SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Crappy Bonus Points are Depressing! I shouldn't start my day with spinning for points on Spark. Of all the stupid things that get me down, it's crappy points. Which falls squarely in the category of Things I Can Do Nothing About. <BR> <BR> Let's see if I can counterbalance the low spins with a productive day. Mon, 5 Dec 2016 05:32:49 EST Inspirational <img src=""> <BR> Trying to inspire myself and others 😊 Mon, 5 Dec 2016 05:27:06 EST Prepared for The STORMS! Today will be my first big snowstorm of the season. I am ready for a work day trip with new tires and my scraper in the çar. I have my boots and the right clothes. <BR> I know that most people do this too. Things can get rough without them. <BR> It's also important to be prepared in any area. ... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 05:19:04 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=12/5/2016=THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">The LORD taketh pleasure... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 05:18:53 EST Time to revisit my goals - need input. I posted this on the forums but I want to put it here as well. I am looking for some input on new goals. <BR> <BR> When I first set up my goals I had no idea and kind of picked numbers at random, judging from my 1st week on Spark. Three months later, it is just the 2nd day of the week and my we... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 05:11:37 EST December 5, Luke 11:14-54 No matter what happens, some will just not believe The rest of this chapter deals essentially with people who simply will not believe. They existed then and they still exist now. Those then asked for miracles and signs to prove who Jesus was. There were signs certainly but still they wouldn't believe, even attributing the things of God to the dev... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 05:02:11 EST Inspire You <img src=""> <BR> I live to be an inspiration to my Spark friends! Stay encouraged throughout your weight loss journey. Yes, through the good and bad...through thw ups and downs! Finally, always remember to make your j... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 04:42:41 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> During this Christmas season may you be blessed with the spirit of the season which is peace, the gladness of the season which is hope, and the heart of the season which is love. Mon, 5 Dec 2016 04:42:17 EST 12/4......oops Yesterday was a good day. I met my sons at a yummy breakfast spot and dreamed of their pancakes/waffles as I ate my poached eggs. :). After I ran my necessary errands and then went and had fun collecting kick points at cvs. Do you all have this app? Earn gift cards by scanning codes. A frie... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 04:36:20 EST We get to finish to house today!!! Yesterday we got the tree up!! That was it!! We had to go to the storage unit, then back to town. I needed to find my sheet and blanket to cover our furniture with while my brother is here because his fur ball dogs get muddy and shed and I always end up having to wash the sheet and blanket seve... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 04:27:42 EST I am grateful for... 1. my babies, because they keep me from looking back. <BR> 2. a good nap, because it was needed. <BR> 3. our new-to-us dog, because she's a welcome addition, even if she is a butter thief. <BR> 4. routine, because it really helps when things become chaotic. <BR> 5. distractions, because they keep... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 04:17:22 EST Monday . . . <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> Blessings to you!! <em>247</em> <em>390</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Dec 2016 04:10:43 EST Today's Smile 9 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I know just the person this will appeal to <em>246</em> <em>18</em> Mon, 5 Dec 2016 03:57:35 EST I am grateful for, 12/4/16 1. my babies, because they take things at face value. <BR> 2. text, because it helps me send out alerts without having to deal with idle chit chat. <BR> 3. santa opportunities, because the kids get to have the experience. <BR> 4. autostart, because warmth is good in single digits. <BR> 5. having ... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 03:53:48 EST Montgomery Bus Boycott <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On the 61st anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, we have so much injustice left to resist. <BR> <BR> Let's stick with love, and rise up against hate. No matter how low they go, we can sti... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 03:35:26 EST #plateau I seem to be languishing on another plateau. My back pain is a lot worse and slowing my already limited activities. I've pretty much talked myself out of decorating the house for Christmas. No tree, nothing. <BR> <BR> I'm in a cleaning mood. I've been moving furniture, pulling things out of clo... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 02:59:44 EST New Starts I'm not sure what I'll be doing here, if I come back, but I thought my friends should know... <BR> <BR> I got married 11/27/2016. Having a wonderful time. And yesterday was my 64th birthday (that's one fewer Beatles song I can sing). I have to spend the next few months and over $4000 getting the... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 02:57:57 EST Christmas Markets Just a super quick/short blog. We got back from Austria and Germany yesterday. We had a ton of fun. It was beautiful. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> This was in the middle of one of the Christmas Markets in Salzburg. <BR> <B... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 02:40:08 EST Seeking an authentic life I was sitting in a cafe with someone on Saturday and realised that my tollerance for people has seriously declined. I used to be such a patient person. Or did I imagine that? <BR> <BR> I used to be the person that heard everyone's life story. I suppose I had the face that made people feel saf... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 02:34:40 EST Well, we've made it past the election, through Thanksgiving... and I take it most of us are still here. I wonder what effect the events of the last month have had on you. <BR> <BR> I know I certainly didn't want the guy who got in to make it. But he's there now. I've kind of decided not to get all upset about things. I know we have a government in power th... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 02:28:38 EST Today's Inspiration " Consistent happiness is found through <BR> living in a state of constant gratitude." <BR> <BR> - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to <BR> Mon, 5 Dec 2016 02:27:05 EST xxxx 25/52 Can't loose weight on a keyboard, got to move more than fingers! Awake at 1:30 AM just woke up after crashing after returning from diner around 7:30. We met my son for diner after our hike. <BR> Walked with my wife yesterday on a new trail. With the arrival of cold weather, and it is really not that cold (40s) my right hip kept letting me know that it needs ... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 02:10:17 EST Gratitude December 4 2016 Number 1: I slept in this morning. It was very very nice. <BR> <BR> Number 2: Today I am grateful that donuts have lots of milk in them. The milk makes them contain lactose and lactose makes me sick. All this means I won't eat donuts even if they are in the house. So we had donuts in the h... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 01:34:15 EST Think(?) Yourself Thin. Reading a new book called Think Yourself Thin. I'm only on the 3rd chapter and I really trying to hype myself. Im trying to change the way I think and function. Actually I'm trying to change my whole life around. I go back to work soon and I'm half excited... I'm just gonna stick to that part. I... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 01:30:06 EST Day 221 Lasagna at P's parents' house. I only had one serving. Little victories Mon, 5 Dec 2016 01:28:27 EST Plan. Originally my plan was going to be for the next six weeks. Looking at my situation I think that the month of December will be enough to focus on with just a little overlap into January 2017 <BR> <BR> My Plan <BR> <BR> - Continue walking at least 10,000 steps each day <BR> <BR> - maintain my we... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 01:27:59 EST Sunday Beauty Rainy dreary day today. Went to SS and church, Steve Miller was our visiting speaker, he left the band! Right age different Steve. Wife and I were given tickets for a Memphis, TN, church's Christmas music program. Orchestra, pipe organ and choir. The music was HEAVENLY and really kicked our spiri... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 01:23:29 EST Dec. 4th Missed Church. But got lots handled at home. Baby girl got to sleep in. We're ready for the new week! I get tho stay home tomorrow. So I'm looking forward to some miles outside! Unless its a snow blizzard! God bless you all Mon, 5 Dec 2016 01:17:26 EST Afraid to Step on the Scale Just over six months ago, I removed my ninety-year-old mother from an unhealthy living environment and moved her to an assisted living facility very close to where I live. She was in bad shape, having reached the point where she was just waiting to die. For the first two weeks, I stayed by her si... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 01:08:18 EST Bible Verse for Sunday Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have ... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 01:03:27 EST Quote for Sunday <img src=""> Mon, 5 Dec 2016 01:02:29 EST I cannot find the tree topper Today was another magical day. My grandkids and I watched Christmas movies much of the morning. Then my oldest granddaughter Adrianna and I searched and searched for the tree topper we used last year. It was homemade and a 3-D star, Finally we came to the computer and started searching for someth... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 01:02:18 EST New week It has been almost 4 months since my brother passed away and the things that I did for him make me so happy I was with him until the end and told him several times a day how much I loved him and now that makes me know in my heart that He knew how much I loved him and I knew how much he loved m... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:52:11 EST CHICKEN CORN CHOWDER CHICKEN CORN CHOWDER <BR> <BR> An easy and healthier version of this classic hearty and comforting soup. <BR> Author: Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips, adapted from Rosie Daley <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS <BR> 1 T olive oil <BR> 1 cup onion, chopped <BR>  6 cups frozen or fresh corn kernels <BR> 4 cup... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:46:07 EST Leaving Bellingham (home) and heading to Lima, Peru. <BR> <BR> Because my husband's dentist happens to be there. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>2/its-cold-and-were-out-of-here.html </link> <BR> <BR> We're SO COLD and mostly want to get somewhere warm - and south of the equator is heading in... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:41:25 EST Sunday's Words to Ponder <img src=""> Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:19:55 EST Beastmode ON !!! 