SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs My Expectations for BLC 26 Well this is the first BLC I've joined and have felt overwhelmed by the amount of reading I've had to do at the start, but have to say; <BR> HATS OFF TO THE CAPTAINS! You guys have worked so hard to get this organised. <em>380</em> <em>345</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> I don't know what t... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:55:18 EST If It Were Easy, Everyone Would Do it! If getting active and staying healthy were easy, everyone would do it...but they don't. You come home after a long day of unable to find the energy get your workout in. It’s so easy to say you can make it a priority if you want to, but let’s be realistic – sometimes that just doesn’t cut it…..We ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:45:29 EST Reasons to Lose Weight - Reminders to Me Health issues and other issues the extra weight and binging has caused: <BR> <BR> Health Issues: <BR> 1. Fatty liver (just found out from last blood work) <BR> 2. Hiatal hernia (I'm sure from years of binge eating) <BR> 3. High Cholesterol (already 49% blockage already in my carotid arteries) ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:40:10 EST Attitude in Adversity-Joel & Victoria Osteen <BR> Attitude in Adversity <BR> <BR> Today's Scripture: <BR> <BR> "In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus." <BR> (Philippians 2:5, NIV) <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's Word: <BR> <BR> There’s an old saying, “attitude determines altitude.” In other words, a pos... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:37:41 EST So it's come down to this... I don't know why I bother jumping on the scale anymore. All it does is glare back in big red numbers and tell me that I'm doing things wrong. As of five this morning I have officially reached my highest adult weight. I told myself I'd never be up there ever again, but here we are... and I don't... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:17:48 EST Body Attack Tonight I tried "the hardest class at this gym". <BR> <BR> Eh. <BR> <BR> I know I sound like a show off and people hate that... but... it wasn't that hard. Some of the moves required more coordination than I posess but other than that I wasn't overly challenged. I broke a sweat, but it took 30 ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:03:16 EST Hosea 13 The point of no return. <BR> <link><BR>2014/09/hosea-13-point-of-no-return.html </link> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:37:14 EST Day 94 ugh up way too early in the a.m. Don't you just hate that? <BR> <BR> Already plan my meals for the day so I feel at peace with that. <BR> <BR> Properly do Walking away the pounds today. Try for 45 mins. <BR> <BR> I am feeling better planing the day out no more need to decide what to eat its t... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:34:26 EST Quote for Today Every day can be exciting if we see ourselves as God's secret agents, waiting to sprinkle a little salt on all the lives we encounter. <BR> <BR> Joyce Meyer on Relationships <BR> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:26:59 EST TGIT OH YES THANK GOODNESS IT'S THURSDAY OFF TOMORROW YES!!!!!!!! <BR> AND SO COLD THIS MORNING SITTING HERE WITH A BLANKET WRAPPED AROUND ME WE R GOING TO HAVE TO PUT THE HEAT ON SOON WE R TRYING NOT TO AS LONG AS WE CAN TO SAVE $$$$ BUT GETTING SICK WILL NOT SAVE IN THE LONG RUN! <BR> SO TODAY I HAV... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:23:31 EST New karate instructor. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh my goodness! This is so true! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Ugh! Spiders are so creepy looking!!! Eeeeek!! <BR> <BR> Hey, at least if you get a web in your face, you got in a bit of cardio, right? <em>246</em>... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:15:41 EST New Purpose & New Thoughts... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> Let this day be filled with new purpose, new thoughts & new strength. <BR> <BR> Let’s push ahead and be the Man and Women God has called us to be. <BR> <BR> We can be Healthy in Mind Bo... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 04:09:50 EST Bible Verse for the Day Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. <BR> <BR> Philippians 2:3-4 NKJV Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:57:33 EST blessings, 9/17 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they make all right in the world. <BR> 2. i am grateful for 11 being done, because enough is enough. <BR> 3. i am grateful for my meetings, because they restore my sanity. <BR> 4. i am grateful for thrift stores, because the kids have lots of new clothes wi... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:38:07 EST Healthy Fridge... (Pictures) oxox This is what an Example of a Healthy Fridge is... <BR> <BR> Hope that this helps someone out there in the world... <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <em>9</em> .............. ..... ........ ............ ......... <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:29:32 EST Do you need a Laugh... ?... Laughing goes with Weight lost... or life in General... <BR> <BR> So Here are a Few Things that I find Funny... <BR> <BR> <BR> "Oh Duck" <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is a photo of a turtle being tickled with a tooth brush. You... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:17:45 EST Pushing Forward... Sis <em>220</em> doing better, but fighting a lot of fluid. Busy getting apartment ready for the semi-annual inspection. Timing <em>128</em> is everything, but pushing forward even though very tired. <em>102</em> I think we are ready for them. <em>198</em> Wish me luck. <em>137</em>... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:12:04 EST Who Wants To Play A Game? <img src=""> <BR> Okay, so not a scary game, but a fun game! Okay, maybe fun is over advertising a little bit! <em>246</em> I was trying to come up for a way that my coworker and I could get back to business and kind of feeling like we ar... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:00:59 EST hold on! <img src=""> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:58:08 EST back on track! Today will be a great day! Because I have decided that I won't let anything push me down, or frustrate me. <BR> <BR> First off, I got my invite to the Fall 5% challenge that I had been waiting for, so <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Then, I've got physical therapy, which means, a babysitter for a co... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:48:24 EST So confused This post goes with yesterday. More reasons for me to hate clothes shopping. <BR> <BR> So, what in the world is up with the descriptions on jeans? <BR> I have looked at articles in regard to "the perfect pant for your body type." All of them said I should be in "curvy." Ok, I google jeans for... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:46:16 EST DAILY QUOTE The day you stop worrying will be the first day of a new life . <BR> New possibilities come with an open heart for change . <BR> <BR> ~ Anonymous <BR> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:40:48 EST not tenatious enough so far 201.5 today back to obese -what? I have filled my life with activity, but lost the focus on what I am eating and drinking. <BR> <BR> I have been drinking way more than I should be to lose or maintain weight loss. <BR> <BR> I did walk 18,000 + steps and rode my bike after that with a new friend Bob. Had several beers after th... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:28:47 EST Design Moving once again, it reminds me of how it is a male designed world for males to use. LOL Even thinking about the shape of laundry baskets, for that forearm strength of the male, not the size, nor design to gently rest on the female hip. So, why aren't they the ones carrying the God blessed bas... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:28:22 EST Me on the Wellness Team? Today, the Wellness Team at our school met and I felt drawn to attend. I went in and found 10 thin women sitting there. The typical people you would expect to find on the Wellness Team. <BR> <BR> I immediately felt out of place. It didn't help that the meeting was taking place in a kindergart... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:05:21 EST Special Things to Help You... oxox I been making all kinds of "Messages" for the past 2-3 years... <BR> <BR> Since I joined Spark People only around 1 month... <BR> <BR> I'm just now really getting into everything on this website... <BR> <BR> I have something to show off with all of these Creations that you see below... <BR>... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:55:47 EST Busy Tuesday, restful Wednesday :) Good day today... still on track with the food plan, officially 3 months now and NO fast food! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a good active day; went to my crossfit class, had a good run afterwords, then made the mistake of laying down and was out for the night, whoops! <BR> <BR> Today was a nice rest... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:54:10 EST Time to plan 'food menus' for the coming days <img src=""> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:44:02 EST Plateus It took a while to get the motivation-engine going, but I think it finally kicked into gear last week. I am now on an 8-week journey to reach a moderate-to-aggressive weight loss goal. I hope I will reach it. But my acceptance criteria is somewhere around 70% of that goal. <BR> <BR> I had hit a ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:41:03 EST GOOD THURSDAY MORNIN" SPARKER'S !! WELL, JUST PULLED 9,290 STEP'S ALREADY AND WOW <em>198</em> . BUT IT WAS A <em>104</em> FELT GOOD ABOUT IT. WHAT'S ON THE AGENDA"SETTIMA". DID YOU SEE THAT SCOTLAND WANT'S TO BE INDEPENDENT. WE'LL SEE. <BR> WELL GO EAT MY B.B. YOGURT & GO TO <em>102</em> . GET READY TO DO ANOTHER <BR>... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:28:42 EST Ways to con self? I'm a tall person on a deceptively small frame (wrist, ankles, ribs measure smaller than small for charts) so technically could get away with? Being tall growing up between 5'7" to 5' 8 1//2" (with all friends five five and less)), somehow I thought medium was a conservative look and wondered wh... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:19:33 EST Words of our Lord Our Lord Jesus Christ said: <BR> <BR> If you are sick, I am your healer. <BR> If you are broke, I am your provider. <BR> If you are depressed, I am your peace. <BR> If you are in darkness, I am your light. <BR> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:56:27 EST I am Grateful for ... My beautiful Girls <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My fur babies, Zel E. and Peeps <BR> <BR> Motrin (those self defense classes are really reminding me of where my stomach muscles us... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:55:45 EST Writing is Hard Work. Sitting On My Butt Is Harder Work Since becoming a published author, I have to make a concerted effort to REMEMBER to get off my butt and get my exercise in, but...I do! That's why I'm so proud of me. Today my scale was up a bit, but am I discouraged? Not at all. I'm on track, engaged in a plan and working that plan to full ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:55:21 EST Chuck it out... NOT! Hi Friends! <BR> <BR> Just a few quick words on my day... it was rough to say the least: <BR> <BR> Slept through the alarm... Zach was almost late for school. <BR> <BR> Got up feeling great... then it hit me once I ate breakfast. <BR> Got nauseous really bad, had to lay down... ended up falli... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:53:20 EST Today's Inspiration " Gather strength from <BR> life's storms." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to <BR> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:48:30 EST Held my head up I felt lonely today, although I was surrounded by people, even those who love me. I felt sad inside, although I laughed and held conversations. I felt alone in space, deep inside, although I know God loves me and loves me and loves me. I didn't eat when I felt like this, which was different. I ju... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:39:06 EST 9/18/14 Saint of the Day September 18 <BR> St. Joseph of Cupertino <BR> (1603-1663) <BR> <BR> 00:00/01:30 <BR> Size: A A <BR> <BR> Listen to Audio <BR> Joseph is most famous for levitating at prayer. <BR> Already as a child, Joseph showed a fondness for prayer. After a short career with the Capuchins, he joined the Con... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:28:48 EST Went Shopping Tonight... *Yummy* I went to the store... then I seen these Salads and I went Crazy... because they looked beyond Yummy... I'm craving Salads like these ones that I had tonight... I picked up two Grilled pieces of meat for the "Beast" as well... I was very excited to come home and have supper with these yummy choi... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:27:59 EST p90x day 3 Time is always such a struggle for me. There is always so much to do. I chose sleep this morning over workout, but I did complete the work out. I just didn't finish until midnight. Not ideal, but better than skipping it. I'm still a little sore from everything this week, but is is all quite ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:27:51 EST Day 34 This day turned out to be a full one. I had stirred up a big batch of cookies the other day and didn't get them baked. So today I froze 5 doz. little cookie balls to bake whenever I "need" a pan of cookies. Then I baked the other 7 doz. The culligan man, the neighbors and my contractor all to... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:25:42 EST Deep Thoughts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I hope if you didn't already know that, that you DO NOW! <BR> <BR> You are awesome! Make today AWESOME too! Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:24:06 EST Work in Progress - Day 010 Hello, everyone! Hope it's been a good week for everyone! <BR> <BR> Today has been pretty good. Got up on time and everything! Cleaned up my room a bit. It's been too hot to clean the last few day. Curse of not having AC or a ceiling fan, I guess. I can't wait for that fall weather to get here!... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:17:01 EST hump Day I made it thru surgery sending prayers and blessings hugz Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:11:14 EST hump Day I made it thru surgery sending prayers and blessings hugz Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:11:12 EST Motivation for today <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Remember that song, "Put one step in front of the other and soon you'll be walking out the door"? Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:10:09 EST I'm In!! BLC26 Expectations <BR> <BR> <BR> Did you see that? <BR> <BR> Probably not, after all I'm a ninja now. All about moving stealthily away from crapola and Training ourselves in the way of all that is good and healthy and productive.... <BR> <BR> I wasn't sure I'd get in with being late to the party and all, an... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:20 EST Do You Wanna Jam? Todays workout was Turbo Jam, Charlene Johnson this lady has a bundle of energy and I like the music! It was fun I did have to stop a few times but I didn't quit!…think I'll complete the week with her workouts <em>216</em> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:55:52 EST Day 41, 365 Days of Transforming Dawn Tonight was the finale of AGT (America's Got Talent). I was not pleased with the results but I understand them. Admittedly, this was the very best year for performers. I have watched the show since it's beginnings. I hope that the many very talented acts will get contracts. Surely there are recor... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:52:36 EST Day Four <em>213</em> <BR> Today has been a rainy day! So did all my exercise inside! Got really creative for dinner tonight and made MeatBalls ! <BR> <BR> Stuck to my meal Plan <BR> Was a little off on the low side of my calories, <BR> Didn't go over in sodium! <BR> <BR> Accomplished all my Champio... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:52:29 EST It just keeps going Today my carpool buddy told me she's leaving to take another job. So I have two and a half weeks to figure out another carpool or get another car with no money. Besides that, she's the one person in the office who really cares about me. She says she's not going to disappear, but I'm scared becau... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:48:55 EST ARJAY'S SURGERY IS NEXT TUESDAY. Well, we met Dr. Citrin today, the vascular surgeon and we like him very much, which is half the battle. We have great confidence in him and we have done our research on him. He is highly recommended and is very high on the list of national vascular surgeons. <BR> <BR> Arjay is having a Carotid... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:48:54 EST Almost getting things under control. I called yesterday for the Podiatrist to see DH. I was given an appointment today. <BR> <BR> Of course I had plans for today. <BR> <BR> I walked with my walking buddies and we walked 4 miles. We had coffee at our coffee bakery. I took one friend home, her Dh was not feeling like walking so I o... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:48:50 EST Day One Done.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Started the day over coffee and a breakfast with old friends. Lovely way to start the day! <BR> <BR> Then home only to find almost all the air had escaped from my ballon (no energy)!! <BR> <BR> I had a truck load o... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:47:54 EST One Day at a Time Another great day! Food, fitness, and sleep all came together. One day at a time... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:46:06 EST Spotty at Best, But Yay! We had rain today! Sweet beautiful refreshing pouring down deluge of RAIN! Something we hadn't seen in months! <BR> <BR> And I got soaked going from the house to the car, and I didn't mind it at all, even if it meant that I would get soaked again when I arrived at my destination... but it wasn't... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:43:16 EST My Birthday! This morning we walked 2 miles. Then we went to breakfast at IHOP. We both had the chicken and waffles. Then we went to the Urologist. My husband had to see him about the kidney stone they said he had in the emergency room, The urologist looked at the x-ray's from that night and said there w... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:36:34 EST Unstoppable “She was unstoppable, not because she did not have failures or doubts but because she continued on despite them.” <BR> <BR> Today was the first day of the BLC 26 challenge and I woke up motivated to use this team for support and motivation and what I found was like-minded individuals sharing the... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:35:12 EST Why am I here and what am I saying I'm reevaluating why I'm here. More importantly, I'm reevaluating why I don't come back. <BR> <BR> I observe this cycle. I push, and go, and make plans, and make myself stick to them. I feel good and bright and motivated. And then something happens. <BR> <BR> I get tired. I loose interest. Or g... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:33:49 EST PAWESE...Start Day Plan - Planning meals and preparing what can be done the night before so there's NO excuse for "I didn't have time" or "I overslept". Time permitting I will batch cook as well and freeze for later use! No true obstacles forseen this week, so this should work well! <BR> <BR> Act - Consistently ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:32:42 EST My due date is Friday... Oh, hi there! Yes, I am still alive but much, much bigger than the last time I posted (still 5 pounds lighter than my heaviest weight ever, and most of it is baby! Score!) I just wanted to jump on here and reacquaint myself with the site since I plan to jump right back onto the weight loss wagon ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:32:09 EST The weekend......... is almost on us....we're expecting rain, OF COURSE!!! Maybe, if we're very good, it will not rain much during the daytime hours and I'll be able to get out and do a couple of errands. <BR> <BR> I find that I get the most walking done by going to either supermarkets or the large stores like the... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:32:08 EST Day 15 & 16 T25 Yesterday was speed 1.0 and today I did the lower focus. I like them both. I'm getting a workout and enjoying it. The heat is subsiding and I was able to get out for a short walk today. Continue to do modified. Can't get a lot of the jumping in. I like the tapes and Sean T's motivation. I'm half ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:29:13 EST A hurry up day Happy Hump day but a hurry up day. DH realized that <BR> HE had a deadline and then it became my deadline to meet. <BR> A courtesy letter to the farmers that HAD to be mailed <BR> today. Well, he knew about this earlier, said he would <BR> have to get it done and I was blessed with it. The letter... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:28:25 EST Have You Lost Weight? That was the question posed to me by a client I've not seen for nearly two months. <BR> <BR> "Why, yes!" I said, through a grin that may have caused permanent damage to her retinas. <BR> <BR> She elaborated. <BR> <BR> I thanked her for noticing, and we moved on to our business, but I have to s... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:25:40 EST Yes, I cheated...but wait! I can explain! I hear a lot of people talk about having a "cheat day" or "cheating on their diet". I had a huge cheat day...but not in the way you're probably thinking. Tomorrow is our company's weigh-in for a twelve week challenge for which the grand prize is TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. It's a national contest fo... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:24:40 EST What the hell??? Since my last blog entry I have been doing really well on tracking my calories in.. Calories out and all I have to say it... How the hell have I put on 10 lbs? <BR> <BR> I have been completely honest about the foods I'm eating.. I've been eating a low cal low carb and low fat diet... Basically... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:21:08 EST State fair I went to the state fair of Oklahoma today. I did almost 9000 steps. The only thing I ate was a pork chop sandwich, I only drank water. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:20:24 EST Tues 9/17 This has been a long day. I got up at 3 am to call the unit to find out when the surgery was going to be scheduled. No information and after 3 hourly calls I was dressed and ready to leave for the hospital when Honey's youngest daughter texted me and said she had just heard from the nurse and the... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:19:19 EST Mile a minute baby afghan turning out great so far! The afghan I'm working on is turning out great so far. I love making the strips for the mile a minute afghans but joining them together is where I have so much trouble and not sure why. No matter how much I try to match the strips up stitch for stitch sometimes it just comes out a stitch or 2 off... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:15:50 EST Financial Peace University I just got back from my first class. <BR> I am thrilled, nervous, excited, etc. by the possibilities presented to me tonight. It's a great deal of work and requires sacrifice to reach the end goal. But, the end goal is to be debt free, have an emergency fund, a savings account, and enough funds... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:13:51 EST Day 3 - More Craziness So another day of out of the usual activity and one more to go. Can't wait to settle back into a normal routine on Friday! We had our Grand Opening today and I did pretty well not eating the catered food. Tomorrow is a manager's meeting so who knows what is in store. <BR> <BR> Still not drink... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:13:26 EST Hanging in There... My aunt was buried about two weeks ago. <BR> One of my dear sorority sisters just passed away. <BR> Now my grandmother is hospitalized. <BR> <BR> <BR> Meanwhile... my divorce lingers on... more paperwork and another trial next month. <BR> Prayers are surely welcomed! Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:07:00 EST birth, and life afterward Not really sure where to start, since it's been so long since I've blogged here. The rest of my pregnancy went very well. I was feeling great, even when I was overdue. At my 41 week check, my blood pressure was a little high, but the doctor was more concerned with the placenta. Apparently aft... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:06:48 EST You Steal, BIG Deal Monday I walked and jogged for 1.2 miles with my mom and sister and I ate healthy all day. It made me feel good. That was a good day. <BR> Tuesday night I stole garlic cheese bread and ate it in the bathroom. I told my mom today what I did and said I was sorry. She said it was okay and that i... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:06:29 EST Plan for week 1 I am glad that BLC 26 has started. Without it, I doubt I could have motivated myself to go back to the good habits I’ve built since starting SP in January 2013. Summer, as I’ve mentioned, was a challenge. I was out in the field 8 days of every two weeks, but the 6 days I was home I had visiting... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:04:28 EST I didnt blog cuz I didnt think I had much to talk about WEll its been a crazy couple of days. Here's the clifnotes version <BR> <BR> Monday - apt w/ the cardiologist -- who said that my BP was regulated and suggested my PCP keep up with it... They only reason they put me on meds was during all the ear problems and tubes in the ear, and then out ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:04:19 EST Wednesday's Words to Ponder The mind is everything. What you think you become. <BR> <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:03:37 EST Created my first B.B Challenge group!! Okay well the title says it all! I wasn't sure how to start it out at first.. like what I wanted it to be about. But after talking to some leads and finding out what they really NEEDED it all ended up coming together perfectly. Now I am doing two challenges in one technically. I have the big chal... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:02:43 EST three Months Now that I made it to three months, of tracking everything, now that I am in middle of three months I feel like giving up, the scale didn't move at all in two weeks. I didn't gain nor lose any. I taking walks alone is getting tired some. I wish I know more people where I live at. all my friends h... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:02:29 EST Tired and hurting I am so very in need of some <em>102</em> ! Also my head hurts <em>24</em> really bad! So tonight this blog will be short! I plan on taking some Ibuprofen and hopefully getting a long <em>56</em> of <em>102</em> ! GOOD NIGHT!! Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:02:15 EST It's hump day Today was busy busy busy! <BR> Woke up and got to the gym right away. This morning especially was hard for me to get up. I did actually hit the snooze, but was able to get out of bed before the alarm went off again. YAY ME! <BR> <BR> I was working alone today and it was one of those days where e... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:02:01 EST In southern Minnesota tonight Had a long trip today through northern Minnesota, and back down again through Minneapolis to Faribault for the night. Tomorrow starts day 4 of my audits. <BR> Thank you all for commenting on my blog from yesterday. We did stop by a HUGH lake and shot some pictures, which I hope turn out well. S... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:01:47 EST Triumph Over Temptation I'm proud of myself today for saying "No, thanks". <BR> It was a BIG temptation. <BR> Our neighbor, (funny her name is "Angel") knocked on our door and offered us a bottle of tequila. "Do you still drink?", she inquired. <BR> We haven't had tequila since mid-March, six months ago, when Johnny... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:01:05 EST My First Raw Dessert <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 17 of raw eating: I made this beautiful no-chocolate mousse pie and it is sooooooo good. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:59:14 EST hump day well I am on countdown. at approximately 4 pm on Friday I am having dinner with my friend from college and can't wait <BR> <BR> this is going to be one of those weekends for chatting Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:58:20 EST A bad weekend I thought after cooling off here and not raining too hard, try to walk down to the store almost a mile away. Got 50 yards to it and my legs stiffen up and I went to the ground. Embarrass but lucky two fellow drove by and help me up and walk to where I was going and got a ride home from a neighbor... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:56:56 EST 9/17/14 - Bedtime Tom and I jogged around the building. We did two circuits the first time and one the second go a round. While I did not experience a runner's high, I was surprised how far I got before I couldn't jog any longer. <BR> <BR> It's been a very pleasant day in the Windy City, so it was nice to get o... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:56:17 EST Jim Rohn quote "When you know what you want, and want it bad <BR> enough, you will find a way to get it." - Jim Rohn Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:55:51 EST I'm kinda nervous I am kinda nervous for tomorrow. Yes it is weigh in day but I don't even care about that too much. I do want to lose the 5lbs I gained a couple weeks ago but I doubt that is going to happen <em>40</em> the reason why I am nervous is because our leader last week asked for volunteers to talk ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:55:48 EST Gift of Pre Workout Drink... *Juice* Last Saturday... My Boy-Friend... surprised me at my home... and ranged my door-bell ... He had a Pre-work powered drink in his hand... and gave it to me... This is really the first Gift that he ever gave me... and... we been dating for 2 years now... -Laughs- His name is Brandon by the way... <B... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:54:53 EST Wednesday Good day mostly...picked out new glasses and ordered them, picked up kitty flea meds, taught my Zumba class, and taught my college classes. <BR> <BR> I even went to Thor's obedience class...he did really well. Now if we can keep his crazy controlled at night... <BR> <BR> Good night! <em>26</e... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:54:46 EST Crazy day I was on my way to the doctors office to have bandages changed. <BR> Things were going quite well. <BR> A car cut in front of me way too close. <BR> I swerved my car toward the median to avoid getting hit. <BR> This driver was driving about 90 miles an hour. <BR> My car was damaged and had to b... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:53:08 EST H.H. Ugh You Sneaky &%$*$* H.H. Ugh is a devilish little thing. This morning I woke at 6:45am as usual to begin my work out before getting my children off to school. Needless to say at 6:45 am I am still half asleep and walking around in a haze for about the first 10 minutes. Usually the first thing I do is hit the bathr... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:52:49 EST Well then that was cool I haven't been able to do that yoga move where you grab your foot and bend it back at the knee and stand on one foot. <BR> <BR> I think it's called the Crane. <BR> <BR> I did it today although I had to hang onto the wall, but last week I couldn't even do it hanging onto anything. <BR> <BR> ROC... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:45:58 EST WEIGHT CK UPDATE 09/15/14 <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> WEIGHT CK UPDATE 09/15/14 <em>193</em> <BR> <BR> 2013 YR = 347 lbs = my highest weight ever <BR> 07/15/14 = 333 lbs <BR> 07/17/14 = 324.8 lbs <BR> 07/18/14 = 322.8 lbs <BR> 07/19/14 = 320.8 lbs <BR> 07/28/14 = VS Surgery <BR> 08/01/14 = 304.4 lbs <B... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:45:57 EST Food log #1760 Breakfast: Smoothie (banana, frozen blueberries, spinach, Greek yogurt), whole wheat toast <BR> <BR> Lunch: Grilled chicken salad <BR> <BR> Snack: Nectarine <BR> <BR> Dinner: Jerk chicken wrap Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:39:16 EST Glory Days I have never been a millionaire, but I have enjoyed a great meal, <BR> a crackling fire, a glorious sunset, a walk with a friend, a hug <BR> from a child, a cup of soup, a kiss behind the ear. There are <BR> plenty of life's tiny delights for all of us. - Jack Anthony <BR> <BR> So true to my ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:37:32 EST Who Am I? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Several times in the past few weeks I've been asked to describe myself. There are many ways to describe me. It depends on who I am with, what I am doing, who is asking. <BR> <BR> So, I'm going to start with mercurial... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:34:21 EST yay my good day - diet and exercise early morning i went for RPM Bike group class and burned over 300 cals in 30 mins, followed by 10 minutes yoga stretching <BR> <BR> breakfast: Avacado Sandwich with some cream cheese <BR> snack: apple and coffee <BR> lunch: steamed seafood salad with some almonds <BR> evening snack: soy milk, an... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:32:09 EST Day 260: Asian Inspired Chicken Soup "No one's happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy." (Ayn Rand) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last week I was sick and decided it was time to make some chicken soup, but I wanted to have an Asian twist to it. I’m a b... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:32:03 EST Ghost I had a bone density scan scheduled today. No problems there, and I went back to the State Fair afterward. This time, I took my car. Free parking and free entrance. Can't beat that! Walked about 5 miles around the venues today - bit of a sprinkle going on. We're getting rains from the remnants o... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:28:30 EST Wednesday <BR> We know what we are, but know not what we may be. <BR> <BR> William Shakespeare <BR> <BR> Read more at<BR>/williamsha164317.html#EFE8mi9d1W4LHeA<BR>F.99 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:27:13 EST Kicking off BLC 26! Today marks the beginning of my adventure as a Tenacious Jungle Tiger in my quest to lose 6 pounds over the next 12 weeks. <BR> <BR> Things haven't been going great lately -- I've been facing a lot of emotional challenges lately, and just started a new medicine that has some side effects. All of... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:23:54 EST Wonderful Wednesday! God grant me another chance to say thank you & give Him honor & glory. He allowed me the chance to encourage my family here, that we are more than conquerors. Through Him we can do everything but fail. The enemy is defeated & we have Victory over our weight, we have Victory in our will to loose ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:23:52 EST Father While in my 20's, I remember my father telling me that I could be perfectly healthy weighing 120 pounds. When I was 8 I started getting heavy. My mother worried since I was outside playing so much. My father would tell her to leave me alone and let me eat. He would take me swimming then buy me a ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:22:56 EST I'm Tweaking Again... One of my favorite words/actions I've used here on Spark is "tweaking my perception". It wasn't until I began blogging here that I learned how to do this. I'm very grateful to Spark for providing the outlet for me to write and get those thoughts out there. It was during these writings that my ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:22:23 EST Dear Diary, It's hard to dance in flooded boots <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear Diary, <BR> Yesterday Dear Hubby purchased me some FUN, cute, boots for wading in the ocean waves in. <em>295</em> It was fun to run in and out of the waves, collecting sea stones as I went. I ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:21:04 EST What a day So today started out pretty well. I woke up on time and was pretty much out the door on time for my chiropractor appointment. Well as close to on time as possible with a 3 year old "Oh wait mommy I forgot something" "Oh wait mommy I have to go potty" "Oh wait mommy Nicu doesn't have her shoes o... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:18:03 EST Your best day is coming. <img src=""> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:18:02 EST A bad day for nutrition, good night prepping lunch So I did not do well today with my nutritional portions. Drank two regular sodas, and had to many carbs thanks to the tortilla I had at lunch. So this evening I did some rework and study. I made a stir fry for tomorrow. I posted the recipe on here under Turkey Cutlet Stir Fry. I know it smel... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:14:45 EST Going Through Hell? Keep Going. Despite being encouraged and inspired by a lot of SparkFriends who have been successfully facing challenges, I'm having some trouble shaking off my latest bout of depression. I just can't get motivated either in the eating/exercising department or in my job as a teacher, where I'm having trouble ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:14:41 EST If I add myself as a Spark Friend... ...will I like myself more? Yep, a weird existential moment. I hung in there today----knocked myself out to do a great job at work, got kids to various places safely and on time, caught up on the housework, graded 15 essays, and-----ate like crap and didn't exercise. Ug. I just cannot get it all ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:14:40 EST Hump Day About to go to bed! <BR> <BR> I hope you had a great day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:14:24 EST Non-scale victory total-my cholesterol lowered AGAIN! Vegan power! Days like yesterday are a reminder that is not always about the amount of weight I can lift or mile I can walk(and now run, woohoo!)