SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Fellowship Friday 5, October 24th Welcome to Fellowship Friday number 5! I am now on day 33 walking to Rivendell and managing (barely sometimes) to hit my target mileage goal of 7.75 miles. So total miles to date is 255.75 miles! <BR> <BR> Just left Weathertop after the Nazgul attack. Frodo is on the pony, and the hobbits are s... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:45:50 EST Friday October 24, 2014 Weather: Rainy again, and cloudy. Very chilly out as well. Temp about 48 degrees. <BR> <BR> Thursday's log: <BR> <BR> Reading: Articles on internet, email, Discovery magazine, Catherine Queen of Aragon <BR> <BR> Writing log: worked on book, logged, blogged, journaled, other writing <BR>... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:33:15 EST Another 2-mile lunch...Happy Science Friday! On my 2-mile lunchtime walk, I always listen to NPR. Fellow fans will know that today is Science Friday. I was inspired by the topic of observation and consequently spent an extra 20 minutes checking things out... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:28:55 EST Early Blog... Have a lot of running around to do when I get off work...have to get up early to go to a retreat...seems like I am just as busy on the weekend as I am throughout the week...would love to just sleep in or lay in the bed one morning...oh well... <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:27:47 EST I'm getting there... slowly... I’m exhausted today, just mentally mostly. I’ve been sitting at work waiting for the clock to strike 5… ready to just bolt out the door. Half my day has been busy and the other half not so much. <BR> I’ve promised myself I wouldn’t weigh myself as often but that has seemed to fail me, go figure.... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:26:33 EST Ah Choo Exchanged yesterday's razor blade throat for sneezes, coughs, fever and runny nose. <BR> Have been on an ice cream diet for two days. Not a good choice. <BR> Bone broth is in the freezer and I forgot about it! <BR> That will be part of my dinner tonite. <BR> <BR> Do I sound cranky??? <BR> I a... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:26:26 EST Donate... Invest... Save... Spend... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found these Piggy Banks... that are Called Savvy Pigs... I recently got the idea to share these special piggy banks with a fellow SparkPeople friend said that she had a hard time passing the vending machines... so I... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:25:37 EST How Do you handle bad news? Back in August my blood work showed my sugars were high and my liver enzymes were elevated. At that time my doctor seemed concerned about the liver enzymes. She had recently prescribed steroids and antibiotics for a lingering cough I had all summer. She thought perhaps the steroids caused the... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:21:10 EST I WON at life this week!! This blog is kind of long and all over the place! Sorry in advance! My last blog got lost somehow so this is extra. <BR> <BR> As you can probably tell from all the positive stuff I've been posting, I did really well this week. I know it's not everything to do 1 perfect week, but I'm really proud... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:19:51 EST Week 2 of 21 Day Fix So I'm just wrapping up week two of the 21 Day Fix. Honestly, the meal plan isn't as difficult as I thought it would be. I like to eat the same thing throughout the week because I'm lazy and don't want to prep a zillion meals, so it works out for me. One of my challengers was down 4 lbs in the... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:12:55 EST My $11 - $15 Swimsuit collection from .... some of them :) My $11 and $15 Swimsuit collection from this is just SOME of them :) <BR> <BR> and what was MOST shocking is that they have LARGE sizes for BIG women like me <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img s... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:12:19 EST Medical Double Billing Always examine your medical bills. Billing insurance and asking for patient pay is a violation. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:07:40 EST Feeling Confused Hello to all!!! So, I have been a little hiatus from Spark People. I have had a lot of people wanting to help me and support me, to the point, that I have had a brain over load. I am confused, because my brain is feeling fried and I feel like I don't know what is right for me anymore. Plus, I sta... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:07:18 EST Comfort AND a Push + Instagram <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Comfort! Coffee, German Gingerbread, and Fuzzy Robe! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With all the I can do it, I can do it, I can do it's before each set I jus... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:05:14 EST Almost Always low on my Protein... Today I've come to realize that I am almost always low on my daily protein consumption... <BR> <BR> Yes, I've been pretty good about keeping the carbs down, and yes, I also do a decent job trying to eat more fruits and veggies... <BR> <BR> but it seems like I almost am always struggling to get ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:00:13 EST "Leaves and Pounds Fall" Challenge - Week 7 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Neole2682 <em>242</em> on your new weight decade this week too. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:56:45 EST just a link My ex mother in law posted this on facebook for my daughter (who plays cello) and I just love it. The whole thing, I never knew the lyrics to this song were so....awesome <BR><BR>ow-all-about-that-bass-would-sound-in-<BR>the-1940s/ Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:55:48 EST Whew This morning ran for 20 minutes ! Although I run slowly, I really enjoy it and look forward to my 3 times per week runs. It's been since 9.2013 that I started a walk/run program. Had several minor injuries and "life-happens" issues, but, started again and again and again. <em>41</em> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:54:28 EST Just Say No to the Sugar Monster I don't know if you all know, but there's a Sugar Monster inside of me. It lay in waiting until I'm trying to eat healthy and then it springs up out of nowhere, or maybe it was just being satisfied and I didn't even know it. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:48:27 EST Magnesium Help The magnesium supplement has been a big help to me. I am thinking clearer, doing a little more cardio exercise, working some overtime, just handling my thought process better. <BR> <BR> That mental dullness, depression has moved on, I do not feel so stagnant and feel as if I am accomplishing my... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:46:45 EST Bye Bye Bleg! Yes, last night I official said good by to my bleg. In case you are wondering, bleg is the union between what is supposed to be the butt and the back of the leg. My husband told me last night he could tell I'd lost weight. My first reaction was to look down at my belly. NOPE! It was still there. ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:45:59 EST Feeling so good and positive <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well slept very well, woke rested, and decision made. I called them back, they offered me surgery Nov 14h or Dec 1. I chose December as I was not mentally or physically ready for 2 wks time. Also that only gives the pred... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:43:13 EST Elephant Stew (great for those who don't like turkey) I know Thanksgiving is not here yet, but just in case your family or friends do not like turkey, you can start preparing this recipe now. It takes weeks to get together. If you enjoy this recipe, feel free to pass it along. <em>30</em> <em>100</em> <BR> Just wanted to pass along an old fam... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:41:54 EST SP article: Foods that Cut Your Risk for ARTHRITIS <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <im... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:41:30 EST Days 1 and 2: October 23 - 24 2014 **Note: This blog isn't meant to be entertaining. I just want to notate my progress, how I feel, what I buy, and any thoughts for my personal reference later, but I am choosing to share it so others can see if they had similar side effects, compare progress, shopping list, plans, etc. <BR> <BR... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:35:12 EST My Daily Meal Plan -- "Reboot with Joe" (Cross) Daily Juice Routine: <BR> <BR> Wake up: 8 ounces hot water with lemon or ginger <BR> <BR> Breakfast: (Orange or Red): <BR> <BR> Mid-morning: 16 ounces coconut water <BR> <BR> Lunch: (Green): <BR> <BR> Afternoon Snack: (Red): <BR> <BR> Dinner: (Green) <BR> <BR> Dessert: (Purple or Orange) ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:33:54 EST walk walk walk... I am doing a virtual walk - from Grand Rapids Michigan to Phoenix Arizona. I finally synced my fitbit to calculate exactly where I am. I am now in Cuervo, New Mexico - 1,322.72 miles from my home! From what I can tell, Cuervo is a ghost town. Actually there are still a few people who live the... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:32:30 EST Semi-annual fitness test success It is that time of year again, time for the semi-annual army physical fitness test. We have been having some cold, windy, wet weather lately. Today wasn't too bad: cool and windy, but no rain. We opted to take the test in the indoor field house track because of the wind. <BR> <BR> After a bri... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:31:24 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for October 24: Daily inspiration: Fill your time with that which is important to you and you will feel accomplished. Lord, help me to know my priorities and to be focused enough to avoid distraction. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. 2 Samu... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:31:05 EST Home sick... So I am home sick today and I found this. Not only did it make me laugh and cheer me up immensely but the lyrics are great too. A reminder that we are already perfect. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>zCcmNCU&list=PLykzf464sU9-uj2DvWN3k3S6<BR>k_EPDw9pN ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:31:01 EST Day 99 of 135 - My anxious child So my 8 year old has always been a worrier and has diagnosed generalized and separation anxiety that we have gotten therapy in the past for - it totally affects our relationships and our family a great deal. It has always been like walking on eggshells with him. Things kind of come in cycles and ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:29:47 EST BLC WEC - Plan your meals for a week Friday: <BR> Breakfast – oatmeal with cinnamon <BR> Lunch – green salad with chicken <BR> Dinner – salmon, rice, green beans, brussel sprout <BR> Snacks – 1 oz. havarti, fruit salad (banana, apple, peach), Fiber One cereal and milk <BR> <BR> <BR> Saturday: <BR> Breakfast – egg and rye bread <BR... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:26:53 EST The 7 White Squares Challenge for You (yes, This means you!) Hello My Fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Did you know that there are 7 days left in October? 7 more white squares that you can choose to fill up with whatever you want. Will it be filled with sitting on the couch and eating too much unhealthy food? Or will it be filled with healthy eating choices, g... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:26:30 EST Weekends get me every time!! I'm home on the weekends....with my family, with my friends, with my never ending laundry. During the weekends, my computer becomes a giant YouTube transmitter for the kids and my phone is not really even taken off the charger unless I go somewhere (IF I remember it). So, I've found it's very h... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:20:44 EST First Halaven Chemo Yesterday First, I will share some good news. My hemoglobin level before I had the blood transfusion Wednesday was 7.0; when I had my CBC done yesterday, it was up to 10.8, that is a huge improvement for me! My heart rate was down too, Wednesday while I was there, it never went below 100; yesterday, the fi... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:20:29 EST Friday's Calorie Differential Eaten: 1,120 <BR> BMR: 1,840 <BR> Exercise: 240 <BR> Total Burned: 2,080 <BR> <BR> Differential: -960 <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I'm a little low on calories today. I had soup for dinner and didn't realize it was so low-cal. I usually make sure that I never go below 1,200 calo... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:19:21 EST Today's Food for Thought! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lord, if I go for a walk today, I'll consider myself a winner. If I don't, I will probably be sorry, but I will learn to forgive myself and do it tomorrow anyway! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:18:53 EST It's always my choice <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of the most powerful things I've learned over the past two years is that I always have a choice. I may not choose what happens to me, or how people come at me, but I always get to choose my response, my actions and... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:17:59 EST There Here! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No, not ghosts. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Girl Scouts. Selling Treats. Yesterday, three came into the office and I almost cringed when I first saw them.... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:12:33 EST Cold Friday temp 43 degrees. I had to turn the furnace on to get the temp in the house up to 60. Brrr..Just took a very warm shower..feel better ,,I think some white hot chocolate will help too..with 1/2% milk of course. <BR> <BR> Slow at work today so I left early and ran errands, came back home to try... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:09:34 EST Day 4...silly things I do Today's tip is get a pedometer even a cheap one ....Wal mart has them for about 5 dollars..... <BR> I have the Omron pedometer....I have it in my robe pocket then I transfer it to my work out is the one thing I use most every took a while but I found it to be very motivational... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:05:16 EST Quiet afternoon Spending a quiet Friday afternoon, just me and my cat. Went to the eye doctor this morning to get a new pair of trial contacts. He said that the brand I had was the one he usually recommended for dry eyes but I asked if I could try this other brand that I had read about and the FDA has said the... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:05:09 EST Changing Directions last Sunday I sang a concert and my father recorded it with his video camera. He loves to record everything that happens - everywhere! <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Watching the video today made me realize that I really look skinny in my gown. My clavicles are really showing and the "déco... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:02:33 EST Weird day I have these days sometimes, where I just feel weird. It's like I can feel that my brain isn't firing on all cylinders, even though I can't get more specific than that. I almost have a headache, but not quite. I feel a bit nauseous. I'm just having a hard time processing all the sensory input. Wa... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:51:23 EST *One Thing Leads to another*... oxox One thing leads to another and another... until Bam you made it to the Finish Line... but to be honest there is never a True Finish Line... because you have to maintain and keep at it through out your entire life... <BR> <BR> I was having trouble with my sleep... for the longest time... Years a... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:50:43 EST New Moon in Scorpio/Lunar Samhain I am here to rededicate myself to reclaiming a healthy size and shape now. I have been working towards weight loss for over 2 years with no progress. I am here to start a plan that did work for me 2 1/2 years ago plus going to be logging all calories in and expended in exercise on myfitnesspal.... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:49:50 EST Got to run today <img src=""> <BR> I had the morning off so I got out for a run. I hadn't gotten out for almost 2 weeks so I was a little worried about how it would go. I have been working out and strength training, so I figured I would just do the best I c... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:48:21 EST 7 DAYS NOW OK NOT MUCH BUT IT HAS BEEN 7 DAYS AND I AM STILL HERE LOL . LOST 3.5 FOLLOWING A DIABETIC DIET. SUGAR IS COMING DOWN AND I AM FEELING GREAT. SUNNY SKIES AHEAD <em>67</em> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:47:21 EST Friday.... Couldn't sleep last night so my vision is a bit bad today because I am tired. A bit of stress this week also...well, maybe too much. BFF having marital problems and other drama. Seem to get pulled in when I am just minding my own business. Oh well. Hope the weekend is good. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:46:33 EST Message to my FB Buddies Please do not invite me to participate in any chain messages, Candycrush games, farmville or any such .....I have a new game for us: Hazel the Housekeeper!......If you have that much free time....come on over and clean my house! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:43:43 EST First 5K and pre-Thanksgiving planning Dandelion root tea; I’m loving this stuff lately. I started drinking it for liver support but the only thing I’m noticing is that my mood is hugely improved. Maybe that is a side effect of not having a toxic liver anymore. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my 5K. I’m pretty unprepared for it, but I picke... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:39:43 EST My beautiful Granddaughters on a beautiful day to send my son away <img src=""> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:38:44 EST Back Again-Last Time! I just realized how insane my weight thing has been. Since I was 10, I have been on and off one diet or I lost count of how many times I dropped out of Weight Watchers because the weigh-in lady, I was SURE, was harassing me or making fun of me or whatever. 57 years of dieting is enough. Heck, I... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:36:32 EST Tactical Running - A Recommendation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:33:01 EST Day 533 Rest Day. Feeling good. <BR> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:27:24 EST Day 5 Still here. <em>334</em> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:25:44 EST Do you trust your belly? I have no idea when I am hungry or full. Never have that I remember. I have learned to eat on a time schedule. Makes for a boring life. No snacking or nibbles allowed. <BR> <BR> Being in a wheelchair doesn't allow much exercise so to lose weight, low intake is the only way I can see to los... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:25:07 EST Long time no see! <BR> Hi Sparkfriends! <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> Fall is here and the weather is beautiful. I thought I was going to go crazy if I had to be stuck inside due to rain in South Carolina any longer! I'm here to answer the big question I have received in my inbox a few times. I only had a small han... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:25:02 EST Week 6: Reviewing my BLC Goals to date 1. Lose 12 pounds, though I'd love to lose 13 and get into a new set of 10's. I'll be pleased with 12, though. <BR> ***With 5 weeks in, I have lost 5 pounds. I am more motivated now than I was at the start of the round, so I feel good about this goal. <BR> 2. Exercise a minimum of 500 minutes ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:23:09 EST Be the bear My daughter is being Merida from the Disney movie BRAVE for Halloween. <BR> <BR> I am being the Mom. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Life is fun! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:16:31 EST Week 11 / TOT Week 3 and Week 10 of training for my half marathon in December. I'm going to be honest.. I'm tired of training. haha. This is the time when I think "why did I sign up for this?" Not necessarily because the training is hard, but because it's SO time consuming at this point. If I ran faster, it woul... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:13:15 EST Day 14 Decluttering I did this a week ago, but haven't had much time to blog. <BR> <BR> After I did the kitchen drawers, I tackled the pantry. Unfortunately, I did not take the 'before' pictures until after my DD 'shopped' there, so they don't quite as crowded and messy as they did then. <BR> <BR> The before pict... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:04:58 EST Feel Like Dancing I just saw a colleague who has an 18-month old daughter and I asked him about her. Ever the proud father, he quickly displayed a video of her dancing around. His wife had put on some music and their daughter giggled and danced around and around until she literally fell down. What fun! Complet... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:03:19 EST Back at last....hoping to renew friendships! Praise the Lord! We have survived renting a home and climbing up and down stairs to do laundry! ha1 Ten months later, we find ourselves in our new home that the Lord so graciously blessed us with. The mountains are aflame in colors as we look up from our study to spend time with the One who cre... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:59:09 EST Question? Help please! Last night I did a core workout and it was quite intense. Afterwards I was nauseated, and I am still nauseated today. I have this feeling of a knot in my upper abdomen, and this isn't the first time this has happened either. This usually happens a lot after an intense ab workout but it has never ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:58:03 EST far....(oct goals) --not sure where I'm standing for checking in. I was at camp for some days and had some busy days...not sure if I'll make 27 but it will def be in the high 20s. <BR> --food log, as is my habit, if things get busy I don't log. I have been making a concerted effort to eat better. <BR> --with the ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:56:53 EST *Sorry* I was Hungry... oxox Does anyone else feel like they are Crabby or sometimes say the wrong things to a loved one or family member... even your own friends... due to lack of food from trying to lose weight... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:56:34 EST Success Quote(s) - 10/24/14 Energy and persistence conquer all things. <BR> <BR> - Benjamin Franklin <BR> -------------------------------- <BR> <BR> Believe you can and you're halfway there. <BR> <BR> - Theodore Roosevelt Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:56:02 EST It's Been a Good Week Overall, it's been a good week. <BR> <BR> I'm starting to become interested in photography again, which I have missed. My problem has been that my hip hurts so badly, I cannot walk without a cane, and juggling the cane and the camera has been awful. I'm hoping that losing weight will help dimini... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:55:22 EST 50 Pounds Gone !!! Hello Everyone !! I am SUPER excited because I got on the scale this morning for my weekly weigh in and I have lost 50 pounds as of today !! <em>244</em> The scale is finally moving fast enough that I can see/feel the difference !! It just did not feel like I was losing much until I hit this... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:49:54 EST I amDoing the unthinkable..Changing..actually changing for the better !! I am excited to share that exercise is becoming a part of my daily life. I don't think with dread I used to. I just do of the first things off my daily to do list. <BR> First I get on the recumbent bike..which I do for 30 to 35 min..I vary at 5 min. I began with ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:46:18 EST Makeup at 40, **groan** <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For twenty years I wouldn't leave the house without makeup. Now for the last few years I never wear makeup. I think part of my exile from a makeup routin... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:45:20 EST Groceries I have to go shopping I DON'T want to go.....want to just stay home and get things done <em>4</em> <em>265</em> <BR> <BR> well will close for now....have a great week end <em>223</em> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:44:41 EST Day 74 Buckle Down and Just Track! I’ve been exercising regularly and making better food choices, but my weight is not moving. I know I need to buckle down and track both food and water. I don’t know why I’m resisting tracking. Maybe because it doesn’t feel natural to live that way? I know that I Iost a lot of weight before by tr... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:24:24 EST This really kicked my booty <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I kept telling myself that . . . <BR> <BR> Whatever this bug is that's kicked my booty for the past week, is no fun whatsoever. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:15:33 EST Green Pea Soup I've always made my pea soup in the oven. Soak the peas in the roasting pan overnight, add onions and ham bone and salt and pepper. Cook until peas soft and done. I used the whole peas. <BR> <BR> I looked for whole peas couldn't find any so I got the split green peas. Using those means no s... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:14:00 EST need to pay closer attention Got home after Tai Chi and realized that I had not thought about food for 2 hrs. Guess that just proves that I need to occupy my mind with other things than food. <BR> Just discovered this today. After entering a certain food into my tracker, I happened to check its calorie contents. I was s... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:10:50 EST Everyone deserves a new beginning I haven't been inactive lately, I just haven't been able to blog. Which is a good thing, I suppose. I just re-read my last blog and it made ME smile...what can I say? I crack myself up. <BR> <BR> I haven't been consistent at exercising, but I haven't been sedentary as much either. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:10:41 EST Friday Friday at last. It's been a busy week. Now to look forward to a relaxing time during the weekend, doing our chores. <BR> <BR> Have a great weekend everyone! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:04:40 EST Proof it works!! Today I was able to clean my bathtub without pain or discomfort. I actually had the stamina to do this!! I couldn't do this three months ago before I started at SparkPeople and began seriously eating healthy and exercising. <em>244</em> <BR> It gives me encouragement that I will be able to me... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:03:54 EST It took me a LONG time to learn this lesson, but I'm starting to get it I've had something rolling round in my head for the past month or so now. <BR> <BR> Last Christmas my weight was back up to over 230lbs. It fluctuated between 234 and 239. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Even when we would get dresse... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:01:29 EST Ignorance is NOT bliss Most of all for MANY years I was ignorant of more ways to measure my weight loss/weight shifting and showing up on me. <BR> <BR> For example: I did not really measure the following: <BR> <BR> Loose clothing, more energy as I usually had incorporated walking when I started a weight loss program... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:58:58 EST Birthday time! I haven't posted in awhile but there has been a lot going on. The big thing moving forward is that tomorrow is my birthday. I'll be 64 and that doesn't bother me at all. My daughter invited us for dinner and the menu will be something new they just tried this week and loved so they are sharing... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:57:50 EST Stop blaming. Start fixing. There it was, black and white. The numbers I told myself I'd never see again. EVER. <BR> <BR> 201 <BR> <BR> I told myself I'd never see any number over 200 again (I also said that at 180 and 190 BTW). <BR> <BR> I should have recognized the signs and listened to my body. Pants getting tighter?... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:57:44 EST Quote of the day 10/24/14 "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there." <BR> Lesley P. Hartley <BR> <BR> Here in this country "the present" we are learning to eat healthy and exercise. <BR> We are sparkpeople Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:53:46 EST A Lot Going On we've got a hectic weekend at our church. our senior adult minister has organized a one day revival service with him preaching and a friend of his from Florida leading the worship. this man will be working with the choir tomorrow morning, and then we'll have services in the morning and in the eve... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:47:40 EST Recipe #3 Pumpkin butter <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2578327 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Very good with waffles, or muffins, or bread or angel food cake (shown) or..... <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 5 <BR> Minutes to... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:46:01 EST Keeping track of things September 11th I started a food journal to help me see just how bad I eat. It works so good. Ive noticed that I dont eat that much fruit or veggies. There were 3 days in a row where I had no fruits. I am doing better though because we've ate out less over the past fee weeks. <BR> <BR> Now I ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:44:56 EST You are the source "To be aware of a single shortcoming within oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in somebody else. Rather than speaking badly about people and in ways that will produce friction and unrest in their lives, we should practice a purer perception of them, and when we speak of others,... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:44:09 EST Piano lessons I have had the opportunity to work with our church organist/music director since late summer. She has helped me get back to playing the piano after...whew...several years? It has been stimulating and a way to focus on something other than work or family. I like being around this person (musi... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:43:24 EST feeling good <img src=""> <BR> the truth of the matter is I rarely get everything right ALL on the SAME day <BR> yet the weight game is still won! <BR> Here's a cheat note... I want to over reach my caloric limits (guaranteed) <BR> so I stock somethin... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:42:09 EST Day 5 I managed to eat a bit more for Day 4 because I didn't want to go to bed with so little calories. This morning I'm feeling pretty exhausted, but I am STILL tracking my food. So far, I've had two pieces of whole wheat with one egg and chipotle sauce. I'm feeling better but we have school today... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:39:25 EST Day 4 To be honest, this day was much of a blurr!! lol I was up at 5am baking all day for the Farmer's Market. A lot of hard work, but I am new at this and learning a lot! I didn't find time to exercise and by the time the day was over I wasn't even at 500 calories for the day...not good. Trying to ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:34:38 EST United & strong (week 33 recap) I was born in Ottawa. I grew up just minutes from the Parliament buildings and spent countless hours walking Wellington, Sparks, Elgin and Rideau streets. As an Ottawa University student, I practically lived in the Market and Rideau Centre when I was not in class. For over 10 years, I held j... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:33:51 EST Don't Move!! (Lies We Believe) Yesterday was the first day after taking a two-week break. I picked up where I left off, and added a little more. A two-mile walk video started the day. In the afternoon, it was strength training for the core. I finished the day with a short ride on the stationary bike. <BR> <BR> I woke up this ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:32:13 EST Friday Goals I'm keeping to the low end of the calorie range, because I had 2,600 in calories yesterday (DS16's birthday). We went to a Chinese/Japanese/Thai restaurant, and there were so many delicious choices in, I plan to go back next week for my birthday. <BR> <BR> Personal trainer yesterday: <BR> We did... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:27:27 EST Friday! Well, peeps, we've made it through another week, almost.... <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Got about 35 minutes of yoga in this morning, felt good. Oh, and I started off with 50 jumping jacks again. Nice way to warm up those muscles! Though of course I'm so out of breath by the time I ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:24:28 EST Week End Plans My week ends get so crazy. <BR> Trying to fit in all the jobs and errands I can't get to during the week. <BR> Helping people out with what they have to do. <BR> Getting some exercise in that is fun, even a walk can be more fun than mucking out stalls! <BR> Get a horseback ride or two in. That i... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:22:41 EST Trying to get back to it I had a plan this week to get right back into going to the gym and eating healthy after getting back from my honeymoon. <BR> <BR> The plan didn't quite go the way I hoped. We walked so much at Universal last week that I had blisters on both my feet. Left foot had one on the toe and right foot h... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:18:55 EST thinner to feel better loosing weight and excercising Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:14:22 EST Building Momentum One Step At The Time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been doing that 10-Minute Exercise Challenge for more than three weeks now (it is one of my October goals) and I have obviously not succeeded at being consistent with doing Strength Training five days a week so ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:13:46 EST Older and Wiser I just re-read my one and only blog entry from 2007...I was starting to run, I had lost 17 pounds and I was doing well. 2007 was 7 years ago. Since then, life has happened to me and I gained back the weight I worked hard to lose 7 years ago. I stopped running. I started drinking more. I basi... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:07:59 EST Nothing to do with health, food or fitness just wondering... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This was taken yesterday. <BR> <BR> Ok, all my life I have had an unordinary amount of people know who I am. Now, provided I have NEVER met them, but they are sure they know who I am. Even as young as 14! I was fol... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:07:14 EST MUCH BETTER DAY !! PUT SIGN ON APT. DOOR AND <em>102</em> EPT 12 HRS. MAN WHAT A <em>198</em> WIPE OUT BUT FEEL <em>104</em> GREAT READY TO TAKE ON THE <em>432</em> . <BR> WELL NOT REALLY BUT I AM GOING TO <em>216</em> WHATEVER I HAD IN THE B--T. <BR> <em>100</em> . <em>26</em> YOU ALL AND THANK'... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:07:01 EST Halloween Pictures I have a sparkly Halloween shirt, (size 2X) that I bought soon after as I started fitting into clothes from the stores. There was years and years when even a 3X and the occasional 4X you can find in the Plus-Size Departments at stores did not fit me. I ordered 5X's from the catalog, and even then... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:04:53 EST Rabbi Visit A pious man, who had reached the age of 105, suddenly stopped going to synagogue. Alarmed by the old fellow's absence after so many years of faithful attendance, the Rabbi went to see him. He found him in excellent health, so the Rabbi asked, "How come after all these years we don't see you at se... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:03:57 EST Hanging at the Grocery Store I'm a Cub Scout den leader. I have a soft spot for a kid that needed a leader for his den and here I am. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we handed out grocery bags at one of the stores in town for Scouting for Food. If you have it in your community, please donate, it goes to help a lot of people who nee... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:59:52 EST "Fury"! Scott, our son, and I went to see "Fury" last night, and I nearly fell over. He is a huge WWII history buff (I am not kidding, he's told me secrets about the War that I swear, the majority of people wouldn't know, he can tell you where every single battle took place, how many died, what type of ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:59:26 EST Please read to walk for the 12-06-2014 Las Vegas Santa 5 K run/walk From our team: LAS VEGAS SANTA 5K WALK/RUN <BR> <BR> (sign up) <BR> <BR> The Las Vegas Great Santa Run, the 10th time! <BR> Freemont Experience, downtown <BR> Dec. 6, 2014 8am: pre-race party & pre-register <BR> 10 am: 5k run/walk <BR> <BR> We have won the Ginn... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:57:46 EST a girls only blog okay ladies I need advice! <BR> <BR> This week has been awful. I've had 4 anxiety attacks this week. I have been depressed, thinking very bad bad thoughts and overall lazy. My fibro pain is terrible and all over. My memory sucks and I cannot seem to form a sentence that makes sense. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:56:37 EST SPOILER... “I think if all men knew and understood who they are, and were aware of the divine source from whence they came, … they would have feelings of kindness and kinship for each other that would change their whole way of living and bring peace on earth.” Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:55:10 EST No problem at all after oral surgery I am feeling great. Had no pain. Even got the doggies out for their 4 mile walk. <BR> <BR> But the weird thing is that I am on a liquid diet and only had about 1000 calories yesterday but put 3 pounds on over night...what the heck??? I am not uncomfortable in my clothes at 113. I guess the... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:51:33 EST Weekly Email & Blog Check-In Hi SP Friends! <BR> <BR> I'm back setting up this week's Hello from SparkGuy email and blog. I have a fun story to share with you this week -- look for it on Sunday morning either in your email or on the site in the SP blog. <BR> <BR> I also have a new small feature idea that I'll start testin... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:50:34 EST Surgery I had surgery to replace my knee on 7th of Oct. Surgery went well and I am in physical therapy now. I spent a week in Transitional Care, best thing anyone could do for surgery! I've been home one week but not able to stay up for very long at a time. Doing much better now, still have bouts of exha... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:45:52 EST Pumpkin Art. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:44:12 EST Daily Inspirational Message Take a look at those two open hands of yours. They are tools with which to serve, make friends, and reach out for the best in life. Open hands open the way to achievement. Put them to work today. <BR> <BR> Wildred A. Peterson Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:43:48 EST Taking Things in Stride, or Not My coach said something to me the other night, which I am trying to embrace and take on as a second nature. It was something like, "You find as you get older, you only need to worry about things a little bit." Tongue in cheek on the "older bit" since he is 20 plus years my junior. <BR> <BR> Non... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:42:14 EST ran depsite allergies and wheezing! We got up and I was coughing and wheezing, it was cold, it was still dark at the time. I was talking myself out of going! But I went. Lynette and Luke were going too, so I went. I am glad I did. Yes, I had to walk and catch my breath more but I still finished 5.18 miles in 1 hour 18 minutes ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:39:56 EST What Went Well 10-23-14 Number 1: We spent the morning at a local pumpkin farm. It is called Uesugi Farm. They have a place where you can buy a pumpkin and also rides and activities to do. We went on a hayride and a train. We went on a walking tour of Butterfly Valley and met Bootsie the Bee. And we went through t... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:37:41 EST New Clothes? <em>9</em> <BR> So, I've lost enough weight that many of my pants are now too big and start falling off my tuckus. I'd really love to buy new pants, but financially not possible right now. But I don't like the way my pants gather up if I put a belt on, not to mention many of my work pants do... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:35:42 EST WEEKEND YAY! I love my weekends. Tonight, I am going to meet a friend and we are going to ride our bikes (over 30 minutes each way) to the art museum for a Halloween themed party. I will meet up with friends later at my neighborhood bar. Tomorrow, there is a street party in a fun neighborhood with great co... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:34:33 EST Clothes shopping, woo-hoo! I went shopping last spring and was delighted to find out I was in a size 20 pants/2 top, I had dropped from a size 22/3. After exercising for the past 2 mos i am happy to say I am in a size 16-18 pants & 0/1 top. I am back to the size I was 10 yrs ago! Ofcourse all brands are going to be differe... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:31:37 EST Dream Chasing ~ What can happen today! TGIF! <BR> <BR> Had a rough emotional week, makes me wanna nap but have much to do... found a quote I liked... gave me a spark to keep going instead of curl up for a nap... <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in installments; you get a little bit today, a li... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:28:53 EST Funnies for 10/24/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:28:44 EST Readjusting First, conferences went well. However, PTA brought in Chinese food and though I ate "smart", one of the two days, I am retaining water like crazy. I have no ankles so I'm drinking lots of water. This happened the last time I ate Chinese, too. It's a good thing I don't eat it out often. <BR> <BR... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:22:44 EST Still in the 240's! <em>224</em> When I reach a new '10' (260, 50's 40's, etc.) I always get so nervous that I'm going to do something wrong that's going to throw me back up into the previous 10. But so far so good, and with this 'program' I'm on, it's been relatively easy. <BR> <em>192</em> When I reached 2... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:21:22 EST Whatever I'm doing... it's workin' ;) Let me paint you a picture. <BR> <BR> I am thirty pounds over my goal weight. I am almost 5'11". I wear pretty enormous clothing on my walks because A) I don't like feeling self-conscious and restricted, and B) I spent most of my life feeling like a piece of meat and I'm pretty much over it. <BR... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:19:06 EST Breaking the Cycle I just reread my blog post from November 2013. Sigh. Looks like history continues to repeat itself. Here I am, one year later and basically at the same weight. I suppose it is better than being 10-pounds heavier! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Saw t... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:15:08 EST QUOTE FOR TODAY 10-24-14 "I guess I should warn you, if I turn out to be particularly clear, you've probably misunderstood what I've said." By Alan Greenspan Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:12:40 EST Switched Days <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So today is supposed to be a rest day from the squat and kettle bell swing challenges but I didn't feel like doing them yesterday so I took the rest day yesterday instead. So I'll be doing the squats and swings today.... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:08:55 EST Fabulous Friday Fabulous Friday began with a walk to my appt and an extra long walk home!! Certainly feels good to get myself moving again! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:04:50 EST Friday Blog (AKA my Wednesday) Since I work Saturday and Sunday, today is kinda like my Wednesday. Which means hump day. <BR> <BR> It's been a long week. Or maybe that's because my weeks are running together so it just feels long. Then I look at the calendar and realize, it's almost Halloween (which I have yet to decorate)... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:04:24 EST WATCH: Dog Dressed Like Giant Spider Scares the Pants Off People <link><BR>og-dressed-like-giant-spider-scares-th<BR>e-pants-off-people/KhmiwPrh3Eak5ug86ZH<BR>Oyg?utm_source=freekibble&utm_medium=f<BR>reekibble&extcid=fkib </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> SCROLL DOWN TO THE NEXT PICTURE TO SEE VIDEO, THIS IS FUNNY. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:04:17 EST LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED Just want to share what I have just read... <BR> <BR> Daily Grace Inspirations <BR> By Joseph Prince <BR> <BR> LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED <BR> <BR> JOHN 14:27 <BR> Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you…Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. <BR> <BR> The ni... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:02:31 EST Friday 10/24 nothing Good Morning. Not to bad here, just mighty damp, the grass is just soaked with dew, so it will be it least this afternoon before the guys will get out in the field, but will have to quite early cause of the moisture in the air, makes the stalks touch and they don't go thru the combine very well.... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:00:38 EST Be Nice today I'm from Minnesota where being Nice is something we are proud to claim we are. But what is it mean to be Nice? This article says it way better than I ever could. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-to-make-anyones-day-a-little-bit-bet<BR>ter.html </link> <BR> <BR> Le... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:59:35 EST Faith & Fear <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning started out negatively but I've got from 10:41 a.m. til midnight to end in the black. I'm working from home and printing out a lot of documents and that is taking forever. But I'm blogging while that's h... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:58:40 EST Treadmill Desk!!! <img src="">So I was very lucky to have someone give me a treadmill, so I splurged and bought a treadmill desk to go with it! This will be my third day using it, and I LOVE it! I swear that I have more energy, and I feel more alert! <BR> <BR... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:56:47 EST You are awesome I love the enthusiasm and encouragement I have gotten since getting Spark. You are all awesome. God bless you all Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:56:08 EST new day Im tired of starting over but its ok since I havent gained. Im trying yet another new approach....just dance for wii. Gets me somewhat active. My biggest energy killer is my MS. The fatigue is ridiculous. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:48:03 EST Breast cancer month Sparkers be sure to take good care of yourselves on the journey to better health. <BR> Have you had your mammogram for the year or the other <em>2</em> exam if you are age appropriate. <BR> Men you have your own set of check ups for cancer. So this advice to do the appropriate checks goes fo... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:46:27 EST Inspiration Together we can change the world one person and one healthy decision at a time! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:39:26 EST Starting Again...and Again...and....Again. So I've slowly been creeping up in weight throughout this past year. Ever since getting mono last fall, it's been rough. I lost nearly all of my habits and drive that got me to losing 50 pounds! Now, I'm 15 lbs up from that :( I've struggled with frustration about this but I just can't let it get... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:38:55 EST Friday! Good morning. Yesterday's trip to Turkeyville for dinner and the show went well, great meal and good entertainment. The bus had a little problem on the way there, the gas filter was getting plugged and before they got there they were only able to go 15 mph, but the driver, Mr. Miller was able to ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:32:35 EST The no-show trainer and the bike seat Now that I am on this "going to the gym" kick, I decided that it was time to revisit with the trainer at the gym. I want to get a more structured program with my strength training (right now it's random machines, doing 2-3 sets of 12 reps). So, I make an appointment to meet with the trainer at ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:31:28 EST Pain is good Started C25K a couple days ago. I stretched out as per instructions but the front of my thighs are REALLY sore today. Lots of Voltaren seems to be helping ;) I was supposed to do the next stage today but think I will take one more day of rest before pushing out again. I definitely dont want to be... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:29:45 EST Day 47. I've hiit it. (but not quit it) No, that isn't a misspelling. I used it on purpose, since Insanity is HIIT, with less slow intervals... <BR> <BR> I hit my wall. I knew I would, but I hit it today. I went downstairs, and I realized I'm tired of Insanity. Don't get me wrong, I still love it, but I am tired of the repetition ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:26:26 EST Changing The Goal Date Today is day 51 of my streak! <BR> <BR> In September, I bought two size 1X shirts, which were too small for me. I called them my Motivation Shirts. They now hang proudly in my living room/workout room, where I can see them every day and be inspired to keep pushing myself. My original goal was ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:26:02 EST World Changers Together we can change the world one person and one decision at a time! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:25:37 EST Hi Sparkworld! So it's been forever plus 2 days since I have been on Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> Nothing crazy happened. My life didn't get turned upside down or anything. I plain and simple got lazy. Fortunately, but the power of the food gods, I have not gained anything in my absence. However, I did not lose anyt... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:25:27 EST 3 I ate better,i feel better,and im living better Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:21:13 EST 10/23/14 ~ Baby Steps Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. <BR> <BR> ~ Chinese Proverb <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:21:13 EST this Week In Review Wednesday Dh and I wen o he Farmer's Markey with our grandson, his mommy and Dan to pick pumpkins out for Halloween. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One guess... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:17:51 EST 3 1 Peter 4:8 (WEB) <BR> And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, <BR> for love covers a multitude of sins. <BR> <BR> Promise #297: My love covers a multitude of sins. <BR> <BR> I like how the NIV Bible translates this verse... Above all, love each other deeply, because lov... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:14:37 EST Have a great weekend!! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <em... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:12:36 EST In everything give thanks, No matter what happens today, we have many things to be thankful for. <BR> Just look around at the joy and love that can be found. <BR> I found some creative kids! <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:10:36 EST FREESTYLE FRIDAY-"GROWING IN GRACE" <em>224</em> <em>100</em> <em>524</em> <em>250</em> <em>223</em> <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy FREESTYLE FRIDAY Blessed Ones! <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Excited to be back with another poem of encouragement. I truly appreciate your support. Not where there's Inter... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:09:57 EST Challenging Weekend I will be going home this weekend. I eat well, drink well, and always enjoy myself. This particular weekend I will be attending our State Fair, it is a haven for fried foods and all things delicious and unhealthy. It only happens once a year. So I think I will enjoy myself without feeling super g... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:09:42 EST Hit to the head Literally that is what it took to make me realize I have been very bad with my body. I got a really bad cold mixed in with horrible allergies for the last four days, not to mention the high fevers, anyways, I went to the doctor and got the lecture that will last me a lifetime! Not only did I go u... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:08:14 EST Cold and dreary day in WV Typical dreary fall day outside. It has been all week. <BR> I walked to the park and sadly noticed all the picnic <BR> tables under the pavilion were removed for winter. <BR> So I sat on a swing and read a book I brought along <BR> with me. <BR> <BR> I saw that PURR WV was advertising my face ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:00:15 EST WORK well I don't get the promotion I interviewed for, but tonight I start training in a dual rate capacity, so I'll be ready to step into the postion thenext time it opens up.....that's if I'm still here Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:58:58 EST Every.single.time. The cravings. <BR> <BR> The bloody cravings. <BR> <BR> They will be the end of me! <BR> <BR> I do have to say I have noticed an improvement in a couple of ways I'm dealing with the cravings. <BR> <BR> 1. I find it easier to just say no than I did last month. A LOT easier. I am sticking t... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:57:26 EST Why Why do custody battles have to be so nasty! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:52:33 EST CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY / HOW DOES A HAPPY PERSON ACT? Please leave comments on the other blog not this one, because this one will get deleted. Thanks. eva <BR> <BR> Greet the day with your projection / Smile Series # 1 <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639169 </link> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:51:44 EST Day 33 and today I weigh... Today is Day 33 of my weight loss transformation and I weighed in at 172.8 lbs. <BR> <BR> Happy Friday! Not much to say today, but have a safe and fun weekend. Eat clean and train dirty!! Hopefully by Monday when I do my weigh in and measurements, I'll be happy with my results. <BR> <BR> C... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:44:28 EST English Prof One of the courses I taught when I was a college professor was Freshman English. To my first class of students I described the basic parts of an essay: "Remember, the three parts of an essay are the Introduction, the Body, and the Confusion". <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Live ur days <BR> Think abo... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:44:13 EST Forgot to add: Mine eyes have seen the glory and that glory is PB2. I am a peanut butter junkie, but it's so high in calories that I tend to avoid it. PB2, though is only 45 calories in 2 tbsp. If you've never heard of PB2, it's basically powered peanut butter. The peanuts are pressed to "squeeze" out the o... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:42:16 EST Day 127--no headache this morning. Day 4 of Whole30 and the wicked headache I had yesterday is gone. I took advil last night <BR> and was able to sleep just fine. This morning, I didn't have time for breakfast, really, so I packed an apple and clementines. <BR> Didn't lose any weight from yesterday, but didn't gain any either--a... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:39:07 EST Brave/Apathetic Today First I want to say thank you all for the encouragement, it really means a lot to me!! I've been called brave several times in the last two weeks and I honestly never thought of myself as that. Thank you so much for helping me to see that there is some bravery in me. It encourages me for the 'bat... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:37:41 EST What a Difference One Day Makes I've been whining about time management a whole lot lately. A big part of that is because I'm working three days a week at the restaurant. Five extra house doesn't seem like much, but it makes a HUGE difference in my outlook. <BR> <BR> One reason is that I prefer to exercise in the afternoon, a... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:36:30 EST it's friday i heard from my good friend the other day, the one who went overseas a few weeks ago. he is doing well and wants to know if i am doing well. a true friend. my daughter is getting ready for halloween. i know it is not until next week. she has already decided what she wants to be this year and she ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:35:24 EST Victorious What an excellent few days I've had!!! I've been out of my office to attend a seminar, so I was out of my usual routine. The seminar was at a hotel downtown, so I took the bus. The walk to the hotel took me past a Dunkin' Donuts, a Bruegger's Bagels and a Starbucks. The Starbucks was actually... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:33:53 EST Ok I need help I don't think I have been this unmotivated, ever. Granted I know I have 2 kids, one 9 month and the other 2 1/2 yrs but this is ridiculous. All I want to do during the day when I'm at home with my 9 month old is watch tv and snack. I think about doing something, stretching, yoga but then all I... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:32:18 EST God to help me take off 30Lbs. I started two days ago I have to have a medical procedure on Monday and there is a list of foods not to eat for 7 days. I am 60 there were also a lot of medical issues that kept me from moving sever pain. I turned it over to God then I saw this weird outfit at the store like a girdle times 10 wit... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:30:12 EST A Tale of a NOT low carb day Yesterday was NOT a low carb day. <em>29</em> I got cravings and GAVE IN to a huge helping of Cheese Nips. Then we went out to a buffet, and while I made good choices for the most part, I certainly didn't watch quantity. <BR> <BR> Here's the amazing part. My pre-bedtime blood sugar was 1... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:23:58 EST A Thank You Note I've waited 11 years I think and it's finally happening. DH and I are going to Mexico in March with a local radio station. Every year they invite listeners to travel to a different resort in Mexico to hang out with them and watch them broadcast live on a beach. <BR> <BR> Every year I listen to ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:22:18 EST Weekly Blog Update - Week #12 Cold weather. Man, the cravings for warm pastas and dark chocolate whatevers can certainly take hold, huh? <BR> <BR> I haven't been drinking enough water to keep the cravings at bay. This is key - not the water itself - but being able to diagnose what the hiccup is in my journey: cold weather an... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:20:31 EST Planning... So, I'm sitting with myself in the car this morning asking myself: "How do I get this going? What has worked before? What can still work with where I am now?" <BR> <BR> I have to go back. WAY back. Before Spark even. <BR> <BR> I've been dieting my whole life. I hate dieting. It sets off a... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:14:06 EST Staying Positive I have found myself this past few weeks feeling very down with all the issues I have had to deal with that are completely unrelated to weight, exercise or other personal type things. I had a bit of a come to Jesus with myself and have decided that I need to add some prayer to my day in a more ac... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:09:44 EST YOGA AND ME So about 8 months ago I joined a Sverapa Yoga class. Not sure that is how to spell it but it is an unusual name. There are many types of Yoga and I've tried them. But this class is amazing. I have had back problems with a sore right hip for years. Sometimes just could not get comfortable whe... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:08:34 EST Carb Cravings Gone <img src=""> <BR> <BR> For many many years I have fought and then given in to carb cravings. I just expected that to be the bane of my diet problems for the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> I fought the good fight and white knuckled my way throu... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:07:28 EST Week 3/Day 5 - Feeling Strong Last night I really felt like doing a PiYo workout. So after the little guy when to sleep I went down to the basement and when I saw the PiYo slides I knew which PiYo workout I was going to do! hahaha <BR> <BR> I did the PiYo Strong Legs workout. <BR> <img src=" Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:07:10 EST HUNGER! My doctor has me on 2 separate steroids due to my ear infection. I finished one of them today and will be finishing the 2nd one in 4 days. I HATE this constant hunger. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I was wandering last night if I would ever feel full again. Don't get me wrong, I feel like I am so ver... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:05:16 EST 3/13 complete I have 10 more workouts to complete my 2nd round of the 21 day fix. Can't wait to see what my final numbers will be and the progress I have made. I feel stronger and healthier each and every day. <BR> <BR> I am part of a monthly facebook challenge group to help encourage and inspire one anot... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:04:20 EST Questions Why beat yourself up? <BR> <BR> Why speak negativity into your life? <BR> <BR> Why tell yourself what you CAN'T do? <BR> <BR> What do you gain by putting yourself in a losing mindset? <BR> <BR> Why major in minor, insignificant things? <BR> <BR> <BR> STOP ALL OF THAT--NOW. <BR> <BR> <BR... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:04:11 EST Day 264 - 233 - Rough week Whew. Glad this week is over. Fanny (our 14 week old puppy) got sick Wed. She didn't eat for 24 hours, slept continuously, and threw up once. I took her to the vet in the evening and they gave her fluids and made a guess that she'd eaten something she shouldn't have. In the morning she had two ep... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:03:57 EST Motivational quote for 10/24/2014 <img src=""> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:03:41 EST Completely blown away! I wasn't having a great morning until I opened my email. I made 2 cups of coffee instead of 1 (I was supposed to be putting by sugar substitute in my already existing coffee, not starting another cup in the Keurig), I was trying figure out why it was 75 degrees in my house at 2am, and 67 degrees... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:02:43 EST Organized. . .enough <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I keep a clipboard at my side and write notes, make lists, do calculations, etc. on it. I use to keep a large blank sketch book there and I have 3-4 notebooks of lined paper for different subjects but they're almost a... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:02:29 EST Gained back 3 of the pounds I lost :( Well, this week I gained back 3 of the 5 pounds I lost last week. I think I need to go back to doing what I did last week - getting less of my carbs from bread, and more from vegetables and grains. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:02:28 EST First Day Seeking Consistency After many years of inconsistent effort I finally reached my health goals in 2010. I have found that maintaining goals is just as difficult for me as obtaining goals. I want to consider the things that I have learned over the years and come up with some personal strategies for maintenance. I have... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:59:45 EST Better? I will not talk too fast but yesterday was a much better as well as at night. He did better in school - NO lying and only once he had to change and he did it without lying! Last night he changed HIMself when he was getting ready for bed. We would not have known had he not forgotten to flush th... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:58:19 EST Furkids and our Kids Guaranteed to make you smile <BR> <link><BR>id=12633&memberid=872002 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:58:15 EST Is this my third Day One this month? <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Well, at least I'm not giving up after a big mistake, right? <BR> <BR> Starting over again. And trying to NOT berate myself over yet another failure. It was just a... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:56:06 EST Picture Tells All - No More Excuses!! <img src=""> <BR> This is the picture of our team receiving the Spirit of the RI Award and I have to say - looking at my own photo - here ... I see that I need to get back on track. The added 10lbs shows and well this may well be the motivat... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:54:32 EST It's Finally Friday I've made it through a tough week. Did well sticking to my guns when there were cupcakes in the office yesterday for our Technical Lead's going-away party (I took an apple to the party so I wouldn't want to grab one). <BR> <BR> Hubby and I are making plans to have a fun weekend, since he miracul... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:54:15 EST What if all my "What ifs" come true I admit: I'm a dreamer. <BR> For me the grass is always greener on the other side and I'm never satisfied with the current place or thing, or moment or what ever. <BR> <BR> So when my life took a turn towards heavy depression and health issues caused by stress nobody was surprised. Well everybod... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:50:00 EST Do restaurants take advantage of “healthy eaters?” Because of a sudden unexpected trip, my last 6 meals were on the road. This included take-out food since no one was cooking given the circumstances of our visit. <BR> <BR> The further south you go, the fewer healthy choices I found. <BR> <BR> This is the story of one meal. DH and my in-laws... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:46:04 EST Making a dreary Friday fun! It's Friday morning and my daughter's at school so I'm trying to catch up on a few things here at home. I try to workout right after she gets onto the schoolbus in the mornings... best to not put it off all day, right?? So this morning I popped in my NYC Ballet Company Workout DVD that I borrowed... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:44:06 EST Cats need to be rehomed; know anyone to help? I told you yesterday my friend's son was coming to take his Mom's cats to a shelter as she will not be well enough to come home again. He drove 2-1/2 hours from Ocala to get the cats and when he got here he called the "No Kill Shelter" to let them know he was coming, but they said they had a vir... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:43:21 EST Have lost 70 plus lbs. What I've learned I've been on Sparks now for 3 years. In this time I've gone from 288 to my successful weigh in today of 212.4!! Not bad I say. It's been quite the journey!!! I've been up and down the 200s quite a bit, and once down as far as 174. <BR> <BR> I got very scared of the success at 174, I hadn't ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:43:11 EST Progress Update I'm apprehensive about writing this. . . afraid that it's too good to be true. <BR> <BR> Last night was my third night of taking 1/2 of a sleeping pill. I've been taking Ambien for at least 7 years. I have insomnia, my brain won't shut down and let me fall asleep. <BR> <BR> Last night I woke ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:41:56 EST closing a streak or two I find myself just chatting here on the blog, so I am going to not try to keep them up daily. I will go for quality instead of quantity. Keeping my logging in daily streak and connecting with the team for my area. I am doing well, my back is giving in to the constant insistence from my brain that... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:40:42 EST Moving on "Like a freight train"! When I see a train coming down the tracks~~~ I wouldn't step in front of it. They move along to their destination. That's my motto on my journey to success. Be determined, blast away the temptations and get it done! <em>334</em> Of course there are still times and days that can be a problem.... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:39:59 EST “Patience and perseverance ..." “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” John Quincy Adams <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I’ll admit it—the reason I initially started to run was to prove to myself that I... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:38:36 EST Fitness Plan Monday: <BR> <BR> ~ TRX Class <BR> <BR> Tuesday: <BR> <BR> ~ 30 Day Shred / Short Run (Weather Dependent) <BR> <BR> Wednesday: <BR> <BR> ~ TRX Class <BR> <BR> Thursday: <BR> <BR> ~ 30 Day Shred / Run (Weather Dependent) <BR> <BR> Friday: <BR> <BR> REST <BR> <BR> Saturday: <BR> <BR> ~ ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:35:41 EST This will brighten your day 868 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <im... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:35:34 EST Verse of the Day The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. <BR> Proverbs 9:10 KJV Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:31:57 EST Feeling Sluggish Today is Friday and I am feeling sluggish. I have no energy. I hope by the end of the day that I start to feel better and to have a great weekend. Here's to the weekend!!! <em>386</em> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:26:25 EST I bailed on my half for math reasons Hubs is running a marathon next month. I usually run the half but I've had to face the cold, hard truth that I'm just not ready for it. <BR> <BR> I had every intention of starting an 8 week training program to get ready for this, but the very week it was to start was when I got sick and spent t... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:24:40 EST Day 2 GI Diet Clinic Yesterday went fine. I enjoyed my vegetables. <BR> <BR> I did find myself thinking about pasta and potatoes a lot. Probably because I'm on a program limiting those items. At least I can still have them in moderation. I will get used to this, I'm just adjusting to the new way to eat (lots of vege... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:20:29 EST In a rut...explained... So...I started on this site and stayed on a "high" for quite some time...but my last blog entry was over 2 weeks ago...maybe more. It was a heartfelt pouring out of how I feel...and some crap that had been said to me over the course of the years that plays on my "you are not good enough tape" in... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:16:41 EST A Milestone and Some Progress Pics <img src=""> <BR> I've been looking forward to this for awhile. Back in April 2014 as a response to a Spark Coach visualization challenge, I blogged about losing the first 30 pounds and realizing that it was equal to the bags of dog food I bu... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:14:24 EST Clean Eating Day 4 & 5 Oops - I wrote an entire blog yesterday and never hit post! <BR> <BR> Alas, Day 4 was good. I had a headache in the afternoon and a co-worker brought me my afternoon snack since I was covering in a different part of the School and couldn't leave the desk to retrieve it. That was super nice of he... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:12:43 EST Back to college, dude (!), and pie day Today was a weird weather day. It rained a little less than yesterday but thunderstorms rolled through mid-day. 30 miles north of here a tornado passed by. We seem to experience one of those a year. <BR> <BR> Gotta love how them folks up in Kelso talk. Its not seen as a great intellectual pl... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:07:09 EST Time flies Whether one is having fun or not, time flies. Especially as we get older. <BR> <BR> I got a communication from a former employer in the mail this week that pushed me down the road of contemplating the next huge sea-change of life: retirement. The letter was about a one-time financial opport... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:04:39 EST Today's Inspiration <img src=""> <BR> <BR> To me this isn't really a choice...not if I want health! And I will never have a body like hers but I could have muscles like hers! <BR> <BR> Thank you for all the comments and prayers...I could feel them on my trip... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:59:58 EST This Week I want to be strong. <BR> I want to do what I say today and all the near future days. <BR> I want to reach my goal. <BR> I want to be strong enough to keep my personal commitment. <BR> To myself. <BR> I am worth it. <BR> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:59:34 EST Need To Believe I completely gave up on Weight Watchers this week. I've repeated this phrase a lot: "I'm going to be a WW drop out. I'll never eat like those people." <BR> <BR> At the meeting people were saying... "I ate more fish this week. Just put a piece of fish in the microwave with a little lemon an... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:58:49 EST Blessings, October 24, 2014 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. Beautiful weather. <BR> <BR> 2. We had a great dance at the school last night. <BR> <BR> 3. Thank you to Mason for cleaning my fish tank. Hopefully, no more snails. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:53:04 EST Evolution is a Beautiful Thing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is why I don't feel bad about taking a rest day... <BR> <BR> I was BUSY yesterday. I clocked in over 11,000 steps, I walked to and from school, I did day 2 of C25K, I did a PiYo workout. <BR> <BR> I didn't fee... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:50:48 EST There's more than one criteria for success Today is measurement day - I hop on the scale and it doesn't move. Good news is - it doesn't move, bad news is - it doesn't move. Peh, forget the bad news, focus on the good news. I get the tape measure out, little bit of dread in my heart, last month only one of my measurements went down, and... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:49:51 EST 10/24/14 have a great weekend <BR> <BR> enjoy the time that you have <BR> <BR> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:45:54 EST a Wanna-Be Loser! <img src=""> <BR> Well, here he is-the determined child! <img src="">-and here is my determined Grandchild--being born 2nd in her family, she has had to be 1 tough little girl! <BR> And t... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:44:19 EST Images for October 22, 2014 <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <em>479</em> <BR> <BR> These images are in remembrance and I wish to share them here as my spark page changes all the time but this will always be here - <BR> <BR>... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:41:30 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> Live <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>465</em> Love <em>465</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:40:22 EST Day 11 and Day 12 Yesterday was a very busy day, and I didn't get a chance to post. I did, however, get the chance to exercise for 30 minutes. So I got a workout in, and worked on it throughout the day with every chance I had. <BR> Today, I'm starting with a 20 minute walk. Will get to the gym this evening, if ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:39:29 EST Thought and Prayer for Friday, October 24, 2014 October 24, 2014 DEVOTED WHEN TEMPTED <BR> <BR> What we do when we are tempted depends on how devoted we are to God. If we are completely devoted to God, we would not even go where we could possibly be tempted. If we are completely devoted to God, we would not even stay where we are tempted. If ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:34:06 EST 10/24/2014 woo-hoo Friday <em>244</em> it is Friday and it is going to be a great day and I am going to have to take it easy <em>521</em> <em>386</em> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:33:02 EST Parent Teacher Conferences Yesterday our district held parent teacher conferences from 12:00 until 7:30 PM I met with a total of 25 families through out the day! This was the 27th year I've participated in conferences and as always found them to be very enlightening! It's good to see where "MY" students come from.... ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:31:27 EST Creating My Rewards System My husband and I were brainstorming trying to remember what I did the last time I lost all of my big weight. He remembered that I had a rewards system set in place, and it really helped me reach my little goals along the way. <BR> <BR> I love painting my own nails, and I decided that because ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:29:45 EST She's back and making a come back... Morning Sparkers!! <BR> <BR> I've missed blogging...but I'm back at it I hope for a while at least. My weigh in this morning was good. No I haven't put the scale away, not until Monday morning. One of my weight lifting boos asked me to try flipping my meals, lowering my sugar intake, cardio 45-... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:26:07 EST Halfway! I don't have my full October report yet, but I can say that as of this morning I am halfway to my weight loss goal!!!!!!!!!! I don't know that I can put enough exclamation marks to portray my enthusiasm appropriately. Plus, halfway is just two pounds from being back under 190 pounds. Something I ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:19:14 EST Here I am again, writting about the same thing Yup, as the title of my blog says, here I am again... writing about the same thing. I have not been good about keeping track of what i've been eating, and I can feel myself gaining weight again and I feel my body saying "blahhhhh Nskyline do something about this!" <BR> I need some type of motivat... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:17:43 EST The meaning of bingeing. I just read an article here on SP titled “What to do after a binge” and finally got the definition of binge eating straight. I realized that I have not had a problem with binge eating for a very long time regardless of what I have posted in previous blogs. I was confused about this term and now k... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:17:02 EST OCTOBER 24 ... What a SPECIAL BLESSING to me happened. I got onto the scale yesterday & I'm very happy to say that my weight read ... 149 which means that I've LOST 16 POUNDS since thee start of theee year & so I am feeling so good about it. But, then last nite I was so craving some MAC & CHEESE and so I ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:12:57 EST Update Ok, I can't get my video to upload, so I will just have to type it out! <BR> <BR> I have been super busy but my work offered us a deal for a local gym, 35 bucks a month and no contract and no sign up fees. I have also been a bit worried as to what I should do with myself with winter coming and ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:07:06 EST TGIF! Had a few small snacks more than I normally would have - but hopefully the 1/2 hr. or so worth of dancing will make up for ut! (Splitting a sub between lunch and dinner helped as well!) <BR> <BR> This dancing event will be an extended one (through Sunday noon) so I intend to get as much as I ca... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:03:56 EST my gratitude-words of encouragement.10.24.14 I am grateful for this day <BR> I am grateful for my HP <BR> I am grateful for program <BR> I am grateful for my daily mini-meetings <BR> I am grateful to know gratitude <BR> I am grateful mom's eye surgery was successful <BR> I am grateful to get some direction on some personal issues <BR> <BR>... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:02:19 EST It's Life Jim, But Not As We Know It!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:58:55 EST Finally Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's finally Friday. I didn't think the week would ever end. I have been orientating new staff all week. That can be very draining and if you have ever done it than you know what I'm talking about. You have to fin... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:58:41 EST born this Good morning <BR> My name is Greg I am a grateful recovering Compulsive Overeater and addict, I was abstinent yesterday <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Plan of Action <BR> <BR> <BR> Pray <BR> <BR> Snack <BR> <BR> Voice exercises/warm up <BR> <BR> Outreach/service call <BR> <BR> Call Phil <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:57:50 EST Back to Beck Day Eleven: What is Hunger? <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4000186 </link> <BR> <BR> There is no single step in the Beck process which has mattered more to me than this one. Beck explains the differences among the three sensations of real hunger, mere desire and intense cravi... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:56:48 EST Rough times I'm sure most everyone that watches the news knows what happened to that poor soldier in Ottawa. My heart goes out to his family and friends! <BR> <BR> I'm still unsure what happened here in Halifax yesterday but whatever it was it was scary. Most of downtown was on lockdown and the hospital I w... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:56:14 EST Return from Traveling A quick 9 day trip from home in Florida to Illinois and back left me 2.4 lbs heavier. Some of it of course is from not tracking and poor choices, but also some is water weight from driving/sitting for hours. So today I am wearing my pedometer and will do an aerobic dvd before breakfast. Weight... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:54:07 EST UPDATE Just thought I'd bring everyone up to date! <BR> <BR> January 01, 2014 I started on a 'Soul-searching Journey'. I tell you all one thing, it's not for whimps! My life has been a 'roller coaster' ever since. Everything from personal health to relationships, to taking my cares to the 'foot of t... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:50:05 EST This is it! Fresh start...not waiting for January for New Years Resolutions that ALWAYS fail! Healthy living/healthy choices start today! Nothing will taste as good as the empowerment to choose healthy things over things that provide temporary satisfaction! Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:48:46 EST Beck Day 11 Beck wants me to determine the difference between hunger, desire and cravings. My brain is screaming "it doesn't matter"! If I'm trusting the process (and I am) then apparently it does, so I'm going to work on figuring out which of my feelings is which. <BR> <BR> In order to get back down to... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:47:04 EST Assessing the Week so far Positive Baby Steps: <BR> 1. Joined a Spark Team <BR> 2. Added a few new friends <BR> 3. Slowly figuring out parts of the Spark website <BR> 4. Got my 10,000 steps in most days <BR> <BR> Working on: <BR> 1. Prioritizing exercise <BR> 2. Planning meals <BR> 3. Planning what to do when I d... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:46:40 EST Something to think about <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:43:03 EST Give Yourself A Pep Talk YOU ARE FIERCE! <BR> <BR> YOU CAN DO THIS! <BR> <BR> YOU ARE READY NOW! <BR> <BR> YOU WILL FINISH! <BR> <BR> Choose your words carefully and you'll get better results - from yourself. New research finds that people who pumped themselves up using the second person ("You can do it!" instead of... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:40:30 EST Friday's Funny "I used to be Snow White, but I drifted." <BR> <BR> <BR> Mae West Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:39:07 EST Follow Up I've had a comment on my High Blood Pressure blog and a few private messages asking if everything is good. <BR> <BR> I saw my doctor last week and my blood pressure was border line high. He contributed that to my stressed feeling of actually being there. <BR> Turns out I have major anxiety! I ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:38:02 EST One pound at a time I have actually lost over 20 lbs since March. I am just wanting to see the difference in the way my clothes fit Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:37:55 EST The Denial of Death A few decades ago, Ernest Becker published his Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Denial of Death. I was put in mind of this work by a writer who advanced the theory that dieting and health obsession (which is distinguished from eating healthfully, exercising and taking care of oneself, you know, p... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:34:22 EST Day 20 - Sugar Detox (again) SLEEP <BR> 7 hours <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> FOOD <BR> Breakfast: plain yogurt with muesli <BR> Snack: fruit and nuts bar <BR> Lunch: sandwich with cream cheese and smoked salmon, potato salad <BR> Snack: dried fruit bar, candy bar <BR> Diner: rosemary chicken, potatoes and gree... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:32:43 EST TGIF 10/24/14 <img src=""> <BR> Yay, its the weekend. John is selling at the Farmer's Market this weekend. Melissa is working and Pat went on a trip so I will be taking Melissa to work and watching Lilly this weekend. <BR> Will be staying at her place on ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:31:58 EST THAT SAYS IT ALL <img src=""> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:31:52 EST day 65 - just don't feel like it! things have been going really well - diet-wise. life-wise too. but diet-wise is important. what's interesting is that for some reason, I have yet to pin point, it isn't working today. I woke up this morning and like every morning, I weighed myself and yes, I lost a little. that should start ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:31:23 EST Fun is coming.. So the weekend is approaching, and with it brings the inevitable temptations, but this week-end also brings some fun. GD is coming home, only a day but we are all missing her especially her little sisters, wish it could be for the whole week-end , but her BF finally got a job, and being low man o... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:29:51 EST Swamp Witch Jim Stafford (of the "Spiders and Snakes" song) wrote this one in 1973. <BR> <BR> Black water Hattie lived back in the swamp <BR> Where the strange green reptiles crawl <BR> Snakes hang thick from the cypress trees <BR> Like sausage on a smokehouse wall <BR> Where the swamp is alive with a ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:19:26 EST The Teal Pumpkin Project The Teal pumpkin project is to tell kids with food related allergies that your house has allergy free treats. It's simple you paint a pumpkin teal and set it outside your door. For more information look here <link><BR>ject#.VEol8PnF_ng </link> <BR> My Bug h... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:17:47 EST been away way to long <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:11:46 EST Friday Funny!! <img src=""> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:09:33 EST It's Fabulous Friday <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:09:30 EST National Bologna Day National Bologna Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : Always October 24 <BR> <BR> National Bologna Day is a full of baloney! <BR> <BR> Properly spelled Bologna, it is sometimes spelled "Baloney". It is pronounced like the latter s... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:03:15 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=10/24/2014=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MIN E <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">I will praise Thee O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify Thy name for evermove... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:01:15 EST TGIF Now I'm waiting for 5pm when I am done with work. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:56:43 EST With Your Whole Heart - Joel & Victoria Osteen <BR> With Your Whole Heart <BR> <BR> Today's Scripture: <BR> <BR> "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…" <BR> (Ecclesiastes 9:10, NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's Word: <BR> <BR> When you do something to the best of your ability because you want to honor God, it opens the ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:53:37 EST ANOTHER NO BLOG DAY..... Not sure what is happening at on here everyday however forgetting to do my blogs.... <BR> oh well...maybe it is not meant to be... <BR> Am so looking forward to sleeping in the morning till I wake....woohoo.... <BR> <BR> Later...Night Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:47:45 EST Friday, October 24 Well, I had a very busy day at the office yesterday. I was so busy I didn't get ti go get soup for lunch. Once again, I only had one meal. I was able to eat baked salmon for dinner. Then, I had two popsicles. <BR> <BR> Today, I am working from home. I started at 5 AM because I will finish m... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:24:07 EST Inspirational Thoughts The LORD siad: Be strong for I am with you; do not fear for My Spirit remains in you; do not worry for I will fill your house with glory; I will bless you with more than what you have before; and I will give you the best for I have chosen you. These are the promises of GOD for you today!!! SHA... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:22:27 EST Friday, October 24 - Food Day Yesterday my husband went to the cardiologist as he has been tracking his blood pressure for two weeks now. After having terrible high readings, it finally seems to be under control. Of course, he takes 5 blood pressure meds in order for this to happen, but he took the drs. advice on when to ta... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:22:18 EST Challenges - Embrace Them? <img src=""> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:16:31 EST IT'S FRIDAY YEAH YES I LOVE FRIDAYS AND ESPECIALLY WHEN I AM OFF.LOL THE PLAN FOR TODAY IS GET THE HOUSE CLEANED AND THEN COOK SOMETHING GOOD FOR DINNER BUT WHAT I HAVE NO IDEA!HMMMMMM <BR> HOPE THE RAIN IS GONE FOR A WHILE WHEN I HAVE CLEAN FLOORS WOULD LIKE TO KEEP THEM THAT WAY FOR A WHILE. <BR> SO STARTING OF... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:14:20 EST Friday's Healthy Inspirational Quote of the Day 10/24/2014 "When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there."~Zig Ziglar Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:03:37 EST We are not Alone " Just remember were all in this alone" Jane Wagner <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>46</em> <em>24</em> <em>20</em> <em>20</em> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Not here on this site not now not ever . Here we are a team of many faces and personalities and ideas <em>10</em>... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:47:53 EST October recap Hello hello! <BR> I hope everyone has a great October:) Things here have been going really well and busy! <BR> Last weekend I had my body pump training. I was required to memorize two tracks to present to the trainer (that Les Mills sent) and the rest of our group. There were 17 of us total:)... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:42:17 EST Day 35: Preventing a faltering start. This week, was a bad week. <BR> I am commuting 2 hrs a day, and house hunting most evenings. The weather has turned stormy, and it is dark early. So I am missing out on my walks. <BR> I was sick with an ear infection too, my foot is still injured. <BR> All spark plans has been throw out the windo... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:29:10 EST If you always do what you've always done... If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got. <BR> <BR> It is a well known quote, and one that came to mind while I was working out the other day. Most days I enjoy my workouts, and there's nothing like the feel good feeling you get afterwards. On the odd oc... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:17:02 EST Awaiting the glorious triumph. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Losing weight is tough, y'all!! It's so much easier to put the weight on than it is to take it off. Grrrr! But, we'll just keep pushing until we get to that glorious triumph. Right? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:13:28 EST Micah 6 What does the Lord require? <BR> <link><BR>2014/10/micah-6-what-does-lord-require<BR>.html </link> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:08:22 EST Blessed, 10/23 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they remind me of the importance of joy. <BR> 2. i am grateful for time with my daughter, because she is an amazing little creature. <BR> 3. i am grateful for finishing c25k, because i hate running and i did it. <BR> 4. i am grateful for figuring things out... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:57:30 EST Recipe` for a Healthy Journey! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning <em>524</em> my Friend's, <BR> <BR> Let's have a great Friday & let's make this weekend a successful one. How can we do that? Here is a healthy recipe` for a successful & healthy journey. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:27:11 EST Live Up To The Vision My first vision board is still here over my computer silently speaking to me. I believe in investing the time to formulate a clear, achievable long-term goal because "If you don't know where you're going, how will you know when you get there?" <BR> <BR> This year, my expectations are a bit diff... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:22:15 EST *Click Here* Go ahead... oxox I wanted to show this for anyone... that clicked on my Blog just now... I found this Halloween 100 calories sample of what 100 calories looks like... It surprised me... I found this useful for this time of year... Happy Hallow... *Witches Laugh* <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:17:43 EST Quote for Today I am a spiritual being... After this body is dead, my spirit will soar. I refuse to let what will rot rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. <BR> <BR> Max Luc... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:15:59 EST This week....Oct. 24th <img src=""> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:13:52 EST Bible Verse for the Day “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. <BR> <BR> Proverbs 9:10 NKJV Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:13:21 EST Okie Dokie, Let's Spill The Beans! So I mentioned before that I was quite embarrassed because I felt like I was always coming up with these new ideas and plans, getting super excited about it, telling all of you, and then finding out it wasn't for me a few short days or a week later. You were all so supportive (as always), and sai... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:02:15 EST Happy Friday! <img src=""> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:48:56 EST Now I got chased by a guy on a bike Well it's nice to know that I'm not the only CRAZY PERSON on the bike trail after midnight. Yeah I broke one of my "new" training rules tonight just two days in and went for a night run. Well, I stretched another "new" rule too as I ran sliiiightly beyond the 3 mile maximum also. Actually I ha... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:45:58 EST Broncos won~ its really all I cared to watch today, I almost fell asleep a few times. <BR> <BR> I'm not gonna lie I feel like hell a little more today. Been drinking a lot, hot tea, cold tea, water, orange juice. I feel like when I am ill my appetite increases a little. I don't get that but I stayed in range... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:43:34 EST Gratitudes: working through it, doing what I need to do anyway, and Sherlock on PBS 1) My son, who is under the weather, settled in near me today to watch TWO episodes of the PBS series Sherlock. He rarely watches TV or movies, which is problematic for our family since the other three of us are all fiends for good shows and films. I'm pleased that he liked it and will now likely... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:39:13 EST Cold running Winter is coming! <BR> It's freezing cold outside and I'm only leaving house wearing tights and knitted socks and a top, a shirt and a jumper. So you can imagine how hard it was for me to actually go on a run yesterday. But I did it! I'm so proud. And you know what, there were parts I actually ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:35:58 EST What A Day! What a day, what a day, what a busy $%&* day! <BR> <BR> This morning i'm up getting the twins ready for school and the phone rings.... my first reaction, Oh $*&%#! No decent person calls someones home at seven in the morning, so of course I immediately think the worst. Turns out it was one of th... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:19:53 EST RESTART! So yeah, been a while. But I'm here now and ready to stop this downward spiral of unhealthy behaviour. I won't cover everything since my last blog but I will say that in the past week I have really been making an effort to go local and organic. It takes a lot more planning and budgeting but I rea... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:07:58 EST Hope you are all aware how dire this mid term election is! <link><BR>ie-sanders-shoots-rumors-leave-senate-<BR>democratic-caucus.html </link> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:45:51 EST My cheat meal and my new trainer <em>383</em> It was Luke's birthday on Wednesday. I had a plan. I was motivated. I did the opposite! In the end what it came down to was my realisation that celebrating my husbands birthday was more important than a silly challenge. One meal wasn't going to change anything! So I had a glass of ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:42:55 EST Still a bit shook up and driven to drink! As some of you may know, Ottawa, Canada, the city I live in, had a major event yesterday. <BR> <BR> It is quite surreal to see Ottawa on CNN and NBC and all other American news networks. To make news worldwide is not something Canada is known for doing, unless of course it is for something like... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:23:46 EST