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 My motivation: Plan B, C, D, E, ......... (gear in for survival) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322491 I love the motivation that everyone gives me. But, when I am not on Sparkpeople, I have to be self-motivated to success. So, here is my list. Some stuff, I have to research. Anyways, it is a good start.... <BR> Think positive <BR> Smile <BR> Listen to positive music <BR> Get passionate about my ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:14:19 EST Us update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322490 My SIL was coming from Tulsa today, but SIL with cancer decided to go to the Doc's appointment in Tulsa tomorrow. This a very good sign. I did not hear from the Doc's office today re: My knee. If I do not hear early tomorrow I will call them. My cold/allergies is much better. The poison ivy ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:12:40 EST day 1 done... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322489 Well, day one went pretty well. Ate enough, drank my water. and got in just a little bit of exercise...2 out of 3 isn't too bad. I feel like I'm off to a good start. We'll see what tomorrow brings...(Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras fun with the kids in my child care program) Good night all. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:10:18 EST Husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322488 Today has been a great day. My throat still hurts, but my husband volunteered to help in the yard today. He worked for a while. He doesn't volunteer to help very often. I am so thankful. On top of this, I already have over 12,000 steps from being outside with the kids today. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:08:48 EST Pucker up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322487 <em>212</em> <em>246</em> <BR> I was looking for interesting art & this is what I found. I couldn't look away. All opinions welcome! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/85570b90-8ebd-454d-8eb3-2723cbd0f353.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:07:50 EST Good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322486 I went walking at the park, stayed busy all day. All in all it was a good day. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:07:01 EST Monday, 2/27/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322485 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7bdd19d-7e12-4a54-9b04-37e6c766e66e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Busy morning! Grocery shopping, breakfast with Isaac (Subway day), school with Isaac and 3 loads of laundry. Took him for his time with Patrick about 1 p.m. While at the church Maegann ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:06:20 EST Frosted Trees - 2-27-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322484 Larry Pierce caught the sunshine in some heavily frosted trees. Good timing - the next storm has rolled in, so less sunshine, LOTS more snow! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4800eb62-43a6-41c3-a5d6-e3f36d131f2e.jpg"> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:05:53 EST Sleep journal – 2-27-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322483 I turned my happylight on twice yesterday. Once in the morning during breakfast at 8:56am until 9:41am. The second time at 7:54pm until 8:28pm. <BR> I got settled in bed with my eye mask on and the muppet treasure island soundtrack cd on around 10:40pm. I fell asleep at 11:35pmish and woke up at ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:03:17 EST Second Chances http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322482 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78853240-1277-4c90-95ed-e72c33849c4d.jpg"> <BR> OK I needed a second chance today. No more playing with getting healthy. This time I am doing it and I will succeed. Here's my dinner salad with green leaf lettuce, bacon, egg, strawberries, raspberri... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:01:54 EST Day 584 - Radical Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322480 I am going to do something drastic! I am going on a radical SparkPeople diet. (This is all sarcasm by the way.) Ready for my radical diet idea? I'm going to eat within the calorie range that SparkPeople gives me and stop eating before I go over it! Today is day 1 of no negative calories. I have... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:58:37 EST Lovin' On Love xo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322479 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78b6e193-275a-4ac4-8959-debbd7556af1.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4834c589-d264-46fd-a8b4-64724166b8e6.jpg"> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:55:00 EST Long day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322478 And I am beat, but it was a good day Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:52:52 EST National Eating Disorder Awareness Week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322477 Did you know??... <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/22a3c943-dd62-454c-a9af-6ea2f3649f6f.jpg"> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:49:22 EST I got through the first day back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322476 I have greens on the stove top and low fat cornbread in the oven, and for the rest of the day I've stuck to my eating plan. I didn't quite get any exercise in, but I can add that slowly. The day has had its challenges, like when my husband messaged me to tell me he's having a hard time stayi... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:42:35 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322475 Oh my😊 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:41:55 EST Almost a New Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322474 Well, as we come to the end of another month I am still here. <BR> <BR> I refuse to give up on me. I know I am worth doing better and I will make this journey work for me. I am just taking it one day at a time. <BR> <BR> Today, my eating was fair. I am trying to incorporate more veggies ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:35:57 EST I have this ❤ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322473 So I thought first day I was eating to much but nope right on track Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:26:57 EST Monday..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322472 About to do some ab work...I'm already over my step limit for the day...then I'll read some real estate chapters before bed! <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:25:02 EST February 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322471 Yesterday evening my daughter and I walked to the grocery store. She picked up berries and a few other items. She made banana muffins and I made steel cut oats for breakfast. I found a place in the Loop that will make personal vegan pizzas. So today I had half for lunch along with some of my vega... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:24:07 EST THE HEART OF THE MATTER!! Day 426 ~ Whew, Just Made IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322470 I do want to say.... I am a registered Republican and I am not ashamed. I have my reasons. but, I also want to say that we are not all bad! And, just because I am registered to a party does not mean I vote strictly one way. I vote my conscious and my knowledge. I'm just saying.... <BR> <... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:23:29 EST Stairs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322469 I've always been an elevator person as I have bad knees but today I resolved to only use the stairs...27 flights later (work on the 3rd floor) and I feel good...even motivated my coworkers to join me. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:21:04 EST Great day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322468 Had a great day got housework finished went shopping lots of walking eat healthy got more work in house finished and had a light dinner. Going to ride stationary bike before bed. Some sub wanted to take dogs for walk but did not make it. 🙏👍 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:20:28 EST It's that time.!💪🏼🙏🏻 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322467 Going to eat clean for 40 days!! Plus up cardio a bit.!! Turning corners, God is a gymbro Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:17:46 EST a short snapshot of the many years... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322466 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a3493b4d-d7e5-4991-b514-7d8fb173c149.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c869175d-38b2-4a22-88f4-d65327d6fc0c.jpg"> <BR> then I grew a little... <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2cef02b1-af38-409c-8469-f7f077a65432... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:17:43 EST It's that time.!💪🏼🙏🏻 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322465 Going to eat clean for 40 days!! Plus up cardio a bit.!! Turning corners, God is a gymbro Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:16:22 EST set back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322464 got the stomach flu from my kid. missed my workout today. hoping to get back to it tomorrow. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:12:40 EST The Shower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322463 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/711a49be-e1fb-40ce-b43c-6a4144b0ac3d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Pray for the Children. <em>73</em> <em>139</em> <em>75</em> <BR> <BR> Pray for World Peace. <em>459</em> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:11:39 EST At the end of the day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322462 He loves me Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:08:55 EST One Day Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322461 I have decided to change my goal. Instead of having a goal for so many pounds in such a period of time, I will focus in eating healthy one day at a time. I have found that I do well most of the day but around six, I start craving sweets and sometimes just food in general. I cooked a soup with a ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:03:58 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for February 27-28: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322460 Daily inspiration: The gift of listening is often more valuable than the advice that we'd like to give. Lord, help me to be a good listener and then help me to let others work things out according to Your plan for them, not mine. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Is anyone among you suf... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:01:52 EST Day one http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322458 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cc9db9a9-225d-47df-8fd7-98287fd463df.jpg"> Today, I started the Whole 30. Normally when I get home I snack on something, it was quite difficult to tell myself not to, since most of my house is filled with carbs. But I did have an egg instead of toa... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:56:52 EST Grocery Shopping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322457 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6f4ac88f-7344-4ab6-9493-ca1d612c42e9.jpg"> <BR> Went grocery shopping this morning. I did like I always do & I shopped the perimeter of the store. Produce, frozen foods, meats and dairy aisle. Today, was different because of the many different peo... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:55:50 EST And the pain returns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322456 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c0ed955a-ad6d-494a-b224-68e795654c37.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good evening everyone. I hope your day has been a better one than mine has. <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> I had my follow-up apt today regarding my sciatic nerve block, which by the way, was short... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:49:17 EST Today and tomorrow. Ick, ouch and keeping to my plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322455 DH had another MRI today. He's such a sport. Follow up with the surgeon to make sure things are ok. <BR> <BR> I get my knee injection tomorrow. Oh, boy. I'm so excited. Not. It's supposed to help coat the bad cartilage and give me some time before I get the surgery I turned down. <BR> <BR> I g... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:47:41 EST Yes! Got it Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322454 Non Scale Victory of the Day: <BR> <BR> I actually got all the forms and data to the accountant for my IRS filing.... and I feel Free as a Bird now.... <BR> <BR> YAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Now I can resume the rest of my life... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:40:57 EST An end to a day.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322453 I woke up this morning with passion for being productive. That passion turned into emotion, passive aggressive behavior, & a kit kat. <BR> We all have full lives, with real life issues, feelings that seem to control our thoughts. My hubby is 20+ years older with children very close to my age. Wi... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:37:46 EST One day at a time ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322452 My new motto... didn't do awesome today..... but didn't do terrible either ! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:32:26 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322451 Happy Monday! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:29:33 EST Trying and Failing...the flip flop of a new life plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322450 2016 I got up to 178 lbs. I lost a little and came back to Spark. I was down to 163 some months ago and have since then crept up and down back and forth to today's horrifying 170 lbs. seriously I know how to do this... so once again a new month is upon us...as usual, i will say please let this... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:21:40 EST I don't know... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322449 Sometimes I think I'm doing good...But then there's days I feel like I'm not doing enough....like today! I did my challenge for today...But sore from yesterday's walk/run and workouts I didn't do a whole lot today! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:21:07 EST Comparison photos, size 22 to 18 to 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322448 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/116749c6-36fb-4615-a8a8-7ec12453de13.png"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/26d0455b-1828-488e-950f-221f499ba32d.png"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e3043009-6a04-434b-a15c-33a0868229a0.png"> <BR> Used my timer to t... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:20:48 EST Struggling with my weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322447 I have been on my weight loss journey for one month now and have found myself gaining two pounds instead of losing up until last week i did my exercises everyday then I got sick and just couldn't get them in back at it now but feel like I am just spinning my wheels. This gets so depressing. I am... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:19:35 EST More Running! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322446 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/91ad07db-a9b4-49b4-a0a5-5b80f5fbc824.jpg"> <BR> I finally paid for a one year subscription to "Zombies, Run!". This is my new long term 💖, my only goals I have set myself now are to beat my mile records each time. So far I've been making better ti... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:18:12 EST Sometimes after I do something strenuous..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322445 I get crabby. And that's what happened yesterday. I was on such a high from doing that half marathon that I guess it was bound to happen. Plus, right when I got onto Facebook, there was one of those "memories" pictures from 2 years ago. Of my dad. So that made me sad. I cried a bit - and I had fo... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:10:24 EST KISS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322444 Keep It Simple Stupid! <BR> <BR> If your exercise program becomes too demanding, ease back or change your battle plan. I was over working my workout routine a few month ago and it became too much when the holidays came around I ended up quitting my exercise program. While goals can be rewardi... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:03:51 EST New Goal New Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322443 Today I started my new goal to drop 25 by the end of June. Well went over calories and fat content was high. Not a good way to start out. Lol. I am not giving up though, going to jump on the treadmill and work off some of the overage off. Looking for ways to speed up my metabolism... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:02:48 EST My Weightloss Goal For 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322442 This is a BIG one for me... <BR> <BR> I was Blessed to break out of the 600's <BR> I was Blessed to break out of the 500's <BR> I was Blessed to break out of the 400's <BR> <BR> Lord Bless me to break out of the 300's!!! <BR> <BR> My goal this year is to be under 300lbs. The day this happens I... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:02:32 EST Vegetarian/vegan humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322441 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d5356377-0368-486b-9f26-c70e156dcb64.jpg"> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:53:34 EST early warning signs of fascism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322440 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b038e21-0223-4bea-9417-273bca01a2af.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Early Warning Signs of Fascism," was written by Lawrence W. Britt in 2003, and is displayed on a poster at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:51:10 EST This dish was delicious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322439 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/662db405-30f9-42ad-9c8b-e7f827e55288.jpg"> <BR> Chicken and rice and pico de gallo. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:49:17 EST This dish was delicious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322438 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/439153c1-e310-45fa-a5ba-2ce8360345ec.jpg"> <BR> Chicken and rice and pico de gallo. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:49:05 EST Back To Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322437 I had a good 4 days off. I'm ready to get back to work and get the ball moving again. Hope the weather won't be bad when I get off at 4am and maybe I can go for a walk. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:48:22 EST Quote of the Day: February 27, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322436 “Boredom is a positive attitude's enemy.” <BR> ― Lindsey Rietzsch Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:45:26 EST Progress Update #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322435 Finally, I am starting to make some good progress. My wounds still have to be constantly checked by a nurse, cleaned and treated with medicine. They are slightly smaller but are still weeping and bleeding. Some of them really hurt and others are fast approaching that awful itching stage. I don... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:44:48 EST Food track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322434 Forgot to track food for yesterday and today. At the gym today for my workout might add on my walk for tonight haven't decided yet! Slow start to my second week. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:44:43 EST Giving this a shot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322433 Today is my first day. Im giving this a shot. I havent had any luck before....due to my own lack of effort. I turn 35 this year. I am a married mother of two with a happy life. Except, for my own body. I am at my heaviest at 5 foot 3 inches at 156 pounds. I have alot to look forward too and alot ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:43:54 EST Good Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322432 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16bd05c1-e4f8-4012-8431-0d1181fe5d67.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1fa7ac1b-a163-4711-9ff8-315c2568ca2f.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Today can be a good day! We can make it happen for those we meet and ourselves. A smile,... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:42:51 EST progress is progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322431 So my diet isn't really existent, but I'm not eating super unhealthy. I'm sticking with low carb bread, and tortillas, drinking lots of water but still eating out occasionally. I am working out a lot more than I was, I'm doing a mix of running and walking everyday, along with doing stairs on Frid... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:39:20 EST Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322429 Has anyone seen the program"My 600 pound Life? I have and my heart goes out to these wonderful yet hurting people. I cheer them on and get so happy when they achieve their goals. Yet, I am not 600 but 226pounds I can't seem to stay motivated to lose 35 lbs. Why? What's missing in me to keep me go... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:26:41 EST All or nothing no longer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322428 Mondays are my official weigh-day and today was my first after a full week on here. I lost 4.6lbs! Feeling proud of myself. <BR> <BR> I'm really enjoying it here so far. Having the calorie range is helpful because I know not to eat too little. I'm trying to keep an eye on my macros too. Apparen... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:24:05 EST A Time of Letting Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322427 This past week has been a time of letting go. My sister lives in the same small town that we both grew up in and where the only childhood home that we knew stands. On March 2nd she is giving the house keys back and our late parents' estate will be closed. Due to both the financial cost as well as... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:23:32 EST Chapter 24, Day 79 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322426 I'm feeling discouraged about today....I can't seem to whittle away at the massive pile of client work. I am trying hard to maintain my focus, perspective, and to prioritize what I have to do over this week, and then through to 3/15 when my first audit starts. <BR> <BR> My health and fitness pl... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:20:13 EST Official Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322425 Last Monday was my soft start and today is the official beginning. Wish me/us luck! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:15:30 EST SPOILER...Atonememt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322424 "That Atonement would achieve complete victory over physical death, unconditionally granting resurrection to every person who has been born or ever will be born into this world. Mercifully it would also provide forgiveness for the personal sins of all, from Adam to the end of the world, condition... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:10:05 EST Week 10: Sad Week, Lots of Steps, Weight is Back Up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322423 Week 10 started out great! I got a ton of steps, I had a lot of highlights, and I even baked some banana bread. But then on Thursday night my sister's fiance died and the rest of the week was downhill from there. My weight went back up to 194, which is what it's averaged at for the past 3 weeks. ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:05:36 EST A New Tool in my Box! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322422 Today's SparkCoach session talked about the need to continue to set goals and always have something to work towards. I am finding that I have made so many changes in my life that have benefited me but I know that I could still become blase about things and let my good work slowly slip! That would... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:03:23 EST Weigh-in 2/27/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322421 I had a good week. All but one goal met and a couple of them exceeded! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> LAST WEEK'S GOALS: <BR> <BR> Lose 2 pounds-- lost 1 pound <em>594</em> <BR> <BR> Ten minutes of cardio daily-- 220 minutes for the week! <em>248</em> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> 8 glasse... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:58:30 EST Two years ago.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322420 I am the lowest weight I have been since my 30's possibly before. I had the DISadvantage of growing up super skinny and was very self conscious about it. That's part of being a kid. I thrived away at college.. got happy and ate. That trend continued. Now that its just me I eat healthy most o... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:57:31 EST Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322419 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c01f52e1-2bed-415c-9304-3d4f3ad6a19b.jpg"> <BR> Today I have started week 2 as a spark member. Members have been so welcoming & supportive.... Thank you! <BR> Y'all have made this easier & motivational. God bless. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:49:29 EST March 2017 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322418 Hello SparkPeople, <BR> <BR> It's been a long time (over 1000 days) but I'm back! <BR> So much has happened. I have lost over 100 pounds via VSG (vertical gastrectomy surgery). However, for several reasons, I have fallen off the wagon. I'm trying to slowly get back to my healthy lifestyle. Here... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:49:16 EST Still at it the scale won't budge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322417 😔Been on Nutrisystem for a month and walk in 100,000 steps and sometimes more 2 weeks. .🤔 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:32:49 EST Good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322416 The 1pd drop on the scale this morning is really helping me stay on track today. I was watching tv and I started to want to eat even though I wasn't hungry. But bc of the drop I didn't bc I want to see more drops. I'm tired of being the same or seeing little gains. I really needed to see th... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:30:11 EST Day 19: First Goal Passed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322415 I started writing a post yesterday but something came up and I never got around to it. It was going to be titled "Day 18: First Goal Met". Yes, "Met". That title got changed for this entry. <BR> As I've said before my first goal was to be at 200 on March 8. (I said 18th, but I was wrong on the d... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:18:53 EST February 27th: Describe the view from your window and another scare http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322414 The view from my bed room is really cute. I can see trees and a church spire. It's really very Mary Poppins. When people come over, they always say how lucky I am. <BR> <BR> Mum got taken back into hospital today. My brother had to drive her in I'm kind of silently freaking out that something s... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:11:23 EST Out of Need http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322413 <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <BR> Out of need springs desire, and out of desire springs the energy and the will to win. <BR> Denis Waitley <BR> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>36</em> <em>... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:10:53 EST Me and my FitBit partner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322412 I had ups and downs last week. But for the most part I ate right, drank only water, took my vitamins, and got good workouts in. I did catch a cold, and I did fall of my drinking of my water this weekend for that good ole Dr. Pepper. But, all and all I think I am making slow progress. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:07:15 EST Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322410 Two mile walks for the last three days. Feels good Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:04:03 EST You can do this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322409 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9183ff55-ed68-40d1-893a-92782d3d355e.jpg"> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:59:18 EST Food guilty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322408 Omg my lunch was 590 calories. My husband made brats. I had it with cottage cheese and pretzels. I think next time I eat a brat it will be with no bun Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:57:13 EST Restart 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322407 Well it hit me hard this morning. I weighed in at 219.8 and realized I have been hanging out at this weight for close to a year now. I feel heavy again and it's a kind of heavy that is so much more than physical weight. I don't feel as healthy and as in control. Too many instances of binge eating... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:53:58 EST Sparkles and Glitters for The Exclusive Rat/Mouse Trap Pack SparkGirls 😎 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322406 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f27b6c44-156e-4e36-8b17-1f206b17ef0c.jpg"> (This is not intended to all sparkers, just a private group of Mice/Rat Trap Pack sparkers we formed as friends. NO 💩 here at all 🤓🖒😊) Wanted to reach out and give my Spark little Girls in our former... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:53:16 EST Day 58: Filling in the Gaps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322405 I track my daily workouts in a Google doc, and I group them by the week. For example, here's last week: <BR> <BR> -Mon. 2/20 - 35 min yoga <BR> -Tue. 2/21 - weights (raining) <BR> -Wed 2/22 - 2.87 mile power walk <BR> -Thurs 2/23 - 1.9 mile walk with Bam-Bam <BR> -Fri 2/24 - REST DAY <BR> -Sat... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:52:15 EST Not much to say http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322404 Paying attention while out walking is very important. Posture matters too. I wished I loved veggies with the same passion as I do non-healthy food items. I use painting my nails as a grounding technique. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading. Have a great day. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:51:54 EST Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322403 2015 <BR> In May 2015 I ended up in the hospital for 2 days undergoing tests for chest pains, including a heart catheter. The cath results showed my heart as being completely normal, so the cardiologist suspected sleep apnea & sent me for a sleep study. <BR> <BR> Also in 2015 my GP put me on blo... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:50:25 EST -2 of 90 day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322402 A neighbor alerted me to a 90 day health challenge and I am going for it. <BR> <BR> I'm 5 pounds over my goal weight, 10 over my favored weight. The challenge has an incentive for 10% weight loss, which I could do without being very scary. At my lowest, though, my skin was kind of loose. But ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:46:51 EST Letter To Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322401 Dear Dee, <BR> <BR> First of all I just want to say I know you've been feeling so depressed for several months now. You feel worthless, you don't seem to do anything right, you can't do what you used to do simply because of your age. You're not near as limber as you used to be, your strength h... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:30:01 EST Journal, Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322399 Lucky 13! Sweaty, sore and ready for lunch! <BR> <BR> It's always a little tougher when the hallways smell like delicious pizza on the way to the gym, thankfully it was pizza today, and that's not my favourite. <BR> <BR> Today was a good workout! <BR> <BR> 2km row, 11:44min <BR> 2X 15sec elbow... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:27:41 EST My New Alternative Milk Making Machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322398 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b20288c-91e4-4e77-8bac-29fde30e9bf4.jpg"> <BR> Link to product: <link>www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01L2FI6WA<BR>/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8<BR>&psc=1 </link> <BR> <BR> I recently bought a wonderful product that makes fresh soy, nut m... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:26:26 EST "Houston Heights" by Blue October http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322397 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f7df4203-439c-47f3-a2e9-3dcfacc38411.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b651edb4-492b-4651-b7fe-be1e8ccbe920.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/25b55e92-839c-47fd-82d4-43f5591a72a9.jpg"> <img src="http://pho... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:26:20 EST Improvements. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322396 So we've been doing little improvements around the house. Last week shelving in our closets, yesterday plexiglass on the bottom half of our screen door and this week our towel rack on our bathroom door will be moved over the toilet. Making like a little easier never felt so accomplishing. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:24:29 EST Putting It Out There... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322395 Anything and everything you need to know or instructions how to do; you will find the answers on the internet. There is no more scratching your head thinking, "how the hell am I going to figure this one out?" Just ask the question on Google or watch a video on YouTube, everything will be answered... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:22:34 EST House cleaned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322394 I've been working on my house cleaning all day and I am finished. At the moment I'm just sitting here enjoying how it looks while my boy sleeps. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:20:32 EST Holding on to hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322393 Today after 3 days off from exercise (unless you count shopping) I was tempted to sit back and relax. But I chose to HOLD ONTO HOPE and exercise, eat right, and go on. Hope to lose this week but if not, I will continue. No more quitting. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:18:26 EST NEW BEGINNINGS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322392 I love who I am, but I don't completely feel like myself. I've been through a lot in the past few years. I graduated from college, got married, bought a house, took in a dog, got a full-time job, and had knee surgery. And all of these changes have made it that much harder to focus on myself. <BR>... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:14:48 EST Still here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322391 Hi Bloggers, <BR> <BR> I am still on Spark, it has been a tough few weeks. I'm not sure when it all went back to unhealthy habits. But I am still drinking my water, Sparking and not giving up. Although this is not ideal, I am not giving up as I always have before. I close on m y house in... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:14:14 EST Need healthy meal ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322390 Does anyone have any healthy meal ideas? I'm a diabetic and have other medical issues and need to lose weight. Also have any healthy meal ideas that don't have meat in it? Lately eating meat has been making me sick, so think need to cut back on meat a little. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:12:10 EST Quick update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322389 I haven't been sparking like I normally do. My son had influenza A and pneumonia. He came home from his group home and spent the week with me. I swear I have been following him around like a puppy with a bottle of Lysol, Chlorox, and doing lots of laundry! He has spent most of the week sleepi... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:10:51 EST The happiness - unhappiness issue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322388 I got a few comments on a statusline in which I quoted a line by Joanna Kortink: "People are not unhappy because they overeat, they overeat because they're unhappy' - something along that line. <BR> <BR> My experience with BED treatment has been, that it's possible to learn to control one's eat... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:06:58 EST Sparkguy's challenge today:) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322387 <em>252</em> <BR> Sparkpeople has changed my life to put it mildly. I have been on here for almost a year and have learned so much... I signed up for sparkcoach soon after joining sparkpeople and have also had that to look forward to every day to track my goals, ask questions and by being i... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:03:23 EST What Maintenance Means to Me ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322386 SLENDERELLA61's blog "More Running; More Weighty Thoughts" has me thinking about what maintenance means to me. <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=63<BR>22249 </link> <BR> <BR> It was 4A-HEALTHY-BMI <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.as<... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:01:15 EST Here, in our Forum, the Pound-Pouncer's Court... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322385 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0088304a-dc35-4209-becf-8008a82b5d4c.jpg"> <BR> My brother informed me this morning that somewhat of an American icon, Judge Wapner, the original judge of THE PEOPLE'S COURT passed away yesterday, at 97, in his sleep. During his twelve-year tenure ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:01:13 EST 5% weight loss challenge and Sunday at the Oscars http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322384 9 week challenge to lose 5% body weight Start Date: 02/12/2017 Start Weight: 286 Goal Weight : 271.7 Week 1 (02 / 08) : 284.6 Week 2 (02 / 25) : 280.2 Week 3 (03 / 04) : Week 4 (03 / 11) : Week 5 (03 / 18) : Week 6 (03 / 25) : Week 7 (04 / 01) : Week 8 (04 / 08) : Week 9 (04 / 15) : Ha... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:01:07 EST Today will be a good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322383 Have you ever woken up in a good mood, for no particular reason? Today was that day for me. The sun is shining after a gloomy weekend, and I feel pretty. Like, really pretty. I put on my clothes, slipped on my rings without the aid of water or lotion to get them on, and I just have a little extra... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:59:49 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322382 Good afternoon sparkers. Its a nice day here in south Texas. I had a productive weekend finally two,good workouts 11000plus steps Sat and,20000 on Sunday and got some yard work done too. I hope everyone has a blessed and healthy day. Now drink a glass of water and lets get moving. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:58:31 EST What's the best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322381 website to calculate burned calories for treadmill walking/jogging that is between the main numbers such as 2.7, 2.8, ect? Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:57:50 EST Getting back on track... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322380 For the past week I have been trying to get back on track with my healthy life. I have had some bad times but I am ready to get it together for myself...all the way!! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:56:26 EST Another pic of me and my sisters, out walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322379 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3f5a8b6e-3c42-4460-bf4a-cc2d8cffd622.JPG"> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:54:17 EST Happy Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322378 So with even the increase in weight and the weight loss this month, I still managed to lose 7lbs. Just another reason to keep going. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:52:33 EST Is it naptime yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322377 They these rooms hot. Add that to a poor night's sleep and I'm kind of drowsy. Nap is out of the question right now so I'm watching Food Network and trying to relax. <BR> <BR> I should have known I couldn't keep myself to just one. I'm also going to knit this blankie for my loved one: <BR> <BR>... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:51:47 EST It Takes ALOT For Me To Blog Lately But Here It IS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322376 I truly have not blogged a lot....just didn't have it "IN" me. Until this weekend. And then a message from KRISZTA11 was the cherry on the top of the cake! <BR> <BR> I have maintained like a charm since my run with Beck (TWO years ago now in March) that did it for me. BUT, a lot of what I was... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:48:26 EST Consciousness is everything. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322375 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/718650b9-ca48-4c9f-a16b-46ae4c810da4.jpg"> So today has been like most Monday's the last 7 weeks. Except for today I was tired. I have been getting up at 4:15 am to be at a workout class by 5:00. I have done this everyday for 6 full weeks and to... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:45:44 EST GOALS: Week of February 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322374 Goal(s) Week of Feb. 5: <BR> 1) Run at least 30 minutes, 2 times this week <BR> 3) Weight Training 5x this week <BR> 4) Lower and achieve new maintenance mid-range of 190; and reduce body fat % <BR> <BR> Results: <BR> 1) TBD <BR> 2) TBD <BR> 3) TBD <BR> <BR> Notes as I start a new week: ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:40:58 EST Allergies are going to be the death of me, NOT THE GYM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322373 Re-thinking this whole "cold turkey" off ALL allergy meds to see if my body can learn to live in peace with allergens. I don't think it is going to work as well as I thought. My eyes burn and water, my throat is raw and horrible sinus congestion....maybe better to try taking Claritin every other... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:40:53 EST February Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322372 OK - so February was not a success. I was very good about exercising but indulged on too many occasions. There were a few days I didn't track at all, and many where I only tracked in the morning and gave up by the end of the day.As a result, I did not lose any weight this month. On the positive s... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:40:47 EST We are back on the net, are reserrecting our original team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322371 My wife and I were very active on Sparkpeople several years ago, and then everyone out here in extremely rural far west Texas lost our internet service for years. I used to weigh 175 pounds, and then the Veteran's Administration badly botched an Ortho surgery, killing my Thyroid. In one month, I ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:40:18 EST food fact http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322370 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/698fcebf-ee27-4c6a-97fb-7d8940bf8767.jpg"> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:38:25 EST Met with one lawyer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322369 In the meeting this morning the lawyer agreed that we seem to have cause, but his family is linked in the background so I have the names of two other lawyers to contact. And so it goes. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:35:16 EST Working out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322368 I worked out yesterday. It was more challenging then I thought it would be. Then I figured out that I had not actually worked out in 6 days! I had been walking to work and had decided that was enough. It's not enough apparently. I need to remember that walking to work is a great choice but I need... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:34:48 EST Monday Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322367 I guess it has been a while since I've blogged, I truly do not know where the time goes. My Mom's house is coming along: <BR> - kitchen remodel is done <BR> - fireplace remodel is done - old one gone/direct vent install done <BR> - whole house painting done <BR> - decluttering in progress! <BR> ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:31:48 EST Vacation has started http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322365 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73307af0-d2c3-4e51-b676-c502aac6b799.jpg"> <BR> No big plans but feels great to have some time off. Doing some me shopping....actually have some clothes i feel great in and comfortably fit. How it changes ones attitude. The weather is still chilly ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:25:28 EST Your Seasonal Employment Has Come To An End http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322364 Moments ago, I hung up with HR from my seasonal night shift job. They called to thank me for my work and let me know that "my seasonal employment has come to an end and that I shouldn't come in tonight as scheduled." I almost laughed I was so relieved but I kept it together. That rush of wind you... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:24:18 EST Feeling stuffed up. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322363 Ain't feeling the world's best got a stuffed up nose . And my head is trying to hurt . Drunk me some cinnamon tea to see if that works. And took me a sinus pill. Hated to do that but I could not breath at all . Just taking it easy . Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:23:24 EST Monday, Monday what will you be? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322362 Monday, Monday, what do you have in store, for me today, <BR> Been so busy, I don't know what else to say. <BR> Trying this, trying that, Matching this, and chucking that, <BR> Got it on the wall now, I like it, and that's a fact. <BR> <BR> Yes, I am redoing the wall arrangements in our bedro... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:22:36 EST Good start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322361 To my new diet focus. Working out? Not a problem, happily go to the gym five or even six days a week. Diet? Erm...not so simple! <BR> Issues for thirty years with obsessing over food, past history of bingeing, ongoing daily battle with compulsive eating. All that on top of being a type one diabet... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:17:47 EST New Shoes for a New Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322360 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bae74df8-89e4-43b7-93b1-24764387b1d7.jpg"> <BR> Got trail shoes today for my trip to Ireland. Never thought I would buy shoes geared toward a rugged terrain, but I cannot wait. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:09:04 EST New shoes makes everything better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322359 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/34c885b2-ccaf-4c1f-88ad-abef3bd5e160.jpg"> <BR> Caveman has been a real jerk to me over the past two days. Yesterday he bought himself a Pepsi and offered me some, I stayed strong and turned it down. So he decided to be a an idiot and make nois... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:04:32 EST Trying AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322358 Here it is years later. Now I have found that I am a food "addict". No matter what I have done it seems to come back. So at this point, I am no longer dieting. I am cutting out the foods that I know I want to eat less of. I won't say "I can't' have this or I am counting that; instead I am say NO... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:41:30 EST Day 1389 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322357 Rest Day. Feeling good. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:35:13 EST bjk1961 - 02/27/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322356 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59e76b56-90eb-43bd-a2f6-6cd0476fee5f.jpg"> <BR> 02/27/17 - Good afternoon, Sparklers! Time to go to a smaller size in pants! I'm kinda torn by this: on one hand, I love my jeans; on the other hand, they just won't stay up! I think I'm a bit to... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:34:18 EST Starting Over? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322355 I was doing really well with loosing weight right after having my youngest daughter in December. Since the second week of February though all that has gone downhill. I got sick with some cold and sinus stuff and then right after that i got the flu. I am just now getting completely over that and w... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:32:58 EST Hypomanic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322354 I am feeling good today. Maybe too good, I'm not sure. I talked to a friend this morning and she said I sounded normal and that I'm not cleaning, planning or doing anything that would say I'm manic. But I feel like I have too much energy and so I went for a walk. I walked over 2 miles in about 45... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:32:55 EST Starting over is good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322353 It was so easy to start falling back into old patterns. It was so easy to make excuses. I think it was a bit about feeling sorry for myself. I'd had back problems off and on for 40 years. My doctor convinced me to try physical therapy. I went in with some pain, but walking up to four miles most d... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:28:42 EST Ready to get back to it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322352 <em>213</em> I used to belong to spark people a while ago but decided since I just could not break the barriers that I had in my mind and on the scale that I would quit. In the meantime I was diagnosed with end stage (stage 5) kidney disease and went on lots of medication. Recently it had progr... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:27:45 EST Quick question http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322351 I stay at my 1200 calories a day but my carbs or anywhere from 185 to 200 is this bad Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:24:32 EST I found... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322350 no, not the 2 things I was looking for. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> But I found my old fishing license and I found 2 directions to padlocks--and I found one of the padlocks, too!!! <BR> <BR> And found hubby's SS card, but not mine! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:24:08 EST PILLOW TALK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322349 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f3f5053b-7435-4851-8776-aecaaceb8ac0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you ever give second thoughts to the pillows you sleep on/with? <BR> <BR> Due to having COPD, AFIB, etc., my doctor suggested I sleep with my head much higher than the rest of my body so I l... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:22:35 EST it's monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322348 a new day is well underway. today, after school, my daughter has basketball practice. she loves to try things at least once. I am now following her example. she now takes the same shoe size as I do, so sometimes she asks me to borrow a pair of my shoes. she is growing up before my eyes. hard to b... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:17:17 EST 365promises.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322347 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b5a3f0b2-2510-484f-82d7-e37c5c04ce9e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Revelation 3:21 (WEB) <BR> He who overcomes, I will give to him to sit down with me on my throne, <BR> as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father on his throne. <BR> <BR> Promise #58:... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:10:38 EST Holy Moses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322346 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f19028d4-798f-4157-bd75-8f674b559621.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So much can change in a short amount of time. <BR> <BR> Medicare is not my friend right now. They would only pay for 3 days in the hospital, so they discharged Mom yesterday, even though she c... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:07:29 EST WEEK 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322345 I am starting over again after having been on Spark for several years. I have had periods where I follow my program, and periods where I don't even try. Sometimes I do well for long periods of time, sometimes I do not, also for long periods of time. <BR> <BR> I know you're supposed to be in a c... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:07:15 EST Monday 2-27-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322344 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6fcf6c12-5496-4e75-81f0-d8b9afcbb6ca.jpg"> <BR> Walk Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:06:16 EST Staying motivated at the gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322343 General summarization of a youtube video on how to stay motivated at the gym. <BR> <BR> 1. Set goals. <BR> 2. Have a plan, making sure you have something laid out so when you get to the gym you know what you're going to do. <BR> 3. Change your program regularly. Changing your program will not... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:03:28 EST Wonderful walks in Northumberland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322342 As usual we spent February school holiday on the Northumbrian coast. We were lucky to get a lot of sunshine. Although holidaying in the North of England in February sounds like an awful idea, there seems to be some kind of happy micro-climate at Low Newton by the Sea, and we always get better wea... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:03:24 EST weekends are so hard!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322341 so i have found that weekends are my nemesis. i do so well eating right during the week and can pre-plan what is available for me to eat while at work keeping me on-track. but on the weekends the fridge is right there and i start to mindlessly eat grrrr... time to start pre-planning my weekends t... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:03:17 EST 2nd Olympic-Distance Triathlon COMPLETED!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322340 For training this time, I clocked 4,035 minutes and 346.49 miles. That's a 1,065 minute increase in training from last time and a 103.74 mile increase. <BR> <BR> Today, I swam 1 mile in 57 minutes and 10 seconds. I was 1 minute and 50 seconds slower than last time, but last time I couldn't remem... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:53:10 EST Day 12-16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322339 I planned Day 12, 13, 14. That is always helpful. On day 14 I was sick. I ate something that did not agree with me. The timing was all wrong because those weekend days are the busiest days for me. I still managed to do what I planned, but I was not 100%. On day 15 & 16, I just went with the flow.... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:52:31 EST Girl on a mission http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322338 I am recently finding out that people are looking for me for motivation. we are all on your own health journeys these days. i know that i deserve a healthy body and it is up to me to get myself there. i need to workout more and eat the right kind of foods. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:51:49 EST when does it end? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322336 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4fe8db1b-bd00-4b11-a234-c6ce05da81ee.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/268b73ad-826a-4c39-88ef-b7e92f80d8d4.jpg"> <BR> As you can see..... <BR> I am once again dealing with extremely high bp and trying to decide if I am si... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:44:13 EST BP Concerns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322334 Well the scale hasn't much a whole lot but I'm feeling positive about it moving soon. I do think I'm having blood pressure issues though. I have been on BP meds for hypertension for about a year. Now that I'm working out, I'm very dizzy, lightheaded and feel very faint after exercise. I'm sta... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:38:43 EST Still sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322332 This cold will not let go! I've been eating ok but I really need to up my veggies. Exercise is just not going to happen. I am wiped. When I feel like giving up I just focus on the end goal. Healthy, fit and feeling good about myself in a bathing suit. lol Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:37:04 EST The Lost Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322331 I have been keeping streaks going for tracking my food and water, exercise, checking in and so forth for 18 days or more and then Friday hit. I don't know what happened. I just stopped logging in, exercising and tracking everything. Like I'd never done it. Like I'd never heard of such a thing. Ne... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:36:37 EST Lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322330 I'm just a girl, looking at my protein shake and apple, asking it to be an extra cheese pizza.. they say the first week is the toughest. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:34:22 EST Monday 2-27-17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322329 Really not feeling like doing anything but , I just had an intense 5 minutes of Stretches with Sworkit #Sweaty #BestFeeling Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:32:01 EST February 27th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322328 It's a new week and I'm continuing mostly on SP because a) it gave me a good result last week and b) I love it. <BR> Last night we made SW Lasagne except instead of pasta sheets we used Sainsbury's butternut squash sheets! Must admit it's now a favourite meal and I prefer it to pasta, <BR> <img ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:26:56 EST Monday, May 2, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322326 95 Minutes treadmill and watching the granddaughter's under 4 p.m. Have a lovely day. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:24:59 EST Monday CHERIRIDDELL'S CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322325 Learn 40 things about your friends and let them learn 40 things about you. <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? Yes <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? once or twice in 60's <BR> 3. Do you own a gun? yes for hunting, sport and protection. <BR> 4. What is your favorite sweet drink? Southe... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:24:47 EST Fit by 40 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322324 I just joined yesterday. It's funny, I turned 39 about 2.5 months ago, but it's taken me until now to motivate myself to better health. Poor health was literally the thing that helped me find this community. I've been sick for several days with the flu. It's been awhile that my life has been ou... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:24:29 EST Diet..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322323 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/888b7010-8577-4eb5-88c7-1b14c8b44080.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I keep asking myself this all the time. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> How about you? <BR> <BR> Everyone take care, have one wonderful week, enjoy it to the max, stay safe, and be healthy! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:23:08 EST Diet..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322322 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/888b7010-8577-4eb5-88c7-1b14c8b44080.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I keep asking myself this all the time. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> How about you? <BR> <BR> Everyone take care, have one wonderful week, enjoy it to the max, stay safe, and be healthy! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:23:08 EST Dr Appt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322320 been having some chest pain on and off for past few weeks. i went to the ER, they're like nope we don't see anything that concerns us. go see a cardio dr. go see the cardio, nope almost positive that it isn't your heart. no reason for you to be having this, but take some acid reflex meds just to ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:18:11 EST Low carb bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322319 Low carb bread is my new friend Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:17:10 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322318 Eating under 1, 600 calories a day and have lost 3 pounds. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:17:02 EST What to eat for lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322317 Everyday I struggle the most with what to eat for lunch. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:15:56 EST Favorite quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322316 "Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.". Reggie Leach Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:14:19 EST The 2 year old effect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322315 For the past couple weeks, my son has been exhibiting his terrible two's. He's always had a lot of energy but his energy is at a whole nother level. It's energy added with doing everything he's not supposed to, being mean to our fur babies, hitting, screaming, climbing, throwing things, etc. La... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:14:03 EST Hope to hop around the gym tomorrow, on one leg. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322314 Plan to work on the UBE, since my legs won't cooperate. I need to find a calorie entry for it. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:13:46 EST Back to Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322312 New Monday, New Week, New Goals! <BR> <BR> I have my motivation back and I am really hoping that I can stick with it! I have so many reasons to be healthy and only one thing holding me back and that is me. <BR> <BR> I am tired of starting over, so this time, I am not giving up until I reach m... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:05:53 EST Week 9: Ironman Challenge Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322311 Started a new fitness challenge today: the Ironman Challenge at my local Y. I have up to 6 weeks to complete all the distances in the Ironman Triathlon. Got 8 miles in on the bike today, and planning on going on a 1-2 mile walk later today. <BR> <BR> Next week is my spring break so I'll be able... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:03:30 EST 2017 SKINNY JEANS CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322310 hey all i have been doing skinny jeans challenge has anyone else seen results i give it A PLUS really working my hips and thighs putting burn on them with the 30 day ab and squat challenge inches really coming off let me know who all have tried it remember we fired up!! <em>9</em> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:02:22 EST Slowly but surely http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322309 Well I have lost 13 pounds now, makes me fill great. I may not be losing it fast but I am still losing it. I am very proud of myself. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:02:15 EST On Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322308 I must give credit to SparkFriend ROBBIEY for the idea for this blog. I learned the following little poem about friends from my Dad when I was a child. Unfortunately, I do not know the poet that originally wrote it. True friends are like diamonds, Precious but rare. False friends are like autum... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:00:52 EST Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322307 For the last month I have been meal prepping for my week. I have been making various bean dishes for my lunches. I usually make a big pot and use the sparkrecipe generator to determine calories, macros and divide it up equally for the week. My weight would go up every week. I work with a coa... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:59:30 EST One of those days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322306 This crazy Ohio weather has me fighting a cold and feeling very blah. Doing my best to stay motivated and positive. I don't have much energy, but I think I will feel better if I go ahead with my workout. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:55:13 EST One Week On; One Week Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322305 Two weeks ago, I was able to do brief yoga sessions several days a week, and I added in two days of slow treadmill walking. I felt accomplished. Cue chronic illnesses, and last week was a total loss. I started last weekend with a cold, and by Tuesday I managed to throw my back into spasms so s... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:52:37 EST Uncomfortable with Attention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322304 I'm finding out I am not comfortable with attention. I'm not sure why. I don't want to fail? Maybe? Pressure? Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:49:45 EST Self love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322303 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ad429a5d-da9c-4c14-9bd4-831401ef2ce6.jpg"> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:47:26 EST 2/27/17 Get up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322302 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ab42de69-1070-4086-8f31-7eba8147eac5.jpg"> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:44:38 EST DAY 50 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322301 Well it is a sad day we lost my favorite rooster to a predator. He was a happy protective beautiful rooster we rescued him from a home with to many other farm animals. He had a favorite hen and some that he didn't give the time of day. He was funny he would run out and make all kinds of noises... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:43:38 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322300 the reality of our move is starting to settle in. we still have a lot to do, before next week. <BR> <BR> Blessings. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:42:36 EST Healthy food options http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322299 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f3d08b94-1347-4a90-8e2c-458b776186e5.jpg"> <BR> OK so. I have recently been trying new things to try to lose and maintain a healthy weight. I have recently STOPPED eating meat Mon to Fri. I eat fish and seafood in-between and eat meat on sundays😏 ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:37:05 EST GOOD NEWS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322298 GOOD NEWS! NO CANCER!! WE ARE BOTH SO GRATEFUL . WE WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THE PRAYERS, NOTES AND GOODIE. I HAVE THE BEST FRIENDS... THANKS SO M UCH. GAIL Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:36:08 EST One week challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322297 The beginning of this year (about 2 months ago), mom and I got on track and started pushing to lose weight and make some small (but noticeable) changes to our routines. I started feeling stronger (didn’t get out of breath going up the stairs anymore, walking longer distances wasn’t so draining, e... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:31:07 EST Hit the gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322296 I made it back to the gym today and did a little of most of the machines there. It makes me feel really productive. Let's hope I didn't over do it and I can function at work tomorrow. Now let's see if this productivity will carry over to my housework. Ugh. Have a great day Sparkers! ! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:30:41 EST Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322295 Good Morning Sparkers, <BR> <BR> Sitting here thinking what to write and the mind is going blank. It's that kind of day, so I'll wish you all well, get your workouts in, eat right and enjoy your day... <BR> <BR> Carpe Diem <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:30:13 EST Maclaren Quest strollers 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322294 When it involves umbrella Best Strollers 2017 Maclaren is simply a step prior to the competition. each stroller review web site has Maclaren on their prime list. That’s as a result of their strollers ar top quality and have all the options oldsters need. Their merchandise ar therefore sturdy they... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:26:50 EST Erased From History http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322293 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a209f2db-7734-4fe1-9759-a1ba1f8697be.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Before I go to my first appointment with a registered dietitian, I thought I'd reflect a little on my weight loss history. This is my go-to "before" photo and is already here on Spark, taken in ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:21:56 EST Darn you... Girl Scouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322292 My coworkers brought Girl Scout Cookies to work today. Oh, how I love Thin Mints. Ironic how they are named THIN mints, yet they make me FAT. =) I have not caved and I will not cave! Anyone else have temptation that you cannot avoid? Does anyone else have "food pushers"? I do, at work. I seem to ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:21:15 EST Daily Workout with Denise Austin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322291 Does anyone remember this show being on TV? I used to work out with Denise Austin 3 or 4 times a week. I would record the programs on my VCR (LOL) as they came on the Lifetime channel at 6 and 6:30 and do the workouts in the evenings. I loved working out with her in the luxurious spas, hotels,... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:18:41 EST Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322290 Late last night I was watching one of those entertainment news shows on tv on Fox. I can't think of the name of it but it's like Extra on NBC. I had heard the news already but they had an interview with David Cassidy about his dementia. This makes me sad. He's 66 and I'll be 62 tomorrow. Whe... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:18:04 EST A quick blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322289 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1efe21bd-3b04-48af-bd41-f7ed4b5f4aa6.jpg"> <BR> "Think Spring!" <BR> <BR> I've not been writing blogs, had a flare-up of arthritis in my hip and those of you who have this will know what I mean. Thankfully it is settling back down nicely and I wa... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:14:52 EST the heaviest 10 pounds and thresholds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322288 Which weighs more…10 pounds of muscle or 10 pounds of fat? Heh, it’s the same! Ba da dum. BUT?!? What about those 10 pounds that feels like the heaviest 10 pounds EVAH!?! That’s what I’m dealing with right now…the heaviest 10 pounds. Yes, 10 pounds is 10 pounds is 10 pounds but we all know along ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:13:53 EST Gf lost .4lbs, down 2.4lbs in 2 weeks. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322287 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1337f8fd-49ac-4ada-9e4f-87013312831e.jpg"> <BR> She lost .4lbs but is doing ok w it. Thanks and have a great day! Weight 145.9 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:11:11 EST Yes, I'm still alive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322286 Holy cow! Has it really been since mid-February that I did a blog??? That, my sparkfamily, is the result of a crazy, busy time at work this past month. I'm in career guidance and we've had our parent/student/counselor meetings getting prepped for 9th grade over the last several weeks. Soooooo... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:10:29 EST CHUNKS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322285 I am sharing an article which makes my weight loss plan less formidable. I can focus on losing a 10% chunk of body fat at a time. Read this article if you are feeling overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/moti<BR>vation_articles.asp?id=454 <BR> <BR> I was getting freaked ou... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:09:37 EST Feeling blessed !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322283 Today I Have to do a clear liquid diet all day and be npo after midnight for a procedure tomorrow. The awesome thing is that I feel full already. Thanks to following this amazing new life style change today does not seem impossible. I have already done some chair cardio and plan to go for a walk.... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:07:41 EST Day 29 Week 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322282 <em>424</em> <em>298</em> I'm very proud of myself, I made it through a whole month. Lost one more pound last week as well, so that is a total of 11 pounds, nearly at the 1 stone mark yipee <em>244</em> . I seem to have got in the swing of it now, getting used to the correct portion si... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:06:39 EST Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322281 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6a10b9f4-a747-4b86-9301-7f3b5b5c8c9a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Focus on your strengths and not your weaknesses. <BR> Be yourself and don't wait for the approval of others. But most important, have a positive and humble mindset no matter what situation you ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:06:18 EST Another sunny day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322280 <em>244</em> Love the Sun <BR> Walking Arden mall <BR> Going to Kaiser <BR> <em>311</em> <em>213</em> <BR> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:04:33 EST Brain dying http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322279 I used to feel I had a facility with foreign language. I took Latin in high school, followed by German in high school and college. I learned some Spanish visiting family in Mexico, and learned some basic Italian while stationed in Italy. When I thought I would be stationed in Japan I started a Ja... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:03:36 EST You have to "feel" in order to heal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322278 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d3c4df6f-201d-4310-9d80-fb2ccca2daa6.jpg"> I've never been very good at handling disappointment. Lately, I seem to be having a lot of them. I recently returned from a vacation that cost a lot of money but wasn't very good. Then I went a concert by ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:59:24 EST Nearing end of most successful month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322277 It is a 71 degree partly sunny start to the week on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. We successfully had a great day with our grandsons yesterday as we brought them to Mellow Mushroom for lunch. Their parents went to Destin to celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary and his promotion to the t... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:57:11 EST Empathy for Others Causing Food Comfort for Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322276 Today is a tough day to stay focused on eating well. It is these kind of days where I fall off the wagon because I turn to food to comfort me. I have a great friend who is going through a lot personally right now, and as the type of person I am (someone who empathizes to a fault) it is weighing o... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:56:14 EST Days Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322274 Rest Day, Day off, whatever we are calling it these days are not my favorite and I also have some confusion about them. On a "rest" day are we supposed to be not doing a formal exercise, or not taking a hike, or not going to yoga? I don't think I really get it. I try to take one day where I do... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:54:37 EST Monday Feb 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322273 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a81b74b-3f98-4753-b6c7-721ca3a6c553.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I was in the Navy and stationed at Barber;s Point on the Ewa side of Oahu, I had a plumeria tree with these flowers outside my door. Love the sweet smell of plumeria. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:49:17 EST Day 58: You Are Beautiful (quotes) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322272 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/80f4f28b-415c-4c81-a9ee-f2e16184b0d9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love." (Maya Angelou) <BR> <BR> This is my birthday month and I'm all about the glam this month. You all know I try to be so positi... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:49:00 EST Still On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322271 We had our blood pressures checked on Friday. Mine was 112/62. My husband's was a little high for his age group. We know why it was high. He ate a lot of high sodium foods the day before. They had a black history lunch at his job. But I got confirmation that I was doing great with my sodium... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:48:46 EST The start here diet (book title by Tosca Reno) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322270 Here we go again! I ran across this book at the dollar store and she has some valid points it's really about baby steps making very small changes in your life and sustaining them then making more small changes etc. then finding YOUR trigger foods and one by one slowly eliminating them as these f... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:48:41 EST Wait..WHAT?!?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322269 I fell into that trap of "I'll start back on Monday" and never actually started to eat healthy again. Here two months of the year are practically gone and I'm back to the weight I was when I first started on Sparkpeople over a year ago. I stepped on the scale this morning and after weeks in the... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:47:03 EST Feb 27 2017 Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322268 So back to work tonight. Yucky lol but I had a good weekend except the black eye. Lol I got to rest and play with girls. We are working with willow you don't throw. She has learned "I'm sorry" which is so sweet cause she rubs your hand when she says it. I'm still doing my IF and I'm just still v... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:45:06 EST Review of Wk 20 to 26 Feb 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322267 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f2c2838b-2e69-4e28-8ba7-7ad8c55e1f8f.jpg"> <BR> I know that I started my plan on 18th February 2017 but later, I decided that the first two days would be taking my initial measurement and setting up my short and long term goals ✌. Anyhow, on my s... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:43:47 EST Back for Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322266 Even if I'm crawling instead of sprinting here I am, making my best effort to stay healthy. It's better than nothing, better than what I usually do. Better is the objective, here. Do better today than yesterday. I know I need to change. And I don't mean just my health habits, although ri... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:41:40 EST Day #380 of my adventures in Spark People-Let's play http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322265 Play, Laugh, Sing, Dance. <BR> ~Princess Sassy Pants & Co <BR> Look at things with childlike wonder & you'll never be old. <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> The 1st week of January I found this pin that caught my attention called 'Being me 52 weeks of soul searching and loving myself'. I decided to only... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:37:12 EST Still going... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322264 Week seven! I am soooooo proud of myself! I have kept it going, past the usual throw-in-the-towel marker! Even after a disappointing week six, I still kept pushing! I didn't let a seeming weight gain stop my momentum. I felt the tears beginning to form, but I remembered who I was (ROYALTY! S... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:34:29 EST It's a happy Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322263 As of this morning I have lost 10 pounds since I started logging my food and increasing my exercise. I bought a bike yesterday since my husband likes to ride. It will give us something to do that will be good for both of us. I know I have a long way to go, but I am feeling proud this morning. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:32:59 EST What's Your Cleanse Type? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322262 This is taken from Dr. Oz, so take the quiz to see how it might help you learn which cleanse is right for you! Then it also has lots of suggestions in your journey to health. <BR> <link>www.doctoroz.com/quiz/quiz-whats-you<BR>r-cleanse-type </link> <BR> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:27:50 EST Ugh!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322261 Today is a new day. This whole eating right to lose weight to be fit is alot of work. Need so motivation today. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:26:10 EST Monday's Silly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322260 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8b617018-41f9-4e72-8c59-ae3e6e976bbd.jpg"> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:23:38 EST for those who get their dogs groomed. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322259 <link>iheartdogs.com/dog-mom-hopes-her-per<BR>sonal-heartbreak-will-raise-awareness-<BR>about-groomer-safety/?utm_source=IHDS-<BR>Email&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campai<BR>gn=Newsletter_02-23-17&mc_cid=ea23011d<BR>2f&mc_eid=e862c0fb72 </link> <BR> <BR> I"M GLAD I TAKE CARE OF BUS MYSELF BECAU... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:23:37 EST Walk at the Sandbanks on the Bay of Quinte http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322258 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/78bbdd9d-0d23-4e30-8288-91df846459fe.jpg"> Walked in Mohawk Territory Sunday. Sunny, but windy at the Bay. The colours of the waters were beautiful, sparkling white which crowned turquoise waters. The dunes made me long for summer, I do have to ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:22:19 EST Sunday Funny Papers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322257 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e4b95945-cc14-4c6c-8bef-72cfb50adfa2.jpg"> <BR> I had to post this Dustin comic from Sunday's paper. Wouldn't that be great?! (I wish Spark wouldn't limit the dimensions so I could show it fully.) Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:21:45 EST 360 Days of Gratitude: Day 37 Functional Medicine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322256 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1b293025-4817-40df-912e-7e639420f1a8.JPG"> <BR> Facebook share cartoon <BR> <BR> Functional Medicine. <BR> <BR> I am grateful to find this video. Functional Medicine is the name of what I seek for my health. I just did not know what to call it ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:19:11 EST Idiotiotis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322255 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2121e691-35a7-4da1-936e-398b36cf7ceb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wish.... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:18:39 EST Made a LARGE mistake yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322253 Hi all! So yesterday my ankle was hurting. I have sprained it twice in less then three months last year, so since then I take it easy when it hurts. Also NASCAR had it's first race of the new season yesterday, so I was watching that for a few hours. While also seeing the snow fall outside. Yes it... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:15:36 EST Condo for sale in north central connecticut. Ranch style. Lovely location. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322252 It was the perfect place for us to live. We needed a one-floor place with an open floor plan. <BR> <BR> Hubby could maneuver his motorized wheelchair around to every room. <BR> <BR> Basement is as large as the condo itself. Lots of "nature" around. Very, very quiet since no highways can be hear... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:13:57 EST Grandson Cove's Feb 2017 visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322250 Ooh, I haven't posted a grandson blog in too long!! We had fun this weekend; the visits are just too short since we split the weekends with his Grampy. <BR> <BR> I met Cove's mama halfway on Friday afternoon and we had a nice, long talk on the 1.5 hour ride to Nana and Pawpaw's house. He usually... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:13:22 EST More Running; More Weighty Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322249 Woke and dressed in my running clothes. Dropped the grandkids off at school and went straight to the asphalt trail. Ran my 6 quarter mile repeats per training plan. Was so glad to hit the pace without difficulty, running my repeats under 9 minutes per mile pace. Didn't really have to work that ha... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:11:42 EST Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322248 1. Strond is the new SKINNY!! 2. We're all WORK IN PROGRESS AND IT'S OK!! 3. When Life Throws You Curves, EMBRACE THEM!! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:11:12 EST Reasons for doing this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322247 1) I want to feel good about my self. 2) I want to be able to run a mile. 3) I want to be the best me I can be. 4) I want to learn how to be healthy. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:10:41 EST Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322246 What a great day. Down one more pound. 6 more till I meet my goal.one day at a time one pound at a time. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:10:18 EST Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322245 1. Strond is the new SKINNY!! 2. We're all WORK IN PROGRESS AND IT'S OK!! 3. When Life Throws You Curves, EMBRACE THEM!! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:10:05 EST Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322244 1. Strond is the new SKINNY!! 2. We're all WORK IN PROGRESS AND IT'S OK!! 3. When Life Throws You Curves, EMBRACE THEM!! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:07:33 EST wean off meds help/suggestions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322243 Hey all! I'm looking for natural and homeopathic ways to reduce pain. I take Tramadol 2-3 times daily for chronic fibromyalgia pain, and I also take heavy doses of nsaids and muscle relaxers. <BR> <BR> I'd like to get off of everything even if it means living with the pain despite its debilitat... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:06:12 EST Starting out great.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322241 Down 2 more....5 lbs in 4 days...helps so much keep track.....keeps me motivated! 👍 everyone have a blessed day! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:04:58 EST 100,000 Spark Points - finally! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322240 Having been a member (admittedly, a sporadic one) since 2008, I am pumped that I crossed the 100,000 Spark Points milestone this past weekend. While my weight has fluctuated 15 pounds or so over these last nine years, without Spark People, it might have ballooned much higher so for that, I am gra... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:04:57 EST Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322239 1. Strond is the new SKINNY!! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:01:38 EST Sciatica.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322238 Having severe sciatica pain. Looked at some you to videos for exercises from doctors. Going to try them today. Have to be able to walk around Vegas. Have a fantastic week all!! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:59:58 EST Monday morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322236 It was a nice, peaceful weekend for me. <BR> The sister issues notwithstanding, I had a chance to catch up on some personal things and just plain relax. I spoke with my cousin who just returned from The Netherlands Saturday evening. She was the one I guided through the Trust and Mom-care pro... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:52:36 EST two for 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322235 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a0f33a05-e630-4c80-8c0b-7dd208641c69.jpg"> <BR> <BR> January <em>590</em> Resolutions Challenge <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73f05c53-04aa-496a-8389-44a1d3846d22.jpg"> <BR> <BR> February <em>590</em> Fit Food ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:52:07 EST A new week begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322234 Stayed on track, yesterday and made my goal, plus a swim, weather here has been beautiful <em>67</em> Got my mile in already, figured I'm up might as well move <em>246</em> Going to relx a bit , then start on laundry and straightening up a bit, before the princess has to be picked up from pr... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:50:17 EST Motivation Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322232 So today is getting done everything that I havent managed to get done over the week, which is quite extensive. Washing the linens, dusting, sweeping and mopping the floors and disinfecting bathrooms. Then to fit in my work out video and all before the kids get home at 4 pm. Time to put some tunes... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:48:38 EST kind of a day off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322231 still have to bake one cake, go shopping, and take my mennonite neighbor to the pediatrician...but compared to usual this is an easy day!! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:47:14 EST Living my Best Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322230 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c3c3eaa2-29dc-43f8-8bfd-e1880032162a.jpg"> Hi everyone, today is my day 5 of this new lifestyle. My name is Akilah, I also go by Kiki. I am 30 and I have decided to postpone having weight loss surgery and try to tackle this task on my own. I have d... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:45:18 EST Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322229 Getting a lil frustrated I've been on a plateau for about 6 weeks now, I've lost about 80 pounds since july but wanted to reach that 100 pound mark by my birthday (4/17). Lookin a lil bleek but I'm trying. I have even stepped up my workout. Treadmill for about 1 hour then weight training for 1 h... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:44:23 EST Week 2 Lost 1.9lbs Weight 241.7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322227 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/46586992-19f6-464b-8a86-ca35729c77c4.jpg"> <BR> Goodmorning friends, after posting that unrealistic 7.2 loss last week reality set in this week with a 1.9 drop. I'm happy and thankful for it because I know 2lbs a week is realistic and sustainable. ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:41:58 EST Weight down after a slump http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322226 I can't say I plateaued because I was not staying on plan and tracking as I should for a week or more. We moved my Mom from Texas and my sister was here so for a week we kept eating out. Then I over exercised and my back was super sore and twinging so I was eating better but not moving much. E... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:41:56 EST Rain, Bird Feeding, Fur Baby Better, Food Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322224 Another rainy day makes me happy after an eight-year long drought in SoCal. Makes everything green instead of brown. Refills the diminishing lakes. Hooray hooray for rain. <BR> <BR> About a month ago, I started putting feed out daily. No one would eat out of the bird feeders, so I just pour ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:37:37 EST Changing My Mind About Turtling Along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322223 I think I am the queen of the turtles. I started the current phase of my journey 5 1/2 years ago with the plan to lose about 40 pounds. The first 20 came off pretty quickly, but the next 20 have come in fits and starts. I never quit, but I would bounce around with 5 pounds for a while, get there,... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:35:30 EST Monday Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322221 Happy Monday! Believe in yourself! You are here and you've got this! Make it an awesome day!!!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a5e308c9-7659-493e-bc0b-f4afc07fc094.png"> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:34:56 EST Re-start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322219 This weekend I re-evaluated my habits and decided to get back on track and just do it. I went to the gym Saturday and Sunday, journaled my days and food and exercise. I transferred the nutrition and exercise this morning to the Sparks Tracker. Took time to go see a movie I wanted to see “Get Out”... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:30:59 EST Gonna sparkle today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322218 Today I am going to do my best to count my blessings. I am going to make every minute count when I'm out walking because you never know what tomorrow will bring. I am going to go slow though. I am alittle stiff and sore because I road the Elliptical at the gym yesterday. I'm going to have fun wi... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:30:49 EST Say it isn't so.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322217 I have no excuses for slacking off. I worked way to much and sleep was precious. I ended up burning myself out at work, became sick with stress, fatigue and every other life induced problems. I am finally starting to feel like my self again. I am going to try yet a different approach to losing w... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:29:58 EST Number 115 .. of my Reality Check http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322216 Wow what a great productive , fun , creative day .. except could not blog on the mobile app .. if you can tell me how to do it I would appreciate the help .. :) <BR> <BR> Awake at the cottage .. at 6am .. coffee and read in bed while the cottage warms up (didn't wake up to put wood on during th... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:29:52 EST Fantastic Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322214 I need to admit, I was ready to buy an orange soda today. But first I went down to the basement of my work and did my weekly weighing in. <BR> <BR> Last week, I felt that I hadn't done as well as I had the week before. I did have a tiny twix bar once last week and a few more carbs than I wanted ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:24:29 EST Wisdom of Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322213 I had posted that I'm really struggling with my confidence and what I want to do with my music. I have lots of friends who play music and they do a lot of stuff that people seem to love, but it's not the kind of music I like or sound good doing. For example, Allman Brothers, Eagles, John Mayer,... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:20:19 EST Good Morning Monday 🌻 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322212 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6454c57c-6c87-46d6-9344-2d74b9197e64.jpg"> <BR> Love the Flintstones 💜💜 Never to old for cartoons! Have a great day everyone! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:16:03 EST Happy Monday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322211 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d541c5cb-1228-454b-a5ac-329cbc27800d.jpg"> Hope everyone has a great Monday! The start of a new week and hopeful of weight loss this week. Hope everyone gets great sleep this week too, like Lucy Lou here 😂 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:15:01 EST Oops- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322210 I was so busy with getting assignments done and turned in, I forgot to post my blog yesterday. Oh well. I did log in, so at least my streak is still going. <BR> <BR> I really get annoyed when I log in and do blogs and message people and log stuff and forget to do the daily spin to get credit fo... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:11:07 EST Eating Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322209 My husband and I eat out quite frequently. Usually about 2-3 times a week And both of my children live a good distance from home and when we visit them we usually eat out for every meal. When I first started with Spark, I ate only at home. Until I got a hold on portion size and identified my pit... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:10:52 EST Sometimes Things Happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322208 Have to admit that the past 3 weeks have been emotionally draining. Husband not only found to have basal cell cancer on his face (which can easily be handled -Thank Heaven) but he was found to have a heart anomaly during a stress test. The doctor did say that it was not an urgent problem, however... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:10:06 EST Beauty and the Bulge - pizza craving! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322207 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f99cd963-2928-4868-b2cb-a8c980101f48.jpg"> Yesterday was tough. It doesn't happen very often, but yesterday I really had a case of the Sunday blues. When I get in a mood like that, everything is a struggle. I was really craving pizza last night, an... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:09:55 EST Loving the Process http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322206 I may not always love the progress, it often takes longer to lose then i hope for. but with spark i am loving the process. learning to love my body even when its stubborn and hates me. even when the weight wont come off as fast as i would like. learning how to love all my wobbly bits, and owning ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:08:33 EST 2/27/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322205 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35e8c91e-29f4-477c-81aa-25a2093dad2b.jpg"> 2/27/17 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:04:34 EST Feb 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322204 Here we go! I have 2 months to lose some weight before my vacation to the valley. I would really like to lose 15 to 20 lbs by then. Birthday coming up end of November...that's 9 months. <BR> <BR> <BR> I WILL BE AT GOAL BY NOVEMBER 30th. <em>383</em> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:04:03 EST Getting your wings.