SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=5/25/2015=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">THIS is the middle verse... Mon, 25 May 2015 05:44:29 EST Patriotism In Crazy Town .. Day 227 of 662 <img src=""> Mon, 25 May 2015 05:28:47 EST Catching Up I took some time off the SparkPeople Website. It can be so overwhelming at first. So much to do and keep track of. But I am slowly getting caught up and figuring everything out. The bonus to all of it is...I'm losing fat in the process. I love this program Mon, 25 May 2015 04:57:30 EST 116 days why is it when I make a commitment to eat healthy, people throw all manner of sugary sweets my way? Ughhh. Yes healthy is a lifestyle. But I am in weight loss and my diet- while healthy- is very restricted for the next 116 days. Building healthy habits. Mon, 25 May 2015 04:50:16 EST Steady as you go... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All <BR> <BR> Wishing you all a great Monday and week ahead. We can do it 1 day at a time, together we can. <BR> <BR> Let's stay focused & keep our eyes on the finishing line... ... Mon, 25 May 2015 04:42:19 EST Vermont Vermont, the Green Mountain State, is the only New England state bordering the Atlantic. It's the first state admitted to the Union, making it the 14th state, 45th alphabetically. The capital city is Montpelier, the largest city is Burlington. <BR> <img src=" Mon, 25 May 2015 04:39:43 EST Kayaking/Walking What an incredible day. The weather was absolutely gorgeous. My friend and I went kayaking for 2 hrs and it was awesome. The water was great and there weren't too many boats out which was nice. We also did about 10 miles worth of walking throughout the entire day (we walked all over the city toda... Mon, 25 May 2015 04:34:12 EST 5/25 Planning Ahead for the Week Ahead! Annnnnnd it's a new week. I know I haven't done what I wanted to since Mother's Day. That holiday is always a hard one for me. I gained two pounds back but I knew very well that it could have been worse if not for Spark. I come on here and I am reminded even when I am not near to perfect to keep ... Mon, 25 May 2015 04:15:13 EST Quote for the Day Positive minds full of faith and hope produce positive lives. <BR> <BR> Joyce Meyer Mon, 25 May 2015 03:59:10 EST Bible Verse for Today.. My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, <BR> <BR> James 1:19 NIV Mon, 25 May 2015 03:50:57 EST Lost weekend 174lb 12st 7lb BMI 36.42 <BR> <BR> HEY! I lost weight at weekend, without proper logging! ........Okay, it isn't a full pound .. and I did fast on Saturday ... sort off (not 100% successful) but down is still down! Ha ha. I have decided I am not going to try too hard to log at weekends. Maintai... Mon, 25 May 2015 03:43:21 EST Feelingtude list, 5/24 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they make me be present. <BR> 2. i am grateful for a good recovering family, because it makes me hopeful. <BR> 3. i am grateful for visits, because they ease burdens. <BR> 4. i am grateful for fingernails, because they are useful tools. <BR> 5. i am gratefu... Mon, 25 May 2015 03:38:35 EST Progress - 8th week Well TOM finally came and I have shed most of the water retention. <BR> <BR> And even though I am taking it easier this week and have even eaten desert this weekend and had 2 cappuccinos (not the same day though....LOL) I am loosing weight. <BR> As of this morning I am at 82.7kg! That is 10.5kg... Mon, 25 May 2015 03:37:01 EST Just When You Thought You'd Seen Everything..4# Fancy a swing anyone? <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 25 May 2015 03:19:26 EST HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Celebrating today but for the first time in my life not with food! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Mon, 25 May 2015 03:01:23 EST Rewarding myself I had a little more yesterday than what I have had in a long time to eat. I know I went over board, and I knew what I was doing while I was doing it. I allowed myself for the reason that it was a family gathering first family gathering of the summer, and also this is the first family gathering I... Mon, 25 May 2015 02:41:42 EST Sunday - A No Exercise Day My husband and I overslept this morning. I guess we were really tired from yesterday's family gathering. We woke up at 9:30 am. We usually walk before we go to church which starts at 11:30 am. We weren't able to do our walk this morning, not if we wanted to eat before we go to church. I made... Mon, 25 May 2015 02:40:40 EST Day 145: Start Today (quotes) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Just don't give up on trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong." (Ella Fitzgerald) <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 25 May 2015 02:39:17 EST time aside <img src=""> <BR> step away from distractions for a few moments and catch a little quiet time <BR> (Healthy Habits Reset Challenge) <BR> <BR> I can do that. <em>48</em> Mon, 25 May 2015 02:34:30 EST Today's Inspiration " If you can't feed a hundred <BR> people, then feed just one." <BR> <BR> - Mother Teresa Mon, 25 May 2015 01:55:57 EST time and reflection It seems the more time I spend on reviewing and revising my goals either for daily or longer the closer the reflection in the mirror becomes and sometimes it is scary. Mon, 25 May 2015 01:53:52 EST What Went - Sunday Today we were gone all day. Right from church we drove north an hour to have a meal at our friend's house. They have two little girls and one more due any day. I had forgotten how noisy and busy little kids can be! I had gluten (and wheat) for the first time today since before Thanksgiving. ... Mon, 25 May 2015 01:53:17 EST We've had weird weather the past week mostly cloudy. (I thought I was living back in Seattle for a bit here.) <BR> <BR> Anyhow, its not really enough to make a difference, I went to get my cat from outside and he hates the rain if he is out in it! <BR> <BR> I feel much better and now I am catching up to things in life but that wi... Mon, 25 May 2015 01:41:25 EST Sharing this journey.. Somehow sharing this journey seems far more intimate than any of my relationships ever did. I refrain from posting when I should because it seems like I'm opening myself up for all sorts of hate and disappointment. I know, logically of course, that this is not what the community on Sparkpeople is... Mon, 25 May 2015 01:38:19 EST Gratitude May 24 2015 Number 1: The weather was amazing today. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I didn't see ducks, but I did see geese! <BR> <BR> Number 3: I didn't go Mama Bear at the so called friends of my daughter who were particularly thoughtless today. She doesn't want me to and I won't but I am mad. <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 May 2015 01:36:53 EST MEMORIAL DAY MEMORIES <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I was growing up (1950’s) Memorial Day was called “Decoration Day”. We always went to my grandparents’ house in what was then a very small town in rural Oregon. They had lived in ... Mon, 25 May 2015 01:34:37 EST Gili Islands In less than 4 weeks I'm off to the Gili Islands. I was hoping to lose some weight before the trip. I have lost a few kilos but it appears I have to be pretty much perfect in my eating to keep that weight and that just isn't going to happen right now. I have been focusing on eating within calorie... Mon, 25 May 2015 01:25:24 EST Monday I have had a busy day today it is my day off very windy and wet but managed to get my walk in then my Daughter came and took me out to morning tea as it is my birthday then went to the podiatric for my heel so have it strapped up. Mon, 25 May 2015 01:08:49 EST Happy memoral day Bw blessed and enjoy life and sending love hugs Mon, 25 May 2015 01:08:30 EST Sobering Thoughts on Memorial Day <em>232</em> It is my understanding that Memorial Day had its beginning in the post Civil War days as a day set aside to remember those who had given their lives during that particular time in our history. By the 1900’s, it became a time designated for remembering all who had fallen in battle... Mon, 25 May 2015 01:06:20 EST Completed my Vision Board - Really Excited! In the past, I have created Vision Boards on my laptop with every intent to look at them often for inspiration. In reality, I haven't found them very motivating, and honestly would forget I even had one soon after finishing them. <BR> <BR> This (3rd) time around, I decided that I would create a... Mon, 25 May 2015 01:03:20 EST A difficult week but Oh, so Thankful! A week ago today, soon after my Dad left for work, we received a horrible phone call. He had been in a bad wreck and was being taken by ambulance to the ER. Since he is a paramedic and has been for 30 years, we knew if it sounded bad, it really was. He works through everything he possibly can ... Mon, 25 May 2015 01:01:52 EST DAILY QUOTE - <BR> Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones . <BR> <BR> ~ Anonymous Mon, 25 May 2015 01:01:48 EST Update One week into the new med changes. I had a few tough days. These last two have been pretty okay, though. <BR> Tonight is my first night with out Pristiq, the one that causes "brain zaps'" dizziness, fertigo, and flu like symptoms from withdrawl. <BR> Wish me luck. <BR> My family has been very sup... Mon, 25 May 2015 00:59:53 EST Glug glug I love water. I did not think I would feel that way, ever. Now that I have been faithful to my tracking, I feel it a must to stay true to the goal. I started trying new water flavors and low and behold, I can't go without. <BR> <BR> I use fruits for my water. Oranges, limes and grapefr... Mon, 25 May 2015 00:55:38 EST Tomorrow Tomorrow <BR> Im going to start tomorrow <BR> Not today, today is over, it already began <BR> But tomorrow <BR> <BR> Tomorrow tomorrow tomorrow <BR> <BR> It all starts tomorrow, it cant be today, im not ready <BR> not ready for all the work <BR> the blood sweat and tears <BR> It's too hard, too... Mon, 25 May 2015 00:54:20 EST A day for remembering This long weekend is typically full of barbecues; our street is having a block party today. The street will be closed to traffic and be overrun with our neighbors' kids. Potluck dishes will be shared; a firetruck will stop by and the firefighters will let the kids take turns sitting in the cabi... Mon, 25 May 2015 00:44:03 EST A discovery to ponder I realized yesterday that while I already know how much I weigh and what size clothes to look for at St. Vinnies and all the unpleasantness that comes with being morbidly obese, that when I saw my reflection in a mirror I was shocked and surprised at how large i am for me. I truly have never bee... Mon, 25 May 2015 00:41:44 EST 5/23/15 Well, we made it home and I had a great weekend. Helped my son with some things around his house, and grilled and talked and then headed home. Still no baby. DIL is doing well, and want Emerson to make his arrival. My Cardinals won today, and I believe they would have won last night if the w... Mon, 25 May 2015 00:28:49 EST HOLIDAY WEEKEND It was a nice Sunday. I met friends and rode to brunch. Then, we rode to a swap meet. Finally, I went to my friend's 50th birthday party. I ate too much today but got in some exercise. Mon, 25 May 2015 00:24:01 EST Sunday Today was a busy but fun day of friends,sharing, and gardening. Mon, 25 May 2015 00:15:10 EST MONSTERS.....BE GONE! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's ironic, but until you can free those final monsters within the jungle of yourself, your life, your soul is up for grabs. ____ Rona Barrett <BR> <BR> We all have monsters. Maybe... Mon, 25 May 2015 00:15:04 EST Stop Eating CRAP... