SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Summer 5% Challenge: Day One Day one of the 8 week challenge. I'm on the Tiger Monarch team. I'm giving this challenge my best effort ever and surpass my goal of 10 pounds. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:34:18 EST Weight refuses to budge despite excercise!!! I've been excercising like crazy for 8 days. My weight isn't budging. I'm eating 1,400 a day except one day I ate a little over 1,200 calories. I've been excercising very agressively. I want to break my plateau of 163 lbs. I'm petite so this isn't vanity weight I'm trying to shed but obesity weig... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:31:16 EST i i Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:28:37 EST It's the weekend Have a great day. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:24:41 EST Focus of the day Food Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:23:42 EST Ankle not keeping me down My sore ankle kept me from the gym all week, but it did not stop me from doing small amounts of exercise. I used my Leslie Sansone videos managing to get in three good days worth of exercise. All of which included my mom in some small ways. Wednesday me and her spent an hour at the pool and we di... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:15:12 EST Heavenly Summer Cooking and Eating I love to cook and in summer get excited to have fresh produce, more company around--which inspires me, and a bit more time to fuss with food. But I also like to be outside and active more. So the challenge is always menu planning and simple recipes. <BR> <BR> This week on my weekend grocery s... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:10:33 EST PSALM OF THE DAY ND MORE=6/25/2016=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">When I cry {untoThee} t... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 06:09:22 EST A Day in the Life Sometimes Life is Roller Coaster <BR> <BR> I started the day out well. I did a morning yoga workout and took a short walk in the cool morning air. Then I skyped my dad, to make sure he was doing OK. He's 91 and has been struggling to get his a-fib under control. He'd had a good night and he ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:53:39 EST Grown sons My sons are all grown up. The youngest just turned 34. How can that be? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> One day they are young, then I turn around, and they are men with babies of their own. I am reminded to never take one ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:51:36 EST After Dinner Snack: Blackberries & Greek Yogurt: 218 calories <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yummy <BR> <BR> 6 oz Blackberries, fresh <BR> 1 cup Greek Yogurt Plain Nonfat <BR> <BR> 1547 calories for the day Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:35:47 EST Friday I enjoyed visiting an elderly couple yesterday. He has had a leg amputated and has survived numerous accidents. She has also survived a terrible car accident. They live in a senior care facility and have been married 63 years. Their two children live on the other side of the country. It's been ha... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:25:00 EST 130 days out So today's big big big challenge- I am finally saying no to food pushers!!!!!!! Wish me luck!!!!! Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:21:01 EST NATIONAL CATFISH DAY June 25, 2016 <BR> NATIONAL CATFISH DAY - Umm, I grew up in the South - good ol' catfish fry <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL STRAWBERRY PARFAIT DAY - Another yum <BR> <img src=" Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:14:35 EST What if ... Saturday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I realized the truth in this? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I do have the power to do what I set my heart to .... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:56:58 EST Just for points.......nothing to say, really....... ........but the laptop *is* doing nicely after upgrading my browser of choice, so I guess that's something....... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:54:10 EST Day 20 for Witchy <em>424</em> Feeling a bit flat today, very low on energy but the sun is shining and Eva and I are going to make the most of that and head to town. I have to return some clothes I bought they looked dreadful. It is the one of the main things I miss, feeling good when you try on new clothes. ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:11:21 EST Burger on gluten free bread & Barbecue Flavored Quinoa Chips: 584 calories <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1 ALDI 85/15 beef burger- seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, garlic salt <BR> <BR> 2 leafIceberg Lettuce <BR> 1 slice Vidalia Onion, raw <BR> 2 slice, medium Beefsteak Tomato <BR> <BR... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 04:03:08 EST Challenge Day 3 Scale The Scale does hold a lot of power. I used to weigh myself multiple times a day and certainly every day when I have ever tried to actively lose weight. Then about 10 years ago or so I got rid of the scale (probably because I knew I had gained some weight and couldn't face facts). And just decided... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:56:14 EST Today's Inspiration " Remember that there are a million " wrong things in the world <BR> as well as a billion " right things ", <BR> so focus your energies on addressing with courage the few issues <BR> closest to your heart, and accept the rest of life with serenity." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with lin... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:47:23 EST TWO SALAD SATURDAY *******EXTRA...READ ALL ABOUT IT****** <BR> Kohlrabi: Not a spiritual leader. A vegetable you may have seen on the menu at a locavore, farm-to-table, all-organic, free trade restaurant. Looks like a turnip, tastes like a sweeter version of a broccoli stem. Kale is the new kimchi is the new kohlra... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 03:14:49 EST Day 174 ~ Last Camp Night <img src=""> We had a great time and already looking forward to next year. What I am doing to record my journey... 1. To blog everyday and include: 2. How many calories I consumed: 2,278 3. How much I weigh: ? 4. How... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 02:59:53 EST Saturday 😊 First time using this app. Whoooh losing weight is much harder than I thought it would be. Anyways, Hi to all of you. Have a good Day😊 Sat, 25 Jun 2016 02:57:07 EST And so it starts... It is 2:06 am on June 25th. I'm awake thinking about the things I would like to do for myself to get to where I want to be. I want to lose weight...I need to lose weight. There are multiple reasons why I want to do this - eliminate the body aches and tightness I feel, to look better and be mor... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 02:14:51 EST Yoga - once again A few years back I enrolled in a yoga class, expecting it would consist of easy stretching exercises and meditation. Oh, was I wrong! As it turns out, it was a class for integral yoga. It was very dynamic and involved. I loved it. Unfortunately, the class lasted only one year and I fell off the t... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 02:07:29 EST exercise excitement/diet difficulty In the past- there's been a lot of dieting and exercising in my past- my goals all had to do with getting skinnier, getting more toned, getting to look like a model while I was still 23 and able to shape myself that way. I know what it's like to survive on way too few calories, and barely have th... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 02:07:21 EST Life Just Happens! Whenever I decide I am going to do something, everything else always gets in the way! It is just a thing now that I have to come to expect. I decided to go to the gym at night, I started having all kinds of early things going on and was too tired. I decided to do gardens, it was 93-95 degrees ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:59:23 EST Healthy eating idea's I'm just wondering if anyone has any New healthy food idea's I'm getting tired of eating the same foods all the time. Anyone have any snack and salad idea's? Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:57:44 EST Dinner out yesterday My husband took me and the kids out to eat yesturday. It was nice but I did eat alittle to much carbs. We haven't went out like that in a long time. I'm feeling a little guilty. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:56:19 EST Losing weight I need to lose weight. I have lost 1.5 pounds already and had SP app for a month so I guess that's a start. I love this app so much it has helped me a lot so thanks so much SP Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:49:06 EST #keepitmoving I count every step, it adds up. I am a Retail Manager so I am walking all day at work. It really does add up. Keep moving!!! Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:45:34 EST Happy for my Son So, good news this week. My son, along with his accordion teacher, applied for a ND Council of the Arts grant last January and he found out on Wednesday that they got the grant. It pays for his lessons for the next 8-months plus gas to get back and forth to his lessons. <BR> <BR> It's a pretty... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:39:00 EST blogstreak day 24 - the journey begins made it to seattle after a long, hectic, and somewhat stressful day. my dad (almost 101 years old) is in the hospital getting a "tune-up". i guess we all need one every 100 years or so... i may have to head back east, though it will actually be heading west if we can get to sweden first. confusin... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:36:31 EST Day 11 of 30 Day Cleanse - 4th Try This is day 11 of my cleanse. Feeling fantastic, still energetic and...a few thank you's to all of you! Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:08:07 EST Good advice <img src=""> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:06:03 EST Jesus Gives You Rest <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meditate On <BR> <BR> ...Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." <BR> Matthew 11:28, NLT <BR> <BR> Jesus Gives You Rest <BR> <B... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 01:05:31 EST Day 1 I am a girl who wants to achieve and try to work hard to reach my dreams. But each and every moment I face comments like you are fat and you look big with my close peer group. It is extending to the relationships. I know that my weight is purely not genetic and I can fix it. I want to show them Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:59:13 EST We put flocculant in the pool tonight. We have several evenings of severe thunderstorms here and we haven't done anything to the pool. We bought a bottle of flocculant which will bind the tiny floating particles and pull them to the bottom of the pool. Tomorrow, we will need to vacuum the stuff out onto the ground. I think we have ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:59:10 EST Went to Maui We had our secretaries meeting on Maui today. It was great to see most of the secretaries (one campus could not make it). I had lunch with two Maui retirees who were my counterparts (two different offices) many years ago. It was nice to see them again after more than 7 years! <BR> <BR> Happy spa... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:55:39 EST A Time of Rest I am grateful today. I am grateful for my coworkers this month that worked with me to get the month end jobs done. I am grateful that I am done with everything and I have a break. I mean a real break this weekend. I have nothing looming over my head....can't tell you how good it feels. <BR> ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:54:23 EST Tonight's walk, photos I took an almost hour and a half long walk tonight. It was great. Here are some fun photos I took along the way. I hope everyone has a great weekend! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:53:25 EST Special June 25, 2016 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. Jim and I had special plans for today, but they were changed when we got stuck in a 3 lane traffic jam on the freeway. After 90 minutes, we both changed our minds and when Jim got a chance, he found his way out of the mess and we we... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:46:14 EST Gratitude June 24 2016 Number 1: I got to the gym and went biking. It was good. <BR> <BR> Number 2: We went to the recycle place and returned all the cans that have accumulated. We got a little over fourteen dollars. That is a lot of cans, <BR> <BR> Number 3: I now have a little more clue about running the snack... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:42:04 EST Basil Carbonara Hello Sparkfamily, Head on out to the garden and snatch up some fresh basil and...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 10 slices bacon <BR> 1/4 c fresh basil leaves <BR> 4 to 6... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:41:06 EST The name of the Game is Frustration! I have had quite the set back the past couple of months. I had to change jobs due to my health, plus I am now in physical therapy for my back which is helping a bit. I also now have to see a pain management specialist for my back, and he has taken my life away. I am not able to have my rice or an... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:34:46 EST Exercise I walked for 87 min on the treadmill today. I walked for 8 mi. I felt good when I finished. I have walked on the treadmill everyday this month for a total of 34 hrs. Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:29:31 EST Sometimes your mind can get in the way Today I was invited to try a new fitness program. It's $36 a week =144.00 a month! It's alot of money when you put it that way right!? They provide you with not only work outs but as well as herbal life products. It sounds great but me being my skeptical self and knowing on a single income budg... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:27:50 EST Newborn fawn - 6-24-16 Larry Pierce found this newborn fawn, testing out its legs and staying close to mom! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:26:17 EST A Year of Mercy Fasting Friday <BR> <BR> <BR> June 24, 2016 ~ Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist <BR> <BR> Prepare the Way for Others <BR> <BR> “Perhaps God’s plan for us includes preparing the way for others so that they may come to believe. We are asked to be holy as our Father is holy. By our ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:26:05 EST 24 Jun 2016 Tired ... Worked all day on laundry and the master bath. <BR> Knees and back are talking to me. When I am done <BR> it will be spring cleaned. :-) <BR> <BR> I am mucho tired tonight going to get to bed soon. <BR> <BR> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:21:38 EST First day Today is my first day using this app I have a lot of weight to loose and some minor health issues to deal with that are directly linked to my weight Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:20:41 EST Good bye to the past....Hello to the Future <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Said a tearful goodbye to my car today! It had started to give me some problems that needed fixed one after the other and finally enough, was enough. After 13 years, I knew it was time. <BR> <... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:19:00 EST Bye, Beyonce; hello, Daniel. When I started this six weeks ago, I weighed 318 lbs: and I'm going for a goal weight of 185. That's pretty high, I know - it would put me at a BMI of 27.5, and I'd be officially overweight. But I've been at 185, and it was comfortable and easy and good. When I dieted down to 165/a BMI of 25/the ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:18:55 EST Full work out <img src=""> <BR> I painted my bedroom in one day. I went up and down a 6 ft ladder about 15 times to reach the high spots and did squats to get the low spots. I am so sore. But I got a great work out and a pretty room... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:14:44 EST Friday Today I went out before my lunch time and walked 4 miles. After work I walked half a mile to the bus stop. After my husband picked me up from the transit center, we went bowling. We bowled 3 games. I won one out of three. We didn't walk when we got home. <BR> <BR> Fitbit: 7.04 miles 15,8... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:10:38 EST Friday's Words to Ponder <img src=""> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:09:57 EST It's the weekend and I am still on track! Well this is a first. It's Friday night and I am on plan??? I don't understand what is happening? This no debit card thing seems to be working so far. It helps that we spent all our money on our son's birthday party for this weekend. <BR> <BR> I don't have much to say other than ...yay...and I h... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:00:37 EST Mowing the lawn was a filthy business The wind was blowing briskly so the dust and dirt <BR> should have blown away with no problems. <BR> But all the extra leaves that blew down a week <BR> ago was a dirty mess. I came in so dark I don't <BR> think my mama would have recognized me. <BR> The only normal skin tone on my face was <BR> ... Sat, 25 Jun 2016 00:00:18 EST Niagara Falls and plenty of walking We went to Niagara Falls again today . We walked for miles and then after dinner walked more. Enjoying all the fitness. Got 7.5 miles in and my one guest and I are doing a half marathon in the morning. (attempting one) Hope myhip holds out. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:58:04 EST Busy day <img src=""> <BR> I'll do better tomorrow I hard no time today for anything. Sure do feel better when I do yoga in the morning. 😊 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:49:30 EST Day 11 of 30 Day Cleanse This is day 11 of my cleanse. Feeling fantastic, still energetic and...a few thank you's to all of you! Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:48:49 EST Almost got in late thanks to a temp job I love this temp job, just wish I could handle standing for long periods of time or have a chair or stool (which isn't feasible there). I did get over 11 miles. I didn't expect to get that but happy I did. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:48:26 EST Time To Renew My Goals After pigging out tonight at the picnic I think it is time to look over my goals. Time to get a hold of myself and admit I have a problem. It seems like my alter ego or the sinful selfish side of me wants to eat whatever I want with no restrictions.Before we got there I had a plan to watch what I... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:44:38 EST Animals ;-) 6/24/16 Lullaby Time... <BR> <link><BR>ant-falls-asleep-whenever-her-caretake<BR>r-sings-a-lullaby?utm_source=feedblitz<BR>&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=<BR>FeedBlitzRss&utm_content=Elephant+Fall<BR>s+Asleep+Whenever+Her+Caretaker+Sings+a+Lullaby </link> <B... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:43:48 EST Victory Dance! :) A video telling you of my victory this week with a fun question! Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:36:51 EST Day 2 of my 30 day challenge! <img src=""> Today was the second day of my challenge and I did: 70 jumping jacks 2.1 miles walked/jogged 100 crunches 30 burpees 35 push-ups I'm feeling pretty good but I definitely should have eaten more today ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:36:50 EST Day 174: Almost forgot lunch, but ate something at 3:30 I got busy today and forgot to eat lunch. At about 3:30, I realized I was hungry and I didn't want to eat lunch that late because I wouldn't be hungry enough for dinner. <BR> <BR> I ended up getting a bagel for 160 calories and a packet of Breakfast Essentials for 130 calories with 1% milk for 1... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:34:35 EST 5% Summer Challenge I'm excited to begin the 5% Summer which starts tomorrow and ends Aug 20th. <BR> I am committing to follow the program and lose 5% of my starting weight, eating healthy, and portion controlled meals and snacks. Also exercise 10 to 30 minutes per day. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:32:21 EST Friday Busy day. Was with my mother an two sisters, haven't been with them for years, it was nice. Everyone have a healthy weekend. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:27:04 EST Noticing this life choice was worth it Today was my weigh in was 225.5 now am 223.5 this is the 2nd week in a row i lost 2 pds. The nurse at the vna even decided she needed to check my measurements we found out my number for my hips before sp was 51.5 now is 48 so something working. If i keep this up i may be able to get off a med.... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:21:19 EST Saturday Have avery blessed day and enjoy living having a very tough week hugs Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:20:34 EST Crazy day Ever have one of those days where you know ahead of time that going in it is going to be crazy! Today was one of them. I got a call from work yesterday stating that I would not only do my normal team but split the late office team. My normal team today is the helper for the late office person and... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:04:51 EST DAY 126 <img src=""> <BR> Well I finally accomplished all my goals today! 1. Woke up @ 5 am 2. Did 82 minutes of fitness 3. Stayed within my macros & calorie range 4. Got my fiber, (had a salad) 5. Walked 10,000 steps 6. Dr... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 23:01:07 EST Still Undertall (Ready for the Challenge!) It's Friday night and tomorrow the Summer 2016 5% Weight Loss Challenge begins! The Teams have been populated, invitations have been sent and accepted. The individual Team Pages have been set up and team members have been posting to them as they accept their invitations. There is always a "par... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:58:23 EST Saturday It has rain solid since I got up so did all my housework trying to get my excersice done with my walking done on the treadmill. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:58:19 EST Getting Ready I had my hair cut and styled today. Went to my brother's. My sister-in-law took some pictures of me for my new website. I'm getting excited about my life coaching business. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:54:24 EST Walking on the Beach Today I walked on the most beautiful beach in the world for four miles. It was awesome. I got over the weird body shame issue I was having this week, what ever that was. Lame and halting, for sure. I cannot let myself get to that point ever again. I am beautiful and just a bit puffy! My sto... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:53:43 EST "FREE STATE OF JONES"--A MOVIE REVIEW <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Matthew McConaughey is a powerful actor in a powerful role but “Free State of Jones” is not as powerful a screenplay, by Gary Ross, as it could have, should have been. All the elements are there... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:52:07 EST I have a question... I started back on SP on April 4th but didn't start exercising (riding my recumbent bike) on June 9th. I have been tracking the amt. of time, the number of miles & the type of activity but I can't find the figure that says how many TOTAL miles I have ridden since June 9th. Any suggestions? It is a... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:52:02 EST Hydraulic Rsistance <img src=""> <BR> The unigue features of hydraulic resistance make it possible to perform strength training and cardio at the same time. You will push forward with one muscle group and pull back with the opposing muscl... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:48:42 EST Purses Galore! <img src=""> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:47:41 EST Day 680 6 out of 7 days running and only 1 day of rest.....not working Oh my I'm just beat this evening. I ran a lot again today. At least I got what I needed but now I have to carry the 20 lb. bag of cat food in the house. I did not try to do it today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday when I was at mom's she wanted to know if she could have to July 4th decorations. So I ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:45:37 EST Juicing I want to do a three days juicing cleanse but I've heard both good and bad things about them any suggestions? Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:43:27 EST Progress not Perfection Hello all, I haven't blogged in a while because I usually don't have much to say. I'm not a big talker even outside of virtual reality (internet). <BR> <BR> I decided to do my measurements early this month and I got a surprise. Not only have I lost 2.4 pounds this month. <em>224</em> I go... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:42:02 EST Two, two days ah ah ah ahhh Two days in a row I dragged my but to the gym for some fitness, tracked my nutrition and day one for tracking water. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I could have made better choices while eating but happy I tracked... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:41:50 EST 4 days of walking Walked to save a lot twice, went to the zoo and went on a walk with a friend and her baby. Now to decrease the food and increase the exercise! Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:41:07 EST Fried phone My phone fried was lost without it for 4 days but now I got a new one and now back on track Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:38:00 EST Just turned 40 & I'm back at losing weight. At the end of 2014 I finally got under 170 (barely), but then one of my biggest dreams came true. I FINALLY got pregnant with my beautiful baby girl. My husband & I tried for 7 years for her. Now we have 3 sons & 1 daughter. Our daughter was actually due on our twin granddaughters' 2nd birthday, ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:36:43 EST Reflections on a Featherweight Spirituality: Cowards Never Started // An Ageless Fresh Start <em>524</em> <BR> Once again laziness overcame me yesterday to keep up with these little readings. I've also come to realize that now I am in chapter 2 of this book, a lot of these readings are very self-explanatory not really requiring my input. So, today there is two: <BR> <BR> 6/23 Cowar... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:36:14 EST Daily calories <img src=""> <BR> Almost made my first goal of calories today but the high calorie breakfast I had didn't help. Going to make my lunch and breakfast and make plans for a great dinner. First day done second day is more ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:33:27 EST June 24 I got walking in. I almost missed out on yoga because I had a bad internet connection. So glad that after I shut down and restarted all was good again. So I got yoga in and stepping. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:28:32 EST Going down the track Rough day today! Woke up not feeling great. So I look at it as we all have off days tomorrow is a new day. Even though it was off I still ate healthy. I was tired most of the day so I kept thinking don't get discouraged just do your best with the situation. Have a wonderful day! Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:24:22 EST Three Years Have Passed... Hello everyone! It has been over three years since I used SparkPeople. A lot has happened since my last entry to my blog. <BR> <BR> First of all, I am back up on my weight so I am starting all over again at my current weight today of 182.8 lbs. I started working out in April at a starting w... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:22:36 EST Exercises I think I'm gonna try dancing I love music and I used to love to out dancing when I was younger I haven't gone out to dance in a while but I think I still have a few moves nothing fancy 4 days a week m_s about 10_20 mins a day mornings starting asap for 30 days I think I'm bored with walking and ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:19:09 EST Question #2 for Members of 5% Challenge One of the Cloverleaf leaders posted a new thread asking if we are ready to start the challenge and ask if we need help with anything. I started to post this there, then thought a blog might be a better place for this. <BR> <BR> The one thing I could use help with: Does anyone know how to prop... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:18:26 EST Finally Friday-.Zumba and friends It was a good day. Taught all morning, lunched with the ladies, and then had a early supper and listened to a band called Billy the kid. It was a nice day even with the thunderstorms. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to sleeping.Hope you day was good Sleep well! <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:15:41 EST LOOK ING FORWARD TO TOMORROW Hubby is off tomorrow so,he called the real estate agent and we are seeing 4 houses tomorrow morning. I am getting excited about it. Asked Hubby if he is ready to make this commitment and he is excited about it. We purchased our little bungalow 36 years ago when we were living paycheck to payc... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:14:25 EST Be Happy <img src=""> <BR> At the end of the day be proud of your accomplishments!!!! Feel good about yourself 😊 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:11:41 EST Day 24 I've been using SP for 24 days and have only lost 5 pounds. I need to exercise, I watch my calories and log everything. I need to force myself to get more exercise til it become a habit. I'm doing this for me. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:09:24 EST Day 3 Today seemed to be easier for me but tonight feeling a craving for sweets. I surely won't be getting any but the craving is there and badly but I am tired of the weight and I know the cravings will go away. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:09:06 EST Grub Hoe Work Out! My new favorite workout involves a grub hoe (or maddox)... ivy... bushes... swinging that thing over my head and into the ground. It's like taking a cross between a hoe and an axe and beating the living snot out of an overgrown tangle. It feels awesome... great stress release... I feel the whol... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:08:49 EST Day 61 Yuck! So, after work things got the better of me today. I came home went to get groceries (first mistake) by the time we got home but head was splitting and I was starving. Hubby suggested pizza.. I said no at first but then my will power broke for a bit. I found their healthiest option and order... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:08:04 EST Off the wagon Today I fell off the wagon bad. A year ago today my sister past and I made the stupid decision that if I wanted to eat yunk today I could. I went over bored with the yunk food. Tomorrow I'll get back with my healthy eating. I hope to get stronger, I really want to be the healthiest I ever been. I... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:07:15 EST Hard to believe It has been 4 years since my last blog. Guess it took a while to find a replacement for running which was my motivator. Biking is now what I can do so I need to figure out how to make it work. I think single track will give me the challenges I seek just need to ease into . Lost a few week this sp... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:05:53 EST Make A Difference Difference makers aren't looking after their own happiness. They strive to be useful and have a genuine compassion for others. They put action to their words and produce fruit in their lives. Often times, they pray that God will send people in their path who need a special touch or a word of enco... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:05:03 EST We doing this for life.. <img src=""> <BR> We are never looking back.. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:58:05 EST Great day <img src=""> <BR> Woke up had great breakfast then went to gym in afternoon rocked my cardio now heading to see the new grandbaby LANDON TYLOR Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:56:38 EST Regular "Vlogs"... Food for thought... So after posting my first Vlog yesterday (which was originally created for my Beachbody Challenge), I thought maybe I should do a regular one (maybe once a week) specific for my SP interests. As you know - I lead the team Cutting Down the Booze and I thought perhaps I could post a once a week Vlo... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:55:23 EST Shabbat Shalom! <img src=""> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:55:15 EST Plate method <img src=""> Even though I'm really liking low carb, I did take a look at Plate Method and it looks pretty good! Food pyramid was confusing because it displayed priority, but not really proportions. Plate method seems... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:53:47 EST Daily Blogging: 6-24-16 It was a quiet day for me today. I didn't have any cleaning to do, so I took the whole day off. I slept in, spend some time in my garden just poking around, took a nice quiet bike ride, did some fun little crafts, spent some time with my mom. It was a good day. <BR> <BR> I did not weigh mys... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:52:16 EST Epic failed on diet today I totally epically failed on my diet/healthy eating plan today. But I am trying to stay positive. I've had a rough week so I think I deserved it. I do wander if this is the proper way to deal with it or not? (By the way, rented Game of Thrones season 1 & 2 from my school library. I've watched t... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:51:40 EST Tuna-mushroom wrap x2: 550 calories <img src=""> <BR> <BR> something cool to eat on a hot, hot day! <BR> <BR> 2 liveGfree Plain Wraps <BR> <BR> 1 can (5 oz can = 4 oz tuna) StarKist Chunk Light Tuna in Water, drained <BR> 1 fl oz Lemon Juice <BR> 1/2... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:48:56 EST Day 346 - Is That Me? Sometimes when I see myself in pictures now I can't believe it's me. After having lost 50 pounds I'm amazed at how different I look. This trip has been a real eye-opener because all the old friends that I hadn't seen in a year have commented on how much weight I have lost. It really does feel goo... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:48:45 EST Cravings Have you ever had a great day - well within your nutrition ranges, 30 minutes of exercise - to just be slapped across the face by late night cravings? PMS is THE.WORST. I made some Fat Free / Sugar Free Vanilla Instant Pudding and found some chocolate teddy grahams in the cupboard. I thought my... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:45:22 EST It's tiring to keep's time to go: Procrastination is the fear of success. <img src=""> Do you keep delaying something that must be done, frequently because it is unpleasant or boring? We've got to deal with a problem at some point...are we just procrastinating? Quotes: "People procrastin... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:44:26 EST June 24, 2016 Ah, Friday. Of course, it's really just another day. My Thursdays are really the end of my work week, unless you count Sundays... Anyway, I was up at 5:00 as normal after another crappy night of sleep. Not sure what the deal is, but I'm guessing it's maybe hormone related... I decided to do yoga... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:40:07 EST Question for Members of 5% Summer Challenge 2016 What happens to the pounds we lose? I'd never thought to ask till I saw a returning Clover comment that she had left several pounds behind on the spring plane. I am concerned that I might trip on it or somehow absorb it - you know how easily weight goes on. Did you be sure one of the fast teams g... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:39:54 EST You can't stop me I'm running away from home. It's time. Yes, I love my new home. Yes, I live at the beach. <em>198</em> <BR> I'm sure I mentioned a few months ago... my sister tripped over a kettle bell, at the gym, & broke 2 bones in her left foot.... Then came the surgery. Well, it seems feet are much slowe... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:38:41 EST Time and Money Today's blog is a departure from the usual Spark People fare of diet, exercise, and promotion of health and fitness. It touches some of those areas, but mostly it's about time and money. <BR> <BR> Don't worry, I won't ask for donations. <BR> <BR> Most of us trade significant chunks of time for... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:33:16 EST (43) Ahhhh It IS the weekend! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I'm sitting in my comfy chair with my feet up, relaxing! Boy does it feel good to chill! Ahhhh! <BR> <img src=" Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:32:28 EST 7 Day Check In It's one week in, and i am looking back to see what i have changed, what i have learned that might make "this time" different. I am not making promises to myself any more. It is what it is is my only promise. I will loose, at times i will gain; i know and accept that. Other times will stay ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:31:16 EST Friday! It's been a good day. Had my last PT today, my guy was very impressed at how well I had done and how much I had improved from the first time. I'll continue to do the exercises they did with me. After lunch went to Meijer's and got all my juicing ingredients or so I thought, discovered when I star... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:30:02 EST Well that's annoying I wrote a fantastic blog but hit the back button too many times and lost it. 😭 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:25:45 EST Day 223 Thankful for a full day even though I did get any sleep last night. Thankful it is the weekend! Enjoy it everyone I am off to catch up on sleep! Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:24:57 EST Cheerios, strawberries, almond milk: 195 calories <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hot, hot weather today. Keeping it simple. <BR> <BR> 1 cup Cheerios Cereal, original <BR> 1 cup Strawberries, fresh, sliced <BR> 12 oz Almond Milk, Unsweetened Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:24:51 EST Tracking and hard days Yesterday, my grandfather and I made tuna salad. But for a twist, we put canned chicken in it. I try to track it yesterday, but I don't think I did very good. Because, I apparently went over my calorie goal. Can someone tell me, is it possible to just track tuna salad even if there is chicken in ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:22:57 EST 6/24/16 TGIF! Used to mean a lot to me. I decided today to start a project that I have been putting off for many years. Our disgusting basement. It leaks and I have been ignoring it for way to long. So since I had to replace a window down there and got so disgusted by how dirty we have let it becom... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:20:13 EST 1 week I have been injured for 1 week. I am still waiting to see what I did to my knee and getting test. Eating right has been very hard since it hurts to stand at times and I am still walking with crutches. My kids and me have been eating out way too much. I am trying to pick healthier choices even whe... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:19:43 EST Wow a year since I made a blog entry. Lots of changes I really need to make a total overhaul on my Sparkpage and it has changed a lot also just like me. Recently I regained a lot of the weight I lost and I have to change that, I had never reached my original goal. <BR> <BR> I have now been on my c-pap a little over a year and I stay awake most of t... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:16:13 EST Checking In <em>67</em> Just checking in 'cause I want to say, <BR> "Hope everyone has a great day!" <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking, Everyone! Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:14:38 EST Day 1 Friday June 24th, 2016. <BR> Three years ago I was 115 lbs. I am now 137 lbs. I've been going to the gym on and off since February but I haven't lost a single pound. I've been trying to eat healthier and change my lifestyle. I think the worst thing for me is my body has changed quite a bit and I ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:14:32 EST Inspiration, Pt. 2 Here's another motivational picture adorning the walls of the student lounge where I wait (and walk back and forth) while waiting for my daughter who's taking a four sessions workshop upstairs! <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:14:25 EST Holy "cow" 🐄 I found pics today from when I hit my 250lb goal. I started at 280lbs and today I'm at 210lbs well the diffence is unbelievable to me I don't know if I'll reconize my self by my 180lb goal or not and I can't imagine my body by my final goal of 140 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:14:15 EST Day 3 & 4 I have had 2 back to back bad day's. Didn't do so well tracking my food and absolutely NO exercising was done. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:08:10 EST What I've done to loose weight, fight depression, fight pain and Mid life ageing. Maybe this can help someone else...I've had my right ankle i can understand the Pain. I was at 255 lbs. I'm 48. Loosing the weight will help with the depression...I've been there. This is how I lost over 55 pounds this year: <BR> <BR> 1st I found something to do besides sit aro... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:06:28 EST Preparation for 5% Summer Challenge: Steps 5 & 6 Preparation for 5% Summer Challenge <BR> <BR> Step 5: "Win Tomorrow" Check list <BR> <BR> See the Step 3 assignment about creating a list of the routine things we need to do everyday to win. This step has us preparing so we'll be ready to implement that list. <BR> <BR> Here is our Leader Lyn... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:00:32 EST Day 8: Tired My son was up 4 times last night, which never happens. He eventually fell asleep in my bed and Daddy got the guest room. I am exhausted, so we're calling this a rest day. Almost 9pm and I'm off to bed (My Bug is at Gramma's house for the weekend). Weigh-in in the am, followed by walk/jog numb... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:59:51 EST Day 531/gout <em>24</em> What a crazy day! I had a very busy morning and then invited Aunt G over for lunch and to teach me about how to read a sewing pattern... I should have stuck with Google and Youtube. After she told my DD that she stank (she had just taken a shower and did not, in fact, smell bad), sh... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:52:21 EST Well, almost ready <img src=""> <BR> Got the koi pond in, some of the landscaping round it is done, hard to do when it's 99 and higher. Just have to get some riff raff and sand and egg rocks to finish tomorrow depending on the weather. ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:48:31 EST when your fat clothes don't fit... ...and you are a week away from big vacation and you know you've gained's discouraging. As I mentioned, I had a pretty significant gain, which is what happens when you don't weigh for a while and are KIND OF doing the right thing. <BR> <BR> Well, I'm not one of those people who gave ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:45:13 EST Living with hypothyroidism This has been a big week for me. I'm at the healthiest weight I've been in ages. It's taken some work to put the weight I needed back on, I was scared to gain to much as my body metabolizes slowly and th Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:43:34 EST Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pray for Peace. <em>459</em> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:43:12 EST I love food So I really love food which really makes this hard. I work in a candy store, I have a hard time walking away from junk food. I'm really trying to eat healthy and lose weight. For now I have a husband and will always have my daughter. I'm trying to be able to show my baby girl you don't have to us... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:39:23 EST Friday evening I walked 10,000 steps today. 2,500 steps beyond my goal. It is very warm here, enough to probably turn the A/C on tonight. Tomorrow is to be even warmer, 86-90 degrees. In MIchigan we learn to travel with coats, sandals, sunscreen and ice scrapers, all on the same day. <BR> <BR> I have a d... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:39:09 EST 14,391 Steps = 6.81 Miles I'm on a roll, unstoppable, fearless & I'm in full beast mode ! Current Stats : 14,391 steps / 6.81 miles / 30 minutes strength training with body weight , dumbbells and kettle bells / laundry duty & yoga. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:33:14 EST New Windows Tomorrow Finally, tomorrow our new windows will be installed. We ordered them almost 3 months ago. I think our energy bill will go down, sure hope so anyway Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:32:32 EST Happy Day! Well my nephew got married today, what an amazing day it was! The sun shone, we had a beautiful buffet lunch and enjoyed our new families. I feel so happy, yes, I did overeat but I knew I was going to. I'm still on here and filling in my food and exercise so that counts for something right? Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:26:37 EST Friday Today I went to the grocery store and got some more fruits and veggies. Blackberries and pineapple are my new favorite treat. I am so glad Blackberries are back in season. I could eat them all day. <BR> <BR> Tonight I was listening to an old mix cd I made years ago. Billy Joel's song Second Win... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:13:26 EST 3 day's rambling Third day tracking my meals. I am the closest to my goal calorie total today and for once I am over 1000 calories. I didn't have a midmorning snack today, so once I start doing that, I should be good. <BR> <BR> I've been cleaning the basement up. Time to get rid of all the homeschooling mat... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:11:43 EST Happy Friday <img src=""> <BR> Crazy busy times, hanging in there making dreams a reality! One of our projects Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:07:36 EST I cheated...well sort of My ex-husband got us dinner at Bill Miller's. I had the chicken delight salad. I didn't eat the bacon bits, and I only used a little over half the dressing. But here's the thing...I am just freaking exhausted. I know that we is the whole thing is about 750 calories. And I know sans bacon bits and... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:05:17 EST Food I really need to stick to this diet thing but my days are never on the same schedule. What's your guys tips and tricks when you have zero constancy? Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:02:12 EST A Poem That Was Us..... A little house with three bedrooms, <BR> One bathroom and one car on the street <BR> A mower that you had to push <BR> To make the grass look neat. <BR> <BR> In the kitchen on the wall <BR> We only had one phone, <BR> And no need for recording things, <BR> Someone was always home. <BR> <BR> We... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:01:35 EST Scaleless I stopped weighing myself yesterday and am staying away from the scale for a week. Eating a reasonable amount of good, healthy food and getting some healthy exercise everyday is the point, not what the scale says. So I'll just follow my program and see where I am at in a week. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:01:16 EST "Today, I Intend to......." Anne Alexander, author of Sugar Smart Express, has written a book about overcoming sugar cravings. Most of it is about what food to eat, but she also writes that setting an intention each morning helped her put her own health and well-being first. She wants us to do it, too: <BR> 1. Start with a ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:01:10 EST A Workout in Honor of I was chatting on FB with a SparkFriend last night who is going through a tough time. She and I first bonded over a love of exercise. She has an emergency medical issue that will not allow her to exercise, and will keep her in the hospital for about a week. My poor friend! <em>46</em> <BR> <... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:55:01 EST OK So I'm having issues I gained weight at my last weigh-in, but my right leg was swollen nearly twice its size. Yes, that's my surgical side. It's been 9 months since my reconstructive foot surgery. I thought I was doing really well. <BR> <BR> At my monthly check-in, my dr was so concerned that I might have a bloo... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:53:34 EST Unhappy Camper!! I lost 2 pounds and then turned around with out changing anything and gain it right back! My body is just messing with My mind! But I have news for My body My mind is going to win!! OH YES IT IS!!! I just have to keep working at it!!!!! Have a wonderful evening! Luv Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:52:11 EST TGIF <img src=""> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:46:10 EST Hard time Tod ay has been hard was finally able tiger swim time in Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:41:23 EST Cats are funny. Love warm fuzzy cats they are cuddly funny and independent. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:41:14 EST I'm new to all this I've never. Done this exercising blog thing before but if I'm going to reach my goals I need some sort of support group I recently went to the doctor and found out I was way more heavy than I originally thought, then I got a call yesterday saying my cholesterol was too high and I have to go on ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:36:23 EST Doubt needs to be erased Sometimes ...we inherently doubt what we can achieve...and it undermines everything we do. <BR> <BR> I work from son just started his summer holidays, and today I had a really bad day food wise...and emotionally charged with a fight with my husband. Doesn't happen often anymore so wa... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:34:13 EST New doctor I went to a new doctor today... I have generizaled anxiety disorder. Depression. Ocd. And fibromyglia... I am in pain 24 7 have been. Since I was 16 when I weighed 160 lbs... I am at 237 now at 29 years old. I went to a new doctor and they pretty much said u was fat and need to lose weight I sho... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:30:06 EST First Ensemble & Cutting Out my Design Today is the day! I took a class (March-May) on Draping and Drafting ... leading to Designing Clothes. The finale was to design a garment to fit me exactly. I made this for the class as my mock-up and was happy with it. However, the instructor pointed out that it didn't fit exactly--the shoul... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:15:44 EST Day 3 and Feeling Great Walking is still a little slow but once my foot gets warmed up I am a walking maniac! Today I did 2 large laps with DH since he had the day off. It was a bit warmer than it has been. After our walk he headed over to older DD's house to install a new screen door for her. She has had it for 3 y... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:15:02 EST Has it really been 200 days since blogging? Stiff hands have made using my Kindle to blog nearly impossible and I no longer have a working computer. So I dropped into the library to print out some certificates that I have received from some continuing education classes that I took (and passed, yea still don't have dementia, lol). Thought... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:14:42 EST CHEAT DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😁 <img src=""> <BR> Brats and chips. Hot off the grill. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:14:19 EST Mad cat after his bath! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bob is ignoring DD, his owner, and me, too. Bob went to DH because we just gave him a bath and he is mad at us. <BR> <BR> DH was reading the paper! Now the newspaper is wet, too. <BR> <BR> ch... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:10:16 EST Day 1 - already a mis step Woke up this morning to day one which should start with a weigh-in but somehow I forgot. My goal is to do introduce something new every day and post my accomplishments. While my eating was not pristine I did drink 72 ounces of water and got over 13,000 steps. I made it to the grocery store and... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:10:12 EST 30 Days!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I didn't start out with the intention of creating a streak, just a daily accountability blog, but I am loving it! Thank you, Sparkpeople! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Day 30, Daily Goal: 10,... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:07:52 EST Too Busy I had family in for Memorial Day Weekend, actually for an entire week. Trying to make food for a vegetarian, gluten free, and carnivores became overwhelming by the end of the I quit taking time to log calories...and eat right. Here it is, a month later, and I am just getting back to ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:03:42 EST Feeling hopefull... So I have been buying clothes in all sizes down to a size 18. I hadn't purchased anything under this size because I have a mental block that makes it seem impossible for me to get below a size 18. Well the other day I was able to where a pair of size 18 pants that I bought a few months ago. Th... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:59:57 EST Maybe we need to do a little thinking. Sometimes, when we are angry we tend to make wrong decisions. England made a wrong decision and now they are paying for it with the stock market. Can this happen to us here? Will we make the wrong decision when we vote in Nov? We can not let anger rule our lives. It only bring on stress, which co... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:59:23 EST Friday, 6/24/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Got Isaac off with Meg this morning and then took Maegann to Subway for breakfast, to the pet store for something she needed for her hamster and then to the grocery store. Once the grocer... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:58:13 EST Strange sort of day and an evening ride Woke up to the 'leave' news. Right oh. Politics is going to get interesting. I doubt that the world will stop spinning and I doubt that England will spontaneously combust. Anyway, Norway and Switzerland are not EU members and they do OK. <BR> <BR> The post came and our flat has been reassessed a... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:56:57 EST Taking it easy on Friday~ Today's Goals: Friday 6.24.2016 <BR> 1. Grateful for another day, good health, family <BR> 2. Prayer <BR> 3. Study Luke, audio, write scripture <BR> 4. Clear out moving boxes <BR> 5. Finish lace crochet block <BR> 6. Read library book <BR> <BR> When my water arrived I had meant to post a pic of ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:55:40 EST Terrible Realization Today I cannot have a cheat day or meal. Unless I account for every single bite and work above my normal exercise to burn every single morsel. This past weekend we went on a retreat and all the meals were provided and there werent any options. The food was the food. I didnt eat the deserts, went ligh... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:55:27 EST Avoided Binge, Ate Oatmeal I looked at my calories over time report, and I haven't had a binge in 20 days tomorrow! <em>104</em> It wasn't that long ago that I was bingeing everyday. <BR> <BR> I was fricking *ravenous* after work, but instead of bingeing I breathed slow and made myself two servings of oatmeal (300 calo... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:55:23 EST Did it Got almost nine miles in today Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:51:36 EST Hubby's wheelchair is driving me crazy! Lots of aggravating noises, etc. His only movement is riding around the house. Back and forth. Back and forth. There is not much room or variety: at the table then at his computer desk then at the TV to flip channels, then to the bedroom and back. Sometimes outside. <BR> <BR> He continually makes the chair recline and sit up st... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:50:12 EST Better Choices It's amazing how different foods can make your body feel. I have been doing good all week with my calories. Tonight we Went to dinner at Bob evans, usually I would get a breakfast meal. Instead, I choose grilled chicken, macaroni and fresh fruit. My meal came with unlimited bread, I only ate hal... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:44:23 EST The bulge My belly bulge begins under my breast and wraps around my waist like a fuzzy bear. Have started Pilate's to reduce it and some yoga. Need to shed this bear. Grrrrrrrrr Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:43:03 EST Changes Are Afoot. I have had the "luxury" of not working much the past few months, while I work on my health and finish getting caught up on numerous projects-finishing getting settled into our new house (we moved in just under a year ago) and getting up to speed on a big back log of paperwork, filing and tax crap... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:43:03 EST Damn Straight! <img src=""> <BR> Her or him. WE GOT THIS! Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:40:34 EST The Little Mermaid Off for a walk with friends then to see a friend star in "The Little Mermaid. " Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:39:29 EST Bored 😫 Its raining where I live, my kids are big teenagers and out with their friends. My husband is out paying bills. Ive made dinner and ate alone. I dont have anything to clean did that earlier. Now food crosses my mind only because ive chosen to make some changes in my life. I stay on the internet (... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:37:16 EST TGIF Warm Fuzzies :-) Laughter is good medicine! Wishing all my Sparkies a great, happy weekend! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:36:37 EST Friday About to go have dinner and fun with my cousin for her birthday! Hope you had a great day! TTYL Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:27:19 EST One lump or 2? Wondering if any sparkers out there r avid coffee drinkers? Ive quit soda altogether and dropped 15 lbs in 3 weeks. Ive a deskjob w/ 12 hr shifts on Fridays & Saturdays and really need my coffee to keep me going. Is this ok diet wise?? Opinions?? Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:24:07 EST What a week it's been. We had another fast and furious week. Got hubby into the VA clinic after 4 weeks of him hobbling around. He got steroid injections in his knees and man did it make a difference. <BR> Since then we have been so busy with the garden and the apartment redo. <BR> <BR> In gardening.....we have picke... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:24:04 EST Day 1 of 10 things to be happy about I have been reading this book 14,000 things to be happy about (the Happy book by Barbara Ann Kipfer) for about a week now. As I go through it I have been highlighting the ones that make me happy or I can picture in my mind making me feel happy. I am finding many things I have forgotten from othe... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:22:21 EST Snack <img src=""> <BR> Not my usual but it was good. I ate them all now im over in my calories.. Anytime I start something I automatically start wanting more than usual # Life guess im subtracting from tomorrow's Calories.. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:18:28 EST Snack <img src=""> <BR> Not my usual but it was good. I ate them all now im over in my calories.. Anytime I start something I automatically start wanting more than usual # Life guess im subtracting from tomorrow's Calories.. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:17:47 EST New phone.. I hate it! The end :( Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:09:23 EST Busy, Busy Friday....STEP GOAL MET!!! Hello friends, <BR> Yes, it's Friday. Yes, I said yesterday that I probably wouldn't make step goal today. Guess what!! I DID!! <BR> I did SO much walking around today, just in the office building! I just made 10,000 a minute ago. <BR> Now, we're going to the Mid Year dinner and more wal... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:08:35 EST It's the Price I Pay!!!!! <img src=""> It is very hot where I live. Heat index 110. No cooking unless you count micro wave. I never could afford one of the diet plans where you buy the food. I just went for the frozen food "lean" offering... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:07:59 EST Why be moody, when you can shake your booty <img src=""> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:04:53 EST black black black coffee in bed The boy and I splurged on some cold brew coffee concentrate yesterday and tried it out this morning. A big thumbs up. I know, coffee concentrate? That's kind of like those really quick cooking rice packs where you don't have to do anything but heat it up. When, as a society, did we find cooking r... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 18:02:48 EST Stuck at 7 lb loss I can't sem to lose more than7 lbs. It's driving me crazy. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:55:38 EST Dinner 6/24/16 <img src=""> <BR> All I ate and 42 more calories for the day.. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:55:08 EST Dinner 6/24/16 <img src=""> <BR> All I ate and 42 more calories for the day.. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:55:06 EST For 13 years, a stray dog named Bolinha lived outside a gas station in western Brazil. The townspeop <link><BR>y-dog-bolinha/?utm_source=marthastewar<BR><BR>=pubexchange_module </link> <BR> <BR> THIS GUY IS A HERO IN MY BOOK!!! <em>247</em> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:53:19 EST Gym today Gym again I am sore but feeling great Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:52:14 EST A Life Worth Loving If someone asked you right now, "How would you describe your life? Are you living a life that matters?" How would you answer those questions? <BR> <BR> What is the secret to a meaningful life? The truth is, there is no secret. What is meaningful depends on each person. There is no one formula fo... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:51:11 EST Close, But Didn't Quite Make My June 23rd Goal. Well, my doctor visit was yesterday and although I didn't make the weight loss goal I had set for myself (15 pounds), I lost 13 pounds and that put me in the healthy BMI range. I now measure 24.5 and I am pleased with that. I had set this goal to prove to myself and my doctor that I could lower m... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:48:14 EST Moving right along. One thing I love about my body, it knows how to heal. This day began painfully, but eating well, and getting moving got things turned around. <BR> Yesterday I read a spark article that talked about breathwalking. This morning I decided to focus on my breathing as I began to move. Changing focus, ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:46:28 EST Me before I found this app lol <img src=""> <BR> Yep funny! Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:42:23 EST 6/24 I decided a few days back it was time to step on a group setting. I have been doing this journey from the privacy of my home and the comfort of my family. My husband has been an incredible support for me as well as my kids. On Wednesday I joined a dance class. The first day was so awkward and I f... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:41:47 EST Day 166: Strawberry Lemon Granita (recipe) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday Dolls! <BR> I just realized that the 4th of July is just a little over a week away. Seriously, how fast is this year going? The next thing you know I'm talking about bringing up the... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:34:50 EST Good Bye, RatRat... <img src=""> This is the last photo I have of my Son's little dog, Leo. It was taken 4 days ago. Today, Leo got attacked in his own yarn while he was on a leash. My big dog raised a ruckus right after I had let Leo out... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:33:42 EST What's your favorite animal my favorite animal is a dog what's yours Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:27:44 EST Tracking the Numbers How many steps do I take each day? I really don't know, well, I didn't. Today I got a fitness watch that hubby ordered for me. (How many times can I say thank you, baby? Not enough for sure.) <BR> <BR> It came in the mail and I set it up. Along with looking like a watch (unlike some monitors) i... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:27:35 EST Getting my self going. I always have the best intention but some times things just fall in between the cracks. NOT THIS TIME. These past few days I have really been keeping with it. Even though I'm starting off really simple, I make sure to at least go for a 1 mile walk, or do some low cardio work outs in my living roo... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:25:08 EST Changes!! Wow Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:16:21 EST Vacation time!!!! So happy to be done for the week and leaving for FL tomorrow afternoon. Just had a mani and pedi and my nails,are drying. Still have to pack my suitcase. I will be taking spark people along with me for sure. I plan to exercise each day and continue to eat on plan. I don't do alcohol, so that's no... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:15:11 EST May we find peace <img src=""> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:05:34 EST Yay! Seven pounds down. I'm really excited. I'm a little worried that I'm losing weight too fat, but I'm young, so it's probably normal. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:04:59 EST Yay its the weekend! I am so glad its Friday! We have a few things to do and a couple of places to go this weekend so its going to be busy for us. I need to do some house cleaning, give the dogs a bath, and some computer work. Saturday we will be gone all day so trying to fit everything that needs to be done will be ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:04:51 EST How many turtles before you need a license? Did it again. Stayed at the same weight 3 weeks in a row. It wasn't a perfect eating week, but an effort was made and one of these days I'd better see a loss. Meanwhile, will add to my little string and try a bit harder next week. <BR> <em>313</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em> <em>134</em... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:01:17 EST a little relaxation can go a long way <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I need a little more relaxation and a little less cardio more particularly. <BR> Strength training is still a must, not just for weight loss, but it helps me feel good. <BR> <BR> 35 mins... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:58:39 EST Personal Training UPDATE: In April I started going to a new PT. I am SO happy I made this choice. I thought I could do it on my own, but I realized the hard way that I need a program to follow, and I need accountability. It is a female trainer this time, and she is fabulous. I didn't go back to my previous trai... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:56:45 EST I BROKE THE PLATEAU!!!!!!!!!! 8 month plateau, OBLITERATED!!! I am down to 225. I have FINALLY left 228 behind. FINALLY! WOOHOO! I've been really being more active on here, getting at least 6 glasses of water. I got first Google Fit on here, then I fixed my fitbit (HORRAY!!) I'm thrilled. <BR> <BR> I've even tracke... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:56:08 EST June 23 Accountability - Friday weigh-in; feeling strong! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's where I'm at and where I'm going. I will weigh-in weekly, usually on Friday - <BR> 6/01 - 138.2 starting weight <BR> 6/03 - 138.2 <BR> 6/09 - 137.2 <BR> 6/17 - 139.2 <BR> 6/20 - 140.2 <B... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:55:02 EST Friday i did another funeral today for a relative of one of our members. he was a veteran who had some emotional struggles and scars from war and spent 25 years in the Veteran's home as a result. <BR> <BR> being a part of a military funeral is always impressive. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:55:02 EST Day 1 Started to diet and exercise. Starting at 299, the goal is to be 215. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:54:00 EST Outside I love outdoir activities: walking, biking, hiking, watering my flowers, going to outdoor concerts, visiting gardens and trails. I have so much fun. Tomorrow I olan to go hiking. I look forward to it! Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:47:24 EST June had really sucked I lost it in the last 2 weeks stress overwhelmed me and I went back to old habits. My 42 year old hubby was sick and ended up in hospital 2 times. The stress of spending a lot of time at the hospital and running back and forth from home to hospital sent me spiralling down the dark tunnel of fee... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:45:19 EST Friday Swam this morning, 75 minutes, even though I was exhausted. In the pool by 530am. Working tonight and tomorrow night. Have a great day! Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:44:46 EST First Ever Post!!! Well HEELLLOOOO there Yinz!! <BR> Its been a crazy few dayz here where I had a major wake up call! <BR> And started to immediately started a diet or well what I like to say is a healthier way of living . Started to drop pounds like flies but the real thing is my asthma to deal with when working ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:44:04 EST Adapting Yesterday I was reading this magazine were there's an article titled Girls of Summer. Is about some athletes and the things they do that have been a success for them. One of the girls that really inspired me is Gwen Jorgensen. She's a triathlete and in the interview they ask her about her recov... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:43:34 EST Day 136 The scale isn't budging much, but that's fine. My goal for now isn't really weight loss, it's gaining strength, speed, and endurance. It is becoming fitter and healthier, not getting the scale to a certain number. It seems to be working, which is pretty darn exciting! <BR> <BR> Here are some me... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:32:03 EST Count the steps Day 24: Another good day nithing quite like yesterday but still managed to get a count of 28,000 steps and a 20 cycle on the exercise bike feeking good #fitbit Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:30:49 EST A new beginning So I lost my way. I fell off the path hard. It has been a rough bit of time for me. I have been struggling hard with my mental health issues. I had a failed suicide attempt. I've been in darkness & struggled. <BR> <BR> But I see the light. I have hope. <BR> <BR> I am ready to start anew. I am ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:29:48 EST Am I ready? Tomorrow is the start of the Summer 5% challenge. <em>40</em> I am preparing a lot more than I have in a long time, but I still have more to do. <BR> <BR> NUTRITION <BR> <BR> I had hoped to clean out my recipes and have a box of healthy recipes ready to go. I will do this during the first... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:26:07 EST So happy <img src=""> <BR> I never knew there was a actual book for the app I feel like this will give me a boost each page gives you a recipe as well as the nutrition info plus tips Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:11:39 EST Error in Judgement! Had friends over for a barbecue last night and we had a lovely time, but since we were eating out in the yard, all of the serving dishes were right out there on the table where we were sitting and chatting. I probably ate twice as much as I would have if the seconds were I side in the kitchen ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:09:14 EST Come on and Get your Kicks... Nat King Cole - (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Come on .. I love the Nat but you really need to get the Juniors to get you up and moving.. Between trying to get to go with my Sister and Brothers I had a time.. I may have been little but I could... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:06:09 EST Steamed Lunch <img src=""> <BR> Steaming a meal is totally new to me! I have a steamer basket which came with my 10-years-old rice cooker and I just broke it in last night...finally. While I was making pan fried cod for the guys,... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:04:56 EST its continues AC guy was to be here at 730 am. did not happen but he will be here some day before it gets dark <BR> <BR> Roof guy sent me the pictures of my roof to send to my insurance company along with the invoices to fix it. the whole section is gioing to cost 3200 . Plus both insurance companies want... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:00:24 EST On the day the world went mad.... I finally found my why...and had an honest conversation with my partner about my need to lose weight and that I will be measuring portions. He said he knows he is a bad influence food wise and is going to keep well out of it to give me a good chance. <BR> <BR> Today has been the longest day. 6 h... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:00:01 EST banana fact <img src=""> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:51:37 EST Something Old, Something New Along time ago, sort of in the olden years for me, I was a company ballet dancer, surfer, swimmer, waitress, jogger, fast food server, door-to-door campaign petitioner, as well as several other things. Not long ago I went back for my Bachelors and then my Masters in hopes of finding more meaning... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:50:33 EST ALWAYS REMEMBER <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Be thankful.. I know when I get down it is difficult to remember all the blessings I do have..and they are there for me and for us. Remember to smile..for no matter how bad it looks it can alw... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:49:14 EST Food Nutrition values Thought I'd post this in blog as well as chat. I went out for lunch today to celebrate a bride to be at our office & her b-day. I am trying to accurately log the nutritional values of what I had and found "supertracker" via the USDA website. Are there any other sites, apps, or pocket sized bo... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:45:46 EST made a veggie juice... now I know why people juice... makes them NOT want to eat xD this is nasty, but so low in calorie lmao omg... chai tea on the side... maybe ... if I pinch my nose...and chug.... lmao omg how do people do this?? (I have multivitamins and a vit B to take while trying to attempt juicing) Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:40:36 EST Poison Ivy + Heat = Ugh! I was finally able to get out and walk today despite the 97° temp - and before the rain moved in. YES! Was able to walk only half a mile, but when I began feeling lightheaded I knew I was getting over-heated. Still, that brisk walk felt so good after 3 weeks of avoiding the heat because of it ma... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:37:01 EST Support I have to meet up with my boyfriends ex girlfriend tomorrow because they have a child together and he is out of town and she's asked me to watch him over the weekend. We've never met face to face, just saw each other from a distance. She makes me feel self conscious and insecure because she's a t... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:35:21 EST Question So ive been thinking of buying one of those waist wraps that helps flatten your stomach while you work out but i dont want to waste my money. Has anyone ever used them? If so, how did it work? Should i get one? Thank you Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:35:00 EST Time to Refocus A lot has taken place since April 2016. I have been suffering with depression due to my medical situation and personal relationship. <BR> <BR> I have decided to do what I can about my medical and try to keep pushing. I am tired of fighting with the insurance companies and trying to get the docto... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:34:17 EST I'm Outta Here Because it's the freakin' weekend! And I'm gonna spin and ride my bike on the trail. Can't wait. Happy Friday, y'all! Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:32:08 EST Quick Update + Nonsense It isn't much but all is well! :) Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:23:23 EST First month strengths and weaknesses Had a great time with my trainer this morning. He only does a weigh in once a month so today was the day. I lost 15 lbs since my first weigh in so that felt really good. My knees still hurt from today's workout but that's to be expected. Food wise I've been doing pretty good with tracking my fo... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:15:56 EST Self neglect, need help please I spent the decade after my divorce numbing myself with food & an antidepressant that I now know made me a zombie. I packed on the pounds & became very antisocial. Since then, I'm off the zombie medicine, & on an antidepressant that seems to help but I'm still having issues. Despite having since ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:01:15 EST I'm back and ready to go! I am back. Back from a wonderful trip that was more like 4 holidays. I have so much to process in my mind about it... but of course it is nearly impossible because my main bathroom has been gutted while I was away and I have a wedding party arriving tomorrow to stay at the B&B. What I did do, ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:00:36 EST Five 20+-MIle Bike Rides this Week My wife has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and therefore most years we take a 300-mile, 5-day bike ride called The Ride Across Minnesota (TRAM) to raise money for MS research. This year we're riding from July 20-24, starting in Saint Joseph and then traveling to Sauk Center, Fergus Falls, Wadena, Littl... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:56:35 EST Big girl pants :o) So this week has been very stressful and just plain hard! On Tuesday I was hit by someone who ran a stop sign. My airbags went off and I think that my (new to me) van that I've only had for like 3mos is going to be totaled. On top of that my body is sore, I'm dealing with insurance, rental car, a... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:54:10 EST That Dreaded Third Day Every time I try to start a new healthy lifestyle, diet, workout plan, or anything of the sort, it only ever lasts three days. For some reason, on the third day, I always crash and burn! This crash and burn turns into a downward spiral. <BR> <BR> Everytime! <BR> <BR> So today is my third day on... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:52:00 EST What would a stress free life look like? Would I lose weight more easily? Sooooooo~ I've been thinking....can you smell the smoke burning? <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> When stressful things are in front of me...I always feel better if I have a back up plan. It's not that I'm not hoping and praying that things go our way and justice prevails and the heroine gets her kiss f... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:51:54 EST My life Going to a wedding today makes me remember when I got married. So young so much I didn't know. But I was in love with her and we have been together for 41 wonderful years!!!! Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:46:39 EST Saying prayers For west Virgina residents! So sad! Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:44:07 EST The Waiting Is The Hardest Part It's almost been a week since I logged back on. <BR> <BR> It has gone well in some ways and not in others. It's that old idea that if I can put on five pounds in a long weekend, I should be able to drop ten in a week of behaving myself. <BR> <BR> But that wouldn't be true, even if I were adh... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:42:11 EST Exciting day on the water I went kayaking with my brother, Jeremy, this morning on Lake Erie. Early start. We got on the water by 7:15am. We launched from Wright Park Beach in Dunkirk (NY). The beach is closed to swimming and the water smells funny, but we don't really get in the water, so it is okay. We decided to m... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:39:44 EST Inspirational quote of the day "When you want to give up, think of why you started"...Unknown Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:37:37 EST Waste not Want not lol😁 Okay so I plan on finishing what is left in my fridge it took out a ham and I think I'm going to cook stuffing to go along with it now I can't waste what I have in my fridge but I can portion what I eat I have two daughters and a husband so they will help me finish what's in the fridge until I ca... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:37:09 EST Fitbit/Garmin Done with my Fitbit.Had it for little over a week.Did 3 miles this morning it said 1.67 Oh noooooooo you about to get returned.Lets see how the Garmin acts.Charging it now. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:36:59 EST Fit for Life If you've read some of my recent blogs you know that I've been searching for a more permanent "spark" for my weight loss. It was originally to look good for vacation but then vacation was over and so was my will power. With Father's Day last Sunday I have been reflecting a lot on my dad and my ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:36:36 EST Crazy week Wow, crazy week. Praying for healing 🙏🏼 I'm really looking forward to a happier weekend than this week has been. Somehow I've been motivated to get back on track with my workouts. I may be having a stress test soon and want to be the best me I can. I've been regularly working out fo... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:35:44 EST The struggle is real. Its so hard to diet alone trying to cook for my family stuff they enjoy and staying on track with my journey is difficult. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:35:26 EST Day 19 - Back From Camping Today is the 19th day of my healthier life. Yay!! <BR> <BR> We got back from our camping trip yesterday evening. I had planned to do this blog last night, but we found some ticks on myself and my daughter, and I spent the rest of the evening doing laundry to ensure no more came into our home. Yu... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:33:19 EST From Quote Gram Wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. <BR> <BR> Wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. <BR> <BR> This quote belongs to Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626). <BR> <BR> In life there are no shortages of obstacles and equal number of opportunities to boot. The difference in de... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:32:42 EST Lunch is meh today <img src=""> <BR> Half a Roma tomato wrapped in bacon and topped with a little cheddar. I wasn't feeling like cooking a "big" meal for lunch today LOL. Might be because I've had creamy garlic shrimp the past 2 days for... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:32:14 EST Fabulous Friday... I was slightly disappointed this morning when the scale hadn't evened out to my most recent lowest low from about a month ago.....but that's ok! it's a strict starting line from the here moving forward :) I'm at 286lbs which is still about 5lbs less than my start weight a little over a month ago.... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:30:48 EST Weight loss Struggles I have been chubby most part of my life. Some people say weight gain is hereditary, but none of my parents were overweight. So I find myself asking where this came from all the time. I've come to somewhat accept my structure the way it is but I also want to put in effort so as to be healthier th... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:23:47 EST Tuum Est - it's up to you! <img src=""> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:19:11 EST I think I can I think I can <img src=""> So I started my journey a week ago down 4 pounds! Shocked and many more to go!! I have been going to the gym or walking everyday. I am excited to do this. Wishing you all the best :) Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:15:12 EST Glad but sad it's Friday It feels like this has been a very long week. I'm so happy it's Friday, but at the same time I'm a little sad. Only because I planned to do so many things this week (mainly exercise) and don't feel like I really did any of them. I'm down to 4 weeks left before my big summer event where I want to ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:08:09 EST Newbie Im Excited 6/24/16 <img src=""> <BR> Hello All, Im Danni abd im trying ti make a change within myself.. For breakfast i had 2 eggs over easy 4 bacon stripscand 6 silver dollar size pancakes with syrup Oh and a little lemonade... Not sure... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:07:17 EST Newbie Im Excited 6/24/16 <img src=""> <BR> Hello All, Im Danni abd im trying ti make a change within myself.. For breakfast i had 2 eggs over easy 4 bacon stripscand 6 silver dollar size pancakes with syrup Oh and a little lemonade... Not sure... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:07:16 EST A+ at the doctor Happy to report an "A+" visit to the orthopedist. Both knee replacements are doing well, looking good in x-rays, etc. Don't have to go back for a year, unless there's an issue. Woo hoo! Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:04:30 EST First step I'm always the worst to take the first step in anything I always procrastinate everything , "I'll start on monday", "the first of the month", "tomorrow", and now I just have to do it or nothing will ever get done . Today is the first day of changing my life! Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:03:19 EST What have we learned Amanda? lol Friday weigh day Yea overeating many times do I have to relearn this?? This morning I woke up hungry (as usual) and after a laid back walk I felt even more hungry. I should have grabbed a water bottle. The walk probably caused me to be thirsty so I felt hungrier then I actually was. Ended up eating n... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:02:20 EST With only a protein shake! Today, I'm doing it again.. No food...only water...and liquids..Today, I drank a shake for breakfast...a really good tasty shake by the way..but other than that I have not eaten lunch or anything... <BR> Mentally, I think it's breaking..I'm not telling myself as often that I am hungry although I'... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:59:48 EST A little bit of everything...... With all these challenges, how about a 30 day reward while you're challenging yourself? Sounds awesome right? As I have mentioned, in my quest for balanced, healthy living I discovered I REALLY enjoy Yoga and Pilates. I am naturally very tense and have nerve pain stemming from a non cancerous tu... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:57:07 EST Take Your Dog to Work? I've never had a job where I would have been allowed to bring my dog. Sanitation rules, health rules, safety rules and mostly, common sense on my part, have kept my dogs separate from my work life! They are truly the sunshine in my life! <BR> <img src=" Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:56:49 EST I am, admittedly, venting here. Today is one of my four solid "days off" before I begin teaching summer school and has been a delightful day with the little one thus far - not too mention we've been doing so much that I'm 500 steps away from my daily goal and it isn't even 2 pm! We feed ducks, went for a 3 mile walk, and played... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:53:52 EST To create a habit, tell a good story Leo Babauta wrote an excellent article a couple days ago on his blog: <BR> <BR> <BR> The timing for me was simply perfect. <BR> <BR> As I've said in my last couple blogs, my habits have been thrown out the window since I moved three weeks ago. Okay, not all of them, ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:51:41 EST Catastrophy at our house <em>198</em> Well, upon returning from our vacation, we were surprised to find a water leak in the attic over one of our bedrooms, and the ceiling caved in... It's been a rush to get it all fixed. The water leak has been repaired, and the room cleaned up, but now a new ceiling needs to be put... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:50:58 EST Headache My stomach hurts a lot today. I don't feel like eating at all. Only two more days of antibiotics I almost forgot today. I also almost forgot my vitamins. The spawn wants need all the time which is either b12 or iron is needed. I just want to sleep because I feel like I'm getting sick again. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:49:01 EST Mindful Eating Practice: Awareness & Satisfaction This is an addition to the 'week in review' that I usually do. This week of the "100 Days of Weight Loss" by Linda Spangle is about 'conscious eating'. <BR> <BR> I realized at the beginning of this week that I am eating too slow (yes, that is what I said) as well as being a distracted eater (I b... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:48:15 EST Nutrisystem Turbo 10 Day 5 I just started Nutrisystem on Monday. My starting weight was 197, I had gotten as low as 175 prior after Weight Loss Surgery (started at 265) and I'm slowly gaining back, trying to stop the madness! <BR> <BR> So far I'm really excited about the program. It's the first time in a while I've bee... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:47:00 EST Husband is on Vacation <img src=""> <BR> This week has been pretty rough. I have done 1 work out since the hubby is on vacation. He is 130 lbs and doesn't have to worry about slow metabolism or needing to exercise. With that being said getti... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:45:07 EST Friday garden day We were up early to trim some trees around the house. The sun is shining brightly on a beautiful summer morning on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. No rain in sight for a few days. Exercises are going very well. Weight is holding steady. Trivia is still at 96% for the month. Keeping focuse... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:39:42 EST Friday - Sharing some good news 06/24/216 <img src=""> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:34:48 EST Diabetes and Control My blood glucose levels are starting to go down but it's hard because when I'm on the run I don't always watch what I eat. There are also says that I just want to snack and snack --on junk food. I'm doing my best but sometimes I feel like I have failed. This journey is no longer about me losing w... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:34:45 EST Planks <img src=""> <BR> I started do to planks and it's a wonderful exercise. I recommend it really works. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:33:12 EST Beginning of the weekend So today is Friday and bits the beginning of the weekend. At times I struggle on the weekends with food, boredom, and I binge as a result. This weekend will be different because I am not going to allow myself to binge. If I get bored I will listen to my CD that helps prevent binging, or color, re... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:30:08 EST Day 10 Sculpted Arms So this is actually day 11 of the 30 Day Jump Start challenge. It was more arm exercises and they were a little rough. Can't do a proper tricep dip though because my chairs aren't wide enough for me and my couches are too low to the floor but i did try them. I did these with my 9 year old son ... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:28:55 EST What Does 10 lbs Look Like? <img src=""> + <img src=""> = 20 lbs. <BR> <BR> <BR> My SparkCoach assignment for the day was to visualize my weight loss. My highest we... Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:28:42 EST