SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Back in the Saddle So, I fell of my horse. <BR> <BR> After crashing my car, it was in the shop for a loooooong time (like, over a month) and then I had a vacation and then my husband's car broke down and he needed to borrow mine once it was out of the shop. I tried to stay on track for my goals by riding my bike t... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:35:11 EST Tuesday Goals & IOWL #271 IOWL (inside out weight loss) #271: Unblocking your dreams <BR> <BR> What can be blocking my dreams of becoming slimmer? <BR> <link><BR>podcasts/episode-271-unblocking-your-d<BR>ream-part-i </link> <BR> <BR> In my dream of being slim goes like this: I'm ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:29:59 EST giving up. I just can't do the exercise right now. I am going to give up on the blc right now. I am hardly eating right now and gained 5 pounds probably from all the fluids they put in me before I came home yesterday. I just took a Norco for pain and waiting for it to kick in so I can go back to sleep. I was up til 3 am. I am in pain but passed... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:29:16 EST Frustration and plans I've been doing a variety of experiments over the last several months to try to get the scale to move in the right direction. So far, nothing has worked. However, I have found that I feel better when I eat less meat, so I'm going to continue to do that. <BR> <BR> I dislike dietary approaches whi... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:29:05 EST busy week I'm feeling tired today! I have a lot on my mind, one good thing is I did get a work out in this AM so that's one less thing but still have a busy week and I'm worried about staying on track. <BR> <BR> I have a wedding to go to in NY. I'll be totally out of my regular routine and I'm not sure h... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:27:40 EST My Weight Story & Eating Lots of Fiber :-) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have struggled a lot with my weight. I've tried some really self-destructive stupid ideas to manage it. <BR> <BR> I never thought about my weight until I lost a lot. I was g... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:25:47 EST Planking - it's not for the weak at heart <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I recently sig... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:22:55 EST My Thrive moment My sweet 7yr is sick still. She has little to no appetite still. So when I came home from running my oldest to school she said she was hungry. Know she loves biscuits I make her homemade. She loved them even though she could only eat half and the rx makes food taste off. Just to make her happ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:18:57 EST October 21 -- The days are cool and growing shorter I am celebrating a 1 pound loss this week! I'm now at 249! I am *50* pounds away from ONEderland! <BR> <BR> TEMPUS FUGIT: It's the twenty-first day of October. It is 62 days until Winter begins. <BR> <BR> We've reached the middle of Autumn. 6 Days until my birthday. We are 11 days away from H... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:17:29 EST Day 37 I'm on Day 37 of Medifast. <BR> This is my first blog entry so I am going to wing it as best as I can. <BR> I am very happy that I am losing weight considering I haven't exercised at all but there are still some rough days. I have been fortunate in the fact that I haven't cheated at all since... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:14:47 EST Weigh in Goal Day I fluctuated a LOT in the last three weeks. In the end, I did not meet my weigh in goal. I only lost 1 pound in the three weeks rather than 5. <BR> <BR> This means, I've adjusted my weight loss goals for the next three weeks. I'm shooting for 5 pounds so the end number is going to reflect that. ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:14:03 EST Day 261 - 231.8 - Glad Yesterday Is Over Yesterday was just bad all around. I ate horribly. I napped like 3 times. I felt achy and fatigued and just rotten all day long. You know what I blame it on? A Starbucks pumpkin scone. I was doing fine and felt fine up until the moment I decided to have one of those devils for lunch. And from the... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:12:11 EST Shorter days and Pumpkin Soup A friend grew pumpkins this year and gave us some of their crop. I started processing the pumpkins yesterday: cut, scoop seeds and rinse them for roasting, bake the pumpkins, let cool, scoop the goo into containers for freezing. I made pumpkin custard and pumpkin soup for lunch, since we had no... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:10:37 EST Bon to China <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I drive up to Northern California to meet my sister tomorrow and we start our Grand Adventure to China on Thursday the 23rd. Won't be getting much "movement" on that day. <BR> Hope to get up every hour <em>128</em> ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:10:32 EST Love Your Body...Now I am working on loving my body as it is NOW. I was inspired by an ad for"Love Your Body" Week that showed a real body with words that showed how our weight, and bodies, don't define us. <BR> <BR> Here is mine: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:05:09 EST Running is still running, fast or slow, it doesn't matter I received this email this morning and I really needed to read it. I am always talking about how I love to run but I am just so slow. But that is ok, I have to keep telling myself that. I run because I love to, it makes me feel good, it is a time for me to just zone out. I do it to basically run ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:03:37 EST 10 Days Until Halloween! I love Halloween! I love anything scary, weird or just down right terrifying! So Halloween is right up my alley. My house always gets decorated....graveyard with Zombies, spider webs, skeletons. This year I'm dressing up as a Zombie for Halloween. FUN! It's going to be AWESOME! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:03:08 EST Day 44 and figuring some things out! Today was Max INterval Training. My hair was so wet from sweat that I barely had any dry spots other than part of my ponytail. The bottom part even gets wet where it hits the rest of my body. SERIOUSLY. DRENCHED. <BR> <BR> I mentioned that I had apparently (my body) wanted to binge this wee... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:00:22 EST Silly things I do to loose weight or maintain Several times a week I get asked questions about loosing weight and maintaining my weight.... <BR> for those who don't know I lost 200+ pounds and come Dec. I have maintained that weight loss....yes it amazes me too.... <BR> I have to be honest some days it's really hard some days not so bad and ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:00:09 EST Motivation Today I have been very motivated. I have cooked healthy foods and prepared a meal plan for the week. I have done 30 minutes of walking and worked on my plank challenge. I also had the help of a 2.2 lb weight loss at today's weight check. That helped me realize that I don't have to have a perfe... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:57:24 EST AWESOME <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I so hope this works, as it is awesome. goes on about binging, emotional eating her breaking up with chocolate forever. and also how she learned bout her body. 36 mins but fantastic. only available for today . <BR> <BR> She says some ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:56:03 EST snackadoodles So, my latest project, is trying to figure out how to make those recipes that my kids love so much, healthier. I figure that most of our calories are taken up with snacks. So what I want to do is figure out A. How to make them from scratch and B. How to makevthem healthier. I would love to go gra... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:55:02 EST Quick Update Hi all! <BR> <BR> Happy Tuesday! How are you all today? I'm doing okay, a little stressed out. Sorry I've been absent lately, life has been crazy lately and its taking its toll on me. I'm trying to stay positive and calm through it all though. What are you all going to do to make today wonderful... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:54:22 EST Completing week one today! I start my week day mornings with horse chores at 5:30 a.m. Well, I get out of bed at 5:30 and head for the barn, close enough. <BR> After breakfast I am always in a rush. Down some breakfast, shower, throw on some clothes, pack a lunch and head for town. <BR> I stop at my Mom's house on my way... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:54:20 EST Pitfalls of International Travel While in Ireland, we stopped in Dublin to visit an IKEA store that was on our way to the hotel. I know that there are IKEA stores in the USA, but they are 250-300+ miles away. <BR> <BR> We discovered these candies at the end, right by the checkout: <BR> <img src=" Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:53:14 EST Getting Back to Normal I did sleep 20 hours. It helped a lot. I am back home and at work today. I pick him up from the hospital tonight and then we begin outpatient treatment at M D Anderson. <BR> I weighed myself this morning. I had put on 11 pounds. So I am getting back on track today. I'm not kicking myself th... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:52:56 EST When spousal biz partners don't's the PITS! :-(( <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The hubs and I don't always agree and really never have on business. He will ALWAYS give the customer OR the vendor the green light even when it's detrimental to our OWN well being and profit. This is the thing I hat... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:52:22 EST Family Photos Just over a week ago I traveled to my mom and dad's place to do family photos. Using a tripod and a remote shutter release I was able to both take AND be in the photos. Here are some of the best ones. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> This is e... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:47:52 EST Tomorrow is the Dreaded 4th Day A co-worker and I just figured out that <BR> <BR> 1) We are both secret binge-eaters. <BR> 2) When we start a plan, we are both really good for the first three days. Then we blow it on Day 4. <BR> <BR> Well, tomorrow is my Day 4. I'm gritting my teeth already. So here are the plans: <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:46:34 EST 100 Days Challenge: Day 45 Food - important or not? <img src="">How much do you think about food? <BR> <BR> A little? A lot? Most of the time? <BR> <BR> Do you finish one meal and immediately start planning what you’ll eat next? <BR> <BR> What if you could eliminate having food be the ce... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:46:13 EST What Would I Do With An Extra Hour? If I could carve out an extra hour each day for "me" time, how would I use it? I have so much on my list that I'm not sure where I would start. Hair, nail, teeth maintenance springs to the top of my list but none of that feeds my soul. I think I would choose to spend it outside. Enjoying the worl... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:45:31 EST Being Victorious! Yesterday I had at least 5 good reasons not to go out walking during my lunch hour. <BR> <BR> 1. I had slept for only like 5 hours, and even those five were tossing and turning, and having some weird dreams resembling "Lord of the Rings" plot! When I don't get at least 7 hours of sleep (which ha... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:44:50 EST What Went Well 10-20-14 Number 1: It rained. Here in drought-central any rain is good. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I saw my friends at the park. We didn't stay long because of the the rain, but I did get to talk for a little while. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I watched a movie with my kids. The Road to El Dorado was okay as far... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:42:53 EST I seem to be sporting a reverse MOHAWK... ...down the peach fuzz of my back. From the base of my head to my tailbone. The docs used what they call 'pink tape' (it's actually peach guys!) to anchor the wires and tubing from a long term epidural in my spine. <BR> I told the nurses that they should complete the task and give me the full bod... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:39:30 EST slow and steady it took awhile but after 10 days with no movement I finally lost a few more pounds. <BR> <BR> So, 15 pounds down :) <BR> <BR> I also got my spark activity tracker yesterday. It did a good job at motivating me to want to get all the lights lit up. <BR> <BR> I changed it for today to add... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:38:30 EST Long night/anxious morning Good morning to everyone, it's a great day, so enjoy. I had a pretty long night, we are going to have to move equipment today, and for some reason it is really bothering me. One of the main reasons is that this is the first year that I have been on a fluid pill and I really feel anxious about b... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:38:01 EST One week and counting... If all goes according to plan, my wife and I will be jetting our way to Jamaica one week from now. Short vacation, but a joyous trip -- my son and soon to be new daughter-in-law will be getting married at Sandals Whitehouse on October 30! We had originally planned to stay longer and transfer to... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:37:26 EST I am enough! This post will strike a nerve with some people. So go ahead. . .brace yourselves. You are forewarned. <BR> <BR> I have a secret to share with you. Ladies, you are ENOUGH. And if your husband is going somewhere else to fulfill his desires, then that is HIS fault..NOT yours. There is an excep... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:35:02 EST High School Reunions and Weddings and Holidays Things have been moving right along. Sunday's hike was steep and long and amazing. I'm still feeling sore in my calves and still riding off the high of conquering a mountain. <BR> <BR> Usually I have the extra motivation of looking better in my Halloween costume to start the end of the year/holi... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:34:11 EST Aging and Other Adventures I'm not sure when it happened. It was quick. It was slow, slight, subtle. It was something that obviously crept up on me catching me off guard. <BR> <BR> There I was standing in church after service ended with my grown son and a friend of mine named Tara. She was far along in her p... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:32:27 EST Daily Guidance - The Sacred Pool <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Card of the Day: Sacred Pool <BR> "The world is a reflection of your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Embody the love you wish to see in the world." <BR> <BR> Our lessons in co-creation and manifestation continue tod... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:32:17 EST Crazy Busy I have missed my cycling class Sunday, Monday and I will miss it again tonight. I'm not to happy about that because I am really liking this class and feel completely addicted to it. To much work and not enough hours in the day. I know my vacation is right around the corner so I am trying to sta... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:29:36 EST Dash Diet and Decreasing Sodium Well I have done a little reading today as I sit on my break. <BR> <BR> Here is a link for the Dash Diet: <BR><BR>ase_management_dash_chart.asp <BR> <BR> Here is a link on reducing your sodium intake with a chart: <BR> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:23:24 EST WAITING FOR THE RIGHT WEIGHT..... FUTILE. Our weight is not our worth. <BR> <BR> I wrote these words on my Spark Page the night before last. A counselor once helped me realize OUR WORK IS NOT OUR WORTH. (back in the 10-12 hour working days of yesteryear) I'm probably a little slow on the uptake, but I finally get that ou... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:21:54 EST Celebrating Halloween … <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This week’s Aspire and Inspire BSG blog challenge requires us to respond to the following questions … How do you celebrate Halloween? What sort of goodies do you give to the trick or treaters? <BR> I lived most of my ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:21:28 EST Inspirational Quote for Today, 10/21/14 ~ Adjustments I can guarantee you that everything we do will not work. And, I am never concerned about that. We are stubborn on vision. We are flexible on details. We don't give up on things easily. <BR> <BR> ~ Jeff Bezos <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:20:43 EST I Can! You can override the voice in your head that says you "can't." Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:20:10 EST it's tuesday i am ready for the job interview this afternoon. now i am taking some time to just relax. all of the birds say hi. my daughter sends hugs to all! have a wonderful day,everyone! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:17:40 EST Never give up! <BR> While walking this morning I was thinking about how hard it can be to lose weight with a chronic illness. It seems like a merry go round of gaining, losing, gaining or I plateau for weeks at a time. No matter how frustrating that can be I don’t give up. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:17:34 EST Work and Weight Loss I've been frustrated lately... with work, with the scale, with the feeling of not having enough time to give this weight loss effort my full commitment. I've been trading the same 2 pounds, on and off, since mid-August. I know that I need to increase my workout minutes and decrease my calories.... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:15:45 EST Proud of myself today! I honestly didn't feel like exercising. It was raining cats and dogs in the evening, well nearly every evening now. Malaysia is now in its monsoon season. So, I couldn't go for my usual walk. <BR> <BR> Instead, I popped in a DVD in my computer. The DVD player in the hall has broken down, so now ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:15:11 EST Quote for the day "This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you ha... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:13:59 EST Tuesday 10/21/14 2...weeks I've been back on SP <BR> 4...pounds lost since returning <BR> 3...weeks left to first goal deadline <BR> 6...pounds left to first mini-goal <BR> 22.5...miles run this past weekend <BR> <BR> I finally started my 28 day challenge yesterday. It was tough after the weekend, but I knew I ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:12:39 EST I Have Gained! Yup. Very close to the weight I was when I started Weight Watchers oh those many years ago. <BR> <BR> I can't decide whether to be dismayed by my scale number or impressed by how well I can run at this weight. I am impressed. But I want the weight off. <BR> <BR> Back to tracking! It's the only ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:11:03 EST Day 2 I have two things to share that I'm proud of myself for: First, last night I cooked hamburgers for everyone for dinner. I was already pretty much done with my calories for the day and I decided I was not planning of going over just to discourage myself. I'm happy to share that I went over my ca... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:08:50 EST Day 16 of 100 I spent the weekend with my parents and it was great. I got my hair cut and colored and I feel pretty ;) I even did some blow drying this AM and put on makeup! whoa. Getting into crazy town here. <BR> <BR> I didn't eat great this weekend but I did eat a bit less than I would have in the past. I ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:07:50 EST 100's of Vistors on My Morning Run Today So, I finished week 6 day 1 this morning. I took a few days off after that horrible 1 mile test. LOL <BR> <BR> During my run I discovered I had hundreds of little buggers joining me...slugs! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I stepped on a... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:07:11 EST Making plans and puppy issues I am gearing up to make a grocery list and meal list for the next two weeks. I am trying to be more strict on my carb intake and water intake. I do well already but want to tighten up those reigns on myself. My husband unintentionally brings things into the house that I have no self control ov... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:00:42 EST Down hill slide to progress...STOP!!! Hello my dear friends. I've been on the slippery slopes as far as taking care of myself, how I eat and how I get out and move. I could cop out and say I've been busy but that's not entirely true-well not anymore than usual. <BR> When I went to Europe to see my family I knew I would be eating foo... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:58:56 EST Clean Eating Day 2 Okay, so Day 1 was awesome. I felt full all day long and only at about 11pm did I really get "hungry". I drank a glass of water and all was right with my tummy! I also realize that my dinner was a bit bland and I will just make double batch of my chili seasoning next time to put in the crockpot. ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:58:33 EST SPOILER... "Devoted disciples of Jesus Christ always have been and always will be valiant missionaries. A missionary is a follower of Christ who testifies of Him as the Redeemer and proclaims the truths of His gospel." <BR> —David A. Bednar, Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:56:45 EST Slow Stepping Day 15 <BR> <BR> Today I want to crawl back into bed, even though I'm at work. <BR> <BR> I feel like I have some big decisions ahead of me, and I don't want to make them, I don't want to even think about them. <BR> <BR> I feel like I need to remove a person from my life, even though I love him... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:48:57 EST Leaving Japan We leave Japan tomorrow morning, so we're mostly packed and ready to leave quite early. The airport here in Osaka, Kansai Airport, is on an extended island out in the sea! Okay, not too far out to sea, just a bridge connecting it - but still! <BR> <BR> <link> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:47:21 EST "Grand Plans" <img src=""> <BR> Grand plans!!! Aren't they, well, just GRAND??? <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Over my life, I've spent innumerable hours make "grand plans," only to have nothing come of them. I don't know whether it is because I'm all talk ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:45:11 EST Todays Challenge Really it is today, tomorrows and Thursday mornings problem, but I will be thinking about it until then. The Chief Petty Officers have announced a fund raiser called "All You can eat Pancakes". This just thinking about it started my mouth watering. I will need to keep busy and stay away from the ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:44:24 EST To the Races <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We're going to a racetrack/casino for my birthday this weekend. It was the 3rd choice of which, the other two, either had no rooms at their hotel or were too expensive. I tried just the local casino (DH does not care... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:43:21 EST A Broken Leg and More Well, I have little time so I'll type fast and tell what I can… <BR> <BR> My son broke his tibia and fibula (both bones of the lower leg) at football practice almost 2 weeks ago and for the first week, it took over our lives. We spent the first few days in the hospital with him and then the the... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:34:20 EST Field Trip Tuesday I made it through Monday successfully! A success to me is not binging. It is staying within range. I got 12 minues of exercise in. Gotta start somewhere! <BR> <BR> I think posting the blog helped me out. I got some things off my mind. I got some ideas. I got the support I need. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:33:10 EST in other words...healthy <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:32:55 EST today After a weekend of overeating and not enough physical activity, I am getting back on track today! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:31:51 EST Weekend recap and monday ramblings Friday was a miserable rainy (post tropical storm) kind of day. I took the bus to work and got a drive home. I had planned to go for a run or use the indoor bike at home but it didn't happen. I got home, took my daughter to her dads, had to go out to pick up a wedding present for my friend, went ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:28:22 EST Out of the office Good morning, Sparkfriends! I have to be honest, because that's part of the deal, right? My official weigh-in isn't until tomorrow, but I stepped on the scale this morning and I'm at 261.6. WTH? <em>28</em> <BR> I know it's likely muscle gain, but still...that sucks. It's hard to not be... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:28:19 EST Bee yourself, everyone else is taken! I have spent decades hiding behind my pain by building a tower of food, eating it all, quickly, covertly..... and then spending the rest of the day beating myself up for being so weak. <BR> <BR> I have been considering a few things due to the wise friends I've found here on Sparkpeople. <BR> <... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:25:37 EST Blisters and food choices I ended up getting blisters from my run yesterday! Ouch! I bought some Super Moleskin Padding to cover and protect. This product works better than band-aids, super sticky. <BR> <BR> I am going to attempt to track my food again because I really need to get back on track and this no calorie counti... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:24:52 EST AARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGG when you are at the point where you do not know what else to do... I am at a loss. He HAS been medically cleared. I wonder if we should just d/c the mirilax he is currently on and change to a fiber regimin and see if that makes any difference?? I have to call the doctor soon and give a report... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:21:19 EST Week 3/Day 2 - Sore! I decided not to do a bonus workout last night. I normally would because it's a non teaching night. But I did not like how tired I felt Friday and Saturday last week. I also had a very intense workout session in the morning. So I chose to call it a day on the workout front. I got to bed 30 minut... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:20:34 EST Fashion Show The first annual Berks County Breast Cancer Awareness Passion Fashion Show was held this past Sunday at a local county club. It was packed! Over 200 people showed up! The room was beautiful all in pink and white. <BR> <BR> Getting there was another story. I decided to "carpool" with a fell... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:17:50 EST A Risk: Hiking Since my spark friend GHK1962 asked: I did *some* yoga yesterday, but not a full 10 minutes. Some is better than none. (I looked at the clock about halfway through and realized I was going to be late for work!) <BR> <BR> Today, I'm going for a hike. It's a bit of a risk because of my back pain, ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:17:45 EST Blessed Feeling very blessed! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:16:56 EST Fighting the urge to break a healthy habit The main reason we break a habit (especially if its a new habit) is that it can be easy to switch to a different task (or contrary old habit) and then not be able to return to doing the habit. This is because of lack of focusing on the positive aspects of following the habit such as having a won... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:15:04 EST Emotional eating We have had a real rough run at things lately, starting about a year and a half ago when my brother in law died on a camping trip. He wasn't just my fiancé (at the time) brother but he was my sisters husband of 15 years. He was my brother, one of the greatest men I have ever had the privilege o... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:13:45 EST Verse of the Day I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.” <BR> Psalm 40:8 NIV Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:05:20 EST 5 UPDATE ON MY SON ERNIE. HE CAME HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL FRIDAY10-17-14. HE IS DOING REASONABLY WELL He left the hospital at 2 PM and got home in middle of the afternoon Friday 10-17-14. He came home with the 1/4 tube going from his side into the soto cyst (with drainage bag) where the Nasty Abscess is. Still has the PIC-LINE in with the Infusion Pump for the ANTI-BIOTICS which he goes to M... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:03:29 EST Tuesday, October 21,2014 Monday's workout went great. My legs are still feeling it this morning, but the rest of me feels good! I love the way I feel after a workout. <BR> <BR> I finally stepped on the scale this morning. I lost 30 lbs. from July 24th to Sept. 30th, and not a single pound since then. It's kind of d... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:03:12 EST Coming to an end My due date is a little over 3 weeks away. He's been growing in leaps and bounds lately. I have an appointment this morning, from here on out I see my OB every week. I'm still kinda worried about what position he's in. They can turn up until 36 weeks so I am not sure if he's locked and loaded in... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:00:25 EST Relief and Joy Late yesterday afternoon we got email notice there was a new message on Du's patient portal page. My heart pounded as I got into the portal, not knowing if the message would start a new chapter in our Cancer journey. The letter said his testosterone level was still low--right where they wanted i... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:58:28 EST Motivational quote for 10/21/2014 <img src=""> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:55:48 EST Supplements for Weight Loss Well, I am searching for supplements to aid in weight loss. I know that there are a lot of phony stuff out there, but I need something similar to phentermine, but without the side effects. I have been hovering at my goal weight for about a year and I really think that if I can find a kick start, ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:55:06 EST Wogging... That's right....I went wogging last night. I might have looked like crap doing it, but I did it. And it felt FANTASTIC! I was slow and at the end I felt like I was running through molasses, but that couldn't take away the feeling of "I'm back" I had. I'm grossly out of shape, but I'm here and... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:54:17 EST swelling is back praying that the dentist will be able to help today and won't send me to the hospital. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:53:59 EST SparkCoach Blog Today's SparkCoach Blog is to describe what it means to me to be healthy. <BR> My definition of healthy is: <BR> 1. to be able to walk all day without pain <BR> 2. to be able to play with or participate with my children <BR> 3. to be able to see my toes when I look down past my belly (which I can... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:51:26 EST Coat Ministry went well yesterday The sorting of the coats went well yesterday. <BR> Over 300 coats were sorted and matched to <BR> the children's names who needed them. We <BR> had the list of the schools, then the list was <BR> broken down into classrooms....then the <BR> children's names. Everything was packed <BR> into ga... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:51:01 EST Adjusting to new size today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Twenty more pounds off mean new bras......I had no idea the others were so "non supportive" until I was locked and loaded into my new smaller size. <BR> <BR> It gave me a real lift...both up top and in my spirits. <B... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:50:51 EST Disorientation - A Shaky Return <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So, my first week back after a long summer break and I’ve made a few discoveries <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I haven’t exactly hit the ground running <BR> ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:50:47 EST Tuesday musing It is a cool 60 degrees this morning on the Gulf Coast. Exercises are going well. Calories remain between 1200-1300. Weight is steady. Trivia is still t 98%. Life is good. I have an eye exam follow up tomorrow morning as I did the annual visual field exam two weeks ago. This will determine... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:50:39 EST 30 (-27) Well, I let yesterday surround me. I stayed really busy with classes and getting the house put back in order, preparing meals, that when I sat down to finally rest and relax I fell asleep. My mutt woke me up wanting to go outside and do her 'business', it was midnight. <BR> So I lost a day of t... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:48:22 EST Looking for some motivation I have lost my motivation. I'm sure it is some where amidst the chaos of being a care giver for others. Unlike working at a job, the stress from care giving makes me feel that I am not in control. And that's exactly how I am behaving. <BR> <BR> So... <BR> <BR> I am planning to follow the ide... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:45:18 EST Walking the Dog, Exercise, Siteseeing I maxed out my sparkpeople points yesterday for exercise .... 24 points!!!. And almost hit 10,000 steps on my Fitbit. <BR> <BR> I took the dog for a walk --- turned out to be a 45 minute walk. The time just slipped away. I felt very proud of myself for going out than sitting and continu... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:41:37 EST Zumba is the Best I had the best Zumba workout yesterday. I am not that coordinated therefore I usually exercise in the privacy of my own home. I ventured out to this class and love it. It really made me feel good although it was hard. The music and atmosphere was awesome. <em>244</em> <em>354</em> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:33:04 EST Get Back to Business I can feel myself recovering - got up 2 days in a row and went for a walk - a real stroll - aim is to make a major dent in the 10k steps. I not even up to speed or power walking. The aim is to just get in the routine of getting up in the morning. Of course I have a new gadget - (another) wirel... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:24:44 EST October 21, 2014 Yeah, so I don't blog very often. It's not that I don't want to tell you guys anything--it's more like my life is boring so there's not much to share. I spent the past 3-4 days hibernating, and now I can't sleep. I'm losing weight, so that's a plus. I guess when you sleep instead of eating, it pa... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:17:53 EST This will brighten your day 865 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <i... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:15:46 EST Shifting gears Today my back is healing. A walk is in my near future, and activity! A friend gave me a little book about healing affirmations, and I have been reading it while I walk. The birds this time of year are migrating to the South and we have a gang of silly ducks that I am watching for. We still have h... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:14:55 EST Day 2.. Again Well back on low carb.. <BR> Lost no weight in the past 2 months. <BR> Started back to the gym. and didn't really help me much.. <BR> other than stressed me out.. and spent a lot of gas .. <BR> <BR> <BR> going to try 20-30 carbs a day.. Water <BR> and see how that goes. <BR> <BR> My neck is so... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:05:09 EST Like A Natural Woman Some people are lucky enough to be disciplined in their eating naturally. They don't think about it too much -- they just naturally stop eating when full and prefer healthier options, again quite naturally and unconsciously. <BR> <BR> I am not one of those people either genetically or because... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:04:10 EST No Longer One of my Passtimes Watching brain concussed people smash into other brain concussed people so they're brain concussed lighter weight friends can manipulate a flat ball thought the air or in their arms and cross a field. Then, if they aren't further concussed on the way, they get six points, which mean nothing, but ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:01:50 EST Checking IN. I haven't been on a few days due to long hours at work and computer problems. Outside of that i'm doing real well. I'm counting calories, dressing my best and making an attempt at exercise. I know I can do this no matter what happens. I'm never going to quit. I want to check in and say Hi to ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:54:51 EST Found a place to workout Yesterday I had lunch with my friend LuvButtons/Sharon and then we stopped at our city's Senior Center. It turns out in my city you are considered a senior at age 50 and since our tax dollars are paying for this place we thought we'd stop in and see what they have to offer. <BR> <BR> The free m... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:53:46 EST Daily Life and growing old! I was minding my own business and I heard a lot of noise <BR> outside my living room window. it was the kids next door <BR> kicking a football into my little porch. I told them to please <BR> go to the back and use their back yard. <BR> <BR> The kids said sorry and left. Then a few minutes lat... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:49:52 EST 10/21/14 as each day in my be kinder goal has passed the next one just gets easier to do <BR> <BR> be kind to others. smile often <BR> <BR> have a good day <BR> <BR> thank you for the support Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:48:07 EST Inspirational Thoughts GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE US EMPTY. HE WILL ALWAYS LEAVE SOMETHING GREAT IN OUR LIVES WHATEVER CIRCUMSTANCE IT MAY BE. WE MUST BE THE SALT OF THE WORLD AND TRY OUR BEST TO BE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. LET US HAVE THE FAITH OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS. SHALOM. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:46:28 EST The Last Visitor Meal!! This evening I am having visitors over for the last time. Then I will turn my dining room into a permanent garage sale table until I get rid of everything in my house! I have chicken, potatoes and onions in the crock pot. I made a lemon loaf yesterday that will also be for this evening. <BR> <B... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:45:45 EST Blessings, October 21, 2014 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. I am getting back into my routines and my family is doing their routines too. <BR> <BR> 2. I feel relaxed and rested, not rushed and frantic. <BR> <BR> 3. I work with the best students. <B... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:43:39 EST Goodbye to perfectionism and laziness Who knew being a perfectionist could make you be lazy? I'm the kind of perfectionist whose brain goes, "If I can't do it perfectly, it's not worth doing at all." Yikes. So a lot of things around here have not been getting done, and I've felt very lazy (and have been lazy) because of it. Sitting i... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:39:08 EST Chuck Swindoll Encouragement is awesome. It (can) actually change the course of another person's day, week, or life. - Chuck Swindoll on Encouragement <BR> <BR> <BR> It's amazing how even a little encouragement goes along way in the lives of others... we need to remember to praise/encourage more..... not just... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:31:41 EST There 4 Me It always amazes me how the kind words and actions of strangers can improve my mood, and motivate me. I want to thank the Spark community for "being there," and providing support whenever I reach out. Stress has a way of clouding my perceptions, and cloudy, gray days compound my feelings of wear... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:29:52 EST I'll be absent a few days. Starting tonight life gets busy. I'll be "absent" for a few days. <BR> <BR> Keep doing what you are doing. Let go of the past, the negativity, the "small" stuff. BE in the moment here and now. BE the best you can at this time. BE the person you want to be. Treat yourself as you would your be... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:22:37 EST Back to Beck Day Eight: Take the Time! <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3992318 </link> <BR> <BR> Making time to be healthy: my 2011 blog on this topic was a long one!! And (although it's still the case that I could be making more time for exercise) this is something I'm continuing to mak... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:21:33 EST Sleep? What's that... Three hours last night. No headache or major physical issues... but I lay there and can not sleep. The worst part is lack of sleep makes me hungry. I could have emptied the freezer and refrigerator yesterday. I didn't... but I sure thought about doing it as old habits are hard to break. <BR> ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:20:56 EST Am I a Hoarder? Something just raced through my mind as I was downloading MORE workout videos on YouTube. Am I Hoarding? <BR> <BR> Over the past 3 weeks, I had downloaded more videos to help me shed all the excess weight if I am committed to the workouts/exercises. I flashed back into my journals and I realized... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:20:00 EST Tuesday's Thought "Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity. It is what makes nations great and marriages happy." <BR> <BR> <BR> Phyllis McGinley Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:19:17 EST Raspberry Rage! I'm not sure I'll even get 100 points today....... <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Still on "pins and needles" regarding a situation - heard something yesterday that's making me question things even more! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> As to the family act of sabotage (yep, there wa... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:15:57 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today remember to be patient and just breathe .... good things take time. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:14:06 EST New Challenge.... Switching up my workouts. Found Bikini Body Mommy on YouTube and decided to try her 90 Day Challenge. The workouts are short (which works great for me). <BR> <BR> I finished day 2 and am feeling it in my lower body! Ouch!! Lol!! <BR> <BR> Of course I'm still keeping with my PiYo workouts. Can... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:12:46 EST Monday Morning Mantra (one day late!) I'm having my middle daughter tested for ADD. <BR> <BR> ADD just stands for A Dear Daughter to me, but she (and I) need some coping mechanisms for her behavior that is becoming increasingly self destructive (read: avoiding homework until 11pm, staying up all night to finish it, and then running... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:11:16 EST I tripped yesterday. Cheers to a new day! Busy, uncertain day yesterday. On the go & not in situations I could drink much of anything. Granddaughters Birthday party last night. I passed up several unhealthy choices but didn't make as many good ones as I should have. I brushed my teeth when I got home & went straight to bed. I was so tire... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:09:41 EST The "S" word-Oh No! 7am--and it's dark--- <BR> It's plus 4C---- <BR> I live in the Northern part of Ontario--- <BR> We are heading into winter--- <BR> As crazy as it sounds, knowing that winter here means "SNOW"-----I am kinda excited about this weather change--- (Yeah right eh-----LOL--Ask me how I feel in Februar... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:06:02 EST Lessons learned to date, and not a LC day at all As I thought from the day before, the GI tract felt better and I looked better in the mirror today. Things weren't as soft. That was the start of a good day. Most of the day was lazy, sitting around the house and watching the squirrel bouncing around the backyard. Rain is here to stay. <BR> ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:04:57 EST Another day in paradise <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Paradise ~ a state of supreme happiness; bliss. <BR> <BR> Is that where you are at in your life? We can choose this you know what I mean? We choose daily how we are going to live today. Make the best choice possi... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:04:21 EST Doesn't matter.. So, I tired, oh well the day waits anyway. Doesn't matter, if these bones just want to stay in bed , the sun is coming and it's calling my name. I can do this yesterday was good, and I will make today better. <BR> <BR> Hope each of you has a positive day today, I know that I will be trying to b... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:58:10 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, October 21, 2014 October 21, 2014 LISTEN <BR> <BR> When we are devoted to God, we will want to listen to Him. We will want to obey Him. We will want to be wise as He calls us to be. When we are devoted to God, we will be wise and spend Him with Him daily. We will pray daily. We will read His word daily. When we ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:57:22 EST Terrific Tuesday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Going for a terrific day - <BR> <BR> <em>274</em> 12+ glasses of water <BR> <em>421</em> No candy today <BR> <em>286</em> Make planned dinner <em>248</em> <BR> <em>331</em> Take at least 1 walk today a... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:52:02 EST Benefits of Blackberries <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As in other kinds of bush berries, blackberries too are packed with numerous plant nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and dietary fibers that are essential for optimum health. <BR> <BR> The berries... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:43:50 EST Tuesday, October 21st <img src=""> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:42:24 EST I came . . . I ran . . . I conquered!!! Be a believer! I survived my 2nd half marathon!!!! <BR> <BR> Really . . . I wasn't so much concerned about surviving the race itself, it was more that I was concerned about the crowding of the race and my fear of running in a group. So far I've been involved in considerably smaller types of events where ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:38:01 EST Perspective on Changing Our Diet <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:33:07 EST my gratitude-words of encouragement.10.21.14 I am grateful for this beautiful but chilly fall day <BR> I am grateful for my Higher Powers love in my life <BR> I am grateful for program <BR> I am grateful for my sponsors always being there <BR> I am grateful for seeing a friend yesterday <BR> I am grateful for the reminder of addictions ugly... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:32:32 EST 10-21-2014 “Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.” ~Stan Smith Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:32:22 EST Level 2, Day 2: zzZZZzzzz Little one was AWFUL last night! She woke up every half hour to an hour all night long! She was extremely fussy and it honestly made me break down into tears by 3am. It was a terrible night. <BR> <BR> I have not done my work out yet this morning. My daughter is being so clingy, wants be up want... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:29:43 EST Today's Inspiration <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is day 9 of our streak...yesterday was one of the most stressful days I can remember....but as for my eating and moving I never missed a BEAT! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Be blessed today and remember, MOV... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:29:05 EST The only impossible journey....Oct. 21st <img src=""> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:22:58 EST October 21st Today I get my B12 shot in the arm. Can't wait. Hopefully I'll start feeling more lively. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:20:35 EST Tuesday Day started early! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:09:49 EST <BR> Good morning <BR> <BR> My name is Greg I am a grateful, recovering Compulsive Overeater and addict, I was abstinent yesterday. <BR> <BR> Plan of Action <BR> <BR> Snack <BR> pray <BR> Outreach/service call <BR> Call Phil <BR> Submit Meal Plan <BR> Submit Report/Action Plan <BR> Breakfast ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:08:25 EST Pssst I've Got Some Jokes For You .... Bad Ones!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:05:36 EST It's Tuesday Ladies <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:05:25 EST Hard Work <img src=""> <em>198</em> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:01:36 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=10/21=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MIN E <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">Teach me Thy way, O LORD; I will walk in Thy truth: unite my heart to fear Thy name. Psalm 86:... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:59:23 EST Terrific Tuesday Trying to focus on physical self. Worked in the yard over the weekend. Realizing what a toll it takes on my body. What I used to enjoy doing I am dreading because I pay for it for several days. Had a company come and take down 20 trees in our back yard....due to the dreaded Elm disease. So m... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:55:18 EST Sharpen Your Skills - Joel & Victoria Osteen <BR> Sharpen Your Skills <BR> <BR> Today's Scripture: <BR> <BR> "Do you see someone skilled in their work? They will serve before kings…" <BR> (Proverbs 22:29, NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's Word: <BR> <BR> Too often, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, doing the same thing the same way over and... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:54:18 EST Tuesday, October 21 I got to work around 7:40 AM EST yesterday even though I leave 10 minutes earlier than usual. I am trying to make up some time for tomorrow where I have two appointments. It will be okay since I have more than put in my time in the three years that I have been here. <BR> <BR> Today, I will be ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:41:00 EST DAILY QUOTE Paper can't wrap up a fire . <BR> <BR> ~ Chinese Proverbs. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:31:52 EST “Eating addiction”, rather than “food addiction”, better captures addictive-like eating behavior Interesting article <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e/pii/S0149763414002140 </link> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:27:52 EST TUESDAY ON DAY CLOSER TO THE WEEKEND YES ONE DAY CLOSER TO THE WEEKEND. HELEN ASKED IF I TRIED PUTTING A BLANKET OVER THE CAGE YES IT DIDN'T WORK THEY PULLED THE BLANKET HALF WAY INTO THE CAGE . <BR> BUT THAT WAS WHILE WE WERE AT WORK. <BR> THEY GOT UP THE USUAL THREE TIMES DURING THE NIGHT AND UP AT 430. <BR> KEEP PRAYING FOR THE D... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:24:13 EST How many false starts? I'm back, fatter and more miserable. I've been a member for years, part of my prevarication about losing weight and my emotional eating. Still struggling with my own and family's mental health issues. Lost my job! Now well over 50, well over 250lbs, and well over the hill. <BR> So, let's have an... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:16:23 EST QUOTE FOR TODAY 10-21-14 "Right is right even when everyone is against it; and wrong is wrong even when everyone is for it." By William Penn Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:12:12 EST I am to getting my healthy on NOW! Tuesday, 10-21-14 Hi, I'm really tired of seeing 125 on the scale in the morning instead of the evening and today I am doing something about it! :) Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:00:32 EST Risky Business " If you don't risk anything , you risk even more. Erica Jong <BR> <BR> Losing weight and exercising is risky business. <BR> <BR> Will my family accept the new me? <BR> <BR> Can I still hang out with my friends and eat salad while they eat pizza.? <BR> <BR> Can I learn to say no , to th... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:48:21 EST Season of the Witch From 1966, written by Donovan. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> When I look out my window <BR> Many sights to see <BR> And when I look in my window <BR> So many different people to be <BR> <img src=" Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:34:36 EST Beck Day 8 Today's focus is about making time in our lives for dieting. Yep, time to plan meals, time to purchase healthy foods, time to prepare those foods, and time to eat those foods (slowly and sitting down). <BR> <BR> I'm retired. Yes, I have a wanna do "3 lifetimes long" and growing, but I have tim... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:33:21 EST It's that day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:28:13 EST Halloween Group Therapy. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Haha! <BR> <BR> Make today count!!!! <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:04:11 EST Micah 3 The nature of man simply doesn't change <BR> <link><BR>2014/10/micah-3-nature-of-man-simply-d<BR>oesnt.html </link> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:02:27 EST 45 min walk 12979 steps. 45 min walk 12979 step count for last night. On track for the ten k steps a day fitness plan listed on my profile. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:00:38 EST Progress on the loft :) The loft insulation guys are coming today, be glad to see it done. <BR> Hopefully they'll be done in 4 hours. <BR> <BR> Getting a workout in before they come. Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:30:06 EST My week so far So I weighed in at 235 today. Quite disappointing, but not unexpected. I went on a mini vacation with a friend of mine, whom I just found out is trying to lose weight as well. We went for two 2 mile walks over the 2.5 days we were out of town. She drank nothing but water, but I was still drinking... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:25:59 EST Fell off the sparkpeople map... So it's been awhile since I have even looked at sparkpeople. So 2014 thus far: <BR> <BR> * Ran 2 half marathons in June: It was kind of nice to run them both in June. They were two weeks a part so it was almost like 1 was just part of training for the other. In fact, despite not being fully dedi... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:24:50 EST Baby Steps Get Result's... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a great day and week ahead, Let's keep sparking on together and keep pushing and be the best we can be...Cheering you on as always! <BR> <BR> Remember: Tracking, Taking those First Steps, Baby Steps G... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:13:56 EST Quote for Today Never try to arouse faith from within. You cannot stir up faith from the depths of your heart. Leave your heart, and look into the face of Christ. <BR> <BR> Andrew Murray on Faith <BR> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:07:07 EST Bible Verse for the Day Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV) <BR> <BR> “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:04:45 EST Surprisingly OK <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Best cure for depression is tackling goofy projects. Reorganized garage and clothes and stuff for shadow boxes and crafts, then cut around fence lines, house and curb with HEDGE CLIPPERS cuz neighbors already know I... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:38:13 EST Round Two of Allergy Shots Today Last night was rough. I am not sure if installing the air purifiers and getting them running stirred up stuff in my home or what. I coughed and coughed and coughed and coughed. I was beginning to think it would never stop. I finally ended up sending out a few messages to friends asking them t... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:21:25 EST 2:17 AM Ramblings <em>357</em> <em>249</em> <em>192</em> <em>521</em> <em>249</em> <em>192</em> <em>521</em> <em>357</em> <BR> <BR> Well Folks::: Here I am again... back to square 1- day 1... Things got VERY OUT OF HAND over this past weekend. We had spent the night at my dear mother's... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:17:07 EST help this woman is driving sick looking for the person who brought her so can let her go just feeling so tired Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:14:48 EST 996.23 Less than 4 miles left to crack that 1000 mile mark for the year. TOMORROW IS THE DAY FOR SURE! I had almost 12 miles left today, and I chewed up as many miles as I could so I can SHATTER this thing tomorrow. I had to drag myself out for this one, but I just stretched it further and further. ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:11:56 EST Second go around <em>2</em> Well, as the title says, this is my second go around and I do hope that I can follow through this time. I definitely need to lose weight for my health and my self-esteem, and I need to make several life style changes. I am counting on my Spark friends to encourage me, and my desire ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:10:25 EST Sunday help One of my neighbors came over to the farm to help me Sunday, good to have such good neighbors, we got tons done without bruising me more lol! <BR> <BR> The bigger bull calf is now disbudded, he sure was fiesty! The two litters of baby rabbits are now in the big floor pen and loving it. There w... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:09:44 EST To all my spark friends and leaving the kidney stones behind. I have taken a pain pill and feel pretty good right now. I have dropped 3 stones so far and hope that is all. At least I am home again. I had some bad pain earlier but probably from passing the stones. They look a lot smaller than you would think for causing all the pain. <BR> I did pass the f... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:58:38 EST National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always October 21st <BR> <BR> National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day celebrates a delicious Fall dessert. In October, pumpkins are literally glowing. So, why not put two of y... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:54:51 EST Week one Check in Well I am proud to say that I completed one week and I met my goals this week. I am on day seven of walking ten minutes and I have been on sp everyday reading and chatting with people. Last week my goals were ten min of fitness daily and get more involved with sp. This week my goal is too keep my... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:54:03 EST Time to buckle down Emotional eating will be the death of me, probably literally. Just made it through another major milestone of food for comfort and looking ahead to many months until the next anniversary. Time to get serious about recording every thing that goes in my mouth. <BR> <BR> Purchased the Spark Tracke... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:51:59 EST Today's Inspiration " Generally, your greatest service to someone in their time of trouble, <BR> sorrow, or confusion, is your comfort. Take the time to listen to their <BR> troubles and concerns with patience, kindness, and empathy, but <BR> without offering unsolicited advice or suggestions. Your kindly hand <BR>... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:47:58 EST Boot camp Day 2 I went to my second boot camp workout - this time at 6am. I was worried about being too sleepy, but I went to bed super early and actually felt pretty good when I woke up. It was dark out and a little weird to do squats and push-ups in the dark. But it felt good to be moving around. And I saw a c... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:45:52 EST NSV Gotta share. <BR> <BR> I was covering a cafe break at JT2 tonight, and was chatting with a customer about the seasonal sweets (none of which I eat, and all of which are tempting). The customer asked me how I stay so thin working around all the goodies. <BR> <BR> Wahoo! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:40:41 EST Day 29 and today I weigh... Today is Day 29 of my weight loss transformation and I weighed in at 177.6 lbs. <BR> <BR> Today is Monday and I am pretty shocked at how much I weigh this morning. Based off the weight scale, I gained 7 pounds over the weekend. Now I did have a couple of cheat meals but 7 pounds is a lot. Hop... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:36:07 EST Gratitudes: music again, my streaks, my son 1) I am not a fan of iTunes. I hate their DRM format which means I can't play song I bought on my phone ... because it's an Android and not the iOS or whatever. I also hate that iTUnes has constant updates that require computer restarts. It's just annoying. Today, though, I figured out some way t... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:30:34 EST Long time no see... This is new Hello everyone! It has been a long while. I have been sick and trying to take care of everything. I've never felt the way I do right now and today I felt with a little bit of energy so I started to exercise again. The doctors don't know what's wrong with me, so that's a breather... (NOT!) At... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:24:41 EST Blessed, 10/20 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they teach me about joy. <BR> 2. i am grateful for time to work on my budget and debt snowball, because it was empowering. <BR> 3. i am grateful for the snow melting, because i'm enjoying fall. <BR> 4. i am grateful for a new pact week, because it gives me ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:22:25 EST My Vision When I've attempted to lose weight before I always have a vision of me as I was way back in 1977 when I entered the military as 135lbs and before 3 amazing kids. <BR> <BR> When I made the choice to start losing again almost 2yrs ago I let go of looking like I did back. So while most people visio... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:19:15 EST Today's Inspiration " Shut out all <BR> of your past except <BR> that which will help you <BR> weather your tomorrows. " <BR> <BR> - William Osler Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:03:40 EST OCTOBER PERSONAL CHALLENGE - W3D6 Monday – W3D6 <BR> ------------------- <BR> <BR> - Drink 8 cups of WATER per day --- 9 <em>248</em> <BR> - Walk 10,000 STEPS per day (Wii Fit U Fit Meter) --- 8,043 <em>42</em> <BR> - Get 7-8 hours of SLEEP per day ---- 5 <em>42</em> <BR> - Track my NUTRITION every day --- DONE <em>2... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:53:17 EST A sparking return <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> For a while early last year I was a regular on SparkPeople, and found that the support and encouragement here made such a difference in my life. Not just in terms of my healthy living journey but in other ways as... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:48:33 EST Monday Today was our off day from work. We took our car in for a routine oil change and maintenance check up at 7 am. When we got home, my husband decided he wanted to mow the lawn. I actually mowed it, as usual. He did the edging. Then we went to the pharmacy to pick up some medicine. Afterwards,... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:47:54 EST Special Blessings-October 22, 2014 Today I am especially blessed for the following; <BR> <BR> 1. Jamie made it safely back to Lexington today. <BR> <BR> 2. I had an awesome therapy session this afternoon. <BR> <BR> 3. My friend, June, called and we had a great phone conversation. <BR> <BR> 4. My niece, Chelsea, came to ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:35:21 EST Day 6 of the 275 Day Challenge. A few things to report about today. <BR> 1) Instead of driving the 5-10 minutes to school, I walked. I took me all of 20 minutes to walk to school. I did the trip twice. So, (20x2)x2= 80 minutes of walking! (20 minutes up, 20 minutes back, with 2 trips) <BR> 2) Got my 50 push-ups and crunches in.... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:33:59 EST 10/21/14 Saint of the day October 20 <BR> St. Maria Bertilla Boscardin <BR> (1888-1922) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> If anyone knew rejection, ridicule and disappointment, it was today’s saint. But such trials only brought Maria Bertilla Boscardin closer to God and more determined ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:33:51 EST Validation Finally!!!!!!! Friday I pulled a muscle in my bum, yep you heard me correctly, in my bum! I was sitting at my desk in the office Sparking when someone walked into my house without knocking. It freaked me out. I was sure that I had locked the door, as I hate being alone anywhere and would have locked it when I... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:24:06 EST I'm Green...Maybe I'll Try this. Caption:: I would offer you some but you’re on a diet so… <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I enjoy runnin... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:20:49 EST Busy day organizing So today I decided to tackle the book cases that are overflowing with my crafting goodies... <BR> <BR> I made cute storage bins inspired by pinterest, and I'm only half way done. <BR> <BR> Ooops, looks like I may have too much stuff.. <BR> <BR> On the plus side, even though I forgot to put on... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:19:48 EST disappointed I have been enjoying my new SP activity tracker <em>545</em> until today. For some reason my steps stopped being recorded after about 11:20PM and so my trying to get to 10,000 before midnight did not happen. Is 12:00 AM the cut off or 11:30 PM for the next day to begin? <em>56</em> The trac... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:14:04 EST Tues Wow I wish life was better today sending prayers and blessings hugz Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:12:29 EST Workout - Week 6 - Day 1 - Warrior Class Well, my wonderful SP friends and family, the most amazing thing happened today. A co-worker walked up to me and said, "I noticed that what you're doing is working for you and I want to do what you are doing!" I explained about SparkPeople and sent her the link and I explained about my gym class ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:02:52 EST Day 67 Ahhh the pleasures of a day at home. Worked on the costumes and now I just have to figure out how to attach the pink duct tape knee and elbow pad to the spandex that will hole them up. I'm leaning towards fabric glue. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm going to work on the silly hat with green horns for... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:02:18 EST Food Review: thinkThin Crunch Bars ***Let me preface this review with a disclaimer. I am not compensated for this review & all items were purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own. Things that I think are delicious you may dislike. I started these food reviews because so many people asked me for new snack ideas while th... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:02:14 EST Day 74, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn Today has been an interesting day.... long....I overdid it on Saturday night sitting in that hard chair during the movie at church... then did too much surprising Sarah for her birthday party. My back was really hurting me today. I spent the whole day in bed. I did a LOT of crocheting. I watched ... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:01:56 EST What's with today? I slept until the alarm at 7:00 am. That has not happened for a long, long time. I had trouble believing it. <BR> <BR> Every time I went out, it rained on me. Not hard, but drippy, chilly rain. I had a date with my girl friend to do laundry at her house and a little scrap booking. It is har... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:50:49 EST Still trying to figure things out Well amazingly I have managed to lose A pound even without being able to go to the gym. I'm kind of proud of that, wishing it was more, but understanding that it's not. If you don't do the time, you can't get the reward. That's only fair, but it doesn't mean I have to like it!! <em>234</em> <B... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:47:50 EST My Motivational Monday Memes Oct. 20th I have a few friends who are searching for motivation on today. Well, I don't know what it is about Monday, but it tends to be a day that many use to define how their week will go. are a few memes that may help keep you lifted! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:39:04 EST I feel so tired tonight! Maybe TOM is trying to come along, I don't know. I have zero energy to do squat so I am resting and trying not to be annoyed lol. <BR> <BR> I changed my hair appointment to next week from this Thursday because it just doesn't need colour yet. I could probably go to the first week of November hon... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:37:24 EST Wow! It's been a while. I know I have been away for a while. I just didn't realize that it has been that long! That's ... let's see ... September 7 to October 20 ... that's ... carry the two and borrow ten ... the sine of the cosecant is ... Wow! Six weeks. <BR> <BR> I basically took some time to dial back my social m... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:35:43 EST Jamie Paolinetti quote "Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use <BR> our imaginations our possibilities become limitless." <BR> - Jamie Paolinetti Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:33:20 EST Monday's Words to Ponder The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy. <BR> Helen Hayes <BR> <BR> So-- this must mean the worst is almost passed and next year will be better! ( as I turn 70!) Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:29:23 EST Physical Trainer Today was my first session with a Personal Trainer. Oh-Em-Gee!!!! <BR> I have to say: I HATE SQUATS!!! I think I pulled my inner thigh muscle, no kidding. And on the very first exercise! <BR> I've never done most of the exercises. First was a medicine ball "slam" where you pick up the ball, lift... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:29:01 EST One Month On Spark AND I've Only Just Begun Today I can be my own obstacle on this journey but today I finally got out of my way. Had a couple of green smoothies (kale, carrots, celery, apple, flax seeds and almond milk), danced, walked, jogged to music for about 20 minutes and pumped iron for my upper back and arms. I've only just begun but i... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:23:27 EST Monday Pun Fun =) Fire drill <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Eggplant <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Palm Pilot <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:21:30 EST Day 293: Light Those Decorations Up (w/photos) "The pathway to your best life isn't the route of denial. It's owning every moment. Staking a claim in right now." (Oprah Winfrey) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yay for Peyton Manning! I’m so happy for him! You know it’s crazy here in D... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:20:18 EST I feel better when I excercise. Did I really say that? I'm noticing I feel better when I'm exercising. I wanted that feeling so much that I worked out again a second time yesterday. I surprised myself. I probably can't do that again right now though because I woke up really sore and was hurting today. I was only going to do half a workout because... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:17:25 EST Another Rough Day (Long) This morning I didn't get up early to do WATP. I'm a bit disappointed in that, but I'm not going to beat myself up for it. I've been getting more sleep this past week than I normally do, and mainly at night instead of broken up like I sometimes do. That can be more important, I guess. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:16:04 EST Preparation is everything...or at least it helps. This weekend I put together some meal preparations for lunch and snacks at work. I also pre-made bags of nuts, granola, and made "make ahead" smoothies. Today, I avoided dessert sugar and made sure I ate enough good nutrients. I had fruits, veggies and protein. I feel so much better tonight! ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:15:55 EST Doctor today Went to see my doctor today, nothing wrong just a check up. I was surprised that their scale does not show the same weight loss as mine at home did. But not discouraged, I know that women s weight fluctuates. But I was still surprised since I had not eaten anything this morning before I went. ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:09:47 EST Busy day! Life just couldn't be better. <BR> Having non stop fun with the family. <BR> The girls a little bundles of a combination of love, hugs, fun, energy and genuine pleasure. <BR> They learned all this from their exceptional parents. <BR> I am so very proud and grateful to call them my family. <BR> ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:09:46 EST Magnificent Monday Monday, October 20, 2014 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:06:30 EST Day 1 ~ Step 1!! Proud of Me!! Happy Monday!! <BR> <BR> Day 1 ~ Step 1!! I worked out for 42 minutes. I did 35 minutes on the elliptical & 7 minutes on the treadmill. I was happy that I did 2.50 miles. <BR> <BR> I'm ready to take Control of my life!! I am happy that I am back on the path to consistency!! <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:03:47 EST more garden work Finished pulling roots from the Russian Sage. Now have a small area of it and know to police that area a lot. Planted hosta, and several other plants that have been waiting a long time to be back in the ground. Took in more yard and garden decorations and two of the table umbrellas. Still a lo... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:01:55 EST What I've done well Over the last week I've done the following well: <BR> 1. Consistently tracking food <BR> 2. Getting a good workout in most days <BR> 3. Squeezing in even 10 minutes when I didn't have time for a full session <BR> 4. Sticking to healthy eating Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:01:08 EST 10/20/14 - Bedtime When I got up this morning, it was raining. By the time I was ready to leave for work, the rain had stopped, so I didn't have to drag an umbrella to work. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Since it's already pretty dark by 6:30, it won't be long before it will be impossible to do anything in the yard a... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:00:34 EST Beck: Day Two Choosing Diets Day Two of the Beck Diet: Choosing a Diet, and a Backup Diet in case the other one is too hard to follow, or you get tired of doing the necessary things to maintain the diet. <BR> <BR> Main Diet: Gluten free and adding in foods to see any reactions ( I have been diagnosed with food allergies in ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:00:09 EST Brain Plan With the arrival of this latest grandchild, I am finding it hard to concentrate..... and while I don't actually have any real responsibility in raising him, I am distracted. <BR> <BR> I'm having to make notes to myself on my phone so that I won't forget any important appointments, or documents, ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:48:59 EST Day 9 I walked / Jogged 10.4 km today and also spent 30 minutes in the pool with my daughter for her swimming lesson . I still have not weighed myself . I have so far at 3:44pm drunken 12 cups of water that seams to be going straight through me . and eating hasn't been to bad today either . <em>104</... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:48:22 EST Timid About Crawling Back Out Things have not gone well for me medically lately. They put me on some stuff for 3 weeks that was doing its purpose, but gave me lots of aches and pains. That has passed now, but it put a serious dent in my progress. It messed up my water habit, because new pills had to be taken at new times. ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:46:50 EST a disappointing moment today I had to head into town for some meds my husband needed refilled, when I decided to go talk to my old boss about working over the holiday as a cashier. he asks me every time I go in if I want to come back and help him put the store back together. as I entered the store he was coming out o... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:42:26 EST Monday... Started the week off busy as ever at work...seeing my trainer to get mentally ready... <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:40:55 EST How to shop for a Fitness Trainer 7 must ask questions: <BR> <BR> 1. How long have you been certified? (You want to make sure they have had some,REAL experience) <BR> <BR> 2. Are you insured? (Rarely will a trainer ever use their liability insurance but you need to know you both are protected) <BR> <BR> 3. What organization d... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:40:41 EST Monday thoughts <img src=""> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:39:49 EST Sports bra purgatory I am not a large busty woman. I am not flat chested either. I do have enough that I don't want them bouncing around while I work out and end up dragging by feet when I get older. Plus some exercise causes pain in just whatever under garment I decide to wear. I have only tried the standard over th... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:36:24 EST And The Answer Is............. Exercise is the answer. When done regularly, it burns fat (yea), brightens mood, fights disease, and even makes us more attractive. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:35:15 EST Half-Baked I pride myself on my cooking, but my baking skills may be a little less well-developed. <BR> <BR> Or a lot less. <BR> <BR> I've got to do something about that, and quickly. <BR> <BR> Before I injure my taste buds. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:31:53 EST Daily Inspirational Message Having a vision for your life allows you to live out of hope, rather than out of your fears. <BR> <BR> Stedman Graham Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:30:48 EST Very proud of my son My son has been racing quads for 2 years and this year he won the Championship. Plus next month he will be 30. Words can't express how very proud I am of my baby!, <img src=""> <img src=" Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:28:43 EST 1 year challenge Well here I am back again. I am determined to make this next year my year. No I am not starting on January 1 or waiting for a Sunday or anything like that. I am starting from October 17th and giving myself 365 days to see changes. I have had a slow start but it is a start. I am getting my fo... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:26:25 EST MEASURING MYSELF Daily, Weekly, and Monthly, I measure. My food, my weight, and my body, I measure them. It is to keep me accountable and to give me the proof that what I am doing is working. <BR> <BR> Daily: I measure my food, check to see how many servings I am eating. I use a scale and measuring cups so... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:23:36 EST camper is packed After cleaning out the camper, we packed most of our clothes. it was so cool to put my "skinny clothes" in the camper. of course I now have to wear my fat clothes until we leave. it actually feels good to have to hold up my pants and wear baggy shirts. We leave in 4 weeks. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:23:01 EST The day was mostly spent at home. We wanted it that way. I was supposed to go to our Senior college but after a difficult night because DH decided his BiPap machine was pressing on his eye. <BR> He wears a full face mask for sleep apnea. He rarely snores but without his machine he stops breathing so I stop sleeping. <BR> <BR> Did that for many years ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:21:08 EST 15 Immune Boosting Foods - #1 - Elderberry Cold and flu season is upon us. Let's be proactive and build ourselves up by eating these immune boosting foods suggested at <link><BR>how-immune-foods?ecd=wnl_lbt_092612&ct<BR>r=wnl-lbt-092612_ld-stry </link> . <BR> <BR> #1 - Elderberry <BR> <BR> An old f... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:20:50 EST Day 123--gearing up to do Whole30 I think it'd be good for me to do something to shift my attention more to my health. What will make me focus more than being on a restrictive diet? ; ) Beyond that, I think I feel crappy when I eat gluten (and certainly sugar), but I don't do much to alter my behavior. So I think this might b... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:19:58 EST fitness challenge I went to the gym and asked the coaches for help picking out 4 machines that would help with the upper body strength. I did 4 sets of 15 reps. worked up a little sweat. topped it off with 30 minutes on the tred mill. tomorrow 4 machines for lower body strength training Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:17:52 EST Running Laugh <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This made me laugh! It's true. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:17:19 EST Monday Today has been a good day. I have not had any head aches. Besides quitting caffeine, I think the loud noises from the restaurant, the minor pain from dental work, the use of cleaners during the past week and the changes in weather all have contributed to the head aches. <BR> <BR> I did not see m... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:15:44 EST road trips are hard to stay on track Travelling across country by car is a challenge to my diet, exercise and routine. It's eye opening to recognize how my mind thinks about these things when travelling. I plan on working while I travel so I've go to get a routine like I have at home where I exercise, eat sensibly and get work don... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:15:01 EST A good Monday? Yep. Ha! Can't believe it! It must be because of the nice weather. Amazing what some natural Vitamin D can do for a person! How was everyone else's day? Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:12:52 EST Food log #1793 Breakfast: Bagel with cream cheese <BR> <BR> Lunch: salad <BR> <BR> Dinner: Baked ziti and Italian bread <BR> <BR> Snack: grapes <BR> <BR> Dessert: red velvet cake <BR> <BR> Alot fo leftover food! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:11:55 EST If you Love, you must be able to forgive. To forgive, you must be able to love. <img src=""> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:11:49 EST Monday I have my grandson & granddaughter for a sleep over tonight. <BR> <BR> My Daily Goals: Day 28 of 100 - 10/20 <BR> <BR> 1. Track ALL food & exercise <em>248</em> 24/28 <BR> 2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water (minimum of 64 oz) <em>248</em> 26/28 <BR> 3. Exercise a minimum of 30 minut... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:11:29 EST Losing Mirena! *girls only* Hello! So I got a Mirena IUD put in last June (2013). This was a few weeks before I hurt my chest weight lifting (which kept me out of the vigorous exercise game for almost a year) and I moved away from home. So a lot going on all at once that all could affect my anxiety, weight, and general s... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:09:34 EST Breaking News... This just in... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Certainly more enjoyable than any of the news in our neck of the woods. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:07:20 EST Monday Monday I took the morning for Zumba, just a slower paced morning and the running of some errands. <BR> <BR> Work was fine, and then I went to food shop and stop at the library. <BR> <BR> The evening has been fun. I made a good meal, with a small dessert, and the tv shows have been fun! ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:03:50 EST I'm baaaack Back from my trip...Left the airport and went straight to a presentation by Temple Grandin! Then went to work with my home bound student for a 2 hour session...I'm finally home, relatively unpacked...Working on info for a conference in the am and then <em>102</em> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:02:52 EST Come with me on part 2 of my walk in the mountains! <img src=""> <BR> After our walk in the village of Big Bear, we drove to Big Bear lake. <BR> Beautiful Tulip tree. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Drove through some neighborhoods, lots of Aspe... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:02:05 EST It's Been a Great Monday! It's been an absolutely marvelous day for me! First I walked to my Personal Training session. He really worked us (me and two others) with interval training, so that was another hour of exercise. My "Inspire Your Creativity" group was so much fun. We did some drawing exercises I had planned f... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:59:03 EST Restarting my weight loss journey Hi my name is Daisy. I've never written a blog before. I started SparkPeople when I had my first child and then just lost steam. I've lost and gained weight in those 7 years. I married and wanted to have a child with my new husband but went through a lot of heartache trying. We tried for 2 years ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:58:45 EST Extending Congrats to the Blue Lions... What an awesome achievement...woo hooo!!! Ya'al rock!! <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> It just goes to show what Doing It can do for ya!!! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With each week..each day that goes by there is a tiny change that occ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:58:01 EST Last normal day of eatting Today I did not track and I ate what I wanted. <BR> <BR> Starting tomorrow for two days I will be restricted to canned carrots, plain boiled potatoes, egg whites, bananas, banana flavored pop cycles, water, and coffee. <BR> <BR> On Thursday I will only be able to drink water and coffee. <BR>... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:54:41 EST Day 13- Reboot Good Evening! I'm a little late in the day with this blog, but it was a typical busy Monday! The day was lovely though, perfect temperature, wonderful sunshine--such a true blessing. <BR> <BR> So, in preparation of the future, I have been trying to come up with a new system for meal planning... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:50:00 EST Day 8 and still going strong... I honestly didn't know if I was going to make it today and would have had to have started all over again. I didn't want to do that, but being that today was Monday and it wasn't exactly a great day either, I just wasn't feeling up to walking this morning. And throughout the day, I had to write ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:45:19 EST Flu Shots I know that there are many people who DO NOT believe in getting flu shots. But, for those who do, get your flu shot now for healthier holidays. <BR> <BR> Family gatherings, crowded shopping malls, packed airplanes.....all of them are filled with flu germs. It's no wonder flu season peaks durin... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:43:54 EST Good Bye 240's It's been nice but just like 260 and 250 I only wanted to visit for a short while. I don't mean any harm but I never want to see you again some relationship are just not healthy for you so I bid you a farewell <em>55</em> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:40:24 EST 6 days in a row!! Have worked out for 6 days in a row! I'm working really hard to achieve my goal. Trying hard to eat well when we do go out and I am following my meals that I planned for when we don't go out!! Once I meet my 200 lbs my first goal I want to work hard and lose as much weight as I can before our cru... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:35:57 EST Another Season of 50 Shades Today was the first day of the Y's "Weight Loss Program" for the fall. This is the program that I fondly refer to as Fifty Shades of Sore. Lenny seemed pretty happy to see me again. I committed to going 2 days each week. I'd love to do 3 days each week, but I'm not sure my back will tolerate it. ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:27:17 EST What Went - Monday 1. I had bad joint pain this morning. While I think it is due to wheat or gluten I'm not going to be dogmatic yet. Why? Because I've gone nightshade free, gluten free, dairy free, low carb, meat free etc. and I have early results which seem to point in one direction and then over time it all ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:26:30 EST There IS a Glass HEYITSLISA encouraged me today with this post: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800826 </link> <BR> <BR> You should go read it. <BR> <BR> It was a convicting post for me. <BR> <BR> *I* needed that post today. <BR> Perhaps you do too. <B... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:24:35 EST Better is Better I came across the phrase, "better is better" on someone else's blog. I really like it. It helps me calm down about weight loss. I'm post 40, so I move a little slower these days. I get injured more easily now. I know I need to get stronger and more fit day by day. It will take time. I'm prou... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:22:33 EST On a slow train to nowhere I've been sparking for about 6 years now. One of the things that I've been proud of is losing 50 lbs in one year. However, the scale has started to creep upward, and I've gained back almost 20 lbs of that 50 back. I'm stuck in a rut and I don't know how to get out of it. <BR> <BR> Sure, fitness ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:21:57 EST Mid-October Update I am sticking to it so far. Update on my 3 goals: <BR> <BR> 1) I'm down to 196 - need another 7 more pounds to get to 189. It would take losing 3.5 pounds this week and another 3.5 pounds next week. We shall see. <BR> <BR> 2) Step goal progress of reaching 280,000 - so far I'm at 131,055. ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:17:31 EST motivational quote. I dont really have one. I just talk myself into exercizing. I guess I say u can do it alot. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:17:21 EST Doctor's appointment Attended the doctor today and I do have high blood pressure. I was given a water pill today and have to go for a bunch a blood work. <em>273</em> <em>282</em> <BR> <BR> I went to badminton tonight and played for an hour with my husband. I won a game. Yahoo <em>260</em> <BR> <BR> I... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:15:10 EST Burial Plans A man and woman were married for many years. Whenever there was a confrontation, yelling could be heard deep into the night. The old man would shout, "When I die, I will dig my way up and out of the grave and come back and haunt you for the rest of your life!" <BR> <B... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:13:18 EST Mother nature insisted on a rest day... I'm happy to say I managed to drag myself out of bed in time to meet my cousin, her bff and their husbands for breakfast without too much personal angst. I am SO not a morning person and that alarm going off at 8:30 made me uber sad, but I did get up. I even had a few minutes to do the stream o... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:13:01 EST son has pink eye So hubby got a call at work and was asked if there was anyway Christopher could have pink eye. She replied with not unless he got it at school. Then she was asked if she was at work. Hubby said yes I am do you want me to call you back after work and could you have the nurse look at it. She was th... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:12:55 EST things that I get stressed out over.... Today I am in a lot of pain from my osteoarthritis. It is cool here today and that always makes it worse. I get stressed out from the pain I'm in. I don't take meds and deal with it the best I can. Sometimes, however, it really gets to me. The main thing I want to do is EAT. I have been battling ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:10:19 EST The injustice of "just" When I am saying just, I am not talking about "fair" I am talking about the descriptor that diminishes your accomplishments. <BR> <BR> My sister and I went to the Waddell and Reed Kansas City Marathon Saturday. We weren't doing the full marathon. I was "just" doing the half and she was "jus... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:08:51 EST DAY OF VISITING We got up early to take my sister's car for service. We picked up our cousin who was going with us. We were at the dealership for about 2 hours.. We left there and went shopping. I really did not find anything we were looking for as far as Christmas was concerned. I have a few more gifts to ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:03:11 EST Monday Today was frustrating. Kids want things handed to them. Anyway walked for 20 min. Gonna work up to my 4miles again. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:01:04 EST Ready for bed Stayed up too late last night and didnt wake up in time for the gym this morning :(. Ill be happy to get Boogerbear into bed so i can get to sleep. Work has been overwhelming and stressful with a micromanaging, inexperienced, know-it-all as a boss on top of everything else. And havent been to th... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:57:56 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for October 20: Daily inspiration: With our blessings come responsibilities. Much is required of those to whom much has been given. Lord, may I use my blessings to be a blessing to others. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: We have known and have believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and t... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:56:36 EST Still hanging in there So I've been swimming laps in the pool at the Y. Really enjoying it. I'm doing 4 laps-from one end of the pool and back-4 times before I stop and catch my breath. I'm still very, very slow. <BR> <BR> Thinking of taking up Racquet ball again on the days I don't swim-Tuesdays and Thursdays. Of... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:52:18 EST Salt Licks and Pinky Promises Don't ask. <BR> <BR> Well... okay... I'll tell you... <BR> <BR> Thinking it would be smart to add nuts to my weekly program, I bought a can of roasted pecans. Sea-Salt roasted pecans. Salt-laden pecans. SALTY McSALTED SEA SALT PECANS. Once I tossed a few in my mouth -- and all the fluid i... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:52:11 EST Beck Diet Solution, Day 2 Okay... I may not do a day every day of this diet.. it may be a day every other day. We'll see. <BR> <BR> So anyway - day two is about picking two diets. The first diet is supposed to be plan A, and then the second diet is supposed to be plan B. The book said that it doesn't matter what kind ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:50:38 EST Monday's Quote “I have no objection to anyone’s sex life as long as they don’t practice it in the street and frighten the horses.” <BR> ¯ Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> (Sounds reasonable...esp. for the horses!) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just like me in ... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:47:37 EST I thought I wanted it I really thought I wanted it, I really did. <em>24</em> If I really want it then why do I keep falling? I have been having trouble limiting my sugar intake...I have been able to avoid in more in the last week or so then the prior 4! Today I fell off the wagon...again! What the heck is it w... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:46:51 EST Why Not Track? In a Word... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Why not, in a word? Why not what, I hear you ask. (You’ve read two sentences and have not yet deleted me as a Spark Friend for reasons unknown, so you may as well read on). <BR> <BR> If you are reading this and you... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:46:45 EST Candy and Fun at work!! I got 130 bags of candy done last night. I did not eat any of it!! Today at work one of the Young Guys had turned 21 so We went to the sports grill at the casino. We went in the limo!! It was a really nice lunch!! I hope Everyone had a great day!! Love Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:45:20 EST Day 78: Need to focus on diet SUCCESSES: <BR> __My weight has stayed about the same, although I would like to report that it has gone down. <BR> __I’ve been active everyday. The Fitbit has been an amazing help and motivator. I’m happy I have a daily exercise schedule that I have been accomplishing (either walk-run, bike, zum... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:44:22 EST Quote of the day 10/20/14 "There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today." Mignon McLaughlin <BR> <BR> JUST START. Take that first step. <BR> Don't let coulda, shoulda and woulda be part of your life. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:40:40 EST Ups and Downs Week one in my new place has me with mixed feelings. I'm very, very, VERY stressed at trying to handle dogs fighting, dogs cat chasing and dogs barking at people and frightening the living day lights out of everyone! <BR> <BR> Dex is the most important part of my life but he's a handful that's... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:34:26 EST Needing to change my wardrobe A lot of my clothes are needing to be changed. My XL sweatpants are too big. I need to get at least a large. Every once in a while I'm having to pull up my sweatpants because they want to slide down. I need to get new jeans because the two pair that I have are 22W and I need to wear a belt with t... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:34:19 EST I forgot to do this yesterday!! I was busy yesterday, then I went to work, I forgot to log in yesterday, oops!! <BR> <BR> I've been enjoying the last few days of my break. Today I went to lunch with a group of girlfriends. We went to Mongolian BBQ, love that place. I was very good about my food choices, I still had steak an... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:25:30 EST Total shoulder replacement set for Dec. 2--- oh dear. This makes me really, really nervous. I know 3 people this doctor worked on and they are doing great. But I sure am not looking forward to it. chris Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:25:16 EST First visit to Planet Fitness I'd been thinking about joining a gym, and, like bobcatgirl76, I found Planet Fitness to be a great deal. I had walked by the gym several times, since it's in the same plaza as one of my preferred grocery stores. I loved that there are multiples of almost every, if not every, piece of equipment... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:24:39 EST I have this moment I'm trying to show up here again. I'm easily overwhelmed these days. So, I know I must set goals in the midst of this. Tonight, I have some personal and professional computer work to do. All this week, I need to work hard to get a project PPT done by next Monday, and I have a busy teaching sche... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:23:14 EST Frustrated, but I have those exercises. I did some canvassing tonight and it is NOT fun. People that are supposedly supportive, came off as undecided or refused to answer. I will finish it, but I won't do it again. <BR> <BR> Even more frustrating to me was my elliptical broke this morning. It looks like one of the screws sheared o... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:18:37 EST