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As I am approaching my WW 1st Year Anniversary, I realized I have stopped eating CRAP...I have lost about 40 pounds and I am healthier now at 61 than I was at 60! I am not there yet, but I am ne... Mon, 25 May 2015 00:09:14 EST Special Blessings-May 25, 2015 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> All of the servicemen, past and present, who have served this Country to keep us as safe as possible and allow us to keep our this Land a Democracy. This gratitude also extends to our law enforcement officers and firefighters, who work ... Mon, 25 May 2015 00:08:42 EST Gut 101-the Effect of Foods by Dr. Tom O'Bryan Dr. Tom has gotten huge in the gluten/gut world since I met him a few years ago when he was going from city to city with his gut speech. Sean Croxton, Underground Wellness, showed him how to market himself/his message so he could reach more people via the internet, so I thought I'd share one of ... Mon, 25 May 2015 00:03:30 EST 05-24-2015 It was a nice Sunday. My oldest son and his wife and my daughter and her partner came over for a barbeque. It's not often that I get all of them together, without any nieces, nephews or cousins. We had a great meal and visit. <BR> <BR> We also did a video call with my other son and his family... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:55:49 EST Day 283 cloudy rainy and sad Just can't seem to get those good feeling flowing on days like this. It was drizzly yesterday but today was just plain gray. It was a soft gentle all day rain and will do the same again tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I had to work hard to get up any energy today. So I decided to work on steps and fini... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:53:33 EST A short weekend of family togetherness. Instead of just chatting about everything I wanted to have some conversation about the family, <BR> The granddaughters had a good time. Our youngest son took them to a movie at the Regal cinema where his wife works so they get in for free. <BR> While they were away I and our eldest son went to D... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:51:58 EST 144/365 Had a rather lazy day. I just couldn't get the gumption up to do much. Sun, 24 May 2015 23:47:51 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 5/17 - 5/23 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> What is success? To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world ... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:47:16 EST Sunday..still draggy but smiling It was a good day although we were both tired. <BR> <BR> We went to our godson's soccer game but it has been moved up and they were outmatched. <BR> <BR> No worries, we had dinner at the Greek festival and came home to a quiet evening. <BR> <BR> Quiet can be very nice.... <em>41</em> Sun, 24 May 2015 23:40:19 EST There's worse things to stress eat.... right? <img src=""> I'm a stress eater. My go to: chocolate. So I had gotten rid of the chocolate in the house, then, boom, Halloween. Made the kids and husband eat that up, then, snap, xmas. Fatty fat fat, can't resist a pie... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:39:27 EST May 24 Accountablity My friend Peanut was able to return to the nursing home today. That's huge! He is doing so well with his amputation and attitude. I don't know if he will ever walk again, but he has done wonderfully with his healing so far. One day at a time. <BR> <BR> Fitness 7.3 mile bike ride with my buddy K... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:39:14 EST Allowing myself to be a beginner I'm six weeks into my seven week challenge ... and yesterday I was struck by the idea of allowing myself to a beginner. At this point, that might be strange because obviously I am at the beginning or at least was; but it came after listening and reading several people say things like that we shou... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:39:01 EST Memorial Day As Memorial Day comes upon us, I am reminded that my cousin, Jeremy, gave his life in Iraq so that we could continue to be free. He will forever be my hero. I hope everyone reflects on those who we have this day set aside for. Remember our fallen. Sun, 24 May 2015 23:38:03 EST Day 144: Just A Quick Chat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it." ... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:37:04 EST 200 points on a sick day Just thought I'd give myself the 3 extra points here to make 200 for the day. I also have an annoying head cold, so I'm trying to make myself feel better. Sun, 24 May 2015 23:34:49 EST Just when you think you've got this diet & exercise thing figured out... Think again. I was a down pat, cravings gone, stress handled. I maintained a 30-40 pound weight loss for about 4 years, felt great. I had an I got this attitude. I had found the answer and Spark People was a big part of that. I had run 2 full marathons, was exercising... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:33:59 EST Anne Lamott quote Gratitude, not understanding is the secret to joy. <BR> - Anne Lamott Sun, 24 May 2015 23:32:04 EST Starting over again with Spark People It seems I have fallen off the wagon more than staying on! No excuses I would tell myself but always have found one well this time instead of writing rewards of accomplishment I am writing punishments for not doing my workout. The rewards use to help now it's been oh well there is next time. This... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:26:25 EST Working towards a better me. So, I have decided to go back to school. I am doing lots of research before I make my final decision but this is something that needs to happen. I am so scared and super excited. This will mean big things for my mental health and hopefully in return my physical health! Cannot tell many people in ... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:21:17 EST Day 23 of May Accountability <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's how I did for Saturday, 5/23 -- <BR> <em>248</em> Eat 500 calories fewer than I burn daily. I ate 1,547, burned 2,196. <BR> <em>248</em> Take at least 10,000 steps daily. Got 12... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:20:06 EST Not fitting in Today was a fun and special day. Hubby and I took my daughter and my nephew to a Toronto Bluejay game. It was a gorgeous day and the jays won but most especially it was her first baseball game. I think my daughter had fun. She enjoyed dancing to songs and people watching. <BR> <BR> I felt very ... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:16:15 EST Exceeds The Maximum Weight Limit This week was a rough one for me, and I know I don't weigh in until tomorrow morning but there is a couple things that I feel like I should get off my chest. Part of this journey is being honest with myself about things, about how I feel, what I do, or do not do, and things that I come across. <... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:13:28 EST Easy Day <em>41</em> Taking it easy today. Still in some pain, but it seems to be improving. Went to church, but rested at home the remainder of the day. Sun, 24 May 2015 23:10:37 EST Thought For Today - Perfectionism I just read something that I want to share with everyone. It's about Perfectionism from Nick Ortner, writer, (about Tapping)‎, in Facebook. There is a tapping group here in SP. If Tapping is new to you, check out this website: <link><BR>ogate/ </link> ... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:02:05 EST My Old Friend "Ice Cream" Came to Visit Yeah--there he was. My friend, sitting right there in the ice cream case where I left him about 14 months ago. I still don't know how it happened. I got up this morning, walked, got dressed and went to church. Then went to lunch with a friend and ate healthy. thought I would go to the groce... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:01:00 EST Regrets.......... So many times since I started my journey here on Spark People in 2011 I have regretted that I waited so long to be kind to my body. I am not the person I was that August when I was borderline in having to begin medication for high cholesterol and needing to get sugar under control. Thanks to SP... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:00:52 EST Gaining So, I gained all my weight back last week. I have no idea how, or why. Actually, it was two weeks ago. Last week I said, "Eff it" and went crazy. I didn't gain any weight this week, but I could feel my energy level creeping down...down...down. I know I COULD focus on non-weight goals, such as ene... Sun, 24 May 2015 23:00:08 EST 5/24/15 - Bedtime It rained today and little water droplets were clinging to the chives' purple flowers. The picture it made was quite gorgeous. <BR> <BR> Despite it being wet, I mowed the lawn. When I pulled off my wet jeans, I found bright green grass clipping in the cuffs. When I wash them, I'll have to rem... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:59:59 EST Birthday Pictures with Grandma The following photo's were taken today after Logan's 6th Birthday Party. My family came to Grandma's so Birthday Boy, Logan could open up gifts from Grandma Judith...As you can see my grandkids are my pride & joy... <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 24 May 2015 22:58:41 EST Sunday About to go to bed.... <BR> <BR> Hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Sun, 24 May 2015 22:57:45 EST Ready to drop the weight again I'm slowly getting back to Sparking - and by that I mean very slowly. But the good news is I'm starting to get the focus back on myself. I have been so consumed by subbing at school, teaching Sunday school, being a Girl Scout leader and helping out our newest family member that my health has fa... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:56:01 EST Sunday's words to Ponder <img src=""> Sun, 24 May 2015 22:52:14 EST Re: Online, and Nutrition, Exercise & Wellness Management Lexicon Text ... Editors FAQ -- Answers only! ;-) <BR> <BR> 1. No, I do not have all these memorized. I use very few of them regularly. <BR> 2. No, I do not print this out. I use an editor (word processor) to view or <BR> ---change the file. I, also, recommend that you don't print it out either. <BR> ---Windows ... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:52:02 EST Warming Up for the Warm Up Next weekend is our warm up self-supported cycling tour from Friday through Sunday through the Finger Lakes. I say warm up as we are planning a longer, more challenging self-supported tour of the Adirondack Mountains in September...territory I have seen very little of and am looking forward to do... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:43:47 EST My bad It's my intent to blog weekly, but four have got past me. The biggest news is I am starting a Nursing bachelors program June 1, and the program is looking pretty cool. I have a mentor who has an MSN, and she worked Psych which is where I see myself in a few years. <BR> <BR> We are in the mid... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:41:40 EST Chapter 18, Day 27 No client work again today. I can't seem to motivate myself, even with the audit pressing in on me. I must address this tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Made the time to exercise, stretch, strength train. It is time consuming, and all together I spent nearly 3 hours on these activities. My meals were su... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:41:18 EST Fireflies I saw my first fireflies of the year this evening... I don't know why, but just seeing fireflies make my heart happy... <BR> <BR> No flooding here, but just up the road there was a terrible problem... When the rain starts pouring down here in the Texas hill country, flash floods are a present da... