SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Happy Wednesday to all Here we are at middle of week. These weeks sure do go quickly. Everyone have a wonderful Wednesday. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:47:21 EST National Pretzel Day National Pretzel Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always April 26 <BR> <BR> National Pretzel Day celebrates pretzels of all shapes and sizes. <BR> <BR> How do you like your pretzel? Thic... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:45:45 EST My Family, My Heart, Their Heart <img src=""> <BR> Day 10 of this cold, and it has been confirmed by the Dr, it is a nasty cold. As I type today it appears that I have turned a corner and the cough is all that is left. <BR> Yesterday was trying and... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:40:10 EST Happy Hump Day Midway through the week getting ready for the downhill slide into the weekend. <BR> Hope everyone is having a good week and <BR> <em>386</em> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:37:40 EST Still workin' it I haven't posted for a couple of days, but I am still working the program. Have been eating fairly decent for the past couple of days. Worked out on Saturday and plan on working out either today or tomorrow. Biggest thing has been just pushing my plate away and not eating everything on it. Today ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:36:37 EST Hubby says so Took a break from the park yesterday suffering from bad air quality here. Allergy city as well! I still did arm dumbells and will do each and every day and cleaned house so all good on the home front! did really great on calories and do not feel deprived. It is getting easier at nighttime to toss... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:36:26 EST Evening Sabbatoge I'm so frustrated. I do very well through breakfast and lunch and usually dinner. However, since Easter, I find myself splurging on high calorie foods (usually high carbs and fats) in the evening. I assign myself a portion within my calories remaining. Good intentions and a treat to my taste buds... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:33:50 EST Spark coach assignment!! 4/26 What is a positive accomplishment today? Its early in the morning and i am going to the pool in a few hours! But yesterday i accomplished a mountain of things. <BR> <BR> I stripped the bed and washed everything. Including the foam mattress pad. I talked DH into helping me flip the mattress (k... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:32:09 EST Mother Nature Visits I have been seeing mother nature on and off now for over a year. She was gone for roughly 2 months and she decided to visit yesterday and stay for a week. I was wondering why I was stuck on my weight loss and now I know. She had sent her brother bloat and her sister back pain to me the few days p... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:31:20 EST It's Wednesday ... downhill slide .. I think Karma is being good to me this week !!! :) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:30:25 EST Not enough hours in the day That's how it feels sometimes. <BR> Writing to me is a craft. I put thought into the written word. There is permanence, especially in the internet. It can be an arduous process, especially for a perfectionist. <BR> <BR> That being said... I am hard on myself. Self-critical, focusing on what is... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:29:31 EST Tomorrow is surgery I finally am in a workout routine and now surgery..I will try my best to keep with it!! I want at least 20 more pounds gone by my cousin's wedding! Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:25:37 EST Nothing either good or bad The Shakespeare quote comes to mind: "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so". Yep, it's all between the ears. Long accepted wisdom. Had it quoted to me at my mother's knee. <BR> <BR> Well, that's the way I am going to have to view the current version of reality in my l... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:24:31 EST Day 6: Trying to Focus My first weigh-in is on Friday, and my goal is to be down at least 2 lbs! It has been really tough to focus throughout the day as we had someone pass away unexpectedly at work last week. It was really awful. So now, work is just crazy trying to cope with the loss and getting back on track with o... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:21:57 EST A Good Workout is a Platform for the Rest of My Day There are a couple of things that start my day off to a good start. This time I'm not talking about coffee-- <em>106</em> ! Although for me, it's part of the deal. <BR> <BR> Spending some quality quiet time with my journal is one piece of it. And checking into Spark for a bit. And then the... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:21:25 EST Give it a little push I have always loved roller skating. Not roller blading. Just skating. Life got busy and I stopped going. Yes, I went every now and then when my children had skate parties to attend or just something to do on a cold winter day. <BR> <BR> Fast forward - my kids are now 19 & 15. My 15 year old... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:18:21 EST More from Laura Story What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know you're near? What if trials of this life are YOUR mercies in disguise?- Laura Story <BR> <BR> Another great quote from a Laura Story song! I'm so happy to have discovered this lady, her music, and testimony! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:10:41 EST Week 3 Landing Badge Spring Challenge <img src=""> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:10:37 EST One thing I have not done because of weight Day 26 What is one thing I have not done because of weight. I am not sure that I have eliminated anything because of weight. I don't do a lot of swimming, but I am not sure that would change because of weight. I have never overly liked to swim. Maybe it is like this story on age - "when I was... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:09:47 EST Week 2 Badges Spring 5% <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:09:44 EST Day 6 rather than I was tempted to buy ice cream to "treat" myself and kids at the end of a tough day, but.... I remembered the butt stops here at 30 pounds overweight I'm sick and tired of lugging around a jumbo sized Keister and I'd rather not go over on calories! I read somewhere that often a craving for sweets... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:08:39 EST Busy Laundry hung out,one load dried and put away good for you cookies made riding bike to work Happy Wednesday sparkpeople make it a good day😍🙏 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:56:54 EST 4-26-2017-JOLLIES FROM JUDY JOLLIES FROM JUDY-Who was the world's greatest thief? Atlas, because he held up the whole world! Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:55:37 EST 4-26-2017-ANOTHER STREET ART <img src=""> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:52:02 EST 11 years today is 11 years here on Spark People.. <BR> wow I have to admit I did not remember, I woke and saw I recieved a good from a team member and it said Happy Spark a versary.....oh ya today is the day I found sparkpeople. <BR> Its the day I stopped eating fast foods...that right I have not had a bu... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:48:27 EST Yesterday was tough <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday marked a year to the day that mom suffered her stroke. She would eventually pass away on July 1st, never even being able to come home. It was a tough day. I love my mom so much and ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:44:50 EST The Power Believe it or not, you have the power to rewrite your story...You have the power to make the necessary changes in your life to see different and better results...You have the power inside of you...Do you believe that on today? If so, believe in yourself and choose to shine on today. Have a blesse... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:41:26 EST And they don't take our insurance Got there, filled out reams of paperwork, and the woman at the desk said, "oh, we don't take Humana Gold" so we had to leave. It's the INSURANCE COMPANIES! Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:38:12 EST Birthday Workout <img src=""> Wednesday Weightlifting: My Birthday Workout #mygifttomyself Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:34:10 EST My Fantasy <img src=""> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:28:51 EST Priorities This week I'm taking extra rest days to nurse a shoulder injury. I injured it while sleeping on the couch last year before I even started back up with exercise, believe it or not, and it flares up every now and then. I've been pushing through flare-ups but decided this week that maybe that's not ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:24:26 EST A tremendous Tuesday Yesterday was a very productive day as <BR> I cleared plenty of things off my desk. I still <BR> have a list but that will have to wait as we <BR> are meeting today to go over the procedures <BR> and maybe adjust things a bit. <BR> But the most tremendous thing was driving <BR> to DD's house to ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:19:48 EST Almost perfect but not quite. Favorite poem and pretty much sums up my day. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:18:23 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, April 26, 2017 April 26, 2017 NOTHING WE CAN DO <BR> <BR> There are many who believe money can buy happiness. They buy things to feel good. When they hurt others, intentionally or unintentionally, they buy things for them trying to make them feel better. They see offering gifts as a way to make up to another p... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:15:13 EST My Thought for today This is the WAY I feel, I THINK this is FUNNY. If you don't like it, back out, no need to leave rude, snarky remarks. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:10:56 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=4/26/2017=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG'S NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">HELP, LORD; {Yahweh} for... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:09:50 EST climbing stairs started going up & down the stairs today manged to go up & down 4 flights of 10 stairs but how to calculate the calories? Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:07:52 EST my darling DS - is learning Good Morning; DS finally going to the dentist. Due to his status with his disability he has dental insurance from Tricare. the dentist office asks him for a down payment of $400 for his share of the bill. He has $3000 of work to be done. He told me all this. He is not used to paying for a den... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:04:31 EST Back I'm prepared to restart SparkPeople after a long time away. My wife's illness and cancer took over my life. Sadly, she died on April 15. I know she wanted me to live a healthy lifestyle and I'm going to in honour of her life and memory. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:03:51 EST Little of this and that and a whole lot of Drama So I'm looking at this summer going OMG we are going to be SO busy! It's not as bad as that, it just feels that way. <BR> <BR> I'm really looking forward to the camping trip, especially if we can afford everything that DH is wanting to get (he has an extensive wish list for the trip, lol). I'm ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:57:30 EST Close the Door on Fear - Joel & Victoria Today’s Scripture: "Do not give the Devil an opportunity to work." <BR> (Ephesians 4:27, ISV) <BR> <BR> So many people today are living with less than God’s best because they’ve allowed fear to creep in and take root in their lives. Fear is the greatest weapon the enemy uses to try to hold us b... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:57:17 EST Tuesday Wednesday Another good day yesterday, got dinner done in time for youngest's 1st grade school singing performance, love all those cute kids singing along. Back to work then I'll go for a bike ride after work and swim tomorrow to give Achilles more rest timebefore I attempt a long run this weekend. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:54:48 EST Not From This Planet. This morning, I find myself faced with something that a normal person would not find tempting. I sure as heck do, though. That oddball temptation is my scale, of course. <BR> <BR> Saturday was the starting point for my current weight loss efforts. So clearly, it hasn't even been a week since ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:38:03 EST How inconvenient!!!! I have a savings account with some money but unfortunately, there is no atm machine at the new mall I went to! No shop even has machines to accept payment via debit cards! <BR> <BR> I was soooo upset, I really wanted to buy some plants but I didn't have enough cash on me because I spent most of ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:37:35 EST Wednesday Up early to do treadmill as overnight road trip today. Have a beautiful and successful day! Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:22:03 EST Working out with Wood! It's not a chore, it's a domestic workout! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I began working the woodpile yesterday. This is the family's domestic workout during the Spring, Summer and Fall. I have to take things slow and caref... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:15:29 EST Gym Joining Time! I know some of you are wondering how my W5D3 C25K run went, well it STILL hasn't happened. It was raining when I got home from work again yesterday. I had a headache but I went to bed and was hoping it would be gone when I woke up. I set my alarm for 7 pm so I could get up and do C25K before it g... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:14:21 EST My Journey (Remembering that I am pre-diabetic) #24 I have to say my "Honesty Book" is working great. It really gives me a great easy pause before I eat something. My urges were strong for white flour / sugar after 3 the past 2 days. I had "I deserve to be able to eat this" feelings. My book kept me in check. I made healthier choices and felt grea... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:01:08 EST No more naps So I finally got my butt in gear and started working out again. Five days in a row so far. What amazes is the amount of energy I now have. Prior to starting this journey I would nap twice a day; once in the morning and again in the afternoon. It was as if just existing was too much exertion. ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:00:30 EST Labyrinth <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago we walked the labyrinth. It is one kilometer to walk the path in and out. I remember the first time we went there after surgery, i walked only to the centre. the walk is much ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:40:11 EST Hump day Hump day again this week is flying by. I can't always say that cuz most of the time it just seems to drag. Well off to work . Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:31:10 EST That's just loco!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Keep smiling!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:25:12 EST One - Minute Devotions - Good Riches One - Minute Devotions - Good Riches <BR> <BR> Good health, good humor, and good sense, no man is poor with this defense. <BR> <BR> Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. <BR> Proverbs 16:24 <BR> <BR> Today share the recipe for a good life. The main ingredi... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:18:15 EST bah! ready to breath again!!! sick right now, so not burning many calories. fever, on and off. have ZERO desire to move except to the medicine cabinet and back. pushing lots of fluids, tho. ready to breath again! cancelled the pain doctor today. the injections take so much out of me, so thought it better. tomorrow i'm ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:41:08 EST bah! ready to breath again!!! sick right now, so not burning many calories. fever, on and off. have ZERO desire to move except to the medicine cabinet and back. pushing lots of fluids, tho. ready to breath again! cancelled the pain doctor today. the injections take so much out of me, so thought it better. tomorrow i'm ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:39:40 EST 4-25-17 Today it rained and thundered and hailed, and then it got cold. I think winter wants to return after ignoring us for a couple of months. Kim came down to pick up the books Crystal had me get. So I put her to work boxing up the VHS tapes. She did 12 boxes that I have to get to the thrift store thi... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:37:15 EST Vacation Vacation time coming up this weekend. Easy to get exercise in except driving days. Difficult to not eat to much processed foods. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:25:48 EST Wed 26 April 58,1kg Breakfast 7.30am <BR> Soy milk, 2 tbsps mixed berries, 2 tbsp organic oats Bjorg (68% rolled oats, 12% raisins, 20% seeds: sunflower, buckwheat, squash, flax), 2 tbsps oatbran, almond essence flavouring, sucralose, 3 teas <BR> <img src=" Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:15:28 EST Another Night Wasted I fell asleep in my bedroom while my husband played his video game in the den. This has happened each night since Sunday evening. He stays up late. I wake up to the lamp still on in my room, and I hear the game's sounds and see the den light on. I get angry and get up out of the bed to go to the ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:05:22 EST Parenting in the wilderness 11/24# <img src=""> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:00:17 EST Parenting in the wilderness 11/24# <img src=""> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:00:02 EST Jesus Is Your Solution <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meditate On <BR> <BR> “Rabbi,” His disciples asked Him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:47:14 EST I want a bOOty. <img src=""> <BR> Squats,dumbell squats killer hahaha Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:40:46 EST Some of the ups and downs of my weight loss journey... The beauty of not being on a diet is that one never goes off it! So tonight when my husband said Pizza I joined right in! I had seen a commercial the other day for pizza when we were watching a movie and had commented that pizza sounds good. Well tonight was all you can eat at our favorite piz... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:25:26 EST evening cuppa spark - the last beach sunset the countdown is on. 48 hours from now, we will be in seattle. i have told my clients i am not working this week; not quite true - i am working on everything that was previously ordered. but it means that the daytime is mine. yesterday we played - went to the beach in the morning, swam not once, ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:23:37 EST Gardening, part 3 - some seedlings appear <img src=""> <BR> Oh my god, i have seedlings!!!!!!! Was so ridiculously excited when i saw! The last time i watered them i just lifted the clingfilm and sprayed underneath so i didn't see them breaking through (they m... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:15:17 EST Day 478 ~ My steps are increasing! :-) Todays SparkPeople - April 25, 2017 I am so proud of myself today because I have got myself up to 11,602 step average. I am going to push myself a tad bit harder to get it to 12,000! Sharing what I am committed to do along my journey... 1. Blog daily and record... 2. Calories consumed: 2,067 3... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:42:11 EST Weight No More: 25 Cents Second Chances Part 2 How much is a second chance worth??? <BR> <BR> This is how I started the Part 1 post. Here's the link if you missed it <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353133 </link> <BR> <BR> I had not intended on a two part post--it just came out that way. The... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:29:29 EST Focus On What You Focus On .. Day 16 <img src=""> Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:27:56 EST To Scale or not to Scale How often do you all get on the scale? <BR> I know I have a dysfunctional relationship with my scale. <BR> But I don't know how to change it. <BR> I get on it every day and when it moves down then <BR> I'm good with it but when it I get in a bad way. <BR> Your thoughts? <BR> Thank y... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:17:14 EST Gratitude April 25 2017 Number 1: Baseball happened. I am hoping that my team wins. It is close. <BR> <BR> Number 2: We met fantastic amounts of little kids on our walk today. They were nice enough, but there were lots and lots of them. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I am liking my new book. It is called the Kitchen Count... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:15:08 EST Day 90 on SparkPeople and a New Goal for When I Finally Reach My Goal As of today, I have been tracking my nutrition and exercising everyday for the past three months. This feels both satisfying and disappointing. On one hand, I'm proud that I've exercised everyday without fail for 90 days and made major improvements in my diet. I am in demonstrably better shape th... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:11:42 EST Life is good, and I can't handle it My family and I have been through a lot these last several years, especially the last three. We've persevered through surgeries, health issues, injuries, living with a teen, and all sorts of hell. During all of it, I've handled things very well. Most of you have heard me say, "I'm doing good desp... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:50:36 EST Day 7: 4/25/17 Hello everyone!! <em>235</em> <BR> Hope everyone had a fantastic day. Today is day 7 for myself and I'm still pushing forward. I was busy today with the everyday stuff that I needed to get done. I did walk once in the morning for 1 hour and 30 minutes and then again in the evening for 45 min... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:49:42 EST TO stretch or not to stretch? (funny) Ok,,, we know the News is FULL of things that just aren't encouraging, but every now and then, something funny is on. <BR> <BR> TO stretch or not to stretch? For those who run or did/does any sport we now stretching is very important. It warms up our muscles so we don't get injured. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:48:27 EST Shooting Stars Week 2 Badges <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:48:03 EST Once Upon a Time... Gleaning the Lean <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Howdy do da day! <BR> <em>125</em> <BR> Thanks for popping in, though I don't know if I have much to say. (HA! As if THAT ever stopped me.) <BR> <BR> Well, let's see. <BR> The title of this blog...Gleaning the Lean. <BR> Have you ever looked up the definition? <BR... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:38:53 EST Catechism in a Year 185. When is the infallibility of the Magisterium exercised? <BR> <BR> Infallibility is exercised when the Roman Pontiff, in virtue of his office as the Supreme Pastor of the Church, or the College of Bishops, in union with the Pope especially when joined together in an Ecumenical Council, procl... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:38:47 EST Transformers Recycle! A recycling company that specializes in metal recently had an open house. It was unusual to see this mountain of scrap metal in the middle of the city. It used to be the north industrial area, but our city expanded out so rapidly it was swallowed up on all sides by retailers. <BR> <img src="h... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:34:41 EST Tired. I am so tired lately, yet I still go outside and get my 4,000 steps in. I am on a coffee fast. It is not helping. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:32:36 EST Tough times and rocky seas I have been having a tough time for the last week or two. Lots of stress, lots of enmity towards the children. Who, of course, usually deserve it -- but a good mommy just doesn't act on all those feelings of frustration. There's a difference between saying you want to scream when you see the mess... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:32:15 EST Whata ya thunk 4/26/17 Make yourself (and your health) a priority in your life. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:26:26 EST Weather another one of those days. wish we could get some rain. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:13:57 EST Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> A little humor...gotta love the fries! Hope you had a great day! TTYL Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:13:39 EST Getting Refocused Ever since I hurt my foot my mood, motivation, eating habits, have all gone down the tank. <BR> <BR> So I decided tonight that starting tomorrow, I'm going to take control of the few things I can, at the moment. <BR> <BR> WATER: Going to continue to hit my daily goal <BR> <BR> MEDS: Going to ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:09:20 EST 04.25.17 Horrible day at work. Was more exhausted today after a 13 hour shift than I was after running 12 miles on Sunday. <BR> <BR> Sleep Last Night: 6 hours <BR> Weight This Morning: 177.9 <BR> Calories Eaten Today: 1862 <BR> Fitness Minutes: 40 (2 mile walk after work) <BR> Total Steps: 7705 <BR> ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:09:18 EST Tuesday Lockout Monday my brother and I were working at the gallery and left together. I didn't check for my huge key ring since he was turning the alarm on. This morning I remembered where I left my keys and my brother was out of town and the man with the other set was out of town so I worked in my office. Went... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:05:15 EST Special Blessings-April 26, 2017 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I am sick with a sinus infection, but the weather was perfect and I made up my mind I was going to enjoy this beautiful day anyway. <BR> <BR> 2. I did the laundry. <BR> <BR> 3. I went out for one of our 3 hour lunches with my fri... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:04:09 EST Tuesday's Words to Ponder <img src=""> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:58:04 EST Non-travel day #19 I think I need to come up with a different title for this traveling. We are going to be on the road most the summer and it's going to be a large number so will think about it. I had a comment that the individual was worried I wouldn't continue writing. So far from the truth! We have so much magne... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:52:40 EST You are not fat,...You have fat. I live in one of the top states of obesity. It is also one of the most low income. As I change my diet to clean eating and healthy food choices, I am starting to get it. Healthy food is expensive!. It seems like the less ingredients that it has in it, the more it costs. I still want to be a healt... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:52:27 EST No Matter How Small, It Adds Up, It Counts... <img src=""> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:52:04 EST Looking for nicer place to rent this week, being carefull ! I have been looking for a nicer, hopefully cheaper place to rent recently, I come across some on Craigslist. I have been checking into 1 suspicious apartment to rent. The person who is suppose to be the owner lives in one State and the phone number is VOIP in another state. They are not the owner... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:51:29 EST Day 17: power outage So the power went out for about 4 hrs. It just came back on. I'm disappointed because I had a serious workout planned and a ton of corrections to do. Thankfully, I did my challenge workout before work this morning, so I got that out of the way. Anyway, calorie intake was good. Macros were good.... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:48:50 EST One lesson learned from workouts I'm realizing why it's so important to follow a program and not just make it up as you go at the gym. I've been "missing" spots. I really struggle with leg raises for example; haven't got my lower abs anywhere near as strong as my upper core. There are a couple of other times I've noticed it too.... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:48:16 EST Feeling good Started my day with 3 yoga poses and breathing exercises. Pain levels are low, so I did resistance band exercise and danced tonight. I went slightly off my goal of little sweets and ate low fat oreos. I enjoyed every freaking one of them, but I need something besides food to make me feel good. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:47:37 EST Well day 4 of no excuses Well for the past few days I have actually been making excuses. Monday was filled with Jesus meetings and dentist appointments then to park with kids and then home for supper then church. Today was filled with little ones then taken a person somewhere , then home to cook. The one little I baby... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:45:04 EST When I am out of town..... Tuesday 4-25-2017 <BR> <BR> Going to add some "mobile" workouts to take with me when I am out of town and away from my Total Gym. Starting tomorrow, I will substitute a 37 minute workout with resistance bands and 19 minute jog for my normal Total Gym 58 minute workout. It has been a long time ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:43:03 EST Breaking the cycle happens one decision at a time Today I accomplished my goals. I ate only whole, single ingredient foods and went shopping. I took 2 snacks with me. I knew I would get hungry while I was out. I ate my preplanned snacks, then continued shopping. I was hungry again, much sooner than I expected. Before I knew it, I picked up a bag... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:40:30 EST Happy Hump day Have a blessed day very tired hugs to all Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:39:31 EST Feed a Cold Starve a Fever? Or is it starve a cold feed a fever? Anyway I have allergies. The damp weather is wreaking havoc on my sinuses. So I ate a lot today. Sneezing every breath also wreaks havoc on my blood sugar. It drops really low, when I'm sneezing every breath I also get a fabulous ab workout. When sneezing ever... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:31:27 EST Hello Migraine, you're not my friend.... Allergies and weather systems, joining forces to gang up on my head. Not an especially inspiring day. Woke up about 2 am with a jack hammer going in my head and took until almost 5 to get back to sleep. Slept through three alarms and woke up at 9:09. Sat up and everything started whirling so ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:29:29 EST Everybody has an opinion Giving people the benefit of the doubt at work is getting hard. Everyone can tell me how every other associate should be doing their job, while failing to see the problems in their own department. Makes me think of the story of Everybody, anybody, somebody, nobody: <BR> <BR> Everybody said that ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:28:31 EST Tues - Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! 04/25/2017 <img src=""> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:24:11 EST Ups and downs Today was such a roller coaster. I started out by sleeping in (low). Didn't get my morning walk in (low). Had to make something for a potluck at work (usually a junk food trap). Was late for work, and hence late dropping my son off to school (low). <BR> <BR> I didn't eat breakfast so that I ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:23:41 EST Home Sweet Home We had a great time, and are happy to be home again. We got in lots of exercise and sunshine with beautiful weather for the races! None of our favorites won, but there was great competition and exciting side-by-side runs! <BR> <BR> I think I mentioned we had scheduled a fun trip each month for ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:23:15 EST Pouring rain + arthritis = misery It's one of those chilly days with the rain pouring down all day and I was without power for a couple hours early this morning. Not a good day. Also some of those demons that remind you your not good enough or nothing you try is every going to work came to visit today. <BR> <BR> It took a lo... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:21:22 EST Sugar Cravings Log - Day 2 So today I go to a school and I don't really feel comfortable using a fridge there, so I go to McDonald's for lunch, since it's easy and convenient. So hopefully in a few weeks I can figure out what to bring that I can eat. I also usually drink a coke in the morning, so I didn't do that. Inste... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:19:57 EST Go to before workout snack My go to snack that I eat before I go to hydrotherapy or do a workout at home is a small apple and either a cheese stick or two tablespoons of peanut butter. <BR> To keep my blood sugar regulated, I need a carb and a protein. This snack works out nicely. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:12:49 EST 4/25/17 - Bedtime My office PC was not working very well. At the end of the day, the IT guy remoted into the computer and got it fixed in no time. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> My boss had some minor heart surgery (is there such a thing?) and returned to the office today. <BR> <BR> EJ kitty is straddling my key... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:07:17 EST Another data point that proves the theory! Yesterday was a long day and I got to bed "late". At least, it was later than I wanted to be in bed. Today, I turned into a Hoover!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was eating my morning snack at 9:30 (I usu... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:59:36 EST Blessed be the name of the lord <img src=""> <BR> Today we had lots of sunshine rain in the afternoon but in all we give the Almighty thanks. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:51:46 EST DAY 21 OF 100 I had a long hard day today, but I managed to meet the challenge. I got in my 1 mile. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:46:02 EST My Buddy, Zeus Started off my day today with a good breakfast, then Zeus and I went for our usual morning walk. <BR> <BR> Zeus is a dog that I adopted from the local SPCA three years ago. He was picked up as a stray, and when his owner was located she surrendered him to the shelter. Other than that, I don't... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:41:30 EST Listening to my body <BR> The last couple of days I've worked hard to twist back to my healthy zone. The nice thing is the healthy eating is easy to swing back to, nothing like bribing your body with brightly coloured fruits and vegetables to forgive you for treating it so badly. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I went for a r... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:40:53 EST tuesday the sun finally came out <BR> <BR> soft winds blowing and cool temps <BR> <BR> all this is going to change tomorrow <BR> <BR> my husband was off today so no alarm clock but my body still got up early and has been going ever since <BR> <BR> day is ending with a friend messaging me. and me ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:38:41 EST Body Smarts #1. You're never done with your to-do list. Overstuffed agendas are just like cracks in the pavement---they can trip you up and bring you down. "If your list is too long, you're going to feel defeated because what you DO accomplish is just a drop in the bucket," explains organizing expert Julie Morgenstern, author of Time Management From ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:33:56 EST Getting my mileage in It was one wet morning today as I left for a dentist appointment. By the time I came out the sun was trying to peek out. I went with my daughter and granddaughter for my GD's first ultra sound. Baby is due November 25th or there about. How heartwarming it is to see new life developing in my famil... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:22:41 EST One day at a time <img src=""> I'm taking life one day at a time. Hope y'all have a great night Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:21:46 EST Happiness is! I'm so proud of my son! He has really done a fantastic job with his robotics. I'm so proud of the whole team. They really worked well together. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:21:43 EST One day at a time <img src=""> I'm taking life one day at a time. Hope y'all have a great night Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:21:38 EST Getting back on track Making tomorrows food. Trying to plan ahead Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:21:22 EST Third time is a charm..... Right? Here we go again. I have gone through two amazing transformations all through my own willpower. From 300 to 164 lbs. Then I quit my job and went to school to be a health coach..... Things happened in my life and I totally lost focus on me gaining 65 lbs back. I have done it before so I know how .... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:20:21 EST Day 115/Whole30 Day 3 Yeah, so Day 3 is kinda meh... <BR> <BR> I woke up feeling really good! I got out of bed without hitting the snooze too many times, got my breakfast in, and headed into work. My dad is sick, so I had to go in by myself, which I don't really like doing, but it's okay. Anyway, work was pretty t... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:19:03 EST Tuesday..a good self care day I went back to bed and made a healthy breakfast. I rode my exercise bike, and finished my book. I had some serious snuggle time with my dog. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The evening was busy with some tutoring and work at th... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:09:26 EST What am I doing! Lost like 5 pounds last week with the flu! <em>244</em> Now I've put 3 back on. <em>24</em> I just don't know why I like shooting myself in the foot! <em>530</em> LOL Got to get on my exercising shoes and get this fat off. <em>331</em> Its funny how we all know how to loss weight but ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:00:53 EST Limbo I have some stuff to sort out in my mind. In the meantime I am doing my best to stay on track with my diet and exercise. It is important. That has been reinforced. I will tell you about it another time... I have to get it straight in my own head first. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:58:41 EST Good day♡ Reasons why I had great day ♡ Woke up feeling healthy and vibrant ♡ Went for AM run with baby ♡ Had productive morning getting errands done and stuff done around house ♡ Enjoyed watching my daughters spring concert tonight Have a great evening ♡ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:58:33 EST Fitbit action Finally broke down and bought a new Fitbit to replace the one that I absolutely could not get to work! So happy that, unlike my phone, it keeps much better track of what I am doing. I can see my weight watchers is finally going to get me off a three year long plateau!! Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:57:58 EST Thinking Of Returning To School I went to my therapist meeting today and we just talked we started out talking about my health problems and the addition of my gallbladder issue to the list. Out of all of them the gallbladder is one problem I have control and can do something about it by having it removed, gallstones run in fema... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:57:55 EST CreativeSprint April 2017 - Day 25 [Song that's always stuck in ur head] <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Got the song stuck in my head now, haha..."Just another"... <BR> <BR> Sorry the images are... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:55:16 EST Medical Update #2 I was very disappointed with the lack of wherewithal from my previous general practitioner. I went to a NEW doctor today. Not only did she know my cardiologist, but she also knew my pain specialist and the surgeon doing my surgery!! I was very honest with her, telling her about what had happen... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:50:52 EST Good day Got my exercise on and had a clean eating day thank you spark friends and god Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:45:04 EST Wow--Time Flies Looking back at my blog posts and where I've been. Ugh...I am at my highest non-pregnant weight. 172 lbs yesterday. I kick started my new challenge with a 7 day cleanse type plan. 2 days done, 3 lbs gone, need a big change in the next 6 weeks. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:42:04 EST Spring Challenge day 5 Crazy day! First after vacuum and cleaning the microwave in the kitchen was Planet Fitness! 27 minutes elliptical, 20 minutes circuit training and 10 minutes hydro massage. Taco bell for lunch (not exactly the best choice but I craved for it today!), i had tge taco burrito box $5 special. Then d... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:41:06 EST Beginner shred jillian micheals beginner shred will be my may challenge. Has anyone done this before? Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:38:06 EST Return to Balance Day... I forgot Its one of those days. The day after abit of excitement and hardwork. Its also that tempting day where, when there is not much to eat to choose from, you must find a way to make the best choices with what's available and NOT to overeat. In my case, while I dont always make my calories, binging i... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:35:25 EST A bit better today... The day wasn't great, but it wasn't as bad as yesterday. And I didn't go off the rails binging from the stress. <BR> <BR> I didn't get my communications assignment done exactly right, but with all the mama drama, things are coloured differently and it affects my work and writing. It is what it ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:35:09 EST Fortune Cookie <img src=""> <BR> I don't know why but for me, the moment of opening a fortune cookie has always had a little bit of excitement. Especially when they relate to me...but I seem to twist it in a way so it does ;-) Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:32:33 EST 4-25-17 Tuesday Hello friends! <BR> Well today was a light day but Im doing my exercises at work. Anything helps! Ive done exercises at my desk and walked, Ive made healthy food today and that is good enough for me today. <BR> Im still having some major female issues and its really hurting my progress. Fixing t... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:31:49 EST My goal: <img src=""> <BR> I Never thought I would be reaching my goal but when I started a year ago I was 265 and now today I am 188 and feeling great! My goal is to be 150 by August 2017 if I keep up my program and doing my d... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:24:35 EST My goal: <img src=""> <BR> I Never thought I would be reaching my goal but when I started a year ago I was 265 and now today I am 188 and feeling great! My goal is to be 150 by August 2017 if I keep up my program and doing my d... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:24:31 EST Curiosity is a Great Procrastination Aid Not that procrastinating needs help, but being a curious being seems a better excuse for spending too long at the computer than does being a procrastinator. <BR> I was curious about when it was that I stopped losing weight. According to my blog it was 1 Apr 2014. I have gained 8 pounds in those 3... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:20:25 EST Apr 25th 2017 Rainy day. Joints hurt, headache, little exercise done. Can't wait for my day off work Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:20:17 EST Depressed. :( So I got blood work back today. Apparently I'm anemic, and my a1c was high, which means now they're gonna send me for a 1 hour glucose test, which is like the most awful thing ever. I've done some reading and research on managing them, and it's pretty straightforward and basically normal healthy... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:18:32 EST Doctor's visit, blah day. Blood glucose 140 after dinner <BR> Day 19 of exercise this year <BR> Walked 21 minutes 100 calories burned <BR> <BR> Weight at the doctor's 245 lbs. He doesn't take anything off for clothing or shoes. He went all the way back to my kidney stone visit at the hospital in January, and put me on... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:16:45 EST Kids' leftovers I ate the kids' leftovers tonight, went plenty over my calories, but it was super yummy good. Not great food, just a meatball, pizza sauce, and cheese baked inside a biscuit, but it was delicious and I enjoyed every minute of it. And I didn't do my usual - figure I ruined the day so I might as we... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:10:22 EST Journey to becoming a badass day 52 Its Tuesday April 25, 2017. I continued painting Lighthouse at Sunrise. I read chapter 10 of Girlboss. I got my workout done and tracked it. I tracked everything I ate today Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:07:00 EST Tuesday Good evening sparkers. It was a nice day here in south Texas. I had a very early start,and busy day I hope everyone had a blessed and healthy day. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:04:58 EST Data now a problem. Ok. I have to lose lots info and tracking due to zero data avail. I am so annoyed at moment. I need to practice my stress release fingers pose.. thumb to ring fingers, breathe. Breathe. Breathe. Fix this,when I can. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:04:36 EST Gotta up my data! Now that I joined sparks, the videos I viewing helped to eat up my data limit on my phone. Now it dragging on loading content . How annoying. If I keep using, will need to increase data. Hummmm. Decisions, decisions. Not having outside income a real issue here. I will take a day or two to work ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:01:15 EST Sing a Song Singalong I haven't shared all of my creative sprints, but sometimes one of them seems to fit nicely in SparkLandia. This is one of those... (Oh my gosh, the thumbnail SP chose for this is hilarious. I promise, this is not a grumpy song!) <BR> <BR> Creative Sprint Day 25: Be inspired by the song that gets... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:58:52 EST Day 116: This is what happened to my Dad <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello my lovely friends! First off I just want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all your messages and comments about my Dad. It really means a lot to me to have that love and sup... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:58:05 EST Good and bad Well starting out last night. Fell asleep at seven. Woke up every hour till ten. Then I just stayed up till around two am. Finally slept till six. Got my husband up for the doctor at nine thirty to take a shower. The taxi said they would be here at eleven. He just got done and was almost dressed ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:54:31 EST Professional Disney Photos Part Three <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:52:52 EST April 25, 2017 It was a pretty good day, but I'm still dragging. Oh well. I have a lot going on this week, so I can't really take another day off. <BR> <BR> I was up at my normal time and got my workout done. I got the boys fed and out the door, then took my shower and had my breakfast. I am really loving the ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:48:12 EST Day 1 of a healthy start I have been thinking about getting healthy for awhile, but being pregnant at the time kind of put me off actually doing anything about it. Now that my daughter is 6 weeks old I have decided I needed to get my healthy in check for my 2 kids so that I can keep up with them. I gain 18 lbs while I wa... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:46:41 EST Mystery meals of the day no more! Spent hours,with son today. Started at local coffee shop, not a franchise either, with cheese danish & coffee with real H&H, not powdered fake cream. Walked about an hour total until lunch. At a bit of a 6 oz beef steak & all the steamed broccoli. 2 tastes of his gigantanormous choc sundae. Hom... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:40:46 EST A Post While i'm in The Vortex? What?!? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hello, Community! <BR> <BR> I call the period between Monday morning and Thursday evening The Vortex. It seems that with all good intention every week, the minute I step into my work day Monda... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:38:58 EST An Epiphany or Two... I realized something today about myself. I compare myself to EVERYONE...LITERALLY. I am in a training this week in preparation to deliver the training. As part of the process, everyone in the room was introducing themselves and talking about their experience. I was listening intently when it ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:35:35 EST So much to do in the spring! Sunday I wanted to go out and work on one of the endless things that need doing in the spring but decided the barn cleaning out had to come first, seemed a waste of a rare sunny day, but I stuck with it and got it done. It is chick day on Thursday this week, so I need to prepare for the new chic... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:34:57 EST New Kicks ! They were on sale and I can't wait to put some miles on em' ! <img src=""> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:33:49 EST Day 5 of "Started fresh again" Today felt like a day of breakthrough. I attended an all day training for my summer job. <BR> I drank a breakfast fruit smoothie before the training began, a 1/2 grapefruit for snack, a small Cesar salad for lunch, lunch wasn't til 2pm. The point is, never once did I think about food nor was I ev... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:27:08 EST Medication Having a hard time with this medication, can't see straight and tightness in chest. And it seems to wear off and around 1:00pm starts the bad headaches. I feel like I am held hostage. I have to wait until Thursday to talk to the doctor. My BP is no lower than when I was on nothing, but it does ge... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:24:19 EST One Week... It has been 7 days since I returned from the Dr. I drew a line in the sand....and I have 30 days to get my glucose readings down. I have made some great progress. I have lost some weight and my readings have come down . The thing I have to and I mean have to do is to stay with this. Determine... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:23:51 EST Workouts Today went well we upped the weights today compared to the last couple weeks and monitored my O3 level especially during the timed body weight squats using the Trx ropes. We did 1 minute intervals which I counted as I was doing this and got 39 squats in each set. My oxygen levels stayed in a norm... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:23:30 EST Cranberry Juice is Killing My Vibe. At the risk of providing too much information, I'm pretty sure I have a UTI. Other than the obvious discomfort, tjis presents a problem for two reasons: 1) A new management company took over our government contract in February, so even though most of us have been there for years, we are all esse... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:23:21 EST Proud of Myself At 3 p.m. today, I had 2,300 steps. I had driven 1.5 hrs to a meeting, sat in the meeting for 3 hrs and driven the 1.5 hrs back home. We needed some bulk items, so I hit Costco with a plan to get what we needed, but get in some steps too! 45 minutes, a very full cart (I have 2 boys at ho... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:17:08 EST NCIS QUOTE Watching one of my favs, NCIS and Ducky's character just said, "When you're going through Hell, keep going!" Now that's a qoute I can relate to today. Potted my new Gardenia bush today while we try to decide where its permanent home will be AND transplanted almost half of the Cross vine from the ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:17:00 EST Meal Plan <img src=""> Im feeling really good about my meal plan! Whoop whoop Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:14:03 EST Starting Tomorrow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh, my! If only it were that easy! <BR> <BR> Pray for Peace. <em>458</em> <em>459</em> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:13:42 EST May Measurments Jumping the gun a little, but I felt great today! B: 33"/41" nc W: 31.75" -.25 -1.75" T H: 40.5" nc -1.5"T Bt: 43" -1" -1.5" T Th: 25.5" +.5" T Bc: 11.75" -.25" -1.5"T W: 6" nc -.5"T N: 13" -.5" nc T Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:01:26 EST Bent Hand Trowel <img src=""> My hand trowel is bent because we live on a rocky ridge and most of my dirtwork is done by hand. Digging in these rocks bent the point. Enter my dead blow hammer, joila! No more bent trowel... We just have... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:00:31 EST My life Great day today 💪🏼🏋🏻‍♀️🏃hit the weight training workout and cardio workout Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:56:05 EST Sleep journal – 4-25-17 I took a melatonin chewable tablet with my doctor’s permission. <BR> I got settled in bed with my eye mask on around 10:45pm. I fell asleep at 10:55pmish and woke up at 5:10amish because my eyemask wasn’t on my eyes, my legs were pretzeled and they hurt. I fell asleep at 5:40amish. I woke up at 7... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:55:07 EST Got more done! I was in bed and asleep by 9:10 last night! I did get more done today. I went on My lunch hour to look for flowers for the cemeteries for Memorial Day. I have 4 saddle for the headstones and 3 bunches of flowers to do for vases. I found a few. I need to get going the big project for the Boss... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:55:01 EST Let me tell you what happened today Right around noon today, I decided that I was totally stressed out, so I was going to walk a lap around campus. About that time one of my students came in and asked if he could get ahead on one of the assignments. I told him that he could, but if he didn't mind, I was a little stressed out and wa... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:53:47 EST Don't feel good today Not feeling well today, no fever but chilled while my hubby is burning up and its 86° today. Just wanted to curl up and sleep but got up anyway and gardened for a couple of hours....Sigh .... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:52:11 EST Extra time Time. Of only there were more. What I would give for one more hour. I say that, but if I am truly being honest with myself, with one more hour I would likely so more of the same. <BR> <BR> However, if I would 💘 to use an extra hour to take care of me. I would have 30 minutes scheduled for exerc... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:48:36 EST Motivation. <img src=""> <BR> Empty the tank and then push it past E, don't let your mind betray your body! Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:46:52 EST Tuesday! Has been a real nice day, some clouds but up in the low to mid 70's, suppose to get some rain starting tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Went to the store needed to pick up some items for the coffee hour on Thursday, I am making a pumpkin coffee cake and an overnight breakfast bake. <BR> <BR> Hope all had a ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:44:09 EST Strength training/recumbent bike I was a little late to my strength training session, so we skipped foam rolling and went right into the routine. After we were done I did 30 mins, steady state cardio on the recumbent bike. Strength workout below: <BR> <BR> Glute bridge: 30 sec. hold <BR> Single leg glute bridges w/ 9 sec. hold ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:43:23 EST 2 day of fast. I having a hard time with only eating fruits and vegetables. I would love a bowl of beef soup. I having a salad for dinner I have put some potatoes in the oven for tomorrow. Three more days to eat vegetables, Saturday I suppose to drink water all day. I will try to drink a lot of water but since... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:39:59 EST Day 2 Day number 2 no caffeine!!! I feel lime hell but its gotta be done i was drinking 3 pots of coffee a day wooo Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:39:03 EST When the cat's away this fat mouse will make her own dinners I guess My handsome, perfect, lovely husband has gone on a business trip for a week. Once he returns, he will just pack up and go on another trip for another week. And then a little after that he is going back to his family in Pennsylvania for his baby shower -- without me! <BR> <BR> To be clear, I enco... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:35:25 EST Back on the Saddle Towards the end of last year I was doing so good, I had lost 30lbs and was on my way to a healthier me but then life happened and I lost focus. Story of my life, excuse of my life! There are dozens of reasons I could give, changing job tasks, buying a house, hectic life and on and on. Truth is th... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:30:50 EST Blog Blog Blog I'm doing ok today! I hope you are too! <BR> <BR> Today was measurement day and I am still losing inches in my waist & hips... <BR> <BR> However, I discovered that my waist to hip ration now puts me at an increased risk for heart disease. Where last month I was not at risk... I've lost an inc... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:30:30 EST Depression . . . why doesn't it leave me alone!!! Why doesn’t it leave me alone? Why can’t I be happy? Why am I so miserable? <BR> I HAVE SO MANY POSITIVE THINGS IN MY LIFE. <BR> <BR> • I have three sisters who are more than supportive. One sister is going through the same depressive things I am going through. I think she also has some grie... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:29:27 EST I'm having 1 of those days <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:27:21 EST Exploding FB? Unicorn Drink. Muddy Jeans. Yesterday I heard a report that a woman's FB exploded on her wrist and caused burns. Concerned about the safety factor, I researched. Fortunately, this is an exception. Not many FB's do that. They think she may have over-charged it, which they strongly recommend not to do. <BR> <BR> A week o... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:21:14 EST Motivation come back.... Nothing like a salad to get me back on track.... <img src=""> <BR> Okay, Thanks for all the feedback to get me back on track.... Here I am.... <BR> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:17:05 EST Tuesday on repeat. I feel like Tuesdays are my Mondays. struggly. It wasn't anything in particular. I've had a headache since giving up all the caffeine and such, add to that allergy season, and lots of little stuff I needed to get done (and I did). Because I was catching up all the little finicky stuff I didn'... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:13:39 EST A Gift... I usually try to jot down notes about life on my “NOTES” app on my cell. There are so many things I want to write, so many thoughts I am trying to catch while living my days, so many ideas that come during my walks in the mornings. They come and they leave, and sometimes I am left standing with ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:07:35 EST Do I like bleu cheese? I used to like bleu cheese dressing, but no, I do not like bleu cheese. It looks like it has mold veined through it. Yuck. <BR> <BR> My love affair with all other kinds of cheese, however, is legendary. I especially adore cheddar cheese, the sharper the better. This was my favorite on cheese... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:07:01 EST Good, good news!!! I was FINALLY discharged from home healthcare today. Seven months postop and they finally turned me loose!!! I have to say it was bitter-sweet. The nurses have become like family and I'm going to miss them terribly. But after such a long time being under their care, it's a good feeling to know I ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:06:33 EST Stick n 2my guns So many temptations come from everywhere. Television , supermarkets convenience stores, fast food places. You have to keep your goals insight. Stick to your guns think positive , good things don't come easy. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:04:12 EST Missing my Sister 😏 <img src=""> Hello Sparkers....let me start by saying I'm greatful for all the positivity and motivation here...if we all could live like this it would be a much nicer place. Well my sister and I are close in age and ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:01:05 EST A safe haven <img src=""> <BR> I was on my way home from work tonight and the radio announcer was talking about picking up our kids from school and the fact once they get into our cars, it is their safe haven. I thought of the year... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:57:21 EST 2 weeks of mindfulness What a difference two weeks makes! I am listening to my body, resting when I need to, eating healthy, enjoying life more. <BR> I catch my mind wandering much quicker than I used to, even when I am tired/fatigued. I'm taking time to rest more b/c of a chronic illness, and not pushing myself to e... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:54:10 EST Doing good on eating. This app has really helped the last 3 days and has kept me accountable. Its nice to have something make you double think whats going in your body. Win today: swapped on my sandwich 2 slices of bread for 3 romaine lettuce leaves and saved almost over 200 cals for lunch. It was actually delicious a... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:50:58 EST Non-Scale Victory I do interval training on the treadmill. I like to walk for a minute, run for three minutes. Well today I walked home from the train (30 minutes) so I didn't feel like doing a full work-out. I did my first set, and then on my second set I figured I would run until I didn't want to, and I ran for ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:49:57 EST Quick and Easy Meal Ideas Here are a list of quick and easy meal ideas, especially when you are rushed for time or don't want to spend much time cooking in the kitchen: <BR> <BR> 1) Bake frozen fish and microwave a potato, then add a bag or carton of dark green lettuce, add veggies... or in place of salad, saute greens i... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:47:01 EST Another day done Worked today and it was very busy. So far I've done my exercising and no cheating. Feeling hopeful about the future. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:45:04 EST New things ahead I have recently been seeing a doctor 6 hours away for my fertility issues, and we have discovered I have hypothyroidism. And then today, that I also have PCOS, which is why I've been struggling to get pregnant. I'm so frustrated/angry because over the last 8.5 years we've been trying to get preg... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:41:57 EST Quick Update We had a wonderful visit with my sister for my birthday and then a fantastic Easter weekend with all of DH's family. My health seems to be deteriorating more and more and the doctor's don't seem to know why, but have several tests coming up so hopefully there will be some solid answers. <BR> <B... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:32:06 EST Tuesday Cardio @ church <img src=""> Les Mills Combat 30 Kick Start (Danielle & I @ Church) #sweatfest Tuesday Cardio: My last workout in my 40's. It was the perfect one. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:26:56 EST Still a bad head So my head is getting better but it still gets swirly, especially in the afternoons. Each day is a little better, so I am hoping by the end of the week it stops making me feel like I have to hurl. Sunshine today, gotta love it! And... saw a rainbow this morning! Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:13:15 EST 360 Days of Gratitude Day 57 Insurance <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I came across this article and became grateful that I already knew of many of these. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ance-buys-that-waste-your-money/ </link> <BR> ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:01:41 EST Tues 4/25 Discomfort and pain got more real as the day progressed. Not sure I should eat dinner, probably just make of worse. Stupid pancreas. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:01:12 EST Sun Shine What a beautiful day. <BR> The sun is shining, the clouds are like running wild. <BR> The breeze is soft. <BR> And the birds sing high into the sky. <BR> How great is life, no! <BR> Have a wonderful day. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:53:09 EST Getting back on track I have not put as much focus in myself and losing weight as I should have been these past few months. But I'm still focused and goal oriented!! That right there is a plus. I have not gained any of the weight that I have most back, so there is another plus. Now to just get back to not so many chea... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:51:16 EST High tea <img src=""> <BR> I've no idea how to enter the calories from our high tea! I guestimated based on my experience with tracking. Hope I'm correct! Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:48:49 EST Breaking News.....Breaking News.....Breaking News..... While we were driving down the motorway - or I was driving and Kenn was passenger-ing, my phone rang and it was our Housing Officer organising a day for the gas check and letting us know that our new tenancy (In Lincolnshire) would be starting on Monday 8th May, so we will be moving on May 4th (S... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:46:46 EST Migraine/Neurology Appt/ BENTO!! You know, people over exaggerate a lot, so when I was warned that my new neurologist was VERY brisk and had NO bedside manner and that I should find another doctor; I shrugged it off. <BR> <BR> But, wow, was this man BRISK! Wouldn't let me elucidate on anything. NO bedside manners at all and ta... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:45:29 EST Danger- office party I am already worrying about the office party at noon tomorrow. I have no idea what will be there for lunch. Don't want to be rude. Wish I could get out of it. Anybody have strategies I might try? #newbie Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:41:10 EST Day 61 ✔ water intake of 96oz completed...1 more refill before 6:00 pm. <BR> ✔ food tracked so far for the day....330 calories tracked. Dinner is in the crockpot...Italian chicken w/ Brussel sprouts <BR> ✔ went to my first spinning class...30 minutes of non stop spinning. Oh, my it kicked my rear end. M... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:33:24 EST Tuesday, 4/25/17 -- Vacation Day #2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning I was awakened by a noise that sounded similar to a woodpecker, but I know it has something to do with the gas stove pipe. I was NOT pleased that it began about 6 a.m. as I wanted ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:26:14 EST Get Back on Track <img src=""> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:21:54 EST Quote of the Day: April 25, 2017 “A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.” <BR> ― Victor Hugo Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:21:51 EST Finding Time To Sit And Learn <img src=""> <BR> So where do we find the time just to sit and learn? Where do we find the energy to do what we know needs to be done? How do we choose the better part, when demands are all around you? <BR> Today's dev... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:08:20 EST Day 15 - Lazy public holiday We had a public holiday here for Anzac Day and it was a cold and rainy day also. This resulted in a 'rest' day (also known as a lazy day). <BR> <BR> I took Murphy on 2 walks but due to the weather they were only quick walks - enough for us to stretch our legs and for the Murphster to relieve him... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:07:01 EST Consistency Award Goes to... Not me! <BR> <BR> I started the coaching thing again, and that was the only day I managed to do it. I'll keep trying of course. For me, I think consistency isn't the key unless you mean I consistently refuse to give up! <BR> <BR> I am still on track for accomplishing my goal to track everythin... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:57:17 EST Visit with Brother Today after school I went over to see my brother. I feel better today though he is not doing well at all. Sleeps almost constantly or if he is awake it is for moments only. He takes low dose pain meds but that will be changing today. He also now has oxygen and is getting nurishment thru a fee... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:53:14 EST tonight It's my night off work and I am exhausted but my goal tonight is to exercise, count calories, and make a menu and a schedule. I have been slacking in everything. I need to start journaling again. I feel so guilty at how I just set everything good to the side. Time to get off here and start workin... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:51:51 EST Bit of a wobble The last 2 days have been a bit rough. But it's time to get back on track. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:49:24 EST "Day-92" <img src=""> <BR> I am going on my 92nd day and still feeling good about everything and hoping for a good, <BR> chance to prove to myself that I am capable of doing just about anything especially, <BR> when I have prov... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:43:59 EST Whata ya thunk 4/25/17 Small changes lead to big changes and big changes lead to results. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:35:52 EST One step at a time These nughts are killing me. I am only sleeping about 3-4 hours during the day time when I work over nights. This is not helping the weight loss. I am slowly working on figuring out a way to get healthy in this shoft. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:34:28 EST Random Thought Concerning Plateaus I know it can be frustrating, when we've been trying so hard to stick with healthy foods and lifestyle, to not see that it has made much difference. Or even none at all! I'm thinking sometimes the differences are not always visible. Who knows what all is happening inside us when we hit a plate... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:33:26 EST Walking and walking It is so addictive. 22197 steps. Most were on the treadmill, while watching 3 Little house on the prairie's. <BR> My weight is going down fast <em>9</em> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:32:05 EST Chicken Fiesta Salad <link><BR>fiesta-salad/ </link> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I love simple recipes with few ingredients. Also I can use up canned corn and black beans that I got from food pantri... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:29:02 EST After my miracle baby <img src=""> <BR> So when I weighed myself on Saturday I had only lost .4 oz. Haha I almost gave up at that point. But I am starting to notice my clothes fitting looser. Last Tuesday they had a challenge for 30 days, w... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:28:54 EST Getting back up Two people around me fell recently and got injured and their falls were not their first falls. They are people who have been so injured that it is discouraging for them to go through this process again. <BR> <BR> Pondering them, I was thinking about this process and, no, this time, I am not dis... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:26:27 EST all monkeys do what they see So I did a little reading about cholesterol on Wikipedia. Am feeling encouraged, or at least a little less discouraged than I was. My current plan for how to get the cholesterol numbers down is to go vegan (or at very least vegetarian) for breakfast, lunch, and my snacks. I don't want to try t... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:14:35 EST "I Did It My Way" by Frank Sinatra <img src=""> I Love "Ole' Blue Eyes" (Frank Sinatra Nickname)....why?....because, to me, he was one of those uncomplicated "straight shooters" holding back....the kind I respect. Ask a question, and you sure ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:05:42 EST how to track sugar intake there are so many nutrients like glucose, dextrose, etc., which should i select to track my sugar intake??? Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:03:05 EST Animals ;-) 4/25/17 Costa Rica <BR> <link><BR>=24977 </link> <BR> Vacationed there a few years ago. Wonderful trip. Beautiful scenery, biodiversity, friendly people. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <B... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:00:10 EST Eating Out and Binging Hubby wants to go out to dinner tonight. Going to the Texas Roadhouse. I will have a house salad with dressing on the side. Eight ounce medium well steak, no sauces. Baked potato with a little butter but no sour cream and I will only eat half the potato. I am going to refuse the bread basket befo... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:52:53 EST Dance! <img src=""> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:51:25 EST Plan B Well - I completely fell off the wagon this weekend. It started when I woke up sick and had no energy to practice any self discipline. I ended up eating my entire kitchen over two days. Now it could have been worse. A) I needed to go grocery shopping so it's not like I was fully stocked. And b) i... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:47:05 EST Frogs Frogs. Did I not tell you about frogs? Well, it's a tip for procrastinators. "If you wake up in the morning and eat the biggest frog in the pond... nothing worse will happen to you all day". A frog is something you don't want to do and maybe keep putting off. I think I was really good at to do li... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:46:40 EST Tuesday DD and I went to Traverse City yesterday for a quick run to give my sister a car load of things from my parents house. It was a beautiful trip up there, despite the road construction for about fifty miles. The cherry blossoms were everywhere once we got closer to T.C. There were orchards just... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:32:34 EST Day 1446 Enough is enough. Gym Day. Forced myself to go. Still under the weather, but damned if I'm missing another workout. Did full workout minus full cardio. Feeling better. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:28:05 EST The end of an error <img src=""> I am here to say, if you think you want to give up for any reason DON'T! I gave up last year...I was doing so good. I had lost 65lbs in 68 days! I had more energy at 41 years old then I had had in years. ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:20:49 EST Day 3 - going strong Today is day 3 on Spark. It's too soon to see any physical difference, but mentally I feel an improvement. <BR> Regular yoga is really helping. Today is day 5 of daily yoga and it's really making the difference. <BR> Even on the days where I've had a weights workout I've made the extra effort to ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:13:01 EST Inclement weather all this inclement weather is really putting a damper on getting out and taking my walks. It is extremely windy, with rain today. This is worse than getting out this past winter for a walk. Oh well, this too shall pass and I will be able to get outside and take a few walks a day very soon. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:05:15 EST Focus - 4-25-17 This cat has it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I haven't seen any chipmunks yet, but Scott Wilcox found his cat had discovered one and was keeping CLOSE tabs on it! Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:59:20 EST Losing weight is slow So far I am down 24 pounds since Jan 2. Seems so slow. But it's getting worth it. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:58:54 EST I'm going to win this time. <img src=""> <BR> I'm in it to win it.working hard daily not easy but IV done harder things in life Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:55:23 EST Antelope Canyon, Cedar Breaks road, and Parowan Gap Our trip to the Southwest continued, with glorious weather and new destinations. I had never been to Antelope Canyon (on the Navaho reservation, near Page Arizona). It was stunningly beautiful -- but very crowded, with groups led by Navaho guides. The canyon is very narrow. We paid a $10 extra fo... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:54:19 EST Tuesday April 26 <img src=""> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:52:26 EST Red meat I'm trying to cut red meat out completely because of hereditary high cholesterol. I already don't eat much of it compared to most people, but I'm trying to dwindle it down even more. Can anyone suggest good substitutes? Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:51:24 EST 5 days to go? It is April 25th, I've been doing Whole 30 for 25 days. And I feel GREAT. I don't miss anything that I'm not supposed to have. NOTHING. I mean I do love cheese, and I miss having the convenience of certain things, but I discovered I really could live without ANY of the things we aren't suppos... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:48:57 EST I wanted ice cream Last night at 8 p.m,, I wanted ice cream. There is no ice cream in my house. I decided to wait it out. Drank some water, played a little on the iPad but I still wanted ice cream. So, I got up, got into my car and drove to the grocery store. On a mission to get ice cream, <BR> <BR> I stood i... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:45:18 EST Excitement Building As the confidence builds that I will be able to run the 5k I've targeted in November of this year, the excitement is beginning to build. Should I be successful in lacing up my sneakers and lining up at the start line, it will have taken me three years to return there. <BR> <BR> This will be t... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:41:19 EST Rain Rain Go Away! Rain Rain Go AWAY... <em>27</em> <em>257</em> <BR> <BR> So much rain these last 2 weeks - I am OVER it! But I was warned, with the whole "April showers" rhyme. I guess Mother Nature procrastinated and is getting it all in at once! <BR> <BR> I spent last week recovering from Easter - bot... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:38:54 EST Started exercising again today I woke up this morning and my arm started hurting, so I thought I'd find something to do, found Coach Necole's chair core strengthening for 12:02 minutes so did that. Boyfriend was playing gold on line and so I figured why not. I haven't exercised in a long while and I am without HBP meds until ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:37:57 EST Begin with last meal I plan my meals for the day before I eat my first. I do this so I know what calories I will use. It allows me to track ahead and plan. I always begin with dinner as it is my biggest meal. I do all the nutritional info reading labels, checking Caloriecount if I need help figuring it out. If lunch ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:37:00 EST Birthday ! So April is Easter, Passover, and my birthday! <BR> I had a ball this past weekend celebrating with my best friends at their respective birthday and fundraising events. Sunday was my paintball birthday party. My actually birthday is the 30th of April. So here I am after the fight, lol! <img src=... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:35:50 EST I am....April 25th <img src=""> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:32:51 EST National Telephone Day April 25, 2017 <BR> NATIONAL TELEPHONE DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL HUG A PLUMBER DAY - preferably after s/he has showered <BR> <img src=" Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:27:39 EST walking in glue Hard to get started again.... Not sure why.... feeling immobilized.... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:25:42 EST Tuesday report We are having a typical spring day in Iowa, only in the 50's and rainy today and gloomy. But I refuse to get gloomy myself, I want to move onward and upward. Things here have improved two folds, it has been really good, and a lot is that we have a male nurse that has a sense of humor, I hate to... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:24:23 EST April 25th We've had clear sunny skies, snow & hailstones at different times during today. Oh the variations of the English weather. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:22:41 EST Enjoy <img src=""> <BR> Enjoying a good light but hearty meal, after a 2 mile walk. Only about 300 calories a serving but loaded. Vegetable tuna stir fry w/rice. 1 can tuna 1/2 Cucumber coarsely chopped 1-2 carrots coarsely... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:21:59 EST 3.5 weeks - no internet <em>425</em> So, a day (or 2? I forget) after I posted my last blog talking about setbacks, we had a snow/ice storm.... <BR> <BR> ...and the phone lines were knocked out (again) and since our internet comes through the phone line, we lost internet (again) <BR> <BR> We have to deal with both B... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:19:45 EST Challenging Myself Is A Constant Challenge It's hard to believe that someone who 6 years ago weighed an add'l 85 lbs and didn't do much more than take a leisurely walk now looks at daily exercise as non negotiable. Once I got into the exercise routine then I started asking "what do I do to improve my fitness?" Can I get stronger? More ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:15:38 EST 4/25 Goals Boosting fitness goals and watching food tracking extra close in preparation for the fact I'm having a beer with neighbor this afternoon. Daily: - 8 glasses water -Log food (and stay within goal amounts) -11000 steps -30 active minutes Weekly starting Sunday : -Blog daily about goals (3/7) -Ch... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:15:35 EST New Puppy! For most of Kiddo's life, he has had at least one dog--either with his dad, with me, or with us both. In the last couple years, though, he's lost the pups in both homes. His dad gave their dog to his ex-wife in the divorce, and I gave my pup back to the adoption center after two years because we ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:13:00 EST Triathlon Training Continues... I've been pretty rigorous about sticking to my triathlon training schedule, especially with running and swimming. My long bike rides have been cut short the past two weeks because we were busy with a big project, but I am feeling pretty good about where I am. Two weeks ago, I actually completed t... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:02:31 EST bjk1961 - 04/25/17 <img src=""> <BR> 04/25/17 - Tonight I am facing the all-you-can-eat, Brazilian steakhouse. Endless cuts of meat with a "salad" bar overflowing with the most delicious, high-calorie, artery-clogging tidbits you can ima... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:02:22 EST Non-Scale Victory To me everything thing positive counts!! I am really proud of myself that when I was taken out to lunch twice by my manager, I chose healthy items. I have prepped and packed my breakfast, lunch and dinner and logged everything in the past two weeks. <BR> <BR> One day at a time! <BR> <BR> ~N... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:57:38 EST Non-Scale Victory To me everything thing positive counts!! I am really proud of myself that when I was taken out to lunch twice by my manager, I chose healthy items. I have prepped and packed my breakfast, lunch and dinner and logged everything in the past two weeks. <BR> <BR> One day at a time! <BR> <BR> ~N... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:57:08 EST Day 113: Fitness Routine - 17.04.25 Well, I totally missed to post on Sunday - kinda expected as that is my official Rest Day in my Fitness Routine plan. <BR> <BR> However, I did go kayaking for six hours <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Upon returning home, I... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:53:32 EST On point with eating Carbs and calories all within the appropriate ranges. Feeling good about this!!! Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:50:22 EST It's April 25th! <img src=""> ;) lol Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:48:20 EST "Unforgettable"--A Movie Review <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometimes I want to go see a trashy movie that doesn’t make sense but makes you forget what is going on in your world. In other words spending 2 hours just having fun at what ludicr... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:46:03 EST Laughing Out Loud! (lol) <em>246</em> <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:45:54 EST Low-glycemic program I've been on the low-glycemic program for 2 1/2 weeks. I'm down 6 lbs and counting. I feel so optimistic! I keep thinking about how great I'm going to look this summer. I feel great! I have more energy already. <BR> <BR> The only problem I've had is periods of dizziness and nausea. I fou... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:44:44 EST Temptations <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A womb mate she can relate to. <BR> <BR> Too much stress, not enough sleep. Today is the first day of state required achievement testing. It will last for 2 weeks. Co-workers are stressed. ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:44:28 EST Day 4 After 2 weeks of changing my food habits and 4 days of working out, I am finally seeing a difference. I feel better, have more energy and my skin is not breaking out. I'm beginning to see a clear face! I am enjoying the daily workouts, especially since my kids love joining in. Appetite is start... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:39:43 EST Can I Challenge Myself to Walk There I am going to play canasta at Monica`s. I set it up in Spark`s fitness maps and it is 3.4 km. I am surprised by that because it`s about an 8 minute drive. Maybe I will bike there. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_maps_home.asp </link> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:39:16 EST Just Gotta Sparkle! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Don't let anyone say you're wasting your time with exercise and good nutrition. There may be those who will say you're obsessed when you mention your achievements. Around some it might be bes... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:36:31 EST Hypochondriac? I'm muddling along on the exercise, and find that part of the program much harder than the food part. <BR> <BR> Eating right is mostly mind set and keeping only the right food in the house. <BR> <BR> Exercise, on the other hand, is proactive. Not only that, I hate it and can always come u... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:35:22 EST Day 437 of my adventures in spark land. Dentist and more antibiotics Hear Ye! Hear Ye! <BR> ~Princess Sassy Pants & Co~ <BR> The Princess (and the pup) declares this a Jammies all Day, day! (onesie optional) <BR> ~Jamie Lee Logan~ <BR> <BR> <em>527</em> Background:A line between my right ear and front molar has hurt since October. Went to the doc who felt it was... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:28:21 EST Sunday/Monday...biking I got some biking in on both Sunday and Monday. I'm sure glad I did because it's supposed to rain today and tomorrow. Boo! <BR> <BR> I have my strength training session tonight w/ my trainer so I'll report back later on that. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a good day! Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:19:28 EST Stress! Take care of yourself, especially through stressful times. It really has an effect on your body in ways that you might not even realize. <BR> <BR> I just got back from a very stressful trip (family emergency) and haven't felt the same since. It is taking everything I have not to revert back ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:18:32 EST Graduation!! <img src=""> I feel so blessed that the committee of my college chose me to give the graduation speech!! God is good!!😊 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:14:54 EST Laziness Works In My Favor For Once! I went out at lunch time to run a couple of errands. I had my lunch already planned and even logged, but I found myself contemplating all the restaurants around said errands and what I could get. <BR> <BR> But. <BR> <BR> It's raining. And the ones that sounded the best were slightly out of th... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:09:57 EST Lost a pound and cholesterol went down Well I had a 2 day plateau of being at 198 pounds and now I am at 197 pounds. I was at 202 pounds 6 months ago. So I lost 5 pounds in 6 months. <BR> <BR> I got my cholesterol and other things checked today. A hospital that is an hour away came over to our church today with their Wellmobile and... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:07:04 EST Day 27 - Happy Dance Day So why the Happy Dance. Yesterday I was searching for a picture for my bathroom at TJMaxx and just for fun strolled the clothing. And just for fun, threw a dozen items in my cart knowing they were not going to look exactly as I wanted on me, but wanting to try them on to give me incentive to ke... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:06:04 EST Continuing on the Comeback Trail! So, I just remembered yesterday that I Am in Training until our nice beach vacation in November. I remembered that yesterday, kinda forgot :)) And I know it's only April but this is not the time to be complacent, especially since I noticed I've been eating way too much junk lately, after Easter... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:05:58 EST Who passes up homemade peach cobbler? Me, is who. I was at the top of my calories yesterday and it would have put me over the top so... I passed. <BR> <BR> Such a little thing when you consider the big picture, but it all adds up! #ProudMoment <BR> <BR> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:04:36 EST Change... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I just have to <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And that's what I am starting to do right now. <BR> ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:04:35 EST Nutritionist Meal Plan I have always hated the restriction of them. Having to buy so much different food, etc. I dug out some meal plans I got in 2015 and actually, I'm really liking it! I am motivated, excited, and ready to lose my weight before Peru! Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:03:15 EST Moment To moment. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:00:34 EST GETTING THE OLD NOMI BACK!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have added the pre-diabetes to my history here and now have a 6 meal program. I could not eat all the food that they listed before and now I have another snack. But the last appt. she ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:58:36 EST So annoyed I track my meals I workout and still haven't lost any weight just maintained my current weight it's very fustraighting Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:50:11 EST Sold Again... The plant next to my office was sold, again. This is the third time during my tenure. The good news, all 460+ employees at the plant still have jobs. More good news, I still have a job. Only part of my responsibilities includes the local plant. Diversification of my role has been great as I ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:44:51 EST Work and wellness I am back into my work routine today and prepared with healthy food, proper shoes for a walk, and my drinks. I am feeling recovered from the abdominal issue and will do weights tonight. I will still be mindful of the weight I am lifting I don't want to have a hernia develop. I am preparing to ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:41:08 EST