SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs T.G.I.F. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 6 Mar 2015 06:10:58 EST I'm Thinking that Sometimes Easy Does It I woke up too early today. 4 a.m. is early even for an early riser like me. But it's my strategy for times when I seem fully awake and can't get back to sleep. I just get up and start my day. Which probably means there is a nap ahead in my day. <BR> <BR> Sleep is pretty important to me. I ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 06:08:15 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=3/6/2015=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">I will declare Thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise Thee.... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 06:05:43 EST and going strong... *is doing 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge.... and treadmill <BR> <BR> * planning meals for today & week (store today) <BR> <BR> * making smoothie for breakfast and lunch <BR> <BR> * apples, celery, and carrots for snacks <BR> <BR> * dinner for family: <link> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 06:01:01 EST Snow no, no, no, no, no,no more please I don't have the gianormic, epic, once-in-a-lifetime piles that they have in Boston. <BR> No, thank you. <BR> I do have some chest high piles in front of my house and along the sides of the driveway. <BR> I cannot fathom the ability to sling the snow up and over any higher than this. <BR> It was... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:55:27 EST A Brand New Thing - Joel & Victoria Osteen A Brand New Thing <BR> <BR> TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun!” <BR> (Isaiah 43:19, NLT) <BR> <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Can you see the “brand new thing” God is doing in your life? Sometimes it’s easy to see the han... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:48:35 EST "the Bully" Yesterday during outside morning recess, "the bully" went into action, sitting on the legs, then back and then neck of a much smaller child. I was not very happy at all. In fact, all that I had learned about using encouraging words was forgotten at that moment. <BR> What did I say? I told my... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:36:55 EST Are Your Morals Getting In Your Way? " Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right ." Isaac Asimov <BR> <BR> We all have a set of morals and be because of this we feel the need to help . EVERYONE. ALL THE TIME. <BR> <BR> Because of this we sometimes end up with no time for us . We end up with no time to... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:27:37 EST No freggies yesterday I did not eat a single freggie yesterday, <em>39</em> unless you count coffee because it is made with beans. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I am having wild blueberries now though. Yum! <em>104</em> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:23:59 EST Friday 6th of Mars I have been sick most of the week. Started with stomach ace and then I have not been feeling good. I have therefore not been to the gym since Sunday :( but at least having a stomach bug is a way to loose weight!! Ok not a good way I know. <BR> <BR> My weight goals for Mars: <BR> February 27t... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:17:15 EST Friday- Just checking in Today will be my second time doing Yoga this year, and I can't wait. I'm going to wear clothes that fit me today and bring my own yoga mat so I should be more comfortable. <BR> <BR> I have a test today that I am a bit behind on studying for, so this will be short. <BR> <BR> 100 pushup chall... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:16:55 EST "Hammered" again :(, no - NOT booze - but that $#!@#@ "Thor" fella - sheesh! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Can't WAIT until I get back to the usual routines - as much as having the WFH option has been beneficial, the fact of the matter is that a regular office routine works a bit better for a few re... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:11:41 EST Make it Your STRENGTH Yes, I know what it's like to want to eat because everything is icky in life. I did it just the other day and had a pity party and then I remembered WHY I'm doing this journey. <BR> <BR> I found out the hubby's colon cancer is back. Surgery the 17th. I have a huge cyst in my shoulder joint an... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:05:44 EST FREESTYLE FRIDAY-"ON PURPOSE" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Friday Dear Ones! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm up mighty late/early in order to get this poem posted. All that unpacking and moving boxes last week has caught up with me. It still doesn't take the excite... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 05:02:22 EST b b Fri, 6 Mar 2015 04:55:38 EST Stop that LOL <img src=""> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 04:28:20 EST 3-6-15 The joy of cycling <BR> <BR> I don't know if it's just these last few weeks because the weather has been incredible agreeable & much less cars try to turn me into hood ornaments, or if it's just that I'm just realizing it, but OMG I love riding my bike. <BR> <BR> I have literally fallen in lov... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 04:27:02 EST Mark 16 Serpent handlers <BR> <link><BR>2015/03/mark-16-serpent-handlers.html </link> Fri, 6 Mar 2015 04:21:24 EST My plan of attack! 1) I will be more mindfull of what I eat - no more mindless munching and I will stop buying snack foods, if I am really hungry in between meals, I will take fruits, veggies and hummus or a pb sandwich, no more cracker type or processed foods! <BR> <BR> 2) On non dialysis days, I will do at least... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 04:16:30 EST Getting Fit... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Good Morning <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you have a great Friday and Weekend ahead. Let's keep our eyes on the Lord today and allow Him to lead us along the road to healthy living. We can't do it alone but we can ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 04:12:10 EST Hungry Games - The Hunger Scale <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A new aspect of mindful eating I'm exploring is using a hunger scale to help battle overeating. <BR> <BR> Tonight I was practicing mindful eating at dinner. When I finished my portioned out meal, I couldn't identify ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 03:42:11 EST Quote for Today The more you trust Jesus and keep your eyes focused on Him, the more life you'll have. Trusting God brings life. Believing brings rest. So stop trying to figure everything out, and let God be God in your life. <BR> <BR> Joyce Meyer Fri, 6 Mar 2015 03:24:47 EST Ima's Quote Picks for Today! <em>550</em> <em>551</em> <em>498</em> <em>293</em> <em>372</em> <em>373</em> <em>22</em> <em>370</em> <em>267</em> <em>492</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> The following quotes from "7 Habits of Skinny Woman" written by Subodh Gupta make perfect sense. It really can be that... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 03:23:00 EST New Motivation After having a terrible February (gaining 4.5lbs) I had a few days of just feeling crappy and like I wanted to give up completely. Then I decided to snap back into it and get back on track before things got any worse. I prepped some food, stuck to it, did my Insanity workouts, and thought about s... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 03:20:21 EST Hungry Games - Calorie Catastrophe <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's almost 2 months since I volunteered as a Tribute in the fight against fat. <BR> <BR> I've been bouncing around between 370 and 363.6 lbs. Typically between 364-366. <BR> <BR> I'm reflecting to see where I've ha... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 03:17:59 EST Bible Verse for Today.. O Lord, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, For You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. <BR> <BR> Isaiah 25:1 NKJV Fri, 6 Mar 2015 03:15:22 EST What Went - Thursday 1. I guess I spoke too soon on my tummy being better. I ate fruits and veggies yesterday and things went back to being a problem. Oh well. I went back to chicken and rice today. And more probiotics. <BR> <BR> 2. Dd was sick all day on the couch. It's just a bad cold. I didn't have a sore... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 03:09:39 EST Feeling more positive! Well Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I'm feeling more positive. Thank you for your kind comments yesterday :) I love the idea of the 5lb challenge! Bring it on! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I ate reasonably (not saying well but reasonably is ok) <BR> <BR> Yesterday I realised I have to look after myself. I was... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 03:00:51 EST Spin me round Today I found myself feeling dizzy for short periods throughout the day. Fortunately I had been warned to be prepared for this, since it's a common symptom for people on PSMF, and I was lucky to make it through >three months on this diet before dealing with it. Dizziness can be due to dehydrati... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 02:54:31 EST Goodbye February, Hello March February Review <BR> Well February was yet another month of losing only one pound. I’m not exactly happy about this but it’s not like I’m not trying. I tried the D-Burn from Haylie Pomroy’s newest book The Burn. As most of you know I’ve been doing The Fast Metabolism Diet (FMD for short), by H... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 02:47:17 EST I am grateful for, 3/5 1. my babies, because they need me. <BR> 2. getting my steps in, because there's always a choice. <BR> 3. beautiful weather, because we could be down below. <BR> 4. time with my bug, because she needs it. <BR> 5. co sleeping, because doodle needs time too. <BR> 6. volume control, because loud hur... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 02:44:02 EST National Cheese Doodle Day <img src=""> <BR> It’s National Cheese Doodle Day! Cheese doodles are a snack food made with cornmeal that has been puffed, baked, and coated with cheddar cheese. Morrie Yohai invented the cheese doodle in the 1940s. After serving as a Marin... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 02:09:27 EST Low energy, but kept plugging along I have been stuffed up the past few mornings. I can't tell if I am fighting off a cold or if allergies are kicking in early due to the warm weather. My energy was off today, but I still focused on keeping my exercise intensity at a higher level. Glad that tomorrow is Friday, I am looking forwa... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 02:08:33 EST Re-lighting the Spark for Spring <img src=""> <BR> Above is a picture after a lighter snow storm we had a while back. By contrast, this week we actually hit around 8+ inches of snow. <em>40</em> Yikes. I'll take a picture of THAT and share it when I get the chance. <B... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 02:06:40 EST still working out Even though I'm still sick , I am still working out atleast 30 minutes Fri, 6 Mar 2015 01:46:57 EST Too much going on I took my van in to get the timing belt changed out because my Uncle had told me it had to be done around 100,000 miles, so while they were in there they found out the engine was also misfiring so something that was going to cost me 700 ended up costing 1300 instead. I guess I should be thankful ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 01:43:21 EST Friday's request Dear Friends, <BR> I usually post a thought or quote, but today I received the news my dear sister has breast cancer! I ask for your thoughts and prayers for her complete recovery. She had a mastectomy of one breast and starts Chemo next Tuesday. She is very brave and doing well. Her prognosis is... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 01:40:57 EST Day 96 - Celebrations Tomorrow is my wonderful husband's 58th birthday. We're driving to Santa Rosa to go shopping and to look at pickup trucks. We won't be buying one - yet - but he would love to get a whiff of new vehicle smell and maybe do a test drive. Because we hope to buy a boat once we move to the lake (and se... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 01:37:10 EST DAILY QUOTE The best way to influence people is to appear to love them , and the best way to appear to love them is to love them indeed . <BR> <BR> ~ Jeremy Bentham - Fri, 6 Mar 2015 01:12:52 EST Daily Orange Report: Triumphs and Tribulations ;-) Beth bought the Sequoia oranges at a local store -- Market Basket. They came in a sealed plastic bag with the MB name & logo. <BR> <BR> I meant to go back to the store and buy some more, but I just didn't have time -- as I had to herd cats all week -- the most annoying, fruitless, and time-consu... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 01:00:59 EST Today's Inspiration " A man's good name is his best monument." <BR> <BR> - from a churchyard at Lockerbie, Scotland Fri, 6 Mar 2015 00:54:10 EST I have no fabulous title lol <BR> I feel like Ive been doing pretty good with my 'goals' From tracking to utilizing the Spark website to the practical goals Ive set for myself.. I feel like I'm at a solid 75% success with it. <BR> Im kind of analytical about things lol <BR> <BR> I've been going to bed earlier...thoug... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 00:21:23 EST DAY 2 - Feeling energetic. Day 2 !!!!! Yay! I am feeling great. I did not have ANY alcohol at the party last night. I went over my calorie limit because of some really yummy potato croquettes and mini cupcakes but I wasn't TOO bad!. But I am so proud of myself for staying away from the free flowing wine and champagne. Also... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 00:12:39 EST Special Blessings-March 6, 2015 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. We was on the northern part of the huge storm that went through the southern part of Ohio, Kentucky and the East Coast, so we only got 2 inches. My poor son got 21 inches in Lexington, Ky. <BR> <BR> 2. Jim and I cleaned the house ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 00:11:43 EST Day 64- fun night out Tonight rather than working we went to the Bruins game. We had the tickets up for sale but not a lot of takers so we went instead and had a great time even though they lost. There aren't a lot of healthy choices at the game so we indulged but we split our order of chicken tenders and fries. Yu... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 00:00:13 EST zp challenge: day 4 I am managing to do thirty minutes of exercise but I am eating too much. I also slept almost all day today. The weather is perfect for sleeping. (Except my apartment is too hot now when it's time for bed. Grrr.) But, I almost finished my dishes and had a long conversation with my dad. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:57:00 EST TGIF Be blessed and enjoy life sending prayers and love out hug Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:56:27 EST The Perfect DVD I got a new dance video in the mail today. Actually, I got three. I'm a little bit obsessive about dancing. I have two years and nine months until my 70th birthday, and my ultimate goal is to be the Dancing Queen at my party. Since I have absolutely no background at all in dancing, I'm starti... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:53:19 EST HIGH SCHOOL WEIGHT I took a shower, brushed my teeth, lotioned body and put foot cream on my feet. Put on panties, took 3 steps and they fell down to my knees. I got on the scale (reminder they say do not weigh at night) 198.3...It has taken 47 years! to get to my high school weight! Crying and being <img src="http... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:52:32 EST Barry, birthday, etc. Oh, so long since I last blogged...this will be short, however! <BR> <BR> Celebrated my birthday on March 1st...although the sleet kept us at home that day. We did get to see the kids the day before, but missed out on doing a family dinner out with my mom, too. Got a lovely bouquet from my hus... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:49:27 EST Three Things Day 4 #1) Today is supposed to be a "easy" day on my hero's journey. All I can say is there was no rest for the wicked today. All core work, but it actually felt good. <BR> <BR> #2) I landed a great job after the hardest interview panel I have ever gone before. Although I did not return the call fo... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:42:40 EST Is Winter almost done with us? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This has been a winter to remember, or forget! The entire nation has been hammered in some <BR> <BR> way or another. Indeed many parts of the country did not get the record snowfall of the EAST.. <BR> <BR> But also ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:42:11 EST Scale Watching I really need to learn not to watch the scale so much. I weigh myself once or twice a week. My usual day to weigh is Tuesdays. If I don't see any weight loss on Tuesday I will weigh myself again on Wednesday if I don't see any weight loss I get upset with myself. Today again I weighed myself and ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:41:40 EST Big day tomorrow. Well tomorrow is Friday. I chose to not weigh myself for lent and my frame of mind is so good right now that it hasn't been so difficult. I did weigh myself Sunday, but that was because it was the first of the month and being really anal I want to know how many lbs I lose each month. <BR> <BR... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:41:27 EST Day 203 Hard Therapy Todays trip to therapy was a tough one. I got some new exercises and I can only barely do them. I think just about every muscle in my body is revolting about all this. One of the stretches they tried to make me to with my arm I felt all the way down my body into my legs. She said I was in pre... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:41:17 EST Third Time Is the Charm: 100DWL, Day #64, Instant Tools for Triggers Day 64 Instant tools for triggers <BR> <BR> In today's reading, Spangle tells us when a taste trigger hooks us into continuous eating, we can usually stop it instantly by the simple act of brushing our teeth. Also we can learn to recognize times when we feel weak and we’re about to lose the bat... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:22:30 EST 64/365- the wash and spin cyle is apparently a cycle event Checking my pockets of my clothes before going into the washer has never been my strong suit. This is why there is pen ink all over the inside of my dryer. And also why I apparently I had 2,452 steps at 5 pm when I was actually sitting around on the couch. Well the good news is that the spark a... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:21:09 EST Day 65 Evening all, I did my walking tonight and not this morning, I like being able to sleep longer in the morning. I really dont sleep that well anyways so I figured I can use all the beauty sleep I can get. Its nice here and I figured I would be walking kore in the evening when it starts getting hot... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:20:02 EST Eowyn's Challenge THE HOBBIT: Rivendell to the Lonely Mountain (579 miles) Day 59 Yesterdays travels were 5.25 miles, we are half way through Mirkwood and finishing day 11, then on to day 12, we will have 6.44 miles left to finish from day 12. <BR> <BR> total----leg---travel information <BR> <BR> Day 29-47 (Days 2-20 in Mirkwood): 7 miles/day = 133 miles <BR> 278---411--7... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:06:24 EST 3/5/15 Well, this was a strange day. Most f the plant was shutdown due to a lack of parts that are on trucks in the south, around Nashville. Their snow storm yesterday has delayed the arrival of the parts, so this was an interesting day. I am beat. My sleep habits need improvements and I hope they co... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:04:56 EST 3/5/15 - Bedtime Trainer Nick told me that I'm stronger than the average woman that is my age. <BR> <BR> Chatted with Peter, the cashier, at Mariano's, and he told me that the chicken dumpling soup is his favorite. I'll have to check out his recommendation. <BR> <BR> At the very end of my strength training se... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:01:24 EST Yep, it was a snow day Think we had seven inches of snow. For our area, this is enough to stop everything in its tracks. <BR> <BR> I stayed in except to walk the Thor Puppy(appropriate since it is the name of this storm too). I did ride my stationary bike and also walked 3 miles with Leslie. <BR> <BR> Enjoyed my quie... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:57:40 EST Day 64: That’s A Lot Of Years… 49 of them <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.” (Author Unknown) <BR> <BR> HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to my parents!!! They have been married for 49 years, WOW! ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:57:35 EST Quiet, cold day It was a nice, calm day today. I spent most of the day with my dog, alternately going outside to walk then cuddling in the recliner. It was cold once again. After yesterday's freezing rain everything was slick to go with the frigid temps. Sigh. Winter isn't over yet. Despite the chilly temp... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:54:02 EST The Temptations Umm ... no ... Not these temptations <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Well ... I Ain't Too Proud To Beg when there's something I really want. Luckily for me My Girl is so wonderful and makes sure I'm taken care of. ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:50:16 EST Howdoyoudo! Good Evening fellow Sparkers! Some of this is a cross post to Inner Journey! <BR> <BR> I did my Morning Pages today and it had to do with cooking of all things. I was planning on what the meals would be like for next Sunday-Saturday. I usually shop Friday mornings for groceries after I drop the ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:50:01 EST "Nervous" Energy Yesterday my husband and I went to his Pulmonologist. We didn't get any bad news, just that they didn't find out the cause of the inflammation in his lung. Another test on Monday. <BR> <BR> Anyway, after that I finally had an afternoon to myself. I rearranged my craft/exercise room. Got all ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:46:54 EST Motivation comes in the strangest forms Today I was having an I don't wanna day. It was icey, I was not in much of a mood to go to the YMCA, my son had a 2 hour delay and I offered to let him ride with me instead of take the bus to give him an extra 30 minutes to finish a paper he was struggling with. That made me miss my first water... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:46:17 EST I am trying to get back to my usual pursuits. Remove CLUTTER!!!!. It has been a long time since I have been able to do some of my favorite pursuits. <BR> DH and I mostly cook for ourselves so I have been cooking more vegetables and I have made certain we get dark leafy greens as often as I can get them fresh. I used frozen spinach the most since there have been... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:43:11 EST Up & Down still going thru my old writings <BR> this describes not just my moods but my weight <BR> although I do feel that this is my usual mood <BR> its also my weight story <BR> <BR> UP & DOWN 7/3/13 <BR> up and down - - - upside down  <BR> balloons float away  <BR> worms dig deeper deeper  <BR> up ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:42:16 EST March Madness - Day 2 Starting Weight: 245.6 Current Weight: 244.7 <BR> Calories Eaten: 1501 Calories Burned: 192 <BR> Steps: 6,682 <BR> <BR> I had a really good day today. Stayed within my calorie range! Woohoo! <BR> After work today I got 30 minutes (1.5 miles) in on the treadmill. I also painted the kitchen ceili... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:37:07 EST Letter to self Dear self, <BR> You are going to do this. It is going to be spring, no excuses this time. <BR> Lose 10 pounds. You are a NEON NINJA! <BR> <BR> 1) FOOD <BR> A. Track everything I eat and stay in calorie range (1200-1500 before exercise.) <BR> B. Plan and cook more. <BR> C. Drink water. <BR... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:37:07 EST Thursday's Words to Ponder <img src=""> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:37:05 EST atta girl! Had a bad day Monday. Can't say just why other than it was probably just old habits dying hard. Ate the food that I know is a trigger and a major down fall for me. What do the alcoholics say? One is too much and hundred is not enough. So I now I know I can't have flour tortillas in the house, bec... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:36:39 EST Inspiration all around us I recently walked near my sweethearts house on the walking/bike path. It's very nice, my nearing 3 year old daughter also walked the entire thing, and then went and rode her little bike as well around the whole thing with me. It has a bridge about half way down the path. It's really cool. Then on... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:34:32 EST Well, I looked too far ahead Today was anything but a slack day. DH and DS went <BR> to do paperwork so he has visitation rights and it went <BR> well. He even agreed to help with farm chores and that <BR> was nice. But I forgot that I had CPR recertification at <BR> 6:30 but I did have enough time to invite him for dinner <... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:34:25 EST What a change! So as I posted at the beginning of the week, I decided to switch things up for this week and I can tell you - I'm feelin' it! <BR> <BR> I've been doing a variety of online workouts - really just whatever I find on the day with strength every other day. My Bob Harper DVD really left me sore by t... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:30:45 EST day 25 post vacation I did my vacation and I am still away from home. I am taking care of my mom while my sister is away. There is an awesome walking trail that takes about 30 minutes and includes some hills. <BR> I have walked it the past two days. <BR> I came back from my vacation with some aches and pains from t... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:26:44 EST Finally Onderland I have finally made it, Onderland. It has been a long time coming and hard work getting here but I made it and completed my first milestone. <BR> I am also out of Plus Size and XL size clothes. My next milestone is getting to my goal weight and I have set a desired date of August. I might not ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:25:53 EST Thursday, 3/5/15 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Testing is done and we'll get Maegann's results around June. I finished the book I was reading and Isaac is not happy with the things I learned about parenting autistic/asperger kiddos. The words/actions prett... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:25:50 EST Reminders!! Just a reminder: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Also, remember: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But don't forget: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:24:35 EST Fat,Sloppy,Lazy,Stinky I was the reason people say things like fat, sloppy, lazy and stinky. <BR> <BR> Fat: No question about it. Weighed 410lbs at my last doctor visit. <BR> <BR> Sloppy: I could eat nothing without it down the front of my shirt. You could find me in my big house dresses almost anytime at home. Co... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:22:04 EST Waited 20 years for a hug from this young man This is one of the last pictures we have of of my grandson's that was placed for adoption. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And this is Andy now...........he was here tonight....he is back in our family again <BR> <BR> <img src... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:18:48 EST Memorial Thursday Attended my friend's memorial today. <BR> There were over 1,000 people in attendance. <BR> The service was quite a tribute to her. <BR> I knew she touched many lives and this was over the top! <BR> We can now begin the healing process. <BR> Rest in peace my friend. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:15:33 EST Irish Blessing and Joke for March 5 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:14:57 EST YIKES!!! The medication that the VA gave me to take so I could go into a closed MRI, is really kicking my behind, and I thought I could over run it, but it's over running me, so I'm not going to fight it anymore. I'm going to bed with a cold compress for my head. God willing I'll talk with you tomorrow! ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:10:49 EST Whole30...Week #1....Round #2 So I'm finishing up my first week of another whole30. I absolutely love this program. I'm a huge advocate of it because of what it does for my life, my energy, my outlook and how my body responds to it. I see such a big difference in all areas of my life because of it. I'm really grateful I s... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:09:44 EST please pray for all Widows thank you Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:09:15 EST 3/5/15 Woke up this morning with back pain, but made my breakfast and coffee and got ready to go run. Did a bootcamp video and ran 5 miles, which went pretty well. Starting to get pretty bored with my running route so I need to try something new. Have my 7 mile run this weekend and I'm looking forward t... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:07:29 EST Silver Lining My daughter has been sick with a stomach flu and has missed work for two days now. She doesn't have sick leave, so missing work is not an ideal situation. <BR> <BR> However, in spite of this instance of illness, I find myself feeling grateful. You see, over a year ago she was in the midst of a ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:07:13 EST why bother? I recently read a blog a rather nice one about people and cats that have passed on and then read some of the comments which were OK and generally nice and then some jerk( obviously there are TROLLS here TOO) writes bitching about how cats come and crap all over the place and he can't let his dog... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:03:21 EST Gotta love Texas! This morning 3 inches of snow on top of about an inch of ice. I did NOT have to drive, Praise God! Tomorrow in the 40's and the 60's by Monday! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 22:01:17 EST Positive Energy!!!!! Again, I just want to say thank you to everyone for always being so kind to me!!! I think all this gloomy weather we have had lately has really started getting to me and I haven't been my chipper self, so maybe if I start thinking positive ALL THE TIME, even the gloomy days will be brighter!!! <B... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:59:45 EST New Friends New friends are like golden nuggets. They need to be preserved and treated royally like a prized possession. We are so lucky to have this website where we can mine everyday for hidden treasure. We are true gems waiting to be found. There are many gems out there so what good is hidden treasure. Go... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:59:27 EST Teetering on the Edge Today I am teetering on the edge between sanity and insanity. PMS coming right at the same time as my brother's court dates and everything has made it ten times worse. The short story of my brother's court hearing is only he and his ex went into the courtroom because they met with his lawyer, and... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:59:10 EST Day 51 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today was a 'snow' day for me. Most of it was ice and by the time DH took this picture it was starting to melt. We get very little of this stuff around here and usually only one time a year. Well three times is enou... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:56:34 EST Good days The past couple of days have been good so far. Yesterday, I got a power wheelchair donated to me by a nice lady a couple towns over. Her sister owned it for only 2 months before she passed away and had been wanting to donate it to someone. I have been needing a power wheelchair as a backup cha... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:52:59 EST Don't know how to feel Tuesday was my birthday. I've worked at my job for thirteen years. My department mates fuss and celebrate for each other's birthdays. Nobody so much as wished me happy birthday. Maybe I'm being childish, but I'm very hurt. They only notice me when they want something. Otherwise I don't exist. <BR... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:51:03 EST Good news regarding my foot! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> You may remember that just about a year ago, I felt like I had injured my foot. <BR> My update has been long in coming, but I am so glad to report that my foot is recovering. I did everything I knew possible t... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:50:32 EST Keep the Joy - Joel & Victoria Osteen Keep the Joy <BR> <BR> TODAY’S SCRIPTURE <BR> “I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” <BR> (John 16:22, NIV) <BR> <BR> TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria <BR> <BR> Your life is probably so fast paced that it seems to be swirling around you at times. ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:48:50 EST My Exercise Journey When it comes to exercise, I'm really good at preparing to go. I mean my gym bag has been packed for almost two weeks with everything I could possibly need...including water. It's even been in my car for just as long the thing I need to do better with is being motivated to go. It's been difficu... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:48:44 EST Discipline: day 4 of Whole30 I woke up earlier than I wanted to this morning because of a bad dream. It was one of those dreams that felt so real and shook me emotional. Other than the effect of the dream, I felt alright, just a little hungry. I went ahead and had 3 eggs with my breakfast. It seemed like a lot, but I didn... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:48:15 EST Listen to my heart. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sometimes I have LOTS of words. Anyone that knows me would tell you I am seldom quiet. If I am quiet, usually means something is wrong, I'm disturbed by something. <BR> <BR> But other times, I just feel this ove... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:47:44 EST 3/5/15 Good Day 3/5/15 Good Day <BR> <BR> It was a good day. Got in over 10,000 steps 2 days <BR> in a Row. I think that is a 1st! <BR> <BR> Ate below my calorie range. Ate good foods. <BR> <BR> 80 degrees here at 6PM. WOW, from cold, damp, <BR> miserable last week to this! <BR> <BR> Anyway, it's suppo... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:41:07 EST Resisting temptation Man, losing weight while in a relationship is HARD! <BR> <BR> Yesterday my bf gave me a ride to the grocery store, and he wanted to stop at Wendy's on the way back. He was more than happy to share his french fries and frosty, but I resisted! Because I knew a single bite of either would have a 5... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:40:29 EST Good eye exam We both had eye appointments today. Hubby goes back in 3 months I go back in 1 year. <em>224</em> <BR> Tired and heading for bed. Need to get our grand niece up at 6 am for school.Also requested to give sister a ride for court date and to attend. <BR> So sleep well all. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:38:29 EST Moving Day for my daughter and granddaughter Today hubby and I spent the entire day helping our daughter and granddaughter move into their new place. It was a whole day event which tomorrow we will go and help them unpack and organize the place. I got quite a bit done this eveneing as organization is my middle name but they have tons of box... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:36:35 EST Whole 30...Day 4 Day 4. Doing OK. I LOVE my homemade almond milk w/ dates for my coffee creamer. Don't really even miss the sugar. No headache today. Actually, I know I'm new to this--only 4 days in--but I've been sleeping really well the last couple of days, only waking up ONCE (instead of 3-4x) to use the restr... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:33:50 EST Days of My Cancer-9 Hello SparkFriends....... <BR> <BR> You are all awesome! Thank you for your many kindnesses. Thank you for taking some of your time to Spark with me and pray for me. <BR> <BR> I didn't sleep well last night....not so much because I was worried about what would be done at my pre-op tests today... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:32:57 EST I Need To Eat More!!!! My calories for the day are low. It isn't on purpose. When I stress, I just don't eat. I gained weight because when I did eat, I ate the wrong foods. I don't have a food disorder, I have been like this all my life. My Mother can loose 10lbs if she stresses for a few days. I take after my Mother... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:32:49 EST this is not my next 7 days..... Seven Days to Go <BR> That piece of cake I saved is near one big slice; <BR> I have no fear, <BR> besides no pounds will even show, <BR> 'cause I've got 7 days to go. <BR> <BR> A day of shopping, to the mall we go <BR> for a burger special, it's cheaper you know. <BR> I'll walk it ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:28:09 EST Slow and Steady Did ok today. Wasn't feeling to hungry till after supper. Then i had 2 icecream bars. I'm still within my calories, but I was only going to have one. <BR> <BR> I'm still getting over a cold so I didn't workout today. Probably won't start till Monday. That should give me enough time to be fully ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:25:56 EST Not doing that again Learned a lesson about myself today. A hard lesson that really should have been quite an obvious idea: I can not, in any way, shape or form, handle, deal with or manage eating a meal at a buffet restaurant! Mom wanted to visit a local Old Country Buffet because she wanted "tons of vegetables". I ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:21:43 EST tooth is out I have been fighting health issues, and the latest is an abscess tooth. I had this huge lump on my jaw, so I reached in with a tissue and squeezed it until it burst. I kept squeezing until it bled and quit bleeding. Went to the dentist and was told the tooth could not be saves as the roots wer... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:19:48 EST making adjustments as needed So I've been really hungry the past few days and that was eating at the top of my calorie range. It hit me today I had my activity level set at lightly active as in just standing most of the day but I've been walking about 20,000 steps a day. That is more than lightly active, so I'm upping my ac... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:16:18 EST All those steps I keep an eye on the weather forecast and adjust when I will walk to adjust to the weather. For the last few days, I have awakened early and gotten up since the time change is coming. I did my early morning chores of opening the coop and putting out feed...and then I started my walking for the ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:09:48 EST Parks! 56. Kate Jackson Center and Anderson Playground - I've passed this one before and been curious to know what was behind the wrought iron fence and arched gates: a multipurpose park! Includes rec center, courts, playground, picnic tables, shaded walk with most unusual gazebo--narrow horizontal b... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:09:24 EST Home Sweet Home Home at last, my best chance of being in contro; of what I eat, and how I get exercise, and when I can go to sleep, and what chores need to get done first, or if at ALL.... <BR> <BR> The temps were quite chilly for March in Texas, the mid 40s, but the sunshine made it absolutely gorgeous..... I ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:07:18 EST Another day another 1/7 of a pound Feb. 280-276 <BR> Mar 276-272 <BR> Apr. 272-268 <BR> May 268-264 <BR> Jun. 264-260 <BR> Jul. 260-254 <BR> Aug 254-250 <BR> Sep.250-246 <BR> Oct. 246-242 <BR> Nov 242-238 <BR> Dec 238-234 <BR> Jan 234-230 <BR> <BR> Gonna have to keep my eyes open for new foods to enjoy. Don't feel like I've... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:05:57 EST How I got here I know I shouldn't place blame, but I had to trace my history to figure out how I got into this position. I was never overweight. I married and "he" had an actual aversion to "fat" people. He made me promise I would never get "fat". I thought that was easy to promise. After two kids, I just ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:05:35 EST Yes, I Mind <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had another great snow day with my son. We had a Lord of the Rings marathon. Unbelievably, most of the snow melted today, even though the temps never got out of the teens and the windchill stayed in the single digit... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:03:56 EST About my stopping my low sodium streak! First of all, I started the streak, because I was putting on weight. No Doctor or anyone said I should do it. I lasted <em>8</em> 12 days, because I didn't eat out. I had TOTAL control of my intake. Then A dear friend came to town. We went to dinner at a VERY special & expensive restaurant. (T... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:55:43 EST Just a little update . . . <img src=""> I found all of the weight I lost. :( I started going/gone jars with really pretty stones and chalkboard tape to see if a visual aid helps with my motivation. I lost 3lbs. Hubby and I took a trip to Camelot for the weekend 2 we... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:52:33 EST We have added a new addition to our family Her name is Raven <em>338</em> She's 6 weeks old. She is a RotPitBox <em>334</em> Her mom is a full Rottweiler and her dad is 1/2 Pitbull & 1/2 Boxer. And we are in love! <BR> <BR> We picked her up Tuesday night, two weeks early! And we were not ready yet <em>40</em> We had ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:52:30 EST S.O.S. - Still Waiting... Oh my, it's almost a week later and I'm still waiting for my guy little fella Harley. I don't want to be disrespectful towards Nicole during her time of bereavement at the same time I don't want her to feel I've changed my mind about him just did not think it was proper to pester her about Harle... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:50:06 EST March 5 - Almost a record Texas had the 4th largest recorded snowfall - 4 inches! While that isn't a lot to most northern states, it's a lot for us. The last recorded snowfall that was more was in 1947! <BR> <BR> Even though the sun came out today (thankfully) and melted the majority of the snow and ice, there are s... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:47:58 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for March 5: Daily inspiration: Do not take any action until you've prayed and listened and then you will have guidance to reach the understanding necessary to complete the things you need to do. Lord, I know that there is no obstacle for You and ask that You will guide me along the right path. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:46:18 EST anxiety and eating and living This could be good news to some and bad news to others. <BR> <BR> I've been reading a book on treatment for anorexics, though my issue was bingeing. The doctor says at one point that most anorexics have a lot of anxiety. I know that anxiety can be associated with binge eating. I honestly don't ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:46:17 EST It's working! My attitude..."just for today" is helping me stay on track and work toward long term goals. Just one day at a time. So far I have "just for today" now almost 7 days eaten less carbs, and" just for today" now almost 2 weeks ate no ice cream. My weakness. And "just for today" Now 5 days dra+nk... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:46:12 EST Thursdays Rambling I have lost over 40 pounds and have done it my way. I exercise most every day but today was a bit of a rest day for me. I walked 1.56 miles this morning going a round about way to see my therapist. We talked about things in my childhood that make me eat the way I do. I felt better afterwards and ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:43:37 EST 1+1=3 I really don't know what is the deal with my calorie count. It blows my mind. I've looked over it several times. It seems like, quite literally, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. In other news, somehow reducing the amount of movement I do and adding a deadline to my weight loss made... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:25:40 EST Day 50? Tomorrow's a new day, right? Tomorrow will be a better day. Today wasn't a bad day, necessarily. I did get a lot of work done. I also ate a lot of junk that I didn't need to eat. <BR> Someone in the office brought in 4 boxes of girl scout cookies. I was good yesterday and only ate two cook... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:23:24 EST Day 11: Temptations Today I stayed home from work, was hoping to just rest. Been feeling worn out the last few days. <BR> I still went to the gym for my second day of couch to 5k. I made it 1.77 miles in the 30minutes... that's with walking for 1.5min then running 1min, for a cycle of 8 times. Each week obvious... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:21:49 EST Paleo Reset Day 5 I am on day 5 of my 30 day paleo reset. Basically I have been eating vegetables, fruit, meat and healthy fats. <BR> <BR> I definitely need to be more careful to drink water on this diet. I seem to dehydrate easily and that has made me feel poorly at times. Otherwise I feel well. I haven't had an... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:20:09 EST I'm making an appointment I think I need to see a therapist about dealing with my trauma over my surgery. I keep thinking I can get over this by myself I mean that all happened 9 years ago, but it's been almost a month now since I was triggered, and I'm getting worse, not better. It doesn't help I've had a few more incid... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:09:55 EST Not a very fun day First thing this morning I called the Dr office. He had a cancellation so I was able to get an afternoon appointment. We had our first diabetic class this morning. It was good. We had to wait 2 hours in the waiting room to see the Dr. By this time my knee was really hurting. He thinks I tore some... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:08:24 EST A Lesson I learned a valuable lesson today. It isn't something I'm proud of. I will definitely do better next time. I measure everything, always! But today, when hubby brought home ingredients to make shakes (as a treat for all the hard work we've been doing), I did NOT measure. I just threw things t... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:02:53 EST Ignoring 'specialists' I find it so very, very hard to ignore what mainstream specialists say. Even if my own experiences tell me that for my body (I'm not making claims about anyone else, just me) cannot lose any weight on any carbs over 100 I still try it because the nutritionist pushed so hard and because other grou... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:00:54 EST streak-ing is fun! SW: 254.5 <BR> CW: 252.5 <BR> <BR> I am feeling good about the MOVE and STOP changes for this week. I am building confidence, consistency, and momentum. <BR> <BR> I am almost ready for the next change -- TRACK. <BR> <BR> I say *almost*, because I am a bit apprehensive when I think about thi... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:53:08 EST Getting ready ... I have been trying to get healthy for quite some time now. My friends at work have convinced me to walk/run a 5K this October. It's exactly what I needed to give me the motivation to get healthy and start exercising. My daughter also started a group at her school that is teaching her about nutrit... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:45:47 EST Ice.... again. Oh, well. At least it's going to be Friday and I'm going to be close by at a conference. Hope everyone has a fun weekend planned! Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:41:57 EST half way there So I haven't been around on sparkpeople for a little while, but I have been checking in on BOBCATGIRL76 everyday. I just love reading her posts and they have inspired me to get my act together. <BR> <BR> I'm a married lady now who has also made her way back up to 190 lbs. No bueno. I'm glad I'm ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:40:49 EST My beautiful daughter and granddaughter <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:38:37 EST C-pap Just got my c-pap machine 2 days ago....or is it 3....tonight will be the 3rd night i will use it. I have a lot of getting used to it to go I feel. The noise is minimal so that isn't the problem. The pressure is fine so that's not it either. My biggest complaint is that it feels like I have t... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:35:09 EST Day 4: Cutting out soda I have officially decided as of today to cut out soda. I will still have the occasional energy drink, but no more soda! I think this decision is a long time coming. Every time i drink it I feel sick, it is empty calories, and water is tasty too :) <BR> <BR> I am actually excited about this decis... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:33:08 EST Worm Moon <img src=""> <BR> I should have a Farmers' Almanac, I think I'll be sure to get one for 2016. <BR> My mom swears by it (she's a gardener) I like there's nicknames for full moons.... full moon in March is Worm Moon. Anyway- tonight I plan to... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:26:54 EST New Buddies For A New Start (Please Be Serious) Hey everyone, ☺...I've been on Spark for a few years and wasn't ready to deal with my weight issue, because I felt so alone & really didn't know how to deal with it. Nevertheless, I've decided to start over. I'm 35 yrs old, single guardian of an amazing 8yr old.. So if anyone is looking for a ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:24:56 EST Snow Day 99 Not really, but it's getting old. <BR> <BR> But I've gotten caught on up some stuff: <BR> 1. Typing a survey for my mother <BR> 2. Update my school webpage <BR> 3. Read a book <BR> 4. Worked on some choreo for next week. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:23:18 EST Tomorrow Tomorrow daughter and I go to Honolulu along with about 50 of us from the college. We are attending a two-day (yes, Saturday too!) conference on Oahu. Staying overnight at the Ala Moana hotel and fly back Saturday night. <BR> <BR> Only thing is that we have to leave the house at 5:30 to catch ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:19:00 EST Alert-Whining ahead!!! Monday I got all My appointments scheduled. Tuesday I went for My Doc appointment. They did not have Me on the scheduled. But The worked Me in. I was told I need 2 test done. The nurse said She would call Me when She got that done. I did not hear from Her yesterday, but I chalked that up to ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:18:09 EST Day 10: Sweet Start Hopped on the scale this morning for the first time since starting my lifestyle changes with Spark People. I am down 8 lbs! <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> Makes me happy to be heading in that direction. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:14:25 EST Pretty excited I made myself a new plan. The cold weather is finally starting to break. It is supposed to be in the 40s and 50s all next week. Starting tomorrow I am going to get up and go running again. I have missed it terribly. I also have 4 new work out DVDs. I am going to start doing those as well. I thin... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:14:12 EST Time for a break . . from work. Not the goals of dropping weight. :) A few days off to refresh the batteries mentally should help everything else. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:07:33 EST Time for a break . . from work. Not the goals of dropping weight. :) A few days off to refresh the batteries mentally should help everything else. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:07:32 EST I am officially stating it out loud... I am half my size NOW (ain't dicking over two pounds) recorded highest weight 288 lbs,(I stopped weighing myself after that) newest weigh in came in at 146.9 lbs. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> I am also, celebrating 3 years of maintenance of total weight loss 120 lbs. (I have lost additional weight ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:03:36 EST Thursday... 4 miles today on the exercise bike. It's not enough. I know. But it is what I could do today. :( Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:02:46 EST quick update 2 more pounds gone...not exactly the 3.5/week rate I wanted to be at to reach the goal I have set but all I can do is adjust and keep pushing. I know I didn't walk as much this week as I had planned on. I need to go out of my way to do that more. Things have been extremely stressful for awhile no... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:01:04 EST Remember when! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is just so true. I look back and think, "How could you have thought you were fat!!!" LOL - I can only laugh. Remember when....... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:00:53 EST Day 5 Everything going fine. I'm tired though, thinking I may be getting sick. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:00:12 EST Hey! I am back! Took me long enough, a lot of weight gain and a move to Colorado but here I am. I reached 303 pounds in December of 2014 and moved to Colorado December 30th. Not sure if cause of elevation or what but dropped down to 289 without diet or exercise....decided to take advantage and start e... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:59:08 EST Thursday March 5, 2015 Weather: Cloudy most of the day. Sunshine out in the morning. Some wind. Temp about 19 degrees. <BR> <BR> Wednesday's log: <BR> <BR> Wednesday went alot better then the days previous. I was up and reading the news on the computer early. I thoroughly enjoyed my two cups of coffee. I d... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:58:52 EST Feedback needed: Co-Workers *sigh* What would you do?! TYVM So I was enjoying all the praise and the job (minus the hours- it's hitting me pretty hard- is it possible to be to tired to sleep?!) until this morning. Over this week the lady that replaces me during the day has shown up 2-5 minutes late each day...and of course I was told I have to stay there ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:58:16 EST Each Day brings a new and different opportunity Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:57:45 EST You're not fat because you're lazy, you're lazy because your fat! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Does this idea of "You're not fat because you're lazy, you're lazy because your fat" pique your interest? Then you need to watch this video. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, my husband and I watched FedUp. <BR> <BR> It's a docu... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:56:39 EST HELLO EVERYONE.. I AM ON MY 3RD DAY OF THE 24 DAY CHALLENGE.. <em>381</em> <em>252</em> <em>220</em> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:55:16 EST The Storm Is Past-hopefully my last snow blog for this year! :) This record breaking snow fall that ended around noon today did present challenges. <BR> <BR> For Sugar . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And for me . . . <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:50:45 EST Peek in! Hey all, <BR> I'm trying to spend time on Sparkpeople, but it's just gotten complicated lately. <BR> <BR> I am just now done with the first two weeks of metabolic syndrome clinic. It's been really special and really hard, all at once. <BR> <BR> The hardest part for me is that I have to use MyF... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:46:31 EST 3/5 Let's see.... 5 miles walk outside.... beautiful day enjoying the sun and the light breeze and my husband came for half the walk. My mom is visiting me for a month.... she forgot some of her meds (she takes so many different ones!!!!) and today we spent the morning at the doctors... no fun..... ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:44:31 EST LONG day today but GOOD one! I have heard from a couple people and since it is late (for me) I will do a quick update and catch up tomorrow. Tomorrow is weigh-in day as is every day for me but it's also report-day or accountability day! So I'll be back! <BR> <BR> It has again been horribly frigid here in MI got up this m... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:44:05 EST BUSY THURSDAY Today just whipped by. I was putting out fires non-stop at school. Lots of middle school drama, parent meetings, groups, and consulting with teachers. It made the day go quick. Then, I ran a few errands, grocery shopped, exercised, ate dinner, and now catching up on internet. Tomorrow is we... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:37:51 EST Winter is wonderful Scavenger Hunt for Camp Wanna Be Fit 1. Cozy Pajamas <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 2. Skates-ice or roller <BR> 3. Winter Hat/Ball Cap <BR> 4. Roaring Fire or Bonfire <BR> <img src=""> <BR> 5. Snow tube/Sled or Water sport <BR>... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:37:05 EST Must Every Meal Be Balanced? Question: <BR> <BR> For several years, I've conscientiously tried to eat a healthy, balanced diet every day. Now I read that for best results, every meal must be balanced. Is that true? <BR> <BR> Answer: <BR> <BR> No. Your body has enough reserves of various nutrients to thrive for a while ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:33:41 EST Biggest Loser at Work/Scale I'm part of the a biggest loser contest at work. 17 of us put $10.00 each in and will weigh in over the next 6 weeks. After six weeks the biggest loser will win $170. Last Friday we all weighed in. Tomorrow is the next weigh in. I'm excited to see what the scale says. <BR> <BR> Scales...I've b... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:29:52 EST I may have stumbled, but I caught myself. It’s surprising how fast bad news can send you into bad habits. <BR> <BR> Back in 2009, I was working for a company in charge of their mailroom/ store room. They announced that there would be cut backs and that money was going to be tight. But they kept reassuring us that our jobs were safe ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:29:14 EST Blessings, March 5, 2015 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. The family is healthy and happy. <BR> <BR> 2. No snow. <BR> <BR> 3. Fresh fruit. <BR> <BR> 4. Family, friends, and faith. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:25:35 EST Thursday Thoughts I don't have a lot to blog about today. I've had my head down working. I do know I can't wait until the weekend gets here. It's not that I hate my job...I don't! I think I'm just tried of working. Am I the only one that feels this way? <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> So eating was so so last night. And... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:24:56 EST What a day! I need to blog about these first few days on my own. <BR> <BR> My fifth day in my new apartment and what a mixed day it has been. It started out lovely, I got up early, showered, dressed, cooked myself some nice oatmeal on the stove to go along with a coffee for breakfast. <BR> <BR> My hair... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:24:46 EST Day 1189- New Fitness Fun! Day 64 of 2015: <BR> <BR> Weight: 184.4 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Week: 405+343=748 <BR> Total Calories Burned This Year: 18,788 <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I downloaded the new Pep app by SparkPeople. It's pretty cool. It's very similar to a lot of other photo posting apps. The only thing I wis... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:22:29 EST Toe Update I have had toe surgery for the 2nd time on the same 2 toes. It went very well and I have done great--no pain pills at all. Dr. couldn't believe that but admitted he didn't think I would do what he had to do--I showed him. Today I went for the 1st follow-up and actually saw my toes. Yes, they ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:18:01 EST HOW MUSIC IS A VOICE FOR PASSION, STRUGGLE, AND CONSCIOUSNESS Last nite I started watching public tv. They had The Three Tenors on who sing opera. I smiled to myself remembering how wanting to sing, and come out from behind fear was something my mother struggled with all her life here in the USA. I think had she stayed in Russia, she would have become a fam... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:09:00 EST Thursday We went to get our hair cut,, came home to chill,, just relaxing, took the effort to start the dishwasher.. Going through a stack or two of bills.. MOm's sure seem to pile up quickly. <BR> Tomorrow is a short work day for me, i cannot wait for the weekend. <BR> Today is my dear Aunt Evelyn's ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:07:41 EST MY FRIDAY AND RAINING.... Yesterday was a superb day and I got to spend time in the sun....could have spent the whole day if I hadn't had committments.... <BR> I am grateful for the time I got.... <BR> <BR> It is raining today as predicted...ugh....nevermind I am off to meet a mentee for lunch and time together....she wi... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:04:19 EST Quick update Just a quick hi today, finally a day off! <BR> <BR> Work has been hectic and some mornings I've found it hard to get out of bed on time for a workout. I still haven't slacked off at all and did my workouts after I finished work. Tiring, but a good feeling after being at a desk for a lot of the ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:58:56 EST 4 weeks after birth Wow. Su much, Where do I begin? I am so excited to be a mother again. My second was born 4 weeks ago this coming Friday. I enjoy holding him and feeding him and just every little thing to do with him. Even with the midnight feedings, I am still so excited. I have only had the baby blues a couple ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:57:22 EST Upping My Game This morning I was writing an intro for the Neon Ninjas team. When asked what my favorite hobbies were, the first thing that came to mind was going to the gym. I would have never dreamed I would feel that way, but I do now. I really enjoy it. <BR> <BR> My favorite cardio exercises are currently ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:55:28 EST Day 663 Gym Day. Did 5 of 7 exercises. Feeling good. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:49:44 EST Oh the motivation! I don't think i've ever been skinny. I was in a normal range of weight until i hit 20, at 165lbs for 5'11", at the limit of the bmi. Then i started putting weight on. <BR> <BR> At 21, at 220 pounds, i decided i HAD to do something. So i joined WW. For 5 months. It did work pretty well; my b... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:17:43 EST Spring Forward For the last couple of days I have gotten up earlier than usual. My usual is 5AM so I can get in some exercise before heading off to work. But for some strange reason this week I've been waking up at 4 or 4:15. The first two days I was dragging by mid afternoon but today I still feel pretty da... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:14:22 EST Battling hyperglycemia. It's Thursday and though my husband left to go to work, later the government announced a shut down and he turned around and came back home. He doesn't work for the government, his company does government contracts. We had snow today, a lot of it. Right now, it isn't snowing and I don't know if... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:09:38 EST crazy weather at 4 am it was 66 degrees <BR> <BR> then the rains came and tonight it is supposed to be in the 20's Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:06:42 EST Roadblocks & detours-but steering the course... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Just a quick check-in....we completed our 8 week weight loss challenge at work-even with two bouts of colds, I managed to sort of stay on track-at least 'scale victory wise'....dropped 7% or 21.8#, so that's Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:03:23 EST Surgery date scheduled I go for my hysterectomy on March 17th. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I am praying for an easy surgery & for me to be back home that night. Also praying for a quick recovery (I believe it is possible based on others who have had the same type of surgery! And because God is Good!!) <em>296</em> ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:00:56 EST stuff I seem to have at least 2 of every thing I might need but I still struggle to de clutter as I I might need it I have 100's [really] of self help diet and exercise books which don't work from the bookcase . broke my heart to give all my fat clothes away even though they were size 24 and I now wear... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:00:02 EST Snow days... As I watch my oldest daughter play outside in the snow, I am reminded how simple life can be. She is just out there doing her own thing building a snowman. She isn't mad that the middle of the snowman is bigger than the bottom. Its ok that he has one twig arm bigger than the other. She had a p... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:53:37 EST 3/4/15 - Week 2 with PT Coach Yesterday was my weekly meeting with my Personal Trainer/Coach. <BR> <BR> I printed out and showed her my food and nutrition trackers from here, SparkPeople, and positively GLOATED over my progress. :D <BR> <BR> I nailed it last week. I burned over 3,500 calories in my 6x/wk workouts & walks a... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:51:18 EST Lent Day 14 Adding a sweet potato to last evening's dinner helped quite a bit. In truth, I baked a big sweet potato and cut it into thirds. <BR> <BR> Following my pre-Lenten sugar binge, I have given up the sugar, but seem to have replaced it with caffeine. Now I'm going to have to wean myself off that. Th... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:43:08 EST Mirror, Mirror on the Wall. When you looked in the mirror this morning who did you see? Who was that person there? Was it the teenager from long ago? Was it the aging person you know? Was it a complainer? A backbiter? Maybe a grudge holder? Or was it a soul so bowed down by sin that they can't truly see that person in ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:41:47 EST Day In The Life Of My Fuzzy Alarm Clock <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After Scarlett wakes me at 5am she usually goes back to sleep for the rest of the day. One particular morning I found she had crawled under the blankets put herself to bed in "my bed". She is just too darn cute to move... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:25:09 EST Seeking Balance, Finding Peace, One day at a time.... If you're anything like me, this isn't the first time you've tried to lose weight, get healthy, or change your life. You've been down this road before, heck, you can give guided tours at this point! And STILL, after years, perhaps decades, you're back at the "beginning". Does that make us failure... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:19:38 EST What do I enjoy? After yesterday's blog I got to thinking about what other things I could tell everyone about myself. It was much harder than I thought, since I don't often get to spend time doing the things I enjoy, but here is what I came up with--- <BR> I enjoy watching tv and movies, (although I don't get a c... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:15:58 EST Winter wonderland I live in Pennsylvania so wind chills of -20 are new to me. There is so much ice and snow. As a person with RA and OA, my joints are aching. Frequent naps and heat are super. I am sending you this picture in case YOU live in warmth. <img src=" Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:14:54 EST SparkVersary #8 Today is my 8th SparkVersary. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It's been a great 8 years. I continue to maintain and I credit SparkPeople. What a great community! <BR> <BR> My secret to success is not perfection but perseverance. On my good food... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:09:48 EST Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers I'm on a journey to heal from being raised by a narcissistic mother. Though my three brothers also don't feel emotionally close to her, they don't suffer from negative symptoms nor were they subject to they same treatment that I was. I started reading the following book this afternoon and six pag... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:06:39 EST Couldn't do it without her my biggest supporter is my youngest daughter Meghann. She is also on a fitness journey and we are doing it together. Having her to go to the gym with is invaluable to me! We encourage each other and look up tasty fresh recipes that we prepare together. She is great support and I hope I am helping... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:05:04 EST Couldn't do it without her my biggest supporter is my youngest daughter Meghann. She is also on a fitness journey and we are doing it together. Having her to go to the gym with is invaluable to me! We encourage each other and look up tasty fresh recipes that we prepare together. She is great support and I hope I am helping... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:05:04 EST Take Heart Spring Is Almost Here! 1st Calf arrived!!!! The seasons are changing. The long very cold winter will soon be leaving. My husband announced that he found the first new born calf! He knows I get so excited to see those sweet newborns. Amazing how fast they stand, walk and nurse. I grabbed my camera and loaded into the pickup we made our w... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:02:43 EST Day 54 I think my week and mood are finally getting back to normal which makes such a difference! I'm still very busy, but I've made sure to not skip lunch and I've made it a point to put it in my calendar. A lot of the times I get dragged into meetings throughout the day - I'm hoping if I have "keep fr... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:02:42 EST Progress As of yesterday, I am more than halfway to my 12 week weight loss goal. It is getting easier to make better choices and to walk away from unhealthy foods and just plain old laziness. <BR> <BR> I took a good look at my fridge and freezer and I have lots of options available for the upcoming week.... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:01:26 EST Thursday's Thought =) <img src=""> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:01:06 EST Bit of a speed bump Unfortunately, on Saturday night I took a step at a funny angle or something and tweaked my ankle. STUPID SHOES!! Never again.... I've had this happen numerous times now so clearly my ankle is inclined to this, which is a bummer. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I was really upset because I didn't want to get ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:59:48 EST relief Its funny how writing a blog can make you feel so much better. All your comments, support and love truly mean the world to me. <BR> <BR> I'm researching the "eat right for your blood type" plan, and getting an idea of the foods I can, and cannot eat. Its funny realizing the foods that I've thou... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:57:27 EST When a hippo hits a snake I've gotten out to do some running. The first day was like "omg 20 minutes? and I'm dying?" the 2nd day was like "booyah, yeah I'm getting into this" <BR> <BR> but the third day... <BR> <BR> ah yes, ssssssee those threes? <BR> <BR> I have this trail behind my house. I avoid it like crazy eve... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:51:54 EST Snow day... Another day of snow here in Dallas...working from home...sun is out though but it's still not above whatever is on the ground will refreeze tonight...come on Spring! <BR> <BR> Hope you are having a good day! <BR> <BR> TTYL Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:51:10 EST Gratitude March 5 2015 Number 1: Day 5 of recorder done. We are finally sounding better. Today we meet with the teacher and hopefully she will help us to play together better. But there is hope, we are light years ahead of where we were last week. <BR> <BR> Number 2: I went biking with older son again today. No ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:50:55 EST Snow Again! We made it to the mountain house today just in time to see the rain turn to snow. I did some weight training and we went for a quick walk in the snow. I may play some Wii Fitness later to get a little more cardio. <BR> The food situation is okay. I stocked up on the same things I eat at home.... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:49:19 EST Hard Day This is my second hard day this week. Not sure what's up but I'm really struggling. I'd give my whole left arm for some chocolate right at the present moment. I have carrots and hummus and a chobani in the fridge but neither is really doing it for me. I'm doing terrible on water and have had ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:46:40 EST After a super long break.. I'm back! Hey SparkPeople!! <BR> <BR> I took a really long break where I was pregnant & nursing. My two kids are now 4 & 2. I'm back because now that I'm done nursing the weight is consistently going back up! <BR> <BR> I have signed myself up for a Spartan race in just 5 weeks, to help motivate me to get... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:41:04 EST Day 4 of 163 Snow, snow and more snow. My plans to take bus and then train to see my daughter are cancelled and son will be taking his final tomorrow as the car was slip sliding all over the drive way. <BR> I am relieved that he did not have to drive. My other daughter is at work but she has had a bit more ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:39:55 EST Post Op Week 35 Lost 2 more pounds last week for a total of 115 pounds and 93 since surgery. Running up to 10 miles. I'm actually wearing size 12 pants for the first time since high school. Life is Good :) Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:38:13 EST Thursday March 5, 2014 1-12 (11 hrs sleep still tired and anxious ) face very dry hair straight breakout on neck call dr witmer look for picture on web... none.. feeling scared and anxious.. this is only temporary it will pass.. ugggh did some singing of my songs strummed the guitar for a few chords.. no calluses ow cu... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:36:08 EST In Training...Sorta I registered for the AirBnB Brooklyn Half Marathon in May. <BR> <BR> I have been running with the same and very consistent group of lovely ladies for over two years now and they have posted pictures of them and others running these 10K, 15K, half marathons, and marathons. Some have been running... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:31:14 EST Day 16 of the 'Q' I totally wanted to show my Trek here and make my own Stardate. Q.2.1.15. First day of my larger dose, but 15 days into the whole trippy thing. <BR> <BR> I didn't work out this morning. *gasp* <BR> <BR> I wasn't riddled with guilt. *gasp gasp* <BR> <BR> I changed my rest day to today without... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:30:14 EST Waiting on Sunshine As I posted yesterday it was a high of 80 and we were expecting sleeting rain to move into the area. Well we did get the sleeting rain and now the roads are too bad to travel. Tomorrow is suppose to be sunshine and I am hoping we do see brighter days ahead Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:20:33 EST I am a crazy girl...Just watch and see. <em>530</em> Just vlogging to keep accountable. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 15:17:18 EST Day 3 Still persisting! Whoo! <BR> <BR> Have lost 2 lbs of post-vacation weight. 4 more to go. <BR> <BR> I am a bit blue today. I don't know why. I went to bed reading a great book, got to sleep in today as my workday didn't start until 12:30, have packed lunch and breakfast. I just feel like thing... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:58:46 EST Quote of the day 03/05/15 “I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright <BR> <BR> Never, ever give up. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:58:14 EST Week 7, Done and Done Week 7 goals and accomplishments: <BR> <em>248</em> Team Goal: 300 Intentional Fitness Minutes – completed 520 <BR> <em>248</em> Team Goal: ST 3 times/wk <BR> <em>38</em> Team Goal: 7,000 (2 lb.) Calorie Deficit – I was up .8 this morning. It's hard to be too disappointed about that when I k... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:57:45 EST My toaster oven caught fire Well, I have been breaking my kitchen equipment lately. The latest victim is my toaster oven. I sat a pile of dishes next to it and they accidently turned the switch on. I smelled something good cooking, then smoke. <BR> When I turned from doing the dishes, to my horror I saw flames shooting up ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:56:09 EST Rant - Diabetes and other problems in the fam. I've blogged previously about my family history with diabetes. My grandma had it, my mom is pre-diabetic (well, she may actually be diabetic, I think she denies it though). Both had/have high blood pressure. I don't want that. I really don't want that life. My mom has arthritis, and she's also de... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:54:44 EST Making Progress Wow, I can't believe it! I spent January slowing incorporating more exercise in my life, mostly walking and some time on the stationary bike. My goal was to get back into the exercise habit, not really to lose weight. <BR> <BR> Starting at the beginning of February, I starting tracking my calo... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:48:37 EST Friday Today I am home with a very sore foot in the mornings when I get up I cannot put any weight on it so am going to the Dr this afternoon I think it might be a spur not sure. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:45:38 EST Day 2 Yesterday was a bit of a rollercoaster, but a day with useful lessons :) <BR> I started out strong (don't we all?), breakfast was great, I actually ate it! Lunch was delicious and I walked away feeling good about it. I gave myself a pat on the back and was proud to enter it into my food journal. ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:44:22 EST The Master Cleanse: Final Thoughts <link><BR>he-master-cleanse-made-easy-by-robin_2<BR>5.html </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:43:57 EST Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes This week has been very difficult. In summary, I was told Monday morning that the program I've been managing for the past year no longer exists. It was because of a lot of other organizational factors and wasn't a reflection of my work but it's still very difficult. I loved what I was doing an... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:43:16 EST Food planning. I hate food planning. I've never been able to write a menu and stick with it. I think partly because having 5 kids, all of them old enough to eat parts of the meals without me seeing is hard! Also, I'm very driven by what I'm craving, not by what is in the fridge. <BR> I'm mostly driven by how g... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:39:14 EST hungry all the time I upped my fat by 11 grams as I am so hungry all the time! And really craving fat. I went way way over yesterday but was ok with it. I am back on track. It isn't binge eating so much as eating the way I used to. Every day. Wow. I had no idea I ate so much. <BR> So learning new habits, getting use... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:37:24 EST No Wireless Internet! I am on an eight church speaking trip in New England. Yesterday I transferred to a new town in the Green Mountains of Vermont. The house where I am staying does not have Wireless Internet. I will be here until next Monday. I will be on SP as I am able. <BR> <BR> Today's Positives: <BR> 1. I went... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:33:26 EST Changes If I want to see changes, I have to start by making changes. I know what needs to be done in order to succeed in weight loss. I just have to do it! I will start logging everything I eat and will make time to walk at least 10K steps each day. <BR> Wish me luck! Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:32:51 EST Week Two Redo Day Five Went the whole day without sugar or snacks, yay! Had kiwi fruit at break and a yogurt for pudding so that really helped with sweet cravings. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:32:07 EST Starting Over & Moving Forward As I hesitated to start a 30 Bootcamp with 2 friends, I began looking back at all the times I restarted. All the times I have lost to only gain it back. I kept saying to myself what was different this time? How will you ever see you ultimate goal? What will keep you from allowing life to stop ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:30:35 EST Quote from an unknown source "Look for something positive about this moment. <BR> Even if you have to look a little harder than usual, <BR> it still exists." - Unknown Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:29:55 EST OMG. I got a serious case of Orthorexia Nervosa !!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>212</em> OMG, they call healthy eating Orthorexia Nervosa ! Apparently if you choose to eat healthy, you are messed up experts say. If you avoid processed foods, artificial colors, artificial flavorin... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:25:44 EST Fun with recordkeeping I like records. I have to be careful with them, because I can get unhealthily obsessive. But I like seeing trends, and (very loosely) predicting where things might go, and being in a position to notice patterns -- for example, every time I go on a trip, I come back 5-10lbs heavier, but my scale... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:23:24 EST Lucky Me!! In the past I have allowed myself to be swayed by my husbands lack of support in my weight loss efforts. A couple of months ago we talked about being healthier and losing weight. Now I am extremely lucky and very thankful that my husband has joined me on this being healthier and losing weight j... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:21:28 EST Occupy ~ My LIFE! Last month I never got around to changing my page, but my focus was to occupy my diet: Owning my choices. I am still working on that. Struggling through for some reason, I almost picked a background of a person climbing a cliff. That is what this journey feels like some days. That is not my desir... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:20:41 EST March 5 Where does time go! Wow. Today I have gotten quite a bit accomplished. I went to the library, went to Sparrow Medical to get my order, went to the Dr. to get a test done, and went walking for 30 minutes at Meijer. <BR> <BR> I had my niece yesterday and took Dial A Ride to Wendy's for lunch.... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:19:59 EST My Top 3 goals for the BL Spring Challenge - GO LOVELY LIMES!! My top 3 goals for the Spring challenge are: <BR> <BR> 1. Continue to work on The Beck Diet Solution & 100 Days of Weight loss by Linda <BR> Spangle <BR> <BR> I have to say that I love these books they have helped me so much already. It feel like my whole weight loss journey beginning way-w... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:19:46 EST Home Again - Goal Lean & Mobile I was in Palm Springs for 2 months and returned home yesterday. Spring on the west coast is beautiful - green grass, early flowers, sunshine, nice to be out walking. <BR> <BR> I just watched Aging Backwards on PBS with Miranda Esmonde-White. Topic - importance of daily exercise to build and mai... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:18:42 EST May we open to possibility <img src=""> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:15:06 EST March 5, 2015 (Thursday) Here I am, SNOWED IN again. We got about 6 or so inches of snow on top of a couple of inches of ice. Very beautiful sight, but oh so hazardous and inconvenient. With the below temperatures during the day, and single digits in the evening, I don't believe any of it will go anywhere today. I ha... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:10:42 EST errands didn't go out this am until the roads were getting snow cleared <BR> <BR> wish I would use the time more effectively doing some chores <BR> <BR> but read about Abraham Lincoln and one of the cases he was working on prior to his becoming president, good book <BR> <BR> picked up my meds <BR> <B... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:10:23 EST Exercise So I tried to keep up with my workouts in Feb, and I did for the most part, but I found myself making more excuses than usual. Now this month I am getting bored with my hybrid plan so I think I will begin the 21 Day Fix Extreme on Monday. I had a goal of losing 10 pounds by the end of March, and ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:03:59 EST MARCHing Into Fitness and Weight Loss! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are almost a week into March; this means that spring is just around the corner, yeah! I have always love springtime but this terrible winter with its prolonged snowy conditions and subzero temps has heightened my a... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:03:55 EST snow. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my back yard and the street behind me. It's about 5 inches deep. <BR> Now I know some of you are like big deal. We have 5 feet. <BR> Well I live in Tennessee. The south west corner of it. We don't get sn... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:57:52 EST Measure Time *Can't Touch This Na Na Na Na Na Na* OK yes yes i know cheesy title (again) but hey I bet I got a smile right? or maybe an eye roll *winks* Today I'm going to do something I haven't ever done before and thats focusing on measurements. I haven't done measurements before but after lookig up an article in the mysterious archives of Sp... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:55:42 EST Change is needed I feel disappointed in myself. It's been almost a month since I created my profile here on the site and I ended up using excuses to stay the same person. As a result I ended up gaining weight, which is not a surprise. <BR> <BR> In the last few weeks I have not been feeling very well. I worried ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:51:55 EST Podiatrist Visit I can never do anything half way. I always have to go all the way. I met with the podiatrist two days ago. He said that I do have the Plantar Fasciitis. I also have more than heel spurs. I have a bone that literally broke off the heel, but is hanging there. Ok that one didn't make me feel so go... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:46:42 EST Keeping body core hot New goal - keeping body core hot <BR> <BR> It is so eye opening to learn my core temperature truly drops, and when I'm feeling cold I really am very cold. Yet, just a tiny amount (5 minutes) of muscle tightening exercise changes that all around, and lasts for about 45 minutes. <BR> <BR> So new... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:46:00 EST Conquered a new restaurant and feeling STRONG! :-D Went shopping and out to lunch with mom yesterday. It was kinda of hard to order a salad. I got the lowest calorie salad on the menu, a grilled chicken salad with pineapple and ginger dressing on the side. <BR> <BR> I dipped my food in the dressing instead of pouring it all over and that wasn't... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:43:50 EST Thinking it Through Thursday Please don't bug me! This was a disturbing read, but thought I would share: <BR> <BR> It’s not uncommon to find an insect or two lurking in fresh vegetables, especially when the items come straight from the farm or the produce stand. It’s also not unusual to accidentally swallow a bug or two du... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:42:50 EST 96 pounds down 49 more to go <BR> This morning I stared at the scale with awe. I finally did it, I am under 215 and less than 50 pounds from goal. In 24 pounds I will no longer be obese category. <BR> <BR> I didn't realize how emotional that would be! <BR> <BR> 14 months ago I was 310 pounds and super morbidly obese wit... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:38:41 EST Hangin' in, frustrated. 1) I just got over a flu thingy and now I am getting a cold. Sore throat , stuffy nose. MAD. <BR> 2) We are hosting a party for 30 of my husband's clients tomorrow night so POOR timing for being sick! <BR> 3) I have been at the GYM, yeah, I said it- GYM (which I hate to go to since I am kind of ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:37:08 EST 214.6 That's what I'm back up to. <BR> <BR> I think I got all the way down to around 203 but slowly I let the weight creep back on. Instead of my old staples like oatmeal, fresh veggies and fruits, I've been regularly snacking on milk and cereal. It didn't happen overnight so I know I need to put in t... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:36:22 EST Day 893: I Work out <img src=""> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:33:55 EST My rewards by the grace of God <img src=""> <BR> My ingredients <BR> <img src=""> <BR> cookie dough my personal recipe <em>20</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> b... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:32:22 EST Sunset - 3-5-15 Joe Pierce shared this amazing sunset with us, taken out in the county. How lucky am I to live someplace like this? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:31:50 EST It's been too long As I look at my blog entries here I realize that it has been almost 4 years since I last wrote here. So much has happened. Most importantly I have been doing lots to get better emotionally. I am feeling so much healthier now. <BR> <BR> I turned 60 this year. That makes it a little harder t... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:28:21 EST Slow Melt Today I weighed and measured. It has been 2 months since I started serious monitoring my nutrition. <BR> I am setting my goals in 7 pound increments, seems attainable and reasonable. <BR> I have lost 7 pounds, an inch from my chest, an inch from my waist, and 3/4 inch from my hips. This has tak... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:27:03 EST the best part of my day assignment Hm. Yesterday was tough from top to bottom. Maybe the best part of it is that I am willing to let it go and proceed with my healthy lifestyle. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:25:46 EST Starting over diffently February was such an overwelming month. To much was going on to keep up with sparkpeople. Even though I was busy elsewhere (job) I still continued to watch what I ate. Was happy I didn't gain back the 5 lbs I had lost in January. <BR> I am back at this and starting this time out differently.... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:22:08 EST Too Much At some point I suspect when a person has a problem or limitation they quit blogging and complaining about it and just accept that that is the way things are. I'm not ready to declare my psoriasis -- feet and hands --will always be a problem. I still hold out hope that they will improve if not to... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:21:59 EST Thursday, back on the plan Yesterday, Hubster got up at around 6pm. I was astonished. He got up because Millie was making a fuss while I was clipping her a little shorter. She was getting a touch bushy. She looks lovely now. Her coat fits properly again as there isn't a ridge of hair poking up all the length of her back. <... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:21:42 EST Raven calling (sounds like Avon calling, eh?) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “Cras! Cras!” <BR> <BR> I looked up and smiled as Raven flew over from the NW to SE, and then continued scraping the ice from my windshield. <BR> <BR> “Cras! Cras!” Again, Raven flew over from the same direction, cal... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:20:35 EST it's thursday I got some course work done. now i am off to run some errands and to get some much needed fresh air. i have applied for more jobs. i know that one of them will turn out to be the right one for me. i am not giving up until i get one. even then, i still will look for other work, unless the right on... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:19:39 EST Not a lot going on today is kind of a slow day. Snow melting of the roof which is wonderful. Haven't looked to see what the temps are. Not much going on. I think I feel a bit lazy actually. Didn't have any laundry to do today. Will have some tomorrow I'm sure. <BR> Stay motivated <BR> One day at a time, one day c... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:19:09 EST Making progress I have been participating in an 8 week challenge to lose 5% of my weight. I have done this challenge multiple times over the past few years and each time I learn something and make some progress. I started this one off with a vengeance determined to make my goal of loosing 5%. I had 3 pounds t... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:17:37 EST Determination! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:16:50 EST More pleasant surprises. I had my blood work done. It was all the best it has ever been. Including blood glucose levels in the NORMAL range. No longer pre-diabetes! Woot Woot. I have been waiting for that for a long time. <BR> Then on a more vain note. A couple months ago I bought a lovely blouse on ebay. XL size ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:15:36 EST Had it With prepackaged meals, that is. On Monday, it was that awful accidentally 2 portion vegan black bean & lime soup; today it was Hormel Chicken & Rice with a sodium count off the charts. WHY do they have to put so much in it?? When I buy those things for husband's work stash, I at least look fo... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:14:01 EST Adding to my goals for March....take 20 minutes to finish a meal. Well… there’s something I’ve been doing that I haven’t mentioned during my eating. I’ve been taking my time…. 20 minutes that is to finish a meal. Eating and chewing thoroughly, putting my fork down , drinking tea… taking a full 20 minutes to finish my meals. Pacing myself and chewing thoroughly ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:13:12 EST Quitting Soda Is Not Enough.... Ever since I can remember, I loved Coca-Cola. Not cola, not Pepsi, not soda, but Coca – red can with write wavy writing – Cola. New Coke was abhorrent. It was always always Coca-Cola. I loved everything about it. The taste, the bite of the carbonation, the rush of energy afterword. As I go... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:11:32 EST Multiple Personality Day Multiple Personality Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Date When Celebrated : Always March 5th <BR> <BR> Multiple Personality Day is an opportunity to get in touch with yourselves. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:05:42 EST Restarting My Plan <img src=""> <BR> This month hasn't started out very well for me food wise. For Bob either, if push comes to shove. On the first we bought a LOT of junk foods we didn't need and now I find it starring me in the face every time I walk into the... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:03:29 EST Thursday Well, soccer season for the masses opens Saturday and currently, the fields are covered with snow. <BR> <BR> Teams have been unable to practice. <BR> <BR> Chaos to ensue. <BR> <BR> Glad I ref now and not coach. <BR> <BR> Can we postpone a week? <BR> <BR> Hope you see some sun today !! <BR>... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:03:09 EST Progress I have definitely been making progress this week. I weighed in this morning and I am down 1.4lbs so I am happy with that. I know this is going to take me time to get into a routine and see a steady loss. I have eaten breakfast every single day for the past two and a half weeks which is a huge ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:58:40 EST After vacation plans So going on vacation for a week. Hitting up Portland and then Up to my Moms. Going to be busy and full of restaurants, drinks, unhealthy and healthy food, lots of walking and shopping. Going to be sooo wonderful. <BR> <BR> We have been eating what is in the house trying to go through as much of ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:56:16 EST My March so far.... March has not got off to a great start in my household! Hubby was struck down at the end of Feb with some kind of gastric bug (strangely, the same thing he had at exactly the same time last year!) and has been off work all this week. As we work in the same place, he normally drives me in and I’ve... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:56:02 EST How curious. I've been sticking to my diet and my workout. Today I was about 15minutes into my 20 minutes jog before I felt I wanted it over with! YAY! Baby steps! I feel good and I'm already in less pain than I usually am on an average day when I never work out. <BR> <BR> The curious thing one of my girls ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:54:54 EST Gloomy Outside But Not Inside The day started out beautiful but as the clock ticks away the time the weather is changing. It has gotten dark outside, wind blowing with heavy rain. I am trying hard not to duplicate this gloomy day. I just received some sad news but I know God is a miracle worker. I need to keep a positive ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:53:53 EST More Snow = More Calories Burned! So, I turned a negative into a positive. I woke up to this: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Another 11.5" of snow and everything is closed so I'm home with Layla again. I went out and busted my rump shoveling the driveway. It took me 90 minutes, and a... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:53:16 EST I've never seen this much snow in all the 18 years I have lived here! We had a severe weather storm here in KY last night. I haven't measured the snow, but it is half way up my car. I have never seen this much snow in all the 18 years I have lived here!! The temperatures are supposed to be in the 20's today and tomorrow so the snow will stick around for a few days,... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:50:07 EST UI Issue: URL Line Break in Forums Posts Does this happen to anyone else when they post a Link in a SparkPeople forum? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The URL breaks itself up into multiple lines for some reason. That has to be a User Interface bug. <BR> <BR> UI: 'User Interface'. I'm going... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:48:48 EST Heal your Inner Child <img src=""> This is so true. If we don't learn how to love ourselves and learn positive talk, we may be inadvertently passing along our negative talk to our children and grandchildren. <BR> <BR> Teach the to be healthy - not skinny. Te... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:46:53 EST Meet Ingo and Poldi, best friends breaking all the rules Read more: <link><BR>ogs/meet-ingo-and-poldi-best-friends-b<BR>reaking-all-the-rules?utm_source=Freek<BR>ibble&utm_medium=Question&utm_campaign=March52015 </link> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:44:39 EST Daily Devotional for Healthy Life <BR> 1 John 5:14 <BR> And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 'God just doesn't want us to love Him, but to love each other as we love ourselves!' said Jesus. 'Each time we try, some of us fail. If Go... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:41:09 EST Taking the First Step I am struggling with a binge eating disorder. I've battled this eating disorder for many years. I've had short lived success, both with abstaining and weight loss. <BR> <BR> I am getting older and I feel like my life is slipping away from me. I'm still fairly young (50's) and my goal is to live... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:37:31 EST Forgiveness..... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:31:47 EST Feels Like Friday Man, I have been SO busy at work, I can't believe it's not Friday yet! I feel like I've already put in a full week. <BR> <BR> I was depressed about the scale ticking up last weekend, but it seems to have ticked back down so maybe it really was due to TOM thank goodness. I'm actually wearing ... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:30:54 EST Terrific Thursday Thursday, March 5, 2015 <img src=""> Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:26:45 EST The Scale That's right, my scale. I have been on my personal challenge now for 45 days. My 90 day goal is 30 pounds and since I made that decision, my weight goes up down up down down down up. GRR. 153 would be the 10 pound milestone since video documenting with my trainer my weigh in. And I get SO close b... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 12:25:36 EST