21,121 Steps = 10.04 Miles I always say to strive for progress not perfection, last week's general steps = 17,000 minimum. This week I'm striving for more so I gotta do more. I push me harder constantly. I'm the woman for the job, when it comes to eating right and fitness. Current & maybe final stats : 21,121 steps ~ 10.04... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:19:24 EST Amazing weekend I had a great weekend. My family went to a friend's son's 2nd birthday yesterday, and we had a wonderful time. The boys were well behaved, and enjoyed their friend's company. The food was delicious. I could have made better choices though. I ended up over. Oh well. Except that's been a tre... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:14:58 EST A Year of Mercy Sabbath Sunday <BR> December 4, 2016 <BR> <BR> A Warm Heart <BR> <BR> <BR> “At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God's own love and concern.” - St.Teresa of Calcutta <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thought for... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:12:30 EST Once Upon a Time....the last week of my life as I know it Hi. <BR> <em>125</em> <BR> <BR> This is it. <BR> This is THAT final week. <BR> That FINAL week where I can make it or break it. <BR> One week from Tuesday is my next Mrs. Doc appointment. <BR> uhhhhhhhhhhhhh......ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh<BR>hhhhhhhhh. <BR> <BR> Will it be a kind of sunshiny da... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:11:23 EST CHF Diet I was recently diagnosed with congestive heart failure. was born with a defective ticker, but was always told it wouldn't be a problem until I was elderly. No one counted on myocarditis. The damage to my heart is pretty extreme and I will be dealing with the after effects the rest of my life. The... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:10:26 EST Weather It was cool in the morning. Enjoy leaving the window open at night. It warmed up and we opened the windows and doors. Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:09:18 EST Special Blessings-December 5, 2016 Today I am especially blessed for the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I went to my brother and sister-in-laws for a Christmas lunch and cookie exchange that she always hosts for her Mother's side of her family. She also invites us and my Dad, so it was relaxing. I did leave early because of being sic... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:08:32 EST Weight No More: Under the Weather--Need Soup; Weekly Menu Alas-the earliest I can hope to have soup is tomorrow. {{{sigh}}} <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had a very fun day--DH and I went to hear Dr Gary Foster (the chief science officer for Weight Watchers) speak. I learned a lot and even got to ask a few questions. I promised some of you a report; I will... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:07:48 EST Weigh-In -- 4Dec16 Stayed the same. <BR> <BR> The only goal from last week I was consistent with was the exercise, although I did fairly well with water and steps. <BR> <BR> Colder here, having to wear a real coat when I go out... <BR> <BR> Have a great week everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:11 EST Still trying to figure it out I have spent my whole life wishing I was a different weight than I am. <BR> <BR> That makes me sad. <BR> <BR> This was not meant to be a Debbie Downer blog post. In fact, I am one of those people who prefers talking about the positive things. I like to focus on all the great things in my life, ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:59:54 EST ☆♡¤°~Early Motivation~°¤♡☆ This is the first time I've ever felt hopeful about permanent weight loss. Nothing big happened to me, no health event or social issues or anything. It's just time. I think there's a time for everything, and now that I'm about to graduate college, I feel confident that this is the next challenge ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:57:34 EST Weekly Goals. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Basically. <BR> <BR> Went to the gym friday. Met the new trainer. She did lose 80pounds over the last year. but she doesn't look like she was ever a pound overweight. Fooled me. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:55:07 EST My last night of being 64 years old. Looking at sales in the newspaper today, I found a good deal on ceramic coated pots and pans and bought myself a set and a stock pot. I have it full of Butter Bob's chili and we are waiting for it to finish cooking. <BR> <BR> The instructions say not to use high heat on these and not to put them... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:45:54 EST Work Been more active my back feels it Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:43:16 EST Work Good for losing weight Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:43:05 EST Losing weight Haven't checked but feel skinny Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:42:57 EST Lets talk Bee Pollen Purchased bee pollen a few days ago still haven't opened it.....Any good reviews about BEE POLLEN??? Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:41:42 EST Exercise: What to do next? How to keep the momentum going? Life has been crazy lately. I guess it's expected during the holidays, but still I wish it would slow down a little. During the fall I was dedicated to exercising an average of 60 minutes 6 days a week. Along with tracking my food, I was trying to create a calories deficit of 500-1000 calories... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:41:26 EST Sunday barn time! Well the day did have some barn time in the middle! The first project of the day was to get some big bales of hay into the cows, in interesting project with all the snow. It is quite a way to the upper back pasture and the snow was crusted over pretty good with the cold last night, I was expect... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:40:09 EST Back on track! BUSY day. Lots of normal work plus Christmas to-do's are throwing me into a busy frenzy. Hoping tomorrow is better. At least my food was on track today! <BR> <BR> Streak report: <BR> Staying in calorie range - 1 day streak! <BR> Drinking water first - 37 day streak <BR> Sleep at least six ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:36:54 EST Austin I know there are other cities that pride themselves on their weirdness (Asheville, NC, and Portland, OR, at least), but Austin Texas has a special place in my heart since i have 2 grown children who are raising their families there..... "Keep Austin Weird" is not just a catchy slogan and bumper s... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:32:16 EST Again So I dropped off the planet again. Just so very tired.... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:30:59 EST Daily Blog 8 <img src=""> <BR> Good Evening all! Today I weighed in at 233. I am currently in a weight-loss challenge that started today. It's a 30 day Challenge. I will be posting my weight daily in my activity feed, and weekly ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:25:49 EST GOTTA FIT DOWN THAT CHIMNEY DAYS 338-339!! I Have Become Comfortably Full... Pink Floyd with a twist anyone? <BR> <BR> Yesterday's Linda Spangle lesson was a Fullness Scale.... going from comfortably full to overly stuffed. Then today the lesson was about accepting comfortably full as a good thing. She wanted us to evaluate how we view feeling full or stuffed. I do... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:21:54 EST Always inspiring The past few days have been busy. On Friday, we volunteered at the California International Marathon (CIM) expo for 4 hours and I got to meet Scott Jurek! Unless you're kind of a running geek like me, you won't know him. But google him and check it out. He's won the Western States 100 miler a bun... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:20:31 EST Busy wonderful Sunday We had breakfast at our favorite place and we had a wonderful time at my friend's wedding. I taught the mom and tutored the daughter so they are both my friends... <BR> <BR> It was a wonderful ceremony and the reception was great. We sat with great people, danced with great people, and ate too m... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:18:32 EST Beginning My Journey I'm not very good at keeping myself motivated and accountable, so this is going to be interesting! I really want to FINALLY get to a healthy weight and frame. I want to be able to be confident about myself so I can actually have the guts to talk to a guy I like. That's not the only reason though.... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:11:52 EST 12/4/16 - Bedtime Today was the first measurable snowfall of the season. Since the temperature is hovering around freezing, the snow is loaded with moisture. Last winter I bought a ergonomic shovel, and it really makes it a lot easier to move the snow. <BR> <BR> All the snow gave the Bears game a snow globe eff... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:11:34 EST Day 4... nailed it!! It's been another busy day full of successes! Went to work and got all of my mandatory paperwork caught up :) Went home and lounged around watching a movie with my boyfriend and cat before he had to leave for the week.....Long distance relationships are rough! After he left (6:30ish) I realized I... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:04:32 EST WAITING ON WORD We are waiting on word, from Hubby's mom. He talked with his dad today and they are waiting on the result from her local hospital and doctors as they claim they cannot find anything. Apparently they have found something, but Hubby does not know what. We are just waiting. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 23:01:37 EST Tomorrow's Monday....already?! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> On a positive note, I got quite a bit done this weekend and the house actually looks decent! Got all the Christmas stuff out and boxes back in a spider free crawl spa... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:55:43 EST Sunday's Mantra to Start the New Week 12/04/2016 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So let's get to moving that body, flossing off the brain and put those unnecessary, unhealthy foods down. <em>104</em> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:49:20 EST Making Progress! I spent two days reorganizing my kitchen, plus more today, then tackled the living room! The room looks bigger, and calmer. Did a lot of lifting, too. Added to a big pile of donations for a youth ranch. I have the Christmas spirit big time, and earlier this year. <BR> <em>444</em> <BR> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:49:10 EST Accountability Day 1 Whoa Nelly!! I know it's sunday, but, oh man....3500 calories today. Tomorrow I will be working my a$$ off at zumba and I'll start my day with Yoga! Yes, writing down what I ate is a shocker...WAKE UP CALL! #makegoodchoices #workitout Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:48:36 EST On the road again! I am back at the weight loss game after losing 30 lbs i was feeling better but after 6 very difficult years having 2 extra babies an arthritis diagnosis and antideppressants i gained 15 lbs in the two month period that i was taking zoloft! It has been a hard few years on my mind and my body. But ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:44:53 EST Another healthy day Day 3 and still going strong. I know it's small but for me it's better than I've done in awhile. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:38:12 EST Daily inspiration and Birth Verse for December 4-5: Daily inspiration: To feel good about yourself, do things that really matter to you. Lord, help me to know my priorities and act in a manner that will fulfill them. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:37:40 EST 12/4/16 Well today was a cold rainy day, so it was indoors today. Didn't get anything done outside with decorating, so hopefully next weekend I will get that done. I did take the day easy, and off my knees. They felt better today but still hurting. The rain doesn't help much. Went to church this mor... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:34:27 EST Weekly Victories These are my victories from last week: <BR> <BR> * Morning workout 7 days a week - (7/7) - P90X2 <BR> <BR> * Meditate at least 10 minutes every day - (7/7) - <BR> <BR> * Get 8 hours of sleep every night - (3/7) <BR> <BR> * Drink 8 cups of water every day (7/7) <BR> <BR> * Plank every da... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:33:57 EST Tomorrow.... <img src=""> <BR> ...... is another day!!! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:33:23 EST Living a Rockstar Lifestyle I joking sent a friend a Snapchat of my computer screen that displayed my paper and an article. The caption said "you are off being a rockstar while I'm being a college student trying to graduate." He's currently playing his second show for the weekend. Yet, I can still live a rockstar life. I ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:31:10 EST Day 336 ~ I Choose to be HAPPY :-) <img src=""> Today's Sparkpeople - November 4, Sharing what I am committed to do along my journey... 1. Blog daily and record... 2. Calories consumed: 2,258 3. Calories over/under: +658 4. Calories burned: 912 5. Ste... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:27:43 EST The pepsi is gone Worked early, had my meeting afterwards, and was doing pretty good food wise until this afternoon. I was crashing after a busy long morning full of activity. So I broke down and had the pepsi that was on my dresser for the past week. BUT ... yes there is a but, I also did not have it every day al... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:21:25 EST Day 499 - Sunday Reflections Reasons I love Sundays: 1) Church 2) Fellowship 3) Spiritual renewal 4) Rest without guilt 5) Music 6) My daughter is in Primary (Sunday School) for two hours and has the opportunity to be with her friends 7) Time with family Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:14:17 EST Weight loss journey <img src=""> <BR> Well I just recently started back exercising and eating healthy been feeling great been to the Gym three days in a row. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:11:09 EST On my last nerve....don't know how much more I can take. Dad again spent the night in the hospital. They released him this afternoon with clear instructions and 7 heavy duty pain killers. He took one at 4 and called to yell at me because he wanted one at 8 and he can't have one until 10. Tomorrow I am going to have to find some kind of nursing faci... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:09:20 EST My husband is benefitting from my lifestyle changes I have been sparking quite a while and cooking with low salt and low sugar. A month ago today he had a stent put in his main artery. He was told to change his eating habits and lose weight. All he's had to do is quit eating extra food that was around our building-bread, rolls, pastries, cookies e... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 22:08:54 EST MERRY CHRISTMAS IT'S ALMOST HERE - <BR> 'TWILL COME TOO SOON. <BR> AM SENDING BRIGHT WISHES <BR> FOR <BR> LOVE AND GOOD CHEER! <BR> <BR> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <BR> <BR> HAPPY HOLIDAYS from Oregon <BR> SHARON N SMOKEY <BR> <img src=" Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:59:00 EST On the path to weight loss and good health I started SparkPeople a few days ago and I feel like I have a very big appetite more so than others. I am hungry alot of the time. So I try and exercise more because that is what SparkPeople's program is set to allow. I swim a few days a week and that burns alot of calories and when I don't swim ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:58:01 EST Day 4 Today was not fantastic, but I am not feeling like I am completely derailed. Weekends are just really hard to stay on track with everything - from water consumption to steps to healthy eating - because I am always running around with the hubby getting last minute things done over the weekend. <BR... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:55:24 EST My Next 100 Days - Days 74 Thank you for stopping by. Your encouragement means more than you know. <em>247</em> <BR> I can do this! <em>311</em> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Day 74 - 20 minutes of yoga and my step goal. <BR> Day 73 - Final step ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:55:19 EST December 4: Thought for the Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Time flies when you're having fun! Have fun this week! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:52:39 EST Daily Blog 7 <img src=""> <BR> Super excited, finished my first 5k and it felt great!! Did intervals of running/walking. Did it in my fastest time yet 😆 1 hr, 4 mins Typed this up yesterday and apparently forgot to hit post..... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:51:28 EST Living healthier Today's question from the Spark Coaches asked what I need to change in order to reach a more healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> For me, I'm constantly on the go. I know everyone says that, but my job is literally 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year. Living at a residential school a... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:50:58 EST Day #4 Challenge of change. Again, I am following the blog of SHARON10002 and today it's a talk about change. As I quote her blog, it's very good and a wonderful way of saving. <BR> <BR> "You will start this challenge by emptying your pocket or purse of all coins/change. Find a place to put it that's in plain sight, and ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:48:26 EST Think Positive............ Grandma Says................ <BR> <BR> Think Positive!!!!! It keeps you Young. <BR> <BR> For example, I fell down the stairs today and I thought............WOW...........That's the fastest I've moved in years!!!!! <BR> <BR> Now, that's positive thinking............ <em>592</em> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:47:33 EST Journal: Plan of action for Next Goal Goal: By Christmas, I will pray and meditate daily. The living room will be my space to relax, pray and meditate, and the bedrooms will be switched around. I will have read 1 book. <BR> <BR> I already meditate nearly every day, and I've been working on giving up control and just letting God take... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:47:32 EST Look, Ma, no snow! Gorgeous day with highs in the mid 40's. <BR> Maybe one last nice day tomorrow so I plan <BR> to enjoy it before the cold front moves in. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:46:28 EST Christmas shopping day for me <img src=""> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:46:23 EST Ok I Over Did It Ok I over did it at dinner tonight and let me tell you I'm not happy I did. Where did all my good sense go? Right out the window I would say. Where were all my stops, good choices, and common sense? I've been applying everything I learned and it's been working, so why was tonight was it any d... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:46:20 EST Day 70 Weigh In <img src=""> <BR> Very proud to have reach 189.7. Just barely made it in under 190 but this is now 40 pounds gone!! Many coworkers ask me wow what are you doing or what have you changed? 1- No soda 2- Started exercise... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:45:46 EST Sunday's Stats...... 15,091 steps ~ 7.145 miles ~ 1,331 burned calories ~ 90 sumo squats ~ 110 regular squats ~ core ~ yoga video. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:45:07 EST Be Strong With the holidays, sometimes, we lose our way. Stay Focused. Stay Strong! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:35:22 EST December 4 ~ Thinking About My Goals <em>460</em> The assignment for Week 1 of the Aspire & Inspire Team BSG challenge is to blog about your progress the past month and your goals for this month. <BR> This should be much easier than it is! <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> Progress in the past month: <BR> I made very little visible progres... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:28:41 EST Why not wait until the New Year? I've been asked this so many times by friends and family. ..I should wait until after Christmas and New Years to start a plan. The large holiday meals and oh so many treats will be a disaster if I start now. Hmmmm really? Yes I will enjoy my meals and treats. What I DON"T have to do is stuff d... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:28:05 EST Back at it! It's my first day back on Spark after several years. I don't know why I left. I always had good results using this site and have fallen way off track. Trying to be positive, but I always beat myself up when I go so far backwards. Support appreciated! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:23:16 EST I'm feeling better Finally! The "cold" is gone. No more congestion. I played hooky today from church. My grandangels and I decorated our 4 foot tree. I had bought some Christmas chain paper at Target, so we made paper chains. One went by the front door, the other on my wall unit. The girls (6 and 4) are so e... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:22:08 EST Cats ;-) 12/4/16 French Kitty Has a Nice Chat With His Human Before He Falls Asleep <BR> <link><BR>-kitty-has-chat-with-human-before-he-f<BR>alls-asleep?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_m<BR>edium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=FeedBl<BR>itzRss&utm_content=Tired+Kitty+Has+a+N<BR>ice+Chat... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:19:45 EST December...oh the many things to remember <img src=""> 2016 is a wonderful year. It's just that time seems to be quickly counting down the days. With so many things to remember, it's been a challenge for me to get into the mood. I mean, like for the holidays, ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:19:25 EST 12/4 <img src=""> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:18:14 EST Infusion Tomorrow I go for a Rituxin infusion - 6 hours! I hate needles. In a word, I am scared. Moderately hopeful,too. <BR> My understanding is that there will be Benadryl because of hives. Maybe nausea. Nausea doesn't frighten me. <BR> We will have to be in NYC during hopefully early rush hour. M... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:15:38 EST Blogging? Is blogging suppose to be like a public journal entry or more of a little article?? Are there general blog rules or etiquette? Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:15:32 EST Dec 4 Quote "Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people that they don't like." -- Will Rogers <BR> <BR> Pretty apt description of too many people that I know. Too much "keeping up with the Joneses" seems to keep many crying that they never have enough.... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:15:23 EST Day 2: Chicken & Veggie Soup Diet <img src=""> <img src=""> Day 2; Breakfast My low-calorie version of Thai Tom Kha Gai soup... 4 oz chicken breast-120 calories 1 cup ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:13:19 EST How do you survive potlucks?? With the holiday season approaching, how do you survive pot lucks without going way over on calories. Even when I tried to limit what I ate today (first Christmas party of the season) I went over on my count for the day. Next time instead of focusing on what my intake in I will focus on what my o... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:12:47 EST Now I'm cookin'! 12/4/2016. Rain, rain, rain! Just what we need! This was a perfect day to prepare food for the week. I made pickled beet eggs, a lowfat version of macaroni and cheese casserole, a crustless pumpkin pie, mushroom barley soup. That kept me busy for a while, and it will keep me fed for days. My ca... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:10:34 EST 12.4.2016 - I lost some weight this week <em>524</em> Hello Sparklers! Good news! I lost 5.4 lbs this week. <em>250</em> I really concentrated on the food I was eating and when I felt full. I tried to avoid bread and upped the amount of workouts I did. This weekend, I did some Birthday/holiday cooking so I may have backslid a ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:07:54 EST Program Overview <em>429</em> <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> November was a new start month. I have been trying to find the right plan for me. Trial and Error you might say. I am still quite learning guess we all are. For me it was finding what will work and it is a tough one. I have so many health problems and di... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:07:30 EST Sunday Woke up earlier than I wanted...the handyman and his electrician wanted to come this morning and install my security lights since it wasn't raining as forecast (seriously, it rained this weekend but the way our forecasts were, you'd think we would be flooding or something) they came and got ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:06:10 EST My cheat 😍 <img src=""> Homemade granola (I'll put it on here tomorrow) Greek yogurt Blue berries Pomegranate Strawberry Mango Yummy my once a week sweet treat!!! Xoxo healthy is Beauty Sun, 4 Dec 2016 21:04:15 EST Kudos Walked 3.5 hours at trade days. Felt great ! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:56:14 EST tired Tired tonight.... stay safe all! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:55:11 EST Working On Day 5! Day 5 is in progress! Basically my goals are to have everything I eat be 100% Vegan, and 90% of what I eat to be whole foods. I think by putting the pressure on me to have 100% of my food be unprocessed was setting me up for a binge. I really struggle with that all or nothing attitude and if I fe... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:53:07 EST Learning <img src=""> <BR> After recording my food entries for the first week I noticed I drink a lot of calories that's something I can easily correct. I look forward the login my entries this week I'm hoping to watch my drink... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:52:24 EST Overwhelmed. ... Many changes coming soon, trying to just get answers.... Then on to new journey. . Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:49:45 EST Day 339: Christmas Bucket List <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." (Norman Vincent Peale) <BR> <BR> The Hallmark channel is showing Christmas movies all day an... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:43:04 EST My First Full Week on Insulin Well, last nite's choice to not add an extra unit of insulin was the right one... my b.s. this am was 6.5. So the obvious things I know, but I am reading lots of articles on the Diabetes site and tracking my food and the only thing I haven't done yet is add exercise. I discussed with a diabetic... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:37:56 EST I think it is ok... We did not have horrible chilling winds last nite..although the other tanks did have a skim of ice on them..the rabbits bowls were not frozen at all ! Hurrah me! <BR> <BR> I too have a great deal of respect for electricity..thus all the trips to and fro! When I have to work on something in the... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:36:47 EST I can have noodles 😏 <img src=""> I always love to try new things! It's my down fall with staying healthy. I also have my favorites that I try to recreate in a healthy style. I love noddles, I'm Italian I have been eating them my whole lif... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:34:59 EST Sunday, 12/4/16 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Seems like forever since I have had time to just "play" online. Crazy three days. I have a few days to update beginning with Friday. <BR> <BR> Maegann wanted to try and make it through ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:33:22 EST Ready to BEAT The Holiday Bulge!! <img src=""> <BR> I did my prep today - including new pics, weigh in and measurements. The top row above is a comparison from June when I did the 21 Day Fix Extreme program - I was about 14lbs heavier then. The bottom ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:27:10 EST December 4, 2016 Woo hoo! My Chiefs won today! And what a game it was! <BR> <BR> Other than that is was the usual church this morning and Praise team practice tonight. I am definitely tired tonight. Not sure why though. <BR> <BR> Goals: <BR> 1. Nutrition: day 340 of no Diet Dew. Portions were good. <BR> 2. Fitn... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:24:59 EST Start of first week 270lbs!!! <img src=""> <img src=""> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:19:04 EST Start of first week 270lbs!!! <img src=""> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:18:17 EST a police officer came to my door... cute story <BR> Last month, a police officer came to my door. I am one of the block watch captains in my neighborhood. It's a program that encourages neighbors to look out for other neighbors to keep crime at bay. <BR> <BR> A neighbor and I started our block watch years ago when a few cars were broken int... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:17:18 EST Today's Lake Walk was Nice, but a Little Sad The effects of our 7+ year drought are visible on the lovely lake where I walk. Each time I go there, more of it is dried up with the bottom now visible as ground instead of under water like it used to be. While walking today, I stopped a few times in amazement on how much of it is gone. We ne... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:14:24 EST Getting it in <img src=""> <BR> Celebrating my Grandmother's 102 Birthday today. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:12:25 EST Baby Steps Yesterday I join T.O.P.S. I was not given at that point any information but I knew from before somewhat about the program. Today is the first day that I've tried to keep within my calorie quota and actually did it.WHOOHA! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:10:35 EST This Week's Menu 12/4/16 Breakfast <BR> -2 Hard Boiled Eggs <BR> -Toast <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> -Chicken (3 days) <BR> -Shrimp (2 days) <BR> -Sweet Potato Mash <BR> -Plantain <BR> <BR> Dinner <BR> -Butternut Squash Soup with Ginger <BR> <BR> Snacks <BR> -Greek Yogurt <BR> -Oranges <BR> -Banana <BR> -Yellow Cherry Tomato... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:09:15 EST bowling went to a bowling christmas party. my hunny and i took our nieces. they used the bumpers. they had fun. i got a few strikes. we had pizza there and it pretty good. plus the extra chasing them around helped me get 10,000 steps Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:06:19 EST My Weight Loss Tools <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:04:13 EST Best idea <img src=""> <BR> Pineapple, chicken and shrimp with rice Sun, 4 Dec 2016 20:00:48 EST 12-04-16 Seems that I completely got my appetite back! For about a week, I had some really bad indigestion and it could've been from eating a huge meal at work last Tuesday. There was a BBQ and I couldn't resist. I ate to the point that I was so full I could explode! <BR> <BR> I felt a little nauseated ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:59:34 EST I Love This Feeling! <img src=""> I started going to a gym this week! I have told everyone I know. I'm proud of myself! As someone who takes pride in always taking care of everything for my family, I am proud that I spoke up and told my... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:48:36 EST 100 or less calories snacks I have found a few snacks that I really like. <BR> <BR> Yoplait light yogurt 90 calories <BR> 100 calorie pack of almonds <BR> 100 calorie pack of popcorn <BR> 1 cup of raw mushrooms 15 calories <BR> 1 apple 95 calories <BR> 1 hard-boiled egg 78 <BR> Raw broccoli 1 serving is 50 calories <BR> ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:47:10 EST Day 193: Sunday Today's Accomplishments: <BR> <BR> Steps as of 7:40 PM <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Met my 10k step goal. <BR> Meals: Within range. <BR> Kitchen Closed: 7:30 PM. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:45:15 EST Happy day😊 <img src=""> <BR> My moods have always been affected by the weather and seasons. But I'm beginning to realize that they are also affected by what I eat. Since I've been eating healthier I am in a noticeably better mood... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:44:49 EST Great day this Sunday was Today I feel like I was off all day. Yet is was good. I did enjoy church today and talking with the older guys there. Listening to them, what a joy. There is an older man there in his late 80 s. He makes me laugh. He just says what he's thinking and most of the time it is so funny. What a guy. <... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:42:58 EST Day 1 Dinner <img src=""> <BR> Baked chicken, with roasted potatoes and tomato and a salad with croutons Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:35:35 EST Was it the Ghost Pepper ? <img src=""> Yesterday, against my protests and full blown whining, we set out for the Tamale Festival. I have had my run ins with tamales before and am not a fan. I do love festivals though, and because I was a little... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:34:47 EST SP DATE 4009 - Another year of races - the good, the bad and the ugly So, still pounding out the miles. Added another half marathon this year, dropped the Disney Madness (missed registration for the Wine and Dine 10k) and learned that I heal slower and ache more. <BR> <BR> About 10 days prior to the Space Coast Half Marathon, I took a fall in the backyard chasing... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:30:43 EST Back to it!!! 💪💪💪💪 Tomorrow is the beginning of the week & my back to regular workouts #exercise #fitness #diabetes Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:30:37 EST Not a good day. <img src=""> <BR> So, my choices today weren't great. My only excuse is that it was my daughter's 1st birthday party. Between the cake and food I probably at around 1,400 calories in that one meal. And no exercise. It'... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:28:31 EST Dad and son dieting in December <img src=""> <BR> Really didn't want to diet in December but I did this for my son so I can help him reach his goals. Love him Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:27:32 EST Changing It Up Through Spark I have learned that now and then it's good to change up your exercise routine. I pedaled on my stationary bike Sunday-Friday last week. My bike looks kinda like this one - but my body is nowhere near HERS. <BR> <img src=" Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:26:21 EST Wrapped and Ready??? The gifts are wrapped. Some are under the tree. Some are on a tree. Some are wrapped to take to the post office tomorrow. And some are in the oven now. I'll be baking about 50 pumpkin loaves to be included in church baskets for the needy, to share with friends, colleagues, and my Stephen Min... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:25:01 EST Making it work Tonight I made spaghetti squash with meatballs and sauce. Might be the healthiest meal but it was delicious. Even better news was that my bush and actually ate a large helping. Getting him to eat vegetables is like feeding a toddler.😁 This week I plan to eat more vegetable based meals and so... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:24:08 EST INNER CHILD QUOTES <img src=""> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:24:02 EST Roast the turkey CARCASS before making stock! I've never done this. Have you? And any reason why it wouldn't work for chicken bones, too? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>brown-turkey-stock-recipe.html </link> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:22:31 EST My life Healthy lifestyle on track and cardio workouts weight workouts. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:17:42 EST Motorcycle Toy Run! We went to one of the casinos near Us. We rode on the 4 lane and then through a near by town to another casino! There were over a 100 bikes. Over 200 Hundred people. There were People in cars too! Then some just met Us there. My lion was to big to ride on the bike. So DH's Nephew and His w... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:14:51 EST November Rollercoaster <img src=""> November's roller coaster has finally slowed (fingers crossed for an end in sight!). My grandmother had another stroke and, after lingering for a week, passed away the same day it was announced that I go... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:07:50 EST RnR Half Marathon Success I started training in June/July. I joined a running group that trained specifically for the race I was doing. I needed the accountability. It was tough; I was always exhausted and I've never been so hungry all the time before! But I did manage to lose weight so there's that <em>20</em> <B... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:02:14 EST DOMS are your friend, right? Core de Force, days 6 & 7 DOMS: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness <BR> <BR> I have them. Or maybe they have me? <BR> <BR> Day 6 was Dynamic Strength, 47 minutes of strength and power. It's not the first time I've done this one, but maybe I just worked harder this time? Whatever the reason, I've had noodle arms ever since. <... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:00:44 EST Finished my Christmas shopping today Yep, even the food gifts have been purchased. Good thing they are all non-perishables. LOL Now I just have to assemble and wrap everything. I figure if I do 3 or 4 every morning I should be done in about a week. Then it is just keeping everything organized according to which household it goe... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:49:42 EST Day Two of must do this for me Well not accomplished all I need We too but I did stay within my calorie goals so that is one achievement. I guess it,will be baby steps for me! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:48:29 EST Cats & the heater Curled up on the bed, two cats sandbagged beside me. Heater full blast. Television on Christmas channel. Hmmmm. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:46:22 EST Design Flaw If you read my previous blog entry, you may have thought there was a slight technical hitch. After all, I was starting on 'Shine it Sunday'. And how could I shine anything with all the clutter that's in the way? That dear Sparklers, was why my cunning plan was so bad it was good. All I had to ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:39:50 EST Ornament <img src=""> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:33:53 EST Bored Thoughts <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Pray for Peace. <em>459</em> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:30:31 EST A great power walking day! When I got up this morning, I was determined to get out for a power walk after breakfast. I got my running clothes on and prepared for a 6 mile walk. When I was half way done my route I had planned, I realized it would probably not make the 6 mile goal so I added more tracks to my route. I did ma... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:27:16 EST Be Kind to Strangers Be not forgetful to entertain strangers : for thereby some have entertained angels unaware . Hebrews 13:2 This is a hard subject now days you can't seem to let your guard down for a minute .There are so many bad guys out there ! Our families are at risk ! I see people who come from other places ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:22:14 EST December 3 Accountability - Overpowered by a deep dish pizza <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here's how I did for Saturday, December 3 - <BR> <em>590</em> Read scripture before checking email. <BR> <em>4</em> Eat 225 calories fewer than I burn daily. I ate 2,371, burned 2,304. ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:21:30 EST Wonderful Women's Christmas Tea This afternoon from 2-4 pm the ladies at my church celebrated Christmas. It was fun. We played party games, sang Christmas carols and had a gift exchange. I got a big blue candle from Yankee Candle scent called winter sleigh ride. Smells like vanilla to me. We were all told to bring a dish. I bro... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:21:06 EST From nothing... ...came a decent workout session! Elliptical and recumbent bike while watching football - Yay, it's what Sundays are for! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:18:50 EST Beachbody Who does programs through beachbody? Do you also drink shakeo?? Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:10:48 EST Banning it I've literally had pizza nearly everyday for the past week. So I'm going to just NOT order it . See how long I can go without. I spend too much money on ordering out Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:09:54 EST Busy Busy Busy Wow what a busy weekend, I worked both days, and then remodeled my living room it's came out awesome! Although I'm completely exhausted and totally looking forward to tomorrow off, it was well worth it🤗 I hope my spark friends all had a great weekend as well! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:09:27 EST It felt good I worked out for the first time in weeks today. I did Ellen Barret's Pilates yoga blend. Felt so good afterwards. =) Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:08:23 EST 12 days later Day #23 It's been 12 days since my last entry, but I started to expect as much. My work Christmas party is finally over, and now I feel like I can finally get back to a regular pattern of food and exercise, instead of planning such a major event. Except that I twisted my knee on Friday, so exerc... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:07:42 EST Running & Embodiment As I work to build on my momentum, weekends are for the moment turning into my time to keep strengthening the reset button I have pushed. I am in the throes of having all my final papers and exams due last week and this coming one for the end of my first semester and have been working full time s... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:50:37 EST Oh sugar! Why oh why isn't sugar included separately in the nutritional report? Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:49:40 EST In honor of National cookie day <img src=""> In honor of National Cookie Day we give you the following tips: 1. A cookie eaten fresh off the baking sheet is a test, thus it has no calories. 2. Cookie Crumbs have no calories, after all, they aren... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:46:52 EST Cold outside It is really cold out today. This type of weather makes you want to stay inside and eat junk food. I have not I just finished working out. I'm even thinking about working out again later. Wish me luck. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:45:03 EST Childhood <img src=""> <BR> My Childhood food wise was not good. My mother never made me food and my Dad was working, which left me to eat canned veggies most days. Somedays I was lucky to have milk in the fridge. I remember som... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:43:18 EST Ice skating <img src=""> On these days is hard to eat right and do exercise becase the cold make us lazy and eat lot of carbs so i add some ice skating to my exercise it burns a lot of calories happy with my childhood frie... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:34:50 EST Dawg Days, Grand Tour Announcement edition Today was Day 1 of the new Triathlon training plan. <BR> <BR> For those of you who don't get as worked up about triathlons as ONEKIDSMOM and I do, I compete in the least demanding of triathlons: the sprint level. <BR> Swim 750 m (1/2 mile) <BR> Bike 20 k (12 miles) <BR> Run 5 K (3.1 miles) <BR> ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:32:30 EST Well I did it and it's going down! Just filled up a gallon bag of baby carrots, cut up broccoli and cauliflower that I'm going to munch on. Trying to enjoy them and think positive. Lol It will be worth it in more ways then one. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:29:18 EST Tomorrow a new week Goal for the week is to daily my daily 10,000 steps first thing. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:28:48 EST Day 7! Time to set some goals... A week has gone by already since I started this 100-day (or more) challenge, and I think it's going well so far. There have been ups and downs, but I'm focusing on the positive... I've kept within my calorie range every day, and I started getting a lot more active than I had previously been by g... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:26:02 EST Snowy Tree <img src=""> I've always loved the first real snowfall-especially when it's the wet kind that frosts the trees like this one! ❄️❄️❄️ I didn't take this picture (a friend of mine did) but this is exactly ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:23:55 EST as if donuts weren't fattening enough... someone goes and adds this filling... <BR> it looks delicious though and I don't eat donuts. LOL <BR> <BR> <link><BR>la-doughnuts-with-pumpkin-pastry-cream<BR>.html </link> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:20:06 EST Water If you dont like plain tasting water try flavored water, Flavored sparkling water, and/or Vitamin water. You can also make your own flavored water by getting any fruit you want , a water bottle, and put the fruit in with cold water and let it sit in the refrigerator for 8 hours. The more time you... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:18:25 EST Weekend Wind Down.... Had a great weekend. Vincent and Erin were here to set up the tree and that was fun. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> They actually got here Friday so I skipped my workout that day, and skipped it on Saturday too. Then today I did 4 miles of a Leslie Sansone workout. Did not do them all at ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:17:32 EST Tis the season to get skinny.. Fa la la la So today there's exactly 4 weeks left until the end of the year! I'm determined to head into 2017 in a healthy, happy state. 2015 and 2016 were both pretty crappy. Lot's of big, yucky things happened, and I'm so ready to move on. My life is finally getting back to normal and heading in a positive... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:15:06 EST Messiah! <em>335</em> My non-Sparking sister is the principal violist of the Hastings, Nebraska symphony orchestra, and today (right now, streaming live), they are performing Handel's Messiah. For those of you who don't know (how could you?) this is one of my all time favorite orchestral/choral works. ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:13:53 EST Stop Cravings! If you are craving something sweet like any bad carbs like cake, cookies,etc. Eat fruit popsicles. You can buy the good ones from walmart! If you are craving soda, have tea instead. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:10:37 EST A good diet. You should have a plant based diet with fruits and nuts. NO RED MEATS! Some veggies are good carbohydrates. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:07:59 EST The Power of Turmeric Top Doctors Are Now Warning Anyone Over 40 To Stop Taking Ibuprofen Immediately. Here's Why <BR> <BR> Doctors often prescribe Ibuprofen to their patients, in the case of headaches, pain in the back, or a toothache. <BR> <BR> Yet, even though these pills relieve the pain for some time, it is n... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:53:30 EST Fit Tea Try the 28 day fit tea diet! With exercise! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:50:26 EST Gods day This is gods day, day of rest for me church lunch nap 😴 good healthy food but not a lot of movement 😊 have a lot going on this week need a day off doc Monday surgery Tuesday 🙏 have a great day Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:50:22 EST Appetite Is it normal during your diet that your not as hungry anymore lately I have changed my eating habits I woke up this morning with no appetite ? Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:46:20 EST Pintrest The app Pintrest is one of the best apps to use to help you lose weight. Ive been using the app for almost 2 years. If you already have the app searched up something like ' How to lose 5 pounds in a week' and the search results are outstanding! It will show you detoxes, diets, juice, smoothies, a... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:42:48 EST Connecting With Old Friends Is Wonderful! A few days ago, I heard from an old friend. She was stressed and asked me if she could call me. We were very close friends 40 years ago and kind of lost track of one another. I was thrilled to hear from her. She has retired and moved to my state, about two hours away. We lost track of time and... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:40:36 EST FitGirls Download FitGirls. It is an amazing app for trying to lose weight. Its especially better for those with very busy schedules. Join the 28 day weightloss challenge and follow them on Instagram. The app provides healthy recipes, and different fitness levels for you. Their is a beginners level, inter... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:37:49 EST Swirling Brain Continues Did not connect with the real estate agent in Charlotte despite several rounds of calls. It's hard to be patient. I am not in a hurry, but there is a lot to do in the next 8 months. I know I will hate the weather in Charlotte, I know food and utilities will cost more, but, if I can get into hou... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:35:49 EST Day 1: Chicken & Veggie Soup Diet <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> My goal: To lose... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:35:13 EST Lemon Water Drink Lemon Water everyday to lose 5-20 pounds in 2 weeks with exercise. You will notice a difference with your energy level, you'll find after a few days that you will have clearer skin, etc. Cut a Lemon into slices, then put them in a baggie like a ziploc bag and put it in the freezer to freeze... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:33:28 EST Relaxing, Pain, Jury Duty and Death <img src=""> <BR> <BR> After helping my mom with house duties while I'm here to help during her cancer treatment and issues I'm in quite a bit more pain than I normally am which I had pretty much stopped feeling that ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:33:09 EST Thinking of my next move The last two years have been difficult. I survived so now I must continue by starting with a firm foundation rebuilding myself back up from the bottom to the top. Somethings will have to go Sugar is the enemy I will start by eliminating it body needs to purge clean out and repair itself must star... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:29:54 EST I can do this! I woke up on Thanksgiving Day (2016) feeling thankful for many things in my life. The thought of me stuffing myself at my upcoming 2 family dinners and with left overs for the next week disgusted me. Which is usually the norm.. So, I weighed myself, 303. Sad, depressing and gross was my first tho... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:28:26 EST Maintaing Maintaining my weight. Not losing but not really gaining. I have been between 195-185 for almost 6 months. Just cant get below 185 before I just cant take it anymore. I just love comfort food and once I start there is no stopping me. And absolutely no control on my part. Ahhhh I just want to scr... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:20:11 EST excited and proud of myself for trying again <img src="">life can be good and I can get healthy <BR> sometimes I feel its to late <em>306</em> <em>249</em> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:11:02 EST Both a NSV and a scale victory. I have walked so far 54.32 miles (9 days) and lost a pound (.45 kg). I am happy with that and I was told I wouldn't be losing weight with walking. If I can lose another 3 lbs I'll be happy even though I would love to lose 6 more lbs with this. I'll be able to say when I start school next semes... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:05:18 EST Beck Check 12/4/2016 Daily <BR> **Monitoring all my meals - breakfast, snack and lunch before the day starts, dinner after the fact since I'm not the cook. <BR> <BR> **I reading my ARCs every day and checking in on the extended meaning when needed. <BR> <BR> **Eating mindfully and sitting down except for my wor... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:04:12 EST Getting started "I've got to do something." I've been saying it for over a year now. Instead of doing anything though, I ignored it and gained another 25 pounds. One of my husband's high school friends had posted about spark people and I thought it might help me. Again I put it off until seeing pictures of me at... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 16:03:41 EST Feeling motivated I'm so excited! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:58:34 EST Motivation <img src=""> <BR> Lifted heaver today and already sore but it's all good!💪💪💪 Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:54:08 EST Feeling Proud <img src=""> <BR> I'm finishing up my first semester of college, and taking care of my family so some nights I just do not want to cook. Tonight was one of those times so I ordered Dominos. However, I actually tracked ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:52:43 EST I need help!! I need help spreading an important message! <BR> Perfect Days do not come without delayed gratification. Too many seek the quick route to gratification and miss the big prize. We need an incentive to forego immediate gratification and it must be some objective that you can become passionate about... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:48:14 EST I need help!! I need help spreading an important message! <BR> Perfect Days do not come without delayed gratification. Too many seek the quick route to gratification and miss the big prize. We need an incentive to forego immediate gratification and it must be some objective that you can become passionate about... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:48:14 EST ALL NATURAL CLEANING <img src=""> <BR> I've found the less chemicals I use, the healthier we all are. Here are some, all natural cleaning liquids I use all the time now. # Bi-weekly - 10â„… white wine vinegar solution for widows, wood sur... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:47:31 EST Still Sparking! Where to begin? How about a quick overview of this past year: last year around this time I weighed 212. This year? 214! Woo hoo! What a success!! My all-time low is 207, so this is really not bad at all...SO HAPPY! <BR> <BR> Why is that? This has been a most challenging year for changes in my li... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:43:59 EST Stand <img src=""> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:43:28 EST National Dice Day December 4, 2016 <BR> NATIONAL DICE DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL SOCK DAY <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> NATIONAL COOKIE DAY <... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:42:39 EST Yay! I spun 25 bonus points today (FIRST time)! Hi, I'm now full-on into undoing all the feasting from Thanksgiving and the week after. I will probably weigh about 178-179 by this Saturday, but I'm not discouraged by that. One step at a time! Have a nice Sunday, everyone! <BR> <em>447</em> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:41:08 EST Sunday we were blessed to have five folks baptized this morning. Since four of them were students, our associate pastor preformed the baptisms. <BR> <BR> it's a gloomy and wet day here in mid-Mo. in fact, we even got some snow this morning. <BR> <BR> hope your Sunday is going well. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:40:46 EST New workout schedule One of the biggest things that helped me reach my weight loss goal was logging and blogging on Spark People. I have some new goals now and think that using the same methods I can achieve these the same as I did losing weight. <BR> <BR> Eric and I now work out 6 days a week. Up at 4am every d... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:39:59 EST Deal with tomorrow .... tomorrow. I have been thinking all day about the past year. It has been almost exactly a year when the doctor (NOT his nurse) called me on New Year's Eve to tell me that my blood sugar was too high and that I was a pre-diabetic. That is an extremely scary diagnosis for someone with my family history becaus... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:39:59 EST Sunday 12-4-16 Walk/Jog <img src=""> <BR> Walk with a .07 Jog Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:39:28 EST cold rainy day It is dreary outside, cold and rainy and we needed the rain. We however discovered a leak in the skylight in the sun room. NOT fun. We have a bucket under it and the name of someone to call for a repair. I am not heading up on the roof with sore knees from yesterday. <BR> <BR> My husband h... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:37:21 EST Quiet day with Family Ugh! I am so excited to just have a quiet day at home with the kids! We have been in overdrive for too long and can really use this break. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:37:06 EST Being Proactive I realized today that I am in a better place. Things still have not totally worked out, but I feel more capable of taking care of business. I am grateful for so much today. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we brought my aunt over. My Uncle passed shortly after we moved out here this summer and I know it h... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:35:13 EST What is governments responsibility to feed the people? <link><BR>archive/2016/11/26/american-agricultur<BR>e-farm-bill.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_me<BR>dium=email&utm_content=mc1&utm_campaig<BR>n=20161204Z1&et_cid=DM127588&et_rid=1782921372 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm watching a video on food/farming and this question w... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:32:19 EST Calories Does this calorie intake really help lose weight? Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:27:36 EST From MSN news .. Live Music Relieves Stress I probably could have told you this but now I have proof: <BR> <BR> "Live Music Relieves Stress <BR> <BR> There's evidence proving that live music reduces stress. Researchers took saliva samples from 117 concert goers once before the performance and once again after an hour into the performance... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:23:02 EST ORGANIZE helps DOWNSIZE <img src=""> <BR> I've always been pretty well organized and have been hired to help others get on top of clutter. The truth is, I love a clean and tidy home and find life more enjoyable when it is and now I've lost my... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:22:01 EST One Week In Well 1 week later and I've lost 7 pounds. <em>592</em> To be fair, I was really sick Thursday and Friday and barely ate anything so most of it is probably water weight. But I'll take it. I've already started to notice my clothes fitting better. Good thing too because I've got a closet full... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:20:46 EST My belated birthday hike! A hike at last! Life has been rather busy lately, and yesterday I was starting to feel like things were falling into place... apart from the fact that I was missing my hikes so much! And today it was going to be very sunny (and cold!), so I decided I really had to go on a hike... <BR> <BR> <img... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:20:12 EST Compliments and how to take them It used to bother me when people said "Oh, you've lost a TON of weight! You look great"! First of all, I have not lost a literal ton of weight and second of all, I think I looked fine before. Then, inevitably, people will ask "How much weight have you lost"? And you can see them doing the mat... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:15:44 EST Baked brownies! Still tracking. My brownies are delicious and very low carb. I use almond flour, yogurt zero, and splendid mixed with brown sugar and vanilla. So good. Would highly recommend for the chocolate lover! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:15:17 EST Update: Thanksgiving Here's my Thanksgiving goal: lose 3#, read 1 book, and stop working by 5pm every night, so I can relax with my family. <BR> <BR> I lost 9#!!!! <BR> Here's how: I did a 5-day juice/smoothie fast the first week of the month. I've done it before and it does a great job of getting rid of my cravings... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:11:13 EST Sunday 12-4-16 I just had an intense 4 minutes of ABsolutely Awesome with Sworkit Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:11:06 EST Sunday 12-4-16 I just had an intense 4 minutes of Core Strength with Sworkit Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:04:03 EST Day after family dinner Well, I made it. It is the day after the family dinner & I had a wonderful time as always. I love to get together with my family and as usual the food was great and plentiful. My attitude toward it is what changed. I did not, for once, run over everyone to see what was on the snack table and ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:01:34 EST Week 12 Lab Report: Things are coming together! Data: 1 pound gain on the week. <BR> I tracked 5 out of 7 days. But, the fact that I have managed to tracked everything for 88 out of the past 90 days thrills me. Of the days I tracked in week 12, my deficit showed a 3171, since I am at about 6k to lose one pound, I'm not surprised by the gain, I... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:01:31 EST Sunday 12-4-16 I just had an intense 4 minutes of Everydays with Sworkit Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:56:47 EST 2016 About Me Archive 2016 - Thrive <BR> <BR> I had some pretty big goals for myself in 2015. Well, it ended up that I only had the time and energy to work on my marriage and sanity. But it was well worth it. My wonderful husband and I are recovering together from the very difficult 2014/2015 and are looking forward... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:56:26 EST Onward Today, I have one box that is a filing box and I am going to prepare it for the new year. That means to organize all my 2016 papers and put them in a Ziploc bag, label it and store it in my storage room in the carport. All my files will be empty ready to welcome 2017. I don't keep paper around. I... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:52:13 EST Just a thought... <img src=""> <BR> Just a thought... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:50:51 EST Day 1304 Rest Day. Feeling good. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:50:34 EST Fast food... Why can't they make fast food that is healthy and taste good? Craving a burger soo bad!!! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:45:02 EST Busy Bee Can't believe it has been almost a month since my last blog. <BR> <BR> Been keeping busy. <BR> Let's see... <BR> GD#2 turned 8. <BR> Her party was held at a Jazzercise studio. The kids had a blast and I danced along with them. <BR> I did eat a slice of pizza but no cake or ice cream. <B... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:41:27 EST Day #295 of my Adventures in Spark Land Day #295 here in Sparkle Land <BR> <BR> I had this gut feeling yesterday I should stay home today due to the snow. I woke up 90 minutes later then normal and thought maybe I should just skip church. I showered, eat, walked out to the car to start it to sweep off the snow and hit lock instead o... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:33:44 EST Do you think your good enough? How many times a day do you tell yourself, "I'm not good enough!" I can't do this journey because I don't have what it takes to reach my goals!" You consistently give yourself negative self-talk because you see yourself that way. You think well I've failed in the past, so why is this time going t... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:27:45 EST Recap of Weekly Goals Here's how the week went: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sunday, I synced my RunKeeper app to my SparkPeople account, so it logged my shopping trip as a ~walk~ I'll take it! <BR> <BR> Monday, I got to the gym and hopped... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:26:35 EST 12/3/16 - Bedtime I'm grateful for my Saturday morning strength class. Surrounded by nice people, the hour flies by while I get a terrific full-body workout. <BR> <BR> I'm grateful for naps with warm kitties. <BR> <BR> I'm grateful for Bath and Body Works' terrific sales. I never feel guilty about slathering o... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:15:25 EST RAIN IN DECEMBER It is raining here in Sydney, I rather it were snow, but you can't have everything, but still am going for my walk. For the last couple of years we have had a really warm winter and then rain and wind in December, what the hell is going on with this climate change. But still my decorations are ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:13:39 EST Day 1 I'm starting another chapter in my life. It's taken me 18 months to realize that my husband is never coming back. I'm a middle-aged (separated) single mother. I'm over stressed and over weight. I'm at the point where I'm tired of letting life run me over and I'm ready to fight back in a positive ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:13:18 EST Sleeping Warrior and Ugali Hill hike <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:04:41 EST Food Day 4: <img src=""> Some of the yummy foods from today. First pic is wheat toast with guacamole made of avacado and Trader Joe's Salsa Verde with an over easy egg and some Frank's Red Hot. Second is Banana "ice cream". J... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:03:02 EST Weekend/article on fat Hello all. I hope you're having a great weekend. I'm on track w/ my goals. I've been doing a minimum of 15 mins of activity each day--actually, more than the minimum, which I often do, but good that each day I am getting in the activity vs. not being consistent. I have completed my assignments I'... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:57:46 EST December 4th We have both felt quite drained today, Pete is fed up with blowing his nose & coughing all over the place whilst I just think I'm just about keeping it at bay. <BR> <BR> I received my two candle holders today and they look gorgeous on the mantle piece. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:55:18 EST Food Traps -- Oh No! Do You know what your biggest food traps are? I just took the quiz in the Beck blue book and was really surprised. There are 3 questions in each of 8 categories: Stress, Emotional, Food Pushers, Family Problems, Travel and Eating Out, Holidays, Psychological Issues, Getting Off Track. Any tra... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:51:49 EST Day 1 breakfast <img src=""> <BR> Egg and ham with coffee Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:51:03 EST Restarting Simple I've tried numerous times to replicate what I did in 2009 when I first lost weight with SP. Since then, my life and routine have changed. It's no wonder I can't maintain consistency, so it only makes sense to adapt the plan as I have adapted to life's changes. <BR> <BR> I used to make a fun and... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:50:27 EST Slow and Steady Not losing as fast as I would like so not sure if I will make my goal weight. But if slow and steady wins the race then I am on the right pace. I have lost 4.6 pounds in 4 weeks. Really did want to take all 40 weeks to lose my 40 pounds but it looks like that is the way I am headed. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:47:27 EST One weekend...with recipe It was a three day feast, thank goodness it's over. <BR> A wonderful still night on Friday, we sat outside in the garden for our housemates' dinner. Later we turned on the outdoor heater but there was not a breath of wind and the night sky was beautiful with a fingernail moon and the evening sta... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:39:19 EST Day 1: Lunch! <img src=""> Butternut squash soup (homemade), whole wheat baguette and swiss cheese,and my treat of the day, chocolate hazelnut cupcake ☺ Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:36:31 EST Hello Again! Poking around this place to see if it is safe to be here again. <BR> <BR> I did amazing things in the past with SP. <BR> <BR> And I have allowed some amazingly horrible things happen to me since then. <BR> <BR> I think that I need to be here, and I hope that I can do so safely and sanely. <BR... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:35:34 EST Donated blood yesterday! <img src=""> I still think you should get some extra calories if you give blood 😜 Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:33:25 EST Saturday was Super! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my niece who came to visit me yesterday morning. She lives out of town and I so appreciated her coming ... we exchanged Christmas cards and early gifts. Like a child, she was so excite... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:33:13 EST New Week, New Goals This week my goals are to track all food eaten daily; increase exercise to 60 minutes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and maintain 30 minutes all other days; and to meet my protein range every day. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:32:58 EST put on your crown <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm feeling Queenly because my Thanksgiving week detour (too much of everything, except sleep!) e... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:30:10 EST It's been rough...but I haven't had a real paycheck since 9/30, and here it is 12/4. Bills are starting to pile up and the bank account is running dry. The amount of money you get from unemployment doesn't cover everything, so some things have to take a back seat at the moment. <BR> <BR> However, things are starting ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:27:56 EST Catch Up blog 3 - Days 55 and Day 56 (today) Work in Progress but it is Progress now! DAY 55 - FOOD IS THE CONSOLATION PRIZE <BR> <BR> I don't think my family ever used food to make my 'sore knee' feel magically better as Linda suggests! <BR> <BR> Of course here I think Number 1 here is to CONSIDER 'DO I REALLY FEEL HUNGRY' or do perhaps I really want a hug, to be listened to, ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:27:29 EST How am I doing? I'm doing fine! So, How am doing since becoming a Sparky Person? Quite good I think. <BR> <BR> I wasn’t hugely overweight to start with but suddenly I caught the dreaded sideways glimpse in the mirror. The mirror by the way is a tool I use for shaving and that’s about it. Believe me when I say that vanity plays... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:22:19 EST UGH! I have been running every weekend and at least once during the week. I'm staying in my calorie range and eating clean. If we do go out, I try to get a salad with grilled chicken and no dressing. I figure that way my body doesn't rebel against the additives, sodium, and MSGs that are often in food... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:21:06 EST Called my surgeon I see him tomorrow to look at my surgical site. He says that it's not uncommon for women who have had radiation to have issues with the skin accepting the implant. He thinks that there may be fluid building up around the implant. With the drain already taken out, there's nowhere for the fluid to ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:20:10 EST Life Just Got Easier So how come I never thought to make "food groupings" before? I am such a boring person that very often I eat the same foods for the same meals over and over. It make my prepping for the week a whole lot easier!! I've always found it annoying to have to scroll down all my favs and pick out each... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:03:15 EST Days 53 and 54 DAY 53 - FOOD IS MY BEST FRIEND <BR> <BR> Linda suggests eating provides RELIEF, it ENTERTAINS you when bored, HEALS the soul if SAD or LONELY. It can also PROIVIDES a SHIELD protecting you from Uncomfortable EMOTIONS. <BR> So Long as you keep food close by you feel strong enough to deal wit... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:59:20 EST Balloon Christmas tree! <img src=""> Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:58:40 EST Tradition! (Bonus points if you just read that like Tevye) <BR> <BR> When the Cub was very little, Hub broke the seal on his wallet and bought a beautiful, hand- crafted Advent calendar that is shaped like a Christmas tree. It's about 2 feet high, with 24 little doors and it's painted to look like the tre... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:58:40 EST WEEK OF DECEMBER 4 - 10: FIT BIT TRACKING SUNDAY DECEMBER 4: <BR> STEPS: 5,413 <BR> MILES: 2.08 <BR> CALORIES: 2,250 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> MONDAY DECEMBER 5: <BR> STEPS <BR> MILES: <BR> CALORIES: <BR> <BR> TUESDAY DECEMBER 6: <BR> STEPS: <BR> MIL... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:53:40 EST SPOILER...Christmas<BR>st-presidency-christmas-devotional?lan<BR>g=eng Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:49:35 EST Chill Sunday. It's overcast and a little chilly outside. The weekend went quick! Had a great time at the Christmas party last night. It was at a local gardens that decorate for Christmas and is a huge local event every year. They had small servings of select foods so I did good until dessert 🙄. I'm re... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:49:31 EST Sunday afternoon A restful day today, as God intended. I am just paying a few bills and balancing the checkbooks. <BR> I had two brushes with incompetence with one office. The eye clinic gave me damaged and/or defective glass frames, so I went there Friday morning to return them, but they just took the order... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:48:26 EST Walking and Life Lessons <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> My husband and I love walking, but admittedly it often isn't as enjoyable with our kids. There is that threshold where it goes from fine to miserable and filled with whining. Sometimes it's miserable just convincing them to walk. <BR> <BR> I should admit 3 things... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:47:56 EST Catching Up Blog 1 Day 51 and Day 52 DAY 51 - WHAT IS EMOTIONAL EATING? <BR> <BR> - Linda tells us this is any time you reach for food when you aren't physically hungry or needing nutrition! <BR> <BR> - Sadly on this day (Tuesday) I did eat 1 choc chip cookie (3.5 syns) but did it because I wanted chocolate and didn't want to have... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:44:20 EST Happy Awesome sermon st church today very uplifting🙏🙏🙏 Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:38:48 EST DAY 12 Calories: 1186 WEIGHT: 192.4 SLEEP: 8 hrs Water: 30 oz Exercise: none. :( I did not drink enough water yesterday so WEIGHT loss could have been dehydration. :) better today. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:36:21 EST Getting a Christmas Tree - 12-4-16 It's prime time for buying a tree permit and going out to cut a Christmas tree! The Perkins family does it SMART. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Briana Perkins snapped a picture of their trusty tree-hauler. My fa... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:35:40 EST My Weigh In day Hi there.... I lost 1 pound... went from 270.8 to 269.8... I will take that 1 lost pound and run with it... and lost weight is better than gaining!!!! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:32:10 EST Christmas Parade! So the Christmas party last night was a big success. I wore a sparkly mini dress with my rocker chick boots and felt awesome! I ate well. I am still struggling with my confidence on stage, but eventually got my butt up there and sang after everyone kept yelling my name (a big confidence booste... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:28:36 EST Sunday December 4: Cleaning My Office, Christmas Decorations, & Step Away From the Sugar! Everyone has that one room in their house that looks like a tornado went thru it. Well, in my case it would be my office. I have a bin in here of Christmas ornaments and such. This cleaning spree started when I started looking for something Alan asked if we had. With all the recent storms here in... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:22:15 EST Cravings are killing me I definitely think not having what I am craving anywhere near me is helping some but I was getting SOO many calories and so much sugar and sodium from drinks. I have to keep remembering I am probably going to withdrawal some from all the crap I was eating 😞. Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:21:34 EST Snow awaits tonight <img src=""> <BR> Today the snow is supposed to come into a huge storm! Time to excersize my legs once again in the thick snow! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:19:05 EST Sunday fun day 💥 <img src=""> What to do on a Sunday? I like to be lazy on Sunday, but I also like to go out and have a little fun! Today I'm going to talk about things to do on a Sunday afternoon! I know some live in the city, you mig... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:15:32 EST Rainy Sunday... It's a cold and dreary Sunday... hoping some Christmas music will brighten this day! <BR> <BR> Have a blessed day! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:15:16 EST November 2016 Reflections The 1st 3 weeks of November felt great! I was getting back on track with tracking my food during the week and didn't travel for work. It was my husband's 40th birthday, and I surprised him with a party bus filled with our friends and toured several breweries! My brother flew up from Austin, TX... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:12:37 EST Bone's a THING! Last night we went to our friend's house for our dine in soiree. It was actually a great experience and I really enjoyed it. I was analysing this morning why sometimes our get togethers are so nice and other times they can be a scary movie. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I think it all boils down to... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:12:08 EST Day 339: Running! Got myself out of bed and running this morning, woot! I sooo wanted to just spend a lazy Sunday morning in bed, but the scale said no, LOL! <BR> <BR> I was determined to increase today, and I did it - ran 10 min straight! I know that probably sounds pretty wussy, for how long I've been trying ... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:12:07 EST Poor Choices - Up Close and Personal My Dad is currently in the intensive care unit of our local hospital, it's possible he may be released tomorrow. He's been there since Thursday when an episode that started at home that morning almost ended his life. My Mom, driving him to the ER (instead of calling 911 - but that's a post for an... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:08:39 EST On my journey When I started this weight loss journey on September 1, 2016 I was weighing in at 235lbs as of today I am now down to 196. I haven't been this weight since I was 19 years old. I've got to keep this going. I feel better I look better and more confident. Can't give up! Sun, 4 Dec 2016 12:05:48 EST