SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Eating out I think the biggest challenge I have is eating out. What should I order? One would think that salads are safe but so many times they are not! I find that I need to know where I am going, look up the menu on line, figure out what I can eat (not to mention hopefully I can afford that choice) and go... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:22:17 EST Interesting Article- There Are 6 Types Of Obesity — And Each Should Be Treated Differently <link><BR>re-6-types-of-obesity-and-each-should-<BR>be-116927869302.html </link> <BR> <BR> Turns out, all obesity was not created equal. (Photo: Family of Dogs by Fernando Botero / Corbis) <BR> <BR> With most health conditions, there is variance in a treat... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:15:39 EST Day 10 Today has been a good day diet wise. I've really been eating a lot of vegetables, fruit, and lean meat. I did struggle with some serious sugar cravings yesterday, but I think that was part of recovery from my weight lifting. I'm going to try doing my weight lifting in the evening after dinner ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:14:22 EST 589 days According to my "status" it has been 589 days since I've been back here. <BR> <BR> After making progress and feeling great......a tick bit me and my whole world changed. <BR> <BR> After months and months of getting sicker and sicker I was finally diagnosed with Lyme Disease. I had heard of it,... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:13:37 EST Superiority “Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.” <BR> ― Robert H. Schuller <BR> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:11:15 EST A little goal accomplished I'm not much of a blogger but yesterday one of the goals I set for the day led a fellow sparker (Karen42boys) to ask me to post my result. <BR> <BR> I do realize that our Spark journeys are our own and as such most likely become pretty self absorbed at times. However, I feel as though too man... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:10:58 EST negativity, complaining, gossip I am a happy optimistic person, and I am proud of it! <BR> <BR> Lately at work my days are filled with gossip, complaining and negativity. I realize it is really starting to wear on me. It affects my work, and my home life. It affects my diet too. It all just puts me in a bad mood which then le... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:08:01 EST Making moves by having a consultation with a herbalist; finding new old ways to combat my weight issues. giving myself every opportunity to find what will work for me. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:07:36 EST This will brighten your day 1047 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <i... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:06:13 EST Kindergarten Day Kindergarten Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always April 21 <BR> <BR> It's Kindergarten Day. The first day at Kindergarten is a memorable, exciting, nervous, and anxious time for mother and child. Most childre... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:57:59 EST This weeks focus.... Consistency. That's it. No big breakthrough or anything like that. Nothing fancy. Just consistency. Especially with my exercise which has mostly been non existent. So, last week I started with 12 minutes of HIIT cardio. (I do it in 3 minute intervals so that's why the 12) Well......I did ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:57:37 EST Life is short..... A good friend past suddenly last night and we are all devastated by the loss. It reminds me that you have to enjoy life while you can and make the most of the time we have here on earth. <em>39</em> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:52:33 EST 21 Day Fix- Day 2 done and gone Today wasn't bad, better than yesterday I gotta say. I was only my protein by 1/2 a serving so I wasn't that hungry throughout the day. Because I'm lazy in the morning and was late leaving work I couldn't do my workout until 10 at night (hello couldn't miss Dancing With The Stars!) It is my far m... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:50:35 EST 21 Day Fix- Day 2 done and gone Today wasn't bad, better than yesterday I gotta say. I was only my protein by 1/2 a serving so I wasn't that hungry throughout the day. Because I'm lazy in the morning and was late leaving work I couldn't do my workout until 10 at night (hello couldn't miss Dancing With The Stars!) It is my far m... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:50:05 EST How Many?? How many times have I reset my goals?? How many times have I sabotaged myself?? How many excuses have I used?? How many times can I 'stop and start'? <BR> I have done this for 4 months now. If I just would have stayed focused from the first start, at the beginning of this year, I would be at my g... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:49:11 EST Day 42 - Oops skipped a day Yesterday was such a busy day (working at the office) and coming home to the craziness of our home. After dinner and talking with my husband I went right to bed. Totally forgot about tracking my dinner and writing my blog. <BR> <BR> I am learning on this journey it is OK to not be PERFECT. I was... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:46:34 EST Not To PROVE It To HIM Had storms yesterday. First one hit minutes after I took my morning walk. Didn't even suspect it was going to do that. The sun was out one minute and at the point I went in the house the clouds swept in and there was a downpour. <BR> <BR> But brilliant Carolina blue skies this morning. I'll get ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:45:39 EST How to be a real and true friend How to Be a Real and True Friend <BR> <BR> I spent most of my child hood alone. I didn’t enjoy much being around others. I was advanced in intelligence for my age, and I didn’t get along with most other kids. They were making mud pies and I was trying to plan my trip to outer space. In the e... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:40:15 EST heavy lifting done at least MOST of the heavy lifting is done. the custom built cabinet and vanity are in place. They were originally designed to fit an area assuming we pulled out all the drywall. We tore out none of it on those 2 sides. so we were off by about an inch. So last night was trimming of both sides so... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:31:20 EST Tonight's Training Still not fully over the flu but did manage a basic training session <BR> <BR> Super Set 1 <BR> Barbell Bench Press <BR> 2 X 20 @20 kg (44 lb) Warmup <BR> 10 X 10 @ 57.5 kg (127 lb) <BR> Body Weight Inverted Row (Let Me Ups) <BR> 10 X 10 <BR> <BR> Super Set 2 <BR> Barbell Incline Bench Press <... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:28:44 EST Early to bed... ...early to rise means I don't kill Mr. Floppy-Dead-Fish Man for waking me up several times during the night. <BR> <BR> That being said, I achieved my goal of getting to bed earlier last night. Yay! Go me! <BR> <BR> BUT WAIT, there's MORE! I got up early, even earlier than I set my alarm! I had... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:11:54 EST Trying to Fit in a Workout Without Having an Audience After realizing that I did not get in enough steps I decided to go to the back bedroom and do a quick upper body workout using one of the spark video's. The men were in the back watching baseball and I figured what better time to get in a 10 minute workout. No sooner than I went back and began se... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:10:39 EST SPOILER... The good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that the desires of our hearts can be transformed and our motives can be educated and refined. <BR> <BR><BR>015/04/truly-good-and-without-guile?la<BR>ng=eng#watch=video Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:03:53 EST Can't Shake It . . . Yet The feeling lousy, that is. Still headachy and nauseous and generally punk. <BR> <BR> Put in a full day at work yesterday anyhow. <BR> <BR> Today - I'll go in, deal with the urgent stuff and then bail. <BR> <BR> We've got good people singing backup and nobody is indispensable. <BR> <BR> Then... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:03:36 EST Day 54 I am SWEATING! I just did this 30-minute Jessica Smith video, "Chisel and Burn". <link><BR>tRQ-eDU&index=17&list=PLe5P3ayTEj7ZKkJ<BR>-BrGtXxMi_8bDXC2N3 </link> <BR> <BR> I used my eight-pound weights, but had to set them down for one set of the exercises... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:02:58 EST Update on Finley <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 4/20: Today was a boring day, and that is a good thing. In the words of Dr. Nowak: "You have learned the first rule of the hospital... int... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:02:29 EST Motivational Thought For The Day The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. - Vince Lombardi Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:01:46 EST I smiled this morning..... During my Zumba workout! I actually caught myself smiling. Honestly though, I usually enjoy working out but have had a couple of weeks struggling followed by a week of no exercise at all..... <BR> <BR> Trying to get back on track and I truely had to drag myself out of bed this morning - I swear... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:00:23 EST RUN! YMCA 5K practice was last night and I was totally the sweeper. Which means last, last, last. So last that I couldn't even see the person I was behind anymore. So after I got yelled at crossing the street by someone impatient because someone else stopped to let me pass, (I will make sure I have my... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:58:59 EST Blessings, April 21, 2015 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. A helpful husband. <BR> <BR> 2. A peaceful morning. <BR> <BR> 3. A good night's sleep. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list your own blessings. <B... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:51:32 EST Big South Fork In November of 2013, a friend and I traveled to the Cumberland Plateau to ride horses in the Big South Fork Recreational Area in Tennessee, an area renowned for its beauty and a top Eastern U.S. destination for equestrians. We rented horses and for three days rode the trails and had a blast. Ou... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:51:10 EST Burma Shave For those who never saw any of the Burma Shave signs, here is a quick lesson in our history of the <BR> <BR> 1930's and '40's. <BR> Before there were interstates, when everyone drove the old 2 lane roads, Burma Shave signs would be posted all over the countryside in farmers' fields. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:46:48 EST How I Lost 90 Pounds (40.82kg) So Far Things I do every single solitary day: <BR> <BR> Use a digital kitchen scale and measuring spoons to portion out my food. <BR> In fact, my greatest success has come from this. (My eyes are bigger than my stomach and I will over-serve myself). <BR> <BR> Track everything I eat and drink. At first... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:44:34 EST snacking at night!!!!!! ahhhh!!!! so I've really struggled with snacking before bed. My daughter has some snacks in the pantry and I always want to grab some of her puff popcorn or her goldfish and eat them at night. ahhhhH~!!!!! It's Tuesday morning and I went grocery shopping on Sunday and This huge bag of cheddar p... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:42:09 EST 4/21/15 have a great day <BR> <BR> these are simple words yet they have a kindness to them. Wishing good things for others makes them feel good and you also <BR> <BR> <BR> enjoy what you do and pass it on <BR> <BR> wishing you and yours a blessed day Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:41:15 EST SPIRITUALITY IN THE TWELVE STEPS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1. HONESTY <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2. HOPE <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 3. FAITH <BR> <B... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:40:46 EST Begin Day two gotta love this blogging system when a half hour of heart sharing vanishes into cyber space ... <BR> <BR> frustrated .. only a bit .. all part of the energy coming my way to give up .. <BR> not happening <BR> I will blog more later Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:35:25 EST wash out Last week was sort of a wash out. I had a whole week of major insomnia that dragged my energy level down to zip. My steps totals and workout minutes were bare essentials. <BR> <BR> One big thing on my mind was organizing my mom's birthday party/picnic. We had an issue with the park I'd chosen... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:35:22 EST Hectic Day Eat well yesterday, but no exercise. Went to the grocery store to gets some necessities and found myself eating supper when I realized that I was supposed to go and exercise before this. <BR> <BR> Got up this morning and went for a 10 minute stroll. Didn't feel well so I came back in. I hav... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:33:56 EST DH Joined the Gym! For an additional $20 per month I added my DH to my membership. He got a three week trial period first and he went a few times but was rather crabby about it. <BR> <BR> His goal was to go on Wednesdays with Dad and me. I pointed out the math--going as a guest four Wednesdays a month would co... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:31:39 EST Mother Teresa To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.- Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> <BR> How true is this? This reminds me to feed/nourish both my physical body and my spiritual body. <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:28:39 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, April 21, 2015 April 21, 2015 ENDURING THROUGH OUR WORK <BR> <BR> We need to endure and be sure we spend our time wisely. We can’t work well for God when we are distracted by the things and the people of the world. We should put our work for God at the top of our list. When our minds and thoughts are on our ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:27:12 EST Impossible Goals Most "impossible" goals can be met simply by breaking them down into bite size chunks, writing them down, believing them, and then going full speed ahead as if they were routine. <BR> <BR> Don Lancaster Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:25:37 EST Day 2 - Create a Game Plan <img src=""> <BR> Day 1 was good up until I went home - that dreaded 'afternoon' slump where my best intentions and positive mindset from the morning gets thrown aside as I feel like I 'deserve' a break after a good day's work... So I had dr... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:24:35 EST Learn to SWIM <BR> Mom teaching baby to swim, and dive, too !! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>LPl8c </link> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:22:06 EST tuesday good morning! well--despite a weird start yesterday turned out okay. I am a morning person--totally. i get up when rob is in the shower and make our breakfast. when he heads out the door i hit the 'puter then do my exercise. always have. but yesterday my whole day kind of turned upside down... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:20:02 EST Tuesday, April 21st <img src=""> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:14:42 EST Two Pounds Gone I stepped on the scale this morning. Two pounds down from the 17th! Moving in the right direction once again. <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:11:50 EST My Little Corner of the World This is a follow-up to a previous blog entitled, "Doctor Visit." <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I went on a vacation to Florida ! The sunshine, beautiful scenery, and relaxed recreational time with my husband was very therapeutic ! (Note: I already take high potency Vitamin D). We have already bo... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:11:49 EST Himself teaches me patience? <img src=""> <BR> Lord love a Duck-----We have snow falling!--- <BR> Of course it's melting before it hits the ground---- <BR> Me thinks this might be an "indoor day""---maybe a day where we don't look outside! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:10:13 EST 4-21-2015 "You can luck into something great, but it doesn't last if you don't give it proper appreciation." -Betty White <BR> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:09:04 EST Trust the Process My mantra for the day! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:05:55 EST 66 Names for Sugar and Substitutes 1. Barbados sugar <BR> 2. Barley malt <BR> 3. Beet sugar <BR> 4. Brown sugar <BR> 5. Buttered syrup <BR> 6. Cane juice <BR> 7. Cane sugar <BR> 8. Caramel <BR> 9. Carob syrup <BR> 10. Corn syrup solids <BR> 11. Corn syrup <BR> 12. Confectioners sugar <BR> 13. Castor sugar <BR> 14. Date sugar <B... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:59:10 EST Bug's 7th Birthday (pics) So Birthdays cause me to create and if you have a kiddo like mine, then it's a fun time to work! <BR> <BR> This is what mommy's little monster looked like <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:49:54 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE= 4/21/ 2015=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">How excellent {is} Thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of man put their trust und... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:48:06 EST Tell me it's day closer to the weekend!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello everyone. Today is Tuesday April 21, 2015. For me it is 6:35 AM. Exercise is done. Menu set for the day. I'm on a roll and I haven't even left my house yet for work. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:44:41 EST Today is the day - I think. Hospital called yesterday at 5:55 pm to do pre-admittance. First thing out of her mouth, after name and birthday was time of procedure. Totally wrong..... she said procedure was at 1:30pm, be at hospital at 11:30am. WRONG. Should be 11:00 am procedure, be at hospital at 9:00am. <BR> <BR> M... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:39:17 EST Foster Kitten I am fostering a 4 week old long haired calico kitten from work. She has been sick and I pray that she pulls thru so she can be adopted into her forever home. I named her "Kayda". Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:37:22 EST All Seeds Take Time To Grow Every seed planted takes time to grow. Every thought that crosses your mind is a seed. Every word you speak is a seed. Every action you take is a seed in the garden of life. You cannot see how the seed germinates. You will not see the roots sprout and take hold in the deep darkness of the earth. ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:19:51 EST Unplanned The unplanned portion of my day didn't go so well. Pizza, potato chips, and chocolate, oh my. <BR> <BR> There's hope though because the planned portion of my day went well. My co-worker has a large jar of jelly beans on her desk. I didn't eat even one. I drank my 8 glasses of water. <BR> ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:13:26 EST Tuesday, April 21 Yesterday, I worked at the client site and it was okay. I helped out where I could. I worked on reformatting a hard drive in a laptop of a former employee. It has OpenSuse operating system. I tried everything I knew and found on the web. No luck. <BR> <BR> After work, I went to Capital One Bank ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:13:04 EST What is Faith? - Joel & Victoria Osteen What is Faith? <BR> <BR> TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” <BR> (Hebrews 11:1, NIV) <BR> <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Faith is more than a feeling. Faith is a confidence that comes from k... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:12:57 EST Tickle Me Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:04:57 EST April 21st Off to the pool again shortly. It's a gorgeous day & it that makes the time go quicker. The sun shines in onto the water & it's lovely swimming through it. <BR> Our friend is coming to start taking down the last two chimneys tomorrow. I'll be glad, it's been worrying with all the strong winds we'... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:03:27 EST Tuesday's Thought "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." <BR> <BR> <BR> Philip Steinmetz Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:47:46 EST Another fun weekend with D & the kids Did we have fun last weekend or what? <BR> <BR> On Saturday I got to Gilgil later than I wanted to due to some traffic jam caused by accidents. But main thing is I was not affected by those accidents. <BR> <BR> So we rescheduled out program and it turned out just right. We just relaxed in D's... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:46:18 EST Sparkers, I need your help! <img src=""> <BR> My favorite little grand child is about to go through a tough time. <BR> Her Daddy, a third year medical student, is preparing to audition for a residency as a surgeon. <BR> She has never been away from her Daddy for mo... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:37:01 EST Day 2 of 10 Level 3 Day 2 of level 3 and treadmill <BR> <BR> breakfast: egg with spinach <BR> <BR> lunch: salad <BR> <BR> dinner: <link><BR>bbq-chicken-salad/?utm_source=rss&utm_<BR>medium=rss&utm_campaign=bbq-chicken-salad </link> <BR> <BR> snacks: hummus with celery and ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:30:59 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Without the rain we would not grow. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Without the rain there would be no flowers. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:25:25 EST Be Ready " Never play checkers with a man who carries his own board .' Branch Rickie <BR> <BR> You know if a guy is carrying his checker board around he is good right ? We all want to be that guy or girl who is a winner . But how? <BR> <BR> Well it's easy just carry your stuff around. The people who ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:24:02 EST Tuesday with a Smile #16 Rain Delays This past Saturday I had the privilege of being a spectator at a fundraiser road race. I had did my long run on Friday and skipped the group run in order to attend this event. This run was to raise money for guillain-Barre Syndrome. My daughter Ame and her husband were both prepared to run th... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:15:50 EST b b Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:54:39 EST Day 29 of 100 - Hand-held foods (not completed) Lesson 29 - Think about all the foods that come in bite-sized servings or ones that you eat from your hand. Any time you eat one of these small-sized foods, consider using a utensil. For example, try eating M&M's with a fork. You'll probably eat less because the reward doesn't seem worth the e... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:33:38 EST Survival <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a stressful day ... and that's being kind. On the way home, I talked myself out of cashews, ginger snaps, and cashew caramel cookies. It felt wonderful to get home and be where the food was safe and the... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:14:17 EST Coffee? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ahhhhh! Right here on my desk. Yay for coffee!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Don't you just love the purple guy's hair? <em>246</em> Mine looks kinda like that when I get up in the morning. Bwa ha ha ha ha!! <BR... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:11:36 EST Muddling through and plugging right along........ Am reaching out and getting my name out there..........have an appointment this week.........didn't get a promised email, though, so I'll need to follow-up............ <BR> <BR> R#!@#!, though..........someone bought an overly tempting food item last night - sheesh! And once again, computer is ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:11:14 EST missing you I want him to know that I am the one who is done with him. I am the one who is choosing to kick him to the curb and I am the one who is choosing to move on with my life. I prayed for God to deliver me from his abuse and had hoped that God would miraculously turn him into a human being but instead... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:06:37 EST Dance "Practice doesn't make perfect. Practice makes practiced. You were perfect when you got here." ~ Cera Byer <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 03:59:25 EST Every Day is a Fresh Start <em>249</em> Starting over again... which, I've decided, is OK! Every day is a fresh start and I have to stop thinking of this is either I've failed or I have to restart or I have to re-evaluate... I need to start this last time as realizing that it is a fresh start every day and I need to s... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 03:57:53 EST Day 79: Still in pain The pain has not gone away yet. I got up quite late this morning. I had a severe back pain in the morning and so did not feel like getting up. So kept on sleeping. I know this is for today only. From tomorrow, I will feel better for sure. <BR> <BR> Went for a walk with my son yesterday evening. ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 03:47:27 EST Mating Call. Very funny Two Red Indians and an Irishman were walking through the woods. All of a sudden one of the Red Indians ran up a hill to the mouth of a small cave. <BR> <BR> 'Wooooo! Wooooo! Wooooo!' he called into the cave and listened closely until he heard an answering, <BR> 'Wooooo! Wooooo! Woooooo! <BR>... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 03:36:58 EST April 21, Luke 24 <BR> <BR> Jesus' resurrection and His appearance to His disciples. It's important to have that personal encounter. All of these people went from being afraid to being bold, the reason was a personal experience. Were it simply a story of something that happened to someone else would they be a... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 03:34:46 EST Motivation Is The Key! Really Needing Motivation to Kick off a new Start.. I Wanna Change My Ways and Break Old Habbits... 😀 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 03:33:59 EST Staying Focused... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Encouraging you today to stay focused on what needs to be done. Keep pressing onward & forward, even when the road is tough and you think you have no more strength, God is with ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 03:19:59 EST 5:2 Day 9 184lb = 13st 2lb 38.69 <BR> <BR> Another pound bites the dust! Just one more to my latest mini goal. <BR> <BR> I think this week will be interesting. putting both fasting days together (if I can) Plus having a night with friends on Friday (not even going to try keep it in ranges!!) I don't have... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 03:16:48 EST My book is out! Thank you spark friends. I am so proud. It has been such a battle, with moving country, gaining the weight, loosing the weight, getting pregnant, gaining a lot more weight! having a beautiful baby girl, (caring a little bit less about weight) <BR> But it is done and it is out. Thank you so much to those particular spark... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 03:16:40 EST Quote for the Day God is the shaper of your heart. God does not display his work in abstract terms. He prefers the concrete, and this means that at the end of your life one of three things will happen to your heart: it will grow hard, it will be broken, or it will be tender. Nobody escapes. <BR> <BR> Ravi Zachari... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 03:06:43 EST Bible Verse for the Day And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.” <BR> <BR> John 10:28-30 NKJV Tue, 21 Apr 2015 03:01:27 EST Step one of house cleaning. Dug in big time on cleaning up. Voted. Organized. Took my hubby out to a frugal dinner. Under ate on calories today. My weigh in was only .5 lbs off should have been 1 lb, so forcing the decrease. <BR> <BR> No doubt my body's metabolism is off. Message into the doctor but no return call. I d... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:56:10 EST Tuesday. Yeah. Yeah! Two days in a row... <BR> <BR> Yesterday review: Walked for 20 minutes. Spent rest of morning on paperwork. <BR> <BR> To do: Tidy downstairs of house, driving lesson <BR> Mindful of: Not sure again today. Still feeling foggy. <BR> Food: Record every bite and avoid sugar <BR> <BR> Quote o... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:53:03 EST Nice weather today It went overcast in the afternoon and we may have a little rain tomorrow or Wednesday. I was light on the calories today and did exercise so all went well. I have a few programs on the DVR to catch up to and I plan to watch a few tonight if I can. <BR> <BR> The other day I taped the move "The 13... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:41:02 EST Where Does My Time Go? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some of you might want to know what I do all day, because I don't really hang out much right now. Well, I know it's a problem. I have a problem with time management right now. But I do like you guys! I really do. There... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:14:12 EST Wonderful gift of forgetfulness One would expect someone on weight loss journey to know the weight and measurements by heart. But by nature I am a very forgetful person. <BR> <BR> Lately I have been working very hard on my nutrition and exercise and I am seeing good results. Yesterday on a lark I decided to take my measureme... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:09:15 EST My Million Step Challenge Day 10 <img src=""> Had some hurtful, stressful news earlier today. I was feeling a tad unsettled earlier, but a good walk to finish off my steps helped a lot! Planning to sleep on it, think on it, and deal with it the earliest I can, which will be... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:06:24 EST Hawaii Hawaii (alternate spelling Hawai'i), 11th alphabetically, is the last state to be added to the United States, in 1959 (yes, I remember when it was added). Hawaii has many unique attributes - the only state composed entirely of islands; is located in Oceana, not in the Americas; has an Asian plur... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:01:06 EST Stinky Directions In Crazy Town .. Day 193 of 662 <img src=""> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:49:18 EST Today's Inspiration " Make your important choices in life <BR> based on your values and your long-term objectives <BR> rather than on a need for approval." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to <BR> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:49:16 EST From my ipad My laptop has died! So I'm updating from my ipad, which is far less convenient to type on! <BR> <BR> Working out has been non existent for the past few weeks. I went to Auckland (home) for a week and had planned on not working out that week since I tend to do a lot of walking around anyway. I en... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:37:10 EST Gratitude April 20 2015 Number 1: The state of the ducks... I saw a few flying overhead and heard more. Unfortunately I didn't see any in the creek. But my husband saved the day because he found goslings (baby geese) on his way to work and he took a picture of them for me. So I did get my dose of water fowl, just n... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:32:54 EST So NOT Done! Greetings all! <BR> <BR> First, thank you all for your support during my "ragging sinuses!" I'm sure I don't need to detail the misery of sinuses gone MAD! I'm feeling better now and so appreciate your support and concern! <BR> <BR> I'm back to the grind! Got my butt back in gear this mornin... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:23:15 EST Self Motivator I hear and read so often of people needing someone else to give them the motivation they need! There is a Gospel song called "Encourage Yourself" by Donald Lawrence and it goes like this..... <BR> <BR> [Verse 1:] <BR> Sometimes you have to encourage yourself. <BR> Sometimes you have to speak... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:21:25 EST Week 3 BSG Blogs Our blog assignment this week for the Aspire to Inspire BSG challenge is to write about our blessing. Showers of Blessings...what are some things that bless you? How do you overcome indulging in Easter treats? <BR> <BR> My life is truly filled with many blessings, so I will just highlight some ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:21:13 EST 30 days ...... lets gets started ...... <BR> will update my activities once the day ends...... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:16:00 EST Monday Today was my day off from work. I walked 4 miles this morning. Then I walked around Costco and Ikea. <BR> <BR> Fitbit - 7 miles 15,005 steps Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:06:07 EST Slow Down? Ha. Ha. Ha. It is 10:00 pm and I am just sitting down for a rest now. THe day is done, and I've been busy all day, going from one demand to the next. <BR> <BR> It's not bad - I don't do any single thing that's particularly difficult in a day - but it's exhausting. Because the day is over and, even with the ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:03:59 EST Back to the Monday grind Monday, Monday ... cant't trust that day <BR> <BR> Well ... that's what the Mamas and the Papas say <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Today was rough, but good ... slow but flew by ... unproductive while accomplishing a few things <BR> <BR> Start off the day with a disciplinary followup. I had writte... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:56:24 EST Day 61 Tonight has been hectic...Sorry...I'll be back with my VLOG tomorrow. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:55:54 EST Feeling Sad... ooh chocolate (nooooo) This year it will be 12 years that I have lived on this property. We moved when I was ten. Today, we lost one of the llamas that moved with us, he was 17 and could have still had many years left. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, llamas are extremely susceptible to tick paralysis, and he went down over ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:52:25 EST More on Fasting -- Just read this SparkPeople article: <BR> <BR> How Fasting Affects Your Health <BR> <link><BR>st=you_asked_how_do_religious_fasts_im<BR>pact_my_health_weight_loss </link> <BR> <BR> and so it reminds me I have some sermons I need to watch on Fasting. In add... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:50:25 EST Walking in the woods I was reminiscing this morning about "spazieren gehen." It was a national pasttime when I was growing up in Germany. Everybody did it, from the old folks doddering on their canes to the youngest members of the families. And we looked forward to it. <BR> <BR> On weekends after our midday meal, we... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:46:46 EST 2 lb gain in a week and a half. BLAAHHH!! I've been home a week and a half from over two months of weight loss at a hospital and nursing homes. Now, with company in my house, there has been a lot of food around, and I have gained two lbs. I just read an article about motivation coming from not feeling trapped. I have to rise above my... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:43:10 EST PACE workouts - also known as HIIT training Today was day 7 of my first week of my PACE workout, which is a HIIT workout video that I have. It is a 12 week program that consists of a daily 12 minute workout - 3 x 4 minute workouts per day. Each 4 minute workout is 8 x 30 second exercises with a 90 second wait between workouts while your ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:38:38 EST Leading by Example - Success One of my biggest goals was accomplished today and it had nothing to do with anything that I am physically doing. Well I guess it is the result of what I have been doing, but this goal was completely psychological and took the physical efforts of another human being. <BR> <BR> My father has be... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:32:44 EST Happy with my progress I hit a plateau for a couple of weeks but seem to have gotten past it this week! My Chiropractor made a comment last week that helped me not feel so bad about the plateau. He said that although I may not see a loss on the scale my body is showing the changes. His comment reminded me that muscl... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:31:10 EST Back again I have been gone for a while with my weight going up and down. I am surprised to see I am back to about the same weight I was when I left. I will try to get back to tracking again and really do some work. Encouraged to see I did better than I though when I tracked my food today !!!!! Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:30:34 EST CONGRATS! My friend Reggie defended his dissertation and has earned his PhD. I was finishing my second masters degree when he began his PhD five years ago. A few of us got together and celebrated. So, I am up later than usual but very proud of him. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:30:32 EST Healthy Habits Reset Challenge Day 1 asks me to set a goal I want to work on for the next month & 3 reasons why so I can revert back when things aren't going as planned. My goal is to plan my meals & snacks for that day. My reasons are 1-better planning means better choices, 2-less stress about going over calories & 3- less t... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:26:17 EST I feel so broken. Today my gyno called me to talk about the results of some testing we've been doing. My uterine lining is very thick, apparently my uterus is enlarged. She said its 10 inches while normal is supposed to be 8. An d I've had near constant bleeding for a while now. She told me i need further tes... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:17:57 EST Special Blessings-April 21, 2015 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> I have been thinking all evening about what I was blessed for today. I didn't do any work around the house, I didn't have laundry, I didn't even go anyplace. In fact, I took a nice long nap this afternoon, which is highly unusual. As ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:15:37 EST Zombified 30 min sleep <BR> + work overload <BR> + soccer mom chores <BR> = brain is a zombified mess today <BR> <BR> This week is starting off brutally. I think I'm going to go to sleep and hope for a better tomorrow. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:10:34 EST Second half marathon at altitude----WHAT?? I dont know what you have to do to be considered a runner, but after this race on Saturday, I am as close to calling myself a runner as they come. Because I do not know anyone in their right mind who is a 'recreational' runner who would have enjoyed this weekends half marathon! <BR> <BR> So, I r... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:08:44 EST Day 142 - Hanging It Up Not in the sense of giving up! <BR> <BR> We hung a bunch of pictures today in the guest bedroom. We have a TON of framed prints and paintings, many antique, that we really love. There something about having beautiful pictures on the wall that make a place feel like home. It's starting to feel t... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:07:27 EST If you know your umph is on the missing list.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Without proper rest it is easy to have a major melt down. The research shows the personality changes that occur ..the physical changes are more subtle but still there. So knowing all that.. <BR> how does one get ones... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:07:06 EST Tuesday Be blessed and enjoy life it seems hard today but you can do it hugs Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:02:36 EST We finally signed on the house. We were satisfied the realtor was working to remove the mess the family left it in. ' <BR> At first they took away all the closet shelves and rods. The realtor brought them all back but we had no tools to fix them, It took us a while to find which was which but it worked out. <BR> <BR> We had no... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:01:41 EST A Very Satisfying Dinner <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I started with some leftover black beans and brown rice - 1/2 C of each, and then added 2 medium dry sauteed zuchinni, 1/2 package of MoriNu tofu, some Braggs Liquid Aminos, garlic, chili powder, and heirloom tomatoes ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:35 EST Are you prepared? I'm starting to love where I work more and more. Yes, I like my co-workers. Yes, I like my boss (who happens to be my husband). But you want to know what I like more? I LOVE the fact that I work in a grocery store! I see EVERYTHING that comes in and can make decisions about my food before I'... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:55:19 EST Monday, 4/20/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well...another co-op school year done. I am exhausted! It was a good day and the end of year party was a lot of fun. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:50:54 EST Great day for walking, beauty & friendship Today I went to Fairchild Gardens in Miami with a friend of mine. Our motivation for going was to see the Dale Chihuly exhibit there. How magnificent to see all the lovely glass sculptures in a garden setting. Here is just one of them. <img src=" Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:49:49 EST Discipline: day 10 of personal challenge Had another good day. Did change my lunch plan because we were out shopping. Had some Chinese Mongolian beef, no rice. Wasn't hungry for a snack so didn't do that either. Exercise was good. I'm feeling some definite improvement with some of the exercises with Bodypump. Tonight when I did the ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:47:49 EST jogging history Aug 2013-Jan 2014 165 days AF, July 30- AF, August 19- AF, 8 DD, 4 mod., September 21- AF, 6 DD, 3 mod. October 14- AF, 3 mod, 14 DD, November: 17- AF, 2 mod, 11-DD. December: 12- AF, 2 mod, 17 DD. January: 12-AF, 18-DD.1 mod. January 23rd day one AF. February: 28- AF. March: 31- AF(68 AF longest... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:46:54 EST Terrific weekend and the start of a decent week... My niece, Tigan, and I took a luxury weekend off in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. We could not have asked for better weather. It was gorgeous out. We left Friday after a quick visit to see mom at the yucky rehab. She is doing well enough we thought we could afford the weekend away. The borde... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:42:34 EST What I love about my body.... Well as it sits right now my hair is nice. I can actually do things with it now and it not be so straight. My face has slimmed down some so I like it a little more. I like that my body let's me be able to do the things I can like exercises, walking, going up and down stairs without heaving to tak... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:38:46 EST Day 110 - Easter candy is finally gone Once again the end of Lent has been my downfall. I have been eating Easter candy and other sweets for the last few weeks and I have gained 4 pounds since Easter. <BR> <BR> Tonight the last of it was eaten. There is nothing left at all. Thank goodness. <BR> <BR> Now if I can go back to skippi... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:38:34 EST Dog got staples out today! Lady feels better since the staples were taken out! <em>244</em> I had the vet to check to see if she has fleas & she doesn't. Lady sleeps with me & for the past 1 1/2 weeks I have been waking up with bites. I went to the dr. & she said they are definitely bug bites. The dr. said it could be m... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:38:29 EST Eating Healthy on a Budget It seems there are two crowds of people -- those who say it is easy to eat healthy on a budget and those who say it is impossible. After spending way too much at the grocery store the past few weeks, I've been looking into the matter, and I have to say that it isn't impossible to eat healthy on a... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:38:18 EST Staying on track - Feeling Optimistic Originally, I was planning on doing weekly blog entries, but I see it's been a bit longer than that already! Such is the nature of time sometimes. <BR> <BR> Update on me: The last two-three weeks have been mostly trying to get into the right frame of mind for making big changes, and to slowly r... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:37:03 EST New. . If you don't set a baseline standard for what you'll accept in your life, you'll find it's easy to slip into behaviors and attitudes or a quality of life that's far below what you deserve. You need to set and live by these standards no matter what happens in your life. <BR> <BR> I will not ac... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:34:38 EST Partake Of His Life Meditate On <BR> <BR> God...shares with us the life of His Son and our Master Jesus. He will never give up on you. Never forget that. <BR> 1 Corinthians 1:9, THE MESSAGE <BR> <BR> Partake Of His Life <BR> <BR> Make no mistake: Jesus is the purest form of life, and He has called us to share i... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:34:24 EST Pulling myself back Ok, after my gloomy week. With the help of all my friends here on Sparks, I am starting to get back to my normal self. I don't know what got into me or how I got in such a down in the dumps mood. But I sure don't like it and that is not me. <BR> I told both my husband and my daughter that I will... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:29:15 EST week 1 ~~ "Toughen Up Buttercup!!" OK, so this update is a little late, meant to blog over the weekend. Oh well, at least I'm consistent ,consistently late that is <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> My Friday consult with my personal trainer went well... despite not feeling the greatest last week and missing a day of work, I still mang... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:26:19 EST Day 66: What's under the glam me? What's under the make up, the clothes, and everything in between. <BR> Love <BR> Fear <BR> Happiness <BR> Forgiveness <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Today, as I was getting ready; I found myself happy, motivated, touched, inspired, and surprised. B... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:22:15 EST Faced with Challenge I spent the weekend away with some of the ladies in the family attending a one day conference. This weekend prove to be a food challenge. I got my calories in but the majority was carbs with very low protein and high sodium. I commend myself on the awareness of everything I put in my mouth. T... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:20:03 EST April 20 -- 30 Day Shred Day 2 & #BEASTMODE WEIGHT: 195 <BR> SLEEP: 12+ hrs <BR> <BR> Have you ever had a day start off kind of "eh" "blah" "whatever"? Yep, that was me today. I had every intention of hitting the gym up today, but Mother Nature being the hormonal witch that she is had other ideas. <BR> <BR> So I said to myself, 'Self, d... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:17:51 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for April 20: Daily inspiration: When you act out of love and selfless concern, you are doing that which is right. Lord, I am Your servant in my daily life. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say: Here am I. Isaiah 58:9 ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:17:20 EST Reflexions Yesterday I finished reading the book/essay on happiness I'd been reading for two weeks. I always read really fast, but for this one I had to go slow because I was taking regular pauses to think about what I just read. <BR> <BR> So this morning I started James Fell's book "Lose It Right" that I ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:15:51 EST Coming home I haven't even been home for a week and I miss Aruba already. <BR> <BR> I miss swimming and fishing and walking everywhere and spending most of our days outdoors. <BR> <BR> Today it was cool and rained most of the day. It was not nice enough to walk outside. I ended up doing a few walking video... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:15:02 EST 1st month done Well I have lost some weight in the last month, I have stayed the same weight though for the last week or so. Looks like I am going to have to get serious with my cardio. This is a trend of mine. I feel great at first, lose ten to twenty pounds, then my thoughts about loosing all that weight I wa... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:11:21 EST Monday's Words to Ponder <img src=""> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:10:20 EST 17 - Still Broken I'm fighting the urge to be whiny and full of self pity, but it's not easy. <BR> <BR> Saturday was my team's last home bout of the season - we have our first away bout on May 2nd. I wasn't allowed to NSO on Saturday (volunteered to, was told I could be a safety hazard), so I worked the front doo... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:00:44 EST 12 STEPPING AWAY FROM OLD HABITS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All of us who share these steps and who complete them on a never ending cycle have broken away from old patterns. We are able to break old habits and create new ones. In AA, OA, Al-Anon, EA,NA.....we can find strengt... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:58:13 EST GREAT FEELING Well I am getting back to my regular routine. Hubby had to work Saturday so I had the Market by myself that day. I was busy, ut I did not take my water. The portion that burned had the restrooms and they have put in Porto lets for us and customers to use. Forget it. Not for me. There is on... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:57:52 EST Monday chores I know I was exhausted this morning, I was almost done chores, just had watering and haying the rabbits left, with the water scoop I was filling all the rabbit waterers, thinking I really need to set the automatic water back up, when I got to Amber the Angora rabbits cage, not thinking I opened t... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:56:23 EST Day 61 of the 'Q' - Weakest Link If there's a body part I could get rid of or ignore, it'd be my triceps. For one, it seems like they seem to be involved with every single weight lifting exercise known to man, even squats and lunges, and still can't get me through a push up without dropping to my knees and adding to the swear ja... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:51:29 EST Project BadAss - Body Beast Wk 5 Day 2 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> 4/15/15 <BR> Body Beast Bulk: Legs <BR> Week 5 Day 2 <BR> <BR> Warm Up <BR> <BR> Single Set <BR> <BR> Front to Back Lunge <BR> L - 12reps@8lbs 10reps@10lbs 8reps@13lbs <BR> R - 12reps@8lb... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:51:20 EST PCOS and Low Self Esteem <BR> Every so often I have an entire day that I love everything about myself, weight and all. On those days I feel unstoppable. I feel loved. Not only that, but I make better eating choices because I actually care to think about what is going on in my body. <BR> <BR> My problem is making this ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:50:30 EST DANCE ON! I definitely would get more exercise and lose weight more quickly if Dancing With The Stars was on every night with a Spring Break theme. I loved the music and danced along with the couples. There are some seriously terrific dancers on this season. <BR> <BR> DANCE ON! <BR> <BR> <em>352</em> ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:50:17 EST Worried and scared I work at at daycare.... my boss sent us a letter the other day saying she needs to talk to each of us individually about our scheduled hours and days.... this after she said that enrollment is down. My job is what pays our house payment at the first of the month and our car payment in the middle... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:50:08 EST Accountability Day 18 Happy Monday! I hope you had a great day! I think we pretty much have the kind of day that we make our mind up to have. sure, sometimes there is some outside influence. but you can take control over most of that and overcome the crappy days with the power of positive thinking. just say NO to neg... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:49:35 EST 4/20 OMG!!! what a Monday.... has been a busy one for me. So happy with every single second of it. Now is finally time for my exercise..... so.... wishing you all a wonderful evening. I am heading to the gym. Enjoy your evening. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:47:55 EST 4/20/15 - Bedtime Since I was feeling sorry for myself and needed to prove a point, I took two strength training classes yesterday morning. I'll gladly admit that I've made much wiser decisions. I survived and didn't poke my head into a gym today. My calves are thanking me. <BR> <BR> I was very happy I found a... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:45:15 EST Weekend I took and R&R weekend. I didn't have anything planned except church. I took naps both days. I still am a little tired and hoping to still take it easy this week. <BR> <BR> I did get to the gym tonight for my weekly session with my trainer. <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily Goals Mon 4/20 <BR> 1. Blog ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:41:48 EST Mixed Bag of a Day This morning I got up at seven fifteen and made coffee, had a bowl of cereal, and tried to relax before the appointment about medical insurance. My brother took the boys out for a drive around eight thirty or a little after so I went in his room. I did a one mile walking video from on demand, and... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:40:56 EST Recommitment so, I find myself slowly moving into old patterns of behavior.. I had an injury last week so the gym and any exercise has been out of the question. With that, I notice I'm tracking my food and water less, and therefore sticking to my goals less as well. With this post, I recommit to the healthy p... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:40:18 EST Monday's Healthy Inspirational Quote of the Day 04/20/2015 "The past is your lesson. The present is your engine. The future is your motivation."~unknown Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:39:55 EST Tough Few Days Had my IVGG on Thursday which is a monthly thing. <BR> Reaction began early Saturday morning. <BR> Managed to work a few hours and then everything went downhill. <BR> Had another tough head and neck ache with 102 fever. <BR> Same thing happened last month (Aseptic Meningitis) but much worse. <BR>... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:38:56 EST Day 1235 Hectic Day I will tell you more about my hectic day tomorrow. Prayers for an ill family member who had to have emergency surgery. And also. I was contacted about my first chance to foster a dog. And who could say no to this face? <img src=""> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:37:15 EST 110/365 I have had a really munchie day which has NOTHING with it being 420. Ha ha! But I am still not back on schedule. It didn't help that my day trapped me into a late lunch and I was supper hungry. Then I ate to fast and too much. Then I felt like I was going to throw up for the next couple of ho... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:31:54 EST WOW! As I mentioned in my previous post, I gave up for a couple of weeks and went back to binge and eating whatever I wanted. Today started out with renewed convictions, but slowly ended in a freefall again - BUT - I did track what I ate (I hate tracking) to help myself get a jolt of reality. The r... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:30:42 EST Day 37.... I did it!!! I did something just because I blogged about it!!! And because I really wanted to. I went to the beach today. Oh it was glorious!!!! I took my beach umbrella so I wouldn't get too sunburned, and I took my journal and did some writing. Its been a long long time since I went to the beach, and oh ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:28:00 EST Another Excellent Verse <em>296</em> He will dwell on the heights; his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks; his bread will be given him; his water will be sure. <BR> ~ Isaiah 33:16 (ESV) ~ Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:25:29 EST The three month start I started my three month early. Yesterday I did a two hour walk with the family and the dogs. It was a beautiful day and it was nice getting my family out to the area close where I grew up in. The three month plan that I am designing by myself for myself is all about baby steps. The two rules... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:23:02 EST A Non-Scale Victory I had, what is for me, a major non-scale victory this weekend. When I began this journey in September of 2013, I was wearing size 14 and they were tight in the waist. Some of them were impossible to button. <BR> <BR> At the end of this past winter, I had to put away some of the winter clothe... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:22:51 EST From Size 28w to Size Freakin 4 <img src=""> <img src="">So I went into my favorite boutique and they had the best dress in the catalog and I just had to try it on in person! <BR> Well, I pulled a six of the rack and ont... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:20:06 EST Choices In life we move along in time making choices, some end up being good and some not so good. We can't always be perfect because only God is the perfect one so don't be so hard on yourself. Pick yourself up, start again, learn from what we did and make great choices next time. Remember we are only w... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:19:48 EST Rainy day cleaning Today rained on and off which was great because it was my day off from running and I really needed to do some serious house cleaning. I was able to get some floors washed, some windows cleaned , kitchen taps fixed and cupboards cleaned out and then hubby and I took the washing machine apart so we... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:18:25 EST I still can't believe it....I completed 30 minutes non-stop on the elliptical machine My workout partner was cheering me on. I was so excited. As she was helping me get set up on the machine, she asked me if I was going for another 7 minutes (that's what I did Saturday). I said "No, I gonna try for thirty." And I did it <em>104</em> I am amazed at my strength now. My legs felt ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:10:15 EST Role Models... Over the past few days, I've had a continual theme show up in my daily conversations. It was coming up out of the blue with so many different people, after the 3rd time I stopped for a few minutes and realized that this had been happening and maybe "someone" was trying to get me to think about i... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:09:44 EST My Daily Bible Verse 03/20/2015 Luke 8:17 <BR> New International Version <BR> For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. <BR> King James Version <BR> For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall n... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:09:38 EST 4/20/15 Well, today has been a good day. I got 9 1/2 hours of sleep! I guess my body said enough is enough. Work is a bear. There was a major power outage and the line has been down all day until 8:15 p.m. So the plant is working Saturday and Sunday. So sad that I am going out of town this weekend ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:05:34 EST Determined to be Cheerful <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ***Day 13 - NO WHINING CHALLENGE. Still on a streak, but I picked this picture because I was feeling crabby today and I needed to remind myself to knock it off (feeling crabby). I have managed to keep my mouth shut a... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:05:04 EST Monday (again) I didn't have that BAD of a day (hitler took today off) so I kind of got a break that way. Still feel I have to work as hard as when he is there. Of course some of my co workers take advantage of things which I personally think is wrong and it will probably catch up with them in any case. I gues... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:04:54 EST April 20th Update Reading over my last blog post, I can feel my frustration. The frustration hasn't dissipated (if anything, it's worse!), but I'm dealing with it better. I've tried talking to my business partner again, but we are both so conflict adverse that one of us ends up agreeing to something we hate to mak... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:03:42 EST the Day after... It poured as if the heavens were crying....I was drenched when I got to the gym. <BR> <BR> Slept ok but not long enough.. taught my class with a twingey hip. Went to the chiropractor and the massage therapist really worked on my low back. It is better but still twingey. <BR> <BR> Fortunately th... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:02:40 EST Day 110: Stop Being Negative (quotes) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Breathe deeply and watch things fall into place." (Terri Trespicio) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:01:50 EST I figured it out pre planning my meals actually keeps me within my calorie range :O) I'm getting it finally if I can only eat 1500 calories a day to get these pounds off I must have more than wants, but a plan. So I've been tracking my meals a day in advance that I plan to eat in order to keep me on track, Breakfast, lunch and dinner and snack or snacks I organize the meals accor... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:00:48 EST A good day..........yaaaaay!! <BR> I had a good day.......eggs for breakfast, a 200 calorie frozen dinner for lunch and a Subway sandwich for dinner .......... I shoulda/coulda had more fiber, but....will try for an apple tomorrow. <BR> <BR> We went and looked at another house..........nope, won't work. At least so far my ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:58:58 EST Starting to lose determination & willpower I am not upset with being on that number on the scale, that is better than gaining any weight! It is just hard to keep up measuring portions and trying to count calories when dining out. I have given up soda and I don't miss it. I'm thinking $wise on that, I can save that little xtra for some of ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:57:28 EST Elimination Diet Day 8 I did well today....everything I ate was yummy, and I find that I am not having cravings and feeling mostly satisfied after I eat. I lost 10lbs! Extremely motivating to keep it up. I also feel really really good. No body aches, I have a ton more energy and today my sinuses started draining in... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:56:54 EST Countdown to a goal Five months in, can really only claim a 1 pound weight loss. Depends on the day I weight in. I still can fluctuate up and down 2 or 3 pounds, so it's hard to tell. I do feel my clothes fit a little better. I have pushed my goal back a few times and switched up my approach, but the weight loss ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:55:26 EST Something to Remember...always Finish Every Day <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> <BR> Finish every day and be done with it. <BR> You have done what you could. <BR> Some blunders and absurdities <BR> no doubt have crept in; <BR> forget them as soon as you can. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is a new day; <BR> begin it well and serenel... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:54:46 EST New Adventure My poor 7year has been complaining about headaches since October of last year. We had to get her healthy before we took the next step. With her ear infections, the pneumonia, the allergies,...the endless illness she has had to deal with this year. <BR> <BR> I got her eyes examined last week an... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:53:31 EST Day 249 What does one do with a hoping mad wet hen? Boy is my mom in a mood. I called her today and she just screamed at me. You guys said you were gonna get me out of here. I can't be here any more. You have to come get me. I tried so hard to be gentle and remind her that she is coming on wed. The sad thing is she will have to go back for a... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:51:31 EST Day 2 Blogging here is a big help to me as I try to stay focused on my health--even if I don't do a great job with my eating or have/make time to work out. So I think that I'll count the days by what days I blog--in other words, if I break in blogging, I'll need to start over at 1. Maybe that's too r... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:49:28 EST I've been MIA Sunday step total: 13,419 steps <BR> Sunday total miles: 2.68 miles (in 2 walks) <BR> <BR> I haven't blogged in 2 days!! But I'm back at it now, aiming for a daily blog. <BR> <BR> I have been eating well and getting my steps in though I haven't been getting that 5am walk the past 2 days. I a... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:45:58 EST Yoga and a challenge Today marks 2 new challenges starting. One, which some family members are also joining, is the Spring Training exercise challenge at my workplace. We record our exercise minutes as a team and compete for prizes with other teams. It always gets me to exercise more. Second, I started doing yoga aga... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:38:20 EST The curb is empty I was home to see the garbage men pick up all the <BR> boxes from the curb but not before even more trucks <BR> went by checking out the piles. I did a short look-see <BR> this morning but didn't see anything worth stopping <BR> for so I left everything for those guys. The object of <BR> this exe... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:32:49 EST windy day It was so windy outside I didn't walk as much but I still drank 8 glasses of water.Hopefully tomorrow will be better. Got a great receipe for Taco Salad, can't wait to try. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:31:51 EST Aruba, One Happy Island... This is a video I shot waves in a spring in Aruba. You can hear the wind! We hear this wind constantly. <BR> <BR> I am enjoying my time in Aruba - it is going way too fast! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been getting a lot of e... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:30:39 EST New day monday Back home after a weekend away (last stair race of the season), and then a week away for work! <BR> <BR> Scale is pretty much where it was when i left, whew! <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> Water: let's get hydrated. Did very well today! <BR> <BR> Track food: dooing well <BR> <BR> Stay in range: so far... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:29:11 EST What Went - Monday 1. Health: the good, the bad and the ugly. <BR> <BR> The good: I've lost 5 pounds of water weight since stopping the prednisone. My heart feels a lot better without the extra water. <BR> <BR> The bad: I still have bladder pain. Just not bad kidney stone pain. But it's tolerable. <BR> ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:28:25 EST more book sorting Went some of the children's literature that I have collected and found about 100 that will find new homes after the library sale. <BR> Went to the picnic and it was fine, but cold. Wind was blowing off the lake and it did start to rain about the time things broke up. They did have the enclosed ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:28:04 EST My turn I hate what I've become yet at this point it is hard to change....I know, just do it but when the changes involve children it's a different story.I am who I describe myself as, a mom, a wife, a dgtr, an employee, a friend. As a mom, I am a caregiver, a volunteer. I want to make sure my children h... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:23:46 EST Day 20 - The Sarah Project I'm back from my conference, and it was sooooooo AMAZING!!! <BR> <BR> I wasn't able to post or track because there was no wi-fi and absolutely no t-moblie service outside of my hotel room... which I spent less then 6 hours in each night. There go my April streaks, lol! <BR> <BR> I'll be back o... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:22:23 EST Day 95...the rest of the day Today ended up being a busy day and I've got a load on my desk again. I'm aiming to get at least a 30 minute walk in tomorrow morning. Maybe 45 minutes, if I can manage it. <BR> <BR> After work today, dh and I went to the gym and I got an elliptical workout in. A good 45 minute workout too. ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:22:17 EST HMMM? My stomach must be changing again and not for the good. My belly was so upset after supper tonight, C2 meal. I had to have a tsp of regular PB to calm down my low sugar. I really wanted frosted flakes cereal, but I fought the urge. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:21:57 EST Clean carpets and SIL update! I got everything moved and carpets vacuumed. The carpets are clean. Now tomorrow I put most everything back!! <BR> We hope SIL is going to rehab in the same hospital She is in!! Youngest Daughter and Her oldest Son went by the hospital this morning! SIL was doing good. <BR> My little RED c... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:18:34 EST My next mini goal.... is to get to 209 pounds. I know it's only 4 and a half pounds away, but if I look too far ahead I get discouraged. At 209 pounds, I'm below the weight I was 4 years ago when I started this job. The weight I started at when I lost weight the last time, getting down to 175. It's important to m... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:14:31 EST Work Out and Weigh-In <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm down another 2.6 pounds. I work hard and earn every oz that I lose. Seem to be averaging 12-15 pounds a month. <BR> <BR> Today's Workout: <BR> <BR> Cable Flies: 10/20, 20/20 <BR> 2-Arm Cable Row: 50/20, 70/20 <... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:12:06 EST Alligator I know there are alligators around, but usually you don't see them. We got wind of one in a run off pond across the street from Walmart, so we went to look. Sure enough, there it was and not a little baby either. If I can figure out how to post a pic I will Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:09:06 EST 4/20/15 - Swim workout 200 easy free <BR> 200 easy breast <BR> 200 easy free <BR> 200 easy breast <BR> <BR> 8x (20 yards high intensity free kick, 5 yards easy) <BR> <BR> 200 (25 butterfly, 25 free) <BR> 200 (25 back, 25 free) <BR> 200 (25 breast, 25 free) <BR> 200 (25 IM, 25 free) <BR> <BR> 8x (25 yards egg beater)... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:05:09 EST Day 53 Just off to bed and I realized I hadn't blogged. <BR> <BR> I did another (what else?) Jessica Smith video this morning. It was five moves, done three times. Jumping jacks, squats, lunges, pushups, and a lower back lift. She mixed it up and did variations each round. It was good. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:03:28 EST Something good came of my insomnia! So last night was just terrible. I was still awake at 6 am. I don't know what happened but my insomnia just would not let me catch a break. BUT!! Since I get antsy and anxious if I lay there too long trying to fall asleep, I found myself in need of something to do. I ended up going in dh's b... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:01:34 EST Laugh or Sue Me <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For some reason today, I just thought this was hilarious. Probably because I had to explain so many idioms to students who had never heard them before. Put me in a strange mood. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:00:50 EST April 20 2015 Nothing to exiting gaping here today. Just worked and went grocery shopping. My baby boy hardly slept a wink last night. After a long day of work and buying grocery's all I really want to do is sleep. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:00:09 EST Day 2 of the Countdown to My Red Skinny Jeans!! Hey Sparkies, <BR> <BR> So today is only day 2 of the challenge and I feel like I'm failing big-time already. I hate EXAMS!! I absolutely do!! Anyway next week Tuesday is my first exam and my studying isn't going as well as I want it to at all which is stressing me out COMPLETELY!! The fact it's... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:53:58 EST I am grateful for, 4/20 1. my babies, because they are steady. <BR> 2. my friend getting to run boston, because she deserved it. <BR> 3. time for cards, because we don't often get it. <BR> 4. getting more probiotic purchased, because i missed its presence. <BR> 5. the internet, because it allows me to accomplish tons of... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:52:16 EST 2007 was a long, long, long time ago... 2007 was something like 70 pounds ago. It was a job ago. A kid graduating from college ago. <BR> <BR> Too long ago. <BR> <BR> I tried Weight Watchers. Lasted three months. I lost five pounds. I'm very proud. I just kept thinking, "This would be free and more fun on SparkPeople." So h... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:49:39 EST Creating new habits,new routines,a new way of life I am creating new habits, one small change at a time,which gives me a new routine that in turn gives me a new fresh life. Make sense? Lol For the last week,I've begun drinking a glass of water as soon as I get up,before and after meals and at bedtime. And leaving a glass of water on my nightstan... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:47:43 EST Day 39: Monday Work was fine last night. The guy I worked with was extremely talkative, but interesting and the night went by quickly. This morning, however was a little more chaotic. I haven't worked in a coed setting in a while and one of our girls disappeared this morning. She was found about 10 minutes ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:46:00 EST Slipping backwards For the last 3 days I have went over my calorie goals by a lot! Yesterday I went over it by 1000 calories! You know why? Cause I lost a pound. Yep, makes sense to me too. I don't know why, but it's a weird habit. I start making progress and then I start to eat horribly again. This is why it t... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:45:26 EST A member since 2009, and not at my goal? Why? Why? I'll tell you why! I don't stay with the program, that I know works! It's my own fault! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Notice what happens when I track? Yes, the results are immediate and positive! I feel so great when that happens! So w... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:42:08 EST Six weeks I can definitely tell the difference in my mobility since I came home from the hospital. I rarely use my cane, and I barely take pain medicine. <BR> <BR> I still tire easily, and have difficulty bending my knee or straightening it completely. <BR> <BR> My physical therapist applied Kineseo tape... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:40:54 EST Sadness :-( So today marks 5 years that I lost the most amazing guy in the world. We were both 19 and crazy in love but life had other plans. Every year on this day I get a bit sad. But this morning, I'm not sure if he was trying to make me feel better from heaven but I stepped on the scale and it showed 232... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:40:07 EST measure again the adage goes measure twice cut once. I love my dh, i am however , on the verge of yelling at him "measure again". i do it in my head but am close to screaming it out loud. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:36:05 EST Happy Lab Week! Every year we bring out the 3 rings minus the elephants to celebrate the invention of microscopes, discovery of blood types and the science behind all those cholesterol and glucose tests. And to celebrate the modern marvels the lab is now by eating, playing games and having training sessions with... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:28:41 EST SPOILER... “a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying” Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:27:22 EST my body I love the way I feel Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:21:57 EST 244 fitness minutes today... That is four hours. I am very glad I reached that point. I will keep it u this week. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:21:34 EST Fit: The journey Ok. I have never been good at blogging, but this seems a good way to keep my thoughts in order, so here we go! This is week three of working out consistently. My starting weight was 220. I am down to 218. As usual, my weight fluctuates wildly. It is terribly discouraging to be all the way d... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:20:31 EST Hip Hop Dance Mix Done. My arms (triceps specifically) are so sore. My nephews birthday party was at a place similar to Pump it Up (not sure if anyone has heard of that). It had a bunch of inflatables you could climb and jump in. Well, I was daring and climbed my not so small butt up the rope to go down the slide.... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:20:01 EST Wellness Walk 30 min. Today I did 30 min. Wellness Walk with the hubster!! We did hills :) Tired but feeling good! I want to get fit, I want to feel happy & release endorphins:) <em>224</em> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:14:54 EST Day 1 I want to be organized and healthy and have a yoga type lifestyle but with my running around all the time, I find it hard to be prepared and end up always stopping at fast food. Preparation is the key, so I got some Rubbermaid divided containers with 3 areas and will be able to use those to make... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:10:46 EST Day 141 -- Plan for the week I spent yesterday meal planning and prepping and I've gotten my week off to a pretty good start (although I did hitch a ride to work with my husband today, skipping my morning walk, tsk, tsk . . . but I walked during my lunch break to make up for it). Here are my plans and goals for the week. <B... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:09:28 EST Ohhhhhh Noooooo!!!!! Don't worry about avoiding temptation. <BR> <BR> As you grow older, it will avoid you........ <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:09:27 EST Skinny Won't Happen By Itself About a half hour ago, I told DH, "I don't wanna, but I'm going to go change into my exercise clothes. Skinny won't happen by itself. I've got to work for it." <BR> <BR> Looking back, "skinny" was the wrong word. I don't know if I'll ever be "skinny". What I am striving for is better health an... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:03:07 EST Back to Normal Tomorrow I did 12 minutes ST today, 84 minutes walking (60 in place (4 miles) and 24 outdoors (1.18), 75 minutes on my recumbent bike. I'm doing my normal 30 minutes ST starting tomorrow. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 20:00:19 EST Lets try this one more time I weigh more now then I did when I delivered my first 2 children. Just can't seem to stick to a healthy diet. I have got to do something different. Oh well maybe just being back here will help me. Anyway it can't hurt. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:59:14 EST God's Path is sometimes curvy! Had lunch today with a dear missionary friend who has been struggling to get her visa in order to serve in a country where a lot of persecution is taking place (lots of those countries nowadays). <BR> After some extended fasting and prayer, God has shown her that the path she had laid out for h... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:57:24 EST The Beginning This is my beginning-I have 110 pounds to lose. It is not the weight loss that spurs me to begin this journey. The additional reasons are to be healthy (every pound that you gain decreases the mass of the brain-how scary is that?),to be an example for my children and grandchildren, to be able to ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:54:04 EST Work Problems <img src=""> Eating at work is an issue. Many times on a busy shift we don't get a lunch break at all. That's 12+ hours if not eating. I haven't been able to find a solution to that yet. I've brought protein shakes. We can't eat in patient c... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:52:36 EST Fixed! Had a better day today then over the weekend. I got my 8 glasses of water in and I had a great trip to Walmart buying a water bottle for work so I don't have to buy those bottles of water anymore. They would make me broke and it's not very good for the environment. <BR> <BR> My mom and I had... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:47:35 EST Week 3 of my 5K training program Today I started week 3 of the 5k Rookie program. I had been running on a trail near the mall which was paved and mostly flat. I decided this morning to check out the Nature trail closer to my house. In the past, I hadn't been able to use the trail because of parking issues. The trail is near ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:43:44 EST Meet the reason I fell off the wagon This handsome little guy is Ashton James. I love his smiley little face. <BR> <em>173</em> Today we went on our first stroller adventure. I just got cleared to exercise last week. Excited to get back into this. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:36:53 EST Pinterest Successes and 32 Pounds Down! I couldn't have been happier this morning when I hit another decade- the 230s! The journey from the 240s into the 230s took longer than I hoped, but now that I'm here, I have to say it feels AMAZING! I was feeling pretty down the last month due to this. <BR> <BR> I studied my Weight Watchers t... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:35:30 EST I GAINED 0.6 pounds and I'm HAPPY!!! I usually lose some weight over the weekend because I'm more active and as of Friday, I had less than a pound to lose before hitting a 20 pound weight loss. When I stepped on the scale this morning, I was 0.6 pounds heavier than I was Friday. But guess what?! I added weight training this past ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:34:51 EST Confession (Again) Alright, so I'm looking at the scale - which is why I knew that I lost 3 pounds over the weekend. But I had read an SP article where recording your weight daily was helpful to someone else. So I'm making peace with the scale. I think it's fine if I feel the need to weigh frequently (even daily... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:33:27 EST Week 3 and 4. Week 3 we went on Spring break. It was amazing! SO fun. we got out and did so much locally with the kids. all the kids now love northern cali and want to go back. It was the best vacation so far. <BR> week 4 has been crazy with running around. I have not lost weight but I haven't gained eit... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:28:19 EST Update on my 'Balance Your Life in 30 Days' Challenge. I'm doing good. I've made up my main goal, which is to be able to do my 3 mile walk tape by the end of the 30 days. I've learned to change that into mini goals by making my calendar. I've had to write down obstacles & what I was going to do when those obstacles came up. I've had to reach out & le... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:23:15 EST Feeling good What's going on with all this rain :( Driving on the free way last night and this morning wasn't much fun at all :( So I came to work an hour early today to beat all of the traffic. <BR> <BR> My bike hasn't arrived yet, hoping it will come either today or tomorrow at the latest. <BR> <BR> Today... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:14:23 EST my unofficial bucket list <img src=""> Lately all you hear about is this adventure or that adventure are on my "bucket list". Who came up with such an idea and why do we have to actually stick to it? Ive decided to create an unofficial list. These are things I might ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:10:25 EST Foot/Toes update Today I saw the foot dr. again and he is well pleased with my toes. I admitted that I had worn my sandals a couple of times and so far have worn 4 pairs of my old shoes with no problems. He told me to go for it and do whatever I wanted as long as it didn't hurt. I will go back to exercise cla... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:09:10 EST Monday strength training day. Got to wear a tank top on Wednesday... so, did some tone and tighting work. I also ordered a two piece I did 15 min of Zumba and bike. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:07:34 EST Slow And Steady..... So I used to run.... a lot. I loved my morning long runs and my evening just for fun runs (yes, just for fun). I loved getting on the treadmill to do my HIIT sprints. I loved running. I did not run until I was an adult, but I worked as a medical assistant for a doctor who was a avid runner and he... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:06:02 EST Gene Kelly Dancing in Old Fashioned Roller Skates You have no idea how good Gene Kelly was at Dancing <BR> Until you watch this. <BR> Look closely and notice these are not even shoe skates. <BR> They are the kind we had as a kid and came with a skate key. <BR> Amazing. I wonder how many times he fell before perfecting <BR> This routine. T... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:05:46 EST Don't look at if you want to keep a straight face! Contagious! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:05:07 EST Things are looking up Exercises are going very well. Calories remain below 1300. Weight is steady. Trivia is at 97%. We got a lot of work done in the flower beds. The roofing company is scheduled to begin reroofing our house on Wednesday. The air conditioning company will be servicing our new unit on Thursday. ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:01:02 EST A southern tea on a Sunday afternoon... This week I walked more, mostly because we were on vacation and the weather was absolutely wonderful for walking. As for my virtual trek across America, I am at the 51.8 mile mark on my journey which brought me to route 608 which goes to the Shirley Plantation near Charles City Virginia. <BR> ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:00:41 EST Spring has Sprung in my Garden This is a blog for Cathygetsfit! <BR> <BR> Spring has arrived in my Garden! I have a bunch of Frittilara's or Checkered Lilies. Cathy had them as her Icon at one point and I told her I would post a picture when they came into bloom. So here they are! <img src=" Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:58:58 EST TUESDAY RACING BY My Tuesday is nearly half over.... <BR> Am off to get ready to go to one of my halls today then have an appointment with my Workplace Superviser..... <BR> <BR> The weather is at least dry today however not sure that it is very warm..... <BR> Am looking forward to a quiet night at home tonight...... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:58:11 EST Day 9 & Purple Rubber Ball Day 9, another "PJ Monday". That is what I call my work from home Monday's. Went better than last week, but still need to improve on that. Ate lighter and healthier. Ate 5 potato chips, better than a bag, and half cup of sherbet, which I did not need. The rest was fruit and lunch. Next wee... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:50:22 EST Monday! Sunday was a very nice day, went to GD's church for her baptism, after church Mike, her DH's invited all of us to come have lunch with them at Big Boy, so 11 of us joined them for lunch. Later that afternoon my oldest DD came by, which was a surprise as I don't see her very often even though she ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:27:53 EST Progress report Well it's been a couple of days since I've been on here, mostly it's from guilt because I have been way over eating and not working out but it's also a combination of being really busy at home and changes happening with my employment. I just have to remember one moment and one choice at a time... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:24:40 EST Panama Canal Cruise We are going on our first ever cruise - Panama Canal. We leave Fort Lauderdale, FL on April 29th and will be arriving in Vancouver, B.C. (our home) on May 18th. We will likely be dining with our friends each evening. I plan on doing the yoga classes and water aerobics when I can, but there will b... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:21:43 EST Bought Some New Clothes Well I did something nice for me this past weekend. I bought some new clothes that fit. I started with new workout clothes because I am planning to start working out with a fitness class starting next week. I did not have a single thing that I could wear for this type of activity, but now I do... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:18:58 EST Cast Adrift All the articles Spark People has posted on my homepage for me to read are old. In internet terms, they are super old. <BR> <BR> 2012? Seriously? Do they need writers? Has SP been run by the fitness advice version of Hal 2000 since 2012? <BR> <BR> I'm starting to worry that we are adrift on a ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:15:50 EST Relentless day 110, 2x4 Routine, Workout 4, Deadlift & Close Grip Bench <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Did well on the deadlift; upped my 1RM to 235 Lbs. <em>104</em> <BR> Have a ways to go to match my 280Lb deadlift I set on Jan 17, 2014. Back then I was knocking on the door of 300 Lbs. They found the cancer two... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:12:20 EST Today's workout - no yoga tonight! Well, after a beautiful sunrise and a fun morning with GGS: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ~A little discovery I wouldn't have minded skipping! :) ~ <BR> ​ <BR> I had lunch and took a break. Drizzly rainy day here. Every time I thought th... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:09:08 EST Article in Eating Well Magazine I just read an article in Eating Well magazine. It was about dieting and exercising. It was saying exercise was not going to help you lose weight. Losing weight is all about diet. This is a 20/20 statement. <BR> I have been active of some sorts all my life. Not extreme but active. My problem was ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:58:25 EST I have discovered Almond Butter. Totally worth the extra 2 bucks! So I stood in the peanut butter isle at Kroger for a good ten minutes deliberating over which brand to buy... <BR> <BR> I didn't buy peanut butter. <BR> <BR> I bought Almond Butter. <BR> <BR> It doesn't have molasses (have you ever cooked with molasses? I have. It's disgusting, I didn't kno... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:57:11 EST Day 28 or 100 Days - Eating because it's there Lesson 28 - When you grab food because it's in front of you, you're not trying to appreciate flavors. To stop this autopilot eating, tell yourself this magic line: I don't eat food just because it's there. Then catch yourself during those times when you reach for food simply because it came in... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:45:28 EST ❤Day #8 ❤ Feeling Great!!! ❤ <img src=""> <img src=""> Experimenting w/ Blog Writing.... Yesterday my Smoothie photo came out Sideways!!! Didn't know how to delete the photo without losing what I'd written... Didn... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:32:50 EST Another source for you If you like to explore new recipe/food sites do look at : <BR> Weekly Digest Bulletin <BR> <BR> <BR> I found the food tips helpful and the recipe section full of quick, easy and nutritious dishes. <BR> I searched for the low sodium sect... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:27:49 EST Making Your Monday Marvelous: Turning Monday Blahs Into Aahhs It’s Monday once again! I am focused on trying to view Mondays from a different perspective - changing it from one of “dread” to one of “moving ahead”. <BR> So It’s Marvelous Monday! It’s time to pump ourselves up so we are ready to face the week ahead. <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:26:21 EST Day #2 - Shining the Sink Yesterday was Day #2 - <BR> <BR> I didn't get exactly done what I WANTED to do, BUT I did shine the sink and did a load of laundry! <BR> <BR> WooHoo! Babysteps! Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:21:02 EST Positive Thinking There's something to say for thinking positively. In general I am a worst case scenario kind of thinker. That transfers over to my weight loss journey. "Why try, it's not going to work." <BR> <BR> Instead, I need to change that running commentary in my head to "Keep on going. It WILL work."... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:11:20 EST I'm Back :) I have been MIA for quite a few months and I want to apologize to the friends I have made on here that I have not been on SP to encourage them on their journey. I will admit my life has been crazy in the last few months with my fathers death. In that time I still have continued on with trying to ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:11:02 EST Not eating all my calories wow... I have a problem today, so different from my normal problems of dieting. I have not been able to fill my daily calorie goal, or carbs and fiber. I know this is not good but I have not been hungry at all today and in my opinion I've been eating rather much (in quantity). We'll see. I hav... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:09:01 EST Day 68 - My Personals Ad for a Sparkbuddy I'm lonely on here - there I said it. I've joined teams and read blogs and stuff but I haven't really connected with anyone yet.. so if you are in the same boat, maybe you are the spark friend I'm searching for. I tried joining the "Find a Buddy" group on here, but I guess everyone's already foun... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:08:55 EST It's Monday I baked muffins and made some potato soup yesterday. I still have a couple dishes to do from last night. I ended up too tired to finish cleaning up. I made a green smoothie and had enough for breakfast this morning. I brought some food out of the freezer to eat this week. I'm not going to let m... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:00:54 EST From Growing Cranberries to Serving God We went to a Banquet on Saturday and the title of the evening was for a really nice guy I had meet back in 1980... Camp Haluwasa.. He passed away and so did his wife but they had pulled a old silver trailer there in 1955 and began to build the Youth Camp and I am going to share this with you... F... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:00:24 EST Book Club and Dog's xrays I got confused on my dates and thought I'd be out of town for book club until I got the email that it's Monday. Yikes! I started the book this weekend anyway but I have a lot of reading to do!! My former book club met the first week of the month which is what confused me. This one meets the l... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:00:03 EST If I had an extra hour a Day I would catch up on sleep. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:59:54 EST Getting HOT for a longer Life? ! <img src=""> <BR> My sauna <BR> <BR> Prevention Magazine has an article this month about how steam room or sauna users seem to have a lower risk for premature death. GOT MY ATTENTION! <BR> <BR> It seems that, according to the article, r... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:59:11 EST Need some cheese & my unleavened bread report. Checking in. Sorry about being MIA. I've been discouraged in a variety of life areas and definitely need some cheese with my whine.... For spring holy days I baked a variety of breads & deserts for family. 1st pic is results of a "soft unleavened bread recipe".. as a geographer it made me thi... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:47:47 EST A Blue Cast And Increased Mobility Hubby and I went to my orthopedist this morning. My foot is healing well. The doctor took X-Rays to check on the bone positions. It was a relief to get the heavy dressings off my foot and leg. The incision is about three inches long and looked healthy. My foot felt odd without the tons of pa... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:42:01 EST my daughter is inspiring me My daughter has decided to be my trainer - she and I are not completely in synch with what I want a workout to look like, but I think it's more important to encourage her to workout with me than whine about what I'd rather be doing. <BR> <BR> This morning we woke up at 6:45 to work out, but en... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:39:48 EST My Music I now own 3 ipods and an ipad. All due to trying to keep my music. <BR> <BR> (iPod #1) Several years ago (early college), I had bought one of those Video iPods that could hold 32gb of music. It held ALL of my music. During my first job out of college, I had downloaded music and put it on this iP... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:36:59 EST Back In The Saddle After all my travels I am finally back in my routine, eating my own cooking and doing my exercise. I was shocked to see that I actually lost 1/2 pound last week. That doesn't mean I can give myself permission to keep indulging in rich wedding food but I am relieved that no damage was done. <BR>... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:35:09 EST Top 5 Most Addictive Foods Over the weekend I heard a radio personality reading off a Top 5 List of the most addictive foods. <BR> <BR> These were not general food groups, like Pasta/Bread; but actual specific items, that are designed to keep you eating them until the bag is empty, (and you go out and buy a second bag) ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:30:52 EST It's Ah-Graze-ing <img src=""> <BR> Puns, I has them. But seriously, I want to talk a little bit about Graze and how amazing it is for my snacking habits. <BR> <BR> I've talked in the past about how I crave variety. It's one of the things that makes tradition... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:26:28 EST April 20, 2015 Yesterday marked 3 months of being on SP. <BR> <BR> My goal from April 19-May 19 is to get back to why I joined SP in the first place. To start doing what I need to do to get myself back on track! <BR> <BR> This will be a busy month with planning my son's grad party but I am determine to do ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:25:57 EST THE LONG JOURNEY When pain takes over your life, it takes something just as painful to restore it! <BR> <BR> In order to start your new journey, you have to take the first step. <em>521</em> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:18:15 EST Saw the video about 1 cup of sugar in SODA I thought, EW! This is day 2 for me with only water. We went to Quizno's today, I had a 6"chicken bacon ranch sub from their 500 calories or less menu. No cookies,chips OR SODA!! Yesterday I had only water. Just refilled my 32 oz water bottle whenever I get thirsty. If we will be out of the house... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:12:40 EST Confident with myself.... We have spent too many days comparing ourselves to others and wishing to be something we are not. <BR> <BR> We each have our own strengths and weaknesses and it's only when we learn to accept them that we will truly succeed. <BR> <BR> Day by day I am learning to accept mine and love who I reall... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:11:28 EST I love pizza!! It was an uneventful weekend weatherwise. The storms predicted for our part of the state turned out to be very mild however some neighboring communities had significant damage. I am always thankful when we dodge the bullet after the damage we had a couple years ago. I am sorry that anyone ha... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:06:54 EST Postpartum The baby is here and is now 6 weeks old. It's definitely been an adjustment but he has brought me such joy!!! I started out the pregnancy eating very healthy and exercising but the third trimester I lost all motivation. I definitely gained a lot more weight than I planned. However I'm not going ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:57:19 EST Giving SparkPeople a try Well, this is my first post. I had this account for a long time but deleted the app. Today, I finally added the app back to my phone and I am deciding to give Spark People a try. I need to lose about 60 lbs but I'm going to focus on losing 40-50 lbs first. I am a busy mom that works full-time. I ... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:55:05 EST 1 step at a time My weight loss journey has been spread out over many years, with many ups and downs. Its a long story, but bear with me. Before I started dating my husband, I had just reached my goal of getting down to 170 from 250. Of course love has a way to make you put on weight if you're not careful, and wh... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:53:52 EST To work out or not to workout this is the question? When you have kids its seems as though they can be germ magnets. My youngest brought some new bug in cold or flu not sure? All I know is the end of last week I was exhausted just didn't feel quit right. Now I got serious body ache and sinus issues. I am going to do some light cardio today and re-... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:52:24 EST