SparkPeople Member Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_recent_blogs.asp These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_recent_blogs.asp DAY OUT WITH FRIENDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400739 Well I got up and put dinner in slow cooker. My friend picked me up and then picked up her daughter and 2 year old grandson, next stop picking up granddaughter and taking her by college to pick up her ID. When into city and did some shopping the pan met her hubby and son in law for lunch. It i... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:01:32 EST 5 things I am thankful for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400738 1) I am thankful I was able to get my girls to & from camp on time <BR> 2) I am thankful I was able to take a kickboxing class today <BR> 3) I am thankful I found a new shirt for my son's first day of school & a baseball glove to practice catch with him too <BR> 4) I am thankful I was able to get... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:56:44 EST Making modifications http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400737 My blood sugar seems to be returning to normal, but I am still feeling paranoid about it bottoming out unexpectedly... so I have made some modifications to my fitness patterns. I have shortened my walks and runs (and reduced my pace), and reduced the amount of ST I am doing. Going more for LISS... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:56:00 EST Day 2075- Why Did I Start All Of This? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400735 When I started on SparkPeople almost 6 years ago, I had seen myself on TV and was ashamed of how big I was. I wasn't engaged, but had been with my boyfriend for 4 years and had dreams of getting married and feeling great on my wedding day, and having children and being a fit mom. <BR> <BR> Fast... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:50:39 EST My feeling tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400734 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1cd87950-61e9-4f9c-8de3-4c4bc5dff07c.jpg"> <BR> My God give me strength! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:50:28 EST Treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400733 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5750e688-b89f-475d-bd06-c8bc1973be0f.jpg"> <BR> Watermelon lollipop from a co-worker Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:49:39 EST Starting line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400732 I am so excited to be starting a year of commitment to my health! Yes, I have started and failed many, many times before. Yes, I will have failures this year. But I am committed to pushing through to see what I can do in a year. I think I will be so surprised what will happen if I just stick w... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:44:01 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400731 I kept my word with myself. I walked outside I worked out on my recumbent bike 5. 10mins each I will get to where I can do an hour at a time but that will be a while. I am doing good coming out of my wheel chair I get better every day. I rocked my diet today 1198 calories with 669 burned leaving ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:42:58 EST HOPE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400728 H -Having the Faith to believe O -Opening your Heart to receive P -Prayerfully knowing your heard E -Ending the day with God's Word We have to keep hoping, keep believing, keep moving forward, keep telling ourselves we are worth it and the victory will come!!❤️ Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:38:30 EST August 16: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Exercise breaks work! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400727 Hi SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> * Yesterday was day 185 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 120 of 129 (93%) blogging for this challenge (details below and this counts weekly emails if I don't blog that day) <BR> <BR> Another good day here, I hope the same f... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:37:31 EST Sweetie's mom's birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400725 In September it will be a full year without her husband. I can't imagine the first year of first everything without your spouse, birthdays, holidays. I was a bit worried that she might be sad today, she has mentioned a few times throughout this last year that if she didn't wake up it wouldn't... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:29:11 EST August 16, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400724 Happy Wednesday! One week until school starts! Woo hoo! I love routine! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I figured that I need to start getting back in to getting up at 5:00, so that's what I did today. I got my workout done and my shower taken then got Matthew up so that he could get ready. I took him to the ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:28:44 EST Day 228: Not a Good Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400723 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dfe34e6b-faa9-4e9b-bb56-283c66411fd9.jpg"> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:28:16 EST Feeling guilty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400722 Does anyone besides me feel guilty if you do not get all your miles in????? Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:20:55 EST Starting slow but still moving forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400721 Usually I try to do too much too soon and burn my self out. I am starting much slower this time and so far I am doing better this time. I am thankful for spark people and all the support it offers. <em>252</em> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:20:05 EST Determination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400720 I struggled today with everything. I was up at 4:30 trying to get in 5 miles before work,but walking after work was the hardest. It was hot/humid. I got it done but it was so hard.. I wanted to give up. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:19:18 EST Day 3 of 60 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400719 Uneventful day. <BR> <BR> Went to gym and jogged on treadmill 45 minutes <BR> <BR> Went back to gym before gym and jogged 15 minutes and did a 45 minute barbell class. <BR> <BR> I am so boring. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:16:14 EST Picture Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400718 Today I wore a dress I like. Yes, it is not sleek or form fitting, but loose and cottony for this hot 99 degree day. I wore it to story time. My husband came with me, and he took my picture. It was one of those, oh dear I am fat moments. <BR> Quick, banish that picture. <BR> Picture a better me ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:16:04 EST Day 755 - Complicated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400717 Is the world getting more complicated or does life just get more complicated when you're middle-aged with children? I tend to think the world is getting more complicated. We carry computers in our pockets that we call smartphones. We have drive-thru Banks, restaurants and pharmacies. We have au... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:15:10 EST lucky this time , I guess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400716 Went to donate plasma last night and one of their machines (the one I was hooked up to of course) acted up and "allowed" some of my red cells into the plasma bag. (Last time that happened I ended up being deferred for 56 days -eight donations) somehow this time they didn't spaz out (my term) and ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:11:50 EST Day two of new beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400714 Well I woke up this morning feeling rested. Still sticking to my veggie snacks and trying to drink my eight cups of water. Lol. Eating in the mornings that's a new thing for me. After eight children, putting myself first is difficult. I am looking forward to this challenge and the new me that com... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:53:17 EST Made up my mind... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400713 I will get 20k steps today! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:52:10 EST journey to becoming a badass day 165 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400711 Its Wednesday August 16, 2017. I continued painting my valley scene. I read chapters 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 of the third iteration of Jurassic Park. I got my workout done and I tracked it. I tracked everything I ate.i started writing a story. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:46:11 EST Dentist Appoint and a Friend Stops by!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400710 I had a good dental appointment. I have clean choppers!! The Dentist said all looked great. <BR> DH has 4 more treatment to do! WooHoo. A Guy My DH went to school with and that I knew way back when stopped by the house tonight on His Red Harley trike. Very pretty. I hope You had a Fabulous ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:45:54 EST Looking Out For Others http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400709 “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬ As I read this I ask myself, "How many times have I pushed my thoughts into words on someone?" More often than I care to share. While reading my devotion, I started to realize that ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:45:30 EST Whew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400708 Good day but boy was it long! Such a long day, such a good day.... can't wait to see what tomorrow brings! Have a great evening tonight everyone and a wonderful day tomorrow! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:42:34 EST I'm trying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400706 Well I logged two days in a row. Went over my calories both days, but I'm trying to get back at it. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:39:14 EST Fragile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400705  It’s okay to feel our feelings. Our feelings are what make us human. We are not robots and we shouldn’t be expected to act as such. Jacqui Blue <BR> <BR> Damn straight! <BR> And I sure vocalized mine yesterday! <BR> I'd been having a difficult day with controlling my emotions. It was coming in... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:39:11 EST Sleep journal – 8-16-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400704 I got settled in bed with my eye mask on around 10:45pm. I fell asleep at 11:35pmish and woke up at 6:25amish because my eyemask wasn’t on my eyes, my legs were pretzeled and they hurt. I fell asleep at 6:45amish. I woke up at 8:10amish but then l couldn’t fall back asleep so I just relaxed in be... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:36:11 EST My life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400703 Today we took my grandson home 🏡😒 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:35:02 EST Mom Knows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400702 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5d666d73-966b-4ce7-aadd-3b3e4b5677d3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher. ~ Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecut... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:33:47 EST Surgery Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400701 I have a definite date for surgery!! Friday, September 8th. <BR> <BR> When I went to meet with the surgeon last week, I had a lot of questions for him. I learned that the surgical procedure would take 8 - 9 hours, and that he would have an additional surgeon assisting him. The hospital stay i... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:31:31 EST Lost some time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400700 Yesterday I posted about my dread about today's doctor appointment. This morning I was ready to go, dressed in my lightest weight clothes and flip flops that I could easily slip off. I decided to go ahead and take my vitamins. Since we moved a couple of weeks ago, I've been keeping my vitamins... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:26:30 EST Ranting about "Support" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400698 My mom dropped 75 lbs like the drop of a dime, and everyone notices and give so much support. People know I'm working out but make comments like oh you should do what she's doing or before you know it she'll be smaller then you and taking your clothes. I just take a hard swallow as my anxiety bu... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:22:37 EST Every day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400697 Gets better when you change I can't to I can. I am too tired. hopefully I can post a side by side tomorrow. I am happy with my improvement Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:18:57 EST RECOVERY CARDIO - DAY 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400696 It was bound to happen sometime - I found a video that I really couldn't do and didn't like. The good news is that Fitness Blender has hundreds of videos, so I found a different one and it was fine. Since the new video was shorter, I added an indoor walk with The Biggest Loser video. <BR> <BR> Y... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:03:31 EST Ergonomic assessment & stairs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400695 I have had a sedentary job for the last 15 years, and recently started having both arm pain and leg pain on the right side from inactivity and being crammed in too small a cubicle (my theories anyway). I finally set up an ergonomic assessment with a PT who works for my workplace, a hospital. It i... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:01:33 EST Quick blog post until I start to ramble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400694 Today was a long day. I started with a"Safety Care" training to learn how to manage extremely physically demanding behaviors in a safe and secure manner. It was intense and there were a lot of people in the training. Our principal had fruit trays for our staff - even though the special education... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:01:09 EST Spoiler...Because of Him http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400693 Because of Him <BR> Jesus is the Son of God and our Savior. Because of Him, death is conquered, our lives have meaning, and we can live with God again. <BR> <BR> https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/<BR>2014-00-1420-because-of-him?lang=eng Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:52:41 EST Reruns, or; I think I saw this before. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400692 Actually I'm having the bigger surgery. My retina continues to detach in other places even though what he fixed looks great. <BR> Oh, well. <BR> At least I don't have to be awake for this one. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> DH is alternately worried or revolted. Eyes are not his thing although he is ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:47:16 EST Back Trouble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400691 <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> On Monday, I called for a doctor's appointment for major upper back pain. My husband helped me get ready. We came to the conclusion that I was not walking well enough to go to the clinic and then to the hospital for X-ray. So DH called the clinic to cancel. We were conc... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:46:52 EST Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400690 Life is so full of change, are we really ready? Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:43:52 EST Week 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400689 175! Yay. Dropped like a rock after shark week. My pants size is the same though... Wonder where it disappeared from? Then again a loss is a loss. Can't seem to figure out how to get the sugar free baked goods not to be bitter. Blecky. Oh and I cheated with a dove bar and a pastry. *Bad girl* Chi... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:43:21 EST Really Quick Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400688 Just had to come by and tell you all that it's still very busy here....I MISS MY FRIENDS...and keep blogging or I "retreat into myself" rather than blog. <BR> <BR> Doing really well and ON DAY FOUR of NO CANDIES or SUGAR....and still DON'T WANT ANY! <BR> <BR> Blessings to you all! Each and eve... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:35:41 EST Week #10 - End Results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400687 Summer challenge complete and I'm down 13.6 lbs. An average of 1.36 lbs a week. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a350f53a-0d58-440f-9af7-1152ece86cc1.jpg"> <BR> Happy dance time! <BR> <em>244</em> <em>353</em> <em>354</em> <em>244</em> <em>355</em> <em>356</em> <em>2... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:32:59 EST Sticky hot.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400686 Oye, I finally got my mile it is very hot and humid here the last few days, but I got it in. Kids adjusting to school life and everyone is still happy, we'll see how long that lasts. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone had a positive day, mine was it even included a nice lunch with the DD, going to go jum... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:30:09 EST Wednesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400685 Day started out good, but as the humidity climbed I started feeling worse, so the afternoon was a total loss, the AC will stay on as we are suppose to get heavy T-storms during the night, in the morning and possible evening tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I hope I feel better in the morning as I have my foo... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:27:08 EST Maintaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400684 I am maintaining my weight but not doing much exercise. I got out of the habit when the Curves in town closed. Once in a while I walk, but not everyday. And a lot of my workouts involve housework. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:21:58 EST 8/16/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400683 Got in my walking today during the baseball game and achieved my activity goal and have over 18K steps for today. Will get in my Back/Biceps/Cardio/Booty workout on Friday instead of today. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:14:00 EST August 16 - Trying Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400681 Calories under 2000 even though SP says I can have 1000 more today. Worked out hard at the gym today: 30 minutes of elliptical, a 60 minute Tai Chi class, 30 minutes of circuit training, and 30 minutes of walking. Trying to recover from last weeks visit from our granddaughter. I am making progres... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:12:06 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for August 16 and 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400680 Daily inspiration: Don't overlook any of the talents that God has chosen to give you. Each one has the power to bring you more joy as you put it to good use. Lord, open my eyes to all of my abilities so that none go to waste. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: But I say to you, love your ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:11:34 EST Blessings, August 16, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400678 My goal is to list at least three blessings each day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. My son is coming home today. <BR> <BR> 2. My daughter started school today. <BR> <BR> 3. I'm making changes in my classroom. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:58:21 EST New Home Purchase Trials and Tribulations... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400677 <em>524</em> <BR> I think this is going to be more of a vent than anything so I apologize in advance. We found our forever house (1 payment to go and our current is paid....go figure) and are in the painful process of paperwork, lender/inspector/appraiser and so forth. All was set, we got thro... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:58:14 EST Beautiful music at the nursing home... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400676 I played the piano when I visited my hubby in memory care unit. I see him at least three times a week and his 82nd birthday is coming up on the last day of August. It is hard to see him slipping further into dementia but he still knows me and says he is happy I come to see him. I am sure he li... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:56:38 EST Loving summer gardens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400675 I'm trying to bulk up my meals with more vegetables. I am so thankful for the zucchini from the garden that gave me a lot less room on my plate for pasta. I feel satisfied and my family still enjoyed pasta. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:49:41 EST Loving summer gardens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400674 I'm trying to bulk up my meals with more vegetables. I am so thankful for the zucchini from the garden that gave me a lot less room on my plate for pasta. I feel satisfied and my family still enjoyed pasta. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:47:40 EST Just a streakin' :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400673 Things are going well at work. The classroom is coming together very nicely. The kids will love it! Meetings tomorrow;) <BR> I walked on lunch break...but it was hot...over 100. I will walk tomorrow but inside if meetings permit ;) <BR> <BR> Streak: <BR> Stay in my calorie range day 6 <BR> An... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:43:39 EST Diabetic Wt Loss Day 11 carb counting; rough but manageable day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400672 Good carbs chart; handy reference. <BR> <BR> I didn't sleep well last night, but went in to work early to flex part of the time I took off yesterday to be with my mom. In addition, it was the day for the Blood Mobile which comes right to my workplace. I think my blood was drawn too fast. I di... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:43:35 EST THINK like a Warrior...Become the Warrior! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400671 Warrior: a person engaged or experienced in warfare; broadly : a person engaged in some struggle or conflict; "fitness and/or weight-loss" warrior ... <BR> <BR> After my work out today and thinking, I had a Positive Reflection...(That's not always easy for me because as we all know and have exp... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:37:46 EST Clutter clutter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400669 Its everywhere! But i am slowly, very slowly bringing it under control. <BR> <BR> Best thing i ever did is rent a storage shed on august 1rst! I have been sorting stuff for 3 months. Throwing and donating. But i got to the point where i just couldn't get rid of the rest! <BR> My extra be... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:29:11 EST Gut feeling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400668 I have been in the process of working towards a sleeve surgery for weight loss. As I was in the office today I had a strong gut feeling that I should not move forward with the surgery. I am going to yoga and I am drinking my isagenix drinks. I am feeling good mentally and physically. I know I hav... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:26:37 EST Not being negative http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400667 Please, please, please..... Hear me when I ask that you NOT mistake my frustration for negativity. Please. I am venting on my blog my at time moments of frustration. I am not at all for the most part negative but I do find frustration with myself and tend to express that in my quest to being h... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:26:26 EST 15,090 Steps...11,009 Aerobic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400666 I put some music on then danced, jogged, stepped & kicked my way into 11,009 aerobic steps. Now that's a good day, I just love me an explosive , full on aerobic workout. Wonderful Wednesday indeed ! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04e51fb6-fd76-4014-b07d-f977af8dc13f.JPG"> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:22:18 EST Could It Be? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400665 Trying hard not to be hard on myself as I know I've posted something similar at least half a dozen times...but... I feel like I'm finally ready to start eating healthier and getting committed to exercise again. I feel like I was waiting, hoping to get pregnant to give me an excuse not to have to ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:14:39 EST Thanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400664 Hello world! I wanted to say thanks to the friends and family who reached out to respond positively to my last entry. I have to say I have felt a real sense of freedom and actually feel a lot better after having shared my feelings towards myself. I feel like when I kept it all to myself I was abl... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:08:03 EST Feeling blah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400663 I have partied a bit much for my birthday and gained about 5 pounds. I also had an outbreak of shingles last week. I am having trouble sleeping and am generally tired. This has been going on for a few weeks. I am also having stomach pains when I eat. I know I need to go to the doctor. I did make ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:07:38 EST Day 228: Whole30 R4, D11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400662 Just blogging to vent and whine. <BR> <BR> More family stress between my parents. It's difficult to deal with because there's no way it couldn't effect me, and I'm just tired of that nonsense. My mom is more delicate than she ever has been, and my dad is just a jerk sometimes. <BR> <BR> No ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:58:20 EST Cortisol... sigh... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400661 I debated journaling this, as it meant I also had to record the number and the reason why. <BR> 4lbs. I'm up 4 lbs in 2 days (both yesterday and today I was at 188.5 :/ <BR> <BR> Cortisol. I know SP isn't a place for politics, and I'm actually not going to go into any real political stance at a... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:58:04 EST Menopause and the thermostat is broken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400660 I was a little later starting menopause but when I started it was abrupt. I went from a normal life to up to 6 hot flashes in an hour. Tendonitis was flaring the same week. Limped and flashed my way though the month of July. <BR> <BR> Physio, acupuncture and massage therapy have been the theme ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:57:23 EST Turn around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400659 This morning as I was heading to do one errand before going to the historical village I lost my sense of balance. Not as bad as I have done in the past but enough that I called in sick to my volunteer person. Managed to make it back home (driving v-e-r-y carefully) and immediately went to bed. Sl... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:54:55 EST Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400657 Just got done vacation with my family and I'm still down 3 lbs. I've turned down my favorite doughnuts, nachos, gravy and potatoes, pop, fries and gravy, juicy cheeseburgers.... and more. All in a week. I did have some treats, but not all of the treats. Pretty proud of that Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:51:47 EST Cheat Day At Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400656 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e94ae2a4-7ccf-4c56-8bd8-8f2458ab7479.jpg"> <BR> Chocolate Cake Why Not...One Cheat Day Is Ok Right?!? Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:44:51 EST #better ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400655 I've been pondering on this... In this society it seems whenever there's a celebration it always includes food! WHY? Why do we seem to look for excuses to eat? And usually it's food that isn't healthy! Do we have to eat for everything? Do we need to celebrate a graduation, a promotion, the upc... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:43:33 EST Living in the LIGHT! 8/16/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400654 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d8d42391-1f5a-4a2c-9a25-3d8595d83ed3.jpg"> <BR> What feeds your dreams? Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:43:13 EST Day 4 and same amount of steps as yesterday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400652 But since I was pulling books, I was walking slow so it was made up with cardio. <BR> <BR> A guy that I work with doesn't like that I carry my pedometer and exercise in the MPR (Multi Purpose Room). I know he doesn't like me. At the same time, he thinks I'm special as I'm a work study (yes i... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:37:37 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400651 Starting over. Will see if 1500 calories works better for me. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:33:51 EST No Safe Port in this Storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400650 One can prepare, practice, and drill in preparation and readiness for many crises and disasters, not to mention for ordinary daily performance as well. It's called training. It's what we do here on Spark People. <BR> <BR> Even so, there will be trials and tests. Old patterns of behavior will com... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:28:26 EST Food for Comfort http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400648 Well, I put on 3 lbs during this most recent trip back to Mom's. This time was a bit different. First off, she died in hospice during the first week of my trip. My siblings were with me, so that their support was comforting. Then I was left on my own for the second week, dealing with probate iss... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:20:15 EST So grateful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400646 I am a 2 lbs lighter and this is a great way of life Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:01:59 EST Has anyone had gastric bypass surgery? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400645 I have gone back and forth considering having weight loss surgery. I was wondering if anyone on spark has had any of the surgeries and could tell me a little bit about their experience. And if they are glad overall that they did it. Also can they still eat chocolate? Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 EST 13/100 excellent lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400644 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf5e06d9-e247-4357-ad96-c444960cf25a.jpg"> <BR> This was an especially good batch of James's chili. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:54:18 EST BMI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400643 My ob/gyn said that I need to diet and exercise to get my BMI down, it's 33. I do exercise 5 to 6 days a week and eat decently healthy. I just need to increase my activity level and eat less, sometimes I snack more than I should. I have been doing better for the last few weeks I should be good as... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:51:22 EST I'm full http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400642 120-1 oz cheese <BR> 80-Ezekiel bread <em>344</em> <BR> 80-large egg <BR> <BR> 230-Amy's light and lean soft taco fiesta <BR> <BR> 150-sweet potato fries <BR> 150-baked chicken <BR> 110-1/2 cup lima beans <BR> 50-1 cup turnip/mustard greens <BR> 1- radish <BR> <BR> 100-apple <BR> ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:49:31 EST I had help with my household chores today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400641 Day 40 of exercise in 2017 <BR> Heavy Cleaning or house cleaning 15 minutes 132 calories burned <BR> <BR> 87°F <BR> Scattered Clouds <BR> Feels like 89° <BR> Wind: 5 mph WNW <BR> Humidity: 49% <BR> Dew Point: 66° <BR> Pressure: 30 in <BR> Sunrise: 06:24 AM <BR> Sunset: 08:05 PM <BR> <BR> It... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:46:42 EST End of Summer - August 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400640 Too tired to say much today, but I ate much better than the last couple of days. And I had another follow-up appointment with the knee surgeon. He says I'm ready for light duty at work, so we'll see what happens... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:41:26 EST My "nose job" Septoplasty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400639 Long time ago...when I was 6-7 yrs old...I got hit by a baseball when playing ball at school...right in my nose between my eyes. It broke my eyeglasses in half! Back then you just had a swollen nose for a while and you never went to the dr for that. Well I started having earaches...bad ones whe... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:41:12 EST eating out of control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400638 today I made a home cooked meal and it was so good I could not stop eating. I just feel horrible now and as if I ruined my day! I seriously believe I have a food addiction that needs a cure. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:32:08 EST Day 228: Plugging Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400637 We had friends over for dinner last night and had a great time - though we all drank waaaay too much wine! <BR> <BR> <em>181</em> <BR> <BR> That 6am alarm was ugly today...I rolled over and went right back to sleep for an hour. So, no workout for me today! <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:30:26 EST Blessed be our resistance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400636 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07acbf02-4eb0-4e01-8ee1-0be156a562f5.jpg"> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:26:29 EST Fuzzy's euthanization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400635 Fuzzy is a little cat who came to our house four years ago. I'm surprised that the coyotes didn't get her. We took her to the vet and found out she was pregnant (she was about four months old). We had to take her to the emergency vet hospital for a c-section in the middle of the night. She ne... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:22:02 EST Wednesday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400633 It is a nice sunny day here, albeit very humid. I did my last minute errands, so tomorrow is just packing for the trip and checking my lists again. If I was going to a big metro area or even a small town, I would not be so strict about my things, but when I say this place is small, I mean ther... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:16:26 EST It's all about the attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400632 I have always considered myself a strong, independent, and with a high self-esteem woman. In the last years, however, I have been faced with health problems that not only left me in debt but also with about 70 extra pounds of weight. Although I am on my way to recovery, my journey will be long a... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:15:43 EST Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400631 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71bb4560-e4f5-457d-b55d-d9df968be254.jpg"> <BR> So today I added raisens to my oatmeal. So good!! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:05:02 EST 32 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400630 Today is my birthday and I turned 32. When I woke the morning I didn't feel old or depressed, instead I felt truly blessed to have my beatiful daugther, able get back in shape and loss weight, to still have both my parents and my sister with me, and finally I feel blessed because God save me from... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:00:42 EST Finaly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400629 1 kilo down Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:58:18 EST The Gift of Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400628 I am beaming right now with the kind of joy that makes me want to do a snoopy dance. My Yiddish speaking grandmother (who passed away decades ago) might say I am "kvelin" (gushing) with "naches" (pride.) The source of my euphoria is something that perhaps makes many parents feel good, but it migh... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:56:29 EST My wild and vivid imagination...and the future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400627 When I was a small child my elderly next door neighbor, who was an editor for our newspaper, told my mom that I had a wild and vivid imagination. He said that was a great trait for someone who wanted to be a writer. <BR> <BR> My wild and vivid imagination has led me to some interesting places i... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:54:52 EST Another Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400626 As always I push my body hard and get between 500 and 1200 calories of exercise. In the end I'll come in at least 800 under my goal. What do I have to show for it after 10 days? 5 pounds of weight loss. I understand that my biggest problem is I was doing this before that. I've been loosing weigh... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:50:48 EST Tuesday, Twos Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400625 I'm kind of proud of myself for how Tuesday played out. It was NOT a good day, but I didn't let that get in the way of anything except sleeping, LOL. <BR> <BR> I used the frustration, bewilderment and (almost) anger productively instead of doing something mindless. The fire fueled some instant... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:39:37 EST Looking Forward to Fall with the Lime Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400624 Many moons ago I had a friend who recommended Spark and I joined. As well, I became a member of the Lime Team for BLC. I did that for years but several years ago I began to have some physical health issued and dropped out. <BR> <BR> This year has been a much better year. I began the year with p... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:21:00 EST Starting Over--yet again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400623 Just so everyone knows, this is a lot of stuff, but it's not complaining. I just need to get all of this out somewhere! <BR> <BR> So today I went to the doctor for a follow up from being put on some anti-anxiety medicine (which I've found is horrible for me as it knocks me out for a whole day). ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:14:50 EST LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400621 Here I am again ready to take another journey of weight loss and feeling healthy! <BR> I have been a Spark member years prior, but every time I would loose 30lbs+ by strictly watching my proportions and exercising I would be blessed with another baby. The first time I joined I lost 30lbs and then... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:01:14 EST Happiest Place in the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400620 My six year old is at Disneyland all day today with her cousin. I couldn't go because I had to work, but I drove her down to LA last night and she couldn't wait to get to my brother's house. She was so happy, she had a big smile the whole time. I know these moments are very important to her w... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:00:05 EST Puzzle Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400619 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/614731f9-b99a-47e9-997a-bc7ffcde9d01.JPG"> <BR> This was a tough puzzle but we finished it in less than 6 hours. Grandson wants to make another one today! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:59:07 EST A Single Step! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400618 So let's see...let me start at the beginning. My boyfriend told me he would like to have the surgery and asked if I would help him fill out the insurance forms on the program website to see if he was eligible. This really got me to thinking about where I was at in my life and for the kicks of it ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:57:35 EST Reality Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400617 Sometimes I think that the truth can be really hurtful, but maybe when we hear something hurtful, we should turn it into fuel. When I start thinking about giving up on my goals, I think about why I started. I think about the comments made by others. "Mom, your legs are fat!" "You'd be so much ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:54:17 EST Ugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400615 I got a migraine yesterday, and it's still there today. I don't have migraine specific meds anymore, cuz I don't get them as often now, but I took a hydro and am drinking coffee. I feel like crap. I also ate at Sweet Tomatoes yesterday and apparently their split pea soup, although it has only ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:51:38 EST Happy dance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400614 I am so excited! My new great-niece now weighs over four pounds. Her oxygen is down to 21%, which is room air, so they should be able to discontinue the breathing support soon. I said from the git-go that she's a feisty little firecracker, and I couldn't be more proud without exploding. <BR> <BR... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:51:06 EST The Road To Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400613 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c35943d3-97bd-434b-a88b-710a637e7b6b.jpg"> <BR> Certainly not on the road to losing weight. If we want it bad enough we can use self control and get there! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/01a0fbcb-7fa3-4286-9b52-0b56b2b... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:50:32 EST Almost there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400612 I have lost 3.2 more lbs! I am 1.8 lbs away from my goal before I re-assess and decide whether I want to lose 3-5 more lbs! <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:46:57 EST boot camp becoming a habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400611 Working out has became more than something I dread. it has actually became a habit with structure. it may not seem like much but I have been on a 3 day streak to the gym yay me! just doing my 10 min spark workout video and then just walking for approx. 20 to 30 mins has really cleared my mind an... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:41:54 EST So close to being out of the 130s http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400610 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/40245c5c-233f-4027-b12e-1281b6e64e62.jpg"> <BR> #Hardworkpaysoff# #51looking30# #GymRat# Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:31:32 EST Today, one colleague told me I look like I had lost weight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400608 Just the motivation I have been looking for!! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:25:23 EST August 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400607 Took MIL & FIL to the hospital for MILs appointment this morning and although we didn't learn anything new, at least I've got a clearer idea of what is going on. I've also got them to admit to the Consultant that they need help at home. They've got a Physiotherapist going to their house on Friday... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:24:39 EST Yikes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400606 Time for myself is important but this isn't working well and life gets in the way. My husband came home from hospital yesterday late afternoon and is very needy. I understand but haven't been to gym since Monday. Last night went well and headed out to get things for him today thinking....I'll ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:20:10 EST Orange Theory Fitness Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400605 Circuit training and no carbs today - meaning less than 25 carbs Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:20:08 EST 2017 MY DAY WAS GOOD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400604 hey sparkers hope you all are doing ok i was caregiver today i went with better attitude and omg great difference my aunt bp was back down she dont have to go back until november and took mom grocery store we got thru that so i didnt stress myself out just took my time and pray every day for stre... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:12:09 EST Fixing a Mistake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400603 Today's coaching assignment is to blog about a mistake and how it makes me feel, and what I did to fix it. <BR> <BR> And I actually am making a mistake today! So - perfect timing. <BR> <BR> Last weekend, I made a batch of vegetarian chili. I put all the ingredients in the recipe calculator, an... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:11:39 EST Day Two--Back on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400602 Maybe if I blog every day I can stay on track. Right now, right here, I am committing to blogging daily for the next 30 days. Last summer, Barb at OneKidsMom (at http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=O<BR>NEKIDSMOM) posted a list of blog topics that took me 30 days to complete, and the summer... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:02:58 EST A wee update. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400601 So I haven't really posted much of anything in a while... a lot has happened. :) <BR> <BR> 1) Through circumstances completely unrelated to me or my performance, at the end of the year last year, I came to the realization that I had to find a new job. No hard feelings whatsoever from me or my... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:55:16 EST 8/16/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400600 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6a15f5b-6657-4c4a-9dd3-9c8006a07139.jpg"> <BR> Goal!!! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:49:49 EST Change is in the air... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400599 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/12b1ddd8-7f67-49fa-81fe-38576b9afa0a.jpg"> <BR> Yes, it's mid August, we've had a beautiful summer and Autumn is approaching. My decision to make some changes corresponds well with the change in seasons. Recognizing that I need to track my food int... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:45:07 EST sugar challenge day 2 fail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400598 Seriously DAY FREAKING TWO <BR> <BR> One of the guys brought cookies into work and walked around handing them out. I heard someone else try to turn him down and he was adamant that she take a cookie so my plan was to take one, thank him, and then give it away. <BR> <BR> then I ate the damn thin... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:44:55 EST 8/16/17 Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400597 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/329b0dd9-8e53-4666-98cb-421e49b15adb.png"> <BR> <BR> "Be kind. Work hard. Stay humble. Smile often. Keep honest. Stay loyal. Travel when possible. Never stop learning. Be thankful always. And love." <BR> <BR> A priest walked into a barbe... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:42:20 EST Why Would I? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400596 Here's what happened: <BR> <BR> Last night I was talking to my husband about how nervous I am about my monthly weigh in. For those who may not know, I am part of a weight loss clinic my doctor runs. I follow her diet guidelines (they vary slightly from the site's suggestions, but not by much) I... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:39:12 EST 22/30 days of gratitude: what is something you own that makes your life easier? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400595 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3338e326-9bfd-44ee-8417-2f05987b1a75.gif"> <BR> <BR> Years ago, after a decade of rentals, I had a very short list of "must haves" for when we built our first house. Now that I think about it that list still pretty much holds true... <BR> <BR> *... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:31:07 EST My Adventures in spark land...not depression http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400594 We are all princess on the inside.... <BR> ~Princess Sassy Pants & Company <BR> Some of us just like to wear it on the outside too. <BR> <BR> I am not one of them but I am working towards it! <BR> <BR> 2 weeks ago I had a chat with my aunt. She felt I was in menopause so I went to see my docto... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:30:57 EST Always Making PROGRESS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400593 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f81cc36-2ed8-46b5-a49f-57d474015467.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes progress can be slow. Day-after-day you do all the right stuff, then BAM! Things click into place. All of a sudden it feels as if your body is healing. That is the way it has been ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:28:00 EST FEELING BETTER AND BACK TO WORK!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400592 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6300da5f-4f9e-47ec-bd07-79565e75c6ca.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am feeling infinitely better than I did say a week ago. I am walking around normally and not dragging a leg like Igor in the movie Frankenstein. I am taking it a little easy no big yard work... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:25:39 EST inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400591 On my journey to being an overcomer I saw something truly inspiring for me. I can get around pretty easily even being overweight and get a lot of steps in my job. So getting on a treadmill for me is much easier, than the women I seen at Planet Fitness today. I am in no way in great shape, but th... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:23:19 EST I'm weak and back to school http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400590 Ugh, why am I so weak? I woke up this morning determined to eat some nice healthy oatmeal and tea.....and that would be it! Well, I let the stress of back to school day get to me and caved and got a mocha no caffeine drink...yea, the calories....too high. <BR> <BR> Well, I got up early and got ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:22:24 EST Dealing with the Fear of Growing Older http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400589 I have completed one year of my new life. It has been exciting, challenging and has set the tone for many years to come. Healthy years. <BR> <BR> As I sat down to contemplate what I want to add to my life, I asked myself 4 basic questions. What do I worry about? <BR> 1. Will I outlive my money ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:18:34 EST Day 1558 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400588 Rest Day. Feeling good. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:07:02 EST Scale numbers... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400587 Today I hoped on the scale for a sneak peek at my weight and when I stepped on it said I was 437 lbs... and 253 lbs a few days ago😂 so I changed batteries. And tried again. It came out a lot more better of a number! I was sad to see I was still at the same but it's only been 2 days so I can not ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:06:44 EST 16/8/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400586 1212 cals Getting better. <BR> Walk, housework and garage clean up as planned. <BR> Pleased that I'm staying in bottom end of my intake range if not quite making the cals, fat, protein balance. <BR> One thing at a time I think <BR> Wonder how Thursday will go Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:03:59 EST SELF HELP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400585 I was grocery shopping today & wanted to BUY something that was NOT ON THE SHELF! <BR> However, there was a CART with boxes stacked on it, with SEVERAL SEALED BOXES of what I wanted. NO employee was in the aisle for me to ASK to OPEN A BOX, so.....I did it MYSELF! LOL I took 2 packs out of it, p... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:00:48 EST AYITL - Blog # 83 - Day #1 of 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400581 Day 1 of 10 is in the books and a good day it was. Who would have thought on my first day of my mini goal that I would be challenged early on. My best friend is just over 6 months pregnant and her husband is out of town on business the next few days. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkp... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:39:04 EST weds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400580 cakes are baked. all sesame street cupcake components are made out of fondant. i still have 6 huge cabbage roses to make for another cake, but i needed a break so home i am for a bit..and maybe a quick swim. After i feed my girl!!! <BR> I'll be up to my elbows in cookie dough again next week, as ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:34:57 EST My weight struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400578 After 20 years struggling with weight I got my bariatric surgery now I'm taking it day by day trying to lose lots of weight so far I'm down 20 pounds in 1 month since my surgery Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:33:16 EST Hump Day Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400577 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34a0b0fb-623c-4d10-a29f-31e3a7e6a360.jpg"> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:30:45 EST I Need Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400576 Hello, I am a morbidly obese and I REALLY want to lose weight. I have been fat all of my life and it is time for a change. I am a Christian and I have prayed about this and I am ready. I will take and appreciate ALL comments. I want to know the healthiest foods that I should be eating. I am al... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:30:27 EST I'm Writing Down Every Morsel Eaten Today.....This'll Be Interesting ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400575 I'm raising the bar in terms of keeping myself accountable for my own actions every single moment, today has taken me to a whole new level because I'm documenting every single crumb, including those little tastes while cooking or seasoning the fries, yeah y'all know what I'm talking about. I'm re... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:24:16 EST Staying Perpendicular! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400574 I am determined to maintain the perpendicular position. <BR> --Lucy Stone <BR> <BR> Perpendicular lines make right angles; they make possible extensions of both height and breadth. Right angles are weight bearing. We speak of asserting something "squarely," making perpendiculars. <BR> <BR> Peop... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:21:07 EST Why Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400573 I thought I would throw a little bit of history about myself out there and maybe explain the reason behind always posting recipes. <BR> <BR> I have always loved to cook and specifically bake. For many years when I was younger baking was my passion. I discovered I could cake decorate when I start... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:20:27 EST Sustainable? Time Will Tell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400572 Today the scale says 124.0. That is 88 pounds below my all time high in 1999; 53 pounds below my December 2008 weight when I started my current healthy lifestyle effort. I've been this weight before a couple times. I've always felt excited and exhilarated to achieve it before, but not so much ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:14:21 EST "That's the way the mop flops" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400571 The Death of Elvis <BR> BY CIARAN BERRY <BR> <BR> <BR> This lip, too, used to curl a little easier, <BR> and we, all of us, must enter our Vegas years. <BR> <BR> Blessed the pacemakers, blessed the painkillers, <BR> blessed our famed quiffs grown flyaway, grown thin, <BR> <BR> the gray starti... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:12:31 EST Back on a Roll http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400570 I have been doing really well with tracking and exercising lately. But the past few days I haven't been feeling good but I'm finally a little bit better today so I'm going to get back to exercising. I'm excited for everything to get back to normal. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow and hopefu... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:10:39 EST You're Invited ~ Romp & Play with Fall Tigers Biggest Loser Team! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400569 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35393031-3dfa-4ec1-806a-789ddc7a6d55.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> Looking for a Fall Challenge and Team to help you stay motivated and focused on your Fall Dreams and Healthy Lifestyle? To push through the Urge to Quit? You're Invited!!! Co... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:03:03 EST Where did my time (BODY) go....???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400568 The last time I created a Blog entry on SP was in 2009 ... do what...???? where did 8 years of my life go??? One thing is for certain that during these eight years I was on a roller coaster ride with my weight.. up and down.. up and down... happy and sad ... happy and sad. <BR> <BR> I went from... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:52:30 EST Day 91 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400567 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9c6259bf-1852-440f-954f-2d80d171f5d3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am continuously learning how to maintain good health. <BR> There is always something new to learn about what my body needs. <BR> And this is just on a day to day basis! <BR> <BR> Learning for... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:51:39 EST Timo, the Ragdoll Cat, Is Nervous About a Visiting Kitten http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400566 <link>healthypets.mercola.com/sites/health<BR>ypets/archive/2017/08/16/timo-the-ragd<BR>oll-cat-is-nervous-about-a-visiting-ki<BR>tten.aspx?utm_source=petsnl&utm_medium<BR>=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=2<BR>0170816Z1&et_cid=DM154594&et_rid=16555775 </link> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:51:06 EST Day Off, I am still On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400565 Today is a day off of work for me, It is an awesome day to do some work on me, Its a day to take care of me, Yes I love that an all about me day , sort of. except for all the family commitments and house cleaning, lol <BR> <BR> Its a day to think about where I am and where I am going, <BR> I... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:46:59 EST Mindset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400564 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef5ad232-f824-49e2-8133-62c1715d50b5.JPG"> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:43:22 EST 12 weeks until I turn 40!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400563 I plan to be close to 165 by Nov 9th. This is my goal! I have written it down, and I'm going to make the big 4-0 look good on me! Plan added: No snacking (I don't eat alot, I just eat a lot of snacks. My downfall) more exercise. Cheat day on Wednesday's after weigh in. I love my little cheat d... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:42:46 EST I'm glad I listened to the little voice in my head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400562 In an effort to get healthy not only by losing weight for knee replacement, and hopefully getting off blood pressure meds I felt it equally important to check out some spots on my face that I have recently noticed since being active outdoors more this summer.The "little voice in my head" said som... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:38:52 EST BC 4-Polo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400561 Just outside of Kelowna, at the end of the airport, they developed a polo club. It was our first time seeing this sport of kings. <BR> It was a large area. They had a place for the horses to rest and feed: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d3318a56-4967-471e-9da6-a583... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:36:40 EST Wonderful Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400560 It's a wonderful Wednesday here in Baker City Oregon.. The town is ramping up for the total eclipse of the sun....this small town is expecting a lots of visitors.....so we are getting ready with extra water and food...We will probably just stay put at the RV park, its a really nice place to be. <... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:27:20 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400558 on behalf of my friend's family, let me express gratitude for your thoughtfulness regarding praying for them as they walk a difficult road. <BR> <BR> Tonight is our quarterly church business meeting. we have some interesting things to consider. I am simply praying that we do what the Father des... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:21:21 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400557 Woohoo another day and another 30 min workout done Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:18:59 EST Exercise really makes a difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400556 Nine months ago A friend gave me a pair of pants that I couldn't button or zip up. In the last 9 months I've been working out diligently, and continuing to watch what I eat. The scale has not gone down a single pound in 9 months. But, I'm wearing the pants today, and I have room to spare! They sa... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:12:01 EST 8/15, Strength training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400555 I had a my strength training session w/ my trainer and boy did that put me in a great mood. I love weight lifting!! <BR> <BR> Tracked exercise: <BR> <BR> Biking: 3:00, .48 mile, 9.6 mph avg. speed <BR> Biking: 3:00, .48 mile, 9.6 mph avg. speed <BR> Biking: 3:00, .48 mile, 9.6 mph avg. speed <B... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:10:41 EST Keep on keepin' on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400554 With all of the stress in this country and in my personal life, I am surprised that I can even think about peace of mind and a healthy body, but that is the ONLY way I will get through this mess. So as not to add more stress to the lives of anyone reading this, including me, I will spare you the ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:09:01 EST Spirulina http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400553 I finally got it! Bought some Spirulina at the store today and had the guy at the smoothie counter put it in my smoothie. My drink looks like mud. LOL Between the strong colors of kale and blueberry, spirulina will dye anything it touches. But that's ok. This stuff is so incredibly healthy it's a... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:04:48 EST Finally Joined Parks and Rec http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400551 Short victory post, did 15 minutes of ST at my local Parks and Rec gym. My knees are OK. I did arms and legs, and will have to buy a mat to do core work. <BR> <BR> My calories are also a little better, but I am still vigilant. <BR> <BR> Daily Plan: <BR> <BR> (1) Get up every 30 minute... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:02:15 EST Breakfast of a Champ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400549 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d9a46cc6-007a-46af-86c3-8ae0860d3fa3.jpg"> Well, I'm not a huge fan of oatmeal but it's filling and better than the alternative of muffins, donuts, or pop tarts. My family is still not on board with this lifestyle change so i am pushing myself EXTR... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:01:48 EST FINALLY fit into a smaller size http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400548 One of those mornings - what shall I wear? On a whim I tried on pants in a smaller size than I've been wearing and hadn't been able to fit into a month or two ago when I reorganized my clothes. And they zipped right up! Yay! So now I have two more pants and a skirt to throw into the work clothes ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:00:45 EST August 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400547 Found some quotes that seen awfully important right now. And none are recent or in response to this past week.... which tells us a lot unfortunately! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e9b24784-3a88-4390-a54b-682e2e7e2e97.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:57:50 EST Olive Garden Restaurant--review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400546 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ba40b82-6491-4001-91bd-da7b44c79191.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I don't go to the Olive Garden for an Italian meal as we have too many real Italian restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for the true experience. The Olive Garden is a wanna be Italian re... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:50:56 EST It's great to be back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400545 Gosh, it feels good to be back. I am going to purpose to use all the awesome tools offered by Sparkpeople and to really challenge myself to lose my unwanted pounds and become a healthier me. I hope to make some new friends along the way and possibly reconnect with some from the past. You all have... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:47:23 EST baby steps forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400544 I am ravenous in the morning. I arise at 5:30 to be to work by 7:30, eating breakfast with my husband before leaving. I pack snacks. A morning snack and an afternoon snack. Usually yogurt and berries, whole grain crackers and peanut butter, part of a smoothie I make for breakfasts, etc. Sometimes... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:46:50 EST Can you imagine ... no news from here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400543 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/37092886-257c-412d-a7d3-887b205c5b94.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "CHEERS!" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f9d2711f-1835-4d9a-b6df-e4f826e333eb.jpg"> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:35:12 EST 12/100: fun breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400542 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2c98affa-d3fd-46ef-ae97-ff76e7923fad.jpg"> <BR> I needed to use up the rest of the potato taco filling, so I made tacos. We also had some really good kimchi left, so I tossed that on, too. Plus very sweet grapes. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:31:11 EST If it's important http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400541 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ccd1ebd4-355c-4f14-95f9-82c0dad6f9c9.jpg"> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:28:41 EST Restarting again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400539 Going to the main site today and restarting. I think I need to reset everything and then maybe it will be easier to restart. I really want to look nice for our 25th wedding anniversary which is next year. Have approximately 7 months to make this happen. Here I go... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:25:25 EST Amusing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400538 I came upon this while reading something else and found it quite amusing. <BR> <BR> <link>www.viralthread.com/20-laws-you-had-<BR>no-idea-the-queen-of-england-does-not-<BR>have-to-abide-by/ </link> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:22:51 EST Oh Lord it's hard to be humble! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400537 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0e8647c2-1f05-41b4-ade7-5c69e3fdaafe.JPG"> <BR> -still lotza action on the dock-- <BR> I'm sitting here with big Beau, the German whose heart skips a lot of beats, lying on the floor beside me--waiting to go outside into the dog pen-- <BR> <BR> A... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:22:42 EST Spark guys Pittsburgh added to my excitement! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400536 I just feel so "on" today after seeing the video of what's sparking in Pittsburgh! <BR> I've got some good things going on in my life and just have not figured out how to share! One thing I know for sure, the good is happening because I'm doing the Small Goals Commitment Challenge! <img sr... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:22:23 EST The Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400535 I cannot say that this journey with food has been easy. I think I began struggling with it when I was 4 or 5 when I heard my mom say jokingly, might I add, "If you want to make sure you get to eat something, you have to take it up to your room and hide it so your dad won't eat it all." It was ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:21:09 EST Happy hump day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400534 I do hope your scale was kind to you,mine not so much lol it hasn't moved,but then neither have I lol. My stitches came out and the wound looks good. However with my cut being deep and in my calf I have to be careful with it until Monday. Nothing strenuous grr..So I'm reading more recipes and try... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:21:07 EST Self motivation success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400533 I did it, yesterday I beat my challenge of avoiding unnecessary snacking and stuck to my menu. Small accomplishments lead to big results! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:20:27 EST Spoiler...Revelation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400532 "We can seek wisdom for our own lives through personal revelation. Most often it comes in quiet promptings and impressions. If we will meditate over a situation that worries us, fervently pray to God for help, and strive to keep His commandments, revelation will flow into our minds and we will be... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:19:38 EST The Circle of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400531 The Circle of Life <BR> <BR> My beloved Father passed away on 12 August 2017, surrounded by family. What better way to honor him than to be there with him during his transition. <BR> <BR> Life, has a beginning, a middle and an ending. We have to be sure we use our life to fashion a worthy e... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:18:23 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400530 Two hours behind schedule (because I am OCD and retired and stick to a schedule) because I slept in an hour and added checkbook reconciliation to my morning. Just walked 85 minutes on the treadmill, showered and now going on a dog walk with my neighbor at 10:30. Have a lovely day. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:16:36 EST August 16, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400529 Now that my parents 50th Anniversary is over and gained 10 pounds over the duration of preparing up to and the day of, I can get back into a more of me less stressful routine. A big inhale and release. <BR> Ok lets start again at the beginning. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:15:33 EST it's wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400528 i was able to get quite a few errands done the other day. today i am focusing on taking better care of myself. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:15:22 EST Amazing day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400526 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9880ce12-b5e2-4140-b25a-e489f2678d7b.jpg"> <BR> Well yesterday was a big day! Hubby turned 50 and my mother in law was pronounced cancer FREE! So we had a big Birthday for one and a Re-Birthday for the other. It was a amazing day ♡ They don't get ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:13:05 EST Change is Good, right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400525 Life is seldom what we expect, but it can still be good. It is all a matter of perspective. Life is always going to be about change, right?! Might as well accept it, move forward, and be grateful for another day around the sun!! <BR> <BR> So. I've been battling some issues with staph infections ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:09:26 EST Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400524 Good Morning Spark Nation, <BR> <BR> Here's to "Hump Day". Half way to the week-end for some of you. Let's finish this week strong... <BR> <BR> Til next time, <BR> Carpe Diem <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:08:04 EST Remembering Elvis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400523 01/08/1935 - 08/16/1977 <BR> <BR> After a lot of long research I was able to finally link Elvis Presley to my Hood line. You see my GGGrandmother Amanda Hood and his Grandmother Minnie Mae Hood were cousins, which also makes me and Elvis cousins, but did you know he had a twin brother? His name ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:07:07 EST Dear Bertha http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400522 In this day and age, it can be quite easy to forget the little things in life and live each day to it’s full potential. We can easily get distracted by social media, television and even chores around the house. <BR> <BR> Life isn’t always perfect and can sometimes be tough, and most of us at som... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:06:16 EST Wonderful Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400520 It is a beautiful 85 degree sunshiny start to the day on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast this morning. My wife is waiting for the results of the x-ray of her wrist yesterday. We have to bring the car into the tire store to get the lug nuts changed and have the tires rotated and balanced. They... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:59:05 EST Personal Pep Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400519 During this break between Biggest Loser Challenges, I need to renew my commitment to myself to become more healthy and fit. Life has been busy through this summer and I need to take charge. I have missed too many opportunities to fit in fitness. I will do better and stop the gain!! <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:55:14 EST Gratefulness-August 16, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400518 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0e05cb5d-5ea5-4a74-9e3d-fed1207e4c9f.jpg"> Here is my gratitude list for today: 1. Thank you, God for letting me sleep in! 😴 2. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for free time to cook! 👨‍🍳 3. God gave me strength to overcome cravings! 4. Thank You, Jes... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:54:09 EST To Feel Better I Must Think Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400516 Well got off my butt last night and got a whole new bunch of recipes I want to try..carb friendly...not all at once but over the next couple months....I have let myself go...got lazy...my mind set was all off...am going for major surgery on September 27th...at least I get my vacation before hand.... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:53:36 EST Gales and gardening madness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400515 Woken just now by blasts of wind. It is supposed to get to gusts of 130 kph, which is 80 mph. Windy! I hope that it will settle down but think we are in for a storm. That should tidy the place up. <BR> Things are pretty lively in my neck of the woods with two party leaders resigning in the teeth ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:53:24 EST When you run your best race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400514 I believe the last time I was here with all you folks I was hoping to be able to do a half marathon down in Disney World while we are there. Well I'm happy to say, this is actually happening. November 5th is the big day. I'm excited...and scared. I've been training and things are going pretty ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:50:20 EST Oh that's right I was doing this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400513 Well it's been a while basically because I forgot about this app. In my last post I mentioned 2 year old baby jiggle. Well that baby is now 3 and we have a new beautiful baby girl so my jiggle is now only a month old. But I'm back to my pre-prego weight. I'm happy with that just not the way certa... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:50:07 EST Getting it in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400512 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7d148ea-5c21-4659-a0a2-cfaf02c8a9c4.jpg"> <BR> Have a beautiful day Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:49:05 EST The silly season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400509 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16d42d43-b4b3-4b27-96cf-70e1adcf9513.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a0fb5430-1ee2-45e8-8373-93a759e8aa69.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c5b2746d-6954-4126-bfb1-a0e9d9f6f51f.jpg">... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:46:53 EST What - To - Do Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400507 Good Wednesday Morning Sparkly Friends!!!! <BR> <BR> Ahhhhh...the first day back to school for the brats!!!!!! Peace and quiet in the house!!!!!!! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/77b7cf1b-8726-4a04-b116-d78d6a6db7a6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now for my day...grocery shopping alread... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:41:35 EST Lost 3 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400506 Well, I've lost 3 pounds since Monday. I've lost 4 of the 12 pounds that I gained since Saturday. So I've lost a pound a day since then pretty much. Right? I could of had my long walk yesterday since the rain never came but it was too hot yesterday to go for one. It got close to 90 degrees yester... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:39:58 EST My old panic returned yesterday during a very minor crisis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400505 It was raining yesterday -- pouring actually. The irony being that I had to walk through it to a physical therapy session whose purpose was to strengthen my feet so that I could avoid dangerous walking situations such as a crowded parking lot in a pouring down rain. <BR> <BR> It was a floodin... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:37:16 EST Mind Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400504 <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> Control your own mind, and you may never be controlled by the mind of another. <BR> Napoleon Hill <BR> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>3... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:37:10 EST Day of Fun Did me In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400502 So yesterday was the last day of summer vacation for us so we went to Main Event and got the $12.95 all day play pass. We did two games of bowling, 4 games of laser tag (which I'd never done before but loved it!), the ropes/zip line course once (never done that either and never will again but it ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:34:10 EST WEDNESDAY 8-16-17...parenting and dry brushing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400501 Good morning and Happy Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Yesterday went great, ate well, journaled, exercised, drank my water, I didn't have a soda or fast food. And made a healthy meal that everyone ate last night. Grilled chicken breast. <BR> <BR> Right now though I will do well with ease because I ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:32:54 EST In it for the long haul http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400499 Sometimes life is so difficult and our minds are just spinning. We have so many things to deal with that we don't feel like counting points or tracking our food, and there seems to be little or no time left in the day to be active. I am learning that it is on those days that our bodies and mind... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:30:29 EST The Lure of the Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400498 Day 6 of the Return Journey <BR> <BR> Why is it that spending time alone makes me eat? When I was still working, my co-worker sold fundraiser candy bars. It was an ongoing fundraiser. A whole box of chocolate bars sat not two inches from my desk and, for the most part, I didn't eat them. I d... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:30:25 EST bjk1961 - 08/16/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400497 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0dba597-dae0-48c5-9b20-2409755dc98a.jpg"> <BR> 08/16/17 - Getting back to routine: rise early, exercise, breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, perhaps more exercise, snack, and then to bed at a reasonable hour. Striking a balance for all things make... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:29:11 EST Won't he do it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400496 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de55b425-a3c2-4045-b10d-c5c2e4307e01.jpg"> My God is able to turn all things around. Isn't God good!! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:27:42 EST Wednesday, August 16th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400495 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dca88256-37cd-4f83-8335-20dad1425340.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f974395-3b0e-47e9-ae8d-c4384e9b20af.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a09b1a96-80eb-4ec8-9a53-25147eedfc02.jpg">... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:26:34 EST Headache http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400494 Woke up with a nasty headache but took 2 ibuprofen and it seems to be going away slowly. Am enjoying my morning so far but have to do 2 loads of laundry at the laundry mat. Then I can relax the rest of the day after I clean the bathroom. Still have not seen So You Think You Can Dance but that ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:26:18 EST Biggest Loser Summer Challenge Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400493 Starting Weight: 309.4 <BR> Current Weight: 302.6 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4b05e73e-1add-4b45-9a3f-a8d2a3ef675f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Total lost for 10 wk Challenge: 6.8 lbs <BR> <BR> Which equals about 0.68 lbs a week lost which it could have been a bigger lost but I'm ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:23:41 EST My weight-loss journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400492 My weight-loss journey is like a yo-yo, up and down; when I get very close to my weight loss goal it goes up again. But I am going to encourage myself and continue on a healthy life-style journey. I will be healthy and fit when I reach my goal Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:22:46 EST Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400491 Good morning sparkers Its been a stressful but exciting week. My first granddaughter was finally born at 9:28 last night. She's beautiful and Mom and baby doing fine Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:21:20 EST Except that you are a gift from God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400490 Please leave all comments on the next page, thanks, eva. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598552 </link> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:21:17 EST Feeling 😴 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400489 So lately I've been more tired. A few days I went to bed before dinner and a few right after. I've slept all night those times and I was tired the next day. If it continues I have to call the doctor. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:20:04 EST Spark Challenge - Slow Down at Meal Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400487 Todays Spark Challenge is to slow down at meal times and eat for at least 20 minutes with no distractions (TV, cellphone, laptop). I plan to do this for the rest of my meals today, but it will be a struggle. I was listening to the challenge while I was eating my bowl of cereal. Well, I failed the... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:16:05 EST Filling the gaps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400485 I have gotten a little lax on blogging. Finding the right balance <BR> or work, play, exercise and getting enough sleep is doable but <BR> needs constant attention. <BR> The 2 local GC helped me shred 16 heads of cabbage from the <BR> garden. Cabbage has a tendency to split when it is wet and the... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:11:42 EST Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400484 Today we celebrate 20 years of being married. Happy anniversary my love. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:11:20 EST Day 227..Hopefully there are no more "surprises"... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400483 So yesterday started horribly, and I looked for ways to soothe my soul. The bible verse helped, but I was still feeling nothing. It's so hard to explain... but I felt absolutely nothing.. I made my way through the day and despite how I was feeling, I totally stayed in plan and made good food ch... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:09:49 EST 8/16/17 workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400482 Swimming: 100 free warm up 2000 free (a new record for me!!!) 500 free (50 easy, 50 hard) 200 free (25 easy, 25 hard) 150 free cool down Total: 2950yd Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:08:29 EST My Take On Spark Points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400481 It's funny, I've always said that I was a kid who was never motivated by the gold star on top of the school homework paper. So when I joined SP many years ago, I thought spark points were silly. Who in the world would care about virtual rewards that weren't real? Joke's on me. They have been ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:02:41 EST To Be Fair....It is MY fault. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400480 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23775b04-8854-4153-90cd-453a8d319c88.png"> <BR> <BR> I always thought of myself as a fair-minded and reasonably objective person and not one to easily blame others. <BR> <BR> But... <BR> <BR> This overweight thing, body image thing, not feeling... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:59:40 EST Happiness Magnet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400479 So what is your happiness magnet on today? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16a34075-3917-4dbd-ba6c-c844af4f3fa1.jpg"> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:58:45 EST Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400478 I met with my trainer this morning. I had a pretty good workout. Great way to start the day!! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:58:01 EST Arrival at the starting point. - Black Forest Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400477 <BR> This morning Pat and I took the train from Strasbourg France to Offenburg Germany. Here we meet our son and his wife and took another train through the beautiful Black Forest, to reach the start point of our hike. All the time we were riding in the train I was thinking to myself: “We are ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:56:10 EST cooking chorizo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400476 good morning! okay--this morning for breakfast I had to cook rob some chorizo. he found a recipe in one of the new cookbooks he wanted to try. he loves breakfast sausage (isn't fond of it any other time, strangely enough) and this was a sort of scramble with eggs, green pepper, onion and chori... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:47:23 EST Feeling good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400475 Because summer break is quickly coming to an end I decided to try the night water aerobics class. Oh my goodness what a difference! It was intense and I loved it. I asked a friend to go with me and she signed up. Night classes are just two night a week instead of three mornings however it's so mu... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:46:26 EST Accountability day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400473 Another good day yesterday! Today's cardio will be cleaning. We are having two of my husband's co-workers over for dinner and I will be working hard to finish my cleaning. <BR> <BR> Today's goals <BR> <BR> 60 minutes movement <BR> 10,000 steps <BR> 8 glasses water <BR> Track all food <BR> 1,... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:44:40 EST Mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400472 Sunday night, despite my best efforts, I only got 4 hours of sleep. I had to get up at 4:30am to get ready to go to the doctor's office. The good points are that she says I'm down 40lbs and my blood pressure is good. <BR> Not so good. I was way too tired to do what I did next. I went to the ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:35:41 EST Dog Paced.....Training week.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400471 This is a week worth of blogs rolled into one. Last week on Weds I did my hill run intervals. Did really well until I tripped. It was one of those slow motion times. My mind knew I was going to fall. I had been running quickly down hill at the time. GiGi passed behind me and one foot contac... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:32:13 EST 😊 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400470 I go slowly but surely to reach my goal Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:28:31 EST small goals and spark trophys http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400469 It has been rainy and dreary here for days. I could use some sunshine. the lack of does have it affects on me. SADD even in the summer.. whahh... I will not let it get me down. I have been dealing with this for many years. so it will be ok. just writing about it makes it better. The power of blog... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:26:40 EST Confessions of and Over Eater with a Cat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400468 Off to a summer stock show with my sister I am looking forward it. Hope all have a great day. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:26:00 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400466 I woke up feeling much better. I have had a bottle 16.9oz of water (2 glasses) down. I have stuck to my breakfast plan. I do feel much better. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:24:11 EST 8/16/17 I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him. Galileo Galil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400465 Quote of the Day <BR> There is nothing more likely to start disagreement among people or countries than an agreement. <BR> E. B. White <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Love never dies of starvation, but often of indigestion. <BR> Ninon de L'Enclos <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> Our ind... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:18:39 EST G http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400464 Gh Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:14:09 EST Hump day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400463 After losing 34 pounds I think I've plateaued 😦 I'm still trying but wondering if I should try low carb or upping my calories........ Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:01:54 EST Charlie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400462 Our dear old golden retriever -- 13 in May -- is not doing well. <BR> <BR> His new pain meds prescribed about 10 days ago seemed to help. But yesterday before I got home from work he had what appears to have been a small seizure. Our vet has told us, watchful waiting. <BR> <BR> We are worri... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:01:35 EST Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400461 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/61218100-6b2f-4345-8774-0243131fbc8c.jpg"> <BR> I will be so happy when I can lose enough weight so I can walk further than I can now! I think to celebrate I'm going to get me a dog and that will keep me motivated and walking since I'll have to wal... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:57:50 EST Prolonging the experience even while prepping to go to work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400460 There's a YouTube video out there of the whole race (7 and a half hours long) from Saturday. Takes a while to get 4000 athletes through a race, and time the waves to avoid too much congestion on the bike course, etc. In any case, this year I discovered how to stream YouTube to my Smart TV, and ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:56:03 EST Uuuuuuuhhhhg http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400459 So. This whole time I have been going up and down. I almost made it to my goal. I was at 140.6 a week after my last post. I thought....woah. I did that fast. Ahhh but it was too good to be true. The weekends really get me and suck me in to eating poorly and not exercising. <BR> <BR> Last weekend... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:54:16 EST New beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400458 I have spent a lot of time and money trying to lose weight. I have a wedding to attend in a month and I would really like to wear a dress my daughter bought me lasr year. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:51:48 EST First week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400457 Well, my first week of being back on spark is in the books. I feel better! Lost 14.8pounds. ! I know that is not to be expected, most is fluids but still a great week! I focused. I walked. I sparked and most of all I prayed! Have a great week everyone!!! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:47:53 EST Happy Wednesday .. kind of a roller coaster week, but hanging in there !! YAY ME !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400455 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4cdacc78-352e-4f19-b665-8e5bdad7bef6.png"> <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, 16 Aug 2017 07:46:40 EST ??? Instead of !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400453 I continue clicking on things to discover more about this huge site..just found area that lists all goodies & notes, I've sent...looks like lots of you folks got question marks where exclamation marks should have been...so sorry for the operator error...take care, Kim Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:44:42 EST Back on Target! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400452 During my trip to MN and WI I gained five pounds. Well, those five are gone now plus a few more so I'm back on target for losing weight. It's not been easy. I guess I'm just eating less. <BR> <BR> Today is my Birthday and Mom is taking John and I out for lunch. I'm not sure what I want to do aft... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:43:15 EST dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400450 I eat my lunch at home and eat dinner at work because I work the afternoon shift. I make a balanced meal. It is portioned sized: protein, grains, vegetables, and fruit. Breakfast varies from day to day. I eat cereal most days, eggs once or twice a week and breakfast pizza with English muffin. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:40:07 EST On the lighter side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400449 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7914fb36-b22e-44cf-8fb5-cc1b88644be8.jpg"> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>386</em> Sparkers Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:34:51 EST HappyDay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400448 Still have jet lag can't sleep late fighting that but my time was so awedsome I really did not want to come back have a very blessed day Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:32:46 EST Changes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400447 I am three days out from my trail marathon and a few things have changed. <BR> 1) I am dealing with a slight injury. Last Saturday I tripped on a small stump. I caught myself with my left leg before I fell, but now my IT band is sore. I did a slow and easy 2.25 miles last night and was feeling i... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:26:46 EST The swimming suit dilemma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400445 Last month, while my grandkids were here, they wanted to go swimming and they wanted me to go with them. I did, but I refused to put on a swimming suit; instead I was fully clothed and sat on the side of the pool and oood and awed and clapped my hands and cheered my grandchildren on. The p... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:21:10 EST Cataract Update 8/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400444 Yesterday I saw Dr. Stackhouse and now am scheduled for cataract surgery 8/24. I am ready for this and looking forward. I hope I will be able to keep up with SP afterwards but not sure because of trying to read. Hope everyone is having a super week. I am. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:21:10 EST "I CAME" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400443 {I CAME} Because of your sins} {Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. {1Timothy 1:15b {KJB}} <BR> <BR> {I DIED} But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 {KJB}} <BR> <BR> {I AROSE} And this is the record that God have gi... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:20:03 EST Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400442 Trying to stay positive and have a great day happy hump day sparkpeople🐫🐪🐫🐫🙏🙏 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:15:40 EST Things we deserve.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400441 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/28daaa6d-e302-4088-b33e-aa531d55ddc4.jpg"> <BR> Beautiful Hydrangeas and white roses... <BR> (Borrowed photo) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e8019b06-544f-4d82-9de1-6ec4a003e875.jpg"> <BR> "Enjoy your day..." <em>213</... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:14:36 EST Taking the Assisted Living on an all-day outing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400440 Mum didn't want to go, but I told her beloved and I would also be going to assist the 16 very old people on a bus trip to Chatooga Belle farms about 1.5 hours away. They needed volunteers...I really wanted a break...but I'm trying to remember life is NOT all about US, but about others too. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:08:05 EST Wed weigh-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400439 8/9 weight: 202.6 <BR> current: 201.2 <BR> -1.4 lbs for the week <BR> -2.8 lbs for the year <BR> 4.6 lbs to go to meet 4 lbs loss for August <BR> At least it was better than last week! LOL. <BR> <em>386</em> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:06:10 EST 8.16.17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400438 need to cut back on my food intake, or eat healthier... been working out for 10 days, 9 days with workout program and 1 rest day... but scale says its creeping up.... eating ok... don't feel like I am overdoing it... but day one yesterday of a new job and it was overwhelming. <BR> <BR> ok keep a... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:05:56 EST Wellness Wednesday -- Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400437 I'm on day 8 of my planks challenge. Yesterday I was feeling the burn during Yoga. I did my daily timed plank first then I moved to my flow. I didn't realize it had a long plank in it as well. The good news is, I held it without hitting muscle fatigue. <BR> <BR> It also means I have more upper ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:04:14 EST Tuesday Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400436 Consistently getting about eight hours of sleep. Good day yesterday at work and call it a time at home with the family. Our oldest is still in Florida but comes back Saturday. Off to work this morning and then sailing this evening. I just learned that rice as arsenic in it and I've been eating 3/... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:59:15 EST Dr Seuss on reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400435 “The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” - Dr. Seuss <BR> <BR> As a teacher, I believe it is my responsibility to help create a life long love of learning and reading within the hearts and souls of my students! <BR> <BR> Have... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:51:40 EST My journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400434 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0b8105be-2c0e-4209-bd08-4f6c4ca93a2e.jpg"> <BR> Bella sats..Good morning ❤👍😙 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:50:10 EST Are you kidding me?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400433 THIS is the weather radar at 520 am. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a00411f5-8ab8-4c4c-bbc4-c72214ab13bc.png"> <BR> <BR> Over HALF of my markets have been rained out. Sigh. <BR> <BR> I'm going to work in the shop, I can't afford to slip and hurt anything! Classes start b... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:49:50 EST 8-16-2017-JOLLIES FROM JUDY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400431 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/31796517-66f4-4b95-a8e7-7047496d72ed.jpg"> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:48:32 EST 8/16/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400430 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9b3b62ea-6762-423e-bb4a-6b7d82dec994.jpg"> <BR> Anybody else??? 😃 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:46:52 EST Allergies - 4#!@#!^ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400429 'Nuff said - hoping this will end quickly...........certainly not a crisis (though Sunday's flareup was NOT fun), but still annoying! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:21:58 EST Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400428 Having trouble getting off sugar once again. I start out with"a few of these. Some of those" And before I know it I'm eating alot of everything! The more sugar I eat the more I want. HELP! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:15:55 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=8/16/2017=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG'S NOT MINE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400427 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b180133-648c-48d1-84f0-d5874eb48efb.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fa170fb3-7b4e-4e9c-9476-f88bdf71d5b9.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/56c9e76b-04c6-4c2b-810b-c74d8ced1c6a.jpg">God {ELOHIM} {{KJB}}hath... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:15:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, August 16, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400426 August 16, 2017 PLEASANT WORDS <BR> <BR> We may can hide what is in our hearts from others but we can’t hide it from God. And He is the one we need to be sure we are pleasing – not anyone else. Our words are more out there for all to hear. We may not realize who all is hearing them when we blurt... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:07:26 EST HUMP DAY OVER....OFF TO BYES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400425 My hump day is over and I am heading to byes.... <BR> It was a long day..... <BR> My colleagues memorial service went well and was so honouring of him... <BR> Now everyone has to come to grips with life moving on without him....thats the hard part.... <BR> <BR> Night <em>102</em> <BR> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:07:18 EST Property Taxes Review Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400424 Hi Sparks Friends, I got my Home Owners Property Taxes notice May 2017. These are for my home and are due paid by the end of the year. Many politicians keep saying they do not raise taxes. Yet I am not selling my home but the value of my home - allegedly is now worth $33,000 more this year than l... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:02:41 EST Girl Interrupted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400423 So this happened yesterday... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2bf3a101-948e-4be6-9c5f-4463b38bf6a3.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Yes, this girl has been interrupted, my Fitbit died! <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> It won't turn on or charge. It lasted a year. I will have to look for my ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:01:09 EST Healthy Meal Book Complete - Recipes fully calorie counted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400421 Hi guys. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bb560e65-de60-4a71-a07d-2168480f6718.png"> <BR> <BR> So as I was saying before...I'm compiling a healthy recipes/meal book of all the different food groupings I eat on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> After so many years of experime... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:42:58 EST JUST A THOUGHT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400420 <BR> <BR> <BR> The best way out <BR> is always through. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:35:32 EST Paying Homage to Elvis on the 40th Annniversary of his passing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400419 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHU-8yb11CQ </link> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:27:09 EST Tell a Joke Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400418 Tell a Joke Day <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b081b360-c3f2-4889-9a3e-2cbd7efacb88.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated: <BR> <BR> always August 16th <BR> <BR> Let's get serious now. We are not kidding. National Tell a Joke Day is a day to get your laughes. We ho... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:13:25 EST Revolutionary Time Travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400417 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17d5688b-381d-430a-886d-a29d7bedbd0f.jpg"> <BR> I have some exciting weekend plans. Traveling through time to 1920 has shown me how much has changed, and how much has stayed the same. The Old Governor Benjamin Pierce and his wife, Anna Kendrick P... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:13:07 EST Nature .. Day 125 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400416 <BR> A true heart is known by those it touches <BR> ~I-AM-TITANIUM <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9874c3c4-011d-4338-bceb-932af91f726a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/551bec8e-c4a9-4542-8b71-8c404086e728.jpg"> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:08:46 EST August 16, Genesis 16, The dumbest animal in the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400415 I've said this before and it offended some people, probably will again but it's still true. The dumbest animal in the world is a man with an erection. Alarm bells should go off in Abram's head but they didn't. And it should be the same for any man whose wife comes and tells him that it's OK to sl... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:56:01 EST Not sure why, but I'm definitely not complaining. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400414 For some reason, both yesterday and again today, I've discovered that I've needed considerably less food to satisfy my feelings of hunger. No idea why, it's just happened. Last night I ate only half of my freshly cooked fried rice before I was feeling satisfied. This morning a friend and I were h... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:47:23 EST Encourage one another... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400413 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/70341ee4-1679-48ea-b673-62f1ffaf539c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In this day & age, it is commonplace to see people tearing each other down. I challenge you today to encourage someone. <BR> <BR> 1 Thessalonians 5:11a says: So encourage each other and build ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:23:39 EST National Roller Coaster Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400412 August 16, 2017 <BR> NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER DAY (I'm a chicken) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bcb4ae7e-f0ef-46f9-81a6-f6f6b5f352f9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL TELL A JOKE DAY <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/639f09e1-7d5b-4bee-91cd-6be0cde53826.jpg"> <... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:52:01 EST Monday & Tuesday Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400411 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ccc7bc13-822f-48e5-a38e-8585ca20a550.jpg"> Monday & Tuesday Workout: Monday I did a workout with my Pilates Ring. Then tonight I did Body Beast Bulk Back. Trying not to allow my impatience to mess with my head. #dailygrind Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:41:56 EST Easy Protein Packed Breakfast to Stay Energized and Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400410 Breakfast is probably the most important meal of the day. A good and healthy breakfast will not just give you the energy you need to get through the day and breakfast with a good portion of protein will also help in keeping the appetite in check. High protein breakfast is perfect for maintaining ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:33:33 EST Well, you could knock me down with a feather, found just what we want!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400409 We went to a local furniture store yesterday after me trawling the internet for a TV cabinet, occasional tables, mirror for the hallway and a cabinet for the hallway (hours and hours of looking) only to find everything we wanted and LOVED under one roof and with a discount sale on!! <BR> Having ... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:27:00 EST Today's Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400408 " Be Grateful for All of Life : <BR> Each of us has been infinitely blessed - beginning with the gift of life. <BR> Whatever may appear to be missing or broken on any particular day, <BR> our glass is not half full, it is 99.9 % full." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, <BR> with link to jlh@S... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:06:09 EST Dancing Queen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400407 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFrGuyw1V8s </link> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:04:02 EST Don't groan 10~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400406 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0aef7ed9-2866-4e76-b7c5-c6e40a153649.jpg"> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:02:11 EST 8-15-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400405 I am grateful that I can afford my chief vice, books. I need to organize the house so I can access my books. Paid the bills that had accumulated last week. Brought in the stuff I picked up at the thrift store. Took out the recycling that I didn't have room for last week. Really do need to start t... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:27:08 EST I ordered cookbooks through Amazon & library ebooks,anyone help on deleting information? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400403 This week & next week I should get the 5 cookbooks I ordered, a long time ago I got rid of all my unhealthy cookbooks except one Christmas one. The cookbooks I ordered one called allergy free pantry with 100 recipes that have no wheat,gluten,dairy,eggs,soy or nuts and lots of information on stoc... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:20:12 EST Day 1 prelude to new beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400400 Today is a start of 57 days in a row of blogging and tracking my food accurately. Regardless if I'm struggling or not, I find committing to daily blogging and tracking food puts myself on the fast track path to reaching end point goal. <BR> <BR> This past week I I made considerable pr... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:31:32 EST Getting back to being me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400399 I will get my water in today. I will stay with in my allotted calories. I will workout. I will walk outside. I will log every bite of food I eat. I will do as planed. This is a plan with myself, I will not let me down!!!!!!! Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:18:25 EST The long term impact of the people in your life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400398 Remember that I mentioned in my last 2 blogs that I am very, very blessed? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d6b2db64-d33f-488e-851b-9bb2db2230b1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have some VERY close friends, my 'sisters from other misters'. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:18:07 EST Auto Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400397 I am trying not to stress out about more auto repairs. Seems like after spending so much money that I should have just gotten a new car. I hope this latest repair will make me think otherwise. Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:17:25 EST Maxine Needs SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400395 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/20500061-309a-46cf-9563-cb7dbf2790e6.jpg"> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:03:35 EST Tuesday, 8/15/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400394 Ugh! Just lost my blog to cyber space and don't have time to rewrite it tonight. So instead I'll leave today with this thought.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ef0481a-009c-4050-9949-343e998904af.jpg"> <BR> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:57:16 EST Day 590 ~ Cupboards are getting bare... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400393 Todays SparkPeople - August 15, 2017 Well two-fold...my daughter has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and no money for groceries. So literally for the last like 2 weeks we have been cleaning out the fridge: 1- no money to go shopping, 2- we need to clean out all we have. So for now on when we... Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:53:49 EST new video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400392 trying a new video today but have not chosen it yet Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:53:04 EST Igh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6400390 My get up and go has gone. After a long day of work, i really cant be bothered going to all my dance classes tonight. Help me motivate! Lol Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:40:39 EST