 EST BLC 37 SUMMER ROUND Another round of BLC is here and I am proudly a Navy Ninjas. I am looking to losing 10 pounds this round and I know within me, this is my time to shine. <BR> <BR> You could ask what is different now, a new environment and a happy place for me. I am just really relaxed and focused. I take respons... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:11:11 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...I am God's Temple Along time ago I was into studying Neil T Anderson books. His books were centered around or referred to a list entitled 'Who I Am in Christ'. A few months back I was reminded of this list so I decided to blog about each 'I AM' on the list. <BR> <BR> I Corinthians 3:16 says: Don't you know that... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:59:49 EST Gorgeous <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Gorgeous day! Weather could not be more perfect. Enjoyed dancing and I walked the gardens twice -- even got ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:55:23 EST Trucking isn’t easy As a truck driver you are on the go all the time! Yes we make good money but what good is that money if we aren’t keeping ourselves healthy so we are around long enough to enjoy it? Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:51:10 EST What I Have Learned After Eight Years on this Journey It would be easy to say I haven't learned a darned thing along my way towards hitting my goal weight, then rebounding so many times I've lost track now. But then again I think I've learned quite a bit about myself, about what makes me binge and what helps keep me on track. <BR> <BR> Duane's wor... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:47:25 EST Keep Pressing On I hope my brain is getting some rewiring as I'm working on my body. <BR> <BR> Since I've decided that I <BR> CAN'T OUT EXERCISE A BAD DIET <BR> <BR> and that <BR> MINDSET IS EVERYTHING, <BR> <BR> it seems like I need to get some sort of a mind-body meld thing going. I have noticed that my work... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:46:35 EST my daughter my biggest cheerleader I have come down to my house in Florida where my daughter has come to reside and start her nursing career Her husband and girls are still in Virginia he is a Coastie and will be retiring in June , so they are waiting for school to be out and retirement to come to Florida . I retired, but now work... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:39:49 EST Doctors report Woohoo!!! 61 pounds down in 11 months a and bp pills soon to be gone and cholesterol pills possible with in a month!!! Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:35:55 EST Dietbet Just finalized my dietbet and met my 4% 30 day weight loss goal! I actually lost 4.7% of my body weight. 7.3 pounds. This puts me at 149.4. I wish I could lock that weight in and keep it, haha. Now to maintain (at minimum) or drop a few more lbs!! What I learned during this time.... I give... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:35:16 EST Thursday afternoon I had a really rough night last night. Sometimes with fibro, your body flares and many things occur. I was up and down most of the night, pain, restlessness, and bleary-eyed tired body. I feel somewhat better now, but will still try to get some form of exercise in today. <BR> The rain never came... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:28:50 EST Following a Budget: Nutrition and Menu Planning I am a Dave Ramsey fan. I highly recommend Financial Peace University training for everyone. It put me in a good place so that when my job of many years was downsized, I was in a position to consider it a very early retirement. <BR> <BR> Dave’s snippets of advice frequently pop up on my social ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:25:41 EST Gym time Day 2 - <BR> <BR> Woke up and was still feeling motivated. Which may not seem like a big deal but trust me it is. Got up, got dressed and headed to the gym. I haven't been in at least a month. So I'm plus 2 on the day before the sun is even all the way up. Go me. <BR> <BR> Now I'm sitting... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:20:13 EST Olivia our daughter will be going to a specialist near D.C. in a few weeks. We are already making plans to get her fitted with a hearing aid. of course, we are praying for healing. Still we want to provide her with the best path for success in life that is possible. <BR> <BR> Blessings Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:54:15 EST Day 12 Getting Back On Track, April 26, 2018 <img src=""> Am fallowing an eating plan of 4 simple rules. 1. Eat when hungry 2. Eat what your body wants 3. Eat mindful 4. Stop when full Simple easy rules to make losing weight easy. Yesterday I was working on rule ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:51:28 EST Took a forced day off from social media. Yesterday was a busy day. Help DH to put the outer walls up on his storage area/ man cave. Was busy reading about the two procedures being performed on my digestive system tomorrow. Having to do things for my Mom, and making arrangements for her care while am down. We do a lot for our neighbor... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:50:13 EST Love Your Body Some time ago, I was looking at my body in the mirror and and as usual, I didn't like what I saw. I had only myself to blame because I made it that way. <BR> <BR> I fed it junk. I didn't give it enough water. I force fed it. I didn't exercise it..... <BR> <BR> In spite of all the abuse it h... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:48:52 EST Day 6 - And I have discovered... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> More than discovered, I am admitting it. And I am on a plan to learn how to manage my addiction. Not inexpensive, but I am worth it. Plus it comes with a coach & a community for support. I will ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:43:24 EST At the beginning again. I broke my foot 6 months ago and due to inactivity gain all the weight I have lost. It is really hard starting all over again. My foot has healed, but all the medical issues I have dealt with that goes along with weight gain is hindering my exercise program. My motivation to move is low, and I am... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:35:34 EST 4 Things You Should Know About Lepto <link><BR>now-about-lepto/?utm_source=IHD-Email-<BR>Newsletter-042018&utm_medium=0000&utm_<BR>campaign=IHD-Email-Newsletter-042018&g<BR>oal=0_02022df5fc-f099acc2b3-178527981&<BR>mc_cid=f099acc2b3&mc_eid=e862c0fb72 </link> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:34:27 EST Picking Myself Up Yesterday I felt like CRAP! I was extremely fatigued, had a sore throat and a headache. It was a major effort just to brush my teeth and take a bath. I felt depressed and hoped this wasn't the beginning of another episode. I spent the day watching t.v. and sleeping. Except for a few minutes prac... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:31:12 EST Finally After weeks of bitterness,bad mood being nasty,the sun is out and determined to stop being negative <BR> Even in church sat when I got home told God I am sorry. <BR> Monday I was the walking dead.not sure but not sleeping and stress is taking a I don't care attitude is so bad I can't sta... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:29:43 EST it's thursday a mainly sunny day here today. tomorrow is a day off school for my daughter. she just plans on taking it easy then. i am off in a while to get some more fresh fruits and vegetables. my daughter prefers the fresh fruits and vegetables to the ones that come in a can. all of the birds say cheep,chee... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:28:54 EST 4/26/18 Dream <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Dream big and dare to fail." Norman Vaughan <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I opened a new email account, I always use the same password: “cabbage”. It’s easy to remember. But it seems the computer had... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:23:37 EST April 26th It's a bit of a busy day today. Been to the Dental Hygienist at lunchtime, then we're going to have to weigh early at 5.15 with the Social Team from the early Group as we have our Quarterly Stop & Search Panel Meeting at the Police Station. Then once that's over we have to go back to help our Con... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:22:11 EST Scale was much kinder this morning. I don't trust it. Although, being three for three in making it to the gym this week might grant the number some merit. Not sweating it, since, as I've noted previously, that scale is rather finicky on a day to day basis. Or, perhaps it's being accurate, and it's my weight that's finicky. And now my mind is off and... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:21:35 EST 2018 SPARKERS WHATS UP hey sparkers hope all are doing ok had great workout this morning then went by store and then home to cook i guess some of you call batch cooking i fix a lot of plates at one time now dont have to cook until next week i have to make time for myself really hung with my kickboxing this morning i am... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:21:13 EST Warmer weather <img src=""> <BR> Enjoying the warmer weather. My family and I are always more active in the summer months. Can't wait for out outdoor adventures. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:19:05 EST 6 Month Vegan Plan I had a goal at the beginning of the year that I would return to veganism but it has been harder than I thought to return to a healthy lifestyle. I decided to go about it the way I did the first time and slowly transition bit by bit. <BR> <BR> Overall Goal <BR> <BR> - Lose 30 lbs (Starting weig... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:18:42 EST Thursday Morning Sunshine It is lawn maintenance day for us as the lawn service is scheduled to be here today. My wife has gone to her hair appointment. We also get our local honey through her which is very handy for us. I am finishing some laundry this morning. Received news that our youngest son-in-law's scheduled d... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:17:19 EST Totally wonderful morning. So I started today with a folding a load of laundry while the kids were getting ready for school, got them on the bus,then took a quick trip to Wal-mart, parking the furthest I could from store, Picked up kitty litter, and some hygene products there, they are cheaper, walked back to car and from ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:16:34 EST Day 25 Follow up helping others in the midst of pain from seminar today <BR> Grief-inward. Mourning-outward, anticipatory-knowing it’s coming, disenfranchised-suicide, traumatic-unexpected as in accidents, murder <BR> Grief is a normal process. Body changes physically-burning, searing,can’t catch your b... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:13:05 EST Day 94 - A talk with my bestie Yesterday I had a talk with my bestie that helped enlighten me on some mindset changes I need to make. <BR> <BR> Let me tell you that my bestie is actually the last person I'd think to go to about weight loss advice. She is very lean and athletic and has been lean and athletic since childhood. I... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:02:05 EST Working on trigger foods For me it's cashews. I love them, but it's been difficult to stop with one portion and I overeat. However, I was short on fats yesterday and used a half portion to meet my daily requirement. And that was that. I didn't gobble the whole can, I went and did something else instead. It has taken over... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 11:00:26 EST This is the Person I'm Turning Into (and I like it!) Every Friday is date day for me and my boyfriend of 15 years. It's the only day we have off together, and we make the most of it. This time of year in northern New England, there's not a lot to do, so often our date day consists of finding a new brewery to try out. Yes, we are avid craft-brew lov... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:54:48 EST MIL on morphine drip - goes in and out Morning; DH and I talked last night. He has gotten better about what is happening. We have been told to keep the visit short. We are hoping to visit DH's mom and then go see his father and then go back for a short visit. DS is supposed to FaceTime on Saturday but we are not sure that is goin... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:49:09 EST Eeeeek! I am doing a keto diet. When I was reading the blogs last night, someone mentioned Noatmeal. I looked it up and it sounded good. There were 3 or 4 different recipes in the recipe plan, but I didn’t have any ‘hemp hearts’ or flax seeds. I did have the other ingredients, so I whipped up a batch... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:44:58 EST Daily Affirmation for Thursday, April 26, 2018 " I Swim Happily in the Ocean of My Being. " <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:44:37 EST Work It's workout time Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:41:11 EST thurs ok so..i didnt get half my list done yesterday. I'm sick to death of bacon and eggs for breakfast so this morning i made keto pancakes and bacon. and they were fantastic, and i feel better having something different. <BR> I got 4/5 of the living room rug shampooed yesterday, off to finish that a... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:35:19 EST Today! Good Morning Spark Nation, <BR> <BR> Trying not to get into the 'mental state' but not feeling 100%...queasy stomach, so hoping it passes soon. <BR> <BR> Hoping all of you have a great day, get your workouts in, get some "ME" time in and just enjoy all the gifts before you... <BR> <BR> Carpe D... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:33:05 EST Best <img src=""> It’s a new day and I’m committed to making a difference. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:27:30 EST Pregnant but not Stagnant! I was in an amazing weight loss mindset last fall! What happened? I was in my most successful weight loss journey ever, steadily loosing 1-2 lbs a week and melting off inches. I was in "me mode". My husband and I decided to take a 4-5 year break of having kids right after our second child, Ga... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:21:58 EST My early morning alarm clock <img src=""> <BR> Our new roomie likes to wake me up earlier than I would like.. Lol so I got up made my protein drink and got ready for the day. I guess I could of gotten on the treadmill. 🤔😂 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:21:28 EST The Power of Friendship <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a great day ahead and cheering you on your journey. <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> I thank God for your valued friendship. You all are such good friend's, thank you for standi... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:16:39 EST Management <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> “All management is the management of promises.” <BR> ~ Tony Robbins <BR> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:14:43 EST Thankful Thursday Good morning fellow Sparklers! How is everyone doing this morning? I am calling today Thankful Thursday as a reminder to myself to be thankful for all things. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Why? Well, it has been ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:13:43 EST Spark Coach assignment--3 positive accomplishments Hmm--this shouldn't be so hard! 3 screw-ups would be easy but.....okay, I will try. <BR> <BR> 1. I have gotten back into the habit of the body pump class! This is a biggie--cause the weight lifting makes a difference in my muscle tone and my attitude. <BR> 2. I taught yesterday and the kids were... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:11:12 EST Quote for Today... The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. <BR> <BR> A W Tozer Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:08:53 EST Mes Amis...aka My Friends Perhaps the truest form of friendship is when there is no doubt that this person would be there in a moment’s notice, a drop of a hat, a time of need. And my life is graced with people like that. I am fortunate to have friends that are truly loving, honest and selfless; they know what the exact m... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:07:58 EST Bible Verse for Today Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. <BR> <BR> John 14:6 KJV Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:07:49 EST Varia So, I've spent a week being very tracking very accurately and am back to eating more reasonable portions again. It's helping. I'm now consistently 275, so down two pounds. Although, I've hit 275 a couple times in the past, I haven't been able to stay there. <BR> <BR> It's spring and it's love... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:01:26 EST Post-workout pick-apart I took this photo yesterday after my run-walk. I felt good! I'd run longer and a tiny bit faster than I had in a while, and I wanted to take a picture in my running clothes. However, as I tried to find good lighting and a pose I liked, I started picking apart my body. You know the sort of thou... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:51:59 EST It's Never Over! Reflecting a lot! Why has my mind set changed so much after being so determined for soooo long? I've lost weight tons of times, been on spark off and on since 2012 but never 100% stuck to it for the long haul. Getting sooooo close to my ultimate goal I let crazy life get in the way. This past yea... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:42:45 EST Almost 14 lbs in a month Hey all <BR> <BR> anyone that reads my blog knows i got a new trainer recently <BR> <BR> reminder below <em>20</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> when i started with him on March 26 i had been doing ww since march... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:41:49 EST Doing well This time I have been following my plan and exercising everyday. Today it's raining and I'm going to have to use an alternate way to get in my steps. I think I'm going to check out a video on spark. <BR> <img src=""> ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:39:41 EST W3D6 Potato Day etc <em>367</em> Every Thursday is Potato Day in the cafeteria downstairs. For $4, you get a baked potato, a side, toppings, and a drink. I ate a light but filling healthy breakfast so I could have a potato for lunch. I brought my own non-dairy butter, sour cream, and cheese shreds. I'll have a... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:35:51 EST Happy Thursday Doing a list to do outside with goals Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:35:11 EST Happy Thursday! Smoothie of the day: Silk Chocolate Strawberry and Banana. This is my go to as I love all three! <BR> <BR> Today's Goals: <BR> <BR> Log everything - started <BR> Yard sale - DONE! Did pretty good for a Thursday. <BR> Set up and take down went a bit faster as my hubby was at home today so I ma... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:26:56 EST My Reason for loosing some weight <img src=""> <BR> My soon to be husband loves me the way I am but I still want to get down to my old weight before I got pregnant. My man supports me all the way Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:24:48 EST Guest Kitty We have been hosting a cat belonging to our neighbors who experienced some flooding when their sump pump failed. They rent and have been waiting for the landlord to make things right. Expecting workers in and out and knowing they'd be gone during the day, they asked us to host their cat, Porter... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:23:04 EST Day 109: Exercise of the Day – 18.04.26 Day 109: Exercise of the Day – 18.04.26 <BR> <BR> Today’s exercise is a 20min yoga routine that will stretch and energize you from head to toe. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:22:11 EST Surgery tomorrow My 3rd ankle surgery is tomorrow and my weight is not where I wanted it to be. Just hoping it goes well. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:21:15 EST The '3' P's"......April 26th <img src=""> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:21:12 EST Day 109: Dolly's Big Adventure... So, we’re ‘going active’ a bit early this weekend and will likely be off-line tonight thru Saturday…or Sunday. <BR> <BR> This evening is simply a driving event but with a late arrival. I likely won’t take time to figure out the hotel Internet options as we are up and out early Friday morning. <B... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:13:45 EST Follow my IG maybe you can learn my workouts easy an fun daddygirl4life_cnotefraizer Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:05:17 EST Just Sigh... I realized this morning that though my attitude is a bit better, my actions and the results are the same. I'm not losing, I crept back to nearly 325 from 319, and I'm just not accomplishing what I should be. <BR> <BR> I've looked at the situations objectively and the only thing that I can come u... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:04:17 EST IG follow me here<BR>i_UfAxlD-OAo-cPLgXpD_LAM0/ Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:02:37 EST Thursday.. So far so good. Getting a little nervous with the weekend coming. That's when I usually blow it. I would love to get a full week of eating right. Crossing my fingers. Hope you all have a great day!! Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:54:09 EST Thoughts are BLOOMing <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>125</em> <em>135</em> <em>125</em> <em>135</em> <em>125</em> <em>135</em> <em>125</em> <em>135</em> <BR> <em>135</em> ~Waving Hello~ <BR> ~Wishing Everyon... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:52:24 EST Everyday occurrences here... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Everyday occurrence here... <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is why I'm glad we now have Ne... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:48:57 EST National Pretzel Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always April 26 <BR> <BR> National Pretzel Day celebrates pretzels of all shapes and sizes. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:48:07 EST Get ready for summer <img src=""> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:41:22 EST 4/26/18 One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure. William Feather Quote of the Day <BR> He has achieved success who has worked well, laughed often, and loved much. <BR> Elbert Hubbard <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold. <BR> Zelda Fitzgerald <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Art does no... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:37:20 EST 04-26-18 Very disappointed at my weigh in today. I'm up .8#. I know what the problem is . . . I ate a BIG salad at noon yesterday - lettuce, cucumber, tomato, avocado, egg, croutons, salad dressing. Then I ate a big dinner at 5:10pm - breaded pork chop, noodles, chinese soup, sauerkraut. Then a Klondik... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:32:04 EST Happy Thursday to all <img src=""> <BR> I think I see the sun beginning to shine here, this makes me happy. Start your day with a positive attitude and you'll go far. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:28:35 EST 4/26/18 Swimming: 200 free warm up 4x25 free stroke count 10x50 free, odds: kick Evens: paddles 8x100 free, dolphin kick out of flip turns, bilateral breathing 4x200 free, same 2x400 free, same 1x800 free, long and strong 2x100 IM 200 free cool down Total: 4400yd Core: 4x25 crunches 2x60s planks 10x... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:26:49 EST Happy Friday Jr ... Brain went on a revolution yesterday -- have a peace treaty today...... <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, 26 Apr 2018 08:13:18 EST Week 8 - 2 Month Mark <BR> Today was a weigh in and I lost zero pounds! Yikes. I have to figure out what is going on. So let me review the positives: <BR> <BR> 1) I am exercising like crazy and even introduced some extra stretching and light weights in the last week. I wanted to mix up my routine a bit. <BR> 2) I... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:10:10 EST On the lighter side <img src=""> <BR> <em>224</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers Thu, 26 Apr 2018 08:04:03 EST Short blog enroute for an Oil Change! <img src=""> <BR> Happy day----We are a part of it- <BR> <BR> This is a very short blog as the vehicle is going in for an oil change-plus some kind of check-up--It is also an Uber day--- -a day that Himself needs to... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:58:51 EST The Daily Post - Trying to Be Positive I tend to be a positive person. I like to see the best in a situation. But this situation of being in maintenance for months on end is really getting to me. I would still like to lose 5#s but my dream weight would be to lose another 15# from where I am now. Is the number on the scale that imp... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:47:59 EST So what I did was... I changed my username again. I have been so careful about showing my face in photographs...meaning I don't do it. Friends and family know to not post any pics of me on social media. One day, maybe I won't be so anti-social. <BR> <BR> In the meantime... <BR> I lost 8 pounds. <BR> <em>24... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:47:51 EST #100daysofwhy - Day 8 Day 8: To enjoy waking up sore with a few aches because I had an awesome workout the day before. <BR> <BR> My knees have been bothering me all week and I debated about skipping class. I remembered that I will have no excuses in 2018 and I went to class. Knees ache today and I'm a little sore,... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:39:32 EST Happy Thursday. Hope everyone has a great Thursday! <BR> Hang in there the weekend is just around the corner! <BR> <em>386</em> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:36:59 EST I am burned out I work a traditional Monday-Friday 40 hour work week cubicle job. I work Saturdays and leave my house at 9am and get home after 7pm. Every other week I hang out with my Little from Big Brothers Big Sisters. I try to go to yoga twice a week, barre class and a zumba class. I try to hit 10k steps a ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:26:40 EST Life in Africa is Hard Africa has a lot of big problems, but it's actually day-to-day living that is so challenging. <BR> <BR> Where I live, there is only one airline that flies directly to Europe. Air France only flies three times a week, and on Africa time. Sunday's flight departed on Monday afternoon. I was sche... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:14:14 EST I'm Still Here..."For Want Of A Nail" It's just been a crunched, I had a glitch. Not a major one. And I'm past it. All I could think of for a few days was "For Want Of A Nail'. Here's what happened. <BR> I have a lot of socks. By that, I mean a hundred or so pair. And that's just the athletic socks. Low heel, ankle, mid ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 07:04:54 EST My Bucket is low I am have had a resurgence of my cold, I will give it until Monday and then have a Dr check me out if it continues, part of the waiting until Monday is I have no time. I am that busy between work and family and the Celebration of life preparations for Sunday, for my Sister Pammie. <BR> My house... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:53:19 EST My Fair Lady... Long day yesterday, but thoroughly enjoyed it.. Was in my headquarters office most of the day working on a presentation.. wasn't hungry for breakfast so I had an orange, then for lunch had a salad with grilled chicken on top. <BR> <BR> Headed into the city around 430pm and much to my delight hit... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:47:36 EST Finally some good news <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Anyone that has followed my blogs for a bit know my brother-in-law passed away 4 weeks ago today. We suspect foul play. The autopsy showed that he did not die of natural causes and we are stil... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:42:20 EST JOLLIES FROM JUDY-4-26-2018 What do cannibals eat for breakfast? Buttered host! <em>467</em> <BR> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:30:09 EST Wednesday Thursday Not too busy yesterday at work because I got most of my preparation done on Tuesday. Had to do some running around Shuttling kids so dinner was broken up but I got to spend time with both little ones During dinnerand then mama and the big one after dinner. Meeting with directors at work today, ha... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:27:56 EST Thought and Prayer for Thursday, April 26, 2018 April 26, 2018 PEOPLE PLEASERS <BR> <BR> We probably know those who are people pleasers. They are “yes” men (or women). There are those who will say or do anything so others will like them. They are attempting to please others for the wrong reasons. They want to please others to be liked and pop... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:25:34 EST A time to keep pushing So i been so stressed recently and ive gained 30+pounds. But now it's time to get up and do something about it. I will no longer be the Fat that's hanging on my.body. I'm more then capable to turn my body around. All I hear is how stressful I am,.but I will not let.stress take havoc over Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:25:15 EST Smoothies are working Having a smoothie for breakfast most every day and then sometimes at night. Really watching portion control. Not getting to the gym as often as I'd like but the weight is starting to move. Exciting times! Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:11:46 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=4/26/2018=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">Blessed [be] God [ELOHIM... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:00:14 EST April 26 2018 I’ve been up since around 3:30 am and can’t get back to sleep so I’ve given up and gotten up for the day. Yesterday was kind of crappy. I ended my day grumpy and frustrated. <BR> <BR> <BR> It didn’t start off that way. I got up early and cooked some chicken to make chicken salad for my husband... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 06:00:14 EST Doctor appointments... purging the books I had a doctor’s appointment yesterday to get a cortisone shot in my shoulder for my bursitis. My right arm had once again become pretty much useless, which made all the rearranging and cleaning I have been doing for the last 3 days much more “interesting”! (I enlisted assistance from other peo... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 05:59:26 EST Haiku of the Day Haiku #116 (of 365): <BR> <BR> Inside the salon <BR> the women exchange gossip <BR> while their hair turns blond. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 05:55:20 EST I am Over The Moon With GOOD News! ...:::Yesterday i got a phone call from that put me over the moon!! ... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ...:::On Monday i had a bone density scan. A few years ago, i had one in which it alarmed me. The scan reveal... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 05:45:52 EST As You Wait - Joel and Victoria Today’s Scripture: “Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen.” (James 5:7, NLT) <BR> <BR> God has placed dreams and desires ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 05:40:52 EST Happy Thursday Proud of myself as I got rid of OVER 50 pcs. of clothing yesterday. Hopefully I will attack my sweaters today. I also. polished my bedroom furniture. Have a lovely Thursday. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 05:37:37 EST Day 73 remembering the new me Got derailed by idiot doctor who told me that because I'm non'diabetic hypoglycemic I should eat more sugar and carbs to avoid dizzy spells, heart palpitations and possibly death What an idiot I was to heed his warnings all too well and gained 8 pounds in two months. Crackpot idiot then tells me... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 05:36:40 EST THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY <BR> <BR> <BR> I take it ONE DAY AT A TIME, <BR> but sometimes several of them <BR> attack me at once. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 05:26:42 EST Jackie's "Beet Up" Pizza <img src=""> <BR> Start with a frozen pizza-Red Baron 4 Cheese Thin Crust Frozen Pizza is what I used here. <BR> Add onions, red peppers, summer squash that has been sliced and diced into small. <BR> Now it's time for ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 05:01:52 EST April 26 Read John 14 If you love me, you'll keep my commandments It's a statement of utter freedom to choose. What are Jesus' commandments? There's no long list, it's really quite simple. Love God and love people. The whole concept can be taken a little farther, when you love someone it shows in your actions and relationship with them. It's what should motivat... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 04:55:38 EST Day 6 and still motivated Entering day 6 today. It is Thursday and I am honestly exhausted. It is a busy busy week here on the Twine Family Toft. This morning I had to push myself to stretch and exercise. But YAY I did it. <BR> <BR> ONWARD Thu, 26 Apr 2018 04:43:14 EST Two greats <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 04:41:22 EST Insulin Delivery Today is happy day. I got my insulin delivered, finally. Every time when it is time to refill a new Rx I am stressed out. I do not know, would I have delivery of insulin or not. This time it was in this way. Doctor sent Rx to pharmacy. There is note in my file, 'weighing or doctor approval'. I ca... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 04:40:34 EST Sleep I've been having insomnia issues this past week. It's 3 in the morning and I'm wide awake, and that is the history of this past week. Must remember to practice sleep hygiene. The best way to do that is pretend you're a child and have a bedtime routine, and especially turn off electronics. <BR>... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 04:08:27 EST Most beautiful day... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello SparkFriends!! I hope you are well. Make today a beautiful day!! <BR> <BR> Today is my last day blogging for a bit. Hubby & I are taking my parents on vacation with us starting tomorro... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 04:07:45 EST Snippets There are so many things running through my head that I cannot share them in a blog - it's all too tangled up. I will instead, share snippets and call it a day. <BR> <BR> School: <BR> In follow-up to school, tonight when Lesley attempted to do her crazy making stuff, others called her on it. ... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 03:14:48 EST Bab-el-Mandeb Somalia is on one side of us, Yemen is on the other. We should reach the Red Sea today. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 03:02:09 EST Twilight Zone kind of day Ever had a super weird day? <BR> <BR> Calling today bizarre seems gentle. I almost feel like I'm not living my own life. It has to be the Twilight Zone. <BR> <BR> I woke up in the middle of the night vomiting with a massive migraine. I haven't had that happen in years. It was raining, so it... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 02:41:24 EST Life happens So i haven't kept up in a long time. life happens and it is not all ways roses. There are highs and and lows. we get busy, we gain, we lose, we laugh,and we cry. Some times longer than others. Each and every one of our paths are different and no one knows the obstacles that we each must face. we... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 01:48:42 EST Day 16 Exercise Streak: Bike Ride, Pilates, Weights I worked late today. After school I supervised the Book Buddies Program which ran over and then I did some work on the computer. When I got home I did something unexpected. I jumped on my bike for a 4 mile bike ride. Later I did Day 4 of the Skinny Jeans Calendar Challenge which, besides 30 min.... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 01:42:37 EST Day 843 ~ Had a great day! Today’s SparkPeople: April 25, 2018 Sharing what I am committed to do along my journey... 1. Blog daily and record... 2. Calories consumed: 1,887 3. Calories over/under: +77 4. Calories burned: 1,065 5. Net Carbs consumed: 41 6. Minutes of Exercise: 31 minutes 7. Steps taken: 11,525 8. Hours sl... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 01:32:20 EST 4-25-18 I'm feeling better. I must be over the effects of the vaccinations I got Monday. I also have a little more energy. This weekend the temperature is scheduled to be i the high 70s, so I can open the doors and let the sunshine in. In a couple of weeks maybe I can open the windows. I have to wait unt... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 01:25:10 EST Workout Workouts are fun when you can enjoy them I find that different ways of getting on is great Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:56:06 EST Keep on driving On my trip to an out of town meeting all I could think about was stopping in a gas station so I could buy chips and licorice. I didnt.picked up cut up veggies instead. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:52:51 EST What will I do with all my time? <img src=""> <BR> What will I do with all my time? <BR> <BR> After I reach my goal weight and have been in maintenance, what will I do with all the time I used to invest in thinking about food. I will have been accus... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:49:32 EST 4/25/18 Well, the first grass cut is in the books now. Had a rough night sleeping find a way to sleep with my neck hurting so bad. I fell asleep around 1 a.m. and woke up a little after 5 and couldn't go back to sleep. I got tired of tossing and turning, so got up about 5:30 a.m. Around noon, I let D... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:39:51 EST Day 4 - The Novena to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. <BR> <BR> Dearest Holy Mother, you are generous with all who seek you, have mercy on me. I entrust into your hands this knot which robs the peace of my heart, paralyzes my soul and keeps me from going to my Lord and serving... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:38:37 EST Wed Fitness Check in: Today's cardio was playing at the park with the kids and a video at home. I also did my arm workout. I used my new 8# weights. MUCH better! I guess that's a good thing that I needed to buy new weights since 5# wasn't enough. <BR> <BR> Food Check in: Well, I stayed on track mos... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:29:06 EST Giggle <img src=""> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:24:37 EST Thursday's Thought <img src=""> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:22:21 EST Day 51 Emotional eating <BR> 1.write a sign that says “Is this hunger or a desire to eat?” <BR> 2. I put it on my fridge <BR> 3. Identify times when you are tempted to eat because of emotions <BR> After a stressful work day when I am both tired and hungry- ice cream <BR> When I make a stressful phone c... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:20:31 EST Wednesday Hope you had a great day! TTYL Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:18:25 EST What ya thunk 4/26/18 Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture your heart. —NATIVE AMERICAN ~ 4/26/18 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:17:37 EST Weather Another nice day in high 60s. We have received the great amount of .01 inch of moisture this month and do not expect any the rest of the month. It is 59 outside and 67 inside. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:17:29 EST Special Blessings-April 26, 2018 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I had time to start my new book this morning. <BR> <BR> 2. I paid next month's utility bills <BR> <BR> 3. My brother called and we had a great talk, as always. <BR> <BR> 4. Jamie took care of dinner tonight. <BR> <BR> Hugs, <B... Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:04:07 EST Wednesday, 4/25/18 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is the thought I kept hearing throughout the day in various ways which means it is time to listen as there is something going on nearby. <BR> <BR> My day: <BR> *school with Isaac <BR> *dro... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:58:33 EST The next day .. Day 116/365 Today, Law enforcement investigators came to the house with an ASL Interpreter to 'chat' with me. They raised the charge against the driver from fleeing the scene to felony hit and run. The driver has had 2 previous DWI charges and was given a conditional license for work. The investigator also... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:55:18 EST Beck Day 12 Practice Hunger Tolerance Beck Day 12 Practice Hunger Tolerance <BR> <BR> Learn how to tolerate hunger instead of feeling anxious about getting something to eat. <BR> Stop FEELING that hunger pangs are an emergency. <BR> Learn to stop being totally focused on FEELING unbearable hungry. <BR> When hungry, I need to learn ... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:55:14 EST Attending A Student Composer's Concert Made For A Full Tuesday and Wednesday! Tuesday started with a five+ hour drive to the northwest. I drove the entire way. My husband and youngest two daughters settled in to our hotel room while I walked around the main college campus block three times which took 42 minutes. D19 dropped by to lift some snacks from us before final pract... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:55:09 EST It was an on the go kind of a day Ended up not eating out at all fixed chicken with rice and broccoli. Took my son to his appt went grocery shopping, cleaned bathrooms, dishes, started on my daughters blanket, dropped off an excuse at my sons school. Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:53:13 EST Step Game Popping ! Got up & got'er done ! <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:45:13 EST WAY TO GO WEDNESDAY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's blog is something I have been striving to achieve. I Spent many years not having much confidence in myself and that was part of the problem. You can't expect anyone to believe in you i... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:40:11 EST Hike to Mt LeConte Lodge We have been planning and training for a hike to Mt LeConte Lodge, but when hubby's work week changed thought we may not get to go. But his new boss allowed him 3 days off, so Monday we drove to Gatlinburg so we could hike in on Tuesday. They had rain 50-60 MPH winds on Monday and we were afrai... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:39:06 EST Slowly, Slowly <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I joined one of the BLC Challenges in SP, I chose a team named the Determined Desert Tortoises. Good thing I chose wisely because that's been the story of my weight loss -very slow and stea... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:27:17 EST There really wasn't anywhere else . . . . Tonight I over-ate after dinner. I needed to. There really wasn't anywhere else besides food to turn. <BR> <BR> When I was in college. I was successful. My eating habits were poor, but controlled. The unhealthy eating was mostly of a celebratory nature. <BR> <BR> Soon after, I lucked out i... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:05:22 EST Fitbit versa I'm so excited with this Fitbit. I'm finally getting the hang of it. I'd like that it's waterproof and even comfortable to sleep with. Not only to mention the long battery life that it has. If anyone wants a motivation Buddy add me! 🤔 I'm under user name Boss-Babe Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:01:39 EST To reach my Goal Weight I need to stay Positive, Determined and Persistent. This morning I was reading some articles on SparkPeople. As I read some of the comments, I noticed there were terribly negative remarks. Why post anything if you are Negative? I was always taught to keep my mouth shut if I don't have something positive to say! How absolutely rude some people a... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:01:19 EST List of things that I have failed miserably 1. Figuring out the basic skill of how to feed myself <BR> 2. Exercising consistently <BR> 3. Making friends <BR> 4. Driving <BR> 5. Being financially independent <BR> 6. Being a friend <BR> 7. Becoming a mother <BR> 8. Being desired to be a partner <BR> 9. Believing I deserve joy <BR> 1... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:00:51 EST Day 115: Doing Much Better <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Before you can learn a new way of doing things, you have to unlearn the old way. ... So beginnings depend on endings." (Rick Maurer) <BR> <BR> Hello my lovely friends! <BR> <BR> After a roug... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:53:00 EST Shooting Stars have invaded Rio de Janeiro!! We have landed in Rio about 17 hours ahead of schedule!! The Shooting Stars rock! Here is my Landing Star badge... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:41:46 EST Feeling Confident I'm stronger. I run faster and longer. I use higher levels in the stairclimber and arc trainer (similar to elliptical.) My waist is smaller. I'm excited to lose this next 20 lbs! I had three short workouts (15 minutes, 1 mile each) but knew they were more important than the "good" workouts. It's... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:40:50 EST Small goals challenge December April 25th 2018 <img src=""> <BR> Ever since moving to Hebron Indiana November 1st, 2017 I've had the privilege to reach out to this young man, Tucker. I'm so proud of him! He got baptized tonight. On the way to church tonight, h... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:35:19 EST Garden I started a small patio garden today Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:29:01 EST Cherish Your Health Cherish Your Health: <BR> <BR> If it is good, preserve it. <BR> <BR> If it is unstable, improve it. <BR> <BR> If it is beyond what you can improve, get help. <BR> <BR> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> You are your own best advocate. Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:23:57 EST Just can't tell for sure... I'm not sure if I have a cold or brochitis. Did not go to the doctor today. I really don't like the way the clinic works here. If I want to see my regular doctor I have to wait at least 10 days to get an appt. with her but you can go to the walk-in clinic any time. But then I don't feel like ... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:22:46 EST Gardening Spent the day in the glorious weather. Sprayed a bunch of bull thistle. Stuff is everywhere. Son had a track meet. Looks like he has pulled his hip flexor in the middle of a race. He demanded a trip to the ER for X-rays. Told him ER was a life and death thing not a hip issue. Going to take him t... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:22:21 EST Blah! Today is Wednesday and I usually weigh but not today. I also have been diverted from my walking because I have a 13 month old visiting for a few days. I can't believe I survived raising four kids because just one zaps me. I am staying to my eating plan and drinking the water so all is not lost. I... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:21:05 EST Been a while Its been a while since I have been active on here. I am excited to say I think I have been resparked. So I have update my weigh, measurements, goals ect and am hoping to get going again. I have started back at the gym and feeling really good this week. It will be a long process but I will keep fi... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:17:18 EST Day 141 <img src=""> <BR> 30 on bike & elliptical, a good workout, but still a lot of work to do. I really want to do some strength training and my diet NEEDS to turn around! 💪♥️👍 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:17:05 EST #378 A Weds. wonder. I am sitting here watching TV and Sparking. All the while, we are waiting for a thunderstorm to arrive. Thunder is now heard in the distance. Checking the radar and it's looking good for a storm and rain. <BR> <BR> I found this quote sent by a friend and Jose N Harris <BR> How it can apply to t... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:10:10 EST The Miracle and the Big Tree We have a very large Maple tree in the center of our back yard. She had a sister tree when we first bought the property but unfortunately she succumbed to the Straight Line Winds of July 3, 1983. She was further back on our property so luckily, while her top branches did hit our roof, she did n... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:06:42 EST April 24 - Update on Profile by Sanfod I've been on this program for about 8 weeks so far and have lost 15 pounds! It's been easier than I thought it would be, although some days are a bit more challenging than others. The real test - has my snoring stopped? Yes, it has! My dear hubby says that he hasn't heard me snore for a few ... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:05:55 EST Day 48: April 25, 2018 Pending Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:03:09 EST Day 3: it’s an uphill sheep battle (Thurs 4/26) <img src=""> <BR> Imagine swimming all day for your dinner and then having to trek across a sandy beach wearing flippers. You know how it goes. You lift one foot up to keep it on top of the sand, then the other. First... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:54:12 EST Trying to be consistent <img src=""> <BR> I've been trying to do an hour at the gym 6 days a week. I've been doing pretty good, I haven't missed a day yet. Here's to staying consistent! We can do it! Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:51:36 EST 3 in a row <img src=""> 20,000 steps for third consecutive day Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:49:06 EST 2500 mile goal Just finished my 2nd exbike ride of day. Snuck in my afternoon walk about 1200 just as sprinkle/rain began. Foot still a nagging pain especially when ball of foot strikes a stone or root above ground level. All research states it may take a month or more to recover. At times my lack of patienc... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:48:28 EST Wine Wednesday <img src=""> Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:47:32 EST And I didn't even have a bite! <img src=""> <BR> @Marvellynn so I wrote last Thursday about a cake I had to make for a friend's birthday. I managed to make the cake and icing from scratch and not even have a taste! And I didn't eat any of the cake a... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:37:20 EST Look Again <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was looking back to see if you were looking back to see if I was looking back to see... <BR> <BR> Spent a lot of time in my chair today, working quietly while my students were testing. That ... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:36:17 EST Every Day Grateful - Wednesday already! Wow! About to go to bed and I realized I hadn't checked in/blogged. Probably the guilt over not walking the mile. It's daycare day for the dog, and he's had his activity, and I have my nose in a really good book ... plus I'm tired ... quelle surprise/what else is new ... <BR> Kinda have that I... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:34:48 EST It's Yes, Now! Ever said "not now" to a suggestion to exercise. Oh, I have and more such as these listed. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My mind is now set on getting my exercise and it really hurts my feeling if I don't , for s... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:26:44 EST MY TIME Well I worked thru the 18th. Hubby and I went to see his dad. The first time since the funeral of his mom. He wanted a computer so we took him to get one. He had the Internet hooked up so we were ready to go as soon as they set up his laptop. I had helped,him find and set up things on his sm... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:18:01 EST Hump day after a really bad night of sleep, today turned out to be a decent day <BR> <BR> ran a lot of errands <BR> <BR> and thanks to my opthalmoologist i found a great new pharmacy. they are a biprt further from where we live but they are a new small privately owned pharmacy. it was like when I... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:15:48 EST Finally! <img src=""> <BR> First time in a long time I hit over 10000 steps, you gotta start somewhere!! Have a great night. Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:15:28 EST April 25, 2018 Happy Wednesday! <BR> <BR> It was an interesting and long day today. It started with me waking up around 1:30 with the start of a headache. I should have gotten up and taken some ibuprofen, but I didn't want to get out of bed! I tried to get back to sleep and sort of dozed off until 4:45. I went... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:14:04 EST Oregon Garden I met my friend Linda at the Oregon Garden Resort (in Silverton) for a nice mini-vacation. We could walk from the resort into the garden, and the flowers and trees were beautiful. <BR> <BR> Me on a garden path by the conifer garden <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:04:13 EST Story Lines Lots of things have kept me from blogging these past few weeks--an upsetting episode related to my older daughter's emotional problems, my own what's-the-use despondency in response, house renovations, disposal of all the stuff we don't need, reorganization of all the stuff we're keeping, in-law ... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:03:33 EST Quick entry Third day in a row exceeded all my fitness goals - steps, active hours, flights of stairs, and exercise. <BR> <BR> I was up late last night and am heading to bed! Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:02:12 EST Puzzles and Guessing I have celiac disease so eating at dinner receptions with buffets can often be problematic since I don't know how the food is prepared. Most times I will eat dinner before I go to an event in case there's nothing safe for me to eat. <BR> <BR> This is doubly puzzling when I'm trying to meet a ca... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:52:27 EST Karma 101 Karma is associated with the universal Law of Cause and Effect. Every action generates a force of energy that returns to it in like kind. Therefore, what you sow is what you will reap. Sometimes immediately, and sometimes it takes time. <BR> <BR> Karma is the one thing in life that is constant. ... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:50:34 EST April 25th. Nice day today. I am feeling more confident about my food choices. <BR> <BR> I am trying to make reasonable choices. <BR> <BR> Had plans for lunch and dinner today. <BR> <BR> For breakfast, I ate light. For lunch I had a side salad. <BR> <BR> Then ford dinner I had a small dish of cole slaw... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:38:29 EST Words of Wisdom <img src=""> <BR> Want GLOWING skin? Eat your water!😻 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:31:48 EST April 25 2018 My challenge today 3 things I’m greatfull for 1 walking up this morning tomorrow is never promised 2. My family I wouldn’t be were I am today without them 3. My job there are so many people that will love to have a job they ❤️ and I found my passion. Talking care of people ❤️ Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:29:35 EST Nice day Doin my cores Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:25:58 EST Thankful April 25 Today I am thankful for... <BR> 1. Beautiful pink azaleas that are blooming across the street from my school. The sunlight shining on them this morning was spectacular! <em>184</em> <BR> 2. Picking strawberries with some first grade students today and watching their wonder and excitement as t... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:23:30 EST Getting There Well. It's been over a year and I am sixty pounds lighter. I am at a plateau...hate those. I just want to loose 60 more pounds. Time to get serious again! Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:21:01 EST On my feet alllll day today I walked 90 percent of the day today, did not even have time to stop for lunch. I'm not as tired as I would have been. I drank all my water today, so that was a win. I am going to totally re-evaluate how I schedule my workdays so that I have time for a one-hour lunch. That way I can go work out a... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:20:14 EST Back to tracking Curious to see how many calories I actually am eating. It's been a quiet few days. Tomorrow we see the GI dr. I want to see what treatment they will recommend next. No self injury for Meg's the past few days. She has a new therapist that is awesome. IEP meeting tomorrow as well. Her teache... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:00:50 EST sleep journal Sleep journal – 4-20-18 <BR> I took a chewable melatonin. <BR> I got settled in bed with my eye mask on around 10:10pm. I fell asleep at 10:50pmish and woke up at 4amish because my eyemask wasn’t on my eyes, my legs were pretzeled and they hurt. I fell asleep at 5:50amish. I woke up around 8:10am... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:58:17 EST National Telephone Day APRIL 25, 2018 <BR> NATIONAL TELEPHONE DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY <BR> <img src=""> <B... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:57:28 EST Making Decisions and Mental Toughness!! Steve Siebold (of fame) sends me fairly regular emails relating to his Mental Toughness Institute. (Mental toughness has MANY applications . . . he's built a $multi-million keynote speaking business out of pitching sales techniques to big corporations . . . the fat loser stuff ... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:56:53 EST while i'm stuck even though I seem stuck wavering between 234-235 I have made myself keep it going. Walking 2 or 3 times per day, trying to eat healthy who knew a single Krystal Chik plain was 300 calories I do now. I ran around all day but I've got to the end and even had enough calories left to have a small ... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:53:24 EST journey to becoming a badass Day 412 <BR> Its Friday April 20, 2018. I read chapters 13, 14 and 15 of Raspberry Danish Murder. I got my workout done and I tracked it. I tracked everything I ate. I kept my commitment to get extra movement aside from my tracked exercise. I made blueberry muffins and almond flour pumpkin muffin... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:47:09 EST Power Through the Pain I woke up to a pounding headache, and upset stomach, and killer cramps this morning. The joys of menstruation… <BR> <BR> I decided to take the day off, and I think I made a good decision. <BR> <BR> I knew that exercise would help ease my symptoms, so I powered through the pain, and got some wa... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:40:14 EST Beloved Son This was found on the internet, I tried to find where it originates from but there is no source. I want a copy of this to give to my sons as a keepsake. <BR> <BR> To My Beloved Son <BR> Wherever your journey in life may take you, I pray you will always be safe. <BR> Enjoy the ride and never ... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:39:02 EST It's been a long day Made an early trip to the hospital for hubby's pacemaker / defibrillator replacement. Baring any thing else this should carry him for 6-8 yrs.. With him almost 82yrs that should be a good life. <BR> <BR> He left the hospital with three appts. Made. Then maybe I will get all my tests made tha... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:36:03 EST Day 41/100 Thanks to those who commented on yesterday's blog post! I must point out that I am always grateful for every birthday, it's just that I had set out some goals to achieve by my 40th and I don't feel like I am going to be very successful. That's the only reason I'm dreading my birthday. Back to t... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:35:26 EST F/U MRI - Good News Danny's two-month follow-up MRI was scheduled for Sunday, April 15th. My siblings couldn't believe such a thing would be scheduled for a Sunday. However, since Dr. Whiteway had somehow forgotten to put the order in the system for the follow-up, and I, being the procrastinator that I am, had del... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:33:03 EST Tomorrow is not Guaranteed Three weeks to the day after my friend and coworker Amy died, her mom died. Sandra's funeral is tomorrow. Sandra was not in good health. Horribly overweight, diabetes, failing kidneys, etc. But she was loved and will be missed. She leaves behind two daughters and a grandson (Amy's 7 year ol... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:29:37 EST Cardiologist! I saw the cardiologist today! He upped My blood pressure meds. He said I should not be having headaches. He scheduled some routine tests for the later part of June. He told Me to take My meds, stay away from the demon salt, move more, better nutrition and drop a few pounds. So there is the p... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:24:51 EST Just a Start Started in abri 17,2018 in 278.9 lb and today in 264.5 just eating healthy my doctor wants me to loss 120lbs. Is though. Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:22:45 EST Wednesday blahs Just got home from work and I am trying to dig deep and find the strength to work out...and then make dinner. Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:18:18 EST Coming clean I've been absent for a while but after making some baby steps I'm back to sparkpeople and I'm coming fully clean about how i lost weigh 100 lbs before and why I won't do that again. <BR> <BR> Previously I used this website to go from 230+ lbs and I got down into the 130's: I felt great about th... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:08:47 EST Wednesday! Was a little cooler today, but still got up to 60 with sun and blue sky. Tomorrow my sis and her daughter are coming and we'll be going out to lunch, suppose to be a nice day again. <BR> <BR> My knee is doing a lot better since I got a cortisone shot on Monday, have been able to get back to ridi... Wed, 25 Apr 2018 19:08:37 EST Done. Almost. I had a plan scheduled for today. I checked off each item. I finished and see a few other things that need attention. Spring is in the air. Warm weather is what I needed. Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:55:49 EST