SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Happy may and new beginnings! Last Friday night, I got yelled at by a man over a parking space. I live in nyc so you can imagine that we all live on top of each other and parking is very difficult. I saw that he had an air force jacket... So I asked if he served so I could thank him(my cousin is in the army and I make it a ha... Sun, 1 May 2016 15:32:18 EST May 1st Lovely day today with Pete's Mum & Dad over for lunch. We made a Slimming World Cottage Pie with mashed Swede topping (absolutely gorgeous) & then a piece of Weetabix cake for dessert. <BR> So April has had it's 'ups & downs' but I've achieved the following:- <BR> <BR> 22 miles in the pool,(not ... Sun, 1 May 2016 15:31:53 EST Race Report: Fan Girl Edition Couldn't find my cowbells. Luckily, DH has a backup cowbell that I could take. <BR> <BR> Couldn't find my knee brace. Hobbled along. I blame the rainy weather for making my joints ache. It couldn't possibly be the extra pounds I'm carrying ... <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> Knew enough from prev... Sun, 1 May 2016 15:30:52 EST May Day It is rainy here in Southern New Hampshire. A bit cool too! We are in a great house and will be going to their beach house in York Maine next week. My computer upgraded to Microsoft Windows 10 automatically today. which I did not want it to do, but had no control over it whatsoever. All is go... Sun, 1 May 2016 15:27:54 EST Not feeling well today. I either got my facial moisturizer in my eye or I have an infection in my eye. It's been tearing since Fri. morning. I'll make a Drs. appt tomorrow to find out. I hope it's nothing serious. I hear pink eye is going around,. I don't think it's pink eye though because it wasn't glued shut Sat. morn... Sun, 1 May 2016 15:21:12 EST Mistakes are proof that you are trying! If you fall off the diet/fitness wagon get back on and keep going again. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We all make mistakes and have temporary setbacks, weight gains, & plateaus even if you are trying to do everyt... Sun, 1 May 2016 15:17:20 EST April Goal Met! I had to do jumping jacks and run in my living room for the last 7 minutes yesterday, but I did it! I hit 1500 fitness minutes for the month of April! I know that with hard work I can reach it again this month. So May, bring on the fitness minutes! With my up'ing the miles, I should burn more cal... Sun, 1 May 2016 15:16:08 EST Gained a pound :( I had hoped being away from home and depending on my daughter for grocery store trips would keep me away from unhealthy food choices but it didn't . I still made bad food choices Sun, 1 May 2016 15:16:07 EST Encouraged Life is good. Exercised, Eat good and great company makes a great day Sun, 1 May 2016 15:15:01 EST Getting that first step forward.. Blessed be my feet which walk the path of my Lord and Lady Blessed be my knees that kneel at the sacred altar Blessed be my eyes so that they may see the wisdom of the sprit Blessed be my lips so that they may only speak the truth Blessed be my heart that beats the drum of compassion May the love... Sun, 1 May 2016 15:13:52 EST New routines are hard! I've been struggling to establish a new routine lately due to a lot of exciting life changes. I've started a new job and recently moved in with my boyfriend. Losing weight and maintaining was easier on my own...I am finding it hard to balance all that comes with sharing your life with a partner... Sun, 1 May 2016 15:11:05 EST Doing good I had a great week last week, both with food and exercise. I went over yesterday for calories but overall had a pretty good week. Getting ready to go to the track and do some walking. Tonight I will be planning my meals and exercise for the week. Sun, 1 May 2016 15:09:48 EST Sugar cravings I have been getting sugar cravings @ night don't know why but I do know I'm not gonna give in, have to run to the market to get more fruit for those nights when I get these cravings :( Sun, 1 May 2016 15:07:02 EST Loyalty Day 2016 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> May 1st is Loyalty Day in the United States. It is a day set aside to demonstrate our Patriotism--our support for our National heritage of freedom. Many people have forgotten about Loyalty D... Sun, 1 May 2016 15:06:50 EST Entry #4 <img src=""> <BR> Moar free points! Gone over calories a few times, but I'm still trying... Sun, 1 May 2016 15:06:43 EST Sunday Lunch with my sister and then 2 yoga classes. Great Sunday Sun, 1 May 2016 15:06:07 EST May 1 Treadmill, church, grocery shopping and going to visit family next. Had a nice salad with chicken today as of 3 p.m. So far so good! Sun, 1 May 2016 15:03:08 EST Boaz <img src=""> Sun, 1 May 2016 15:00:10 EST Small steps over time...can move mountains <img src=""> Where do I begin? It's been a year since I was on Sparks people but its been a very busy year. Around this time last year, I became a mom to a beautiful baby boy. He is adorable and such a handful. Before ... Sun, 1 May 2016 15:00:06 EST Happy Sunday The Lord our God is good!!! We have peace in our hearts because we know Him! I am soo happy with my eating habit changes!!! After mass, the church had donuts. I passed them up!!! Instead I came home, made a fried egg with one slice of dry toast and a banana. And it felt soo good!!! Praying I can... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:57:31 EST HUGE THANKS + Update of sorts <em>304</em> First, I want to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who left such supportive messages on my last blog entry. THIS is why I think SparkPeople worked for me before. <BR> I wanted to post a bit of an update and I will try to be brief: <BR> After I started trying to get pregnant again I... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:55:51 EST Psalm 103: 1-22 A psalm of David. 1. Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. 2. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. 3. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. 4. He redeems me from death and crowns me with l... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:52:37 EST Dinner Craving. O My Gosh. Why is it, whenever you try to make good decisions, your body screams and wants to temp you. Saw a commercial yesterday afternoon on Red Robin burgers and all I wanted for dinner was (ONE guess). After a lengthy conversation with my husband, we controlled my craving with a home dinne... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:52:30 EST My work As most of you know I work at a State agency administering CDL truckers. <BR> <BR> On any day I deal with all kinds of crazy. It does not help when you have an out of control manager. <BR> <BR> The great news Friday....he was demoted and transferred out of my section. Him and I butt head pret... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:50:11 EST Meal photo journal 4HB slow carb method <img src=""> <BR> Day 11 Breakfast I've had a hard time consuming the recomended 30g of protein within 30 mins of waking up, so I looked for a protein powder. The requirements : No (or low) carbs / no sugar, and that ... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:49:49 EST Shopping Today being a Sunday and the first of the month, it was a good day to get some grocery shopping done. I started out with a list and although I got most of the items on the list, I ended up getting a lot more than I intended. Not only that, but I also forgot milk. I really need to stick to my list... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:49:11 EST I did it - completed my first 5K! I did it. I was able to complete my first 5K - the Bubble Run. It was so much fun running through the bubbles like a child. <BR> <BR> Ever since I started Sparkpeople I dreamed of being able to do a 5K but I never had the self confidence to think I could do it. I always thought I would have... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:45:12 EST Moving into May and 40yrs in nursing Well another month gone <img src=""> now into the 5th month of the year. Blogging helps me keep track of where I have been and where I am going. <BR> I have increased my running and been more consistent with fitness. S... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:39:55 EST May 1 May Intentions Another month is here! I love a new month , especially one that starts on a Sunday! <BR> <BR> May Intentions: <BR> Lose 2 lbs a week <em>192</em> <BR> Keep sodium levels around 1500 <BR> Exercise: M-W-F Water Aerobics <BR> T-Th Strength Training <BR> ... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:36:05 EST Day 20 Sorry all for not posting, been very busy! So since my last post I have been doing a new running system, Sprint/jog/walk. Its been working I think so far, I'll be training like this until May 14th and if it pays off, I'll keep this system going. The track at my work is where I've been running, I ... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:27:50 EST May Mania Day 1 Rainy day here, but that couldn't dampen my spirits for May Mania. Did core work today: farmer's walks, planks, mountain climbers, ab wheel, crunches and more. I'll post step and stair totals tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Mother's Day is coming up. I'm thinking of having this pic of Sasha printed and fr... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:26:02 EST Starting... <img src=""> <BR> I been to lazy. To care..abaut. My weight. But my children want to play. I have no enegy..time to change... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:21:53 EST May Spring is here time to get outside and keep moving Sun, 1 May 2016 14:21:05 EST Family And I So My Family And I Are Starting This Spark App. We Been Through A Lot Of Apps Trying Them. I Think We Are Gonna Do Good Woth This One. It Orginazed And I Already Like It👍🏻 Sun, 1 May 2016 14:20:33 EST 35 So I turned 35 a little over a week ago...and realized today I'm back up to my heaviest weight--255. I'd been avoiding the scale for months, but I knew I couldn't put it off any longer. If we're really going to make a go out of trying to have kids I can't put off getting healthy any longer... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:19:09 EST Healthy Eating!! Sweet and fruity green smoothie. Get your daily dose of dark leafy greens any time of day with this delicious green smoothie. Ground flaxseed adds omega- 3s. Pour any extra into a freezer- pop mold and have it later as a frozen green smoothie pop. Sun, 1 May 2016 14:19:08 EST I Feel Like A Success Story I know I'm struggling with another regain, and that makes me feel like a failure. But I'm still only 20 lbs. from that original goal weight (160) and 30 pounds from that happy weight where I stayed for close to three years (150). I'm really feeling like I can get back there this time after over a... