SparkPeople Member Blogs These are the most recent public blog entries from SparkPeople Members. SparkPeople Member Blogs Blessings, July 29, 2014 My goal is to list at least three blessings every day. <BR> Here are today's blessings: <BR> <BR> 1. Reaching for a new goal of meeting my activity challenge each day. Depending on my activity that is 15000 - 18000 steps a day. Two days strong. <BR> <BR> 2. I have my religion curriculum or... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:58:33 EST Sorry stats. July. I apologize. Body, I apologize for the month of July. My stats are terrible. I am pleased that I have managed to avoid gaining weight, so that's something. I am not happy with my cardio for this month, but instead of focusing on that, let me tell you a little story about the girl who c... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:56:08 EST Motivation It's funny how a mere 5lb weight loss can motivate you to keep going. I know I don't have that much to lose, but every pound lost gives me such confidence. My husband and kids have been making fun of me for tracking my weight, food and exercise. They don't understand I guess. It's not so much... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:55:10 EST Now I did it... ...and "it" is not a good thing. I have added back all 25 pounds that I lost last year. On the one hand, I'm glad I know now, instead of another 5 pounds from now. On the other hand... <BR> ugh. <BR> So, tonight I will pack my gym bag, and tomorrow I will go to the gym. <BR> Today, I will track m... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:54:57 EST Sonic Just telling you..... the BEST cheat meal ever!!!! Will be having it again, too! That cheeseburger... yum! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:54:22 EST For a fact..... <img src=""> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:54:13 EST Trying to start back up! Today I'm starting to track my water again. It's hard right now with the very tight budget we are on to feed 4 people a week and it all be healthy. It's hard. Next year, it will be much easier because we wont have this credit card debt after taxes. Rough estimate of if we get back what we did las... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:53:49 EST BACK FROM VACATION And oh so sad. Bermuda, you so pretty. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:53:41 EST 10..10..the NUMBER 10..That's how many days I did not WEIGH! Opening up this PRESENT.... Yesterday I was talking about Fatitude and Attitude...a message I had received in my Email from SP. In that communication I had mentioned I was living in a protective house (THE FAT HOUSE). Well it is UP FOR SALE! My tastes are changing and THE FAT HOUSE just doesn't meet my criteria anymore. I a... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:51:07 EST Tuesday's Motivation "While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us." <BR> <BR> Ben Franklin Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:49:09 EST 5kgs or 11 lbs of fat has gone, never to return! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> a little tired as have an exam tomorrow so have been on study leave for last few days and have been doing practice exams. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Did a dummy run to the venue in real time this am. Got there at 7:20! Don't need to be there till 0830 for registration. Prob... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:47:57 EST Year is over half-gone already, and I've lost only ONE pound Hmm, this isn't good--the year is already a little over half-gone, and I've lost one pound--well, to be exact, I'm down a little less than a pound because I weighed 283.8 on January 1st. <BR> <BR> Oh, I've lost a few more, then gained them back, so it's my usual yo-yo, which isn't good. <BR> <B... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:47:28 EST Day 282 - A good day yesterday It's been a wonderful but routineless summer. It's hard not having a predictable daily schedule to stick to but I feel like even though I'm eating too many calories too often, I'm still doing okay. My weight is slowly creeping downward when it usually shoots up during the summer. I'm thrilled abo... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:46:33 EST Went out and ate with husband. I went out and ate last night with my husband. Did not do so good on the calories but that is not going to stop me today. Today is a new day and I know I can get right back at what I have been doing. I got my stationary bicycle in the house I thought it stopped working at my old house and that... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:46:25 EST Day 674: I'm Back + August Goals Okay well interesting start to the week. Power outage Sunday until Monday afternoon, then working on the house and lost track of time between all the errands and not feeling well yesterday I didn't catch up on my new work out program. So today and probably tomorrow will be catching up time. But i... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:46:17 EST what I have learned. I have been eating better and moving more. It is a slow process but I am making process. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:35:55 EST This will brighten your day 780 <img src=""> <BR> <img src="">Heart nose <BR> <img src="">Toy Spider <BR> <img src=" Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:34:11 EST almost there well my first apt with the gastric sleeve doc is on aug4,,i am so excited to get the ball rolling in getting my life back Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:30:43 EST just a quickie I set myself a schedule in the beginning of the month - every other day on the treadmill! I think I only missed two days this month, but made up for them either the day before (three hours of walking around New York City) or the day after. I started getting shin splints recently and ended up cu... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:30:14 EST quote for the day 07/29/14 "The vision must be followed by the venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps — we must step up the stairs." Vance Havner <BR> <BR> Get moving! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:30:00 EST Day 2, 100 Days of Exercise Work out yesterday was intense! I made it a lot farther on my workout DVD than I usually do, but not all the way through, maybe halfway. I made it 11.5 minutes on the elliptical, woohoo! I can really feel it in my legs this morning! <BR> <BR> I had stopped taking my Juice Plus supplements, and ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:29:49 EST Help! Spark friends your messages are so inspirational! Husband is traveling for next few days so I will be juggling work and drop offs for kids on my own. Going to be hectic - not that I'm complaining I would rather he travel for work than me! But it's always a little stressful - so I usually turn to ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:21:18 EST The Candy Dish The other day I was looking for healthy alternatives to put in my candy dish at work. Yes, I have a dish. Well, it's a wooden bowl, really. It was given to me as a thank you gift years ago. I cherish it and I have always had it filled with mints and sometimes other treats. Last Christmas I added ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:21:16 EST Shared Food & Fitness Tracker I use to feel ashamed of showing my food tracker cause I didn't want to be judged on what I ate. <BR> <BR> Keeping the food tracker public has made me be accountable. I may not be perfect but I realize that too was one of my downfall. I tried to be too perfect too hard on myself. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:15:08 EST The thing About Yesterday.... An unusually focused and productive day yesterday. <BR> Met my goals and I feel my writing project might be falling into place. <BR> <BR> And the Bachelorette finale was great fun to watch. <BR> <BR> Read a SPARK success story today. I love when people say they eat what they want, but have l... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:10:35 EST Oops - I've been slacking OK - it's less than a week till my birthday (64 - WOOHOO) and I broke the 1st goal of 20 pounds, then 25 pounds so now I want 30 pounds and it's in 6 days. 2.5 to go! <BR> <BR> So I talked to one of the students at the chiropractic college where I work and he said - stop drinking diet cokes - ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:06:18 EST two weeks in Began tracking weight and some measurements two weeks ago. I'm not dieting, only stretching, a bit of mild aerobics, and static tightening of muscles throughout the day. Just this is keeping me stiff and sore. I'm down 3 1/2 pounds just with this, which is surprising, and measurements are down... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:05:23 EST Monday and Hard Realizations <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 1 of my August Challenge (okay so not technically August, I just didn't want to begin my challenge in the middle of the week...) <BR> <BR> Eat when hungry, stop when full <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> Move for min of ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:04:50 EST The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand. ~Rober The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand. ~Robert Valett <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:04:17 EST ITS A NEW DAY LETS EMBRACE IT <img src=""> <BR> <BR> HAVE THE BEST DAY EVER Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:03:54 EST Karen G vs 2014 thru July Down a total of 99.4 (94.2 with Weight Watchers) <BR> <BR> Quarter 1 - Jan - Mar total loss 18.8 <BR> Quarter 2 - Apr - Jun total loss 4.4 <BR> <BR> July 2014 loss 5.8 <BR> <BR> Slow and steady! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:01:04 EST Reason Not to Quit #1 – The Beach Today I took Lavinia to Cavendish Beach. I do like the beach. I felt oh so out of shape after my shenanigans this month. I went totally off plan, drinking wine, eating donuts and fast food. I have trained for the 5k but have not been exercising lately since I have been working extra hours. ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:00:52 EST 7/29/14 we all need t live live like we were dying so to speak <BR> dance like no one is watching <BR> sing like no one is listening <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> have a great day Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:59:16 EST Priorities in training I'm at the point of "what's next" in deciding how training should proceed. I've printed out the second half of the 14 week Olympic distance triathlon training plan that I used to prepare for Wisconsin, but something about it will have to be modified to allow for the beginning of training to be h... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:54:15 EST Little Damp <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Elijah is completely potty trained and has been for about 2 years now. For the longest time he used the potty training potty we got him. Then a few weekends ago we got rid of it. So now he uses the big potty. I know h... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:49:45 EST Consistency I have been whining for a week about how I finally saw the 170's then went back up a few lbs. <BR> <BR> The fact of the matter is that I have NOT been consistent with my new healthy habits. I have not been logging as faithfully as I should, I have given in to the demon of salted carmel ice c... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:48:54 EST Starting Over again <em>24</em> Is I can't find time just an excuse? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:47:56 EST PiYo Day 19 Hey! Hey!! Spark Fam!! <BR> <BR> I can't believe July is almost over! Time to start planning out my August goals. Need to keep things flowing before the kiddos start back to school. <BR> <BR> Day 19 of PiYo and yes I am still loving this series and feeling stronger after every workout. <BR> ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:45:38 EST Sh-Baam day! