SparkPeople Member Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_recent_blogs.asp These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_recent_blogs.asp Week of Happy, Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089569 I participate in a 5% Challenge on one of my SparkTeams. Every week, we work on a different goal, in addition to nutrition and fitness. This week, we're supposed to take at least ten minutes a day and do something that makes us happy. This is my favorite mini-challenge, because this is something ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:29:17 EST Super bowel Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089568 So tomorrow is Super bowl Sunday! A day to eat and of course watch football. So my husband ordered hot wings and has put his request in for dips and quacamole. But I want to eat healthy and have planned on a veggie tray yogurt dip, fruit some low fat cheeses. I'm hoping that my husband will eat ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:29:07 EST Day 37 of 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089567 Another busy day. The weather was gorgeous. Could've been a lil bit warmer, but I didn't need a jacket or sweatshirt. I sure can't wait for summer!! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:29:05 EST So far behind I should be ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089566 1st it was the carbs. I am now in a Carb War. I yell my Carb Mantra, I am Stronger, Meaner and Better than you !! But they are crafty and hiding everywhere, stuck in every nook and cranny! <BR> Ok, so I do not have a carb war cry. ( at least on the outside) but It is true they are hiding ev... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:28:29 EST Fall in Love with the Process... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089565 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d200cc53-6c72-41e2-bb6a-49cdd144af64.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This made sense to me. I am not in love with the process yet. I'm still very results focused. Maybe this is the key to unlocking consistency... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:28:04 EST Exercising hard but not losing any weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089564 I was 166 pounds when I started my workout programme a month ago. I've been working really hard on it and eating well and drinking plenty of water but to this day have not lost a single pound. I can feel that I've toned up quite a bit and a couple of people have suggested that I've just been gain... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:27:27 EST Very excited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089563 Been doing this a week and have lost 4 pounds. Hope I can stick to this. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:27:24 EST Parents?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089562 Normally I don't write blogs, my grammar is sup par. However I have to vent!! I'm am 38 yrs old, close to 39. My father's side(divorced parent) always wants to talk politics. They're republican, I'm democrat, my husband liberatian. They say mean evil things about decomcrats, like they're stupid. ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:25:35 EST Excuses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089561 It's the end of my workday. I play tricks with my mind oftentimes, making excuses for fast food, including rewards for surviving the week, or simply going unconscious... This going unconscious is status quo for me. Part of the problem is this has become ingrained with who I think i am: a victim... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:25:32 EST Gratitude Journal - Days 5 & 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089560 Yesterday I was "bad" when it came to food choices. Apparently I didn't feel that I was "worthy" of doing a gratitude journal for the day. Talk about a dumb attitude! <BR> <BR> Today I am thankful for songs I like. I'm not a big fan of music in general, but there are a few songs I really like. <... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:25:20 EST Fitbit Alta - Has Anyone Pre-ordered? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089558 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f450bc9c-a152-4e7b-bc2b-908ac4ecb834.PNG"> <BR> <BR> It looks a lot sleeker than the Flex and Charge. I'm afraid I may have to give up the thought of having any of them due to my small wrist size. <BR> Oh and I already noticed in looking at this ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:17:34 EST Day 37: It's the Big Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089556 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50e13a84-e4c7-4fe4-9200-23863c079f84.png"> <BR> <BR> "Let this be the year you release your fears about what you can achieve." (Oprah Winfrey) <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday to me! There's not much going on for me until dinner tonight. It looks like we... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:13:29 EST Busy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089555 I had a very busy day got up early and stayed busy all day. God's day tomorrow day of rest. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:12:04 EST Comeback Queen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089554 I love a good comeback story. I always root for the underdog (who doesn't?). I love turnaround schools, biggest loser moments (except for that one where she was way too skinny) and stories of how people have changed their life and are happier. I love it all!!! <BR> <BR> Then it comes to me an... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:06:36 EST Week 209...weigh in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089553 Morning All..., <BR> <BR> Not a great week for me, <BR> <BR> Last week 68.0 kg (149.60 lbs) <BR> This week 68.4 kg (150.48 lbs) <BR> <BR> so a small gain of 0.4 kgs (0.88 lbs) <BR> <BR> TOM arrived and was really tired, so ate more protein. Maybe needed to add or delete something else but I... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:03:38 EST Thinking about my reward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089552 So today I was thinking about my reward to myself when I lose 10 lbs. I will invest in new sneakers. I plan to use them for the rest of my journey. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 20:02:26 EST FEELING INTROSPECTIVE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089551 Sitting here thinking about today and all the good choices I have made today. Feeling very proud of myself, but, also wondering why it has taken me so long to make the life changing choices I am making now. Yes, I lost over 100 pounds in my 30s that I have kept off, but, until recently I still... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:59:55 EST Bonus blog - the trail shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089550 Since someone asked: here are the shoes I run in on snow / ice. I also use them when shoveling snow or for off-road running, all seasons. They are trail shoes. Note the soles with rubber spikes on them... kind of like mud/snow tires, only for feet. <BR> <BR> They are much better grip than an... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:58:47 EST Chronic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089549 http://themighty.com/2016/02/on-the-days-i<BR>-wonder-if-i-am-chronically-alone/ Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:58:13 EST Down 100 pounds since... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089548 I am down 100 pounds since my surgery almost 8 months ago. What a feeling to realize that! It has been tough, and the mental game is getting harder, not easier, but I keep plugging along. So proud of myself--have to admit that! <BR> <BR> To celebrate: today I met my goal of walking 25,000 steps... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:54:02 EST Active Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089547 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6760620-9c42-487d-8693-b8e55cd77792.jpg"> <BR> Got up early this morning & snow shoed with hubby for 1.5 miles. Relaxed after that then went to run some errands, & last but not least, spent time w/ my cute mom, today was a good day= Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:53:25 EST February 6, 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089546 The past couple of days have been bananas. Well, deep fried chocolate bananas. I'm trying desperately to right the ship. <BR> <BR> Ended up going out to eat for my brother's birthday last night to one of my all time favorite restaurants. I shared a large entree with him and a margarita, and sti... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:51:41 EST Life is really simple http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089544 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f5a202ff-d970-4b45-b278-7d169f15d92f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Confucius said it best: "Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." <BR> <BR> I have been thinking a lot about my life and I believe I have made it complicated. I start e... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:49:36 EST Lazy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089543 It's almost 8:00 pm and I've been trying to talk myself into working out all day. So far, no go. I normally love to workout so it would be ok to take a day off, but have a super busy week next week and exercise will be sketchy. Someone talk me into it! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:49:30 EST Smiles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089542 I think I am turning this setback around. What a relief! <BR> <BR> Exercise <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Food <em>248</em> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:48:59 EST Smiles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089541 I think I am turning this setback around. What a relief! <BR> <BR> Exercise <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Food <em>248</em> <em>41</em> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:48:33 EST One month Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089540 It's been a whole month since I have put any chemicals in my body!! I feel so absolutely wonderful!! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:48:12 EST Blew it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089539 Got up feeling kind of low today. Had a chat with youngest son's now ex-girlfriend. They are fighting...again! Not such good news on son because he is drinking heavily - has been since the holidays. So frustrating! We sent him to rehab 18 months ago, for 30 days. Now wish we had made him st... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:47:31 EST Super Bowl Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089538 I was invited to my friends cousin's house and I have no idea what's on the menu as far as food is concerned. I can only hope that there will be healthy food choices available at the Super Bowl party. Tomorrow I will do my best to stay focused. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:47:21 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089537 Busy day have not eaten enough for the bit of exercise that I have done today. I may just make a shake and add some fruits and some spinach to it and that be my dinner I don't feel like cooking tonight have a wonderful Saturday night Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:47:20 EST Aerobics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089536 Vacuumed, went shopping, ate supper and did an aerobics workout.... Not bad....hope your weekend is going well... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:46:20 EST Losing Weight, Gaining Inches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089535 I've lost seven pounds in just over 3 weeks, which is faster than I expected and much faster than my goal is set for, so I've been pretty happy with that. However, I'm still rapidly expanding. In about 6 weeks, I've gone up 2 pant sizes. My belly, butt, hips, and thighs are still growing. I feel ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:44:25 EST Sweet Treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089534 I just ate a brownie and it was delicious! I have been working hard with very few indulgences since the first of the year. All my meals today were healthy, portioned and recorded. When I was offered a sweet treat I looked it up and decided to enjoy A SERVING. I can still have the sweets I love as... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:43:23 EST same weight as February last year. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089533 I had not stepped on the scale in nearly a year. I weighed myself last month, and I was up from last year. I finally made it back to the same weight I was last year at this time. I still have a long way to go before I reach my overall goal, but this is one step in the right direction. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:41:39 EST Connecting A Device With SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089532 It took me a few minutes to figure out how to hook up my FitBitZip to SparkPeople: <BR> <BR> MY TRACKERS [on the orange bar] <BR> my Fitness [in blue dropdown] <BR> Tools & Settings box towards the bottom <BR> Connect Devices/Apps [the last choice in the box] <BR> Then pick your device and link... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:41:16 EST 2/6/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089530 Total mileage today: 4.5 miles walked. Total ST: 20 minutes. 20 minutes yoga/stretching. Ate well and drank my gallon of water. It was a great day!!! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:40:51 EST February Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089529 Well that scale of mine is stuck. For the past month I have been going up and down with the same three pounds. This is my last day of the week so tomorrow I am really going to push it forward. I want to see those numbers change. Sunday is day one for me for tracking my exercises and unfortunatel... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:38:40 EST Day 16- Rest day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089528 Today I didn't go to the gym. Dh has a sleep study to,do tonight so it's been a hectic day. I took the kids to the park with a friend, and then came home to leave again and take the kids to the store. The store is crazy because of the Super Bowl tomorrow. Then I came home, have to make dinner at ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:37:42 EST Yeah... this is gonna be rough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089527 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f80c58bb-148e-4882-840f-14d31a706119.jpg"> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:35:10 EST Simple Reminder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089526 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/74173fa6-26f9-4e0b-ba9e-0f97ed13dce4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This to shall pass.. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:34:42 EST I. Feel. Pretty. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089524 I've blogged before about my fairly consistent insecurities, which is certainly an issue and always will be to some extent. But aren't we all works in progress? And I'm not going to blog about that, but rather what materialized beyond my insecurities. <BR> <BR> A few weeks back my best friend in... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:33:53 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089522 today is a bust. Since last evening I have hunted food, captured, devoured bite after bite, meats, sweets and anything in between! such is life and tomorrow is a new day! happy weekend, friends Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:32:27 EST Flowers and Exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089521 There were so many beautiful flowers that grew where I lived in Africa. Here are a few. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/668c1823-59b0-4e58-9042-8b7863c1ed6f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3e6f04b4-a105-489b-86ea-baefe3ef75bc.JPG"> <BR... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:28:54 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089520 I will be counting the days to Friday at 1:00 pm we are hoping to go away some where for a couple of days I will keep my fingers crossed as then I can give my hand a rest because being I try to do things and get frustrated. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:28:23 EST 2/6/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089518 I hate weekends, so hard, have got to get a better handle on them. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:23:33 EST My blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089517 So far I like this app. It makes me aware of what am eating and surprisingly it is helping me make smarter choices. But my biggest shocker so far, has been the realization that I barely drink water daily. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:22:26 EST Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089515 Well today I think I did pretty good but its only my first day but I went shopping and instead of riding the cart I held on to the buggy and walked for about 45 minutes yay me but I did eventually have to give in to the cart but the walk really felt good will try it again tomorrow Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:16:56 EST Beautiful Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089514 I took a solitary walk in Cedar Bog today. <BR> I am so thrilled with this mild winter weather we are having here in Ohio. <BR> Not a lot of green this time of year, aside from the cedars and some moss, but these red branches add some color to the landscape. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.spar... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:16:04 EST OMG! My day sucks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089513 So today i haven't had a chance to get anything done. Not only does my 15 month old have molars coming in (which mean multiple wake ups at night) she now has pink eye on BOTH eyes! Thank you school! On top of that my 4yr old is complaining of an ear ache. I have no idea what I've eaten or when I ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:15:26 EST My old time cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089512 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ffc61091-cf9d-4edc-bb18-afcc0e56df78.jpg"> <BR> I would remember going through these cakes like they was my last meal. I could at least do two boxes. Well 1 whole box and a half of the second box. Eating stuff like this CONSTANTLY the way I was doi... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:13:29 EST First 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089511 I am not sure everyone can relate but if you can its different to lose 20 pounds and not have anyone realllly notice it but it is rewarding to feel the difference in yourself and noticing the difference in small ways i am happy I'm doing this and need to keep pushing forward :) Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:13:21 EST On my way to a new me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089510 I've always been the fat girl, the cute "thick" friend, but on the inside i was very unhappy with that. After having 2 children my body really went south.... now im ready for a change. Stress, ulcers, and cysts almost took my life and now I'm fighting for it back. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:12:16 EST Daily Inspiration and Birth verse February 6: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089509 Daily Inspiration: Your life is yours to live as you choose with the results that you want. Lord, help me to be full of life, full of energy and greet my opportunities with a peaceful smile and a gentle gratitude. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: For it is by grace you have been saved,... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:11:54 EST So I'm reading this book and..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089508 So I'm reading this interesting book by David Kessler ("The End Of Overeating") and its evening...evening his my worst time of day for junk food cravings...and I get to the part about the lab tests and the studies which incorporate people and food. I'm reading the part about a test where a Snicke... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:05:04 EST My dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089507 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a990e136-51f7-450f-97c2-031ce6fecdb5.jpg"> <BR> Pork chop, baked potato with salsa,sour cream and cheese and zucchini :) Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:04:33 EST Day 5 Where I get in trouble http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089506 Not working out And dinner Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:04:03 EST Not a Great Two Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089505 Went for epidural injections yesterday with mixed results so far. IV infiltrated and sedation went into my hand so naturally I didn't stay still when the needles hit-all four of them. At least it was over pretty quick. Today I have a sore hand and a sore back! <BR> <BR> Forgive the whine; I'm su... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:02:37 EST Day 5 Looking at the Positives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089504 Good breakfast lunch. Thinking more about what I eat. 6 glasses of water No pop Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:02:32 EST Be helpful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089503 " Be helpful even if it compromises you. ' Jean Cocteau <BR> <BR> Today I was up before seven to go to the grocery store , I haven't been in over a month so I needed everything My cart was overflowing with healthy stuff, In the checkout line they gave me another cart as they were packing my gr... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:01:09 EST Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089502 What's your dinner tonight! Don't break just because it's the weekend Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:59:12 EST 2016 BFL CHALLENGE ~ End Wk #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089501 I always love Rest Week. <BR> Lots of stretching and some PIYO. <BR> PIYO is not easy, but it is fun. <BR> Also getting back to using Physique 57 for my second leg day every week. <BR> It is such a great program - really gets all the supporting muscles that straight strength training legs just ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:57:19 EST New Fitness Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089500 Since I've lost a grand total of 11 lbs, I've decided to set some new goals: <BR> <BR> 30 Day Goal (March 7th) <BR> <BR> -Lose 5 lbs <BR> -Tone arms with weights 2x week <BR> -Limit meat to 3 meals a week <BR> <BR> 60 Day Goal (April 6th) <BR> <BR> -Lose 8 lbs <BR> -Build strength for 1-2 mi... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:57:13 EST Day off!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089499 Enjoying my day off. Hope all is well with everyone. Be blessed! Peace n love!!!!! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:56:25 EST Week 4 - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089498 Last day of my 4th week! Weigh in and Measure is tomorrow. Hoping for solid performance. I'll post results tomorrow! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:51:02 EST positive steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089497 I started with Orange Theory fitness yesterday. I really liked it! I have been looking for something to change up my gym routine and I think I have finally found it! I talked to several people that were in the class and they were very encouraging and motivating. One lady told me about her journey... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:50:30 EST Is there a doctor in the house? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089496 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35bd34e8-2076-43e2-bacf-1e165c671811.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise and diet....have you listened to your doctor today? <BR> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:49:37 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089495 I just joined Spark I synced it with my move up. Sure hope to lose some weight. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:47:18 EST Hard working day!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089494 I worked in the garage and the storage container. I have gone through all the boxes. I got rid of stuff. I am through except straightening up shelves. Lots of hard work!! We went to another town for supper. We ate at the Dairy Queen (DQ). It was OK, just not great!! I am ready to read and ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:46:46 EST Pay tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089493 I just spent the last 5.5 hours doing a grueling 60 km on my ATV. Awesome time but every .muscle hurts. One of the hardest runs I was ever four wheeling on. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:46:36 EST Bargain magnet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089491 Look what I found at the Dollar Tree! Couldn't resist--and it actually inspired me to take a few extra steps shopping instead of driving and more elaborate walking to the mailbox and back! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82a4db38-00f8-4f24-a03d-e1218f4b2107.jpg"> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:40:30 EST Being Noticed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089490 My weigh-ins continue to be consistent, which is satisfying. I have two trips coming up, back-to-back, so once I come back from them, it will be very interesting to see what it says again. I promise to do my best. <BR> <BR> My co-worker noticed that I lost a little weight. I was wearing those b... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:36:36 EST Booty boot camp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089489 I you think that your " rear view" needs a makeover, the right fitness routine can help give a lift. Squat and tone Try a ball squat Forward lunge; backward lunges Side lunge On the ball: leg lift Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:33:16 EST 1st day is the easiest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089488 I joined the gym been eating right and now I'm strong enough mentally to struggle instead of going out and drinking. So proud of myself it was so worth the sacrifice. Instead of being hung over my house is clean I prepped and cooked all my meals for the week and even re-did NY bedrooms wood floor... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:30:47 EST Kid got new glasses! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089487 I'm a happy mom. My daughter, Michelle, got new glasses and now can see. Woo hoo! <BR> <BR> Solved the animal jam problem too except my youngest got her animal jam suspended for typing random letters. Whatever that means. So I put her back on restricted chat figuring she is not old enough ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:29:48 EST Milly Goat, Jack, Zack, and Mika http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089486 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5c554dd3-35e5-4b99-a24c-7d8822d630f7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Jack and Zack are twin Great Pyrenees and Milly Goat is our little Boer goat. We call them the triplets because they are always together and Milly Goat sincerely thinks she is a dog. They are al... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:29:09 EST Having trouble reining myself in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089485 I've haven't been doing too good on my food and exercise the last couple of weeks. The first week I got frustrated/aggravated/grrrrrrrr because of all the delays and mix-ups with the gas pack installation. What a debacle. Being an emotional eater, I started eating things I don't normally have,... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:27:43 EST Venturing out. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089484 Tonight is my first night out since I started watching what I ' m eating. Wish me luck. There will be food and alcohol but I will be on the dance floor. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:25:20 EST 158.5 going in the right direction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089483 Down 1 more lb (yeah me!) This is slow but i am seeing changes...cravings are slowly starting to go away although going to the store and smelling fresh bread was crazy! See I can't have just a slice because if i get the taste in my mouth i will want more..no self control what so ever. Soooo i ca... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:24:58 EST Wk 252 Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089482 At last I have broken the plateau that had me stuck at 248.0 lbs! I wasn't sure if I was ever going to get off of that number, I was stuck there for weeks. <BR> <BR> Finally broke the hold of that number, unfortunately I broke it the wrong way, I went up instead of down. I could list the reason... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:23:28 EST Big Cats ;-) 2/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089481 I've been fascinated by 'The Lion Whisperer' since an animal TV show a few years ago. <BR> A friend sent some videos, here are a few. <BR> Lion Kingdom <link>www.ba-bamail.com/video.aspx?emailid<BR>=16758 </link> <BR> <BR> Top moments <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEYOwRtsLjI </link> <BR>... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:23:21 EST ACCEPTING OF SELF (Feb. 6) ( Reposted due to accidently deleting it) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089480 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/db0ea4a1-9268-4c40-b41c-4546c72a08d5.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ce0ebfd-87ac-4b54-ba64-e6e612ff8cba.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0c94b335-4ff5-4f92-acc9-0f9ad9a95d17.jpg"> <img src="http://photos... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:20:54 EST Nutrition tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089479 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e0cb861-5b90-4056-87e5-c06aa9a78f67.jpg"> <BR> I like counting calories.I have noticed I can control my eating habits...Yippee Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:20:09 EST Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089478 My day started with doing Yoga stretches while sitting on the edge of my bed. Hopefully, I'll become more involved in Yoga like I was many moons ago. Then I had a surprise call from my doctor. She said that she was calling to tell me that I was doing great with my choices of meals and snacks. I ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:19:21 EST 2/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089477 As I mentioned in previous blogs... I am a routine oriented kind of gal. I thrive with my routines in place... and as much as I like it, I have to confess I also get bored of it. Love to cook.... and I mean it. I can spent hours and hours trying things, reading new recipes and coming out with my ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:17:50 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089476 Had to take a test at the hospital today. It took 4or 5 hrs. Makes the days seem long long. Don't really want to eat much. Have a good Sunday tomorrow all. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:16:08 EST DAY 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089475 The flu. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:15:21 EST Veggie Cauliflower Crust Pizza! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089474 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05fcaa09-7b17-4056-a39e-80314467b17b.jpg"> So I tried my hand at the cauliflower crust. It was soooo good! I put my twist on it made it vegetarian with hard goat chedar cheese!! Yummy . Definitely satisfied to inner pizza in me!! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:14:41 EST Lesson learned, sort of. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089473 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00f7335d-283c-4637-8490-381e0d6c5bd6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had fast food, over 500 calories of it. Did it satisfy me? No it didn't. Did I gain a bunch of pounds from it? No, but i can see why you can. <BR> <BR> Here is the lesson in a nut shell, lat... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:12:52 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089470 Have not done much of my workout, but have not ate much either Sat, 6 Feb 2016 18:01:05 EST Love is the answer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089469 My love for animals made me become a vegetarian at the age of 9, I became a vegan over 3 years ago after watching Earthlings. My love for animals has improved my health drastically. I have no pain, I run whenever I want, I lift heavier than I ever have in my life, I have TONS of energy, I'm almo... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:59:25 EST Smile For Today---Sat. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089468 blonde woman was speeding down the road in her little red sports car and was pulled over by a woman police officer who was also blonde. The blonde cop asked to see her driver's license. <BR> She dug throught her handbag and was getting progressively more agitated. "What does it look like?" she f... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:59:23 EST Diet& o http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089467 <BR> Diet & Old Age <BR> <BR> I just subscribed to an old age blog, and realize that Sparks oldest members have additional issues. For example, I had 8 of my back teeth pulled and am now trying to use partial dentures. Painful! I've been eating soft food for a while now, and want some of my ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:57:00 EST Thanks Spark Guy For The Suggestion! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089466 First of all, a BIG THANK YOU to everyone you read my blog yesterday and supported me. You have no idea how much all of the encouragement and words of comfort mean to me. You truly touched my heart. <BR> <BR> I thought about what Chris, "Spark Guy" Downie says about just trying for ten minutes o... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:53:18 EST Oh the Joy of having a cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089465 Oh the Joy of having a cold are in the little things. Like dripping nose. Packed sinuses the low grade headache that never seems to quite go away. But on the plus side I did have home made soup in container in my freezer. I did drink mega amounts of fluids. And my little dog is a great cuddle pa... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:53:00 EST Day 41- Compliant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089464 I do 30 minutes of yoga when I first get up in the morning. It isn't pretty or graceful by any means, but it gets me moving in the morning, and I feel more centered during the day if I do it. It means getting up 30 minutes earlier, which can be difficult at times as I am very much NOT a morning... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:50:59 EST Week 5: 1000 Mile Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089463 Week 5 - 1/29 - 2/4 - 15.99 miles <BR> <BR> Not great. My knee bothered me after last Saturday's long run, so I've been babying it. Maybe not great, but I did 15.99 miles. That's progress! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:49:50 EST Sugar hiding? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089462 I read a title of an article just now of a Spark mail. It said "Where is sugar lurking in your diet?" Man, it doesn't lurk in my diet. It jumps out screaming saying SWEEEEEET COME AND GET ME, YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO! sigh Does anyone else have the same feeling? My sweet tooth sometimes seems t... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:48:50 EST Would like some buddys http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089461 I am 72 years old exercise is my weak point would welcome some Buddy's Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:46:41 EST Days 9 to 22..out of 60..exhausted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089460 Always doing more than 10000steps daily..usually up berween 17000-20000 and this is great but I'm still not sleeping very well averaging a broken 6.5 hrs per night. I eat when I'm tired so I'm eating a lot! Plan of attack is Join sleep better challenge Mindfulness Track all food even if I'm way... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:45:14 EST Weight loss!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089459 Does anyone know of any really good, well working weight loss pills for me to try? Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:45:00 EST Just Laugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089457 When you find yourself in a grouchy mood <em>234</em> , just laugh <em>334</em> . Laughter is the best medicine around and it is free. You can't be angry, frustrated or depressed if you laugh out loud. Laughing is good exercise for the abdominal muscles and your lungs. Watching your pets pla... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:41:09 EST Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089456 Today has been a very good day, starting to feel a lot better already Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:41:08 EST Week One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089455 I have been on my new eating plan for almost one week. I lost 6 pounds (although I am sure that the majority of that was water weight). I feel good, I have energy, and I haven't been extremely hungry like I have been on diets in the past. I have not been having my usual, intense sugar cravings ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:40:41 EST I feel good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089454 I feel good about myself because I am eating healthy and exercising. How I feel, physically and mentally, is more important than what the scale says I am actually enjoying eating healthy foods. Often when I invite people over for a meal I tell them it is going to be a diabetic friendly meal. So... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:40:41 EST Hayes Corner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089453 Another really nice block, and I finally used some of my leftover Doctor Who fabric. Of course I got the whole thing put together and realized the last 3 seams were wrong. It wasn't a bad look but it also wasn't RIGHT! After a brief debate with myself, a ripped out the seams and redid them. I... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:36:54 EST 37. Worried about hibachi dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089452 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b893114-1985-490f-a5e3-5e32fcd88193.jpg"> I liked this quote- something to reflect on :) I had my lovely Saturday morning vinyasa class. Lots of great shoulder and hip openers ( much appreciated by me). It's not so cold today so I followed my fel... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:33:06 EST Have to stay with it for kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089451 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7492268f-7ff5-40c1-96b2-071d4b977a30.jpg"> <BR> Need to get serious, have to take off at least 25 lbs. Need to pay attention to intake, and what I am eating. Also need to exercise every day. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:31:15 EST Inspired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089450 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/12ffbfae-51e2-4376-bdb5-7c90f733e4ab.jpg"> <BR> Little inspiring note for the day!!!! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:26:35 EST Home Excersises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089449 Does anyone have any suggestions for home excersises?? Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:22:54 EST Garage sale walking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089448 Out Garage sailing today and did several that were community sales and was able to walk arround instead of driving. Got a lot of walking Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:21:42 EST Change of heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089447 I've been using app for four days and now find myself preplanning meals already to ensure I'm only taking in 1500 calories max a day. It's working. I told my daughter today that I would not eat a specific food because I can't put that in my body. Believe me that is saying alot, because I have ne... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:21:36 EST Journey Day 214: One Sixth Through the First Part http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089446 Ok, so last Wednesday I had my third dose of chemo...which sets me at one sixth of the way through the first part of treatment. So far no major side effects. And the side effects that bother me worst are from the steroids I think. The absolute worst is the monstrous acne all over my scalp, fac... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:18:44 EST Keto Buns http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089445 I was looking for a low carb chip when I came across this recipe. I think this is going to be one of my new favorite sites. <BR> <BR> <link>ketodietapp.com/Blog/post/2014/11/12<BR>/Ultimate-Keto-Buns </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4a1190bc-8f62-4706-8f... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:18:23 EST 2 months into spark http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089444 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/44213597-0f99-4b18-8618-a5338bf41016.jpg"> I am frustrated because I have been focusing only on the scales. I have learned a lot and learning a lot about changing lifestyle, which helps. I have incorporated exercise. It has helped me with my chroni... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:16:56 EST Goal dates are pointless.. let me explain... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089443 This is a really long post, another book brain dump after I woke up. One of the things that I would consider to be an eye opening revelation about what it takes to lose weight is the concept that setting goal dates is pointless. I know that flies in the face of conventional wisdom about weight lo... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:14:47 EST Learning to walk again in my fifties: It's never too late. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089442 Dear Inner Wise Self, <BR> <BR> As i was walking today, I realized that even though I have been walking ten thousand steps daily, I mostly look down and shuffle along. I stare at the ground a yard ahead, as if I am looking for rocks, obstacles, things to avoid. My shoulders are up around my ear... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:13:46 EST Days 32-37 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089440 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f5e1b590-bfd8-4d73-baa5-d1506408644b.jpg"> <BR> The last week still setting in and I am getting a little better with the meltdowns the pain is still horrible most of the time I use to be able to take ibuprofen 800 and be ok but it is to the point t... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:11:12 EST Happy Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089439 ON track and keeping my focus on improving my overall health and fitness. Had a great walk this mornimg around a beautiful Lake near by 10k and averaged 3.2 k felt great. Enjoy the journey everyone. = Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:07:35 EST Tracking my food again and seeing results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089437 Starting weight on 12/30/15: 172 lbs First goal (regain a healthy BMI): Shed 23 lbs Stretch goal: Shed 30 lbs Total loss so far: 9.2 lbs Average loss per week: 1.69 lbs I've lost weight before and kept it off for several years (35+ pounds in 2006). However, my fixation on food and controlling m... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:07:03 EST Silly boy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089436 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/149da75d-7077-449f-9145-5623c94d1112.jpg"> <BR> Fred loves hiding in the curtains! :) Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:02:07 EST So it all begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089435 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fc03bdd7-e178-40e8-a9d8-056a064d3f69.jpg"> I am new at this. I am just learning my way around the site. Already I have learned so much about my eating habits. I am not as bad as I thought I would be. Although I was very mindful about what I ordered... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:01:52 EST Calling All 40-somethings to Mid 50-somethings! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089434 I originally joined Sparkpeople back in October of 2008. I was 41 at the time and while I had heard a lot of people say that losing weight gets harder as you get older, I honestly kind of thought that was a cop out. <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> When I was in my early 30's I had believed that all ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:00:02 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089433 Still feel the leftover effects from being sick this week. Just want to air out the whole house and scrub everything. One more night of work, then off for two weeks! I can do this! Have a great day! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:59:46 EST Saturday Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089432 I <em>26</em> getting together with friends on Saturday. Today was no exception. The <em>259</em> was showing 38 degrees at 11:45 AM and we were planning to play <em>278</em> at 12:00. It was <em>67</em> and the wind wasn't blowing so we kept our plans and played . After the 18 h... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:59:33 EST No chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089431 Resisted the chocolate demon. 😁 <BR> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:58:31 EST Body and MIND http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089430 So today have come to realize why loosing weight in the past hasnt worked for me. Ive never been a binge eater. Ive never been real big into sweets or sodas. My vices were booze and convenience. I am a social butterfly and my social life revolved around drinking. Not just once or twice a week ei... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:57:54 EST Donuts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089429 Wow! A coworker brought donuts yesterday and I ate 2! 2 donuts? Really? I have no self control with those things. I need to stay away from them. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:57:38 EST Saturday, 2/6/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089428 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fc3714a2-a99b-4fd9-9677-6c76f054ccd6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today has been quiet once again and for that I am grateful. The week has been more emotional and busy than I had expected and my health journey totally suffered because of it. I've ackno... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:57:27 EST Day 4 and staying strong :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089427 Have had an awesome day today. Did my yoga weight loss and haven't gone over my calories yet. I'm motivated not to snack tonight :) Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:56:45 EST beet burgers in the oven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089426 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6a20193c-f813-4cc4-9647-f3a621d980ea.jpg"> <BR> going to eat good beet burger and sweet potatoe fries Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:55:49 EST cooking tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089424 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/23f4c71e-9236-4242-9060-64c114f221cb.jpg"> <BR> making beet burgers Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:54:31 EST February 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089423 Met up with our friend Mandy & her husband Chris for lunch. Mandy & I have been pals since we met on Sparkpeople about 8 years ago & we meet up occasionally. Unfortunately the food & service today left a lot to be desired but at least the company was great. It was brilliant to catch up again & lo... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:54:23 EST Suddenly Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089421 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/84bdbc14-1471-4b88-8398-8331759a72f7.jpg"> <BR> Lol...well my day off flew by and tahdah...it's Saturday and back to work for the weekend shifts...yay. I hope this finds everyone enjoying this glorious day...it's beautiful here...sun shining and a... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:53:25 EST February 6, 2016 (Saturday) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089420 Lazy day for me. Only one class, and all errands completed. Tonight I am going to watch a couple of basketball games with my oldest son who is coming over (to watch basketball games). He doesn't get the basketball station on his TV so he likes to come over to watch the games here. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:53:17 EST Feeling good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089418 Just finish my workout. I'm home resting. I didn't slack up just because it's my birthday. Yay!!! I actually worked harder and added another 15 minutes to my regime. Trying to keep up with my workout routine. 6 day a week, rest on sunday. 4 days down. My weigh in is tomorrow. Wish me luck. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:47:32 EST FUR BABIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089417 I love my puppies and I love to watch app puppies play and cuddle. Best friends and best medicine. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/90390734-9301-44f4-a869-4a1549390f57.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/310e9412-2fb8-43d4-921f-5df0a2ad5eb... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:43:11 EST Challenge: Rating Hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089416 SP Fiber Challenge Instructions were, "Write down your hunger levels on a scale from 1-10 (1 being not at all hungry, 10 being extremely hungry)." This was to help us see how much longer high fiber foods keep us feeling full and how it stabilized blood sugar. <BR> <BR> It also made me aware of ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:40:01 EST Frustrations at the end zone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089415 I don't spend enough time thinking about all that I have done, so it surprised me to do the basic math. I was 225 lbs - or more! - when I delivered my son in May. It could be more because the scale was not my friend towards the end. That, and it was hard to see the numbers over my belly <em>20<... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:36:52 EST Day 7!!! BOTH Streaks Going Strong But Considering One Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089414 TODAY, is a SUPER good day! Not for the streaks though they are worthy of praise and how well I feel! NO long want any starlite mints or tic-tacs! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> What makes this SO <em>345</em> today is my Quicken is not DONE and gave me NO trouble though I WORRIED for two days... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:35:29 EST Cleansing my mind daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089413 This helps me to be more focused. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:33:06 EST Home studying for a 3 hour assessment test. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089412 I can tell you that studying is truly for the young at heart. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:31:37 EST I finally enjoy cooking. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089411 I really like to eat only my prepared meals that I cook. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:29:29 EST getting back on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089410 Time to get back to it. Focus on eating exercise and Jesus and having a good life Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:28:49 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089409 Wow. Another four pounds down this week, I never thought that actually seeing downward movement on the scale would be this motivating. I find myself stopping before eating to think about whether or not I'm actually hungry or if I would rather wait. I'm thinking about how to squeeze in a litt... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:27:59 EST Treasures Hidden In God's Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089408 It's easy to read a few Bible verses and think we're done for the day, but we miss so much when we don't slow down, and revisit our steps, and look for the treasure God always has for us in His Word. My friend, Jesus is waiting to meet us in the pages of Scripture. And His jewels of peace, grace,... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:25:32 EST I am doing great http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089407 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/47029b2f-afd2-4c01-9040-95126da98bb9.jpg"> <BR> It's been two weeks.I have been using the Spark app. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:24:25 EST Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089406 Hi my name is candida and I've been struggling with my weight all my life by the time I was a teenager I had it under control but throughout the years a lot of things has cause me to stumble and fall and gain a lot of the weight I lost...the last three years I have lost 130 gain 50 back so my go... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:24:23 EST I just have to do this . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089405 Work has been very stressful and when I saw this on Pinterest I couldn't help my self . . . . <BR> by the way - it's going on my white board at work <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e89a752b-a3a9-4948-8d51-81f23d098280.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:22:38 EST Potassium http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089403 So I've just started tracking my food this week and have gotten a wake up call about how many empty calories I eat. Some days I've gotten less than 400 potassium, when the Rd a is 3500! Thank goodness for celery and bananas! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:17:29 EST Agggghhhh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089402 I dont feel like I am going anywhere with my weight. I really really need to get on the ball and I am slacking. I need the motivation and I need to stop being hungry all the time. I really really want this for myself. Then why am I not going anywhere with it???? Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:12:56 EST Challenging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089401 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7b554532-06c2-49a0-ad73-ee2e44702c56.jpg"> <BR> It is very hard to lose this weight, but I won't give up! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:12:54 EST My new World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089400 Greeting all. As I said in previous blogs, I had to recenter. But then I realize that is the one thing about life. It is messy! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8faf751e-a8cf-4792-bbc9-03cdefbd5028.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am checking my tracking and planning since I am starting the 2n... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:12:21 EST Weekly goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089399 5 solid days of exercise, staying in a healthy eating plan especially tomorrow during the super bowl. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:06:36 EST Starting a 90 day challenge at my gym! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089398 Today was my weigh in day for this new 90 day challenge. I've decided to go with my body composition rather than pure weight loss. I did that because for me, I can lose body fat and gain muscle mass. And I've been doing that since Dec. I was at 46% body fat originally and now I'm at 42% body fat.... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:03:43 EST Chocolate Cake For Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089397 No, this isn't me. I really don't advocate chocolate cake for breakfast. <BR> <BR> But an interesting research study found that people who ate some of their favorite foods, including dessert at breakfast time, actually lost more weight after 32 weeks than their counterparts on a low-carb diet. ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 16:02:59 EST Super Bowl Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089396 We are having a Super Bowl party at my apartment tomorrow. A friend is bringing most of the food. He dropped off some of it an hour ago, shrimp cocktail, tortilla chips and spinach dip. When the friend dropped off the food this morning he said he would be back later with more. I love junk food an... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:58:58 EST The Big Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089395 As you already know, Sundae and I are faithful walkers. The only days I have missed are if I was out-of-town or if it was pouring. Though even in the rain, we did get out to walk usually. <BR> <BR> Because we walk the same path 2 miles every morning, I have become accustomed to familiar faces a... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:57:12 EST Day 231 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089394 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/29a6a91a-3976-4589-80af-45583ab615b2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you read my last blog, you will remember the sour mood I was in. Well, it moved on in to yesterday morning when I went out to do chores with my husband. I was tired, cranky, and uninterested ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:53:49 EST Day 6 My brain is fried http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089393 So, I have spent the majority of the day trying to figure out Paleo without breaking the bank. I have come to the conclusion that I am not eating grain fed beef or free range chickens. I am meal planning which is easy to do, planning the groceries and making meals ahead because the family does n... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:53:42 EST Weigh In Follies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089392 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d0512af-51c1-415a-80a1-36d7b353dbef.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Watch out for that tricky woman at weigh-in behind you! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:53:29 EST Keep going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089391 We can all do this!!!! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:44:53 EST Goals for 2016!!! modified to fit me this this year. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089390 Even though it was long in coming I did get myself started eating healthier and doing minimal exercise the last few months of 2015. My past goals are as followed: <BR> <BR> ~I want to exercise because i want to not to burn off calories i ate in a panic. (I did this!) <BR> ~I want to bike to work... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:43:03 EST Handling a Minor Set Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089389 I knew at some point this day would come. I stepped on to the scale for my weekly weight check and wham! Instead of losing any, I actually gained three pounds. I like to describe moments like this as an ugh, grrr. sigh kind of moment. <BR> <BR> Ugh...That moment when your heart drops into your s... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:39:25 EST The Kentucky Wildcats are playing Florida today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089388 The cats are playing at 3 central time. Maybe they will win their 17th game. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:39:25 EST The Kentucky Wildcats are playing Florida today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089387 The cats are playing at 3 central time. Maybe they will win their 17th game. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:39:25 EST Gahhh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089386 Gained 8 ounces this week! Really?! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:36:46 EST When it is all taken away, I AM all that remains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089384 Two years since my last checking into the site. I thought about changing my name and pretending that I'm a brand new person to spare myself the humiliation of knowing how poorly I have lived my life and how meaningless my words really are. But I'm a historian at heart and I can't ever try to hi... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:34:31 EST Week #5 Back To Work & School, 20 lbs down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089383 February 1st was the start of new beginnings for me. I started a new job and the work for Semester 2 started. It was a tough week!!! I had assignments up to my hairline and I got no more than 4 hours sleep at nights. <BR> <BR> i did not meal prep last weekend, so I had to buy lunch. I made dece... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:30:30 EST 15 minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089382 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/14d837d2-8884-43d1-9867-b317a7f8d30d.jpg"> <BR> I have to start small in order for to make big steps.. I was not doing any exercise. So here goes . This is day 3 and each day I make a part of my day to walk 15 minutes. . How many minutes do you wal... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:29:37 EST Stand Up for God and do not loose your flavor... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089381 This is my little thing for today.. May you stand on a rock and never on shifting sand.. Learn from those who deny you to say no and keep going forward.. and shake the dust from your feet and keep your faith in the one who laid his life for you.. Do not straddle the fence and stand your ground.. ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:28:56 EST Week One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089380 I have made it through my first week back and am pleased with my success. Dropping 12 pounds is a great result for my efforts. I know the first week we always loose the most and I am not expecting to loose that much each week but it has given me the incentive to keep going. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:27:16 EST Under 400 calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089379 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/972b1af4-babd-4d17-ad0e-f1dfb957f587.jpg"> <BR> Taco time!! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:25:54 EST Do it for you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089378 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/81ecbb31-bb09-43e0-acee-af27293bfaa8.jpg"> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:23:49 EST Under 300 calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089377 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2aae5cef-abb0-486f-ae12-4ec324c5f72b.jpg"> <BR> Mmm Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:22:29 EST Living young http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089374 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/69c97c2d-2b1c-49ee-9a44-da531e7384fa.jpg"> <BR> Here's to living young at the age of 59= Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:12:02 EST Ch ch changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089373 I got the job! After talking it over with hubby and the changes it would mean in our lives since I've been at home for about a year now (which we both love) and especially since I can't drive, we decided I should accept the offer. This is going to mean changes on top of changes for me. I am just ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:11:21 EST February 5 Accountability - Ready for some R & R http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089372 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1111e796-76b9-49a8-a8d3-bd2afdee9968.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's how I did for Friday, February 5 -- <BR> <em>296</em> Scripture reading before checking cell phone. <BR> <em>248</em> Eat 100 calories fewer than I burn daily. I ate 2,005, burne... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:11:14 EST Saturday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089371 We've had a sunny day, it's on the cool side, but no rain or snow so a second good day for the movers packing up DD & SIL's to get ready for their move next week to OH, I am so glad the weather is quiet right now. <BR> <BR> GD stopped by before lunch today, she seems to be doing ok, she'll go ba... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:11:03 EST Filling in the blanks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089370 I'm am grateful for my health because I lost once Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:09:15 EST good thing about going full time at work.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089369 I will be getting more exercise at work. of course, I may end up getting called in (like today), or staying over. The exercise will be nice. And the money for better food. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:08:25 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089368 made it to one grocery store, got to the second and they were out of hot wings. Arranged to pick some up tomorrow morning <BR> <BR> So rather than continuing to shop there I came home and am relaxing home with my knitting Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:02:45 EST I am finally making this work.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089367 Routines - <BR> My laundry is done (wash, dried, folded, and put away) on a regular basis. There are no longer mountains to erupt. <BR> Except for the dining room table, places are staying decluttered. <BR> I am going to the school's fitness center each Monday between classes. <BR> <BR> Must... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 15:01:35 EST Calories in..Calories out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089365 I am really just using basic math. Take in calories...energy use calorie...use energy. This my friends is a circle of life. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:56:03 EST Day 996 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089364 Gym Day. Did 5 of 7 exercises. Feeling good. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:50:43 EST The weekends are so hard! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089363 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8d796106-6a4b-4ba9-bb0f-d0a50a24427e.jpg"> Forgot to blog thurs and fri. Here's my fri off to work photo... What's special about this? I was up at 4 am to make time for walking on the tredmill and the new addition of yoga! Our office held a "go red... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:49:42 EST Quote of the Day 2/6/2016: Recognizing Humanity Tributes Yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089362 _________ <BR> <BR> "In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute." <BR> ~Thurgood Marshall, first African American on the U.S. Supreme Court <BR> _________ <BR> <BR> First, we must ask ourselves, "What does it mean to be human? What is humanity?" That ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:48:00 EST well it's true http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089361 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0c866a71-a9e8-4459-8497-831c32cda3b3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I see oodles exercise minutes my friends are tallying up! <BR> 250 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 <BR> <BR> No slogan required... I'll just slink off now- <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> ... ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:47:38 EST Body in Shock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089359 For years I have been having problems with my knees, hips, and back. I felt so much pain after I exercised so I would take a break. Of course, the pain subsided a few weeks thereafter. It was a vicious cycle. Exercise, pain, rest, no pain. So eventually I stopped and found out I had lupus. ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:40:55 EST Day 2 of a 30 day workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089358 Today I completed day 2 of a 30 day workout for Squats, Sit-ups and Push ups. And ive been trying to calorie count as much as I can, it'll be interesting to see if i will feel a difference in a few days time. Just need to stay focused and motivated to carry on and not snack on sweets (which is ha... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:40:22 EST One month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089357 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/46e0d079-10bd-479e-b285-49ebabdd93c7.jpg"> <BR> One month of following spark app 11.69 inches and 10lbs gone :-) Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:39:50 EST Working out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089356 Finally started working out. It is a bit hard with 3 Syncope conditions that cause random fainting but I got a system down! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:38:41 EST Got motivated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089355 I got motivated and burn 350 calories! Now I dont have to feel guilty! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:38:11 EST 10% for myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089354 Today I'm thinking about my goals. Not just to lose weight and be healthier but where I want to go from here. <BR> <BR> I'm stuck. I've lived my life for others for so long. I think I stopped living. <BR> <BR> I want to be independent again. I want to have friends again. Maybe even date again.... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:38:08 EST convinced http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089353 Sometimes seeing is believing. I saw now I know for a year I have eat a 1300 cal diet and was not stared I know how to eat to live . So living is what I will do 124 lbs to go . Stand back I'm comming back strong Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:37:40 EST A Trophy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089352 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/57cf6271-d0a2-4fec-ac62-26a4c3db6144.jpg"> I've never really had a "minutes per month goal" and I certainly never TRIED as hard as I do now. I have been more diligent with doing SOMETHING every single day for the last couple of weeks. I love the t... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:36:32 EST SO BE IT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089351 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7117d167-1a9b-481f-b7ea-c21df6e32506.jpg"> Our problem is that we make the mistake of comparing ourselves with other people. You are not inferior or superior to any human being... You do not determine your success by comparing yourselves to other... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:35:32 EST Saturday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089350 It is very cold today and we got another accumulation of snow yesterday. I am guesstimating about a couple inches, but it was so windy, it blew right off the roads. There is a lot of black ice on the roads. <BR> We went to the fruit market and back home, no other stops to make today and I got t... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:35:09 EST Don't let anyone hold you back, even you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089349 Sometiems we hold ourselves back without even realizing it... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:33:29 EST Binge day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089348 Yesterday, I relax ate things that were unhealthy. Went over my calories. Today, I will face temptation, not allow ONE DAY to offset all the progress. I started by drinking water to flush all the garbage I put in my system. I went to the Y and worked out. I feel better already. If you have a bad ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:28:40 EST All Good Things Come In Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089347 I started my spark journey January 6, 2016. The first week went ok, the second was even better. After that, I watched the scale yo-yo. One day I was down 2 lbs and then up 3. The next day I was down 3 and back up again. Today is exaxtly 30 days later. I am drinking water like a fish, very excited... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:26:05 EST Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089346 Today I feel amazing. I have energy. I feel good. I look great. And I came across this today... <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d6c82eae-8f70-4fe1-888a-30c43e1ffa04.jpg"> Doing my best to stay motivated during the weekend. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:23:59 EST I Think I'm Falling In Love! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089345 I just finished my second week at the YWCA. Those of you that follow PEP I'm sure are sick and tired of hearing me talk about it. <em>41</em> I'm sorry, but I'm just excited! I didn't get to go everyday like I wanted to. But, I did go all the days I wasn't babysitting or running errands. ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:23:53 EST Today I am a BMI of 32.5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089344 I weighed in today. I am 172 lbs. I worked strenuously to burn off that pound. My goal is to lose 3 more pounds this month. My rewards today are my size Large misses shirts in the basement. My goal when I reach 169 lbs is a 38 b bra! Woo hoo! I can shop at Victoria Secrets now! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:15:55 EST HEALTHY LUNCH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089343 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6eb206b3-7381-4bde-8c30-a69baef763c2.jpg"> <BR> Baked flounder with cole slaw salad mmm...yummy= Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:14:03 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089342 I'm thankful... 1. That we didn't lose power in the snow storm 2. That my husband has a kind heart 3. That my kids are healthy Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:13:59 EST Pre workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089341 Most days nothing, but long cardio days go for banana or peanut butter toast. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:13:18 EST Being home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089340 What an amazing thing to be sleeping in my own bed again. Yes the bed is old and awful and we need a new one, but despite all this, it's home, it's mine. There are many reliefs like this every time I come home and it's always amazing. There is a lot going on with the prospects of moving and th... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:13:00 EST How much weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089339 I'm just wondering how much weight people are looking to loose? How are people rewarding their efforts? Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:12:27 EST Home alone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089338 My husband and daughter are out for the day leaving me home with the baby. I hate cooking for one. We never eat our left overs so I feel like its a waist of food to make something just for me cause most of it will end up in the trash... so with that thought fueling my eating decisions for the day... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:09:59 EST When your other half is home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089337 Does anyone else take a rest day when you other half is home from work?? I just can't work out when my boyfriend is home. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:07:27 EST Great workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089336 You know you have had a great workout when every inch of your body is feeling the burn. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:03:40 EST Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089335 Feeling like "what I put into today, I'll get out". So I need to put out best I can...Carpe Diem <BR> <BR> <em>386</em> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 14:02:36 EST Motivated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089334 Went out today to buy some workout clothes I workout at home I use burn to the beat on YouTube and it is working I have small children so it's hard to go to the gym Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:59:36 EST GREAT DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089333 Was feeling yuck yesterday and did not exercise as scheduled. This morning went for routine blood work and then out for breakfast with my mom. We shared a veggie omlet. I did indulge in a few home fries (and logged them) and had 1 slice of dry rye toast. Then late morning took a 3 1/2 mile wa... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:59:36 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089332 enjoying a beautiful Saturday and spending time with my wife and daughter. <BR> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:57:19 EST Weekends are actually easier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089331 I've found it 100x easier to avoid sugar today. I went out and brought a new cookbook by Sarah Wilson, who is the "creator" I suppose of the 8 week sugar free program I'll try to follow after I get through the 3 week Spark programme. The recipes look fuss free and easy enough, and she's even supp... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:56:34 EST A Recipe / Ranting on Gluten / Solutions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089330 <BR> Well last night's salsa chicken was a hit. You can find it on the spark recipes site. So much flavor and so easy to make! We even had it for breakfast and we still have more. The recipe had a slight bit of dairy (dairy is not paleo) but I'm ok with that. I included the link at the bo... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:55:59 EST Silly Saturday =) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089328 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9eaba35e-1590-46bc-b48c-96a7d8f15dc1.jpg"> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:53:07 EST NEW Fitness Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089327 Completing one of the daily tasks on a SP challenge, I established the following goals: <BR> <BR> 30 day goal (March 6) <BR> <BR> 1 more push up in fit test <BR> 1 more crunch in fit test <BR> HR improve by 10-15 seconds <BR> lose 4 more lbs. <BR> <BR> May 16th goal <BR> <BR> 2 more push ups ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:49:42 EST Puzzle Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089326 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/045d5f73-cecf-4f45-8654-81d4d40b0809.jpg"> <BR> If I do my puzzle I won't think of snacking. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:41:17 EST Feeling better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089325 Week 2 on predizone and I was able to cut the med's in half super happy. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:37:25 EST Cold and rainy day . . . Guess I'll read some Spark articles. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089324 After week one down, and a good beginning I was going to get outside today and walk around the neighborhood. Sadly it is cold, windy and raining. That is not a good combo in Florida. Have trad several good articles on Spark though, so not a bad day so far. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:37:07 EST Because... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089323 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8a18f0f4-89d1-4796-82ef-c3a3ebe322c2.jpg"> <BR> Everyone has some hard days Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:36:14 EST P90X Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089322 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fdc3cfb5-f973-4317-9922-d5ceee78e040.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm very happy with myself today. Not only did I wake up right when my alarm went off this morning. I was excited to do my workout. Cardio X is the second video in the P90X Lean program and I RO... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:35:52 EST And, she's off.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089321 Joining SparkPeople has been an impulsive decision. I've been a member of Slimming World for a few months, but it's just not my thing. Being such an introvert, I do almost everything better alone, so I don't really know what I was thinking by joining a group. I got some good information and motiv... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:30:20 EST MovinOnDown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089320 Do you guys have ANY idea what a terrific day this is going to be? I'm going to try circuit training (did I mention I have a DNR), give the dog a bath and pick up a Fitbit for my little girl (still need one for my son so holler if you know where to find a cheap one!). Need to make my nutritiou... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:27:53 EST HEY !! WAIT A MINUTE !! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089319 I THOUGHT I SENT A BLOG !! DAHH <em>100</em> WELL I HAVE NO GLAUCOMA HAD <em>40</em> DIALATED 2 IN 3 DAYS. I AM O.K. BUT HAVE TO BACK IN JUNE. NEW GLASSES AND BACK TO <em>418</em> AND A WEEK WITHOUT IT MADE ME FEEL REALLY NOT BEING PART OF THE GROUP. DOING MORE <em>311</em> GONTHER'... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:25:09 EST Rough day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089318 Don't want to get out of my chair, I am so tired. I have not missed a day of walking 10k steps a day since I for my fitbit, it's been 12 days, I'm really struggling today. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:22:48 EST Day 69... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089317 3rd day of ww momentum and I woke up 1.6 pounds lighter. I'll take it! Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:17:02 EST Tracking Discovery! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089316 While tracking my food intake every day, I made a huge discovery! <BR> <BR> My fiber intake sucks! I went shopping this morning and found some soluble flax seed plus fiber that I'll start putting in my Almased shakes! It has 5g of fiber per tablespoon..so that'll help! <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:16:59 EST So far so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089315 So far so good Working on wedding stuff this morning. The boutineers my headpiece guest registry and cake knife and server are all finished. Very simple. Want to finish up the wedding bouquets Just have the pearl dew drops to put on them. After that I have 30 wine glasses to wrap lace and ribbon... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:08:41 EST A Couple Ideas for Healthy Superbowl Snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089314 So today I'm going to post some of my favorite healthier snacks for watching football, just in case anyone one is still looking for something to munch on tomorrow or is stumped on what they should bring to a party tomorrow. <BR> <BR> First up is some awesome lightened up Spinach and Artichoke Di... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:07:41 EST This is ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089313 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/81c2d9f5-67e6-42f1-9691-9d95c595c39c.jpg"> <BR> A good day so far!! : Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:04:19 EST Try not to come from places of "lack" or "fear" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089312 Hi all! I haven't blogged in awhile. However, this week, the themes that keep coming up for me when speaking with friends and family is the concepts of "lack" and "fear". I pride myself on staying away from these states of mind because they do not allow the goodness to flow in our direction. ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:03:49 EST An Extra Hour A Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089311 I would probably read! I love to read! But because I need to fit some exercise in everyday, rather than "sit" to read I could listen to one of my Audible books will walking outdoors. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 13:00:38 EST Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089310 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1341b1bb-909f-439d-98ae-b7bef7906a8d.jpg"> <BR> It's gonna be a bad calorie day. Birthday party then going out for a celebration. Gonna try using these products to help me not gain any weight. Anyone use these? Will using these just today make a di... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:57:44 EST I dyed my hair bright red http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089309 I dyed my hair red Thursday night for American Heart Association Wear Red to Work Day Friday. I had fun making jokes and posing for pictures with all my coworkers about something that is not actually very funny. However, the bigger decision to dye my hair was actually a decision to embrace my bod... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:56:49 EST Musings on connections http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089308 Yesterday, it felt like a cement truck hit my chest. <BR> <BR> A couple weeks ago, I notice my friend number on Facebook went down. Yes, I'm someone who notices that. It's one of those things for me - if I hadn't lived in so many places, I'd have a very small list. It's not huge, but it's a... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:56:18 EST Predisposed to diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089307 A number of persons on both sides of my family have diabetes. I need to do better Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:54:40 EST 2 Veggie Breakfast Challenge Redux day 83 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089306 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4b13b350-e923-48e7-af87-f762e968e293.jpg"> <BR> Spinach artisan salad with feta and beets. Black bean, corn butternut and tomato soup Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:53:49 EST Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Drumsticks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089305 Hello Sparkfamily, My kids favorite part of the chicken are the drumsticks so guess what? Take a peek! <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7650e59a-0a5d-4903-aaff-604d2a5e9d2d.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 Tbsps fresh lime juice, plus wedges for s... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:52:37 EST Veggie stock made with scrap veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089304 Veggie stock made with scrap veggies <BR> <BR> I thought that making stock (or both) would be really hard. Then I started reading how easy it is to make especially when you use the pressure cooker. <BR> <BR> Well then I just didn’t have the heart to use the good veggie to make the stock. <BR> ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:49:44 EST Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089303 Staying under 40 grams net carbs Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:49:20 EST Life stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089302 Idk what to even say... Last Thursday I was at 222 and then bs happened and I have to force myself to eat anything. I've been eating, and trying to stay in the goals, but I just feel like I'm gonna get sick most of the time. I think it's depression related. I'm seeing a therapist about the bs and... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:49:01 EST To make the internal stage powerful is to be protected.  http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089301 To make the internal stage powerful is to be protected.  Situations and challenges will continue to challenge me, but when I am strong from within I am able to withstand and move forward with every challenge. I need to work on making myself stronger at each step. When I have weaknesses, even a s... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:48:51 EST Day off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089300 I talked to a good friend who has lost about 100lbs over the last 2 years. He took one day each week off. He said it gave him something to look forward to which kept him on track the other 6 days. Eat what you want with the option of making better choices. Gonna see how it goes. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:47:32 EST Hello SparkPeople! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089299 My introduction to Spark People came from a Dietitian that had in the past helped me on a weight loss journey. I was successful then, however a husband on life-support derailed anything I was doing for myself and put me on the path of go to work, go to the hospital or Nursing Home or take care o... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:45:46 EST A little first for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089298 I was hungry but it wasn't lunchtime. I made a cup of coffee, and then mixed Halo mandarin orange slices into a container of nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt. I ate half of it and realized I wasn't hungry anymore, so I put the rest back in the fridge. That has never happened to me before! I was nev... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:44:37 EST Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089297 Discouraged up 2 lbs and I don't understand it.. feeling like I will never reach my goal...what kind of work out should I do? Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:43:04 EST Very Happy With Results So Far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089296 Today is Day 37. So far, I have done well with keeping my caloric intake at or around 1200 a day. I am very pleased with the 10.6 pounds I have lost, since Jan 1st of this year. I have 50-55 pounds to go for my ideal weight, where I feel my best, but trying to not think of that too much, just th... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:37:34 EST Breakfast and protein http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089295 I am not a huge breakfast eater. I never have been; even as a child. I am really trying to do a better job. So yesterday I got up and went to body sculpt at 6am. I made a protein shake for after with 1 scoop powder, 1 c milk , 1T peanut butter and a banana. I was hungry within an hr after & was h... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:35:31 EST Seven miles on ice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089294 We are up to seven miles on the so-called "long" runs. With the snow storm that blew through here in the lower 30's temps, there has been melting and re-freezing. The Thursday Red Dress Dash saw a few very ugly blocks where the downtown property owners had not cleared the walks. <BR> <BR> So... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:34:46 EST Honey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089293 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bee7f1ce-6b54-4ec4-b2de-dd6f8e44907a.jpg"> <BR> Going grocery shopping with my husband. I have a list and a plan. It is like shopping with a 2 yr old. I have a list sort of an order. He fits like a bee. Isn't happy if I don't approve. He is an e... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:31:54 EST Honey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089292 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0322451a-7f3e-445f-ba32-a0b7586350b9.jpg"> <BR> Going grocery shopping with my husband. I have a list and a plan. It is like shopping with a 2 yr old. I have a list sort of an order. He fits like a bee. Isn't happy if I don't approve. He is an e... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:31:39 EST Mom update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089291 I'm so happy to report that mom has been upgraded to stable and improving. <em>243</em> Doctors says if all continues this way she might be sent back to nursing home tomorrow. <em>345</em> We are so happy and stunned by her miraculous recovery. We had said our good byes and all my siblings ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:27:14 EST HELP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089290 I'm a 61 year old great grandmother that has reached the 300lb mark I'm trying to raise 6 of my grandkids that has no one else I need to make it 11 more years for the youngest one to be grown I worry so much about what will happen to them if I'm not here because they have no one else my problem i... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:24:48 EST Happy Anniversary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089289 Super mushy blog post today... Celebrating one year of being engaged tonight! My fiancýe is the most amazing man (besides my dad) that I have ever known. He is always there for me in the good times and bad. He is 100% my cheerleader and partner through this weight loss journey and together we a... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:24:29 EST Fear of Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089288 As someone who lives with anxiety there are many things I'm afraid of, but the one that holds me back the most is fear of success. With success comes more responsibility and how can I handle more responsibility when I can't handle the responsibilities I have now?! And I've self fulfilled the prop... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:24:06 EST A Winter Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089287 Lakota and I went for a walk with a friend along the bosque. The weather this morning is only 27, but supposed to warm up to 50 (maybe??). I'm going to spend the day gathering documents to do my taxes and then study some - oh and get groceries, and then work on some pictures I took yesterday so I... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:20:09 EST Exercise interrupted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089286 So, yesterday I got home from work later than usual. Then I had to take my daughter to her school dance and pick her up afterward. Somewhere in there, I realized I had not fit in my exercise. At first I was disappointed because I had faithfully exercised every day for 2 whole weeks. I'm the kind ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:17:51 EST Getting nearer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089285 As of this morning I am 20 pounds away from my goal. I started at 348 and am at 215 today. It's been a long journey and I'm almost where I want to be. You would think is be excited, however, this is not the first time I've done this. Back in 2010 I lost 165 pounds to run in a marathon. Then the p... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:16:15 EST Day 2 of pre-surgery fast & surgery-related books I'm reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089283 Day 3 of the liquid diet and I'm doing fine. I was head-achey and cranky the first couple of days but today is much better. In fact, I feel better in my body than I have in a long time. Surprising. I didn't expect it, but I welcome it. <BR> <BR> Got on the scale this morning. Jan 16th: 248... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:14:04 EST Woo Hoo Weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089281 Down 3lbs this week yay Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:12:35 EST God http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089279 I know there are a lot of atheist out on the world but...... My life is so much better since o found God. Just saying. To each his own, but this is my own Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:09:50 EST How to Make Those CALORIES WORK FOR YOU! ~A Few Tips~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089278 Being on SP quite a while has its perks~for one, learning to put all the food tracked INTO my cupboard and USE it! Some of the foods that have helped me in which I get NUTRITION IN and LESS CALORIES OUT is..... <BR> <BR> LIQUIDS~WATER ~Drink MORE TEA ~0 calories <BR> ~Unsweetened ALMOND MILK {SI... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:03:33 EST Water, water and more water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089277 I been drinking like 16 cups of water a day... With frozen fruit in it ... So good and the original vitamin water:) Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:03:27 EST PFISHER34 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089276 Well today is Saturday and doing great on the intake of sweets. Going outside today and do a little of yard work. It is in the 50's here in sunny Florida. Well every body have a great day. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 12:00:30 EST Time & Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089275 Had a wonderful nights rest. I left the laptop in the car and sent my dog to my mother's. <BR> Got up made a batch of cookies and top some of them out with me for delivery. Soursop and I went out for our Nassau Hike. On the way, I drop of one set of cookies to a friend. After our hike took ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:59:37 EST Another State, Another Adjustment Period http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089274 I came back to Alabama on Thursday. I am definitely feeling torn and a little discombublated. I enjoyed my time with my Mom. For the first time in the last 3 years someone actually told me that now they see what I have been doing for her and how good I do it. It was wonderful to finally have ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:58:48 EST Spark coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089273 The best part of my day today so far has been sleeping in, which rarely happens. I'm usually up by 4 am lol. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:57:55 EST Saturday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089272 Just finished 2 difficult cakes. one was carved, otherwise not bad. the other..ARGH. it is for a little ones birthday..some cartoon or something named CARS. the logo gave me fits..it was on short notice. i ususally make 3 logos..in case of breakage or smears or whatever..but she only ordered it m... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:57:43 EST Blech! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089271 I had a cheat meal last night and felt yucky afterwards. It wasn't even enjoyable, just made me feel tired and bloated! This morning I made a healthy smoothie and I feel waay better. Anyone relate? Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:57:42 EST Green Breakfast No Ham http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089270 Today I awoke wanting pancakes for breakfast. The thought had been wafting through my mind on and off for a few days but this morning it was intense. <BR> <BR> Ah yes...PAN-CAKES! (Imagine the voice of Homer Simpson saying this.) <BR> <BR> But, one doesn't just have pancakes. There is the but... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:57:10 EST Green Breakfast No Ham http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089269 Today I awoke wanting pancakes for breakfast. The thought had been wafting through my mind on and off for a few days but this morning it was intense. <BR> <BR> Ah yes...PAN-CAKES! (Imagine the voice of Homer Simpson saying this.) <BR> <BR> But, one doesn't just have pancakes. There is the but... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:57:10 EST Pain - What A Motivator! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089268 I've seen it over and over again - pain is a GREAT motivator! Unfortunately it's more effective than anything else to get me to make lifestyle changes. <BR> <BR> For the past few weeks, my feet have been hurting more and more frequently, and the last 2 days I've been nearly hobbling when I walk ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:56:34 EST New year, new start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089267 So hello, everyone! I'm a bit late, but you know how they say, better late then never, right? So i've just downloaded this amazing app, and it's so easy to use! It makes my life a lot easier- and it takes a way a lot of my usual excusses^^ So, this is just a quick hello to all of you! I'm here ag... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:55:59 EST Rosebubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089265 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9aaa4f08-1ee7-4111-8bdd-527b5df62932.jpg"> <BR> It will be worth it all. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:51:02 EST Disappointed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089264 Bad surprise this a.m. when I did my weekly weigh-in. The scale says I GAINED 5 lbs. I had a cheat meal Thursday but the rest of the week I stayed within my calorie limits. Is it possible I misread the scale last week or wrote down the wrong number? I can't believe I actually gained 5#. And it's ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:50:49 EST Nothing more to say http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089263 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e499aaa6-b78e-4789-a329-14179ed30383.jpg"> <BR> Staying focused. I am staying motivated, keeping on track with my program and eating healthy. Anticipating weigh in tomorrow. Hoping for that number to continue to go down... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:49:11 EST opps, couldn't add a new class this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089259 I keep Tues am for the procrastination items that need to be done, and my goal is to do what needs to be done for the rest of the week at another time so I can do some movement <BR> <BR> Well, I got a parking ticket at a meter and I'm usually good at finding a free spot, but it didn't happen on ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:44:35 EST Saturday thoughts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089258 Good Saturday morning to you all, a REALLY foggy one here. Can't hardly see across the road. Was going to the meat locker, 40 miles away, and pick up out quarter of beef, but guess that will have to wait until Monday. Will that every taste good, and it was about time BIL butchered, was down to... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:43:34 EST Mardi Gras and Super Bowl weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089257 WE are up early on this cool sunshiny morning with our grandsons who just arrived for the day. It is the last Sunday before Ash Wednesday and Super Bowl Sunday all rolled into one busy weekend with many Mardi Gras activities going on around us. Keeping focused for more success. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:41:59 EST New Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089256 Funny you start off with great aspirations but, life puts obstacles in front of you and you fail. Well, prayers and patience are helping me out. Good news my job is moving! Away from negativity and towards empowering all involved. This move more stairs to climb up and down and less poison and ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:39:16 EST Successful People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089255 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/36d58f5f-4805-4128-86ec-1f61d393dcd1.png"> <BR> <BR> "Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them." <BR> <BR> - Jack Canfield <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:38:07 EST Week in Review 2.6.16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089254 This week was a good week at work, but a bad week at keeping up with some of my habits. <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise - I actually did ok, but last Sunday I didn't exercise at all. I have been planning to work out for 30 minutes on Sat. and Sun. but just didn't on Sunday. I didn't get my house cleaned e... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:37:47 EST Jigsaw Puzzle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089253 Losing weight is a lot like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. It is eating the right foods, balancing the calories, working on fitness, and staying motivated. They each have a place and they each have to fit in my lifestyle. <BR> <BR> It helps when I am enjoying putting the pieces together but... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:36:59 EST Goals... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089252 I have decided to try something a little different to keep me accountable. I am going to start making goals for myself each week. I am still trying to get back into the groove and find my niche so to speak. To help curb my eating out of boredom I start focusing on studying and crafting. <BR> <B... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:36:29 EST Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089251 I can't believe it (well I can). But tracking what I eat has really helped and I've only been doing it for three days. I don't always get everything logged into the spark app but even keeping it in mind has helped me make better choices on what I eat and drink! I know it's a small step but small ... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:34:06 EST For me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089250 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bd4e1d42-6b21-4a16-b203-e421df465f7e.jpg"> <BR> I'm starting this long journey to become better for me and only me. I have told a dear friend that he must find himself first before he can be happy in life and then it hit me like a load of bricks th... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:33:56 EST Miracle Miles Review - DVDs 1 & 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089249 I'm finally getting around to doing these workouts. For those that are unfamiliar with the program, Leslie Sansone put together a program that includes 5 DVDs (can also be downloaded), a Miracle Miles band, and other accompanying information. <BR> <BR> More info can be found here: <BR> <link>... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:31:57 EST Want To Be Happy? Give Your Life Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089248 Want To Be Happy? Give Your Life Away <BR> BY RICK WARREN — FEBRUARY 6, 2016 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ba90f01-6cc4-431d-8a55-572ea399630e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> God wired the universe so that happiness does not come from status, salary, sex, or success. Happiness com... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:29:29 EST How to Help Keep Your Pet Healthy for Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089247 <link>www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/pr<BR>eventive-care-tips-to-help-keep-your-d<BR>ogs-and-cats-healthy-for-life?WT.mc_id<BR>=Email;NewsLetter;Petwire;Feb-3;Popula<BR>r_blog_posts </link> Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:28:22 EST Fit or fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089246 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2aa987b5-1068-4261-9ea7-dceefb0409f2.jpg"> I think sometimes I focus too much on these terms. My goal is to be healthy and feel good. Mede the effort today. Treadclimber workout first thing this morning. Now planning meals for the week. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:28:20 EST "I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be." - Douglas Adams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089245 This one gave me pause. It seems that so many times during my lifetime I've started out with intentions to reach a certain point, but something always came up to veer me off my intended course. Many times the detour would cause me great stress; "Why did this have to happen NOW? This is NOT what I... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:28:10 EST Jan. 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089244 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7208fbe-e307-4fe2-8388-f6935359844b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Morning Bible- Numbers 28-31 <em>248</em> <BR> Exercise-60 minutes <em>248</em> <BR> Calories- Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:28:01 EST Enjoying my family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089243 Today my family is celebrating my niece quinceanera(15) party with a mass and later dinner and dancing later.I am going to enjoy myself today. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:25:53 EST Just for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089242 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ab7db52-d9a5-4c8a-abc9-ef1f754249c0.jpg"> Just for today: I will seek the support of others like me; harmony with others in my community; and the care of my Higher Power. I can’t, but we can. Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:24:49 EST More San Francisco http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089241 Got back last night from San Francisco to more snow. We did a lot of walking that I will be hard pressed to meet halfway once back at work. I will do my best to get the 10,000 in! <BR> A few more things we did in San Francisco was climb the streets again to the Coit Tower and took the elevato... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:23:20 EST Taking It Day By Day and Loving It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089240 Hello! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a great start to the weekend! I was sick this week, so I am so happy that I am on my way to feeling better. <BR> <BR> I had a lot of downtime to think on some things while I was sick. I noticed that I was getting nervous and anxious be... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:21:55 EST Hmmm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6089239 Yesterday was just kinda random for me, couldn't keep track of much. Today I am to figure out if I am really craving sugary things or is it habit. I honestly think, since I don't eat a lot of things just because they are sweet, that it's a craving. I love fruit and veggies, not because it's sweet... Sat, 6 Feb 2016 11:20:10 EST