-that with the family risk factors of heart disease and diabetes that I am lessening my risk even as I grow older. I want to be around for my kids as long as I can w... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:08:45 EST So I don't know if I am going to pass this test tomorrow So I don't know if I am going to pass this test tomorrow. I have studied and I have had good quiz scores and bad. I am going to the class again tomorrow but mostly to take the exam. I have tried the practice test multiple times now and I keep failing. Awesome. My honey says do the best that ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:05:15 EST Bad Day out of nowhere Here is something I have known about me, but so far, I haven't figured out how to stop it. <BR> <BR> Most of the time, I have good days because don't really have an easy way to mess up. I don't keep the bad things around. I have to go out of my way to eat the wrong stuff. <BR> <BR> My strate... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:02:35 EST What about bulking up? What about bulking up? What about just working to be fit? I just read an article by a family therapist who is also a TV producer. She is working on a show with twenty sumo wrestlers. She describes one who is 430 lbs of muscle. He has taken the national sumo championship three times. He has ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:01:34 EST new season day 3 Yesterday was a good day. I ate well and exercised and drank 9 glasses of water. <BR> <BR> Today: I exercised and worked in my flower garden. I also ate 1 more veggies was I got up to 4 drank 9 glasses of water. <BR> <BR> My body is sore. The muscles in my legs are really sore and tomorrow is... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:58:51 EST No breast cancer! I went in for a mammogram this week because at my appt last week they felt something that concerned them enough to get it checked out. <BR> <BR> I'm fine. nothing concerning at all between the ultrasound and Mammogram. Wonder if this is going to be considered preventive care, hate to see the b... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:57:35 EST Emotional and Armed Today my mom fell and hurt her back a few hours into her first day at her new job. I think in the back of my mind, I knew something was going to happen because I was nervous for her to go. It's retail but the store isn't open yet, so they are setting out merchandise and getting things ready. My b... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:57:33 EST Son in Law's fight with cancer Ric had a procedure in the left lobe of his liver today. They put radioactive pellets in it. In a couple weeks they will do it to the right lobe. Then, they have found a spot on a rib and will figure out the best treatment for it. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:55:29 EST New Tools and New Goals So I bought some notebooks today and some special pens one with pink and the other with purple ink. I bought them as journals for myself. Blogging is nice and helps me to reflex on my day, but my journal will help as a all day thing and plus more personal to me. I think it will be a great tool in... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:51:25 EST Wednesday's Quote “Whenever it dipped under 90 degrees, it was cause for celebration—time to write home with the news, dig my jacket out of the closet, and try to quell the impulse to sing Christmas carols.” <BR> ¯ Bryanna Plog <BR> <BR> (That is what tomorrow will feel like. Finally a day around 90 will be so n... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:50:05 EST I missed the bus again! I have a very hard time getting to the bus on time. I will have to go to bed early tonight. This is the second fast of the week, but not a water fast as I had celery and carrots with Light Ranch Dressing. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:49:51 EST Day 25 I'm having a hard time keeping my hands out of the M&Ms. <em>101</em> I know this is no excuse (and TMI) but it's getting to be my time of the month, and so I think I'm being a little looser with myself right now. And that's bad. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> But I'm still staying stronger w... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:49:33 EST Run For God 5 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Even though I was dead tired, I dragged my sorry bum out of bed to run at 5:00 this morning. Lightening was just starting to flash when I finished. Made me feel accomplished. <BR> <BR> We won last night's soccer ga... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:43:50 EST Wednesday's Wonderings <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:43:12 EST Example: Reward System... oxox My Healthy Choices Reward System <BR> 1 star for going to the gym <BR> 1 star for going to the gym three times in one week <BR> 1 star for walking at least 30 minutes <BR> 1 star for walking outside in temperatures below 20 or above 80 <BR> 1 star for drinking at least six cups of water per ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:41:20 EST 9/17 PAWSE First Blog Ever! <BR> <BR> Plan / prepare - fridge is in control & stocked with veggies & fruits. I will eat three separate times / day, and will throw in a smoothie if I am under calory-range. Exercise is scheduled & I will complete daily challenges. <BR> <BR> Act - consistent & continuous ef... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:38:34 EST Busy day over calories Laundery washed, hung out and brought in. <BR> Take hubby to stay with sister who is down with a stomach bug. <BR> Denist to finish up crown work. <BR> Fitness center 36 min. cardio on ARC trainer. <BR> Grocery shopping <BR> To the park to take pictures This is me time. <BR> The rest of the blog ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:38:28 EST Little disappointed A little disappointed after week one of the BLC at the gym. I gained a pound. I know it's not much, but it's still disappointing. I've given up soda (for almost 2 weeks now), increased my water intake, veggies, fruits, cutting starches......working out. I've done what I should be and still ga... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:37:37 EST 2014, Day 260 (9/17) 125 total minutes walking, 90 total minutes on my recumbent bike while doing 5 total minutes each of alternating dumbbell biceps curls, dumbbell triceps kick backs (seated cuz I was biking), seated dumbbell triceps extensions, and seated dumbbell shoulder presses; also 2 1 minute 15 sec planks. ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:34:05 EST Why HAES? I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was in my mid 20s, but I had been symptomatic since my teens. My biggest issues were steady weight gain and amenorrhea. It was only when I began studying PCOS that I realized what was happening. The hormone interaction caused insulin resistance, which in turn caus... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:31:45 EST 30 Day Shred Decided to do a different exercise instead of Zumba and did my Jillian Michael's 30 day shred DVD. I forgot how hard that was when your out of shape. Think I am going to work on that workout of the next few days and hope I can improve my strength and get back into shape!!! Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:30:34 EST Windfall The strangest thing happened to me today. I am so bad about getting my mail, it sits in my mail box for weeks at a time, mostly because I don't think about it and most of my bills are paid online so it is all junk anyway. I plucked up and remembered to go up to the mail box and pulled out all t... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:28:31 EST Being Real and Treadmill Dilemma Solved So today was the first week weigh in for the Biggest Loser Fall Fitness Frenzy Challenge. <em>192</em> And how did I do? How much did I lose? Zip - Zero - Nada. In fact I actually gained 2 pounds. <em>15</em> <BR> <BR> So how did this happen? <BR> <BR> Let's see: <BR> <BR> I caught... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:27:03 EST Challenge starting I'm getting ready to start the 5% fall challenge. We are "traveling" to San Marino. Look up the rick steeves video of it, so beautiful! I am excited! Wish me luck as I shoot for the 120 minutes a day starting saturday! Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:24:49 EST Progress Notes: Oh wait..I'm not at work! Guess I should chart on my progress? For 2 entire days, I have been GOOD. Exercising, and drinking water etc. <BR> <BR> As far as my organizing goals, I have done well as far as keeping my appointments on the calendar. But I did not clean a closet or anything major all week. but there's sti... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:17:31 EST Blogger burn-out Who thought it was a good idea for me to include a daily progress report in my blog for the month of September? Oh, yeah, that would be me <em>24</em> I certainly don't feel like it right now, but I missed yesterday and I am just too stubborn to skip two days in a row! <BR> <BR> Yesterday's r... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:17:19 EST In Person Biggest Loser Challenge! After way too long of doing crappy in the weight area (I weight more now than when I joined SP over a year ago <em>39</em> ) I think I have the motivator I need: I've joined a group of 12 women, 40 or older, and we are challenging ourselves to lose weight over the next 10 weeks (but in a bala... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:15:41 EST What Went - Wednesday I'm going to tempt fate by posting before the day is over. ;) <BR> <BR> Today's big news - I got my desk cleaned off! I have been working on this off and on for a month. Now I'm not totally done. There is one big cubbyhole that is chock full of papers that are spilling out of it. And I do h... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:14:12 EST Day 57 It was another lovely day although it was quite chilly first thing in the morning. Hubby in particular is feeling the cold. I had lunch with my friend at noon. We were watching the yellowjackets from the window of the restaurant. They have a trap hung but there were still a lot of wasps flyin... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:12:54 EST I Made It After 4 days of a horrible cold I am back! Today I took a long nap after work and then changed and laced up my shoes and hit the trail in the park. It was glorious. The weather was perfect for just short sleeves and I was really stepping up my speed. I felt so good. It was nice to finally fe... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:09:56 EST Time for a change So I've been struggling with exercise lately, not really in doing it because I've been working out each day but in the way that I think my routine needs a change. So I have this new plan. <BR> <BR> Instead of doing both cardio and alternating upper/lower body ST each day I'm going to do 2-3 ful... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:09:33 EST What motivates me? Good question, some days I have no idea and other days, like today I know. I take a water zumba class and love the instructor, she motivates me, makes me want to eat clean and I see potential that I can do this after I take her class. actually any class she teaches and I wish I could take more... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:09:12 EST My cat This past weekend PJ was acting very strange, not eating etc. Monday she was eating and drinking. Tuesday I took her to the vet to be on the safe side, she's 16. This evening the Dr called with her senior profile test results. It wasn't what I wanted to hear. She has liver inflammation and jaund... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:02:46 EST Busy but nice day! I had a lot of errands to do today! The Bostons were crazy just not as crazy! Our Youngest She came over and visited for awhile today. I am doing laundry! And I still need to ride the exercise bike!! Love Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:01:22 EST Who exercised twice today? Me! Me! So, once again did not make it through the night without eating. This song and dance is getting old, I know, but I want to keep myself honest here and admit that it happened. <BR> <BR> On to other things... <BR> <BR> So I woke up this morning not feeling great. TOM is here, and brought it's... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:00:24 EST Quote for the day 09/17/14 "Someday is not a day of the week." Author Unknown <BR> <BR> Get moving today! Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:58:12 EST To the Post Office I started out on my walk this morning, thinking I'd take this little package to the Post Office a mile away. Just got down my street and I felt some rain droplets. I returned home gecause I didn't want to get rained on. So, I put in a new DVD and did 30 minutes of aerobics. Then a doctor appointm... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:54:34 EST Week Four Wednesday - 9/17/2014 <BR> Now for the real work! Eating and drinking healthy was just a part of the picture. By the way, I had jello with fruit for breakfast and for dinner, barbecue chicken, green peas, small portion of pasta and a spinach salad with apples, grapes, raisins, tomatoes, fat fre... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:51:36 EST Day 10 - down 2 pounds I'm on Day 10 of Linda Spangle's 100 Days of Losing Weight program. <BR> <BR> This has been a real eye opener for me to say the least. <BR> <BR> First I learned to look back at how I used to be. Next I made a commitment to do it anyway ( days 2 & 3 ). Then I set up boundaries & a magic no... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:51:27 EST This is so true for me!!! <img src=""> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:49:20 EST Taking a little break I just wanted to let my dear friends know, that, I'll be taking a break from Spark for awhile...I just feel overwhelmed by life right now... <BR> My daughter learned that she has several gall stones (causing her major discomfort) and will have to have her gall bladder removed soon...she will have... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:47:31 EST Surviving My Birthday! <img src="">I survived my birthday and felt a lot better today. It is over; it is done with for another year. And there was no ice cream, no cake, nothing more fattening than a blueberry! <BR> <BR> I am finding my way back into the SPARK... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:47:10 EST Day 18: Nutrient Dense, Refocusing & Restocking <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Greetings, Kittens! <BR> <BR> I rode for 60 mins today and only made it going 5 mins at a time after the first 15 mins. I didn't want to do the first 15, I was just not feeling it and honestly thought I'd stop. Then I... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:42:59 EST Color Run <img src=""> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So last weekend the family met some friends and we all did the color run. This was the 1st for all of us so we really didn't know what to expect. The... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:42:27 EST New Day, New Plan, New Me I'm on Day 5 of my new eating program and enjoying it enormously. I'm feeling so great about my eating that I am a whole new person. So, I went out and got myself a brand-new haircut! <BR> <BR> Today's lesson is to use a notebook to write down all manner of things. I've been doing that since las... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:40:22 EST This is harder than I thought it would be Ok so today was a stressful day at work, but what else is new in the health industry. Working for a very successful orthopaedic surgeon can really run you down. Not that this really an excuse. <BR> <BR> I did pretty good with the start of my day with my consumption, but, the end of the day kinda... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:40:06 EST Day 1 Have you ever look at yourself in the mirror (just check a glimpse) and look a way in disgust? I do this everyday when I get out of the shower. I do everything in my power not to look at the mirror. <BR> I am disgusting and ugly. I have allowed myself to turn into this blob of fat (a rather large... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:37:03 EST Day Seventeen This months challenge to eat healthier and exercise more is coming along very well. Today is one of the days I do strength training and I decided to increase that today. I work out with weights for 5 minutes Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I am also doing a 100 day streak of doing 25 push ups at a ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:32:31 EST So much bitching, sorry Sometimes, for no reason at all, I hate myself. I start out hating specific things about my current situation, then try to get myself out of the funk by reminding myself that very soon this will all be behind me. Then I remember that no matter where I go, I'll be there, I will be bringing my same... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:30:44 EST Exercising with Pets Trying to begin my floor routine is always most difficult because the dogs want to kiss me or get under my legs and my one cat Spooky always wants to be under my legs while I am doing leg raises. <BR> It's a challenge in itself but I now go downstairs and close the door until I am finished. <BR> ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:29:59 EST Wednesday, September 17th <img src=""> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:29:25 EST Success on Low Carb? <em>38</em> Has anyone out there had good success on a low carb diet plan? <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> Anyone...anyone...Bueler?....Bueler? LOL <BR> <BR> <em>253</em> <em>382</em> I've visited the low carb groups, but it looks like a lot of them have been inactive, or have a lot of ina... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:29:16 EST It's Always Been A Yo-Yo Life For Me As long as I can remember I have gained and lost lots of weight all at once. It started in 5th grade right before my first growth spurt... I gained 30 pounds in the matter of a couple months and then I thinned out in 6th grade when I shot up. This continued until I graduated high school and ended... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:27:23 EST The home stretch I'm on the home stretch now. 6 lbs to go to goal. Don't know how long it will take me to get there, but whenever it is, I'm not looking forward to pizza, pop, donuts, cake, cookies or any other sickly sweet stuff this time. <BR> <BR> This time: <BR> I'm looking forward to continuing to exercis... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:20:27 EST Working on less stress! I decided to stick with doing less and enjoying what I do moreso. I have an executive meeting at 9 am tomorrow. I have a hair appt at 1 pm and a class on nutrition and cancer at 3. I am not overbooked as the next appointment meetin g is on the way back from the first. If I have the energy, I... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:18:25 EST 5K Runners---I need a plan Okay, it looks like I might actually finish this couch to 5K thing and do the event on September 28th. <BR> <BR> Any advice on being "warmed up" enough for the race? It's a drive-to-the-location thing, suburban type of area, expecting a larger crowd of people, start and finish on the high schoo... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:15:58 EST Wednesday Weigh In #17: 09/17/2014 - WHA??? Ok so I'm official stumped. Don't take that as a negative, I'm SUPER happy with my weigh in this morning, but based on the activities (or lack there of) and food choices I've made over just the last few days...well, let's just say I'm pleasantly surprised. <BR> <BR> Weigh In 9/09/2014 245 <BR> ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:13:51 EST recommitting step one oa Recommitting. Yes I go to meetings, but I realized today I haven't been working my program hard enough. My abstinence is...okay. Could be better. I need to live the steps! I've been too passive, not even thinking about it, the steps, the whole things. <BR> So without further ado: hi I'm Katleen, ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:09:07 EST Well darn, I accidentally ate wheat It really was a thoughtless mistake. My good friend and neighbor made me dinner tonight. I delicious meatloaf, home made fries and broccoli. It was wonderful. But duh! What is in meatloaf. Bread. In this case, Triskets of all things. I didn't even think about that until we were discussing the rec... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:04:46 EST Week 12 - Officially lost 20 pounds! Woo Hoo!!! If you would have told be 12 weeks ago that I would be down 20 lbs., I would have laughed in your face. For me that seemed like an impossible task. I have probably gained and lost the same 5 lbs. for years now! Recently the scale just kept creeping up and up and I found it difficult to lose any w... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:58:12 EST a moving trend I put in a full day of work, but I managed to not be a complete lump about it. Part of it was planned inefficiency. I could have gone to the bathroom, then filled my water, & checked my mail before walking back to my office but I intentionally made it into three separate trips. <BR> <BR> Des... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:57:51 EST How much will YOU lose in 16 weeks? This is the header that I see everytime that I open SP! Well, that was over 10 weeks ago that I put this up and I've lost 5 pounds. I do realize that 5 pounds is not bad...I just wanted it to be more. <BR> <BR> Somewhere between need and want is where the problem lies! <BR> <BR> I have bee... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:56:51 EST new blog been awhile Summer been hard for me .I lost my job and still looking for new one. I am worrying about running out of my anxiety /depression pills since i no longer have insurance. My exercise is different. I am in a Monday, Wednesday and Friday water aerobic class. I also take a walking class. i gain about ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:55:36 EST Exercising away from home I am away from home for the rest of this week. So tonight I went into the fitness room at the hotel I am in. I walked on the treadmill for 60 min. I think it is much easier to walk at home, on the street. <em>30</em> I plan to swim in the morning. That will be a nice change. I am going to ma... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:54:35 EST Today... and plans for the weekend I try not to be judgemental... but sometimes I think people want to have the result without putting in any effort. (This includes me at times.) I try to be supportive, but I can't MAKE someone want to exercise or eat healthy. Oh well, I guess I need to get over myself. Rant over. <BR> <BR> W... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:53:25 EST Traveling low-carb I'm on the road this week. Well technically just flying to places but you know what I mean. So far I've done well by approximating my usual home meals at restuarants so no bread with meals, salads with protein for lunch and protein and veggie sides for dinner. I almost had a boo-boo tonight. Orde... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:49:18 EST Anger. I'm kind of angry. <BR> <BR> For the umpteenth time in my life, I'm starting my weight loss journey. Again. It's just so ridiculous. I'm upset that I made it so far last time and fell almost all the way back to where I came from. <BR> <BR> In November 2013 I went to my doctor begging for magic ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:38:39 EST PAWSE – Sept. 17 The problem for me in the summer is that my kids are home all day and I’m an emotional eater. The problem now that school is in session is that they come home with homework and my youngest doesn’t like to just get it done so she can play without me nagging her. So you guessed it, emotional eating... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:38:02 EST Finally, an Update! As many of my Sparkfriends probably noticed, we got home late Monday evening. It was a long drive, lol. They moved my Mom to a Skilled Nursing Facility on Thursday, and she has adjusted really well to it so far. She is doing really well with the recovery so far, which I see as answers to a lot of... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:28:27 EST Moving forward I can't even begin to tell you the rough time I've been having. And today I found out my car needs some *major* repair work. Thankfully my dad said he'd pay for it and I will pay him back. <BR> <BR> I have slipped backwards a lot in my weight loss journey, but now I feel I'm heading in the right... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:26:30 EST Motivation 9/17/14 “Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday! <BR> <BR> How’s this week treating you so far? How about this month? Are you doing like I am and trying to really crack down before the holidays? There are quite a ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:24:59 EST Scotland Forever! Tonight, I am praying that Scotland votes to dissolve the union with England -- becoming an Independent nation once again. <em>706</em> <BR> <BR> Today was a great day... back in the swing at SP. Indulged in TWO onion rolls... when one would've sufficed, but still came in within my calories... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:23:47 EST water aerobics class Finally went to my first water aerobics class. Really it was (almost) accidental. Here's what happened.... I swim at a local private pool and the woman who owns the pool also gives lessons and water aerobics class. I've been trying to go for swimming laps as much as possible well, today I went an... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:18:19 EST just got back from the gym.... I just got back from the gym and I have to say that I was in the zone today... I biked 3 miles and I did 3 miles on the cross track and I spent 30mins in the sauna as well. I have to say that I feel amazing after having a good dinner to top it all off as well. <BR> I am planning to go to the gym... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:06:58 EST Long Over Due It's been a stressful week so far. I won't go into details, but things didn't go well with the mediation at hubby's work. so next step is going to Fed court. But that could take 9 months to do! Not a good time line for the guys that are struggling on a very reduced salary (as in $12 ah HOUR less)... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:06:29 EST Beauty and the beer Okay, now I'm bombarding you with stories, as I will be doing for the newspaper. I have a whole cache of them prepared for when we're gone, so here you go with the next one <BR> <BR> ________________________________________<BR>____ <BR> <BR> How does one control a boisterous biergartenful of c... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:06:10 EST Tooth troubles! I lost a filling a couple of weeks ago and after a painful night ended up at the dentist today. The tooth is cracked and he wanted to refer me to his fellow dental man that does the root canals but I balked. So, he said he'll try a medicated filling and if that goes well put a nice crown on it ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:02:56 EST Wednesday Evening At my appointment with the wound care specialist went alright today. Basically it is the same open wound with no infection but is no way healing closed. So it is not bad news but it not good news either. <em>24</em> I had my blood draw for my appointment with the RNY surgeon on the 24th. ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:01:02 EST Sometimes a cigar is more than a cigar <img src=""> <BR> What favorite place might you leave not smelling as good as you feel? If you’re a cigar aficionado--a cigar bar. <BR> <BR> Pity the poor cigar smoker. Venues for smoking are few, and that stinky stogie compels even libera... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:55:30 EST Wednesday September 17, 2014 Weather: Cloudy in the morning, but cleared up in the afternoon. A very nice day though. Temp about 78 degrees. <BR> <BR> Exercise log: 20 minute walk to and from bus stop to appointment, housework <BR> <BR> Reading log: Taltos, articles on internnet, email <BR> <BR> Writing log: Work on... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:48:38 EST Wednesday, 9/17/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This morning the kids and I headed out for Maegann's eye appointment at 7:30. Glad I kept the appointment even after finding out much of the recent trouble was a sinus infection because we did learn her eyes hav... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:46:59 EST Super Dawg SUPER DAWG <BR> I am Super Dawg, neither young or old <BR> My job is to protect and serve <BR> A lot of protect and not too much serve <BR> I live with two humans, very different from each other <BR> They like each other a lot <BR> Because they are elderly and vulnerable I will protect them from ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:45:56 EST Looking back 5 years By using the tools on this site, I discovered that I now weigh within a couple of pounds of my weight in 2009. Back in 1997 when I weighed 283, I would never have believed that I could maintain nearly an 80-pound loss for five years. So, 204 it is. Nothing to brag about except that I have main... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:44:43 EST C25K Update Week 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Right now I'm wondering when the increased energy levels that are supposed to come from running are going to kick in! I"m exhausted, and by about 2:00 p.m. all I can think of is curling up & taking a nap! <em>102</em... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:40:53 EST Smile Of The Day---Wed. Little Johnny had just been put to bed for the umpteenth time and his mother's patience was wearing thin. "If I hear you call 'Mother' one more time, you will be punished," she warned him sternly. <BR> <BR> For a while it was quiet, and then she heart a small voice call from the top of the stai... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:39:22 EST Day 17 - a close call! <BR> To explain . . . I didn't get in any exercise today and though I had a healthy breakfast and lunch, we had pizza for supper. Now, pizza isn't all that bad, we don't eat them often, we get a pile of veggies on them and I usually have 2 slices . . . well, sometimes just 1 slice but it balanc... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:38:30 EST My Expectations for BLC 26 I'm so happy to be back in the Jungle among the most ferocious Tigers there are...We are so going to blow the lid of the roof.... <BR> <BR> These are the things I expect from the BLC-26 <BR> <BR> I expect tons of support and motivation....I expect to meet if not exceed my goals of losing two p... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:37:37 EST canning I pulled all the frozen blackberries from the freezer and am canning..Too , our apples are starting to come I have been peeling and coring. <BR> I have yet to do my exercise today..but will get on the ball and while the jars are being processed..I will take the time to exercise. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:36:35 EST Feeling blue... Today my husband told me that I'm too critical. That made me feel so sad because he's right. I grew up with critical people and now I'm critical towards others and myself.I'm totally bummed out about the fact that he said that but I'm more bummed out because it's true, I'm overly critical. I don'... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:36:12 EST Now Since Then Since my last blog entry back in May, I was struggling to accept the weight gain. It is just such a mind game. I've spent part of my life, since high school when I found out and discovered that I was overweight - which I was, trying to lose the weight. Last year I got to a weight I didn't thin... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:32:59 EST 17 weeks At 17 weeks today! Saw the midwife yesterday—the final one in the practice I hadn't met. Adore her, too. I'm so glad that at this point I would be incredibly thrilled to have any of these ladies around when I give birth—incredible women, all. <BR> <BR> She indicated that the little twinges I've ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:31:18 EST Food Stamp Challenge - Day 16 (Wednesday) We all know that low carbers eat more veggies than most people who eat a "healthy" diet. I wondered how many (much?) veggies I've eaten since I started this challenge. After all, I'm keeping my spending to the average food stamp benefit actually received in Indiana, so it must be light on veggies... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:31:17 EST BLC 26 Goals BLC 26 Goals <BR> <BR> Why I want to lose weight: <BR> <BR> ** I want to lose weight to be healthy and feel good about myself. I also want to be an better example for my children. I am currently classified as overweight on the BMI chart. <BR> <BR> I will track my food/exercise daily. (CICO) <B... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:26:16 EST Starting again Somehow I got away from everything because, I thought I could do it on my own without keeping track of what I was eating. This does not work for me. I have to hold myself accountable. I started walking again and last week found a virtual 5k walk/run. <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:22:45 EST Big losses!! Since July 13 2014, when I started taking weight loss seriously, this is how much I've lost (just to remind myself of how awesome I'm doing!): Chest - down 1 inch. <BR> Waist - down 2.5 inches <BR> ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:21:01 EST Day 3 Sep 16, 2014 Forgot to post yesterday. <BR> Hope my friend comes back? <BR> <BR> 10 min of treadmill walking M-W-F (no exercise day) <BR> Eat at least 1 fruit and 1 veggie per day <em>248</em> <BR> Do Spark Coach daily <em>248</em> <BR> Get at least 50 spark points per day <em>248</em> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:20:46 EST Small Steps <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> Still walking. It has been almost 2 weeks and I'm already itching to do more and go faster. I went from planning to walk once or twice a week to every other day to almost every day. It's nice and I have in part done it every day because on some days I've had company. La... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:19:40 EST Food Issues - Clock Watching I ate at 10:00 am today a late breakfast. Work was busy. <BR> A few moments later it was only 11:00 and I'm thinking about lunch time already and what I'm going to eat. <BR> Thanks - I got an orange from a co-worker to eat. <BR> It's 11:30 am and I'm still thinking about my lunch and will ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:15:27 EST Food Issues - To Eat or Not To Eat Yesterday I arrived home really late at night around 9:30 pm. I didn't have any real dinner except for some stale tortilla chips. I wasn't really hungry either, but I didn't want to go bed without having eaten anything really for the evening time. <BR> <BR> Did the thought of not eating at a... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:11:22 EST Growling through a workout! I swear today was the worst workout in the world! I did it! I did all of it but a I growled and humbugged my way through it! I did not enjoy it at all and that is something I had not experienced in my 3 months of working out! Usually once I start I enjoy every sweat drippy minute of it! Not today... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:08:22 EST Moments of victory Things have been going great this week! <BR> Last night I had my workout class, and it was a serious doosey. It was set up as rounds where you started at the beginning and addend another set of something each time. So, first was 20 jumping jacks. Then, jumping jacks followed by step ups. Then, j... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:02:42 EST Take 20 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I was sitting in the clubhouse after an 18 hole tournament when the course owner's dog came over, sat beside my chair and kept hitting my hand with her nose. Most times the dog wants food so I kept saying " I do... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:59:45 EST I am confused and would love some feedback As I have posted (probably ad nauseum) I am at a plateau. Many people have mentioned that I should look at my calories, and make sure I am eating enough. I am fully familiar with the famine mode that our bodies will go into if we are eating too low, but I have stayed within my 1200 to 1500 calo... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:53:02 EST 2014.2: The Fitness Reset For someone who was never athletic as a child or as a teenager, I sure do spend a lot of time doing athletic stuff as an adult. A few months ago, I was thinking about the sports/fitness stuff I do and ranked it in order of preference: <BR> 1. Golf. No really, I love to golf. But I live in Michiga... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:50:03 EST Warm again This is the time of year that you do not know from one day to the next what the weather will be like. It got very warm here today and I turned the AC back on. I suppose that the next thing is that we will all be sick with colds and the flu. I hear that we have the new respiratory virus here in... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:48:51 EST What Pets Do When You're Not Home <link><BR>at-pets-do-when-youre-not-home?WT.mc_i<BR>d=Email;NewsLetter;Petwire;Sept-17;Article1 </link> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:44:46 EST Listen... My Heart is Playing. Blogs are funny things. I write the words that flood from my heart and unless the reader has been following me for years they have no idea what the sound of my heart strings truly sound like. Sometimes the sounds of the melody are soft and sweet and other times they are sour and screeching with... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:40:56 EST Being Admitted to the Hospital Tomorrow I had my CT Scan today and it shows an abscess in my left lower region. They are admitting me tomorrow because the surgeon will have to remove it. Not sure yet how but please pray for me! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:37:59 EST The Real Reasons We Fall For Food Fads Cronuts, Acai, Fish Tacos..........It seems there's always a new food craze to crave. Why do trendy eats keep tempting our taste buds? "Americans love to explore," says NPD (a market survey group) analyst Harry Balzer, "but not too far afield---we're not going to the moon." Instead, we dabble ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:34:53 EST BLC26 GOALS....because "GOALS NOT WRITTEN DOWN ARE JUST DREAMS"! Time to STOP DREAMING!! <img src="">I've had a lot of DREAMS over the years....and yes I have written them down to make them goals. I have seen goals achieved and therefore I know I CAN do what I set my mind to do. I want 2014 to be the year of ROUTINES...the year ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:28:43 EST Temptation Wednesday! Wish me Luck! Ok, so the title tells it all, the Mother-in-law has invited us over for the Big Brother show tonight, and she has decided we will have a cook-out, hotdogs, hamburgers, probably chips and naughty snacks as well... I am hoping she will make some healthy options, but normally it's full of temptatio... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:19:43 EST PAWSE UP Week 1 OK , This is the beginning of BLC 26. I am ready to kick some butt in this challenge. RRROOAAAARRR!!! This weeks PAWSE will be: <BR> <BR> Plan/ Prepare <BR> will continue planning meals out weekly. On Sundays will continue preparing as much as I can for week. Will relieve a lot of stress and giv... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:16:29 EST Announcement I became a new GRAND Mom yesterday here she is Skyler Rae <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:14:52 EST The Most Beautiful People... <img src=""> <BR> “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an un... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:14:47 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for September 17: Daily inspiration: Things are not always what they seem, so take time to think before you react. Lord, grant me patience and resolve when I have the urge to assume the worst or jump to false conclusions. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:13:49 EST Plan it, do it! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> With the fall challenge gearing up to start in a few days there is a flurry of activity here on Spark People. It's infectious and exciting! There is something very amazing about the support of the teams and Spark frie... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:12:12 EST Stop Hunger Now! This is our adult mission week at our church. There are so many opportunities for people to get involved in the community. Some of the things were: <BR> <BR> --Working with Habitat for Humanity <BR> --Helping at elementary schools in the neighborhood <BR> --Volunteering at the local food bank (w... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:11:23 EST I got a cookie I couldn't resist. I haven't eaten it yet. I'm only allowed one dessert this week and I want to hold off as much as I can. It looks like a good cookie too. It's chocolate chip, and made with no refined sugars, eggs, or dairy and it's sweetened with fruit juice. I want to see if this satisfies my ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:07:09 EST so tired I did not sleep well last night which is why I have not done so wel today Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:02:43 EST WEAK I am still having problems getting back to eating well. I am keeping up with my exercise but struggling with getting back onto my healthier food choices. I am hoping I can do better tomorrow. I will be going to the grocery store tomorrow. Hopefully, I will be able to stock up on some healthy ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:01:27 EST Wednesday 09/17/2014 I am feeling a lot better today the medication I am taking is finally helping . <em>244</em> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:58:23 EST Down 18 pounds in one month, no surgery! I never thought it was possible. Not for me, anyway. I'm a turtle with weight loss. And a re-gainer. Over the long term, though, I am down 59 pounds from my highest weight of several years ago. When I've had partial regains, it's when I've gotten discouraged and overly stressed out by life. Or di... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:57:03 EST 2014.2: The Food Reset By now, I've tried so many different kinds of things to lose weight that I definitely know what works best for me and my annoying tendency to get very excited about a new way of eating for about two weeks before deciding it's too much work. (It's probably not a coincidence that my attempt at "Veg... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:55:52 EST wed Sept 17 My therapist and I went over the months problems. WE talked briefly about my kids and then spent time on achiving the fact my life is what it is and trying to look fro answers I am stressing myself out <BR> So going to work on this take care of me and hubby and cosmo <BR> Planning a small trip in... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:55:20 EST BLC 26 - PAWSE Week 1 BLC 26 started today. I'm excited for this round to be starting up and am feeling very motivated to fully participate with my team and the challenges, and am sure I can meet my goals if I do that. <BR> <BR> PAWSE Wednesday Blog <BR> <BR> PLAN/PREARE for the coming week! -- I've done some frid... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:52:41 EST A day of half empty So: I weigh in this evening for the week. I am stuck in the land of the glass is half empty.I didn't eat half as well as I should have, didn't exercise half as much as I had planned and am pretty sure that I haven't lost even half of what I had hoped for! I know that, in reality, I did make the e... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:52:34 EST Down 2 more pounds since yesterday! Amazing! I am sure being sick helped me lose these additional two pounds and I would rather not be sick, but I'll take the loss. hehe <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Feel slightly better today than yesterday. I guess that is progress. I am going to make a nice pot of potato, bacon and veggie soup. It is exactly ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:46:00 EST How to Deal With The Ups & Downs of Losing Weight <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of the most difficult things for me to deal with when working on losing weight is the fact that my weight doesn't only go down. Sometimes it goes back up a pound or two, and occasionally it goes up more than that.... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:45:59 EST Trash Head <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So today is the official start to Round 26 of the BLC. <BR> <BR> My name is Jennifer, and I am a Trash Head. <BR> <BR> Thank goodness the round is starting! <BR> <BR> On August 13th, I weighed 215.8 lbs. Today, I ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:40:32 EST Let's do this! The fall 5% Challenge is due to start in a couple days. I am looking forward to working with my fellow starfish to lose, lose, lose! <BR> <BR> I am intending to avoid mindless easting, focus on regular daily activity, log my food, drink lots of water, meditate and make healthy choices. <BR> ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:38:35 EST Slippery slope So last week I was doing really well and was starting to get back on track. Went the gym Thursday and then had a friend over for tea. All was lovely until we drank too much wine and I overslept for work the next day. Work when I did arrive was awful which resulted in me eating bad all day. I th... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:37:14 EST Does anyone have an alternate solution for CPAP for sleep apnea Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:36:15 EST Health Insurance Health Pledge My health insurance is through my husband's company. The new thing they are doing is giving a gift card incentive to have a biometric screening, and then do an online assessment. When the assessment is over, it asks you to take a pledge to take ownership of your health, including logging your e... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:34:48 EST Pep Talk My Spark Coach challenge a couple of days ago was to give myself a pep talk. I will address myself as if I were talking to a friend who needed encouragement. <BR> <BR> You are really doing great at eating right and exercising consistently!! I am so impressed with your diligence! I don't know why... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:34:35 EST Can't get out of bed Love the cooler temps, but they make me want to stay in bed longer! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:34:29 EST I love you!! YES, YOU!!! Thank all so much for picking me up and dusting me off yet again. I love you all! It is so funny... this community. No matter how many times we pick someone up, we are always happy to do it again. It is such a constant challenge to lose/maintain weight. <BR> <BR> Thanks to my dear friend, IA... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:32:18 EST 2 classes at the gym First is alpha steppin and then cross box so I will be at the gym for about 2 hours and then I am not sure if I will walk home or not, it's a lot of exercise to put into one day but I really felt like I lacked yesterday so I just don't know right now. Hope everyone has a good day. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:23:20 EST Where did the summer go? Here I am again. Now I have been at 159 for weeks. Too many visitors and extra work. I get lost in all the shuffle. My friend has done well. I just need to focus on what I need. The exercise I have gotten amounts to wall painting, garden weeding and cleaning. Then cooking for a lot of peo... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:20:02 EST It finally came today I got my new generic calorie burn counting watch. I've been needing one for my HIIT workouts and I'm anxious to use it and see just where I am at as far as my calorie burn. I hope I'm burning more than I give myself credit for and not the opposite LOL. <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:18:32 EST I used to think about it I have spent a lot of time in my life living in my head.....I have spent a lot of time thinking about when I would do things, not actually doing them. <BR> <BR> I am 49 now and the time has come. I was walking on my break time today and it suddenly dawned upon me that I have become a doer, not m... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:18:25 EST Hump day Happy hump day to all. As we inch closer to the weekend, wishing everyone a happy sparking day! Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:17:48 EST Challenging Myself The good news is ever since I did the reduced mileage week I've been keeping things on the lower end near 10,000 steps a day and my knees have been really happy and I feel like I've given them a nice longer rest that is well deserved for working so hard for me all the time!!! LOL <BR> <BR> The b... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:14:17 EST Whole30 Day 17 I think I'm finally narrowing down the possible cause of my upset stomach. I felt absolutely wonderful this morning, best night's sleep I've had for a while and ready for anything. Then I ate my breakfast. Well, part of my breakfast, because I suddenly felt too naff to take another mouthful. <BR>... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:11:06 EST BLC 26 DAY 1 ON CAMO CREW! BLC 26 RUNS SEPTEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 10, 2014 <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 186.2 <BR> <BR> GOAL FOR BLC: <em>55</em> 6.3 LBS -- (This will put me back into the 170s) <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> CARDI0 = 3 DAYS <BR> <BR> <em>34</em> ST = 2 DAYS <BR> <BR> <em>2... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:11:03 EST Grateful After two days of being hit by my favorite student, today was a good day. I didn't have to fill out an accident form as I left for the day which was nice. I'm grateful for that. <BR> <BR> I made myself work out yesterday and it happened tobe the 45 minute Drench video. There's a segment in ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:08:08 EST Vacay and Color Run Pics (LONG and lots and lots of pics!) Mom and I went to the Outer Banks for four nights last week on our annual "Mommy and Me" excursion. I was scheduled for a six mile training run that week, so I got up super early, went out there and got it done before we left! My first mile was 16:47, and my last was 19:43- HAHA! I haven't done t... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:03:41 EST Wonderful Wednesday Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:02:53 EST 1 week no running I had my vein reflux fixed...viricose veins is the common name of this condition. <BR> My veins are now closed up and the healing has already started in Jesus' name. <BR> No, running, I was told by the nurse I can bike and do the elliptical that slides forward and back. I just dropped my gym me... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:02:44 EST Wednesday's Focus <img src=""> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:01:58 EST Day 46, worse than plateau So I knew it was going to happen, I went up two. I'm not going to justify it, just say that an inordinate amount of stress and too many appointments meant eating out instead of cooking at home. We're still stressed as we wait for info but we're back to eating at home...mostly. Had delicious grill... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:01:48 EST Shaun T's T25--Week Three Day 3 I'm in this Baby!! #WooooHaaaa <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:01:00 EST What the?? So I just logged into Spark for the day, and yesterday's blog is nowhere to be found! Well! <BR> <BR> I'm not going to bother trying to recreate it, but it is a bit frustrating that the thing said it was loaded and now it's MIA. Sigh. If that's the worst that happens this week? I will take it an... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:57:24 EST Thoughts for Wednesday 9/17/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:48:39 EST 100 days of weight loss day 17: a bit of forward progression what i've been struggling most with during this challenge is that i'm more interested in losing weight than committed. i catch myself doing something and think, yes, i'm interested. the first time i've actually felt committed was this morning when i finally got up at 4 am to work out. i finally f... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:47:40 EST Thank you all for your suggestions for DH. Thank you Blazingsword! She emailed sparks for me and found out that I can open another account using my own email address. This will be fine as I can set it up to private and also check off no mail from sparks. I have to do that as I get a ton of mail from Sparks. Every time I think I have m... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:46:54 EST week 2 ,6th day Short and sweet. Still sick. Missing work, and walking. Gona get off here and do some Yoga to at least get in some exercise. Might help my mental attitude too. See everyone at weigh in tomorrow. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:40:23 EST Finally Becoming A Vegetarian Okay, so here it goes......deep down inside I have been a vegetarian my whole life. I have never really "liked" the taste of meat, but I have eaten it because I think I should, or peer pressure, or not wanting to be different, or thinking something is wrong with me, etc. Last night was the li... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:39:51 EST "The Spark: The 28-day breakthrough Plan...." book I started reading the book yesterday, and I'm enjoying the story of how the website was born. Even more enlightening to me was the concept of a "streak" which was what Chris called his 10-minutes-a day exercise goal when he started to change his health. I don't know how that escaped my attention... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:33:02 EST I Have No Time To Waste This week's SparkCoach video encouraged me to take inventory of the time I spend each day that could be spent in a more positive manner. <BR> <BR> As a mother, girlfriend, and full-time employee, I don't have much time to waste. However, I do have shows I like to watch - most of the DVRed becau... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:32:04 EST Thursday Very overcast today but not raining, been for my walk got to work and seem to walk another mile to get to the department so that was extra so doing my points now before I have to start work. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:29:00 EST Nothing yet I haven't heard anything yet from the job interview, but I'm still trying to be hopeful! Keep praying for me. <BR> <BR> Now, I was a little upset this morning because I wanted to go to the gym and I went to the gym this morning, but I had to stop and give blood this morning and they wanted me t... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:25:33 EST It's Hump Day! I'm having a wonderful Wednesday...and hurts to move...ANYTHING. It is so annoying to me. I want to zip through my day but find myself crawling. Ugh! It's funny how I can bop along day after day logging a massive number of steps and then BAM! I come to a complete stop. Arthritis! I... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:24:35 EST This kinda puts things into perspective For me anyway. The one on the left was taken in May when my baby girl graduated College. The one on the right was taken today. This is 33 pounds gone gone forever gone. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Amazing to me what a difference 33 p... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:22:43 EST Fortune smiles upon me... It feels like a decade since last year. I have settled myself into a wonderful job with a staffing agency and I have made great strides in debt repayment and life changes. <BR> <BR> While I'm still the heaviest I've ever been, my energy and outlook on life is a lot better. Everyday I am thankf... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:20:47 EST Day 496 Rest Day. Feeling good. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:18:12 EST Status on Sept. Goals These are the goals I stated earlier this month--it is past the 15th so time to check in. <BR> So 1) 10K steps per day--OKAY <BR> 2) 3 gym classes per week -- haven't had 3 ST classes every week but have gone to gym 3+ days a week <BR> 3) continue with 5% Challenge as an EL for my team --YEP <BR... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:16:30 EST NY here we come! Super excited to be going to N.Y. tonight to visit my family! It's a 6 hour drive so we're leaving at night to get there early tomorrow. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>334</em> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:14:53 EST Ready for 5% Challenge--Determined Daisy team The new 5% Challenge starts on Saturday. I am in maintenance--no way can i lose 5% more weight--that would be 7-8 pounds and I am already in the good BMI range. But I can drop 3-4 pounds and hope to do that this challenge. I am keeping up my 10K steps per day--hasn't been too hard but will be wh... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:12:51 EST right questions?... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Right answers are important on quizzes... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> tests... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and exams.... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:11:25 EST Femoral nerve pain Many Sparkers mailed me to ask about this pain. <BR> <BR> I have had this for about two years now. It strikes randomly, but for me, it is always after I have been standing on hard floors(Duh, ever walked on SOFT floors??) ,concrete floors, hard tiles floors,etc. <BR> <BR> It used to happen ma... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:08:33 EST Such a ROUGH day for me and my kiddo! So I had an extremely difficult morning with one of my daughters. I have been working out of town A LOT (5 weeks was my last stint) and I think that every one of my daughters are dealing with it in a different manner. One of them, has gained a substantial amount of weight. This both terrifies me ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:07:06 EST FEELING SO ACCOMPLISHED...9.17.14 NO WEIGHT LOSS IN SOME TIME, BUT....I HAVE NOT GAINED A POUND! I FEEL SO GOOD. I AM IN SIZE 16'S NOW. THANK YOU LORD FOR POURING YOUR LOVE OUT ON ME! Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:59:04 EST 2014.1: The background So, I keep trying this thing, and honestly I AM a little discouraged with myself for not being able to stick with it, but also encouraged because I keep trying. Anyway, I've somehow let myself get within 10 pounds of my highest weight and that is NOT okay with me. I've had a lot of stuff happen t... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:58:30 EST Finally Getting it Together! Doing some crazy deep cleaning today. Didn't go on my hike, but I'm going to save that for Friday. I also finally settled on what classes I'm taking this semester, after much trepidation, and my boyfriend promised to help me create a quiet work space for when classes finally start (away from the ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:54:12 EST A Never Ending Battle... Do you ever feel like the voice in your head about weight loss, your body image, a never ending battle that feels unreachable to accomplish? <BR> <BR> Ugh, I'm so tired of that voice. I know I'm pregnant and will be gaining weight, but it feels agonizing that I have to expect it for th... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:51:25 EST God's provisions before the need. Day 103 of exercise in 2014 (not a streak) <BR> Walking: 2 mph (30 minutes per mile) &#8855; 13 minutes 62 calories burned <BR> <BR> My husband went to see the podiatrist this morning and he will need foot surgery in December. He took some junk to the recycling center and got $6 and we bought m... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:50:50 EST 2 Months Two months now, trying to improve my health and lose weight. This past month has been difficult. First the heart catheritization and now I have back pain. I start 3 new medications and 2 cause drowsiness. I am trying to stay active and eat healthy, but admit I have cheated more than I should. Des... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:49:58 EST Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. T Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. ~Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:48:32 EST and now- more coffee <img src=""> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:46:36 EST Wednesday's Healthy Inspirational Quote of the Day 09172014 "Always concentrate on how far you have come, rather than how far you have left to go."~Heidi Johnson Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:46:29 EST Third Maintenance Anniversary I reached my goal weight 3 years ago. <BR> At that time I very happy, but never thought that I will be able to live a healthy lifestyle without tracking all my food and weighing in daily. <BR> I continued tracking my food all day for 15 more months, then on and off for a while, and now I have bee... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:46:06 EST In a year My niece gets married in a year. In that time I will be able to see what foods work and don't work for me. I will take it one day and focus on that particular day. I will be starting the Specific Carb Diet on Sunday the 21st. This will give me the chance to detox and start from scratch. It is go... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:39:58 EST BLC 26 Goals! <em>550</em> <em>23</em> <em>53</em> <em>311</em> <em>265</em> <em>331</em> <BR> Today is <em>249</em> of the BLC 26 <BR> I have a monthly and daily calendar that I am going to write my nutrition and workout things in it, but I also made some daily templates for daily goals, ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:33:47 EST club chat, sept 17 It is the first cool cloudy day since I moved to the new place. But it is still warm in here even with a few windows cracked open! The bodes well for later in the season...perhaps I wont even have to turn heat on just never know! It is such a well insulated house... <BR> <BR> Everyone ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:33:46 EST Day 1020- Never Let Them See You Sweat Ever have a person who's negativity or rudeness threatened to bring you down? <BR> <BR> I've been dealing with a similar issue, and sometimes it's hard to rise above cattiness, but I'm too happy and blessed in my life to really worry about the craziness that this person brings to every situation... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:33:20 EST May we be completely surrounded by love <img src=""> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:31:15 EST