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:18:51 EST I'm going nuts Please I need help. Family and friends think it's a secret how they lost weight, and to share is taboo to them. I am having the worse time trying to lose weight.I have cereal with 1pc buttered wheat hubby bought cocoa puffs to be a smart ass from Sam's.Then it's a piece of fruit. Lunc... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:17:27 EST May Day Soooooo, didn't do so well in April. Let's just say, I was taking a break. I cheated on myself during the break, because it is cheating unless you explicitly tell yourself you're on a break. You may now call me Ross. <BR> <BR> My favorite quote at present is: <BR> "A goal without a plan is ju... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:17:01 EST Spring is know the rest! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:14:10 EST Couch to 5k: Training Week 4 - Session 1 I can't believe I have already reached week 4 of my couch to 5k running program and I can't believe I ran for a total of 16 minutes!! <BR> <BR> This week's session began as usual with a brisk five-minute walk, followed by three minutes of running, 90 seconds of walking, five minutes of running, ... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:13:06 EST Homeward bound <img src=""> <BR> Been in hospital w/daughter for 4 month's. She is going home tomorrow. While here I am so sure I have gained weight. Aiming to shed and maintain 20 lbs. Heard that I was pre-diabetic yet never receive... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:10:23 EST Recap of Weekly Goals Here's how the week went: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sunday, I got to my swim lesson. <BR> <BR> Monday, I moved boxes downstairs at work first thing in the morning. <BR> <BR> Tuesday, I took a rest day. <BR> <B... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:08:32 EST Blessings, May 1, 2016 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. I New month, new week. <BR> <BR> 2. Birthday celebrations. <BR> <BR> 3 A busy and fun month. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list your own b... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:05:19 EST May 1 - I hate May Well we will start with the good news. <BR> <BR> I met my goals for ST, Cardio, stretching, and water yesterday. I was over on calorie but not horribly so I will count yesterday as a win. <BR> <BR> I have also already managed to get my Cardio and stretching done for the day today. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:03:17 EST Yes! Making Progress <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My weight on April 1st, 2016 was 154.6. Today, May 1st, 2016 I am pleased to say my weight is 151.6. 3 POUNDS gone, left behind on the asphalt, splattered and will not be welcomed back on this... Sun, 1 May 2016 14:02:50 EST Happy May Day!! <img src=""> Happy May Day everyone!! It is a brand new month with new opportunities to meet our goals!! I feel blessed to have accomplished many of my April goals. By God's grace I was able to break down many barriers... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:57:49 EST Best May in Years I never in my life imagined that I would be starting May 2016 like this. <BR> <BR> Last year I was 310 pounds. I was so fat that I didn't want to move. I was so lazy, I was hooked to a continuous heart monitoring device. I would hit a button around my neck when I felt a heart related event. My ... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:57:35 EST Not parking on the grass--rules. I had no idea some towns have an ordinance against this. I can't believe it applies to your own home. <BR> <BR> You gave me some good ideas like using plywood to save the lawn. <BR> <BR> When I first moved in, they reprimanded me for putting up a plain green Christmas wreathe with tiny white li... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:53:35 EST 100% I try to jog 3 miles in 30 minutes at a constant pace Sun, 1 May 2016 13:51:24 EST Ugh I'm not feeling the best today. I had a slight headache this morning. I took 2 asprin. I'm feeling a little drained, I blame the freezing Temps at the races last night. And my time of the month. I showered I feel a smidge better, but still have low energy. I'm going to make this day my bit... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:50:02 EST So unmotivated I'm having the hardest time with this, I'm going to give it another try tomorrow Sun, 1 May 2016 13:50:00 EST Free online workouts from Greatist! OK, I know that Spark People has free online video workouts, but I just discovered that this website does too! It also has articles. And recipes. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What does Spark People have that Greatist does not? Online support groups, blog entries, and a Nutriti... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:45:54 EST Plainly me I had gained 10 pounds since November. So upset with myself. Not caring what or how much I eat, of anything. Craving sweets and some more. I have to get back on the wagon and not let myself turn astray again. My clothes are also telling me how bad I have been. My co-workers are all doing somethin... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:45:37 EST Day 1089 Rest Day. Feeling good. Sun, 1 May 2016 13:44:11 EST No More Excuses.. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No, I will no except them anymore, I either do it myself or get help. <BR> <BR> I will begin with doing it myself, I need some willpower I need to want it and I am SO sick of being this way. Al... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:44:08 EST Non-Scale Victory 1 For the first time in... I don't even know how long... I went to bed last night *without* swollen ankles. It's a little thing, but it's a tangible result, and I AM THRILLED! Sun, 1 May 2016 13:42:14 EST I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure... So Sunday's come round again and as it's the odd day in my weekly schedule I didn't really have a plan other than to have a sort of rest day. I dipped in and out of sport on TV, World Superbikes from Italy and the Tour de Yorkshire bike race. Debated with myself whether I was actually going to mo... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:41:59 EST Sunday Our children's drama & choir ministry, Rock the House, led us in worship this morning. Now I've got a little down time before heading back for a committee meeting and evening worship. Sun, 1 May 2016 13:38:55 EST 45 I have been so busy I didn't have time to check in and say I am at 214.6 as of Friday! My goal for next Friday is 213.0! Sun, 1 May 2016 13:38:38 EST Wise choices <img src=""> <BR> Everyday... Every bite...every meal...choose wisely.💪😀💯 Sun, 1 May 2016 13:38:06 EST Ow! Not happy today! I'm doing the Jillian Michaels 30 day shred dvd as my exercise. I started level 2 today and ow ow ow! Level 1 didn't hurt this much, I've found muscles I had no idea I had! Going to try and stick it because it's obviously working but this is going to test my determination😕 Sun, 1 May 2016 13:36:21 EST HEALTHY BODY,HEART & SOUL <img src=""> <BR> If only we all recognized how peaceful life can be if we just DECIDE TO BE HAPPY ! If we are having physical depression problems , we might want to look at our diet (sugar, fat , junk ) intake. I have... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:34:39 EST What I've Gained (So Far) 1st weigh-in today & I've gained 4lbs of MUSCLE!!! I'm losing inches & feeling great 😁😁. Looking forward to getting fit & healthy! I hope you're journeying well today 😊😊 Sun, 1 May 2016 13:32:57 EST Really making this work this time. So I lost 2.7 lbs this week. So excited about that. Down to 272. :) Really watching what I'm eatting. I cut out fast food, and pop. I can do it this time. Sun, 1 May 2016 13:32:25 EST Prom, Colorado style - 5-1-16 To celebrate the 24th anniversary of our first date (to an ice cream parlour), DH and I stopped off at a gelato place after church last night. One of the tables held 4 high school couples, decked out in their prom finery. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 1 May 2016 13:30:15 EST Message to a "blue" Sparker "Today wasn't my best I feel kinda blue! I didn't feel like doing much I. Did my work out anyway, but felt very depressed and fat and tired.... Does anyone else ever feel this way?" <BR> <BR> The above comment comes from some young Sparker's blog. I don't know whether to cry or laugh at it. <BR... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:29:48 EST Sunday Silliness <img src=""> <BR> Ha Ha. Guilty! How do you use your home exercise equipment? Sun, 1 May 2016 13:27:16 EST Be proud.. <img src=""> <BR> Always be proud of self!! Sun, 1 May 2016 13:25:04 EST Crazy So we got a house to rent on a military installation. It's all rank housing. There are no colonel housing. It has lists that are probably 2 yrs long. Have to get on the list now it. Hubby will come up for promo in two yrs and we can't live in this housing if he's a general. Anyhow I'm at the hous... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:22:30 EST Heads up Keep your head up and keep is always full of surprises you don't wanna miss out...if you screw up it is okay....just keep going and the good news is there is always tomorrow or another day :) Sun, 1 May 2016 13:22:16 EST problem biggest problem today we lost power for four hours in the evening well what to do part of life in this country Sun, 1 May 2016 13:18:54 EST Today <img src=""> <BR> My view this morning. Hubby is in a movie shoot this week and needed to work with the horse to make sure she was ready. Too bad the weather did not cooperate. Sun, 1 May 2016 13:17:08 EST New month new start <img src=""> So much is happening this month that's gonna change me for the good , I can't wait to start 💖💖💖 doing a 5 day smoothie booty challenge starting tmmr! Sun, 1 May 2016 13:15:46 EST May 1st - reset. I always like reset day on the first of the month - an opportunity to review the past month and what needs to be tweaked. It no longer applies, but the 1st on Mondays was good because it was the start of a work week. Sunday, as the generally recognized first day of a new week is perfect. <BR> ... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:15:43 EST 13 Unexpected Benefits of Exercise Anything I can do for my attitude and brain power! I don't have a substance abuse addiction, but apparently it helps with that too. I hope I am addicted to Spark People! <BR> <BR><BR>ental-health-benefits-exercise <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:14:55 EST Weight Loss Journey Week 7 Lost 3.6 pounds last week with a total of -24.8 pounds. I had a very stressful week last week and completely fell off the wagon yesterday and took a day off from being so good. I'm back on track today. I know there will be a few hick ups along this journey - but the key is getting back on track a... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:13:57 EST April 2016: April Efforts Bring May Rewards <img src=""> <BR> April was a great month! I've definitely gotten moving more -- finally! haha -- and it feels so good! <BR> <BR> That movement has brought challenges and rewards! I'm still having trouble with pain in... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:07:48 EST I hate being emotional. I haven't binged, I'm not going to binge either, but I want to. Me and the hubby got into a fight over total stupidity and I just feel sad and hungry now. I know I'm only hungry because I'm emotionally though so I'm gonna chug a bottle of water and read a book. On a better note I was down two ... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:07:20 EST Choices.... I am struggling in so many areas of my life. It sounds so easy when the phrase " make the right choice" leaps from my lips. If only it where that wasy. My husband of 35 years passed away a year and a half ago and saying I miss him is and understatement. I have faced so much of life with him,... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:06:17 EST 300 pounds! I have lost 29 pounds since mid December. I am now weighing in at 300 pounds! Woohoo! I might just make my goal of 250 by October 21. It is definitely looking like it. <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Even if I don't make the goal I know that I am okay and that weight does not make the woman. I am hap... Sun, 1 May 2016 13:01:08 EST Just starting <img src=""> <BR> Just finished my first week of fitness and nutrition. I lost 2 lbs so far. This is a habit I want to continue for the rest of my life. Sun, 1 May 2016 13:01:06 EST SPOILER...Adversity "The question is not whether we will experience seasons of adversity but how we will weather the storms." <BR> —Dieter F. Uchtdorf Sun, 1 May 2016 12:56:50 EST Nutrisystem I've been following Nutrisystem since February 4th and I'm losing about 3 lbs. per week. I find it easy. They have frozen food and shelf stable food but I mostly get the frozen food which is similar to Smart Ones or Lean Cuisine frozen meals. So the food tastes OK to me. I pay for Nutrisystem... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:55:52 EST May is here! Goals. Happy May 1st, everyone! So as a recap, last month I wanted to get a 75% consistency rate on drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day as well as a 75% consistency rate on walking 10K or more steps each day. Well, I got a 65% consistency rate on the water and 50% on the walking. Not exactly a... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:55:40 EST May Goals 1: Try three new exercises 2: Workout no less than 20 mins a day 3: WALK!!! 4: Cut out soda completely 5: Reach 12# weight loss goal by 31st. Sun, 1 May 2016 12:51:32 EST April 30 Accountability - Happy May Day! May goals <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's what I'm looking forward to accomplishing in May 2016 - <BR> 5/01 - 138.8 starting weight <BR> 5/31 - 137.0 goal weight <BR> <BR> * Spend 15 minutes reading and meditating on scripture ... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:51:29 EST Staying Here With the ups and downs of my teaching career, I've had friend after well meaning friend point out teaching openings back in the Sacramento area. I spent 12+ years in that area and built a wonderful network of friends who I miss dearly on a daily basis. So why am I unwilling to move back? <BR> ... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:50:37 EST One day at a time. Taking one day at a time. Very hard. Sun, 1 May 2016 12:49:30 EST Release I'm very much into intuitive energy healing I am a practitioner and occasionally see a healer for guidance. Yesterday the first thing my healer said during our session was release. Last night my boyfriend whom I love very much but we have had a dramatic road broke up with me. That's quite a relea... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:48:42 EST Being left out really hurts more deeply than I ever thought WoW! Pictures were just posted on facebook of my future daughter in laws bridal shower. I was not even sent and invitation. So why even try? Financially going to this wedding is going to cost about a months salary. It is out of town because they met about 100 miles from here and that is where... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:39:30 EST Third virtual race on the books for 2016 <img src=""> I had had set a goal of one virtual race per month for the year. With the except of February, due to illness, I have stayed pretty much on track. What I like about them is that they are a relatively inexpe... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:37:12 EST Sunday Same weather as yesterday, but colder. I do not care, I do not have to work today and I am able to walk around with my cane. I am blessed! Sun, 1 May 2016 12:35:44 EST Today is the day and May is the month! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I start the Betty Rocker 30 day challenge as well as complete a 5k and keep going toward a 10k. I also complete my 30 day no processed sugar or alcohol challenge I gave myself, which has ... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:34:58 EST Gotta focus <img src=""> <BR> Feeling like this plateau is gonna be the death of me. Focusing on positives and hoping to reach some newly set goals for the upcoming weeks/month. Happy may yall ♡ Sun, 1 May 2016 12:34:31 EST Getting back on track <img src=""> <BR> Today marks my first day of getting back on the right track of eating right. I know it will not be an easy task but with hard work, I know I can do it. I have a goal, I MUST stick to my plan. Sun, 1 May 2016 12:31:26 EST Frustrated I am feeling frustrated right now. I know this has happened to other Sparks and it has happened to me before. I spent an hour writing and adding pictures to my blog. I was finished and ready to post when the computer 'hiccupped' and everything was gone. I cannot find a way to bring it back. ... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:30:53 EST Call Me Crazy! I am keeping my 900 watt blender that only cost $40! That's a lot of money to me. It STILL leaks, but it's just a little. MAYBE as much as a tablespoon. I am cleaning and drying it up right after use. The reviews for the other blender by the same manufacturer show Faberware blenders all have the... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:30:37 EST 204.7 lowest weight of 2016 ; intensity of workouts help I have been doing well this past week down to 204.7 from a high of 214 less than three weeks ago. I'm ready for the bounce up, but enjoying the new found muscle. <BR> <BR> I do this machine at the gym called the assisted chin up and dip. That is what I call them anyway. They are getting e... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:28:10 EST Day 122 of 2016 It's FUNday Sunday! We're going for a walk.. a long walk!! We're going to Denio's - our local flea market! I love browsing thru the "garage sale" section. Maybe I'll find some purple things! Then we go thru the produce and buy yummy homegrown fruits & veggies! <BR> Hope you enjoy your day! <... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:27:58 EST Hoping for a new beginning in many ways I returned to Sparkpeople after a long time to get back into shape. But soon after I returned my life was turned upside down with my brother's diagnosis of cancer in summer of 2014 that was followed by his death a year ago on April 30,2015. I finally got the courage to start taking care of myself... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:26:41 EST Yesterday was horrible. So yesterday I went to work and got written for little nit picky things. I am talking a crumb on a table, one dish not being put in the right spot. Literally every thing and anything that other people including my boss have done when working the same shift. It was made very clear by my area manag... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:24:58 EST Stuck in the Middle Life is full of beginnings, middles, and ends - usually all three occurring at the same time. It's the complicated road that we all are on, regardless of circumstances, demographics, or choices. <BR> <BR> We have expectations of how life should go. The beginning of something brings hope or fear ... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:24:55 EST May Day It's my birthday, I loved that it was May Day, I was called my daddy's little May basket. But now I am saddened every year as I further surpass my older sister's age when she died. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Pat, her daugh... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:22:55 EST Weekly Update Week 1 of my 12 week body building plan went well for the most part. I took Thursday off because I worked too hard the previous two days. I took Friday off unintentionally when I fell asleep at 8:30. 5 out of 7 isn't bad. I'm back on track now! <BR> <BR> Also, today is May 1st, which means I ge... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:20:37 EST Here I go. I started spark in January, and have lost 24# . It is slow going but I feel that I am on the right track finally. I have been faithfully logging my food. Which for me is huge because I don't like to see unnecessary calories on my list. I am proud of the fact that I haven't had a single piece o... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:19:38 EST 5/1/16 There is nothing impossible to him who will try. Alexander the Great Quote of the Day <BR> <BR> Leap, and the net will appear. <BR> John Burroughs <BR> <BR> Love Quote of the Day <BR> <BR> I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. <BR> Vincent Van Gogh <BR> <BR> Art Quote of the Day <BR> <BR> Art is not living. It is the use of... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:16:41 EST April Reflections; May Goals April wasn't the greatest month. It started well, with the kids on Spring break, nice weather, hiking, jogging and yard work. Then, the weather turned bad, my mood turned bad and life just seemed to crumble from underneath me. <BR> <BR> Maybe I hit bottom. Maybe I'm still in free fall. Maybe I'... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:16:31 EST I'm a Weight Watcher (again) Okay, so with Oprah joining (actually, buying) Weight Watchers, I figured I'd try it again myself. I did have some success on Weight Watchers long ago but a brief attempt with the program about a decade ago didn't yield any changes. So, I'm jumping in again to see if I can master my eating by lo... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:15:18 EST Laid-back Saturday was so busy that I'm not planning to do much today at all (other than soup making, done: a sale on mushrooms at the grocery store inspired yet another pot of that perennial fave, chicken mushroom barley with dill!). <BR> <BR> And the weather is cooperating with my laziness: cool and rai... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:14:59 EST PEACE & LOVE TEAM: MAY CHALLENGE - DAY 1 May 1st <BR> <BR> REFLECT: Write down three things you're grateful for today. Studies show that people who do this tend to be happier than those who do not take time for daily gratitude! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. First and foremost--I am grateful to my family and friends (both virtual and not)--the c... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:12:14 EST Zombies, Run! So I just started using the Zombies, Run app. I had it when it was popular and used it once. Not sure why I stopped using, because I remember really enjoying it. Plus, I've got this weird fear of zombies. I've had it since I was a kid. Probably too much MJ's Thriller. Anyway, today I used it... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:12:08 EST May Day <img src=""> <BR> So I haven't been active on spark in a little while, but I've been staying active and eating to maintain my weightloss. I'm currently on day 5 of quitting smoking. Feeling great. xo Sun, 1 May 2016 12:11:09 EST Happy May Day!! Spring is here. I love the flowers! Time for a new start & a new me! Hope you have a blessed day! Sun, 1 May 2016 12:09:07 EST New day I am going to try and excise more this month joining a gym tomorrow Sun, 1 May 2016 12:08:53 EST Introducing...ME!!! My SP Journey (2007, off the wagon and back on again in 2016) Warning: This is going to be a long one, and it's all about yours truly. Buckle up! <BR> <BR> 2007: I was 32 years old and 188 pounds. I was married with two kids (ages 12 and 8 at the time). The marriage was rocky to say the least, and I was doing everything that I could to make him happy. I ... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:07:55 EST Sunday mornings <img src=""> <BR> Beautiful day so far. Had coffee and breakfast awhile ago. Getting ready to do some chores. Have a great day, and a wonderful week ahead. Sun, 1 May 2016 12:06:07 EST The Almighty Glass Of Water <img src=""> <BR> Why wait for a spa day to add s few pieces of cucumber to makd your water fragrant and fun! Sun, 1 May 2016 12:05:21 EST Spring Forward! Accountability and Consistency work! In my March 1, blog, I established 8 goals. Of the 8, I only met 4. Yet, I consider it a good month because it's reinforced where I need to focus and my weight was up mid month but then started back down. I stopped the backslide and started "April" STRONGER! That IS progress! Four of March's goa... Sun, 1 May 2016 12:04:04 EST Thank you Thank you all for your kind words. I am always amazed at how supportive my Spark friends are. <em>223</em> Sun, 1 May 2016 12:03:29 EST May goals A new month! 3 goals for the next 31 days. 1- Do my best to eat well and hydrate plenty 2- move! Excercise b active in any way 3- meet my spark points for May. Sun, 1 May 2016 11:58:10 EST Determined <img src=""> <BR> I've tried many of times to lose weight ..this time I'm really giving it my all .. Sun, 1 May 2016 11:56:46 EST Just Believe What do you believe? I believe the next time I need to make a decision that I will hear from God and be lead by the Holy Spirit. What do you believe? Even if you have had difficulty doing so in the past, this is a new day for you, and you are in charge of your own is no longer in ch... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:53:26 EST The new nutritional grove I was kind of surprised when I declared restart number 2 just 3 months and one week after restart 1 but have adapted some major shifts in my eating pasterns. Restart #1 was pure momentum and determination with introduction to rx bars. I am almost certain restart # 2 will go down as another maj... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:52:28 EST Turning Frustration to Movitvation I have been treating my body poorly the past few days. I have had at least one unhealthy meal a day since Friday. I used to become full of guilt and shame when I'd go overboard, and then give up on my goals. But not this time. Backtrack to friday, I didn't see the scale move much lately. Became ... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:51:56 EST May It's a new month and I'm ready to see some results on the 30th. I know there's 31days. I've challenged myself to 30 days of healthy eating and fitness activities that promote life longevity. My birthday in May 30th!🎂🎉 Sun, 1 May 2016 11:51:02 EST 30 Day Goal - drink water 30 Day Goal - drink 6 cups of water a day. My goal is lower than the recommended amount; I've never strung 2 days together drinking 64z of water. I'm trying to form a new habit and then I will increase the amount. I will use sparkpeople to log daily. Sun, 1 May 2016 11:50:07 EST You are good, smart and beautiful <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You are good enough, smart enough, beautiful enough and strong enough. Believe it and never let insecurity run your life. <BR> <BR> I am revisiting some old blogs, because I am putting together... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:50:00 EST Out of Town on a Better Note Well yesterday was way better, except in an attempt to err on the side of caution, I completely undershot. I was within my goals of all macros but about 900 calories short. <BR> <BR> I had to leave the house and I was gone longer than I thought I would be. I took my nieces to a birthday party... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:46:56 EST SP is sending tracking information I have noticed messages saying that the information from my id is going to advertisers. I never saw the messages before. Sun, 1 May 2016 11:45:26 EST SUNDAY NEW DAY I have been working alot and have got off track with this but iam not this time, got this! Mind set! Sun, 1 May 2016 11:43:26 EST Giving an Inch and Going a Mile I have gained a lot of tools in my mental toolbox for success. But it is not enough to merely collect them. I need to take stock and use some of them. One of my tools is to take a few minutes in the morning to mentally let go of yesterday and focus on the day at hand, but yesterday was such a ... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:35:19 EST Day 11 and 12 This blog is for both days obviously. I fell of the food wagon and ate way to many carbs yesterday which I have discovered are the reason why I have not been losing weight all these years. I have been tracking my food and when I ran a report I noticed on the weeks that I didnt eat a ton of carbs ... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:33:41 EST Busy Saturday Yesterday was a busy day. I started my day out by doing 30 minutes of strength training. I did legs, arm, and a little core. I ended the day by doing 20 minutes of walking on the treadmill. Today my plan is to clean my house. I'm the only one here for the time being so I can get it done. Later I ... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:33:40 EST May - My Focus for the Month + Goals I've decided to scale back on my step goal for the month of May to allow myself some more time to focus on some other areas. The step goals are a great way to increase my general activity level but I want to focus more on two other areas this month. <BR> <BR> Flexibility <em>401</em> and Nut... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:29:57 EST Trying to stay positive I use Saturday evening meal as my cheat meal, I actually feel guilty I choose fish and chips. I did take the breading off the fish, but ate some of the homemade chips. Also had a corona lite. I have been trying to stay busy today and not dwell on it. Sun, 1 May 2016 11:29:55 EST Yay😀 I lost 5 pounds in 3 days. I'm so proud of myself 😁😀 Sun, 1 May 2016 11:29:47 EST Let Love Guide Your Life Today's thought for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is: Most of all, let love guide your life . . . --Colossians 3:14 Envy of another's good fortune puts distance between us. We forget fortune visits us all, though it's frequently disguised in experiences we dread. Resentments over forgotten... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:27:53 EST Disaster Yesterday was a disaster! I went over by 700 calories! Started with a quick trip through chick fil a. Baseball game with cracker jacks then one thing led to another and I had a lot more day left than calories! I am my own worst enemy! Regrouped today and will remain on track. Sun, 1 May 2016 11:27:02 EST Beautiful Sunday! What a gorgeous day the Lord has blessed us with! Here's wishing everyone a wonderful day filled with all that you hold dear! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sun, 1 May 2016 11:25:22 EST Best part of my day today Waking up with the decision to combine my weight loss journey: eating and exercise, my 'work' as a marzipan figurine maker and my housewife life to be what I am now and to make the best out of it and be the best I can be! <BR> Got a lot of planning to do now!!! And this decision makes me start lo... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:25:22 EST Day 112 and Tired Today is day 112 and work was not nice last night and the weather is crappy. I got my work out in when I got home but now I'm feeling rundown and tired. Well maybe I hit the hay. Happy sparking! Sun, 1 May 2016 11:25:11 EST Weight loss is just a perk to this. This morning as I ate my usual breakfast I mused about how I have lost less than I thought I would by this point. And was thinking "I should be upset by this right?". But I'm not. All I could think was it is fine, because I am still going, I have the rest of my life to be thin because I am not qu... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:24:01 EST The Indulgence is a Rerun, so I Won't Miss It! What a great first of May! I started my day with a walk to one of my favorite podcasts. Now, I'm sitting here fine tuning my goals for the month. Last month, I think I did fairly well, but setting food oriented goals typically backfires on me. This month I'll have a simple nutrition goal, but I... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:18:52 EST End of a Hiatus Everything. Everywhere. <BR> It has all been crazy. <BR> <BR> I've been back on the grind for the past few days. Trying to stay 100% committed this time around since being in UC Remission for a few months strong. <BR> <BR> So, started the skinny jeans challenge and back onto PiYo and am NOT tr... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:18:27 EST Gratitude Journal <img src=""> <BR> Am a bit nervous (of the unknown) about my biopsy tomorrow to check the fibrous growth in my left breast. I have decided I will wear red lipstick for strength and hum in NY head when the procedure goe... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:17:16 EST I'm Sure It's Spring Somewhere... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's springtime! ... somewhere! <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, not here. <BR> <BR> Instead of warm weather jogs in the park, I'm still running around with my snow shovel! <BR> <BR> I've really let... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:15:14 EST Sunday...wonderful Sunday! An interesting morning visitor for coffee! :-)) Healthy Dressing YUM! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Look who joined us this morning out on our patio for coffee! Isn't he a pretty guy? I'm not even sure exactly what type of bird he is...I've never really seen an all blue bird. I'd guess a bl... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:13:07 EST Day 1 on the Final Journey This is it and I am determined. Yesterday was the first day, on this, my last journey to weight loss success. I overdid one of my snacks, but overall, it was a good day. I awoke knowing I was going to succeed...a very positive attitude! <BR> My second step of drinking 8 8 oz glasses of water wen... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:11:23 EST Like mother, like daughter My mother and I live thousands of kilometers apart, and I usually manage to visit her only once a year. I call her twice a week to catch up. This is the time of year when she will nag me: don't send me flowers for Mother's Day! I want a card! The flowers always die but the card will last for... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:08:50 EST May 1, 2016 (Sunday) Thank you all for your comments on my last blog. Today is beautiful, bright, sunny, and warm. I have two classes this afternoon, and I actually think I can get a couple of things off the "MUST DO" list. <BR> <BR> Sophia drank water all by herself for the first time today. There has always ... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:08:22 EST The Best Is Yet to Come The Best Is Yet to Come <BR> BY RICK WARREN — MAY 1, 2016 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When Kind David says, “I will live in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6b NLT, second edition), he’s saying that God... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:08:08 EST Intentional Sunday for a Better Monday I wrote earlier that Mondays appear to be the worst day of the week for me. Recognizing this is half the battle but now I need to take some action steps. I wrote a grocery list and I am heading out to Trader Joe's this morning to try to head off my over calorie day. <BR> I have watched my wei... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:07:35 EST Week 52 - This Weight Loss Thing is Hard Last week started off really well. It didn't end that way. I just lost the motivation to exercise and to pay attention to what I was eating. I just wanted to be me. Not the new me. The old me. <BR> <BR> It was easier to be the old me. There's no effort in that. Sit around, read, play ga... Sun, 1 May 2016 11:06:31 EST Weigh in Monday is near scared to weigh Sun, 1 May 2016 10:59:17 EST Wrk Trying to stay positive on a 32hr shift Sun, 1 May 2016 10:57:22 EST A few bumps in the rode Have you ever had one of those days where any & everything went wrong that's been my life this week I've felt like I've been through the storm but still manage to stay on track with my food & exercise I"m just grateful the storm is passing this week seems like a month Sun, 1 May 2016 10:56:57 EST I'm Guilty ... Yes, I'm Guilty! <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I just Killed my Workout <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> AGAIN! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Have a God Blessed Day today my friends! <BR> <BR> <em... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:56:10 EST Compliments Here comes a new month, another new start and a reason to strive for happiness. Visiting my eye Dr this past week, I saw he wasn't in that great a mood. After waiting over 2 hrs to see him, I wasn't in that great a mood either. On the way out I said to him how much I loved the color of his shi... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:55:19 EST May New month New goal come on let's lose 5 lbs Sun, 1 May 2016 10:54:37 EST May Day baskets. <img src=""> <BR> I remember when May 1st arrived when growing up in the 50's. It was a big deal for my sisters to make up May baskets to hang on the door knobs of friends and neighbor's houses. They would make the b... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:53:24 EST A New Day <img src=""> I have not blogged in a couple of days. That being said, my weekend was not on caloric path. I did a 5k, I walked and it was a good day, but I did not eat when I should have, skipped meals ( breakfast and ... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:52:13 EST advice from old people 1. The most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their life with you. Treat them as such. <BR> <BR> 2. You might live a long life, or you might live a short one — who knows. But either way, trust me when I say that you’re going to wish you took better care of yourself ... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:51:43 EST Oops! I Did it Again Yep, I started sliding back to my old ways. I took the downhill road of not moving so much and eating fast food. I got back on SparkPeople, went to the 21-Day New Members Challenge (which I never finished) and picked up where I left off, "Day 13, Motivation: Where to Find it and How ... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:50:30 EST March & April results all into one blog ! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here are my March/April results/goals - 2016 <BR> <BR> Fitness: I registered in the CrossFit Open 2016 in March in the Master Women's Division, 50-54. I did the first workout on Sat. Feb.... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:49:31 EST Doing it again <img src=""> A few years back I hit 92 lbs lost.. After that point a lot of things in my life turned upside down.. My classroom closed, my ex husband got remarried, my sister moved several states away, my mom had a hea... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:46:48 EST Spaghetti night! <img src=""> <BR> We're all enjoying healthy eating! Multigrain spaghetti with turkey meat sauce... the little guy didn't even notice th switch!! Sun, 1 May 2016 10:46:35 EST New day Every day is a new day to keep moving forward if I slip a little then I just keep on my journey on a new day. Sun, 1 May 2016 10:43:56 EST Fun time today <img src=""> <BR> Got the 2 year old great nephew today I should get some exercise in chasing him today. Happy May day everyone! Sun, 1 May 2016 10:42:52 EST Life is an endurance competition 4 months has passed since my last blog post, and there were some changes and transformations in my life. <BR> <BR> My job as an ESL teacher has been continuing, and the relationship with my boss and coworkers is satisfying and well. To my surprise, this boss UNDERSTANDS my plan to be a public... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:42:18 EST May Day. Happy May Day everybody!! Hope this month is good to all of us!! Sun, 1 May 2016 10:39:45 EST Wow! May 1st, 2016 Already I can hardly believe it is May 1st today! I thought it was about time for a blog. I haven't written one in awhile. <em>411</em> <em>335</em> <em>449</em> Do you remember May Day baskets? We made them every year at school and then dropped them off at elderly people's homes in our little t... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:38:53 EST Happy Beltane! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To all who celebrate this day, I wish you Beltane Blessings! <BR> <BR> I'm lightening up a little today in light of the holiday, but still trying to be sensible. <BR> <BR> Today's Log: <BR> ... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:38:45 EST Feeling Good I have made myself a goal and I am trying my hardest to work towards that goal. Today I feel like I have more energy then I have other days. I'm thinking about cleaning out the cabinets today. I have made an exercise goal that is hanging on the fridge and hoping that before long I will start seei... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:37:56 EST 5/1 188.6 <img src=""> The picture above is what I had to endure all day on Friday. Someone was leaving and the cakes kept coming into our small workspace. I ignored it all day and then at the end of then gave in and had a few ... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:35:55 EST Making Memories -- One Day at a Time My daughter and I made a fabulous memory yesterday to end April!!! We attended the 11th Annual Nihon Matsuri Japanese Festival -- tea ceremony, kimono fashion show, flower arrangement, Taikoza drums, plenty of karate and food!!! This is a free event at the Buddhist Temple in downtown Salt Lake ... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:35:03 EST Today! Hope all of you have a blessed Sunday and start to the new week...Carpe Diem <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sun, 1 May 2016 10:31:41 EST Sunday Today I did a Pilates workout wow I can't believe that I'm still here I'm feeling good and want to keep on going. Many people have asked me if I joined a gym I've told them not yet but just thinking about it I've been just working out on my own with the help of SPARKPEOPLE Sun, 1 May 2016 10:31:33 EST Tips and Tricks to Help During Periods of Recovery Another new blog today on my Living Simply Sassy Classy blog page. Please, keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I not only have the surgery, but during the preparation and recovery stages, as well. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-and-tricks-to-help-during-periods.h... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:26:53 EST update Well, the 'bump' I had, the Urgent Care wasn't up to lancing it, saying it wasn't ready, sent me off with anti inflammatory and antibiotics... upon getting them from CVS and returning home "Hi, this is Urgent Care. We have [name of pain medicine]. We can't call them in, so whenever you can, pleas... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:25:37 EST May Step Goal Quick Summary of 2016 so far.... <BR> <BR> <em>109</em> January Totals <BR> 350, 646 steps <BR> 403 floors <BR> 247.64 km travelled <BR> 83,488 calories burnt <BR> <BR> <em>109</em> February Totals <BR> 310,323 steps <BR> 611 floors <BR> 219.76 km travelled <BR> 80,389 calories ... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:25:08 EST Day one Day one wasen't a winner but lm on my way . l dident get in any exercise today as my knees were far to painful to do anything other than my daily chores and my eating started off well and l made a number of wrong choices during my day , l got my fruits in and only a litre of water . l was of to c... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:21:45 EST My night My son and his long time friend made up yesterday. I was proud of both of them. Both apologizing to each other. Hopefully My son will stop acting out now. So last night my boys, and the friend, and i decided to go to local dirt race track to watch the race cars. It was so fridgen cold! I was... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:21:16 EST 5-1-16(MAY DAY May 1) Happy May Day everyone! <em>184</em> <BR> <BR> I remember making May baskets and hanging them on people's door knobs and waiting for them to find them, when I was a little girl. Where I live now for the past 21 years, that is not a thing up here. It is such a pleasant thing, to see someone ... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:19:59 EST Week 1 - TSFL I started the Take Shape For Life program on April 21, 2016. This program combines 5 meal replacements with 1 "Lean and Green" meal that you prepare for yourself every day. I thought eating 6 times a day (once every 2-3 hours) would be weird for me but it wasn't. I got up that first morning,... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:19:53 EST Red Cabbage Slaw With Raisins Hello Sparkfamily, Cabbage and raisins and almonds oh my! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 large red cabbage, shredded <BR> 1 c raisins <BR> Salt and freshly ground... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:19:26 EST Life Two Thursdays ago I came home to a terrible thing. For some reason, my parents' big dog was trying to kill my small dog. I drove her to the animal hospital and she's had tubes in her throat since. She's doing better now but I was pretty depressed for a week. Well, more than usual. <BR> <BR> But... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:19:04 EST More changes and is it leg day yet? It's been a week since I've done a leg workout because of my knee acting funky, but I am ready to start back tomorrow. I'm not sure how heavy I'll go to start, but I'm looking forward to a tough workout. Funny, old self would not have said such a thing! I have been walking more and stuck to my... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:17:40 EST If You Think You Can You Can "If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad." <BR> ~Denis Waitley Sun, 1 May 2016 10:17:29 EST Happy 1st day of May <img src=""> <BR> Happy new month! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> let's move it and work toward our goals. <BR> <em>521</em> <em>306</em> <... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:15:05 EST Why Does My Cat... Knock Everything Off My Desk? <link><BR>y-does-my-cat-knock-everything-off-my-<BR>desk?WT.mc_id=Email;NewsLetter;Petwire<BR>;Apr-20;Article1 </link> Sun, 1 May 2016 10:13:59 EST The continuing insomnia battle When I joined SP, I was about 25 pounds overweight. I was newly diagnosed with hypothyroid, had horrible digestive problems and crippling insomnia. My doctor put me on Synthroid for the thyroid issue, Remeron for the insomnia, and told me to take fiber supplements for the other problem. The Sy... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:12:54 EST Going Down! Yess! <img src=""> After a year and a half of battling with thyroid issues..and stress! I am winning the battle and going down!!! Yesss! I lost 11.5 pounds in the past 3 weeks. 2 pounds and I am finally down to my 1st goal.... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:09:10 EST Alcohol As usual, empty alcohol calories "ate" up 500 of my daily calories. Need to work on that. Sun, 1 May 2016 10:07:18 EST New day I did good but had a couple bad days having strep throat but back on band wagon again. But i have lost 4 lbs so thats motivating. Sun, 1 May 2016 10:07:03 EST Just keep going! <img src=""> Sun, 1 May 2016 10:06:22 EST Day 28 - Week 4 Summary <em>248</em> Stopped worrying or wishing, I am doing! <BR> <em>248</em> Learning how to manage my time better by organizing my daily schedule. <BR> <em>248</em> Persevering when things get difficult. <BR> <em>248</em> Positive thinking and self-talk. <BR> <em>248</em> Eating my meals... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:05:35 EST 39 Today i turn 39 <BR> I wish for the feelings of hope and joy for myself <BR> I am tired of feeling alone and sad <BR> Just so tired <BR> I am looking at Joel Osteen <BR> Trying to bring in peace to my inner sanctuary <BR> <BR> God - thank you and help me get through life doing what you want ... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:05:09 EST Fried food and ice cream Yesterday was a bad,bad,bad eating day. Sure, I could justify it away by saying it was my "Sin day", but I have had a week of those and my weight shows it. From 316 I am back up to 321. Grr Michelle! <BR> But today is a new day, new week, new month, so it is a new chance. Entered my weight, rene... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:02:38 EST Fried food and ice cream Yesterday was a bad,bad,bad eating day. Sure, I could justify it away by saying it was my "Sin day", but I have had a week of those and my weight shows it. From 316 I am back up to 321. Grr Michelle! <BR> But today is a new day, new week, new month, so it is a new chance. Entered my weight, rene... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:02:38 EST Thank you, cheer squad! I just want to thank all of you who cheered me on last night and this morning! I read some of your comments before bed, and I'm choosing to believe that's why I woke up raring to go this morning. I hopped out of bed at 6 (yes, it's Sunday. When did I turn into a morning person?), started the prep... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:02:18 EST Week 19: Turned a Corner Well.. I knew I hadn't blogged the past few weeks, but I didn't realize I had missed so many! <BR> <BR> This last month has not been great for eating. I stalled out - a 16 day plateau - and I think I got too frustrated to care. I didn't go overboard - but I wasn't as careful as I've been. This l... Sun, 1 May 2016 10:01:45 EST Needing help I am determined to get to my goal weight but i am not doing so thing right Sun, 1 May 2016 10:00:04 EST Four month review I was reborn to lose weight again. I felt better at 180 but I now want to be at 140. I gained 84 pounds of the 180 back. So this time I am determined. It may take years to lose but I am determined. Sun, 1 May 2016 09:57:33 EST 50 50lbs gone and I am so very ,very happy..down 4 sizes and can't remember last time I was even in this size..lots more to go but I can do it yes I can Sun, 1 May 2016 09:53:32 EST First Weigh-In I lost 1lb and I'm really pleased. Most of all I was pleased even before I stepped on the scale, because I wasn't relying on the scales to judge the value of my week's efforts. I felt better, whether I lost weight this week or not. I celebrated with a healthy breakfast of scrambled eggs on toas... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:52:55 EST Race Results and random thoughts 10k--> 1:09:14 <BR> <BR> I came in about 1 minute faster than my goal time. AND I was less than 2 minutes behind my granddaughter. It was a great run! <BR> <BR> I did a 4:1 run/walk and only a couple of times I had to cut the run time short. I had been practicing my pace on the treadmill while... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:49:32 EST The challenge is on! Okay MURPHY313, you don't like losing and neither do I! I love the fact that you called me out on SP about you winning! That is just more motivation! I'm excited to have someone that will push me to achieve that which I already know that I can. Sometimes its good to have someone to fall back on. ... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:47:02 EST Today's Quote 05/01/2016 <img src=""> Sun, 1 May 2016 09:45:46 EST Day 7 A day of rest. They day your body should have one day of rest. I am making myself take it today. I've been easily derailed in the past from doing what I need to do. This time I'm highly motivated. I'm not sure what is different. I'm keeping this blog in the hopes that if one day it becomes to ... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:45:15 EST Weigh Training Time to add weight training! Sun, 1 May 2016 09:43:16 EST Sunday This is a great day. Jesus Christ is risen. And he is coming back again. I will. Eat healthy today. Sun, 1 May 2016 09:42:41 EST 15 pounds....GONE Today marks 15 pounds lost from my heaviest in January. <BR> <BR> Boom. Sun, 1 May 2016 09:40:07 EST Starting the Day With Walking . . . with Leslie Sansone's 5K Walking workout. Really pushing hard, worked up a significant sweat and upped the intensity where ever I could. Then did some strength training. I think I felt a bit of a stretch in my core (usually I don't feel a thing because of my fat pad, lol). But at any rate, got ov... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:39:38 EST Frustrated I hate it when life gets in the way. Trying to eat healthy and things happen and you have to eat on the run and mostly restaurant food! Sun, 1 May 2016 09:38:23 EST First 30 <img src=""> <BR> I have reached my first goal! I have lost 30lbs. I didn't make the 30lb. loss by my first set goal time, but I didn't give up and I just gave myself a little extra time. Don't discourage yourself by g... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:34:04 EST Get out of your funk! 5 tips! This is just a short blog with some ideas to revamp your frame of mind. <BR> <link><BR>hat-funk.html </link> Sun, 1 May 2016 09:32:57 EST Sunday! Yesterday did NOT turn into a rest day. I went and rode my bike for 40 minutes because I knew we were having a carry in dinner at work. So the end of the month I am right back where I started at 321. This month though, here I come. It's a day off so I wont get in as many steps probably but I ... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:32:01 EST Winning <img src=""> <BR> Well after (12 weeks) I won 1st place out of 264 people start weight was (242.8lbs) I finished out at (174.6lbs) I lost (68.2lbs) total 28.09% lost. Thank you all that supported me! No magic pills or ... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:27:39 EST Training Gonna start on Wii fit today cause it's eating outside. Better than nothing Sun, 1 May 2016 09:27:01 EST Sunday mess What a day. It's been raining all day. Which is ok, I like rain. Our lives have been in a kind of limbo for 3 years. Sorting out education, employment and health issues. Well I think we're nearing the end of the tunnel. Health issues are on track. Education is close to done. Just have to sort ou... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:24:12 EST May Hurray hurray its the first of May get off your butt and get out today.Ill have to bundle up in winter gear cause its cold wet and windy here. I'm so looking forward to sunshine. I wish everyone a happy May day. Sun, 1 May 2016 09:22:42 EST Make time for your self Everyone says that they don't have the time, but we all have 24 hours in a day. I have learned to set priorities and sometimes that is putting me over someone else. This isn't always easy but if I don't feel good about myself than I'm not good for other people. Everyday I need to workout. I will ... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:19:15 EST Day of Refreshing.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> May your day be filled with God's Blessings as you attend Church, spend time with Family and take time for yourself. <BR> <BR> Let this day be a day of Rest and Relaxation, spending time i... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:12:44 EST First Day of a New Month I am up early. Sometimes, I just wake up, come into my living room with a cup of coffee and enjoy the peace and quiet of my life. <BR> <BR> This morning, I am planning out my week on Evernote. It is nice to see that the craziness of the end of school subsides a little next week. Right now there... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:12:37 EST Yesterday's calorie intake. Within range <img src=""> Hi Spark friends, yesterday was a fair rating day and I stayed within my range anyway. I cooked yesterday so I have some baked and boiled chicken to add to my salads now and some soup, also. I made only ab... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:12:28 EST What day is it anyways? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up without any sense of what day it is. Guess what? It's Sunday! <BR> <BR> Just a quick update on my mom. She is now in a chemically induced coma. She took a turn for the... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:11:48 EST Day #78 of my adventures in Spark Land <em>87</em> Happy May Day Everyone! <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> My mini May goal is to walk this month. Since it is Sunday, I am clueless what today will hold, I woke and did Jessica Smith's 1 mile wake up and walk power mile! <BR> <BR> For my 52 week declutter/organize challenge I found on pi... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:10:00 EST Serene Sunday Today is my "outside day". I garden or go for a walk around a lake nearby with my dogs. If it's raining, I hit the gym treadmill. In other words, I give myself permission to engage in something different and special. Sun, 1 May 2016 09:09:35 EST Loyalty Day Loyalty Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When: Always on May 1st <BR> <BR> Loyalty Day is an opportunity to express and reaffirm our loyalty to our country. In proclaiming this day, President George W. Bush wr... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:08:47 EST I feel...different My cantankerous upstairs neighbors woke me up before 6 am. So after walking Ginger, I laid back down for a bit & noticed something. One of those weird little things that happens when you lose weight that nobody seems to talk about. Lying on my side there was less belly fat flopping onto the mattr... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:08:07 EST Recipes protein cakes - Day 1 <BR> quiche - Day 1, 3 <BR> lasagne - Day 1 <BR> <BR> mint and almond-crusted trout - Day 2 <BR> coleslaw - Day 2 <BR> <BR> fraisier - Day 3 <BR> <BR> fruit tartlette - Day 4 <BR> <BR> aioli - Day 5 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 May 2016 09:07:34 EST Growing smaller for my Family! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> We all know why we S... Sun, 1 May 2016 09:06:23 EST I am so happy I loss all together is 12 pound. Spark do help u. All my friends on spark have a blessed day. Sun, 1 May 2016 09:05:38 EST Habits are hard to break. I was raised eating a sweet after every meal, even breakfast! Every day I struggle with the craving for a sweet finish after a meal. I know that its just a habit, but it's a hard one to break! Eating fruit doesn't help. I'm not giving up though, I will beat this. Sun, 1 May 2016 09:01:48 EST Sunday, May 1st <img src=""> Sun, 1 May 2016 09:01:32 EST Sunday's Thought <img src=""> Sun, 1 May 2016 08:59:22 EST Low Sugar/Carb Lifestyle Success Hi, I noticed a lot of people who indicated their plans weren't working so I wanted to share mine. After noticing a co-worker's weight loss of 50+ pounds, I asked him how he did it. His answer...low sugar/carb eating. My brother had tried to tell me this previously as well. I tried it and lost 2... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:56:50 EST Mice I am so stressed all I want to do is eat. This past week, we have caught 5 mice in our house. Every time we think they are gone another shows up. We have checked the foundation for ways they could get in and can't find any sign. I can't sleep at night thinking I hear them everywhere. I hate mi... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:51:28 EST May 1, 2016 <img src=""> <BR> So today is my oldest daughter's 21st birthday. I love you Chelsea! I am so proud of the adult she has become even on the days even on the days she doesnt want to adult! I think back to our first b... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:50:08 EST Respect for older ones. No matter how old we get, there is always someone older that deserves our respect. Sun, 1 May 2016 08:47:31 EST Quote for Sunday <img src=""> Sun, 1 May 2016 08:41:56 EST Day Sixty Four "You must Unlearn all that you have Learned... Do or Do not, there is no Try." -- Yoda I read a friends blog this morning and it said "Always end the day with positive thoughts" and inside my head a little voice said "I'll try" .... Which was immediately followed by YODA's voice in my head, he... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:41:13 EST Rock hunting Yesterday we took our 4 year old granddaughter rock hunting. The gameplan was to pick a few big rocks and get Aspen to have a feel for the activity. I wasn't disappointed. She loved it and by the end got to ride in the bed of the truck ( at 5 mph) while I walked beside the truck to pick rocks. ... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:39:42 EST Today's Agenda Back to the heavy workout. This sinus infection put me back as I missed Wed & Fri workout. So today we pick up the lost routines of Bench Press & Front Squat. <BR> <BR> It's good to get back under the iron. It reminds you to eat healthy. <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sparkers. <BR> <img src="... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:39:33 EST Another day, a good day Everyday when I wake, I think, I made, another night without cravings for sweets. I'm gonna make it. Sun, 1 May 2016 08:38:16 EST I'm going to be a Glamma soon! My daughter is at 38 weeks and has been horribly uncomfortable for the last month. The baby is in the birth canal so low that it is hard to measure her dilation because her head is in the way. She is at 3 1/2 cm. She has a stripping of the membranes done on Tuesday afternoon. We will see how it g... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:36:51 EST Family and Counting Had to take time this morning to explain to my 8 year old why counting calories why is needed. Sun, 1 May 2016 08:35:55 EST New me Had a lot of recent trauma and stress this week. We lost our foster daughter who we cared for for the last 7 months to her biological father and she moved across the country. This is the second time we have cared for her and have had her go home, but her father wants to shut her off from everyone... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:35:15 EST It's harder than it seems My biggest passion is health. Big time I love to exercise and eat healthy foods but I'm an addict to sugar and carbs. I juggle and mange to control myself on average most week days but the weekends and holidays are another story. <BR> <BR> I figured that as my weigh in is on Wednesdays and I wi... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:34:45 EST Bicycling Summer I've been working the night shift for 12 hours daily and only one day off. Now that the Callaway Nuke Refuel is over, there will be time to bike this summer. It rained almost every time on my day off, so had not gotten hardly any time on the trails. Last summer my longest ride was 35 miles and... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:32:26 EST May the 4th be with you! This is a long standing joke in my house, as it is one of our girls Birthdays. It's actually a hectic week from April 30th (MIL Birthday) through to May 4th (with May 2nd being my Step Daughters Birthday. So 3 Birthday's in 5 days. <BR> <BR> Make it crazier.. They are all milestone ones. Mother ... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:31:21 EST Day 6..... Well I caved last night and ate a TON of vanilla sandwhich cookies. I literally woke up with a slight "hangover" from my sugar binge. Today is a new day! I will exercise longer, drink more water and forget about it! Sun, 1 May 2016 08:31:12 EST Happy Sunday Happy Sunday everyone and have a wonderful day.Happy May Day and this is our month to accomplish our small goals. Sun, 1 May 2016 08:30:41 EST The beauty of "food as a machine"...May 1st <img src=""> Sun, 1 May 2016 08:26:38 EST This week's check in Good morning! Trying to enter my first blog post from my phone/the app. (I'm even using the microphone feature!) After the scale being stuck and wiggling back-and-forth for several days, I was down a pound yesterday. I'm pleased with that. The reality of a slower rate of loss is now here. On m... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:21:43 EST Sleepy sleepy sleepy Got to go grocery shopping tomorrow is my last shot in the back . hope it helps. Sun, 1 May 2016 08:20:58 EST More pictures <img src=""> <BR> More pics of this weeks meals! Looks like a lot but bc its all veggies its surprisingly low calorie Sun, 1 May 2016 08:15:18 EST more non scale victories I keep a chart of my weight loss statistics every week and there is space for a non scale victory as well. <BR> <BR> BUT I feel like I have so many NSV's lately, that I want to write them ALL down: <BR> <BR> Won a fitbit challenge <BR> GREAT blood pressure <BR> Arm fit in blood pressure machin... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:14:54 EST I forgot how good this feels <img src=""> <BR> Tissue is my first day of working out since my last post. Not that I've been good at this mind though, it took me 3 weeks to start, cuz, well life, I think. But u did 35 minutes on the elliptical, 20... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:12:42 EST Day 7/42 Sunday...Isn't this an official "rest" day? :-) <BR> <BR> Still gonna watch what I consume but I'm not gonna stress over not working out today. <BR> <BR> Back at it bright and early tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I am looking to making this week a healthier eating week and I plan on prepping as much as... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:10:50 EST Goals for may 8 Make it to gym 3 times this week Vote in primaries Catch up with laundry: 1 loaf a day Log my meals Meditate for 5 min a day Sun, 1 May 2016 08:10:01 EST Day 1: it's May! Ok, I have been on spark for 80 days now. I have barely lost a pound. Lost, gained, lost, gained - and now I see a clear cycle. Anxiety leads to emotional eating and even my running and frantic exercising cannot really overcome my munching foibles. Regrets stil weigh heavily on me. My first goal... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:09:31 EST Dancing around the May Pole! Hurrah, hurrah , the first of May--- <BR> Outdoor "necking" starts to-day-- <BR> Laughing away, we used to chant that, when in high school! <BR> --I don't remember it ever happening tho--- <BR> <BR> Another song , we used to chant on May 1st, was, "We'll dance around the May Pole"----and we'd ... Sun, 1 May 2016 08:08:54 EST Never again ... Has anyone ever suffered from eating sundried tomatoes? I am talking one day of awful "run for the toilet" kind of day!! That was me yesterday. Wow that is my last time buying them!! Thank goodness for Pepto Bismol. Sun, 1 May 2016 08:07:35 EST 5-1-2016 May 1, 2016 – NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PARFAIT DAY – NATIONAL LEMONADE DAY – NATIONAL MOTHER GOOSE DAY – NATIONAL SILVER STAR SERVICE BANNER DAY – NATIONAL INFERTILITY SURVIVAL DAY – LAW DAY – LOYALTY DAY Sun, 1 May 2016 08:02:35 EST Weigh-In Sunday (Wk 6) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's been 6 weeks since I began my spring challenge. (My goal is to lose 5-7 pounds by the first day of summer). Since then, I gained on week 1 and 2, lost on week 3, and gained it all ba... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:58:34 EST Oye.... <img src=""> <BR> Feeling stressed, bloated and gross...seems like nothing the last couple days has gone according to plan ..I need to learn to be flexible...feeling upset and emotional... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:57:39 EST Happy Sunday !! Wish you the best of days ... <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... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:56:58 EST New Month New Goal! <img src=""> Stepped on my new scale this morning and is staring over on tracking my loss! It also shows Bodyfat-muscle mass-water% and bone mass!! Gives me more numbers to work with to switch up my goals. But for t... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:56:50 EST Rainy days.... <em>381</em> <BR> Today I wake up to nothing but drisling rain outside. Hunting for warm clothes to wear to work. Going to the gym again today. Riding the stationary bike is the only thing I can handle right now. Sun, 1 May 2016 07:55:14 EST Realization, Running, Symphony New realization: My weight is not my biggest health problem at this point. My weight is not my biggest fashion problem at this point. Today's weight of 127.8 is great! However, without considerable thought, commitment, planning, resistance, and effort, my weight would become one of my biggest hea... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:54:59 EST Small goals to reach for After gaing back the same 50 pounds I have lost 5 times over the last 8 years, I have realized(yet again), that unless I am connected to some kind of program(WW, TOPS, Biggest Loser, Herbal Magic, etc.), I will not be conscious of what I am eating and how much I am exercising. Why is this? I kn... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:54:21 EST Happy May it's May already....I have been reflecting on how thing went last month and how I can do better this Month.. <BR> <BR> eat less <BR> <BR> eat out less mostly...we won't be traveling for a whiles so more home cooked meals <BR> <BR> fruit was not so good in Texas, but here in Ohio the apples are... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:52:00 EST Bible Verse for Sunday Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations. <BR> <BR> Psalm 100:4-5 NKJV <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 May 2016 07:51:14 EST This Will Brighten Your Day 1346 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img ... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:48:20 EST A new week! I have to do better today. I kind of splurged a bit too much yesterday, but hey that's ok! Today I get back on track. Oh and by the way, I'm not checking my weight. Not until I am on this for a month. Be strong you all!! 💪 Sun, 1 May 2016 07:43:39 EST Disappointed Today was my goal day. I started spark 2/19. I have actually gained 2 pounds. I do well for awhile then give up. Most of it is emtional. Today I restart again setting my goal for August. Going to get it right this time!!! Sun, 1 May 2016 07:41:59 EST Reboot Day 90 Three months in and not much to show for it. Weight and measurements today with no real change from last month. I start each month out eager to make a change and somewhere along the way, life takes over and I fall back into my old habits. <BR> <BR> I am determined to make May different. I am ... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:39:31 EST May Goals May Goals, <BR> Time sure flies. <em>30</em> . There is a popular saying, Dont watch the time, do what the clock does, keep ticking, keep going. This month my goals are: <BR> 1. Drink at least 8 cups of water daily <BR> 2. Exercise at least 4x a week <BR> 3. Think positive, negative emotio... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:38:40 EST Feeling pretty good today So I weighed in at the doctors office at 245.5 pounds. I was devastated. (That was 3 weeks ago) Yesterday I bought a scale. I now wieght 237.6. And to be sure it wasn't a fluke, I weighed myself with my clothes that I wore to the doctors office, then without. (Only 1.5 difderence). So it really i... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:34:47 EST Wake up call My 7 year old son came home on Friday from school and talked with us about his Gym class. He told us what he learned, how planks are the best exercise because it works all of your muscles including your core. He asked that we all do a plank. He continued to say that I was fat...very fat. And, tha... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:33:23 EST Quote of the Day: May 1, 2016 "It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.” - Albert Einstein Sun, 1 May 2016 07:32:43 EST Starting Week 3 End of Week 1 pics are up, I plan to take pics today of the end of week 2, with week 3 starting tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I talked to my trainer about the overwhelming day I had..and my struggle and he was great about it...he is happy to adjust and give me breathing room, we even talked about how to w... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:32:10 EST 2016 - Journey to a healthier me (May edition) ... Hello SparkFriends! <BR> <BR> We've made it to a new month. I honestly don't know where April went. Wow, that month FLEW by. <BR> <BR> <BR> I am looking for a productive May and make strides towards my healthy lifestyle. Looking back at April, it was not the most productive month. I had sever... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:17:50 EST lazy day The weather is so cold here at the moment, Its hard to think of going outside let alone go walking. I will have to go out though and keep up the good work. Sun, 1 May 2016 07:16:45 EST A little more rain ugh!! I really shouldn't complain about the rain look at Texas and Oklahoma the flooding and tornados it seems to be another bad year for that down in Texas, while I'm mentioning Texas we need to think about the grandmother and her 4 grandchildren who were swept away in the flood in the middle of the n... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:15:25 EST Thought and Prayer for Sunday, May 1, 2016 May 1, 2016 THE TIME IS NOW <BR> <BR> Many people have missed out on God's blessings because of their own selfishness in attempting to seek what they believed was right for them. So many people will go out of their way to get something they want. They will spend more than they have. They will al... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:11:50 EST New beginnings <img src=""> I have had trouble all my life with weight. I belong to the "clean plate club". My mother always fixed our plate and we were not allowed to leave the table until we cleaned our plate. " those bones better ... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:08:07 EST New beginnings <img src=""> <BR> I have had trouble all my life with weight. I belong to the "clean plate club". My mother always fixed our plate and we were not allowed to leave the table until we cleaned our plate. " those bone bet... Sun, 1 May 2016 07:07:55 EST What A Day Yesterday was busy to say the least. Started the day pretty early by taking mom to Home Depot to buy what she needed to build her deck. My husband and his brother were going to spend the majority of the day building it yesterday. Not exactly what happened. I got home about noon and started prepp... Sun, 1 May 2016 06:57:22 EST Starting to calm down a little Shu-wee .... this move has been a butt kicker. Thankfully, we're past the "Where the heck is __________?" (you fill in the blank cuz we couldn't find ANYTHING that wasn't packed in the car with us for the past two weeks. I thought I'd done a great job of keeping an inventory of what I packed in... Sun, 1 May 2016 06:55:49 EST Rest day No workout for me today, as they say ya got to look after yourself and have a rest. 😊 Sun, 1 May 2016 06:54:53 EST Rainy Easter He is Risen! Sun, 1 May 2016 06:51:20 EST I am claiming it and no one can take it from me! It's mine, all mine! So there! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I spent yesterday in a mutinous phase of marriage pondering the possibilities of stuffing DH and all his things into a cargo container and having it sent to another country on a slow boat. <BR> DH managed to comfortably sit for a few hours at a family party an... Sun, 1 May 2016 06:49:45 EST Weigh in day Today was my first weigh in day since starting the spark app. I lost 4 lbs this week. Super excited Sun, 1 May 2016 06:41:13 EST Trying again <img src=""> <BR> Month 5 week 18 day 121: yesterday was a recovery day from Friday. Didn't gain weight from Friday yeah despite have a couple beers and bad appetizers but had a blast with friends. Yesterday went fo... Sun, 1 May 2016 06:37:51 EST Sat Sun Had a good 5k race Sat morning, not a PR but close, it's ok because I didn't really train for speed for a 5k, focusing on half marathon they'd only two weeks away now! Than had lunch and beer at Put In Bay with friends while the sun was shining, but then the rain came and it was time to get home ... Sun, 1 May 2016 06:34:43 EST The moment of truth Yesterday was a month since I came back to SP. It was a tough month, with migraines, job change and many other little things that make life interesting,. But it was good too, I love my new job, the migraines weren't the worst I've had, we had some lovely weather. I stuck to my exercise plan on mo... Sun, 1 May 2016 06:33:58 EST v v Sun, 1 May 2016 06:33:23 EST