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:39:55 EST Meant for Mint: The 'Bikini Neanie' Project, Day 76 My little garden is coming right on along! My cherry tomatoes are growing. I have an endless supply of swiss chard, other greens, and fresh herbs for my salads. I am really enjoying my eating my own organically grown food--it makes me feel so good! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> To maintain... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:38:23 EST Super Sunday Visitation Sunday from church and we spent the <BR> whole day just doing little odds and ends so we <BR> can have Memorial Day for a time of reflections <BR> and honor our veterans. <BR> We met a young couple at the café who bought <BR> their house from our good friends who moved to <BR> Minneso... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:34:57 EST The Little Things <img src=""> 1. Never eat pizza. It's delicious and greasy and ruins your blood sugars as well as your waistline. 2. Drinking water is not bad! Just hard to remember. 3. Omg I love fresh fruit more than anything. Wh... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:29:51 EST Giving it another go... New to this platform but not new to the weight loss struggle. I guess I'm here for motivation. I know how to do this...just dont seem to be there mentally...but I want to be. So here's what I'll do: I'll sit quietly from the corner watching everything going on...I'm fearful of strangers but once ... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:24:15 EST What's in the Fridge? <img src=""> <BR> I wish I had before and now pics. It was more organized when I was eating all the frozen boxed stuff.  Sharing space when our tastes are so divergent is getting difficult! At the top, you can see th... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:23:55 EST Getting a lot done! Well all 10 trees are finally planted, I got 6 of them planted when I realized I forgot to put the protectors down over them, luckily they all fit over the top of the trees. It is a long process to plant trees, I had to pull out the old dead trees with the tractor, then dig the holes. After the... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:17:29 EST Micky Mouse Going to the pool tonight after NASCAR. My house needs work but I can do it tomorrow. <BR> <BR> I pulled my stove out looking for a mouse. The darn thing caused me to have a Mouse Hunt moment. I was calmly blending my smoothie and a mouse looked at me from the microwave. I pulled out the microw... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:13:49 EST The best thing since sliced bread I hate counting calories, fiber, fat etc. You have to look them up and all that BORING stuff. I love love love the scan feature on my smart phone. It is so cool. You just point it at the bar code and spark does the rest. If you have a smart phone and haven't used this feature yet you have to... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:06:06 EST Choices Today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So twice a month I go to a casino about 75 minutes south of my house. I ended up going to bed late last night because I took a nap yesterday which made me "not tired" when I went should have go... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:06:01 EST Rest Day!!! After being on the road all weekend, I decided to take a rest day today and do nothing. I am also skipping my workout. <em>102</em> Sun, 24 May 2015 22:04:29 EST May 24 - 1 Month on Atkins & Kicking Butt! April 24th starting weight: 196.4 <BR> May 24th weigh in: 189.4 <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> SEVEN POUNDS IN 4 WEEKS!! <BR> <BR> This is <em>345</em> , in all my other attempts to lose weight I was only losing a pound a month. I'm so glad that I finally put two and two together and figured out ... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:03:10 EST May 24 - 1 Month on Atkins & Kicking Butt! April 24th starting weight: 196.4 <BR> May 24th weigh in: 189.4 <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> SEVEN POUNDS IN 4 WEEKS!! <BR> <BR> This is <em>345</em> , in all my other attempts to lose weight I was only losing a pound a month. I'm so glad that I finally put two and two together and figured out ... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:03:10 EST Daisy & Friends Photos So my last hike at Mom's was a very relaxed one, some of it along the beach so Daisy could get water time on this very hot day with a high of 31 C (87.8 F). First up was this very speedy Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever only seven months old: <BR> <img src=" Sun, 24 May 2015 21:56:11 EST Is A Countdown Right For Me? Today I read a lot about exercise/ eating countdowns. <em>12</em> I am wondering is it something that would work for me. I saw one <em>272</em> where someone committed to 100 days in the gym,and had <em>250</em> results. Then I read someone blog about 100 days of exercising. I already e... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:54:51 EST Day 176 - Road Trip We are making good time on our journey to Kentucky. We decided to push on to Sidney, Nebraska, for our overnight. We should arrive there a little after midnight local time. That should get us into Henderson, Kentucky, about 10pm tomorrow night. There had been plenty of rain in Nevada, Utah, and W... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:53:03 EST Using the Food Tracker It's my fourth day here on SparkPeople and I wanted to share my thoughts thus far. <BR> <BR> I really like the food tracker. It's straightforward and easy to use. I like that when I'm searching for a specific food, I can find other members' entries. I know I'm not the only person who bought a pa... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:51:45 EST A Self-made Promise I joined Planet Fitness. I have to do something. I signed up on Wednesday and so far, so good. I've been there every day since; 5 days in a row. Two of those days I got up at 5 to workout before work. That's huge for me, cause I LOVE sleeping. To this point I've been taking my iPad to watch... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:46:37 EST My epiphany. Since I first joined Spark People, quite a few years ago, there has been one major hurdle I've struggled to get over. Water! I've always disliked the stuff, only resorted to drinking it when absolutely necessary. Last week I had a few really stressful days, and was left afterwards feeling totall... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:41:38 EST We Give Thanks Thanksgiving is a day when we pause to give thanks for the things we have. <BR> <BR> Memorial Day is a day when we pause to give thanks to the people who fought for the things we have. <BR> <BR> <em>232</em> Sun, 24 May 2015 21:40:26 EST Memorial Day Celebrations How will you celebrate Memorial Day? Does it carry any particular special meaning for you? <BR> <BR> We don’t usually do much of anything for Memorial Day. If we lived in Colorado still we might get together with family for a picnic or barbeque. My FIL is in Illinois helping his sister and h... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:38:12 EST Day 76 - Over 11,000 steps For the last 2 days I went over 11,000 step. WOW! I cant believe that. Yesterday I started to work on the area around my mothers greenhouse. Today I continued to work on it. I built a stone retaining wall and created a stone walkway in 5 hours. A lot of heavy work but I really enjoy this kind of... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:36:47 EST In love with her life <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Love this picture, don't you just feel her serenity, her calm, her confidence? I want to be her, and I think I'm getting there. <BR> <BR> --Day 13 - SELF CARE/SELF ACCEPTANCE Challenge: Today... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:36:07 EST 100 days of Exercise-100 days to go. Today was day 1/100 of my personal fitness and health challenge. I put together a calendar and according to it we have 100 days until the unofficial end of summer (Sept. 1). That also brings me to a week before my two year anniversary. My husband and I plan on going to the beach so I have a bit o... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:32:56 EST Update on WATER DIET <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Memorial Day Weekend <BR> <BR> <BR> Well I've been on this WATER diet for over a month. I can't believe I haven't been blogging. What's Up with that ? Let's see how I'm doing on the 5 key ... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:24:14 EST It's All Here... So I deleted my first blog of the day, was not happy with it. So this is my second attempt. I learn a lot here on SparksPeople. I learn how to be supportive to others the best way I know how. I learn if I just eat healthy and keep at my calorie count, I will lose weight. I learn if I move, I will... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:19:56 EST Ice and Ibuprofen My back is still very sore today. I'm using ice and Ibuprofen to help. At least I can walk with less difficulty so they do help some. Sun, 24 May 2015 21:19:56 EST A Good Day We had a small group in front of the sign at Woodland Creek Park in Lacey today. I made deviled eggs and a SparkPeople recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies using garbanzo beans. The weather was agreeable--not too hot or cold and cloudy. <BR> <BR> FRAYEA and LKAYES were there with LKAYES two dogs... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:17:36 EST Me time garden time A whole day and evening to myself. <BR> Don't get me wrong, I don't want alone as my normal lifestyle, however there are times that a day just for me and what I want to do and when I want to do it is pure wonderfulness. <BR> Hubby went to church and then to his sisters till I pick him up tomorrow... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:12:57 EST A really good weekend! This weekend has been good in a really easy, lovely way. Usually, I feel like I have to work REALLY hard to be happy or even to feel okay. This weekend has been effortlessly lovely. Good, dry warm weather. Lots of strawberries from the farm. Time to spend with my dogs. Some work to do (tha... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:12:11 EST Day 129....a rest day Today was a rest day for two reasons. First, because I'd worked out so much yesterday that my legs were killing me <BR> Second, because hubby and I went to see Tomorrowland this morning, then ran some errands this afternoon. Didn't really have much energy to get a workout in after ... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:08:50 EST A Pretty Good Day The Hubs has snagged a job in a different department at work, and his schedule has changed again, putting him back on the same days off as me! Since I JUST LAST MONTH got used to not having him around on my weekend, it's been an adjustment, and today is only the first day of many. I'm not giving ... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:06:51 EST LOTS OF PLANS Well we have a full week planned for this week. We are having lunch with my niece and her hubby and daughter tomorrow. Tuesday, we are going to a place to have a country ham breakfast. We plan to go to a new Cajan restaurant on Wednesday and have a catfish dinner on Thursday. I am eating lots... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:06:38 EST May 24, 2015 Another Month Almost Gone! The month of May is almost over and again I have made 0 progress. I am hoping with the grandsons out of school a routine will be easier to get going. We are still getting lots of rain, that isn't bad but the lightening is, so taking walks outside is not an option right now. Tomorrow rain or n... Sun, 24 May 2015 21:03:25 EST Celebrating my mom's 82nd birthday Today was another great day for me because we celebrated with my mother, her 82nd birthday. Every year that passes with my mother still in it, are the best days of my life. I am so blessed to still have my mom (my bestfriend forever) in my life. <BR> <BR> We took my mom out for dinner and then b... Sun, 24 May 2015 20:58:05 EST Chillin'- I'll hit 100 miles tomorrow! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope you're having a great weekend. <BR> Tomorrow, my 4 miles will put me at 100 miles, in May! 2nd month in a row. It feels great to commit to a goal & hit it! <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I'm... Sun, 24 May 2015 20:51:12 EST May 24th 2015 Today was a good and relaxing day. I made sure to eat healthy and had some soup. It was nice relaxing today but tomorrow I have to get back to working out and pushing myself. Sun, 24 May 2015 20:39:46 EST Remember Tomorrow is Memorial Day where we honor those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for this country. I have many family members and friends that were in the armed services. Every branch is represented in those people. I have nothing but the utmost respect for those that have served and lost th... Sun, 24 May 2015 20:38:41 EST I watched him eat the WHOLE thing So I'm visiting mom for the weekend. She has her heart set on making chicken fajitas tonight, and my heart skipped a beat. I had to say "Nope, not going to happen for me" (Thinking of the sodium, and the white flour tortillas). So, I told her not to worry about me, I'll just run to the store a... Sun, 24 May 2015 20:31:45 EST I Love My Activity Tracker I decided to start with a plain pedometer instead of a Fitbit or similar device to start with. I am very happy with that choice and I was very surprised at how many steps I take on an average sedentary day at my job. Most of my day is spent at a desk so I try to walk at breaktime. I really lov... Sun, 24 May 2015 20:28:30 EST Day 24 of 30 of Walk It Off in 30 Days with Leslie Sansone Did the FIRM and BURN before church today. Not much else. Sun, 24 May 2015 20:27:56 EST Dare to be naive Dare to be naive." R Buckminster Fuller <BR> <BR> Sometimes its fun not to be so smart and know everything, Sometimes it's fun to start over. To try something new or do it in a new way . Sometimes it's fun to let someone else lead the way even if you are sure you know the way to go. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 24 May 2015 20:24:51 EST May 24, 2015 (Sunday) Hello Everyone, <BR> Thank you for your comments on my blog of yesterday. Heavy rain right now, and more predicted for most of this week. I don't think tomorrow is going to be a very nice day for those who have planned events outside. <BR> <BR> Last night went just fine at the race track. I... Sun, 24 May 2015 20:19:03 EST Frustrated I walked 7 total miles (105 total minutes) in place today (cuz it was rainy-ish) the 45 minutes upper body strength training I did before our morning church service...I ate well and drank a lot of water again. I just am frustrated cuz of the weather and other issues. I just need prayers.... Sun, 24 May 2015 20:11:04 EST That Little Word, 'Binge" It sneaked up on me again! <BR> Distraction can be a big stumbling block and I stumbled big time! <BR> I was distracted by other's needs and forgot to take care of myself. <BR> Today was a food disaster. The good thing is that my kitchen closed at 7 pm. <BR> <BR> I plan to celebrate Memorial Da... Sun, 24 May 2015 20:10:53 EST What I hate most about this place Is that this job, this town, was my light at the end of the tunnel. This is what I pushed myself through school for, why I gave up time with my friends and family for. It was 100% absolutely not worth it. Sun, 24 May 2015 20:03:05 EST What I hate most about this place Is that this job, this town, was my light at the end of the tunnel. This is what I pushed myself through school for, why I gave up time with my friends and family for. It was 100% absolutely not worth it. Sun, 24 May 2015 20:03:01 EST Parental Health Issues... As I always say, the only thing worse than getting old, is your parents getting old. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> My dad hadn't been feeling well last weekend, said he was fighting a stomach bug and therefore not eating much. Since he doesn't eat much anymore anyhow, that was definite... Sun, 24 May 2015 19:53:25 EST All <img src=""> Sun, 24 May 2015 19:52:47 EST To Pooped To Pop! That's exactly how I feel. <BR> I've been at it all day trying to accomplish what I set out to have done today with the house and yard. Problem is house took me from 7 this morning. It's 5:30 and I'm just finishing up! Didn't even get outdoors today. Not what I had planned. I had wanted to cut an... Sun, 24 May 2015 19:38:14 EST just a common soldier My brother who served in Vietnam and Thailand sent this today... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> For some reason the link does not want to work. Please type in "Just a common soldier" on line and watch the video. Sun, 24 May 2015 19:31:29 EST Relentless day 142, 2x4 Routine, Workout 5, Floor Press, Back Squat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Primary was Floor Press; set a new 1RM of 150 Lbs; 9 Sets, 67 Reps, 6,320 Lbs. Completed Sets in 21 Minutes. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Secondary was Back Squat with 80% 1RM or 176 Lbs; 6 Sets,... Sun, 24 May 2015 19:30:59 EST My inner binge monster ... is a toddler ?? Thats totally right you read my title correclty ! It came to me tonight, after having a few bad days my binge monster has been out in full force and its not happy to be told no. Kind of like my two year old is never happy to be told no. My inner binge monster wants what it wants and it wants it N... Sun, 24 May 2015 19:28:20 EST Change of outlook Really enjoying this weekend. <BR> <BR> Eating well, resting a lot, filling the house with healthy foods. <BR> <BR> Part of why I'm feeling better is just that I'm not sick any more, but part of it is an outlook shift, and I think the outlook shift came from planning my meals the day ahead. I... Sun, 24 May 2015 19:22:41 EST Day 29 - Creating Habits That Will Last a Lifetime Official Weigh-In: 164lbs <BR> Pounds Lost This Week: 2 <BR> Total Pounds Lost: 9.8 <BR> <BR> Sooooo close to 10 lbs lost. Sooooo close. I ventured there briefly, yesterday, but then this morning was back up to 164, which is where I've been for most of the week. It was really hard not to be just... Sun, 24 May 2015 19:22:05 EST Race Report: 2015 Buffalo Marathon I didn't sleep well last night. <BR> <BR> Part of that may have been having some coffee later than I should have, but most of it was being keyed up in anticipation of my first marathon. Yeah, I was in a hotel room instead of my own bed; I don't think having the marathon close enough to stay at ... Sun, 24 May 2015 19:16:00 EST It's Swimsuit Season <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I live in Florida, basically swimsuit season is very long here. Now I know that at 60, a bikini is not in my foreseeable future. Well, having said that, I see many amazing looking older women on... Sun, 24 May 2015 19:14:45 EST Airborne After enlisting in the 82nd Airborne Division, I eagerly asked my Recruiter what I could expect from jump school. <BR> <BR> "Well," he said, "it's three weeks long." <BR> <BR> "What else," I asked. <BR> <BR> "The first week they separate the men from the boys," he said. "The second week, th... Sun, 24 May 2015 19:13:41 EST Persistence pays off it seems!! Todays was the best weigh in of the year. I cracked 190 for the first time in many many year. 189.8 woowhoooo!!. The stall week motivated me to keep working it watching the diet and sticking with the exercise. I think the motivation from Sparkes people if clearly helping. 25th work anniversary is... Sun, 24 May 2015 19:10:24 EST Day two of the three sport weekend Today I ran because my brother ran. In case ANYBODY missed it, he ran his first full marathon and I'll let him blog about the experience for himself. When I ran today, I didn't run anywhere near as far as he did, nor as fast, but something about watching that little blue line (and Spark-casting... Sun, 24 May 2015 19:08:44 EST May 24 - 6th 5K of 2015 - Memorial Day 5K <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> STATS: <BR> 01;12:00 <BR> 345 calories burned (on treadmill at gym) <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 May 2015 19:07:28 EST A lovely day of 'chill time' oh how I needed it! New items for the consignment gallery! <em>213</em> Hello my dear sparkling friends! <BR> <BR> Yesterday and today were truly 'chill' days! I hosted our large dine in/dine out group on Friday evening and I have to tell you...this task stresses me out to the max! <BR> <BR> There is no reason to be so anal about having the house lo... Sun, 24 May 2015 19:04:04 EST Taking out the trash - Day 19 of gratitude Taking out the trash? Ok this one is going to take a bit of explanations. <BR> <BR> If your goal in life is to have a clean kitchen; you mop and scrub, you do the dishes, you put away the clutter and then you maintain it. But there comes a point where just staying in the kitchen would cut it.... Sun, 24 May 2015 19:02:43 EST Sunday Quote - C.S. Lewis - May 24, 2015 "A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.' - C.S. Lewis Sun, 24 May 2015 18:59:44 EST Ch ch ch ch ch change. "All great changes are preceded by chaos." Deepak Chopra <BR> <BR> My grandfather used to quote the Three Stooges skit, Niagra Falls to me as a kid. He used to say, "Step by step, inch by inch, slowly I turn." <BR> <BR> That's how weight loss really goes, doesn't it? I know a lot of people myse... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:59:31 EST REMEMBER -- An Ode for Memorial Day Many of you know I enjoy writing quite a bit, and I VERY occasionally write some poetry. I wrote this on Memorial Day weekend back in 2008, and thought I'd like to share it this year. <BR> <BR> My heart is grateful as I think of the ultimate price paid by others so I might live in a country wi... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:55:02 EST 400 Days to Go! Yesterday it was a peaceful day to myself. <BR> <BR> I got up and did chores... came inside and cooled off and went outside to work on clearing out the barn... inside to shine the sink and do some laundry! Did this cycle a couple of times! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I need more days like ... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:54:55 EST I love Sundays.... when it's a long weekend and I have all tomorrow to kick around in. I'm hoping for a nice day so I can walk to the park with my daughter. Getting on the playground equipment can be a good workout if you make an effort. Sun, 24 May 2015 18:54:20 EST More rain and more rain!!!!! We got 3 inches more last night. It has rained all day!! I have slept off and on all afternoon. Still not feeling great!!! I will be glad to see the Doc Tuesday!! I hope you are all high and dry!! Love Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Sun, 24 May 2015 18:50:06 EST Gotta Say That I'm Excited I've done lots of online research. The wait is draining, but I am now 2 weeks out from my first knee replacement surgery; the other knee 7 days later. I went from seeing 2 different orthopedics telling me that I am too young and should wait until I am 65, to a doctor who says that my knees will o... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:49:07 EST Five more Park #95: Scottsdale Park, Dunedin <BR> <BR> I drove home a way I haven't done in awhile and thought, "Hm...isn't there a park somewhere around here?" My park radar is working really well; yes, there's a park. This one is a perfect Florida park with a good 95% of its path around a lake in th... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:47:44 EST Magic of Love <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Magic of love as it occurs in daylight, <BR> Gives the appearance that everything's alright. <BR> The day progresses, nightfall approaches, <BR> Darkness illuminates the end of the day. <BR> <B... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:46:44 EST Putting God first a balanced life I watched a guy in good shape named Paul. In one video he talked about how God delivered him from his video gaming addiction and lusting after women. He talked about how for awhile exercise became a false god for him. He prayed for God to help him overcome these things. Now his life is much more ... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:37:05 EST Craft friends...anyone do Fairy Gardens? (pic) I am ready to start a fairy garden for (and with) my 8 year old granddaughter, Hannah. She wants "tiny" fairies and I have no idea what sizes they come in, or size of container or anything. I've seen a bunch of photos online, and I'm overwhelmed with all of them! <BR> <BR> But her garden must... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:37:02 EST 5/24/15 it is an awesome day here it has dropped a bit of rain so the air has cooled off and it smells great so grateful to live in the country Sun, 24 May 2015 18:35:53 EST Measuring Success Without a Scale This article: <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=104 </link> has great ideas of what to use to measure your progress towards a healthier life besides the number on the scale: <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Body Measures – dress size, waist, hips, neck, arms, fitting... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:34:37 EST Day 71.... I am an emotional mess today. Thank you so much Jean for being a faithful friend on here. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a message for me!!!! I am in the dumps today. I am so over this gloomy weather we are having.. I need the sunshine!! I actually get depressed during the winter months, and it feels like winter r... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:33:41 EST Happy Sunday I hope every one has a wonderful Sunday. Sun, 24 May 2015 18:33:20 EST Istanbul (Part one of my blog about my recent trip to Central and Eastern Europe). <BR> <BR> LOVED Istanbul! <BR> It was so very different from anywhere else on earth I have been, <BR> it was like a movie- so very beautiful and exotic. <BR> The city (home to TWENTY million people in the entire metropolit... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:29:48 EST Day 3 I woke up at 2:30 am for work. I didn't get much sleep, but I didn't have much choice in the matter. So I had some coffee before I went in. Two cups. I had a shake and some strawberries with half a chocolate bar during my breaks. I won't lie before I got off work I had three Dews. I got abo... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:27:44 EST Weekend musings Today has been beautiful! Perfect weather... <BR> Yesterday I mowed the lawn...did not track it, although I could have LOL <BR> I disassembled a swinging chair that we had in the garden, the canvas had torn and shredded so it was not functional was a tough slog! The screws were so r... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:27:22 EST Sunday I started feeling pain in the back and legs last night and figured it was from 7 hours in a car and also sleeping badly the night before. <BR> <BR> took a hot bath to help relax the muscles but it got worse. Also like the body was upset with me for overworking it <BR> <BR> But then during the ... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:25:02 EST Hollywood Has Come to Town! Our little town, Ball Ground, Georgia, is abuzz with excitement, as it is one of the main locations for the filming of "Mena," a movie about the drug trade in Arkansas in the 80s. Tom Cruise has the starring role. A Facebook Group has been set up - "Cruisin' Ball Ground," for locals to post ... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:23:49 EST Keep on Going "Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down." Charles F. Kettering <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 May 2015 18:16:52 EST I am officially retired...... Yesterday our youngest child moved out of our home to attend college. After 15 years, I am now officially retired as a homeschool mom/teacher. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:07:53 EST Hi Everyone I'm still here, just been a busy bee! Hello everyone, I am still here! Just popped in to let everyone know I'm doing ok! I'm still on the healthy train. I've been so busy with graduations and birthday parties but I haven't forgotten about me in the process. This little one graduated from pre K on on her way to big girls school! <im... Sun, 24 May 2015 18:07:30 EST When to Worry About Insect Bites in dogs. <link><BR>t-bites-and-stings-dogs </link> Sun, 24 May 2015 18:03:39 EST Raised garden done! <img src=""> Jersey is guarding the veggie garden from rabbits! Making a raised garden was a lot of work, and a team effort. I made a small fence to discourage rabbits, which are quite a problem! <BR> <BR> I'm trying... Sun, 24 May 2015 17:58:17 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for May 24: Daily inspiration: Repeatedly remind yourself what a wonderful person you are. Lord, help me to believe in myself as You believe in me and focus on my goodness. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If an... Sun, 24 May 2015 17:50:53 EST Body Image Albeit, I do need a new swimsuit (mine is way to big on top), but I realized today that it doesn't matter what I look like at the beach. 95% of people don't give a care what you look like and those who do probably aren't going to say anything. I saw women who were heavier than my best friend and ... Sun, 24 May 2015 17:46:33 EST The Eighth Day Well, as it is Sunday, and that is the day I've picked for my weekly weigh in day, it was time to step on the scale! <BR> <BR> Hooray, I'm down that first pound! <BR> <BR> I may not have seen a significant drop this first week, but I'm still excited to see something change! <BR> <BR> Here's ... Sun, 24 May 2015 17:45:58 EST I'll Sue! - Lawyer Jokes <BR> <BR> An engineer dies and reports to the pearly gates. St. Peter checks his dossier and says, "Ah, you're an engineer — you're in the <BR> wrong place." <BR> <BR> So the engineer reports to the gates of hell and is let in. <BR> <BR> Pretty soon, the engineer gets dissatisfied with the... Sun, 24 May 2015 17:33:34 EST Half the Target I have went from 3,227 calorie consumption, my first day to 2234, 2202, 1482, 1473 today. Although my calories have gone down and everything else into normal ranges. My Fiber, Protein, and Vitamins are lower than the website suggests. I am still trying to figure out how to keep my fat, cholestero... Sun, 24 May 2015 17:33:11 EST Pre-diabetic I need to lose weight. I have diagnosed pre-diabetic so weight loss is a MUST!! Anyone know anything about how to eat with this diagnosis or how many carbs I'm supposed to have in a meal? Thanks in advance for your help😁 Sun, 24 May 2015 17:29:55 EST Today is better I'm not hurting quite as bad today, but these past few days I've realized I need to visit with my bone doc and probably discuss some physical therapy. The pain does raise everything that is bad: blood pressure, stress level, and depression. The good news is that I do have a recumbent bicycle I ca... Sun, 24 May 2015 17:28:49 EST I AM SO SICK Regretfully, ever since I got my gallbladder out, I have been getting sick, cramping really bad. I went to the dr.'s and she said it was because I was eating a lot of high fiber weight watchers food. Now I am no so much and this weekend, especially today, I have had the worst cramping. I will mak... Sun, 24 May 2015 17:26:14 EST THE PURRFECT COUPLE <img src="">Hi everyone. Aren't we the purrfect couple? We have great news to share. Katy-Purry and I are engaged. Yep, that's right. I gave her a diamond tiara rather than a ring. She accepted, but her mom Said she ha... Sun, 24 May 2015 17:20:41 EST Visualize Success! Last night I watched a bit of a show, Forensic Files. A man was bludgeoned on the back of his head. He collapsed on his bed, and came to in the morning, put on a sweater and went downstairs and took out breakfast cereal then collapsed and bled to death. When he came to why did he not phone for an... Sun, 24 May 2015 17:04:06 EST NO MORE DIETING EVER !! <img src=""> <BR> As everyone knows, I'm doing a 3 month NO SCALE challenge. And I really feel good about it. This time it's a lot different than other times I've tried to do without the scale. This time I know it no l... Sun, 24 May 2015 16:54:56 EST Sunday's Healthy Motivational Quote of the Day 05/24/2015 <img src=""> Sun, 24 May 2015 16:54:03 EST Prudence is a good thing... I was a little disappointed with my walk today. I went about half the distance as the last time I tried this route. I walked about 27 miles in around 6.5 hours. Not bad, but not nearly what I planned for the day. Grrr... So, it seems like the entire route would be closer to 60 miles if I com... Sun, 24 May 2015 16:53:13 EST Happy Sunday Happy Sunday everyone! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Memorial Holiday weekend! It is another sunny day here in Montana. <em>67</em> Sun, 24 May 2015 16:50:10 EST Relaxing sort of Sunday Up at 7.30am and guitar practice at 8am, along with a nice Orange & Pineapple shake. I got a bit of stuff done online and then Kenn got up so we walked the dogs. <BR> <BR> We were going to go for a bike ride but it rained, so we moved to plan B. Plan B involved getting all the items from when I ... Sun, 24 May 2015 16:44:14 EST The dreaded before pictures <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> OK, here they are, the dreaded before pictures. I had actually forgotten that I had committed to put so... Sun, 24 May 2015 16:41:31 EST Weigh-In, Recap and Weekly Goals Hi, all! <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! How are you all doing on this lovely day? Today marks the beginning of a new week, did you achieve your goals last week? Don't forget to set some goals this week! It's in the lower-70's here today, which makes me a very happy girl. Today's been quite busy, I had ... Sun, 24 May 2015 16:35:33 EST Sloppy Soggy Sunday Wish I was in the sun at the Indy! I've done a whole lot of nothing today beyond typing away toward chapter 4 on the book I'm writing and dancing to some swing music on IHeart radio. I made a huge delicious spinach salad for lunch with strawberries, pear, and avocado. It was so good I wish there ... Sun, 24 May 2015 16:33:06 EST Not perfect I guess I never will be. That's okay! Part of growing is realizing I will always have imperfections. I am so thankful I have a FATHER who loves me anyway. I have excuses and I shouldn't. I admit weakness here. I just don't understand why the weakness. I guess strength comes with practice of the... Sun, 24 May 2015 16:23:22 EST Review of Restart. <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Well