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:45:06 EST This Weeks Try It Tuesday Well it's been a busy week in general, just not for the trying new things I did manage to try 2 new things. First of all the blue velvet cake for the gender reveal...not too sweet and not too dyed flavored as a red velvet cake. Not something though that I would really eat alot...whi... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:43:41 EST July 29th Managed 100 lengths in the pool again yesterday (1.55 miles) although everything ached last night. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:41:43 EST 2 addictions Not only am I addicted to food but I think I may have a slight alcohol problem. Yesterday was a very stressful day at work. I worked out in the morning and ate good all day but after work I drank away all my left over calories plus some. I had a great time, singing and dancing...ugh now I feel li... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:38:02 EST Back on track Back to healthier eating. <BR> So nice to feel better. <BR> So nice to know I didn't throw in the towel. <BR> So nice to get the support from sparkfriends! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:37:45 EST Back on track Well after being really sick I am finally starting to get back on track, although I am exhausted from yesterday, I may have overdone it a little. I will have to keep at it though, I'm getting closer to my goal everyday and I would hate to be so close and not reach it. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:37:27 EST Day #2 of 21 day challenge Day #1 results: <BR> <BR> Had one big smoothie as my snack yesterday. I ate a mini breakfast (eggs2) at 7 am. Had my smoothie at 10 and a tuna wrap for lunch at 1pm. Then dinner at 7pm. Too much time without eating. I did not do so well with the smoothie challenge yesterday. I'm keeping it hon... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:36:27 EST How much exercise is enough exercise? This morning I got up early to drive a friend to the airport. I was surprised at how many people were out on the roads early in the morning jogging, walking and -- apparently exercising. It made me feel guilty even though I did eventually get in my 50 minute walk today. But it also made me worrie... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:30:47 EST Day One Monday 28 July Monday, July 28, 2014 <BR> <BR> To me good health means a balanced diet providing all the essential nutrients needed by the body to perform well. <BR> <BR> It also means being at a healthy weight so for me to achieve this I must lose some <BR> weight. This must be achieved in a balanced way not... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:28:23 EST Juice Fast: Day 22 <img src=""> <BR> Stage: 4 <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Exercise Challenge: 31 Day Flat Abs Challenge <BR> <link><BR>index=12&list=PLe5P3ayTEj7Z7CJqzdZHgX7<BR>pRzUse1... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:27:43 EST Not being honest I'm not being honest about the amount of food I eat or the kinds. <BR> I was ontrack yesterday and had almost made it, but while dinner cooked, I ate 2 slices of bread with butter and 4 tablespoon scoops of chocolate peanut butter, which blew my "stay under 2100 calorie day". I was close, but oh ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:24:41 EST TODAY'S ILLUMINATION! Be ready to come to Jesus and get the help you need today. Approach Him with a sincere heart and give Him all the glory! For more information read today’s message, “FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH” and share it with your love ones. Thank You, MY FRIENDS , and God Bless YOU! V... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:23:47 EST Hysteroscopy today I fans breakfast at three this morning as op was in the afternoon so at 6:30am no food or drink got to hospital at. 8:00pm they put a canular in with guidance for ultra sound got it in right inside part of elbow did the check in up stairs at first they had wrong consent form they had my constant... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:23:06 EST Yes, there IS strength within ME! Oh, yes there is! <BR> I awoke to a beautiful, cool Tuesday morning. NO PAIN! (Other than the usual RAD aches) The heel is good. The knee moves like a normal knee... God IS good! <BR> I ate well yesterday, and allowed myself to enjoy what I chose to eat. <BR> I've changed my "ticker" to reflect w... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:20:55 EST After the last cat's hung! <img src=""> <BR> Youza!!!--I AM DOWN in weight-ANOTHER pound! <BR> All I know, is that I did over 7000 steps yesterday--- <BR> Maybe ....just maybe.....I will get to ONDERLAND-----I am 5 pounds away--- <BR> Tess, the post Blasto German, (as... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:19:18 EST You raise me up. <BR> <BR> I needed a lift today and then I listened to this little girl. <BR> <link><BR>438311151901&set=vb.1636358788&type=2&<BR>theater </link> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:19:05 EST Shipshe On the way to Shipshewana for our annual trip Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:16:05 EST 07-29-2014 “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” ~John Wooden Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:14:43 EST Fresh Raspberries The local raspberries are available -- about half the size of the mammoth berries I can buy pretty much year round, and tangier tasting somehow. And the fresh local blueberries are ready too. Mmmm: half a cup of each for breakfast, with a mandarin orange fat free/sugar free Greek yogourt. <BR... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:14:07 EST Facing facts When faced with an obstacle, approach it head-on and get past it — or think of a way to work around it! <BR> <BR> Well my approach to this was to restart everything. Enough living in the past. Time to wake up and see what is what. I haven't done what I should of done to make this journey work f... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:14:02 EST 18.12 Challenge - Training weeks 11 and 12 Week 11 (supposed to be a "step back" week) <BR> Run 1 - 5.12 miles <BR> Run 2 - 6.45 miles <BR> Run 3 - 10.01 and not one foot more. LOL. <BR> Run 4 - 6.01 <BR> <BR> Week 12 (step back up!) <BR> Run 1 - 5.03 miles (felt great and had neg splits!) <BR> Run 2 - 3.72 miles <BR> Run 3 - 3.1 ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:06:22 EST WORDS OF WISDOM! WORDS OF WISDOM: TODAY’S THOUGHT! <BR> 7/29 Tue <BR> A.W. Tozer used to tell the story of the governor of a mid-western state who disguised himself and went into prison for a day to learn of the conditions. While speaking with a likable young convict, he felt a strong desire to pardon him. ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:02:57 EST Where does your happiness lay? This morning I was reading "Common Myths About Happiness" here on SP. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=903 </link> <BR> <BR> And I have to tell ya,, there was a paragraph that truly stood out to me: <BR> <BR> "One of the main tenets of Buddhism state... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:49:50 EST Today's Inspirational Quote “Associated with this weight gain are increased risks <BR> in adulthood for joint problems, angina, high blood pressure, heart <BR> attacks, strokes, type 2 diabetes and, ultimately, premature death. <BR> Outside of the human costs, health experts estimate that treating <BR> adult obesity-rel... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:47:56 EST Here comes the rain again And just call me "The Rainmaker" <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> We didn't actually "go to court" yesterday morning, it was more negotiation between our lawyers. Somehow the PEH found a decent one this time, instead of the incompetent he had for the divorce. I "won" 2 of the 3 main points, which is re... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:35:45 EST Day 32- The fabrication Yes...the time is nigh. Consulted with the eldest child yesterday, the one about to be wed about the frock I must select for the event. <BR> <BR> I will subject myself to the wiles of the dress shops next week. I am already in dread of the event but maybe I shall be surprised. <BR> <BR> Howe... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:35:41 EST Animal Antics Part 35 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:34:24 EST Tuesday's Tickle "A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it." <BR> <BR> <BR> Bob Hope Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:33:16 EST Thought and Prayer for Tuesday, July 29, 2014 July 29, 2014 YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING <BR> <BR> What we understand is relative. It is relative to what we know. It is relative to our experiences. It is relative to our perception. We are different. We know that. We understand things differently because we know, experience and perceive things dif... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:28:16 EST FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 7/29/2014 FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Tue, 7/29/2014 <BR> Mark 3:1-12 <BR> HOW’S YOUR HEART? Lesson 15e <BR> <BR> THE HOPEFUL HEART OF THE NEEDY <BR> <BR> We have seen the hard heart of the Pharisees and we have seen the holy heart of the Savior, in the remaining verses of our text, we see the h... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:27:33 EST Believe <BR> Believe you can and you're halfway there. <BR> <BR> Theodore Roosevelt <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:25:05 EST Hope I Made You Smile <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:24:32 EST Tuesday, July 29 A very busy day at work yesterday. A good mixture of billable and non-billable work. I tried to leave at 4:30 PM to see if that would make a difference commuting home. I didn't leave until 5:15 PM EST. Oh I forgot to mention it was a one hour commute to work yesterday. Two accidents on the b... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:24:18 EST A moment to be more proactive. Seems like I have been stuck in a weight range forever. Not that I'm glad that the first 45 to 55 lbs. lost weren't great. I haven't been getting the major sweat producing cardio workouts in and I know those are necessary to breaking through to the next level of "in shape". <BR> <BR> I have bee... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:16:43 EST My Morning Cup Of Solitude <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon,instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our win... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:14:31 EST ACTION ! <img src=""> <BR> Today is a day to take action! <BR> Reach for your dreams with action today! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:11:15 EST PSALM OF THE DAY AND MORE=7/29/2014 THIS IS GOD'S BLOG NOT MINE. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">O love the LORD, all ye Hissaints: {for} the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewar... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:09:31 EST Slowly "re-thinking" everything My usual drip coffee maker isn't working well so it's time for a replacement. I was "googling" coffee makers and found that most of this style contain BPAs! Really??? Oh my goodness...even things we are soooooooooooooo familiar with need to be re-thought. So now I'm looking for a ceramic cone... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:06:43 EST Week 3 in the books As I sit here sweating (just finished my workout) I wonder what the scale will tell me. I have a love/hate relationship with my weigh ins. Overall in the big picture I have made big changes and stuck with them everyday for 3 weeks and the scale is steadily going down. But I can't help but wish fo... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:58:29 EST First Exam is Today Well, I have made it to week three of my Research Design and Statistics Class and tonight is my first exam. We had a take home portion which I finished last night and will turn in tonight when I take the in class portion of the exam. I am also turning in my second lab report tonight. This clas... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:54:26 EST figures....... Attended to the stressful issue pretty well (it was as I suspected, and I got a sincere apology), but now I have a new stressor to deal with (the usual that comes along this time of year) - I will likely survive this time round as well, but things will be tight for a brief period.......sheesh! T... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:12:00 EST Heal Yourself " Avoid extremes .Forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve." Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> Injuries to the mind body and soul are hard to bear, It all happens to us in one point in our live or another but it is how we deal with them that make us who we are. <BR> <BR> In my ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:02:28 EST Holiday packing In a few hours I'm flying with my son to my home town. Very nervous with the idea, as it is the first time I am doing it with tinnitus and don't know how my ears will react. <BR> <BR> <em>458</em> <BR> <BR> I'm just finishing packing and I am horrified: NOTHING suits me. I will have to wear... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:43:36 EST Back, hamstrings, calves, oh my Since May 2014 I have had issues with my ilio psoas muscle which contributes to back issues. I cannot use the treadmill because my leg will seize up, and I cannot lift weights because my back will complain, so I will be doing water exercises including swimming and strength training and making hea... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:36:35 EST Tuesday “Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.” - Unknown Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:33:55 EST Ohhhhh that inner critic!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I got to work yesterday, the elevators were not working. I stood outside for a bit talking to a couple of co-workers, but then realized I needed to "get rid of some coffee" pretty soon, if you know what I mean. ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:23:47 EST Setting the Tone of Our Day... Good Morning All, <BR> <BR> I shared this Blog a year ago and thought it was a great time to share once again... <BR> <BR> Believe it or not, we have the power to set the tone of our day: <BR> <BR> If you want your day to be filled with positive thoughts you need to focus on the good and whol... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:21:39 EST Confession of a Protein Powder Hater The guy who taught me the art of rock'n'rolling at the gym - a body builder by profession - also taught me that protein is a very essential component in an athlete's diet; particularly that of a lifter. <BR> I do eat a lot of chicken and meat, but, as anyone who counts their grams of protein kn... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:20:35 EST Psalm 145 A song of praise <link> </link> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:17:43 EST BACK TO WORK TODAY YES BACK TO WORK TODAY BEEN 10 DAYS OFF HAVING MY HAND SURGERY. GOING TO HAVE TO BE CAREFUL AND THAT IS THAT HAND I USE OH SO MUCH TO PICK UP THE PHONE ALL DAY LONG SO MIGHT HAVE TO US THE OTHER HAND A LITTLE ODD CAUSE OF TYPING ON THE COMPUTER AS I TALK BUT WILL MAKE IT WORK I HAVE TO! <BR> I AM... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:10:04 EST Speak it & make it so time! # 13 We have the VICTORY? OH for goodness sake . I need to say it like I mean it! It has been easy enough to be" Debbie downer". I have her on automatic pilot. I have to Fake it till I make it when speaking or acting positively, why? For me it's because I have been told repeatedly to not get my hopes... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:01:38 EST Quote for the Day The more you trust Jesus and keep your eyes focused on Him, the more life you'll have. Trusting God brings life. Believing brings rest. So stop trying to figure everything out, and let God be God in your life. <BR> <BR> Joyce Meyer on Believing Tue, 29 Jul 2014 03:58:24 EST An easy day On Monday I rested and stayed indoors. Because on Sunday I did a lot of activity and them cleaned packed and moved heavy furniture. <BR> My body felt it, so with a lot of stretching, rest and a couple of pain relievers I feel better and ready to resume my exercise routine. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 03:57:42 EST Bible Verse for the Day Psalm 119:93 NKJV <BR> <BR> I will never forget Your precepts, <BR> For by them You have given me life. <BR> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 03:56:16 EST HI, I'm easing back into life~ Its Monday evening and I have time for a little bit of writing and carrying on! Had a nice dinner earlier and trying to eat healthy and proper, less meat definitely! <BR> <BR> Since we've been home the weather has been overcast almost continuously and rainy at points. Rain is a good thing out he... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:54:30 EST Day 23 - At any given moment, you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end. Hello Sunny friends, <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday didn't turn out well at all. It started out great but by the end of it I was almost in panic attack mode. <BR> The great thing is I didn't eat on it. My mind tol... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:54:17 EST BACK TO THE OL' ME !! WELL I <em>386</em> ING IT, AND ADDED 601 MORE STEP'S AND <em>198</em> . HECK WHY NOT. GOTTA KEEP THIS <em>362</em> 74 YR. OLD BODY. I'D LIKE TO SEE THE YOUNGER SPARKER'S GET WITH THE PROGRAM. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:52:51 EST YOU ONLY HAD ONE JOB TO DO #2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:51:06 EST Gratitudes I will not be exercising today as it is a recovery day for me. I tend to get a bit panicked on recovery days. It feels like "slacking" and I get concerned that I am losing traction on goal progress. But my trainer reassures me (often) that rest is an essential component of fitness and weight loss... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:47:05 EST National Lasagna Day National Lasagna Day <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When : July 29th <BR> <BR> National Lasagna Day is today. We hope you have a big appetite. Sure, it's July. Its hot and humid. Cooking up a pan of Lasagna will make the kitchen a lot ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:37:37 EST DAILY QUOTE We exist to make a big deal out of God . It’s not about you . <BR> It’s not about me . It’s all about him . <BR> <BR> ~ Anonymous <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:01:52 EST Something new I have never did a blog before not sure if I really want to but as i stated I am trying something new. I do not want to dwell on the past or the bad there is enough of that in this world. I want to look forward to the positive. We easily complain about the bad stuff but where is all the praise fo... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:56:30 EST Baggy Clothing Yesterday I put on the one pair of work pants I brought in my suitcases, and though they have never been snug or form-fitting, yesterday I noticed how really loose they are getting. It was actually a good feeling to walk around and have some extra space between me and my clothes. Every time... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:52:59 EST Wii Fit It's super helpful when I don't get a walk during the day, but only if the balance board has charged batteries. Half way through my free step thing it stopped counting my steps. I was annoyed but at least I had my fitbit on so I still got it all tracked. <BR> <BR> Also I am down about 5 pounds. ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:50:57 EST Monday Just a few short notes here. <BR> <BR> I'm leaving in a few short hours to go see my family. My dad is still alive at this moment. We don't know how long he will hang on - he could surprise us or not. But we know his fate is in God's hands who knows the best time to bring him home. <BR> <B... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:31:22 EST Just every day stuff I am happy no longer waiting for the big weight loss to have fun. My boyfriend and i am doing more together. I met a friend that has a lot of things in common with me. weight is not one ot them she is thin but we shop and talk and have nice visits. Live in general is good. <BR> I am e... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:25:08 EST NSV Took relatively new clothing with me on vacation. I wanted to look nice in the vacation photos. My new jeans are baggy and my new smaller tees are hanging on me. We have walked a lot of hills and the exercise is firming me up. Rather than feeling bothered by this turn of events I consider it a vi... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:16:42 EST August Goal August is almost here! I'm not even close to my goal but a friend of mine says " don't give up the goal just change the date!" Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:10:30 EST Just the Facts! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was up at 6:00 AM. I wish I could say it's getting easier. Part of the problem is getting to bed by 10:00 PM...... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:09:30 EST Monday's blog: A good day Very good day. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Walked over 10000 steps and tracked 1250 calories for the third day. Feeling very good. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Lots of energy. <BR> <img src="http... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:08:58 EST Like Flypaper Glue I'm feeling like I'm in a sticky place again....Want to move, might get one foot off the sticky paper but.....just can't quite fly away. I know that I'm going to go through this again and again. I am telling myself right now.......that if I can just repeat the last 6 months....I'll be down 32 po... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:07:47 EST Weekly Wrap-Up: 7/20 - 7/26 QUOTE OF THE DAY <BR> <BR> I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. <BR> -Philippians 4:13 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> WEEKLY EXERCISE AND NUTRITION <BR> Sunday 7-20 <BR> 1545 calories <BR> 60 mins swimming <BR> <BR> Monday 7-21 <BR> 1565 calories <BR> 65 mins swimming; 45 mins st... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:02:12 EST Today's Inspiration " Life is short, live it. <BR> Love is rare, grab it. <BR> Anger is bad, dump it. <BR> Fear is awful, face it. <BR> Memories are sweet, <BR> cherish it." <BR> <BR> - Unknown Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:02:09 EST Monday This morning we did our two miles then ate the free breakfast at the hotel. Then we went to wash clothes at a laundromat. It took us awhile to get the clothes washed because we drove around first to see if we could find one other than the one we went to last time we washed. We didn't see one s... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:50:25 EST Under the weather... His lordship and I are very thankful (NOT!) that our son loved us enough to share whatever bug he's had with us. Was down in bed till 12:30 today. Headache, achy Mac Truck hit-and-run feeling, little Rocky Mountain Quick Step... Felt some better this afternoon, but it's got me in its clutches aga... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:44:20 EST Tues Sebding pe=rayers blessings and hugz Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:24:22 EST Keeping it Real Confession: sometimes my goals aren't the most realistic. I make a to-do list and I'm shocked and frustrated when I have not competed all of the items by the end of the day. If I look back at the list I can re-evaluate and see that I would have only been able to accomplish all if the items if I... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:18:06 EST Foolish girl Sometimes the heart is the thing to follow. Sometimes it isn't. This time was a loss and I know that it will get better. Right now I just want to sit down and drink a bottle or 12 of wine, have some ice cream and cry. Instead, I grabbed some grape tomatoes, and a bottle of water and headed ou... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:16:49 EST Low carb advise needed. I am proud of my hubby..he's lost 47 lbs within the last couple of months. HIS secret is all meat.. pretty much. In that time I have probably not lost a pound. Currently I eat whatever meat he is having and add a vegetable and possibly a small starch for dinner. I did Atkins many years ago an... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:11:34 EST Ahhh...the ups and downs Well, after a couple of days of skeptical amounts of weight loss I am back up, which is sort of a bummer but was only to be expected. We had a great dinner out last night and although I stayed pretty close to my calorie range we had wine and hollandaise sauce and mashed potatoes... <BR> Tonight i... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:10:55 EST Special Blessings-July 29, 2014 Today I am especially blessed for the following; <BR> <BR> 1. Today, I had a nice day with my family. It is so nice when Jamie comes to visit. <BR> <BR> 2. Jim finally fixed the toilet in the main bathroom today. It doesn't sound like much, but believe me, it is a true blessing! <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:07:26 EST Healthy Habit of the Week - Water! Last week I focused on taking my calcium, vitamin D, and glucosamine on a regular schedule. I'm happy to say that it's been a good week! <BR> <BR> This week I am going to focus on getting my 8 glasses of water. <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em>194</em> <em... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:59:50 EST I Own a Stone I have a $230 stone in my desk drawer. My cellphone died. This is soooo inconvenient. It was my step counter, calorie counter, Chinese/English dictionary, flashlight, mini-Kindle, email reader, alarm clock, kitchen timer, recipe finder, and phone....But it was not my God. My God never fails. And ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:50:49 EST Much needed weekend in the wilderness!! A much needed camping/hiking weekend was just what the doctor ordered! Ended up in the Bob Marshall Wilderness,,breathtaking!! Rivals Glacier Park in it's beauty... the best thing is, it is only 1.5 hours from my house!! Feeling Blessed <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:50:12 EST 28 July, Food and fitness Blog Slept Late at 12am on Sunday, and so Monday morning - Woke up Late at 7am instead of 5.30am and missed morning gym, yes guilty and hate it. <BR> after coming back home from work, did a pilates butt workout from youtube <BR> Workout Done <em>416</em> <em>417</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:47:44 EST Enjoyable weekend (hike, kayak) My friend Charly visited from California for a long weekend visit; she arrived on Thursday and left on Monday. She likes healthy eating and exercise, so it was easy to stay on track during her visit. <BR> <BR> <BR> On Saturday we hiked Wychus Preserve. It was a hot and long canyon hike, more d... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:45:42 EST Day 79 <em>524</em> <BR> ~ You can say what you want, but your actions tell the truth! ~ <BR> or in other words actions speak louder than words. <BR> I remember working with a lady talked a great talk about being Christian but her actions spoke anything but. Talk is easy but backing that talk up wit... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:40:23 EST Back on Track & ready to Attack! Ready to attack what you might ask!! I'm ready to attack this rut I have found myself in! Ever since the Pizza Mishap I have found it difficult to regain my focus! I had another day of overeating on Sunday and I feel like I have gained afew pounds in my body!! I don't know if that's possible to g... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:37:17 EST Sciatica and Fruit Carvings. I hurt so badly that it generally just makes me want to scream. I am doing all that can be done for it, though, so it is just a wait it out situation. I hate it, and I hate not being able to properly work out, but there really isn't a choice in this one. I know when I have done too much becaus... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:36:15 EST Looooong Day Worked late today so I got home late, worked out late, showered late, feed the animal late and now I am going to bed late. Have a great day tomorrow! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:34:36 EST Monday's Quote “People are sheep. TV is the shepherd.” <BR> ¯ Jess C. Scott <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:33:20 EST Beer. My Friend, My Nemesis So I homebrew, so does my husband; that's how we met. It's a great hobby but when we put the walk in with 7 taps in the garage, everything changed. It was so easy to just go out and refill my glass. And suddenly, I went from 230 pounds(Bad enough!) to 260. Seemingly in an instant. <BR> <BR... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:33:18 EST Keeping the momentum No Monday morning blues for this girl. This is another week, a new week and a new day to continue with healthy living. <BR> To eat healthy, and exercise for agility, strength and an all over good feeling is what I look forward to every day. The momentum is still going strong and I am now into we... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:30:17 EST Car Repairs... Spending today and tomorrow on car repairs. <em>433</em> <em>239</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:30:12 EST Six I am still on track. I planned to log more steps after supper. I walked to the library so I met part of my goal but Hubby followed with the truck and wanted me to drive home with him so I missed out on my walk home. Getting that first part was good, however, because I know I would have waited ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:29:55 EST Sorry to be brief. Our NY Grand daughter is hospitalised. Yesterday I was not feeling well but I kept going. DH has hurt his ribs so I am helping him out right now. <BR> <BR> This afternoon we were watching a NetFlix together and our DDIL in NY called to say our grand daughter has been taken to the hospital. <BR> <BR> Her older brother is still here... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:27:27 EST BMR/BMI Update & Thoughts My current... <BR> <BR> Weight: 115 lbs <BR> Height: 5'1" <BR> Age: 29 <BR> BMR: 1,184 calories/day <BR> (Wow that's low, used myfitnesspal's calculator.) <BR> BMI: 21.7 (Normal) <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <BR> I will say that I'm still having body image issues, even though I am smaller. Still batt... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:27:26 EST Day 209: Motivational Monday "Sometimes it's not the big temptations that can ruin a diet, it's the little ones. You have the power to make good decisions!" (Denise Austin) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:24:41 EST Bicycling Safety Video 2014 This five minute video from the City of Sioux Falls South Dakota is a clear and easily understood explanation of the current thinking among cycling experts about the safest way to operate a bicycle on the street. If you see me riding down th emiddle of the lane, I am not crazy and I am not trying... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:22:25 EST JUST TOO HOT TO FUNCTION Well we had temps reach 100 today with a heat index of 110 and they advised to stay in if possible We did go out but only where air conditioned. I hope it cools off tomorrow before Hubby is working outside in the heat. It was just too hot for me to eat. I have drank a lot of water and ate som... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:19:40 EST Stress Hello!!! Happy Monday!!! Today was kind of stressful for me and frustrating. Waking feeling tired, not losing anything this week, and my kids were driving me nuts!!! So how did I deal with everything? By eating healthy and working out 2 x's. Learning to control stress is hard to do sometimes, but... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:16:10 EST Ibuprofen is my friend today. At least I've found some relief from this constant lower back pain. <BR> <BR> Chuggin' along... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:15:43 EST THE ONE AND ONLY, VERY PERFECT WORDS........ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> MORE TOMORROW, <BR> <BR> elaine Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:15:01 EST Taking steps toward change Sometimes we have to step on toes to get where we're trying to go. When we do, step as gently as we can. Be blessed and <em>386</em> <em>381</em> <em>247</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:12:33 EST 100 Days to a new You challenge day 076/100/024 Today I did a lot of walking outside, drank 12 glasses of water, & did a little Mandala coloring. I did some TV watching & game playing on my Tablet & game boy & reading in a paperback book. I fell today & hurt my left ankle. <BR> <BR> Today would have been my mom's birthday & it is my cousin Ja... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:12:09 EST Update on my PT Assessment! I had the fitness assessment I've been dreading at 6am today. Not gonna lie, it started out kind of rough. I worked a 10 hour shift beforehand, then got left at the station (was changing, and apparently was left behind) and had to walk the half mile to the gym just to participate. <BR> That in it... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:11:19 EST Loosening up a little So for the past week or so, I've kinda of backed off a little bit on the runs distance-wise. I think there were a few reasons for this and some benefits from it too. First of all, I needed to shake off some of the burn out I was feeling from that phenomenal of running for me. Running everyday ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:10:13 EST fair success My intentions are good, knowing that some days will be more challenging than others. I stated last night my plan was to go to bed earlier, schedule time for me, and not forget to eat. <BR> <BR> I did indeed go to bed earlier last night, however some dude walked down the street at wee hours of th... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:09:09 EST Monday's Words to Ponder Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. <BR> <BR> Helen Keller <BR> <BR> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:08:56 EST Chair Exercise I have been doing 20 minutes of chair exercise every day of the week from a list given to me by my physical therapist. Well, it worked quite well and I was very pleased with it. <BR> <BR> However, I found on my team 60+ a site for exercise. I was so pleased! They have listed email addresse... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:08:53 EST Tattooing the goats Every year we must tattoo a number in each side of <BR> the baby goat's ears for identification. Some take it <BR> quite well, others are very upset. We had 10 to do this <BR> year but it is done and we can move on to other things. <BR> They will all go to the county fair on Thursday night <BR> a... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:07:02 EST Marvelous Monday Monday, July 28, 2014 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:06:00 EST It Bears Repeating! Limits <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This saying sums up my college major, Operations Research is all about testing limits. Some limits are arbitrary, but others are hard truth. But many times, even with a hard truth, with creativity a better solution ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:04:28 EST Coping It's hot in Texas right now, and today my house air conditioning died. <BR> <BR> What a surprise! <BR> <BR> I'm so glad that my AC repairman is a friend, and will be coming first thing tomorrow to look at it. <BR> <BR> In the meantime, I'm sleeping with a fan blowing on me... I can survive thi... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:04:27 EST ;-) Great workout today! <em>355</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:02:38 EST Dear Mom <BR> The Bible say “Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past.” <BR> I know you are in a better place, looking down on your children, and grandchildren. <BR> Mom, for me to move on in my life, I am sorry for things I did growing up. I never understood why you treated me different and t... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:57:16 EST July 28, 2014 (Monday) Since I didn't get but a couple of emails from Spark People for several hours, I KNEW something was up with that since I usually get close to a gazillion emails. I went to my Email Preference Page, and the boxes had been UNCHECKED, and the box "SEND NO MORE EMAILS" had been checked. Isn't that ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:48:49 EST Thoughts If I have a vision in my head of what I want to weigh, it makes aiming for my weight-loss goals a lot more easier. <BR> <BR> Right now, I'm just so thankful I have my spark back. It's not really that I exercise every day, but it's a huge start compared to the months where I wasn't tracking any ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:45:17 EST 7/28/14 - Bedtime I went to my prayer shawl meeting, and actually made a contribution. However, the other ladies are so productive. It's really pretty amazing. I've been so obsessed with gardening and accumulating 120 fitness minutes each day, that everything else has had to wait. It's time to rearrange my pri... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:43:24 EST Day 35: Obligatory Blog Post Well, I didn't binge or eat anything when I wasn't hungry today, so I'm improving over yesterday for sure. I'm essentially in reboot mode right now, doing what I can until we can afford to buy some healthier snacks and stuff. Once things calm down, I think I'll be better off. Still hanging on,... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:42:32 EST Progressing with this week's goals <link><BR>14/07/progressing-with-this-weeks-goal<BR>s.html </link> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:42:18 EST Prayers are needed Prayers are needed for my dad's oldest brother. Got a call from the stepson's wife and she said that he's not eaten in 2 days and is on morphine. He has Alzheimers and in a nursing home. Dad said that we will be going up but I won't be coming in. I'm not going to see the man who has put me down s... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:38:35 EST turn things around I must find motivation somehow, I feel the depression is so deep there's no way out. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:37:59 EST Mon Jul 28 Day is done. Work was slow with 3 nurses in the clinic. I was done on time and got a little shopping done before coming home. I was able to get a little flower cart painted and start the cap layer on the well. I dug out more rock and dirt from the old herb garden, did a little weeding, and worked... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:37:40 EST In spite of it all.... I am down 2 pounds this week which is encouraging. I haven't been able to get my treadmill in with all that's been going on but I've been sticking to my diet pretty good and that helps. <BR> <BR> I'm hanging in there LOL. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:34:02 EST Motivator of the Day! Wow! How cool! The only way I knew about it was from having a few people congratulating me on my page. I was like, "Huh??" It took me forever to find the page it was on but I finally found it and took a screen shot for future reference. If you've read my last block then you'll know I've been MIA ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:32:20 EST Quote of the Day Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. <BR> – Ralph Waldo Emerson Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:28:35 EST Time for another update! I have four goals for this year. <BR> <BR> 1. Save $1 in week one, $2 in week 2 and so on up to $52 in week 52. <BR> 2. Read, on average, one book per week. <BR> 3. Lose ten pounds by April 1st. <BR> 4. Build tone and definition in my arms. <BR> <BR> For the first, I have saved over $700, so... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:28:05 EST Counting trip to doctor as exercise TODAY I WENT TO THE DOCTOR FOR A MED CHECK. HE WAS PRETTY COOPERATIVE. I AM ESTIMATING ALL MY ACTIVITIES AND COUNTING THEM AS EXERCISE. SINCE I AM MOVING UP FROM 0 ACTIVITIES, I THINK THIS IS REASONABLE. <BR> <BR> I HAD FORGOTTEN WHAT DIETING WAS LIKE. IT INVOLVES A LOT OF ATTITUDE CHANGES AND ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:26:33 EST More Mom issues... She has been sick all day with frequent runs to the bathroom, she's gotten better this evening but she is now sacked out in my bed since my room has AC and it is over 90 degrees in the rest of the house. <BR> <BR> So this makes tree days in a row of mom being sick for different reasons. First tw... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:26:24 EST Self Frustration <em>198</em> I am very frustrated with myself! I am not following what I need to be doing and I am not losing any weight at all! It is no ones fault but my own....I don't seem to be motivated enough although I feel that I am! Maybe it is that old habits are hard to break! Anyway, I am not g... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:25:36 EST Whew...what a walk! I just wanted to post this blog so I could share the picture. We went on a walk on a new trail this evening. The trail was beautiful. And about 2 minutes in, we saw this... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have never seen anything like th... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:23:48 EST Update Of Progress <img src=""> <BR> This summer has been so full of changes. My husband and I are still packing away small stuff in bins and bringing items into our new home. We just purchased some new curtains and rods for our bedroom window, the window in th... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:21:02 EST Day 70 of 100 -- Walk It was good to have the rest day and I was back on track today for the most part. I did end up having a glazed donut for morning snack. I haven't had a donut in I don't know how long. Some house guests we had over the weekend bought them and left them. Unfortunately, I did give in and eat o... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:19:30 EST A crappy workout is still a workout So I decided to start adding to my walking regimen, and go to the gym at my apartment complex 3 times a week. Tonight was the first night, and it's safe to say I have a LOT of work ahead of me. <BR> <BR> I started with the elliptical machine, set to 'weight loss' setting, and lasted a whole of 6... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:19:03 EST A Cardio start and strength training! This is my second week of working out at a local gym. I've decided not to hire a trainer and I am not fit enough yet to join the classes (I've watched!), but I have gone 3 x /week now. I start with treadmill, cycle, or elliptical for 10 - 20 minutes and then go through the weight circuit that a t... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:14:16 EST So that was my Monday <BR> It took one look at a couple of photos online- which was basically a picture of the exact same thing I have on my head- to make the appointment. <BR> <BR> After five phone calls I managed to make an appointment for today to have a biopsy done on a long-time sunspot that suddenly went crust... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:12:50 EST Sparkfriends I just wanted to thank everyone who stops by and leaves a word of encouragement (or maybe not) I would rather have a few quality friends than to worry about ever getting a most popular blog award. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:08:31 EST Monday: Leg Day On Mondays I do not do an extensive amount of cardio. I leave that for Tuesday-Saturday. I do little bursts of cardio between sets. I like to get leg day done and out of the way, plus being active for 5 days afterwards helps the soreness go away quicker. <BR> <BR> I am currently using two 10 pou... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:06:49 EST Are You Wearing Sun Screen? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It only takes once... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:05:26 EST Starting the week off... Trying to get into the habit of working out on Monday...this is normally my "skip" day but I'm hoping that it will set the tone for the rest of the week....I had a training session at my gym and then did 20 mins of of 45 mins..I think that's a good start! <BR> <BR> Hope you had a ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:01:07 EST Plateau or maintenance? I re-read some of the great resources that the Maintenance Spark Group has, and out of curiosity, looked up not the normal weight range for my height, but the ideal weight - 63 kilos. Gulp! <BR> <BR> I've been 67 point something for 2.5 months now. My original goal when I started at SP was 65, ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:00:19 EST The last couple of days Well the last couple of days have been interesting. Let me start by saying it has been hotter than the hubs of heck here and I am ready for fall! The super hot weather sucks. You know it is bad when it is so hot you don't even want to go outside to get in the pool. <BR> <BR> Sunday: <BR> <BR... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:55:53 EST Monday, 7/28/14 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> My day was going as planned until about 12:30. We'd run our errands first thing and were working through school and then the hubby arrived home. He was so loopy! It was as though he'd been given a huge dose o... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:54:40 EST Being Gentle With Myself.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This week my plan is to be gentle with not expect perfection and to practice patience, acceptance and self-care. I am going to treat myself with the same respect and compassion that I would anyone else ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:53:30 EST An Australian Mid-Winter View!! <img src=""> <BR> I took this picture yesterday looking almost due East about 10 min from home!! Early as the sun was still not fully up. <BR> Considering its mid-winter - its not a bad sight - the same site that greets us nearly every day!... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:51:22 EST TRIP OF A LIFETIME HE WHO WOULD TRAVEL HAPPILY MUST TRAVEL LIGHT <em>388</em> <em>534</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:51:16 EST Monday July 28 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It was one week ago today that I had to take DJ for his final walk. I am adjusting but my house feels so empty. <BR> <BR> I am able to leave and come back into the house without falling apart. <BR> <BR> Today I mana... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:49:24 EST Camping Two weeks ago, my kids and I went camping with a friend of mine from work, Miss Trish. Trish has three children of her own, all with varying degrees of autism. It was such a delightful weekend for my Sam to meet kids much older than him with some of the same eccentricities and quirks <em>104<... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:48:24 EST Day 10 I had a good time at my mom's. We all sat outside in her gazebo, and Nate's Grandpa bought him a blow up pool which he loved playing in. <BR> <BR> My mom surprised me, very presently. Normally she heckles me about "eating too much or too often" when I'm at her house. This time, however, she ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:48:03 EST Day 27 A good enough day. I canvassed this morning, started a new knitting project this afternoon (not that I've finished any lately!) and got in a smallish (35 minute) bike ride as well. I made some sugar-free low carb ice cream for us tonight and that was pretty nice. Saved some in the freezer for ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:48:00 EST Feeling like a Fraud! Ok that is it, the fitbit is being unsynced from my fitness tracker. I feel like a fraud with the thropy that Sparkpeople has awarded. Now to find away to remove them, and I will manually track my fitness minutes. Technology is not always good. Today I am tired of feeling like I am burstin... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:45:37 EST Misty Monday <em>245</em> Another blog about Pittsburgh weather. I was just starting walking to the store and the sky opened up blowing pouring rain, so I retreated back home. I relaxed at home for an hour and then my new neighbor offered a one way trip to the store. I took the offer and brought an umbrella... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:45:09 EST what a Monday most of the kids were cranky today. Between teething and diaper rash I had a baby in my arms all day. I love rocking babies but could have used a break. Relaxing in grateful peace and quiet now. I even told the cat to be quiet. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:45:00 EST Trying to update... Well, I suck at keeping my Sparkpage updated. I'm not doing much to talk about really. Got to my all-time highest weight of 300.6lbs on my 40th birthday, 3/27/14. Between that and the fact that May 16th I found out my NASH is now Stage 3 (Stage 4 being Cirrhosis and needing a liver transplant), I... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:43:24 EST Productive Monday Good day so far, yoga, Zumba, food shopping, eating very healthy, lots of decluttering, playing with the pets, and even a if I can only find the two things that I had located yesterday..sigh.. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> It's all good, just need to keep cleaning Good night! <em>102</e... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:42:03 EST If it's not one cat's the other! At least the DOG is too big to get on my desk and block the monitor! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:36:27 EST Day 38--so I've only lost 7 pounds, but there are NSV! I took a few days off from tracking calories because I didn't know how to record what I was eating (and I was getting a little tired of the effort). I've decided to focus primarily on water, veggies, fruits, sleep and exercise. I'll make an effort to record what I'm eating, too, but I want to f... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:34:03 EST We all have stormy days... The weather out there is scary! The clouds are black, the wind is roaring & rain is starting to come down. It made me think of LIFE in general...we all have stormy days..but if we are wise we chose to not live there. <BR> <BR> As I was doing some of the chores about the house I got to thinking... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:32:37 EST I Wish You... <img src=""> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:27:56 EST I May Not Be There Yet, But I'm Closer Than I Was Yesterday.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last week was a disaster for me.....I started my new job but because we are still in the construction phase of building we were set up for training in a local community center without access to basics such as a fridge... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:25:05 EST New DVDs This morning I only did 3 miles WATP. I wanted to do four miles but when I woke up, I just felt like doing three. I didn't have to start watching the boys until ten thirty so I went back to bed afterwards and slept like a log for the next few hours, thankfully. The babysitting day was short: I go... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:25:04 EST Doctor's Report GREAT NEWS!!! My heart doctor told me that I have made such great progress and he is so pleased with my weight loss and my blood pressure, he decided to take me off of 4 more medications. Before I started SparkPeople and my healthy lifestyle journey, I was on a total of 14 prescribed medication... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:23:26 EST Good News For My Mom I took my Mom to a venous specialist today for a consultation. Because of what we were told at an appointment with a Geriatric Specialist in June, we were expecting the Venous Specialist to recommend an ultrasound examination followed by possible surgery. My Mom is 90 and is very afraid of havi... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:23:26 EST A dream begins... I don't suppose reading burns any calories, but reading "Hiking Through" by Paul Stutzman is heating up my desire to hike the Appalachian Trail. After my half mile "fail" up Mt. Washington last summer I'd been thinking that the AT was an impossible dream. I need to stop these self doubts and work... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:22:53 EST Diversity in food choices.. I've been thinking about the way we eat every day - I really want to shift my breakfast meals. <BR> <BR> My family is from Jamaica, so breakfast had more variety than eggs, toast, and sausage, or oatmeal or cold cereal. I grew up also eating various saltfish dishes with different starchy vegeta... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:22:35 EST Garden Tour Photos Part 1 Mom really wanted a pot of thistles for a display, the morning of the tour, so off we went: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The front yard had things newly put in so was not yet established, as this whole area had been overgrown by a massive fi... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:22:27 EST Home... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:22:25 EST New Approach So apparently I haven't been keeping up with my former plan. I have decided to simplify. I now plan to take 3000 steps a day until it becomes easy. At that point I will up the count to 4000 steps and slowly work my way up. Hoping I can stick with this. Starting tonight by taking my dog for a walk... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:21:49 EST Focusing on the Positives I've been meaning to post for a while, but just didn't get around to it....Sorry! <BR> <BR> So this week's weigh-in was GOOD! I'm officially down 75lbs! Woo Hoo! I'm hoping I'm over that hump of where I was loosing very minimal amounts. I've been pushing myself to do more exercises and I'm think... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:21:14 EST MOnday eve Well, day 19 and still doing NOS. no wt. loss since week one. Pretty sure the lax weekends are the cause, even though I didn't over do near as much as the last weekend. But am finding I don't care if I continue. I think I am wanting to feel better physically and yes internally of course and when... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:17:46 EST Showing Up I am here to pursue better health. Life has gotten away from me and I am again neglecting myself. So hard to break old habits. Anyway I am showing up! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:17:12 EST today was postive.. Working in the garden with my hubby ..hand picking squash bugs and eggs. (Its a daily job to keep up with those darlings...but little do they know..I enjoy the time spent out doors seeking out those evasive bugs). <BR> After, I spent a few hours trying to figure out how to submit info into a ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:16:18 EST Gym day Today was a gym day for me. I really feel good by the time I'm done. It also helps with appetite control. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:12:48 EST 21 Days - Day 1 They say it takes 21 days for something to become a habit. I am starting to focus on eating healthy. <BR> <BR> Today is day 1 of 21 days. I subbed salads with balsamic dressing instead of fries. I skipped having beer at supper. I stocked up on healthy snacks for work and oatmeal for breakf... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:12:43 EST Whole 30 and Paleo So, I have been very inspired by Bobcatgirl76 with her Whole30 that she is been doing. I have had such issues with migraines, headaches and just feeling blah. I've been told in the past that my headaches could be wheat, grain, gluten, etc. I had a hard time believing that for some reason. The... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:10:28 EST Exercise for Stress Summer is starting to unwind. It makes me sad because that means back to school soon. Last year I had a very difficult time with a new teacher who took an instant dislike to me. She made my life very difficult and unhappy. This Thursday is "bid day" when the support staff has to report and bi... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:09:46 EST Motivation Well, I was hoping that this week I would be celebrating my 5% loss goal. But, because I got very busy last week, I didn't do very well on my meals. I didn't overeat, but I missed some meals, and didn't meet my caloric needs for quite a few days. Lesson learned. I also did not lose that last poun... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:04:33 EST #100happydays - Day 41, 42 and 43 Happy Monday! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> As I promised. <BR> <BR> Day 41 - I am happy that I am gaining confidence. I reached out to a guy I dated a few years ago on Saturday. We kind of stopped dating due to some personal issues and it was a bit of a mess. My temper and lack of confidence.... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:04:25 EST Resisting Resisting polishing off every sweet thing I can find. Argument with hubby. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:03:04 EST My Quote of the Day 07/28/2014 1 John 5:3-4 <BR> New International Version <BR> This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. <BR> King James Version <BR> For this is the love of God... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:02:49 EST Has anyone seen my motivation? Today has not been a healthy day, but it has been a good day nonetheless. I haven't gone hog wild -- as in, I have not had any fast food {I had Subway but that was relatively healthy... no fries involved, anyway.} For me, a day isn't a total throw away if I've managed to stay out of the fast fo... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:01:46 EST Monday It's just another Monday. Back to work, back to the grind, and last week for our granddaughter to stay all day with grandpa! She starts school on Friday. <BR> <BR> Happy sparking everyone! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:00:40 EST Couch to 5K Week 2 day 3 is done!!! <BR> <BR> I have had a little difficulty getting outside to do the running/walking with my daughter... she has lost a lot of interest in exercising with me (even though she gets to ride her bike and have fun). So I have been doing a marching and jogging in place inside... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:59:54 EST Back to Blogging! I am going to break all of these thoughts I have tonight into 2 different entries so it doesn't get too overwhelming..... <BR> <BR> I am BAAAACK! <BR> <BR> I started blogging for a bit in the spring, but life just took over. Things get so busy for me in the spring and I just got off track. <... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:58:09 EST Marriage is on the decline . . . because loyalty, honesty, commitment and trust are on the decline. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:57:54 EST JULY 28, 2014 OKAY......I HAVE NOT LOST A POUND......I AM NOT EXERCIZING.....I HAVE NOT GAINED ANY EITHER.....NEED TO MOVE MY BODY.....I AM JOINING PLANET FITNESS GYM!!!!! MY FRIEND AT CHURCH IS A MEMBER AND WE ARE GOING TO GO TOGETHER. COME ON FAT....GET OFF MY BODY!!!! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:54:18 EST Dogs ;-) 7/28 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:53:29 EST Blessings, 7/28 1. i am grateful for my babies, because they help me realize when i'm too busy. <BR> 2. i am grateful for backup plans, because safety nets are useful. <BR> 3. i am grateful for friends, because they can have money-saving skills. <BR> 4. i am grateful for progress, because it's exciting. <BR> 5. ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:48:28 EST Refreshed! Although I feel like I want to crash and eat junk. I am feeling great. I went camping this weekend with my amazing family and I loved it. We hiked, swam, played sports, and we loved it all. I am sure I did more exercise this past two days then what I do in a week all together. <em>244</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:47:09 EST Birthday 5 K done, now we dine! <img src=""> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:46:12 EST Completely Defeated. So... bit the bullet and got a different scale, thinking the other one must have been glitched... not wanting to accept that maybe I had become bigger than my previous higher weight. <BR> <BR> The new scale is not only accurate, but it tells a very harsh truth. I am almost 500 pounds. FIVE HUND... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:45:18 EST just got back from a walk. my daughter and I just took a nice walk through the grave yard with the dogs, it is like a nice <em>422</em> day out...I LOVE days like this <em>334</em> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:43:17 EST Week 1 a Success! Was happy to weigh myself yesterday and saw I lost the vacation weight. But gotta keep this positive mojo going! I can feel this time I am going to hit goal weight. But right now I'll be happy to just get below 189! <BR> <BR> Baby steps to success! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:39:57 EST 1/2 Day of work and the RV is gone!! I work this morning and headed to the farm. The folks that bought the motor home met Me there. The Guys put the wire harness on and put the gas tank back in place. They started it and head back to their home 3 hours away. I hope everyone has had a great Monday!! Love Y'all!! ((HUGS)) Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:36:29 EST today is a new day Feeling better. Feeling stronger. I went to my WW meeting this morning. That always helps. I went grocery shopping and made yummy turkey meatballs for dinner. I also used that Veggetti. It makes Zuchinni into noodles and it was yum! I sautéed them up and it worked great as healthy pasta su... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:35:34 EST Butterflies and flowers Here are the pics of more butterflies that were feeding on milkweed in my garden. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> this is a banded hairstreak <BR> <img src=""> <BR> this one is very dark and I ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:33:57 EST No Fractures = One Thankful Girl My foot had improved slightly this morning but was still pretty painful to walk on. The pain has been in the forefront of my foot. So, I took the advice of several of you and called my podiatrist. Thankfully someone had cancelled and they were able to see me today. I was their last appointmen... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:32:10 EST running because I can So I went running/walking this evening, no one was chasing me, wasn't raining out or I wasn't running to catch the ice cream truck. Now if there was a margarita truck I would definitely run to catch that. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I ran/walked because it is time to get moving, time to think of ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:27:39 EST Busy Day, but I was able to handle it! I worked from 7:30a.m. this morning until 4:45p.m. this afternoon getting my classroom ready for the new school year. I am on the far end of our campus from the office and had to make several trips back and forth. After work, I had to go to the hospital to visit a friend and I DIDN'T park in the ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:22:59 EST Pierogi Fest I had a great time at Pierogi Fest yesterday. One of my Spark buddies came over to my house (I had parking saved right in front of my house for her to use). She got to meet Buffy and say hi to my girls. <BR> <BR> Then we headed off to the fest. I must admit we had WAY too much soda and sugar.... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:21:44 EST If You Like Thai Food You Will Love This Recipe <link> </link> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:16:19 EST Mirthful Monday =) <img src=""> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:11:30 EST Week 2 Burn Circuit 1 Chalean Burn 1 and Turbo Jam 20 M workout done <BR> <BR> I still have the crazy dog. Hopefully BIL will get back from the trip early enough to get her today. I work early again tomorrow and getting a full nights sleep would be nice. <BR> <BR> I was off today and so tired from her whining all t... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:10:22 EST Update on Achilles tendonitis I went to the doctor this afternoon for my tendonitis. She told me that I had 2 options- take anti-inflammatories and take it easy for the next 2 weeks or go to the orthopedic specialists and be put in a boot. I opted for the 1st one. Since I work in a plant, I have to wear close toed shoes. ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:02:35 EST July.... Wow has it really been that long since I have written anything on here...holy moly. Got a buddy from work to join WW with me. It has been awesome!! We have been walking at lunch and keeping ourselves in check at work which spills over to home as well. Feel like I am making some progress. <BR>... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:01:04 EST Back to the beginning I weighed in this morning and was estactic to see that I had lost six of the seven pounds I gained during my illness. Small success, but it sure made my day. I've been walking around the office with a big ole Kool-Aid smile on my face. I feel like I can really get back to the basics of trying... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:56:41 EST So Excited! Wow. <BR> That is all I can say. <BR> I went to a meeting of minds with Christian women about the retreat up north in Maine in September yesterday. It was long, I was tired, and my back still is not very happy. I endured, but it went well. I will be leading two hour long discussion groups, speaki... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:53:43 EST Update about picture I do plan to post an updated picture in a week. I had surgery on my eyelids two days ago to remove skin tags and I want to be completely healed before I take the picture. When I post the picture I will create a blog titled "Picture posted" <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:50:11 EST Wishing and Dreaming... Have you ever wished you could wake up one day and have success fall right into your lap?? Such as getting out of bed and seeing those 10, 20, 30 pounds gone in the blink of an eye? Okay, maybe that's not “success,” but wishful thinking (or sorcery!), but do you ever wish it so? Or that you wi... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:41:24 EST 5th week in and 1.5 lbs away from first goal! I gave myself and goal to be 220 or under by the end of July and I am only 1.5 lbs away from that goal. I could kick myself for slacking when I was on vacation - I'm sure that I would have been at my goal already. I have four more day's to reach that goal - I think I got this! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:39:01 EST Week 4 - - - - Non Scale Victories…Learning….. Last week I was exhausted…Woke up every day early enough to get the workouts in. It seemed that even with being tired I started to wake up on my own at the same time every day. This is good…habits are forming……Another habit is that hubby has been not leaving things where he put them down, but a... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:28:54 EST Update on MRI I went to my Nurse Practitioner this morning about MRI results of my neck. She had called last week and said it didn't look very good. When I went in today she said she wanted me to see pain management Dr. about possibly shots to cervical area to help reduce swelling and hopefully remove pressure... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:24:20 EST Counting Run Intervals and Plans Today my training plan (from Jeff Galloway's 5K/10K book - 3rd week) calls for 11 quarter-mile intervals. For an under 30-minute (29:59) 5K goal, he recommends these intervals at a pace of 2 minutes and 12 seconds; to target 24:59 he recommends 1 minute and 44 seconds. Since my goal is in betwee... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:19:09 EST Weekend Odds And Ends This is my standard Monday weekend update blog. So grab a seat and her we gooooooooo!!! <BR> <BR> Friday night I was going to make these ribs we bought for dinner but they took an hour to cook, and since I don't get home until almost 6 from work, there was no way I was going to cook them. Good t... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:15:13 EST One Simple Question "Will this help me achieve my weight loss goal?" That is the one simple question I have started asking myself whenever I am tempted to eat something high in fat and/or calories that I had not planned for in my daily tracker. Today was a coworker's birthday and there was a scrumptious-looking ch... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:13:02 EST When Last Place Is OK ... or ... DFL vs DNF Sooooo this weekend was wifey's and my wedding anniversary. We've been happily married now for 7 years. Yahhh! <BR> <BR> We decided to forgo buying each other spendy gifts. <BR> <BR> We decided to forgo a gluttonous dinner night out. <BR> <BR> We decided to forgo buying me a new back hoe, equ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:10:19 EST Clothes Shopping Going clothes shopping makes me feel anxious. That will change as soon as I'm out of the big woman's section:) Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:01:47 EST Great Start Great Monday - great start to the week - great weather - great sparking - now if I could only get the rest of my life to just as great! NEED the motivation to get back to doing things right! Sending the positive vibes to all of you who read this along with sending them to myself! We can do this! ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:00:52 EST Interesting Article As I was sitting here waiting for 5 o'clock, I was browsing spark people and ran across this article. It was very inspiring and motivating, as I have been feeling like I have given up just about everything for a healthy lifestyle. This article said exactly what I have been feeling lately, and n... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:55:22 EST Last Week's Progress/This Week's Plan Mine and my husband's plans for this week: <BR> Monday: Masterchef and Hotel Hell <BR> Tuesday: Tuesday: Cardio <BR> Wednesday: Strength Training and video games <BR> Thursday: Deep cleaning (for me while he is at work) and cardio <BR> Friday: Strength training <BR> <BR> My self-esteem builders ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:54:50 EST A hodgepodge Since moving into our new place and the kids getting their place my DD and I have started to spend Sundays together. It is our day. We go to lunch, hang at the house with the dog, watch movies, talk, go bumming around to various shops, visit the human society and have dinner at my place. It is ge... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:52:04 EST The Wit And Wisdom Of Joyce Meyer---Mon. Worry is useless, so why do it? <BR> -Joyce Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:51:20 EST Summer Update I've been working hard every day this summer on the farm. Things look good. I finally figured out how many people I need to be working with me to make this work and keep up with things. <BR> <BR> So, being outside nearly every day for 6-15 hours is a good way to stay focused on fitness. But in ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:49:45 EST Follow up to "what to do, what to do" I wake up today to see my last blog was a "voted popular blog post"--WOW. Never expected that. Then I also see that my Meditations for Women article says "Refuse to remain in your comfort zone." <BR> <BR> I think the world is conspiring to get me to do something that is scary and WAY hard for me... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:45:48 EST From me to you!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> From me to you!!!!! <BR> <BR> Sweet Dream... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:44:08 EST First day of last week So today is the first day of the last week of camp. It's kind of sad. I've really enjoyed the camps this year, as I usually do. My boss not so much, but I've made a decision, as much as I've talked about trying to get another job, I've just decided that I'm not going to look for another job. I wi... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:41:45 EST Baz Luhrmann - Everybody's Free (to Wear Sunscreen) Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth, oh, never mind <BR> You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth <BR> Until they've faded but trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back <BR> At photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now <BR> How much possibility lay before you... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:35:39 EST Medication Conundrum As you may have read in an earlier post, I am a breast cancer survivor. The cancer that I had reacted to hormones (estrogen, to be precise) and my long term care includes the continuation of a medication called an aromatase inhibitor. I call it my anti-cancer pill. Although it was found early, ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:33:33 EST Living the future now. <img src=""> <BR> So I was listening to a podcast today and part of the discussion was talking about waiting for the future, or dreaming of the future. Of the “one” day to come, when everything is magically in place and perfect. Dreaming of y... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:32:18 EST Motivation I have to say my motivation is high, and I am beginning to feel good about myself. I lost 5 more pounds. Down 15 now!! <BR> <BR> <BR> I am still working on keep my positive energy. I am finding new ways to think more positive, and I am rereading The Energy Bus to help. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:30:21 EST Size is not an issue. Fear is. I can do anything now. I can fit into chairs at any restaurant, feel comfortable riding any amusement ride, go on a plane and easily fit into the seat, and the list goes on and on. <BR> <BR> So now it's time to do those things that I have been scared to do my whole life. Yes, I'm still big. 2... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:22:01 EST Vegetarian Zucchini Recipes This is the food pantry blog post from July 18, but without the specials, since they're all over by now. There was practically nothing, anyway. I usually build my Friday posts around a meat that's on sale, but there was nothing to use that week. The recipes are vegetarian this week, but they're s... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:17:43 EST New routes & new routines We had promised ourselves that we'd do more walking, after the house sold. But, you know how easy it is to make promises & not to actually keep them. I wasn't so sure this would be any different. <BR> <BR> Happy to say that DH has gone on some walks with me, and some of them being close to 3... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:17:26 EST Exercised, Feeling Better (Not That You Care) Still a little bummed out but it's not as bad as before. Managed 16 minutes on the elliptical after I promised myself I would do ten (but no more) since my walk was short today. I've got a pot of turkey chili on the stove that's been cooking for the better part of an hour, so now I'm just going t... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:16:35 EST Unconscious Binge Eating For the most part I eat healthy during the day but when it becomes evening I eat, a lot. I am aware of this and am trying to fix it but the other night I did something that schocked and even sickened me. <BR> I was falling asleep as my boyfriend was talking to me so he walked me to my room and I... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:14:48 EST Ground Beef and Summer Veggies Here's this week's food pantry blog. I've got almost all of my recipes posted to the new blog and have completely revamped the organization. Check out the recipes and the blog posts at <link> </link> I've started doing a Monday post as well as the Weekly Specia... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:12:17 EST The scale and other temptations: Ok I admit it - I weighed today. I'm not logging (even though it showed a 2 lb loss) because it was not time for me to weigh but the scale kept taunting me! It got louder every time I walked in the room! I do believe I'm going to have to lock the thing up to keep it quiet! <BR> <BR> I also gave ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:08:41 EST Monday update We have been busy all day with outdoor projects. I am still waiting for Dennis to work on my irrigation system. Exercises are going well. Weight is steady. I am doing 30 minutes of yoga each day using the WII fit. Calories remain below 1500 per day. Trivia is at 93% this month. Looks like ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:05:30 EST Day 18 <img src=""> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:05:22 EST Daily inspiration and Birth verse for July 28: Daily inspiration: Give control of your life to God and humbly live in His presence. Lord, I humbly desire that Your will be my will and that we always walk together. <BR> <BR> Daily Scripture & Reflection: The Lord is his people’s strength; he is a fortress of protection for his anointed one... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:04:46 EST turkey prep all iswell in the house ,today I boiled aturkey and deboned,and make small bags of sandwich meat for later in the week.I also made somme turkey salad for sandwiches for the family.the mayo in the salad is a no-no for my eating plan.The whole30 is plan is going well so far!!!!!!!1 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:01:01 EST Great report from doctor Saw the arthritis specialist today and got a wonderful report! <BR> The arthritis is behaving and am in no pain! <BR> Got to reduce one of the medications. <BR> She is also impressed with the weight loss. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> She did order an MRI of my foot. <BR> I fell about a month ago a... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:00:01 EST Once more I have fallen off this wagon more than once. Last year I switched gyms, now I am back at Gold's. The lady gym closed, granted, it was open for 50 years. I am not getting to the gym often, appointments and painful feet make the hike from the busline complicated. My weight is now five pounds mo... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:59:28 EST Weekend Trip to Cambria <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This weekend went pretty well. Day 1 is our travel day. The drive down to Cambria is a long 4 hours for us so that was hard to sit through! I did pack dinner, the Asian Inspired Salad, and it traveled really well a... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:56:25 EST Half Marathon Training Continues We had our second group run on Saturday for 4 miles and the weather was great. We are not having our typical July weather, it was in the high 60's - great for running. My breathing is not where it should be and I am waiting to get back to see the Asthma/Allergy specialist but it will not be until... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:51:57 EST It's been a long summer... Somehow it's the end of July and here I am writing a follow up to my post from May. <BR> <BR> I'm sad to report that along with slacking here on SP, I've been slacking in the kitchen and gym as well. <BR> <BR> The beach vacation I was worried about was better than I'd anticipated. For the most... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:49:41 EST Massive amounts of sugar and oil for NO CALORIES!! Yes you heard me! It's called a sugar polish, and I just had one at the Arlington Spa in Hot Springs, Arkansas. They mix sugar and olive oil and scrub it all over your body, then wrap you up in plastic for 25 minutes before rinsing it off. It feels decadent! And it is totally calorie free! <B... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:47:32 EST Four Husbands 4 Husbands <BR> <BR> The local news station was interviewing an 80-year-old lady because she <BR> had just gotten married for the fourth time. The interviewer asked her <BR> questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again <BR> at 80, and then about her new husband's occup... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:42:51 EST Busy Times Ahead I saw my doctor today and he shook his head (he is also a client) when he saw me on crutches. He did not tell me what a dumb stunt I had pulled. <BR> He changed the bandage and told me that VNA would be coming to the house for a while to change the bandages as they could spot quickly if an inf... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:35:49 EST Not Accomplishing Much Didn't get any exercise in this weekend or today. My feet and hips are driving me crazy. I am really busy at work and did a lot of showings this weekend. I think going up and down all the stairs and walking on a lot of concrete did not help. <BR> <BR> I got orthotics which are supposed to be ... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:30:26 EST one week on and its another 1.2kgs down :-) <BR> <BR> A big thankyou for my Birthday wishes and your ongoing support <BR> <BR> Well I have not been perfect but am happy with my progress and my efforts. <BR> <BR> I work in an office of 7 we have all been hit with a nasty bug and most days have had only 2-3... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:30:11 EST Which numbers are better? My body is driving me crazy. I am running three days a week and normally, I'd lose about five pounds. I haven't lost a single one! I've looked over the list of symptoms for perimenopause and I have many of them. <BR> <BR> Here's my "struggle." Although I weigh about 3 -5 lbs more than I li... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:28:14 EST Problems at work My office is the central office for many supervisors, managers, and the lowly workers in our organization. One of the people that has to come to my office on a regular basis always brings foods that is hard for me to resist. He will drop off mini candy bars, doughnuts, cakes, and other fattenin... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:17:13 EST Isn't Monday Great The start of another week and I am not dreading it. That is FUN!. <BR> My goals for the week are starting out good. <BR> Tracker - remembered <BR> Walk 3 - 10 minute sessions - did 1 11 minute and 1 14 minute so I just have 1 session to do. Would be nice to do this with my husband tonight. I a... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:15:36 EST Skin Grafts are Coming <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bailie will see her surgeon Wednesday for a possible date for skin grafts. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:07:38 EST Loving this beautiful weather Spent a lovely morning walking along the water this morning and finishing with coffee with friends. Relaxing way to start the week. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:05:06 EST The count down is on Granjerry1! 2 more days and you are back in the GAME! Just thought I would send a few funnies your way to break up the day! Did you know it was cat day? Neither did! In fact...I doubt that it is but it is for you!!! Enjoy! <img src=""> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:03:04 EST Lost My Mind After last night, I've added a new extra meal to my nutrition tracker. I've labeled it "Lost My Mind," and I'm using it to track when I completely lose control and just eat garbage. This is usually late at night and often related to either alcohol or boredom. It's a frightening and terrible thing... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:02:17 EST waiting for my a1c test results my nurse practitioner was pleased at how well I have responded to the diet and exercise <BR> <BR> she will be calling me with the scores soon then I can share the numbers with you Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:00:56 EST July 28, 2014 Making Time My biggest problem is making time. I am so ready for school to start!! Changing my sleeping habits would help with the time management,I am a night owl and then I sleep in late. New goal is too go to bed after Jimmy Fallon and get up by 6 a.m.-- School starting will help, have to get up wi... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:00:40 EST Quote for the Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has had a Blessed Monday! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:00:08 EST