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322203 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b4afc761-79c1-4202-8c7d-863d86e507aa.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a great week... <em>213</em> <BR> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:02:17 EST Happy Monday to all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322202 I got up early and already got in in a 2 mile walk. I hope everyone gas a productive day. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:01:45 EST Moving Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322201 This weekend was bit of a challange for me. More so Mentally then physically. Saturday started off good, but ended on a bad note, which carried into my sunday. These are just one of those slight set backs that i know are bound to happen. I just have to pick up the pieces and move forward with my... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:00:47 EST Trying to stay in the now... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322200 So I haven't written in a long time and I'm sure it is going to come across as a jumble of blah, but I'm feeling the urge to see if this helps me! I have changed my life recently first by buying a house(big kid step for sure!) secondly by looking at my health and how I was feeling. <BR> So t... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:59:52 EST An extremely short blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322199 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0c4f58a2-bcc3-46c0-9c8b-2fa85f306bd1.jpg"> <BR> --need I say more? <BR> The wee spitfire of a recycled cat---Sushi-----got picked up--- <BR> We had 6-7 more inches of snow fall, yesterday and I've been shovelling--- <BR> I very much need to tackle ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:59:08 EST It's Monday -- let's get back to NORMAL !!! Normal and Monday -- Oh my !!?? :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322198 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/891d2787-2548-4aee-90b8-f57d7a27c27a.jpg"> <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... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:59:06 EST 😎 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322197 Not very happy with myself with my eating habits over the weekend...I know it was stress emotional eating...ugh...how to be accountable.... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:58:38 EST Week 17 2/27/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322196 Okay so I was really on track this week, worked out 6 days and ate healthy. I made black bean brownies and they actually came out really well! I didn't go out, I stayed in and focused on not spending money/drinking. I really want to see a change these next few weeks so I'm trying to think of diff... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:56:52 EST A Truckers Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322194 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0db11d1e-0066-4f5a-b401-10e679630e9c.jpg"> <BR> So after not working for a couple months because I took care of my grandpa that was on hospice I went back to driving truck I started my weight-loss Journey like a lot of people on New Year's Day. So ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:52:54 EST Biggest Accomplishment This AM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322193 Getting up! Actually it would be moving past the arthritis pain and getting my joints warmed up to rock this day! I was blessed to drive to work in the frosty and snow drenched pre-dawn hours under a canopy of glittering stars! God gives us many treats to see even as he waters the earth! Have... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:50:56 EST Biggest Accomplishment This AM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322192 Getting up! Actually it would be moving past the arthritis pain and getting my joints warmed up to rock this day! I was blessed to drive to work in the frosty and snow drenched pre-dawn hours under a canopy of glittering stars! God gives us many treats to see even as he waters the earth! Have... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:50:56 EST FavoritePlaces on SparkPeople (a work in progress) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322190 <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> Mix Match Meal Planner <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/mix-and<BR>-match-meal-planner.asp </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> <em>381</em> ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:46:10 EST Weekend will power http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322189 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4d3a5e27-a1f0-4ced-a830-c2432d53d931.jpg"> <BR> So this weekend was rough! First I went to my daughters horse show. Horses love fruit. So ifigured that he snack bar would have something icould eat, i mean these are "athletes" right? They had no... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:44:57 EST Start of a new week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322187 Let's make this a great week full of positive energy and success! <BR> <em>386</em> Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:40:35 EST New Struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322186 <BR> Life has not been kind to me since January when I promised myself to get back on track and be more alert to the stress and emotional eating. Little has gone in a good way since then. I know life throws you curve balls and bumps all the time, but one right after the other takes a toll on any... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:40:07 EST Looking forward to a new week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322185 Had a great week last week, scale not moving but I was very active and did relatively ok on the diet. Thinking most of the time about changes which is very empowering. I feel more in control. Have a great week everyone. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:34:33 EST Gratitude and Attitude (Wk 4) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322184 WHAT GOOD THINGS HAPPENED LAST WEEK: <BR> <BR> 1) I came home yesterday to see this cute scene. I love that my 10 y/o (Daughter 2) is still happy being a little girl. There is such a pressure to have these little girls grow up--to wear provocative clothes, have boyfriends, and leave the world o... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:33:58 EST my bff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322182 Deanne is my BEST friend ever, she basically lives w/ me and i love her so much. she helps me w/ everything even when im annoying and she makes me food. Love her!!!!!! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:32:20 EST Loving life!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322181 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2fc5b54f-8e83-4aad-872d-b869391786e6.jpg"> I am truly loving and enjoying life right now. God has been so good to me!! Thank you Lord for this wonderful life!! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:28:21 EST Sometimes I Just Have To. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322180 Shake my head at myself! I'm trying so hard to get back on track and track everything I do, that I just simply forget! <BR> <BR> Saturday, I'm checking off items on my "To Do" list and I plug in my Fitbit, borrowed from my daughter, to make sure I can track my activity for our Wellness Chall... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:27:50 EST Sheesh, ANOTHER restart!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322179 I suppose as long as I keep restarting and trying, I will at least not get worse. Unfortunately, I have been gaining! I have gained this last two months, instead of losing as I had planned. I lost about 25 pounds the beginning of last year and was thrilled with the progress, but this year I ha... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:20:08 EST Fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322178 Finally decided to order my fitbit last night...I'm really excited for it to get here! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:18:56 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322177 Today is my first day to a better me.... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:17:17 EST Seeking Gods Glory today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322176 I dreamed last night about evil that lurks in the woods. It was not a scary dream actually as I was in the light not chased but he's out there was the reminder. I want to remain in the light. I am Keep asking that God the glorious father give me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may know him better.... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:17:03 EST 30 Days of Gratitude- Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322175 I will be using TextMyJournal's 30 Days of Gratitude prompts to grow my appreciation of my life and world. <BR> (http://textmyjournal.com/gratitude-jour<BR>nal-prompts/) <BR> <BR> DAY 1 <BR> What smell are you grateful for today? <BR> <BR> Today I picked my first Tahitian lime for the season... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:13:51 EST I signed up for this year's Sea Swim! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322174 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5cbea7cd-affc-45fb-861c-73d60f1507b0.png"> <BR> <BR> I am waiting for my email confirmation but I signed up! <BR> <BR> The location is different this year, starting at a new hotel but its still a 1 mile course that runs parallel to shore. <BR> <... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:11:42 EST On The Lighter Side http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322172 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cb0cf19b-0a9e-478d-8ab3-eb7e19221cd2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>101</em> <em>386</em> Sparkers Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:09:31 EST Set Backs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322171 Due to a situation in our family that required our daughter be in the hospital last week, I have decided to start over with the 21 Day Challenge. Today's a new day and although things are not great emotionally right now, I have to continue to work on getting healthy. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:09:14 EST MARVELous Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322170 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bf492203-c919-4549-a0b4-252a161576e4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> <em>188</em> <em>88</em> <em>188</em> <em>88</em> <em>188</em> <em>88</em> <em>188</em> <BR> <em>188</em> ~Waving Hello~ & ~Wishing Ev... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:08:06 EST Mondays....🏡 2/27/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322169 Today is going to be a good day or at least I am going to say this to myself 30 times to keep me going. I woke up this morning at 4 am and got my 30min walk/run in and I am already burnt out lol and it only 7am the kids have not even gone to school yet.😑 I have to learn just to get up and mov... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:04:43 EST Is your loved one suffering shortness of breath? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322168 Ok, I tried to make the title close to what I am going to say. <BR> <BR> Ray's Oxygen Level averages 98 at all times - using that thing they put on your finger. <BR> <BR> But when he awakes from his naps, he complains bitterly of shortness of breath. <BR> <BR> *insert Deep Breath here* Afte... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:04:13 EST Blessings, February 27, 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322167 My goal is to list at least three blessings each day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. I am ready to do my taxes. <BR> <BR> 2. Wonderful husband. <BR> <BR> 3. Healthy food in the house. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list your own ble... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:03:59 EST Have made a Dr appointment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322166 I am so very tired of being ill. <BR> <BR> Since end of November I have been having awful problems with sore, cracked and peeling lips, and the corners of my mouth have been really sore too. <BR> <BR> Then mid December I got a sickness but (Norovirus we think) that took several weeks to get ov... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:03:33 EST maintained over the weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322165 Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I had some ups and downs in terms of eating this past week and over the weekend. I think I'm falling into a bit of an emotional eating rut while my SO is out of town for work. But I started doing better the past couple of days. And I managed to maintain over the weekend! ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:59:34 EST Hip pain again!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322164 My hip is hurting again, and I plan on getting another injection to get me through another 3 months. I have still been walking but I have slowed down a bit. The doctor said he would approve it for me till I have my hip replacement done. I hope everyone else is having a great Monday, keep your ... Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:57:48 EST Just Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322163 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a42882a4-7b0d-4042-bc0e-e754d0c7d600.jpg"> <BR> You can dream, you can talk, or you can do. I prefer the ...Just do it...method. Not always easy, not always fun, but always effective. So, it's a new beautiful Monday friends.... Just do it!❤ Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:55:16 EST