last week I decided I have had enough <em>234</em> . I went to the Women 4 Wellness thing here on my reservation. The past couple times it went great. The last couple times I was working o... Sun, 24 May 2015 16:23:07 EST ROUND ROUND ROUND This is how I see myself. I don't know why I continue to start and stop. Start and stop with my fitness and weight loss plan. I was discussing this with one of the attorneys I work with who happens to be a fitness guru. He said " Not to be mean or anything but just maybe you really don't want to ... Sun, 24 May 2015 16:20:41 EST May 24 2015 Well my day has been good but I bomed on the healthy eating. I have a graduation part to go to and I know with my best inteshions I won't do great. That's ok though I will start over tomorrow. Sun, 24 May 2015 16:20:21 EST not doing the dew One of my biggest problems with being healthy is my Mt. Dew obsession. I have been drinking the stuff almost since I can remember, and when I went to college, my consumption exploded. During the past 5 or 6 years, I've tried to stop drinking it and once made it 2 months. <BR> <BR> That 2 mon... Sun, 24 May 2015 16:16:08 EST So... I live with some friends right now, three of them to be exact. And I went out to make myself a cup of coffee. Simmy was already out there and Leezard came out of his room while I was making coffee. And when I finished making coffee (We all hovered in teh kitchen at first, while I was brewing my ... Sun, 24 May 2015 16:13:35 EST Peaceful Day At Home So after all of the social activities yesterday and a tremendous amount of food, I decided to use today to catch up around my home. I am very rarely home. I am often on the run and not sitting still. So today seemed like the perfect opportunity to stay home, pay some bills, and take care of so... Sun, 24 May 2015 16:07:41 EST It is a journey..... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Answer: It is a journey..... <em>30</em> Sun, 24 May 2015 15:51:51 EST hello mummy tummy So I had a chat with my Mummy tummy yesterday. I told my belly how much I had appreciated the hard work and years of stretching it had allowed me to carry and deliver all three of my perfect little boys. I told my belly that those years were over now and that it was time to tighten up and begin... Sun, 24 May 2015 15:49:41 EST Setbacks argh! Well, evidently I started out too fast. I now am having hip pain and my Chiropractor says he thinks it is a bursa. I have to take it easy. OK I get it! I go out full tilt and exercise a lot because, lets face it-I want to eat what I want to eat. I will have to make wise decisions again and try to... Sun, 24 May 2015 15:48:48 EST I am so glad The surgery and recovery have been a difficult process, but I am definitely happy with the results. <BR> <BR> Before the surgery, I would be exhausted walking the short distance from my car in the parking lot to my desk. Last week, I went to IKEA with my daughter. I would have taken shortcuts, b... Sun, 24 May 2015 15:47:14 EST Memorial Day Happy Memorial Day weekend. This weekend is the unofficial start of beach season here and the roads show it. I am back in school taking Medical Billing and Coding. I will finish on June 17th. I am also taking a refresher course to get re-certified as a CNA I so that maybe I can get on the sit... Sun, 24 May 2015 15:44:59 EST Chia seed, it's whats for breakfast. Last night I looked up some recipes for using chia seed. I had put it in my supper of hash browns and beans and I was underwhelmed. After buying a huge container I decided I have to find something I will actually eat this stuff in. What I found was chia puddings. They are really just a mixture o... Sun, 24 May 2015 15:40:41 EST My day today I drove home from Vacation.I have kept to my lifestyle not easy on vacations Sun, 24 May 2015 15:31:21 EST Holidy Fun Today was a leisurely day of holiday fun. We had a big mountain breakfast. (Turkey bacon with my egg). We had a corn hole tournament followed by an impromptu pizza party (veggie for me) under the shade tree. I did a lot of prep for our big Killer Kabob dinner tonight right before I went on my... Sun, 24 May 2015 15:30:27 EST Stress! (and how I handled it) <em>198</em> Do you ever have out-of-your-control things happen in your life? Something you have no power or means to change or do anything about -- things that just leave you frustrated and stressed out to where you feel like you could just jump out of your skin? Starting late Friday afternoo... Sun, 24 May 2015 15:30:06 EST Sunday It's Sunday, house cleaning day. The sun is out and the weather is nice. <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone! Sun, 24 May 2015 15:26:32 EST Feeling weird! I just don't understand what my body is doing right now. I have been on the antibiotics since Thursday and I have been resting and drinking water, but I feel worse. I have a headache and body aches. I can't be sure that I am not getting a cold, but the body aches are where my kidneys are and of... Sun, 24 May 2015 15:19:04 EST Another thing 33 years ago today I met Bobby who has asked me about a year ago to marry him. <BR> <BR> Happy anniversary darling!!!! Sun, 24 May 2015 15:14:28 EST I'M BACK !! BOY, AM I <em>198</em> WIPED OUT. JUST <em>2</em> WOKE UP FROM NAP. <BR> WELL, THE ROCHESTER HERITAGE PANCAKE BREAKFAST ( 2 DAY EVENT) WAS A <em>104</em> <em>250</em> SUCCESS. I DON'T KNOW ABOUTYESTERDAY BUT BETWEEN 7 AM TO 11:30 AM WE SERVED 158 ADULT'S & 38 KID'S. AT 7 AM I STARTE... Sun, 24 May 2015 15:14:26 EST Day of Pentecost I know physically we worry with having a full stomach. Sometimes it consumes us. <BR> <BR> But what about being spiritually full with the Holy Spirit? Today was when the Holy Spirit fell on the believers in Jerusalem. And we are told it still goes on to this day. There will come a time when His ... Sun, 24 May 2015 15:13:08 EST Catching Up Haven't posted anything because I haven't had anything to say. I'm still staying with Mom, and she buys the food. She buys what's convenient, not necessarily what's cheapest. I have bought some meat when it was on sale. Mom's letting me store it in one of her deep freezes. I got several pounds of... Sun, 24 May 2015 15:12:09 EST What is this, my 30th time? It certain feels that way. Here I am, back again, to lose weight. Normally, I try to make it super complicated. I don't mean to, but it happens all the same. This time, I'm going at it an easier way. Want to hear how? <BR> <BR> I'm going to walk in place and track my food. <BR> <BR> That's righ... Sun, 24 May 2015 15:12:02 EST Sunday's Thought "Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly." <BR> <BR> <BR> John F. Kennedy Sun, 24 May 2015 15:10:39 EST Day 9, Being Patient It's Day 9. I'm doing well! <BR> <BR> It's incredibly hard resist the temptation to jump back in at the level where I was before. Since I'm starting again, I know that I'm still really a newbie but the bigger weights look so shiny and tempting, and running seems so much more fun than my walking.... Sun, 24 May 2015 15:04:29 EST walking i have walked the pass two days. i do have a bad back and chronic pain. it was hard <BR> work but i did walk some ! <BR> my eating is going fine ..........not eating junk food. i have not had a soda in 3 days...........i guess soon i go into withdrawal lol <BR> trying real hard to stay ... Sun, 24 May 2015 14:47:54 EST Crafty... I have become super crafty lately...and I must gives thanks to Pinterest for helping keeps my ideas fresh ;) <BR> <BR> I wanted a fun, pretty way to keep up with my pounds to lose and lost and well, yay I found a cute one on Pinterest and so today I finally had a minute to put it all together an... Sun, 24 May 2015 14:45:16 EST Thoughts on Memorial Day Weekend All across the nation, families are barbecuing, and friends are getting together outdoors with food and drink to celebrate the day. At first thought, this seems almost irreverent, given that Memorial Day was designated to honor the fallen. We owe the abundance we take for granted, though, to thes... Sun, 24 May 2015 14:43:02 EST Eyes On The Prize Everyday, Everytime Being smart with my decision making and keeping my eyes on the prize is my focus today , everyday and everytime. I had an awesome week last week with meeting my goals so I know that I can make this new week superb . I have a couple of tricks up my sleeve so that I continue switching it up and my ... Sun, 24 May 2015 14:35:47 EST Spiritual Sunday Sunday, May 24, 2015 <img src=""> Sun, 24 May 2015 14:32:56 EST It is His Time Not Ours Update for Last Blog Update.. They removed everything last night and we took her son Brian to the Airport.. He is there now.. Her breathing is 20 or less and she is not responsive.. They have all been there all night.. The nurses and others have not a clue.. with shallow breathing it just stops but she is still with ... Sun, 24 May 2015 14:26:14 EST Sparking again Day 21 <BR> Walked around the block 11 minutes 65 calories burned <BR> My son took the back off my laptop Thursday evening and used Dust Destroyer on it. There wasn't anything visible in it, but prior to him doing that, a few days earlier, I set my blow dryer to cool and blew out the vents. There... Sun, 24 May 2015 14:20:17 EST Life is beautiful So grateful to be celebrating my father in law's 92nd birthday! What a great reminder that staying present for loving kindness is all that matters. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 24 May 2015 14:19:35 EST Choosing your POSION <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Every day we make CHOICES. Choices to LIVE or to slowly Die. Each day, I fight for my right to live life to the fullest. I am facing life and death decisions dail... Sun, 24 May 2015 14:19:29 EST A-Z Motivational Blogs - "S" is for Sunshine Sunshine makes me happy. I have never been a person who loves sunbathing or lying all day in the sun, but I do enjoy walking in the sunshine. I can honestly say that I am happier on a sunny day, so it definitely affects my mood. <BR> <BR> Since I live in Canada and sunshine is in short supply i... Sun, 24 May 2015 14:13:46 EST Sunday. I believe today is day 5 of my return. I am feeling positive. <BR> <BR> My accomplishments: <BR> ~6 hours of zumba this week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday (regular class, step&tone, and a master class last night... this could be why I'm so positive right now). <BR> Pretty clean eatin... Sun, 24 May 2015 14:13:29 EST Warms my heart - 5-24-15 I love the supportive spirit of our town, even from its youngest members. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As soon as the sun came out these fifth-graders - Niklas Malacinski, Ian Heydon, Max Wilcox and Ben Schott - ... Sun, 24 May 2015 13:56:37 EST Thankful for their sacrifice on this day I often remember those in our family whom we've lost over the years. My maternal grandfather always comes to mind. He served in Patton's tank core in World War II and was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge. <BR> <BR> It wasn't until later in life that he was willing to share some of ... Sun, 24 May 2015 13:54:51 EST 83 days to go So after be run over by the wagon . I decided that I needed to take a different approach because I'm doing the perfect portion but I'm feeling deprived and I think that leads to binging. So this week I Decided that I'll keep with the portions but if I want something sweet I'll have it in moderati... Sun, 24 May 2015 13:44:30 EST Day 102 - The Good Times Keep Rollin! More awesomeness on the weighloss front today - this morning I was 217.2 - which means I met my 4th 4% goal! (Every month I try to lose 4%, and then i take my new weight, and try to lose 4% of that!). So I updated my tracker out to my next 4% goal (yea so my tracker always looks like I'm almost a... Sun, 24 May 2015 13:43:29 EST I KNOW I CAN DO THIS! last week was a bad week. I said to myself "Rachel what is wrong with you.... you know what to do why are you refusing to do it. " I gave myself many excuses but said OK then I have to be at church at 10 It is 8:45. .... ride the recumbent bike for 10 minutes.... So I did. <BR> <BR> I got home ... Sun, 24 May 2015 13:38:54 EST Protein <BR> <BR> Todays tip of the day is inspired by something I read recently that said I may be eating too much protein. Some facts on protein, a couple tips and a few articles if your interested in learning more. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 24 May 2015 13:37:43 EST 28 months of spark and still sparkin success I went shopping this spring to check out a smaller size. My large sizes seemed too big and bulky. Much to my amazement, my new size is MEDIUM. <em>9</em> <BR> i was so excited. i bought about 10 new skinny shirts for summer and it feels great. I haven't been in a medium size since ... i ... Sun, 24 May 2015 13:36:40 EST hit the list i did not do some stuff on my list yesterday. time ot go do them now instead Sun, 24 May 2015 13:33:56 EST Better Me: Day 24 <em>524</em> <BR> The weather here in town kind of sucks. we are getting rain pretty much all week. I am staying at home for the most part unless i go into town to take care of a friends animals. <BR> <BR> its not the healthiest way to eat but for a while I am making boxed meals and modifyin... Sun, 24 May 2015 13:30:07 EST Field of Heroes 5K A friend of mine--a Blue Star mom--asked if I wanted to run in a race with her. It was the Field of Heroes 5K and held in honor of all the fallen military, police and firemen. It was a great way to spend a Memorial Day Sunday ;-). You actually run thru a "runway" filled with flags to the finish.... Sun, 24 May 2015 13:29:29 EST Getting that momentum back I feel like it's happening again. Within a week of restarting SparkPeople, I lost three pounds. When I monitor what I eat and how much I exercise, I lose weight. No magic, and I don't expect the weight loss to be easy or consistent. But I know that when I journal and follow the basic laws of phys... Sun, 24 May 2015 13:24:07 EST Cruise to Mexico It was amazing and worth the 5 pounds. I'm pretty sure 3 were alcohol related and two were the awesome dinner rolls lol. Sun, 24 May 2015 13:21:27 EST Hip Injury I injured my hip about a month or so ago (after being in a 'boot' for a stress fracture on my foot) I need to start getting some excercises in, any suggestions, I don't go see the orthopedic til the 4th. Sun, 24 May 2015 13:17:37 EST Gardening.....5/24 Wow! Am I a sweaty mess today! LOL! <BR> Planted a new rose bush... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> and a new Trumpet Vine... <BR> <img src=""> <B... Sun, 24 May 2015 13:17:31 EST Day 67 - Eating out So off for a pub meal tonight for mine and my brother's birthdays (we have to share one as they're only 11 days apart haha). Kind of dreading it but at the same time the place we're going to is nice, lots of fresh veg and salad, just need to pick something that preferably doesn't have a sauce. No... Sun, 24 May 2015 13:12:14 EST More vegis for my garden! Yay! I decided to start my own garden as one of my Earth Day resolutions. My wonderful boyfriend tilled up some dirt for me a few weeks ago and so far I've planted basil, celery, and peppers. I have started cilantro, chamomile, peas, eggplant in my kitchen window and I'll be transplanting them outside... Sun, 24 May 2015 12:56:59 EST Looking forward to summer! It has been almost a year, since my shoulder replacement. I can't wait until I can get in the swimming pool this summer. I was not able to be in all last year. I love doing exercises in the pool. I have my pool shoes and swim equipment to do some work. I alway feel so much better in the pool... Sun, 24 May 2015 12:52:56 EST Letter of encouragement to myself Dawn, <BR> <BR> Be kind to yourself. <BR> Celebrate your successes. <BR> Forgive yourself when you make mistakes. <BR> When you fall get down back up. <BR> People who love you are counting on you to succeed. <BR> You can do it! Sun, 24 May 2015 12:50:32 EST After a horrible week I fell off the wagon.... Then I chased that bitch and hopped right back on again. I got a whole bunch of really crappy news and delved deeply into several boxes of cookies. That's when I knew that I was one of those people that starts to think "Well, what's the friggen point?" and then just eats themself to death. I don'... Sun, 24 May 2015 12:48:00 EST Friends ;-) 5/24 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="">... Sun, 24 May 2015 12:46:00 EST MILE STONES...STEPPING STONES My last blog was announcing a challenge between my long time sister heart best friend and myself to lose 20# in 24 weeks and it would be cool to be updating our journey...however life got in the way and we decided to postpone the challenge. We are sticking to our lifestyle routines but she has s... Sun, 24 May 2015 12:44:56 EST Going It Alone My biggest distraction is not letting the emotional ups and downs in my personal life effect my motivation. Last night I let go of my boyfriend because I decided that "settling" for the little pieces of time he gave me and long periods of no communication didn't fulfill my needs for affirmation a... Sun, 24 May 2015 12:42:39 EST Mom and Auntie <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is why I drove for over 6 hours yesterday with a crazy woman in the car, ha ha. <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 May 2015 12:39:31 EST Books n me <img src=""> Sun, 24 May 2015 12:39:21 EST reflection. ... In my calorie range? <BR> I would say that my consistency doesn't reign in this category. I eat in my range for say...a week..have a day that I might eat over, by even 10 calories which I do consider blowing it, or I may even have a busy day that I eat way under and eat just 900 calories. So in... Sun, 24 May 2015 12:38:48 EST UPDATE SUNDAY MAY 24 2015 WE LIVED THROW THE BAD STROM LAST NIGHT AND EARLY THIS MORNING I LIVE IN CAMERON TX ARE HOUSE IS ON A HILL .LAKE ARE FLOOD OVER 40 FEET IN SOME PLACE BEFORE IT GOT TO CAMERON TX.TAKE CARE AND BE SAFE MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS <em>43</em> Sun, 24 May 2015 12:34:21 EST Getting restarted its been on my mind for a while. My clothes don't fit and I have a very unhealthy body image. Summer is here and it's time to look and feel better. Sun, 24 May 2015 12:30:47 EST Thank you Returning into the fold here at SP is like coming home again. <BR> <BR> I am visiting the pages of my friends, and it feels so encouraging to have them all here - carrying the torch, working hard, and doing what needs to be done. <BR> <BR> THANK YOU to all of you who make up this supportive c... Sun, 24 May 2015 12:28:43 EST Kale???? I know nothing about it. Except it is good for you. I went to the store this morning and asked the produce worker to give me a "run down" on it. I was told that it had a lot of good vitamins in it but didn't taste all that great. 😛 Ok, even I'm smart enough to reason that so many people wouldn... Sun, 24 May 2015 12:27:14 EST Day 740 Rest Day. Feeling better.. Sun, 24 May 2015 12:22:00 EST Sunday Wake up, church, relaxing,, doing little things around here,, not crazy about going back to work tomorrow, but $$ talks. <BR> <BR> It is beautiful outside,, Sun, 24 May 2015 12:11:45 EST Day 33 Well, I had one of those "off" days today. Mother in law came out for the day and I knew it would be one of those days. Walked the dog for 10 minutes so at least got some exercise in for the day. But I wound up hurting myself for being so consistent with my cardio day in and day out. Yesterda... Sun, 24 May 2015 12:07:17 EST Quote for the day 05/24/15 <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> I Do Sun, 24 May 2015 11:56:04 EST IT'S A JULIE ANDREWS SORT OF DAY! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Since the age of 13 when she made her debut on the London stage with the critics raving about her 4 octave clear as a bell voice Julie Andrews has been a star. From her Broadway debut in “The ... Sun, 24 May 2015 11:55:06 EST On Memorial Day - Proud to be a Veteran I wrote this a couple of years ago and would like to share it with you again this year. <BR> <BR> Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May. It is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed For... Sun, 24 May 2015 11:50:58 EST family pictures Many of you requested/suggested that I share pictures of the wedding, the GRAND ADVENTURE and life in general shots. I have to admit however, that unless someone else is around to take a picture while we are in action, we seldom if ever DO pictures. <BR> <BR> I struggle every year to get 12 sh... Sun, 24 May 2015 11:50:26 EST Sunday's Smile =) <img src=""> Sun, 24 May 2015 11:45:54 EST Measurement day Every four weeks, I do measurements. It's really interesting to me how the measurements do and do not go along with the rest of my weight loss journey. <BR> <BR> I lost 4 pounds this month, which is right on target. <BR> <BR> I lost the following inches: <BR> <BR> 1.5 inches off my chest <BR... Sun, 24 May 2015 11:45:03 EST QUOTE OF THE DAY I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear. <BR> - Rosa Parks Sun, 24 May 2015 11:41:17 EST Flooding in Central Texas today Last night, the Blanco River in Hays county began to rise. In fact, according to what I read, the river rose 9 feet in 15 minutes, and 33 feet in 3 hours! Many people are stranded on their roofs or in their attics and are being rescued by helicopter. <BR> <BR> My daughter and her family was sup... Sun, 24 May 2015 11:39:42 EST Sunday Scale Tale, Holdiday Weekend Edition Her Majesty hath hopped on the Golden Scale o' Sunday Official Weighdom and found that LO she is DOWN .8 pounds from last Sunday to a nice 127.4. <BR> <BR> Though the scale should not rule the queen's moods, it does. She is happy. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 24 May 2015 11:33:36 EST Chelsea, Other Things Happy weekend Sparklies. We have a long weekend here in the UK. I have been absent for a few days - life has just been manic, lots of rushing around from one place to another, fretting over jobs to do. Today is a quieter day though, I have managed to get some painting done, and hopefully edit ... Sun, 24 May 2015 11:33:33 EST Hundreds of tiny green frogs <em>201</em> Imagine trying to hold still while your surrounded by tiny green frogs jumping all around. It's hard. Your eyes track all the movement, while you hold still instead of moving to investigate the hopping frogs. It's tough, but you stay strong. That is what Apollo does when he i... Sun, 24 May 2015 11:30:58 EST Week one! Personal goal! <img src=""> Hey spark people! This is just my personal goals I've set forth. I have been a member since 2011, and I've never really done anything with it. I've gotten myself to the point in which I've hit my limit. I ... Sun, 24 May 2015 11:25:57 EST Beginning again I have been absent from the site for awhile but I have begun exercising and now I want to start fixing my nutrition. I am going to start blogging to try and get at the root of my problems and the reason I keep sabotaging myself. <BR> <BR> I am going to start with the reason that I am overweig... Sun, 24 May 2015 11:24:55 EST Beginning again I have been absent from the site for awhile but I have begun exercising and now I want to start fixing my nutrition. I am going to start blogging to try and get at the root of my problems and the reason I keep sabotaging myself. <BR> <BR> I am going to start with the reason that I am overweig... Sun, 24 May 2015 11:24:40 EST Checking in It's been a while since I blogged here, but I have been passing through. I try to visit the site at least once a day to record some food and exercise - but often don't get back to record the rest. <BR> <BR> That doesn't mean that I am not working at my weight. I am - but it is hard. My thyroid h... Sun, 24 May 2015 11:23:57 EST Night issues i am still wanting to falloff the plan at night. I rationalize a choice --- my total calories are low so it's ok to have something, etc. <BR> <BR> <BR> Must change my mindset <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 May 2015 11:22:06 EST Learning SparkPeople in increments works... Learning Sparkpeople tools, even just setting up the start page, took time. I did it in small increments. First, I told myself to start with just the nutrition tracker because it was time consuming at first. After a few weeks of entering my meals into my favorites by clicking the little box as I ... Sun, 24 May 2015 11:19:07 EST Oh my Can't get enough calories without going way over the fiber limit and finding it difficult to balance carbs/protein/fat. I remember getting the right balance way back in the beginning but I ended up eating the same thing every single day. <BR> <BR> Oh and gained 1.5 pound this week Sun, 24 May 2015 11:18:29 EST Metabolism is a process What Is Metabolism? <BR> <BR> Metabolism is the process by which the body breaks down food to produce energy. When you’re young, muscle mass stores up energy, preventing weight gain. However, with age, we lost that muscle, which gives way to more body fat. By the time you hit 40, your metaboli... Sun, 24 May 2015 11:10:44 EST Post Surgery - Doing Well On 12th May I had surgery for early stage breast cancer. <BR> Whilst this sounds bad, I know I am lucky that it has been found early. <BR> <BR> The day went as well as can be expected except when they were inserting a guide wire prior to the op. The first wire did not position properly so it had... Sun, 24 May 2015 11:10:25 EST Happy Sunday Everyone <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 24 May 2015 11:00:15 EST Saving Money "Making changes to your everyday lifestyle is hard ---that's why so many people try diets and eventually fail. They start off believing that they can make dramatic changes to their life and it works ---for a while. Eventually, though, they fall off the wagon and all that weight they lost comes ... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:56:48 EST Sunday Sound Off Morning everyone, and a rainy miserable one here. I don't think even the ducks like it. So no field work today, and I know where L. will be after a quick dinner, snoring away, he is beat, from the late planting. Son2 called yesterday, he is up visiting my brother and wanted to know if we wante... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:55:27 EST Heavy Housecleaning I have always found housecleaning to be hard, boring and unappreciated. One cooks, washes and dries dishes, sweeps the carpet, sweeps and mops the kitchen floor, dusts the furniture, cleans windows, puts groceries away, organizes cupboards, does laundry, gets garbage ready, etc. Well, half of t... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:54:55 EST An amazing thing happened to me This morning I had to frost a cake...I baked a chocolate cake for my brothers birthday....he is 55 today... <BR> <BR> The amazing thing to me was I DID NOT LICK OR TASTE THE FROSTING..... <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> In my life I don't believe this has ever happened....I am a huge sampler...I have ... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:53:28 EST Food Intake Do any of you have this problem? You log in your calorie/food intake and get hungrier and hungrier. Then, you find out you are 2,000 calories over your limit. You think, "If I just had exercised more today". So, you vow to exercise tomorrow and eat less. But the next day comes. I don't know... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:52:33 EST Empowerment "Empowerment" <BR> <BR> There are alot of senior citizens, in their own homes, alone and forgotten. In nursing homes, alone and forgotten. In assisted living, alone and forgotten. But I have an idea that you might be able, to help me, out with... <BR> First, many senior citizens are, on a... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:51:01 EST Down To Charity Down To Charity <BR> <BR> A review of Fit For Eternal Life, by Kevin Vost, PSY. D., explains some very useful fitness facts, especially for the Christian. <BR> <BR> The book states that a little bit of something does more than a whole lot of nothing! Also, there is a time for work and a time f... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:49:15 EST Sunday, May 24, 2015 I had a nice time yesterday in Sodas Point New York with my mom and my brother. We saw the lighthouse and went to see Lake Ontario at the state park and went to see the museum about Robert Green Ingelsol and a flee market type place. My mom bought a neat pillow at the flee market type place. I... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:48:52 EST 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 <BR> "Since when did exercise become almost as if it were a chore? Play regularly. Find something that is physically active 'play' that you enjoy doing and do it 4 times per week for atleast 30 to 40 minutes. Make sure it is something you enjoy (if you like watching tele... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:46:41 EST REMEMBERING THOSE WHO SERVED <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://photos... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:41:25 EST Starvation mode is done! When I started my part time job at Walmart (after my full time job) I started to gain weight...why? I wasn't eating the junk at nights (didn't have the time), but, I wasn't eating right either...that starvation mode settled in and the weight did too!...So...I got myself a rice cooker (who knew?!... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:40:56 EST Week 3 - A Loss is a Loss Sheesh... try to lose one pound a week and lose three; try to lose two and lose one. <BR> <BR> Intellectually I know there are going to be weeks where I don't meet weight loss goals. There's plenty of reasons why the scale doesn't always match perceived effort. This week I had a stomach bug th... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:40:23 EST Thinking of Dad.. and Memorial Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday, Dad, <BR> <BR> Today is your birthday and thanks for serving in the USMC during WWII in the Pacific. Oorah Just last week you have been gone for 35 years... still seems like... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:38:38 EST NEVER EASY Life continues to throw me curve balls. With the schedule they have us on at work, I am so tired I rarely have time to cook healthy anymore. It's easier just to grab something quick and easy, and that most often means unhealthy. The scales have certainly reflected that. I had gained 40 pounds fro... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:35:22 EST Hard times Today is a REALLY tough day for me. I am not ready to share why just yet, but I am really struggling. My emotional health has taken a turn for the worse. My motivation has all but disappeared, but I am trying to push through. I know I can get through this but I am terrified of how long it wil... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:35:19 EST Protein <img src=""> <BR> I have black beans in mind today with salsa and lime juice for a bean-ie salad packed with fiber & protein. Beans, yogurt, salmon are my go to proteins this week. Chicken and split peas were my favor... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:35:17 EST Day 2 - The Importance of Tracking Food Yesterday was my first day back at Spark for a few years. I set my goals, tracked my exercise, and tracked my food. That was an eye opener. <BR> <BR> I realized that everything I had learned here five years ago about counting calories, I had completely forgotten! No wonder I had been putting on ... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:33:14 EST I am precious <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I woke with a migraine. Just couldn't do a thing until it resolved. Simply had to pamper me. And then I read this. Life is precious, I am precious, and I should treat myself according... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:31:15 EST Going to Do It! One of the best thing Matt Ludwig, my psoriasis mentor, said to me yesterday, was to remember that The Ph Miracle book that he swears by was written for average people. I had cried when I read the chapter on exercise, advocating light exercise, never getting sore, never getting tired, and never a... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:30:50 EST leaders find that one of the leaders on one of the teams m a member of has left many reasons for it I would have left too we are human & we expect feedback know that from my own situation Sun, 24 May 2015 10:29:47 EST Travel Blog - Elora, ON <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is our latest daytrip this past week to Elora, Ontario. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ora-ontario.html </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoy it. <BR> <em>388<... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:29:32 EST day's race day in Indianapolis! I am a big racing fan. Have been all my life, so today is a big day, as it's the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500. I've already got my exercise in for the day so that's out of the way, so that I can watch the race this afternoon. That included a dawn bike ride...I could only go just under 3 m... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:27:00 EST May24,2015 So today is Sunday, and I have been tuning into to spark people for 29 days straight now. I have been a member for years now, but I've finally gotten serious! FINALLY!! <BR> I have officially lost 16 pounds since I joined and am destined to lose more! I was able to come up with some goals to help... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:25:53 EST HAVE A AWESOME REST DAY ! Good Morning ,,, <BR> GENESIS CHAPTER 2: 1 ¶ Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. <BR> 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. <BR> 3 And God blessed the ... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:22:33 EST 1st injury to set me back I really did it yesterday! I sprained my ankle so bad I can barely put pressure on it. I am really aggravated with myself on it. I can't believe I was so naïve to have caused myself to get hurt like I did. <BR> <BR> I know it seems silly to be upset about an accident. But its not the accident ... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:21:30 EST Blessings, May 24, 2015 My goal is to list three blessings everyday. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. My athletes were amazing yesterday. <BR> <BR> 2. A day of rest. <BR> <BR> 3. A long weekend. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. <BR> <BR> Feel free to list your own blessings. <BR>... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:11:54 EST May 24, 2015 Quotes "If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again." <BR> <BR> – Flavia Weedn <BR> <BR> <BR> “ Memorial Day isn't just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of com... Sun, 24 May 2015 10:07:58 EST