SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Thought and Prayer for Sunday, June 25, 2017 June 25, 2017 LEARN TO WORSHIP <BR> <BR> Many of us have gone to church with the wrong attitude. Some of us haven’t gone to church because our attitudes are wrong. Either way, our attitude is something we can definitely change. We go to church for many reasons. One of them is to worship God. We... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:40:13 EST Sunday plans Down to treadmill for a bit, then off to church, dog walk sometime today and some weeding also. DH is coming back tonight after being gone for 10 days on a youth mission trip to South Dakata Wounded Knee. Yea! Have a lovely and blessed day. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:33:06 EST Yesterday I had a challenging walk yesterday-25 minutes uphill. I almost gave up and called my son to come get me, but I didn't. I made it. Wow! Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:24:22 EST Happy Meal! Yesterday, I was pressed for time on my way to work. I did not plan ahead for what I would take with me to work like I should have, so I ended up stopping at McDonalds. I did something I never have done before. I got a cheeseburger happy meal! It was perfect! The little thing of fries that i... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:23:52 EST Two Homers! I write a lot of blogs about the struggle to push onward and try my best in all things. It's hard to do when failure is one of the possible outcomes. Who relishes the idea of putting in hard work, only to have a disappointing result? Of course, we know the victory is in the preparation, in bui... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:22:01 EST Sunday good Sunday morning, I hope all is well, for me I have just 2 days left of antibiotics and I'm feeling really great this morning. I believe I'm gonna be just fine and able to get get back to my program and completely back on track just in time for my new week begin. i will stay with a light exerc... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:06:37 EST June 25th Plan for today: <BR> 1. Work out - Beast Up Chest, Shoulders and Triceps <BR> 2. Go to Church with Dad <BR> 3. Respite worker is coming to take my son to the lake for the afternoon and my hubby and I are going hiking along the ocean. <BR> 4. Eat a supper as planned. <BR> 5. Get to bed early beca... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:56:28 EST Bright & Sunshiny Day... <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> A Beautiful Sunny Day here, a lovely weekend spent with my Family. So en... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:55:50 EST Here I am....again Being away for a while again. Have been struggling with anxiety, depression and lack of energy. But right now I feel I need some inspiration to get on track again. Spark People is the perfect place. <BR> I read Sparguys blog and he asked the question: why do you want to lose weight? <BR> The answ... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:50:30 EST Some reality! Checking in with myself. It could be worse.....had a very upsetting day yesterday, let another down, let myself down. Having a hard time keeping it all together and missing my son that has moved across the country. Blessing is that he is doing great, I am relatively healthy, and I am not in some ... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:47:06 EST Quote for Sunday <img src=""> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:40:47 EST Bible Verse for Sunday Psalm 139:14 <BR> <BR> I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[a] <BR> Marvelous are Your works, <BR> And that my soul knows very well. <BR> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:39:44 EST The Old Ballgame <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday I went to my first vintage baseball game. What a great time it was! The theme was from the 1820s, and no one used gloves. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:23:31 EST Different Mindset...Gratitude! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Goodmorning frie... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:13:45 EST June 25, Luke 4:16-30 It's good news, not religion Jesus reads from the prophet Isaiah, that He is anointed to preach good news. The reality is that anyone who preaches the gospel message could read this passage and say that it's fulfilled. Here is the good news, this world we live on is broken and filled with evil. But God has prepared a place f... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 04:46:44 EST Does anyone own the Hydratespark bottle? Do you use the Hydratespark bottle, and does it help you get your water intake for the day. I don't want to fork out the cash for one until I hear people love it. I am having a hard time getting in my Dr. recommended amount of 80oz a day. <BR> Thanks Sun, 25 Jun 2017 04:28:45 EST Losing weight my opinions: tracking devices. I came in contact with tracking devices for the first times 20/25 years ago, when I went for the first time to a gym. They had treadmills and standing bikes who would read your cardio and would tell you how much calories you burned. Nowadays there is a whole business behind it worth millions of ... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:50:51 EST Work today Long day of work today then a long drive home. Rest day tomorrow! Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:18:30 EST Settling for less I don't know if any of you out their have a fast food addiction or just eat out to much. But A thing I feel like is coming to me as needing to be a way of living for me is learning to settle for less. The high carb,sodium, and fat really appeals to me. I was upset earlier tonight and really wante... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 03:09:56 EST Mirjiyummy vs Lack of Willpower - 24 June 2017 Lack of willpower won today. First, my huband's kids and grandkids came to stay with us for the weekend. It's very stressful for me and always a trigger for comfort eating. I managed to stay away from dessert, from chocolate, even from noshing on cookies all day. I did overdo it with the chal... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:53:50 EST 6-24-17 Month is almost over. My birthday is coming up. Somehow, it just doesn't thrill me like it used to. It was a nice day, a little on the chill side, but pleasant when I went outside. Trash day tomorrow. Time to take the recycling down. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:47:30 EST Weight No More: I Am Still Here Crazy busy week--but all is well. Things should go back to normal-ish soon--cannot wait to catch up on all your blogs. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>532</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:47:23 EST Whole30 completed <img src=""> <BR> I'm so proud of myself. I know that sounds silly, but I will own it! I finished my first whole30 this week. Yes I'm impressed I lost 16 pounds but I'm more proud of myself for just getting through th... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:45:37 EST evening cuppa spark - on the road loooooooong day. did some work in the night and overslept in the morning, but somehow we got it all done and by 3 pm we were on the road. even managed a short walk with claire, her last freedom to roam until we return. she's in a great place for the summer, with other border collies and sheep and... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:30:57 EST Week 22 Fitness Report Getting back on that horse after a disappointing week. <BR> <BR> T: 30 mins treadmill (10 mins 8.5 incline, 10 mins 11 incline, 10 mins 13.5 incline), 15 mins abs. <BR> <BR> W: 30 mins arc trainer (15 resistance, 8 incline), 15 mins abs. <BR> <BR> T: Alternating Arms/Legs Circuit (20 mins), 3... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:21:18 EST Week 280... MB 64... Morning Sparkies, <BR> <BR> Short and sweet today... no news ... small loss... cold mornings ... sunny days... happy...smiling... small steps are better than big gains !!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <i... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:09:08 EST Bible Verse for Today.. I love the Lord, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live. <BR> <BR> Psalm 116:1-2 Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:46:40 EST Quote for Today <img src=""> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:45:32 EST Day with Family... Evening <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Hope your day was all good/ Mine was extra special, spent the day with family. My son-in-law's Mom and Dad were from out of town visiting which made a great day with them. <BR> <BR> After lunch we went to Nyla's Dance recital, it was especially nice for them t... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:43:55 EST Lazy Saturday Well Hubby has managed to catch a cold(which he better keep to himself) so I have been very lazy today. About the main thing that I avoided, was folding and hanging up my laundry...I hate to try to drag the baskets around and didn't want to bug a sick Hubby today for help. If he is better tomor... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:34:17 EST LCHF - Day 16: 4 pounds gone! It's my LCHF eating style day 16. <BR> <BR> I <em>192</em> weighed in this morning and I lost 4.4 pounds. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm always sceptical about weight loss and I don't believe it until the number shows up again in a week, so we'll see. <BR> <BR> Every morning I wake up focu... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:32:11 EST Blah humbug <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Quilting is going well. <BR> <BR> I've been sidetracked by taking on a task -- care of a 4 month old. LOL, i sweat daily! A temporary situation to help a family member. Caring for an infant... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:23:13 EST Following in Dad's Footsteps - Choices, Past and Present In WWII my Dad served on a "cruiser" the USS Philadelphia <BR> 72 years later, I am "cruising" in the same waters. <BR> <BR> He didn't have a choice as to his destination, but because he and his generation served, I do have a choice <BR> This trip will include 5 countries (Belgium, the Netherlan... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:20:22 EST Gratitude June 24 2017 Number 1: All my kids are home. The boys are back from camp and my daughter is back from orientation. A good day. <BR> <BR> Number 2: It is finally cooler in the house. The heat wave has broken. <BR> <BR> Number 3: I finally got my veggies cooked. It was too hot this week to cook them,... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:13:43 EST Gods day Have a wonderful day celebrate life Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:11:31 EST Pictures of the Hike Tuesday's hike to Lookout Point. We almost made it, but six feet of snow and ice blocked the final half mile. Still a beautiful, exhilarating experience! <BR> I laughingly told my husband I could have gotten a sunburn and frostbite on the same hike! Luckily, I got neither. <BR> <img src="http... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:00:24 EST The feather of truth measures the weight of your heart Wake up call... <BR> <BR> I was wondering what to publish in a blog and have decided to make this one, my first one. <BR> <BR> "A person's risk of developing heart failure is inversely related to their level of physical activity. Those who achieved at least 500 MET-minutes/week (the recommended... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:58:56 EST good news for me noticed that the comments on my last blog about walking 10 minutes encouraged me but I also danced for 15 minutes & stretched & today will do strength videos from Coach Nicole for 25 minutes & some chair exercise for 15 minutes Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:56:20 EST Weighing thyself I've been reading a lot lately about how it's bad to weigh yourself everyday. I don't think that is true at all something that works for someone may not work for others. I am a very organized, analytical person, I like to weigh myself three times a day in the morning, post workout and before bed ... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:53:05 EST Stuck <img src=""> <BR> So, I am new to spark but not new to weight issues and dieting. I am prediabetic, I have pcos, and have had fertility issues getting pregnant with my son. I first realized something was wrong when I w... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:40:24 EST Day 538 ~ I'll fill this in tomorrow Today's Sparkpeople - Sharing what I am committed to do along my journey... 1. Blog daily and record... 2. Calories consumed: 3. Calories over/under: 4. Calories burned: 5. Steps taken: 6. The number on the scale: 7. H2O: 8. Hours slept including nap: 9. Last thing I ate and at what time: 10. A... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:32:55 EST Unconditional Love That Heals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Meditate On <BR> <BR> ...great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. <BR> Matthew 12:15 <BR> <BR> Unconditional Love That Heals <BR> <BR> It didn’t matter who they were or what ... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:31:54 EST My weight 156.7 Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:26:11 EST Great day today! My workout partner is on vacation in Northern Idaho for a week. They left on Friday and will be gone until a week from Sunday. That means I'm on my own until she comes back. She left me some lifting workouts, so I need to be doing those while she is gone. Today, I stuck to the treadmill. I c... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:19:35 EST MORE MOMENTUM TODAY Today has been an excellent day as far as exercise and meals. I didn't make my new step goal of 12000 but was still over 10000. The new goal will come soon. I am determined to go over and beyond on the goals. <BR> <BR> Still freezing things for future meals. This really works good as I don'... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:18:49 EST My underlying reason for losing weight and getting fit... I had a triple by-pass surgery in January of 2016. If I want to live the rest of my life feeling relatively good, I must have a healthy heart. To do this, I must continue to lose weight and keep exercising. I think this is my main motivation, but I shall think about it more. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:10:51 EST Weather Another nice cool day. It is 63 outside. Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:10:05 EST Saturday <img src=""> <BR> Truth!!! Hope you had a great day! TTYL Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:09:03 EST Day 6 to Onederland It has been a quiet day. It was a little <BR> warmer than yesterday. My knee was <BR> very unhappy late last night, my back <BR> and right groin (hurt it coming in the <BR> door after shopping). Today everything <BR> is all better. <BR> <BR> dh made homemade tamales, I am <BR> not a "tamale... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:08:49 EST Being ready and willing So, it occurs to me from reading other people's blogs, and the comments left on my own blogs that are two main actions required when it comes to creating a healthier lifestyle (which hopefully leads to weight loss), and they are really two sides of the same action... 1. Breaking old habits and...... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:08:00 EST Special Blessings-June 25, 2017 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. The a/c repairman showed up early and got my unit fixed once again <BR> <BR> 2. After going to the grocery store for a few things, I spent the afternoon Sparking and relaxing <BR> <BR> 3. Jamie took me out to dinner tonight while... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:05:47 EST Catechism in a Year 138. What are the names of the Holy Spirit? <BR> <BR> "The Holy Spirit" is the proper name of the third Person of the Most Holy Trinity. Jesus also called him the Paraclete (Consoler or Advocate) and the Spirit of Truth. The New Testament also refers to him as the Spirit of Christ, of the Lord, ... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:04:46 EST mini blog I weighed in under my goal, without doing anything crazy. I just went for a swim and weighed in just before dinner, and I was under my goal, so I win the bet! I don't know if it was just normal fluctuations or if the scale was off balance the first time, but I'm not going to let the number bother... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:02:02 EST Dogs ;-) 6/24/17 Funny Dachshunds <BR> <link> </link> <BR> These dogs are so funny. You'd never guess they were fierce, determined hunters. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:01:54 EST great Saturday Spent a lot of time by the pool...completed 13,000+ steps Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:59:54 EST Its not an option. <img src=""> <BR> Giving up is not an option for me.I want to be healthier. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:58:39 EST saturday today I got to clean out the freezer in the kitchen, then go out to the garage, take the food which is in our refrigerator out there and move it to our large freezer. someone, took an ice cream sandwich out and did not close the door properly so lots of ice started to form and now had to be clea... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:45:51 EST 6/24/17 - Bedtime I needed sand for the patio spacers, so I went to the hardware store. The bags are outside, so I grabbed one to pay for it. An employee stopped me and told me that someone would take the bag of sand to my car. He then offered me a taco. The store was demonstrating Weber grills. I got door to... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:38:06 EST #76 busy day with a beautiful ending!! I went looking for a picture of our karate granddaughter and it is suppose to be downloaded into the computer but I can't find it. She did a wonderful demonstration with the num-chucks. There is a little girl that has a rare disease, just turned 5 and recently learned to walk with karate lessons.... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:37:10 EST Day 3 Ballroom dancing. Tired. Tired. Tired. On Saturdays I usually get all of my running done, go to the store and such. However today I didnt quite get all of it done because I was invited to go out with some friends ballroom dancing which is a hobby I took up in college to just get me out of the house once or twice... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:31:52 EST Today I made ballast for the in-ground pool. I cannot hold ladders so I got myself steps. It is a complicated blog but that was what I was doing most of the today. <BR> <em>237</em> <BR> We have had an in-ground pool and our swimming days are very few but we loved the pool. Especially me and our three sons. <BR> We were going to fill it in but we have 4 pine trees and a garage so ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:31:46 EST Today I made ballast for the in-ground pool. I cannot hold ladders so I got myself steps. It is a complicated blog but that was what I had doing all day today. <BR> <em>237</em> <BR> We have had an in-ground pool and our swimming days are very few but we loved the pool. Especially me and our three sons. <BR> We were going to fill it in but we have 4 pine trees and a garage so I ha... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:30:20 EST End of week 1 of vacation <img src=""> <BR> Well I've been at my brother's house a week now. Been a relaxing week. My brother doesn't have any vacation time until our September trip to Florida, so I'm home alone with no way to go any place. Tha... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:28:21 EST Unleashed .. Day 75 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> I spent 3 weeks with a Personal Trainer learning the machines along with form and technique. Julie wanted to start slow and slowly increase the weight in order make sure to strengthen the ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:19:07 EST We went <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> Alrighty! That w... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:13:21 EST Day 59 :: 32 hour fast My first water only fast happened September 05 2016. Trapped in a sugar addiction it was not even possible to imagine. Today is at least my 12th 24 hour plus only water fast and is something I do enjoy. A valuable part of the learning process how food no longer controls me free of my past f... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:13:18 EST Am good What a day. <BR> Walked like my feet are on fire. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:11:38 EST Celtic Faire It was a fun day...a little getting on the road but the event was fun. The group Albannach is great and the food was awesome. <BR> <BR> Pictures tomorrow, I promise! <em>381</em> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:11:12 EST Celtic Faire It was a fun day...a little getting on the road but the event was fun. The group Albannach is great and the food was awesome. <BR> <BR> Pictures tomorrow, I promise! <em>381</em> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:11:12 EST Weight Loss and Firecrackers Hey! I Lost 3 Pounds! WOO HOO!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> That's a grand total of 6.5 pounds! It's been Ages since I lost that much! <BR> <BR> I'm exhilarated and overjoyed, but at the same time I'm cautious because I've lost a few and then gained more back. <BR> <BR> My sweetie slept in so I got in ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:08:32 EST Saturday's Words to Ponder <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:02:50 EST Saturday, 6/24/17 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The day began way too early for me as I did not sleep well due to my legs just aching from the nine hours I'd spent on them getting the house ready to show. Once up it was time to get the... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:01:06 EST Onward and downward I just visited my family for a week and decided it would be easiest (and fun) for me if I cooked meals. I made lots of things I like and I think my family liked most of the meals. I made black bean burgers (with baked fries) for the first time and mini quiches (out of chickpea flour and veggies).... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:01:01 EST THEURERBGT Had to work today. They scheduled the staff lean to begin with, the 5 called in and 2 were one vacation. We only had three 3 lines running. Those case packing are suppose to be rotated every 15 minutes. No one wanted to rotate us. We'd get stuck on the same line for up to 45 minutes or more... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:59:38 EST Almost ready.... The living room has all the furniture moved and then vacuumed under. So that leaves only the need to vacuum the center of the room. The dining room is in the same boat as is the bedroom. The computer room will take a bit of work tomorrow as will the bathroom. But several of the things that ne... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:58:29 EST ☺ Happy Changes ☺ I have been working hard for the past three weeks on my weight loss journey, and I feel really good! These are some of the positive changes I have already noticed: More energy, less back pain, a better mood, and I'm feeling a lot less anxious and depressed. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:55:44 EST Closing out week 5 Well today wraps up week 5 of my new journey. It has gotten easier as each day passes. I do not have cravings or hunger pangs. I have hit my caloric goal everyday except for 2, 1 day I was over by a few and yesterday I was under by a lot. I have not "cheated" although I have enjoyed some heal... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:53:32 EST Day 2 of Running and Eating Healthy I put in my 3.2 miles. I did ok but for some reason I got a gas cramp in my left shoulder. So, I walked the last .75 mile. The temps were GREAT today. I'm not used to June temps being in the low 70's so that was a nice treat. Tomorrow is my rest day. I will try to do a slow walk after church if I... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:51:15 EST how heavy is your purse? <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:47:59 EST An Eventful Day!!! What an up and down day we had. Think we now have 11 here at Lake House. At 9 AM we had Skype from granddaughter in China who was at my nephew's apt. so we got to see Erin with her cousin, Dagan, and his wife, Bree. 4 yr. old Ayla played quietly on floor and little brother, Liam, was in bed. <BR... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:39:52 EST Introductory Blog Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening to all the wonderful sparkers out there! This is my first blog post and want to share some of the things that are to come over the next year. First my plan, my motivation, my where I want to be and how I am going to be starting off. <BR> <BR> Introduction <BR>... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:23:17 EST BLC34 SC Fitbit Races Week 3 The NYC 26.2 race started with 21 participants on Wed June 21st. <BR> First to cross the finish line Cynthia or Simcyn from the Navy Ninja's. She crossed on Friday and the race closed on Saturday about 6:15 pm. Leslie U from the Sparkologist took 2nd place and <BR> Bonnie J from the Sparkologist ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:23:10 EST June 24 1c per additional activity minute = Today: 85c <BR> 5c per morning stretching routine = Today: 5c <BR> 5c per set of 20 reps...Today: 7 sets = 35c <BR> 10c per mile walked = Today: 10c <BR> 10c per 5 minutes on bike = Today: 10c <BR> 10c per full bottle water drank = Today: 10c <BR> 50c per day e... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:21:52 EST Too hot Not much to say today. Very hot so staying inside. Playing with the grandkids. Folding laundry. Woohoo😊 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:21:43 EST Having a new puppy OH my goodness <BR> Having a new puppy is a LOT of work and a big commitment. What was I thinking? <BR> The kids say ... We will take her out <BR> We will feed her (6yr old does when he remembers) <BR> We will keep up on poop patrol. <BR> ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:18:17 EST Lunch on the Road Day 4 <img src=""> So today we had lunch at a banquet. In the picture is what I ate. I asked the catering service for nutrition facts; they said they didn't have any. So I looked on the website to see if there were any, whic... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:18:01 EST graduation party my cousins son graduated form high school. he is the oldest great-grandson so my grandparents were thrilled. it was a good day- no rain and they have a new puppy so that was fun. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:16:34 EST Week 3 In-Between spring to summer badges 2017 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:13:45 EST Zucchini boat - you have to give it a try! I saw this recipe on the web couple of days ago, show it to hubby, said it looked good and he would be willing to give it a try... This is half the battle in our household. <BR> <BR> So tonight was the night! And it turn out to be a success! Should have taken a picture, but my it was devoured... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 22:06:17 EST Keto Diet <img src=""> More Energy than ever. Lose weight fast, stay away from Cancer, good for Diabety tipe 2. Burn fat even when you sleep Wanna try Ketogenic Diet? The Ketogenic diet is a low carbohydrate, high fat (lchf) d... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:58:58 EST Day 12 Spent the morning doing some cleaning and tidying in the house and then spent the afternoon weeding the garden. It was a mess - one section hadn't been weeded since last fall and was totally overgrown. Found a big toad living in a hole under the peony bush. Almost stepped on him, he blended in w... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:55:09 EST Hey Diva! Letter To Myself Challenge We've been down this road before and I know you're worried about where we'll land. You work hard at everything you put your mind to and give yourself freely to others. It is your turn to take care of yourself and your health. Don't worry about the last time. Let's focus on the here and now. <BR>... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:49:46 EST Super Sparking Saturday! <img src=""> <BR> Almost ready to enjoy our pool - did get in for a Lil bit this eve ! Still have about 1/3 ton of dirt to move Moved 2/3 today ! Just me & my shovel !! Woohoo !! Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:47:57 EST Saturday I have been very lazy today. Watching movies, and doing laundry. I didn't even want to work out. It's been a hazy, lazy day. I've really enjoyed it. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:43:47 EST Day 702 - Anxiety I have got to get a handle on this anxiety. A couple called at 10 a.m. this morning and wanted to see the house at 11 a.m. and I was about to get into the shower. I went into high gear to clean and was rather impatient with my family for not being in as high a gear as I was. My family is a higher... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:43:15 EST rained out again we are officially at 80% rained out markets. Ugh. But, the scale today said 339,5, so I will take that!! <BR> <BR> Another blog when I'm not so tired and busy. I've got this. <em>593</em> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:42:42 EST A quick hello A very pleasant day with the 2 grandsons. The weather is <BR> cool and windy so we only took one walk. We kept busy <BR> and I went over the list DD left for me. I did laundry and <BR> dishes, watered the flowers and the newly planted apple trees. <BR> DH had a great day at the market. I will fo... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:33:36 EST Day 175: Having a Long Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Make it a point to do something every day that you don’t want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain." (Mark Twain) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:33:13 EST Went out and got it Got so pissed at my hubs that I went out for 3.5 mile walk. I did it in under 1 hour. With that being said, I ran over a min of it. I havent run in over 20 years. The sweat is pouring down my back. But it feels awesome!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Imma do this one way or another.....with or without hi... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:31:42 EST 😀 <img src=""> <BR> From 198👎189👎178👎174down down now down to 169 😊 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:30:42 EST Wow It's Been a Long Time! It's been a number of years since I've posted anything here and I wish I still looked like me in my profile picture. So many changes. I think it's been 8 years since I last posted! I am now in full blown menopause (blah!) I've gained probably 20lbs in the last 8 years, most of it in the last year... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:29:37 EST 6/24/17 Well, I did something different today! I did nothing! My knee is feeling a little better, but decided to keep quiet today. The only thing I did today, was go and get a haircut. I am so tired of sweating so much so got a crew cut! I haven't had one of them since I was a kid and my parents ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:25:11 EST Sleep journal – 6-24-17 I took a melatonin chewable tablet. <BR> I got settled in bed with my eye mask on around 10:45pm. I fell asleep at 11pmish and woke up at 5:30amish because my eyemask wasn’t on my eyes, my legs were pretzeled and they hurt. I fell asleep at 6:05amish. I woke up at 8:10amish but then l couldn’t f... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:20:01 EST Over the edge and back again So...I only THOUGHT I had successfully gotten through the depression that grabbed hold in March...It's actually taken me three months of pretty much foundering around to be at a place where self-care has made it's way back to the priority list. It wasn't just the dog. It was and is the nature of ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:12:20 EST Sat - The BEST Reason to Keep Moving Forward... 06/24/2017 <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:08:53 EST Day 5 Hi everyone, <BR> I had a very nice day today. <BR> <BR> This morning I cleaned the house and did some laundry. <BR> <BR> My son, DIL, and GD came to visit in the afternoon and while my DH and son were rotating the tires on his Jeep, my DIL and I went for a 2 and half mile walk. <BR> I really e... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:08:38 EST Still going I've been at this consistently for almost a week now. Feeling good about myself. I wish that I could go for a walk on this beautiful evening, but the foot injury is keeping me from doing that. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:04:33 EST June 24, 2017 What a day! <BR> <BR> Jacob had his last Running club meeting this morning. Their goal is to run the Firecracker Fun Run next Saturday. He loves saying that he "smoked" everyone else. Silly guy. Mike left to pick him up and then I got the text that the Scouts were about back to Greenfield, so Mi... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 21:00:00 EST The truth on home food I hate to admit it, but eating at home saves a ton of calories. I love eating out, but even the "healthier" places can run you 750 calories for a lunch. I even had cake and stayed within my range. Seriously considering eating out only for special occasions. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:59:21 EST A look back and ahead <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Again I met with my primary care doctor and we had the same discussion. A similar discussion that I have with my own patients. I'm listening. I'm analyzing, making changes. HA1C is 5.8 and t... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:57:18 EST journey to becoming a badass day 112 Its Saturday June 24, 2017. I read chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Hurricane Force. I got my workout done and I tracked it. I tracked everything I ate. I wrote a short story and posted it to my WTMW blog. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:52:32 EST It's the small wins I decided to take some measurements today just to see how far I've come. It's the little goals right! Down 5.25 inches over all. I'm going to celebrate each milestone, though they are small they are rewarding. Tomorrow is a new day with new choices to be made. Victories: 18 days in No ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:37:21 EST Relay for Life It was a hot one today but the breeze made it bearable. It felt good to be out and about and when I walked for Relay for Life I felt great to be active for a cause other than my own. It was inspiring. Cancer survivors senior citizens teenagers and young kids whole was amazing. During... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:29:27 EST New Gym Challenge Next Month <img src=""> Gonna try with my hubby. In it to win it. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:26:04 EST June 24: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- SparkButton -- Kayaking Elkhorn Slough Happy Saturday <BR> <BR> Highlights include: <BR> <BR> * Yesterday was day 132 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak <BR> * Today is day 76 in a row blogging for this challenge (details below) <BR> <BR> Whew, we had a great adventure here today! Recently I mentioned a goal to go kayaking with my... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:21:44 EST Super Saturday Workout <img src=""> Biggest workday In a Long long time! Amazing what can be done on a Weekend day off from work at home with no interruptions :) Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:21:12 EST Quote of the Day: June 24, 2017 “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” <BR> ― Victor Hugo Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:18:27 EST Regrets Last night I had pizza for dinner which I know I shouldn't have done. I have regrets. Doing things like that discourage me in so many ways. I am suppose to go back to the gym tomorrow as I don't do gym on the weekend. I am afraid I will not go to the gym because I am so discouraged with myself. B... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:06:31 EST Proud of today <img src=""> <BR> I'm still visiting at my mom's place, and I gotta say, the walks here are amazing because of the view. It's extraordinary to be out on the back roads and country trails, perfect views of the volcano,... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:01:45 EST 6/24: Accountability <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's workout, 2 Miles Walk Away the Pounds with 3-pound weights. <BR> ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:49:38 EST June 24: Small Goals Commitment Challenge Highlights - 26 day blogging streak - 6 day calorie tracking streak - 5 day 10+ fitness minutes Daily compliment: you are patient, courteous, and kind. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:43:10 EST Saturday June 24 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Heat wave has hit BC, but with our 9 year old geothermal system we are nice and cool inside! Our efforts to help the environment and safe the earth has had GREAT benefits for us, both winter an... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:39:43 EST From three classes a week to four I've been going to Orangetheory three times a week for the last four months. This week, I added a fourth session...two days in a row, Friday and Saturday. Made it through the class, and then came home and mowed the lawn. My lawnmower is one of those manual reel push mowers, so it takes a bit o... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:37:40 EST Special Times Lots of folks have special plans for this time of year. I'm really looking forward to a few special days ahead, as well as visits from friends off from work. <BR> <BR> How are all of you doing? Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:31:34 EST Day 42 - 06/24/17 Still going strong, although not so much this week. Still have tracked all food and drinks. Ate a few things that were high calorie or high fat (fried potatoes, hamburger, sherbert). Today was the first day I have exercised all week. Just did not have it in me. Today was weigh-in day. Figure... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:23:41 EST The heatwave is over. Thank you nature! For the last week, I experienced the worst high temperatures ever in California- my home state. The worst day was when it was 112 degrees and my AC broke. I couldn't exercise Grrrrr. I have asthma so had to stay in. Even so, my nose bled three time (inflamed sinus's)and now has stopped bleeding s... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:23:05 EST Garmin 0% with a run in an hour! Oh well I can use my fit bit watch but I really rather have the Garmin for a run. It is what it is. I thought I plugged it up to charge but what ever I did drained it instead. I think it was backward and a button depressed draining it instead...ugh. It's on the charge but I will leave within... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:17:26 EST A whole new me in progress Today I realized just how much my life has changed since starting my new life habits 6 months ago. Was feeling a little down about relationships and didn't want to let sadness or negativity take over. I knew if I did something physical there would be no time to think... just push on. The first pl... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:06:31 EST Keep flying high Team! Another great week with the In-betweeners! Thank you Barb for the cute badges. <BR> <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> See you in the Sum... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 19:04:46 EST Motivation or Determination ? Well, I've learned that motivation comes and it goes but one thing that remains consistent is your determination. Motivation will leave you high and dry when you're not determined to make it but good old faithful determination will stand up tall for you so how determined are you ? Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:56:19 EST Have a healthier mind and body. I've always told my friends and family that I'd start working out, today is my day I'd say, but never happened. I'm really wanting to do this. I'm at 220 but I want be 170 asap any tips on working out and what to do would be so helpful. I want my old body back. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:48:04 EST Awesome Day <img src=""> <BR> I've had a great day so far! Happy Saturday night..🌛🌜🌟 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:47:54 EST July Oh My It Is Almost Here July is almost here and nothing in the way of weight has come off this body in June. There was a time when at least 1 pound a week would come off and stay off for some time. Once a pond a time I had lost 50 pounds. Oh yes I did it but have now put back on almost 20 of it. What was I doing that ma... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:46:22 EST 😂 😘 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:41:27 EST Saturdays thoughts So I am totally down in the dumps. One day it seems fine the next ugh not so much. He acts so supportive then not so supportive. It's a constant struggle. Some days i ask why the heck do I even stay here with him. Other days it's great. <BR> <BR> Do any of you ladies have these issues? W... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:38:24 EST Breezy Weather Makes Walking Pleasant! <img src=""> <BR> While visiting my family in Alabama, I had to keep up my walking program. I got up early and walked five miles. It was a breezy and very pleasant, even though the humidity was high. <BR> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:33:12 EST A few things... <link> </link> Here's a woman from France discussing the history of fashion sizing. I've written a blog regarding this very topic and how skewed it is. Oh I long for the days of having custom tailored/made clothing. Why? #1 clothing quality today is garbage. I mean that lit... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:19:24 EST 35lbs down <img src=""> <BR> 1 year into my weightless journey and I am 35lbs down. This doesn't seem like a whole lot but some progress is better than no progress right? I am moving in the right direction and for that I am proud... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:11:32 EST A door... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I built a fairy door today... wood and moss and bark... and it made me wonder... if there was a door for me to walk through to the unknown but I was fairly sure it would lead me to a better plac... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:07:52 EST Today's Inspiration " Life expands to fill your dreams." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to <BR> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:04:03 EST Made it! Had tried for a week to get into particular church to see the organ. Finally made it Friday! Was lovely. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:58:48 EST Feed not working Wonder if anyone else has an issue not getting to the feed thru the normal Sparkpoints menu? Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:57:11 EST Saturday I'm babysitting three of my grandsons today ages 2,3, and 4, and yes...they are brothers. I've been staying in calorie range. I should be able to burn some calories. Lol Have a good evening! Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:53:28 EST Ground Zero 1st day of charting my food. A real eye opener. Starting a diet with my daughter tomorrow. I have a lot more to lose but trying to be her inspiration because she's developed some of the same bad habits I have. it's been a rough past 2 years but it's time to pull out of it and set a good example. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:47:38 EST Strong and Lean in 2017 - Adventures on the Road to Palenque Sorry it has been so long since my last post. I still have a few more days outlined in my journal of Mexican Adventures so continuing on.... <BR> <BR> 05-29-17 <BR> <BR> Up early this morning as we needed to be ready to go by 6:00am. First stop was to pick up Christie's Mom at the Bonilla Ho... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:47:06 EST Summer 2017, 5% Challenge, starts July 1 Preparation: <BR> I want to ramp this up, but this is realistic for now. <BR> <BR> 2017 Summer 5% Challenge <BR> <BR> Topic 1 - Checklist & Exercise Plan <BR> Supplies - check <BR> Posted to Sparkpage - check <BR> <BR> Exercise Plan - <BR> - Continue to water walk in outdoor pool at least 30 m... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:45:55 EST My life Thank you for your support. Food is fuel ⛽️. I forgive myself and go on Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:40:31 EST Day 175: It's Saturday So I Must Be at Work Well, here I am in my office at 2:30 on Saturday, though I'm about to wrap things up and get out of here. Next weekend should be the last one I have to work for a while. But I've gotten a lot done today, so that's good - I got in around 11:45, so not too bad. <BR> <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <B... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:27:33 EST Failure This week has been a total failure where exercise and dieting is concerned. I need to find some friends that I can use to coach me when I feel the need to benge. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:27:20 EST For Accountability I joined the Summer 2017 5% Challenge. It starts next week. One of the things they asked was that we post a 'before' picture. I don't take a lot of pictures. Usually I am the one holding the camera at family events. However, I am trying to learn to "accept the body I have so I can get to the... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:26:59 EST Change of thought <img src=""> So today my family woke up ready to start several tasks and I immediately thought, " I'm not going to have time to fit in a workout!" Realizing this is an old way of thinking and has previously kept me fr... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:12:32 EST Day 1506 S/B Gym Day. Feeling a little burned out. Took an extra rest daay to recharge. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:09:36 EST whew! first - my fitbit one does not connect to the computer anymore <BR> <BR> second - my fitbit charge HR literally fell apart. Its glued together now, but know it doesn't have enough togethers to be worn on my wrist. <BR> <BR> third - have ordered a fitbit flex <BR> <BR> four - record breaking h... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:09:04 EST Day 47.....Feeling great!!! At work today but getting sooooo much accomplished! Plus got my walk in today and took the stairs every opportunity! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Finally getting the diet restrictions for my husband and daughter down to a science and its working for me too. With my daughter being da... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:07:50 EST Looking up Looking up no rain! New beginning new day👠. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:05:18 EST That's A Choice Today, I was in San Francisco, bridal gown shopping phase two. My daughter has already chosen her favorite wedding day pick during the first shopping round a few weeks ago, but there is a boutique in the city she wanted to visit before making the final decision. <BR> <BR> I was thinking about my... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:03:18 EST Saturday's Ramblings <img src="">Happy Saturday. Hope everyone is having a nice weekend. <BR> Bob saw his cardiologist a few days ago, and the doctor chewed him out because his weight wasn't down more. Granted over the last year Bob had r... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 17:01:44 EST We Are Home................ I last wrote Thursday morning. We were all set to go home on Friday. Making all the last minute arrangements for home health. Physical Therapy ect... My husband and his brother came down to help with the move for Friday morning. <BR> <BR> The kidney doctor stopped by and I spoke with him rega... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:59:47 EST Hives Has anyone ever gotten hives from stress my step dad was transferred an hour away to a hospital cause he us very sick and is in icu so u have to drive my mom back and fourth and I am trying to please everyone so now I bust out in hives Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:58:40 EST Repost : October 11 2008 sometimes <BR> Saturday, October 11, 2008 <BR> <BR> I have to admit I am losing right now and I feel tired too <BR> but I have to keep going <BR> whats the use in giving up on yourself <BR> if I don't believe in me who will , right... <BR> thats it ...I must believe I can before I can do any... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:54:31 EST HANGIN' IN THERE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> That is probably the best quote for today. Like yesterday, my poor back is hurting pretty bad. I'm just before getting the walker out and I really don't want to do it. It would help me ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:54:24 EST Motivation I know i must exercise, but i just cant get there. I feel tired all the time. I tell myself i need to take a walk or go to the gym, but i havent followed through yet. Maybe later today or tomorrow i will get motivated enough to at least take a walk. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:52:54 EST What do you call the opposite of non scale victories? And how do you deal with them? <BR> <BR> I suppose non scale defeats would be the most obvious answer. Rather demoralising though doncha think? Perhaps non scale reminders might be more motivating? No doubt the more discerning amongst you will already have deduced that I have been on the recei... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:50:00 EST Getting Back to Running Consistently I'm paying the price for a slacker winter. I ran very sporadically. I ran a 5 K here and there. The weather did not co-operate. My daughter had student teaching and I had to watch the GKs a lot. Summer is finally here. I'm getting out there again and feeling good. I don't like to eat as much in ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:48:34 EST I did it I walked most of it. I ran/jogged the first stretch. I ran a longer stretch at the end. I won a nice mug. even though I was last. I was first in my age category. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:42:45 EST June is Outdoors Month! How Spark is that?! I am getting outside and walking plenty. Being outdoors makes me feel fantastic, even when it is raining. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone gets their Outdoors on! <BR> <em>36</em> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:33:36 EST Saturday... 60 Minutes treadmill, 3 1/2 hrs. weeding, dog walk and grocery shopping for exercise today. Going to visit a friend in the hospital and then my daughter and family. Hope your day is lovely. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:23:15 EST Fitbit not so connective Unsuccessful with the fitbit connection to Spark. Oh well. I can add the numbers in manually each day. More fun that way anyhow! Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:21:18 EST 2017.005 - Ramblin' Big ass salads, veggies, CICO, whining because "it's hard"?!? <BR> <BR> YouTube version for mobile users: <link> </link> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:20:53 EST Reach For The Stars................... Reach For The Stars.............. <BR> <BR> It Keeps Your Boobs From Sagging. <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:10:15 EST Being a Warrior Being a warrior is not about perfection...or even a lack of fear. <BR> <BR> Being a warrior means you rise and stand no matter how much life or people try to knock you down. It's about rising and standing after being weakened by pain. It's about finding that strength to continuing fighting to ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:06:32 EST Still good times at my moms Bungalow <img src=""> Well the heathy eating ,walking , touring, and house maintenance ( doesn't sound fun, but was a barrel of laughs) has paid off, another two pounds gone! We talked about body image and healty life styles. ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:03:36 EST Enjoying vacation Flight to USA was not full, we had empty seats to stretch out in, flight went well. the rain was so refreshing when we landed as was the nice cool air. <BR> Took DH to Weir's Beach for Bike week on Saturday morning, walked around for about 5 hours <BR> Sunday we had to catch up on groceries and ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:02:24 EST Doing a little better on new diet, get new blood test in 3 months My stomach pains less on my new diet, I have had pain constantly for 4 months & it gets worse when I eat anything. I found out through blood tests by a homeopathic Dr. through a microscope shown on computer, that I am intolerant to many foods including, gluten, sugar, potatoes,corn, all acid food... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 16:01:36 EST 172 Days It has been 172 days since I was last on the site. Let's see if I can do better this time around. <BR> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:57:46 EST Twenty-five pounds down My incredibly slow weight loss has taken a more speedy turn of late. It took <BR> me eight years to lose twenty pounds (better than gaining twenty pounds, <BR> right?). Now in less than a year, I have already lost another five. <BR> <BR> I am happy about losing a few more pounds, but not real... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:53:52 EST Wall Pushups! The older I get my knees don't work as well, and time introduces new limitations. I wanted to build up my upper body, and a friend suggested standing push ups against a wall. The degree to which you angle your body increases the difficulty. It's great, and I can even do this at work on a mini b... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:50:12 EST We can move through anything <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm here. We will dance through it together. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:40:49 EST "Day-50" <img src=""> <BR> Here I am on my 50th day and that makes me so awesome and so very proud of how far, <BR> I have come and my journey will keep doing what I intend for it to do and that is keep, <BR> moving forward and... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:40:20 EST If you don't push yourself, who will? <img src=""> Me after today's 75-minute, heart pumping hip-hop ride *with* arms using the Peloton app... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:36:39 EST Today! Good Afternoon Spark Nation, <BR> <BR> Here's to filling your week-end with all things good! Pretend it's a 5 lb. bag and you're going to put at least 10 lbs. into it! We can do this. So start stuffing, just not 'ourselves' so to speak... <BR> <BR> Carpe Diem <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> <BR>... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:31:30 EST 24 June 2017 I am up 3 lbs from my Monday weigh in, and unless I lose at least half a pound today I will lose a bet. Damnit. I guess sodium heavy processed foods really do make a difference, even though I have been eating within my calorie range. And not really exercising. At all. That probably matters t... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:19:56 EST Summer 2017 Haven't written in awhile here. This past year since last summer has been tough on me emotionally and I have gained 18 lbs turning to food for comfort. My husband had some major problems last summer and I did better then as I held it all in. Late fall through now my emotions have spilled out e... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:14:11 EST You Better Break Out The Tissues Well, as you know we are nearing a week that our little 1 yr-old Rambo passed away. Thanks to IAMAGEMLOVER, we were able to reconnect with our fur-baby. He was such a little gentleman and a ton of fun to watch play, run, and yes, even sleep. I'm still in shock and continue to have my crying fits ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:09:39 EST Restart Time passes anyway. It's time to get back on track. I am intrigued by the Whole 30 program. It looks tough, but offers an experiment designed to address a whole ton of issues I'm dealing with, not just weight. Do I have what it takes to stick with it for 30 days? Let's see! Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:09:02 EST Bad days Another day of depression an d hiding it to make everyone happy. My husband raising his voice at my as if I were a child, I am 48 yrs old. I feel so I just want to sleep. He doesn't see it. I thank you all for you prayers. And I do pray but answers never seem to come. I read the Bible on my own... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:04:13 EST A busy Saturday,, flooded basement and all. With the inch-an-hour rain we received over the past three days, our entire basement was under a few inches of water. I have an old Sears steam cleaner and a contractors shop vac, so DD and I spent a long time down there from this morning after our hair cuts, until this afternoon . I estimate a... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 15:02:47 EST My story - briefly Earlier this week, the assignment from SparkCoach was to tell my story. I hope this is useful to someone. <BR> <BR> My recent weight loss journey started after a very rough year for me and my family. My niece has been living with us since she was 14. She has PTSD, depression, and is emotionall... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:58:29 EST The 10 Rules for Being Human <BR> <BR> When you were born, you didn’t come with an owner’s manual. <BR> <BR> “LIFE IS A SUCCESSION OF LESSONS WHICH MUST BE LIVED TO BE UNDERSTOOD.” <BR> <BR> (HELEN KELLER) <BR> <BR> 1. You will receive a body – Where you love it or hate it, It’s yours for life. <BR> <BR> 2. You w... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:54:31 EST 6-24-17 Saturday Good day to y'all! So far it's been a great day! I laid out before my day started my day and the humidity is so low we are just not use to this. It felt so good. Hubs is fixing to leave for work and I'm fixing to do some fasted cardio. I had my apple cider vinegar this morning which I have found... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:45:57 EST 6/23 Biking: 3:00, .48 mile, 9.6 mph avg. speed <BR> Biking: 2:59, .53 mile, 10.74 mph avg. speed <BR> Biking: 4:16, .66 mile, 9.26 mph avg. speed <BR> Biking: 3:00, .48 mile, 9.6 mph avg. speed <BR> Biking: 3:00, .48 mile, 9.6 mph, avg. speed <BR> <BR> Fitbit stats: 4,019 steps; 7 floors; 1.65 miles... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:32:23 EST My Adventures in Spark Land...sick of not feeling good Sassy is... <BR> *Sassitude <BR> *Sassific <BR> *Sasstastic <BR> *Sassioso <BR> *Sassify <BR> *Sassilicous <BR> *Making up new words! <BR> ~Princess Sassy Pants~ <BR> <BR> I thought this was so fun when I saw it on pinterest! <BR> <BR> I am on day #7 of my 30 days of Gratitude Challenge (It i... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:29:33 EST Giving me a million reasons to quit the show... Why oh why did I ever stop BEING a runner? <BR> <BR> I am following Hal Higdon's novice 2 training program for the half marathon. Today I had to do a 12 miler. <em>40</em> It has been decades. <BR> <BR> Halfway through the rain came down <em>27</em> and this song popped into my head <li... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:23:26 EST Day 3 Lol. It is already hot out. But inside is not too bad yet. Trying to get a workout in while I wait for a delivery. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:17:05 EST Beautiful Saturday Today is one of those glorious beautiful days that makes one thankful to be alive. Its 73 degrees and a light breeze is blowing. The sun is shining and the air smells of freshly cut grass. Ahhhh summer. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:07:16 EST An active Saturday morning... see those endorphin bubbles? My local bike shop, where both Brenda Starr Trek and her sleek sister Sophia Silque Trek were "adopted" by me, sponsors a beginner and return to cycling ride for women only, Saturday mornings at 9. Having a few qualms, post-concussion, I decided to take them up on it, and have my first ride back... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:03:25 EST Chapter 25, Day 95 After a healthy breakfast and all gung ho on healthy, my resolve weakened and I was into the snacks again. Undaunted, I will prevail today and salvage my day by finishing up under total allowable calories. One mishap will NOT determine my day. <BR> <BR> My goals today: <BR> 1. Plan out the res... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 14:03:03 EST Happy Saturday!! <img src=""> <BR> Be Blessed Everyone Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:55:29 EST A SPARKLY SUMMER, DAYS 543=544!! I wimped Out I decided not to go to the lake. I just didn't feel up to it. Felt kinda worn out and both Hubby & I have slight earaches. The PCP said a virus is going around so maybe we luckily found it! blah. <BR> <BR> But, planning on a restorative weekend home instead. Taking it easy and declutterin... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:47:27 EST Face Challenges <img src=""> <BR> When we face life challenges, we tend to grow on so many levels, especially within. It's all in our attitude. Think positive and approach life's challenges with confidence and know that you can overco... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:47:26 EST Saturday's Silly <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:45:29 EST Point of View A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside. "That laundry is not very clean; she doesn't know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap." Her husband looks on, remain... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:39:57 EST Why I Love Exercise Some days it's hard to get myself out from behind the computer and out into the pool. I tell myself all the reasons I can't exercise right now. I'm too tired, I'm in too much pain, the eczema will flare up, it's too late in the evening, I'm too busy, blah, blah, blah. <BR> <BR> The truth is that... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:33:06 EST Gone for too long Have not been on this site for quite sometime, but have returned to receive support on my endless healthy lifestyle journey. <BR> I am 48 years old now and believe that my metabolism is slowing down (as suggested to me by my personal trainer BFF). Here is the scenario.... <BR> I am a creature ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:27:43 EST OWN IT Well first beach outting. I wore my bikini with pride. Although I felt somewhat uncomfortable being the only mom to let it all show. But I worked hard to lose the weight and I will flaunt it. I just feel fabulous and no one will make me feel otherwise. #beachbody Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:25:12 EST Yes we can! <img src=""> <BR> We can do this!! Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:14:45 EST I know what I know I didn't eat horrible yesterday but I did eat a lot...and didn't want to log it because I didn't want to see the calories. It's funny the games you play with yourself, the only person I'm fooling is me. Why would I treat myself this way? I know better. I know better... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:14:44 EST Week 1 in review / plan for week 2 The first week had some wins but also some fails. <BR> <BR> WIN! P90X - all workouts done (same caveat - still can't do all of the exercises) but still I worked out hard and even did extras of some other exercises to compensate. I can tell I'm building muscles even after just a couple weeks of d... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:11:21 EST Week 5 Journal Super quick journal for this week. It's crunch time for studying for my health coach exam this coming Friday. I am also not working as hard as I would like to be on my screenwriting class. <BR> <BR> On the upside, my time has been full of exercise and socializing. I had been isolating myself, so... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:10:55 EST Saturday Morning I do not write these blog notes for others. I write them for myself. An online diary of sorts. Something I can go back to and peek at. Something that offers me some reflection on past mistakes, successes, as well as losses. I know yesterday's successes and failures are all a part of my story and ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 13:02:46 EST June 24th Had a lovely day so far, my brother & SIL brought my Mum down for a visit. It's quite some time since she was last here so she had lots to check out. She even managed to get down the garden which at 93 was quite a feat. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:57:40 EST Trying to gain my confidence back Gained 25 lbs in two years. I finally decided to pick myself up and get active again but for how long can I keep this up. I'm tired. I work full time. I come home to take care of my family and home. Finding time to exercise is such a challenge. I'm not in my 20s anymore and it's so much harder to... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:49:08 EST Getting it in <img src=""> <BR> Work out done yard work done.Wheres my Garmin?Charging all night...i can't believe I lost a zillion stps. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:48:25 EST 13 Months in Israel and One Year Recap Today is the one-year anniversary of an awkward occurrence. I went for a walk with my then-new roommate and realized I had a problem. I couldn't keep up! <BR> Two weeks back, myself, my roommate, and two other coworkers were at an evening movie screening. We headed home, trying to catch one of t... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:45:47 EST Tasty Lunch & Bonus Spa Treatment for Your Hands! Don't laugh - it feels lovely. Here's the "recipe": <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> 1 baking potato (about 400g) <BR> 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil <BR> 1 tsp iodized salt <BR> 56g roasted or canned chicken <BR> 7g lightly salted butter <BR> 1 serrano pepper (okay, this is totally optional! hot... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:45:43 EST Saturday Good morning sparkers. It's not quite as hot as yesterday 101. A lot more humid but cooler at least. I had to work today so going to gym later and Sunday early. I hope everyone has a blessed and healthy day. Now drink a glass of water and lets get moving. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:45:24 EST Never Walk Alone Oh my gosh! I saw the title of this song and I chose to watch the video because when I was in the shower at the Dublin VA Hospital, God brought this song back to my memory. I had seen this movie when I was a teenager, but I never thought about it again, until that morning in the shower. <BR> <... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:44:37 EST The sun returns Today the sun has returned and it feels so good. <BR> Hubby and I are off to Waterloo to watch our granddaughter in her last dance recital before she goes off to college to further her studies in dance and theatre arts. <BR> Meagan is extremely talented and we are very proud of her accomplishmen... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:34:10 EST Spending Saturday with great nephews. I have my great nephews for the day. They are teenagers and I am so happy to have them with me!! They make me happy!! Hope everyone enjoys their day. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:30:45 EST Cardinals Game We're headed to St. Louis for tonight's Cardinals' game! The weather is absolutely beautiful, which will make the day even more enjoyable!!! We're going up early, as we're meeting friends before the game for dinner and then all four of us will head to the game! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:25:44 EST 6/24/17 It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is. Desiderius Er Quote of the Day <BR> That which does not kill us makes us stronger. <BR> Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep. <BR> Carl Sandburg <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> Life is like an onion. Y... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:25:17 EST But I just don't want to Read encouraging remarks from people about exercise. Doing a 10 min get started plan. Wish me luck. Well in a few minutes I will really I will🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃🏃💃💃💃💃💃💃<BR>get up now Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:21:09 EST Practice Week Day 1: Changing my thinking Today I'm starting practice day 1 of my 5% summer challenge. A few initial thoughts: over the last few weeks I've been reading The Beck Diet solution books. It's not a diet per se but a way of using Cognitive Behavioral techniques to help you stick to whatever eating plan you've chosen. One of th... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:19:57 EST Stupid Computers!!! I did not have internet at the office yesterday and then it just worked a few minutes here at the farm last night. Now it seems to be OK!! DH had His 5th radiation treatment yesterday and saw the Doc and He is doing OK!!! I hope You have a wonderful Saturday!! Luv Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:19:16 EST Saturday morning chatter Well, happy Saturday, Hope you have a great day. <BR> <BR> Not much going on here, did chores, ate breakfast, did our bedding and hung out, and then had to help hubby get the trailer ready to load the tractor on it to take it over to the Cherokee Farm to spray fence lines. He couldn't pull t... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:17:30 EST Clouds at sunset - 6-24-17 There are some advantages to having clouds at sunset! These photos capture how spectacular the setting sun can be reflected off those clouds. Lexi Miller took a picture of her dog, Lola, up on Buffalo Pass as the sun set: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:15:42 EST Just Keep Going! It amazes me how much I want my body to change over night.... I know I can't be the only person who loses a few pounds and then looks in the mirror with expectation that I will look thinner. Today was one of those days! I woke up weighed in and was almost 15lbs lighter than when I started but whe... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:14:12 EST body tracing <img src=""> <BR> I traced an outline of my seated position, legs apart <BR> <BR> My bottom half is not the size I imagine in my head. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I saw a lifetime movie about teens with eating disorder ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:11:11 EST Perfect day today... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is a day of relaxation. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Got my books, coffee, make that t... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:09:35 EST Can't Delete the Past I'm trying to get back on track and was thinking about deleting all my old blog entries today. There aren't that many but so many of them represent my false re-starts. I feel ridiculous looking at all of them and knowing I'm in the same place again. How I wish I had stayed with my program... I... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:06:09 EST June 24th <img src=""> <BR> Start weight 6/21: 320lbs Weight 6/24: 318.6lbs Planned workout: 45 minutes total body workout/cardio body weight moves Planned calorie intake:1700 calories I had a non-scale victory this morning. I ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:01:43 EST Keepin' On Keepin' On Day 17 Today I am taking a hard look at my exercise routine. M-W-F I go to the gym and do 65 min cardio and 70-80 min strength training. The other 4 days I doa minimum of 10,000 steps at the cardio level. I am not taking a rest day because I am afraid to stop. I am afraid that one day of not exercis... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:01:02 EST 2017 AWESOME DAY hey sparkers hope all are doing well had great workout this morning came back finish cooking then me and hubby went to flea market for my nexium it 15 dollars there in store 22 so i got p packs for 30 84 pills great deal what so awesome about today THE LORD LET ME WAKE UP so that make me feel so... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:58:00 EST Day 175...DIY We have landscapers that come every week and cut the grass at the compound, (I live next door to my parents, sister and brother) and we have a decent amount of grass so it's worth the few bucks a week for them to do it all at once. With that we get a once a year free clean up, that we take advan... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:53:15 EST Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. - Author Unknown <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hello everyone! No I have not been hiding in a hole! LOL! I have been rather busy working around the house and other things. <BR> <BR> I had an appointment with foot doctor on 6/12 but ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:52:27 EST New mindset <img src=""> <BR> Make it a way of life. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:51:09 EST Lost a pound and getting in some light exercising Well I'm back down to 204 pounds. I was up to 206 pounds towards the beginning of the week until I was down to 205 pounds on Thursday. Been eating somewhat better here the past couple of days. I am going to keep going. I have about 11 days (July 5th) until my physical and 13 days until my surgery... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:50:51 EST Baby Shower fun <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Been working hard to get my house clean for two days so I could host a baby shower for my sister. She is hav... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:49:52 EST Lindas journey I got up this morning ate a good meal finished moving and walked for 30 minutes Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:45:32 EST Early Saturday activity My wife got us up early thinkin that the boys would be picked up early by their father this sunshiny 80 degree morning. I have been finishing inside chores and getting ready to go to Church later today. The boys will be picked up by their father later on today. They will be back tomorrow somet... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:40:35 EST Day 10 Lost another pound today. For a total of 3.2 pounds in ten days. I'm proud of myself and most importantly I'm not starving like I usually am when I diet! Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:36:05 EST Pet Resort Throws Pool Party For Shelter Dogs To Get Them Out Of Their Kennels For A Day <link><BR>ty-shelterdogs/?utm_medium=fk&utm_sour<BR>ce=fk-c4m&utm_term=20170624&utm_campai<BR>gn=ars-poolparty-shelterdogs&utm_conte<BR>nt=blog-link </link> <BR> <BR> this is just great! Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:34:44 EST 6/24/17 Courage <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying 'I will try again tomorrow.'" Mary Anne Radmacher <BR> <BR> “Hello, police department? I’ve los... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:31:18 EST My Happiness Challenge Day 7 Happy people... <BR> <BR> 7. Recognize that you can get "stuck" in positive habits, just as you can in negative ones. Whether you struggle with emotional eating, fat talk or a general sense of pessimism, you can change your habits and increase your happiness. <BR> <BR> Well, that's what this wh... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:18:26 EST Saturday Humor <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:14:15 EST Too Bad It's Not Apple Pie I've been working on a few goals. One of them is walking at least a mile a day, which for me is 20 minutes and around 2450 steps. It helps me reach my other goal of 5000 steps a day. A huge slice right out of my comfy zone but no one said this would be easy as eating apple pie, cinnamon rolls... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:13:02 EST Enjoying the Present It's been 6 years since I got serious about my weight loss and began my journey to a healthier me. I lost 49 pounds and was on my way to reaching my goal of a 70 pound weight loss when I met my now husband. After getting married I packed on about 30 pounds. Last year I decided it was time to get ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:09:10 EST eating low carb but craving lasagna I've had a craving for lasagna lately. But I eat low carb so the pasta is out. I decided to use the recipe part of this website to see what the carbs would be if I added all my ingredients for lasagna..but eliminated the noodles. I'd have to eat it with a spoon but who cares? Turns out 1/12 o... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:03:00 EST Midsummer Day... Today is Himself's birthday. He'd have been 72. We had sixteen years together and I think I remember something eventful for every one of those birthdays. For his 57th we had a memorable trip to Wales - when he turned 64, I papered the living room with lyrics from the Beatles' song. Simple stuff l... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:57:06 EST Step Check - 11743 steps for 6/23 <BR> - Ate within my calorie range <BR> - Spent over an hour outside <BR> <BR> 2 parties to go to today, a birthday party and a graduation party. The plan is to stick with fruits and veggies and avoid the desserts. This worked for me last weekend. <BR> <BR> Have a gre... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:54:55 EST Saturday We're looking forward to a rare Saturday off. Hope you're day is going well. <BR> <BR> Blessings Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:54:40 EST Rules for healthy living. <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:49:40 EST Changes coming my way (also a cute new dog picture for the dog lovers out there) Hello, <BR> <BR> Today would have been my parents 56th wedding anniversary so I'm doing a little reminiscing. For those who don't know, my dad passed away in 2006, and my mom has struggled ever since. Mom was never in the best of health, neither mentally or physically, and shortly after his deat... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:47:21 EST Saturday, June 24th Downpouring pretty hard today. I got soaked running in from the car to the house... Not fun. At least it's supposed to be sunny and warm tomorrow! Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:44:22 EST Trying again. I asked Linda to check this for me first to see if it works and she said it did. What you have to do is copy the whole link below and paste it into you browser address line. so highlight the lines below and do Ctrl C (to copy) then move your courser to the address line in your browser and hit C... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:44:01 EST 22 Days In I did it! I've met my first weight loss goal - 6 days early! Actually, I passed it... Wanted to hit 197.4 lbs. by 6/30/17 and as of this AM's weigh-in, I'm at 196.5 lbs. Goal #2 now in progress: 181.6 lbs. by 8/31/17. Woo Hoo!!! :) Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:34:49 EST Maybe I'm just getting old The CNA who worked the overnight shift complains constantly. Her ex, her kids, her job, the traffic, you name it. Most of the time I just nod sympathetically and say nothing, but this morning she took it to a whole new level when she pulled up her top to show me the rash on her stomach and breast... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:34:38 EST Mind Game- Only Six Months Until Christmas! If I dedicate myself and stay focussed, how much can I get done in my health efforts between now and (six months from now) Christmas??!!?!? <BR> <BR> Sparkpal IRISHEI posed this very provocative question in her blog today <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:29:19 EST She Rescued Me <img src=""> <BR> One year ago this month, my husband and I decided to take a chance on a dog named Leah. You can't tell from this photo, but when we first brought Leah home, she was terrified of everyone and everythin... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:26:54 EST Just do-in it! <img src=""> <BR> I typed "YES"----go to bed early---- <BR> --Get up early----I LOVE IT! <BR> <BR> Actually I've been trying to make these changers since I joined Spark People-- <BR> I used to sit in the lazy boy cha... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:15:41 EST Sunny Day It's beautiful outside! Getting a slow start to the day but I'll get there. The little is at Grandma's so I'm alone here. Gotta finish unpacking (we've been here for two weeks already!) and need to get a walk in. Have a good one Sparklers! Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:10:54 EST Walking at the park... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got together with a few of the ladies from the gym (including the owner) this morning at the park near my house...Government Island. It's such a neat place to walk. This park contains the qu... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:09:42 EST I was so bad yesterday (d52) Not sure why really, but I ate some bad stuff. I did control myself a little, but I still ate bad things. <BR> I don't like admitting to it, but that's why I came here to begin with. That's why I started blogging. <BR> I gotta be honest. <BR> This journey isn't an easy one (especially when you lo... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:06:08 EST AYITL - Blog # 58 - Feeling Fab! Happy to report I stuck with my restaurant and booze free first night! I'm sure it doesn't sound all that hard - but on a weekend in our house it's always interesting! Happy I did, woke up this morning feeling energized and ready to face the day! And that's also nutty since apparently my step dau... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:04:58 EST Saturday Orange Theory fitness and a wedding today 😎💟☀️🌀💏 Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:03:44 EST No Excuses for Excuses Yesterday was the last full day of school. We had a special snack to celebrate the summer birthdays and I overindulged. I'm not thrilled but today is a new day. I have continued slowly adding in exercise and have decided it's time to add in water, which is hard for me since I can't stand water... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:01:17 EST Humid Days These wet and humid days are getting to me and Roxy. She doesn't like staying inside all the time and I'm miserable around the humidity. This weekend we're supposed to dry out, so hopefully we'll be more active. <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:57:15 EST Love this! <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:55:51 EST Weight <img src=""> <BR> keeping strong... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:52:33 EST Small changes I'm finding it's the small changes that are yielding the most success. This truly is a battle of the mind. Am I really hungry? Is this really healthy? Can I squeeze in one more glass of water or one more minute on the bike? Small changes and forgiving yourself when you screw up, and it will happe... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:49:47 EST Slow but steady Lost another lb. today. It's been a week since I lost anything. But it is easier to maintain this pace I must admit. Clothes are 🌟 starting to feel better too! Keep on keeping on I say! Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:49:24 EST Weight <img src=""> <BR> lost some Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:48:59 EST My weight loss and HEADACHES battle <em>198</em> Headaches...they are such a plague for me. Dealt with them since I was little. <BR> Food was an issue with many of them. If i skipped breakfast my day was ruined. <em>470</em> I was usually starved by the time I got off the school bus <em>150</em> in the afternoons=headach... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:44:42 EST Confessions of an Over Eater Cloudy Saturday, very humid but it is summer at last. I have a flower garden that I have tried to calm down this year. One of my great happiness is a rose bush that my son gave me several years ago. This year I had added a trellis and the bush is blooming beautifully. I just took a picture B... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:44:06 EST Saturday Morning in June Success I made coffee, breakfast, and cleaned up the kitchen this morning! Feeling very in control and really good about doing this new habit of mine: cleaning the kitchen as I go. <BR> <BR> A clean kitchen and clean materials to work with is key for me to do this. <BR> <BR> In order to lose weight,... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:41:15 EST Ending Week 24 - .4 lbs GAIN - Total Loss 52.9 lbs <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am reporting a minor gain this week. A week ago today I went and celebrated my dad's 75th birthday and Father's Day at my all time favorite restaurant. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:38:45 EST Feeling great. I haven't felt this good in about six years. Getting back on track with weight loss finally. I have lost 20 pounds since December. Getting close to 200. Woohoo! <BR> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:37:53 EST bjk1961 - 06/24/17 <img src=""> <BR> 06/24/17 - The 5% Challenge begins in exactly one week!! I'm really close to my goal weight, so I'll probably switch to maintenance. Luckily, the only thing that "counts" in the challen... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:32:50 EST Happy Saturday! Got to busy yesterday, to write a blog, but it was a good day, did 30 minutes with Leslie, first think and the day was non stop. Recital was wonderful the kids did a great job, but I must say it was long, but the little one hung in there and had fun, and in the end that's what matters. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:30:51 EST finally!!! I finally hit 10 lbs today. 10.8 to be exact! lol. That was brutal but I am happy now on ward with more hopefully consistent weight loss! lol. Guess I need to go check what my ticker says there any way to fix it so it shows my original start not just where I sound sparkle?? Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:24:40 EST Shopping at Wal Mart Hi Spark Friends going shopping at my second favorite place today Wal Mart. Getting accessories for my finished master bathroom. Prefer to wait till early before 3 pm week days if I can to shop Wal Mart and military Commissary/base exchange which are my favorite places to shop. Sometimes like tod... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:21:38 EST Convention! At my convention for the rural carriers Union! First time. Now that i am retired i can actually go! <BR> <BR> Brought along a friend and there is enough free time to do fun stuff!! Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:20:51 EST An early morning shocker~roo! Hello, dear sparklers! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I woke up this morning and went about my normal schedule. <BR> <BR> Put the coffee on (YES PLEASE) <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> Let Mackey out of his bedroom...yes this cat needs his private space to sleep in every night. We started putting he a... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:19:14 EST An Unusual Start to my Summer This summer started out to be very challenging. <BR> And I failed the challenge. <BR> I was supposed to have 6 year old Vincent all summer. I was supposed to drop him off at day camp before work, and pick him up after work every day.... He was going to live with me all summer. <BR> Then he st... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:16:13 EST Good morning Good morning everyone have a wonderful blessed day! Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:14:02 EST Victim, Survivor, or Conquering Hero? I once heard that it is not what happens to you so much as how you tell the story of what happens to you. Example: Three people can go through and endure the exact same condition or experience, but one will tell the story as though she is the victim - everything happens to me, I can't seem to ... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:10:47 EST Oops! Good morning and happy Saturday everyone! <BR> <BR> So, I went for a walk this morning and took a different path than I usually do...aaaannnnddd got lost! HA! <BR> <BR> I had planned on taking a 50-60 minute walk and ended up being out for almost 2 hours! <em>198</em> Oops. ha ha. <BR> <B... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:08:26 EST Rublev's Icon and mine <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Andrei Rublev's Hospitality of the Trinity icon was painted in the early 15th century. It actually depi... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:06:00 EST Spoiler...Repentance Francisco J. Vinas <BR> Repentance is a process and not something that happens at one particular moment. It requires consistency. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:05:03 EST Happy Saturday to all Sun is out and going to be a beautiful day here. Hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy the day. Stay strong, positive and even happy today. Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:57:40 EST Bad/Good Day Action Plan/ The Workout Action Plan Good Morning Sparkers! <BR> <BR> So I totally had the worst day yesterday. I've been running on fumes as far as sleep goes, but at least been getting a few hours per night... yesterday night I got none. I was so tired all day I could not bring myself to work out or do much. I felt sick, I was so... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:53:57 EST Saturday's here .. sun is out with some clouds.. I wish everyone a great one !!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good morning to my friends ... old and new.. that stop by for a visit .. WELCOME !!!! You know the drill .. I supply the snacks, and you enjoy them to your hearts content .. remember .. magic ho... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:52:44 EST Super Saturday! Let's get out there and have some fun and excitement everyone!! <BR> We can do it! <BR> <em>386</em> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:46:36 EST Awake and Alive Someone asked how I was doing. This was my answer. So I am at the cross road of how my day will go. Will I make it a good day or see it as a bad one? I have that choice no matter how it goes. So how will you see your day? Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:43:23 EST Day 24..1 week to go My parents show up in one week. If you have been following my blog you will know that I have been doing a 2 month challenge with my Mother. I have only slipped up a couple times in 2 months. I am so excited, I have lost some weight but I have also broken a lot of terrible habits and I am continui... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:42:01 EST Vacation.. Going to St. Louis, and Tennessee for 3 days. Going to try to eat right. I'm sure we'll get plenty of walking in. Hope you all have a great weekend!! Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:38:23 EST Saturday! Well, I kind of blew Friday night, I used beer as my crutch to get me over a situation at work. I am not a alcoholic, I had 2 beers, but that was two more then I intended. Admittedly home brew from hubby, but wishing now I had forgone that choice. Next time. Next time I will jump on that tread... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:37:41 EST Nearly a week in... Going great! So I'm not sure what's changed. For literally months (as in, at LEAST eight) I've been struggling with dieting. Eating too much. Eating too often. Trying the next fad and the next fad and the next fad... And getting nowhere. <BR> <BR> This week has been strangely easy for me. I'd like to say I'm... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:35:11 EST I did it! <img src=""> <BR> My goal for my cousins wedding which is today !I wanted to be under 200! Omg!!! Just barely but I did it!!! Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:23:07 EST Time......June 24th <img src=""> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:18:20 EST